Zurich Classic. Rosie Wins

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Rosie, Justin Rose wins the Zurich Classic, in fine fashion at TPC Louisiana, firing 65 and 66 in the final rounds today. Birdies on the last two hole set up the win.

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Justin has now won in six consecutive PGA TOUR seasons, and he is excited about the rest of this season, after he finished here with 65 & 66 for a -22 under par winning total;

“I’m really excited about the rest of the year now.”

“Six years in a row is not easy to do, and I’m actually incredibly grateful and proud of that stat.”

“It’s a good momentum starter for me. I tried to tell myself that this year for me is going to be about April to September, when the big tournaments come around, that’s when I want to play well.”

“You look at Rory’s year last year, it was all about how he played in the summer. I’m very happy it turned around this week in a major championship.”

“It’s an event I’ve played many times. I feel like year in and year out I’ve been closer and closer, and I always joke with the Zurich guys that this is my fifth major.”

“They’ve become such good friends of mine. Any win is sweet but when you get to share it with people you’re close to, it’s fantastic.”

“Earlier this year, it looked impossible to win, I was struggling with my game, and when you are struggling with your game, sometimes winning seems very far off.”

“As a player to make the putt exactly when you need to is huge, I don’t think I’ve made a putt to win a PGA TOUR event outright like that before. That was the first time I’ve had a significant length putt to win.”

Alone in second place was Cameron Tringale, a final round -7 under par 65 nearly getting him into a playoff. He needed to chip in at the par 5 last hole for an Eagle to equal Rosie’s score, the attempt came up inches short.

Boo Weekley came in third at -20 under par, he also shot a final round -7 under par 65.

The scoring was particularly low for the third and fourth rounds, because of the wet conditions the players were allowed to lift clean and place the ball, on the fairway.


Zurich Classic. Round 3 Suspended.

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Round 3 of the Zurich Classic has been suspended due to inclement weather conditions at TPC Louisiana.

Jason Day was the second round leader early on Saturday, after the resumption of play for those who did not finish on Friday.

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Jason completed his second round on Saturday with a -7 under par 65 which put him on top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard at -12 under par;

“We finally got the round in; knock on wood.”

“That was my first storm delay of the year, so hopefully no more would be nice. But I’m happy where I’m at.”

“Hopefully, this weather will stay away.”

Hudson Swafford had to settle for second place, having finished his round on Friday, at -11 under par. He was joined on that score by Daniel Berger and Chris Stroud.

Boo Weekley, who got to -12 under par Friday, came back to finish on Saturday, must have been the local food that got to him, and dropped a shot to finish with -2 under par and in the log jam at -10 under par for he competition.

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Saturday Weather Warning

If this inclement weather continues to halt play in the Zurich Classic, there is the possibility that the tournament could be shortened to less than 72 holes, this is because of the mid-week start at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco.

Five Match Play qualifiers missed the cut at the Zurich Classic, Rickie Fowler, Jamie Donaldson, Marc Warren, Harris English and John Senden.

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley, Bernd Weisberger and Marc Leishman all made the cut, and Zurich Classic officials will provide a chartered flight to San Francisco for them.

Lets hope for a break in the weather and trust that the tournament gets completed in regulation time.

Zurich Classic. 2nd Round Play Suspended.

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Second round play of the Zurich Classic was suspended due to bad weather conditions at TPC Louisiana. At the close of play for the day Bo Weekley and Hudson Swafford share the top spot on the leaderboard at -11 under par. Boo has yet to complete his second round, having only finished 15 holes. There was five hours between Hudson posting his score and the cessation of play.

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Hudson has posted two bogey free rounds at TPC Louisiana, today’s was a -6 under par 66 with him finding nine of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation, and needing only 25 putts;

“I’ve seen this coming, I’m playing really solid golf. I’ve done a really good job of taking on trouble, and not being scared of the bunkers and taking good angles into the pins.”

“That’s what you’ve got to do on a Pete Dye course. It’s not always about having the perfect drive in the center of the fairway, but the best approach shot into the greens because it makes it tough to bend.”

“I’m just chipping well and just really rolling it nice.”

“I’m not overly surprised by this, it was just a matter of when it was going to come out.”

Boo is also currently bogey free on his uncompleted second round. He said was off to find some local food after the suspension of play today;

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“I’m probably going to eat some mud bugs with my wife, some crawfish downtown, just walk around.”

“Got to see the sights here and take in the good food.”

There are currently five players tied in third place at -10 under par, among them is co-overnight leader Brendon de Jonge, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour. He completed his second round with a -2 under par 70, blaming the poor score on bad putting;

“I gave myself a lot of chances, I just didn’t make any putts.”

“Obviously, I would like to win and get the monkey off your back, but when it’s your time, it will be your time.”

Joining Brendon that -10 under par score are Jerry Kelly, through 17, Daniel Berger through 15, Jason Day  through 14, and Cameron Tringale with a completed -7 under par 65 second round.

Jerry stuck in two tees as his marker, just to make sure the coming winds did not move his marker, and to make doubly certain, he paced off the distance as well;

“As long as we’re going in and I don’t have to sit here and play more shots, I’m OK with it,.’

“It’s one thing to have to come back for a putt. If the weather moves my mark , I stepped it off so I’ll put it back in the same spot tomorrow.”

All good golfing records come to an end sooner or later and for Freddie Jacobson his tally of no three putts sadly came to an end today, he three putted his first hole of the day, the 398-yard, par-4 10th.



Zurich Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard at the end of day 1. Boo Weekley and Brendon de Jonge from South Africa, share the honors with super first rounds, before play was suspended for the day due to inclement weather conditions.

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Brendon and Boo both carded -8  under par first rounds of 64 at the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana. The poor conditions gave players the option to lift, clean and place their ball on the fairway.

Boo carded his round in the morning before the weather changed, and then there was some rain which halted play for 78 minutes in the afternoon, leaving twelve players out on the course, who will have to complete their rounds tomorrow.

Brendon,  who is seeking his first win on the PGA TOUR, carded a bogey free -8 under par 64, and said he still left a couple out there;

“I left a couple out there, I think everybody finishes a round and think they could do a little better. But anytime I shoot a 64 I’m not going to get greedy.”

“I feel like my game is solid at the moment. I’m hitting everything fairly well. Nothing exceptional, but it feels like everything’s kind of turning in the right direction.”

Boo hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation and required only 26 putts, he also loves being close to home;

“I’ve been struggling with my irons the past month or so and finally I got some shafts that work.’

“I used them in Wednesday’s pro-am and came away feeling really good. Finally, I can control the distance and the trajectory and the numbers.”

“And it helps when you’re really putting well. When you put the two together, you can shoot pretty good. Plus, I’m back on Bermuda grass, I’m close to home, and I love the heat. What’s not to like?”

“You can’t win the tournament today, there’s a lot of golf left. We’re all out here hitting it the same. The difference is who’s hitting it the closest.”

“But I saw the good today. If you don’t hit it good tomorrow, you don’t hit it good. That’s why they call it a four-letter game, GOLF!.”

“I felt like if the putts would have fallen that I hit, I felt like it could have been a 59 easy.”

David Hearn and Sean O’Hair are tied in fourth place, just one shot back at -7 under par.

Sean said he had been pushing it all the way;

“I kind of caught myself pressing on the back nine.”

“Once I got to seven under I was kind of pushing a little bit, forcing a little bit on the greens.”

Freddie Jacobson has continued with his excellent putting performance this season, needing only 20 putts on his way to record an opening round -4 under par 68. He has now extended his no three putt streak to 542 consecutive holes, best on the PGA TOUR.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Seung-Yul Steps Up for First Win

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 Seung-Yul Noh steps up to take his first PGA Tour title, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.

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Seung-Yul stayed calm to post a final round -1 under par 71, and take the Zurich Classic victory with a tournament total of -19 under par, and a two shot margin. The final round was played in some very hostile windy conditions, making it hard to control the ball, driving or putting.

Seung-Yul’s caddie Scott Sajtinac summed it up;

” People knew he was gonna be good, and to finally get a win under your belt will send him in the right direction. He’s just steely, these young guys that are winning right now, they’re just rock-solid under the pump. It’s hard to do, being in control of everything. He was unflappable, he just stays the same. You look at the guys who are contending week-in, week-out on the PGA Tour, they’re unflappable.”

“He’s wise beyond his years for a 22-year-old, it was hard out there. You had to mind your Ps and Qs, and he did it the whole way around essentially. The kid is gonna be good.”

Two other guys who have yet to win on the PGA Tour, finished tied second. Andrew Svoboda carded a -3 under par 69  to finish on -17 under par. and Robert Streb joined him on that score after his last round -2 under par 70.

Jeff Overton settled for fourth place on his own at -16 under par, his closing round of -2 under par 70 helping to ease him up the leaderboard as some of those around him seemed to struggle.

One such struggler was Keegan Bradley, he started the day in the final group, with Seung-Yul but had a very disappointing day, especially with the putter. The ball lipped out at least half a dozen times, it was agonizing to watch. He ended the tournament T8 at -13 under par, after starting with such high hopes of victory, signing for a last round +3 over par 75. He still said he will take the positives from this contest, especially how he rebounded from the triple;

“I took it pretty well, I played really well after that, just a couple of three-putts and a couple of really bad lip-outs, but I take a lot away from being in contention.”

Low round of the day went to Robert Garrigus, who only just made the cut on Friday, posting the best score on Sunday with a -8 under par 64. The round included a 374-yard drive with a tail wind on 18, which he birdied to finish T5 with a  -14 under par score.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Seung-Yul Soars, Ben Backs Up.

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Seung-Yul Noh soars at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans while Ben Martin backs up on the TPC Louisiana course.

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Seung-Yul shot a -7 under par 65 in the third round of the Zurich Classic, sending him to the top of the leaderboard with his tournament score of -18 under par. He has now completed 54 tournament holes without incurring a bogey, and will enjoy a two shot lead at the beginning of play in the final round tomorrow. Great Golf. With stats like these, eight of his approach shots were hit to 10 feet or closer, and he  made seven birdies in posting his second round of 65 this week.

“That’s just this week, that’s why I’ve played three good bogey-free rounds. I was very disappointed in the whole season last year. I learned from that time. I’m very ready for tomorrow.”

His turnaround has come since he hired Scott Sajtinac  to coach him. Scott had some good things to say about his new employer;

“We know the kid’s good. He’s the real deal, it’s just coming together this week. To be able to have that calmness that it takes to win, it comes with age. It’s hard to win out here, let alone without a lot of experience.”

” His iron play is off the charts right now. There are a lot of cross breezes , slightly in, slightly helping, you’ve really got to control the flight of your ball. He’s doing it.”

Keegan Bradley matched that -7 under par third round score of 65, which elevated him up into second place on his own at -16 under par. Just two shots behind the leader, and with them both playing confident golf, tomorrow’s pairing will be a joy to behold.

On Friday Keegan woke up with food poisoning symptoms, it did not stop him from scoring a 66. He said he woke up OK for Saturday, and proved it by carding a third round -7 under par 65.

“ Saturday I woke up, thankfully, a hundred percent, but I felt very, very sick yesterday. I felt so great today, from the first tee to the range to the last hole. I’m most proud this week of where I’ve been mentally on the golf course and how calm I’ve felt.”

Of his coaching with Chuck Cook, Keegan thinks they have it all sorted now;

“We’re done doing much, it’s all just maintenance now. When I’m not in contention, it’s no fun, I love waking up and feeling that energy, getting to the first tee and the bigger crowds.”

Robert Streb is alone in third place at -15 under par, he carded a third round -4 under par 68.

Ben Martin had raced to the lead shooting a course-record -10 under par 62 in his first round, then followed that with his 36-hole score of 129 also a course record. He started the day badly carding a bogey 6 on the second hole, and never really recovered as the others moved away from him. He finished the day recording a +1 over par 73 and backing up into a tie for fourth place with Jeff Overton and Andrew Svoboda.

Paul Casey arrived here on Tuesday morning, he had to travel to Los Angeles to square away his green card first. By the time he arrived in New Orleans on Wednesday afternoon, he was too tired to get out and walk the course. On top of that he had a 7 a.m. tee time in Round 1. He carded a third round -8 under par 64, and explained it like this;

“I’m really just winging it completely blind, but it’s paid off. I’m trying not to learn the course, I’m trying to stay kind of, ‘Ignorance is bliss’ out there. I know his courses and I know how he thinks and I feel very, very comfortable around them. I’m not sure I’ll continue the trend of skipping practice rounds, but it’s fared well so far this week.”

“I know how to win a golf tournament, I feel very much over all the injuries and the struggles that I’ve had. So tomorrow is just a really exciting day for me.”

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Ben Martin Marches On

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Ben Martin marches on in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana staying on top of the leaderboard at the end of day 2.

Martin remains hot on Friday, builds lead at Zurich Classic

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Ben added a second round -5 under par 67 to his first round record breaking 62, to remain at the top of the leaderboard in the Zurich Classic, with a 15 under par total for his 36 holes. That score easily beats the 36-hole scoring record at TPC Louisiana. He has increased his lead over the field to three shots, and is sure he could not have done any better, even though he has been receiving coaching from the Big Man upstairs;

“Overall, I don’t think it could have gone much better. I started thinking ahead a little bit and I thought, man, maybe I can do this again. Yesterday I really felt like I stayed in the moment on every shot, I wasn’t worried about what had happened previously or what was coming up. I wanted to just try to do that again on the second nine.”

“I have a scripture written in my yardage book from Galatians 6 and it kind of talks about basing your performance on how you’re working and not worrying about what anybody else is doing. So I’ve been reading that constantly throughout the round. I’m going to go do what I’ve got to do, and we’ll add them up at the end.”

Andrew Svoboda is still in second place, three shots off the pace with second round -4 under par 68, and a -12 under par total.

Seung-Yul Noh and Robert Streb are tied in third at -11 under par for the tournament. Seung-Yul also carded a -4 under par second round while Robert signed for a very respectable -6 under par 66.


David Duval has made the cut and is making good progress, his opening rounds of 68-69 , the first time since August 2011 that he has opened a tournament with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He reported that it was a gutsy performance;

“Today was a little guttier, I hit the ball a little better yesterday, but all I know is I have this day. Even after yesterday’s round everybody was talking about winning the golf tournament. I’ve got to get to the weekend first.”

“I have a good opportunity, but at the same time my game plan doesn’t change, I’ve got this weekend. That’s what I’ve got right now, for the foreseeable future.”

Another big name Ernie Els did not make the cut, missing out by just one shot. He was joined by defending champion Billy Horschel, and surprisingly Rickie Fowler.