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 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.

 

Portugal Masters. Two at the Top

 

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There are two players at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard, Marc Warren and Andy Sullivan,  at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Andy carded -10 under par 61 on day two of the Portugal Masters, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Marc, who had -6 under par 65, both players on-14 under par for the 36 holes.

Andy had been suffering with a cold putter of late, but not today;

“I knew I needed to go low today to get a beat on the leaders.”

“So to go out there and shoot that score is absolutely fantastic. I had thoughts of 59 coming down the stretch there, but it wasn’t to be.”

“It’s fantastic being on top of the leaderboard and giving myself a chance going into the weekend. The game’s felt good for a long time.”

“The putter’s just been a bit cold and today I just holed a couple of good putts out there just to get the momentum going. It only takes a couple of putts to go in and you start seeing it go in all the time.”

“More of the same for me. I know last year, I was aggressive the whole way around and I know I’ve got to be aggressive again.”

Marc was happy to be still in contention;

“I’m really pleased, it’s always tough to follow up a really good score like yesterday.”

“It was good, I tried to stay as patient as I possibly could out there and nice to finish with a three at the last.”

“I had a good finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, I feel as if a bit of pressure has come off and I can look forward and try to qualify for some events at the end of the year.”

“It’s a much nicer place to be playing your golf, as opposed to looking backwards all the time.”

Jens Fahbring, -7 under 64 today and Major winner Padraig Harrington, -8 under 63 are tied in third place at -13 under par, just one shot back.

Padraig had nine birdies, one bogey, with the round highlighted by a bladed chip-in on the 11th hole  and a 42-foot putt on the 16th green.

Scottish Open. Alex Noren Leads

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Alex Noren from Sweden, leads the Scottish Open at the half way stage at  Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness.

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Alex put together a great second round -6 under par 66 to take the half-way lead in the Scottish Open at -8 under par.

Alex likes the course, and is looking forward to the week-end;

“I like this place, it’s a really fun course to play.”

“A few very tricky holes and then a few holes where you can go for the green in two on the par fives and you can reach I think two greens today on the par four in one, which is very fun for us.”

“Some weeks, we play courses where it’s tough all the way around, and here, it’s kind of a really nice mix, so I like it.”

“It wasn’t easy but I managed to hit some good shots. It got better and better. I played steady on the front nine, and then my last nine holes, I really got it going.” 

“It’s always nice when you get it going and then another birdie maybe drops, and that’s what happened today.”

“Anything can happen on the weekend, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Sharing second place are Danny Lee, New Zealand, and Eddie Pepperell of England, both one shot back at -7 under par. Danny also carded a -6 under 66 today, while Eddie was -5 under 67.

Matteo Manassero, -5 under 67 today, Branden Grace, -5 under 67, Richard Bland -4 under 68 and Jorge Campillo -6 under 66, are all tied in fourth place at -6 under par for the tournament

Matteo thought it was a bit easier today;

“It was still tough but yesterday was brutal.”

 “I played solid just like yesterday.”

“The fact there is a little less wind allowed me a few more chances for birdie that I converted and it just ended up being a good round.”

“It’s exciting, of course, being up on the leaderboard and when it’s by playing well and not just by scrambling well or by some sort of escape, it’s even more exciting and I’m happy.”

“It has been really hard with a lot of ups and downs, mainly downs.”

“It’s something that starts with little things and when you have never really played badly before, it’s hard and you keep going down.”

At -5 under for the competition are two-time Major winner Padraig Harrington -3 under 69 today and Graeme McDowell also recording a second round -3 under 69.

Scottish Open. 1st Round,Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard, Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar battled the wild and windy day at  Castle Stuart Golf Links.

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Scott, from Australia,  just loves links golf, and the tough conditions, carding an opening round in the Scottish Open of -3 under par 69;

“It’s awesome fun. It’s awesome. Doesn’t matter how hard it is. When you play links golf, it’s just awesome. It’s great.”

I love it. I love it. It beats your head in, kicks you around, and sometimes you get it back. It’s just great. Great fun. It’s exciting.”

“Obviously conditions were quite tough and it was a little bit scrappy with some putts not quite getting to the hole but overall I’m very happy.”

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Felipe is from Chile, and he spoke about the difficult conditions, and not making too many mistakes in his -3 under 69;

“It was very difficult golf today, really windy after the second hole.”

“You have to be really patient out here, but this is just the first day. The course is playing really difficult.”

“You have some holes that you can actually reach the green in one but if you miss it on the wrong side, it’s not very easy to make an up and down from there.

“We didn’t make too many mistakes except for two bogeys on nine and 18 but you’re going to make some bogeys out here.”

“You have to make sure you make some birdies, also.”

Very close behind them are a group of eight players on -2 under par 70, they include, two-time Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, and former US PGA Championship winner YE Yang.

These guys are  followed by a bunch of ten players on -1 under par, Luke Donald, Danny Lee, Matteo ManasseroRafa Cabrera Bello and Branden Grace are in this group.

Phil Mickelson struggled round in +4 over par 76, Shane Lowry +5 over 77, which was not too bad considering the worst score of the day was +16 over 88.

Valero Texas Open. Ricky Barnes Leads

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Ricky Barnes leads the Valero Texas Open going into the final round tomorrow at TPC San Antonio.

Ricky Barnes carded 7 birdies and 2 bogeys in his round Saturday afternoon at the Valero Texas Open. (Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

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Ricky carded a third round -5 under par 67 to top the Valero Texas Open leaderboard with a -11 under par total, and will take a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Ricky is still searching for his first PGA Tour win, and has taken over the lead here from another  Wilson Staff Valero Texas Open player Brendan Steele, who is now in second place;

“I’d be lying if I would say it was a successful career being out here without a win.”

“A bad swing at the end, if you told me five under today, I would have taken it before the round.”

“It’s not a fluke being out here, I’ve been showing a lot lately. Just need to keep what I’m doing the last three days.”

“This is why you play the game, right? Come in on Sundays and have a chance to win.”

Brendan was really complimentary about Ricky’s game, but started today with a bogey himself;

“I played with Ricky last week, and his game is looking really good right now.”

“I didn’t hit many fairways today, kind of bad right out of the gate.”

“I was really struggling. I was able to make enough recovery shots to not make many mistakes and I was able to be patient enough and make a couple of birdies at the end.”

Charley Hoffman, -2 under 70 today, and Luke Donald, -4 under 68,  share third place at -9 under par

Luke, a former World number one is happy to be back in contention once again. a change of putter has made the difference;

“Sure feels good to be back in contention again and having chances to win.”

“I switched putters last week and obviously making more putts.”

Patrick Reed,  who was born in San Antonio, is in fifth spot at -8 under after a -2 under 70 third round.

Billy Horschel, -5 under 67 today,  and another Wilson Staff player, three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington -4 under 68,  Chad Collins – 5 under 67, Jon Curran -1 under 71, Martin Piller -1 under 71 and Nick Taylor, -6 under 66, are tied in sixth position at -7 under par.

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Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Jordan Only Wins By 8 Shots.

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Jordan Spieth only won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions title by 8 shots, when many (including me) thought the winning margin would be more. He joins Ernie Els as the only players in PGA Tour history to finish a 72-hole event at -30 under or lower.

 

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Jordan carded a final Hyundai Tournament of Champions round of -6 under par 67 for his winning total of -30 under par. It was just business as usual;

“I felt like it was short three-week break and continue what we were doing last year.”

“That’s the way I’ll keep on thinking about it. It worked this week. All parts were firing.”

Defending Champion Patrick Reed finished in second place, at -22 under par, those eight shots off the pace set by the leader. His final round -4 under par 69 never threatening the dominant Jordan Spieth. He knew it going to be a tough ask;

” I knew I had to go out early and make birdies early, and try to put some pressure on him.”

“All of a sudden I made two birdies early, and I got to within three.”

“Next time I looked at the leaderboard it was back to five.”

“He’s going to go out and make birdies, he’s not going to go out and shoot over par, especially the way he’s playing right now.”

Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka shared third position at -21 under for the tournament. Brandt carded a last round -6 under par 67, while Brooks could not match yesterdays ten under effort, scoring just -2 under par 71.

Rickie Fowler was alone in fourth place, with a -20 under par total, a -6 under 67 for his last round effort, was not too bad, but not good enough.

Of note was the wonderful tournament of Padraig Harrington, he also fired -6 under 67 final round. The oldest man of the final two rounds finishing T6 at -17 under par, with Peter Malnati and Fabian Gomez.