DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. Spieth Soars.

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Jordan Spieth soars to the top of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational leaderboard at Colonial Country Club, Forth                                                                  Worth, in Texas.


Spieth scrambles to success

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Jordan carded a third round -5 under par 65 to lead the field after 54 holes of the  DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, with a -12 under par tournament total.

Jordan has  has scrambled his way around the Colonial course this week,  he had a stretch of 13 successful conversions until carding a bogey at his final hole, and that’s the key to his success;

“My scrambling was kind of the key to the day today.”

 “Hopefully hit some more fairways tomorrow and make those aggressive swings.”

He also chipped in from 32 feet, from the fairway in front of the green, because of a poor wedge shot, for a birdie at the par five 11th hole;

“Not a great wedge, but a nice chip to make up for it.”

Sharing second place at -11 under par are Ryan Palmer, -4 under 66 today, and Webb Simpson, -3 under par 67 for his third round.

Ryan was happy to get in the zone today;

“That’s when I felt it, that’s when you get what they call the zone, when you can put the pin anywhere and we’ll find it.”

“And that’s where I felt that, just the way I was swinging, the confidence I had with what I was doing with the golf ball.”

“I know I missed it everywhere on this golf course because I played it so many times.”

“But it helps knowing that, so I can get a lot more lower irons and wedges in.”

“When you’re dialed in, it’s fun, that’s for sure.”

Webb was happy to be paired with Jordan today, and was upset to bogey the last to  miss getting into the last group again with him tomorrow;

“I love playing with Jordan, that’s why I wish I had parred the last.”

“But it is what it is and I’ll go after it tomorrow.”

Harris English, -6 under 64 today, Kyle Reifers, -3 under 67 and Martin Piller -2 under 68, are tied in fourth place at -10 under par.

There are eleven players within five shots of the leader, so just about anyone could still card a low round tomorrow, and come through to win. Local boy Jordan will trying to achieve his first win in Texas, so it will be tough to beat a fired up Texan.

Rory McIlroy won his first Irish Open last week, and he too was wearing Grey, is this the in color ?

Irish Open. Rory Wins At Home.

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NIR Rory wins at home for the first time, collecting the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.

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Rory Wins at home / getty images

NIR Rory produced two stunning approach shots in the last three holes, that gave him a birdie-par-eagle finish and a -3 under 69, to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, in Ireland, hosted by the Rory Foundation. with a -12 under total;

“I don’t know if I can put it into words. I don’t really get emotional when I win but I was trying to hold back the tears there on the 18th green.”

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Emotional Rory / getty images

“I was trying to stay as relaxed as possible.”

“Even when Russell birdied 14 and 15, which are two of the toughest holes on the course, I knew that my length would be an advantage over the last  three holes.”

“I told myself, ‘I’m still in this, I still have chances’. I didn’t quite think I’d end up with my three on the 18th, but I thought I still had a chance so I stayed as patient as I possibly could.”

“But when there’s 30,000 people roaring you on, that’s quite hard. It was absolutely incredible.”

“Just looking up there and seeing all my friends and family and the support that I’ve had this week.”

“To win in front of them, I don’t get a chance to play in front my home fans very often so to play like that and to finish like that today, I’ll never forget it.”

“I’m excited. I kept saying I’m close and I felt that I needed a week like this to kick-start something and no better place than back here in Ireland to do it.”

“Hopefully this is the catapult into another great summer.”

SCO Russel Knox looked for a while like he would steal the show by overtaking Rory with three holes to play. He finished tied in second place at -9 under par, after his last round -4 under 68;

“I played brilliant to be honest.

“I had loads of chances. Made some, missed some. I was very happy the way I played.”

“Obviously 16 was a huge turning point. But I mean, the shots that Rory hit in the end, he deserves to win.”

WAL Bradley Dredge posted his best finish since winning the 2006 European Masters, with this second place tie, at -9 under par, he carded a last round -6 under par 66.


Irish Open. Rory McIlroy Moves Ahead In Suspended 3rd Round.

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Rory McIlroy moves ahead in the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in a suspended 3rd round at The K Club in Ireland.

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Yes it rained in Ireland, with the threat of thunder and lightning, but it did not bother Rory as he moved to the top of the Irish Open leaderboard, carding a third round -2 under par 70, completing just 15 holes in a stop start day, for a -9 under par total, before play was suspended;

“Today was a day to just hang in there and try not to make too many mistakes and that’s what I said I wanted to do today.” 

“No bogeys in 15 holes, that was good. I feel like I left a few out there, but at the same time, I can’t complain with a three-shot lead going into tomorrow.”

“I feel like my game is good enough that I’ll keep giving myself chances, hit fairways, hit greens.”

“If I can knock a few in, hopefully that will be good enough to get the job done tomorrow.”

The competition is hosted by the McIlroy Foundation, and at the moment Rory will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow, if things stay the same once the third  round is completed. He has long coveted a Home win, and this looks like his best chance to achieve that goal.

Danny Willett currently holds second place, at -6 under par, he has completed 15 holes at +2 over, to fall back, unless he can recover early tomorrow morning and make up some lost ground;

“It was a long day. It was tricky out there, stopping and starting. Hopefully we can get some good weather tomorrow and everyone can get done.”

“It’s tough to kind of get your mindset, sitting around in between, you get a bit tired and it’s obviously not the warmest place in the world.”

“There’s a good leaderboard shaping up, and if we can get it all finished then it’s all set up for a good Sunday.”

 Russell Knox a completed -2 under par 70 third round, and Richard Sterne, -1 under through 15 holes, are tied in third position, at -5 under par.

Irish Open. Marc and Danny Share Top Spot.

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Marc Warren and Danny Willett share top spot on the leaderboard at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in the second round at The K Club.

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Marc shot a second round -6 under par 66 in the Irish Open tournament hosted by the Rory Foundation, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Danny at -8 under par for the tournament.

Marc said he was starting to come good, and his all round game is good;

“I feel as if I’m starting to get into a little bit more of a run now, so hopefully that’s the reason for the good form and hopefully it continues.”

“I felt, especially the last three events, I felt as if I was close to some decent form.”

“The first few months of the season were a little bit of stop-start scheduling-wise.”

“I think everything was pretty solid overall, I kept the ball in play off the tee, which is obviously important in these conditions, and the short game is good.”

Danny carded -1 under par 71 today to post his tournament total of -8 under, in the trickier conditions out on the course;

“A little bit scrappy but grinding out quite nicely, Marc’s score today is a fantastic round of golf.”

“A little bit trickier but as Marc showed, if you hit some good golf shots, there’s a score out there.”

Tournament host Rory McIlroy holds third place, a -2 under par 70 giving him a -7 under par total, and he knows his form is good, sinking enough putts, enough to win;

“I know that I’m making enough birdies to definitely win this tournament.”

“I’m making enough birdies, I think I made six birdies yesterday. I made six birdies today. So the birdies are there. I just need to limit the mistakes.”

“Four bogeys today, a couple of really soft bogeys as well.”

“I know that I’m hitting enough good shots and I’m holing enough putts. If I can live with the mistakes, I feel like I’ll be right there.”

“Obviously I haven’t made the cut here for a while, and to be in for the weekend and play a solid two rounds of golf, I’m right there in the mix. I’m excited for the weekend.”

“To hole that birdie putt on the last, it was nice. It gives me a little bit of momentum going into the weekend, and I’ll need it.”

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Rory McIlroy / getty images

Irish Open. Danny Willett Leads.

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Danny Willett leads Rory McIlroy by two shots after the first round of the Irish Open at The K Club.

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Danny Willett / getty images

Danny carded a first round -7 under par 65 at The K Club, to lead by two shots at  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by the Rory Foundation.

Danny missed the cut at last week’s Players Championship, and was happy to be back in Europe, and getting hot with the putter;

“First is never bad after one day. There’s still three days left and a lot can happen.”

“Things have been a bit mental but it’s just great to be back in Europe playing golf, being around the lads that I’ve obviously played golf with for the last eight years.”

 “I’m very happy to be back here.”

“We started off a little scrappy and then we just kept plodding along. Tried not to make too many mistakes.”

“We had seen that there are a few scores in and around two or three under par, which we were looking at being a really good score.”

“I just seemed to get hot with the putter on the back nine and rolled a few in, and not too many mistakes.”

Rory scored -5 under 67 in his opening effort, to be alone in second place. His putting is improving, only one three putt today;

“I gave myself plenty of chances,  we got the better of the conditions, but it was still tricky out there and you still had to go out there and play the shots.”

I did that, I holed a few putts and that was nice to see. I had a little bit of a blip on 14, but aside from that I was happy with how I played.”

“I felt like I controlled my ball nicely today, and I managed myself around the course quite well.”

“I think 5 under is a fair reflection of how I played. It’s my third week in a row but I still feel quite fresh, especially after coming off a three-week break after Augusta.”

Callum Shinkwin and Jaco Van Zyl are tied in third place, at -4 under par after their first rounds of 68.

At -3 under par are the defending champion Søren Kjeldsen, two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer and Ross Fisher.

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. Jeunghun Wang Wins Again.

White Dragon Golf Jeunghun Wang wins again as he picked up the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open trophy a week after his maiden victory.

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Jeunghun Wang / getty images

KOR Jeunghun was involved in a Titanic struggle with BAN Siddikur Rahman, being tied at the top of the  AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open leaderboard coming down the last fairway, but he birdied the 18th to claim back to back wins. A final round of even par 72 gave him the winning total of -6 under par.

This win gives Jeunghun the distinction of being the first player to win in consecutive weeks since Rory McIlroy claimed the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational followed by the US PGA Championship in 2014, and he also becomes the first Asian player to win in consecutive weeks;

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Jeunghun Wang / getty images

“I can’t believe that I’ve won two weeks in a row. I’m so excited right now and really happy that I have won.”

“I hope I can win three in a row, but next week is a really big tournament and it’s my first time in Ireland, so I’m not sure. I’ll be trying my best.”

“I probably had luck on my side today. I wasn’t even thinking about winning this week until the 16th.”

“I missed a lot of putts so I thought I didn’t have any chance to win.”

On another tough day at Four Seasons Golf ClubSiddikur sadly carded a final round +2 over par to miss his chance of a maiden Tour win, finishing second with a -5 under par total.

Tied in third place at even par were  ARG Estanislao Goya, a last round -1 under par 71 was good enough to move him up the leaderboard,  as everyone else went backwards including BEL Nicolas Colsaerts who signed for a wild +3 over par 75, which contained an eagle and three double-bogeys leaving him also at par for the competition, tied in third.

 Andrew  Dodt carded a last round +4 over 76 left him in fifth place, a shot clear of Brandon Stone +2 over 74 today.

Rahil Gangjee, Richard McEvoy, Ross McGowan, Terry Pilkadaris and Jason Scrivener were then all at +3 over for the tournament.

The Players. Rory Roars Into Life.

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2nd round play has been suspended due to bad weather in the area, hopefully it will resume soon.

McIlroy flirts with course record

In the morning round Rory McIlroy roared into life, and The Players tournament today, he should have had the TPC Sawgrass course record, needing a birdie on his last hole of the day, the par 5 ninth, for -10 under. Unfortunately he made bogey and had to settle for -8 under par 64, to add to his even par round yesterday;

“Maybe if I had the five wood in the bag, I might have went for it, because at least I could have gotten a little bit more height.”

“But I was thinking about the course record, I wanted to make birdie and shoot 62. There’s no doubt about that.”

“Any time I’ve gone for the ninth green in two here, it’s never really worked out for me, I sort of talked myself out of it on the fairway.”

“This course really does play so much differently from morning to afternoon.”

“I felt the greens getting a little firmer, the wind gets up a little bit, so you have to take advantage of your tee time in the morning.”

“Thankfully, I was able to do that today with a low one.”

“I’m frustrated, my score should have been a couple better.”

“I’m disappointed, but there’s still two more days to go. That’s the nice thing. I’m in a good position heading into the weekend.”