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.”

Sony Open. Seven Shot Lead For Justin.

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Justin Thomas has a seven shot lead at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard, at Waialae Golf Club in Hawaii. I have always liked the Big “W” golf is like the movie “Its a mad mad mad mad world.”

Thomas sets 54-hole PGA TOUR record

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Justin cruised to a seven shot lead with third round -5 under par 65, at the Sony Open, giving him a seven shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. He tied the 54 hole PGA Tour record, and will surely pick up the trophy tomorrow, no one has ever lost from a seven shot lead. It will also be back to back wins for Justin.

Zach Johnson is in second place, at -15 under par for the tournament, a third round -5 under 65 giving him that position on his own.

Third place is shared between, Justin Rose, -4 under 68 today, Gary Woodland, -2 under 68, and Hudson Swafford, -4 under 66, all at -14 under par for the 54 holes played.

Kevin Kisner had a putt for a 59, it just slid by, but -10 under 60 is not too bad, he is T6 at -13 under par;

“I hit a good putt, I looked up, I thought it was going dead middle, but it didn’t break.”

“Can’t be that upset.”

“The first day, I hit it great, and I was minus four strokes in putting, which I can’t do with my game.”

“So the second day I putted better as the round went on but I hit it worse. So it’s kind of one of those deals that I had to make putts.”

“And then today I hit it like the first day and putted great.”

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Kevin agonising over missed putt  for 59/ getty

Sony Open. Justin Has New 36 Hole Record.

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Justin Thomas has the  new 36 hole record for the PGA Tour of -17 under par, set at the Sony Open on the Waialae  Country Club course.

 

Thomas sets 36-hole record

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Justin had a second round -6 under 64 and has a five shot lead at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard after 36 hole, with a -17 under par total courtesy of an Eagle at the last hole;

“It’s cool, just like yesterday, anytime you can get your name in the record book, it’s awesome. I had no idea until I finished.”

Gary Woodland holds second place, five shots back at -12 under par. He shot another round of -6 under 64 today, and only used the Driver a couple of times, preferring to hit three wood and find the fairways;

“I did that my first couple times here and that didn’t work out for me.”

“I’m very comfortable with where my game is.”

“Driver feels great, I just don’t get many opportunities out there. I’m not complaining about being in the fairway, either.”

Sharing third place at -10 under par are Hudson Swafford, -2 under 68 today, Justin Rose, -6 under 64, and Zach Johnson, who carded -9 under 61.

Justin Rose knows it is hard to keep up that kind of momentum that Justin Thomas has at the moment;

“You definitely need the mindset when you’re that far ahead to keep the accelerator down.”

 “But it’s hard to keep that sort of momentum going, for sure.”  

Jordan Spieth is back at T8, his second round -3 under 67 was blamed on a cold putter;

“Just have a really cold putter this week.”

“I think it added to the frustration on the green, because the game is looking so easy to him.”

“I felt like I was hitting the ball in the same location, I’m just being outdone on the green. That’s something a little abnormal to me.”

 

Ryder Cup. Saturday Foursomes, Just One Point Difference.

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Team Europe, lead by Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters continue the comeback in the Ryder Cup, against Team America, winning  two matches, losing one and all square in the last at Hazeltine National.

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Rory and Thomas took down Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson 4-2.

Justin Rose and Chris Wood won 1 up against Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson.

Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka beat Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick 3-2.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth were all square with Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

The overall score is now America 6 1/2 points, Europe 5 1/2 after the Saturday Morning Foursomes.

The afternoon Fourballs have just started, would be good to have the scores all even gong into the single matches, great entertainment.