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Kevin Kisner Holds on to the Lead at PGA Championship

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Kevin Kisner Holds on to the Lead at PGA Championship

It was a wild one yesterday [Saturday] at Quail Hollow, where the PGA Championship was being played. Round 3 of the Tournament couldn’t get any wilder. Yet Kevin Kisner played calm cool and collective, just as he has done all tournament.

After Round 2 he was up -8 on top of the Leaderboard.  He was really playing well. During Round 3 he had some real competition, from Hideki Matsuyama and Chris Stroud.  After the 7th Hole which each of them Birdied, Kisner was up a stroke at -9, while Matsuyama and Stroud were tied at -8. That would be as close as they would get. Kisner played the Front 9 perfectly. The Front 9 had been playing harder than the notorious Back 9.  Yet Kisner had a few Bogeys down the Back 9. His only real blemishes came on Holes 12, 16, and 18.  He finished the day -7 and 1 over

His only real blemishes came on Holes 12, 16, and 18. He finished the day -7 and 1 over on the Round. It was a far cry away from the 67 he posted on Round 1 and Round 2. The Championship is still up for grabs.

Hideki Matsuyama played well.  He was constantly nipping at the heels of the Leader. He had some shots that he missed that were makable. I mean there were some that just touched the rim of the cup.  His Birdie at the 7th was really remarkable.

There were times when he saved himself by Paring the Hole.  He got into similar trouble as Jordan Spieth, on the 12th and 13th. Who could forget the pine straw shot that Spieth made on Friday. It was just disastrous.  But Matsuyama played them differently. He stayed in the rough but kept the ball above the Holes. It was really amazing when he got out of trouble and was only punished a Bogey.  He really is good at chipping and has a real awareness of the Greens.  He finished the day -6 and 2 over on the Round.

One of the big stories of the day was Jason Day, who started out -6 and tried as he might to hold on to it. His Round 3 play was wild. I mean seriously it was a real roller coaster ride! At one point he was hitting a waist high Bunker Shot.  At another point he was hitting out of the trees. Then he was hitting out of the pine straw. There was a point where he was even hitting out of the water!

I mean come on, how does that happen? He had one leg in the water hazard and one foot on the slope. It was a remarkable shot but man did he have a rough day. He ended up Bogeying several Holes on the Back 9. I mean you could tell that he was really struggling to hit his tee shots.  He had some missed chances for Birdies on the Front 9 but the Back 9 did him in. He Bogeyed on the typical 12th and 13th as well as the 17th. He would go on to Quadruple Bogeyed the 18th.  He finished the day Even and for the Round he was +6.

The PGA Championship continues today on CBS, as the Final Round pairings begin at 2:30 PM.

Look for Kisner to try and keep the lead.  He has been playing well and has a level headed approach to this Golf Course, Quail Hallow. I expect to see Matsuyama to eventually tie for the lead as he is playing exceptionally well. Also look for Stroud to be a dark horse contender for the PGA Championship.

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Dustin Johnson Leads After Round 1 At Dell Technologies Championship

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Dustin Johnson Leads After Round 1 At Dell Technologies Championship

After round 1 at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Dustin Johnson leads the pack.

But the leaderboard at the top is looking quite tight after round one.

First-Round Leaderboard

Dustin Johnson             66 (-5)

Kyle Stanley                 67 (-4)

Marc Leishman             67 (-4)

Sergio Garcia               67 (-4)

Jon Rahm                     67 (-4)

Four golfers are tied for second place at 4 under par sitting one shot back of Johnson’s 5 under par lead.

Johnson birdied the 10th hole at TPC Boston to get his opening round underway and converted a putt of less than five feet for eagle at No. 18 to make the turn 4-under. His inward nine of 1-under contributed to a 5-under 66.

In his eighth appearance at the Dell Technologies Championship, Johnson’s 66 marked his lowest opening round at TPC Boston. Johnson’s best result in the Dell Technologies Championship is T4 (twice, 2009, 2012). He finished T8 at TPC Boston last year.

Defending Dell Technologies Bank Championship winner Rory McIlroy birdied the par-5 final hole for a 1-over 72.

Round 2 kicks off on Saturday with the same pairings as round 1.

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Dell Technologies Championship Round 1 and 2 Groupings Announced

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Dell Technologies Championship Round 1 and 2 Groupings Announced

The Dell Technologies Championship returns to TPC Boston this Labor Day weekend with a star filled field.

On Monday afternoon the tee times and groupings for rounds 1 and 2 were announced. Round 1 will take place on Friday and Round 2 on Saturday.

The defending Dell Technologies Championship champion Rory McIlroy tees off at 1:04 pm on Friday and 8:39 AM on Saturday with Ollie Schiederjans and Si Woo Kim.

The groupings to watch out for this weekend are going to be the Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas grouping. They tee off on Friday at 9:15 am and on Saturday at 1:40 pm.

The other grouping is the Hideki Matsuyama, John Rahm, and Rickie Fowler grouping which goes off on Friday at 1:40 pm and on Saturday at 9:15 AM.

Another grouping to keep an eye on the Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, and Billy Horschel grouping. They tee off at 1:28 pm on Friday and at 9:03 am on Saturday.

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Dell Technologies Championship Preview: TV Information, Field, And More

The FedExCup returns to TPC Boston this weekend, but this time something is different.

No longer is the championship sponsored by Deutsche Bank, instead, it has been rebranded as the Dell Technologies Championship. The reigning champion of the tournament, Rory McIlroy will be present for the Labor Day weekend tournament and enters it ranked No. 43 in the FedExCup after beginning the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 44.

McIlroy had an impressive comeback at last years event after being tied for 67th overall after an opening round 71. But he posted a final round 65 as he was able to close and eclipse a 6 stroke lead Paul Casey had entering the final round in 2016. That six stroke come-from behind win happens to be the largest in the tournament’s history.

But this year looks to be different at the  Dell Technologies Championship. For starters, McIlroy won the FedExCup in 2016 and looks to be nowhere close to being able to do that this time around. The favorites heading into this weekend are the top 6 in the FedExCup standings.

  1. Dustin Johnson
  2. Jordan Spieth
  3. Justin Thomas
  4. Hideki Matsuyama
  5. John Rahm
  6. Rickie Fowler

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