Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Two Ladies Tied at the Top.

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Two ladies are tied at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard after round one at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona, Chella Choi, South Korea, and Karine Icher, France, share the honor.

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Chella and Karine are at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard after shooting opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Karine said she had putted well;

“I made some good putts and that made the difference.”

“I hit good second shots. On this course, if you start getting confidence you can go low. “

“It was a good front nine. On the back nine, I made two bogeys at the end, but with the wind picking up, it’s a little bit hard.” 

Chella mentioned the wind, and how tough the day was;

”It was windy and tough out there, but every player in same condition.” 

Six ladies are then tied in third spot at -4 under par as play was suspended for the day due to darkness, but these players have finished their first rounds of 68, Cydney Clanton, USA, Mariajo Uribe, Spain, Lizette Salas, USA, Inbee Park, South Korea, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, and Hee Young Park, South Korea.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Henrik Stenson Leads.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational after the first round at Bay Hill Club & Lodge, in Orlando Florida.

Stenson leads with Tiger, McIlroy close behind

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Henrik shot an opening round -8 under par 64 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by just one shot, requiring just 20 putts on the day, with nine birdies, last week he made just one birdie for a missed cut saying his putter would not work;

“It’s better to save them all for one go, I think. There’s no point wasting a few last week when I was heading home.”

“I mean we know it’s a funny game, my putter was not working at all last week, I actually hit the ball quite all right throughout the two rounds that I played, but I just couldn’t make a birdie, really.”

“I had to go and do a bit of work on my putting and got that going for sure.”

“It felt good with a bit of a work on my setup and posture and I hit some good putts in practice Tuesday, Wednesday, and, yeah, today was beautiful out there on the greens, really.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par following first rounds of 65 were Aaron Wise and Talor Gooch, both from the USA.

At -5 under were Jimmy Walker, tournament host Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau.

Rickie, as Host, was pleased to play well;

 “I was hoping to back up the host duties with playing well.”

“A little extra pressure, but I feel like that’s where a lot of the guys out here, the best players in the world, I feel like that’s when I kind of rise to the occasion, so it was nice to rise to that, put up a good solid round today, get off to a good start.”

In the big group at -4 under is Tiger Woods, with Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose a shot further back in the group at -3 under.

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Valspar Championship. Paul Casey Wins.

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Paul Casey, England, wins the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

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Paul carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Valspar Championship with a -10 under par total;

“Probably not the most significant win of my career, but it’s certainly one of the most satisfying ones.”

“The quality of golf that I played. I know I made some errors on the round yesterday, I hit it in the water twice but as a whole I would say it’s one of the cleanest weeks I’ve ever had from kind of a golf course management point of view.”

“Your last win is always your best one because it’s the freshest.”

Tied in second place at -9 under were Patrick Reed, -3 under 68 today, and Tiger Woods, -1 under 71.

Tiger was happy with his progress, but a couple more putts would have changed things;

“I keep getting a little bit better and sharper.” 

“Sunday wasn’t quite as sharp as I would like to have had it, but I had a good shot at winning this golf tournament.”

“Couple putts here and there, would have been a different story.”

“I’m really looking forward to next week, I hadn’t played there in a couple years because of my back, and I wanted to play there a couple years ago.”

“I wanted to play one last time before Arnold Palmer moved on and unfortunately I just couldn’t play.”

Cory Conners, Canadadid not play well after leading for so long, nerves played a part in his +6 over par 77 final round;

“A great experience. Nice to get myself in the mix.”

“Came up short on a number of putts, couldn’t get the speed down.”

“Few of those would have fallen, might have relaxed me a little bit more.”

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Hero Indian Open. Play-Off Win For Matt Wallace.

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It was a play-off win for Matt Wallace, at the Hero Indian Open, beating fellow countryman Beef Johnston on the first extra hole at DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi.

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Matt shot -4 under 68 to be tied with Beef, who carded -6 under 66, at the top of the Hero Indian Open leaderboard with -11 under par totals. Matt then made par at the first extra hole, the par four 18th, to win the title;

I played great, ever since being three over through eight at the start of the week I’ve played some of the best golf of my life and to do it in that style at the end there capped it off.”

“Beef really had a great round today because I was playing fantastic and thought I might have been a few more clear.”

“I hit some really good shots and that play-off, Beef’s putt on the last should have gone in and it’s just my day today.”

Beef said he played well, but was frustrated the last putt did not go in;

“I’m very happy with the way I played this year, last year was tough. This year’s start has been good so I’ve just got to keep pushing on and keep working hard.”

“I feel good as I played very well today, like I did on Friday.”

“I was happy to be able to put up a good score today and force a play-off.”

“I’m slightly frustrated as I attempted a similar putt on the 18th during regulation play. I didn’t think it broke that much and I hit a good putt but it didn’t go in.”

Sihwan Kim, USA, was next at -8 under par, he carded a final round -4 under 68 to claim third place on his own.

Shubhankar Sharma, the new sensation from India, is worryingly setting a trend of failing in the final round, +3 over 75 today, to finish at -4 under, and T 7, on a day where only five players were under par, you expect him to be one of them.

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Valspar Championship. Corey Conners Continues.

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Corey Conners of Canada continues to lead the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.

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Corey carded a moving day -3 under par 68 to keep his momentum going at the top of the Valspar Championship leaderboard with a -9 under par total;

“It was really cool. Came out and tried to have as much fun as possible.”

“I kind of knew what to expect out there with a lot of people and lot of people watching, but I felt comfortable.”

“I tried to get relaxed as early as possible and fortunately got off to a good start and kind of settled me down nicely.”

“Kept things pretty solid throughout the round.”

“Fun position to be in. Kind of what I work for and everybody works for out here.”

He has some serious company close behind in the form of Tiger Woods, -4 under 67 today, Justin Rose, England,-5 under 66, and Brandt Snedeker, -4 under 67, all of them just one back at -8 under par.

Tiger is all obviously all fired up after his great rival Phil Mickelson won last week. The best news for Corey is that he will not be paired up with Tiger for the final round, Justin Rose will be his partner, meaning the gallery will be a lot quieter. Tiger described the gallery today as;

“Loud. very, very loud.”

”I played myself right there in contention. It will be a fun Sunday.”

Brandt will play alongside Tiger, and knows it will be crazier tomorrow;

 “I was able to feed off a lot of energy today. That’s probably why I played so good.”

“Got me to focus real hard on every shot and did a good job of that today.”

“Do it again tomorrow, probably be crazier tomorrow.”

Justin holed a shot from 120 yards for Eagle, that really got him in the mood, and he putted really well;

“This ignited it for me. I was kind of getting a little frustrated, seeing the scores were decent.”

“I needed something to happen. I made that one.”

“I putted really, really well on the back nine. Every putt I had I thought would go in. Fun day.”

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South African Women’s Open. Hat-trick Win for Ashleigh.

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It was a record breaking hat-trick win for Ashleigh Buhai at the South African Women’s Open at  Westlake Golf Club in Cape Town.

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Ashleigh, carded a bogey free -5 under par 67 to win the Investec  South African Women’s Open, with a -9 under par total, a two shot winning margin.

Ashleigh has won this tournament twice as an amateur, and now her third victory as a pro, with a few good putts;

“I’m absolutely ecstatic. I knew I had to play really well today and that’s what I did.”

“I just felt really focused the whole day and hit all the shots I needed to and holed a few good putts.”

“No matter what country you’re from, you want to lift your national title.”

“Having won it twice as an amateur was a bit crazy, because the first time I won it I was 14. The older you get, the more you realise what it means to you and to finally win it as a professional, I’m very chuffed.”

Karolin Lampert, Germany, was in second place at -7 under, carding -2 under 70 today;

“I wanted to post a sub-par round and I was really pleased to do that.”

 “Ashleigh played really well, a 67 and more chances on the back nine, so it was really hard to keep up with her.”

“I’ve been pleased with my game all week and happy to finish second.”

Maha Haddioui, Morocco, was third, at -4 under par, a third round -3 under 69 giving making it the bet result for since joining the Ladies European Tour;

” Finishing third here and having my best finish on the LET is really awesome.”

“It’s more special to be in Africa, on my home continent.”

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Hero Indian Open. Shubhankar Sharma and Matt Wallace Tied.

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Shubhankar Sharma, India, and Matt Wallace, England, are tied at the top of the Hero Indian Open after 54 holes at DLF Golf and Country Club.

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Shubhankar, even par 72 today, and Matt, -2 under 70, are at -7 under par, tied at the top of the Hero Indian Open leaderboard after 54 holes.

Shubhankar is going to stay patient on his home course;

“I’m just looking forward to playing out there again.”

“I just want to have fun. It’s the second week in the row I’m in the leading group.”

“I’m going to draw from my experiences last week. I know it’s going to be a battle out there tomorrow and I’ll be ready for it.”

“I kept telling my caddie that this is our home course, you can’t overpower this course.

So, I told myself, just hang in there. I will hit a few bad shots and I understand that it’s all part of the game. You just have to stay patient.”

Matt said the Eagle on 9 is the highlight of his year, so far;

“I’m very happy, there are some brilliant players up there.”

“You know there is going to be a charge tomorrow and someone is going to play well. I just have to go out there and try to execute like I did today and see how it goes.”

“I’m going to rock up tomorrow and do the same as I’ve done all week.”

“It’s such a hard golf course that you have got to play well. I’ll try to get a good night of sleep tonight and go from there.”

“Every hole is a test. Every hole is a double bogey waiting to happen.”

“I just took every hole as it came and played it as well as possible. That eagle on nine was probably the highlight of my week, and year, so far.”

Steve Gallacher, Scotland has third place to himself at -6 under par, with a brilliant low round of the day, -5 under 67. 

Another shot behind at -5 under are Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, +6 over 78 today, Andrew Beef Johnston, England, +1 over 73, and Matthias Schwab, Austria, -4 under 68.

This course is so difficult, only nine players were under par today, that just about anyone can still win, with a low round tomorrow, but the new Hero of India Shubhankar will be hard to beat on his home course.

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