Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrrell Hatton Has One Hand on the Trophy.

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Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton, from England, has one hand on the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship trophy after 54 holes in Scotland.

 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Tyrrell hauled himself clear of the field with third round -7 under par 65 at Kingsbarns, to post -18 under par at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and will take a five shot advantage into the final round at St Andrews tomorrow, on the Old Course;

“To win at the home of golf once is incredible but to do it again and defend would be a dream come true.”

“Last year, this event was a fantastic moment for me.”

“It’s great to be back and I’m enjoying my first defence.

“Last year was a new experience for me going out leading a tournament and I managed to do a really good job. Made myself very difficult to catch, hopefully I can do that again tomorrow.”

“I’ll certainly try my best to do that. That’s all anyone can ever do is try their best and I’ll certainly do that.”

In second place is Grégory Bourdy, France, a -6 under par 66 at Carnoustie levering him up the leaderboard, but at -13 under for the tournament he has a long way to go to catch the leader;

“Very pleased for sure but it’s one of my favourite links courses as well. I feel good on it and I knew I could do a good score there.”

Paul Dunne, Ireland, -2 under 70 at Kingsbarns has third place at -11 under par, while Luke Donald, England, -6 under 66 at Kingsbarns, makes a rare but pleasing return to the higher end of a leaderboard, and Ross Fisher, England, -5 under 67, Kingsbarns, both players at -10 under for the tournament, but all will be fighting it out for the minor placings tomorrow.

Luke was a happy man;

“Happy with that score.”

“Happy to be in the mix, and go out there and shoot a low one.”

 

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Shenzhen International. Wiesberger Wins In A Play-Off.

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Shenzhen International in a play-off at  Genzon Golf Club in China.

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Bernd had a poor final round of -1 under par 71 in the Shenzhen International to get into a play-off at -16 under par, against Tommy Fleetwood, who carded a fabulous -9 under par 63. It was a great final round with four players in with a chance to win with four holes to go, but one by one they fell over, in the pouring rain;

“I’m feeling a bit relieved now I have to say.”

“I’ve had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months and it’s really nice to have a trophy again.”

“We have really good players out here, all up for it, playing well and throwing a lot at me.”

“At the end of the day I’m just glad I got myself into the spot where I could play for the title.”

“Tommy has had a great day today and I’m just grateful to make that one shot when I needed to.”

“I just wanted to get off to a good start and show them that I’m up for it and I did, scrapped around a little bit, had a couple of near misses with good looks at it early on. It could have gotten to me but I stayed calm, played on decently.”

Tommy said a few putts dropped today, and in the end he was disappointed;

“I’ve played well all week and I was really disappointed, it was stressing me out that I couldn’t really get anything in the hole.”

“Today, just a few putts went in and I kept it going all the way through and it was a good time to shoot a 63.”

“As a goal I wanted to be one under for every three holes, that was 66 and if I beat that I thought I’ll have a had a good day and a good week.”

Grégory Bourdy, -5 under 67 today and Ross Fisher -4 under 68 shared third place at -15 under par. Ross sadly three putted the 18th green to drop out of a  play-off place.

Shenzhen International. Lightning Halts Play.

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The threat of lightning halted second round play in the Shenzhen International, but not before Bernd Wiesberger grabbed the lead in China.

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Bernd has a completed second round of -7 under 65, which catapult him to the top of the Shenzhen International leaderboard at -12 under parbefore play was suspended due to the weather conditions;

“Malaysia was a while back now but I think my game, especially the last couple of weeks in the States starting at the WGC and the Masters, I’ve felt like I have played good golf.”

“It’s a really nice golf course, obviously the layout is good and it has some variety, it has some shorter ones and some longer ones, the par fives are all reachable if you want to go a bit more aggressive so it’s going to be a fun week here.”

“It’s my first year here in Shenzhen, I hadn’t made the trip over here yet for the first couple of stagings but from what I have heard it’s a great event.”

“All of the guys are really happy with how everything is run and the course looks to be in great shape.”

Sharing second place are Dylan Frittelli and Thorbjørn Olesen, both at -8 under for the tournament after their completed second rounds of -4 under 68.

First round leader Bubba Watson is currently -1 under through five second round holes, and is tied with  Richie Ramsay who completed his second round at  -4 under par, and Gregory Bourdy -2  after four holes. These players are  at -7 under par.

Rio Olympics. Marcus Moves Ahead.

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Marcus Fraser moves ahead at the Rio Olympics, leading at the half way stage in Brasil.

Rio Olympics

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Marcus shot a second round-2 under par 69 to maintain his position at the top of the Rio Olympics leaderboard at -10 under, and will take a one stroke lead into the third round, and said he is doing something right;

“Any time you get to play with Stenson on the weekend, you know you’re doing something right.”

“Those guys have completely different games and bigger games to what I have but, at the end of the day, we play 72 holes and we hit a certain amount of shots on each hole.”

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

“We play a game, I think the best game in the world, and it will be good fun out there with those guys.”

Thomas Pieters holds second place, one shot back at -9 under par, he carded a second round -5 under par 66 to move up the leaderboard and towards his dream;

“If you don’t dream about it, you’re never going to achieve it.”

“I am thinking about it but you kind of put that beside you when you’re playing and try to shoot the lowest you can.”

“What’s not to be happy about,  played well. I started out really well, I think that was the key to my round in the worst of the conditions.”

“I knew coming to the finish there’s some birdie opportunities and to take all three was a good finish.”

Henrik Stenson is a further shot back at -8 under par, -3 under 68 today keeping him in touch with the leaders, with two rounds to go.

Henrik was playing smooth easy golf, he sunk a par putt from 108 feet, the longest successful putt of his career;

“You’re just standing there, praying for a two-putt bogey, before I know it, it found the bottom of the cup.”

 “That’s the longest putt I’ve made in my career. First of all, it’s hard to get a putt that long on any green in the world.”

Justin Rose and  Grégory Bourdy both had -2 under rounds of 69 today and share fourth spot on -6 under par for the tournament.

Lyoness Open. Zander Lombard Leads.

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Zander Lombard leads the Lyoness Open and will take a one shot lead into the final round at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Zander, from South Africa, carded -4 under par 68 in the third round of the Lyoness Open to post a 54 hole total of -11 under par, and sit on top of the leaderboard.

Being in contention is great boost for Zander, and he played well except for a triple bogey even on the 9th;

“It’s always a great position to be in to really compete and I’m looking forward to it a lot, so I’m going to give it my best and try to stick to what I’m doing, it seems to be working so far.”

“It was a bit of a brain burp at the ninth to be honest, because it was never a driver for me all week, my game play there was a two-iron, but my confidence got to me and I just wanted to hit a little cut off the left bunker and I came out of it a little.”

“I had some big birdies out there which I needed but obviously you’re always going to hit bad shots in this game and unlucky that it was a tough hole.”

“It wasn’t that bad of a shot but there’s no margin for error on that tee shot so I paid the price but at least I kept my cool around the turn and steadied the ship with a good par.”

“The birdie at 11 was another good switch to get my momentum going in the right direction.”

Best round of the day, and the tournament came from second placed  Ashun Wu, from China, he signed for a third round -7 under par 65, to elevate him up the leaderboard and claim the position on his own at -10 under par;

“I played really good today and I’m feeling good right now.”

“The weather was nice to us too, the conditions on this course are great.”

“I made a lot of birdies today and no bogeys so I’m getting a really good feeling at the moment.

“I just need to keep going now, don’t slow down and keep making birdies.”

Grégory Bourdy, from France, -2 under 70 today shares third place with Adrian Otaegui, the first round leader, from Spain, -5 under par 67 today. They are another stroke back at -9 under par.

Grégory was upset about carding a couple of double bogey’s;

“It was actually not as solid as the first two days but I had two difficult double bogeys from two mistakes.”

 “The rest was good and solid though, I stayed calm and focused and that’s why I finished with two birdies.”

“I’m challenging for the title, in a good position and I really like this course so let’s see how it goes.”

“I’ll do my best to make it a great round tomorrow.”

Lyoness Open. Two Tied at the Top. Zander Lombard and Grégory Bourdy.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Lyoness Open after 36 holes at the Diamond Country Club in Austria. Zander Lombard,  shares the honor with Grégory Bourdy.

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Zander shot a second round -2 under par 70 in very windy conditions to share the half-way lead of the Lyoness Open with Grégory, who went one better carding -3 under 69, which equaled the low round score of the day. Both players have -7 under par tournament totals and lead the field by just one shot.

Zander, from South Africaspoke about the tough winds, and mentioned that his score could have been better except for a three putt;

“It was so brutal with the wind out there today. Club selection was absolutely crucial and with the pins positions today, they were tough with the wind direction.” 

“I was really hitting great shots on the front nine with just a few misjudgments with the winds on the back nine which cost me a few shots.”

“A little three putt and a bad pitch and that’s all it was. The rest was solid and I’m very happy to be in this position for the weekend.”

I holed a six footer at the first, missed a ten footer on two and made a great par on three.”

“My momentum got me going then and I made three birdies in a row, so it was just a matter of hitting great shots and a few putts went in.”

Grégory also told reporters how difficult it was today, and how pleased he was with his effort;

“It was a great day again today.”

“”It was quite difficult this morning with the wind again, it was blowing harder than yesterday so I would say it was more difficult than yesterday, so I’m very happy to shoot a 69 and finish with a nice birdie on the ninth.”

Gary Stal sits in third place, a second round  -1 under par 71 giving that spot on his own at -6 under par, blaming the wind for not doing better, but was happy overall;

“Today was a very tough day but my game was there.”

“I played very well, just missed one shot and made double bogey but I’m happy with how I played.”

Borja Virto, from Spain, matched the low round of the day, -3 under 69,  is a further shot back on -5 under, while his countryman and first round leader Adrian Otaegui is in the group on -4 under after carding a double bogey and two bogeys on his way to recording a second round +4 over par 76.

Defending Champion Chris Wood scored a second consecutive round -1 under 71 to be -2 under for the tournament.

Lyoness Open. Grégory Bourdy Still in Charge

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Grégory Bourdy is still in charge of the Lyoness Open at  Diamond Country Club, in Austria.

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Grégory, in pursuit of a wire to wire win, will take a two shot lead into the final round of the Lyoness Open, following his third round of -3 under par that gave him a total of -15 under par for the tournament.

He was on fire early in the round, but then came  a 95-minute delay due to the threat of lightning, which slowed things down, carding a bogey at the par four 15th;

“It was another good round because it was difficult today, especially with the suspension of play so three under was a good score.”

“After the delay the wind was a bit stronger which made it a bit more difficult but I think I did quite well at the end.”

“I am in a good position, it’s always nice to be two ahead going into the final round, but it will be a tough day and I am sure it will be an exciting day playing with Rafa who is a great guy.”

“I’ll relax tonight and have a nice dinner and get ready for tomorrow.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello, is the only serious contender, in second place at -13 under par, he carded a third round -6 under par 66, to close the gap, and make the final round a very interesting affair, as the two of them will face off, with winner take all.

Rafa has won this tournament before, six years ago, and his Eagle on the third hole of the day livened things up;

“It was a really good day for me , I got off to an amazing start with a birdie at the first and then holing out for eagle at the third.”

“Also making two birdies on the par fives, the 15th and 16th on the back nine, was really important for my confidence and to close the gap on Greg going into tomorrow.”

“I was saying how I never hole out from the middle of the fairway and then today I finally make one. There you go.”  

Chris Wood also suffered from the long break in play, finishing up with a -2 under par 70, and a distant third spot total of -10 under par, five shots off the pace. Putting was the main problem;

“The putt at the last was important and massively deserved because I just couldn’t seem to get the ball to drop having hit so many good putts.”

“It was quite a frustrating day because of that, I hit a lot of good putts but they just kept lipping out.”

At -9 under par, sharing fourth place are Mathew Fitzpatrick and Scott Jamieson.

Scott had the round of the day at -7 under par, 65, which rocketed him up the leaderboard.