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.

 

ISPS Handa Perth International. Thorbjørn Takes the Title

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Thorbjørn Olesen takes the ISPS Handa Perth International title at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

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Thorbjørn put together a final -1 under par 71 which gave the Dane a tournament total of -17 under par, and a three shot victory, to lift the ISPS Handa Perth International title. he said it had been a tough day, missing putts;

“It was tough, they were not easy conditions today. it was a tough day but it was worth it, that walk down 18 was beautiful.”

“I missed a few short putts today in the middle of the round and I think that the lead got down to one shot, but I was just thinking about getting my round back to under par, keeping focused, and seeing if I could make a few birdies coming in.”

“I actually made a great two putt on six for bogey, which was very important, then the birdie on seven. My driving and a couple of three woods also were off-line.”

“It made it quite tricky for me but I holed some great putts coming in, really important putts and it was just a great feeling to see them rolling in the hole.”

“It’s been a couple of years since I won last time, so this gives me a lot of confidence and belief for the last bit of the season, this has been a great week and I’ve really enjoyed being here.”

In second place was Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, charging up the leaderboard with a -6 under par 66 last round, for a final total of -14 under par.

Englishman Mark Foster grabbed third place alone, a final -3 under par 69 giving him a -12 under par final score.

Today was also the make-or-break day for those chasing a place in the top 111 on The Race to Dubai, to earn a card for next season,
Sihwan Kim, Peter Whiteford and Andrea Pavan are heading back to Q school

 David Drysdale, Matthew Nixon and Anthony Wall survived to fight another season on Tour.

 

ISPS Handa Perth International. Outstanding Olesen Leads.

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Thorbjørn Olesen produced an outstanding third round to lead the ISPS Handa Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

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Thorbjørn put together a third round -5 under par 67, to take a three shot lead into the final round of the ISPS Handa Perth International with a -16 under par total.

Thorbjørn warned his playing competitors that he would continue to play aggressively, amazingly he said he did not play well today;

“I tried to go out there and be aggressive like I did the first two days, but I didn’t have the game today.”

“I didn’t feel good, I was struggling out there. I made some great up and downs to keep it going.”

“It was a fight all the way through, but I still had fun and I was fighting all the way. Five under is a great score today.” 

“It’s been a couple of years since I won, so definitely I’ll feel the nerves. I’ve been in contention in big tournaments and I know how it feels. But it’ll be great to get that victory, so it’ll definitely be on my mind.”

“I just want to be out there tomorrow, be aggressive, and have fun.”

“I think it gives you a lot of confidence when you’re there on Sunday and you know you played well because you’re in contention. I think you take that with you and bring it out on the course and keep believing in yourself.”

“In the end it’s just golf,  it’s supposed to be fun to play. It’s work, but it’s great work. It’s a lot of fun to play. So if you hit a bad shot, you just have to step back and think about it.”

In second place and three shots back at -13 under par is Sihwan Kim, who had a -3 under par 69 round today. James Morrison followed Friday’s course record 63 with a 69 to move into third on -12 under, with Peter Uihlein a shot further back after carding the low round of the day a -7 under par 65.

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.