RSM Classic. Austin Cook Wins

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Austin Cook wins the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.

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A last round -3 under par at the Seaside Course saw Austin win the RSM Classic, his maiden PGA Tour victory, with a -21 under par total, a four shot winning margin;

“It was definitely exciting,  real brutal with the wind”

“I got off to a slow start but I was able to keep my head level and know there was a lot of golf to be played.”

“With the wind and those conditions, a lot could happen.”

“With Kip on the bag, he was able to keep me in the moment and keep me pressing instead of playing conservative.”

“There was a lot of stuff going on, mostly up here.” (tapping his head)

“My ball-striking was great and for the most part, my putting was great. Holding the nerves down, playing a good round in these conditions.”

“I’m so happy.”

“My goal coming into the year was to win Rookie of the Year, and I’m on a good path so far.”

J.J. Spaun was second at -17 under par, a last round -4 under 66 giving him that position on his own;

“I feel like I’m just knocking on the door, eventually I think that door will open.”

45 year-old Brian Gay picked up third place at -16 under par, with a final round -2 under 68.

Brian holed out from 161 yards with a 9-iron on the last hole, but could not remember if he had done that before;

 “I don’t think I ever have. Never, ever, not even at home.”

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RSM Classic. Chris Kirk Leads.

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Chris Kirk leads the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.

Kirk out front at The RSM Classic

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Chris shot a first round -9 under par 63 on the Plantation Course at Sea Island to lead the RSM Classic by one shot.

Chris, who made Eagle at the last hole, used his putter well needing only 23 putts on his round today;

“It was fun seeing all of those putts going in.”

“That’s kind of what I’ve struggled with over the past year, and why I haven’t had the results I’ve come to expect.”

“So to have a day like today; hopefully I can make a bunch more of them.”

Joel Dahmen is in second place, with -8 under par 64, he also played the Plantation Course;

“Being out here last year helped a lot, I was kind of a deer in the headlights, honestly, for the first half of the year.”

“Seeing the courses, just being familiar out here is a huge thing.”

“I only played nine holes of practice rounds this week; I just felt like my game’s in pretty good shape.” 

Three other Plantation players are tied in third spot at -7 under par, following their opening rounds of 65; Jason Kokrak, Hudson Swafford and Brian Gay.

Nick Watney and Brice Garnett  are the top players who navigated the Seaside  Course carding -5 under par 65’s, to be in the group at T8.

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The RSM Classic. Mackenzie Hughes Holds On.

 

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Mackenzie Hughes holds on to The RSM Classic lead, having played 54 holes at Sea Island.

Hughes leads after 54 holes

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Mackenzie, from Canada, had a third round -2 under par 68 on the Seaside Course, to hold on to the lead in The RSM Classic with a -16 under par total.

His lead would have been bigger except for a brain fade, he had gone bogey-free for the first 46 holes, and then threw in a triple bogey seven at the par four 11th, a complete comedy of errors;

“I was like, this hole is never going to end.”

“It finally did, and it worked out all right.”

“It was nice to bounce back and to feel like I’m going this way, not stepping back.”

“Everyone will be fighting the same nerves.”

Camillo Villegas , -6 under 64, Billy Horschel, -5 under 65, and Cheng Tsung Pan -3 under 67, all share second place at -15 under par.

Billy is hoping his experience will help him tomorrow;

“There’s some young guys up there on the leaderboard that haven’t been in ; obviously they’ve won other times, but out on the PGA TOUR it’s a little bit different.”

“But it all depends on what kind of conditions we get. I would like to have similar conditions today because I think the better player shows up in these conditions.”

Camillo has gone two years without a victory;

“Let me tell you something, it’s 18 more holes of golf. I’m feeling good.”

“I’ve been a lot more comfortable than I have been. I think it’s all about having the mind in the right place.”

“My shots when I’m calm out there are pretty good and hopefully we can accomplish that tomorrow.”

“I think the leaderboard is jam-packed as always. We’re playing the PGA TOUR, the best players in the world, but I’ve got to wake up tomorrow believing I can do it.”

 

 

RSM Classic. Mackenzie Hughes from Canada Leads

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Mackenzie Hughes,  from Canada leads after the first round of the RSM Classic, shooting 61 at Sea Island.

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Mackenzie carded a bogey free -9 under par 61 to lead the RSM Classic by just one shot, he was even thinking of a 59;

“It was one of those days where everything was kind of clicking and was going right.”

 “Toward the end there I had a chance to shoot 59 and I was thinking about it, but came up a couple short. But it was a great day.”

Stewart Cink and Jonathan Byrd, who is a resident of Sea Island, shared second place at -8 under par after the opening rounds of 62.

Stewart was relieved after hearing a good report on his wife’s cancer condition;

“I am just really encouraged by the way she’s been able to fight and handle it.”

 “She’s had definitely a lot of ups and downs and she feels pretty well, and she got a good report Monday, real good. She’s really like an inspiration for me.”

“I’m just trying to let golf be a piece of my life and not let life be a piece of golf.”

“If you see me out here playing, then you can assume that means that she’s doing fairly well, at least well enough to travel, because I’m not going anywhere without her.”

You can be assured Stewart that the whole world is with you.

RSM Classic. Kevin K Crushes the Opposition to Win.

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Kevin Kisner crushes the opposition to win the RSM Classic on Sea Island, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

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After a year of runner-up finishes Kevin Kisner finally won, at the RSM Classic on Sunday. He shot a final round -6 under par 64 on the Seaside Course, for a record breaking winning total of -22 under par. A whopping six shot margin over second place, and as he sunk the final putt on 18 his year-old daughter Katie ran over to greet him, smiling from ear to ear Kevin said to her;

“We did it!”

Kevin told reporters he knew it would happen sooner or later;

“I’ve just been playing so well all year.”

“I knew one day it was going to happen when I was going to make all the putts. I did it on the front nine.”

“I hope the floodgates are open.”

“You’ve got to believe you can win on Thursday. I hope that catapults me into believing that every week.”

“What a way to end the year, by far the greatest year of my life golf-wise.”

“To finish it that way, I couldn’t write it up any better.”

Kevin Chappell was second, six shots back at -16 under par, his final round -3 under par 67 never troubled Kevin K. He had this say afterwards;

“When he’s shooting 128 on the weekend, pretty tough to beat.”

Last weeks winner Graeme McDowell was third, at -15 under par, his final round was marred by an approach shot that buried itself deep into the face of the 16th bunker. He made a good five from there, but the momentum was gone.

Graeme said it was the first time he had played alongside Kevin K;

“First time I think I’ve ever played with him, didn’t realize just how steady he was.”

“He played really aggressive today for a guy who has never won a golf tournament.”

“I was thinking if I could get a couple under early on that I might have some sort of a shot. But he closed the door early on. And it was impressive.”

RSM Classic. Kevin K in Command.

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Kevin Kisner is in command of the RSM Classic after 54 holes at Sea Island. All matches were played on the Seaside Course.

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Kevin K carded three birdies in his last three holes today on the Seaside Course in the RSM Classic, to lead the tournament by three shots going into the final round tomorrow. His third round -6 under par 64 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par.

He said this is a whole new experience for him;

“I’m just looking forward to it, I haven’t been in this position all year, with a three-shot lead going into the final round, so it’s something new for me. I’m excited.”

“What I’ve learned is you just can’t hold back on this tour.”

“Any time you think you’re doing great, somebody else is, too. I’m just going to try to keep making birdies.”

“I’ll put a number of 20, 21 under in my head and see if they can catch that one.”

“Standing on 15, I was thinking it was going to be a dog fight all day tomorrow again, which it will.”

“But having a three-shot cushion was huge to finish that way.”

“Sixteen is not my favorite tee shot in the world, that left-to-right wind, so to have a  birdie there was clutch.”

Kevin Chappell is in second place, a third round -2 under par 68 no match for his playing partner. Kevin C now has a competition total of -13 under par, he knows he will need a low round tomorrow if he wants to take this title;

“He’s been in this situation a lot lately, and it will probably take a low one from me tomorrow to have a chance.”

Graeme McDowell holds third place on his own at -12 under par, he carded -5 under 65 today. Last weeks win has certainly rejuvenated him, he is now looking for back to back wins.

G-Mac made a glaring error today, on the first fairway, picking up his ball to clean it, there was no lift clean and place rule in operation on the day;

“They looked at me and I was thinking, oh my goodness, you absolute idiot, what are you doing?'”

 “When you do something as silly as that, it was the automatic pilot. That was one of the more automatic mistakes.”

“It’s a much better story if it has a happy ending. I was standing over that 10-footer saying, ‘This is going to be a better story with the lads in the bar if I make this and if not, I’m going to take a lot of abuse for it.'”

RSM Classic. Kevin Chappell Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Kevin Chappell has the 36 hole lead at the RSM Classic at Sea Island.

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Kevin added a second round -5 under par 65 on the Seaside Course, to add to yesterdays score of -6 on the Plantation Course for a RSM Classic total of -11 under par.

He holed a 45 yard bunker shot on the par five 15th for an Eagle;

“I took pitching wedge and said, let’s hit it harder than you want to.”

“It’s easy to hit that shot 25, 30 feet short of the hole which would’ve left a tough putt over a ridge.”

“It came out how I wanted to. Probably the shot of the year for me so far.”

“The wind’s blowing hard from one direction, so I have enough control of my ball right now that I know what shot’s going to come out.”

“I feel comfortable sending it up into the wind.”

“I really enjoy it here on the island, it puts me in a good place. I’m excited to be here and in the position I’m in.”

Freddie Jacobsen and Kevin Kisner share second place at -10 under. Freddie scored -5 under 67 on the Plantation, while Kevin K carded -3 under 67 on the Seaside Course.

Kevin K is still searching for his first Tour win, but he is having fun doing it;

“Man, I’m having a ball, playing good golf is always fun.”

“It felt better each time I’ve been in that position. Hitting shots both ways, my caddie said it’s almost like watching a video game.”

Kyle Stanley is alone in fourth position with a tournament total of -9 under par, he had a -3 under 67 on the Seaside Course today.

Young Love did not last long, Dru missed the cut, when he looked safe, then came  disaster, playing the final seven holes in +7 over, to card  76.

Dad Davis made it through at -2 under for the competition, but wished he had been on the bag for his son today;

“Today, I wish I was his caddie.”

“I was tempted to do something to disrupt him, because he pulled 2-iron on three (218 yards), and it was too much club.”

“He pulled it over the green into a bad place. If he’d have hit 4-iron there into the middle of the green, got out of there, he’d have been fine.”

“He bogeyed there, got mad, swung really hard at the next one (at the par-5 fourth) trying to knock it on in two, and after that he was rattled.”