UBS Hong Kong Open. Wade Ormsby With Maiden European Tour Victory.

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Wade Ormsby from Australia gets his maiden European Tour victory here at the Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

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37 year-old Wade carded a final round -2 under 68 to win his Maiden European Tour title the Hong Kong Open, with a -11 under par winning total, and a one shot victory.

After all this time Wade summed up his feelings with;

“It’s unbelievable”

“It means a lot to me, I’ve played a lot of golf in Europe, everywhere, and a few bumps along the way but it’s pretty cool to get a win this late in your career.”

“A few of my are mates over there so that makes it pretty special, having mates around makes it all the more special.”

“I probably won’t sleep too much on that flight on the way to Oz tonight.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, -1 under 69 today, Alexander Björk, Sweden, -2 under 68 shared second place with two players from the USA, Julien Suri, -4 under 66 and Paul Peterson, -3 under 67, all at -10 under for the tournament.

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UBS Hong Kong Open. S.S.P Extends Lead.

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S.S.P. Chawrasia, India, extends his Hong Kong Open lead at the Hong Kong Golf Club and will take a two shot advantage into the week-end.

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S.S.P. Chawrasia / getty

S.S.P. shot a second Hong Kong Open round of -4 under par 66 to stay on top of the leaderboard with a -9 under par total,

Even a three putt could not unhinge Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia;

“It’s a great round today.”

“I was five under at one time and then three-putted number 14 but, still, it’s a good score four under,  I’m happy.

“I’m just following my game. Same thing I’m playing the last two days, exactly the same strategy.”

“Obviously I’m under pressure a little bit, pressure is always tough so I can manage, hopefully, the next two days.”

Thomas Aiken, South Africa, is in second place, two shots back at -7 under par for the tournament, a -6 under 64 today elevating him up the leaderboard, a good putting performance helped him stay bogey free today;

“That was a little better, it was a fun round of golf.”

“It’s always nice to go bogey-free.”

“Just went out there with the same game plan as yesterday.”

Just keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully the putts keep going in and make a few extra ones and hopefully at the top of the leaderboard by Sunday afternoon.”

Alexander Björk, and Joakim Lagergren, both from Sweden and both carding  -4 under 66 today, share third place with Julian Suri, USA, another bogey free round, -3 under 67 today and Poom Saksansin, Thailand, -2 under 68, they are all at -5 under for the competition.

Alex was also happy with his putting;

“I’m very pleased with the way I played today, it was solid all day. Good iron shots, good putting.”

Julian is bogey free for the week, but would have liked to make some more putts;

“Didn’t quite make many putts but to finish bogey-free, especially getting up and down on 18, was very nice.”

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UBS Hong Kong Open. S.S.P. Chawrasia Leads.

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S.S.P. Chawrasia, from India, leads the UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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S.S.P. fired a first round -5 under par 65 to lead the Hong Kong Open by one shot in the very windy conditions, with some good putting being the key;

“I’m playing well today, I’m hitting well and some putts well.”

“Very tough conditions today. I’m very happy with my five under.”

“I’ve been playing many years here and I’ve not finished well.”

“So it’s a good chance this year and hopefully I’ll finish good this year. I’ll try my best.”

Another Indian, Shubhankar Sharma shares second place with Matt Fitzpatrick from England, both with opening rounds of -4 under par 66.

Matt was happy with his start in the tough conditions;

“It’s a good start to the week, it’s not an easy course around here.”

“I think I had seven or eight chances inside 15 feet and on a day like today when it’s so windy and such a tough golf course.”

There is then a large group of seven players tied in fourth place, all at -3 under par for the competition, Thomas Detry, Belgium, Jamie Donaldson, Wales, Marcus Kinhult, Sweden, Keith Horne, South Africa, Angelo Que, Philippines, Poom Saksansin, Thailand and Micah Lauren Shin, USA.

Justin Rose was in this three under group, before dropping a shot with missed short putt on the last hole of the day;

“I hit five birdies today, all of them were from like two feet, I stuffed it in there five times and didn’t really make putts of any distance.”

“A shame to miss one at the last, I think I tried to play left center and it seemed to go a little left on me and I had too much speed and spun out.”

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Sanya Ladies Open. Céline Boutier With Maiden L.E.T. Win.

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Céline Boutier, France has her maiden Ladies European Tour title, the Sanya Ladies Open.

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Céline carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Sanya Ladies Open, her maiden Tour victory, at -12 under par, a four shot winning margin at  Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

Céline said her putting was on fire on her back nine;

“It’s amazing. It’s my first time playing in this event and my first time in China, so I couldn’t have expected the week to have gone any better.”

“My putting was on fire on the back nine, so that helped me to get birdies.”

“It was a lot of fun.”

“The weather has been great and we were staying right by the beach, so it was a great mix of playing golf and going to the beach to relax.”

China LPGA Tour rookie Solar Lee finished in second place at -8 under par, with a last round -3 under 69;

 “I was quite nervous on the first tee but I tried my best to enjoy the experience. I’m very happy with the result.”

Another Ladies European Tour rookie Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, from Iceland, was in third place, a last round of even par 72 giving her a -7 under par total, saying she could not make her putter work today;

 “I couldn’t hole a putt today, but that’s okay. I was playing solidly but I lost a ball on nine.”

“I had been playing well and I guess I got a bit too much adrenaline flowing. It is what it is.”

“A top-three finish is good. I’m disappointed I didn’t get the win, but Céline played really well and she putted amazingly, especially on the back nine.”

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Sanya Ladies Open. Two Tied at the Top in China.

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 Céline Boutier of France and Wichanee Meechai, Thailand, are tied at the top of the Sanya Ladies Open at Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

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Céline, bogey free today and Wichanee both carded opening rounds of -5 under par 67 to lead the Sanya Ladies Open in China.

Ladies European Tour rookie Céline  has her U.S. LPGA card for 2018, and is used to this type of grass, especially when it comes to putting;

“I think this course is similar to U.S. courses because of the Bermuda grass.”

“Out on the course, you need to know how to chip out of this rough, which can be tricky.”

“When you putt you have to pay attention to the grain for the speed and the line, so I think it is similar to U.S. courses.”

Wichanee also made some putts;

“I felt good about my game, so I hit it close and made some putts.”

“I expect to win the tournament because I want to give myself confidence and then go to the final stage of LPGA Q-School.”

There is a chasing pack of nine ladies tied in third place at -4 under including  Lee-Ann Pace, South Africa;

“I got unlucky on the eighth, my 17th hole, because I hit a stunning drive down the middle and ended up in a divot. Then I came up short and didn’t get up and down.”

“I also hit it short on the par-three 5th.”

“I’m super relaxed, which is probably why I’m playing well. I’m having a great time and yesterday I went to the beach. I’m just trusting myself and trusting the game.”

“I’ve worked hard the whole season so happy to just play.”

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Hero Women’s Indian Open. Michelle Thomson Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Michelle Thomson, Scotland, has the 36 hole lead at the Hero Women’s Open at DLF Golf And Country Club in India.

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Michelle first played in India ten years ago, then became a policewoman, now she is back, on an invite from the Hero Women’s Indian Open sponsors, and shoots a second round -8 under par 64, easily breaking the Black Knight Course record which sat at -5 under, to sit on top of the leaderboard at -10 under par after 36 holes, ;

 “I requested an invite so I knew I was coming here after Abu Dhabi.”

 “I came out of the Police and started working in a pro shop and caddying and then decided that I needed to get back on tour.”

“I started working at Donald Trump’s course in Aberdeen. I have met him, but only in passing.”

“Many of the girls who were there when I left the Tour around 2009 are still around. It’s been fun to get back and they have all been so friendly.”

Four ladies are tied in second place at -7 under par, Camille Chevalier, -3 under 69 today, and Celine Boutier, -6 under 66, both these ladies from France, Sarah Kemp, Australia, -6 under 66, and Vani Kapoor, India, -4 under par 68.

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Blue Bay LPGA. Back 2 Back Wins For Shanshan.

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Shanshan Feng, completed back 2 back wins with victory here in her home country, China winning the title of Blue Bay LPGA champion. With this victory Shanshan is projected to rise to No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings; the first-ever Chinese player, either male or female, to rise to World No. 1.

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Shanshan on her way to #1 / getty

Shanshan carded a final round -2 under par 70, to claim the Blue Bay LPGA title at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club, with a -9 under par total;

“I’m really, really excited and very proud of myself and I think it’s special because I won this tournament to become world No. 1.”

“I finished first in China, so I actually claimed the world No. 1 in front of all the people at home.”

 “I’m really happy about that, and I hope all the Chinese are going to be watching me and the Chinese can play golf.”

“Hopefully there will be more Chinese getting on the tours and more world No. 1’s coming up from China.”

Little Mo Jutanugarn, Thailand, finished second at -8 under par, and agonisingly had chances, but could not get the important putts to drop. She too had a last round -2 under 70;

“I was just trying to give myself a chance.”

“It’s a pretty good chance out there. As long as I try to give myself a chance, I think it’s a pretty good thing to do.”

“Of course everybody is cheering for her. I mean, Shanshan is a great player, and very happy for her that she played really solid.”

 “I mean, she had a really good week in her home country, which is really cool.”

Four ladies were tied in third place with -4 under par totals, Meghan Khan, -4 under 68 today, and Jess Korda, -1 under 71, both ladies from the USA. They were joined by Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa, +1 over par 73, and World number one Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, who even par for the day.


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