WGC Cadillac Championship. Rory Triumphs.

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Rory McIlroy came through to triumph in the WGC Cadillac Championship at TPC Harding Park in chilly San Francisco.

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Rory defeated Gary Woodland in the final of the WGC Cadillac Championship by a margin of 4 & 2 in a tense match where neither of them brought their A game to the course.

Rory got up early to birdie the 22nd hole in his ongoing quarter-final match with Paul Casey, which put him in the semi’s against Jim Furyk. He came good again at the end sinking a 30ft Eagle putt to spoil Jim’s day, beating him 1up.

Rory is conscience of the presence of Jordan Spieth in the World rankings, and is pleased he is still out in front;

“It’s nice to have that healthy lead and I want to try to keep increasing it, but ultimately it’s about wins. If you win, it takes care of all that.”

“Once I got up on the match, I just tried to up the intensity a little bit and take advantage of that.”

“I feel like every time I get in these positions to win tournaments and close tournaments out and I do it, it adds to that ability to really knuckle down when I need to.”

“I think sometimes finals might not have the quality of some of the previous rounds, whether that’s to do with a little bit of fatigue kicking in or maybe just the occasion or whatever.”

“I felt like Gary and I didn’t get off to the best of starts. There was a bit of an ebb and flow in the match, but thankfully I was on the better side of it at the end.”

He can now go and celebrate his 26th birthday in some style on Monday.

Gary lamented having a bad day today against Rory, after he had dispatched Danny Willett 3 & 2 in his semi;

“You’ve got to get lucky in match play. If you have your bad round, you’ve got to hope the guy you’re playing with has a bad round, as well.”

“I was fortunate to get away with a bad round on Wednesday against Jimmy [Walker]. But when you’re playing the No. 1 player in the world, you can’t have a bad round.”

“I kept telling myself on the back nine, the last three or four matches he’s been down going into the last hole.”

“I was trying to fight to get back in the match, telling myself just give yourself chances, give yourself chances, finally a putt will go in.”

“I mean if there’s anybody that likes to front run, it’s him.”

“A lot of guys can flip the switch, but the switch doesn’t work all the time, his switch worked.”

“He flipped it. You could see he had a little more pep in his step, he was walking a little more quickly. You could tell.”

Danny Willett went on to win the consolation match against Jim Furyk to finish solo third. The FedExCup points gave him enough on the season to qualify for Special Temporary Membership for the 2014-15 season. If he  finishes in the top 125 in FedExCup points this season, he’ll earn a PGA TOUR card for 2015-16;

“Luckily we’ve just about covered that, which is nice; then we can kind of build in a schedule.”


WGC Cadillac Match Play. Darkness Defeats Rory & Paul.

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Darkness finally defeated Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey in their quarter-final game at the WGC Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco.

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After 21 holes could not separate Rory and Paul, the impending darkness did, forcing the pair from the TPC Harding Park course. All square after 18 holes they moved into a sudden death play-off, for a spot in the semi-finals, against Jim Furyk.

The late start and the extra holes preventing Rory from taking his seat at the MayPac fight in Las Vegas. He had  a chance to snatch victory at the third play-off attempt at the 16th hole, he blamed the deepening gloom for missing the putt;

“Probably, this obviously could have been avoided if we went off a little earlier.”

“But it’s just the position that I’m in.”

“That’s fine. I have to do it. It’s the position I’m in and I’ll be here at 6:45 in the morning.”

“I’ll try and come out fast and win that hole and try to advance to the last four.”

Paul was ducking and diving, but could have won it in regular time, but missed an 8ft putt on the 17th;

“I dodged a couple of bullets, but I also felt like I gave him one, too. I’m glad we’re teeing off tomorrow, simple as that.”

The quarterfinal playoff will resume early at No. 1 hole on Sunday morning, with the winner advancing to play Jim Furyk in the semifinals.

Jim defeated Louis Oosthuizen 4 & 2, while Gary Woodland dispatched John Senden 5 & 3. Tommy Fleetwood was on the wrong side of a 4 & 3 defeat to countryman Danny Willett.

Danny will face Gary in the semi’s, and Jim will have to wait to see who he has for an opponent on Sunday morning.

Jim said he likes the new format;

“I think there can be tweaks, but I like the format better than in the past.”

“That’s a little bit of a homer thing, too, because I’ve never made it this far.”

As Rory could not make it to Vegas for the big fight, he had to watch it in the media center.

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Rory watching MayPac fight


WGC Cadillac Match – Play. The Last 16, Rory Makes It,

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Rory McIlroy, the world number one has made it into the last 16 of the WGC Cadillac Match-Play in San Francisco.

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Billy Horschel, the FedExCup champion took Rory McIlroy, all the way to 20 holes before he finally conceded defeat to the World number one.

Rory came to life late in the round, scoring winning birdies at the last two holes to square the match and force the extra holes. He said the putt on 17 was the best he had all day;

“I hit the best putt I hit all day.”

“Somehow I was able to turn it around.”

Billy was disappointed not make it through to the last 16, and said it had been a good match;

“I knew he was due to make something. Just a great match.”

“To take the best player in the world right now to 20 holes, it’s just unfortunate because I didn’t play bad at all.”

Lee Westwood won his group, defeating the hottest young player in the world right now, Jordan Spieth. Age and experience finally wearing down Jordan, who knew it was a demanding group to be in, the Masters Champ reporting;

“No complaints, I’m 16 under in three rounds.”

“In our group there’s only been two bogeys made against me in the three days. That’s just a challenging group. It’s match play.”

“What are you going to do? I’m excited about the way I’m playing. Got a lot of momentum going into next week. Kind of a shame that it had to end that way.”

Lee made a poor start to the contest, being two down after two holes;

“I knew Jordan was going to be tough to beat, and sliding down the banister to start, 2 down after 2, I had to regroup and fight back after that.”

“I think probably getting out of the group is really one of the toughest things to do this week.”

The last 16 matches line-up, and my predictions

 Marc Leishman v Gary Woodland                  Gary to Win

John Senden v Hunter Mahan                           Hunter to Win

Branden Grace v Tommy Fleetwood               Tommy to Win    

 Lee Westwood v Danny Willett                         Lee to Win

Jim Furyk v JB Holmes                                        Jim to Win

 Louis Oosthuizen v Rickie Fowler                   Rickie to Win

 Charl Schwartzel v Paul Casey                          Paul to Win

Rory McIlroy v Hideki Matsuyama                 Rory to Win




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Defending Champion Lydia Ko wins the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in a play-off against Morgan Pressel at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco.

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Lydia and Morgan had both completed the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic with -8 under par totals, leading to the sudden death play-off. Play-off hole was the par five 18th, which both ladies parred the first time around, Lydia then won at the second attempt with a birdie.

Lydia had carded a -2 under par 70 final round, while Morgan could only manage a last round of even par 72.

Lydia was very happy with her Birthday week win;

“At the start of the day, I didn’t know how it was going to go, it’s been a great birthday week again.”

Morgan bemoaned a poor putting performance;

“I just couldn’t convert the putts, it all comes down to putting. She birdied it twice and I didn’t.”

Brooke Henderson, who started the day with a one shot advantage finished in third place at -7 under par. A +2 over par 74 being her undoing, missing the play-off by one shot. She spoke about the missed putt that would have changed everything;

“It was one of the least nervous putts I had all day. I could see it going in, in my mind, but it didn’t happen in real life.”



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Brooke Henderson has an advantage going into the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco.

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Brooke shot an even round of 72 in the third round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club, but remained at the top of the leaderboard with her -9 under par total and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. There was a fierce Northern California wind blowing which got the attention of all the ladies;

“It was a great day out there. It was really tough conditions, and I was able to play really well.”

“Couple times my short game needed to bail me out, and it was able to do that, especially the first 16 holes.”

“If someone told me at the beginning of the week I would be leading going into the final round, I would’ve taken it.”

“They know they can do it. They step up to that tee and there is no fear. I mean, look at how strong Brooke played yesterday and today.”

“Not to say that a few develop, but as you play out here more and more, I think sometimes the younger you are the more naïve you are to all the pressure and everything else that goes with it.”

“I mean look at how strong Brooke played yesterday and today.”


Morgan Pressel and Min Seo Kwak are tied in second place at -8 under par for the competition, Morgan with a wonderful -5 under par 67 and Min with-3 under 69. They were the only two players in the field to shoot below 70 on Saturday.

Morgan knows the chasing ladies have the ability to put up a challenge;

“They know they can do it. They step up to that tee and there is no fear. I mean, look at how strong Brooke played yesterday and today.”

“Not to say that a few develop, but as you play out here more and more, I think sometimes the younger you are the more naïve you are to all the pressure and everything else that goes with it.”

“I mean look at how strong Brooke played yesterday and today.”

Min has her own fan club, they chant Kwak, Kwak, Kwak, and she is hoping to hear that chant all day tomorrow;

“Yes, yes a lot, because I know how to win like in Symetra Tour.  So I’ll try to do same thing here.”

World number one Lydia Ko, -1 under par 71 today is alone in fourth place at -6 under par, and if the conditions are just as tough tomorrow, at three shots back, she must have a decent chance;

“I just got to play the holes that are birdieable, give myself a good chance, and then try and put some pressure, but it’s not easy because of the wind. Every hole is playing so tough.”

“Now I’m not the 17-year-old that they’re talking about right now, we’re similar in age and played some tournaments together as amateurs. We’re all really friends out here.”

“I’m feeling the pressure. I feel the nerves when it’s there, but, I mean, people say when you’re younger, you’re not afraid. You’re kind of fearless. Maybe I’m not the case.”


Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, Brooke Henderson with Half-Way Lead

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Brooke Henderson leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the half-way point at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, California.

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Brooke tore the Lake Merced golf course apart, shooting -7 under par 65 in the second round, to top the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic leaderboard at -9 under par for the tournament.

In interview she mentioned another teenager on the circuit world number one Lydia Ko;

“I think I’m ready, yeah, 17 is young. As you’ve seen with Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson and even Jessica Korda, there are a lot of great names that have been able to do it. I’m hoping that I’m one of them.”

“You know, I’m really loving where I am right now, and it’s awesome to wake up every day and do something I love.

“In my amateur career I loved when I had the lead, and I just want to continue to build it. This thing is far from over.”

“There are tons of great players out there. The day is not even over yet. I’m excited for the position I’m in and really excited for the next couple days.”

Na Yeon Choi is in second place, at -7 under par, her second round -4 under par 68 lifting her up the leaderboard.

Third position is shared between Sakura Yokomine and Cindy Feng, both at – 6 under par for the competition.

Cindy was happy that she did not do anything silly during her round;

“I played great today, made a lot of birdies, which always helps.  Made some putts. Just didn’t do anything too stupid.”

Overnight leader, defending champion, world number one, and birthday girl, Lydia Ko suffered some 18th birthday blues, returning an even par second round, dropping her to T5, and four shots off the lead, with two rounds to go;

“Yeah, you know, I got two celebrations, the first one on the 10th tee and then coming off 9. Really cool to share that birthday with a lot of people out here.“

“You know, I really didn’t get anything going.  When that happens it’s really hard.”

“You know, I would say the par fives, you kind of need to take advantage of them. I didn’t position myself well in any of them, and that just makes it tough.”

” Kind of feel like you’re already losing shots there.”

“We’re doing a birthday dinner, so have Korean barbecue.  Go to the original roots. Yeah, should be good.”

“Couple of the players are coming, family and friends. But, yeah, I think it’s just great that this year I can have a really good birthday dinner with a lot of close friends and we can have some fun.”

Joining Lydia on that -5 under par score is Ha Na Jang, Min Seo Kwak and Julieta Granada.

Ha Na benefited from using new irons, put in her bag on Wednesday;

“No problem, change my irons, new irons Wednesday, I think a little bit more confidence and it’s really good.”



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Lydia Ko, the world number one, leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic  at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, California. She will be 18 on Friday, Happy Birthday Lydia.

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Lydia shot an opening round -5 under par 67 to lead the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic by one shot at the end of day one in California.

Lydia said she had holed some good putts today and tomorrow’s birthday girl said nothing would change just because she is older;

“Holed some good putts and ended up with a 67 today.”

“It’s a really good start, but I know I’ve got three more long days to go. Hopefully I can continue hitting solid shots.”

“This is a very tough golf course. You need to position yourself well, I hit the ball pretty good where I wasn’t in too much trouble. If I did miss it a little bit, I did get away with it, too. It’s a really good start but I know I’ve got three long days to go.”

“The first couple holes were playing down wind, so that made it a lot easier.”

“A lot depends on the wind. It really depends on the conditions of the day and the scores are really good.”

“Juli’s a legend, a Hall of Famer. It’s so cool she still plays well at her age.”

“What she’s done for the tour is pretty amazing.”

“I won’t change it just because I’m one year older. Really I’m only one day older tomorrow.”

Ha Na Jang, Juli Inkster and P.K. Kongkraphan are tied in second place at -4 under par after their first rounds of -4 under par 68.

Juli admitted that her competitors were younger than her daughters, and offered a free ticket to anyone who would come out and support her;

“Yeah, they’re a lot younger than my daughters, they’re 25 and 21.”

“Out here that’s a seasoned veteran. You know what, that’s the beauty about golf. I mean, age matters in a lot of things as far as how your body feels and how far you hit the ball and how much time you can put into it. You can still go out there and compete at 54.”

“Good friends come up and support me.  So free ticket, everybody wants a free ticket. Yeah, so it’s good.“

Stacy Lewis, last year’s runner-up to Lydia at Lake Merced, was two strokes back at -3 under par with her first round 69;

“It was probably one of the craziest rounds of golf I’ve ever played, it was all over the place.”

Bay Area fan favorite, Paula Creamer, was at risk of missing the cut after a +10-over par 82. She had four bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.

Another teenager making her way in the game is Canadian Brook. M. Henderson, she shot an opening round -2 under par 70, and is hoping to improve on that position;

 “I hit a lot of great shots out there and was able to make a few putts on the front nine.”

“My back nine were all pars, which I can’t complain too much with conditions the way they were today.”

“Would’ve liked to capitalize on a few more birdies. I am hoping I will get the chance the next couple days.”