Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Jamie Holds On In Suspended 2nd Round.

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Jamie Donaldson, Wales, holds on to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic lead as fog delayed 2nd round play at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

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Jamie got into the clubhouse before the fog rolled in, posting a second Omega Dubai Desert Classic round of -3 under par 69, for a -13 under 36 hole total.

He said he had played well, but the putter was not working as good as yesterday;

“I have backed up low scores like that with another one but today it wasn’t to be.”

“Quite happy with a 69.”

“Played nicely. Drove the ball well, iron play was good, took my chances when I was close enough to do so.”

“Hit a lot of really good putts that didn’t go in where yesterday they all went in.”

“It can always be better, can’t it? Wanted to try to go flag hunting a little bit, which maybe I shouldn’t have done, but happy with how I played.”

Li Haotong of China is currently in second place with a consecutive completed  round of -6 under 66 for -12 under.

Branden Grace, South Africa, -7 under 65 today, and Alexander Björk, Sweden, who has only played 12 second round holes, for -4 under, share third place at -11 under par.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, is the tie for fifth, having finished 11 second round holes, and is currently at -3 under for his round, and -10 for the tournament.

The fog meant two hours and 50 minutes of playing time were lost, so all of the later starters will have to complete their second rounds from 0730 on Saturday morning.

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BMW SA Open Championship. Chris Paisley Wins

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Chris Paisley, England, wins the BMW SA Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Chris fired a bogey free closing round -6 under par 66 to win the BMW SA Open Championship by three shots at -21 under par, to claim his maiden European Tour victory, with wife Keri on the bag for the first time;

“I’m just so happy with how the week went and to get the win, for not only myself and Keri, but for everyone that’s stood behind me. It’s unbelievable.” 

“Coming up the last fairway with her next to me was just incredible.”

“My regular caddie is getting some stick but I just can’t say enough about how good of a job she has done this week and just in life in general.”

“I still can’t believe it. Going head-to-head against Branden, in his home country with pretty much everyone in the crowd on his side was tough but I just played great.”

“I played out of my skin. I didn’t even think I was capable of playing that well to be honest, and to come out on top in such a wonderful place is amazing.”

Home favorite Branden Grace finished in second place at -18 under par for the tournament, a -4 under par 68 not enough to win.

JC Ritchie, South Africa, was in third position, shooting the low round of the day, -7 under 65, giving that spot on his own.

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BMW SA Open Championship. Chris Paisley in Pole Position.


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Chris Paisley, England, is in pole position, leading the BMW SA Open Championship going into the final round tomorrow at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Chris carded a third round -2 under 70 to lead the BMW SA Open Championship at -15 under par after 54 holes, and will take a one shot advantage into the last round tomorrow, playing in the final round with home favorite Branden Grace of South Africa;

“Being tied for the lead isn’t a position I’ve been in a lot, I’m really proud with how I’ve played, I felt really calm and never really felt stressed.” 

“Obviously playing with Gracie , who’s won God knows how many times on Tour and obviously is a great player, and in his home country. I’m sure the crowd is going to be on his side.”

“I’m just really excited about it.”

Branden charged up the leaderboard with a third round -6 under par 66, to claim second place at -14 under par, and knows the gallery will be on his side;

“I got frustrated out there to be quite honest, I thought I hit the ball superbly through 13 holes, but just couldn’t get it in the hole.” 

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow big-time.  I’ve played myself right back into it and I’m really excited going into tomorrow.”

“It will be a big advantage to have that support tomorrow.”

Three players are tied in third position, three shots back at -12 under par, Adrien Saddier, France, +1 over par 73 today, Chase Koepka, USA, -4 under 68, and Jacques Blaauw, South Africa, with his third round -6 under 66.

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BMW S.A. Open. Branden Grace and Chase Koepka Lead 1st Round.

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Branden Grace, South Africa  and Chase Koepka, USA lead the BMW SA Open after the 1st round at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Branden and Chase both carded -7 under par 65 to top the BMW SA Open leaderboard on day one in South Africa.

Branden triumphed with Eagles on three of the four par fives, while Chase said he had played flawless golf on his front nine with a red hot putter;

“It was great, I think I played flawless, except for the second shot on the first hole. I hit a poor shot there and saved it with a 12-footer for a bogey.”

“I made eagle on the second hole and kind of kept it going from there.”

“Inside 150 yards, I was really good today. I didn’t have too many shot from inside 150, but every one that I had, I was hitting them close.”

“The putter was really hot on the front nine and then I had a bunch of short putts on the back nine which helped a little bit.”

Branden told reporters he got the most out of the round that he could have done;

“I can’t remember when I last, or if, I have ever made three Eagles in a round.”

“Very please with the outcome and I think I pretty much got the most out of that round.”

Chris Paisley of England holds third place with his opening round of -6 under par 66.

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Nedbank Golf Challenge. Home Win For Branden Grace.

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It was a home win for Branden Grace as he collected the trophy at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa.

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It was an amazing final round with the lead swapping all the time but Branden sunk a 40 foot putt on the 16th to put daylight between him and his close pursuers. That putt gave him a final round -6 under par 66, to win the  Nedbank Golf Challenge at -11 under par;

“This is awesome, this is the one event that as a South African you want to win. It’s Africa’s Major for a reason and what a special place it is.”

“There’s a lot of history and a lot of great winners on the trophy and I’m very glad to be able to put my name on the trophy as well.”

“It’s a very special week, we found out on Wednesday we’re having a boy.”

“I had to stay patient and I had to take the chances when they came my way. I missed a couple of short ones but I think the big key was the putt on 16.”

Scott Jamieson, Scotland, was second, at -10 under, with his last round -2 under 70;

“I got off to a nice start and things were looking good. Got a little blip on number eight.”

” On 16, perhaps if my chip had gone in, it might have been a different story. I’m sure I’ll look back and take great pride with that.”

Victor Dubuisson, France, finished in third spot at -9 under par with a final round -2 under 70.

Best round of the day went to Li Haotong of China, an amazing -8 under par 64, giving him fourth place on his own at -7 under par.

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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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The Open. Jordan Stands Firm at the Top. Amazing Grace Shoots 62.

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Jordan Spieth stands firm at the top of The Open leaderboard at Royal Birkdale, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow, despite amazing Branden Grace making history with a 62.

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Jordan shot a third round -5 under 65 to post -11 under par at the top of The Open leaderboard, giving him a three shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It was pretty stress-free.”

“On a Saturday, with the lead in a major, that’s about as good as I can ask for right there.”

Matt Kuchar keeps his second place, his -4 under 66 today, leaves three shots adrift of the leader with his -8 under total. But it means America has kept control of the 146th The Open.

Brooks Koepka, USA, -2 under 68 today, and Austin Connelly, Canada, -4 under 66, are both in third place at -5 under par.

Amazing Branden Grace, South Africa, -8 under 62, and Hideki Matsuyama, Japan, -4 under 66, share fifth place.

On the last green Branden  was 45 feet and two putts away from shooting the lowest round in major championship history, but did not know it;

“I didn’t know what was going on on eighteen, I promise you.”

“I had no idea that 62 was obviously the lowest ever.”

“Just trying to shoot a number to try to get myself back in there and have a decent finish for the week. Obviously now the mindset changed a bit.”

Grace unknowingly makes major history

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