Rio Olympics. Marcus Fraser Flying in First Round.

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Marcus Fraser, from Australia was flying high in the first round of the Rio Olympics to top the leaderboard.

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Marcus shot a first round -8 under par 63 at the Rio Olympics, giving him a three shot lead over the field. He said he was proud to be an Olympian;

“My kids can say their dad is an Olympian and that was a big part of wanting to do it, for them.”

“They will be waking up in the morning in a state of shock that their old man is leading the Olympics.”

“I was watching the World Rankings pretty much every day, to see at one point I was in the team, at one point I was out.”

“At the moment I have the Olympic record, which is pretty cool.”

“Hopefully that will last for the whole week. I never thought I would be talking about myself as an Olympian, that’s for sure.”

“With the locker room feel, it definitely has a completely different feel to it this week and something that’s really special. It’s something that I’ll look back on later in life and really appreciate.”

Sharing second place are Graham DeLaet from Canada, and Henrik Stenson, Sweden, both with  opening rounds of -5 under par 66.

Graham was in the first group and said he was nervous, which did not help his chipping concerns;

“I was a little bit nervous actually.”

“We do this for a living week in and week out, but there was something different about that first tee shot today.”

“It was a different announcement for us, and it was just a really cool feeling.”

“I was playing with a Brazilian (Adilson da Silva), and that was neat.”

“We had a lot of people out, especially for 7:30 in the morning, more than I anticipated. It was a lot of fun.”

“We said as we were walking off the first tee, this is pretty cool, first time in over a hundred years, and we’re kind of the lead group. It was nice.”

 

Sharing third spot are Justin Rose, who had the first Olympic Games hole in one, on the par three 4th, Grégory Bourdy, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Alex Cejka and Thomas Pieters, all with -4 under par 67.

Justin Rose made a historic hole-in-one in Rio de Janeiro in Round 1 of the Olympic men

Justin Tweeted;

“When you’re the first to do something, no one can take that away from you, definitely a cool moment” #TeamGB

Brazilian Adilson da Silva had the privilege of hitting the first shot of the 2016 Olympic Men's Golf Competition. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Adilson da Silva, from Brasil with the honor of hitting the first shot of the 2016 Olympic Men’s Golf Competition, the first Olympic golf shot for 112 years.

 

Lotte Championship. Minjee Lee Leads.

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Minjee Lee, from Australia, leads the Lotte Championship after two rounds in Hawaii.

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Minjee carded  a bogey free second  -6 under par 66 to top the Lotte Championship leaderboard in Hawaii, and will take a two shot lead into the weekend.

She said she was just having fun, and holed a couple of putts;

“Just been having fun and hitting my shots one shot at time.”

“I holed a couple of nice putts and, yeah, just got my momentum going on the front nine.”

“I birdied eight and nine, so I think the momentum carried on through the back nine.”

“I’ve been striking it pretty good yesterday and today as well, it really does help in this wind.”

Katie Burnett holds second place,  two shots back at -8 under par after her second round -6 under 66.

Katie  missed qualifying for the ANA Inspiration, and has used that omission  as  motivation for this week;

“It was motivating not to get into ANA, disappointing, but also motivating to go home and be at home watching a tournament when I thought I should have been there.”

“Honestly, I like the wind, I’m from the coast, so I actually prefer to play when it’s a little windy.”

“I think actually probably if you look at my finishes, probably have played better in those tournaments that have been windy because it makes you be really committed.”

“You have to make a decision and go with it and be committed, otherwise the wind is going to wreak havoc on the ball.”

Sponsor invite Su-Yeon Jang is in third position at -7 under par, following her -6 under 66 second round, and will complete Friday’s final group.

Megan Khang played the round of the day, a -8 under 64, making those important putts

“I think I gave myself a lot more chances today.”

“Yesterday I had trouble finding the green, but today I found the green and I was able to hit some close ones.”

“Right off the bat, number one, I was able to tap in a birdie putt. I think the key today was giving myself chances and executing the putts.”

World number one Lydia Ko did not perform too well today. an even par round of 72, leaves her T 26, at -1 under for the tournament. While her main rival for the #1 spot Inbee Park is T 49 for the tournament at +1 over par.

True Thailand Classic. Hend Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Scott Hend from Australia has the 54 hole lead at the True Thailand Classic at Black Mountain Golf Club.

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Scott carded a third round -2 under par 70, in very windy conditions, to top the True Thailand Classic leaderboard at -14 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“It’s just another round of golf for me tomorrow, it’s a long season.”

“We practice for a result, we practice to try and get a win, we try to get ourselves in this position to have a win. If you’re not in this position, you get upset with yourself.”

“When you’re actually here, you’ve got to try to enjoy it and embrace it.”

“It’s not very often you get a chance to lead a tournament on a Saturday night, let alone on a Sunday.”

“It was a good grind. Out of ten, I felt like two out of ten, felt really tired, no energy.”

“I knew it was going to be a tough day, very windy, so I’m very pleased.”

American Peter Uihlein is in second place, a -3 under par 69 today kept him in touch with the leader with his -12 under total.

In third place are Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, who  mastered the windy conditions,  recording a -6 under par 66, posting a -11 under par total, alongside Swede Pelle Edberg, who finished birdie-birdie in a round of +1 over par 73.

Frenchman Benjamin Hebert, with a third round -2 under 70, American David Lipsky -1 under 71, and South African Shaun Norris, -1 under 71, he still uses a long putter, but apparently does not anchor it against his chest, these players are at -10 under.

The best placed home players are Thai pair Prom Meesawat -3 under 69 today and Panuphol Pittayarat, +2 over 74, sharing that place with Scot Simon Yates, who actually lives in a house on the course, these guys are at -9 under par.

RACV Ladies Masters. Jiyai Cruises To Victory.

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Jiyai Shin cruises to victory in the RACV Ladies Masters tournament in Australia.

RACV Ladies MastersJiyai Shin and Trophy

KOR Jiyai shot a final round -4 under par 69 to win the RACV Ladies Masters tournament by three shots from her nearest competitor, posting -14 under par.

ENG Holly Clyburn was in second place at -11 under par, after her last round -3 under par 70.

Third spot was shared by DEN Nicole Larsen and SWE Camilla Lennarth, both ladies finishing with -10 under total. Nicole carded -5 under par 68 today and Camilla -2 under 71.

Of note was the fourth place finish of KOR Hye Jin Choi an amateur player, shooting -5 under par 68 in the last round, for an-8 under total. This young lady was crowned World Junior Girls Golf Champion in 2015, at age 16, shooting -7 under par 65 in the last round  at the Marshes Golf Club in Canada.

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She shared fourth place with TPE Ssu-Chia Chen, from Taipei and  USA Katie Burnett from the States.

 

RACV Ladies Masters. Jiyai Jumps Ahead.

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Jiyai Shin jumps ahead on a difficult day at the RACV Ladies Masters in Australia.

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South Korean Jiyai posted a bogey free third round of -2 under par 71 to take a two shot lead after 54 holes of the RACV Ladies Masters in Australia, at the Royal Pines Resort course.

After her round she spoke the difficult windy conditions;

“This morning when I came to the golf course I thought, can we play, because it was so windy out there.”

“I’m really happy I made no bogies today.”

“Yesterday when I spoke with my dad he said, you made three bogies today, maybe try to make fewer bogies tomorrow.”

“I kept thinking of this on the course today. I spoke with my caddie throughout today and he told me that I made solid shots all day.”

Camilla Lennarth +2 over 75 today and Holly Clyburn -1 under 72, are tied in second place at -8 under par.

Canada’s Brooke Henderson also suffered in the brutal conditions, shooting a third round +1 over 74, for a total of -7 under par, and fourth place on her own.

Former World #1 Jiyai now has a great advantage at the start of the final round tomorrow, seeing as she prefers the windy conditions, carding the only bogey free round of the day today.

 

Perth International. Louis Leads.

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Louis Oosthuizen leads the Perth International at the 54 hole stage at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, in Australia.

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Louis took control of the Perth International with a third round -5 under par 67, to post a tournament total of -15 under par, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

He said he was playing nicely, especially with the putter;

“I need to play good golf tomorrow, solid golf, give myself a lot of birdie opportunities like I did today, and there’s not much more that you can do then.”

“I think anyone will expect to win, but there’s a lot of golf to be played.”

“You need to still hit the shots. Around this golf course especially, someone can go three, four under in the first five holes and it changes everything.”

“I played pretty solid the last two rounds, I drove it beautifully. Today was not great off the tee, but iron play was pretty good.”

“The putter is behaving. I’m reading the greens very well and I feel like I’m making great strokes.”

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Peter Uihlein -1 under 71 today and Romain Wattel, a bogey free -7 under 65, are tied in second place at -12 under par.

Jason Scrivener is the best placed Australian, in fourth place at -11 under par, he carded a third round -3 under 69.

Local favorite Brett Rumford went backwards today, carding +1 over par 73, to post -10 under par. He had back to back Eagles today to recover from +4 over after 13 holes.

Marcus Fraser, Mikko Korhonen, Richard T Lee, Alexander Levy and Mardan Mamat are all at -9 under and will have a long haul to catch the leader.

Perth International. Peter Uihlein Leads

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Peter Uilhein leads the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Australia.

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USA Peter opened his Perth International account with blistering -7 under par 65 to top the leaderboard, and that was after recording a bogey at the first hole. He said he was mentally prepared and was happy with the result, which came via some good putting;

“I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I was mentally sound. I didn’t really let the bad shots affect me.”

“I had a 25-footer for par on the second and hooped it, and then holed a nice birdie on three and kind of relaxed a little bit after that.”

“The wind switched pretty dramatically and it felt like the real stretch home was down-wind and I felt like we could get some birdies after that so it helped a little bit.”

“I putted nicely, which is always helpful, but if I didn’t hit a good shot I didn’t really let it bother me, I just let it roll off my back and I was ready for the next one.”

“When it’s in the wind like this, you’re going to hit bad shots, everybody does, so you’ve just got to accept it and move on.”

FRA Romain Wattel and IND Shiv Kapur share second place at -6 under par after their first rounds of 66. Romain carded two bogey’s while Shiv was bogey free.

AUS Rhein Gibson leads the Australian charge, he holds fourth place on his own with a first round -5 under par 67.

Perth native Brett Rumford is a  further shot back at -4 under, tied in fifth spot with Scott Arnold, Nick Cullen, Anthony Houston, Todd Sinnott, Magnus A Carlsson and also  Cormac Sharvin, from Northern Ireland, who is playing in his first European Tour event.