Quicken Loans National. Two Tied at the Top, but not Tiger.

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Kevin Chappell and Troy Merritt are tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National, but not Tiger who everyone expected to see there.

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Kevin and Troy sit on top of the Quicken Loans National leaderboard with -14 under par totals, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

Kevin had a -4 under par 67 third round, but had to bow to Troy  who posted a tournament record-10 under par 61.

Kevin has a simple game plan;

“You know, I’ve done a really good job of functioning this week.”

‘”That’s the grass. That’s the sky. That’s the hole. That’s my ball.’ Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament.”

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Troy had missed five consecutive cuts coming into this week, but now says things are sorted;

“The big thing is we put ourselves into contention for tomorrow and that was the goal.”

“I wanted to have a good week this week and I’ve been taking weekends off for two months now.”

“I finally made putts, it’s really frustrating the first few days hitting the ball really, really well and having good proximity to the hole and not getting much out of it.”

“Today I hit the ball really well and got a lot out of it.”

Sitting in third place is Rickie Fowler, at -13 under par, he had a third round -3 under par 68, which included a crazy 70 ft roller coaster of a putt which dropped in the hole, but overall he was not happy with his performance;

“Little frustrated with a couple mistakes that I made out there today, but excited about where I’m at.”

“I had a good number on seventeen and just made a bad swing. Got those out of the way and there’s tomorrow.”

Jason Bohn, Whee Kim, Charles Howell 111 and David Lingmerth share fourth place at -12 under par.

Charles is looking to keep the pressure on the leaders;

“I made some birdies and they’re out there, got to keep the pedal down tomorrow.”

Charles played alongside Tiger Woods, who slumped back again today, shooting +3 over par 74;

“I was waiting for the one moment, the one shot. I couldn’t find it.”

“Sometimes it’s one of those things you hit it awful on the range and go stripe it on the golf course.”

 “That wasn’t the case here.”

Defending champion Justin Rose has pulled himself up into contention with a third round -6 under par 65, and sits in the group at -11 under par for the tournament.

 

Quicken Loans National. Ryo Reaps Reward, Leads at Half-Way

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Ryo Ishikawa reaps the reward of solid play to lead the Quicken Loans National at the half-way point on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.

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Ryo, from Japan, added a -3 under par 68 to his opening 63 to lead the Quicken Loans National with a -11 under par tournament total.

Ryo has a number in his head that he thinks will win this competition, and he is focusing on that;

“My goal for this weekend is like 15 under, 16 under.”

“So I’m just here focused on that number.”

Tied in second place at -10 under par are Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell.

Rickie said the difference between the two days was that today the putts dropped in, he birdied the last three holes today;

“Probably hit it worse today.”

“I wouldn’t say I putted any better, just happened to get some that went in.”

“When the putter gets going the confidence level is about as high as it can be. Really looking forward to the weekend.”

“Wasn’t great by any means out there but it was nice to continue to move forward and get a bit out of the round, and really it all just came down to the last three holes.”

David Lingmerth occupies fourth place on his own, a -6 under par 65 today gives him a -9 under par total.

Tiger Woods continued his upwards progress, a -5 under par 66 today has moved him into a tie for fifth place at -8 under par, along with a whole bunch of other guys.

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One fluffed tee shot today, on the par five 15th;

 “A big, high draw that went about 90 yards.”

“It got me going a little bit, it kind of got me kick-started a little bit, got me a little fired up. I really hit it good from there.”

“Got me a little more focused on what I’m doing out there instead of just hitting a shot.”

“People want the immediate fix, the one tip that’s going to work for the rest of their life.”

“It doesn’t work that way. It takes time to build it. I feel like I can still compete and win.”

“A year-and-a-half ago, I won five times. I think that’s a pretty good number. It’s not that long ago that I was Player of the Year.”

“Eventually I’ll climb back.” 

 

 

 

Quicken Loans National. Two Tied at the Top.

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Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa are the two players tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.

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Retief and Ryo both carded first rounds of -8 under par 63 in the Quicken Loans National to top the leaderboard at the end of day 1.

Retief is feeling fine after some serious back problems over the years, he just wishes he was younger. Don’t we all;

“I’m lucky to be out here. Three, four years ago my career looked like it was at an end,” “I’m just glad I’m still out there and playing. Yeah, I just wish I was 10 years younger again.”

Ryo, who started on the back nine, carded six birdies in a row starting on the 14th hole, he is not sure why there are so many holes in one recently;

“It took about two holes to make myself calm.”

 “Number five was a par five, like a birdie hole, but it was kind of difficult for me to make a par right there.”

 “I don’t know why there’s so many holes-in-one. I think because of the Quicken Loans. I think it’s a good system.”

Ernie Els, Justin Leonard and Kevin Chappell share third place at -7 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Justin Rose, the defending Champion, shot -6 under par 66, the same score as the new professional Ollie Schneiderjans, in only his second Tour start, they are tied on that score with six other players.

Justin, the birthday boy Tweeted;

“Thanks for all the birthday messages. Pleased with my first round 66 today.”

Rickie Fowler and Ryo Ishikawa both scored hole in ones today, Rickie on the 184 yard ninth, he bought everyone a beer;

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Ryo made his Ace on the 210 yard par three 4th.

Someone else celebrating today was Tiger Woods, he shot -3 under par 68, after a difficult start to the day;

“I’ve been playing well, hitting the golf ball well.”

 “Feel like my putting has been good. Just stay patient, just stay with it and it will turn if I stay patient, which I did and, I mean, I had a run there.”

“That’s what scoring is all about. You got to score and I made a lot of key putts today. I ran them by the hole but I made all the comebacks, and overall I felt like I hit the ball well enough to turn it around.”

“It was nice to actually turn it around.”

“We worked on a little bit of my through swing, fixed a couple things I felt like were off and put it to good use the last few, about the last six days,.

“I really felt comfortable here. I’m hitting shots.”

It has been rumored that Tiger has fired coach Chris Como. Do you think that going it alone is the reason for his improvement?

The Open. The Weather Wins at St. Andrews.

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The weather wins at St Andrews as torrential rain meant waterlogged greens and fairways on the Old Course, and play was suspended for 3 hours and 14 minutes. At  the close of play Dustin Johnson still held the lead at -10 under par, but has yet to complete his second round, with Danny Willett in second place.

Danny had completed his -3 under par second round 69, and at the time was clubhouse leader at -9 under par, he thought that was pretty cool;

“It was a tricky back nine, at 15 I got a bit of a flier and went long and at 17 just got on it a little bit instead of holding it up the right. From 50-70 feet they are not gimme two putts.” 

“It was nice to birdie the last, we hit some good golf shots today and it’s a good score.”

“You throw wind and rain in there and it becomes a bit of a lottery. If it’s just wind it’s playable. That strength wind out there it’s playable, you’ve got to hit good shots and you can make birdies.” 

“Hopefully it’s the same strength tomorrow and I think we’re in for a great weekend.” 

“You can’t put it out your mind, leading The Open, it’s pretty cool isn’t it?”

Currently tied in third place at -8 under par are Paul Lawrie and Jason Day, both will be returning early tomorrow morning to complete their rounds.

Tom Watson was playing in his last Open Championship, and sadly missed the cut, but did receive a warm send off from the gallery around the 18th hole, having previously had his picture taken on the Swilcan Bridge.

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40 mph winds are predicted for tomorrow, so play could be interrupted again, with many players yet to finish the second round, and trying to make the cut. Tiger Woods is one of those having to return to finish. he has seven holes left to get to the cut line, projected at even par, but he is at +5 over for the competition, so it looks like he will miss the cut here at St. Andrews.

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson spoke about the bad weather that will affect play over the week-end;

“The forecast is for very strong winds so it is a very tough course today and tomorrow, but because we have had so much rain it’s nowhere near as fiery as it can be so I’m very hopeful that wind won’t affect play.

“Our target is to finish on Sunday. We do have the ability to go into Monday, but we certainly hope not to.”

The Greenbrier Classic. Jason Bohn Shoots 61, To Share 4-way Tie Lead.

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Jason Bohn shoots 61 in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic, to share the 4-way tied lead at Old White TPC, in West Virginia.

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Jason carded -9 under par 61 in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic to share the lead at -11 under with Sean O’Hair, Sung Joon Park and Bryce Molder.

It is nicely set up to be another close finish at the tournament, with 27 players within four shots of the lead.

Jason had to rise early for the start of the third round, now he can sleep in tomorrow. He had signed his card and moved on, so the media had to ask him to return and give an interview;

“I just wanted to sleep in, to be honest, now I don’t have to get up early in the morning.”

“If somebody asks you, I never think you say no to the media.”

“You’ve got to tell the family, ‘Look, I’ll be back in an hour-and-a-half.’ But when you get back, then you’ve just got to be a dad, be a family guy.”

“The time that you’re here for your job, you just have to pay attention to it. You’ve got to do your warm-ups; you’ve got to work out; you’ve got to stretch. That takes a lot of time, and that’s hard to do.”

“If you had to do that every week, I think you’d be worn out pretty quickly. But a couple of weeks a year, it’s worth every bit of it.”

Justin Thomas, David Hearn, Danny Lee and Chad Collins were at -10 under par, just one shot back going into the final round tomorrow.

It was a poor day for yesterdays leaders, Scott Langley +4 over 74, and Johnny Vegas +6 over 76 dropped them out of contention.

Tiger Woods also had a poor day, +1 over 71 to be T47 with a bunch of players on -4 under par. He put most of the blame on a bad putting performance, needing 31 putts for the day. For a second straight day Tiger declined interview requests from the assembled media, but did offer some comments to a PGA Tour official;

“I said, if I can just get a couple putts to go, then everything could kind of snowball the other way.”

“Instead, I was kind of fighting an uphill battle, I hit a lot of shots close. I just need to convert on those and get some kind of string going in a positive way.”

“I gave myself plenty of looks early to get something going and get some kind of run.’

 ‘Could have easily been 3-, 4-, 5-under par on the front nine. Just got nothing out of it. Hit that shot on 11, and there it goes.”

 

 

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Johnny Vegas & Lefty Langley Lead.

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Jhonattan (Johnny) Vegas and Scott (Lefty) Langley lead The Greenbrier Classic at Old White TPC.

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Jhonattan and Scott sit on top of The Greenbrier Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, on a tough wet day at Old White TPC, in West Virginia. Jhonattan with a bogey free -5 under par 65 second round, and Scott with -1 under par 69, which included a couple of bogey’s.

No one really made a significant move to make a break away from the field, yesterday’s total was -8 under par, and the field is now so bunched up that there are twenty-three golfers who are within three shots of the lead, including seven players at -8 under.

Venezuela flag Johnny Vegas, from Venezuela, has not had a top ten finish this year, but said he is working on it. The top four finishers here at The Greenbrier, who are not previously eligible for The Open will earn a place this week, and Jhonattan is certainly aiming to be one of them;

“I feel like I’m playing great, I just haven’t been able to put it all together.”

“But I’m staying patient and working really hard to make it happen, and it’s coming together.”

“That’s one of the goals for the week, so we’re going to try to go get it.”

“It was a solid round overall, from the beginning to the end, I was able to hit every single green, gave myself a lot of opportunities, able to make some, some that nearly went in, but overall a completely solid round from tee to green.”

Scott had trouble following his opening round 62, leaving putts short;

“It was a little tougher day for me, following up a round like a 62 is never super easy mentally, but I hung in there today, didn’t have much going for most of my round, but made a bunch of pars and was able to make two birdies coming in for my last few holes.”

“I left a lot of putts within 6 inches of the hole, just right in the heart. I need to be a little more assertive Saturday on the greens.”

“Really ended the day on a real positive note, so I was pretty happy with the score, all things considered.”

Flag_of_Canada.svg Canadian David Hearn is still looking for his first PGA TOUR win, but has put himself in a good position this week to achieve that long-awaited goal;

“This would be a great place for me to win one, but I’ve got 36 holes of golf left.”

“I’m playing great right now and I look forward to the weekend.”

Tiger Woods was among those who made the -2 under par cut line, he is currently tied with a whole bunch of guys at -5 under par, Bubba Watson joined that crowd.

 

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Scott Langley Shoots 62.

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Scott Langley shoots 62 to lead The Greenbrier Classic at Old White TPC.

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Scott carded a bogey free -8 under par 62 in the 1st round of The Greenbrier Classic to lead by one shot at the close of play. Scott is playing this week on a sponsor exemption;

“I’m very thankful just to be in the field this week.”

Tied In second place are Jonathan Byrd and Danny Lee, both have yet to record a top ten finish this year, and this could be their best chance, Jonathan was a little depressed over his poor performances;

“I got a little down on myself earlier in the year because the results weren’t really there.”

“I kind of looked at myself in the mirror and said, you know, at the end of the day, I need to be the most positive guy in the field week in and week out.”

Brian Davis and Ryo Ishikawa are tied in fourth position at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Keeping the fans really happy were George McNeill and Justin Thomas, both carded holes in one at the par three 18th. The fans around the green were paid cash for the feat, $100 to fans at the hole for George’s ace and $500 for Justin’s, giving a total of about $192,000 to happy fans. The next Ace on the 18th would net fans $1,000 a piece, and in addition, two lucky winners will each have their mortgages paid for a year courtesy of the Quicken Loans Hole In One Sweepstakes.

Tiger Woods had a better day on the golf course than he has produced recently, carding -4 under par 66, will be interesting to see if can keep up the good work.