Dean & Deluca Invitational. Webb Simpson Supreme.

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Webb Simpson was supreme in the third round of the Dean & Deluca Invitational, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Colonial Country Club, in Texas.

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Webb carded a third round -3 under par 67 to lead the Dean & Deluca Invitational after 54 holes, with a two shot advantage at -9 under par over the field going into the last round tomorrow.

Webb spoke about the tree-lined Hogan’s Alley course, with the heat and wind also involved with the decision-making;

“There is so much thinking involved on every shot.”

“Definitely feel like the season has ebbed and flowed.”

“I feel like that’s starting to happen more, where I’m part of the conversation of contending.”

“That’s a good feeling. I know what I’m doing is working.”

Paul Casey, England, -2 under 68 today, and Danny Lee, New Zealand, -1 under 69, they share second place, two shots back at -7 under par.

Paul said he missed a few putts for birdie, but made a 25 footer on the last;

“I had missed a lot of good looks for birdies and opportunities, although I’m not complaining.”

 “Happy I shot under par.

The wind definitely got Danny’s attention,

“It was a good grind day.”

“It’s tough out there with the wind blowing sideways.”

 

 

 

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Four Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the Dean& Deluca Invitational leaderboard at the end of 36 holes at Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas. Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and Scott Piercy share the honor.

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Webb, -4 under 66 today, Danny, -6 under 64, Kevin, -3 under 67 and Scott -4 under 66, all sit atop the Dean & Deluca Invitational leaderboard at -6 under for the tournament after 36 holes.

Webb,  joked about playing in Texas;

“I didn’t play well at Byron my first couple of years, so I just decided to stay out of Texas.”

Paul spoke about the tricky wind conditions;

“It’s been tricky with the wind, I’ve handled it well so far, so I would actually like it to stay tricky if it can.”

“And I handle the heat well, so I am saying probably the more difficult it is, the better it is for me.”

Another four players are tied in fifth spot, one shot back at -5 under for the tournament, Paul Casey, -4 under 66 today, Sergio Garcia, -4 under 66, Jon Rahm, -1 under 69, and Sean O’Hair, -2 under 68.

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth has recovered from the poor start yesterday, even par, to record a second round -2 under par to give himself a chance to successfully defend his title. He told reporters about the spectre of missing back to back cuts in his home town;

“When your backs against the wall,  and you feel the nerves kick up, because you’ve got to do something, and you’re not going to be able to play both week-ends in town.”

“That would have been really really tough for me to swallow, if I missed the cut.”

” And it was in my head.”

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RBC Heritage. Double Eagles Ease Jason Dufner to the Top.

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Double Eagles ease Jason Dufner to the top of the RBC Heritage leaderboard after 54 holes at Hilton Head Golf Links.Dufner flies into RBC Heritage lead

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Jason carded -6 under par 65, helped by those two Eagles, to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard at -13 under par, after 54 holes. The difference in his play is down to not coming into the tournament with any expectations;

“That really gets in the way of playing well to be honest with you.”

 “So I think I maybe learned a little bit from the champion last week, where he kind of lowered his expectations, and got out of his way, so to speak, and let his talent and his game plan take it from there.”

“I feel like this golf course has always been a good set up for me.”

“I haven’t had amazing results here, but I’ve been pretty consistent. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

Graham DeLaet, from Canada, holds second place at -12 under par, he shot a third round -2 under 69, he said a PGA Tour win is the only thing missing from his CV;

“Obviously, this is the one thing that’s kind of missing.”

“So there’s going to be some battles, inside,  that I’m going to have to deal with.”

Sharing third place, at -11 under par are Kevin Kisner, -5 under 66 today, and Webb Simpson, who signed for -3 under 68.

Ian Poulter is in fifth  spot at -10 under par, he managed -2 under 69 today to stay in touch with the leaders. Ian is playing here  on a medical extension, and needs to earn $145,000 of 117 FedExCup points over the next two weeks to enable him to keep his playing privileges intact. He’s in good spot right now as fifth place pays $260,000.

RBC Heritage. Luke & Graham Share Lead

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Luke Donald, England, & Graham DeLaet, Canada, share the RBC Heritage lead after 36 holes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Luke and Graham share the RBC Heritage lead at -10 under par at the half-way stage on Hilton Head Island.

Luke chipped in for a birdie on the iconic 18th, the Lighthouse hole, to put himself in position to go on and win. that gave him -4 under 67 on the day;

“I’ve been in this position before and I’ve got to go out there and be aggressive and make some birdies.”

 “Certainly playing for pars won’t get it done out there.”

Graham made a chip in Eagle 2 at the par four ninth, he also carded -4 under 67 today;

“We couldn’t see the bottom of the pin, but there was reaction from the crowd so we figured it was in.”

Ian Poulter, -3 under 68 and Webb Simpson,-3 under 68, both share third position on the leaderboard at -8 under par.

Ian is playing on a medical exemption, and needs a good finish here to remain on the PGA Tour;

“I’m playing golf like I really don’t care, to be honest.”

“I’ve had to work on clearing everything out of my mind to go play good golf.”

A group of five players are at -7 under par for the tournament, Bud Cauley, Pat Perez, Jason Dufner, Nick Taylor and Sam Saunders.

Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hideki Retains Title.

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Hideki Matsuyama retains his Waste Management Phoenix Open title, in the same manner as last year, a four hole play-off, at TPC Scottsdale. This year it was against Webb Simpson.

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Repeat Champion Hideki 

Hideki and Webb were tied at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open after four rounds with -17 under par totals.

Hideki shot a last round -5 under 66, but Webb caught him at the top with a -7 under par 64.

Hideki was thrilled to become the first player to defend his title at TPC Scottsdale, with a birdie at the fourth play-off hole the 17th, with good putting;

“I don’t know if I played that well, but I won.”

“It’s been a good run. I’m going to ride it as long as I can.”

“I really didn’t think I could do it, and it was a struggle all the way around.”

 “But I’m just thrilled to win.”

“That putt at 18 [in regulation], I don’t know how it stayed out.”

 “But during the playoff, I did hit some good putts. Just the line wasn’t there, and so, you know, up and down.”

“But I didn’t lose confidence. I just kept grinding and had patience.”

Webb was gracious in defeat, and said his putter is the key for him, the anchoring rule hurt bad ;

“My hat’s off to him, he’s a great player.”

“I knew he’d be a tough competitor in the playoff,  he’s a great champion.”

“Putting has always been my thing, if I putt well I seem to play well. I’m thankful that I’ve found a method that has been working.”

 “I feel like if any change, just mentally with my putting, is just tried to simplify it. Don’t take too much time and just be thankful. I’m thankful that I made some putts and I had a chance to win the golf tournament.”

Louis Oosthuizen was third, at -16 under par, a final round -6 under par 65 giving that position on his own.

Leader at the start of play Ben An, fell away carding five bogey’s in his last round, and his chance was gone, finishing with a last round +2 over par 73, for sixth place alone.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Gary Woodland Leads at Half-Way.

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Gary Woodland leads the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at the half-way point in Mexico, and is still bogey free on the El Camaleon course at  Playa del Carmen.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 11: Gary Woodland of the United States plays his shot from the 17th fairway during the second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on November 11, 2016 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Gary carded -6 under par 65 today at the OHL Mayakoba Classic in Mexico, to top the leaderboard after 36 holes at -13 under par;

“It was nice to have an off-week last week. Went out and spent some time with Butch.”

“After the wedding there, kind of got a little rusty I think.”

“Took some time off, but nice to get back in the swing of things. Very comfortable with where I’m at right now.”

Webb Simpson claimed second place, just one shot back at -12 under par, he also had -6 under 65 today, but needed to make some good par putts;

“Well, today was a lot different from yesterday. Today was a bit of a struggle with some distance control.”

“I had to chip a lot more today, so today was about scoring. I was able to score, made some putts when I needed to for par.”

“Yesterday I don’t remember missing any greens and today I missed quite a few, so very different day but same score.”

Third place belongs to Scott Piercy, -5 under 66 today giving him a -11 under total;

“I felt pretty good about my game. Just kind of plodding along and trying to pick up birdies where I can and kind of keep the scorecard pretty clean.”

“Felt pretty good. Just trying to pick up some marbles on the way and count them at the end of the week and see where we fall, so it’s been good.”

Home favorite Abraham Ancer scored -3 under par 68 to be T 4 at -9 under for the tournament;

“It’s been really fun. I played really well on Monday and I’ve been playing really well this week.”

“Hopefully I can take that on the weekend, but no, I’m enjoying it. Have some family here and a lot of friends so it’s awesome.”

Defending champion Graeme McDowell just made the cut, on the number following a disastrous opening round 75 with a -6 under par 65 today, to get to the -2 under cut line.

Jim Furyk was not so lucky in his first event of the new season, shooting 74-70 to miss the cut with +2 over par for the competition. Ian Poulter was another to miss the cut, with 72-69 for -1 under.

DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. Super Slick Spieth Wins.

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Super Slick Jordan Spieth wins the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, three birdies on the last three holes crushing the opposition at Colonial Country Club.

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Jordan Spieth & Trophy

Jordan won the  DEAN & DELUCA Invitational trophy in spectacular style, finishing with three birdies, nine putts for the last nine holes, a back nine of 30, which totaled to -5 under par 65, and a winning total of -17 under par, and a three shot victory;

His first professional win in Texas means so much to him, and the attitude he adopted after the bogey at 13;

“This day is a moment that will go down, no matter what happens in the next 30 years, as one of the most important days I’ve ever had.”

“I had a little red-ass in me and it came out in the next few holes.”

“I wasn’t sure how long it would take to get over the hurdle, of having to come into every interview room, having to listen to the crowds, talking only about what happened a month ago.”

“I’m 22 and we’ve won two majors. But it’s very difficult to stay present, to stay positive, when that’s happening, when those are the only questions.”

“So in our third tournament coming back to close this one out the way we did is really, really special.”

“It’s always nice to see those kind of putts and even chips go in on the back nine on Sunday and that’s going to serve me well going forward.”

“What a great week.”

Coming second was Harris English, at -14 under par, he carded a final round -4 under par, and was in with a chance, and then suddenly the chance was gone.

Ryan Palmer, -2 under 68 today, and Webb Simpson, also -2 under 68 today, tied for third place, both with -13 under par tournament totals.