Xander Schauffele Wins Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

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Xander Schauffele wins Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, with a Plantation Course 62, equaling the low round scoring record.Schauffele takes Sentry Tournament of Champions titleXander and Trophy / getty

Xander shot a final round -11 under par 62 to lift the Tournament of Champions Trophy with a -23 under total, not bad for an underdog;

“Kind of weird sound to it, honestly. I don’t know. I just still feel like an underdog.”

“I feel like until you’re No. 1, you’re chasing.”

“So guys like Bryson and Justin, JT’s put together a ton of good years, Brooks has been crushing it.”

“They keep putting that flag way out there for me to go and chase and I feel like that’s what I’ve been doing.”

“You kind of look around and realize you have nothing to lose.”

“All of my wins have been from behind. This was in sort of dramatic fashion and it turned into a birdie fest coming down the stretch.”

Gary Woodland finished second, missing a birdie putt on the last hole to force a play-off. He did nothing wrong apart from that missed putt, -5 under 68 today for a -22 under total;

“I don’t think it will ever be easy because I still believe I was playing well enough to shoot 66 today.”

“The game was in a good spot. You have an iron into the par five in the middle of the fairway on the last hole you expect to make birdie.”

“I had killed the par fives all week this week, which is what you got to do out here.”

“So I knew what he was doing and the competitor in me knew I needed to do one better and unfortunately I didn’t get it done.”

Justin Thomas was third at -18 under, a last round -8 under 65 easing him up the leaderboard. Justin tweeted;

“Unreal playing by today. -11 today with a BOGEY ON ONE! Insane. Great week by him and both.. they were tough to keep pace with. Onto the Sony.”

Rory McIlroy messed up another final round, -1 under 72, after starting in the last group alongside Gary. Rory ended up T4 at -15 under;

“My attitude was much better today, I didn’t press at all, I was very patient, it’s just something I’m going to have to persist in, just keep putting myself in these positions and honestly, I don’t think anyone could have beaten Xander today,”

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Tournament of Champions, Gary Gallops Ahead.

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Gary Woodland gallops ahead in the Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course in Hawaii.Woodland leads Sentry TOC  Gary / getty

Gary carded a third round of -5 under 68 to maintain his lead at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard at -17 under par for 54 holes, and a three shot cushion going into the final round tomorrow;

“I’ve had that relaxed mindset a couple times that I’ve been here, not prepared, excited to be here, taken some time off before the last two times I was here.”

“But this time I’ve been playing a lot.”

“Obviously it’s nice to be here, but I have a little different mindset this week, playing a little more aggressive, trying to contend, and trying to win instead of just enjoying the views out here, which I’ve done in the past.”

“I had a couple days off. But I knew I wanted to be prepared coming in. The bulk of the season is so much earlier now I didn’t want to take any time off, I didn’t want to rest any.”

“You’re sitting at home, you feel like somebody’s getting better, it’s hard for me just to sit there.”

“I’ll pick my spots now where I take time off to get ready for THE PLAYERS in March and then obviously the four majors start right away, so I’ll be ready to go.”

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, is in second place at -14 under par, he also carded -5 under 68 today to stay in contention;

“It has been a nice start to the year.”

“It is something to build on going into the weekend. I just need to keep hitting good golf shots and giving myself chances.”

Marc Leishman of Australia holds third place, he scored a third round -5 under 68 to be at -13 under par for the tournament.

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Tour of Champions. Gary Woodland 36 Hole Leader.

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Gary Woodland has a three shot lead at the Tournament of Champions event after 36 holes at the Plantation Course in a very windy Hawaii.Woodland leads Sentry Tournament of Champions  Gary /getty

Gary ignored the strong winds to card back to back rounds of -6 under par 67 for a three shot shot lead at the top of the Tournament of Champions leaderboard at -12 under par. Really tough putting in the wind;

“The big deal was just staying patient on the greens.”

“It’s very tough putting with the crosswinds and I didn’t see anything go in early, but nice to see the chip go in on eleven, and kind of got me going, propelled me for the rest of the round.”

“We have done a lot of mechanical stuff, but the confidence is what really propelled me to have a good round today.”

“Because in the past it would have been frustrating, just all day I would have been complaining about it.”

Sharing second place at -9 under par are Bryson DeChambeau, -5 under 68 today, first round leader Kevin Tway, -2 under 71, and Rory McIlroy with -5 under 68.

Bryson’s only mistake today was to forget to bring along an umbrella, rain can show up at any time here;

“Guess you could say there was insufficient data.”

Defending champion Dustin Johnson had the first penalty of the season, he should have consulted the new rules. Although a volunteer marker had noted where Dustin’s ball had gone into the hazard, Dustin walked in, found a ball of the brand he was playing with, and played a good shot out, problem was it was not his ball. The penalty gave Dustin a second round +1 over 74, leaving him a -5 under for the tournament;

“It was way up in there, so I didn’t want to move anything.”

“But I guess now understanding the new rule, if it moves it’s not a penalty.”

“So that won’t ever happen again, I can promise you that. It’s just bad luck.”

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Happy New Year, and Hello Hawaii.

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Happy New Year, and hello Hawaii as the 2019 PGA Tour season kicks off with the Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, incorporating  the new rules. Kevin Tway heads the field after round one.Tway taps in to Kapalua memories, leads at 7 underKevin / Getty

Kevin carded a bogey free first round -7 under par 66 to lead the Tournament of Champions by just one shot;

“When you’re making a lot of birdies it makes everything better.”

“I was just trying to drink a lot of water. But I didn’t think I was going to play that good, to be honest, still a little dizzy.”

“I hit the ball well, kept the ball in play, made a few putts, controlled my ball in the wind.”

“It’s windy where I’m from in Oklahoma so it’s kind of like I was at home.”

“Each shot’s difficult so you’re just focused on the trajectory and where I need to land it and where I need to miss it.”

Tied in second place at -6 under after rounds of 67 were Gary Woodland, Justin Thomas, and Dustin Johnson.

Rory McIlroy, -4 under 69 today mentioned the new ball dropping from knee height rule;

“We’re saying that Brian Harman has got a big advantage, he can basically place it.”

“Where you got someone like Tony Finau who is dropping it probably from like waist high for me.”

“But I think that they’re trying to simplify the rules which I think is a great thing for the game.”

“I’ve always said that the rules of golf are way too complicated, especially after the debacles and farces we have had at U.S. Opens and all sorts of stuff over the last few years.”

“So I’m happy that they made the decision to try and simplify them and just try to make everything a little bit easier to understand.”

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Turkish Airlines Open. Li Leads.

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Li Haotong of China leads the Turkish Airlines Open after 54 holes.Li leads the way in Turkey   Li/getty

Li shot a third round -8 under par 63 to lead the Turkish Airlines Open by three strokes going into the final round tomorrow, with a -17 under par total. Earlier this year Li held off the challenge of Rory McIlroy to win the Dubai Desert Classic, and is now looking forward to the challenge of Justin Rose;

“I really want to win this week and play my best tomorrow.”

“Especially at a Rolex Series event. It’s going to be an exciting day tomorrow and I’m looking forward to going against Rosey.”

“I definitely got a lot of confidence from Dubai and since then I’ve been playing a lot of big events which has built my confidence, also.”

Justin, England, -2 under 69 today shares  second place with Alex Levy of France, who carded a third round -5 under 66, both players at -14 under par for the tournament.

Justin came from behind to win last year, so it’s deja vu;

“Now I’ll have an objective, I can’t change today so the position I’m in is the position I’m in. It’s not a bad position.”

“Of course, it could have been better. Going into tomorrow, I’m in a good spot.

“At the start of the week, you might have said, ‘you know what? I’ll chance my luck and take that and see how Sunday pans out’.

Alex is feeling confident and is putting well;

“I like the golf course. I like to play aggressive. For sure tomorrow I will need a low one but I will stay patient and try my best.” 

“I think I played good golf today, I really enjoy it, I really enjoy to hit the shots. I holed some nice putts, so I was most pleased today by holing putts.”

“When you make putts, you build confidence. That’s the difference.”

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BMW Championship. Justin Leads.

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Justin Rose of England leads the BMW Championship after 54 holes at Aronimink Golf Club. There is a threat of bad weather, and the last round being cancelled, which would give Justin the win.Rose takes lead at BMW Championship

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Justin will take a one shot lead into the final round of the BMW Championship tomorrow, carding -6 under par 64 in the third round to post -17 under for the tournament.

On the par three 17th Justin had to stand in the bunker and play a shot out of the long grass above it. It came to rest three feet from the pin, ensuring saving par;

“It was a fun shot but not really where I wanted to be, it was something that maybe you don’t practice. Lots of improvising.”

“I do like this style of golf. I like traditional golf courses.”

“It reminds me of how I grew up playing golf.”

“I’ve got to be ready to play and come out in the morning, full game-face mode tomorrow.”

Xander Schauffele, USA, -3 under 67 today, and Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, -7 under 63, share second place at -16 under par.

Xander is wondering if it rains, will it be too much for the course to take;

“I’m not sure how much more water the course can take, to be quite frank.”

“So we’ll see. Hopefully, Mother Nature doesn’t screw us.”

Rory is keen to play;

“You know, maybe that chance won’t happen until Monday if it goes to that and the good thing is we don’t have a tournament next week.”

“If it is pushed into Monday or even into Tuesday, we have the time.”

“Hopefully the guys that make the decisions make the right one and we can play a full tournament.”

Tommy Fleetwood completed another round of -8 under 62, to be sharing fourth place with Rickie Fowler who signed for his third round on the trot of -5 under 65, both players at -15 under.

This is still just about anybody’s tournament, will be interesting to watch.

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BMW Championship. Xander Schauffele Leads.

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Xander Schauffele leads the BMW Championship at the half-way point at Aronimink Golf Club.

Schauffele has plenty to prove at BMW

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Xander shot -6 under par 64 to lead the BMW Championship at the mid-point with a -13 under par total;

“A lot to prove not just to everyone else but to myself this weekend.”

“I’ve been failing a lot, so it would be nice to turn the switch and kind of clutch up.”

“I have lots to prove to myself, I just want to win and kind of handle my business.”

“I feel like I haven’t been doing that as well just on the weekends and maybe too relaxed or what not.”

“I always thought I was rather a clutch player coming down the stretch and this year has said otherwise.”

Justin Rose of England is in second place, two shots back at -11 under par after his second round -7 under 63, after not feeling too well at the start;

“Sometimes you don’t have to feel perfect to play good golf.”

 “I think that’s the most important thing I realized today.”

Four players then share third place at -10 under, Keegan Bradley, -6 under 64 today and Rickie Fowler, -5 under 65, both from the USA, they share with Alex Noren, Sweden, -4 under 66, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -6 under 64.

The huge group at -9 under contains Rory McIlroy, only -1 under today, but Tiger Woods could only muster an even par round of 70 to be at -8 under.

Rory had a patience problem;

 “It’s hard to stay patient whenever you know what you’ve done yesterday.”

 “I didn’t want to lose too much ground. I should have been a few better.”

Tiger suffered from a the usual putting problems;

“I hit it just as good and putted it just as good. Nothing went in.”

 “That’s the way it goes.”

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