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.”

French Open. Rory McIlroy Makes His Mark.

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Rory McIlroy makes his mark at the French Open moving into a share of the lead, with Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang.

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Rory shot  a second round -5 under par 66 to join the leaders at the top pf the French Open leaderboard on that score. Jeunghun also had -5 under today, to share the low round of the day score, while Brandon and Mikko shot -3 under 68, and Thongchai recorded -1 under at Le Golf National course in Paris.

The difference for Rory today was the putting;

“I putted well, I felt like I putted nicely. There were still a couple of putts that didn’t quite drop but it felt good out there.”

“Today was a good day, I played well. I kept the ball in play, I drove it well, hit fairways, hit a lot of greens. That’s sort of what you need to do around this golf course.”

“There were good shots but I’m not really just focusing on the target. I’m focusing on what I’m doing here.”

“In a way it’s nice to go into contention and not really be thinking about the result.”

“It’s a nice thing to have to just be thinking about your swing and thinking about what you need to do here to obviously get the ball close to the hole out there.”

“It’s a work-in-progress.”

“I need two more days like that over the weekend to have a chance and try to win. But I’ve put myself in a good position.”

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger, level par 71 today, shares sixth place with Nicolas Colsaerts and Anders Hansen, who both carded -3 under 68 today, all at -4 under par, and just one shot off the lead.

 

 

French Open. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads.

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Lucas Bjerregaard leads the 100th edition of the French Open after the first round in Paris at Le Golf National course.

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Lucas, from Denmark, had to play with brand new clubs after his set were lost in transit (probably stolen). It did not affect his game, a hole in one at the 210 yard par three, second hole, setting him on his way to an opening -5 under par 66, and to top the French Open leaderboard by one shot;

“I got a little momentum off that hole-in-one there and it was nice to back it up on the holes after and nice to shoot a good number today.”

“It’s a great start and I think that’s what I’ve been needing these last few past weeks,.

 “I’ve been playing decent and seeing a lot of improvements. I just haven’t really put any  good rounds together.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67,   Bernd WiesbergerThongchai Jaidee,Thomas Pieters and Adrian Otaegui.

Bernd felt he was in control of the ball all day;

“I stepped over the ball and I felt like I knew what it’s going to do on any club and therefore I’m pretty pleased with my first round.”

“All aspects of the game were quite good today and therefore I’m pretty pleased with the round.”

“It wasn’t easy, we had a bit of rain and the wind was up. But I felt comfortable.”

“You never know how it’s going to turn out the following year, but every time I come back here, I enjoy playing this place.”

“I was doing the right things today, hitting good tee shots and got myself into position, and that’s the key around here.”

World number four Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round of level par 71 while  Masters tournament winner Danny Willett slumped to a +4 over par 75.

Alstom Open. Three-Way Tie in Paris.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Alstom Open leaderboard in Paris at Le Golf National. Home favorite Victor Dubuisson is joined by Martin Kaymer and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

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Victor carded a second round -1 under par 70, in windy conditions, to join Rafa and Martin at the top of the Alstom Open leaderboard at -4 under par for the tournament.

Victor,  whose only previous European Tour victory came in the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open, said you can not make a mistake on this course, and he hopes his good putting will help him to win;

“I played very well.”

“On this course, when you start to make one bogey, two bogeys, then you think that it can turn really bad, but I had a great round and I’m very happy about the way I played today.”

“It was really tough out there with the wind this afternoon. You can’t afford any mistakes.” 

“It’s great support but I’m so focused on my game I don’t really look around; I can feel the support.

“I will have to play again very well tomorrow, and if the putting is good it can be a good result.”

Martin, who is an ex Champion here, in 2009, said it has been a while since he was in contention for a win;

“Obviously I enjoy this golf course and have had success here.”

“It’s been a few months since I’ve been in one of the last groups of a tournament.”

“The crowds are behind me and playing with Victor the last couple of days was good fun, too. A lot of people were following our group, so I think it’s going to be an exciting weekend.”

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Rafa reported that anything under par on this tough course was good;

“Obviously the scoring has been good, two consecutive rounds under par on this course is very good.”

“It’s a very tough course. There is less rough this year, but it is still hard.” 

“The best thing about it is I haven’t had really much, much trouble. I’ve made some bogeys of course, but never put myself in position of shooting a high number.”

“Obviously some things have been going wrong because my scoring during the first two days, or even Saturday, as well, compared to Sunday is not quite the same. But I’m working on that.

“I’m going to keep knocking on the door and one day it will open.”

Francesco Molinari, Jaco Van Zyl and the English trio of Daniel Brooks, Tyrrell Hatton and James Morrison are all just one shot off the pace on -3  under par for the competition, and in all there are only 17 players under par for their two rounds.

Sadly defending champion Graeme McDowell’s bid for a hat-trick of titles here has ended, with a second round +7 over par 78 which had him miss the cut. He was joined on the way home by the fading star of Lee Westwood.

Euro Tour. Alstom Open De France. Two Tied At The Top.

Two players are tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Alstom Open De France at the conclusion of the third round on the Le Golf National course, Paris.

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Graeme McDowell and Richard Sterne share the lead at -5 under par,going into the final round of the Alstom Open de France. Only 18 players managed to finish the third round with an under par score.

Graeme played well and as it was pointed out to him has a great opportunity to win his third event of the season;

“I hadn’t really thought about it but thanks for pointing that out! I hope I have the opportunity. It’s going to be phenomenal come 2018. The last four holes are as dramatic a risk-reward finish as you could imagine with a combination of a natural amphitheater. The 15th and 18th are two phenomenal holes, especially the pin position on 15 today. When the caddie in the group in front put the pin back in the hole on 15 I thought he’d missed the green with it. It looked like it was in the water. I played very nicely today and continued on from where I left off on Thursday and Friday. This course demands fairways and greens, most courses do but this one even more so. Shots off-line here get punished heavily. The greens are very firm. I described it earlier this week as a Scottish or Irish links meets the Players Championship at Sawgrass. It’s got the risk-reward with the water and it’s fast and firm like a links course. It’s a great combination. It’s been a rough couple of months, a few weekends off to contemplate what’s going on, but it’s done nothing but motivate me to work harder and harder and be more hungry for days like tomorrow so I will be excited and looking forward to it.”

Richard was well pleased with his 71 today;

“I’m very pleased with 71 in the end. This course can bite you in a lot of places and the finish here is probably the toughest on the tour. This golf course tends to do that, guys don’t keep on going low. There are a lot of guys bunched up. Someone can come from further back but hopefully I get off to a good start again tomorrow and keep it going.”

Tied in third place are Richard Green, Bernd Wiesberger and David Howell, all with a tournament total  of -4 under par.

David said it was hard going today;

” It was not that pretty to be honest today, I could not have got much more out of that round. I dodged a few bullets and did not feel particularly comfortable so I’m delighted to get round in 69.”

It is still anybody’s tournament, and it will be great fun to watch it all unfold tomorrow.