Helsingborg Open. Nicole Keeps Ahead.

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Nicole Broch Larsen keeps ahead of the chasing pack in the Helsingborg Open at  Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.

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Nicole carded a second round of -4 under par 69 to stay ahead in the Helsingborg Open with a tournament total of -9 under par.

Nicole said this is where she wants to be, and her putter is working well;

“This is where I want to be.”

“Today I had a bit of a bad start. My front nine was not as good as I wanted but on the back nine I made a couple of birdies in a row and just kept going.”

“I’m a long hitter, so I had some short irons into some of the par fives, but then I missed some of the fairways as well and didn’t get up and down.”

“On the back nine, I hit it close and got the putter going so it was nice to bounce back that way.”

Ashleigh Simon from South Africa, is in second place following her -8 under par 65, giving her a total of -8 under, She was really proud of her achievement, and sinking three birdie putts in a row;

“I’m really chuffed. I got off to a really good start, three birdies in a row, lipped out on my fourth and then holed a really nice putt from off the green on the par three 14th.”

“Unfortunately I bogeyed the 18th, which was my ninth, but nine was in my head and I nearly got to it.”

“I putted really well today, hit some nice shots and just converted them.”

“I found something this week and worked on it over the phone with my coach, Doug Wood.”

“My grip had got quite strong, so I weakened that a little bit. I’d been hitting it left the last few weeks and was just getting it around.”

Swedish rookie Lina Boqvist holds third place at -7 under par, her second round -5 under par 68 giving her that place on her own.

 Katie Burnett of the United States is a stroke back in fourth spot at -6 under par, while the chasing pack of six ladies are on -5 under for the competition.

M2M Russian Open. Bradley Dredge Leads.

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Bradley Dredge leads the M2M Russian Open at the half way stage at  Skolkovo Golf Club in Moscow.

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Bradley shot back to back 66’s in the first two rounds of the M2M Russian Open to lead the competition at the half way point with a -10 under par total.

He was delighted with his bogey free double, especially the putting;

“I’m delighted, back-to-back 66s and no dropped shots. I’m very pleased with that.”

“For me the highlight has been the putting, I’ve been putting really well. 

“I found the greens to be absolutely perfect today, I got the speed and got the lines spot on and I putted great today.”

“If I could get two more rounds of 66 that would be tough to beat but it’s only halfway through.”

“If I can keep that going and improve my iron play a little bit then that will be good for the weekend.”

Lee Slattery has moved up to second place, a -4 under par 67, earning him that place on his own at -9 under par. That was despite suffering from dizzy spells on the way round. He reflected on his “strange” day;

“I had a really strange day on the golf course today. I hit two good shots into the first and stood over the putt and just felt a bit dizzy, which was really strange.”

“I managed to hole the putt and then at the next couple of holes I tried to eat a bit of food and see how I was and it got a little worse.”

“I started to see a few dots in front of me.”

“I was really a little bit worried at that stage so I called for the doctor and it turned out Tjaart van der Walt, who is a good friend of mine and who I was playing with, gave me a couple of drinks and said ‘as long as you get some sugar into you, you’ll be fine’, so he gave me a couple of drinks and it helped me big time. 

“It started to pick up a little bit on the back nine and all of a sudden I had a bit of a sugar rush so I went a little bit faint again.”

“It’s one of the most bizarre days I’ve had on a golf course but fortunately I was swinging it well and it didn’t affect my golf much.” 

First round leader Daniel Gaunt had a -2 under par round today, which dropped him to -8 under par for the tournament, and third place. Scott Jamieson, who also shared the lead at the start of play, went round in even par 71, slipping to T7 at -6 under par.




Helsingborg Open. Nicole Broch Larsen Leads.

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Nicole Broch Larsen, from Denmark, leads the Helsingborg Open  at Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.

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Nicole shot a first round -5 under par 68, on the  Vasatorps Golf Club par 73 layout, in the Helsingborg Open.

Nicole sadly  lost to Hannah Burke at the Tipsport Golf Masters in Pilsen three weeks ago, but thinks she has something to prove here;

“I really like the course and I feel good and I think I have something to show people after the last tournament in the Czech Republic.”

“I’ve been working hard the last few weeks to get here and be in contention again so it’s nice that it worked today.”

“I’m trying to keep it up for the next three days.”

Compatriot Nanna Koerstz Madsen is in second place, just one shot back at – 4 under par, she lives  just an hour and ten minutes away across the Danish border, and is hoping to win this tournament to qualify for next week’s Evian Championship in France;

“I had a rough start as I hit a tree and it was almost a lost ball, but we found it.”

“It was a bit of a nervous start but then I calmed down.”

“I think I have too many expectations for myself. It’s an important tournament for me and I have a lot of people I know here, watching. I want to have a good event.”

Four ladies are tied in third position, at -3 under par, Charlotte Thompson, Pernilla Lindberg, Beth Allen and Kylie Walker.

Kylie was happy how she played in the rougher afternoon conditions;

“I just played solid and hit my irons well so I gave myself plenty of chances.”

“It was tough conditions when the rain came down and it was quite windy, so I was happy with how I played.”

Pernilla, the top ranked player in the field, was more than happy with her -3 under par round

 “I maybe could have wished for a shot or two better because I was four under making the turn.”

“If someone offered me a three under this morning I would have taken it.”

M2M Russian Open. Scott Jamieson & Daniel Gaunt Tied at the Top

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Scott Jamieson & Daniel Gaunt are tied at the top of the M2M Russian Open leaderboard after the first round at Skolkovo Golf Club in Moscow.

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Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and Australia’s Daniel Gaunt,

Both players carded first rounds of -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the M2M Russian Open in a chilly and damp Moscow.

Scott set the clubhouse lead with his bogey free 65 early in the day, and said he was pleased with the round, starting at the tenth. He just missed a birdie at his last hole, the par three 9th but was happy to tap in for par on a tough hole;

“The birdie putt at nine was looking good but it was just a relief to see it settle just a foot from the hole.” 

“It’s a tough hole today, playing into the wind with a back pin so three is a good score there.”

Daniel had a mixed bag, an Eagle chip in at the 12th and a double bogey on fifteen, but recovered well, with a host of one putts;

“I have been playing well. Last week, I wasn’t stressed about missing the cut.”

 “It was a good bounce back on the 16th and 18th there after a double bogey at fifteen.”

“Apart from that I played great golf today. I holed loads of putts and started with a load of one-putts.”

“I had a great chip in at the 12th. I bombed a driver and then cut a little three-wood in because the hybrid was going to go the opposite way so I missed it just right and committed to the chip and it just ran out perfectly, right in the middle.”

“I got told I was playing great golf and I just came out here believing that now and if I can keep that up, one shot at a time, the results will take care of themselves.”

Lee Slattery and Bradley Dredge are tied in third place at -5 under par, posting good rounds of 66.

Bradley was happy with his solid start to the competition;

“I’m very pleased with five under, it’s a good score around here today.” 

“It got a bit tricky at times, we had some breeze and a bit of rain, so a couple of things to contend with but overall a good score.”

“Obviously it’s only round one and there’s a long way to go, but you can certainly put yourself out of it on the first day so I played steady apart from a couple of poor shots around the turn.”

“Other than that, a good solid round.”

There are no less than eight players tied on -4 under par, including last weeks winner, David Horsey, so its going to be a tight tussle for this title.





Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Maiden Win For Kris Tumalis.

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Kris Tumalis pulled off her maiden LPGA Tour win at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, at her 186th attempt.

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Kris carded a  final round -7 under par 65 to claim her maiden LPGA Tour victory, at the  Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, with a -17 under par total.

Kris was totally amazed at her one shot victory;

“It’s amazing. I was definitely not expecting this today. “

I was just out there playing my game and I had a lot of opportunities for birdie, which was really nice to have.”

“Kept it below the hole for the most part. Honestly didn’t even know what I shot until I counted my birdies at the end of the round.”

” It was a marathon out there. We were just trying to get it in, beat the weather, and that’s it. So it’s unbelievable.”

She also spoke about her caddie Thomas “Motion” Frank;

“Mo believes in me more than I believe in me. He’s just such an inspiration, you know, what happened to his house earlier this year when it burned, his unbelievable, amazing attitude.”

 “The text I got from him, the first thing he said was, you know, it’s okay, I’ve got the best friends, I’ve got the best family, and he’s like I’ve got my health.”

“He just keeps me going, keeps me believing in myself and when I don’t want to be out there he’s like, come on, let’s do this. He’s the best!”

Yani Tseng shared  second place at -16 under par with Austin Ernst.

Yani thought her last putt would get her into a play-off, it would not just would fall in;

“I putted on line, the ball just didn’t stay online.”

“I don’t know why that didn’t go in.  I made a good putt, I felt boy, it’s going in, because I had the little hole in front of my, it was at three feet, it was a little hole.”

” So I just, okay, let’s hit left side and then it turns and kind of turn back a little bit, I don’t know, that putt is no way it’s going to turn left and it turns left at the end.”

” I don’t know, I just did my best, you know. Sometimes you need a little luck to win a tournament too.”

Lexi Thompson and Sydnee Michaels tied for fourth spot, both at -14 under par for the tournament.

The Barclays. Great Day.

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Jason Day had a great day at The Barclays, winning the tournament at Plainfield Country Club.

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Jason had a final around -8 under par 62 to secure The Barclays title by a massive six shots, with a  -19 under par total.

Jason felt like he was in the zone, and it was his time, and wants to keep the momentum going. He said he can not control what Jordan or Rory can do next week;

“I felt like it was my time, like mentally I felt like, you paid your dues, now it’s time to go out and win tournaments.”

“I’m not going to say in the future it’s going to be like this all the time, because it’s very difficult to win.”

“It always is a goal of mine, I can only control what I can control. I can’t control them.”

“That means I’ll have to play well, as well, just keep this momentum going.” 

“I think winning the FedExCup and maybe one or two more tournaments, that could put my name in the mix for Player of the Year.”

“I’m not sure. I’m going to leave that to the peers, to the people. That will definitely throw my name in the mix.”

“The last six weeks, they’ve been crazy, the good thing about it is it’s not over. I have this great momentum going into next week to a course I absolutely love. It’s only positive stuff moving forward from here.”

“Currently ranked No. 1 in the FedExCup, which is fantastic. I’m looking forward to playing at East Lake.”

“There’s three more tournaments I would love to win, and I’d love to win the FedExCup.” 

Henrik Stenson claimed second place, a few shots back at -13 under par, he had to admit there was only one player put there today;

“I think there was only one player out there today.”

“I mean, Jason is full of confidence, just heating it up, making birdies. It would have taken something really special to challenge him today the way he’s playing at the moment.”

Bubba Watson was in third position, at -11 under par, although he could have done so much better;

“I said, Teddy, I’m playing good the last few months, and Jason Day is playing a thousand times better.”

“It seems like he’s my thorn right now.”



D+D REAL Czech Masters. Thomas Takes The Title.

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Thomas Pieters, of Belgium, takes the title at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, on the wonderfully named Albatross Golf Resort, in Prague.

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Thomas cruised to victory with a final round -3 under par 69 at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, giving him a three shot win with his -20 under par tournament total.

Thomas lost in a play-off to Miguel Angel Jiménez at the 2014 Open de España, so was absolutely delighted to pick  up his first European Tour victory here;

“This means everything to me. You work all year long for this and all my life right up to now.”

“To be a European Tour winner is an amazing feeling right now. I’m happy to have my family with me and I’m very proud of the way I played today, especially after that early double.”

“I had some really good numbers coming in on the back nine so I could hit it full. On 18 I had a perfect number and I hit a good shot and good putt, which was a nice way to finish. 

“To say I can hold on to a lead and go low is nice. I’ve not really done that before. To be able to shoot 20 under par is great.” 

“I tried to stay patient today and I think I did a really good job. I was very nervous coming down the stretch to be honest.”

“That just goes away the more you are in contention, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.” 

“It was special having my family here with me. I called them yesterday and they were in Belgium. For them to be here right now is pretty cool that they can experience this with me.”

“They drove through the night to get here. It is a nine hour journey, but it is great to have them here.” 

“It’s great to get a victory so early in my career. There are so many players out here that maybe haven’t won, or who have just won once, so I am really happy right now.”

Pelle Edberg, from Sweden, took second place, a last round -1 under par 71 giving him a -17 under par total, three shots off the pace.

He started well, but a three putt started the decline in birdies;

“I left a few shots out there today so I’m a bit disappointed. Thomas and I played the same way as yesterday but he just beat me, so big congratulations to him.” 

“I started really well but then had a three putt and got away with a few pars. I didn’t really make any putts after the fifth hole today so it was tough.” 

“This was a bit different to when I’ve finished second before. In Sweden I was very nervous playing with Peter Hanson.”

“This week I’ve been much more relaxed and felt much more comfortable, so it is a step in the right direction.”

Matthew Fitzpatrick finished in third place, his final round -4 under par 68 giving him that position at -16 under par.

Matthew was happy to claim third, and is now looking forward to his 21st birthday next week;

“It’s a good week for me, finishing third. I got off to a great start today. It would have been nice to have carried it on.” 

“I gave myself great chances on five, six, seven and eight, and then stalled on the back nine. I was a couple of clubs out on a couple of holes, but I can’t complain.” 

“At the start of the year I would have taken finishing third here.”

“I keep coming close so I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing, keep putting myself in positions and hopefully it will come.” 

“It was always going to be difficult being five behind at the start of the day, but I got it going early on but it is difficult to keep going low hole after hole.”

“I’ve already exceeded my expectations at the start of the year by a country mile so I’ve just got to keep going in the right direction.”

“It’s my 21st birthday next week so I’m looking forward to going to America to celebrate with my friends and then get ready for five on the spin.”

Happy Birthday Matthew