Czech Masters. Porteous Prevails in Prague

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Haydn Porteous, South Africa, prevails in Prague, winning  the Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort.

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Haydn carded a -3 under par 69 to win the Czech Masters,  with a -13 under par total, a two shot winning margin, his second European Tour victory;

“It’s been a really torrid time through the last eight, nine months and I’ve really started doing the right things and slowly but surely the golf has got a little bit better.”.

“To get my second European Tour win under the belt just feels amazing.”

“When you start playing on the European Tour you start to lose yourself, you lose how you got out here in the first place and to then find yourself again and do the things you do to normally get on the Tour is key.”

“It’s just one tournament at a time, one shot at a time and just make sure I do the right things and be professional in the way I do everything.”

“I’m sure this evening’s probably not going to be the most professional moment of my life but there’s nothing wrong with having a bit of celebration.”

Tournament leader at the start of play Lee Slattery, from England, fell back in the final round signing for a sad +1 over par 73, and had to settle for second place at -11 under par, poor putting was the culprit;

“Obviously bitterly disappointed to have lost but Haydn is a good friend so it always makes it a little easier.”

“I putted well the first few days and today it just let me down a bit.”

Sharing third place at -10 under par were Tom Lewis, England, -5 under 67, the low round of the day, and Pontus Widegren, Sweden, returning -2 under 70 today.

Tom was happy to be bogey free today;

“I’m pleased. If someone said ten under at the beginning of the week, I would have taken it.”

“I played solidly today, I don’t think I dropped a shot and I would have happily taken a Sunday without dropping a shot.”

Pontus was happy with his putter;

“I made some good putts coming down the stretch for pars and made a fantastic one on 18. I liked it a lot, it’s what you practice for.”

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Czech Masters. Lee Slattery Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Lee Slattery of England has the 54 hole lead in the Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort, after a long day of golf. Lee was two shots adrift of the lead at the conclusion of round two, but only having to play on 18 holes on Saturday was an advantage.

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Lee carded -5 under 67 to top the Czech Masters leaderboard after 54 holes with a -12 under par total. Many of his competitors had to play up to 30 + holes on Saturday, as course flooding had caused a suspension of round two;

“I think it was very important to have a long rest and get out there today, you could tell towards the end the guys who I was playing with today.”

“Morrison and Hanson, they looked tired, they’ve had a long day and they made some mistakes towards the end which sort of opened that lead up a little bit.”

I hit a couple of loose shots on the front nine early on but hit great chips to follow them up and managed to salvage the pars so it kind of kept a bit of the momentum going.” 

“Then after that really I didn’t hit anything badly off-line, so I didn’t really get into any trouble, I felt like I left a couple out there on the back nine but in general it was a pretty flawless round.

In second place is Haydn Porteous, South Africa, who had to play 33 holes today, but matched the leaders round of -5 under par for his third round, and is at -10 under par for the tournament;

“I played some really good golf out there, especially on the front nine. I was very solid and I think towards the end of the round I started getting a bit tired.”

“It’s golf, you’ve got to take it one shot at a time, stay patient and stay in the present and hopefully by the end of the day I can be victorious.”

At -8 under par in third place is Pontus Widegren of Sweden, he carded even par to complete his second round, but recorded -3 under 69 in his third.

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Czech Masters. Lee Slattery Leads, As 2nd Round Suspended.

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Lee Slattery, of England, leads the Czech Masters as awful weather conditions lead to 2nd round play being suspended at Albatross Golf Resort in the Czech Republic.

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Lee shot a second round -7 under par 65 to top the Czech Masters leaderboard at -7 under before play was suspended for the day due to inclement weather conditions, wet and cold.

Lee has a wife at home who is expecting, any day now, but his golf was flawless today;

“So overall, it was a flawless round of golf, 14 fairways and 17 greens because I missed that one green, in this weather it was pretty incredible.”

The only green I missed today was the eighth hole and I hit a great chip to five feet and missed it and had a three on the first for a par.”

“My wife is seven days overdue now with our second baby, I managed to stay home for two weeks because she was early with the first one but I thought I would do the right thing and make sure I am there for the birth.”

Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, is in second place at -6 under, he is at -1 under through 4 holes in his second round.

Pontus Widegren, Sweden and Chris Hanson, England, are tied in third place at -5 under par, having played just one second round hole.

Only a few players have actually finished the second round, and for those coming back tomorrow, if the conditions are great, will have a good advantage over the guys who played a full round in the bad weather today. So I expect to see some changes at the top of the leaderboard when the round is finished tomorrow.

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Shenzhen International. More Rain Delays Mean Monday Finish.

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More rain delays mean there will now be a Monday finish for the Shenzhen International in China, at Genzon Golf Club.

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Thunder and Lightning storms brought round four of the Shenzhen International to a grinding halt on Sunday. There will now be a Monday finish, with Lee Slattery of England, Soomin Lee, South Korea and Alex Levy  from France tied at the top of the leaderboard, with -14 under par totals.

Brandon Stone, Joost Luiten and Scott Hend share second place at -13 under par, Scott is the only player in the top six to have completed his last round, the rest of them will return early Monday morning for a scramble to the finish line.

Two-time Major Championship winner Bubba Watson has finished his tournament with a final round -6 under par 66  for -10 under total and T7 alongside Nacho Elvira, Rikard KarlbergThorbjørn Olesen Bradley Dredge and Julien Quesne.

Bradley and Thorbjørn still have holes to play.

Even in these atrocious conditions great things can happen, and Scott Hend hit a stunning albatross on the 17th hole towards the end of the delayed second round;

KLM Open. Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Lee Slattery Lead.

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Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Lee Slattery have the 54 hole lead at the KLM Open in Holland.

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Rafa and Lee both carded third rounds of -7 under par 63, to lead the KLM Open at Kennemer Golf & Country Club with -16 under par totals.

Rafa had a day of tap in birdies, in a mixed bag he also recorded a bogey;

“I sunk a very long putt on the first hole and after that all the other birdies were pretty much tap-ins.” 

“Even the bogey I had was a three-putt from five feet, so it could’ve been better, but I’m really pleased that everything went my way.”

“It was a bonus to hole my third shot for eagle on the seventh. I just threw my club up in the air because I didn’t know how to celebrate! I wasn’t expecting that.”

“It wasn’t frustrating making nine pars in a row. The only hole I felt I gave a shot away was the 12th.

“I hit a perfect drive in the middle of the fairway and had a six iron into the green but made a really poor shot. It’s a par five so I was expecting to make birdie there.”

“The rest of the holes I played well but the putts didn’t drop. It could’ve been one or two better but I’ll take 63.”

“It’s very exciting for tomorrow and it looks like I’ll be in the last group with Lee. Being in the final group on the last day is always an honor and very exciting.”

“I’ve felt this year I’ve been in this position more often than ever before in my career. It’s not always worked out, but I’m learning from my mistakes and working on them.”

“The more I put myself in that position the more comfortable I’ll be and the better I’ll play, simple!”

Lee, last week’s M2M Russian Open champion, also had a bogey on the day, but was very happy with his position, and a bit of luck coming his way;

“It’s like a dream come true at the minute. I went into last week with a lot of pressure on and won, and then I’ve come here with no pressure whatsoever and just been trying to play good golf.” 

“It’s a fabulous feeling and I feel a lot more relaxed this week than I was last week.”

“My first win in 2011 took a lot out of me because it was after years and years and years of hard work, and it was a lifetime ambition to win a European Tour event.”

“That was a special moment for me, but last week meant a lot to several other people as well, so that made it more special in some ways. It’s just been a lot of hard work and it’s finally paying off.”

“A lot of things went my way today. At 12 it looked like it was going to stay at the back of the green, which would have been a really difficult putt, but it rolled back down to about 15 feet and I managed to knock it in for eagle.”

“You need bits of luck when you do well in tournaments, so I’ll take them.”
Paul Lawrie is in third position, just one shot back at -15 under par, he had a bogey free -7 under par 63.

The leaderboard is very compacted, with five players within three shots of the lead, so it is really all up for grabs tomorrow, a great low round will win it.

M2M Russian Open. Lee Slattery Wins

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Lee Slattery wins the M2M Russian Open at Skolkovo Golf Club in Moscow.

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Lee won the M2M Russian Open, this was his second European Tour title. A final round -2 under par 69 giving him a tournament total of -15 under par. Lee carded all four rounds in the 60’s, and with pressure coming from behind chipped in for an important birdie at the 17th;

“To chip one in at such an important time meant so much and it shows that practice pays off eventually.”

 “It’s funny, the thing that has been letting me down most has probably been my short game in the last few months, so I’ve worked so hard at that.”

 “It has been a difficult year.

“It’s just nice to be able to finish the year off like this, with a win, knowing that I can plan next year now and hopefully get myself going again to where I belong, I feel.”

“Holing the long putt at 14 was crucial. I know that Tano (Estanislao Goya) bogeyed 13 and the other two guys hit good shots into the next and I thought, ‘if I can hole my putt on top of these two here, I’ll have a chance’, and I managed to do that and I just pushed on really. That chip in was massive.”

“It’s always nice to know you can hole a three-foot putt on the last to win a tournament, so that meant a lot.”

Estanislao Goya, from Argentina, finished in second place, just one shot off the pace at -14 under par. He birdied the last two holes to really keep the pressure on the Englishman;

“I played great the last three or four days.”

“After how I have started the year, this tournament gave me a real taste of it again and even though I was leading and I finished second, Lee played great and finished great to chip in at 17.”

“I did the best I could. I think I played great and he beat me by one. I’m pretty happy anyway.”

Defending champion David Horsey finished  a stroke further back on -13 under par, saying he just needed to hole some more putts and he would have been there again;

“It’s always nice to come back and do well, and put in another good performance.”

“It’s nice to be back in contention more consistently, so hopefully I can continue this for the rest of the season.”

“If I had holed a few more putts this week, it might have been a different story but sometimes you have those sort of weeks and you’ve just got to take the positives and move on.”


M2M Russian Open. Lee Leaps Into Lead.

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Lee Slattery leaps into the lead at the M2M Russian Open after 54 rain affected holes at  Skolkovo Golf Club in Moscow.

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Lee had a -4 under par 67 in the rain delayed third round at the M2M Russian Open, giving him a -13 under par total, and a two shot lead heading into the final round tomorrow.

Lee is one of only three players who have shot three rounds in the 60’s in this tournament, and another one tomorrow should see him lift the trophy;

“It’s very similar to my last win actually, I had a two shot lead there on the final day.”

“I remember losing the lead quite early but it pushed me on to play well again so it’s similar, similar feelings, and I’m just going to go out and enjoy it tomorrow.”

“It’s the old cliché, take it one shot at a time, that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.”

“I hit a really nice drive at 18, one of the best of the day, and then a three iron rescue which has been carrying all week.”

“It’s been a great club for me this week, especially on a lot of the par threes that play long. It was a nice way to finish the round off.”

Argentinian Estanislao Goya and Scotsman Craig Lee share second place, two shots back at  -11 under par for the competition.

Estanislao had a bogey free -4 under par 67, and was pretty happy with that;

“I’m very pleased, it’s a bogey free round again so I’m very happy about that.”

“It was tougher definitely, it was wet and played longer. The wind changed a little bit at times and the ball wasn’t flying as much.”

“I have a chance for tomorrow too so I’ll make the most of it. It’s the place I want to be, in the last group, to try to put some pressure on and hopefully I can have a good tournament.”

Craig said he got lucky with the draw, the delay did not affect him at all;

“I’m delighted with five under. I certainly would have taken it before we went out.” 

“Obviously the weather has been tough for the morning groups and we got the lucky end of the draw.”

“I had left my hotel when play had been suspended so I didn’t have to warm up in the rain but it’s been very testing.” 

David Horsey is in fourth place, and did what he was supposed to do on a Saturday, move up the leaderboard;

“Saturday is moving day so it is always nice to make a move up the leaderboard.” 

“I played nicely out there and I’m very pleased with my position going into the final day.”

“The delay was actually a bit of a blessing because it was hammering it down beforehand so that extra hour and a half helped me out a little bit and we hardly had any rain this afternoon.” 

“I’m playing nicely at the moment so I just have to stick to my game plan again tomorrow and see where I am coming down the stretch.”

Yesterdays leader Bradley Dredge dropped down the leaderboard, a +1 round of 72 was not what he wanted, now T5 at -9 under.