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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Alex Noren 

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.

BMW PGA Championship

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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.”

Lyoness Open. Wood is a Diamond.

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Chris Wood produced a flawless final round to win the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Last week Chris won a BMW i8 for a hole-in-one, this week he won the Lyoness Open title, producing a bogey free final round of -5 under par 67, posting a tournament total of -15 under par, a two shot winning margin.

Chris said his journey from injury to fitness is now complete, especially as he is now a two-time European Tour winner;

“It’s fantastic to win. It was a long winter sitting at home with a cast on my wrist getting frustrated and just wanting to be out here playing and competing.”

“I have been playing well the last few weeks so I felt that a victory was coming but until the moment comes you always think when will it come?”

“I played great all week and today especially. I felt that if I could beat 68 today I would have an outside chance and obviously things went my way and 67 was good enough.”

“People will probably look at the result and think it was fairly straightforward but I needed to play well today and for a few other things to go my way and thankfully it all came together for me.”

“I injured my wrist playing tennis last October and had to rest for five months.”

“I came back in March and finished third in Morocco which I thought would give me a lot of confidence but then I didn’t get the results after that and played quite poorly for a few weeks.”

“But the last month I have felt I was playing well enough to win so it has been coming.” 

“It has been a while since the win in Qatar but let me tell you it feels a lot better to say I am a two-time winner on Tour , it is a very special feeling to win out here so I am looking forward to celebrating this one.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished in second place, with a -13 under par total, a last round of even par 72 a poor effort for a player of his standing.

Robert Rock, with a last round -6 under par 66, Robert Dinwiddie and Matthew Fitzpatrick all finished on -10 under par for the tournament, and tied in third place. That meant there were four Englishmen in the top five.

Gregory Bourdy, who had started the final day with a two-stroke advantage, and had played excellently for the first three days, collapsed under the pressure of the final round, suffering a double bogey and five bogey’s in a +6 over par 78, last round, finishing T6 with a -9 under par total.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Lucky Tiger Leads.

Tiger Woods leads the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, partly due to a generous ruling which enabled him to get a free drop from a poor lie.

Eyes on the prize

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Tiger Woods was on his way to posting a 59, when on the last hole he hit a wayward tee shot, leaving him behind some tall tree’s. He attempted to go over the tree’s but did not get enough height, the ball rebounding off the tree and then the hospitality tent, coming to rest on a bare lie. A generous official gave him a free drop off the bare lie, he subsequently made the green and sunk a 25 ft putt to save par, for a round of -9 under par 61. He is now seven shots clear of the field at -13 under par, and with that sort of lead even Cheyenne Woods, daughter of Tiger’s half-brother, Earl Dennison Woods Jr, could defend that total.

When asked if he was miffed at not carding a 59 Tiger responded with;

” Disappointed, absolutely not, a 61’s pretty good. I’m not bummed. How about just pleased, I’m very happy I was able to post that. I just kept thinking, whatever lead I had, `Let’s just keep increasing it.’ It’s at seven now, I believe. So that’s not too bad after two days.”

It seemed like every fan on the course was cheering Tiger towards the magic 59, and he said he heard their excitement;

“Oh, they were excited, you could hear it more than feel it. You definitely could hear it, they were into it. It’s nice to be playing in front of people who are excited like that, especially people who aren’t yelling just because your ball gets in the air. You know, we are pros. I had opportunities to make putts there at 15 and 17. 

Keegan Bradley and Chris Wood are tied in a distant second place, at -6 under par, they face competition to finish in second place from Bill Hass and Henrik Stenson who are on -5 under par.  Jim Furyk, Luke Donald, Jason Duffner and Bubba Watson are all at -4 under par.

Keegan was top of the leaderboard when he finished his second round, and watched Tiger birdie the first two holes, he hoped the birdie fest would not continue, he was wrong;

Tiger, those first couple holes out there are definitely birdie holes, so I’d expect him to do that. You know, I hope he doesn’t go too low.”

This tournament is all over bar the engraving of the Trophy, actually they could even do that right now.

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Chris Wood Wins

Chris Wood won his first European Tour Title at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in Doha, finishing the tournament at -18 under par.

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Chris Wood / Getty Images

Chris had some problems during his last round, his three stroke overnight lead had been transformed into a two shot deficit by the end of the first nine holes. He clawed his way back into the match, but was still one shot adrift of Spaniard Sergio Garcia and South African George Coetzee.

Chris needed a birdie at the last hole to get into a play-off. He boomed his drive down the fairway and followed that with a six iron shot over water to the green. The perfect six iron strike flew 202 yards and finished just ten feet from the cup, Chris calmly rolled in the Eagle putt to claim his maiden victory. He said the win had lifted an enormous weight off his shoulders;

” There’s an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders today, I feel like I can go on and win more. I knew it was going to be hard no matter how I played, winning on The European Tour is not easy. I’ve been knocking on the door in previous times and it’s not happened. To get it today, to get my first win, it’s such an honor, I’m so pleased. It feels good, blimey, I’ve seen a few mates picking up trophies and I’ve been waiting patiently for my time. I felt like I was due to win for a couple of years. Nice way to finish!” 

Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee were forced to settle sharing second place at -17 under par, but must have thought they would be in a play-off for the title, until Chris sank his eagle putt.

Sergio would have regained a place in the Worlds Top Ten if had won, but the Ryder Cup star was gracious in his defeat;

” Chris hit a great drive and a great six iron and then a wonderful putt. Obviously he’s been trying for a while and he deserves it, and after the start he had today, it’s quite impressive for him to come back the way he did and win.  I gave it my best effort.”

The top three golfers were way ahead of the field, the next best score was -13 under par, five shots adrift. Justin Rose finished in joint 16th place, and remained at number four in the World Golf Rankings.




Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Wood Carves out a Lead

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Chris Wood of England has carved out a decent chance of his first European Tour Title win at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in Doha.

Chris has previously had nineteen top ten finishes, but now has an excellent chance to secure his first win after his third round of -8 under par 64, for a tournament total of -15 under par, three shots clear of the field. Chris said he was very excited to be in this position;

“I’m very excited. I wouldn’t say it was one of my best rounds, but I played very solidly and was giving myself loads of chances. Going out today I thought as long as I kept myself in the mix going into tomorrow, then I was going to be really looking forward to it. Leading gives me a bit of a cushion, obviously it’s going to be hard, it’s hard to win any tournament on The European Tour, so it’s going to be difficult.”

There are three players at -12 under par for the tournament, Simon Khan, Alexander Noren and New Zealand’s Michael Campbell. Michael is continuing with his recent good form, and a win here would complete his come-back to perfection. Currently at 264th in the World Golf Rankings, 40 year-old Michael has not won since his HSBC World Matchplay Championship at Wentworth in 2005. He is amazed at the feelings he is experiencing right now;

“It’s been a tough couple of years since winning at Wentworth and it’s amazing that the feelings start to come back quickly.  The confidence is increasing every day. Six months ago, I was desperate, I think I made two cuts in about two years, 18 months or something, and now I have a chance of winning a couple of times last year and maybe tomorrow. We are just going back to what is working and what worked before, and going back with my coach Jonathan Yarwood six months ago definitely helped. That’s really one thing I’ve been working the last six months is just smile after each round of golf, whether it’s a good one or a bad one, and it’s working so far.  It’s really simple stuff. It’s just nice to be out here and having some fun at the same time and maybe have a chance of winning.”

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Michael Campbell / Getty Images

Tied for fifth at -11 under par are Branden Grace and Sergio Garcia. Sergio slipping back down the leaderboard after going in the water with his third shot to the par five last and taking an undignified six.

Good Luck to Chris Wood, I hope he gets his first European Tour Win.