Valspar Championship. Corey Conners Leads Half-Way.

 

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Corey Conners from Canada leads the Valspar Championship at the half-way point at the Innisbrook Copperhead Course in Florida.Conners leads after 36 holes

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Corey carded a second round -2 under par 69 to lead the Valspar Championship after 36 holes, and will take  two shot advantage into the week-end, a very new experience for him;

“Really happy to be in the position I am and to be here, first of all.”

“Really excited. Kind of a new position for me, but what I work for and looking forward to a fun weekend. It will be a challenge but I feel like I’m up to it and feel good about my game.”

“Pretty cool. Hopefully I can be in a position where I get some followers Sunday as well. That would be cool.”

“It will be a fun experience, the nice thing is there’s a ton of Canadian fans. I think this is a popular winter destination for Canadians.”

“I’ve been feeling a lot of Canadian love out there and yeah, looking forward to more of that and I think it will be a lot of fun.”

Five players are then tied in second place at -4 under par, Paul Casey, England, -3 under 68 today, is joined by USA players, Ryan Palmer, -5 under 66, Kelly Kraft, -1 under 70,  Brandt Snedeker and Tiger Woods, who both signed for second rounds of -3 under 68.

Tiger spoke about his recovery progress, and how cold it was during his warm-up today;

“I was freezing out there, I was just trying to stay warm. I was hitting it all over the place.”

“My surgeon hadn’t told me I was fused. If I’m not fused, this is a totally different game.”

“Am I going to feel what I did for the last four, five years? Or am I going to be like this?”

“Could I have envisioned myself being here? No,”

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Farmers Insurance Open. The Play-Off Carried Over Until Tomorrow

 

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The Farmers Insurance Open ended in a three-way tie at the top, Jason Day, Australia, Alex Noren, Sweden, and Ryan Palmer, USA , all with -10 under par totals at Torrey Pines Golf Course, in California.

Day and Noren go head-to-head

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Jason carded a final round -2 under par 70, Alex +1 over 73, and Ryan even par 72, to tie for the Farmers Insurance Open top spot at -10 under par.

A three-way sudden death play-off started on the par five 18th, Ryan was eliminated with a par there, against the birdies of Jason and Alex.

Jason and Alex birdied again second time around. The next  two play-off holes, 16 and 17 and  were all halved with pars, and the 18th, the fifth play-off hole was halved with birdies.

By this time the darkness had descended, and the players will have to return tomorrow morning to settle the issue.

Alex said;

“It’s too dark. I could barely see the last putt, but it’s very enjoyable.”

“This is what I play for. I’m excited.”

Jason too mention the lack of light, not being able to see his ball on the green from the fairway, turning to his caddie;

“I can’t see it.”

“I’ll play all day tomorrow if I need to, to get the win.”

They will start again tomorrow at the par five 18th, and if recent play-off history is any indicator, it could go on for some time.

Defending champion Jon Rahm, Spain, fell away, carding a disastrous last round +5 over par 77, for a -2 under total. Tiger Woods finished in a tie for 23rd place, at -3 under par.

 

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Farmers Insurance Open, Alex Noren in Front.

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Alex Noren, Sweden, is in front at the Farmers Insurance Open after 54 holes at Torrey Pines South Golf Course in California

Noren alone at the top

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Alex put in a third round -3 under par 69 to post -11 under par at the top of the Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard;

“I’ve been under the radar for most of my career.”

“I don’t care too much if they know me or not. It’s quite nice if they don’t know me.”

“All I’m trying to do is play some good golf and my goal is to win a tournament.”

“I kept my cool, I think that’s about it.”

“You don’t have to hit every shot perfect, you’ve got to just manage your way around, and obviously it helps being up there before.” 

“It is a different feeling but it’s a nice feeling.”

“You’ve got some adrenaline, and everything is on the edge. It’s just what I’m looking forward to every time I tee up so it’s going to be fun.”

One shot back at -10 under is Ryan Palmer, in second place after his third round +1 over par 73;

“There’s only one round left so there’s no reason to go out and try to hold on.”

“I’m going to go out there and try to win a golf tournament.”

“It’s a great feeling to be back in this position and I’ve got the game to do it.”

“Hopefully I can go out tomorrow and give my son, Mason, a big birthday present, tomorrow being his 11th birthday.”

J.B. Holmes, -7 under 65 today, and Michael Kim, who went to  Torrey Pines High School, carding -2 under 70 today, share third place at -9 under par.

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Farmers Insurance Open. Ryan Palmer Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Ryan Palmer has the 36 hole lead at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in California.

Palmer holds slim 36-hole lead at Farmers

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Ryan shot a second round -5 under par 67 on the North Course to lead the Farmers Insurance Open with a -11 under par total, and has a one stroke advantage going into the week-end;

“Just a calm day, I never got really frustrated or in front of myself so I’ve salvaged a great round.”

Last weeks winner and Defending Champion Jon Rahm, Spain, holds second place at -10 under par following his second round -6 under 66 on the North Course helped by a hot putter;

“It was not easy at all today, I had the putter really hot on the first nine holes, made a lot of good putts both for birdie and par.”

“But my short game kept me alive today. All those par saves and a couple of those fifty yard shots out of the rough to make birdies at ten and eleven.”

“It’s what made this round what it is. It could have been close to even maybe, but those couple of saves are what made it such a good round.”

“You know, it’s really fun to be the last person that won here and be playing good again and have a chance to go back-to-back.

Tied in third place are Luke List, -6 under 66 on the South Course today, and first round leader Tony Finau who could only manage -2 under 70 today, also on the South.

Tiger Woods made the cut on the number -1 under, he achieved that score today on the North Course, -1 under 71. It was the first time since 2015 that he had made the cut in competition, when Jon Rahm, who is poised to become the top-ranked player in the world with a victory this week,  was still in college at Arizona State;

“It’s been a long 12 months. I’ve been away from it for a very long time.”

“It’s nice to get out there and compete and play. I’m still getting used to my feels, but that just takes more time under the fire.”

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Farmers Insurance Open. Tony Finau Leads.

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Tony Finau leads the Farmers Insurance Open after his 1st round on the  North Course at Torrey Pines, in San Diego.

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Tony is looking forward to taking on the South Course tomorrow after carding -7 under par 65 on the North today to take a one shot lead;

“I look forward to playing the South, a golf course where I can use my length to my advantage so hopefully I keep hitting it well off the tee.”

“I know I can score on that golf course. You’ve got to keep it in the fairway on both courses and I’m happy I did that today.”

Two players are tied in second place at -4 under par after their opening rounds of -6 under 66, Ted Potter Jnr and Ryan Palmer, they both played the South Course today.

Most of the days news surrounded Tiger Woods, on another come-back, he shot even par 72 on the South Course;

“I was probably a little bit rusty.”

“I want to start feeling what it feels like to be out here and hit shots and grind out scores.”

“I need to clean up my iron game for tomorrow and give myself a lot more looks at it.”

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Teams Spieth/ Palmer and Stanley / Ruffels Lead.

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There is a  tie at the top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard, the team of Jordan Spieth and  Ryan Palmer, accompanied by Kyle Stanley with Ryan Ruffels share top spot in this team event at TPC Louisiana.

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Both teams carded opening rounds of -6 under par 66 in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Jordan spoke about his bonus chip-in;

“We knew we were going to have a couple of birdie holes coming in with a wedge on 16 and obviously a par five.”

“So we figured we could keep moving up the board, It was definitely nice for it to go in. It was a nice little bonus.”

Ryan Ruffels was happy with  his partner Kyle;

“I get along great with Kyle and I think our games sort of are somewhat similar.”

 “He’s very calm and collected, plays very boring golf, just so consistent.”

“It’s nice to know he’s going to hit a fairway, he’s going to hit a green. That takes a lot of stress out of you.”

Four teams are tied in third place at -5 under par after rounds of 67; K.J.Choi / Charlie Wi, Two Ben’s Martin and Crane, Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith, with Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney.

Nick spoke of his admiration for Charlie;

“It’s fun to be here again, and then to partner with Charley.”

 

 

The Honda Classic. Two Tied At The Top.

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The Honda Classic, there are two players tied at the top of the leaderboard after 36 holes at PGA National in Florida. Ryan Palmer joins first round leader Wesley Bryan.

The Honda Classic

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Ryan shot -5 under 65, while Wesley signed for a -3 under 67 in the second round of The Honda Classic, to share top spot at -9 under par.

Ryan returned to golf after a four-month break,  to be at home with his wife, Jennifer, who is recovering from breast cancer;

“I watched a few tournaments, there were times when she said I should have gone and played.”

“I was going to play Vegas and I was going to play Malaysia, but after that, there was no way I could play golf.”

“Enjoyed time at home, took care of the kids. But it was a lot of hard times, for sure.”

Ryan suffered most on the course, with his putter;

“The greens, all hell broke loose. the nerves, anxiety right hand. I spent four weeks going through that.”

“Felt like it was the best putting I’ve done in a year and a half, and it’s carried over to this week.”

Wesley  made a bogey on the 13th hole,an errant tee shot,  with his only option was using a putter to get out of the trees. He holed an 8-foot bogey putt to keep in range, and then he holed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th to tie for the lead;

“Don’t like making bogeys, but any time you find yourself using a putter out of the trees for your second shot, it’s not good.”

 “Glad to settle for bogey there and glad to get one on 18, tied for the lead going into the weekend.”

One shot back of the leaders is Rickie Fowler, who carded a second straight -4 under 66, for a -8 under total;

“I feel like it’s time for me to start finishing off some more events when I am in this position.”

 “I wouldn’t look just back at this specific event, but there’s been a few where I’ve had a chance, and I feel very good out front or around the guys in the lead.”

“I’m looking forward to this weekend.”