ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth. Prom Meesawat Top Qualifier.

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Prom Meesawat, from Thailand, finished round three of stroke-play in the  ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth to finish as the top qualifier for the match-play rounds on Sunday at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

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Prom Meesawat / getty

Prom qualified for the  ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth match-play rounds with a third round -5 under 67, and 54 hole stoke-play score of -12 under par. He will join that competition in the second round of six hole play, joined by the other seven players who gained a place in the top eight seeded players.

Prom was very happy to finish first, and receive the cash bonus;

“I did well for the last two days, I only missed a couple of shots to put myself in the top position.” 

“Very happy to finish first but still a lot of golf for tomorrow and I think it’s going to be good fun.

“It means a lot. I’m going to earn my European Tour card and it’s going to be the first win for me on the European Tour.”

“I’m just going to go out and have fun, concentrate with my game.”

The other seeds were Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, Sean Crocker, USA , Lucas Herbert, Australia, who all finished at -10 under. Other qualifiers were Sam Horsfield, EnglandYisaku Miyazato, Japan, and Australians Brad Kennedy and Dimitrios Papadatos.

The two tournament leaders at the start of play crashed out, Lee Westwood and the defending champion Brett Rumford both carded +6 over par 78.

Round 1 looks like this;

AUS Stephen LEANEY  V Andrea PAVAN ITA

THA Kiradech APHIBARNRAT V Ben ECCLES AUS

KOR Yikeun CHANG V  Zander Lombard RSA

AUS Marcus FRASER V Poom SAKSANSIN THA

AUS James NITTIES V Nick CULLEN AUS

THA Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT V Callan O’REILLY AUS

SCO Grant FORREST V Matthew MILLAR AUS

AUS Min Woo LEE (AM) V Satoshi KODAIRA JPN

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ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth. Lee & Brett Lead.

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Lee Westwood, England, and defending champion Brett Rumford, Australia, lead the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth tournament after 36 holes of stroke-play.

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Lee shot a second round -2 under par 70 to share the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth lead with Brett, who carded an even par 72 today, both at -8 under par for the 36 holes at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Lee enjoyed a day of good chipping, and the putter behaved reasonably well;

“We both played well, we haven’t given too many shots away, made a few putts and I chipped in a couple of times. It’s been fun over the first couple of days.”

“I’m just trying to shoot as low as possible. I know if I carry on playing like I’m playing and a few putts start to go in, because I didn’t really hole any putts today, I’ll be thereabouts on the leaderboard.”

“To be perfectly honest, match play is anybody’s. You’re going to need a lot of luck to win it.”

Brett was comfortable signing for an even par round;

“I’m happy to have signed for 72, happy to be tied for the lead and obviously happy that I’m in that top eight.”

“You would have to lie to say that you’re not aware of your opponent, but I’m not playing against Westwood, I’m not changing my game plan or swing thoughts or nothing, I’m just playing golf.”

Four players are then tied in fourth place at -7 under par, Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark. -5 under 67 today, Grant Forrest, Scotland, -4 under 68, Prom MeesawatThailand, -2  under 70 and Lucas Herbert, Australia, who carded -3 under 69.

There is another round of stroke-play tomorrow and then the top 24 players, with the top eight seeded, will face each other in match play over six holes on Sunday, with five rounds of competition determining who will take home the trophy.

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ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, Defending Champion Brett Leads.

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The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth defending Champion Brett Rumford, from Australia, leads after the 1st round at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. This tournament has a strange format, being a combination of stroke play and match play. Rounds 1, 2 and 3 are stroke play, while Round 4 will be the newly created 6 hole match play.

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Brett started this competition with a determination to keep his title, hitting -8 under par 64 to top the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth leaderboard by two shots;

“I just think there’s some golf courses just suit your eye and others don’t.”

“It’s not always the case but generally you find as a trend that a lot of players go back and play well when they’ve had a lot of good performances there, and this is one of them.”

“I don’t know what it is but it definitely seems to be some kind of home course advantage.

“I’m leading, I’m inside the top 24 and that’s my only focus this week, finish inside that number.”

“Whether I lead the qualifying again? That would be a nice bonus but it’s not my priority this week and I’m playing accordingly.”

“I can’t be too hard on myself, I played great golf.”

Lee Westwood, England and James Nitties, Australia, share second place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 66.

Lee played well, but had a quiet day with the putter;

“It was nice to shoot 66. I don’t think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch-up.”

“I played very nicely, very solidly. Hit a lot of good shots, drove the ball well, putted nicely as well without anything really going in for me.”

“I chipped in on 15 for eagle but other than that, everything was pretty close range.”

There are nine players tied in fourth place at -5 under par, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Prom Meesawat from Thailand, Sébastien Gros, France , Wade Ormsby and Jason Scrivener, Australia, Gareth Paddison, New Zealand, Nicholas Fung, Malaysia, Daisuke Kataoka, Japan and  Yikeun Chang from South Korea.

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Perth International. Louis Leads.

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Louis Oosthuizen leads the Perth International at the 54 hole stage at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, in Australia.

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Louis Oosthuizen / Getty Images

Louis took control of the Perth International with a third round -5 under par 67, to post a tournament total of -15 under par, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

He said he was playing nicely, especially with the putter;

“I need to play good golf tomorrow, solid golf, give myself a lot of birdie opportunities like I did today, and there’s not much more that you can do then.”

“I think anyone will expect to win, but there’s a lot of golf to be played.”

“You need to still hit the shots. Around this golf course especially, someone can go three, four under in the first five holes and it changes everything.”

“I played pretty solid the last two rounds, I drove it beautifully. Today was not great off the tee, but iron play was pretty good.”

“The putter is behaving. I’m reading the greens very well and I feel like I’m making great strokes.”

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Peter Uihlein -1 under 71 today and Romain Wattel, a bogey free -7 under 65, are tied in second place at -12 under par.

Jason Scrivener is the best placed Australian, in fourth place at -11 under par, he carded a third round -3 under 69.

Local favorite Brett Rumford went backwards today, carding +1 over par 73, to post -10 under par. He had back to back Eagles today to recover from +4 over after 13 holes.

Marcus Fraser, Mikko Korhonen, Richard T Lee, Alexander Levy and Mardan Mamat are all at -9 under and will have a long haul to catch the leader.

Perth International. Peter Uihlein Leads

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Peter Uilhein leads the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Australia.

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USA Peter opened his Perth International account with blistering -7 under par 65 to top the leaderboard, and that was after recording a bogey at the first hole. He said he was mentally prepared and was happy with the result, which came via some good putting;

“I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I was mentally sound. I didn’t really let the bad shots affect me.”

“I had a 25-footer for par on the second and hooped it, and then holed a nice birdie on three and kind of relaxed a little bit after that.”

“The wind switched pretty dramatically and it felt like the real stretch home was down-wind and I felt like we could get some birdies after that so it helped a little bit.”

“I putted nicely, which is always helpful, but if I didn’t hit a good shot I didn’t really let it bother me, I just let it roll off my back and I was ready for the next one.”

“When it’s in the wind like this, you’re going to hit bad shots, everybody does, so you’ve just got to accept it and move on.”

FRA Romain Wattel and IND Shiv Kapur share second place at -6 under par after their first rounds of 66. Romain carded two bogey’s while Shiv was bogey free.

AUS Rhein Gibson leads the Australian charge, he holds fourth place on his own with a first round -5 under par 67.

Perth native Brett Rumford is a  further shot back at -4 under, tied in fifth spot with Scott Arnold, Nick Cullen, Anthony Houston, Todd Sinnott, Magnus A Carlsson and also  Cormac Sharvin, from Northern Ireland, who is playing in his first European Tour event.

 

ISPS Handa Perth International. Jin Jeong Wins Perth Play-Off

Jin Jeong won the ISPS Handa Perth International after a sudden death play-off at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Australia.

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Jin Jeong / Getty Images

Jin Jeong, from Korea, fought like a Tiger to come back from a disastrous four-putt double bogey on the first hole to win his maiden victory on the European Tour. Jin  started the day one behind home favourite Brody Ninyette, and fought back with a -3 under par 69, to finish in a tie for first place with Ross Fisher, both at -10 under par.

On the first play-off hole, the par four 18th, Ross hit an approach shot that flew through the green and he was unable to get up and down, Jin made his two putts for par and won the competition.

He said it had been unbelievable to contest the play-off;

” I was nervous, I was shaking but I controlled myself pretty well all day I thought, I don’t know what I’ve done to be honest. I was struggling quite a bit when I was turning pro, but it was going to happen in the learning circuit I guess. I had played play-offs in mini tour events, but playing with Ross Fisher, he’s one of my heroes. Playing with him in the play-off, it was unbelievable.”

Ross carded at final round -4 under par 68, but said that he had come up a bit short on the day;

“Obviously it would have been lovely to have come here and won, but that’s golf. Unfortunately I came up a little bit short, but I can be very pleased the way I played today. I hung in there really well. it was always going to be tough. There are some good names up there and I knew I needed to just play really well. I felt like I did that. Hats off to Jin for winning his first professional tournament.”

“I’m just pleased I’m knocking on the door and I know one of these days, it will come. The Race to Dubai, I’ve moved up; I should hope that’s got me into next week in China. Good World Ranking points, so hopefully that might put me back in the top 100, so it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I can’t be too disappointed with finishing second.” 

Brody Ninyette could only muster an even par 72 final round and finished tied in third place at -8 under par for the tournament. Joining him on that total was Dimitrios Papadatos with a last round -4 under 68 and Danny Willett, who carded a -3 under par 69.

Congratulations to Jin Jeong on winning his first European Tour title.

 

ISPS Handa Perth International. Aussie Brody Cheers Home Fans.

Aussie Brody Ninyette cheers the home fans as he now leads the ISPS Handa Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on day  three.

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Brody Ninyette / Getty Images

Brody, who usually plays on the co-sanctioning PGA Tour of Australasia, holds the lead at -8 under par going into the final round following a third round of -5 under par 67 today.

Brody admits that leading going into the final round is a new experience for him, and a victory would bring so many more benefits;

“I’ve been playing well the last few days, it was good to hole a few putts and get myself into contention. It’s obviously a very new experience, so try and get some sleep and see how we go tomorrow.  Obviously being able to play in Europe next year, that would be one of the bigger things. Just getting to travel a lot more. It would be amazing it would be a whole new experience, getting out there and playing over there would be unreal to see how the world’s best do it. I’ve only played these sort of tournaments in Australia.”

“I just played great all day, I kept the ball in play and I holed the important putts I needed to hole. It’s a great score, just what I needed to move up in the field. Hopefully I will be in a good position tomorrow. I’m going to have fun tomorrow and enjoy. I’m on top of the leaderboard, so see what it brings.”

There are three players tied in second place, just one shot back  at -7 under par, and one of them Brett Rumford equalled the course record with a -7 under par 65 third round. Brett, a five-time European Tour winner, who claimed back-to-back titles in the Far East earlier this season, will pose a serious threat to young Brody. He had plenty to say;

“The greens were receptive with the wedges, and my wedge game was great today. It was a mixed bag of everything that was working well. It’s disappointing to have three putted the last, no doubt about it, but obviously my mind set, playing so well, was too aggressive on the last. It’s great to play in front of the local galleries. It was nice to get out there and just to play some nice golf.  

“The crowds were starting to increase as my round progressed and it was giving me an indication of how I was going. It would be massive to win on home soil. You win a couple of times and you think, let’s go out and do it again but it doesn’t quite happen that way and you realise how hard it is to win out here.” 

“There are so many great players, and the last nine holes of any championship can just swing so quickly, as it did in China. Mikko Ilonen got within one or two, whatever it was, and all of the sudden a few holes later, I’m leading by six just in the space of nothing and it can turn just as quick, negatively, as it can positively. I’ve got myself in position to win; I’ll be working hard and that’s what I’ll be focusing on for the next 24 hours. Winning in front of your home crowd, there would be nothing better than that, that’s for sure.”

Sharing second place with Brett are Korean Jin Jeong -3 under par 69 third round and Dane J.B. Hansen who had a -6 under par 66. But everyone here is expecting a home win tomorrow.