DP World Tour Championship, Sergio & Francesco In Front.

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Sergio Garcia, from Spain and Francesco Molinari, Italy are in front at the half-way stage of the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, in Dubai.

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Sergio and Francesco both shot -5 under par 67 to lead the  DP World Tour Championship with -9 under totals.

Sergio had one bogey, and some iffy putts;

“I felt like I was swinging the club really, really well.”

“I was hitting a lot of good shots. I hit a couple of iffy putts here and there but I made some really good ones, also. I was very happy to see all of that.”

“I’m excited about it. It’s good to be out there with a chance the last tournament of the year. I just want to make sure that I keep playing the same way I’ve played these first two days and see where that takes us.”

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Francesco said he will repeat the same performance tomorrow;

“Just keep doing the same and hopefully I’ll get a similar result tomorrow.”

“I’m happy. It was another good day, it’s very early, obviously, but it’s nice to keep building a nice good round after good round.”

Yesterday’s leader Lee Westwood is in third place at -8 under par, after his second round score -2 under 70.

In the overall contest to win the Race to Dubai, the current leader Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, remained in top spot after he fired a -3 under par 69 to sit at -3 under for the tournament T 17, the same score as number two Danny Willett who carded -2 under par 70 today.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy followed his disappointing opening  round +3 over 75 with a -4 under 68 for a tournament total of -1 under par and T 29.

Race to Dubai

 

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Aussie Rod Wins.

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Aussie Rod Pampling wins the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

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Victorious Rod Pampling

Rod carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the  Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a -20 under par total, a two shot winning margin.

This is Rod’s first win in ten years on the PGA Tour, and it was very satisfying;

“It’s extremely rewarding.”

“Winning Arnold Palmer’s event is still on top. But coming back from what we’ve had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it’s phenomenal. Amazing.”

“It’s self-belief, and grinding on the Web Tour gives you confidence you can compete against the younger guys.”

Second Place went to Brooks Koepka, -4 under 67 today for a -18 under par tournament total.

Lucas Glover finished in third, at -17 under par, a final round -2 under not too impressive.

Best round of the day went to Francesco Molinari, from Italy, -10 under 61, it elevated him to finish tied in fourth position at -16 under par.

Italian Open Has An Italian Winner, Francesco Molinari.

 

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Francesco Molinari won the Italian Open, making history by becoming the first Italian to win his national Open twice.

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Frankie shot a final round -6 under par 65 at Golf Club Milano, to win the Italian Open with a -22 under par total;

“It’s been a roller-coaster, it’s amazing to see this amount of people out here supporting me.”

“I had the ideal start, I couldn’t start any better.”

“When I birdied 12 I got four shots clear and thought maybe I could relax a bit and I got punished straight away.”

“Coming in I had nothing left, I was just playing with my soul.”

“I was hitting horrible shots but somehow I managed to bring it in.”

Chasing Frankie all the way was Major winner and Ryder Cup man, from England, Danny Willett, he came second just one shot adrift at -21 under par, following his last round -5 under 66;

“It was good, it’s obviously disappointing to lose by one but Frankie came flying out the blocks and made it very difficult for me to catch him.”

“I managed to make it really interesting with the birdie on 13 and the eagle on 14 and at that point I thought I had a chance.”

“But I hit a couple of loose shots on the way in, and fair play to Frankie because he played some great golf under unbelievable pressure.”

“I’ve shot a 66 on the final day and finished on 21 under, so I can’t be too hard on myself because there’s not much more I could’ve done.”

“Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit you got beat by the better player on the day.”

“If you finish a golf tournament 21 under par and you lose, I don’t think you can be too disheartened about it.”

“Against Frankie in Italy is tough, I’m sure it’s going to be 100 times worse when we get to the Ryder Cup in America, but it’s been a little bit of a taster.”

“It’s been good to play under that pressure and be under the gun and be in contention.”

Sharing third place at -18 under par were Elvira Nacho, from Spain, -6 under 65 today, and Chris Paisley from England who had a -3 under par 68 last round.

Italian Open. Alex Levy Leads.

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Alex Levy, from France, leads the Italian Open after the completion of 36 holes at very wet Golf Club Milano. The third round is now suspended due to darkness and weather delays.

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Alex carded -7 under through 14 holes of the third round, before play was suspended due to darkness, to post -14 under par at  the  top of the Italian Open, leaderboard;

“It’s not finished but I started well, it was really good to play like that today.”

“I played well the first two days but I started really strongly today.”

“A good start, nice eagle on the first, nice birdie on the second and I kept going like that all day really. I’m really happy with the way I’ve played golf the last three weeks.”

“I was injured for three or four months and to come back like that is really nice.

“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow but it’s just nice to be playing some really good golf again.”

Second place is shared by four players, all at -13 under par.

Local favorite  Francesco Molinari, -4 under in ten third round holes. Chris Paisley, even par through 9, Chris Hanson, -2 under through 9, and Danny Willett, -1 under after 8 holes.

It is all to play for tomorrow, should be an exciting finish to this wet and soggy competition.

 

Italian Open. Rikard Karlberg Leads Lightning Delayed Tournament.

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Defending champion Rikard Karlberg leads in the lightning delayed Italian Open tournament in Milan.

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Rikard carded a first round -7 under par 64 in the lightning delayed Italian Open, where almost five hours of play was lost due to torrential rain and the threat of lightning at Golf Club Milano.

Rikard finished his day with an Eagle at his last hole, the par five 9th;

“That’s as good as it gets. It was great round.”

“I felt at a few tournaments there have been too many bogeys, I haven’t been able to save par to get the round going and today I did that and in the end we shot seven under.”

“I’m very happy with that.”

“You know when you get chances here and you have to keep it a bit cool and try to hit greens.”

“I kept my cool even though it was a longer day. Standing over the last shot into green on the ninth I just told myself, ‘I’m so tired but it’s just one more shot’. Pleased to execute as good as I did.”

“It’s not a proper flow but we can sleep in tomorrow and play with the kids a bit and enjoy some time with the family before arriving here. It shouldn’t be any problem.”

Local favorite  Francesco Molinari is in hot pursuit, he holds second place at -6 under par following his opening effort of -6 under par 65.

Tied in third spot are Robert Karlsson and Adrian Otaegui, who went round  bogey-free for -5 under 66.

French Open. Thongchai Jaidee Wins.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, wins the French Open at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Jubilant Thongchai easily won his 8th European Tour title, the French Open, carding a final round -3 under par 68 for a -11 under par total and a four shot winning margin.

Thongchai spoke about perfection this week, including good putting;

“I think this is the biggest tournament in my life. This golf course is fantastic for me, I’m really happy with that. Absolutely perfect.”

“I’m very happy to have my family here this week together and also really happy to win the tournament here.”

“I know the golf course is fantastic. I’ve been here many, many years and I think especially this week, it’s a special week for me to win the tournament out here.”

“Sometimes you need one perfect week. You can’t do well every week. This week is my perfect week because I didn’t miss much.”

“Anything I missed, I found I could lay up and make a good shot and make par and that’s it.”

“It’s my biggest win ever, I played great this week, no complaints at all.”

“I had Rory two shots behind me but I tried to play my own game, hit a lot of fairways and greens and I knew this week I was putting well.”

Francesco Molinari, from Italy claimed second place at -7 under par, his last round -5 under par 66 was the low round of the day, and it took him up the leaderboard.

World number four Rory McIlroy could do nothing in the final round, signing for an even par 71 leaving in him third position at -6 under par, and five shots off the pace of Thongchai.

BMW PGA Championship. It’s a Tie at the Top.

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It’s a tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at the Wentworth Club.

Byeong-hun An birdied the 18th hole to catch Francesco Molinari at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par.

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Francesco is looking for a wire to wire win at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, but Byeong-hun is seeking his first European Tour victory, and is making a real fight of it, carding a -5 under par 67 third round to Francesco’s -4 under 68.

Francesco spoke about Tommy Fleetwood holing out with a seven iron from 198 yards on the par four 4th hole on Wentworth’s West Course for just the third albatross in the history of this tournament, and putting some pressure on the guys at the top;

“There were a few guys flying at the start with the albatross and other stuff you don’t want to see when you’re leading a tournament.”

“I stayed calm and overall it was a good day.”

“Every tournament is different but to win here would be pretty much at the same level I would say as the WGC events.”

“I think it’s one of these tournaments that it’s just a little step underneath the Majors but definitely one that you want to have on your resume in your career.”

South Korean rookie Byeong is playing very well in his first season, having already recorded three top-ten finishes in an impressive start to his professional career.

“I was really consistent all day, I hit it well and then missed a couple of shots, which is possible on this course, but overall I played great today.”

Thongchai Jaidee from Thailand is in third position at -12 under par, just two shots off the pace, he signed a card for a third round -4 under par 68.

Tommy Fleetwood, apart from his Albatross, scored an Eagle on the par five 12th, to get to -11 under par for the tournament, and 4th place with a third round -7 under par 65;

“That was about as good as you can play a hole of golf.”

“Perfect drive, 198 yards to the pin. I was thinking one club less but went with a normal seven iron and it pitched seven or eight feet right of the pin and span in.”

“Wobbly [his caddie Phil Morbey] was pretty excited because it was his choice of club, not mine.”

“You have to try and calm down after that, and I fired a five iron miles over the green on the fifth with a little bit of adrenalin.”

“The last seven or eight months I’ve had a lot of top fives and a lot of top threes. I’ve come close and people have just played better than me.”

There’s not much I could have done about it. It’s just such a fine line between winning and finishing second and third. You want to be remembered for winning and it would be great to win this week.”

Miguel Angel Jiménez sits in fifth spot, thanks to another hole in one, last week it was at the Spanish Open, which won him 288 bottles of beer, this one set a new European Tour record;

“It’s very prolific this year, the last few months.”

“You get the right distance, the right club, hit a good shot and that’s the ingredients you need to make a hole-in-one. It’s nice to have the record.”