UBS Hong Kong Open. Andrea Pavan and Lu Wei-chih Lead

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 Andrea Pavan and Lu Wei-chih lead the UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Andrea and Lu both carded -6 under par 64 in the opening round of the UBS Hong Kong Open, to lead by just one shot.

Andrea has to finish in second place, or better, to avoid heading to the Qualifying School to try and get his card. He told reporters of his troubles this year;

“This year has been a struggle to say the least, I’m just trying to big deep and really look forward to every week.”

“Obviously this is the last of the year, and then I’m looking to go to Q-School. So it’s all about just giving myself chances.”

“I’m just really trying to get my game in better shape. It’s good on the range. I still feel like I’m lacking a bit of confidence.”

“Today I’ve managed to play very well for about 15 holes and then I had the occasional bad shot. So today I got away with it a couple times.”

It’s all about just waiting. I know I have what it takes.”

“It’s been tough last year and this year, but it’s all a learning curve and I really hope I can make the next step soon.

Lu has had some problems of his own, coming close to retirement three years ago after undergoing brain surgery, he said today was a very good day;

“Today, the first three holes, I was not feeling very focused on the golf course.”

 “And then after the third hole bogey, I just told myself that I can’t do this because if I don’t try to get back to my form, it might not be a good round.”

“Fortunately, starting on number four, I birdied four, five and six, and I started feeling much better and getting into the flow. Then the back nine, I felt very comfortable.

“Today is a really good round for me.”

There are some big names in this field, Justin Rose is the best ranked player and is currently tied third with  CT Pan and Jeev Milka Singh, all just one shot back after their first rounds of -5 under par 65.

Justin said he was happy with the way he played the course today;

“Really happy with the start, more happy with how I played today.”

“Happy with how I swung the club, struck the ball, how patient I played.”

“Got to grips with the golf course, for the first time.”

Also in the field are Ian Poulter, -3 under 67, Graeme McDowell -4 under 66, Patrick Reed -2 under 68 and Dustin Johnson -1 under 69.

 

1st Hole in One.

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Hi guys just had to report that had my first ever hole in one today, on the 14th hole at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, in New Zealand.

Unfortunately there are no good pictures of this 150 yard par three, to the back of the green, where the pin was today, but who cares, it went in.

Virtually all carry to a generously-sized green for a par 3 guarded by bunker left and right at the front, and out of bounds very close to back of green. The tee is a little sheltered so judging the wind here is paramount.Today the wind speed and direction was not a factor, a very unusual occurrence on this ocean side links course. The safe play on this hole is to play for the center of the green and not always the pin, but what the hell, I went for it, because my opponent was within an easy short put for a two. The hole in one was a generous gift, especially as it was my first one, although I will say I struck the tee shot wonderfully well, it felt good, and turned out perfect. It certainly upstaged the opponents who thought a two would win the hole.

My playing partner was Terry McNamara, we were battling against the very low handicapper Cliff Moore and the long hitting Kevin Gatfield. We finished the day all square, and really enjoyed the free drinks in the 19th afterwards.

Not to be out-done on the day, my close neighbor, and friend Tony Gibbons also had a hole in one today, at the par three 5th, a bugger of a hole at 140 yards, that you can not miss left, right or long.

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Me and Tony

For the advertisers information I am wearing a Breast Cancer Awareness pink Oakley shirt, Phil Mickelson inspired Callaway shorts, a Dragon Golf belt and Nike Shoes. { I know you can not see the shoes, but trust me they are there.}

Not sure what Tony was wearing, we had imbibed a few drinks by the time this picture was taken. He did ask me why it was that if I made the best putter in the world, why would I not use it !!!

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WGC HSBC Champions. G-Mac Gets In Front

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G-Mac, Graeme McDowell, gets in front of the World Golf Championship, HSBC Champions tournament in China.

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Graeme opened the WGC HSBC Champions tournament with a -5 under par 67 at Sheshan International Golf Club in China, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two shot lead.

Graeme, playing the course backwards, dropped a couple of shots late in the day but was happy with his effort on this tricky day;

“A big key to this golf course is driving the ball well. I drove it very well today, and the greens are in fantastic shape, and I actually putted very well. Dropped a couple coming in, but all in all, very pleased with five under par on what I thought was a reasonably tricky day.”

“I didn’t need a leaderboard to let me know that 7 under through 12 is fairly strong. There were some tricky holes on the front nine. I made a couple of putts I should have in the first 12 holes, and then I made a couple of bogeys that I shouldn’t have coming in.”

“All in all, I think five under was a fair representation of my round.”

Rickie FowlerMartin Kaymer, Brandt Snedeker, Tim Clark, Chris Kirk and Tommy Fleetwood are all tied in second place, after shooting rounds of -3 under par 69.

Rickie paid testament to the tough test this course is providing;

“This is a top event, some of the best players in the world, probably the best field you’re going to get in Asia, and you don’t want it to be a pushover.”

 “You want a good, solid test. And it’s showing that.”

Brandt Snedeker was not put off by jet-lag,  his original plan was to play Japan, Malaysia and China. But he had to withdraw  from the Bridgestone Open when he felt something wrong with his stomach. He flew home to Tennessee during the week of Malaysia to get it checked out, then flew back to Asia to start this tournament.

There is another large group at -2 under par, 70, that featured Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson, on a day when only 27 players in the 78-man field broke par, with FedExCup champion Billy Horschel carding a +8 over par 80;

 

BMW Masters. Marcel Siem Wins.

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Marcel Siem won the BMW Masters in a play-off at Lake Malaren Golf Club in China.

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Marcel won on the first play-off hole, chipping in for birdie from the fringe on the 18th hole, to lift the BMW Masters trophy.

Three players had finished the tournament tied at -16 under par, Marcel, Ross Fisher and Alex Levy all arrived at that score by different means. Ross put together a final round of -5 under par 67, while Marcel could only manage a +1 over par 72 and Alex with a disastrous +6 over par 78.

Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson finished just one shot behind, and they too could have been in the play-off, Jamie missing a last hole birdie attempt. and Justin carding a disappointing bogey.

Marcel was happy with his start to the round, but not good to finish bogey, bogey;

“I got off to a nice start with a birdie on the first and I knew with the windy conditions that it might be a little better chance to win the tournament.”

“Alex, unfortunately, didn’t have his best day and I played very solid the front nine. And then the back nine was really, really tough.”

“The golf course was the total opposite to the first three days. The course was a real monster and I’m super pleased, still can’t believe it. I’m over the moon.”

“In the play-off, I thought I would actually have to hole it just to stay in. I was expecting one of the guys to hole their putt actually. It’s just fantastic. A chip-in is always cool, but to have it in a play-off is even cooler.”

“I have never been in a position like this, to be honest, in such a big tournament. You try not to think about the prize money, but it’s crazy prize money here (€1,600,000 for winning).

“I think the key today was not to have a double bogey or triple bogey somewhere and I managed to do that.”

“People who know me know that finishing bogey, bogey, I don’t like that and my emotions could go a little crazy sometimes. But I stayed really, really calm and I’m proud of that. I’m getting older, two kids now, so maybe that’s the reason why.”

Alex said he did not cope with the windy conditions very well;

“I feel I didn’t play that bad. I make a few mistakes, but I didn’t miss a lot of shots.”

“Marcel deserved to win today because he played fantastic in the wind. Today was a special day with the wind and it was not very easy for me. I’ve got to work on that and be more strong during the difficult weather like that.”

Ross said he can walk away with his head held high;

Going out today 11 behind you never expect to have a chance, I’m thinking, just go out there and shoot a good score. If it gets me a top-ten, that would be great, and obviously it was playing tough and I think I had the best round of the day by quite some margin.”

“I can only walk away from here very delighted and pleased with the way I played.”

CIMB Classic. Ryan Moore Successfully Defends Title

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Ryan Moore successfully defends his CIMB Classic title, winning at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Ryan became the first player to defend a PGA title since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2012 and 2013. A last round -5 under par 67 saw Ryan lift the CIMB Classic trophy again, with a winning total of -17 under par, a three shot victory;

“It was incredible to finish the way I did coming down those last few holes.”

“I like to tell myself all the time that `I am a closer. Let’s just do what we can, hit good shots and let’s close this thing’ and I was able to do that.”

Sergio Garcia, Gary Woodland and Kevin Na tied for second place, all at -14 under par.

Gary lost here last year, in a play-off against Ryan, and his final round -5 under par 67 was not enough to catch his opponent this time around;

“The par fives cost me all week, I played beautifully outside the par fives.”

“Hopefully I can ride this momentum and play well next week.”

Kevin birdied three of the first four holes to take a two-stroke lead, but then things started to wrong, a bogey on 13, before losing his tee shot on 17, into a Palm tree. He had to go back and take three off the tee, which finally halted his charge;

“It’s my fault hitting a bad putt and it’s hard to recover from that late in the day. I never got it together before I hit the next shot and you saw what happened.”

“It’s disappointing when you know you had the lead and it’s yours, but Ryan did step it up in the end.”

Sergio was also undone by a Palm tree, he also had to back to the tee, on the par five 10th, that cost him a double bogey seven;

“After nine, I thought I had a chance because I finally got some things going after two or three lip-outs early in the round for birdie.”

“But unfortunately that double bogey kind of stopped me.”

 

CIMB Classic. Billy Hurley 111,Hits the Top.

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Billy Hurley 111 hits the top of the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the half-way stage at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Billy carded a -5 under par 67 to top the CIMB Classic leaderboard at the mid-way point with a -10 under par total. He has a two shot lead going into the week-end and reported that he could stay there;

“If I can keep hitting it in the fairway and keep putting it like I have and hitting a lot of good putts, then I’ll be right there on Sunday.”

“After the bad swing it could have unraveled there on 2 and 3 but I drew on some of the experience I had from last year and was able to hold it together coming in.”

“The cameras, more people watching the last group, couple of groups. It’s the atmosphere of it, and you learn a little bit from that.”

Kevin Streelman holds second place, his second consecutive round of -4 under par 68 giving him his -8 under par total. An old putter has emerged to ignite his game;

“With putters, sometimes you pick it up and it just feels good, this is the best my short game has been.”

“You just need to freshen up, sometimes you pick it up, and it feels pretty good and you go out and make everything.”

In the group of players tied in third at -7 under par, three strokes back , is the field’s top-ranked player, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood, who recorded a hole-in-one on his way to carding a -7 under par  65 that moved him into contention.

Lee aced the tough 226 yard par-3 11th hole;

“You need a bit of luck, but at the same time you have to hit it straight, it happens now and then. A 65 has got me right into the tournament.”

Others at -7 under par  included Seung-yeul NohKevin Na, Jeff Overton and Kevin Chappell, who penalized himself a stroke for picking up the ball before marking it on the 16th fairway.

Noh said he feels comfortable on this course;

“I feel very comfortable on this course, and I’m swinging I pretty well, plus I’m putting pretty well too. I’m really excited for the weekend.”

Ryan Moore, the defending champion, is also on -7 under par, it would have been better had he not bogied the last hole;

“It’s a position golf course. You can’t overpower it with length, I’m not one of the longer guys, and it makes a lot of guys hit it where I normally hit it, so we play from a lot of the same spots.”

 

BMW Masters. Levy Leads.

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Alexander Levy leads in Shanghai at the BMW Masters making an ideal start to his bid for a third European Tour title of the season.

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Frenchman Alexander Levy shot a bogey free opening round of -7 under par 65 to lead the BMW Masters on the Lake Malaren Golf Club course.

Alex was happy with his round, joking that he thinks China likes him. He is also buoyant about the good level of French golf;

“I think this country likes me, for me, this golf course is pretty much the same as the one where I won in Shenzhen.”

“I like this type of golf course with water and the target golf. I enjoy being in China and I’m going to try my best the next few days to do the same things I did in April.”

“No French player has won a Major or something like that, but I think we have a good mix between the older generation and young generation.Victor played the Ryder Cup this year and I think it showed all the French players it’s possible to play a big event like that and be in position to be in the Ryder Cup in France in 2018.”

“For my part I’m thinking only about that, to be in France in 2018 at Le Golf National, it’s an amazing place. I think we will have, I hope, two or three players on the Ryder Cup in 2018.

“We have a good generation. Every year some French players win and new players come on The European Tour.”

Another Frenchman Romain Wattel  is sharing second place with Nicolas Colsaerts and Emiliano Grillo,  all just one shot behind on -6 under par.

Graeme McDowell is another shot further back on -5 under par, holding fifth spot on his own after his first round 67. G-Mac arrived late in Shanghai and is shaking off the jet-lag. He reported that good putting was the key to his round;

“I got here Tuesday morning and haven’t really been feeling my best the last couple of days.”

“It’s the first sort of long trip of the year for me and the body took a little bit of time to catch up. Thankfully I felt much, much better this morning and the energy level has felt good.”

“The golf course is fairly soft due to the rain. It’s playing very long (7,600 yards), but the greens are very receptive and you can attack a few pins.”

“I’ve had a lot of yardage in my hand most of the day out there. We counted up, I think I had seven iron shots from outside of 200 yards on this golf course. Certainly for a guy like me who doesn’t hit it maybe as far as some of the other guys, I have to be precise with my iron play and putt well, and I putted well today. That was one of the keys.”

 

CIMB Classic. Rikard Karlberg Leads

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Swede Rikard Karlberg leads the CIMB Classic after the first round at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia.

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Rikard shot a first round -7 under par 65 at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, to take a two shot lead into the second round.

Returning from an injury Rikard said he just relaxed, and had some fun, but the lingering viral infection has affected his season;

It gets you a little bit stressed out, I just stopped almost enjoying the game. I was a little bit frustrated before the two last tournaments coming into this week.”

“Just enjoy it and have fun out there made a big difference to me, so I haven’t really thought about it as a big event.”

Tied in second place are Billy Hurley III, Brian Stuard and Angelo Que, all with opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Top ranked player in the field is Sergio Garcia, he opened the competition with a -3 under par 69. He unfortunately is still suffering from putting problems, which I think is entirely down to that claw grip that he uses;

“It was one of those day where instead of lipping in, they seemed to lip out, and I probably had at least four or five putts that looked like they were going to go in and didn’t.”

Davis Love 111 is another player who had a good start, posting a -4 under par 68 first round, to sit in a tie for fifth place, he said he was taking it easy;

“I was a little tentative on some shots and not real sure what to do, I made some bad swings, but all in all you take 4 under if you haven’t ever seen the course before, so I’m pretty happy with it.”

“I don’t feel real good about a couple of those tee shots I hit. Physically, mentally I’m great. I’m relaxed now. The pressure is off of last week and all the excitement. Somebody else is cleaning up the mess, and I can go play.”

 

 

Kolon Korea Open. Kim Seung-hyuk Finally Beats the Fog, To Win

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Korean Kim Seung-hyuk finally beats the fog, to win the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club

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A last round of -1 under par 70 was enough for Kim Seung-hyuk to win the Kolon Korea Open at foggy Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, with a -2 under par total.

Kim had a very simple game plan;

My game plan was just to make pars, it’s a difficult course and you really need to manage your game if you expect to win here.”

As the current leader of the OneAsia money list Kim  will play the BMW Masters which tees off on Thursday in Shanghai, China.

Noh Seung-yul finished in second place at even par, a last round of -3 under par 69 saw him leap up the leaderboard.

Tied in third place were Lee Tae-hee, Choi Ho-sung and amateur player Ham Jeong-woo, all finished the tournament at +1 over par.

Kolon Korea Open. Monday Finish For Fog Bound Korea Open

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There will be a Monday finish for the fog bound Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

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Current leader of the OneAsia Order of Merit,  Kim Seung-hyuk is at the top of the leaderboard at the Kolon Korea Open, having completed 13 holes of the final round at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, and has a competition score of -2 under par.

He thinks he now has a good chance to win the competition;

“Tomorrow, if I can do well on the 16th and 17th holes, I think I have a good chance to win”

In second place is amateur Ham Jeong-woo, who was cruising along before making some mistakes which have cost him dear. He is at -1 under par for the tournament, having carded a double bogey at the par four 12th hole. Play was then suspended due to darkness, he explained his troubles to reporters;

“I had an unplayable on the 12th and ended up with a double bogey, I thought it would turn into a triple bogey so I am happy with the double.”

Noh Seung-yul is the club-house leader at even par, having completed his final round, carding -2 under par for his final effort, and looking at the way things have gone in this tournament he could still be the winner.

The Kolon Korea Open, is one of the longest running national opens in Asia, but unfortunately this year has been plagued by daily fog delays, since it started on Thursday resulting in a Monday finish.