Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Thorbjørn Olesen Takes The Trophy.

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Thorbjørn Olesen from Denmark, takes the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship trophy at St Andrews in Scotland.

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Thorbjørn won his third European Tour trophy at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, with a final round -1 under par 71, and a tournament total of -18 under par, a two shot victory. This Is the second Danish victory of the 2015 season, along with Søren Kjeldsen who won the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open;

“This is very special.”

“It’s been a very tough year and to stand here with this trophy, especially to win it at St. Andrews.”

“It’s something you dream of when you’re a little kid. So I’m very emotional.”

“I was very patient out there. I made a lot of pars.”

“The conditions were quite tricky because it was very cold, and a little breeze also. I just kept on being patient.”

Two Americans shared second place at -16 under par, Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud.

Brooks with a last round -5 under par 67, and Chris -4 under 68.

Best round of the day went to Chris Wood who carded a final round -7 under par 65, which moved him up into a tie for fourth place with, Bernd Wiesberger, Benjamin Herbert, Joakim Largergren and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, all at -15 under par.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Olesen is in Charge.

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Thorbjørn Olesen is in charge of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, carding a -7 under par third round on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.

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Thorbjørn will take a  three shot lead into the final round of the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after shooting -7 under par 65 at St Andrews to post a total -17 under par.

He gave credit to a hot putter, and a great deal of practice;

“My putter started to get very hot out there and I holed a lot of great putts. So yeah, it was good fun.”

“To be honest it’s been very tough this season with an injury, also, and playing some bad golf. But I’ve been finding my way and just practicing hard and just hoping for it to come along at some point.”

“There have been some good rounds, but I just haven’t been able to really do it for all four rounds. But yeah, hopefully I can do it this week. It’s definitely nice to be up there on the leaderboard.”

“We will see how the weather is tomorrow but if it’s the same, there’s definitely going to be a lot of birdies. I’ll just have to try to keep up and go out there and hopefully find a few birdies.”

“It’s always difficult to go into the last day with a lead. It’s definitely a nice position to be in, and you know you can shoot a good score around this golf course if the weather is nice.”

“It’s definitely not going to be easy but I’m going to go out there tomorrow and try my best.”

Florian Fritsch is in second place, at -14 under par, three shots back. Florian shot -8 under par 64 at Kingsbarns, and reported that he was worried about making the cut at the start;

 “At the beginning I was probably a bit more worried about maybe making the cut because this is a very big tournament, especially for me with the money that can be won and the position that I’m in, so this is definitely something that was kind of important to me.”

“A couple of choices were made due to that situation over what I would probably usually do but that’s what tournament golf does to you at times. I got more and more comfortable towards the end.”

“On the back nine I felt like I had a little bit more control. The golf course is very open. You can’t really lose a ball and that is definitely something that I enjoy and I guess most golfers like.”

“It loosens you up despite the situation. I hit a couple of good putts and ended up rolling in a few birdies and an eagle. That was a little extra.”

In third place is Benjamin Hebert, who finished day three on -13 under par after mixing six birdies with a single bogey at Carnoustie​ and scoring -5 under par 67.

Jimmy Mullen, who held a share of the halfway lead, could only manage a two over par 74 to fall to -9 under, while Anthony Wall stumble to a +1 over par 73 , both players were at Carnoustie.

Tomorrow everyone will play their final round at St Andrews, and Thorbjørn must be looking forward to it, and hopefully another 65 will give him the trophy.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Two Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a two-way tie at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after 36 holes in Scotland. Jimmy Mullen and Anthony Wall have a one shot lead at the half way stage.

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Jimmy and Anthony both played the Old Course at St Andrews in the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Jimmy carding -3 under par 69, and Anthony one shot better at -4 under 68, to top the leaderboard at -11 under par for the tournament.

Jimmy is really enjoying an incredible week in Scotland, on his professional tour debut. He is just following on from his performance in the Walker Cup, where he won all four of his matches against the United States last month;

“I know I’ve played the easier of the courses.

“I’m playing Carnoustie tomorrow so I knew I had to do two good rounds in the first two days to take a bit of the pressure off myself.”

“I’ve played very well at Carnoustie this year so I mean to stick to my game plan which me and my coach and caddie Alex Howie discussed.”

“I was just out there trying to enjoy it and learn and to be at the top of the leaderboard is, I can’t really explain.”

“It’s a different experience but I’ll just have to learn that as I go along.”

“The hardest bit for me is you watch all the players growing up from when I was a junior and just realising that you’re playing against them now and seeing them on the range.

“I’m still a bit like: ‘Oh look, there’s Kaymer’ and all the people like that so I’m just trying to let them do what they do and just concentrate on what I do.”

“I think I’ve managed to stick to that quite well over the last two rounds.”

“I got a bit twitchy lagging a few putts up on the back nine but I’m happy with my day’s work.”

40-year-old Anthony had a run of four birdies from the fourth to get to the top of the leaderboard;

“It was a good day, I didn’t really do much going on that back nine to start but I managed to have a good run on the front, so I had my back nine, great total.”

“Any time you get double figures in two rounds is good golf.”

Another of yesterday’s leaders, Paul Dunne, who is also playing in his first professional event, is in the group of four players tied in third place just one shot back at -10 under par, following his second round -2 under par 70 at St Andrews. Jamie Donaldson, Chris Stroud and Thorbjørn Olesen are the other players in third.

Jamie carded eight birdies in a brilliant -7 under par 65, and American Chris Stroud -6 under 66 and  Thorbjørn6 under 66, all playing at Kingsbarns.



Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Rookies Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne Lead

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Rookies Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne, share lead with Kristoffer Broberg after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. This tournament is played over three courses, St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

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Jimmy has had a great amateur year, becoming just the fourth man in history to win all four of his matches in a Walker Cup. He carded a first round -8 under par at Kingsbarns and said he was just doing the same things as usual;

“What I did as an amateur worked, so I didn’t see any reason to change it.”

“I made the cut in The Open, two, three years ago now, and I knew I was better than that.”

“I just stuck to what me and caddie Alex (Howie) and Paul (Mitchell), my coach, who is up for a practice day, stuck to our game plan and our routine, and it worked all right today.”

“I’ll try and do it again the next hopefully three days.”

Paul also had a wonderful year, he held a share of the lead going into the final round of The Open at St Andrews. He also posted -8 under at Kingsbarns, a hole in one from 205 yards at the par three 15th, and a great putting performance made his day;

“I kind of needed it, I got off to a bit of a ropey start. I was hitting a lot of poor full shots.”

“My putter was kind of saving me, to be level par playing 15 which was my sixth, and it was nice to get a hole-in-one. It was exactly as I pictured it.

“I tried to start it at the left edge of green and let the wind drift it and I thought I hit it close and when I saw it drop, it was great. Nice little bonus there.”

“I played some good golf from then on in. Happy with my score.”

“There are scores out there to be had. You just have to make putts and get dialed in with your distance control and your irons.”

“I played a lot better on the front nine than I did on the back nine, which was my front nine, a lot better striking of my irons.”

Kristoffer, who is still searching for his first European Tour win carded his eight under at St Andrews. Most of the low scores on the day came from Kingsbarns, with  Søren Kjeldsen, Richard Bland and Anthony Wall tied in fourth place,  all on -7  under par there.

Defending champion Oliver Wilson had a day to forget as he shot +2 over par 74 at St Andrews.

Things will even themselves out with each player tackling all three courses, with the final round coming from The Old Course St Andrews on Sunday.


Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Wilson Wins.

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Oliver Wilson wins his maiden trophy, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, in Scotland.

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Oliver claimed his maiden European Tour title, with a final round of -2 under par 70 on The Old Course at St. Andrews, which enabled him to lift the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship trophy with a -17 under par score.

Naturally he had a lot say after waiting all those years;

“I don’t have words for it. It’s been ten years, 11 years coming. There were nine runners-up and I hadn’t done a whole lot to lose those, but nothing had really gone my way and this week. To be given a big opportunity by Dunhill to play, I can’t thank them enough to give me an opportunity to do this, I guess it’s what golf’s all about.”

“Before I went out today I thought about how I’ve never gone out and won a tournament. I’ve played alright coming down the stretch and not lost it and other guys have just got over the line ahead of me and today I was just trying to be patient.”

“I got off to a good start ball-striking wise but a couple of three-putts and you think ‘here we go’ but I stayed patient. The course was tricky with the wind, Rory was in front and I could keep an eye on what he was doing and Tommy was playing good as well.”

“I played some great shots on the back nine, you feel like when you turn back into the wind that your opportunity has probably gone because it’s hard to make some birdies. I made a great save at 14 and the shot I hit into 16 was probably the best shot of my life. 17 was hard work and at the last Tommy had putted well and I thought he was going to make that.”

“I’ve been playing pretty well. Robert Rock, I went to see him two weeks ago and I shot a course record in Kazakhstan. He’s worked with me all week, spent a lot of time with me, helped me a lot with my swing and given me the confidence to go and play.”

“When I came into the week I was almost just trying to make the cut! I got going and played good in practice and knew I was capable of putting a good tournament together but you’re never sure if it’s going to happen.” 

“Carnoustie, shooting eight under round there gave me some confidence and my confidence grew each day. I’ve got good memories round here, I finished second a few years ago alongside Rory when Simon Dyson won. So I knew what I had to do and I stood up and hit some really good shots today. So my confidence from where it’s been the last few of years is in a very different place right now.”

“I could be drunk for a while, I’ve had a lot of champagne on ice over the years!”

There were three players tied in second position, Richie Ramsay, Tommy Fleetwood and World number one Rory McIlroy, all just one shot back at -16 under par.

Rory said he only made two mistakes today, but they were costly, he ended up recording a -4 under par 68;

“Where I feel like I cost myself the tournament today was probably in the space of about 20 yards at the front of the green at the first and over at the Road Hole bunker. They are not too far away from each other and they are the two things, the only mistakes that I made all day.”

“I love this golf course. I feel like I play well here every time I tee it up, so I’m looking forward to obviously coming back here in July and defending The Open Championship.” 

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Oliver Wilson Looking for Maiden Tour Win

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Oliver Wilson is looking for his maiden Tour win at The Old Course at St. Andrews , taking the lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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After a rain delay, followed by preferred lies, Oliver shot a bogey free -7 under par 65 on The Old Course to post a -15 under par three round total at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and is now in a good position to win his maiden European Tour title. He will go into the final round, at St. Andrews tomorrow with a three shot lead, and he is pretty happy about that;

“I’m pretty happy with that, I played good today. Left a lot out there, as well, which is a bit frustrating but obviously I’m pleased with how I played, especially coming down the stretch, hit a lot of good shots.”

“The way I’ve driven the ball the last couple of years, to stand up and hit some tee shots like I did on the back nine, I was very pleased, it was a good day. I got ahead of myself a couple times today but managed to just bring the head back in gear and focus on the shots.” 

“I expect Rory to shoot lights out every time he tees it up. The other names that are on the board don’t really affect me. I’m just doing my thing, trying to shoot as good a score as I can, get it in play, one shot at a time, all the boring stuff, but it’s true. I managed to do that really well. “

“There’s 18 holes, long holes, and it’s going to be a long day tomorrow, but it would mean a lot. I love this tournament and I’ve done well here before. I love coming to the Old Course, all the courses, but that walk up 18 is pretty cool.” 

“I’ll be nervous. It’s a big day for me. Last year I got off to a great start and kind of fizzled out in a similar kind of position really.”

Sharing second place, and three shots adrift are Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy, Alexander Levy and Raphaël Jacquelin,  all at -12 under par for the tournament.

Tommy shot one of the best rounds of the day, a magnificent -10 under par 62, which was level with the Old Course record but not enough to earn him a share of the honor in the record books as after the overnight and early morning rain, which had delayed play by an hour this morning, meant preferred lies were in play.

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World number one Rory went one better than the leader with his -8 under par 64, which could have been even better. He is looking forward to the final round with Pro/Am partner dad, Gerry;

“I got off to a really fast start and was trying to keep it going, and I sort of did through the turn.” 

“But as you said the last four holes weren’t really what I wanted. But any time you shoot a score like that around St Andrews, you have to be happy.”

“Dad and I are going to get to play St Andrews on his birthday tomorrow which will be a huge treat for both of us.”

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Jacquelin Jumps Into Half-way Lead.

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Raphaël Jacquelin jumped into the half-way lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, in the wind and rain on Friday.

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Raphaël shot a second round -2 under par 70 at Kingsbarns to lead the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a tournament total of -9 under par.

The wind and rain made things more difficult on Friday, but Raphaël was happy with his performance, especially the birdie, birdie finish;

“I’m pretty happy, especially the way I finished, I birdied 17 and 18, so it was good before having dinner and going to rest.” 

“I didn’t play that well, and not as well as yesterday, but it was not that easy, a bit of wind, a bit of rain, a bit of cold as well. I feel good, it’s a long weekend, a lot of golf to play, so the game of golf it’s not that easy.”

There are four players tied in second position, all at -8 under par, three of them played Kingsbarns. Padraig Harrington had a -2 under par 70, Oliver Wilson shot par, while Alexander Levy put together a second round -4 under par 68. That is back to back  rounds of 68 for Alexander.

Padraig wants to get into the Olympics and has set himself that target;

“I think the big one for me, I’ve got to get inside the top 15 in the world to make the Olympics in 2016.”

 “I’ve got 22 months to go. I’m starting at absolute zero probably at the moment. I really feel good about my game, so I believe I can do it.”

Shane Lowery kept himself in touch with the leader carding a -2 under par 70 on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Shane was the only player in the top 12 to play at St Andrews on Friday, which means he will face Carnoustie on Saturday before the final round is contested over The Old Course on Sunday

Shane played well and said the weather was not as bad as the forecast had predicted;

“To be honest, the way I played to shoot two under was quite good. The forecast was pretty bad today and everyone was expecting the worst, but it wasn’t actually that bad.”

“It played quite easy toward the end and I could have picked up a couple more, but I’m happy with the position I’m in with two rounds to go. Hopefully I can go out to Carnoustie tomorrow and hopefully the weather is not too bad over there and I can shoot a decent score.”

World Number One Rory McIlroy carded a -5 under par 67 at Kingsbarns and now has a -4 under par total, five shots off the lead. He would still like to win on Sunday at St. Andrews, but would not mind waiting until next year when he defends his Open title on The Old Course.

“I think the eagle on 16 kick-started something for me, I just went from there, started to knock a few putts in. I felt like I struck the ball pretty well for the first couple of days, but just to see a few putts roll in sort of gave me a little bit of confidence and played well after that.”

“It would mean an awful lot to win at St Andrews. But if I didn’t, I wouldn’t mind waiting until July next year.”