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 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 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.

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play

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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.


Spanish Open. James Morrison Wins

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James Morrison wins the Spanish Open at  Real Club de Golf El Prat in Barcelona.

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James had a bogey free final round -3 under par 69 to win the Spanish Open with a -10 under par tournament total, and a four shot victory in the windy conditions.

James stuck to his game plan and pulled off an amazing victory here and is looking forward to a home event next week;

“It feels amazing, it’s been five years and I’ve had a lot of chances between then and now to win and haven’t done it but I drew on all my experience and got over the line.”

“The game plan was to stick to my process, I know it’s a cliché but it’s true. 

“In years past when I haven’t done it it’s been too much looking at leaderboards and outside influences, and today even down to that last putt I wanted to hole that putt badly and stuck to my process all day long and executed which feels amazing.”

“You try and enjoy it now; I’ve been off the booze this week for the first time in ages, so I’m very thirsty!”

“Having a home event next week, I live 20 minutes away , so I’ll try and ride the crest of a wave and get back to it Monday.”

“My wife and my little boy mean everything to me. I couldn’t have done it without them and my dad and my mum.”

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jiménez shared second place with David Howell, Francesco Molinari, and halfway leader Edouard Espana, all at -6 under par for the competition.

Miguel holed his approach for eagle at the fifth and was a foot away from a second hole-in-one at the eighth, he Aced it on Friday;

“I always try to have fun on the golf course especially this week. The public is so nice with me and it’s nice to play well for them.”

“I am a senior, but I feel that the fifties have come too early for me.”

“I will play some events on the Champions Tour but I will keep playing on the main Tour. As you see, I’m still hitting the ball very well and I giving myself chances to win.”

Francesco, the two-time Ryder Cup player was in contention coming down the stretch, but unfortunately threw in a couple of bogey’s, which scuppered his chances;

“I fought all day and I did my best, I am happy with how I performed this week. I made plenty of birdies, I played nice and aggressive, but I just finished short.”

“James has done great. He made no bogeys which is pretty amazing in these conditions. It’s not easy to be leading when it’s playing so tough and tricky with the breeze, so well done to him; it’s a really good accomplishment.”

Ballantine’s Championship, More Weather Delay’s.

Lightning on the  Blackstone Golf Course in South Korea has caused further delays during the second round at the Ballantine’s Championship. Round 2 is due to be completed on Saturday morning.

Ballantine's Championship - Day 2 - Arnond Vongvanij (-7)

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 Wade Ormsby and Arnond Vongvanij are the current leaders in the clubhouse on -7 under par for their completed rounds. Wade had a -5 under par effort and -3 under par for Arnond.

Alexander Noren, James Morrison and Jbe Kruger are tied in third position, they are following very close behind on -6 under par. James Morrison had a marvelous -6 under par 66 round to put him in contention.

In a senior moment yesterday I wrongly stated that there were no Americans in this Tournament, due to the political situation between the USA and North Korea. I am grateful to Rodd D Starkey to point out that there are indeed Americans contesting here, despite the absence of the two big names Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson, who decided not to travel. You can catch up with Ross and his blog here;

Of the Americans who are in South Korea, the best placed player is Berry Henson, a -2 under par round today has him tied in eighth place. Jason Knutzon is tied in 31st spot at -2 under par, with Peter Uihlein currently at +1 over par, tied in 66th place. Peter has four holes left tomorrow in his second round to find a birdie and make the cut, which is at par at the moment. Missing the cut will be American Johnathan Moore, who is sadly at +12 over par.