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.

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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.

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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.

KLM Open. Bernd Wiesberger Is In Front


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Bernd Wiesberger is in front in the KLM Open after 36 holes at The Dutch golf course in Holland.

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Bernd carded a second round -5 under par 66 to lead the KLM Open at the half-way stage with a -10 under total, thanks mainly to some good putting;

“It was good to finally hole a couple of putts and get a score.”

“I’ve been playing alright, I’ve just not had breaks going for me, I’ve not had a good, solid week on the greens.”

“The long game has been steady but it feeds into a whole atmosphere if you can’t take advantage of that.”

“So far I’ve been really taking advantage of my chances and having a great time out there with Joost and Jake (Roos) and the support.”

Three players are tied in second place at -9 under par, Home town boy Joost Luiten, -7 under par 64 today, giving the home gallery some real hope that a Dutchman can win, Nino Bertasio from Italy, -4 under 67, and Mark Foster from England, -5 under par 66 in his second round.

Joost wants to repeat his second round score tomorrow;

“Tomorrow is a new day and I need to do the same as I did today.”

“If I can keep my irons like I hit today and create a lot of birdie chances and keep the putter warm, I’ll be alright.”

It was special out there, It was very busy from the beginning, it was a great day with the weather and the golf course is unbelievable so I’m very happy with a 64.”

“It’s great to feel the crowd behind you. The atmosphere out there was great, not only for me but for my playing partners, and that is what makes it so much fun to play in Holland.”

Nino has enjoyed a great year of golf and is looking forward to a good finish in the Race to Dubai;

“It has been a great year for me with going to the Olympics and keeping my Tour card so now I have to reset my goals and try to finish as high as I can on the Race to Dubai.” 

“I am just looking forward to tomorrow and trying to get out there and make as many birdies as I can.”

Mark is returning to form and is hoping his experience will keep him in contention;

“I am getting back to my best, I haven’t had as many playing opportunities this year but when I can play I am enjoying it.”

“I have been out here a long time and I am a lot more chilled out than I was in my prime.”

“I certainly don’t sit at home crying about not being able to play – and my wife wouldn’t let me do that anyway!”

“I love this tournament, though, so I am really looking forward to the weekend. There are some great names up there on the leaderboard so it’s going to be a good weekend and hopefully I can stay near the top.”

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.