Hero World Challenge. Charley Cruises To 54 Hole Lead.

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Charlie Hoffman cruises to the 54 hole lead at the Hero World Challenge at a very windy Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas, and will take a five shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

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Charley carded -2 under par 70, which equaled the low round score for the very windy day, to increase his lead at the top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard at -14 under par, a five shot lead over his nearest challengers.

Tied in second place, those five shots back are Jordan Spieth, even par 72 on the day, and local resident here Justin Rose, who signed for a third round -1 under 71.

Tournament host and comeback king Tiger Woods suffered another golfing setback today carding +3 over par 75 in the tough conditions, leaving him with a competition score of -4 under par and a lowly T 10 position. Seems like he will be handing the Trophy to Charlie tomorrow. Tiger was philosophical about his play today, telling reporters something that every amateur player around the world knows only too well;

“Anything I did right ended up in a bad spot and anything I did wrong was really bad.”

“Just one of those days.”

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Hero World Challenge. Tommy Fleetwood Leads On Day 1

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Tommy Fleetwood, England, leads the Hero World Challenge on day 1 at Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas.

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Tommy is suffering from jet lag, and his baby son Frankie awake at 4am;

“Frankie woke up so then I feed him and then got him back down, so I just puttered about.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 67 are Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar, both from the USA.

Four players are then tied in fourth place at -4 under, World #1 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and  Kevin Chappell, all from the USA, and Justin Rose, England.

Of course all anybody really wants  to talk about is the third comeback appearance of Tiger Woods, who carded a first round -3 under par 69, to be T8;

“For me, I thought I did great.”

“To come out here and score like I did, it was nice.”

“All I’m trying to do is just keep plodding along. Today if I take away the two sixes and play the round correctly, then I’m probably tied for the lead.”

 “So it’s just little things like that I need to clean up and hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”

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UBS Hong Kong Open. S.S.P. Chawrasia Leads.

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S.S.P. Chawrasia, from India, leads the UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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S.S.P. fired a first round -5 under par 65 to lead the Hong Kong Open by one shot in the very windy conditions, with some good putting being the key;

“I’m playing well today, I’m hitting well and some putts well.”

“Very tough conditions today. I’m very happy with my five under.”

“I’ve been playing many years here and I’ve not finished well.”

“So it’s a good chance this year and hopefully I’ll finish good this year. I’ll try my best.”

Another Indian, Shubhankar Sharma shares second place with Matt Fitzpatrick from England, both with opening rounds of -4 under par 66.

Matt was happy with his start in the tough conditions;

“It’s a good start to the week, it’s not an easy course around here.”

“I think I had seven or eight chances inside 15 feet and on a day like today when it’s so windy and such a tough golf course.”

There is then a large group of seven players tied in fourth place, all at -3 under par for the competition, Thomas Detry, Belgium, Jamie Donaldson, Wales, Marcus Kinhult, Sweden, Keith Horne, South Africa, Angelo Que, Philippines, Poom Saksansin, Thailand and Micah Lauren Shin, USA.

Justin Rose was in this three under group, before dropping a shot with missed short putt on the last hole of the day;

“I hit five birdies today, all of them were from like two feet, I stuffed it in there five times and didn’t really make putts of any distance.”

“A shame to miss one at the last, I think I tried to play left center and it seemed to go a little left on me and I had too much speed and spun out.”

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DP World Tour Championship. Justin Rose In Pole Position.

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Justin Rose, England, is in pole position to win the Race to Dubai sitting on top of the DP World Tour Championship after 54 holes  at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Rosey will take a one shot lead into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship following his third round -7 under par 65 to post a tournament total of -15 under par. It will be an exciting finish to the Race to Dubai on Sunday, with Tommy Fleetwood in the tie for third, just two shots back.

Justin summed it all up;

“I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard.”

“But if I slip up tomorrow, he’s right there. He’s done everything he needs to do on his end, so it’s a lot of fun.”

“An opportunity, that’s the way I’m going to look at it. Don’t see much pressure on myself tomorrow. This is going to be a day just to go for it really and play well.”

“There’s going to be a lot of good players and it’s going to be a day where you have to play good golf.”

Tied in second place are Jon Rahm, Spain, also -7 under 65 today and Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, -9 under 63 in his third round, both players just one shot back at -14 under par, so the contest for the  DP World Tour Championship is also very tight.

In the tie for third place with -13 under totals are Tommy Fleetwood, England, -7 under 65 today, Dean Burmester, South Africa, -7 under 65, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -5 under 67.

Tommy spoke about the year-long tournament;

“It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever tried to achieve. I was in contention in the US Open and Mexico but they were one or two rounds.”

“This has been all year and you come down to the final event.”

“A year-and-a-half ago I was absolutely nowhere in the game and I was a bit lost.”

“Fast forward to here for me, it’s been amazing to play and to enjoy my golf this year. Then to get to this stage, it’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege trying to compete for a Race to Dubai.”

The year-long Race to Dubai has come down to the last round of the last tournament, and only a handful of points between the top two contestants, it is exciting, it could come down to the last putt.

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DP World Tour Championship. Patrick Reed Leads.

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Patrick Reed, USA, leads the DP World Tour Championship after the first round at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Patrick fired a first round -7 under par 65 to lead the DP World Tour Championship by just one shot;

“All I can hope for is just keep on playing some solid golf and put myself in position.”

“I felt like ball-striking was where it needed to be. I feel like I had pretty much most control over the golf ball today.”

“Seemed like the tee-shots I didn’t seem to hit particularly well, I missed them in the correct spots.”

Sharing second place that one shot back at -6 under par after opening rounds of 66 are the in form Justin Rose, England, and Scott Hend, Australia.

Justin is looking for his third consecutive win and is on track to win the coveted crown of Europe’s best in the Race to Dubai;

“There’s two things to think about this week: winning the golf tournament and winning the Race to Dubai.”

“I know that if I do one of those, the first one, then the second one happens.”

“I’ve just got to try and put together a really good final three rounds and do what I always do.”

“Really happy with that as a start. I wanted to come out today with good intent and get myself moving forward quickly.”

“Been fortunate enough to have won the last two events but been doing so from quite a long way behind and you can’t always rely on that.”

“I was definitely keen today to come out and try and get going as quick as I could this week and see where it goes from here.”

The current leader of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, Tommy Fleetwood, did not have such a good start, shooting +1 over par 73, he will need to improve dramatically if he wants to win the season long competition;

“If you look in terms of the tournament, I’ve got to shoot something really low tomorrow and Saturday.”

“Then it will depend on how he plays.”

“But there’s three rounds of golf, 54 holes is a lot of holes and anything can happen. It’s been similar to the last few weeks where I’ve not had great first rounds but climbed the leaderboard steadily.”

“Just go out tomorrow and do my best.”

“I wasn’t far off after a really bad start. I wasn’t really far off actually shooting a decent score today.”

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Turkish Airlines Open. Back to Back Wins For Justin.

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It was back to back wins for Justin Rose of England as he won the Turkish Airlines Open at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

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Justin won the Turkish Airlines Open with a final round of -6 under par 65, giving him the winning total of -18 under par;

“It’s like a bus, you wait ages for one and then two turn up at once.”

Pushing all the way was Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, they were neck and neck on the last green, and both had eight foot birdie chances, Nicolas failed to convert his, which left him in a tie for second place with his final round -5 under 66 for a -17 under par total;

“The juices were flowing. It was great to be able to push it until the end. I was surprised that none of the other guys were making such a push.”

“Too bad the little one on 18 doesn’t drop but that’s the sport.”

Sharing that second place at -17 under was Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, a last round -7 under 64 pushing him up the leaderboard, even missing a couple of putts;

“I had two chip-ins yesterday. I don’t know, something’s clicking right in my short game.”

“Although a few putts slipped by I’m still proud of the way I finished.”

“I played with Justin yesterday and he played amazing golf.”

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Turkish Airlines Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard after 54 holes at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa ResortKiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand and  Shane Lowry of Ireland share the honor.

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Kiradech, -5 under 66, and Shane, -6 under 65, are tied at the top of the Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard with -14 under par totals, and will take a two shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Shane can not remember the last time he won;

“It’s been a while since I’ve won and I can’t remember back that far.”

” But when I’m out there tomorrow hopefully something comes flooding back to me and I manage to get the job done.”

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and being in the hunt. I haven’t really been there for a while, so it will be good.”

“I’ve dropped down the rankings over the last while so it will be nice to earn a few world ranking points, a few Race to Dubai points as well and make sure I’m playing in Dubai in a couple of weeks.”

Kiradech had a simple message;

“I want to win.”

Sharing third place are last weeks winner at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Justin Rose, England, who shot a bogey free -7 under 64, Padraig Harrington, Ireland, also -7 under 64 today, and Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, who started the round with a four shot advantage, carded +2 over par 73.

Justin wants to improve his back nine putting;

“All week I seem to have putted really well on the front nine but not quite as well on the back nine.”

“I think the greens tend to get a tiny bit slower as the day goes on so I think I need to stay a little bit more positive with the putter.”

Padraig also had a good day with the putter;

“Today was the same as yesterday except today I holed a few putts and yesterday I missed them.”

Nicolas said the bad luck started with a mud ball;

“I could have been three under after three and then caught a mud ball on eleven.”

“I didn’t think I did a lot wrong until then.”

“I hit two balls in the water so I guess I paid the price for it. I wasn’t playing stupidly aggressive but still playing the shots and made sure that my decision making was on point, which I thought was pretty good until I took a couple of blows around 12 and 15.

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