French Open. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads.

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Lucas Bjerregaard leads the 100th edition of the French Open after the first round in Paris at Le Golf National course.

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Lucas, from Denmark, had to play with brand new clubs after his set were lost in transit (probably stolen). It did not affect his game, a hole in one at the 210 yard par three, second hole, setting him on his way to an opening -5 under par 66, and to top the French Open leaderboard by one shot;

“I got a little momentum off that hole-in-one there and it was nice to back it up on the holes after and nice to shoot a good number today.”

“It’s a great start and I think that’s what I’ve been needing these last few past weeks,.

 “I’ve been playing decent and seeing a lot of improvements. I just haven’t really put any  good rounds together.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67,   Bernd WiesbergerThongchai Jaidee,Thomas Pieters and Adrian Otaegui.

Bernd felt he was in control of the ball all day;

“I stepped over the ball and I felt like I knew what it’s going to do on any club and therefore I’m pretty pleased with my first round.”

“All aspects of the game were quite good today and therefore I’m pretty pleased with the round.”

“It wasn’t easy, we had a bit of rain and the wind was up. But I felt comfortable.”

“You never know how it’s going to turn out the following year, but every time I come back here, I enjoy playing this place.”

“I was doing the right things today, hitting good tee shots and got myself into position, and that’s the key around here.”

World number four Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round of level par 71 while  Masters tournament winner Danny Willett slumped to a +4 over par 75.

Alstom Open. Bernd Wiesberger Wins

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Alstom Open in Paris, at Le Golf National.

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Bernd got back to winning ways with a final round -6 under par 65, to collect the Alstom Open title posting a total of -13 under par.

Bernd really set the pace after the horns had halted play when lightning threatened;

“It’s been a great first half of the year for me so far.”

“I’ve had a lot of great success but just couldn’t pull it quite off. To stand here with the trophy right now, it’s pretty sweet.”

“This tournament has always been close to my heart.”

“I just hit a great shot down the fourth before the horns were blowing and they took us off the course. I liked my yardage, and had a good shot in there and had some momentum building, chipped in, holed a long putt.”

“I felt really comfortable out there. I had a great weekend, only one bogey, and 66, 65, that’s not a bad score.”

Second place went to James Morrison a last round -4 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -10 under par, and three shots off the pace. He admitted that Bernd had played too well to be caught;

“My game is improving every day; I’m doing all the right things.”

“Bernd played too perfectly today. He won the golf tournament, it’s as simple as that. He played fantastic.”

Jaco Van Zyl finished third at -8 under par, a sad final round of +2 over par ending any hopes he had of winning. A consolation was he will be joining Bernd and James in The Open.

Martin Kaymer was in fourth place, -7 under par, and because Martin had already qualified for  The Open, the final place on offer for St Andrews this week went to Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who finished in fifth place at -5 under par.


Maybank Malaysian Open. Lightning Lee Westwood Wins

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A lightning storm delay could not de-rail Lee Westwood as he wins the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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This win ended a  near two-year absence from the winner’s circle for Lee Westwood, he had to wait a bit longer than he expected due to the threat of lightning, which forced play to be suspended for over four hours at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
Lee carded a final round -4 under par 68, to post a winning total of -18 under par, a massive seven shot margin over his nearest rival.

Knowing what works was the key for Lee, along with putting well;

“I started working with a new coach a few weeks ago, Mike Walker, and Billy Foster came back on the bag at the end of last year, so I was going back to what I had done before because it had worked. It’s started to work already the last couple of weeks, I’ve played well in Houston and at the Masters last week and this week I’ve obviously played very well. It’s a golf course that suits my game; it’s very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good.”

” Now I feel like I’ve got a short game and starting to roll a few putts in. It makes a helluva difference if you can get up-and-down if you miss a few greens and keeps the momentum going.”

Lee will now be heading back up towards the top ten in the World Golf Rankings, he had slipped back to 36th on the ladder.

Three players tied in second place at -11  under par, a whopping seven shots off the pace. Nicolas Colsaerts, Louis Oosthuizen and Bernd Wiesberger were the closest competitors.

Andy Sullivan, who had featured at the top of the leaderboard for a couple of days managed to triple-bogey the second hole, after finding water with his tee shot. Things did not improve much for him as his final round collapsed to a +6 over par 78. He finished the tournament T11 at -7 under par, with four other players.

Johnnie Walker Championship. Tommy Catches Ricardo to Share Lead.

Tommy Fleetwood catches up to Ricardo Gonzalez at the top of the leaderboard at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

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Tommy looked set to lead on his own but suffered a disappointing double bogey six on the last hole on the Gleneagles Hotel course. His third round of -5 under par , 67 enabled him to catch up to Ricardo who could only post a third round of -2 under par, 70. Both players are at -16 under par for the tournament.

Tommy shrugged his shoulders about the double bogey 6 on the par 4 eighteenth, saying it was a difficult hole;

” The last hole does not really mean anything, it’s a tough hole and the way I hit my tee shot I did well to make six. I carved it into the trees and was lucky to have a chip out. If I hadn’t I would have had to go back 100 yards and could have taken anything up to a ten. The way I played the first 17 holes was fantastic. I have been up there a bit this year and faltered a bit, so it’s nice that I have kept my good golf going for three rounds. I came off the Challenge Tour feeling I was the best golfer in the world, it felt very easy and I could not do much wrong. Last year I was still working hard but maybe not working on the right things.The more you play poorly out here, the easier it is to get into a downward spiral. It was horrible, I didn’t know that many people, and it was very hard.At this tournament last year I’m not sure that I expected to be back on this Tour this season, but I played great the second half of the season and have carried it on.This is what you spend hours and hours practicing for, to be up there in golf tournaments. I always used to watch this tournament as a kid and I love Scotland. My parents, Sue and Pete, would move here in a heartbeat, and we’ve got a house behind the 12th hole this week so I’ll do some practice and walk home.”

Ricardo is still recovering from personal distress, but said he was happy with his third round;

“The last two years have been very difficult personally, if I win I would like to dedicate it to my mother and father, that’s my target this week. I think the first two days, I hit it very well from the fairway to the flag. I’m happy to make two under par on that course.”

Fredrik Andersson-Head is alone in third place after his third round of -6 under par 66 and a -15 under par total.

Stephen Gallacher is just three shots off the lead after charging through the field with a superb -8 under par, 64, for his -13 under par total. He and  Bernd Wiesberger share fourth place at that score.

Stephen has been suffering from a freak injury, washing his car, and said only the guys in the physio truck kept him in the competition;

“A 64 is very good considering I didn’t have a warm-up.I hit two shots and had to go back in for more physio. The boys in the physio truck have been brilliant all week. They put a heat pack on it and gave me some tablets and said as long as I wasn’t having pins and needles it was just a strain and I couldn’t do any more damage. If it had been any other place I would probably not have played but I love this place and the course is set up perfect. The greens are fantastic and it’s a course where I have had a few low scores.”

If Stephen’s back injury does not trouble him tomorrow, he could easily figure coming down the stretch in this competition.


Johnnie Walker Championship, A Double At Gleneagles

There is a double at the top of the Johnnie Walker Championship after the first round at Gleneagles. Bernd Wiesberger and Ricardo Gonzalez are the leaders.

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Both of the leaders at the Johnnie Walker Championship had opening rounds of -7 under par, 65 on The Gleneagles Hotel course. Ricardo recorded two bogey’s in his round while Bernd shot a clear round;

 ” I didn’t make a lot of mistakes, I had troubles the last couple weeks driving the ball, and coming off Major Championships where you have to be very precise off the tee, I felt I had a bit more margin of error here. My driving is better the last couple of days, which helped a lot, and I’ve got shorter clubs into the greens, and I could take advantage of those. I came here with the feeling that I like the golf course, I like the weather, playing in these colder conditions, I think it suits me. I’m very relaxed, had last week off, so quite fresh into this tournament and that helped me.”

Ricardo, who has not had a top ten finish this season, but has four European titles to his name said he had played well;

“I played very good from the tee, made some good putts, and that’s why it’s a good score. I like the course, I think the weather opened my eyes and made me take more concentration on my putter and my driver.”

In a very tightly compacted leaderboard there are no less than six players tied in third place at -6 under par. One of them, Oliver Fisher could have joined the top two but unfortunately made bogey at his final hole. The others sharing with Oliver at -6 under par are; Mark Foster, Ross Fisher, Brett Rumford, Thongchai Jaidee and Ignacio Garrido.

Oliver explained how he had benefited from playing  with Jason Dufner, golf’s latest Major Champion, while at The Open Championship;

“I played with Jason the last round, I think he shoot four under and I shoot three, and there’s not a lot between. He’s just gone on to finish second at Bridgestone and won the PGA, and I sat at home watching it on telly. It doesn’t take a lot, the difference in the game to completely change your year or change your career, if you like. I’ll just keep believing and being patient. I know the golf I can play and it’s just a matter of getting out there and taking a bit of responsibility I guess.”

Defending champion Paul Lawrie birdied two of the last three holes for a -2 under par, 70, and is five shots off the lead.

Euro Tour. BMW International Open. Els Excels

Ernie Els excelled in the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried, winning by one shot from Thomas Björn.

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Ernie had posted his intentions at the BMW International Open when carded an opening round 63. He finished off the job with three rounds of -3 under par 69, for a winning total of -18 under par.

Ernie said he had enjoyed a wonderful tournament;

” It’s been wonderful, I’ve had a great week in Germany. We’ve got to thank BMW obviously for their 25 years of support, I’ve tried a long time to try and win this golf tournament. Wonderful to have sponsors like that around the world, and especially on The European Tour. There’s a lot of people that are working behind the scenes; the volunteers, the Golf Club of Eichenried.  There’s quite a lot of people getting involved in the golf course. We’ve got to thank all of them, and obviously my play this week has been great. I just felt good this week. I just felt my game was there and lucky enough it was one shot good enough. I really had it going and then I made it tough for myself again. Thomas was playing great, he stumbled on 14, I was watching the kid, I played with him yesterday and he looked like he had a great game, but he stumbled as well on the back nine. It’s great to get my name on this wonderful trophy. Obviously it gives you a lot of confidence. Wire-to-wire you’ve got the pressure, every night you’ve got to sleep on it, guys are chasing you. So this is quite a week for me.”

Thomas Björn was in second place at -17 under par, he also finished second in his last tournament, and is in good form at the moment;

“I played well, got off to the start I needed today and got right there in front. The thing that’s been great this week is the driver, and let me down on the back nine. I fought all the way to the end, and he hit two very classy shots on the last. When you go up against Ernie, you’ve got to take it 18 holes to the end and I didn’t quite do it today. I’m on a good run of form. I wanted to try and get myself in the top 20 in The Race to Dubai and top five for The Open, and I’m keeping closer to that and that’s my goal over the next couple of weeks. The qualifier takes a lot out of you, and I’m going to Ireland on a golf course I won on and I’ll keep carrying on and fighting hard until I win a golf tournament.”

The kid Ernie referred to was Alexander Levy, who finished in third place alone at -16 under par. The Qualifying School graduate from France played exceptionally well.

The home favourite Martin Kaymer, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Swede Alex Noren all finished tied for fourth spot at -15 under par.

Euro Tour. Lyoness Open. Tom Lewis Leads.

Tom Lewis, from England, leads after the first round of the Lyoness Open, powered by Greenfinity, at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria.

Flawless Lewis leads at Diamond Country Club

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Tom Lewis stamped his authority on the Lyoness Open with an opening bogey free round of -9 under par 63, which gave him a two shot lead over the field.

Tom said it was really only his putting today that made the difference between today and the rest of his year;

“It’s a great start, “I had some good fortune around the 17th and 18th, which was my front nine, and that made the back nine more relaxed. I holed a lot of putts, which was really the only difference between today and the rest of the year. This year’s been tough but I’ve been very close and shown a lot of good stuff. Today it all came together and if I can have three more rounds like that I’ll be alright. I always seem to throw in a double bogey in a round or a tournament and it pushes me out of contention. I’ve got to try to limit the mistakes and not get too down on myself, and I’ve been working hard on that with a lot of people. I’ve got a lot of support from friends and family, and good coaches, so with a bit of talent I’ve got no excuses.We travel so much and there’s so many different places, grasses, time differences – it can get to a lot of players. Some weeks you’re feeling great and some weeks you’re not. I need to turn the great weeks into really great weeks, and the not so great weeks I need to grind it out. I’ve got high expectations and not very much patience. Because I’ve struggled the last year or so I’ve lowered my expectations, which has been a good thing and has got my confidence back up. Hopefully I can get off to a good start tomorrow and make a few birdies early on. If I make a few mistakes, which I will this week, I just need to not get down on myself and I’ll be fine.”

Dutchman Joost Luiten is in second place, with his opening round of -7 under par, 65, he also said his putter was his best friend today;

It always feels good to have a great score in the first round, I was four under after four and that keeps the round going. I hit a lot of fairways and greens and the putter was my best friend today. The course is starting to dry out but you don’t get any roll on the ball. The greens are very good so you can really make some putts. The weather was perfect today and there was no wind, which was good because when it’s windy it’s a very tough golf course. I played well two years ago which was my first and only time here. I finished third, so I know I can play well on this course and I showed it again today. It doesn’t matter who’s the favourite, you just have to go out and shoot as low a score as possible.”

There are four players tied in third place, all at -6 under par, they are; Graeme Storm, Alexander Levy, Richard McEvoy and Simon Dyson.

Graeme thought he should have been at -8 under, the way he played, but missed some chances;

“I stayed very composed and tee to green I played as well as I could have, I think I only missed three greens and I holed a few nice putts. I felt as though I could have shot eight under today, but I missed a couple of chances. It’s slightly disappointing bogeying the last as I had the perfect yardage for a six iron. I just pulled it a bit, which I did with a couple of irons in the last few holes, so I’ll be going to the range after lunch to fix that. Other than that I played great all day. I had a nice little run on seven, eight and nine, and should have birdied the tenth as well.”

Defending champion and home favorite Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, had consecutive birdies at the sixth and seventh as he opened his account here with a -4 under par. 68.

“I’m not ecstatic, but it’s a good start, I kept it together well and had to scramble a lot, especially on my front nine. On the back nine I had a few chances and managed to take a few of them. I started with a 71 last year so this is three better. Hopefully that means I can get to 20 under this time.”