AT&T Byron Nelson. Sergio Steps Up To Win.

 

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Sergio Garcia wins the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Season Resort in Dallas Texas.

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Sergio, now 40 years old, claimed the AT&T Byron Nelson with a play-off win against Brooks Koepka.

They had both completed four rounds of AT&T Byron Nelson with -15 under par totals. Sergio with a final round of -2 under par 68, and Brooks sadly recording +1 over par 71. Sergio won the play-off, at the par four 18th with a par, Brooks recorded +2 over six.

Naturally 40 year-old Sergio was delighted with the win, putting well was an important part of the victory;

“You have to get lucky to win tournaments, playing well usually is not enough.”

“It’s nice to be on the other side of the coin.”

“Sometimes the win doesn’t come and you feel a little frustrated when you finish.”

“But putting yourself in a winning situation over and over is very important. We all know how much effort it is to win out here and in the past 15, 20 years, the level has become so much greater.”

“It’s not easy at all.”

“You can kind of say I went a little bit à la Seve today.”

Brooks fell apart in the final round saying he had no idea where his wedges were going;

“I had no idea where the wedges were going.”

“We’re pulling and pushing wedges 40 yards. I was backing out of it. I never felt like I really had a chance to go at a flag.”

“I had no idea where the ball was going, to be honest.”

“You can’t win a golf tournament when you’re swinging it and have no idea where it’s going,”

“It is disappointing but I’ve just got to figure out what’s going on with the swing.”

Matt Kuchar finished in third position at -14 under par, a last round -1 under par 69 not good enough on the day;

“Last year was certainly an off-year, frustrating year.”

“I feel like now I’m playing the golf that I remember playing , quality shot after quality shot and not many mistakes. Chances to win golf tournaments.”

“Golf is a lot more fun when you’re playing well, that’s for sure.”

Colt Knost finished in a huge group at -13 under par, -5 under 65 a good score on the day;

“THE PLAYERS was such a big event, being able to hold up like I did on Sunday.”

 “My game, it’s great right now. If I can cut out a few little mistakes here and there, I know I’ll have a chance to win.”

 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Brooks Koepka In Control

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Brooks Koepka is in control of the AT&T Byron Nelson after the third round at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas.

 

Brooks Koepka leads heading into the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Brooks had a third round  -5 under par to head the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard at -16 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Brooks was asked if the partisan crowd cheering Jordan as he walked to the first tee worried him at all, he also spoke about his poor golf today !!;

“I really don’t care,  I’m just going to do me.”

“Probably the loudest roar I think I’ve ever heard on a golf course.”

“Today, I hit the ball terrible, it wasn’t anything to brag about at all. It wasn’t good today. It was kind of embarrassing.”

Local boy Jordan Spieth occupies second place at -14 under par, a third round -3 under par 67 keeping him in touch of the leader.

Jordan certainly enjoyed the raucous welcome, but also complained about his poor performance;

“A moment that I’ll never forget.”

 “Even though it’s Saturday, and may or may not have any impact on this tournament, that was the coolest roar I’ve ever heard.”

“A very stressful round of golf because I just don’t have confidence over the ball right now. It’s very frustrating.”

“It’s very difficult for me to stand up here and not be positive given I’m at fourteen under and contending in this tournament.”

“But if you guys knew the kind of stress I felt over the golf ball right now trying to put my swing in the right position, it is a challenge.” 

“I’ve got to find at least a ball flight that I can play to where I don’t have to try and hit iron off 18th tee, because I don’t know where the woods are going to go.”

“I’ve never been one to lay up and for me to take iron on eighteen means that there’s an uncomfortable level there. I don’t know what to say.” 

Sergio Garcia -2 under par 68 today, Matt Kuchar -5 under 65, and Bud Cauley -2 under 68 are all sharing third place at -13 under par.

AT&T Byron Nelson. Ben Crane Leads.

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Ben Crane leads the AT&T Byron Nelson after 36 holes at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas.

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Ben carded a second round -7 under par 63 in the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament to sit at the top of the leaderboard at -12 under par for 36 holes.

Two years ago Ben moved from Dallas to Nashville, but really enjoys returning, to link up with old friends;

“Your wedding day and maybe your funeral are like the only two days you get most of your friends together.”

“We come to Dallas, we get a lot of them together.”

“Obviously a special day and this is a special place for us, we lived here for 12 years.”

“So many friends and family walking around with us. I just want to walk outside the ropes and hang out with my friends. It’s been a cool week.”

“I normally don’t really look at my results, but I did when I got to number seven. I was filling in the scores of my playing partner and I looked up at my card and I did happen to notice that my card was all three’s, then I realized.”

“Well, I made a 2 on 17 and a 3 on 8. Man, I’m playing better than I thought.”

Sharing second place at -11 under par are Brooks Koepka -6 under 64 today, Bud Cawley -5 under 65, Sergio Garcia -4 under 66 and a rejuvenated Jordan Spieth, -5 under 65, all of them posting -11 under par at half-way.

“It was a month ago that Jordan was  a tournament leader;

“Two tournaments ago, but it does feel like a while ago.”

“Not quite feeling like I have my best iron play right now, but at least missing on the putting surface  I’m able to escape with 4 and go on to the next hole.”

Bud is just happy to be playing, after 14 months of rehab for a dislocated shoulder;

“I haven’t been able to play that many events this year, I’m playing well.”

” If I have a chance to play some tournaments this summer, that’s all I’m worried about, just playing when I’m playing.”

“It was just nice to be out here in a tournament and just hitting nice shots, be able to look and see the shot I wanted to hit and execute it.”

Brooks is making the most of a new putter, which helps him roll the ball,

“The one we’ve got now just rolls a lot better, it keeps rolling and rolling. It feels good off the face, a little softer too, which helps on faster greens.”

“I’ve been really close as of late. I feel like I’m cracking the door for a win.”

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AT&T Byron Nelson. Sergio, Danny and Johnson Lead Suspended 1st Round

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Sergio Garcia, Danny Lee and Johnson Wagner lead the suspended 1st round of the AT&T Byron Nelson

Déjà vu for Garcia at AT&T Byron Nelson

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Sergio carded a first round -7 under par 63, along with Danny and Johnson  at the AT&T Byron Nelson, as darkness brought the opening round to a close, an early long rain delay the culprit.

Sergio said he likes the Lone Star State of Texas, and he has been playing decent golf lately;

“Texas has always been good to me.”

“I’ve done fairly well pretty much every time I played here.  It just kind of brings me to my comfort level, I guess.”

“I have been playing decent and obviously I still feel like I can play better.”

 “Hopefully I can keep this momentum going and have a good solid week before the U.S. Open.”

Sharing fourth place at -6 under par are, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Freddie Jacobson, and Tom Hodge, all scoring rounds of 64.

Jordan got frustrated out on the course, but said he is learning to deal with it;

“It’s just kind of something that everyone goes through, you’ve got to learn to deal with it your own way.”

“Everyone gets frustrated when you play golf. You can’t be perfect in this game.”

“Everyone who is out here is on some level of being a perfectionist. Kind of counters each other. That’s where you get frustrated.”

There is then a  huge bunch of guys all  at -5 under par for this tightly contested title, they are headed by Ben Crane and James Hahn, who won at the Wells Fargo Championship, in a playoff.

Ben has been having trouble recently with par fives, today was different, he also reminded us of his best effort here at the AT&T in 2002;

“The par fives have been beating me up, today, I beat the heck out of them.”

“We put some extra effort into scrambling this week, and today I got 100 percent. It’s kind of fun.”

“Fourteen years ago I finished second here to Shigeki Maruyama.”

“And Tiger Woods, I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, finished third. Kicked his tail.”

 

 

Spanish Open. Andrew Beef Johnston Wins Maiden Title.

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Andrew Beef Johnston, from England, seals his maiden European Tour victory, the Spanish Open at Valderrama.

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Andrew carded a final round -1 under par 70 at Valderrama to post a Spanish Open winning total of +1 over par, a one shot maiden victory. It was everything he had dreamed of;

“It is what you dream of to have your name on a trophy alongside so many special names like Seve, Faldo, Langer.”

“I drove the ball well all week, chipped and putted well all week, I struggled a bit with my irons the first three days but I just kept going and kept digging in and then on the fourth I found something.”

“I came off the course and I just started crying with the emotion of it. It’s just very surreal and I don’t think it will hit me for a few days.”

“You see them winning these tournaments, and the history of it and all these names, so to put mine on there feels pretty ridiculous, really. It really does.”

“Hopefully I can be one of those guys who has an incredible career like that and people are sitting here in the future going, ‘oh, Beef’s on there’. It’s pretty incredible.”

Joost Luiten from Holland was in second place, a last round of even par giving him a +2 over par total.

Tournament Host, Sergio Garcia claimed third place with a magnificent final round -4 under par 67 for a +3 over par total;

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“It was exciting today, I played very nicely even though my wrist was giving me a little bit of trouble. But I managed to hit a lot of great shots, I made some great recoveries and holed some nice putts.”

“It’s just a shame on the last, I got a massive flyer with the eight iron. I hit it 195yrds when I’m supposed to hit 165.”

“But that happens so I’m proud the way the tournament has gone, and the way I have played having played four weeks in a row, which is tiring, but we’ve raised a lot of money for our foundation.”

Defending champion James Morrison, +1 over 72 today, and Søren Kjeldsen, -3 under 68,  tied for fourth position at +4 over par.

It has been 20 years since a regular event had been won at an over par score, Ian Woosnam shooting the same score to win the Scottish Open at Carnoustie in 1996.

I don’t know if the galleries really want to see a tournament set up like this, so tough that some of the top professionals from the European Tour could not break par. This tournament is just a regular tour event, not a Major. I wonder how the members of  Real Club Valderrama find the course.

Spanish Open. Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera Leads.

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Frenchman  Mike Lorenzo-Vera leads the Spanish Open after 54 tough holes at Valderrama.

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Mike went round the Valderrama course with a third round score of even par, to top the Spanish Open leaderboard at +1 over par. This tournament could produce the first over par winner of an event since Justin Rose won the US Open Championship in 2013.

Only Joost Luiten, -1 under 70  and Alex Noren, -3 under 68 managed to record under par rounds out of the entire field.

Mike was pretty excited to be in a position to win his maiden European Tour title;

“I’m very excited, I’m going to have a big nap tonight because it takes so much energy to stay patient here.”

“The wedge was very hot today. I holed two chips and a shot which is pretty cool.”

“I’m just going to try to relax and enjoy it as much as I can tomorrow.”

“I’m just trying to look at the pace of the leaderboard and accept that you’re going to have a lot of bogeys here.”

“A bogey on the hole is never really a bad score so you just try to accept it.”

“Take the bogey and get out of there.”

Tied in second place at +2 over par are, Joost Luiten, two-time Major championship winner Martin Kaymer, even par 71 today and Andrew Johnston, +3 over par 74.

Defending Champion James Morrison signed for a +3 over 74 to share 5th place with Ross Fisher, +1 over 72 today.

Best placed home players are Pablo Larrazábal, +7 over 78 today  and Pep Angles, +3 over 74, both with +4 over par totals.

I guess the way things are going here in Spain, just about anybody could win this title, with one good low round tomorrow, even the tournament Host Sergio Garcia, who carded +4 over 75 today, to be T17 at +7 over, just six shots off the lead.

Spanish Open. Pablo Larrazábal Leads.

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Pablo Larrazábal leads the Spanish Open after the second round at a very windy Valderrama.

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Pablo handled the windy conditions very well at the Spanish Open to take over the top spot on the leaderboard, which delighted the home fans. He shot a second round of even par 72 and will take a two shot advantage over the field going into the weekend with his -3 under par total;

If the wind blows like this a level par or more total will win this.”

“If I shoot level par over the weekend I will be in the fight.”

“To shoot level in these conditions is a great feeling and to have a chance on the last to go into the red figures is something really special.”

“I said to my playing partners that I only missed one shot today really bad, and I made triple-bogey. I made so many great saves , like the 17th, the putt I made from the back of there was great.”

“I didn’t play my best golf, but on another golf course I would have gone six, seven under par because of the way I fought, so I’m very pleased.”

Andrew Johnson of England holds second place at -1 under par for the tournament, he carded +3 over par 74 today;

“I’m in a good position, I tried to play hole by hole really and make pars, if I made birdies then that was a bonus.”

“You can’t afford to get annoyed, I made double-bogey on the third, and I walked off like nothing had happened, and not worry about it and just carry on, because that is what the course can do to you.”

“My caddy and I had a good laugh out there, we bounced off each other well. I knew I just had to stay calm, so there was no point in trying to get angry and I had that attitude from the first hole.”

Third place is shared between Alex Levy +5 over par 76 today, Alejandro Cañizares, +4 over 75 with Defending Champion James Morrison also carding +4 over 75, all at even par for the contest.

Tournament host Sergio Garcia was one of just four players to record a level par 71 to stay +3 over for the tournament, and admitted he had never seen the course provide such a tough challenge;

“It is playing the toughest I’ve seen, because since the early 2000s when we were here, the rough is definitely thicker than I’ve seen before, it makes chipping even tougher, which is usually always difficult round here.”

“It’s no surprise there are only two players under par, I said at the beginning of the week that the way the weather is, under par or around par is going to have a chance of winning.”