Rory Out of Action; For a While.

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This Looks Really Bad

What on earth was he thinking about?  running around kicking a ball playing soccer, when he should have been fully focused on the Scottish Open, and defending his title at The Open. He may not play golf again this year !!!

This is what he had to say on Facebook;

Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started….. Working hard to get back as soon as I can.

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ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Beth Allen Wins

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American Beth Allen wins the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters title at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.

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Beth ended long wait for a maiden Ladies European Tour title, a final round -5 under par 67 giving her a winning total of -12 under par, and a one shot victory at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. She said caddie Sophie Gustafson kept her in control;

“I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen so I’m really, really happy. I’ve waited a long time for this and I wanted it so, so bad, I’m ecstatic.”

“I’m so happy.”

“Honestly, I feel like I just showed up and I didn’t have a lot of expectations because I finished second here in 2012.”

“I did not have a lot of expectations because I got my heart-broken here in 2012 and had not made the cut since.”

“I thought, well, I’ll do my best and enjoy it and today. I got off to a really good start and thought maybe this can happen and Sophie kept me grounded. I ended up getting it done, so I’m really happy!”

“I am just so pleased. I was never sure if it was going to happen.”

The worlds leading amateur player, Leona McGuire, from Ireland, claimed second place, finishing with a -3 under par 69, to give her a tournament total of -11 under par, and the result was so pleasing for her and caddie Dad;

“I knew it was tight coming up 18 and we didn’t really know where the wind was coming from.”

“I thought it was downwind, dad thought it was into the wind and it was probably the wrong club off the tee but I’m very proud of the way I played all day.”

“Going out at the start of the day I would have taken that so it’s been a great day.”

Thai Nontaya Srisawang was in third place, a final round even par 72 keeping her total at -10 under par, where she had started the day, but she was really satisfied to finish in the top three;

“I’m really happy with the result today because I’ve been working hard for a while here to get into this position.”

“I finished in the top three, so maybe I can qualify for the Open. It was a little bit exciting with pressure but I tried to focus on my game.”

Dame Laura Davies shot up the leaderboard, making a hole in one at the 171 yard par 3 seventh, using an eight iron, finishing the day T7 at -8 under par.

Alstom Open. Bernd Wiesberger Wins

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Alstom Open in Paris, at Le Golf National.

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Bernd got back to winning ways with a final round -6 under par 65, to collect the Alstom Open title posting a total of -13 under par.

Bernd really set the pace after the horns had halted play when lightning threatened;

“It’s been a great first half of the year for me so far.”

“I’ve had a lot of great success but just couldn’t pull it quite off. To stand here with the trophy right now, it’s pretty sweet.”

“This tournament has always been close to my heart.”

“I just hit a great shot down the fourth before the horns were blowing and they took us off the course. I liked my yardage, and had a good shot in there and had some momentum building, chipped in, holed a long putt.”

“I felt really comfortable out there. I had a great weekend, only one bogey, and 66, 65, that’s not a bad score.”

Second place went to James Morrison a last round -4 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -10 under par, and three shots off the pace. He admitted that Bernd had played too well to be caught;

“My game is improving every day; I’m doing all the right things.”

“Bernd played too perfectly today. He won the golf tournament, it’s as simple as that. He played fantastic.”

Jaco Van Zyl finished third at -8 under par, a sad final round of +2 over par ending any hopes he had of winning. A consolation was he will be joining Bernd and James in The Open.

Martin Kaymer was in fourth place, -7 under par, and because Martin had already qualified for  The Open, the final place on offer for St Andrews this week went to Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who finished in fifth place at -5 under par.

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Jason Bohn Shoots 61, To Share 4-way Tie Lead.

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Jason Bohn shoots 61 in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic, to share the 4-way tied lead at Old White TPC, in West Virginia.

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Jason carded -9 under par 61 in the third round of The Greenbrier Classic to share the lead at -11 under with Sean O’Hair, Sung Joon Park and Bryce Molder.

It is nicely set up to be another close finish at the tournament, with 27 players within four shots of the lead.

Jason had to rise early for the start of the third round, now he can sleep in tomorrow. He had signed his card and moved on, so the media had to ask him to return and give an interview;

“I just wanted to sleep in, to be honest, now I don’t have to get up early in the morning.”

“If somebody asks you, I never think you say no to the media.”

“You’ve got to tell the family, ‘Look, I’ll be back in an hour-and-a-half.’ But when you get back, then you’ve just got to be a dad, be a family guy.”

“The time that you’re here for your job, you just have to pay attention to it. You’ve got to do your warm-ups; you’ve got to work out; you’ve got to stretch. That takes a lot of time, and that’s hard to do.”

“If you had to do that every week, I think you’d be worn out pretty quickly. But a couple of weeks a year, it’s worth every bit of it.”

Justin Thomas, David Hearn, Danny Lee and Chad Collins were at -10 under par, just one shot back going into the final round tomorrow.

It was a poor day for yesterdays leaders, Scott Langley +4 over 74, and Johnny Vegas +6 over 76 dropped them out of contention.

Tiger Woods also had a poor day, +1 over 71 to be T47 with a bunch of players on -4 under par. He put most of the blame on a bad putting performance, needing 31 putts for the day. For a second straight day Tiger declined interview requests from the assembled media, but did offer some comments to a PGA Tour official;

“I said, if I can just get a couple putts to go, then everything could kind of snowball the other way.”

“Instead, I was kind of fighting an uphill battle, I hit a lot of shots close. I just need to convert on those and get some kind of string going in a positive way.”

“I gave myself plenty of looks early to get something going and get some kind of run.’

 ‘Could have easily been 3-, 4-, 5-under par on the front nine. Just got nothing out of it. Hit that shot on 11, and there it goes.”

 

 

 

ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Caroline Masson Leads.

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Caroline Masson leads the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England. A club that boasts it has the smoothest greens in the UK, with the data to prove it.

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Caroline, from Germany, shot a third round -5 under par 67, giving her a -12 under par tournament total, and a two shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Caroline was  a member of Europe’s winning Solheim Cup team in 2013, and really wants to be playing in the next tournament, on her home soil in September;

“Of course I want to make the team and it’s a great chance for me to present myself.”

“Obviously on a course that I really like and I’ve had two really good finishes here in the last two years.”

“I’ve been playing well and I haven’t been scoring well but I’ve managed to turn it around in the last few days and I’m super happy about that.”

Sharing second place are two ladies from Thailand, Titiya Plucksataporn, who equaled the -5 under par 67 of the leader, and Nontaya Srisawang, both on -10 under par for the competition. They had both been practicing in England for a week, and the sessions have worked well.

Titiya made the best use of the Buckinghamshire Gold Club perfect greens, putting very well;

“I hit a lot of fairways today and my game plan was try to hit fairways, greens and then putt.”

“I could make a lot of putts and up and downs so it was fantastic today.”

Nontaya was happy to be playing well, and with her friend;

“I feel really good this week. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and playing with my friend.”

In fourth spot are three ladies on -8 under par, Rebecca Artis, Australia Ssu Chia-Cheng, Chinese Taipei and Irish world number one amateur player Leona McGuire, all on -8 under par.

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Alstom Open. Jaco Van Zyl Takes Control.

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Jaco Van Zyl takes control of the Alstom Open in Paris, and will have a two shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

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Jaco took control of the Alstom Open with a bogey free third round -7 under par 64 on the Le Golf National course, giving him a two shot lead at the start of play in the final round, with a -10 under par total.

He has yet to win on the European Tour, but has tasted success on the Sunshine Tour 13 times, so he knows what it is all about.

Jaco has recovered from a knee injury, which meant he missed most of last season, but recorded 18 greens in regulation today;

“I think it will play a big role, at the end of the day, it’s the same situation, although the stage is a lot bigger. I’ve been in this position a couple of times; hopefully tomorrow we can pull through.” 

“Today was really a phenomenal round.”

“I felt really comfortable tee to green and made a couple of nice putts.”

“I hit it really well; I think I missed one fairway, hit 18 out of 18 greens, and made a couple of putts when I needed to.”

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Max Kieffer is in second place, a third round -6  under par 65 keeping him in touch of the leader with a -8 under par tournament total.

Max has made the cut in every competition this season, that’s 17 in a row, he is also seeking his first European Tour win;

“It feels amazing.”

“I don’t really expect it to be honest to shoot that low, but obviously the course played a little bit easier today.” 

“I feel like I’m good enough to win. I think I learned enough in the last two tournaments where I was in the final round with a chance to win, but we will see.” 

“I don’t know if it’s the time. I just have to hit good golf shots tomorrow and then we will see.”

Bernd Wiesberger holds third place, a -5 under par 66 giving him a -7 under par total, and with two European Tour wins under his belt certainly has the experience needed to get the job done.

The home favourite Victor Dubuisson, two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer and Spanish Open champion James Morrison are all a shot further back at -6 under par.

Victor is still thinking of winning here;

“I think tomorrow I will need a very good start if I want to have a chance.”

“I think you need to be two or three under par after six or seven holes because when you start the back nine, from 12 to 18 it’s really difficult to make birdies.”

The Greenbrier Classic. Johnny Vegas & Lefty Langley Lead.

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Jhonattan (Johnny) Vegas and Scott (Lefty) Langley lead The Greenbrier Classic at Old White TPC.

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Jhonattan and Scott sit on top of The Greenbrier Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, on a tough wet day at Old White TPC, in West Virginia. Jhonattan with a bogey free -5 under par 65 second round, and Scott with -1 under par 69, which included a couple of bogey’s.

No one really made a significant move to make a break away from the field, yesterday’s total was -8 under par, and the field is now so bunched up that there are twenty-three golfers who are within three shots of the lead, including seven players at -8 under.

Venezuela flag Johnny Vegas, from Venezuela, has not had a top ten finish this year, but said he is working on it. The top four finishers here at The Greenbrier, who are not previously eligible for The Open will earn a place this week, and Jhonattan is certainly aiming to be one of them;

“I feel like I’m playing great, I just haven’t been able to put it all together.”

“But I’m staying patient and working really hard to make it happen, and it’s coming together.”

“That’s one of the goals for the week, so we’re going to try to go get it.”

“It was a solid round overall, from the beginning to the end, I was able to hit every single green, gave myself a lot of opportunities, able to make some, some that nearly went in, but overall a completely solid round from tee to green.”

Scott had trouble following his opening round 62, leaving putts short;

“It was a little tougher day for me, following up a round like a 62 is never super easy mentally, but I hung in there today, didn’t have much going for most of my round, but made a bunch of pars and was able to make two birdies coming in for my last few holes.”

“I left a lot of putts within 6 inches of the hole, just right in the heart. I need to be a little more assertive Saturday on the greens.”

“Really ended the day on a real positive note, so I was pretty happy with the score, all things considered.”

Flag_of_Canada.svg Canadian David Hearn is still looking for his first PGA TOUR win, but has put himself in a good position this week to achieve that long-awaited goal;

“This would be a great place for me to win one, but I’ve got 36 holes of golf left.”

“I’m playing great right now and I look forward to the weekend.”

Tiger Woods was among those who made the -2 under par cut line, he is currently tied with a whole bunch of guys at -5 under par, Bubba Watson joined that crowd.