Kolon Korea Open. Kang Ji-man Leads.

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Korean Kang Ji-man leads the Kolon Korea Open on the  Woo Jeong Hills Country Club when play was halted due to darkness.

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 Kang Ji-man shot a second round -2 under par 69, achieved following a two-hour delay due to fog in the morning. At the close of play Kang held a one-stroke advantage over joint first round leader Jeon Yun-cheol who still has six holes to play in his second round.

Kang reported how tough the course is playing, he could have been further ahead but dropped two shots at the end;

“The course is playing tough so it is a good thing my putting clicked today, we faced very challenging approach shots because of the difficult pin positions.”  

Former Army trooper Jeon stands at -3 under par with those six holes left to play of his second round. When play finally resumed on Friday, Choi Ho-sung birdied the 18th for a -4 under par 67 to join Jeon in the first-round lead.

Kevin Na, world ranked 34, was originally credited with adding a 73 to his opening 74 to creep inside the projected cut line but was later disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard. He was hot favorite to win this tournament.

Major champion Y.E. Yang is level par for the tournament with 12 holes of his second round still to play , with the 2012 OneAsia number one Kim Bi-o climbing up the leaderboard with a best-of-the-day -4 under par 67 and is +2 over par after 36 holes.

 

ISPS Handa Perth International. Peter Shows Potential

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Peter Whiteford showed his potential at the ISPS Handa Perth International by leading at the half way stage on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

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 Peter is in danger of losing his card, and has responded to the challenge by carding a second round -6 under par 66, to sit on top of the Perth International leaderboard at the mid-way point. He said he is in good form and does not want to go back to Q School;

I played great and felt like I got what I deserved, it’s not often you say that in golf.” 

“You’re always thinking you could’ve done better, but that eagle made me feel a lot better. This week it’s no holds barred, win or bust.”

“I’m very nervous, there’s no doubt about that. I’ve got to just keep attacking.I don’t want to go back to school, nobody does, but I get what I deserve in this game, and I’ve been awful all year.”

“It’s nice that the form is coming back later on in the year.”

Thorbjørn Olesen is still in touch, a second round -3 under par 69 gives him a -11 under par total, just one shot behind the leader;

“It’s always tough to come back after a great round, to shoot another good round is tough.”

“I felt like I played solid out there and gave myself a lot of chances for birdie, especially on the front nine. I had a few lip-outs, but the pins were a little bit trickier today and it made to a bit trickier with the putter.”

“So I’m happy with the way I played; I hit a lot of greens and that’s important here.”

Sihwan Kim, another of those scrapping for his European Tour future this week, he is in third place at -10 under par, a second round -4 under 68 keeping him just one in front of the rest of the field.

David Drysdale and James Morrison share fourth spot on -9 under par, James reaching that mark in one go with his -9 under par 63 second round;

“I finished with double bogey last night, so it was kind of a bad end to a good day yesterday.”

“I knew I was playing well. I actually know in Perth it gets windy in the afternoon and calm in the morning, so I was hoping for a nice calm day. I got that and just played great all day really.”

“I’ve got nothing to lose now really. I kept my card and I need a top two to make the Final Series, so just keep on pushing really.”

“I mean, it all depends on weather and how other guys are doing. I’m just going to enjoy it. No matter whether you’re last or first, playing out here is an absolute pleasure.”

“It’s one of those weeks where you don’t really care if you make the cut on the mark or not. It’s just great to play four days here and enjoy playing a fantastic golf course.”

Kolon Korea Open. Rookie Jeon Yun-cheol Leads.

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Rookie Jeon Yun-cheol leads the Kolon Korea Open at the close of play on the opening day, after a late start due to fog.

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Jeon Yun-cheola former army trooper playing in his first major professional tournament, marched all the way to the top of the Kolon Korea Open leaderboard, with an opening bogey free round of 67.

He has a three shot lead and sounds very confident;

“I felt good during my practice round so I was not surprised that I could score low today.”

“I have always played aggressively and that is what I intend to do. I will try my best to win.”

Play was suspended due to darkness, these are the leading players who have completed their opening rounds.
1st place 67 – Jeon Yun-cheol
sharing 2nd with rounds of 70 are  Jun Seok Lee (Aus), Suk Jong-yul, Ham Jeong-woo (AM)
3rd place on 71 - Kim In-ho, Hong Sung-min, Ryan Carter (USA), KIM Do-hoon , Devin Daniels (USA)

ISPS Handa Perth International. Its Two at the Top in Perth.

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Thorbjørn Olesen and Australian qualifier John Wade are the two tied at the top of the ISPS Handa Perth International at the end of day 1 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

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Both Thorbjørn and John fired matching course record bogey free rounds of -8 under par 64 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club to share the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

The 46-year-old qualifier John, only secured his place in the tournament by carding birdies the last three holes of Monday qualifying. His only  ever professional victory came on the Challenge Tour in 2006, and he said he had forgotten what it was like to be at the top of a leaderboard;

 “It feels a bit weird actually,I certainly haven’t been top of the leaderboard for a hell of a long time. I just got a fast start. I didn’t play well last week, so wasn’t a lot of form going in, but once I got a fast start, I had to think well, maybe I’ve turned it around a little bit.”

“I didn’t really leave any out there. I got a couple of up and downs in and stuff like that, which helps your round, definitely. It’s been an unknown quantity at the moment, to be honest. I’ve played bits and pieces.”

 “I played the British Open last year, which in a way I called on that a little bit today. I played a British Open at Muirfield with no golf, and that’s pretty scary. I got through qualifying and had to really try to man up in front of a pretty intense environment.”

“So I felt today at least, even though it was a long time ago, it was over 12 months ago, you can draw on some of that stuff at my age. That gets you through days like today when you’re playing okay. This is ridiculous really. I didn’t know what to expect.”

“I just was proud that I didn’t let it go after I was six under, which is really annoying for most guys. And someone in my situation, you’re probably half expecting that to happen. Tomorrow is another day. This is all new to me; I’ll just to have go out with the same attitude.” 

If John needs any inspiration he should look at Ollie Wilson, who recently won the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course at St. Andrews, he had been winless on Tour for 11 years, and was only there on an invitation.

Thorbjørn’s only European Tour title came in Sicily two years ago and currently stands at 64th place on The Race to Dubai, he is looking to move into the top 60 ahead of next month’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship. At the interview with reporters he told them how well he had played today, and how good it would be to win again. He also revealed a strange injury he had earlier in the year, involving a camel!

“I played really, really well the front nine especially, the back nine I hit a couple bad drives, but got a little bit lucky and got away with them.”

“My short game was amazing out there. My chipping, bunker shots were really, really good, so I’m very pleased with the round.

“It’s been a few years since I won. Especially the last six months I feel like I’ve played some good golf and just haven’t been able to put the rounds together, so it’s been a dry period. It would be really, really nice to get some confidence back, and to get a win would be amazing.”

“Start of the year I actually fell off a camel in the desert and pulled my muscle there, so took a couple months before I was ready to play.”

There is a chasing pack of four players who are two shots of the lead after shooting opening rounds of -6 under par 66, they are;  Michael Sim, Peter Whiteford, Sihwan Kim and Tom Lewis.

 

Hong Kong Open. Scott Hend Wins In A Play-Off

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Scott Hend wins the Hong Kong Open in a play-off at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Scott had a final round -3 under par 67 to get into the play-off at -13 under par. He was joined on that score at the Hong Kong Open by Angelo Que, who carded a last round -4 under par 66 to reach -13 under par, and the play-off.

Scott won on the first extra hole, the par 4 18th with a par, against Angelo’s bogey 5.

Obviously Scott was delight with this play-off win;

“I felt quite calm. The only thing is that you don’t want to go for the pin on 18 as you can make bogey quite easily.”

I wasn’t sure how to play it and we discussed it and we said we’ll play it like how we would in regulation play.”

“Unfortunately, Angelo made a bogey. I would rather see one of us make a birdie as he’s a great guy and it would be nice to win a play-off with a birdie. However, I’ll take the win. I’m ecstatic.”

I’m very happy to get this done, and my kids Aston and McLaren and my wife Leanne back in Florida, this one’s for my kids and this one’s to be treasured. They’ve been sending me messages the last few mornings.”

“I’ve come close on the PGA Tour and The European Tour just not to get across the line and finally at the age of 41 I’ve won a European Tour event so it’s very special. It’s awesome, I love it – Europe here I come.”

Angelo’s runner-up cheque of US$144,440 has got him into 6th place on the Order of Merit which earned him a place in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in two weeks’ time;

“It actually panned out better than I thought. I had a chance to win, yeah, I did, but I didn’t win, so just move on.  That’s how it is.”

“There’s only one winner. Unfortunately I bogeyed the last in play-off.” 

Kevin Phelan managed to birdied the last three holes in his final round -4 under par 66 to take third place on -11 under par, and significantly improve his chances of remaining on The European Tour next year.

LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship. Kyu Jung Baek Wins In A Play-Off

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19 year-old Korean Kyu Jung Baek won the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in a three-way play-off at Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course in Korea

 

Kyu carded a final round -5 under par 67 to get  herself into a play-off with Brittany Lincicome and In Gee Chun, all three ladies posting a tournament total of -10 under par.

In Gee missed a relatively short putt on the 18th hole in regulation play which would have won her the tournament outright. She compounded that error by finding the water with her approach shot on the first play-off hole, and had to settle for a share of second place.

Brittany now has a 0 and 4 losing record in play-off’s, not something she would like to be reminded of. She too missed a good birdie chance on the first play-off hole, virtually handing the title to Kyu who had an even shorter putt, on the same line, to win.

Kyu duly converted the winning putt, much to the delight of the large Korean crowd, friends and players dousing her with Champagne.

World number two Inbee Park finished in fourth place, posting -9 under par, a last round -5 under par 67, came to sad end on the 18th, as she missed a birdie putt to get into the play-off. The putt was on the same line that the others had missed, sliding the ball just to the right of the cup.

Tied in fifth place at -8 under par were Michelle Wie and Catriona Matthew, both ladies recording final rounds of -5 under par 67.

Low round of the day went to Minjee Lee from Australia, -8 under par 64.

Hong Kong Open. Marcus Fraser In Front.

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Marcus Fraser leads the Hong Kong Open at the end of day 3 at the Hong Kong Golf Course.

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Aussie Marcus is enjoying his return to form he carded -5 under par 65 in the third round of the Hong Kong Open. to lead the tournament by one shot going into the final round tomorrow.

He admitted to being surprised;

“Nobody’s more surprised than I am that’s for sure. After eight months of sitting on the couch,  it hasn’t been the best eight months but when you play like that it makes it worthwhile.”

“Practice last week felt really good so I felt like I was heading in the right direction, finally, after I started practicing six or seven weeks ago.

“It was going okay but then last week it felt like everything fell into place but then coming out and playing a tournament is just a completely different thing so after not playing for eight months I wasn’t too sure what to expect. To come and play the way I did on the back nine today was pretty pleasing.”

“I think I’ve had three top tens here in the past and I was third a couple of years ago – I just love the golf course and wish I could take this course every week we play; I think it’s the best golf course we play all year.

“It’s just a proper golf course where you have to play well and stay out of trouble, and you need to hole putts – I’m pretty sure that’s the way the game was designed and it’s a credit to the way they’ve turned it out this week, it’s in the bet condition I’ve ever seen it.

“I had no idea going into the week and I’ve no idea going into tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll keep playing the way I’m playing and I feel pretty comfortable out there at the moment. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to play golf tournaments, especially being in the mix it’s good fun.”

Scott Hend is in second place, a -3 under par 67 third round giving the Aussie a -9 under par total for the tournament.

Tied in third place, at -9 under par, are Jbe Kruger, Angelo Que and Mark Foster.

Yesterdays leader Ernie Els slipped up today, a +1 over par 71 was not what he was hoping for. He still thinks he has a chance, if he can go low. Ernie is T6 at -8 under par;

“It was a little hectic, especially the ninth hole. I tried a couple of things and they didn’t come off but I don’t see there’s any reason not to still go for it.

“I need something low obviously, but I’d like to go really low just for my own wishes.”