Lyoness Open. Dylan Frittelli With Maiden European Tour Win.

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Dylan Frittelli, from South Africa, with his maiden European Tour win claims victory at the Lyoness Open at Diamond County Club in Austria.

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Dylan scored a final round -5 under par 67 to win his maiden European Tour title, the Lyoness Open, with a -12 under par tournament total;

“I was just trying to get it on the green on the last, make a par and avoid a play-off.”

“My 0-2 record in play-offs is not very good so I didn’t want to have extra guys in the play-off – trying to beat them there on the 18th would have been tough.”

“Five years ago I played this tournament on an invite and managed to miss my second round tee-time so I’d like to think this is a role-reversal here and culmination of the hard work I’ve done in between those two periods.”

“Hopefully this means big things for my career, get me in the Open Championship, move up in the Race to Dubai and open up some more doors further down the road.”

Three players tied in second place at, one shot back at -11 under par, David Horsey, England, -7 under 65 today, Jbe Kruger, South Africa, -5 under 67, and Miko Korhonen, Finland with a last round -5 under 67.

David was happy with his performance today;

“Obviously I was a long way back going into today. “

“I got off to a quick start which is what I needed – you can do that around this golf course, the conditions were favourable.”

“I played pretty good for most of the day. I can’t really grumble at shooting 65 on a Sunday, you just have to question the first and the third rounds but I know my game is a work in progress still and it’s nice to see that I’m getting very close.”

Jbe finished with a bogey on the par three 18th, poor putting being the culprit;

“It is sweet and sour. I’ll take the good with the bad. It is disappointing in a way to finish like that but it’s part of the game. I have been putting well all week.”

Miko was happy to play well under the pressure;

“It was a nice experience to be in a tight pack like that and to be able to play well under the pressure we had. “

“A second place finish is really good and it gives me a boost for sure.”

Long time leader Felipe Aguilar wilted under the pressure, signing for a final round +3 over par 75, and T 10 with -6 under.

Lyoness Open. Felipe Heading For Wire to Wire Win

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Felipe Aguilar is heading towards a wire to wire win at the Lyoness Open at  Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Felipe, from Chile, maintained his two-stroke lead in the Lyoness Open after 54 holes, despite only carding a third round of even par 72, saying he missed birdie putts on the greens;

“Today I think I left many shots on the golf course. “

“I played quite well and I missed a couple of greens, which is normal, and several putts I missed for birdie, so it could have been a little bit better but I’m still in contention.”

“I think on the greens I left a couple of shots out there that could have made a huge difference for tomorrow and hopefully tomorrow they will go in.”

 

Tied in second place are, Johan Carlsson, Sweden, -1 under 71 today, Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, -4 under 68, and Sepp Straka, a local boy from Austria with -2 under 70 in his third round, they are all at -7 under par for the tournament.

Johan made some good putts today, including a 5 ft left to right tough downhill one;

“I hit a great shot in on 17, a four-iron up to five feet and then a pretty tough downhill putt from right-to-left that I made and that was a big putt.”

“I just need to keep playing well. You have to stay patient and let the birdies come to you instead of chasing too much I think because then it’s easier to get down on yourself, so I think just stay patient and not chase too much.”

Dylan is looking forward to the challenge of the final round;

“I’m pretty pleased with how I played today.”

“I have had some experience this year of playing in the last few groups so hopefully that will translate into a good performance tomorrow so I’m looking forward to it.”

Sepp is trying to make something happen with the putter;

“I’ve got to keep trying to put it into good positions, execute my game plan and try and make some putts from there.”

“Overall it was pretty good, I didn’t hit the ball as well as I have been but I really managed my game well again today.”

Lyoness Open. Felipe Flying at the Top.

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Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, is flying high at the top of the Lyoness Open leaderboard after 36 holes at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Felipe signed for second round of -2 under par 70 to stay ahead of the field at the Lyoness Open, still leading by two shots, saying in interview that his putting is much better;

“I have been playing better but I haven’t been able to score. My putting is better, especially my irons and off the tee.”

“It was very difficult after five holes, the wind really picked up, the greens are getting hard and it is difficult to get it close and you have to calculate every time ten yards short, especially if you miss the fairway.” 

“So it was very difficult and unfortunately I finished with a bogey but overall it was a pretty good round. You are going to make some mistakes today but you just have to make sure you make some birdies as well.”

Graeme Storm, England, is in second place at -7 under par, a second round -3 under par keeping him in touch with the leader. He mentioned the windy conditions, saying he needed a little bit of luck on the day;

“It was really difficult out there. The wind was really blustery and the fairways are really firming up and so are the greens.

“I struggled a little bit again today, I don’t feel as though I am swinging it correctly or hitting the ball great.” 

“I am just trying my best to get round and managing to put a score together, and getting a little bit of luck as well.”

Johan Carlsson, Sweden, -1 under 71 today, and Oliver Fisher, England, -3 under 69, are tied in third place at -6 under par.

In the group at -5 under for the competition is David Horsey of England who equaled the course record today, -8 under par 64, and was happy with his putter;

“I played lovely out there.”

“I putted nicely, maybe could have holed a couple more towards the end but on the whole 64 in those conditions I will take every day.” 

Lyoness Open. Felipe Aguilar Leads.

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Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, leads the Lyoness Open by two shots at  Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Felipe shot a first round  -7 under par 65 to lead the Lyoness Open by two shots.

“The way I started playing golf today is always a good sign but this is only 25 per cent of the tournament, we still have three days to go, it’s a long tournament, there are some really good players this week and the course is in great condition so you’ve got to keep the good work up.”

“I’m going to stay focused on what I am doing, trying to hit fairways which is very important this week, the greens are going to get very difficult so you have to be able to hit the second shots from the fairway.”

“I’m going to keep the same strategy, this is just the beginning of the week and we still have three days to go.”

Three players are tied in second place at -5 under par after opening rounds of 67, Ashley Chesters, England, Jaco Van Zyl, South Africa, and Johan Carlsson of Sweden.

Local favourite Bernd Wiesberger and the defending champion Ashun Wu are at -2 under following their opening rounds of 70.

Lyoness Open. Wu Wins.

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CHN Ashun Wu, from China, wins the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Ashun carded a final round -3 under par 69, to claim his second European Tour title, the Lyoness Open, with a -13 under par total.

Ashun was obviously very happy to win such a close contest;

“I am very happy right now. It was a very exciting finish and I still cannot believe it, but my playing partners were really good today and the scores were very close.”

“My mindset was very good today and it was a great week overall.”

“At the tenth and 11th holes I just played two bad shots. I still kept working after that to do my best to make birdies and I did that.”

“I just kept focused over the last putt and I talked to my caddie and he said, it’s no problem, it’s an easy line so just putt it in the hole’”

“It’s been my first time playing in Austria and the course was very good this week.”

“The sponsors have been great and I have had some Chinese friends here supporting me so I must thank them all.”

ESP  Adrian Otaegui, from Spain finished second at -12 under par, a last round -3 under par 69 keeping the pressure on the leader all the way.

ENG Richard McEvoy was third, another shot back at -11 under par, he too scored a last round -3 under 69, with a bogey at the 18th;

“I gave myself a lot of chances today, played very solid again.”

“I think the green at the last was only the second I missed all day. I’m disappointed but at the same time, there are a lot of positives to take from this week.”

“My game is coming together and everything is going in the right direction to keep competing at the highest level.”

“That’s two top tens in the last three weeks, which has been great so there is a lot to look forward to for the rest of the year.”

Defending champion Chris Wood was among the large group on -8 under par after signing for  a -4 under-par 68 in his final round.

Lyoness Open. Zander Lombard Leads.

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Zander Lombard leads the Lyoness Open and will take a one shot lead into the final round at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Zander, from South Africa, carded -4 under par 68 in the third round of the Lyoness Open to post a 54 hole total of -11 under par, and sit on top of the leaderboard.

Being in contention is great boost for Zander, and he played well except for a triple bogey even on the 9th;

“It’s always a great position to be in to really compete and I’m looking forward to it a lot, so I’m going to give it my best and try to stick to what I’m doing, it seems to be working so far.”

“It was a bit of a brain burp at the ninth to be honest, because it was never a driver for me all week, my game play there was a two-iron, but my confidence got to me and I just wanted to hit a little cut off the left bunker and I came out of it a little.”

“I had some big birdies out there which I needed but obviously you’re always going to hit bad shots in this game and unlucky that it was a tough hole.”

“It wasn’t that bad of a shot but there’s no margin for error on that tee shot so I paid the price but at least I kept my cool around the turn and steadied the ship with a good par.”

“The birdie at 11 was another good switch to get my momentum going in the right direction.”

Best round of the day, and the tournament came from second placed  Ashun Wu, from China, he signed for a third round -7 under par 65, to elevate him up the leaderboard and claim the position on his own at -10 under par;

“I played really good today and I’m feeling good right now.”

“The weather was nice to us too, the conditions on this course are great.”

“I made a lot of birdies today and no bogeys so I’m getting a really good feeling at the moment.

“I just need to keep going now, don’t slow down and keep making birdies.”

Grégory Bourdy, from France, -2 under 70 today shares third place with Adrian Otaegui, the first round leader, from Spain, -5 under par 67 today. They are another stroke back at -9 under par.

Grégory was upset about carding a couple of double bogey’s;

“It was actually not as solid as the first two days but I had two difficult double bogeys from two mistakes.”

 “The rest was good and solid though, I stayed calm and focused and that’s why I finished with two birdies.”

“I’m challenging for the title, in a good position and I really like this course so let’s see how it goes.”

“I’ll do my best to make it a great round tomorrow.”

Lyoness Open. Two Tied at the Top. Zander Lombard and Grégory Bourdy.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Lyoness Open after 36 holes at the Diamond Country Club in Austria. Zander Lombard,  shares the honor with Grégory Bourdy.

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Zander shot a second round -2 under par 70 in very windy conditions to share the half-way lead of the Lyoness Open with Grégory, who went one better carding -3 under 69, which equaled the low round score of the day. Both players have -7 under par tournament totals and lead the field by just one shot.

Zander, from South Africaspoke about the tough winds, and mentioned that his score could have been better except for a three putt;

“It was so brutal with the wind out there today. Club selection was absolutely crucial and with the pins positions today, they were tough with the wind direction.” 

“I was really hitting great shots on the front nine with just a few misjudgments with the winds on the back nine which cost me a few shots.”

“A little three putt and a bad pitch and that’s all it was. The rest was solid and I’m very happy to be in this position for the weekend.”

I holed a six footer at the first, missed a ten footer on two and made a great par on three.”

“My momentum got me going then and I made three birdies in a row, so it was just a matter of hitting great shots and a few putts went in.”

Grégory also told reporters how difficult it was today, and how pleased he was with his effort;

“It was a great day again today.”

“”It was quite difficult this morning with the wind again, it was blowing harder than yesterday so I would say it was more difficult than yesterday, so I’m very happy to shoot a 69 and finish with a nice birdie on the ninth.”

Gary Stal sits in third place, a second round  -1 under par 71 giving that spot on his own at -6 under par, blaming the wind for not doing better, but was happy overall;

“Today was a very tough day but my game was there.”

“I played very well, just missed one shot and made double bogey but I’m happy with how I played.”

Borja Virto, from Spain, matched the low round of the day, -3 under 69,  is a further shot back on -5 under, while his countryman and first round leader Adrian Otaegui is in the group on -4 under after carding a double bogey and two bogeys on his way to recording a second round +4 over par 76.

Defending Champion Chris Wood scored a second consecutive round -1 under 71 to be -2 under for the tournament.