Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Patrick Cantlay Wins in Play-Off

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Patrick Cantlay, USA,  wins the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in a play-off against Alex Cejka, Germany and Whee Kim from South Korea, at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

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Patrick won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a birdie at the second extra hole after they had all made bogey the first time around. Patrick carded a final round -4 under 67, Alex with a marvelous -8 under par 63, and Whee -5 under 66, all finished with -9 under par tournament totals.

Patrick was over the moon with this victory;

“I had so many lows. To all the hard work that I did, it’s just so different from where I was that it’s hard to describe the feeling.” 

“I knew that I’d be able to get to where I wanted to be if I felt healthy.”

“If I felt like I didn’t have pain and I could practice and prepare for tournaments. I know how to practice and prepare for tournaments, so I can do what I want.”

“I feel like I can play well and compete with anybody.”

Alex spoke about the wind, and the extra pressure of being a Vegas boy;

“It was looking very slim, and then the wind picked up.”

“Luckily, the guys were dropping shots and I had the chance.”

“But, you know, it’s a tough hole here. You’ve got to win with a par. I made two bogeys in the playoff, so that’s a little bit disappointing.”

“It’s tough to play at home, there is a lot of pressure, and people expect good things from you.”

Whee Kim said it was brutal out there;

“It was brutally tough, the wind is blowing, and it’s really tough.”

Tied in fourth place at -8 under were Patton Kizzire, -7  under 64 today, Chesson Hadley, -3 under 68 and J.T. Poston, -5 under 66.

 

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. J.J. Spaun & Beau Hossler Share 54 Hole Lead.


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J.J. Spaun & Beau Hossler, both from USA, share the 54 hole Shriners Hospitals for Children Open lead at TPC Summerlin in windy Las Vegas.

Spaun, Hossler tied for lead after windy Round 3

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J.J. the leader after the completion of the second round in the morning struggled in the third round, carding +2 over par 73, in the very windy conditions late on in the day, leaving him at -9 under par for the competition;

“I just was trying to get comfortable out there, I was really uncomfortable considering the conditions and the position I was in.”

“But, yeah, I kind of kept things together.”

“Those last five holes were pretty brutal. So, to not really give too many shots back on those holes, it’s not so bad as it looks.”

Beau scored a bogey free third round -5 under 66, the low round of the day, in the slightly calmer conditions earlier on in the day, to post -9 under for the tournament, and tie J.J. at the top.

Beau mentioned the conditions, and how hard it is to putt in the wind;

“It was one of those days you couldn’t get ahead of yourself at all.”

“As soon as you do that, you get yourself in trouble.”

“I just tried to keep the ball on the fairway and keep it below the hole as much as possible and manage my game.”

“To get out of there bogey free is kind of a miracle, to be honest.”

 “When I go to school, playing in this kind of wind fairly regularly, not all the time.”

“Certainly there were some windy days in Texas. So that experience has really helped me.”

“I feel like I can control my ball in the wind a little bit better. Also, underrated. It’s sneaky hard to putt when it’s windy.”

Tony Finau is in third place, at -6 under par, he signed for third round of -2 under 69;

“It was tough, but you’ve got to control your ball flight.”

“The balls are flying all over the place, but mentally you’ve just got to try to stay in it and take one shot at a time.”

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. J.J. Spaun Leads Suspended 2nd Roound


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J.J. Spaun, USA, leads the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open as 2nd round play was suspended due to darkness at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Spaun in control on Friday at Shriners Open

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J.J. had a completed second round of -6 under par 65 to lead the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with a -11 under par total, putting well to give him a three shot lead at the moment;

“I think we were just real deliberate on our numbers out there, it’s super swirly, windy.”

“Out here you’ve got so many undulations around the greens and you’ve got tight hazards next to the pins and the greens, so it’s crucial to get the right number, and we did that well today. “

“That kind of set us up for having a bunch of looks out there.”

“I’m putting well, I’m hitting it well, I’m just trying to play simple golf.”

In second place is Kelly Kraft, USA, who has completed 15 holes of his second round at -4 under for the day, and a -8 under par total, which included a hole-in-one on par three 5th, using a 6-iron on the 174-yard hole.

Robert Garrigus is third, he finished early in the day with a total of -7 under par, carding -6 under 65 for the day, his putter working well, even though his tee shots were not;

“I really didn’t swing it as good as I wanted to off the tee.”

“I was hitting some squirrelly shots, but the putter worked really well today, which can cure a lot of things.”

Many players will come back early tomorrow to complete their second rounds, and then  moving day will begin in earnest.

The current projected cut is +1 over par, and some of them are below the cut line presently, but could make it tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if any of them can recover, it is not impossible.

Bubba Watson, USA, and defending champion Rod Pampling, Australia, are two of those hoping that the cut line stays where it is. 

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Whee Kim Leads.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open round one was suspended due to darkness with Whee Kim from South Korea leading at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

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Whee Kim carded a  bogey free first round -6 under par 65 to lead the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open by one shot in Vegas;

“That was really powerful, I feel much more comfortable now. I’m trying to keep up that momentum.”

“So still trying to work hard and I’m not going to change any plans for the next three days.”

Sharing second place at -4 under are, J.J. Spaun, Ryan Blaum, John Huh, with completed first rounds and  Jimmy Stanger, who has finished 15 holes, all from the USA, they are joined by Alex Chejka, Germany with a completed opening round of 66. 

Ryan is in uncharted territory, and is playing as hard a he can;

You want to take advantage of any week. Finishing in the top 125 last year, you’re able to kind of make out your schedule how you want to.”

“It’s the first time I’ve been able to do that ever in my life, on any tour that I’ve played.”

“So I’m looking forward to that, and being able to play as hard as I can.”

Charlie Hoffman has pledged all his winnings this week to the victims of the recent Las Vegas massacre, he finished day 1 at -3 under par after his opening round of 68 to be T16;

“I want to play really well to raise some money.”

“So my focus is way higher here than it has been in the past, which is sort of saying where my mind was at this time of the year the last few years.”

“But I’ve always put a lot of effort into my charity event, which I do on Monday. And sort of once that’s done, I was free.”

“But this year, I’ve got a huge focus on trying to contend to win this golf tournament for the city of Las Vegas, and I know how much it means to them.”

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Aussie Rod Wins.

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Aussie Rod Pampling wins the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

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Rod carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a -20 under par total, a two shot winning margin.

This is Rod’s first win in ten years on the PGA Tour, and it was very satisfying;

“It’s extremely rewarding.”

“Winning Arnold Palmer’s event is still on top. But coming back from what we’ve had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it’s phenomenal. Amazing.”

“It’s self-belief, and grinding on the Web Tour gives you confidence you can compete against the younger guys.”

Second Place went to Brooks Koepka, -4 under 67 today for a -18 under par tournament total.

Lucas Glover finished in third, at -17 under par, a final round -2 under not too impressive.

Best round of the day went to Francesco Molinari, from Italy, -10 under 61, it elevated him to finish tied in fourth position at -16 under par.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Lucas Glover Takes Over at the Top.

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Lucas Glover takes over at the top o the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Glover takes lead in Vegas

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Lucas had a third round -6 under par 65 to take the lead in the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, with a -15 under par total, and will have a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

A 45 ft putt on the 8th hole set Lucas on his way;

“That eighth hole was kind of the catapult, I made that long one, and two great shots into 9 and turned in three under and kept it going.”

“I’ve really been working hard, and it’s starting to pay off, eighteen holes tomorrow, and see how many we can make because I’m going to have to make some.”

“We’ve got a shootout ahead of us tomorrow.”

“I like where I stand, but you’re going to have to play good tomorrow.”

Sharing second place is Rod Pampling, who led for the first two days, Rod carded an even par round 71 today, with nothing seeming to go his way, the ball grazing the edge of the hole on numerous occasions.

Along with Rod on -14 under par is Brooks Koepka, with a third round -1 under 70, a double bogey five at the par three 17th was a very expensive trip to the water.

Brooks admitted he played poorly, and putted poorly

“For as bad as we played today, I was kind of happy to be one off the lead.”

“Just kind of struggled with everything. I feel like speed was a bit off, putting never really got comfortable.”

“Not my best performance, but I guess one off the lead isn’t too bad for how bad we played.”

Tied in fourth place are Russell Henley, who had the low round of the day -8 under par 63 and Geoff Ogilvy, -5 under -5 under 66, both players have -13 under par totals.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Rod Pampling Hangs On To Lead.

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Rod Pampling hangs on the lead at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open as round two was suspended due to darkness at at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

Rod Pampling followed up his 11-under 60 with a 3-under 68 and holds a one-shot lead entering the weekend. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

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Rod, from Australia, carded a completed -3 under par 68 today in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par, as darkness once again prevented the second round to be completed by everyone.

Rod was happy that no one had put in a low round today;

“You know, no one really in the groups this afternoon have gone super low.”

 “We’re right there, as the leader. I don’t know if we’ll finish there, but just the confidence I’ve got in myself.”

“I can’t worry about what anyone else is doing. I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing, which has been good enough so far to be tied for the lead, so hopefully in two more days it’ll still be there.”

Brooks Koepka is in second place with his finished second round of -4 under 67, giving him a -13 under par total.

Currently in third place is Aaron Wise, a -7 under round with only 14 holes completed gives him third on his own at -12 under par. Aaron is the only player with an unfinished round who can change the top of the leaderboard, when he resumes his second round tomorrow.