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. Jonas Jubilant.

A jubilant Jonas Blixt won the Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC by two shots in a rain delayed final round.

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Jonas shot a -3 under par 67 to win the Greenbrier Classic by two shots, in a final round which was  halted for three hours due to thunderstorms in the area. Jonas overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of the final round and finished at 13-under par for the tournament. It was a dream come true after he picked up his second PGA Tour trophy;

“Just so many dreams come true, just one week and the whole year kind of turns around.”

Four players tied for second place, including Johnson Wagner who fell to a +3 over par 73 and finished at -11 under par for the tournament. Joining him on that score were, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and Jimmy Walker.

I guess the three-hour rain delay really unhinged Johnson Wagner, he had a commanding lead at the start of play but saw it all fall away.

Tom Watson, the 63-year-old, carded a creditable final-round of -3 under par 67 and tied for 38th at The Greenbrier Classic.

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Johnson Jumps Into Lead

Johnson Wagner jumps into the lead at The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC , with a third round of -6 under par 64 and a total of -14 under par tournament score.

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Johnson who played here several times a year as a student at Virginia Tech, already has his game plan laid out. He ranks 21st in fairways hit, sixth in greens in regulation and 10th in putting through 36 holes.

“This is the kind of golf course that if you play tentative at all you’re going to miss fairways, and when you miss fairways out here you get some awkward angles on some of these tough TOUR pins especially on Sunday. So I think my main key for tomorrow is going to be aggressive off the tee and hit as many fairways as I can, which will set up a lot of birdie opportunities.”

Jimmy Walker is alone in second place, two shots off the pace at -12 under par tournament total. He also had a third round of -6 under par 64, and likes this course;

“I like the golf course, I’ve always liked it. The first time we came here we really enjoyed it, just the whole atmosphere. Everybody’s so nice and everybody’s so accommodating. The hotel is amazing and just really enjoyed being here and the golf course really seems to fit my eye. I like the tee shots, like the second shots, and I feel comfortable.”

Jonas Blixt is in third place at -10 under par for the tournament total, the only other player on the course to finish in double figures.

Bill Haas is in a group of players who are on -8 under par, and is bidding to win again after last week, but admits the leaders will have to help by coming back a bit;

“This week I’ve tried to do a good job of staying in the moment and telling myself that last week you did it, you never know what will happen. I’m going to need the leaders to not go crazy low but a good round tomorrow will put me in a great position. Today was kind of a mixed bag, I hit a lot of nice shots that didn’t result in birdies.Then those last four holes I played in three under and it could easily have not been that way. So I’m counting my blessings to shoot 3 under par and with that said, I’m going to go hit a few on the range and hopefully figure something out and have a decent Sunday.” 

To be honest the winner will come from the current top three, the others are realistically too far away.

The Greenbrier Classic. Matt Makes A Move.

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Matt Every makes a move on the leaderboard at The Greenbrier Classic, his second round of -8 under par 62 propelled him to the summit, at -9 under par. The Old White TPC course has surrendered another 62, this could be a record breaking winning score here this weekend.

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Matt’s bogey-free round gave him sole possession of the top of the leaderboard at -9 under par, he said making some putts really helped him;

” I played really well tee-to-green, finally made some putts. I haven’t made anything all year and it  just finally happened today. Been waiting for it.”

On an extremely tightly packed leaderboard there are five players tied in second place, all at -8 under par for the tournament. it reads like this; Daniel Summerhays, Bill Lunde, Steven Bowditch, Russell Henley and one of the first round leaders Johnson Wagner.

Johnson fell back with his disappointing second round effort of even par 70, a long way from yesterday’s 62. The other first round leader Tommy Gainey fared even worse, with a second round +1 over par 71, leaving him in the next group of players at -7 under par for the tournament.

In a strange statement Tommy said the course played really tough today. The stats prove something different, it played easier on Friday than it did in the first round with a scoring average of 69.668 to 70.096. I guess Tommy never saw Matt at the top of the board with his 62;

“You have to give credit to the golf course. The golf course, it gave up some low scores yesterday, but what’s the lowest score it gave up today?  I mean really, in any other tournament besides the majors, everybody’s shooting 7, 8, 9 under on the first or second rounds. The golf course hung up pretty good today, it played tough.”

In amongst those who will not play at the weekend is Phil Mickelson, who got his first sub-par round at The Old White TPC but missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic for the third straight year, a first in the World Golf Hall of Famer’s career. Joining Phil on the early bus ride home are  2010 Greenbrier Classic champion Stuart Appleby; Roberto Castro, who finished second at last week’s AT&T National; Charles Howell III, Brian Gay and former major champions Lucas Glover, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh.

The Greenbrier Classic. -8 Under Par 62, Two of Them, Lead.

 

Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner are tied for the lead at The Greenbrier Classic on -8 under par after the opening round The Old White TPC  in White Sulphur Springs.

No looking back

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A clean-shaven Johnson Wagner and Tommy Gainey each shot an 8-under 62 to enjoy a two shot lead at the top of the leaderboard at The Greenbrier Classic.

Johnson admitted that he had endured some hard times recently, and his mustache had been removed as a birthday offering to his wife;

” The last couple of months have been really hard, I just haven’t been much fun to be around. It’s just been tough. Nobody likes to be bad at what they do, especially golfers. “I’ve been disappointed with 76’s and 79’s the last month, so I’m very happy to be disappointed with a 62 today. I didn’t get her a gift,  so I thought maybe surprising her with a clean lip would suffice, I love irritating my wife too much to let it go for too long.”

Two Gloves Tommy said he had forgotten to have fun out on the golf course;

“I had gotten away from that and I’m trying to get back into that now, I felt like I knew what was going on. I was putting too much pressure on myself. Hitting out of the rough is no fun, trust me, I’ve been doing it for the past three years. I believe you can get to at least 20 under this week. It depends on how much rain we get and how much softer this course gets.”

Webb Simpson and Jim Park are tied in third place at -6 under par, with their opening rounds of 64.

Phil Mickelson is back at -2 under par and is at a loss as to why this golf course gives him so many problems;

“I don’t know what it is, I felt like I was playing really well heading in here. I don’t play this course well. I don’t know what the reasoning is. It’s just given me problems the last few years.”