Italian Open. Thorbjørn Olesen Wins

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Thorbjørn Olesen from Denmark wins the Italian Open at Gardagolf Country Club.

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Thorbjørn Olesen / getty

Thorbjørn won the Italian Open with a final round -7 under par 64, giving him the winning total of -22 under, and a one shot victory over lat weeks Wentworth winner and local favorite Francesco Molinari of Italy.

Thorbjørn captured the title with a great putt for par, on the last green;

“Unbelievable. Obviously been a little bit of a tough time for me this year.”

“To come into this Rolex Series and to do what I’ve done is amazing, especially to come from behind and win.”

“I haven’t done that in my career so far, so that was very special.”

“It was nice to hole that putt on the last and to get that feeling of holing it when it really matters.

“This is exactly what I needed. Well, it’s always what we need but right now for me it’s great.”

Francesco had to settle for second place, his last round of -6 under 65 just one short of a play-off, with a total of -21 under;

“I don’t think I could have done more, I’m very satisfied with what I did.”

“Compliments to Olesen. He played great today and yesterday and he deserved this victory. I can’t complain. I was aggressive until the end.”

Overnight leader Lee Slattery of England carded a final round -4 under par 67, to finish in third place at -20 under.

Ryder Cup vice captains Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell rolled back the years with rounds of 63 and 64 respectively to share fifth place at -17 under par.

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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.

 ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

Lee Westwood / getty

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 Rumford / getty

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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Maybank Championship. Two Tied at the Top of a Congested Leaderboard.

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Two players are tied at the top of a very congested Maybank Challenge leaderboard at Saujana Golf & Country Club in MalaysiaPhachara Khongwatmai, Thailand, and Nino Bertasio, Italy, share the honor.

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Nino Bertasio and Phachara Khongwatmai / getty

Nino and 18 year-old Phachara both carded second rounds of -7 under par 65 to top the Maybank Challenge leaderboard going into the week-end with -11 under par totals, and a slim one shot advantage.

Phachara has been having fun out there on the course, will be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure of being in front;

“I have been having fun on the golf course and playing well, so I’m looking forward to it.”

“I’m very happy with my score, my plan is to shoot under par every day and play against the course.”

“I don’t want to think ahead or compare my score to another player. It is only two rounds so the tournament is not over yet. I want to focus day by day and hole by hole.”

Four players then share third place at -10 under par, Chris Paisley, England, -3 under 69 today, Marc Warren, Scotland,-6 under 66, Yuta Ikeda, Japan,  -8 under 64, and Lee Westwood, England, who posted the low round of the day a -10 under par 62.

Lee enjoyed his birdie fest with the putter;

“It was enjoyable, there were a lot of birdies going in out there.” 

There is a posse of golfers on -9 under and another on -8 under, it is shaping up to be an exiting week-end. Will be interesting to see who makes a move on Saturday, and who falls behind, low scores will be the order of the day,

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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 Dubuisson / getty

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 Hatton / getty

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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