Volvo Golf Champions – Colsaerts Leads

Nicolas Colsaerts leads the Volvo Golf Champions tournament in round one after he birdied nine of the last 11 holes. His nine-under-par 64 is a record for The Links at Fancourt course. After the round he commented; “I can reach most of the par-fives in two so it’s quite a bonus when you get to birdie the par-threes. ”  He also sank  a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-three second, “pretty much the longest putt I holed all day.”

Nicolas Colsaerts (AFP/Getty Images/File, David Cannon

 

Twenty one year old  Englishman Tom Lewis shot a 68 to be in close contention, along with  South Africans Branden Grace and Thomas Aiken.  Grace said his round could have been even better.

“I missed a couple of short ones but I kept hitting the ball well and giving myself chances. It will be nice to see how I can follow it up.”

Padraig Harrington got to six under but drove into some trouble on the par-five 18th,  He said the tee shot on the last was a mental error, and had ruined what should have been,  “a comfortable six-under.” philosophically adding “Such is life.”

Pádraig Harrington plays into the 10th green during the first round of the Volvo Golf Champions at The Links at Fancourt on January 19th, 2012, in George, South Africa. - (Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

- (Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

 

Ernie Els dropped two shots on the first three holes, he then rallied to gain birdies on the last three holes, which enabled him to dip under par to finish at -1. He said about the day, “I played here I think about eight to ten times through the December holiday, making six, seven, eight birdies with my mates but it’s different when you are playing competitive golf. I’m glad I got it under par and I’m not out of the tournament.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Rock leads Joburg Open

Englands Robert Rock took the lead in the Joburg Open in the second round before a thunderstorm halted play for the day. Robert has a score of 11 under par after posting an eagle and four birdies.                                             Jamie Elson, one of the leaders after the first round, was unable to start, it has yet been reported why. Damien McGrane, who shared that first-round lead with Jamie Elson, was one over after three holes on Friday.

The second round will have to be completed tomorrow, an anxious wait for Charl Schwartzel to see if he makes the half way cut.

Robert Rock plays a drive at the Joburg Open

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Robert Rock plays a drive at the 10th during the Joburg Open

Golf World Cup in Southern China

Golf in China is emerging as the powerhouse of golf in Asia. This 2011 world cup should prove to be very interesting. the Chinese press are really getting into it, see below article from

english.eastday.com

 

The Cup, slated from Nov. 24 to 27, attracts six top golfers among the world’s top 20 and five Grand Prix champions.

These players include Rory McIlroy, the most potential star and the champion of the US Open 2011 and his partner McDowell and the German famous Kemer, PGA Championship 2010 and Charl Schwartzel, a professional golfer in South Africa as well as Louis Oosthuizen, the champion of the British Open 2010.