Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Still Leads.

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Andrew Dodt still leads the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew carded -2 under par 70 in the third round of the Australian PGA Championship, to post -14 under par at the top of the leaderboard, a two-stroke advantage going into the final round.

Andrew has won before, but this one would be a wire to wire victory;

“It would be one of my biggest achievements, for sure, I mean, I’ve thought about it a couple of times this week but you don’t want to get ahead of yourself.”

“You just want to play each round.”

“It would be huge. All the top guys have won the Australian PGA, so it would be nice to put my name alongside them.”

“My wins have been from behind so this position is new to me, which is nice, I’m enjoying it. I’m really trying to embrace it and enjoy my time out there on the course.

“The first three rounds are irrelevant now. There are a lot of solid players, world class players behind me, so I’ve got to keep the foot down tomorrow and keep playing the way I’m playing.”

Chasing him down those two shots are Harold Varner 111, -5 under 67 in the third round, and Ashley Hall, -2 under 70, both players sharing second spot at -12 under par.

American Harold will take all the good breaks he can get;

“I need to play some good golf tomorrow, for sure.”

“I’d take a play-off because it means I have a chance. I have to play 18 holes to get there. I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

 “I finished amazingly well. Eagles are always good and I had two in the last four. I got a little lucky on the 17th because it hit the pin and went in when it could have just as easily bounced off the green.”

“But it was tough out there, when the wind blows hard here you just need to try to hang in there and not make too many mistakes.”

Adam Scott, -2 under 70, and John Senden, -4 under 68 are tied in fourth place at -10 under par.

 

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt has 36 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt has the 36 hole lead at the Australian PGA Championship at  RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew fired a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the Australian PGA Championship by two shots going into the week-end with his -12 under total.

Playing well all day, and making birdies with good putting;

The first handful of holes were really solid then I made a few birdies.”

“The first nine holes were really solid and then the back nine was as good as it gets, really. I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and holed some putts.”

“It was pretty tricky this afternoon with the breeze. The back nine it died down a little bit.”

“It was just a really solid day’s work.

“I’ll take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time. I’m really happy with where I’m at mentally, I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In second place at -10 under par is Ashley Hall, a -3 under 69 today keeping him in touch with the leader.

Tied in third place is the large figure of Adam Scott, -4 under 68 today, he is joined by Ryan Fox, from New Zealand, who carded -3 under 69 today, both players at -8 under.

Adam, who has Steve Williams on the bag, expects the conditions to get tougher;

“It didn’t look pretty at the start but somehow I was two under after three and then hung in there and finished well.”

“Maybe that momentum off the last three holes is something to carry over for the rest of the week.”

“There was lots of good solid stuff and a quick start and a quick finish adds up to a good score.”

“I was just treading water for a while but those holes, it was never the perfect number. I was cautious of going over the green in between clubs and you just have to be patient and it paid off, because I birdied the last three.”

“Hopefully, that was our best conditions, maybe, this morning. It was lovely and the wind hadn’t really picked up that much at all, so it was very manageable.”

“I expect tomorrow afternoon to be a lot tougher and like I’ve said for a couple of days, you know you’re going to have to hit a lot of greens this week, because chipping is very difficult.”

Ryan was happy to be bogey free today;

“I’m really happy, it’s a tricky course, I think we’ve probably got the best of the conditions but it was still enough breeze out there to make it difficult.”

“I played really solid, no bogeys today and made a couple of putts, which was nice.”

“I think every afternoon is probably going to be a little breezy like it’s been earlier in the week and makes it really tough to score.”

“As soon as the golf course dries out it gets really tough to hit it on the greens and there is a real penalty for missing some of the greens around here.”

“So it’s nice to be in this position to start off with but it’s going to be a little bit of a grind for the rest of the week, I think.”

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, Dodt Extends Lead.

White Dragon Golf Andrew Dodt extends his lead in the  AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Four Seasons Golf Club, in very blustery conditions.

 

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Andrew carded a second round -2 under par 70, to extend his lead at the top of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open leaderboard to three shots, at -8 under par, going into the week-end;

“I’m trying to embrace the challenge and enjoy the conditions and have fun, rather than trying to hold on and be defensive.”

You’ve got to be as tough as you can and miss in the right spots. I didn’t strike the ball as well as I did yesterday, but I missed in the right areas, where I could still get up and down. That was the key.”

“The chip-in on the 12th was a lovely shot. It came out a little harder than I would’ve liked but luckily it hit the hole dead center.”

“I lost my concentration on the next hole, though, which sometimes happens when you make a birdie.”

“I’ve always been a pretty good wind player, so I feel really comfortable in these conditions.”

Last week’s winner Jeunghun Wang is in second place at -5 under par, he too recorded a second round -2 under par, on  a day when only nine players managed to get below par.

Big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who is attached to the Four Seasons club, and Siddikur Rahman are tied in third place at -4 under par. Nicolas had the low round of the day, in such tough conditions, an amazing -7 under par 65. Siddikur hung on to the leaders with his round of even par 72.

Nicolas said it was probably one of his best rounds ever, and it could have been better;

“I can’t really think of a better display than that.”

“I played every shot the way I intended, using the wind here and there, and most of them were really close. I converted most of the birdie chances I gave myself, but it could’ve been even better.”

“I drove just off the back of the green on the ninth and made four, and I three-putted the tenth. I dropped another shot on the 16th and got it back on the last, so overall I’m very happy.”

“It’s the toughest I’ve ever seen this place play in however many rounds I’ve played here. It’s a serious test.”

Ross McGowan had a good second round, carding -5 under par 67, which moved him up the leaderboard to claim fifth position on his own.

Jaco Ahlers, Ruan de Smidt, Hennie Otto and Jaco Van Zyl complete the list of under par players on the leaderboard, all at -1 under for the tournament.

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open,Andrew Dodt Has 1st Round Lead.

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Andrew Dodt has the 1st round lead at a windy AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on the  Four Seasons Golf Club.

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AUS Andrew, from Australia,  fired an opening round -6 under par 66, in very windy conditions at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, giving him a two shot cushion at the top of the leaderboard, where only 21 players managed to get under par on day one of the tri-sanctioned event involving the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours, on the Ernie Els designed course.

The wind did not bother Andrew;

“When you play well, the conditions don’t really matter. Fortunately that happened to me today.”

“I played really solid, I didn’t make too many mistakes and the momentum in the round just kept flowing.

“I probably won’t shoot 66 tomorrow but I’ve just got to try to minimize the mistakes.”

“If someone said six under at the start of the day, I would have put my hand up yesterday and taken it.”

“It’s not easy out there. if you’re off by just a little bit, everything gets magnified by the wind.”

“Having said that, this course can just get up and bite you at any stage. There’s a long way to go.”

Sharing second place at -4 under after their first rounds of 68, are India’s IND Rashid Khan and Bangladesh’s BAN Siddikur Rahman.

Fresh from his maiden victory at last week’s Trophée Hassan IIKOR Jeunghun Wang was tied in fourth place with ARG Estanislao Goya at -3 under par.

UBS Hong Kong Open, Javi Colomo Leads, Rory McIlroy Languishes.

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Javier Colomo (Getty Images)

Javier Colomo from Spain, qualified for this event via his Asian Tour ranking, and produced an amazing -6 under par 64 to lead by one shot at the UBS Hong Kong Open on the Fanling Golf Course in Hong Kong. On the other hand the tournament favorite, World number one, and money winner on the European Tour and the U.S. PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy, also the defending champion here could do no better than a +3 over par 73.

Javier, who had his wife on the bag, was delighted with his play;

‘”I’m only here with my wife, the first six months it was very hard for me, and my wife, but now we are more comfortable and more happy, perfect. I played really, really good today from the tee, on the greens, everything,  I was very relaxed after the first nine holes, and I had opportunities for birdies and I had luck on the greens.Last year I lost my card on The Challenge Tour and my category in The European Tour, so there’s only one way to go to The European Tour. I had luck to get the card at the Q School on the Asian Tour and now I am 33 in the rankings. That’s perfect, because next year I will play the co-sanctioned tournaments with The European Tour. It’s a very good chance to improve, and why not to win a tournament and go to The European Tour?”

 

Rory said he felt lethargic;

“I just lacked a bit of energy out there, I felt a bit lethargic and mentally more than physically, if I am being honest. I bogeyed the first, but then just got more frustrated as the round went on. I just felt like I was hitting some decent shots and just not really converting any chances for birdies and I just let it go a little bit. I suppose after last week, and winning the Race to Dubai title, it was always going to be a bit of a letdown, I feel as though I am playing well enough, but I just need to get my head and the golf to match up and I’ll be OK.”

Struggles: Rory McIlroy found himself off the beaten track in the first round of the Hong Kong Open

Rory, playing left-handed from the  tree’s.

Rory has a lot of work to do tomorrow if he is to make the cut, unbelievable really, thinking that he could miss the cut, after the year he has had. It would be a sad end to the beautiful year.

Miguel Angel Jiménez, another Spaniard, is sitting in second place at -5 under par, he is tied there with Australia’s Andrew Dodt. Miguel, with a wry smile on his face,  joked about his age;

I am like a good bottle of Rioja, because I just get better and better with age. I’m putting very well and it’s a pity I missed a fairway on the ninth and then on the last got a big flyer. It’s an old-fashioned course, not very long, but you need to be very precise.”

Miguel was playing with another of those good golfers from Spain, Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal who is in the group at -4 under par after his round of 66,  José said he hit three poor shots on the day;

I hit three poor shots, but apart from those the rest of the game was pretty solid. Obviously I have to consolidate this the next few days, but it’s nice to have some signs like this one.”

Aussie Andrew Dodt reported he had just fired his round of the year;

“Possibly one of best rounds of the year, solid tee to green and rolled the ball nicely, it was very gusty in places, the wind. You really had to know where you were hitting it. It’s kind of similar to back home in Australia, it’s just a fun course to play.”

Leading Asian player is Lian-wei Zhang from China, who is very handily placed at -4 under par with the popular score of 66. Good Luck to Rory, I hope he plays well tomorrow and makes the cut.