FedEx St Jude Classic. Daniel Berger Completes Back To Back Wins.

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Daniel Berger, U.S.A. successfully defends his FedEx St Jude Classic title at TPC Southwind, with back to back wins in Memphis.

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Daniel reclaims his Trophy

Daniel carded a final round -4 under par 66, to post a winning FedEx St Jude Classic total of -10 under par, and defend last years title.

Daniel said he had a better performance with his putter today, and that made the difference;

“I played really great through the first couple days but I didn’t make as many putts.”

“Then the last couple days they just started to fall and that was the big difference.”

“I just hit so many good shots coming down the stretch and I can’t even explain.”

“It’s just; I feel like I wasn’t even on the golf course. It just kind of happened.”

“I’m pretty good, so I’m just going to try and keep doing my thing and see if I can’t get a few more.”

Tied in second place at -9 under par were, Charl Schwartzel, South Africa,  -4 under par 66 today, and Whee Kim, South Korea, with  last round -3 under par 69.

American amateur player Braden Thornberry carded -5 under par 65 in his final round to share in the five-way tie for fourth place at -8 under par. He was joined on that score by Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, and Billy Horschel, Chez Reavie, and Kevin Chappell, all from the U.S.A.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Stewart, Rafa and Ben Share Top Spot.

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Stewart Cink, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Ben Crane share the top spot on the FedEx St Jude Classic leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

Cink tied at the top

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Stewart shot a third round -1 under par 69, Rafa -5 under 65 and Ben -2 under 68 to share the FedEx St Jude classic lead with -9 under par totals.

Stewart really enjoyed the experience;

“It’s a moment you don’t really get to experience that often, even if you’ve played on the Tour for 21 years.”

 “This may only happen a handful of times. Maybe a few more. So it’s a really sweet feeling.”

“I’m probably not supposed to be doing this, but I don’t really care about that. My golf ball doesn’t know how old I am.”

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Rafa, who has yet to win a PGA Tour event, was happy with back to back chip-ins;

“So obviously very pleased. It took away a little bit of pressure, just brought the smile to my face.”

“It got me laughing because I don’t know if I’ve ever done that before.”

Ben is a good friend of Stewart’s, and said he felt for his friend with the tough times they have experienced recently;

“The past year for Stewart has been something that you wouldn’t wish any couple to go through.”

“But we’ve watched Stewart and Lisa get closer to each other, get closer to God and be a light out here on the PGA Tour in the midst of these trials.”

Tied in fourth spot at -8 under par are Luke List, -4 under 66 today, and Chad Campbell, also returning -4 under 66.

Luke was happy with his Eagle performance;

“Two eagles on the card, I was really happy.”

Chez Reavie, +2 over 72 today, Charl Schwartzel, +4 over 74 and Sebastian Munoz, +5 over 75, all started the round with a one shot lead over Stewart, but they struggled all day long.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis. Chez Reavie, Sebastian Munoz and Charl Schwartzel share the half-way lead.

Following a second-round 67, Sebastian Munoz reflects on his play in the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic with Mark Carnevale from PGA TOUR Radio. 

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Chez, U.S.A, scored a second round -5 under par 65, Sebastian, Colombia, -3 under 67 and Charl, South Africa, -4 under 66 top the FedEx St Jude Classic leaderboard with -9 under par totals at the half-way point in the tournament.

Sebastian is loving the experience, hitting the fairways and making putts;

“I’m super happy, I’m really proud of the way I played today.”

“I had one mistake, but I think a pretty good bogey on 18, so I was just happy to be able to step it up.”

“I’ve been putting the ball in the fairway, and capitalizing on some putts.”

Charl thinks that good putting is the key;

“On this golf course you really have to do everything well.”

“It shows your weakness pretty quickly, so if I drive it well, good iron shots and I think the putter is always the key to low scoring.”

Phil Mickelson, who is not playing next week at the U.S. Open, because he will rightly be attending his daughters graduation, is hoping to put in a good performance here, and is currently at -4 under for the competition;

“I would just say that this is a great golf tournament and I want to be ready to play, compete this week.”

“I think that I’ll have a few weeks off so this is my last event. I want to put everything I have into this tournament.”

“I want to fight hard and give myself a good chance on the weekend. I’ve been in contention the last three or four years, have not won it. I would love to win this tournament. It would be a special win for me.”

FedEx St Jude Classic. Four Tied at the Top.

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There are four player tied at the top of the FedEx St Jude Classic after the first round, Matt Every, Scott Brown, Stewart Cink and Sebastian Munoz all carded -6 under par 64 at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

Matt Every interview after Round 1 of FedEx St. Jude

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Matt came good with his driver, and then needed only 24 putts today in his opening round at the FedEx St Jude Classic tournament, this is after he missed seven cuts in a row;

“I drove it really well today, so I’ll just kind of ride that into my next couple days.”

“I haven’t played well in a couple years, and I’ve been out here for like seven or eight, so I kind of know the drill.”

“Like, one round is not that big a deal. It’s nice to play well, but yeah, they don’t hand out trophies after the first round.”

Stewart also had a good day with the putter;

“The thing that was missing though was the exceptional rounds weren’t there before, and now I’m getting a few rounds every now and then like today where it was really rolling.”

Charl Schwartzel and Matt Jones are one shot back at -5 under par following their first rounds of 65.

 

FedEx St Jude Classic. Daniel Berger Wins Maiden PGA Tour Title

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Daniel Berger has claimed his first PGA Tour title, the FedEx St Jude Classic, at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Daniel Berger celebrates with the trophy after winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic during the final round at TPC Southwind. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Daniel Berger/Getty Images

Daniel cruised to his maiden PGA Tour win at he FedEx St Jude Classic with a three shot victory after carding a final round -3 under par 67, to post winning total of -13 under par.

The turning point for Daniel was the par three 14th, making a 32 ft birdie putt there;

“If that putt didn’t go, then maybe I wouldn’t have been so free on the next one and who knows what would have happened.”

“I think you’re either born to be a competitor or you’re not, I just want to win in whatever I do.”

“It’s just a dream come true to finally be a champion.”

Three players tied for second place, at -10 under par, Brooks Koepka, -4 under par 66 today, Steve Stricker, -3 under 67, and Phil Mickelson who carded a final round -3 under par 67, in his warm up tournament to the U.S. Open next week;

“I had a couple opportunities on the back that I let slip, but for the most part I hit a lot of good shots.”

 “It almost feels like the U.S. Open came a week early to finish, second place.”

“Last week I struck the ball very well. This week I putted very well.”

“If I put them both together next week, it’s going to be a good week.”

“I just couldn’t catch him, but I’m coming out of this week with a lot of positives and some good momentum.”

Dustin Johnson was in fifth place at -9 under on his own, after his great last round -7 under par 63, the low round of the day;

“The game is actually really good, the first couple of rounds, I don’t know whether it was the heat or what, but I just, wasn’t getting the scores out of my rounds that I thought I should.”

“I just gave away so many shots the first three rounds.”

“I’m real comfortable, real confident going into next week.”

 

 

 

FedEx St Jude Classic. Berger Breaks Away.

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Daniel Berger breaks away from the field in the third round of the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

Berger holds ground in Memphis

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Daniel carded a third round -1 under par 69, in hot and sticky conditions, to break away from the FedEx St Jude Classic field with his -10 under par tournament total, giving him a three shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Daniel is searching for his maiden PGA Tour win, and will try to do it his way;

“I just have to be myself.”

“I feel like when you’re kind of in this position you can kind of try to do things that normally you wouldn’t do and just got to have fun out there and be myself and see what happens.”

“If it was Tiger Woods behind me, I would have the same mentality.”

“It doesn’t matter. It’s golf. The golf course doesn’t know who is playing it, so I’m just going to go out there and be aggressive and have some fun, and that’s all I can do.”

Three players are tied in second place at -7 under par, Phil Mickelson, -2 under 68 today, Steve Stricker, -4 under 66, and D.A. Points who returned the low round of the day, a bogey free -6 under 64.

Phil wobbled a bit at the end of his round, and he needed to make an 18ft putt from just off the green to save par on the last hole, but is happy to be in the second to last group on Sunday;

“That was good because I had bogeyed 17.”

 “You can make a bogey out here. It’s a tough golf course.”

“There weren’t a ton of under par rounds today. You don’t want to follow bogey with bogey.”

“You always want to come back with a birdie or par. It was a good way to finish the round.”

“That’s always an advantageous spot if you can get off to a good day, it’s much more difficult to follow birdies than it is to lead by them.”

Seung-Yul Noh, -3 under 67, Colt Knost, -3 under 67 and Brooks Koepka -1 under 69, all share fifth place at -6 under par for the competition.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Daniel Berger Leads.

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Berger rounding into form

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Daniel shot a bogey free second round -6 under par 64 to lead the FedEx St Jude Classic with a -9 under par 36 hole total, and enjoys a three shot lead over the field.

Daniel mentioned to reporters just how tough TPC Southwind is, although he shot the low round of the tournament so far;

“Hardest course I’ve ever played.”

The greens feel like I’m at home.”

“To just know I’m playing well enough to contend is big.”

Tom Hoge is in second place at -6 under par, a -1 under 69 today keeps him in sight of the leader.

Three players share third spot at -5 under par, Dustin Johnson, -1 under 69 today, Phil Mickelson, -5 under 65 with one bogey on the card, and Brooks Koepka, his -5 under 65 was bogey free.

Brooks felt he played much better today;

“It was a little bit better. I felt like I actually hit the center of the clubface today,”

“Yesterday just felt out of sync, no rhythm, the timing wasn’t there. I didn’t really have anything, even on the greens.”

“Today was nice, to get the speed back on the greens a little bit.”

Making his debut on the PGA Tour is Wesley Bryan, who has two wins on the  on the Web.com Tour this season and is the leading money winner on that tour with  $280,692 in earnings.

Wesley is a in group of nine players at -4 under par, after his scrambling bogey free second round -4 under 66 today;

“It didn’t look like a bogey-free sixty-six.”

“I was kind of all over the place, I was able to get a few of the balls up-and-down today that I didn’t get up-and-down yesterday.”

“I got away with a lot out there, I was honestly in some pretty bad spots.”