Rio Olympics. Justin Rose Rises to the Top.

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Justin Rose rises to the top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard in Brasil.

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Justin fired a third round -6 under par 65 to take the overall lead in the race for the Rio Olympics Gold Medal, with a -12 under total, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow;

“That little bit of separation makes the final three ball a lot of fun to be a part of and that’s just the position I wanted to be in going into tomorrow.”

“I felt like today was an important day,”

“There were a lot of players in contention after yesterday and I felt like today could be a day to separate or at least keep some momentum and not give yourself too much work to do tomorrow.”

“This tournament has been very, very special and very, very different for all of us and you’re always very aware if you’re in the gold position and the silver and bronze position and after that, it doesn’t mean a whole lot.”

“I think the way it’s all worked out going into tomorrow with me at 12, Henrik at 11 and Marcus at nine and the next is at six.”

One shot back is the imposing form of Henrik Stenson, this years Open Champion, he is at -11 under par after his third round of -3 under 68;

“I’ve put myself in position three-quarters of the way.”

“In my mind we’re still going for one thing. Even though the consolation prizes here might be better than at some other events, it’s still the No. 1 spot I’m looking for.”

Marcus Fraser, the leader for the first two days slipped up today carding +1 over par 72, he now has a -9 under total.

Next nearest players to these three are at -6 under par, David Lingmerth and Emiliano Grillo, they will have to go low tomorrow or hope the top boys slip up.

Rickie Fowler shot -7 under par 64 today, and thinks at -3 under for the tournament he still ha a chance of a medal;

“If I go out and play well tomorrow, I could sneak in there.”

“Right now, I’m excited.”

Major winner Padraig Harrington is in the group at -5 under par, -4 under today has put him in place for a possible medal finish.

 

Rio Olympics. Marcus Moves Ahead.

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Marcus Fraser moves ahead at the Rio Olympics, leading at the half way stage in Brasil.

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Marcus shot a second round-2 under par 69 to maintain his position at the top of the Rio Olympics leaderboard at -10 under, and will take a one stroke lead into the third round, and said he is doing something right;

“Any time you get to play with Stenson on the weekend, you know you’re doing something right.”

“Those guys have completely different games and bigger games to what I have but, at the end of the day, we play 72 holes and we hit a certain amount of shots on each hole.”

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

“We play a game, I think the best game in the world, and it will be good fun out there with those guys.”

Thomas Pieters holds second place, one shot back at -9 under par, he carded a second round -5 under par 66 to move up the leaderboard and towards his dream;

“If you don’t dream about it, you’re never going to achieve it.”

“I am thinking about it but you kind of put that beside you when you’re playing and try to shoot the lowest you can.”

“What’s not to be happy about,  played well. I started out really well, I think that was the key to my round in the worst of the conditions.”

“I knew coming to the finish there’s some birdie opportunities and to take all three was a good finish.”

Henrik Stenson is a further shot back at -8 under par, -3 under 68 today keeping him in touch with the leaders, with two rounds to go.

Henrik was playing smooth easy golf, he sunk a par putt from 108 feet, the longest successful putt of his career;

“You’re just standing there, praying for a two-putt bogey, before I know it, it found the bottom of the cup.”

 “That’s the longest putt I’ve made in my career. First of all, it’s hard to get a putt that long on any green in the world.”

Justin Rose and  Grégory Bourdy both had -2 under rounds of 69 today and share fourth spot on -6 under par for the tournament.

Rio Olympics. Marcus Fraser Flying in First Round.

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Marcus Fraser, from Australia was flying high in the first round of the Rio Olympics to top the leaderboard.

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Marcus shot a first round -8 under par 63 at the Rio Olympics, giving him a three shot lead over the field. He said he was proud to be an Olympian;

“My kids can say their dad is an Olympian and that was a big part of wanting to do it, for them.”

“They will be waking up in the morning in a state of shock that their old man is leading the Olympics.”

“I was watching the World Rankings pretty much every day, to see at one point I was in the team, at one point I was out.”

“At the moment I have the Olympic record, which is pretty cool.”

“Hopefully that will last for the whole week. I never thought I would be talking about myself as an Olympian, that’s for sure.”

“With the locker room feel, it definitely has a completely different feel to it this week and something that’s really special. It’s something that I’ll look back on later in life and really appreciate.”

Sharing second place are Graham DeLaet from Canada, and Henrik Stenson, Sweden, both with  opening rounds of -5 under par 66.

Graham was in the first group and said he was nervous, which did not help his chipping concerns;

“I was a little bit nervous actually.”

“We do this for a living week in and week out, but there was something different about that first tee shot today.”

“It was a different announcement for us, and it was just a really cool feeling.”

“I was playing with a Brazilian (Adilson da Silva), and that was neat.”

“We had a lot of people out, especially for 7:30 in the morning, more than I anticipated. It was a lot of fun.”

“We said as we were walking off the first tee, this is pretty cool, first time in over a hundred years, and we’re kind of the lead group. It was nice.”

 

Sharing third spot are Justin Rose, who had the first Olympic Games hole in one, on the par three 4th, Grégory Bourdy, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Alex Cejka and Thomas Pieters, all with -4 under par 67.

Justin Rose made a historic hole-in-one in Rio de Janeiro in Round 1 of the Olympic men

Justin Tweeted;

“When you’re the first to do something, no one can take that away from you, definitely a cool moment” #TeamGB

Brazilian Adilson da Silva had the privilege of hitting the first shot of the 2016 Olympic Men's Golf Competition. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Adilson da Silva, from Brasil with the honor of hitting the first shot of the 2016 Olympic Men’s Golf Competition, the first Olympic golf shot for 112 years.

 

WGC Cadillac Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral after the first round. Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser share top billing.

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Scott and Marcus carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 at Doral in the WGC Cadillac Championship, to lead by one shot.

Scott spent eight hours on the range practicing yesterday, and explained it well;

“There was a lot, I just wasn’t getting behind the ball very well.”

“I wasn’t getting into my backswing at all. I was kind of faking it. I couldn’t go through the way I wanted to.”

“We all know we’re trying to beat those guys week-in, week-out.”

 “They have proved it. I haven’t proven it week-in, week-out, but when my game’s there I’m pretty decent. We all know they are there.”

“They are looking at my name today. So maybe they will do it tomorrow.”

Marcus was happy to get off to a good start here at Doral;

“It’s obviously a great way to start, especially in a golf tournament like this and at a golf course as strong as this.”

“I’ve obviously got a lot of confidence from today.”

“My previous results at Doral haven’t been that great, but it is nice to get a good one early and hopefully build on that over the next few days.”

Phil Mickelson is in third place , that one shot behind at -5 under par after his opening round 67.

Phil is still learning the new layout, but is happy with the results;

“There is a bit of a learning curve on some of the contours and where you have to go and where you want to go and the best place to be.”

“It’s not like I came in here weeks before and mapped it out like a major. You’re here only the week of.”

“But this is our third year here now and it continues to get better each year.”

“It was a good day, I hit a lot of good shots, made some good putts and just drove it well, enjoyed the day. It was a good day.”

Tied in fourth spot at -4 under par are Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Charley Hoffman and Danny Willett, shooting rounds of 68.

Danny played and putted well;

“It’s only my fifth tournament of the year so it is still early days, but it is nice to get a few good numbers on the board.”

“It was a good, solid day, I hit 16 greens and had 30 putts. You can’t really ask for much more around this golf course.”

Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round -1 under par 71, I have tried to tell him that crossed handed putting is not the way to go.

Maybank Championship Malaysia. Marcus Fraser Wins

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Marcus Fraser wins the Maybank Championship Malaysia at the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Malaysia.

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Marcus shot a final round -3 under par 68 to win the inaugural  Maybank Championship Malaysia, with a -15 under par total.

A two-stroke winning margin makes it sound an  easy victory, but there was drama a plenty as Soomin Lee was in control of the tournament, until he made double bogey on 16 and 18, handing Marcus the title. This is his third European Tour International Schedule victory, and he also becomes the first Australian to win a European Tour event in Malaysia.

Tied in second place at -13 under par were Soomin Lee and Miguel Tabuena. 

Soomin sadly carded a last round +2 over par 73, and Miguel had -3 under 68.

Sharing fourth spot were Jorge Campillo and Julien Quesne, both at -12 under par for the tournament.

 

 

DP World Tour Championship. First Round Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the DP World Tour Championship leaderboard after the first round at Jumeirah Golf Estates in DubaiMarcus Fraser, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and Andy Sullivan are vying to win the tournament, although none of them can win the European Tour season ending Race to Dubai.

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Poults and his companions all shot a first round -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the  DP World Tour Championship leaderboard in Dubai. Poults  has now dropped out of the World’s top 50, and a win here would give him some satisfaction after a poor season;

“Dropping outside the top 50 isn’t very nice. Being down the list on the Order of Merit is not very nice.”

“There’s a lot at stake. I think more of it is probably pride than anything else.”

“And wanting to put some points on the board for Ryder Cup would definitely be very helpful.”

“So it’s been a long five weeks, and it would be nice to finish strong.”

Andy is only player of the top four who has won a tournament this year, and he enjoyed playing alongside Martin today;

“I think the way I played all year, I think it’s time for me to kick on and really get myself up there in these big events now and really try and press on.” 

“It was just great fun out there today.”

“Me and Martin both played really well, so it was good to have both of us pulling each other along, one get in front of the other, and both finishing six under.”

“But I’m swinging it really well on the range and I just said to myself, I’m the only person that can mess this up.”

“I just thought go out there and enjoy it like I normally do and be mentally good.”

“On the whole, I’m really happy with where we stand.”

Martin always plays well here, and he likes the place;

“We all know this is one of my favourite places where The European Tour goes.”

“It seems like I do well here usually and I’ve had great success in the past, whether it’s in Abu Dhabi winning a tournament or winning The European Tour rankings here in 2010.”

“So for me coming to this part of the world is always a great pleasure.”

Marcus liked the good greens, that helped him sink some putts;

“It was good, I felt like I played great, felt like I was in control of my game most of the day.”

“I managed to make a couple of putts , the greens are that good; if you pick the right line and you hit it on line, it’s going to go in.”

“It’s always nice to get off to a fast start and I kept it going.”

One shot behind the leaders is Francesco Molinari, at -5 under par, he is followed by a posse of players at -4 under, which included Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy and his nearest challenger Danny Willett.  They are joined on that score by Alejandro Cañizares, Matthew FitzpatrickMiguel Angel Jiménez, Chris Wood, Fabrizio Zanotti and Branden Grace.

Euro Tour. Julien Quesne Wins Italian Open.

Frenchman Julien Quesne won the European Tour Italian Open at Golf Club Torino in Turin, Italy.

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Julien carded a final round -5 under par 67, to win the 70° Open d’Italia Lindt, with a total score of -12 under par. This is Julien’s second European Tour victory, his previous win came in the Open de Andalucía last year. At the start of the final round Julien was four shots off the lead, but a brilliant back nine of 31 saw him post a clubhouse lead at -12 under par. No one else could match him;

 “I am very proud of this back nine. My attitude was very good this week and I think this is the key. To enjoy a second win on The European Tour is like a dream for me. After my double bogey I just kept calm. I was thinking the winner would be 15 under and I was only five under. I thought ‘just keep working and we will see what happens’. Then, when I got to the 16th green I looked up at the leaderboard and realised that I was just two shots off the lead and I knew that I still had a chance. I made a great putt there from five metres to save par and to make two birdies to finish was very special. When I made the birdie on 17 I thought that if I could get to 12 under then I would have the chance at least to get into a play-off. You never know in golf, so I am proud that I kept the attitude the way I did because I always knew that I was never out of the tournament. I am surprised to be here. The flags were very difficult all week so it was very difficult to make birdies and easy to make some bogeys. It was also really special to have my family with me, they make me stronger when they are with me and it is an amazing feeling to be able to celebrate here with them. I have had a great season this year, it has been a very consistent season with six top tens before this week and now it has become an amazing season. I can now play so many of the biggest events at the end of the year and try to finish as high as I can on The Race to Dubai.”

Second place was shared by David Higgins and Steve Webster, both players finishing at -11 under par for the tournament, just one shot off the lead. David needs to end the season inside the top 110 on The Race to Dubai, to avoid his 14th visit to Qualifying School, he is now sitting 111;

“I was very lucky on the last, I hit an awful tee shot but got a good lie in the fairway bunker, you still have to play the shot and I did and got the putt so I was delighted. I thought ‘How many chances am I going to get of maybe tying for the lead?’ so I said ‘come on, you’ve got to at least give it a good run and be positive with it’, and it went right in the middle. I had good practice rounds at the start of the week and I am proud of myself for taking that into the competition itself. I haven’t had a finish like this in 17 years so I am delighted. I can do it and I just have to do it more often I guess.”

Steve was happy with his result, he has been struggling all season with injury, and hopes this is a turning point in his season;

” It’s the first time I have played for four months without pulling out of a shot or feeling 70 per cent so hopefully this is a big turning point for me now.”

Home town favorite and Golf Club Torino member Francesco Molinari briefly threatened an Italian fairytale victory when he recovered from two early bogeys by holing a bunker shot on the eighth and then making a birdie on the ninth, but the Ryder Cup star stumbled home in 39 to finish -7 under par, tied 16th. Marcus Fraser had a poor final round, +2 over par 74, finishing tied in 8th place.