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Merry Christmas to everyone, and thanks for all the comments and questions from my followers, it has been great fun. Hope the pattern continues for 2017, especially lowering my handicap!!!

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Dubai Ladies Masters, Pink Friday Led By Felicity Johnson.

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Felicity Johnson led Pink Friday, at the Dubai Ladies Masters, where  everyone wore Pink to help raise awareness of breast cancer and support the Al Jalila Foundation and Brest Friends,

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Felicity Johnson / getty

Felicity shot one under the course record, a bogey free -8 under 64 to lead the Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club, to post -7 at the top of the leaderboard, with one round to go.

Felicity, from England required only 24 putts for the round;

“It was a great day for golf this morning. I hit a lot of really close iron shots. I holed out really well with my putts in but I had probably seven birdie putts within four feet, so that always makes the game a little bit easier.”

“All the ones I hit close, I converted, so 24 putts. Hitting a lot of good iron shots, you’re going to have a good score.”

“I’ll be in a good position for tomorrow. Obviously today, it’s only a three-round event, so you try to put yourself in a good position heading into the final day. I think I did that pretty well.”

1st round leader Florentyna Parker, also from England settled for an even par 72 second round, but is in touch with the leader at -5 under for the competition.

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Florentyna Parker / getty

Florentyna is missing a win and thinks this could be her chance;

“It was really windy out there, but I managed to keep it going. I birdied the 17th, which, I think, was very important to make sure I get into the last group.”

“I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ve had a great season and the only thing that’s missing is me winning.”

“So that’s what I’ve got to go for.”

Third place is shared between Emily Kristine Pedersen, from Denmark and the still in fine form the winning teenager from IndiaAditi Ashok, both at -4 under for the tournament.

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, 1st Round Finally Completed, Florentyna Parker Leads

 

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The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters 1st round has finally been completed, and Florentyna Parker leads at the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club.

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Florentyna Parker / getty

Play resumed after the untimely death of a caddie yesterday, and the suspension of the round, and Florentyna, from England, shot -5 under par 67 to lead the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Florentyna, after starting well, sadly finished with a double bogey six, which included a three putt;

“Yesterday I started so well. I had seven birdies on the front nine and gave myself nine chances.”

“The last three years I’ve missed the cut in Dubai and it’s been very disappointing.”

“I was thinking back to 2010, when I finished fourth. I think I started with a five or six-under on the back nine, which was my front nine.”

“And I said, I need to get that feeling back and somehow do the same.”

“It was good that I made back-to-back birdies and obviously I struggled on the last two holes.”

Sophie Giquel-Bettan and Cheyenne Woods share second place, at -4 under par, after their opening rounds of 68.

Cheyenne was extremely happy with her putter performance;

“I thought I played really well, the two nines were a little different.”

“I thought I played a really solid round, hit the ball well and gave myself a lot of chances for birdies and my putter felt great, so I’m really happy with today.”

The Defending Champion, and world number four, Shanshan Feng went round in even par 72, the same score as poor Anne-Lise Caudal, whose caddie,  Max Zechmann, who was only 56 years old, passed away on the course yesterday.

Anne-Lise Caudal's caddie, Max Zechmann (seen at far right), passed away after an apparent heart attack Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Anne-Lise with caddie  Max Zechmann.

This event has been reduced to 54 holes, because of the sad events of yesterday.

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Caddie Dies on Course.

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Fist round play of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters was suspended after a caddie collapses and dies out on the Emirates Gold Club course.

Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh announced to the media;

“Everyone at the Ladies European Tour is extremely shocked and saddened today by this sudden death and therefore we have taken the decision to suspend first round play as a mark of respect.”

“On behalf of our membership, we offer heartfelt condolences to the individual’s family and loved ones.”

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAI said;

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of this caddie.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.”

Round one play will resume on Thursday morning, with the tournament now to be played over 54 holes.

Qatar Ladies Open. Aditi and Nanna Have 54 Hole Lead.

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Indian teenager Aditi Ashok,  and Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark share the 54 hole lead at the Qatar Ladies Open, at Doha Golf Club,

Qatar Ladies Open

Aditi Ashok / getty

Aditi, who is looking for back to back victories here at the Qatar Ladies Open, carded a third round -4 under par 68, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Nanna, both ladies at -12 under par for the competition. Nanna stayed tied on top with her -3 under 69 effort today.

Aditi is happy with her golf, and is hoping to have fun tomorrow;

“It was quite windy in the morning so I knew I had to be sharp with my approaches and I had a few birdie chances which I made, so that start was good.”

“On the back nine, I just didn’t hit as good shots as I was hitting on the front nine and I miscalculated the wind a couple of times as well. I made a lot of putts on the front nine, so I was bound to miss a couple. I finished with a birdie, so it was good.”

“It’s great to be in contention, the week after a win. I’m really happy with the way I’m playing this week. I played with Nanna today and she’s an aggressive player as well, so it will be fun tomorrow.”

Nanna is also happy with her position

“The front nine, I just didn’t hit it close enough so I didn’t give myself the birdie chances I needed.”

“On the back nine, I had a few more chances which I made, so that was good.”

“On 18, it was lucky that my second shot didn’t go into the water. I was just happy that I didn’t have to take a drop. It’s better to be tied for the lead than be one behind, but either is okay.”

Becky Morgan is in third place at -11, her third round -6 under 66 elevating her up the leaderboard, good putting played a part in her success;

“I played well today and got off to a really good start. I dropped a couple late on the front nine and played the back nine really well. I putted well.”

“The last few days I haven’t made many putts from six to 15 feet. I hit some close but I made some good 10 footers.”

“There are a couple of par fives and 16 is a driveable par-4. If you hit the fairway then you’ve got some good scoring opportunities.”

 

Qatar Ladies Open. Lydia Hall and Nanna Koerstz Madsen Share Lead.

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Lydia Hall and Nanna Koerstz Madsen share the half-way lead at Doha Golf Club.

Qatar Ladies Open

Lydia Hall / getty

Lydia and Nanna have -9 under par half-way totals in the Qatar Ladies Open, giving them a one shot advantage going into the week-end.

Lydia carded -4 under par 68, a new driver in the bag, and a new caddie on the bag;

“He’s experienced playing on the Challenge Tour and Mena Tour and he’s a good player, so he knows what it’s like to be in certain positions and under pressure.”

“It’s great to have someone who knows how I’m feeling and he’s keeping me in the present.”

“I’ve been playing fairly solidly from tee to green and hopefully I can get the putts going tomorrow.”

“Minimal errors: I’ve only had one bogey over two days. It’s been quite plain sailing really.”

Nanna has a new putter, which helped her to shoot -6 under 66 today;

“My driving was good and the putting was better than the last couple of months.”

“I’ve been having a few bad rounds the last couple of months and I don’t really know why.”

“The game just hasn’t been what I want it to be. I’ve done a lot of hard work with the putter and when you’re tired of something it’s good to try something new.”

Aditi Ashok and Annabel Dimmock are tied in third place at -8 under par.

Aditi had a -6 under 66 while Annabel carded -5 under 67.

Aditi is playing with confidence;

“Today was really good. I didn’t give myself enough chances yesterday so I did that today and I feel it was really good.”

“I’m feeling confident in my game and today was a great day. I hope I can keep the momentum going.

“I putted really well and four of my birdie putts were outside eight feet, so those were good. I made a 15 footer for par as well on the 14th, so putting and I hit the ball well. I missed a couple because I hit it that well.”

Annabel left a couple of putts short;

“My long game was really good but I still left a few short putts short. I’m really pleased.”

Qatar Ladies Open. Two Tied at the Top

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Lydia Hall from Wales and Noora Tamminen of Finland share the lead at the Qatar Ladies Open, at Doha Golf Club.

Qatar Ladies Open

Noora Tamminen / getty

Lydia and Noora both had bogey free opening rounds -5 under par 67 to top the Qatar Ladies Open leaderboard.

Lydia is playing and putting well;

“It was really solid out there today. I think I hit 17 greens in regulation and got my putter going throughout the middle part of the round, so I’m playing well.”

“I’ve been playing well all year really, after injury last year. I came back with a fresh set of eyes. I’ve been focusing on playing rather than on technical things.”

Noora is feeling confident;

“I felt really confident and calm this morning. My long game was super good and I hit all the greens. I had some bad drives but they weren’t that bad, so it was a steady round.”

“I just want to enjoy the game and have no pressure. I really like playing in the Middle East. Everything is well organised and I love that we have Abu Dhabi and this one. I really like the course and that you have to be good from the tee.”

Kylie Walker is tied in third place with Anna Nordqvist, both at -4 under par.

Kylie was happy with her play today;

“Hole 16 is a driveable par four so I just got it on the front edge and two putted. I hit it in close on 17 and holed a good seven, eight footer.”

“Then the last, we were having to play it in three because the wind was hurting but I holed a good 15 footer.”

Anna likes the course;

“I think it’s a great golf course, I really do. There are a couple of small dog legs and you’re trying to cut the corners off the tee.”

“The rough is not where you want to be on this course, it’s very unpredictable, so I feel I’ll have a better idea for the lines and lay-up areas.”

“I short sided myself a little on 18, a little too far back. The course is great and the greens are a little slow but that makes you be aggressive and hit the putts firmly.”

“I like this place, I think it’s a great layout and I look forward to playing the next couple of days.”