DP World Tour Championship. Henrik Has Half-Way Lead.

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Henrik Stenson has the half-way lead in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course in Dubai.

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Henrik posted a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the DP World Tour Championship at the half-way point by two shots on -10 under par.

He reported that he felt like he was running on empty, after a long season;

“Around the 12th hole I felt like I was running out of steam. It was difficult mentally from there on. I had to really focus hard and drag myself over the finish line.”

“It’s hot and sticky and even though I’m drinking well and getting plenty of energy, I just felt like I hit the wall on 12.”

“If it’s one or two holes left, you normally feel like, ‘okay, I can hang on’. But it was a bit of an uphill struggle from there. I managed to finish in good style anyway so I’m pleased with that.”

“There’s still a lot of golf to play and I’m really happy with how I closed this round.”

Rory McIlroy is just two shots behind at -8 under par, sharing second place with Richie Ramsay and Danny Willett.

Rory said he will try to close the gap on the leader tomorrow;

“I’m in a good position and there is a lot of golf left, I’ve definitely been in worse positions after two rounds and still won.”

“It could have been worse but it probably could have been a little better. I definitely didn’t have it like I did yesterday. I had to dig in a little bit so hopefully that’s the bad one out of the way and I have 36 holes now to make some ground up on Henrik.”

“Henrik’s very comfortable on this golf course obviously. I can’t let him get too far ahead tomorrow. I have to get off to a fast start and try and put a bit of pressure on him. Hopefully I can do that.”

Shane Lowry, aided by a hole-in-one on the 13th, and former US Open Champion Justin Rose are among the five-strong group of players another stroke back at -7 under par.

Shane spoke about his first ever Ace in tournament play, on the 204 yard par three 13th, and how good it felt;

“It was a beautiful shot, a perfect number for my six iron.”

“It’s my first in tournament play and only my second ever so it was pretty exciting. It was hard to go on and play the next hole after that.”

“I am still in the tournament and I suppose if you had given me that on Thursday I would have taken it.”

DP World Tour Championship. Rory & Shane Share the Lead.

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Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowery share the first round lead in the season ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

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Rory and Shane both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the DP World Tour Championship leaderboard on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Rory already has The Race to Dubai title in his pocket, but has stated he will contest here, he wants to win;

“It was a great way to start, you never expect to start like that, but I’ve been hitting the ball well for the last couple of weeks that I’ve been practicing and it was just a matter of trying to take that good range play on to the course, and I was able to do that today, which I’m really happy about.” 

“I feel like it really suits my style of play. I can be aggressive with the driver, and that can set me up to hit shorter irons into greens and obviously give myself a lot of birdie opportunities like I did today. 

“I didn’t feel like I took as many of them as I could have but it still added up to six under and I’m very happy with that.”

Shane proved he is still in good form, he birdied four of the last six holes, but said he was thinking about his poor final round last Sunday in Turkey;

The whole day Sunday and the flight down here you’re thinking about it, it’s one of those things. But I gave myself a chance to win last week. If I can give myself a chance to win again this week, maybe I’ll do it.”

“I have been playing well for most of the year. I’ve been very consistent. I’ve been shooting some great scores, making a lot of birdies and I did that today again.”

Richie Ramsay and Thorbjørn Olesen are a shot off the pace on -5 under par under, with defending champion Henrik Stenson another stroke back sharing fifth place with Emiliano Grillo.

Richie was also happy with his opening round;

“I’m really happy. Obviously it was a great start, three birdies on the spin, and then played lovely in the middle, had a lot of chances but just didn’t take a few.”

“But most important was I stayed patient, stayed with it. I kept on hitting good shots and then took a couple of chances on 14 and 15 and then finished off pretty solid coming down the stretch.”

“I played great in the middle part of the season. I know the game is there, just a matter of staying out of my own way and committing to it.”

Thorbjorn has been in contention a few times this season, and won the  ISPS Handa Perth International;

“It feels like a second home golf course for me really.”

“I played lovely, hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. Hit a few really close, and the putter was working nicely. It was a really solid day.”

“When you’re seven under going to 16, and you know you have 18 which is a possible birdie chance, also, of course it’s a little bit disappointing, but I took a chance and it didn’t work out very well.” 

“I felt like it was going so well and I felt like I could pull it off – that’s what happens in golf.”

Turkish Airlines Open. Brooks Koepka Wins.

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Brooks Koepka wins the Turkish Airlines Open at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course in Turkey.

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Brooks won his first European Tour trophy at the Turkish Airlines Open, shooting final bogey free round of -7 under par 65, to post a total of -17 under par. This result made sure that Rory McIlroy won The Race to Dubai, for the second time in three years, as no one can now catch him.

Brooks was absolutely delighted with his win, saying he had been knocking on the door for some time;

“It’s awesome, I played well. This field is first class, some of the best players in the world, and it’s nice to get the win.”

“It’s a special week obviously, these four events and The Race to Dubai are ones you prepare for all year, and to win one of them is very special.”

“I feel like I’ve been playing really well. I’ve been knocking on the door, and these last maybe two, three months, I’ve been very close over here and in the States, I felt like I should have won a couple.” 

“But I’ve been knocking on the door and I’ve learned something every time, and used that today. I was very relaxed, very calm today, and it showed I guess.”

“To look where I was a year and a half ago on The Challenge Tour and now to be a winner on The European Tour is incredible, especially winning four times there and winning out here, it’s very special. So I’m excited to get to next week and hopefully carry my form over.”

“To jump into the top 50 in the world and be in all the Majors and I guess some of the World Golf Championships events, it will be special.”

Ian Poulter finished in second place at -16 under par, a last round -5 under par 67 not good enough, and he lamented his very poor round on Saturday;

“The damage was done on Saturday. That, for me, is really disappointing. To have played three great rounds of golf, and just one blip on Saturday, which is a real shame.”

“So you know, it’s frustrating, is what it is. There’s no other word for it. Yes, I’m going to be angry. I’ll be angry for a good few days. But that’s fine. I’ll keep myself in my own little room and have a little chat with myself and come out and win next week.”

Henrik Stenson climbed up into third place with a final round -8  under par 64, to give a -14 under par total for the tournament.

You have to feel sorry for Marcel Siem, who revealed he had dislocated a rib while warming up in the gym before his round. Some medical attention gave him the opportunity to play, but it obviously affected his swing. He finished at -12 under par and T 12;

“My physio tried to crack it back in, it didn’t work and then we went so see the chiropractor and they pushed it back in. I couldn’t have a proper backswing but I played all right. I don’t want to blame it on anything to be honest.”

 

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Jason jumps Ahead in the Rain.

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Jason Bohn jumps ahead in the rain at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico.

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Jason shot a third round -4 under par 67, and a tournament total of -15 under par, to take the lead by one stroke at the rain-soaked OHL Classic at Mayakoba. He said that he had played well in the terrible conditions;

“It was a very difficult day to play golf with the rain coming in and coming out and the wind picking up and dying down, but I played well.”

“I relied a lot on my short game today and kept the ball in front of me. It was a little sour to finish with a bogey, but that’s the way it works.”

Shawn Stefani is in second place, a 20 foot birdie putt on the last hole gave him a -3 under par third round and -14 under par total.

Shawn is looking his first PGA TOUR win, he lost to Justin Rose in a play-off at Congressional in July. He spoke about the tough finish today, the bogeys on 16 and 17, and a birdie on 18;

“I walked off the green on 17 and said, `Just try to hit one in the fairway.’ Hit a good shot in there and just tried to make birdie to end on a positive note.”

 “Sixteen and seventeen were just kind of mental errors, getting tired late in the day. You can’t do that. It happened. But I stayed positive walking onto 18 tee box, and hit a couple good shots and knocked her in there.”

Charlie Hoffman and Alex Chejka are tied in third position, both at -12 under par for the competition. Charlie with a -4 under par third round and Alex -3 under par.

Ken Duke, T 5 at -11 under par also mention the wind and the rain;

“The first few holes we had some wind and, obviously, we could see that weather coming in with the wind.”

“It’s a golf course you have to be patient on, it’s tough out there in the rain, you’re just soaked out there.”

The 36 hole leader Michael Putnam crashed out of contention, recording +6 over par 77, reducing his total to -6 under par and T 26.

There are seven players, who sit within four shots of the lead, it should make interesting golf on Sunday with so many players in with a chance.

Turkish Airlines Open. Poulter Blows Six Shot Lead.

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Ian Poulter had moved into a six shot halfway lead when the second round was finally finished at the Turkish Airlines Open, and then proceeded to blow it away in the third round, handing the lead to Wade Ormsby.

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Wade had a -4 under par 68, to top the leaderboard at the Turkish Airlines Open with a total of -12 under par. He said his game is good, and he is feeling good;

“It feels great to be in this position. It’s a great tournament, great field, so to be up around the front is great and to be leading it makes me pretty happy.”

“My game is good. I’m hitting it strong, putting good. But I just walked off the ninth green and said to my caddie Richard that I’ve actually missed a few putts down the front nine.”

“As good a score as I’ve shot, I still feel like I left a few out there. So I’ll just keep trying to do what I’m doing and see how I end up.”

A sad third round for Ian of +3 over par 75 saw him fall back into a tie for second place at -11 under par. He shares that spot with Lee Westwood and Marcel Siem.

Poults had this to say about his miserable day;

“I’m most angry about the wedge shot which led to a double, that’s inexcusable for me to make that error right there. A simple wedge shot puts me to 20 feet with an outside birdie look at worst, and I hit the tree, so I’m going to be angry about that for a little while tonight and then I’ll be fine tomorrow.”

“It’s brought obviously a lot of players back into the fray, their dinner is going to taste lovely tonight and mine is going to taste horrible.”

“I’m going to get my head down and do the job tomorrow. Today was really disappointing to be out of rhythm after playing such great golf.”

Lee is content with the way he is playing

“It’s been a while since I’ve been in contention, but generally when I get in contention, I know what to do.”

“I’ve been hitting the ball pretty solidly for a few weeks now. Just getting the odd break, holing the odd putt to keep the momentum going.”

I haven’t really played the par fives well enough the first couple of days. Today I played them a bit better. All in all, I’m pleased with where my game’s at. It’s coming along nice.”

BMW Masters winner Marcel is raring to get going, now that the gap has closed;

“It’s a little bit more interesting now for everybody and for sure I’ll give it a shot tomorrow, try my best. That’s what we are out here for, and there’s why it’s called Race to Dubai.”

“I’ll have a good rest now and hope that my ball-striking is as good as today and the putter is hot. Can’t wait to go.”

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Michael Leads In Mexico.

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Michael Putnam leads the OHL Classic at Mayakoba at the half-way stage in Mexico.

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Michael had a second round of -7 under par 64, to give him a OHL Classic at Mayakoba mid-way total of -12 under par, and a one shot lead going into the week-end. He said his course management was working well;

” I’ve kept the ball in play really well, it’s a tight golf course and got to keep it between the trees.”

“After that, I’ve hit a lot of greens and made a lot of two putts. I did make about a 10-footer for par on 16, probably the hardest hole on the course. Other than that, it was a pretty easy bogey-free round.”

Shawn Stefani and Jason Bohn are a stroke back at -11 under par for the tournament, both players shooting -6 under par 65.

Shawn gave credit to his putting performance;

“I’ve been hitting the ball really well for quite some time now, the last few days really has been credit to my putter. I kind of figured something out on Wednesday and just kind of focused on that.”

Jason said it was about course management, all he needed to do was get his putter working;

“It’s about positioning yourself in the middle of the fairway or right side of the fairway and trying to attack some of these flags.”

“One of my strengths is just getting the ball in play. If I can get my putter hot, we’ll see what happens.”

Ken Duke is in fourth place on his own, at -10 under par. Ken shot the low round of the day, an amazing -8 under par 63.

The defending champion here is Harris English, he is at – 4 under par after a second round of even par 71, and has a long haul to retain his title.

This tournament at Playa del Carmen, in Mexico is the final regular-season event of the year.

Turkish Airlines Open. Play Suspended.

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Second round play was suspended at the Turkish Airlines Open due to an afternoon thunderstorm.

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Ian Poulter was a little ray of sunshine, before the storm hit, and curtailed his second round at the 14th hole. He had opened up a three shot lead, and sits on top of the Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard at -13 under par. Ian is happy with his position and the way he is playing;

“I’m playing nicely, and to be on the top of the leaderboard is always nice. It would have been nice to finish the round off, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be today.”

“So I guess we’ll have to wait this one out, see what the weather is going to be like. Hopefully we can get round two finished at some stage tomorrow and obviously get cracking on round three.”

“I’m playing great, so it’s obviously a great feeling to be on the golf course when you’re playing like that, and making birdies is always fun. Right now I’m pretty happy.”

Brendon De Jong is in second place, at -10 under par, through 13 holes while Wade Ormsby and Brooks Koepka are a further shot back at -9 under par, having played 16 and 15 holes respectively.

The officials knew the storm was coming and had moved the tee time forward by an hour and a half in a bid to get the round completed in time. Unfortunately it arrived sooner than expected.