British Masters. Matt Makes It His Title.

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Matt Fitzpatrick makes the British Masters title his at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Matt had a final round -3 under par 68 to win the British Masters with a -15 under par total, and a two shot winning margin from the chasing pack. This is his maiden European Tour win, a great day that he will remember forever;

“It’s not going to sink in for a long time, I know that.”

“It was a long day and I didn’t really know what I had to do to win but I just sort of ground it out and managed to win. A great day”

“The fans have just been incredible to me and unbelievably supportive and I can’t tell everyone how appreciative I am of that.”

“Walking down every hole it’s, ‘Come on Matt’ and it’s amazing to have that support.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par were Søren Kjeldsen, and Fabrizio Zanotti, both -2 under today, and Shane Lowry who climbed up the leaderboard with-4 under 67.

Søren had his chances dashed when he three-putted on the par five 15th, and followed that with a bogey on the 16th.

Shane dropped a shot on the 219 yard par three 14th, while Fabrizio carded back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14.

Luke Donald finished in a four-way tie for fifth at -11 under par, along with Kiradech AphibarnratMike Lorenzo-Vera and Marcus Fraser.

Oliver Fisher and Tommy Fleetwood both carded last rounds of -6 under par 65, sharing ninth position with a whole bunch of players.

Graeme McDowell had a remarkable last round, shooting +1 over par 72 , which included an Eagle, four birdies, four bogeys and a triple bogey.

Tournament host Ian Poulter also had a final round +1 over 72 and finished way down the pack. I wonder if the responsibility of hosting left him unable to concentrate on his golf.

British Masters. Søren Kjeldsen Joins Matt Fitzpatrick at the Top.

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Søren Kjeldsen joins Matt Fitzpatrick at the top of the British Masters leaderboard at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Søren fired a second round -3 under par 68 to join overnight leader Matt at the top of the British Masters leaderboard at -9 under par, after 36 holes of the competition. Matt carded -2 under 69.

Søren loves to play golf, especially when the game is good, but he did struggle with the putter early on;

 “When you play nicely you just want to keep going. I’ve always enjoyed playing a lot.”

“I know a lot of guys take a lot of time off but I love the competition, I love to be out there, I feel that’s why I improve so I’ve always had the strategy of playing a lot.”

“I got off to a little bit of a slow start, I played pretty well but I didn’t make the putts.”

“Then I three-putted 16, got it back nicely on 17 and then again – nice birdie on one, bad bogey on two, and then I hit a bad second shot on three into the bunker.”

“I focus a lot on the sound when the club hits the sand and straight away I felt like it had a lovely sound to the shot and I just managed to get up on the hill and see it disappear. Nice feeling.”

Matt said his game was not so good today, and he was pleased to still be at the top of the leaderboard. He chipped in at the third;

“I thought about putting it at first but the rough was a little bit too thick to start with so I just needed to get it out of that and literally just trickle it over the hill and hopefully it was going to go close, luckily it went in.”

“It was pretty tough out there today for me.”

“I didn’t feel like I hit it my best so it was nice to score well coming in and shoot 69 to stay at the top of the leaderboard which is always nice.”

Richard Bland and Kiradech Aphibarnrat share third place, just one shot back at -8 under par, both players repeated yesterdays score of -4 under par 67.

Shane Lowry, Robert Karlsson and Bradley Dredge are all tied in fifth place with -7 under par.

Shane reported he could have done better, he could only manage -2 under 69 today, which included a bogey, and a three putt;

“I’m pretty happy, the two par fives on the back nine, I had two little pitches and didn’t make birdie which was a bit annoying and I had a bad three-putt on the par three where I made bogey.”

“I could have been a few shots better but I’m in a good position going into the weekend and looking forward to it.”

Best round of the day went to Robert Rock,  -6 under 65, and T13, while tournament host Ian Poulter must be finding hosting hard work, he carded -1 under 71, to be back at -4 under par for the tournament.


British Masters. Matt Fitzpatrick Leads

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Matt Fitzpatrick leads the British Masters tournament after the first round round at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Matt carded a first round -7 under par 64 to lead the British Masters, a tournament supported by Sky Sports. He was obviously very happy with the outcome;

“It doesn’t get better than that. This is the first day and the crowds have been absolutely fantastic.”

“Tee to green, it is pretty tough you if you don’t hit in the fairway.” 

“The rough isn’t deep but it’s quite wet so it clings to the face and it’s difficult to get it the normal distance of your irons. It’s a test all round but tee to green it’s been tough.”

“It was a tough start. I missed quite a few cuts in a row at the start of the year, even though I felt I was playing all right.”

“Now I’ve been playing decent and getting the right results that I’ve been looking for.

“I’ve been getting so much experience just week-to-week learning more about myself, tournaments everything and that’s been the biggest thing.”

There are four players tied in second place at -6 under par after their opening rounds of 65, Robert KarlssonMarc Warren, Søren Kjeldsen and Lee Slattery.

Ian Poulter is hosting this week’s tournament,  at the club he’s represented since 2002, he was worried that something would go wrong;

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“I didn’t know what to expect coming into the week, this is a first.”

“I’ve got big responsibilities, lots of things to do, lots of commitments. You have to manage those, but you can have a buzz on that first tee because you’ve spent a bit of time. You care about it.”

“I haven’t had that feeling in a long time, it was literally two minutes before teeing off.”

“It’s just like, all right, okay, just an easy 3-wood up the middle. I’ve really got to concentrate now because I need to. The fairway just shrinks a lot and that’s good. It makes you focus. It’s nice to have that feeling, especially on a Thursday.”

“All in all, 3 under par is a decent start, especially with a couple of putts that felt like they were dropping and edged out.”

 “A little lapse of concentration just as I was settling into the round of golf was a shame. Apart from that, a couple of shots and all of a sudden it’s a different round of golf.”

ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Beth Allen Wins

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American Beth Allen wins the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters title at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.

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Beth ended long wait for a maiden Ladies European Tour title, a final round -5 under par 67 giving her a winning total of -12 under par, and a one shot victory at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. She said caddie Sophie Gustafson kept her in control;

“I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen so I’m really, really happy. I’ve waited a long time for this and I wanted it so, so bad, I’m ecstatic.”

“I’m so happy.”

“Honestly, I feel like I just showed up and I didn’t have a lot of expectations because I finished second here in 2012.”

“I did not have a lot of expectations because I got my heart-broken here in 2012 and had not made the cut since.”

“I thought, well, I’ll do my best and enjoy it and today. I got off to a really good start and thought maybe this can happen and Sophie kept me grounded. I ended up getting it done, so I’m really happy!”

“I am just so pleased. I was never sure if it was going to happen.”

The worlds leading amateur player, Leona McGuire, from Ireland, claimed second place, finishing with a -3 under par 69, to give her a tournament total of -11 under par, and the result was so pleasing for her and caddie Dad;

“I knew it was tight coming up 18 and we didn’t really know where the wind was coming from.”

“I thought it was downwind, dad thought it was into the wind and it was probably the wrong club off the tee but I’m very proud of the way I played all day.”

“Going out at the start of the day I would have taken that so it’s been a great day.”

Thai Nontaya Srisawang was in third place, a final round even par 72 keeping her total at -10 under par, where she had started the day, but she was really satisfied to finish in the top three;

“I’m really happy with the result today because I’ve been working hard for a while here to get into this position.”

“I finished in the top three, so maybe I can qualify for the Open. It was a little bit exciting with pressure but I tried to focus on my game.”

Dame Laura Davies shot up the leaderboard, making a hole in one at the 171 yard par 3 seventh, using an eight iron, finishing the day T7 at -8 under par.

ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Caroline Masson Leads.

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Caroline Masson leads the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England. A club that boasts it has the smoothest greens in the UK, with the data to prove it.

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Caroline, from Germany, shot a third round -5 under par 67, giving her a -12 under par tournament total, and a two shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Caroline was  a member of Europe’s winning Solheim Cup team in 2013, and really wants to be playing in the next tournament, on her home soil in September;

“Of course I want to make the team and it’s a great chance for me to present myself.”

“Obviously on a course that I really like and I’ve had two really good finishes here in the last two years.”

“I’ve been playing well and I haven’t been scoring well but I’ve managed to turn it around in the last few days and I’m super happy about that.”

Sharing second place are two ladies from Thailand, Titiya Plucksataporn, who equaled the -5 under par 67 of the leader, and Nontaya Srisawang, both on -10 under par for the competition. They had both been practicing in England for a week, and the sessions have worked well.

Titiya made the best use of the Buckinghamshire Gold Club perfect greens, putting very well;

“I hit a lot of fairways today and my game plan was try to hit fairways, greens and then putt.”

“I could make a lot of putts and up and downs so it was fantastic today.”

Nontaya was happy to be playing well, and with her friend;

“I feel really good this week. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and playing with my friend.”

In fourth spot are three ladies on -8 under par, Rebecca Artis, Australia Ssu Chia-Cheng, Chinese Taipei and Irish world number one amateur player Leona McGuire, all on -8 under par.

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ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, Alex Peters 36 Hole Leader.

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Alex Peters, a L.E.T rookie from England, is the 36 hole leader at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

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Alex shot a bogey free -9 under par 63 in the second round of the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two stroke advantage at -11 under par.

The 21-year-old rookie equaled the Buckinghamshire Golf Club course record, she was obviously very happy with the way she played today, putting really well;

“I just played absolutely amazing. I hit my irons so close and putted really well.”

“I had a few other chances as well, but a 63, I’m really happy with the way I played today.”

“Nine birdies could have been ten. I left one right in the jaws on the 12th, the par 3, but I just putted really well, hit it close and gave myself chances.”

Charley Hull is in second place, two shots back at -9 under par, she carded a second round -5 under 67, which could have been better, she made bogey on her last hole, the par five 9th;

“I feel like I was hitting it well out there today.”

“It was a shame about my last drive but I just saw the other girls and the wind brought their drives to the right. I thought if I try and hit a hard draw down there, but it stayed on my line and so I was a bit annoyed.”

“Apart from that I feel like I’m playing solid and I hit a great drive into the eighth hole, but I just missed that putt, because I came up on it.”

“Apart from that I’m pleased with the way I’m hitting it and where I am going into the weekend.”

First round leader Sophie Giquel-Bettan is in third place at -8 under par, her second round -2 under par 70 keeping her in touch with the leaders, the conditions being a little breezier than they were for the morning players.

Tied in fourth place on -7 under par for the tournament are, Nontaya Srisawang, Caroline Masson and another rookie, Emily Kristine Pedersen, who only graduated from high school last Wednesday.

ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Sophie Giquel-Bettan Leads.

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Sophie Giquel-Bettan leads after the 1st round at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters in a heat wave at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.

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Sophie, from France, shot a 1st round -6 under par 66, to take a one shot lead at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, and was happy that the scorching temperatures in the Pro-Am yesterday had eased back for the opening round today;

“It was a great day, yesterday I played the Pro-Am and it was 36 degrees, (97F). It was so hot and this morning it was 20, 22 (72F) with just a little breeze, so perfect conditions.

 Sitting one shot behind the leader at -5 under par are South African Ashleigh Simon, Italian Sophie Sandolo,  Swede Josephine Janson and Nontaya Srisawang from Thailand.

Ashleigh was happy with her putting, and her Eagle;

“I got off to a nice steady start and birdied my third hole of the day. I eagled the par 5 14th after I holed a nice bomb from the back of the green and gave myself some nice chances coming in and birdied 17 and made a good par on 18.”

“All of the par fives are pretty much reachable so if you play those well you can be four under. It was a steady start.”

Nontaya was happy with the run on the ball in fairway due to the very dry conditions;

“The condition of the course is really dry and we can get distance on the tee shot so you can hit onto the greens with short irons and if you make a putt then you will make a good score.”

“The conditions today were not really hard, not really windy.”

The first English ladies on the leaderboard are  Charley Hull and Trish Johnson, they are part of a large group two strokes off the pace, at -4 under par.

Charley putted well, but was concerned about incorrect club selection, but overall was happy with her round;

“I’m happy because I putted pretty well today. I just kept coming up short with my irons. I struck it well but kept miss-clubbing myself.”

“I feel like I’m so used to my American distances that now when I’m in a tournament I keep thinking I’m going to hit them a bit further but I don’t.”

“Although I’ve been in England for two weeks we’ve just been mucking around with my friends, so I’ve hit some massive fades, but I’m pretty happy with the way I’m playing.”

A persistent back injury has hampered Trish of late, but she feels better now, and has received some benefiting coaching;

“I had a lesson a couple of days ago with Stuart Brewer, the father of Ben Brewer, who caddied for me in Holland.”

“There was some stuff that I really needed help with.”