Sony Open in Hawaii. Jimmy Walks It.

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Jimmy walks it, easily defending his title and winning the Sony Open in Hawaii, by nine shots over his nearest rival.

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Jimmy fired in a final round of -7 under par 63 to post a winning total of -23 under par, in defense of his Sony Open in Hawaii title.

Jimmy said he kept the pedal to the metal, and his putting was good;

 “After Monday I was kind of wondering how things were going to go. I came in and just continued to do what I did last week, which was hit it really good, and I putted even better this week.”

“Today was all about keeping the pedal down, and that’s kind of what I talked about at the beginning of the week. If I got back to that position, could we really try to extend the lead instead of just hang on.”

“I feel like all the hard work I’ve been doing is paying off, I put in the time. I feel like I’ve got good people around me, and I think that’s really made the difference. They’ve helped me believe that I can be better than I am.”

Scott Piercy finished in second place, albeit a long way back, at -14 under par for the tournament, a last round -4 under par lifting him up the leaderboard.

Scott was coming back from arm surgery, saying he wanted to play better than before;

“I was beaten up pretty bad mentally from trying to play through it.”

 “I didn’t really want to see a golf club for about two-and-a-half months and that’s about the time frame before I could even start working out or doing anything.”

“My goal was to come back better, not to come back where I was before I got hurt. I was in a pretty good spot and I’m looking to go right past that one.”

Matt Kuchar, who was close to Jimmy at the start of play today, finished in a tie for third place with Harris English and Gary Woodland, all at -13 under par.

Matt slumped to +1 over par final round, playing alongside the all-conquering Jimmy Walker;

“I had a number of really good chances on the back nine.”

“I felt like I hit it very well,  I was hoping to get a little pressure on Jimmy. I was trying to get one to go and nothing did. And Jimmy never really missed a shot.”

“He made the game look pretty easy.”

Sony Open in Hawaii. Jimmy Jumps Ahead,

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Defending Champion Jimmy Walker shoots 62 in the Sony Open in Hawaii on Saturday to jump ahead of the chasing pack in the third round.

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Jimmy carded a -8 under par 62 in the third round of the Sony Open, which included an amazing 11 consecutive one putts. The round included two bogey’s along with the 10 birdies, so it could have been better, he sits on top of the leaderboard with a two stroke lead at -16 under par, and needed only 22 putts for the round;

“I think when I tapped that one in on 15, I started thinking, wow, that feels like a lot of one-putts in a row.”

“I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I think this is one of the best golf courses we play. It shows what a good golf course is, and what it doesn’t have to be.”

“I put more pressure on myself and I want to win more. Walker said.  Butch Harmon really hammers that home, that it’s all about winning. We started talking about 2013 and I said, that was my best year ever. He said, yeah, but you didn’t win. That’s what we were trying to do and didn’t do it.”

He’s like, I know it hurts and it’s going to hurt, and it should hurt. You should be mad.”

“You try to take as much positive as you can out of the situation and try to figure out what you could have done different. But we liked what we did. It just didn’t work out.”

“It’s nice to get back right where we want to be, having a chance to win, especially after last week. I think it’s pretty cool.”

 “I feel good about what I’m doing, and my golf swing and things that are going on.“I can only go out and control what I can do tomorrow, and I can’t put anything on anybody else.”

But I’m going to go out and just keep trying to hit the golf shots, hit the good shots, hit the shots I see, put it under the hole, give myself some good looks, make some putts.”

Matt Kuchar is keeping the leader in sight with a -2 under par 68, which gave him a -14 under par tournament total.

Brian Harman and Troy Merritt share third spot, both with -13 under par totals. Brian carded a -6 under par 64 and Troy a -3 under par 67.

I can not see Jimmy letting this tournament slip from his grasp.

Sony Open. Three Way Tie at the Top

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii at the half way stage of the competition.

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Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Justin Thomas all share the half way lead at the Sony Open with -12 under par totals.

Rookie Justin carded the round of the day, -9 under par 61 to put himself in contention for this title, he said he was definitely in the zone;

“It was probably the best zone and best focus I’ve ever been in.”

“I knew I was playing well, but I really didn’t know how many under I was for the day, and I just kind of kept playing.”

“It doesn’t happen very often in golf, and it’s really fun to happen. It’s probably maybe only the second time it’s ever happened to me.”

Webb revealed that he had broken his old belly putter over his knee, to remove all temptation, he shot -4 under par 66 today;

“The broken belly putter is in my trophy case at home. It’s on top, I can’t use it. I could use it; it would be a short putter.”

“I’m a big believer in not changing something that’s not broken. So I felt myself kind of backing out, in front of my wife, I snapped it over my knee, and I was going to throw it away, but she said, `No, no, we’ve got to keep it. You’ve done a lot of good stuff with that.”

“I put a lot of work in, and I didn’t have much expectation coming here to be honest with you.”

“It was just a matter this week of wanting to get comfortable on the greens. That was the goal. I didn’t really care how I played this week. So to be in the lead is a huge bonus.”

Matt did not realize that Webb had changed putters until the first green;

“He made about a 6- or 7-footer for birdie and I said, Holy cow, mark the time and date. Webb Simpson used a short putter and actually made it look pretty good.”

“Yesterday was a beautiful day of putting, and I joked with him that the USGA might have to rethink banning the long putter because he’s putting even better with a short putter. He didn’t miss a single putt that he should have made in two days. It was a very, very good effort.”

Tied in fourth place are Tim Clark and Troy Merrit, at -10 under par for the competition. By way of contrast Tim Clark is going to use the long putter until the last minute, before the anchoring ban comes into force.

16-year-old Kyle Suppa, is a high school golfer that attends the same high school that President Obama and Michelle Wie both graduated from.  Kyle fired his second consecutive -1 under par 69 Friday to make the cut on the number, -2 under par.

Sony Open. Paul Casey & Webb Simpson Shoot 62.

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Paul Casey and Webb Simpson shoot 62 in the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, to lead the tournament at Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu.

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Webb said it was a big day for him after shooting a -8  under par 62, using a conventional length putter on Tour for the first time and  he needed only 23 putts for the round and was holing everything in sight, including birdies on eight of his final 10 holes, and his 8-under 62 was the lowest round of his career;

“Today was a big day for me, I was extremely nervous, first round on the PGA Tour with a short putter, but I just had a couple of [Bible] verses in my yardage book today that I kept reading, and I stayed calm.”

“Today was a hurdle I felt like I needed to get over, and I’m just real thankful.”


“Basically the idea is God is for me, he’s on my side. Put my focus on Him instead of other people.” 

“Honestly, I know religion gets thrown around a lot, but I could have done it today without God and without Scripture.”

“Golf is a funny game, any time you start playing solid, it just gives you confidence. I’ve got a long three rounds to go, and a lot can happen. But a good start.”

“It was one of the best putting rounds I’ve ever had, to be honest. I’ve been putting well with it, but it’s easy to putt well on your home course playing with your buddies. So today there was a lot of pressure.”

“I didn’t sleep that great last night, but had a good morning, talked to my wife, and a good warm up and it was big to see a few putts go in early.”

“More than anything, I’m just glad to get started. I didn’t want to wait until 2016 because I didn’t want to be in a position where I felt like I was forced into the short putter.”

You have to wonder why Webb used the long putter in the first place.

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Paul started the day on the 10th hole and  had a run of five birdies in a row on 17, 18, 1, 2 and 3 and told reporters why he gave up on the European Tour to concentrate on the PGA TOUR;

“For as long as I’ve been professional I’ve been a member of the European Tour.”

“For a long, long time now, I’ve been trying to play both the PGA TOUR and the European Tour, and some years I’ve done it brilliantly, and other years I’ve failed miserably, and I just didn’t want to keep putting myself in kind of a position where I’m struggling to fly around the world.”

“I have not been here for a long time, the last time I was here was 2010 when I played in Maui, and it’s great to be back.”

“I’ve been in the Middle East for so long and I chose to come over here. I had no idea what to expect today, so I’m over the moon with that.”

“I knew what I was missing, and it was tough, it was a very tough decision not to go to Abu Dhabi.”

“A lot of pin‑high iron shots today, I’ve been working hard on stuff on the swing, and I think I played golf swing a little bit of the time, but the key really was the irons predominantly were pin high, gave myself sort of a lot of 9‑ to 12‑foot putts out there, and I holed a lot of putts.”

Camilo Villegas and Robert Streb both had first rounds of -7 under par 63, to be tied in second place, Rory Sabbatini carded an opening -6 under par 64 to claim 5th position on his own.

Jason Day and Matt Kuchar are among a group of six players who posted 65.







Sony Open, Russell Henley Hijacks the Lead

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Russell Henley hijacked the second round lead in the Sony Open in Hawaii, from his friend and first round leader Scott Langley, with another round of -7 under par 63. The two rookies continue to defy all the odds and dominate the leaderboard between them. Russell, who is just  two days into his PGA Tour career is already in the record books, breaking the 36-hole tournament scoring record by two shots, at -14 under par and a total of 126, the previous 36-hole record at the Sony Open was 128, shared by five players, most recently John Cook in 2002.

Russell said it all seems a bit unreal;

” It’s pretty surreal.”

The two Scotts, Langley and Piercy are now tied two shots behind on -12 under par, Scott Langley followed his opening round 62, with a second round of 66, and Scott Piercy had another round of 64, both players total 128.

Scott Langley admitted it was hard to match his amazing first round 62;

“It’s never easy to back up a really good round, I kind of got off to a little slower start, but it was certainly nice to finish the way I did and kind of get back in it with Russ. He played so well, and I was just trying to keep pace as much as I can. To finish that way was really good.”

Scott Piercy had to admit he knew very little about the two new rookies;

” It’s Russell something and Langley?  I think Russell won when he was in college, right? Hey, they’re playing well. I think I played in five final groups as a rookie and didn’t come through. There’s a learning curve, but maybe their curve is quicker than mine.”

Matt Kuchar is in fourth place alone on -11 under par, with his second round score of -7 under par, 63. Matt was real happy with the conditions here at the Waialae Country Club in  Honolulu, coming from last weeks windy weather in Maui;

” Coming from last week, it feels really easy out there, this course, is not as simple as it seems, it’s one of the tougher courses on tour. If you’re not playing well, you’re going to make some bogeys. I understand the wind is supposed to really die down over the weekend, so I certainly expect low scoring. The course is in great shape, greens are beautiful, so there’s going to be a lot more birdies and your foot has definitely got to be down on the pedal.”

One sad note today, Dustin Johnson who won last week at Kapalua, withdrew after nine holes today, suffering from the flu. Dustin will now not  get a chance to match Ernie Els as the only players to sweep the two Hawaii events.

He said of his malaise;

” I feel like I’m coming down with whatever my caddie’s got, just not feeling well. Stomach hurts, headache, tired.”

I think that as long as Scott and Russell are paired together one of them will win this tournament  they are helping each other and are not too bothered about the rest of the field. But if they are split up for the last round, competing against a seasoned Tour professional, then the going will get a little tougher coming down the stretch on Sunday.

Sony Open, Hawaii, Rookie Scott Langley Leads


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The Sony Open in Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club.had a surprising first round leader in Scott Langley, in his first start as a rookie on Tour. Scott fired in a first round 62, -8 under par, with some wonderful stroke play and nerveless putting. Scott said he was excited about the coming days of this tournament;

“I’m a young guy, but I’m old enough to know that we have a lot of golf left. We’ve barely started, and I’m excited about the next few days.”

Just one shot behind the leader in second place is another rookie, Russell Henley, with his opening effort of -7 under par 63. Russell was pleased he got friends Scott and Luke Guthrie as his playing partners in the first round;

“I think there was a lot of nerves for me the first few holes and I think playing with Scotty and Luke was huge for me, and watching them play well kind of gave me a goal to try to keep up with them, so it was definitely fun feeding off them.”

Unfortunately Luke Guthrie did not fare so well, finishing at +1 over par, tied in 88th place.

A year ago Scott and Russell two were playing in a Hooters Tour event in Florida, Russell missing the cut and Scott just making it to proceed, walking up sixteen today the pair reminisced, Scott said;

“We were on the range trying to help each other find it. We were just walking up 16, you could see the ocean behind, PGA TOUR signs everywhere. We looked at each other and realized this is pretty cool. To look back one year ago and to know that we weren’t here, we were in a far different place.”

Tied in third spot at -6 under par are Scott Piercy and Tim Clark, Scott Piercy had a 64 in the morning, with Tim Clark matching that score in the afternoon session. Tim spent most of last year suffering from a mystery elbow injury, and came into this tournament with fairly low expectations;

“It’s going to be an exciting year for me because I do feel like I’m healthy again and can play a full schedule. I’m obviously doing a lot better than I was last year.”

Scott Piercy, the RBC Canadian Open champion, was among 20 players in the field who started their season last week on Maui, at the weather wrecked Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course, he recalled the terrible putting performance he endured;

” Seven three-putts and a four-putt last week. The wind wasn’t even blowing today compared to last week. I just played solid today, hit it in a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens, made two fairly key putts and took care of the par fives.”

Seventy players in the 144-man field broke par, they included a pair from the Champions Tour. Russ Cochran, who won the Senior British Open in 2011, he had a first round of 68 and Fred Funk who shot an even par round of 70.

Golfer Matt Every is a Dope

Matt Every’s dope drug suspension is not going to go away easily, it is rumbling on due mainly to the  bizarre interview with the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman. Every maintains that who his friends are and what they do are of no concern to anyone, well he is definitely wrong. His 2010 arrest for marijuana possession and the defensive statement that; ”  Honestly, man, I know more people who smoke marijuana than who don’t smoke marijuana”, could seriously hamper his attempts  to garner the endorsements that line the pockets of PGA pros. Every needs to concentrate on some exceptional public relations, starting with distancing himself from the bunch of so called friends who think drugs are OK. His image and credibility have been damaged  he’ll need to learn a bit of proper image strategy. No wonder he is desperate for this episode to fade away, but unfortunately for him every time his name appears at the top of a leader board this silly story will rear its ugly head.

Another sad story surrounding the Sony Open is the verbal set to between Vijay Singh and Rory Sabbatini, who himself is no stranger to controversy. It seems Sabbatini’s caddy, Mick Doran, moved into Singh’s eyeline while he was attempting to putt. V J missed the putt and had words with Doran about the ungentlemanly conduct. At this point Rory vigorously defended his caddy. After the round V.J. said the row was over and it was forgotten. Sabbatini disagreed at demanded Singh apologise to his caddy. I think that’s a bit rich, he should rather be telling his caddy to stand still while other people are putting.

Vijay Singh and Rory Sabbatini