British Masters. Alex Noren Takes Three Shot Lead.

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Alex Noren will take a three shot lead into the final round of the British Masters, in England.

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Alex had a consecutive -6 under par 65, this one was bogey free, in the third round of the British Masters that puts him firmly on top of the leaderboard at -16 under par, and will have the advantage of a three stroke lead starting the last round tomorrow.

Alex rolled in a monster birdie putt at the 18th to complete his day;

“Obviously on 18, it was an amazing feeling because I thought it was a tough putt, and you can easily three-putt that and come off with a sour taste in your mouth.” 

“Now it feels great. I’ve three-putted those a lot of times, so sometimes you’ve got to get lucky.”

“I know from experience that it’s not that easy to hold leads. Anybody can come from behind and shoot eight under. You never know.” 

“I’m just trying to work on the things I work on with my coach and with my caddie and if I manage to pull it off, I do, but otherwise, you know, you go on.”

Home player Richard Bland, who is looking for his first Tour win, is in second place at -13 under par, he carded a more modest -2 under 69 today, and is hoping to catch up with the leader tomorrow;

“I said to my caddie, if that’s our worst day and we shoot 69, we should be in with a good shout tomorrow depending on what Alex does.” 

“He’s a class player. He’s only going to go forwards, and we’ve got to go and try to catch him.”

Tommy Fleetwood, -3 under 68 today, Richard Sterne, -4 under 67, Bernd Wiesberger, -4 under 67 and Peter Hanson, -5 under par 66, all share third place at -12 under par.

British Masters. Brilliant Richard Bland Leads.

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A brilliant second round from Richard Bland sees him leading the British Masters at the half-way stage at The Grove in England.

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Richard carded a second round -7 under par 64, and he is still bogey free after two rounds, at the British Masters, and leads by one shot with a -11 under par total.

Richard likes to play in England, and of course it helps when you are holing putts;

“Whenever you play at home, either here or at Wentworth, you’ve got your family there supporting.”

“Other people come up, your friends, so it’s nice just to hear those extra cheers for you.”

“I’ve holed out fantastically well, not only these last two days but probably over the last three or four months.

“If I can keep that going, hopefully I’ll be there on Sunday.

Sharing second place at -10 under for the tournament are Alex Noren, -6 under 65 today, and Andrew Beef Johnston, also -6 under 65 today.

Beef was happy with his round today, despite the two bogey’s;

“I’m very happy. I thought I played well yesterday in the wind and managed to make a few more birdies today.”

Alex unfortunately dropped two shots on his last hole today;

“Sometimes it goes like that. I’m happy about today. I played a lot better than yesterday.”

Somehow Jamie Donaldson got himself disqualified after eight second round holes, I can not find any explanation of this occurrence.

Omega European Masters. Scott Hend Has Advantage.

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Scott Hend has the advantage of a one shot lead going into the final round of the Omega European Masters tournament at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, in Switzerland.

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Scott carded  third round -5 under par 65 to take control of the Omega European Masters with a -13 under 54 hole total, and a one shot lead over the field.

Scott has recently returned from the Olympics, and said apart from his ball careering off down the cart path on his last hole, everything went well;

“I played really nice golf, I left a few shots out there but made a couple of par saves which made up for it.”

“It was unfortunate on 18 when my ball managed to run between the bunkers down the cart path.”

“One shot clear is better than none. I just want to play solid golf again and hopefully hole some more putts and see where we end up.”

“Hopefully Alex and I can forge ahead and create a gap between us and the field and battle it out on the back nine.”

“I should have won more. I had chances to win more but I’ve only won twice. I’m hungry to win more than twice or three times or more than four. I want to win as many times as I can.”

Alex Noren is the one shot back at -12 under, he had a third round -4 under 66, rolling in a 50 foot putt on 17.

Alex partnered Scott today, and enjoyed the experience;

“It was a good day, a little bit tougher playing in the afternoon here.”

“It’s a little bit drier and bouncy and Hend was playing really well from the start, making birdies, and he was four under through nine.”

“I was just trying to hang in there and finish up with some good birdies.”

“You’re just trying to stay in contact and he was playing great, it’s also easier to play with someone who’s playing good.”

Completing the top three is Richard Bland, at -10 under for the competition, he carded a frustrating -1 under 69 today, but on this course is still in touch with the leaders.

Alejandro Cañizares,  Mikko Ilonen, Andrew Johnston all had -2 under 68 today, while  Romain Langasque stalled with even par 70, they are all a further shot back at -9 under par.

The winner tomorrow will need a really low round.

Omega European Masters. 36 Hole Three-Way Tie.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Omega European Tour Masters leaderboard after 36 holes at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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Romain Langasque from France, joined Richard Bland. England, and Richard Green Australia, at the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard with -9 under par totals.

Romain, with -7 under 63 today is starting just his third European Tour event;

“I’m quite sure I will be on the European Tour next year so I play without pressure.”

“If I play good that’s cool and if I play bad then it is no problem. I have nothing to lose. I have no pressure and maybe that’s why I can play good.”

“My hopes for the weekend? Win. I will try my best to win. Most important is to have fun all the time.”

“I’m really happy about this round. My driving and putting was really, really good. It is good to play well on this course. I enjoyed my round.”

Richard Bland has started 392 European Tour events over the years, but is still searching for his first victory;

“It is my 11th year so I should know my way around here.”

“Hopefully that will hold me in good stead at the weekend.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be my best season but I still haven’t got over the finish line yet and I want to do that.”

“Maybe it’ll come this week but there’s a lot of golf to go yet. I’m looking forward to playing these three weeks.”

Richard Green is on his 18th consecutive season on the European Tour, with a couple of wins to his name, but he would like to add to that;

“It’s been a bit of a difficult road this year and it’s nice to be playing some nice golf again.”

“My game is feeling very solid and the work I’ve put in in the last few months to try and get it right, it’s starting to show some signs again.”

“I’m very happy with the limited amount of bogeys and to keep them off the card and keep progressing, attacking for birdies and if I can keep doing that over the weekend I’ll be happy.”

There are three players sharing fourth place, one shot back at -8 under par, Alex Noren, Sweden, -7 under 63 today, Australia’s Scott Hend, -3 under 67 and Canadian Richard T Lee, -5 under 65, are keeping the pressure on the leaders.

Five players are another shot back at -7 under par, so winning the Omega European Masters title will not be easy.

Africa Open. Grillo Gets In Front On Day 3.

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Emiliano Grillo gets in front on day  3 of the Africa Open at the East London Golf Club.

Emiliano Grillo sinks another putt during his third round 62

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Emiliano shot a bogey free third round of -9 under par 62 to take the lead at the Africa Open on -20 under par, a two-stroke lead going into the final round tomorrow. It was a positive putting performance that gave him the lead, including a 60 footer on the last hole to save par. Emiliano came close in Dubai, and wants to win this time;

“It was a good round of golf. I played well, but it was the putting that helped the most. I made some good ones on the back nine that kept my round going. I didn’t hit it as close as I would have liked for nine under, but I made them from all over. I played good for the whole round and I am quite happy with my game, so hopefully I can repeat it tomorrow.”

“When you start making a couple of pars in a row you get impatient, so the key around here is waiting for the birdies. It’s definitely more difficult than the past two days. The wind picked up and it was a little different direction to what we have seen, but I played good enough to not care about the wind today. Hopefully we will have similar conditions tomorrow. A great putt on the last hole gave me a lot of confidence for the rest of the year. I thought I had it for a moment in Dubai but Stephen played great on the last few holes so he got the trophy and I got second place, but it felt like a win for me.”

Oliver Fisher is in second place, at -18 under par, he signed for third round -5 under par 66, which included three bogeys, six birdies and an Eagle. He admitted he played some poor shots today;

” I hit a few poor shots, but I’m delighted with the way I finished and pleased with my score for today. I’m two behind and it’s the sort of course where guys can come from a long way back.” 

There are three players tied in third place, Richard Bland, Thomas Aiken and John Hahn, all at -16 under par.

Yesterdays leader John Hahn suffered  two duffed shots on the 12th, which ultimately gave  the 24-year-old Qualifying School graduate his first bogey since the opening day on Thursday. He carded an even par 71, a far cry from yesterday’s 61.We keep saying the time to shoot 61 or 62 is the last round, how often have we seen the low rounds followed by horrible high rounds ?

Someone is going to shoot a -9 or -10 round tomorrow, and win this tournament, so there are lots of possibilities in the field who could still win.

Africa Open. Santos Shoots 62 on Day 1.

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Ricardo Santos shoots 62 in round one of the Africa Open at the East London Golf Club. Ricardo Santos   (Getty Images)

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Portugal’s Ricardo  carded a flawless -9 under par 62 to set take the clubhouse lead at East London G.G. in the Africa Open. He won  his first title on home soil in the Madeira Islands, and nine birdies and no bogeys here has put him on course to win again. Of course as I said last week it is much better to shoot 62 in the last round than the first, so we will see if Ricardo can continue with his good form. Not missing a fairway today was the key to his fabulous round, and helped by beautiful weather on the short course that measures just 6,632 yards;

“I played really solidly today and gave myself a lot of chances for birdie, and I took a lot of those chances, I’m very pleased to make a run like I did today. I hit the ball solidly from the tee and my putting was all good. To shoot minus nine you have to play awesome golf, so I’m really pleased with every piece of my game. If the wind blows this is a very tough course, but today if you put the ball in the fairway you had the chance to shoot a low round.”

” I made nine under in Madeira to win the event, but I shot 63 there, because the par was 72. Today was definitely one of my best rounds of golf so far. I put the ball very close, didn’t miss a fairway, and that’s the key on this course.”

 Garth Mulroy, Rhys Davies, Lucas Bjerregaard and Richard Bland are tied in second place at -7 under par after their opening rounds of 64.

Garth carded six birdies, an eagle and one bogey, Rhys had eight birdies in his last 16 holes. Richard produced a flawless round of golf, which contained an eagle and five birdies in a back nine of 30.

Garth enjoyed the good weather conditions, with no wind off the Indian Ocean;

” It’s always nice to start the week this way, usually we don’t get weather like this here, but I’m not complaining. The scores are definitely out there, you’ve just got to make some putts. I am pleased to be up there. I played okay on my first nine, but only turned one under. On the second nine I made a few putts and got it going. I think that on the front side of the course there are a few short par fours and with good shots you can make some easy birdies.”

Rhys was happy to record a nice opening round;

 “I haven’t had the greatest form over the last couple of years, so it’s really nice to have a good round under my belt. It was a lovely start this morning, I enjoyed it, and I’ll try to do the same again tomorrow.”

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BMW Italian Open 3rd Round in Turin

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Garth Mulroy of South Africa  will take a one shot lead into the final round of the BMW Italian Open at  Royal Park I Roveri golf course in Turin, after his -6 under par third round of 66. Garth had seven birdies and only his second bogey of the week in moving to -17 under par and top spot on the leaderboard. Earlier in the week Garth had spoken about the South African feel to the  Royal Park I Roveri golf course, and yesterday said how comfortable he was playing it;

” I said on the first day the course reminds me a lot of a South African course, the trees, the shape, and the ball goes a little further too.
I haven’t played so well this year. It would be a big thing to win on mainland Europe, especially with the purse here and the two-year exemption. I don’t win very often so I’d take any win.  I’ve played quite a bit with Gonzalo. We’ve been drawn together a few times and have played together a few more at the weekend. I enjoy it and I like his caddie too, he’s a funny guy. I feel very comfortable out there.”

In second place, just one shot adrift is Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, he managed to birdie the last two holes for a round of 67, and to be 16 under, the highlight  of his round was undoubtedly a 70 foot eagle at the long eighth hole. Gonzalo was not happy with his unforced errors, two of which were due to putting his ball in the water;

” I played well but I had a few unforced errors which cost me a few shots, but two birdies to finish on the last two holes has put me back in contention and I’m in a great position for tomorrow. It’s not going to be an easy task. There are a lot of players within four shots, and this is one of those courses where you can go really low if you have a good day. So I will need to play well again tomorrow and go low, especially to put some pressure on Garth, who is playing great. He’s hitting the ball beautifully and his putting is fabulous. It’s going to be hard to beat him tomorrow.”

European Ryder Cup stars Nicolas Colsaerts and Martin Kaymer remain firmly in contention on -13 under par. They are joined by the home town favourite Matteo Manassero, overnight leader Richard Bland, Welshman Phillip Price and France’s Grégory Bourdy.