Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrrell Hatton Has One Hand on the Trophy.

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Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton, from England, has one hand on the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship trophy after 54 holes in Scotland.

 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Tyrrell hauled himself clear of the field with third round -7 under par 65 at Kingsbarns, to post -18 under par at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and will take a five shot advantage into the final round at St Andrews tomorrow, on the Old Course;

“To win at the home of golf once is incredible but to do it again and defend would be a dream come true.”

“Last year, this event was a fantastic moment for me.”

“It’s great to be back and I’m enjoying my first defence.

“Last year was a new experience for me going out leading a tournament and I managed to do a really good job. Made myself very difficult to catch, hopefully I can do that again tomorrow.”

“I’ll certainly try my best to do that. That’s all anyone can ever do is try their best and I’ll certainly do that.”

In second place is Grégory Bourdy, France, a -6 under par 66 at Carnoustie levering him up the leaderboard, but at -13 under for the tournament he has a long way to go to catch the leader;

“Very pleased for sure but it’s one of my favourite links courses as well. I feel good on it and I knew I could do a good score there.”

Paul Dunne, Ireland, -2 under 70 at Kingsbarns has third place at -11 under par, while Luke Donald, England, -6 under 66 at Kingsbarns, makes a rare but pleasing return to the higher end of a leaderboard, and Ross Fisher, England, -5 under 67, Kingsbarns, both players at -10 under for the tournament, but all will be fighting it out for the minor placings tomorrow.

Luke was a happy man;

“Happy with that score.”

“Happy to be in the mix, and go out there and shoot a low one.”

 

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tommy Fleetwood Breaks Carnoustie Course Record.

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Tommy Fleetwood broke the course record at Carnoustie, carding 63, to join Tyrrrell Hatton at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard in Scotland.

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Tommy, from England made history on day 2 of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, breaking the Carnoustie course record, carding -9 under par 63. He joined Tyrrell, also from England,  who signed for -7 under 65, he too  played Carnoustie, at the top of the leaderboard, both at -11 under par for the tournament.

Tommy said he had putted well

“Any time you have a course record, especially on a golf course like this, it’s brilliant to have, I’m very proud at the moment.”

“I played well, putted well. It just unravels really, sometimes it does that. Most of the times, those are your best rounds when you don’t quite realise what you’re doing.”

“I would love to win a tournament. I’d love to win this tournament. The goal every week is to try and win whatever you’re playing in.”

“With such big events coming up, I don’t think anything will be over until it’s finally done but if I can keep making that cushion a little bit bigger, then it will feel a lot nicer.”

Tyrrell the defending Champion, said his putter suddenly came alive;

“Happy with today’s round, got lucky a couple of times but obviously you need that.”

“The putter came alive for me on the last sort of thirteen holes.”

“It’s a strange feeling to think I’ve won the tournament, because when I look back, it doesn’t feel like it was me that won.”

“It’s great to be back and good memories from last year.”

“I’ve come into this event with a bit of form. I’m happy that I’m sort of carrying it on and, you know, hopefully I can have a good one at Kingsbarns tomorrow and all to play for for Sunday. But there’s still a lot of golf still to be played.”

Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, in third place on his own at -10 under par, he went round St Andrews Old Course in -5 under 67 today.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Paul Dunne and Nicolas Colsaerts share the honor after the first round  in Scotland.

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Last weeks winner Paul, from Ireland continued with his good form shooting -5 under par 67 at St. Andrews Old Course, while Nicolas, Belgium joined him at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard carding the same score over at Kingsbarns.

Paul is closely associated with St Andrews after leading the 2015 Open Championship at the 54 hole stage, as an amateur;

“I think the Open was a great thing for me here because it opened so many doors for sponsors and invites and that kind of thing when I turned pro but, also, how many times are you going to lead the Open at St. Andrews with one round to go?”

“My iron play was really solid, I was hitting everything pin-high on the front nine which is a big advantage because the greens are so big.”

“You’re probably not going to miss many but when it gets windy, two-putting from 60 feet can be difficult.”

“I didn’t play great coming in. I kind of did the opposite of what I should have done but I’ll take the five under.”

Nicolas stayed calm but did push until the end, holing the round off with a long putt on the 18th;

“I kept very composed, I pressed it until the end, which is nice. Birdied seventeen which is not really a birdie hole.”

“I hit it really close and finished it off with the longest putt of the day on eighteen, which is nice.”

Five players are then tied at -4 under, some at St Andrews, then Kingsbarns,  best score from Carnoustie was -3 under par.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Alex Noren Leads.

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Alex Noren leads after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, played over three courses in Scotland,  Carnoustie, Old Course St Andrews and Kingsbarns.

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SWE Alex equaled the Carnoustie course record in his opening round -8 under par 64, to sit on top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship leaderboard;

“It was tough conditions but probably one of the best rounds I’ve played, so I’m very happy right now.”

“The course, all three courses, are in probably the best shape I’ve ever seen them. The greens are running great. It’s in great shape.”

Sitting in second place at -7 under par is ENG Ross Fisher after his 65 round at Kingsbarns.

ENG Matt Ford 65 at Kingsbarns and SWE Joakim Lagergren 66 at Carnoustie, share third place at -6 under par.

Joakim said he putted very well today;

“I played very well and was solid all day, I would say. I putted really well and made some great saves coming in on the last five or six holes.”

 

The Senior Open Championship. Paul Broardhurst Carnoustie Champion.

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England’s Paul Broardhurst was crowned king of Carnoustie as he claimed victory in The Senior Open Championship.

 

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ENG Paul carded a final round -4 under par 68 at Carnoustie to post a winning total in The Senior Open Championship of -11 under par, to collect  veterans’ version of the Claret Jug.

Paul said the win was the biggest achievement of his life, and also puts him as No.1 on the European Senior Tour Order of Merit;

““It’s difficult to compare this with the Ryder Cup but, personally, this is the biggest achievement of my career.”

“Yes, the Ryder Cup was massive but that was the result of a load of performances.”

“It was an accumulation of points that got me there. I think this has got to rank higher than the Ryder Cup.”

“This is bigger than all of those wins, I think,.

 “A lot, lot bigger. It’s absolutely massive. I played some of my best golf this week. I hit the ball really nicely and my iron play was really good. The hard work I’ve put in paid off.”

“It’s beyond my wildest dreams. This sort of thing doesn’t happen to players like me normally. I feel very privileged to have won this event.”

“Now I plan to defend my Scottish Senior Open title back here in Scotland and whatever happens I won’t desert Europe.”

“I want to play a schedule which will take in America and Europe. It’s my home and I want to support the events here.”

USA American Scott McCarron finished in second place, at -9 under par, a last round -3 under par 69 giving him that place on his own.

Leader at the start of play today, ESP Miguel Angel Jiménez, from Spain, shared third place with Swede SWE Magnus Persson Atlevi, both  a further shot back at -8 under.

Miguel tried to respond to the challenge on the final hole, but made an uncharacteristic mess of it;

“At the last hole I knew I had to try to get the ball close to the hole but thinned it and made a double bogey.”

Spanish Open. Andrew Beef Johnston Wins Maiden Title.

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Andrew Beef Johnston, from England, seals his maiden European Tour victory, the Spanish Open at Valderrama.

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Andrew carded a final round -1 under par 70 at Valderrama to post a Spanish Open winning total of +1 over par, a one shot maiden victory. It was everything he had dreamed of;

“It is what you dream of to have your name on a trophy alongside so many special names like Seve, Faldo, Langer.”

“I drove the ball well all week, chipped and putted well all week, I struggled a bit with my irons the first three days but I just kept going and kept digging in and then on the fourth I found something.”

“I came off the course and I just started crying with the emotion of it. It’s just very surreal and I don’t think it will hit me for a few days.”

“You see them winning these tournaments, and the history of it and all these names, so to put mine on there feels pretty ridiculous, really. It really does.”

“Hopefully I can be one of those guys who has an incredible career like that and people are sitting here in the future going, ‘oh, Beef’s on there’. It’s pretty incredible.”

Joost Luiten from Holland was in second place, a last round of even par giving him a +2 over par total.

Tournament Host, Sergio Garcia claimed third place with a magnificent final round -4 under par 67 for a +3 over par total;

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“It was exciting today, I played very nicely even though my wrist was giving me a little bit of trouble. But I managed to hit a lot of great shots, I made some great recoveries and holed some nice putts.”

“It’s just a shame on the last, I got a massive flyer with the eight iron. I hit it 195yrds when I’m supposed to hit 165.”

“But that happens so I’m proud the way the tournament has gone, and the way I have played having played four weeks in a row, which is tiring, but we’ve raised a lot of money for our foundation.”

Defending champion James Morrison, +1 over 72 today, and Søren Kjeldsen, -3 under 68,  tied for fourth position at +4 over par.

It has been 20 years since a regular event had been won at an over par score, Ian Woosnam shooting the same score to win the Scottish Open at Carnoustie in 1996.

I don’t know if the galleries really want to see a tournament set up like this, so tough that some of the top professionals from the European Tour could not break par. This tournament is just a regular tour event, not a Major. I wonder how the members of  Real Club Valderrama find the course.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Rookies Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne Lead

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Rookies Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne, share lead with Kristoffer Broberg after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. This tournament is played over three courses, St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

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Jimmy has had a great amateur year, becoming just the fourth man in history to win all four of his matches in a Walker Cup. He carded a first round -8 under par at Kingsbarns and said he was just doing the same things as usual;

“What I did as an amateur worked, so I didn’t see any reason to change it.”

“I made the cut in The Open, two, three years ago now, and I knew I was better than that.”

“I just stuck to what me and caddie Alex (Howie) and Paul (Mitchell), my coach, who is up for a practice day, stuck to our game plan and our routine, and it worked all right today.”

“I’ll try and do it again the next hopefully three days.”

Paul also had a wonderful year, he held a share of the lead going into the final round of The Open at St Andrews. He also posted -8 under at Kingsbarns, a hole in one from 205 yards at the par three 15th, and a great putting performance made his day;

“I kind of needed it, I got off to a bit of a ropey start. I was hitting a lot of poor full shots.”

“My putter was kind of saving me, to be level par playing 15 which was my sixth, and it was nice to get a hole-in-one. It was exactly as I pictured it.

“I tried to start it at the left edge of green and let the wind drift it and I thought I hit it close and when I saw it drop, it was great. Nice little bonus there.”

“I played some good golf from then on in. Happy with my score.”

“There are scores out there to be had. You just have to make putts and get dialed in with your distance control and your irons.”

“I played a lot better on the front nine than I did on the back nine, which was my front nine, a lot better striking of my irons.”

Kristoffer, who is still searching for his first European Tour win carded his eight under at St Andrews. Most of the low scores on the day came from Kingsbarns, with  Søren Kjeldsen, Richard Bland and Anthony Wall tied in fourth place,  all on -7  under par there.

Defending champion Oliver Wilson had a day to forget as he shot +2 over par 74 at St Andrews.

Things will even themselves out with each player tackling all three courses, with the final round coming from The Old Course St Andrews on Sunday.