European Masters. Sebastian Soderberg Wins Five-Way Play-Off.

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Sebastian Soderberg of Sweden won the European Masters after a five-way play-off a Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland, against Rory McIlroy, Northern IrelandLorenzo Gagli, Italy,  Andres Romero, Argentina and Kalle Samooja from Finland.

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All five players had finished the European Masters tournament with -14 under par totals, with Sebastian making birdie to win at the first extra hole the par four 1st, his first European Tour title;

“It’s unbelievable, I’ve dreamt of playing on the European Tour, even better doing it this way.”

“I was in the lead, lost it, went into the play-off with Rory McIlroy among it.”

“I was more nervous in the beginning than I was towards the back nine. Got on a good run and the ball kept going in.”

“Just playing with Rory, so many people around, playing with a guy like that adds heat to it right away.”

Rory is now looking forward to the BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth in a couple of weeks time;

“Too many mistakes, I think I made 13 bogeys during the week. I made enough birdies but I just didn’t have it over the weekend.”

“It’s been another solid week, coming back across the Atlantic, now I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks off.”

“The sloppy finish yesterday probably cost me but I fought back today and did my best. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

“I’ll put the clubs away for a few days, rest, recover and reflect on what has been a pretty good season so far, and try to get myself back up for Wentworth.”

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Omega European Masters. Two at the Top on Day 1.

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Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France, and Matthias Schwab from Austria are the two names at the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard on day one at the Crans-sur-Sierre golf course in Switzerland.

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Mike and Mathias both carded first Omega European Masters rounds of -7 under par 63 to lead the tournament by one shot.

Mike is still searching for his maiden TOUR win;

“I’m very happy because I just had five weeks off.”                                                                                    “It was a stressful five weeks with a wedding and moving plus two kids.”                                       “I managed to bring the head together pretty well today.”    

“I’m very happy because I just had five weeks off.”

 “It was a stressful five weeks with a wedding and moving plus two kids. I managed to bring the head together pretty well today.”     

Mathias likes the mountain setting of the course;

“It reminds me of home a lot, I grew up in the mountains and still live there. I like being here, I like the mountains.”

“I don’t know if growing up at altitude is an advantage, you still have to hit shots and play good shots. Obviously I know how far my ball is going at this altitude.” 

” That surely helps but other than that I don’t think it’s really an advantage.”

Three players are tied in third spot, all with -6 under 64 rounds today, Lorenzo Gagli, Italy, Mikko Korhonen, Finland, and Sebastian Soderberg from Sweden.

Last weeks FedExCup winner Rory McIlroy is in the field, a modest -3 under 67 today, but you can never count him out.

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Czech Ladies Open. Carly Booth Wins.

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Carly Booth of Scotland wins the Czech Ladies Open at Golf Resort Karlštejn in Czechia.

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Carly carded a final round -2 under par 70, which included five Bogey’s and seven Birdies, to win the Czech Ladies Open with a -9 under par total ;

 “Have I just played golf, or been at Alton Towers? I never want to go on a rollercoaster again.”

“After seven years, finally, to get another victory, it’s amazing.”

“I’m a little bit flabbergasted by the whole day. I played good golf and I really had to dig deep in the final round. I’m overwhelmed with happiness.”

“It’s been seven years, so it’s a bit of a shock. Not knowing what the winning score was, I didn’t know anything about the leader board and I made a really solid par in the end.”

“It’s a country that I love to visit, I’ve had some great results here in the Czech Republic in Pro-Ams and to win the tournament means more than anything.”

Four ladies were then tied in second place at -8 under; Sanna Nuutinen, Finland, -1 under 71 today,  Anais Meyssonnier, France, -2 under 70 with two ladies from England  Charlotte Thompson, -4 under 68 and Hayley Davis, with -2 under 70.

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BMW International Open. Martin Kaymer Eases Ahead.

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Martin Kaymer eases ahead on home soil in the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in Munich, Germany.

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Martin has a 36 hole two shot lead in the BMW International Open after a second round -6 under par 66 gave him a -11 under tournament total;

“The support inspires, it’s different, sometimes you feel embarrassed.”

“It’s a lot to handle at certain times because I’m not that kind of guy that likes to be in the spotlight, but it’s a positive thing and I need to see it as something positive.”

“It’s going to be exciting for sure. It’s never easy leading a golf tournament but fortunately I’ve done it a few times in my career.”

“I didn’t play as well as yesterday, especially on the first nine, I wasn’t comfortable in the way I was hitting the ball. I missed a lot of shots right but I was scrambling well.”

“I felt something nice in my swing and from the 11th I played really well.”

Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa signed for the low round of the day, -7 under 65 to claim second place, two strokes back at -9 under par;

Sharing third place at -8 under were Kim Koivu, Finland, -6 under 66 today, and  Sebastian Soderberg, Sweden, with a second round -5 under 67.

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India had a hole in one to win this incredible €194,000  BMW M8 Coupé, this model has it’s official world premiere next week.

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Volvo China Open. Mikko Makes It His.

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Mikko Korhonen of Finland makes the Volvo Chine Open his title with  a play-off victory over Benjamin Hebert from France.

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Mikko, -6 under 66 today and Benjamin, -3 under 69 were tied at the top of the Volvo China Open with -20 under par totals, with Mikko winning with a birdie on the first extra hole, the par four 18th;

It’s an amazing feeling.”

 “I don’t know how I did it but it’s probably the putter that was my winning formula this week. I made lots of putts from outside 15-20 feet this week.”

“Winning a golf tournament is never easy. It was a battle all day as everyone was making putts and I had to stay patient and do the same.”

“It’s great to have this second win in the bag and I’m delighted.”

Benjamin is still seeking his maiden European Tour victory;

“Looking at the way I played, I’m happy.”

“Mikko played great today and he didn’t make any mistakes and putted well.”

“I’m still chasing my first win. I got close this week and I have to be more consistent and see what happens.”

Jorge Campillo, Spain, claimed third place at -19 under par, with a final round -5 under par 67.

Li Haotong was the best home player finishing in fourth spot at -16 under, signing for a last round -6 under 66.

The 14 year-old whizz kid from China, Yang Kuang, finished his first European Tour tournament with a very creditable -4 under par total.

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Volvo China Open. Benjamin Hebert Clear at the Top.

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Benjamin Hebert of France is three shots clear at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard after 54 holes at  Genzon Golf Club.

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Benjamin carded a third round -8 under par 64 to lead the Volvo China Open at -17 under par, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round tomorrow;

“Crazy game, isn’t it? “

“I played very badly on the front nine where I didn’t feel good in my swing. I just tried to keep focused on what I’m doing and I found my rhythm in the back nine so I’m happy.”

“It’s my first time leading after 54 holes and we’ll see. I’ve worked to be in this position and it’s going to be a very early start so hopefully we’ll have some good conditions and we’ll see what happens.”

“I don’t want to look ahead, I just want to focus on the rest of my day, my rest and see what happens tomorrow.”

Two players are tied in second place, three shots back at -14 under par, Mikko Korhonen, Finland, -7 under 65 today, and Jorge Campillo of Spain with a -4 under 68 third round.

Local favorite Ashun Wu had a wobble on the back nine carding four consecutive bogey’s to send him tumbling down the leaderboard from a four shot lead at one point. He finished the day with an even par round of 72, and fourth place on his own at -13 under par.

The tee times for the final round tomorrow have been brought forward due to the threat of storms in Shenzhen.

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Volvo China Open. Ashun Wu Leads Half-Way.

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Ashun Wu from China leads the Volvo China Open at the half-way stage at Genzon Golf Club.

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Home hero Ashun carded a second round -7 under par 65 to lead the Volvo China Open by two shots at -13 under par after 36 holes;

“It was a great day again today, I made eight birdies and one bogey, I hit a lot of quality shots today and made a lot of birdies. I’m very happy.” 

“During the season break, I took some time off to evaluate my game. I made some swing changes and it got better and better.”

“I enjoy playing at home. It’s a great week as I have my family and friends here with me. It’s a good feeling.”

Tapio Pulkkanen from Finland has second place at -11 under, following his second round -4 under par 68.

Jorge Campillo, Spain, is in third place with -10 under par, with a second round -3 under 69.

 Yang Kuang a 14 year-old from China made the cut at -2 under and did impress everyone by being under par for his two rounds, making a 13 foot putt on the last hole to play the week-end.

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