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China Masters, First Round Play Suspended.

Play was suspended in the first round of the China Masters because of bad light. there are still 14 golfers to complete their rounds,

American rookie Eric Mina carded a brilliant -4 under-par 68 on Thursday to take a one-shot clubhouse lead in the first round of the U.S. $1 million Nanshan China Masters.  The links-style Colin Montgomerie Course at Nanshan International Golf Club played havoc with the scoring and only 14 players were under par in the extremely windy conditions.

Eric Mina

Eric Mina / Getty

Eric was really happy with his round in the windy conditions;

“I’m really happy. I controlled the ball very well. It was really windy out there so had had to put your ball in the right spot on every hole and not short side yourself. That was the big thing today.  I didn’t want to short side myself, I was putting it really close. I made one big putt on six, it was about a 55-, 60-footer, but for the most part I hit the ball really well and controlled  the wind.”

There are three players currently tied in second place, Lucas Lee from Brasil, Kiwi Gareth Paddison, and Ted Oh from Korea, all at -3 under par, with rounds of 69.

Lucas unfortunately had three bogey’s in a row on the front nine;

 “It was a tough stretch of holes. I only played one practice round so I wasn’t sure really how to play them and I made a couple of mistakes. But I stayed patient and the round turned around pretty good. I’ve been playing pretty decent all summer. Nothing too crazy, but nothing too bad. I was really excited to be come back to Asia and play these next few tournaments.”

Gareth was impressed with his iron shots today;

” I played really good. Lots of really good iron shots. I drove it ok, but a lot of really good iron shots. I had numerous chances out there and it could have been a few better without a word of a lie. I managed to hole a few unexpected putts, a 45 footer on the 16th, but then hit a career shot into 17, about four meters past the hole. Holing the putts when it mattered was also a key. Even though I missed the cut at the Dunhill Championship, I felt I was playing ok and I have really been practicing, so I can’t complain going into this week. I felt really comfortable out there.”

Major winner Darren Clark shot an even par first round of 72, to be tied in 15th place, he said it was tricky out on the course;

” It was tricky out there today. The wind was pumping on a few holes. Some of the par fours played exceptionally long due to the wind and there’s not much run out there, so I’m pretty pleased with level par. There was some good scores there, they’ve obviously played well and rolled the ball well. I was surprised coming up the last to see those scores. That’s a great effort. Fair play to them.”

Jim Flick has Died

      

Jim Flick/ golfwrx.com                                Jim and Tom Lehman/jimflickgolf.com

Jim Flick, golf instructor to some of the great golfing stars, has died of pancreatic cancer at age 82, his family has announced.

Jim had been a golf instructor for more than fifty years, his last piece of advice was given to Tom Lehman on Sunday morning when he advised Tom to ” Be Tom Lehman.”  Tom then went out and won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain, on the Cochise Course. Jim was director of instruction at Desert Mountain, in Scottsdale for 20 years, and also wrote five books, his most recent publication was Jack Nicklaus, Simply the Best.

Jack Nicklaus consulted with Jim and they co-founded the Nicklaus-Flick Golf Schools, the association lasted from 1991 until 2003. Jim was awarded PGA Teacher of the Year, in 1988 and was also inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. Golf World magazine selected Jim as one of the top ten teachers of the 20th Century.

Jim had recently said in an interview, with Golfweek magazine, that he was concerned that too many of the worlds golfers were trying to perfect the perfect swing, and stating that a mechanical or robotic swing is the worst thing you can do;

 ”We’ve let the game be taken over by science, golf is an art form. The golf swing is an athletic movement. Becoming mechanical and robotic is the worst thing you can do.”

Jim’s funeral arrangements have yet to be announced, I send my condolences to Jim’s wife, and his five children.

Dear Colleagues, Students and Friends:

After teaching the game of golf for more than 50 years, the time has come for me to step away from the lesson tee.

My life as an instructor has given me more than I ever dared imagine when I took my first swing at a golf ball as a boy in Bedford, Indiana. Golf has taken me all over the world and introduced me to so many wonderful and remarkable people. I’ve been privileged to work and associate with some of the game’s greatest players, though I’ve gotten as much satisfaction helping an amateur straighten his or her slice.

Yet for as much as I’ve learned about golf during my decades teaching, it’s taught me even more. Because of that, I urge you to always be open to the life lessons the game has to offer. I guarantee that they’ll make you a smarter, more successful and more contented person.

One more thing: Although golf is a game of infinite subtlety and possibility, always remember that the door that leads to its inner secrets and rewards is marked fun.

Kindest regards,
Jim

European Tour, Down Under, ISPS Handa Perth International

The European Tour has gone down under, to be precise the event is the ISPS Handa Perth International, being contested at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Cañizares claims share of lead Down Under

Alejandro Cañizares/getty images

Alejandro Cañizares of Spain shares the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International with Michael Hendry from New Zealand. Both players had opening rounds of -7 under par, 65 on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

Alejandro said he needs a good finish here to propel himself up the board in the Race to Dubai;

“I’m 70th at the moment so this is either my last or my second to last tournament of the year. I need a good finish, if I win it will fix a lot of things. I’m not sure what finish I need because there are still some big tournaments going on at the moment. Singapore is a big tournament and BMW and HSBC, some guys behind me are playing that, so you never know. I’m just going to try to play my best. It was a good round, I hit the ball really well and made some putts, so I’m really happy. I was pretty steady the whole round and gave myself plenty of chances. I think I only missed two greens in the whole round. The year has been a little slow since March. I started pretty well, a couple top tens, a top five in México in the US PGA Tour event, and then finished second in the Spanish Open. Since then, it’s been very slow.  I haven’t played good enough to be in contention, and every week I was falling down the rankings. So I came here from Portugal, I didn’t play very good last week. I hit the ball terribly, but I came here and I felt great. Maybe the 24 hours travelling helped, I feel good with my swing and hopefully the week keeps going like this.”

Michael, who usually plays on the OneAsia Tour, said he just repeated the round of 65 he had in the Pro-Am yesterday;

“I actually shot 65 in the Pro-Am yesterday as well. I think around here, if you can hit your drives in the right place, you can give yourself lots of opportunities to hit it close with wedges. I hit my driver pretty well and wedged it well and putted it well. All in all, just a really solid round of golf. If you’re going to play good golf, you’re going to have a lot of opportunities around this golf course. Luckily enough, I capitalized on them today.”

Emiliano Grillo, a 20-year-old Qualifying School graduate, from Argentina is alone in third place after his opening round of -6 under par, 66. Emiliano said he was pleased with his days work;

“ I hit a lot of fairways out there, that’s very important on this golf course and a lot of greens and then the ones that I missed, I got up and down, so it was a good round overall. There are not many tournaments left, so I’m trying to make as much ground as I can this week. It was very nice to get my card through Q School last year. It’s been a great year so far and I’m enjoying it.”

Paul Casey and English compatriot Andrew Johnston, both had rounds of -5 under par, 67, to be just two shots off the lead.

 

 

OneAsia, High 1 Resort Open, Mathew Griffin Wins.

Matthew Griffin

Mathew Griffin

Aussie Matthew Griffin notched up the biggest win of his professional career here on Sunday with a one-stroke victory at the 2012 Charity High1 Resort Open in Korea’s Gangwon-do province. Matt held on to his lead in the final round with an even-par 72 that gave him a -9 under par under total, and the winner’s cheque of around U.S. $178,000.

Kang Kyung-nam,  with a final round of 68,  and Park Sang-Hyun with 71, both of Korea, pushed Mathew  all the way around the hilly 7,148 yard High1 Resort Country Club course, which at  3,730 feet is the highest golf course in Korea.

Mathew said of his victory;

” I am really, really thrilled, this is what I have worked for all my life, so it is absolutely amazing to finally get there. This is immense, it gives me a lot of security and it also repays the faith that my supporters and sponsors have shown in me over the years.”

Park Sang-Hyun rued a missed chance of victory;

” Very disappointed, that’s the only thing I feel right now. I sort of think that somehow I was meant to be second in this tournament.”

The win here at the  High1 Resort Open  propels Mathew up the OneAsia Order of Merit and gives him a two year exemption, but equally gives him  the confidence boost he needed to go and tackle Q-School on the U.S. PGA Tour at the end of the year.

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