DP World Tour Championship. Matt Fitzpatrick Wins.

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Matt Fitzpatrick wins the DP World Tour Championship, while Henrik Stenson claims his second  Race to Dubai title.

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Matt had a final round -5 under 67 to post a  DP World Tour Championship winning total of -17 under par, sinking a clutch birdie putt on the 18th, for a one shot victory;

“Four footers aren’t normally what you want for the win but to finish it off like that makes it a lot sweeter.”

“It means the world. To win one of these Final Series events is really special, and this one in particular, obviously the last tournament of the year.”

“For me to win on the final week of the year is special.”

“It’s been a long year for me, and I’ve got to admit, this is just icing on the cake as a year goes. It’s been a great one.”

Tyrrell Hatton was second at -16 under par, he too had birdied the last, but to no avail, his last round -4 under 68 just a bit short on the Jumeirah Golf Estates course;

“Obviously it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but it’s been a great week and for me it’s been the best year of my life. So I can’t get too downbeat, but these things happen.”

“You know, it is what it is and I’m happy with how the week went. I’m sure hopefully in the future, I’ll take my next chance.”

Charl Schwartzel shot -5 under 67 to finish in third place at -14 under par.

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Henrik won the Race to Dubai title, for the second time, he cruised through the final round carding -7 under par 65, the same total as the defending champion Rory McIlroy, they both finished T9 in the competition.

Henrik spoke about his great year;

“I’m very pleased to get my name on this trophy once again.”

“It’s been a great year, the best year of my career. I’ve always thought it was going to be hard to top 2013, but I think I’ve done that this year.”

“Maybe not to the level of golf over six months, but certainly with the highlights of winning The Open, the Olympics and managed to win the Race to Dubai again.”

“So it’s been a great year and it feels lovely to finish in this way.”

DP World Tour Championship. Victor Duibusion Has 54 Hole Lead.

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 Victor Dubuisson has the 54 hole lead at the  DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

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Victor had  a third round -8 under par 64 in the  DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Gold Estates, giving him a one shot lead at -13 under par for the tournament.

Victor said he holed the putts he needed to;

“It’s a great score. It’s my best score to date. 

“I’ve played well, made good putts at the right time. I’m happy to be able to putt it in the hole.”

“It’s just a course I like, it’s long. You have to carry the ball long.”

Second place is shared between Tyrrell Hatton, -5 under 67 today, Nicolas Colsaerts, -6 under 66, and Mathew Fitzpatrick who also carded a third round -6 under par 66, all these guys are at -12 under par.

Nicolas had a big finish, an Eagle at the last hole;

 “A grandstand finish on the last is always nice, but it’s the same scenario again.”

“I go from shooting myself in the foot with a couple of three putts, missing short ones again, and then I play a game that’s probably nine out of ten.”

“So it can be very frustrating, when you get into this position in those big tournaments, it’s kind of maybe a little easier to keep digging in and not really let it away from you.”

Matt was happy with his round;

“I feel like I played really well today, I hung in there and hit some good shots coming in and finished strong. It was a good day.”

Tyrrell was also a happy man, putting well;

“I’m happy with the score. I got off to a fairly inconsistent start. But I putted pretty well again today, and that was the key to today’s score.”

Henrik Stenson might have to work to do to claim the Race to Dubai title, -2 under today leaves him at -5, and T 22.

DP World Tour Championship, Sergio & Francesco In Front.

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Sergio Garcia, from Spain and Francesco Molinari, Italy are in front at the half-way stage of the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, in Dubai.

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Sergio and Francesco both shot -5 under par 67 to lead the  DP World Tour Championship with -9 under totals.

Sergio had one bogey, and some iffy putts;

“I felt like I was swinging the club really, really well.”

“I was hitting a lot of good shots. I hit a couple of iffy putts here and there but I made some really good ones, also. I was very happy to see all of that.”

“I’m excited about it. It’s good to be out there with a chance the last tournament of the year. I just want to make sure that I keep playing the same way I’ve played these first two days and see where that takes us.”

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Francesco said he will repeat the same performance tomorrow;

“Just keep doing the same and hopefully I’ll get a similar result tomorrow.”

“I’m happy. It was another good day, it’s very early, obviously, but it’s nice to keep building a nice good round after good round.”

Yesterday’s leader Lee Westwood is in third place at -8 under par, after his second round score -2 under 70.

In the overall contest to win the Race to Dubai, the current leader Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, remained in top spot after he fired a -3 under par 69 to sit at -3 under for the tournament T 17, the same score as number two Danny Willett who carded -2 under par 70 today.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy followed his disappointing opening  round +3 over 75 with a -4 under 68 for a tournament total of -1 under par and T 29.

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Nedbank Golf Challenge. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club in South AfricaFelipe Aguilar, ChileRoss Fisher, England and Jeunghun Wang from South Korea.

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Jeunghun, Ross and Felipe all carded -4 under par 68 in the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.

Jeunghun had one bogey today, but was pleased he putted well;

“I did really good putts today, I made a lot of one-putts and great, big saves.”

“So I’m trying to save my birdies and keep making pars. I did well today.”

“When I played my practice round, it was really tough. I feel it’s really tough.”

“But now I’m playing the tournament, I feel a little bit easier. I’m hoping to get better and better.”

Felipe is concentrating on strategic play in the tough conditions;

“I didn’t expect it actually, the course wasn’t playing very easy.”

“We have to start with the fact the course is not easy. It’s very difficult for me to judge distance because of the altitude, so I’m quite happy with today’s round.”

“I try to be very strategic. I don’t go for every single hole out here. It worked out today and hopefully it will work out for the next three days.”

Ross was working hard to make birdies;

“I was working my butt off to birdie the last I have to say, I wanted to try to make birdie because I let a few chances slip on the back side.”

“I’m still of the mindset to go out there and attack and try and make as many birdies as I can and try and shoot as low a possible score that I can.”

Henrik Stenson is keeping his mind on winning the Race to Dubai title, he sits in a large group at -3 under par after his 1st round 69. His nearest challenger for that title is Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters Champion had a miserable day signing for +3 over par 75, which included an 8 at the par five second hole.

Henrik told reporters;

“I just want to play as well as I can for these two weeks and see where it takes me,”

“Of course you’re always going to look a little bit and see what the other guys are doing but at the end of the day I’ve got to focus on my game and I managed to do that.”

“So I’m happy with the day’s work.”

KLM Open. Bernd Wiesberger Is In Front

 

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Bernd Wiesberger is in front in the KLM Open after 36 holes at The Dutch golf course in Holland.

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Bernd carded a second round -5 under par 66 to lead the KLM Open at the half-way stage with a -10 under total, thanks mainly to some good putting;

“It was good to finally hole a couple of putts and get a score.”

“I’ve been playing alright, I’ve just not had breaks going for me, I’ve not had a good, solid week on the greens.”

“The long game has been steady but it feeds into a whole atmosphere if you can’t take advantage of that.”

“So far I’ve been really taking advantage of my chances and having a great time out there with Joost and Jake (Roos) and the support.”

Three players are tied in second place at -9 under par, Home town boy Joost Luiten, -7 under par 64 today, giving the home gallery some real hope that a Dutchman can win, Nino Bertasio from Italy, -4 under 67, and Mark Foster from England, -5 under par 66 in his second round.

Joost wants to repeat his second round score tomorrow;

“Tomorrow is a new day and I need to do the same as I did today.”

“If I can keep my irons like I hit today and create a lot of birdie chances and keep the putter warm, I’ll be alright.”

It was special out there, It was very busy from the beginning, it was a great day with the weather and the golf course is unbelievable so I’m very happy with a 64.”

“It’s great to feel the crowd behind you. The atmosphere out there was great, not only for me but for my playing partners, and that is what makes it so much fun to play in Holland.”

Nino has enjoyed a great year of golf and is looking forward to a good finish in the Race to Dubai;

“It has been a great year for me with going to the Olympics and keeping my Tour card so now I have to reset my goals and try to finish as high as I can on the Race to Dubai.” 

“I am just looking forward to tomorrow and trying to get out there and make as many birdies as I can.”

Mark is returning to form and is hoping his experience will keep him in contention;

“I am getting back to my best, I haven’t had as many playing opportunities this year but when I can play I am enjoying it.”

“I have been out here a long time and I am a lot more chilled out than I was in my prime.”

“I certainly don’t sit at home crying about not being able to play – and my wife wouldn’t let me do that anyway!”

“I love this tournament, though, so I am really looking forward to the weekend. There are some great names up there on the leaderboard so it’s going to be a good weekend and hopefully I can stay near the top.”

Omega European Masters. Four Players Share Round 1 Lead.

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Four players share the round 1 lead at the Omega European Masters at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, in SwitzerlandPaul Peterson, from U.S.A. who won the D+D REAL Czech Masters last week, Grégory Havret and Mike Lorenzo-Vera from France with Daniel Brooks from England.

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Paul Peterson

PaulGrégory, Mike and Daniel opened their Omega European Masters accounts with first rounds of -6 under par 64.

Paul was happy to continue his good recent form;

“It felt really good to get off to a good start.”

“I was reading the greens well and putting the ball in play. I’m continuing my strong wedge game so I’m really happy.”

Mike is concentrating on getting some points towards the Race to Dubai;

“I need some points in the Race to Dubai so I’m playing as well as I can.”

“I knew I was playing well but it was just being consistent.”

“I managed to finish the last three holes in one under. I was really accurate all day so I’m very happy about that.”

Grégory’s wife has just given birth to a son, and that makes him very happy, on the down side today was the putts that did not drop;

“I’ve been home for a few weeks because of my new baby boy, so to come back here and play in tough conditions, I’m glad I did it well.”

“From the fifth hole you know you will have some opportunities if you hit good shots. It is another thing to do it.”

“I had a few good putts but didn’t make them. I had a good birdie on the eighth from 20 feet.”

Daniel Eagled the back to back par fives, 14 and 15, and also putted well;

“I played both holes really well.”

“I had an eight iron into one of them after a good drive and hit it to two feet and then a seven iron into the other one and hit that to two feet as well.”

“I missed a few greens early on and hit some nice chips which keeps you going, then I hit some nice putts midway through the round to pick up the birdies.”

“Hopefully a good night’s sleep now and same again tomorrow.”

The field is really bunched at the top, with nine players chasing the leaders, with all of them at -5 under par.

Ned Bank Challenge. Henrik Stenson & Jaco Van Zyl Lead

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Henrik Stenson and Jaco Van Zyl are the first round leaders in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

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Henrik and Jaco both fired -6 under par 66 to lead the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

You would not have guessed Henrik was recovering from a bout of flu;

“I’ve been in bed with the flu for three days, and after I had to pull out of the pro-am on Tuesday I probably had a five per cent chance of playing.”

“I felt quite a bit better this morning and the doctor didn’t see any reason why I couldn’t play.”

“I’m delighted with the score but the last few holes I completely ran out of energy. From the 14th onwards my legs were like jelly and it was a real struggle.”

“I missed a couple of chances coming in but I would have taken one under standing on the first tee, so I’m very happy.”

Jaco was nervous at the start, but settled down to record a miserly 27 putts;

“It’s a great honor and privilege to be here.”

“I watch two events on TV each year, the Masters and this, so waking up this morning, instead of making sure the beers and the biltong were ready, I had to make sure my shoes were polished and my clubs were clean and go to work.”

“On the first tee I could feel my heart beating in my throat. It didn’t slow down for the first three holes but I managed to pick up a couple of quick birdies early on which settled the nerves a bit.”

“I hit ten out of fourteen fairways, and a couple I missed weren’t in trouble, just in the first cut.”

“There were a couple of short irons into par fours that I would’ve liked to get a bit closer, but the main thing is the 27 putts.

“Tomorrow I’m going to come out and enjoy every single moment.”

“It really is a thrill to be here. As a South African, it’s phenomenal to be part of this.”

Danny Willett, who was second to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai recently, claimed third place. His opening first round score -5 under par 67 proving he still has the desire to go out and try to win.