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.”

Porsche European Open. Triple Tie at the Top

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At the end of the second day at the Porsche European Open there is a triple tie at the top of the leaderboard. Graeme StormRoss Fisher and Charl Schwartzel share the top spot at ten under par in Germany.

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Eagle man Graeme Storm 

Graeme carded an Eagle, at the 514 yard par five 10th in his -4 under par second round of 67.

He explained the chip shot at his interview;

“I didn’t quite hit my second shot to get on the green but I had a lovely chip and run with a lob wedge which came off perfect.”

“I’m really happy to shoot four under today. I didn’t feel I was swinging it that great today.”

“I didn’t feel I was hitting the ball that great but I got round and made a few putts and I had a chip in on the tenth for eagle, which always helps.” 

“You need to score on those holes, 11, 12 and 13. I let myself down a bit on 13 with my only bogey of the week so far.”

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Ross Fisher

Ross Fisher carded -6 under par 65 to post his -10 under total, and was very pleased with the result;

“I’m delighted. I played some very good golf out there. My form has been good and I am hitting the ball nicely. Results just haven’t shown that.” 

“Missing the cut in Holland, I didn’t actually play that badly. I felt fresh coming into this week after a week off and felt pretty comfortable out there in the pro-am.” 

“It is a course that suits me, I can be aggressive off the tee with the driver and the greens are so pure. I’ve got good vibes with it being the European Open, having won the tournament.” 

“I’m delighted it is back on the schedule and I’m delighted to put myself in position after two days.”

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Charl Schwartzel

Charl shot -5 under par 66 was happy to be in contention, and with his putting;

“It’s nice to play some consistent golf. I’ve been feeling like I’m going to play well for a while, knocking on the door, but not had the momentum go my way.” 

“This time around I’ve kept it together nicely. I’ve hit lots of greens, given myself lots of opportunities and made a few putts, which helps. 

“The putting is getting better. I’ve been hitting lots of putts where it has missed by the time you hit it. 

“I can chip, that’s not my problem, but things like that (the second hole) are what you need when you are going to have a good tournament and compete. It keeps the momentum going. 

Tied in fourth place are Byeong Hun-An and Richard McEvoy, who are one stroke  back on -9 under par for the competition. BMW PGA Champion Byeong  also carded an Eagle today, on the same par five as Graeme.

Home favorite Bernhard Langer had an even par round of 71 today to stay at -5 under par for the tournament.

 

Euro Tour ISPS Handa Wales Open. Its Bond, Liam Bond.

Liam Bond leads the European Tour  ISPS Handa Wales Open at the half way stage on the The Celtic Manor Resort course.

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Liam was able take good advantage of being home town favourite, shooting a second round -3 under par 68 and lead the tournament by one shot at -5 under par. On a tough day at Celtic Manor he was one of only a handful of players who broke par 71 on the firm course.

As he lives only a short distance away from the course and was lucky to get a late call up to this tournament as he lost his playing card in 2011. Liam says he is now playing well;

“I’m playing way better than when I had my card in 2011. If I was on tour this year I would be loving it, but I put myself under a lot of pressure when I was on the tour. I feel my game is still pretty good and I only found out I was playing on Wednesday afternoon, so I didn’t have any time to over-prepare like I have done in the past. The pressure is off because I’m not trying to keep my card. I only live 10 minutes down the road so it’s nice to be so close to home. I’ll be at home with my slippers on this afternoon and a nice cup of tea.”

Yesterdays leader Espen Kofstad, was playing once again with Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, but failed to repeat the heroics of his first round, scrambling to card +3 over par and a -4 under par total. Tiaart Van Der Walt scored an even par round and shares second place with Espen on that -4 under par total.

Paul McGinley had a good second round of -3 under par and now shares 4th place on that score with; Peter Uihein, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Graeme Storm and Grégory Bourdy.

Paul stated how hard the course was;

It was a challenge, there’s no doubt about it, you had to be patient.  It was tough and it’s understandable that the scoring is quite moderate. I have been playing well for a few months and have not turned it into a result. I could do with a good result. I played lovely controlled golf and hopefully the wind blows at the weekend. It’s very bunched as most leaderboards are now on The European Tour. You have got to play well.”

Joint best score of the day went to Graeme Storm, a -4 under par 67, which catapulted him up the leaderboard;

“My hitting has not been great but the putter is hot. It has not felt like that in a long time but over the last few weeks has been great, and the chipping is feeling good. I just need to sharpen up the long game.”

Among those missing the cut, set at +4 over par, were;  José María Olazabal, Grégory Haveret, Philip Price, Scott Hend, Shiv Kapur, Simon Khan, Fabrizio Zanotti, Michael Campbell and last weeks winner,Tommy Fleetwood