Hero World Challenge. Hideki Easily Wins.

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Hideki Matsuyama easily wins the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

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Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki carded +1 over par 73 in th final round of the Hero World Challenge, but his -18 under par total was still good enough for the trophy;

Hideki recently won  the Japan Open, and named some of the great Japanese players;

“There’s been some great golfers in Japan.”

“Just to name a few, Jumbo Ozaki, Isao Aoki, Shigeki Maruyama, Tsuneyuki Nakajima.”

“And to be able to follow in their footsteps is a great honor. And then to come to the PGA TOUR and learn from really the best golfers in the world, it’s really helped my game.”  

“I’m grateful for all of their help. But to answer your question, I’m not the greatest golfer from Japan.”

“Jumbo won a hundred times, so unless I win a hundred times, I wouldn’t be greater than Jumbo.”

“Starting next week all my focus and preparation will be for the Masters.”  

“Hopefully, along the way I can play well on the PGA TOUR, but the Masters is my next goal.”

Henrik Stenson was second with a -16 under par total, his final round -4 under 68 was decent, but it did not create any pressure on the man in front of him.

Henrik mentioned the eight shot gap at the start of his round;

“I was miles away and it reminded me of the final round at Pinehurst in 2014 when Kaymer was miles ahead and you were just kind of walking in a bit of a vacuum.”

“I started picking up a few shots, made a nice eagle on 9. Then Hideki ended up in a bit of trouble.”  

“Unfortunately, I three putted from long range on 10, but I still picked up a shot there and then it was the double swing on 14 when he made a bit of a clumsy bogey and I made a good up and down for birdie.” 

“Now all of a sudden it felt like, okay, three back with four to go, there’s an outside chance if I keep on pressing on.”

Matt Kuchar, -2 under 70 today, Rickie Fowler, -3 under 69, and Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, all shared third place at -13 under par.

Tournament host Tiger Woods could only manage a last round +4 over par 76, for a -4 under total, he was full of praise for Hideki;

“It’s going to give him a boatload of confidence going into next year and he’s going to be one of the top guys to beat for a very long time.”  

“Look at his swing, look at his game and look at the body that he has, it’s built for a workload and it’s built to handle the test of time.”  

“He’s going to be one of the players that we’re going to have to beat for a long time.”

 

 

Hero World Challenge. Hideki Holds The Aces.

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Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, holds all the aces going into the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

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Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki shot -7 under pr 65 to lead the Hero World Challenge after 54 holes with a -19 under par total, and a comfortable seven shot advantage over his nearest rivals.

Henrik Stenson, -6 under par 66 today and Dustin Johnson with a miserly even par round of 72 are the two players closest to the leader, both at -12 under par.

The reason Tiger is not leading the competition, according to him was that he could not putt today;

“I didn’t hit the ball that poorly today, but hit bad putts in the middle part of the round.”

Even President elect Donald Trump was pleased to see Tiger back, he tweeted

@TigerWoods: Can’t wait to get back out there and mix it up with the boys. –TW ” Great to have you back Tiger – Special!

 

Hero World Challenge. For A While There We all Believed, Tiger was on top of the leaderboard.

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The Hero World Challenge had its own hero, in the form of Tiger Woods, sitting on top of the leaderboard, just for a while. We all believed at that point that it could happen, he could win again. J.B. Holmes then came along, -8 under 64 to claim top spot for himself.

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J.B. Holmes

J.B. carded -8 under 64 to lead the 18 man field in the Hero World Challenge, tournament host was Tiger Woods, at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

J.B. said he was putting well;

“It was a great day for me, putted well, hit my irons well and my driver well.”

“Pretty much all around a solid day. Also got a score out of it, so it was a lot of fun.”

“It’s a smaller field, so your odds of winning are automatically better.”

“It’s just a good time of year to have some fun and be competitive, but not beat yourself up too bad.” 

Hideki Matsuyama is in second place at -7 under par, he had an opening round 65.

In third is Dustin Johnson, a first round -6 under 66 giving him that place on his own.

Tiger finished down in 17th place, out of the 18 man field, with a +1 over par 73 for his first competitive game for quite a while, he said he had made some silly mistakes;

Tiger Woods was tied for the lead early on, but finished at 17th after shooting a first round 73. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) Tiger / getty

“I just made some mistakes.”

“I tried to hug that left side on 9, tried to get it down that corner and it just stayed up in the bush there, made a mistake.” 

“Tugged it up the left side on 11. Tried to hit one really hard and made a mistake there, put it in another bush on my lay up.”

“I just made some really, if you look at it, some really silly mistakes, mistakes I don’t normally make, but I haven’t played in a while.” 

“Unfortunately, I made those mistakes, I can clean that up. We’ve got three more days. Wind’s supposed to pump on the weekend and I’ll be playing a little bit better.”

 

Australian Open. Geoff Ogivly Takes Charge.

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Geoff Ogilvy takes charge of the Australian Open, taking a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

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Geoff shot -8 under par 64 today shooting him to the top of the Australian Open leaderboard at -11 under par, and spoke about Jordan and Australian whiz-kid Curtis Luck;

“I’ve played with Tiger and Phil a few years back and that was like I wasn’t even there.”

“I was frustrated because I wasn’t a couple of shots better than I was, but it’s quite kind of nice to be invisible in a group if you like.”

“You just play golf and watch one of Australia’s best kids and one of the world’s best golfers play. It’s a good spot to be.”

Aaron Baddeley, -5 under 67 today, Ryan Fox, -1 under 71, and Jordan Spieth, -4 under 68 are all tied in second place at -9 under par.

Jordan is feeling confident;

“I felt very confident starting that round, felt like it was my tournament.”

“I feel that way here; I feel my best golf is yet to come out. At this present moment I feel very confident about where things are. I can draw on 2014 for sure.”

“I’m going to play pretty aggressive on Sunday. I may dial back on a couple holes, I’m in the position to do so. I’m going to stay true to myself.”

“That 2014 was a round that felt like an easy 63 if that makes any sense. It did wonders for me going forward so I’m very excited about Sunday.”

Safeway Open. Round 2 Wrecked by Weather, Suspended.

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Round 2 of the Safeway Open was wrecked by awful overnight weather, delaying the start, which meant the round had to be suspended due to darkness, with, many players still to finish their second rounds at Silverado Resort in California, with Scott Piercy still leading.

Scott Piercy only got through 12 holes of his second round before play was suspended at the Safeway Open. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Scott was still on top of the leaderboard at -14 under par for the Safeway Open, after 12 holes of his second round, before play was suspended for the day.

Scott has a two shot lead at the moment, and said he knew what he wanted to achieve today;

“In my mind, I wanted to shoot 3 under on the front, and luckily, I was able to do that.”

“I don’t have as much fun on the course as I normally should, being in the lead right now or close to, I’m trying to enjoy it.”

“I would have liked to have gone one or two more birdies.”

“I felt like it was there to get. I hit some good shots. Hopefully just continue, get a few more tomorrow and keep pushing forward.”

Johnson Wagner holds second place, at -12 under par, after completing 14 second round holes.

Paul Casey at -11 under through 12 holes is alone in third place.

Surprise package Bill Haas, was Tiger Woods  replacement for the final spot in the threesome that included Phil Mickelson and defending champion Emiliano Grillo.

Bill is currently T4 at -8 under par with a completed second round of -2 under par 70 and joked about his position;

“I think they just wanted to put an equal player in the place of Tiger.”

“I don’t know how that worked out and how I got substituted in there, but I’m happy they would choose me to be in the group.”

Phil carded another -3 under 69 today to be at -6 under, and said he is playing some of his best stuff right now;

“This is some of the best iron play I’ve ever had.”

“Given the challenge that we’ve had judging distance because the ball’s going about 10 to 15 yards less than normal distance, then you’ve got a little bit of wind, a little bit of rain and soft spongy greens, some of my best iron play.”

Defending champion Emiliano Grillo was -2 under 70 today, to be T 19 at -5 under par for the tournament.

 

Arnold Palmer.

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Arnold Palmer 1929 – 2016.

Arnie said

“Success in this game depends less on strength of body, than strength of mind and character.”

 

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Tiger To Return To Golf

White Dragon GolfTiger Woods is planning to return to playing competitive golf.

 

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Tiger will compete first at the Safeway Open at Napa Valley’s Silverado Resort and Spa, if his preparations go to plan.

“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do.”

“Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.”