Open de España. Two Tied at the Top in Spain.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Spanish Open, Paul Dunne of Ireland shares the honor with Marc Warren, Scotland, after the opening round at Centro Nacional de Golf in Spain.

Open de España.

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Paul and Marc carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to top the Spanish Open leaderboard by one stroke.

Paul said some good putting gave him a lift up the leaderboard;

“I’m pretty pleased, I find the greens quite tricky to read out there, especially on the front nine, so it was nice to get a couple of putts go in on the back nine and give myself a climb up the leaderboard.”

“Our front nine was quite windy and that just makes it trickier to putt than anything else.”

“This golf course with the rough the way it is,  kind of patchy,  you can get away with some bad shots but it’s just hard to make the five, six-footers for par if you get out of position.”

“Then on the back nine the wind died a little bit but the rain came in so it was a tale of two halves. I’d rather the little bit of rain and calm conditions because it makes the greens a little more puttable for me.”

Marc also had a good day with the putter;

“It was good, finished with three birdies in a row so it kind of makes it look a little bit better.”

“Overall, it was really solid tee to green.”

“I putted really well today, pace was really good. The putts that missed I didn’t leave myself much to do and the good putts always looked like they had a chance of going in.”

“You know when you’re out that early and it’s cold and windy it’s always going to be a tough start so it’s important to be patient.”

“I’m really delighted with that start.”

Eleven players are that one shot back at -5 under, including Jon Rahm from Spain, fresh from his fourth place finish at The Masters.

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Maybank Championship. Two Tied at the Top of a Congested Leaderboard.

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Two players are tied at the top of a very congested Maybank Challenge leaderboard at Saujana Golf & Country Club in MalaysiaPhachara Khongwatmai, Thailand, and Nino Bertasio, Italy, share the honor.

Maybank Challenge

Nino Bertasio and Phachara Khongwatmai / getty

Nino and 18 year-old Phachara both carded second rounds of -7 under par 65 to top the Maybank Challenge leaderboard going into the week-end with -11 under par totals, and a slim one shot advantage.

Phachara has been having fun out there on the course, will be interesting to see how he copes with the pressure of being in front;

“I have been having fun on the golf course and playing well, so I’m looking forward to it.”

“I’m very happy with my score, my plan is to shoot under par every day and play against the course.”

“I don’t want to think ahead or compare my score to another player. It is only two rounds so the tournament is not over yet. I want to focus day by day and hole by hole.”

Four players then share third place at -10 under par, Chris Paisley, England, -3 under 69 today, Marc Warren, Scotland,-6 under 66, Yuta Ikeda, Japan,  -8 under 64, and Lee Westwood, England, who posted the low round of the day a -10 under par 62.

Lee enjoyed his birdie fest with the putter;

“It was enjoyable, there were a lot of birdies going in out there.” 

There is a posse of golfers on -9 under and another on -8 under, it is shaping up to be an exiting week-end. Will be interesting to see who makes a move on Saturday, and who falls behind, low scores will be the order of the day,

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Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Wins Maiden European Tour title

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Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, wins his Maiden European Tour title at the Portugal Masters, at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Portugal.

Portugal Masters

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Lucas breezed to his Maiden win at the Portugal Masters with a final round -6 under 65 to post a winning score of -20 under par, a four shot victory; 

“I’ve been in this position a couple of times before so to finally come through and get my first win feels really good.”

Today is up there with one of my best rounds.”

“Not so much the six under around here, I’ve done that before, but under the pressure some of the shots I hit.”

“The two shots I hit on 17 are some of the best I’ve hit in a long time.” 

“I felt like it was my time to go out and grab it and not wait for someone to hand it to me.”

Marc Warren from Scotland claimed second place at -16 under par, with a last round of -4 under 67.

Eddie Pepperell, England, -4 under par 67 today and Graeme Storm, -3 under 68, also from England shared third place, another shot back at -15 under par.

Best placed local players were tied in fifth place at -14 under par; Ricardo Gouveia, -6 under par 65 today, and José-Felipe, -4 under 67.

Ricardo suddenly started to putt really well;

“It was an amazing day for me, in front of home crowds as well. On the last day, on a Sunday, it was really, really nice.”

“I played a lot better today. I knew I had good chances, good opportunities on the back nine. I just stayed patient.”

“I rolled a good putt on 11, a good putt on 12, and all of the sudden, I started believing that I could get close to the leaders.”

“Overall, I’m really happy with the week.”

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Portugal Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads

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Lucas Bjerregaard, from Denmark, leads the Portugal Masters after 54 holes at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, in Portugal.

Portugal Masters

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Lucas carded -3 under par 68 in the third round to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard at -14 under par for the tournament.

Lucas is looking for his first European Tour victory;

“It feels good, it’s been a rough year for me so to be in contention again feels really good.”

“I played well in Switzerland two weeks ago and I’ve been seeing my game go in the right direction the last month or so, so to be in contention is great.”

“I’m in a place where I’m still building confidence but it feels good.”

“This is what we play for, this is where I want to be. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

George Coetzee, South Africa, at -13 under par is close behind, he scored -4 under 67 today;

“It’s amazing. Today was probably the best day of the lot and also the most frustrating.”

“I feel like I’ve left a lot of shots out there.”

“it should be fun playing with a bit of pressure and I’m looking forward to it. I’m feeling good, I’ve kind of got a game-plan for everything.”

“You never know what golf can throw at you but I’m just doing the stuff I want to do.”

Three players are tied in third place at -12 under par, Bertasio Nino, Italy, even par 71 today, Eddie Pepperell, England, -3 under 68 and Marc Warren, Scotland, -1 under 70.

Eddie is looking for a good round tomorrow;

“Today was trickier, definitely conditions were pretty windy and some pins were tucked and the greens were not ideal and it was not easy so I was happy.”

“Tomorrow will be no different for me and if I can do that then I believe, the way I’m playing, I can go out there and shoot 66, 67 and that might be god enough.”

“It’s all in my hands, really, I’ve just got to go and do it.”

Marc was happy to be under par on the day, with a good putt on the last;

“The putt on the last from about 20 feet was the best chance I had on the back nine so overall pretty pleased to get off under par.”

Bertasio had problems putting in the wind;

“I didn’t make any putts at the beginning, pretty much all day. I think it just shows how tricky it was this afternoon with the wind.”

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Portugal Masters. Bertasio Nino of Italy Leads.

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Bertasio Nino of Italy has the half-way lead in the Portugal Masters  at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

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Bertasio Nino

Bertasio signed for a bogey free second round -6 under par 65 to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard after the 36 holes, at -12 under par;

“I’m feeling good, the game’s really good. I had a bogey-free round today and it was very easy golf.”

“I just missed one green and I chipped it to one foot so I never really struggled to make pars and had a lot of looks at birdies and I made some and missed some so it was a very easy six under.”

“I’m really playing well, I’m hitting the ball well. It’s a very good golf course if you’re playing well because if you hit it well you’re going to do well.”

“I’m really happy with what me and (caddie) Rich are doing out there and we’re both looking forward to the weekend.”

Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, with a bogey free -6 under 65 today and Marc Warren of Scotland, -7 under 64, bogey free, share second place at -11 under par.

Defending Champion Padraig Harrington, Ireland, is four shots back at -8 under following his second round of -4 under par 67, and is in a good position going into the weekend to make a challenge.

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Made in Denmark. Steve Webster Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Steve Webster, of England, has the 36 hole Made in Denmark lead at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

Made in Denmark

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ENG Steve shot a second round -1 under par 70, in very windy conditions, to retain his hold on the top spot at the Made in Denmark tournament, with a – 8 under par total.

Steve is thinking of his Nan, who has been unwell this week;

“I have to be honest and say I haven’t been thinking too much about the golf this week.”

“My mind has really been thinking about my Nan back home because she had a nasty fall at the weekend.”

“Thankfully she is making a recovery and maybe taking my mind away from the golf has been a good thing.”

“It was very tough out there today. It was gusting to thirty miles per hour and was mostly a cross-wind off the left which is very difficult to play in.”

“But I played well and was very patient, anything under par today feels like a 65 yesterday so I’m very happy.

“I’m looking forward to the weekend, I am swinging it well and just need to stick to the boring stuff of one shot at a time.”

Four players then share second place at -7 under par, ENG David Horsey, England, -4 under 67 today, IND S.S.P. Chawrasia, India, -3 under 68, SCO Marc Warren, Scotland, with a magnificent -7 under 64, and IRL Paul Dunne, Ireland with a second round -3 under 68.

Pleased to report that home favorite  Thomas Bjørn, playing in his 500th European Tour event, shot -3 under 68 today, to make the cut.

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Maybank Championship. Marc Warren Leads.

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Marc Warren leads after the first round of the Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

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Marc carded -9 under par 63 in the first round of the Maybank Championship, to lead the field by two shots;

“Obviously it was good today, it was a good tee-time nice and early before the wind picks up.”

“I got off to a really nice start, six under for the first nine holes. Once the wind picked up on the back nine it was just a case of staying solid and hitting the greens.”

“More of the same tomorrow. My iron play was very good today and recently I have been making a lot of birdies but a lot of mistakes as well. It was nice to get around without a bogey.”

“Last week I made 11 birdies in two days and missed the cut so it’s just a matter of trying to keep the positive stuff going, making the birdies, and cutting out the slack stuff which was good today.”

In second place is  Phachara Khongwatmai, from Thailand, at -7 under par.

Tied in third position are Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett, Peter Uihlein and local favourite Arie Irawan, all at -6 under par.

Danny had a good day, also with an early start;

“It was good, it’s always nice to get out early when you’re in Malaysia.”

“It was still roasting hot this morning but the wind stays calm for the first hour or so and allows you to get some shots in there nice and close.”

“The wind picked up a bit towards the end and it plays a little trickier around here.”