Shot Clock Masters. Oscar Lengden Leads.

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Oscar Lengden, Sweden, leads he first round of the Shot Clock Masters, where the competitors are on the clock for every shot. I personally can not see the likes of Tiger Woods entering an event like this. This is the first tournament of its kind sanctioned by the European Tour, it is supposed to make it more exciting for TV viewers, and to combat slow play, sounds more like a circus to me.

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Oscar carded a first round -6 under par 66 in the first round to lead the Shot Clock Masters at  Diamond Country Club in Austria;

“It was great, it was fun to be out there again, I know my swing pretty well now and coming from a good week last week in Switzerland as well it was just fun playing today.”

“The key is that I know where my ball is going. Overall I feel in control of my swing so that’s probably the key at the moment.”

“If I just keep my mind in the right state I think it will be a great week.”

“On the tenth, I actually took a lot of time, I think I had four seconds left or something, but I think this kind of system fits me well.”

“I’m a quick player, I like playing quick, I dislike waiting. For me it feels great out there.”

The players have a 50-second allowance for a first to play approach shot (including a par three tee-shot), chip or putt and a 40-second allowance for a tee-shot on a par four or par five, or second or third to play an approach shot, chip or putt, over the 72 holes of the tournament. No one today was penalized for taking too long to play a stroke. Failure to make your shot in the allotted time leads to a one-shot penalty on the hole being played at that time.

Tied in second place at -5 under par are Peter Hanson, Sweden, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Spain and  Tapio Pulkkanen, Finland.

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Omega European Masters. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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Miguel Angel Jiménez, Spain, Tyrrell Hatton, England and Scott Hend from Australia are in a three-way tie at the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard after round one at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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Miguel, Tyrrell and Scott all carded -6 under 64 to lead the Omega European Masters by one shot from a posse of players chasing them down.

Scott came close to winning last year, and knows that putting is the key to winning, he needed only 27 in his first round here;

“It was nice to get off to a good start after coming so close last year.”

“Putting has always been the key to score.”

“It’s always about where you hit your bad shots on this golf course but that’s alright. I think a lot of experience on this golf course does help.”

“It’s a beautiful day today and I heard it will stay beautiful tomorrow too. We will see how it goes.”

” Hopefully another good round tomorrow will put me in position for the weekend.” 

Sharing that second place at -5 under par are David Drysdale and Duncan Stewart from Scotland, Darren Fichardt, South Africa .Ryan Fox, New Zealand,  Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand and Todd Sinnott from Australia.

Aussie Todd also had a good day with the putter;

“I birdied the two par-fives on 14 and 15 and managed to stay in it to birdie 16 before holing a nice putt for the fourth consecutive birdie on 17.” 

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Senior PGA Championship. Bernhard Makes Major History.

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Bernhard Langer makes Major history in winning the Senior PGA Championship.

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Bernhard carded a final round -4 under 68 to win the Senior PGA Championship, at Trump National, with a -17 under par total and one shot victory This was the only senior Major title that had eluded him, and at the same time broke the record of Major wins, held by Jack Nicklaus.

Bernhard now has nine  senior Major titles on his resumé, and no doubt does not intend to stop there.

Bernhard frustrated second placed V.J. Singh with the accuracy of his Broomstick putter;

“I think what really frustrated him was my putting.”

“I made a bunch of putts just to keep in touch and he didn’t really make anything.”

“I found a way now that I feel reasonably comfortable most of the time, not always.”

“It’s encouraging for me to see that even under pressure I can make some putts.”

V.J. carded a last round -2 under 70, but could not hold on to the lead, and had to settle for a -17 under total;

“I missed a lot of putts out there. If I would have putted nicely, this thing probably would have been over a long time ago.”

 “But Bernhard played really solid. He never missed a shot and he was always on the green, and he putted nicely as well, so he deserved to win.”

These two were streets ahead of the field, third place was shared between Billy Andrade and Miguel Angel Jimenez, both with -13 under par tournament totals.

U.S. Senior Open. Gene Sauers Wins.

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Gene Sauers wins the U.S. Senior Open, on the Monday finish, his first Senior Tour win,

 

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Ten years ago Gene was incorrectly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, it has taken a long while to battle back to fitness, so this win is especially special. The win came at a dramatic last hole, where Gene sunk a par putt for a round of -1 under par 69 and a winning U.S. Senior Open total of -3 under par, and a one shot victory;

“It hasn’t sunk in yet, it’s been a long time, and I’m at a loss for words right now.”

“It means the world to me, I saw the light at the end of that tunnel, and I was heading there.”

“The good Lord stopped me and backed me up and said, no, you’re not done yet.”

“It’s just unbelievable to not play golf, not touch a golf club for seven years and to come out and to win a major golf tournament on a hard golf course.”

“Being back to playing with these guys, it’s a pleasure, I didn’t think I’d ever be here.”

“I told my wife, when I was in the hospital, I didn’t think I was ever coming out. She kept me strong.”

Sharing second place were Billy Mayfair and Miguel Angel Jimenez, both with -2 under par totals.

Billy had a -3 under par 67, while the Cigar chomping, Ferrari driving, wine drinking Miguel sadly carded +1 over 71, with back to back bogey’s on 17 and 18.

It must have been heartbreaking for Miguel to come so close;

“I’m human, you know, I’m going to make bogeys.”

“I’m going to make birdies. It’s the way it’s coming. That moment is not on my side.”

Billy spoke about the different set of playing standards they encountered during the rain delayed tournament;

“All four days we saw different golf courses.”

“Kind of medium on Thursday. It wasn’t all that bad, that windy, but it was still hard to play on Friday.”

“Of course, Saturday the wind started blowing. It was blowing all over the place.”

“Today it was wet and soft and hardly any wind. We got to see Scioto in four different ways on four different days.”

 

 

U.S. Senior Open. Miguel Angel Jimenez Leads Rain Delayed Open.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez leads rain delayed U.S. Senior Open, as the finish is moved to Monday.

Miguel Angel Jimenez heads into the final round with the lead at the U.S. Senior Open. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Miguel has a one shot lead to defend on Monday morning, with a 54 hole total of -3 under par at the U.S. Senior Open;

“I like to play here, I have some compromises.”

“After this week, I’m going to play a couple of tournaments in Europe.”

“And then probably going to come in to play maybe one and then play the last four also.”

“Of course, you have to enjoy yourself, and I enjoy myself.”

 “You look at my office, no? It’s a great life, no? That’s what I want to do in my life is play golf.”

“I will do what I want to do in my life for a living, and golf is not my job. It’s also my hobby.”

“Of course, when I finish here, I’m going to have a big fat cigar with a nice glass of wine and enjoy my wife and my family and my people who are here.”

Gene Sauers is in second place at -2 under par for the tournament, he discussed the situation over breakfast with some very influential friends;

“I ate breakfast, and then I had lunch, and then we just kind of sat around the table and just talked about old times.”

 “I was in there with Tom Watson and Larry Mize and Scott Verplank, Bob Tway. We were just in there discussing our lives and what was going on and the future of the game, you name it. Everything was coming up.”

“Why they cancelled it is because they said if you had to take casual water, you’d have to go over to the end of the rough to drop it.”

“I don’t know if it will be lift, clean, and place Monday  or not.”

“If you get a lot of mud on your balls, that could be treacherous. I know USGA doesn’t like to play lift, clean and play. We don’t either, but sometimes you have to.”

Sharing third place are Billy Mayfair, Loren Roberts and Ian Woosnam, all at +1 over for the 54 holes of the competition.

BMW PGA Championship. It’s a Tie at the Top.

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It’s a tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at the Wentworth Club.

Byeong-hun An birdied the 18th hole to catch Francesco Molinari at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par.

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Francesco is looking for a wire to wire win at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, but Byeong-hun is seeking his first European Tour victory, and is making a real fight of it, carding a -5 under par 67 third round to Francesco’s -4 under 68.

Francesco spoke about Tommy Fleetwood holing out with a seven iron from 198 yards on the par four 4th hole on Wentworth’s West Course for just the third albatross in the history of this tournament, and putting some pressure on the guys at the top;

“There were a few guys flying at the start with the albatross and other stuff you don’t want to see when you’re leading a tournament.”

“I stayed calm and overall it was a good day.”

“Every tournament is different but to win here would be pretty much at the same level I would say as the WGC events.”

“I think it’s one of these tournaments that it’s just a little step underneath the Majors but definitely one that you want to have on your resume in your career.”

South Korean rookie Byeong is playing very well in his first season, having already recorded three top-ten finishes in an impressive start to his professional career.

“I was really consistent all day, I hit it well and then missed a couple of shots, which is possible on this course, but overall I played great today.”

Thongchai Jaidee from Thailand is in third position at -12 under par, just two shots off the pace, he signed a card for a third round -4 under par 68.

Tommy Fleetwood, apart from his Albatross, scored an Eagle on the par five 12th, to get to -11 under par for the tournament, and 4th place with a third round -7 under par 65;

“That was about as good as you can play a hole of golf.”

“Perfect drive, 198 yards to the pin. I was thinking one club less but went with a normal seven iron and it pitched seven or eight feet right of the pin and span in.”

“Wobbly [his caddie Phil Morbey] was pretty excited because it was his choice of club, not mine.”

“You have to try and calm down after that, and I fired a five iron miles over the green on the fifth with a little bit of adrenalin.”

“The last seven or eight months I’ve had a lot of top fives and a lot of top threes. I’ve come close and people have just played better than me.”

There’s not much I could have done about it. It’s just such a fine line between winning and finishing second and third. You want to be remembered for winning and it would be great to win this week.”

Miguel Angel Jiménez sits in fifth spot, thanks to another hole in one, last week it was at the Spanish Open, which won him 288 bottles of beer, this one set a new European Tour record;

“It’s very prolific this year, the last few months.”

“You get the right distance, the right club, hit a good shot and that’s the ingredients you need to make a hole-in-one. It’s nice to have the record.”

 

 

 

 

Open de España. Miguel Makes Historic Homeland Win

 

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Miguel Angel Jiménez made an historic homeland win at the Open de España, on his 27th attempt to raise the trophy.

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again. Miguel proved the truth in that old saying by winning the Open de España, his homeland trophy after 27 attempts at it. This historic win did not come easily, Miguel had to battle through a sudden death play-off after he,  Richard Green and Thomas Pieters all finished the tournament at -4 under par.

Miguel triumphed at the first extra hole, with a par, and in doing so becomes the oldest ever winner on the European Tour;

“There’s no words to describe what it means to me, you need to be into my skin but I’m not going to let you. It’s amazing. It’s my 21st victory on The European Tour and 27 times I played the Spanish Open. I have been close a couple of times. Today it was very tough out there but I got it in the end.”

“All the victories are special, all are unique, some of them give you more money, some less, but all of them are important. You play to win and when you make it you have to appreciate it. There is no secret, good food, good wine, good cigars and some exercise.”

“I don’t know if I felt nerves, but you do feel tension, you feel the pressure. For instance on hole 17, when I saw the approach roll down the slope, those things cut my mind and take away the freedom from my hands. I don’t know if that counts as nerves, but as tension, yes.”

“I would love to make The Ryder Cup team, I would break all the records at 50, I hope I can make the team and defend the European colors in Scotland.”

Richard lamented his silly mistakes, saying he was upset at not getting the job done;

“I have to take a lot of positives out of it, it’s the best I’ve played since the French Open last year. I played well in the Australian Open over Christmas, just unfortunately struggling to get the job done. I couldn’t count how many times I have run second on The European Tour.”

“It’s just a shame that when the heat of the battle comes along a bit of misfortune happens every now and again. The 14th hole cost me big time and I played pretty solid from that point in and probably should have won the tournament by two shots if that had just been a par.”

Thomas was happy with the way he played this week, and referred to last weeks dramatic events;

“Obviously I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t pull off the win but congrats to Miguel. I made some mistakes but I have to learn from them.”

“I’m proud of the way I played this week, it was a tough week emotionally for my caddie with his best friend passing last week (Iain McGregor died during the Madeira Islands Open), so it was nice for both of us to get some more confidence going into some other tournaments.”