MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Merry Christmas 

To all my followers, readers, of my blog, and of course to all the golfers out there who are using the

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Hope you all have a great holiday time, and if you are like me you will find some time to play some golf. Every Christmas Day my wife and I play at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Links, which has hosted 12 New Zealand Open’s.

Wendy is not a great fan of my course, the first reason is the bunkers;

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and the second objection is the true links course fairways;

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But we still manage to have some fun out there, and then go home for traditional Christmas Dinner. It is a bit strange for us because it is summer here and we always think of a white Christmas, and a roaring log fire. Christmas Day we will be in shorts and covered in sun protection cream as Wendy will still beat me on Stableford points in our annual contest, despite all her objections to the course lay-out.

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If you fancy tackling this course, let me know, I will be happy to take you round. It’s summer, come on over and enjoy yourselves.

 

 

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Its Shanshan at the Double in Dubai.

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Shanshan Feng  wins the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, making it a double victory for her on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club.

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A last round -2 under par 70 was enough to give Shanshan her second victory at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters with a -19 under par total, a five shot winning margin.

“It’s my second time to win here, and the staff just told me I’m actually one of the two people that has won twice here, and the other one is Annika.  So it makes me like feel really proud of myself.”

“I think if I would get to 22 under, then I didn’t think anybody would catch up.  So I was going for 22, but of course I didn’t.  I still think I did well.”

In second place on her own was Carlota Ciganda, a final round -4 under par 68 giving her a -14 under par total, with Caroline Masson third at -13 under par.

Charley Hull sealed the 2014 ISPS HANDA Order of Merit after tying for fifth place at -10 under par, sharing that finish with Liz Young, Melissa Reid, Nicole Broch Larsen and Malene Jorgensen.

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This €20,000 cheque was enough for Charley to become the youngest winner of the Order of Merit, in just her second year on tour;

“It’s good to win, I didn’t really know coming into this week.”

“Just the back nine today, I just thought don’t make any silly mistakes.  I doubled the first but got two birdies on the bounce back so pretty happy with myself there.”

“I went double, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie.  So it was an interesting front nine.”

” But towards the end of the back nine, I really got the feeling with my woods off the tee.  I started feeling so much more confident.  Just working on getting a bit more width on my swing.  I definitely feel a lot more confident.”

Amy Boulden capped her first season as a professional on Tour, by winning the Ladies European Tour’s OMEGA Rookie of the Year award.

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Amy was delighted with her win, and her first year on Tour;

“It’s been a really great first season on the Ladies European Tour.”

“It was one of my goals from when I turned pro, to win Rookie of the Year.  I thought it was going to be quite tough this year not having a full card.  I wasn’t sure how many events I was going to be playing in but starting the year well has helped me a lot.”

“It’s a real honour to win and join the prestigious list of former winners, including Laura Davies, Annika Sorenstam and Charley Hull.”

 

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Shanshan Shines.

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Shanshan Feng shines in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, taking a four shot lead on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Shanshan had a bogey free -5 under par 67, to give her an Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament total of -11 under par, and a four-shot lead going into the week-end. Shanshan does not check the leaderboard while she is playing, but she did speak about her low winning scores;

“I didn’t make as many birdies as I did in the first round, but it was a bogey-free round with five birdies. So I think I did really well.”

“My goal is just top three and if I can achieve that I will be really happy. I am not trying to think about winning or anything.”

“This 21 under is my second best finish after Reignwood where I was 26 under. I don’t think 21 under would be easy to break. I am thinking about it, the plan is to focus on every shot and if I do it, I do it.”

“While I am not really trying to guess where I am at the moment, but I would say I feel comfortable with my current position. I have been in this position quite a few times and I can handle the pressure.”

Charley Hull is in second place, four shots back at -7 under par, a second round -2 under par 70 securing that position on her own. She unfortunately double bogeyed the 18th after hitting her approach shot into water;

“I actually hit a pretty good shot into 18.  The wind really gusted when I hit that shot.  It was gusting anyway.  Hit a half 9‑iron and only had 105 yards to clear it and usually hit my nine about 132.  I hit it a lot less than a full one, but it was quite strong going into that green.”

“I was 4‑under until then but still finished 2‑under which isn’t too bad.  What am I, four, five off the lead, so that’s nothing at all.”

Anna Nordqvist, Noora Tamminen and Gwladys Nocera are sharing third place, all on -6 under par for the tournament.

Anna has her brother on the bag this week, and said she is out to enjoy herself;

“With my little brother on the bag, I am just trying to enjoy Dubai as much as I can.”‘

“The course is in phenomenal shape. You can made a lot of birdies if you hit good shots and get your putting going. Will try to stay aggressive the next two days and just enjoy myself.”

Cheyenne Woods, playing her first tournament in Dubai, stayed in contention, following her opening round 70 with a second round -3 under par 69 to join the group of four ladies at -5 under par. She likes Dubai and spoke about how well the leader Shanshan is playing;

“I really played well and hit the ball well till the end. I may have left a few shots here and there, but overall I am very happy.”

“I love the course and looking forward to the weekend.”

 “Obviously, she is playing very well and I am playing the best that I can. I will do everything I can to keep with the pace. I am not going to try and play outside of myself or do anything crazy because that’s when bad things happen.”

Cheyenne  later went to the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel to follow in the footsteps of her uncle, Tiger Woods, who was the first player to hit shots from the helipad of the seven-star hotel, 10 years ago.

“The experience was just awesome. I have seen the photos of Tiger hitting the ball. How crazy it was and it went viral. It was a cool opportunity for me to get up there.”

 

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

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Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Two Tied at the Top

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Carin Koch and Shanshan Feng are the two ladies tied at the top of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament at the Emerites Golf Club.

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Carin and Shanshan carded first scores of -6 under par 66 in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament on the Majlis Course at Emerites Golf Club.

Carin said she had not played for while;

“I haven’t played an event since September, so it was probably more just trying to find the fairway and the green and remember how to do it.”

” It was very unexpected for me.  Like I said, I just made a lot of putts and hit a lot of iron shots close, and that makes all the difference.”

Shanshan was happy with her start to this tournament;

“I think we had so many birdie chances out there and I made seven, which is pretty good, because I think my putting was really working.  If anything, I would say I can work maybe a little harder on my driving.”

“This year coming in, I set my goal, I said maybe top three.  And I would say 6‑under is a pretty good start.”

Charley Hull had a -5 under par opening round of 67, and was also very happy with that score;

“I was pretty happy with the way I performed out there today. “

Especially with changing to left over right for about four months now, first time my coach has seen me putt left over right in a tournament, as well.”

” So it’s good for him to do that, because he was the one who wanted me to change after the British Open.  Yeah, definitely happy with that.”

Lee-Anne Pace was another of the group who carded a first round -5 under par 67, she said she had played solid golf;

“Very solid.  Not missing a lot of shots.  Hitting a lot of greens and putting very well.  I think the greens are fantastic.”

” They are very fast and running out, so really good condition, the course. I love this course.  I finished second here last time, so I have really good memories about it.”

Also on -5 under par was Becky Brewerton, she gives credit to her new caddy;

“I’ve got Jamie Spence caddying for me this week, plays on The Seniors Tour and done some really good work with him actually. “

“He’s been a bit of a mentor to me the last 12 months, so I think it was quite comforting having him out there.  He sees the shot in obviously a player sort of way, as well.  Any time I was in doubt, he came through and just made me really confident.”

“It’s been coming for a few months.  It’s just I’ve been lacking confidence in tournament and that’s the bit I’ve found hard to get back.  But I’m getting that now and I’m kind of over the fears that you feel when you’re really struggling.  Yeah, feeling very good.”

Indonesia Open. Padraig Harrington Wins.

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Padraig Harrington won the Indonesian Open, on the Asian Tour, in Jakarta.

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Padraig and Thailand’s Thanyakon Khrongpha  were both headed down the 18th of the  Damai Indah Golf, PIK course, all square at 16-under par, but both of them found trouble off the tee. Padraig got up and down for par, while Thanyakon carded a double bogey, giving Padraig a two shot winning margin, his first win  first since he lifted the 2010 Johor Open;

“I had a bad break on the 18th hole when I hit my tee shot and it rolled to the edge of the hazard.” 

“I was about to chip my ball sideways to the fairway but when Thanyakon hit it into the water, there was no point to take a chance. So I went back to the fairway and hit my six iron for my best shot of the week.”

“I hit a few bad shots earlier on and I hit a careless shot on the seventh hole. The biggest thing for me at that stage was that I was really praying for a rain delay. My momentum was gone but Thanyakon was flying and he didn’t miss a shot.”

“It was very unlucky for Thanyakon because of that rain delay. It was unfortunate but he can be very proud with how he played all the way through. He is really impressive. He looks like a player to watch for in the future.”

“Winning is a good habit to have. It gives you a lot of confidence and I need that confidence.”

“I didn’t start too well but I came through and I got the win. This win brings a lot of confidence to my game and hopefully it will show up next year.”

A two hour rain delay interrupted the proceedings and it seemed to effect Thanyakon more, he finished with -14 under par total;

“It was a great final round from me but I was under so much pressure on the last hole.”

 “I’m still happy with how I played. The rain delay stopped my momentum. It wasn’t good. The pressure made me scared.”

Nathan Holman captured third place with a -13 under par tournament total.

 

Hero Women’s Indian Open. Gwladys Wins.

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Gwladys Nocera, from France, wins the Hero Women’s Open at the Delhi Golf Club in India.

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Gwladys carded a final round -1 under par 72 for a -11 under par winning total at the Hero Women’s Indian Open, a comfortable five shot victory;

“It’s always good to win, I love it, and it’s nice to win in India for a second time, so I’m really pleased.” 

“It worked out really well the first day and after that I tried to play my game and that’s it.”

“I’ve played on tour for 12 years so experience always helps and it did today. Today, my putting was not too good but I told myself I am capable of shooting a good score. I stayed patient and it paid off.”

Fabienne In-albonHyeon Seo Kang and Hannah Burke all tied in second place, a distant five shots behind with -6 under par totals.

Hannah equalled her career best finish in a tie for second, and it was also a special day for Fabienne, who posted the best result of her time on tour, and has done enough to secure her playing privileges for 2015.

Indian rookie Vaishavi Sinha struggled in the third and final round, she finished on her own in fifth place at -5 under par for this 54 hole tournament at the Delhi Golf Course.

Hero Women’s Indian Open. Gwladys Clings On To Lead.

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Gwladys Nocera clings onto the lead in the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the mid-way point at Delhi Golf Club.

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Gwladys shot a second round of -1 under par 72 to lead the Hero Women’s Indian Open going into the week-end, with a -10 under par total. She has a two shot lead over her nearest rival starting tomorrow, moving day. The difference between yesterday’s brilliant round and today’s mediocre score was poor putting;

“I played well but the putts didn’t drop. Today 15 greens and 33 putts. Yesterday II had 26 putts.” 

 “I think the pins were tough today, beside major slopes, and it was tricky.”

In second place is Indian rookie professional Vaishavi Sinha, her second round -2 under par 71 could, and should have been better;

“Yesterday I hit 12 greens and today I hit 10 greens.”

“My hitting was a lot worse today and it was quite frustrating because I didn’t miss greens just on the edge, I was missing way left and they were wild shots, so my short game was really good today.”

In third place is defending champion Thidapa Suwannapura from Thailand, but a -5 under par tournament total is five shots off the pace of the leader.

Sharing fourth position are, Sharmila Nicollet, Hannah BurkeHolly Clyburn and Chloe Leurquin, all on -4 under par, and a long way from the top of the leaderboard.

Sharmila, from Bangalore, is not daunted by the huge gap, she is going for a win;

“I think I was playing well. I started off badly with two bogeys and I hit one in the trees with a penalty.”

 . “Overall my putting was really good: 28 yesterday and 29 today so it’s improved overall and I’m playing well with the game I have this week. You never know what happens tomorrow and I’m going for the win.”

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