Nordea Masters. Matt Fitzpatrick Has 5 Shot 54 Hole Lead.

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Matt Fitzpatrick has a 5 shot lead after 54 holes of the Nordea Masters tournament at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden.

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Matt Fitzpatrick

ENG Matt scored a third round -4 under par 68 to cement his position at the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard with a -15 under par total, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Matt said that staying patient, and putting well was the key;

“I putted really well again and let’s hope it continues for one more day because tomorrow’s the most important day.”

“I’m obviously delighted.”

“The greens are pristine and the way I’ve putted on them, it won’t surprise you to learn I’m a big fan of them. I wish we could putt on them every week.”

“It was a bit of a slow start, and I find the front nine more difficult than the back nine, especially in the wind.”

“But I stayed patient and got my rewards in the end. It’s one of the things I’ve learned since turning pro.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are BEL Nicolas Colsaerts, -2 under 70 today, and local player SWE Alex Noren, who carded -5 under par 67, to get up the table and contend his home tournament, albeit from a long way back.

Defending Champion Alex is happy to have a chance to chase down the leader;

“To have the chance going into the final day is a bit of a bonus really.”

“I rode my luck at times today, and got away with a few bad shots but other than that I played really well, so I’m pretty happy.

“I’m going to have to make a few birdies to chase the leader down. But it should be fun.”

“I feel good, I’ve been working hard with my coach and my swing feels a lot better than it did for the last few weeks, so that makes me happy.”

Nicolas knows it will be a tough job to stop Matt from winning his second European Tour title;

“There are no real weaknesses in his game.;

“He’s pretty steady off the tee, and he’s very good around the greens. He handled the round brilliantly, because he didn’t start that well but he stayed patient and walked off with a very good score.”

“So even though he’s still young, he’s obviously grown up very fast. He’s going to be tough to catch but hopefully I can put some pressure on early.”

DEN Lasse Jensen is in fourth spot at -9 under par, after firing the low round of the day a smooth bogey free -6 under 66.

At -7 under par are four players, two home players SWE  Alexander Björk, +1 over 73 today and  SWE Rikard Karlberg -2 under 70. They share fifth place with ENG Andrew Beef Johnston, +1 over 73, and  ESP Alvaro Quiros -4 under 68 today.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Alex Noren Leads.

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Alex Noren leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the fist round at  the Emirates Golf Club.

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Alex shot a first round -6 under par 66 to take an unexpected lead in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic;

“I hit a lot of good shots but a few bad shots and got away with it, and then you end up with 66.”

“I’m very happy, I didn’t really expect it and then it feels even better.”

“I was very happy when it was all over because it didn’t feel that good warming up. I hit my irons really good all day, pretty average driving.”

“It was tough on a few holes, a lot of draws here and I don’t like to draw it. So I’m really happy.”

“I hit a lot of fades off the tee, and here you know it’s a drawer’s course. So you feel a bit down as a fader.”

“But you just have to accept it and maybe play less aggressive on some holes.”

Four players are sharing second place, just one stroke back at -5 under par,  Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Brett Rumford, Trevor Fisher Jnr and Peter Hanson all carded opening rounds of 67.

There is then a large group of eight players at -4 under par, including Rory McIlroy, a two-time winner here and also the defending champion. Three-time champion Ernie Els and 2011 winner Alvaro Quiros are also in this group with their opening rounds of 68.

Rory was pretty happy with today’s result, it was a bad bogey start on #10;

“I thought I did well, considering the start, and some of the shots I hit today.”

“A 68 was probably a fair reflection of how I played.”

“I don’t think I really could have gone any lower than that.”

“But at the same time I gave myself enough chances to make birdies.”

 

Nordea Masters. Alex Noren Wins

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Alex Noren wins the Nordea Masters title at PGA Sweden National, in MalmöSweden.

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Alex cruised to a four shot win at the Nordea Masters, a final round of -1 under par 71 gave him his winning total of -12 under par. This is the second time Alex has won this title, he also won in 2011 at the Bro Hoff Golf Club in Stockholm.

He spoke about the tough windy conditions, and enjoying the moment;

“I’m so pleased. Now I can relax a bit because it was probably the toughest weekend in terms of wind I’ve ever felt.” 

“When you’re in the lead you can think a lot, and it was very tough.”

“I hit a few bad shots, I think on the seventh, eighth and ninth, but I played quite well on the back nine.”

“I didn’t have to look for my ball in the rough or anything, so it was not that stressful.”

“The win in the 2011 Nordea Masters was very thrilling; this one is very pleasing.”

“I wasn’t too confident coming into this week because I’ve had a tough time in the wind lately and here you really have to hit the right shots to get around. I got better as the week went on.”

“I’ve had a few good tournaments but I haven’t played well on the last day. When I’ve had a chance, like at Wentworth I had a small chance, I’ve had a slow round.” 

“I kept my poise and tried to hit the shots we needed, and it worked. My caddie really helped calm me down and make me stick to my routine.”

“You have to enjoy the good days in this game because you have plenty of bad ones.”

Søren Kjeldsen, winner of last week’s Irish Open, was second, a final round -1 under par 71 meant he could not put any pressure on the leader, he finished the tournament on -8 under par.

Søren came to his Home championship determined to put up a good performance; 

 “I was really determined to come and play well here. I didn’t quite know how to react after last week and I wasn’t sure how much it took out of me, but Alistair helped a lot and on Tuesday lunchtime we said it’s time to get back to work.”

“I’ve done that and mentally I felt very good. Today was especially pleasing because I learned a lesson last week about looking at leaderboards.”

“I never looked at one today and it helped me a lot. I felt very calm all day, even on the last few holes.”

 “I didn’t quite feel that I’d done enough. I played a really solid round today but I knew I probably needed something pretty special to give me a chance.”

“I didn’t quite do that but I was very pleased with the way I played.”

Local Malmö boy Jens Dantorp shared third place with Maximilian Kieffer, Alex Levy and Sebastian Soderberg, all at -6 under par for the competition.

Max enjoyed his week in Sweden, but was a little disappointed not to have won;

“It has been a great week. Obviously I’m a bit disappointed because when you’re in contention on the final day, you want to win it.”

“But it’s another experience I can learn from.”

“I’m very happy for Alex. He’s a nice guy and a great player and deserved to win.”

“Without the injuries he’d probably be in the top ten in the world. After so long out, I’m happy he came back and won.”

 

 

 

Euro Tour. BMW International Open. Els Excels

Ernie Els excelled in the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried, winning by one shot from Thomas Björn.

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Ernie had posted his intentions at the BMW International Open when carded an opening round 63. He finished off the job with three rounds of -3 under par 69, for a winning total of -18 under par.

Ernie said he had enjoyed a wonderful tournament;

” It’s been wonderful, I’ve had a great week in Germany. We’ve got to thank BMW obviously for their 25 years of support, I’ve tried a long time to try and win this golf tournament. Wonderful to have sponsors like that around the world, and especially on The European Tour. There’s a lot of people that are working behind the scenes; the volunteers, the Golf Club of Eichenried.  There’s quite a lot of people getting involved in the golf course. We’ve got to thank all of them, and obviously my play this week has been great. I just felt good this week. I just felt my game was there and lucky enough it was one shot good enough. I really had it going and then I made it tough for myself again. Thomas was playing great, he stumbled on 14, I was watching the kid, I played with him yesterday and he looked like he had a great game, but he stumbled as well on the back nine. It’s great to get my name on this wonderful trophy. Obviously it gives you a lot of confidence. Wire-to-wire you’ve got the pressure, every night you’ve got to sleep on it, guys are chasing you. So this is quite a week for me.”

Thomas Björn was in second place at -17 under par, he also finished second in his last tournament, and is in good form at the moment;

“I played well, got off to the start I needed today and got right there in front. The thing that’s been great this week is the driver, and let me down on the back nine. I fought all the way to the end, and he hit two very classy shots on the last. When you go up against Ernie, you’ve got to take it 18 holes to the end and I didn’t quite do it today. I’m on a good run of form. I wanted to try and get myself in the top 20 in The Race to Dubai and top five for The Open, and I’m keeping closer to that and that’s my goal over the next couple of weeks. The qualifier takes a lot out of you, and I’m going to Ireland on a golf course I won on and I’ll keep carrying on and fighting hard until I win a golf tournament.”

The kid Ernie referred to was Alexander Levy, who finished in third place alone at -16 under par. The Qualifying School graduate from France played exceptionally well.

The home favourite Martin Kaymer, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Swede Alex Noren all finished tied for fourth spot at -15 under par.

Euro Tour. BMW International Open. 3rd Round Three Way Tie.

The third round ended in a three-way tie in the BMW International Open at the Golfclub München Eichenried course between Ernie Els, Alexander Levy and Alex Noren. All three players finished the day with a tournament total of -15 under par.

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Ernie Els / Getty

Ernie has been caught at the top of the leaderboard in the BMW International Open, after a two hours and twenty minutes delay for rain in the third round. Ernie had a trio of three putts, but recovered with three birdies in his last five holes for a -3 under par 69 and to hang on at the top;

“All in all I’ve got to be happy, I was a little out of sorts on the greens on the front nine, I didn’t quite get the pace of the greens. They are a little bit faster for some reason and I kept hitting it past and then didn’t make the returns, but I made a little slight adjustment and played some proper stuff coming in. If it wasn’t for those three three putts I had, I would have had a really good score. I was playing so nicely that I felt I’m trying to pull away from the field, and then the opposite happened, and I made some mistakes. I’m in a good position still, just hanging onto the lead or co leader now, and tomorrow is all to play for.”

Alexander Levy was happy with his score, and to have played with Ernie;

“I played very well, I’m very happy. It was great for me to play with a fantastic player. It’s nice to play with him, very happy, it was unbelievable. It was tough, but I like this position.  I practiced for that and I’m happy to be in this position for tomorrow. I like to play in the top, I prefer this position. I want to be like that all the time. I don’t know what happens tomorrow, but I will go to make the job like today, and play golf on a golf course in good condition and I am happy.”

Alex Noren  started the day three shots adrift of the lead, but made up the deficit with a -6 under par 66 round;

” I hit a lot of good shots and a few bad ones, but you always do. You’ve got to be aggressive, because there are so many guys. The leaderboard is as tight as ever with so many good players. Yeah, I’ve got to be aggressive and maybe more aggressive tomorrow than today. I came off the bogey on 15, and it was a perfect distance for the three wood and I hit it great. Marcel  hit it really close just before me, so I knew it was possible, but then I managed to hole the putt, it was great.”

Tied in fourth spot are Matthew Baldwin and Thomas Bjorn, both just one shot adrift at -14 under par. Home favorites Martin Kaymer and Marcel Siem are close by, in the group of  five players at -12 under par.

The leaderboard is still tightly compacted, with eleven players within three shots of the leaders. It will be a real battle for supremacy tomorrow.

Euro Tour. Nordea Masters, Magical Manassero Tied For 1st Round Lead

 

Magical Matteo Manassero is in a tie for the first round lead at the European Tour, Nordea Masters, just a week after his win at Wentworth.

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Matteo shot a first round of -6 under par 66 at the Nordea Masters on the Bro Hof Slott Golf Course in Sweden. He is tied at the top of the leaderboard with  Pablo Larrazábal.

Matteo said he was impressed with his unusual fast start, not showing any signs of tiredness after weeks effort:

” I’ve never started that well, it was a great start, I was making putts and to start like that was strange because I’m not used to it. I’ve been tired but I woke up and I felt good. It’s a tough course when the wind picks up so I think every afternoon is going to be hard.”

Pablo sunk a 40 foot birdie on his way to a 66;

” I played great, I was five under after ten. I made birdies on the par fives and held my score  it wasn’t easy. The golf course is playing okay this morning but you can make a double or triple bogey. I played safe when I had to and more aggressive when I could.”

The best of the scores all came from the morning session, before the wind got up. Jamie Donaldson completed a flawless 67 to sit alongside one of the home favorites, Fredrik Andersson Hed.  Chris Lloyd and Simon Wakefield matched that score and they are all in the clubhouse T3  at -5 under par.

The afternoons best score came from another home favorite, Alex Noren, the 2011 winner of this tournament. He also had a -5 under par, 67 to join the morning players at T3.

Alex stated that it was a tough front nine:

” It was a tough front nine, I hit the driver good but didn’t hit the greens I wanted. Then I made birdie on 11 and mentally it was a very nice birdie so it gave me a very nice rhythm. To the eye it looks like you can go for everything and what I’ve learned from this course is if you play a bit more conservatively on the par fives, if you’re on the green you will probably make a birdie.”

So it appears that the afternoon winds, and who manages them the best will have a good opportunity to win here in Sweden.

 

Ballantine’s Championship. Broomstick Brett Wins Ballantine’s Play-Off

Broomstick wielding Brett Rumford won The Ballantine’s Championship at Blackstone Golf Club, in a three-way play-off for the title.

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Brett Rumford finished the South Korean tournament in regulation tied with Marcus Fraser and Peter Whiteford at -11 under par.

On the first play-off hole,  Brett fired his second shot into the par green, just four feet from the pin, and sank the Eagle putt to win the trophy;  He gave credit to his coach Pete Cowan for his advice to go and practice some tee shots with his driver before the play-off commenced;

” A lot of thanks go to Pete, I battled with my driver constantly and I guess that’s what keeps me out of most golf tournaments. I left a few drives right,  it wasn’t just the last two drives, it was the whole back nine I was feeling stuck and a little bit trapped. Had a quick word with Pete and hit  five or six  balls off the first tee and it obviously did the trick. It was an absolute roller coaster ride of emotions out there this afternoon, obviously my last five holes yesterday and front nine today got me in a great position to take this tournament. Ballantine’s is always a tremendous sponsor and it’s just a great event. It was mixed emotions coming home and I’m really lost for words at the moment but there are a lot of people I need to thank, starting with my wife Sally. It’s been pretty hard golf-wise and raising twins is not easy; she’s an amazing lady and she’s a great support to me and that’s why I’m standing here today. I’m really pleased with the result and I owe a lot to Ronnie my caddy and I’ve got a great team around me.”

Romain Wattel, from France,  finished fourth on -9 under par, with World Number Seven Louis Oosthuizen a shot further back. Overnight leader Alex Noren suffered a penalty shot at the second when his ball moved a fraction as he addressed his par putt, eventually carding a 74 to finish in a tie for sixth place.