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.

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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.”


Qatar Open. Two at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Qatar Open leaderboard, Louis Oosthuizen and  Pablo Larrazábal.

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Louis and Pablo both mastered the windy conditions at the Doha Golf Club, to post bogey free first round scores of -7 under par 65 for the Qatar Open tournament.

Louis stated that he likes the windy conditions, and he made some good putts;

“I like windy conditions, if it gets really strong, then it gets difficult.”

I think patience is the big thing when it really blows hard, but today was just a good wind, and a lot of flighted shots.”

“There are a lot of cross-wind shots, where you’re not sure if it’s in or a little down, so you need to have that wind map out and handy.”

“Bogey-free is always good, there were two occasions where I looked like I was going to make bogeys but recovered well, and the rest was just pretty solid.”

“It was good ball-striking today, and I made one or two putts.”

Pablo is hitting the ball nicely, and was happy with the seven birdie putts  today;

“I’m very happy, I hit it very well tee-to-green, 17 greens in regulation which with these conditions is very good.”

“I gave myself a lot of birdie chances and that was key.”

“To always have a birdie putt is key in these conditions because you know with these kind of greens, you’re not going to hole too many, but I holed seven, so it was very good.”

“I played very well last week. I made a few silly mistakes every day and that’s why I didn’t go lower. I felt very well last week. I’m hitting the ball very well.”

Sharing third place is Andrew Johnson and Bjõrn Åkesson, both at -6 under par. These guys are followed by eight players all tied together at -5 under par.

Looks like this is going to be a really tight contest, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Sergio Garcia is in the field, he managed an opening round -2 under 70, and will have to do better if he wants to make his mark here.

BMW International Open. Pablo Larrazábal Wins

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Pablo Larrazábal wins the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried, in Germany.

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Pablo had a bogey free final round of -6 under par 66, to win the BMW International Open title with a -17 under par total, a one shot victory.

Pablo said he was worn out after his great effort, the victory was due to some great putting;

“I’m very tired.”

“I knew that I was in a good position, and I knew that I had to start very fast. I had to start with a few birdies in the first few holes, and I started very well.”

 “I think I was five under for the front nine, hitting the ball great, as good as I’ve hit it all year, and my putting was awesome. I made a lot of great putts.

“Coming in, it was tough. You have a lot of holes with a lot of trouble. 

Something else for Pablo to celebrate, he is getting married to his partner Gala Alten in August, it will be a dream come true;

“In two months I will be a married man.”

“This is awesome; being with her again around Munich and around this beautiful golf course, it gave us a lot of great memories and being married to her is a dream come true.”

In second place was Henrik Stenson, at -16 under par for the tournament, a -7 under par 65 today proved that he had recovered from the tough week at the US Open. Who has ever heard of removing stones from the bunker, in a Major Championship, really.

Henrik also putted very well on these perfect greens, carding an Eagle on the par five 11th, and nearly repeated it on 18;

“I hit some great shots and took full advantage of those two holes and thought if I could post a low number in the clubhouse, see what happened.”

“I came out there, hit some nice shots and took advantage with a good putter. There is not much to be disappointed in today.”

“I had a long range chance on 17 that looked good and an eagle chance on the last, but it was a tricky line and didn’t get the read right.”

Chris Paisley shot a -1 under par 71 in the final pairing to take third place  on -15 under, his first European Tour top ten finish, while English compatriot, and overnight leader James Morrison sadly signed for a last round +5 over par 77, which sent him crashing down the leaderboard.

Chris tweeted;

“Hope everyone enjoyed watching as much as I enjoyed playing! Happy your bets came in and delighted to finish 3rd! Thank you all so much!”



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.”


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.

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Two Tied At The Top.

dragon logo dark    Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Steve Webster are the two players who are tied at the top of the leaderboard in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters tournament heading into the final round tomorrow.

Webster catches Cabrera-Bello as exciting finish beckons

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Steve had a -2 under par 70 third round to join Rafa at the top of the leaderboard at -12 under par at the Doha Golf Course. He admitted that his golf was not very pretty, this from a man who started this tournament with an Albatross on the very first hole;

“That wasn’t pretty, I don’t know what happened the first six or seven holes. I hit it really well on the range and I think I got a bit cocky on the course and hit so many bad shots the first six or seven holes, it was like I had never played golf before.”

” On the back nine I gave myself a few chances and I knocked in a really good putt on 11 which made things feel a little better. But the pins were tucked away a bit today and that’s why the scores have pretty much stayed the way they were.”

Rafa started the day with a two shot lead, but had an even poorer round, a +1 over par 73, which allowed Steve to catch him;

“I still feel as though I played okay, I just did not manage to score as well. It was tough with the wind, I didn’t quite make the putts and struggled here and there with my chipping, but overall I got the not-so-good round out of the way and I am still in a fantastic position going into Saturday.”

Three players are tied in third position, just one shot back at -11 under par. One of these golfers is Adrien Saddier who easily shot the best round of the day, carding a bogey free -8 under par 64;

“It was a great round, I played very well, I played the first two rounds with Steve Webster  and in the long game we were pretty similar but he putted better, so I thought if I can make some good putts I can do the same as him.

“Coming from the Qualifying School I need some good results so it’s great to shoot 64 today. I finished 2013 very well and I am starting 2014 well too. I only turned professional in July so my only aim this year is to keep my card.”

Frenchman Adrien is joined in third place by Thomas Aiken and Thorbjørn Olesen, Thomas had a -2 under par 70, while Thorbjørn signed for a -4 under par 68 third round.

On this tightly packed  leaderboard there are seventeen players within four shots of the lead, including two-time winner Paul Lawrie on -10 under par and his Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia on -9 under par for the tournament. This should provide for some exciting entertainment in the final round for the spectators at the Doha Golf Club.

Pablo Larrazabal, who won last week sadly missed the cut here, the euphoria of winning quickly doused.