British Masters. Robert Karlsson Leads.

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Robert Karlsson of Sweden leads the British Masters after 54 holes at  Close House Golf Club.

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Robert carded a third round -3 under par 67 to top the British Masters leaderboard with a -12 under par total, and will start the final round with a one shot advantage;

“Every time you play well, every time you’re up in contention at tournaments, it’s what we all practice for and what we all play for.”

“It’s fantastic to play here. It’s a great crowd and I’m very, very happy to be in the last group. It’s a long time since I was there.”

“I didn’t hit the ball very good so I put myself in a lot of trouble. But I managed to keep it together very nicely and I’m very proud of the way I scored in the end. So it was good.”

Five players are tied in second place at -11 under par, Ian Poulter, England, -2 under 68 today, Paul Dunne, Ireland, -5 under 65, Richie Ramsay, Scotland, a bogey free -5 under 65, and Tyrrell Hatton, +1 over 71 and Graeme Storm, -3 under 67, both players from England.

Ian stated his intentions;

“I’ve come here this week to do a number of things. One is to get back in the top fifty, and two is to win this golf tournament.”

“I’m now in position going into Sunday I realistically have to feel I’m in with a shout.”

Tyrrell was frustrated;

“I would say it was a very frustrating day. I didn’t actually play too badly. I had so many awkward numbers when you’re right in between clubs.”

Graeme suffered from poor putting;

” A little bit disappointing from, I think it was twelve, where I missed quite a short one and went on to miss another short one and another one.”

Rory McIlroy shot -6 under par 64 today to put himself into contention at -10 under par, holing some putts;

“I felt today I did get the most out of it. I scrambled well when I needed to. Some of these sort of three and four-footers that you leave yourself on these greens are pretty tricky.”

 At least I put myself in the position today where if I do hole those putts tomorrow, it might mean something, so that’s nice. sixty four was good.”

 

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Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Wins Maiden European Tour title

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Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, wins his Maiden European Tour title at the Portugal Masters, at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Portugal.

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Lucas breezed to his Maiden win at the Portugal Masters with a final round -6 under 65 to post a winning score of -20 under par, a four shot victory; 

“I’ve been in this position a couple of times before so to finally come through and get my first win feels really good.”

Today is up there with one of my best rounds.”

“Not so much the six under around here, I’ve done that before, but under the pressure some of the shots I hit.”

“The two shots I hit on 17 are some of the best I’ve hit in a long time.” 

“I felt like it was my time to go out and grab it and not wait for someone to hand it to me.”

Marc Warren from Scotland claimed second place at -16 under par, with a last round of -4 under 67.

Eddie Pepperell, England, -4 under par 67 today and Graeme Storm, -3 under 68, also from England shared third place, another shot back at -15 under par.

Best placed local players were tied in fifth place at -14 under par; Ricardo Gouveia, -6 under par 65 today, and José-Felipe, -4 under 67.

Ricardo suddenly started to putt really well;

“It was an amazing day for me, in front of home crowds as well. On the last day, on a Sunday, it was really, really nice.”

“I played a lot better today. I knew I had good chances, good opportunities on the back nine. I just stayed patient.”

“I rolled a good putt on 11, a good putt on 12, and all of the sudden, I started believing that I could get close to the leaders.”

“Overall, I’m really happy with the week.”

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Lyoness Open. Felipe Flying at the Top.

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Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, is flying high at the top of the Lyoness Open leaderboard after 36 holes at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Felipe signed for second round of -2 under par 70 to stay ahead of the field at the Lyoness Open, still leading by two shots, saying in interview that his putting is much better;

“I have been playing better but I haven’t been able to score. My putting is better, especially my irons and off the tee.”

“It was very difficult after five holes, the wind really picked up, the greens are getting hard and it is difficult to get it close and you have to calculate every time ten yards short, especially if you miss the fairway.” 

“So it was very difficult and unfortunately I finished with a bogey but overall it was a pretty good round. You are going to make some mistakes today but you just have to make sure you make some birdies as well.”

Graeme Storm, England, is in second place at -7 under par, a second round -3 under par keeping him in touch with the leader. He mentioned the windy conditions, saying he needed a little bit of luck on the day;

“It was really difficult out there. The wind was really blustery and the fairways are really firming up and so are the greens.

“I struggled a little bit again today, I don’t feel as though I am swinging it correctly or hitting the ball great.” 

“I am just trying my best to get round and managing to put a score together, and getting a little bit of luck as well.”

Johan Carlsson, Sweden, -1 under 71 today, and Oliver Fisher, England, -3 under 69, are tied in third place at -6 under par.

In the group at -5 under for the competition is David Horsey of England who equaled the course record today, -8 under par 64, and was happy with his putter;

“I played lovely out there.”

“I putted nicely, maybe could have holed a couple more towards the end but on the whole 64 in those conditions I will take every day.” 

Nordea Masters. Jamie Donaldson Has Lead.

 

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Jamie Donaldson, from Wales, leads the Nordea Masters  going into the weekend at  Barsebäck Golf & Country Club in Sweden.

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Jamie carded a second consecutive round of -4 under par 69 to take the half-way lead in the Nordea Masters, at -8 under par, and will also take a two shot lead into the week-end.

He said that better chipping and putting had set up the good rounds;

“I played nicely, there were times when the ball wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but I made some great escapes.”

“The chipping and putting has been better over the last couple of days.”

“I have been playing quite nicely recently but just not quite putting it all together but the first couple of days here, I’ve been able to do that.”

“More of the same for the weekend, really. I’ve got my map of the golf course and how to play it. I don’t know what the weather is going to do tomorrow, it might be windy, it might not, so we’ll wake up and take it from there.”

Renato Paratore, from Italy, is in second place at -6 under par, a second round -1 under 72 keeping him in touch of the leader, but he did start the day as joint overnight leader.

Three players are tied in third place at -5 under par, Graeme Storm, -5 under 68 today, and Max Orrin, even par 73 today, both from England. They are joined on that total by Benjamin Herbert, France, who scored -2 under 71 in his second round.

 

BMW SA Open. Graeme Beats Rory, in a Play-Off.

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Graeme Storm beat Rory McIlroy in a play-off for the BMW SA Open title at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Graeme shot a final round -1 under par 71, to be tied at the top of the BMW SA Open leaderboard with Rory McIlroy, -4 under 68 today. Both players were on -18 under par for the tournament, and a play-off began. It took three play-off holes, the par four 18th each time, before Graeme claimed the title, Rory carding a bogey third time around.

Graeme said after his second win on Tour;

“I am speechless. It’s been incredible and I can’t quite believe it.”

“This is a dream come true, especially after what happened to me last year with my card and everything.”

“I really took a lot from that experience and told myself to try and grasp the opportunity of getting my livelihood back with both hands and I have done that this week.”

“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I hung in there today and didn’t play my best stuff but I knew if I could hang in there that I might get my chance and thankfully it came.”

“It really means everything to me to be in the winner’s circle again.”

“I have been to hell and back to be honest with you. It’s been an absolute rollercoaster over the last year and a half, especially the end of last year.”

“There was pressure today but not the same pressure as trying to keep your European Tour card. That’s real pressure and something I don’t want to feel for a long time.”

Rory is sad that he lost, but happy with his start to the season;

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“I wish I could have done a little more but it’s not a bad way to start the season and gives me something to build on in the weeks ahead.”

“I am going for a scan tomorrow, I fly to Dubai tonight and then will go for an MRI tomorrow just to see what’s up with this joint in my back.”

“It was manageable this week with tape and a few pills so I am fine but first and foremost I have to get fully fit and healthy again and hopefully I’ll be alright to play next week.”

Jordan L Smith finished third, at -17 under par, a -4 under par 68 final round giving him that position on his own, an experience he would like to achieve again;

“That was insane, like nothing I have experienced in my life and I absolutely loved it. I am very pleased.”

“I was very, very nervous at the start of the round so to make those (early) putts was a big help and really settled me into the round.”

“It was just such an amazing experience today, especially coming up the last hole there. Honestly it was just insane.”

“I am absolutely delighted with the week overall. I would have loved to have won but I got myself into contention and looking forward this experience will be invaluable for my future.”

“I just can’t wait to play in front of crowds like this again. This has exceeded all of my expectations ahead of the week. I knew I was playing well and was confident coming here but I didn’t expect to end up in this situation.”

BMW SA Open. Graeme Storm In Cruise Control.

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Graeme Storm is in cruise control at the BMW SA Open, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow at the Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Graeme shot a third round -5 under par 67 to stay in control  of the BMW AS Open with a 54 hole total of -17 under par. He will of course be very aware that Rory McIlroy holds second place at -14 under par, he too had -5 under 67 today.

Graeme is hoping to claim his second European Tour title, and is still making putts;

“I am just really pleased that I kept the momentum from yesterday and played really nicely and holed some good putts.”

“I find myself now in a position that I have only been in a couple of times over the past few years.”

“Things have been difficult and last year was a tough year but it has given me a new lease of life and I hope to continue playing well.”

“I thought I had lost my card and all of the privileges that come from playing on the European Tour and when that happens you realise that you can’t afford to lose it.”

“I have never played with Rory before and I know him really well so it will be a lot of fun.”

“If he hits a good shot and pips me or beats me comfortably or whoever makes a move from behind I can’t really control that.”

“All I can do is control my golf ball, I can’t control anyone else’s.”

“If I can shoot another score in the 60s I’ll be pleased even if I don’t win. I have come here as a big underdog so that is fine with me.”

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Rory wants a fast start tomorrow, and hopes to apply some pressure;

“I started well, I felt like I drove the ball well today for the most part and gave myself plenty of chances.”

“I took quite a few of them, especially in the middle of the round like I did yesterday as well, so it was a decent score.”

“I felt like it could have been a couple better. The finish was disappointing, not birdieing the 15th and dropping a shot on the way in but I’m still in with a shout going into tomorrow and that’s all I can ask for.”

“I’d like to be a few shots better or at least a few shots closer to the lead. Hopefully I can get off to a good start tomorrow and put a bit of pressure on Graeme and it will be interesting.”

Sharing third place are, Jbe Kruger, -3 under 69 today, and Jordan L Smith, -4 under 68, with -13 under par totals.

BMW SA Open. Graeme Storm Equals Course Record.

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Graeme Storm equals the course record as he stormed to the top of the BMW SA Open leaderboard at Glendower Golf Club in South Africa.

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Graeme carded a second round -9 under par 63 to lead the BMW SA Open at -12 under par,a two shot lead at the half-way stage. A thunder and lightning storm meant play was suspended before everyone could complete their rounds from the later starters.

Graeme said a red hot putter through both days was the key;

“The putter was hot, it was hot yesterday and it was hot today.”

“It’s obviously great to shoot a score like that, I had a putt on the last, it was a long putt to equal my best-ever score.

” Yesterday I didn’t capitalise as much as I did today.”

“I could have birdied a couple more of the par fives, I only birdied one of them today. So to shoot 63 and only having birdied one of the par fives around here, you know, I’ve played pretty well.”

“I tip Rory to win this week because he hits it miles and he hits it straight. If I keep on his tail, I’ll be happy.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are, Trevor Fisher Jnr, -4 under 68 today, Jbe Kruger, -5 under 67 and American Peter Uihlein who scored -8 under 64 today.

Rory McIlroy, who carded -4 under par 68, and manged to bogey his last two holes, is in a tie for 5th, at -9 under par with, Laurie Canter, Jordan L Smith, Keith Horne and  David Drysdale.

Rory had considered withdrawing from the tournament, with a back problem;

“I’m actually surprised I’m standing here, I actually thought about pulling out before even teeing off today.”

“I tweaked my back somehow and the first few shots today weren’t very comfortable and it still isn’t really comfortable.”

“I can’t really take a deep breath because I’ve done something to my upper back.”

“I’m going to go get some treatment now. Considering that, I played well, stuck at it and hopefully I can feel better tomorrow.”

“I don’t want to withdraw, it would let a lot of people down so that’s why I kept going today. As I said, I’m going to get some physio now and hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow.”