Omega European Masters. Alex Noren Wins in a Play-Off.

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Alex Noren wins the Omega European Masters title in a play-off against Scott Hend, at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, in Switzerland.

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Alex, from Sweden  and Scott, Australia  finished the Omega European Masters tournament with -17 under par totals, sending them into extra holes.

Alex carded -5 under 65 in the final  round to Scott’s -4 under 66, so they had to go back and play the 18th again, Alex won the hole with a birdie, claiming his second win of the season;

“It feels amazing to be among Seve Ballesteros and Thomas Bjørn to win two Omega European Masters titles.”

“I’ve never won coming from behind or won in a play-off on the European Tour so that makes it more amazing.”

 “I’ve seen the boards showing who won multiple Omega European Masters titles walking to the course so it is great.”

“I’ve worked hard this season. I tried to play more golf and I feel steadier with my driver. My driver hasn’t been my good side but now it is steadier.”

“It is great to have my family here, my baby and my parents here for the first time.”

A beaten Scott was pleased to have had the chance to win”

“I think Alex played the 18th hole way better than I did and made an awesome birdie for a deserving win.”

 “It wasn’t a daunting tee-shot on the last. It is just like any other tee-shot. You just need to stand there and hit it. I was unable to hit the shot I wanted yesterday and today, twice.”

“He played fantastic golf today but I didn’t play quite well enough.”

” That’s golf. You can’t complain when you get into position to win but somebody makes a great birdie on the play-off hole to win.”

Third place went to  Andrew Beef Johnston, from England, he had a -5 under 65, for a -14 under par total;

“It’s been a good week, I had a nice break and it’s nice to come in fresh. I really enjoyed this week and I just have to keep pushing on, working hard and trying to get the results.”

“It was good today. Again it was a bit frustrating on the front nine but I tried to stay patient and I finally managed to make a score.”

“The conditions were perfect, there wasn’t much wind. It literally just picked up on the 18th hole when we were playing our second shot in so it was perfect conditions.”

“The eagle (on the 14th) was good, it was a tight pin on the front right and I hit a nice seven iron in into seven feet and I hit a good putt.”

Omega European Masters. Scott Hend Has Advantage.

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Scott Hend has the advantage of a one shot lead going into the final round of the Omega European Masters tournament at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, in Switzerland.

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Scott carded  third round -5 under par 65 to take control of the Omega European Masters with a -13 under 54 hole total, and a one shot lead over the field.

Scott has recently returned from the Olympics, and said apart from his ball careering off down the cart path on his last hole, everything went well;

“I played really nice golf, I left a few shots out there but made a couple of par saves which made up for it.”

“It was unfortunate on 18 when my ball managed to run between the bunkers down the cart path.”

“One shot clear is better than none. I just want to play solid golf again and hopefully hole some more putts and see where we end up.”

“Hopefully Alex and I can forge ahead and create a gap between us and the field and battle it out on the back nine.”

“I should have won more. I had chances to win more but I’ve only won twice. I’m hungry to win more than twice or three times or more than four. I want to win as many times as I can.”

Alex Noren is the one shot back at -12 under, he had a third round -4 under 66, rolling in a 50 foot putt on 17.

Alex partnered Scott today, and enjoyed the experience;

“It was a good day, a little bit tougher playing in the afternoon here.”

“It’s a little bit drier and bouncy and Hend was playing really well from the start, making birdies, and he was four under through nine.”

“I was just trying to hang in there and finish up with some good birdies.”

“You’re just trying to stay in contact and he was playing great, it’s also easier to play with someone who’s playing good.”

Completing the top three is Richard Bland, at -10 under for the competition, he carded a frustrating -1 under 69 today, but on this course is still in touch with the leaders.

Alejandro Cañizares,  Mikko Ilonen, Andrew Johnston all had -2 under 68 today, while  Romain Langasque stalled with even par 70, they are all a further shot back at -9 under par.

The winner tomorrow will need a really low round.

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play. Anthony Wall Wins.

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Anthony Wall wins the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Golf Links in Scotland.

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Anthony claimed only his second European Tour victory at the  Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play, finishing one up against Alex Noren, with good putting being the key;

“It just feels amazing, I cannot tell you how happy I am.”

“It’s funny – the other one in 2000 felt like yesterday!”

“It’s amazing because it’s such a hard job to beat everyone because everyone is so good.”

“I did wonder whether it would ever come again. I’m just so pleased for my parents, they put in so much when I was young.”

“I’ve got two children that just want to see their dad win, I’m speechless, it’s phenomenal.”

“I don’t know what it was, you don’t know what you’re going to get. I felt calm all week, I putted well.

“I just found something with my putting a little bit.”

James Morrison won the third-place play-off 4 and 2 against compatriot Oli Fisher, James started the day  with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie to establish a lead he refused to relinquish.

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play. Alex and Anthony In Final.

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Alex Noren, Sweden will face Anthony Wall, England in the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play on Sunday at  Archerfield Links Golf Club in Scotland.

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Alex beat fellow Swede Johan Carlsson 4 and 2 in the morning’s quarter-finals and then overcame  James Morrison 3 and 2 in the afternoon session of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play.

Alex is also looking for his second win in Scotland in as many months after winning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart in July, he is amazed by his achievement;

“It feels amazing.”

“I’ve never even been close in a match play event before, and it’s pretty hard mentally these matches, but I like it.”

“I think this year has been quite consistent. Maybe not super golf all the time, but pretty consistent.”

Anthony beat Oliver Fisher at the 22nd hole in the afternoon, but chipped in for eagle to beat Haydn Porteous in the morning session;

“Obviously sorry for Oli, because it was a good game and someone had to lose.”

“It’s a shame, because we’re good pals and we played well. It was a good game.”

Tomorrow  the third-place play-off will be an all England affair as Oli Fisher and James Morrison go head to head.

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play. 36 Holes In A Day.

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They played 36 holes, the second and third rounds of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play on Friday. The sponsors wanted to make sure the tournament finished on Saturday as the weather forecast was bad for Sunday.

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Looking good is Scottish Open champion Alex Noren, he said it was a tough day;

“Match play is tough. I’ve played three good matches and I just need a lot of rest now because I can feel it in my head, it’s been a long day.”

“This match play, I think takes a little bit more out of you.”

“At the end, it feels like I’ve been here before and I like being there. I’d rather win earlier, of course, but it’s really nice.”

Another player feeling comfortable, especially when his putter is working, is James Morrison, who has made it to the last eight;

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“When I got here, I just loved the look of the golf course and for me, my confidence grows pretty quickly the minute I get my backswing in good position.”

“I can go off and running. I’m putting it well, hitting it great. I’m very, very happy.”

Top seed Chris Wood lost  to Daniel Brooks in the last 32, and number three seed Matthew Fitzpatrick went down to Alejandro Cañizares in the last 16.both players being eliminated of a tough Friday.

The last eight matches are;

Max Kieffer v Oliver Fisher

Anthony Wall v Haydn Porteous

James Morrison v Alejandro Cañizares

Alex Noren v Johan Carlsson

 

Scottish Open. Alex Noren Wins

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Alex Noren, from Sweden, wins the Scottish Open, and is crowned King of Castle Stuart Golf Links.

 

Alex carded a final round -2 under par 70 to post a winning Scottish Open score of -14 under par, and a one shot victory;

“This is by far the biggest win, the amount of players that are here and on a course like this in Scotland, it’s only what I dreamt of growing up.”

“I’m so happy it’s over because it was a tough, tough leaderboard, a lot of guys at 11, 12, 13 under and it was just not a cruising win at all.”

“Thinking about it this morning, how much it would mean, then it feels like miles away and now when it happens, it just feels unbelievable.”

“I’ll just try to enjoy this. I know how tough this game is and I’m just really happy to get a win and then for next week, it’s a new week and see what happens
Tyrrell Hatton claimed second place at – 13 under par, his last round of -3 under 69 not quite good enough to challenge.
Tied in third at -12 under were Danny Lee, Matteo Manassero and Nicolas Colsaerts.

Scottish Open. Alex Noren Leads

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Alex Noren from Sweden, leads the Scottish Open at the half way stage at  Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness.

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Alex put together a great second round -6 under par 66 to take the half-way lead in the Scottish Open at -8 under par.

Alex likes the course, and is looking forward to the week-end;

“I like this place, it’s a really fun course to play.”

“A few very tricky holes and then a few holes where you can go for the green in two on the par fives and you can reach I think two greens today on the par four in one, which is very fun for us.”

“Some weeks, we play courses where it’s tough all the way around, and here, it’s kind of a really nice mix, so I like it.”

“It wasn’t easy but I managed to hit some good shots. It got better and better. I played steady on the front nine, and then my last nine holes, I really got it going.” 

“It’s always nice when you get it going and then another birdie maybe drops, and that’s what happened today.”

“Anything can happen on the weekend, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Sharing second place are Danny Lee, New Zealand, and Eddie Pepperell of England, both one shot back at -7 under par. Danny also carded a -6 under 66 today, while Eddie was -5 under 67.

Matteo Manassero, -5 under 67 today, Branden Grace, -5 under 67, Richard Bland -4 under 68 and Jorge Campillo -6 under 66, are all tied in fourth place at -6 under par for the tournament

Matteo thought it was a bit easier today;

“It was still tough but yesterday was brutal.”

 “I played solid just like yesterday.”

“The fact there is a little less wind allowed me a few more chances for birdie that I converted and it just ended up being a good round.”

“It’s exciting, of course, being up on the leaderboard and when it’s by playing well and not just by scrambling well or by some sort of escape, it’s even more exciting and I’m happy.”

“It has been really hard with a lot of ups and downs, mainly downs.”

“It’s something that starts with little things and when you have never really played badly before, it’s hard and you keep going down.”

At -5 under for the competition are two-time Major winner Padraig Harrington -3 under 69 today and Graeme McDowell also recording a second round -3 under 69.