Italian Open. Lee Slattery Leads.

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Lee Slattery of England leads the Italian Open after 54 holes at Gardagolf Country Club.

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An amazing third round -9 under par 62 put Lee on top of the Italian Open leaderboard at -16 under for the tournament, a one shot advantage over the field going into the final round tomorrow; 

“It was very relaxing, playing with two good guys, Laurie Canter and Richard Sterne, know them both quite well, and we just enjoyed it,” 

“When you get in that zone, you just keep making birdies. It’s a great feeling.”

“I’ll just try and relax and just enjoy it tomorrow.”

Sharing second place at -15 under par are the home favorite, and last weeks winner Francesco Molinari, -5 under 66 today and Thorbjørn Olesen from Denmark who carded a third round -6 under 65.

Francesco, Italy, finally made a bogey today, after being bogey free for 85 holes;

“It’s great to see so many kids out there, just huge crowds.”

“I’m happy to be part of it. Hopefully I contributed last weekend with the play this week, and aim for a fun day tomorrow.”

“It was a very big roar, great finish. I got lucky with the tee shot in a decent enough spot and it was a good second shot.”

“It was a tricky putt but managed to make it.”

“Another good day, amazing crowds and hopefully we’re in for some fun tomorrow.”

Thorbjørn is in the mix for a win tomorrow;

“I like to be in the mix and I like to be up there, and in the past I’ve been pretty good to take advantage when I’ve had my chances.”

“Hopefully I can come into the back nine tomorrow and have a chance to win.”

Tied in fourth place at -14 under are Major champions Martin Kaymer, Germany, -3 under 68 today and Danny Willett, England, with his third round of -4 under par 67.

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Italian Open. Martin Kaymer Has Half-Way Lead.

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Martin Kaymer, Germany, has the half-way lead at the Italian Open at Gardagolf Country Club.

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Martin grabbed the 36 hole lead with a second round -8 under par 63, to post an Italian Open total of -11 under par;

“It’s been a while since I played that solid.”

“I think I was getting very close recently but that positivity was missing on the golf course because I haven’t had a lot of good results.”

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve won majors and had the situations I had at the Ryder Cup, it’s really exciting to be in a position that you can win a golf tournament again.”

Tied in second place, one shot back at -10 under par are, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, -4 under 67 today, Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland, -5 under 66,   home favourite and last weeks winner Francesco Molinari, Italy, -5 under 66, Thomas PietersBelgium, -4 under 67, and  Danny Willett from England, with his -4 under 67.

Including his win at Wentworth last week Francesco has completed 80 holes without a bogey, but is trying not to think about it;

“I’m trying not to think about it.”

“In the end, it’s better to make a bogey and a few more birdies. I’m trying to stay aggressive and do my best.”

“It’s a course where a lot of people are up at the top of the leaderboard, so it’s going to be I think a bit of a birdie-fest at the weekend and I need to be ready for it.”

Sharing seventh place at -9 under are Erik Van Rooyen, Thorbjorn Olesen, Jens Dantorp and overnight co-leader Robert Rock.

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U.S.Open. Rickie Roars Ahead.

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Rickie Fowler roars ahead in the first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course, shooting -7 under par 65, as the first round was suspended late in the day, due to darkness.

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Rickie, from the U.S.A. who is labelled as one of the best players never to have won a Major, starts the U.S. Open with a -7 under 65, to top the leaderboard by one shot at the end of day 1.

Rickie said he does not mind the tag about the Major’s, but would like to get it off his back here. His score today could have been better, just a few missed putts;

“I take it as a compliment. There are a lot of really good players out here that haven’t won a major.”

“So it would be nice to get rid of that at some point.”

“I’m not saying that this is the week or isn’t the week. But I like the way this golf course suits me, and we’re off to a good start.”

“I’m ready to be up there on Sunday.”

“Having a win this year at The Honda Classic, being in contention at majors in the past, and having THE PLAYERS win has definitely done a lot for me.”

“It was nice. You don’t get many rounds at the U.S. Open that are stress-free.”

“It’s a lot easier said than done.”

“Still missed some putts that I had opportunities out there, but it’s just nice to go out and actually execute the game plan.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Paul Casey, England, and U.S. rookie Xander Schauffele.

Paul only wanted to be half as good as Rickie;

“I was just trying to have half as good a round as Rickie had.”

“The scoring was so good this morning. I was happy it stayed benign for us, and I capitalized on it.”

Fourth place is occupied by three payers at -5 under, Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman and Brooks Koepka.

Tommy was not looking to make birdies;

“The course was as receptive as it’s going to be.”

“I never really tried to make a birdie. they just seemed to happen along the way.”

There were  44 players who carded under par, which broke the record for most sub-par scores in an opening round of the U.S, Open.

Those who will struggle to make the cut this week include the likes of Rory McIlroy, +6 over par 78, Dustin Johnson +3 over 73, Jason Day, + 7 over 79, and Danny Willett +9 over 81.

The Masters. Charlie Charges Ahead.

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Charlie Hoffman charges ahead in the first round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, in tough windy conditions.

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Charlie carded an amazing -7 under par 65 in the first round of The Masters, to lead the field by four shots.

Charlie put his success down to good putting;

“The putts started going in the hole, as simple as that sounds.”

“I hit it pretty solid in the wind, got away with a few shots and then I was able to make those 15-20 footers in the wind which was nice.”

“I just kept hitting my spots and out here with the wind you end up having 20-footers and that’s sort of what you’re looking for. I was able to pour those in coming down the stretch which was nice and then I hit a few real close at the end which is always a good bonus.”

“Obviously going to sleep on the lead at a Major Championship here at Augusta National is not going to be the easiest thing. I look forward to it and I look forward to the challenge the next three days.”

“If you don’t believe in yourself, who’s going to believe in you?”

William McGirt is in second place at -3 under par, with his opening effort of 69;

“Honestly, I was just trying to figure out how to get it to the house without hurting myself.”

“I was not upset to see it blowing. I love it when it plays tough. I’m not the kind of person that’s going to get in a shootout with anybody.”

Lee Westwood holds third place, with a first round -2  under par 70, he also had a good day with the putter;

“I just made a couple of putts on the back nine and hit it a little bit closer.”

“It was just a matter of being patient and not being too frustrated with being three over on the front nine.”

“I didn’t get aggressive on the tenth, I didn’t get too aggressive at 11, just playing into the right spots, did the same at 12 just waiting for something to happen.”

World Number two Rory McIlroy was in the group at even par on the day,  World Number  one Dustin Johnson had to withdraw, due to in injury incurred during the week, when he fell down some stairs;

“It sucks, it’s tough. I want to play. I’m playing probably the best golf of my career, and I look forward to this tournament every year.”

“And to have a freak accident happen yesterday afternoon after I got back from the course, it’s tough.”

Defending champion Danny Willett is at +1 over after his opening round 73.

 

Maybank Championship. Fabulous Fabrizio Zanotti Wins.

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Fabulous Fabrizio Zanotti, from Paraguay, wins the Maybank Championship at  Saujana Golf and Country Club, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

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Fabrizio carded a final round -9 under -par 63 to win the Maybank Championship, with a -19 under par total, a one shot victory, the best round of his career;

“I think it was probably the best round of my career, so I’m very happy.”

 “It was a really good day, a really good week and I’m really happy.”

“I think it was at the 15th where I thought I might be able to win, when I made birdie there. I thought, maybe I’ll have a chance if I make two more birdies, but I made a birdie and an eagle so it was great.”

“It feels really good to be a winner again. I’ve been working a lot and I was not in my best run of form, missing three cuts in a row, but that’s in the past and today I’m a winner again and it feels great.”

David Lipsky, U.S.A. finished in second place at -18 under par, a last round -5 under 67, one shot short of a play-off, failing to make birdie on the last hole a par five.

Bernd Weisberger was third at -17 under par, a final round -6 under 66 giving that place on his own.

Danny Willett, who started the day with a three shot lead, surrendered his advantage, carding five bogey’s on the day, A +1 over par 73 dropping him to T5, at -15 under par.

 

Maybank Challenge. Danny Willett on the Charge.

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Danny Willett is on the charge, leading the Maybank Challenge after 54 holes  at Saujana Golf and Country Club, and takes a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur.

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Danny shot a third round -5 under par 67 to lead the Maybank Challenge by three shots after 54 holes, with a -16 under par total;

“It was up and down, I’d have taken a 67 at the start of the day, it spreads the top five and top six guys out a bit more and further away.” 

“I’m probably going to go hit a few and make a few little minor tweaks here and there and try to get the driver to where it’s been most of the week.”

“I’m not sure what will win it to be honest, depends on if we pitch up and it’s flat calm. I think there’s a few guys that can go low if it’s windy like this.”

“One or two under par is a good knock out there so I think it all depends on the weather tomorrow.”

David Lipsky is in second place at – 13 under par, with a -4 under 68 today;

“I played really well today, didn’t it my best coming into the greens. I drove it well and scrambled well and I’m pretty happy with what I shot.”

“Just keep doing what I’m doing. I’m playing pretty well and giving myself opportunities.”

” I’ll need to take advantage of the par fives. That’s what I need to do.”

“My last birdie before 18 was on 10 so I’m happy to have made that. Danny and I are friends and it’ll be neat out there competing.”

Alex Levy holds third place at -12 under par, shooting -5 under 67 in the third round, making a few good putts;

“It was really good. I played very well today, especially from tee to green. I had a lot of good chances for birdie and I’m really happy with I’ve been playing in the last three days.”

“It would be nice to be in the last group now and in contention in the last round.”

“I used a lot of driver today from the tee, I was feeling really good with driver in my hand. It gave me a lot of wedge shots and I was also very aggressive with my wedges, made a few putts and that was great.”

“I don’t think about past victories, it’s been tough for me the last few months. I have a new coach so to be in this situation now is very nice.”

” Tomorrow I will enjoy being in this position.”

 

 

 

 

Maybank Championship. Bernd Wiesberger Has Birdie Blitz.

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Bernd Wiesberger has a birdie blitz, which took him to the top of the Maybank Championship leaderboard at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

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Bernd fired nine birdies in a row,to card a second round -9 under par 63 and lead the Maybank Championship after 36 holes with a total of -12 under par.

The sad thing about this unheard of feat is that it will not take it’s place in the European Tour history book, because they were playing preferred lies.

It did not seem to bother Bernd too much;

“I really tried to cut down on the shots, it was really warm out there this afternoon.”

“I felt a bit beside myself to be honest, I just kept it going, I felt like I was on a good run and I felt comfortable pretty much the whole day after my bogey on four.”

“I hit really good shots and I just felt calm out there. It felt kind of natural, I hit pretty good shots and really only holed two long ones which were the last birdie of the nine on 15 and about a 20-footer on 11.”

“Apart from that I just hit them pretty close and felt like I had a good idea of what the ball was going to do on the green today again which was nice.”

Danny Willett is in second place, one shot back at -11 under par for the tournament, a second round -5 under 67 keeping him in touch, holing a few nice putts;

“I played really well yesterday and it was a little bit scrappy today but there was a storm brewing a few hours ago and the wind was flicking around so it was tough to get the club right, so I scored nicely this afternoon.”

“I holed a couple of nice putts when I needed to. I missed a couple of good chances too but if someone told me at the start of the day, five under, I would have bitten their hand off.”

“I’ve not been necessarily perfect but if you’re trying to hit fade, they’ve got that look about them and if you’re trying to hit draw it’s the same thing.”

“I’ve been working hard so it’s nice to see it on the course.”

Mike Lorenzo-Vera, -7 under par 65 today, and David Lipsky,  share second place, both with -9 under for the competition.