RBC Canadian Open. Jason Day Wins In A Thriller Finish.

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Jason Day wins the RBC Canadian Open in a thriller of a finish at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jason found the bunker off the tee on eighteen, he had a one shot lead at the time. He found a way to make a birdie from the bunker, giving him a two shot advantage at -17 under par. That meant that Bubba Watson and David Hearn would have to Eagle the last to get into a play-off.

Jason told reporters that after last week there was no way he was going to leave that last putt short;

“This course is really exciting, even Bubba and David had a chance to make it into a playoff. I needed that putt on 18.”

“To be able to put yourself in contention so many times, especially in major events and just fall short, even going back to last week leaving the putt short and not being able to get into the playoff really kind of was disappointing.”

“So when I actually had the same putt, it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today.”

“Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole.”

“Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line. If I got it on the line, it was perfect.”

“I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “

“It was great to feel like a Canadian for a week. The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it’s all worth it. Right now, I’m so proud to be the Canadian Open champion.”

Bubba found the green with his second shot, but it ran just passed the hole and settled into the fringe. He tried to make his Eagle with a 7 wood, but it missed by six inches, his total of -16 under par giving Jason the win.

Bubba said he was just hoping that the guy in front of him was not making putts;

“Fifteen was one I got lucky with. I hit a great shot in there.”

“I had an 8-iron that I flared on 16 but still got a birdie. Then hit a perfect 8-iron that flew five yards too far on 18.”

“I was just hoping the other guy named Jason Day wasn’t making putts.”

David, with the whole of Canada urging him on to be the first Canadian to win since 1954, found the greenside bunker with his second shot to 18, and could only make par from there, and had to settle for third place at -15 under par.

David mentioned the putting, and how good it had been all week;

“I felt confident, like I was putting well all week, I hit really really good putts that didn’t go in.”

“Winning a golf tournament on the PGA TOUR is no easy task.”

“Canadians want to see it, and we want to do it so bad.”

David also picked up the  Rivermead Challenge Cup as low Canadian. This is his third time winning the honor.

 

 

Omega European Masters. Danny Does It Again.

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Danny Willett does it again, he wins his third European Tour title, the Omega European Masters, at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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A final round -5 under par 65, was good enough to give Danny victory at the Omega European Masters, posting a total of -17 under par, squeezing a one shot winning margin.

This win moves Danny up to second place in The Race to Dubai, behind leader Rory McIlroy, and may well see him climb into the top 25 of the Official Golf World Ranking. He spoke about the pressure he felt from Matt Fitzpatrick;

“It was a great day, yesterday was a bit disappointing, but today I played some really good golf.”

“Matt was snapping at my heels all day, so I’m delighted to get the job done.”

“I kept really calm all day, and just waited for the chances to come.”

“Winning is always tough, and the heart rate on 18 was pretty high.”

“Having a lag putt is almost trickier than trying to hole one sometimes, so I was pretty relieved to see it stop a foot or two from the hole.”

“He played some great golf and really kept the pressure on me.”

“But it probably made it a bit easier to be honest, because it meant I could not lose concentration even for a minute.”

“With a bigger lead you can take your foot off the gas a little bit, but today I knew I had to keep attacking and committing fully to shots, and luckily enough it turned out well in the end.”

“Two wins and good performances in Majors and Golf Championships is more than I could have hoped for really, but I have worked really hard so it is nice to get the rewards for it.”

Matt Fitzpatrick finished in second place at -16 under par, a last round -4 under par 66 kept the pressure on the leader all the way to the last hole;

“I played to win but Danny just went one better, so you have to take your hat off to him.”

“I don’t have any regrets whatsoever, and that is all you can ask of yourself. I gave it everything, but Danny was very impressive.”

“There were a couple of turning points which decided it, but I matched him birdie for birdie for the most part. I know Danny very well, he is also from Sheffield so I am very pleased for him.”

“I am really pleased with the week. It has been building for a few weeks now, so hopefully I can get over the line at some stage.”

“It is still only my first season on Tour and I am only 20, so I am still learning every week. Experiences like today’s will be invaluable in the future.” 

Tyrrell Hatton claimed third place, a magnificent 4th round score of -8 under par 62 elevating up the leaderboard to finish on -15 under par, making it an English 1,2,3. He was obviously very happy with his performance;

 “I am really happy. It is my lowest score on The European Tour, so even though I have come up just short I cannot be disappointed.”

“To do it on a Sunday at a place like Crans is very special, so I’ll enjoy this one for a while.”

 

RBC Canadian Open. David Hearn Leads.

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Going into the final round of the RBC Canadian Open, David Hearn, from Canada leads, and is hoping to become the first Canadian to win his home National title since Pat Fletcher achieved the honor back in 1954.

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David shot a third round -4 under par 68 to top the RBC Canadian Open leaderboard at -15 under par, at Glen Abbey Golf Course.

David is already dreaming of victory here in Canada, but realizes that the big boys are right behind him, in the names of Bubba Watson and Jason Day;

“This is something you dream of, I feel like I’m ready to step up to the challenge.”

“Hopefully, I can make some birdies and David can beat Goliath.”

Right behind in second place, two shots back are the formidable pair of Bubba Watson and Jason Day, both with -13 under par totals. Bubba with -4 under today, and Jason with -3 under par.

Because wife Angie is from Pickering, Ontario Bubba is thinking he will get some support from the gallery;

“Truthfully, let’s be honest; we don’t think about where somebody’s from, all we think about is that there’s a guy in front of us.”

“I’ve got a couple family members. They’re going to pull for me, too.”

“I’m right where I want to be, I just wish the leader was a little closer to us.”

Jason birdied six of the last seven holes to get right up the table, and is aware of the history to be made for David;

“Obviously, it’d be great to see a Canadian win, but I’m going to do my best to try and spoil that.”

“We’re all out here to try and win a golf tournament.”

Tied in fourth position are Michael Putnam and Brooks Koepka, at -12 under par for the tournament after they both carded -4 under par 68 today.

Chad Campbell followed his second-round 63 with a dismal +3 over par 75 to fall into a tie for sixth at 11 under. He was joined on that score by two-time champion Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas, Emiliano Grillo and Johnson Wagner.

Making his professional debut at this tournament is 22 year-old Ollie Schniederjans, fresh from his great performance in The Open at St Andrews where he tied for 12th place, as an amateur. Ollie is currently tied for 11th place here at -10 under par, another great performance.

Omega European Masters. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard. Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick have a two shot advantage after 54 holes at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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Matt and Danny sit on top of the Omega European Masters tournament with -12 under par totals. Matt carded a third round -6 under par 66, which included two bogey’s. Danny went backwards with a +1 over par round of 71, after starting the day with a one shot advantage.

Matt, the former US Amateur Champion, thanked the dentist who sorted out his troublesome toothache yesterday;

“I didn’t get off to the best of starts, with a bogey at the first, at that point 74 was looking much more likely than 64”

“I feel like I’ve been playing well for a while now, so it’s been coming but 65-64 yesterday and today is still good going.” 

“I also have to thank the dentists I visited yesterday, because I was in a lot of pain at the start of the week, but they did a pretty good job on me.” 

“I’ve just got to keep it going really. It sounds really boring, but I’ll be taking it one hole at a time and trying to stay in the moment, and stay patient. Although that’s easier said than done!” 

Danny on the other hand was not feeling too well out on the course, and it was a tough day weatherwise;

“Golf’s not the greatest game when you’re feeling a little bit under the weather, but I won’t be using it as an excuse.” 

“It wasn’t the best of days, and the round could’ve got away from me early doors. So it was good to hang tough and finish off the round quite nicely.” 

“Hopefully that’s my one bad round out the way.” 

“If we get another day like today, not too many people are going to go low out there, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

“Hopefully I can commit to a few more shots than I did today.”

Raphaël Jacquelin is in third place at -10 under par, a -2 under par 68 keeping him in touch with the leaders, he carded a triple bogey seven, on the par four 4th, but recovered with eight birdies.

The defending champion David Lipsky lies in  fourth place at -9 under, with the Korean pair of Seuk-hyun Baek and Y E Yang a shot further back at -8 under par for the tournament.

David reported just how bad the weather was out on the Crans-sur-Sierre course;

“It was brutal out there with the winds picking up. I made up ground with the leaders which was my goal today.”

“I thought I would lose ground shooting one-under but with this wind today, you just got to hold on and hope for the best.”

“Obviously I want to win the title and there’s lots of pressure involved with that. But whoever I’m playing with tomorrow, I’m just going to go out there and have some fun.”

“I’ll definitely be looking at the leaderboard as it helps to know what I need to do to progress through the round.”

Seuk-hyun was amazed to find he was only four shots off the lead at the end of the day;

“When I reached the last hole, I found out I was only four back. So I still have a chance.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lizette, Lexi and Alison Have Have-Way Lead.

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Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson and Alison Lee all share the half-way lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic at  Blythefield Country Club.

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Lizette carded a second round -2 under par 69, Lexi fired -7 under par 64 and Alison -5 under par 66, to share the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, at the half-way stage in the competition.

Lizette spoke of the windier afternoon conditions;

“You know, the wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you had to be really precise on your targets.”

“And it caught the rough a little bit today, had to have a good short game.”

“It’s the difference between a morning wave and afternoon wave and you just have to deal with it.”

Lexi also mentioned the difference in the morning and afternoon conditions, from the other perspective;

“Playing in the morning without the wind and the greens are a little bit softer in the morning, so it’s easier to just control the way your irons are going to bounce out onto the greens.”

“So it’s a lot easier to control than yesterday in the afternoon.”

“I’ll take the same approach just go in the weekend with a positive attitude and do my routine going into every shot focus on my breathing and just have fun out there.”

” Obviously I always want to make birdies out there but you have to take one shot at a time.”

Alison, the rookie in the top group, loved playing alongside the top players;

”We kind of pushed each other through the day, I was fired up today going into the round and wanted to shoot a low number.”

“It’s great to be in contention. I mean, this is my rookie year and I’m still learning.”

”The wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you have to be really precise to your targets.”

”We have 36 more to go and I’m going to try to be patient and stay calm and just be committed to every shot.”

There are five ladies all tied in fourth position at -8 under par, while world #1 Inbee Park probably has next week’s  Women’s British Open on her mind. She is currently at -4 under par for the tournament;

”The most important thing is just work on my game so it’s ready to go next week.”

”You know, make sure that your ball striking, your swing feels good, make sure you’re feeling good on the greens.”

“This is the last chance to try it on. I’m trying to get my game to the level I want. It’s not quite there, but trying to get there.”

RBC Canadian Open. Chad Campbell Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Chad Campbell has 36 hole lead in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, in Canada.

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Chad recorded a second round -9 under par 63 to lead the RBC Canadian Open by two shots with a -14 under par total.

He said he felt comfortable on this course, and it helped him to sink some long putts;

“I’ve always liked the golf course, I just feel comfortable on it. It was a great round.”

”It’s kind of weird because it happened with the par fives, knocking them on in two and two-putting.”

”I made a couple long putts, which always helps.”

“Never really felt like it was going to be a crazy round, I’m definitely happy with it. Just solid play.”

Brian Harman is in second place, carding a second round -5 under par 67, to post a -12 under par total.

Third place is being shared by Canadian David Hearn and Johnson Wagner, at -11 under par.

David, the best placed local player, reported after his -8 under par 64;

“I felt really good about my game, I hit a lot more greens and my putter definitely got hot. Making those two birdies at the finish felt really, really good.”

”If I continue to keep playing the way I am, I know I have a chance.”

”I can’t control what Chad or any of the other players are going to do. But if I keep doing what I’m doing and stay focused on that, I like my chances.”

“I controlled the ball very well from start to finish and gave myself a lot of good chances, I couldn’t be happier about where my game is at and I’m excited about the weekend.”

Graeme DeLaet, after his withdrawal from the competition, through injury, tweeted;

“Totally gutted I had to WD from our national championship. Thanks for all the kind words. Hopefully just a short recovery.”

The much troubled Robert Allenby withdrew from the tournament, after firing caddie Mick Middlemo during his opening 81, he would never have made the cut anyway.

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Omega European Masters. 2nd Round Suspended.

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Play was suspended for the day due to the threat of electrical storms, but that was not before Danny Willett had produced some sparkling form of his own, to lead the Omega European Masters tournament.

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Danny fired a sparkling -8 under par 62 at the  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland, to top the Omega European Masters leaderboard at -13 under par.

Danny included a bogey in the round, but was not thinking of a 59;

“It was very, very good, right from the get-go.”

“I hit it well on the range this morning, got into a nice rhythm early doors and carried it through the whole round. Every part of my game felt pretty good today; I controlled my ball really well all day and my putter stayed hot for the whole day.

“I’m better mentally now than I was. Over these last two weeks especially, I haven’t been getting too far ahead of myself, and every time I’ve got in trouble I’ve just taken my medicine and moved onto the next.

“I didn’t actually hit the ball that well for the last two holes, but still managed to make par, whereas before, I might’ve got annoyed with myself and dropped a shot or two.”

“I forgot it’s a par 70 here, so a 59 is probably more likely than at most other places, but it’s just nice to get in with a low score, especially as it looks like the weather’s starting to come in.” 

Sharing second place, just one shot behind at -12 under par are two South Korean’s, Y.E. Yang and Seukhyun Baek. who both shot second rounds of -7 under par 63.

Y.E. was the 2009 US PGA Champion, but is looking for his first win since 2010;

“The conditions were ideal and my putting was good as well, so I’m very happy.”

“I managed to judge the ball distance better as the ball flies ten per cent further due to the altitude, it’s beautiful, with the mountains and scenery.” 

Alone in fourth place is Norwegian amateur Marcus Kinhult, a second round -4 under par 66,  on his 19th birthday, giving him a tournament total of -9 under par.

Another Norwegian Rikard Karlberg, defending champion American David Lipsky, Australian Richard Green and the French pair of Grégory Havret and Raphaël Jacquelin are all a shot further back at -8 under par.

All of the leading players have completed 36 holes, but there are 36 players having to return at 7.30am on Saturday to complete their rounds. English pair Richard Bland and Seve Benson are best-placed of those yet to finish, they are on -6 under par, but are unlikely to catch the leaders with a few holes left.