Merry Christmas Everyone.

 

Merry Christmas everyone I wish you all well for this festive season.

Dont forget to practice your putting, indoors if your garden is covered with snow.

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Golf Writers Trophy goes to Sergio Garcia.

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The Golf Writers Trophy this year goes to Sergio Garcia, from Spain.

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The Association of Golf Writers have awarded their top prize to Masters Tournament winner Sergio Garcia;

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as the AGW Golfer of the Year by the Association’s members.”

“It is something that is very difficult to achieve, so it’s always a pleasure.”

“To be voted the award for a second time, it is extremely exciting and hopefully I will be able to win it again.”

“We know that both the golfers and media go hand in hand in this business, and we always appreciate when they recognize you for something as big as this.”

“So, thank you again to all the members of the Association of Golf Writers for voting me their Golfer of the Year.”

AGW Chairman, Iain Carter said;

“It is only right that our membership have chosen to bestow him with our most prestigious award and we send our warmest congratulations to Sergio and his team.”

Congratulations Sergio.

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QBE Shootout, Steve Stricker & Sean O’Hair Win

 

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Steve Stricker & Sean O’Hair win the QBE Shootout, the three round team event played at a cold at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Florida.

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The three rounds compose first a  Scramble, then  Greensomes, a modified alternate shot, and finally Better Ball. Steve and Sean completed the three rounds in -26 under par, a two shot winning margin.

Sean said it was a special win, with his friend Steve;

“This is always a great event to finish the year off with, and to pull this off is special.”

“But to do it with Steve is even that much better for me.”

“I’m a golf geek, so he’s a friend of mine, but still it’s kind of hard not to look at him and kind of put him a little bit up on a pedestal.”

Steve mentioned the second shot on the par five 17th which Sean converted for Eagle, to sew up the title;

“He played great today.”

“He hit a great shot on 17. That’s the stuff you need to do to win a tournament, and Sean pulled it off.”

“We just really gelled well together, with his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit.”

“We felt comfortable with one another.”

Sean Lowery and Graeme McDowell finished second, at -24 under, with Pat Perez and Brian Harman claiming third place at -22 under.

A lot of interest was shown to the team of Tony Finau, and LPGA star Lexi Thompson, the only lady in the field, they finished tied in a creditable 4th place at -21 under par for the three rounds. 

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Dubai Ladies Classic. Angel Yin Wins In Play-Off.

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Teenager Angel Yin, USA, wins the Dubai Ladies Classic in a three-way play-off against  In-Kyung Kim, South Korea and Celine Herbin of France at the Emirates Golf Club

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Angel dragged her tee shot on the last hole into water, but got up and down to save par, and make a bogey free last round of -5 under par 67, and join the three-way play-off at -15 under par, for the Dubai Ladies Classic title.

Angel won with a birdie at the second extra hole, the par four 17th, for her maiden Ladies European Tour win;

“I feel amazing. Actually, it’s my first major tour professional win, so this is big for me.” 

It’s been a long week and I’m happy to be here in Dubai for the second time. I had a great time last year and I’m happy to be here again.”

“Two days ago, I went to the aquarium in the Dubai Mall and today I’m going to see penguins with my friends; yes! I loved the course and it was in great shape.”

Celine enjoyed the tournament;

“I mean, it was really a bonus for me to be in this play-off today. It was an awesome round for me, my personal best, minus eight and I had nine birdies.”

“I enjoyed it a lot today.”

“I played very well, really, but so I spent a little bit too much time without playing.”

“I finished earlier and I lost a little bit of rhythm.”

I.K. was happy with her result, and getting into contention;

“You know, just getting myself in contention on the back nine, that was my goal. I was able to get into the playoff.”

“I think that was the best scenario that I could ever have ask for before teeing off.”

“I’m sure that a lot of girls played well today, and we all have a similar story. The course was set up for more aggressive play, but I think I took good advantage of it.”

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Dubai Ladies Classic. Anne Van Dam Still In Control.

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Anne Van Dam, Holland, is still in control of the Dubai Ladies Classic, after 54 holes at Emirates Golf Club, but teenage Angle Yin, USA, is making a challenge.

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Anne stayed in control with a third round -2 under par 70, to lead the Dubai Ladies Classic by two shots at -12 under par;

“It was a bit up and down. There were quite some good things also.”

“On some little shots I struggled a little bit, but I would say overall, two-under is fine.”

Angel came into contention with a third round -7 under 65, taking her into a share of second place at -10 under for the competition, with good putting;

“I am really happy with my round. Overall, I stroked it pretty well and made a few putts.”

“I hit my iron shots really good. Of the four consecutive birdies, three of them were a foot away from the hole, so it was tap-in.”

“Usually, when you start off well, you don’t close it off that well, but I did that.”

Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden shares second at -10 under following her third round -6 under 66;

“Someone is going to go out and play a good round.”

“I’m going to stick to my plan and I’m going to go home and think about what number I’m going to try to reach tomorrow, and that will be my goal.”

 Charley Hull, England and Aditi Ashok, India, are tied in the fourth spot at -9 under for the tournament.

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Dubai Ladies Classic. Anne Van Dam Has Half-Way Lead.

 

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Anne Van Dam, of Holland, has the half-way lead at the Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club.

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Anne scored a second round -7 under par 65 to top the Dubai Ladies Classic leaderboard by two shots after 36 holes at -10 under par, a new putter in the bag helped;

“I haven’t been putting great at all for the last half year, but I changed putters two days ago.”

“I went for something completely different. Normally I have face-balance and now I have toe-hang. It’s a blade, and normally I have a mallet.”

“We had a lot of fun out there today and yesterday as well.”

“We were all under par for two days in a row and we all hit it long, so that helps, helps with the game and we all play aggressively.”

Kelsey McDonald, Scotland, is in second place at -8 under for the tournament, with another round of -4 under 68;

“I just lost confidence kind of during the year, and again, just having someone on the bag that’s just reiterating, you know, my thoughts and going over the same things.”

“It’s just putting the confidence back into me. She’s a great friend, too, so that obviously helps.”

Georgia Hall, England, -5 under 67 today, shares third place with Celina Yuan, Australia, -3 under 69, and Thidapa Suwannapura, Thailand, -6 under 66, all these ladies are at -7 under for the competition.

Georgia said she had putted well;

“I did putt well today and I wanted to take advantage of the morning round, because the greens were in better condition and less wind, so I’m glad I did it.”

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White Dragon Putter Success. Merry Christmas

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In 2015 Brent Hartridge, a Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club member won the Sam Frankpitt Cup, this year 2017  Brent has repeated his success. I tell you this festive news because Brent uses a White Dragon Putter, to roll those putts in.

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Club Captain Glen Mitchell, Alan Briant, Brent holding the Cup and Club President Paul De Bernardo. ( yes it is summer down here in N.Z. at Christmas)

Brent made it a repeat of his 2015 victory when he claimed the prestigious Sam Frankpitt Cup at the Paraparaumu Beach Gold Club weekends Captain vs President tournament.

Merry Christmas to everyone, and trust that those putts will continue to drop in the New Year, for White Dragon Putter people around the world.

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