Portugal Masters. David Lynn Delighted With Win.

David Lynn was delighted with his win the Portugal Masters at the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course.

David Lynn  (Getty Images)

David Lynn / Getty Images

David came from six shots back at the beginning of play to snatch victory at  the Portugal Masters by one shot. A fantastic last round of -8 under par 63 gave David a tournament total of -18 under par. He actually thought on Saturday that his poor round of +2 over par 73 had taken him out of the competition;

” I was really disappointed when I walked off the course yesterday, I just didn’t hole any putts and made seven at 17 and thought maybe I had played myself out of it. Today was just a case of I’ve got to go out there and make as many birdies as I can. I must admit I was thinking of Scott Jamieson’s 60. If I could do something like that, who knows? The wind was up quite a bit today so eight under is a really good score.
I really caught fire on the front nine, I was making everything I looked at, although I hit it to one foot at the first which got me off to a really good start. After that I made a couple of great putts for par to keep the momentum going and then I was making the birdie putts.”

Justin Walters  was in second place at -17 under par, his final round of -5 under par 66. Justin holed a 40 foot par putt on the last hole to claim outright second on -17 under par, which secured his card for next season. It has been an emotional time for Justin, he was in tears at the end, the joy of keeping his card, and the pain of  the death of his mother two weeks ago;

“I don’t know if I can talk much right now. Coming into the week I really didn’t have any goals or ambitions, I just wanted to play and honor my mum and make her proud. The putts kept dropping and I kept hitting some decent shots and the last one at the end, she made it for sure. It was probably the best moment of my career. It was so cool because I had a lot on the line. I hadn’t looked at a leaderboard all day so didn’t know where I stood in terms of keeping my card and for it to go in on the last, all the emotions hit me. 
I don’t think I have the words for it just yet. Maybe after a drink with my dad who is here with me we can fully take it all in, but at first glance I don’t know how I did it. I am super proud and so happy I could honor my mum. That feels the best for me right now.”

Three players tied for third place at -16 under par, Stephen Gallacher, Bernd Wiesberger and Paul Waring.

Paul held a two shot lead going into the final round but saw his hopes disappear with a double-bogey five on the 16th and unfortunately could not improve on his third round total, finishing with an even par round. His maiden European Tour win will have to wait.

Portugal Masters. Three Tied At The Top.

There are now three players tied at the top of the leaderboard in the Portugal Masters at the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course,

David Lynn   (Getty Images)

David Lynn / Getty Images

David Lynn is one of the three players at the top of the leaderboard on -12 under par at the conclusion of the second round of the Portugal Masters. David repeated his first round score of -6 under par, 65, only this time he was bogey free and included an Eagle at  the par 5 twelfth hole. He is also the only player from the top seven from the first round who shared the lead, to stay at the top.

David said it felt good to repeat the back to back 65’s;

“It was really good to follow up a round of 65, I caught fire early on the back nine, sharing the lead on twelve under, so all in all really good. I’m trying to get back into the top 50. to try and get a Masters invite again next year.”

Sharing the top spot with David on -12 under par are Paul Waring and Hennie Otto. Playing in the same group Paul and Hennie recorded 14 birdies and one Eagle between them. Paul carded a flawless -8 under par 63 and Hennie collected one bogey in his -7 under par 64.

Paul enjoyed the beautiful weather;

“I think the lovely weather’s had a bit of a hand in it. I played nice, kept control of my golf ball well, hit it close a few times and holed a few putts. I’ve been playing better for the last few months. I lost by one in Valencia, two in Gleneagles, been knocking on the door a few times so it’s nice to keep myself in contention week on week. If I can get into one of these big four events (the inaugural Final Series) at the end of the season that would be great. I am not going to put too much pressure on myself, I’ve had a medical exemption all year so it’s nice to get back into a proper category for next year.”

Hennie said it had been a tough time getting inside the top 110 qualifying mark for The Race To Dubai, he is now in 97th place;

” It’s been a tough last four months for me and my family so I’ve worked hard on my game and it’s about time it kicked through.”

Bernd Wiesberger and Chris Doak are tied in fourth place, just one shot back at -11 under par, and both players are still bogey free.

Chris was happy to be bogey free;

“I’m very pleased, especially bogey-free for two rounds, anybody will take that. It’s a job well done. The mind tends to race so I am just trying to relax and when you are you relaxed you can execute the shots properly and that’s what I have done the last two days.”

Justin Walters and Alvaro Quiros are a further shot back at -10 under par.

It is still a very tightly compacted leaderboard, tomorrow is moving day, we will see if anyone can break free of the pack.

It’s Seven Up at the Portugal Masters.

There are seven players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Portugal Masters on the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course.

Alvaro Quiros   (Getty Images)

Alvaro Quiros / Getty Images

Alvaro, who now lives in Portugal, recovered from two early bogeys at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course to storm home in 29 strokes and share the lead at the Portugal Masters with a  -6 under par 65 opening round.  Felipe Aguilar, Jamie Donaldson, David Lynn, Max Kieffer, Graeme Storm and Simon Thornton also carded -6 under par 65’s. Spaniard Alvaro won every year on The European Tour from 2006-2011, including this event in 2008. He then underwent surgery for a wrist problem, and has missed five months of golf.

Alvaro is one of the game’s longest hitters, and said it was a good recovery from his poor start;

“It was a good fight after being two over after five holes, I was putting beautifully and that was the key. This is my second home tournament and now that I’m living here I have to consider Portugal home. It’s always good, this event has been special since I’ve been coming here.” 

Of the seven players at the top only Max Kieffer had a bogey free round, and he also managed to throw in an Eagle as well, at the par 5 twelfth hole.

Max is  in contention for the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award, and reported he had played well again;

” It was a good round today, it was good fun, I played really good. I had so many shots close and there were a lot of good putts that didn’t go in. I’m surprised nobody shot really low.” 

Seve Trophy  team-mates Jaime Donaldson and David Lynn swiftly banished any disappointment from Great Britain & Ireland’s 15-13 points loss to Continental Europe.

Jamie had got to -7 under par before three-putting the eighth, for his only bogey of the day,

“It was good playing under tough competitive conditions so it’s nice to play well and just bring it on to this week. Those team events were fantastic, we had great fun all week.”

 David managed to pick up three shots over his last five holes. He talked about the Seve Trophy, team games, ailments and the need to improve in The Race To Dubai;

” I keep taking medication but a 65 cures any ailments, if I don’t pull my finger out this week I’m not going to make The Race to Dubai.”

Irishman Simon Thornton, who won earlier this year at Saint Omer, said he had played lovely;

“I played lovely, it’s always nice to get off to a good start, I hit it straight off the tee and had lots of chances. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been playing much more consistently.”

In a tightly packed leaderboard there are then nine players tied at -5 under par, it looks like this is going to be a fiercely contested tournament.

Seve Trophy. Only 1 Point In It Now.

There is only one point separating the teams in The Seve Trophy after the second day of competition in Paris.

David Lynn and Scott Jamieson   (Getty Images)

Scott Jamieson & David Lynn / Getty Images

A dramatic last hole win for David Lynn and Scott Jamieson over Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero reduced GB&I’s deficit to just one point at the end of play on the second day of the Seve Trophy.

GB&I Captain Sam Torrance was happy with the golf, but undecided who to leave out for the foursomes;

“The golf that was played was beautiful, Jamie Donaldson was nine under on his own. I’ve pretty much got my mindset what I’m going to do with foursomes. Unfortunately I have to leave two players out but that’s not going to be easy.”

Continental Europe Captain José María Olazábal was just a bit disappointed with the outcome today;

“There is just a fraction of disappointment. We let a point go with the Italians; they had the match under control until the very end. Overall 3 -2 is not that bad. It’s pretty much what we’ve said all along, these guys play great golf, and you have to be on your toes. When you play at this kind of level, it’s decided on little things, and today was a good proof of that. I’ve left out Thomas Björn and Mikko for tomorrow morning. Thomas I think is okay. He played well today but 36 holes tomorrow, it could be just a little too much in the sense that I want him fresh for Sunday. I kept two pairings the same way because they have done well so far, and I’ve had to rest another guy and in this case it was Mikko. But most probably he will be playing in the afternoon.”

The Continental Europe Team looked set to extend their overnight lead for much of Friday’s play but a sterling fight back started by Scott Jamieson left the score at 5 ½  to 4  ½ heading into the weekend.

 Paul Casey and Simon Khan had given Great Britain & Ireland a good start with a 3 and 2 victory over Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjørn Olesen, then Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño equalled the biggest winning margin in the tournament’s history with a 6 and 5 victory over Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher. That result restored Continental Europe’s two shot margin.

 Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren once again reduced the deficit with a 4 and 2 win over Thomas Björn and Miguel Angel Jiménez, 

Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero looked to be cruising to victory against Scott Jamieson and David Lynn, having a two-stroke lead with two holes to play.  Scott’s birdie on the 17th took it to the final hole, where he rolled in a six-foot birdie putt for the dramatic win.

In the last match of the day, Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood came up agonizingly short against Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy, losing on the final hole.

Tomorrow’s 36 holes will be decisive, a good lead at the end of the day will make it an easier task in the singles on Sunday.

Masters. Sergio Suddenly Surprises.

Sergio Garcia suddenly surprised everyone by sharing the first round lead of  the Masters at Augusta National with Aussie Marc Leishman.

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Sergio Garcia grabbed a share of the Masters lead on day one of the Masters with Aussie Marc Leishman, both players at -6 under par after their first round scores of 66. Having Sergio’s name at the top of the leaderboard came as a surprise to all the pundits, who were all of the opinion that he hated Augusta National;

” No, I mean, well,obviously, it’s obviously not my favorite, my most favorite place, but we try to enjoy it as much as we can each time we come here. Sometimes it comes out better than others, but today it was one of those good days. And let’s enjoy it while it lasts. But like I said before, every time I tee it off, I try to play as well as I can, hope that my best that week is really, really good, and if I manage to do that, I will have a chance at winning. If my best is not that good, then, I’ll struggle a little bit. Today my best was pretty good, and I’m looking forward to doing the same thing the next three days. We all go through those moments, the beauty and the bad thing about this game is that it can have such highs and such lows, because it’s a lot more mental than some of the other games. So you know, the most important thing is to make sure that you get through those nicely and learn from them. Sometimes I do feel like there is such a thing as being too hyper about something, you’ve still got to keep calm. I still get very excited about playing the game and every single week and trying to win tournaments. It’s obviously not the same feeling that I had when I was 19, 20 or 21. But that’s kind of normal.”

Keep it going tomorrow Sergio.

In third place alone is Dustin Johnson, who came through the first round at -5 under par. Many think that the big hitting American can do well here this week, and his opening round of 67 goes a long way to substantiating those claims.

There are six players tied for fourth spot, they are; David Lynn, Rickie Fowler, Gonzo, Trevor Immelman, Fred Couples and Matt Kuchar. These all had opening rounds of -4 under par, 68.

This is The Masters, so don’t be surprised if this top section of the leaderboard changes dramatically  tomorrow. Bad weather is forecast so anything could happen.




Alstom Open de France, Marcel Siem Wins

Super Siem overcomes Molinari magic

Marcel Siem (Getty Images)

Marcel Siem of Germany won the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris. It is Marcel’s second European tour win, and he had to fend off a charging Francesco Molinari to get it. Francesco fired a last round -7 under par 64, the lowest round of the week to finish just one shot behind Marcel. The new champion had a very respectable last round of -4 under par 67 in the blustery conditions for his -8 under par total and to lift the trophy. With this win Marcel also gains a place in The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes, and becomes the third German to have triumphed at this event after Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer. Marcel was extremely happy with his win;

“I’m so happy, this means a lot to me.First, after eight years it doesn’t matter what kind of tournament you won, it’s huge because you’ve got the confidence again. Every time I’ve played consistent golf this year, and there were so many times up there, I couldn’t make it.  Stupid things happened the whole time. It means so much to me to win after that long stretch. It’s all about winning in the end and it puts so much pressure every time you don’t win and people start talking, you will never win again and stuff like that, so it’s very important for me. I love this golf course. I always loved it and I love it even more or even better now. I’m super happy. I was very nervous, I have to say, after 14 when I made the up and down out of the trap. The last stretch is one of the toughest stretches we have on Tour. In Cologne at last month’s BMW International Open, I hit it in the water on seven, when in the last round I was leading.  But I made great golf shots. I hit it close on 15, made a good shot on 16 that wouldn’t drop and even 17, hit the flag. I stayed very calm. That was very nice. Now I’ve got the win it’s going to make me relax a lot more now.”

Francesco enjoyed his unbelievable last round;

” It’s been just an unbelievable day really. I had a really bad start, but two years ago when I finished second here, I doubled the first on the last day. From then on, it was just great golf. I had a couple of good breaks and finally a lot of putts going in the hole. I was in the moment, in the zone and I wasn’t really counting the birdies. The game has been feeling well all week and everything was coming out perfect.”

The home crowd favourite Raphaël Jacquelin claimed the third spot on six under par, with the English trio of David Lynn, Ian Poulter and David Howell a shot further back in fourth place.

The World’s Number Three ranked player Lee Westwood climbed 18 places to 40th with a closing 70, just a  a day after it looked as if he might be pulling out with knee and groin trouble after he slipped walking to the first tee. Lee said;

“The leg is fine , it wasn’t a problem today. “