D+D REAL Czech Masters. Thomas Takes The Title.

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Thomas Pieters, of Belgium, takes the title at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, on the wonderfully named Albatross Golf Resort, in Prague.

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Thomas cruised to victory with a final round -3 under par 69 at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, giving him a three shot win with his -20 under par tournament total.

Thomas lost in a play-off to Miguel Angel Jiménez at the 2014 Open de España, so was absolutely delighted to pick  up his first European Tour victory here;

“This means everything to me. You work all year long for this and all my life right up to now.”

“To be a European Tour winner is an amazing feeling right now. I’m happy to have my family with me and I’m very proud of the way I played today, especially after that early double.”

“I had some really good numbers coming in on the back nine so I could hit it full. On 18 I had a perfect number and I hit a good shot and good putt, which was a nice way to finish. 

“To say I can hold on to a lead and go low is nice. I’ve not really done that before. To be able to shoot 20 under par is great.” 

“I tried to stay patient today and I think I did a really good job. I was very nervous coming down the stretch to be honest.”

“That just goes away the more you are in contention, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.” 

“It was special having my family here with me. I called them yesterday and they were in Belgium. For them to be here right now is pretty cool that they can experience this with me.”

“They drove through the night to get here. It is a nine hour journey, but it is great to have them here.” 

“It’s great to get a victory so early in my career. There are so many players out here that maybe haven’t won, or who have just won once, so I am really happy right now.”

Pelle Edberg, from Sweden, took second place, a last round -1 under par 71 giving him a -17 under par total, three shots off the pace.

He started well, but a three putt started the decline in birdies;

“I left a few shots out there today so I’m a bit disappointed. Thomas and I played the same way as yesterday but he just beat me, so big congratulations to him.” 

“I started really well but then had a three putt and got away with a few pars. I didn’t really make any putts after the fifth hole today so it was tough.” 

“This was a bit different to when I’ve finished second before. In Sweden I was very nervous playing with Peter Hanson.”

“This week I’ve been much more relaxed and felt much more comfortable, so it is a step in the right direction.”

Matthew Fitzpatrick finished in third place, his final round -4 under par 68 giving him that position at -16 under par.

Matthew was happy to claim third, and is now looking forward to his 21st birthday next week;

“It’s a good week for me, finishing third. I got off to a great start today. It would have been nice to have carried it on.” 

“I gave myself great chances on five, six, seven and eight, and then stalled on the back nine. I was a couple of clubs out on a couple of holes, but I can’t complain.” 

“At the start of the year I would have taken finishing third here.”

“I keep coming close so I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, keep putting myself in positions and hopefully it will come.” 

“It was always going to be difficult being five behind at the start of the day, but I got it going early on but it is difficult to keep going low hole after hole.”

“I’ve already exceeded my expectations at the start of the year by a country mile so I’ve just got to keep going in the right direction.”

“It’s my 21st birthday next week so I’m looking forward to going to America to celebrate with my friends and then get ready for five on the spin.”

Happy Birthday Matthew 

 

 

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Weather Still A Problem, Play Suspended Again.

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The weather is still a problem, once again halting play in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, with darkness causing the suspension of play in the third round. Austin Ernst was leading, after completing four holes, after everyone had finished play in their second rounds.

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Austin had completed just four holes , carding one birdie, before darkness halted play in the third round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on the  Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill.

At -10 under par Austin leads second placed Yani Tseng by one shot. Yani has also played four holes, but recorded a bogey on the way.

Austin spoke about the frustration of waiting around;

“You know, we were sitting around, hanging around.”

“I’ve got two of my aunts are here, my mom’s here, and we’ve got a couple family friends so we were just kind of sitting around talking, basically just waiting to see what the deal would be.”

” I was glad we did get a few holes in, that way we should be able to finish tomorrow so that will be good.”

“It’s going to be a marathon, there’s a lot of golf left.”

“It will basically just be get as many birdies as I can. I know the scores are still going to be low. It’s just going to be more continuous golf than usual.”

“We’ll finish that third round up and then probably get a little lunch break and go right back out there.”

“It will be good, kind of be able to get into a little bit of a groove early hopefully and then just kind of carry that on throughout the day.”

Five ladies share third place, at -8 under par for the tournament, Sei Young Kim, Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels, Julieta Granada and Lexi Thompson.

Third round play of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic will resume at 07:30 CST on Sunday morning, hopefully for the completion of the third round. The ladies will then be going off both the 1st and 10th tee’s for the final round which will begin at approximately 09:20 CST.

 

The Barclays. Jason & Sang-Moon Share Lead

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Jason Day and Sang-Moon Bae share The Barclays lead after 54 holes at Plainfield Country Club.

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Both Jason and Sang-Moon posted third rounds of -7 under par 63, to tie the lead at The Barclays with -11 under par totals after the third round.

Jason told reporters that he was not expecting to shoot 63 today, although Justin Rose had a 64 earlier in the day;

“Even so, I didn’t expect to go out there and shoot 63, but at the end of the day, I just kept on pushing. I knew that the scores were out there.”

“But to be able to have Sang-Moon get off to a good start, and he hit it great all day, we are all kind of feeding off each other, drafting off each other today.”

“He played some fantastic golf tee-to-green, very solid and had a good day on the greens, as well.”

Sang-Moon, with a victory here, would most likely move into the top 10 of the International Team standings for The Presidents Cup, but things are complicated. The South Korean government has ordered him home to serve a mandatory two-year stint in the military, and he does not know if they will let him play in The Presidents Cup, which is being held in Seoul;

“I hope so, that is my country, so I really want to play in Korea.”

“”I have a really tough situation right now, I don’t think about it anymore actually, I have to go back.”

“So that is a few weeks later. So I just want to play good golf this week and really want to play Presidents Cup in my country.”

“I hope to play well tomorrow and Mr. Nick Price can pick me up.”  

Bubba Watson is in third place, alone at -10 under par, a fairly average -3 under par 67 saw him knocked off the top spot today.

Justin Rose, -7 under 65 today,  explained his slow start to this tournament;

“I put a lot of effort into the majors this year and coming into the Playoffs, I kind of felt like I was dragging a bit.”

“Tuesday was a struggle; Wednesday was a struggle; Thursday was a struggle. My body hurt, everything hurt. I just had nothing in the tank.”

“Obviously I think coming out Friday with nothing to lose, and  just shifting my mindset, having to shoot low to make the cut kind of changed things.”

“I started to see some birdies go in and your confidence starts getting going and suddenly the body doesn’t hurt anymore.”

“It’s a great learning lesson, or you re-learn lessons sometimes, and shows you’re never out of the tournament.”

 

 

D+D REAL Czech Masters. Thomas Pieters Leads

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Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, leads the D+D REAL Czech Masters after 54 holes at  Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

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Thomas carded a third round -7 under par 65, despite receiving a two shot penalty for playing the wrong ball ! With a -17 under par total he will take a two shot lead into the final round of the D+D REAL Czech Masters tomorrow.

Thomas started with an Eagle, and followed that with four birdies, before the bizarre incident on the par four 11th. He had found the rough off the fairway, found what he thought was his ball, and hit it out. Only to then see his ball still in the rough some feet away. Thomas still carded a six, even with the two shot penalty, but said it was a stupid mistake, especially as he was playing and putting well;

“The 11th hurts a little bit because it is my mistake. It could have been a lower one but I’m still really happy with the way I played, and seven under is a good score on a Saturday.” 

“I was hitting it well and putting well. There was no reason to get too upset. Things happen, it’s just a shame it happened today.” 

“It was nice to fight back and finish off with a couple of birdies, but I need to learn from it obviously and not make stupid mistakes like that.” 

“I was a little impatient in Spain when I was up there, especially the first six holes, so I need to stay patient tomorrow. “

“There will always been some nerves but I’ve been there before in Spain and I just need to stay as calm and patient as I can.”

Sweden’s Pelle Edberg is in second place, just one shot behind at -16 under par, a bogey free -5 under par 67 keeping him in touch with the leader;

“It was a lot better than the previous two days. I was a lot better off the tee and took care of the par fives better. 

“I didn’t hole as many putts but it is a good score. Thomas and I had a great day. We hit pretty much the same distance off the tee and with irons, so it helped me out and probably helped him out too.” 

“I’ve not felt this comfortable in this position in past years. I’ve been extremely nervous. I’m feeling more confident in the stuff we are working on and the results I’m getting.” 

“I’ve been up there a few weeks now and it is getting easier to adapt to the situation. I’m excited to get going and that is a good feeling.”

Third spot belongs to Thorbjørn Olesen, he too shot -5 under par 67 today, and has third to himself at -13 under par. Thorbjørn had a magical last hole,  sinking a 68ft birdie putt on the 18th hole, after only just clearing the water with his approach shot;

 “I felt great out there today and tried to play as aggressive as I could. I went after all the pins. It paid off. I hit some great putts.”

“I was much more loose today. I felt good on the range warming up.”

“I didn’t have too many worries out there. If I can get out there tomorrow and get the same feeling, I can be aggressive again. “

Matt Fitzpatrick, who shared the lead at the start of play, mixed four birdies with three bogeys to finish on -12 under alongside Robert Dinwiddie, tied in fourth.

Mikael Lundberg fired an eagle and six birdies as he equalled the course record, -8 under par 64 to finish in the large group on -9 under.

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Round 2 Suspended.

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Round 2 of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic has been suspended due to poor weather conditions, with Yani Tseng sitting on top of the leaderboard with a completed second round.

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Yani swept back the year as she carded a second round -8 under par 64, to top the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic leaderboard;

“Just want to keep playing as happy Yani and just enjoy it.”

“I’ve been working on my game forever like every day. It’s just exciting. I really want to win a tournament for sure.”

 “We only have probably seven, eight tournaments left, but it’s never too late. Just very happy my game’s really coming back.”

“I’m really happy to be playing golf and just I want to win. But it doesn’t matter, it will come.”

“It doesn’t matter if it’s this week or next week or next year, just try to be patient as much as I can and stay positive.”

“If I can drive the ball well, I can stay aggressive,  if I can put my ball in position, I’m going to really have fun on the course.”

“Especially a course like this, it’s good for a long hitter. If I can keep on the fairway, I’m going to play well.”

“But you have to putt well, too. I can really see my shot and hit those good drives on the golf course.”

Austin Ernst is in second place, just one shot back at -9 under par. A second round -7 under par 65, elevating her up the leaderboard.

Austin said she has been playing well, just needs some putts to fall;

“I’ve been playing well. It’s really just a matter of getting some putts to fall.”

“I hit it really well today. I had a few holes that where I kind of hit some loose shots, but kind of just took my bogey and kind of went on with it.”

“And then I had probably three wedge shots that I hit up within a foot and I just went up and tapped them in. I think I hit two more where I had about 3 feet.”

Lexi Thompson is in third spot at -8 under par, a solid -5 under par 67 moving her into contention.

The top three have all completed their second rounds, and coming up behind them are Julieta Granada and Sydnee Michaels, both on -7 under par, and holes still to play in the second round.

The Barclays. Bubba Bowling Along, Jordan Spieth Slumps.

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Bubba Watson is still bowling along at the top of The Barclays leaderboard, but Jordan Spieth slumps.

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Bubba shot a second round of -2 under par 68, for a -7 under par total, which could have been better except for the intervention of an over zealous rules official, warning him for taking too long over just one shot. Bubba had watched as Jordan’s approach shot to the 16th green  rolled back some 100 feet off the green. He naturally decided to take some extra care, but the official hurried him with a warning, and he rushed the shot, leading to a bogey. How crazy has golf become, warning a golfer over one shot in a complete round.

He spoke to reporters afterwards, and mentioned he would be looking forward to the next crazy ruling;

“I told them, `I’m not mad at anybody about the bad time.’ I went over the time, which is the right ruling.”

“It’s just on a hole like that, one of the toughest holes we’ve ever played besides 2011 when we played the same pin placement, it’s very difficult.”

“But yeah, I’m very happy about my round.”

“I’m excited where I’m at. I made the cut and I’m in the last group. Hopefully, I’m here talking to y’all tomorrow about something else crazy that happened.”

There are four players tied in second place at -6 under par, Tony Finau, Henrik Stenson, Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner.

Jordan Spieth missed the cut, and lost out on a chance to play the weekend here, he was penalised a shot for stepping on his ball while searching for it. The decision did not make a lot of difference, finishing at +7 over par, he missed the cut by five shots. And that means Rory McIlroy, who isn’t playing this week, returns to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking;

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“I’ve reached that peak already and I know it’s going to be close enough to where if I just get the job done next week, I’ll be back in that ranking.”

“But again, that ranking, it’s great once you reach it but it’s not something that I’m going to live or die on each week.”

“I’m definitely searching for answers.”

 

D+D REAL Czech Masters. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the  D+D REAL Czech Masters Matt Fitzpatrick and Pelle Edberg are flying high at  Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

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England’s Matt completed a flawless first 36 holes to share the halfway lead at -11 under par, with Sweden’s Pelle Edberg, with both players carding second rounds of -5 under par 67.

Matt, the former US Amateur Champion, said he had played well today, apart from missing a few putts;

 “It was very consistent today, I played nicely and hit a lot of greens again which is always important to keep making pars and then take your chances when you have them.” 

“I gave myself a few out there. I got a bit frustrated in the middle of the round when I wasn’t holing any putts; I missed a few chances but picked it up on the back nine.” 

“The putt on the 18th was a nice way to finish with a birdie, to pick up one more and move to the top.”  

“I’m looking forward to the weekend now, it’s another chance to put myself in contention for Sunday.” 

“I took a lot from contending in Crans. It was a great week for me. I don’t really know how to explain it but I gained a lot of experience from playing with Danny [Willett].

“He is top 30 in the world, so obviously one of the best players around. I spoke to Chubby [Chandler] the night before and he said don’t get too ahead of yourself, just take one shot at a time.” 

“I’ve played a lot of events this year and I feel like I have learned a lot already. It’s my dream to play professional golf.” 

“I don’t think I’ve realised yet how big an achievement it is to keep my card. It would be great to get to The Race to Dubai final having come from Q-School.”

“I want to keep growing as a player and my goals are always changing. It feels like time is going so fast this year.”

Pelle was happy to have had another good day with the putter;

“Like yesterday I putted really well, I holed a lot of putts and it was good off the tee and had some nice irons, so it added up to a good score.”

“I couldn’t be in a better position. I’m feeling pretty good and feeling comfortable about most parts of my game.” 

“I feel confident so I want to see how well I can do this week.”

Thorbjørn Olesen, from Denmark, had missed nine cuts in ten events coming into this week, he shot a -3 under 69 to be tied for fourth place at -8 under par, with the English pair of Sam Hutsby and Robert Dinwiddie.