Arnold Palmer Invitational. Matt Makes It Again.

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Defending Champion Matt Every makes it again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

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Matt joined Tiger Woods and Loren Roberts as the only players to repeat at Bay Hill, shooting a final round -6 under par 66, and an Arnold Palmer Invitational total of -19 under par, a one shot victory;

“It’s easy to get down on yourself out here, it’s the biggest waste of time because nobody really cares.”

“The last three feet I was begging for it to hang, and I was like, ‘Gosh, these are the ones that always lip out. Be so cool to see this one dive in,’ and it did. Cool moment.”

“I was playing so good, yesterday when I got done, that was the best I hit it in a long time.”

“I told Tiger I’d hold it down for him until he gets back.”

“I’m like, you’re already in the Masters.”

“After Augusta last year, I was really bummed out, I felt really good about my game and then I got there and got my butt kicked. “

“I’ve got to get better because I don’t want to be a guy who can’t compete there.”

“I do want to win more tournaments, though, scratch that I said that, but it’s neat to get them both here.”

Henrik, who finished second at -18 under par, was annoyed at being put on the clock by the officials, on the 15th hole, when he was leading the tournament, and I am inclined to agree with him, what a stupid decision;

“I’m a little bit disappointed with the outcome, but I’m as much disappointed with the PGA Tour officials for putting us on the clock on 15, starting to chase us down the stretch, and that’s not really the way to close out a golf tournament.”

“It’s hard enough to finish out a golf tournament and play those finishing holes without being on the clock.”

“I didn’t see the reason for that really. I didn’t even read my putt more than just one quick look on 15. Three-putted that one from long range. Morgan got a bad time on 16 on the second shot. I kind of rushed my putt from the back fringe.”

“It’s just hard when you don’t feel like you can take the time that you want to take. That surely didn’t help the cause.”

Ozzie Matt Jones finished in third place at -17 under par, with -4 under par 67 final round.

Rory, T11 at -11 under, spoke about the odds of him winning The Masters;

“I guess if you go on form, then probably no. But it depends how far you take that form back and you’ve got to look at previous results there and all sorts of stuff. I’m not a bookie.”

“The main goal was to come here and try to win, couldn’t do that. At least I got a couple of things out of this week, which is good.”

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Takes Over at the Top.

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Henrik Stenson takes over at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard at the end of day three at Bay Hill.

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Henrik had a -6 under par 66 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, and at -16 under par for the tournament has a two shot lead going into the final round on Sunday.

Henrik said he needs to keep playing the same way as the first three rounds, because the ball does not know what it’s doing;

 “The golf ball doesn’t know what happened the previous three rounds, so I’ve got to go out tomorrow and keep the same mindset.”

“I’m not just a pretty face, I’ll try and make that different tomorrow but can’t give any guarantees. I’ll certainly try.”

 

Morgan Hoffmann is in touch in second place at -14 under par, -1 under for the third round saw him slip back;

“Just a really weird day out there, got some mud balls in the fairway, couldn’t control it. Got some weird lies in the bunkers. Brought it back and am decent for tomorrow.”

There are four players tied in third place, all at -13 under par, they are, Matt Jones, Jason Kokrak, Ben Martin and Matt Every.

Jason carded the low round of the day, -7 under par 65, which has given him a chance to get his first win on the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy had to settle for -1 under par 71, and is now seven shots back from the leader, at -9 under par;

“I’m frustrated, I birdied 12 and 13 and got right into the thick of things and then to give three shots back in quick succession was not really the plan.”

“I’m disappointed with the way I finished but I played well for the most part. I need to try to get off to a good start tomorrow, shoot a good score and see where that leaves me.

“There’s a lot of quality players above me. I would need to get off to a very fast start to win, 30 or 31 on the front nine, it’s possible; just try to start better and go from there.”

Daniel Berger scored an amazing Albatross, holing a 4-iron from 237 yards for a two on the 549 yard par 5 sixth hole. Daniel played the par fives in -6 under on Saturday, en route to a -4 under 68, and T23 at -7 under par;

“It was kind of right on that borderline between going for it and not going for it.”

“Little bit on the downhill lie. You know, my caddie gave me the confidence to go for it.”

“The joke between me and my caddie, how many albatrosses are going to be on that hole today.”

“It was special, especially over here, Mr. Palmer’s event.”

Daniel recorded a 2, 3, 4 and 5,  a combined -6 under par on the par fives and by doing so, started a new page in the golf history books, albatross, eagle, birdie and par, he is the first player to achieve that amazing feat.

I still can not understand why all the American TV commentators refer to an Albatross as a Double-Eagle, even mathematically it does not add up. Given that an Eagle is -2 under par, a Double Eagle would equal -4 under par. An Albatross is -3 under par.

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Morgan Hoffmann Still The Man.

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Morgan Hoffmann is still the man at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, topping the leaderboard for the second day running.

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Morgan had a second round -7 under par 65 to extend his lead at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to three shots with his -13 under par tournament total.

Still chasing his first PGA Tour win, he thinks it is about time he had some wins;

“I would have liked to have won a few times by now, I’m behind my schedule.”

“It’s frustrating but it’s obviously the most;  the best guys in the world are playing on the PGA TOUR and I mean I’m so lucky to be out here and grateful but I’ve seen myself a little higher up than what I’ve performed.”

‘I’m trying to birdie every hole out there, so it was good.”

”Just hitting great putts and good shots into the greens really helps. It’s nice to hit some greens for a change. This year hasn’t been that great, and it’s a good change.”

Three players are tied in second position, all at -10 under par for the competition, Matt Every, Henrik Stenson and Harris English all carded -6 under par 66.

Henrik, the World number two sunk a 42 ft birdie putt on the par three 17th;

“Of course it’s a huge bonus to make one of those.”

“I was putting lovely all day, especially the ones on my birdie attempts from further away. I kind of left myself some smelly ones. I holed out nicely.”

“I would have been happy with two-putt, of course but that was nice to see that one go in and hit another solid putt on 18 and made another birdie.”

Harris would like to get into the field at Augusta, and is benefiting from the inspiration;

“It’s definitely inspiration.”

“My rookie year, my second year, I probably wouldn’t have thought of it. It’s easy to kind of let things slip away when you’re in that position. I wanted to take the next step and actually make that round mean something.”

”Got to keep the pedal down and keep aggressive.”

“Lot of my friends are going to be there, lot of Georgia guys playing. I want to be right there on-site.”

World number one Rory McIlroy has made a move, his second round of -6 under par 66, giving him a -8 under par total, and tied in sixth place with three other players;

“It was good, I think each and every day I’m feeling a little more comfortable especially on the greens.”

“It would be nice to finish the round off a little better, but still a good score and sets me up well for the weekend.”

“Obviously we played in the morning so we got the best of the greens and easier to trust the lines you pick for yourself but happy with how I putted today and putt like that over the weekend I’ll have a chance.”

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Morgan Hoffmann Leads.

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Morgan Hoffman leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, but it was emotional day,  finding out earlier  that his grandmother had passed away.

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Morgan shot a first round -6 under par 66 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by just one shot. He spoke about how quickly life passes you by;

“Appreciative, I think of just being alive, you know, and how you take things for granted and take people for granted and it’s just crazy how quick life goes.”

“My whole family texted me and said, ‘Nanny is playing golf with pop up there,’ which was pretty cool.”

“So I just went out there and had a good mentality today.”

“I’m 25 and feels like I was 5 roller skating with my sister yesterday, you know.”

“The best players that I see out here come out and have one shot that they’re hitting for the most part of every round.”

 “I figured it’s time to bear down and get something going.”

There are five players tied in second Place at -5 under par, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Na, Ken Duke, John Peterson and Ian Poulter.

Kevin Na is a great fan of Arnold Palmer;

“He’s the king, there’s a lot to learn from him when he played and when he was not even playing.”

“It was just awesome to watch what he’s done in major championships, what he’s done for the game, the fans. It was fun to watch.”

Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley and Hunter Mahan are among a large group who are another shot back at -4 under par.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy was playing Bay Hill for the first time and opened with a -2 under par 70.

It was OK, considering he had 34 putts after hitting 17 greens in regulation;

“I was just trying to stay as patient as possible.”

“I know I was hitting a lot of greens, giving myself a lot of chances. But I guess when the greens are like they are you’re going to have to stay patient because you’re going to hit good putts that don’t go in and I felt like I didn’t really trust myself, you know, with some of the putts that are there today.”

“I didn’t trust the reads and just was sort of in two minds quite a lot.”

“If you can play the par fives at all it’s a big advantage.”

“Even par today wasn’t what I was looking for. Again, hopefully I can do better on those over the next few days.”

Arnold Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders is playing in the event for the first time not on a sponsor exemption, and he also opened with a -2 under par 70.

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Valspar Championship. Super Spieth Wins Play-Off

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Super Jordan Spieth won the Valspar Championship after a three-way play-off at Copperhead.

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Jordan finished the Valspar Championship at -10 under par, tied with Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair, he won with a 28 ft birdie putt on the third play-off, the par three 17th.

Jordan  is just the fourth player since 1940 to win twice on the PGA TOUR prior to his 22nd birthday, he joined Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Robert Gamez;

“This is huge momentum for me, it will jump me closer in the world ranking, which is obviously the number one goal long-term.”

“Most of all, it’s big momentum, positive momentum for us going into the major championships.”

“I like studying the game, historian of the game, it’s really cool to have my name, you know, go along side those.”

“But right now currently and what I’m really focused on is Rory McIlroy is No. 1 in the world. That’s who everyone is trying to chase.”

“That’s our ultimate goal is to eventually, you know, be the best in the world and this is a great, great stepping stone.

“But going into the four majors of the year, to have closed one out in this kind of fashion is going to give me a lot of confidence.”

“Putting down the stretch, when you’re tense and pressure is on, I really needed to make some putts, especially after 10 and 11, that would kind of ooze that confidence back into me that I can do this, you know.”

“Your hand, you’re shaking. Your stroke doesn’t feel as comfortable as it does on Thursday morning and it’s about controlling that, seeing the line and still hitting it and the last few holes proved that to me.”

Sean is on the comeback trail, and this result proves he is well and truly back;

“It was a lot of fun, I was looking forward to being in that situation come Sunday.”

“You know, I haven’t been in that situation in quite some time and to have those nerves again and be able to handle it in regulation the way I did, I played fantastic on the back nine.”

“So, I gave myself a chance. That’s really all I can do. I played solid all day, played solid all week and, you know, then the playoff was a ton of fun. You know, two young guys made me feel really old actually.”

Patrick had a wonderful -5 under par 66 in the final round, and he beat Jordan in a play-off at the Wyndham Championship in 2013 for the first of his four PGA Tour wins.

 

WGC Cadillac Championship. D.J. Wins

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D.J, Dustin Johnson won the WGC Cadillac Championship, his first win since his self-imposed lay-off.

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 D.J. shot a final round -3 under par 69, to lift the WGC Cadillac Championship with a -9 under par total. He was very happy with the win, especially after the long lay-off he had;

“Obviously it’s one of my biggest wins, and especially after a long layoff, to come back out and win in my fifth start means a lot.”

“I knew I was really good, I knew there was something I was missing that could make me great. I was working hard on that, and I think it’s showing right now. It’s tough. I’m so excited right now, I can’t hardly talk. It feels great.”

“I really wasn’t paying much attention, I knew Bubba was playing well. I knew where I was, I was playing pretty well. This golf course is so tough, you never know what’s going to happen.”

“I’ve been working hard on my game and been working hard on me, and so it means a great deal to have some success right out of the gate. It gives me a lot of confidence, too.”

“I would drink and drink to access,’ the change I made is I just don’t do that anymore. I definitely have given up hard liquor ’cause that was the thing that I went to, it’s been a big change.”

“I enjoyed it, I got to spend a lot of time with Paulina and help her as much as I could through her pregnancy, and then the birth of our son. I really enjoyed being able to be home and not having to leave or do anything. So it was actually really nice.”

“The effort and time I’ve been putting in at the gym has helped a lot physically and mentally, and then the time I’m putting in on my golf game, and then obviously my personal life, I think that’s been the difference.”

“I was in the gym every single day, every morning, and then spend the rest of the time either practicing or hanging out with Paulina.”

J.B. sadly finished in second place at -8 under par, following his last round +3 over par 75. A long way from the man who was at -11 under par for the first round, par golf from then on would have won him this tournament;

“It was going to take one of those type of deals, couple guys were going to have to play great and I was going to have to have an off day,”

“I knew if I shot 72, that would probably be good enough. That’s kind of what I was going to, to be honest with you, I thought probably 2 or 3 over would have been enough.”

Bubba Watson finished in third spot, at -7 under par, he was the man on fire early on, and looked like he would run away with it, but a couple of missed shots made all the difference, on a course that he does not like;

”A couple of shots, just missed the fairway by a few feet. Missed the green by a few feet. That’s what this golf course does.”

”If you’re just off, it can get to you real fast.”

Rory finished T9, at -1 under par, after another even par round of 72. He said his head and his golf game got lost in the desert;

‘I think we left our game in the desert, it’s still back there.”

“Just playing quite conservatively which is very much unlike me.”

“The game’s just not quite there, I’m tentative, a little bit scared to play certain shots, because I feel like I can’t at the minute.”

“I have just got to get back at it tomorrow and try to figure out what I need to do.”

WGC Cadillac Championships. JB Aces His Way to 5 Shot Lead

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JB Holmes carded an Ace on his way to a 5 shot lead going into the final round of the Cadillac Championships at Doral.

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JB aced the par three 4th hole, which set him on his way to a -2 under par third round 70 at the Cadillac Championships, and a five shot advantage over the field with a -11 under par tournament total. He is certainly on course for a wire to wire win.

JB said this is a long course and you certainly need to plan your way around it;

“It’s a long golf course to start with, you’ve got to think your way around the golf course, and it’s really a ball-striker’s golf course.”

“Definitely there’s a few holes where you can take advantage of length, if you can get the driver and get it to go over a few bunkers depending on what the wind is, definitely can be an advantage.”

“I’m not going to change my game plan, obviously if you’re trying to catch up, you have to hit at a few more flags, but that just gets you in trouble out here.”

“So you’ve just got to be patient and try to make some pars and minimize the big numbers. That’s part of this golf course is just you can make a few birdies but you can make a bogey real quick out here.”

Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson are tied in second place at -6 under par.

In a strange coincidence Dustin also Aced the 4th hole today, and said he will need a quick start to his round tomorrow if he wants to make a challenge;

“I could tell it’s going right at it from back of the tee but it kind of goes up and over the hump and I could hear them get loud.”

“Then obviously when they started screaming, I knew it was in.”

“I really struck the irons well, controlled my distance well, had great looks at it all day long.”

“Didn’t roll the putter all that great but overall it was a really good day.”

“This golf course is very hard, and just get off to a good start and try to get a little pressure on early”

“Just got to get off to a good start.”

Just yesterday Bubba was saying the course was way too hard for him to contend;

“I can’t stand the golf course. It’s way too tough for me.”

“Donald Trump, he put together a tough one for me and very difficult. Seemed like I was in sand all day, like I was back in Pensacola Beach.”

Dustin and Bubba are the only guys with any chance at all of catching JB, and he would need to card an awful final round to actually lose this title, because no one is going to go low, that’s for sure.

For your information, a scuba diver went into the lake today, during play, and  retrieved Rory McIlroy’s 3 iron from the depths, dont suppose he really needed it, the company would have replaced it, gratis.