WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Thomas Pieters Leads.

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Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, leads the Bridgestone Invitational after the first round at Firestone Country Club.

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Thomas fired a first round -5 under 65 to lead the Bridgestone Invitational by one shot at Firestone.

Thomas has problems with his driver, good putting was the key;

“I can’t hit the damn thing.”

“Off the tee I was very bad but managed to find a lot of greens and I didn’t leave myself too many downhill putts.”

“I only had two putts from above the hole, the rest of them were just pretty straightforward putts. I think that was the key.”

“I hit plenty of three woods.”

“When I hit driver, I shouldn’t have, I was just not confident with it.”

“So I’ll have to do plenty of work on the range this afternoon, I’m sure I’ll get it back.”

In second place at -4 under is Russell Knox. Scotland, with his opening round 66, he said he was happy using his old putter;

“I figured it did work at one point.”

“I rolled the ball beautifully. I switched iron shafts, which I haven’t done in five years. That seemed to make it a little easier for me.”

Six players are all tied in third position at -3 under par, World Number Four Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland, Ross Fisher, England. Jon Rahm, Spain, with Open Champion Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson, all from the USA.

Rory, for some unknown reason has just sacked his longtime caddie, the new one Harry Diamond was good;

“Awesome, we both did the numbers and I sort of consulted him a couple of times. It was good.”

“There was a couple of shots that I hit or a couple of clubs that I pulled that I maybe should have just thought a little bit more about, but, no, really good.”

Jordan had a moment with his caddie when he decided to try a difficult pitch shot, which he pulled off;

“I said, Michael, just put the bag over there, stand over there and watch this.”

”I split a hole that was 60 yards in front of me and cut it to get onto the green.”

”It was really a cool shot. I was shocked I pulled it off.”

Shenzhen International. Wiesberger Wins In A Play-Off.

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Shenzhen International in a play-off at  Genzon Golf Club in China.

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Bernd had a poor final round of -1 under par 71 in the Shenzhen International to get into a play-off at -16 under par, against Tommy Fleetwood, who carded a fabulous -9 under par 63. It was a great final round with four players in with a chance to win with four holes to go, but one by one they fell over, in the pouring rain;

“I’m feeling a bit relieved now I have to say.”

“I’ve had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months and it’s really nice to have a trophy again.”

“We have really good players out here, all up for it, playing well and throwing a lot at me.”

“At the end of the day I’m just glad I got myself into the spot where I could play for the title.”

“Tommy has had a great day today and I’m just grateful to make that one shot when I needed to.”

“I just wanted to get off to a good start and show them that I’m up for it and I did, scrapped around a little bit, had a couple of near misses with good looks at it early on. It could have gotten to me but I stayed calm, played on decently.”

Tommy said a few putts dropped today, and in the end he was disappointed;

“I’ve played well all week and I was really disappointed, it was stressing me out that I couldn’t really get anything in the hole.”

“Today, just a few putts went in and I kept it going all the way through and it was a good time to shoot a 63.”

“As a goal I wanted to be one under for every three holes, that was 66 and if I beat that I thought I’ll have a had a good day and a good week.”

Grégory Bourdy, -5 under 67 today and Ross Fisher -4 under 68 shared third place at -15 under par. Ross sadly three putted the 18th green to drop out of a  play-off place.

WGC Mexico Championship. Dustin Johnson Wins.

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Dustin Johnson, world number 1 from U.S.A.  wins back to back events picking up the WGC Mexico Championship this week.

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Dustin had a final round -3 under par 68 to win the WGC Mexico Championship, by one shot at -14 under par, even though he said he did not putt too well;

“It means a lot because it’s a tough spot to be in.

 “There’s a lot of pressure on you and I came out and I played really well.”

“I hit the ball great all week. The greens are tough to putt on and I didn’t feel like I putted my best, but I really hit the ball well and played just well enough I guess because I won by one.”

Tommy Fleetwood, England, picked up second place at -13 under, a last round -5 under par 66 nearly making it.

Ross Fisher, also England, -6 under 65 today shared third place with Jon Rahm, Spain, who carded a final round -3 under 68, both with -12 under par totals.

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson finished the day where they had started, at -10 under par, signing for even par 72 last rounds,for a share of seventh place.

WGC Mexico Championship. Rory Leads.

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Rory McIlroy leads the WGC Mexico Championship going into the weekend.

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Rory shot a second round -6 under par 65, with an Eagle  at the par four 14th, to post -9 under at the top pf the WGC Mexico Championship leaderboard;

“Coming in here this week, I definitely would have taken a top 10.”

 “It would have been a great start to come back, but I’m in a great position and I can think about trying to win this thing.”

“Overall if you had told me at the start of the week that I would be leading by two going into the weekend, I definitely would have taken it.”

Sharing second place are Phil Mickelson-3 under par 68 today, Ross Fisher, also -3 under 68 and Justin Thomas, -5 under 66, all with -7 under par totals.

Phil had problems when caddie Bones fell ill out on the course, his brother Tim came to the rescue to carry the bag for the rest of the round;

“My brother’s a great player and he did a phenomenal job today”

Tim got the call while eating breakfast, other caddies apparently how him to go about it;

“I was having breakfast and Phil called, he said, ‘In case something happens, just be around.’”

“They just said, ‘Look, Bones has done a great job so far today. Don’t screw it up.’”

“I didn’t have a hat the first six or seven holes, I probably got a little burnt,”

World number 1 Dustin Johnson is T5, at -6 under par, a -6 under 65 today a big improvement on yesterday;

“I felt like today was a lot of the same as yesterday.”

 “I felt like I hit the ball really well, had a lot of good looks at birdie. It’s just really difficult to get the ball in the hole here.”

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club in South AfricaFelipe Aguilar, ChileRoss Fisher, England and Jeunghun Wang from South Korea.

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Jeunghun, Ross and Felipe all carded -4 under par 68 in the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.

Jeunghun had one bogey today, but was pleased he putted well;

“I did really good putts today, I made a lot of one-putts and great, big saves.”

“So I’m trying to save my birdies and keep making pars. I did well today.”

“When I played my practice round, it was really tough. I feel it’s really tough.”

“But now I’m playing the tournament, I feel a little bit easier. I’m hoping to get better and better.”

Felipe is concentrating on strategic play in the tough conditions;

“I didn’t expect it actually, the course wasn’t playing very easy.”

“We have to start with the fact the course is not easy. It’s very difficult for me to judge distance because of the altitude, so I’m quite happy with today’s round.”

“I try to be very strategic. I don’t go for every single hole out here. It worked out today and hopefully it will work out for the next three days.”

Ross was working hard to make birdies;

“I was working my butt off to birdie the last I have to say, I wanted to try to make birdie because I let a few chances slip on the back side.”

“I’m still of the mindset to go out there and attack and try and make as many birdies as I can and try and shoot as low a possible score that I can.”

Henrik Stenson is keeping his mind on winning the Race to Dubai title, he sits in a large group at -3 under par after his 1st round 69. His nearest challenger for that title is Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters Champion had a miserable day signing for +3 over par 75, which included an 8 at the par five second hole.

Henrik told reporters;

“I just want to play as well as I can for these two weeks and see where it takes me,”

“Of course you’re always going to look a little bit and see what the other guys are doing but at the end of the day I’ve got to focus on my game and I managed to do that.”

“So I’m happy with the day’s work.”

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrrell Hatton Has 1st Win.

 

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Tyrrell Hatton has his 1st European Tour win in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course St Andrews in Scotland.

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Tyrrell secure the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a final round -6 under par 66,on the Old Course St Andrews, to post a winning total of -23 under par, and a four shot victory, using a new putter;

“It feels amazing. I’ve wanted this moment since I was a six-year-old walking around Wentworth. It’s incredible.”

“I was pretty nervous all day. I started to feel a little bit more comfortable, sort of down 14, 15, but I’m just so happy I got over the line.”

“I had a new putter in the bag this week and it worked really well. I’m just so happy.”

“It’s weird, you know, I felt a little bit uncomfortable over the ball at times but my putting this week really helped me out and that’s been key to lifting the trophy this week.”

“I had the target of getting inside the top-50 in the world and I think I was 53rd going into this week, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning to see where I’ve moved up to.”

“But hopefully I can have a good end to the year and move up a little bit higher.”

Richard Sterne -6 under 66 today and Ross Fisher -5 under 67 finished tied in second place at -19 under par.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrell Hatton Has Healthy Lead.

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Tyrrell Hatton, of England has a healthy lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after 54 holes in Scotland.

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Tyrrell scored a bogey free -10 under par 62 at the Old Course St Andrews to lead the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a -17 under par total, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Tyrrell said it was his best round ever, and he putted well;

“It’s quite clearly the best round I’ve ever had I’ve never actually got to double digits before, either, so very pleased with that.”

“I putted really well again today. That was the big thing. Just kept momentum going with holing some good birdie putts and holed a couple of good par putts as well. That kept things going and I’m really happy with that finish.

“Obviously I’d love to get a win. I’ll try my best tomorrow. It’s been a really consistent year and it would be nice to have a good finish to the year.”

Another Englishman is in second place, at -14 under par, Ross Fisher carded -3 under 69 at Carnoustie, and was happy it was a nice day;

“It was a beautiful day to play this place. What a golf course in this condition.”

“It was decent. You never know what you’re going to get when you turn up here. We were all hoping for Car-nicety and not Car-nasty. We got it. “

“Conditions were pretty benign. There wasn’t much breeze. So whether it played easier or harder than what the other guys had it, I don’t know.”

“I heard stories about some of the clubs they were hitting onto the par fives and obviously we had it a lot longer and the tougher holes played easier for us.”

“It was still tricky out there. It was very firm, very fiery, but yeah, overall, I felt pretty pleased with the round. There were a couple of scrappy shots.”

“I maybe left a couple of putts out there but you know, all in all, I can’t complain. It plays pretty good, and to shoot under par and shoot in the 60s for the third day running, I’m obviously very, very pleased.”

Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren, -3 under at St Andrews, and South African Richard Sterne -7 under, also at St Andrews, share third place at -13 under par.