Hero World Challenge. Rickie Romps To Victory.

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Rickie Fowler romps to victory in the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas.

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Rickie, USA put together a final round of -11 under par 61 to win the Hero World Challenge by four shots at -18 under par.

Rickie started with seven straight birdies, and never looked back;

“You kind of just try, you ride until the horse kicks you off.”

“You start getting amped up or excited at times so you have to kind of pull yourself back and make sure you stay in the moment.” 

“It’s fun when you get on birdie runs just to see how far you can go. You know it’s not going to last forever.”

“If you look at winning as your only sense of success, you’re going to deal with failure a lot.” 

“There’s a lot of times where you could pick it apart and last year I could have gotten down on myself a handful of times for not getting the job done or not winning more, but it was a fun year.” 

“Being in contention with your buddies and some of the best players in the world, if you keep doing that trophies will fall into place.”

Long time leader Charley Hoffman had to settle for second place, at -14 under par, a last round of even par 72 not good enough, especially as he started the day with a five shot advantage.

Tommy Fleetwood, England5 under 67 today, and Jordan Spieth, USA,  -3 under 69, tied for third place at -12 under par.

Tournament host Tiger Woods had a better day today, a final round -4 under 68 taking him to -8 under for the tournament and T 9 on the leaderboard.

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Hero World Challenge. Charley Cruises To 54 Hole Lead.

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Charlie Hoffman cruises to the 54 hole lead at the Hero World Challenge at a very windy Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas, and will take a five shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

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Charley carded -2 under par 70, which equaled the low round score for the very windy day, to increase his lead at the top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard at -14 under par, a five shot lead over his nearest challengers.

Tied in second place, those five shots back are Jordan Spieth, even par 72 on the day, and local resident here Justin Rose, who signed for a third round -1 under 71.

Tournament host and comeback king Tiger Woods suffered another golfing setback today carding +3 over par 75 in the tough conditions, leaving him with a competition score of -4 under par and a lowly T 10 position. Seems like he will be handing the Trophy to Charlie tomorrow. Tiger was philosophical about his play today, telling reporters something that every amateur player around the world knows only too well;

“Anything I did right ended up in a bad spot and anything I did wrong was really bad.”

“Just one of those days.”

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Hero World Challenge. Charlie On Top.

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Charlie Hoffman is on top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard after two rounds at the Albany Golf Cub in The Bahamas.

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Charlie carded -9 under par 63 in his Hero World Challenge second round to post -12 under par at the top of the leaderboard, but he still hopes that Tiger will win;

“I said at the beginning of the week, I hope he wins.”

“It’s great for the game of golf. Hopefully, I can stop him from winning this week.”

“But anytime he’s in contention, or even playing the golf tournaments, it brings a buzz to golf that we all need.”

Jordan Spieth, USA, and Tommy Fleetwood share second place at -9 under par, three shots back of the leader, Tommy unfortunately recording a two  bogey’s and a double today.

Tournament host and comeback kid Tiger Woods is at -7 under par, after -4 under 68 today, and is in a tie for fifth place, and is happy with his surgery results;

“I proved that the surgery was successful. The rehab has been fantastic. And now I’ve got a chance to go out there and play competitive golf again.”

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Hero World Challenge. Tommy Fleetwood Leads On Day 1

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Tommy Fleetwood, England, leads the Hero World Challenge on day 1 at Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas.

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Tommy is suffering from jet lag, and his baby son Frankie awake at 4am;

“Frankie woke up so then I feed him and then got him back down, so I just puttered about.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 67 are Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar, both from the USA.

Four players are then tied in fourth place at -4 under, World #1 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and  Kevin Chappell, all from the USA, and Justin Rose, England.

Of course all anybody really wants  to talk about is the third comeback appearance of Tiger Woods, who carded a first round -3 under par 69, to be T8;

“For me, I thought I did great.”

“To come out here and score like I did, it was nice.”

“All I’m trying to do is just keep plodding along. Today if I take away the two sixes and play the round correctly, then I’m probably tied for the lead.”

 “So it’s just little things like that I need to clean up and hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”

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Bridgestone Invitational. Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, Wins with a 61.

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Hideke Matsuyama, from Japan, wins the Bridgestone Invitational, shooting a final round -9 under 61, equaling the Firestone Country Club  South Course record.

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Hideke was calmness personified with his final round -9 under par 61 to easily win the Bridgestone Invitational with a -16 under par tournament total, a five shot winning margin. Hideke tied the course record also  held by Jose Maria OlazabalTiger Woods and Sergio Garcia;

“That might be the best round I’ve ever played.”

“This is Firestone Country Club, it’s such a difficult golf course and to play as well as I did here, I’m thrilled.”

“I did hit some good shots but I was nervous all the way around because I really wasn’t sure of my swing today.”

“All I can do is my best. I know a lot of us have tried from Japan to win Majors.”

“Hopefully some day it will happen. I’d like to win one but I’ll get back to work tomorrow morning and hopefully something good will come.”

Zach Johnson, USA. was in second place at -11 under par, a last round -2 under 68 not what he needed, a few missed putts for birdie over the closing holes doing the damage.

Charley Hoffman, USA, finished in third place at -10 under, a creditable -4 under 66 last round, that could have been better.

Thomas Pieters, Belgium, was alone in fourth, a last round +1 over 71 a sad end to his tournament, which he led for some time, a final score of -8 under par a long way from the winner.

In  the large group at -7 under was Rory McIlroy, he carded a final round -1 under 69, not a good tournament for a player who boomed 38 out of 42 drives over 300 yards off the tee, with an actual average of 344.6 yards, 1st in the field and strokes gained off the tee at 1.65, also 1st in the field. after 54 holes. Wedge approach shots very average and putting in the same class.

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The Honda Classic. Fowler Leads, with a Fortuitous Free Drop.

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Rickie Fowler leads The Honda Classic, helped somewhat by a fortuitous free drop at PGA National in Florida.

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Rickie carded a bogey free -5 under par 65 to lead The Honda Classic after 54 holes, at -13 under par, but importantly he has a four shot advantage. The free drop came when his ball was in the deep fringe greenside, but he claimed a drop because of a nearby sprinkler head, which he said interfered with his stance. A club length later he was out on the fairway. Reminded me of the free drop Tiger got after he had sent his ball out of bounds, either on the roof of the clubhouse, or out in the car park, no one knew. The official gave Tiger a free drop, greenside.

Rickie played well and spoke about the difficulty of the course;

“You still have to be on top of your game, in easier conditions here.”

“It does lend to some birdies out there for sure, but it’s still a fine line.”

“You can still make just as many mistakes as you do in the wind.”

“I’m looking forward to this weekend. A place, on a golf course I feel comfortable.”

“I know I have the lead, and it’s nice to go out in front, but you still have to play, and especially around this place, it can jump up and bite you at any time.”

“And I’m comfortable with the game right now. It’s going to be a fun weekend.”

Tyrrell Hatton, from England holds second place at -9 under par, a third round -4 under 66, he said it was just a nice mix of things, and he putted well;

“It was a mix of things, I made a few putts.”

“Putted well on the back nine.”

“My game didn’t feel that great on Monday, felt like I had never swung a golf club before.”

“I’m really happy with the position I’m in.”

Tied in third place at -7 under par are five players; Emiliano Grillo, Sean O’Hair, Gary Woodland, Martin Kaymer and Wesley Bryan.

 

 

 

 

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. George Coetzee Leads, Tiger Quits.

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George Coetzee leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, as the second round play was suspended, due to high winds. Tiger Woods quits before play began, citing back problems.

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George was at -3 under par for eight second round Omega Dubai Desert Classic holes, before high winds halted play. He sits on top of the leaderboard at -9 under par;

“We saw this one tree go down. You get a warning from the chairman, it’s about to collapse and start squeaking.”

“I was walking under the trees hearing the squeaking and thinking, this could be me. “

It’s a little bit dangerous out there with the trees collapsing and stuff. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.”

“I’m quite happy with the total I had, playing the back nine, the scoring holes, a couple of holes playing downwind. I’m quite happy to have taken advantage of it.”

Tournament director Mike Stewart made this statement

“We’ve had a fairly challenging day today with the wind.”

“Winds increased during the course of lunchtime into the early afternoon to the point where we had gusts approaching 36 miles an hour and beyond.”

“The result was the last hour of play, effectively, before we suspended, it was such that we had a lot of things going on on the golf course.”

“We had TV towers that the roofs were blown off. We had balls moving on the greens, blew into a bunker at one stage.”

“Five trees came down, it was very unsafe and it was unplayable. So we brought the players off the golf course in the interests of play and safety to the spectators, as well.”

“Hopefully we can get most of the third round completed tomorrow. We’ll still have a bit to conclude on Sunday and, all going well, we’ll still have a good chance of finishing on time on Sunday afternoon.”

Sergio Garcia is in second place at -8 under par, and is -1 under through five holes;

“It was a little bit of a lottery. The wind was all over the place and it was blowing really, really hard, very gusty.”

“Obviously with trees coming down and things like that, we managed to hold on well for those first six holes which wasn’t easy.”

“I think tomorrow will be a little bit calmer and we can get out there.”