Arnold Palmer 1929 – 2016.
“Success in this game depends less on strength of body, than strength of mind and character.”
Rory McIlroy wins the Tour Championship trophy and with it the FedExCup at East Lake Golf Club.
Rory carded a final round -6 under par 64 to get into a Tour Championship play-off against Ryan Moore, -6 under 64 today and Kevin Chappell who scored -4 under 66 in the last round. They all finished with -12 under par totals, and the play-off commenced.
1st play-off hole was the par five 18th, which Rory and Ryan both birdied, and Kevin dropped out with a par. They both carded par 5 the second time around. The duel then moved to the par three 16th, which they both scored par. The fourth play-off hole was the par four 16th, which Rory birdied to win the tournament, and the FedExCup.
Rory’s road to the play-off began when he made Eagle two at the par four 16th, pitching in from 137 yards;
“I knew I was right back in the golf tournament.”
“Just to see that ball drop, and everything that’s come together for me this year, to pull it off was really special.”
“I’ve made it no secret that it’s one of the last things I feel like I had left on my golf CV, and I made it a big goal of mine to win it.”
“To be here and to win the FedExCup, to play the way I have in the last few weeks to get it done, is very special.”
Ryan made sure Rory had to work hard for his victory;
“I just wanted to make him earn it for that much money at least.”
“I wanted him to make the putt. It was nice to get up and make it, but you give a great player like him that many opportunities, and he’s going to make one eventually.”
Kevin was the in form player coming into this tournament, and was left wondering what he has to do to win. This tournament was the fourth time this season he had been runner-up. Losing twice to Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world, and once to Rory McIlroy. In those final rounds, Kevin’s scores had been 67, 69, 69 and 66.
“I’m proud of the way I fought, it just wasn’t enough.”
Alex Levy wins the fog bound Porsche European Open, in a play-off against Ross Fisher, in Germany.
Alex birdied the second extra hole to win the Porsche European Open, after finishing the 54 hole tournament tied at the top of the leaderboard with Ross Fisher.
Alex had a -2 under par 69 last round, to post -19 under par 54 hole total while Ross put together a -7 under 64 to make up the four shot difference between them at the start of play. Alex was very happy with his final putt, and the long awaited win.
“It’s unbelievable, on the 18th putt I saw the line and I said to my caddy, ‘I’ve got it’. I felt good, I felt the speed and I putted it very quickly.”
“It’s too good to have this feeling after two years of no wins, it’s very nice.”
“It’s tough to say that it’s the best one.”
“I have a very nice feeling and I worked a lot the last few weeks to have this one.”
“I was close last week but didn’t play good on Sunday and this week I managed my things to have this trophy in my hands.”
“I didn’t play really good on the front nine. I was thinking about the score and not on my own game. I stayed patient and I started to play really good on the back nine.”
Ross was generous in defeat congratulating Alex on his win;
“Hats off to Alex, it’s always going to be tough against a great player like him who closed out in Portugal very well.”
“He got off to a little shaky start so myself and Michael [Jonzon] just needed to put some pressure on Alex from the start.”
“I felt like I played pretty flawless on the front side, kept it going on the back. All you can do is hit good putts, I didn’t leave one short today which is a positive sign.”
Robert Karlsson, -6 under 65 today, and Michael Jonzon , -3 under 68, finished three shots out of the play-off at -16 under, tied in third place.
There are two players tied at the top of he Tour Championship leaderboard, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.
Kevin & D.J. / getty
Kevin and DJ are tied at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at -8 under par for the tournament, giving them a two shot lead over the field.
Kevin carded -2 under 68 today in his third round, and will give it everything he has to win tomorrow;
“I got nothing to lose, I’m going to go out there and give it all I’ve got, and Dustin is going to play great golf.”
“He’s been in this situation a lot this year, and it will come down to one or two shots.”
Dustin could have been in a much stronger position, but his putting is not as good as the rest of his game;
“I like my position, I feel like I’m playing really well.”
“I need to go out tomorrow and do the same thing I did today, and hopefully try to finish off a little better.”
Rory McIlroy, and Ryan Moore, both returning scores of -4 under 66 today, are close to the leaders at -6 under par, and share second place.
Rory needs a great result here to have a chance of winning the FedExCup;
“I just need to try and win this golf tournament, and whatever happens after that, happens.”
“It would just be great to try to win the TOUR Championship, and if the chips fall my way, then so be it.”
Ryan is focused on this tournament, the Ryder Cup pick for the American team is out of his control;
“Completely out of my control.”
“I came here this week to win a golf tournament, and I’m 100 percent focused on that.”
The Porsche European Open has been reduced to 64 holes due to the long delays caused by early morning fog at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, in Germany. Alex Levy, from France, still leads comfortably at the end of the second round.
Alex came back on day three to complete his one hole of the second round at -8 under par 63, and sit on top of the Porsche European Open leaderboard at -17 under par, and will take a four shot lead into the final and third round tomorrow.
“I had four good shots and a nice par today but it was no good coming up this morning and seeing the fog again.”
“But it’s okay, I just stayed patient and made two good shots, one from the tee and one from the fairway and that’s all I wanted to do.”
“I don’t watch the leaderboard overnight. I’m just trying to think about my own game and do the best that I can and that’s the most important thing.”
Michael Jonzon, from Sweden is in second place at -13 under for his two rounds, he also carded a -8 under par 63 in the second round;
“I always said I function well under these circumstances.”
“I struggle more just trying to make cuts because I can put a lot of pressure on myself. I know what I can do and sometimes I try too much.”
“I’ve been there before. I’m just going to go out tomorrow and try to shoot as good as I can, whatever happens after that is not in my control.”
“I’m going to be trying as hard as I can and be proud of my effort tomorrow.”
In third place at -12 under par is Ross Fisher from England, he had a modest -6 under par 65 second round.
Home favourite Martin Kaymer -7 under 64 is T4 at -11 under par alongside another German in Florian Fritsch, who also carded a second round -7 under 64.
D.J. Dustin Johnson is in charge of the Tour Championship, and also the FedExCup, leading after the second round at East Lake Golf Club.
Dustin Johnson / getty
Dustin carded -3 under par 67 today, to lead the Tour Championship after 36 holes at -7 under par, a one shot advantage going into the week-end.
Kevin Chappell is in second place at -6 under par, he shot a second round -2 under par 68, to stay in touch with the leader.
Kevin Kisner, even par 70 today, and Hideki Matsuyama, +1 over 71, share third place, at -3 under par for the tournament.
Big news from the tournament, World number one Jason Day has been forced to withdraw from the competition, citing his back injury. He farther aggravated the problem when hitting a driver off the deck. The withdrawal means he can not now win the FedExCup;
“When I get to the top of the swing, as soon as my hips start to unfold and then there’s that little bit of separation, it just crunches down.”
“It just hurts.”
“I put the tee in the ground at the BMW Championship, and my back went out.”
“Last time it went out, I changed a diaper. So it’s nothing where I go and physically make a move at it during a swing and my back goes out.”
“It literally is from the smallest things, picking up a pillow, picking up something off the ground, or just moving the wrong way.”
A statement from Jason’s management team read;
“The injury is a strained ligament in his lower right back with a muscle spasm. He withdrew as a precautionary measure.”
The second round of the Porsche European Open has been suspended. Many hours of play have been lost due to early morning fog at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, in Germany. Alex Levy is in command of the tournament after a birdie blitz before the stoppage.
Alex finished his first round and started his second, carding 17 birdies in 35 holes at the Porsche European Open, this amazing feat has given him a six shot lead at the top of the leaderboard. He has a -17 under par total and has completed 17 second round holes, and said he had fun doing it;
“I just want to have fun and to do my job. When I play like today, you just enjoy it. That’s all you can do.”
“It was really good, I said this morning that I just wanted to have fun and enjoy and play my golf. “
“That is what I did today and now it’s really nice. I enjoy the time with my caddie on the golf course. I played well and it is always good to be in a position like that.”
“I finished my round well this morning with two birdies in the last two holes and started with three birdies on the first three holes.”
“I think I’m in a good way and I just need to enjoy and to do my best to do my job.”
Robert Karlsson, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer share second place at -11 under par, all with second round holes to complete tomorrow morning before starting their third rounds.
Some players are not even half way through their second rounds, so the lead of Alex could get cut back, but he still in a very commanding position at the moment.