Valero Texas Open, Zach and Andrew On Top.

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Zach Johnson and Andrew Landry are on top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC San Antonio, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Z. Johnson, Landry share lead after Moving Day at Valero

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Zach carded a third round -4 under 68 to get to -13 under par for the Valero Texas Open and share the lead with Andrew.

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Andrew went one better, with a -5 under 67 to tie Zach at the top at -13 under par.

Zach won this title in 2008 and 2009, he would like to do it again, and his good putting could get him there ;

“I’ve got 18 holes to get to that point.”

“I’ve got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole.”

“I’m putting great, I’m seeing the lines well, my caddie’s reading the greens well, so it’s just a matter of committing and executing down the stretch.”

Andrew is also a great putter;

“I’m a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today.”

“I just did everything really good, I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars.”

“This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.”

“I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow.”

Alone in third place at -12 under par is Trey Mullinax, who equaled the course record with his third round -10 under par 62,  another good putter, he  has made 42 out of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week;

“It’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve ever had.”

“To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.”

Ryan Moore holds fourth place at -11 under par, his -2 under 70 today not matching the rounds of the leaders.

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Trophée Hassan II, Alvaro Has Advantage.

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain, will take a one shot advantage into the final round of the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco tomorrow.

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Alvaro is looking to go wire to wire in the Trophée Hassan II, and will take a one shot lead into the last round after only carding even par 72 today, keeping his -7 under total;

“I have to recognize that it felt a little bit like Russian roulette.”

“Suddenly great shot, suddenly not that good, but I have to really believe that I fought very nicely and that’s the most important thing, especially with the pin positions that we have played today.”

“I’m happy to finish in level par today because it was my tricky day, I want to think, so hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.”

“I will need to see how my game is waking up tomorrow to believe in being able to shoot a decent score that allows me to fight for the title or not.”

“That’s why we are here, to be leading tournaments and being able to develop.”

Four players are tied in second place, that one shot back at -6 under, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, -4 under 68 today and Erik van Rooyen, _1 under 71, both from South Africa, Mikko Ilonen, Finland, -6 under 66, and Alexander Levy, France, -3 under 69.

Mikko likes the new course layout, and so does everyone else;

“I like the layout, everybody loves the layout. Obviously we have new greens this year and it’s made the course a bit trickier.”

“I wasn’t expecting to be here, as you see. I haven’t shaved this morning, or last week, so I wasn’t prepared to be in front of the cameras.”

“I was expecting a solid round again. I was quite happy with the two 72s to start with and things just started to roll my way today. I managed to score on the easier holes.”

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Valero Texas Open. Zach and Ryan Tied.

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Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore are tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio.

Johnson, Moore share 36-hole lead at Valero

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Zach, -7 under 65 today, and Ryan -5 under 67 share  the Valero Texas Open lead at -9 under par after 36 holes.

Zach was asked if there are any similarities between La Cantera, where the tournament used to be played, and TPC San Antonio;

“The only similarity is that they’re probably within 30 miles,  well, that’s not a similarity, that’s just a fact.”

“It’s certainly not the test this is. This is a much more difficult test.”

“The confidence is there, and when you can step on the tee with this kind of wind, you trust your clubs and trust your ball, that’s pretty important.”

Ryan has had problems with the putter;

“My distance control has been great and really my ball-striking’s been really nice the last few weeks.”

 “The putter just kind of hasn’t been cooperating.”

Two players are then tied in second place, one shot back at -8 under par, Andrew Landry, -5 under 67 today, and Grayson Murray who carded a second round -3 under 69.

Grayson the first round leader made a good birdie on the par five 18th; 

“Those were the two best shots I’ve hit into a par five in a long time.”

“To be pin-high just on the front fringe on that hole, I didn’t even think I could do it.”

“I’m an underdog in this situation, which I love to be.”

Andrew is knocking on the door of winning;

“You just continue to learn whenever you get put in these situations.”

“I just know that I’m knocking. Something’s close.”

“Whether it be this week or any other week or a year or two from now, I’m knocking.”

Two notables who missed the +1 over par cut line were internationals Sergio Garcia, Spain and Adam Scott, Australia.

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Trophée Hassan II. Alvaro Quiros Stays on Top.

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain stays on top of the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard at the half way stage in Morocco.

Trophée Hassan II.

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Alvaro shot -2 under 70 today, in the same windy conditions the ladies encountered in Morocco. He leads the Trophée Hassan II tournament at the half-way stage with a -7 under par total, and will take a one stroke advantage into the week-end;

“I would love to say that I have control of my secret but I’m not able to say.”

“Clearly I’m recovering a little bit of natural feel in my swing and now every single day of golf I need to recover a bit of confidence.”

“It’s a very demanding shot to the green every single time. There are very small places to land the ball, it doesn’t matter if you have a long iron or a short iron it is always tight.”

“I’m pleased with the score.”

 Andrew Dodt, Australia has second place at -6 under par, shooting a very respectable -4 under 68 in the windy conditions;

“It wasn’t easy, quite breezy, which made the course very different to yesterday.”

“I played pretty solid, though, even though I was two over through five or six, I just told myself to hang in there and try and hit fairways and greens and I managed to do that on the back nine.”

Erik Van Rooyen, South Africa, is third, carding -1 under par 71, for a tournament total of -5 under par;

“I feel like I’m playing well, I’m used to playing The European Tour now. It’s nothing new anymore so I’m good, I’m comfortable.”

“It’s not easy out there. It’s playing really, really tough. Two-club wind, so it was really just a grind in staying patient and I think it was solid.”

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Valero Texas Open. Grayson Murray 1st Round Leader.

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Grayson Murray, USA, is the first round leader af the Valero Texas Open at  the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

In the opening round of the 2018 Valero Texas Open, Grayson Murray leads by one shot over Chesson Hadley and Billy Horschel who both carded a 4-under 68.

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Grayson carded a -5 under par 67 to lead the Valero Texas Open by one shot at the end of the first round, after missing the cut last week;

“Just the fact I did give myself enough opportunities today for birdie, it took a lot of pressure off.”

“I was hitting each club ten yards shorter than I normally do, and you can’t play like that because your caddie is trying to give you a number and a club, and you keep hitting these bad shots or keep coming up short.”

“I got back to the basics with the setup and the takeaway, got my club in a better position at the top, which kind of frees my downswing.”

“Then I can start going at it.”

Five players share second spot at -4 under after opening rounds of 68, Chesson HadleyKeegan Bradley, Ryan Moore, Billy Horschel and Matt Atkins, all USA.

Billy and Ryan were bogey free today, where only 34 players in the 156 man field managed to break par.

Billy was happy with his round;

“Struck the ball really well, something that we’ve been working hard on.”

“Could have been better, I didn’t really make anything out there today. But I’m happy with it.”

“I’m a big momentum player. I’ve got to get the train moving forward.”

“I’ve always been a guy who gets on a little roll, get that train moving and jump in that winner’s circle.”

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Trophée Hassan II. Bradley Dredge and Alvaro Quiros Lead.

 

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Bradley Dredge, Wales and Alvaro Quiros, Spain, lead the Trophée Hassan II tournament at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco.

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Bradley

Bradley and Alvaro shot opening rounds of -5 under par 67 to top the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard in Morocco, where the layout measures a mammoth 7,557 yards.

Bradley enjoyed a good day on the course;

“A good day, very pleased to be leading the tournament after round one. I played nicely all day so delighted.”

“It’s just a matter of keeping the ball in play and shot-to-shot, as in looking where the pin positions are and then taking into consideration whether or not you can go for the pin or play away from it.”

“I haven’t played a great deal this year. I feel as though it’s progressing quite well at the moment so I’m quite pleased the way it’s trending, as a lot of guys say.”

Alvaro enjoyed a great day;

“I have to recognize that it was a great round of golf.”

“The score is good but I will say that the level that I displayed today from tee to green, it’s been unbelievable.”

“I know that five under is a very good score but it looks like it’s a little bit short for the game that I have displayed today.”

“Tomorrow is going to be a completely new day, and it’s only the second round of a four-round tournament.”

Tied in second place are Oliver Fisher, England, and Joakim Lagergren, Sweden, with rounds of -4 under 68.

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RBC Heritage. Maiden Win For Satoshi Kodaira.

 

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It was a PGA Tour Maiden win for Satoshi Kodaira of Japan in a sudden death play-off against Si Woo Kim, South Korea for the RBC Heritage title at Harbour Town Golf Links.Kodaira breaks through at Hilton Head

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Satoshi, -5 under 66 and Si Woo, even par 71, finished tied for the RBC Heritage lead at -12 under par. They went into a sudden death play-off which Satoshi won with a birdie on the third extra hole, the par three 17th.

Satoshi did not sound too  impressed with the Plaid Jacket, his words translated by an interpreter; 

“I will probably not wear it regularly,  but this is special.”

“I wasn’t really thinking about winning.”

“I wasn’t that nervous on the last putt, compared to the first two putts on 18.”

“This is a stage I’ve been dreaming about, and having this opportunity to play the PGA TOUR full time is a dream come true.”

Si Woo suffered from a bad day with the putter;

“I tried my best, and the putts didn’t drop. It is what it is.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par were Bryson DeChambeau, -5 under 66 today and Luke List, +1 over par 72, both players  from the USA.

54 hole leader Ian Poulter, England, suddenly started making bogey’s, five on the back nine, finishing T 7 at -9 under par, with a last round +4 over 75.

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