Hero World Challenge. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard in the Bahamas, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama.

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Dustin and Hideki

 

Dustin, another -6 under 66 today and Hideki, -5 under 65, are at -12 under par.

Sadly all of the news is about Tiger,shooting -7 under par 65, to be at -6 under for his tournament. He played the round on his own ?

Best round of the day went to defending champion Bubba Watson, -9 under 63, he is in fifth place on that score.

Sharing third are Louis Oosthuizen, -5 under 67 today and Matt Kuchar, also -5 under 67, they are at -10 under par for the tournament.

Alfred Dunhill Championship. Brandon Stone Leads.

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Brandon Stone, from South Africa, has the half-way lead at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club.

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Brandon had a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the Alfred Dunhill Championship by just one shot at the half-way stage with -11 under par.

He woke up this morning with some back pain, but played some spectacular shots and dropping putts;

“I woke up this morning and the back was feeling a little bit sore, and then on the range it didn’t really feel too great either.”

“During the course of the day it progressively got worse and then I had to hit one out of the deep jungle on the right of number eight and really tweaked it.”

“I got some really good physio with my trainer on the ninth. I got the back sorted for a few holes there and it held its nerve for the back nine.”

“I was swinging with a little bit of pain on the back and still hit some spectacular shots.”

“I missed a few opportunities here and there but I also made some great putts again, so it could have been lower, it could have been higher, you don’t really know but I’m very happy with the 66.”

Tied in second place are Charl Schwartzel -4 under 68 today and Chris Hanson. from England, who carded -7 under 65 to be at -10 under for the tournament.

Charl played well again, with a smooth putting stroke;

“Overall I think I played well, I gave myself a fair amount of chances and made some nice bonus putts.

“The stroke’s feeling good, which makes me very comfortable.”

 

Australian PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt has 36 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt has the 36 hole lead at the Australian PGA Championship at  RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

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Andrew fired a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the Australian PGA Championship by two shots going into the week-end with his -12 under total.

Playing well all day, and making birdies with good putting;

The first handful of holes were really solid then I made a few birdies.”

“The first nine holes were really solid and then the back nine was as good as it gets, really. I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and holed some putts.”

“It was pretty tricky this afternoon with the breeze. The back nine it died down a little bit.”

“It was just a really solid day’s work.

“I’ll take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time. I’m really happy with where I’m at mentally, I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In second place at -10 under par is Ashley Hall, a -3 under 69 today keeping him in touch with the leader.

Tied in third place is the large figure of Adam Scott, -4 under 68 today, he is joined by Ryan Fox, from New Zealand, who carded -3 under 69 today, both players at -8 under.

Adam, who has Steve Williams on the bag, expects the conditions to get tougher;

“It didn’t look pretty at the start but somehow I was two under after three and then hung in there and finished well.”

“Maybe that momentum off the last three holes is something to carry over for the rest of the week.”

“There was lots of good solid stuff and a quick start and a quick finish adds up to a good score.”

“I was just treading water for a while but those holes, it was never the perfect number. I was cautious of going over the green in between clubs and you just have to be patient and it paid off, because I birdied the last three.”

“Hopefully, that was our best conditions, maybe, this morning. It was lovely and the wind hadn’t really picked up that much at all, so it was very manageable.”

“I expect tomorrow afternoon to be a lot tougher and like I’ve said for a couple of days, you know you’re going to have to hit a lot of greens this week, because chipping is very difficult.”

Ryan was happy to be bogey free today;

“I’m really happy, it’s a tricky course, I think we’ve probably got the best of the conditions but it was still enough breeze out there to make it difficult.”

“I played really solid, no bogeys today and made a couple of putts, which was nice.”

“I think every afternoon is probably going to be a little breezy like it’s been earlier in the week and makes it really tough to score.”

“As soon as the golf course dries out it gets really tough to hit it on the greens and there is a real penalty for missing some of the greens around here.”

“So it’s nice to be in this position to start off with but it’s going to be a little bit of a grind for the rest of the week, I think.”

Hero World Challenge. For A While There We all Believed, Tiger was on top of the leaderboard.

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The Hero World Challenge had its own hero, in the form of Tiger Woods, sitting on top of the leaderboard, just for a while. We all believed at that point that it could happen, he could win again. J.B. Holmes then came along, -8 under 64 to claim top spot for himself.

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J.B. Holmes

J.B. carded -8 under 64 to lead the 18 man field in the Hero World Challenge, tournament host was Tiger Woods, at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

J.B. said he was putting well;

“It was a great day for me, putted well, hit my irons well and my driver well.”

“Pretty much all around a solid day. Also got a score out of it, so it was a lot of fun.”

“It’s a smaller field, so your odds of winning are automatically better.”

“It’s just a good time of year to have some fun and be competitive, but not beat yourself up too bad.” 

Hideki Matsuyama is in second place at -7 under par, he had an opening round 65.

In third is Dustin Johnson, a first round -6 under 66 giving him that place on his own.

Tiger finished down in 17th place, out of the 18 man field, with a +1 over par 73 for his first competitive game for quite a while, he said he had made some silly mistakes;

Tiger Woods was tied for the lead early on, but finished at 17th after shooting a first round 73. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) Tiger / getty

“I just made some mistakes.”

“I tried to hug that left side on 9, tried to get it down that corner and it just stayed up in the bush there, made a mistake.” 

“Tugged it up the left side on 11. Tried to hit one really hard and made a mistake there, put it in another bush on my lay up.”

“I just made some really, if you look at it, some really silly mistakes, mistakes I don’t normally make, but I haven’t played in a while.” 

“Unfortunately, I made those mistakes, I can clean that up. We’ve got three more days. Wind’s supposed to pump on the weekend and I’ll be playing a little bit better.”

 

Alfred Dunhill Championship, Defending Champion Charl Shares Lead With Paul Dunne.

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Defending Champion Charl Schwartzel shares the lead with Paul Dunne at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Charl and Paul both carded bogey free-6 under par 66 to lead the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Charl was happy with a couple of par saving putts;

“I made a good par putt on seven, and those putts are sometimes more important than the birdie putts.”

“I wasn’t doing anything wrong, really. A couple of the shots just didn’t finish as I planned.”

“My game was feeling good, but it was just a matter of getting the execution I was looking for, and on the back nine it came together nicely.”

Paul said he needs to get the ball in play off the tee’

“For me I feel if I can get the ball in play off the tee, with how my irons are feeling and with how good the greens are, I feel if I drive the ball well I’ll give myself loads of chances.”

“I’m feeling good. And look, I have the rest of the weekend, there’s a long way to go.”

Six players are tied in third place at -5 under par, Max Orrin, Scott Jamieson, Jean Hugo, Pablo Larrazabal, Alexander Bjork and Branden Stone.

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Søren and Thorbjørn Deliver for Denmark

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 Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen deliver the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, a first for Denmark, in a  four-shot victory at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

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Søren and Thorbjørn carded -6 under par 66 today to claim the  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf trophy, with a -20 under par total.

Søren enjoyed the team spirit;

“It’s been an absolutely incredible week, I’ve enjoyed it so much.”

“I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with Thorbjørn. I’ve been so impressed by his game, his attitude, and I think we’ve had a great time and that reflects in the result.”

“When you’ve got a guy like this on the back nine on Sunday, it’s like you feel you want to die for the guy. It’s different and that’s been really interesting to feel this.”

“I sort of get the sense why teams get so together when they play well. I’ve never really experienced that before this week.”

“I really enjoyed that and that team feeling is amazing. We obviously don’t get that very often.”

Thorbjørn said they had just played their own game, and it worked well;

“It was tough but me and Soren have been great this week with just our mental strength.”

“We’ve been very, very good keeping calm and playing our own game and we’ve both been playing well.”

“So I wasn’t too nervous on that back nine. I felt like we’ve got to make some birdies at some point. They came at the right time.”

“We play different games but I think that’s actually really nice because then we don’t talk too much about the shots with each other, we just play our own shots and I think that helped a lot.”

The French team of Victor Dubuisson and Romian Langasque, -9 under 63 today, shared second place  with China, represented by Ashun Wu and Li Haotong, -7 under 65, and with Team USA, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, -6 under 66, all at -16 under par for the tournament.

Victor enjoyed a great day;

“It was a great day, I don’t think we can really do any better, nine under is a great score. The pin positions were so difficult.”

“Romain started the round really well, he made some very important putts on the first seven holes which are more difficult, and then I made a good birdie on eight.”

“We were both on the fairways, on the greens, so we had many, many birdie opportunities.”

Romain added;

“I was really under pressure before this week to play with Victor and to play in a big tournament like this one.”

“I’m so happy to finish the tournament with that position, nine under on the last round, that’s amazing.”

Li was disappointed with the final result;

“I kind of feel average because we didn’t play our best again today, even this week.”

“I think we still have a lot of chance to win the trophy in future, so I’m looking forward.”

Qatar Ladies Open. Aditi Wins Back to Back.

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Aditi Ashok, the brilliant teenage rookie from India has now won back to back tournaments, picking up the Qatar Ladies Open, at Doha Golf Club.

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Aditi carded -3 under par 69 to win the Qatar Ladies Open title with a -15 under par total, and a three shot victory. The 18-year-old now looks set for a glittering career in ladies golf;

“It’s been a great few weeks. I won my home event in the Indian Open, which was my first win. To win back to back events feels really good.”

The first win was special, because I won in India, but I felt I played really well here and had to play well every day and shoot sub-par rounds.”

“I think my game was better this week and obviously to win in the Qatar, the golf course is the same as the men’s, so I know it’s challenging and to win here feels good.”

“It was really difficult at the start because of the rain. Then we stopped for more than an hour and a half and when we got back it was really windy, so that was difficult, but I guess it was the same for everybody. I was trying to hit greens and make pars.”

I think I was playing well through the front nine and got a couple of birdies on seven and eight. After that, I created quite a few chances on the par-5 ninth and tenth.”

“Then, I was short on 14. I did create enough birdie chances but I wasn’t making any.”

“Finally I was able to birdie 16. My goal was to be error free and I made a bogey on 17 but I played consistently well for the most part and made a birdie on 18.”

Caroline Hedwall and Lydia Hall tied for second place at -12 under par, those three shots back of the winner.