Francesco Molinari awarded 2018 Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year.

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Francesco Molinari of Italy has been named as the  2018 Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year.

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Francesco had a great year, starting with winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. The first Italian to win a Major Championship, and The Claret Jug, in The Open at Carnoustie Golf Links, with a bogey free final round. 

Making History at the Ryder Cup, becoming the first man to win all five points from his five matches against the United States Team at Le Golf National in France. It was Francesco’s singles win over Phil Mickelson that secured victory for Europe in the Ryder Cup.

He finished off a remarkable year by becoming the first Italian to win the Race to Dubai, becoming the European Tour’s Number One;

“It is a huge honor to be named the Hilton European Tour Golfer of the Year.”

“So many great names have earned this honor and I feel very proud to join them.” 

“It is an award that means a lot to me and is a nice way to end a very special year.”

“Winning at Wentworth, in one of our biggest events, gave me a lot of confidence for the summer, but obviously winning The Open at Carnoustie, becoming my country’s first Major Champion, was incredible.” 

“To then go on to win the Race to Dubai and be part of that European Ryder Cup team in France was amazing. I’ll always look back on this season and be proud of what happened.”

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QBE Shootout. Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire Win.

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The Left handed Right handed combination of Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire win the QBE Shootout by one shot at Tiburon Golf Club  in Florida, helped by an Eagle 3 at the par five 17th hole, 

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The overnight co-leaders Brian and Patton, carded -11 under 61 in the better ball round to post the winning QBE Shootout total of  -30 under par. They don’t always get along so well together;

Patton said it was a nice change to the normal routine;

“We’re normally trying to get into each other’s heads, and this week he was nice to me, which was kind of weird.”

Brian was careful not to wreck their chances;

“I was hoping I wasn’t going to throw him for a loop.”

The other overnight co-leaders, a foreign team of  Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland, and Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, had to settle for second place at -29 under after their -10 under 62 today.

Gary Woodland / Charley Hoffman, Luke List / Charles Howell 111 and Kevin Na / Bryson Dechambeau all tied for third spot with -28 under par totals.

Low round of the day went to Bubba Watson and Harold Varner 111, carding -12 under 60. They finished with a tournament total of -27 under, in sixth place on their own.

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South African Open. Louis Oosthuizen Wins.

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Louis Oosthuizen wins the South African Open in fine style, by six shots at Randpark Golf Club in Joburg.

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Louis cruised to victory with a final round -4 under par 67 to win his home open for the first time, the South African Open, with a total of -18 under par;

“I wish the family was here,”

““The crowd was great this whole week, it was nice to do it for them.”

“I knew today was either going to be very special or heartbreaking.”

“I know there’s only a few that have won The Open and the SA Open so I’m very chuffed to have my name on this.”

“We had a tough start today and my caddie just told me, you’re swinging it well, just go for it.”

“I just got back to basics, to try and hit fairways and greens. I know I’m putting well, I just needed to give myself putting opportunities for birdie.”

“This feels very special. This is perfect.”

Nearest challenger was  Romain Langasque from France, he had a last round -5 under 66 to claim second place at -12 under par.

Sharing third place were three South Africans, Charl Schwartzel, +1 over 72 today, Bryce Easton, -5 under 66 and Thomas Aitken, -4 under 67, they were joined on that -10 under total by Oliver Wilson from England, with his final round -4 under 67.

Claiming the three available spots for The Open,  at Royal Portrush Golf Club next year were  Romain LangasqueOliver Wilson and Charl Schwartzel.

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QBE Shootout. Three Teams Tied at the Top.

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 Three teams are tied at the top  of the QBE Shootout after two rounds at Tiburon Golf Club in Florida. Gary Woodland/Charley Hoffman,  Emiliano Grillo/ Graeme McDowell and Brian Harman/ Patton Kizzire have a one shot advantage going onto the final round tomorrow.

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Gary and Charley carded a -8 under 64 today to share the QBE Shootout lead with      G-Mac/ Grillo, -6 under 66 today, and Harman/ Kizzire, also -6 under 66, to post -19 under for the tournament.

One stroke back were Kevin Na/ Bryson DeChambeau, a -5 under 67 today giving them second place on their own at -18 under par.

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South African Open. Louis In Control.

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Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, is in control of the South African Open, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round tomorrow at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.

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Louis had a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the South African Open by three shots after 54 holes with a -14 under par total, playing the Firethorn Course;

“It was tough again but I played well.”

“I hit a few bad drives where I was left, but on twelve I fixed it quickly and then rolled the putter nicely today.”

“I’ve been putting well for a long time now. Yesterday I couldn’t make anything and today the makeable ones went in.”

“Eighteen more holes of good golf and I just need to take one shot at a time.”

Sharing second place those three shots back at -11 under are Charl  Schwartzel, South Africa, +1 over par 72 today, Madalitso Muthiya, Zambia, even par 71, and Matt Wallace of England with -3 under par 68.

Madalitso suffered a double hit penalty of one stroke, using a wood to putt from off the green. The irony is that next month that rule will change to no penalty for a double hit;

“I’ve double-hit it before but not with a wood, I didn’t event see that there was a hole in front of my ball, I was so fixated on trying to make the shot.”

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“I guess things like that happen and you just have to take it in your stride and put it behind you.”

Matt spoke about the tough windy conditions;

“I’ve given away so many shots this week, silly errors, not hitting the greens and stuff like that, I guess that just comes with the little bit of rustiness after two weeks off.”

“It’s tough out there, it’s windy, and I just said to Glen, if we can go tomorrow and make it stress-free and give myself as many chances as possible, we’ll be right up there.”


QBE Shootout. Three Teams Tied at the Top.

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There are three teams tied at the top of the QBE Shootout leaderboard after day 1 at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples FloridaBryson DeChambeau/Kevin Na, Graeme McDowell/Emiliano Grillo and Patton Kizzire/Brian Harman all fired opening rounds of -13 under par 59 in the scramble format.

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G-Mac and Emiliano threw in a bogey on their round, while the other two teams went round bogey free.

Fourth place is shared by another three teams, two shots back at -11 under par, with rounds of 61. Tony Finau/Lexi Thompson, Luke List/Charles Howell 111 and Gary Woodland/Charlie Hoffman, all of these teams were bogey free today.

The twelve teams will continue battle tomorrow with a modified alternate shot format, and the final round on Sunday will be fourball format.

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South African Open. Charl Schwartzel Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, has the 36 hole lead in the South African Open, being played at the two courses at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg.

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Charl carded a second round -8 under par 63 on the easier Bushwillow Course, to top the South African Open leaderboard at -12 under par, a one shot lead heading into the weekend;

“The drive on 17 was probably one of my worst tee-shots for the week, I figured if I could walk off with four or five, it would be good.”

“I managed to hit a really good little third shot there. They don’t happen very often.”

“I still can’t figure out why I’m not getting the performances I need, even after that round.”

“I’ve had a few tournaments where I’ve played well like this, so I’m not going to talk too much yet.”

Madalitso Muthiya, of Zambia, has second place to himself at -11 under par, a second round -3 under par 68 on the longer Firethorn Course, keeping him in touch of the leader;

“I was pleased that I managed to bounce back after the blemish.”

“I am very happy that I was able to hang in there and not let that distract me in terms of finishing off the round.”

“I am pleased with where I am. I think I have taken the right steps to play good golf and the next thing for me is to play good golf again. I think everything else will just take care of itself.”

Three players are then tied in third place at -10 under par. Zander Lombard, South Africa, -3 under 68 on Firethorn, Kurt Kitayama, USA, -2 under 69, Bushwillow, and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, with -1 under 70 on Bushwillow.

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