DP World Tour Championship. Victor Duibusion Has 54 Hole Lead.

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 Victor Dubuisson has the 54 hole lead at the  DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

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Victor had  a third round -8 under par 64 in the  DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Gold Estates, giving him a one shot lead at -13 under par for the tournament.

Victor said he holed the putts he needed to;

“It’s a great score. It’s my best score to date. 

“I’ve played well, made good putts at the right time. I’m happy to be able to putt it in the hole.”

“It’s just a course I like, it’s long. You have to carry the ball long.”

Second place is shared between Tyrrell Hatton, -5 under 67 today, Nicolas Colsaerts, -6 under 66, and Mathew Fitzpatrick who also carded a third round -6 under par 66, all these guys are at -12 under par.

Nicolas had a big finish, an Eagle at the last hole;

 “A grandstand finish on the last is always nice, but it’s the same scenario again.”

“I go from shooting myself in the foot with a couple of three putts, missing short ones again, and then I play a game that’s probably nine out of ten.”

“So it can be very frustrating, when you get into this position in those big tournaments, it’s kind of maybe a little easier to keep digging in and not really let it away from you.”

Matt was happy with his round;

“I feel like I played really well today, I hung in there and hit some good shots coming in and finished strong. It was a good day.”

Tyrrell was also a happy man, putting well;

“I’m happy with the score. I got off to a fairly inconsistent start. But I putted pretty well again today, and that was the key to today’s score.”

Henrik Stenson might have to work to do to claim the Race to Dubai title, -2 under today leaves him at -5, and T 22.

Nordea Masters. Matt Makes It His Title.

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ENG Matt Fitzpatrick makes it his title at the Nordea Masters, winning at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden.

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Starting with a five shot lead Matt cruised to a comfortable victory at the Nordea Masters, carding a final round -1 under par 71, in tough conditions, to post a total of -16 under par, a three stroke winning margin;

“It was great, I’m delighted to win, I played fantastic, I’d probably say this is the best I’ve played today.”

It was a great final day for me and I managed to hold onto my lead fairly well and get the win. I felt like today was the round were I would be under the most pressure.”

“I was keeping an eye on where I needed to get to but I was just taking one hole at a time and I was so zoned-in to my own game, I didn’t know what was gong on around me half the time.”

“I’m a million miles ahead of schedule. It’s been a tough past few weeks and all of a sudden you turn up and pick up a win.”

DEN Lasse Jensen claimed second place, a final round -4 under par 68 not quite enough to catch the leader, finishing at -13 under par.

BEL Nicolas Colsaerts was third at -12 under par, he scored -2 under 70 in the last round, which was enough to give him that placing on his own. He said it was all going well until three putting 16, and then  finding water at the 17th;

” I was doing fine. Not really feeling any sort of pressure whatsoever, I felt pretty comfortable which is a good sign.”

“I’ll just put it on the list of another good week where I don’t really finish it off.”

“I feel a bit sad over the last couple of holes, three-putting 16 and then we miscalculated a shot on 17.”

“I really thought it was going to be fine but it’s just gone back in the water and I made double.”

“Apart from that I thought I played really well all week, I was in control of everything.”

SWE Local players Henrik Stenson, with the low round of the day, -6 under 66 and  Bjorn Hellgren -5 under 67 shared fourth position at -10 under par.

Henrik was fairly happy with his performance, just a slow start to the week;

“Very satisfied, I just wish I’d started the week the way I finished it.”

“I drove the ball very well today and yesterday, despite the tough conditions.”

“The breeze really got up today and the course is tough enough anyway, so to finish with a 66 is very pleasing and especially to do it in front of my home fans.”

“Obviously I would’ve loved to be in contention this week, but I probably blew my chance at the start.”

“This round today will help me build some confidence. It’s a big summer ahead and there’s a lot of golf to be played, so hopefully I can build some momentum and peak at the right time.”

Nordea Masters. Matt Fitzpatrick Has 5 Shot 54 Hole Lead.

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Matt Fitzpatrick has a 5 shot lead after 54 holes of the Nordea Masters tournament at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden.

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ENG Matt scored a third round -4 under par 68 to cement his position at the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard with a -15 under par total, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Matt said that staying patient, and putting well was the key;

“I putted really well again and let’s hope it continues for one more day because tomorrow’s the most important day.”

“I’m obviously delighted.”

“The greens are pristine and the way I’ve putted on them, it won’t surprise you to learn I’m a big fan of them. I wish we could putt on them every week.”

“It was a bit of a slow start, and I find the front nine more difficult than the back nine, especially in the wind.”

“But I stayed patient and got my rewards in the end. It’s one of the things I’ve learned since turning pro.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are BEL Nicolas Colsaerts, -2 under 70 today, and local player SWE Alex Noren, who carded -5 under par 67, to get up the table and contend his home tournament, albeit from a long way back.

Defending Champion Alex is happy to have a chance to chase down the leader;

“To have the chance going into the final day is a bit of a bonus really.”

“I rode my luck at times today, and got away with a few bad shots but other than that I played really well, so I’m pretty happy.

“I’m going to have to make a few birdies to chase the leader down. But it should be fun.”

“I feel good, I’ve been working hard with my coach and my swing feels a lot better than it did for the last few weeks, so that makes me happy.”

Nicolas knows it will be a tough job to stop Matt from winning his second European Tour title;

“There are no real weaknesses in his game.;

“He’s pretty steady off the tee, and he’s very good around the greens. He handled the round brilliantly, because he didn’t start that well but he stayed patient and walked off with a very good score.”

“So even though he’s still young, he’s obviously grown up very fast. He’s going to be tough to catch but hopefully I can put some pressure on early.”

DEN Lasse Jensen is in fourth spot at -9 under par, after firing the low round of the day a smooth bogey free -6 under 66.

At -7 under par are four players, two home players SWE  Alexander Björk, +1 over 73 today and  SWE Rikard Karlberg -2 under 70. They share fifth place with ENG Andrew Beef Johnston, +1 over 73, and  ESP Alvaro Quiros -4 under 68 today.

Nordea Masters. Matthew Fitzpatrick Goes Low to Lead.

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Matthew Fitzpatrick from England, goes low to lead the Nordea Masters after 36 holes at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden.

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Matthew shot a bogey free second round -7 under par 65 to take the 36 hole lead in the Nordea Masters a -11 under par total, and a three shot lead going into the week-end.

Matthew was happy to collect seven birdies and no bogey’s, and thinks his form is improving, to follow up his stunning rookie campaign in 2015;

“I’ve struggled for a bit of form so far this year, but this week has been much more like it. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

“Any time you shoot seven birdies it’s always a good day, and when you manage to keep the bogeys off the card at the same time, it’s an even better day.”

“I hit one or two poor shots but you’re always going to do that. I putted really well today, I holed virtually everything so it was just one of those days.”

“Any time you go into the weekend high on the leaderboard, you’re going to get excited.”

Tied in second place at -8 under par are local favourite Alexander Björk, -4 under par 68 today, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, -6 under 66, two EnglishmenRoss Fisher, -4 under 68, and Andrew Beef Johnston, -3 under 69, with Scotland’s Scott Henry, also -3 under 69.

 

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. Jeunghun Wang Wins Again.

White Dragon Golf Jeunghun Wang wins again as he picked up the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open trophy a week after his maiden victory.

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KOR Jeunghun was involved in a Titanic struggle with BAN Siddikur Rahman, being tied at the top of the  AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open leaderboard coming down the last fairway, but he birdied the 18th to claim back to back wins. A final round of even par 72 gave him the winning total of -6 under par.

This win gives Jeunghun the distinction of being the first player to win in consecutive weeks since Rory McIlroy claimed the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational followed by the US PGA Championship in 2014, and he also becomes the first Asian player to win in consecutive weeks;

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“I can’t believe that I’ve won two weeks in a row. I’m so excited right now and really happy that I have won.”

“I hope I can win three in a row, but next week is a really big tournament and it’s my first time in Ireland, so I’m not sure. I’ll be trying my best.”

“I probably had luck on my side today. I wasn’t even thinking about winning this week until the 16th.”

“I missed a lot of putts so I thought I didn’t have any chance to win.”

On another tough day at Four Seasons Golf ClubSiddikur sadly carded a final round +2 over par to miss his chance of a maiden Tour win, finishing second with a -5 under par total.

Tied in third place at even par were  ARG Estanislao Goya, a last round -1 under par 71 was good enough to move him up the leaderboard,  as everyone else went backwards including BEL Nicolas Colsaerts who signed for a wild +3 over par 75, which contained an eagle and three double-bogeys leaving him also at par for the competition, tied in third.

 Andrew  Dodt carded a last round +4 over 76 left him in fifth place, a shot clear of Brandon Stone +2 over 74 today.

Rahil Gangjee, Richard McEvoy, Ross McGowan, Terry Pilkadaris and Jason Scrivener were then all at +3 over for the tournament.

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, Dodt Extends Lead.

White Dragon Golf Andrew Dodt extends his lead in the  AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Four Seasons Golf Club, in very blustery conditions.

 

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Andrew carded a second round -2 under par 70, to extend his lead at the top of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open leaderboard to three shots, at -8 under par, going into the week-end;

“I’m trying to embrace the challenge and enjoy the conditions and have fun, rather than trying to hold on and be defensive.”

You’ve got to be as tough as you can and miss in the right spots. I didn’t strike the ball as well as I did yesterday, but I missed in the right areas, where I could still get up and down. That was the key.”

“The chip-in on the 12th was a lovely shot. It came out a little harder than I would’ve liked but luckily it hit the hole dead center.”

“I lost my concentration on the next hole, though, which sometimes happens when you make a birdie.”

“I’ve always been a pretty good wind player, so I feel really comfortable in these conditions.”

Last week’s winner Jeunghun Wang is in second place at -5 under par, he too recorded a second round -2 under par, on  a day when only nine players managed to get below par.

Big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, who is attached to the Four Seasons club, and Siddikur Rahman are tied in third place at -4 under par. Nicolas had the low round of the day, in such tough conditions, an amazing -7 under par 65. Siddikur hung on to the leaders with his round of even par 72.

Nicolas said it was probably one of his best rounds ever, and it could have been better;

“I can’t really think of a better display than that.”

“I played every shot the way I intended, using the wind here and there, and most of them were really close. I converted most of the birdie chances I gave myself, but it could’ve been even better.”

“I drove just off the back of the green on the ninth and made four, and I three-putted the tenth. I dropped another shot on the 16th and got it back on the last, so overall I’m very happy.”

“It’s the toughest I’ve ever seen this place play in however many rounds I’ve played here. It’s a serious test.”

Ross McGowan had a good second round, carding -5 under par 67, which moved him up the leaderboard to claim fifth position on his own.

Jaco Ahlers, Ruan de Smidt, Hennie Otto and Jaco Van Zyl complete the list of under par players on the leaderboard, all at -1 under for the tournament.

Portugal Masters, Nicolas and Andy Share Lead On Day 1

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Nicolas Colsaerts and Andy Sullivan share the lead at Portugal Masters after day 1 at  Oceånico Victoria Golf Club.

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Big hitting Belgian Nicolas and Englishman Andy both carded first rounds of -7 under par 64 to top the leaderboard at the Portugal Masters tournament.

Last year Nicolas had a putt for a 59 in his opening round here, and early on looked like he might be trying that mark again, but slowed down on the back nine. His length off the tee is a big advantage;

“I’m quite happy with seven under. Maybe I had an eight, nine, maybe ten, but seven under is always a good start.”

“I have a pretty good record in this place,” he said. “I’ve played well in the past. I feel comfortable. I’ve played well here before.

“I think I gave myself enough chances throughout the day. I missed a couple that I had good looks at but then it’s just the way it is.”

“There’s a couple of holes where I can take shortcuts, it doesn’t really matter if I hit it on the fairway or rough, even though the rough is a bit higher this year.”

“There’s a couple of holes where you have still got to be a bit careful. I would rather come with a pitching wedge from the rough than a seven or six iron from the fairway.”

“It is one of those courses where hitting it a long way is definitely an advantage.”

Andy has made an impressive start here, and is looking for his third European Tour win of the season. He is especially happy with his good putting;

“I made a real good swing on seven and then from there on I just seemed to gain confidence in my game.”

“I hit a lot of good shots through the middle part of the round that really got me going.”

“I’m putting nicely as well for a change. It was nice to see the ball go in the hole for a change.”

“I was frustrated with the bogey on the 16th really because I hit two good putts. Obviously, to come straight back with a birdie was really pleasing.”

“I was hoping to sneak one on the last, as well, just to get one ahead. But overall a really pleasing day.”

Thomas Pieters, Thomas Aiken, Eduardo De la Riva and David Drysdale are tied in third place at -6 under par, just one shot behind the leader.