Sony Open in Hawaii. Brian Harman Leads

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Brian Harman, USA, leads the Sony Open in Hawaii at the half-way stage at Waialae Country Club.

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Brian shot a -7 under par 63, which included one bogey, to lead the Sony Open in Hawaii by three strokes going into he week-end, for Brian it is all about the putter, and a Titleist ball, the first time he used one he won the  Wells Fargo Championship;

“The wind doesn’t seem to take it as much.”

“That’s just a personal thing for me. I feel like I did when I was a kid again. I felt like I was a better ball striker when I was a kid.”

“I’m starting to get some of those feelings back.”

“I’m making putts, but I’m also putting myself in position to make those putts.”

“I’m getting a bunch of looks. I’m not making everything I’m looking at, but I’m hitting a lot of good putts and made a few.”

“I’m just going to show up tomorrow and try to hit the first tee shot best you can and go from there.”

Nearest challengers are at -10 under par, and there are five of them, Zach Johnson, -3 under 67 today, John Peterson,-6 under 64, Tom Hoge, -5 under 65, Chris Kirk, -3 under 67 and Talor Gooch, -4 under 66.

John has a good attitude, and wants to keep his playing card;

“If my attitude is good, I’m going to play good.”

“I’ve never been in a better spot lifestyle-wise than I am right now, so that probably has a lot to do with it.”

“I’ve got eight events to make $350,000. If I do, great. If I don’t, who cares? I’m just out here free-wheeling.”

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Wells Fargo Championship. Brian Harman Champion.

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Brian Harman is the Wells Fargo Championship champion, claiming his 2nd PGA Tour title at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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Brian and Trophy

Brian shot a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Wells Fargo Championship with a -10 under par tournament total.

Brian made a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win, and at the same time denied World number one Dustin Johnson a fourth straight victory.

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Brian and the winning putt.

World number one Dustin Johnson, -5 under 67 today, and Pat Perez, -4 under 68, tied in second place at -9 under par.

Jon Rahm, from Spain, took the fourth position on his own at -8 under par, a disappointing last round of -1 under 71 keeping him from challenging for the title.

Wells Fargo Championship. Reed Rises To The Top.

 

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Patrick Reed rises to the top of the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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Patrick made birdie on his last two holes to take the lead in the Wells Fargo Championship, shooting -5 under par 67, for a -8 under total for 54 holes.

Patrick said the change in putting fortunes for him came when he reduced the amount information about the putts, ignoring the green reading book the players are given these days;

 “I used to read the putts and also [caddie Kessler Karain], and I used to use a green-reading book.”

“I just felt like there’s too many eyes and too much thought process going into putts on trying to figure out the read.”

“I’ve done that pretty well all week, I have my green-reading book with me just to kind of confirm, not really to go off of it, just to make sure I’m seeing what the book is saying and just kind of going from there.”

Personally I must say I do not agree with giving the players maps of the greens, showing which way the slopes were  going. Players should read the putts for themselves, not have caddies lying down on the green, and then having a discussion on which way to make the putt, it is too time consuming.

Sharing second place, just one shot back are Alex Noren, from Sweden, -3 under par 69 who missed a 5ft birdie putt on his last hole to claim a share the lead, and Jon Rahm, Spain, who also scored -3 under par. Both players have tournament totals of -7 under par.

There are four players tied in fourth spot, at -6 under, Seung Yul Noh, -5 under 67 today, Brian Harman -2 under 70, Vaughn Taylor -2 under 70 and Francesco Molinari even par 72 again today.

Wells Fargo Championship.Windy and Wet Wells Fargo, 4 Tied.

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There are four players tied at the top of the windy and wet Wells Fargo Championship as the 2nd round was first delayed by rain, then affected by strong winds, and ultimately suspended due to darkness at Eagle Point Golf Club. Billy Hurley III and John Peterson, U.S.A. Seamus Power, Ireland and Francesco Molinari, Italy all share the lead.

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Billy, -3 under 69 today and Seamus -1 under 71 have completed their second rounds, while John is -3 under through 12 holes and Francesco is +1 over through 11 holes, all with -5 under par totals.

Seamus thinks the conditions are an advantage for the rookies;

“I think, to be honest, this is a great week for rookies because it’s a course nobody’s seen before.”

 “That’s one of the toughest things for rookies. You’re playing golf courses that a lot of guys have played, depending on the player, anywhere from 20 to 40 to 50 times.”

“You’re seeing it for the first time and just seeing it on a Tuesday, and it changes between Tuesday and Thursday.”

“Whereas here we’re in the same boat as everyone else, so I think it’s an advantage, or it’s going to feel like more of an advantage for the rookies.”

Billy spoke about the good and the bad of the day;

“It was more difficult with the wind. thankfully, with the rain it was softer.”

“It we didn’t have this rain, and then we had this wind, it would have been pretty brutal.”

“So we didn’t have to completely worry about the ball running away from you on the ground as much as it did yesterday.”

About half the field will have to return at 0730 in the morning to complete their second rounds, and only then will we have any idea of what the cut line will be.

Hurley, Power share lead after rain-delayed round

Wells Fargo Championship. Francesco Molinari Has 1st Round Lead.

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Francesco Molinari, from Italy, has the 1st round lead at the Wells Fargo Championship at Eagle Point Golf Club.

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Francesco shot an opening round of -6 under par 66 to lead the Wells Fargo Championship, by one stroke, with a chip in birdie at the last hole,

“I played well and gave myself lots of chances.”

“I missed some makeable ones but then I holed some longer ones which is always nice. I’m really happy.”

“I enjoyed being out there and playing. I enjoyed even the challenging shots they have out there.”

Four players are then tied in second place at -5 under par following their first round scores of 67; Alex Noren, Sweden, J.B. Holmes, Grayson Murray and Brian Campbell, all from U.S.A.

Making his come back here is World number one Dustin Johnson, he fell down some stairs a month ago and has not played since. He carded -2 under par 70 to be T 15, and was happy with his play;

“Since I hadn’t played in so long, I’m happy with the way I played.”

“I didn’t score that great, didn’t really hole that many putts, but other than that, I played really well. I think I hit 16 greens and I hit the ball great.”

Wells Fargo Championship. James Hahn Play-Off Winner.

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James Hahn was the play-off winner of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

James Hahn celebrates after defeating Roberto Castro in a playoff during the final round of the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 8, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

James and Trophy 

James and Roberto Castro were tied at the top after 72 holes at the Wells Fargo Championship, both with -9 under par totals. James carded a -2 under 70 final round and Roberto -1 under 71, to reach the play-off, which was on the par four 18th, where Roberto unfortunately found water off the tee, leaving James to take the win with a par.

He was helped on the way by sinking 51-foot putt drop in for eagle on the par five 7th hole.

Justin Rose finished in third place at -8 under, following his last round -1 under 71.

Tied together in fourth place were Andrew Loupe, -1 under 71 today, and the considerable presence of Phil Mickelson with a marvelous final round of -6 under 66, Rory McIlroy, also -6 under 66, and Rickie Fowler, who could not get the job done after starting the day with the lead, he shot +2 over par 74.

Looks like Phil, and Rory have found something, coming right leading up to The Players, while Rickie still has some thinking to do to defend his title.

Rory has accepted he has to change his ways here;

“I’ve always felt that it was a golf course that handcuffed me a little bit. The things that give me an advantage over some of the field, you know, they don’t really give me an advantage here. ” 

“So the first few years I was quite stubborn and still trying to take on a lot of things instead of accepting the fact that I’m going to have to play the course the way everyone else plays it.”

“If I’m going to beat them, I have to beat them with approach shots and good wedge play and putting.”

Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy each shot 6-under 66 in the final round at Quail Hollow Club. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

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Wells Fargo Championship. Ricky Fowler Leads.

White Dragon GolfWells Fargo Championship  Ricky Fowler leads the Wells Fargo Championship after 54 holes at Quail Hollow Club.

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Ricky,  who got his first career PGA TOUR victory at the Wells Fargo Championship in 2012, took the top spot on the Wells Fargo Championship leaderboard with a third round -4 under par 68, giving him a -9 under par total and a one shot lead heading into the final round tomorrow.

Ricky says he now knows how to win a title;

“I would say before it was maybe not the complete belief or knowledge of knowing what to do and how to win to get the job done.”

“But now it’s fun to go out there and go take care of business.”

Roberto Castro is in second place at -8 under par, a third round -1 under par 71 keeping him in touch with the leader.

Roberto bogeyed the 18th hole, but still thinks he can win his first ever PGA Tour event

“If you want to win a tournament out here and really win a marquee event like this one, you’re going to have to grab your hat and play with one of the top five players in the world probably the final round.”

 “So that’s what I’ve got tomorrow so I’m excited about it.”

Sharing third position are Justin Rose -3 under 69 today and James Hahn, -4 under 68, these two have -7 under par totals.

Justin thinks this is good preparation for a PGA Championship;

“This type of scoring would definitely hold up in a PGA Championship.”

“They’re not looking for us to shoot even par like a U.S. Open. Single digits under par is really good golf and it’s a sign of a great golf course.”

Rory McIlroy may not have found the right touch yet, but there is nothing wrong with his putting,

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