CIMB Classic. Justin Thomas Defending Champ In Charge.

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Justin Thomas, the defending CIMB Classic champion, is in charge of the tournament after 36 holes at TPC Kuala Lumpur, on the West Course.

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Defending Champion Justin shot a bogey free  -6 under par 66 in the second round of the CIMB Classic, to top the leaderboard at -14 under par, giving him a two stroke advantage over the field after 36 holes of the tournament;

“I drove the ball well and had it in the fairways a lot and had a lot of birdie opportunities.”

“There’s definitely a couple shots I’d like to have back, but I mean, going bogey-free and six under is always good.”

“I really try not to think a lot about the fact that I won last year. I’m really just trying to focus on each and every shot that I’m hitting.”

Anirban Lahiri, from India, is in second place at -12 under par, he also carded -6 under 66 today;

“I’ve been playing well. Both yesterday and today I’ve played good. I think I played solid right through.”

“It’s just very disappointing to finish the way I did. Both days I think I left four or five shots out there coming in.”

“Yeah, I would have liked to be in a better position the way I’ve played but it’s not over yet.”

“I put some work in with my coach earlier in the week. Last week was a bit of a struggle.”

“Obviously I seem to be finding my rhythm a lot better. I think having played this course a few times, you kind of know what to do.”

Russell Knox, -9 under par 63 today, James Hahn, -8 under 64 and Hideki Matsuyama, -8 under 64, all share third place at -11 under.

Russell carded six birdies on his back nine, with some great putting;

“I thought I could shoot maybe five , six under would be a great score, and then I just started making putts after putts.”

“Got on a nice little roll there and very pleased with my score.”





Travelers Championship. Russell Knox Wins.

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Russell Knox, from Scotland, wins the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

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Russell shot a final round -2 under par 68 to win the Travelers Championship with a total score of -14 under par. This is Russell’s second win of the season.

Russell needed to make a 12ft putt on the last to avoid a playoff;

“I felt like the Incredible Hulk when it went in, I could have ripped my shirt off.”

“Everybody dreams of making a putt on the last hole to win a tournament.”

“I just kept telling myself, this is your chance to make a putt to have a great celebration and hear the roars. I’m glad it went in.”

One shot off the pace and claiming second place on his own at -13 under par is Jerry Kelly. Jerry carded a last round -6 under par 64, and was watching a monitor in the scorers room a Russell successfully made par from the front bunker on 18 to hold on to the title.

Jerry was really appreciative of the fans support;

“The love that they showed me this week, that’s about the best of any year.”

 “But, this is about the best I’ve played of any year too.”

Tied in third place were Patrick Rodgers -2 under par 68 today and Justin Thomas, who must have thought he would claim the lowest round of the day with his last round -8 under par 62. Both of these players finished the tournament with -12 under par totals.

Of course the low round of the day went to Jim Furyk, with his amazing record breaking -12 under par 58. Jim finished T5 in a large group at -11 under par.

Jim told reporters the round was really special

“No one else can say they’ve done that out here on the PGA Tour.”

 “It’s really special.”

Leader by three shots at the start of the last round Daniel Berger, had a nightmare day +4 over par 74. He joined Jim in the tie for fifth place at -11 under par, what would he have given for Jim’s round today.


Travelers Championship. Berger Blossoms at the Top.


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Daniel Berger blossoms at the top of the Travelers Championship with a beautiful 62 at TPC River Highlands.

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Daniel carded a beautiful -8 under par 62 in the third round of the Travelers Championship and at -15 under par has a three shot cushion starting the final round tomorrow, thanks mainly to a good putting performance;

“I’ll tell you, it’ll be a lot easier stepping up on the tee box having a PGA TOUR win under my belt than if I didn’t.”

 “You know, it’s all about hitting good shots under pressure, and I’ve been doing that so far this week.”

“If I can continue to do that, then I’m sure I’ll be right there on Sunday.”

“I think I made a ton of putts, and that’s been a big key for me.”

 “I’ve been putting really good the last couple months or so, and even before I won, I mean, I was looking back.”

“I mean, I was in third or fourth, fifth place through two rounds, three or four tournaments in a row, and didn’t really play that great on the weekend, and then obviously in Memphis I played really well, and I played really well today again.”

Three players are tied in second place, those three shots back at -12 under for the tournament, Russell Knox, -6 under 64 today, Tyrone Van Aswegen -5 under 65, and Russell Henley, also with -5 under 65 today.

Russell Knox, who needed only 7 putts in his first six holes, says it will all come down to the last nine holes tomorrow;

“I mean, the last nine holes, anything can happen.”

“I love being here, and if it’s soft, it’s going to take a really low score to win this thing tomorrow.”

“Someone is going to shoot a really good score, and I hope it’s me.”

“I always tell myself, don’t be scared to play well, you’ve got to go for it.”


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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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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“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.


WGC Championships HSBC Champions. Great Scott Russell Knox Wins

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Another great Scott, Russell Knox wins the WGC Championships HSBC Champions title at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

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Russell had a final round -4 under par 68 to win the  WGC Championships HSBC Champions title with a -20 under par total, and claim his Maiden European Tour title;

“I always thought I was going to win a big one for my first one.”

“This is going to take a long time to sink in.”

“I’m over the moon.”

“This is now my favorite tournament, I look forward to playing it for many years to come.”

Kevin Kisner finished in second place, two shots off the pace at -18 under par. A final round of -2 under par 70 not good enough to challenge for the title.

Third place was shared by the English pair of Danny Willett and Ross Fisher, both on -17 under par.

Danny carded a fantastic final round of -10 under par 62, which has put serious pressure on Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai European Championship event. Ross looked like he would make a challenge for the title, but a bogey on the par four 15th derailed him.

Tied fifth were big hitting Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace, both at -16 under par. With his great length off the tee Dustin somehow failed miserably in the last round, -1 under par 71, while Branden seems to struggle with the putter, that claw-grip is not consistent enough, his -4 under 68 an average score for the day.

Rory came back today, a last round -6 under 66 giving him a total of -14 under par, you just have to wonder what he could have done without that bout of food poisoning.

Jordan Spieth came down to Earth after yesterdays great -9 under par63, his last round -2 under 70 leaving him in a tie for 7th place in the group at -15 under par.

Hao Tong Li, the 20-year-old from China, joined Jordan, Patrick Reed and Matt Fitzpatrick on that -15 under total. The young Chinese player could not quite handle the pressure of playing in front of his home crowd.

Honda Classic. Mac Cracks. Henley Wins.

dragon logo darkThe Honda Classic LogoRussell Henley won The Honda Classic at PGA National on the fourth play-off hole Sunday, as Rory McIlroy cracked under the pressure of a wire to wire win.

Nike staffer Russell Henley won his second TOUR event on Sunday. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

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There was a four man sudden play-off for The Honda Classic title, and Russell Henley won it with a three foot putt for birdie on the first extra hole. He beat Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox after they all finished tied at -8 under par for the tournament. Russell Henley seemed in shock, especially as he dumped his tee shot into the water on 15;

“It doesn’t feel real. I knew I was going to hang in there no matter what happened, I wasn’t going to let it bother me. The swing on fifteen, I didn’t really see coming, I looked up, and it was kind of fading, and I was a little bit shocked by that. This is not exactly what I was expecting at the start of the week.”

Rory admitted he did not play well enough to win;

“I didn’t play well enough at all to deserve to win this tournament. It was very disappointing, it was a perfect opportunity to win. It’s a tough course, especially when you’re in the thick of things. It’s hard to make birdies coming down the stretch there. Just got to pick myself up, get back at it and try get myself into contention at Doral next week and get the job done then.”

With five holes left to play on his final round Tiger Woods walked off the golf course, citing a back injury. Tiger is  chasing Jack Nicklaus’ all-time major record, and a back injury does not auger well for the future. This is not the first time Tiger has complained about a tweak in his back, and it must now always be on his mind. Not a good omen for playing competitive golf. Whatever the real reason was we will never know for sure, Tiger refused to meet the press after the game.

Tiger Woods was 5 over after 12 holes Sunday at PGA National.

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Honda Classic. Rory Rolls On.

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Rory McIlroy rolls on at the Honda Classic taking a two shot lead into the final round at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, in Florida.

Rory McIlroy will take a two-shot lead into the final round at PGA National. (Smith/Getty Images)

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Rory carded a third round -1 under par 69 to keep his nose in front of the chasing pack, posting a total of -12 under par. The 2012 winner at PGA National, is looking to go wire to wire here. Rory spoke about not making mistakes;

” It’s all about not making mistakes, it’s about limiting the damage. You’re going to make a few bogeys out there. If you limit those, hit fairways and greens, that’s what I’m going to try to do tomorrow. There’s still eighteen holes to go, but I’m feeling comfortable with where I am.”

Russell Henley is in second place at -10 under par, his third round -2 under par 68 contained an Eagle 2 at the par four 14th hole. He is trying to ignore what Rory is doing;

” I’m trying not to pay attention to what Rory is doing, obviously, he’s playing great and he’s been in this situation a little bit more than me. But I still have a lot of confidence and I’m just going to try to play my game and not worry about what he’s doing too much.”

Russell Knox carded a third round -2 under par 68, for -9 under par total, and he is the only player among the top eight who has never won on the PGA TOUR.

Tiger Woods put together his best round for a while, a -5 under par 65, that shot him up the leaderboard to T17. He declared he is still in the hunt, even though he is seven shots off the pace of Rory;

“Today was a positive day, hit the ball well and made some putts and got myself back in the hunt.”

Brendon de Jong fell away badly while playing alongside Rory, he collapsed with a third round +6 over par 76, taking him out of contention. He is now T24, a drop of 22 places on the day;

“It was just unfortunately one of those bad days, it’s going to happen if you play this game for long enough. I just hit too many bad shots, I was putting for too many pars on this golf course.”