PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker Leads

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Jimmy Walker leads the PGA Championship after the first round at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Jimmy Walker currently stands 29th in the Ryder Cup standings and needs a big week to move into a spot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jimmy shot a PGA Championship -5 under par 65 to top the leaderboard at Baltusrol Golf Club, and spoke about his strange year, and poor putting;

“It’s just ebbs and flows of golf. Just haven’t been scoring.”

 “Just a lot of even par to a couple under golf, and it’s equated to a bunch of 20th-place finishes this year.”

“They just haven’t been going in, for whatever reason, they just haven’t.”

“I hit a lot of good putts and they all look like they have got a good shot. For whatever reason, they lip out or quit breaking. I just haven’t been making a whole lot.”

“I felt like personally, I did a lot of things right, and that’s what I’ve been kind of looking to do that I haven’t been doing.”

“So I felt like I was ready to go, I honestly did this week.”

Three players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their opening rounds of 66; Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer are keeping the pressure on the leader.

Not applying any pressure was Rory McIlroy, carding +4 over 74 in a major meltdown, with poor putting the main reason;

“I feel like if I had held one of those first two, it might have been a different story of the day.”

 “You get a little bit of momentum and you get it going.”

“But then I missed a couple of greens and did not get up and down and I was always chasing it.”

“I need to figure it out, I’m driving the ball as well as I have, ever and the iron play feels good.”

“The problems begin when I get to the green. I really struggled with the pace. They look much quicker than they are and two or three times I had putts within 12 feet that were downhill and left them short.”

“I need to be more aggressive with my stroke and shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend.”

“Hopefully I’m not shut-out tomorrow. I can’t remember the last time I had a round without a birdie.”

 

BMW PGA Championship. Scott Hend Ahead.

White Dragon Golf Scott Hend is ahead in the BMW PGA Championship, another last hole Eagle on the Burma Road course at Wentworth Golf Club giving him a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

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Scott carded a third round +1 over par 73, but stayed on top of the BMW PGA Championship with a -9 under par total, he spoke about some good fortune on the last hole that lifted him clear of the pack, but admitted he was not thinking about winning at the moment;

“It was very fortunate, I was just trying to get it anywhere on the green there and two-putt for a birdie.”

“Fortunately enough it rolled in there close and I made a three.”

“I’m not really thinking that far ahead right now, I’m just thinking about what I’m going to have tonight to be honest.” 

“I’ll just go about my work tomorrow and try and get the ball a bit more off the center of the club , a bit more consistency in the swing and what will be, will be.”

Shooting the low round of the day was Tyrrell Hatton, a brilliant -6 under par 66, giving him second place on his own at -8 under par for the competition.

Lee Westwood recorded a solid -4 under par 68, and is sharing third place with Y.E. Yang, +3 over par 75 today, both players at -7 under par.

There is a large group of players on -6 under par, which includes Masters winner Danny Willett, who started the day tied at the top, he could only manage +4 over 76 today, and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer -2 under 70 today.

Danny explained his troubles on the course, and why it all slipped away;

“The back nine is a lot more draw off the tee and we obviously struggle hitting that.”

“The front nine sets up quite nice, trying to hit fade off there most of the time.”

“We’ve got to take a lot of tight lines off the left in the back nine.”

“Every now and again you kind of hit one straight and it kind of clips the trees and stays left, or you overdo it.

“We had everything under control nicely and then a couple of loose shots, a couple of bad decisions, a couple of missed putts and very quickly it kind of slipped away.

Spanish Open. Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera Leads.

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Frenchman  Mike Lorenzo-Vera leads the Spanish Open after 54 tough holes at Valderrama.

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Mike went round the Valderrama course with a third round score of even par, to top the Spanish Open leaderboard at +1 over par. This tournament could produce the first over par winner of an event since Justin Rose won the US Open Championship in 2013.

Only Joost Luiten, -1 under 70  and Alex Noren, -3 under 68 managed to record under par rounds out of the entire field.

Mike was pretty excited to be in a position to win his maiden European Tour title;

“I’m very excited, I’m going to have a big nap tonight because it takes so much energy to stay patient here.”

“The wedge was very hot today. I holed two chips and a shot which is pretty cool.”

“I’m just going to try to relax and enjoy it as much as I can tomorrow.”

“I’m just trying to look at the pace of the leaderboard and accept that you’re going to have a lot of bogeys here.”

“A bogey on the hole is never really a bad score so you just try to accept it.”

“Take the bogey and get out of there.”

Tied in second place at +2 over par are, Joost Luiten, two-time Major championship winner Martin Kaymer, even par 71 today and Andrew Johnston, +3 over par 74.

Defending Champion James Morrison signed for a +3 over 74 to share 5th place with Ross Fisher, +1 over 72 today.

Best placed home players are Pablo Larrazábal, +7 over 78 today  and Pep Angles, +3 over 74, both with +4 over par totals.

I guess the way things are going here in Spain, just about anybody could win this title, with one good low round tomorrow, even the tournament Host Sergio Garcia, who carded +4 over 75 today, to be T17 at +7 over, just six shots off the lead.

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.

72° OPEN D’ITALIA. Three Way Tie at the Top

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the 72° Open D’Italia tournament  at Golf Club Milano in ItalyMartin Kaymer, Jens Fahrbring and Romain Wattel have a two shot lead over the chasing pack.

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Martin fired a third round -7 under par 65 to join Jens and Romain at the top of the 72º Open D’Italia leaderboard with a -17 under par 54 hole total.

Martin was one of the favorites coming into this tournament, he thought he could have done better today, with a couple of putts that should have gone in;

“I started off well, but those last three holes I think I left a couple out there especially on 16 and 17, they were good putts they just didn’t go in.”

“Sixteen was a very, very poor chip but that’s okay, seven under par is a very good round.”

 “I am looking forward to tomorrow, it will be a challenge to myself and a challenge to beat my opponents. I am up there with a chance to win on Sunday and that’s all you want at the end of the day.”

“It’s important that you don’t look too far ahead and start to think about what could happen.”

“You also don’t want to rush into an aggressive mode too soon. It might be the case that some of the guys who are out before me make a really fast start so it is a fine line to figure out what the best plan is.”

“You have to also enjoy the day and I think I have enough experience of being in this position to enjoy it.”

“It will be interesting to see what happens over the first nine holes and to see how I feel mentally.”

“Once you get on the back nine you have to be a bit more spontaneous and adjust to the situation around you.”

Three players are in a group at -15 under for the competition;  Bernd Wiesberger, -5 under bogey free 67 today, Lucas Bjerregaard, -2 under 70 and Fabrizio Zanotti, -4 under par 68.

This will be an exciting finish to the 72º Open D’Italia tournament, with 15 players within five shots of the lead, including Danny Willett who is currently second in the Race to Dubai, and -12 under here in Italy.

Alstom Open. Bernd Wiesberger Wins

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Alstom Open in Paris, at Le Golf National.

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Bernd got back to winning ways with a final round -6 under par 65, to collect the Alstom Open title posting a total of -13 under par.

Bernd really set the pace after the horns had halted play when lightning threatened;

“It’s been a great first half of the year for me so far.”

“I’ve had a lot of great success but just couldn’t pull it quite off. To stand here with the trophy right now, it’s pretty sweet.”

“This tournament has always been close to my heart.”

“I just hit a great shot down the fourth before the horns were blowing and they took us off the course. I liked my yardage, and had a good shot in there and had some momentum building, chipped in, holed a long putt.”

“I felt really comfortable out there. I had a great weekend, only one bogey, and 66, 65, that’s not a bad score.”

Second place went to James Morrison a last round -4 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -10 under par, and three shots off the pace. He admitted that Bernd had played too well to be caught;

“My game is improving every day; I’m doing all the right things.”

“Bernd played too perfectly today. He won the golf tournament, it’s as simple as that. He played fantastic.”

Jaco Van Zyl finished third at -8 under par, a sad final round of +2 over par ending any hopes he had of winning. A consolation was he will be joining Bernd and James in The Open.

Martin Kaymer was in fourth place, -7 under par, and because Martin had already qualified for  The Open, the final place on offer for St Andrews this week went to Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who finished in fifth place at -5 under par.

 

Alstom Open. Jaco Van Zyl Takes Control.

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Jaco Van Zyl takes control of the Alstom Open in Paris, and will have a two shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

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Jaco took control of the Alstom Open with a bogey free third round -7 under par 64 on the Le Golf National course, giving him a two shot lead at the start of play in the final round, with a -10 under par total.

He has yet to win on the European Tour, but has tasted success on the Sunshine Tour 13 times, so he knows what it is all about.

Jaco has recovered from a knee injury, which meant he missed most of last season, but recorded 18 greens in regulation today;

“I think it will play a big role, at the end of the day, it’s the same situation, although the stage is a lot bigger. I’ve been in this position a couple of times; hopefully tomorrow we can pull through.” 

“Today was really a phenomenal round.”

“I felt really comfortable tee to green and made a couple of nice putts.”

“I hit it really well; I think I missed one fairway, hit 18 out of 18 greens, and made a couple of putts when I needed to.”

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Max Kieffer is in second place, a third round -6  under par 65 keeping him in touch of the leader with a -8 under par tournament total.

Max has made the cut in every competition this season, that’s 17 in a row, he is also seeking his first European Tour win;

“It feels amazing.”

“I don’t really expect it to be honest to shoot that low, but obviously the course played a little bit easier today.” 

“I feel like I’m good enough to win. I think I learned enough in the last two tournaments where I was in the final round with a chance to win, but we will see.” 

“I don’t know if it’s the time. I just have to hit good golf shots tomorrow and then we will see.”

Bernd Wiesberger holds third place, a -5 under par 66 giving him a -7 under par total, and with two European Tour wins under his belt certainly has the experience needed to get the job done.

The home favourite Victor Dubuisson, two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer and Spanish Open champion James Morrison are all a shot further back at -6 under par.

Victor is still thinking of winning here;

“I think tomorrow I will need a very good start if I want to have a chance.”

“I think you need to be two or three under par after six or seven holes because when you start the back nine, from 12 to 18 it’s really difficult to make birdies.”