Joburg Open. Rain Wrecks Final Round.

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Rain wrecks the final round of the Joburg Open, as play was suspended for the day on the  Randpark Golf Club in South Africa.

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Shubhankar Sharma, from India,  was -2 under having completed only seven holes of his final round of the Joburg Open, where was is gunning for his Maiden European Tour victory. His five shot lead at the start of play reduced by one shot, but at -22 for the tournament is still in a commanding position for when play resumes on Monday morning;

“I’m going to treat it like another day, I’m going to do the same things which I’ve been doing the last four days.”

“It is not frustrating but you get into a groove when you start and you don’t want to come off. I saw the clouds coming on the seventh hole and I was praying we could finish but we can’t help it.”

“I’m playing well so I want to continue doing that.”

“I had to cancel my flight tickets today but that was an easy thing to do considering the position I’m in.”

Local favorite Erik van Rooyen, South Africa, has given the home fans some hope as he carded -4 under par through eight holes, to get to -18 under for the tournament.

 James Morrison, England, even par through seven holes, and Tapio Pulkkanen, Finland, -1 under through eight share third place at -14 under par for the soggy competition.

Play is scheduled to resume on Monday 11th December at 0730 local time, keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

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Joburg Open. Shubhankar Sharma Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Shubhankar Sharma, from India,has the 54 hole lead at the Joburg Open.

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Shubhankar fired -7 under par 65 on the Firethorn Course at Randpark Golf Club to lead the Joburg Open by five shots at -20 under par;

“I’m really happy, I wanted to play even though I shot a ten under yesterday and it is always difficult to follow up on a low round.”

“I’m really proud of the way I played today.”

“I’m very pleased that I came to the Joburg Open. I had my visa but it has been a very long season so I was contemplating if I wanted to come here.”

“I’m really happy that I did!”

Christofer Blomstrand, Sweden, has second place, coming close to posting a 59, having a good day with the putter, but he settled for a -10 under 62, getting him to within five shots of the leader at -15 under par, qualifying for The Open is also on his mind;

“It’s a really nice birthday present! I was really happy with my putter.”

“I was hitting quite good shots in the beginning of my round and then I holed them as well.”

 “Of course it means a lot that there are Open Championship spots available here but we have to treat this like a normal event.”

Sharing third place at -14 under par are James Morrison, England, -5 under 67 today  and Erik van Rooyen, South Africa, -2 under 70.

James is relying on his experience;

“Experience told me what I needed to do and to shoot, but you can’t factor in the guy who shoots 62, or the guy who’s seven under and pulling away.”

 “Can’t wait for tomorrow, I’ve been here so many times before so I’ve got to draw on all my experience, losses and wins.”

“The thought of getting into the Open enters my thinking massively.”

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Volvo China Open. Alex Levy Leads

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Alex Levy, from France, leads the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club in China.

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Alex / getty

Alex kept his recent good form going, carding a bogey free -9 under par 63 to lead the first round of the Volvo China Open.

Alex said he played great golf with 18 greens in regulation today, combined with some good putting;

“I played great, I hit 18 greens today and had some good putts for birdie, two or three long putts that helped but I played well last week and I am enjoying being back here and at this golf course.”

“I like the golf courses in China, the last one and this one, but the golf is different day after day and I will try my best this week to do like what I did today.”

Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, is just one shot back in second spot at -8 under par, shooting 64 with his opening round, he had a conscious effort to two putt today;

“I am very happy , you know one of those solid rounds.”

“I tried to two-putt and I made one putt so that was a bonus.”

“I was happy with two putts and it’s one of those bonuses that a good day in the office gives you.”
Peter Hanson, Sweden and James Morrison, from England, both share third place at -5 under, after their first rounds of 67.


Trophee Hassan 11. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tied at the top of the Trophee Hassan 11 at the conclusion of the opening round  at Royal Golf Dar Es SalamLucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, Grégory Havret and Gary Stal of France with James Morrison of England, all with first rounds of -3 under par 70.

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Lucas Bjerregaard

Lucas is coming back from a break, and played well;

“I played well today, a lot of positives to take from it. Obviously it’s a little hard coming from a five week break, not really sure where my game was exactly.”

“I’ve been playing alright at home but it’s a little different when you come out here so to see some of the things that I saw out there today was really nice.”

“I hit four bad shots that really cost me and obviously missing a short birdie putt at 18 hurts a little bit but a lot of positives.”

“I played some of the best golf I’ve played in a very long time so it was really nice.”

James likes the golf course;

“It’s a proper, good golf course which is fantastic to play,”

“You’ve got to be on your game, hit it straight, if you do get it in trouble you’ve got to get out of trouble well and I think had  a mix of playing well today, hitting the right shots at the right time, and scrambling pretty well, too.”

“I’m enjoying my golf at the moment, I’m working hard at it, everything is coming off. I’m playing well, I’m thinking smart so I’ll just keep on doing it.”

“It’s my eighth year on Tour and I’m still enjoying playing every week.”

Tshwane Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Tshwane Open in South AfricaAlexander Björk and James Morrison.

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Alexander Bjork / getty

Alexander and James share the Tshwane Open lead at -10 under par, Alexander with a second round -6 under 65, and James with -4 under 67.

James will keep the same thoughts for the next round;

“I will try to play as I did these first two days.”

 “Have the same strategy, practice a little bit on the irons and the putts now this afternoon but trying to go out and play well tomorrow also.”

“I’m happy! I played well today. I had some troubles on some holes with the distance on the irons but overall, it was a good round.”

Alexander is looking forward to the weekend;

“Very solid again from tee to green like yesterday.”

 “Delighted with that. I struggled a bit last week from tee to green but it seems to have clicked this week. Hopefully I can hole a few more putts this weekend.”

The leaders are two shots ahead of home trio Thomas Aiken, Peter Karmis and Justin Walters.

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play. Anthony Wall Wins.

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Anthony Wall wins the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Golf Links in Scotland.

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Anthony Wall & Host Paul Lawrie / Getty

Anthony claimed only his second European Tour victory at the  Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play, finishing one up against Alex Noren, with good putting being the key;

“It just feels amazing, I cannot tell you how happy I am.”

“It’s funny – the other one in 2000 felt like yesterday!”

“It’s amazing because it’s such a hard job to beat everyone because everyone is so good.”

“I did wonder whether it would ever come again. I’m just so pleased for my parents, they put in so much when I was young.”

“I’ve got two children that just want to see their dad win, I’m speechless, it’s phenomenal.”

“I don’t know what it was, you don’t know what you’re going to get. I felt calm all week, I putted well.

“I just found something with my putting a little bit.”

James Morrison won the third-place play-off 4 and 2 against compatriot Oli Fisher, James started the day  with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie to establish a lead he refused to relinquish.

BMW International Open. Morrison Moves Ahead.

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James Morrison moves ahead on moving day in the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

BMW International Open.

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James recorded a -5 under par 67 in the third round of the BMW International Open, in Munich, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow, at -16 under par.

James won the Open de España in May, and is in good form, but was upset at carding a bogey six at the par five 18th;

“I played good again, I didn’t really give anything away.”

“The last was disappointing but I had such a bad lie on the left-hand side and to that pin.”

“The scoring has always been low over the years, so you have just got to keep going low and keep making birdies and I did that.”

“I’ll keep trying, hopefully draw on Spain’s good vibes and see what happens.”

In second place at -14 under par, after his -6 under third round of 66 is Chris Paisley, a qualifying school graduate, who is yet to record a top-ten finish on the European Tour, but is in a good position here to make his mark;

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“I’m excited to be honest, I think I’m going to be playing in the final group of a European Tour event on Sunday, so who doesn’t want to do that.”

“I’m really proud of how I played today. It’s the first time I’ve been in this position in a European Tour event. 

“I’ve always worked hard and felt like I had a pretty good game. I’ve just had a slow progression I guess.

“This year, I’ve played a lot of good golf, but I had a poor year last year and my self-belief has taken a while to catch up with my game. I feel it’s starting to do that now.” 

“I’m playing well but I’ve been getting in positions and then falling back just because of a bit of nerves or whatever.”

“Today I felt really comfortable. I was nervous, but I wasn’t ever worrying about messing up. I was always looking ahead of me and trying to make birdies. I think that’s the difference.”

Thongchai Jaidee sits in third place, three shots back at -13 under par, a -4 under par third round moving the Thai up the leaderboard, and into contention.

Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello fell away carding a third round +2 over 74 to be T8, while compatriot Carlos del Moral climbed 33 places, with the best round of the day -7 under par 65, to be T5 at -11 under.