Hero World Challenge. Bubba Wins.

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Bubba Watson won the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, with a very convincing performance. Not bad for a golf course he said was very difficult.

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Bubba carded a final round -6 under par 66 to claim the Hero World Challenge title, with a -25 under par total, and a three shot victory.

Bubba only played because Jason Day pulled out, to be with his wife after the birth of their daughter;

“I guess I’ve got to thank Jason Day for backing out. I have to thank the U.S. government and passport office for getting Dakota a passport so we could be here.”

“For us, it’s a good ride, a fun ride.”

“I want my name to be close to that leaderboard every tournament, every year, so people are always talking about Bubba Watson, about how consistent he is and good he is.”

“That’s my whole focus right now, every year getting better and better.”

“I get nervous just like anybody else, and I just try to find a way to get the ball in play.”

“I hit some big slices today, hit some big hooks today, just trying to get the ball in play. I’m just trying to look for a score. I’m not looking for perfection.”

Patrick Reed finished in second place, he also carded a last round -6 under 66, for a total of -22 under par.

Rickie Fowler fired a final round -8 under par 64 to claim third place on his own at -21 under par. He spoke about Bubba’s performance;

“Every year he’s in the top 5, top 10 in tee-to-green strokes gained.”

“That’s big when you start getting small greens, just because he may have shorter clubs in, but he’s hitting as many or more greens than people and has more looks at birdie.”

Justin Rose, who lives close to the  Albany Golf Club, and has lingered around the bottom of the leaderboard all week, went out today and set a new course record with a – 10 under par 62, to make sure he was not last;

“I knew the only thing I could come out of the week with was bragging rights.”

BMW Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads.

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Lucas Bjerregaard has the 36 hole lead at the BMW Masters tournament in China.

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Lucas shot  a second consecutive round of -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the BMW Masters leaderboard at -12 under par in Shanghai. He came close to winning his maiden European Tour title last time out, in Hong Kong, and hopes to go one better this week;

“It was nice in Hong Kong to prove to myself and to everyone else that I can still compete up there.”

“So hopefully I can do that again this week and just come up one place better than last time”

“It was a great round and I finished off with some good birdies coming in. A great birdie there on six, a tough par three today.”

“Nothing much really happened on the first nine, I just played really solid. But I thought it was a good bit tougher than yesterday with the wind up.”

“Some of the holes were playing really long.”

“But I made some good putts, made some good par saves as well to keep the round going, so that was nice.”

Sergio Garcia and Thongchai Jaidee share second place, three shots back at -9 under par.

Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and An Bye-ong Hun are tied in third spot at -8 under par for the tournament.

It was some very windy conditions today, but that did not worry Peter Uihlein who had seven consecutive birdies today, to finish at -7 under par. He was playing alongside the leader, and the pair of them had some fun out there, according to Lucas;

“We had good fun. He’s a nice guy. We played three rounds together in Turkey, as well, so it was nice that we both played well.”

Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy is not competing this week, so that gives an opportunity for closest challenger Danny Willett to narrow the gap. Danny is currently at -3 under par for the tournament. Poults, Justin Rose and others will be looking to do the same thing.

UBS Hong Kong Open. Rose Reaps His Reward

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Justin Rose reaps his reward of good play by winning the UBS Hong Kong Open. This win was completed with him sporting a beard.

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Justin carded a final round -2 under par 68 to win the UBS Hong Kong Open with a -17 under par total. I can’t remember seeing him with a beard before. It was not an easy win as Lucas Bjerregaard pushed him all the way;

“Lucas played incredible golf.”

“It was the first time I had the chance to play with him. I was thoroughly impressed, not just his game but his temperament and how he is as a person.”

“When you separate yourself from the field like we did, it’s probably a tough one for him to lose.”

“But he didn’t lose it, just both of us played incredibly well and separated from the field.”

“I’m very happy to get the job done. I had a chance to win in Napa last week, I was tied for the lead going down the tenth hole and let that one flitter away a little bit. I wanted to hang onto this one.”

Lucas enjoyed the tense rivalry with Justin, a -1 under par 69 giving him a -16 under par total, just one shot back;

“It was fun to battle with Justin these last two days.”

“It’s guys like him that I want to go out and compete against, and at least I gave him a little bit of a scare.”

“Early on today, that double-bogey on 14 really cost me. Got a lucky break there on 13 and made birdie, which was nice.”

That double-bogey on 14 really ruined it for me but all in all, happy the way I’ve played. Happy how I played this weekend, especially”

“The last time I was out in the final group on a Sunday, I shot 89. So 20 shots better today, I’ll take that.”

South Korea’s Soomin Lee produced the round of the day, -6 under 64, which gave him a share of third place with, Matt Fitzpatrick, Patrick Reed and Jason Scrivener, all at -11 under par.

The winning margin not as great as Lydia’s triumph in Taipei, but very impressive all the same.

 

UBS Hong Kong Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the UBS Hong Kong Open after 54 holes. Justin Rose has been joined by Lucas Bjerregaard, and they will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

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Justin carded a third round -6 under par 64, but has to share top spot in the UBS Hong Kong Open with Lucas who went one better, -7 under par 63. Both players have -15 under par totals and a four shot cushion over the field.

Justin could only admire the effort of Lucas today;

“Lucas played unbelievable golf today, I actually didn’t know much about his game and first, he’s a lovely guy and second, he can really play.”

“I hung with him and what impressed me today was the couple of par saves that I had to make and rolled.”

“The first hole, I didn’t play the hole particularly well but made a nice 15-foot putt for par there and then eagling the third kind of got me up and running.”

“It was just a really fun day playing with Lucas and flip-flopping birdies and eagles and really stretching away from the field. It was a lot of fun”

Lucas also had some fun out there today;

“It was great. I really enjoyed it out there with Justin. He’s a really good guy and we kept making birdies, especially around the turn.”

“I played some good golf today and it was nice to get off to a good start, as well, to take some of the pressure off. So I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

 “Obviously it’s not fun to finish off any round with a bogey and especially not today. I hit a bad tee shot on 18 there, pretty much my only bad shot of the day.”

“So not the way I wanted to finish, but still, I’m very happy with the round today.”

These two are so far in front of the rest that one of them will be the winner tomorrow. For the record Anirban Lahiri is third at -11 under par following his -5 under 65 today.

UBS Hong Kong Open. Justin Rose Tops The Table.

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Justin Rose tops the leaderboard table at the end of day 2 at the  UBS Hong Kong Open.

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Justin fired a second round -4 under par 66 to top the UBS Hong Kong Open leaderboard at -9 under par, and a one shot lead over the field.

Looking back over his shoulder Justin can see an old foe lurking two shots back, in the form of Ian Poulter;

“Poulter is a past champion and he’s on the leaderboard.”

“He’s always good when he’s got something to prove, and he’s probably a dangerous guy now that he’s outside the Top 50 in the world, and I know that he’ll be desperate to get back in it.”

“He always plays well when he has motivation, so he’s obviously going to be tough to beat too.”

“Very happy with that, I felt like I struggled with the recovery overnight. I just felt like body was sore this morning, and today was definitely more of a struggle than yesterday.”

“Yesterday I played such a clean round, I guess it was always going to be more of a struggle. I made a few more mistakes today but salvaged par very well quite a few times.”

“Finally the bogey that threatened a few times reared its head on number nine but I guess I played 34 holes without making a mistake. It’s almost; you know it’s inevitable you’re going to make one mistake.”

“It’s out of the way. Don’t have to think about it now. So continue to try and play good golf over the weekend, make some birdies, and keep moving forward.”

“I again hit a lot of good putts today, and my putts that aren’t going in are pretty much threatening the cup, I feel that’s good.”

“I feel good about my game and I feel like my chances are good, and if I stay in my process, things should work out well, but you can’t afford to get ahead.”

Dane Lucas Bjerregaard is in second place, that one shot back at -7 under par, after his second round -4 under par 66.

Ian Poulter also carded a -4 under par 66, and is tied in third pace with  Lu Wei-chih, -1 under 69 today, both with -7 under par totals

World Number Eight Dustin Johnson missed the cut which was made at +1 over, after he signed for a +2 over par72 today.

UBS Hong Kong Open. Andrea Pavan and Lu Wei-chih Lead

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 Andrea Pavan and Lu Wei-chih lead the UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Andrea and Lu both carded -6 under par 64 in the opening round of the UBS Hong Kong Open, to lead by just one shot.

Andrea has to finish in second place, or better, to avoid heading to the Qualifying School to try and get his card. He told reporters of his troubles this year;

“This year has been a struggle to say the least, I’m just trying to big deep and really look forward to every week.”

“Obviously this is the last of the year, and then I’m looking to go to Q-School. So it’s all about just giving myself chances.”

“I’m just really trying to get my game in better shape. It’s good on the range. I still feel like I’m lacking a bit of confidence.”

“Today I’ve managed to play very well for about 15 holes and then I had the occasional bad shot. So today I got away with it a couple times.”

It’s all about just waiting. I know I have what it takes.”

“It’s been tough last year and this year, but it’s all a learning curve and I really hope I can make the next step soon.

Lu has had some problems of his own, coming close to retirement three years ago after undergoing brain surgery, he said today was a very good day;

“Today, the first three holes, I was not feeling very focused on the golf course.”

 “And then after the third hole bogey, I just told myself that I can’t do this because if I don’t try to get back to my form, it might not be a good round.”

“Fortunately, starting on number four, I birdied four, five and six, and I started feeling much better and getting into the flow. Then the back nine, I felt very comfortable.

“Today is a really good round for me.”

There are some big names in this field, Justin Rose is the best ranked player and is currently tied third with  CT Pan and Jeev Milka Singh, all just one shot back after their first rounds of -5 under par 65.

Justin said he was happy with the way he played the course today;

“Really happy with the start, more happy with how I played today.”

“Happy with how I swung the club, struck the ball, how patient I played.”

“Got to grips with the golf course, for the first time.”

Also in the field are Ian Poulter, -3 under 67, Graeme McDowell -4 under 66, Patrick Reed -2 under 68 and Dustin Johnson -1 under 69.

 

Fry’s.com Open. Rookie Grillo Wins Play-Off.

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On his Rookie debut Emiliano Grillo wins the Fry’s.com Open in a play-off, a day after he nearly took out Rory McIlroy when driving the 17th green, at Silverado Country Club.

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Emiliano beat Kevin Na at the second extra hole after the pair had tied for the Frys.com Open lead at -15 under par. Emiliano score a final round -3 under par 69 to Kevin’s -2 under 70.

Earlier this year, Emiliano had missed a short birdie putt to win the Puerto Rico Open, and ended up losing the title  in a playoff. He made sure history did not repeat itself, earning $1.08 million, and he’s going to the Masters next April.;

“The difference was I hit this one good, my caddie said, `Are you OK?’ I said, `Yeah, sure. Third time a charm.’ I stayed positive and hit a great shot in there.”

“You say Masters, I can’t believe it,” Grillo said. “When I got the PGA TOUR card after the Web.com Championship.”

“I saw I was 71 or 72 in the world and said, we got a chance of getting top 50 by the end of the year, let’s try to get it done.” ( his World ranking is now 36)

“Maybe we can play the tournaments we always wanted to play.”

Kevin declined to come to the media room for interviews.

Tied in third place were Jason Bohn, -2 under 70 today, Justin Thomas -3 under 69 and Tyrone Van Aswegen of South Africa -4 under par 68 all finished one shot out of the playoff at -14 under par.

Jason had a chance to win the tournament today but chunked a wedge, when he was leading the tournament at -15 under and was only 40 yards from the hole on the par-5 16th;

“I was fairly focused on 16 where I just kind of laid the sod over it and chunked it.”

“There’s times when you think that, trust me, when you’re out there, `Oh, don’t chunk this one.’ But this wasn’t one of those times.”

“Kind of rattled me a little bit. To make a bogey from 40 yards short of the green is pretty unacceptable when you’re trying to win a golf tournament.”

Justin Rose lead the competition at the turn, but faded away with a final round of even par 72, finishing in a tie for sixth position at -12 under par.

Brendan Steele, who was trying to go wire-to-wire, until he hit a poor fairway bunker shot on the 12th, he then made five bogeys over the next six holes and closed with a 76 and T17.

Rory McIlroy finished the tournament at -9 under par, he will not regain the #1 world spot, that will go to Jason Day next week.