NBO Oman Open. Joost Luiten Wins.

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Joost Luiten, Holland, wins the inaugural NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf course in Oman.

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Joost won the NBO Oman Open with a final round  -4 under 68, giving him a -16 under  par total and a two shot winning margin;

“This is why you play golf, to hold trophies, it’s been a great week.”

“It’s always tough to win out here, all these guys are so good and they keep putting pressure on you.”

“Down the stretch I hit some nice shots, I made some nice putts and it was a nice battle with my friend Woody.”

“I need to win another couple to get into the Ryder Cup Team but it’s a great start to the year for me.”

Chris Wood, England, was in second place at -14 under par, a last round -3 under 69 not enough to claim victory here;

“You play poorly for six or eight months without ever thinking you’d put yourself in contention in a tournament and then when you do you’re gutted when you don’t win.”

“I’m pretty down really but in the grand scheme of things it’s night and day to how I’ve been.”

“After a couple of days I’m sure I’ll reflect and see it’s a big step in the right direction this week.”

“Joost played great to shoot four under. He’s a good mate of mine. I’m annoyed that I haven’t won but I’m pleased for him. We spend a lot of time together so it’s great to see a friend win.”

“On to Qatar where I’ve won before. Given I’ve turned up at most events with no confidence, I probably feel like I can go to an event next week with a little bit of confidence.”

Julien Guerrier, France, finished a shot behind in third place at -13 under, a poor last round of -1 under 71 meant he was never really in contention for the title, poor putting was the culprit;

“I didn’t start really well, I missed a few putts and if I’d made some putts it would have been different as I’d feel more positive about my round but it was tough.”

“To finish third is good. I had appendix surgery before Hong Kong so I missed the first three events so now I’m happy.”

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NBO Oman Open. Three-Way Tie In Oman.

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It is a three-way tie at the top of the NBO Oman Open with Matt Southgate, England, Joost Luiten, Holland and Julien Guerrier from France locked in battle for the title.

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Joost, -6 under 66 today, Julien also -6 under 66 and Matt -3 under 69 all share the NBO Oman Open lead at -12 under par after 54 holes at Al Mouj Golf course.

Joost is looking for his first win since 2016;

“I know my game-plan and I know what to do around this golf course.”

“You need to be a bit patient and wait for your chances. If I can hit my irons like I did today, there will definitely be some birdies.”

Julien is seeking his first European Tour win, and sinking monster putts like he did today for an Eagle at the par five 12th could help him to lift the title;

“The players out here on the European Tour are really good so you have to push, always and if it’s your week, it’s your week.”

 “Right now, it’s going well for me so we’ll see.

“I have to do the same tomorrow. I want to work in these conditions, under pressure, to see how I’m feeling. I’ve played a lot of years on the Challenge Tour and I’ve played a couple of years on the European Tour too and I want to stay here now.”

“I try to improve every day, I’m still fighting and I want to stay on the European Tour.”

Matt is also seeking his first Tour win, and has a big heart;

“The birdie at nine was big, it takes a big heart to hit shots like that because a part of you wants to go and hide in a corner and cry.”

“People say to you, keep going, but I’m not going to walk in.”

“You can do two things, you can hide behind your caddie and sulk and knock it around in level or over par, or you can take it on the chin, rise up to the challenge and try to hit good golf shots.”

Chris Wood, England, is just one shot back at -11 under par, shooting -3 under par 69 in his third round, and has won before, so he will be a threat tomorrow.

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European Tour. NBO Oman Open. Matthieu Pavon Pushes Ahead.

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Matthieu Pavon of France pushes ahead in the NBO Oman Open. leading by two shots after 36 holes at the Al Mouj Golf course.

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Matthieu signed for a superb low round of the day,  -7 under par 65 in the second round of the NBO Oman Open to lead the tournament by two shot at -11 under par;

 “When you play bad on some courses and you are going back the next year or you have some bad memories, here is just the opposite.”

“I just have so many good memories so I’ll just try to surf on them.”

“It’s a lot of good memories that help.”

Mathew Southgate, England, is in second place, an average round today of -2 under 70 giving him a -9 under total;

“I think it’s a nice position to go into the weekend when you’re completely in love with the golf course and you’re probably going to be leading or there or thereabouts.”

“I think I’m playing the best golf of my life which is the goal because I look to just improve all the time.”

“I feel really in control of my swing and I feel a lot more level-headed playing a golf course like this where the scoring is not ridiculously low.”

“There are birdie chances but you’ve really got to hit good shots and that’s something that I’ve always enjoyed. I feel like I switch on a bit when it gets a bit tougher.”

Paul Waring, -1 under 71 today, and Chris Wood, -6 under 66, both from England, share third place at -8 under par.

An Open Championship winner and 2016 Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland, -5 under 67 today is in a group of nine players six shots off the lead at -1 under.

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Nordea Masters. Renato Paratore Has Maiden European Tour Win.

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Renato Paratore, Italy, has his maiden European Tour win at the Nordea Masters at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Sweden,

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Renato finished with a last round -3 under par 70 to collect his Maiden European Tour win at the Nordea Masters with a -11 under par total, and a one shot victory.

Renato made par on the last three holes, with three very good putts;

“It feels really amazing right now, I’m very happy.”

“This win means a lot and also to win at a nice tournament like this is very good for me. I feel really great. The first win, I will remember my entire life.

“It feels amazing to be in the winner’s circle with Italians like the Molinaris, Manassero and Rocca.”

“I was one behind the leader so I thought if I played well I could win. In these tough conditions I kept a good attitude until the end.”

“The eighth and the ninth got me back in contention with two birdies, that was a key moment, and the last three holes I managed three very good putts.”

“The last three holes were very good.”

Tied in second place were Chris Wood, a disappointing -1 under 72 today, and Mathew Fitzpatrick with a charging final round of -5 under 68, both players from England had -10 under par totals.

Low round of the day went to George Coetzee, South Africa, -7 under par 66, he finished tied in fourth place with  Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark at -9 under par.

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play. 36 Holes In A Day.

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They played 36 holes, the second and third rounds of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play on Friday. The sponsors wanted to make sure the tournament finished on Saturday as the weather forecast was bad for Sunday.

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Looking good is Scottish Open champion Alex Noren, he said it was a tough day;

“Match play is tough. I’ve played three good matches and I just need a lot of rest now because I can feel it in my head, it’s been a long day.”

“This match play, I think takes a little bit more out of you.”

“At the end, it feels like I’ve been here before and I like being there. I’d rather win earlier, of course, but it’s really nice.”

Another player feeling comfortable, especially when his putter is working, is James Morrison, who has made it to the last eight;

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“When I got here, I just loved the look of the golf course and for me, my confidence grows pretty quickly the minute I get my backswing in good position.”

“I can go off and running. I’m putting it well, hitting it great. I’m very, very happy.”

Top seed Chris Wood lost  to Daniel Brooks in the last 32, and number three seed Matthew Fitzpatrick went down to Alejandro Cañizares in the last 16.both players being eliminated of a tough Friday.

The last eight matches are;

Max Kieffer v Oliver Fisher

Anthony Wall v Haydn Porteous

James Morrison v Alejandro Cañizares

Alex Noren v Johan Carlsson

 

Lyoness Open. Two Tied at the Top. Zander Lombard and Grégory Bourdy.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Lyoness Open after 36 holes at the Diamond Country Club in Austria. Zander Lombard,  shares the honor with Grégory Bourdy.

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Zander shot a second round -2 under par 70 in very windy conditions to share the half-way lead of the Lyoness Open with Grégory, who went one better carding -3 under 69, which equaled the low round score of the day. Both players have -7 under par tournament totals and lead the field by just one shot.

Zander, from South Africaspoke about the tough winds, and mentioned that his score could have been better except for a three putt;

“It was so brutal with the wind out there today. Club selection was absolutely crucial and with the pins positions today, they were tough with the wind direction.” 

“I was really hitting great shots on the front nine with just a few misjudgments with the winds on the back nine which cost me a few shots.”

“A little three putt and a bad pitch and that’s all it was. The rest was solid and I’m very happy to be in this position for the weekend.”

I holed a six footer at the first, missed a ten footer on two and made a great par on three.”

“My momentum got me going then and I made three birdies in a row, so it was just a matter of hitting great shots and a few putts went in.”

Grégory also told reporters how difficult it was today, and how pleased he was with his effort;

“It was a great day again today.”

“”It was quite difficult this morning with the wind again, it was blowing harder than yesterday so I would say it was more difficult than yesterday, so I’m very happy to shoot a 69 and finish with a nice birdie on the ninth.”

Gary Stal sits in third place, a second round  -1 under par 71 giving that spot on his own at -6 under par, blaming the wind for not doing better, but was happy overall;

“Today was a very tough day but my game was there.”

“I played very well, just missed one shot and made double bogey but I’m happy with how I played.”

Borja Virto, from Spain, matched the low round of the day, -3 under 69,  is a further shot back on -5 under, while his countryman and first round leader Adrian Otaegui is in the group on -4 under after carding a double bogey and two bogeys on his way to recording a second round +4 over par 76.

Defending Champion Chris Wood scored a second consecutive round -1 under 71 to be -2 under for the tournament.

BMW PGA Championship. Chris Wood Wins

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ENG Chris Wood wins the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, in England.

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Chris captured the BMW PGA Championship title with a final round -3 under par 69, giving him a winning total of -9 under par for the tournament.

Chris was told by his caddie to lay-up on the last hole, and not go for the green, five would be good enough to win;

“It’s hard to win, as I’ve proved. I did not look at a leaderboard all day but when you are making lots of birdies on a tricky day you know you are there or thereabouts.”

“On the 18th I had 196 yards to the front and I immediately thought six iron, but my caddie said; do you want to know the situation?”

“I said I’ll put it in your hands and he said I’d like you to lay up.”

“It seems silly hitting sand wedge; sand wedge into 18, but as soon as he told me to lay up, I knew probably five was enough.”

“I can rest easy now, and enjoy it now.”

“It’s huge, because my friends and family are here. It’s amazing. To win in front of them was unreal.”

SWE Rikard Karlberg came through the field with an amazing last round -6 under par 66, that featured an ace on the second hole, the result was good enough to give him second place on his own at -8 under par.

Rikard was very pleased with his finish;

“When I came here and played my first practice round on Tuesday it felt so tough, such a tough golf course, and to be able to do that on a Sunday I’m very thrilled.”

“I was a little bit tired today, there’s been a lot of tough golf this week and in Ireland, so this has given me a booster and I’m thrilled.”

ENG Masters Tournament champion Danny Willet was third, at -7 under par, a final round -1 under 71, needed to be lower from a man of his talent;

“There’s a lot of good in there but the bad shots round here this week have been pretty bad and we’ve struggled to get up-and-down from a few of them.”

“You come away and after a good couple of rounds last week and then a couple of poor ones, and similar again this week just struggled to get anything going on the weekend. 

“Looking at the scores now we could have made it really close today if we’d have got going and kept the foot down but we just threw too many mistakes at it.” 

“To get a top-five finish is alright but of course you’re working hard to try and win.”

“We never got anything going. It was easy sailing Friday in the morning, and then we hit a bit of a slow patch, and that kind of killed it really.”

“We never seemed to fire like we did on that front nine on Friday.”