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.”

 

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.”

 

 

McGladrey Classic. Robert Streb Wins in a Play-off

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Robert Streb won his maiden PGA Tour victory at the McGladrey Classic in a three-man play-off at Sea Island, Seaside Course.

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Robert shot a final round -7 under par 63 to post a club-house lead in the McGladrey Classic of -14 under par. He then had to wait for an hour and a half to see if anyone could catch him.

They did, both Will McKenzie and Brendon de Jonge equaled that final -14 under par total, Will with a last round -2 under par 68 and Brendon a -5 under par 65 last round.

Will was eliminated at the first extra hole, the 18th, with a bogey. Robert and Brendon then went to the par three 17th, where Brendon hit to within ten feet, but Robert knocked it almost stone dead. Brendon missed and Robert calmly converted his birdie putt to win the McGladrey Classic.

There were two items on Robert’s bucket list, 1 attending an Oklahoma-Texas football game ,and 2 playing at Augusta National. He has now achieved playing at Augusta, courtesy of this win;

“One is easier to get to. I just haven’t done it yet, definitely thought I would have made that game by now.”

“You’re obviously not going to achieve all your goals right from the get-go, well, at least I didn’t.”

“I was pretty nervous over those short putts, but managed to work it out, and things went in my favor.”

“I never really came back from that far behind, I know it could be done, but it didn’t really cross my mind there until the end.”

Brendon was philosophical about losing, but also mentioned the not winning streak of 212 appearances;

“What can you do? He hit a great shot, and as I said, it’s nice for him to have a birdie. It’s a good way to win the tournament.”

“I didn’t birdie the par 5 in regulation. I had a very easy bunker shot, but other than that, I didn’t leave much out there.”

“I do think about being the best player without a Tour title, just because I’ve had so many chances, because I’ve been there or there abouts the lead so many times. It wears on me but it’s up to me to break through.”

Will said he did not just execute how he wanted to;

“I didn’t blow it but I didn’t execute like I needed to.”

“It was a tough day. I didn’t have my game, but I actually hit a lot of great shots today.”

“I was hitting it on the right side of the hole playing smart, smart, conservative, solid golf, but then you know, time was kind of ticking and you kept thinking, ‘When is he going to screw one of these up?’”

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.”