Portugal Masters. Two at the Top

 

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There are two players at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard, Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan,  at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Andy carded -10 under par 61 on day two of the Portugal Masters, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Marc, who had -6 under par 65, both players on-14 under par for the 36 holes.

Andy had been suffering with a cold putter of late, but not today;

“I knew I needed to go low today to get a beat on the leaders.”

“So to go out there and shoot that score is absolutely fantastic. I had thoughts of 59 coming down the stretch there, but it wasn’t to be.”

“It’s fantastic being on top of the leaderboard and giving myself a chance going into the weekend. The game’s felt good for a long time.”

“The putter’s just been a bit cold and today I just holed a couple of good putts out there just to get the momentum going. It only takes a couple of putts to go in and you start seeing it go in all the time.”

“More of the same for me. I know last year, I was aggressive the whole way around and I know I’ve got to be aggressive again.”

Marc was happy to be still in contention;

“I’m really pleased, it’s always tough to follow up a really good score like yesterday.”

“It was good, I tried to stay as patient as I possibly could out there and nice to finish with a three at the last.”

“I had a good finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, I feel as if a bit of pressure has come off and I can look forward and try to qualify for some events at the end of the year.”

“It’s a much nicer place to be playing your golf, as opposed to looking backwards all the time.”

Jens Fahbring, -7 under 64 today and Major winner Padraig Harrington, -8 under 63 are tied in third place at -13 under par, just one shot back.

Padraig had nine birdies, one bogey, with the round highlighted by a bladed chip-in on the 11th hole  and a 42-foot putt on the 16th green.

Portugal Masters. Marc Warren Leads.

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Marc Warren has the first round lead in the Portugal Masters at  at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Marc shot a Portugal Masters first round -8 under par 63 to lead a compacted leaderboard by one shot.

Marc made six birdies in row at the start of his round, which also included a bogey;

“I think I’ve had six or seven in a row but never at the start of the round.”

“It’s an absolutely perfect start. Everything was going right for me, just the right numbers and landing it close and a couple of tap-ins. It was a great start.”

“You really have to control your expectations I think more than anything else. You kind of want to just keep hitting it close and making birdies and realise golf is not that easy.”

“There are going to be a few holes you’re going to have to dig in and overall I was pleased to keep moving forward on the back nine and come back in two under.”

There are five players tied in second place, that one shot back at -7 under par, Eddie PepperellMatthew Baldwin, Callum Shinkwin,  Mikko Kornhonen and David Lipsky.

Eddie is fighting to keep his Tour card, but for the moment he is just enjoying playing golf;

“If I miss the cut this week and bad things happen, I feel like it wouldn’t be a career-defining moment for me whether I lost my card or keep my card.”

“For me it’s getting in the frame of mind, the way I feel like I’m swinging it, I want to go out and win this golf tournament.”

“I want to get to Dubai. I’ve played those events the last two years, so that’s got to be my focus the way I’m playing.”

“If I play well enough, I feel like I give myself a shot at winning and that’s all I can do. Whether I’m 120 on the list or ten, I feel like if I play well, I can win. I’ve just got to make that happen.”

“There’s relief just to be playing decent golf and actually enjoying it. I’ve been very frustrated with the game because I’ve been playing so poorly and I think any of us out here would tell you that.”

British Masters. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the British Masters after the first round at The Grove in EnglandTommy FleetwoodRichard SterneMarc Warren and Mikko Ilonen all recorded first rounds of -5 under par 66.

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Tommy said putting was the key to his great bogey free round;

“It was just one of those days where every putt I hit felt lovely and overall, five under is a great score out there.”

“The wind was up this afternoon and then it got cold later on in the day, but definitely when we first went out, it was clear that it was going to be quite a tough day.” 

“You have to make the most of your chances. I hit it really well. I very rarely hit it out of position and putted lovely.”

Richard said it was his best performance of the year;

“I played probably the best tee-to-green I have done all year really.”

“I had so many chances and it was just good to feel that control over the ball.”

Marc has secured his card for next year, and just enjoyed his golf today;

“I wasn’t really under too much stress at any time during the round, so it was a really enjoyable round of golf.”

“It’s tough when you’re in that sort of situation when you’re trying to secure your playing rights and everything else.”

“I felt as if I handled that quite well last week and gave myself a nice boost of confidence after a pretty tough summer. So I’ve carried that confidence into today and hopefully the next three days, as well.”

Mikko was happy to make two birdies towards the end of his round;

“It was a perfect start. I played some of my best golf on the front nine.”

“I sort of lost my rhythm a little bit there halfway through, but came back strongly and made two birdies at 16 and 18, which was nice.”

 

Irish Open. Marc and Danny Share Top Spot.

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Marc Warren and Danny Willett share top spot on the leaderboard at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in the second round at The K Club.

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Marc shot a second round -6 under par 66 in the Irish Open tournament hosted by the Rory Foundation, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Danny at -8 under par for the tournament.

Marc said he was starting to come good, and his all round game is good;

“I feel as if I’m starting to get into a little bit more of a run now, so hopefully that’s the reason for the good form and hopefully it continues.”

“I felt, especially the last three events, I felt as if I was close to some decent form.”

“The first few months of the season were a little bit of stop-start scheduling-wise.”

“I think everything was pretty solid overall, I kept the ball in play off the tee, which is obviously important in these conditions, and the short game is good.”

Danny carded -1 under par 71 today to post his tournament total of -8 under, in the trickier conditions out on the course;

“A little bit scrappy but grinding out quite nicely, Marc’s score today is a fantastic round of golf.”

“A little bit trickier but as Marc showed, if you hit some good golf shots, there’s a score out there.”

Tournament host Rory McIlroy holds third place, a -2 under par 70 giving him a -7 under par total, and he knows his form is good, sinking enough putts, enough to win;

“I know that I’m making enough birdies to definitely win this tournament.”

“I’m making enough birdies, I think I made six birdies yesterday. I made six birdies today. So the birdies are there. I just need to limit the mistakes.”

“Four bogeys today, a couple of really soft bogeys as well.”

“I know that I’m hitting enough good shots and I’m holing enough putts. If I can live with the mistakes, I feel like I’ll be right there.”

“Obviously I haven’t made the cut here for a while, and to be in for the weekend and play a solid two rounds of golf, I’m right there in the mix. I’m excited for the weekend.”

“To hole that birdie putt on the last, it was nice. It gives me a little bit of momentum going into the weekend, and I’ll need it.”

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Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marc Makes It To the Semi’s.

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Marc Warren makes it into the semi’s of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play tournament in Scotland.

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Second seed Marc Warren needed an eagle on the 19th hole to secure his spot in the semi-finals of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play on Saturday evening, at the Murcar Links Golf Club , defeating Tyrrell Hatton in the play-off.

Marc’s approach shot on the 19th took one bounce before diving into the hole;

“To be fair it was one of the most bizarre matches I have ever been involved in.”

“It started on the first with poor tee shots from both of us into a bunker and he ended up holing out from 100 yards for a birdie.”

“He hit two other chips in after that, one into 18 to go to extra holes and I guess it was just my turn at the 19th to hole out.” 

“It was a good tee shot and I holed it from 59 yards. Yeah, I do not really know what to say. It was just really bizarre from start to finish.”

Tyrrell tweeted;

“Well what an afternoon that was! Disappointing to lose but a great match to be apart of, hopefully I’ve done enough now to get in the USPGA!

Kiradech Aphibarnrat  recovered from a shaky start to beat Michael Hoey 2 and 1 and to progress to the semi finals, where he will meet Marc.

David Howell was the first man to qualify for the final four when he beat fellow Englishman Chris Wood 5 and 4.

David is looking forward to being in the final;

“Obviously we all want to be in the final and we all want to win this championship.”

“It has been a joy to play and everyone has enjoyed the match play. It is the first time in many years we have had it on the Tour.” 

“I have enjoyed it and I know all the guys have. I would like to get to that final and have a chance to win.”

“I am looking forward to tomorrow (Sunday) and hopefully I can get the job done.”

David will meet Robert Karlsson in the semi finals, he beat the home fans favorite, Richie Ramsay, one up.

Robert holed from 50 feet for birdie across the 16th green to take the lead for the first time in the match, and hung on to the end;

“It was nice, I played reasonably well.” 

“I got a little behind in the beginning but he played great, so there was not much I could do. I kept going and made some good putts.” 

“At the end, a couple of bonus ones went in, but that happens.”

 

Euro Tour. N.H. Collection Open. 2nd Suspended.

dragon logo darkThe second round of the NH Collection Open at La Reserva de Sotogrande Club de Golf  has been suspended due to darkness.

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Marc Warren and David Horsey are currently tied at the top of the NH Collection Open leaderboard at -5 under par. Marc has completed his second round, a -5 under par 67. David has yet to finish his second round, reaching -5 under par for the tournament after fifteen holes.

Marc spoke about coming back this morning to complete round 1, and then starting over again for round 2;

“My round didn’t finish yesterday so I had to come back and play seven holes this morning and I played ok. At the start of the second round I struggled a bit with concentration, but once I got it going I played really good – long game was excellent, short game was good. I think I got the best out of my round today.”

“Today and yesterday’s conditions were pretty similar, obviously without the rain. The wind is going to stay pretty strong and it’s going to be tough for the guys playing this afternoon. I have been playing well the last few weeks, getting stronger and stronger, so I was really looking forward to this event. It’s like a bonus event for us, coming at the last minute, and I am pleased to see how good the course actually is. I’m looking forward to the next two days.”

“I like the course very much. If it was perfect weather it would still be a good test, but with the strong winds we have here it gets really tough at times.”

There are three players are tied in third place at -4 under par, with only one of them completing the second round, and that was Felipe Aguilar. Adrian Otaegui has played fifteen holes, with Bradley Dredge only finishing twelve holes. Both of these players could improve on their positions at the resumption of play tomorrow, at 9 am.

Sadly the first round leader Jack Doherty carded a second round +2 over par 74 to put a dent in his opening 69, to finish -1 under par.

BMW PGA Championship. Manassero Magic.

Matteo Manassero produced some magic when winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in a play-off that lasted for four holes on the famous West Course.

Tight battle: It took four play-off holes for Manassero to emerge the victor

Matteo has become the youngest player ever to win the BMW PGA Championship with his thrilling victory at the Wentworth Club. The 20 year-old Italian was tied at -10 under par with Englishman Simon Khan, a winner here in 2010, and Scotland’s Marc Warren at the conclusion of regular play.

On the first play-off hole, Marc put his tee shot into the tree’s down the 18th and was subsequently eliminated. Matteo and Simon halved the par 5 eighteenth twice more before Matteo stepped up to birdie the hole at the fourth attempt, for his dramatic win. Simon unfortunately put his second shot into the water, while Matteo found the green in two on the par five, and then had a two putt birdie.

Two Spaniards finished tied in fourth place, Miguel Angel Jimenez and the overnight leader Alejandro Canizares finished the tournament at -9 under par, agonizingly just one shot from the play-off.

Lee Westwood had held a two-shot lead after his birdies on the second, third and fourth holes, but he followed that with a very disappointing back nine performance of 40 , and finished joint ninth at -7 under par.

Fell away: Despite early good form, Lee Westwood barely made the top 10 at Wentworth

 

Lee Westwood wilted under the pressure on the back nine.