FedEx St Jude Classic. Stewart, Rafa and Ben Share Top Spot.

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Stewart Cink, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Ben Crane share the top spot on the FedEx St Jude Classic leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

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Stewart shot a third round -1 under par 69, Rafa -5 under 65 and Ben -2 under 68 to share the FedEx St Jude classic lead with -9 under par totals.

Stewart really enjoyed the experience;

“It’s a moment you don’t really get to experience that often, even if you’ve played on the Tour for 21 years.”

 “This may only happen a handful of times. Maybe a few more. So it’s a really sweet feeling.”

“I’m probably not supposed to be doing this, but I don’t really care about that. My golf ball doesn’t know how old I am.”

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Rafa, who has yet to win a PGA Tour event, was happy with back to back chip-ins;

“So obviously very pleased. It took away a little bit of pressure, just brought the smile to my face.”

“It got me laughing because I don’t know if I’ve ever done that before.”

Ben is a good friend of Stewart’s, and said he felt for his friend with the tough times they have experienced recently;

“The past year for Stewart has been something that you wouldn’t wish any couple to go through.”

“But we’ve watched Stewart and Lisa get closer to each other, get closer to God and be a light out here on the PGA Tour in the midst of these trials.”

Tied in fourth spot at -8 under par are Luke List, -4 under 66 today, and Chad Campbell, also returning -4 under 66.

Luke was happy with his Eagle performance;

“Two eagles on the card, I was really happy.”

Chez Reavie, +2 over 72 today, Charl Schwartzel, +4 over 74 and Sebastian Munoz, +5 over 75, all started the round with a one shot lead over Stewart, but they struggled all day long.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Four Tied at the Top.

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There are four player tied at the top of the FedEx St Jude Classic after the first round, Matt Every, Scott Brown, Stewart Cink and Sebastian Munoz all carded -6 under par 64 at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

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Matt came good with his driver, and then needed only 24 putts today in his opening round at the FedEx St Jude Classic tournament, this is after he missed seven cuts in a row;

“I drove it really well today, so I’ll just kind of ride that into my next couple days.”

“I haven’t played well in a couple years, and I’ve been out here for like seven or eight, so I kind of know the drill.”

“Like, one round is not that big a deal. It’s nice to play well, but yeah, they don’t hand out trophies after the first round.”

Stewart also had a good day with the putter;

“The thing that was missing though was the exceptional rounds weren’t there before, and now I’m getting a few rounds every now and then like today where it was really rolling.”

Charl Schwartzel and Matt Jones are one shot back at -5 under par following their first rounds of 65.

 

RSM Classic. Mackenzie Hughes from Canada Leads

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Mackenzie Hughes,  from Canada leads after the first round of the RSM Classic, shooting 61 at Sea Island.

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Mackenzie carded a bogey free -9 under par 61 to lead the RSM Classic by just one shot, he was even thinking of a 59;

“It was one of those days where everything was kind of clicking and was going right.”

 “Toward the end there I had a chance to shoot 59 and I was thinking about it, but came up a couple short. But it was a great day.”

Stewart Cink and Jonathan Byrd, who is a resident of Sea Island, shared second place at -8 under par after the opening rounds of 62.

Stewart was relieved after hearing a good report on his wife’s cancer condition;

“I am just really encouraged by the way she’s been able to fight and handle it.”

 “She’s had definitely a lot of ups and downs and she feels pretty well, and she got a good report Monday, real good. She’s really like an inspiration for me.”

“I’m just trying to let golf be a piece of my life and not let life be a piece of golf.”

“If you see me out here playing, then you can assume that means that she’s doing fairly well, at least well enough to travel, because I’m not going anywhere without her.”

You can be assured Stewart that the whole world is with you.

Farmers Insurance Open. Jordan Just Oozed Confidence.

 

Jordan Spieth judragon logo darkst oozed confidence in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open recording a second round of -9 under par 63.

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Jordan achieved the very rare feat of upstaging his playing partner, Tiger Woods, in the second round at one of Tiger’s favorite courses, Torrey Pines. Jordan carded his -9 under par 63 on the easier North Course, Tiger could only manage a sad second round of -1 under par on the same course.

Jordan said that was special;

“Any time you can shoot a lower score than a 66 or 65 and you can really get it deep and be in a zone and not worry about what your score is , that’s special. That’s proving that I can play my best golf when it matters on a PGA TOUR venue. Each time you can do that, you get more and more confident that you can do it more often.”

Stewart Cink is in second place, struggling round the South course today, in -1 under par 71, he said he was looking forward to playing alongside Jordan for the first time, on Saturday;

“I’m looking forward to playing with Jordan. I’ve never seen him hit a ball, so that will be fun. It’s always exciting to see the young guys play. I’m playing really well.”

Nicolas Colsaerts is in third place at -8 under par, following his second round of -5 under par 67 on the more difficult South Course.

Tiger could only admire the strength and putting power of Jordan, after watching his top-notch performance first hand;

 ” The kid’s got talent, he hits it a long way, phenomenal putter. He made a boatload of putts today from the ten to twenty-foot range. He was pouring them in there. I was just a fraction off, and at this level and on golf courses like this, if you’re just a fraction off it doesn’t take much, especially as tight as the North Course is. I had so many balls that landed in the fairway that went in the rough. Now I can’t be aggressive, I’ve got to play conservative into some of these flags.”

Tiger remembers the time he made the cut by two shots in 1999, and then had a 62-65 weekend to win by two shots. That of course was before the South Course was lengthened. This year, no-one has carded better than -5 under par 67 over the first two rounds on the South Course.

The cut today was at made at even-par 144, and 83 players advanced. There will be another cut to top 70 and ties after the third round, both rounds will be played on the longer South Course.

Sadly missing the cut was Rickie Fowler, not sure what the problem is , but he needs to get it sorted out. I think he needs to concentrate more on his golf, there seems to be too many outside influences taking up some of his time. Just a personal observation.

Farmers Insurance Open. Cink in Control.

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First round leader of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines  is Stewart Cink, shooting a -8 under par 64, on the North course to top the leaderboard.

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Stewart knew the South course was playing around four shots harder than the North, so it was important to take advantage. He  hasn’t won since his British Open title at Turnberry in 2009. ;

“You want to really take advantage of the North Course because it will yield to you a little bit, and the South Course will not. I did a great job of going out there, just playing shot-by-shot, not really getting too caught up in. I have to birdie these holes. As a consequence, I actually made a few birdies and it felt great.”

Garry Woodland also took advantage of the North course, carding an opening round of -7 under par 65 to be in second place.

There are four players all tied in third spot at -6 under par after their rounds of 66, they all played the easier North course, Jason Day, Tyrone Van Aswegen, Marc Leishman, and Jim Herman.

For Tiger Woods it was a disaster day, stumbling around the South course in even par 72. Compare that to Par Perez who probably had the best round of the day, shooting an opening round on the more difficult South course of -5 under par 67. Pat won a Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines, by beating some Orange County kid named Tiger Woods. He said it was the best day of his life;

“Best day of my life, I’ve known him forever. He’s always been great to me. He gives me advice here and there, but to beat him that year was fantastic. I’ve got to hold onto that, so that’s about all that I got over him. But it hurts him. I’ll you tell, it hurts him.”

Phil Mickelson, felt awful,  he was coping with a back that locked up on him, initially he thought of retiring from the tournament. He ended up carding an opening -3 under par 69 on the North course;

” Never thought about not starting, but around the turn I thought about maybe taking this week off and seeing if I could get a little bit better. I kind of fought through the back nine and gave myself a chance.”

Shell Houston Open. Cink and Hass Tied at Top

Stewart Cink and Bill Hass are tied at the top of the leaderboard in the Shell Houston Open, at the Redstone Golf Club in Texas.

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 Bill Hass and Stewart Cink lead the competition by just one shot at -11 under par for the tournament. Stewart shot a -4 under par round of 68, while Bill Hass went one shot better at -5 under par 68 to tie at the top.

Stewart is fired up for the duel tomorrow, stating that he can’t wait;

” Tomorrow is a great learning opportunity for me to get out there and be nervous and perform and try to stay in the moment and let it happen, I can’t wait.”

Bill, was a co-leader after 36 holes at Bay Hill last week, today he made seven birdies over his last 13 holes to catch Stewart. Bill is under no illusions about how tough it is going to be tomorrow, there are 20 players separated by just four shots on a course where birdies are available, but the slightest miss could prove to be the unraveling of a good score;

” Tomorrow you’re going to have to play very well, you can’t just hang on and hope everybody else will fall back.”

Steve Wheatcroft was tied for the lead when he shanked a shot from the greenside bunker on the 18th, the ball coming out at a 45 degree angle, missing the green completely. Steve said of that bunker shot;

“If you don’t catch it perfectly, it runs across the green into the water, I opened the club face just trying to hit a high soft one and obviously I missed most of the club face.”

Steve is one of four players just one shot back, they are; Ben Crane, D.A. Points and Jason Kokrak, all of them at -10 under par.

The list of players at -9 under par is even longer, nine players to be exact, it is going to be exciting to watch this shoot-out tomorrow.

Humana Challenge, Scott is Not Stalling

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Scott Stallings took a stranglehold on the Humana Challenge with his third round -9 under par, 63, which now gives him a five shot cushion over the field.

There are five players tied in second place at -17 under par, they are, Roberto Castro, Stewart Cink, Chucky three Sticks, John Rollings and the blond bombshell Charley Hoffman. There are a further eight contestants another shot back at -16 under par, but barring a calamity this title belongs to Scott Stallings.

Scott spoke about his aggressive approach to this tournament;

“I stayed aggressive, playing with John Rollins was a huge help. He’s a good guy and he was an easy guy to club off of. We made a lot of birdies the last couple days, and so we kind of fed off each other. I guess you can say it’s conservatively aggressive, like No. 8.  I hit a really good drive and had 8-iron. But just because I had 8-iron to a par 5, I fired it in the middle of the green, had a 20-footer and was happy to make it. I’ve been smart when I got out of position.”

Roberto had shared the lead after each of the first two rounds, but felt he was a little out of rhythm today;

” I got a little out of rhythm on the back, but still hit enough good shots to feel good about it.”

Anyone who wants to take this title has to out play Scott Stallings, and he is in no mood to let things slip from this healthy position.