DP World Tour Championship. Henrik Successfully Defends Title.

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Henrik Stenson successfully defended his DP World Tour Championship title on the Earth Course in Dubai.

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Henrik won the DP World Championship, and defending his title for the first time in his career. A final round -2 under par 70 gave him the winning total of -16 under par, and a two shot victory.

He said how good it felt to get his first win of the year, the win also took him to number 2 in the World, but he would have liked to have been number 1;

“It feels great.”

“I’m exhausted to say the least. It was hot out there and tricky on the back nine. I did not play my best and had a shocking hole on eleven.”

“I walked up to the tee with too much club in my hand and instead of changing I tried to cut a two-iron but hit a push, slice, shank straight into the buildings.”

“That knocked me back but I did not give up. I just had to dig in there and wait for something to happen. I had a couple of close calls this year to get my win and it was not to be. It’s been close but eventually you get something if you stick around and I surely did that.”

“It would be nice to have been ranked the world’s best at some point, but if I had the choice I would go for a Major Championship so I am going to try and be in good shape for them next year.”

World Number One Rory McIlroy, with Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson tied in second place at -14 under par. Rory made a challenge in the final round, shooting -4 under par 68, but it was not enough to upset Henrik. But he was very happy to have won the Race to Dubai;

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Race to Dubai winner Rory McIlroy

“It’s a great feeling to know that I’ve played the best golf throughout the season of any of the guys for the second time in three years, it’s really nice.”

“I never expected 14 under to have a remote chance of winning this golf tournament.”

“It just seemed like no one really took the tournament by the scruff of the neck and went with it. The two guys, Rafa and Henrik, were on 16 for quite a while, and sort of stayed there.”

“I saw Rafa went back to 15 under as I birdied 15 to get to 14 under and I thought if I could post 16, I might have a chance. 16 would have been good enough for a play-off in the end.”

“I just didn’t play well enough to win this week, and if I had of won by playing like that, it would have been a bit of a surprise.”

“A lot of positives heading into 2015 and something I’m really pleased about this year is that consistency that I’ve shown in my golf. I haven’t finished outside the top 25. My last few results have been very consistent, very good, and a lot of good stuff going into next year.”

“I feel like, as you said, this year has been full of up-and-downs, mainly ups, which is a great thing.I learned a lot from it and I feel like I came through this year stronger and wiser, and I can go into 2015 in a much better place.” 

“I’m happy with the success that I’ve had, and I feel like there’s been a lot that I’ve learned this year, as well, and that’s a great thing going into the future.”

 

 

DP World Tour Championship. Henrik & Rafa Pull Clear.

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Henrik Stenson and Rafa Cabrera- Bello pull clear of the field in the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course in Dubai.

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Rafa shot a great third round -7 under par 65, to share the DP World Tour Championship lead with Henrik at -14 under par, the pair of them now have a three shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Rafa said it had been a very special day for him;

“Obviously it’s been a very special round for me today,” he said. “I’m really, really pleased with the score, and obviously with the good finish.”

“The short game and putting has been unbelievable, probably the best day of my life for short game.”

“I think that that’s what helped me hang in there on the front nine and I did play better on the back nine. I was playing more aggressive going for it, hitting good shots, and giving myself a lot of chances and I did make some of them.”

Henrik did nothing wrong today, a bogey free -4 under par 68, and reported he had recovered from hitting the wall yesterday, he put it down to old age. He has never successfully defended a title, and wants to win here;

“I felt a little stronger today but I wasn’t exactly jumping out of bed this morning, but what do you expect at 38 years old? I’m a little low on energy but when the mind wants something you can pull through.”

“It would be great to win. It’s a great championship and it would mean a lot to defend a title and get the win. It’s been a good year but when you assess it you always look at the trophies and there hasn’t been one yet.”

“All in all it was a good day and we’re still at the races so I am pretty pleased.”

Justin Rose scored a -4 under par 68 today to move himself into third place alone, at -11 under par. He played alongside Rafa and could only admire what he saw;

“I watched an incredible round of golf today, Rafa was unbelievable. He really struggled with his game the first few holes, up-and-down, up-and-down, up-and-down, and then got some flow going.”

“He had 15 one-putts today. His short game was Seve-like. It was awesome.”

“He was chipping it to a foot and it was awesome. Chipping around this golf course is difficult, very grainy, very tough, very sandy underneath the ball. It was a masterclass.”

Tied in fourth place at -10 under par are; Rory McIlroyVictor Dubuisson, Tyrrell Hatton and Thorbjørn Olesen.

Rory had another off day, -2 under par 70,with a couple of double bogey’s thrown in, and is now four shots off the lead;

“It makes life a little more difficult for me tomorrow. I need to be aggressive, I need to go at pins, hit it close and make some putts.”

“I felt a little better out there today than yesterday so knew if I stayed patient the birdies would come. I got on a nice run with three birdies in a row from the fifth and another one at ten, but unfortunately the back nine was not quite as good as the front.”

“It was annoying to follow one double bogey with another. I was a little frustrated but it was nice to get a couple back and at least keep myself in touch.”

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.”

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.

CIMB Classic. Moore and NA Tied for Lead.

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Defending Champion Ryan Moore and Kevin Na are tied for the lead at the CIMB Classic at Kuala Golf and Country Club.

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Ryan carded -5 under par 67, to post a 54 hole total of -12 under at the CIMB Classic, he shares the top spot with Kevin Na, who also had -5 under par today to equal the -12 under par total.

Ryan reported that last year’s playoff victory over Gary Woodland, on this course, gave him the belief that he can do it again Sunday. He also spoke about the constant delays, stopping and starting due to thunderstorms, which have halted play for long periods all three days;

“It can only be a positive, I’ve been here and done it on this course, so that should give me that little extra confidence going into tomorrow.”

“It’s tough on all of us, starting and stopping, it’s like another round of golf. You are starting again and you don’t have that rhythm and momentum of your round.”

Kevin said the opposition was tough;

Sergio, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman, Chappell, any of those guys can get out there and play well.”

 “You can’t set yourself an opponent, you have to play the golf course.”

Sergio Garcia shares third place with Billy Hurley 111, both on -11 under par. Sergio twice had to take penalty shots, but both times managed to save par;

I’m not trying to hit shots like that but sometimes it happens, after the rain, the greens were much slower, and I three-putted on eleven for bogey, and then I made some nice saves.”

Lee Westwood was hurt most by the rain delay, he was in contention at -9 under par when the course was cleared for a thunderstorm, but had four bogeys in eight holes after the resumption.He finished the day with a +2 over par 74, and at -5 under par for the tournament is now out of contention.

BMW Masters. Ab Fab Alex Has 4 shot Lead.

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Ab Fab Alex Levy has a 4 shot lead to take into the final round of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in China.

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Alex carded a bogey free third round -9 under par 63, and his 54 hole total of -22 under par gives him a four shot cushion when he starts the final round on Sunday at the BMW Masters tournament.

Alex was proud to announce that he had played amazing golf today;

“I played amazing golf, I’m very surprised by myself.”

“I started well and made some early birdies and hit some amazing shots. I am very happy with the way I played golf today.”

“It’s nice to be in this position. It was pretty much the same when I won in China so I am going to enjoy the game tomorrow, do my best and see what happens.”

Jamie Donaldson is in second place, he posted an even better third round score than the leader, a -10 under par 62, which elevated him up the leaderboard with a -17 under par total.

He likes the course, and the Eagle he scored today on the 16th hole;

“Obviously the course suits my game, I’ve shot ten under before and I’ve done it today which is great. I got the ball rolling better on the greens which made a big difference and obviously that shot on 16 is a big bonus.”

“I had 142 (yards) to the flag, slightly uphill into the wind which was a soft nine iron and it came off spot on. Pitched just past the hole and spun back and went in. It’s quite a narrow entrance into that green from where I was but it pitched perfect and obviously is a bonus to see it go in.”

“I’ve been playing well for a few years now so things have been getting better each year. I’ve been improving and winning was just a matter of time.”

“Now it’s obviously to a point where I’m trying to win more than once in a year. Everything is a progression and I’m just working towards getting better and moving the goal posts.”

In third place is Marcel Siem, a -7 under par 65 today has given him a -17 under par total. Justin Rose shot a -8 under par 64, but is still seven shots adrift of the top of the leaderboard, he was quite surprised to be so far back;

“I think I’ve done my part but I didn’t bank on everyone else going as low as they are.”

“Obviously Mr Levy is going ridiculous out there right now. I would have thought I’d be in a bit better shape going into Sunday than I am, but every credit to the lads that are keeping it going out there.”

“If everything went my way today, five better is what I could have been. I missed probably five putts inside eight feet today and still shot eight under par. I had three eagle putts out there, so plenty of opportunities to go low.”

“Quite clearly there’s lots of birdies to be had out there and I don’t know if things are going to change tomorrow, I hear there’s a bit of wind coming in so that might spice things up.”

 

BMW Masters Belgian Bomber Leads.

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Nicolas Colsaerts the Belgian bomber leads the BMW Masters leaderboard at the half-way stage in China.

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Nicolas carded a second round -8 under par 64 to lead the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club with a -14 under par total. He told reporters that he had been in the zone for a while, and narrowly missed out on a 59 , and also the win in the rain affected 54 hole Portugal Masters tournament;

“I felt like I’ve been in the zone a couple of times lately and it doesn’t really happen in such a short period of time like this.”

So it’s pretty nice when you can get it going like this and I’ve been playing quite well for the last couple of months. I’m comfortable being back here now. I’m quite happy being here and playing the way I am capable of.”

Alex Levy had to settle for second place, his second round -6 under 65 not enough to hang on to the top spot. He is just one shot behind at -13 under par and two shots ahead of third place Romain Wattel who is on -11 under par for the tournament.

Marcel Siem, Branden Grace and Emiliano Grillo are tied in fourth place, all at -10 under par, with Thomas Bjørn alone in seventh spot at -9 under par.

Thomas has been suffering from a niggling neck injury, he puts it down to old age;

“I’ve had a really bad neck leading all the way into the Ryder Cup really, but kind of kept that quiet and kept going.”

“And then the body after that week just couldn’t keep up with it any more.”

“The Match Play wasn’t to be. I literally could not get out of bed for three days. It’s just one of those things, I’m getting a bit older now.”

Justin Rose recovered from his poor first round of even par by shooting -7 under 65 in the second round. It was a good response but still leaves him seven shots of the pace, so he will have to do some moving on moving day tomorrow;

“It was much-needed, the leaderboard lit up today.”

“The guys took advantage of the scoring conditions and basically my seven under was needed to just somewhat keep pace. I played well and had the opportunity to go quite a few lower, too.”