Maybank Challenge. Danny Willett on the Charge.

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Danny Willett is on the charge, leading the Maybank Challenge after 54 holes  at Saujana Golf and Country Club, and takes a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur.

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Danny shot a third round -5 under par 67 to lead the Maybank Challenge by three shots after 54 holes, with a -16 under par total;

“It was up and down, I’d have taken a 67 at the start of the day, it spreads the top five and top six guys out a bit more and further away.” 

“I’m probably going to go hit a few and make a few little minor tweaks here and there and try to get the driver to where it’s been most of the week.”

“I’m not sure what will win it to be honest, depends on if we pitch up and it’s flat calm. I think there’s a few guys that can go low if it’s windy like this.”

“One or two under par is a good knock out there so I think it all depends on the weather tomorrow.”

David Lipsky is in second place at – 13 under par, with a -4 under 68 today;

“I played really well today, didn’t it my best coming into the greens. I drove it well and scrambled well and I’m pretty happy with what I shot.”

“Just keep doing what I’m doing. I’m playing pretty well and giving myself opportunities.”

” I’ll need to take advantage of the par fives. That’s what I need to do.”

“My last birdie before 18 was on 10 so I’m happy to have made that. Danny and I are friends and it’ll be neat out there competing.”

Alex Levy holds third place at -12 under par, shooting -5 under 67 in the third round, making a few good putts;

“It was really good. I played very well today, especially from tee to green. I had a lot of good chances for birdie and I’m really happy with I’ve been playing in the last three days.”

“It would be nice to be in the last group now and in contention in the last round.”

“I used a lot of driver today from the tee, I was feeling really good with driver in my hand. It gave me a lot of wedge shots and I was also very aggressive with my wedges, made a few putts and that was great.”

“I don’t think about past victories, it’s been tough for me the last few months. I have a new coach so to be in this situation now is very nice.”

” Tomorrow I will enjoy being in this position.”

 

 

 

 

Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hideki Retains Title.

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Hideki Matsuyama retains his Waste Management Phoenix Open title, in the same manner as last year, a four hole play-off, at TPC Scottsdale. This year it was against Webb Simpson.

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Repeat Champion Hideki 

Hideki and Webb were tied at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open after four rounds with -17 under par totals.

Hideki shot a last round -5 under 66, but Webb caught him at the top with a -7 under par 64.

Hideki was thrilled to become the first player to defend his title at TPC Scottsdale, with a birdie at the fourth play-off hole the 17th, with good putting;

“I don’t know if I played that well, but I won.”

“It’s been a good run. I’m going to ride it as long as I can.”

“I really didn’t think I could do it, and it was a struggle all the way around.”

 “But I’m just thrilled to win.”

“That putt at 18 [in regulation], I don’t know how it stayed out.”

 “But during the playoff, I did hit some good putts. Just the line wasn’t there, and so, you know, up and down.”

“But I didn’t lose confidence. I just kept grinding and had patience.”

Webb was gracious in defeat, and said his putter is the key for him, the anchoring rule hurt bad ;

“My hat’s off to him, he’s a great player.”

“I knew he’d be a tough competitor in the playoff,  he’s a great champion.”

“Putting has always been my thing, if I putt well I seem to play well. I’m thankful that I’ve found a method that has been working.”

 “I feel like if any change, just mentally with my putting, is just tried to simplify it. Don’t take too much time and just be thankful. I’m thankful that I made some putts and I had a chance to win the golf tournament.”

Louis Oosthuizen was third, at -16 under par, a final round -6 under par 65 giving that position on his own.

Leader at the start of play Ben An, fell away carding five bogey’s in his last round, and his chance was gone, finishing with a last round +2 over par 73, for sixth place alone.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Sergio Leads Suspended Third round.

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Sergio Garcia leads  the suspended third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club. All the top contenders completed their third rounds.

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Sergio, from Spain, completed a third round of -4 under par 68 to comfortably  lead the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by three shots at -18 under, making a lot of good putts;

“At the end it was very, very dark, I’ll tell you that, when we were walking on seventeen, I thought, well, it will probably be a little dark but not too bad.”

“But then it gets dark very, very quickly here. I couldn’t really see much on the last three shots.”

“I pretty much couldn’t see the ball land and the last putt was a little bit of a feel and a little bit of the read that George gave me and I’m very fortunate to be able to make it.”

“It wasn’t easy, a little shaky here and there at the beginning but the back nine was great. A lot of good shots, a lot of good putts.”

“I have a chance of winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which is a great event. I’m going to give it my all tomorrow.”

In second place is Henrik Stenson, Sweden, with a -13 under par total, a -5 under 67 today has put him in contention;

“It’s great to be in the last match tomorrow, I’m three behind Sergio so that’s where I want to be to try and apply some pressure on the front nine.”

“Anytime you can be within a couple of shots heading into the back nine, you can make it happen. I’m very pleased with the day’s work.”

Tied in third place are Ian Poulter, England, bogey free -5 under 67 today, and Prom Meesawat, Thailand with a third round of -4 under 68.

Poults, bogey free contained nine one putts in a row;

“I made a couple of great par saves during the round and gave myself a lot of good chances. I needed to shoot a decent round today because obviously Sergio and the guys in front were a few shots clear.”

“I’ve done my job today, so I’m very pleased.”

“My putting’s really good. I had a stretch of single putts from the back end of round two to the first couple of holes today. I was nine one putts in a row so to do that, you have to be comfortable with your line.”

“I’m quietly confident. I wouldn’t say I feel like I’m on my A Game but I’m doing my job and that’s all I can do right now. Slowly but surely try to get in contention and see what happens tomorrow.”

Prom was also happy with his putting;

“I went especially well from the tee, I feel very comfortable on my putting. It’s very good finish the last two holes birdie-birdie so I’m really happy with that.”

I feel comfortable right now so I’ll just try to enjoy tomorrow.”

“It’s always nice to come back here again. I’ll just try my best tomorrow.”

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. George Coetzee Leads, Tiger Quits.

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George Coetzee leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, as the second round play was suspended, due to high winds. Tiger Woods quits before play began, citing back problems.

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George was at -3 under par for eight second round Omega Dubai Desert Classic holes, before high winds halted play. He sits on top of the leaderboard at -9 under par;

“We saw this one tree go down. You get a warning from the chairman, it’s about to collapse and start squeaking.”

“I was walking under the trees hearing the squeaking and thinking, this could be me. “

It’s a little bit dangerous out there with the trees collapsing and stuff. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.”

“I’m quite happy with the total I had, playing the back nine, the scoring holes, a couple of holes playing downwind. I’m quite happy to have taken advantage of it.”

Tournament director Mike Stewart made this statement

“We’ve had a fairly challenging day today with the wind.”

“Winds increased during the course of lunchtime into the early afternoon to the point where we had gusts approaching 36 miles an hour and beyond.”

“The result was the last hour of play, effectively, before we suspended, it was such that we had a lot of things going on on the golf course.”

“We had TV towers that the roofs were blown off. We had balls moving on the greens, blew into a bunker at one stage.”

“Five trees came down, it was very unsafe and it was unplayable. So we brought the players off the golf course in the interests of play and safety to the spectators, as well.”

“Hopefully we can get most of the third round completed tomorrow. We’ll still have a bit to conclude on Sunday and, all going well, we’ll still have a good chance of finishing on time on Sunday afternoon.”

Sergio Garcia is in second place at -8 under par, and is -1 under through five holes;

“It was a little bit of a lottery. The wind was all over the place and it was blowing really, really hard, very gusty.”

“Obviously with trees coming down and things like that, we managed to hold on well for those first six holes which wasn’t easy.”

“I think tomorrow will be a little bit calmer and we can get out there.”

Waste Management Phoenix Open. Matt Kuchar Leads.

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Matt Kuchar leads the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, before play was suspended due to darkness at TPC Scottsdale.

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Matt shot  an opening bogey free round of -7 under 64 to lead the Waste Management Phoenix Open by one stroke;

“I drove the ball well, which you have to do around here,  from there, I just played good, steady golf.”

Defending Champion Hideki Matsuyama is tied in second place with Brendan Steele, both with rounds of -6 under 65.

Hideki does not know why he plays so well at  this venue;

“I have had such good success here and played well here, I wish I knew why I play well here.”

Sharing fourth place, at -5 under par are, John Peterson, Robert Garrigus, Scott Brown, Chris Kirk and Byeong  Hun An.

In the large group at -4 under par is last years play-off loser Rickie Fowler;

“Little bit of everything. I’ve played well in the desert since I was a junior golfer.”

“Being here, I like the golf course. It’s fun to play. If you get it going and drive it well you can make a lot of birdies.”

“The energy here, the crowds, the amount of people that come out, especially tomorrow and Saturday, it’s fun.”

Jon Rahm, last weeks winner had a conservative start to this competition, -1 under par 70;

 “It’s a lot different than having people that are not with me. It’s always helpful.”

“It’s great when you hit a shot, and even if you’re not happy with it, when people clap for you, they appreciate it, it always brings you up.”

 

 

 

 

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Sergio Surges To The Top.

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Sergio Garcia surges to the top of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard, as round one got suspended due to bad light at  Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

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Sergio, from Spain, had completed his opening Omega Dubai Desert Classic first round before play was suspended, carding -7 under par 65, to lead the tournament by one shot;

“It was a nice way to start, a good, solid round.”

“It was getting a little bit tasty there at the end, the last five, six holes. So it was nice to be able to get it in on a good score.”

“Tomorrow is supposed to be a tough day so we’ll see.”

“I think there were a lot of good positives out there. I played quite nicely, hit some really nice shots and made some really nice putts here and there. So overall, I was very happy with it. I felt like I was quite committed for pretty much every shot I hit.”

“The passion, it’s always there and it’s easy to keep up. Doing what we love and being as blessed as we are, being able to do it fairly well, it’s a great thing. So obviously the passion is easy to maintain.”

Felipe Aguilar, Chile, and George Coetzee, South Africa share second place at -6 under after their first rounds of 66.

Felipe was feeling good;

“I feel good. Every time you beat the course, it’s nice.”

Tied in fourth spot at -5 under are, Ian PoulterNino Bertasio, Nacho Elvira and David Lipsky all having rounds of 67.

Poults has not played this event for a while;

“I’m happy with that round. It’s been nine years since I’ve been here.”

Tiger Woods had another bad day at the office, shooting +5 over par 77, no signs yet that he will be contesting any title soon. He did not record a birdie today, citing  putting problems;

Well, I didn’t hit the ball very well, I left probably about 16 putts short.”

“I just couldn’t get the speed of these things, and consequently, it added up to a pretty high number.”

“I just could not hit the putts hard enough. I left every putt short.”

“Hopefully, this wind blows tomorrow, and it’s going to be tough and hopefully it is tough and I can play a really solid round and give myself more looks.”

Qatar Masters. Wang Wins In Three-Way Play-Off

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Jeunghun Wang, from South Korea, wins the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, after a three-way play-off against Joakim Lagergren and Jaco Van Zyl at Doha Golf Club.

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All three players finished the tournament with -16 under par totals, Jeunghun, who started with a three shot lead, carded -1 under par 71. Jaco scored -4 under 68 while Joakim signed for -6 under par 66.

Jeunghun birdied the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, to win the Qatar Masters title, and now wants to win The Masters;

“I was really nervous on the back nine. I missed a lot of greens but my chipping was really good today so I saved everything and finally I won.”

“I just wanted to try to make birdie at the last. I didn’t think about anything. I just wanted to try to make birdie.”

“When I was young, I really wanted to play the Masters.”

“I always imagined that I would play there. Maybe now I have a chance to play the Masters. So I’m so happy about it and I hope I’m going to get in the Masters. That’s my dream, dream tournament.”

“This feels really fantastic for me. It’s really, really great. I’m so happy.”

“I just don’t want to get any pressure this year. I just want to learn from the other players. I just want to keep winning, I hope.”

“I’ve really got a lot of confidence right now, I just want to play another tournament.”

South African Jaco looked the favourite to win when he got on the green in two on the play-off hole but a second three-putt of the day cost him a chance of his first Tour victory;

“It’s a good start to the season, and a little bit more fireworks, so hopefully it continues.”

“An unfortunate three-putt on six kind of put a damper on things a little bit. I made a nice one on 13, just unfortunately I hit a couple of good putts that just didn’t go in.”

“The back nine was playing really tough. The wind came up and it was really challenging.”

Joakim, from Sweden wants to use this result as an incentive to try and win next week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic;

“We’ll try to get the trophy there this time.”

“I can’t complain about the second place but there is obviously a lot of disappointment right now.”

“I played really well today. I would have taken six under before the day, definitely. I played well but lost in a play-off.”