Sony Open. Fabian Gomez Wins In Play-Off

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Fabian Gomez wins the Sony Open in a play-off at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii.

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Fabian was tied at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard with Brandt Snedeker, both with -20 under par totals for the tournament. They played the par five18th twice in the play-off, with Fabian carding a birdie second time around, to win.

Fabian set the standard shooting seven birdies in a row for a -8 under 62 in the final round, to catch Brandt at the top. Brandt scored a last round -4 under par 66, which was not quite good enough to get the job done.

Brandt’s suspect putting stroke put paid to his dreams of wining;

“It’s frustrating because I couldn’t make putts to win the golf tournament, is going to sting today and tomorrow.”

Zac Blair took third place, at -19 under for the tournament, a final round -3 under par was never going to get him to the top of the leaderboard. Zac also had a problem with the putts not dropping, although he thought the one on eighteen was good, it would have put him in the play-off;

“One of the best putts I’ve probably ever hit right there on 18.”

“Unfortunately, it didn’t go in.”

Love The Big W, on 16, I remember the scene from The Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Would love to play there some day.

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Sony Open. Zac & Brandt Tied at the Top

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Zac Blair and Brandt Snedeker are tied at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard at the end of day three at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii.

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Zac could have had the lead on his own, but missed a two foot putt on the last, settling for a third round -6 under par 64, and -16 under par total at the hotly contested Sony Open;

“Just pulled it. Nothing more to it.”

“Didn’t hit the best putt and it didn’t go in.”

“I obviously don’t hit it as far as most of the guys out here, but at the end of the day, I think it just kind of comes down to getting the ball in the hole, and if you’re able to do that, you obviously seem to be finding yourself at the top of the leaderboard more often than not.”

Brandt carded a third round -4 under par 66 for his -16 under total, he remembers the first time he teed off in the last group on a Sunday;

“I can definitely relate, the one difference was I had Tiger Woods teeing off right in front of me, so that was a little bit disconcerting, to say the least.”

” I don’t think Zac views me as Tiger Woods, so I think he’ll be OK.”

“The nerves are going to be there. He’s got a great caddie in Andy Martinez to kind of help him get through it, and the golf course sets up really well for him. So I don’t see him having too many issues.”

Kevin Kisner is in third place on his own at -15 under par, he too carded -4 under par 66, and he wants to just keep on doing the same things, except missing short putts. He also mentioned the 5 iron approach shot that did not cut, and disappeared behind a tent;

“I thought I killed somebody in the stands.”

“I feel like if I can keep doing what I’m doing, getting the ball in playing, getting in on the green, make a few putts.”

“I’ve missed a couple of shorter ones, but it’s been good.”

Si Woo Kim has fourth place to himself at -14 under par, -5 under 65 today kept him in touch with the leaders.

There were  87 players who made the cut on Friday, so there was a Saturday cut of the top 70s and ties, and that knocked out Davis Love III, Another old-timer Vijay Singh was close to going as well, despite starting the day four shots out of the lead, he was on the cut line until making a long birdie putt on the 17th.

 

 

Sony Open. Snedeker Sneaks In Front.

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Brandt Snedeker sneaks in front at the Sony Open in Hawaii, at the Waialae Country Club.

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Brandt shot a second round -5 under par 65 at Waialae Country Club to post a half-way score of -12 under par for the Sony Open, and a one shot lead going into the week-end.

Brandt is looking forward to the week-end, and having some fun out there;

”I feel like I’m playing great, so it should be fun.”

”Maui being wide open off the tee a little bit helped me get comfortable with it.”

”And then I realized this week, how it feels, what should happen, and when I do hit a bad shot, I kind of know where it comes from.”

“So I feel way more comfortable with it this week and excited about it, because the bad shots haven’t been near as bad as they have been.”

Kevin Kisner is in second place on his own at -11 under par after carding a -4 under 66 today.

Tied in third spot are four players at -10 under par for the tournament, Luke Donald, Zach Johnson, Zac Blair and Chez Reavie.

Zach -4 under 66 today, Luke and Zac -5 under 65, while Chez carded a -7 under par 63 second round.

Luke, was asked about his troubles, dropping him to 78th in the world, and how he got his game back;

“When you come off a break there’s always a little bit of uncertainty of how you’re gonna perform.”

“I think mentally I took a bit of a hit, went through some changes, and they didn’t work out.”

“I was fully confident that they would work out, and when they didn’t that was a knock on my confidence.”

“Had some good results at the end of last season, and at least we are trending in the right direction.”

“It’s nice to get off to a good start, put myself in the mix, and hopefully have a solid week-end.”

“Just trying to get back to basics, and do what I am really good at. A hundred and yards and in, spend a lot of time on that.”

“I am never going to be someone who overpowers the golf course. I have to use the skills that I have.”

“Those have been the short game and putting, and they have been good over the last couple of days.”

“It’s good news, hopefully for a good year.”

Low round of the day, and tournament, went to Canadian Graham DeLaet, his -8 under par 62 took to him to -5 under par, easily making the cut.

Just making the cut here was Adam Scott, another round of -2 under 68 getting him to -4 under for the competition, and golf on the week-end.

Adam is still struggling with his conventional putter;

“Haven’t made anything on the greens yet.”

“So I haven’t got any momentum going, and I”m going to have to because I am pretty far behind starting the week-end.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony Open. Five Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a five way tie at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii, after the first round at Waialae Country Club. Vijay Singh shares the lead with Ricky Barnes, Morgan Hoffman, Kevin Kisner and Brandt Snedeker.

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Vijay shot a bogey free-7 under par 63 to share the Sony Open lead with the others at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. He said he had played well and is looking forward to the next three days play, the secret of his new found form, it’s in an old book, he could not reveal the title of this tomb, or he would have to kill us;

“I’ve been playing really well, I just haven’t produced the scores.”

“I feel I’m playing well, and see what the next three days bring.”

“I haven’t read it for the last 10 years, so I picked it up yesterday and started reading a few things that I’ve been doing, and it’s just a different mindset.”

“Golf swing has been the same, so become a lot more aggressive this year.”

“That’s the plan, to attack the golf course instead of just trying to put it in the fairway and trying to make a good swing.”

“I can’t tell you, ( the title of the book) I’d have to kill you.”

Ricky Barnes is in the group at -7 under, he unfortunately has gone 205 starts on the PGA Tour since he turned pro without winning, he explained his up and down form;

“Some things would click for a round, and then they would kind of go away.”

“But I felt like the stuff we are working on now is here to stay.”

I kind of feel that way about my own game.

Si Woo KimZach Johnson and Charles Howell 111 are tied in sixth place one shot back at -6 under par after their rounds of 66.

Luke Donald makes a welcome return to professional golf carding -5 under par 65, sharing eighth spot with nine other players, he spoke of where his mind has been in golfing terms recently;

“Those are some fleeting thoughts seven or eight months ago.”

 “I was feeling a bit down about my game, and I think I was in Memphis in a hard place. “

“My wife at the time was in Paris with Michael Jordan. I was just thinking I need to be in a higher place in Memphis right now while she’s in Paris. That was just putting it in context.”

Sony Open. Paul Casey & Webb Simpson Shoot 62.

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Paul Casey and Webb Simpson shoot 62 in the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, to lead the tournament at Waialae Country Club on the island of Oahu.

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Webb said it was a big day for him after shooting a -8  under par 62, using a conventional length putter on Tour for the first time and  he needed only 23 putts for the round and was holing everything in sight, including birdies on eight of his final 10 holes, and his 8-under 62 was the lowest round of his career;

“Today was a big day for me, I was extremely nervous, first round on the PGA Tour with a short putter, but I just had a couple of [Bible] verses in my yardage book today that I kept reading, and I stayed calm.”

“Today was a hurdle I felt like I needed to get over, and I’m just real thankful.”

 

“Basically the idea is God is for me, he’s on my side. Put my focus on Him instead of other people.” 

“Honestly, I know religion gets thrown around a lot, but I could have done it today without God and without Scripture.”

“Golf is a funny game, any time you start playing solid, it just gives you confidence. I’ve got a long three rounds to go, and a lot can happen. But a good start.”

“It was one of the best putting rounds I’ve ever had, to be honest. I’ve been putting well with it, but it’s easy to putt well on your home course playing with your buddies. So today there was a lot of pressure.”

“I didn’t sleep that great last night, but had a good morning, talked to my wife, and a good warm up and it was big to see a few putts go in early.”

“More than anything, I’m just glad to get started. I didn’t want to wait until 2016 because I didn’t want to be in a position where I felt like I was forced into the short putter.”

You have to wonder why Webb used the long putter in the first place.

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Paul started the day on the 10th hole and  had a run of five birdies in a row on 17, 18, 1, 2 and 3 and told reporters why he gave up on the European Tour to concentrate on the PGA TOUR;

“For as long as I’ve been professional I’ve been a member of the European Tour.”

“For a long, long time now, I’ve been trying to play both the PGA TOUR and the European Tour, and some years I’ve done it brilliantly, and other years I’ve failed miserably, and I just didn’t want to keep putting myself in kind of a position where I’m struggling to fly around the world.”

“I have not been here for a long time, the last time I was here was 2010 when I played in Maui, and it’s great to be back.”

“I’ve been in the Middle East for so long and I chose to come over here. I had no idea what to expect today, so I’m over the moon with that.”

“I knew what I was missing, and it was tough, it was a very tough decision not to go to Abu Dhabi.”

“A lot of pin‑high iron shots today, I’ve been working hard on stuff on the swing, and I think I played golf swing a little bit of the time, but the key really was the irons predominantly were pin high, gave myself sort of a lot of 9‑ to 12‑foot putts out there, and I holed a lot of putts.”

Camilo Villegas and Robert Streb both had first rounds of -7 under par 63, to be tied in second place, Rory Sabbatini carded an opening -6 under par 64 to claim 5th position on his own.

Jason Day and Matt Kuchar are among a group of six players who posted 65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony Open. A Walk in the Park for Walker.

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It was a walk in the park for Jimmy Walker as he won the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

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Jimmy fired an amazing last round of -7 under par 63, to lift the trophy at the Sony Open on Hawaii with a -17 under par total. Added to that sweet success is the fact that although  it’s still only the middle of January, he is also No. 1 in the FedExCup standings and Ryder Cup standings.

Jimmy said it took him a while to get there, but he played some real cool golf;

“It took me a long time to do it, I felt very calm and controlled. That’s what you’ve got to feel and do when it’s time to win. It’s easy to say, hard to do, but today was awesome, really cool golf. I’ve always felt like I belonged, and you need affirmation every now and then. The other win was like, `Yeah, OK, I can do it.’ I did it, and I was supposed to be able to do it. Everybody told me I was supposed to do it, and I finally did it. And then it’s, `Well, are you going to be the guy that won that you never hear from again?’ It’s nice to get it done and do it again today.”

Chris Kirk finished in second place at -16 under par, his last round -4 under par 66 not good enough to win the trophy. He felt he had played well enough to win;

“I feel like I hit the ball well enough to win this week, but it doesn’t always work out that way.”

Jerry Kelly finished alone in third place, at -15 under par, with Harris English on his own in fourth at -14 under par.

Jerry finishing strongly with a -5 under par 65, but Harris was not so good again carding another round of -3 under par 67, to slip out of contention.

World number two Adam Scott completed his tournament in -10 under par, and is now taking a six-week break, to work on his game which was lacking a little something here in Hawaii;

“I was liking my position there, I was making today a lot of fun, but I didn’t play very well on the next nine. I just was in the rough too much, unfortunately. It’s just such a hard course to get it going around here. I’ll work on my game a lot, I think there’s plenty of work on after the last couple weeks.”

Sony Open. Chris Kirk is the King.

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Chris Kirk is the King at the end of the third round at the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in  Honolulu.

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 Chris took control of the Sony Open on Saturday as he  fired a -5 under par third round  65 to take a one stroke lead going into the final day, with his -12 under par tournament total.

Chris spoke about how tight this competition is;

“When it’s so close like that, everybody is going to be making some birdies here and there, so I probably won’t look at leaderboards as much as I normally would. A lot of courses I think lend themselves to you need to know what your position is going into any given hole, but out here, I don’t think that’s really the case. They’re just so volatile with guys making birdies and bogeys. I’ll just probably try to keep my head down and make as many birdies as I can.”

Second place is being shared by Will Wilcox and Harris English, both at -11 under par. Will, said he does not know what to expect, but is delighted to be in the mix;

“I didn’t know what was going to happen this week, making the cut was a dream come true. Playing good on Saturday was a dream come true. Getting to have a decent shot tomorrow is ridiculous. I saw I was beating James Hahn by two or three. He was like 51st and I was in 13th or something, you’ve just got to play tight and make a couple of clutch putts, which I did today. I don’t know. We’ll see.”

Harris mentioned how tough it is, and he is happy to be in with a shot at  the title;

“It was just kind of `Grind it til you find it.’ this course is tough. It’s hard to hit the fairways, and you’ve just got to be a wizard around the greens, and that’s kind of how I approached today. I didn’t have my best golf, but I scraped it around at three under par and I’m still in this golf tournament.”

Next in line at -10 under par are Jerry Kelly and Jimmy Walker.

Robert Allenby made only five cuts in 24 tournaments last year and had to use an exemption from career money (top 25) to get his card. Robert is currently tied in sixth place, at -9 under par, with six other players. He said the turn around for him came with playing his local club with the old boy’s, who will not give him an inch;

“I’ve been playing the guys at Admiral’s Cove, all the 60-year-olds, and they make me putt out because they’re like waiting for me to miss. I keep shooting 7, 8, 9 under and stuff with them. They’ve put me in a good mental state for out here on tour.”

There are eleven players within three shots of the lead here at the Waialae Country Club, so the Sony Open title is still very much in the balance. Someone is going to have a very good round tomorrow.