Omega European Masters. Play-Off Win for Matt Fitzpatrick.

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It was a play-off win for Matt Fitzpatrick of England in the Omega European Masters, beating Scott Hend of Australia to the title at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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At the start of play in the final round Matt was four shot adrift of the leader Scott, but fired a last round -6 under par 64 to get into the play-off.

Matt won with a par on the par four 18th on the third time of playing, Scott signing for a bogey;

“I’m delighted, it’s one that I’ve always wanted to win.”

“I love playing this golf course, from the first ever year I came as an invite in 2014, it’s one that has really stood out on my schedule and I always want to come back and play.”

“I was saying to (caddie) Jamie, ‘I think seventeen might have cost us today’ but it’s just one of those things. It’s never nice to see but we kept our nerve and just played really smart all week.”

“I remember being here in 2015 when Dan won and his parents were there to see him win so it’s nice to have mine here too. It’s the third win they’ve seen me achieve so it’s pretty special.”

Scott rued missing the opportunity, but poor putting let him down;

“I had the opportunity and I didn’t take it. It’s just what happens when you don’t take your opportunities.”

” I would love to putt the same way I did in the play-off but it didn’t happen.”

“I came back this morning to play the 14th hole of my third round and I made a nice eagle there. It was a good start to the day.”

“I didn’t play as nicely in the afternoon but it is what it is. Fitzpatrick played great to win. He’s a good champion.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par were Tyrrell Hatton, England, -4 under par 66 today, and Fabrizio ZanottiParaguay, -2 under 68.

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Omega European Masters. Scott Stays in Front.

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Scott Hend of Australia stays in front at the Omega European Masters after a weather affected third round at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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Scott with his wife and caddie Leanne / getty

Scott still has to complete his third round, but has a two shot lead with five holes left to play in the Omega European Masters. On a tough cold day when two hours and 24 minutes were lost to fog Scott has finished 13 holes for a +2 over par score, and a -11 under par total. He will resume tomorrow morning at 0800 local time, to complete the third round, and then hopefully the last round.

Scott spoke about the drop in temperature;

“It was all calm when we started but after we went back, it was just so cold out there.”

“The greens got a little bit rough so I was just trying to be patient. Everyone was dropping shots.”

“Some nice holes to finish with when we come back tomorrow so we will see how we will be positioned for the final round.”

“I will just come back here tomorrow and play like how I have played all week. Hopefully it’s good enough. We will see what happens.”

Currently tied in second place, at -9 under par, are Darren Fichardt, South Africa, +3 over par through 13 holes, Matthew Fitzpatrick, England, -1 under after 15 holes, and Fabrizio ZanottiParaguay at even par, he has completed thirteen holes of the third round. These players will also return tomorrow to finish the round.

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Omega European Masters. Hend Heads The Field.

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Scott Hend, from Australia, heads the field at the Omega European Masters at the half-way stage in Switzerland at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

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Scott carded -7 under 63 on Friday to lead the Omega European Masters after 36 holes with a -13 under par total.

Scott is worried about his kids back home in Florida, with Hurricane Irma approaching, they are with the child minder, as Scott has his wife on the bag this week;

“We’re a bit worried about the kids in Florida with the sitter at the moment.”

“We’ve been up late at night trying to find out contingency plans. I think they’re going to get out of there. It’s not worth the risk.”

But he is not so worried about his golf, would just like to putt better;

“It would be nice to putt a little bit better but you walk off with 63, it’s fantastic.”

 “I wouldn’t say I’ve taken this place apart because this place can get back at you pretty quick.”

“I just tried to play a bit more conservative than usual and I got lucky with a couple of shots.”

One shot back at -12 under par is Darren Fichardt, South Africa, he also shot -7 under par 63, to stay in touch with the leader;

“It has been pretty solid. I am just playing the course as it is, I am very happy with the way I am playing and very happy with where I lie.”

 “It’s going to be fun.”

Tied in third place at -9 under par are Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand, -4 under 66 today, Todd Sinnott, Australia, -4 under 66 and  Fabrizio Zanotti, from Paraguay, -5 under 65.

Thongchai is happy to be paying and putting well;

“I felt really good out there. I played well yesterday and today.”

“My putting is getting better. I felt like it has improved after two rounds here this week.”

Fabrizio said he putted well, but he is worried about the bad weather predicted for tomorrow;

“I am very happy with the first two days. I played solid and putted well so I’m really happy.”

“I don’t have a very good history here but I always enjoy coming here so that’s always good.”

” I hear tomorrow is going to be really bad weather-wise but there’s nothing we can do, so it’s good to be in contention this week and be ready for what is coming.”

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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 Zanotti

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.

 

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Alex Noren Has Half-Way Lead.

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Alex Noren has the  half-way lead at the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

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Alex will take a two shot lead into the week-end at the Nedbank Golf Challenge after his second round score -5 under par 67 gave him a tournament total of -8 under par. There had been a delay of 1 hour 42 minutes earlier in the day, and Alex came back on fire;

“I made a lot of birdies on the back nine after that delay, which was great fun.”

“I managed to chip-in, which always helps, and then make a birdie on 17, which is quite a tricky hole today.

“Overall, I’m very pleased.”

Five players are tied second place, those two shots back at -6 under par after 36 holes, they are home favorites George Coetzee, Jaco van Zyl and Louis Oosthuizen, and they are joined by  Chris Wood and Fabrizio Zanotti.

Fabrizio carded the tournaments first ever hole in one,  at the 210 yard par three 4th hole, using  a seven iron;

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Fabrizio Zanotti / getty

“When people told me that it was the first hole in one in the history of the tournament, it sounded strange for me, but then the people from the tournament confirmed it to me.”

“It was very strange, but lucky for me, I’m the first one.”

“I think it was just a perfect club, a perfect distance for me with a 7-iron.”

“The wind was helping a little, so the ball, it was going to release a little.”

In a day which had everything Lasse Jensen produced a sensational Albatross at the long 601 yard par four 14th on his way to a second round -3 under 69 and T 13 for the competition.

Euro Tour. Alstom Open De France.Fabrizio Zanotti Leads.

Fabrizio Zanotti leads the Alstom Open De France at the conclusion of the second round at the Le Golf National course in Paris. Early fog at Le Golf National outside Paris meant a one-hour delay this morning.

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Fabrizio Zanotti / Getty Images

Fabrizio carded  a second consecutive round of 68 to lead by one shot, with a tournament total of -6 under par. He said he was very happy with the situation;

” I’m very happy, I struggled a little from the tee but I putted very well during the day and pretty happy with the round. It was pretty tough out there, and the course is playing very hard, so very happy. I think it’s a very good score, so I will try to keep playing like this and just have fun. I haven’t played very well during the year, but I’m working very hard and I think this is because of all the work, I am always positive. It’s pretty tough to keep working when you are not playing good, but that is the way all the guys play good, so you have to keep working to get where you want. On a course like this, I think that you have to accept everything. It’s playing very tough and the greens are getting hard, so it’s going to be very hard. Like I said, keep patient and have fun, there is no other way.”

There is a three-way tie in second place at -5 under par, they are Richard Sterne, Thomas Björn and  Søren Kjeldsen.

Richard said he lost concentration half way round, but then recovered well;

” It was a good finish to the day, I started off well and kind of fell asleep halfway. I made a couple of weak bogeys from the fairway, and I had a good finish.I hit good shots and I made good putts at the right time. I think I needed to finish strong to give myself a chance going into the weekend.”

Soren was just happy to be in contention;

” I haven’t really been in contention in any tournaments this year, so this is a massive bonus. You’re not going to get me to talk about winning and stuff like that, certainly not now. I’m just enjoying playing good golf, and hopefully I can keep going.”

Someone else who is happy to be in contention is Graeme McDowell, who has not been playing too well lately, but is a group of players at -4 under par;

“I’m playing this golf course the way it’s supposed to be played, fairways and greens. Once you start hitting it off-line it will punish you.I just have not got the putter revved up but I am well in touch and right where I need to be. It’s been a rough couple of months for me. I’ve not been playing the kind of golf I’d like to and the key to this week was to come and get myself in the mix for the weekend and get some of the juices flowing again. I’m excited for the weekend and to make a cut really. It feels like a step in the right direction. I certainly know what to do when I put myself in these positions. I just have not had the opportunity to do it lately. I’m probably on one of my worst missed cut runs in a while. It’s nice to break that, first and foremost, and be on the leaderboard.”

 

 

 

European Tour, KLM Open. Graeme Storm leads after 1st round

Storm pleased to overcome trying time

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Graeme Storm of England leads the European Tour KLM Open after the first round at Hilversumsche Golf Course with a faultless round of 63, a -7 under par effort. Graeme is trying to overcome personal tragedy away from the course, with his grandfather passing away prior to June’s BMW International Open.

“I’ve had a tough run and it’s all been a bit of a struggle. I’ve just not been enjoying it. I lost my grandfather on the Wednesday morning of Germany and since then I have really struggled. I kind of kept it to myself what happened but it hit me really hard. You can get punished round here but I played the best I have probably played all year. I’m just happy to get a round like that under my belt after recent months. The golf course here is fantastic, the best I have ever seen it, so you have to hit it straight and that is what I did. I made the birdies when I gave myself the chances and got up and down when I missed the greens. There is still a lot of play for this season. Keeping my card is the goal. At the start of the season it was getting into the top 60 on The Race to Dubai but I’m a long way from that so my goal now is to keep my card.”

I wish Graeme well, and hope that he will retain his card.

There are three players tied in second place, European Ryder Cup player Martin Kaymer, Raphaël Jacquelin and  Fabrizio Zanotti, who all had rounds of 65, -5 under par and two shots adrift of the leader.

Martin and Raphaël both had eagles on the par five twelfth hole, Martin saying he is working hard as he seeks to recapture his best form.

” Two years ago when I won here was very nice but that was a period of time I could have played golf with my eyes closed. Now is a different time when I need to work and it takes a lot of energy and a lot of concentration. I really need to focus on the things on the range. Two years ago it was more automatic.”

Defending Champion here is Simon Dyson, a three times a winner of this event, he began his defense of this title beginning the week with a 70 that featured a welcome Eagle on 18.