Portugal Masters. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard after the first round at  the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in PortugalJoost Luiten, Holland, and George Coetzee, South Africa, share the honor.

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Joost, bogey free, and George, with one bogey, both carded -7 under par 64 to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard.

Joost was happy to be bogey free;

“I’m very happy, seven under, no bogeys, seven birdies, that’s what you want every day.” 

“I was struggling a little bit with the old driver and a new Taylor Made driver in the bag now, slightly bigger head, slightly more forgiving and especially when it will be windy conditions that will really help.”

“I knew my game wasn’t far off and the good thing about golf is there’s always next week and this week it feels nice and hopefully we can keep it going.”

George started the day with a 59 on his mind;

“I read an article yesterday about 59-watch and after eight holes I was thinking. okay, if I birdie the next one and the next one and the next one.”

“I guess I shot myself in the foot a little bit today but I was quite happy with the way things went.”

“I’ve always played well around this track, posted some good finishes and I really enjoy the golf course, it suits my eye pretty well and luckily today it did that again.”

Tied in second place at -6 under par are six players;  Nino Bertasio, Italy. Grégory Havret, France,  Jason Scrivener,  Australia,  Callum Shinkwin, England and Ashun Wu from China, all with rounds of 65.

The defending Champion here, Padraig Harrington signed for an opening round of -4 under 67, and is in the large group at 16th for the tournament.

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BMW International Open. Wade Ormsby Leads.

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Wade Ormsby, of Australia, leads the BMW International Open at  Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Wade fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the BMW International Open by one shot;

“I had a fast start out there, turned in 30 on the front nine, and then kind of kept it going on the back.”

 “A bit steadier on the back but very happy.”

“We actually came here this morning to practice early which I’ve never done before, I just knew there was something there and I wasn’t getting what I wanted.”

“I obviously found something today and I just kept on working what we’re trying to work on, which isn’t normally me, I play by feel.”

In second place at -7 under, is Thomas Detry, from Belgium, he carded an opening round 65.

Tied in third place at -6 under are,  Sergio Garcia, SpainThorbjørn Olesen, Denmark and Joost Luiten, Holland.

Sergio, bogey free today, is  playing his first regular European Tour event since winning his first Major Championship at Augusta National, and said he had played and putted well today;

“It was great, I felt like I played quite well, not spectacular, but very consistent throughout the whole day.”

“I was very happy to see some of the shots I hit and some of the putts I made and very happy with my six under.”

“There’s still three more to go, so we’re going to keep playing hard and hopefully we’ll have some more like this and we’ll be up there on Sunday.”

KLM Open. Dutch Delight as Joost Luiten Wins.

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There was Dutch delight as a jubilant Joost Luiten wins his home tournament the KLM Open at The Dutch golf course in Holland.

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Joost carded a brilliant course equaling  -8 under par 63 to win the KLM Open with a -19 under par total, his second victory at this tournament;

“The first one was special but this one is very special.”

 “To have the Dutch people behind me all week and to be able to stand here with the trophy in my hands is very special.”

“It was one of those days where everything I looked at went in the hole.”

“People talk about the zone, and I think I was in it today. I missed one shot when I went in the water on 13 but besides that I didn’t do much wrong.”

“These are the kind of days that make it all worth getting out of bed for.”

“This makes up for any disappointments this season. I had been so close to winning this year in Spain and China but to win here in front of your home support just makes you forget about all the disappointing results.”

“We will see what happens but I just want to keep this form going and see where it takes me.”

Bernd Wiesberger was second, at -18 under par, he returned a final card of -6 under 65, and had a great duel with the winner all day. He said good putting had given the opportunity to challenge for the title;

“It was a great final round but then I finished a bit sloppily unfortunately.”

“But there were so many positives out there today and I hit so many good shots that I can take a lot of positives from the week.”

“My season hasn’t been great so far this year – it certainly hasn’t been up to the standard that I would expect so this week has felt like I have turned a corner.”

“It was great to be back in contention on the back nine and nice to remind the guys that I am still around!”

“All in all it was great fun out there and the other good thing about this week was my putting.”

“That is something that I really want to take forward for the rest of the season and hopefully I can keep giving myself good chances to be in contention.”

Byeong-hun An claimed third spot, he also carded -6 under 65 in the last round for a -13 under total.

KLM Open. Scott Hend Hits The Front.

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Scott Hend hits the front in the third round of the KLM Open at The Dutch golf course in Holland.

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Scott Hend

Scott had a -7 under par 64 in the third round of the KLM Open, which took him to the top of the leaderboard with a -14 under par total, and a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow. He struggled with his swing but the putting was good;

“It was just all about hanging in there today, I wasn’t really on top of it but I got the most out of it that I could.”

“The swing felt a little bit off out there today but I managed to hang in there and just stay patient and then I started hitting some really nice shots and that presented me with the opportunity to make some putts.”

Nino Bertasio is in second place at -13 under par, his third round score of -4 under par 67 keeping him in touch with the leader, he said he made a couple of monster putts today;

“It was another good solid day, I played very well again and made a couple of monster putts today which was a surprise because they all seemed to be close range yesterday.”

“I have been surprised how calm I have been out there and how much I have enjoyed this week. I just love the golf course and have been loving it out there.”

“We will see what happens tomorrow. I am really looking forward to it.”

“I know I will be playing with Scott which is great because we played together at the Olympics which was an amazing experience. We will have a good time out there tomorrow as well.”

Ben Evans, -3 under par 68 today,  David Horsey, -4 under 67, Richard Bland, -5 under 66, and top Dutch player Joost Luiten with -2 under 69, are all tied in third place at -11 under par.

Home favorite Joost is pretty happy with his position;

“It could have been a little better than two under but overall I have to be pretty happy with it.”

“I left one out there with the three-putt on 16 and the putter wasn’t as good as yesterday when I managed to hole a couple of long ones. But that is golf – some days they go in and the next they won’t so I am happy with two under.”

“It was tricky today to get close to the pins, but anything under par is good round here and I am in a pretty good position for the weekend.”

“The birdie at the last is always nice, it was great to finish like that on a positive.”

“This has been the busiest I have ever seen at a KLM Open and the crowds have been amazing.”

“It’s only Saturday today so hopefully we can have even more here tomorrow and I can get a low round going and try and win this title again because that is what I came here to do.”

South African Brandon Stone carded a brilliant course-record -8 under 63 to join  Tommy Fleetwood,-2 under 69, Simon Khan, -3 under 68 and Bernd Wiesberger, even par 71, at -10 under for the tournament.

KLM Open. Bernd Wiesberger Is In Front

 

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Bernd Wiesberger is in front in the KLM Open after 36 holes at The Dutch golf course in Holland.

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Bernd carded a second round -5 under par 66 to lead the KLM Open at the half-way stage with a -10 under total, thanks mainly to some good putting;

“It was good to finally hole a couple of putts and get a score.”

“I’ve been playing alright, I’ve just not had breaks going for me, I’ve not had a good, solid week on the greens.”

“The long game has been steady but it feeds into a whole atmosphere if you can’t take advantage of that.”

“So far I’ve been really taking advantage of my chances and having a great time out there with Joost and Jake (Roos) and the support.”

Three players are tied in second place at -9 under par, Home town boy Joost Luiten, -7 under par 64 today, giving the home gallery some real hope that a Dutchman can win, Nino Bertasio from Italy, -4 under 67, and Mark Foster from England, -5 under par 66 in his second round.

Joost wants to repeat his second round score tomorrow;

“Tomorrow is a new day and I need to do the same as I did today.”

“If I can keep my irons like I hit today and create a lot of birdie chances and keep the putter warm, I’ll be alright.”

It was special out there, It was very busy from the beginning, it was a great day with the weather and the golf course is unbelievable so I’m very happy with a 64.”

“It’s great to feel the crowd behind you. The atmosphere out there was great, not only for me but for my playing partners, and that is what makes it so much fun to play in Holland.”

Nino has enjoyed a great year of golf and is looking forward to a good finish in the Race to Dubai;

“It has been a great year for me with going to the Olympics and keeping my Tour card so now I have to reset my goals and try to finish as high as I can on the Race to Dubai.” 

“I am just looking forward to tomorrow and trying to get out there and make as many birdies as I can.”

Mark is returning to form and is hoping his experience will keep him in contention;

“I am getting back to my best, I haven’t had as many playing opportunities this year but when I can play I am enjoying it.”

“I have been out here a long time and I am a lot more chilled out than I was in my prime.”

“I certainly don’t sit at home crying about not being able to play – and my wife wouldn’t let me do that anyway!”

“I love this tournament, though, so I am really looking forward to the weekend. There are some great names up there on the leaderboard so it’s going to be a good weekend and hopefully I can stay near the top.”

KLM Open. Ben Evans Leads

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Ben Evans leads after the first round of the KLM Open at The Dutch golf course in Holland.

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Ben Evans

Ben shot a KLM Open first round-6 under par 65 to lead the competition after the first round, and said he likes the links style course, and it was an improvement in his putting that made the difference today;

“I came here on Monday and had some extra time to practice.”

“I like the course visually. It’s like an in-land links and you can see that they have done that with the decision.”

“It looks like a links course and with a lot of slopes and undulations it plays quite like a links course too.”

“I am in a similar position to what I was last year in terms of my card, I need to play well to keep it but I am confident that I can do that.”

“It only takes one good week to turn everything around and I hope this is the week.”

“I holed a lot of putts early on in the round to get me to two under and then hit a few nice wedges in close to get off to a pretty fast start.”

“The putting was the difference today – I holed a lot of mid-range putts which I haven’t been doing a lot of lately.”

Eight players are tied in second place at -5 under par following their opening rounds of 66; Byeong-hun An, Nino Bertasio, Chris Hanson, Peter Hanson, Mikko Korhonen, Joakim Lagergren, Bernd Wiesberger and Dutch amateur Rowin Caron.

They are followed by a group of 11 players on -4 under par.

Defending champion Thomas Pieters has been forced to withdraw from the competition, he was stung by a bee on Monday afternoon during a challenge match against Dutch number one Joost Luiten, who was -2 under today.

Thomas announcing on his Instagram account (Thomaspietersgolf):

“The very unfortunate worst case scenario just happened…. One bee sting on Monday during the golf challenge against @joostluitengolfer led to a major allergic reaction with flu symptoms, and forced me to pull out of my favourite tournament of the year #KLMOpen. Very sorry to all the fans that are on their way to support me and to the organisation @tgsport. I owe it to you guys to defend my title next year.”

 

BMW PGA Championship. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship after the fist round at Wentworth Golf Club.

NED Joost LuitenAUS Scott Hend and KOR Y E Yang shared the lead in the first round on the Chinese owned Burma Road course in Virginia Water, Surrey , England.

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Joost, Scott and Y.E. all recorded -7 under par 65 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship, to lead the field by one shot.

Joost is in good form, having had eight top 15 finishes in eleven starts this season, he got on the par five last hole in two, and the resulting birdie got him up to share the top spot with Scott and Y.E.

Y.E. famously made history in the 2009 US PGA Championship becoming the first player ever to come from behind to beat Tiger Woods, in the final round of a Major.

Scott missed the cut on his debut here last year, and the Australian came with a different approach to the competition this year;

“I tried aggressive last year and it really doesn’t work.”

“So I thought I’d just be a little bit cautious off the tee and a bit more aggressive into the greens.”

“We’ll see how that plays out during the week.”

“There’s a long three more days to go but I’m comfortable wherever I’m playing, whether I’m running last or whether I’m running first.”

“Just put one foot in front of the other and keep going.”

Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett is alone in fourth place, after his bogey free -6 under par 66.

Richard Green, Robert Rock and Jaco van Zyl are back in the clubhouse with rounds of -5 under par 67, sharing fifth position.