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.

 

72° OPEN D’ITALIA. Nicolas Colsaerts 1st Round Leader.

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Nicolas Colsaerts leads the 72° Open D’Italia after the 1st round at Golf Club Milano in Italy.

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Nicolas fired a flawless first round -9 under par 63, carding 8 birdies in a row, to lead the 72° Open D’Italia by two shots over the field. Preferred lies were in play, making the low scoring much easier.

He said it was nice to see his hard work paying off, he came close to making it nine birdies in row, but the putt just missed;

“I have been playing quite well for a while and waiting for a round like this when it all comes together.”

“Today it was great and it is nice to see the work you are doing paying off for a change.”

“The course is not long and the back nine is very scoreable so I would be surprised if I was the only player here who gets hot out there.”

“I think the winning score will be pretty low but that’s good, I think most people who come out here to watch golf want to see birdies and eagles.”

“It all felt pretty easy to be fair, we all know what it is like to catch fire and get on a run like that but I didn’t realise how many birdies in a row I had made until the sixth one, then I started to count them.”

“I actually could have made nine in a row but the putt just took a little bobble at the end which took it offline.”

“It felt like I could have birdied every hole today. I think I only had one really long putt but the rest of them were all pretty makeable and it was just one of those days.”

Home favourite Francesco Molinari, is tied in second place with Shiv Kapur and Kristoffer Broberg, all recording opening rounds of -7 under par 65.

The leaderboard is very congested, with seven players sharing fifth position at -6 under par;  Bernd Wiesberger, amateur Stefano Mazzoli, Fabrizio Zanotti, Borja Virto Astudillo, Mikko Korhonen, Lucas Bjerregaard and Mark Foster.

Costantino Rocca fired a +8 over par 80 as he began his final European Tour tournament.

Maybank Malaysian Open. Lightning Lee Westwood Wins

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A lightning storm delay could not de-rail Lee Westwood as he wins the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

Westwood romps to victory

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This win ended a  near two-year absence from the winner’s circle for Lee Westwood, he had to wait a bit longer than he expected due to the threat of lightning, which forced play to be suspended for over four hours at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.
Lee carded a final round -4 under par 68, to post a winning total of -18 under par, a massive seven shot margin over his nearest rival.

Knowing what works was the key for Lee, along with putting well;

“I started working with a new coach a few weeks ago, Mike Walker, and Billy Foster came back on the bag at the end of last year, so I was going back to what I had done before because it had worked. It’s started to work already the last couple of weeks, I’ve played well in Houston and at the Masters last week and this week I’ve obviously played very well. It’s a golf course that suits my game; it’s very tight in certain areas. I played well, I putted well, and the short game is good.”

” Now I feel like I’ve got a short game and starting to roll a few putts in. It makes a helluva difference if you can get up-and-down if you miss a few greens and keeps the momentum going.”

Lee will now be heading back up towards the top ten in the World Golf Rankings, he had slipped back to 36th on the ladder.

Three players tied in second place at -11  under par, a whopping seven shots off the pace. Nicolas Colsaerts, Louis Oosthuizen and Bernd Wiesberger were the closest competitors.

Andy Sullivan, who had featured at the top of the leaderboard for a couple of days managed to triple-bogey the second hole, after finding water with his tee shot. Things did not improve much for him as his final round collapsed to a +6 over par 78. He finished the tournament T11 at -7 under par, with four other players.

Maybank Malaysian Open. Showdown for Lee and Andy.

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There will be a showdown in the last round of the Maybank Malaysian Open between Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Lee Westwood had his Maybank Malaysian Open lead whittled down to a single stroke by compatriot Andy Sullivan in the third round, setting up a showdown for the final round. Lee is now at -14 under par for the tournament.

Lee started the day four shots ahead of the chasing pack and at one stage his lead was five strokes, but a closing bogey saw him sign for a third round -1 under par 71.

Lee admitted that today was a hot grind to the end, but is happy with his position;

“It was tricky out there, I didn’t play as well as I did the first two days, but there were some difficult flags and it was really hot. That’s as hot as I’ve been on a golf course for quite some time. It was a real grind, but I’m leading going into the last round so I’m quite happy with that.”

Andy showed his mettle, signing for a third round -6 under par 66 and a total of -13 under par. He said he had been  trying to limit his mistakes, and he made a pretty good job of that;

 “I played well again and tried to limit my mistakes. I only made one mistake but I got it back straight away. I’m delighted with the way I finished. I felt myself getting a bit tired coming up fifteen and sixteen. I made a couple of sloppy swings but I didn’t drop any shots. I holed a good putt on sixteen to keep the momentum going.”

Julien Quesne is in third place at -10 under par, with Nicolas Colsaerts a shot further back in fourth place at -9 under par.

Maybank Malaysian Open. Westwood Out In Front.

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Lee Westwood is out in front of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the half-way stage on the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club course.

 

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Lee added a second round -6 under par 66 to his opening score of 65 to open up a gap of four shots at the top of the Maybank Malaysian Open leaderboard, posting a -13 under par total for the tournament.

The second round did not go without incident,  a bizarre occurrence took place involving Pablo Larrazábal, who had to dive into a lake after being attacked by hornets. Despite the unnerving attack Pablo still carded -4 under par 68, a remarkable effort under the circumstances.

Pablo explained;

“I hit my tee shot just right of the bunker and chipped it out quite well. So I’m walking along and suddenly I felt something on my nose. I swatted it away and suddenly, they were not bees, they were three times the size of bees. They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. I didn’t know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake.”

“There are a lot of stories around the golf courses around the world but looks like I always have the crazy ones. Maybe I start to write a book.”

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Back to the golf:

 Lee reported that his new coach, Mike Walker is making a good impact on his game;

“I started with Mike six or seven weeks ago and I felt an almost immediate improvement on the range, but it was difficult to take it onto the golf course. But the last three weeks I have managed it. I played well in Houston, last week at the Masters I started playing a lot better and this week I am gradually grinding it back in.”

“I played well, on the front nine I shot five under, for the second day running,  and I think the longest putt I holed was from four feet on the first. It was solid stuff. I got a little unlucky at eleven I thought, it was one of the best shots I hit all day and the wind just gusted on me and it came up short in the water. But I rallied after that and ended up shooting 66.”

“I have always played well in Asia, my strike rate is really good. It must be the heat or rice or something, I can’t put my finger on it.”

Nicolas Colsaerts and Antonio Lascuna share second place at -9 under par, four shots adrift of the leader. England’s Danny Willett is in fourth place on his own at -8 under par for the tournament, while compatriot Andy Sullivan shares fifth spot with Eduardo De La Riva and Julien Quesne, all at -7  under par.