UBS Hong Kong Open. Rafa Remains at the Top.

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Rafa Cabrera Bello remains at the top of the UBS Hong Kong Open leaderboard at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Raffa, from Spaincarded -5 under par 65 today to still be leading the UBS Hong Kong Open, with a -11 under par total, and will take a three shot advantage over the field into the week-end.

Rafa has yet to win on Tour since 2012, but has the confidence he will do it soon;

“I know I will win again, I’ve won before. I just need to keep giving myself chances.”

“I have been working on some mistakes that maybe I have done on other occasions.”

“I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong not to get the win, so it will happen. Hopefully it will happen in two days’ time.”

“I managed to play well again, I played solid and put myself in very few risky positions. I felt in control again and just managed to keep up the good work like yesterday.”

“I felt I paid my dues here other years as well, from not knowing the course and not playing it smart enough.”

Sam Brazel, from Australia holds second place at -8 under par, signing for a second round -4 under 66.

Sharing third place at -6 under par are, Tommy Fleetwood, -2 under 68 today, Justin Walters,-3 under 67, Paul Peterson, -2 under 68 and Danny Willett -4 under 66.

Masters Champion Danny had given his aching back a rest recently;

“It’s nice to be in this position after the last few months, but it was nice last week, after DP World we obviously took a couple of weeks off because of the back and stuff and rested it well.”

“Actually took some proper time off, which I’ve not been able to do for a while. That was really nice.”

“Then came out here, probably as fresh as I’ve been for a month and a half, which is nice, and it’s probably showed mentally more than anything. The frustrations, even when you hit bad shots, you don’t let it get to you as much as I did probably in the previous couple of months.”

“We played pretty well yesterday and didn’t take loads of chances and played just nice and steady again today.”

“It’s a golf course where you’ve got to put your ball in position off the tee. You can take a few things on but as soon as you get in the rough around here, you’ve not got much control of your golf ball.”

“The greens are a bit firmer this year and obviously then with a few tight pins, it makes it more difficult.”

DP World Tour Championship, Sergio & Francesco In Front.

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Sergio Garcia, from Spain and Francesco Molinari, Italy are in front at the half-way stage of the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, in Dubai.

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Sergio and Francesco both shot -5 under par 67 to lead the  DP World Tour Championship with -9 under totals.

Sergio had one bogey, and some iffy putts;

“I felt like I was swinging the club really, really well.”

“I was hitting a lot of good shots. I hit a couple of iffy putts here and there but I made some really good ones, also. I was very happy to see all of that.”

“I’m excited about it. It’s good to be out there with a chance the last tournament of the year. I just want to make sure that I keep playing the same way I’ve played these first two days and see where that takes us.”

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Francesco said he will repeat the same performance tomorrow;

“Just keep doing the same and hopefully I’ll get a similar result tomorrow.”

“I’m happy. It was another good day, it’s very early, obviously, but it’s nice to keep building a nice good round after good round.”

Yesterday’s leader Lee Westwood is in third place at -8 under par, after his second round score -2 under 70.

In the overall contest to win the Race to Dubai, the current leader Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, remained in top spot after he fired a -3 under par 69 to sit at -3 under for the tournament T 17, the same score as number two Danny Willett who carded -2 under par 70 today.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy followed his disappointing opening  round +3 over 75 with a -4 under 68 for a tournament total of -1 under par and T 29.

Race to Dubai

 

Italian Open Has An Italian Winner, Francesco Molinari.

 

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Francesco Molinari won the Italian Open, making history by becoming the first Italian to win his national Open twice.

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Francesco Molinari / getty

Frankie shot a final round -6 under par 65 at Golf Club Milano, to win the Italian Open with a -22 under par total;

“It’s been a roller-coaster, it’s amazing to see this amount of people out here supporting me.”

“I had the ideal start, I couldn’t start any better.”

“When I birdied 12 I got four shots clear and thought maybe I could relax a bit and I got punished straight away.”

“Coming in I had nothing left, I was just playing with my soul.”

“I was hitting horrible shots but somehow I managed to bring it in.”

Chasing Frankie all the way was Major winner and Ryder Cup man, from England, Danny Willett, he came second just one shot adrift at -21 under par, following his last round -5 under 66;

“It was good, it’s obviously disappointing to lose by one but Frankie came flying out the blocks and made it very difficult for me to catch him.”

“I managed to make it really interesting with the birdie on 13 and the eagle on 14 and at that point I thought I had a chance.”

“But I hit a couple of loose shots on the way in, and fair play to Frankie because he played some great golf under unbelievable pressure.”

“I’ve shot a 66 on the final day and finished on 21 under, so I can’t be too hard on myself because there’s not much more I could’ve done.”

“Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit you got beat by the better player on the day.”

“If you finish a golf tournament 21 under par and you lose, I don’t think you can be too disheartened about it.”

“Against Frankie in Italy is tough, I’m sure it’s going to be 100 times worse when we get to the Ryder Cup in America, but it’s been a little bit of a taster.”

“It’s been good to play under that pressure and be under the gun and be in contention.”

Sharing third place at -18 under par were Elvira Nacho, from Spain, -6 under 65 today, and Chris Paisley from England who had a -3 under par 68 last round.

Italian Open. Alex Levy Leads.

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Alex Levy, from France, leads the Italian Open after the completion of 36 holes at very wet Golf Club Milano. The third round is now suspended due to darkness and weather delays.

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Alex carded -7 under through 14 holes of the third round, before play was suspended due to darkness, to post -14 under par at  the  top of the Italian Open, leaderboard;

“It’s not finished but I started well, it was really good to play like that today.”

“I played well the first two days but I started really strongly today.”

“A good start, nice eagle on the first, nice birdie on the second and I kept going like that all day really. I’m really happy with the way I’ve played golf the last three weeks.”

“I was injured for three or four months and to come back like that is really nice.

“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but it’s just nice to be playing some really good golf again.”

Second place is shared by four players, all at -13 under par.

Local favorite  Francesco Molinari, -4 under in ten third round holes. Chris Paisley, even par through 9, Chris Hanson, -2 under through 9, and Danny Willett, -1 under after 8 holes.

It is all to play for tomorrow, should be an exciting finish to this wet and soggy competition.

 

Italian Open. Chris Paisley Leads Rain Affected Tournament.

 

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Chris Paisley, of England, leads the rain affected Italian Open, the second round has been suspended due to the inclement weather, and will resume tomorrow at 0730 in Milan.

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Chris was at -5 under par today for 13 holes and was leading the Italian Open when play was halted for the day, with a -13 under par total.

First round leader Rikard Karlberg did not even get to start his second round and will have a busy day tomorrow.

Chris was very happy to be bogey free for his 31 holes of the tournament so far;

“It feels great, it hasn’t been the best season for me so far, so it’s nice to be playing some good golf, finally.”

“Going bogey-free 31 holes is obviously a huge positive, because I’ve been making too many silly mistakes this season.”

“I scrambled really well in the first round and made a few important par saves, then today I started striking the ball well and hit some really good iron shots.”

“So I was a bit gutted when they called us in because I was hitting my stride.”

“It’s the same for everyone. You’ve just got to do your best to stay focused and keep your energy levels up, which isn’t always easy.”

Occupying second place is Ryder Cup bound Danny Willett, at -9 under par, he also has completed 13 second round holes, for -4 under par today.

Three players are tied in third place at -8 under par, Richard Green, -5 under par for his completed second round, Alex Levy, -5 under for 16 holes, and Chris Hanson -3 under for twelve second round holes.

Hopefully things will get sorted out tomorrow and we will have a clearer picture of what the tournament leaderboard will look like, depending on the weather of course.

Tournament Director David Williams told the waiting media;

“We’ve just got to wait and see what happens through the night, if we had a dry night and some reasonable weather over the weekend, then we could still get four rounds in and finish on time on Sunday night.”

“We have tried to be optimistic and get four rounds in, because that’s still the prime objective.”

“But we also have to be realistic, because if we get some more rain that’s going to prove very difficult.”

French Open. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads.

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Lucas Bjerregaard leads the 100th edition of the French Open after the first round in Paris at Le Golf National course.

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Lucas, from Denmark, had to play with brand new clubs after his set were lost in transit (probably stolen). It did not affect his game, a hole in one at the 210 yard par three, second hole, setting him on his way to an opening -5 under par 66, and to top the French Open leaderboard by one shot;

“I got a little momentum off that hole-in-one there and it was nice to back it up on the holes after and nice to shoot a good number today.”

“It’s a great start and I think that’s what I’ve been needing these last few past weeks,.

 “I’ve been playing decent and seeing a lot of improvements. I just haven’t really put any  good rounds together.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67,   Bernd WiesbergerThongchai Jaidee,Thomas Pieters and Adrian Otaegui.

Bernd felt he was in control of the ball all day;

“I stepped over the ball and I felt like I knew what it’s going to do on any club and therefore I’m pretty pleased with my first round.”

“All aspects of the game were quite good today and therefore I’m pretty pleased with the round.”

“It wasn’t easy, we had a bit of rain and the wind was up. But I felt comfortable.”

“You never know how it’s going to turn out the following year, but every time I come back here, I enjoy playing this place.”

“I was doing the right things today, hitting good tee shots and got myself into position, and that’s the key around here.”

World number four Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round of level par 71 while  Masters tournament winner Danny Willett slumped to a +4 over par 75.

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.”