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.

Volvo China Open. Alex Levy Leads

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Alex Levy, from France, leads the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club in China.

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Alex kept his recent good form going, carding a bogey free -9 under par 63 to lead the first round of the Volvo China Open.

Alex said he played great golf with 18 greens in regulation today, combined with some good putting;

“I played great, I hit 18 greens today and had some good putts for birdie, two or three long putts that helped but I played well last week and I am enjoying being back here and at this golf course.”

“I like the golf courses in China, the last one and this one, but the golf is different day after day and I will try my best this week to do like what I did today.”

Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, is just one shot back in second spot at -8 under par, shooting 64 with his opening round, he had a conscious effort to two putt today;

“I am very happy , you know one of those solid rounds.”

“I tried to two-putt and I made one putt so that was a bonus.”

“I was happy with two putts and it’s one of those bonuses that a good day in the office gives you.”
Peter Hanson, Sweden and James Morrison, from England, both share third place at -5 under, after their first rounds of 67.

 

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Tommy Fleetwood Wins

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Tommy Fleetwood wins the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on a day of tough scoring and horrible gusting winds at Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the Emirates.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

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Tommy carded a last round -5 under par 67 to win the  Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, with a -17 under par total and a one shot victory. It has been three years since his last win;

“I thought maybe the second win would come sooner to be honest.”

“It’s been a massive comeback.”

“I made it up to Finn, who has been caddying for me, one of my best mates. We made the switch and not a lot of people thought it would work and we proved them all wrong. It feels great.”

“I had a really hard time from July 2015 to July last year where I really struggled with my game. It’s been an awkward curve.”

“The only thing left was ‘let’s get a win’ but, you know, you keep knocking on the door and it will come. I didn’t really think it would be this week. It just shows a lot can happen in golf.”

“I just thought, keep going, you never know. It’s a tough day really.”

“The pins are tucked away and it’s very windy, especially at the start. The chip-in on ten, birdie on 11, changed everything all of a sudden from nowhere and I was leading.”

Sharing second place were Pablo Larrazábal, -4 under par 68 today and Dustin Johnson, also -4 under 68, both finishing with -16 under par totals.

The hard work continues for Larrazábal Pablo had an up and down day with the putter;

“Holing some putts, holing the chip-in on 14, I tried to stay with the pace but three bogeys on Sunday afternoon is too many.”

“The three-putt on six killed me a little bit but I’m very proud of the way I played. It was very fun, I had a lot of fun.”

“The only thing I have to do is keep working hard, keep working the same way we’ve been working during the winter and this week and try to make sure I do my best next week.”

“We’ve been working very hard and we’re going to keep working the same way to keep pushing in tournaments like this.”

“I gave it my best, I never gave up and obviously I didn’t play my best but I tried my best.”

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship day four - What they said Dustin said he just did not roll in any putts, missing one on the 17th made winning impossible;

“It was a pretty good week. Obviously I got off to a rough start the first day, didn’t play very well, wasn’t feeling that great the first day.”

“But then I came back and played well Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All in all, it was a solid day.”

“It was windy out there, it’s playing a little bit tougher today. I felt like I struck the ball well and gave myself plenty of opportunities,”

“I just didn’t roll any putts in. I knew I had a chance. I needed to make that putt on 17. I knew I needed to go three-three-three to have a chance but Tommy ended up birdieing the last hole. Obviously that took it out of reach.”

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Tyrrell Hatton Has 54 Hole Lead

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Tyrrell Hatton has the 54 hole lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the Emirates.

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Tyrrell shot third round -4 under par 68 to claim the 54 hole lead in the  Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, with a -13 under par total, which gives him a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Tyrrell reported that he focused well on his game and putted well;

“The big names are up there so I’ve just got to focus on my game and try and play as well as I can.”

“I love this place. It’s one of my favourite events of the year so hopefully I can go out there tomorrow and have a good day.”

“I had a little bit of a slow start. Struggled a little bit on the greens today, just not quite starting the ball on the lines I wanted to.”

“But I holed a couple of good putts in the end on the back nine and hopefully that will give me some momentum going into tomorrow.”

“It’s a little bit of a surprise to see where I’m at this week but very happy with one round to go.”

There are some big names tied in second place at -12 under par, US Open Champion Dustin Johnson, -8 under 64 today, three-time winner here Martin Kaymer, with a disappointing par round of 72, Tommy Fleetwood and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, both carding -2 under 70, and 2014 winner Pablo Larrazábal, -3 under 69.

Dustin was happy to finally get a good nights sleep;

“Finally I got a good night’s sleep”

“I even got up and went to the gym this morning before I teed off. Definitely by far the best day I’ve been feeling out on the golf course.”

“You know, I just felt the swing, my body was moving a lot better. I swung it a lot better, especially with the driver. I drove it a lot better today.”

“I hit a lot more fairways today than I have been. Holed a few putts. I still have yet to birdie a par five but I did make an eagle on eight today, I chipped one in. But yeah, it was a really solid round.”

“I started eight shots behind, so I know I’ve got to post a really good score today and I’m going to have to shoot another really good score tomorrow if I want any chance to win this tournament.”

Spanish Open. Pablo Larrazábal Leads.

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Pablo Larrazábal leads the Spanish Open after the second round at a very windy Valderrama.

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Pablo handled the windy conditions very well at the Spanish Open to take over the top spot on the leaderboard, which delighted the home fans. He shot a second round of even par 72 and will take a two shot advantage over the field going into the weekend with his -3 under par total;

If the wind blows like this a level par or more total will win this.”

“If I shoot level par over the weekend I will be in the fight.”

“To shoot level in these conditions is a great feeling and to have a chance on the last to go into the red figures is something really special.”

“I said to my playing partners that I only missed one shot today really bad, and I made triple-bogey. I made so many great saves , like the 17th, the putt I made from the back of there was great.”

“I didn’t play my best golf, but on another golf course I would have gone six, seven under par because of the way I fought, so I’m very pleased.”

Andrew Johnson of England holds second place at -1 under par for the tournament, he carded +3 over par 74 today;

“I’m in a good position, I tried to play hole by hole really and make pars, if I made birdies then that was a bonus.”

“You can’t afford to get annoyed, I made double-bogey on the third, and I walked off like nothing had happened, and not worry about it and just carry on, because that is what the course can do to you.”

“My caddy and I had a good laugh out there, we bounced off each other well. I knew I just had to stay calm, so there was no point in trying to get angry and I had that attitude from the first hole.”

Third place is shared between Alex Levy +5 over par 76 today, Alejandro Cañizares, +4 over 75 with Defending Champion James Morrison also carding +4 over 75, all at even par for the contest.

Tournament host Sergio Garcia was one of just four players to record a level par 71 to stay +3 over for the tournament, and admitted he had never seen the course provide such a tough challenge;

“It is playing the toughest I’ve seen, because since the early 2000s when we were here, the rough is definitely thicker than I’ve seen before, it makes chipping even tougher, which is usually always difficult round here.”

“It’s no surprise there are only two players under par, I said at the beginning of the week that the way the weather is, under par or around par is going to have a chance of winning.”