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.

Lyoness Open. Adrian Otaegui Leads 1st Round

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ESP Adrian Otaegui leads after the 1st round of the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Adrian, from Spain, leads the Lyoness Open after carding a magical bogey free first round-8 under par 64, giving him a two shot advantage at the top of the leaderboard.

He is hoping to go all the way now;

“I’m hoping now I can play four days in the same way so that’s the main goal.”

“Of course I’m very pleased. I played well from the beginning until the end and didn’t make too many mistakes.”

“The course is pretty hard and it’s not easy to get the ball close to the pin so I’m pretty pleased with it.”

SWE Björn Åkesson, from Sweden, is in second place, an opening round -6 under 66, contained one bogey, but it was good enough to claim the spot on his own.

Sharing third place at -5 under par, 67, are FRA Gary Stal, with three bogey’s, against two Eagles, while RSA Zander Lombard recorded only one bogey in his round of 67.

Gary was pleased with his double Eagle performance, especially his putting;

“I have found my game so I’m very happy. It’s not every day you get two eagles in the same day.”

“I holed out on the 15th after one bounce and on the second one I holed a ten foot putt.”

Defending Champion Chris Wood, who won the BMW PG Championship last month, did not start the defence of his title here too well, carding -1 under par 71, leaving him T28.

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.