Volvo China Open. Alex Levy Leads

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Alex Levy, from France, leads the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club in China.

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Alex kept his recent good form going, carding a bogey free -9 under par 63 to lead the first round of the Volvo China Open.

Alex said he played great golf with 18 greens in regulation today, combined with some good putting;

“I played great, I hit 18 greens today and had some good putts for birdie, two or three long putts that helped but I played well last week and I am enjoying being back here and at this golf course.”

“I like the golf courses in China, the last one and this one, but the golf is different day after day and I will try my best this week to do like what I did today.”

Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, is just one shot back in second spot at -8 under par, shooting 64 with his opening round, he had a conscious effort to two putt today;

“I am very happy , you know one of those solid rounds.”

“I tried to two-putt and I made one putt so that was a bonus.”

“I was happy with two putts and it’s one of those bonuses that a good day in the office gives you.”
Peter Hanson, Sweden and James Morrison, from England, both share third place at -5 under, after their first rounds of 67.

 

Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Gets Maiden Win

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Kevin Chappell gets Maiden  PGA Tour win at the Valero Texas Open at TPC Antonio in Texas.

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Kevin sinks the winning putt

Kevin shot a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Valero Texas Open with a -12 under par total. He sunk an 8ft putt to claim his first ever PGA Tour win, exceptional putting on Sunday giving him the dream win.

Brooks Koepka claimed second place at -11 under par, with a great last round -7 under par 65.

Kevin Tway, -3 under 69 today, and Tony Finau, also -3 under 69, shared third place at -9 under par.

Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open. Florentyna Wins Three-Way Play-Off.

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Florentyna Parker, from England, wins the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open after a three-way play-off  at Club de Golf Terramar in Spain, against Carlota Cigander, Spain and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden.

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All three ladies carded final rounds of -5 under par 66 in the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open, for -15 under par totals, sending them into the play-off, which Florentyna won on the fourth play-off hole, with a birdie putt;

“I knew I had to win. I know I’m not going to get picked for The Solheim Cup, so I know I have to qualify automatically.”

“I think today I’ve proved that I can play against the best and best them, so I’m really happy.”

“I can’t remember how many times I played the 18th hole, but I think I had a few birdies today, so it was fantastic and I still can’t believe it.”

“You’re up against the best players in the world, they come over from the LPGA and it’s so good to beat them!”

“I was putting quite well towards the end and I knew that green off by heart, so I knew it was going to go in. Luckily, she missed!”

Anna had to console herself with a share of second place;

“I started with two bogeys this morning and didn’t hit it all that bad. I fought hard. “

“After that, I played really well. I missed a lot of putts but it was hard, they were either bouncy or it was hard to get the break. I made a birdie on 18 to get to 15-under and Carlota gave us a chance by missing the chance she had to birdie 18 in regulation.”

“I felt I played the play-off as I needed to and had good yardages. The second to last putt just bounced, so I was disappointed there and then I thought I had the last putt on 18 and I don’t know how it didn’t go in.”

“Florentyna hit it to three feet on the last hole and she took the chance when she had it. Congratulations to her.”

Home favorite Carlota missed her putt on the last hole in regulation to win;

“It’s just golf and I’m happy with the way I played, shooting four-under on the last few holes. “

“It was a good round and I knew I had to make birdie on 18 to win.”

“I hit the putt the way I wanted but just a little too hard. I have to keep learning and keep playing. It’s been a great week and I want to thank all the fans, because I really felt their support. Life is good!”

Shenzhen International. Wiesberger Wins In A Play-Off.

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Shenzhen International in a play-off at  Genzon Golf Club in China.

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Bernd had a poor final round of -1 under par 71 in the Shenzhen International to get into a play-off at -16 under par, against Tommy Fleetwood, who carded a fabulous -9 under par 63. It was a great final round with four players in with a chance to win with four holes to go, but one by one they fell over, in the pouring rain;

“I’m feeling a bit relieved now I have to say.”

“I’ve had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months and it’s really nice to have a trophy again.”

“We have really good players out here, all up for it, playing well and throwing a lot at me.”

“At the end of the day I’m just glad I got myself into the spot where I could play for the title.”

“Tommy has had a great day today and I’m just grateful to make that one shot when I needed to.”

“I just wanted to get off to a good start and show them that I’m up for it and I did, scrapped around a little bit, had a couple of near misses with good looks at it early on. It could have gotten to me but I stayed calm, played on decently.”

Tommy said a few putts dropped today, and in the end he was disappointed;

“I’ve played well all week and I was really disappointed, it was stressing me out that I couldn’t really get anything in the hole.”

“Today, just a few putts went in and I kept it going all the way through and it was a good time to shoot a 63.”

“As a goal I wanted to be one under for every three holes, that was 66 and if I beat that I thought I’ll have a had a good day and a good week.”

Grégory Bourdy, -5 under 67 today and Ross Fisher -4 under 68 shared third place at -15 under par. Ross sadly three putted the 18th green to drop out of a  play-off place.

Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Has The Lead.

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Kevin Chappell has the 54 hole lead at the Valero Texas Open in Texas.

Chappell grabs the lead at Valero

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Kevin carded a third round -1 under par 71 to claim the lead in the Valero Texas Open with a -8 under par tournament total, in strong winds that kept scores on the high side;

“It was about finding a rhythm,I knew when I found it, I could extend it. You can get it going on the finishing stretch.”

“I knew my game was in a good place, I had played some really good rounds of golf.”

Brandon Grace-2 under 70 today and John Huh, -1 under 71 share second place at -7 under par.

Brandon found the strong wings irritating;

“It was pretty irritating out there.”

“Pars out there are good. Just have to be patient.”

Bud Cauley and Tony Finau both signed for +2 over par 74 today, dropping them back into the huge tie for 6th place at -6 under par.

Tomorrow will be an exciting day, with lots of players in with a chance of victory,

Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open. Mel Read Leads.

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Mel Read leads the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open after 54 holes at Club de Golf Terramar in Spain.

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Mel, from England, fired a third round -9 under par 62 to lead the  Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open tournament by four shots at -14 under par;

“It was tough out there today: it was windy, but I’m very happy with a 62.”

“Me and my caddie Benji were very careful with our club selection today due to the wind and we did alright.”

“We got the clubs right and put them pin high. I’ve got some new clubs in the bag and they’ve made a huge difference with my distance control, so I’m really happy about it.”

“It’s obviously nice to have a four-shot lead but as you can see, there is a nine-under out there. I’ve got Carlota, Aza and Anna behind me.”

“I’ll try not to feel like I’m in the lead but feel like I’m chasing and try not to take my foot off the gas.”

Anna Nordqvist, Sweden -4 under 67 today, Carlota Ciganda Spain, -7 under 64, Azahara Muñoz, Spain -4 under 67 and Florentyna Parker England, -5 under 66, are all tied for second place at 10-under par for the competition.

Anna had a hole in one today, at the par three 13th.

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 “I wasn’t too excited after making a bogey on 12 but I hit such a good seven iron on thirteen, it was all over the pin and started working early.”

“I’ve had a lot of close calls the last couple of years, but none have gone in, so I was pretty excited to see it go in actually.”

“It was cool to see Mel shoot a low round today. I still haven’t figured out these greens yet and I’ve been a bit clueless but hopefully I can figure it out and catch her tomorrow.”

Shenzhen International. Bernd In Control.

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Bernd Wiesberger is in control of the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club in China, with a three stroke lead to take into the final round.

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Bernd had a third round -3 under par 69 to sit comfortably on top of the Shenzhen International leaderboard with -15 under par total, and a three shot advantage over the field;

“I didn’t start off really well, I hit a couple of crooked shots and left a couple of putts out there but then from when I holed the putt on seven I felt more comfortable out there and was rolling the ball a bit better.”

“I was in a similar position a couple of weeks ago in Malaysia and had a sloppier day, so I’m happy with the way I bounced back and to shoot three under par is a decent score today.”

“The guys were coming at me hard early on today as well so I’m expecting no less for tomorrow, so I’m just trying to commit to my shots and enjoy it out there.”

In second place at -12 under par is Dylan Frittelli, had carded -4 under 68 today and moved into position nicely.

Sharing third spot are Dean Burmester, -4 under 68 today, George Coetzee -5 under 67,  Ross Fisher -3 under 69 and David Lipsky -5 under 67, all these players have -11 under par totals.

Grégory Bourdy carded a hole in one today, but no car.

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Low round of the day went to Alex Levy, -8 under 64, which put him into a tie for 5th place at -10 under par, where he was joined by Bubba Watson -2 under today, Grégory Bourdy-2 under 70 and top Chinese player  Liu Yan-Wei who carded -6 under par 66.