Trophée Hassan II. Alex Levy Wins

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Alex Levy from France wins the Trophée Hassan II tournament in Morocco.

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Alex carded a final round -2 under par 70 to win the Trophée Hassan II with a -8 under total;

Alex wants to make the European Ryder Cup team, this win will help improve his chances;

“This feels so good, I’m a little bit tired now because it was really tough today but I did a really good job today.”

“For me, I played an amazing game. I’m so happy to win this trophy.”

“Like what I said from the start of the season, I need to improve my game, I need to work a lot. I worked a lot the last two days, two weeks, and I won this trophy.”

“So that’s helped me but step by step, it’s a good win but I need to go back to work because we can see we have a lot of good players in Europe.”

“So it will be tough to make it.”

Alvaro Quiros from Spain failed to make it a wire to wire win carding a disappointing even par 72 last round to finish one back at -7 under par in second place. Poor putting has been a worry;

“Second position is my best position for the last 11 months, so I can’t complain.”

“I was struggling a lot I would say tee-to-green today compared with the last three rounds and my putting, it’s been very poor lately.”

Four players tied in third place at -6 under, Alexander Björk, and Joakim Lagergren, from Sweden, and both -2 under 70 today, Mikko Ilonen, Finland, even par 72 and  Andrea Pavan, Italy, with the low round of the day -6 under 66.

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Trophée Hassan II, Alvaro Has Advantage.

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain, will take a one shot advantage into the final round of the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco tomorrow.

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Alvaro is looking to go wire to wire in the Trophée Hassan II, and will take a one shot lead into the last round after only carding even par 72 today, keeping his -7 under total;

“I have to recognize that it felt a little bit like Russian roulette.”

“Suddenly great shot, suddenly not that good, but I have to really believe that I fought very nicely and that’s the most important thing, especially with the pin positions that we have played today.”

“I’m happy to finish in level par today because it was my tricky day, I want to think, so hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.”

“I will need to see how my game is waking up tomorrow to believe in being able to shoot a decent score that allows me to fight for the title or not.”

“That’s why we are here, to be leading tournaments and being able to develop.”

Four players are tied in second place, that one shot back at -6 under, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, -4 under 68 today and Erik van Rooyen, _1 under 71, both from South Africa, Mikko Ilonen, Finland, -6 under 66, and Alexander Levy, France, -3 under 69.

Mikko likes the new course layout, and so does everyone else;

“I like the layout, everybody loves the layout. Obviously we have new greens this year and it’s made the course a bit trickier.”

“I wasn’t expecting to be here, as you see. I haven’t shaved this morning, or last week, so I wasn’t prepared to be in front of the cameras.”

“I was expecting a solid round again. I was quite happy with the two 72s to start with and things just started to roll my way today. I managed to score on the easier holes.”

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Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marcel Siem Delights Home Crowd.

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Marcel Siem of Germany delights the home crowd with a 2 up win over yesterdays record breaking Mikko Ilonen from Finland.

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Marcel and Mikko were all square with two to play, but Marcel birdied them both to delight the home fans at the  Beckenbauer Course at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany;

“I said to myself at the beginning of the week, I won four tournaments and a World Cup with my emotions.”

“I know some weeks they got in the way for me but I think to get back on track I need my emotions; that’s me.”

“I think I have another ten years in front of me and I want to keep my emotions out there.”

“I tried to be a lot calmer, that doesn’t work for me and it was really enjoyable today.”

“A few fist pumps, I hope the people liked that, it’s just automatic for me it’s not being a show-off, that’s me.”

The tournament host Paul Lawrie, Scotland, went down 2 & 1 to Alejandro Cañizares from Spain.

Johan Carlsson, Sweden defeated the tournament top seed Matthew Southgate , England 4 & 2.

More home fan good news came when Alexander Knappe had a  5 & 4 win over Victor Dubuisson of France.

Alexander said he had played well;

“It was good, I played very solid, it was a good game.”

“Always just stick to your game and play as good as you can and hopefully you win.

Thomas Detry. Belgium, beat Nacho Elvira, Spain, 3 & 1, while Tom Lewis, England won 4 & 2 over Zander Lombard from South Africa.

Jamie Donaldson, Wales  beat Jorge Campillo, Spain 4 and 3, and defending champion Anthony Wall, of England defeated  Haydn Porteous, South Africa 1 up.

Chris Paisley beat Nathan Kimsey 4 and 2. Paul Dunne beat Jens Fahrbring 4 and 3.

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Paul Lawrie Match Play, Record Breaking Mikko Ilonen

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Mikko Ilonen, from Finland had a  Paul Lawrie Match Play marvelous record breaking victory of 8 & 7 over Matthieu Pavon, France, to cruise into the second round at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

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Mikko had a great day, with a fast start;

“It was a fast start, definitely, I hit my three wood on the third hole to about a foot, kept the gas on the floor and I think it was eight under when I finished.”

“Match play anything can happen.”

“Even if I was three up after three I could be one down after nine, you never know how it goes.”

“Today was my day and Matthieu didn’t get anything going.”

History was also recorded in the morning session when  Edoardo Molinari, Italy,  beat Robert Karlsson, Sweden,  on the 24th hole of their contest,  the longest match in tournament history.

It was a good day for hosts Germany as, Marcel Siem,  Florian FritschMaximilian Kieffer and Alexander Knappe all won their matches.

Matthew Southgate, England, the top seeded player, and tournament host Paul Lawrie, Scotland, also progressed to the second round.

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Scottish Open. Mikko Ilonen Leads.

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Mikko Ilonen, from Finland, leads the  Abderdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on day one at  Dundonald Links.

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Mikko broke away from the field on day one of the Scottish Open, shooting -7 under par 65, to lead by two strokes;

“Sixty five is the round of the season, really.”

“I do need to put some rounds together. I’ve got to start from a couple of holes, nine holes and now 18 holes and I’ve just got to continue from there. I haven’t been able to put two rounds together, so it’s a long way to get four rounds together.

“I’ve played links golf when I was a kid, as an amateur we played and I won the Amateur back in the day. There’s some experience in there.”

“I actually changed my irons on Tuesday. So new irons in the bag, 718s. (Titleist)

” It can be just little things that gives you a little extra confidence.”

The chasing pack, all six of them at -5 under, following their rounds 67, are two shots back, they are, Rickie Fowler and Paul Peterson, USA, Padraig Harrington, Ireland, Ian Poulter and Callum Shinkwin of England, and Andrew Dodt of Australia.

Rickie, who was bogey free today, is having fun out on the links;

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“It felt good but it’s fun to go out on links and for me to hit shots and they don’t necessarily have to be spot on,”

“It’s kind of about managing the game and hitting shots and working your way around the golf course and putting yourself in the right position and avoiding bunkers.”

“I felt like I did a good job of hitting fairways today, staying on the right side of the hole and made a couple of birdies and it’s always nice to have a clean card.”

” I love playing links golf. It’s a great week.”




British Masters. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the British Masters after the first round at The Grove in EnglandTommy FleetwoodRichard SterneMarc Warren and Mikko Ilonen all recorded first rounds of -5 under par 66.

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Tommy said putting was the key to his great bogey free round;

“It was just one of those days where every putt I hit felt lovely and overall, five under is a great score out there.”

“The wind was up this afternoon and then it got cold later on in the day, but definitely when we first went out, it was clear that it was going to be quite a tough day.” 

“You have to make the most of your chances. I hit it really well. I very rarely hit it out of position and putted lovely.”

Richard said it was his best performance of the year;

“I played probably the best tee-to-green I have done all year really.”

“I had so many chances and it was just good to feel that control over the ball.”

Marc has secured his card for next year, and just enjoyed his golf today;

“I wasn’t really under too much stress at any time during the round, so it was a really enjoyable round of golf.”

“It’s tough when you’re in that sort of situation when you’re trying to secure your playing rights and everything else.”

“I felt as if I handled that quite well last week and gave myself a nice boost of confidence after a pretty tough summer. So I’ve carried that confidence into today and hopefully the next three days, as well.”

Mikko was happy to make two birdies towards the end of his round;

“It was a perfect start. I played some of my best golf on the front nine.”

“I sort of lost my rhythm a little bit there halfway through, but came back strongly and made two birdies at 16 and 18, which was nice.”


French Open. Rory McIlroy Makes His Mark.

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Rory McIlroy makes his mark at the French Open moving into a share of the lead, with Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang.

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Rory shot  a second round -5 under par 66 to join the leaders at the top pf the French Open leaderboard on that score. Jeunghun also had -5 under today, to share the low round of the day score, while Brandon and Mikko shot -3 under 68, and Thongchai recorded -1 under at Le Golf National course in Paris.

The difference for Rory today was the putting;

“I putted well, I felt like I putted nicely. There were still a couple of putts that didn’t quite drop but it felt good out there.”

“Today was a good day, I played well. I kept the ball in play, I drove it well, hit fairways, hit a lot of greens. That’s sort of what you need to do around this golf course.”

“There were good shots but I’m not really just focusing on the target. I’m focusing on what I’m doing here.”

“In a way it’s nice to go into contention and not really be thinking about the result.”

“It’s a nice thing to have to just be thinking about your swing and thinking about what you need to do here to obviously get the ball close to the hole out there.”

“It’s a work-in-progress.”

“I need two more days like that over the weekend to have a chance and try to win. But I’ve put myself in a good position.”

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger, level par 71 today, shares sixth place with Nicolas Colsaerts and Anders Hansen, who both carded -3 under 68 today, all at -4 under par, and just one shot off the lead.