CIMB Classic. Anirban Ascends The Leaderboard,

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Anirban Lahiri, from India, ascends the CIMB Classic leaderboard, to lead the competition after 54 holes at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

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Anirban Lahiri 

Anirban  shot a third round -7 under par 65 to lead the CIMB Classic with a -19 under par total, and a four-stroke advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Anirban got over the hurdle of finishing poorly in the previous rounds, with four late birdies today;

“It’s very important. Obviously it was on my mind today, it was on my mind since I finished my round yesterday actually.”

“I was determined to keep my focus right through the 18 holes.”

“I just need to focus on what I need to do. I feel I’m in a good place mentally and physically and with my game, so that’s exactly where you want to be going into tomorrow.”

“I’m not going to think much about where I am but just think about what I need to do.”

Sharing second place are defending champion, Justin Thomas, at -15 under par for the tournament. Justin could only manage -1 under 71 today, he is tied in second with Russell Knox, who carded -4 under 68 today.

Justin admitted he played some poor golf today;

“It was really just terrible golf for the first 13 holes. It was a very weird feeling. I just put myself so far behind the eight-ball.”

“It was great to have that finish. I gave myself a chance. I hope I can ride the momentum into tomorrow.”

“Anirban is playing great. It’s the best I’ve seen him play. He just made it look so simple. I didn’t realise he made nine birdies until we finished.”

Derek Fathauer, -4 under 68 today, James Hahn, -3 under 69 and Hideki Matsuyama, -3 under 69, share fourth position at -14 under par.

Blue Bay LPGA. Two Way Tie at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Blue Bay LPGA after 54 holes in China. Jessica Korda and Minjee Lee share the lead. Who said yesterday that Minjee would have a leisurely stroll to the title, (well me actually)

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Minjee Lee & Jessica Korda / getty

Minjee managed to squander a six shot lead, returning a third round score of +1 over par 73. Jessica took full advantage, carding a third round -6 under par 66, to level the scores at the top of the Blue Bay LPGA at -11 under par.

Jessica was the only player in the field to birdie the par four 12th hole today;

“Twelve in general is a really hard hole.”

“You have to land it perfectly at the top to have any shot at that pin staying on the back of the green. It’s really wet back there so you don’t want to have to chip up. It’s not an easy chip.”

“So I was just really happy to be on the green to be honest with you and have some type of putt at it.”

“And being able to birdie it, if that’s what my reaction was, I looked up and down and excited, it was more like a surprise and it was a good surprise.”

“Like I said, it’s a really hard hole and a really hard pin, so you’re thinking par is going to be a great score, and the fact that I actually made birdie I’m like, oh, wow, cool, that’s great.”

Minjee is just hoping for a better day tomorrow;

“It wasn’t windy. It wasn’t that windy today, so I guess you could be a bit more aggressive at the pins.”

“I mean, I wasn’t striking it that well, so I think I just got by, making up-and-down.”

“Yeah, tomorrow is another day, so you never know.”

Ariya Jutanugarn is in third place at -9 under par, following her magnificent third round effort of -7 under 65.

Ariya is playing smart golf, keeping the driver in the bag, she wants to win the Rolex Player of the Year award, and currently holds a four point lead over world number one Lydia Ko, who is not in the field this week;

“I think it’s really important because like the Rolex Player of the Year Award, it’s really an honor to win that one, and I think whoever wins really deserves it, because it’s really the hardest one to win.”

“And of course I want to win when I have a chance.”

“This course, you have to be really patient. I think today I maintained my like emotion to be patient, so I just hit like hit my tee shot good.”

“I just be like waiting for birdies, not really rushing trying to make birdies. Just trying to have fun.”

Portugal Masters. Two at the Top


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There are two players at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard, Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan,  at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Andy carded -10 under par 61 on day two of the Portugal Masters, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Marc, who had -6 under par 65, both players on-14 under par for the 36 holes.

Andy had been suffering with a cold putter of late, but not today;

“I knew I needed to go low today to get a beat on the leaders.”

“So to go out there and shoot that score is absolutely fantastic. I had thoughts of 59 coming down the stretch there, but it wasn’t to be.”

“It’s fantastic being on top of the leaderboard and giving myself a chance going into the weekend. The game’s felt good for a long time.”

“The putter’s just been a bit cold and today I just holed a couple of good putts out there just to get the momentum going. It only takes a couple of putts to go in and you start seeing it go in all the time.”

“More of the same for me. I know last year, I was aggressive the whole way around and I know I’ve got to be aggressive again.”

Marc was happy to be still in contention;

“I’m really pleased, it’s always tough to follow up a really good score like yesterday.”

“It was good, I tried to stay as patient as I possibly could out there and nice to finish with a three at the last.”

“I had a good finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, I feel as if a bit of pressure has come off and I can look forward and try to qualify for some events at the end of the year.”

“It’s a much nicer place to be playing your golf, as opposed to looking backwards all the time.”

Jens Fahbring, -7 under 64 today and Major winner Padraig Harrington, -8 under 63 are tied in third place at -13 under par, just one shot back.

Padraig had nine birdies, one bogey, with the round highlighted by a bladed chip-in on the 11th hole  and a 42-foot putt on the 16th green.

Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Lee Leaps Ahead.

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Minjee Lee leaps ahead at the half-way stage of the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee carded a second round -5 under par 67, the low round of the day, in the Blue Bay LPGA, to post -12 under par at the top of the leaderboard, producing an amazing six shot lead;

“I don’t think it’s easy out there. It’s still windy and the greens are really undulated so you have to be in the right places.”

“Yeah, it’s not easy, and I don’t find it that easy.”

“I don’t mind the wind, so I guess it’s not a bad thing. Yeah, I’ll just play with whatever, I’ll just adjust to the wind.”

“I think I had a pretty solid round today. I had three-under the first nine, so I was happy with my start.”

“In the middle, I had a couple loose shots here and there, but I could get up-and-down.”

“Then I finished off with two birdies. Overall, pretty solid round.”

Nearest challenger is Caroline Masson, -3 under 69 today giving her a -6 under par total, and second place.

Carlota Ciganda, -1 under 71 today, Jessica Korda, even par 72, share third place, both on -5 under par.

Looks like Minjee Lee will have a leisurely stroll to the finish line.

CIMB Classic. Justin Thomas Defending Champ In Charge.

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Justin Thomas, the defending CIMB Classic champion, is in charge of the tournament after 36 holes at TPC Kuala Lumpur, on the West Course.

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Defending Champion Justin shot a bogey free  -6 under par 66 in the second round of the CIMB Classic, to top the leaderboard at -14 under par, giving him a two stroke advantage over the field after 36 holes of the tournament;

“I drove the ball well and had it in the fairways a lot and had a lot of birdie opportunities.”

“There’s definitely a couple shots I’d like to have back, but I mean, going bogey-free and six under is always good.”

“I really try not to think a lot about the fact that I won last year. I’m really just trying to focus on each and every shot that I’m hitting.”

Anirban Lahiri, from India, is in second place at -12 under par, he also carded -6 under 66 today;

“I’ve been playing well. Both yesterday and today I’ve played good. I think I played solid right through.”

“It’s just very disappointing to finish the way I did. Both days I think I left four or five shots out there coming in.”

“Yeah, I would have liked to be in a better position the way I’ve played but it’s not over yet.”

“I put some work in with my coach earlier in the week. Last week was a bit of a struggle.”

“Obviously I seem to be finding my rhythm a lot better. I think having played this course a few times, you kind of know what to do.”

Russell Knox, -9 under par 63 today, James Hahn, -8 under 64 and Hideki Matsuyama, -8 under 64, all share third place at -11 under.

Russell carded six birdies on his back nine, with some great putting;

“I thought I could shoot maybe five , six under would be a great score, and then I just started making putts after putts.”

“Got on a nice little roll there and very pleased with my score.”





Portugal Masters. Marc Warren Leads.

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Marc Warren has the first round lead in the Portugal Masters at  at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Marc shot a Portugal Masters first round -8 under par 63 to lead a compacted leaderboard by one shot.

Marc made six birdies in row at the start of his round, which also included a bogey;

“I think I’ve had six or seven in a row but never at the start of the round.”

“It’s an absolutely perfect start. Everything was going right for me, just the right numbers and landing it close and a couple of tap-ins. It was a great start.”

“You really have to control your expectations I think more than anything else. You kind of want to just keep hitting it close and making birdies and realise golf is not that easy.”

“There are going to be a few holes you’re going to have to dig in and overall I was pleased to keep moving forward on the back nine and come back in two under.”

There are five players tied in second place, that one shot back at -7 under par, Eddie PepperellMatthew Baldwin, Callum Shinkwin,  Mikko Kornhonen and David Lipsky.

Eddie is fighting to keep his Tour card, but for the moment he is just enjoying playing golf;

“If I miss the cut this week and bad things happen, I feel like it wouldn’t be a career-defining moment for me whether I lost my card or keep my card.”

“For me it’s getting in the frame of mind, the way I feel like I’m swinging it, I want to go out and win this golf tournament.”

“I want to get to Dubai. I’ve played those events the last two years, so that’s got to be my focus the way I’m playing.”

“If I play well enough, I feel like I give myself a shot at winning and that’s all I can do. Whether I’m 120 on the list or ten, I feel like if I play well, I can win. I’ve just got to make that happen.”

“There’s relief just to be playing decent golf and actually enjoying it. I’ve been very frustrated with the game because I’ve been playing so poorly and I think any of us out here would tell you that.”

Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Lee Leads

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Minjee Lee leads after the first round of the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee put together a -7 under par 65 in the opening round of the Blue Bay LPGA, giving her a two shot lead over the field.

She only had a limited practice here, good putting helped her today;

“Well, I only had, I got nine holes practice yesterday, because we flew in yesterday.”

 “But no, I just took it one shot at a time and didn’t try to get ahead of myself. Just played my own game today and a lot of my putts dropped today.”

Jessica Korda and Sandra Gal share second place at -5 under, with their opening rounds of 67.

Sandra made an Eagle, on the par four second hole;

 “Yeah, it was my second hole, I had around, I think I had 89 yards to the pin and there was a little back stop so I played it to go a little long and come back and I had a perfect line and it just rolled in.”

“It’s just a nice start. To hit it close or even go in the hole, it just kind of jump starts your round and kind of gets you in a nice flow, which I then kept up for the rest of the day.”

“That was a nice eagle.”

Last weeks winner Carlota Ciganda, and Chella Choi are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.

Chella is happy that the course is easier to play this year;

“I played so well the first year, and last year is not good.”

“But this tournament, I like this golf course, because the shape is very good and condition is very good, but green is a little bit slow.”

“Last year, conditions are more harder because if I hit the green, always over. But this year, like if I hit the green, it stops, my ball.”

“It’s easier than last year. It’s more easier because last year very difficult.”