Omega European Masters. Graeme Storms Into Lead

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Graeme Storm storms into the Omega European Masters lead, with a hole in one at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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Graeme Aced the par three 11th hole to win a BMW sports car worth around £100,000. It also helped him to card his second tournament -6 under par 64, to post -16 under par atop the leaderboard of the Omega European Masters tournament.

Graeme described the feeling about his master stroke;

It was an incredible feeling. I had a hole in one earlier in the season in Morocco and won a lamp, so I think this prize just about tops that one.”

“To win a car is absolutely magnificent, especially as I had to sell mine because we couldn’t afford to have two cars any more.”

“I got a member’s bounce off the bank, but I’ve been here a few times so I’ve probably just about earned it.”

Tommy Fleetwood is in second place alone at -15 under par, just one shot back after he went one better shooting -7 under par 63.

Tommy said his game recently has been good, and the putter is working well;

My game has been good for the past few weeks. I’ve been hitting it really well on the range this week, but that doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to take it out onto the course with you.”

“But my iron play today was really, really good, I can’t really remember a single shot which wasn’t on line. I got on a roll with the putter as well, so everything came together nicely.”

Brooks Kopeka occupies third position, a -4 under par third round of 66 giving him a tournament total of -14 under par. It could have been much better had he not carded a double-bogey on the final hole;

“You can never be too disappointed with a 66, but obviously the last hole leaves a bit of a sour taste. It was a poor tee shot, and then I compounded the mistake with my second shot.”

“You just have to laugh it off though. Tomorrow’s another day, and I don’t let things affect me too much. I’m a pretty laid back kind of guy, so I’m sure I will have forgotten all about it within five minutes. I hope that’s the case anyway.”

Peter Lawrie and the flawless Marco Crespi played the rounds of the day, firing -8 under par 62 on this seemingly easy Swiss course.

Peter was lucky to make the cut yesterday, but really made up for it today;

“I was lucky yesterday to make the cut. I holed about a 15 footer at the last and made the cut on the mark. I came out this morning, tried to shoot a low number and all of a sudden holed a few putts from pretty close.”

” The magic 59 was on with a couple of holes to play. Unfortunately I didn’t do that but 62 is a very good score.”

David Lipsky, in fourth place at -13 under par, and  Shane Lowry, were playing in Graeme’s group and recalled the hole in one.

It was great, Shane hit a great shot and then I hit an even better shot and Graeme put it into the hole.”

“It was a fun time. The crowd were very supportive and enthusiastic and I can’t ask for anything more.”

 

 

Avantha Masters. Amazing Aiken Wins

The Avantha Masters was won by Thomas Aiken who has played some amazing golf here at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort course in Delhi, India.

Thomas Aiken   (Getty Images)

Thomas Aiken / Getty Images

Thomas won his second European Tour title, the Avantha Masters by three shots, his exceptional third round on Saturday of 62 had set him up for this victory. The last round saw Thomas shoot a more modest -5 under par, 67, giving him a comfortable three shot victory at -23 under par, as none of the chasers could mount a challenge.

Thomas was very happy with his amazing golf;

” I’ve been playing very nicely the last four months, not making a lot of mistakes, but just not sinking enough putts. This week a few went in, I hit some better iron shots which gave me a better chance to sink some putts, and I played some phenomenal golf. These guys kept coming at me today, Liang on the front nine and then Bhullar made some amazing birdies coming in, it was by no means a walk in the park. I want to dedicate this to my wife Kate, being the wife of a sportsman is not easy and she supports me so much, so this one’s for you Kate.”

Local player, Gaganjeet Bhullar made a fine attempt to win this tournament, buoyed up by his home crowd he made birdie on the three of the last five  holes, to set the clubhouse target at -20 under par. His brilliant -8 under par, 64  proved to be not quite enough for his first European Tour victory.

Alone in third place was Wenchong Liang, who had pushed Thomas for most of this tournament. Wenchong finished at -18 under par, but it seemed he was going to push Thomas hard in the last round when he recorded a hole in one at the par three seventh hole.

Although Wenchong did not win, he said he had a good time in India;

“I had a great week in India, although I did not win. I learnt a lot about myself, especially today. To card a double-bogey on the sixth and make a comeback with a hole-in-one on the next hole showed lots of character. Unfortunately I could not make as many putts as I would want to, but that’s golf. You win some and you lose some. I tried my best and that’s all I can ever ask for.”

                

The Avantha Masters has been a great European Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India success story, providing a beautiful venue and a good golf course. Congratulations to the organisers, tour sponsors and tour partners.

BMW          Genworth Financial                       Rolex

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European Tour, Down Under, ISPS Handa Perth International

The European Tour has gone down under, to be precise the event is the ISPS Handa Perth International, being contested at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Cañizares claims share of lead Down Under

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Alejandro Cañizares of Spain shares the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International with Michael Hendry from New Zealand. Both players had opening rounds of -7 under par, 65 on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

Alejandro said he needs a good finish here to propel himself up the board in the Race to Dubai;

“I’m 70th at the moment so this is either my last or my second to last tournament of the year. I need a good finish, if I win it will fix a lot of things. I’m not sure what finish I need because there are still some big tournaments going on at the moment. Singapore is a big tournament and BMW and HSBC, some guys behind me are playing that, so you never know. I’m just going to try to play my best. It was a good round, I hit the ball really well and made some putts, so I’m really happy. I was pretty steady the whole round and gave myself plenty of chances. I think I only missed two greens in the whole round. The year has been a little slow since March. I started pretty well, a couple top tens, a top five in México in the US PGA Tour event, and then finished second in the Spanish Open. Since then, it’s been very slow.  I haven’t played good enough to be in contention, and every week I was falling down the rankings. So I came here from Portugal, I didn’t play very good last week. I hit the ball terribly, but I came here and I felt great. Maybe the 24 hours travelling helped, I feel good with my swing and hopefully the week keeps going like this.”

Michael, who usually plays on the OneAsia Tour, said he just repeated the round of 65 he had in the Pro-Am yesterday;

“I actually shot 65 in the Pro-Am yesterday as well. I think around here, if you can hit your drives in the right place, you can give yourself lots of opportunities to hit it close with wedges. I hit my driver pretty well and wedged it well and putted it well. All in all, just a really solid round of golf. If you’re going to play good golf, you’re going to have a lot of opportunities around this golf course. Luckily enough, I capitalized on them today.”

Emiliano Grillo, a 20-year-old Qualifying School graduate, from Argentina is alone in third place after his opening round of -6 under par, 66. Emiliano said he was pleased with his days work;

“ I hit a lot of fairways out there, that’s very important on this golf course and a lot of greens and then the ones that I missed, I got up and down, so it was a good round overall. There are not many tournaments left, so I’m trying to make as much ground as I can this week. It was very nice to get my card through Q School last year. It’s been a great year so far and I’m enjoying it.”

Paul Casey and English compatriot Andrew Johnston, both had rounds of -5 under par, 67, to be just two shots off the lead.