CIMB Classic. Billy Hurley 111,Hits the Top.

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Billy Hurley 111 hits the top of the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the half-way stage at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Billy carded a -5 under par 67 to top the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the mid-way point with a -10 under par total. He has a two shot lead going into the week-end and reported that he could stay there;

“If I can keep hitting it in the fairway and keep putting it like I have and hitting a lot of good putts, then I’ll be right there on Sunday.”

“After the bad swing it could have unraveled there on 2 and 3 but I drew on some of the experience I had from last year and was able to hold it together coming in.”

“The cameras, more people watching the last group, couple of groups. It’s the atmosphere of it, and you learn a little bit from that.”

Kevin Streelman holds second place, his second consecutive round of -4 under par 68 giving him his -8 under par total. An old putter has emerged to ignite his game;

“With putters, sometimes you pick it up and it just feels good, this is the best my short game has been.”

“You just need to freshen up, sometimes you pick it up, and it feels pretty good and you go out and make everything.”

In the group of players tied in third at -7 under par, three strokes back , is the field’s top-ranked player, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood, who recorded a hole-in-one on his way to carding a -7 under par  65 that moved him into contention.

Lee aced the tough 226 yard par-3 11th hole;

“You need a bit of luck, but at the same time you have to hit it straight, it happens now and then. A 65 has got me right into the tournament.”

Others at -7 under par  included Seung-yeul NohKevin Na, Jeff Overton and Kevin Chappell, who penalized himself a stroke for picking up the ball before marking it on the 16th fairway.

Noh said he feels comfortable on this course;

“I feel very comfortable on this course, and I’m swinging I pretty well, plus I’m putting pretty well too. I’m really excited for the weekend.”

Ryan Moore, the defending champion, is also on -7 under par, it would have been better had he not bogied the last hole;

“It’s a position golf course. You can’t overpower it with length, I’m not one of the longer guys, and it makes a lot of guys hit it where I normally hit it, so we play from a lot of the same spots.”

 

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. World #1 Inbee takes Control.

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World #1 Inbee Park took control of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship to lead at the half-way point.

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Inbee posted a second round -10 under par 62, which included a bogey, at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, to sit comfortably on top of the leaderboard on -18 under par for the two rounds. Inbee now holds a three shot lead over Shanshan Feng, who is in second place at -15 under par at the Miramar Golf Country Club.

Inbee said she was playing so well and her putting was good that she did think of the magic 59 number;

“Everything was working really good out there today. I probably didn’t hit as close as yesterday but I holed a lot of putts today.”

“Obviously, two days without the wind here in Taiwan is really unusual and I thought I should take advantage of that for two days and I feel like I did that.”

“I had a score this year, 61, which was my best round and I really wanted to beat that one.  But yeah, just came one short.”

“Definitely thought it was possible going into 13, 14, because coming down the stretch, I thought there was a lot of birdie holes.  Especially the last, it’s a par 5.”

“I still need to play quite good.  I shot 8-under and 10-under for two days and I’m only leading by three.”

Shanshan has a five shot cushion over the four ladies who are tied in third place at -10 under par; Lydia Ko, Mirim Lee, who also carded a -10 under par 62, Azahara Munoz, and Line Vedel are trying to catch the leader.

Lydia made six consecutive birdies from holes three through eight;

“I kind of did this at the Australian Open last year, so I kind of knew what kind of a roll I could possibly get into, but after leaving my putt like an inch short on 9, and that could have been my seventh in a row, but I think I played well overall, and you never know what’s going to happen down the last couple holes. “ 

“It’s a course where you can shoot some low scores, but no, I haven’t actually seen the course where there’s been like where there’s hardly any wind.  So it’s kind of different.  I kind of feel like, man, am I playing the same course.” 

Mirim said it was her iron play that made the difference in her game today;

“I think my irons, my irons were very good, so I have a lot of chances.” 

I”’m so excited. I always enjoy the play, so I’m very happy.”

Amazingly Danielle Kang scored another hole in one today, that’s two in two weeks, along with the two cars as well;

“It’s pretty awesome, I was standing there and we all screamed.  Jodi and I were talking about how first week you get a congratulations, second week everyone is just going to yell at you.” 

“I was actually thinking about a hole in one, because I’ve been touching that car, I really wanted the car, it’s an Audi 6, I was like, okay, that’s pretty awesome.”

 

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.”

 

BMW Masters. Levy Leads.

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Alexander Levy leads in Shanghai at the BMW Masters making an ideal start to his bid for a third European Tour title of the season.

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Frenchman Alexander Levy shot a bogey free opening round of -7 under par 65 to lead the BMW Masters on the Lake Malaren Golf Club course.

Alex was happy with his round, joking that he thinks China likes him. He is also buoyant about the good level of French golf;

“I think this country likes me, for me, this golf course is pretty much the same as the one where I won in Shenzhen.”

“I like this type of golf course with water and the target golf. I enjoy being in China and I’m going to try my best the next few days to do the same things I did in April.”

“No French player has won a Major or something like that, but I think we have a good mix between the older generation and young generation.Victor played the Ryder Cup this year and I think it showed all the French players it’s possible to play a big event like that and be in position to be in the Ryder Cup in France in 2018.”

“For my part I’m thinking only about that, to be in France in 2018 at Le Golf National, it’s an amazing place. I think we will have, I hope, two or three players on the Ryder Cup in 2018.

“We have a good generation. Every year some French players win and new players come on The European Tour.”

Another Frenchman Romain Wattel  is sharing second place with Nicolas Colsaerts and Emiliano Grillo,  all just one shot behind on -6 under par.

Graeme McDowell is another shot further back on -5 under par, holding fifth spot on his own after his first round 67. G-Mac arrived late in Shanghai and is shaking off the jet-lag. He reported that good putting was the key to his round;

“I got here Tuesday morning and haven’t really been feeling my best the last couple of days.”

“It’s the first sort of long trip of the year for me and the body took a little bit of time to catch up. Thankfully I felt much, much better this morning and the energy level has felt good.”

“The golf course is fairly soft due to the rain. It’s playing very long (7,600 yards), but the greens are very receptive and you can attack a few pins.”

“I’ve had a lot of yardage in my hand most of the day out there. We counted up, I think I had seven iron shots from outside of 200 yards on this golf course. Certainly for a guy like me who doesn’t hit it maybe as far as some of the other guys, I have to be precise with my iron play and putt well, and I putted well today. That was one of the keys.”

 

CIMB Classic. Rikard Karlberg Leads

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Swede Rikard Karlberg leads the CIMB Classic after the first round at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.

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Rikard shot a first round -7 under par 65 at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, to take a two shot lead into the second round.

Returning from an injury Rikard said he just relaxed, and had some fun, but the lingering viral infection has affected his season;

It gets you a little bit stressed out, I just stopped almost enjoying the game. I was a little bit frustrated before the two last tournaments coming into this week.”

“Just enjoy it and have fun out there made a big difference to me, so I haven’t really thought about it as a big event.”

Tied in second place are Billy Hurley III, Brian Stuard and Angelo Que, all with opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Top ranked player in the field is Sergio Garcia, he opened the competition with a -3 under par 69. He unfortunately is still suffering from putting problems, which I think is entirely down to that claw grip that he uses;

“It was one of those day where instead of lipping in, they seemed to lip out, and I probably had at least four or five putts that looked like they were going to go in and didn’t.”

Davis Love 111 is another player who had a good start, posting a -4 under par 68 first round, to sit in a tie for fifth place, he said he was taking it easy;

“I was a little tentative on some shots and not real sure what to do, I made some bad swings, but all in all you take 4 under if you haven’t ever seen the course before, so I’m pretty happy with it.”

“I don’t feel real good about a couple of those tee shots I hit. Physically, mentally I’m great. I’m relaxed now. The pressure is off of last week and all the excitement. Somebody else is cleaning up the mess, and I can go play.”

 

 

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Shanshan and Inbee Lead

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World #1 Inbee Park shares the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship lead with Shanshan Feng at Miramar Golf Country Club in Taiwan.

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Shanshan and Inbee both opened the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship with rounds of -8 under par 64, and a two shot lead over the field.

Shanshan was happy with her bogey free round, and her iron play;

“I think I did pretty well today, overall, a bogey free round.”

” I mean, I started the round, kind of like a smooth start.  And then made a birdie and then I made an eagle on the sixth hole, which really got it started.  Then after that, I was just making putts and my iron game was just as good as normal.”

World #1 Inbee Park said her round was due to some excellent putting;

“I hit the ball really solid all day, and on the back nine, everything seemed to drop, I can’t remember the last time I putted like this.  It’s been a really good putting day, so I’m really happy about that.”

“This golf course can play really easy or really tough depending on the wind. Today was obviously not a windy day.  It was a perfect scoring condition day and the greens were rolling good, no wind.”

“Obviously everybody is going low today.  So you’ve got to go low today and obviously it could play tough the next three days and today’s score, it could make a big difference.” 

There are four ladies tied in third place all on -6 under par; Amateur Ssu-Chia ChengSo Yeon Ryu, Haru Nomura and Line Vedel.

Ssu-Chia Cheng is full of confidence and expects to finish high on the final leaderboard;

“The score I shot today is much better than I expected, I think it’s mostly because I tried not to over-think too much, even though this tournament is the grandest stage of golf in Taiwan.”

“I hope to finish the tournament in the top-15. That’s my goal for the week,”

“For long-term goal, I will give US LPGA tour a shot, but not before I complete some other major amateur events by USGA. I think I will turn pro in 2015 at the earliest.”

So Yeon had a perfect start to the tournament carding three-straight birdies and by the time she left the 12th hole she was -9 under par;

“When I was on fire, I just thought about, okay, I’m going to make double digits under today.”

“Honestly, six under is a good score but I had a really bad finish,”

 “So, six under is not a good enough score to me. Now I’m going to work a bit more on my driver.  I think that if I find more fairways with my driver, I think I’m still going to make a lot of birdies because now my putting feels really well.”

” So I really look forward to make a lot of birdies.”

On a sad note Brittany Lincicome had to withdraw from the tournament after completing the first round, with a -4 under par 68, this was due to an ongoing illness;

“Sad to announce I will be going home tonight, been dealing with an esophagus problem for two weeks. Can’t eat or drink. Need to go home. So sorry to the sponsors and fans who came out to watch. I was having a great time. Can’t wait for next year.”

 

 

Kolon Korea Open. Kim Seung-hyuk Finally Beats the Fog, To Win

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Korean Kim Seung-hyuk finally beats the fog, to win the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club

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A last round of -1 under par 70 was enough for Kim Seung-hyuk to win the Kolon Korea Open at foggy Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, with a -2 under par total.

Kim had a very simple game plan;

My game plan was just to make pars, it’s a difficult course and you really need to manage your game if you expect to win here.”

As the current leader of the OneAsia money list Kim  will play the BMW Masters which tees off on Thursday in Shanghai, China.

Noh Seung-yul finished in second place at even par, a last round of -3 under par 69 saw him leap up the leaderboard.

Tied in third place were Lee Tae-hee, Choi Ho-sung and amateur player Ham Jeong-woo, all finished the tournament at +1 over par.