Bridgestone Invitational. Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, Wins with a 61.

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Hideke Matsuyama, from Japan, wins the Bridgestone Invitational, shooting a final round -9 under 61, equaling the Firestone Country Club  South Course record.

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Hideke was calmness personified with his final round -9 under par 61 to easily win the Bridgestone Invitational with a -16 under par tournament total, a five shot winning margin. Hideke tied the course record also  held by Jose Maria OlazabalTiger Woods and Sergio Garcia;

“That might be the best round I’ve ever played.”

“This is Firestone Country Club, it’s such a difficult golf course and to play as well as I did here, I’m thrilled.”

“I did hit some good shots but I was nervous all the way around because I really wasn’t sure of my swing today.”

“All I can do is my best. I know a lot of us have tried from Japan to win Majors.”

“Hopefully some day it will happen. I’d like to win one but I’ll get back to work tomorrow morning and hopefully something good will come.”

Zach Johnson, USA. was in second place at -11 under par, a last round -2 under 68 not what he needed, a few missed putts for birdie over the closing holes doing the damage.

Charley Hoffman, USA, finished in third place at -10 under, a creditable -4 under 66 last round, that could have been better.

Thomas Pieters, Belgium, was alone in fourth, a last round +1 over 71 a sad end to his tournament, which he led for some time, a final score of -8 under par a long way from the winner.

In  the large group at -7 under was Rory McIlroy, he carded a final round -1 under 69, not a good tournament for a player who boomed 38 out of 42 drives over 300 yards off the tee, with an actual average of 344.6 yards, 1st in the field and strokes gained off the tee at 1.65, also 1st in the field. after 54 holes. Wedge approach shots very average and putting in the same class.

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Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Jon Rahm Wins

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Jon Rahm, from Spain, wins the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

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Jon cruised to  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory with a blistering last round -7 under par 65, to post a winning total of -24 under par, and a six stroke margin over his nearest rival.

Jon now joins Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia on an illustrious list of Spanish winners of the Irish Open;

“It’s such a great honor now just to be part of the history of this event.”

“Such a great country, such a great history in the tournament and such a great golf course.”

“To me it’s such a great week, it really is special for me to share it with three of my heroes.”

“I’ve been saying, I haven’t played my best golf and today, for 15 holes, I played the best golf I can ever play on the golf course with the weather that we had. Obviously the bonus of holing out on four was great.

“Man, this is a nice feeling.”

Richie Ramsay, Scotland, -7 under par 65 today, and Matthew Southgate, England, -6 under 66, shared second place at -18 under for the tournament.

Tied in fourth spot at -17 under were, Justin Rose, England, Daniel Im, USA, David Drysdale, Scotland and Ryan Fox of New Zealand.

BMW International Open. Andres Romero Returns To Winners Circle

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Andres Romero, from Argentina, returns to winners circle for the first time in ten years lifting the BMW International Open title at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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A final  bogey free round  of  -7 under par 65 gave Andres the BMW International Open title with a -17 under par tournament total, and he was very happy with the outcome. A birdie putt at the last hole gave him the win, and avoided a play-off;

“I’m really happy, after ten years winning on the European Tour, especially here in Germany. I’m really, really happy.”

“The whole round was very good. I was focused all day. I didn’t make any bogeys, that is a rare thing for my type of game.”

“The last few holes I noticed I made seven birdies but the whole round was excellent.”

“I was nervous when I got to the 18th green but finally when I was thinking with two putts I could win the tournament, I was really nervous.”

“But hopefully I was going to do a two-putt and now I have my trophy and enjoy this moment.”

Tied in second place at -16 under par were; Sergio Garcia, Spain, -3 under 69 today, Richard Bland, England, -3 under 69, and Thomas Detry, Belgium, with a last round -6 under 66.

Sergio said he miscued with his putter a few times;

“It was a good week. Obviously fell just short.”

“I felt like I played well enough to win for sure.”

“Obviously a couple of missed putts here and there today and some really good putts that didn’t want to go in.”

Richard also had problems with the putter;

“I’m pretty gutted but I gave it a good run. I just got caught in between clubs on 17 and it was the only shot I didn’t commit to all day.”

“Proud of the two shots I hit on the last and just didn’t quite hole the putts.”

Thomas also had that feeling about the putter;

“You always have that little bit of a sour feeling in yourself when you finish just short.”

“I wasn’t putting great and now I’m making some good putts, it’s good to be in that position on the weekend.”

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BMW International Open. Sergio Garcia and Richard Bland are Tied at the Top.

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Sergio Garcia and Richard Bland are tied at the top of the BMW International Open after 54 holes at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Both Sergio, Spain and Richard, England, shot third rounds of -5 under par 67, to lead the BMW International Open with totals of -13 under par, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Sergio missed a couple of short putts towards the end of his round

“I think it was a good, solid day, obviously a couple of little putts there at the end that looked like they were going to go in and didn’t but, overall, I felt like I played nicely.”

“It’s nice but it doesn’t mean that it’s finished.”

“Still we have a long day tomorrow. We’ve got to go out there, play well again and see if we can pull it off.”

Richard played some amazing golf, making a birdie from the water on the par five 11th and holing out from the fairway for an Eagle on the par four 13th.

“I hit some really good shots out there and I hit a couple of scrappy ones coming in but my short game saved me.”

 “Got my feet wet and holed a second shot into 13. So yeah, kind of ran pretty much into everything.”

“The confidence to be fair has been a little fragile recently. I’ve not been playing that great, but rounds like that, and the two previous rounds, just kind of helps the confidence.”

“So I’ve just got to go out there tomorrow with the same attitude and if I can keep hitting some good shots, then hopefully I’ve got a say come tomorrow afternoon.”

“You’ve got to stay aggressive when you can and hopefully take your chances and hopefully that will be good enough.”

In third place one shot behind at -12 under par is Joakim Lagergren, from Sweden, with a  -3 under par 69 today;

“I’m happy with the score. I fought a lot out there.”

“It wasn’t pretty at all but the long game turned down on me today and the short game came back to me.”

 Thomas Detry, Belgium, -2 under 70 today and  Andres Romero, from Argentina, -4 under 68,  are both at -10 under for the tournament in fourth place.

BMW International 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 International 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 International 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 International 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, -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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