Hero Indian Open. SSP Chawrasia Successfully Defends Title.

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SSP Chawrasia successfully defends his Hero Indian Open title, winning his home title  back to back. A huge seven shot winning margin at this weather interrupted tournament  at DLF Golf and Country Club.

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IND SSP had a final round -1 under 71 for a Hero Indian Open total of -10 under par at his national Open where he was runner-up four times before finally triumphing last season;

“I’m winning back-to-back so I’m really very happy.”

“I was very happy to have everyone supporting me and having my wife here too to see me winning the Indian Open two times back to back. I’m just very, very happy.”

“I learned many things this week and hopefully I can play better in Europe. That’s my target next, I have to win in Europe.”

“This is probably my best win of my career as it was a really tough course. This week, I made less mistakes and others made more mistakes.”

MAS Gavin Green, from Malaysia was in second place, those distant seven shot back at -3 under par, he was +3 over par in his last round.

Tied in third place, at -2 under for the tournament were ITA Matteo Manassero, Italy, +1 over 73 today, and SCO Scott Jamieson, from Scotland, with even par 72 in his final round.

Matteo had putting problems;

“I’m happy with the way I played. It was really tough out there.”

“The greens are tricky. I putted good until yesterday and this morning as well. This afternoon I just couldn’t get the rhythm going.”

Scott struggled for birdies, with timid putting the cause;

The front nine was good, managed to make a few birdies.”

“They dried up a bit on the back nine, I was probably a little bit timid on some of my birdie tries that didn’t quite make the hole, but it was a good week.”

Prayad Marksaeng, Thailand, produced the first albatross of the European Tour season, holing his second shot to the par five 18th , with a four iron. Unfortunately he finished the tournament at +10 over.

Hero Indian Open. Round 2 Suspended. SSP Chawrasia Leads.

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SSP Chawrasia leads the suspended second round of the Hero Indian Open at DLF Golf and Country Club.

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Defending Champion S.S.P. completed his second round, bogey free at -5 under par, and tops the Hero Indian Open leaderboard with that total.

S.S.P. said he played and putted well;

“First day I was level par as I was a little bit scared as it’s a new course and it’s very tricky.”

 “Overall I played good today.”

“I feel really good, and made a few putts. That’s why I shot five under.”

“Yesterday I played good but missed a few putts. I did miss a few but I made a few too, so they equal out.”

“Last year I won, so I have lots of positivity. And now I’m leading so obviously I’m confident and I’m trying to win this tournament again.”

“Hopefully I’ll play good the next two days.”

David Horsey is in second place, he completed his second round, but carded +2 over 74, to be one shot behind at -4 under.

David managed to throw in a four putt;

“I played quite nicely, a little bit disappointed with the finish.”

“I left a few putts out there on the back nine. But still, I’m only one behind just now, that’s not a bad position going into the weekend.”

“I need to keep playing like I have been and just putt a bit better.”

“It will be interesting to see how far behind I am come the end of round two.”

Matteo  Manassero, +1 through seven holes, and Eddie Pepperell has only finished two second holes, at even par, both share third place at -3 under.

Hero Indian Open. David Horsey Leads Suspended 1st Round.

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David Horsey, from England, leads the Hero Indian Open as 1st round play was suspended due to the threat of lightning, and oncoming darkness at at DLF Golf and Country Club.

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David had completed 15 first round holes at the Hero Indian Open before play was suspended, but sits on top of the leaderboard at -5 under par.

Matteo Manassero, from Italy,  sits in second place with his completed round of -4 under par 68;

“I started well, which was important because I have been three weeks at home and to come back to a tough course like this, it’s never easy.”

 “So the fact that I found a lot of birdies, it’s very, very positive and I’ll try to keep it that way.

“You have to be always in play, otherwise there will be a lot of high numbers and a lot of doubles. It’s very easy to lose shots on this course.”

Three players are tied in third spot,  Eddie Pepperell, England, signed for a -3 under 69 completed first round, Carlos Pigem, Spain, -3 under through 16 holes and Grégory Havret, France, -3  through 12 holes.

The picture is confusing as only nine players have completed their opening rounds in New Delhi, play will resume at 0700 local time tomorrow.

Valspar Championship. Garrigus Gets Ahead.

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Robert Garrigus gets ahead in the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook on day 2 taking a three shot lead into the week-end.

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Robert can not remember a better performance going into the week-end than the one he put together on day 2 at the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead course. He shot a second round -5 under par 66, to finish the day three shots ahead on -7 under par for the tournament;

“It’s the fishing, I think that puts me in a good frame of mind because I’m clear and not thinking about anything, just going out and having some fun. I probably hit one of the top-five shots of my life there on sixteen, out of the trees. Hit a low, cut 5-iron, then rose it up over the pine tree and cut it 40 yards and hit to ten feet. That’s just one of those shots that when you’re playing good and everything is rolling, you kind of expect it. It was a lot of fun to try it, and to pull it off was even better. I’ve spent half my life in the trees. I’ve had a lot of practice.”

Kevin Na is in second place, a second round -3 under par 68 gave him a total of -4 under par for the tournament. That was good enough for second spot alone.

Highest-ranked player in the field, Justin Rose shot a second round -3 under par, and joins Matt Every, Pat Perez and Matteo Manassero, all tied in third place at -3 under par.

Justin finally got some momentum going;

“I got some momentum going today, I worked my way into the tournament early. To finish strong with my round yesterday I think helped give me some momentum into day. It’s exactly how I needed to flow into the tournament.”

During the round today Pat Perez  was the first player to reach -5 under par for the tournament, until he missed two drives well to the left. The first was in the trees at No. 6, and then another wayward drive went out of bounds on No. 7. Both of them led to double bogeys, though Pat shrugged off the disappointment;

“Just move on and keep going.”

Danny Lee went from first to worst. He was tied for the lead Thursday, and then shot +8 over par for 79, and miss the cut. The cut was at +3  over par,  and because 84 players advanced, there will be a 54-hole cut to top 70 and ties on Saturday.

The list of players missing the cut was pretty impressive, they include;

Ernie Els, Mike Weir,  Camilo Villegas, Webb Simpson, Geoff Ogilvey, D.A. Points, VJ Singh, Angel Cabrera, Kyle Stanley and the wild man himself, John Daly, who propped up the whole field.

 

 

Accenture Match-Play. Rose & Rory Out. Magic McDowell Survives Again.

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Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy crashed out of the Accenture Match-Play tournament at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Course on Dove Mountain. Graeme McDowell survived another match where he looked like losing, once again.

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Justin went down to Ernie Els, 1 up, while Rory lost to Harris English, on the 19th hole. G-Mac went three down after six holes against  Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan. He then birdied the seventh and eighth to get within one hole, only to then lose the 14th to be two down with four holes to play. Graeme won the 15th and the 17th, and rounding off with  a ten foot putt on the final green to seal a one up win.

He joked afterwards;

“Why do it the easy way when the hard way will do. I just got off to a slow start again, probably less so today. I was quite proud of myself when I got a half on three, so I was only two down after three, as opposed to three down. I tried to go out there today and execute my game plan and try not to give him any room, try not to make any mistakes, try not to give him anything, and he kind of played the same kind of golf back. He played very, very well. 

“I made big putts on 15 and 16. The 16th especially was a massive putt to give me the opportunity.I feel very fortunate again today. I’ve certainly expended all my energy and emotions the last couple of days, but thankfully it’s early in the season and I’ve plenty left in the tank.”

Louis Oosthuizen dumped out Henrik Stenson 4-3, and Webb Simpson dispatched Brandt Snedeker by the same score.

George Coetzee is still doing fine, winning the 21 hole battle with Patrick Reed. Jason Day took even longer to overcome Billy Horschel, 22 holes.

Sergio Garcia is going along smoothly, a 3-1 victory over Bill Haas, while Jason Dufner eliminated Matteo Manassero by 2-1. 

Sergio said he had fun out there today;

“It was good fun, we both played hard. We both tried to play as well as we could to beat our opponent and I was fortunate to be just a little bit better than him today.”

A resurgent Rickie Fowler beat Jimmy Walker 1 up, Matt Kuchar beat Ryan Moore by the same score. Jim Furyk took care of Charl Schwartzel 3-2, and Jordan Spieth was too strong for Thomas Bjorn, beating him 5-4.

Victor Dubuisson continued to impress on his World Golf Championships debut as he overcame Peter Hanson 3 -1 to progress to face former Masters Tournament winner Bubba Watson, who saw off Jonas Blixt at the 17th hole when Jonas lost his ball under a bush. ( would have been ironic if Jonas had got a free drop, wouldn’t it)

Some good match ups tomorrow and any of the remaining players could win, as Graeme McDowell said yesterday, this is a brutal format.

Euro Tour. 70° Open d’Italia Lindt. Three-Way Tie At The Top

There is a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the European Tour, 70° Open d’Italia Lindt at the Golf Club Torino in Italy.

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Nicolas said he had some rest at home, on his mum’s couch, before coming to Italy, and it had really helped him to re-energize his batteries. A -7 under par 65 opening round at the Italian Open to get in a tie at the top;

“Nothing beats being back home with your mum looking after you, I was sitting at home on the couch watching the golf from Holland and was quite happy to be looked after by my mum on the couch. It was the best place to be for me. Apart from the bogey at the tenth, my first hole of the day, I got off to an amazing start and was kind of flying on my front nine. Then I didn’t make birdie on the first which is an easy par five and then there were a few occasions where I had wedge in hand and didn’t give myself the chances for birdies that I probably should have. It was nice to finish with a birdie though and get a good round in. It should have really have been eight or nine under after the start I made but I kind of got a bit sloppy on the inward nine. I was just a bit too far away from those flags to make the birdies and get to a really low number.”

Sharing top place after the first round with Nicolas are Ricardo Gonzales and Maximillian Kieffer, both with -7 under 65’s first rounds themselves. Ricardo said he hit it well and is looking forward to the next three days;

“I hit it perfect, I only missed two shots from the tee, then I hit fairways, hit greens, made some good putts and that’s why I shot 65. I tried to relax the last two or three weeks but I played with little tension. On Tuesday’s practice I said ‘come on, relax’ and it worked. I’m feeling very good and we’ll see what happens over the next three days.”

Maximillian had been suffering from a cold in the build up to this tournament;

” I’m very happy, 65 is a very good score. I didn’t feel so good coming here because I wasn’t hitting it that well the last few weeks and I’ve had a cold. I wasn’t really expecting a lot and I just took it shot for shot. Mentally it’s nice to shoot a good score, you always feel better when you’re playing well and have a good score so hopefully I’ll have another three good rounds.”

Marcus Fraser is alone in fourth place at -6 under par, just one shot adrift of the leaders. Local favorites Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero both made good starts, Francesco with a -4 under par 68, while Matteo opened with a -2  under par 70.

Euro Tour. Nordea Masters. Mikko Makes It His Trophy

Mikko Ilonen made the European Tour Nordea Masters his trophy with a last round -3 under par 69 for a total score of -21 under par.

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Mikko, from Finland, claimed his first win for six years at the Nordea Masters on the Bros Hof Slott Golf Course in Sweden. He actually won this event in 2007, and said it was special to it again, apart from the bogey at the 12th hole;

“It’s pretty special, I could feel a lot of support from Finland, especially today. I just got ahead of myself with the first putt. I’ve said for weeks now it doesn’t really bother me if I make a bogey because I know I can make it up and it was the first time I went for the 13th in two. To bounce back this soon is really good, it’s really satisfying, but the show I saw in China. I didn’t lose the tournament, Brett won it, so hats off to him.Obviously I’ve been waiting for this moment for a few weeks now. People have been expecting me to win but most of all I’ve been expecting myself to win, so to pull it off here after those second places is very satisfying. It’s been a long time since I won but I haven’t forgotten how it felt. In life there are ups and downs and I’ve found a better balance now. Life is good, my family is good and golf is alright, so I can’t complain.”

Local boy Jonas Blixt. who plays most of his golf on the US PGA Tour where he won last year,  took second place. He was three shots back at -18 under par, a last round effort of -4 under par, 68, just not quite enough for him to get first place for Sweden;

“I’m pretty happy about the way I played this week, I didn’t win but I made a good run at it so that’s what I’m happy about. It’s been fantastic and I’m never going to forget this. It’s been nothing but amazing this week, it is cool to come home and have people screaming and cheering, and I don’t really get that in the States so much, it’s awesome.”

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger was in third place alone on -17 under par for the tournament. Italian Matteo Manassero finished in a tie for fourth place at -16 under par. He shared that score with Dane Thomas Björn and Swede, Rikard Karlberg.