The Players. Si Woo Kim Wins.

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Si Woo Kim, South Korea, wins The Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Kim victorious at THE PLAYERS

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Si Woo put together a finale bogey free round of -3 under par 69,  just cruising along to claim The Players trophy at -10 under par, a three shot victory, he mentioned the 17th;

“I feel like I’m still dreaming that I won this championship.”

“I wasn’t nervous at all because I was leading, I just focused on the middle of the green.”

Ian Poulter, England,  -1 under 71 today and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, +1 over 73, tied for second place at -7  under for the tournament.

Poults spoke about his shank coming up the 18th, and the performance of Si Woo;

“It was a big shock to the system to hit one of those nasty shanks when I’ve hit it as good as I have all week.”

“But the fourth shot was pretty special, from one of the worst shots I’ve ever hit to one of the very best.”

“As good as he played yesterday, he’s obviously gone out there today and played even better.”

 “He’s gone clean out there today, which is extremely impressive under that pressure.”

“You have to respect some good golf, and that’s exactly what he’s done.”

Louis was also complimentary about Si Woo;

“If you’re on your game and playing well, that the things you do.”

“You just don’t give shots away. If you can do that around this golf course, you can outscore everyone.”

“And he played like someone that was doing it for five or six years, like it was just another round of golf. It just shows you how good a player he is and how cool and calm he is.”

“Never once did he look flustered at all.”

 

The Players. J.B. and Kyle Tied at the Top.

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J.B. Holmes and Kyle Stanley are tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC Sawgrass.

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J.B. and Kyle 

J.B. went round in-2 under 70 for a -9 under par The Players total, calling it an adventurous day, making some shots from out of the woods;

“An adventurous day, for sure.”

“I usually can make a bunch of birdies, so if I can just narrow it down to one bogey, then I’m usually in good shape.”

Kyle was even par 72 on the day, and had to remind himself that he was still in contention;

“You just kind of have to remind yourself that even though you’re a little bit over par, on the leaderboard I was still in a pretty good spot.”

Louis Oosthuizen shot +1 over 73, but has third place to himself with a -8 under par total, just one shot back;

“No lead can be big enough, that’s what makes this golf course great.”

“We have seen over the years great finishes around this golf course and horrible finishes.”

“It’s a great three finishing holes, and you need to be on your game. You need to hit the ball well and try not to do anything heroic when you have the lead.”

Truth is anyone could still win this title, it will be an exciting last day as the action unfolds, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Ian Poulter is at -6 under, and Sergio -5 under for the competition, maybe even Rory McIlroy at -1 under could go low early on and exert some pressure on the leaders.

Poults was not supposed to be at The Players, a last-minute phone call inviting him to participate. He was the only bogey free golfer today. What a great story that would make if he now wins it;

“It was a nice phone call to receive, I definitely feel better on the golf course for it.”

 

 

The Players. Two Tied at the Top after 36 holes

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There are two players tied at the top of The Players leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC Sawgrass. Kyle Stanley and Louis Oosthuizen share the honor.

 

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Kyle and Louis / getty

Kyle and Louis both carded -6 under par 66 in the second round of The Players, to top the leaderboard -9 under par.

Louishas never won on the U.S Tour, but has confidence his putting;

 “I’ve come close a few times, and I’ve felt I’ve played really well,”

“It’s nice being tied for the lead any tournament off two rounds.”

“I think it was more just giving myself that little bit more confidence of that I’m stroking it well and saw the line perfect and the speed perfect.”

“You know, you never know, that putt might be the one to do it for you in the championship. But I think it was more just making sure I hit a good putt and gave it a good effort.”

Kyle is going to stick to his game plan;

“You know, but it being the halfway point, you know, it’s a nice place to be.”

“It’s nice to kind of see a lot of the work kind of come together. But that being said, there’s a lot of golf left.”

“Still got to be really patient. Can’t get too far ahead of yourself. Yeah, we’ll just stick to the game plan we’ve had so far.”

J.B. Holmes is in third place, alone at -7  under par, he returned a second round of -3 under par 69 today.

Veteran V.J. Singh is in fourth place at -6 under, he scored -4 under 68 in the second round.

Notable names missing the cut here; Luke Donald, Jim Furyk,Jordan Spieth, Ernie Els, Bubba Watson and Danny Willett.

 

 

 

 

The Players. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the The Players leaderboard after round one at TPC Sawgrass, William McGirt and McKenzie Hughes, share that honor, while Sergio Garcia was in the limelight with an Ace at the dreaded 17th.

A new era for McGirt

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William and McKenzie shot first rounds of -5 under par 67 at The Players, to lead the competition by one shot.

Now that William is famous, he finds it harder to hide from the fans;

“I  can’t hide anymore, I’ve gone through the airport a few times and tried to dress down as much as I could and hide. It doesn’t work.”

“But it is nice to be noticed. I mean, obviously if you’re walking around and you’re able to go unnoticed, that means people either have never heard of you or don’t care.”

“So, I would like to think that people actually do care, and they have noticed.”

J.B. Holmes, Alex Noren, Chez Reavie and Jon Rahm are that one shot back at -4 under par, following their opening rounds of 68.

 

Sergio Garcia's electric ace on No. 17 is the Shot of the Day

Shot of the day from Sergio Garcia, an Ace at 17 / getty

Sergio and Rory McIlroy finished in the huge group at +1 over par, with rounds of 73.

Sergio was really pleased with his Ace;

“The feeling was great.”

“”I think I wasn’t quite in the tournament because of everything that’s been going on after the Masters win and media and people congratulating you left, right and center. I felt like I was a little bit up in the clouds, and when I woke up, I was four over after six.”

Rory is still suffering from a sore back;

“My back has got a little bit stiff again. I guess just from obviously building it up and playing through and then not doing anything for three weeks and then coming back last weekend and hitting balls for four or five hours a day.”

“So I think that’s why I’m a little bit rusty, as well. But I think this week it’s just about trying to manage that and get through the week and try to play with what I have.”

The Players. Jason Day Delivers.

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Jason Day delivers the result of a World number one, a win at The Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Day wins THE PLAYERS

              Jason Day / getty images

Jason had a final round -1 under par 71 to post a winning total of -15 under par at The Players, for a comfortable four shot victory.

Jason had his troubles on the round, on the par 5 ninth,  duffing three chips out of the Bermudagrass rough, and had to hole a 6-foot putt just to save bogey;

“I felt like an amateur chopping my way to the pin from only 10 yards off the green.”

 “If I walk away with a double-bogey there, that gives my pursuers a boost of energy, a boost of momentum.”

“Once I got to 10, I kind of said to myself, ‘You’re still in the game, you’ve still got the lead.”

“You’re still in good shape.”

“Once I holed the birdie putt, that kind of settled everything down, then I could kind of relax and go about my way.”

“I’m sitting there going, don’t choke, that would be the worst thing in the world, everyone would be talking about it.”

“Things like that go through your mind. They go through your mind out there on the front nine.”

“It did, it really went through my mind. I just kept on saying to myself,  just settle down.”

“Tiger says he’s going to kick my butt when he comes back, so I’m going to try and extend that gap.”

Kevin Chappell finished in second place, a last round -3 under par moving him up the leaderboard, finishing with a -11 under par total;

“I’m really proud of the way I hung in there, I was 2 over par through 26 holes and really fought hard to make the cut.”

“To hang in there today after a slower start, I’m real proud of myself.”

“It kind of mirrored my week, slow start, and really fought there in the middle of the round to salvage it, and then I finished strong, which is nice.”

Tied in third place at -10 under par were Justin Thomas, -7 under 67 today, Matt Kuchar, -4 under 68, Colt Knost -3 under 69, and long time challenger to the leader Ken Duke, who stalled on the last round signing for an even par 72.

The tough conditions were the same for everybody, only the World number one Jason Day was able to cope with them sufficiently.

 

The Players. Jason Jogging To The End, and Victory.

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After a day of carnage at TPC Sawgrass Jason Day has a pretty simple task jogging to the end and victory at The Players.

Jason Day is looking for his third win of the season. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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Jason will take a four shot lead into the final round of The Players, even after he shot a third round +1 over par 73, he posted a tournament total of -14 under par.

His only real mistake came from  a four putt double bogey at the 6th hole. It was a very tough day out on the course, and the wind really did not factor too much, it was the greens being lightning fast that caused all the problems, once the ball was rolling, if it did not fall into the cup, it just kept rolling.

Jason was not too fond of the set up, and was amazed at Ken Duke’s score;

“What course was Ken Duke playing today? Can anyone tell me? Was he playing across the road?”

“I mean it was just, to be able to shoot that score is better,  I think that should be the course record.”

“It was just an absolute joke.”

Hideki Matsuyama, Ken Duke and Alex Cjeka share second place at -10 under par.

Alex, aged 45 carded a third round of even par, a good score on the day.

Ken, aged 47, shot the round of the day -7 under par 65, and even he mentioned the speed of the greens;

“Somehow, overnight, these greens got two or three feet faster.”

“I’m just a player on the PGA TOUR, they’re all good out here, and when you get some good number and make some good putts, the scores are there.”

” But it was a great round. This golf course is very difficult with this condition, and it was a really unbelievable round.”

“I think this is our championship, The Players, and it should be set up as difficult as possible.”

“The conditions today, it shows it. You have to play your best golf around here, and obviously the best players in the world are here.”

Many good players fell by the wayside, Rory McIlroy shot +3 over par 75, eleven strokes more than yesterday, he is hanging in with the group at -5 under for the championship. Shane Lowery started the round in the final group with Jason, but scored +6 over 78.

Sergio Garcia managed a five putt, is this really what people want to see, whether lady luck is on your side, or not. I would rather watch a good contest, with good golf being achievable to most of the players. There were only six players under par today.

Ken Duke’s round was described as the best round of golf ever by Russell Knox;

“I looked up on the board and saw Ken Duke shot 65, and I was like, ‘What?’”

“That’s the best round of golf ever, probably. It was incredible how hard it was out there.”

Russell unfortunately fell at the par three 17th, dropping three tee shots into the water, on his way to carding a nine.

 

 

 

 

 

– Duke

Billy horschel “Man, I felt like I was putting on dance floors out there,” Horschel said. “We all did. Augusta is probably the quickest greens we play all year, and I’m sorry, Sawgrass made those greens look like 8s on the Stimpmeter.”

The Players. Rory Roars Into Life.

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2nd round play has been suspended due to bad weather in the area, hopefully it will resume soon.

McIlroy flirts with course record

In the morning round Rory McIlroy roared into life, and The Players tournament today, he should have had the TPC Sawgrass course record, needing a birdie on his last hole of the day, the par 5 ninth, for -10 under. Unfortunately he made bogey and had to settle for -8 under par 64, to add to his even par round yesterday;

“Maybe if I had the five wood in the bag, I might have went for it, because at least I could have gotten a little bit more height.”

“But I was thinking about the course record, I wanted to make birdie and shoot 62. There’s no doubt about that.”

“Any time I’ve gone for the ninth green in two here, it’s never really worked out for me, I sort of talked myself out of it on the fairway.”

“This course really does play so much differently from morning to afternoon.”

“I felt the greens getting a little firmer, the wind gets up a little bit, so you have to take advantage of your tee time in the morning.”

“Thankfully, I was able to do that today with a low one.”

“I’m frustrated, my score should have been a couple better.”

“I’m disappointed, but there’s still two more days to go. That’s the nice thing. I’m in a good position heading into the weekend.”