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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Volvo China Open. Three-Way 1st Round Tie.

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Lat weeks winner Jorge Campillo of Spain shares the top spot of the Volvo China Open with David Lipsky, USA, and  Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland, at Genzon Golf Club in China.

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Jorge, David and bogey free Tapio are all tied at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard at -7 under par following opening rounds of 65.

Jorge wants another week of good putting;

“I got a few nights sleep so it was good and I played alright hitting fairways and greens and I made a few putts as well so it was good round.”

“If I can keep playing like this and making the putts it will be a good sign, I’ll play to my best tomorrow and hopefully have a chance on the weekend.”

David also had a good day with the putter;

“I played well and I got my putter working today, I hit it alright, not great, but I think I holed 150 feet of putts today so that always helps.”

“I was trying to be aggressive and it didn’t work out for me. I was just trying to get it to 15-20 feet from the hole and luckily I kept making them.”

Tapio had his best golf on show today;

“I think I played my best score today, I had some struggles today but had a couple of good up and downs, a couple of good bunker shots, so I’m happy.”

“I’m going to use the same game plan and I only played seven holes in the practice round so I wasn’t sure about the back nine but now I know it better, so same again tomorrow.”

Three more players are tied in second place at -6 under par after rounds of 66, Wu Ashun and Jin Daxing, local favorites from China are joined by John Catlin of the USA.

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L.E.T. Canberra Classic. Amelia Lewis Leads.

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Amelia Lewis, USA, leads the  ActewAGL Canberra Classic after the first round at Royal Canberra Golf Club in Australia.Amelia / getty

A bogey free opening round of -6 under par 65 saw Amelia leading the ActewAGL Canberra Classic;

“I started off slowly and missed some putts, but hit some close and eventually made some birdies. Conditions were perfect with not a lot of wind.”

“I almost holed my second shot on 16 and I thought it was going in, so I hit a nine-iron to two feet and that was my third birdie in a row.”

“I was kinda feeling it and trying to get a few more coming in. I think the back nine is easier. It’s a little bit more wide open and I really like how the greens roll on the back nine.”

Three ladies are then tied in second place, one shot back at -5 under following their first round scores of 66. Caroline Hedwall, SwedenNoora Komulainen, Finland, and Manon de Roey from Belgium.

Noora took a day off yesterday;

 “Yesterday I did something I’ve never done before, I had a day off, one day before the tournament, because I felt really tired.”

“This morning I felt so calm and relaxed and full of energy.”

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Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Matt Fitzpatrick Leads.

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Matt Fitzpatrick of England leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the first round at Emirates Golf Club, the first grass golf course in the Middle East.Fitzpatrick leads after late birdie blitzMatt / getty

Matt shot a 7 under par 65 first round to lead the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by one stroke;

“It was obviously a great finish to the round. A couple of things that I’ve been doing in the off-season sort of looked to have paid off a little bit.”

“I just added a bit of extra length to my driver, so it’s given me a few yards to help get on in two on the last because I’ve never been able to do that. And then, just wedging it a lot better has given me a few more chances coming in.”

“I do like the golf course. It’s tough, you’ve got to hit fairways, you’ve got to hit greens and I think it does suit my game if I’m playing well.” 

“So it’s nice to be able to get off to a good start and three more rounds like that would be nice.”

Eight players then share second place at -6 under after their opening rounds of 66;

Sergio Garcia, Spain, Bryson DeChambeau, USA, Scott Hend, Australia, Matthieu Pavon, and Romain Langasque, both from France, Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand, Kalle Samooja, Finland and Callum Shinkwin from England

Bryson was happy to be where he is, even though he did not play his best golf;

“I didn’t feel like I was hitting it anywhere near my best.” 

“I was able to recover in a couple of situations, made a couple of long putts and then got up and down on six, which was huge.”

“I even missed a couple of putts. I just felt like it was a scrappy round, but I got it out and shot 66 today, so I’m happy.”

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Nedbank Golf Challenge. Sergio Still Leads.

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Sergio Garcia, Spain, is still on top of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.Sergio Garcia  (Getty Images)

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Sergio manage to keep the Nedbank Golf Challenge lead by one shot as he carded a second round -1 under par 71 after yesterdays heroics, to post a -9 tournament total;

Three three putts made a huge difference to Sergio’s score;

“The course is tough, It’s not every day you’re going to go out there and shoot 64, it doesn’t work like that. I feel like I played quite well.”

“Three three-putts, that’s never ideal but on these greens it can happen.”

“They are so quick and some of the pins are so tucked to the edges that it’s difficult to hit it close to them. Other than that, I felt like I played well throughout the whole day.”

“I stayed positive, I stayed calm. I wanted to shoot something below 70 and I felt like I had a chance of doing it, unfortunately it didn’t work out but we’re still in the lead. It’s good.”

Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, is in second place, one shot back at -8 under after his second round -5 under 67, he would love to win his home tournament;

“It would mean a lot, it’s a golf course I really enjoy playing and in front of the home crowd will be pretty special.”

“I’m very excited. I’ve got quite a few friends and family here and obviously the home crowd behind me. It should be fun playing tomorrow.”

“I feel like I’m hitting it good off the tee, I’m finding the fairways and my iron play has been good for a while.”

Mikko Korhonen, Finland, is third, with a second round -2 under 70, giving him a tournament total of -6 under par;

“We guessed the wind wrong a couple times there because it’s coming from everywhere.”

“Playing in the last group is always a little bit more exciting but it’s a good day.”

“I got it back on track, that was a good thing, a nice back nine. I hit a couple of good shots there.”

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