Italian Open. Matt Wallace In Front.

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Matt Wallace, from England, is in front of the field at the Italian Open after 54 holes at  Golf Club Milano in Monza, Italy.

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Matt carded a third round -4 under 67 to take the lead in the Italian Open with a -17 under par total, and will have a two shot lead over the field going into the final round tomorrow;

 “I’d say we’re probably only halfway there, halfway done, because Sunday is a different day.

“I’m going to go out, fight as hard as I can and hopefully be standing here with the trophy tomorrow.

“Like I said yesterday and the day before, I’m playing some really nice stuff.”

Tied in second place at -15 under par are defending champion Francesco Molinari, Italy, -5 under 66 today, and last week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship winner Tyrrell Hatton, England, -6 under 65 today.

Francesco is looking forward to tomorrow;

“I’m very pleased. I played very well. I think the game has been improving throughout the week, which is important.”

“Obviously I know it’s going to be tough tomorrow but I’m in a good position. It won’t be easy for anyone, but I’m happy to be in the mix.”

“I’m just looking forward to the last day of such a great event, with great crowds.”

Tyrrell played nicely, and holed some good putts;

“I played really nicely all day to be honest.”

 “I holed quite a few putts on the front nine, and sadly, I just couldn’t make the most of my opportunities on the back nine.”

“So you know, it was a game of two halves on the greens but I’m in a good position going into tomorrow.”

George Coetzee, South Africa, -6 under 65 today and  Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -3 under 68 in his third round, share fourth place at -14 under par.

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Italian Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are now just two players tied at the top of the Italian Open leaderboard after day 2 at Golf Club Milano in Monza, Italy. Marcus Fraser, Australia, shares the honor with Matt Wallace from England.

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Marcus shot his lowest ever European Tour score, -9 under par 62, to join Matt, -6 under 65 today, at the top of the Italian Open leaderboard after the second round.

Marcus took his putting performance to a new level;

“To come and do that today, I’m pretty proud of myself and it’s quite reassuring that I still can play golf.”

“I felt like I’ve putted well and scrambled well this week.”

“Today I took it to a new level with the putter. I felt like I putted well yesterday and I probably out-did it today.”

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Matt enjoyed the good weather today;

“When I won in Portugal, I backed up a ten under with a seven under. It’s not that rare, I have done it before.

“Yeah, I just played good golf out there today and it’s perfect weather for us to shoot low.”

Tied in third place, two shots back at -11 under par, are two of yesterdays six leaders, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, and Jamie Donaldson, Wales, both carded -4 under 67.

Kiradech did not have a good day with his putter;

“I was still hitting a lot of great quality shots today. The putter didn’t work as well as yesterday.”

Jamie also suffered from a cooler putter;

“I played well again. The putter wasn’t quite as warm today as it was yesterday.” 

Local favorite, defending champion, and another of the first round leaders, Francesco Molinari is alone in fifth place, a -3 under today giving him a -10 under total;

“It wasn’t easy but everyone was obviously willing me to do well and I tried to stay calm and stay in my own bubble. I did that pretty well.”

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Italian Open. Six Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a six way tie at the top of the Italian Open leaderboard at the  Golf Club Milano. Defending Champion Francesco Molinari, from Italy, to the delight of the home fans is joined by Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, Alexander Björk, Sweden, Jamie Donaldson, Wales, Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace from England.

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The top players all carded first rounds of -7 under par 64 to lead the Italian Open by just one shot.

Francesco was happy to come back and play well at home;

“Obviously it was another good day. I started pretty much where I left off last year, so it was great.”

“It’s great to see the crowds. I think there’s a nice buzz around the place and I’m happy and proud to be part of it.”

Kiradech was another happy player, with his putter working well;

“I’m really happy with the way I played in the first round, seven under.” 

“This course really suits my game, small greens, quite a narrow golf course and my driver and putter are working so well, so that’s why I made a good start.”

Alexander had a solid round;

“I played really solid today, I’m really pleased with that round.”

Jamie also had a good day with the putter;

“I played really well. I didn’t do much wrong really today, that was the secret.” 

“When I had a chance of holing a putt, I made it.”

“I generally putted a lot better, and tee-to-green was pretty good.”

These six are closely followed, at -6 under by George Coetzee, South Africa, and Ben An, from South Korea.

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US PGA Championship. Justin Thomas Wins Maiden Major

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Justin Thomas of the USA won the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club, his maiden Major title.

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Justin carded a final round -3 under par 68 to win his first Major title, the US PGA Championship, with a two shot winning victory;

“I know that a Major champion will never be taken away from after my name.”

“Hopefully I’m going to win some more, plenty more, a lot more, whatever.”

“I know you can’t get to two unless you get one so I’m excited to have this and it’s incredible. It was an awesome day. It was a great experience. It’s huge for me.”

“As a kid growing up, being a golf fan, you want to win all the Majors. You want to win any Major.”

“For me, the PGA definitely had a special place in my heart and maybe a special drive, I guess you could say. I want to win every tournament I play in.”

“I want to try to win every Major.”

Francesco Molinari, Italy,-4 under 67 today, Patrick Reed, USA, -4 under 67 and Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, -1 under 70 , all shared second place at -6 under par.

Francesco had a great time;

“It was great.  Great round today. Started very well and  just had it rolling pretty much all day.”

“The rough is really thick. There’s water in play. It’s long. I mean, there’s nothing really easy about it.”

Louis bemoaned a poor putting performance;

“I didn’t really make any putts the whole round, the only putt I made was on the last hole.”

 “I left myself with an impossible first putt on 16 and could have done better than that but three-putted.” 

Patrick too had putting problems, burning the edges;

” I made enough birdies but I had too many bogeys.”

“I had too many good opportunities for birdies and a really good opportunity on ten for eagle and just burned edges rather than making putts.”

 

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US PGA Championship. Hideki & Kevin Share Lead.

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Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Kisner share the US PGA Championship lead after two rounds at Quail Hollow.

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Hideki, Japan, shot an interrupted second round -7 under par 64 at the US PGA Championship, pausing in the middle for 1 hr 45 mins for a weather delay, to catch Kevin, -4 under 67  at the top of the leaderboard at -8 under par. The second round was unable to be completed due to darkness falling.

Hideki welcomed the delay, saying he was tired, his poor play with his driver was the culprit, but his putter cheered him up,  needing just 23 putts Friday,

“I was grateful for the rain delay because I was getting tired, I was able to lay down in the locker room and get some rest.”

“I think what was making me tired was I wasn’t hitting my driver like I wanted to, I was hitting fairways but I wasn’t getting the crisp contact that I was hoping for with my driver.”

“Twenty-three putts just means I missed a lot of greens.”

“The greens here at Quail Hollow, as you know, are really fast.”

“And there’s a lot of putts that honestly, I’m not trying to make. I’m just trying to get it up near the hole, and a lot of them are going in.”

Kevin, USA, is playing well, and likes his chance to win here;

 “Any time I can get a wedge in my hand or a par five that I can reach, I feel like I have to make birdie.”

“If I can get a six or seven iron in my hand,” I like my chances around here.”

“Those are the holes here that are allowing me to have that opportunity.”  

“I’m just excited about the opportunity, I’m really fired up about the way I’m hitting the golf ball.”

“I haven’t hit it this well this whole summer, a lot of average finishes. When I start hitting it the way I am now, I play well.”

Jason Day, Australia, is in third place,  at -6 under par after his second round -5 under par 66, a bit more like his old self;

 “It felt like the old days, which was only last year. It feels like 10 years ago.”

“I’m improving each and every day now, and actually I’m hungry again and I’m looking forward to trying to beat these guys here in a bit.”

“But I’m very motivated right now. Like I want to win again. So I’m excited about that.”

Tied in fourth position at -4 under are Francesco Molinari, Italy, also carding -7 under 64 today, Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa, -4 under 67, and Chris Stroud, USA, who is at -2 under today through 13 holes.

The next group is back at -3 under, and will need something special on moving day if they want to contend on Sunday.

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BMW PGA Championship. Alex Noren with a 62 Wins.

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Alex Noren, from Sweden, shot an amazing final round of 62 to win the BMW PGA Championship, on the revamped West Course at Wentworth Golf Club, in England.

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Alex had carded eight birdies in his first sixteen holes, to tie the leaders, and then made Eagle on the 18th to seal victory at the BMW PGA Championship, with a -10 under par 62 final round, giving him a tournament total of -11 under par.

Alex said he had no intention of winning this tournament this morning, but gave his best ever putting performance today;

“It feels amazing and crazy because I had no intention of trying to win this morning.”

“I didn’t even think about it when I came off the course quite angry yesterday after playing a good round and chipping it into the water from the back of the green on 18.”

“It’s a great feeling now but it feels unreal.”

“It’s a tough course mentally coming down the stretch. It’s not super narrow but it’s just if you hit it a little bit wayward it can cost you.”

“I putted probably the best I’ve ever putted.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, was in second place, two shots back at -9 under par, with a last round -4 under par 68;

“Bittersweet, obviously. I’m happy with my performance today.”

“Alex did something quite special so it was hard to beat, really.”

Three players tied in third place at -8 under par, Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, -7 under 65 today, Henrik Stenson, Sweden, -4 under 68 and Hideto Tanihara, Japan, -4 under 68 in his final round.

Nicolas said he should have had ten under;

“You know what, I had it on a string all day. It could have been ten under except for one bad swing on 15.”

Henrik said he just made too many mistakes;

“Too many unforced errors and this was definitely the best chance for me to win this tournament over all the years I’ve played it.”

 

BMW PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt, of Australia has the 54 hole lead in the BMW PGA Championship on a windy West Course at Wentworth, in England.

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Andrew Dodt, approach to the last

Andrew carded -4 under par 68  in the third round,to take the lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, with a -8 under par total.

He mentioned in the windy conditions in interview;

“It was a different wind direction to the first two days.”

“It was pretty tricky, the first 12 holes were really tough with the greens firm.”

Branden Grace, South Africa, who earlier in the competition had received a controversial free drop lies in second place at -7 under par, compiling -2 under par 70 today.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, +2 over 74 today, and Lee Westwood, England, with an even par round of 72 today, share third place at -5 under par.

The Olympic Champion Justin Rose, who yesterday made an Eagle at the last to make the cut, carded -2 under 70 in his third round and is now at even par for the tournament. If the wind continues to blow tomorrow he could have a chance if he can produce an early low round and set a reasonable clubhouse target.