Porsche European Open Reduced to 54 holes. Alex Levy Leads.

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The Porsche European Open has been reduced to 64 holes due to the long delays caused by early morning fog at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, in Germany. Alex Levy, from France, still leads comfortably at the end of the second round.

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Alex came back on day three to complete his one hole of the second round at -8 under par 63, and sit on top of the Porsche European Open leaderboard at -17 under par, and will take a four shot lead into the final and third round tomorrow.

“I had four good shots and a nice par today but it was no good coming up this morning and seeing the fog again.”

“But it’s okay, I just stayed patient and made two good shots, one from the tee and one from the fairway and that’s all I wanted to do.”

“I don’t watch the leaderboard overnight. I’m just trying to think about my own game and do the best that I can and that’s the most important thing.”

Michael Jonzon, from Sweden is in second place at -13 under for his two rounds, he also carded a -8 under par 63 in the second round;

“I always said I function well under these circumstances.”

“I struggle more just trying to make cuts because I can put a lot of pressure on myself. I know what I can do and sometimes I try too much.”

“I’ve been there before. I’m just going to go out tomorrow and try to shoot as good as I can, whatever happens after that is not in my control.”

“I’m going to be trying as hard as I can and be proud of my effort tomorrow.”

In third place at -12 under par is Ross Fisher from England, he had a modest -6 under par 65 second round.

Home favourite Martin Kaymer -7 under 64 is T4 at -11 under par alongside another German in Florian Fritsch, who also carded a second round -7 under 64.

Tour Championship. D.J. In Charge.

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D.J. Dustin Johnson is in charge of the Tour Championship, and also the FedExCup, leading after the second round at East Lake Golf Club.

DJ holds one-stroke lead after Rd. 2

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Dustin carded -3 under par 67 today, to lead the Tour Championship after 36 holes at -7 under par, a one shot advantage going into the week-end.

Kevin Chappell is in second place at -6 under par, he shot a second round -2 under par 68, to stay in touch with the leader.

Kevin Kisner, even par 70 today, and Hideki Matsuyama, +1 over 71, share third place, at -3 under par for the tournament.

Big news from the tournament, World number one Jason Day has been forced to withdraw from the competition, citing his back injury. He farther aggravated the problem when hitting a driver off the deck. The withdrawal means he can not now win the FedExCup;

“When I get to the top of the swing, as soon as my hips start to unfold and then there’s that little bit of separation, it just crunches down.”

 “It just hurts.”

“I put the tee in the ground at the BMW Championship, and my back went out.”

 “Last time it went out, I changed a diaper. So it’s nothing where I go and physically make a move at it during a swing and my back goes out.”

“It literally is from the smallest things, picking up a pillow, picking up something off the ground, or just moving the wrong way.”

A statement from Jason’s management team read;

“The injury is a strained ligament in his lower right back with a muscle spasm. He withdrew as a precautionary measure.”

 

Ladies Spanish Open. Azahara Munoz Leads at Home.

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Azahara Munoz leads her home tournament, the Ladies Spanish Open, at  Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, Spain.

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Azahara shot -6 under par 66 in the second round of the Ladies Spanish Open to lead the tournament on that score, by just one shot.

Azahara converted some nice putts, coupled with good ball striking;

“It was really nice. I had a pretty strong start and birdied five of the first seven holes.”

 “I holed some really nice putts and started to hit the ball much better.”

“Yesterday was a bit of a struggle but today I think I hit 10 fairways and 16 greens so my day was much more stress-free and it was nice to finish with a couple of birdies as well.”

Pamela Pretswell is one shot back at -5 under par, she carded -5 under 67 today after an even par first round;

“I had five birdies so I was putting it closer and taking advantage of that.”

“I’ve only used driver three times in the last two days so I’ve been hitting a lot of three woods off the tee to get my rhythm.”

“I’m not one of the ones that likes to hit driver everywhere. I’m happy to mix it up with whatever I need to hit off the tee to just get myself into a good position.”

Beth Allen had -4 under 68 today, which puts her in third place on that score, and is happy with that;

“I’m happy with it. I’ve done well in this event before and I feel really comfortable here and it kind of reminds me of California so I feel I have a chance.”

Porsche European Open. 2nd Round Suspended, But Alex Levy is in Command.

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The second round of the Porsche European Open has been suspended. Many hours of play have been lost due to early morning fog  at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach,  in Germany. Alex Levy is in command of the tournament after a birdie blitz before the stoppage.

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Alex finished his first round and started his second, carding 17 birdies in 35 holes at the Porsche European Open, this amazing feat has given him a six shot lead at the top of the leaderboard. He has a -17 under par total and has completed 17 second round holes, and said he had fun doing it;

“I just want to have fun and to do my job. When I play like today, you just enjoy it. That’s all you can do.”

“It was really good, I said this morning that I just wanted to have fun and enjoy and play my golf. “

“That is what I did today and now it’s really nice. I enjoy the time with my caddie on the golf course. I played well and it is always good to be in a position like that.”

“I finished my round well this morning with two birdies in the last two holes and started with three birdies on the first three holes.”

“I think I’m in a good way and I just need to enjoy and to do my best to do my job.”

Robert KarlssonRoss Fisher and Martin Kaymer share second place at -11 under par, all with second round holes to complete tomorrow morning before starting their third rounds.

Some players are not even half way through their second rounds, so the lead of Alex could get cut back, but he still in a very commanding position at the moment.

Tour Championship. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at the end of round one at East Lake Golf ClubDustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell and Hideki Matsuyama all shot opening rounds of 66.

Despite this being his first trip to East Lake, Kevin Chappell fired an opening round 66 and sits in a three-way tie for the lead. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Kevin, Dustin and Hideki have a one shot lead at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard on day one at -4 under par.

Kevin could only play nine practice holes on Tuesday, because it was too hot;

“Why don’t we just treat it like it’s a normal week, I’ll play my pro-am tomorrow, and so I did that.”

“Today I had really good ball control, I think you can play anywhere with that.”

“I need to play 72 holes like I played the front nine here,  probably not take my foot off the gas like it appeared on the back.”

“I felt like I gave myself a lot of good opportunities. The ball didn’t go in the hole.

“But I felt like I stuck to my process and did everything right.” 

Dustin said he had played well at the last two tournaments

“I just hit the ball really well at both of those.”

 “They were tough golf courses. This one, they’re kind of similar as far as toughness-wise.”

“You’ve got to hit it really well around here.”

“I felt like I was really relaxed out there today, I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game right now.”

“So I’m looking forward to this week and seeing how good I can play.”

Tied in fourth place at -3 under par, after rounds of 67 are Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim and World number one Jason Day, who has a niggling back injury.

In the next group at -2 under are Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth.

Rory was happy to be where he is;

 “I like being in the position after Saturday of last year, being in the last group.”

“That’s obviously the position we want to be in.”

“It’s easy to sort of remind yourself there’s such a long way to go; 72-hole tournaments are long.”

“A lot of things can happen. A lot of holes to play.”

“I was four over through three when I won in Boston a couple of weeks ago.”

Jordan mentioned that win by Rory;

“I look at what Rory did at Deutsche Bank.”

 “He was three over through four holes and ends up winning by a couple of shots at 18 under.”

“I feel if I play really solid golf here,  and it doesn’t have to be perfect golf, I can shoot 8 under on this golf course. I have no doubt.”

“It fits me really well. I feel like I have an advantage here. I knew if we could get it back to even par and in the red for the day after the first two holes, that would be really special and we’d still have a chance to win.”

Ladies Spanish Open. Amelia Lewis Leads

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Amelia Lewis, from the USA, leads the Ladies Spanish Open after the first round at  Aloha Golf Club in Spain.

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Amelia carded a first round -4 under par 68 in the Ladies Spanish Open, to lead the tournament by just one shot in a hot and sunny Marbella.

Amelia said poor driving was compensated by good putting;

“I was off the fairway on pretty much all my birdie holes and stuck it close and made the putts.”

This location is gorgeous. It’s so beautiful with the water and the people are nice.”

“It’s like a little holiday for my brother and me. We’re just enjoying it. I love Europe in general.”

“I love the tour and the people and have a lot of good friends out here. I just love travelling and seeing new places.”

“I had a good practice session last week at Evian. All week I just practiced so I was eager to get out there and play a score.”

Florentyna Parker and Rosie Davies are tied in second place, one shot back at -3 under par following their opening rounds of 69.

Rosie has made two cuts from four starts in this her rookie year as a professional on the Ladies European Tour;

“I played pretty well today. I struck the ball well. I took my chances when they came. I left a few shots out there.”

“I had a few short birdie putts which I wanted to make but obviously you can’t make them all.”

“I really stuck to my game plan of hitting it to the widest part of the fairway and attacking the pins.”

“The greens are really slopey and you need to position yourself on the green, so I was hitting it to the right parts of the green and giving myself birdie opportunities”

Azahara Muñoz and amateur player Maria Parra are the best placed local players, both ladies are on level par 72 for the competition.

Porsche European Open. Bernd Wiesberger Leads Suspended 1st Round

 

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Bernd Wiesberger leads the suspended 1st round of the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

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Bernd made a great start to the Porsche European Open for the second year in a row, -8 under par 63, to complete his first round, which was delayed because of early morning fog.

Last year he also started well, and then missed the cut, this year he hopes to continue with the good putting;

“I started 64 last year so I desperately wanted to hole that putt at the last today so there weren’t too many memories of last year’s round.”

 “I’m thinking more of what happened today, keep pushing and playing the game I played today.”

“What happened a year ago, it was a weird week and I know I’m not going to repeat that tomorrow.”

“Obviously I played alright, had a couple of shots that cost me believe it or not. I hit it out of bounds on the first hole after I made a good turn, struggled a little bit.”

“But I hit a lot of good shots, a lot of good putts and I’m happy with how I played today. It was a lot of red on the card, I don’t think I’ve had that kind of round before.”

Renato Paratore is in second place, he has also completed his first round, two shots back at -6 under par after his -6 under par 65.

Renato was also happy with his round and his putting;

“Today was a really good day, I started really nicely, two under after four holes.”

“Then I made one double-bogey but after that I played really well, especially with the putter.”

“On this course you have a lot of opportunities, but you have to play straight from the tee because it can be a tricky course.”

Lucas Bjerregaard, Daniel Im and Steve Webster all share third place at -5 under par following their completed opening rounds of 66.

Some players have not even completed their first nine holes, so will be back early tomorrow.