Maybank Championship. Shubhankar Sharma Wins.

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Shubhankar Sharma of India, wins the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, with a fantastic final round.

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Shubhankar calmly carded a final round -10 under 62, to win the Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club in Malaysia, with a -21 under par total;

“I played pretty solid and it wasn’t easy because it was windy.”

“I kept pushing the whole day. I knew I had to make a lot birdies to catch the leaders. I made a lot of birdies on the front nine and just continued on the back.”

“To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about the leaderboard. I wanted to set a target in my mind and try to achieve it.”

“On the 13th I knew I was somewhere near the leaders but on 16 I knew I had a two-shot lead. I told myself if I can make two more birdies, that would give me a good chance to win.”

“The last two months have changed my life. I’ve been a member on the Asian Tour for a while and I will continue to be a member on the Asian Tour.”

“I’ve always dreamt of winning and now I’m a two-time winner on the Asian Tour and European Tour.”

Jorge Campillo of Spain was in second place at -19 under par, a last round -4 under 68 giving him that position on his own.

Tied in third place at -18 under par were Ryan Fox, New Zealand, with a final round -6 under 66, and Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, who also carded a last round -6 under 66.

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EurAsia Cup. Team Europe Win.


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Team Europe win the EurAsia Cup 14-10  over Team Asia, with a good singles performance at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala LumpurMalaysia.

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Thomas Pieters had the honor of securing the winning putt;

“It’s always nice to get the winning point. I got off to a good start, then played pretty poorly during the middle, then made a couple of very good birdies.”

Alex NOREN 4&2 over Nicholas FUNG

HolePoom SAKSANSIN 1 up over Paul CASEY

Tommy FLEETWOOD 2&1 over S.S.P. CHAWRASIA

Henrik STENSON 2&1 over Hideto TANIHARA

Rafa CABRERA BELLO 4&3 over Gavin GREEN

Bernd WIESBERGER 2&1 over Phachara KHONGWATMAI

Alexander LEVY 3&1 over Kiradech APHIBARNRAT

Thomas PIETERS 1 up over Ben AN

Tyrrell HATTON 2&1 Anirban LAHIRI

Matthew FITZPATRICK Match Halved Sunghoon KANG

 Yuta IKEDA 1 up over Ross FISHER

Li  Haotong 3&1 over Paul DUNNE

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EurAsia Cup. Asia Lead.

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A great birdie at the last hole  from Li Haotong saw Asia finish the opening day of the 2018 EurAsia Cup with a 3½-2½ lead.

Li Haotong made a crucial birdie on the last to snatch a half

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Tommy Fleetwood celebrates victory in the top match with Paul Casey

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 Tommy Fleetwood with Paul Casey  got Europe off to a good start, and  and Tyrrell Hatton with Ross Fisher won the last match, but captain Arjun Atwal’s Asian Team fought back in the middle matches to take a slender lead on day 1 in the fourball matches.

Tommy FLEETWOOD Paul CASEY 4&3 over Byeong Hun ANKiradech APHIBARNRAT

 Yuta IKEDA Gavin GREEN 2&1 over Thomas PIETERS Matthew FITZPATRICK

Hideto TANIHARA & Phachara KHONGWATMAI 2 Holes over Alex NOREN &
Paul DUNNE

Sunghoon KANGPoom SAKSANSIN 5&4 over Henrik STENSON &
Alexander LEVY

Bernd WIESBERGERRafa CABRERA BELLO Match Halved with Nicholas FUNG &  LI Haotong 

Ross FISHERTyrrell HATTON 5&4 over Anirban LAHIRI &
S.S.P. CHAWRASIA

Tomorrow will be six foursomes matches, and the European Team Captain Thomas Bjorn will be hoping the guys will make their mark and retake the lead.

 

Omega European Masters. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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Miguel Angel Jiménez, Spain, Tyrrell Hatton, England and Scott Hend from Australia are in a three-way tie at the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard after round one at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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Miguel, Tyrrell and Scott all carded -6 under 64 to lead the Omega European Masters by one shot from a posse of players chasing them down.

Scott came close to winning last year, and knows that putting is the key to winning, he needed only 27 in his first round here;

“It was nice to get off to a good start after coming so close last year.”

“Putting has always been the key to score.”

“It’s always about where you hit your bad shots on this golf course but that’s alright. I think a lot of experience on this golf course does help.”

“It’s a beautiful day today and I heard it will stay beautiful tomorrow too. We will see how it goes.”

” Hopefully another good round tomorrow will put me in position for the weekend.” 

Sharing that second place at -5 under par are David Drysdale and Duncan Stewart from Scotland, Darren Fichardt, South Africa .Ryan Fox, New Zealand,  Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand and Todd Sinnott from Australia.

Aussie Todd also had a good day with the putter;

“I birdied the two par-fives on 14 and 15 and managed to stay in it to birdie 16 before holing a nice putt for the fourth consecutive birdie on 17.” 

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Fiji International. Daniel Pearce Leads.

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Daniel Pearce, from New Zealand , leads the Fiji International after the first round at a very windy  Natadola Bay Golf Club.

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Daniel carded a first round -6 under par 66, to lead the Fiji International on the first day in Fiji, by one shot.

Daniel was happy with a good round of golf, and a red-hot putter

“I holed a really nice putt on the first hole for birdie, which got the momentum in the right direction.”

“I managed to birdie 11 as well. I made a couple of good up-and-downs through the back nine to save par a couple of times and then I birdied the 17th and had a bit of a run through the front nine; the first four holes.”

“There was a lot of good golf. I didn’t quite finish it off how I’d like to but I’m pretty happy.”

“The putter was pretty hot today so I rolled in a few putts from all over the place, which was nice.”

Ben Campbell, New Zealand, and Daniel Valente, Australia share second place at -5 under following their opening rounds of 67.

Ben had a solid round, saying -5 under was OK;

 “It was a solid round.” 

“I thought anything under par today would be a great score. It wasn’t easy out there, that’s for sure.”

“So I’m really happy to get off to that kind of start. I think at most tournaments you’d take a five under first round anyway.”

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Hero Indian Open. Home Hero SSP Chawrasia Has Advantage.

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Home hero SSP Chawrasia has the advantage going into the last round of the Hero Indian Open at Delhi Golf Club.

Chawrasia on course for Delhi GC hat-trick

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SSP took control of the Hero Indian Open with a bogey free third round -4 under par 68 to post a two shot lead at -14 under par for the tournament. He knows the Delhi Golf Club course, he has previously won the 2008 Indian Masters and the Panasonic Open India on the Asian Tour here two years ago, and now also has The Olympics on his mind;

“I have played here at the Delhi Golf Club quite few times, so I know how to play here.”

“Going into the final round, I will follow the same process that I have been for the last three days.”

“Honestly, the Hero Indian Open is a very important tournament for me and I want to win it because I have finished second over here four times.” 

“My next goal is to play in the Olympics, so if I manage to win here I will make the team.”

Australian Terry Pilkadaris started the day with a three shot lead, but could not produce the same form today, carding +1 over par 73, to finish two shots back in second, at -12 under par.

Terry said it was all down to the putting, he missed his chances and SSP made his;

“I left a lot of my putts short. I couldn’t get the pace of the greens. Yeah it was downhill putt and it was a normal tournament pace putt (par save putt on 17).”

“I was scratching my head and trying to get the speed right. It was one of those days.”

That’s golf, that’s the beauty of the game. One day it is good and one day it is off. ‘

“There were a couple of big momentum changes. On number 10, S.S.P. was all over the place and I thought I got a chance, I got a 15 footer for birdie and he got a 14 footer for par, I missed mine and he holes his.”

Sharing third place are two more home players, Rashid Khan, -3 under par 69 today and Anirban Lahiri -5 under 67, both at -10 under for the competition.

Anirban also had problems with the putting;

“I’m happy, I played quite solid. I didn’t drop a shot and barely missed a couple of greens.”

“I had quite a few chances but I didn’t roll the ball as much as I would have liked. I could have made a few more putts from 10 or 15 feet.”

I have a chance. This is Delhi Golf Club and pressure does funny things to people out here.”

“I can’t control the weather or how anybody is playing. I’m happy with how I played today so hopefully I can back it up with a better final round.”

Singapore Open. More Delays

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Liang Wen-chong overcame fatigue to top the Singapore Open leaderboard, before play was stopped once again.

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Liang topped the Singapore Open leaderboard before darkness halted the proceedings at  Sentosa Golf Club, he had played 31 holes on the day.

The first two rounds of this competition had been plagued by bad weather, leading to lengthy delays, and now the third and fourth rounds will be completed tomorrow.

Liang spoke of his marathon day;

“I played 31 holes today and to be honest, I was feeling tired towards the end of the round.”

“I’m happy I managed to birdie 16 and 18 coming in as those birdies gave me that much-needed confidence boost for tomorrow.”

“I started off really well with three birdies in first four holes but dropped a bogey on the fifth.:

“After that, I couldn’t find those birdie opportunities and was glad they finally came again on 16 and 18. I’ll try my best tomorrow.”

Younghan Song completed his second round on Friday and did not appreciate the long wait;

“It did not help me that much not having played this morning as I had to wait about a long time for my tee off.”

 “I have had many second place finishes in Japan and Korea but I do not think that will affect me mentally tomorrow.”

“It would be great to win here and that’s my aim.”

Hopefully this confusing tournament will be completed tomorrow, at the moment just about anyone could win, if the weather improves.

I look forward to the final results.