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. Austin Cook In Control

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Austin Cook is in control of the RSM Classic which would be his first PGA Tour win.

Cook leads at The RSM Classic

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Austin shot a -4 under par 66 in the third round of the RSM Classic, to maintain his lead and will head into the final round tomorrow with a three shot advantage at -18 under, in pursuit of his maiden PGA Tour win, with putting being the key;

“Putting is key right now, been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys.”

“Hitting the ball pretty much where we’re looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.”

“I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence.”

“I was able to put myself in contention on the Web.com more this year than I have in the past. I think I’ve just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.”

Holding second place at -15 under par is Chris Kirk, with third round -6 under 64, Chris is a specialist on this Seaside Course, having played over 300 rounds here over the years, and loves the place;

“I’m really comfortable here, I love Sea Island. I lived here for 6 1/2 years, so I played the golf course a lot, SEC Championships and come down here for the RSM Classic.”

“My family and I, we come down here a few other times a year as well.”

Brian Gay has third position, he carded a third round -1 under 69, collecting two bogey’s and a double on the day, but he also loves the Seaside Course;

“I love the course, we keep getting different wind directions so it’s keeping us on our toes.”

“Supposed to be another completely different wind direction tomorrow, so we’re getting a new course every day.”

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RSM Classic. Rookie Austin Cook Has 36 Hole Lead

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Rookie Austin Cook has the 36 hole lead at the RSM Classic, shooting 62 in the second round on the Seaside Course.

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Austin shot -8  under par 62 in the second round of the RSM Classic to take the lead heading into the weekend with a -14 under par total;

“I never remember doing what I just did on that golf course.”

“I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I’ve played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season.”

“Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”

Holding second place is Brian Gay, at -13 under par, a second round -6 under 64 keeping him in touch of the leader.

Three players are then tied in third place at -9 under par, C.T. Pan, Taipei, -7 under 65 on the Plantation Course, Chris Kirk, even par 70 at Seaside, and Vaughn Taylor, -4 under 66 also on the Seaside Course.

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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. 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.'”

McGladrey Classic, Jim and Davis Share Lead after 54 Holes

 

SEA ISLAND, GA - OCTOBER 20:  Jim Furyk (L) and Davis Love III speak on the 18th hole during the third round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on October 20, 2012 in Sea Island, Georgia.

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Jim Furyk and Davis Love 111 share the lead at the McGladrey Classic at the 54 hole stage at the Seaside Course, Sea Island, Georgia. Both Jim and Davis had third rounds of -4 under par 66 to share the tournament total of -13 under par.

Jim said a win here at the McGladrey Classic could not erase the memories of his abject  failure to hold leads at the U.S. Open in June, the World Golf Championships,Bridgestone Invitational in August, and a 1 up lead over Sergio Garcia, with just two holes left to play in the Ryder Cup;

“I’m tougher on myself, I promise,  than anyone else is. So I’ve kicked myself 100 times already, and I’ve gotten over it. I can put it behind me and move on. There’s nothing I can do to change it. And nothing I do in the future is going to change it. I’m excited for this season to be over, only for the fact that I can turn the page and we can start talking about the future. If I looked at tomorrow as another chance to be judged in case I failed, you know, it’s been a tough year, but I could never look at it that way. It’s an opportunity for me to go out and win a golf tournament, and I’m not trying to make up for the rest of the year. What happened, happened. It’s over with. I can’t change it. I’m never going to feel good about what happened, but it’s done with. It’s an opportunity tomorrow to win a golf tournament, that’s the way I’m going to look at it.” 

Davis spoke about being able to separate his disappointment at the Ryder Cup result and playing his own golf, and also stopping Jim beating him;

“I can separate a lot of things, separate the Ryder Cup with its own experience. People were surprised I played the three weeks after, but I’d had some time off. I was ready to play. I haven’t played enough tournaments, so it’s nice to be back in the swing of things.  I’d love to keep him from it, we’re both very competitive. That’s why I picked him for the Ryder Cup team. He competes hard every time he goes out there and he gives you everything he’s got. I think it would mean a lot to both of us. It would be a pretty close tie.”

Tied in third place are D.J. Trahan and Arjun Atwal, two shots adrift of the lead after rounds of -4 under par 66, and -1 under par 69, respectively, for their -11 under par tournament totals.

Bud Cauley is alone in fifth spot after his third round of -2 under par, 68, and a tournament total of -10 under par.

It will be interesting to see if Jim and Davis spend too  much time looking at each other, and not noticing someone racing up behind them.