World Match-Play Championship. Revenge for Reed.

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Patrick Reed gained revenge over Jamie Donaldson for his defeat at the Ryder Cup by defeating him at the World Match-Play Championship here at London Golf Club.

World Match-Play Championship

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Patrick who was the top scorer for the United States at Gleneagles, beat Jamie 3 and 2 in the final round of group matches at London Golf Club and advanced to Saturday’s quarter-finals.

Patrick enjoyed this win, after losing in the first round to Jonas Blixt;

It feels good. The first round felt like I didn’t make any putts. When you lose the first one, you know your back is up against the wall and you have to win going out. 

“To be able to play very solidly the last two rounds, especially late in the day, I made a lot of putts and today I made a lot of clutch and solid putts, which is key to match play.”

Paul Casey and Jonas Blixt battled brilliantly and ended up all square after they both carded rounds of  -10  under par 62s. Paul then found water on the first extra hole and crashed out of the tournament.

Jonas was very complementary about Paul’s play;

“Paul played great, especially on the back nine. He definitely put a lot of pressure on me and snuck away with a couple holes. I snuck away with a couple holes, as well. 

“It was just a great match. I talked to my caddie about it and we were like, this is how we want to play a golf match.”

Victor Dubuisson was the only player already through to the quarters after winning his first two matches, he lost this dead rubber to Steve Gallacher 2 and 1.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell was eliminated when he lost to Joost Luiten, Joost was 2 up.

Graeme was unhappy at having to go home and not be able to defend his title over the week-end;

“I’m very disappointed of course by my defence but there’s quality golf out there. The golf course is set up to be ripped apart and unless you’re shooting 64, 65, you’re going home.”

Mikko Ilonen defeated Alexander Levy 1 up, while Henrik Stenson defeated Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1.

Henrik was helped in his win by holing out from the 17th fairway;

“I felt like if I can stick my lob wedge in there a little bit past and try to spin it back, and came out with a nice flight and knew it was going to be pretty good but , it was a bonus that it went in the hole and spectacular way to finish.”

George Coetzee advanced to the final stages despite losing his match 2 and 1 to Francesco Molinari.

MCCORMACK WAL Jamie DONALDSON lost 3&2 to Patrick REEDUSA

MCCORMACK SWE Jonas BLIXT Match Halved Paul CASEYENG

GABRIELSSON FRA Victor DUBUISSON lost 2&1 to Stephen GALLACHERSCO

GABRIELSSON IRL Shane LOWRY  lost 2&1 to Pablo LARRAZÁBALESP

LARSON NIR Graeme MCDOWELL lost 2 down to Joost LUITENNED

LARSON FIN Mikko ILONEN won 1 up over Alexander LEVYFRA

PALMER SWE Henrik STENSON won 2&1 over Thongchai JAIDEETHA

PALMER ITA Francesco MOLINARI won 2&1 over George COETZEERSA

The quarter-final line-up has Coetzee against Reed, Dubuisson versus Ilonen, Luiten against Larrazábal and Stenson versus Blixt in a Swedish showdown.

China Masters. Young Li Hao-tong Wins

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Li Hao-tong has become the youngest ever winner on the OneAsia Tour, lifting the Nanshan China Open trophy.

Nanshan China Open

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Li carded a final round -1 under par 70 to win the China Open by four shots with a -9 under par total.  The 19-year-old claimed the US$180,000  prize money and the youngest winner record. The previous youngest winner had been Korean Kim Bi-o when claimed this very same event.

Li stated that the wind was so strong, he had never experienced anything like it before;

I think I am too young to win a Masters event, I could not stand sometimes when I was putting as the wind was so strong. I never played in wind like this.”
“It was really really windy. Before I went out I was worried about it as this is not an easy course.” 
 
“I had to keep the ball in the right spot and make pars and hang in there. I could not have played any better, I am really happy.”
Lee Jun-seok was in second place with a -5 under par tournament score, with Todd Baek in third at -3 under par. The winner Li was on the only player in the field who posted an under par score in the final round.
The next event on the OneAsia Tour is the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club from October 23 to 26.

China Masters. 19 Year-Old Li Hao-tong Leads

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Young 19 year-old Li Hao-tong leads the Nanshan China Masters after the third round at  Nanshan International Golf Club.

 

Nanshan China Masters

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Despite shooting +1 over par 72 in the third round Li managed to hang on to the lead at the Nanshan China Open. He now has just a one shot advantage posting a -8 under par total;

“I think I just lost my luck on the back nine as I was not nervous.  I missed some birdie chances today, but I will have chances tomorrow.”

“A one shot lead is nothing and we are all in with a chance. I need to make a lot of birdies tomorrow.”

Leading the charge behind the Chinese youngster is Korean Chang Ki-keun, who carded a third round of -6 under par 65, and shares second place with Rhein Gibson, both at -7 under par for the tournament.

Aussie Rhein unfortunately was hindered by a double-bogey six on the 10th, which halted his progress up the leaderboard.

Chang, who only turned professional last year, equaled the course record with his bogey free round;

“I only turned professional last year and am still learning life as a tour professional. It helps to have days like this.”

Todd Baek and Garrett Sapp are tied in fourth place at -6 under par, Garrett could only manage an even par round, while Todd also equaled the course record of 65.

Todd put his success down to a borrowed putter;

“I putted really poorly on the first day using my own putter but yesterday I used a friend’s and it was much better. I am going to ask him if I can keep it. I had a lot of good par and birdie putts.”

 

 

 

China Masters, First Round Play Suspended.

Play was suspended in the first round of the China Masters because of bad light. there are still 14 golfers to complete their rounds,

American rookie Eric Mina carded a brilliant -4 under-par 68 on Thursday to take a one-shot clubhouse lead in the first round of the U.S. $1 million Nanshan China Masters.  The links-style Colin Montgomerie Course at Nanshan International Golf Club played havoc with the scoring and only 14 players were under par in the extremely windy conditions.

Eric Mina

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Eric was really happy with his round in the windy conditions;

“I’m really happy. I controlled the ball very well. It was really windy out there so had had to put your ball in the right spot on every hole and not short side yourself. That was the big thing today.  I didn’t want to short side myself, I was putting it really close. I made one big putt on six, it was about a 55-, 60-footer, but for the most part I hit the ball really well and controlled  the wind.”

There are three players currently tied in second place, Lucas Lee from Brasil, Kiwi Gareth Paddison, and Ted Oh from Korea, all at -3 under par, with rounds of 69.

Lucas unfortunately had three bogey’s in a row on the front nine;

 “It was a tough stretch of holes. I only played one practice round so I wasn’t sure really how to play them and I made a couple of mistakes. But I stayed patient and the round turned around pretty good. I’ve been playing pretty decent all summer. Nothing too crazy, but nothing too bad. I was really excited to be come back to Asia and play these next few tournaments.”

Gareth was impressed with his iron shots today;

” I played really good. Lots of really good iron shots. I drove it ok, but a lot of really good iron shots. I had numerous chances out there and it could have been a few better without a word of a lie. I managed to hole a few unexpected putts, a 45 footer on the 16th, but then hit a career shot into 17, about four meters past the hole. Holing the putts when it mattered was also a key. Even though I missed the cut at the Dunhill Championship, I felt I was playing ok and I have really been practicing, so I can’t complain going into this week. I felt really comfortable out there.”

Major winner Darren Clark shot an even par first round of 72, to be tied in 15th place, he said it was tricky out on the course;

” It was tricky out there today. The wind was pumping on a few holes. Some of the par fours played exceptionally long due to the wind and there’s not much run out there, so I’m pretty pleased with level par. There was some good scores there, they’ve obviously played well and rolled the ball well. I was surprised coming up the last to see those scores. That’s a great effort. Fair play to them.”

Jim Flick has Died

      

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Jim Flick, golf instructor to some of the great golfing stars, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 82, his family has announced.

Jim had been a golf instructor for more than fifty years, his last piece of advice was given to Tom Lehman on Sunday morning when he advised Tom to ” Be Tom Lehman.”  Tom then went out and won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain, on the Cochise Course. Jim was director of instruction at Desert Mountain, in Scottsdale for 20 years, and also wrote five books, his most recent publication was Jack Nicklaus, Simply the Best.

Jack Nicklaus consulted with Jim and they co-founded the Nicklaus-Flick Golf Schools, the association lasted from 1991 until 2003. Jim was awarded PGA Teacher of the Year, in 1988 and was also inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. Golf World magazine selected Jim as one of the top ten teachers of the 20th Century.

Jim had recently said in an interview, with Golfweek magazine, that he was concerned that too many of the worlds golfers were trying to perfect the perfect swing, and stating that a mechanical or robotic swing is the worst thing you can do;

 ”We’ve let the game be taken over by science, golf is an art form. The golf swing is an athletic movement. Becoming mechanical and robotic is the worst thing you can do.”

Jim’s funeral arrangements have yet to be announced, I send my condolences to Jim’s wife, and his five children.

Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends:

After teaching the game of golf for more than 50 years, the time has come for me to step away from the lesson tee.

My life as an instructor has given me more than I ever dared imagine when I took my first swing at a golf ball as a boy in Bedford, Indiana. Golf has taken me all over the world and introduced me to so many wonderful and remarkable people. I’ve been privileged to work and associate with some of the game’s greatest players, though I’ve gotten as much satisfaction helping an amateur straighten his or her slice.

Yet for as much as I’ve learned about golf during my decades teaching, it’s taught me even more. Because of that, I urge you to always be open to the life lessons the game has to offer. I guarantee that they’ll make you a smarter, more successful and more contented person.

One more thing: Although golf is a game of infinite subtlety and possibility, always remember that the door that leads to its inner secrets and rewards is marked fun.

Kindest regards,
Jim

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.

 

 

OneAsia, High 1 Resort Open, Mathew Griffin Wins.

Matthew Griffin

Mathew Griffin

Aussie Matthew Griffin notched up the biggest win of his professional career here on Sunday with a one-stroke victory at the 2012 Charity High1 Resort Open in Korea’s Gangwon-do province. Matt held on to his lead in the final round with an even-par 72 that gave him a -9 under par under total, and the winner’s cheque of around U.S. $178,000.

Kang Kyung-nam,  with a final round of 68,  and Park Sang-Hyun with 71, both of Korea, pushed Mathew  all the way around the hilly 7,148 yard High1 Resort Country Club course, which at  3,730 feet is the highest golf course in Korea.

Mathew said of his victory;

” I am really, really thrilled, this is what I have worked for all my life, so it is absolutely amazing to finally get there. This is immense, it gives me a lot of security and it also repays the faith that my supporters and sponsors have shown in me over the years.”

Park Sang-Hyun rued a missed chance of victory;

” Very disappointed, that’s the only thing I feel right now. I sort of think that somehow I was meant to be second in this tournament.”

The win here at the  High1 Resort Open  propels Mathew up the OneAsia Order of Merit and gives him a two year exemption, but equally gives him  the confidence boost he needed to go and tackle Q-School on the U.S. PGA Tour at the end of the year.