Dean & Deluca Invitational. Four Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the Dean& Deluca Invitational leaderboard at the end of 36 holes at Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas. Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and Scott Piercy share the honor.

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Webb, -4 under 66 today, Danny, -6 under 64, Kevin, -3 under 67 and Scott -4 under 66, all sit atop the Dean & Deluca Invitational leaderboard at -6 under for the tournament after 36 holes.

Webb,  joked about playing in Texas;

“I didn’t play well at Byron my first couple of years, so I just decided to stay out of Texas.”

Paul spoke about the tricky wind conditions;

“It’s been tricky with the wind, I’ve handled it well so far, so I would actually like it to stay tricky if it can.”

“And I handle the heat well, so I am saying probably the more difficult it is, the better it is for me.”

Another four players are tied in fifth spot, one shot back at -5 under for the tournament, Paul Casey, -4 under 66 today, Sergio Garcia, -4 under 66, Jon Rahm, -1 under 69, and Sean O’Hair, -2 under 68.

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth has recovered from the poor start yesterday, even par, to record a second round -2 under par to give himself a chance to successfully defend his title. He told reporters about the spectre of missing back to back cuts in his home town;

“When your backs against the wall,  and you feel the nerves kick up, because you’ve got to do something, and you’re not going to be able to play both week-ends in town.”

“That would have been really really tough for me to swallow, if I missed the cut.”

” And it was in my head.”

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BMW PGA Championship. Molinari, Jamieson and Pieters Lead.

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Francesco Molinari, Italy, Scott Jamieson, Scotland and Thomas Pieters, Belgium share the 36 hole lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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Thomas, -3 under 69 today, Francesco, -2 under 70, and Scott, also -2 under 70 today, all share the top spot of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard with -7 under par totals after 36 holes at Wentworth.

Thomas said his putter did not work so well today, but he was happy with the outcome;

“I hit a lot more greens today. Didn’t make as many putts as yesterday but that’s always going to happen.”

“So I’m quite happy about today.”

Scott summed up what a win here would mean for him;

“I’m delighted, especially with the way it started.”

“I’m not in any of the majors this year so this is as big as it gets. This is the pinnacle of my season.”

“It’s huge, it’s our flagship event. It would start opening up doors that have been closed for a few years. You want to challenge yourself against the world’s best and we don’t get to do that every week, but we do this week.”

Alone in fourth place is Maximilian Kieffer, of Germany, who carded the low round of the day, -4 under 68, he is just one back at -6 under par for the tournament.

 

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club. in Texas, Derek Fathauer, J.T. Poston and Kelly Kraft share the honor.

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Kelly, Derek and J.T. all posted first rounds of -5 under par 65 to sit on top of the Dean & Deluca leaderboard.

Kelly is happy to be in contention;

“Whenever I’m up there, I know I can hang.”

“It’s been a little bit of everywhere, I felt like whenever I’ve played well, I’ve been up there and kind of in the hunt.”

Derek relied on an old and trusted putter;

“It was ready to come out.”

“The putting has been a little stale the last couple of months, just cleaning out my downstairs room and just brought it out.”

Rookie J.T. Poston had some good ball striking;

“This is honestly one of the first rounds I feel like my ball-striking was the way it can be and should be.”

There are another three guys tied in fourth position at -4 under following their opening rounds of 66; Scott Brown, Jon Rahm and G-Mac;

People had been telling G-Mac that Colonial Country Club was a good course for his type of game;

“I’ve had guys that I look to for schedule hints and tips, guys like Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson.”

“Guys that I would sort of put my game on a similar statistical level.”

“Guys like that have been telling me for years and years I would love this place.

 

 

 

BMW PGA Championship. Johan Carlson Leads.

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Johan Carlson, from Sweden, leads the BMW PGA Championship after the first round at Wentworth.

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Johan shot a first round -6 under par 66, which included two bogeys, to lead the BMW PGA Championship by one shot, with some good putting;

“I feel like I’ve been working hard on my swing.”

“Obviously this week is a big week and I’ve always had that goal in mind that this is going to be a tournament to get it around no matter what.”

“I didn’t try to hit any super fancy shots. I just played with what I had, and I think that was the key to success.”

“I putted really well today. I made a lot of good putts.”

“You’ve got to hit a few good shots as well. So obviously everything in my game felt solid. It has to be when you shoot 6-under-par on this golf course.”

Sharing  second place at -5 under par 67 are . Scott Jamieson, Scotland, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, and Francesco Molinari of Italy.

 

AT&T Byron Nelson. Billy Horschel Wins Play-Off.

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Billy Horschel wins the AT&T Byron Nelson, in a play-off against Jason Day.

 

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Billy, -1 under 69 and Jason -2 under 68 today were tied at the top of the AT&T Byron Nelson leaderboard at -12 under par for the tournament.

Billy won on the first extra hole, to win with a par at the par four 18th, he did not expect Jason to miss his 4ft par putt;

“When I hit it I knew it was on a perfect line and I thought I got it to the hole.”

“I just wanted to finish it off there.”

“I didn’t expect him to miss it. I was expecting to go back to the tee and play the hole again.”

The venue for this event next year will change to  Trinity Forest Golf Club, in Dallas, and Billy was sad that it is now moving;

“It’s sad that it’s leaving because I was never a fan of this course, but came here and now I am,”

“I won, and I don’t want to leave.”

Jason feels good about his game right now;

“I only had one top 10 up to this point. To be able to play the way I did today, I played some good solid golf.”

“It’s a little disappointing, but it’s not the first tournament I’m going to lose.”

“I feel good about my game.”

James Hahn finished in third place at -11 under par, a last round +1 over par 71 not what he was looking to achieve.

The Rocco Forte Open. Alvaro Quiros Has Play-Off Win

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain,  has play-off win at The Rocco Forte Open, against Zander Lombard, South Africa, in Sicily.

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Alvaro struggled in the final round of The Rocco Forte Open, carding +2 over par 73, while Zander came up the leaderboard with a -3 under par 68, to level the scores after 72 holes at -14 under par.

Alvaro won at the second extra hole, with a par at the par five 18th, when Zander made bogey;

“I’m very happy, obviously it shouldn’t be like that but at the end it’s a victory and that’s the most important thing.”

“It’s been a little bit of a mess.The game wasn’t that bad.”

“Just the last few holes I started to struggle with the wind left to right and he was playing nice.”

“I didn’t have an idea how many shots I was leading by, what I knew on 18 is I have to make a putt to halve with Zander.”

“It’s a victory, it means a lot of things. Unfortunately I didn’t really like how I ended the round. It should never have been that far.”

Zander consoled himself with qualifying for a start at Wentworth;

“I’m very happy with how I kept myself in contention and all the best for Alvaro. He’s a great champion, he’s won in the past and it’s nice to see him win again.”

 “It’s a good consolation prize to get into Wentworth. I suppose winning isn’t everything but I can’t complain.”

Li Haotong, from China, was in third position, an Albatross at the par five 569 yard 12th hole easing him into third position on his own.

Li spoke about his amazing Albatross;

” It was the second shot, five iron, I just wanted to get it on the green and two-putt and make an easy birdie.”

“After I hit it I saw some clapping on the green and thought it was probably pretty close or something and when I walked to there I couldn’t believe it was in.”

AT&T Byron Nelson. Hahn Has Lead.

 

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James Hahn has the lead after 54 holes in the AT&T Byron Nelson at TPC Four Seasons, in Dallas,Texas.

Hahn holds lead at AT&T Byron Nelson

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James shot a bogey free -6 under par 64 on Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament, giving him a -12 under par total, and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

James is not fazed at leading into the final round, and will take tomorrow as just another day at the office;

“Tell me what my tee time is tomorrow and I’ll just show up.”

“You know, prepping for tomorrow I feel like is so hard. Sleeping on the lead, you can over think it and I just like to go home with my wife, our two-year-old daughter, watch some cartoons.”

“Just kind of keep everything low-key, casual.”

“For us, it’s just another day in the office.”

Billy Horschel has second place on his own at -11 under par, with a third round -4 under par 66.

Jason Day, with a brilliant -7 under par 63 today, and Jason Kokrak, who started the day with a five shot lead, and sadly finished with a +2 over par 72, share third place at -10 under par.

Jason sank five birdies in a row, and then rolled in a 60ft putt at the 17th, to complete a beautiful round of 63, which included a bogey.