Omega European Masters. Alex Noren Wins in a Play-Off.

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Alex Noren wins the Omega European Masters title in a play-off against Scott Hend, at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, in Switzerland.

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Alex, from Sweden  and Scott, Australia  finished the Omega European Masters tournament with -17 under par totals, sending them into extra holes.

Alex carded -5 under 65 in the final  round to Scott’s -4 under 66, so they had to go back and play the 18th again, Alex won the hole with a birdie, claiming his second win of the season;

“It feels amazing to be among Seve Ballesteros and Thomas Bjørn to win two Omega European Masters titles.”

“I’ve never won coming from behind or won in a play-off on the European Tour so that makes it more amazing.”

 “I’ve seen the boards showing who won multiple Omega European Masters titles walking to the course so it is great.”

“I’ve worked hard this season. I tried to play more golf and I feel steadier with my driver. My driver hasn’t been my good side but now it is steadier.”

“It is great to have my family here, my baby and my parents here for the first time.”

A beaten Scott was pleased to have had the chance to win”

“I think Alex played the 18th hole way better than I did and made an awesome birdie for a deserving win.”

 “It wasn’t a daunting tee-shot on the last. It is just like any other tee-shot. You just need to stand there and hit it. I was unable to hit the shot I wanted yesterday and today, twice.”

“He played fantastic golf today but I didn’t play quite well enough.”

” That’s golf. You can’t complain when you get into position to win but somebody makes a great birdie on the play-off hole to win.”

Third place went to  Andrew Beef Johnston, from England, he had a -5 under 65, for a -14 under par total;

“It’s been a good week, I had a nice break and it’s nice to come in fresh. I really enjoyed this week and I just have to keep pushing on, working hard and trying to get the results.”

“It was good today. Again it was a bit frustrating on the front nine but I tried to stay patient and I finally managed to make a score.”

“The conditions were perfect, there wasn’t much wind. It literally just picked up on the 18th hole when we were playing our second shot in so it was perfect conditions.”

“The eagle (on the 14th) was good, it was a tight pin on the front right and I hit a nice seven iron in into seven feet and I hit a good putt.”

European Tour, Down Under, ISPS Handa Perth International

The European Tour has gone down under, to be precise the event is the ISPS Handa Perth International, being contested at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Cañizares claims share of lead Down Under

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Alejandro Cañizares of Spain shares the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International with Michael Hendry from New Zealand. Both players had opening rounds of -7 under par, 65 on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

Alejandro said he needs a good finish here to propel himself up the board in the Race to Dubai;

“I’m 70th at the moment so this is either my last or my second to last tournament of the year. I need a good finish, if I win it will fix a lot of things. I’m not sure what finish I need because there are still some big tournaments going on at the moment. Singapore is a big tournament and BMW and HSBC, some guys behind me are playing that, so you never know. I’m just going to try to play my best. It was a good round, I hit the ball really well and made some putts, so I’m really happy. I was pretty steady the whole round and gave myself plenty of chances. I think I only missed two greens in the whole round. The year has been a little slow since March. I started pretty well, a couple top tens, a top five in México in the US PGA Tour event, and then finished second in the Spanish Open. Since then, it’s been very slow.  I haven’t played good enough to be in contention, and every week I was falling down the rankings. So I came here from Portugal, I didn’t play very good last week. I hit the ball terribly, but I came here and I felt great. Maybe the 24 hours travelling helped, I feel good with my swing and hopefully the week keeps going like this.”

Michael, who usually plays on the OneAsia Tour, said he just repeated the round of 65 he had in the Pro-Am yesterday;

“I actually shot 65 in the Pro-Am yesterday as well. I think around here, if you can hit your drives in the right place, you can give yourself lots of opportunities to hit it close with wedges. I hit my driver pretty well and wedged it well and putted it well. All in all, just a really solid round of golf. If you’re going to play good golf, you’re going to have a lot of opportunities around this golf course. Luckily enough, I capitalized on them today.”

Emiliano Grillo, a 20-year-old Qualifying School graduate, from Argentina is alone in third place after his opening round of -6 under par, 66. Emiliano said he was pleased with his days work;

“ I hit a lot of fairways out there, that’s very important on this golf course and a lot of greens and then the ones that I missed, I got up and down, so it was a good round overall. There are not many tournaments left, so I’m trying to make as much ground as I can this week. It was very nice to get my card through Q School last year. It’s been a great year so far and I’m enjoying it.”

Paul Casey and English compatriot Andrew Johnston, both had rounds of -5 under par, 67, to be just two shots off the lead.