Lalla Meryem Cup. Florentyna Still Flying High.

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Florentyna Parker is still flying high at the top of the  Lalla Meryem Cup leaderboard at the conclusion of day 2 on the easier Blue Course at  Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

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 Florentyna carded a second round -1 under par 71, in windy conditions, to hold on to the top spot on the Lalla Meryem Cup leaderboard in Morocco;

“I was really pleased with my round as it was windy this morning.”

“I hit one really close on eleven, which I bogeyed yesterday, so I was quite pleased, and birdied 18, which was my ninth.”

“There were some solid pars, a few up and downs and a wild bogey but other than that it was quite steady.”

“It’s always quite hard to come back after a really good round.”

Isabelle Boineau -2 under par 70 today, and Liz Young, even par 72,  share second place, two shots back at -4 under par at the half-way stage.

Isabelle took some advise from  Florentyna, and bought a book from the Pro shop showing the contours of the greens. It has helped improve her putting;

 “I followed her smart idea and bought one and it worked really well.”

“I’ve been putting really well from two metres to four metres and the book really helped for the long putts as well to get a good distance.”

“The greens look really flat but there are a lot of slopes. They are really pure and roll perfectly.”

Liz started with two birdies and two bogey’s on the front nine, and level par on the back, maybe being four months pregnant is taking its toll, draining her energy and making her tired;

“It was a level par round, out in level, back in level, but I didn’t start off very well.”

“It took me until the seventh hole to hit a green so I was wondering what the day would bring.”

“I managed to start striking it better but the last four holes I felt like I was crawling around the golf course and now I’m going to go to bed.”

Defending champion Gwladys Nocera is in a group T4, at -4 under par for the tournament, and all are in touch of the leader, tomorrow is moving day, lets see who moves up.

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Trophée Hassan II. Francesco Laporta Leads.

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Francesco Laporta leads the  Trophée Hassan II on the tough Red Course at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

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Francesco carded a second round -2 under par 70 to lead the  Trophée Hassan II with a -6 under par half-way total. The Italian rookie has not been in this position before and is excited and apprehensive at the same time;

“I haven’t been in this position going into the weekend at a European Tour event before, so I’m just going to try to enjoy it and do my best.”

“It’s going to be exciting at the weekend.”

“It should be a great experience and I’m looking forward to it.

“It was just a really solid display and I enjoyed it.”

Jason Scrivener from Australia,-1 under par 71 today, Borja Virto Astudillo from Spain, -2 under 70,  and South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, -4 under par 68, share second place just one shot back at -5 under par.

American Daniel Im, -3 under 69, Irishman Peter Lawrie -3 under 69 and South African Zander Lombard -2 under 70 were tied at -4 under par.

They are a single shot clear of Englishman Gary King -2 under par 70 today and France’s Adrien Saddier who had a second round of even par 72, for their -3 under par 36 hole totals.

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Wells Fargo Championship. Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe Lead 1st Round.

 

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Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe lead 1st round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

Andrew Loupe and Steve Wheatcroft both shot a 7-under 65 in Round 1 for a share of the lead. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Steve and Andrew both carded first rounds of -7 under par 65 to lead the after the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

Andrew said he was just trying to keep up with the pace set by Steve:

“Kind of felt like I was trying to keep up the whole time with Steve.”

“We both had it rolling early. Just solid golf for the most part, just looking to keep that momentum going.”

Steve likes Quail Hollow;

“I’ve always loved this place.”

“They’ve lengthened it out a little bit now where it’s a lot harder to make those eagles and birdies, but I’ve always loved this place from the day I got here.”

Anirban Lahiri is in third position at -6  under par following his first round 66.

Sharing fourth are Dewie van der Walt and Kevin Chappell, both with -5 under par 68.

Rory McIlroy is in the field, but looked rusty recording an opening round +1 over par 73, after celebrating his birthday on Wednesday;

“I mean, I would much rather be in red numbers, but I’m much happier now than I was three hours ago, I guess.”

“I just need to go out tomorrow and shoot a good second round, something in the sixties, and get myself back into the tournament going into the weekend.”

“When I go out on that course, I feel like I have to play pretty badly not to shoot a decent score, I guess.”

“It’s a work in progress, but it feels better than what it did at Augusta.”

 “I feel like I can release the club a little bit more.”

“I knew I was going to have to sort of play my way into the next couple of weeks.”

 “With the nine holes I played Tuesday and the pro-am yesterday, I felt it actually feels pretty good.”

“But it’s all different. It’s always different when you get a scorecard in your hand and it really matters.”

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Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Laetitia Beck Out In Front.

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Laetitia Beck, from Israel, is out in front of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.

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  ISR    Laetitia went out early and took advantage of the soft greens needing only 26 putts to record a 1st round -7 under par 65;

“The conditions are great, the greens are softer than what I played last year; they were softer so we can attack more, so I think that’s why it’s a scoreable course this year, especially because we can just go for it, especially with having short irons. “

“I think here on this golf course it’s all putting, because it’s a very scoreable course, and hitting a lot of greens, hit the right part of the green, and I think I was doing well making putts, even though I did miss birdie opportunities, but I made good putts for birdies and just kept going.”

“I have been working on my swing in the past month or so, struggled a bit after Australia but last week my game started feeling better.”

“I felt I was going to do well in Texas but I struggled with making putts and my short game wasn’t good at all.”

“That’s why I didn’t make many birdies last week. Today I gave myself a lot of good birdie opportunities and I finally made putts.”

Sharing second place are Annie Park, and Minjee Lee both carding  -5 under par 67 in the opening round keeping them in touch of the leader.

In fourth position is Alejandra Llaneza  with a -4 under par, 68 opening effort.

Morgan PresselVicky Hurst and Candie Kung are T5 with first rounds of -3 under par, 69.

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Trophée Hassan II & Lalla Meryem Cup. Mighty Event in Morocco.

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It is a mighty history making event in Morocco this week as for the first time the European Tour, Trophée Hassan II  and the Ladies European Tour, Lalla Meryem Cup are being played at                                                          the same time as the Men tackled the Red Course, and the                                                                Women  the Blue Course at  Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

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On day 1 ITA Francesco Laporta, FRA Thomas Linard and AUS Jason Scrivener topped the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard with rounds of -4 under par 68.

Jason was pleased with his opening effort;

“It was pretty tricky out there this morning, pretty wet and quite cold, so to shoot a 68 in those conditions was very pleasing.”

Second place was shared between five players all on -3 under par, MAR Younes El Hassani, ARG Estanislao Goya, FRA Mike Lorenzo-Vera, FRA Adrien Saddier and ESP Borja Virto Astudillo.

Over on the Blue course ENG Florentyna Parker is the clear leader in the  Lalla Meryem Cup, shooting an opening round of -5 under par 67.

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Florentyna accidentally broke the shaft in her driver during the Pro/Am on Wednesday, a new shaft arrived just in time for the first round;

“The tour van only had extra stiff shafts and I play regular.”

“I got someone else’s shaft but it wasn’t the right one and then this morning, luckily I had one sent from home.”

Three ladies are tied in second place at -4 under par, ENG Liz Young, who is four months pregnant, was bogey free, NOR Marianne Skarpnord and SWE Oona  Vartiainen

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Brian Stuard Gets Maiden PGA Tour Win.

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Brian Stuard gets his maiden PGA Tour win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans  beating Jamie Lovemark on the second hole of a playoff on Monday.

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At the conclusion of 54 holes, shortened tournament due to the terrible weather conditions, three players were tied at the top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard.

Brian Stuard, -3 under 69 today Jamie Lovemark, -4 under 68 and Byeong-Hun An, -7 under 65, they all had 54 hole totals of -15 under par.

Play-off hole was the par five eighteenth, where Byeong-Hun An was eliminated at the first round with a bogey six.

Brian won at the second time around with a birdie 4, to Jaimie’s par 5.

Brian said he was not playing so well;

“I wasn’t playing great. I was just kind of, I don’t know; hanging around.”

“I kind of hung in there all week. I just didn’t get too ahead of myself and just stayed real patient, and it paid off.”

Jaime was a bit miffed at missing out;

“I feel good, not too disappointed.”

“Just a little bummed, but moving on to next week.”

There was some great play going on further down the field with Bobby Wyatt finishing in fourth position after carding -8 under par 64, which included two bogey’s. He was  just one shot off the play-off places and could have won, but three-putts for bogeys on the par-3 14th and par-4 15th cost him dearly;

“I certainly haven’t been in this position a lot, so I think probably some of it is nerves.” 

“I found out I can play with these guys.”

World number one Jason Day, -6 under 66 today,  finished up tied for fifth place with Chris Kirk, -7 under 65, both at -13 under par, and Jason just wanted another round;

“I just wish it was 72 holes, at least I gave myself an opportunity to be around the leaders.”

 

 

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Washout, Reduced to 54 Holes and Monday Finish.

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Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas share the partial third-round lead at 13-under par over the saturated TPC Louisiana course. The event has now  officially been reduced to 54 holes and a Monday finish.

Monday finish likely in New Orleans

Brian -1 so far and Johnny-2, for -13 under totals, have completed just five holes of the now final round in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Bobby Wyatt is currently in third place at -12 under par, just one shot back, Bobby is -6 under par through nine holes of the last round.

Jamie Lovemark is fourth, even par in the third after five holes, with a -11 under par total.

Last weeks winner Charley Hoffman is in contention again, he is in the big bunch at -10 under par, Charley has finished fourteen holes of his final round.