Travelers Championship. Zach & Jordan Tied at the Top.

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Zach Johnson and Jordan Spieth are tied at the top of the Travelers Championship after the first round at TPC River Highlands.

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Zach and Jordan shot -7 under par 63, neither bogey free,  to lead the Travelers Championship by one shot.

Zach likes the set up of the course, carding six birdies in a row on the back nine, he has four wedges in his bag;

“I feel like every time I get here, it just feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me.” 

“The last couple of years, I’m like, all right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute.”

Six in a row is a treat.”

“I don’t think I’m going to be looking back, because it feels pretty good right now.”

Jordan holed an Eagle out of the bunker on the par five 6th;

“They’ve got some sort of magnetic sand for me, but it was actually a pretty tough shot there, almost a little down slope and I had to hit close to the ball, which you just have to commit to it. “

“I just hit the shot that was necessary. I probably could have gone 4-5 feet by, but I couldn’t hit it any better than I did, and I was obviously fortunate for it to hit the pin and go in.”

Peter Malnati, Brian Harman and Rory McIlroy share second place at -6 under after their opening rounds of 64.

Peter was struggling, and then it suddenly came right;

 “It’s cool to see how quickly it can turn around, I wouldn’t say it surprises me, but it’s certainly fun when it happens.”

Rory has been practicing since his U.S. Open missed cut;

“Sometimes when you take your focus away from the result and away from what you’re actually scoring like and focus just on what you’re trying to do within your golf swing, you sort of have days like this.”

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Valero Texas Open, Zach and Andrew On Top.

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Zach Johnson and Andrew Landry are on top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC San Antonio, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Z. Johnson, Landry share lead after Moving Day at Valero

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Zach carded a third round -4 under 68 to get to -13 under par for the Valero Texas Open and share the lead with Andrew.

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Andrew went one better, with a -5 under 67 to tie Zach at the top at -13 under par.

Zach won this title in 2008 and 2009, he would like to do it again, and his good putting could get him there ;

“I’ve got 18 holes to get to that point.”

“I’ve got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole.”

“I’m putting great, I’m seeing the lines well, my caddie’s reading the greens well, so it’s just a matter of committing and executing down the stretch.”

Andrew is also a great putter;

“I’m a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today.”

“I just did everything really good, I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars.”

“This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.”

“I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow.”

Alone in third place at -12 under par is Trey Mullinax, who equaled the course record with his third round -10 under par 62,  another good putter, he  has made 42 out of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week;

“It’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve ever had.”

“To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.”

Ryan Moore holds fourth place at -11 under par, his -2 under 70 today not matching the rounds of the leaders.

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Valero Texas Open. Zach and Ryan Tied.

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Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore are tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio.

Johnson, Moore share 36-hole lead at Valero

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Zach, -7 under 65 today, and Ryan -5 under 67 share  the Valero Texas Open lead at -9 under par after 36 holes.

Zach was asked if there are any similarities between La Cantera, where the tournament used to be played, and TPC San Antonio;

“The only similarity is that they’re probably within 30 miles,  well, that’s not a similarity, that’s just a fact.”

“It’s certainly not the test this is. This is a much more difficult test.”

“The confidence is there, and when you can step on the tee with this kind of wind, you trust your clubs and trust your ball, that’s pretty important.”

Ryan has had problems with the putter;

“My distance control has been great and really my ball-striking’s been really nice the last few weeks.”

 “The putter just kind of hasn’t been cooperating.”

Two players are then tied in second place, one shot back at -8 under par, Andrew Landry, -5 under 67 today, and Grayson Murray who carded a second round -3 under 69.

Grayson the first round leader made a good birdie on the par five 18th; 

“Those were the two best shots I’ve hit into a par five in a long time.”

“To be pin-high just on the front fringe on that hole, I didn’t even think I could do it.”

“I’m an underdog in this situation, which I love to be.”

Andrew is knocking on the door of winning;

“You just continue to learn whenever you get put in these situations.”

“I just know that I’m knocking. Something’s close.”

“Whether it be this week or any other week or a year or two from now, I’m knocking.”

Two notables who missed the +1 over par cut line were internationals Sergio Garcia, Spain and Adam Scott, Australia.

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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 Piller 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.

Sony Open in Hawaii

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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.

Bridgestone Invitational

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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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