Crowne Plaza International. Kevin Na In Control.

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Kevin Na is in control of the Crowne Plaza International at the half-way stage at Colonial.

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Kevin shot a second round -4 under par 66 at Colonial, to sit on top of the Crowne Plaza International leaderboard at the half-way stage, with a -10 under par total.

Kevin celebrated sinking a 22-foot birdie putt at the 13th hole during Friday’s second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, with something only usually seen on Sesame Street episodes, the Big Bird Dance;

“It just came out, I wasn’t really thinking about it. When the crowd went wild on that hole, I gave them a little show.”

“I’m just having a lot more fun, obviously, if you’re playing well, it’s easier to have fun.”

“But I let the bogeys not bother me as much, and I’m swinging it well, my ball-striking is the best ever.”

Ian Poulter is in second place, carding a second round -3 under par 67, for a tournament total of -8 under par.

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Poults is happy with the way things are going;

“I hit a lot of good golf shots. I’m pleased with the way I played the last two days.”

Boo Weekley is in third position at -7 under par for the competition despite only carding a -1 under par 69 today. He put his early mistakes down to his stiff back problem that has plagued him all week, today it did not loosen up until the fifth hole;

 “I hit it left, but at least that swing felt like all right, now we’re back.”

 “Now we’re getting where we can kind of work it around this golf course a little bit.”

Defending champion Adam Scott needed to make up ground in order to reach the weekend, and did so with a bogey-free -4 under par  66, which raised him to T25 at -2 under for the competition.

Adam said he had played well, but reiterated once again that poor putting let him down;

“I played really good today, I just couldn’t buy a putt coming in.”

Jordan Spieth got a case of the jitters today, signing for a +3 over par 73, leaving him with a -3 under par total, and T15;

“A couple bad swings was all it was, I feel good on the golf course, I just didn’t see many putts go in and got off with the long clubs.”

 

 

BMW PGA Championship. Francesco Stands Firm.

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Francesco Molinari stands firm at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard at Wentworth Club.

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Francesco had to recover from a poor start, with two bogey’s in the first three holes, and was delighted to finally card a second round -3 under par 69, to remain at the top of the BMW PGA Championship with a -10 under par total;

“The start is really tricky the first three holes. I think I played them okay.”

“My chipping wasn’t good enough on the first and on the third to save par. I managed to steady the ship and made a few birdies coming in at the end, so a good day.”

“Obviously I’m delighted to have gone a little bit further under par from yesterday and just need to keep doing the same.”

“I know how hard I’ve been working the last few months, so it’s nice to see that it’s paying off on the course.”

In second place on his own is South Korean Byeong Hun An who returned a marvelous card of -8 under par 64 in the second round, to reach a -9 under par total.

Tied in third position at -8 under par are Emiliano Grillo and Jaidee Thongchai, the Argentine and Thai players making it a very international top of the leaderboard.

Emiliano Eagled the two par fives on the back nine, the 486 yard 12th and 539 yard 18th, and was enjoying his day;

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“I am enjoying the moment and playing well and being in contention is what I need.”

“If I keep knocking someone is going to open the door.”

“I’ve been looking for a win since I turned pro and it’s going to come soon. There’s a lot going on when you are in contention and you have to be prepared.”

“Playing well definitely pushes the confidence up and it’s nice to be on the leaderboard every week. This is a big week, the Flagship Event of The European Tour and it would be great to win.”

Best placed Englishman is James Morrison, who last week won the Spanish Open. James returned a second round score of -6 under par 66, which gave him a tournament total of -7 under par, and fifth place. James lives just 20 minutes from Wentworth Club, but discovered on Thursday evening that staying at home is not always an advantage, due to a power cut;

“I thought we had been burgled at first, I couldn’t even charge my phone and a cold shower this morning at 5:30 was no fun.”

World number one, and defending champion, Rory McIlroy carded a second round +6 over par 78, and missed the cut here at Wentworth, with a +5 over par 36 hole total.

He was in a hurry to leave the course, to get to Heathrow Airport;

“Flight to catch.”

“I’m not angry, a little disappointed I’m not going to be here for the weekend. I’m not going to read too much into it. It was inevitable at some point that the run was going to come to a bit of an end.”

“I’m sort of back to my usual at Wentworth. It wasn’t great before I won last year and it hasn’t been great after.”

“If anything good comes out of this, it’s just that I get a little bit of a rest over the next couple of days, and feel a bit fresher for what’s going to be a really big week for me next week.”

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Crowne Plaza International. 4 Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a 4 way tie at the top of the leaderboard in the Crowne Plaza International at Colonial with four excellent rounds of 64.

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Boo was first in the clubhouse with a -6 under par 64, and was soon followed by Kevin Na, Ryo Ishikawa and Jordan Spieth.

Prior to his round today Boo had complained of a bad back, saying it was not 100 percent, and it showed with a couple of one-handed swing finishes with the golf club, but he made up for it with his excellent putting;

“Made a lot of good putts, that’s the key for me out here. If I can make the putts, then we should be fine.”

“We read the greens good today, we had fun.”

Jordan who is playing a PGA TOUR event in hometown Texas for the first time since his victory at Augusta National last month was very happy with his birdie on the closing hole. It got him into a share of the lead;

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“I had a few of those on the back nine, a few good looks where I knew what the putt was doing, I just didn’t match the line and speed right.”

“I was getting a little frustrated through 17 there. I was like just one more look. I didn’t really count 18 as a look, but maybe more like luck, and we’ll take it.”

“I was little frustrated to see where my ball went, but I was still was able to soak in kind of the welcoming to the 18th green.”

“We couldn’t have had better scoring conditions today. Just the wind died down, and you could just throw darts, and they were landing and stopping.”

“I’d like to play golf in this weather the rest of my life.”

Kevin was facing a three-hour rain delay to start his early morning opening round, so he decided to take a nap;

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“Pulled off a little veteran move, took about an hour nap”

“If I keep putting myself in that position, I’m going to get some wins.”

George McNeill and Ian Poulter are tied in 5th place at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 65.

George admits he is usually a slow starter, and is surprised to be near the top of the leaderboard after the 1st round;

“I’m not a fast starter, I really don’t know why, I can’t pinpoint it. If I knew why, obviously I’d try and fix it. Maybe I did today.”

“So it was quite a surprise for me to play or score as well as I did today, I’ll take it. Hopefully it’s the worst score I shoot all week.”

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Poults tweeted about how well he had played today;

“Played lovely today and started to hole some putts. I looked at an old photo of my putting grip from a while ago, and changed back to it.”

 

 

 

 

BMW PGA Championship. Francesco Leads.

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Francesco Molinari leads the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.

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Francesco opened the BMW PGA Championship with a blistering -7 under par 65, hitting 17 out of the 18 greens in regulation, to lead by two shots on the first day at Wentworth.

“I think I missed one green on the third and chipped up to two feet, so it was as stress-free as it could be round here.”

“I love this place and it’s good to be back. It rewards accuracy, which suits my game.”

“I missed the Masters this year after 22 Majors in a row and it was not a nice feeling, so I hope I will be back soon.”

In second place is Robert Karlsson, with his first round -5 under par 67. Robert has some happy memories of Wentworth, shooting a course-record 62 in the third round in 2010, after having to hire a private jet to get back to London on Saturday morning, because he had flown home to Monaco the day before thinking he had missed the cut.

Third position is shared between five players; Jorge Campillo, Chris Wood, Y.E. Yang, Marc Warren and the oldest man in the field Miguel Angel Jiménez.

Chris has played just six events this season after spending five months on the sidelines with a broken bone in his wrist following a fall;

“It’s a long way for me to fall and it hurt.”

“It was misdiagnosed as bone bruising for a month and then I was in a cast for two months at home.”

“It was a nightmare because I fell out of the top 60 on The Race to Dubai and plummeted down the world rankings.”

It’s been a struggle and feels like I have been working hard to finish 30th every week. I did finish third in Morocco but I think it was always going to be a bit of a battle after five months.”

Big highlight of the day was Andrew Johnson carding an Ace at the 184 yard par three 8th hole, which won him the sponsors prize of a brand new BMW M4;

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“It took one bounce and hit the flag and went straight in. It just happened so quick, so I didn’t really know what to do.”

 “I just saw him. He looked and I was like, ‘All right, now is the time to go’.”

World Number One Rory McIlroy, last weeks winner at Quail Hollow had a quiet first round -1 under par 71, but was mentally a little angry;

“Physically I am all right, I got back to my hotel at 4:30pm (on Wednesday) and did not leave it until 6:30 this morning, but mentally I could feel myself getting a little angry out there.”

“Acceptance of bad shots is the thing I have been doing so well and I feel like my patience was wearing a bit thin today.”

“I just need to stay in control of my emotions because I feel like that’s one of the things, if I’m a little tired or a little fatigued mentally, I’ll start to be hard on myself and start to get down on myself.”

“I played okay. There weren’t really any aspects of my game I thought were really good, but at the same time I don’t feel any aspect of my game was really off.”

One thing for Rory to think about is that no one has won here from being more than four shots off the lead after the opening round, he is six shots back.

L.E.T. Turkish Airlines Open. Melissa Read Wins.

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Melissa Read wins the Turkish Airlines Open  at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, in a wire to wire victory.

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This tournament was the first competition on any Major Golf Tour to finish on a Wednesday and Melissa, from England, picked up the Turkish Airlines Open title with a wire to wire -11 under par total score, and a final round at even par 73.

It was an impressive win, a four shot victory over the field, made all the more improbable because Melissa started this tournament without even a practice round, but still picked up her second win on Tour;

“When you win you want to win properly and to lead every single day has been nice. I’ve not been in that position before, so to win in that way does make it extra special.”

“I’ve got a fantastic team around me which I can’t give enough credit to and I’ve been working with Kevin Craggs.”

“He’s been amazing and a massive influence not just on my career but on my life.”

“It’s been a difficult journey and it’s not one I want to go through again but it makes the win even sweeter and I’ve stepped it up a bit and it’s just the beginning really.”

Gwladys Nocera finished in second place, those four shots behind the winner, but was pleased with the result;

“If you would have told me I could finish second before the week I would have signed for it.”

“This shows me what I have and even when I’m not 100 per cent I can still play well, so I think that’s another thing I’ve learned and it was great.”

“I’ve hit the ball really well, not as long off the tee, but I managed to stay on the dance floor, so that was the main thing.”

Dame Laura Davies, Kylie Walker and Sally Watson tied for third place at -6 under par for the competition.

Sally was satisfied with her best finish of the year so far;

“I am pleased. I was three shots back at the start of the day and with the wind and tough conditions it was tough to put a low score together to catch Melissa.”

“I can’t complain with a third place finish, highest of the year so far.”

Dame Laura enjoyed this new idea, which was designed to attract wider television audiences by moving women’s professional golf into a new space within world sport;

“It’s been a great week to be honest with you, I’ve really enjoyed the concept.”

“I love the golf course. I just wish we played it here every year because it’s a great course for the girls and gives us a chance to play some really good golf and make lots of birdies.”

“Mel made more than most of us, but overall I’m really pleased. I had one bad day with the putter and it really cost me dearly, but I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it.”

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Minjee Lee Rookie Winner.

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Minjee Lee became the third rookie winner this year winning the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia with a final round -6 under par 65 and a -15 under par total.

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For 18 year-old Aussie Minjee this was her first LPGA Tour win, and she was definitely delighted;

“I didn’t think this moment would come this year, so I’m stoked to have won.”

“Just because I won in my rookie season, I feel like I could probably do it again. It just kind of gives me confidence that I can play out here and win out here.”

“On the 18th, I looked at the leaderboard and I saw Alison made birdie, so I kind of thought, I’ll just do everything I can in my control.”

 “I just knocked it on and two‑putted for par.”

So Yeon Ryu finished second, a -4 under par last round gave her a -13 under par total. She said she had played perfectly this morning, but did not finish strongly;

“Sometimes early morning my body is still not awake, but this morning my body condition was even better than yesterday.”

“So I pretty much made every shot and every putt. So, yeah, perfect this morning.”

“On 16 and 17, I felt like I hit two good putts, but they didn’t go in, and on 18, I just kind of gave up on myself and I shouldn’t have done that. I should have finished strong.”

Another rookie Alison Lee claimed third place, a -2 under par final round giving her a -12 under par tournament total. To play in the U.S. Open Alison will try to get into a qualifier on Tuesday in California.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Rain Delay Means Monday Finish.

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A rain delay has forced the Kingsmill Championship into a Monday Finish, with Minjee Lee leading, having completed 15 holes.

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Minjee is part way through her final Kingsmill Championship round, having completed 15 holes and currently -7 under par for the round. Her tournament total is -16 under par, and she knew she was at the top, but just wants to get out there tomorrow and finish off;

“I knew I was right there, I still have some work to do tomorrow, but just kind of gave myself opportunities, played smart golf. I didn’t do anything crazy.  Just my putts seemed to drop.”

“Hopefully if I can get the win tomorrow then I won’t have to go to the U.S. Open qualifying.”

Nearest challenger is Alison Lee at -12 under par after 14 holes, and -2 under on her final round, four shots adrift with four holes to play, and realistically not much chance of catching the leader.

Alison suffered a nose bleed out on the course today, after some attention she carried on and made birdie on the next hole;

“I’ve had a nosebleed every day since I’ve been here, just happen to have gotten it on the course today.  Thankfully it didn’t last too long.”

“I know I’m going to have to play aggressively being four strokes behind Minjee.”

“I know exactly what I have to do tomorrow if I want to take this. It’s all up to me.  It’s me against the golf course.”

” No matter what Minjee does, I just have to play my best.”

There are five ladies tied in third place at -10 under par and do have some chance of catching second place Alison, but the way they are playing in does not seem feasible.

Paula CreamerHoo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Perrine Delacour and Suzann Pettersen, Suzann is in the clubhouse with her score.

Lydia Ko and Inbee Park have both completed their last rounds and are T16 at -5 under par for the competition.

More to follow on Monday.