The Open. Stunning Spieth Digs Deep To Win.

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Jordan Spieth, USA, digs deep to win The Open, with a stunning finish to secure the victory on the links of  Royal Birkdale Golf Club, in England.

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Jordan struggled today carding three bogey’s in his first four holes, a birdie followed on the next hole, but two more bogeys saw him sinking down. He recovered with some good putting to win the 146th The Open with three birdies and an Eagle in his last five holes, giving him a last round total of -1 under par 69, and a three shot winning margin at -12 under ;

“It’s incredible, this is one of the most sought after trophies in the world and the most sought after in our sport and to be able to have my name on it and already see that is a dream come true.”

“My last goal now is to try and complete a career grand slam.”

“Somehow it came from an errant drive, a crazy drop and a bogey to get me going.”

“After that one went in I stuffed a six iron at the next hole and that putt went in. I was uncomfortable on the greens and all of a sudden I couldn’t miss.”

“Tremendous mental strength to be able to come back and finish that way with a couple of good breaks and Matt got a couple of bad breaks as well.”

“I don’t know how I shot one under today.”

Matt Kuchar secured an American 1-2, also with a final round -1 under par 69, he was three shots clear of the third place at -9 under for the tournament.

Grabbing third place was Haotong Li, from China, returning the low round of the day, -7 under par 63, for a -6 under total.

Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain,-2 under 68 today, and Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, with -3 under 67 shared fourth place at -5 under par.

The Open. Jordan Stands Firm at the Top. Amazing Grace Shoots 62.

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Jordan Spieth stands firm at the top of The Open leaderboard at Royal Birkdale, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow, despite amazing Branden Grace making history with a 62.

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Jordan shot a third round -5 under 65 to post -11 under par at the top of The Open leaderboard, giving him a three shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It was pretty stress-free.”

“On a Saturday, with the lead in a major, that’s about as good as I can ask for right there.”

Matt Kuchar keeps his second place, his -4 under 66 today, leaves three shots adrift of the leader with his -8 under total. But it means America has kept control of the 146th The Open.

Brooks Koepka, USA, -2 under 68 today, and Austin Connelly, Canada, -4 under 66, are both in third place at -5 under par.

Amazing Branden Grace, South Africa, -8 under 62, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -4 under 66, share fifth place.

On the last green Branden  was 45 feet and two putts away from shooting the lowest round in major championship history, but did not know it;

“I didn’t know what was going on on eighteen, I promise you.”

“I had no idea that 62 was obviously the lowest ever.”

“Just trying to shoot a number to try to get myself back in there and have a decent finish for the week. Obviously now the mindset changed a bit.”

Grace unknowingly makes major history

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The Open. Jordan Spieth Supreme.

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Jordan Spieth supreme in The Open, pulling away from the field at Royal Birkdale during a wet second round afternoon session.

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Jordan, USA,  shot -1 under 69, to extend his lead in The Open to two shots at -6 under par. An Eagle at 15 was lucky;

 “I mis-hit it, and I was very fortunate to scoot that last bunker.”

“It was definitely a good break. It wasn’t a bad play. We knew we’d stolen one.”

Keeping the American stranglehold on this competition is Matt Kuchar, in second place, his second round of +1 over par leaving him at -4 under for the tournament.

Sharing third place, at -3 under are Ian Poulter, England, even par 70 today, and Brooks Koepka, USA, with +2 over par 72 second round.

Poults is pumped up;

“I qualified for The Open. I’m loving it. I really am. “

“This is a massive bonus for me to be in this position. I haven’t played in a major for a little while, and I can’t wait.”

“I’m excited. I’m pumped up, I mean I’m ready to go out there toe-to-toe with anyone this weekend.”

Rory McIlroy played himself back into the competition, -2 under 68 today, with an improved performance with the putter giving him a -1 under total and T 7;

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“That was right up there.”
“It’s really tough out there. I was lucky enough to get off to that great start but the conditions actually got a little bit worse on the back nine and it’s hard.”
“I think this south east wind that we’re playing today is the toughest wind you get on this golf course.”
“To be in after two days and be under par for this championship, after the way I started, I’m ecstatic with that.”
 “I’ve been really, really happy with how I’ve putted the last couple of days and that’s one of the most difficult things today.”

Notables missing the cut, at +5 over par, are Phil Mickelson +10. Padraig Harrington  +6, Justin Thomas +7, Patrick Reed +8, Louis Oosthuizen and Billy Horschel, both with +12 over par.

Phil suffered only his fourth ever cut;

“I missed it with flair.”

“I thought I had a good game plan. I thought my game was sharp. But obviously it wasn’t.”

The Open. Three Way USA Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way USA tie at the top of The Open leaderboard, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Brooks Koepka lead the American assault of Royal Birkdale on day one, shooting 65’s.

 

Koepka, Spieth post early 65s at The Open

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Brooks, Jordan and Matt all fired first rounds at The Open of -5 under par 65, to lead by one shot.

Jordan was bogey free today, and said he could not have done better, but did miss a couple of putts;

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“I couldn’t have done much better today.”

“I still missed tee shots, a couple more than I really wanted to. And I had a couple of putts that were within 10, 12 feet that missed.”

“But it was really, really solid all around.”

Brooks, the U.S. Open champion arrived early in the week to learn the Royal Birkdale course, and feels comfortable out there;

“It feels back in the routine now.” 

Two players are tied in fourth place at -4 under par, carding -4 under 66, Paul Casey, England and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa.

Last weeks winner at the Scottish Open, Rafa Cabrera Bello, from Spain, is in the group of five players at -3 under par, alongside Ian Poulter, who is making a good comeback from injury;

“Last year I was commentating for the first two days, which was difficult.”

“I think that’s one of the most difficult things I’ve done.

“It’s too easy to get down when you’re not playing those big tournaments and it’s easy to get down when golf seems to be pretty difficult.”

“It’s the feeling I used to have to know to play well in a Major or WGC, it really helps. It’s a great feeling, it really is.”

“Today has meant a lot.”

LPGA Draconian Dress Code.

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The not so wise people at the LPGA have decided to enforce what can only be described as Draconian Dress Code rules.

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I thought the authorities were looking at ways of encouraging young ladies to take up golf. Looking at ways of making more enjoyable, these new rules beggar belief;

 • Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback).

• Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.

• Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed.

• Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.

• Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.

• Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes

• Joggers are NOT allowed

Modern young ladies are very fashion conscious, and that interest drives the golf apparel industry.

I remember the first time Tiger Woods turned up in a polo shirt with no proper collar, no one said a word.

The top Draconist  Heather Daly-Donofrio made this statement;

“The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game. While we typically evaluate our policies at the end of the year, based on input from our players, we recently made some minor adjustments to the policy to address some changing fashion trends. The specifics of the policy have been shared directly with the members.”

Compare these rules with other Ladies sports, such as Tennis, Hockey, Netball, they seem to operate without offending anyone.

First question is, Where did this come from?

Lucky Heather Daly-Donofrio is not in charge of the American Ladies Swimming Association.  Try breaking a world record wearing this

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John Deere Classic. Bryson DeChambeau with Maiden Tour Win.

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Bryson DeChambeau grabs his maiden PGA Tour win, the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

DeChambeau takes John Deere Classic, first TOUR title

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Bryson carded a final round -6 under par 65 to capture his maiden Tour win with a -18 under par total at the John Deere Classic. This win will also get Bryson into The Open next week;

“I don’t even know what it means right now.”

“I have just been working so hard my whole life to try and do this and to finally have it happen at the John Deere where I started pretty much a couple of years ago is just incredible.”

Third-round leader Patrick Rodgers shot a -1 under par 70 to finish in second place, one shot back at -17 under, with a couple of late bogey’s derailing his effort.

Wesley Bryan, a great -7 under par 64 today, and Rick Lamb, -5 under 66, tied in third place with -16 under par totals.

Scottish Open. Rafa Beats Callum In Play-Off.

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Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, beats Callum Shinkwin, of England, in a play-off to win  Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Rafa, -8 under par 64 today, a new course record, and Callum, -4 under 68 were tied at the top of the  Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard at -13 under par after  the 72 holes.

Rafa won with a birdie four at the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, saying it was good putting that set up the record score;

“Obviously I am extremely happy, I have won before and I have been up there so many, many times and things have not really worked out.”

“I was starting to feel a little bit of pressure every time I was up there contending so I’m really, really happy how I played today.”

“In the play-off I really gave it a go and I’m extremely pleased it worked out for me. Those are the moments we practice for.”

“I truly enjoy those pressure situations. I think they really define you if you can really perform under those circumstances. I hit a great shot and birdie was enough to win.”

“Today I had that little bit of luck that I needed. I stayed patient and I putted good.”

“I really trusted myself and I played almost the best golf of my life.”

Callum made his only bogey of the day, on the last, to miss out on the outright win;

“My game was holding up fantastic from the word go. I drove the ball unbelievable off the tee all day and I don’t think I missed many greens.”

“I got in there [The Open] last year and didn’t perform too well. But this year my game feels better and hopefully I can perform much better.”

“Under the gun, I didn’t miss a shot until the last hole, I learnt I can compete with the best.”

Matthieu Pavon, France claimed third place at -10 under par, with a final round -6 under 66.