Lyoness Open. Wood is a Diamond.

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Chris Wood produced a flawless final round to win the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Last week Chris won a BMW i8 for a hole-in-one, this week he won the Lyoness Open title, producing a bogey free final round of -5 under par 67, posting a tournament total of -15 under par, a two shot winning margin.

Chris said his journey from injury to fitness is now complete, especially as he is now a two-time European Tour winner;

“It’s fantastic to win. It was a long winter sitting at home with a cast on my wrist getting frustrated and just wanting to be out here playing and competing.”

“I have been playing well the last few weeks so I felt that a victory was coming but until the moment comes you always think when will it come?”

“I played great all week and today especially. I felt that if I could beat 68 today I would have an outside chance and obviously things went my way and 67 was good enough.”

“People will probably look at the result and think it was fairly straightforward but I needed to play well today and for a few other things to go my way and thankfully it all came together for me.”

“I injured my wrist playing tennis last October and had to rest for five months.”

“I came back in March and finished third in Morocco which I thought would give me a lot of confidence but then I didn’t get the results after that and played quite poorly for a few weeks.”

“But the last month I have felt I was playing well enough to win so it has been coming.” 

“It has been a while since the win in Qatar but let me tell you it feels a lot better to say I am a two-time winner on Tour , it is a very special feeling to win out here so I am looking forward to celebrating this one.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello finished in second place, with a -13 under par total, a last round of even par 72 a poor effort for a player of his standing.

Robert Rock, with a last round -6 under par 66, Robert Dinwiddie and Matthew Fitzpatrick all finished on -10 under par for the tournament, and tied in third place. That meant there were four Englishmen in the top five.

Gregory Bourdy, who had started the final day with a two-stroke advantage, and had played excellently for the first three days, collapsed under the pressure of the final round, suffering a double bogey and five bogey’s in a +6 over par 78, last round, finishing T6 with a -9 under par total.

Lyoness Open. Grégory Bourdy Still in Charge

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Grégory Bourdy is still in charge of the Lyoness Open at  Diamond Country Club, in Austria.

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Grégory, in pursuit of a wire to wire win, will take a two shot lead into the final round of the Lyoness Open, following his third round of -3 under par that gave him a total of -15 under par for the tournament.

He was on fire early in the round, but then came  a 95-minute delay due to the threat of lightning, which slowed things down, carding a bogey at the par four 15th;

“It was another good round because it was difficult today, especially with the suspension of play so three under was a good score.”

“After the delay the wind was a bit stronger which made it a bit more difficult but I think I did quite well at the end.”

“I am in a good position, it’s always nice to be two ahead going into the final round, but it will be a tough day and I am sure it will be an exciting day playing with Rafa who is a great guy.”

“I’ll relax tonight and have a nice dinner and get ready for tomorrow.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello, is the only serious contender, in second place at -13 under par, he carded a third round -6 under par 66, to close the gap, and make the final round a very interesting affair, as the two of them will face off, with winner take all.

Rafa has won this tournament before, six years ago, and his Eagle on the third hole of the day livened things up;

“It was a really good day for me , I got off to an amazing start with a birdie at the first and then holing out for eagle at the third.”

“Also making two birdies on the par fives, the 15th and 16th on the back nine, was really important for my confidence and to close the gap on Greg going into tomorrow.”

“I was saying how I never hole out from the middle of the fairway and then today I finally make one. There you go.”  

Chris Wood also suffered from the long break in play, finishing up with a -2 under par 70, and a distant third spot total of -10 under par, five shots off the pace. Putting was the main problem;

“The putt at the last was important and massively deserved because I just couldn’t seem to get the ball to drop having hit so many good putts.”

“It was quite a frustrating day because of that, I hit a lot of good putts but they just kept lipping out.”

At -9 under par, sharing fourth place are Mathew Fitzpatrick and Scott Jamieson.

Scott had the round of the day at -7 under par, 65, which rocketed him up the leaderboard.

 

 

Lyoness Open. Grégory Bourdy Doubles Lead

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Grégory Bourdy doubles lead at the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Grégory doubled his advantage over the field to four shots at the half-way stage in the Lyoness Open, carding a second round -5 under par 67, to post a 36 hole total of -12 under par. He is naturally very happy, and hopes to still be there on Sunday;

“I have been playing well so the confidence has been growing, probably since the Spanish Open but I have been playing well all year, it was just a case of putting it all together.”

“It’s always nice to be leading a tournament and that is why we practice so hard: to compete and to win events.”

“Hopefully I can get a win this week but I have to stay focussed and play shot by shot and see where it takes me on Sunday.”

“It was a great day today, especially the way I started with five birdies on my front nine.”

“Unfortunately I bogeyed my tenth hole but five under around here is very good.”

Two players are tied in second place at -8 under par, Gary Stal and Chris Wood are the closest contenders. Gary shot -4 under today and Chris -3 under, and they will have to do better if they want to put any pressure on the leader.

Compatriot Gary is hoping he can catch the leader, and was pleased with his progress today;

“I am very pleased, especially with the finish today because it was a day that you had to be patient out there and then to finish with three birdies in the last four holes was very satisfying.” 

“I am playing well and driving the ball very well so I have a good chance at the weekend.”

“I am happy to be in contention and it is great to have two French guys at the top of the leaderboard. Greg has played great but hopefully I can catch him at the weekend.”

Chris, who famously won a BMW i8 at Wentworth Golf Club last month, for a hole-in-one, said the great sunny  weather here is  firming up the course;

“It was getting very firm and bouncy which makes it a deceivingly tricky course at times.”

“I am happy with 69 today though because this is more barbecue weather than golf weather! It was a long day and one of those days to stay hydrated because it was very hot out there at points.”

“I have to admit when I arrived at the course today and saw I was seven shots behind Greg I was a bit surprised but I can’t worry about what he is doing, I need to play my game and see if I can close the gap over the weekend. 

“I knew before I came here that I was playing well and was expecting to be in contention so I am pleased to have done that.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Carlos Pigem share fourth on seven under, while home favourite Bernd Wiesberger sadly missed the cut on +2 over par, despite a gallant fight back from yesterday’s disastrous round of 79 with a healthy -5 under par 67 today.

 

Lyoness Open. Grégory Bourdy 1st Round Leader

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Grégory Bourdy is the first round leader of the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Grégory produced a diamond performance in the first round of the Lyoness Open, a flawless -7 under par 65, to sit on top of the leaderboard, in the near perfect golfing conditions in Austria.

Grégory really enjoyed his day, starting with two birdies, and said that overall he was very satisfied with his round;

“It was a lovely day today, I played very solid and started well with two birdies in the first two holes and that always helps when you make such a confident start and something you need when you are going to have a day like I had today.”

“I knew that I could do well at this golf course because I have played very well here in the past and it always helps when you have good memories of a certain golf course.” 

“I have been playing well this year with some decent results.”

“I wasn’t happy with the results I had in Wentworth and Ireland because I was full of confidence, but didn’t finish well, so coming here and making a good start is even more satisfying.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are, Max Kieffer, Carlos Del Moral, Robert Dinwiddie and Chris Wood.

Max has made the weekend in all of his 14 starts this term, and finished third last week at the Nordea Masters;

“I have been playing well recently so was quite confident coming into this week.”

“I love playing in Austria and especially here at this golf course because it reminds me of a lot of the courses in Germany and where I grew up. The course is in great shape too and that helps a lot.”

Carlos reported that he had a better understanding of the course this time around, and he was very happy with his first round score;

“I understood the course a little bit better this time around and 67 is a great score.”

“I played very well today and putted well too so it was great start to the week for me.”

Robert has been injured, missing most of the 2014 season, he is playing this season on a medical exemption, and was pleased to post his best European Tour score for two years

“That was very satisfying, I got off to a good start and managed to stay positive and make a few more birdies coming in so it was a great day.”

“I am slowly making my way back from the injury but it has been a long time.” 

“I ruptured a disk in my lower back in April last year which then affected the nerve all the way down my leg.”

” The doctors recommended I take some time out, and thankfully I didn’t need an operation, but it wasn’t until November that I was able to hit balls again, so it was a long break but looking back on it I probably needed a break from the game.” 

“It feels much better now than it has for about five years so it’s all positive apart from all the boring stretching I have to do.” 

Chris was also pleased with the day, and the perfect conditions;

“It was a solid score.”

“The conditions were perfect this morning, but I have to say that after the conditions we have been playing in for the last three weeks, it is great to come somewhere hot and where you can shoot a few under if you play well.” 

“I gave myself lots of chances today so it was an enjoyable day out there, I am looking forward to the rest of the week now.”

Lyoness Open. Lundberg Lifts Trophy.

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Mikael Lundberg lifts the Lyoness Open trophy in a sudden death play-off against Bernd Wiesberger.

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Both players had finished the competition at -12 under par, with Mikael carding a superb -7 under par 65 last round, to deny Bernd Wiesberger a home town win at Diamond Country Club.

I am not sure about the ethics of using a par three as the first play-off hole, but that’s what they did. Both players were on green with their tee shots, Mikael forty feet from the pin, Bernd was left with just 18 feet. The longer putt dropped in and the shorter one was missed.

Mikael played and putted well, and everything just fell  into place for him;

“Today just started off really well on the first couple of holes. I made some really nice putts that changed the whole attitude. I tried not to look at the leaderboards and do my thing because they are great players and they had some par fives coming up which I thought they would birdie, so I just tried to put a good number out there and hopefully it was going to take me somewhere close.

“It’s fantastic considering I’ve had to go back to the Tour School the last four years. As for the play-off, what can I say? I didn’t hit a great shot and Bernd hit a fantastic shot but that’s golf. Luckily I had almost the same putt on the 72nd hole so I had the line a little bit, but to hole that putt was fantastic.”

Bernd had gambled by not playing the US Open qualifier at Walton Heath, and needed to win here to be certain of qualification. He now has to wait and see the results from FedEx St Jude Classic on the US PGA Tour.

He said he was very proud of the way he performed at home this week;

“I can be proud of myself this week, I played good, not great. It would be nice to get a chance to play the US Open and if I get there I will be in good form as well.”

“I was happy to take the lead and I had it in my hands, I threw it away a little bit, I hit five bad shots on the 16th which cost me. I hit a better shot in the play-off but he made a great putt. He has not been in the winner’s circle for a while, he deserves it, but I lost it a bit. I would have taken getting into a play-off at the beginning of the day, but it’s a bit cruel now.”

The defending champion Joost Luiten finished in third place at -11 under par, a poor final round of even par dashed any hopes he had of retaining his title from last year.

He was obviously disappointed that he let a two lead at the start of the day slip away;

“I didn’t play great, didn’t get any good breaks and nothing went my way. It was one of those days. If you are two clear you want to win and finish it off and if you don’t do that you’re disappointed.”

Lyoness Open. Joost Jumps Ahead.

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Defending champion Joost Luiten jumps ahead in the Lyoness Open in Austria, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

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The defending champion Joost fired his best round of the week so far, as he recorded a -6 under par 66, which gave him a Lyoness Open tournament total of -11 under par, and a two shot lead  at Diamond Country Club.

Joost is playing well, carding seven birdies against one bogey in his round, and making some good putts;

“I’m happy, 66 is good, it could have been a bit lower as I was playing really well, especially the first 12 holes, but it’s been a really good day. I’ve been playing consistently and hitting some good shots and making some good putts.”

“All I can do is focus on this tournament now and playing here, next week is a new week. I am in a good position so I just want to finish it off tomorrow and see if we can win again here.”

“I know Bernd is a good player so it will be a very good battle and there are a few more guys behind who are not out of it yet. It’s going to be an interesting day.”

Local favorite Austrian Bernd Weisberger is in second place, just two shots back of the leader at -9 under par. Bernd also scored seven birdies and one bogey in his -6 under par 66 third round, who could also qualify for the US Open by finishing outright second, depending on results elsewhere;

“I played really well today and created a lot of chances, especially on the front nine when I think I had a birdie putt on virtually every hole. I holed a few longer ones but missed a few shorter ones, so it probably evened itself out overall. I also had a few looks on the back nine and managed to take a couple, although it was disappointing not to take advantage of either of the par fives. But I’ve made a nice move up the leaderboard, which was the main aim today.”

“It’s always nice to play well in front of the home fans and they were great today. It was an important putt to make, to make up some ground on Joost, and I think the crowd’s reaction showed that. It’ll be important not to get too much into match play mode tomorrow, because then other players could sneak up on us. All I can do is try my best and hope it’s good enough.”

“I’m not going to think about the US Open tomorrow. I’ll try to get myself into position to lift the trophy, which would mean I can play next week as well, but it won’t be on my mind. I’ll just try and do the same thing as today. Everybody says that in my position, but I am feeling calm and good.”

Fabritizo Vanotti is holding third place at -7 under par, while David Horsey signed for the round of the day a -7 under par 65, which gave him a -5 under par total and a share of fifth place.

David was happy to take his good practice game out onto the course;

“It’s been coming for a while to be honest, I’ve been hitting it nicely on the range and just not quite been able to take it out on the golf course.” 

Lyoness Open. Lundberg Leads at Half-Way.

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Mikael Lundberg leads the Lyoness Open at the half way stage at the Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Mikael followed his open round 67 with his second round -4 under 68, to lead the Lyoness Open by one shot at -9 under par for the tournament. He is not surprised to be in that position;

“I hit a lot of good shots early on and managed to make some putts, so that got my confidence up. It’s a nice feeling when you get your distance control right with your wedges, because it takes a lot of pressure on your putting. Starting early means the course was slightly softer. On the back nine it started to dry out and that made it harder.”

“It got tougher and tougher the longer the round went on, because the course got really firm and fast towards the end, so whilst it may look and feel easy, it never is. I’ve been doing some great work with my new coach, Neil Jordan, over the last few weeks, and my game is feeling a lot more solid as a result. So whilst I didn’t maybe expect to play this well here, it’s not a complete shock to me either.”

Second place belongs to Lee Slattery who had a great second round of -6 under par 66, to get him up to -8 under par in the competition. Lee carded an Eagle, five birdies and one bogey in his round, saying it was indeed great to get back into form after a hectic few months;

“We moved house, got married and had a baby so it’s been a really hectic six to nine months, it’s nice to find a little bit of formIt was great, I got off to a decent start again today, and I was off and running. I made some good up and downs at important times, which kept the momentum going. “

 

“It’s a tricky course, there are potential disasters on every hole so you definitely can’t afford to get ahead of yourself. It’s quite old school golf where you’ve got to control your ball and put it in the right places. That suits me, so I’m enjoying it.”

Fabrizio Zanotti is in third spot at -7 under par, he also carded -4 under par 68 today. Defending Champion Joost Luiten carded -5 under par 67 to move into contention at that score, tied in fifth place. He was very happy to be back in the hunt;

“I’m very happy with five under, I made some nice saves for par and that’s what you have to do around this course. You are going to be out of position sometimes and you have to play smart and try to save par.”

“I am right back in there and that was the goal today, to try to make some ground on the leaders. We will see what happens and we have still 36 holes to go.”