Australian Open. Matt Jones Leads at Half-Way.

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Matt Jones leads the Australian Open at the half-way stage at The Australian Golf Club, in Sydney.

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Matt scored a second round -3 under par 68 in the Australian Open, giving him a leading total of -7 under par, and a nice three shot 36 hole lead.

To win here would be great, a Matt has never won a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament, but he has thought about it;

“Of course I’ve thought about it, it would be fantastic.”

“Any time you have a chance to win your own country’s Open, it would be fantastic.”

“But, two days to go, I can’t really be thinking about that now. I’ll be thinking about that if I have a chance coming down the stretch on Sunday.”

“I do know the golf course; I’m comfortable with lines off the tees.  The greens are completely different to what I grew up on here, different grass, a lot of different breaks.” 

“I do have local knowledge and it’ll be fun to be out there on the weekend with a lot of friends and family and members from this course out there.” 

Todd Sinnott holds second place on his own at -4 under par, a -1 under 70 today keeps him in touch of the leader, the rookie is impressed with last years winner Jordan Spieth;

“It’s pretty cool.  I suppose I’m young, but Spieth’s younger, and watching what Spieth did this year winning two Majors and having one of the best years ever basically, it’s pretty cool to be playing alongside him.”

“Hopefully I’ll be competing against him over the last couple of days.”

“I’m more experienced now; I’ve dealt with last year here where I had a bad last round, so I sort of know what to expect on the last couple of days being in the last couple of groups.”

“I’ll hopefully give it a good shake in the next couple of days.”

“Probably a little bit more mature and a little bit more comfortable in bigger situations I suppose, but I’m still learning and I’ll keep learning.” 

Defending Champion, Jordan Spieth, the Worlds number one, from the USA, is in a tie for third place, at -3 under par. He shares that spot with Geoff Ogilvy, Nicolas Colsaerts, Aron Price and round one leader, Lincoln Tighe.

Jordan is hoping to apply some pressure on moving day;

“Right now I think the goal is going to be to try and shoot 10-under on the weekend and I think that should be good enough.”

“I like the challenge of chasing but not being too far away, knowing that you can maybe go out ahead and put just a bit of pressure on.  Maybe they hear the noise, the roars, if you can generate some.”

Adam Scott made the cut, a +2 over par today, he said he was tired, and is still having putting problems;

“Yesterday was tiring. This is my sixth event out of the last eight weeks and getting out of bed at four o’clock this morning, I wasn’t springing out of bed and then I just misjudged the pace of the greens for most of the day.” 

“I just couldn’t get myself to hit the putt hard enough and when the greens slow down I tend to struggle and I did again today.” 

Come talk with us Adam.

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Charl Schwartzel Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Home town boy Charl Schwartzel has the 36 hole lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Charl carded a second round -5 under par 67 in the Alfred Dunhill Championship to give him a -11 under par tournament total, and a fabulous five shot lead over the field at the half-way stage of the competition. He came out early in the morning to finish the first round and birdied the final hole, and just carried on from there.

Charl  is a three-time winner here, and really likes this course, set on the edge of the Kruger National Park, and said if he could make some putts he could score even better;

“It’s definitely my favourite place to come and play.”

“Every year I’ve come back here, as soon as I arrive I get that real comfort feeling, a peaceful feeling and it is to do with the surroundings, the nature.”

“It’s a place I normally go to, to relax, so I’m playing in a very relaxed environment.”

“On top of that the golf course also suits my eye really well. The last ten years I’ve aimed at the same trees on every hole at the end of the fairway.”

“The last few weeks I’ve been playing well and it’s nice that a few things are falling into place a little better this week.”

“Since Turkey I’ve felt like my long game has been really good and I’ve given myself a lot of chances.”

“That’s one part of the game and if I make some putts I can score better.”

Sharing second place, at -6 under par, are; Benjamin Hebert, Joost Luiten, Pablo Martin Benavides and Richard Sterne.

First round leader Christiaan Basson slipped back today, a sad second round of +4 over par 76 left sharing ninth position at -4 under par.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open Championship winner, missed the cut here, two rounds of over par leading to his downfall. Last year he made every cut, writing eight on his card at the par three 7th here did not help his cause.

Lydia Ko in 2015

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Wins this Year;

ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open; ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic;                   Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic

Canadian Pacific Womens Open;           Canadian Pacific Women's Open

The Evian Championship;                           Evian Championship

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.   Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship

Player of the Year 2015,

Race                                    LPGA Tour


Alfred Dunhill Championship. 1st Round Suspended.

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1st round play in the Alfred Dunhill Championship was suspended due to a weather warning at Leopards Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Home town boy Christiaan Basson was the leader in the clubhouse in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, as play was suspended, with a completed bogey free first round of -8 under par 64, giving him a three shot lead. He and the other leaders took full advantage of his early tee time, and Christiaan said he had played very well;

“I played very well today, I was pleasantly surprised. I was coming into this week with good form but you can’t expect that good a round first off.

“Hopefully I can keep playing the way I’m playing, golf is a funny game, you never know what is going to happen.”

“We’ve just found something that I was doing wrong coming into Cape Town and that’s just one swing thought that has kind of got me on track.”

“It’s not a big thing, it’s a basic thing but it’s made all the difference the last two weeks and I’m quite happy.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are, Mark Williams from Zimbabwe, Matt Ford, England, with another South African Charl Schwartzel, who still has one hole left to complete.

Defending Champion Branden Grace, who finished third in The Race to Dubai last week carded a first round of -1 under par 71.

There are still 39 players yet to finish their opening rounds, with play set to resume at 0630 local time on Friday.

RSM Classic. Kevin K Crushes the Opposition to Win.

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Kevin Kisner crushes the opposition to win the RSM Classic on Sea Island, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

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After a year of runner-up finishes Kevin Kisner finally won, at the RSM Classic on Sunday. He shot a final round -6 under par 64 on the Seaside Course, for a record breaking winning total of -22 under par. A whopping six shot margin over second place, and as he sunk the final putt on 18 his year-old daughter Katie ran over to greet him, smiling from ear to ear Kevin said to her;

“We did it!”

Kevin told reporters he knew it would happen sooner or later;

“I’ve just been playing so well all year.”

“I knew one day it was going to happen when I was going to make all the putts. I did it on the front nine.”

“I hope the floodgates are open.”

“You’ve got to believe you can win on Thursday. I hope that catapults me into believing that every week.”

“What a way to end the year, by far the greatest year of my life golf-wise.”

“To finish it that way, I couldn’t write it up any better.”

Kevin Chappell was second, six shots back at -16 under par, his final round -3 under par 67 never troubled Kevin K. He had this say afterwards;

“When he’s shooting 128 on the weekend, pretty tough to beat.”

Last weeks winner Graeme McDowell was third, at -15 under par, his final round was marred by an approach shot that buried itself deep into the face of the 16th bunker. He made a good five from there, but the momentum was gone.

Graeme said it was the first time he had played alongside Kevin K;

“First time I think I’ve ever played with him, didn’t realize just how steady he was.”

“He played really aggressive today for a guy who has never won a golf tournament.”

“I was thinking if I could get a couple under early on that I might have some sort of a shot. But he closed the door early on. And it was impressive.”

CME Group Tour Championship. Cristie Kerr Wins.

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Cristie Kerr wins the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

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Cristie had a final round -4 under par to win the CME Group Tour Championship with a -17 under par total, a one shot win in the end of year tournament. She said it did not look good earlier in the round, missing putts;

“It’s pretty cool. It’s a lot of different honors.”

“That’s what the year end is about. It feels pretty cool to win the last tournament of the year.”

“Didn’t seem like a whole lot was going my way early.  All of a sudden at the end, I was there when I needed to be.”

“I knew that I was leaving putts short and I knew I had to get it there.”

“When it left my putter and it was going towards the hole, I’ve had so many that were in the heart of the hole that I left a foot short this week.”

” It just kept going and I was like get there, get there, get there.  It went in and I was like, this was the first bit of momentum I’ve had almost all day.” 

Gerina Pillar and Ha Na Jang shared second place, just one shot back at -16 under par. Gerina with a last round -5 under 67 and Ha Na -3 under 69.

World #1 Lydia Ko finished with -11 under par, but still claimed the $1 million dollar Race to the CME Globe for the second consecutive year. Lydia is also the 2015 Player of the Year and tops the money list.

World #2 Inbee Park was one shot ahead of Lydia at the end, -12 under. She has the Vare Trophy for 2015 with the lowest scoring average for the season. With that she earns the 27th and final point needed to earn her way into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Rory Wins It All.

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Rory McIlroy wins it all, the DP World Tour Championship, and along with it The Race to Dubai, at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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Rory won the DP World Tour Championship with  a final round -6 under par 66 to give him a tournament total of -21 under, and a one shot victory. The win also gave him The Race to Dubai trophy, his nearest rival Danny Willett finished seven shots back at -13 under par, in a tie for fourth.

Rory beat Andy Sullivan by that one shot, but not without some drama, it came when Rory found water on the par thee 17th, and then had a 35 ft bogey putt, which he made, that gave him a one shot advantage playing the last;

“It’s definitely the longest putt I’ve ever made for a bogey.”

“I don’t think there’s been one that’s ever come at a better time, so definitely the best bogey of my career.”

“I guess if I had been tied playing the last, I would have backed myself with my length, but giving myself that one-shot cushion made a huge difference and I was able to just hang on.”

“I’ve played really good golf this week, 13 under par at the weekend, I couldn’t think of a better way to finish the season.”

“It means an awful lot, I had to play so well over the weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me.”

Andy gave it his all, but in the end came up just short, the putts would not drop;

“Just to come up head-to-head with someone of Rory’s quality, it was absolutely awesome and something that will stick with me for a long time going forward.”

“I gave it everything on that front nine, I just couldn’t quite get the putts to drop on the back nine. I’ve got so much to take from this week, both the way I’ve played and how I’ve handled it.” 

“For me it’s about doing it on a more consistent basis and getting up there and trying to get in the last group with Rory more often.”

Branden Grace was third, he carded a final round -5 under 67, for a -15 under par total.

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