D+D REAL Czech Masters. Paul Peterson Wins Maiden Tour Victory.

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Paul Peterson, from the U.S.A. wins his maiden European Tour victory at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, in Prague.

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Paul Peterson

Paul won the D+D REAL Czech Masters with a final round -5 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -15 under par, to say he was happy would be an understatement;

“This is the best feeling in the world.”

“My team and I have put in so much hard work and long hours by everybody and I’m just so happy.”

“We had this as a goal this year and to be able to accomplish it means so much.”

“It was fantastic, the crowds have been great all week. My sports psychologist was on the bag this week and my coach and my girlfriend came all the way from Phoenix.”

“It’s just so great to have all the team here.”

In second place was Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, he said poor putting let him down, only -2 under 70 today, and a -14 under par total;

“It was too many missed putts, I did not make any today.”

“I played good and I stayed patient and I just couldn’t get the ball in the hole.”

“I’ve hit it well all week but I hit a couple of bad putts and then a couple that just didn’t want to go in. It’s just not my day.

“At 16 and 17 I needed to get up and down to give myself a chance, then coming down 18 I needed to hit a good shot and I did.”

“But fair play to Paul, he made a wonderful putt to win and that’s how it goes.”

“I didn’t really watch him hit a shot today, to be honest, I know he’s a long hitter and I play a little bit more precision golf.”

“I was just trying to frustrate him because I knew I would be hitting in first a lot so I just stuck to my process all day and was able to hit some fantastic shots under the pump.”

Two Englishmen, Ryan Evans, -4 under 68 today, and David Howell also -4 under 68, shared third place, both with -11 under par.

Ryan was pumped with his performance;

“This is a massive boost for me. The confidence is there and this is going to give me more going into the next few tournaments.”

“That’s definitely my best performance on the European Tour.”

“At the beginning of the week I came with a game plan and I’m playing well. I just had to take my time, see the shot and hit as many fairways and greens as possible.”

“I think I did that very well today, I played some beautiful golf. I could have holed a few more putts but I’ll take a bogey-free round.”

David was very happy to be back in contention once again;

I’m delighted with the performance really.”

 “Going out with a slim chance today I figured I needed a 64 and I had a 68, four back, but it was a decent effort and it was nice to get into the mix today and get the thrill of being in the hunt again,  the nerves and adrenaline.”

Wyndham Championship, Si Woo Kim Wins.

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Si Woo Kim wins the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

Kim claims Wyndham

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Si Woo carded a final round -3 under par 67 to claim the Wyndham Championship title with a -21 under par score, which equaled the tournament low record;

“I feel confidence so I don’t have any fear to attacking the pin.”

“Before this tournament I was tough to gain that top 30 but right now I can get in so I’m very happy about that and want to get through it.”

A back in form Luke Donald was second, a last round -3 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par, and he congratulated Si Woo on his victory and also was excited to jump from 99th to 48th in the FedExCup rankings;

“It’s never easy leading from the front but he seems to cope with it extremely well.”

“I didn’t realize my jump was going to be that extreme, obviously I can play with a little bit more freedom and go out there and hopefully keep playing the way I played this week.”

“I played pretty solidly today, I didn’t quite get it in the fairway quite enough to be able to attack enough pins and really put some pressure own Si.”

“He looked like he was very much in control of his game and he was going to be a hard man to catch. Lot of positives from this week and good time heading into the Playoffs to find in form.”

Sharing third place at -15 under par were Hideki Matsuyama and Brandt Snedeker, both -3 under 67 today.

Brandt summed his tournament;

“I’m rolling the ball fantastic, playing some great golf.”

“Got to find the one thing that kind of ties it all together. I can do it on the range occasionally.”

“On the golf course I do it quite a little bit every once in a while, or one or two will sneak in.”

“I wasn’t worried about second, I was trying to put some pressure on him.”

“Got to get those out of there before next week. Tough golf course next week. Make sure I’m hitting on all cylinders to handle Bethpage.”

“Got to think your way around the course, pull from the great finish I had four years ago, go up with some confidence and try the recreate it.”

“I got to go up there and play well, I need to be in the top five heading to Atlanta. I got three solid weeks to get that done.”

 

Wyndham Championship. Kim in Control.

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Si Woo Kim has a four shot lead at the top of the Wyndham Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Sedgefield County Club.

Si Woo Kim fired a 6-under 64 in the third round in Greensboro. (Kevin Cox/Getty Images)

Si Woo Kim

Si Woo followed his record breaking second round -10 under 60, with a -5 under 65 today at the Wyndham Championship, increasing his lead at the top to four shots with a -18 under par tournament total;

“I think tomorrow is much pressure, but I’m just trying to keep confidence. That’s it.”

“I feel very good now. My shots like much more consistent. Only problem have pressure.”

” I’m experienced before like Alabama in Barbasol, that’s good experience. Good for tomorrow.”

“I feel like really pressure because first time, first time I lead third round, but start very good, first hole and second hole start birdie.”

 “But after little pressure, I felt little better.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello is in second place on his own at -14 under par, he also carded a third round -5 under par 65. He especially likes the greens, they help to roll the putts in;

“The greens are brilliant.”

“You play good and give yourself chances you will roll putts and that’s what I’m going to try to do tomorrow.”

A blast from the recent past, Luke Donald, -6 under 64 today, shares third place at -13 under par, along with Kevin Na -3 under 67 and Jim Furyk, who sunk a 60 foot putt for Eagle on the 15th, and then ruined it with bogey on the last two holes, finishing with a -3 under 67 round.

Jim was disappointed with his finish, but happy with his overall position for tomorrow;

“Had it rolling and then missed the fairway at 17 and I missed the fairway at 18 and the rough here doesn’t allow you to hit a ball.”

“It’s hard to control. I’m disappointed with the two bogeys.”

“Overall, still some good position with the tournament. Need to get over that and play a good round tomorrow.”

Luke also struggled with the rough off the fairway, but did recover for par;

“I hit a poor tee shot left and had to chip out.”

 “I had a good number with a little wedge, stick it to that pin. Would have been disappointing to drop one there after playing so well for the rest of the round.”

 

 

 

Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Gold For Inbee, Lydia Silver.

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Inbee Park claimed the Gold Medal for South Korea at the Rio Olympics, while Lydia Ko got the Silver.

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Lydia, Inbee and Shanshan

Inbee shot a last round -5 under par to win the Rio Olympic Gold Medal with a -16 under par total, and a whopping 5 stroke winning margin;

 “This is definitely one of the special moments in my golfing career and in my whole life.  It feels great.”

” Obviously representing your country and winning the gold is so special.  It’s just really all I’ve wanted.”

“I had to overcome a lot of obstacles.  I was able to make my body, physically and mentally, strong enough to compete this week.”

“I looked for the results, but didn’t really expect much of a result. I just wanted to do what I can do.”

 

Lydia, from New Zealand, could only manage to produce -2 under 69 in her last round, but the -11 under par total gave her the Silver Medal;

“I didn’t have a great start, but I just tried to hang in there.”

” I can’t believe I’m holding a medal on the podium, it’s what I’ve been dreaming about since 2009.”

” To actually be there beside Inbee and Shanshan, is a dream come true. This has been just an amazing week.”

Shanshan Feng from China completed the podium picking up the Bronze Medal, a final round -2 under 69 giving her a -10 under par tournament total;

“Coming in, I actually did not expect to have a medal at the end of the week, but what I was trying to do was to enjoy and try to focus on shot by shot.”

“At the end, I got a medal, so all the hard work has paid off and I’m really happy about it.”

Wyndham Championship. Si Woo Kim Leads.

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Si Woo Kim, of South Korea, leads the Wyndham Championship after two rounds at Sedgefield Country Club, as darkness once again brought proceedings to a premature end.

Kim's 60 catapults him to second-round lead

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Si Woo has a -12 under par total after two rounds of the Wyndham Championship, which puts him on top of the leaderboard. A fantastic second round of -10 under par 60 quickly elevated him into the lead, it could have been a 59.

Good iron play and better putting were key, he spoke about aggressive play on the last for a chance of 59;

“My irons and putting game is much better,much more putting practice last week.”

 “That’s better, just putting.”

“Tee shot aggressive, yesterday, hit 3-wood, but today just try to hit driver.”

“Hit driver and then missed left. Just tough, tough lie and tough pin.”

“I’m trying before like 10 yards, 15 yards landing, but almost hit the green landing. Putting, really fast down grain and just trying to make par, but almost close there.”

“Not so much celebrate today. After this week, play good, I celebrate.”

“I’m not thinking too much like for later and win, just trying today my putting, my shot.”

“That’s it.”

Four players are tied in second place, two shots back at -10 under par, Kevin Na, -3 under 67 today, Hideki Matsuyama and Jim Furyk both had -6 under 64, and Lucas Glover, who had a chance of scoring -11 under 59, but three putted the final hole for a -9 under 61.

Kevin is pretty happy with his position on the leaderboard;

“I’m in good position for the weekend.”

“Keep attacking those flags and we’ll see.”

Lucas also missed a last-minute putt, his was for a 60, he settled for -9 under 61, maybe the seven week break he had has something to do with it;

“I kind of lost of concentration a little bit, got eaten up in the moment and kind of just wasn’t focused.”

 “My fault, stupid, but it happens.”

“Five weeks of playing, little golfed out.”

“Wanted some family time and took some family time and just had a situation with my father-in-law couple weeks ago, so withdrew from the Travelers Championship.”

“He’s doing better, so here we are.”

Jim, who shot a 58 last week, was surprised at the low scoring today;

“I’m a little surprised how low the scoring is.”

 “The fairways are pretty firm. They’re extremely quick, have a lot of slope in them.”

“If you get the ball in the fairway, it’s playing short, the ball is rolling. I can see guys hitting lot of wedges. I’m still shocked we had so many guys going that low.”

Importantly the top 125 in the FedExCup standings will qualify for The Barclays next week at Bethpage Black, so a good finish is urgently required by some players.

 

 

 

Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Inbee Looking Good For Gold

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Inbee Park is looking good for the Gold Golf Medal at the Rio Olympics after 54 holes in Brasil.

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Inbee, from South Korea, stayed on top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard with a third round -1 under par 70, and will take a two shot advantage over the field into the final round tomorrow at -11 under for the Gold Medal;

“I think first coming here, I didn’t really know whether I was going to play this week or not due to the injury.”

“Obviously didn’t expect much of a result. It was more of, you know, whether I can play or not.”

“So I mean, a good result is a great gift. But at the same time, I know I’ve been in the position before and I know in a good condition, I can do it.”

“I think just trying to enjoy the Olympics and try to enjoy the Olympic golf, brought really good results.”

Sharing second place at -9 under par are Gerina Piller, U.S.A  -3 under 68 today, and World number one Lydia Ko, playing for New Zealand, played her way back into contention with -6 under 65 in the third round.

The World Number One Lydia also registered her first ever hole in one today;

“This is the first one in a practice round and tournaments, all included.”

” I almost didn’t know how to react, because it is your first one, and the wind is blowing and I haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to hole‑in‑ones.”

” I would have loved to like done a dance or jumped up‑and‑down, but in that situation, I think I was almost trying to cry, and then realised I had 11 more holes to play.”

“It’s really cool.  It just puts the cherry on top.”

” This week is about having fun and this experience, being an Olympian and competing in the Olympics, and to have my first hole-in-one, is something that I’ll never forget.”

Gerina said tomorrow will be one of the biggest rounds of her life;

 “I would say it’s one of the biggest, yes.”

“Playing the Solheim Cup is definitely dear to my heart and trying to win that for the country.”

” But I’ve never played in the final round of an Olympics before, competing for a medal.”

” It’s going to be pretty special.  I’m going to soak it in all in, take it all in, and no matter what the outcome, I’m proud to be American.”

Completing the top four is Shanshan Feng, representing China, her -3 under par 68 today moved her up the leaderboard, and a possible medal position finish, with her -8 under par total. She is hoping her performance will inspire new Chinese players;

Back in China, normally we are only on golf channels, but this time people can see us on any television channels.”

“I think that’s a great chance to let the Chinese know how good the Chinese players are, and hopefully they can just fall in love with the sport and join this sport.

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Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. Fairway Watering Upgrade

White Dragon Golf Very happy to pass on the report from the General Manager of the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, Leo Barber, of the upgrade to fairway the watering system. If you enjoyed playing here before, next summer will be a real treat.

It is only fair to also report that Leo himself has devote many hours of hard labor to this project.

Irrigation Upgrade, Progress Report

We have enjoyed a great week with good support from our volunteers and accordingly have completed the majority of the planned

work with sprinklers and mainlines installed to 6, 7, 13 and 15 and other associated connections complete. With the surplus pipe

from our planned work, we intend to continue the mainline around to the 12th fairway where it will terminate awaiting the next stage.

Testing and flushing of the lines will be undertaken next week and a couple of minor tidy ups.

The finishing touches being applied to the 13th fairway by staff and the many volunteers