Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Jamie Donaldson Leads 1st Round

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Jamie Donaldson, Wales. leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the 1st round at Emirates Golf Club.

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Jamie shot a first round -10 under par 62 to lead the  Omega Dubai Desert Classic, to lead by one shot in Dubai, he admitted thinking about at 59;

“I’m not going to lie to you, I was thinking about it, I birdied five and then started thinking, ‘if i just birdie them all coming in, then I’ve done it”.

“Sometimes you’re best not thinking and just keep playing but I was picturing birdieing them all and then jumping in the lake on the last.”

“I’m stood here at ten under which I’m very happy with.”

“I had tennis elbow for a year and a half, that wasn’t very nice, but you’ve just got to try and play through these things.”

“I took three months off at the end of 2016 trying to get myself right and it didn’t work. Now it’s gone, I feel fully fit.”

“I’ve been working on my game, trying to find the form that I’ve found in the past.”

“Everything worked perfectly today.”

Sitting in second place at -9 under after rounds of 63, are Anthony Wall and David Horsey, both from England.

Tyrrell Hatton, England, is in fourth spot at -8 under 64 , followed by two-time winner Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, Alexander Björk, Sweden, Lasse Jensen, Denmark. Chris Paisley, England and Thomas Pieters, Belgium, all at -7 under par.

Rory is happy with his progress since his long lay-off;

“I didn’t expect to play as well as I did last week and it’s been nice to continue that into this week.”

“I’m ahead of schedule right now but I don’t mind that. That’s nice.”

“Just have to reassess everything and go from there.

“I’m really happy with where my body is, where my game is and this is just a progression of what I’ve seen over the past couple of months, which has been nice.”

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Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marcel Makes Home Fans Happy.

Marcel Siem, Germany,  makes the home fans happy with an extra hole win to get into the semi-finals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play.

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Marcel beat Robert Rock of England, with a birdie on the 19 hole of their match, he now advances to the Paul Lawrie Match Play semi-final stage;

“That was by far the toughest match.”

“I don’t know how many birdies we made on the back nine together but it was quite a lot.”

“I was down all day and it was very tiring because you have to fight and dig deep.”

In another tight game Johan Carlsson, Sweden,  overcame defending champion Anthony Wall, England,  on the last hole of their match.

Marcel will take on Johan in the next round.

Spain has two competitors through to the semi’s, Adrian Otaegui, was triumphed 2 & 1 over Alexander Knappe, Germany, while Alejandro Cañizares, in another long match, 20 holes,  beat England’s Chris Paisley. The two Spaniards will now go head to head in the semi’s.

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Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marcel Siem Delights Home Crowd.

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Marcel Siem of Germany delights the home crowd with a 2 up win over yesterdays record breaking Mikko Ilonen from Finland.

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Marcel and Mikko were all square with two to play, but Marcel birdied them both to delight the home fans at the  Beckenbauer Course at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany;

“I said to myself at the beginning of the week, I won four tournaments and a World Cup with my emotions.”

“I know some weeks they got in the way for me but I think to get back on track I need my emotions; that’s me.”

“I think I have another ten years in front of me and I want to keep my emotions out there.”

“I tried to be a lot calmer, that doesn’t work for me and it was really enjoyable today.”

“A few fist pumps, I hope the people liked that, it’s just automatic for me it’s not being a show-off, that’s me.”

The tournament host Paul Lawrie, Scotland, went down 2 & 1 to Alejandro Cañizares from Spain.

Johan Carlsson, Sweden defeated the tournament top seed Matthew Southgate , England 4 & 2.

More home fan good news came when Alexander Knappe had a  5 & 4 win over Victor Dubuisson of France.

Alexander said he had played well;

“It was good, I played very solid, it was a good game.”

“Always just stick to your game and play as good as you can and hopefully you win.

Thomas Detry. Belgium, beat Nacho Elvira, Spain, 3 & 1, while Tom Lewis, England won 4 & 2 over Zander Lombard from South Africa.

Jamie Donaldson, Wales  beat Jorge Campillo, Spain 4 and 3, and defending champion Anthony Wall, of England defeated  Haydn Porteous, South Africa 1 up.

Chris Paisley beat Nathan Kimsey 4 and 2. Paul Dunne beat Jens Fahrbring 4 and 3.

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Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play. Anthony Wall Wins.

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Anthony Wall wins the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Golf Links in Scotland.

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Anthony claimed only his second European Tour victory at the  Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play, finishing one up against Alex Noren, with good putting being the key;

“It just feels amazing, I cannot tell you how happy I am.”

“It’s funny – the other one in 2000 felt like yesterday!”

“It’s amazing because it’s such a hard job to beat everyone because everyone is so good.”

“I did wonder whether it would ever come again. I’m just so pleased for my parents, they put in so much when I was young.”

“I’ve got two children that just want to see their dad win, I’m speechless, it’s phenomenal.”

“I don’t know what it was, you don’t know what you’re going to get. I felt calm all week, I putted well.

“I just found something with my putting a little bit.”

James Morrison won the third-place play-off 4 and 2 against compatriot Oli Fisher, James started the day  with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie to establish a lead he refused to relinquish.

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play. Alex and Anthony In Final.

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Alex Noren, Sweden will face Anthony Wall, England in the final round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play on Sunday at  Archerfield Links Golf Club in Scotland.

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Alex beat fellow Swede Johan Carlsson 4 and 2 in the morning’s quarter-finals and then overcame  James Morrison 3 and 2 in the afternoon session of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play.

Alex is also looking for his second win in Scotland in as many months after winning the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart in July, he is amazed by his achievement;

“It feels amazing.”

“I’ve never even been close in a match play event before, and it’s pretty hard mentally these matches, but I like it.”

“I think this year has been quite consistent. Maybe not super golf all the time, but pretty consistent.”

Anthony beat Oliver Fisher at the 22nd hole in the afternoon, but chipped in for eagle to beat Haydn Porteous in the morning session;

“Obviously sorry for Oli, because it was a good game and someone had to lose.”

“It’s a shame, because we’re good pals and we played well. It was a good game.”

Tomorrow  the third-place play-off will be an all England affair as Oli Fisher and James Morrison go head to head.

Irish Open @ Royal Portrush, Jamie Donaldson Wins

Dominant Donaldson takes crown

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Jamie Donaldson won his first European Tour event at The Irish Open a t Royal Portrush Golf Club in County Antrim on Sunday, watched by 112,280 spectators who flocked to Northern Ireland. This was Jamie’s 255th event on Tour and he easily won, by four shots in a last round that included eight birdies, shooting a last round of  -6 under par, 66, and a total of -18 under par. During his last round Jamie kept his head down, not glancing at  the leaderboard at all;

” I didn’t really look at any leaderboards on the way around. I didn’t really know what was going on. To have a hole in one the first time in a tournament, and to win it, as well, is very special. ”

This was also the last time his caddie of five years, Jamie Baker would be on his bag, and he paid tribute to his long time friend;

‘ He’s a great mate and he did great for me for four or five years. He’s a good mate of mine and I think he’ll just be happy obviously to see me win, really.“

Anthony Wall, who was one of the players finishing in a tie for second was full of praise for his playing partner, Donaldson;

” I’ve never doubted him. He’s a class act and a super, super player, and he deserves everything he gets because he does work hard and he’s got loads of talent. ”

Anthony completed the tournament in -14 under par, along with, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Fabrizio Zanotti. Unfortunately for Ireland Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington were unable to provide a fairytale finish for the viewing masses, Padraig being the best of the local contingent finishing tied for seventh on -12 under par, six shots off the lead.

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Donaldson on course to break title duck

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Jamie Donaldson leads The Irish Open at Royal Portrush, County Antrim, after the conclusion of the third round. Jamie leads by  one stroke over England’s Anthony Wall, with three times Major winner Padraig Harrington another shot further back. Everyone had to battle against heavy rain and wind on the Portrush links lay-out. In those conditions Jamie was able to fire in a -3 under par round of 69, for a tournament total of -12 under par. Anthony’s -5 under par effort moved into second place at -11 under par.

Jamie assessed his chances;

” I’ve had a few chances, but at the end of the day I’ve not been good enough so far to stand on the last green holding the trophy. You’ve got to keep trying and it’s one shot at a time, one hole at a time. The only person I am playing against, I suppose, is myself. I’ve got to stay out of my own way.  Obviously Padraig is a class player, but it’s me versus me really.”

He also admitted that to day’s round was;

“probably the best round I’ve ever played”.

This is unfamiliar territory for both Jamie and Anthony who have yet to conjure up a win on tour, Jamie with 254 European Tour starts, and Anthony with 364 attempts to register a win. To give you an idea of how life is for Anthony, he is staying in a trailer park, sharing a caravan with Andrew Marshall. Anthony explained;

 “I didn’t want to stay in town because it was going to be quite boisterous. It’s quite a posh caravan, it’s got running water, it’s got gas. I knew we would have a bit of fun and it’s been nice to relax. Half the time you seem to be on your own and you’re sort of killing time.”

 Padraig, in third spot at -10 under and whose last European Tour success was the 2008 US PGA Championship, is not thinking this is going to be an easy win;

“You might think I am the form card, but we are all going to have our little demons out there.”

 Overnight leader Grégory Bourdy ran up an 80, it included a triple bogey eight on the 17th which dropped him to -4 under par for the tournament, eight shots off the lead, he is joined on that score by Graeme McDowell. Rory McIlroy is six shots off the lead, with Darren Clark at -3 under par, and nine shots from the top.

Padraig is the form horse in this race, and you have to be a brave man to bet against him.