Scandinavian Invitation. Erik van Rooyen With Maiden Win.

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Erik van Rooyen, South Africa, gained his first European Tour win the Scandinavian Invitation at Hills Golf & Sports Club in Sweden.

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Erik made a birdie on the last hole to win his maiden Tour win the Scandinavian Invitation, with a final round -6 under par 64 for a tournament total of -19 under;

“It’s too good, it’s hard to describe.” 

“I was so nervous on 18. On 17 I was fine, I just didn’t hit that putt hard enough and then I asked (caddie) Alex, what are we at? and he told me that Matt went birdie-birdie.”

“I’ve been putting so well all day and to hole that one to win my first one is pretty cool.”

“I’ve gone close a bunch of times and every time I’m in contention the question gets asked. I’m just so proud of myself and Alex and everybody, I’m over the moon.”

Matt Fitzpatrick, England, was second , he too had a last round -6 under 64 to finish at -18 under;

“I didn’t put a foot wrong, I didn’t really miss a shot, I hate to say it but I had no luck out there.”

“I’m really comfortable with where my game is at, another second place so hopefully we’ll have one better later this year.”

Tied in third were local player from Sweden Henrik Stenson, -4 under 66 today and Dean Burmester, South Africa, also -4 under 66, both with -14 under par totals.

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Scandinavian Invitation. Erik van Rooyen In Front.

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Erik van Rooyen of South Africa has a one shot lead after 54 holes of the Scandinavian Invitation tournament at Hills Golf & Sports Club in Sweden.

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Erik hit the front in the Scandinavian Invitation with a third round -6 under par 64 to post -13 under, and will have a one shot advantage for the final round tomorrow;

“It was a little scrappy on the front so I didn’t feel like it was going to be a 29, I was quite surprised and really happy.”

“A caddie for me isn’t just a guy that carries the bag and then goes and has a few beers after the round. For me, it’s just as important as the rest of the stuff that I do.”

“We’ve known each other for a very long time so he knows me really well. He knows when to kick me in the butt when I need it and tell me not to be a child on the golf course and he also knows when to say, dude, really well done.”

“We’re a great team.”

Three players are tied in second place at -12 under, Ashun Wu, China, -3 under 67 today, Matt Fitzpatrick, England, -1 under 69, and Wade Ormsby from Australia with -5 under 65.

Matt is looking for his first win in this years Race to Dubai;

“I always want to win, for me, after winning three years in a row, it became a bit of a goal, whether it is one win or as many wins in a year.”

“I will be going out there tomorrow trying to win.”

Local favorite Henrik Stenson is T5, a quiet round of -1 under 69 keeping him in sight of the leaders at -10 under.

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Scandinavian Invitation. Matt Fitzpatrick with Half-Way Lead.

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Matt Fitzpatrick of England has the half-way lead in the Scandinavian Invitation at  Hills Golf & Sports Club in Sweden.

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Matt signed for a second round -5 under par 65 to lead the Scandinavian Invitation by two strokes after 36 holes with a -11 under par total;

“It’s been a great the past two days, everything going to plan.”

“This summer has been really big for me in a lot of things. I have struggled the past three or four summers, and not had the results I have wanted or what I was working for, and this year we have been a little bit different.” 

“I have worked on my back foot shot along with a lot of other good practice stuff we have been doing away from the tournaments, so it is paying off so far.”

Tied in second spot at -9 under are Ashun Wu, China, signing for a -6 under 64 today, and Henrik Stenson of Sweden with his great second round -8 under 62, the low round of the day.

Ryder Cup star Henrik had a good day with the putter, which pleased the local supporters;

“It was a good day. There aren’t too many times you are shooting 62 and you start with a bogey.

“It felt a big distance walking off the first green that I was going to shoot eight under today, but I got great support out there. 

“A lot of people came out despite the weather in the morning, so I tried to please them, and I think I did.”

“There is a lot of golf left to be played and Matt is playing really solid, so I think he is going to be the one to try and catch at this point.”

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WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational. World #1 Brooks Wins.

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World #1 golfer Brooks Koepka from the USA wins his maiden WGC Title, the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind, in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Brooks signed for a last round -5 under par 64 to win the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational by comfortable three shots at -16 under par, along with  the regular season long Wyndham Rewards battle and its $2 million bonus;

“It’s special, these last few years have been unbelievable. It’s been an incredible run, been playing some good golf and I’m excited for what the future holds.”

“I just learn every time I’m playing. I think people forget a lot that I had nine second place finishes in the last three years.”

“Every time I come in second, I’m learning something, figuring it out, watching the guy win if I’m playing with him or trying to figure out how I can hit shots under pressure, where the misses are.”

“I’ve done a good job of that over the last few years in really learning. I’ve kind of come into my own figuring out my game, especially under the gun.”

“But to win the Wyndham Rewards is incredible. That’s what you shoot for. You want to be No. 1, when the season’s done and going into the Playoffs, and then to add Aon Risk Reward, it just comes from the consistency.”

“It’s incredible to look at how much you could have won today, and to do it, it’s been incredible.”

Webb Simpson was second with the low round of the day -6 under 64, giving him a tournament total of -13 under par.

Mark Leishman, Australia, was third, at -12 under, with a last round -3 under 67.

Rory McIlroy started the day one shot ahead but was in reverse all day long, signing for a final round +1 over par 71. He finished T4 with Tommy Fleetwood, -4 under 66 today, and Matt Fitzpatrick, -1 under 69, both players from England, all at -11 under for the competition.

 

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WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Rory Roars Back, Leads in Memphis.

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Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, roars back into form and now leads the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational after three rounds at TPC Southwind, in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

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Rory fired a third round -8 under 62 to lead the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational by one shot at -12 under par, and will play alongside Brooks Koepka in the final round tomorrow;

“It is exciting, he’s the number one player in the world, four Majors in the last three years, he’s the man right now.”

“I got to play with him the last couple of days and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed seeing what he can do.”

“The last four missed cuts that I’ve had, I’ve finished first, second, first and 12th, I’m a quick learner.”

“We’re very fortunate in golf that there’s always next week, you can respond so quickly from setbacks and failures.”

“Tomorrow’s a new day. Whatever happened today is great but I’ve got to reset and try and go again tomorrow.”

“I think it’s nice that I’ve seen some really good golf and I’ve seen some putts fall. I don’t know if it gives you momentum but it gives you confidence going forward.”

Brooks, USA is in second place, that one shot back at -11 under par after his third round of -6 under 64;

“There’s a lot on the line and a lot to play for.”

“It will be fun duking it out with him. I don’t know the last time we’ve actually gone kind of toe to toe. I can’t think of anything.”

“But that’s who you want to go up against, especially if he’s going to be playing this good.”

“You want the best players coming down the stretch on Sunday with a chance to win.”

“This golf course I think really brings out some of the better players.”

Matt Fitzpatrick, from England, is at -10 under par in third spot, following his third round of -1 under par 69.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational. Matt Fitzpatrick Leads

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Matt Fitzpatrick of England leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.Matt / Getty

Matt carded a third round -5 under par 67 to lead the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one shot at -9 under par;

 “The condition of the greens is fantastic and they have been all week, so I think that that’s what make it’s so great.”

“You can still hit to 30 feet, 40 feet and just have a perfectly great putt, just because they’re so good.”

“There’s water around here, the greens are firm, the rough’s thick.”

One shot back at -8 under is defending champion Rory McIlroy, he signed for a third round -6 under 66 to put him into contention, and a chance of keeping his title;

“I felt for part of the round today that I was hanging on.”

“You hit it up to 25, 30 feet, you take your two-putts, you move on and know you’re not going to lose any ground on the field.”

“I didn’t play this tournament starting off my career for various reasons and I would always get a letter from Arnold every year saying, hoping to see you at Bay Hill.”

“And finally in 2015 I played here, and I realized what I was missing all those years. I got to spend some time with Arnold, which was a dream come true for me.”

Rory can reach 15 PGA TOUR wins on Sunday, including four majors, before turning 30. Only two players have hit those marks on that pace since the first Masters in 1934 Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Three players are then tied in third place at -7 under, Aaron Baddeley, Australia, -3 under 69 today, Matt Wallace, England, -3 under 69, and Kevin Kisner, USA, with a -2 under 70 for his third round.

Kevin mentioned the brutal conditions;

“The golf course is playing brutal, and just nowhere to get it close to the pin.”

“Greens are firm, hitting a lot of long irons, and it’s a true test.”

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Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Matt Fitzpatrick Leads.

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Matt Fitzpatrick of England leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after the first round at Emirates Golf Club, the first grass golf course in the Middle East.Fitzpatrick leads after late birdie blitzMatt / getty

Matt shot a 7 under par 65 first round to lead the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by one stroke;

“It was obviously a great finish to the round. A couple of things that I’ve been doing in the off-season sort of looked to have paid off a little bit.”

“I just added a bit of extra length to my driver, so it’s given me a few yards to help get on in two on the last because I’ve never been able to do that. And then, just wedging it a lot better has given me a few more chances coming in.”

“I do like the golf course. It’s tough, you’ve got to hit fairways, you’ve got to hit greens and I think it does suit my game if I’m playing well.” 

“So it’s nice to be able to get off to a good start and three more rounds like that would be nice.”

Eight players then share second place at -6 under after their opening rounds of 66;

Sergio Garcia, Spain, Bryson DeChambeau, USA, Scott Hend, Australia, Matthieu Pavon, and Romain Langasque, both from France, Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand, Kalle Samooja, Finland and Callum Shinkwin from England

Bryson was happy to be where he is, even though he did not play his best golf;

“I didn’t feel like I was hitting it anywhere near my best.” 

“I was able to recover in a couple of situations, made a couple of long putts and then got up and down on six, which was huge.”

“I even missed a couple of putts. I just felt like it was a scrappy round, but I got it out and shot 66 today, so I’m happy.”

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