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OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Water Wins Again.

Water wins again as rain storms halted play on day 1 of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico, where more than 3 inches of rain soaked the resort since early Wednesday night.

Play was suspended from 8:40 to 11 a.m., and stopped again at 1:22 p.m, and was then called for the day at 3:30 p.m., with only 15 players able to finish their rounds on the El Camaleon Golf Course.  More rain and thunderstorms  are  forecast for Friday. Slugger White, the vice president of rules and competition for the PGA TOUR said;

“The biggest thing was the lightning threat and the rain we received. We’ll just grind through it again.”

Brian Stuard leads the the rain affected tournament, at -5 under par with 15 holes completed, carding  six birdies and a bogey so far in his opening round.

The two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton and Alvaro Quiros were a stroke back at -4 under par. Eric has  completed 17 holes, and Alvaro finished 15.

Harris English, Jeff Maggert, Josh Teater and Jamie Lovemark were at – 3 under par when play was suspended for the day. Harris finished 17 holes, Jeff played 15, and Jamie has completed just 12 holes.

This PGA TOUR event offers full FedExCup points for the first time, and the winner will get a spot in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters Tournament.

It’s Seven Up at the Portugal Masters.

There are seven players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Portugal Masters on the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course.

Alvaro Quiros   (Getty Images)

Alvaro Quiros / Getty Images

Alvaro, who now lives in Portugal, recovered from two early bogeys at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course to storm home in 29 strokes and share the lead at the Portugal Masters with a  -6 under par 65 opening round.  Felipe Aguilar, Jamie Donaldson, David Lynn, Max Kieffer, Graeme Storm and Simon Thornton also carded -6 under par 65′s. Spaniard Alvaro won every year on The European Tour from 2006-2011, including this event in 2008. He then underwent surgery for a wrist problem, and has missed five months of golf.

Alvaro is one of the game’s longest hitters, and said it was a good recovery from his poor start;

“It was a good fight after being two over after five holes, I was putting beautifully and that was the key. This is my second home tournament and now that I’m living here I have to consider Portugal home. It’s always good, this event has been special since I’ve been coming here.” 

Of the seven players at the top only Max Kieffer had a bogey free round, and he also managed to throw in an Eagle as well, at the par 5 twelfth hole.

Max is  in contention for the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award, and reported he had played well again;

” It was a good round today, it was good fun, I played really good. I had so many shots close and there were a lot of good putts that didn’t go in. I’m surprised nobody shot really low.” 

Seve Trophy  team-mates Jaime Donaldson and David Lynn swiftly banished any disappointment from Great Britain & Ireland’s 15-13 points loss to Continental Europe.

Jamie had got to -7 under par before three-putting the eighth, for his only bogey of the day,

“It was good playing under tough competitive conditions so it’s nice to play well and just bring it on to this week. Those team events were fantastic, we had great fun all week.”

 David managed to pick up three shots over his last five holes. He talked about the Seve Trophy, team games, ailments and the need to improve in The Race To Dubai;

” I keep taking medication but a 65 cures any ailments, if I don’t pull my finger out this week I’m not going to make The Race to Dubai.”

Irishman Simon Thornton, who won earlier this year at Saint Omer, said he had played lovely;

“I played lovely, it’s always nice to get off to a good start, I hit it straight off the tee and had lots of chances. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been playing much more consistently.”

In a tightly packed leaderboard there are then nine players tied at -5 under par, it looks like this is going to be a fiercely contested tournament.

Volvo World Match Play Championship, Poulter out

Defending champion Ian Poulter has been knocked out of the 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championship by Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, with what looks like an easy win at 4-3. Another Englishman,Justin Rose is also out, beaten by Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium by the same 4-3 score. In fact there are no Englishmen competing on day four of the tournament. Tom Lewis went down to Sergio Garcia, Richard Finch to Graeme McDowell and Robert Rock  fell to Retief Goosen.

In the quarter finals G-Mac eased out local boy Sergio Garcia, and Paul Lawrie had an easy time of it despatching Retief Goosen 6 and 5. Brandt Snedeker and his borrowed clubs finally fell to Nicolas Colsaerts, while Alvaro Quiros lost to countryman Rafael Cabrera-Bello 3 and 1.

Paul Lawrie will now face Nicolas Colsaerts, and Rafael Cabrera-Bellow will play Graeme McDowell in the semi finals.

Rafael said of his match against Alvaro Quiros;

“I got to play with a friend in Alvaro. I’m very happy for me but I feel sorry for him, and he’s such a good guy. We had a good match today. I feel like I’m playing really good.  This morning I recovered in a tough game, being two down with five to play, and now this afternoon, three down after nine and being able to win, I feel really proud of that. I have to play G Mac, and he has a lot of experience and is a Ryder Cup hero, so he’s obviously going to be a very, very tough guy to beat.  I’m going to try my best and I’m playing good. Hopefully I can start as good as I did on my first two matches and if I don’t, I know I can come from behind and make it through. So we’ll just see what happens.”

Graeme thought he was pretty lucky to get past Sergio Garcia;

“It wasn’t exactly El Classico and I feel like I dodged a bullet there. I kind of resigned myself to the fact that I was going home, but sometimes you have to win ugly and sometimes to win you need what just happened to me. I count myself lucky.”

Sergio was disappointed but said he was not quite playing well enough;

I’m playing so badly this could happen at any moment.  Making it to the quarter finals having played so badly means it was a good tournament. I had no good quality shots.  He gave me some chances that I could not take and I have been saying it from the first day that I have not felt comfortable and I am not happy with my game.”

 

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