FedEx St. Jude Classic. Fabian Gomez Wins.

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Fabian Gomez wins his maiden USPGA Tour title, the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, with a four shot victory.

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Fabian enjoyed the BBQ at the hotel the night before, and then went out to win his fist ever PGA Tour trophy, the FedEx St. Jude Classic by four shots, with a final round -4 under par 66, and a tournament total -13 under par. He said through an interpreter;

“I slept well last night, had a nice barbecue at the hotel.”

“Tried to keep playing the same way I played the last three days. And I tried to keep my mind blank and enjoy the round.”

“Winning a tournament is a big difference, you have a two-year exemption.”

Greg Owen finished in second place at -9 under par, and understood why Fabian won here;

“He hit every fairway, he played great. He deserved to win. I played great the first eight holes and then hit some rocky shots.”

“Guys are so good, you can’t play average. I’ve got some work to do.”

“Look at my record this year and last year and the year before and two years before that. Yeah, definitely big success.”

“Disappointed today, but I can relax knowing I’ve still got it.”

“To win you’ve got to be special,  Fabian proved that.”

Phil Mickelson was one of five players who tied in third place at -8 under par, his -5 under 65 lifting him up the leader board. Phil’s 65 on Sunday was his best final-round score since he posted – 8 under par 62 at last year’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He remains winless since 2013.

Phil said how close it could have been, and is looking forward to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay next week;

“I felt like if I could have hit an eagle putt on 16, I could have gone birdie-birdie and that might have done it.”

Phil only needs a U.S. Open victory to complete his career Grand Slam, at Chambers Bay next week;

“That’s what I’m working on.”

“I really like the golf course, what Mike Davis said is really true.”

“If you’re going to be ready for this tournament it takes a lot more time to learn the golf than just a couple of days.”

“And if you’re having to use Monday through Wednesday to do that you’re not putting that effort into your own game.”

“I’m pleased that I’ve developed kind of a game plan for each hole and how I’m going to get to certain pins.”

“It’s a special course in that there’s a lot of different ways to play shots to a lot of different pins.”

“If you play the highest percentage shot it’s not a hard golf course. But if you don’t know what that shot is and you play the wrong one, there’s a lot of penalty there.”

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Joining Phil tied in third were; Seung -Yul Noh, Michael Thompson, Matt Jones and Brooks Koepka, all at -8 under par for the tournament.

I am looking forward to next week, the U.S. Open, at Chambers Bay appears to be a great challenge, as it should be for such an important Major Championship.


FedEx St. Jude Classic. Fabian Gomez & Greg Owen Tied at the Top

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Fabian Gomez & Greg Owen are tied at the top of the FedEx St. Jude Classic leaderboard in Memphis on the TPC Southwind course.

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Fabian from Argentina and Greg from England share the top spot on the FedEx St. Jude Classic leaderboard with -9 under par totals, both also recording third rounds of -3 under par 67.

Squally winds and tough pin positions kept everyone guessing on a torrid day at TPC Southwind, with the lead changing hands six times during the day.

Fabian required only 24 putts, and his driver is also working well, he reported through an interpreter;

”I’ve been working since the beginning of the year, you know when you make some putts, the confidence gets higher and the game is easier.”

”Obviously for me to win on the PGA Tour is like a dream come true, and tomorrow is going to be a really exciting day.”

 ”And you know it’s a day that you don’t have to think too much about the situation and try to play the same way that you played the last few days.”

Greg thinks this could be his last chance to win on the PGA Tour. He also said he had been working hard, especially with the putter;

”Just a huge, huge relief that what you’ve been striving for your whole life you can say you’ve achieved,”

“I’m reading them well, and my pace is good and I feel good with the putter, I’ve been working hard.”

”I’m in a position where this year my career is probably on the down spiral a little bit.”

”It’s very upsetting to say that. There’s a lot of young kids coming through. You got to be game. It’s a different game from when I started.”

Brooks Koepka shares third place with Scott Brown, one stroke back at -8 under par, and in a good position for making a strong challenge tomorrow.

Brooks mentioned the ever-changing wind direction;

”It was swirling, swirling so much we couldn’t even figure out a wind direction.”

”We knew it was coming from the south. Downwind, threw grass up, hit you in the face two seconds later. You never really knew where the wind was.”

Matt Jones and Austin Cook are at -6 under par T5, with a group of eight players all at -5 under par T7 and if the unruly wind conditions continue tomorrow all of these players could have a chance of victory, it will just be a case of who plays best in the wind. Will the winner be courageous or conservative?

FedEx St Jude Classic. Brooks Koepka Leads

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Brooks Koepka leads the FedEx St Jude Classic at the half-way stage at TPC Southwind, in Memphis.

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Brooks shot a second round  -3 under par 67 on the TPC Southwind course, in the FedEx St Jude Classic, to take the lead at the half-way stage at -9 under par.

Brooks reported that he thought getting to -20 under par was possible over the next two days;

“I’m not setting it as a goal, but it’s very attainable.”

“We’re trying a new strategy the past few days, being patient, less aggressive and hitting the center of greens.”

“I played pretty solid today, struggled with speed control and had some putts burn off the edges.”

“Playing solid golf, no mistakes, being very patient, waiting for my opportunities to come, and when they have come, I’ve kind of taken advantage of them, but I still feel like I could be about 5, 6 under par.”

“Really haven’t been firing on all cylinders, but good enough to be at the top.”

“I’m still 25, I’ve been out here for a year now, I’m trying to learn and make sure I’m ready for the majors and I’m ready for five years from now.”

Austin Cook is in second place, one shot back at -8 under par, he leads the field in strokes gained in putting, after registering an equal low round of the day -6 under par 64. Not sure if the large crowds bother him, but he said;

“There’s a lot of people here, and I’m sure lot more buying tickets right now to come tomorrow.”

Kiwi Steve Alker is alone in third place at -7 under following his second round -2 under par 68, he briefly held the lead at -10 under par, with two holes to play, only to finish bogey, double bogey, blaming a wrong club selection on the par-3 eighth, leading to the bogey;

“It’s a good thing it’s not Sunday and finish two behind that would be bad.”

“I let it slip at the end, that’s the type of golf course it is. It’s fun, I haven’t been in this position all year.”

 “You have to look at the positives and say, `I’ve got two days left.’ I’ve been swinging it pretty good and still learning the putter, so there’s a lot of good things going on.”

This tournament is far from over, with heaps of players at -6, -5 and -4. Even Luke Donald and Phil Mickelson who are at -3 under for the tournament can not be ruled out, a good round tomorrow could put them right back in it.

Phil missed a couple of putts, left them sitting right on the edge, but he did not he did not blame the greens;

“They don’t owe me anything, they’re trickier because they’re fast.”

“There aren’t holes that are just ‘gimme’ birdies that can kind of kick-start your round, but if I can shoot 5, 6, 7 under par, I’ll be right in contention on Sunday.”

“The swing is starting to feel a lot better, I feel a lot more confident on where the ball is going to go, and so hopefully I’ll be able to put it together tomorrow and have a good round and get in contention.”




FedEx St Jude Classic. Three tied at the top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, Brooks Kepka, Greg Owen and Ryan Palmer.

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Brooks, Greg and Ryan all posted FedEx St Jude Classic first rounds of -6 under par 64, to lead the way at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

Brooks did not commit to play here until last Friday, a rib injury was part of it, and also wondering of he should take a week off before the U.S. Open;

“I felt like I was playing really well, I just wasn’t scoring well.”

“Too many double bogeys and being a little too aggressive. To kind of pull the reins back and play a little safer, play a little less aggressive, it’s nice to see it kind of pay off.”

Ryan has been practicing putting, and said it had payed off, and was philosophical about winning;

“The work I put in before the round on the putting green paid off.”

“I’ve always loved this golf course. Something about these greens gets me going. I just found it this morning on the practice green, the ball position, the width of my stance; I think I found it.”

“You can’t win it on Thursday, but you sure can lose it.”

 A couple of years ago Greg was playing in the FedEx St. Jude Classic and there was a guy from his hometown of Mansfield, England, following him in the gallery. The man, who now lives in Memphis, introduced himself and a friendship was born. Greg is also not thinking about winning the moment;

“I’m going to the gym and then I’ll be in the backyard, in his pool.” 

“There’s a long way to go, there are so many top-class guys here, you can’t even think like that.”

“I don’t look at past results, it means nothing. To finally hit the shots I want to hit, I just want to keep hitting them. Wherever it leads us, it leads us.”

The chasing pack, of four players are at -5 under par, Scott Brown, Steve Alker, Brian Davis and Richard Sterne.

The defending Champion, wire to wire winner, Ben Crane is in a group one shot further back at -4 under par. Ben had some ruling issues out on the course regarding that old favorite, cart tire tracks;

“There’s a ruling that, obviously, if you get in a tire track you can get relief.”

“I was clearly in a tire track because it looks like a mower comes around that bunker. So it’s a very worn spot. So the official said, ‘Yes, it’s a tire track, but because it’s dry, there would be no relief.’”

Ben then called for a second opinion, and no surprise that official said the same thing.

“I had no shot, I’m on wet ground on a downward slope trying to lift the ball over that bunker.”

“The options were, one in five, you clip it perfectly clean and end up on front fringe of the green, or you don’t catch it that great, it would go down to the left. I was aiming toward the fairway so it wouldn’t go down into the water.”

“And my third option is it might end up in the bunker and I felt comfortable with the place it ended up. A conservative 5 is the way to get out of this hole, and then I almost made par.”

I would love to know the TPC Southwind Local Rule concerning tire tracks, and if it really discerns between wet and dry.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Round Three Incomplete. Crane Still Cruising.

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The weather is still causing havoc in the third round of the FexEx St Jude Classic, but Ben Crane is still cruising at TPC Southwind.

The skies were friendly enough Saturday to allow the final group to play more than six holes. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

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Ben has only completed six holes of his third round at TPC Southwind, and is -1 under par on the day. His -13 under par total is still four shots ahead of the field. Play will resume at 7 a.m. local time Sunday, but Ben is in for a long haul, he will have 30 holes remaining tomorrow.

He began his third round at 4:50 p.m. on Saturday, that’s more than 24 hours after he  completed his second-round -5 under par 65, but started where he left off, making a 20-foot birdie putt to reach his -13 under par total;

“That was a fun surprise, I’m thankful it hit the hole.  At the beginning of the week, I never thought I would have been here.”

Troy Merritt is in second place at -9 under par for the tournament, he has completed seven holes of his third round and is currently -2 under par for the round.

Troy joked about getting out of bed early in the morning was the hardest part of the day;

“Other than that, I just hope to get it all in. I’ve made a lot of putts, I think I only missed two putts inside of 10 feet. Been rolling it well. Been keeping stupid in the bag pretty well and things have gone my way for the most part.”

 Troy has pledged $100 per birdie to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He led the field with 15 birdies in the first two rounds, and made two in seven holes in the third round.

“It’s a little extra incentive, it’s for a very good cause for the kids over at St. Jude’s.”

Sitting in third place at -8 under par is Peter Malnati, he also has completed seven holes of his third round with a -1 under par return on his efforts;

“If anything, today was kind of cool because we went out there in the second-to-last group and it was kind of low-key because it was so late in the day, there wasn’t a lot going on. It was probably helpful, honestly. What I need to do is to stay focused on my plan, and to have these distractions is just an added reminder to do that.”

“To get in this position I’m playing some good golf, so my confidence is pretty high and I believe in myself. For the first time all year, I feel like I belong there. There are some nerves, but I think that’s a good thing. I feel really composed.”

Phil Mickelson has finished nine holes of his third round, still at even par for the day and sitting at -5 under par for the tournament. His play is still pretty erratic, and he was upset at not making a birdie at the par five 16th, he even had to sink a 16 footer for par;

“I had a chance to get up and down, I think if I had birdied 16 I might have gotten one more with a little bit of momentum. I’m certainly not that far back, but I do need to get off to a quick start. I got to get a good front nine here this third round and get off to a fast start.”

Biggest name to miss the cut was Lee Westwood, there has been no explanation as to what went wrong.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Crane Keeps His Lead.

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Ben Crane increased his lead at the rain interrupted FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind.

Ben Crane holds a big lead entering the weekend at the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

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Ben Crane followed his first round 63 with second round -5 under par 65, to increase his advantage to six shots at the top of the FedEx St Jude Classic at a wet and windy TPC Southwind. He posted a clubhouse score of -12 under par for the two completed rounds, other have yet to finish their second rounds.

Ben had plenty to say about his round and how good the greens are;


‘I certainly didn’t see this coming, but you know when you’re putting well, I started to feel like I was a little more in control of my ball, just felt like I was tightening my draws and fades a little bit. I had access to some holes I haven’t this year and so gosh, it’s been an incredible two days.”

“It was a dream round of golf, I’m just so thrilled to be playing well. I just kept making putts and giving myself opportunities, and then you don’t feel like you have to hit it so close. It’s certainly the way you want to play golf. The greens are so pure and the hole just opened up. I love the extra element of grain, how it accentuates, most of the time, the break.”

“We had ideal scoring conditions. The wind laid down for us after the storm yesterday and the greens softened up a bit. Today it was calm this morning.”

“I certainly didn’t expect to be here, if someone would have told me a couple days ago I’d be standing in front of a bunch of cameras, I would have asked, ‘What did I do?’  It’s been a really, really hard year. You start wondering, ‘Am I going to get it back?’ 

Carl Pettersson is tied in second place at -6 under par for the tournament, he is currently at -3 under par for his second round, with one hole left to play.

Jason Bohn shares second place at -6 under par with two holes left to play. Davis love 111 and Billy Horshel are at -5 for the tournament, with completed second rounds, while Peter Malnati is tied with them at that score, but has yet to even start his second round.
There is a whole heap of p[layers who are yet to even start their second rounds, lets just hope a lot of golf is played tomorrow so that the picture becomes clearer.


FedEx St,Jude Classic. English Excels.

Harris English excelled his expectations with a win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic at TPC Southwind, in Memphis Tennessee.

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Harris had a final round of -1 under par 71 to win the FedEx St.Jude Classic, with a tournament total of -12 under par. A handful of old high school buddies had a calming influence from the gallery as Harris attained his first PGA Tour victory, with a two shot win at TPC Southwind in Memphis. He praised the support of friends and the influence of caddy Brian Smith;

“I had probably 10 high school friends out there today, and I know that if I make a birdie or a bogey, they’re probably going to be the same and they’re rooting me on. I was just really relaxed out there today. Bogeyed eight and nine, which was tough. But I knew if I kept it together on the back nine, I could make a run at the thing. I really didn’t think I’d be in this seat right here coming off nine.  I thought I kind of made some really dumb bogeys on eight, nine and kind of shot myself out of the tournament. But Smitty was saying, Hey let’s go beat this back nine. Let’s get back under par for the tournament for the day, and let’s get after it. So it was almost pedal to the metal. It’s quite an unbelievable feeling.”

Tied in second place at -10 under par were Scott Stallings and Phil Mickelson. Phil had a final round of -3 under par, 67 and was encouraged by the way he played going into the Major next week;

“I’m really encouraged with the way I hit my irons. Got to get the 3-wood in play a little bit more, although next week at Merion distance won’t be as critical as TPC Southwind. I’ll be able to hit higher and softer shots.”

Scott was looking good for a win, and was at  -12 under par at the turn, with four birdies on the front side. But he sadly finished with a double bogey, a birdie and a bogey in his final four holes. He hopes to have learned something from the experience;

“You have to learn from the experiences that you have like this today and hopefully I’ll get a little bit better break next time. Harris has played great coming down the stretch.”

Ryan Palmer was alone in fourth spot, he also had a final round of -3 under par for his tournament total of -9 under par, three shots off the pace.