Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Sergio and Loost Lead.

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ESP Tournament Host Sergio Garcia shares the Andalucia Valderrama Masters lead with NED Joost Luiten of Holland after round one at Real Club Valderrama in Spain.

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Sergio and Joost both produced opening rounds of -5 under par 66 to lead the Andalucia Valderrama Masters by one shot.

Sergio hit some lovely iron shots and made a few putts;

“It was nice, it was gettable because it was soft but you still had to hit good shots and I was able to do that for the most part of the day.”

“I’m very happy with my round.”

“The game was on pretty much all day. I hit my irons very well, I didn’t drive the ball well on the eighth hole but I was pretty much spot on there and I made some nice putts here and there.”

“The greens were rolling quite fast, more than anything the back nine was even faster than the front. Overall I think it was very solid.”

Joost found it tough going into the wind today;

“It was early when I teed off and I thought the back nine was playing tough, playing long and the ball wasn’t going as far.”

“The 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th are pretty much into the wind so you’ve got to be patient if you’re playing that nine first.”

“Finally on my back nine, the front nine, I started to hit some really good iron shots and I hit some really close for easy birdies.”

ENG Robert Rock, of England, and ESP Pablo Larrazábal from Spain are then tied in third place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67.

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Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Eun Hee Ji Leads.

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Eun Hee Ji, from South Korea, leads the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship after the first round in Taiwan.

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Eun Hee carded a -6 under par 66 to lead the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship by three shots on day one;

“I changed my swings a little bit. That one I worked on a lot. My caddie is helping me a lot.”

“It’s like more information for wind and club choosing. That’s everything.”

“I think just a good day. I’m just more relaxed with the weather. That makes it a lot easier for when I play.”

Sharing second place are Sei Young Kim, also from South Korea, and Meghan Khang, USA, and Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand, all with opening rounds of -3 under par 69.

Sei Young said is was a tough day;

“Oh, really tough day today because we got a lot of rain, and a couple of holes, really gusting wind.”

“It was tough to judge distance and how to take the club.”

“Me and my caddie were talking about the right way, and yeah, we did a great job.”

Meghan mentioned the tough conditions;

 “Even in these conditions, I think it’s still a great score.”

Five ladies are in fifth place at -2 under par, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Brittany Altomare, USA, Jenny Shin, South Korea, Azahara Munoz, Spain and local player Min Lee from Taiwan.

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THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES. Justin Jumps Ahead.

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Justin Thomas, from USA, jumps ahead in the first round of the THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES at Jeju Island in South Korea.

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Justin shot -9 under par 63 to jump ahead of the field in the THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES tournament in South Korea, and will take a three shot advantage into the second round. Before his round Justin predicted;

“It’s not very difficult in terms of how wide the fairways are, and with the course being pretty soft we’ll be able to have a lot of control over what we are doing.”

Five players are tied in second place at -6 under par, with rounds of 66, from the USA, Patrick Reed, Chez Reavie, who was bogey free, and Scott Brown, they are joined by Gavin Green, Malaysia and Marc Leishman from Australia.

They are followed by a posse of players at -5 under par, this is going to be a low scoring tournament, so expect another exciting day tomorrow.

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Italian Open. Tyrrell Takes The Trophy.

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Tyrrell Hatton, England, takes the Italian Open trophy at Golf Club Milano in Monza, Italy.

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Back to back wins for Tyrrell, last week the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and now the Italian Open. The tournament looked to be heading for a play-off until Tyrrell rolled in a fifteen foot birdie putt on the last green to clinch the title with a bogey free last round -6 under 65, for the wining total of -21 under par;

“It’s amazing to win one but to win back-to-back and defend in two weeks is unbelievable.”

“I knew I needed a low score today, and the front nine was pretty slow and I didn’t really get any momentum.” 

“I was fighting myself, trying to stay patient and J.B, my caddie, was saying good things will come.”

“Although I found it hard to believe, I tried to stay patient. In the end, I guess I got my reward.”

“The end goal is to get as high as possible up the world rankings. Obviously the last two weeks have helped a lot.”

“To win a Rolex Series event is very special. They are new for this season and all of the players look forward to playing in them.” 

“I’m just happy that I could win one of them after a poor showing in them during the summer.”

Tied in second place, just as they were preparing for a play-off, were Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -6 under 65 today and Ross Fisher, England, who must have thought he would win with his final round -8 under par 63, the low round of the day, but it only got him into the second place tie at -20 under par.

Kiradech had to settle for second place, a bad mistake on sixteen;

“I’ve been playing solid golf for all four rounds. I made a double on the 16th but the birdie on the 17th was one of the best shots that I’ve ever hit.”

“Overall I still finished tied second. I’m still happy with the result. It was a fantastic putt on the last hole.”

Ross was second last week, the same man beat him today;

“Last week I had a goal to shoot 62 and managed to better that and shoot 61.”

“I thought, if I aim for 60, I might beat it and get a 59. But hey, 63, it’s a fantastic score on a Sunday.”

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LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Jin Young Ko Wins.


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KLPGA player Jin Young Ko, from South Korea, wins the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at SKY72 Golf & Resort Ocean Course in South Korea.

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Jin shot a final round -4 under par 68 for a LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship winning total of -19 under par.

World #2 Sung Hyun Park, also from South Korea, was in second place at -17 under par, with a last round of -4 under 68.

Third position also belonged to South Korea, In Gee Chun, a final round -3 under 69 giving her that place on her own at -16 under par.

Best placed foreign players were Lizette Salas, USA, fourth at -14 under and Marina Alex, USA, fifth at -13 under par.

 

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CIMB Classic. Pat Perez Persistent Precision Play Wins The Prize.

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Persistent precision play from Pat Perez, USA, wins him the prize of the CIMB Classic trophy at TPC Kuala Lumpur, in Malaysia.

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Pat carded a final round -3 under 69 to totally eclipse all contestants and win the CIMB Classic with a -24 under par winning score;

“I knew I had to stay on the gas here, because guys are playing so good you can go low any day.”

“I was expecting someone to shoot sixty three or something like that.”

“I’m a different person than I was seventeen years ago. Even, like five years ago.”

“So I’m learning how to play the game. I’m learning how to play my own game and stay within myself and that kind of stuff and, like you said, I’m a late bloomer.”

“I”m not gonna change anything, I’m still not gonna work out. I’m still gonna have a bad diet. I’m going to enjoy myself.”

Four shots back was a resurgent Keegan Bradley, USA, a bogey free final round -5 under par 67 confirming his return to the top flight, with a second place finish at -20 under par.

Xander Schauffele, USA, even par 72 today, and Sung KangSouth Korea, with a last round -1 under par 71, tied in third position with -17 under par totals.

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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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