Volvo China Open. Two at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard, Lucas Bjerregaard, from Denmark and  Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, at the Topwin Golf and Country Club.

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Bogey free third round from  DEN Lucas of -7 under par 65, saw him  join CHI Felipe, -5 under 67 today, at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with -16 under totals.

Lucas has been adjusting to a new swing, and eventually it seems to be paying off, good putting helps;

“I had a couple of good runs at the end of last year so I’ll try and use all the experience I got there and try and go out and finish it off tomorrow.”

“I played nicely today and got things going a little bit on three there, holed a six iron from 160 metres but other than that the front nine was pretty quiet.”

“I hit some good shots on the back nine and making some putts as well, then I thinned my chip shot over the green on 17 and then made the putt from there so all in all a very good day.”

Felipe on the other hand has been struggling with his putting, even borrowing a putter from Fabrizio Zanotti;

“My putting is my weakest part of my golf game, it’s been very poor for the last six months and I switched putter this week and that was thanks to Fabrizio Zanotti.”

“I went in his bag and took his putter. He was kind enough to let me use it and I think that’s been the biggest difference, that I’ve made some putts that I really needed to make.”

“You have so many players out here who can shoot a low score and tomorrow somebody who wins is going to have to shoot a low score.”

“Hopefully it will be me.”

BEL Nicolas Colsaerts, bogey free -7 under 65 today, home favourite CHN Li Haotong, -6 under 66, ENG Tyrrell Hatton, -5 under 67 and SWE Alex Noren, -4  under 68, all share third place at -14 under par for the tournament. As you can see it is a very international leaderboard, and it is also a very close contest, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top tomorrow.

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Volvo China Open. 2nd Round Suspended, Felipe Aguilar Has Lead.

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Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, leads the Volvo China Open as second round play was suspended due to the threat of lightning.

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Felipe carded a completed second round -7 under par 65 to top the Volvo China Open as play was suspended at Topwin Golf and Country Club, with a 36 hole total of -11 under par, in Beijing.

Felipe had missed six straight cuts, before getting to week-end play last week. He admitted his body has been feeling the strain after taking part in an Ironman triathlon over the winter period, his doctors had warned him of how long it would take to recover from the exertions of competing in that event. Even his putting was poor;

“I played quite consistently throughout my first two rounds so I’m quite happy. It’s been a tough start to the year so hopefully this will be a turnaround for me”

“I was pretty unstable at the start of the year, I missed several cuts by one or two shots and I wasn’t putting very well, missing shots that I usually don’t.”

“I guess now I believe my doctors when they said I would struggle to recover my fitness from doing an Ironman competition.”

“They said I would struggle for about two months afterwards and I actually did because it’s such fine margins in this sport.”

“I haven’t done much exercise in recuperating my body, but I have been doing a lot of work lately so hopefully this will do it.”

“I played quite solid today, I don’t think I missed one green.”

Alex Noren, from Sweden, a bogey free -5 under 67 today, and Bernd Wiesberger from Austria, -3 under 69, share second place at -10 under par, just one shot back of the leader.

Alex is happy to be back in contention;

“It’s always good when you’ve won before and it’s really nice to be up there. It was a while ago before Valderrama since I’ve been up there so it’s a nice feeling.”

“I’m hitting it nicely, I haven’t even hit a draw yet but the fade is working.”

First round leader Hennie Otto, is T4 at -9 under par, with four holes left to play. Another player at T4, Taehoon Kim recorded the second hole in one in this competition, from 177 yards with a seven iron on the par three 13th, adding to the seven birdies and a bogey in his finished round of -8 under par 64. Unfortunately there was no Volvo car for Taehoon.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Mi Jung Hur Leads 1st Round.

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Mi Jung Hur leads after the 1st round of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas, shooting -5 under par 66, which included a bogey five on the 5th hole.

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Gerina Pillar, So Yeon Ryu and Eun-Hee Ji all share second place with opening rounds of -4 under par 67.

Home town girl Gerina said it was strange sleeping in her own bed during a competition;

“It’s a little tougher this week being a home game and having family in town and just staying at home, it’s hard to go home and go to bed.”

 “You want to do the dishes or stuff like that.”

“Definitely have to be more conscious with your time and how you prepare just like any other week because you’re at home and it’s kind of pulling you opposite directions.”

“I mean, I know that I’m playing really well and I’ve had some really good finishes, so that’s golf, you’ve just kind of got to ride that and just keep pressing on.”

So Yeon played well, a bogey free day, even her putting was good;

“Today I shot 17 greens, and even when I missed I was still able to putt it, I was just off the green.”

“So I think today my shot was really great, I just comfortable with everything and like driver, iron, wood, everything was great.”

“Even putting was really great.”

“The only one disappointing thing is I missed a 5 foot birdie putt at the last. But I had a bogey free round today, so it was a really simple round.”

“I feel like today was kind of a little breezy, but after that happened in San Francisco, this is nothing, just baby wind.”

“Even when I had like strong wind, I feel like really easy to control it and really easy to decide what I need to do.”

“So I think it was really big help, really, really big help after having really, really windy day in San Francisco.”

Volvo China Open. Hennie Otto Leads

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Hennie Otto from South Africa, leads the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club.

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Hennie carded a first round -9 under par 63,  containing an eagle and seven birdies, to lead the Volvo China Open by two shots, saying it was good putting that made the difference today;

“I’ve always got a good frame of mind every week but it’s just my putting let me down and today it came through.”

“I played really well today, the first hole I saved a good par and I think that gave me momentum. After that I hit it really close. I broke 30 putts this week.”

“You have to hit it in the right places and that’s the thing I did today. I hit them close, that makes a big difference. I’ve worked hard on my putting.”

“It’s a nice golf course. The greens are not what we’re used to but we’ve got a few courses in South Africa with the same type of grass and the slopes so we adapt quickly.”

“I’ve been playing well, I haven’t been putting well. I’ve been working hard on it and today it showed.”

Bernd Wiesberger is in second place following his opening round -7 under par 65.

Grégory Bourdy, Peter Hanson, Roope Kakko and Fabrizio Zanotti, all carded -6 under par 66, to be tied in third place.

Rikard Karlberg had the shot of the day, a hole in one at the 212 yard par three 16th, using a 7 iron, winning him the prize of a 2016 Volvo XC 90 SUV, the car which has been voted as the best SUV of the year,

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Shenzhen International. Soomin Lee Wins on Monday Morning.

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Soomin Lee, from South Korea, won the rain delayed Shenzhen International on Monday morning.

Soomin Lee of South Korea holds the trophy after winning the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club on April 25, 2016 in Shenzhen, China.

 Soomin Lee / getty images

Soomin carded a last round -1 under par 71, to post -16 under par and claim his first European Tour win, in just his sixth start;

“I’m really happy and really excited. This is really good for me and really good for my golf life.”

“First time European Tour winner in just six events, it was really incredible.”

“I got a big chance in Malaysia but I didn’t make it because I was really, really nervous. Now I made it.”

“Yesterday I was really, really nervous. We had a lot of break times and then played again so that’s really good for me and I just thought about my golf and then competed until I could do it.”

Joost Luiten and Brandon Stone, both -4 under 68 today, tied in second place, two shots off the pace at -14 under par for the tournament.

Scott Hend, he of the Albatross carded a last round -6 under 66,  Lee Slattery, -1 under 71 today and Alex Levy, also -1 under 71, all tied in fourth place at -13 under par.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Haru Nomura Wins.

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Haru Nomura wins the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic  at Lake Merced Golf Club, in San Francisco.

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Haru, from Japan, carded a final round +1 over par 73 for the final round, in the windy conditions that dominated play this week, to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic with -9 under par total.

She said, via an interpreter, that she was not nervous on the day,

“No. I’m never nervous.”

 “This weather very cold, so sometimes bogey is okay.”

“You guys will find this strange, but I like windy situations.”

“I like playing in the wind. I like tough situations, so when I spoke to the caddie, even before the championship last week in Hawaii, I told him, I’m going to come here and win this tournament because I really like this course.”

“I enjoy this course. I’m glad that I was able to deliver on what I told my caddie.”

Lee-Anne Pace was in second place, four shots off the lead at-5 under for the tournament. Signing for a final round +2 over par 74 in the tough conditions, which she said was insane;

“Personally, insane.”

“No, look, it was freezing. It was very, very gusty.”

“A lot of the shots you stood over and it was just really, really difficult to commit to the lines, everything. It was a very tough day out there.”

Lee-Anne started the day with five straight bogey’s, and gave herself a good talking to;

“What are you doing?”

 “No, you know, my caddie came to me again, and he said to me, everyone is going down, be patient.”

“I know we made some mistakes, but come on, let’s get it back to even par, and that was our goal, and we got it back to two over, so nearly reached the goal and got a good result in the end.”

Tied in third place at -4 under par were Gerina Pillar, +1 over 73 today and Na Yeon Choi, +3 over 75.

Gerina had family watching her, and keeping her up to date with the carnage that was going on around her;

“I got a few updates, one of my cousins was watching so she was kind of giving me an update of what was going on.”

“It’s actually kind of cool because it kind of took my mind off of my game and what I had to do today, and just because it’s so windy.”

“I was kind of more worried about him than I was my own game.”

No three-peat for World number one Lydia Ko, she scored a +3 over par 75 today, leaving her at -1 under for the tournament, and T6.

Shenzhen International. More Rain Delays Mean Monday Finish.

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More rain delays mean there will now be a Monday finish for the Shenzhen International in China, at Genzon Golf Club.

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Alex Levy waiting in the rain / getty images

Thunder and Lightning storms brought round four of the Shenzhen International to a grinding halt on Sunday. There will now be a Monday finish, with Lee Slattery of England, Soomin Lee, South Korea and Alex Levy  from France tied at the top of the leaderboard, with -14 under par totals.

Brandon Stone, Joost Luiten and Scott Hend share second place at -13 under par, Scott is the only player in the top six to have completed his last round, the rest of them will return early Monday morning for a scramble to the finish line.

Two-time Major Championship winner Bubba Watson has finished his tournament with a final round -6 under par 66  for -10 under total and T7 alongside Nacho Elvira, Rikard KarlbergThorbjørn Olesen Bradley Dredge and Julien Quesne.

Bradley and Thorbjørn still have holes to play.

Even in these atrocious conditions great things can happen, and Scott Hend hit a stunning albatross on the 17th hole towards the end of the delayed second round;