ISPS Handa Perth International. Outstanding Olesen Leads.

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Thorbjørn Olesen produced an outstanding third round to lead the ISPS Handa Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

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Thorbjørn put together a third round -5 under par 67, to take a three shot lead into the final round of the ISPS Handa Perth International with a -16 under par total.

Thorbjørn warned his playing competitors that he would continue to play aggressively, amazingly he said he did not play well today;

“I tried to go out there and be aggressive like I did the first two days, but I didn’t have the game today.”

“I didn’t feel good, I was struggling out there. I made some great up and downs to keep it going.”

“It was a fight all the way through, but I still had fun and I was fighting all the way. Five under is a great score today.” 

“It’s been a couple of years since I won, so definitely I’ll feel the nerves. I’ve been in contention in big tournaments and I know how it feels. But it’ll be great to get that victory, so it’ll definitely be on my mind.”

“I just want to be out there tomorrow, be aggressive, and have fun.”

“I think it gives you a lot of confidence when you’re there on Sunday and you know you played well because you’re in contention. I think you take that with you and bring it out on the course and keep believing in yourself.”

“In the end it’s just golf,  it’s supposed to be fun to play. It’s work, but it’s great work. It’s a lot of fun to play. So if you hit a bad shot, you just have to step back and think about it.”

In second place and three shots back at -13 under par is Sihwan Kim, who had a -3 under par 69 round today. James Morrison followed Friday’s course record 63 with a 69 to move into third on -12 under, with Peter Uihlein a shot further back after carding the low round of the day a -7 under par 65.

The McGladrey Classic. Henley Hits the Top.

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Russell Henley hits the top of the McGladrey Classic at the half way point at Sea IslandSeaside Course.

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Russell hit the heights with a second round -7 under par 63 to post a half way total of -9 under par for the McGladrey Classic, giving him a one shot lead.

Russell had a strange start to the day,  with a penalty shot and a bogey on the first hole of the day for him, the 10th. The whole round was held together with great putting;

“I definitely wasn’t thinking 63, after the first hole I was just thinking, all right, you got to hang in there and just be patient and hopefully get something going, and I did”

That kept the round going, and then I felt pretty good with my putter. I would say I’m a great putter. And I think if you want to be a great putter, you have to believe that you’re a great putter.”

I try to just believe in my putting and enjoy putting, and people always tells me I’m a great putter, so it’s pretty easy to keep the confidence going when you’re doing that. I just wish they would say that about the rest of my game.”

Brendon de Jonge, Brian Harman and Andrew Svoboda are tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament, Brendon fired at -6 under par 64 to get himself into contention.

There are then three players tied in fifth place at -7 under par, Will McKenzie, Mark Wilson and Fabian Gomez.

Tournament Host Davis Love 111 carded a second round -2 under par 68 to make the cut, which was set at even par, Davis finished at -1 under par.

Missing the cut was  Zach Johnson he was one of several high-profile players who call the Sea Island area home, but the former Masters champ won’t be around to contest at the weekend after rounds of 71 and 73. Zach was undone by back-to-back double bogeys on Nos. 15 and 16, which led to a +6 over par 41 on the back nine, which left him at +4 over par for the competition.

ISPS Handa Perth International. Peter Shows Potential

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Peter Whiteford showed his potential at the ISPS Handa Perth International by leading at the half way stage on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

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 Peter is in danger of losing his card, and has responded to the challenge by carding a second round -6 under par 66, to sit on top of the Perth International leaderboard at the mid-way point. He said he is in good form and does not want to go back to Q School;

I played great and felt like I got what I deserved, it’s not often you say that in golf.” 

“You’re always thinking you could’ve done better, but that eagle made me feel a lot better. This week it’s no holds barred, win or bust.”

“I’m very nervous, there’s no doubt about that. I’ve got to just keep attacking.I don’t want to go back to school, nobody does, but I get what I deserve in this game, and I’ve been awful all year.”

“It’s nice that the form is coming back later on in the year.”

Thorbjørn Olesen is still in touch, a second round -3 under par 69 gives him a -11 under par total, just one shot behind the leader;

“It’s always tough to come back after a great round, to shoot another good round is tough.”

“I felt like I played solid out there and gave myself a lot of chances for birdie, especially on the front nine. I had a few lip-outs, but the pins were a little bit trickier today and it made to a bit trickier with the putter.”

“So I’m happy with the way I played; I hit a lot of greens and that’s important here.”

Sihwan Kim, another of those scrapping for his European Tour future this week, he is in third place at -10 under par, a second round -4 under 68 keeping him just one in front of the rest of the field.

David Drysdale and James Morrison share fourth spot on -9 under par, James reaching that mark in one go with his -9 under par 63 second round;

“I finished with double bogey last night, so it was kind of a bad end to a good day yesterday.”

“I knew I was playing well. I actually know in Perth it gets windy in the afternoon and calm in the morning, so I was hoping for a nice calm day. I got that and just played great all day really.”

“I’ve got nothing to lose now really. I kept my card and I need a top two to make the Final Series, so just keep on pushing really.”

“I mean, it all depends on weather and how other guys are doing. I’m just going to enjoy it. No matter whether you’re last or first, playing out here is an absolute pleasure.”

“It’s one of those weeks where you don’t really care if you make the cut on the mark or not. It’s just great to play four days here and enjoy playing a fantastic golf course.”

The McGladrey Classic. 4 way Tie at the top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Seaside Course at the conclusion of play on day 1.

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Brian Harman is one of the players who carded opening rounds of -5 under par 65 in the McGladrey Classic, he is joined on that score by  Erik Compton, Michael Thompson and  Will MacKenzie.  Both Brian and Michael played college golf here, and said it is an advantage knowing the course;

Brian one of many St. Simons Island residents playing this week, said it was nice to be here;

“It’s actually a little nice, you get to sleep in a little bit later than you normally would. It’s a little different, but this is the third year that I’ve played this tournament, so I’m starting to get more used to it.”

“It has been a while since I played a golf tournament. I took the first two tournaments off because I wasn’t quite ready to go so I wasn’t quite sure how things were going to go.”

“It was windy, it was cold this morning, it was tough conditions and I just outlasted it and finally started getting comfortable and playing better and finished real nice.”

Michael told reporters it definitely helped him, knowing the course;

“It’s a definite advantage, to go back all the way to college golf.”

“I think that helped me out a lot because I can look back on a lot of the great shots I hit back in college, and even back in 2011 when I was here. I played three-and-a-half really solid rounds of golf that were almost perfect.”

“I like the golf course, for some reason I can read the putts very easily.”

“And being here multiple times, I’m getting used to the conditions, hitting different shots, you know, pretty much seeing every possibility. So I’m not fearful, not afraid to go after it and hit the shot that I need to.”

Eric expects to win sometime this year, but has yet to claim a PGA Tour title in 13 years as a professional;

“I expect I should win this year. That’s a goal of mine, it’s always been a goal, but I think every time I get on the course it becomes more of a realistic expectation.”

“I just want to get the ball in play and hit on the green and see where I can go. And that’s difficult to do in four days, and it’s proven difficult for a lot of guys who have never won on tour who have great careers.”

“I happen to be one of those guys right now, and I feel like if I can do the things like I did today and get out of my own way, there’s no reason I shouldn’t continue to progress in this game.

“If you get it going the greens here are really quick and they’re very true. So if you’re playing well I think there’s some good scores out there.”

“Conditions I think will definitely get tighter during the week and these are definitely the fastest greens we’ve putted on in a while so you’ve got to be careful.”

There are no less than eight players tied in fifth place at -4 under par, in this tightly contested tournament. Someone needs to breakaway tomorrow are separate themselves from the pack.

 

ISPS Handa Perth International. Its Two at the Top in Perth.

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Thorbjørn Olesen and Australian qualifier John Wade are the two tied at the top of the ISPS Handa Perth International at the end of day 1 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

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Both Thorbjørn and John fired matching course record bogey free rounds of -8 under par 64 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club to share the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

The 46-year-old qualifier John, only secured his place in the tournament by carding birdies the last three holes of Monday qualifying. His only  ever professional victory came on the Challenge Tour in 2006, and he said he had forgotten what it was like to be at the top of a leaderboard;

 “It feels a bit weird actually,I certainly haven’t been top of the leaderboard for a hell of a long time. I just got a fast start. I didn’t play well last week, so wasn’t a lot of form going in, but once I got a fast start, I had to think well, maybe I’ve turned it around a little bit.”

“I didn’t really leave any out there. I got a couple of up and downs in and stuff like that, which helps your round, definitely. It’s been an unknown quantity at the moment, to be honest. I’ve played bits and pieces.”

 “I played the British Open last year, which in a way I called on that a little bit today. I played a British Open at Muirfield with no golf, and that’s pretty scary. I got through qualifying and had to really try to man up in front of a pretty intense environment.”

“So I felt today at least, even though it was a long time ago, it was over 12 months ago, you can draw on some of that stuff at my age. That gets you through days like today when you’re playing okay. This is ridiculous really. I didn’t know what to expect.”

“I just was proud that I didn’t let it go after I was six under, which is really annoying for most guys. And someone in my situation, you’re probably half expecting that to happen. Tomorrow is another day. This is all new to me; I’ll just to have go out with the same attitude.” 

If John needs any inspiration he should look at Ollie Wilson, who recently won the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course at St. Andrews, he had been winless on Tour for 11 years, and was only there on an invitation.

Thorbjørn’s only European Tour title came in Sicily two years ago and currently stands at 64th place on The Race to Dubai, he is looking to move into the top 60 ahead of next month’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship. At the interview with reporters he told them how well he had played today, and how good it would be to win again. He also revealed a strange injury he had earlier in the year, involving a camel!

“I played really, really well the front nine especially, the back nine I hit a couple bad drives, but got a little bit lucky and got away with them.”

“My short game was amazing out there. My chipping, bunker shots were really, really good, so I’m very pleased with the round.

“It’s been a few years since I won. Especially the last six months I feel like I’ve played some good golf and just haven’t been able to put the rounds together, so it’s been a dry period. It would be really, really nice to get some confidence back, and to get a win would be amazing.”

“Start of the year I actually fell off a camel in the desert and pulled my muscle there, so took a couple months before I was ready to play.”

There is a chasing pack of four players who are two shots of the lead after shooting opening rounds of -6 under par 66, they are;  Michael Sim, Peter Whiteford, Sihwan Kim and Tom Lewis.

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Brilliant Ben Martin Wins

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A brilliant putting performance from Ben Martin wins him his first PGA Tour event, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, in Las Vegas.

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Ben carded a final round of -3 under par 68, which included two birdies and an eagle in his last four holes at TPC Summerlin, to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. His tournament total -20 under par gave him a two shot winning margin of victory;

“It was just an awesome way to finish, I didn’t really feel like I had much going all day, but to finish 4 under in the last four to cap my first win was just awesome.” 

In second place was Kevin Streelman at -18 under par, a -6 under par 65 was not good enough for him to win, but he pushed all the way.

Russell Knox was alone in third place at -16 under par, he was paired with Ben, and was witness to a couple of amazing birdie putts.

Hong Kong Open. Scott Hend Wins In A Play-Off

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Scott Hend wins the Hong Kong Open in a play-off at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Scott had a final round -3 under par 67 to get into the play-off at -13 under par. He was joined on that score at the Hong Kong Open by Angelo Que, who carded a last round -4 under par 66 to reach -13 under par, and the play-off.

Scott won on the first extra hole, the par 4 18th with a par, against Angelo’s bogey 5.

Obviously Scott was delight with this play-off win;

“I felt quite calm. The only thing is that you don’t want to go for the pin on 18 as you can make bogey quite easily.”

I wasn’t sure how to play it and we discussed it and we said we’ll play it like how we would in regulation play.”

“Unfortunately, Angelo made a bogey. I would rather see one of us make a birdie as he’s a great guy and it would be nice to win a play-off with a birdie. However, I’ll take the win. I’m ecstatic.”

I’m very happy to get this done, and my kids Aston and McLaren and my wife Leanne back in Florida, this one’s for my kids and this one’s to be treasured. They’ve been sending me messages the last few mornings.”

“I’ve come close on the PGA Tour and The European Tour just not to get across the line and finally at the age of 41 I’ve won a European Tour event so it’s very special. It’s awesome, I love it – Europe here I come.”

Angelo’s runner-up cheque of US$144,440 has got him into 6th place on the Order of Merit which earned him a place in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in two weeks’ time;

“It actually panned out better than I thought. I had a chance to win, yeah, I did, but I didn’t win, so just move on.  That’s how it is.”

“There’s only one winner. Unfortunately I bogeyed the last in play-off.” 

Kevin Phelan managed to birdied the last three holes in his final round -4 under par 66 to take third place on -11 under par, and significantly improve his chances of remaining on The European Tour next year.