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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British Masters. Two Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a two-way tie at the top pf the British Masters after round one at Close House Golf Club in England. Tyrrell Hatton, of England shares the honor with George Coetzee of South Africa.

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Tyrrell and George both carded first round scores of -7  under par 63 to top the British Masters leaderboard.

Tyrrell admitted he had endured a bad time on the course this year;

“It was a really good day, I played lovely out there and gave myself plenty of chances, managed to convert a few at the end.”

“Hopefully I can keep the form going with my swing and post another good number.”

“I hit a lot of good iron shots today and it’s nice to feel comfortable in my swing again.”

“Obviously I had a really bad summer, which is frustrating, but you’re going to go through these phases.”

“Golf’s hard and I’m happy with where I’m at now.”

George was happy with his round today;

“I’m happy with the score, a couple of niggles actually while I was playing that weren’t that good but I had the opportunities when they came and we were able to post a pretty good number.”

Five players are then tied in third place, one shot back at -6 under par after opening rounds of 64; Chris Hanson, England, Mikko Ilonen and Mikko Korhonen from FinlandAlvaro Quiros, Spain and  Rikard Karlberg of Sweden.

Rory McIlroy was then in the group at -3 under par. he is playing here mainly due to wanting to stay eligible for next year’s Ryder Cup.

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Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads

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Lucas Bjerregaard, from Denmark, leads the Portugal Masters after 54 holes at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, in Portugal.

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Lucas carded -3 under par 68 in the third round to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard at -14 under par for the tournament.

Lucas is looking for his first European Tour victory;

“It feels good, it’s been a rough year for me so to be in contention again feels really good.”

“I played well in Switzerland two weeks ago and I’ve been seeing my game go in the right direction the last month or so, so to be in contention is great.”

“I’m in a place where I’m still building confidence but it feels good.”

“This is what we play for, this is where I want to be. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

George Coetzee, South Africa, at -13 under par is close behind, he scored -4 under 67 today;

“It’s amazing. Today was probably the best day of the lot and also the most frustrating.”

“I feel like I’ve left a lot of shots out there.”

“it should be fun playing with a bit of pressure and I’m looking forward to it. I’m feeling good, I’ve kind of got a game-plan for everything.”

“You never know what golf can throw at you but I’m just doing the stuff I want to do.”

Three players are tied in third place at -12 under par, Bertasio Nino, Italy, even par 71 today, Eddie Pepperell, England, -3 under 68 and Marc Warren, Scotland, -1 under 70.

Eddie is looking for a good round tomorrow;

“Today was trickier, definitely conditions were pretty windy and some pins were tucked and the greens were not ideal and it was not easy so I was happy.”

“Tomorrow will be no different for me and if I can do that then I believe, the way I’m playing, I can go out there and shoot 66, 67 and that might be god enough.”

“It’s all in my hands, really, I’ve just got to go and do it.”

Marc was happy to be under par on the day, with a good putt on the last;

“The putt on the last from about 20 feet was the best chance I had on the back nine so overall pretty pleased to get off under par.”

Bertasio had problems putting in the wind;

“I didn’t make any putts at the beginning, pretty much all day. I think it just shows how tricky it was this afternoon with the wind.”

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Portugal Masters. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard after the first round at  the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in PortugalJoost Luiten, Holland, and George Coetzee, South Africa, share the honor.

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Joost, bogey free, and George, with one bogey, both carded -7 under par 64 to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard.

Joost was happy to be bogey free;

“I’m very happy, seven under, no bogeys, seven birdies, that’s what you want every day.” 

“I was struggling a little bit with the old driver and a new Taylor Made driver in the bag now, slightly bigger head, slightly more forgiving and especially when it will be windy conditions that will really help.”

“I knew my game wasn’t far off and the good thing about golf is there’s always next week and this week it feels nice and hopefully we can keep it going.”

George started the day with a 59 on his mind;

“I read an article yesterday about 59-watch and after eight holes I was thinking. okay, if I birdie the next one and the next one and the next one.”

“I guess I shot myself in the foot a little bit today but I was quite happy with the way things went.”

“I’ve always played well around this track, posted some good finishes and I really enjoy the golf course, it suits my eye pretty well and luckily today it did that again.”

Tied in second place at -6 under par are six players;  Nino Bertasio, Italy. Grégory Havret, France,  Jason Scrivener,  Australia,  Callum Shinkwin, England and Ashun Wu from China, all with rounds of 65.

The defending Champion here, Padraig Harrington signed for an opening round of -4 under 67, and is in the large group at 16th for the tournament.

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Nordea Masters. Renato Paratore Has Maiden European Tour Win.

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Renato Paratore, Italy, has his maiden European Tour win at the Nordea Masters at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Sweden,

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Renato finished with a last round -3 under par 70 to collect his Maiden European Tour win at the Nordea Masters with a -11 under par total, and a one shot victory.

Renato made par on the last three holes, with three very good putts;

“It feels really amazing right now, I’m very happy.”

“This win means a lot and also to win at a nice tournament like this is very good for me. I feel really great. The first win, I will remember my entire life.

“It feels amazing to be in the winner’s circle with Italians like the Molinaris, Manassero and Rocca.”

“I was one behind the leader so I thought if I played well I could win. In these tough conditions I kept a good attitude until the end.”

“The eighth and the ninth got me back in contention with two birdies, that was a key moment, and the last three holes I managed three very good putts.”

“The last three holes were very good.”

Tied in second place were Chris Wood, a disappointing -1 under 72 today, and Mathew Fitzpatrick with a charging final round of -5 under 68, both players from England had -10 under par totals.

Low round of the day went to George Coetzee, South Africa, -7 under par 66, he finished tied in fourth place with  Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark at -9 under par.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. George Coetzee Leads, Tiger Quits.

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George Coetzee leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, as the second round play was suspended, due to high winds. Tiger Woods quits before play began, citing back problems.

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George was at -3 under par for eight second round Omega Dubai Desert Classic holes, before high winds halted play. He sits on top of the leaderboard at -9 under par;

“We saw this one tree go down. You get a warning from the chairman, it’s about to collapse and start squeaking.”

“I was walking under the trees hearing the squeaking and thinking, this could be me. “

It’s a little bit dangerous out there with the trees collapsing and stuff. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.”

“I’m quite happy with the total I had, playing the back nine, the scoring holes, a couple of holes playing downwind. I’m quite happy to have taken advantage of it.”

Tournament director Mike Stewart made this statement

“We’ve had a fairly challenging day today with the wind.”

“Winds increased during the course of lunchtime into the early afternoon to the point where we had gusts approaching 36 miles an hour and beyond.”

“The result was the last hour of play, effectively, before we suspended, it was such that we had a lot of things going on on the golf course.”

“We had TV towers that the roofs were blown off. We had balls moving on the greens, blew into a bunker at one stage.”

“Five trees came down, it was very unsafe and it was unplayable. So we brought the players off the golf course in the interests of play and safety to the spectators, as well.”

“Hopefully we can get most of the third round completed tomorrow. We’ll still have a bit to conclude on Sunday and, all going well, we’ll still have a good chance of finishing on time on Sunday afternoon.”

Sergio Garcia is in second place at -8 under par, and is -1 under through five holes;

“It was a little bit of a lottery. The wind was all over the place and it was blowing really, really hard, very gusty.”

“Obviously with trees coming down and things like that, we managed to hold on well for those first six holes which wasn’t easy.”

“I think tomorrow will be a little bit calmer and we can get out there.”

Accenture Match-Play. Garcia’s Gentlemanly Conduct. G-Mac King of Comebacks

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 Sergio Garcia was guilty of serious gentlemanly conduct in his loss to Rickie Fowler, conceding a seventeen foot putt. G-Mac came back from the dead once again, a resurrection indeed.

No regrets: Garcia concedes 17-footer in loss to Fowler

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 Rickie Fowler defeated Sergio Garcia, 1 up, Friday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship , but that included the conceded putt of seventeen feet. The incident took place took place at Dove Mountain’s seventh hole, Sergio felt that he  had taken too much time to take a drop at No. 6, and conceded the halving par putt to Rickie. Sergio’s 7-foot par was conceded in return.

Sergio explained the extraordinary event like this;

I don’t regret it at all. I think that this is a gentleman’s game and lately, it hasn’t felt like it’s been like that. This is the way I was brought up by my dad. I felt like my drop on six took too much time. If I would have been in his position, I wouldn’t have enjoyed waiting so long to hit my birdie putt after the great shot that he hit. I thought that was the only thing I could do on seven to make myself feel better and not feel guilty about anything.”

The real problem was bee’s, Sergio asked for a drop away from the bee colony, saying;

 “I don’t want to hit the shot, I’ve had bad experiences with bees.”

Rickie was confused for a while;

“I had to kind of find out what he was asking or offering there, it took me a minute to figure it out.  It would be stupid not to take a half. He said, ‘You wanna halve’ I didn’t know what he meant. I thought maybe he had a sandwich”

For a the third day on the trot, Graeme McDowell came from behind to win. Claiming victory in  his quarter-final clash with Victor Dubuisson at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Graeme was again on the ropes at two down with two to play, he rallied with two closing birdies, which saw the former US Open Champion force extra holes, and a 15 foot birdie putt at the third extra hole, after Hunter had found a greenside bunker. The victory sealed a last-eight spot for the Volvo World Match Play champion.

Graeme was amazed to still be in the tournament;

 “It’s entertaining for sure but I’d much rather have it much easier, believe me. I can’t get my head around it. I was pretty sure I was beat against Gary Woodland, yesterday I thought I had a chance and today walking off the 16th green I thought I was beat again. The par save on the second play-off hole was just ridiculous, he holed from 20 feet there. I can’t believe it really, I have just robbed three players at this tournament and I can’t believe I am still in it.”

Victor Dubuisson avoided a comeback by Bubba Watson, clinging on for a one up victory after being three up with four to play. Making his World Golf Championships debut, Victor feels he is ready to join the next Ryder Cup team;

“I’m definitely ready because I have good experience of match play as an amateur. I hope the three matches I have won will help me get into the team.”

Ernie Els came up with a brilliant approach shot to within two feet at the 18th to see off Jason Dufner 1 up, while the other South African Louis Oosthuizen dispatched Webb Simpson 5-4.

Jason Day defeated George Coetzee 3-1, and Jordan Spieth beat Matt Kuchar 2-1. Jim Furyk defeated Harris English 1 up.

So far this week I have manged to avoid using the word bracket, but thought I had better mention it just in case you thought I was not aware.