Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Gets Maiden Win

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Kevin Chappell gets Maiden  PGA Tour win at the Valero Texas Open at TPC Antonio in Texas.

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Kevin sinks the winning putt

Kevin shot a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Valero Texas Open with a -12 under par total. He sunk an 8ft putt to claim his first ever PGA Tour win, exceptional putting on Sunday giving him the dream win.

Brooks Koepka claimed second place at -11 under par, with a great last round -7 under par 65.

Kevin Tway, -3 under 69 today, and Tony Finau, also -3 under 69, shared third place at -9 under par.

Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open. Florentyna Wins Three-Way Play-Off.

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Florentyna Parker, from England, wins the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open after a three-way play-off  at Club de Golf Terramar in Spain, against Carlota Cigander, Spain and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden.

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All three ladies carded final rounds of -5 under par 66 in the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open, for -15 under par totals, sending them into the play-off, which Florentyna won on the fourth play-off hole, with a birdie putt;

“I knew I had to win. I know I’m not going to get picked for The Solheim Cup, so I know I have to qualify automatically.”

“I think today I’ve proved that I can play against the best and best them, so I’m really happy.”

“I can’t remember how many times I played the 18th hole, but I think I had a few birdies today, so it was fantastic and I still can’t believe it.”

“You’re up against the best players in the world, they come over from the LPGA and it’s so good to beat them!”

“I was putting quite well towards the end and I knew that green off by heart, so I knew it was going to go in. Luckily, she missed!”

Anna had to console herself with a share of second place;

“I started with two bogeys this morning and didn’t hit it all that bad. I fought hard. “

“After that, I played really well. I missed a lot of putts but it was hard, they were either bouncy or it was hard to get the break. I made a birdie on 18 to get to 15-under and Carlota gave us a chance by missing the chance she had to birdie 18 in regulation.”

“I felt I played the play-off as I needed to and had good yardages. The second to last putt just bounced, so I was disappointed there and then I thought I had the last putt on 18 and I don’t know how it didn’t go in.”

“Florentyna hit it to three feet on the last hole and she took the chance when she had it. Congratulations to her.”

Home favorite Carlota missed her putt on the last hole in regulation to win;

“It’s just golf and I’m happy with the way I played, shooting four-under on the last few holes. “

“It was a good round and I knew I had to make birdie on 18 to win.”

“I hit the putt the way I wanted but just a little too hard. I have to keep learning and keep playing. It’s been a great week and I want to thank all the fans, because I really felt their support. Life is good!”

Shenzhen International. Wiesberger Wins In A Play-Off.

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Shenzhen International in a play-off at  Genzon Golf Club in China.

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Bernd had a poor final round of -1 under par 71 in the Shenzhen International to get into a play-off at -16 under par, against Tommy Fleetwood, who carded a fabulous -9 under par 63. It was a great final round with four players in with a chance to win with four holes to go, but one by one they fell over, in the pouring rain;

“I’m feeling a bit relieved now I have to say.”

“I’ve had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months and it’s really nice to have a trophy again.”

“We have really good players out here, all up for it, playing well and throwing a lot at me.”

“At the end of the day I’m just glad I got myself into the spot where I could play for the title.”

“Tommy has had a great day today and I’m just grateful to make that one shot when I needed to.”

“I just wanted to get off to a good start and show them that I’m up for it and I did, scrapped around a little bit, had a couple of near misses with good looks at it early on. It could have gotten to me but I stayed calm, played on decently.”

Tommy said a few putts dropped today, and in the end he was disappointed;

“I’ve played well all week and I was really disappointed, it was stressing me out that I couldn’t really get anything in the hole.”

“Today, just a few putts went in and I kept it going all the way through and it was a good time to shoot a 63.”

“As a goal I wanted to be one under for every three holes, that was 66 and if I beat that I thought I’ll have a had a good day and a good week.”

Grégory Bourdy, -5 under 67 today and Ross Fisher -4 under 68 shared third place at -15 under par. Ross sadly three putted the 18th green to drop out of a  play-off place.

Valero Texas Open. Kevin Chappell Has The Lead.

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Kevin Chappell has the 54 hole lead at the Valero Texas Open in Texas.

Chappell grabs the lead at Valero

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Kevin carded a third round -1 under par 71 to claim the lead in the Valero Texas Open with a -8 under par tournament total, in strong winds that kept scores on the high side;

“It was about finding a rhythm,I knew when I found it, I could extend it. You can get it going on the finishing stretch.”

“I knew my game was in a good place, I had played some really good rounds of golf.”

Brandon Grace-2 under 70 today and John Huh, -1 under 71 share second place at -7 under par.

Brandon found the strong wings irritating;

“It was pretty irritating out there.”

“Pars out there are good. Just have to be patient.”

Bud Cauley and Tony Finau both signed for +2 over par 74 today, dropping them back into the huge tie for 6th place at -6 under par.

Tomorrow will be an exciting day, with lots of players in with a chance of victory,

Valero Texas Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio in the Lone Star State of Texas. Bud Cauley and Tony Finau share the limelight at the half way stage.

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Bud and Tony at -8 under par for the tournament.

Bud scrambled very well, getting up and down nine times in the first two rounds, and needed only 22 putts today, shooting  a bogey free -6 under par 66;

“I scrambled really well.” 

“I didn’t drive it poorly but, you know, just with the wind out there it was tough to get some of the iron shots close. When I did miss the green I was able to leave it in a relatively easy spot and get up and down which kind of kept my round going.”

“Just driving the ball well,”

“”You know, obviously last week there’s no faking it around there. You have to drive it well or you can’t play. I worked on that a lot the week before and I was able to do that last week and carried that over to these two rounds.”

“I got a lot out of my round today. I hit the ball really well yesterday and just kind of left some shots out there. Today was nice to scramble well and look forward to this weekend.”

Tony, -7 under par 65 today, is looking forward to the week-end;

“I feel good. I’ve hit a lot of good shots, have had a good season so far.”

”Look forward to the weekend.”

There are then four players on -7 under, Cameron Smith, -7 under 65 today, 51-year-old Bob Estes -3 under 69, Kevin Chappell, -4 under 68 and Robby Shelton who carded -3 under 69.

Luke Donald, who was second last week, and Ian Poulter both missed the cut, and with it Ian also lost his PGA Tour card;

“The most frustrating thing is that I can’t plan a schedule. So, I have to be ready to go any given Monday for an event.”

“Obviously, I will try to qualify for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, but it’s just very, very frustrating.”

“It’s not like I’m going to go away and you’re never going to see me again. I’m playing next week with Geoff Ogilvy in New Orleans [at the Zurich Classic].”

Ollie Schniederjans -5 under 65 today, spent an hour in his hotel room last night, looking for a putting groove. Looks like he found it rolling one putt from 34 feet, and three putts between 15-20 feet, followed by two more putts from just outside 10 feet. He also managed to hole out from 10 feet from the fringe;

“I’ve been working really hard on my putting, awesome to see it pay off today.”

 

 

Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open. Nuria Iturrios Leads

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Nuria Iturrios, from Spain, leads the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open after 36 holes.

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Nuria carded a second round -6 under par 65 to lead the  Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open, in her home country, sitting on top of the leaderboard at -8 under par. A performance that eclipsed the far more experienced players around her;

“I want to keep enjoying it and making a lot of birdies.”

“The course is a little bit short, so I can reach the greens on the par fives in two shots.’

“We have 36 more holes so I am just playing and enjoying it.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par are Karine Icher from France, firing -7  under 64 today, and Pamela Pretswell,  Scotland, who had -4 under 67.

Karine had better putting today;

“I had more putts dropping today. It’s fun to play here. It’s a nice, cute golf course with a lot of opportunities.”

Pamela also converted well with her putter;

“Today was really solid. I just had one bogey where I didn’t get up and down and I holed a few putts, so I had a good round. I had a few close putts and a few longer ones that rolled in nicely.”

First round leader Anna Nordqvist, -1 under 70 in her second round, and Azahara Munoz,-4 under 67, are tied in fourth spot at -6 under par.

Anna was the opposite, saying her putts would not go in;

“I’m quite disappointed with today because I didn’t hit it all that bad.”

“I hit 16 greens and shot one-under, but I made a mess of the eighth. I ended up just missing the fairway and the lie took it way left. I hit it over the green into the bushes, which was not a great place and made a mess out of nine too, with a short putt for birdie that I didn’t make.”

“Other than two or three holes, it was pretty solid, but the putts didn’t go in.”

Shenzhen International. Lightning Halts Play.

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The threat of lightning halted second round play in the Shenzhen International, but not before Bernd Wiesberger grabbed the lead in China.

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Bernd has a completed second round of -7 under 65, which catapult him to the top of the Shenzhen International leaderboard at -12 under parbefore play was suspended due to the weather conditions;

“Malaysia was a while back now but I think my game, especially the last couple of weeks in the States starting at the WGC and the Masters, I’ve felt like I have played good golf.”

“It’s a really nice golf course, obviously the layout is good and it has some variety, it has some shorter ones and some longer ones, the par fives are all reachable if you want to go a bit more aggressive so it’s going to be a fun week here.”

“It’s my first year here in Shenzhen, I hadn’t made the trip over here yet for the first couple of stagings but from what I have heard it’s a great event.”

“All of the guys are really happy with how everything is run and the course looks to be in great shape.”

Sharing second place are Dylan Frittelli and Thorbjørn Olesen, both at -8 under for the tournament after their completed second rounds of -4 under 68.

First round leader Bubba Watson is currently -1 under through five second round holes, and is tied with  Richie Ramsay who completed his second round at  -4 under par, and Gregory Bourdy -2  after four holes. These players are  at -7 under par.