The McGladrey Classic. 4 way Tie at the top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Seaside Course at the conclusion of play on day 1.

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Brian Harman is one of the players who carded opening rounds of -5 under par 65 in the McGladrey Classic, he is joined on that score by  Erik Compton, Michael Thompson and  Will MacKenzie.  Both Brian and Michael played college golf here, and said it is an advantage knowing the course;

Brian one of many St. Simons Island residents playing this week, said it was nice to be here;

“It’s actually a little nice, you get to sleep in a little bit later than you normally would. It’s a little different, but this is the third year that I’ve played this tournament, so I’m starting to get more used to it.”

“It has been a while since I played a golf tournament. I took the first two tournaments off because I wasn’t quite ready to go so I wasn’t quite sure how things were going to go.”

“It was windy, it was cold this morning, it was tough conditions and I just outlasted it and finally started getting comfortable and playing better and finished real nice.”

Michael told reporters it definitely helped him, knowing the course;

“It’s a definite advantage, to go back all the way to college golf.”

“I think that helped me out a lot because I can look back on a lot of the great shots I hit back in college, and even back in 2011 when I was here. I played three-and-a-half really solid rounds of golf that were almost perfect.”

“I like the golf course, for some reason I can read the putts very easily.”

“And being here multiple times, I’m getting used to the conditions, hitting different shots, you know, pretty much seeing every possibility. So I’m not fearful, not afraid to go after it and hit the shot that I need to.”

Eric expects to win sometime this year, but has yet to claim a PGA Tour title in 13 years as a professional;

“I expect I should win this year. That’s a goal of mine, it’s always been a goal, but I think every time I get on the course it becomes more of a realistic expectation.”

“I just want to get the ball in play and hit on the green and see where I can go. And that’s difficult to do in four days, and it’s proven difficult for a lot of guys who have never won on tour who have great careers.”

“I happen to be one of those guys right now, and I feel like if I can do the things like I did today and get out of my own way, there’s no reason I shouldn’t continue to progress in this game.

“If you get it going the greens here are really quick and they’re very true. So if you’re playing well I think there’s some good scores out there.”

“Conditions I think will definitely get tighter during the week and these are definitely the fastest greens we’ve putted on in a while so you’ve got to be careful.”

There are no less than eight players tied in fifth place at -4 under par, in this tightly contested tournament. Someone needs to breakaway tomorrow are separate themselves from the pack.

 

Blue Bay LPGA. Korda Cashes In.

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Jessica Korda cashes in at the Blue Bay LPGA sitting on top of the leaderboard at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in China.

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Jessica shot  a bogey-free 6-under 66  to take the first-round lead of the Blue Bay LPGA in China with a one shot lead. She reported that her putter was working really well;

“It was really nice. I was hitting the ball pretty good and then I made some long putts, as well, off the green. I guess the putter was just hot on the front nine, so I took advantage of it.”

“Highlight was No. 10. Hit my drive way out right. Didn’t hit in the fairway, then didn’t have the right club. And the wind took it and I made the putt from across the whole green, from the back of the green to the front of the green, it was like from back to front, about 60 feet.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Brittany Lang, Shanshan Feng, Caroline Masson, Lee-Anne Pace and Michelle Wei all share second spot. all with opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Michelle was having some fun out there, enjoying the round;

“It was fun, because I feel like the ball kind of sits up with this type of grass and I felt like I was hitting flop shots all day.”

“It was kind of fun. I was just blasting them away. Definitely you have to hit to the right parts.”

“Missed a couple of birdie chances coming in. It always feels good when the ball kind of circles the hole 360 and ends up going in. It was a fun round today.”

Danielle Kang, at -4 under par and T8 was 22 years old on Monday and celebrated what she said was the longest birthday of her life;

“It was a great week. I had a really good birthday.”

“It was the longest birthday of my life actually. We went on the plane and it was like a charter plane, so everybody is like happy birthday on the plane. Then I went to sleep and then I woke up. And it was still my birthday. We drove in a car, got to the hotel and then I went to sleep and it was still my birthday and I woke up and I had a full day of birthday.”

Danielle gave herself a birthday present with a Hole in One, on the 155 yards 17th hole to win a brand-new Buick LaCrosse;

“It was in the middle of the round. So, yeah, I was pretty pumped.”

“My caddie had to tell me to calm down. On the 18th hole I was still trying to go for it. I’m an aggressive player, so, why not, let’s go. Missed a lot of putts but there was a lot of good things I did.”

Lucky for her that this is not a Volvo sponsored event, all they offer is an earthmover for a hole in one, like they did at the World Match-Play.

World No. 3 Lydia Ko, finished with a -2 under 69 and trails the lead by three shots at the end of the day T14.

 

 

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.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Brilliant Ben Martin Wins

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A brilliant putting performance from Ben Martin wins him his first PGA Tour event, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, in Las Vegas.

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Ben carded a final round of -3 under par 68, which included two birdies and an eagle in his last four holes at TPC Summerlin, to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. His tournament total -20 under par gave him a two shot winning margin of victory;

“It was just an awesome way to finish, I didn’t really feel like I had much going all day, but to finish 4 under in the last four to cap my first win was just awesome.” 

In second place was Kevin Streelman at -18 under par, a -6 under par 65 was not good enough for him to win, but he pushed all the way.

Russell Knox was alone in third place at -16 under par, he was paired with Ben, and was witness to a couple of amazing birdie putts.

South African Womens Open. Lee-Anne Pace Wins In A Play-Off

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South African Lee-Anne Pace wins the South African Womens Open at San Lameer Country Club.

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Lee Anne won the South African Womens Open in a play-off against Holly Clyburn on the second extra hole. Both ladies had completed the 54 hole tournament with a -5 under par total.

Lee-Anne had a -5 under par 67 final round, while Holly carded a -2 under par 70 for her total of -5 under par.

To win this tournament was one of Lee-Anne’s goals this year;

“I’ve always wanted to win this tournament. It was definitely one of my goals this year, so to do it today in front of so many lovely people supporting me was just a dream come true.”

“I was about three shots behind and it was never a lay-up, always going for it. My caddie made a good call there and a good putt and that was that. I mentioned that to Andy, you know I’m two for two, right. The chances are pretty good on this one.”

Holly said she had played some solid golf;

“I played solid the first 18 holes. I wasn’t letting anything get away from me and I was plodding away.”

 “I was taking fairways and greens and two putts for the first so many holes and then I made the turn and I thought, ‘You’ve played well on this front nine and you liked 10 from Thursday’, so I turned it on and made a great four on 13 and just made some great up and downs on 15 and 16.”

Gwladys Nocera ended in solo third place her last round -2 under par 70 giving her a -3 under par total.

Florentyna Parker, Ann-Kathrin Lindner, Valentine Derrey and Georgina Simpson were in fourth place, with -2 under par for the tournament.

It is safe to say that the weather really won this tournament, causing havoc all the way, reducing it to 54 holes.

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.