Shenzhen International. Wiesberger Wins In A Play-Off.

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Shenzhen International in a play-off at  Genzon Golf Club in China.

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Bernd had a poor final round of -1 under par 71 in the Shenzhen International to get into a play-off at -16 under par, against Tommy Fleetwood, who carded a fabulous -9 under par 63. It was a great final round with four players in with a chance to win with four holes to go, but one by one they fell over, in the pouring rain;

“I’m feeling a bit relieved now I have to say.”

“I’ve had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months and it’s really nice to have a trophy again.”

“We have really good players out here, all up for it, playing well and throwing a lot at me.”

“At the end of the day I’m just glad I got myself into the spot where I could play for the title.”

“Tommy has had a great day today and I’m just grateful to make that one shot when I needed to.”

“I just wanted to get off to a good start and show them that I’m up for it and I did, scrapped around a little bit, had a couple of near misses with good looks at it early on. It could have gotten to me but I stayed calm, played on decently.”

Tommy said a few putts dropped today, and in the end he was disappointed;

“I’ve played well all week and I was really disappointed, it was stressing me out that I couldn’t really get anything in the hole.”

“Today, just a few putts went in and I kept it going all the way through and it was a good time to shoot a 63.”

“As a goal I wanted to be one under for every three holes, that was 66 and if I beat that I thought I’ll have a had a good day and a good week.”

Grégory Bourdy, -5 under 67 today and Ross Fisher -4 under 68 shared third place at -15 under par. Ross sadly three putted the 18th green to drop out of a  play-off place.

Shenzhen International. Bernd In Control.

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Bernd Wiesberger is in control of the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club in China, with a three stroke lead to take into the final round.

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Bernd had a third round -3 under par 69 to sit comfortably on top of the Shenzhen International leaderboard with -15 under par total, and a three shot advantage over the field;

“I didn’t start off really well, I hit a couple of crooked shots and left a couple of putts out there but then from when I holed the putt on seven I felt more comfortable out there and was rolling the ball a bit better.”

“I was in a similar position a couple of weeks ago in Malaysia and had a sloppier day, so I’m happy with the way I bounced back and to shoot three under par is a decent score today.”

“The guys were coming at me hard early on today as well so I’m expecting no less for tomorrow, so I’m just trying to commit to my shots and enjoy it out there.”

In second place at -12 under par is Dylan Frittelli, had carded -4 under 68 today and moved into position nicely.

Sharing third spot are Dean Burmester, -4 under 68 today, George Coetzee -5 under 67,  Ross Fisher -3 under 69 and David Lipsky -5 under 67, all these players have -11 under par totals.

Grégory Bourdy carded a hole in one today, but no car.

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Low round of the day went to Alex Levy, -8 under 64, which put him into a tie for 5th place at -10 under par, where he was joined by Bubba Watson -2 under today, Grégory Bourdy-2 under 70 and top Chinese player  Liu Yan-Wei who carded -6 under par 66.

Shenzhen International. Lightning Halts Play.

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The threat of lightning halted second round play in the Shenzhen International, but not before Bernd Wiesberger grabbed the lead in China.

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Bernd has a completed second round of -7 under 65, which catapult him to the top of the Shenzhen International leaderboard at -12 under parbefore play was suspended due to the weather conditions;

“Malaysia was a while back now but I think my game, especially the last couple of weeks in the States starting at the WGC and the Masters, I’ve felt like I have played good golf.”

“It’s a really nice golf course, obviously the layout is good and it has some variety, it has some shorter ones and some longer ones, the par fives are all reachable if you want to go a bit more aggressive so it’s going to be a fun week here.”

“It’s my first year here in Shenzhen, I hadn’t made the trip over here yet for the first couple of stagings but from what I have heard it’s a great event.”

“All of the guys are really happy with how everything is run and the course looks to be in great shape.”

Sharing second place are Dylan Frittelli and Thorbjørn Olesen, both at -8 under for the tournament after their completed second rounds of -4 under 68.

First round leader Bubba Watson is currently -1 under through five second round holes, and is tied with  Richie Ramsay who completed his second round at  -4 under par, and Gregory Bourdy -2  after four holes. These players are  at -7 under par.

Maybank Championship. Bernd Wiesberger Has Birdie Blitz.

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Bernd Wiesberger has a birdie blitz, which took him to the top of the Maybank Championship leaderboard at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

Maybank Championship

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Bernd fired nine birdies in a row,to card a second round -9 under par 63 and lead the Maybank Championship after 36 holes with a total of -12 under par.

The sad thing about this unheard of feat is that it will not take it’s place in the European Tour history book, because they were playing preferred lies.

It did not seem to bother Bernd too much;

“I really tried to cut down on the shots, it was really warm out there this afternoon.”

“I felt a bit beside myself to be honest, I just kept it going, I felt like I was on a good run and I felt comfortable pretty much the whole day after my bogey on four.”

“I hit really good shots and I just felt calm out there. It felt kind of natural, I hit pretty good shots and really only holed two long ones which were the last birdie of the nine on 15 and about a 20-footer on 11.”

“Apart from that I just hit them pretty close and felt like I had a good idea of what the ball was going to do on the green today again which was nice.”

Danny Willett is in second place, one shot back at -11 under par for the tournament, a second round -5 under 67 keeping him in touch, holing a few nice putts;

“I played really well yesterday and it was a little bit scrappy today but there was a storm brewing a few hours ago and the wind was flicking around so it was tough to get the club right, so I scored nicely this afternoon.”

“I holed a couple of nice putts when I needed to. I missed a couple of good chances too but if someone told me at the start of the day, five under, I would have bitten their hand off.”

“I’ve not been necessarily perfect but if you’re trying to hit fade, they’ve got that look about them and if you’re trying to hit draw it’s the same thing.”

“I’ve been working hard so it’s nice to see it on the course.”

Mike Lorenzo-Vera, -7 under par 65 today, and David Lipsky,  share second place, both with -9 under for the competition.

 

British Masters. Alex Noren Wins.

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Alex Noren won the British Masters title at The Grove in England.

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Tournament Host Luke Donald & Winner Alex Noren.

Alex had a final round -2 under 69 to win the British Masters with a -18 under par total.

He put his success down to advice from his caddie and great putting;

“At the last three-and-half holes, I managed to play the best I played all week, so I’m really happy and proud about that.”

“Sometimes you’re a little bit blind yourself. You think you hit a good shot but it comes up short, and you never want to blame yourself but he kind of told me what was going on.”

“My putting was probably the best thing this week. I holed a lot of putts. My chipping and wedge game was a lot better, so it helped me out.”

Bernd Wiesberger was in second place at -16 under, a last round of -4 under 67 not enough to get up and challenge for the title.

“It wasn’t easy out there today. I didn’t drive it really well on the first nine, which was really hard because I felt really comfortable with drives on the first three days.” 

“I just had to find a couple more fairways and felt more comfortable on the back nine.”

“To finish well in a strong field like this, it helps going into the final couple of events this year.”

Amazingly Lee Westwood, after his terrible Ryder Cup performance, collected third place at -15 under par. A final round -4 under par 67 giving him some hope for the future.

Porsche European Open. Bernd Wiesberger Leads Suspended 1st Round

 

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Bernd Wiesberger leads the suspended 1st round of the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

Porsche European Open

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Bernd made a great start to the Porsche European Open for the second year in a row, -8 under par 63, to complete his first round, which was delayed because of early morning fog.

Last year he also started well, and then missed the cut, this year he hopes to continue with the good putting;

“I started 64 last year so I desperately wanted to hole that putt at the last today so there weren’t too many memories of last year’s round.”

 “I’m thinking more of what happened today, keep pushing and playing the game I played today.”

“What happened a year ago, it was a weird week and I know I’m not going to repeat that tomorrow.”

“Obviously I played alright, had a couple of shots that cost me believe it or not. I hit it out of bounds on the first hole after I made a good turn, struggled a little bit.”

“But I hit a lot of good shots, a lot of good putts and I’m happy with how I played today. It was a lot of red on the card, I don’t think I’ve had that kind of round before.”

Renato Paratore is in second place, he has also completed his first round, two shots back at -6 under par after his -6 under par 65.

Renato was also happy with his round and his putting;

“Today was a really good day, I started really nicely, two under after four holes.”

“Then I made one double-bogey but after that I played really well, especially with the putter.”

“On this course you have a lot of opportunities, but you have to play straight from the tee because it can be a tricky course.”

Lucas Bjerregaard, Daniel Im and Steve Webster all share third place at -5 under par following their completed opening rounds of 66.

Some players have not even completed their first nine holes, so will be back early tomorrow.

KLM Open. Dutch Delight as Joost Luiten Wins.

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There was Dutch delight as a jubilant Joost Luiten wins his home tournament the KLM Open at The Dutch golf course in Holland.

KLM Open

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Joost carded a brilliant course equaling  -8 under par 63 to win the KLM Open with a -19 under par total, his second victory at this tournament;

“The first one was special but this one is very special.”

 “To have the Dutch people behind me all week and to be able to stand here with the trophy in my hands is very special.”

“It was one of those days where everything I looked at went in the hole.”

“People talk about the zone, and I think I was in it today. I missed one shot when I went in the water on 13 but besides that I didn’t do much wrong.”

“These are the kind of days that make it all worth getting out of bed for.”

“This makes up for any disappointments this season. I had been so close to winning this year in Spain and China but to win here in front of your home support just makes you forget about all the disappointing results.”

“We will see what happens but I just want to keep this form going and see where it takes me.”

Bernd Wiesberger was second, at -18 under par, he returned a final card of -6 under 65, and had a great duel with the winner all day. He said good putting had given the opportunity to challenge for the title;

“It was a great final round but then I finished a bit sloppily unfortunately.”

“But there were so many positives out there today and I hit so many good shots that I can take a lot of positives from the week.”

“My season hasn’t been great so far this year – it certainly hasn’t been up to the standard that I would expect so this week has felt like I have turned a corner.”

“It was great to be back in contention on the back nine and nice to remind the guys that I am still around!”

“All in all it was great fun out there and the other good thing about this week was my putting.”

“That is something that I really want to take forward for the rest of the season and hopefully I can keep giving myself good chances to be in contention.”

Byeong-hun An claimed third spot, he also carded -6 under 65 in the last round for a -13 under total.