Nedbank Golf Challenge. Victor Dubuisson Has The Lead In Sun City.

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Victor Dubuisson, France, has the 36 hole lead In Sun City at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

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Victor carded a second round -2 under par 70 at the Gary Player Country Club to take the half-way lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, with a -6 under par total;

“I just try to play as good as I can each day, day after day.”

“Especially on this course, you’ve got to have a very solid game to do some good scoring.”

“The driver of course here is the key if you want to play well and today I didn’t miss many fairways, maybe one or two, and I played very solidly in the wind.”

“It’s the goal of the week to play Dubai because it’s been five years in a row that I’ve played the Dubai final. Of course I think about it.”

Sharing second place at -4 under par are Darren Fichardt, South Africa,-3 under 69 today, and Lee Westwood from England, who carded -2 under 70.

Darren was a last minute reserve, getting a call from the secretary yesterday asking where he was;

“I’m actually 12 kilometres out so I’m going to be coming in pretty hot.”

“I was quite flabbergasted the first nine yesterday and quite drained the second nine. I still can’t believe I’m playing.”

“My wife always said ‘analysis leads to paralysis’ so I had no time to think about this tournament.”

“I’m fortunate that I’m really hitting my driver well so I’m getting myself into position on every hole and then I’m putting pretty well.”

“If I do make a mistake, I manage to up-and-down. So that is quite fortunate and is probably why I am on the score I am right now.”

Lee suffered a bit from poor putting;

“Other than four three-putts, I played very well.”

“I hit it close a lot. Missed a couple of times from inside five feet as well as the four three-putts.”

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British Masters. Hatton Heads the Field.

 

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Tyrrell Hatton, of England heads the field at the British Masters after 36 holes at Close House Golf Club.

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Tyrrell carded  second round -5 under par 65 to sit on top of the British Masters leaderboard after 36 holes with a -12 under par total, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end.

Tyrrell mentioned the rain here at Newcastle, and also the good relationship he has with his caddie;

“Conditions weren’t easy this morning, obviously, with the rain coming down.”

“It made it quite difficult. I’m happy with my morning’s work.”

“I feel like I’ve been sort of laughing a bit more, a bit more relaxed.”

“I certainly think he’s helped me do that. But I think playing better certainly helps as well.”

“So we had a good result in Switzerland and hopefully we can have another good one here.”

There is a posse of players in second place, four Englishmen, starting with the Club Tour Professional here Lee Westwood, -5 under 65 today, Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, also -5 under 65, Chris Hanson, -3 under 67 and Ashley Chesters with -4 under 66 today, They are joined by Robert Karlsson, Sweden, with his -5 under 65, all of these players are at -9 under par for the tournament.

In fact seven of the top ten players are from England, so Tyrrell is under great pressure from his countrymen.

Lee had a better day with the putter;

“I obviously made a couple more putts than yesterday, hence five under as opposed to four yesterday. I didn’t really make too many mistakes, just hit exactly where I wanted to most of the day. I’m in a good position.”

Ian had four birdies on the spin;

“The back nine, my front nine, I had four birdies on the spin. Nice to have a little run like that. A couple of missed greens once I made the turn but I made a couple of decent up-and-downs.”

Robert also benefited from good putting;

“Very happy with that. It was not so easy. The rain came and went a bit, there was a couple of really, really heavy showers and happy with that round.”

“Good. Putting, unbelievable. I’ve not done three really long ones in a row so it’s fun.”

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KLM Open. Kiradech Aphibarnrat Has The 54 Hole Lead.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat, from Thailand, has the 54 hole lead at the KLM Open in Holland.

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Kiradech had a -5 under par 66 third round to take the KLM Open lead, and will have a one shot advantage to start the final round tomorrow. He holed a 25 ft putt on the 18th green to break clear, and was bogey free on the day;

“It’s been a great day, no dropped shots.”

“It’s nice to be in the last group on the final round, especially as it’s my first time in the Netherlands as well.” 

“I have to thank all the fans that are coming out and supporting, it’s been bad weather this week but they are still here so they must really love golf a lot.”

 Romain Wattel, France, is in second place, a great third round of -7 under par 64, with some good putting,  taking him to -13 under par for the tournament;

“I’m very delighted, I played very good today.” 

“I just tried to play my own game and I made some good putts.” 

“The game, it’s just up and down. I’ve been doing my best this year but it hasn’t been enough.”

“I’ve been working with my coach and changed many things, but when you work a lot you don’t always get what you expect.”

Joël Stalter, also from France, has third place at -12 under par, starting the round as one of the leaders a -2 under par effort saw him slip back.

Another shot back at -11 under for the competition are Lee Westwood. England, -4 under 67 today,  Sebastian Heisele,  Germany, -3 under 68 and Joakim Lagergren, Sweden, who carded -1 under 70.

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KLM Open. Day 2 Also Suspended. Joël Stalter Has Lead.

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Joël Stalter, from France, has the lead at the KLM Open, having completed his second round, before day 2 play was suspended due to darkness.

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Joël carded a second round -4 under par 67, to go with his first round 65, giving him the lead at the KLM Open with a -10 under par total.

Joël is looking for his maiden European Tour victory;

“I played really solid, it was tough at the beginning, I gave up two shots but then I really got it back strong.”

“It’s too bad because I maybe could have had a couple more birdies at the end but it was a really good round and I’m really proud of myself because it was a really long day.”

“I’ve been in this situation before so I know what to expect for the weekend, but the goal is to be on top of the leaderboard on Sunday.”

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, has second place, he too has completed his second round with a score of -6 under par 65, for -9 under tournament total.

 Sebastian Heisele, Germany, at -8 under has third place to himself, a second round -3 under 68 moving him up the leaderboard.

Making a rare appearance near the top of the leaderboard is Lee Westwood, who carded -6 under par 65 today to get into a tie at -7 under par.

Yesterdays leaders, Bernd Wiesberger, -5 under, is at even par for today through 12 holes, and Richard Finch -4 under, is +1 over par having played 6 holes.

There is still a lot of second round golf to be played, and the weather forecast for the week-end is not too bright.

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BMW PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt, of Australia has the 54 hole lead in the BMW PGA Championship on a windy West Course at Wentworth, in England.

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Andrew Dodt, approach to the last

Andrew carded -4 under par 68  in the third round,to take the lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, with a -8 under par total.

He mentioned in the windy conditions in interview;

“It was a different wind direction to the first two days.”

“It was pretty tricky, the first 12 holes were really tough with the greens firm.”

Branden Grace, South Africa, who earlier in the competition had received a controversial free drop lies in second place at -7 under par, compiling -2 under par 70 today.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, +2 over 74 today, and Lee Westwood, England, with an even par round of 72 today, share third place at -5 under par.

The Olympic Champion Justin Rose, who yesterday made an Eagle at the last to make the cut, carded -2 under 70 in his third round and is now at even par for the tournament. If the wind continues to blow tomorrow he could have a chance if he can produce an early low round and set a reasonable clubhouse target.

The Masters. Charlie Charges Ahead.

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Charlie Hoffman charges ahead in the first round of The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, in tough windy conditions.

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Charlie carded an amazing -7 under par 65 in the first round of The Masters, to lead the field by four shots.

Charlie put his success down to good putting;

“The putts started going in the hole, as simple as that sounds.”

“I hit it pretty solid in the wind, got away with a few shots and then I was able to make those 15-20 footers in the wind which was nice.”

“I just kept hitting my spots and out here with the wind you end up having 20-footers and that’s sort of what you’re looking for. I was able to pour those in coming down the stretch which was nice and then I hit a few real close at the end which is always a good bonus.”

“Obviously going to sleep on the lead at a Major Championship here at Augusta National is not going to be the easiest thing. I look forward to it and I look forward to the challenge the next three days.”

“If you don’t believe in yourself, who’s going to believe in you?”

William McGirt is in second place at -3 under par, with his opening effort of 69;

“Honestly, I was just trying to figure out how to get it to the house without hurting myself.”

“I was not upset to see it blowing. I love it when it plays tough. I’m not the kind of person that’s going to get in a shootout with anybody.”

Lee Westwood holds third place, with a first round -2  under par 70, he also had a good day with the putter;

“I just made a couple of putts on the back nine and hit it a little bit closer.”

“It was just a matter of being patient and not being too frustrated with being three over on the front nine.”

“I didn’t get aggressive on the tenth, I didn’t get too aggressive at 11, just playing into the right spots, did the same at 12 just waiting for something to happen.”

World Number two Rory McIlroy was in the group at even par on the day,  World Number  one Dustin Johnson had to withdraw, due to in injury incurred during the week, when he fell down some stairs;

“It sucks, it’s tough. I want to play. I’m playing probably the best golf of my career, and I look forward to this tournament every year.”

“And to have a freak accident happen yesterday afternoon after I got back from the course, it’s tough.”

Defending champion Danny Willett is at +1 over after his opening round 73.

 

Shell Houston Open. Missing The Cut List Amazing.

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The list of players missing the cut at the Shell Houston Open is amazing, while leader Sung Kang, from South Korea, opens up a huge lead at the top of the leaderboard.

Getting cut, a week before The Masters were, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Boo Weekly and defending Champion here Jim Herman.

Kang opens huge lead in Houston

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Sung Kang fired a bogey free -9 under par 63 to top the Shell Houston Open leaderboard at -16 under par, and a six shot advantage over the field going into the weekend.

Tied in second place at -10 under par are Hudson Swafford, USA, -5 under 67 today, and Russell Henley, Scotland, also -5 under 67.

Rickie Fowler suddenly went into reverse on the back nine today, dropping four shots on his last seven holes, to card a second round -1 under 71, to drop into fourth place at -9 under par;

“I’m a little mad. It was a nice front nine, made a couple swings that cost me.”

“One swing with a driver on 12, and then a wedge that kind of just took off high left out of the first cut and rode the wind, ended up making double there.”

“Other than that, give those back and I’m in with 68 and in a lot different position.”

“Hopefully enjoy some good weather tomorrow and pray for a miracle on Sunday.”

 “Like I said, I love where my game is at. I know I can go out and play well and shoot low on this course. Hopefully the weather treats us well.”

Jordan Spieth summed his disastrous day and the improvement in his putting;

“Just an off day, ball-striking wise.”

“I made strides in my putting this week, which is something I can take a lot of confidence into next week.”

“I was a bit rough around the edges in my putting last week in Austin, and really felt like I put better strokes on it here.”

“And putting well next week obviously as we know is important considering I didn’t strike it very well last year and was certainly in position to win.”