The Players. Jason Day Delivers.

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Jason Day delivers the result of a World number one, a win at The Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Day wins THE PLAYERS

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Jason had a final round -1 under par 71 to post a winning total of -15 under par at The Players, for a comfortable four shot victory.

Jason had his troubles on the round, on the par 5 ninth,  duffing three chips out of the Bermudagrass rough, and had to hole a 6-foot putt just to save bogey;

“I felt like an amateur chopping my way to the pin from only 10 yards off the green.”

 “If I walk away with a double-bogey there, that gives my pursuers a boost of energy, a boost of momentum.”

“Once I got to 10, I kind of said to myself, ‘You’re still in the game, you’ve still got the lead.”

“You’re still in good shape.”

“Once I holed the birdie putt, that kind of settled everything down, then I could kind of relax and go about my way.”

“I’m sitting there going, don’t choke, that would be the worst thing in the world, everyone would be talking about it.”

“Things like that go through your mind. They go through your mind out there on the front nine.”

“It did, it really went through my mind. I just kept on saying to myself,  just settle down.”

“Tiger says he’s going to kick my butt when he comes back, so I’m going to try and extend that gap.”

Kevin Chappell finished in second place, a last round -3 under par moving him up the leaderboard, finishing with a -11 under par total;

“I’m really proud of the way I hung in there, I was 2 over par through 26 holes and really fought hard to make the cut.”

“To hang in there today after a slower start, I’m real proud of myself.”

“It kind of mirrored my week, slow start, and really fought there in the middle of the round to salvage it, and then I finished strong, which is nice.”

Tied in third place at -10 under par were Justin Thomas, -7 under 67 today, Matt Kuchar, -4 under 68, Colt Knost -3 under 69, and long time challenger to the leader Ken Duke, who stalled on the last round signing for an even par 72.

The tough conditions were the same for everybody, only the World number one Jason Day was able to cope with them sufficiently.

 

The Players. Jason Jogging To The End, and Victory.

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After a day of carnage at TPC Sawgrass Jason Day has a pretty simple task jogging to the end and victory at The Players.

Jason Day is looking for his third win of the season. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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Jason will take a four shot lead into the final round of The Players, even after he shot a third round +1 over par 73, he posted a tournament total of -14 under par.

His only real mistake came from  a four putt double bogey at the 6th hole. It was a very tough day out on the course, and the wind really did not factor too much, it was the greens being lightning fast that caused all the problems, once the ball was rolling, if it did not fall into the cup, it just kept rolling.

Jason was not too fond of the set up, and was amazed at Ken Duke’s score;

“What course was Ken Duke playing today? Can anyone tell me? Was he playing across the road?”

“I mean it was just, to be able to shoot that score is better,  I think that should be the course record.”

“It was just an absolute joke.”

Hideki Matsuyama, Ken Duke and Alex Cjeka share second place at -10 under par.

Alex, aged 45 carded a third round of even par, a good score on the day.

Ken, aged 47, shot the round of the day -7 under par 65, and even he mentioned the speed of the greens;

“Somehow, overnight, these greens got two or three feet faster.”

“I’m just a player on the PGA TOUR, they’re all good out here, and when you get some good number and make some good putts, the scores are there.”

” But it was a great round. This golf course is very difficult with this condition, and it was a really unbelievable round.”

“I think this is our championship, The Players, and it should be set up as difficult as possible.”

“The conditions today, it shows it. You have to play your best golf around here, and obviously the best players in the world are here.”

Many good players fell by the wayside, Rory McIlroy shot +3 over par 75, eleven strokes more than yesterday, he is hanging in with the group at -5 under for the championship. Shane Lowery started the round in the final group with Jason, but scored +6 over 78.

Sergio Garcia managed a five putt, is this really what people want to see, whether lady luck is on your side, or not. I would rather watch a good contest, with good golf being achievable to most of the players. There were only six players under par today.

Ken Duke’s round was described as the best round of golf ever by Russell Knox;

“I looked up on the board and saw Ken Duke shot 65, and I was like, ‘What?’”

“That’s the best round of golf ever, probably. It was incredible how hard it was out there.”

Russell unfortunately fell at the par three 17th, dropping three tee shots into the water, on his way to carding a nine.

 

 

 

 

 

– Duke

Billy horschel “Man, I felt like I was putting on dance floors out there,” Horschel said. “We all did. Augusta is probably the quickest greens we play all year, and I’m sorry, Sawgrass made those greens look like 8s on the Stimpmeter.”

The Players. Jason Jogging Along in Suspended Second Round

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Jason Day is jogging along in his suspended second round, of The Players, the weather once again causing havoc.

Day makes the most of Friday

World number one Jason is -5 under par through 14 holes of his second round, still topping The Players leaderboard, at 14 under par, a three shot lead over his nearest rival.

Play was suspended due to darkness, after a lengthy delay because of a lightning storm that passed over the course.

Although a three shot lead is fairly healthy at this point in time Jason wants to keep pushing;

“I need to keep pushing forward.”

“The moment that I lose a little bit of focus and make a few mental errors and mistakes, that’s when I let the field back in.”

“I just can’t afford to do that.”

“I feel good about how I’m going about my game, but I just have to understand that this is like a major, and especially with 16, 17 and 18, anything can happen there.”

 “I have to make sure that I’m switched on when I come through that stretch.”

Shane Lowry is in second place at -11 under par, with a completed round of -4 under par 68 today, he came here with no expectations, relaxed and is playing good golf;

“Sometimes low expectations brings good results and high expectations brings no results.”

 “It’s a funny game.”

“I would say the 17th  kind of got the round going. It felt a little flat and a little tense, and to roll that in for bogey and then eagle 18, it kind of kick-started my round.”

“It was always close in the air, so it was nice to see it going in.”

“I was on the eighth there and had a long putt for par, and I knew I’d like to be in the last group with him tomorrow.”

“You can really learn from him in those situations. It will be nice to go out in the last group with him tomorrow and see what I can do.”

Jonas Blixt, -5 under 67 completed second round, Alex Cejka -5 under 67 completed and Cameron Tringale a completed second of -3 under 69 are four shots off the pace, at the moment, with -10 under totals.

The projected cut is -2 under par, and if it stays that way, defending Champion Rickie Fowler will be on the way home, along with Phil Mickelson, Danny Willett, Luke Donald and Jordan Spieth, who are all in the large group at -1 under par.

The Players. Rory Roars Into Life.

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2nd round play has been suspended due to bad weather in the area, hopefully it will resume soon.

McIlroy flirts with course record

In the morning round Rory McIlroy roared into life, and The Players tournament today, he should have had the TPC Sawgrass course record, needing a birdie on his last hole of the day, the par 5 ninth, for -10 under. Unfortunately he made bogey and had to settle for -8 under par 64, to add to his even par round yesterday;

“Maybe if I had the five wood in the bag, I might have went for it, because at least I could have gotten a little bit more height.”

“But I was thinking about the course record, I wanted to make birdie and shoot 62. There’s no doubt about that.”

“Any time I’ve gone for the ninth green in two here, it’s never really worked out for me, I sort of talked myself out of it on the fairway.”

“This course really does play so much differently from morning to afternoon.”

“I felt the greens getting a little firmer, the wind gets up a little bit, so you have to take advantage of your tee time in the morning.”

“Thankfully, I was able to do that today with a low one.”

“I’m frustrated, my score should have been a couple better.”

“I’m disappointed, but there’s still two more days to go. That’s the nice thing. I’m in a good position heading into the weekend.”

The Players. Jason Day Delights.

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Jason Day delights The Players carding a record equaling -9 under par 63 opening round at TPC Sawgrass.

Jason Day tied the course record at the Stadium Course with a 63 in his first round of THE PLAYERS Championship. (Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann)

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Jason played in the earlier morning conditions at TPC Sawgrass, to top The Players leaderboard on day one of the tournament. Quite a turnaround from  the last time he played the Stadium Course, when he made four bogeys, two double bogeys, one triple bogey and just two birdies;

“There was a lot of frustration last year,” Day acknowledged, and the funny thing was, I shot 69 in the first round, too, so I shot 69-81-63.

“But I’ve got a really bad memory, which is kind of a good thing in golf, I guess, where you don’t really remember the bad stuff as much.”

“I would have loved to shoot 10-under and be the only guy to hold that record, but I’m in pretty good company with the guys that have shot that, especially with Greg Norman and the way he played shooting 63 and three straight 67s.”

“If I can keep that up, that would be great, but right now I’ve just got to try and focus on trying to win this tournament and trying to play a good round two.”

“I just feel really good about how things went today.”

There are four players tied in second place, at -7 under par following their first round scores of 65, Justin Rose, Shane Lowery, Bill Haas and Brendon Steele.

They are followed by a huge group at -6 under par, so this is a tight contest, except for the guys who struggled today.

Guys with a lot to do to catch up, or even maybe make the cut in include defending champion Rickie Fowler and  Rory McIlroy at even par, with and Adam Scott +1 over.

Wells Fargo Championship. James Hahn Play-Off Winner.

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James Hahn was the play-off winner of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

James Hahn celebrates after defeating Roberto Castro in a playoff during the final round of the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 8, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

James and Trophy 

James and Roberto Castro were tied at the top after 72 holes at the Wells Fargo Championship, both with -9 under par totals. James carded a -2 under 70 final round and Roberto -1 under 71, to reach the play-off, which was on the par four 18th, where Roberto unfortunately found water off the tee, leaving James to take the win with a par.

He was helped on the way by sinking 51-foot putt drop in for eagle on the par five 7th hole.

Justin Rose finished in third place at -8 under, following his last round -1 under 71.

Tied together in fourth place were Andrew Loupe, -1 under 71 today, and the considerable presence of Phil Mickelson with a marvelous final round of -6 under 66, Rory McIlroy, also -6 under 66, and Rickie Fowler, who could not get the job done after starting the day with the lead, he shot +2 over par 74.

Looks like Phil, and Rory have found something, coming right leading up to The Players, while Rickie still has some thinking to do to defend his title.

Rory has accepted he has to change his ways here;

“I’ve always felt that it was a golf course that handcuffed me a little bit. The things that give me an advantage over some of the field, you know, they don’t really give me an advantage here. ” 

“So the first few years I was quite stubborn and still trying to take on a lot of things instead of accepting the fact that I’m going to have to play the course the way everyone else plays it.”

“If I’m going to beat them, I have to beat them with approach shots and good wedge play and putting.”

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy each shot 6-under 66 in the final round at Quail Hollow Club. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

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The Players. Fabulous Fowler Wins

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Rickie Fowler picked up The Players trophy, winning a three hole aggregate score play-off, after a fabulous -6 under par for his last six holes in regulation, and going birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie over the last four holes.

THE PLAYERS Championship LogoA real put down to the people who earlier in the week voted him to be the worst under achiever in golf. Go Rickie.

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Rickie beat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in the play-off after they had all finished The Players tournament at -12 under par.

A final round -5 under par 67, which equaled the low round of the day saw Rickie surge to the top of the leaderboard. The guys following knew what score had been posted in the clubhouse, and responded well, at one time towards the end there were five players tied at -11 under par.

Rickie was delighted with his very popular win;

“It’s amazing, we obviously look at this tournament as one of the biggest that we play up against the Majors.”

 “I was out of the tournament after 12 holes. The last four holes, I said, ‘Let’s try and birdie the last four,’ so I one-upped myself.”

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this.”

“This is a special week, everyone looks forward to it and I was just happy that I had a chance after my finish this afternoon to get into the play-off and to be here on 17 and get it done.”

“I played well last week (in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play) and ended up losing on Saturday in the last 16. I felt like my game was where I wanted it.”

“Unfortunately I did not play as well as I wanted to on Saturday here but we finished it off strong and proved to myself we’re back where I should be.”

Sergio commented on the loud heckling he came in for during the day, some of it obnoxious;

“It was great for the most part, obviously, some guys there that don’t deserve to be here watching golf, but that’s what it is.”

“It was probably about three or four times on every hole since the 10th hole, they shouted at the wrong time on top of the ball, so I was able to back away.”

“I putted quite good, but for the rest of the week, I gave away a lot of shots and still almost won this tournament.”

“Overall, it was another good week here at The Players so I can’t be disappointed.”

Kevin had a chance to win the tournament in regular play, but missed a ten foot birdie putt at the 18th. Ben Martin and Bill Haas were the two players who had a chance to make the play-off, they finished T4 at -11 under par.

Rory McIlroy finished T8, at -8 under par, and said he simply could not putt;

“I was obviously looking to go out there today and shoot something in the mid-60s, and that would have given me a chance.”

“I feel like I again gave myself enough opportunities out there to make some putts, and I just couldn’t.”

“The putter really let me down this week. Right from the first day I couldn’t come to terms with the greens and that was the story of the week.”