Tshwane Open. George Coetzee Wins.

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The home crowd cheered George Coetzee all the way as he lifted the Tshwane Open trophy once again on home soil at Pretoria Country Club in South Africa.

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George won the  Tshwane Open title with a final round -4 under 67, and a -18 under par total, for a two shot win, his putter becoming hot from the 8th hole onwards;

“A lot has happened since the last time I held that trophy.”

“I broke my ankle and I kind of needed to show myself that I could win on Tour again and it’s nice to come and do it again in front of the home crowd.”

“They were amazing, I don’t think I could have done it without everybody out here supporting me the whole week.”

“On the eighth hole I started making everything, me and the greens became one.”

“That really made it easier for me to not worry so much about where I’m hitting it.”

Sam Horsfield, England, was in second place, a last round -4 under 67 meant he could not catch the leader, finishing with a  total of -16 under par,

In third spot was Mikko Korhonen, Finland, -3 under par 68 today for a tournament total of -15 under.

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Tshwane Open. George Coetzee Delights Home Crowd.

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George Coetzee delights the home crowd as he leads the Tshwane Open going into the final round at  Pretoria Country Club in South Africa.

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George Coetzee / getty

George stayed on top of the Tshwane Open leaderboard with a third round -3 under par 68, giving him a -14 under total, and a two shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“Happy with a two-shot lead, I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

“I’m quite happy with the way I played today.”

“The front nine wasn’t that great, I felt like I was trying to control everything but I felt like I loosened up and played pretty nicely from nine onwards.”

“Playing in front of a home crowd is what it’s all about. I hope I can do something special in front of all the guys tomorrow.”

“I shouldn’t actually think of anything tomorrow, just try and play some good golf. “

“It will be hard to take the win out of the picture but I’ll try my best to just go out and play some good golf.”

Chasing him down tomorrow will be Mikko Korhonen, Finland, -2 under 69, and Sam Horsfield, England, with a third round -7 under par 64, they are both at -12 under for the competition.

Sam practiced being in contention at Q school;

“I think everyone just wants to get themselves into contention and I’ve done that so tomorrow’s going to be a fun day.”

“I had a good week at Q-School so when I get into contention I can look back on something like that.”

“It was important to get off to a good start, the back nine is definitely tougher with fewer birdie opportunities.”

Mikko was happy with his round today;

“I’m really happy with my round.”

“I think I have to be a little aggressive tomorrow. I probably have to shoot somewhere around 67 or 66 range, at least.”

Felipe Aguilar, Chile, South African duo of Thomas Aiken and Erik van Rooyen, and Scott JamiesonScotland, are at -10 under in fourth place.

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Tshwane Open. It’s George Coetzee Keeping The Home Crowd Happy.

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It’s George Coetzee, South Africa, keeping the home crowd happy by leading the Tshwane Open after two rounds at Pretoria Country Club.

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George Coetzee / getty

George fired a bogey free second round -7 under par 64 to take over the lead at the Tshwane Open after 36 holes with a -11 under total;

“I’m happy to have posted two pretty good rounds.”

“I’ll try and just focus on playing decent golf and posting good numbers for the weekend.”

“It was a nice stretch on the back nine – my front nine – where I got a couple of birdies in a row.”

“On the front nine – my back nine – I felt like I played pretty well, I just didn’t get the ball in the hole but I guess that’s the way golf works.”

“My short game feels good and it keeps me in the mix.”

Sharing second place, one shot back, ,  at -10 under par are Felipe Aguilar, Chile, -4 under 67 today, and Mikko Korhonen, Finland, with  -7 under 64 in his second round.

Mikko is looking forward to the week-end in contention, saying the putter is always the key;

“I’m excited for the weekend, I haven’t been in contention for a while so it’s going to be fun.”

“I like the course. I like South Africa in general. I like the vibe here, it’s really nice.”

“It’s a really good score but I got to take advantage of some good conditions. It got a little windy on the front nine – my back nine – but the other nine was perfect.”

“The greens were rolling really nicely. I putted pretty well, as I have been doing the last couple of days.”

“I holed a couple of 40-footers out there and made all the short ones.”

“If you hit fairways around here you’re going to get birdie chances and then the putter is always the key.”

Felipe is happy to be up there, but wants  to be there at the end;

“It’s good to be up there, you can only lose a tournament on Thursday or Friday.”

“It’s good to be in the middle of the park and hopefully get some good results on the weekend when finishing.”

Tied in fourth spot are overnight leader Louis de JagerJC Ritchie and Justin Walters, all from South Africa, and also and  Ricardo Gouveia, Portugal, all at -7 under par.

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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 Hatton / getty

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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