Dell Technologies Championship. Terrific Thomas Triumphs.

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Terrific golf from Justin Thomas sees him triumph at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston, his fifth PGA Tour win of the season, and it puts him in second position in the FedExCup standings.

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Justin and Cup.

Justin won the Dell Technologies Championship with a great final round -5 under 66, for a winning tournament total of -17 under par, a three shot victory

“I have two events left. I have two more opportunities to win.”

 “And I’d love to make it six or seven wins.”

Jordan Spieth had to settle for second place again, a -4 under 67 last round giving him a -14 under par total.

Jordan started like a rocket,  birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie;

“Came out firing, like I said we had to do, 8 through 14 is the meat of the golf course. “

“You want to get through even. I got through over par and didn’t get any coming in when I hit some good putts.”

Marc Leishman from Australia finished third, a final round that fell over on the back nine, after carding 30 on the front, and 40 on the back, left him with a -1 under 70 for his fourth round, and a -13 under par total.

Jon Rahm, Spain, -3 under 68 today, and Paul Casey, England, -1 under 70 were tied in fourth place at -12 under par.

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Dell Technologies Championship. Justin Jumps Into Share Of Lead

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Justin Thomas, USA, jumps into a share of the Dell Technologies Championship lead at TPC Boston, shooting 63 in the third round, with 12 three’s on his card. He was joined at the top of the leaderboard by Australian Marc Leishman.

Justin shot -8 under par 63 to jump into a share of the Dell Technologies Championship after 54 holes with a -12 under par total;

“You can’t really compare but in terms of ball-striking that was right up there.”

“I drove it better than I have all year.” 

 Marc carded -6 under 65 to join the leader.

Paul Casey, England, has third place to himself at -11 under par after his third round -4 under 67.

Jordan Spieth, -5 under 66 today, and Grayson Murray, -4 under 67, share fourth place at -10 under par.

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Dell Technologies Championship. Jon Rahm Leads, Rory Goes Home.

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Jon Rahm from Spain leads the Dell Technologies Championship after two rounds at TPC Boston.

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Jon carded -5 under par 66 in the second round of the Dell Technologies Championship, to top the leaderboard at -9 under, and has a two shot advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Jon got his putter working really well;

“You know, I don’t know what to say. I played a nearly perfect back nine.”

“Felt like I didn’t miss a shot.”

“I felt I putted for birdie pretty much from every hole from a really close distance.”

“This course does fit my eye, I mean, I think it’s a great golf course.”

“After what we played last week with the rough we had last week, anything seems simple. I really think it’s a really good golf course.”

“You can tell it’s a ball-striker’s course because on every green, there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections for the pin to be at.”

“It can be a big green, but there’s little sections you can hit it at. So being precise off the fairway, it’s going to give you some close birdie putts, which luckily for me has been happening.”

Tied in second place at -7 under par are; Adam Hadwin, Canada, -6 under 65 today, Paul Casey, England, -6 under 65, and from the USA, Kyle Stanley, -3 under 68, with Kevin Streelman, -6 under 65.

Phil Mickleson is in the large group at  -6 under par

“I haven’t done that in a while, because I’ve been so tired after the round.”

“It’s fun to get in contention, it’s been a good first two days.”

Rory McIlroy, the defending Champion missed the cut and is going home, he desperately needs the experience of  J.P. Fitzgerald on the bag, until then he is going only one way, down.

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Dell Technologies Championship. DJ On A Roll.

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DJ. is on a roll at the moment, now leading the Dell Technologies Championship after round one at TPC Boston.

Johnson out front at Dell Technologies Championship

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DJ. fired an opening round of -5 under par 66, to lead the Dell Technologies Championship by one shot, and is definitely on a winning roll;

“When you win, you’re playing well, so it gives you a lot of confidence.”

 “For me, that was one thing that was probably lacking a little bit the last few months, just the confidence, just because I wasn’t seeing the shots that I wanted to see.”

“I wasn’t hitting them consistently. So the confidence was just down a little bit.”

“But you know, after last week, obviously I’ve got a lot of confidence now. I feel like the things I’ve been working on, they are back to working.”

”Put together a pretty good score.”

Sharing second place at -4 under are; Kyle Stanley, USA, Marc Leishman, Australia, with Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm, from Spain, all with first round scores of 67.

Kevin Tway, even par today, holed an Ace at the 231 yard par three 11th hole, he leveled out his card with two birdies and three bogey’s.

At the other end of the scale Kelly Kraft suffered a septuple bogey 12 at the par five second hole. That unfortunately is  the largest score recorded on a single hole this season on TOUR. Kelly eventually withdrew after sustaining an injury his right foot.

Other casualties included Rory McIlroy, +1 over 72, Jason Day, +4 over 75, and Justin Rose, +1 over 72. These guys will need to up the ante tomorrow if they want to stay in this competition.

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Deutsche Bank Championship. Paul Casey Cruising.

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Paul Casey is cruising along at the top of the Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard at TPC Boston.

Casey takes 54-hole lead in Boston

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Paul carded a third round -5 under par 66, that’s three rounds of 66, to top the Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard with a -15 under par total, which gives him a three shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow. A near Albatross on the par five 18th, it missed by inches, gave Paul an easy tap in Eagle.

Brian Harman is in second place, those three shots back at -12 under par, a -3 under par 68 giving him that place on his own.

Sharing third place are Smylie Kaufman, -3 under 68 today, Jimmy Walker, -1 under 70, and Kevin Chappell, who could only scrape through the day with an even par round of 71. They all have -11 under par totals for the tournament.

Deutsche Bank Championship.Kevin Chappell Leads.

 

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Kevin Chappell leads the Deutsche Bank Championship after 36 holes at TPC Boston.

Chappell pulls in front

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Kevin shot a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship at the half-way stage, with a -11 under par total.

Kevin has not yet found a way to win on Tour;

“This year’s been great. I think it’s shown that my growth personally has paralleled my growth in golf. but the first part is more important to me.”

“It’s been six years and $10 million (in prize money) and I haven’t been able to do it.”

 “But there are a lot of guys who have had great careers and haven’t been able to win.”

“If I’m going to define my career on that I’m probably setting myself up for failure.”

Paul Casey, -5 under 66 today, and Jimmy Walker, who matched the leaders low round of the day -7 under 64, share second place at -10 under.

Brian Harman is fourth, -6 under 65 giving that place on his own at -9 under par.

Rory McIlroy improved his putting and made the cut, shooting -4 under 67, which put him T 30;

“The recovery has been good, it wasn’t the best way to start yesterday, but I stayed patient.”

“My game’s good and numbers are going to happen like that [triple-bogey at the 12th on Friday] once in a while.”

“I just need to pick off my birdies and that’s what I did yesterday to get back to even par.”

“It was a bit of a mixed bag on the front nine, but I was really happy to shoot 67 to put myself back in to the tournament.”

World number one Jason Day made the cut on the number, and is currently T 62 at -1 under par.

Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson both missed the cut, which fell at -1 under par.

 

Deutsche Bank Championship. James Hahn Driving Perfection, Shares Lead With Ryan Moore.

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James Hahn hit all 14 fairways, driving perfection to share the lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship, with Ryan Moore, at TPC Boston.

James Hahn hit 14 of 14 fairways leading to a 6-under 65 in Round 1 of the Deutsche Bank Championship. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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James and Ryan carded bogey free first rounds of -6 under par 65 to lead the  Deutsche Bank Championship by just one shot.

James said it was the first time ever he had hit 14 out of 14 fairways, and it was thanks to a swing change he adopted;

“First time I’ve ever done that, feels good.”

“For me, I play better, I swing the club better, I’m more consistent when I keep my pressure on my left foot and continue towards the target.” 

Ryan is playing a lot of golf right now, getting tuned up for the FedExCup

“I like how I’ve been feeling with my game, this is actually the sixth tournament in a row, which I don’t think I’ve ever done in my entire career on the PGA TOUR.”

“I’m getting some positive momentum going into these events.”

“How I’ve been doing it these last few years kind of wasn’t working so I decided to change it up and play a lot more and make a final push and then I know I get a little break.”

“It seems to be working, whatever that decision was.”

Paul Casey, Fabian Gomez, Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas are tied in third place at -5 under par following their opening rounds of 66.

Paul has ex  Luke Donald caddie John McLaren on his bag now, and says early results are encouraging;

“Feeling good about the game, I must admit the way I struck the ball today was reminiscent of how I used to strike it a few years ago.”

“He’s seen and done it all, without question, he brings a lot more to me as a golfer on and off the course in the way we approach it, the way we work, the way he crunches the numbers.”

“We formulate strategies, he talks with (swing coach) Peter Kostis, he talks to my trainer.”

“It’s the complete package. It’s the first time I really feel like I’ve ever had that.”

At the other end of the table is Phil Mickelson, a strange round full of horrendous mistakes, and out right genius recovery flop shots, he eventually signed for a +4 over 75, and gave the crowd full value for their entrance money, and they loved it.