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.

U.S. Open. Jordan and Patrick tied at the Top.

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Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are tied at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard, on a Chambers Bay Golf Club course that was manufactured from a disused gravel pit and sewerage works, and at times played like it, as many of the worlds best golfers were washed down the toilet.

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There was drama as well as brilliant play here today, although the leading score of -5 under par has not been increased from yesterday’s total. Jordan shot a -3 under round while Patrick could only better his total by one with a -1 under par 69.

Jordan said he could not compare his position here with the Masters event, and was also concerned about the USGA using a forward tee at the 18th, and changing it to a par 4 in the middle of the U.S. Open;

“It’s playing different, and I’m in a very different position. I’m not going to have a five-shot lead.”

“So given it’s a U.S. Open, I imagine they’re going to try to bring us back to par;

“So I’ll draw some on Augusta, but at the same time, my patience level has to be even that much higher.”

This {the 18th} is the dumbest hole I’ve ever played in my life.”

“I was really frustrated walking off the tee box.”

Patrick actually agreed with my assessment of yesterday, that this was Mickey Mouse golf;

“I actually felt it was a pretty disappointing round.”

“To have five or six bogeys, didn’t get up and down once, I was zero percent on up-and-downs today.”

“I hit the ball in the middle of the green on 18 and have no chance to putt a normal putt and stop near the hole, and have to play Mickey Mouse golf to try to make par, unfortunately is a bad way to end the day.”

“But we’re in a good position and we hopefully can have a good weekend and have a chance to win.”

The drama came from Jason Day, who collapsed while walking down the 18th fairway, his last of the day. He recovered well enough to finish the hole posting a bogey 5 and sits T9 at -2 under par for the tournament. If he will take any more part in this competition, we will have to wait until tomorrow and see if he gets onto the tee.

More drama from Tiger Woods who posted his worst ever 36 hole total as a professional in his career, +16 over par, and missing the cut in the process. He had this to say today;

“I hit it a little bit better today, but, again, I made nothing today.”

“I didn’t make any putts the first two days; I hit it better today. Hitting some spots where I could hit some putts; I made nothing.”

 “Just continue practicing, continue working on it. And hopefully it will be a little bit better.” 

“Obviously, I need to get a little better for the British Open, and I’ll keep working at it.”

On the plus side of the register, Dustin Johnson and Brandon Grace are tied in third place, both at -3 under for the competition.

The only thing I can say is that just about everyone has criticized not just the course but the change made to the lay-out, in the middle of a tournament. There are only 16 players who are under par, and the defending Champion Martin Kaymer did not make the cut, which was set at +5 over par.

This course is so poorly prepared that they had to bring in a local rule that stones in the bunker are not immovable, but may be lifted. So even after seven years the bunkers are full of stones, and this is the U.S. Open.

 

115th U.S. Open. Gruesome Greens Grab Attention.

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The gruesome greens at Chambers Bay Golf Club grabbed everyone’s attention in the first round of the U.S. Open. At the end of the day Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson shared the lead, while at the other end of the table, Tiger Woods +10 over and Rickie Fowler +11 crashed spectacularly. The fescue grass experiment is not off to a great start, especially as the older greens have never really taken hold properly, and they have been infiltrated by poa annua clumps. The early morning starters had the best of the day.

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Dustin and Henrik shot open rounds of -5 under par 65 at the 115th U.S. Open at the much maligned Chambers Bay Golf Club in Washington.

Dustin reported that he is playing with confidence, hitting good irons shots;

“Hit a lot of quality iron shots, the confidence is definitely there.”

Henrik said he had a good day on the greens;

“It was a good day on the greens in all, but especially the last five holes.”

 “I hit some beautiful putts and managed to slip a few in there.”

Patrick Reed, with a -4 under par 66, for third place alone reported that he definitely missed a few putts;

” All I had to do was get the ball to the hole and it had a chance of going in. I made some long putts, but I also feel like I missed a lot of good opportunities.”

Matt KucharBen Martin and the amateur Brian Campbell are tied in fourth place at -3 under par. They are followed by a group of payers at -2 under par.

Phil Mickelson was happy with his start, -1 under par 69 and T14, as he chases the career Grand Slam this week, but did criticize the greens;

“The first round was the round I was going to be most nervous at, getting started.”

“You don’t want to have to fight to come back all the time. You want to get off to a solid start around par.”

“I think the biggest challenge is that the green speeds are different from green to green, that’s going to wreak havoc on our touch.” 

“What I found is that they’re not the most true surfaces downhill, because you can’t hit it hard enough to hold the line. But uphill they seem to hold the line just fine.”

“I might have to factor that in, in how I play some shots now, because I think the percentage of made putts uphill from three to nine feet is going to be quite a bit higher than downhill.” 

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Rory McIlroy, at +2 over par was not quite so outspoken;

“I just didn’t quite have it with the putter today, and that’s something that I need to get right over the next three days if I want to have a chance.”

“I still feel like if you make a good enough stroke and you have the right speed, there’s a good enough chance the ball will go in.”

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Sergio Garcia, who started with an even par first round and T26, took to twitter to post;

“Happy with my Even par round today although it could’ve been a bit better by the way I played but this greens are as bad as the look on TV.”