Wyndham Championship. Villegas Victory.

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Camilo Villegas won the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Camilo shot a final round -7 under par 63, his second 63 in the tournament, to win the Wyndham Championship with a -17 under par total. He said it was tough watching the guys coming in behind him;

“You got to stay strong and keep working, I’ve always done that. I’ve always been a hard worker and always kind of believed in myself, sometimes more than others and, again, just happy to be right here right next to this trophy.”

“Tough sometimes when you’re watching it, you can’t control it. When the boys got closer to the last hole, you get a little anxious and, like I said, you don’t have a golf club in your hand. Sometimes it’s better to be on the golf course.”

” But, you know what, it’s funny because your mind tells you things and then the next day you do it all over again. What I mean by that is yes, there’s times you go like, ‘Man, I hate this game. How much longer do I want to play the game? How much longer do I want to travel”

“That’s just you being silly because once again, you take two days off, you show up to the range, good attitude, keep practicing, keep grinding, show up to the tournament, hope you have a good week, work for a hard week, look at the trophy, want one of those in your house and, again, there’s low spots but is that really you talking to you? I don’t know.”

“Beginning of the year I look at my caddie and I said, ‘Big guy, I want to win on the PGA TOUR again. It happened to be the last tournament of the regular season and so, yes, I’ve accomplished my primary goal this year.”

“It feels great and I go to the Playoffs hopefully the same way I did this week and hopefully I will play some good golf.”

Tied in second place were Bill Hass and Freddie Jacobson, both finished one shot back at -16 under par. Bill was happy to have a good Sunday round;

“Any time you have a good round on Sunday you take positives from it. I’m looking forward to the next four weeks.  Playing a lot of golf right now, try to get some rest and just see what happens.”

“I haven’t had that many great finishes, to be in the hunt, 16, 17, 18 I felt like I hit quality shots under the gun and pressure and I’m proud of that.”

“Take that into the next time I’m in that position and maybe I can hit some good shots and capitalize.”

Freddie was really unhappy with performance on the last hole;

“It really sucks when you play solid all day and you know, I really thought it was my day today coming in, just really starting to click with my swing, at least with my iron play so I felt like I’ve been giving myself a ton of chances this week and knowing I roll it pretty good, so I would have a good chance. “

“Did just that but didn’t catch my second shot from 18 from the down slope, caught it a little thin, didn’t get enough height for getting up on the green. Actually a pretty accessible pin.  All I needed was a solid strike to get up there and good feed in and have a good chance at winning.”

Heath Slocum was own his own in fourth position at -15 under par, following his last round of -3 under par 67.

Wyndham Championship. Hey, Camillio comes Alive.

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Camilo Vegas comes alive to lead the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Camilo went home to Colombia to see his family and friends last week, and the reunion seems to have paid off as he now leads the Wyndham Championship by one shot. Camilo shot a first round -7 under par 63, which included an Eagle and no bogey’s. Talking after his round Camilo’s remarks make good sense;

“I was a little recharging, little cycling, no golf clubs and just get away from the game. It was nice to go without bogeys and I think it probably showed it was a consistent round.”

“It was nice to go without bogeys and I think it probably showed it was a consistent round. Kept it in the fairway, kept it on the greens and just made the putts when I hit it close. I just hit the ball nicely today.”

“Just the nature of the game, ups, downs, good years, average years, bad years. And if you ask any player out in the field everybody wants to play better. The game has been good to me. I have no complaints.”

“Do I want to play better? Yes. Do I feel like I have played to my potential the last two and a half years? No. But again, it’s not everything about golf. You got to be little bit easy on yourself and just enjoy life.”

Sharing second place are  William McGirt and Webb Simpson, both at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

William has been trying to improve his game, but does not play when he is at home;

“I tell people I really don’t play at home, I think I figured out I played seven rounds in four years on TOUR when I was at home. So, you know, I really just go home and try to relax and spend time with the family.”

“I’ll go out and hit balls, do some chipping and putting but it’s not;  mean I love to play golf but not that much.”

It’s not like a major overhaul, it’s more of get rid of some of the sloppy moves. I’ve really gotten stuck underneath pretty bad so we’re trying to get back on kind on top of it, you know, covering the ball again.”

“It seems like it would always show up when I start playing well and kind of get under the gun. It’s just trying to tighten that stuff back up and kind of get back to where I was a few years ago.”

Webb has the Ryder Cup on his mind;

“It’s on my mind a little bit but, you know, there’s so many things I can’t control with what the Captain does and how the other guys play, so, it is nice.  I think if I have a good week this week, not just today, but a good week it will show that I really do want to make the team. I want to make a good argument for myself to be a pick.”

“So, you know, it’s one of those just a good start to like I said yesterday, stretch of three weeks, I need three solid weeks.”

Scott Langley, Martin Laird,Paul Casey, Heath Slocum and Andrew Loupe are all at -5 under par. Martin wants another shot at the Fed-Ex Play-offs;

“Obviously I’m coming here really wanting to get in next week with where The Barclays is going back to Ridgewood where I left a little disappointed in the finish last time. I very much like to get back there and have another shot at that.”

Paul Casey is also trying to improve on his standing;

“There’s a certain amount of pressure. But I do feel free and this isn’t an all-or-nothing situation for me. So I can kind of swing a little bit freer than maybe some of the other guys out there and really try to focus on winning the event. Ultimately that’s the goal. You have to do something like that to defer the pressure.”


Wyndham Championship. Patrick Wins Play-Off

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Patrick Reed won the Wyndham Championship in a play-off at the Sedgefield Country Club.

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On the second play-off hole Patrick fired in a 7 iron from an uphill lie and sent the ball under a tree branch, just missing the tree trunk , and land his second shot a comfortable 7 feet from the pin. He announced it was his best ever shot;

” It was the best shot of my life, that’s for, just to get my first win means everything to me. I don’t even know how I was still playing the second playoff hole after what happened on 18.  It was the best shot of my life, that’s for sure, on the 10th but his putt he made on 18, the first playoff hole I told my wife he’s going to make it and, you know, of course I say that and the odds of making a 25, 30-footer breaking probably two feet. To do that and put the pressure back on me meant a lot to him but, at the same time, you know I told my wife and told my coach going into today that I had to shoot -4 under to win and I was right, -4 under did win but, at the same time, I had to do it in a playoff.  I still don’t know really what’s going on.  I mean it’s unreal.”

This was Patrick’s first career win and came in just his 38th start on the PGA TOUR. Patrick and Jordan Spieth had both finished on -14 under par for the Wyndham Championship, so the event was settled in a play-off. It was Patrick who prevailed, at the second play-off hole, the 10th.

Jordan really wanted his second win, it would have made him the youngest ever player to win twice on the PGA Tour;

” When you get in a position in a playoff where it’s one-on-one, especially with the momentum I had, you know, I’m dying to win.  I mean winning is what it’s all about.  It doesn’t matter about the money, it doesn’t matter about what you’ve made this year, what you’ve done.
When I’m in the position where I’m one-on-one to win a PGA golf tournament it’s pretty special.  It’s a lot of fun. You know, I love feeling the nerves.  I love the adrenaline rush.  That’s what it’s all about.”

Tied in third place at -12 under par were Brian Harman and John Huh.

David Toms needed something special if he wanted to get into the top 125 on  the money list and keep his playing privileges for next season, he did just that with an amazing round of -8 under par 62, which had him T16 for the tournament.

David said that was all that was on his mind today;

” That’s the only thing I had to shoot for today, I was definitely more aggressive. We had a good day for scoring today. I just went out there and tried to have fun in my last round of the season. It feels good to play well when I needed to.”

A Wet Wyndham Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

There are two players tied at the top of the leaderboard in a wet Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. Early morning showers rendered the Donald Ross-designed course unplayable. Rain fell intermittently throughout the day, and though players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls, the conditions played havoc with virtually everyone on the course.

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Patrick Reed and John Huh top the leaderboard at the 54 hole stage of the Wyndham Championship, both on -10 under par. Patrick went backwards in the third round, a +1 over par card, while John managed an even par round of 70 to keep his nose in front.

Patrick was not happy with his effort today;

” I am not happy with the round but I can’t be disappointed with the position I am in. I was having issues with the driver, hitting everything left of left, but the tee shot on 14, that was a key point. I’m very excited to have the lead, but at the same time I’ve got work to do.”

John started with a triple bogey on the second hole;

” It was pretty rough start for me, you know, because the second hole you don’t want to start like a triple. But, you know, I pulled my second shot a little bit and put myself in the wrong spot and instead of taking medicine I get too greedy and it turns out I make a triple there. It was a pretty rough start but I was able to hang in there and get everything together and here I am tied for the lead.”

The stalled rounds of the two leaders gave everyone else a chance to catch up, and Zach Johnson did exactly that as he shot the days best round of -4 under par 66, for a -9 under par total. Zach shared that total with Jordan Spieth and Bob Estes.

Zach said he just had to be patient;

” There was a lot of precipitation and just a day to be patient, the course held up well and the greens were still fast. I hit it great and didn’t think I was going to sniff a bogey, but then I three-putted 18, hit two great shots and then a terrible lag putt,”

 Charles Howell III was disqualified from the Wyndham Championship,  one day after the weight port cover on his driver came off before his second round. The PGA Tour announced his disqualification for using a non-conforming driver before the start of his third round. Charles had shot a second round of 68, for a tournament total of -6 under par, five strokes off the lead.

Charles was a little dismayed;

“The idea that the club would no longer be conforming, because of the missing toe-cap, never entered my mind.”

There are some very strange rules in the book.


Wyndham Championship. Patrick Reed Leads

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Patrick Reed has edged himself into the lead at the Wyndham Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

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Patrick fired a second round -6 under par 64 to move to the top of the leaderboard at the end of the second round of the Wyndham Championship with a -11 under par total. Patrick likes the attention for his wife, and also listens to what she has to say;

“I don’t mind her having all the attention, less attention for me, which means I can just focus more on my game. I told her to read putts for me that day, and she just has a knack for reading greens extremely well. It’s basically like my coach being out there with me. She knows just as much about the golf swing. She knows why I hit it left or right or anything like that, so I mean, if ever I get out of whack, she can fix me immediately.”

In second place at -10 under par is John Huh, who had the days lowest round, -8 under par 62, which left him just one shot off the lead at the end of the day. John said he did not see the 62 coming;

“Not 62. It was more like, maybe, 64. I drove the ball great since the Masters, actually. It’s been a long time, but I was able to put everything together and I’m really pleased with it.”

Jordan Spieth occupies third place at -9 under par, his second round score was a more modest -4 under par 66, with a total of -9 under par. Jordan who won his first PGA TOUR event last month said it is all about confidence;

” Just five yards here or there at the PGA means you miss a fairway and you make bogey, So, it’s just about getting my confidence back off the tee. I think that’s been the key to success this week so far is in my 3-wood. I’ve never hit it better than I have this week. Same with my driver. Getting myself to 9-under par, it’s definitely a very, very big confidence booster, nice bounce back from being 8 over two rounds last week. It’s nice to see those go in. Definitely looking forward to the Playoffs.”

Surprisingly Zach Johnson and Sergio Garcia, two of the bigger names in the tournament have not been able to keep pace with the leaders. Both players are now six shots off the lead, at -5 under par for the tournament.

Zach knows he should have been closer to Patrick Reed’s lead, he was at – 4 under par through five holes on Thursday and -3 under par through six on Friday only to shoot 67 and 68, respectively;

“Great starts and pretty average, poor finishes, lot of opportunities, just not capitalizing I guess is what I would say. But this is only my second time playing here. I got to get used to the golf course and it’s hard to make putts. If you land it one yard one way or one yard the other way it’s a birdie or potential bogey and that’s the beauty of this track. I think everything’s good, I feel like I’m managing my game good. What’s kept me from winning was the fact that I didn’t make any putts coming down the last nine holes at John Deere. I don’t feel like I lost that tournament in the playoff, I feel like I lost it in regulation, if anything.”

There is a 90% chance of rain in the published forecast for Saturday, so tournament officials have decided to move up the tee times for the third round of the Wyndham Championship. Players will be sent off Tee. 1 and Tee 10, three in each group, between 0700 and 0930 Eastern Time. The expected finish, barring delays, should be mid afternoon.

Mark Russell, the vice president of rules and competitions for the PGA TOUR announced;

“We’re expecting a very high percentage of rain tomorrow and we’ve had so much rain here at Piedmont, North Carolina, that you know, the water table is so high it’s not going to take much rain at all to cause us some problems on the golf course. But with the 6:30 finish tomorrow night, CBS television, if we got knocked out, we’d have absolutely no time to come back and try to finish. So, the forecast is better for Sunday and hopefully by playing early tomorrow if we do have some down time we’ll at least leave ourselves time to get the players back out and finish the third round.”

Finally some players who  did not make the cut, which was at -1 under par;

Brandt Snedeker, Carl Petterson, Nick Watney, Y.E. Yang, Davis Love 111, Paul Casey, V.J. Singh and Padraig Harrington.

Wyndham Championship, Two Tied At The Top.

Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher are the two players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Chris and Ross both had rounds of -6 under par 64 on the par 70 Sedgefield Country Club course. Chris was surprised that he had not played well here in previous years;

” I’ve even told people I love this golf course, I have no idea why I don’t play well here. I’m playing too well to go home and just sit and get rusty, I said I want to get sharp for The Barclays. Let’s go to Greensboro, low expectations since I haven’t played that great here.”

Ross was told he had nothing to lose today, just go out there and go for it, meaning qualify for the FedEx Cup;

” My manager said, You’ve got nothing to lose. Just go out there all guns blazing and see what happens. I know what I’ve got to do, and I’ve just got to go enjoy it, and if it’s meant to be, it’ll happen. I don’t want it to end here.”

The defending Champion, Sergio Garcia, who claimed a two-stroke victory here last year, had a bogey free round of -5 under par 65. He shares third place with Matt Jones, Robert Garrigus, Jordan Spieth, Trevor Immelman, Morgan Hoffmann, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda.

Sergio was happy with his round today but was aware it was only the first round;

“It was a great round today, but it’s only Thursday,” 

Robert was impressed with the speed of the greens;

” It’s unbelievable, the difference from where they used to be, it’s very refreshing.”

 Padraig Harrington shot a +3 over par 73 to put his FedExCup Playoffs fate in great jeopardy. Matt Jones, who has had the experience before sympathizes with Padraig’s position;

“I’ve definitely been there before, I know what they’re going through. It’s not a comfortable feeling.”

Tomorrow will be an interesting day, in a tightly packed field lets see who makes the cut.

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Asian Tour, Thailand Golf Championship. Lee Westwood the Asian Specialist

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The top contender this week  the top at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship staged at the Amata Spring Country Club, is Asian specialist Lee Westwood. Lee is known around the world as an Asian specialist  because of his record of multiple victories around the region including the 2011 Thailand Golf Championship, where he romped home to a seven-shot win over South African Charl Schwartzel. During that week, Lee also flirted with the magical score of 59, just missing the mark by one stroke, in the opening round. He is in fine form this season, winning the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour following a third place result at The Masters. Lee has missed only one cut this season, and enjoys a World Ranking of  6th.

Bubba Watson will bring his own specialist style of golf to challenge the Championship at Amata Spring. Bubba is the reigning Masters Champion, and well-known for his extra long drives on the PGA Tour, where he averages over 315 yards. Bubba also has four top ten finishes this year in the U.S. and is determined to set his sights on victory here in Asia.

Gaganjeet Bhullar, currently fourth on the Asian Tour of Merit,is a young Indian player who has had a wonderful run of results on the Asian Tour, winning twice, and also finished tied 10th at the CIMB classic in Malaysia. Gaganjeet has a mathematical chance of toppling Thaworn Wiratchant at the top of the Order of Merit but needs a really good finish here and then again next week in Malaysia. Thaworn himself  is on course to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit, standing in 1st place at the moment, this would be the second time since 2005. He has three victories on the Tour this season and is certainly enjoying a purple patch. Thaworn finished second at the King’s Cup on home soil last week and knows a big finish this week will see him creep closer towards the prestigious Merit crown.

Sergio Garcia has enjoyed a resurgence of form earning him back-to-back wins in late 2011. He won again this year on the PGA Tour, at the Wyndham Championship and also has had six other top-ten finishes. And of course Sergio also played a starring role for Europe in the Ryder Cup victory over the United States in September. His current World Ranking is 22nd and he finished in fourth spot last year in the Thailand Golf Championship. Another notable from Europe and Ryder Cup player is Nicolas Colsaerts, the Belgian is the longest driver of a golf ball on the European Tour. Nicolas had a wonderful season winning the Volvo World Matchplay, and has also amassed eleven top ten finishes, and is ranked 35th in the World.

South African Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Champion is also contesting this event, he is looking for his first win of 2012, to back up his seven top ten finishes this year. To win this year would help erase the memory of last years thrashing in the final at the hands of Lee Westwood.

This is a good field for this tournament and it should be a hotly contested affair, which will be a pleasure to watch.