Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marcel Makes Home Fans Happy.

Marcel Siem, Germany,  makes the home fans happy with an extra hole win to get into the semi-finals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play.

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Marcel beat Robert Rock of England, with a birdie on the 19 hole of their match, he now advances to the Paul Lawrie Match Play semi-final stage;

“That was by far the toughest match.”

“I don’t know how many birdies we made on the back nine together but it was quite a lot.”

“I was down all day and it was very tiring because you have to fight and dig deep.”

In another tight game Johan Carlsson, Sweden,  overcame defending champion Anthony Wall, England,  on the last hole of their match.

Marcel will take on Johan in the next round.

Spain has two competitors through to the semi’s, Adrian Otaegui, was triumphed 2 & 1 over Alexander Knappe, Germany, while Alejandro Cañizares, in another long match, 20 holes,  beat England’s Chris Paisley. The two Spaniards will now go head to head in the semi’s.

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Fiji International. Wade Ormsby 54 hole Leader.

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Wade Ormsby, from Australia is the 54 hole leader of the Fiji International at Natadola Bay Golf Club.

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Wade shot a third round -6 under par 66 to lead the Fiji International by one shot, at -10 under par going into the final round Sunday.

Wade was surprised to be leading, but thanked a hot putter;

 “It was a bit of a surprise coming up the last, I hadn’t seen too many leaderboards for the day but obviously I’m very happy with it.”

“I didn’t think I would be in that position after seven holes, I was getting a bit frustrated.”

“The putter started to get a bit hot so I started to move in the right direction.”

“I think everyone who has played golf knows that when the putts start dropping you get happier out there.”

” I got my putter going I really started moving forward.” 

Jason Norris, Australia is in second place, one shot back at -9 under, he carded -2 under 70 today to claim second place on his own. He is the only survivor from yesterdays four-way tie at the top.

James Marchesani, also from Australia, is the sole occupant of third position, at -8 under par, he returned a -5 under 67 score today;

James described his good bogey;

“I made a really good bogey on five that I think sort of kept the momentum going.”

“I could have easily made a double but got away with a five and then just sort of stayed patient, which is pretty easy to do just looking at that water out there.”

“I then managed to make six birdies on the back. A good finish.”

In fact it was Australia day in Fiji today the top five places on the leaderboard were all Aussie players.

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Solheim Cup. USA Sweep Afternoon Four-Balls.

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Team USA sweep the afternoon four-ball session 4 – 0, to take a commanding lead in the Solheim Cup at the end of day 1, with a 5½ to 2½ advantage.

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Team USA have taken a commanding advantage in the Solheim Cup and will have a three-point lead starting tomorrow. It is  the first time  ever  there has been a whitewash in the Friday four-balls, which now leaves Team Europe a mountain to climb over the next two days.

Team  Europe Captain Annika Sorenstam was gracious in defeat;

“It wasn’t the afternoon we had wished for, but the players fought very hard.”

“I must say the U.S. team played very well, they made a lot of birdies. They made a lot of putts.”

“And we just didn’t have the same flow. So overall, just still feel pretty happy how we had the setup. And like I said, the girls fought to the end.”

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Wyndham Championship, Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Wyndham Championship after two round at Sedgefield Country Club. Ryan Armour and Webb Simpson share the honor, leading the field by one shot.

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Ryan shot -9 under 61, and Webb -6 under 64 to top the Wyndham Championship leaderboard at -13 under par for the two rounds, and lead by just one shot.

Webb has not won on Tour since 2014, and wants to keep making birdies;

“Keep making birdies, stay aggressive and know that there’s plenty of good golfers behind me.”

 “I got to keep the hammer down.”

Ryan wants to qualify for the post-season, but only the top 125 are eligible to tee it up next week. Ryan is currently at 187 on that list;

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“Could turn your life around.”

“I had some goals at the beginning of the week. I knew where I stood and, you know, right now the goals are attainable.”

Henrik Stenson, from Sweden is in third place at -12 under par he carded a second round -4 under 66, and says he has the game plan to win;

“The game plan is there, I got the set-up in the bag to give me those numbers off the tee that we need and it’s just about going out there and playing, continue making birdies and giving myself birdie chances.”

“It’s a low scoring golf course, keep it going.”

It is moving day tomorrow, and it will be interesting to see if anyone can separate themselves from the field, and take an advantage into the final round Sunday.

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The Solheim Cup. Europe Lead Morning Session.

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Team Europe lead the quest to regain the Solheim Cup, taking the morning foursomes 2/½ to 1½ at  at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

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Mel Reid / Charlie Hull (Eur) v Cristie Kerr / Lexi Thompson (US) – halved
 Carlota Ciganda / Caroline Masson (Eur) v Danielle Kang / Lizette Salas (US) – US won 1 up
Anna Nordqvist / Charlie Hall (Eur) v Paula  Creamer / Austin Ernst (US) – Europe won 3&1
Karine Icher / Catriona  Matthew (Eur) v Stacy Lewis / Gerina Piller (US) – Europe won 1 up

Team Europe Charley Hull (England), Georgia Hall (England), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (England), Mel Reid (England), Florentyna Parker, (England), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Karine Icher (France), Catriona Matthew (Scotland).

Team USAUSA: Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda, Danielle Kang, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, Lizette Salas.

 

Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marcel Siem Delights Home Crowd.

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Marcel Siem of Germany delights the home crowd with a 2 up win over yesterdays record breaking Mikko Ilonen from Finland.

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Marcel and Mikko were all square with two to play, but Marcel birdied them both to delight the home fans at the  Beckenbauer Course at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany;

“I said to myself at the beginning of the week, I won four tournaments and a World Cup with my emotions.”

“I know some weeks they got in the way for me but I think to get back on track I need my emotions; that’s me.”

“I think I have another ten years in front of me and I want to keep my emotions out there.”

“I tried to be a lot calmer, that doesn’t work for me and it was really enjoyable today.”

“A few fist pumps, I hope the people liked that, it’s just automatic for me it’s not being a show-off, that’s me.”

The tournament host Paul Lawrie, Scotland, went down 2 & 1 to Alejandro Cañizares from Spain.

Johan Carlsson, Sweden defeated the tournament top seed Matthew Southgate , England 4 & 2.

More home fan good news came when Alexander Knappe had a  5 & 4 win over Victor Dubuisson of France.

Alexander said he had played well;

“It was good, I played very solid, it was a good game.”

“Always just stick to your game and play as good as you can and hopefully you win.

Thomas Detry. Belgium, beat Nacho Elvira, Spain, 3 & 1, while Tom Lewis, England won 4 & 2 over Zander Lombard from South Africa.

Jamie Donaldson, Wales  beat Jorge Campillo, Spain 4 and 3, and defending champion Anthony Wall, of England defeated  Haydn Porteous, South Africa 1 up.

Chris Paisley beat Nathan Kimsey 4 and 2. Paul Dunne beat Jens Fahrbring 4 and 3.

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Fiji International. Four Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the Fiji International leaderboard at  Natadola Bay Golf Club. Scott Hend, and Jason Norris from Australia, Gavin Green, Malaysia, and first round leader Daniel Pearce, New Zealand.

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Scott, -6 under 66 today, Jason, -4 under 68, Gavin, -3 under 69, and Daniel, who carded a second round -1 under 71, are all tied at the top of the Fiji International leaderboard at -7 under par.

Scott was unhappy at missing a lot of putts;

“We just tried to play stress-free golf in the wind.”

“I missed a lot of putts but I still walk off the golf course with six under and in a good position at the halfway mark.”

Daniel was happy to still be at the top;

 “It’s always nice to be at the top. I can’t complain about how things went today.”

Jason had a nice chip in birdie;

“I said to my caddie ‘this is the toughest shot of the day’.

“If I leave it a fraction short it rolls back to my feet so I was pretty happy to see it go in.”

“I would have been happy to make a four.”

Gavin did not make as many putts as he would have liked

“I played pretty solid today. It was like yesterday but I didn’t make as many putts as yesterday. It was solid overall. 

“I stayed really patient out there in the windy conditions. I had to grind on a couple of holes.”

Adam Bland, Peter Wilson and David McKenzie were another two shots back in a tie for fifth place at -5 under par.

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