BMW European Open. Joakim Lagergren and Joël Stalter 36 hole Leaders

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Joakim Lagergren, Sweden, and Joël Stalter, France, are the  36 hole leaders of the BMW European Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Joël -4 under 68 today and Joakim, -6 under par 66 lead the BMW European Open at the half-way stage with -9 under par totals.

Joakim was happy with a 66 in the windy conditions;

“It was great out there, I had a lot of fun out there. Playing really, really good, especially from tee-to-green.”

“So I’m happy with that.”

“It’s a little bit more windy, yes. I would say the greens are a bit smaller when it’s this windy but if you’re still hitting really good shots out there, it’s scoreable.”

Joël played well in the wind, and making putts;

“I played really well, gave myself a lot of opportunities.”
“Pretty tough out there with the wind. It was very gusty, so difficult to control the ball and it was getting firmer as well.”

“So I’m really pleased with that round.”

“I’ll keep doing the job here and hitting good shots, making putts, and we’ll see where I stand on Sunday.”

Sharing third place, one shot back at -8 under par are Major champions Sergio Garcia, Spain, -2 under 70 today, and defending champion Henrik Stenson, Sweden, -3 under 69, they are joined on that score by Rikard Karlberg, Sweden with -3 under 69 today,  Richard Bland, England-3 under 69  and Thomas Detry, Belgium, -1 under 71.
It is a very tightly compacted BMW European Open leaderboard, I am looking  forward to the week-end, it should be fascinating.

BMW International Open. Wade Ormsby Leads.

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Wade Ormsby, of Australia, leads the BMW International Open at  Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Wade fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the BMW International Open by one shot;

“I had a fast start out there, turned in 30 on the front nine, and then kind of kept it going on the back.”

 “A bit steadier on the back but very happy.”

“We actually came here this morning to practice early which I’ve never done before, I just knew there was something there and I wasn’t getting what I wanted.”

“I obviously found something today and I just kept on working what we’re trying to work on, which isn’t normally me, I play by feel.”

In second place at -7 under, is Thomas Detry, from Belgium, he carded an opening round 65.

Tied in third place at -6 under are,  Sergio Garcia, SpainThorbjørn Olesen, Denmark and Joost Luiten, Holland.

Sergio, bogey free today, is  playing his first regular European Tour event since winning his first Major Championship at Augusta National, and said he had played and putted well today;

“It was great, I felt like I played quite well, not spectacular, but very consistent throughout the whole day.”

“I was very happy to see some of the shots I hit and some of the putts I made and very happy with my six under.”

“There’s still three more to go, so we’re going to keep playing hard and hopefully we’ll have some more like this and we’ll be up there on Sunday.”

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Four Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the Dean& Deluca Invitational leaderboard at the end of 36 holes at Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas. Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and Scott Piercy share the honor.

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Webb Simpson

Webb, -4 under 66 today, Danny, -6 under 64, Kevin, -3 under 67 and Scott -4 under 66, all sit atop the Dean & Deluca Invitational leaderboard at -6 under for the tournament after 36 holes.

Webb,  joked about playing in Texas;

“I didn’t play well at Byron my first couple of years, so I just decided to stay out of Texas.”

Paul spoke about the tricky wind conditions;

“It’s been tricky with the wind, I’ve handled it well so far, so I would actually like it to stay tricky if it can.”

“And I handle the heat well, so I am saying probably the more difficult it is, the better it is for me.”

Another four players are tied in fifth spot, one shot back at -5 under for the tournament, Paul Casey, -4 under 66 today, Sergio Garcia, -4 under 66, Jon Rahm, -1 under 69, and Sean O’Hair, -2 under 68.

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth has recovered from the poor start yesterday, even par, to record a second round -2 under par to give himself a chance to successfully defend his title. He told reporters about the spectre of missing back to back cuts in his home town;

“When your backs against the wall,  and you feel the nerves kick up, because you’ve got to do something, and you’re not going to be able to play both week-ends in town.”

“That would have been really really tough for me to swallow, if I missed the cut.”

” And it was in my head.”

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The Players. J.B. and Kyle Tied at the Top.

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J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley are tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC Sawgrass.

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J.B. and Kyle 

J.B. went round in-2 under 70 for a -9 under par The Players total, calling it an adventurous day, making some shots from out of the woods;

“An adventurous day, for sure.”

“I usually can make a bunch of birdies, so if I can just narrow it down to one bogey, then I’m usually in good shape.”

Kyle was even par 72 on the day, and had to remind himself that he was still in contention;

“You just kind of have to remind yourself that even though you’re a little bit over par, on the leaderboard I was still in a pretty good spot.”

Louis Oosthuizen shot +1 over 73, but has third place to himself with a -8 under par total, just one shot back;

“No lead can be big enough, that’s what makes this golf course great.”

“We have seen over the years great finishes around this golf course and horrible finishes.”

“It’s a great three finishing holes, and you need to be on your game. You need to hit the ball well and try not to do anything heroic when you have the lead.”

Truth is anyone could still win this title, it will be an exciting last day as the action unfolds, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Ian Poulter is at -6 under, and Sergio -5 under for the competition, maybe even Rory McIlroy at -1 under could go low early on and exert some pressure on the leaders.

Poults was not supposed to be at The Players, a last-minute phone call inviting him to participate. He was the only bogey free golfer today. What a great story that would make if he now wins it;

“It was a nice phone call to receive, I definitely feel better on the golf course for it.”

 

 

The Players. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the The Players leaderboard after round one at TPC Sawgrass, William McGirt and McKenzie Hughes, share that honor, while Sergio Garcia was in the limelight with an Ace at the dreaded 17th.

A new era for McGirt

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William and McKenzie shot first rounds of -5 under par 67 at The Players, to lead the competition by one shot.

Now that William is famous, he finds it harder to hide from the fans;

“I  can’t hide anymore, I’ve gone through the airport a few times and tried to dress down as much as I could and hide. It doesn’t work.”

“But it is nice to be noticed. I mean, obviously if you’re walking around and you’re able to go unnoticed, that means people either have never heard of you or don’t care.”

“So, I would like to think that people actually do care, and they have noticed.”

J.B. Holmes, Alex Noren, Chez Reavie and Jon Rahm are that one shot back at -4 under par, following their opening rounds of 68.

 

Sergio Garcia's electric ace on No. 17 is the Shot of the Day

Shot of the day from Sergio Garcia, an Ace at 17 / getty

Sergio and Rory McIlroy finished in the huge group at +1 over par, with rounds of 73.

Sergio was really pleased with his Ace;

“The feeling was great.”

“”I think I wasn’t quite in the tournament because of everything that’s been going on after the Masters win and media and people congratulating you left, right and center. I felt like I was a little bit up in the clouds, and when I woke up, I was four over after six.”

Rory is still suffering from a sore back;

“My back has got a little bit stiff again. I guess just from obviously building it up and playing through and then not doing anything for three weeks and then coming back last weekend and hitting balls for four or five hours a day.”

“So I think that’s why I’m a little bit rusty, as well. But I think this week it’s just about trying to manage that and get through the week and try to play with what I have.”

The Masters. Sergio Beats Justin in a Play-Off.

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Sergio Garcia claimed his first Major win, The Masters, in  a play-off against Justin Rose, at Augusta National Gold Club.

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Sergio and Justin had both finished The Masters on -9 under par, after last rounds of -3 under 69. Sergio won the first play-off hole, the 18th, with a birdie, to claim his maiden Major title.

Sergio spoke about his new found attitude, and Seve’s 60th Birthday;

“I accepted what Augusta gives and takes, and I think because of that, I’m able to stand here today.”

“Demonstration of my character and my mentality, how positive I stayed even when things weren’t going that well on 10 and 11.”

“I have a beautiful life, Major or no major, I’ve said it many, many times. I have an amazing life.”

“To do it on Seve’s 60th birthday and to join him and Olazábal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it’s something amazing.”

“José sent me a text on Wednesday night telling me how much he believed in me.  And what I needed to do.  And just pretty much believe in myself.” 

Sergio gets it done, a playoff for the ages & Kuch's ace

Defending Champion Danny Willett hands over the green jacket / getty

Justin enjoyed the tussle, and was happy for Sergio to get his maiden Major win;

“A wonderful battle, if I had anybody to lose to, it would be Sergio. He’s had his fair share of heartbreaks.”

“It was encouraging to see the crowd get behind him. I think they realized he paid his dues.”

An Ex Champion, Charl Schwartzel was in third place, at -6 under par, a last round -4 under par 68 giving him that place on his own.

 

 

 

The Masters. Two Tied at the Top after 54 Holes.

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There are two players tied at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Justin Rose, from England, and Sergio Garcia, Spain, have a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

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Justin fired the low round of the day, -5 under par 67, to share The Masters lead with Sergio, -2 under 70 today, both at -6 under par for the Major tournament.

Justin explained his low round to reporters, and his desire to win here;

“It all happened for me the last eight holes, I think the patience I showed on the front nine was probably the key to moving well on the back nine.”

“I had my head down. I knew I was creeping up on the leaders and then I had that quick birdie-birdie finish to put me pretty much right up there tied for the lead.”

“It all seemed to happen really fast, setting up a really fun day tomorrow.”

“I’m a Major champion but I’m looking for more and I’m certainly looking for my first Masters and my first Green Jacket.”

“This is a place I dearly love and would dearly love to be part of the history here.”

Sergio said he had a good day today;

“It was a good day.”

“I was able to fight hard with what I had, stayed very patient all day and it was nice to shoot a two under that was a good solid score.”

“I need to be extra patient, I need to not lose my head, I need to stay calm and make sure no matter what happens, I need to keep going in the same direction because it feels good to me and I’m sure it looks good too.”

“So no matter what happens I need to stay within myself.”

“We still have one day to go, it’s not going to be easy, we’re going to have to play hard again and hopefully we will have a good solid chance coming into the last four or five holes.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, holds third place at -5 under par, a -1 under 71 today, not quite what he was looking for.

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 68 today, Ryan Moore -3 under 69  and Charley Hoffman with an even par 72 third round are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.