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.

Spanish Open

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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;  http://letstalkgolf.co.uk/

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.

BMW PGA Championship 3rd round, Luke Donald in control.

Donald in pole position to defend his title

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Luke Donald is in control of the BMW PGA Championship title at Wentworth after overcoming testing conditions with a third round – 3 under par, 69,  at the Wentworth Club in front of record Saturday crowd of 25,176. Luke showed his class with a joint-best round of the day in strong winds, the 34 year old is now eleven under par for the tournament, and two ahead of Justin Rose in second place.

Luke is attempting to follow Sir Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie as the only players ever to make a successful defence of The European Tour’s flagship event. Nick Faldo did it in 1980 and 1981, while Colin Montgomerie had three wins in a row from 1998 to 2000.

The overnight leader James Morrison had a very difficult day, even though he started four clear of the field after a sparkling second round 64. The world’s number 236 cracked under the pressure and  signed for an 81 and will go into the closing eighteen holes eight strokes behind after, a quadruple bogey eight, a triple bogey eight and three bogeys on his card.

Luke said of his day;

 “The tougher the better. The good players that can be patient and deal with it are always going to rise to the top usually. That was by far my best round of the three. The wind was swirling and I hit a lot of solid shots. There were a couple of loose ones coming down the stretch, but I’m very pleased with that finish, it was hugely important for me. Physically and mentally it was tough and it’s going to be a grind tomorrow.”

Justin Rose was also pleased with his effort in the windy conditions;

“I’m delighted. It was one of those where I didn’t realise how good a round it was until I saw that the course had taken its toll.”

BMW Championship, Wentworth 2nd round, Morrison leads, Donald lurking with intent.

James Morrison leads the BMW Championship at Wentworth after a sparkling second round of -8 under par and 64. He leads by four shots from two players, yesterdays leader David Drysdale who had a second round score of -2 under par, 70, and the man seeking to retake the #1 spot in the world golf rankings, Luke Donald. Luke repeated yesterdays score with a -4 under par, 68, and with Rory McIlroy missing the cut in this years event, he must surely have his eyes set on the #1 ranking.

Luke Donald  (Getty Images)

Luke Donald (Getty Images)

The  current World Number Two is looking to regain top spot from Rory McIlroy at the venue where he dethroned Lee Westwood 12 months ago, Luke had three bogeys on his card, but two of them were followed by birdies and he eagled the twelfth  after dropping a shot at the eleventh. Luke said after his round;

Obviously I’m very pleased with that round,” he said. “This is a tricky course, and the scores are reasonably good. Obviously James Morrison had a great round – there are scores out there because the greens are holding.

“When I made bogey on 15, to finish with a couple of birdies on 16, 17, really will make me feel a lot better going into the weekend. I’m feeling very strong on the greens. I feel like something that has been not as consistent for me over the last couple of months, but felt very comfortable on the greens the last two days. Every time I’ve had opportunities, I’m seeing the line, and got the speed down and making some good putts.”

Asked if he was focusing on a top eight finish to give him the coveted #1 spot, Luke replied;

 ” To be honest, the focus is always to try and win the tournament.”

David Drysdale said he is desperate to win a tournament;

“I expect a lot, but if I shoot 80 or 65 I’ll take what I can from it. I desperately, desperately, desperately want to keep going forward and that’s my problem sometimes, I’m too eager, too keen, too determined I guess. I’ve been playing great, but been getting in the way of myself. I’m going to do my best and that’s all I can do.”

Along with Rory McIlroy, other notables missing the cut were; Graeme McDowell, Nicolas Colsaerts, Robert Karlsson and Retief Goosen.

I am anticipating a really good finish from Luke Donald, it will be interesting to see if James Morrison can live with the pressure of life at the top of the leaderboard.