Alfred Dunhill Championship. Branden Grace has Five Shot Lead.

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Branden Grace has stretched his lead to five shots after the second of play in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Branden shot a second round -6 under par 66, to add to his opening 62 to lead by ten shots at -16 under par for the Alfred Dunhill Championship. He likes this course and is putting well;

“This is a golf course that suits me and if I keep hitting everything in play the way I have been the first two days then it should be a good weekend.”

“The pins have been kind so far; I’m sure there’s going to be a couple of tricky and sticky pins out there on the weekend, but I’ll just stick to the game plan and see what the next two rounds offer us.”

“Today was great, the ball striking wasn’t as good as yesterday. I kept it going, there was a little bit of a slip there due to a lack of concentration but it happens.” 

“I’ve been hitting it well and kept on hitting good putts out there.”

Francesco Molinari is alone in second place at -11 under par for the tournament, a second round -7 under par 65 keeping him within sight of the leader. He too is sinking some good putts;

“I played really well today, I holed some really good putts, the last four or five holes could have been better, but seven under is always a good round.”

“Branden has set a low target for everyone, so it was good to get some birdies.”

In third position at -10 under par is Tjaart van der Walt, a second round -5 under par 67 keeping him one shot ahead of Shaun Norris, Lucas Bjerregaard, who chipped in at the last for eagle, and last week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge winner Danny Willett, all are tied for fourth position at -9 under par.

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Feng Leads By Five.

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Shanshan Feng leads the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters by five shots on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club.

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Shanshan extended her lead in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters to five shots going into the final round on Sunday. She completed a third round of -6 under par 66 to get her tournament total to -17 under par. Shanshan won here in 2012 with -20 under par total, and thinks she could do that again;

“My goal was actually to get to 20‑under, so now I’m 17.  So I think, yeah, still have a chance to get to 20.”

“If I make it top three, I’m happy.  But of course, you know, if I have a chance to win, I’m going to give all my best.”

Melissa Reid is in second place on her own, a third round -7 under par 65 elevating her up the leaderboard with a -12 under par total. The ex-rebel said she was playing good golf, and it comes from working hard on her game;

“It’s been a long time coming.  I worked actually a week with my coach, Kevin Craggs, a week before this week at Saadiyat, and I think we just found kind of the missing ingredient.”

” So it was nice to put it into play.  I played really well yesterday.  I think I missed three greens yesterday and then today I think I missed one.  So I’m hitting it well.  I’m just trying to keep it simple and get the noise out of my head.  It’s working.” 

“It’s been a really tough couple years.  It’s been a lot harder than I expected and I probably didn’t give myself enough credit for what’s happened and stuff.”

“Things change, and I actually feel that my personal life is stable, which is quite nice, not being a rebel anymore. The last two or three months, everything has quieted down and everything’s good and I’m happy, and I think it’s now showing through in my golf.”

Carlota Ciganda, Anna Nordqvist and Charley Hull are two shots further back in a tie for third position at -10 under par.

Charley reported that she was going well and then somehow lost concentration;

“I’m actually really happy to be honest. I got off to a fast start and I was 3‑under through ten holes, and just lost a little bit of concentration for two holes.”

 I fought back after making a triple and a bogey with three birdies after that, so I’m really proud of myself for doing that. Just bad course management.”

“My caddie told me to chip out and I was like, no, I’m going for it.  But I’m happy I went for it because I’ve learnt from my mistakes.  I have to make my own mistakes to learn from them.  So I’m happy , I’m not happy for making it, but I’ve definitely learnt and I’m happy I holed like a 50‑foot putt.”

Georgia Hall produced the perfect shot when she aced the 167-yard par three 15th hole using a 4-iron. The 18-year-old from Bournemouth in England won a gleaming Mercedes Benz C 200 worth around €60,000, and will now have to buy herself some driving lessons as she can’t yet drive. You can see the car in the picture above with Shanshan.

Franklin Templeton Shootout. Jason Day and Cameron Tringale Equal Record.

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Jason Day and Cameron Tringale have the lead at the Franklin Templeton Shootout, equaling the tournament record at -17 under par, 55 for the first round at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Tiburòn Golf Club in Florida.

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Jason and Cameron tied the tournament scramble record set by tournament host Greg Norman and Nick Price in 1993 and matched by Peter Jacobsen and John Cook in 1998 and Greg Norman again, with Steve Elkington in 2005.

Cameron explained their tactics;

“The abridged version is, I hit first and then let Jason loose.”

Jason enjoyed reading the putts together;

“Scramble is one of those formats where you have to go at it and shoot lights out.”

“It definitely helps when you have a partner who hits it down the middle all the time and putts great.”

It’s great to be able to read the putt together, really put our minds together, because he’s a great putter. He always has been.”

In second place are the team of Harris English and Matt Kuchar, the defending champions, two shots behind on -15 under par, 57.

Matt was delighted with the team effort, they birdied 14 of their last 15 holes;

“To go 15 is great. To go 17 is quite amazing.”

Harris feels they separated themselves last year in the modified alternate shot round;

“I feel like we can do the same thing as we did last year.”

“Kooch is driving it great right now, so we’re going to kind of lean on that.”

Keegan Bradley-Camilo Villegas, Graeme McDowell-Gary Woodland and Ryan Palmer-Jimmy Walker all shot scramble rounds of 59 to be tied in third position on -13 under par.

The teams will play a modified alternate shot Friday, where each player hits a drive on every hole and one drive is selected. The player whose drive is NOT selected hits the second shot, and they alternate shots until the ball is holed They will close with a better-ball round Saturday, where each player plays through every hole using his own ball. The player whose score is the lowest on each hole will be the team score for that hole.

 

 

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Shanshan Shines.

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Shanshan Feng shines in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, taking a four shot lead on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Shanshan had a bogey free -5 under par 67, to give her an Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament total of -11 under par, and a four-shot lead going into the week-end. Shanshan does not check the leaderboard while she is playing, but she did speak about her low winning scores;

“I didn’t make as many birdies as I did in the first round, but it was a bogey-free round with five birdies. So I think I did really well.”

“My goal is just top three and if I can achieve that I will be really happy. I am not trying to think about winning or anything.”

“This 21 under is my second best finish after Reignwood where I was 26 under. I don’t think 21 under would be easy to break. I am thinking about it, the plan is to focus on every shot and if I do it, I do it.”

“While I am not really trying to guess where I am at the moment, but I would say I feel comfortable with my current position. I have been in this position quite a few times and I can handle the pressure.”

Charley Hull is in second place, four shots back at -7 under par, a second round -2 under par 70 securing that position on her own. She unfortunately double bogeyed the 18th after hitting her approach shot into water;

“I actually hit a pretty good shot into 18.  The wind really gusted when I hit that shot.  It was gusting anyway.  Hit a half 9‑iron and only had 105 yards to clear it and usually hit my nine about 132.  I hit it a lot less than a full one, but it was quite strong going into that green.”

“I was 4‑under until then but still finished 2‑under which isn’t too bad.  What am I, four, five off the lead, so that’s nothing at all.”

Anna Nordqvist, Noora Tamminen and Gwladys Nocera are sharing third place, all on -6 under par for the tournament.

Anna has her brother on the bag this week, and said she is out to enjoy herself;

“With my little brother on the bag, I am just trying to enjoy Dubai as much as I can.”‘

“The course is in phenomenal shape. You can made a lot of birdies if you hit good shots and get your putting going. Will try to stay aggressive the next two days and just enjoy myself.”

Cheyenne Woods, playing her first tournament in Dubai, stayed in contention, following her opening round 70 with a second round -3 under par 69 to join the group of four ladies at -5 under par. She likes Dubai and spoke about how well the leader Shanshan is playing;

“I really played well and hit the ball well till the end. I may have left a few shots here and there, but overall I am very happy.”

“I love the course and looking forward to the weekend.”

 “Obviously, she is playing very well and I am playing the best that I can. I will do everything I can to keep with the pace. I am not going to try and play outside of myself or do anything crazy because that’s when bad things happen.”

Cheyenne  later went to the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel to follow in the footsteps of her uncle, Tiger Woods, who was the first player to hit shots from the helipad of the seven-star hotel, 10 years ago.

“The experience was just awesome. I have seen the photos of Tiger hitting the ball. How crazy it was and it went viral. It was a cool opportunity for me to get up there.”

 

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

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Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

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Alfred Dunhill Championship. Branden Grace Leads in South Africa.

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Branden Grace leads the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on home soil in South Africa.

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Branden shot an opening round -10 under par 62 on the Leopard Creek Country Club course in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, to take a three shot lead into the second round tomorrow. He carded ten birdies and no bogey’s on this wonderfully scenic course that is set inside the Kruger National Park, hitting all 18 greens in regulation;

“I hit the ball superbly from the start to the finish.”

“I can’t remember the last time I hit 18 greens in a row, which is pretty nice, especially around this place where there are some daunting approaches. It’s a good feeling going into the rest of the tournament.”

Jake Roos, also South African, and is playing his first event as a full European Tour member, has second place at -7 under par after his excellent first round of 65. Jake won in Kenya and Germany on last year’s Challenge Tour, and started his day here with an eagle two;

“When I holed that shot on my first hole it was an ice-breaker for me. It got me laughing and relaxed me, so it was a perfect start. It came out right on target and pitched a little short and went in.”

“I felt comfortable and swung quite nicely.”

“I hit a lot of good shots and had a lot of short birdie putts on my front nine, and I was able to take advantage of a couple.”

Last week’s winner Danny Willett at  the Nedbank Golf Challengeand his fellow Englishman Matt Ford, who is another rookie for 2015, are tied in third position at -6 under par, with rounds of 66. Matt was very pleased with his first round officially on Tour;

“I’m very happy and it was a dream start to the tournament and my season.”

“It’s the first time I’ve had my European Tour card, so I’m pleased with how today went.”

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Two Tied at the Top

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Carin Koch and Shanshan Feng are the two ladies tied at the top of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament at the Emerites Golf Club.

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Carin and Shanshan carded first scores of -6 under par 66 in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament on the Majlis Course at Emerites Golf Club.

Carin said she had not played for while;

“I haven’t played an event since September, so it was probably more just trying to find the fairway and the green and remember how to do it.”

” It was very unexpected for me.  Like I said, I just made a lot of putts and hit a lot of iron shots close, and that makes all the difference.”

Shanshan was happy with her start to this tournament;

“I think we had so many birdie chances out there and I made seven, which is pretty good, because I think my putting was really working.  If anything, I would say I can work maybe a little harder on my driving.”

“This year coming in, I set my goal, I said maybe top three.  And I would say 6‑under is a pretty good start.”

Charley Hull had a -5 under par opening round of 67, and was also very happy with that score;

“I was pretty happy with the way I performed out there today. “

Especially with changing to left over right for about four months now, first time my coach has seen me putt left over right in a tournament, as well.”

” So it’s good for him to do that, because he was the one who wanted me to change after the British Open.  Yeah, definitely happy with that.”

Lee-Anne Pace was another of the group who carded a first round -5 under par 67, she said she had played solid golf;

“Very solid.  Not missing a lot of shots.  Hitting a lot of greens and putting very well.  I think the greens are fantastic.”

” They are very fast and running out, so really good condition, the course. I love this course.  I finished second here last time, so I have really good memories about it.”

Also on -5 under par was Becky Brewerton, she gives credit to her new caddy;

“I’ve got Jamie Spence caddying for me this week, plays on The Seniors Tour and done some really good work with him actually. “

“He’s been a bit of a mentor to me the last 12 months, so I think it was quite comforting having him out there.  He sees the shot in obviously a player sort of way, as well.  Any time I was in doubt, he came through and just made me really confident.”

“It’s been coming for a few months.  It’s just I’ve been lacking confidence in tournament and that’s the bit I’ve found hard to get back.  But I’m getting that now and I’m kind of over the fears that you feel when you’re really struggling.  Yeah, feeling very good.”

Indonesia Open. Padraig Harrington Wins.

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Padraig Harrington won the Indonesian Open, on the Asian Tour, in Jakarta.

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Padraig and Thailand’s Thanyakon Khrongpha  were both headed down the 18th of the  Damai Indah Golf, PIK course, all square at 16-under par, but both of them found trouble off the tee. Padraig got up and down for par, while Thanyakon carded a double bogey, giving Padraig a two shot winning margin, his first win  first since he lifted the 2010 Johor Open;

“I had a bad break on the 18th hole when I hit my tee shot and it rolled to the edge of the hazard.” 

“I was about to chip my ball sideways to the fairway but when Thanyakon hit it into the water, there was no point to take a chance. So I went back to the fairway and hit my six iron for my best shot of the week.”

“I hit a few bad shots earlier on and I hit a careless shot on the seventh hole. The biggest thing for me at that stage was that I was really praying for a rain delay. My momentum was gone but Thanyakon was flying and he didn’t miss a shot.”

“It was very unlucky for Thanyakon because of that rain delay. It was unfortunate but he can be very proud with how he played all the way through. He is really impressive. He looks like a player to watch for in the future.”

“Winning is a good habit to have. It gives you a lot of confidence and I need that confidence.”

“I didn’t start too well but I came through and I got the win. This win brings a lot of confidence to my game and hopefully it will show up next year.”

A two hour rain delay interrupted the proceedings and it seemed to effect Thanyakon more, he finished with -14 under par total;

“It was a great final round from me but I was under so much pressure on the last hole.”

 “I’m still happy with how I played. The rain delay stopped my momentum. It wasn’t good. The pressure made me scared.”

Nathan Holman captured third place with a -13 under par tournament total.