Trophée Hassan II & Lalla Meryem Cup. Mighty Event in Morocco.

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It is a mighty history making event in Morocco this week as for the first time the European Tour, Trophée Hassan II  and the Ladies European Tour, Lalla Meryem Cup are being played at                                                          the same time as the Men tackled the Red Course, and the                                                                Women  the Blue Course at  Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

Trophée Hassan II.

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On day 1 ITA Francesco Laporta, FRA Thomas Linard and AUS Jason Scrivener topped the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard with rounds of -4 under par 68.

Jason was pleased with his opening effort;

“It was pretty tricky out there this morning, pretty wet and quite cold, so to shoot a 68 in those conditions was very pleasing.”

Second place was shared between five players all on -3 under par, MAR Younes El Hassani, ARG Estanislao Goya, FRA Mike Lorenzo-Vera, FRA Adrien Saddier and ESP Borja Virto Astudillo.

Over on the Blue course ENG Florentyna Parker is the clear leader in the  Lalla Meryem Cup, shooting an opening round of -5 under par 67.

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Florentyna accidentally broke the shaft in her driver during the Pro/Am on Wednesday, a new shaft arrived just in time for the first round;

“The tour van only had extra stiff shafts and I play regular.”

“I got someone else’s shaft but it wasn’t the right one and then this morning, luckily I had one sent from home.”

Three ladies are tied in second place at -4 under par, ENG Liz Young, who is four months pregnant, was bogey free, NOR Marianne Skarpnord and SWE Oona  Vartiainen

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Brian Stuard Gets Maiden PGA Tour Win.

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Brian Stuard gets his maiden PGA Tour win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans  beating Jamie Lovemark on the second hole of a playoff on Monday.

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Brian Stuard

At the conclusion of 54 holes, shortened tournament due to the terrible weather conditions, three players were tied at the top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard.

Brian Stuard, -3 under 69 today Jamie Lovemark, -4 under 68 and Byeong-Hun An, -7 under 65, they all had 54 hole totals of -15 under par.

Play-off hole was the par five eighteenth, where Byeong-Hun An was eliminated at the first round with a bogey six.

Brian won at the second time around with a birdie 4, to Jaimie’s par 5.

Brian said he was not playing so well;

“I wasn’t playing great. I was just kind of, I don’t know; hanging around.”

“I kind of hung in there all week. I just didn’t get too ahead of myself and just stayed real patient, and it paid off.”

Jaime was a bit miffed at missing out;

“I feel good, not too disappointed.”

“Just a little bummed, but moving on to next week.”

There was some great play going on further down the field with Bobby Wyatt finishing in fourth position after carding -8 under par 64, which included two bogey’s. He was  just one shot off the play-off places and could have won, but three-putts for bogeys on the par-3 14th and par-4 15th cost him dearly;

“I certainly haven’t been in this position a lot, so I think probably some of it is nerves.” 

“I found out I can play with these guys.”

World number one Jason Day, -6 under 66 today,  finished up tied for fifth place with Chris Kirk, -7 under 65, both at -13 under par, and Jason just wanted another round;

“I just wish it was 72 holes, at least I gave myself an opportunity to be around the leaders.”

 

 

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;

Valero Texas Open. Brendan Steele Leads Suspended 2nd Round.

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Brendan Steele leads the suspended second round of the Valero Texas Open with a 36 hole tournament scoring record.

Valero Texas Open

Brendan Steele

Brendan carded a second round -2 under par 70 to top the Valero Texas Open at -10 under par, with a new tournament 36 hole scoring record of 134, when darkness halted play for the day.

The softer greens made approaches a little easier, and couple that with just 52 putts for the two rounds, equals success;

“To see it play a little bit softer and with a little less wind, my eyes kind of lit up.”

“It always plays so difficult, firm and fast and the winning score is just a handful under par, usually.”

“To see it soften up a little bit, I knew it was good.”

“I always lean on my driving, that’s kind of the best part of my game as a rule and out here it’s so demanding on every hole that the guys that spray it a bit are really in trouble and normally I drive it pretty straight and long so the combo is pretty good out here.”

“I definitely feel comfortable here, even other than the win, I’ve had a couple other good results here.”

“It’s always nice to come back to a place that you feel good at.”

Three players are tied in second place, at -7 under par for the tournament, Scott Langley, -4 under 68 today, Stuart Appleby, -2 under 70, and Charlie Hoffman with a -1 under par 71.

New professional on Tour, Bryson DeChambeau, missed the cut here at Valero, posting +3 over par for the two rounds, lets just hope that this is just a temporary blip. Actually yesterday I found out that I have been blocked from Bryson’s Twitter account, @b_dechambeau if you are in touch with Bryson on Twitter, perhaps you could ask him why @dragonputter has been blocked, I would like to know.

 

Lotte Championship. Minjee Lee Wins.

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Minjee Lee wins the Lotte Championship in Hawaii, coming from five shots back at the start of play.

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Minjee started the day five shots off the pace, but fired in a bogey free final round -8 under par 64 to win the Lotte Championship at -16 under par, giving her a second LPGA win.

She gave the credit to her coach;

“Well, yesterday I spoke to my coach and he was like, You’re only five back.”

“Just shoot eight under and you’ll be fine.”

“And I shot 8-under, so that was good.”

“I think after I went eagle, birdie, birdie, I think the second birdie I was like, Oh, I’m going to be really close.”

 “I just did all I could do, and, yeah, here I am.”

“Definitely a big confidence boost, last couple of weeks I was there, but not quite there.”

“Now my game seems to be coming together really well.”

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Katie Burnett-2 under 70 today, and In Gee Chun -5 under 67, shared second place at -15 under par for the tournament.

 

RBC Heritage. Luke Leads at Harbour Town.

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Luke Donald leads the RBC Heritage tournament at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Donald seeks elusive victory

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Luke shot a third round -2 under par 69 to top the RBC Heritage leaderboard with a -7 under par total, and will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round.

Luke is looking  to end his hard-luck history at Harbour Town, having five top-three finishes without a win;

“I think it’s a bit dangerous to say a place owes you.”

“I can’t sit back on my heels.”

“Certainly, I’ve knocked on the door many times. I’d love to put that tartan jacket on tomorrow.”

Jason Kokrak, -3 under par 68 today, and Charley Hoffman, even par 71, share second place, that one shot back at -6 under par.

Charley let it all slip late in the day, carding two bogey’s on final two holes. He said he needs to dig down and come up with something special;

“Hopefully, I can reach down deep, I know I’ve done it before.”

Patton Kizzire holds fourth spot at -5 under par, he carded an even par round of 71.

World number one Jason Day signed for a +8 over par 79, making five bogeys in a six-hole span, even though he felt there was a good score to be had on the day;

 “I felt like there was a good score out there today if you hit it in the right spots.”
 “And unfortunately, I just kept missing it in the wrong spots.”
Boeing, showed off another of its 787 Dreamliners to the RBC Heritage crowd.
 
The sleek aircraft glided along the 18th hole over Calibogue Sound before leaving.
It’s the fourth time the company, the presenting sponsor of the tournament, has showcased its aircraft with a flyover.
This display was pretty tame compared to the barrel roll the Boeing company did with 707 when it first appeared on the scene.