Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Tommy & Hideto Tied at the Top.

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Defending Champion Tommy Fleetwood, England, is tied at the top of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship leaderboard with Hideto Tanihara of Japan.

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In defence of his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship title Tommy hit all 18 greens in regulation to card a bogey free first round -6 under par 66 to share the lead with Hideto, who was also bogey free at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates.

Tommy said he played well, especially off the tee and capitalized with good putting;

“It’s a good golf course to hit 18 greens around, just a good ball-striking round and nice to start the year off like that.”

“Had control of my ball really from the get-go. Just sort of did what you need to do well around here to get a good score.”

“I drove it well, got away with a couple of tee shots.” 

“Eighteen greens doesn’t happen very often so nice to do it around here.”

“My pace putting was really good. I didn’t put myself under any stress at all. So all in all, a very good morning.”

Hideto played smart golf and also had a good day with the putter;

“It’s a tough course here, I’m thinking more about playing smart golf and making good putts.”

“Aoki, he won on the European Tour, and I’m just trying to focus on winning on the European Tour.”

Five players share third place at -5 under par after their rounds of 67; Fabrizio Zanotti, ParaguaySam Brazel, AustraliaRoss Fisher, EnglandThomas PietersBelgium and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria.

Rory McIlroy played alongside Tommy and world number one Dustin Johnson, for his first outing of the season and carded a respectable -3 under 69. 

Rory was happy with his performance;

“It was nice, I sort of knew what I was expecting out there but at the same time, you never really know.”

“First competitive round in over a hundred days, so it’s a little bit different. But I did well.”

“I played very solid. I think only missed one or two greens, so gave myself plenty of chances. Drove the ball well. Iron play was pretty good.”

“So just need to keep doing that over the next three days and I should have a chance. I was excited to get going.”

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Patton Kizzire Wins Play-Off.

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Patton Kizzire wins the Sony Open in Hawaii in a drawn out 6 hole play-off against James Hahn at Waialae Country Club.

Kizzire claims second win of the season at Sony Open

Patton Kizzire / getty

Patton and James had tied at the top of the Sony Open in Hawaii with tournament scores of -17 under par. Patton with a last round -2 under 68 while James carded an amazing -8 under 62.

Patton is thinking of his next win already;

“I love trying to get better and putting myself in uncomfortable spots.”

“That’s all I want to do is just to be somewhere that I’ve never been because that gets me uncomfortable.”

“That’s when I know I’m doing something right.”

“I’m just going to keep working hard. I want to get the third win. The first win was big, and this one is even bigger.”

James was really deflated after his play-off loss;

“I played good enough to win, but I didn’t.”

“So for me, it’s not how many birdies I make, if I’m not coming out of the room with the trophy, it really feels like I was defeated out there.” 

“I’d rather lose by 100 than lose by 1. I’d rather miss the cut than lose in a playoff. It just doesn’t sit well with me. I feel really defeated right now.”

Tom Hoge finished in third place at -16 under par after his poor last round of even par 70.

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BMW SA Open Championship. Chris Paisley Wins

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Chris Paisley, England, wins the BMW SA Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Chris fired a bogey free closing round -6 under par 66 to win the BMW SA Open Championship by three shots at -21 under par, to claim his maiden European Tour victory, with wife Keri on the bag for the first time;

“I’m just so happy with how the week went and to get the win, for not only myself and Keri, but for everyone that’s stood behind me. It’s unbelievable.” 

“Coming up the last fairway with her next to me was just incredible.”

“My regular caddie is getting some stick but I just can’t say enough about how good of a job she has done this week and just in life in general.”

“I still can’t believe it. Going head-to-head against Branden, in his home country with pretty much everyone in the crowd on his side was tough but I just played great.”

“I played out of my skin. I didn’t even think I was capable of playing that well to be honest, and to come out on top in such a wonderful place is amazing.”

Home favorite Branden Grace finished in second place at -18 under par for the tournament, a -4 under par 68 not enough to win.

JC Ritchie, South Africa, was in third position, shooting the low round of the day, -7 under 65, giving that spot on his own.

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Tom Hoge Has 54 Hole Lead.


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Tom Hoge has the 54 hole lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii after 54 holes  at Waialae Country Club.

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There was a false incoming missile alert, but that didn’t bother Tom Hoge as he carded a bogey free -6 under 64 to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard at -16 under par, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow;

“A new position, it’s a good one, obviously.”

“I’ve been close to the lead a few times in the fall, so a little bit to draw on there.”

“Haven’t quite pulled it off yet. Just getting a little more belief in myself and hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day for me.”

Tied in second place at -15 under par are Patton Kizzire, also -6 under 64 today and the long time leader of the competition Brian Harman, who could only manage -2 under 68 in his third round.

The Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard is very congested so anyone shooting low tomorrow is in with a good chance of victory.

It took the authorities 38 minutes to inform everyone that the missile alarm was a mistake.

 

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EurAsia Cup. Team Europe Win.


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Team Europe win the EurAsia Cup 14-10  over Team Asia, with a good singles performance at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala LumpurMalaysia.

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Thomas Pieters had the honor of securing the winning putt;

“It’s always nice to get the winning point. I got off to a good start, then played pretty poorly during the middle, then made a couple of very good birdies.”

Alex NOREN 4&2 over Nicholas FUNG

HolePoom SAKSANSIN 1 up over Paul CASEY

Tommy FLEETWOOD 2&1 over S.S.P. CHAWRASIA

Henrik STENSON 2&1 over Hideto TANIHARA

Rafa CABRERA BELLO 4&3 over Gavin GREEN

Bernd WIESBERGER 2&1 over Phachara KHONGWATMAI

Alexander LEVY 3&1 over Kiradech APHIBARNRAT

Thomas PIETERS 1 up over Ben AN

Tyrrell HATTON 2&1 Anirban LAHIRI

Matthew FITZPATRICK Match Halved Sunghoon KANG

 Yuta IKEDA 1 up over Ross FISHER

Li  Haotong 3&1 over Paul DUNNE

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BMW SA Open Championship. Chris Paisley in Pole Position.


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Chris Paisley, England, is in pole position, leading the BMW SA Open Championship going into the final round tomorrow at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Chris carded a third round -2 under 70 to lead the BMW SA Open Championship at -15 under par after 54 holes, and will take a one shot advantage into the last round tomorrow, playing in the final round with home favorite Branden Grace of South Africa;

“Being tied for the lead isn’t a position I’ve been in a lot, I’m really proud with how I’ve played, I felt really calm and never really felt stressed.” 

“Obviously playing with Gracie , who’s won God knows how many times on Tour and obviously is a great player, and in his home country. I’m sure the crowd is going to be on his side.”

“I’m just really excited about it.”

Branden charged up the leaderboard with a third round -6 under par 66, to claim second place at -14 under par, and knows the gallery will be on his side;

“I got frustrated out there to be quite honest, I thought I hit the ball superbly through 13 holes, but just couldn’t get it in the hole.” 

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow big-time.  I’ve played myself right back into it and I’m really excited going into tomorrow.”

“It will be a big advantage to have that support tomorrow.”

Three players are tied in third position, three shots back at -12 under par, Adrien Saddier, France, +1 over par 73 today, Chase Koepka, USA, -4 under 68, and Jacques Blaauw, South Africa, with his third round -6 under 66.

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EurAsia Cup. Asia Still 1 Up.

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Team Asia squared the Foursomes 3 & 3 to stay one up over Team Europe in the EurAsia Cup at 6½ to 5½ points.

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Henrik Stenson & Tommy Fleetwood / getty

Tommy may have sunk the winning putt for his match at the 16th, but gave most of the credit to his playing partner Henrik Stenson;

“I wasn’t on my game at all and Henrik was sort of constantly getting me out of trouble.”

“And then we had that good patch, ten, eleven and twelve, where we holed three good putts and that was massive because they really started playing well sort of midway through that front nine, and it was a good match.”

Tommy FLEETWOOD & Henrik STENSON 3&2 over S.S.P. CHAWRASIA &
Anirban LAHIRI

Paul CASEYTyrrell HATTON 2&1 over Kiradech APHIBARNRAT &
Byeong Hun AN

Gavin GREEN Yuta IKEDA 1 up over Rafa CABRERA BELLO Alexander LEVY 

Matthew FITZPATRICK Thomas PIETERS 3&2 over Poom SAKSANSIN &
Sunghoon KANG

Phachara KHONGWATMAIHideto TANIHARA 2&1 over Paul DUNNE &
Alex NOREN
LI Haotong & Nicholas FUNG 3&1 over Ross FISHER Bernd WIESBERGER