Russian Open. David Horsey Leads.

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David Horsey leads the Russian Open in Moscow.

 

 

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David carded a flawless opening round of -7 under par 65, to lead the M2M Russian Open by one shot in Moscow.

” It was very solid, I birdied the first and then had a few shaky holes where I managed to scramble pars with eight to ten-footers.”

“After that it was flawless and probably could’ve been a few better. It was a bit breezier this afternoon, but I was just trying to concentrate on giving myself opportunities to make birdie.”

“I’ve been working hard on my swing over the last nine or ten months and it’s been a bit inconsistent. The good stuff’s really good, but there are inconsistencies and a lack of confidence with it, which I guess comes with the territory when you try to change something.”

 Second place is being shared between Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford at -6 under par following their first rounds of 66.

Scott has played really well of late, and hopes to continue his good form here;

“I played really well in Paris, the best I’ve played all season, and then had another good week in Scotland to get in The Open. Unfortunately I didn’t play well at Hoylake. It was difficult as I played late on the first day when the wind had got up and it was difficult to get at pins.” 

“I wasn’t on the fairway enough either. When I was hitting from the fairway I felt in complete control, but that didn’t happen often enough. Fortunately the fairways are nice and wide here in Russia.”

“This week you have to get in a different mind-set. At The Open, although you’re hopeful of doing well, you have relatively low expectations as you’re up against the best players in the world.”

“This week the field is completely different and expectations are much higher, but you have to manage those expectations and not get down on yourself if you’re not leading from the first day. You just have to play your normal game and not worry about much else. I always tend to play better if I’m not expecting too much of myself.”

I guess what Scott was really trying to say was that the best players in the world are not supporting this tournament, probably because of the war with the Ukraine. Not to mention the Russians shooting down the Malaysian passenger jet.

The Open. Wire to Wire Win for the Wizard of Hoylake, Rory.

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Rory McIlroy was the wire to wire wizard of The Open at Hoylake, winning the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

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Rory McIlroy wins his third Major championship, and all before the age of 25, equaling the achievements of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods before him.

Rory carded a final round of -1 under par 71, for his winning total of -17 under par, a two shot victory. The other guys did not make it easy for him, there were some great sores out on the course today;

“It feels incredible, today wasn’t easy. There were a lot of guys making runs at me and I just needed to stay focused, keep in the present and concentrate on what I was doing out there.”

“To be three legs towards the career grand slam at the age of 25 is a pretty good achievement. It’s not going to sink in for a while. I knew I had some holes where I could make birdie and 16 was the real hole for me which I think settled the championship.”

 “Well done for putting up such a fight. Rickie, no doubt with the way your Major record is this year your time will come, and Sergio too, two of the best players in the world.”

“It’s pretty hard to describe right now, to be honest, I feel like I’ve come a long way in the last 18 months. A lot has happened to me on and off the golf course. My determination and hard work has really paid off.”

“This is the first Major my mum has been to that I’ve won, so mum, this one’s for you. I just can’t wait to get back and defend this thing at St Andrews next year.”

Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler tied for second place at -15 under par. Sergio charged at Rory, carding a -6 under par 66, and Rickie, who was playing alongside Rory threw in a final round -5 under par 65.

If Sergio really wants to win a Major, he will have to address the problem of that fragile putting grip.

Jim Furyk had a -7 under par 65 and finished alone in fourth spot at -13 under par for the championship. Tiger Woods ended his tournament returning a final total +6 over par. Defending Champion Phil Mickelson returned a final total of -5 under par.

The Open. Rory Racks Up 3 Rounds in a Row.

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Rory McIlroy racks up three rounds in a row at the top of the leaderboard in The Open.

Twin eagles power Rory to big 54-hole Open lead

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Rory carded two Eagles in a third round of -4 under par 68, which sent him soaring over the field at -16 under par for The Open championship at Royal Liverpool. It also gives him a six shot lead going into the final round tomorrow, and he spoke about the Grand Slam of Major titles;

“Not a lot of people have achieved the career grand slam and if everything goes the right way tomorrow, to get three-quarters of the way there is some achievement by the age of 25. It would mean a lot of hype going into Augusta next year.”

“I’d be in pretty illustrious company so it would mean an awful lot. I never thought that I’d be able to be in this position. I didn’t think that I’d even have the chance at 25 to go for three legs of the grand slam so I’m going to try to put all of that out of my head”.

“It would be way too much to think about and way too much to ponder. First things first. Just play a good solid round of golf tomorrow and if that means that I’m going to Augusta next year with a bit of hype, then so be it.”

“It was a day of patience for me, I didn’t get off to the best of starts. I knew that there were some good chances coming up. Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9 were playing more difficult than Friday. I knew on the back nine we could make up some ground. This is where the golf course plays into my hands.”

Nearest competitor is Rickie Fowler, a third round effort of -4 under 68 put him alone in second place at -10 under par. Rickie is hoping to be able to put some pressure on Rory;

“He always has that firepower to make things happen, you just never know when it’s coming.”

“Maybe I can put a little pressure on him, unfortunately I did make those rough swings coming in. But I’ve been swinging great. I’m definitely looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and see if I can put the same start on Rory as I did today.”

“It was just a matter of time before the two of us found a way to sneak into a final group together. We both want to beat up on each other as bad as possible.”

Tied in third place are Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson, both at -9 under par for the tournament.

Sergio admits the difficulty of the task ahead of him if he is to catch the leader;

“I was trying to shoot as low as possible, Rory obviously had a great back nine and finished really, really well. We’ll give it a shot. If he plays like he’s been playing, it’s going to be difficult.”

Justin Rose made some headway today, a -3 under par 69 moving him to -5 under par for the competition, but not good enough to challenge for the honors.

The Defending champion Phil Mickelson shot a -1 under par  71 on Saturday and is now -1 under par for the tournament, a long way from the top of the board. Tiger Woods shot another over par round, and is sits at +3 over par for the championship.

The Open. McIlroy Marches On, No Hoylake Horrors.

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Rory McIlroy marches on at The Open, having banished the Friday Failures, there were no Hoylake horrors.

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Rory exorcised the Friday fall-out at Royal Liverpool by firing a second successive round of -6 under par 66, at The Open, to post a midway tournament total of -12 under par at Hoylake, and a four shot lead. He is where he wants to be, in control and did not even think about the Friday failures;

“You’re battling yourself, you’re batting your emotions, your mind. You don’t want to get ahead of yourself, you don’t want to look at what anyone else is doing. You want to control what you can control.”

“It was just another solid round of golf, I didn’t have that in my head at all. Going out there, I just wanted to play another solid round of golf, stick to my game plan, stick to doing what I do well, which is take advantage of the par 5s, maybe take advantage of some of the other holes that are downwind. That’s all I was thinking about.”

Dustin Johnson is in second place on his own, he carded the days best round, a -7 under par 65, giving him a -8 under par total.

There are six players tied in third position, all at -6 under par for the tournament, they are; Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

Justin Rose had a -2 under par round today, leaving him on that score for the competition, ten shots adrift of the leader Rory, and not much chance of catching him. Phil Mickelson is at level par, while Tiger Woods shot +5 over par 77 to be at +2 for the Championship, both of these players will not be challenging to top of the board, but they did make the cut.

Tiger had been battling a wayward driver;

“I didn’t hit the driver very good today, I was trying to be a bit more aggressive and do that. With the wind the way it was, I could take some of the bunkers out of play and get it down where I could hit sand wedge into the green.”

“I figured today would be a chance to go out there and be aggressive and do that, and just didn’t drive it well.”

Tom Watson also made the cut on the same +2 over par total, and is looking forward to the week-end, the weather is supposed to change dramatically;

“I came over here with a purpose to play my best golf and play on the weekend, let’s see what happens on the weekend. See if the old guy can maybe get it rolling a little bit.”

The Open. Rory on Route 66.

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Rory McIlroy produced another magical Thursday first round, this time a flawless route 66 at The Open, in glorious weather at Royal Liverpool.

Rory McIlroy is looking for the third leg of the career Grand Slam. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

 

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Rory carded a -6 under par 66 at Hoylake to sit proudly on top of the leaderboard of The Open Championship. He reported that he was more relaxed on a Thursday, we will see tomorrow if he can hold it all together;

“Any time you shoot 66 at The Open Championship, you’re going to be pleased. We had perfect scoring conditions out there this morning. There wasn’t much wind early on and there were plenty of opportunities to make birdies and I was able to take a few of them.”

“It’s another great start and, yeah, looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow. Whenever I go out and play on Thursdays there are not really many expectations. You’re going out there and you’re trying to find a rhythm and you’re just trying to play your way into the round.”

“When you go back out on Friday after a good score you know what you can do, so you’re going out with some expectations compared to Thursday. I think I’ve just got to approach it like that, start off trying to hit solid shots the first few holes and play my way into the round, just like I did today.”

In second place on the leaderboard is Italian Matteo Manassero, who is just one shot behind after his opening round of -5 under par 67. Matteo likes this course, which bodes well for his first Major success;

“I like the course, it’s fair, flat, where you hit your shot it’s going to roll on that line. If I ever win an Open, I don’t think I’ll win it on a golf course that I don’t like. So the fact that I like it, it’s already a good thing.”

“The main preparation for The Open, I’ve done it in Aberdeen and it was just the best preparation I could’ve had. We had strong wind, little wind, calm wind, different directions of wind and the course was firm. It was really linksy. I put myself in a very links frame of mind.”

There is bunch of seven players tied in third spot, including another two Italians, Francesco and Edoardo Molinari. All of this chasing pack are on -3 under par.

Tiger Woods recorded a -3 under par 69 and is tied in tenth position at the end of day one, and said it was a positive start;

“I knew I could do it. That’s why it was so important for me to play at Congressional. At Congressional I made some terrible mistakes mentally. My decisions weren’t very crisp and I wasn’t decisive enough. Today was totally different and consequently I shot a better score.”

“I’m getting stronger, I’m getting faster, I’m getting more explosive. The ball is starting to travel again and those are all positive things.”

Last weeks winner Justin Rose settled for an opening round of even par, while defending Champion Phil Mickelson returned a first round +2 over par 74.

 

Monty in America.

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Monty in America is a great spectacle these days, especially as he has just won the  U.S. Senior Open, to go along with his victory at the Senior PGA Championship. That is two Majors in 2014 and he is looking forward to a battle royal against Bernhard Langer for the Charles Schwab Cup.

Monty won the U.S. Senior Open in a play-off against Gene Sauers, after he had come from four shots off Gene’s lead at the start of play to force the three hole play-off;

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“You talk about the Ryder Cup and one-on-one, I’m usually quite good. A play-off in a golf tournament is like a penalty shootout in the World Cup. You don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“It’s been a great summer, I’m really on top of the world right now. My play-off record is pretty weak, to be honest. I think I’ve been in 10 worldwide and won one of them up until today. I’ve lost in a play-off – 1994 – and been one shot behind a couple of times – in 1997 and 2006 – and you have to wait until you’re 50 to finally win one.”

“I have been made very welcome here on the Champions Tour and it’s a delight to come and play here on great golf courses. The weather is a lot better than it is at home and I’m enjoying it. I think if you enjoy something, you’re usually quite good at it, no matter what it is. I’m enjoying playing golf here in America in my latter years and thrilled and delighted that I’m able to do so.”

Monty has matured on the golf course these days, gone are the irritable diatribes against the gallery. A TV announcer once said that Monty could hear a fly fart from 4oo paces;

“I think I’ve matured on the golf course, I’m more patient than I was. I think I felt that in majors when I was contending that I had to play perfect golf, I had to go out and score 64 and it’s amazing the quality of the golf courses and the toughness of them, you don’t. You have to play intelligent golf and I think I’ve matured enough to realize that and play more within myself and sometimes to play away from some pins so you don’t make bogeys and you realize that in major golf pars are usually good enough, especially in USGA events.”

“To stay ahead of Bernhard Langer in any senior event you play in, you’re close to the lead. That was what I was trying to do all week was just stay one ahead of Bernhard Langer. And a great friend of mine,  Ryder Cup colleague of mine and great competitor. At 57 years old, all credit to him for keeping it going the way he does.”

Scottish Open. Rose Romps Home.

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Justin Rose romps home in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, winning the trophy at Royal Aberdeen.

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Scottish Open Champion Justin Rose / Getty Images

Justin completed the Scottish Open with a final bogey free round -6 under par 65 to lift the trophy with a -16 under par total, a two shot victory. As you can imagine he was absolutely over the moon with his first ever win in Scotland, not to mention three wins in a row;

“This is my first professional win in Scotland so it means a lot. This a great tournament, there’s definitely something special about playing golf up here and the golfing crowd are so knowledgeable and I’ve really got to love this golf course.”

“It was exactly the start I was looking for, and sixteen was the key. I looked at the leaderboard and I was only two ahead and felt I was bound to make bogey there. Getting it up-and-down was the key to the win.” 

“I couldn’t have scripted it better, I’ve never won two in a row and I’ve certainly never won three in a row so I’m in unchartered territory.”  

In second place was Kristoffer Broberg, his last round -5 under par 66 gave him a -14 under par total, he said he was very happy to be in second place;

“I’m just happy to be runner-up to Justin Rose, he played really well this week. I’m just happy.”

Scotsman Marc Warren who started the day on equal terms with Justin could only card a final round of -1 under par and a finishing total of -11 under par, and third place on his own. He reported that  it was his putter that went cold;

“On the front nine today my ball-striking was up there with what it’s been all week. Unfortunately the putter went cold on me and I just wasn’t quite seeing the lines to be honest.”

“Justin was the opposite. He seemed to be putting from outside me most of the time and holing them. Once he was out in front, he was tough to catch.”

Rory McIlroy had a final round -4 under par 67 which left him on -7 under par, the score he had been on Thursday evening . Defending Champion Phil Mickelson was  one shot ahead of Rory at -8 under par for the tournament, with a last round -6 under par 65.

 

Scottish Open. Justin & Marc take Control

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Justin Rose and Marc Warren take control of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.

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Justin carded a -5 under par 66 to post -10 under par total, while Marc scored -4 under par 67 to match that overall score of -10 under par. They enjoy a one shot lead going into the final day on Sunday at Royal Aberdeen, in Scotland.

Justin is really warming to the task of winning this tournament;

“I came here on Wednesday and felt absolutely horrendous but the last couple of days I have been finding my feet again and that’s part of the reason for playing here.”

“Today and my second round at Congressional are two of the best rounds I have played all year. I’m really happy with the way the game has progressed throughout the week.”

“It would be great to win tomorrow. I’m on a nice run at the moment and to keep it going would be fantastic. I’m still really enjoying the links golf and I think that’s what I came here to do, just keep playing the game and keep trying to work out the shots.”

“But obviously there will come a point tomorrow where you have to win a golf tournament. I’m looking forward to it. I said at the beginning of the week, just to be in contention this week and sharpening your skills under pressure will be a fantastic opportunity going into the Open next week.”

“It would definitely hold its own amongst the courses I have won on. That’s definitely been my M.O. recently; of the tournaments I’ve managed to win they have all been on pretty stout tests. I’d take pride in winning on a links course for sure.”

Marc enjoy’s being the Scott in with a chance;

“For us Scottish guys it doesn’t get much better than this. It’s our fifth Major. I’ve been in this situation before, so once the gun goes I’ll be ready to do my job.”

“On the front nine I played really well, really in control of what I was doing. It was a little bit scrappy towards the end there but I’m tied going into tomorrow and playing with a Major Champion. I’m in a great position, a very exciting position as well.”

“Winning’s never easy. It always seems to be the most difficult thing but if you’re going to go through a couple of tough holes, it’s great to have the home fans behind you, just give that you one per cent that you need to go over the finishing line.”

Kristoffer Broberg is alone in third spot at -9 under par with a -3 under par 68 third round.

Scottish Open. McIlroy Makes a Mess of It.

 

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Rory McIlroy makes a huge mess of it in the second round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, recording +7 over par 78, which takes him all the way back to even par for the competition.

On the other hand Ricardo Gonzalez is still flying high, sharing top spot with Marc Warren and Kristoffer Broberg.

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In brutal afternoon conditions Ricardo and Kristoffer put together second rounds of even par, to stay at -6 under par for the tournament. Marc recorded a second round -2 under par, a good effort in those conditions, which left him on that -6 under par total for the competition.

Ricardo was not happy with a double bogey on the last hole, but was pleased with his overall performance;

“I was unlucky on 18 because I didn’t have a good lie and tried to reach the green in two, but it was a mistake. I’m happy because I played good 17 holes.”

“I need to sometimes stay patient and play safe. Of course, that didn’t happen on 18. I’m very happy because I hit it good and made a good score.”

Marc, was on course to win his National Open two years ago but unfortunately let slip a three shot lead, with only four to play in 2012 at Castle Stuart, he wants to make amends;

“It’s a massive week and anyone would love to win, but being Scottish it would be that much more special. What happened two years ago was tough to take at the time but it was good experience and hopefully it will stand me in good stead.”

“The course is tough enough anyway, never mind playing the back nine into this wind. After bogeys on the 14th and 15th I said to my caddie let’s try to have a strong finish but to finish three-three-three was beyond my wildest dreams.”

Justin Rose played his way into contention, a second round -3 under par 68 has him sitting in fourth place on his own at -5 under par;

“I came here on Wednesday and felt absolutely horrendous. It was like I had lost my game somewhere over the Atlantic. But the last couple of days I have been finding my feet again and that’s part of the reason for playing this week ahead of Hoylake.”

“It was great to see the course in a completely opposite wind. The par fives are playing very easy on the front nine and there are some tough par fours on the back nine. I did well to hang on to my score on the back nine and made a few good six or seven-footers coming in.”

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Another Friday failure;

“I’ve struggled to grind. It’s been the case all year. I’ve got off to great starts and fell away but I am still in the tournament and I can go out in the morning and try to get some of those shots back.”

“You are having to talk about it,  so it’s in your mind and I am maybe putting more pressure on myself to shoot a good score. It’s another Friday out of the way, thank God, and I can go on to the weekend. I shot 68 on the Friday at the US Open so hopefully next week will be the same.”

 

Scottish Open. Rory Roars into the Lead

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Rory McIlroy roars into the lead at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.

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Rory recorded a course record at Royal Aberdeen, shooting a first round -7 under par 64, he reported that everything was on from the word go. He even drove the 13th green, while Ian Poulter was still on it;

“Everything was pretty much on. I controlled my ball flight really well which is the key to me playing well in these conditions and on these courses.”

“I’ve been working the last ten days on keeping the ball down, hitting easy shots and taking spin off  it and I went out there today and really trusted what I practiced.”

“I’m driving the ball really well and I feel if I can get driver in my hand and have an advantage on the field I should do it. Going out this morning in these conditions I thought anything in the 60s would be a good score so to shoot something better than that is pleasing.”

“I told Poulter it was a three-wood but it was a driver. He was on the green trying to flex his muscles. I’ve got off to a lot of good starts and tended to fall away. Hopefully that won’t be the case this week.”

“It’s more mental than anything but I am really comfortable with my game at the minute.”

There are two players tied in second place at -6 under par after opening rounds of 65, they are Kristoffer Broberg and Ricardo Gonzalez.

Ricardo is happy with his team Argentina reaching the World Cup finals, and also having his son on his bag;

“I think it’s one of the best rounds of this year and that’s why I’m very happy now. To make 65 on that wonderful course, with my son on the bag, that’s great.”

“I enjoyed the match and maybe this is the key to play well, to relax and enjoy the day. I would like Argentina to win the World Cup and also if I can win here it would be amazing. It’s my dream.”

Defending Champion Phil Mickelson was four shots off the lead after an opening round of -3 under par  68, that featured an Eagle, two birdies and a solitary bogey caused by a three putt on the 18th green.