Australian Open. Matt Makes It.

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Matt Jones makes it a win at the Australian Open, in a dramatic day at The Australian Golf Course in Sydney.

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Matt had an up and down final round which included a bogey, double-bogey and a triple, but managed to hang on and win the Australian Open after carding a +2 over par final round, and post the wining score of -8 under par.

He was closely followed home by two big name players, World number one, and defending champion Jordan Spieth, and Adam Scott, they tied for second place at -7 under par

Adam started the day nine shots off the lead, and produced a great final round -6 under par 65, to give him the clubhouse lead at -7 under par, while Jordan and Matt battled it out between them, in a comedy of errors.

Jordan carded even par 71 for his last round while Matt recovered from his meltdown to hang on with +2 over par 73.

How they must have envied Rod Pampling, who shot a course record -10 under par 61 for his final round, to finish on his own in fourth place at -6 under par.

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Schwartzel Sails On.

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Charl Schwartzel sails on in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopards Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Charl will take a three shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship after his third round -2 under par 70 gave him a -13 under par tournament total.

Charl, the home town favorite, is already a three-time winner of this event, but admitted he struggled a bit today, as he tries to become the first South African to win the same official European Tour event four times;

“I felt really uncomfortable to be honest, I struggled.”

“As good as the long game was the first few days, it was as bad today and it made me feel very uncomfortable.”

“If I can have some bad rounds still under par, out of my experience, that’s how you compete in tournaments and even win tournaments.”

“On the positive side of it, I’ve shot a lot worse scores playing like this and that means there is an improvement in my game.”

“It can’t be far away. It has to be feelings, I’m just feeling very, very uncomfortable so if I can go and find something that can trigger me I think I’ll sleep a little better.”

“I just would like to play some decent golf. If someone shoots a low score and beats me then so be it. I just want to play some decent golf myself, I’ve been longing for it for a while.”

Sharing second place, at -10 under par is European Tour rookie Sebastien Gros, he fired a third round -9 under 63, and he is tied with countryman Benjamine Herbert, both players are from France. Benjamine carded -4 under 68.

At -8 under, fourth place belongs to Dylan Frittelli, another South African, who best finish to date is  a tie for tenth place at last season’s Tshwane Open. He should be able to improve on that result here, he posted a third round -6 under 66 today.



Australian Open. Matt Marches On.

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Matt Jones marches on in the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.

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Matt carded a marvelous third round -3 under par 68, in difficult conditions to post -10 under par at the top of the Australian Open leaderboard, and maintain his three shot advantage gong into the final round tomorrow;

“One more day to go, I get to play with him; be no better person to beat on the final day and have him in the group with me.”

” So yeah, to go up against the number 1 in the world will be a lot of fun.”

“I’m just happy to be in the final group leading the golf tournament with a chance to win.”

“Of course we play golf for a living and to have the chance to win is what you want, and to go up against the number 1 in the world is even better.” 

Defending Champion, and World number one Jordan Spieth is fighting to retain his title, a -4 under par 67 keeping him in touch with the leader at -7 under par, and holding second place on his own, but three shots on this course in windy conditions is a huge advantage. Jordan set the crowd alight with an Eagle two at the 17th.

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Jordan thought he would be closer to Matt at the end of the day;

“When I finished the round I thought I’d either be tied or one back and it looks like I may be two or three, either way, it’s a lot better than I was to four holes today.”

” Great fight back, one of the best fought rounds I’ve had that I can remember.”

“He’s a guy who can, with confidence, really roll his putter well.”

” He’s a guy who isn’t fazed by the wind.  He hits a nice little punch ball draw flight and he’s not letting up.”  

On his own in third is Rhein Gibson, with a tournament total of -5 under par, after his third round -3 under par 68, and he was happy with that score;

“I knew it was going to be a little tough today with the wind and the bigger crowds but I had a good front-9 which kind of settled me down a bit and happy to shoot 3-under.”

“This is one of my top three courses in Australia.  I love coming here.”

” The greens are absolutely perfect.  You get some balls tracking on line, they’re going to go in.” 

Aron Price and Lincoln Tighe are tied in fourth position at -4 under par, with Geoff Ogilvy on his own in sixth at -3 under.

The title is really down to one of top three, with Adam Scott way back at -1 under par for the tournament, – 3 under 68 was a better effort today. He carded an Eagle three at the par five last hole to get there, with a good putt;

“A lot better today than yesterday coming off the course.”

“It was a hard grind out there today. Windy all day, pins were tucked. I was scrambling, I was hitting some good shots, making some putts.”

“It was a bit of everything out there that added up. Good in the end.”

Good to see European Ryder Cup Captain, Darren Clarke playing well, he is also at -1 under for the competition, along with Adam, Brett Rumford and Todd Sinnott.

In all there are only ten players in red figures, and that number could go down if the windy conditions continue for the final round tomorrow.


Australian Open. Matt Jones Leads at Half-Way.

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Matt Jones leads the Australian Open at the half-way stage at The Australian Golf Club, in Sydney.

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Matt scored a second round -3 under par 68 in the Australian Open, giving him a leading total of -7 under par, and a nice three shot 36 hole lead.

To win here would be great, a Matt has never won a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament, but he has thought about it;

“Of course I’ve thought about it, it would be fantastic.”

“Any time you have a chance to win your own country’s Open, it would be fantastic.”

“But, two days to go, I can’t really be thinking about that now. I’ll be thinking about that if I have a chance coming down the stretch on Sunday.”

“I do know the golf course; I’m comfortable with lines off the tees.  The greens are completely different to what I grew up on here, different grass, a lot of different breaks.” 

“I do have local knowledge and it’ll be fun to be out there on the weekend with a lot of friends and family and members from this course out there.” 

Todd Sinnott holds second place on his own at -4 under par, a -1 under 70 today keeps him in touch of the leader, the rookie is impressed with last years winner Jordan Spieth;

“It’s pretty cool.  I suppose I’m young, but Spieth’s younger, and watching what Spieth did this year winning two Majors and having one of the best years ever basically, it’s pretty cool to be playing alongside him.”

“Hopefully I’ll be competing against him over the last couple of days.”

“I’m more experienced now; I’ve dealt with last year here where I had a bad last round, so I sort of know what to expect on the last couple of days being in the last couple of groups.”

“I’ll hopefully give it a good shake in the next couple of days.”

“Probably a little bit more mature and a little bit more comfortable in bigger situations I suppose, but I’m still learning and I’ll keep learning.” 

Defending Champion, Jordan Spieth, the Worlds number one, from the USA, is in a tie for third place, at -3 under par. He shares that spot with Geoff Ogilvy, Nicolas Colsaerts, Aron Price and round one leader, Lincoln Tighe.

Jordan is hoping to apply some pressure on moving day;

“Right now I think the goal is going to be to try and shoot 10-under on the weekend and I think that should be good enough.”

“I like the challenge of chasing but not being too far away, knowing that you can maybe go out ahead and put just a bit of pressure on.  Maybe they hear the noise, the roars, if you can generate some.”

Adam Scott made the cut, a +2 over par today, he said he was tired, and is still having putting problems;

“Yesterday was tiring. This is my sixth event out of the last eight weeks and getting out of bed at four o’clock this morning, I wasn’t springing out of bed and then I just misjudged the pace of the greens for most of the day.” 

“I just couldn’t get myself to hit the putt hard enough and when the greens slow down I tend to struggle and I did again today.” 

Come talk with us Adam.

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Charl Schwartzel Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Home town boy Charl Schwartzel has the 36 hole lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Charl carded a second round -5 under par 67 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship to give him a -11 under par tournament total, and a fabulous five shot lead over the field at the half-way stage of the competition. He came out early in the morning to finish the first round and birdied the final hole, and just carried on from there.

Charl  is a three-time winner here, and really likes this course, set on the edge of the Kruger National Park, and said if he could make some putts he could score even better;

“It’s definitely my favourite place to come and play.”

“Every year I’ve come back here, as soon as I arrive I get that real comfort feeling, a peaceful feeling and it is to do with the surroundings, the nature.”

“It’s a place I normally go to, to relax, so I’m playing in a very relaxed environment.”

“On top of that the golf course also suits my eye really well. The last ten years I’ve aimed at the same trees on every hole at the end of the fairway.”

“The last few weeks I’ve been playing well and it’s nice that a few things are falling into place a little better this week.”

“Since Turkey I’ve felt like my long game has been really good and I’ve given myself a lot of chances.”

“That’s one part of the game and if I make some putts I can score better.”

Sharing second place, at -6 under par, are; Benjamin Hebert, Joost Luiten, Pablo Martin Benavides and Richard Sterne.

First round leader Christiaan Basson slipped back today, a sad second round of +4 over par 76 left sharing ninth position at -4 under par.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open Championship winner, missed the cut here, two rounds of over par leading to his downfall. Last year he made every cut, writing eight on his card at the par three 7th here did not help his cause.

Lydia Ko in 2015

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Wins this Year;

ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open; ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic;                   Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

Canadian Pacific Womens Open;           Canadian Pacific Women's Open

The Evian Championship;                           Evian Championship

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.   Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship

Player of the Year 2015,

Race                                    LPGA Tour


Alfred Dunhill Championship. 1st Round Suspended.

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1st round play in the Alfred Dunhill Championship was suspended due to a weather warning at Leopards Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Home town boy Christiaan Basson was the leader in the clubhouse in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, as play was suspended, with a completed bogey free first round of -8 under par 64, giving him a three shot lead. He and the other leaders took full advantage of his early tee time, and Christiaan said he had played very well;

“I played very well today, I was pleasantly surprised. I was coming into this week with good form but you can’t expect that good a round first off.

“Hopefully I can keep playing the way I’m playing, golf is a funny game, you never know what is going to happen.”

“We’ve just found something that I was doing wrong coming into Cape Town and that’s just one swing thought that has kind of got me on track.”

“It’s not a big thing, it’s a basic thing but it’s made all the difference the last two weeks and I’m quite happy.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are, Mark Williams from Zimbabwe, Matt Ford, England, with another South African Charl Schwartzel, who still has one hole left to complete.

Defending Champion Branden Grace, who finished third in The Race to Dubai last week carded a first round of -1 under par 71.

There are still 39 players yet to finish their opening rounds, with play set to resume at 0630 local time on Friday.