Open de España. Two Tied at the Top in Spain.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Spanish Open, Paul Dunne of Ireland shares the honor with Marc Warren, Scotland, after the opening round at Centro Nacional de Golf in Spain.

Open de España.

Paul Dunne / getty

Paul and Marc carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to top the Spanish Open leaderboard by one stroke.

Paul said some good putting gave him a lift up the leaderboard;

“I’m pretty pleased, I find the greens quite tricky to read out there, especially on the front nine, so it was nice to get a couple of putts go in on the back nine and give myself a climb up the leaderboard.”

“Our front nine was quite windy and that just makes it trickier to putt than anything else.”

“This golf course with the rough the way it is,  kind of patchy,  you can get away with some bad shots but it’s just hard to make the five, six-footers for par if you get out of position.”

“Then on the back nine the wind died a little bit but the rain came in so it was a tale of two halves. I’d rather the little bit of rain and calm conditions because it makes the greens a little more puttable for me.”

Marc also had a good day with the putter;

“It was good, finished with three birdies in a row so it kind of makes it look a little bit better.”

“Overall, it was really solid tee to green.”

“I putted really well today, pace was really good. The putts that missed I didn’t leave myself much to do and the good putts always looked like they had a chance of going in.”

“You know when you’re out that early and it’s cold and windy it’s always going to be a tough start so it’s important to be patient.”

“I’m really delighted with that start.”

Eleven players are that one shot back at -5 under, including Jon Rahm from Spain, fresh from his fourth place finish at The Masters.

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The Masters. Patrick Picks Up His 1st Major Title

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Patrick Reed, USA, picks up his 1st Major title, The Masters, at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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Patrick with the Trophy and Green Jacket

Patrick carded a final round -1 under 71, but it was enough to win him the Green Jacket, and The Masters title with a tournament total of -15 under par;

“It’s almost impossible to put into words, just to make the par on the last and watch the ball go in the hole and know that I’ve won my first Major.”

“One of my huge goals this year was to not only contend in Majors but also get back in that winning circle.”

“To do it in the first Major and finish off that drought, it just meant so much to me.”

“I knew the golf course a little better this year, I had a little more experience around the course this year coming in.”

Rickie Fowler claimed second place at -14 under par, a last round -5 under par 67 elevating him up the leaderboard;

“It’s going to hurt, but I try and look at things more as glass-half-full.”

 “Obviously, I want to be the one standing on top after the four rounds, but this is, if anything, it’s a step forward and makes me feel better about going forward into our next major, the U.S. Open.”

“It’s going to be fun. I feel like this is a year to knock off our first.”

Jordan Spieth shot an amazing last round -8 under 64, which gave him third place at -13 under par;

“The first time I saw the leaderboard was after I tapped in on 18.”

“Honest to God. Didn’t look once today. That was my plan going in. Don’t worry about the golf tournament itself, worry about playing Augusta National.”

“I heard roars. I knew somebody was playing well. With eight people ahead of me starting the day, to get that much help and shoot a fantastic round was nearly impossible.”  

“I almost pulled off the impossible. I had no idea.”

“When I finished and I looked at the board I could have been in the lead by two and I could have been down four. And neither one would have surprised me.”

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The Masters. Patrick Reed Still Leads.

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Patrick Reed, USA, still leads The Masters, but he has some close company in the form of Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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Patrick Reed / getty

Patrick completed a third round -5 under par 67 to stay at the top of The Masters leaderboard with a -14 under tournament total;

“It’s going to be electrifying”

“The fans are going to be ready to go, they are going to be ready to cheer for whoever is making putts, whoever is making birdies or pulling off shots.”

“It’s just going to be one of those days you just need to go out and be able to put your nose to the grind and just play some golf.”

Rory McIlroy is three shots back in second place at -11 under, he carded a wonderful bogey free third round -7 under 65 to put himself firmly in contention for the Green Jacket;

“There’s a lot more players in this tournament than just Patrick and I.”

“It won’t be quite as intense, but we’ll still be feeling it. Patrick is going for his first major, and I’m going for … something else.” (something else is completing the Grand Slam of Majors)

“I’m really excited to show Patrick Reed what I’ve got tomorrow.”

 “All the pressure’s on him. He went to Augusta State.”

“He has a lot of support around here. I’m hoping to come in and spoil the party.”

In third place is Rickie Fowler at -9 under par, he also carded a great bogey free -7 under par 65 today, it took discipline, especially the par save at the 11th;

“Definitely a special round of golf,”

“To just kind of stay disciplined and make a good par save there and move on,”

“I think that was kind of the big hole for the round today.”

Equaling the low round of the day score at -7 under par was Jon Rahm, Spain, who is in fourth place at -8 under for the competition.

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The Masters. Jordan Spieth Stars.

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Jordan Spieth, USA, stars on day one of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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Jordan Spieth / getty

Jordan carded a 1st round -6 under par 66, with a bogey five on the last hole after scoring five birdies on the trot, but leads The Masters by two shots;

“I’ll always have demons out here, but I’ll always have tremendous confidence out here.”

 “Once you’ve won out here, you have a tremendous advantage over those who haven’t.”

“I ended up having to make a really good bogey to post six under.”

“It’s up there with the top three rounds I’ve ever played here.”

Sharing second place at -4 under are Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar, both from the USA.

There is a large group at -3 under par, Henrik Stenson, Sweden, Adam Hadwin, Canada, Li Haotong, China, Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, with Charley Hoffman and Patrick Reed from the USA.

Rory had to work hard on his last three holes to make par and keep his score intact;

“It’s not always the birdies that stick out in your mind. That downhill left‑to‑right that I had on 17, it was nice to see that go in.”

 “Everything worked.”

“You look at it and not anyone is really getting away.”

“Jordan had a pretty strong finish there but this is my best start in a few years and it’s such a hard golf course to play catch up on.”

“I drove it well, everything was really solid and if I can continue to play like that over the next three days, I’ll be pretty close.”

Li summed up his first appearance at The Masters;

“It’s quite unreal for myself and to be here, play golf here, it’s such a big honor.”

Defending Champion Sergio Garcia fell over, carding 13 at the par five 15th, making a few trips into the water, he finally signed for +9 over 81;

“It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot.  Simple as that.”

 “I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn’t want to stop.”

“It’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.”

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The Masters. Sergio Beats Justin in a Play-Off.

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Sergio Garcia claimed his first Major win, The Masters, in  a play-off against Justin Rose, at Augusta National Gold Club.

Finally first: Garcia wins the Masters

Sergio / getty

Sergio and Justin had both finished The Masters on -9 under par, after last rounds of -3 under 69. Sergio won the first play-off hole, the 18th, with a birdie, to claim his maiden Major title.

Sergio spoke about his new found attitude, and Seve’s 60th Birthday;

“I accepted what Augusta gives and takes, and I think because of that, I’m able to stand here today.”

“Demonstration of my character and my mentality, how positive I stayed even when things weren’t going that well on 10 and 11.”

“I have a beautiful life, Major or no major, I’ve said it many, many times. I have an amazing life.”

“To do it on Seve’s 60th birthday and to join him and Olazábal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it’s something amazing.”

“José sent me a text on Wednesday night telling me how much he believed in me.  And what I needed to do.  And just pretty much believe in myself.” 

Sergio gets it done, a playoff for the ages & Kuch's ace

Defending Champion Danny Willett hands over the green jacket / getty

Justin enjoyed the tussle, and was happy for Sergio to get his maiden Major win;

“A wonderful battle, if I had anybody to lose to, it would be Sergio. He’s had his fair share of heartbreaks.”

“It was encouraging to see the crowd get behind him. I think they realized he paid his dues.”

An Ex Champion, Charl Schwartzel was in third place, at -6 under par, a last round -4 under par 68 giving him that place on his own.

 

 

 

The Masters. Two Tied at the Top after 54 Holes.

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There are two players tied at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Justin Rose, from England, and Sergio Garcia, Spain, have a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

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Justin and Sergio / getty

Justin fired the low round of the day, -5 under par 67, to share The Masters lead with Sergio, -2 under 70 today, both at -6 under par for the Major tournament.

Justin explained his low round to reporters, and his desire to win here;

“It all happened for me the last eight holes, I think the patience I showed on the front nine was probably the key to moving well on the back nine.”

“I had my head down. I knew I was creeping up on the leaders and then I had that quick birdie-birdie finish to put me pretty much right up there tied for the lead.”

“It all seemed to happen really fast, setting up a really fun day tomorrow.”

“I’m a Major champion but I’m looking for more and I’m certainly looking for my first Masters and my first Green Jacket.”

“This is a place I dearly love and would dearly love to be part of the history here.”

Sergio said he had a good day today;

“It was a good day.”

“I was able to fight hard with what I had, stayed very patient all day and it was nice to shoot a two under that was a good solid score.”

“I need to be extra patient, I need to not lose my head, I need to stay calm and make sure no matter what happens, I need to keep going in the same direction because it feels good to me and I’m sure it looks good too.”

“So no matter what happens I need to stay within myself.”

“We still have one day to go, it’s not going to be easy, we’re going to have to play hard again and hopefully we will have a good solid chance coming into the last four or five holes.”

Rickie Fowler, USA, holds third place at -5 under par, a -1 under 71 today, not quite what he was looking for.

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 68 today, Ryan Moore -3 under 69  and Charley Hoffman with an even par 72 third round are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.

The Masters, Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of The Masters leaderboard after 36 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Charlie Hoffman, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters.

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Rickie Fowler / getty

Rickie shot the low round of the day, -5 under par 67 to join the leaders at the top of The Masters leaderboard at -4 under par for the tournament.

Yesterday’s first round leader Charlie, choked today signing for a +3 over 75, but still shares top spot.

Sergio put in a good performance shooting a second round -3 under 69, for his -4 under total;

“I think that I’m a little bit calmer now. I think that I’m working on trying to accept things.”

 “It’s much easier to say than to do it. That’s the challenge we always have, making sure that you accept the  bad breaks with the good ones and move on.”

“There were a couple of moments out there where I could have lost it a little bit, you just have to realize that those things are going to happen.”

“I still have to get so much better at it, but what that shows me is that I have a lot of room for improvement, so that is something very positive.”

“Things are happening at the moment, so I want to make sure that I keep riding that wave and go out there tomorrow and be positive like I’ve been the first two days.”

Thomas carded -4 under 68 to join the crew at the top.

Tomorrow is moving day, and with so many names close to the leaders it will be interesting to see if anyone makes a significant surge, on the traditional moving day, Saturday. Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, are all within striking distance.