Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Wins, for Record Third Time

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Shanshan Feng wins the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters title for a record third time in Dubai. The trophy was presented by the patron of the tournament  HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. She is in the picture below with Shanshan and her husband HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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Shanshan carded a bogey free final round -6 under par 66 at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, to post a -21 under tournament total, giving her an amazing twelve shot victory, and equal her own low scoring record for the tournament, along with her third victory here;

“I am really delighted to win in Dubai, which is a lucky place for me.”

“Coming to this tournament my goal was a top-five finish and I’m delighted to exceed my expectations.”

“Dubai has been really good me, a lucky place, indeed.”

“It wasn’t easy out there in the windy conditions, but I kept my composure and got the job done in the end.”

Winning the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters was the icing on the cake for Shanshan, who now becomes the first player from China to win the Ladies European Tour’s Order of Merit, with Melissa Reid finishing in second place.

Thidapa Suwannapura finished those twelve shots back in second place, a last round +1 over par 73 gave her a -9 under par total.

Third place went to Melissa Reid, her final round of -3 under par for a total of -8 under in the competition.

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in Dubai spoke about the tournaments support for Pink Friday;

“In line with Dubai’s commitment to encourage women to take to sporting activities for healthy living, we organised “pink day’ on Friday to raise awareness about breast cancer and support initiatives of Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre.”

“I would to thank all players for their enthusiastic support to the noble cause.”

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Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Feng Flies on “Pink Friday”

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Shanshan Feng flies on Pink Friday at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow at Emirates Golf Club, in Dubai. There was pink flagsticks and even pink tees ,the entire golf course glowed with the color that is now recognised as the color of breast cancer awareness and research. Players, caddies, officials and many spectators turned up in pink to support the noble cause.

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Shanshan shot another round of -5 under par 67 to lead the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at -15 under par. She started the day with five birdies on the front nine, with two bogey’s and two birdies on the back, as she moves towards winning this event for a record third time;

“Today, I think the front nine was really good. I had many birdie chances and a lot of them were really close.”

“The back nine, well, I made a couple bogeys there. I think it just happens.”

“It’s normal because the day was a little bit more wind. So human beings, we’re going to make mistakes.”

“After that, I was happy that I made birdie on the 17th,”

“I didn’t think the back nine was easy. I think the back nine, maybe I misjudged the wind a couple of times. And then there was one poor drive on the 12th hole.”

Thidapa Suwannapura is now in second place, at -10 under par, a third round -7 under 65 shooting her up the leaderboard;

“Today I just see the line and my caddie, Matt, he’s my friend, and he can see the same thing as me.”

“Like, yeah, I like it, just knock it, and it’s in. I’m like, yay. Just keep going.”

“It’s not easy out there. I’m not expecting anything. I’m just hitting balls and trying to knock it on the green. Just par is fine for me.”

Jade Schaeffer returned a -2 under 70 third round to end the day four strokes back in third position with a -6 under tournament total, and was happy with that;

“I’m very happy, because I don’t play a lot of tournaments this year and I’m just training a lot with a new coach.”

“I’m so happy now that it’s working good. Just my head, I feel very well and I hope tomorrow is good, too.”

Dame Laura Davies slumped with a +5 over 77 third round score, which dropped her to 10th place on her own at -3 under for the competition.

Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Siezes Control.

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Shanshan Feng from China, seizes control of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, following the second round.

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Shanshan has recorded two rounds of -5 under par 67, to sit on top of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters leaderboard at -10 under par, and enjoys a two shot lead over the field.

Shanshan won here in 2012 an 2014, and says she is relaxed and feeling good. She holds the course record here of -21 under for this tournament, but is not thinking about that at the moment;

“I am really relaxed. I have done well so far and will just keep trying do the same things again.”

“This course is about making birdies. If any player who shoots nine or 10 under in one round, will stand a chance of catching up with me.”

“I am not thinking about it. Every year conditions are a little bit different, so, it doesn’t really matter if I break my own record or not.”

“I just want to enjoy and be relaxed this week. I have had two good days so far, and there is another two days to go.”

The nearest challenger is Dame Laura Davies, in second place at -8 under par, just two shots back. A second round consecutive round of -4 under keeping her well in touch with the leader.

Laura thought today’s round was better than yesterday, and said 31 putts in those conditions was pretty good;

“Probably a better round today than it was yesterday because of the wind. It was really tricky.”

“Hit a lot of long irons into the par 4 because a lot of the longer holes were into the wind today; whereas, we were sort of downwind yesterday. No, very pleased, 31 putts, pretty good, happy.”

“I don’t think I’m at full power, especially with the driver. Doesn’t really matter. We can take half a club more. But I’m not quite hitting it as long as I normally do, and I think it’s that I can’t load up and really get through it because I can feel it a little bit, but maybe that’s helping me hit more fairways. Swings and roundabouts, really.”

“I just have to keep doing what I’m doing. In my mind at the start of the week, I thought four 68s would be really good.”

“It might not be good enough but I would love to shoot two more 68s and see what happens.”

Caroline Hedwall and Pornanong Phatlum are tied for third place, five shots back at -5 under par, with both ladies shooting -4 under today.

Caroline was happy to be rolling in some putts;

“I’m just happy I started rolling in some putts. Today I didn’t have a single bogey, so that felt nice.”

“After China, after Xiamen, I had eight weeks off and changed my grip and been working hard on that. It’s nice that it’s paying off.”

Pornanong was not feeling too well today, but she also had a good day with the putter;

“Actually I’m a little bit sick and I just try to play like my game and trust my swing. I talk with my brother a lot to get like no pressure.”

“So today, putting very well also is the key today.”



Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Liz Young and Carmen Alonso Tied at the Top.

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Liz Young and Carmen Alonso are tied st the top of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters leaderboard in Dubai, at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Liz and Carmen both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 on the first day of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament, to sit on top of the leaderboard.

Liz was pleased with today’s effort, especially as she has been concentrating on those dreaded lengthy putts;

“I’m really pleased with today.”

“I’ve been practicing the 12 foot putts and it’s just the feeling of the ball going in the hole, working on your stroke, because it’s been so windy and cold at home in England.”

“Considering my tour average this year was 31, that was pretty good, 25 putts and 15 greens hit.”

“I’ve been striking it well all year but haven’t been able to put the numbers together. I had a good finish in India a few weeks ago but I’ve been a bit disappointed with my season considering how good my swing’s got compared to last year.”

“The start of every tournament, my goal is to win it. I know I’ve got to play good golf, and especially this tournament, there are a lot of good golfers playing here, and higher ranked than me, but I feel that I can win.”

Carmen nearly gave up playing golf two months ago, because of the illness to her mother;

“I had my full card, but this year has been tough, because my mum had lung cancer.”

“She had an operation in October and now everything is good.”

“Sometimes you lose your happiness on the golf course.’

“Since she’s recovered and I have a good team around me, I’m happy to play again. To be in Dubai, with the sunshine and shoot a 66 in the first round: happy.”

Shanshan Feng has third place to herself, at -5 under par, an opening round 67 keeping her just one shot off the lead;

“I think my ball‑striking was pretty good, so I had a lot of birdie chances.”

” Made some and missed some.  But I still think 5‑under is a good score.”

Dame Laura Davies shares fourth place with Elisa Serramia, both at -4 under after rounds of 68.

Dame Laura only needed 27 putts today, and was happy with a good start to the competition;

“I feel like it’s a course I should do well on.”

” The first few years, I think I finished second, third and fourth.”

” Since then I’ve had some missed cuts and average finishes.  It’s a course I would like to think I could do well on.”

” This is a good start but that’s all it is: a good start.”

DP World Tour Championship. Andy Leads Rory.

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Andy Sullivan leads Rory McIlroy after 54 holes of the DP World Tour Championship at  Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Andy shot -4 under par 68 in the third round of the  DP World Tour Championship sit on top of the leaderboard with a -16 under par total.

Andy reckons he just needs to keep on putting well, and he will have a chance;

“If I keep putting the way I am and hitting the ball well, I can still do it. I believe in myself, so I’ll just see but it’s going to be a good day I think.”

“There’s no pressure on me. I’m not expected to win, am I? I can go out there and play golf. No one is going to expect me to beat him tomorrow.”

“So for me it’s a nice position to be in, one in front.”

“I felt pretty calm out there. I got a little bit frustrated through the middle part of the round, just not quite on point on the golf today. I felt like the putter really saved me the last few holes.”

“Sixty eight, the way I played, I was quite happy with that, really. Played a lot better yesterday and only shot two better.”

Rory made a charge today, -7 under par 65, and now has a great chance to win the Race to Dubai title, again, just one shot back at -15 under, but would like to win his third European Tour title for this year as well;

“It’s the only thing left this year.”

“It’s my last round of the year, last round of the season and I want to make the most of it.”

“It would have been nicer to be a shot better going into the last round but I’ve got one more round to go out and give it my all.”

“It would mean an awful lot just being able to go into the Christmas break on a bit of a high note winning The Race to Dubai, winning this tournament, just to get another tournament win.”

“I played fantastically well. I could have been five under through five easily. I hit the ball beautifully.”

“Everything was just firing today and that’s why I’m walking off the golf course a little bit disappointed because that 65 could have easily been a 62 or a 61.”

“But I’m still in a great position going into tomorrow.”

“At the end of the season, if I walk away with four wins, it’s still pretty good.”

“But a Race to Dubai title, even though it wasn’t the season that I wanted, it would just be huge to walk away here on a high tomorrow.”

Patrick Reed holds third place, with a -13 under par total, carding -4 under par 68 today.

Rory’s nearest challenger for the The Race to Dubai title, Danny Willett is now four shots behind, at -11 under, and it would seem that his race is done, but he still has some hope;

“It looks like we’re not going to be a ridiculous way behind. If you can keep it to two or three shots, anything can happen.”

DP World Tour Championship. First Round Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the DP World Tour Championship leaderboard after the first round at Jumeirah Golf Estates in DubaiMarcus Fraser, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and Andy Sullivan are vying to win the tournament, although none of them can win the European Tour season ending Race to Dubai.

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Poults and his companions all shot a first round -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the  DP World Tour Championship leaderboard in Dubai. Poults  has now dropped out of the World’s top 50, and a win here would give him some satisfaction after a poor season;

“Dropping outside the top 50 isn’t very nice. Being down the list on the Order of Merit is not very nice.”

“There’s a lot at stake. I think more of it is probably pride than anything else.”

“And wanting to put some points on the board for Ryder Cup would definitely be very helpful.”

“So it’s been a long five weeks, and it would be nice to finish strong.”

Andy is only player of the top four who has won a tournament this year, and he enjoyed playing alongside Martin today;

“I think the way I played all year, I think it’s time for me to kick on and really get myself up there in these big events now and really try and press on.” 

“It was just great fun out there today.”

“Me and Martin both played really well, so it was good to have both of us pulling each other along, one get in front of the other, and both finishing six under.”

“But I’m swinging it really well on the range and I just said to myself, I’m the only person that can mess this up.”

“I just thought go out there and enjoy it like I normally do and be mentally good.”

“On the whole, I’m really happy with where we stand.”

Martin always plays well here, and he likes the place;

“We all know this is one of my favourite places where The European Tour goes.”

“It seems like I do well here usually and I’ve had great success in the past, whether it’s in Abu Dhabi winning a tournament or winning The European Tour rankings here in 2010.”

“So for me coming to this part of the world is always a great pleasure.”

Marcus liked the good greens, that helped him sink some putts;

“It was good, I felt like I played great, felt like I was in control of my game most of the day.”

“I managed to make a couple of putts , the greens are that good; if you pick the right line and you hit it on line, it’s going to go in.”

“It’s always nice to get off to a fast start and I kept it going.”

One shot behind the leaders is Francesco Molinari, at -5 under par, he is followed by a posse of players at -4 under, which included Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy and his nearest challenger Danny Willett.  They are joined on that score by Alejandro Cañizares, Matthew FitzpatrickMiguel Angel Jiménez, Chris Wood, Fabrizio Zanotti and Branden Grace.

BMW Masters. Kristoffer Broberg Maiden Win.

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Kristoffer Broberg claimed his maiden European Tour win at the BMW Masters in China.

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Kristoffer beat Patrick Reed in a play-off for the BMW Masters title at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai.

Both players had finished the tournament at -17 under par an went into the play-off. Kristoffer, from Sweden, made birdie at the first extra hole. the par four 18th, to win the title. It was a dram come true for him, especially as Patrick had a short game to worry him all day;

“That’s a dream come true. I’ve worked so hard all my life for this.”

“I didn’t trust myself, a few weeks ago; I could never win here. I was just so down, and I’m so happy right now.”

“When I won on The Challenge Tour, once in a play-off in Norway, the players out there are really, really good and this field is just a really good field.”

“So I’m just happy to beat all of them. This means a lot to me.”

“His short game was unbelievable all day.”

 “I’m playing really good the front nine and I was struggling a bit, a little nervous on the last few holes. The four last holes I was really, really nervous.”

“I get to the play-off and I saw him hit it right. And I hit it a really good drive on the left side and thought, here is my chance, I want to get by the trap.”

“I hit a good nine iron up to four or five metres from the hole and was so happy.”

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Patrick had to settle for second place, while  Lucas Bjerregaard, Henrik StensonThongchai Jaidee and An Byeong-Hun tied for third at -16 under par, all just one shot off the play-off.

Justin Rose and Paul Casey were next, both finished with -15 under par totals.

Rory McIlroy did not have to worry about his lead in the Race to Dubai, nine of his closest rivals could make up any ground. So next week at  he will start at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, in Dubai ahead of the pack.