WGC HSBC Champions. Hideki Matsuyama Wins


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Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, wins the WGC HSBC Champions at  Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

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Round four of the WGC HSBC Champions was just a stroll in the park for Hideki. A final round of -6 under 66 giving him a -23 under par winning total, and a massive seven shot winning margin over the field.

Hideki  is also the first Japanese player to win an individual World Golf Championships event, he is now seeking a Major title. The difference today was putting;

“Winning today, I feel has got me closer to being able to compete a lot better in the Major tournaments.”

“My next goal is, of course, to win a Major and I’m going to do all that I can to prepare well for that.”

“I was really nervous at the start of the day but I was able to birdie hole number one. I kind of got myself into the rhythm of the day and after that, it was smooth sailing.”

“I really don’t know why I played well this week. The last three years, I’ve had to withdraw twice and I didn’t play very well the other year.”

“But I got off to a good start. I really didn’t make any changes to my golf swing or anything.”

“But I have putted really well these last three weeks, and that’s probably the difference.”

“I did play well today. I hit the ball a lot better. But putting was the difference this week.”

Tied in a distant second place were Henrik Stenson, -7 under 65 today, and Daniel Berger, -3 under 69. Both players with -16 under par totals.

Sharing fourth spot at -15 under par were, World number three Rory McIlroy, -6 under 66 today, and Bill Haas, -3 under 69.

Buick Championship. Defending Champion Shanshan Retains Title.

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Defending Champion Shanshan Feng successfully retains her Buick Championship title in China, in a play-off against Na Yeon Choi.

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Shanshan and Na Yeon both carded final rounds of -5 under par 67 to finished tied at the top of the Buick Championship leaderboard at -14 under par. Shanshan then birdied the first extra hole, the 18th to win the trophy;

“I didn’t expect it!”

“Today, from the beginning, Na Yeon was ahead and I was behind, but I never gave up.”

“When we had two holes left I thought, ‘I’m just going to try my best and see what happens,’ and I think I had luck on my side.”

“I’m really happy to finish with a birdie on the last hole and I’m really proud that I was able to defend my title.”

Na Yeon led for most of the round, until a heavy shower set in and play was suspended for 30 minutes due to the threat of lightning, the momentum turned as she bogeyed the 18th, in regulation play and then again in the play-off.

Beth Allen finished in third position ,six shots further back, a last round -1 under par 71 giving her that place on her own after finally making a birdie on 18, this finish also enables Beth to return to the top of the LET Order of Merit ;

“It was tough unless you got off to a pretty good start, and I just hung in there and did the best I could and I’m happy with third.”

 “I got back with a vengeance and I’m really proud of myself. I’ve always had issues with that hole, no idea why, but I nailed it.”

Buick Championship. Three Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are three ladies tied at the top of the Buick Championship leaderboard,  Melissa Reid, Becky Morgan and Nicole Garcia

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ENG Melissa, WAL Becky and RSANicole all recorded first rounds of -4 under par 68, to lead the Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club, in China.

Melissa had a strange up and down day, carding seven birdies and three bogey’s, she put it down to jet-lag, but her putter was working;

“I actually felt a little bit uncomfortable out there, it was weird, but I tried to play every shot quite clear and I’m very happy with my 68.”

“I think I’m a little bit jet lagged since I only got here yesterday but my goal today was to have clarity on every single shot and I felt like I did that quite well.”

“I backed off a couple of shots, which was good and got the putter going.”

“I missed a couple of short putts coming in but overall I’m satisfied. I woke up at 4am so I was asleep at 8.30pm last night because of jet-lag. It’s the way forward.”

Becky said she is not a long hitter, but her putter was working as well;

“I hit a lot of good shots but I did hole some good putts on the back.”

“Hole 10 was playing really long for me and I holed a 35 footer on 10, then 11 from 20 feet and on the par fives I hit it close: tap-in on one of them and six feet on the other.”

Seventeen I birdied and I had a good chance on 16 that I missed from eight feet, so it was a solid back nine. I think I missed one green, so it was good.”

“I like the golf courses here but I’m not generally a huge fan of Asian golf courses on the LPGA Tour.”

” I played okay but it was playing long for me because I’m not one of the longer hitters.”

“I was hitting hybrids into some of the par fours but hit good shots.”

Nicole has changed to the feeble Claw Grip on her putter,

“I haven’t shot under par for a long time so I’m really happy.”

” I haven’t been putting well lately but today it was better and I was at least starting it on line.”

“I think on these greens, if you hit it on line, it’s going to go in. I’ve been working really hard on my putting and it’s only starting to get better now. I had 29 putts today.

“I wasn’t keen to go to the claw because I always thought that’s for people that struggle, but I was struggling!”

“I struggled with the pace in Morocco so when I got here all I did was pace putts, which I think really helped.”

Eight ladies are tied in fourth place, all at -3 under par for the tournament.


Shenzhen International. More Rain Delays Mean Monday Finish.

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More rain delays mean there will now be a Monday finish for the Shenzhen International in China, at Genzon Golf Club.

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Thunder and Lightning storms brought round four of the Shenzhen International to a grinding halt on Sunday. There will now be a Monday finish, with Lee Slattery of England, Soomin Lee, South Korea and Alex Levy  from France tied at the top of the leaderboard, with -14 under par totals.

Brandon Stone, Joost Luiten and Scott Hend share second place at -13 under par, Scott is the only player in the top six to have completed his last round, the rest of them will return early Monday morning for a scramble to the finish line.

Two-time Major Championship winner Bubba Watson has finished his tournament with a final round -6 under par 66  for -10 under total and T7 alongside Nacho Elvira, Rikard KarlbergThorbjørn Olesen Bradley Dredge and Julien Quesne.

Bradley and Thorbjørn still have holes to play.

Even in these atrocious conditions great things can happen, and Scott Hend hit a stunning albatross on the 17th hole towards the end of the delayed second round;

Shenzhen International. Round 3 Delayed. Lee Lead Is Cut.

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Soomin Lee saw his lead get cut at the Shenzhen International, before round three got delayed, in China. The top players have only completed about half the round, due to rain and bad light.

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Soomin carded only one birdie in the eleven holes that he played in the third round in the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club course, giving him a -14 under par total.

He admitted that he was taking a cautious approach;

“I was just trying to keep it bogey-free and not make any mistakes and that will be the same tomorrow.”

“I will just try and hit the fairways and hit the greens and just focus on keeping bogeys off the card.”

“This week is really helping my game and my confidence.”

“When I played in Malaysia, I felt very nervous but if I have a chance towards the end tomorrow, I think I will be better this time.”

The man of the moment is Callum Shinkwin, from England, he shot a tournament record low score of -10 under par 62 in his completed third round, to be in second place at -12 under par for the tournament. Unfortunately the low score is not eligible for the record books because due to the wet weather, placing was in use on the fairways. Callum also reported that he missed a couple of putts that could easily have dropped;

“Tournament-wise it’s my lowest round by three shots, so it’s nice to be able to do that.”

“To tell the truth, I missed a couple of putts as well but it was a great round.”

“I drove the ball great and on the par fives, I took advantage of the good tee shots.”

Third place is shared by Brandon Stone, -3 under for 12 holes, and Lee Slattery who is at -2 under par for his 12 hole played. Both players have tournament totals of -10 under par.

Lee was nervous for this round, but said he was chipping and putting well;

“I was a little bit nervous today but it turned out okay because I was chipping it well and I was making short putts so that kept me feeling confident.”

Joost Luiten had started his third round at -10 under par,  but was +1 over for his round through 11 holes, alongside Paul Dunne, -2 under through 12 and Alexander Levy, -3 under today and has completed 13 holes. These three are at -9 under for the much interrupted competition.

Shenzhen International. Levy and Lee 1st Round Leaders.

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Alex Levy and Soomin Lee are the 1st round leaders in the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club in China, before bad light stopped play.

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Alex and Soomin both shot first rounds of -6 under par 66 to top the leaderboard in the  Shenzhen International in China.

Alex has won on the  Genzon Golf Club before, at the Volvo China Open in 2014, and was happy to be round in under par again;

“I have some very good memories here and it’s always nice to play this golf course when you have your first win.”

“I just played great today, and I played well last week and a few bad rounds with the wind. I feel my game is in a good way.”

“It’s nice because you have some big memories and, for me, it’s really nice to play on this place.”

“It’s always nice to shoot under par”

Soomin, from South Korea, has changed his putting technique, and the hard work is paying off, carding a bogey free round today;

“It’s good, because really I needed to change, it was really a problem for me in Perth through Thailand, so I changed.”

“I had three weeks in Korea, so I’m all practicing putting and then change.”

“I think this course seems like Malaysia, good for me. Small greens, narrow greens and heavy rough.”

“I just tried to keep in the fairway and greens and then completed some putts.”

Currently in third position is Brandon Stone, he is one of the players still to finish his first round, having completed 17 holes, with a -5 under par total.

 Raphaël Jacquelin, Gary Stal, Eduardo de la Riva, Paul Dunne and Joost Luiten are T4 with completed rounds of -4 under par 68.

Defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat along with two-time Major Championship winner Bubba Watson are in the large group at -1 under.

There was a long 45-minute delay due to lightning in the afternoon, which meant 32 players will be returning to finish their rounds on Friday morning.

World Ladies Championship. Jung-Min Lee Wins

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Jung-Min Lee from South Korea wins the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

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The World Ladies Championship was won by Jung-Ming with a final round -6 under par 66, to post a winning total of -9 under par. South Korea dominated this competition claiming the top five places on the leaderboard, as well as taking the Team Title.

Jung-Ming was surprised with her win, she also claimed the Team Title with her playing partner Jin-Young Ko;

“I was very surprised to win because I didn’t feel that I played my best and I wasn’t in the leading group.”

“My main goal this year is to get my best ever score on the KLPGA Tour.”

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The winning team, Jin Young Ko & Jung Min Lee / Power Sport Images

Seung-Hyun Lee, -1 under 71 today, Bo-Kyung Kim -3 under 69 and Han Sol Ji -1 under 71, all tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament.

 Ji-Hyun Oh was fifth, -1 under 71 in the final round giving her a -7 under par tournament total.

Yu LiuChina and  Saraporn Chamchoi of Thailand tied for sixth place, both on -6 under par.