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Maybank Malaysian Open. Westwood Out In Front.

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Lee Westwood is out in front of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the half-way stage on the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club course.

 

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Lee Westwood / Getty Images

Lee added a second round -6 under par 66 to his opening score of 65 to open up a gap of four shots at the top of the Maybank Malaysian Open leaderboard, posting a -13 under par total for the tournament.

The second round did not go without incident,  a bizarre occurrence took place involving Pablo Larrazábal, who had to dive into a lake after being attacked by hornets. Despite the unnerving attack Pablo still carded -4 under par 68, a remarkable effort under the circumstances.

Pablo explained;

“I hit my tee shot just right of the bunker and chipped it out quite well. So I’m walking along and suddenly I felt something on my nose. I swatted it away and suddenly, they were not bees, they were three times the size of bees. They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake.”

“There are a lot of stories around the golf courses around the world but looks like I always have the crazy ones. Maybe I start to write a book.”

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Back to the golf:

 Lee reported that his new coach, Mike Walker is making a good impact on his game;

“I started with Mike six or seven weeks ago and I felt an almost immediate improvement on the range, but it was difficult to take it onto the golf course. But the last three weeks I have managed it. I played well in Houston, last week at the Masters I started playing a lot better and this week I am gradually grinding it back in.”

“I played well, on the front nine I shot five under, for the second day running,  and I think the longest putt I holed was from four feet on the first. It was solid stuff. I got a little unlucky at eleven I thought, it was one of the best shots I hit all day and the wind just gusted on me and it came up short in the water. But I rallied after that and ended up shooting 66.”

“I have always played well in Asia, my strike rate is really good. It must be the heat or rice or something, I can’t put my finger on it.”

Nicolas Colsaerts and Antonio Lascuna share second place at -9 under par, four shots adrift of the leader. England’s Danny Willett is in fourth place on his own at -8 under par for the tournament, while compatriot Andy Sullivan shares fifth spot with Eduardo De La Riva and Julien Quesne, all at -7  under par.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Rory Has Half-Way Lead.

dragon logo dark Rory McIlroy has the half-way lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Rory in the desert / Getty Images

Rory followed his first round 63 with a more pedestrian second round of -2 under par 70, but he still maintained top position on the leaderboard at -11 under par. His round today contained three bogey’s, which prevented him from building a commanding lead in the competition. He gave a blow by blow account of his wobbly back nine, but still expects to win this tournament;

“Making a few birdies on the front nine and turning two under par was a good effort, especially as the wind started to get up. I birdied ten, played eleven and twelve okay but then missed that little one (a par putt from inside two feet) on thirteen. Had a chance on fifteen and didn’t convert and made bogey on sixteen, but it was nice to birdie the last and at least give myself a one shot lead going into tomorrow.I will just go back tonight and regroup and realise that I am still leading the tournament. I hit a couple of loose drives which I haven’t done the last couple of weeks but I still feel like I’m playing well enough to go and win the tournament.”

“I have led from the front quite well in tournaments that I have won. I feel like I am still playing well, I know the course as well as anyone else and I expect to go out there and shoot two good scores over the weekend and hopefully lift the trophy.”

Second place belongs to American Brooks Koepka, whose flawless -7 under par 65 equalled the lowest score of the day and elevated him up the leaderboard to -10 under par overall.

Brooks is looking forward to going round with Rory tomorrow;

“I’ve never played with Rory, so it’s going to be fun. I know him a little bit from seeing him around, so hopefully I’ll be able to play as well as I did today. I putted really well today. Yesterday I didn’t putt very well, but today my putter came through for me. I’m striking the ball really well, and I also chipped well today. So everything’s going well, I can’t complain.”

Three players are tied in third place, Danny Willett who also shot -7 under par 65, Damien McGrane and Julien Quesne are at -8 under par for the competition.

European Number One Henrik Stenson and defending champion Stephen Gallacher among seven players another shot back at -7 under par in total.

Henrik was happy with his putting, and is hoping to put in a good challenge here;

“I think there is still a little way to go but today was the best I have putted for a long, long time. I was threatening on every putt and kept the score together with no bogeys, which is always a good sign.”

Danny started the week by jumping out of a plane, he thinks it could have been a good idea, made the first tee shot less terrifying;

“It was a different way to start the week, but if you are standing on the first tee trying to hit a drive onto the fairway it seems a little less nerve-racking than jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet, so it might have prepared me quite well. As soon as you jump out you think ‘What are we doing?’, but after that you level out and start to feel like you are just floating down and it’s unbelievable.”

He also mentioned his 0700 local time start;

 “A half-four alarm is never great but it’s a great time to play golf in the desert. The back nine is the scoreable nine and I was really, really clinical, didn’t miss a green, hit a couple of par fives in two and it was a real easy six under. The front nine gets a little trickier with the breeze and the doglegs but all in all it’s two good days’ work.”

World Number One Tiger Woods, playing alongside Rory, could only manage a second round of +1 over par 73 to make the cut with just one shot to spare on -3 under par.

Tshwane Open. Dawie Van Der Walt Wins His First European Tour Title.

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Dawie Van Der Walt / Getty Images

The inaugural winner of the Tshwane Open was Dawie Van Der Walt, claiming his first European Tour Title. Dawie took the victory at Copperleaf Golf and Country Club with a last round of -5 under par 67, and a tournament total of -21 under par. That score was two shots ahead of compatriot  Darren Fichardt in second place at -19 under par. Making it a clean sweep for South Africa was Louis De Jager in third place at -18 under par.

Dawie, a 30-year-old, has been a professional for a long time without a win, he said he was really happy that he had played well;

” You can only imagine what it’s like to win such a big one.  I’m just really happy that I played well and won, because you can play well and not win. You start doubting yourself and at 30 years old you start to wonder if you’re good enough and this shows me that I am. I would have liked to win before 30, but I’ll definitely take this. Golf is a game where you don’t get a lot of chances to win, and to do it is fantastic. I don’t know what I’ll do yet. The purses are a lot bigger in The European Tour, so I’ll have to rethink some things. You can make your own schedule, which is important. I hit the ball really good and I never really had to chip, which is not my strength. If you hit a lot of greens and don’t three-putt then you’re going to do well.”

The former World Number One amateur, American Peter Uihlein, finished fourth on 17 under par, one ahead of Swede Bjorn Åkesson, England’s Danny Willett and Charl Coetzee of South Africa.

Mark Tullo, from Chile, who had been in contention for the first three rounds, toppled over in the last round shooting a +5 over par 77, dropping him into a tie for 27th place.

Congratulations to Dawie Van Der Walt on his maiden Tour win, and lets hope it will not be his last.

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Danny Willett, BMW International Open winner, What equipment does he use ?

Danny Willett  (Getty Images)

Danny Willett (Getty Images

Danny Willett survived a strenuous, concentration sapping four hole play-off  against Marcus Fraser, to claim his maiden European Tour title at the BMW International Open on the Gut Larchenhof golf course in Cologne. Danny had been in the mix at the top of the board ever since a fine round of 65 on Thursday saw him lie one-off the pace, set by Fabrizio Zanotti and Marcus Fraser. In the end the key to his success came down to two great shots on Sunday, proving that those key moments often mean the difference between second place, and victory.

Now everybody wants to know what equipment Danny puts into his bag, and would any of it help you to achieve your golfing goals.

This list is  compiled by ©SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC, and data is collated during the first round of the event.

Ball   Callaway, + Hex Black +
Shoe       FootJoy

Driver      Callaway, RAZR Hawk Prototype – 9.5°

Fairway Wood       Callaway, RAZR Fit - 15°

Utility Club      Callaway, X Utility Proto - 21°

3 – 9 Irons       Callaway, RAZR Muscle Back

Pitching Wedge       Callaway, Forged - 48°

Sand Wedge       Callaway, Forged – 56°

Lob Wedge       Callaway, Forged – 60°

Putter       Odyssey, Black Series i 1

Of course the only thing I would change would be the Putter, obviously for one of our White  Dragon Putters.

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Foot-note;  my BMW seven series is in for a service today, thought I would give BMW a plug.

European Tour, BMW International Open, Danny Willett Wins

Willett wins after marathon play-off

Danny Willett (Getty Images

Danny Willett won the European Tour, BMW International Open at a wet and windy Gut Lärchenhof golf course in Cologne after a four hole play-off.  Danny finally claimed his first European Tour title, he had previously achieved 19 top-ten finishes. It was a nail-biting play-off victory over Marcus Fraser. Both players had  finished the tournament with scores of -11 under par, which sent them down the play-off hole, the difficult 18th. On their fourth attempt Danny almost ran a flop from the rough in for birdie and Fraser’s 25 foot putt lipped out,  leaving Willett to tap in for victory. Obviously Danny was very pleased with his effort;

“It’s amazing, it was a tough day. It was brutal with the wind whipping and it was raining. Marcus had a great round today and I hung in there nicely. Hopefully I gave people a good show. This week has been strange, I’ve been working really hard with support from my family and my girlfriend. I’ve had some ups and downs in the last 18 months as everyone knows but I’m injury free now and back to playing well and I’d like to thank everyone back home for supporting me. I’ll keep working hard and hopefully we can do it again.”

He also spoke about his four years on tour without a win;

This is my fourth year on Tour now. I’ve had a lot of good finishes, been in contention a couple of times, obviously with Kaymer at the Dunhill a few years back. To polish it off, it feels good. Ideally I would have won earlier but probably winning a bit later on now, it gives me a little bit more to think about and I’m probably a little bit more mature now than I was when I first came on Tour. It would have been good to win a few years ago, but a win is a win. The guys out here are brilliant. They play week in, week out, and it’s competitive. I’m just thankful for finally winning one.”

He was also in a hurry to get to the airport;

“I’m going to get on the first plane I can and get down to Sunningdale and try to qualify for The Open tomorrow. I’ve still got 36 holes tomorrow for The Open, the Irish Open, the French Open, The Scottish Open.  I’ve got a good run. I can’t think of a better way to start my run off, but there’s still a lot of golf left for the rest of the season.”

Good Luck with your qualifying for The Open.

Marcus Fraser said he had fun out there, and was gracious in defeat;

“It was good fun, Danny is such a great guy and he’s an awesome player. It’s the first of many tournaments for him, that’s for sure. It was nice to have a chance but unfortunately I couldn’t do it. If I keep giving myself chances, one day it might happen eventually. But as I said before, he’s a great player and he’s going to be a future star on The European Tour, there’s no question about it. I’ve got to be pleased with the week. I played really well, three out of the four days and managed to make a few putts. It’s just the way this game goes sometimes, you have to take it on the chin and get ready for the next week.”

European Tour, BMW International Open, Willett with One Shot Lead

Danny Willett (-12) - BMW International Open day 3  (Getty Images)

Danny Willett -12, BMW International Open  Getty Images

Danny Willett of England is gunning for his first European Tour win at the BMW International Open on the Gut Larchenhof golf course in Cologne. Danny leads by one shot after a third round -3 under par, 69 for a tournament total of -12 under par.Compatriot Chris Wood is just behind, and he is joined at tied in second place at -11 under par by the second round leader Joel Sjoholm of Sweden.

Danny was very talkative in interview, pleased with the way he had the ball under control all day;

“I got the ball under pretty good control most of the day. The wind was whipping around a bit but I drove the ball great which makes it a lot easier around this golf course. If you want to be in contention, you have to have things go your way a little bit. It’s good to be back in a position where I feel like I should be. Tomorrow is just a case of making sure you go through everything properly, make sure you get the right numbers in your hand and you have the right feeling for the shot and see what you can do. Regardless of tomorrow, we have got a spell of four really good weeks, Open Qualifying Monday, and then we go Ireland, France, Scotland and then there are some great events at the end of the season. So I’m just looking forward to being able to play probably another 12 or 13 events on my schedule this year, fairly fit, lots of training and get on a really good leap forward from where I’ve been.”

Aussie Marcus Fraser has been hovering around the top of the leaderboard all tournament, and at only two back is still in contention;

“I played really well at the start and gave myself a lot of chances. I missed a couple of putts but overall pretty happy. I scrambled pretty well from the start of the back nine and managed to birdie the last which capped off a good day. Yesterday was good in my mind in that I didn’t put myself out of the tournament, because I didn’t play great, and could have quite easily been well back but made a few putts and stayed in there. Today I played well and got back into it, so it was a good day.”

Tomorrows final round will be a good contest, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

European Tour BMW International Open 2nd Round. Swede Joel Sjoholm Leads.

 

 

Joel Sjoholm (-11) - BMW International Open day 2  (Getty Images)

Joel Sjoholm / Getty Images

Joel Sjöholm of Sweden has a two shot lead at the halfway stage of the BMW International Open as he eagerly seeks his first European Tour title. Joel had a wonderful second round at the Gut Lärchenhof golf course, with two eagles and four birdies for a  -6 under par, 66, and a tournament total of -11 under par. The snappily dressed Swede is happy to be at the top of the leaderboard;

” Now I saw that I’m up there, and of course it’s going to be a new situation for me. But then I watched a lot of Euro Cup the last two or three weekends, I’ve seen what happens after four or five minutes, and I’m happy to be on top at the moment, but I would rather be on top on Sunday. I’m just enjoying this so much, I don’t really think too much about it. It’s just a great feeling and a fantastic tournament. I’ve always played here in Germany, and it was good to play well at the new venue.”

Chris Wood is one of the four players tied for second spot at -9 under par, he is happy to be in contention;

“It’s always nice to put yourself in contention. Nothing beats it really, and the more and more you can do it, the more chance you have to win and hopefully one will come along. The results haven’t really backed up the way I’ve played. I’m finishing top twenty with what I feel is top ten, top-five form really. I’ve just got to stay patient and wait for that to happen.”

The others joining Chris are; Danny Willett, Paul McGinley and Fabrizio Zanotti, and all have a real chance to go on and win this title, I personally would like to see the elegantly dressed Joel Sjoholm step up and take the win.

The highest ranked player in the field this week, Martin Kaymer, has missed the cut. It seems he could not recover from the jet lag he suffered on the trip back from the States to Europe. Martin missed the -1 under par cut line by just one shot, finishing his two rounds in par.

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