Nedbank Golf Challenge. Bernd Wiesberger Leads.

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Bernd Wiesberger, Austria, leads the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, at the Gary Player Country Club.

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Bernd carded a first round -5 under par 67, to lead the Nedbank Golf Challenge on day one, with good putting on his side;

“It wasn’t easy to be honest, it was quite breezy, quite steady direction-wise but still the course is quite tricky off the tees.”

“You want to get a lot of fairways to be able to attack the flags and that’s quite challenging when there’s gusty winds.”

“But I played all right. I’ve not had great success when I was here last time but I approached it with a neutral mind and I played a lot better than I have the last couple of weeks and putted good.”

“Took a couple of chances so that was nice, to get out there kind of relaxed and just let it happen.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under following their opening rounds of 68, home favourite Branden GraceVictor Dubuisson, FranceScott Jamieson, Scotland and Julian Suri, USA.

Defending champion Alex Noren, Sweden, Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, Graeme Storm, England, and Hideto Tanihara, Japan, were then at -3 under for the competition.

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KLM Open, Also Stopped By Rain.

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The KLM Open was also stopped by gusting winds and driving rain, but Bernd Wiesberger and Richard Finch had completed their opening rounds to top the leaderboard at The Dutch course.

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Bernd and Richard both carded -5 under par 66 to top the KLM Open leaderboard, and will now have a long rest before starting their second rounds.

Bernd said had had putted well;

“I putted nicely today and controlled the ball flight well. I think I only missed three or four greens which was pretty good in these conditions.”

The conditions were really tough out there and although I gave away a couple of easy shots I am really happy with the score and the way I played today.”

“So overall I am happy with the start. I have been playing well recently but maybe not getting the results I feel I should have been getting so hopefully I can change that soon.”

Richard was happy to play well, returning from a long lay-off due to injury;

“It was important to get off to a good start today because when you are playing on conditions like this you know it’s going to be a battle so to start with two birdies was huge,  it felt like I had a bit of credit in the bank.”

“I managed to hang in and finish well so I am delighted. It’s been a while since I have been at the top of a leaderboard to be honest.”

“Obviously I missed last year through injury and haven’t really got it going since I came back but today was very encouraging and I hope to be able to keep that going for the next few days.”

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Lyoness Open. Felipe Aguilar Leads.

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Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, leads the Lyoness Open by two shots at  Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Felipe shot a first round  -7 under par 65 to lead the Lyoness Open by two shots.

“The way I started playing golf today is always a good sign but this is only 25 per cent of the tournament, we still have three days to go, it’s a long tournament, there are some really good players this week and the course is in great condition so you’ve got to keep the good work up.”

“I’m going to stay focused on what I am doing, trying to hit fairways which is very important this week, the greens are going to get very difficult so you have to be able to hit the second shots from the fairway.”

“I’m going to keep the same strategy, this is just the beginning of the week and we still have three days to go.”

Three players are tied in second place at -5 under par after opening rounds of 67, Ashley Chesters, England, Jaco Van Zyl, South Africa, and Johan Carlsson of Sweden.

Local favourite Bernd Wiesberger and the defending champion Ashun Wu are at -2 under following their opening rounds of 70.

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.

Shenzhen International

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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.

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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.