Italian Open. Chris Paisley Leads Rain Affected Tournament.


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Chris Paisley, of England, leads the rain affected Italian Open, the second round has been suspended due to the inclement weather, and will resume tomorrow at 0730 in Milan.

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Chris was at -5 under par today for 13 holes and was leading the Italian Open when play was halted for the day, with a -13 under par total.

First round leader Rikard Karlberg did not even get to start his second round and will have a busy day tomorrow.

Chris was very happy to be bogey free for his 31 holes of the tournament so far;

“It feels great, it hasn’t been the best season for me so far, so it’s nice to be playing some good golf, finally.”

“Going bogey-free 31 holes is obviously a huge positive, because I’ve been making too many silly mistakes this season.”

“I scrambled really well in the first round and made a few important par saves, then today I started striking the ball well and hit some really good iron shots.”

“So I was a bit gutted when they called us in because I was hitting my stride.”

“It’s the same for everyone. You’ve just got to do your best to stay focused and keep your energy levels up, which isn’t always easy.”

Occupying second place is Ryder Cup bound Danny Willett, at -9 under par, he also has completed 13 second round holes, for -4 under par today.

Three players are tied in third place at -8 under par, Richard Green, -5 under par for his completed second round, Alex Levy, -5 under for 16 holes, and Chris Hanson -3 under for twelve second round holes.

Hopefully things will get sorted out tomorrow and we will have a clearer picture of what the tournament leaderboard will look like, depending on the weather of course.

Tournament Director David Williams told the waiting media;

“We’ve just got to wait and see what happens through the night, if we had a dry night and some reasonable weather over the weekend, then we could still get four rounds in and finish on time on Sunday night.”

“We have tried to be optimistic and get four rounds in, because that’s still the prime objective.”

“But we also have to be realistic, because if we get some more rain that’s going to prove very difficult.”

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.

Australian Open. Scott still Top, Rory roars up behind him.


Adam Scott is still top of the leaderboard at the Australian Open, but Rory McIlroy roars up behind him at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Scott’s Triple Crown race off to a flyer

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Compared to yesterday’s -10 under par round, Adam scored a modest -2 under par 70 today, but it him kept on top of the leaderboard at the Australian Open with a -12 under par total.

Adam said it had been a tough afternoon;

“It was a tough afternoon, plenty of good stuff in there but made a few mistakes in the tricky conditions.At times, it was extremely difficult and I think I held it together pretty well. It was going to be a day for hanging in. I made lots of birdies but bogeys were easy to come by if you were just slightly off and probably most scorecards would have looked similar this afternoon.”

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Rory McIlroy had one of the best rounds of the day, carding a -7 under par 65, which leaves him just two shots behind the leader with his tournament score of -10 under par. He said life is tough when someone is way clear at the top of the leaderboard;

“When you see someone like that at the top of the leaderboard already with a low score, it’s tough not to think about it. It’s tough not to sort of press the issue and try and make birdies to catch up with them right away but golf tournaments are long, they’re four days, 72 holes and there’s a lot of time to chip away at those leads.”

Third place at -9 under par is Richard Green, his second round of -6 under par 66 elevated him up the leaderboard at Royal Sydney.

Richard’s highlight of the day was an Ace at the par three 6th hole;

“That shot on the par 3 sixth today was a flush golf shot. It’s nice to build a bit of confidence from hitting good shots again. I love coming to Royal Sydney. It’s my favourite course up here, I’ve done well here before, it fits my game, how far I hit the golf ball at least. It was a very nice day. I’ve been struggling a little bit of late with my game and changed a few things, changed my clubs, changed my driver; just about everything this week and it’s just started to show some good signs again.I haven’t hit shots like I have the last two days for a long time, probably about three years.”

Emirates Australian Open, John Senden Sizzles in 1st Round



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Senden Caddie

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John Senden certainly sizzled in the opening round of the Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes golf course in Sydney, shooting a -6 under par 66, to lead by one shot. John has had another consistent year on the  US PGA Tour, earning five top ten finishes, and he capitalised here as he took advantage of the light winds earlier in the day. The afternoon players had to contend with a stiff breeze, which made the going a little bit more difficult. The 41 year-old John reckons he is playing some of the best golf of his life;

” I’ve been playing some of the best golf I’ve played in my life,’ I just need to believe in that and keep going forward. I’ve played with them all. I know how they are. It’s about standing on the stage and being comfortable. That’s where it’s at. I feel like I’m getting better at that. I’m moving forward, slowly getting better, that’s where my whole career’s been going. I need to continue in that direction and keep everything simple and just play.”

John has also been caddying for his son Jacob at Keparra Golf Club in Brisbane, his own Alma Mater, he spoke about Jacob;

” He’s starting to get to know the game of golf a bit. He’s always been able to hit the ball well but now’s the time I can get him on the golf course and learn a bit about walking six, seven, eight holes, learning a bit about etiquette. He’s starting to get the gist of it. He’s into every sport. He loves it. When I first took him out I took him in a golf kart and all he wanted to do was drive the golf kart. Now we’re walking, it’s fun being out there with him and hopefully he’ll continue to play the game and enjoy it.”

Five players are just one shot back of the leader, three Aussies, one Kiwi and one Englishman, in the shape of World number four, and one of the favorites here, Justin Rose.  Justin mentioned the early start time today;

” You assume the early morning round is the one you have to post a good number, all in all, it’s a good start.”

The three Aussies who also shot 68 and are at -4 under par are, Kim Felton, Richard Green and Brendan Jones. Joining that bunch is Kiwi Gareth Padison.

Adam Scott, one of the more fancied players to lift this trophy posted an even par round of 72, leaving him six shots off the pace at the top of the leaderboard. Adam admitted to being a little bit off;

It was good conditions this morning but I tried to play quite aggressively my first nine and hit a few ordinary shots, nothing too bad but got in a bit of trouble and wasted opportunities out there. So I was a little bit off but I played fairly good the front nine in pretty tricky conditions with the wind getting up. That’s the tougher nine so not too much damage done but I’m certainly giving them a head start this week. I would have loved to have been a few shots better but there’s another 54 holes, that’s a lot of golf to play so a course like this. If you can have a good nine holes you’re right back in it.”

Adam is probably right, we will see how the broomstick performs on the greens tomorrow, after Adam had been practicing here with a conventional putter, before the tournament began.