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.

WGC Championships HSBC Champions. Great Scott Russell Knox Wins

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Another great Scott, Russell Knox wins the WGC Championships HSBC Champions title at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

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Russell had a final round -4 under par 68 to win the  WGC Championships HSBC Champions title with a -20 under par total, and claim his Maiden European Tour title;

“I always thought I was going to win a big one for my first one.”

“This is going to take a long time to sink in.”

“I’m over the moon.”

“This is now my favorite tournament, I look forward to playing it for many years to come.”

Kevin Kisner finished in second place, two shots off the pace at -18 under par. A final round of -2 under par 70 not good enough to challenge for the title.

Third place was shared by the English pair of Danny Willett and Ross Fisher, both on -17 under par.

Danny carded a fantastic final round of -10 under par 62, which has put serious pressure on Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai European Championship event. Ross looked like he would make a challenge for the title, but a bogey on the par four 15th derailed him.

Tied fifth were big hitting Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace, both at -16 under par. With his great length off the tee Dustin somehow failed miserably in the last round, -1 under par 71, while Branden seems to struggle with the putter, that claw-grip is not consistent enough, his -4 under 68 an average score for the day.

Rory came back today, a last round -6 under 66 giving him a total of -14 under par, you just have to wonder what he could have done without that bout of food poisoning.

Jordan Spieth came down to Earth after yesterdays great -9 under par63, his last round -2 under 70 leaving him in a tie for 7th place in the group at -15 under par.

Hao Tong Li, the 20-year-old from China, joined Jordan, Patrick Reed and Matt Fitzpatrick on that -15 under total. The young Chinese player could not quite handle the pressure of playing in front of his home crowd.

Sanya Ladies Open. Thidapa Suwannapura Sets The Pace.

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Thidapa Suwannapura, from Thailand sets the pace after the first round at the Sanya Ladies Open  at Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

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Thidapa had a first round of -5 under par 67, to lead the Sanya Ladies Open by just one shot. She had to retire a fortnight ago with a persistent back injury, 

“It was a good day for golf, the weather was great and the wind wasn’t too strong, so there were a few chances to make birdie, but you cannot expect anything from this course because it’s not easy.”

“I did have some back pain and it went all the way to my feet so if you followed me on the course you would see I kept stretching my back on almost every hole.” 

Sharing second place at -4 under par, after rounds of -4 under 68 are; Isabella Ramsay, Yan-Hong Pan and Kusuma Meechai.

Shanshan Feng, the world no.6 and the defending champion Xiyu Lin are in a group who are on -2 under, after their opening rounds of 70.

Shashan was reasonably happy with her position on day 1;

“I would say overall I did okay. Two under is not a super good score but it’s not bad.”

“My problem today was not hitting the balls close to the pins so I didn’t have that many birdie chances, but I still made three, and a bogey on a par five.”

“I still have two more days, so more chances.”




WGC Championships. HSBC Champions. Kevin Kisner Has The Lead.

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Kevin Kisner has the 36 hole lead at the WGC Championships HSBC Champions tournament at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

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Kevin carded a second round -6 under par 66 to top thee WGC Championships HSBC Champions tournament in China at -14 under par. Kevin is still bogey free through two rounds and said the result was beyond all his expectations, but he was making a lot of putts;

“It’s beyond my expectations, I had no expectations coming in so it’s been good.”

“I’m making a lot of putts and that’s fun keeping the round going when I miss a green.”

“I made a couple of long putts for par today to keep the no bogey streak going. I’m sure I’ll run into some problems sooner or later. I just hope I can keep holing those putts for par and keep the pedal down.”

It’s going to take a lot more birdies this week to win and that’s my game plan.”

“I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and I’ll look up on the back nine on Sunday and see how we’re doing”

Russell Knox is in second place, two shots back at -12 under par, a second round -7 under 65 keeping him in touch with the leader.

Branden Grace, the first round leader, slipped back today scoring -1 under 71 to be at -10 under par for the tournament, and holding third place on his own.

Rory McIlroy stood still with an even par 72 second round, and is now 10 shots off the pace at -4 under for the competition.

WGC. HSBC Champions. Branden Grace Leads.

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Branden Grace leads after the first round of the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Gold Club in China.

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Branden carded a first round -9 under par 63 to lead the WGC Championship, HSBC Champions in China. He is currently at #6 in the Race to Dubai, and knows a good result here could put him into contention, but he needs to sink a few more putts;

“Coming into these events, knowing that I’m sixth, I know one good week can change everything and give it a last final push.”

“There’s a lot still to play for.”

“It was a fun day. From the start I started hitting the ball nicely and missed a couple of short putts which was costly.”

“Could have been lower but made a couple nice ones that cancelled the others out.”

“The ball-striking was probably the best it’s been in a long time, so that was the main key today.”

“Barely had a breath of wind out there and the golf course is playing probably as easy as it could be playing.”

“There’s some low scores out there. The guys are playing some great golf, and when you play on greens like this, as well, it helps. You just have to get the ball on the right line and it goes in.”

Thorbjørn Olesen, Steven Bowditch and Kevin Kisner are tied in second place, all a shot behind at -8 under par.

Danny Willett, who is just behind Rory in the Race to Dubai, signed for an opening -7 under par 65, to sit just two shots off the lead alongside American duo Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed.

Rory McIlroy, coming back from his illness returned in a respectable -4 under 68, despite a double bogey on the par four 15th, to be T16.