EURASIA CUP. Team Europe Win.

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Darren Clarke’s Team Europe sealed the EurAsia Cup win with eight of Sunday’s singles matches still out on course. Danny Willett clinching the victory with his singles win over Byeong Hun An at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Darren who will also captain Europe’s Ryder Cup team later this year, says the experience gained here should stand him in good stead for the upcoming Ryder tussle;

“There have been a lot of positives this week. I’ve learnt a few things, and hopefully I’ll do a better job come September.” 

“But if the players don’t play and don’t perform, you can be the best captain in the world and you’re not going to win.”

“This belongs to the players; the quality of the golf this week has been brilliant.”

The final score was 18½-5½, which was a bit of a surprise as the first tournament two years ago ended in a draw.

Lee Westwood spoke of the importance of this win to the younger players in the Team;

“I think everybody has played well this week and obviously contributed. That’s why the scoreline has ended up as it is.”

“I hit the ball pretty well this week and obviously won three points, so it’s nice to contribute.”

“There’s young lads on this team and ones that are going to be playing in The Ryder Cup obviously later on in the year.”

“This is going to be a great experience for them, just feeding them into team golf gradually. And I’m sure they will benefit from this week. Nothing but positives to come out.”

Ian POULTER 4&3 Danny CHIA         Danny WILLETT 3&1 Byeong Hun AN

Andy SULLIVAN 4&3 Thongchai JAIDEE      Matthew FITZPATRICK 2 Up Kiradech APHIBARNRAT
Anirban LAHIRI 2&1 Shane LOWRY        K.T. KIM 3&2  Bernd WIESBERGER
Lee WESTWOOD 7&6 Nicholas FUNG   Ross FISHER Match Halved Jeunghun WANG

Chris WOOD 1 Hole S.S.P CHAWRASIA   Kristoffer BROBERG 5&4 Shingo KATAYAMA

Victor DUBUISSON 1 Up Ashun WU    Søren KJELDSEN 3&2 Prayad MARKSAENG

I guess you can only feel sorry for the Team Asia captain Jeev Milka Singh, he must be wondering what hit him.

 

 

EurAsia Cup. Europe in Command on Day 2.

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Team Europe are firmly in command of the EurAsia Cup tournament on day 2 of competition, leading 9-3 at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Ian Poulter and Danny Willett took on the best Asian pairing today and won their match, beating Byeong  Hun An and Thongchai Jaidee;

Poults spoke afterwards about the contest;

“It’s probably their strongest pairing. They played nicely yesterday.”

“We hit good golf shots. We played the right side of pins. We made no mistakes, no bogeys, and we backed each other up at the right time.”

Danny agreed with that assessment;

“I think me and Poults between us only missed a couple of shots.”

“Like you say, when we were out there, when one of us hit a bad one, the other one backed him up and hit it close on a chip.”

“We didn’t really make any mistakes and made a good few birdies for foursomes.”
Ian POULTER & Danny WILLETT 3&2 Byeong Hun An & Thongchai JAIDEE

Bernd WIESBERGER & Ross FISHER 2 Up K.T. KIM & Jeunghun WANG

Kristoffer BROBERG & Chris WOOD 2 Up S.S.P CHAWRASIA & Kiradech PHIBARNRAT

Shane LOWRY & Andy SULLIVAN 3&2 Prayad MARKSAENG & Shingo KATAYAMA

Søren KJELDSEN & Victor DUBUISSON Match Halved Danny CHIA & Nicholas FUNG
Lee WESTWOODMatthew FITZPATRICK 5&4 Anirban LAHIRI & Ashun WU

EurAsia Cup. Europe Lead 1st Round

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Europe take on Asia in the EurAsia Cup, a matchplay event being played at Glenmarie Gold & Country Club in Malaysia. 1st round scores have put Europe firmly in front, winning all but one match, and that was halved.
Team Europe captain Darren Clarke was very proud of the team performance today;
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“Proud of our team today, they all gave their best! Good start 4.5-1.5 but a long way to go yet.” @EurAsiaCupGolf @EuropeanTour

“I know them well and I like to think I know what makes them tick. I asked all my guys to give me three players they wanted to play with.”

“But as always with Europe a player will play with who the Captain thinks they should be playing with.”

“If I have an idea of who each guy will play with, and that’s backed up by the stats then that’s quite good I reckon.”

Ian POULTER & Bernd WIESBERGER 4&3 Anirban LAHIRI & Jeunghun WANG

Danny WILLETT & Matthew FITZPATRICK 3&1 Byeong Hun AN & Thongchai JAIDEE
Victor DUBUISSON & Søren KJELDSEN Match Halved Danny CHIA & Nicholas FUNG

Ross FISHERKristoffer BROBERG 6&4 Prayad MARKSAENG & K.T. KIM

Shane LOWRY & Andy SULLIVAN 2&1 Shingo KATAYAMA & Ashun WU

Lee WESTWOOD & Chris WOOD 2&1 S.S.P CHAWRASIA & Kiradech PHIBARNRAT

CIMB Classic. Justin Picks Up His Maiden Win.

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Justin Thomas picked up his maiden PGA Tour victory with a win at the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Justin carded a final round -6 under par 66 to win the CIMB Classic by one shot with a -26 under par total. That  26 strokes under score of 262 is a tournament scoring record.

Justin spoke about the double he carded on the par four 14th, but rallied with birdies on 15, 16 and 17;

“The thing I told myself is that I really didn’t do it because I was nervous.”

 “I felt like I’ve been struggling off those downhill lies and that’s what I’ve been doing, I have been chunking. Unfortunately, I had a big body of water in front of the green.”

“But I just kept telling myself I controlled the tournament before that shot, so I just need to get back in it.”

“I had four more holes to try to make some more birdies and was fortunate enough to do it.”

“It’s a lot harder when you run 20-footers about 5 feet past the hole.”

“Obviously the Masters is a great goal that I’ve had my whole career, too.”

 “But the thing is that I could play my way into the Masters with good play before April, and I only had three more tries to make it to Hawaii.”

Adam Scott returned to form, finishing in second place at -25 under par for the tournament. A last round -9 under par lifting him up the leaderboard, using the claw grip on a conventional length putter. The anchoring ban is looming on the horizon, and this is the first time Adam has used the claw in a PGA Tour tournament;

“These are important events to start the next year’s PGA TOUR season.”

“Next week is the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions). I would love to get into contention there and try and win.”

“I would like to have a win before the end of the season. So this is a step in the right direction.”

Brendan Steele and Kevin Na finished tied third, both on -24 under par.

Kevin came close here again, and will be back to get that elusive win;

“I’ve got a two and a three, so one is next.”

“But you’ve got to take the positive.”

“I’m playing the best golf of my life. I’ve got another shot at the World Golf Championship (HSBC Champions) next week.”

 

CIMB Classic. It’s A Sunday Shootout.

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It’s going to be a Sunday shootout at the CIMB Classic with Justin Thomas and Brendan Steele tied at the top of the leaderboard after 54 holes in Malaysia.

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Justin -5 under 67 today,and Brendan, -6 under 66, are tied at the top of the CIMB Classic leaderboard at -20 under after three rounds at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

Justin was two shots back with two holes to play, but made two big birdies, he was especially pleased with the chip from rough on 18;

“Those two birdies were huge.”

“I felt like I played really well for some stretches.”

“Being in the rough, you never know what kind of lie you’re going to get.”

“It was good to where it just kind of had to get the speed right and I did, so that was a nice chip.”

“I feel great. This is where you want to put yourself at every event.”

“I’m just going to use my past learning experiences in the other events I’ve played in and just try to go out there and hit a bunch of fairways.”

Brendan had  held the outright lead heading into the final round of the Frys.com Open, but sadly carded a final-round 76 and finished T17;

“I was pretty comfortable at Frys, then it all started kind of spinning out of control for me and I didn’t have a very good final round.”

“When I first got out here, I kind of won two in a row when I had the lead.”

“I was thinking, man this is easy, this is no problem. I feel like I’m in a better place now mentally.”

“I’m trying to be a little bit more patient and a little bit more positive, not kind of put so much pressure on myself and just enjoy it a little bit more.”

Kevin Na can join in the shootout of the final round, currently sitting in third place, just one shot back at -19 under par, following his third round -8 under par 64;

“The last few weeks I’ve never felt so comfortable coming down the stretch.”

“I think that’s been the difference, but comfortable, but still finished second.”

“Last year, I was right up there until the end, losing that ball on 17, that kind of cost me the event.”

“Worst case, I win, right? If I don’t, keep the streak alive, that’s the attitude I’m trying to have.”

“Malaysian fans have been very nice to me, and also, from my first win being here when I was like 19 at Kota Permai, so I have some great memories of Malaysia and I can only thank Malaysia for that.”

 

CIMB Classic. Now Justin Thomas Cards a 61.

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The CIMB Classic is giving up some low numbers this week, now Justin Thomas has carded a 61 in the second round.

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Justin scored -11 under par 61 in the second round of the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia., for a -15 under par total. The round was so good it could have been a 58 or 59;

“I would say after I birdied 14, 15, I knew I just needed to get, I guess, two of my last three.”

“And then, I mean, they’re all pretty easy holes. They’re all wedge holes. So it was obviously unfortunate not to get that number (59), but I’m sure I’ll have many more chances in my career.”

“Being 5 under through the first five holes, which are pretty scoreable, made a difference.”

“That got me in that attack mindframe. I did well and gave myself easy birdie putts.

Justin is also thankful for the air conditioning in his hotel;

“Thank God for the air-conditioning.”

“I never have been to this part of the world before and my body is still adjusting. Today was a little better. I even slept in, until 5.30 a.m.”

Brendan Steele holds second place at -14 under par, after his second round -9 under par 63 being patient and positive is the key’

“I’m trying to be really patient, and I’m trying to be really positive this week.”

Three players share third place, at -13 under par, Scott Piercy, Spencer Levin and Hideki Matsuyama.

Yesterday’s -10 under 62 man Scott carded a more modest -3 under 39 today, Spencer -8 under 64 and Hideki -6 under 66.

Scott knew it would be hard to follow up on such a good round, and he made some mistakes, due to the heat;

“The heat got to me a little bit today and I made some mistakes.”

“It’s hard to follow up ten under anyways.”

“So, I felt like I did pretty well. It wasn’t ‘terrible, terrible.’ It was just a little out of sync and when you’re firing on everything and then out of sync a little bit, it seems like it’s really bad, but it’s really not that bad.”

 

 

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Scott Piercy leads the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Scott opened the CIMB Classic with a classic round of -11 under par 61 to top the leaderboard at the end of day 1.

A red hot putter was the key, he needed only 25 putts on the round. He was not feeling too good at the start of play following a poor performance last week in his home town of Las Vegas;

“I’ve been struggling with the putter.”

“I just focused on getting my speed right on the greens and my caddie gave me a few really good reads today.”

“I made the putts I didn’t last week and got a little lucky as well.”

“I was really frustrated, especially being at home, I felt like I played the absolute worst I could have played and still finished top-25.“

“Well, can I shoot 62 tomorrow, too?”

“I only missed three or four greens today so if you got 14 chances, you’re doing pretty good.”

Brendan Steele and Hideki Matsuyama share second place, three shots back at -8 under par.

Hideki made reference to the steaming hot conditions;

“In this weather, you can’t beat yourself too much. I’ll practice a little bit and head back to the hotel.”

“I hit my driver really well today and that was the reason for my low score.”

“This is my third time here and I love the course. Playing the last couple of years prepared me for that.”

Tied in fourth spot are Spencer Levin and Cameron Smith.

Shot of the day went to Scott Brown, who dropped his tee shot in the hole at the 199-yard par three 15th hole, to win a fabulous BMW i8, he tweeted;

“Make an ace, walk away with a new car. Not bad.”

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