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.”


WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Jason Has Daylight at the Top.

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Jason Day has daylight between himself and the field at the opp WGC Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard at Firestone Country Club, in Ohio.WGC Bridgestone Invitational








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 Jason carded a -1 under par 69 second round at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational to lead at the half-way stage with a -4 under par total.

Jason was faced with a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the final hole, and when his putter bumped up against the collar on the way back, he stroked it too hard, and then to compound the error missed the 6-foot par putt on the way back, making a bogey five. But overall his putting was good;

“I was very cross with myself when I was walking off.”

 “The great thing is that once I do silly things like that on 18, I soon forget about it, and I just need to start focusing on tomorrow’s round.”

“I think over the next two days it’s going to be very difficult for everyone.”

“I would love to be able to give myself more opportunities, and if I can do that, hopefully I’m holding the trophy at the end of the week.”

“The mentality won’t change with regards to how tight it is. I’ve just got to try and get it done. Even if I don’t have my best stuff, just find a way to get it done.”

David Lingmerth holds second place, a -3 under par 67 equaled the low round off the day. He is now just one shot back at -3 under par for the tournament.

First round leader William McGirt shares third place at -2 under par, a horrible second round +4 over par destroying his three shot overnight lead. Emiliano Grillo, +1 over 71 and Scott Piercy -1 under 69 today are also at -2 under for the tournament.

William blamed the wind; don’t we all;

“Trying to figure out the wind was impossible.”

 “It was a lot of down off the left with a touch of in off the right. I mean, who knows?”

Justin Thomas hit the longest drive of the day 414 yards at the par five 16th, with a  nasty lie left for his second he kind of chunked it, it hit the pin and fell in for Eagle;

“I can’t hit another drive that hard.”

Justin, -1 under 69 today, is tied with Jordan Spieth,+1 over 71, Kevin Kisner, even par 70, and Adam Scott -2 under 68, all at -1 under par in sixth place.

Jordan, following criticism for his slow play, is starting to pick up the pace;

“The quicker part actually helps me because then I just get up there and fire away.”

“The more I can do that, actually I think the better off ; kind of gun slinging mentality, just to go up and hit the way I always have played.”

U.S. Open. D.J Does It.

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 D.J. Dustin Johnson finally does it as he wins his first Major, the U.S. Open.

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Dustin shot a final round -1 under par 69, and posted a -4 under par total to win the U.S. Open, his maiden Major title;

“It feels good, feels really good, feels well deserved.”

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities that I didn’t quite get it done. So this one’s definitely really sweet.”

“I knew I was swinging well, and I just kept thinking, it’s just me and the course, I’m playing against the course. I can’t control what anyone else does.”

“So I just tried to hit golf shots, tried to hit it on the correct side of the hole, and two-putt.”

Shane Lowry started the final round with a four shot lead, but spectacularly slumped with a last round of +6 over par 76. He finished the tournament tied in second place with Jim Furyk, -4 under par 66 today, and Scott Piercy -1 under today, all at -1 under for the tournament.

Only four players finished under par, with Sergio Garcia, even par 70 today and Branden Grace, +1 over 71, sharing fifth spot at even par.

Lee Westwood played alongside Dustin in the penultimate group, the part time golfer proving that you cannot just turn-up and compete for four rounds at Major tournaments. Maybe after today’s dismal last round effort of +10 over par 80 he will consider paying the tour regularly.