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.



Lyoness Open. Grégory Bourdy Doubles Lead

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Grégory Bourdy doubles lead at the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Grégory doubled his advantage over the field to four shots at the half-way stage in the Lyoness Open, carding a second round -5 under par 67, to post a 36 hole total of -12 under par. He is naturally very happy, and hopes to still be there on Sunday;

“I have been playing well so the confidence has been growing, probably since the Spanish Open but I have been playing well all year, it was just a case of putting it all together.”

“It’s always nice to be leading a tournament and that is why we practice so hard: to compete and to win events.”

“Hopefully I can get a win this week but I have to stay focussed and play shot by shot and see where it takes me on Sunday.”

“It was a great day today, especially the way I started with five birdies on my front nine.”

“Unfortunately I bogeyed my tenth hole but five under around here is very good.”

Two players are tied in second place at -8 under par, Gary Stal and Chris Wood are the closest contenders. Gary shot -4 under today and Chris -3 under, and they will have to do better if they want to put any pressure on the leader.

Compatriot Gary is hoping he can catch the leader, and was pleased with his progress today;

“I am very pleased, especially with the finish today because it was a day that you had to be patient out there and then to finish with three birdies in the last four holes was very satisfying.” 

“I am playing well and driving the ball very well so I have a good chance at the weekend.”

“I am happy to be in contention and it is great to have two French guys at the top of the leaderboard. Greg has played great but hopefully I can catch him at the weekend.”

Chris, who famously won a BMW i8 at Wentworth Golf Club last month, for a hole-in-one, said the great sunny  weather here is  firming up the course;

“It was getting very firm and bouncy which makes it a deceivingly tricky course at times.”

“I am happy with 69 today though because this is more barbecue weather than golf weather! It was a long day and one of those days to stay hydrated because it was very hot out there at points.”

“I have to admit when I arrived at the course today and saw I was seven shots behind Greg I was a bit surprised but I can’t worry about what he is doing, I need to play my game and see if I can close the gap over the weekend. 

“I knew before I came here that I was playing well and was expecting to be in contention so I am pleased to have done that.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Carlos Pigem share fourth on seven under, while home favourite Bernd Wiesberger sadly missed the cut on +2 over par, despite a gallant fight back from yesterday’s disastrous round of 79 with a healthy -5 under par 67 today.


Lyoness Open. Grégory Bourdy 1st Round Leader

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Grégory Bourdy is the first round leader of the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Grégory produced a diamond performance in the first round of the Lyoness Open, a flawless -7 under par 65, to sit on top of the leaderboard, in the near perfect golfing conditions in Austria.

Grégory really enjoyed his day, starting with two birdies, and said that overall he was very satisfied with his round;

“It was a lovely day today, I played very solid and started well with two birdies in the first two holes and that always helps when you make such a confident start and something you need when you are going to have a day like I had today.”

“I knew that I could do well at this golf course because I have played very well here in the past and it always helps when you have good memories of a certain golf course.” 

“I have been playing well this year with some decent results.”

“I wasn’t happy with the results I had in Wentworth and Ireland because I was full of confidence, but didn’t finish well, so coming here and making a good start is even more satisfying.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are, Max Kieffer, Carlos Del Moral, Robert Dinwiddie and Chris Wood.

Max has made the weekend in all of his 14 starts this term, and finished third last week at the Nordea Masters;

“I have been playing well recently so was quite confident coming into this week.”

“I love playing in Austria and especially here at this golf course because it reminds me of a lot of the courses in Germany and where I grew up. The course is in great shape too and that helps a lot.”

Carlos reported that he had a better understanding of the course this time around, and he was very happy with his first round score;

“I understood the course a little bit better this time around and 67 is a great score.”

“I played very well today and putted well too so it was great start to the week for me.”

Robert has been injured, missing most of the 2014 season, he is playing this season on a medical exemption, and was pleased to post his best European Tour score for two years

“That was very satisfying, I got off to a good start and managed to stay positive and make a few more birdies coming in so it was a great day.”

“I am slowly making my way back from the injury but it has been a long time.” 

“I ruptured a disk in my lower back in April last year which then affected the nerve all the way down my leg.”

” The doctors recommended I take some time out, and thankfully I didn’t need an operation, but it wasn’t until November that I was able to hit balls again, so it was a long break but looking back on it I probably needed a break from the game.” 

“It feels much better now than it has for about five years so it’s all positive apart from all the boring stretching I have to do.” 

Chris was also pleased with the day, and the perfect conditions;

“It was a solid score.”

“The conditions were perfect this morning, but I have to say that after the conditions we have been playing in for the last three weeks, it is great to come somewhere hot and where you can shoot a few under if you play well.” 

“I gave myself lots of chances today so it was an enjoyable day out there, I am looking forward to the rest of the week now.”

Joburg Open. Local Lads Lead.

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Local Lads Lead the Joburg Open, with Thomas Aiken and Justin Walters setting the pace at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

Local lads Aiken and Walters lead in South Africa

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Thomas carded a -9 under par 63 over the East Course, which included one bogey, for a total of -17 under par at the end of play on day 3. He said he has been in final groups before and knows how to deal with the pressure;

“I’ve been in a lot of final groups, won twice in Europe and seven times on the Sunshine Tour, so I know what pressures there are going to be. If you just go and do what you do best, stick to your gameplan and take it shot by shot then the best golfer will win at the end of the day.”

I am not sure I believe the best golfer wins, sometimes Lady Luck has a hand, a good bounce or a bad one can make all the difference between winning and losing. As we have seen recently, the best time to put in a 63 is the last round.

Justin shot a -8 under par 64, with one bogey for his -17 under par total, and is aware that the last time he was in this position going into the final round he did not play too well. On the upside he was very happy with his Eagle at the last;

” I hit the ball so well today. Going into the day I just wanted to move forward a little bit, because my last attempt from this position I went quite backwards. I was aware of that and I made a strong effort to be aggressive today. I’ve got one more round tomorrow and I’m so happy that I’ve put myself into a strong position. I’m super excited for tomorrow, because it’s what we play for.”

” To hit a close one in there on the last and to hear the grandstand roar from way back down the fairway gives you the goosebumps, and that’s why we play. It’s nice to give people something to cheer about. Considering the situation I am in it was pretty vital, because giving him  a nice lead on this course will make him hard to catch. Tomorrow is certainly a good opportunity, and I will be nervous, but hopefully I can improve on my record in South Africa.”

Jin Jeong is in third place at -15 under par for the tournament, a winner in Perth at the end of last year. Jin had five birdies, an Eagle and just one dropped shot in his round of  -6 under par 66.

Overnight leaders Edoardo Molinari and Craig Lee could only manage rounds of 72 and 74 respectively and lost ground on the leaders. Edoardo now at -11 under par and Craig -9 under.

There are three Open Championship places on offer tomorrow for those not already exempt so the contest also looks set to go down to the wire.The only player in the top ten already qualified for Royal Liverpool France’s Grégory Bourdy.

Euro Tour. Grégory Bourdy Brilliantly Wins in Wales.

Grégory Bourdy brilliantly wins in Wales, at the ISPS Handa Wales Open played at The Celtic Manor Resort course.

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Grégory topped the leaderboard with a final round -4 under par 67, to win the ISPS Handa Wales Open at The Celtic Manor Resort. He was tied with overnight leader Peter Uihlein after 15 holes, and then struck a mighty blow with birdies on the last three holes, draining putts from 50, 15 and 30 feet, to make the title his;

“It was an amazing round, I made an amazing finish with three birdies in a row and I am so happy. I will remember the finish on this great course for a long time. A lot of great moments have been here, I was thinking about the Ryder Cup on the 18th so I am so proud to win this trophy.”

Shell shocked  American Peter Uihlein had to settle for second place at -6 under par, having struggled to make full use of the three stroke advantage he held at the start of the day. His final round was a +1 over par 72. This is what he said after the round;

“Hats off to him, he played great. It was a tough day and he played fantastic.”

Soren Kjeldsen finished in third place at -5 under par with his final round of -5 under par 66.

Euro Tour. ISPS HandaWales Open. Peter Uihlein Peaks.

Peter Uihlein peaked in the third round of the European Tour ISPS Handa Wales Open at The Celtic Manor.

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Peter took control of the Handa Wales Open shooting a third round -4 under par 67 and standing clear of the field at the top of the leaderboard with a total of -7 under par. That score gives him a three shot lead starting the final round tomorrow.

Peter moved into the lead with an Eagle three at the par five at ninth hole, after a stunning long iron to nine feet. Not content with that effort, he rolled in a 50-footer putt at the next hole, before picking up a further gain at 14 following an excellent approach. He said he had played solid golf and is looking forward to tomorrow;

“I was just solid today and was able to plot my way around, I am excited for tomorrow and looking forward to it. I feel like I’ve given myself a few opportunities this year and hopefully I can stick to my gameplan.”

Tied in second place at -4 under par are Thomas Levet and Grégory Bourdy, the two Frenchmen having very different rounds. Thomas also had a -4 under par 67, and echoed Peter’s comments about sold play;

“I played very solidly today, even when I bogeyed, I was quite unlucky. It was a very good round. I have played pretty good this year, there are some weeks I have played OK and nothing has happened. When things happen on the greens and you get lucky bounces, suddenly you’re back at the top of leaderboards.”

Grégory could only managed a -1 under par third round of 70, finding the water at the par three 13th to eventually card a double bogey. He said that at the end of the day he was quite happy;

“I am quite happy after the end because I had to fight to get pars on 17 and 18. Peter is playing very well and it is going to be a great day tomorrow.”

A stroke further back, at -3 under par tournament total and tied in fourth spot are Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Joost Luiten and Peter Hedblom.

Peter shot the day’s outstanding round, -5 under par 66. He had birdies on one, six, nine, thirteen, fourteen and seventeen, with his sole dropped shot coming at the sixteenth.

Tomorrow should be a good day for the American Peter Uihlein, a three shot lead is a comfortable margin to take into the last round at The Celtic Manor.


Maybank Malaysian Open. Mayhem Reigns

The mayhem reigns at the Maybank Malaysian Open, the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes after the leaders had completed just two holes of their third round before play was suspended once again due to rain.


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Kiradech Aphibarnrat has a one shot lead, he completed his second round and had played just two holes of the third round when the Tournament Director, David Garland announced;

” We’ve had another very large storm this afternoon, so suspended play for the day and after further discussions with our major sponsor Maybank the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes. We want to wrap it all up with the crowd and everyone here tomorrow.”

Kiradech Aphibarnrat is at -11 under par, with playing partner Charl Swartzel at -10 under par. Kiradech was pleased with the halt in play, stating that he felt very tired;

” It’s good for me because I’m getting tired. I’ll try to play on my game and focus.I’ve got 16 holes to go, I want to concentrate on my own game and I’ve got a chance.”

The final round will be a real shootout, there are seven competitors on -9 under par, and they are all in with a chance to win this tournament. The chasing pack includes; Irish pair Padraig Harrington and Peter Lawrie, they are joined by former Ryder Cup player Italian Edoardo Molinari, Dane Anders Hansen, China’s Ashun Wu and the French duo of  Gregory Bourdy and Victor Dubuisson.

One big name that is missing from the line-up is  World number three Luke Donald, who missed the first halfway cut of his professional career in a regular European Tour event after adding a 73 to his opening 74.

Luke said in interview that he had really struggled with the greens, but the time off he has will help him to prepare for The Masters;

” I’ve got a couple of weeks off to get ready for Augusta and I’ll obviously be very diligent in my preparation. I would have loved to go back home in form, but in golf you just never know. We’ve seen it many times before when people go into tournaments with very little form and win, including Majors. So you just have to keep plugging and hope it’s your turn. The greens here are very different from what I play on, they are a little slower than what I’m used to and I just didn’t adjust or adapt to them. I just couldn’t read them for the life of me. I’d think it was right to left and it went the other way. I got John (his caddie) to read a few too and we were seeing the same things.”