WGC-HSBC Champions. Brilliant Justin Rose Wins.

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A brilliant final round from Justin Rose wins him the WGC-HSBC Champions title at  Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

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Justin fired a final round -5 under 67 to win the  WGC-HSBC Champions title in China, by two shots at -14 under par;

“This is really, really satisfying, all players pride themselves on winning and I’ve won every year since 2010 .”

“I was very aware that that was slipping away from me this year.”

“To win a WGC is just amazing, they count for so much on both tours. It’s an incredible start to my 2018 PGA Tour campaign and gives me a real shot in the Race to Dubai as well.”

“I needed to regroup going into the back nine, I kind of told myself I was four down playing the golf course. I played match play against the golf course coming in.”

“I didn’t know if thirteen under was going to be good enough, I kind of figured I was playing for second and I thought thirteen was going to be an important number to get to for that.”

“I saw DJ get back to about 14 or 15 and the game was on so it was certainly exciting coming down the stretch.”

What a wonderful game golf is, yesterday I said DJ, the world #1 from the USA  had the trophy in his hands, taking a six shot lead into the final round. Today Dustin Johnson carded a last round +5 over par 77, to share second place with Brooks Koepka, USA, -1 under 71 today, and Henrik Stenson of Sweden, with his last round -2 under 70.

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WGC-HSBC Champions.DJ Definitely Has This Title


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DJ, Dustin Johnson USA, the world #1 definitely has this title, the WGC-HSBC Champions in his pocket, taking a six shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Johnson establishes commanding lead in China

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Following a third round -4 under 68, in the  WGC-HSBC Champions Dustin has a six shot lead, and will definitely win here  at Sheshan International Golf Club in China;

“I’m not going to change anything, I feel like I’ve got a good game-plan for the golf course. I’m going to play it just like I did today.”

“I think the wind is going to be out of the same direction. Might be blowing a little bit harder.”

“But as far as tee-shots and approaches to the green, I’m going to try to do exactly what I did today.”

Brooks Koepka, USA,  is in second place, at -11 under par after his third round +1 over 73 today.

Holding third position on his own is Henrik Stenson from Sweden, a decent third round -3  under 69 lifting him up the leaderboard to -10 under par for the tournament.

Making up the also-rans at -9 under are Justin Rose, England, who scraped round in even par 72 today, and Brian Harman, USA  who carded -2 under 70.

This tournament is about the fight for the minor placings, Dustin has it in the bag.

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Wyndham Championship. Henrik Stenson Wins.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, wins the Wyndham Championship at  Sedgefield Country Club.

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Henrik shot a final round -6 under par 64 to win the Wyndham Championship with a -22 under par total. a one shot victory;

“It was anyone’s tournament on the back nine.”

“I had to keep on making birdies, because Ollie was surely not backing down.”

“I thought I had a two-shot cushion, and as I walked over to the 18th hole and looked around, `Oh, OK, Ollie birdied it as well.”

 “So I better scramble a par here to get the win.”

“It’s certainly a good time to start firing.”

 “We know the kind of damage you can do in the playoffs.”

“If you get hot and keep on playing well, you have a chance to challenge.”

Ollie Schniederjans claimed second place at -21 under, he also had a last round -6 under 64;

“When I stuffed it (on No. 18), I thought that’s probably going to be a playoff.”

“And he birdied 17 and got par on 18. Hat’s off to him, he had a great finish, too.”

“Just one short.”

Webb Simpson was then in third place at -18 under, his last round -3 under 67 was not good enough to challenge for the top spot.

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Wyndham Championship. Henrik Takes Hold.

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Henrik Stenson, Sweden, takes hold of the Wyndham Championship, at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Henrik took hold of the Wyndham Championship shooting a third round -4 under par 66, to give him a tournament total of -16 under par, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow. He said good putting was the key;

“I feel like I’ve been putting nicely this week.”

“I’ve been reading greens good. I’m seeing the lines nicely. When I get it there, I seem to be making a lot of putts.”

“There’s been a couple of swings that haven’t been up to satisfaction. When you finish strong and you’re in contention, you feel good.”

“I’m just going to try to keep on playing the same way or even better.”

“I hit a lot of 2-irons, 4-woods and I’m going to try to be aggressive with those clubs.”

“A lot of players are going to have a chance tomorrow. I’m just happy to be one of them.”

Webb Simpson, -2 under 68 today,  Kevin Na, -5 under 65, and Ollie Schniederjans, -4 under 66, are all tied in second place at -15 under par, and Henrik will know these USA boys are right behind him, and they will not be giving up. As Webb said;

“All in all, still happy, I’m right there.”

Jason Kokrak shot the low round of the day -7 under 63, so the low rounds are still achievable out there, tomorrow should be exciting.

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Wyndham Championship, Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Wyndham Championship after two round at Sedgefield Country Club. Ryan Armour and Webb Simpson share the honor, leading the field by one shot.

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Ryan shot -9 under 61, and Webb -6 under 64 to top the Wyndham Championship leaderboard at -13 under par for the two rounds, and lead by just one shot.

Webb has not won on Tour since 2014, and wants to keep making birdies;

“Keep making birdies, stay aggressive and know that there’s plenty of good golfers behind me.”

 “I got to keep the hammer down.”

Ryan wants to qualify for the post-season, but only the top 125 are eligible to tee it up next week. Ryan is currently at 187 on that list;

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“Could turn your life around.”

“I had some goals at the beginning of the week. I knew where I stood and, you know, right now the goals are attainable.”

Henrik Stenson, from Sweden is in third place at -12 under par he carded a second round -4 under 66, and says he has the game plan to win;

“The game plan is there, I got the set-up in the bag to give me those numbers off the tee that we need and it’s just about going out there and playing, continue making birdies and giving myself birdie chances.”

“It’s a low scoring golf course, keep it going.”

It is moving day tomorrow, and it will be interesting to see if anyone can separate themselves from the field, and take an advantage into the final round Sunday.

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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.”