Trophée Hassan II. Alvaro Quiros Stays on Top.

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain stays on top of the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard at the half way stage in Morocco.

Trophée Hassan II.

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Alvaro shot -2 under 70 today, in the same windy conditions the ladies encountered in Morocco. He leads the Trophée Hassan II tournament at the half-way stage with a -7 under par total, and will take a one stroke advantage into the week-end;

“I would love to say that I have control of my secret but I’m not able to say.”

“Clearly I’m recovering a little bit of natural feel in my swing and now every single day of golf I need to recover a bit of confidence.”

“It’s a very demanding shot to the green every single time. There are very small places to land the ball, it doesn’t matter if you have a long iron or a short iron it is always tight.”

“I’m pleased with the score.”

 Andrew Dodt, Australia has second place at -6 under par, shooting a very respectable -4 under 68 in the windy conditions;

“It wasn’t easy, quite breezy, which made the course very different to yesterday.”

“I played pretty solid, though, even though I was two over through five or six, I just told myself to hang in there and try and hit fairways and greens and I managed to do that on the back nine.”

Erik Van Rooyen, South Africa, is third, carding -1 under par 71, for a tournament total of -5 under par;

“I feel like I’m playing well, I’m used to playing The European Tour now. It’s nothing new anymore so I’m good, I’m comfortable.”

“It’s not easy out there. It’s playing really, really tough. Two-club wind, so it was really just a grind in staying patient and I think it was solid.”

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Scottish Open. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the  Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard at a wild and windy Dundonald Links, Ian Poulter, Callum Shinkwin of England, and Andrew Dodt, Australia, share the lead.

 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

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Ian, -1 under 71 today , Callum, even par 72, and Andrew, -1 under 71 all share the 54 hole Scottish Open lead with -9 under par totals.

Ian spoke of the conditions;

“It was brutal at times.”

“Days like today don’t come around very often and I can think back to Birkdale on that Sunday, which were some of the toughest conditions I’ve ever played in.”

“This would slide along right with it.”

“It’s just nice to be in a good position. I feel energised and excited about the golf I’ve been playing.”

“There’s life in the old dog yet and I’m relishing the opportunity to go out and get stuck in.”

Andy Sullivan, England, is then in fourth place on his own at -7 under par shooting the low round of the day at -5 under par 67;

“I knew 16, 17 was going to play tough, I just didn’t expect to hit it in the bunker for the third day in a row on 17.”

“We had a bit of a wait on the 18th tee which probably did me a world of good, got my head back in the frame because I was absolutely seething standing on the tee.”

“If I had to hit that tee-shot within a couple of minutes, I’m not sure it would have hit the fairway.”

“It was a good way to finish and good after putting in all that hard work with the weather and I got my rewards at the end.”

“When we started it was very drizzly with not much wind, so I was thinking – ‘let’s make hay while it’s like this’. I got off to a really good start and took advantage of that, so I was really happy.”

 

Scottish Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard, at Dundonald Links. Padraig Harrington, Alexander Knappe and Callum Shinkwin share the top honor going into the week-end.

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Padraig Harrington / getty

Padraig, Ireland, bogey free -4 under par 68 today, Alexander, Germany, -7 under 65 and Callum, England, -4 under 68  to set the clubhouse lead at the Scottish Open with -9 under par totals.

Padraig spoke about bogey free boring golf;

“Today was positively boring compared to yesterday, when there was a lot of drama.”

“I hit two nice seven irons on the first and second, my 10th and 11th holes, and birdied two of the par fives.”

“Yesterday I started off a bit iffy and got a few breaks. I was two under after three and I could have been two over.”

“Then when the rain came in I really struggled but I holed a massive putt for par on 16 and chipped in from 30 yards for a birdie on 17.”

“So it was nice to go out and play solid. It’s nice when there is no stress.”

They are closely followed by Ian Poulter, England, -3 under 69 in his second round, and Andrew Dodt, of Australia, also -3 under 69, both with -8 under par totals.

Nicolas Colsaerts, -5 under 67 Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70, and Grégory Havret, -6 under 66, are all at -7 under par, in fourth place.

Rory McIlroy is still in reverse as he misses another cut, but said his putting had improved;

“I’m frustrated but I thought I saw some good signs this week.”

“My putting was definitely improved although my wedges were not quite there.”

“I’m just waiting for something, some sort of spark, something to go right, and the last couple weeks haven’t been like that. Just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it turns around next week.”

Scottish Open. Mikko Ilonen Leads.

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Mikko Ilonen, from Finland, leads the  Abderdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on day one at  Dundonald Links.

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

Mikko Ilonen / getty

Mikko broke away from the field on day one of the Scottish Open, shooting -7 under par 65, to lead by two strokes;

“Sixty five is the round of the season, really.”

“I do need to put some rounds together. I’ve got to start from a couple of holes, nine holes and now 18 holes and I’ve just got to continue from there. I haven’t been able to put two rounds together, so it’s a long way to get four rounds together.

“I’ve played links golf when I was a kid, as an amateur we played and I won the Amateur back in the day. There’s some experience in there.”

“I actually changed my irons on Tuesday. So new irons in the bag, 718s. (Titleist)

” It can be just little things that gives you a little extra confidence.”

The chasing pack, all six of them at -5 under, following their rounds 67, are two shots back, they are, Rickie Fowler and Paul Peterson, USA, Padraig Harrington, Ireland, Ian Poulter and Callum Shinkwin of England, and Andrew Dodt of Australia.

Rickie, who was bogey free today, is having fun out on the links;

Fowler loving life on links

Rickie / getty

“It felt good but it’s fun to go out on links and for me to hit shots and they don’t necessarily have to be spot on,”

“It’s kind of about managing the game and hitting shots and working your way around the golf course and putting yourself in the right position and avoiding bunkers.”

“I felt like I did a good job of hitting fairways today, staying on the right side of the hole and made a couple of birdies and it’s always nice to have a clean card.”

” I love playing links golf. It’s a great week.”

 

 

 

BMW PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt, of Australia has the 54 hole lead in the BMW PGA Championship on a windy West Course at Wentworth, in England.

BMW PGA Championship

Andrew Dodt, approach to the last

Andrew carded -4 under par 68  in the third round,to take the lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, with a -8 under par total.

He mentioned in the windy conditions in interview;

“It was a different wind direction to the first two days.”

“It was pretty tricky, the first 12 holes were really tough with the greens firm.”

Branden Grace, South Africa, who earlier in the competition had received a controversial free drop lies in second place at -7 under par, compiling -2 under par 70 today.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, +2 over 74 today, and Lee Westwood, England, with an even par round of 72 today, share third place at -5 under par.

The Olympic Champion Justin Rose, who yesterday made an Eagle at the last to make the cut, carded -2 under 70 in his third round and is now at even par for the tournament. If the wind continues to blow tomorrow he could have a chance if he can produce an early low round and set a reasonable clubhouse target.

Hong Kong Open. Sam Brazel Has Maiden Tour Win

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Sam Brazel. from Australia, has his Maiden European Tour win at the Hong Kong Open, at Hong Kong Golf Club.

Hong Kong Open

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Sam is no spring chicken, at 38 years old, so where has this cool-headed, competent player been, this is only his ninth European Tour appearance. He won here with a totally smooth performance, sinking a birdie putt on the last green for victory.

Sam carded a final round -2 under par 68 for a Hong Kong Open winning total of -13 under par, and now has full status on the European Tour next year;

“It’s been a long time coming.”

“I’ve been playing good. It’s just been a bit of a struggle with the old irons and my man, Adam, set me up with a new set of bats, and it’s all sort of turned around. This is the fruit.”

“I’d love to come over to Europe. It will be a great privilege.”

 “I was very lucky. That wasn’t the greatest second shot in there but it ended up good and the rest is history.”

“It was a thrill to be out there the last few days. I hope that continues.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello, looked for a long time that he would easily walk away with a victory here, stumbled to a -1 under par last round, giving him second place at -12 under par;

“If you look at it overall, it’s a great week finishing second.”

“Just a little disappointed today. I managed to start good again but then struggled halfway through the front nine.”

“At the end, 16 and 17, they were two great putts that did go in. The one on 18th, almost, as well. In the end, it’s a good week.”

“It’s just a bitter taste finishing runner-up.”

“Sam has played solid golf and been very patient and shown lots of maturity. He’s a well deserved winner.”

Tommy Fleetwood, -2 under 68 today,  and Andrew Dodt, -4 under 66,  tied for third place at -11 under par.

Tommy sadly carded a double bogey seven at the par 5 third, or he would have been right there at the end;

“Today was more of a battle than I wanted it to be, I had four drivers and today I hit three sort of dodgy shots and one of them was the third, made double. From there it was a scrap.”

“But still happy with myself in the end for the way we handled it and the way we played and the way we battled out there. It was great really. Couldn’t ask for much more.”

Andrew played some more good golf, last week he finished second at the Australian PGA Championship;

“It’s been a really solid week, I followed on where I left off from last week. Made a lot of birdies. Made a few mistakes, which you’re going to do around here.”

“I wanted to get off to a good start. That was the goal, to put 2016 season behind me.”

“It wasn’t my best. I wanted to hit the ground running at the PGA and I followed it on up here.”

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Still Leads.

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

Australian PGA Championship

Andrew Dodt / getty

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.