Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Wins, for Record Third Time

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Shanshan Feng wins the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters title for a record third time in Dubai. The trophy was presented by the patron of the tournament  HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. She is in the picture below with Shanshan and her husband HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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Shanshan carded a bogey free final round -6 under par 66 at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, to post a -21 under tournament total, giving her an amazing twelve shot victory, and equal her own low scoring record for the tournament, along with her third victory here;

“I am really delighted to win in Dubai, which is a lucky place for me.”

“Coming to this tournament my goal was a top-five finish and I’m delighted to exceed my expectations.”

“Dubai has been really good me, a lucky place, indeed.”

“It wasn’t easy out there in the windy conditions, but I kept my composure and got the job done in the end.”

Winning the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters was the icing on the cake for Shanshan, who now becomes the first player from China to win the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit, with Melissa Reid finishing in second place.

Thidapa Suwannapura finished those twelve shots back in second place, a last round +1 over par 73 gave her a -9 under par total.

Third place went to Melissa Reid, her final round of -3 under par for a total of -8 under in the competition.

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in Dubai spoke about the tournaments support for Pink Friday;

“In line with Dubai’s commitment to encourage women to take to sporting activities for healthy living, we organised “pink day’ on Friday to raise awareness about breast cancer and support initiatives of Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre.”

“I would to thank all players for their enthusiastic support to the noble cause.”

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Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Siezes Control.

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Shanshan Feng from China, seizes control of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, following the second round.

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Shanshan has recorded two rounds of -5 under par 67, to sit on top of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters leaderboard at -10 under par, and enjoys a two shot lead over the field.

Shanshan won here in 2012 an 2014, and says she is relaxed and feeling good. She holds the course record here of -21 under for this tournament, but is not thinking about that at the moment;

“I am really relaxed. I have done well so far and will just keep trying do the same things again.”

“This course is about making birdies. If any player who shoots nine or 10 under in one round, will stand a chance of catching up with me.”

“I am not thinking about it. Every year conditions are a little bit different, so, it doesn’t really matter if I break my own record or not.”

“I just want to enjoy and be relaxed this week. I have had two good days so far, and there is another two days to go.”

The nearest challenger is Dame Laura Davies, in second place at -8 under par, just two shots back. A second round consecutive round of -4 under keeping her well in touch with the leader.

Laura thought today’s round was better than yesterday, and said 31 putts in those conditions was pretty good;

“Probably a better round today than it was yesterday because of the wind. It was really tricky.”

“Hit a lot of long irons into the par 4 because a lot of the longer holes were into the wind today; whereas, we were sort of downwind yesterday. No, very pleased, 31 putts, pretty good, happy.”

“I don’t think I’m at full power, especially with the driver. Doesn’t really matter. We can take half a club more. But I’m not quite hitting it as long as I normally do, and I think it’s that I can’t load up and really get through it because I can feel it a little bit, but maybe that’s helping me hit more fairways. Swings and roundabouts, really.”

“I just have to keep doing what I’m doing. In my mind at the start of the week, I thought four 68s would be really good.”

“It might not be good enough but I would love to shoot two more 68s and see what happens.”

Caroline Hedwall and Pornanong Phatlum are tied for third place, five shots back at -5 under par, with both ladies shooting -4 under today.

Caroline was happy to be rolling in some putts;

“I’m just happy I started rolling in some putts. Today I didn’t have a single bogey, so that felt nice.”

“After China, after Xiamen, I had eight weeks off and changed my grip and been working hard on that. It’s nice that it’s paying off.”

Pornanong was not feeling too well today, but she also had a good day with the putter;

“Actually I’m a little bit sick and I just try to play like my game and trust my swing. I talk with my brother a lot to get like no pressure.”

“So today, putting very well also is the key today.”

 

 

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.”