BMW International Open. Henrik Has Won His Tenth Title.

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Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, has won his tenth European Tour title, the BMW International Open in Germany.

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Henrik had to play 36 holes on Sunday, and did it in style as he cruised to victory in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof. His final tournament total was -17 under par, after carding -5 under 67 in the third round and -1 under 71 in his last round, which gave him a three shot winning margin;

“I’m delighted, I came close here the last two years so I finally get my hands on it again.”

“It was hairy all the way, it was a tough one. I had to dig deep to come back. I didn’t play well on the front nine, made a couple of mistakes, got caught out by the wind a few times and missed one or two putts I should have made as well.”

“I felt like I was starting to make a bit of a mess of it and then I came back and made the birdies on the par fives. I made some good putts closing out.”

“I really feel like I played well in 2015 and I just couldn’t get a trophy.”

“It was a bit hard at times but you’ve just got to keep on trying and put yourself in position. I did that once again and this time I managed to go all the way.”

 Thorbjørn Olesen from Denmark and Darren Fichardt, South Africa tied in second place at -14 under par.

Raphaël Jacquelin, from France, could only produce two rounds of even par 70, to finish his tournament at -11 under par, in fourth place on his own.

BMW International Open. Round Three Washed Out.

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Round three of the BMW International Open was washed out in Germany, torrential rainfall closed the  Golf Club Gut LaerchenhofBMW International Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The second round leaders, Henrik Stenson, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Raphaël Jacquelin will now have to play 36 holes tomorrow.

Henrik spoke about the long delays and of course the rain;

“We’ve got a pretty long day ahead of us tomorrow, but we’ll get it done eventually.”

“I think it’s been rather wet today,”It continues to be that way. We play an outdoor sport, you get these every now and again.”

“When it was a heavy downpour, there was a flood coming over the 18th and the putting green was completely underwater.”

“It’s not playable, and we’re just going to try to get all the golf done tomorrow instead.”

Tournament Director David Williams told reporters,

“Today in the last four or five hours, there’s been nearly 100ml of rainfall.”

“So it’s been pretty constant and on top of what’s already a pretty wet golf course.”

“We’ve been out to the third fairway a couple of hours ago and the entire fairway was unplayable. And even if it stopped, it would probably be a couple of hours before it would be anything like playable and the forecast is for it not to stop.”

“So we then decided we had to try and make some sort of solution for the good of the tournament.”

“This is going to continue until at least 7.00pm tonight. Hopefully after that, it’s going to start to peter out.”

“It should be relatively dry then through the night and into tomorrow.”

BMW International Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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Three players are tied at the top of the BMW International Open leaderboard in Germany. Henrik Stenson from SwedenRaphaël Jacquelin, France and Kiradech Aphibarnrat who hails from Thailand.

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England have left the European Union, but the BMW International Open tournament carries on, with Henrik, Raphaël and Kiradech all sharing top spot on the leaderboard at the half-way stage with -11 under par totals.

Henrik carded a bogey free -7 under par 65, to join  Raphaël who was -4 under 68 today, and Kiradech hauled himself into contention with the days low round, -8 under par 64.

Henrik has regained his game face;

“I came here to really try to put myself in contention and so far, so good; I’ve done that.” 

“There’s been a few tournaments in this late spring, early summer, where I feel like maybe I’ve been showing up feeling like I’m working on my game and not been 100 per cent there to compete.”

“Now we don’t have too many tournaments before the Open Championship, the PGA and the Olympics.”

“It’s time to put that tournament focus back on and then go out and do a good job.”

“I’ve done that for two days and I’m going to try to push myself to do it another two.”

Raphaël was happy to put in another solid round of golf;

“It’s always good to shoot a solid round after a good 65.”

 “That gave me some confidence for the weekend and put me right up there.”

“I’m very happy about my ball striking and my short game. That was solid again all day long.”

“I’m just going to focus and stay focused on what I’m doing at the moment on my swing and my short game.”

“The rest, I’ll try my best to shoot low again, and we’ll see at the end of the weekend.”

Kiradech was glad his putter had started to work;

“This card is about the first shot.”

“You put yourself in the fairways, you have opportunities to make a lot of birdies, and my putter was working better than yesterday.”

“Striking the ball great at the flag, every single ball. It was a fantastic round.”

“I haven’t played good golf the last few months.”

“After I hit many good shots on the front nine, I got my confidence back and I believed in myself that I’m one of the top players.”

Thorbjørn Olesen is in fourth place at -10 under par, he shot -5 under 67 in the second round.

Nordea Masters. Matt Makes It His Title.

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ENG Matt Fitzpatrick makes it his title at the Nordea Masters, winning at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden.

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Starting with a five shot lead Matt cruised to a comfortable victory at the Nordea Masters, carding a final round -1 under par 71, in tough conditions, to post a total of -16 under par, a three stroke winning margin;

“It was great, I’m delighted to win, I played fantastic, I’d probably say this is the best I’ve played today.”

It was a great final day for me and I managed to hold onto my lead fairly well and get the win. I felt like today was the round were I would be under the most pressure.”

“I was keeping an eye on where I needed to get to but I was just taking one hole at a time and I was so zoned-in to my own game, I didn’t know what was gong on around me half the time.”

“I’m a million miles ahead of schedule. It’s been a tough past few weeks and all of a sudden you turn up and pick up a win.”

DEN Lasse Jensen claimed second place, a final round -4 under par 68 not quite enough to catch the leader, finishing at -13 under par.

BEL Nicolas Colsaerts was third at -12 under par, he scored -2 under 70 in the last round, which was enough to give him that placing on his own. He said it was all going well until three putting 16, and then  finding water at the 17th;

” I was doing fine. Not really feeling any sort of pressure whatsoever, I felt pretty comfortable which is a good sign.”

“I’ll just put it on the list of another good week where I don’t really finish it off.”

“I feel a bit sad over the last couple of holes, three-putting 16 and then we miscalculated a shot on 17.”

“I really thought it was going to be fine but it’s just gone back in the water and I made double.”

“Apart from that I thought I played really well all week, I was in control of everything.”

SWE Local players Henrik Stenson, with the low round of the day, -6 under 66 and  Bjorn Hellgren -5 under 67 shared fourth position at -10 under par.

Henrik was fairly happy with his performance, just a slow start to the week;

“Very satisfied, I just wish I’d started the week the way I finished it.”

“I drove the ball very well today and yesterday, despite the tough conditions.”

“The breeze really got up today and the course is tough enough anyway, so to finish with a 66 is very pleasing and especially to do it in front of my home fans.”

“Obviously I would’ve loved to be in contention this week, but I probably blew my chance at the start.”

“This round today will help me build some confidence. It’s a big summer ahead and there’s a lot of golf to be played, so hopefully I can build some momentum and peak at the right time.”

Shell Houston Open. Jim Herman Has Maiden Victory.

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Jim Herman has collected his maiden PGA Tour Victory at the Shell Houston Open.

Jim Herman of the United States poses with the trophy after his victory at the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 3, 2016 in Humble, Texas.

Jim Herman with his prized Trophy

Jim carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston, with a tournament total of -15 under par, a one shot maiden victory. Henrik Stenson pushed him all the way, but Jim pulled off a bit of magic with a chip in birdie at 16.

Instead of heading home Jim is now going to Augusta;

“It’s a whirlwind, this is crazy.”

“I’ve dreamt of this for a long time and now it’s here. I’m going to enjoy it.”

“We’ll get our daughter out of school and they’ll be up at Augusta next week.”

“I’m pretty proud of myself to get up there, first time I was in the final group, and bring it home.”

Henrik Stenson finished in second place, that one shot back at -14 under par after his last round of -4 under par 68. Henrik is in a second place slump, this is his  eighth runner-up finish since his last worldwide victory, which was at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship in November 2014;

“I feel like a lot of times I put myself in the mix without playing really, really good, which I think is a great statement to my kind of low level of game.”

 “We’ll see when it’s going to happen, sooner or later. I’m not worried about that.”

Third place was claimed by Dustin Johnson, at -13 under par for the tournament, a last round -3 under par 69 not quite good enough.

Round of the day went to Rafa Cabrera Bello, -7 under par 65, which got him into fourth place on his own at -12 under par.

 Jordan Spieth started the final round five shots off the lead, and quickly accomplished his goal to sprint into contention. He birdied five of his first seven holes to reach -11 under par. He seemed unstoppable with a putter in his hand, but bogeys at 9, 11 and 12 followed by  a double-bogey at the 18th, after finding water again, for the eighth time this week, stopped his charge, finishing T13 at -8 under;

“Good news is I got myself in contention.”

 “I felt the nerves, I know what I need to work on under pressure now for next week. Everything is there.”

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Jason Day Delivers.

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Australian Jason Day delivers as he wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Jason Day poses with the trophy following the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Jason won the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a final round -2 under par 70 to post a -17 under par winning total at Bay Hill.

Talking about his short game, hitting a bunker shot on 18 to within four feet, to win, Jason said;

“Under the circumstances to be able to hit the bunker shot on 18 goes to show how much I feel confident in my ability to hit that kind of a shot.”

“I think my short game is one of my strengths, I don’t know if I’m overrated, underrated or par with that.”

“But the only thing that I’m worried about is just winning as many times as I can and I know that if I have a good short game and I don’t have the greatest stuff from the tee to green, it’s going to save me like it did over the last two days.”

“Just be yourself and stay in your world’ and for some reason it just means so much more, you know, that you can do this and start your own legacy here.”

Kevin Chappell finished in second place, a -3 under par 69 was a good effort, but he needed a birdie on the last, then under pressure pulled the tee shot and two putted for a bogey to post -16 under par;

“It’s obviously those things one of many why Jason Day has been the No. 1 player in the world, why I’m the 150th player in the world.”

“You just can’t bogey the last when you’re in contention, and hats off to Jason. He played well, real clutch down the stretch and I’ll learn from this and I’ll get better.”

Tied in third place were Troy Merritt, -1 under 71 today and Henrik Stenson, also -1 under 71, both should have done better than their total of -14 under par.

Troy fell to a bad tee shot on the last hole;

“Would have been nice to hit the tee shot on the face.”

“Hit it high off the toe. Didn’t get it down there as far as I had the first three rounds.”

“As a result we had a little down slope and 6-iron in. We’re trying to hit at the middle of the green, let the 6-iron drift in there to 20 feet left, hit it solid.”

“Got eaten up once it got to the top. Came up 10 yards short. I wasn’t shooting at the flag.”

Three putting last year cost Henrik the title, this year it was poor ball striking;

“I never really felt a hundred percent with my ball striking all week and when you got longer irons and winds and tough shots, if you don’t feel like you can take one side out”

“I’ve had a bit of a two-way miss going all week, never builds confidence.”

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rainy Day.

 

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It was a rainy day for Jason Day, and every one at Bay Hill in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but Jason                                                                       managed to keep his two shot lead.

Jason Day lines up a putt on the 11th hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Jason got wet carding a third round -2 under par 70, to keep his two shot advantage at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill with a -15 under par total.

Jason said of the awful conditions;

“Pretty much, if it’s not going your way, suck it up and just get it done somehow.”

“To grind out a 2-under par, it wasn’t the prettiest, but certainly some shots where my short game definitely saved my score out there, I’ll take it.”

“I felt like I couldn’t get any momentum, especially with the umbrella up and down, the rain gear on and off.

 “All that said, I feel like I stayed patient to grind out a two under par.”

Troy Merritt -5 under 67 today, Kevin Chappell -5 under 67 and Henrik Stenson -2 under 70 are the three players tied in second place at -13 under par.

Henrik was asked if he thought his great experience would be an advantage in the last round;

“That’s a dangerous road to go down because if you start, then you’re clearly not thinking about your own game and what you need to do if you start thinking you’ve got an advantage because someone else hasn’t won before.”

“You got to stay focused on your things, really, and what’s been in the past is not really something that’s potentially going to help you in that situation.”

“When Tiger was at his best he was like one up or two up when he teed it up because everyone was scared of him and it can definitely play a part, but I think Sunday for me it’s just going out and try to play the best round of golf I can do and hopefully that will be good enough.”

Troy has missed some cuts lately, but said he was playing well;

“I had a couple odd holes on Friday at Valspar, played in five over for a five-hole stretch and missed the cut by two.”

“I just had some weird stretches where I just can’t get off the bogey train and obviously that’s not very good out here.”

“I really haven’t been playing that poorly.”

Justin Rose -1 under 71 and Derek Fathauer -3 under 69, are tied in fifth at -11 under par.