D+D REAL Czech Masters. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the  D+D REAL Czech Masters Matt Fitzpatrick and Pelle Edberg are flying high at  Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

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England’s Matt completed a flawless first 36 holes to share the halfway lead at -11 under par, with Sweden’s Pele Edberg, with both players carding second rounds of -5 under par 67.

Matt, the former US Amateur Champion, said he had played well today, apart from missing a few putts;

 “It was very consistent today, I played nicely and hit a lot of greens again which is always important to keep making pars and then take your chances when you have them.” 

“I gave myself a few out there. I got a bit frustrated in the middle of the round when I wasn’t holing any putts; I missed a few chances but picked it up on the back nine.” 

“The putt on the 18th was a nice way to finish with a birdie, to pick up one more and move to the top.”  

“I’m looking forward to the weekend now, it’s another chance to put myself in contention for Sunday.” 

“I took a lot from contending in Crans. It was a great week for me. I don’t really know how to explain it but I gained a lot of experience from playing with Danny [Willett].

“He is top 30 in the world, so obviously one of the best players around. I spoke to Chubby [Chandler] the night before and he said don’t get too ahead of yourself, just take one shot at a time.” 

“I’ve played a lot of events this year and I feel like I have learned a lot already. It’s my dream to play professional golf.” 

“I don’t think I’ve realised yet how big an achievement it is to keep my card. It would be great to get to The Race to Dubai final having come from Q-School.”

“I want to keep growing as a player and my goals are always changing. It feels like time is going so fast this year.”

Pele was happy to have had another good day with the putter;

“Like yesterday I putted really well, I holed a lot of putts and it was good off the tee and had some nice irons, so it added up to a good score.”

“I couldn’t be in a better position. I’m feeling pretty good and feeling comfortable about most parts of my game.” 

“I feel confident so I want to see how well I can do this week.”

Thorbjørn Olesen, from Denmark, had missed nine cuts in ten events coming into this week, he shot a -3 under 69 to be tied for fourth place at -8 under par, with the English pair of Sam Hutsby and Robert Dinwiddie.

YOKOHAMA TIRE LPGA CLASSIC. Brittany Leads.

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Brittany Lang was one of Solheim Cup team leader Juli Inkster’s two captain’s picks, and showed why today with a good opening round to lead the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

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Brittany shot an opening round -7 under par 65, to top the leaderboard at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, with a two shot advantage over the field at Prattville Country Club.

Brittany was just having fun out there

“It was just one of those days. It was so enjoyable.”

“I wasn’t thinking about a whole lot. You know, I was just super committed to seeing my shots, it was so much fun.”

“I played pretty flawless golf, even when I was making pars, I was burning the edge from 10 feet. Every hole I was right there.”

“The birdies on 16 and 17 were pretty big after the bogeys on 13 and 14. Kind of, I mean not stupid bogeys, small misses, but I stayed aggressive so I was excited with that.”

“I’m in a really nice place right now, I had one of my better years I’ve ever had, the Solheim pick’s over with.”

“I’m just in a really comfortable place, so I just felt really relaxed out there.”

There is a trio of ladies in second place at -5 under par, 67’s they are,  Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Ryann O’Toole.

Ryann said she had been expecting the windy conditions, it was the tricky putting that took her by surprise;

“It’s been windy all week, so I was expecting that.”

“What I noticed was the greens were even faster than yesterday or Tuesday. It took me five holes to get really thinking that if you’re above the hole, you just had to tap it.”

“Breaks were breaking double of what you saw because of the speed change. So, it took me a little bit to get used to that.”

Hyo Joo Kim, Ariya Jutanugarn, Therese Koelbaek, Julieta Granada, and Simin Feng are all in a tie for fifth after their first rounds of 4-under-par 68.

Stacy Lewis, -2 under par 70 today, and who was second here last year in Prattville, was coming off a playoff loss to Lydia Ko last week in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, she also mentioned the wind, and the putting;

“The golf course was playing really hard early this morning and I didn’t really get anything going, then couldn’t get any putts to fall there on the back nine, so kind of a frustrating day.”

“The wind was blowing early this morning, I don’t think I ever hit 4-iron into the third hole before, so I was just hitting clubs into holes that I’ve never hit.”

The Barclays. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of The Barclays, after the first round at Plainfield Country Club. Bubba Watson, Spencer Levin, Camillo Villegas and Tony Finau all shot 65.

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Bubba had a driver strategy approach to playing this course, his only real problem was the par three 6th;

“PING makes a good driver, so we were going to try to hit driver as much as we can.”

 “The rough is so thick that I would rather miss my driver in the rough than an iron off the tee or something like that.”

“It looked like that club could go over, really just in my mind playing tricks. So I didn’t commit to it. That’s really the only shot I wish I could redo.”

“I’m going to think tomorrow, how am I going to sleep 12 hours, what Caleb wants to do in the morning.”

“The house we rented has a little playground behind it, so he’ll be wanting to play back there. That’s what I’ll be doing.” 

Bubba also mentioned Jason Day, who had a -2 under par 68 today;

“Jason Day is one of my favorite golfers of all time because his son has the best hair I’ve ever seen.”

“And by the way, he was at my house yesterday eating up all my macaroni and cheese. So you owe me for that.”

Tony started the day with three birdies, and then followed it with the same number of bogey’s;

“Fortunately for me it was really early.”

 “Through six holes, I looked at it as I’m still even par, although I did get off to a great start. Plenty of holes I feel like I can take advantage of with the wind direction today.”

“So I just tried to stay as patient as I could.”

“I pick and choose my spots, for sure, if I feel like it’s a hard fairway for me to hit with even a 2-iron or 3-wood in my hand. I’ll go ahead and hit the driver and put it up there whether I’m in the fairway or not.”

“At least I’m closer to the green. That’s the strategy on some of the holes and it worked today.” 

Spencer carded  a final-round 63 at the Wyndham, and took that momentum into this tournament;

“I felt since I had a good last round, I was able for me to take it into this week.”

“I wasn’t really expecting to shoot what I shot last Sunday. It was kind of a bonus.”

This is a nice stress to have, it’s a lot better than having to go back to Q-School.”

“I’m really happy. The last few days have been good, since Sunday. There’s up-and-downs in this game.”

“I’m happy with where I am right now and who knows, maybe I can keep it going. That would be nice.” 

Six players are at -4 under par, they are, Danny Lee, Jason Dufner, Cameron Tringale, Russell Knox, Paul Casey and Bryce Molder.

Jordan Spieth, in his first tournament as World number one had a poor day at the office, +4 over par 74, his worst round for three months;

”Just lost a little bit of focus.”

”All in all, I’m just going to take today as a fluke round. I still believe I’m playing well. It just happened to be an off day on a day where it counted.”

 

D+D Real Czech Masters. Two Tied at the Top

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Two players are tied at the top of the D+D Real Czech Masters tournament, Eduardo de la Riva, from Spain, and Italian Renato Paratore.

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Eduardo carded an Eagle on the last hole to join playing partner Renato at the top of the  D+D Real Czech Masters leaderboard after opening rounds of -7 under par 65’s.

Eduardo was very pleased to finish with  two;

“It is very good to finish with a two on a par four, especially on this 18th hole which is very difficult.”

“I didn’t have to take a putt on the 18th, so it is a very good finish. It is perfection.”

“I played very well in Denmark for the first two rounds and then at the weekend, on the greens I putted very badly.”

“I feel good. Today I putted well and the long and short game were good too. It is a nice course and nice weather. The course is in good condition.” 

“Renato and I are friends. He is a very good young player and it is nice to play with him.”

18 year-old Renato was very happy with his putting;

“Today I played really solid from the tee to the green and on the back nine I putted really well.”

“So I’m happy with a 65. It is my best round on The European Tour.”

“My irons were good today and I gave myself a lot of chances. I made five birdies on the back nine and made a lot of putts.” 

“The first eight tournaments I played really well but then I dropped a bit the last three months. Then from Austria I changed my swing and I’m playing better.”

“It was nice playing with Eduardo too and he had a great finish.”

There are four players tied at -6 under par, Pele Edberg, Sam Hutsby, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters.

Pele has got off to a good start, although he putted well, he said he did not pay well;

“It’s a very nice start. I read the greens pretty good today and holed some putts.” 

“I didn’t play very well but it is a great score and we are off to a good start.”

 

 

 

 

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Lydia Ko Wins in a Play-Off.

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Lydia Ko won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in play-off against Stacy Lewis, at Vancouver Golf Club, in Canada.

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Lydia and Stacy both finished at -12 under par at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, leading to a play-off, which Lydia won on the first extra hole, with a par. Lydia could only manage a final round of even par 72 today, allowing Stacy to catch her at the top of the leaderboard with her -5 under par 67.

Lydia won here at  Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years old in 2012, and still gets loads of support from the galleries;

“It’s been such an amazing week. I definitely share this win with everyone who came out here this week.”

“There were so many people out here after the Pro-Am after every hole; I was signing for five minutes and then getting to the next tee.”

“There’s a lot of people out here, so it great to see everyone. I just want to thank everyone for the support.”

“It would have been great if I was coming down the 18th with like a four-shot lead like I did in 2012.”

 “But it is what it is. Stacy played amazing today; to shoot 67 under those conditions.”

“You’ve just got to concentrate on your game, just one shot a time, and that’s what I tried to do.”

“I said, I don’t want to get too aggressive to that pin but maybe it was a little bit too safe and maybe wasn’t the best shot going in.”

“I made a really good first putt on my normal 72nd hole, and made a good putt on the first playoff hole. If the putt was any longer for my second one, I would have been really nervous.”

“Just with the way my game has been over the last month or so, I felt I was close to putting together a good round, and that’s what I did today.”

“Still left a few out there. But would have liked a better lie in the rough in the playoff, but other than that, it was pretty good.”

So Yeon Ryu, who was the winner of this event last year, at London Hunt in Ontario, tied for third place with fellow South Korean player Sei Young Kim at -11 under par.

So Yeon Ryu had a marvelous final round of -8 under par 64, and came so close to the play-off, while Sei Young carded a last round -4 under 68.

Best Canadian lady was teenager Brooke Henderson, who was coming off a victory last week in the Portland Classic, she could only finish T23 here this week, with her poor putting taking the blame. Her last round -5 under par 67 was the only time she carded a score in the sixties;

“I wanted to show and give the crowd a little bit of excitement. I think today I did that. I knew I was capable of it.”

“The other couple of days I was hitting the ball not too bad, but just wasn’t making any putts. Today they fell.”

U.S. Amateur Championship. Bryson A History Making Winner.

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Bryson DeChambeau became only the fifth player in history to win the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur Championship in the same year. He joins  joins Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) in achieving that tremendous accomplishment.

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Bryson claimed the Havemeyer Trophy with a 7-and-6 decision over Derek Bard at Olympia Fields Country Club, in a 36 hole final. He was stoked to have his name on the same trophy as all those great Champions;

“Having my name etched on this trophy with the great Bob Jones as well as Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, all those guys, it’s incredible.”

“I can’t even imagine what I just did. It won’t sink in, I’m sure, for the next couple days. But I’m honored.”

“I’m in golf history, that’s pretty incredible. I don’t understand it yet. I had a little bit of an understanding of what I just did, but I haven’t felt the impact of it yet.”

“That’s an honor to be in that field.”

“I have a belief in myself that I can get the job done when I need to. Every single shot out there, I was telling myself I was good enough.”

Bryson has a unique and different way of swinging the club, and says he has fun doing it;

“There’s a bunch of different ways to play the game of golf, you don’t need to play it one way.”

“It doesn’t need to be one swing that’s perfect out there. The thing that you can benefit most from me, I believe, is be yourself and play golf like you can, not like anybody else.”

Derek remembers the exact moment when it all started to slip way;

“I think the turning point of the whole day really is he when airmails the green on  8 and flops it in.”

“You have to pull off shots like that if you want to win a championship like this.”

“It’s one of those signature shots. It was pretty cool to watch. He hit a perfect shot up there and tumbled in.”

“Like I say, he deserves it and from that point on, he really took control.”

“I felt that in the morning match, no matter where the match got to, I always felt like I was still in it, because we had 18 more holes to go in the afternoon.”

“It’s such a long day and to get it back to 2 down after the morning was big.”

“It gave me some momentum. I came out in the afternoon and won the first hole and then just kind of fell apart.”

Wyndham Championship. Davis Delights Wyndham Crowd With a Win

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Davis Love 111 delights the Wyndham Championship crowd with his third win at the event at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Davis shot a final round -6 under par 64 for a winning total of -17 under par at the Wyndham Championship, and a one shot victory, at the tender age of 51.

Davis enjoyed his victory, and getting his name on the oldest winners list, alongside the likes of Sam Snead. Davis stated that when he putts well he can win on any Tour;

“Any victory now is going to be really sweet when you’re over 50.”

“You don’t really know what to do, you don’t go to the cabin and think that you’ve won.”

“To have your name thrown out there with Sam Snead at any point is incredible.”

 “For some reason, this tournament has been good to guys in my age group.”

“I’ve been saying all year, people ask me about the Champions Tour. If I putt well on the Champions Tour I can win on the PGA Tour.”

 “I did it this week. My ball-striking is fine. It’s just as you’ve seen over the years. When I putt well I get a chance to win. I putted really well this week.”

Jason Gore finished in second place at -16 under par, a couple of sad bogey’s on the back nine halting his progress, although an Eagle at 15 did give him some hope.

Tied in third position were, Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey and Scott Brown, all at -15 under par for the championship.

Tiger Woods could not produce a fourth round in the sixties, he slumped to a final round of even par 70, and in so doing did not qualify for theFedExCup

Tiger said that he gave himself a chance, but did not take it;

“I gave myself a chance, and I had all the opportunity in the world today to do it.”

“I didn’t get it done.”

“I just wasn’t able to get any kind of roll early, I had my chances to get it going. I just never did.”