BMW International Open. Joakim Lagergren and Joël Stalter 36 hole Leaders

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Joakim Lagergren, Sweden, and Joël Stalter, France, are the  36 hole leaders of the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Joël -4 under 68 today and Joakim, -6 under par 66 lead the BMW International Open at the half-way stage with -9 under par totals.

Joakim was happy with a 66 in the windy conditions;

“It was great out there, I had a lot of fun out there. Playing really, really good, especially from tee-to-green.”

“So I’m happy with that.”

“It’s a little bit more windy, yes. I would say the greens are a bit smaller when it’s this windy but if you’re still hitting really good shots out there, it’s scoreable.”

Joël played well in the wind, and making putts;

“I played really well, gave myself a lot of opportunities.”
“Pretty tough out there with the wind. It was very gusty, so difficult to control the ball and it was getting firmer as well.”

“So I’m really pleased with that round.”

“I’ll keep doing the job here and hitting good shots, making putts, and we’ll see where I stand on Sunday.”

Sharing third place, one shot back at -8 under par are Major champions Sergio Garcia, Spain, -2 under 70 today, and defending champion Henrik Stenson, Sweden, -3 under 69, they are joined on that score by Rikard Karlberg, Sweden with -3 under 69 today,  Richard Bland, England-3 under 69  and Thomas Detry, Belgium, -1 under 71.
It is a very tightly compacted BMW International Open leaderboard, I am looking  forward to the week-end, it should be fascinating.

BMW PGA Championship. Alex Noren with a 62 Wins.

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Alex Noren, from Sweden, shot an amazing final round of 62 to win the BMW PGA Championship, on the revamped West Course at Wentworth Golf Club, in England.

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Alex had carded eight birdies in his first sixteen holes, to tie the leaders, and then made Eagle on the 18th to seal victory at the BMW PGA Championship, with a -10 under par 62 final round, giving him a tournament total of -11 under par.

Alex said he had no intention of winning this tournament this morning, but gave his best ever putting performance today;

“It feels amazing and crazy because I had no intention of trying to win this morning.”

“I didn’t even think about it when I came off the course quite angry yesterday after playing a good round and chipping it into the water from the back of the green on 18.”

“It’s a great feeling now but it feels unreal.”

“It’s a tough course mentally coming down the stretch. It’s not super narrow but it’s just if you hit it a little bit wayward it can cost you.”

“I putted probably the best I’ve ever putted.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, was in second place, two shots back at -9 under par, with a last round -4 under par 68;

“Bittersweet, obviously. I’m happy with my performance today.”

“Alex did something quite special so it was hard to beat, really.”

Three players tied in third place at -8 under par, Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, -7 under 65 today, Henrik Stenson, Sweden, -4 under 68 and Hideto Tanihara, Japan, -4 under 68 in his final round.

Nicolas said he should have had ten under;

“You know what, I had it on a string all day. It could have been ten under except for one bad swing on 15.”

Henrik said he just made too many mistakes;

“Too many unforced errors and this was definitely the best chance for me to win this tournament over all the years I’ve played it.”

 

Shell Houston Open. Missing The Cut List Amazing.

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The list of players missing the cut at the Shell Houston Open is amazing, while leader Sung Kang, from South Korea, opens up a huge lead at the top of the leaderboard.

Getting cut, a week before The Masters were, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Boo Weekly and defending Champion here Jim Herman.

Kang opens huge lead in Houston

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Sung Kang fired a bogey free -9 under par 63 to top the Shell Houston Open leaderboard at -16 under par, and a six shot advantage over the field going into the weekend.

Tied in second place at -10 under par are Hudson Swafford, USA, -5 under 67 today, and Russell Henley, Scotland, also -5 under 67.

Rickie Fowler suddenly went into reverse on the back nine today, dropping four shots on his last seven holes, to card a second round -1 under 71, to drop into fourth place at -9 under par;

“I’m a little mad. It was a nice front nine, made a couple swings that cost me.”

“One swing with a driver on 12, and then a wedge that kind of just took off high left out of the first cut and rode the wind, ended up making double there.”

“Other than that, give those back and I’m in with 68 and in a lot different position.”

“Hopefully enjoy some good weather tomorrow and pray for a miracle on Sunday.”

 “Like I said, I love where my game is at. I know I can go out and play well and shoot low on this course. Hopefully the weather treats us well.”

Jordan Spieth summed his disastrous day and the improvement in his putting;

“Just an off day, ball-striking wise.”

“I made strides in my putting this week, which is something I can take a lot of confidence into next week.”

“I was a bit rough around the edges in my putting last week in Austin, and really felt like I put better strokes on it here.”

“And putting well next week obviously as we know is important considering I didn’t strike it very well last year and was certainly in position to win.”

Valspar Championship. Adam Hadwin Has 36 hole Lead.

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Adam Hadwin, from Canada, has the 36 hole lead at the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead course in Florida.

Hadwin enters weekend with one-shot lead at Valspar

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Adam fired a second round -7 under par 64 to lead the Valspar Championship at -10 under par.

Adam was happy with his putting,  he rolled in another confident putt from just inside 10 feet for birdie at 17;

“That was certainly something you don’t think is going to happen but I hit a lot of good shots today, especially five in a row there, 10 through 14.”

“It’s nice to see the ball-striking kind of come around and the putter stay where it has all year.”

“I gave myself a ton of looks out there. I hit a lot of fairways, as well, which makes it a lot easier to attack some of these flags, and the putter stayed hot and I made a few more putts than I did in the first round.”

Jim Herman is in second place, coming down from his low round yesterday settled for an even par 71 today, to stay at -9 under for the championship.

Tyrone Van Aswegen , from South Africa is in third place at -8 under par, with his second round -6 under 65.

Tied in fourth spot at -7 under par are, Dominic Bozzelli, -3 under 68 today, Russell Henley, even par 71, and Henrik Stenson, also even par 71 today.

Henrik had a distraction on the course today, a nice distraction, he smiled as  his young daughter Alice ran on to the fairway, to say hello;

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Alice

“The family drove up from Orlando today to hang out a little bit, so I see she’s on TV again now.”

“Not the first time, she likes to be inside the ropes, like you guys.”

“I can’t complain with too much, ball-striking, yeah, I’m not quite where I want to be, but we’ve got time to work on that.” 

 

 

 

Valspar Championship. Jim Herman Shoots 62 to Lead.

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Jim Herman shoots 62 to lead the Valspar Championship at Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, as darkness caused play to be suspended for the day.

Herman shoots 62, leads Valspar

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Jim carded -9 under par 62 on the par 71 Copperhead Course in the opening round of the Valspar Championship;

“That was a fun round, I don’t think there’s many feelings better than shooting in the lower 60s on the PGA TOUR.”

Russell Henley and Henrik Stenson share second place at -7 under par, with first rounds of 64.

Russell made  more than 110 feet of putts, requiring only 24 today, and leads the field in strokes gained putting;

“I feel like I’m seeing the break well here.”

 “I feel like the greens are running really true, and what I’m seeing, that’s what the ball is doing.”

“I got more and more confident as the day went on.”

Henrik spoke about how important it was to play well here, with The Masters just four weeks away, and with his putter working well;

“I think it’s important, I know how important it was to get that win in Germany at the BMW International Open last year two weeks prior to The Open, and it gives you that confidence, so I’d love to, more than anything, of course, play well.”

“When the putter feels good and short game is in good shape, a lot of times I see it more as guaranteeing having a second shot into around the green or hit the green, even if it’s a longer club.”

“That’s kind of what I’ve done around here the previous two times, and it’s worked out fine.”

Abu Dhabi Championship. Henrik Stenson 1st Round Leader.

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Henrik Stenson is the first round leader of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the Emirates.

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Henrik shot a bogey free -8 under par 64 to lead the after the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship, and said he was delighted with the effort, especially his good putting;

“It must be the lack of practice that does it, lack of sleep, lack of practice.”

“I’m delighted with that score. I think I scored a bit better than what I played but I kept it under control somewhat and hit a couple of close iron shots and made the putts.”

“It wasn’t too much stress out there.”

“I think if you finish off playing pretty well like I did at the Hero World Challenge, there’s nothing that says you can’t pick it up where you left it.”

Tied in second place at -6 under par are, Martin Kaymer, Oliver Fisher, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, and Marc Warren, all with rounds of 66.

Next were Rafa Cabrera Bello, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Julien Quesne , all with rounds of -5 under par 67.

Hero World Challenge. Hideki Easily Wins.

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Hideki Matsuyama easily wins the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

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Hideki carded +1 over par 73 in th final round of the Hero World Challenge, but his -18 under par total was still good enough for the trophy;

Hideki recently won  the Japan Open, and named some of the great Japanese players;

“There’s been some great golfers in Japan.”

“Just to name a few, Jumbo Ozaki, Isao Aoki, Shigeki Maruyama, Tsuneyuki Nakajima.”

“And to be able to follow in their footsteps is a great honor. And then to come to the PGA TOUR and learn from really the best golfers in the world, it’s really helped my game.”  

“I’m grateful for all of their help. But to answer your question, I’m not the greatest golfer from Japan.”

“Jumbo won a hundred times, so unless I win a hundred times, I wouldn’t be greater than Jumbo.”

“Starting next week all my focus and preparation will be for the Masters.”  

“Hopefully, along the way I can play well on the PGA TOUR, but the Masters is my next goal.”

Henrik Stenson was second with a -16 under par total, his final round -4 under 68 was decent, but it did not create any pressure on the man in front of him.

Henrik mentioned the eight shot gap at the start of his round;

“I was miles away and it reminded me of the final round at Pinehurst in 2014 when Kaymer was miles ahead and you were just kind of walking in a bit of a vacuum.”

“I started picking up a few shots, made a nice eagle on 9. Then Hideki ended up in a bit of trouble.”  

“Unfortunately, I three putted from long range on 10, but I still picked up a shot there and then it was the double swing on 14 when he made a bit of a clumsy bogey and I made a good up and down for birdie.” 

“Now all of a sudden it felt like, okay, three back with four to go, there’s an outside chance if I keep on pressing on.”

Matt Kuchar, -2 under 70 today, Rickie Fowler, -3 under 69, and Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, all shared third place at -13 under par.

Tournament host Tiger Woods could only manage a last round +4 over par 76, for a -4 under total, he was full of praise for Hideki;

“It’s going to give him a boatload of confidence going into next year and he’s going to be one of the top guys to beat for a very long time.”  

“Look at his swing, look at his game and look at the body that he has, it’s built for a workload and it’s built to handle the test of time.”  

“He’s going to be one of the players that we’re going to have to beat for a long time.”