BMW Masters. Kristoffer Broberg Maiden Win.

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Kristoffer Broberg claimed his maiden European Tour win at the BMW Masters in China.

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Kristoffer beat Patrick Reed in a play-off for the BMW Masters title at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai.

Both players had finished the tournament at -17 under par an went into the play-off. Kristoffer, from Sweden, made birdie at the first extra hole. the par four 18th, to win the title. It was a dram come true for him, especially as Patrick had a short game to worry him all day;

“That’s a dream come true. I’ve worked so hard all my life for this.”

“I didn’t trust myself, a few weeks ago; I could never win here. I was just so down, and I’m so happy right now.”

“When I won on The Challenge Tour, once in a play-off in Norway, the players out there are really, really good and this field is just a really good field.”

“So I’m just happy to beat all of them. This means a lot to me.”

“His short game was unbelievable all day.”

 “I’m playing really good the front nine and I was struggling a bit, a little nervous on the last few holes. The four last holes I was really, really nervous.”

“I get to the play-off and I saw him hit it right. And I hit it a really good drive on the left side and thought, here is my chance, I want to get by the trap.”

“I hit a good nine iron up to four or five metres from the hole and was so happy.”

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Patrick had to settle for second place, while  Lucas Bjerregaard, Henrik StensonThongchai Jaidee and An Byeong-Hun tied for third at -16 under par, all just one shot off the play-off.

Justin Rose and Paul Casey were next, both finished with -15 under par totals.

Rory McIlroy did not have to worry about his lead in the Race to Dubai, nine of his closest rivals could make up any ground. So next week at  he will start at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, in Dubai ahead of the pack.

BMW Masters. Jaidee Enjoys 54 Hole Lead.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, enjoys a 54 hole lead at the BMW Masters tournament in China.

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A third round -6 under par 66 at Lake Malaren Golf Club helped Thongchai to take over at the top of the BMW Masters leaderboard with a -15 under par total. A win here would close the gap at in the Race to Dubai competition, so tomorrow is a very important day;

The key for Thongchai will be his iron play, and of course putting;

“If I play well like this and keep performing like this, I have a good chance. But golf, you never know what you’re feeling tomorrow for the 72 holes.”

 “My iron play, I think that’s the key, and putting. Tomorrow I’m going to play my own game.”

 “I played well, we hit a lot of greens. I think today we putted well.”

“I think my game plan this week is good. I’ve hit irons well, I’m working on putting and that’s what gave me very good confidence for today.”

“Six under is a very good score.”

“Tomorrow is a very big day.”

South Korean An Byeong-Hun, Sergio Garcia from Spain, and Lucas Bjerregaard from Denmark share second place, just one shot back at -14 under par.

Sadly the biggest news did not include golf, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson posted his reaction to the terror attack in Paris on Instagram.


BMW Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads.

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Lucas Bjerregaard has the 36 hole lead at the BMW Masters tournament in China.

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Lucas shot  a second consecutive round of -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the BMW Masters leaderboard at -12 under par in Shanghai. He came close to winning his maiden European Tour title last time out, in Hong Kong, and hopes to go one better this week;

“It was nice in Hong Kong to prove to myself and to everyone else that I can still compete up there.”

“So hopefully I can do that again this week and just come up one place better than last time”

“It was a great round and I finished off with some good birdies coming in. A great birdie there on six, a tough par three today.”

“Nothing much really happened on the first nine, I just played really solid. But I thought it was a good bit tougher than yesterday with the wind up.”

“Some of the holes were playing really long.”

“But I made some good putts, made some good par saves as well to keep the round going, so that was nice.”

Sergio Garcia and Thongchai Jaidee share second place, three shots back at -9 under par.

Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and An Bye-ong Hun are tied in third spot at -8 under par for the tournament.

It was some very windy conditions today, but that did not worry Peter Uihlein who had seven consecutive birdies today, to finish at -7 under par. He was playing alongside the leader, and the pair of them had some fun out there, according to Lucas;

“We had good fun. He’s a nice guy. We played three rounds together in Turkey, as well, so it was nice that we both played well.”

Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy is not competing this week, so that gives an opportunity for closest challenger Danny Willett to narrow the gap. Danny is currently at -3 under par for the tournament. Poults, Justin Rose and others will be looking to do the same thing.

BMW Masters. Marcel Siem Wins.

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Marcel Siem won the BMW Masters in a play-off at Lake Malaren Golf Club in China.

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Marcel won on the first play-off hole, chipping in for birdie from the fringe on the 18th hole, to lift the BMW Masters trophy.

Three players had finished the tournament tied at -16 under par, Marcel, Ross Fisher and Alex Levy all arrived at that score by different means. Ross put together a final round of -5 under par 67, while Marcel could only manage a +1 over par 72 and Alex with a disastrous +6 over par 78.

Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson finished just one shot behind, and they too could have been in the play-off, Jamie missing a last hole birdie attempt. and Justin carding a disappointing bogey.

Marcel was happy with his start to the round, but not good to finish bogey, bogey;

“I got off to a nice start with a birdie on the first and I knew with the windy conditions that it might be a little better chance to win the tournament.”

“Alex, unfortunately, didn’t have his best day and I played very solid the front nine. And then the back nine was really, really tough.”

“The golf course was the total opposite to the first three days. The course was a real monster and I’m super pleased, still can’t believe it. I’m over the moon.”

“In the play-off, I thought I would actually have to hole it just to stay in. I was expecting one of the guys to hole their putt actually. It’s just fantastic. A chip-in is always cool, but to have it in a play-off is even cooler.”

“I have never been in a position like this, to be honest, in such a big tournament. You try not to think about the prize money, but it’s crazy prize money here (€1,600,000 for winning).

“I think the key today was not to have a double bogey or triple bogey somewhere and I managed to do that.”

“People who know me know that finishing bogey, bogey, I don’t like that and my emotions could go a little crazy sometimes. But I stayed really, really calm and I’m proud of that. I’m getting older, two kids now, so maybe that’s the reason why.”

Alex said he did not cope with the windy conditions very well;

“I feel I didn’t play that bad. I make a few mistakes, but I didn’t miss a lot of shots.”

“Marcel deserved to win today because he played fantastic in the wind. Today was a special day with the wind and it was not very easy for me. I’ve got to work on that and be more strong during the difficult weather like that.”

Ross said he can walk away with his head held high;

Going out today 11 behind you never expect to have a chance, I’m thinking, just go out there and shoot a good score. If it gets me a top-ten, that would be great, and obviously it was playing tough and I think I had the best round of the day by quite some margin.”

“I can only walk away from here very delighted and pleased with the way I played.”

BMW Masters. Ab Fab Alex Has 4 shot Lead.

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Ab Fab Alex Levy has a 4 shot lead to take into the final round of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in China.

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Alex carded a bogey free third round -9 under par 63, and his 54 hole total of -22 under par gives him a four shot cushion when he starts the final round on Sunday at the BMW Masters tournament.

Alex was proud to announce that he had played amazing golf today;

“I played amazing golf, I’m very surprised by myself.”

“I started well and made some early birdies and hit some amazing shots. I am very happy with the way I played golf today.”

“It’s nice to be in this position. It was pretty much the same when I won in China so I am going to enjoy the game tomorrow, do my best and see what happens.”

Jamie Donaldson is in second place, he posted an even better third round score than the leader, a -10 under par 62, which elevated him up the leaderboard with a -17 under par total.

He likes the course, and the Eagle he scored today on the 16th hole;

“Obviously the course suits my game, I’ve shot ten under before and I’ve done it today which is great. I got the ball rolling better on the greens which made a big difference and obviously that shot on 16 is a big bonus.”

“I had 142 (yards) to the flag, slightly uphill into the wind which was a soft nine iron and it came off spot on. Pitched just past the hole and spun back and went in. It’s quite a narrow entrance into that green from where I was but it pitched perfect and obviously is a bonus to see it go in.”

“I’ve been playing well for a few years now so things have been getting better each year. I’ve been improving and winning was just a matter of time.”

“Now it’s obviously to a point where I’m trying to win more than once in a year. Everything is a progression and I’m just working towards getting better and moving the goal posts.”

In third place is Marcel Siem, a -7 under par 65 today has given him a -17 under par total. Justin Rose shot a -8 under par 64, but is still seven shots adrift of the top of the leaderboard, he was quite surprised to be so far back;

“I think I’ve done my part but I didn’t bank on everyone else going as low as they are.”

“Obviously Mr Levy is going ridiculous out there right now. I would have thought I’d be in a bit better shape going into Sunday than I am, but every credit to the lads that are keeping it going out there.”

“If everything went my way today, five better is what I could have been. I missed probably five putts inside eight feet today and still shot eight under par. I had three eagle putts out there, so plenty of opportunities to go low.”

“Quite clearly there’s lots of birdies to be had out there and I don’t know if things are going to change tomorrow, I hear there’s a bit of wind coming in so that might spice things up.”


BMW Masters. Gonzo Grabs The Title.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, nickname “Gonzo” grabs the BMW Masters Title at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China.

Fernandez-Castaño takes the spoils in Shanghai

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Gonzo carded a final round -64 under par 68, to win the BMW Masters with a -11 under par total. Gonzo had six birdies on his card and no bogey’s until the last hole. He somehow managed to bogey the par 5 18th hole when he was seemingly cruising along. He said it was definitely a fighting six after finding two bunkers en-route to the green;

“I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy round, especially the way I started. I started hitting the ball pretty bad, but my caddie kept me cool and told me how good I had been hitting the ball through the week and I played fantastic after that. On the last I played too conservative and it was a fighting six at the end for sure.”

Just one shot adrift In second place at -10 under par are Francesco Molinari and Thongchai Jaidee, Francesco finishing strongly with -8 under par 64 final round. Thongchai was not far behind with a -6 under par 66 last round.

The leaders at the start of play today, Luke Guthrie and Rafael Cabrera-Bello, could not maintain their good play, Luke scoring a final round of -1 under par and a tournament total of -9 under par, four shots off the pace, and alone in fourth place. Rafa fared worse, carding a last round +2 over par and falling back into a tie for 11th place at -6 under par.

Best round of the day went to Peter Hanson, a marvelous -9 under par 63, which lifted him up the scoreboard into a tie for 8th place at -7 under par. From nowhere to eighth in one round, golf is a strange game, Peter joked that he was trying to impress the next Ryder Cup Captain, who was his playing partner for the day;

“I was playing with Paul McGinley, the Ryder Cup Captain, and I guess I wanted to impress him. I had no expectations on coming back from injury and I was obviously very rusty on Thursday. But I have felt better and better throughout the week and to finish with a round like that is very pleasing. As a defence, it wasn’t bad!”

The Race to Dubai Final Series remains in China for next week’s WGC-HSBC Champions, before heading to Turkey and then Dubai, where the top 60 will compete for the DP World Tour Championship.

BMW Masters. Luke Shares Lead With Rafa

Luke Guthrie shares the lead at the BMW Masters with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello at the end of day 3.

Cabrera-Bello joins Guthrie in Shanghai lead

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Luke and Rafa are tied at -8 under par for the tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai. Luke struggled today, an even par round of 72 let the field catch up to his blistering start to this competition, his four shot lead disappearing.

He was philosophical about his position;

“At the beginning the week, if I was tied going into the fourth round tied for the lead, I’d have taken it. As today went it was a little frustrating. When I made a couple birdies, I seemed to step on my own foot a few times. Like at 18, I didn’t hit my greatest shot obviously, but wish I didn’t have to chip it on the green to get it close. Overall I was hitting it well, putting well, and just let a few shots get away toward the end and that’s never fun really. I’m tied for the lead going into tomorrow and I’m excited.”

Rafa said he was happy, and will enjoy the final round tomorrow;

” Really happy to keep playing good and happy, also, to put a good round together and be in contention tomorrow. I started with two birdies today, which was good. It gave me confidence straightaway, and then I just stayed calm, one shot at a time, and today it worked.  I’m happy, I’m proud, I’m confident and I’m enjoying the tournament so far, so hopefully tomorrow I can keep those feelings and take them on to the golf course with me, go out there, play my best and enjoy.”

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño is in third place at -7 under par, just one shot off the lead, while Gregory Bourdy is another shot back in fourth pace.

Simon Dyson’s chances of victory disappeared when he was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score in the second round. European Tour Chief Referee John Paramor said in a statement:;

“Simon Dyson has been disqualified from the BMW Masters presented by SRE Group under the rules of golf (6-6d). Simon was found to have breached rule 16-1a, which states that a player must not touch his line of putt.”

” When the footage was reviewed, Simon was seen to touch the line of his second putt after marking and lifting his ball on the green. He subsequently failed to add a two-shot penalty to his score when signing his card, and as a result has now been disqualified. He was bitterly disappointed. He had no way of explaining why or how he came to do what he did. He had no recollection of it until I showed him and even then he said ‘I can’t even remember doing it.’ It’s a very sad thing and unfortunately his event is over.”

I have not seen the video, but if you clear your line of putt of leaves or debris are you not then actually touching your line of putt in the act of doing that.?