Turkish Airlines Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two players are tied at the top of the Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard after 54 holes at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa ResortKiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand and  Shane Lowry of Ireland share the honor.

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Kiradech, -5 under 66, and Shane, -6 under 65, are tied at the top of the Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard with -14 under par totals, and will take a two shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Shane can not remember the last time he won;

“It’s been a while since I’ve won and I can’t remember back that far.”

” But when I’m out there tomorrow hopefully something comes flooding back to me and I manage to get the job done.”

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and being in the hunt. I haven’t really been there for a while, so it will be good.”

“I’ve dropped down the rankings over the last while so it will be nice to earn a few world ranking points, a few Race to Dubai points as well and make sure I’m playing in Dubai in a couple of weeks.”

Kiradech had a simple message;

“I want to win.”

Sharing third place are last weeks winner at the WGC-HSBC Champions, Justin Rose, England, who shot a bogey free -7 under 64, Padraig Harrington, Ireland, also -7 under 64 today, and Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, who started the round with a four shot advantage, carded +2 over par 73.

Justin wants to improve his back nine putting;

“All week I seem to have putted really well on the front nine but not quite as well on the back nine.”

“I think the greens tend to get a tiny bit slower as the day goes on so I think I need to stay a little bit more positive with the putter.”

Padraig also had a good day with the putter;

“Today was the same as yesterday except today I holed a few putts and yesterday I missed them.”

Nicolas said the bad luck started with a mud ball;

“I could have been three under after three and then caught a mud ball on eleven.”

“I didn’t think I did a lot wrong until then.”

“I hit two balls in the water so I guess I paid the price for it. I wasn’t playing stupidly aggressive but still playing the shots and made sure that my decision making was on point, which I thought was pretty good until I took a couple of blows around 12 and 15.

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Turkish Airlines Open. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Turkish Airlines Open on day one at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa ResortNicolas Colsaerts, Belgium, Joost Luiten, Holland and Haydn Porteous from South Africa share the honor.

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Nicolas, Joost and Haydn all opened the Turkish Airlines Open with rounds of -7 under 64, to lead the tournament by just one shot.

Nicolas is happy with his new driver

It seems like I can do what I want with this one a bit more. I’m really happy with the way it’s been going,”

“I‘ve been using it since the British Masters and the results that I have are basically because I’m a bit more comfortable off the tee and I can use that good driving.”

“I didn’t really start off very low. I had to stay patient on the first four or five holes.”

“I made a few on the front and then went eagle, birdie, all of the sudden you find yourself at 7 under and you kind of realize that it’s one of those rounds that you can go very low.”

Romeo Andres, Argentina and Padraig Harrington, Ireland, share second place at -6 under par after first rounds of 65.

Padraig likes the pace of the greens, and is putting confidently;

“If I drive it well, I can score. I drove it well. I gave myself lots of chances. Just kept it nicely in play all day.”

“If you’re hitting good shots you can hole a lot of putts out there. They are a very nice pace. They are not quick so you’ll feel confident over every putt.”

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Portugal Masters. Bertasio Nino of Italy Leads.

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Bertasio Nino of Italy has the half-way lead in the Portugal Masters  at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

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Bertasio Nino

Bertasio signed for a bogey free second round -6 under par 65 to top the Portugal Masters leaderboard after the 36 holes, at -12 under par;

“I’m feeling good, the game’s really good. I had a bogey-free round today and it was very easy golf.”

“I just missed one green and I chipped it to one foot so I never really struggled to make pars and had a lot of looks at birdies and I made some and missed some so it was a very easy six under.”

“I’m really playing well, I’m hitting the ball well. It’s a very good golf course if you’re playing well because if you hit it well you’re going to do well.”

“I’m really happy with what me and (caddie) Rich are doing out there and we’re both looking forward to the weekend.”

Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark, with a bogey free -6 under 65 today and Marc Warren of Scotland, -7 under 64, bogey free, share second place at -11 under par.

Defending Champion Padraig Harrington, Ireland, is four shots back at -8 under following his second round of -4 under par 67, and is in a good position going into the weekend to make a challenge.

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Scottish Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open leaderboard, at Dundonald Links. Padraig Harrington, Alexander Knappe and Callum Shinkwin share the top honor going into the week-end.

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Padraig, Ireland, bogey free -4 under par 68 today, Alexander, Germany, -7 under 65 and Callum, England, -4 under 68  to set the clubhouse lead at the Scottish Open with -9 under par totals.

Padraig spoke about bogey free boring golf;

“Today was positively boring compared to yesterday, when there was a lot of drama.”

“I hit two nice seven irons on the first and second, my 10th and 11th holes, and birdied two of the par fives.”

“Yesterday I started off a bit iffy and got a few breaks. I was two under after three and I could have been two over.”

“Then when the rain came in I really struggled but I holed a massive putt for par on 16 and chipped in from 30 yards for a birdie on 17.”

“So it was nice to go out and play solid. It’s nice when there is no stress.”

They are closely followed by Ian Poulter, England, -3 under 69 in his second round, and Andrew Dodt, of Australia, also -3 under 69, both with -8 under par totals.

Nicolas Colsaerts, -5 under 67 Rickie Fowler, -2 under 70, and Grégory Havret, -6 under 66, are all at -7 under par, in fourth place.

Rory McIlroy is still in reverse as he misses another cut, but said his putting had improved;

“I’m frustrated but I thought I saw some good signs this week.”

“My putting was definitely improved although my wedges were not quite there.”

“I’m just waiting for something, some sort of spark, something to go right, and the last couple weeks haven’t been like that. Just got to keep plugging away and hopefully it turns around next week.”

Scottish Open. Mikko Ilonen Leads.

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Mikko Ilonen, from Finland, leads the  Abderdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on day one at  Dundonald Links.

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Mikko broke away from the field on day one of the Scottish Open, shooting -7 under par 65, to lead by two strokes;

“Sixty five is the round of the season, really.”

“I do need to put some rounds together. I’ve got to start from a couple of holes, nine holes and now 18 holes and I’ve just got to continue from there. I haven’t been able to put two rounds together, so it’s a long way to get four rounds together.

“I’ve played links golf when I was a kid, as an amateur we played and I won the Amateur back in the day. There’s some experience in there.”

“I actually changed my irons on Tuesday. So new irons in the bag, 718s. (Titleist)

” It can be just little things that gives you a little extra confidence.”

The chasing pack, all six of them at -5 under, following their rounds 67, are two shots back, they are, Rickie Fowler and Paul Peterson, USA, Padraig Harrington, Ireland, Ian Poulter and Callum Shinkwin of England, and Andrew Dodt of Australia.

Rickie, who was bogey free today, is having fun out on the links;

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Rickie / getty

“It felt good but it’s fun to go out on links and for me to hit shots and they don’t necessarily have to be spot on,”

“It’s kind of about managing the game and hitting shots and working your way around the golf course and putting yourself in the right position and avoiding bunkers.”

“I felt like I did a good job of hitting fairways today, staying on the right side of the hole and made a couple of birdies and it’s always nice to have a clean card.”

” I love playing links golf. It’s a great week.”

 

 

 

Portugal Masters. Padraig Harrington Wins.

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Padraig Harrington wins the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Padraig fired a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Portugal Masters by one shot, with a -23 under par total;

“It’s a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I’ve been coming here for ten years so I’ve always liked it down here. I’ve always liked coming down to Portugal.”

“There’s so many Irish people here. It always felt like a home away from home, so it’s really nice to win the tournament.”

“I haven’t won yet this year, so I know the year is nearly done, it’s always important to get a win every year, a winning year.”

“I tried to be really aggressive. The golf course suited me and I just tried to go after every pin I could and make birdies.”

“I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week. No matter where I hit it, I felt like I could get it up and down.”

Defending champion Andy Sullivan was in second place, he too shot -6 under 65 in the last round, but he was just one shot back at -22 under for the tournament.

Mikko Korhonen, -3 under 68 today, and Anders Hansen -3 under 68 both shared third place with -21 under par total.

Portugal Masters. Two tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at  at Victoria Clube de Golfe. Anders Hansen and Mikko Korhonen have a one shot lead over the field.

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Anders & Mikko / getty

Anders shot -9 under 62 in the third round of the Portugal Masters, which took him to the top f the leaderboard at -18 under for the tournament. Mikko had a third round -7 under 64 to give him the same total, and a share of the lead.

Anders had retired from golf, but is happy to be a part timer;

“I didn’t really have a strategy, just go out and play and just try to enjoy it and hit good shots and it turned out alright.”

“When I decided to retire it was a full retirement and then the top 40 came in and I didn’t really know so I had to play five this year and that’s why I’ve been doing this.”

“I’m very, very happy with my life. I’m very happy where I am and there is no re-think about starting playing golf again, I’m very happy the way it is.”

“It probably helps a little bit because it doesn’t really matter to me either way, it is what it is.”

“I’m not going to come back and play full-time, that decision has been made so I’m just enjoying being here.”

“It’s nice to know that I can still do it, even though I’m not playing too much golf anymore. It’s a strange feeling to go out and shoot nine under in my position, it really is.”

Mikko is not thinking about what could happen, he is happy about some good putting;

“I just go one day at a time, one shot if I can, and try not to think about it.”

“Of course it’s in the mind but I do not think about it too much.”

“It was great. I played solid, putted well. Nothing special but a really good round.”

“So far, so good but tomorrow to go, so we’ll see.”

Chasing the leaders down in third place is Major winner Padraig Harrington, who carded -4 under par 67 today, for a -17 under total.

Chris Paisley, -6 under 65 today, Major winner Paul Lawrie,-6 under 65, and Andy Sullivan -2 under par 69, share fourth place at -16 under.