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 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.

DEAN & DELUCA Invitational. Spieth Soars.

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Jordan Spieth soars to the top of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational leaderboard at Colonial Country Club, Forth                                                                  Worth, in Texas.

 

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Jordan carded a third round -5 under par 65 to lead the field after 54 holes of the  DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, with a -12 under par tournament total.

Jordan has  has scrambled his way around the Colonial course this week,  he had a stretch of 13 successful conversions until carding a bogey at his final hole, and that’s the key to his success;

“My scrambling was kind of the key to the day today.”

 “Hopefully hit some more fairways tomorrow and make those aggressive swings.”

He also chipped in from 32 feet, from the fairway in front of the green, because of a poor wedge shot, for a birdie at the par five 11th hole;

“Not a great wedge, but a nice chip to make up for it.”

Sharing second place at -11 under par are Ryan Palmer, -4 under 66 today, and Webb Simpson, -3 under par 67 for his third round.

Ryan was happy to get in the zone today;

“That’s when I felt it, that’s when you get what they call the zone, when you can put the pin anywhere and we’ll find it.”

“And that’s where I felt that, just the way I was swinging, the confidence I had with what I was doing with the golf ball.”

“I know I missed it everywhere on this golf course because I played it so many times.”

“But it helps knowing that, so I can get a lot more lower irons and wedges in.”

“When you’re dialed in, it’s fun, that’s for sure.”

Webb was happy to be paired with Jordan today, and was upset to bogey the last to  miss getting into the last group again with him tomorrow;

“I love playing with Jordan, that’s why I wish I had parred the last.”

“But it is what it is and I’ll go after it tomorrow.”

Harris English, -6 under 64 today, Kyle Reifers, -3 under 67 and Martin Piller -2 under 68, are tied in fourth place at -10 under par.

There are eleven players within five shots of the leader, so just about anyone could still card a low round tomorrow, and come through to win. Local boy Jordan will trying to achieve his first win in Texas, so it will be tough to beat a fired up Texan.

Rory McIlroy won his first Irish Open last week, and he too was wearing Grey, is this the in color ?

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Bryce Not Fazed By Delay.

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Bryce Molder still leads the Dean & Deluca Invitational, but has not yet completed his second round, five and half hours of rain and lightning storms preventing play in the morning session.

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Bryce completed just 15 second round holes, for -3 under par,  but remains at the top of the Dean & Deluca Invitational leaderboard with his -9 under par total.

Bryce certainly likes the front nine, bogey-free 29 in the first round, bogey-free 30 in the second round;

“I wish I could have just turned back, teed off on No. 1 and just kept going.”

“Sometimes good stuff just happens to happen when it happens.”

 “That side has been really good to me.”

“I’ve always found it actually easier when you have these delays because it doesn’t feel like I’ve got the lead because I haven’t finished my round.”

 “It’s still only during the second round, so that’s still way too early to really feel like I’m sitting on the lead.”

“And then we’ll turn around pretty quickly and play again after I finish, so that actually makes things a little easier between rounds.”

Webb Simpson holds second place on his own, at the moment, with a finished second round of -3 under 67 and a -8 under par total, a recycled putter turning hot;

“I kind of shelved it and picked it back up a few weeks ago and it felt pretty good.”

“I don’t know what’s different. Same putter, and a few months later it feels better.”

“Maybe I’ve grown or shrunk, but I don’t know, it feels different.”

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 66 today, and Patrick Reed, -2 under for 8 second round holes, share third place at -7 under par.

Jordan is coming good for Major time, a good back nine, he started at 10,  convincing him he is on the right track;

“A fantastic back nine that we played.”

“One through five holes, if you play them one under, you’re going to be up there with the leaders because the rest of the course you can kind of really get around and have some chances.”

“Playing four under today was awesome.”

“If I want to have it 100 percent trust by major time, it’s creeping up, big step up from last week.”

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Bryce Molder 1st Round leader.

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Bryce Molder is the 1st round leader at the Dean & Deluca Invitational, at Colonial Country ClubFort Worth, Texas.

Bryce Molder birdied six of his last nine holes to help him shoot a 29 on the front nine of Colonial and take the first round lead. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Bryce shot a first round -6 under par 64 to take the lead in the  Dean & Deluca Invitational, at Colonial Country Club, even though he was worried about the darkening skies, following a delay of 75 minutes caused by rain and lightning in the area ;

“It was almost like they were about to blow the horn for darkness.”

“It wasn’t dark to where you can’t see the ball flight, but you’re kind of reading putts looking a little funny at it.”

“It was dark. It was weird. It was almost like late, late, late in the day.”

“I hit a lot of greens early, 20, 30 feet, and just kind of rolled it up close.”

 “And then all of a sudden hit a couple close when I made the turn, Nos. 1 and 2, got some close birdies.”

“Maybe the delay just kind of helped me wake up.”

“Actually, I went back out on the range and just kind of one little tinker here or there and found a little groove for the rest of the 12 holes.”

Patrick Reed, Anirban Lahiri and Webb Simpson all carded first rounds of -5 under par 65.

Ryan PalmerJason Dufner, Martin Piller and Kyle Reifers are all in a tie for fifth spot following their opening rounds of -4 under par 66.

Ryan is comfortable out on the Colonial course;

“It’s a golf course I can step on to each tee and don’t even need my yardage book.”

“To shoot 4-under out here on a Thursday, you’re not hurting.”

Jordan Spieth, the world’s No. 2-ranked player is in a large group of players at -3 under par, he was not happy with the wind today;

“It was so tough to gauge the wind correctly and get the ball close to the hole.”

“On a day like this, you’re just really looking to hit greens in regulation, be as stress-free as possible, and it felt like we were out there.”

 

Wells Fargo Championship. Rory Reigns with Record Round.

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Rory McIlroy reigns at the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting a record round of 61 at Quail Hollow.

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Rory produced a -11 under par 61 third round to sit on top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard at -18 under par, and writing a new chapter in the records books. He now has a four shot lead over second placed man, Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson.

Rory definitely likes this course, he won here in 2010, and was thinking of the magic 59, but still managed to break his own record on this course. In all, he carded nine birdies during a 10-hole stretch, and said he is rolling the ball and putting nicely;

“I feel like it’s one of these courses I can get on a roll with. I was thinking about 59 from the 14th tee box,”

“I got off to a great start, I’m obviously delighted with the score, it’s always great to break your own course record.”

“I feel like the best player in the world right now and I wanted to go out and prove that.”

“I’ve always loved this place, I have great memories here and it feels a little bit like a second home.”

“It’s a mental thing, you’re picturing good shots, you’re visualizing the lines on putts and you’re not getting in your own way. You’re just letting it happen.”

“I rolled the ball really well, which I haven’t been doing for the past couple of weeks, so to see a lot of putts drop like that was really nice.”

“More of the same on Sunday would be nice obviously, but I just want to keep it going. Even though I’ve got a lead there’s no reason why I shouldn’t go out there and be aggressive and try make as many birdies as I can.”

Webb Simpson is in second place , four strokes back at -14 under par after his third round -4 under par 68, and is under no illusions about how hard it will be tomorrow to try and chase down Rory;

“What an incredible round McIlroy played, I’ve got a tough opponent tomorrow.”

Robert Streb has third spot on his own at -11 under par, a -1 under par third round stifling any progress, and is now seven shots off the lead.

Phil Mickelson was in contention at -11 under par, that was before a triple bogey 7 at the 18th hole, this hole  has now become his nemesis, he double bogeyed the 18th hole on Thursday. That triple dropped Phil to -1 under par 71 on the day and has left him 10 shots behind the high-flying Roryon -8 under par.

 

Wells Fargo Championship. It’s Tight at the Top.

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It’s very tight at the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard, with Robert Streb sharing the summit with Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson.

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Webb recorded another round of -5 under par 67 to get to his -10 under par tournament total, while Robert was a little more subdued today, carding -3 under par 69, to add to his -7 under 65 yesterday.

Webb likes having friends and family supporting him from the gallery this week, at his home course;

“I saw so many people, friends and family and heard my name a lot.”

“I’m sure tomorrow will be fun. I think if I’m one over at any point tomorrow early in the round, I think that support will help me.”

Robert said he has been dodging some bullets this week;

“My misses haven’t gotten me in too much trouble, with the exception of sixteen.”

Martin Flores and Patrick Rodgers are tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament.

Martin called Quail Hollow a bigger version of his home course;

“When I just step on the tee, I feel very, very comfortable out here.”

Patrick is competing at the Wells Fargo Championship on a sponsor exemption, and is making the most of the opportunity;

“I just watched Jordan win the Masters and make it look pretty easy. That gives me a ton of confidence.”

“Most of the tee shots set up really, really well for me,  it really suits a high draw off the tee. It’s been a big advantage so far.”

 “I won a lot in college and I’m comfortable at the top of the leaderboard.”

“I have full confidence I’m capable of not only playing really well but winning out here.  I just try to carry myself with that confidence and hopefully this weekend I can do the same.”

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are tied third place at -7 under par, making a significant move today, Rory a -5 under par 67 and Phil with his 66. Will McKenzie also joins them on them on that score.

Rory is trying to stay patient, something that he is getting better at;

“I’m not putting myself under that much stress, I’m making it good on myself. I drove the ball beautifully at TPC Sawgrass and I’ve continued to do that this week.”

“I think I’ve gotten a lot better at staying patient. That’s probably one of the strengths of my game now.”

“It’s just knowing from experience what a good score is. If you’re putting yourself in position to score and it’s not happening, you know you’re not losing any ground on the field.”

“The way I hit it today, I felt like I could have shot 63 or 64, but realizing 67 is still a good score and puts me in a great position going into the weekend.”

Phil has yet to win at Quail Hollow, but does have seven top-10s in 11 starts here, he was happy to finally shoot -6 under par 66. He should have done it yesterday but ended up with a 71 instead;

“Right now, nobody is turning 66s into 71s better than me, and it’s nice to finally shoot that 66 and get the score that reflects the way I feel I’m playing.”

Wells Fargo Championship. Robert Streb Has 1st round Lead.

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Robert Streb has the 1st round lead at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

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Robert fired a bogey free opening round -7 under par 65 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

He said he had started to putt well, and everything else came into line;

“Everything is kind of trending the right way at the moment.”

“Last week was the first time in a while I felt like I had putted pretty solid, sometimes you get rolling.”

Tied in second place are Patrick Reed and Kevin Chappel both, at -6 under par following  opening rounds of 66.

Patrick admits to have been fighting to get his draw with the driver working;

“It seemed like going down the stretch I started to get a little bit more comfortable with hitting my draw.”

“Recently the ball has kind of been hanging right on me and I have to get the club out in front of me a little quicker.”

“I felt like today I was able to get that feeling early on. I really don’t understand why it’s so difficult for me to turn the driver right now because my irons are easy to turn.”

“It’s just one of those things I’ve been fighting.”

Kevin is using a new putter, and he likes the results;

“This is completely different than anything I’ve ever used.”

“It’s obviously completely different than any results I’ve been getting, so I like that.”

Six players are tied in fourth position at -5 under par, they include Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson.

Webb was happy with his effort, and was delighted to have a course winning caddie on his bag, Paul Tesori;

“It was a good, solid day, I didn’t make many mistakes.”

“The one that cost me was 16. I just went through it wrong mentally and hit it in the water. Other than that, the card was clean and I played nicely.”

“If I tell him to leave me alone, he’s always bringing that win up, we have a good mix this week.”

Sharing that place with Webb are, Ricky Barnes, Michael Thompson, Stewart Cink, Chesson Hadley and Billy Hurley 111.

Of the big names in the field Rory McIlroy was at -2 under par with 70, and Phil Mickelson at -1 under par 71.

Rory said he just mis-judged the wind, finding water on the par three 17th, leading to a double bogey five;

“The wind switched on us, back into it. Even though I saw Patrick Reed’s ball climb a little bit in the wind, I felt like I could get it there.”

“It strengthened a little bit, and was just one of those things.”

Phil is concentrating on correcting mistakes, that is easier than making birdies;

“I turned a 66 into a 71 today, but I played 11 holes really well. I played seven holes very poorly.”

“What I’m pleased with is that I’m still making a number of birdies. It’s much easier to eliminate mistakes than it is to make birdies.”