British Masters. Alex Noren Wins.

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Alex Noren won the British Masters title at The Grove in England.

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Tournament Host Luke Donald & Winner Alex Noren.

Alex had a final round -2 under 69 to win the British Masters with a -18 under par total.

He put his success down to advice from his caddie and great putting;

“At the last three-and-half holes, I managed to play the best I played all week, so I’m really happy and proud about that.”

“Sometimes you’re a little bit blind yourself. You think you hit a good shot but it comes up short, and you never want to blame yourself but he kind of told me what was going on.”

“My putting was probably the best thing this week. I holed a lot of putts. My chipping and wedge game was a lot better, so it helped me out.”

Bernd Wiesberger was in second place at -16 under, a last round of -4 under 67 not enough to get up and challenge for the title.

“It wasn’t easy out there today. I didn’t drive it really well on the first nine, which was really hard because I felt really comfortable with drives on the first three days.” 

“I just had to find a couple more fairways and felt more comfortable on the back nine.”

“To finish well in a strong field like this, it helps going into the final couple of events this year.”

Amazingly Lee Westwood, after his terrible Ryder Cup performance, collected third place at -15 under par. A final round -4 under par 67 giving him some hope for the future.

British Masters. Alex Noren Takes Three Shot Lead.

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Alex Noren will take a three shot lead into the final round of the British Masters, in England.

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Alex had a consecutive -6 under par 65, this one was bogey free, in the third round of the British Masters that puts him firmly on top of the leaderboard at -16 under par, and will have the advantage of a three stroke lead starting the last round tomorrow.

Alex rolled in a monster birdie putt at the 18th to complete his day;

“Obviously on 18, it was an amazing feeling because I thought it was a tough putt, and you can easily three-putt that and come off with a sour taste in your mouth.” 

“Now it feels great. I’ve three-putted those a lot of times, so sometimes you’ve got to get lucky.”

“I know from experience that it’s not that easy to hold leads. Anybody can come from behind and shoot eight under. You never know.” 

“I’m just trying to work on the things I work on with my coach and with my caddie and if I manage to pull it off, I do, but otherwise, you know, you go on.”

Home player Richard Bland, who is looking for his first Tour win, is in second place at -13 under par, he carded a more modest -2 under 69 today, and is hoping to catch up with the leader tomorrow;

“I said to my caddie, if that’s our worst day and we shoot 69, we should be in with a good shout tomorrow depending on what Alex does.” 

“He’s a class player. He’s only going to go forwards, and we’ve got to go and try to catch him.”

Tommy Fleetwood, -3 under 68 today, Richard Sterne, -4 under 67, Bernd Wiesberger, -4 under 67 and Peter Hanson, -5 under par 66, all share third place at -12 under par.

British Masters. Brilliant Richard Bland Leads.

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A brilliant second round from Richard Bland sees him leading the British Masters at the half-way stage at The Grove in England.

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Richard carded a second round -7 under par 64, and he is still bogey free after two rounds, at the British Masters, and leads by one shot with a -11 under par total.

Richard likes to play in England, and of course it helps when you are holing putts;

“Whenever you play at home, either here or at Wentworth, you’ve got your family there supporting.”

“Other people come up, your friends, so it’s nice just to hear those extra cheers for you.”

“I’ve holed out fantastically well, not only these last two days but probably over the last three or four months.

“If I can keep that going, hopefully I’ll be there on Sunday.

Sharing second place at -10 under for the tournament are Alex Noren, -6 under 65 today, and Andrew Beef Johnston, also -6 under 65 today.

Beef was happy with his round today, despite the two bogey’s;

“I’m very happy. I thought I played well yesterday in the wind and managed to make a few more birdies today.”

Alex unfortunately dropped two shots on his last hole today;

“Sometimes it goes like that. I’m happy about today. I played a lot better than yesterday.”

Somehow Jamie Donaldson got himself disqualified after eight second round holes, I can not find any explanation of this occurrence.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Alex Noren Leads.

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Alex Noren leads after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, played over three courses in Scotland,  Carnoustie, Old Course St Andrews and Kingsbarns.

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SWE Alex equaled the Carnoustie course record in his opening round -8 under par 64, to sit on top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard;

“It was tough conditions but probably one of the best rounds I’ve played, so I’m very happy right now.”

“The course, all three courses, are in probably the best shape I’ve ever seen them. The greens are running great. It’s in great shape.”

Sitting in second place at -7 under par is ENG Ross Fisher after his 65 round at Kingsbarns.

ENG Matt Ford 65 at Kingsbarns and SWE Joakim Lagergren 66 at Carnoustie, share third place at -6 under par.

Joakim said he putted very well today;

“I played very well and was solid all day, I would say. I putted really well and made some great saves coming in on the last five or six holes.”


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 Wall & Host Paul Lawrie / Getty

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.