BMW PGA Championship. Chris Wood Wins

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ENG Chris Wood wins the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, in England.

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Chris captured the BMW PGA Championship title with a final round -3 under par 69, giving him a winning total of -9 under par for the tournament.

Chris was told by his caddie to lay-up on the last hole, and not go for the green, five would be good enough to win;

“It’s hard to win, as I’ve proved. I did not look at a leaderboard all day but when you are making lots of birdies on a tricky day you know you are there or thereabouts.”

“On the 18th I had 196 yards to the front and I immediately thought six iron, but my caddie said; do you want to know the situation?”

“I said I’ll put it in your hands and he said I’d like you to lay up.”

“It seems silly hitting sand wedge; sand wedge into 18, but as soon as he told me to lay up, I knew probably five was enough.”

“I can rest easy now, and enjoy it now.”

“It’s huge, because my friends and family are here. It’s amazing. To win in front of them was unreal.”

SWE Rikard Karlberg came through the field with an amazing last round -6 under par 66, that featured an ace on the second hole, the result was good enough to give him second place on his own at -8 under par.

Rikard was very pleased with his finish;

“When I came here and played my first practice round on Tuesday it felt so tough, such a tough golf course, and to be able to do that on a Sunday I’m very thrilled.”

“I was a little bit tired today, there’s been a lot of tough golf this week and in Ireland, so this has given me a booster and I’m thrilled.”

ENG Masters Tournament champion Danny Willet was third, at -7 under par, a final round -1 under 71, needed to be lower from a man of his talent;

“There’s a lot of good in there but the bad shots round here this week have been pretty bad and we’ve struggled to get up-and-down from a few of them.”

“You come away and after a good couple of rounds last week and then a couple of poor ones, and similar again this week just struggled to get anything going on the weekend. 

“Looking at the scores now we could have made it really close today if we’d have got going and kept the foot down but we just threw too many mistakes at it.” 

“To get a top-five finish is alright but of course you’re working hard to try and win.”

“We never got anything going. It was easy sailing Friday in the morning, and then we hit a bit of a slow patch, and that kind of killed it really.”

“We never seemed to fire like we did on that front nine on Friday.”

LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Aspires Towards Three-Peat.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, aspires to achieve her Three-Peat, winning three consecutive LPGA tiles, here at the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club.

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THA Ariya shot a topsy-turvy third round of +1 over par 73, which included an Eagle, at the LPGA Volvik Championship. Very different conditions today, with wind and firm, fast greens. She held onto top placing with a -10 under par tournament total.

There were only three players who started the day in the top ten at Travis Pointe Country Club that were under par on Saturday.

Ariya summed it all up;

“To me it’s very hard today, because very windy, and the green is very, very firm today.”

 USA Jessica Korda, -2 under 70 today, and USA  Christina Kim even par 72, share second spot at -9 under par.

Jessica was also perplexed by the wind, just trying to make par;

“I just kept telling myself that pars were good, you know?”

“It is frustrating because you hit some great shots and they don’t end up where you think that they should, or like yesterday, they would end up right next to the hole and today it would be, you know, 20 feet away from the hole.”

“So it was kind of just a little staying patient out there, and just making pars.”

Christina had the same thoughts, but was also complementary about the course;

“You know, I think any; it’s the wind, you know, this south/southwest wind.”

“It’s angled perfectly where there’s a lot of into, off the left, or downwind off the left, you know, as opposed to just dead into or straight from nine o’clock or three o’clock, and I think that, you know, it just really brings up a lot of the great characteristics of this golf course.”  

KOR Hyo Joo Kim and DEN Suzann Pettersen are tied in fourth position at -7 under par, both ladies carded -2 under par 70 for the third round.

World number one Lydia Ko seems unable to get any thing going here, which is strange because back in New Zealand the wind is a constant factor, she is currently T25 at -2 under par for the tournament.

 

 

 

DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. Spieth Soars.

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Jordan Spieth soars to the top of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational leaderboard at Colonial Country Club, Forth                                                                  Worth, in Texas.

 

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Jordan carded a third round -5 under par 65 to lead the field after 54 holes of the  DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, with a -12 under par tournament total.

Jordan has  has scrambled his way around the Colonial course this week,  he had a stretch of 13 successful conversions until carding a bogey at his final hole, and that’s the key to his success;

“My scrambling was kind of the key to the day today.”

 “Hopefully hit some more fairways tomorrow and make those aggressive swings.”

He also chipped in from 32 feet, from the fairway in front of the green, because of a poor wedge shot, for a birdie at the par five 11th hole;

“Not a great wedge, but a nice chip to make up for it.”

Sharing second place at -11 under par are Ryan Palmer, -4 under 66 today, and Webb Simpson, -3 under par 67 for his third round.

Ryan was happy to get in the zone today;

“That’s when I felt it, that’s when you get what they call the zone, when you can put the pin anywhere and we’ll find it.”

“And that’s where I felt that, just the way I was swinging, the confidence I had with what I was doing with the golf ball.”

“I know I missed it everywhere on this golf course because I played it so many times.”

“But it helps knowing that, so I can get a lot more lower irons and wedges in.”

“When you’re dialed in, it’s fun, that’s for sure.”

Webb was happy to be paired with Jordan today, and was upset to bogey the last to  miss getting into the last group again with him tomorrow;

“I love playing with Jordan, that’s why I wish I had parred the last.”

“But it is what it is and I’ll go after it tomorrow.”

Harris English, -6 under 64 today, Kyle Reifers, -3 under 67 and Martin Piller -2 under 68, are tied in fourth place at -10 under par.

There are eleven players within five shots of the leader, so just about anyone could still card a low round tomorrow, and come through to win. Local boy Jordan will trying to achieve his first win in Texas, so it will be tough to beat a fired up Texan.

Rory McIlroy won his first Irish Open last week, and he too was wearing Grey, is this the in color ?

BMW PGA Championship. Scott Hend Ahead.

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Scott carded a third round +1 over par 73, but stayed on top of the BMW PGA Championship with a -9 under par total, he spoke about some good fortune on the last hole that lifted him clear of the pack, but admitted he was not thinking about winning at the moment;

“It was very fortunate, I was just trying to get it anywhere on the green there and two-putt for a birdie.”

“Fortunately enough it rolled in there close and I made a three.”

“I’m not really thinking that far ahead right now, I’m just thinking about what I’m going to have tonight to be honest.” 

“I’ll just go about my work tomorrow and try and get the ball a bit more off the center of the club , a bit more consistency in the swing and what will be, will be.”

Shooting the low round of the day was Tyrrell Hatton, a brilliant -6 under par 66, giving him second place on his own at -8 under par for the competition.

Lee Westwood recorded a solid -4 under par 68, and is sharing third place with Y.E. Yang, +3 over par 75 today, both players at -7 under par.

There is a large group of players on -6 under par, which includes Masters winner Danny Willett, who started the day tied at the top, he could only manage +4 over 76 today, and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer -2 under 70 today.

Danny explained his troubles on the course, and why it all slipped away;

“The back nine is a lot more draw off the tee and we obviously struggle hitting that.”

“The front nine sets up quite nice, trying to hit fade off there most of the time.”

“We’ve got to take a lot of tight lines off the left in the back nine.”

“Every now and again you kind of hit one straight and it kind of clips the trees and stays left, or you overdo it.

“We had everything under control nicely and then a couple of loose shots, a couple of bad decisions, a couple of missed putts and very quickly it kind of slipped away.

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Bryce Not Fazed By Delay.

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Bryce Molder still leads the Dean & Deluca Invitational, but has not yet completed his second round, five and half hours of rain and lightning storms preventing play in the morning session.

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Bryce Molder

Bryce completed just 15 second round holes, for -3 under par,  but remains at the top of the Dean & Deluca Invitational leaderboard with his -9 under par total.

Bryce certainly likes the front nine, bogey-free 29 in the first round, bogey-free 30 in the second round;

“I wish I could have just turned back, teed off on No. 1 and just kept going.”

“Sometimes good stuff just happens to happen when it happens.”

 “That side has been really good to me.”

“I’ve always found it actually easier when you have these delays because it doesn’t feel like I’ve got the lead because I haven’t finished my round.”

 “It’s still only during the second round, so that’s still way too early to really feel like I’m sitting on the lead.”

“And then we’ll turn around pretty quickly and play again after I finish, so that actually makes things a little easier between rounds.”

Webb Simpson holds second place on his own, at the moment, with a finished second round of -3 under 67 and a -8 under par total, a recycled putter turning hot;

“I kind of shelved it and picked it back up a few weeks ago and it felt pretty good.”

“I don’t know what’s different. Same putter, and a few months later it feels better.”

“Maybe I’ve grown or shrunk, but I don’t know, it feels different.”

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 66 today, and Patrick Reed, -2 under for 8 second round holes, share third place at -7 under par.

Jordan is coming good for Major time, a good back nine, he started at 10,  convincing him he is on the right track;

“A fantastic back nine that we played.”

“One through five holes, if you play them one under, you’re going to be up there with the leaders because the rest of the course you can kind of really get around and have some chances.”

“Playing four under today was awesome.”

“If I want to have it 100 percent trust by major time, it’s creeping up, big step up from last week.”

LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Advances to the Top.

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Ariya Jutanugarn advances to the top of the LPGA Volvik Championship at the conclusion of the second round.

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Ariya carded a second round -4 under par 68 to take the lead in the  LPGA Volvik Championship at the  half way stage with a -10 under par total, and a two shot advantage going into the week-end.

Ariya was happy to make some good putts on the back nine, and is now chasing her third consecutive win on Tour ;

“Today was pretty good.  I mean, I didn’t hit my iron that good but still okay, and I start to make some putt on the back nine.”

“I mean, right now I’m really happy with it and I really enjoy play golf right now, so I’m not thinking about, I’m going to win, I’m going to lose, but just have fun and keep playing  good.”

 So Yeon Ryu -5 under par 67 today, Christina Kim -1 under 71 and Marina Alex -5 under 67, all share second place at -9 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Christina had problems getting the ball in the hole;

“Everything was great, just the ball wasn’t in the hole.”

“I mean, it wasn’t like I was backing off of putts after I hit them trying to figure out how did I miss that break or anything like that.”

” It was just a matter of just burning the edges and just, I mean, not even really being a degree off.”

” So I’m still very confident going into the weekend.  I’ve still got a lot of confidence in my putting.”

So Yeon has been close to winning;

“I was so close to winning the last three tournaments, the final round wasn’t good enough to get the trophies so I was really disappointed in myself as well.”

“But the good thing is I just kept in contention, that I just kept fighting.”

” I really want to hold this and I really want to keep my positive mind until Sunday.”

Marina has been making swing changes, and feels the hard work is paying off;

“You know, I don’t necessarily think I was playing all that bad at the beginning of the year, I was just really rusty.”

 “I’ve been making a ton of swing changes in the off season and now they’re starting to feel more comfortable and just kind of everything is starting to feel like it’s mine and I own it.”

“Whereas at the beginning of the year I think I was just a little unsure with what I was doing and just not really fully committed to where I was and obviously now I am, so it’s paying off.”

 

BMW PGA Championship. Danny Joins Scott & Y.E. at the Top.

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Danny Willett joins Scott Hend and Y.E. Yang at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Wentworth Golf Club.

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ENG  Danny, with a second round -4 under par 68, has joined AUS Scott Hend, -3 under 69 and KOR Y.E. Yang, also -3 under 69, at the top of the BMW PGA Championship scoreboard with -10 under par totals, at the 36 hole stage of the competition.

Danny was hoping for more out of his back nine, but in the end was satisfied with a birdie at the last;

“It was still not quite the back nine I was hoping for but ten under par, you’d have taken it at the beginning of the day.”

“I played great most of the day and then chucked a couple of horrid shots in there.”

“I had a slow walk from 17 to 18 to try and gather my thoughts and after hitting two lovely shots into the last I came off with a slightly better taste in my mouth.”

“You could have just chucked it and finished really poorly, but to make birdie on the last was good and shows a little bit of mental strength.”

Scott struggle with his swing, but also rescued his round with a great Eagle putt on the last;

“I’d been struggling all day to get the ball over the center of the club, get it around as best I can.”

 “Came up 18, hit a nice little sliding driver down there and sort of chunked a six iron not as good as I’d like to hit it.”

“I was in between six and seven and I took a six and caught it a little bit thick.”

“But it was nicely on the green and knew I had a quick putt, so just hit the putt where I thought it could go and rolled all the way.”

“It was quite nice and a good result considering I was floundering coming down the last few holes and put a positive spin going into the weekend.”

RSA Jaco Van Zyl is in fourth place on his own at -9 under par, he carded a second round -4 under par 68.