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.”

LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship. Korea’s Haeji Kang Leads.

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Korea’s Haeji Kang leads the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship at Incheon, Republic of Korea

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Haeji Kang leads by two shots at the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship, shooting an opening round of  5-under par 67. Sinking a long putt on the 12th gave her confidence a boost;

“I think looking back on my game overall today, I did very well. Especially in the first nine holes, there were a couple of risks of actually bogeying some holes but I was able to stop and save with my putting.”

” And No. 12, I succeeded in a very long putt and I think psychologically and mentally it gave me a boost.”

“I think this course overall tends to be windy and it not really that long. So even some par 5 holes, hitting on in two is possible.  So I think it’s a course where you can gain an advantage if you use your length wisely.”

“I think my personal gallery will be different every day but today my parents were here and my cousin and my cousin’s friends were here, and I think that helps my game and definitely helps me mentally and helps me relax.”

There are five ladies tied in second place at -3 under par, defending champion Amy Yang is joined by Ilhee Lee, Minjee Lee, Catriona Matthew and Mirim Lee.

Minjee Lee said she was having fun out there in her group;

“We had a really young group today, Lydia and myself and Hyo Joo. We just had fun out there and a lot of laughs, a lot of smiles.  I think it looks good on telly and just having fun out there was the main goal for me.”

“I’ve had a good start, so I’m hoping, top-5, is my goal.”

Newly wedded World number two Inbee Park is back in action this week,  currently tied for 15th after a -1 under  par 71. Obviously her preparation for this tournament was not up to her usual standards;

“Whenever I go to a tournament, I’m just very quiet and just doing my own thing. You know, this week I really tried to approach it the same way.”

” Obviously it was a busy week and I didn’t get a practice round this week or practice.  I just played the Pro-Am day, which is quite different to what I usually have.”

“For me right now for this championship, recovering my top ranking position is less of a priority because I really want to win Korea.  I haven’t had a win in Korea.  I really want to show my Korean fans that I can win in Korea.”

Michelle Wie did not play too well in her return to golf, and finished at +4 over par. She is in a tie for 59th  place alongside three-time LPGA winner So Yeon Ryu. Lexi Thompson finished at +5 over par while poor Paula Creamer shot an 81.

 

 

Hong Kong Open. Jyoti Randhawa Leads

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Jyoti Randhawa, from India, sits on top of the leaderboard at the  Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Club at the close of play on day 1.

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Jyoti leads the field on day 1 of the Hong Kong Open shooting -6 under par 64 at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. He was very pleased with the way he putted today;

“For me it’s really awesome, today I really putted my heart out so I’m very happy with the way it went.”

In second place on his own is Angelo Que, from the Philippines, he carded -5 under par 65

There is a very large group tied in third place, no less than nine players all on -4 under par in this truly international field. They include some impressive names, Ernie ElsJbe Kruger, James Heath, Taiwan’s Lu Wei-chih, Korean Baek Seuk-hyun, Spain’s Nacho Elvira, Raphaël Jacquelin, Daan Huizing and Nicolas Colsaerts.

Ernie, was satisfied with his start, but knows the quality of the players who have won this tournament

“I kept it together for the most part and had quite a few opportunities, I’m quite pleased with that, obviously.”

“The players who have won here is like a who’s who of golf – but I don’t want to think about that. Let’s concentrate on tomorrow and take it from there.”

Nicolas sank two long putts, despite suffering from jet-lag;

“You need to play well to shoot any sort of score under par, from tee to green you need to be pretty good to leave yourself birdie chances. I’m quite happy with my score.”

“I’m waking up in the middle of the night, I didn’t do a very good job with the jet-lag so I think I’m going to be waking up early most of the week but it’s fine.”
With only this event and next week’s ISPS HANDA Perth International left for players to climb into the top 110 on The Race to Dubai and keep their cards, some of these players will have to do well if they want to improve their chances of retaining their playing privileges.

 

China Masters. 19 Year-Old Li Hao-tong Leads

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Young 19 year-old Li Hao-tong leads the Nanshan China Masters after the third round at  Nanshan International Golf Club.

 

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Despite shooting +1 over par 72 in the third round Li managed to hang on to the lead at the Nanshan China Open. He now has just a one shot advantage posting a -8 under par total;

“I think I just lost my luck on the back nine as I was not nervous.  I missed some birdie chances today, but I will have chances tomorrow.”

“A one shot lead is nothing and we are all in with a chance. I need to make a lot of birdies tomorrow.”

Leading the charge behind the Chinese youngster is Korean Chang Ki-keun, who carded a third round of -6 under par 65, and shares second place with Rhein Gibson, both at -7 under par for the tournament.

Aussie Rhein unfortunately was hindered by a double-bogey six on the 10th, which halted his progress up the leaderboard.

Chang, who only turned professional last year, equaled the course record with his bogey free round;

“I only turned professional last year and am still learning life as a tour professional. It helps to have days like this.”

Todd Baek and Garrett Sapp are tied in fourth place at -6 under par, Garrett could only manage an even par round, while Todd also equaled the course record of 65.

Todd put his success down to a borrowed putter;

“I putted really poorly on the first day using my own putter but yesterday I used a friend’s and it was much better. I am going to ask him if I can keep it. I had a lot of good par and birdie putts.”

 

 

 

World Hickory Open Championship. Sandy Lyle Wins

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The great Sandy Lyle has won the 2014 World Hickory Open Championship at  Panmure Golf Club  on the outskirts of Carnoustie.

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Sandy Lyle

Sandy was the first Englishman to win the Masters ,in 1988, and shot a closing 69 in the 36-hole event at Scotland’s Panmure Golf Club to beat Paolo Quirici of Switzerland and Andrew Marshall of England by three strokes.

Sandy was swinging a set of Tad Moore’s hickory clubs to shoot 74-69 in the 36 hole event.

Take a peek at Sandy’s irons;

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Tad Moore’s hickory clubs

Sandy has been playing hickory golf for nearly three years and was very proud of his achievement;

“I’m very honored to have won the World Hickory Open 2014, It’s been a very good experience which certainly got my ticker going, especially over the last two or three holes, which were very nerve-wracking.”


“I came into the tournament quite late when I decided that, as I was in this corner of Scotland for the Dunhill, staying on for the World Hickory Open would be a great opportunity to test my hickory skills, while also helping to advance hickory golf in Scotland.”