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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Hong Kong Open. Aaron Rai Gets His First European Tour Victory.

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Aaron Rai of England wins the Hong Kong Open, his maiden European Tour victory.Rai secures first win at season-opener in Hong KongAaron and his first Trophy / getty

Aaron carded a final round -1 under par 69 in the pouring rain to win the Hong Kong Open by one shot at -17 under;

“It’s incredible, it definitely hasn’t sunk in just yet. I’ll probably need a few days for that to happen.”

“It’s incredible to win on any Tour, let alone the European Tour and let alone the Hong Kong Open.”

“It’s an incredible course, incredible event, very well supported. The crowds have been amazing. I’m just very grateful.” 

“Matt played incredibly all day. It was tough but again, I really just tried to play the course as much as possible rather than Matt or anyone else who was playing well today.” 

“I luckily managed to do that for most of the way around. It was tough considering the situation but I’m very pleased.”

Matt Fitzpatrick was second with a final round -6 under 64 giving him a -16 under total, a great charged on the day became unhinged with a short missed putt on the 17th, handing him an unlikely bogey;

“Obviously it was disappointing on the 17th there, such a simple bogey.”

“But I gave it a good go. It was always going to be tough to beat him.” 

“The last two days he’s been very solid and not given anything away, which made my life more difficult.”

Sharing third place at -11 under par were Victor Perez, France, -3 under 67 today, and Jason Scrivener of Australia with his last round -2 under 68.

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Hong Kong Open. Aaron Rai Leads By Six.

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Aaron Rai of England leads the Hong Kong Open by six shots at the Hong Kong Golf Club and looks set for his maiden European Tour victory.Aaron Rai  (Getty Images)         Aaron / getty

Aaron carded a third round -2 under par 68 to post a Hong Kong Open total of -16 under, giving him a six stroke advantage going into the final round on his quest to collect his maiden Tour trophy;

“I’m very pleased overall. It wasn’t quite as low as the score yesterday but a very solid round.”

“Nothing is ever done until it’s done and eighteen holes is a lot of golf.” 

“So a six-shot lead, anything can happen, you have to be aware of that.” 

“Something which felt a little bit tricky today was still being able to play in the same way but just be smart at the same time, and it felt a little bit too much on the back foot.”

England hold the top three places with Tommy Fleetwood, -4 under 66 today, and Matt Fitzpatrick, -2 under 68, sharing second place at -10 under par.

Tommy admits Aaron is in a good position, he just is just playing one last round of golf for the season;

“Whatever Aaron does, you can’t do anything about it.” 

“For me, I’ll just keep doing the same things and try and put one last good round together and then go home and enjoy some rest.”

“I’m looking forward to it. One last Sunday of golf.”

Matt was disappointed with his round;

“I played really, really well tee-to-green. I’m just really disappointed to only shoot two under, really, when I had nine chances inside 15 feet and I think I holed two, maybe three.”

“You know, when you’re giving yourself chances like this and the greens are sort of as good as this, you have to take advantage of it.”

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Hong Kong Open. Aaron Rai Leads.

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Aaron Rai of England leads the Hong Kong Open after 36 holes at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Aaron carded an amazing second round -9 under par 61, a new Hong Kong Golf Club course record, to post -14 under for the tournament;

“Again, we were lucky today with the conditions.”

“We didn’t have much wind and, starting out pretty early the first nine holes, it feels like you’re playing a round at home, which is nice.” 

“But I played very well, kept it in play, had a lot of chances and made a lot of putts, too. Everything was on song today.”

“I’ve just got to try and stay as close to the original game plan as much as possible.”

“I think if you get too conservative and if you try and defend the lead a little bit too much, you can start going backwards very easily but also you can’t get too aggressive around this course. “

“As hard as it is and as easy as it is to say, you just have to try and stick to what you’re doing and what has got you into this position.”

Hyowon Park, South Korea is in second place, four shots back at -10 under par following his also great second round of -8 under 62, with some good putting;

“I’m very happy now.”

“My long game is very nice, driver and second shot is good and putting is nice.”

“I will do the same thing on the weekend, so I can go more up the leaderboard.”

In third place is Matt Fitzpatrick of England carding a second round -8 under 62, to claim third position on his own.

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Omega European Masters, Matt Fitzpatrick Retains Title In A Play-Off

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Matt Fitzpatrick, England, beat Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark in a play-off for the Omega European Masters trophy at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.King of the mountains Fitzpatrick reigns again

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Matt -3 under 67 today, and Lucas with the low round of the day, -7 under 63, topped the Omega European Masters leaderboard after 72 holes with -17 under par totals.

Matt retained his title with a birdie at the first extra hole, the par four 18th, to become  only the second player in history to win back to back and be crowned King of the Mountains, the other being the legendary Seve Ballesteros;

“This is what I wanted to achieve this season, another win, to get it here again is so special and to get my fifth is amazing. I love this place.”

“Of all my wins I’d say that was definitely the most difficult. I didn’t have my A game today, despite loving this place I just didn’t play my best today.”

“I managed to grind it out, made some crucial birdies coming in and I’m delighted. This is one of my best.”

“The up-and-down on seven was key. After just making bogey on six, which is kind of my favourite hole, making birdie there got me back on track and within touching distance.”

Lucas played his best, and did have a great week;

“I played really well today and I got the start we talked about yesterday, five under on the front nine put a little bit of pressure on the guys.”

“It’s hard right now, I would have loved to get that win but it’s been a great week and you can’t argue with two birdies from Matt on 18. Congrats to him.”

“I’ve played well here the last couple of years and it’s really good week, a lot of positives. It hurts right now but I’m sure after a glass of red wine tonight it’ll feel a lot better.”

Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France played well, especially on the greens with his putter to grab third place at -15 under par, with a last round -3 under 67;

“It’s a good experience here. To stay in contention twice in the year, I think I’ve never done that before so that’s on its way.”

“I made a lot of birdies so that means that the work on the greens has been really good. I’m much better off the tee compared to last year so it’s good. The work is going to pay rewards.”

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Omega European Masters. Matt Fitzpatrick Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Matt Fitzpatrick, England, has the 54 hole lead at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Fitzpatrick scaling the heights again in Crans

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Defending champion Matt will take a two shot advantage into the final round of the Omega European Masters after carding -7 under par 63 in the third round giving him a -14 under par 54 hole total at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club;

Matt would be the first player to successfully defend the title since Seve Ballesteros;

“He is a good man to emulate, so hopefully things go to plan tomorrow.”

“It was really, really good, I would say that everything went well today. I drove it really solid and made some great up-and-downs which has been a bit of a struggle this season to keep the round going.”

“There were some real key ones today and that was the difference. It kept the momentum and I managed to kick on.

You still want to put the pressure on and make birdies.”

“You are going to have to because someone is going to come up from somewhere tomorrow, there is no doubt because you can get it going.”

“Hopefully I’ll stick to my game plan and make plenty of birdies.”

 Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France is in second place, those two shots back at -12 under, following his third round -6 under 64. Mikes dad passed away while he was playing this course;

“It might be the most important tournament for me, I lost my dad here, so I want it.”

“I was striking the ball pretty good and, as I said yesterday, I know what to do here on almost every hole.”

“So I am trying to do it and that’s it.”

Tied in third at -10 under are, Daniel Brooks, England, -6 under 64 today, Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, -3 under 67, Doug Ghim, USA, -3 under 67,  Haydn PorteousSouth Africa, -4 under 66 and  Wu Ashun, China, with his third round -5 under 65.

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