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Saturday, February 24, 2018

It's all about Tiger today at the Honda Classic, Connors and Hughes make the cut

PGA Tour Honda Classic leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/yahoo/leaderboard.html

The wind has shifted from the SW to the SE for todays play, its fresher if anything than Friday, sunny and warm, so that means nobody is about to go out this afternoon and shoot 65, as Rory said yesterday, "anything around par 70 is a great score here this week". The greens are getting baked out with the sun and wind and are a very fast test.

So with all due respect to the leaders currently at -3, today will be all about Tiger who has made the cut with 70 71 +1, just 4 behind, and so far today he's played the front nine in -1 so sits at E par.

Looking fit and healthy, this windy tight set up looks like a perfect fit for Tiger, he's hitting that go to low stinger he has perfected over the years off the tee to great effect, and working the ball either way at will with excellent distance control as he heads into his back nine, where the famous Bear Trap awaits. His ball speed is up to 182mph with the Tour average at 168mph, so you can see how freely he is swinging.

Two Canucks made the cut which fell at +5 which tells you how tough conditions are. Mac Hughes 67 75 +2 is on his back nine as I write just a stroke over par, while Corey Connors 70 72 is +3 on his round today with  to play.

Bryan Angus

It's Korda's to lose Thailand, Henderson in the chasing pack

LPGA Tour Honda LPGA Thailand leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/honda-lpga-thailand/leaderboard

Heck even her younger sister Nelly took a run at her with a 65 as did the Jutanugarn sisters Moriya and Ariya, but at the end of 3 rounds this Honda LPGA Thailand is Jessica Korda's to win after rounds of 66 62 68 -20 have her 4 shots clear of Moriya and the chasing pack.

It's true that we never appreciate our health until we lose it, and Jessica after a double jaw surgery and a broken nose as part of ensuing complications has suddenly learned that all the problems she thought she had in her life didn't amount to a hill of beans when you are lying unconscious in hospital.

Now much more balanced and aware of what life is all about, she is simply thanking her lucky stars that she is fortunate to play a game she loves and is very good at, and very well paid for and it is showing in her game which has been absolutely stellar all week, jaw dropping you could say...

Australian Minjee Lee (68) is third at -15 201, then Ariya Jutanugarn (65) on 202. Lexi Thompson (69) on 203. Michelle Wie (69) is T6.

Brooke Henderson shot (70) T9 -1. Out in 33 with 3 birgies she stalled with bogeys at 12 and 14 before managing to birdie the last for 37 and the 70. Brooke only hit 8/14 fairways and was up to 30 putts again.  Alena Sharp had a (72) +4.

So its Jessica Korda's to win and as I said yesterday, unless she comes back to the field she will do just that !

Bryan Angus

Friday, February 23, 2018

Mac Hughes a shot off the lead at windy TPC National

PGA Tour Honda Classic leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/the-honda-classic/leaderboard.html

" Man, this is one of the hardest courses we play all year, including majors," said co-leader Webb Simpson who shares the lead with Alex Noren at -4 66 in steady wind on a penal PGA National golf course, in Palm Beach Gardens.

Mackenzie Hughes had a brilliant round of -3 67 including a bogey from a bunker on #9 on a typical Florida course, all wind and water, and more water and as a result only 20 players broke the par of 70. 76 or worse was not uncommon as Ben Silverman found out at +8 78.

Corey Conners had a very creditable par 70.

Other notables: Playing the course backwards Tiger Woods had only one bad hole, a double bogey 7 on the par-5 third hole for E 70.

Locals, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Morgan Hoffmann and noted wind player Louis Oosthuizen all shot -3 67.

Rory McIlroy went for the par 5 18th in two, missed by a foot, got wet, double bogey 7 led to a +2 72.

With round 2 in more wind gusting at 30km underway, the cut is predicted at +4.

Bryan Angus

Henderson among the pack chasing Korda at Honda LPGA Thailand

LPGA Tour Honda LPGA Thailand leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/honda-lpga-thailand/leaderboard

Brooke Henderson (-4 68) is T5 at -9 with six birdies and two bogeys overnight at the Honda LPGA Thailand's second round which is just what she wanted to do, stay amongst the leaders going into the weekend. Her putts were down to 27 including a 40 foot bomb on #12 for birdie.

The problem is Jessica Korda had one of the rounds of her life, a -10 62 after she fashioned eight birdies capping her sensational round with an eagle to sit at -16 which is a 36-hole record for the event. She leads by 4 shots clear.

Playing in the group with Brooke was Brittany Lincicome, who shot -7 65, -12 at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course, and she is in 2nd place. Alena Sharp (73) is back at +4

Conditions were overcast, hot and muggy with rain threatening most of the day, but ideal for low scoring.

It is notoriously hard to follow a round like 62 with another really low one, so the field will need Miss Korda to come back to them on Saturday or she will have lapped them come dinner time.

The contenders are all stars, Michelle Wie -9, Lexi (Legsy) Thompson -10, Minjee Lee -11 are all in there with Brooke. Saturday's are moving day, so let's see who's moving in the right direction!!

Bryan Angus

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Honda Classic begins the " Florida Swing"... live scoring

LPGA Tour Honda Classic leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/the-honda-classic/leaderboard.html

Palm Beach Gardens is the traditional starting point for what is known as the Florida Swing on the PGA Tour, this year Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are the headliners at PGA National.

The early wave are all coming in now with the lead at -3 for several players including 2017 player of the year Justin Thomas.

Tiger is playing and is currently E playing the back nine first in -1 34, however just made a double bogey 7 on the par 5 3rd.

Just 2 Canadians this week. Ben Silverman with 3 bogey's and a double is struggling at +5 through 14 holes and Mac Hughes has just begun..

Follow the live scoring link I have provided.

Bryan Angus

Brooke Henderson back on form in Thailand

LPGA Tour Honda LPGA Thailand leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/honda-lpga-thailand/leaderboard

 After missing her first cut since 2015 last week, Brooke Henderson took advantage of a rare weekend off to work on her game and came out of the gate this week at the Honda LPGA Thailand with 7 birdies, including a front nine of 32 to post a -5 67, just a shot out of the lead held by one of Thailand's stars, Moirya Jutanugarn -6 66, Americans Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda and Aussie Minjee Lee.

Only 23 players were over par at the Siam Country Club, including Alena Sharp +3 75.

Brooke had this to say post round. "Yeah, you know, it was a really great start. Felt good, especially coming out of last week. I was happy to get a lot of birdies right out of the gate and feel comfortable again. Unfortunately I gave two back, but I was able to fight pretty hard on the back nine and finish at -5"

She used 29 putts, which is down from the 32 and 33 last week, although still a little high, she did make at least 3 curling 15 -20 footers, and she talked a bit about learning to read Bermuda grass greens.

"Spending a lot time in Florida I’ve been able to learn all about grain and how to read putts like that. Coming from Canada I didn’t really know much about that, but last few years I’ve definitely learned a lot. This heat is pretty similar to Florida. Actually quite a bit hotter.”

Chon Buri in Thailand is 12 hours ahead of EST.

The leaderboard is jam packed so we'll see who stays with the pace when they tee it up for round 2 in a few hours.

Bryan Angus

Monday, February 19, 2018

Bubba wins again at Riviera...Hadwin's great weekend T6

PGA Tour Genesis Open leaderboard

Adam Hadwin had a great weekend at the Genesis Open on the fabled Riviera GC. With back to back rounds of 66 he was -10 and climbed up 31 spots on the leaderboard to end up T6 at -8 just 4 shots behind the winner Bubba Watson.

Hadwin (70 74 66 66 -8) only had 1 bogey over the weekend, and if you consider he had 5 bogey's and a triple during his 2nd round 74, he may well have won. This was his 2nd top 10 in his last 4 starts after his T3 at the Career Builders.

Watson hadn't won in 2 years but obviously loves Riviera. His -12 total was good enough for a 2 shot victory and his 3rd on this famous LA course. While he posted a bogey free 33 on his Sunday back nine, it was really his -6 65 on Saturday that won the event for him. He also won in 2014 and 2016.

His short game totals ranked #1, and he was 2nd tee to green. Watson, a well respected, very emotional flake on tour, (these days it's called ADHD, which makes it difficult to focus on one task, they may be pulled in different directions, or not complete the task at hand) hadn't won since Riviera in 2016 and was playing so poorly he'd dropped from #4 to #117. He says he was so bad last year  he discussed retirement with his wife on a dozen occasions.

It was his 10th win, including 2 Masters, and he moves to #41 so will now play in the WGC Mexico Championship in a fortnight.

A word about the resurgence of 45 year old Phil Mickelson who had another good week, a final 68 saw him T6. With good performances at Phoenix and Pebble Beach he has 3 straight top 10's for the first time since 2009

Other Canadians: Nick Taylor 71 71 74 68 E,  Ben Silverman 72 71 70 73 +2

Bryan Angus