Nanshan China Masters. Darren Clarke & Liang Wen-chong Share Lead

Defending Champion Liang Wen-chong and Major winner Darren Clarke share the lead at the Nanshan China Masters at the Shandong Nanshan International Golf Club.

Darren Clarke

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Liang and Darren are at -8 under par for the Nanshan China Masters, Darren with a third round -4 under par 68, while Liang carded -2 under par 70. Darren said the game is all about pressure;

“There is pressure in any event. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the Open Championship or the China Masters. I’ve practiced really hard these last couple of years since I’ve won the Open and just not been able to get the scores. Obviously I’d be delighted to win on Sunday, but there’s 18 holes of golf to go and a lot of talent there or thereabouts at the top of the leaderboard.”

China Masters lead shared by three

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Liang won last years title in fine style, playing the 18th with South Korea’s Y.E. Yang five times before coming out on top of the play-off. He is very respectful of Darrens presence;

” He is a very respected player and as the local I’m ready to face his challenge and will try my best to play well.”

Zhang  Xin-junKwon Sung-youl and Scott Strange share third place, all at -6 under par, just two shots off the lead.

Kwon is playing in his first OneAsia event after finishing 20th at Q-School in January, and is somewhat of a surprise package here;

“It’s my first time to visit China and also my first OneAsia event, but I am calm and stable. When I was doing my national service, I was really thirsty for golf. That is what has motivated me in Korea this year.”

Charl Schwartzel, other Major winner is currently tied in sixth place alongside Australian Terry Pilkadaris and Kiwi Gareth Paddison at -5 under par for the tournament. Charl is very frustrated with his recent performance;

“To have these sort of weeks frustrates me a lot because I know I can play a lot better, especially on a golf course like this where you should be a lot more under par. On the brighter side, at least I’m not far behind. We all know the game and sometimes it changes overnight so hopefully I can find something that will get me through tomorrow and let me hit the ball the way I know I can and at least give Darren a run.”

Nanshan China Masters. Three Tied At The Top


Three players are tied for the lead at the Nanshan China Masters tournament at Nanshan International Golf Club.

Wen-chong Liang

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Chinese duo  Liang ,Wen-chong the defending Champion and Zhang  Xin-jun share  the lead of the China Masters with Kiwi Gareth Paddison. At the end of play on the second day all three players have a total of -6 under par for the tournament.

Liang was the most impressive player of the trio on Friday as he carded a -8 under par second round of 64, which included 10 birdies and an Eagle at the 10th hole as well as four bogeys. He admitted it was an up and down round;

” Yes it was. I was putting very well, but my driving was also really good today. I even missed some putts and I should not have dropped shots. That could have been better, I will try my best this weekend, but there are still two days left and anything can happen.

Zhang scored a -5 under par 67, for his second round, while Gareth finished with a -3 under par 69.

Gareth Paddison

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Gareth said he had played solid golf;

” Really solid, I can’t complain with the form at the moment. I guess I was a bit disappointed watching Rory (Hie) get off to such a good start and I felt like I missed three really good chances on my front nine. It is a game of patience out there. Stay patient and the back nine is where you can really get some birdies. I can’t really complain too much. Our side of the draw definitely got the best of the conditions, simple as that. It was windier this morning and Liang Wenchong’s 64 shows just what class a player he is. It’s funny, I’ve never been in this position in a OneAsia event before, tied for the lead after two days, and I sort of feel as if I left a few shots out there. It was a bit of a sombre feeling walking off the course, but at the same time being tied for the lead is fantastic.”

Zhang is looking forward to playing with Liang;

” I teed off well, the driver and putter are going good. The fourth is very difficult, but I made a birdie and from then my irons were fantastic. My only bogey was on the seventh. It really doesn’t suit me, but I got one back with a chip-in for birdie on the par-three eighth.  I’m looking forward to playing with Liang Wenchong. Since the 2011 World Cup I haven’t played a tournament with him, just a couple of practice rounds. I’m pleased to play with him again and hope to learn from the experience. He has done very well  this season and I hope I can also play well this weekend.”

China Masters, First Round Play Suspended.

Play was suspended in the first round of the China Masters because of bad light. there are still 14 golfers to complete their rounds,

American rookie Eric Mina carded a brilliant -4 under-par 68 on Thursday to take a one-shot clubhouse lead in the first round of the U.S. $1 million Nanshan China Masters.  The links-style Colin Montgomerie Course at Nanshan International Golf Club played havoc with the scoring and only 14 players were under par in the extremely windy conditions.

Eric Mina

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Eric was really happy with his round in the windy conditions;

“I’m really happy. I controlled the ball very well. It was really windy out there so had had to put your ball in the right spot on every hole and not short side yourself. That was the big thing today.  I didn’t want to short side myself, I was putting it really close. I made one big putt on six, it was about a 55-, 60-footer, but for the most part I hit the ball really well and controlled  the wind.”

There are three players currently tied in second place, Lucas Lee from Brasil, Kiwi Gareth Paddison, and Ted Oh from Korea, all at -3 under par, with rounds of 69.

Lucas unfortunately had three bogey’s in a row on the front nine;

 “It was a tough stretch of holes. I only played one practice round so I wasn’t sure really how to play them and I made a couple of mistakes. But I stayed patient and the round turned around pretty good. I’ve been playing pretty decent all summer. Nothing too crazy, but nothing too bad. I was really excited to be come back to Asia and play these next few tournaments.”

Gareth was impressed with his iron shots today;

” I played really good. Lots of really good iron shots. I drove it ok, but a lot of really good iron shots. I had numerous chances out there and it could have been a few better without a word of a lie. I managed to hole a few unexpected putts, a 45 footer on the 16th, but then hit a career shot into 17, about four meters past the hole. Holing the putts when it mattered was also a key. Even though I missed the cut at the Dunhill Championship, I felt I was playing ok and I have really been practicing, so I can’t complain going into this week. I felt really comfortable out there.”

Major winner Darren Clark shot an even par first round of 72, to be tied in 15th place, he said it was tricky out on the course;

” It was tricky out there today. The wind was pumping on a few holes. Some of the par fours played exceptionally long due to the wind and there’s not much run out there, so I’m pretty pleased with level par. There was some good scores there, they’ve obviously played well and rolled the ball well. I was surprised coming up the last to see those scores. That’s a great effort. Fair play to them.”

Talisker Australian Open. Great Scott Eases Past Poor Poults Performance

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Adam Scott played a great last round to ease past a poor performance from Poults at the Talisker Australian Open at the Kingston Heath Golf Club on Sunday.  Adams final round of  -5 under-par 67 gave him a four shot win over defending champion Ian Poulter. Adam described the week as perfectly satisfactory;

Satisfaction is the perfect word to describe this week, it is probably the only tournament of the year maybe one other where I have put four solid rounds together. It was great to be part of it. The golf Ian and I played over the past two days was the highest standard of golf there is. I can’t tell you how good it was. My swing was good all week but today it was very good. I just tried to play instinctive golf. I took my chances on the front 9 and then just tried to hang on on the back nine.”


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Ian Poulter made too many mistakes today, the beaten defending champion was disappointed with his performance, but complimentary of Adam’s solid round;

“It has been a great week, I am disappointed because I led into the final round and haven’t won but it has been a great week. Adam played very solid and forced me into a couple of mistakes. I made a fateful error on the 17th  {he missed a putt form two feet} when I was standing over Adam’s line but he played a lovely round of five under”

I said yesterday that the winner from these two would be the one who made the least mistakes, Ian Poulter made bogey on two par fives, for a man of his caliber that is not a mistake, it is criminal negligence.

New Zealander’s Mark Brown and Gareth Paddison tied for third place, eight shots behind Adam Scott’s winning score.