Career Builder Challenge. Landry Leads.

 

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Andrew Landry leads the Career Builder Challenge at the half-way stage in California.

Landry leads CareerBuilder

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Andrew carded -7 under par 65, another bogey free round, this time on the Nicklaus Tournament Course to top the Career Builder Challenge leaderboard with a -16 under par total, for the 36 holes played.

Tomorrow he faces the tough Stadium Course, with unfriendly weather forecast;

“I know it’s supposed to be blowing tomorrow, but I think I have really good control of my golf ball right now, so it shouldn’t be too big of an issue.” 

Special features of Pete Dye’s Stadium Course include more square footage of water than fairway, and more sand than putting surface.

Jon Rahm, Spain, holds second place, -5 under par 67 on the Nicklaus course today gives him a -15 under par total, just one shot behind the leader,  but Jon was not happy with the way he played today;

“I expected myself to go to the range and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday.”

 “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

Jason Kokrak also played the Nicklaus course, carding -5 under 67 for a total of -14 under par, and third place on his own;

“I’ve given myself a lot of close opportunities.”

Two of the low rounds of the day went to Zach Johnson and Michael Kim, both went round the Nicklaus course in -8 under par 64, and share fourth place at -13 under with Martin Pillar who carded -5 under par 67 on the infamous Stadium Course.

Zach keeps an eye on his stats;

“I’ve seen the numbers. I’m kind of a stat guy, because they don’t lie.”

“I’m seeing some things that I’ve never really seen before in my game, that’s encouraging.”

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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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Sony Open in Hawaii. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii after the first round at  Waialae Country Club in Hawaii. Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk share the honor.

Zach beats the flu at Sony Open

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Zach, who delayed his arrival in Hawaii because of a bout of flu, and Chris both carded -7 under par 63, both bogey free, to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard.

Zach told reporters about his fitness problems;

“I was not right getting on the plane to come here. I am one that likes to prepare.”

“I got here Friday, and I touched a golf club Saturday through Wednesday. Saturday was awful.”

“It was about a three-hour session. It was at least two hours too many because I was not right.”

“My legs were shot and my back hurt.”

Chris has sorted out his problems with the putter;

“The real reason I didn’t play well last year is I’ve had my worst putting year I had since I’ve been on TOUR.”

“I actually hit it fine, but I’m not somebody that’s going to overpower a golf course ever.”

“My game is hit fairways, hit irons close, and make some putts.”

“To have a year like that where I really struggled putting made it very difficult mentally and difficult in every possible way that it could.”

Four players are then tied in fourth position at -6 under par after rounds of 64; Vaughn Taylor, Kyle Stanley, Talor Gooch and Brian Harman.

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Bridgestone Invitational. Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, Wins with a 61.

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Hideke Matsuyama, from Japan, wins the Bridgestone Invitational, shooting a final round -9 under 61, equaling the Firestone Country Club  South Course record.

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Hideke was calmness personified with his final round -9 under par 61 to easily win the Bridgestone Invitational with a -16 under par tournament total, a five shot winning margin. Hideke tied the course record also  held by Jose Maria OlazabalTiger Woods and Sergio Garcia;

“That might be the best round I’ve ever played.”

“This is Firestone Country Club, it’s such a difficult golf course and to play as well as I did here, I’m thrilled.”

“I did hit some good shots but I was nervous all the way around because I really wasn’t sure of my swing today.”

“All I can do is my best. I know a lot of us have tried from Japan to win Majors.”

“Hopefully some day it will happen. I’d like to win one but I’ll get back to work tomorrow morning and hopefully something good will come.”

Zach Johnson, USA. was in second place at -11 under par, a last round -2 under 68 not what he needed, a few missed putts for birdie over the closing holes doing the damage.

Charley Hoffman, USA, finished in third place at -10 under, a creditable -4 under 66 last round, that could have been better.

Thomas Pieters, Belgium, was alone in fourth, a last round +1 over 71 a sad end to his tournament, which he led for some time, a final score of -8 under par a long way from the winner.

In  the large group at -7 under was Rory McIlroy, he carded a final round -1 under 69, not a good tournament for a player who boomed 38 out of 42 drives over 300 yards off the tee, with an actual average of 344.6 yards, 1st in the field and strokes gained off the tee at 1.65, also 1st in the field. after 54 holes. Wedge approach shots very average and putting in the same class.

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W.G.C. Bridgestone Invitational. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard, Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters, at Firestone Country Club.

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Rory & Zach were partners today

 

Zach, USA, -5 under 65 and Thomas, Belgium, are tied at the top of the Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard at -9 under par.

Thomas started well, finding fairways and making putts;

“The first eight holes I was in the fairway, hit good shots, made putts and the last 11 was a struggle.”

“I just was out of position every hole. Tomorrow I’ve just got to figure out a way to hit fairways, that’s it.”

“My bad golf is getting better. That’s always good, that’s why you practice.”

“I struck the ball really well with the irons, ball striking’s been really good.”

“Off the tee not so good but I think I’m missing it in the spots I can miss it in. All in all, not too bad.

“You just want to be in contention on Sunday afternoon, that’s it.”

Scott Hend, Australia, had the round of the day, -7 under 63, to get to -8 under for the tournament, and third place on his own.

Scott suddenly started holing putts;

“I holed some putts today. I’ve been scrambling well all week anyway, managed to hit a few more fairways and actually holed some putts, so that was the big difference.”

Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, is in fourth position on his own at -7 under par, with his -3 under 67 today.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, a disappointing -2 under 68 today, Adam Hadwin, Canada, -3 under 67, and Charley Hoffman, USA, -3 under 67, share fifth spot at -6 under par.

Rory felt like he left a few shots out there, wonderful driving, followed by poor approach shots, from 100 to 70 yards out;

” Left a few out there but only three behind going into tomorrow .”

“I felt like I could have got a lot more out of it.”

“I think if I would have walked off today with a 65 or a 66, I would have felt that was a fair reflection of how I played.”

” I can get off to a fast start and try and put a bit of pressure on the guys up ahead of me.”

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Jimmy Walker Leads.

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Jimmy Walker leads the Bridgestone Invitational at the half-way point at Firestone Country Club, Akron Ohio.

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Jimmy carded a second round -5 under par 65 to lead the Bridgestone Invitational with a -7 under par total, giving him a two shot lead over the field at the mid-way point of the competition.

Jimmy has been suffering with ill health lately, and welcomes this return to playing good golf, and enjoyed making some important putts;

“It hadn’t been a lot of fun this year, I had a few okay finishes, a lot of 30th, high 20s, just stuff that’s not moving me around.”

“It’s nice to see some putts go in and make some solid swings and keep rounds going, make some par putts, just the stuff I haven’t been doing.”

Thomas Pieters, Belgium, yesterdays leader dropped into second place, with an even par second round 70 for -5 under total;

“I played decent, again, I think I hit plenty of greens, I think a bit less than yesterday.

“The driver was still a little bit off. Ball-striking’s been good, the same today.”

“I missed a couple of short ones on 17 and 18 but I’m rolling the putter nicely so I’m looking forward to this weekend.”

Tied in third place at -4 under par are Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, -1 under 69 today, Zach Johnson, USA, -3 under 67, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, with a second round -3 under 67.

In the large group at -3 under are Jason Day, Australia, -4 under 66 today, and The Open champion Jordan Spieth, USA, who managed to rescue an even par second round of 70, with two late birdies on 17 and 18.

John Deere Classic. Charles & Ollie Lead.

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There are two players tie at the top of the John Deere Classic leaderboard at TPC Deere Run. Charles Howell 111 and Ollie Schniederjans share the honor with opening rounds of 63.

Round replay: Howell shares lead after 63

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Charles was bogey free, Ollie carded one bogey in his round of 63, and they topped the John Deere Classic leaderboard by two shots.

Charles played well last week, but said to win here you would need to play well with the putter;

“This morning without traffic, they were rolling like carpet.”

“This morning was absolutely the best scoring we’ll see all week, which would also lead me to believe that tomorrow morning you’re going to see some low scores as well. “

“Here, it’s about minimizing bogeys as much as you can and take advantage of the holes that you need to.”

“I went to Quicken Loans quite honestly not prepared to play well. I had only been hitting balls for four or five days prior to that event.”

“Expectations were extremely low and I played well. I know that’s a good lesson for myself and all golfers. But yeah, then here this week, this is a tournament that’s obviously very special to me.”

“Here it’s about minimizing bogeys as much as you can and take advantage of the holes that you need to.”

“The hard holes are still hard, and the easy holes you can take advantage of.”

“But anyone this week that’s going to contend to win, you’re going to have to putt well for four days.”

Ollie started slowly, then made birdie on five of his last eight holes;

“I haven’t had a great start really all year on the first round.”

“I have had some decent first rounds and good Fridays, but this is the first really good round I’ve had on Thursday.”

“It’s nice to get off to a good start and hopefully keep it going.”

Four players are then tied in third place two shots back at -6 under par after their first rounds of 65. Zach Johnson, Patrick RogersRory Sabbatini and Chad Campbell.

Zach is comfortable with this course;

“With this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday rain we had, it’s one of those you feel like you got to keep the pedal down.”

 “The course is still nice. I was surprised we didn’t play it up today. I technically only had 1 1/2 mud balls probably, so that was pretty good considering.”

“I’m very comfortable with this golf course, essentially any condition.”

“All that being said, you still have to execute. Thursday was one of those good days.”