Zurich Classic. Rosie Wins

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Rosie, Justin Rose wins the Zurich Classic, in fine fashion at TPC Louisiana, firing 65 and 66 in the final rounds today. Birdies on the last two hole set up the win.

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Justin has now won in six consecutive PGA TOUR seasons, and he is excited about the rest of this season, after he finished here with 65 & 66 for a -22 under par winning total;

“I’m really excited about the rest of the year now.”

“Six years in a row is not easy to do, and I’m actually incredibly grateful and proud of that stat.”

“It’s a good momentum starter for me. I tried to tell myself that this year for me is going to be about April to September, when the big tournaments come around, that’s when I want to play well.”

“You look at Rory’s year last year, it was all about how he played in the summer. I’m very happy it turned around this week in a major championship.”

“It’s an event I’ve played many times. I feel like year in and year out I’ve been closer and closer, and I always joke with the Zurich guys that this is my fifth major.”

“They’ve become such good friends of mine. Any win is sweet but when you get to share it with people you’re close to, it’s fantastic.”

“Earlier this year, it looked impossible to win, I was struggling with my game, and when you are struggling with your game, sometimes winning seems very far off.”

“As a player to make the putt exactly when you need to is huge, I don’t think I’ve made a putt to win a PGA TOUR event outright like that before. That was the first time I’ve had a significant length putt to win.”

Alone in second place was Cameron Tringale, a final round -7 under par 65 nearly getting him into a playoff. He needed to chip in at the par 5 last hole for an Eagle to equal Rosie’s score, the attempt came up inches short.

Boo Weekley came in third at -20 under par, he also shot a final round -7 under par 65.

The scoring was particularly low for the third and fourth rounds, because of the wet conditions the players were allowed to lift clean and place the ball, on the fairway.

 

Zurich Classic. Round 3 Suspended.

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Round 3 of the Zurich Classic has been suspended due to inclement weather conditions at TPC Louisiana.

Jason Day was the second round leader early on Saturday, after the resumption of play for those who did not finish on Friday.

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Jason completed his second round on Saturday with a -7 under par 65 which put him on top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard at -12 under par;

“We finally got the round in; knock on wood.”

“That was my first storm delay of the year, so hopefully no more would be nice. But I’m happy where I’m at.”

“Hopefully, this weather will stay away.”

Hudson Swafford had to settle for second place, having finished his round on Friday, at -11 under par. He was joined on that score by Daniel Berger and Chris Stroud.

Boo Weekley, who got to -12 under par Friday, came back to finish on Saturday, must have been the local food that got to him, and dropped a shot to finish with -2 under par and in the log jam at -10 under par for he competition.

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Saturday Weather Warning

If this inclement weather continues to halt play in the Zurich Classic, there is the possibility that the tournament could be shortened to less than 72 holes, this is because of the mid-week start at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco.

Five Match Play qualifiers missed the cut at the Zurich Classic, Rickie Fowler, Jamie Donaldson, Marc Warren, Harris English and John Senden.

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley, Bernd Weisberger and Marc Leishman all made the cut, and Zurich Classic officials will provide a chartered flight to San Francisco for them.

Lets hope for a break in the weather and trust that the tournament gets completed in regulation time.

Zurich Classic. 2nd Round Play Suspended.

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Second round play of the Zurich Classic was suspended due to bad weather conditions at TPC Louisiana. At the close of play for the day Bo Weekley and Hudson Swafford share the top spot on the leaderboard at -11 under par. Boo has yet to complete his second round, having only finished 15 holes. There was five hours between Hudson posting his score and the cessation of play.

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Hudson has posted two bogey free rounds at TPC Louisiana, today’s was a -6 under par 66 with him finding nine of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation, and needing only 25 putts;

“I’ve seen this coming, I’m playing really solid golf. I’ve done a really good job of taking on trouble, and not being scared of the bunkers and taking good angles into the pins.”

“That’s what you’ve got to do on a Pete Dye course. It’s not always about having the perfect drive in the center of the fairway, but the best approach shot into the greens because it makes it tough to bend.”

“I’m just chipping well and just really rolling it nice.”

“I’m not overly surprised by this, it was just a matter of when it was going to come out.”

Boo is also currently bogey free on his uncompleted second round. He said was off to find some local food after the suspension of play today;

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“I’m probably going to eat some mud bugs with my wife, some crawfish downtown, just walk around.”

“Got to see the sights here and take in the good food.”

There are currently five players tied in third place at -10 under par, among them is co-overnight leader Brendon de Jonge, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour. He completed his second round with a -2 under par 70, blaming the poor score on bad putting;

“I gave myself a lot of chances, I just didn’t make any putts.”

“Obviously, I would like to win and get the monkey off your back, but when it’s your time, it will be your time.”

Joining Brendon that -10 under par score are Jerry Kelly, through 17, Daniel Berger through 15, Jason Day  through 14, and Cameron Tringale with a completed -7 under par 65 second round.

Jerry stuck in two tees as his marker, just to make sure the coming winds did not move his marker, and to make doubly certain, he paced off the distance as well;

“As long as we’re going in and I don’t have to sit here and play more shots, I’m OK with it,.’

“It’s one thing to have to come back for a putt. If the weather moves my mark , I stepped it off so I’ll put it back in the same spot tomorrow.”

All good golfing records come to an end sooner or later and for Freddie Jacobson his tally of no three putts sadly came to an end today, he three putted his first hole of the day, the 398-yard, par-4 10th.

 

 

Zurich Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard at the end of day 1. Boo Weekley and Brendon de Jonge from South Africa, share the honors with super first rounds, before play was suspended for the day due to inclement weather conditions.

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Brendon and Boo both carded -8  under par first rounds of 64 at the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana. The poor conditions gave players the option to lift, clean and place their ball on the fairway.

Boo carded his round in the morning before the weather changed, and then there was some rain which halted play for 78 minutes in the afternoon, leaving twelve players out on the course, who will have to complete their rounds tomorrow.

Brendon,  who is seeking his first win on the PGA TOUR, carded a bogey free -8 under par 64, and said he still left a couple out there;

“I left a couple out there, I think everybody finishes a round and think they could do a little better. But anytime I shoot a 64 I’m not going to get greedy.”

“I feel like my game is solid at the moment. I’m hitting everything fairly well. Nothing exceptional, but it feels like everything’s kind of turning in the right direction.”

Boo hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation and required only 26 putts, he also loves being close to home;

“I’ve been struggling with my irons the past month or so and finally I got some shafts that work.’

“I used them in Wednesday’s pro-am and came away feeling really good. Finally, I can control the distance and the trajectory and the numbers.”

“And it helps when you’re really putting well. When you put the two together, you can shoot pretty good. Plus, I’m back on Bermuda grass, I’m close to home, and I love the heat. What’s not to like?”

“You can’t win the tournament today, there’s a lot of golf left. We’re all out here hitting it the same. The difference is who’s hitting it the closest.”

“But I saw the good today. If you don’t hit it good tomorrow, you don’t hit it good. That’s why they call it a four-letter game, GOLF!.”

“I felt like if the putts would have fallen that I hit, I felt like it could have been a 59 easy.”

David Hearn and Sean O’Hair are tied in fourth place, just one shot back at -7 under par.

Sean said he had been pushing it all the way;

“I kind of caught myself pressing on the back nine.”

“Once I got to seven under I was kind of pushing a little bit, forcing a little bit on the greens.”

Freddie Jacobson has continued with his excellent putting performance this season, needing only 20 putts on his way to record an opening round -4 under par 68. He has now extended his no three putt streak to 542 consecutive holes, best on the PGA TOUR.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Jason holds off Ernie in playoff

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans was won by Jason Dufner, after a two hole play off against the resurgent Ernie Els. Both players were tied at -19 under par at the conclusion of the final round, with Luke Donald two shots behind. The title was decided at the second playoff  hole Jason getting a birdie against Ernie’s par at the 18th. This win, Jason’s first PGA tour win, should also stamp out some of the bad memories haunting Dufner since the Masters, when he shared the lead after two rounds but faded to 24th. Congratulations to Jason for his win, and good luck next week for your wedding ceremony to your lovely fiancée Amanda Boyd.  Jason said afterwards;

“There’s a been a good bit of pressure. People talking about, `Why aren’t you winning? Why can’t you close the deal?  Friends, family, media, even people in my inner circle. And not in a negative way, but when you’re leading tournaments going into weekends and you’re finishing 24th, there’s going to be some questions. It’s always really tough playing on Sundays whether you’re in lead or middle of pack, and today I was fighting, trying to win event, and I think I showed myself a good bit out there. It was tough. Ernie made a great run at me and it felt like with five or six holes (to go) we were probably going to be battling for the win. To get the monkey off of my back, it’s a great feeling.”

Amanda was ecstatic;

“It’s awesome. He’s been so close so many times. I don’t feel like it’s real.It will be a good wedding.”

Jason also added;

“Great wedding present for both of us. It helps with paying for the wedding, obviously. They’re a little more expensive than I thought or had imagined. It’ll be a big celebration not only for our marriage but also for my first victory out on the Tour.”

Ernie, The Big Easy, hasn’t won on the PGA TOUR since 2010,  he did not have a single bogey in the final round or playoff, and would have won his 19th career PGA TOUR title in, of all places, the Big Easy. Ernie reflected on his missed chance;

“It was a nice little charge I made and, you know, nice to catch the leader. I had a chance to win the tournament with a 6-footer and missed it, but I made quite a few putts on the back nine to keep myself in it. Hit the ball pretty well today, no bogeys on the final round so there’s a lot of positives.”

Luke Donald shot a 67 to finish the tournament at -17 under par, and in doing so regains the number one spot in the world. Luke said;

“That’s a nice consolation. It’s been going back and forth a little bit. Rory’s turn next week. It was a little bit of a motivation to try and play well today.”

 

Zurich Classic at New Orleans, TPC Louisiana

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Jason Duffer sits atop the leader board at The Zurich Classic of New Orleans after the second round at TPC Louisiana. Jason had a -7 under par round of 65 to lead by one shot at -12 under par for the tournament. Just one shot back, after a magnificent round of – 8 under par, 64, for a tournament score of -11 under par is Russell Knox, from Scotland. Ken Duke and John Rollins are also at -11 after the second round, Ken continuing his good form.

Jason was really happy with round, including the eagle at 18;

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 “Really nice start on the front-9, I had a couple putts, I had a couple of easy birdies. I don’t think I missed a fairway or a green. Just had some tough reads. The greens are kind of tough to read. Sometimes you get competing grains, competing slopes, so you get a putt that might break to the right but the grain is going left. That can be kind of difficult to judge. And then 18 I had just a really good number for my 5-wood to get somewhere on that green and had a putt that was down-grain and breaking to the left with the grain so that was a nice way to finish the day.

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Among the group at -10 under par, is Ernie Els who had a second round score of -4 under par which leaves him just two shots off the lead. Luke Donald was another player to have a -7 under par second round and at -6 for the tournament could manage to compete over the final holes come Sunday, assuming he has another good round tomorrow and stay in touch with the leaders.

Bubba Watson, the defending champion, had another 71 for his second round, leaving him just on the cut line, and he will be there to contest the final two rounds. A sigh of relief from the Watson fans, and I expect the sponsors.

Notables missing the cut were; Retief Goosen,73 and 71 at even and John Daly, 80 and 73 to finish at +9, a dismal tournament for John.

Zurich Classic @ TPC Louisiana New Orleans

              

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana has two players leading after the first round. Both Ken Duke and Cameron Tringale had -7 under par rounds of 65, to lead the field by one shot. Following close behind are , Steve Stricker and Daniel Chopra, both firing very respectable rounds of 66,  -6 under par.

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The Big Easy, Ernie Els threatened to join the leaders for most of the day,until he bogeyed the par 3 17th, but then rallied to birdie the par 5 , 18th. he also finished with a round of 66 and -6 under par for the tournament.

Luke Donald continues his struggle this season with another sad round, finishing at +1, and suffered a double bogey at the par 3        17th hole, landing his tee shot into the water. He took a penalty drop, chipped onto the green then two putted for a 5. Luke will need a good day tomorrow to stick around for the weekend.

Another player not performing was Masters Champion, Bubba Watson, who had a first round 71, a -1 under par effort.

“My body is not where it wants to be. I can’t hit shots that I want to hit. I can’t hit it and make putts. I’m struggling out there. Just exhausted. Mentally exhausted.”

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 Since he’s the defending champion at TPC Louisiana, Bubba  knew he needed to show up and compete.

“I had to be here for that and I’m here but mentally I’m not here. I’m so out of it right now. Golf is a hard thing to do right now.”