NBO Oman Open. Joost Luiten Wins.

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Joost Luiten, Holland, wins the inaugural NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj Golf course in Oman.

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Joost Luiten / getty

Joost won the NBO Oman Open with a final round  -4 under 68, giving him a -16 under  par total and a two shot winning margin;

“This is why you play golf, to hold trophies, it’s been a great week.”

“It’s always tough to win out here, all these guys are so good and they keep putting pressure on you.”

“Down the stretch I hit some nice shots, I made some nice putts and it was a nice battle with my friend Woody.”

“I need to win another couple to get into the Ryder Cup Team but it’s a great start to the year for me.”

Chris Wood, England, was in second place at -14 under par, a last round -3 under 69 not enough to claim victory here;

“You play poorly for six or eight months without ever thinking you’d put yourself in contention in a tournament and then when you do you’re gutted when you don’t win.”

“I’m pretty down really but in the grand scheme of things it’s night and day to how I’ve been.”

“After a couple of days I’m sure I’ll reflect and see it’s a big step in the right direction this week.”

“Joost played great to shoot four under. He’s a good mate of mine. I’m annoyed that I haven’t won but I’m pleased for him. We spend a lot of time together so it’s great to see a friend win.”

“On to Qatar where I’ve won before. Given I’ve turned up at most events with no confidence, I probably feel like I can go to an event next week with a little bit of confidence.”

Julien Guerrier, France, finished a shot behind in third place at -13 under, a poor last round of -1 under 71 meant he was never really in contention for the title, poor putting was the culprit;

“I didn’t start really well, I missed a few putts and if I’d made some putts it would have been different as I’d feel more positive about my round but it was tough.”

“To finish third is good. I had appendix surgery before Hong Kong so I missed the first three events so now I’m happy.”

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NBO Oman Open. Three-Way Tie In Oman.

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It is a three-way tie at the top of the NBO Oman Open with Matt Southgate, England, Joost Luiten, Holland and Julien Guerrier from France locked in battle for the title.

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Joost Luiten / getty

Joost, -6 under 66 today, Julien also -6 under 66 and Matt -3 under 69 all share the NBO Oman Open lead at -12 under par after 54 holes at Al Mouj Golf course.

Joost is looking for his first win since 2016;

“I know my game-plan and I know what to do around this golf course.”

“You need to be a bit patient and wait for your chances. If I can hit my irons like I did today, there will definitely be some birdies.”

Julien is seeking his first European Tour win, and sinking monster putts like he did today for an Eagle at the par five 12th could help him to lift the title;

“The players out here on the European Tour are really good so you have to push, always and if it’s your week, it’s your week.”

 “Right now, it’s going well for me so we’ll see.

“I have to do the same tomorrow. I want to work in these conditions, under pressure, to see how I’m feeling. I’ve played a lot of years on the Challenge Tour and I’ve played a couple of years on the European Tour too and I want to stay here now.”

“I try to improve every day, I’m still fighting and I want to stay on the European Tour.”

Matt is also seeking his first Tour win, and has a big heart;

“The birdie at nine was big, it takes a big heart to hit shots like that because a part of you wants to go and hide in a corner and cry.”

“People say to you, keep going, but I’m not going to walk in.”

“You can do two things, you can hide behind your caddie and sulk and knock it around in level or over par, or you can take it on the chin, rise up to the challenge and try to hit good golf shots.”

Chris Wood, England, is just one shot back at -11 under par, shooting -3 under par 69 in his third round, and has won before, so he will be a threat tomorrow.

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Turkish Airlines Open. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Turkish Airlines Open on day one at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa ResortNicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, Joost Luiten, Holland and Haydn Porteous from South Africa share the honor.

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Nicolas, Joost and Haydn all opened the Turkish Airlines Open with rounds of -7 under 64, to lead the tournament by just one shot.

Nicolas is happy with his new driver

It seems like I can do what I want with this one a bit more. I’m really happy with the way it’s been going,”

“I‘ve been using it since the British Masters and the results that I have are basically because I’m a bit more comfortable off the tee and I can use that good driving.”

“I didn’t really start off very low. I had to stay patient on the first four or five holes.”

“I made a few on the front and then went eagle, birdie, all of the sudden you find yourself at 7 under and you kind of realize that it’s one of those rounds that you can go very low.”

Romeo Andres, Argentina and Padraig Harrington, Ireland, share second place at -6 under par after first rounds of 65.

Padraig likes the pace of the greens, and is putting confidently;

“If I drive it well, I can score. I drove it well. I gave myself lots of chances. Just kept it nicely in play all day.”

“If you’re hitting good shots you can hole a lot of putts out there. They are a very nice pace. They are not quick so you’ll feel confident over every putt.”

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Sergio Garcia King at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

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Sergio Garcia King at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, winning at Real Club Valderrama in his home country Spain.

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Sergio, the Tournament Host, became an Honorary Life Member of the European Tour on Friday night, and is now a 14-time winner said it was all amazing, and he made some key putts coming in;

“It was amazing, all three of us played amazing.”

“Daniel played great with everything that he had on the line, Joost played unbelievable.”

“I played really well and I felt like maybe I could get away and he just kept coming back and back and made it an amazing match.”

“I stayed patient the whole time, I made sure the bad moments did not affect me too much and made a couple of really key putts coming in.”

“The people were unbelievable, amazing, so many people came out and supported, it was really a treat.”

“I want to dedicate this one to my wife Angela and our little baby coming next year in March.”

Joost Luiten from Holland was in second place, just one shot back at -11 under par, a last round -5 under 66 made for an exciting finish.

Third position went to Daniel Brooks, England, who was fighting to keep his Tour card, a final round of even par 71 for -7 under was not what he wanted in terms of winning the tournament, but this result puts him inside the top 101 in the rankings to secure his playing privileges for next season.

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Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Home Hero Sergio Leads,


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Home Hero and Tournament Host Sergio Garcia leads the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.

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Sergio carded -3 under par 68 in the third round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters to lead after 54 holes by one shot at -8 under par;

“It was pretty solid, I’m going to go out there tomorrow and try to post another under par round and see what happens.”

“Good rounds are possible there but they have to be spot on.”

“It’s still a long way tomorrow to come so we can’t get too much ahead of ourselves.”

Low round of the day went to Daniel Brooks of England, -7 under 64, which propelled him up the leaderboard into second place on that score.

Daniel needs a good week here to avoid a return to the Tour School;

“That was good fun out there, I hit a lot of good shots. I’ve been playing some great golf all week, I made a lot of birdies.”

“This week I’ve been paying quite aggressive and I’ve been attacking pins, playing nice golf. I knew I needed a good week. If you have a good one, great, if not then Tour School in a few weeks time.”

Joost Luiten, Holland, continues to remain in the hunt for the title, but an even par third round saw him drop back into third place at -6 under par.

Joost had putting problems;

“I felt like I left a couple too many out there, especially on the greens with a couple of short putts.

“I three-putted the seventh and missed a short one on nine, lipped out on ten.”

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Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Joost Luiten Leads, with an Albatross.

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Joost Luiten leads the Andalucia Valderrama Masters aided by an Albatross  at Real Club Valderrama, in Spain.

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Joost celebrates his Albatross / getty

Joost, from Holland, carded his albatross on the par five 11th hole, to post -6 under par at the top of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters leaderboard, with a second round -1 under 70, and finished second here last year;

“I’m happy with the way I played,I finished second, I like this place.”

“Hopefully we can have a good weekend and we can win here but there’s a lot of golf to be played and we just need to focus on tomorrow and have another good round.”

“I think it will play a bit shorter off the tee, it will be a bit harder maybe to hit the fairways if they’re going to run off but it’s still fairly soft, you can still be aggressive into the pins but you’ve got to hit the fairways and that’s the game-plan for the weekend.”

“I think ten under will be a good number.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are Tournament Host and local favorite Sergio Garcia, even par 71 today, Robert Rock, England, -1 under 70, and Scott Jamieson, Scotland, with his second round -3 under 68.

Sergio will need to put some ice on a wrist injury;

“We’ll just ice it (his wrist) a little bit and put that anti-inflammation patch that I have and hopefully it will be fine tomorrow.”

“I feel like I could have shot probably two or three under but it was tough out there this afternoon.”

Robert would have liked to be in front, and thinks he could have been;

“I’ve played better than one under and just threw stupid shots away from the edge of the green that are pretty basic, so it’s annoying, but it’s a good two days.”

“There are some great players on the leaderboard and it would be nice to have a few extra shots on them come the weekend but I’ll take it.”

Scott was very happy with his round in the windy conditions;

“I’m delighted with that. Anything under par around here, most people would sign up for before they tee off and especially in the tricky conditions today with the breeze blowing.”

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Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Sergio and Joost Lead.

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ESP Tournament Host Sergio Garcia shares the Andalucia Valderrama Masters lead with NED Joost Luiten of Holland after round one at Real Club Valderrama in Spain.

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Sergio and Joost both produced opening rounds of -5 under par 66 to lead the Andalucia Valderrama Masters by one shot.

Sergio hit some lovely iron shots and made a few putts;

“It was nice, it was gettable because it was soft but you still had to hit good shots and I was able to do that for the most part of the day.”

“I’m very happy with my round.”

“The game was on pretty much all day. I hit my irons very well, I didn’t drive the ball well on the eighth hole but I was pretty much spot on there and I made some nice putts here and there.”

“The greens were rolling quite fast, more than anything the back nine was even faster than the front. Overall I think it was very solid.”

Joost found it tough going into the wind today;

“It was early when I teed off and I thought the back nine was playing tough, playing long and the ball wasn’t going as far.”

“The 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th are pretty much into the wind so you’ve got to be patient if you’re playing that nine first.”

“Finally on my back nine, the front nine, I started to hit some really good iron shots and I hit some really close for easy birdies.”

ENG Robert Rock, of England, and ESP Pablo Larrazábal from Spain are then tied in third place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67.

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