Zurich Classic. Rosie Wins

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Rosie, Justin Rose wins the Zurich Classic, in fine fashion at TPC Louisiana, firing 65 and 66 in the final rounds today. Birdies on the last two hole set up the win.

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Justin has now won in six consecutive PGA TOUR seasons, and he is excited about the rest of this season, after he finished here with 65 & 66 for a -22 under par winning total;

“I’m really excited about the rest of the year now.”

“Six years in a row is not easy to do, and I’m actually incredibly grateful and proud of that stat.”

“It’s a good momentum starter for me. I tried to tell myself that this year for me is going to be about April to September, when the big tournaments come around, that’s when I want to play well.”

“You look at Rory’s year last year, it was all about how he played in the summer. I’m very happy it turned around this week in a major championship.”

“It’s an event I’ve played many times. I feel like year in and year out I’ve been closer and closer, and I always joke with the Zurich guys that this is my fifth major.”

“They’ve become such good friends of mine. Any win is sweet but when you get to share it with people you’re close to, it’s fantastic.”

“Earlier this year, it looked impossible to win, I was struggling with my game, and when you are struggling with your game, sometimes winning seems very far off.”

“As a player to make the putt exactly when you need to is huge, I don’t think I’ve made a putt to win a PGA TOUR event outright like that before. That was the first time I’ve had a significant length putt to win.”

Alone in second place was Cameron Tringale, a final round -7 under par 65 nearly getting him into a playoff. He needed to chip in at the par 5 last hole for an Eagle to equal Rosie’s score, the attempt came up inches short.

Boo Weekley came in third at -20 under par, he also shot a final round -7 under par 65.

The scoring was particularly low for the third and fourth rounds, because of the wet conditions the players were allowed to lift clean and place the ball, on the fairway.

 

Volvo China Open. Wu Ashun Wins

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History was made today in China as Wu Ashun wins the Volvo China Open, the first Chinese player to win an European Tour event on home soil, at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club. Quite ironic really as the Chinese Government recently banned Golf in the country, and instantly closed down many golf courses.

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Wu enjoyed the moment, and his winning total of -9 under par;

“It’s a wonderful day today.

“Everyone knows it’s very tough today, I played very good today and I’ve enjoyed this week.”

“It’s been a wonderful week with wonderful weather and I’d like to thank everybody.”

“It’s very special winning the China Open and it’s very exciting.”

“I have many friends here, and they helped me a lot and pushed me to play well.”

Wu and David Howell both started the day in a four-way tie for the lead with last week’s runner-up Li Hao-tong and  defending champion Alex Levy.

David was tied with Wu as he played the last hole, a par five, but missed his par putt to get into a play-off and handing Wu his history making European Tour win. David was alone in second place at -8 under par, and said it was tough to take;

“It’s obviously tough to take. I was in very good shape to win the tournament for most of the day, and didn’t get the job done. So it’s going to hurt for a while, but I didn’t do a lot wrong.”

“I holed a lovely putt on 17 to save par to give myself every chance coming down the last.”

“It felt like I was already in a play-off, because Ashun was in the clubhouse on nine under, so if I birdie the last I win the tournament, and if I make bogey I lose it. Unfortunately it was the latter.” 

Defending champion Alex Levy finished tied in third place with Emiliano Grillo and Prom Messawat, all at -7 under par.

Zurich Classic. Round 3 Suspended.

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Round 3 of the Zurich Classic has been suspended due to inclement weather conditions at TPC Louisiana.

Jason Day was the second round leader early on Saturday, after the resumption of play for those who did not finish on Friday.

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Jason completed his second round on Saturday with a -7 under par 65 which put him on top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard at -12 under par;

“We finally got the round in; knock on wood.”

“That was my first storm delay of the year, so hopefully no more would be nice. But I’m happy where I’m at.”

“Hopefully, this weather will stay away.”

Hudson Swafford had to settle for second place, having finished his round on Friday, at -11 under par. He was joined on that score by Daniel Berger and Chris Stroud.

Boo Weekley, who got to -12 under par Friday, came back to finish on Saturday, must have been the local food that got to him, and dropped a shot to finish with -2 under par and in the log jam at -10 under par for he competition.

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Saturday Weather Warning

If this inclement weather continues to halt play in the Zurich Classic, there is the possibility that the tournament could be shortened to less than 72 holes, this is because of the mid-week start at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco.

Five Match Play qualifiers missed the cut at the Zurich Classic, Rickie Fowler, Jamie Donaldson, Marc Warren, Harris English and John Senden.

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley, Bernd Weisberger and Marc Leishman all made the cut, and Zurich Classic officials will provide a chartered flight to San Francisco for them.

Lets hope for a break in the weather and trust that the tournament gets completed in regulation time.

Volvo China Open. 4 Tied at the Top.

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There are 4 players tied at the top of the Volvo China Open at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club in China. Alex Levy, David Howell and two Chinese players  Li Hao-tong and Wu Ashun.

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Two late bogey’s from Alex in the third round of the Volvo China Open robbed him of a two shot lead and assured us of an exciting dash to the line in the final round tomorrow. In the end he had to settle for a third round -1 under par 71 and a share of the top spot at -8 under par for the tournament.

Alex got off to a flier carding four straight birdies, but then the birdies dried up and the bogey’s crept in;

“It was the perfect start for me, but after that I got a little bit nervous, because I haven’t played well for three months now so I haven’t been in this position for a while.”

“It’s nice to be back at the top of the leaderboard, but I have to get used to it again.”

“I’m just really happy to be playing some good golf again, that’s more important than me worrying about winning the trophy again.”

“I’ll need to have a good round again tomorrow, but it’s not easy on this course because you can’t be too aggressive.”

David carded a nice -4 under par 68 to get himself into the tie for the top place, he said he was able to take advantage of the conditions today, that suited him better;

“It was a very nice day for me.”

“I felt like there was a score to be had out there, and I adapted to the conditions much better than I did yesterday, when I struggled with the comparative softness of the course. I knew what to expect today, and took advantage.”

“I really got it going nicely around the turn. I had a few chances early on which I didn’t take, but I managed to stay patient and eventually the birdies came.”

Li Hao-tong and Wu Ashun face the pressure of trying to become the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event on home soil. They both recorded third rounds of -3 under par 69, and Li said he will just stick to his game plan;

“I will just stick with my plan and play the best I can do out there without thinking about the finish.”

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Magnus A Carlsson carded the low round of the day, -7 under par 65 , which moved him 37 places up the leaderboard to share fifth with Seve Benson, Richie Ramsay and Prom Meesawat on -6 under par.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s attempt to win back to back titles became derailed today as he shot +4 over par 76 and dropped down the leaderboard to T25.

Zurich Classic. 2nd Round Play Suspended.

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Second round play of the Zurich Classic was suspended due to bad weather conditions at TPC Louisiana. At the close of play for the day Bo Weekley and Hudson Swafford share the top spot on the leaderboard at -11 under par. Boo has yet to complete his second round, having only finished 15 holes. There was five hours between Hudson posting his score and the cessation of play.

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Hudson has posted two bogey free rounds at TPC Louisiana, today’s was a -6 under par 66 with him finding nine of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens in regulation, and needing only 25 putts;

“I’ve seen this coming, I’m playing really solid golf. I’ve done a really good job of taking on trouble, and not being scared of the bunkers and taking good angles into the pins.”

“That’s what you’ve got to do on a Pete Dye course. It’s not always about having the perfect drive in the center of the fairway, but the best approach shot into the greens because it makes it tough to bend.”

“I’m just chipping well and just really rolling it nice.”

“I’m not overly surprised by this, it was just a matter of when it was going to come out.”

Boo is also currently bogey free on his uncompleted second round. He said was off to find some local food after the suspension of play today;

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“I’m probably going to eat some mud bugs with my wife, some crawfish downtown, just walk around.”

“Got to see the sights here and take in the good food.”

There are currently five players tied in third place at -10 under par, among them is co-overnight leader Brendon de Jonge, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour. He completed his second round with a -2 under par 70, blaming the poor score on bad putting;

“I gave myself a lot of chances, I just didn’t make any putts.”

“Obviously, I would like to win and get the monkey off your back, but when it’s your time, it will be your time.”

Joining Brendon that -10 under par score are Jerry Kelly, through 17, Daniel Berger through 15, Jason Day  through 14, and Cameron Tringale with a completed -7 under par 65 second round.

Jerry stuck in two tees as his marker, just to make sure the coming winds did not move his marker, and to make doubly certain, he paced off the distance as well;

“As long as we’re going in and I don’t have to sit here and play more shots, I’m OK with it,.’

“It’s one thing to have to come back for a putt. If the weather moves my mark , I stepped it off so I’ll put it back in the same spot tomorrow.”

All good golfing records come to an end sooner or later and for Freddie Jacobson his tally of no three putts sadly came to an end today, he three putted his first hole of the day, the 398-yard, par-4 10th.

 

 

Volvo China Open. Julien Quesne has 36 Hole Lead

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Julien Quesne has the 36 hole lead at the Volvo China Open at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club in China.

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Julien shot a second round -5 under par 67 to sit on top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with half way total of -8 under par, and a one shot lead over compatriot, and defending champion Alex Levy, and America’s Peter Uihlein

In the calm morning conditions Julien made the turn in 32 strokes, saying he had played much better today, and joked that he would not be talking tactics with his friend Alex over their evening meal;

“I played much better today, so that was the main reason for my good score. I felt very comfortable and hardly missed any shots, so it was a very good day all round.” 

“My performance last week definitely helps build the confidence, so I felt good at the start of the week and I’m still feeling good now, but there’s a long way to go.” 

“There are so many good golfers in France now, so it’s logical that you see lots of French players up near the top of the leaderboard. I hope we can keep it going over the weekend.”

 “We don’t really talk about golf when we go out for dinner at night. We try to talk about other subjects, because just speaking about golf gets very boring!”

Alex would have been leading but he took a trip into water on the par four 16th, for a double bogey, and followed that with a bogey on 17;

“It’s a shame to make a double because I played really good today.”

“Maybe next time I do a different thing, a more safe play out of the bunker on the right, but it’s OK.”

Peter had a -5 under par 67 today for his -7 under par total, and Alex -4 under for his -7 under total to share second place.

Last weeks winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat is in a bunch of players at -5  under par, and is comfortable with the tougher weather conditions that prevailed in the afternoon. He is full of confidence as he looks to become the first player to win back-to-back European Tour titles since Rory McIlroy did that last summer.

“I’m very happy, especially as it’s playing tough, there are lots of slopes on the greens and the course is very firm.” 

“I’m not driving the ball as well as I did last week, but the rest of my game is in pretty good shape, especially my short game.”

“I’m still feeling good; I’ve been getting lots of rest and eating well, so I’m feeling fine and ready to go. Mentally I’m still sharp and my confidence is high, so I just have to keep it up.” 

“My Mum is still here with me and she told me to keep going and win back to back, so hopefully I can do it for her. She’s my good luck charm.”

Joining the -5 under club were last week’s runner-up Li Hao-tong, his fellow Chinese home favourite Wu Ashun, with two more Frenchmen Jérôme Lando Casanova and Romain Wattel, with the improving Italian  Matteo Manassero.

 

 

 

Zurich Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard at the end of day 1. Boo Weekley and Brendon de Jonge from South Africa, share the honors with super first rounds, before play was suspended for the day due to inclement weather conditions.

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Brendon and Boo both carded -8  under par first rounds of 64 at the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana. The poor conditions gave players the option to lift, clean and place their ball on the fairway.

Boo carded his round in the morning before the weather changed, and then there was some rain which halted play for 78 minutes in the afternoon, leaving twelve players out on the course, who will have to complete their rounds tomorrow.

Brendon,  who is seeking his first win on the PGA TOUR, carded a bogey free -8 under par 64, and said he still left a couple out there;

“I left a couple out there, I think everybody finishes a round and think they could do a little better. But anytime I shoot a 64 I’m not going to get greedy.”

“I feel like my game is solid at the moment. I’m hitting everything fairly well. Nothing exceptional, but it feels like everything’s kind of turning in the right direction.”

Boo hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation and required only 26 putts, he also loves being close to home;

“I’ve been struggling with my irons the past month or so and finally I got some shafts that work.’

“I used them in Wednesday’s pro-am and came away feeling really good. Finally, I can control the distance and the trajectory and the numbers.”

“And it helps when you’re really putting well. When you put the two together, you can shoot pretty good. Plus, I’m back on Bermuda grass, I’m close to home, and I love the heat. What’s not to like?”

“You can’t win the tournament today, there’s a lot of golf left. We’re all out here hitting it the same. The difference is who’s hitting it the closest.”

“But I saw the good today. If you don’t hit it good tomorrow, you don’t hit it good. That’s why they call it a four-letter game, GOLF!.”

“I felt like if the putts would have fallen that I hit, I felt like it could have been a 59 easy.”

David Hearn and Sean O’Hair are tied in fourth place, just one shot back at -7 under par.

Sean said he had been pushing it all the way;

“I kind of caught myself pressing on the back nine.”

“Once I got to seven under I was kind of pushing a little bit, forcing a little bit on the greens.”

Freddie Jacobson has continued with his excellent putting performance this season, needing only 20 putts on his way to record an opening round -4 under par 68. He has now extended his no three putt streak to 542 consecutive holes, best on the PGA TOUR.