Wyndham Championship. Jason & Jonas Shoot 62.

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Jason Gore and Jonas Blixt shoot 62 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Jason shot a third round -8 under par 62, which included a bogey, at the Wyndham Championship. He now sits on top of the leaderboard at -15 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Jason is a longtime friend of Tiger, and was talking up the performance of his friend, and added a comment about himself;

“What the guy has done for the game, bringing people into the game of golf is amazing.”

“We all have better lives because of him, and you know, some of us have jobs because of him and I just think it’s awesome to see him playing well again, to see him playing like Tiger Woods, because that’s what we all want to see.”

“Contrary to popular belief, I’m still a good golfer.”

“You’d think a chubby guy from California couldn’t handle the heat and humidity. Maybe it brings my focus up.”

Tied in second place are Jonas Blixt, who also carded a bogey in his -8  under par 62, Scott Brown and Tiger Woods.

Scott had a -4 under par 66 today, while Tiger could only manage -2 under par 68.

Jonas wants to secure his PGA Tour card for next year, and a win here would do that;

“Very pleased if I secured my job. A win will take care of that.”

 “Shoot another 62, I should have a good chance.”

A win here for Tiger would clinch a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs, and help to make something from a dismal season;

“I felt very steady from the word go.”

“The putter just felt really good. My pace, I felt like I could be aggressive.”

“I took a few runs at putts and ripped them past the hole, but I never felt like I was going to miss any of them. I took a rip at them. Some I made, some I didn’t.”

“I need to go out there tomorrow and make a run and get myself up there and make some birdies.”

“There’s a bunch of guys at 13 under. There’s a whole slew of guys at 12, 11, 10. “

“Anybody can make a run and shoot the score Jason and Jonas did.”

There are five players tied in fifth spot, at -12 under par, Webb Simpson, Jim Herman, Paul Casey, Cameron Percy and Brandt Snedeker.





Wyndham Championship. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Wyndham Championship after the first round at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Eric Compton, William McGirt and Tom Hodge all share the first round lead at the Wyndham Championship with rounds of -8 under par 62.

Eric was using his new irons, Titleist 716s, he hit all greens in regulation, and was surprised at the outcome;

“kind of an unexpected kind of round.”

“With the conditions being soft like they were today, I felt like I didn’t catch any balls that were heavy so really happy with the new equipment and looking forward to The Playoffs and then see how far I can go.”

William kind of just cruised around;

“Fairly stress free.”

“At times its been really really frustrating.”

“A couple of rounds you shoot 1 under and with very little work it could have been 7 or 8 under.”

“I have been trying to stay positive and know I am playing better than the scores indicate.”

“If I had a couple places to get my first win, it would be here or Charlotte or Hilton Head because I live in South Carolina now.”

“We’re still three days away from that. It would be nice.” 

Second place is being shared by Jim Herman, Derek Ernst and Morgan Hoffman, at -7 under par, with all shooting rounds of 63.

Headlining third place at -6 under par, after a first round 64 is Tiger Woods, he shares that spot with countryman Davis Love 111, Martin Kaymer and Carl Pettersen.

Tiger chipped in for a birdie in his first hole, the tenth;

“It was electric out there from the very first hole.”

“I could see it going in, I gave it a little early call.”

 “I was telling Joey (caddie Joe LaCava) it’s finally nice to get something out of a round, a round that could have been two to four under par, it’s finally six.”

“When it’s like this, you’ve got to throw darts and go low.”

Tomorrow is another day, lets see if Tiger is really back.


Wyndham Championship. Patrick Wins Play-Off

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Patrick Reed won the Wyndham Championship in a play-off at the Sedgefield Country Club.

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On the second play-off hole Patrick fired in a 7 iron from an uphill lie and sent the ball under a tree branch, just missing the tree trunk , and land his second shot a comfortable 7 feet from the pin. He announced it was his best ever shot;

” It was the best shot of my life, that’s for, just to get my first win means everything to me. I don’t even know how I was still playing the second playoff hole after what happened on 18.  It was the best shot of my life, that’s for sure, on the 10th but his putt he made on 18, the first playoff hole I told my wife he’s going to make it and, you know, of course I say that and the odds of making a 25, 30-footer breaking probably two feet. To do that and put the pressure back on me meant a lot to him but, at the same time, you know I told my wife and told my coach going into today that I had to shoot -4 under to win and I was right, -4 under did win but, at the same time, I had to do it in a playoff.  I still don’t know really what’s going on.  I mean it’s unreal.”

This was Patrick’s first career win and came in just his 38th start on the PGA TOUR. Patrick and Jordan Spieth had both finished on -14 under par for the Wyndham Championship, so the event was settled in a play-off. It was Patrick who prevailed, at the second play-off hole, the 10th.

Jordan really wanted his second win, it would have made him the youngest ever player to win twice on the PGA Tour;

” When you get in a position in a playoff where it’s one-on-one, especially with the momentum I had, you know, I’m dying to win.  I mean winning is what it’s all about.  It doesn’t matter about the money, it doesn’t matter about what you’ve made this year, what you’ve done.
When I’m in the position where I’m one-on-one to win a PGA golf tournament it’s pretty special.  It’s a lot of fun. You know, I love feeling the nerves.  I love the adrenaline rush.  That’s what it’s all about.”

Tied in third place at -12 under par were Brian Harman and John Huh.

David Toms needed something special if he wanted to get into the top 125 on  the money list and keep his playing privileges for next season, he did just that with an amazing round of -8 under par 62, which had him T16 for the tournament.

David said that was all that was on his mind today;

” That’s the only thing I had to shoot for today, I was definitely more aggressive. We had a good day for scoring today. I just went out there and tried to have fun in my last round of the season. It feels good to play well when I needed to.”

A Wet Wyndham Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

There are two players tied at the top of the leaderboard in a wet Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. Early morning showers rendered the Donald Ross-designed course unplayable. Rain fell intermittently throughout the day, and though players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls, the conditions played havoc with virtually everyone on the course.

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Patrick Reed and John Huh top the leaderboard at the 54 hole stage of the Wyndham Championship, both on -10 under par. Patrick went backwards in the third round, a +1 over par card, while John managed an even par round of 70 to keep his nose in front.

Patrick was not happy with his effort today;

” I am not happy with the round but I can’t be disappointed with the position I am in. I was having issues with the driver, hitting everything left of left, but the tee shot on 14, that was a key point. I’m very excited to have the lead, but at the same time I’ve got work to do.”

John started with a triple bogey on the second hole;

” It was pretty rough start for me, you know, because the second hole you don’t want to start like a triple. But, you know, I pulled my second shot a little bit and put myself in the wrong spot and instead of taking medicine I get too greedy and it turns out I make a triple there. It was a pretty rough start but I was able to hang in there and get everything together and here I am tied for the lead.”

The stalled rounds of the two leaders gave everyone else a chance to catch up, and Zach Johnson did exactly that as he shot the days best round of -4 under par 66, for a -9 under par total. Zach shared that total with Jordan Spieth and Bob Estes.

Zach said he just had to be patient;

” There was a lot of precipitation and just a day to be patient, the course held up well and the greens were still fast. I hit it great and didn’t think I was going to sniff a bogey, but then I three-putted 18, hit two great shots and then a terrible lag putt,”

 Charles Howell III was disqualified from the Wyndham Championship,  one day after the weight port cover on his driver came off before his second round. The PGA Tour announced his disqualification for using a non-conforming driver before the start of his third round. Charles had shot a second round of 68, for a tournament total of -6 under par, five strokes off the lead.

Charles was a little dismayed;

“The idea that the club would no longer be conforming, because of the missing toe-cap, never entered my mind.”

There are some very strange rules in the book.


Wyndham Championship. Patrick Reed Leads

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Patrick Reed has edged himself into the lead at the Wyndham Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

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Patrick fired a second round -6 under par 64 to move to the top of the leaderboard at the end of the second round of the Wyndham Championship with a -11 under par total. Patrick likes the attention for his wife, and also listens to what she has to say;

“I don’t mind her having all the attention, less attention for me, which means I can just focus more on my game. I told her to read putts for me that day, and she just has a knack for reading greens extremely well. It’s basically like my coach being out there with me. She knows just as much about the golf swing. She knows why I hit it left or right or anything like that, so I mean, if ever I get out of whack, she can fix me immediately.”

In second place at -10 under par is John Huh, who had the days lowest round, -8 under par 62, which left him just one shot off the lead at the end of the day. John said he did not see the 62 coming;

“Not 62. It was more like, maybe, 64. I drove the ball great since the Masters, actually. It’s been a long time, but I was able to put everything together and I’m really pleased with it.”

Jordan Spieth occupies third place at -9 under par, his second round score was a more modest -4 under par 66, with a total of -9 under par. Jordan who won his first PGA TOUR event last month said it is all about confidence;

” Just five yards here or there at the PGA means you miss a fairway and you make bogey, So, it’s just about getting my confidence back off the tee. I think that’s been the key to success this week so far is in my 3-wood. I’ve never hit it better than I have this week. Same with my driver. Getting myself to 9-under par, it’s definitely a very, very big confidence booster, nice bounce back from being 8 over two rounds last week. It’s nice to see those go in. Definitely looking forward to the Playoffs.”

Surprisingly Zach Johnson and Sergio Garcia, two of the bigger names in the tournament have not been able to keep pace with the leaders. Both players are now six shots off the lead, at -5 under par for the tournament.

Zach knows he should have been closer to Patrick Reed’s lead, he was at – 4 under par through five holes on Thursday and -3 under par through six on Friday only to shoot 67 and 68, respectively;

“Great starts and pretty average, poor finishes, lot of opportunities, just not capitalizing I guess is what I would say. But this is only my second time playing here. I got to get used to the golf course and it’s hard to make putts. If you land it one yard one way or one yard the other way it’s a birdie or potential bogey and that’s the beauty of this track. I think everything’s good, I feel like I’m managing my game good. What’s kept me from winning was the fact that I didn’t make any putts coming down the last nine holes at John Deere. I don’t feel like I lost that tournament in the playoff, I feel like I lost it in regulation, if anything.”

There is a 90% chance of rain in the published forecast for Saturday, so tournament officials have decided to move up the tee times for the third round of the Wyndham Championship. Players will be sent off Tee. 1 and Tee 10, three in each group, between 0700 and 0930 Eastern Time. The expected finish, barring delays, should be mid afternoon.

Mark Russell, the vice president of rules and competitions for the PGA TOUR announced;

“We’re expecting a very high percentage of rain tomorrow and we’ve had so much rain here at Piedmont, North Carolina, that you know, the water table is so high it’s not going to take much rain at all to cause us some problems on the golf course. But with the 6:30 finish tomorrow night, CBS television, if we got knocked out, we’d have absolutely no time to come back and try to finish. So, the forecast is better for Sunday and hopefully by playing early tomorrow if we do have some down time we’ll at least leave ourselves time to get the players back out and finish the third round.”

Finally some players who  did not make the cut, which was at -1 under par;

Brandt Snedeker, Carl Petterson, Nick Watney, Y.E. Yang, Davis Love 111, Paul Casey, V.J. Singh and Padraig Harrington.

Wyndham Championship, Two Tied At The Top.

Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher are the two players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Chris and Ross both had rounds of -6 under par 64 on the par 70 Sedgefield Country Club course. Chris was surprised that he had not played well here in previous years;

” I’ve even told people I love this golf course, I have no idea why I don’t play well here. I’m playing too well to go home and just sit and get rusty, I said I want to get sharp for The Barclays. Let’s go to Greensboro, low expectations since I haven’t played that great here.”

Ross was told he had nothing to lose today, just go out there and go for it, meaning qualify for the FedEx Cup;

” My manager said, You’ve got nothing to lose. Just go out there all guns blazing and see what happens. I know what I’ve got to do, and I’ve just got to go enjoy it, and if it’s meant to be, it’ll happen. I don’t want it to end here.”

The defending Champion, Sergio Garcia, who claimed a two-stroke victory here last year, had a bogey free round of -5 under par 65. He shares third place with Matt Jones, Robert Garrigus, Jordan Spieth, Trevor Immelman, Morgan Hoffmann, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda.

Sergio was happy with his round today but was aware it was only the first round;

“It was a great round today, but it’s only Thursday,” 

Robert was impressed with the speed of the greens;

” It’s unbelievable, the difference from where they used to be, it’s very refreshing.”

 Padraig Harrington shot a +3 over par 73 to put his FedExCup Playoffs fate in great jeopardy. Matt Jones, who has had the experience before sympathizes with Padraig’s position;

“I’ve definitely been there before, I know what they’re going through. It’s not a comfortable feeling.”

Tomorrow will be an interesting day, in a tightly packed field lets see who makes the cut.

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Wyndham Championship, Round 3, Sergio Garcia Leads


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After three rounds of the Wyndham Championship Sergio Garcia is in control of his Ryder Cup destiny. Sergio had a third round of       -4 under par 66 on the par 70 Sedgefield Country Club lay-out, to lead by one shot from Tim Clark and Bud Cauley, who are on -13 under par. The FedEx Playoffs are just one week away, and Sergio Garcia is rounding into form at the right time. The going will  not be easy, apart from Bud Cauley and Tim Clark by one,  Jason Dufner, Harris English and Carl Pettersson are lurking with serious intent. Sergio is acutely aware of the competition looming behind him for the final round;

” Obviously I would love to be two, three shots better but, you know, we’re in a good situation, it’s going to be a tough day. There’s no doubt about it. A lot of very good players behind me trying to achieve the same thing I’m trying to achieve. So, you know, hopefully I’ll go out there tomorrow, play well again and give ourselves a good shot at winning and see if we can finish in the same position that I was today. Eighteen pars are not going to win it, you have to make some birdies out there. I don’t have a number, I’m not going to say I need to shoot 4 under, 5 under, or whatever. Someone might go out and shoot 9 under, and 5 under’s not good enough.”

Jason Dufner had the best round of the day, a -7 under par 63, and playing like that he could easily be in contention coming down the stretch on Sunday afternoon. Jason trails Sergio by two shots and is trying to win for the third time during this breakout season. Amazingly he would replace Tiger Woods as No. 1 in the FedEx Cup standings if he did, now that would be a talking point.

There are sixteen players within four shots of the lead, so in reality tomorrow is going to be a shoot-out, and may the best man win.

The American Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love 111 is still in contention in this tournament, and a win for him here would be a momentous occasion. And don’t forget Carl Pettersson, the Sedgefield Country Club member, he knows this course well, and that factor could give him the edge. Of course Carl will not be playing for Ryder Cup selection, as he does not qualify to play for either the U.S. or the European Team. I think some rule changes need to be made here, but you know how long it takes the authorities to come to any conclusions on rule changes, long putters have been around for twenty years.

Here is how the top of the leaderboard currently looks.

1. Sergio Garcia -14                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                T2. Bud Cauley -13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           T2. Tim Clark -13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            T4. Jason Dufner -12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    T4. Harris English -12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  T4. Carl Pettersson -12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       T7. Davis Love III -11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       T7. Matt Every -11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              T7. Jimmy Walker 11