Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. David Howell Wins.

David Howell won his first European Tour event in seven years with a victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

David Howell  (Getty Images)

David Howell / Getty Images

David won in a sudden death play-off against American Peter Uihlein, both players had finished the tournament on -23 under par. David had the clubhouse lead after he set the target with his final round of -5 under par 67 on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Peter had a winning birdie attempt from 15 feet on the last hole which came up inches short, sending then into the sudden death play-off.

David won the play-off with a birdie from eight feet, Peters long rang birdie attempt was short.

David was ecstatic with his victory;

” It’s incredible, the sun is shining and the crowd have come out, I have never played in an Open Championship here but to win a golf tournament as a professional at the Home of Golf is quite amazing and I am really thrilled. I was really nervous all week and strangely less nervous today, I can’t explain that at all. I stayed calm and smooth under pressure and that was really pleasing. It’s been a long, long road from the depths of despair. I have had a lot of support from people around me and this is for them, too. It is sweet to win and a dream. “

Peter did not make the putts he needed to on the day;

“He made more putts than I did at the end of the day and he did great. Hats off to David, he played great and made a nice birdie so congratulations to him. I just didn’t make the putts when I needed to come out and that’s the way it is.” 

Shane Lowry and Tom Lewis finished tied in third place, just one shot outside the play-off at -22 under par. Tom came charging through the field with a final round of -8 under par 64, while Shane carded a closing round -4 under par 68.

Tom’s finish has put him into the top 110 in the Race to Dubai, and he said that he had played well all week;

“I played well all week, it’s just a shame a couple more putts can’t go in, and I messed a couple holes up yesterday at Carnoustie. Today was nice to have kept a clean sheet, no bogeys, and it was really important because I expected to drop a couple. It’s a great week and it’s my best week of the year and hopefully I can go forward from here.” 

Tommy Fleetwood was in fifth place on his own at -21 under par, a final round of -3 under par 69, was enough for a good tournament for him.

Euro Tour, WGC-HSBC Champions, China. It’s Oosthuizen and Scott

Louis Oosthuizen  (Getty Images)

Louis Oosthuizen/Getty Images

Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott lead the World Golf Championship, HSBC Champions event at Mission Hills, China, with opening rounds of -7  under par, 65, in the calm and excellent low scoring conditions. Both players finished with Eagles on their last hole, the par 5 ninth.

Louis said he did not think that there was a low score to be had;

“I don’t think I saw a really low number out there but once you look at the leaderboard and see the guys are firing it up, all of a sudden you started seeing birdies. I played well, I made five birdies on the par fives, and that got the round going, and then I made two more birdies. I hit a few bad iron shots, but made good up and downs for pars and just glad to have a bogey-free round. I’m always happy with that. There are three rounds left and a lot of golf to be played. The main key is to try to put myself in a spot to win it on Sunday. If I can keep doing what I’m doing on the par fives and hitting fairways, you’ve got a good chance.” 

Adam Scott, he of the long putter, which could be banned shortly, is seeking a win before the ban arrives. Adam, the eight-time European Tour winner said he was having a solid day, that turned into a good day;

It was a solid day that all of a sudden turned into a really good day. I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up finishing close on the last couple holes and I took advantage of that. With five par fives, it sets up well for my game, and the plan is to just take advantage of the fives and hopefully hang in there with the leaders all week.”

Phil Mickleson, who also managed to eagled the ninth, says his game feels really good. Phil joined the group at -6 under par, with his round of 66;

 “My game feels really good, It’s gotten better each week since the PGA Championship and hopefully I can carry on. I certainly feel confident that I will be able to.”

Bubba Watson, Peter Hanson and Shane Lowry are the other players who completed their opening  rounds in 66. It certainly looked like Shane was going to be the clubhouse leader after he bounded into a clear lead when he holed a six footer for birdie at the 15th and gained another shot from ten feet at the 16th. Unfortunately Shane failed to save par from the green-side bunker on seventeen, and then also hit it into the sand on the last, finishing with two bogeys for his 66.

Shane said he was disappointed to finish like that, but he was happy with his position;

I’m happy with six under and I’m in a good position with three days to go. Obviously was very disappointed bogeying the last two, I felt like I had the ball on a string all day and felt like it came very easy to me today.  Just to bogey those last two was disappointing but six under is a good score out there, and I’m looking forward to the next few days.”

Luke Donald has made a good start to this tournament, a -4 under par 68, a good solid start, Luke has a good record in the WGC, and could figure in this one.

BMW Masters, China, Peter Hanson Wins

Peter Hanson  (Getty Images)

Peter Hanson/Getty Images

Ryder Cup player Peter Hanson won the BMW Masters at  Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China, shooting a last round of -5 under par 67, to lift the title with a tournament total of -21 under par. He held at bay another Ryder Cup player, World number one, Rory McIlroy who also had a last round of -5 under par 67, and was beaten by just one shot.

Members of the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team filled the first four places with Luke Donald finishing alone in third place after his final round of -6 under par 66, and he must be ruing his customary slow start to a tournament. Best round of the day came from another Ryder Cupper, Ian Poulter, who fired in a final round -7 under par 65, to end up in fourth spot on his own. Ireland’s Shane Lowry finished in fifth place alone on -15 under par.

It was nice to see a return to form from England’s Paul Casey, who finished the tournament at -14 under par, he was tied for sixth place along with, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen, Noren Alexander and the man from Zimbabwe, George Coetzee.

Jamie Donaldson, who led the tournament after his amazing first round 62, finished tied in sixteenth place, his first round was followed by rounds of 74, 72 and a 69.  A really sad end to a brilliant start to the tournament.