Hero Indian Open. Emiliano Grillo Still In Front.

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Emiliano Grillo from Argentina is still in front of the chasing pack at the Hero Indian Open at  DLF Golf and Country Club in India, as darkness once again caused the suspension of play for the day.

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Emiliano, carded a second round -4 under par 68 to lead the Hero Indian Open after 36 holes with a -11 under total, giving him a four shot advantage going into the week-end, even though he had a bad day with the putter;

“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it, when I practised on Tuesday and played the pro-am on Wednesday, I was telling myself that I’ll be in a good position if I can just shoot under par every day.”

“Hopefully, I can keep my form going. I’ve done well over the past two days and I can’t ask for more.”

“Today, I hit some bad putts, but I think I’ll be fine.”

Shubhankar Sharma, the local hero in India, and a  new star the world over, is in second place at -7 under par, shooting a marvelous -8 under par 64 today;

“Today’s round will definitely rank up there as one of my most significant achievements, especially when it is played at this course.”

“This is a tough course and it is not easy to go low here.”

“I’m very happy with the way I played. I’ve shot a few low numbers in my career and this one is right in my top five.”

“If you told me I would be seven under par going into the weekend after being five over par on my opening nine holes yesterday, I would just have laughed.”

“To be able to bounce back is really important, I knew I was playing well and I had to push myself a little.”

Sharing third place at -6 under par are, Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, -1 under 71 today, and Andrew Beef Johnston, England with his second round -6 under par 66.

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Beef played alongside Shubhankar , and said 

“It was a good day, played lovely all day and it looked pretty average compared to my playing partner.”

“I can’t believe he’s only 21. The head on him is amazing, and his attitude.”

“He’s come back from whatever score he was on, three or four over, to that. It’s incredible, so hats off to him. Very impressive.”

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Hero Indian Open. Emiliano Grillo Leads Suspended 1st Round

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Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, leads the 1st round of the Hero Indian Open as darkness caused the suspension of play for the day at DLF Golf and Country Club.

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Emiliano shot a new course record at the Hero Indian Open, before darkness brought proceedings to a premature end, carding -7 under par 65.

Emiliano spoke about the difficult course, and a good day with the putter;

“You have no idea how difficult the course is.”

“I had to play almost perfect golf to shoot a seven under.”

“I think anywhere else it would have been close to a 59 or something. It was definitely a magnificent round of golf.”

“I’m very happy with the way I handled myself out there.”

“It was very tough and I was able to make some good putts and hit the fairways when I needed to.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are; Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, Matteo ManasseroItaly, and Paul Peterson, USA, all with completed first rounds, along with Adrien Saddier, France, through 17 holes and Keith Horne of South Africa who has completed 16 holes.

Pablo overslept and nearly missed his tee time;

“My lovely new iPhone went back to Spanish time overnight and I woke up at the hotel 38 minutes before my tee-time.”

“Thanks to Dorothée, the secretary of the European Tour, who called me in my room and said Pablo, you’re playing in 38 minutes, you must wake up and go to the tenth tee.”

“I think the courtesy car made a world record from the hotel to the golf course in a couple of minutes, a ride that can take ten or 15 minutes, it was really wild.”

Matteo fished in third spot last year, and started this campaign well;

“It was a really good round, I didn’t start too well which is why I’m pleased to be standing here with a five under par.”

“I’ve got moments when I felt pretty good. The consistency is getting there.”

Paul was happy with his round;

“I’m really happy to be in the spot that I’m at. I’m feeling confident with my game.”

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Maybank Championship. Shubhankar Sharma Wins.

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Shubhankar Sharma of India, wins the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, with a fantastic final round.

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Shubhankar calmly carded a final round -10 under 62, to win the Maybank Championship at Saujana Golf & Country Club in Malaysia, with a -21 under par total;

“I played pretty solid and it wasn’t easy because it was windy.”

“I kept pushing the whole day. I knew I had to make a lot birdies to catch the leaders. I made a lot of birdies on the front nine and just continued on the back.”

“To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about the leaderboard. I wanted to set a target in my mind and try to achieve it.”

“On the 13th I knew I was somewhere near the leaders but on 16 I knew I had a two-shot lead. I told myself if I can make two more birdies, that would give me a good chance to win.”

“The last two months have changed my life. I’ve been a member on the Asian Tour for a while and I will continue to be a member on the Asian Tour.”

“I’ve always dreamt of winning and now I’m a two-time winner on the Asian Tour and European Tour.”

Jorge Campillo of Spain was in second place at -19 under par, a last round -4 under 68 giving him that position on his own.

Tied in third place at -18 under par were Ryan Fox, New Zealand, with a final round -6 under 66, and Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, who also carded a last round -6 under 66.

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Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Sergio and Joost Lead.

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ESP Tournament Host Sergio Garcia shares the Andalucia Valderrama Masters lead with NED Joost Luiten of Holland after round one at Real Club Valderrama in Spain.

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Sergio and Joost both produced opening rounds of -5 under par 66 to lead the Andalucia Valderrama Masters by one shot.

Sergio hit some lovely iron shots and made a few putts;

“It was nice, it was gettable because it was soft but you still had to hit good shots and I was able to do that for the most part of the day.”

“I’m very happy with my round.”

“The game was on pretty much all day. I hit my irons very well, I didn’t drive the ball well on the eighth hole but I was pretty much spot on there and I made some nice putts here and there.”

“The greens were rolling quite fast, more than anything the back nine was even faster than the front. Overall I think it was very solid.”

Joost found it tough going into the wind today;

“It was early when I teed off and I thought the back nine was playing tough, playing long and the ball wasn’t going as far.”

“The 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th are pretty much into the wind so you’ve got to be patient if you’re playing that nine first.”

“Finally on my back nine, the front nine, I started to hit some really good iron shots and I hit some really close for easy birdies.”

ENG Robert Rock, of England, and ESP Pablo Larrazábal from Spain are then tied in third place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67.

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Volvo China Open. Play-Off Win for Alex Levy.

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Alex Levy wins the Volvo China Open in a play-off against Dylan Frittelli, at the Topwin Golf and Country Club, in China.

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Alex Levy, from France became the first player to win the Volvo China Open twice as he defeated Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, with a birdie at the first extra hole, the par five 18th.

Alex had a final round -5 under par 67, while Dylan frittered away his three shot starting advantage carding a sad +2 over par 74, both finishing on -17 under par for the tournament.

Alex wants a home Ryder Cup appearance at Le Golf National in 2018;

“It’s a goal and a dream for me to play the Ryder Cup in France.”

“I will do a lot of work to play the Ryder Cup and I will do my best to be part of the team.”

“That’s an amazing feeling to be back in the winner’s circle.”

“This means a lot because it was the first tournament I won on the European Tour.”

Dylan started poorly, with a three putt on the first hole today, and some bad luck sealed his fate;

“It stings a little bit, I let it go there in the end but I’m still proud of the way I played this week.”

“It’s a great result, seventeen under par on this golf course is nothing to scoff at.”

“A couple of mistakes on the back nine, with two bad breaks.”

“I’m proud of Alex, he played well there to come back. Most people probably thought I had it in the bag with 18 holes to go but he stuck to it and played well there in the play-off.”

Pablo Larrazábal, Spain was in third place at -16 under, a last round of even par 72 a disappointing end to his tournament, missing some important putts, that would have given him victory;

“It’s tough to describe, when they open the door of the tournament so many times, and it was like a theme that I couldn’t get in.”

“Only one birdie until 18,  a putt that I missed for an eagle of nine feet, nothing was getting in, all the good putts were going short and all the opportunities I had for birdie I couldn’t make.”

 

Volvo China Open. Frittelli Flying High.

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Dylan Frittelli, from South Africa is flying high at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard, three shots clear of the field in China.

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Dylan has pulled away from the chasing pack with a third round -8 under par 64 at the Volvo China Open, to give him a -19 under par total, and a three stroke lead going into the final round tomorrow at Topwin Golf & Country Club;

“The players out here are some of the best players in Europe and Asia so it’s tough to beat the other players in the field.”

“The emotions you go through and the feelings you have in competition coming down the stretch, those are all pretty similar whether it’s winning an amateur tournament or a professional tournament.”

“It’s the same type of feelings that you have to deal with, so hopefully I can contend well tomorrow and deal with those emotions.”

“I like to think I would keep the same game plan tomorrow and maybe adjust on the back nine depending on the situation.

“Pablo played great out there today as well,  he’s not going to lie down, he is one of the toughest guys to get into a dog fight with on the European Tour.”

“So I’m definitely going to be wary of him tomorrow.”

Pablo Larrazábal from Spain, holds second place on his own at -16 under par, a third round -2 under par 70 saw him drop back from the leader, a couple of three putts not helping his cause;

“It looks like I’m going to play with Dylan again and if he plays as good as he did today then he is going to be unbeatable.”

At -12 under par in third place is Alex Levy from France, who struggled out on the course today, carding -1 under 71, and is now seven shots off the pace;

“It was a really difficult day, the conditions were very tough.”

“The putts didn’t drop today but it’s nice to be in this position.”

Volvo China Open. Pablo Larrazábal Leads.

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Pablo Larrazábal leads the Volvo China Open at the half-way stage in China.

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Pablo carded a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the Volvo China Open going into the week-end with a tournament total of -14 under par, and a three stroke advantage over the field. Unlike last week Pablo has been putting well here;

“It’s good to have some confidence coming into the week.”

” I feel like I’m just trying to keep up the same stuff I was working on last week, and so far so good.”

“I played probably tee to green the best golf of my career over the weekend in Shenzhen and, believe it or not, I didn’t hole any putts.”

“I shot 11 under par over the last weekend but I didn’t hole as many putts as I wanted to but it looks like these past two days have been the other way around.”

“It’s been a great two days of work, I have been playing good and putting awesome so I am looking forward to the weekend.”

“It’s been a long time since I have been leading a golf tournament and I love it, so hopefully another good 36 holes and we will see what happens.”

Dylan Frittelli, with course record equaling -9 under par 63, and first round leader Alex Levy, who carded -9 under yesterday, but -2 under 70 today,  share second place at -11 par.

Soomin Lee has fourth spot at -10 under, a second round -7 under par giving him that place on his own.