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;

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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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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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