ISPS Handa Perth International. Thorbjørn Takes the Title

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Thorbjørn Olesen takes the ISPS Handa Perth International title at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

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Thorbjørn put together a final -1 under par 71 which gave the Dane a tournament total of -17 under par, and a three shot victory, to lift the ISPS Handa Perth International title. he said it had been a tough day, missing putts;

“It was tough, they were not easy conditions today. it was a tough day but it was worth it, that walk down 18 was beautiful.”

“I missed a few short putts today in the middle of the round and I think that the lead got down to one shot, but I was just thinking about getting my round back to under par, keeping focused, and seeing if I could make a few birdies coming in.”

“I actually made a great two putt on six for bogey, which was very important, then the birdie on seven. My driving and a couple of three woods also were off-line.”

“It made it quite tricky for me but I holed some great putts coming in, really important putts and it was just a great feeling to see them rolling in the hole.”

“It’s been a couple of years since I won last time, so this gives me a lot of confidence and belief for the last bit of the season, this has been a great week and I’ve really enjoyed being here.”

In second place was Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, charging up the leaderboard with a -6 under par 66 last round, for a final total of -14 under par.

Englishman Mark Foster grabbed third place alone, a final -3 under par 69 giving him a -12 under par final score.

Today was also the make-or-break day for those chasing a place in the top 111 on The Race to Dubai, to earn a card for next season,
Sihwan Kim, Peter Whiteford and Andrea Pavan are heading back to Q school

 David Drysdale, Matthew Nixon and Anthony Wall survived to fight another season on Tour.

 

McGladrey Classic. MacKenzie & Svoboda Tied at the Top

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Will MacKenzie and Andrew Svoboda are tied at the top of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, on the Seaside Course, after three rounds.

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Will scored a hole in one on his way to recording a third round -5 under par 65 posting a tournament total of -12 under par at the McGladrey Classic. He was disappointed at the gallery reaction, he did not know he had just made an ace with an 8-iron from 178 yards on the par-3 sixth hole.;

Most anti-climactic hole-in-one I ever had.”

“Finally, there was this random guy over there, like one of the four guys clapping earlier.”

“They were like, `Yeah, it went in. Didn’t you hear us clap?’ I was like, `Thanks, man. You guys are low-key here.’ They’re used to seeing great shots. They’re used to your Matt Kuchars and the guys, studs.”

“I made a hole-in-one. It means nothing other than it was a 1 on the scorecard. It was just the most boring hole-in-one ever.”

“I was a little jumpy, so it was huge to make that bomb.”

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Andrew shot a third round -4 under par 66, and said last week was a learning curve, he will be more relaxed in this weeks final round;

“Last week was a learning lesson. Hopefully this week I can be a little more comfortable on Sunday and execute my shots and continue to putt really well.”

Russell Henley is in third place at -11 under par, he unfortunately made bogey on the easiest hole on the Seaside Course, the par five 15th. The tee shot was pulled into the water;

“You know, you shoot 63 Friday and it feels like it’s just so easy, and I’ve had days like this where you hit good putts and they don’t go in. It’s just golf.”

There are nine players tied in fourth position, including Stewart Cink, who had the low round of the day, a -9 under par 63, and defending champion Chris Kirk, who is progressively getting better each day.

Chris has posted rounds of 68, 67 and 66;

“I’ve managed to put three pretty solid rounds together, and hopefully I can give them a little bit of a run tomorrow.”

Stewart remarked about making all the important putts that he needed to;

“I’d just made three really good shots on 10 for birdie and missed the fairway on 11, misjudged my second shot out of the rough and misjudged my little long putt off the green up the hill.”

 “Left it about 12 feet short and it rolled right in the middle. I had three putts just like that for pars and I made all of them. Those are big bonuses and probably build momentum as much as birdies.”

 

 

 

Kolon Korea Open. Y.E. Yang Leads the Fog Affected Tournament.

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Major Champion Y.E. Yang leads the fog affected Kolon Korea Open tournament at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Korea.

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The Korea Open tournament has been delayed by early morning fog every day and nobody finished the third round on Saturday, play was halted due to darkness.

Y.E. currently has a one shot lead at -3 under par for the tournament, and is happy that he knows this golf course;

“I know the course and understand how to play it.”

“I will just keep my pace and play my game tomorrow and not attack the course.”

There are six players tied in second place, Chang Yi-keun, Jeon Yun-cheol, Park Ju-hyuk, Ham Jeong-woo. Kang Ji-man and Jun Seok Lee.

Kang Ji-man is full of confidence;

“Woo Jeong Hills has a way of biting back if you lose your concentration, I know I will play well if I concentrate.”

Blue Bay LPGA. Jessica and Lee-Anne Tied

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Jessica Korda and Lee-Anne Pace are tied for the lead at the Blue Bay LPGA, at the conclusion of 36 holes at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course.

 

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Lee-Anne and Jessica share the lead at -11 under par for two rounds of the Blue Bay LPGA, Lee-Anne with a -6 under par 66 and Jessica with her -5 under par 67 equaled the leading score.

More heavy rains hit the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in the morning, causing another delay, and the officials made the decision to  reduced the tournament to 54 holes. The ladies will now play the last round on Sunday.

Lee-Anne played nicely and was happy with the way her putter was working;

I played pretty decent, I made quite a few putts already by that stage and then the putter just started rolling nicely towards the end.”

“I would say the putt on 18 that I made to save par was definitely good to bring the momentum that I had on the last 17 holes, to bring it in for tomorrow.”

“So hopefully I can just feed off of that.”

Jessica, the first-round leader, had a rough start with a double bogey on the par 4 1st hole;

“I got a little frazzled there as I was walking to the first tee box and then obviously didn’t hit a good shot, and I just I tried to forget about it, tried to bring back, you know, it’s okay and just think about what’s ahead and not what just happened.”

Chella Choi is in third place at -10 under par, she equaled the low round of the day, -6 under par 66.

Michelle Wie, Brittany Lang and Shanshan Feng are tied in fourth place at -9 under par, Michelle told reporters she was hanging in there;

“I hung in there today. It was one of those days where I hit a couple of loose shots, and just things didn’t feel as comfortable as they did yesterday, but it was one of those rounds where I just kept it together, had some good par putts, and yeah, just one of those things where I just kind of I hung in there, felt good coming in, so hopefully tomorrow feel a lot more comfortable and make some more birdies.”

Michelle also laid testament to how good the drainage is here at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in China;

“It’s pretty amazing how great the golf course drained.”

 “I mean Cristie (Kerr), we were like sitting on the ground today like while we were waiting and it was absolutely dry. It was so dry, and it’s crazy.”

“It’s pretty phenomenal what they did with the bunkers and how they got the course ready in that short of time. I think any other course if we got that much rain we’d be done for the week. So it’s pretty phenomenal.”

 

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.

Kolon Korea Open. Kang Ji-man Leads.

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Korean Kang Ji-man leads the Kolon Korea Open on the  Woo Jeong Hills Country Club when play was halted due to darkness.

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 Kang Ji-man shot a second round -2 under par 69, achieved following a two-hour delay due to fog in the morning. At the close of play Kang held a one-stroke advantage over joint first round leader Jeon Yun-cheol who still has six holes to play in his second round.

Kang reported how tough the course is playing, he could have been further ahead but dropped two shots at the end;

“The course is playing tough so it is a good thing my putting clicked today, we faced very challenging approach shots because of the difficult pin positions.”  

Former Army trooper Jeon stands at -3 under par with those six holes left to play of his second round. When play finally resumed on Friday, Choi Ho-sung birdied the 18th for a -4 under par 67 to join Jeon in the first-round lead.

Kevin Na, world ranked 34, was originally credited with adding a 73 to his opening 74 to creep inside the projected cut line but was later disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard. He was hot favorite to win this tournament.

Major champion Y.E. Yang is level par for the tournament with 12 holes of his second round still to play , with the 2012 OneAsia number one Kim Bi-o climbing up the leaderboard with a best-of-the-day -4 under par 67 and is +2 over par after 36 holes.