Kolon Korea Open. Kim Seung-hyuk Finally Beats the Fog, To Win

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Korean Kim Seung-hyuk finally beats the fog, to win the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club

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A last round of -1 under par 70 was enough for Kim Seung-hyuk to win the Kolon Korea Open at foggy Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, with a -2 under par total.

Kim had a very simple game plan;

My game plan was just to make pars, it’s a difficult course and you really need to manage your game if you expect to win here.”

As the current leader of the OneAsia money list Kim  will play the BMW Masters which tees off on Thursday in Shanghai, China.

Noh Seung-yul finished in second place at even par, a last round of -3 under par 69 saw him leap up the leaderboard.

Tied in third place were Lee Tae-hee, Choi Ho-sung and amateur player Ham Jeong-woo, all finished the tournament at +1 over par.

Blue Bay LPGA. Lee-Anne Lifts the Trophy.

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Lee -Anne Pace lifts the trophy in the Blue Bay LPGA 54 hole tournament in China.

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After a week of torrential rainfall and the inevitable delays, Lee-Anne Pace was finally crowned the Blue Bay LPGA champion on Mon­day morning at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course. Her third and final round finished on Monday with a 54 hole total of -16 under par, following her last round score of -5 under par 67.

She was over the moon with back to back wins on tour, but said when she heard the rain again this morning she knew play would be delayed again;

“I can’t actually believe it. I’m still so in the moment of one shot at a time that I think it’s going to hit me.”

“It’s like literally now I can relax. It’s amazing. Obviously one of my life goals, not only on the golf course, but to do some­thing like that very special.”

“I woke up and heard the weather outside, so I had a fairly good idea it’s going to be delayed. So I took my time, got coffee. I knew it was going to be delayed and went for a lengthy breakfast.”

“I had a lot of coffee, felt tired this morning but all in all felt pretty confident. I knew I was hitting well. I knew I could do it down the stretch. I’ve done it before.”

I look back at last week and how I actually played better towards the end. So I thought, you know, just do the same thing and I hit some really nice iron shots coming in on the last few holes.”

” To out with a birdie is obviously a bonus. I saw Caroline making a move but I said to myself, you’re far ahead, come on.”

 Caroline Masson finished in third place, three shots off the lead at -13 under par, and pushed hard all the way to the end. She also had a final round of -5 under par 67, and was happy with the result;

” I’m happy with that finish and that was all I could do, obviously I wanted to play.”

” I was in a good po­sition and wanted to play.  I knew we were going to play and we probably were going to play in any condition.  So I think it’s hard to have a good attitude, you know, but just once you get out there, do that, and I fought hard.”

Tied in third place were Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda,both ladies posting final  scores of -11 under par. Michelle had  a final round -2 under par 70, while Jessica carded an even par last round.

McGladrey Classic. Robert Streb Wins in a Play-off

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Robert Streb won his maiden PGA Tour victory at the McGladrey Classic in a three-man play-off at Sea Island, Seaside Course.

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Robert shot a final round -7 under par 63 to post a club-house lead in the McGladrey Classic of -14 under par. He then had to wait for an hour and a half to see if anyone could catch him.

They did, both Will McKenzie and Brendon de Jonge equaled that final -14 under par total, Will with a last round -2 under par 68 and Brendon a -5 under par 65 last round.

Will was eliminated at the first extra hole, the 18th, with a bogey. Robert and Brendon then went to the par three 17th, where Brendon hit to within ten feet, but Robert knocked it almost stone dead. Brendon missed and Robert calmly converted his birdie putt to win the McGladrey Classic.

There were two items on Robert’s bucket list, 1 attending an Oklahoma-Texas football game ,and 2 playing at Augusta National. He has now achieved playing at Augusta, courtesy of this win;

“One is easier to get to. I just haven’t done it yet, definitely thought I would have made that game by now.”

“You’re obviously not going to achieve all your goals right from the get-go, well, at least I didn’t.”

“I was pretty nervous over those short putts, but managed to work it out, and things went in my favor.”

“I never really came back from that far behind, I know it could be done, but it didn’t really cross my mind there until the end.”

Brendon was philosophical about losing, but also mentioned the not winning streak of 212 appearances;

“What can you do? He hit a great shot, and as I said, it’s nice for him to have a birdie. It’s a good way to win the tournament.”

“I didn’t birdie the par 5 in regulation. I had a very easy bunker shot, but other than that, I didn’t leave much out there.”

“I do think about being the best player without a Tour title, just because I’ve had so many chances, because I’ve been there or there abouts the lead so many times. It wears on me but it’s up to me to break through.”

Will said he did not just execute how he wanted to;

“I didn’t blow it but I didn’t execute like I needed to.”

“It was a tough day. I didn’t have my game, but I actually hit a lot of great shots today.”

“I was hitting it on the right side of the hole playing smart, smart, conservative, solid golf, but then you know, time was kind of ticking and you kept thinking, ‘When is he going to screw one of these up?’”

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.

 

Blue Bay LPGA. Finish Moves to Monday.

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The rain lashed Blue Bay LPGA will now conclude on Monday, the 54 hole event has suffered at the hands of the weather all week.

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This is Lydia Ko trying to complete the 54 holes at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course on Sunday. She did get finished shooting -4 under par 68, and is currently the club-house leader at -9 under par.

Sitting on top of the leaderboard is Lee-Anne Pace, at -15 under par, she has played 13 holes of her final round.

Michelle Wie is second place at -11 under par, she also has finished 13 holes.

Jessica Korda is tied in third place with Caroline Masson, both at -10 under par, Caroline has completed 14 holes and is -2 under on the round while Jessica has finished 13 holes but is +1 over par on the day.

There are four groups on the back nine who still need to finish play on Monday morning, which will start at 8:30 a.m.

To be honest I can not see anyone catching Lee-Anne, who is on a hot run of form, winning last week at her home tournament the  South African Women’s Open.

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.

 

McGladrey Classic. MacKenzie & Svoboda Tied at the Top

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Will MacKenzie and Andrew Svoboda are tied at the top of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, on the Seaside Course, after three rounds.

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Will scored a hole in one on his way to recording a third round -5 under par 65 posting a tournament total of -12 under par at the McGladrey Classic. He was disappointed at the gallery reaction, he did not know he had just made an ace with an 8-iron from 178 yards on the par-3 sixth hole.;

Most anti-climactic hole-in-one I ever had.”

“Finally, there was this random guy over there, like one of the four guys clapping earlier.”

“They were like, `Yeah, it went in. Didn’t you hear us clap?’ I was like, `Thanks, man. You guys are low-key here.’ They’re used to seeing great shots. They’re used to your Matt Kuchars and the guys, studs.”

“I made a hole-in-one. It means nothing other than it was a 1 on the scorecard. It was just the most boring hole-in-one ever.”

“I was a little jumpy, so it was huge to make that bomb.”

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Andrew shot a third round -4 under par 66, and said last week was a learning curve, he will be more relaxed in this weeks final round;

“Last week was a learning lesson. Hopefully this week I can be a little more comfortable on Sunday and execute my shots and continue to putt really well.”

Russell Henley is in third place at -11 under par, he unfortunately made bogey on the easiest hole on the Seaside Course, the par five 15th. The tee shot was pulled into the water;

“You know, you shoot 63 Friday and it feels like it’s just so easy, and I’ve had days like this where you hit good putts and they don’t go in. It’s just golf.”

There are nine players tied in fourth position, including Stewart Cink, who had the low round of the day, a -9 under par 63, and defending champion Chris Kirk, who is progressively getting better each day.

Chris has posted rounds of 68, 67 and 66;

“I’ve managed to put three pretty solid rounds together, and hopefully I can give them a little bit of a run tomorrow.”

Stewart remarked about making all the important putts that he needed to;

“I’d just made three really good shots on 10 for birdie and missed the fairway on 11, misjudged my second shot out of the rough and misjudged my little long putt off the green up the hill.”

 “Left it about 12 feet short and it rolled right in the middle. I had three putts just like that for pars and I made all of them. Those are big bonuses and probably build momentum as much as birdies.”