OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Gary Leads Into Final Round

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Gary Woodland leads into the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico.

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Newly Married Gary shot a -5 under par third round 66 to stay on top of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba with a -18 under par total. Had one bogey today, on 15, but will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“I’ve been there. I’ve been in the position a lot the last couple years.”

“I’m excited about my game, I’m going to rely on my game and trust it and go out and have fun.”

“I’m very comfortable with where my golf swing is and I’m going to rely on it and run it out.”

“I’m happy. I mean, I played great today. Drove the ball exceptionally well, controlled my distances to the green, and I rolled it well.”

“It’s hard to argue with that, hard to be upset with that. I hit a good shot on 15. I just hit it long.”

Pat Perez is in second place at -17 under par, -9 under par 62 elevating up the leaderboard, and he is now feeling comfortable after 9 months out after shoulder surgery;

“I was real comfortable, I woke up and I just felt good.”

“I was comfortable on the range. I’ve just been on this different attitude in the last couple weeks where I just try to stay aggressive and try to think of the right shot and the good shot and not worry about what happens.”

“It’s really worked. I’ve been working on that the last nine months since I got hurt.”

Scott Piercy holds third spot on his own at -16 under par, with a -5 under 66 today.

Sadly for the home crowd Abraham Ancer shot +3 over 74 to drop out of the race for the title, now at -6 under for the tournament, and T 48.

 

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Gary Woodland Leads at Half-Way.

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Gary Woodland leads the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at the half-way point in Mexico, and is still bogey free on the El Camaleon course at  Playa del Carmen.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 11: Gary Woodland of the United States plays his shot from the 17th fairway during the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on November 11, 2016 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Gary carded -6 under par 65 today at the OHL Mayakoba Classic in Mexico, to top the leaderboard after 36 holes at -13 under par;

“It was nice to have an off-week last week. Went out and spent some time with Butch.”

“After the wedding there, kind of got a little rusty I think.”

“Took some time off, but nice to get back in the swing of things. Very comfortable with where I’m at right now.”

Webb Simpson claimed second place, just one shot back at -12 under par, he also had -6 under 65 today, but needed to make some good par putts;

“Well, today was a lot different from yesterday. Today was a bit of a struggle with some distance control.”

“I had to chip a lot more today, so today was about scoring. I was able to score, made some putts when I needed to for par.”

“Yesterday I don’t remember missing any greens and today I missed quite a few, so very different day but same score.”

Third place belongs to Scott Piercy, -5 under 66 today giving him a -11 under total;

“I felt pretty good about my game. Just kind of plodding along and trying to pick up birdies where I can and kind of keep the scorecard pretty clean.”

“Felt pretty good. Just trying to pick up some marbles on the way and count them at the end of the week and see where we fall, so it’s been good.”

Home favorite Abraham Ancer scored -3 under par 68 to be T 4 at -9 under for the tournament;

“It’s been really fun. I played really well on Monday and I’ve been playing really well this week.”

“Hopefully I can take that on the weekend, but no, I’m enjoying it. Have some family here and a lot of friends so it’s awesome.”

Defending champion Graeme McDowell just made the cut, on the number following a disastrous opening round 75 with a -6 under par 65 today, to get to the -2 under cut line.

Jim Furyk was not so lucky in his first event of the new season, shooting 74-70 to miss the cut with +2 over par for the competition. Ian Poulter was another to miss the cut, with 72-69 for -1 under.

Safeway Open. Brendan Steele Captures Title.

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Brendan Steele captures the Safeway Open title at Silverado Resort & Spa in California.

After falling short in 2015, Brendan Steele returned to Napa for the start of the 2016-17 season and walked away victorious. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Brendan finished strong to card a final round -7 under par 65 and win the Safeway Open title with a -18 under par total, his second PGA Tour win.

Last year Brendan had led  wire-to-wire for 54 holes, only to collapse  in the last round, this year good putting was the difference;

“You don’t often get that chance in life to redeem yourself in the same way at the same place.”

“I think my putting coming down the stretch was really the most important thing and definitely some wedge play.”

“I’ve been working on some stuff with Dave Pelz that really helped me with the soft conditions taking spin off the ball and really controlling my numbers.”

“I’d be lying if I said that maybe I was only going to win once on Tour.”

“I felt like my game was really good and I put myself in position a lot but didn’t really execute coming down the stretch.”

“I thought maybe I’m destined to just have that one win and play a long career out here but not necessarily keep winning, so this one definitely feels really good.”

“You’ve got to really make something happen, especially when the conditions are soft.”

“I wanted to be aggressive and I didn’t want to just kind of coast in and just make sure that I had a decent week.”

Patton Kizzire was second, at -17 under par, his last round -2 under par 70 falling just short;

“It was intense, I didn’t finish it off. I’m really disappointed, but I played well. It’s a building block, for sure.”

Paul Casey, -3 under 69, Michael Kim, -5 under 67, Scott Piercy -2 under 70 and Johnson Wagner, -2 under 70, all finished tied in third place at -16 under par.

Paul was so close again;

“So close, isn’t it? I mean, I played great. I had another wonderful week.”

 

 

 

 

Safeway Open. Round Three Rained Off.

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Round three of the Safeway Open was rained off, with leader Johnson Wagner having completed 15 holes at Silverado Resort & Spa in California.

Johnson Wagner is 3 under thru 15 holes of his third round. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Johnson completed his second round but only had time for 15 third round holes before the persistent rain finally caused the suspension of play for the day. Johnson currently stands at the top of the Safeway Open leaderboard with a total of -15 under par, being -3 under so far in the third round.

Johnson had a chip in at the eighth hole;

“It was huge, I was kind of going along steady, going along making pars, a couple nice up-and-downs yesterday but the day before I spun it off 62 yards off the front of the green and luckily today coming out of the rough it didn’t have any spin and it was really a pretty good shot there short and right of the hole.”

“I needed to make a birdie and I’m not usually known for my chipping skills so it was nice to chip one in.”

“It was so brutal out there the last few holes.”

“I was hanging on little quack hooks to the green but just somehow getting it up and down and making par putter and really just trying to survive.”

Patton Kizzire, -5 under through 16 third round holes and Scott Piercy +1 over today  after 15 holes, share second place at -14 under par.

Patton mentioned the tough conditions;

“After holding an umbrella for a while your hand gets a little tired and then you’ve got to step up there and hit a three-footer.”

Paul Casey is fourth, -1 under today though 15 holes, for a -13 under par total.

 

 

 

 

Safeway Open. Round 2 Wrecked by Weather, Suspended.

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Round 2 of the Safeway Open was wrecked by awful overnight weather, delaying the start, which meant the round had to be suspended due to darkness, with, many players still to finish their second rounds at Silverado Resort in California, with Scott Piercy still leading.

Scott Piercy only got through 12 holes of his second round before play was suspended at the Safeway Open. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Scott was still on top of the leaderboard at -14 under par for the Safeway Open, after 12 holes of his second round, before play was suspended for the day.

Scott has a two shot lead at the moment, and said he knew what he wanted to achieve today;

“In my mind, I wanted to shoot 3 under on the front, and luckily, I was able to do that.”

“I don’t have as much fun on the course as I normally should, being in the lead right now or close to, I’m trying to enjoy it.”

“I would have liked to have gone one or two more birdies.”

“I felt like it was there to get. I hit some good shots. Hopefully just continue, get a few more tomorrow and keep pushing forward.”

Johnson Wagner holds second place, at -12 under par, after completing 14 second round holes.

Paul Casey at -11 under through 12 holes is alone in third place.

Surprise package Bill Haas, was Tiger Woods  replacement for the final spot in the threesome that included Phil Mickelson and defending champion Emiliano Grillo.

Bill is currently T4 at -8 under par with a completed second round of -2 under par 70 and joked about his position;

“I think they just wanted to put an equal player in the place of Tiger.”

“I don’t know how that worked out and how I got substituted in there, but I’m happy they would choose me to be in the group.”

Phil carded another -3 under 69 today to be at -6 under, and said he is playing some of his best stuff right now;

“This is some of the best iron play I’ve ever had.”

“Given the challenge that we’ve had judging distance because the ball’s going about 10 to 15 yards less than normal distance, then you’ve got a little bit of wind, a little bit of rain and soft spongy greens, some of my best iron play.”

Defending champion Emiliano Grillo was -2 under 70 today, to be T 19 at -5 under par for the tournament.

 

SAFEWAY OPEN. Albatross Starts New Season, As Scott Piercy Leads.

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An Albatross, and a Hole in One, started the new season as Scott Piercy leads the Safeway Open at  Silverado Resort & Spa in California, with a course record score.

Piercy leads early at Silverado

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Scott shot an amazing opening round of -10 under par 62 at the Safeway Open, to lead by two strokes.

Last season Scott  finished  37th in the season-long #FedExCup standings but only ranked 156th in strokes gained putting;

“The putter held me back but there was a lot of good.”

“It was pretty easy to see what’s going wrong.”

“When you break it down and say, ‘Alright, there’s a lot of good ball striking; chipping was actually pretty good,’ but the putter kind of fell flat on its face.”

Paul Casey and Patton Kizzire share second place at -8 under par for the tournament, and both bogey free.

Paul did not hit the bottle in the one week lay-off between seasons, he has wants to finish the year with a win, to get to Hawaii and the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions event;

“I didn’t get fully stuck into the wine in the off-season or thinking that I’m done with the year.”

 “I very much looked at it as this is just a two-week break that I would normally have during the season.”

“That’s the goal, if not, then I’ll probably do the Sony Open or something like that. But I’m going to at least get 10 weeks to fully charge it before coming back.”

Morgan Hoffmann made the first Albatross in this tournament’s history when his 251 yard second shot on the par five 18th dropped into the cup, he finished the round at -2 under with  round of 70.

Jon Rahm completed the tournament action,  holing his 7 iron tee shot for an Ace, from 173 yards on the par three 11th;

“First one I ever made in my life, very special moment.”

“It was hard to believe. I actually thought it hit like inside the hole and bounced out, but it stayed in.”

 

 

 

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Jason & Scott Share Top Spot.

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Jason Day & Scott Piercy share the top spot on the WGC Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard after 54 holes at Firestone Country Club.

Jason Day only hit three fairways in his third round, but still managed to shoot a 1-under 69. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

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Jason carded a third round -1 under par 69 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational to share top spot with Scott Piercy, -3 under par 67 today. Both have tournament totals of -5 under par.

A mental driving error cost Jason, it went right and kept going right, he likened it to a scene from Caddyshack, eventually his putting saved him;

“That came out of nowhere, it wasn’t just down the right. It was way right.”

“I think it’s more of a mental thing when it comes to those ones because when you’re sharp and you’re on your game and you’re hitting it great, you don’t miss them that far.”

“I felt like Mr. Haverkamp out of ‘Caddyshack’ trying to find his golf ball and not knowing where the golf hole goes.”

“The short game saved me, but mentally I was just trying to grind and grind and grind.”

“Because I thought if I can just somehow get something in and give myself an opportunity for tomorrow.”

“It’s very easy, hitting the positions I hit it today, to sit there and go, `Well, it’s just not my day or not my week’ and kind of switch off a little bit. But didn’t want to allow myself to switch off mentally.”

 “Days like this, they just happen sometimes.”

 “You just have to somehow get it done, and fortunately for me I holed a lot of good, quality putts out there.” 

Scott knows he can compete at this level, he just needs to do it consistently;

“I know I can do it, it’s just doing it on a consistent basis like a Jordan or a Jason and those guys.”

David Lingmerth holds third place at -4 under par, a third round -1 under 69 keeping him in the hunt for the title. He said he felt comfortable playing alongside the World number one;

“Saturday of a big golf tournament, playing with the World No. 1, and I felt comfortable all day.”

 “I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”