Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play. Anthony Wall Wins.

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Anthony Wall wins the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Golf Links in Scotland.

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Anthony claimed only his second European Tour victory at the  Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play, finishing one up against Alex Noren, with good putting being the key;

“It just feels amazing, I cannot tell you how happy I am.”

“It’s funny – the other one in 2000 felt like yesterday!”

“It’s amazing because it’s such a hard job to beat everyone because everyone is so good.”

“I did wonder whether it would ever come again. I’m just so pleased for my parents, they put in so much when I was young.”

“I’ve got two children that just want to see their dad win, I’m speechless, it’s phenomenal.”

“I don’t know what it was, you don’t know what you’re going to get. I felt calm all week, I putted well.

“I just found something with my putting a little bit.”

James Morrison won the third-place play-off 4 and 2 against compatriot Oli Fisher, James started the day  with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie to establish a lead he refused to relinquish.

Qatar Masters. Amazing Grace Wins

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Amazing Branden Grace successfully defended his title in winning the Qatar Masters, at Doha Golf Club.

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Defending champion Branden carded a final round -3 under par 69, for -14 under total to retain his title and lift the Mother of Pearl Trophy again, in winning the Qatar Masters, making history as the first man to successfully defend this title;

“It’s great, I’m pretty much at a loss for words.”

“It’s a big thing to come to a week defending. You’ve got a lot more pressure and a lot more things going on that week.”

“To get the first proper defence under the belt is something great, and something I’ve been dreaming of.”

“There’s no better place to do it than Qatar. This was really one of my biggest wins to date last year, and I think this is just going to push it up even higher.”

“It’s all a big learning curve as your career goes on. I’ve learned a lot this week, learned patience, and I’ve learned what it takes now to defend a title.”

“And not just that; to win a title again. It happened last year, but it feels long gone. So it’s great to be in the winner’s circle again.”

Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Thorbjørn Olesen shared second place, two shots back at -12 under par. Rafa was -2 under 70 today and Thorbjørn -1 under 71.

Tied in fourth place were Bradley DredgeAndrew Johnston and Lee Slattery, all at -11 under par.

Paul Lawrie, in his attempt to make history of his own, by becoming the first man to win here three times, failed miserably, returning a last round of +6 over par 78 and drop to -7 for the competition, after starting the day with a two shot lead.

Qatar Masters. Paul Lawrie Still In Control.

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Paul Lawrie is still firmly in control of the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club.

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Paul shot a bogey free third round of -2 under par 70, and swill take a two stroke lead into the final round of the Qatar Masters with his -13 under par total.

Golfing history is in the making as Paul attempts to win the Mother of Pearl Trophy for a record third time. He said it was a good day, despite some putts not dropping;

“Every week that we play, your job is to get yourself in contention with nine holes to play and hopefully we can do that on the front nine tomorrow.”

“There’s a lot of good players behind me. Branden Grace is obviously defending champion, won here before and well up the World Rankings.”

“So tomorrow is going to be a different challenge but I’m looking forward to it.”

“I had a couple top tens back-to-back last year at KLM and Denmark and really should have been higher up in both of them. I had a good chance to win both tournaments on the back nine.”

“It’s not as though it’s been years, and hopefully I kind of get in there and hit the shots that I’m hitting and knock a few putts in and it all goes well.”

“I was a little frustrated today on the middle of the round, I felt as though I hit an awful lot of good putts that didn’t go in, but I’m sure I’m not alone in that.”

“It was nice to end the day on a positive note and hit a nice putt and it actually go in the right pace and right side of the hole, which is what we’re always looking to do.”

“It was a tough day, the wind was blowing. You could tell by the scoreboard that it was hard to make birdies. So I got around there a bit frustrated but, two under, it’s a good day.”

Sharing second place are Branden Grace, -4 under par 68 today,and Thorbjørn Olsen -3 under 69, with totals of -11 under par.

Tommy Fleetwood and  Rafa Cabrera-Bello are next on the leaderboard at -10 under par, and with 15 players within five shots Paul could still be caught in his record breaking attempt.

Qatar Masters. Paul Lawrie Has Half-Way Lead in Doha.

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Paul Lawrie has the Qatar Masters half-way lead at the Doha Golf Club.

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Paul will take a one shot into the third round of the Qatar Masters after carding -6 under par 66 in the second round for a -11 under par 36 hole total.

Paul is a two-time Champion here, and would love to make it a hat-trick of victories in the Mother of Pearl Trophy tournament, no one has done that before. It was calmer for the early starters, with the wind picking up in the afternoon, which made it much more difficult for the later starters;

“It all helps. You see your name on the board a couple of times, you walk past it every day at the range. It’s got to help that you know you’ve won this tournament twice before.”

“It’s just nice to go back to places that you know you can play well on and you have done in the past.”

“It was pretty much the same as yesterday, I played nicely tee-to-green, hit a lot of good shots.”

“I only made one mistake, which was a three-putt from 20 feet at fifteen.”

“They put the tees forward today, obviously thinking that the wind is going to blow pretty hard, and this morning it was dead calm.”

“So I got a little frustrated after 15 because I thought, ‘you’re not taking advantage of the conditions today’. Then I played some nice golf and made a few birdies.”

“But you’ve just got to do your game plan and kick on, and it’s going to change every now and again with the weather.”

“My attitude is normally pretty good when it gets blowy because if you get a bit grumpy and a bit grizzly, as I tend to do, when it’s windy, you’re going to struggle.”

“So I tend to accept things a bit better when it’s windy, and that’s what you’ve got to do.”

“There’s a long way to go, a lot of golf to be played, a lot of top players still up there. But so far, so good.”

Big hitting Nicolas Colsaerts is in second place, that one shot back at -10 under par for the competition, he was -4 under 68 today.

Sharing third position, at -9 under par are Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Grégory Bourdy, both shooting -4 under 68 today, and Andrew Johnson, -3 under 69.

Another of the previous winners here, Sergio Garcia, is in the large group at -8 under par and T6. Sergio equaled the low round of the day, -6 under par 66, matching the leader Paul.

KLM Open. Two Share 1st Round Lead

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Two players share the first round lead at the KLM Open on the Kennemer Golf and Country Club course in Holland. Paul Lawrie and Wade Ormsby both set the pace with magical scores of 61.

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Paul and Wade both shot bogey free opening rounds of -9 under par 61 t the KLM Open in Holland.

Paul was thinking of the 59, but was very happy to settle for a 61;

“The 59 did cross my mind.”

“I had a long putt on the seventh, my 16th, for eagle after a lovely three wood in there, and had that popped in there I would have only had to birdie one of the last two to make it.”

“It was at the back of my mind, but I’m very happy with 61.”

“Sixty-one, it sounds good, doesn’t it? I played very nicely and putted very well again.” 

“My previous best was 63 in the third round of the Dunhill Links when I won. I was ten under after 12 holes that day and shot nine under.” 

“A nine under round there on that day with the wind picking up in the afternoon, was a good knock. Any time you’re nine under, in fact, is a decent effort.”

“I hit a lot of really good shots and it couldn’t have been much lower than that.”

“I’m usually moaning that I could have been three or four less, but that was pretty much all I could have got.” 

Wade was coming back from a long vacation in Australia, and must have been practicing with his putter, it worked like a dream;

“I’ve had five weeks off back in Australia and it’s nice to get back and on the front foot.”

“It was nice to finish like that. I had a hot putter there at the end, which made things a bit easier.” 

“I was getting a bit frustrated as I was hitting it really close but not holing anything, but I kept on giving myself good chances on the right side and eventually they started rolling in.”

“The wind only died down on the last three or four holes so it was tough out there. I said to Rich (Green) that we’d got the wrong side of the draw, but I’m not complaining now.” 

“That’s the lowest score I’ve had in any round, let alone tournament golf. I’ve worked pretty hard the last few weeks.”

Richard Bland is in third place, he carded a bogey free -8 under par 62, so I guess this is going to be a very low scoring tournament.

Richard was delighted to score 62, knowing he had not left any shots out on the course today;

“It’s nice to come off thinking I haven’t left any shots out there.”

“I hit a lot of good shots out there. It’s always nice to make a good start. It wasn’t easy, we probably had a two club wind most of the day. I gave myself some good chances and I’m really pleased with that.”

“I hit a good tee shot on the sixth just short of the green and pitched it in from 40 yards for an eagle two. Those are always a bonus.”

“It felt like most things went my way, when recently it’s felt the opposite and I haven’t got much out of rounds.” 

“It puts me in a good position but there’s a long way to go and I’m going to have to go a lot deeper, knowing the way the course is playing and how many great players are here.”

Englishmen James Morrison, David Horsey and Robert Rock,  joined the home favourite Joost Luiten and Argentina’s Estanislao Goya, all tied in fourth place with rounds of -7 under par 63.

Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay. Host Paul Departs.

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Host Paul departs from the second round of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay tournament, beaten by fellow Scotsman, Chris Doak.

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Chris Doak is through to the last 16 of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay after scraping past the tournament’s host, Paul Lawrie, one up, in a thrilling encounter at Murcar Links, in Scotland.

Chris was thrilled at the result;

“It is fantastic to beat anybody, but Paul being such a good player and being the host, it is a little bit extra special I guess.”

“I have not really played my best and Paul certainly did not play his best today.”

“But I am getting there and building confidence, which is the main thing. It is good to go to the next round.”

Paul was obviously very upset at the outcome, he wanted to go further into the tournament where he is the host;

“I am obviously disappointed. Gutted. But I did not play very well today.” 

“I hit the ball really poorly and struggled all day with ball striking. I did not hole any putts that I had to hole to be fair and Chris did.”

“Both of us played pretty poor. If it had been a match of ball striking today, it would have been a spectacle to be fair.”

“It was pretty poor in places. He has holed three or four putts that you have to hole to keep matches going when you are up or when you are one or two ahead.”

“So fair play. He is the boy that is going to be playing tomorrow and deserves to be playing tomorrow.”

“Obviously I wanted to be a little bit further this week. I felt I was playing good and in control of my game, but today I kind of just did not have it.”

Another Scotsman though to the next round is Marc Warren, he progressed after beating Fabrizio Zanotti 3 and 2 .

Marc was really happy with his performance.

“I played really good.”

“Really solid tee to green again and finished off with two really good putts on 15 and 16.”

Englishman Chris Wood was the first man to confirm his spot in the last 16, thanks to his second 5 and 4 win of the week, he needed just two and a half hours to beat Spain’s Jorge Campillo.

The number one seed in the tournament, England’s James Morrison was beaten 2 and 1 today by Sweden’s Johan Carlsson.



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.