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.”

 

 

 

 

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.”

 

Made in Denmark. Horsey Gallops to Win

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David Horsey gallops to win at the  Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in a wire to wire win.

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David did not have the best of final rounds at Made in Denmark,  a +2 over par 73, but his total of -13 under par gave him a two shot victory, in the windy conditions.

He admitted he made hard work of it, but explained it was hard to stay focused with a lot of standing around and waiting on the back nine;

“It’s a kick-start really, I’ve been playing well for quite a few months now and not really been getting any results and not scoring particularly well so to come out with a bit more strategy and a bit more focus this week has paid off.”

“It was a bit of a strange week. I’ve been focusing on myself and not trying to get caught up in the tournament and I managed to do that so well it’s nearly a bit of surprise”

“I was a little bit disappointed with myself on 16, but managed to regroup and focus coming down those last couple of holes.”

“I left myself a very tough putt on 17  but to par the last as well was perfect.”

“The last couple of holes there was a lot of waiting around it and it started to then become a reality so very, very pleased. I made hard work of it but I got over the line at the end.”

The chasing pack of four players all finished tied in second place at -11 under par, the best of those was Kristoffer Broberg, carding a bogey free new course record of -9 under par 62, and Daniel Gaunt, a -5 under 66. The other two were just cantering along, keeping the home crowd happy was the leading DaneSøren Kjeldsen, he was joined by Terry Pilkadaris to complete the foursome.

Terry was disappointed with his last round effort;

“I’m disappointed, I bogeyed 14 and doubled 15 so I couldn’t keep the pressure on. I had a half chance on the 18th with an 18-footer but just pushed it right. That’s the way golf goes.”

“The wind was really up today. From the seventh onwards it was a two to three club breeze. I paid the penalty on eight, and again on 15 when I had a flier out of the rough.”

“That’s golf. I was just missing the fairway today and then you’re struggling from there with the lies in the rough. If I’d driven it better I would’ve had a better chance.”

“It was a fun tussle with David. Credit to him for closing it out. He gave us hope on 16 by missing that short putt but I didn’t put the pressure on down 17 and 18 as I would’ve liked.”

“It’s my best ET finish, but there’s a lot of disappointment from today.”

“I know the game’s there so I’ll keep plugging away.”

Another Dane,  Mads Søgaard, also kept the home crowd interested,  he finished T6 at -10 under, along with Paul Lawrie Bradley Dredge and Richard Green.

This event is hugely popular in Denmark, and each year the crowds grow bigger as the locals turn out to cheer on their hero’s.

Wyndham Championship. Jason & Jonas Shoot 62.

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Jason Gore and Jonas Blixt shoot 62 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Jason shot a third round -8 under par 62, which included a bogey, at the Wyndham Championship. He now sits on top of the leaderboard at -15 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Jason is a longtime friend of Tiger, and was talking up the performance of his friend, and added a comment about himself;

“What the guy has done for the game, bringing people into the game of golf is amazing.”

“We all have better lives because of him, and you know, some of us have jobs because of him and I just think it’s awesome to see him playing well again, to see him playing like Tiger Woods, because that’s what we all want to see.”

“Contrary to popular belief, I’m still a good golfer.”

“You’d think a chubby guy from California couldn’t handle the heat and humidity. Maybe it brings my focus up.”

Tied in second place are Jonas Blixt, who also carded a bogey in his -8  under par 62, Scott Brown and Tiger Woods.

Scott had a -4 under par 66 today, while Tiger could only manage -2 under par 68.

Jonas wants to secure his PGA Tour card for next year, and a win here would do that;

“Very pleased if I secured my job. A win will take care of that.”

 “Shoot another 62, I should have a good chance.”

A win here for Tiger would clinch a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs, and help to make something from a dismal season;

“I felt very steady from the word go.”

“The putter just felt really good. My pace, I felt like I could be aggressive.”

“I took a few runs at putts and ripped them past the hole, but I never felt like I was going to miss any of them. I took a rip at them. Some I made, some I didn’t.”

“I need to go out there tomorrow and make a run and get myself up there and make some birdies.”

“There’s a bunch of guys at 13 under. There’s a whole slew of guys at 12, 11, 10. “

“Anybody can make a run and shoot the score Jason and Jonas did.”

There are five players tied in fifth spot, at -12 under par, Webb Simpson, Jim Herman, Paul Casey, Cameron Percy and Brandt Snedeker.

 

 

 

 

Wyndham Championship. Tiger Tied For Lead.

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Tiger Woods shares the Wyndham Championship lead with Tom Hoge in the second round at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Tiger and Tom are tied at the top of the Wyndham Championship leaderboard at -11 under par after 36 holes of the tournament. Tiger carded -5 under par 65, and Tom -3 under 67.

Tiger said the improvement in his golf is just part of an on-going process;

“It’s just part of the process.”

“I knew I was playing something similar to this at Quicken Loans. I just need to put it together for four days.”

“I’m just happy that I’m playing the weekend right now, OK?”

 “Let’s focus on that.”

One shot back at -10 under par Davis Love III and Chad Campbell are tied in fourth place. Davis carding -4 under par 66, while Chad went one better, posting another round  a -5 under 65.

Davis spoke about his injuries, and some bad luck, and how putting will be the key this week;

“I had a little bit of bad luck or worn-out parts, one of the two or both.”

“But golf-wise, I get a little quick, from the top of my swing. That’s trying too hard or impatient or nervous or something like that.”

“Working on that has really helped this week, and obviously putting. Putting is the big key out here. Everybody hits it long and good.”

“I’m taking it one day at a time, that’s what Tiger and I talked about Tuesday (they played a practice round), we have to win to go to the Barclays. Let’s get the plan.

“And it’s a one-spot qualifier for me. Second or third probably doesn’t do me any good. But I’m not looking past tomorrow or Sunday right now and trying to just keep improving.”

“I’ve been working hard trying to get back to where I can walk 18 holes first, and then 36 and walk a whole week.”

“This is the best I’ve felt in a while and obviously the best I’ve played, so I just want to keep making progress.”

Low round of the day went to Brandt Snedeker, carding a course record equaling -9 under par 61. It got him into a tie for 5th place at that score after his first round of even par 70.