Trophee Hassan II. Adrian Saddier Shines.

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Adrian Saddier leads the first round of the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on the Golf du Palais Royal course.

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Adrian had a bogey free first round -7 under par 65, to lead the Trophee Hasan 11. The day started with an Eagle on the 1st hole, a 530 yard par five, chipping in.

Adrian unfortunately lost his card last year, and naturally was very happy to be here;

“I’m very happy, I was very grateful to get an invite to play here.”

“This place is just unbelievable. I played very solid today. I had a chip in for eagle on the first then another chip in on six, so it was a great start and I kept it going.”

“I just have a little category on The European Tour so I will be focused on The Challenge Tour this year.” 

“I played last week in Madeira and although the tournament was cancelled I was playing well in the strong wind so I’m in good shape for this week.”

“It’s almost my best round; I shot 64 in Qatar last year, which was eight under, so this is one of my best rounds.” 

“If I could get a win it would change my schedule as at the moment I’m playing on the Challenge Tour. I just need to focus on each shot now and see what happens.”

Daniel Gaunt is in second place, just one shot back at  -6 under par 66 for his opening round.

George Coetzee, David Drysdale and Chris Wood all share third place at -5 under par, after their first rounds of  67.

Marcel Siem is desperate to get into The Masters field, after missing out by just 0.03 points last year. he currently sits with a large group at -4 under par;

“It’s a big week for me and four under is a good start.”

“I’m really excited about playing the Masters, I’ve never played it. I finished it off two years ago and still did not get in. It was a little horrible.”

“I’m going to keep doing what I did today, try hard not to make any stupid mistakes. I have got the experience and I know the golf course.”

“I will make enough birdies I reckon, just need to avoid the mistakes.”

 

Lalla Meryem Cup. Tonje and Ursula Lead.

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Rookie Tonje Daffinrud, from Norway and Ursula Wikstrom from Finland, lead the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.

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Rookie Tonje Daffinrud and Ursula Wikstrom both shot first rounds of -4 under par 67, to lead the Lalla Meryem Cup at Golf De L’Ocean in Morocco.

Tonje, playing in only her third Ladies European Tour event was really happy with her round. She played in eight events on the LET Access Series last year, and had one win, at the Azores Open, and said that experience was good for her.;

 “It was a pretty good start to the week. I felt really good so I was able to attack some pins and I’m happy.”

“It helped me a lot. I came straight from college so I didn’t know what professional life would be like so for me that was the only way to get into it. I learned a lot from it. Just the routine of travelling every week and you become friends with all the players.”

“It’s early. I’m not going to put too much into it. I feel great today and I’ll go out and do the same tomorrow. I had a good start to the season and this is where I want to be. I’m here to win.”

Ursula seen in the picture with her caddy husband , said it had been an easy round, with only one bogey;

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“It was an easy day and I sneaked in the score. I didn’t feel I was playing that well, but only five birdies, one bogey and not too many mistakes.  I used all the chances that I had.”

“I made one bogey on number one, my 10th, where I hit it on the left and had to take a drop.”

 “After yesterday it was pretty easy, because there was not that much wind but the greens are much faster than at the beginning of the week and also the fairways, so you get more run on the ball, but we’ve played here so many years that I know the course quite well.”

On a tightly compacted leaderboard the leading two ladies have a one stroke lead over 10 other players, all on -3 under par; Gwladys Nocera, Jade Schaeffer, Anne-Lise CaudalTrish Johnson, Ellie Givens, Felicity Johnson, Florentyna Parker, Nicole Broch Larsen and 16-year-old amateur Matthilda Cappeliez.

Matthilda talked about last years tournament, and also mentioned today’s problems with a tree;

“I remember last year. It was good and bad memories, but it was an experience, so just keep going and forget the bad ones.”

 “I made a few birdies on the front and on the back also, so it was nice. Unfortunately I was unlucky on the eighth and I put my drive into a tree.”

 

 

Adam Scott Back to Broomstick.

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Adam Scott is considering going back to the Broomstick Putter to try and win another Major, The Masters, again;

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Adam Scott got to number one in the world, and won a Major, the 2013 Masters, all with the soon to be banned Broomstick Putter. He had recently reverted to using a conventional putter, but could not find one that suited him. Sadly he did not try a White Dragon Putter.

Adam thinks this is the only way he can ever win another Major, so it is the smart thing to do;

“Putting with a longer putter is maybe the smarter thing to do.”

“I don’t know. It’s all about the lag putting. It’s such a difference in weight of club and stroke and everything. I’m just trying to figure it all out.”

“It’s not exactly where I want to be, but it doesn’t matter when it comes to the Masters.”

“I’ve got two weeks and a really clear idea of what to work on.”

Do you think this is a small hint that Adam intends to retire from professional golf ? Why would you carry on playing if in your mind you can not win. Mental Attitude is everything, if Adam has convinced himself he has problems using a conventional putter, the chances of holing putts are slim, especially the important ones.

Personally I hope Adam uses a short putter at The Masters, and also that he continues to play great golf, as we all know he can.

JTBC Founders Cup. Hyo Joo Kim Wins.

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Hyo Joo Kim, a 19 year-old rookie, wins the JTBC Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Hyo shot a final round -5 under par 67 to win the JTBC Founders Cup with a -21 under par tournament total.

She had this to say afterwards, through an interpreter;

“It’s impossible not to feel a little pressure or nervous, especially when your playing partner is playing so well.”

“If anything, I think the situation on hole 10 helped because after I went through there and I got a bogey, I just realized there’s no time to feel pressure or feel afraid.  I’ve just got to go out there and play.”

She also mentioned the rivalry between the South Korean rookies;

“I’m a rookie, too, so I don’t have time to think too much about it.”

“But I have known these players from since we used to play on the Korean ladies tour, and I know how good they can be.”

” In fact, everyone on the LPGA Tour is really good, otherwise they wouldn’t be here.  So I’m just trying to find my place.”

Stacy Lewis finished in second place at -18 under par, her lat round of -4 under par  68 not enough to put too much pressure on the leader and her playing partner;

“She’s just really solid, kind of had to battle back from some adversity there on ten, but just really solid.”

“On the front, I didn’t put much pressure on her but even when I did make some putts, she made the putts to follow and she put a lot of pressure on and was just really solid all day.”

Third position was shared between Ilhee Lee, she had a last round of -6 under par 66, which elevated her up the leaderboard, with a final total of -18 under par. Pornanong Phatlum and Mi Hyang Lee, joined her on that same score.

Ilhee was impressed with her finish today;

“Well today on the front nine, I thought this weekend is not my weekend, every putt goes so close but didn’t go in.”

 But my caddie, he told me, be patient because it’s going to go in.”

” Then I had seven holes left, and made birdie, five feet from the par 3, and made it, and then I start to feel like I can make more.”

“But then I made eagle putt, that was like 20 feet away.  And like this far, birdie, right next hole.  I mean, finished strong.  I’m happy.  I’m happy for I finished strong. “

Lydia Ko finished in a group of players on -15 under par, her last round -3 under par 69 not good enough to mount a serious challenge.

 

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Matt Makes It Again.

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Defending Champion Matt Every makes it again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

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Matt joined Tiger Woods and Loren Roberts as the only players to repeat at Bay Hill, shooting a final round -6 under par 66, and an Arnold Palmer Invitational total of -19 under par, a one shot victory;

“It’s easy to get down on yourself out here, it’s the biggest waste of time because nobody really cares.”

“The last three feet I was begging for it to hang, and I was like, ‘Gosh, these are the ones that always lip out. Be so cool to see this one dive in,’ and it did. Cool moment.”

“I was playing so good, yesterday when I got done, that was the best I hit it in a long time.”

“I told Tiger I’d hold it down for him until he gets back.”

“I’m like, you’re already in the Masters.”

“After Augusta last year, I was really bummed out, I felt really good about my game and then I got there and got my butt kicked. “

“I’ve got to get better because I don’t want to be a guy who can’t compete there.”

“I do want to win more tournaments, though, scratch that I said that, but it’s neat to get them both here.”

Henrik, who finished second at -18 under par, was annoyed at being put on the clock by the officials, on the 15th hole, when he was leading the tournament, and I am inclined to agree with him, what a stupid decision;

“I’m a little bit disappointed with the outcome, but I’m as much disappointed with the PGA Tour officials for putting us on the clock on 15, starting to chase us down the stretch, and that’s not really the way to close out a golf tournament.”

“It’s hard enough to finish out a golf tournament and play those finishing holes without being on the clock.”

“I didn’t see the reason for that really. I didn’t even read my putt more than just one quick look on 15. Three-putted that one from long range. Morgan got a bad time on 16 on the second shot. I kind of rushed my putt from the back fringe.”

“It’s just hard when you don’t feel like you can take the time that you want to take. That surely didn’t help the cause.”

Ozzie Matt Jones finished in third place at -17 under par, with -4 under par 67 final round.

Rory, T11 at -11 under, spoke about the odds of him winning The Masters;

“I guess if you go on form, then probably no. But it depends how far you take that form back and you’ve got to look at previous results there and all sorts of stuff. I’m not a bookie.”

“The main goal was to come here and try to win, couldn’t do that. At least I got a couple of things out of this week, which is good.”

 

Madeira Islands Open Cancelled.

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The Madeira Islands Open tournament has been cancelled due to the persistent inclement weather, which has plagued the area all week.

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Four days of strong winds, heavy rain and thick fog at the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra course meant the requisite 36 holes could not be completed and a result could not be declared.

A weather warning was issued for Monday warning of strong winds, and it was decided that the tournament be cancelled and all scores null and void.

This event is only the third event in European Tour history to be subject to a cancellation, the Compaq European Grand Prix in 1998, also due to adverse weather, and then the WGC American Express Championship, which was cancelled in the wake of the Islamic terrorist attacks in the USA on September 11 2001, which killed 2,996 people.

The Chief Operating Officer of the European TourKeith Waters, said;

“The Madeira Islands Open, Portugal BPI is a hugely important event for The European Tour so it is disappointing for everyone concerned that we have been forced to cancel this week.”

“This tournament has produced some memorable moments down the years and we share a very strong relationship with the hosts and sponsors, so we are already in discussions with the club and the sponsors to reschedule the event for another week in this year’s Race to Dubai schedule.”

“We really appreciate the efforts of those who worked tirelessly this week to make the tournament happen, so we feel we must now make every effort to make sure that the Madeira Islands Open, Portugal BPI takes place this year and that together we can show the world the true potential of this great event and this beautiful island.”

Joachim B Hansen, chasing his first European Tour victory, and has been at the top of the leaderboard all week said it was disappointing, but is looking forward to the Barclays Open in Kenya ;

“It’s definitely disappointing because it would have been nice to put two or three good rounds together, but the weather wouldn’t let us do that.”

“I’ve been playing well for a few weeks now so I’m going home to have some time with my coach and I’m looking forward to Kenya, now.”

“They tried everything they could here. I know José Maria Zamora and everyone here did everything they could to finish this tournament.’

“The greenkeepers worked very hard too, you could see that from the clubhouse, trying to remove the bunkers so it’s a shame we couldn’t finish.”

 

JTBC Founders Cup. Hyo Joo Kim Leads

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Hyo Joo Kim leads the JTBC Founders Cup following the third round at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Hyo shot a third round -6 under par 66, to top the JTBC Founders Cup leaderboard on -16 under par, at the conclusion of play after 54 holes at Wildfire Golf Club.

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Hyo reported that she is playing really well;

“Been really good with the driver, second, third shots, totally all the clubs.

“If I miss, I save, so I’m playing good. All the putts feel good.”

“I’ve won before and I’ve been playing four or five times a year on the LPGA, so I have experience, but not much like this in the States.”

Stacy Lewis is close behind at -14 under par after her third round -5 under par 67, and thought she had played better than her actual score, the stopping and starting being a problem;

“I feel like I played a lot better than the score.”

“Had a bunch of putts, especially early, that I thought I made.”

“The hole locations coming in were pretty tough, so I think to make some birdies, you really had to hit some good shots.”

“The worst part is going to sleep thinking about that one shot or that one putt you have to hit.”

“Just being able to do the normal stuff in the morning and not having to worry about going to bed so early. You can watch some basketball.”

“It’s going to be a shootout, it’s going to be what this golf course sets up for and the leaderboard this year sets up for it even more.”

Tied in third place are Kim Kaufman and Alison Lee, both on -13 under par for the tournament. Kim carded -2 under par on the day.

Alison shot the low round of the day, -9 under par 63, which equaled the course record, to put herself into contention for the title;

“I kind of played my own game.”

“I really didn’t even realize that I was playing that well until the last hole when I finally looked at the scoreboard.”

“I was hitting all my approach shots really well.”

World number one Lydia Ko is in a three-way tie for fifth place, at -12 under par, with Ha Na Jang and Mi Hyang Lee.