Tour Championship. Rickie Fowler Leads

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Rickie Fowler, and Tiger Woods, both USA, lead. the Tour Championship after the first round at East Lake Golf Club.

Rickie and Tiger both shot -5 under par 65, to lead the Tour Championship at East Lake by shot from Gary Woodland, who carded -4 under 66, to be alone in third place.

Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose are tied in fourth position with opening rounds of -3 under

 

 

 

The Evian Championship. Maiden Major For Anglea Stanford.

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It was a maiden Major victory for Angela Stanford, USA, at The Evian Championship.

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Angela carded a final round -3 under 68 to win The Evian Championship in France with a tournament total of -12 under par. The 40-year-old never thought it would take this long to get one, after losing in a play-off 15 years ago;

“I would have laughed, No way, it’s going to happen before.”

“I didn’t know at the time how close I was, it was only my third year and I had no idea what I was doing, to be perfectly honest.”

“I’m so happy for everybody at home, everybody that’s cheered for me and never gave up on me.”

“I mean, God is funny. He catches you off guard just when you think that maybe you’re done. It’s amazing.”

“I’m not thinking that Amy is going to do what she did. Nobody does. I thought I had lost at that point.”

“For the longest time, I thought I was a major winner. I thought I was good enough. Not getting it, doubt starts creeping in, to say the least.”

Amy Olsen, USA, missed a six-foot putt, to get into a play-off, her last round +3 over 74 a dismal effort, she shared second place at -11 under par with,  Austin Ernst and Mo Martin, both from the USA, and Sei Young Kim, South Korea.

Amy was disappointed but spoke about the positives;

“It’s disappointing to finish like that, I committed to every shot and did everything I could.”

“I had a great week. I have so many positive things to take away from it.”

“This is my best finish I believe in a major, so that’s always a positive.”

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KLM Open. Ashun Wu Wins.

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Ashun Wu from China wins the KLM Open at The International Golf  Club in The Netherlands.

Big finish hands Wu KLM Open glory

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Ashun won the KLM Open with a birdie at the last hole with a final round -4 under par 67 and a tournament total of -16 under par;

“Unbelievable this week, I am so happy, very happy today and thank you everyone.”

“It was beautiful weather this week too and a lot of good golf played here and I like this golf course very much.”

“We just fixed my swing at the beginning of the year and we still trust that we are going the right way.”

“My coach and I were working very hard and he has flown to the Czech Republic and Denmark to help me so I think we are getting better and better so that’s why I think last week was top ten and then this week just win.”

54 hole leader Chris Wood from England finished in second place that one shot back at -15 under par after a -2 under 69 last round;

“I am gutted, I just hung in there all day and hit a couple of bad shots but apart from two tee-shots I didn’t really miss a shot today.”

“Although I know I’m still trying to make a lot of changes with my swing this is tough to take at the minute.”

“I’m not one to look at what’s going on. I just try to stick to what I do, although I did have a quick look on the last to get an idea of what I needed to do and I was just trying to hole it.”

“My putting has been so good all week and it’s just a shame that it let me down at the last,  I didn’t want to go back up the 18th.”

“I knew before that things were going in the right direction but when you get a chance to win you want to take it.”

Thomas Detry, Belgium, -5 under 66 today and Hideto Tanihara, Japan, -2 under 69, were third, another shot back at -14 under par.

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The Evian Championship. Amy Olsen Takes 54 Hole Lead.

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Amy Olsen, USA, takes The Evian Championship lead after 54 holes  at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France.

Amy Olson of USA waves during the third round of The Evian Championship

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Amy shot a bogey free third round -6 under par 65 to take the 54 hole lead at The Evian Championship at -14 under par, and will have a two stroke advantage for the final round tomorrow;

 “Patience is going to be key tomorrow, bogeys are going to happen,”

“I really enjoyed the nerves, that means I care, right?”

“It was fun to start solid with a birdie on the first hole.”

 Sei Young Kim, South Korea, is two strokes back in second place at -12 under, she was also bogey free today carding -7 under 64;

“I feel great with a bogey-free round today. That was my goal and I didn’t watch the leader board.”

“The big goal is to win a major tournament. I wish I could.” 

Mo Martin is in third position, signing for -2 under 69 today to post a tournament score of -10 under par.

Low round of the day went to Ryann O’Toole, USA,  whose -8 under-par 63 , was also the lowest round of her career, she finished T 7 at -8 under par, after receiving some putting instruction from her player partner yesterday Jenny Shin;

“Just the best round in competition since I was 16. Since I was 16, I’ve just shot a bunch of seven unders and haven’t been able to break it.”

“Today was good. It’s funny, I can’t wait to see Jenny Shin, because we got done after 18 yesterday and after we finished the round, she looked at me and goes, You just need to keep your putter lower on the back. That’s why they’ve all been jumping. I’m like, Uh! Okay.”

“So afterwards I went and worked on it, and today I guess it just was rolling well.”

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KLM Open. Chris Wood Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Chris Wood of England has the 54 hole lead at the KLM Open in The Netherlands.

Wood gets his nose in front in the Netherlands

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Chris carded -6 under par 65 to tale a one shot 54 hole lead in the KLM Open with a -13 under par total;

“I’m pleasantly surprised, I finished poorly last night and as I alluded to, I’m making a couple of quite big swing changes at the moment.”

“My target was fifteen under for the tournament so I’m going to look a little bit differently at that now.”

“I’ll take another 65 tomorrow if you offer it me now.”

Leader for two days Ashun Wu, of China, could  only card even par 71 today, Jonathan Thomson, England, -3 under 68 and Hideto Tanihara of Japan with the low round of the day equaling the The International Golf  Club course record at -8 under par 63, all share second place, one shot back at -12 under.

Hideto tried to ignore the good play of his partners today;

“I heard that it was a course record but I wasn’t concentrating on that today.”

“I just focused on my own game today.”

“My playing partners did exceptionally well today but I tried not to think too much about what they were doing and concentrated more on myself.”

“It is my goal to win this tournament and I am very happy to be in this position going into the final day.”

Jonathan is enjoying being in contention;

“This is fantastic and it’s what we’re all here to do, to be in contention.”

 “Let’s just have some fun out there.”

“There might be times when it’s tough and there might be times when it’s easy but you have to just go out and enjoy it .”

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The Evian Championship. Four Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are four ladies tied at the top of The Evian Championship after 36 holes at Evian Resort Golf Club in France.  Maria Torres, Puerto Rico, Amy Olson and Mo Martin from the USA with  Mi Hyang Lee. South Korea.

Maria, Amy, Mo & Mi ,/ getty

Maria, a first round leader shot -2 under 69 to share top spot on The Evian Championship leaderboard at -8 under with Amy, -6 under 65, Mo, -5 under 66 and Mi who carded a second round -5 under 66.

Maria was asked if she was nervous competing at her first Major tournament;

“It was a little nerve wracking, I’m not going to deny that.”

“Just trying to play golf and give me opportunities. That’s the only thing I can do.”

“It’s something new and it’s exciting.”

Amy is rolling the ball better with her putter;

“I’m rolling the ball better than I’ve ever rolled it.”

“Obviously seeing putts go in, that helps the score and it’s just a lot of fun to make some birdies.” 

Mo also found something with her putter;

 “I found something tiny with my putting, but honestly, I’ve been playing so darn well.”

“It’s been so frustrating because it’s been so close.”

The other first round leader Carlota Ciganda, Spain, -1 under 70 today, saw her birdie putt on 18 lip out, missing joining the leaders, settling for a -7 under par total, and 5th place on her own.

Sadly world No. 5 Lexi Thompson missed the cut. which was made at +3 over par, missing birdie putts on 17 and 18 that would have got her through.

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KLM Open. Wu Still Ahead.

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Ashun Wu of China leads the KLM Open for the second day at The International Golf  Club by Amsterdam Airport in The Netherlands.Wu takes control at The Dutch

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Ashun carded a -5 under par 66 to keep control of the KLM Open with a -12 under total, and will take a three shot cushion into the week-end;

“I had a very good start today, after two birdies on the first two holes I knew that my good feeling from yesterday was still there and I felt I could go on and make a lot more birdies.”

“The wind came into play today and although it was not very strong it was still making it a lot more difficult.”

“I really like the golf course here and its design so I am really enjoying this week.”

“If the wind blows hard tomorrow it makes things very tricky for us but if it stays still then you will have to go out and keep being aggressive and make lots of birdies.”

Jonathan Thomson, England, fired a second round -7 under 64, starting with a birdie on the first hole via a 40ft putt, he  claimed second place on his own at -9 under for the tournament;

“It was a phenomenal start really, I rolled in a 40-footer for birdie on the first.”

“It got a little bit trickier on the back nine as the wind got up a little bit and then I made a couple of silly decisions out there.”

“Having that front nine it’s inevitable as you can’t just be a robot for 18 holes.”

“I am hitting some great form and playing well, my confidence is also getting higher and higher and that’s all that matters to me at this part of the season.”

Li Haotong, China, -5 under 66 today, and David Drysdale of Scotland, a bogey free -6 under 65, share third place at -8 under par.

David said solid putting and good iron play were his strengths;

“My ball-striking and my iron play have been a real strength today, I hit a lot of greens.”

“My putting has been pretty solid too but it is my iron play that has really been the difference.”

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