BMW Masters. Jaidee Enjoys 54 Hole Lead.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, enjoys a 54 hole lead at the BMW Masters tournament in China.

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A third round -6 under par 66 at Lake Malaren Golf Club helped Thongchai to take over at the top of the BMW Masters leaderboard with a -15 under par total. A win here would close the gap at in the Race to Dubai competition, so tomorrow is a very important day;

The key for Thongchai will be his iron play, and of course putting;

“If I play well like this and keep performing like this, I have a good chance. But golf, you never know what you’re feeling tomorrow for the 72 holes.”

 “My iron play, I think that’s the key, and putting. Tomorrow I’m going to play my own game.”

 “I played well, we hit a lot of greens. I think today we putted well.”

“I think my game plan this week is good. I’ve hit irons well, I’m working on putting and that’s what gave me very good confidence for today.”

“Six under is a very good score.”

“Tomorrow is a very big day.”

South Korean An Byeong-Hun, Sergio Garcia from Spain, and Lucas Bjerregaard from Denmark share second place, just one shot back at -14 under par.

Sadly the biggest news did not include golf, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson posted his reaction to the terror attack in Paris on Instagram.


Alstom Open. Jaco Van Zyl Takes Control.

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Jaco Van Zyl takes control of the Alstom Open in Paris, and will have a two shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

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Jaco took control of the Alstom Open with a bogey free third round -7 under par 64 on the Le Golf National course, giving him a two shot lead at the start of play in the final round, with a -10 under par total.

He has yet to win on the European Tour, but has tasted success on the Sunshine Tour 13 times, so he knows what it is all about.

Jaco has recovered from a knee injury, which meant he missed most of last season, but recorded 18 greens in regulation today;

“I think it will play a big role, at the end of the day, it’s the same situation, although the stage is a lot bigger. I’ve been in this position a couple of times; hopefully tomorrow we can pull through.” 

“Today was really a phenomenal round.”

“I felt really comfortable tee to green and made a couple of nice putts.”

“I hit it really well; I think I missed one fairway, hit 18 out of 18 greens, and made a couple of putts when I needed to.”

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

Max Kieffer is in second place, a third round -6  under par 65 keeping him in touch of the leader with a -8 under par tournament total.

Max has made the cut in every competition this season, that’s 17 in a row, he is also seeking his first European Tour win;

“It feels amazing.”

“I don’t really expect it to be honest to shoot that low, but obviously the course played a little bit easier today.” 

“I feel like I’m good enough to win. I think I learned enough in the last two tournaments where I was in the final round with a chance to win, but we will see.” 

“I don’t know if it’s the time. I just have to hit good golf shots tomorrow and then we will see.”

Bernd Wiesberger holds third place, a -5 under par 66 giving him a -7 under par total, and with two European Tour wins under his belt certainly has the experience needed to get the job done.

The home favourite Victor Dubuisson, two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer and Spanish Open champion James Morrison are all a shot further back at -6 under par.

Victor is still thinking of winning here;

“I think tomorrow I will need a very good start if I want to have a chance.”

“I think you need to be two or three under par after six or seven holes because when you start the back nine, from 12 to 18 it’s really difficult to make birdies.”

Alstom Open. Three-Way Tie in Paris.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Alstom Open leaderboard in Paris at Le Golf National. Home favorite Victor Dubuisson is joined by Martin Kaymer and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

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Victor carded a second round -1 under par 70, in windy conditions, to join Rafa and Martin at the top of the Alstom Open leaderboard at -4 under par for the tournament.

Victor,  whose only previous European Tour victory came in the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open, said you can not make a mistake on this course, and he hopes his good putting will help him to win;

“I played very well.”

“On this course, when you start to make one bogey, two bogeys, then you think that it can turn really bad, but I had a great round and I’m very happy about the way I played today.”

“It was really tough out there with the wind this afternoon. You can’t afford any mistakes.” 

“It’s great support but I’m so focused on my game I don’t really look around; I can feel the support.

“I will have to play again very well tomorrow, and if the putting is good it can be a good result.”

Martin, who is an ex Champion here, in 2009, said it has been a while since he was in contention for a win;

“Obviously I enjoy this golf course and have had success here.”

“It’s been a few months since I’ve been in one of the last groups of a tournament.”

“The crowds are behind me and playing with Victor the last couple of days was good fun, too. A lot of people were following our group, so I think it’s going to be an exciting weekend.”

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Rafa reported that anything under par on this tough course was good;

“Obviously the scoring has been good, two consecutive rounds under par on this course is very good.”

“It’s a very tough course. There is less rough this year, but it is still hard.” 

“The best thing about it is I haven’t had really much, much trouble. I’ve made some bogeys of course, but never put myself in position of shooting a high number.”

“Obviously some things have been going wrong because my scoring during the first two days, or even Saturday, as well, compared to Sunday is not quite the same. But I’m working on that.

“I’m going to keep knocking on the door and one day it will open.”

Francesco Molinari, Jaco Van Zyl and the English trio of Daniel Brooks, Tyrrell Hatton and James Morrison are all just one shot off the pace on -3  under par for the competition, and in all there are only 17 players under par for their two rounds.

Sadly defending champion Graeme McDowell’s bid for a hat-trick of titles here has ended, with a second round +7 over par 78 which had him miss the cut. He was joined on the way home by the fading star of Lee Westwood.

Alstom Open. 1st Round Suspended.

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Play has been suspended in the Alstom Open in Paris at Le Golf National. Rain and then the threat of lightning caused delays in the 1st round, and 2 hours and 30 minutes of play time were lost, eventually leading to the suspension.

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Max Kieffer was leading at the suspension of play in the Alstom Open, completing 14 holes in his first round with a -4 under par total.

There are five players tied in second place on -3 under par; Bernd Wiesberger, Victor Dubuisson, Jaco Van Zyl, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Andrew Dodt.

Bernd had to scramble a bit but played OK’

“I played okay, I was not driving it great early on, and I scrambled around and had a couple of four and five footers for par.”

“But the chances I had, I took nicely. I was just those two hiccups on the last, the three putt and not getting up and down from beside the green on the ninth.”

“In general, given the windy conditions early on, I’m quite happy with that. I think it’s just a great test overall.  From the first hole to the last, you’re under pressure and you need to hit really good shots to make birdies.”

Home favorite Victor said he carded an unlucky bogey today, but bounced back nicely;

“I had a really unlucky bogey on 14 with three good shots, and then the most difficult holes were coming, 15, 16 and 18.”

“I managed to stay calm and make a really good birdie on 18.  On this course, it can turn really bad, and what I did today was very good especially with all this pressure. I’m very pleased.”

“I feel the expectation and a little bit of pressure from the crowd, because I especially want to do well for them, more than in other tournaments. This one is like a Major for me.”

Jaco is waiting for his ball striking and his putter to both be behaving, all in the same round;

“It’s one of those golf courses where there are a couple of holes you can score on, but you can never really let your guard down.”

“One day I’ll be hitting it nicely and the putter is not behaving, and the next day the putter is behaving but I’m not hitting it as well.”

“I’m just waiting for it all to come back in one piece and then hopefully it will be a good week.”

First round play will resume at 0730 local time tomorrow morning, with round two tee times also scheduled to begin at the same time.

Alstom Open de France, Marcel Siem Wins

Super Siem overcomes Molinari magic

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Marcel Siem of Germany won the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris. It is Marcel’s second European tour win, and he had to fend off a charging Francesco Molinari to get it. Francesco fired a last round -7 under par 64, the lowest round of the week to finish just one shot behind Marcel. The new champion had a very respectable last round of -4 under par 67 in the blustery conditions for his -8 under par total and to lift the trophy. With this win Marcel also gains a place in The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes, and becomes the third German to have triumphed at this event after Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer. Marcel was extremely happy with his win;

“I’m so happy, this means a lot to me.First, after eight years it doesn’t matter what kind of tournament you won, it’s huge because you’ve got the confidence again. Every time I’ve played consistent golf this year, and there were so many times up there, I couldn’t make it.  Stupid things happened the whole time. It means so much to me to win after that long stretch. It’s all about winning in the end and it puts so much pressure every time you don’t win and people start talking, you will never win again and stuff like that, so it’s very important for me. I love this golf course. I always loved it and I love it even more or even better now. I’m super happy. I was very nervous, I have to say, after 14 when I made the up and down out of the trap. The last stretch is one of the toughest stretches we have on Tour. In Cologne at last month’s BMW International Open, I hit it in the water on seven, when in the last round I was leading.  But I made great golf shots. I hit it close on 15, made a good shot on 16 that wouldn’t drop and even 17, hit the flag. I stayed very calm. That was very nice. Now I’ve got the win it’s going to make me relax a lot more now.”

Francesco enjoyed his unbelievable last round;

” It’s been just an unbelievable day really. I had a really bad start, but two years ago when I finished second here, I doubled the first on the last day. From then on, it was just great golf. I had a couple of good breaks and finally a lot of putts going in the hole. I was in the moment, in the zone and I wasn’t really counting the birdies. The game has been feeling well all week and everything was coming out perfect.”

The home crowd favourite Raphaël Jacquelin claimed the third spot on six under par, with the English trio of David Lynn, Ian Poulter and David Howell a shot further back in fourth place.

The World’s Number Three ranked player Lee Westwood climbed 18 places to 40th with a closing 70, just a  a day after it looked as if he might be pulling out with knee and groin trouble after he slipped walking to the first tee. Lee said;

“The leg is fine , it wasn’t a problem today. “