Coats Golf Championship. Second Round Completed, Ha Na Leads.

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Ha Na Jang took the Coats Golf Championship second round lead in the late finish today.

Ha Na  finished her second round at even par 72, giving her a one shot lead at -7 under par, which she achieved yesterday with that -7 under 65.

Haru Nomura and Lydia Ko are just that one shot behind at -6 under par for the tournament. Haru with a second round -6 under 66, and Lydia posting another round of -3 under 69.

There then follows a group of five ladies on -5 under, Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson, Xi Yu Lin and Sei Young Kim.

The third round is now in session, lets hope that the weather is kind to them today.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Rafa Has The 36 Hole Lead.

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello has the 36 hole lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Rafa had another -5 under par 67 today to take the lead in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at -10 under par, and has a one shot lead going into the weekend.

The 2012 Champion tied for second place at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters last week, and said he is in good form, especially in the putting department;

“My game really is very good at the moment, I’m confident I’m doing all parts of the game well.”

“Today it was just a couple sloppy swings that maybe affected my confidence a little bit, but I know the game is really sharp.”

“I’m just enjoying golf at the moment. I worked hard over the break and I’m happy to be here competing again and ready.”

“Having won here before is a bonus. If it gets to the point of the last few holes on Sunday that I have a chance to win, I know I’ve done it before, so I can do it again, especially here.”

“I’ve always loved these greens. I’ve putted really well here before, especially 2012.”

“So I’m putting well, I putted really well today. I putted really well yesterday, even though I hardly holed anything yesterday, but still putted well. And today, they wanted to drop.”

Sharing second place at -9 under par is three-time champion Ernie Els with Danny Willett and Trevor Fisher Jnr.

Danny recorded brilliant bogey free second round -7 under par 65, which really rocketed him up the leaderboard.

At -8 under are Joost LuitenThorbjørn Olesen, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood who are all proven winners.

Rory McIlroy had a very quiet day, but avoided total disaster posting a second round of even par 72, and had to make three birdies on the last three holes to achieve that score.

At -4 under for the tournament he is now six shots off the pace at the half-way sage, with a lot of work to do if he is going to make a challenge for the title.

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Coats Golf Championship. Heavy Thunder Storms Halt Second Round.

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The predicted heavy thunder storms have halted second round play at the Coats Golf Championship in Florida.

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Lydia Ko has joined Ha Na Jang at the top of the Coats Golf Championship leaderboard in the weather delayed event , but Lydia has completed 17 bogey free second round holes, and Ha Na has yet to start her second round.

Both ladies are at -7 under par for the competition, but we will have to wait a little longer to see if play is resumed today.

Currently sharing third place at -6 are Haru Nomura, with a completed second round of -6 under 66, and Kelly Tan, who has completed only three second round holes, but is -2 under on the day.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Alex Noren Leads.

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Alex Noren leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the fist round at  the Emirates Golf Club.

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Alex shot a first round -6 under par 66 to take an unexpected lead in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic;

“I hit a lot of good shots but a few bad shots and got away with it, and then you end up with 66.”

“I’m very happy, I didn’t really expect it and then it feels even better.”

“I was very happy when it was all over because it didn’t feel that good warming up. I hit my irons really good all day, pretty average driving.”

“It was tough on a few holes, a lot of draws here and I don’t like to draw it. So I’m really happy.”

“I hit a lot of fades off the tee, and here you know it’s a drawer’s course. So you feel a bit down as a fader.”

“But you just have to accept it and maybe play less aggressive on some holes.”

Four players are sharing second place, just one stroke back at -5 under par,  Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Brett Rumford, Trevor Fisher Jnr and Peter Hanson all carded opening rounds of 67.

There is then a large group of eight players at -4 under par, including Rory McIlroy, a two-time winner here and also the defending champion. Three-time champion Ernie Els and 2011 winner Alvaro Quiros are also in this group with their opening rounds of 68.

Rory was pretty happy with today’s result, it was a bad bogey start on #10;

“I thought I did well, considering the start, and some of the shots I hit today.”

“A 68 was probably a fair reflection of how I played.”

“I don’t think I really could have gone any lower than that.”

“But at the same time I gave myself enough chances to make birdies.”

 

Coats Golf Championship. Ha Na Cards An Albatross, Again.

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Ha Na Jang recorded another Albatross, to take the first round lead at the Coats Golf Championship, the course in Florida is her favorite lay-out.

Ha Na Jang of South Korea reacts to her second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers at Golden Ocala Golf Club

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Last week in the Bahamas Ha Na scored an Albatross, and she has repeated the feat again to top the Coats Golf championship here in Florida. Her first round -7 under par 65 has given her a massive three shot advantage going into the second round tomorrow;

“No.7 is a very lucky number, so I feel very comfortable today because last year I had a second-place finish, so I really have more confidence on this golf course.”

“I like it’s an old golf course, and just thinking like on the fairway and the greens, there’s no problem because the weather is perfect and then everything is really good today.”

“Oh, it’s perfect, no bogeys. I like it. So today is like more, I don’t want to think about that it’s windy and don’t play for a score. I don’t see the scoreboards. I just keep going just simple, simple, simple.”

There is a group of six ladies tied in second place at 4-under par, including rookie In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, Kim Kaufman, Candie Kung, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Kelly Tan, all with opening rounds of 68.

World #1 Lydia Ko had a more moderate start, carding -3 under par 69, but apart from trying to win this tournament Lydia has the Olympics, and the Zika epidemic on her mind;

“Everybody is so excited for the Olympics.”

“First of all we are more thinking about the people there, the people who are affected by it rather than what is going to happen with the Olympics.

“Obviously I’m just hoping that everybody there is safe. There are some things that we can’t control and that it is out of hands.”

“We still have eight months until the Olympics, it’s something we have got to keep looking at and monitor but for now, I guess that is all we can do.”

 

Farmers Insurance Open. Brandt Snedeker Wins.

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Brandt Snedeker wins the Farmers Insurance Open, after sleeping on his total -6 under all night, having finished yesterday before the storm hit, halting last round play.

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Brandt completed his superb final round of -3 under par yesterday at the Farmers Insurance Open, giving him the winning total of -6 under par.

There were quite a few guys who were close to him at the start of overtime play today, but the wind really got up, making it very difficult playing conditions, and no one could even catch Brandt to get into a play-off.

KJ Choi was the closest, he needed a birdie on the final hole, the par five 18th, but his approach shot into the wind was not accurate enough to leave him an easy chance. He two putted to ensure he had second place on his own, at -5 under, after posting a final round +4 over par 76.

Kevin Streelman captured third place at -4 under par for the tournament, a last round +2 over par 74 good enough for a decent placing.

Singapore Open. Song Wins Weather Delayed Tournament.

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Younghan Song wins a weather delayed Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club.

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Younghan won the Singapore Open with a -1 under par final round of 70, for a -12 under par tournament total, in this much maligned, weather affected competition. He thought long and hard about the par putt he had to make the next morning after being called off the course the night before;

“That one night felt like a week! It was crazy. I couldn’t sleep and I was constantly thinking about putting throughout the night.”

“I read the line well on 16 and just maintained my composure on 17 and 18. I knew the title was for me to lose as long as I don’t make any silly mistakes.”

“Looking back, I think the suspension helped as the winds were starting to blow hard yesterday and that might have made a difference.”

World #1 Jordan Spieth finished in second place at -11 under par. He too had to come back in the morning, facing a birdie on 18, which might have got him into a play-off, he made the putt, which put the pressure on, but to no avail;

“I went to the putting green to practice early in the morning as I knew I had to get that birdie to force a play-off.”

“It was nerve-racking and I was happy I managed to stroke the ball well and it went in.”

“I made some poor decisions in the middle two rounds as I was trying to do a little too much. But overall, it has been a great experience and I had a really good time here.”

Liang Wen-chong, from China finished third, at -10 under par, a last round -2 under 69 not enough to get him into a play-off.

Miguel Tabeuna shared fourth place with Shintaro Kobayashi, both at -9 under par. Miguel spoke his first ever Monday finish;

“This is my first ever Monday finish. It has been a really long week.”

“It was tiring, mentally and physically. But I’m happy with my results. It’s a great start to the season.”