HNA Open de France. Tommy Fleetwood Wins

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Tommy Fleetwood, of England, wins the  HNA Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Tommy won the HNA Open de France  with a final round -5 under par 66, giving him a -12 under par total, a one shot winning margin;

“Today, it’s a day that I’ll never forget, the way I felt coming down the stretch, the holes and the shots you have to hit.”

“Winning, it’s the best feeling by far in golf and to do it on this golf course in this event, a Rolex Series event, just massive, massive bonuses.”

“It’s just been a great week from start to finish. Coming off the back of good golf, US Open and BMW in Germany, felt like I’ve been swinging it well.”

“So it’s good to put it into practice and I’ve just kept up good form.”

“With the start I had this year, it’s very easy to look at the Race to Dubai and want to look towards the end of the year.”

“Winning the Race to Dubai, it’s going to be tough.”

Longtime leader Peter Uihlein, USA, carded a last round -3 under 68, but at -11 under par it only gave him second place, the consolation was a spot in The Open;

“I didn’t really look much at the board but when I saw he posted about 12, I think I was nine at that point on 11.”

 “Any time you finish second in a golf tournament, it’s always a good week.”

Tied in third position, and also gaining places at The Open were, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France, a last round of -5 under 66, Alexander Björk, Sweden, even par 71 today, and Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, equaling the low round of the day at -6 under 65. They all finished the tournament at -8 under par.

Home favorite Mike was happy his final putt fell in;

“That was really quality. I had two bonus putts on 15 and 18. I didn’t know that was going to be that fast on 18. It chunked a bit when it caught the hole but very happy.”

Alexander was happy with a spot in The Open;

“It’s been a great week here. I’m playing really good. Final round, I was trying to get out there and really, really play aggressive and try and win a spot.”

Thorbjørn felt there was a low round in him;”

“I’m very happy. I felt like I played really well the whole way around.”

“I was very relaxed on the golf course. I felt like this week, one day there was going to come a low round.”

HNA Open de France. Alexander Björk and Peter Uihlein Tied at the Top

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Alexander Björk, Sweden, and Peter Uihlein, USA, are tied the top of the HNA Open de France leaderboard at at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Peter Uihlein

Peter shot even par 71, and Alexander -1 under 70 in the third round of the  HNA Open de France, to top the leaderboard at -8 under par, which will give them a one shot advantage at the start of play in the final round tomorrow.

 Peter said it was a tough day, but is excited about tomorrow;

“It was hard, it was a tough day, it was challenging for sure. I didn’t really feel disheartened making pars.”

“It’s what you practice for and it’s what you play for is to get in contention on Sunday in the final group and see how it goes.”

“I was proud of the way I handled myself on the back nine. I felt like I hit it a lot better after a shaky start. I’m excited for tomorrow.”

Alexander  was happy with his round today;

“I’m happy. Happy with the way I played and the way I fought with the start and I came back in the end.”

 “It should be a lot of fun. Really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Three players are tied in third place, one shot back at -7 under par; Tommy Fleetwood, England, even par 71 today, Thomas Pieters, Belgium, -2 under 69, and Andy Sullivan, England, with his -3 under 68 third round score.

Tommy also had a tough day;

“It was a lot tougher today. The course was playing tougher but, myself, I didn’t hit it well.”

“To be in contention on a Sunday is an absolute privilege and a pleasure, I say that all the time.”

“I can’t wait to play tomorrow. I love playing with a chance to win and hopefully this will be another one.”

Thomas said he played poorly, and can’t wait until tomorrow;

“I’m still where I want to be., can’t really believe that I’m one off the lead with such poor play.”

“So very much looking forward to it tomorrow.”

Andy reported that he had been playing like a doughnut so far this year;

“Didn’t play that great to start the front nine.”

“Just scrambling a little bit, just being patient and then sort of start of the back nine I really got going with a couple of birdies and felt like I was back in the tournament.”

 “Hopefully tomorrow that will put me in good stead for tomorrow and have a go at it.”

 “I’ve played like a doughnut to start the year with but it’s getting back now and it’s good.”

Open de France. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Open de France leaderboard, Adrian Otaegui,from Spain, and Peter Uihlein, USA share the honor as second round play is finally completed after a weather delay at Le Golf National, in Paris.

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Adrian, -5 under 66 today and Peter -4 under 67, are tied at the top of the Open de France leaderboard with -8 under par totals.

Highlight of Adrian’s round was a 40 ft putt,on the 16th;

“I made a bogey on the second and missed a five iron just on the right and couldn’t make the up-and-down, and after that I played great from the tee and made good swings with the driver and the three wood.”

“Made a birdie on six with a good second shot and chipped in on nine. That helped as well. Then played really well on the second nine. Had a lot of fairways and a lot of greens and then I was lucky as well to hole two long putts, so happy with the round.”

“Just play well again tomorrow. Obviously very good players here playing. Just have to focus on my game and that’s all.”

Peter also had a good day with the putter;

“It was a good day, I hit it pretty good. Made some nice putts I guess. I was pretty steady, really, so it was all right.”

“When the rain came and they said we could go back out, I figured the greens would be a lot better and the wind died after the storm.”

“I figured it actually wasn’t the worst time to actually have a little breather.”

Tommy Fleetwood, England, -3 under 68 today, and Alexander Björk, Sweden,-2 under 69 are tied in third place, one shot back at -7 under par.

Two Englishmen, Paul Waring, +1 over 72 and Nathan Kimsey, -1 under 70 are in fifth position.

Open de France. Paul Waring 1st Round Leader.

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Paul Waring, from England leads the Open de France after the 1st round at Le Golf National. in Paris.

Open de France

Paul Waring

Due to a serious shoulder injury, Paul had only played 12 rounds of golf in the previous two years, but is paying well this season Today he carded -7 under 64 to lead the first round of the Open de France.

Paul needed only ten putts on his back nine;

“I’m obviously made up, I only hit five fairways which is obscene around here.”

“But I had ten putts on the back nine.”

“Obviously rolled the putter great and gave myself some real chances out there and took them.” 

“You’re always trying to push yourself forward. You’re always trying to move up any sort of rankings, be that Race to Dubai, be that World Rankings.”

“We’ve got a good, strong field again this year, so there’s plenty of World Ranking points available. So I’ve just got to keep pushing myself forward.”

“If we drive it better, we can go really silly but really happy with how it’s gone. If we can just score similar to that, I’ll be more than happy.”

Tied in second place, at -5 under par, two shots back following their opening rounds of 66 are; Thomas Peters, BelgiumAlexander Björk , Sweden, and Nathan Kimsey from England.

Tommy Fleetwood, England is sharing fourth place at -4 under, he is enjoying a stunning season in 2017, winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, finishing second at the WGC – Mexico Championship and then fourth place at the US Open Championship.

Tommy Fleetwood already has six worldwide top-10s in 2017

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He shares that spot with Florian Fritsch, Germany, and Peter Uihlein, USA.

 

Volvo China Open. Play-Off Win for Alex Levy.

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Alex Levy wins the Volvo China Open in a play-off against Dylan Frittelli, at the Topwin Golf and Country Club, in China.

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Alex Levy, from France became the first player to win the Volvo China Open twice as he defeated Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, with a birdie at the first extra hole, the par five 18th.

Alex had a final round -5 under par 67, while Dylan frittered away his three shot starting advantage carding a sad +2 over par 74, both finishing on -17 under par for the tournament.

Alex wants a home Ryder Cup appearance at Le Golf National in 2018;

“It’s a goal and a dream for me to play the Ryder Cup in France.”

“I will do a lot of work to play the Ryder Cup and I will do my best to be part of the team.”

“That’s an amazing feeling to be back in the winner’s circle.”

“This means a lot because it was the first tournament I won on the European Tour.”

Dylan started poorly, with a three putt on the first hole today, and some bad luck sealed his fate;

“It stings a little bit, I let it go there in the end but I’m still proud of the way I played this week.”

“It’s a great result, seventeen under par on this golf course is nothing to scoff at.”

“A couple of mistakes on the back nine, with two bad breaks.”

“I’m proud of Alex, he played well there to come back. Most people probably thought I had it in the bag with 18 holes to go but he stuck to it and played well there in the play-off.”

Pablo Larrazábal, Spain was in third place at -16 under, a last round of even par 72 a disappointing end to his tournament, missing some important putts, that would have given him victory;

“It’s tough to describe, when they open the door of the tournament so many times, and it was like a theme that I couldn’t get in.”

“Only one birdie until 18,  a putt that I missed for an eagle of nine feet, nothing was getting in, all the good putts were going short and all the opportunities I had for birdie I couldn’t make.”

 

French Open. Thongchai Jaidee Wins.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, wins the French Open at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Jubilant Thongchai easily won his 8th European Tour title, the French Open, carding a final round -3 under par 68 for a -11 under par total and a four shot winning margin.

Thongchai spoke about perfection this week, including good putting;

“I think this is the biggest tournament in my life. This golf course is fantastic for me, I’m really happy with that. Absolutely perfect.”

“I’m very happy to have my family here this week together and also really happy to win the tournament here.”

“I know the golf course is fantastic. I’ve been here many, many years and I think especially this week, it’s a special week for me to win the tournament out here.”

“Sometimes you need one perfect week. You can’t do well every week. This week is my perfect week because I didn’t miss much.”

“Anything I missed, I found I could lay up and make a good shot and make par and that’s it.”

“It’s my biggest win ever, I played great this week, no complaints at all.”

“I had Rory two shots behind me but I tried to play my own game, hit a lot of fairways and greens and I knew this week I was putting well.”

Francesco Molinari, from Italy claimed second place at -7 under par, his last round -5 under par 66 was the low round of the day, and it took him up the leaderboard.

World number four Rory McIlroy could do nothing in the final round, signing for an even par 71 leaving in him third position at -6 under par, and five shots off the pace of Thongchai.

French Open. Thongchai Jaidee Takes Over at the Top.

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Thongchai Jaidee takes over at the top of the French Open leaderboard at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Thongchai carded a third round -3 under par 68 for a 54 hole French Open total of -8 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow

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Rory McIlroy  and Jeunghun Wang, who both scored -1 under 70 today, share second place at -6 under par.

Jeunghun was a little upset with his bogey’s, but was still having fun;

“I had a great front nine with my four birdies.”

“I had three bogeys and I felt a little bit down, but that’s okay, I have tomorrow.”

“I don’t have any pressure right now. Before I did but not anymore. I’ll just try to enjoy this golf course and try to make birdie every time.”

Rory admits his game is fragile;

“I just could not get anything going on the front nine and with the way I’m feeling with my game, if it’s good it’s very good but if it’s bad it’s hard to get out of it.”

“It shows the fragile state of my game at the moment but to come back the way I did was really pleasing. It was more resilience than anything.”

“I’ve hit enough good shots this week to know it’s possible and I just needed to find a spark and get something going.”

Defending Champion Bernd Wiesberger is still in a good place, he just needs to make more putts. A third round of -1 under par giving him a -5 under par tournament total, just three shots back in fourth place;

“My position couldn’t be any better. I’m right up there. I have played well on Sundays here so everything is in place.”

“I’ll just get a good rest for tomorrow and try to continue where I left off today, just hitting solid shots.

“Maybe getting a bit closer to the hole and making some putts at the right time.”