AT&T Byron Nelson. Aussie Steve Wins Easily.

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Tie me Kangaroo down sport, Aussie Steve Bowditch easily won the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons Resort. Winning this event is almost an Australian tradition, Adam Scott and Jason Day have both won in recent times.

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Steve won the AT&T Byron Nelson with a -18 under par tournament total, a four shot victory, following his final round -5 under par 64.

Having his picture taken here again was a surreal moment for Steve and wife Amanda, they held their wedding reception here almost four years ago, and they have no plans to move away from the “No Tax” State;

“Pretty surreal feeling, taking photos on the green today was definitely the second best time I’ve had on that green.”

“I can’t see us moving anywhere else.”

“When it’s good, it’s good, when it’s not, I’m just trying to hang on.”

“Most of the time, it’s dry and it’s windy, so I think that is a little bit of an advantage for Australians, so to speak.”

“It’s just the way we grow up. But this week, I’m not sure. I guess everything clicked and it was my time to win.”

Amanda added her remarks about the wedding;

“It was fun to have them celebrate the wedding and it’s equally as special to have them celebrate this win.”

“It was a special day in our lives and this one is right there with it.”

There was a three-way tie for second place, all at -14 under par, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker and Scott Pinckney.

Zach Johnson shot a -6 under par 63 to finish alone in fifth place at -13 under;

The hometown favorite with the gallery, and Masters champion Jordan Spieth stayed at -7 under par after his last round of even-par 69, T30;

“I really tried to soak it in today, I was getting frustrated this week just trying so hard, which is what I’ve done in past years as well. I don’t know if that’s going to stop in the future.”



AT&T Byron Nelson. Texas Aussie Steve has Two Shot Lead.

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Texas Aussie Steve Bowditch has a two shot lead going onto the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons Resort tomorrow.

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Steve posted a -4 under par 65 in the third round to take his AT&T Byron Nelson total to -13 under par, and says he will be sticking to his game plan;

“You’ve got to stick to your game plan, and hopefully come that back nine, you’re there or thereabout and see what happens. Have some fun.”

There are then five players at -11 under par, Dustin Johnson, Jonathan RandolphJimmy Walker, Scott Pinckney and Jon Curran.

Dustin reported that good putting saved his third round, a marvelous -7 under par 62;

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“At times I hit some really good shots, but I really didn’t hit it that well, but I putted well.”

“With it being so wet, it’s hard to get them real fast, they’re really good speed to be aggressive with your putter and make some putts.”

“Getting off to a good start is always very good for the confidence, and out here you feel like you need to make a lot of birdies with the soft conditions.”

“I think this is the first time I’ve played it when it was soft, I’m hitting a lot more drivers off the tee than normal.”

“Usually the fairways are so firm that I hit quite a few irons off the tees, but this week wherever the ball flies is where it’s stopping.”

Charley Hoffman, Joe Affrunti and Ryan Palmer are all tied in seventh place at -10 under par for the competition.

Charley pulled himself into contention with his -5 under par 64, Joe and Ryan posted third rounds of -2 under 67.

Jordan Spieth, the local home town favorite just stalled on the day, with a re-occurrence of his putting problems. He should have made birdie on the first two holes today, but missed short putts. He finished the day with a -1 under par 68, and is now six shots off the lead at -7 under par.

“All in all, needed a 4 under or more round to stay in the hunt and just unfortunate. I just didn’t have it.”

“Didn’t hit as many fairways today, less greens and I didn’t take advantage when I had opportunities.”

“Hopefully I can rally tomorrow, have a clean card with some circles on it just to have a good solid finish in this tournament, and give the fans something to cheer about.”

AT&T Byron Nelson. Aussie Steve Bowditch Leads

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Aussie Steve Bowditch leads the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas.

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Steve shot a first round -8 under par 62 to lead the AT&T Byron Nelson to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two shot lead, courtesy of some long-range putting success;

Steve lives in Texas now, but does not quite have the home town pulling power with the galleries. He spoke about settling in The Lone Star State;

“I basically threw a dart at the map when I first came over here in 2005, and then ended up marrying me a Texan, so I’m stuck now.”

“Probably my best putting in the way of longer putts made, I typically don’t make a lot of longer putts.”

“You always want to play well, but I guess it is a little more special when you have everyone around that only get to see you play golf once a year.”

“It feels different when I tee off now versus when I was out there then.”

“Obviously, off the course I prepare hard for this and would like to play well and get in contention. But when I’m inside the ropes, it’s just another week. Back then, it was the biggest tournament I’ve ever played in.”

Jimmy Walker is in second place on his own, at -6 under par after his 64, he said some excellent iron play helped him birdie the last three holes;

“I’m a Texas guy and lived here a long time, so yeah, winning in Texas is cool.”

“It was a nice finish. Good iron shots.”

James Hahn and Ryan Palmer share third place, both at -5 under par. Ryan had been letting his caddie do the club selection, but not today;

“We’ve had a good year. We’ve been playing well, so why change that up? “

“You know, it gives me more confidence to hit the shots I want to hit instead of relying on what he’s telling me.”

Ryan missed the cut at last weeks home tournament at Colonial, and wanted to make amends, especially to the fans who gave him a hard time on Twitter;

“I needed a good kick in the butt.”

“Took me a few days to get over it, being my home course at Colonial and the way I played.”

“Plus, I wanted to kind of shut up all the fans that wore me out on Twitter. Hopefully, I calmed them down a little bit.”

James likes to copy other people’s swings, to get the results he wants, this week he copied Charl Schwartzel’s fade swing, instead of his usual draw;

“I got bored, I was missing the ball left. I like the extra distance off the tee but I do want to hit more fairways.”

“Depending on how it goes this week, it could be Charl one day and Justin Rose another day and just kind of go through the list.”

“There’s about a million swings on the Internet. Just trying to figure out who is hot for the week.”

Jordan Spieth had a poor day in front of his home fans. Not as bad a day as Rory McIlroy suffered in his hometown event, Rory carded a +9 over par opening round today. Jordan was still unhappy with his -1 under 69;

“I just didn’t give myself enough looks inside of 15 feet today.”

“That’s the only reason I’m at one under and not better. I felt comfortable driving the ball and striking it.”

HP Byron Nelson Championship. Todd Leads by Two

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Brendon Todd leads t he HP Byron Nelson Championship by two shots at the mid-way point of  the competition at TPC Four Seasons Resort.

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 Shooting a -6 under par 64 in Friday’s second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship has put Brendon in command of this event after two rounds. His -8 under par total has put a two shot gap between him and second place, which is being shared between no less than eight players. So far this season the Tour graduate Brendon has struggled to put more than two good rounds together in a tournament, tomorrow will be a stern test for him.

“It’s nice to put two under-par rounds together before the cut, that’s been a challenge for me this year. I feel like my game was good enough to play well this week all four days. In the past, I’ve always had a hiccup before the cut, so my goal is, if the red numbers are out there, let’s do it. Excited to be in the last group on the weekend.”

Among those eight in the following group at -6 under par is last weeks winner Martin Kaymer, who shot a another -3 under par 67 to remain in contention here. Paul Casey is another who is sharing that spot, Paul put together a magnificent second round of -7 under par 63, his back-nine score of 27 tying for second-lowest back nine in PGA TOUR history.

Paul said that he did not keep track of what he was doing on that back nine;

“I had no concept of what I was doing, the seal was broken when I got to ten, it just spiraled from there. I like to think I would be pretty good at shooting low rounds of golf through the past, but certainly nothing like that.”

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 Just take a good look at his card.

Martin Kaymer reported that he was feeling relaxed, and was taking his good form with him, warning that he may have emptied his tank from last week, but tomorrow it will be full again;

“I think if you had a good week, obviously you can take a lot into the next week, you play a little bit more free, a little bit more relaxed. Tomorrow morning, it will be full again.”




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As you can tell the leaderboard is very compacted, so anything could happen on moving day, someone is bound to go low.


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Peter has a one shot advantage after his opening round of -5 under par 65, at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He joined the PGA Tour last year and is looking for his first win, he was suffering from travelling and a sore back;

“Always nice to get off to a fast start. I still have quite a bit of pain, but I really wanted to play this week. “Heading over to Europe the next two weeks. We have a big tournament, Wentworth, and then my national open back in Sweden the week after that. This is a bit of a test.”

David Duval is in the group of three players at -4 under par, although he very nearly did not play due to an injury problem, his right elbow making it hard to swing;

“I’m just glad I chose to tee off today because I was seriously considering not to, can’t use my right arm. I’m tickled pink it feels as good as it does right now. I’m not getting to play a whole lot right now and it would have been a hard thing to swallow not to be able to tee off.”

“A little disadvantage when you don’t get to play consistently, but I have the utmost confidence in what I’m trying to do right now, and I feel like I can succeed even with that sporadic schedule.”

Marc Lieshman and Tim Wilkinson are the two players tied with David at -4 under par.

Last weeks winner Martin Kaymer is a whole bunch of players at -3 under par, while last weeks adversary Jordan Spieth could only manage an opening round of even par 70.

Jordan was upset at his performance;

“I kept myself in it, it was a difficult day. I was upset today, I get upset out here when things aren’t going my way because I want them to so bad. Michael did a great job of calming me down, putting things in perspective, and we got a couple birdies to finish to get back in it.”

“I’m really happy with the way I’m keeping myself in it around the greens, I feel very confident and comfortable around the greens. Once I hit a few fairways, my iron play will be there and hopefully get back on track and make a run.”

There is a lot of golf still to play here, and I am sure that Martin Kaymer, given his current form, will be in contention come Sunday.

HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Crumbles, Korean Bae Wins.

Korean Sang-Moon Bae won the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas, with a last round of -1 under par, 69,  for a total of -13 under par. Keegan Bradley crumbled under the pressure and could only manage a last round of par, finishing two strokes behind the leader at -11 under par.

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Sang-Moon said winning a PGA Tournament was something he had always dreamed of;

“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, winning on the PGA TOUR. It was surreal to have Mrs. Nelson there and with all the history, I was in awe, actually, so almost I didn’t know how to react.”

Sang-Moon’s  previous best finish on the PGA TOUR was a playoff loss to Luke Donald at the 2012 Tampa Bay Championship. He said he was happy that he played the back nine better;

” When my iron play came back in the latter part of the round, I had confidence. On that shot on 17, I knew it was short, and the wind pushed it over to the right, and I was happy and relieved that it turned out OK.”

Despite struggling all day Keegan was uplifted by a birdie putt on 15, and thought he could then go on and be the first player since Tom Watson in 1980 to win this competition wire to wire;

“I’m pretty disappointed but Moon played very well. I just didn’t play great today, but I hung in there. I chipped away. When I made that putt on 15, I was pretty confident that I was going to win.”

South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Champ, shot a last round of -2 under par, 68, to finish in third place on his own third at -10 under par.




HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Crushes the Course.

Keegan Bradley crushed the TPC Four Seasons Resort course with an opening record scoring round of -10 under par 60, at the  HP Byron Nelson Championship.

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Keegan Bradley set a new course record at the TPC  Four Seasons Resort course in Irving Texas, as they say, everything comes up big in Texas, and -10 under par for one round of golf is big. He now has a three shot lead over second placed Charl Schwartzel, who had a wonder round himself, shooting a -7 under par, 63. Usually that kind of round would give you the lead on the Tour, but not this week.

Keegan said the thought of a 59 had crossed his mind, talking about the putt for it, he said;

“It was going right at it, a 59 crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this. But I had 3 feet to shoot 60, I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it. It was rare to match up a ball-striking day and make everything. It happened today, the hole looked huge. Even the putts I missed almost went in.”

Charl was was happy they had played in the morning;

“Seems like you don’t get many of those opportunities, so being out here first was a bit of an advantage. So much rain, it softened up. Played long off the tee, but it’s a big advantage going into the greens with the second shot. You could attack flags.”

There are three players tied in third place at -6 under par for the tournament with opening rounds of 64, they are; Ted Potter Jnr, Harris English and Robert Karlsson. They must all be hoping that Keegan does not go out tomorrow and shoot another low round, which would probably wrap up the tournament.

Young Chinese player Tianlang Guan finished at even par, he was happy with his round;

“I missed a couple of birdie putts in the middle but overall not a bad round. After the Masters and New Orleans, I still feel nervous on the first tee but not too much, and I handle it pretty good in the middle fairway and kept it going.”