UBS Hong Kong Open. Wade Ormsby With Maiden European Tour Victory.

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Wade Ormsby from Australia gets his maiden European Tour victory here at the Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

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37 year-old Wade carded a final round -2 under 68 to win his Maiden European Tour title the Hong Kong Open, with a -11 under par winning total, and a one shot victory.

After all this time Wade summed up his feelings with;

“It’s unbelievable”

“It means a lot to me, I’ve played a lot of golf in Europe, everywhere, and a few bumps along the way but it’s pretty cool to get a win this late in your career.”

“A few of my are mates over there so that makes it pretty special, having mates around makes it all the more special.”

“I probably won’t sleep too much on that flight on the way to Oz tonight.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain, -1 under 69 today, Alexander Björk, Sweden, -2 under 68 shared second place with two players from the USA, Julien Suri, -4 under 66 and Paul Peterson, -3 under 67, all at -10 under for the tournament.

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UBS Hong Kong Open. S.S.P Extends Lead.

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S.S.P. Chawrasia, India, extends his Hong Kong Open lead at the Hong Kong Golf Club and will take a two shot advantage into the week-end.

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S.S.P. shot a second Hong Kong Open round of -4 under par 66 to stay on top of the leaderboard with a -9 under par total,

Even a three putt could not unhinge Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia;

“It’s a great round today.”

“I was five under at one time and then three-putted number 14 but, still, it’s a good score four under,  I’m happy.

“I’m just following my game. Same thing I’m playing the last two days, exactly the same strategy.”

“Obviously I’m under pressure a little bit, pressure is always tough so I can manage, hopefully, the next two days.”

Thomas Aiken, South Africa, is in second place, two shots back at -7 under par for the tournament, a -6 under 64 today elevating him up the leaderboard, a good putting performance helped him stay bogey free today;

“That was a little better, it was a fun round of golf.”

“It’s always nice to go bogey-free.”

“Just went out there with the same game plan as yesterday.”

Just keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully the putts keep going in and make a few extra ones and hopefully at the top of the leaderboard by Sunday afternoon.”

Alexander Björk, and Joakim Lagergren, both from Sweden and both carding  -4 under 66 today, share third place with Julian Suri, USA, another bogey free round, -3 under 67 today and Poom Saksansin, Thailand, -2 under 68, they are all at -5 under for the competition.

Alex was also happy with his putting;

“I’m very pleased with the way I played today, it was solid all day. Good iron shots, good putting.”

Julian is bogey free for the week, but would have liked to make some more putts;

“Didn’t quite make many putts but to finish bogey-free, especially getting up and down on 18, was very nice.”

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Hong Kong Open. Sam Brazel Has Maiden Tour Win

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Sam Brazel. from Australia, has his Maiden European Tour win at the Hong Kong Open, at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Sam is no spring chicken, at 38 years old, so where has this cool-headed, competent player been, this is only his ninth European Tour appearance. He won here with a totally smooth performance, sinking a birdie putt on the last green for victory.

Sam carded a final round -2 under par 68 for a Hong Kong Open winning total of -13 under par, and now has full status on the European Tour next year;

“It’s been a long time coming.”

“I’ve been playing good. It’s just been a bit of a struggle with the old irons and my man, Adam, set me up with a new set of bats, and it’s all sort of turned around. This is the fruit.”

“I’d love to come over to Europe. It will be a great privilege.”

 “I was very lucky. That wasn’t the greatest second shot in there but it ended up good and the rest is history.”

“It was a thrill to be out there the last few days. I hope that continues.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello, looked for a long time that he would easily walk away with a victory here, stumbled to a -1 under par last round, giving him second place at -12 under par;

“If you look at it overall, it’s a great week finishing second.”

“Just a little disappointed today. I managed to start good again but then struggled halfway through the front nine.”

“At the end, 16 and 17, they were two great putts that did go in. The one on 18th, almost, as well. In the end, it’s a good week.”

“It’s just a bitter taste finishing runner-up.”

“Sam has played solid golf and been very patient and shown lots of maturity. He’s a well deserved winner.”

Tommy Fleetwood, -2 under 68 today,  and Andrew Dodt, -4 under 66,  tied for third place at -11 under par.

Tommy sadly carded a double bogey seven at the par 5 third, or he would have been right there at the end;

“Today was more of a battle than I wanted it to be, I had four drivers and today I hit three sort of dodgy shots and one of them was the third, made double. From there it was a scrap.”

“But still happy with myself in the end for the way we handled it and the way we played and the way we battled out there. It was great really. Couldn’t ask for much more.”

Andrew played some more good golf, last week he finished second at the Australian PGA Championship;

“It’s been a really solid week, I followed on where I left off from last week. Made a lot of birdies. Made a few mistakes, which you’re going to do around here.”

“I wanted to get off to a good start. That was the goal, to put 2016 season behind me.”

“It wasn’t my best. I wanted to hit the ground running at the PGA and I followed it on up here.”

Hong Kong Open. Marcus Fraser In Front.

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Marcus Fraser leads the Hong Kong Open at the end of day 3 at the Hong Kong Golf Course.

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Aussie Marcus is enjoying his return to form he carded -5 under par 65 in the third round of the Hong Kong Open. to lead the tournament by one shot going into the final round tomorrow.

He admitted to being surprised;

“Nobody’s more surprised than I am that’s for sure. After eight months of sitting on the couch,  it hasn’t been the best eight months but when you play like that it makes it worthwhile.”

“Practice last week felt really good so I felt like I was heading in the right direction, finally, after I started practicing six or seven weeks ago.

“It was going okay but then last week it felt like everything fell into place but then coming out and playing a tournament is just a completely different thing so after not playing for eight months I wasn’t too sure what to expect. To come and play the way I did on the back nine today was pretty pleasing.”

“I think I’ve had three top tens here in the past and I was third a couple of years ago – I just love the golf course and wish I could take this course every week we play; I think it’s the best golf course we play all year.

“It’s just a proper golf course where you have to play well and stay out of trouble, and you need to hole putts – I’m pretty sure that’s the way the game was designed and it’s a credit to the way they’ve turned it out this week, it’s in the bet condition I’ve ever seen it.

“I had no idea going into the week and I’ve no idea going into tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll keep playing the way I’m playing and I feel pretty comfortable out there at the moment. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to play golf tournaments, especially being in the mix it’s good fun.”

Scott Hend is in second place, a -3 under par 67 third round giving the Aussie a -9 under par total for the tournament.

Tied in third place, at -9 under par, are Jbe Kruger, Angelo Que and Mark Foster.

Yesterdays leader Ernie Els slipped up today, a +1 over par 71 was not what he was hoping for. He still thinks he has a chance, if he can go low. Ernie is T6 at -8 under par;

“It was a little hectic, especially the ninth hole. I tried a couple of things and they didn’t come off but I don’t see there’s any reason not to still go for it.

“I need something low obviously, but I’d like to go really low just for my own wishes.”

Hong Kong Open. Birthday Boy Ernie Els Leads.

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Birthday Boy Ernie Els leads the Hong Kong Open in the second round at Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling.

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Ernie shot a second round -5 under par 65 to celebrate his 45th birthday in style, topping the leaderboard at the Hong Kong Open at -9 under par.

There will be no alcohol just yet;

“I played quite nicely and 65 is what I needed to do, I’m looking forward to the rest of the week and obviously in a good position.

“I won’t have any alcohol to celebrate, but I’ll have a bit of cake and relax back at the hotel and see what we do for dinner tonight.”

“When I’m on I’m really playing nicely, I lost my concentration a little bit after the fourth hole so I didn’t quite play as well as I did at the beginning of the round; I’d like to improve on that.”

“But I feel really good about my ball striking and I’m putting nicely.”

 Raphaël Jacquelin, Scott Hend and Cameron Smith share second place, two shots back at -7 under par for the tournament.

Raphaël is looking to climb into the top 60 in The Race to Dubai,before the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai next month;

“I’ve been playing really well this week and there are birdie opportunities if you keep the ball in play.” 

“It makes a really big difference to be on the fairway because you can get some short irons into the green.”

Day one leader Jyoti Randhawa remained at -6  under par after an even par  second round of 70, while the same score saw defending champion Miguel Angel Jiménez miss the cut on two over.

No less than 11 players are tied for fifth on -6 under par , including SSP Chowrasia, Lee Slattery, Daan Huizing and Marcus Fraser, all of whom are currently outside the top 110.


Hong Kong Open. Jyoti Randhawa Leads

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Jyoti Randhawa, from India, sits on top of the leaderboard at the  Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Club at the close of play on day 1.

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Jyoti leads the field on day 1 of the Hong Kong Open shooting -6 under par 64 at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. He was very pleased with the way he putted today;

“For me it’s really awesome, today I really putted my heart out so I’m very happy with the way it went.”

In second place on his own is Angelo Que, from the Philippines, he carded -5 under par 65

There is a very large group tied in third place, no less than nine players all on -4 under par in this truly international field. They include some impressive names, Ernie ElsJbe Kruger, James Heath, Taiwan’s Lu Wei-chih, Korean Baek Seuk-hyun, Spain’s Nacho Elvira, Raphaël Jacquelin, Daan Huizing and Nicolas Colsaerts.

Ernie, was satisfied with his start, but knows the quality of the players who have won this tournament

“I kept it together for the most part and had quite a few opportunities, I’m quite pleased with that, obviously.”

“The players who have won here is like a who’s who of golf – but I don’t want to think about that. Let’s concentrate on tomorrow and take it from there.”

Nicolas sank two long putts, despite suffering from jet-lag;

“You need to play well to shoot any sort of score under par, from tee to green you need to be pretty good to leave yourself birdie chances. I’m quite happy with my score.”

“I’m waking up in the middle of the night, I didn’t do a very good job with the jet-lag so I think I’m going to be waking up early most of the week but it’s fine.”
With only this event and next week’s ISPS HANDA Perth International left for players to climb into the top 110 on The Race to Dubai and keep their cards, some of these players will have to do well if they want to improve their chances of retaining their playing privileges.


Hong Kong Open, Miguel Masters Manley and Messawat in Playoff for the Title.

Miguel Angel Jiménez  rolled in an 18 foot putt at the 18th hole to become the oldest winner in European Tour history with this victory at the Hong Kong Open.

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Finishing the final round tied with Stuart Manley and Prom Messawat at -12 under par Miguel made a winning birdie on the first extra hole in the play-of for the Hong Kong Open title.

A happy Miguel loves this place, winning the event for a record fourth time, and is thinking of the Ryder Cup;

“I love this place, I love this golf course, I love the tournament. I played so well and I holed some putts, and the one in the play-off gave me victory. If I play the way I am playing this week I will be in the Ryder Cup Team, there is one more year to go and now I get this victory here it will help a lot. You never know, I would love to be part of the team again.”

Prom, from Thailand, spoke about his amazing week;

“It’s been an amazing week for me, I didn’t feel any disappointment in the play-off. I did my best this week, and it’s my best finish on this golf course.”

Stuart was happy with his result, but was disappointed to put his approach to the green in the play-off into the Hospitality tent, he still made par, but is was not good enough;

“I’m pretty pleased. Obviously I’m disappointed to lose in a play-off with a poor shot, but for Miguel to make birdie is pretty special.  It was pretty special to make three myself to get into the play-off. So I can take a lot from the week. This week will give me a lot of confidence. It’s money on the board for The Race to Dubai and everything feels very positive.”