The Honda Classic. Luke List Leads Alone.

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Luke List leads The Honda Classic alone heading into the final round tomorrow, seeking his first PGA Tour victory, at PGA National in Florida.

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Luke had a -4 under 66 third round to lead The Honda Classic by one shot at -7 under par;

“I was happy the way I handled myself today, because I’ve had some rounds where I’ve had the lead or share of the lead going into Saturday and haven’t performed the way I’d like to.”

“I was happy with that and it’s another learning experience going into Sunday.”

“I’ll be nervous and there will be a lot of pressure, but that’s part of why we do it out here.”

“I know I’ll be an underdog going against Justin Thomas and guys like that, which is fine.”

“It’s kind of nice having Tiger in the field now because he takes all the attention off everybody else, so you can just kind of go out and do your own thing.”

Justin Thomas, -5 under 65, and Webb Simpson, -4 under 66, share second place at -6 under par.

Justin was happy to have survived the Bear Trap without any damage;

“To play the Bear trap in two under was stealing, I felt like.”

“Half of my wins, or a decent amount of my wins, have been on easier golf courses, so it would be cool to get it done at a place like this.”

Tied in fourth spot are Tommy Fleetwood, England, -3 under 67 today, and Jamie Lovemark, -2 under 68, both players at -5 under for the tournament.

Tiger is seven shots off the lead, even par 70 today, but still insists he can win;

 “I’ve got a shot going into tomorrow.” 

“You never know what can happen the last few holes here.”

“A lot of things can happen and have happened in the past.

Rory McIlroy is in full reverse, +3 over 73 in his third round, leaving him at +7 over for the tournament T63, and has yet to break par in this competition.

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Honda Classic. Two Players at the Top

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Two Players are tied at the top of The Honda Classic leaderboard after round 1 at PGA National Golf Club in Florida. Alex Noren, Sweden and Webb Simpson, USA, have a one shot advantage over the field.

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Webb reckons this is one of the toughest golf courses;

”When you stand on certain tee boxes or certain approach shots, you remember that, man, this is one of the hardest courses we play all year, including majors.”

Alex came to the USA to gain some experience, and it’s working;

“I came over here to try to play some more American-style courses, get firmer greens, more rough, and to improve my driving and improve my long game.”

”So it’s been great.”

Five players are tied in third place at -3 under par, Morgan Hoffman, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, USA, with Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa and Mackenzie Hughes from Canada, all had opening rounds of 67.

Justin summed up his day;

“Some of those holes, you’re just kind of holding on for dear life” 

A lot of players, including Tiger Woods, even par 70 today and Rory McIlroy, +2 over 72 have been critical at the state of the greens on the Champion Course;

Rory spoke about the crusty greens;

“They looked more like Sunday greens than Thursday.”

“They are pretty crusty. They are going to have a job keeping a couple of them alive.”

Tiger commented;

“It’s going to get more difficult because these greens are not the best.”

“Some of these putts are a bit bouncy, there’s no root structure.”

“You hit shots and you see this big puff of sand on the greens, so that shows you there’s not a lot of root structure.”

But apparently Brad Nelson, PGA National’s director of agronomy is happy with the greens, where on the first day of play only 20 golfers broke par;

“Our goal is to be really, really firm, and we feel like we are in a good place for where we want them to be going into the weekend.”

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TOUR Championship. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard after 36 holes; Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson and Paul Casey are the stars at East Lake.

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Justin, USA,  carded an Eagle at the par five 18th for a second round -4 under 66 at the Tour Championship to tie the lead at -7 under par with Webb Simpson,USA, -3 under 67, and Paul Casey of England, who signed for a second round -4 under 66.

Justin commented that he did not make any putts today, makes you wonder how far in front he would have been if he had putted well;

“I really haven’t made anything.”

Paul has not won on the PGA Tour since 2009, but said it would be cool to win here;

“It would cap off a very good season to make a very good season a great season.”

“It would be a lot of satisfaction in that.”  

“It’s amazing how this golf course just bunches and you can’t seem to get away, guys are right there sort of biting at your heels, so it’s going to be a tough one.”

“The honor of winning around here at East Lake and the history here, I think that would be the coolest thing.”

Four players are one shot back at -6 under par; Justin Rose, England, -4 under 66 today, Gary Woodland, -3 under 67 and Patrick Reed, who had the low round of the day, -5 under 65, both players from the USA, and they are joined by Jon Rahm, Spain, who carded a second round -3 under 67.

Rosie is coming right at the right time;

“I think there’s always a lag effect to the things you work on and when they show up, so it was just kind of fortunate timing for it to begin in the Playoffs.” 

“It feels a little bit similar to the beginning part of the year where I was playing nicely going into Augusta and trying to time that peak.”

“It would be nice if I could figure that out this weekend, time it pretty close.”

Jon is only here for the title;

“I don’t play for the money. I’m not playing because I want to be a millionaire. I’m playing because I want to be the best golfer I can be.” 

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TOUR Championship. Kyle Stanley has the 1st round Lead.

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Kyle Stanley has the 1st round lead at the TOUR Championship at East Lake.

Stanley leads at East Lake

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Kyle carded an opening round -6  under par 64 to take a two shot lead at the top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard;

“When we played our practice rounds I thought it was,  a pretty difficult test.”

“It was nice to get off to a pretty fast start, making four birdies in a row.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under, after their opening rounds of 66, they are; Paul Casey, England, Brookes Koepka, Daniel Berger and Webb Simpson.

Webb explained how hard it is to get this far in the championship, due in part to better putting;

“It’s hard to get here, I feel like the competition on the PGA Tour’s better every year.”

“Purses are bigger, there’s FedEx Cup points, guys are hungrier than ever.”

“And next season starts my 10th season, so I’m not that young anymore.

“So yeah, it felt a lot more special this year after missing two in a row, and knowing that I had a tough mountain to climb.”

 “I’ve been putting better, and I’ve been thinking better.”

“Add those two things up, I haven’t hit it great this year but I’ve hit it good enough, I guess, and the ball striking is coming.”

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Wyndham Championship. Henrik Stenson Wins.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, wins the Wyndham Championship at  Sedgefield Country Club.

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Henrik shot a final round -6 under par 64 to win the Wyndham Championship with a -22 under par total. a one shot victory;

“It was anyone’s tournament on the back nine.”

“I had to keep on making birdies, because Ollie was surely not backing down.”

“I thought I had a two-shot cushion, and as I walked over to the 18th hole and looked around, `Oh, OK, Ollie birdied it as well.”

 “So I better scramble a par here to get the win.”

“It’s certainly a good time to start firing.”

 “We know the kind of damage you can do in the playoffs.”

“If you get hot and keep on playing well, you have a chance to challenge.”

Ollie Schniederjans claimed second place at -21 under, he also had a last round -6 under 64;

“When I stuffed it (on No. 18), I thought that’s probably going to be a playoff.”

“And he birdied 17 and got par on 18. Hat’s off to him, he had a great finish, too.”

“Just one short.”

Webb Simpson was then in third place at -18 under, his last round -3 under 67 was not good enough to challenge for the top spot.

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Wyndham Championship. Henrik Takes Hold.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, takes hold of the Wyndham Championship, at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Henrik Stenson . (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Henrik took hold of the Wyndham Championship shooting a third round -4 under par 66, to give him a tournament total of -16 under par, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow. He said good putting was the key;

“I feel like I’ve been putting nicely this week.”

“I’ve been reading greens good. I’m seeing the lines nicely. When I get it there, I seem to be making a lot of putts.”

“There’s been a couple of swings that haven’t been up to satisfaction. When you finish strong and you’re in contention, you feel good.”

“I’m just going to try to keep on playing the same way or even better.”

“I hit a lot of 2-irons, 4-woods and I’m going to try to be aggressive with those clubs.”

“A lot of players are going to have a chance tomorrow. I’m just happy to be one of them.”

Webb Simpson, -2 under 68 today,  Kevin Na, -5 under 65, and Ollie Schniederjans, -4 under 66, are all tied in second place at -15 under par, and Henrik will know these USA boys are right behind him, and they will not be giving up. As Webb said;

“All in all, still happy, I’m right there.”

Jason Kokrak shot the low round of the day -7 under 63, so the low rounds are still achievable out there, tomorrow should be exciting.

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Wyndham Championship, Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Wyndham Championship after two round at Sedgefield Country Club. Ryan Armour and Webb Simpson share the honor, leading the field by one shot.

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Ryan shot -9 under 61, and Webb -6 under 64 to top the Wyndham Championship leaderboard at -13 under par for the two rounds, and lead by just one shot.

Webb has not won on Tour since 2014, and wants to keep making birdies;

“Keep making birdies, stay aggressive and know that there’s plenty of good golfers behind me.”

 “I got to keep the hammer down.”

Ryan wants to qualify for the post-season, but only the top 125 are eligible to tee it up next week. Ryan is currently at 187 on that list;

Ryan Armour interview after Round 2 of Wyndham

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“Could turn your life around.”

“I had some goals at the beginning of the week. I knew where I stood and, you know, right now the goals are attainable.”

Henrik Stenson, from Sweden is in third place at -12 under par he carded a second round -4 under 66, and says he has the game plan to win;

“The game plan is there, I got the set-up in the bag to give me those numbers off the tee that we need and it’s just about going out there and playing, continue making birdies and giving myself birdie chances.”

“It’s a low scoring golf course, keep it going.”

It is moving day tomorrow, and it will be interesting to see if anyone can separate themselves from the field, and take an advantage into the final round Sunday.

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