Genesis Open. Basket Case Bubba Has 54 Hole Lead.

 

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TV pundits called Bubba Watson a basket case, for playing in a celebrity basketball game Friday night, but Bubba came out and played great golf today to lead the Genesis Open after 54 holes at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

Bubba pulls in front at Genesis

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Two time winner here Bubba carded a third round -6 under par 65 to lead the Genesis Open at the 54 hole stage at -10 under par, and will have a one shot advantage at the start of play tomorrow;

“You’ve got to hit shots from every different angle, you’ve got to move it right to left and left to right, so it’s just fun.”

“Then the greens are the equalizer so it makes me look like I putt as good as the other guys.”

“The tougher the golf course, the more focus I have. The tougher the shot, I’ve been able to focus better.”

“When I get my mind on something, I can focus and do pretty well at the game of golf.”

“Like last night when Tracy McGrady was coming at me, I was focused on not getting hurt and I didn’t, so it worked out.”

In second place on  his own, courtesy of a 54 ft 7 inch putt on the last green is Patrick Cantlay, signing for a third round -2 under 69, and a -9 under par total;

“I feel like if I can just engage and not worry about where I am on a particular hole or what’s going on and I just engage and stay present in whatever I’m doing at that particular time, it all turns out better than what you would expect.”

“Making sure you stay present and having that confidence in yourself that if you just click in and focus, it all will be good and that’s kind of the head space I’m in.”

Four players are then tied in third place at -8 under par, Cameron Smith, Australia, with back to back bogey free rounds, today -6 under 65. He is joined by Kevin Na, -4 under 67 and Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland, -1 under 70 today.

Low round of the day came from World #1, and Defending Champion Dustin Johnson, -7 under 64, and at -6 under is only four shots off the lead, he will be a threat tomorrow.

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NBO Oman Open. Three-Way Tie In Oman.

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It is a three-way tie at the top of the NBO Oman Open with Matt Southgate, England, Joost Luiten, Holland and Julien Guerrier from France locked in battle for the title.

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Joost, -6 under 66 today, Julien also -6 under 66 and Matt -3 under 69 all share the NBO Oman Open lead at -12 under par after 54 holes at Al Mouj Golf course.

Joost is looking for his first win since 2016;

“I know my game-plan and I know what to do around this golf course.”

“You need to be a bit patient and wait for your chances. If I can hit my irons like I did today, there will definitely be some birdies.”

Julien is seeking his first European Tour win, and sinking monster putts like he did today for an Eagle at the par five 12th could help him to lift the title;

“The players out here on the European Tour are really good so you have to push, always and if it’s your week, it’s your week.”

 “Right now, it’s going well for me so we’ll see.

“I have to do the same tomorrow. I want to work in these conditions, under pressure, to see how I’m feeling. I’ve played a lot of years on the Challenge Tour and I’ve played a couple of years on the European Tour too and I want to stay here now.”

“I try to improve every day, I’m still fighting and I want to stay on the European Tour.”

Matt is also seeking his first Tour win, and has a big heart;

“The birdie at nine was big, it takes a big heart to hit shots like that because a part of you wants to go and hide in a corner and cry.”

“People say to you, keep going, but I’m not going to walk in.”

“You can do two things, you can hide behind your caddie and sulk and knock it around in level or over par, or you can take it on the chin, rise up to the challenge and try to hit good golf shots.”

Chris Wood, England, is just one shot back at -11 under par, shooting -3 under par 69 in his third round, and has won before, so he will be a threat tomorrow.

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ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open 2018. J.Y. Flying High.

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J.Y. Jin Young Ko, from South Korea is flying high at the top of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open for the third straight day at Kooyonga Golf Club in Australia.

 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

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J.Y. carded a third round -1 under par 71 to stay on top of the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open leaderboard with a tournament total of -11 under par.

Hannah Green, Australia, is in second place, four shots back at -7 under par, she scored the low round of the day, -6 under 66, which kept herself and the locals happy;

“It was a good round today, I was very pleased with my ball striking today.”

“I missed a few greens and the other two I was putting off the edge, so the ball striking was there.”

“It wasn’t there yesterday, and I did some work in the afternoon, so I’m glad it was more tight.”

Hyejin Choi, -2 under 70 and Sung Young Yoo, even par 72 today, both share third spot at -6 under par, and both ladies are from South Korea.

Best placed Ladies European Tour player is Karine Icher, France, -2 under 70 today, she is tied in a group at -4 under, which includes the top USA lady Mo Martin, who carded an even par 72 in her third round.

Jenny Haglund, Sweden, drove away with a brand-new Hyundai Genesis G80 after a hole-in-one at the par three 14th hole;

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“I just aimed right at the pin and it was just how I wanted to hit it.”

“I started a little bit right and then drawing a bit left against the wind which held it up a little and then it landed and rolled.”

“Then the crowd was just cheering and standing up. It was a great experience. I couldn’t see it, but I knew when the crowd went crazy.”

There is not much doubt who will win this tournament, but it will be interesting how the rest of the leaderboard pans out tomorrow.

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PGA Genesis Open. Three-Way Tie, But Round 2 Suspended.

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There is a three-way  tie at the top of the Genesis Open leaderboard at Riviera Country Club as darkness once again caused play to be suspended for the day. At the close of play Patrick Cantlay, Graeme McDowell and Sam Saunders share the honor.

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Patrick, USA, -2 under 69 today, G-Mac, Northern Ireland, -5 under 66, and Sam Saunders, USA, -3 under through 15 holes, were tied at the top of the Genesis Open leaderboard with -7 under par totals, when darkness stopped play for the day at Pacific Palisades in California.

G-Mac has found some confidence in his game;

“I’m really excited to be going into the weekend of a tournament at the business end of things.”

“I’ve enjoyed the way I’ve hit it the last couple of days and I look forward to getting back at it tomorrow.”

“It’s not even about this weekend for me, it’s just about continuing to fill up the confidence tank really. That’s pretty much the only thing that’s missing with my game.”

Patrick lives in the area, but L.A’s infamous gridlock means he is staying close by in a hotel;

 “I’m staying in a hotel this week. Our place is too far away with traffic.”

 “I’m hitting it really well right now. Ball’s coming out of the middle of the clubface and it’s going where I’m looking,”

“I know the golf course really well and being here in front of the home fans and being on a golf course that I really know and like is huge. I feel really comfortable.”

Ryan Moore had fourth place to himself at -6 under, with his second consecutive round of -3 under 68.

Making  the cut will be  Phil Mickelson, even par 71 today, Jordan Spieth -1 under 70, World No. 1 and defending champion Dustin Johnson, -2 under 69.

Rory made the cut, shooting -2 under 69, Tiger will not, slumping to +5 over 76 today, the first time ever he has missed the cut at this event. He managed to find only 4 out of 14 fairways, and threw in some three putts along the way, he summed up his day;

“I didn’t really play that well today,  I knew I had to make a run on that back nine and I went the other way.”

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European Tour. NBO Oman Open. Matthieu Pavon Pushes Ahead.

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Matthieu Pavon of France pushes ahead in the NBO Oman Open. leading by two shots after 36 holes at the Al Mouj Golf course.

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Matthieu signed for a superb low round of the day,  -7 under par 65 in the second round of the NBO Oman Open to lead the tournament by two shot at -11 under par;

 “When you play bad on some courses and you are going back the next year or you have some bad memories, here is just the opposite.”

“I just have so many good memories so I’ll just try to surf on them.”

“It’s a lot of good memories that help.”

Mathew Southgate, England, is in second place, an average round today of -2 under 70 giving him a -9 under total;

“I think it’s a nice position to go into the weekend when you’re completely in love with the golf course and you’re probably going to be leading or there or thereabouts.”

“I think I’m playing the best golf of my life which is the goal because I look to just improve all the time.”

“I feel really in control of my swing and I feel a lot more level-headed playing a golf course like this where the scoring is not ridiculously low.”

“There are birdie chances but you’ve really got to hit good shots and that’s something that I’ve always enjoyed. I feel like I switch on a bit when it gets a bit tougher.”

Paul Waring, -1 under 71 today, and Chris Wood, -6 under 66, both from England, share third place at -8 under par.

An Open Championship winner and 2016 Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland, -5 under 67 today is in a group of nine players six shots off the lead at -1 under.

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LPGA ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Jin Young Ko Leads By Three.

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Jin Young Ko, of South Korea, leads the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open by three shots at the half-way stage at Kooyonga Golf Club in Australia.

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J.Y. from South Koreashot second round -3 under par 69 to maintain her position at the top of the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a -10 under par total for 36 holes.

The LPGA Tour rookie is utilizing her thinking and enjoyed a good day with the putter;

“One key is my thinking and one other key is my putting.”

Sitting in second place is another rookie Emma Talley, USA, also -3 under 69 today for a -7 under par tournament total.

Emma said she had missed a few putts today;

“Yesterday my short game was unbelievable and I kind of kept it going all day.”

“Today I hit the ball really well and my driver was back to normal today and my irons were really good.”

“I actually missed a few putts around today but that’s okay, I’m just going to stay patient and hopefully tomorrow they’ll sink.”

Sharing third place are two South Korean ladies, Sun Young Yoo, -2 under 70 today, and Jiyai Shin, -1 under 71, both ladies at -6 under par.

Sun Young went back to her old coach, and things have improved;

“I had some bad years the last couple of years, but everybody goes through ups and downs.”

“My game started coming back again, so I’m feeling pretty good and I’m back with my old coach again, so I’m very confident and excited.”

“I knew I had to go back and fix a couple of things, and making major changes, just a little bit on little things, so I’m feeling pretty good.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, went backwards today, +2 over par 74, to be T14 at -2 under.

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PGA Genesis Open. Two at the Top of Suspended Round 1

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There are two players at the top of the Genesis Open leaderboard at Pacific Palisades in California, as darkness caused round 1 play to be suspended for the day. Tony Finau and Patrick Cantlay share the honor.

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Tony and Patrick carded first rounds of -5 under par 66 to top the Genesis Open leaderboard before darkness brought proceedings to an untimely end.

Tom Hoge, Dominic Bozzelli and Sam Saunders share third spot at -4 under par, all with opening rounds of 67.

Playing together again for the first time since 2015, and not very well  were Rory McIlroy, even par 71, and Tiger Woods +1 over 72.

Rory suffered from poor putting, again;

“I’m not missing the hole by a few inches, it’s sort of just sliding by the edges. So it’s not too far off.” 

“Hopefully a few will drop for me tomorrow.”

“It doesn’t feel like five years ago he won five tournaments and was player of the year.”

 “He remembers how to do this and his body’s allowing him to do this, and there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll make a little bit of noise this year.”

“The surgery could be the best thing that’s ever happened to him.” 

Tiger admitted to making some silly mistakes;

“It was alright. I made really silly bogeys out there. But overall I thought I hung in there well and grinded.”

“I’m not far off putting some good numbers out there.”

 

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