The Masters. Jordan Jumps In Front.

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Jordan Spieth, the defending Champion jumps in front of the pack after the first round of The Masters at Augusta.

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Jordan carded a bogey free first round at a windy Augusta of -6 under par 66 to lead The Masters by two shots, and was happy to tell everybody why, and of course the putts are dropping;

“I enjoy this tournament more than anywhere else.”

 “It’s easy for us. We don’t have any or many distractions in our preparation, and we enjoy that you’re able to kind of feel like you get enough done and you have enough time to do everything, and I think that’s useful when we start on the first hole.”

“I just didn’t feel confident after the first couple mid‑iron shots I hit, I didn’t feel confident over the ball with irons.”

“It was extremely special to stay bogey‑free on a day like today at the Masters.”

“We’re through one round, there’s going to be a lot of different changes. There are going to be a lot of different birdies, bogeys and everything in between.”

“We know how to win this golf tournament, and we believe in our process. And if the putts are dropping, then hopefully it goes our way.”

Sharing second place are Danny Lee and Shane Lowry, both at -4 under par.

Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Soren Kjeldson and Sergio Garcia are tied in fourth position at -3 under par.

Justin was happy with his score today;

“That’s an unexpected good score. When you look at the leaderboards, the guys are obviously figuring it out and able to get round the course today.”

“I’d have taken 69 before teeing off.

“If you look at this tournament last year, I don’t think I did anything wrong particularly, I just got beaten by a record performance.”

“I was right there. I was shooting good scores, good numbers, I was just beaten by some really great performances.”

“I’m not trying to change gears or do anything different, just keep knocking on the door.”

Ian said there is still a long way to go, and anything could happen;

“There’s a long way to go. Six years ago I had a couple 68’s, and it’s never over around this golf course.”

“We’ve seen it from a lot of players through the years. I’m up to the challenge, but obviously it’s round one.”

“Things don’t really happen until the back nine on Sunday. So between now and then there’s a lot of good golf needs to be played before you put yourself in position to have a go at anybody.”

Not a good Day for World number one Jason, as he carded an even par opening round of 72. Rory McIlroy is in the group at -2 under par, and admitted it could have been better, but he is still happy;

“I’m happy with how I played, happy with the score in the end.”

“It could have been a couple better but, at the end of the day, being here on a tough day in the top ten and still within touching distance of Jordan, I’m pretty pleased with that.”

“If someone had have given me a 70 on the first tee, I probably would have taken it. It was a tricky day.”

“Being in the position on the 16th tee where I was four under par. I was probably thinking on the 16th tee I could sneak another one or two out of this round and to start going the other way is disappointing.”

“But I feel like I can get off to a good start tomorrow and pick those shots up again in the first few holes and just get off and running again.”

 

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Rickie Fowler Wins

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Rickie Fowler wins the weather interrupted Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in United Arab Emirates.

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Rickie won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship with a final round -3 under par 69 for a tournament total of -16 under par.

Rickie was very satisfied to start his season with a win, confirming his winning ways of last season were just the beginning of an upward progression, and moves him up to fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking;

“This was a big one. Last year having a multiple-win season, to come back and work on getting back in the winner’s circle after a successful season and keep moving forward.”

“This is a great start.”

“It’s great field that HSBC has put together here. The course is in perfect shape.”

“It was a lot of fun today. It was a bit stressful at times.”

“Thomas is playing well. It’s fun to kind of go head-to-head with him being in the same group. We had a good time.”

“It’s nice to come out on top this week.”

“I’d like to jump in and be a part of that crew and see if we can continue to win some Majors if I can jump in there.”

“The goal right now with where my game’s at, the best it’s been this early in the season in my career, I’m working on getting ready for Augusta. And I’d like to have my shot at getting the Green Jacket there.”

“The ultimate goal this year is to go win a Major and this is a step in the right direction for sure.”

Second place went to Thomas Pieters, he carded a last round -5 under par 67 to post -15 under for the tournament.

Tied in third position were Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson, both two shots off the pace at -14 under par. Rory had a last round -4 under 68 while Henrik carded -5 under 67.

World number one Jordan Spieth finished in the group five shots back at -11 under par, while Ian Poulter could do nothing in the final round, going round at even par 72 for T14 at -9 under par.

 

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Five Tied at the Top.

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There are five players tied at the top of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship leaderboard after a dramatic day at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, including another delay, of 2 hours 50 minutes. The delay meant that the third round could not be completed, and the players will have to return tomorrow to finish 54 holes, and then start the final round.

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Rory McIlroyBranden Grace, Rickie Fowler, Joost Luiten and Ian Poulter were tied at the top of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, all at -10 under par, but they all have yet to complete 54 holes.

Rory carded -2 after 9 holes, Branden has completed 16 holes for -6 under, Rickie -4 on 11, Joost -3 on 10 and Poults -5 under after 13 holes. With a further five players on -9 under tomorrow will also be a very dramatic day, when only the fittest will survive.

Poults is relishing this finish, saying it is more like match-play, a format he enjoys, he was a winner at last weeks EurAsia Cup;

“It’s match play, whenever you go head-to-head you get the juices going, and that’s obviously nice as the first tournament of the year.”

 “I think it’s done me some good, and I think I’m looking forward to what the challenge is for the next 20, 26 holes.”

The -9 under group have yet to complete their third rounds, they are Andy Sullivan, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Henrik Stenson and Robert Rock.

Rory summed it all up nicely;

“This one is a bit more bunched. I think there will be a few more in contention.”

In all, 16 players are within three strokes of the lead, and that includes Jordan Spieth and  American amateur Bryson DeChambeau.

Jordan has finished his 54 holes, carding -4 under par 68 and is in a group at -7 under for the competition, while Bryson slipped up today returning a completed third round score of +1 over par, also at -7 under.

Jordan spoke about his troubles this week, including poor putting;

“I started out this tournament not driving the ball particularly well the first 12, 13 holes and since then my driver has been on.”

“I can make excuses all I want; I still haven’t made many putts and there’s no excuses for that. It can all come together tomorrow.”

“It’s happened many times in random rounds. Why not the fourth round here?”

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Andy Sullivan Sits On Top Of Unfinished 2nd round.

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Andy Sullivan sits on top of the leaderboard at the close of an unfinished 2nd round play, due to fog, in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, in the United Arab Emirates.

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Andy shot a second consecutive round -5  under par 67 to post a  Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 36 hole total of -10 under par, but will have to wait until the round is completed tomorrow to see if he stays at the top of the leaderboard. The delay lasted for two hours and forty five minutes.

Andy said today’s 67 was easier that yesterday’s;

“I think today was even more impressive than yesterday, I had it under a lot of control and it felt quite easy.”

“Today, started off great, lost my way through the middle part of the round and dug deep and finished really strong with three birdies.”

“I think on the whole, much much happier with today and obviously it puts me in good stead finishing that way for the rest of the tournament.”

 “I feel totally different coming in. This time last year, I had already won but still felt this tournament of this magnitude with the players, I knew that I would have to go some to do it.”

“Coming in this year, I know if I bring any A Game, I’m going to have a good chance at being up there now.”

“It’s nice to do that, and obviously to go out there and actually put your A Game to the test is great.”

American amateur Bryson DeChambeau is in second place at -9 under par, having completed only nine second round holes, for a -1 under par return so far. Bryson is trying to become just the fourth amateur in history to win on The European Tour, he  shows no signs of nerves, in a field which includes four of the top ten players in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Joost Luiten -4 under 68, and  Rafa Cabrera-Bello, -5 under 67, have completed their second rounds for a -7 under pat total and share third place on that score with Thomas Bjørn and Richard Bland, who have only finished 11 holes.

The four from the worlds top ten, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter are all in a huge group on -5 under, with unfinished rounds, while Jordan Spieth is on -4 under, also with more holes to play tomorrow.

 

 

 

EURASIA CUP. Team Europe Win.

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Darren Clarke’s Team Europe sealed the EurAsia Cup win with eight of Sunday’s singles matches still out on course. Danny Willett clinching the victory with his singles win over Byeong Hun An at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Darren who will also captain Europe’s Ryder Cup team later this year, says the experience gained here should stand him in good stead for the upcoming Ryder tussle;

“There have been a lot of positives this week. I’ve learnt a few things, and hopefully I’ll do a better job come September.” 

“But if the players don’t play and don’t perform, you can be the best captain in the world and you’re not going to win.”

“This belongs to the players; the quality of the golf this week has been brilliant.”

The final score was 18½-5½, which was a bit of a surprise as the first tournament two years ago ended in a draw.

Lee Westwood spoke of the importance of this win to the younger players in the Team;

“I think everybody has played well this week and obviously contributed. That’s why the scoreline has ended up as it is.”

“I hit the ball pretty well this week and obviously won three points, so it’s nice to contribute.”

“There’s young lads on this team and ones that are going to be playing in The Ryder Cup obviously later on in the year.”

“This is going to be a great experience for them, just feeding them into team golf gradually. And I’m sure they will benefit from this week. Nothing but positives to come out.”

Ian POULTER 4&3 Danny CHIA         Danny WILLETT 3&1 Byeong Hun AN

Andy SULLIVAN 4&3 Thongchai JAIDEE      Matthew FITZPATRICK 2 Up Kiradech APHIBARNRAT
Anirban LAHIRI 2&1 Shane LOWRY        K.T. KIM 3&2  Bernd WIESBERGER
Lee WESTWOOD 7&6 Nicholas FUNG   Ross FISHER Match Halved Jeunghun WANG

Chris WOOD 1 Hole S.S.P CHAWRASIA   Kristoffer BROBERG 5&4 Shingo KATAYAMA

Victor DUBUISSON 1 Up Ashun WU    Søren KJELDSEN 3&2 Prayad MARKSAENG

I guess you can only feel sorry for the Team Asia captain Jeev Milka Singh, he must be wondering what hit him.

 

 

EurAsia Cup. Europe in Command on Day 2.

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Team Europe are firmly in command of the EurAsia Cup tournament on day 2 of competition, leading 9-3 at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Ian Poulter and Danny Willett took on the best Asian pairing today and won their match, beating Byeong  Hun An and Thongchai Jaidee;

Poults spoke afterwards about the contest;

“It’s probably their strongest pairing. They played nicely yesterday.”

“We hit good golf shots. We played the right side of pins. We made no mistakes, no bogeys, and we backed each other up at the right time.”

Danny agreed with that assessment;

“I think me and Poults between us only missed a couple of shots.”

“Like you say, when we were out there, when one of us hit a bad one, the other one backed him up and hit it close on a chip.”

“We didn’t really make any mistakes and made a good few birdies for foursomes.”
Ian POULTER & Danny WILLETT 3&2 Byeong Hun An & Thongchai JAIDEE

Bernd WIESBERGER & Ross FISHER 2 Up K.T. KIM & Jeunghun WANG

Kristoffer BROBERG & Chris WOOD 2 Up S.S.P CHAWRASIA & Kiradech PHIBARNRAT

Shane LOWRY & Andy SULLIVAN 3&2 Prayad MARKSAENG & Shingo KATAYAMA

Søren KJELDSEN & Victor DUBUISSON Match Halved Danny CHIA & Nicholas FUNG
Lee WESTWOODMatthew FITZPATRICK 5&4 Anirban LAHIRI & Ashun WU

EurAsia Cup. Europe Lead 1st Round

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Europe take on Asia in the EurAsia Cup, a matchplay event being played at Glenmarie Gold & Country Club in Malaysia. 1st round scores have put Europe firmly in front, winning all but one match, and that was halved.
Team Europe captain Darren Clarke was very proud of the team performance today;
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“Proud of our team today, they all gave their best! Good start 4.5-1.5 but a long way to go yet.” @EurAsiaCupGolf @EuropeanTour

“I know them well and I like to think I know what makes them tick. I asked all my guys to give me three players they wanted to play with.”

“But as always with Europe a player will play with who the Captain thinks they should be playing with.”

“If I have an idea of who each guy will play with, and that’s backed up by the stats then that’s quite good I reckon.”

Ian POULTER & Bernd WIESBERGER 4&3 Anirban LAHIRI & Jeunghun WANG

Danny WILLETT & Matthew FITZPATRICK 3&1 Byeong Hun AN & Thongchai JAIDEE
Victor DUBUISSON & Søren KJELDSEN Match Halved Danny CHIA & Nicholas FUNG

Ross FISHERKristoffer BROBERG 6&4 Prayad MARKSAENG & K.T. KIM

Shane LOWRY & Andy SULLIVAN 2&1 Shingo KATAYAMA & Ashun WU

Lee WESTWOOD & Chris WOOD 2&1 S.S.P CHAWRASIA & Kiradech PHIBARNRAT