TOUR Championship. Jordan Takes Over At The Top.

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Jordan Spieth has taken over the lead at the top of the TOUR Championship at a very soggy East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. He now has a great chance of lifting the FedExCup.

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Jordan carded a third round -2 under par 68 and sits on top of the TOUR Championship leaderboard at -8 under par. He made some amazing par saves today;

“I could have easily been 3 over through eight.”

“I’m very pleased with where we stand going into tomorrow, and Henrik’s going to come back very strong.”

 “This was his off day, and so I’m going to have to play even better.”

“Holy, right!”  Jordan shouted on his way to saving par at 16, Henrik called it “A miracle save on 16.”

Henrik was reasonably happy with his +2 over par 72 and -7 under par total;

“Kept it together fairly nicely and we’re still at the races.”

“I would have liked to have gone a few better, but we’re still up there and yeah, it’s all going to be decided tomorrow.”

Rickie Fowler -3 under par 67 today, and Paul Casey +1 over par, share third place, both at -4 under par for the championship.

Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson are tied in fifth, both at -3 under par Rory struggled in the wet conditions and could only score an even par 70 round, while Zach carded a +1 over 71.

It will be a fascinating day tomorrow to see Jordan and Henrik battle it out, but there is still the possibility of someone going really low tomorrow and setting a challenging clubhouse target, even Rory McIlroy.

Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Celine Ties Emily at the Top.

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Celine Herbin ties with Emily Kristine Pedersen at the top of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France leaderboard after the third round at  Golf de Chantaco in France.

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Local favorite Celine carded a bogey free third round of -5 under par 65 to share the lead at the  Lacoste Ladies Open de France with Danish rookie Emily Kristine Pedersen, both at -11 under par for the tournament, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Celine said the crowds in the gallery helped her today;

“I’m really looking forward to playing tomorrow. It’s going to be really nice because it’s the Open de France and I am French.”

“I will have 1000 people around me cheering for me so it’s going to give me a plus, maybe the 15th club in my bag.”

“I really look forward to it and just want to enjoy it.”

“Of course it’s different when you have so many people cheering but you just focus on your own game, your ball and where to send your ball.”

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Rookie Emily signed for a -2 under par 68 and said she will play her best tomorrow

“My game has been good all week.”

“If Celine shoots eight under or something there is not much you can do but I’ll play my best and I know my game is good enough to win.”

“Hopefully I’ll play well.”

Azahara Munoz and Pamela Pretswell are the two players those four shots back, both carded -4 under par 66’s today and will try to catch the leaders in the final round.

Azahara said it is a long way to go, but she is happy with her position;

“I’m obviously further away than I would like to be but I’ll take it.”

“Mid round I was six or seven back so if I’m five back tomorrow anything is possible. You can have a really low one here, so hopefully it will be me tomorrow.”

“You can make a big number out here or you can make a lot of birdies, it can go both ways.”

“I told myself to be patient, there were plenty of holes left and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

Pamela has suffered some missed cuts recently, but her putter is working well now, and that makes a difference;

“I’m driving it well and hitting my irons a lot better, good distance control which is necessary with the spin on the greens.”

“I’ve been working on my putting the last month or so and the changes are starting to pay off.”

First round leader Gwladys Nocera is now five shots off the lead, a -2 under 68 today, which would have been better if her putter had been working;

“I didn’t make the four, five metre putts today for birdie.”

“I hit some good shots but they didn’t drop. It’s slightly frustrating but I’m getting there and tomorrow hopefully they will drop.”



Porsche European Open. Thai Thongchai Leads

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Thai Thongchai Jaidee leads the Porsche European Open after the third round at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

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Thongchai rose to the top of the leaderboard with a -7 under par 64 in the third round of the Porsche European Open, with a total of -13 under par, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Thongchai said he had played well for all three rounds, but today he putted better;

“I played solid all three rounds but today I putted much better.”

“You have to have good tee shots here as the greens are tricky. I enjoy playing this course and my game is good right now.” 

“I’m confident and I hit a lot of good shots. The course is not very long so being in position is important.” 

“I’ve been confident with my irons and I’ve got a good score. Seven under is very good for me today – I’ve not had seven under for a long time.” 

“Normally I’ve been about four under par, but the greens are soft and I can attack the pins here.”

Three players share second place at -12 under par, Ross Fisher, Pelle Edberg and Graeme Storm.

Ross and Graeme carded third rounds of -2 under par 69, while Pelle shot the low round of the day, -8 under par 63.

Ross thought he had everything under control, and then it slipped away;

“I felt like I played really well for 11 holes and had it under control.”

“Then I had a loose tee shot on 12 and couldn’t go for it in two, but still had a chance for birdie and then 16 was a poor tee shot, and I was unlucky with the lie.”

“That was the tough one missing the green from that distance, it was criminal. I shouldn’t be doing that.” 

“It would mean a lot to win this trophy again. It’s great that the European Open is back on the schedule, Porsche is a great sponsor that have stepped up and there is so much history with the European Open.” 

“I’m fortunate to have won it before, and I’ve given myself a chance to win it again.”

Graeme was the opposite to Thongchai, he had a bad day with the putter;

“It could have been better today. “

“I should have holed those putts on 11 and 12 but left them short; I seemed to do that quite a lot today.” 

“I was a bit disappointed to finish with a bogey on 18 but the way it panned out, it wasn’t a bad bogey in the end.”

“It would mean everything to win. I’ve done well in European Open’s in the past.”

“A close friend of mine, Kennie Ferrie, managed to win it in 2005 and I finished second so it would be good to bring it back to the north east.”

Jamie Donaldson, Mikko Ilonen and Magnus A Carlsson all tied for fifth on -11 under par, after matching rounds of 67.

TOUR Championship. Henrik Holds Firm.

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Henrik Stenson holds firm at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at a very wet East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta at the FedExCup.

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Henrik held firm to stay on top of the Tour Championship with a second round -2 under par 68, a long way from his opening 63, but good enough in the wet conditions to stay put. He likes the way the course is set up;

“It sets up well for solid iron play, and I seem to bring that.”

Caddie Gareth Lord told Henrik;

“Mentally that was the best round you’ve played in a while.”

Jordan Spieth made up some lost ground today, carding a bogey free -4 under par 66, to claim second place, but is still three shots adrift of the leader. Jordan was the only player to go round today bogey free, and he was very happy with that. It also brought back some memories from a couple of years ago;

“Really good, considering the way I struck the ball.”

“My short game was magic today. I was really able to salvage the round around five and six to keep it going, keep some momentum on my side and eventually turn it under par.”

“It was a struggle from tee to green for me, but when we got it around the green, we hit some fantastic up and downs and really some stress-free up and downs.”

“Today was a huge round for me. I stayed very composed throughout the day, especially at that part of the round around the fifth, sixth and seventh.”

“That was the key that maybe kept me in this tournament, not getting too down on myself. I feel so much better putting this week than I have over the last few weeks.”

“I’m very excited and it’s similar to two years ago in chasing Henrik when he’s on his game.”

“Hopefully I can do a better job tomorrow to stay with him, because I don’t think he’s going to back down much.”

In third is Paul Casey, who in the end could only manage an even par round of 70 today, which gave him the position on his own at -5 under par for the tournament.

Zach Johnson recovered from some early mistakes, he actually dropped six shots to par on the day, but posted a second round even par 70, to stay at -4 under for the championship, in fourth place. He mentioned the tough conditions;

“It was harder today than Thursday, he ball was going shorter, a lot more club into holes.”

Rory McIlroy and Steven Bowditch are tied in fifth spot at -3 under par, Rory struggling to post +1 over par on the day, while Steven penciled in -1 under 71.

World #1 Jason Day has had his bubble burst, the player in form coming into this event, and hot favorite to win, is down T9, at even par for the two rounds. He has a mountain to climb if he wants to contend here, and also hang on to the number one spot, lets see what he can do on moving day tomorrow.


Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Rookie Emily Excels to Lead.

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Rookie professional Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark has risen to the top of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France leaderboard.

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19 year-old Emily carded a second round -6 under par 64 to lead the Lacoste Ladies Open de France tournament by three shots with her -9 under par total.

Emily told reporters about her best ever professional round, after starting the day with a bogey;

“After the rough start I was very happy about finishing six under.”

“It’s given me extra motivation to prove I’m good enough to be here, because I wasn’t good enough to get into the tournament.”

“It’s a narrow course so you have to be accurate with your irons and shots into the greens.”

Celine Herbin holds second place at -6 under par, with a -3 under par 68 today. She was happy to be in contention;

“I’m pretty happy with the result.”

“The end of the round was a little up and down. I had a very nice eagle on 15, which was two centimetres from being an albatross, and after I had a double and finished with two birdies.”

“I have a very good feeling for this weekend. My game is in good shape.”

“It’s always very nice to play in France instead of wherever in the world and I feel very comfortable here. A lot of people are cheering.”

“I was supposed to be playing in a Symetra Tour event this week but I changed my mind to play here. It was a good decision, I think.”

Third place is shared between another Dane Malene Jorgensen, and first round leader Gwladys Nocera, both at -4 under par for the competition. After leading yesterday Gwladys could only card a +1 over par 71 in the second round.

Malene was happy to see Emily at the tournament;

“It’s always fun when a lot of people from Denmark are playing well.”


Porsche European Open. Triple Tie at the Top

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At the end of the second day at the Porsche European Open there is a triple tie at the top of the leaderboard. Graeme StormRoss Fisher and Charl Schwartzel share the top spot at ten under par in Germany.

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Eagle man Graeme Storm 

Graeme carded an Eagle, at the 514 yard par five 10th in his -4 under par second round of 67.

He explained the chip shot at his interview;

“I didn’t quite hit my second shot to get on the green but I had a lovely chip and run with a lob wedge which came off perfect.”

“I’m really happy to shoot four under today. I didn’t feel I was swinging it that great today.”

“I didn’t feel I was hitting the ball that great but I got round and made a few putts and I had a chip in on the tenth for eagle, which always helps.” 

“You need to score on those holes, 11, 12 and 13. I let myself down a bit on 13 with my only bogey of the week so far.”

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Ross Fisher

Ross Fisher carded -6 under par 65 to post his -10 under total, and was very pleased with the result;

“I’m delighted. I played some very good golf out there. My form has been good and I am hitting the ball nicely. Results just haven’t shown that.” 

“Missing the cut in Holland, I didn’t actually play that badly. I felt fresh coming into this week after a week off and felt pretty comfortable out there in the pro-am.” 

“It is a course that suits me, I can be aggressive off the tee with the driver and the greens are so pure. I’ve got good vibes with it being the European Open, having won the tournament.” 

“I’m delighted it is back on the schedule and I’m delighted to put myself in position after two days.”

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Charl Schwartzel

Charl shot -5 under par 66 was happy to be in contention, and with his putting;

“It’s nice to play some consistent golf. I’ve been feeling like I’m going to play well for a while, knocking on the door, but not had the momentum go my way.” 

“This time around I’ve kept it together nicely. I’ve hit lots of greens, given myself lots of opportunities and made a few putts, which helps. 

“The putting is getting better. I’ve been hitting lots of putts where it has missed by the time you hit it. 

“I can chip, that’s not my problem, but things like that (the second hole) are what you need when you are going to have a good tournament and compete. It keeps the momentum going. 

Tied in fourth place are Byeong Hun-An and Richard McEvoy, who are one stroke  back on -9 under par for the competition. BMW PGA Champion Byeong  also carded an Eagle today, on the same par five as Graeme.

Home favorite Bernhard Langer had an even par round of 71 today to stay at -5 under par for the tournament.


Tour Championship. Henrik Holds Top Spot.

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Henrik Stenson holds the top spot in the TOUR Championship after the opening round at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

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Henrik opened up with a -7 under par 63 at the TOUR Championship and sits on top of the leaderboard with a two shot advantage first round.

He holds all the aces in the FedExCup, even working out that although he has not recorded a win this season he could still win the pot with a solo second place finish;

“I had a look before we came here and I saw there’s a decent chance still if I’m solo second.”

 “Other than that, I’ll leave that to someone else to figure that out, a computer or something, because and again, I’m here to try and give myself a chance to win this golf tournament and I know if I do that, then I will win the #FedExCup as well.”

“And that’s what is great about being in the top five, and makes it very clear what can happen.”

“That’s what I was looking for, and I got it.”

“Unfortunately, dropped one coming in, but that’s not going to spoil the positive vibes and the great round I played.”

“If I were to finish second and win the #FedEx Cup, I’m pretty sure I’ll be smiling on Sunday.”

“I’ll be smiling more if I got two trophies, but I’ll deal with one as well.”

Paul Casey is in second place, a first round -5 under par 65 giving him that place on his own.

Paul is not sure he agree’s with the rules of this competition,

“At The Barclays I felt that it was a little unfair that Jason Day had already leapfrogged Jordan Spieth after the very first week.”

“Now, I actually think it’s slightly unfair that we can all overtake Day the way he’s played the last three weeks.”

Rory McIlroy shares third position with Zach Johnson, both at -4 under par.

Jason Day fell from grace today, carding -1 under par 69, a triple bogey 7 on the fourth hole not helping his cause. Jordan Spieth went one better, -2 under 68, while Bubba Watson could only manage a first round of even par 70.

Jason summed up his disappointment;

“I wish I could say that I was a machine and I can hit it straight down the gut every single time, 315 yards.”

“But, unfortunately, as humans, we’re going to make errors.”

“To make triple was pretty disappointing, but it’s early on in the tournament, so I can’t dwell on that.”