BMW Open. Levy Leads.

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Alexander Levy leads in Shanghai at the BMW Open making an ideal start to his bid for a third European Tour title of the season.

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Frenchman Alexander Levy shot a bogey free opening round of -7 under par 65 to lead the BMW Open on the Lake Malaren Golf Club course.

Alex was happy with his round, joking that he thinks China likes him. He is also buoyant about the good level of French golf;

“I think this country likes me, for me, this golf course is pretty much the same as the one where I won in Shenzhen.”

“I like this type of golf course with water and the target golf. I enjoy being in China and I’m going to try my best the next few days to do the same things I did in April.”

“No French player has won a Major or something like that, but I think we have a good mix between the older generation and young generation.Victor played the Ryder Cup this year and I think it showed all the French players it’s possible to play a big event like that and be in position to be in the Ryder Cup in France in 2018.”

“For my part I’m thinking only about that, to be in France in 2018 at Le Golf National, it’s an amazing place. I think we will have, I hope, two or three players on the Ryder Cup in 2018.

“We have a good generation. Every year some French players win and new players come on The European Tour.”

Another Frenchman Romain Wattel  is sharing second place with Nicolas Colsaerts and Emiliano Grillo,  all just one shot behind on -6 under par.

Graeme McDowell is another shot further back on -5 under par, holding fifth spot on his own after his first round 67. G-Mac arrived late in Shanghai and is shaking off the jet-lag. He reported that good putting was the key to his round;

“I got here Tuesday morning and haven’t really been feeling my best the last couple of days.”

“It’s the first sort of long trip of the year for me and the body took a little bit of time to catch up. Thankfully I felt much, much better this morning and the energy level has felt good.”

“The golf course is fairly soft due to the rain. It’s playing very long (7,600 yards), but the greens are very receptive and you can attack a few pins.”

“I’ve had a lot of yardage in my hand most of the day out there. We counted up, I think I had seven iron shots from outside of 200 yards on this golf course. Certainly for a guy like me who doesn’t hit it maybe as far as some of the other guys, I have to be precise with my iron play and putt well, and I putted well today. That was one of the keys.”

 

CIMB Classic. Rikard Karlberg Leads

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Swede Rikard Karlberg leads the CIMB Classic after the first round at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.

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Rikard shot a first round -7 under par 65 at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, to take a two shot lead into the second round.

Returning from an injury Rikard said he just relaxed, and had some fun, but the lingering viral infection has affected his season;

It gets you a little bit stressed out, I just stopped almost enjoying the game. I was a little bit frustrated before the two last tournaments coming into this week.”

“Just enjoy it and have fun out there made a big difference to me, so I haven’t really thought about it as a big event.”

Tied in second place are Billy Hurley III, Brian Stuard and Angelo Que, all with opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Top ranked player in the field is Sergio Garcia, he opened the competition with a -3 under par 69. He unfortunately is still suffering from putting problems, which I think is entirely down to that claw grip that he uses;

“It was one of those day where instead of lipping in, they seemed to lip out, and I probably had at least four or five putts that looked like they were going to go in and didn’t.”

Davis Love 111 is another player who had a good start, posting a -4 under par 68 first round, to sit in a tie for fifth place, he said he was taking it easy;

“I was a little tentative on some shots and not real sure what to do, I made some bad swings, but all in all you take 4 under if you haven’t ever seen the course before, so I’m pretty happy with it.”

“I don’t feel real good about a couple of those tee shots I hit. Physically, mentally I’m great. I’m relaxed now. The pressure is off of last week and all the excitement. Somebody else is cleaning up the mess, and I can go play.”

 

 

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Shanshan and Inbee Lead

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World #1 Inbee Park shares the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship lead with Shanshan Feng at Miramar Golf Country Club in Taiwan.

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Shanshan and Inbee both opened the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship with rounds of -8 under par 64, and a two shot lead over the field.

Shanshan was happy with her bogey free round, and her iron play;

“I think I did pretty well today, overall, a bogey free round.”

” I mean, I started the round, kind of like a smooth start.  And then made a birdie and then I made an eagle on the sixth hole, which really got it started.  Then after that, I was just making putts and my iron game was just as good as normal.”

World #1 Inbee Park said her round was due to some excellent putting;

“I hit the ball really solid all day, and on the back nine, everything seemed to drop, I can’t remember the last time I putted like this.  It’s been a really good putting day, so I’m really happy about that.”

“This golf course can play really easy or really tough depending on the wind. Today was obviously not a windy day.  It was a perfect scoring condition day and the greens were rolling good, no wind.”

“Obviously everybody is going low today.  So you’ve got to go low today and obviously it could play tough the next three days and today’s score, it could make a big difference.” 

There are four ladies tied in third place all on -6 under par; Amateur Ssu-Chia ChengSo Yeon Ryu, Haru Nomura and Line Vedel.

Ssu-Chia Cheng is full of confidence and expects to finish high on the final leaderboard;

“The score I shot today is much better than I expected, I think it’s mostly because I tried not to over-think too much, even though this tournament is the grandest stage of golf in Taiwan.”

“I hope to finish the tournament in the top-15. That’s my goal for the week,”

“For long-term goal, I will give US LPGA tour a shot, but not before I complete some other major amateur events by USGA. I think I will turn pro in 2015 at the earliest.”

So Yeon had a perfect start to the tournament carding three-straight birdies and by the time she left the 12th hole she was -9 under par;

“When I was on fire, I just thought about, okay, I’m going to make double digits under today.”

“Honestly, six under is a good score but I had a really bad finish,”

 “So, six under is not a good enough score to me. Now I’m going to work a bit more on my driver.  I think that if I find more fairways with my driver, I think I’m still going to make a lot of birdies because now my putting feels really well.”

” So I really look forward to make a lot of birdies.”

On a sad note Brittany Lincicome had to withdraw from the tournament after completing the first round, with a -4 under par 68, this was due to an ongoing illness;

“Sad to announce I will be going home tonight, been dealing with an esophagus problem for two weeks. Can’t eat or drink. Need to go home. So sorry to the sponsors and fans who came out to watch. I was having a great time. Can’t wait for next year.”

 

 

Kolon Korea Open. Kim Seung-hyuk Finally Beats the Fog, To Win

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Korean Kim Seung-hyuk finally beats the fog, to win the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club

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A last round of -1 under par 70 was enough for Kim Seung-hyuk to win the Kolon Korea Open at foggy Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, with a -2 under par total.

Kim had a very simple game plan;

My game plan was just to make pars, it’s a difficult course and you really need to manage your game if you expect to win here.”

As the current leader of the OneAsia money list Kim  will play the BMW Masters which tees off on Thursday in Shanghai, China.

Noh Seung-yul finished in second place at even par, a last round of -3 under par 69 saw him leap up the leaderboard.

Tied in third place were Lee Tae-hee, Choi Ho-sung and amateur player Ham Jeong-woo, all finished the tournament at +1 over par.

Blue Bay LPGA. Lee-Anne Lifts the Trophy.

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Lee -Anne Pace lifts the trophy in the Blue Bay LPGA 54 hole tournament in China.

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After a week of torrential rainfall and the inevitable delays, Lee-Anne Pace was finally crowned the Blue Bay LPGA champion on Mon­day morning at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course. Her third and final round finished on Monday with a 54 hole total of -16 under par, following her last round score of -5 under par 67.

She was over the moon with back to back wins on tour, but said when she heard the rain again this morning she knew play would be delayed again;

“I can’t actually believe it. I’m still so in the moment of one shot at a time that I think it’s going to hit me.”

“It’s like literally now I can relax. It’s amazing. Obviously one of my life goals, not only on the golf course, but to do some­thing like that very special.”

“I woke up and heard the weather outside, so I had a fairly good idea it’s going to be delayed. So I took my time, got coffee. I knew it was going to be delayed and went for a lengthy breakfast.”

“I had a lot of coffee, felt tired this morning but all in all felt pretty confident. I knew I was hitting well. I knew I could do it down the stretch. I’ve done it before.”

I look back at last week and how I actually played better towards the end. So I thought, you know, just do the same thing and I hit some really nice iron shots coming in on the last few holes.”

” To out with a birdie is obviously a bonus. I saw Caroline making a move but I said to myself, you’re far ahead, come on.”

 Caroline Masson finished in third place, three shots off the lead at -13 under par, and pushed hard all the way to the end. She also had a final round of -5 under par 67, and was happy with the result;

” I’m happy with that finish and that was all I could do, obviously I wanted to play.”

” I was in a good po­sition and wanted to play.  I knew we were going to play and we probably were going to play in any condition.  So I think it’s hard to have a good attitude, you know, but just once you get out there, do that, and I fought hard.”

Tied in third place were Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda,both ladies posting final  scores of -11 under par. Michelle had  a final round -2 under par 70, while Jessica carded an even par last round.

Kolon Korea Open. Monday Finish For Fog Bound Korea Open

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There will be a Monday finish for the fog bound Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

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Current leader of the OneAsia Order of Merit,  Kim Seung-hyuk is at the top of the leaderboard at the Kolon Korea Open, having completed 13 holes of the final round at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, and has a competition score of -2 under par.

He thinks he now has a good chance to win the competition;

“Tomorrow, if I can do well on the 16th and 17th holes, I think I have a good chance to win”

In second place is amateur Ham Jeong-woo, who was cruising along before making some mistakes which have cost him dear. He is at -1 under par for the tournament, having carded a double bogey at the par four 12th hole. Play was then suspended due to darkness, he explained his troubles to reporters;

“I had an unplayable on the 12th and ended up with a double bogey, I thought it would turn into a triple bogey so I am happy with the double.”

Noh Seung-yul is the club-house leader at even par, having completed his final round, carding -2 under par for his final effort, and looking at the way things have gone in this tournament he could still be the winner.

The Kolon Korea Open, is one of the longest running national opens in Asia, but unfortunately this year has been plagued by daily fog delays, since it started on Thursday resulting in a Monday finish.

 

Blue Bay LPGA. Finish Moves to Monday.

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The rain lashed Blue Bay LPGA will now conclude on Monday, the 54 hole event has suffered at the hands of the weather all week.

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This is Lydia Ko trying to complete the 54 holes at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course on Sunday. She did get finished shooting -4 under par 68, and is currently the club-house leader at -9 under par.

Sitting on top of the leaderboard is Lee-Anne Pace, at -15 under par, she has played 13 holes of her final round.

Michelle Wie is second place at -11 under par, she also has finished 13 holes.

Jessica Korda is tied in third place with Caroline Masson, both at -10 under par, Caroline has completed 14 holes and is -2 under on the round while Jessica has finished 13 holes but is +1 over par on the day.

There are four groups on the back nine who still need to finish play on Monday morning, which will start at 8:30 a.m.

To be honest I can not see anyone catching Lee-Anne, who is on a hot run of form, winning last week at her home tournament the  South African Women’s Open.