Dell Technologies Championship. Justin Rose Leads.

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Justin Rose of England leads the second FedExCup play-off event the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.Rose takes two-shot lead at Dell Technologies Championship

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Justin leads the Dell Technologies Championship by one shot on day one, carding a bogey free first round -6 under par 65 at TPC Boston, the only player bogey free on the day;

“I looked at the pins last night, and I thought there was an opportunity to make some birdies.”

 “The pins were in accessible places. I felt clearly it was trickier than I thought last night. It was windier today, a cool breeze, just enough to swirl around and make it tricky.”

“I guess just keeping the card clean made the birdies really count for something.”

Russell Knox, Scotland, and Abraham Ancer, Mexico, ares in second place at -5 under with their opening rounds of 66.

Russell holed out with a 109-yard approach shot for Eagle on the par four 15th hole.

Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening effort of even par 71, to be T42, while Tiger Woods carded +1 over par 72 for to be T57.

Rory explained his difficulties;

“It was hard today because there were a lot of cross winds and it was a little variable.”

“Sometimes it was downwind; into the wind; when it gets like that it’s hard to trust it.”

“I backed off a few shots.”

Tiger also blamed the wind, but putted well, and made a strange comment about no one going low, six under seemed pretty low to me;

“When I did miss it, I missed in bad spots, but overall, no one is going low out there today.”

“It’s tricky with the wind blowing the way it is right now. Hopefully tomorrow I can miss in correct spots and make a few more birdies than I did today.”

“I putted beautifully today, I really did. I hit a lot of good putts.”

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Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Play-Off Win for Russell Knox.

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It was a play-off win for Russell Knox of Scotland at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open beating Ryan Fox of New Zealand at the first extra hole at  Ballyliffin Golf Club in Ireland.

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Russell, -6 under 66 for his final round and Ryan -4 under 68 finished the  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open tied at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par. Russell made birdie at the first extra hole, the par four first hole, to win the tournament with a 40ft putt;

“To make a putt like that, it’s a dream come true.”

“It’s so hard to win tournaments. The way I managed to do it, holing those two long putts, it was just my time.”

“I’m just lucky to win one of these massive events, so thank you very much to Rolex.”

Ryan spoke about his two putts that would could have won him the Trophy;

“I feel alright, I mean I holed a big one on eighteen to get into the play-off, and holed a massive one in the play-off as well.”

“I hit two great putts on eighteen, one grazed the edge, the other came back at me.”

“Just happy, feel comfortable out there, it was close.”

“Had one of those putts been an inch either way I would have been holding the trophy.”

“Well done to Russell, he played great today.”

Jorge Campillo from Spain fired a -7 under par 65, the low round of the day to claim third place with a -13 under total.

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French Open. Alex Noren Wins.

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Alex Noren of Sweden won the HNA Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris, France.

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Alex birdied two of his last three holes to win the French Open with a last round of -4 under par 67 giving him a -7 under total, and a one shot winning margin;

Alex needed good putting, and is hopeful of getting on the Ryder Cup team for the first time, with Le Golf National being the venue this time around;

“When you’re out there you really want this win and it felt unbelievable to get it today.”

“It’s what I was putting and practicing for, maybe a play-off, it was unreal how it went and I didn’t expect that.”

“If I would be on the team it would mean a lot, you get good memories from here.”

“The first two years I came here I thought I could never win around here and the last three years I’ve had good results. It helps a lot.”

Julian Suri, USA, -2 under 69, Russell Knox, Scotland, -6 under 65 and Chris Wood of England, with a sad lat round of +2 over par 73 all shared second place at -6 under par.

Earning places at the 2018 The Open at Carnoustie were Julian, Russell and Marcus Kinhult.

Russell was delighted to be playing in The Open at home;

“Obviously the Open Championship in Scotland and being a Scot, it’s a huge honor to get to play,”

 “I’ve played in the last three, so I would hate to miss one, especially when it’s in Scotland.”

Julian was happy with his consolation prize;

“I guess it’s a consolation somewhat, and I love Carnoustie.”

“I played it in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship for the first time last year, obviously in totally different conditions.”

“Last year The Open was my first major. It will be nice to be back.”

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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.”

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Pat Perez Wins.

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Pat Perez wins the  OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico.

Perez wins OHL Classic, first since '09

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Pat, with his shoulder surgery now a thing of the past, shot -4 under 67 to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, with a -21 under par tournament total, a two shot victory.

Pat spoke about his great putting;

“I had an attitude that I can’t really repeat, but I had a lot of thoughts going on.”

“The main one was I wanted to stay aggressive. I knew if I just stayed aggressive I was seeing the line great on the putting green.”

“This type of grass and these greens, if you can get it on line you can make them.”

“I just saw the line, I thought I could make them all and I just had a confidence.”

“You’ve got to make a lot of putts, you need some help from other players.”

“It’s everything. It’s so hard to win. But I just had this different look about it this week and I’ll hopefully carry that through for a while.”

“I had an entirely different attitude than I would have had a few years ago. It was definitely a different win than last time.”

“Last time, I was a little more scared coming down the stretch. I didn’t really believe and this and that. This time, I really had like this calmness, kind of like a madness to get it done.”

Gary Woodland finished in second place at -19 under par, a last round -1 under 70 not what he was looking for.

Russell Knox was third at -18 under par after a -5 under par finishing round of 66;

“I wasn’t all that comfortable out there.”

“This course kind of makes you put the steer on sometimes, but I made seven birdies.”

“A couple mistakes, but overall starting the day I would have taken 66.”

WGC HSBC Champions. Hideki Holds On To Top Spot.

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Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan holds on to the top spot at the WGC HSBC Champions after round three at  Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

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Hideki had a -4 under par 68 third round at the WGC HSBC Champions, giving him a 54 hole total of -17 under par, and a three shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“The first two days, making lots of birdies, it’s a lot of fun.”

“But today, when you’re in a position to win, playing smart and making no bogeys was very satisfying to me today.”

“Everyone is so good. I know I’m going to have to make some birdies. But I think the key for tomorrow’s round will be not making any bogeys.”

Nearest challenger is defending champion Russell Knox, on -14 under par for the tournament, he also carded -4 under 68 today;

“I’m not going to give up my title without a big fight tomorrow.”

“I look forward to every minute tomorrow and see what happens.

Daniel Berger is in third place at -13 under, following his third round -5 under par 67.

It looks like Hideki should cruise to the title, considering the form he is in, a three shot lead is a massive advantage,

World number three Rory McIlroy is back at -9 under par, a -2 under 70 today not good enough to keep in touch with Hideki. Rory is now eight shots off the pace, but in the top ten. I expect him to improve on that position tomorrow.

WGC HSBC Champions. Hideki Matsuyama With 36 Hole Lead.

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Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, has the 36 hole lead at the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

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Hideki shot a wonderful  second round of -7 under par 65 to hold the 36 hole lead in the WGC HSBC Champions, giving him a tournament total -13 under par, and will take a three shot advantage into the week-end.

Hideki has not played well here in previous years, but putted well today;

“I haven’t really played well here before.”

“So before coming here, I was a little bit nervous again thinking, maybe it’s not going to be a good week for me.”

“But then I decided, oh, wait a minute, let’s just have fun this week. It’s made a difference.”

“I have been playing well but really, today, I hit some good second shots and made some putts and that’s what made the round score well for me.”

Defending Champion Russell Knox, -4 under 68 today and Bill Haas, -5 under 67, share second place at -10 under par.

Russell told reporters about the low temperature, and how he was used to it, coming from Scotland;

“I’m thrilled, conditions were extremely difficult and I played well.”

I had a couple of chances there at the end which I would have loved to have made but it was hard out there.”

“I was a little cold but I’m built for this. As much as I would say I don’t enjoy playing in this, I’m good at it.”

“So I hope it’s like this on the weekend. You have to try and find your edge.”

“So if you have a good attitude when the weather gets bad like that, you can maybe pick up half a shot mentally.”

Tied in fourth position, at -8 under are, Francesco Molinari, -3 under 69 second round, Richard Bland, -4 under 68 and Daniel Berger, -2 under 70 today.

Making up ground today was Rory McIlroy, -6 under 66, he shares seventh place with Paul Casey, -2 under 70, Ross Fisher, -4 under 68 and best placed Chinese player Xinjun Zhang, -3 under 69.

Rory made seven birdies against one bogey today, with his putter working well.