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.”

BMW PGA Championship. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship after the fist round at Wentworth Golf Club.

NED Joost LuitenAUS Scott Hend and KOR Y E Yang shared the lead in the first round on the Chinese owned Burma Road course in Virginia Water, Surrey , England.

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Joost, Scott and Y.E. all recorded -7 under par 65 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship, to lead the field by one shot.

Joost is in good form, having had eight top 15 finishes in eleven starts this season, he got on the par five last hole in two, and the resulting birdie got him up to share the top spot with Scott and Y.E.

Y.E. famously made history in the 2009 US PGA Championship becoming the first player ever to come from behind to beat Tiger Woods, in the final round of a Major.

Scott missed the cut on his debut here last year, and the Australian came with a different approach to the competition this year;

“I tried aggressive last year and it really doesn’t work.”

“So I thought I’d just be a little bit cautious off the tee and a bit more aggressive into the greens.”

“We’ll see how that plays out during the week.”

“There’s a long three more days to go but I’m comfortable wherever I’m playing, whether I’m running last or whether I’m running first.”

“Just put one foot in front of the other and keep going.”

Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett is alone in fourth place, after his bogey free -6 under par 66.

Richard Green, Robert Rock and Jaco van Zyl are back in the clubhouse with rounds of -5 under par 67, sharing fifth position.

Stevie Williams on Lydia, Tiger and Adam.

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On Tuesday night White Dragon Golf attended an evening with the Worlds number one caddie Stevie Williams, at his home club, Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, the event was also supported by Paper Plus, the premier book shop in Paraparaumu.

One of the first questions he was asked was about the phenomenal rise of New Zealand’s lady wonder Lydia Ko, who currently sits at the top of the Rolex World Rankings.

Leo Barber, the General Manager of Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club asked the question  about Lydia; here is what Stevie had to say;

Affable sports interviewer for this event, Matt Buck, then quizzed Steve about his relationship with Adam Scott. One fact we should all know is that when Steve signs a contract with a player, in that contract there is a clause requiring that the player will come and play at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club.

Tiger was brought to the Param golf club to honor that agreement, in 2002, to participate in the New Zealand Open.

Adam Scott will grace our links in the near future, it would be great if that were also a New Zealand Open.

There was a lot of controversy about some of the things Stevie said about his book, Out of the Rough, about his relationship with Tiger Woods, but on the night he was full  of praise for the best golfer in the world;

 

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Par three 2nd Green, and 3rd hole White tee. The Pine forest to the right has now been removed.

 

U.S. Amateur Championship. Bryson A History Making Winner.

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Bryson DeChambeau became only the fifth player in history to win the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year. He joins  joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in achieving that tremendous accomplishment.

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Bryson claimed the Havemeyer Trophy with a 7-and-6 decision over Derek Bard at Olympia Fields Country Club, in a 36 hole final. He was stoked to have his name on the same trophy as all those great Champions;

“Having my name etched on this trophy with the great Bob Jones as well as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, all those guys, it’s incredible.”

“I can’t even imagine what I just did. It won’t sink in, I’m sure, for the next couple days. But I’m honored.”

“I’m in golf history, that’s pretty incredible. I don’t understand it yet. I had a little bit of an understanding of what I just did, but I haven’t felt the impact of it yet.”

“That’s an honor to be in that field.”

“I have a belief in myself that I can get the job done when I need to. Every single shot out there, I was telling myself I was good enough.”

Bryson has a unique and different way of swinging the club, and says he has fun doing it;

“There’s a bunch of different ways to play the game of golf, you don’t need to play it one way.”

“It doesn’t need to be one swing that’s perfect out there. The thing that you can benefit most from me, I believe, is be yourself and play golf like you can, not like anybody else.”

Derek remembers the exact moment when it all started to slip way;

“I think the turning point of the whole day really is he when airmails the green on  8 and flops it in.”

“You have to pull off shots like that if you want to win a championship like this.”

“It’s one of those signature shots. It was pretty cool to watch. He hit a perfect shot up there and tumbled in.”

“Like I say, he deserves it and from that point on, he really took control.”

“I felt that in the morning match, no matter where the match got to, I always felt like I was still in it, because we had 18 more holes to go in the afternoon.”

“It’s such a long day and to get it back to 2 down after the morning was big.”

“It gave me some momentum. I came out in the afternoon and won the first hole and then just kind of fell apart.”

Wyndham Championship. Davis Delights Wyndham Crowd With a Win

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Davis Love 111 delights the Wyndham Championship crowd with his third win at the event at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Davis shot a final round -6 under par 64 for a winning total of -17 under par at the Wyndham Championship, and a one shot victory, at the tender age of 51.

Davis enjoyed his victory, and getting his name on the oldest winners list, alongside the likes of Sam Snead. Davis stated that when he putts well he can win on any Tour;

“Any victory now is going to be really sweet when you’re over 50.”

“You don’t really know what to do, you don’t go to the cabin and think that you’ve won.”

“To have your name thrown out there with Sam Snead at any point is incredible.”

 “For some reason, this tournament has been good to guys in my age group.”

“I’ve been saying all year, people ask me about the Champions Tour. If I putt well on the Champions Tour I can win on the PGA Tour.”

 “I did it this week. My ball-striking is fine. It’s just as you’ve seen over the years. When I putt well I get a chance to win. I putted really well this week.”

Jason Gore finished in second place at -16 under par, a couple of sad bogey’s on the back nine halting his progress, although an Eagle at 15 did give him some hope.

Tied in third position were, Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey and Scott Brown, all at -15 under par for the championship.

Tiger Woods could not produce a fourth round in the sixties, he slumped to a final round of even par 70, and in so doing did not qualify for theFedExCup

Tiger said that he gave himself a chance, but did not take it;

“I gave myself a chance, and I had all the opportunity in the world today to do it.”

“I didn’t get it done.”

“I just wasn’t able to get any kind of roll early, I had my chances to get it going. I just never did.”

 

Wyndham Championship. Jason & Jonas Shoot 62.

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Jason Gore and Jonas Blixt shoot 62 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Jason shot a third round -8 under par 62, which included a bogey, at the Wyndham Championship. He now sits on top of the leaderboard at -15 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Jason is a longtime friend of Tiger, and was talking up the performance of his friend, and added a comment about himself;

“What the guy has done for the game, bringing people into the game of golf is amazing.”

“We all have better lives because of him, and you know, some of us have jobs because of him and I just think it’s awesome to see him playing well again, to see him playing like Tiger Woods, because that’s what we all want to see.”

“Contrary to popular belief, I’m still a good golfer.”

“You’d think a chubby guy from California couldn’t handle the heat and humidity. Maybe it brings my focus up.”

Tied in second place are Jonas Blixt, who also carded a bogey in his -8  under par 62, Scott Brown and Tiger Woods.

Scott had a -4 under par 66 today, while Tiger could only manage -2 under par 68.

Jonas wants to secure his PGA Tour card for next year, and a win here would do that;

“Very pleased if I secured my job. A win will take care of that.”

 “Shoot another 62, I should have a good chance.”

A win here for Tiger would clinch a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs, and help to make something from a dismal season;

“I felt very steady from the word go.”

“The putter just felt really good. My pace, I felt like I could be aggressive.”

“I took a few runs at putts and ripped them past the hole, but I never felt like I was going to miss any of them. I took a rip at them. Some I made, some I didn’t.”

“I need to go out there tomorrow and make a run and get myself up there and make some birdies.”

“There’s a bunch of guys at 13 under. There’s a whole slew of guys at 12, 11, 10. “

“Anybody can make a run and shoot the score Jason and Jonas did.”

There are five players tied in fifth spot, at -12 under par, Webb Simpson, Jim Herman, Paul Casey, Cameron Percy and Brandt Snedeker.