BMW Masters. Marcel Siem Wins.

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Marcel Siem won the BMW Masters in a play-off at Lake Malaren Golf Club in China.

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Marcel won on the first play-off hole, chipping in for birdie from the fringe on the 18th hole, to lift the BMW Masters trophy.

Three players had finished the tournament tied at -16 under par, Marcel, Ross Fisher and Alex Levy all arrived at that score by different means. Ross put together a final round of -5 under par 67, while Marcel could only manage a +1 over par 72 and Alex with a disastrous +6 over par 78.

Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson finished just one shot behind, and they too could have been in the play-off, Jamie missing a last hole birdie attempt. and Justin carding a disappointing bogey.

Marcel was happy with his start to the round, but not good to finish bogey, bogey;

“I got off to a nice start with a birdie on the first and I knew with the windy conditions that it might be a little better chance to win the tournament.”

“Alex, unfortunately, didn’t have his best day and I played very solid the front nine. And then the back nine was really, really tough.”

“The golf course was the total opposite to the first three days. The course was a real monster and I’m super pleased, still can’t believe it. I’m over the moon.”

“In the play-off, I thought I would actually have to hole it just to stay in. I was expecting one of the guys to hole their putt actually. It’s just fantastic. A chip-in is always cool, but to have it in a play-off is even cooler.”

“I have never been in a position like this, to be honest, in such a big tournament. You try not to think about the prize money, but it’s crazy prize money here (€1,600,000 for winning).

“I think the key today was not to have a double bogey or triple bogey somewhere and I managed to do that.”

“People who know me know that finishing bogey, bogey, I don’t like that and my emotions could go a little crazy sometimes. But I stayed really, really calm and I’m proud of that. I’m getting older, two kids now, so maybe that’s the reason why.”

Alex said he did not cope with the windy conditions very well;

“I feel I didn’t play that bad. I make a few mistakes, but I didn’t miss a lot of shots.”

“Marcel deserved to win today because he played fantastic in the wind. Today was a special day with the wind and it was not very easy for me. I’ve got to work on that and be more strong during the difficult weather like that.”

Ross said he can walk away with his head held high;

Going out today 11 behind you never expect to have a chance, I’m thinking, just go out there and shoot a good score. If it gets me a top-ten, that would be great, and obviously it was playing tough and I think I had the best round of the day by quite some margin.”

“I can only walk away from here very delighted and pleased with the way I played.”

BMW Masters. Ab Fab Alex Has 4 shot Lead.

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Ab Fab Alex Levy has a 4 shot lead to take into the final round of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in China.

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Alex carded a bogey free third round -9 under par 63, and his 54 hole total of -22 under par gives him a four shot cushion when he starts the final round on Sunday at the BMW Masters tournament.

Alex was proud to announce that he had played amazing golf today;

“I played amazing golf, I’m very surprised by myself.”

“I started well and made some early birdies and hit some amazing shots. I am very happy with the way I played golf today.”

“It’s nice to be in this position. It was pretty much the same when I won in China so I am going to enjoy the game tomorrow, do my best and see what happens.”

Jamie Donaldson is in second place, he posted an even better third round score than the leader, a -10 under par 62, which elevated him up the leaderboard with a -17 under par total.

He likes the course, and the Eagle he scored today on the 16th hole;

“Obviously the course suits my game, I’ve shot ten under before and I’ve done it today which is great. I got the ball rolling better on the greens which made a big difference and obviously that shot on 16 is a big bonus.”

“I had 142 (yards) to the flag, slightly uphill into the wind which was a soft nine iron and it came off spot on. Pitched just past the hole and spun back and went in. It’s quite a narrow entrance into that green from where I was but it pitched perfect and obviously is a bonus to see it go in.”

“I’ve been playing well for a few years now so things have been getting better each year. I’ve been improving and winning was just a matter of time.”

“Now it’s obviously to a point where I’m trying to win more than once in a year. Everything is a progression and I’m just working towards getting better and moving the goal posts.”

In third place is Marcel Siem, a -7 under par 65 today has given him a -17 under par total. Justin Rose shot a -8 under par 64, but is still seven shots adrift of the top of the leaderboard, he was quite surprised to be so far back;

“I think I’ve done my part but I didn’t bank on everyone else going as low as they are.”

“Obviously Mr Levy is going ridiculous out there right now. I would have thought I’d be in a bit better shape going into Sunday than I am, but every credit to the lads that are keeping it going out there.”

“If everything went my way today, five better is what I could have been. I missed probably five putts inside eight feet today and still shot eight under par. I had three eagle putts out there, so plenty of opportunities to go low.”

“Quite clearly there’s lots of birdies to be had out there and I don’t know if things are going to change tomorrow, I hear there’s a bit of wind coming in so that might spice things up.”

 

BMW Masters. Gonzo Grabs The Title.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, nickname “Gonzo” grabs the BMW Masters Title at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China.

Fernandez-Castaño takes the spoils in Shanghai

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Gonzo carded a final round -64 under par 68, to win the BMW Masters with a -11 under par total. Gonzo had six birdies on his card and no bogey’s until the last hole. He somehow managed to bogey the par 5 18th hole when he was seemingly cruising along. He said it was definitely a fighting six after finding two bunkers en-route to the green;

“I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy round, especially the way I started. I started hitting the ball pretty bad, but my caddie kept me cool and told me how good I had been hitting the ball through the week and I played fantastic after that. On the last I played too conservative and it was a fighting six at the end for sure.”

Just one shot adrift In second place at -10 under par are Francesco Molinari and Thongchai Jaidee, Francesco finishing strongly with -8 under par 64 final round. Thongchai was not far behind with a -6 under par 66 last round.

The leaders at the start of play today, Luke Guthrie and Rafael Cabrera-Bello, could not maintain their good play, Luke scoring a final round of -1 under par and a tournament total of -9 under par, four shots off the pace, and alone in fourth place. Rafa fared worse, carding a last round +2 over par and falling back into a tie for 11th place at -6 under par.

Best round of the day went to Peter Hanson, a marvelous -9 under par 63, which lifted him up the scoreboard into a tie for 8th place at -7 under par. From nowhere to eighth in one round, golf is a strange game, Peter joked that he was trying to impress the next Ryder Cup Captain, who was his playing partner for the day;

“I was playing with Paul McGinley, the Ryder Cup Captain, and I guess I wanted to impress him. I had no expectations on coming back from injury and I was obviously very rusty on Thursday. But I have felt better and better throughout the week and to finish with a round like that is very pleasing. As a defence, it wasn’t bad!”

The Race to Dubai Final Series remains in China for next week’s WGC-HSBC Champions, before heading to Turkey and then Dubai, where the top 60 will compete for the DP World Tour Championship.

BMW Masters. Luke Shares Lead With Rafa

Luke Guthrie shares the lead at the BMW Masters with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the end of day 3.

Cabrera-Bello joins Guthrie in Shanghai lead

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Luke and Rafa are tied at -8 under par for the tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai. Luke struggled today, an even par round of 72 let the field catch up to his blistering start to this competition, his four shot lead disappearing.

He was philosophical about his position;

“At the beginning the week, if I was tied going into the fourth round tied for the lead, I’d have taken it. As today went it was a little frustrating. When I made a couple birdies, I seemed to step on my own foot a few times. Like at 18, I didn’t hit my greatest shot obviously, but wish I didn’t have to chip it on the green to get it close. Overall I was hitting it well, putting well, and just let a few shots get away toward the end and that’s never fun really. I’m tied for the lead going into tomorrow and I’m excited.”

Rafa said he was happy, and will enjoy the final round tomorrow;

” Really happy to keep playing good and happy, also, to put a good round together and be in contention tomorrow. I started with two birdies today, which was good. It gave me confidence straightaway, and then I just stayed calm, one shot at a time, and today it worked.  I’m happy, I’m proud, I’m confident and I’m enjoying the tournament so far, so hopefully tomorrow I can keep those feelings and take them on to the golf course with me, go out there, play my best and enjoy.”

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño is in third place at -7 under par, just one shot off the lead, while Gregory Bourdy is another shot back in fourth pace.

Simon Dyson’s chances of victory disappeared when he was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score in the second round. European Tour Chief Referee John Paramor said in a statement:;

“Simon Dyson has been disqualified from the BMW Masters presented by SRE Group under the rules of golf (6-6d). Simon was found to have breached rule 16-1a, which states that a player must not touch his line of putt.”

” When the footage was reviewed, Simon was seen to touch the line of his second putt after marking and lifting his ball on the green. He subsequently failed to add a two-shot penalty to his score when signing his card, and as a result has now been disqualified. He was bitterly disappointed. He had no way of explaining why or how he came to do what he did. He had no recollection of it until I showed him and even then he said ‘I can’t even remember doing it.’ It’s a very sad thing and unfortunately his event is over.”

I have not seen the video, but if you clear your line of putt of leaves or debris are you not then actually touching your line of putt in the act of doing that.?

 

BMW Masters. Guthrie Gathers Speed.

Luke Guthrie gathers speed as he extended his lead at the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren in Shanghai, China.

Luke Guthrie in action on day two of the BMW Masters in Shanghai

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After a second round of -1 under par 71 Luke was able to push his lead over the field out to four shots, with a tournament total of -8 under par.

Luke said it had been another tough day on the course, an under par score was a good effort;

“It was another difficult day out there, anything in the red was another good number and I was able to manage one under. I made a few more mistakes out there, made a few bogeys, which was a little disappointing. It’s never fun to bogey the last hole, but it’s playing tough. I hit a lot of good shots, a lot of things to build on. I made two great swings on 17 and 18 with irons to finish, and build on that going into tomorrow. I was in good form coming here; got a tie for fifth over in Las Vegas on the PGA Tour, and been hitting it really well.” 

His nearest rivals are at -4 under par, all six of them: Simon Dyson following his first two rounds of -2 under par 70, Thongchai Jaidee, Paul Casey, Craig Lee, Scott Jamieson and Ricardo Gonzales.

Craig Lee holed out from 188 yards on the 16th for an Eagle in his round of -2 under par 70, he did not know the ball was in the hole, he had already pulled his putter from the bag;

“Just when I was starting to get a bit frustrated about not moving forward, then bang! I hole a four iron straight into the wind from 188 yards.  Always helps the scorecard, especially from a birdie on the hole before, so it was great.” 

Former World Number Ones Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy are seven shots off the lead on -1 under par, with Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson +2 over par after a 74.

BMW Masters. Luke Guthrie Leads, Big John Daly Right Behind.

Luke Guthrie leads the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China, but Big John Daly is right behind him.

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Luke required just 19 putts in his opening round -7 under par 65 at the  BMW Masters presented by SRE Group as the Final Series began in Shanghai. The 23-year-old American, who only turned professional last year and is playing his first regular European Tour event, carded five birdies and an Eagle, a chip in on the par five 15th hole.

Not surprisingly Luke said it was a great day;

“It was a great day, I had 19 putts, and that was definitely the key to my round. I had about five weeks off before I played the last two weeks over on the PGA Tour, and I’ve been playing solid, hitting it a lot better and just been getting a lot out of my rounds again, which is nice.

“I love Shanghai. This is my first time over in China and Asia, and I just wanted to challenge myself to come travel abroad and get used to this, and just keep gaining experiences and get better at becoming a global player. I was really looking forward to this tournament on my schedule and I just can’t be more happy to be here.”

Big John Daly  had been recovering on the sidelines for four months, following elbow surgery, and the 47-year-old was delighted with his return. A round of -4 under par 68 announced his return to golf;

“When you don’t play competitive for a while, especially against all these guys out here, as good as they are, you want to execute and hit solid shots. Luckily I got a lot of shots that came out right today.”

“My elbow has been ailing me for probably six years, and the last four have been really just brutal and finally to get the surgery done, it’s nice to be able to pinch chips, which I haven’t been able to do in a long time, so that’s encouraging.”

Completing an American top three is Peter Uihlein, an opening round of -3 under par is another good start to his first European Tour season. Peter has been in contention all season long , and has a win in Madeira and finished runner-up to at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Peter said it had been really tough out there today, and was amazed at the effort of Luke;

“That was tough today, that was really hard, that was some round by Luke. I don’t know what course he played, but that was really difficult today. I got off to a bad start and I was able to grind it out and finish well, so it was nice.”

In the contest to be European Number One, Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson carded a level par 72, while his nearest challenger Graeme McDowell shot a -2 under par 70, helped by an Eagle from around 100 feet on the par five 13th hole.

BMW Masters, China, Peter Hanson Wins

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Ryder Cup player Peter Hanson won the BMW Masters at  Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China, shooting a last round of -5 under par 67, to lift the title with a tournament total of -21 under par. He held at bay another Ryder Cup player, World number one, Rory McIlroy who also had a last round of -5 under par 67, and was beaten by just one shot.

Members of the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team filled the first four places with Luke Donald finishing alone in third place after his final round of -6 under par 66, and he must be ruing his customary slow start to a tournament. Best round of the day came from another Ryder Cupper, Ian Poulter, who fired in a final round -7 under par 65, to end up in fourth spot on his own. Ireland’s Shane Lowry finished in fifth place alone on -15 under par.

It was nice to see a return to form from England’s Paul Casey, who finished the tournament at -14 under par, he was tied for sixth place along with, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen, Noren Alexander and the man from Zimbabwe, George Coetzee.

Jamie Donaldson, who led the tournament after his amazing first round 62, finished tied in sixteenth place, his first round was followed by rounds of 74, 72 and a 69.  A really sad end to a brilliant start to the tournament.