The Greenbrier Classic, Xander Zips in to Win.

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Rookie Xander Schauffele zips in to win The Greenbrier Classic, with a birdie at the last hole, the par three 18th at The Old White TPC.

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Xander claimed his first PGA Tour victory, The Greenbrier Classic, making a three-foot birdie putt, at the last hole, to post a winning total of -14 under par, with a final round -3 under 67.

Xander benefited from a good finish at the U.S. Open;

“The U.S. Open was a huge moment in my career.”

“It was one of the biggest stages, and for me to be calm and collected throughout the week and just kind of hang on and tie for fifth was huge for me mentally.”

“It kind of gave me the confidence and allowed me to play to win this week.”

“Everybody knows I’m a late bloomer, to jump into the top 30 is something special for me.”

“It’s slowly sinking in. I had a couple minutes to myself in the locker room, but it’s just been an incredible feeling and it’s honestly just a dream come true.”

Robert Streb was in second place at -13 under, he shot a last round -1 under 69.

Robert heard the noise as Xander made birdie at the last;

“I heard the racket. You could see it.”

“I had my chances and just didn’t do very well with them.”

“This place has been very good to me. Finally got some results out of the good play. “

“Kind of got the putter going a little bit again and everything seems to be turning the right way.”

Long time leader Sebastian Munoz, from Colombia, had a +2 over par 72, to end his hopes of winning, and to tie for third place with Jamie Lovemark, who carded a last round -1 under 69. Both players finished with -12 under par totals.

Sebastian missed his chance of a wire to wire win, his putter finally letting him down;

“That was totally the difference.”

I just never found a rhythm with it. I was taking it back too quick and I realized that on the final few holes.”

“I wasn’t swinging good enough to make a difference.”

“I’ll take it as a positive, it’s my best finish ever. It’s not like I can be mad about it.”

The Greenbrier Classic. Sebastian Munoz Still Leads.

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Sebastian Munoz, from Colombia, still leads The Greenbrier Classic, after 54 holes at The Old White TPC.

Muñoz holding lead into Sunday

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Sebastian had a steady round three carding -2 under 68 at The Greenbrier Classic for a -14 under par total, and will take a two shot advantage into the final round tomorrow, and feels he is in control of the tournament, and himself. If successful tomorrow he will become the tournaments first ever wire to wire winner. ;

“I feel like I’m pretty calmed down out there.”

“I don’t know what you guys watch on the TV, but I feel like I’m pretty calmed down, steady, and ready to hit the next shot.” 

” I’ve had my phone off since Thursday. We’re going to keep it that way.”

“I’ll try to play boring golf. I try to hit the fairway and hit the greens, I’ll try to keep it steady, but you just take what you can get.”

Robert Streb, USA, is in second place, those two shots back at -12 under, after recording a magnificent third round -5 under 65, the low round of the day.

Robert holed a mammoth putt from over 90 feet for an outrageous birdie at the first hole, and has been in contention here before, two years he ago got into a play-off, which he lost;

“I’m trying to put that aside and trying to just focus on winning here and see if we can play well.”
“Hopefully the points will take care of themselves.”

Tied in third place are  Jamie Lovemark, -4 under 66 today, and Xander Schauffele, also -4 under 68, both players with -11 under par totals.

Xander tried to outdo Robert in the long putt stakes, sinking  a 60 foot Eagle putt at the par five 12th hole.

At -10 under par are Kelly Kraft, Russell Henley and Davis Love 111, Davis is attempting to become the oldest ever winner on the PGA Tour, and also to wants to earn a spot in the The Open in two weeks time.

 

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Sebastian Munoz Leads

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Sebastian Munoz, of Colombia, leads The Greenbrier Classic after 36 holes at The  Old White TPC.

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Sebastian shot a second round -3 under 67 to stay on top of The Greenbrier Classic leaderboard, and at -12 under par for the tournament will take a three shot advantage into the week-end;

“I just finished late last night. Had dinner, watch a movie, and go to bed. Kind of like felt like it was the same round. Kind of like connected them.”

“Didn’t give me a lot of time to think. I just got to do a very good job to distract me today.”

“I watched Ferris Bueller for American fans. Great movie. Yeah, today I’m going to try some falconry. Sounds pretty interesting.”

Ben Martin, -3 under 67 today and Hudson Swafford, -4 under 66,  share second place, three shots back at -9 under par.

Hudson would like to sharpen up his work with the putter, would be good to make a few more;

“Didn’t see quite as many putts go in as I had the last few weeks, but I’m being patient.”

“I’m giving myself a lot of chances. You’re not going to make every one of them, but I know I’m going to make a lot come the weekend.”

“So now just go try to have some fun again. Realize you won early in the year and just see what happens. Give yourself just a chance.”

At -8 under for the tournament, and tied in fourth spot on the leaderboard are, Davis Love 111, -1 under 69 today, the defending champion Danny Lee, New Zealand, -2 under 68, and Russell Henley, -6 under 64.

Danny tried a driver off the deck from the tee on the easy par five 12th hole, but it came out badly, resulting in a double bogey seven;

“I was just as shocked as you are when I made that double. Went for driver off the deck and kind of overdid it. Just made a mess.”

Phil Mickelson made the cut on the number, his first outing with brother Tim on the bag. He blamed poor putting for his precarious position;

“This has been probably the two worst putting days I’ve had this year,.

“The greens are perfect. I just haven’t putted well.”

The Greenbrier Classic. Sebastian Munoz Leads, with a 61.

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Sebastian Munoz, Colombia, leads The Greenbrier Classic, with a 61 opening round at White Sulphur Springs.
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Sebastian carded -9 under par 61 to lead The Greenbrier Classic by two shots on day one. He said a friend gave him a tip about his putter, and it worked;

“Things kind of clicked, it was a good surprise.”

Davis Love 111 is in second place, those two shots back a -7 under par after his first round of 63, a lot of hard work after his snowboarding accident is paying off;

“I’ve been working real hard the last couple of weeks on trying to fix my swing to kind of swing around a stiff back and a stiff hip.”

 “I’ve given up on hitting it a long way. I’m just saying I’ve got to hit it straight, and this is the perfect golf course for me to get it in the fairway.”

“A lot of hard work is kind of starting to pay off.”

The Defending champion Danny Lee, New Zealand, shot -6 under 64, along with David Lingmerth, Sweden, Ben Martin,USA, rookie Xander Schauffele,USA and Graham DeLaet and Nick Taylor from Canada, all sharing third position.

David was not going to dwell on his missed opportunity from last week;

“I’m not going to dwell on it too much, a nice little start today.”

“I didn’t really have my best stuff. I never really got into trouble.”

“I gave myself a couple of opportunities.”

The course itself has recovered well after last years deluge caused havoc, destroying some areas, causing the cancellation of last years tournament.

The Greenbrier Classic. Jason Bohn Shoots 61, To Share 4-way Tie Lead.

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Jason Bohn shoots 61 in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic, to share the 4-way tied lead at Old White TPC, in West Virginia.

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Jason carded -9 under par 61 in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic to share the lead at -11 under with Sean O’Hair, Sung Joon Park and Bryce Molder.

It is nicely set up to be another close finish at the tournament, with 27 players within four shots of the lead.

Jason had to rise early for the start of the third round, now he can sleep in tomorrow. He had signed his card and moved on, so the media had to ask him to return and give an interview;

“I just wanted to sleep in, to be honest, now I don’t have to get up early in the morning.”

“If somebody asks you, I never think you say no to the media.”

“You’ve got to tell the family, ‘Look, I’ll be back in an hour-and-a-half.’ But when you get back, then you’ve just got to be a dad, be a family guy.”

“The time that you’re here for your job, you just have to pay attention to it. You’ve got to do your warm-ups; you’ve got to work out; you’ve got to stretch. That takes a lot of time, and that’s hard to do.”

“If you had to do that every week, I think you’d be worn out pretty quickly. But a couple of weeks a year, it’s worth every bit of it.”

Justin Thomas, David Hearn, Danny Lee and Chad Collins were at -10 under par, just one shot back going into the final round tomorrow.

It was a poor day for yesterdays leaders, Scott Langley +4 over 74, and Johnny Vegas +6 over 76 dropped them out of contention.

Tiger Woods also had a poor day, +1 over 71 to be T47 with a bunch of players on -4 under par. He put most of the blame on a bad putting performance, needing 31 putts for the day. For a second straight day Tiger declined interview requests from the assembled media, but did offer some comments to a PGA Tour official;

“I said, if I can just get a couple putts to go, then everything could kind of snowball the other way.”

“Instead, I was kind of fighting an uphill battle, I hit a lot of shots close. I just need to convert on those and get some kind of string going in a positive way.”

“I gave myself plenty of looks early to get something going and get some kind of run.’

 ‘Could have easily been 3-, 4-, 5-under par on the front nine. Just got nothing out of it. Hit that shot on 11, and there it goes.”

 

 

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Johnny Vegas & Lefty Langley Lead.

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Jhonattan (Johnny) Vegas and Scott (Lefty) Langley lead The Greenbrier Classic at Old White TPC.

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Jhonattan and Scott sit on top of The Greenbrier Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, on a tough wet day at Old White TPC, in West Virginia. Jhonattan with a bogey free -5 under par 65 second round, and Scott with -1 under par 69, which included a couple of bogey’s.

No one really made a significant move to make a break away from the field, yesterday’s total was -8 under par, and the field is now so bunched up that there are twenty-three golfers who are within three shots of the lead, including seven players at -8 under.

Venezuela flag Johnny Vegas, from Venezuela, has not had a top ten finish this year, but said he is working on it. The top four finishers here at The Greenbrier, who are not previously eligible for The Open will earn a place this week, and Jhonattan is certainly aiming to be one of them;

“I feel like I’m playing great, I just haven’t been able to put it all together.”

“But I’m staying patient and working really hard to make it happen, and it’s coming together.”

“That’s one of the goals for the week, so we’re going to try to go get it.”

“It was a solid round overall, from the beginning to the end, I was able to hit every single green, gave myself a lot of opportunities, able to make some, some that nearly went in, but overall a completely solid round from tee to green.”

Scott had trouble following his opening round 62, leaving putts short;

“It was a little tougher day for me, following up a round like a 62 is never super easy mentally, but I hung in there today, didn’t have much going for most of my round, but made a bunch of pars and was able to make two birdies coming in for my last few holes.”

“I left a lot of putts within 6 inches of the hole, just right in the heart. I need to be a little more assertive Saturday on the greens.”

“Really ended the day on a real positive note, so I was pretty happy with the score, all things considered.”

Flag_of_Canada.svg Canadian David Hearn is still looking for his first PGA TOUR win, but has put himself in a good position this week to achieve that long-awaited goal;

“This would be a great place for me to win one, but I’ve got 36 holes of golf left.”

“I’m playing great right now and I look forward to the weekend.”

Tiger Woods was among those who made the -2 under par cut line, he is currently tied with a whole bunch of guys at -5 under par, Bubba Watson joined that crowd.

 

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Scott Langley Shoots 62.

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Scott Langley shoots 62 to lead The Greenbrier Classic at Old White TPC.

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Scott carded a bogey free -8 under par 62 in the 1st round of The Greenbrier Classic to lead by one shot at the close of play. Scott is playing this week on a sponsor exemption;

“I’m very thankful just to be in the field this week.”

Tied In second place are Jonathan Byrd and Danny Lee, both have yet to record a top ten finish this year, and this could be their best chance, Jonathan was a little depressed over his poor performances;

“I got a little down on myself earlier in the year because the results weren’t really there.”

“I kind of looked at myself in the mirror and said, you know, at the end of the day, I need to be the most positive guy in the field week in and week out.”

Brian Davis and Ryo Ishikawa are tied in fourth position at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Keeping the fans really happy were George McNeill and Justin Thomas, both carded holes in one at the par three 18th. The fans around the green were paid cash for the feat, $100 to fans at the hole for George’s ace and $500 for Justin’s, giving a total of about $192,000 to happy fans. The next Ace on the 18th would net fans $1,000 a piece, and in addition, two lucky winners will each have their mortgages paid for a year courtesy of the Quicken Loans Hole In One Sweepstakes.

Tiger Woods had a better day on the golf course than he has produced recently, carding -4 under par 66, will be interesting to see if can keep up the good work.