Wyndham Championship. Davis Delights Wyndham Crowd With a Win

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Davis Love 111 delights the Wyndham Championship crowd with his third win at the event at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Davis shot a final round -6 under par 64 for a winning total of -17 under par at the Wyndham Championship, and a one shot victory, at the tender age of 51.

Davis enjoyed his victory, and getting his name on the oldest winners list, alongside the likes of Sam Snead. Davis stated that when he putts well he can win on any Tour;

“Any victory now is going to be really sweet when you’re over 50.”

“You don’t really know what to do, you don’t go to the cabin and think that you’ve won.”

“To have your name thrown out there with Sam Snead at any point is incredible.”

 “For some reason, this tournament has been good to guys in my age group.”

“I’ve been saying all year, people ask me about the Champions Tour. If I putt well on the Champions Tour I can win on the PGA Tour.”

 “I did it this week. My ball-striking is fine. It’s just as you’ve seen over the years. When I putt well I get a chance to win. I putted really well this week.”

Jason Gore finished in second place at -16 under par, a couple of sad bogey’s on the back nine halting his progress, although an Eagle at 15 did give him some hope.

Tied in third position were, Charl Schwartzel, Paul Casey and Scott Brown, all at -15 under par for the championship.

Tiger Woods could not produce a fourth round in the sixties, he slumped to a final round of even par 70, and in so doing did not qualify for theFedExCup

Tiger said that he gave himself a chance, but did not take it;

“I gave myself a chance, and I had all the opportunity in the world today to do it.”

“I didn’t get it done.”

“I just wasn’t able to get any kind of roll early, I had my chances to get it going. I just never did.”

 

Wyndham Championship. Jason & Jonas Shoot 62.

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Jason Gore and Jonas Blixt shoot 62 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Jason shot a third round -8 under par 62, which included a bogey, at the Wyndham Championship. He now sits on top of the leaderboard at -15 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Jason is a longtime friend of Tiger, and was talking up the performance of his friend, and added a comment about himself;

“What the guy has done for the game, bringing people into the game of golf is amazing.”

“We all have better lives because of him, and you know, some of us have jobs because of him and I just think it’s awesome to see him playing well again, to see him playing like Tiger Woods, because that’s what we all want to see.”

“Contrary to popular belief, I’m still a good golfer.”

“You’d think a chubby guy from California couldn’t handle the heat and humidity. Maybe it brings my focus up.”

Tied in second place are Jonas Blixt, who also carded a bogey in his -8  under par 62, Scott Brown and Tiger Woods.

Scott had a -4 under par 66 today, while Tiger could only manage -2 under par 68.

Jonas wants to secure his PGA Tour card for next year, and a win here would do that;

“Very pleased if I secured my job. A win will take care of that.”

 “Shoot another 62, I should have a good chance.”

A win here for Tiger would clinch a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs, and help to make something from a dismal season;

“I felt very steady from the word go.”

“The putter just felt really good. My pace, I felt like I could be aggressive.”

“I took a few runs at putts and ripped them past the hole, but I never felt like I was going to miss any of them. I took a rip at them. Some I made, some I didn’t.”

“I need to go out there tomorrow and make a run and get myself up there and make some birdies.”

“There’s a bunch of guys at 13 under. There’s a whole slew of guys at 12, 11, 10. “

“Anybody can make a run and shoot the score Jason and Jonas did.”

There are five players tied in fifth spot, at -12 under par, Webb Simpson, Jim Herman, Paul Casey, Cameron Percy and Brandt Snedeker.

 

 

 

 

Wyndham Championship. Tiger Tied For Lead.

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Tiger Woods shares the Wyndham Championship lead with Tom Hoge in the second round at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Tiger and Tom are tied at the top of the Wyndham Championship leaderboard at -11 under par after 36 holes of the tournament. Tiger carded -5 under par 65, and Tom -3 under 67.

Tiger said the improvement in his golf is just part of an on-going process;

“It’s just part of the process.”

“I knew I was playing something similar to this at Quicken Loans. I just need to put it together for four days.”

“I’m just happy that I’m playing the weekend right now, OK?”

 “Let’s focus on that.”

One shot back at -10 under par Davis Love III and Chad Campbell are tied in fourth place. Davis carding -4 under par 66, while Chad went one better, posting another round  a -5 under 65.

Davis spoke about his injuries, and some bad luck, and how putting will be the key this week;

“I had a little bit of bad luck or worn-out parts, one of the two or both.”

“But golf-wise, I get a little quick, from the top of my swing. That’s trying too hard or impatient or nervous or something like that.”

“Working on that has really helped this week, and obviously putting. Putting is the big key out here. Everybody hits it long and good.”

“I’m taking it one day at a time, that’s what Tiger and I talked about Tuesday (they played a practice round), we have to win to go to the Barclays. Let’s get the plan.

“And it’s a one-spot qualifier for me. Second or third probably doesn’t do me any good. But I’m not looking past tomorrow or Sunday right now and trying to just keep improving.”

“I’ve been working hard trying to get back to where I can walk 18 holes first, and then 36 and walk a whole week.”

“This is the best I’ve felt in a while and obviously the best I’ve played, so I just want to keep making progress.”

Low round of the day went to Brandt Snedeker, carding a course record equaling -9 under par 61. It got him into a tie for 5th place at that score after his first round of even par 70.

 

Wyndham Championship. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Wyndham Championship after the first round at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Eric Compton, William McGirt and Tom Hodge all share the first round lead at the Wyndham Championship with rounds of -8 under par 62.

Eric was using his new irons, Titleist 716s, he hit all greens in regulation, and was surprised at the outcome;

“kind of an unexpected kind of round.”

“With the conditions being soft like they were today, I felt like I didn’t catch any balls that were heavy so really happy with the new equipment and looking forward to The Playoffs and then see how far I can go.”

William kind of just cruised around;

“Fairly stress free.”

“At times its been really really frustrating.”

“A couple of rounds you shoot 1 under and with very little work it could have been 7 or 8 under.”

“I have been trying to stay positive and know I am playing better than the scores indicate.”

“If I had a couple places to get my first win, it would be here or Charlotte or Hilton Head because I live in South Carolina now.”

“We’re still three days away from that. It would be nice.” 

Second place is being shared by Jim Herman, Derek Ernst and Morgan Hoffman, at -7 under par, with all shooting rounds of 63.

Headlining third place at -6 under par, after a first round 64 is Tiger Woods, he shares that spot with countryman Davis Love 111, Martin Kaymer and Carl Pettersen.

Tiger chipped in for a birdie in his first hole, the tenth;

“It was electric out there from the very first hole.”

“I could see it going in, I gave it a little early call.”

 “I was telling Joey (caddie Joe LaCava) it’s finally nice to get something out of a round, a round that could have been two to four under par, it’s finally six.”

“When it’s like this, you’ve got to throw darts and go low.”

Tomorrow is another day, lets see if Tiger is really back.

 

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.”