Australian PGA Championship. H.V.3 Is Champion.

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H.V.3, Harold Varner the Third, is the Australian PGA Championship 2016 Champion at the Gold Coast in Australia, his maiden Tour victory.

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Harold shot -7 under par 65 in the final round of the Australian PGA Championship, to cruise to victory with a -19 under par total, and a two shot win. Last year he lost in a play-off, this year he returns in glory to claim the title;

“That was pretty awesome, I had a lot of fun out there today.”

“I’ve thought a lot about losing the play-off here last year, it was the closest I came to winning last season so it’s been playing on my mind a little bit.”

“I’m now a much better, more mature player than I was 12 months ago and this win is big for me.”

“Winning is hard, I don’t care where you tee it up, so to get it done feels great.”

Andrew Dodt was looking for a wire to wire win, but could not keep up with the leader over the closing nine holes, -3 under par 69 last round for a -17 under par total, and second place.

Adam Scott, who has won this title before had to settle for third place, at -15 under par, a last round -5 under par 67 not good enough to mount a serious challenge.

 

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Still Leads.

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Andrew Dodt still leads the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew carded -2 under par 70 in the third round of the Australian PGA Championship, to post -14 under par at the top of the leaderboard, a two-stroke advantage going into the final round.

Andrew has won before, but this one would be a wire to wire victory;

“It would be one of my biggest achievements, for sure, I mean, I’ve thought about it a couple of times this week but you don’t want to get ahead of yourself.”

“You just want to play each round.”

“It would be huge. All the top guys have won the Australian PGA, so it would be nice to put my name alongside them.”

“My wins have been from behind so this position is new to me, which is nice, I’m enjoying it. I’m really trying to embrace it and enjoy my time out there on the course.

“The first three rounds are irrelevant now. There are a lot of solid players, world class players behind me, so I’ve got to keep the foot down tomorrow and keep playing the way I’m playing.”

Chasing him down those two shots are Harold Varner 111, -5 under 67 in the third round, and Ashley Hall, -2 under 70, both players sharing second spot at -12 under par.

American Harold will take all the good breaks he can get;

“I need to play some good golf tomorrow, for sure.”

“I’d take a play-off because it means I have a chance. I have to play 18 holes to get there. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

 “I finished amazingly well. Eagles are always good and I had two in the last four. I got a little lucky on the 17th because it hit the pin and went in when it could have just as easily bounced off the green.”

“But it was tough out there, when the wind blows hard here you just need to try to hang in there and not make too many mistakes.”

Adam Scott, -2 under 70, and John Senden, -4 under 68 are tied in fourth place at -10 under par.

 

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt has 36 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt has the 36 hole lead at the Australian PGA Championship at  RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew Dodt / getty

Andrew fired a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the Australian PGA Championship by two shots going into the week-end with his -12 under total.

Playing well all day, and making birdies with good putting;

The first handful of holes were really solid then I made a few birdies.”

“The first nine holes were really solid and then the back nine was as good as it gets, really. I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and holed some putts.”

“It was pretty tricky this afternoon with the breeze. The back nine it died down a little bit.”

“It was just a really solid day’s work.

“I’ll take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time. I’m really happy with where I’m at mentally, I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In second place at -10 under par is Ashley Hall, a -3 under 69 today keeping him in touch with the leader.

Tied in third place is the large figure of Adam Scott, -4 under 68 today, he is joined by Ryan Fox, from New Zealand, who carded -3 under 69 today, both players at -8 under.

Adam, who has Steve Williams on the bag, expects the conditions to get tougher;

“It didn’t look pretty at the start but somehow I was two under after three and then hung in there and finished well.”

“Maybe that momentum off the last three holes is something to carry over for the rest of the week.”

“There was lots of good solid stuff and a quick start and a quick finish adds up to a good score.”

“I was just treading water for a while but those holes, it was never the perfect number. I was cautious of going over the green in between clubs and you just have to be patient and it paid off, because I birdied the last three.”

“Hopefully, that was our best conditions, maybe, this morning. It was lovely and the wind hadn’t really picked up that much at all, so it was very manageable.”

“I expect tomorrow afternoon to be a lot tougher and like I’ve said for a couple of days, you know you’re going to have to hit a lot of greens this week, because chipping is very difficult.”

Ryan was happy to be bogey free today;

“I’m really happy, it’s a tricky course, I think we’ve probably got the best of the conditions but it was still enough breeze out there to make it difficult.”

“I played really solid, no bogeys today and made a couple of putts, which was nice.”

“I think every afternoon is probably going to be a little breezy like it’s been earlier in the week and makes it really tough to score.”

“As soon as the golf course dries out it gets really tough to hit it on the greens and there is a real penalty for missing some of the greens around here.”

“So it’s nice to be in this position to start off with but it’s going to be a little bit of a grind for the rest of the week, I think.”

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Søren and Thorbjørn Deliver for Denmark

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 Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen deliver the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, a first for Denmark, in a  four-shot victory at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf

Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen / getty

Søren and Thorbjørn carded -6 under par 66 today to claim the  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf trophy, with a -20 under par total.

Søren enjoyed the team spirit;

“It’s been an absolutely incredible week, I’ve enjoyed it so much.”

“I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with Thorbjørn. I’ve been so impressed by his game, his attitude, and I think we’ve had a great time and that reflects in the result.”

“When you’ve got a guy like this on the back nine on Sunday, it’s like you feel you want to die for the guy. It’s different and that’s been really interesting to feel this.”

“I sort of get the sense why teams get so together when they play well. I’ve never really experienced that before this week.”

“I really enjoyed that and that team feeling is amazing. We obviously don’t get that very often.”

Thorbjørn said they had just played their own game, and it worked well;

“It was tough but me and Soren have been great this week with just our mental strength.”

“We’ve been very, very good keeping calm and playing our own game and we’ve both been playing well.”

“So I wasn’t too nervous on that back nine. I felt like we’ve got to make some birdies at some point. They came at the right time.”

“We play different games but I think that’s actually really nice because then we don’t talk too much about the shots with each other, we just play our own shots and I think that helped a lot.”

The French team of Victor Dubuisson and Romian Langasque, -9 under 63 today, shared second place  with China, represented by Ashun Wu and Li Haotong, -7 under 65, and with Team USA, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, -6 under 66, all at -16 under par for the tournament.

Victor enjoyed a great day;

“It was a great day, I don’t think we can really do any better, nine under is a great score. The pin positions were so difficult.”

“Romain started the round really well, he made some very important putts on the first seven holes which are more difficult, and then I made a good birdie on eight.”

“We were both on the fairways, on the greens, so we had many, many birdie opportunities.”

Romain added;

“I was really under pressure before this week to play with Victor and to play in a big tournament like this one.”

“I’m so happy to finish the tournament with that position, nine under on the last round, that’s amazing.”

Li was disappointed with the final result;

“I kind of feel average because we didn’t play our best again today, even this week.”

“I think we still have a lot of chance to win the trophy in future, so I’m looking forward.”

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Denmark Deserve Their 4 Shot Lead.

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Denmark, in the form of Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen, definitely deserve their 4 shot lead going into the final round of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

 

 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf

Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen / getty

Round three was basically a breeze for Søren and Thorbjørn, -2 under 70 today saw them extend their  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf lead to four shots at -14 under par, and should be good enough to see them canter home tomorrow.

Thorbjørn is happy with the lead, but will not be taking it easy tomorrow;

“We showed yesterday that a really low score is possible out there in the fourballs.”

“I had a seven-shot lead in Turkey and it got down to one shot very quickly, so I know how quick this game can go sometimes. It’s definitely not going to be easy tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of great players here and a lot of birdies out there. It’s a four-shot lead, which is really nice, but it’s not going to be easy.”

Søren said the birdie hunt will continue;

“You need to stay aggressive on this course but you also need to be very careful.”

“We won’t be protecting a lead, we still need to go out with the same mentality and make as many birdies as we can.”

“We know what’s possible on this course, another 60 or even lower is out there tomorrow so we’ll have to go low again, because someone else probably will.”

United States Team of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler are the nearest challengers, -3 under 69 today still left them with a mountain to climb. They will need a fast start tomorrow to close the gap they have at -10 under.

China hold third place, at -9 under par, a shot further back, an even par round of 72 from Ashun Wu and Li Haotong today all but wrecked their chances of picking up their first ever World Cup of Golf trophy.

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Denmark Dominated Day 2.

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Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen, from Team Denmark, dominated play on day 2 of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf

Thorbjørn and Søren / getty

The boys really cleaned up on day 2 of the  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, recording a team score -12 under par 60, to top the leaderboard with that total, giving them a three shot lead going into the week-end.

Thorbjorn said he was thinking of a 59

“To be honest, I was thinking a little bit about that 59 with the last two holes to go but 60 was a great score.”

“Søren got it going with holing that second shot and then I chipped in for eagle also. Combined we were very good.”

“I felt like yesterday we did a great job in the foursomes. It’s a tricky course, especially when it blows this much. We did well yesterday and that’s what we have to do again.”

Soren explained their strategy in this team event competition

“I was trying to play solid, Thorbjørn was playing exceptional so I thought if I get it in play and get it on the green, let him do all the fireworks and it worked pretty well.”

“We’re trying to make everybody proud. It’s just a treat to be here.”

Team China shot -7 under 65, to take second place at -9 under par.

Spain are now in third at -8 under par, shooting -5 under 67.

 

England, Italy, France and USA are all tied in fourth place at -7 under par.

 

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Spain on Top.

 

Rafa Cabrera Bello  and Jon Rahm from Spain lead the World Cup of Golf after the first round at Kingston Heath Golf Club in Australia.

World Cup of Golf

Rafa and Jon / getty

Spain will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s day of golf.

1 R. Cabrera Bello / J. Rahm  Spain -3 F
=2 W. Ashun / L. Haotong  China -2 F
=2 R. Fowler / J. Walker USA -2 F
=2 V. Dubuisson / R. Langasque France -2 F
=5 C. Wood / A. Sullivan England -1 F
=5 F. Molinari / M. Manassero Italy -1 F
=5 C. Pan / C. Shih-chang Taipei -1 15

More to follow!