Oates Vic Open. Melisa Read Leads.

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Melisa Reid leads the Oates Vic Open after 54 holes at 13th Beach Golf Links in Australia.

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Melisa, from England shot a third round -6 under par 67 to lead the Oates Vic Open at -15 under par after 54 holes, an improvement in her putting making  difference;

“I feel like I have struck the ball really well all week and also in the Bahamas two weeks ago.”

“The difference is that I am starting to make some putts at important times.”

“I did leave a few out there today, I had a lot of chances and not making birdie at 14 standing in the fairway with a 9 iron for my second shot and also at 18 not making birdie there is a bit disappointing.”

“I kind of needed that pressure on my putting because I’ve worked extremely hard on my putting and not been rewarded for it yet.”

“I spoke to my coach Kevin last night and got one little tip about balance.”

“I always get a lot of support when I am here. Aussies like to work hard and play hard and that is me really.”

“To win here would be like winning an Australian Open, the crowds are massive and it is a great atmosphere playing out here, this is a great field and I will need to play well tomorrow to win.”

Angel Yin, U.S.A. -5 under 68 today, and Sue Oh, Australia,-3 under 70 share second place at -13 under par,two shots off the pace.

 

 

 

 

Oates Vic Open. Nicole Broch Larsen Leads.

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Nicole Broch Larsen leads the Oates Vic Open after the 36 holes at 13th Beach Golf Links in Australia.

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Nicole carded a consecutive -6 under 67 to lead the Oates Vic Open at -12 under par;

“I think I’ve got some good bounces, I’m not hitting the ball like I really want to, I’m not flushing it at all.”

“I hit 16 greens in regulation today and 17 yesterday, so I’m going good even though I’m not striking the ball well.”

“I think the greens are trickier on the Beach and the wind was tough for me to figure out on the last couple of holes.”

“The par fives are still quite reachable so a couple of birdie chances there but I think it’s playing a bit longer.”

Tied in second place are Holly Clyburn, -4 under 69 today, Sue Oh, -8 under 65, Whitney Hillier, -4 under 69 and Sandra Gal, also -4 under 69. These ladies are at -10 under par for the competition.

Sue was upset at carding a six on a par five;

“The lead is only two shots. There’s a lot of birdie opportunities out there, we get into the par fives in two and we’ve been hitting a lot of short irons and wedges in, so I think there’s a lot of birdies out there.”

“I left a couple out there, I made a six on a par five again!”

Dame Laura Davis, yesterdays round one leader, disappointed her many fans carding +3 over 76 today, to be at -5 under for the tournament, and T 18.

Oates Vic Open. Dame Laura Leads.

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Dame Laura Davies leads the Oates Vic Open, at the 13th Beach Golf Links, in Australia.

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Dame Laura equalled the course record of -8 under par 65, with a bogey free round, to lead the Oates Vic Open, by two shots after round one.

Dame Laura put her resurgence down to good putting;

“I’ve been working on my putting, that’s been the weakest part.”

“I was leaving every putt short and getting wristy, so that has really helped.”

“I had 29 putts and my average last year would have been in the mid-30s, which is ridiculous because some of these youngsters are 25, 26 putts a round.”

“So if I want to compete, I have to putt better and this is a really good start.”

“When you get older, your nerves get a bit frayed and the hands get jumpy, so maybe this is going to be enough to keep me solid through the ball.”

“I drove it well. It was just a really solid day. We were really lucky with the conditions, we hardly had any wind at all.”

Holly Clyburn, Melissa Reid Nicole Broch Larsen, Sandra Gal and Whitney Hillier are all tied in second place, with opening rounds of -6 under par 67.

 

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.