Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Ross Fisher Leads.

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Ross Fisher leads the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the half way stage in Scotland.

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Ross carded -4 under par 68 on the Old Course St Andrews in the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, to lead the tournament at the half way point in Scotland with -11 under par total.

Ross was happy with his round, except for three putting, and also mentioned  it was pretty cold out there;

“To shoot four under and get to eleven under, I’m obviously very, very pleased.”

“Not dropping a shot obviously yesterday at Kingsbarns was a real achievement. Seven under yesterday was a great start.” 

“Coming around here, St Andrews, you know the greens are going to be a little bit slower. I felt like I played really well front side.”

“I unfortunately three-putted the tenth for par after hitting a really good drive there.”

“I bogeyed eleven, obviously my first bogey of the tournament, but I bounced back. Every time I bogeyed, I bounced back.” 

“It would have been nice to have one on 18 after bogeying 17 but it’s still tough out there. It’s pretty cold.”

Joakim Lagergren is in second place at -10 under par, he shot -4 under 68 today at Kingsbarns, he too had problems with putting;

“I played really solid today. Unfortunately I didn’t hole any putts this round.”

“I wasn’t close enough really, I hit a lot of greens, but I need to get a little bit closer and putt a little bit better to shoot a really low one.”

 “It was a little windy and a little drizzly there on the front nine. But it’s pretty scorable anyway, I would say. You get a few holes downwind where you can really take advantage of it.”

Yesterdays leader, Alex Noren, with a stunning 64, could only manage a -1 under par 71 today at Kingsbarns, to slip back into third place at -9 under par.

Jbe Kruger is another shot back in fourth, at -8 under after posting a second successive 68,  -4 under at St Andrews, with Tyrrell Hatton in fifth place at -7 under after his -2 under at Kingsbarns.

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.”

 

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.”