Valero Texas Open. Zach and Ryan Tied.

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Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore are tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio.

Johnson, Moore share 36-hole lead at Valero

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Zach, -7 under 65 today, and Ryan -5 under 67 share  the Valero Texas Open lead at -9 under par after 36 holes.

Zach was asked if there are any similarities between La Cantera, where the tournament used to be played, and TPC San Antonio;

“The only similarity is that they’re probably within 30 miles,  well, that’s not a similarity, that’s just a fact.”

“It’s certainly not the test this is. This is a much more difficult test.”

“The confidence is there, and when you can step on the tee with this kind of wind, you trust your clubs and trust your ball, that’s pretty important.”

Ryan has had problems with the putter;

“My distance control has been great and really my ball-striking’s been really nice the last few weeks.”

 “The putter just kind of hasn’t been cooperating.”

Two players are then tied in second place, one shot back at -8 under par, Andrew Landry, -5 under 67 today, and Grayson Murray who carded a second round -3 under 69.

Grayson the first round leader made a good birdie on the par five 18th; 

“Those were the two best shots I’ve hit into a par five in a long time.”

“To be pin-high just on the front fringe on that hole, I didn’t even think I could do it.”

“I’m an underdog in this situation, which I love to be.”

Andrew is knocking on the door of winning;

“You just continue to learn whenever you get put in these situations.”

“I just know that I’m knocking. Something’s close.”

“Whether it be this week or any other week or a year or two from now, I’m knocking.”

Two notables who missed the +1 over par cut line were internationals Sergio Garcia, Spain and Adam Scott, Australia.

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Valspar Championship. Rookie Corey Conners Leads.

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 PGA TOUR rookie Corey Conners, Canada, leads the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

Rookie Conners leads at Valspar

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Corey shot a first round -4 under par 67 to lead the Valspar Championship by one shot on day one;

“I don’t overpower it, but everything is really solid.”

 “I definitely like the challenge and like golf courses that put a premium on the fairway and hitting the green.”

“It was a lot of tap-in pars and made some birdies.”

Tied in second place at -3 under par are, Whee Kim, South Korea, with Kelly Craft and Nick Watney from the USA.

Nick is trying to recover from a back injury, and feels he is playing better than his results;

“I feel like my results haven’t quite caught up to the way I’m playing. I feel like I’m playing pretty well.”

 “I got some breaks today, drove it in the trees on the sixth, I had a shot, holed a bunker shot.”

“Maybe I need to steal a few shots here and there and get some good things going.”

Sharing third spot at -2 under are, Russell Knox, Scotland, with Jimmy Walker and Keegan Bradley, both from the USA.

Tiger continued his comeback, with a -1 under 70, and is in the large group at T 8, which included, Justin Rose, England, Sergio Garcia, Spain, and Adam Scott, Australia.

Tiger said he is getting better;

“I’m getting a little better piece by piece.”

“This was a very good test of all the things I tried to hit.”

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WGC Mexico Championship. Shubhankar Hangs On.

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Shubhankar Sharma of India managed to hang on to the lead at the WGC Mexico Championship at Chapultepec Golf Club, in Mexico City.

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Shubhankar carded -2 under par 69, despite a couple of late bogey’s, to maintain his two shot lead at the WGC Mexico Championship with a tournament total of -13 under par;

“Obviously a dream come true for me to be playing in this tournament and obviously leading, that’s just fantastic.”

“Really happy with the way I played today, stuck in there.”

“Obviously made a few mistakes on the greens but the greens are tough this week so I think everyone’s making a few mistakes. So I wasn’t too hard on myself.” 

Four players are hard on his heels, two shots back at -11 under par, Tyrrell Hatton, England, -7 under 64 today, from Spain is Sergio Garcia, -2 under 69 and Rafa Cabrera Bello,  -2 under 69 and the evergreen Phil Mickelson, USA, -6 under par 65.

Phil said he now has a very good chance of winning;

“It’s been a long time since my game’s been back to this point.”

“I’m back playing some of my best golf again. It will start to click and get better and better as the year goes on.”

“I think whether it happens tomorrow or not, very good chance it will, but if it doesn’t, it’s going to happen soon because I’m playing too well for it not to.”

Sergio could not get the putter working well today;

“I felt like I played quite well, obviously not as well as I played yesterday, which is not easy to do, but overall under the conditions, it was tricky today.” 

“Hit some good putts that unfortunately didn’t go in, but I managed to shoot a couple under on the last five or six holes, which is a nice way to finish.” 

Tyrrell wants to shoot another low round tomorrow;

“I’m just going to go out there and try to play as well as I can, try to shoot another low one and see what happens.”

Low round of the day went to Justin Thomas, -9 under 62, leaving him on that score for the championship;

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WGC Mexico Championship. Shubhankar Sharma Stuns Everyone To Lead.

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Shubhankar Sharma, of India, stuns everyone as he leads the WGC Mexico Championship after 36 holes at  Chapultepec Golf Club, in Mexico City, playing in his first ever PGA Tour event.

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Shubhankar shot -5 under par 66 in the second round to lead the WGC Mexico Championship by two strokes at the half-way stage with a -11 under par total. And it could have been better, except for a couple of three putts;

“I’m really happy and I couldn’t have been in a better position.”

“I just kept the ball in play all day and it was great to finish with three birdies in a row.”

“I played so well, and the bogeys that I made today were just three-putts.”

“I thought about nothing, I just wanted to have fun. It’s my first WGC and I was happy that I’ll play four days because I missed the cut in the last two events that I played.”

“I worked all my life to come and play at a high stage like this. You have to expect great things from yourself if you want to play at a high stage.”

Sharing second place are Xander Schauffele, USA, -3 under 68 today, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, -4 under 67 and also from Spain Sergio Garcia with a second round -6 under 65, all two shots back at -9 under for the tournament.

Rafa is putting well;

“I’ve been playing very good golf and making some putts as well, I’m not leading but I’m right up there, so in a great position for the weekend.”

There is a large group at -7 under, including World number 1 Dustin Johnson, yesterdays leader Louis Oosthuizen, and last weeks winner Bubba Watson.

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Golf Writers Trophy goes to Sergio Garcia.

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The Golf Writers Trophy this year goes to Sergio Garcia, from Spain.

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The Association of Golf Writers have awarded their top prize to Masters Tournament winner Sergio Garcia;

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as the AGW Golfer of the Year by the Association’s members.”

“It is something that is very difficult to achieve, so it’s always a pleasure.”

“To be voted the award for a second time, it is extremely exciting and hopefully I will be able to win it again.”

“We know that both the golfers and media go hand in hand in this business, and we always appreciate when they recognize you for something as big as this.”

“So, thank you again to all the members of the Association of Golf Writers for voting me their Golfer of the Year.”

AGW Chairman, Iain Carter said;

“It is only right that our membership have chosen to bestow him with our most prestigious award and we send our warmest congratulations to Sergio and his team.”

Congratulations Sergio.

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Australian PGA Championship, Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Australian PGA Championship leaderboard at the end of day 1 at the Royal Pines Resort. Aussies Jordan Zunic and Adam Bland share the honor at -6 under par with first rounds of 66.

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Sergio Garcia, Spain, leads a posse of five players sharing third place at -5 under par after a bogey free 67;

“I wouldn’t say that it was amazing but it was good.”

 “The most positive thing for me would be to go a bogey-free round, which I didn’t realise until we got done.”

“I feel like mentally I’m not quite as sharp as I was probably a month ago or so. I guess the year is kind of draining a little bit.

“Hopefully I’m able to do more of the same but every day’s different. Every day’s a different story and it also depends on the weather. If it gets windy it can be quite tricky, this course.”

Other players on that -5 under par 67 score are, Marc Leishman, Peter Senior, Daniel Nisbet and Michael Wright, all from Australia.

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Sergio Garcia King at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

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Sergio Garcia King at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, winning at Real Club Valderrama in his home country Spain.

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Sergio, the Tournament Host, became an Honorary Life Member of the European Tour on Friday night, and is now a 14-time winner said it was all amazing, and he made some key putts coming in;

“It was amazing, all three of us played amazing.”

“Daniel played great with everything that he had on the line, Joost played unbelievable.”

“I played really well and I felt like maybe I could get away and he just kept coming back and back and made it an amazing match.”

“I stayed patient the whole time, I made sure the bad moments did not affect me too much and made a couple of really key putts coming in.”

“The people were unbelievable, amazing, so many people came out and supported, it was really a treat.”

“I want to dedicate this one to my wife Angela and our little baby coming next year in March.”

Joost Luiten from Holland was in second place, just one shot back at -11 under par, a last round -5 under 66 made for an exciting finish.

Third position went to Daniel Brooks, England, who was fighting to keep his Tour card, a final round of even par 71 for -7 under was not what he wanted in terms of winning the tournament, but this result puts him inside the top 101 in the rankings to secure his playing privileges for next season.

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