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.

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.”

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.

 

ISPS Handa Perth International. Aussie Brody Cheers Home Fans.

Aussie Brody Ninyette cheers the home fans as he now leads the ISPS Handa Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on day  three.

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Brody, who usually plays on the co-sanctioning PGA Tour of Australasia, holds the lead at -8 under par going into the final round following a third round of -5 under par 67 today.

Brody admits that leading going into the final round is a new experience for him, and a victory would bring so many more benefits;

“I’ve been playing well the last few days, it was good to hole a few putts and get myself into contention. It’s obviously a very new experience, so try and get some sleep and see how we go tomorrow.  Obviously being able to play in Europe next year, that would be one of the bigger things. Just getting to travel a lot more. It would be amazing it would be a whole new experience, getting out there and playing over there would be unreal to see how the world’s best do it. I’ve only played these sort of tournaments in Australia.”

“I just played great all day, I kept the ball in play and I holed the important putts I needed to hole. It’s a great score, just what I needed to move up in the field. Hopefully I will be in a good position tomorrow. I’m going to have fun tomorrow and enjoy. I’m on top of the leaderboard, so see what it brings.”

There are three players tied in second place, just one shot back  at -7 under par, and one of them Brett Rumford equalled the course record with a -7 under par 65 third round. Brett, a five-time European Tour winner, who claimed back-to-back titles in the Far East earlier this season, will pose a serious threat to young Brody. He had plenty to say;

“The greens were receptive with the wedges, and my wedge game was great today. It was a mixed bag of everything that was working well. It’s disappointing to have three putted the last, no doubt about it, but obviously my mind set, playing so well, was too aggressive on the last. It’s great to play in front of the local galleries. It was nice to get out there and just to play some nice golf.  

“The crowds were starting to increase as my round progressed and it was giving me an indication of how I was going. It would be massive to win on home soil. You win a couple of times and you think, let’s go out and do it again but it doesn’t quite happen that way and you realise how hard it is to win out here.” 

“There are so many great players, and the last nine holes of any championship can just swing so quickly, as it did in China. Mikko Ilonen got within one or two, whatever it was, and all of the sudden a few holes later, I’m leading by six just in the space of nothing and it can turn just as quick, negatively, as it can positively. I’ve got myself in position to win; I’ll be working hard and that’s what I’ll be focusing on for the next 24 hours. Winning in front of your home crowd, there would be nothing better than that, that’s for sure.”

Sharing second place with Brett are Korean Jin Jeong -3 under par 69 third round and Dane J.B. Hansen who had a -6 under par 66. But everyone here is expecting a home win tomorrow.

ISPS Handa Perth International. Hedblom Still Hoping.

Peter Hedblom is still hoping he can avoid the trip to Q School, he is now alone at the top of the leaderboard in the ISPS Handa Perth International.

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Peter shot a second round -3 under par 69, at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course, giving him a tournament total of -7 under par, a two shot advantage over his nearest competitor.  He admits he loves the idea of a fairy tale victory;

 “Definitely, I love fairy tales, my best friend on Tour, Michael Jonzon, in 2009 he was like me, way back and needed to win. I think he needed top three in Castellón in 2009, which was his last tournament, and he won it, beat Martin Kaymer. That was a fairytale story. It’s been two great days, But my golf is strange right now, because I hit really good shots, and some really poor shots, but my putting has been good. So it’s great right now to be leading. It’s been a while, 2009 was my last win, but I know I have the game to do it. Right now would be good. We’ll see, I think the closer you get to Sunday it’s going to be harder. I don’t really have anything to lose. If I want to play another full year on Tour, I need to win. You just have to go for it and have fun.”

In second place on his own at -5 under par is Ross Fisher, who carded a second round of -5 under par following his open even par round. Ross has his own agenda, he is currently 65th in The Race to Dubai and looking to break into the top 60, the players who will earn a place in next month’s DP World Tour Championship;

“I want to try and get in the top 60, It would be for me a great achievement having played the first half of the year in the States. My first tournament in Europe counting wise wasn’t till May. 
So I’ve always been playing catch up, but I can be really proud of how I’ve played the second half of the year. A good week here, hopefully that gets me into next week in China. Not out of the question if I won this week, hopefully that would put me into the HSBC, that would be huge. There are some big tournaments left. Obviously this week first and hopefully I can do enough here to get myself into next week, possibility the HSBC, Turkey and Dubai. 
The ultimate goal would be to get myself into Dubai, but I need to play very well this week to allow myself to try and get into next week.”

Sóren Hansen was a member of Nick Faldo’s Ryder Cup team in 2008, he is one of five players tied in third place at -4 under par. Sóren  is in the top 40 career earners and thus exempt for next year, he is in a safe position;

“Obviously that relaxes me a little bit and I feel for the guys who are playing for their privilege to play on The European Tour. I played with Oliver Fisher and he’s played really, really good the last two days, shot level par, but should probably have been a lot better really. I feel for him and hope he can have a good week.”

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.