British Masters. Robert Karlsson Leads.

White Dragon Golf

Robert Karlsson of Sweden leads the British Masters after 54 holes at  Close House Golf Club.

British Masters

Robert Karlsson / getty

Robert carded a third round -3 under par 67 to top the British Masters leaderboard with a -12 under par total, and will start the final round with a one shot advantage;

“Every time you play well, every time you’re up in contention at tournaments, it’s what we all practice for and what we all play for.”

“It’s fantastic to play here. It’s a great crowd and I’m very, very happy to be in the last group. It’s a long time since I was there.”

“I didn’t hit the ball very good so I put myself in a lot of trouble. But I managed to keep it together very nicely and I’m very proud of the way I scored in the end. So it was good.”

Five players are tied in second place at -11 under par, Ian Poulter, England, -2 under 68 today, Paul Dunne, Ireland, -5 under 65, Richie Ramsay, Scotland, a bogey free -5 under 65, and Tyrrell Hatton, +1 over 71 and Graeme Storm, -3 under 67, both players from England.

Ian stated his intentions;

“I’ve come here this week to do a number of things. One is to get back in the top fifty, and two is to win this golf tournament.”

“I’m now in position going into Sunday I realistically have to feel I’m in with a shout.”

Tyrrell was frustrated;

“I would say it was a very frustrating day. I didn’t actually play too badly. I had so many awkward numbers when you’re right in between clubs.”

Graeme suffered from poor putting;

” A little bit disappointing from, I think it was twelve, where I missed quite a short one and went on to miss another short one and another one.”

Rory McIlroy shot -6 under par 64 today to put himself into contention at -10 under par, holing some putts;

“I felt today I did get the most out of it. I scrambled well when I needed to. Some of these sort of three and four-footers that you leave yourself on these greens are pretty tricky.”

 At least I put myself in the position today where if I do hole those putts tomorrow, it might mean something, so that’s nice. sixty four was good.”

 

white dragon golfGet in the HOLE, E-Book Putting Manual on Amazon White Dragon Golf

 

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Jon Rahm Wins

White Dragon Golf

Jon Rahm, from Spain, wins the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Jon

Jon cruised to  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory with a blistering last round -7 under par 65, to post a winning total of -24 under par, and a six stroke margin over his nearest rival.

Jon now joins Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia on an illustrious list of Spanish winners of the Irish Open;

“It’s such a great honor now just to be part of the history of this event.”

“Such a great country, such a great history in the tournament and such a great golf course.”

“To me it’s such a great week, it really is special for me to share it with three of my heroes.”

“I’ve been saying, I haven’t played my best golf and today, for 15 holes, I played the best golf I can ever play on the golf course with the weather that we had. Obviously the bonus of holing out on four was great.

“Man, this is a nice feeling.”

Richie Ramsay, Scotland, -7 under par 65 today, and Matthew Southgate, England, -6 under 66, shared second place at -18 under for the tournament.

Tied in fourth spot at -17 under were, Justin Rose, England, Daniel Im, USA, David Drysdale, Scotland and Ryan Fox of New Zealand.

Shenzhen International. Lightning Halts Play.

White Dragon Golf

The threat of lightning halted second round play in the Shenzhen International, but not before Bernd Wiesberger grabbed the lead in China.

Shenzhen International

Bernd Wiesberger / getty

Bernd has a completed second round of -7 under 65, which catapult him to the top of the Shenzhen International leaderboard at -12 under parbefore play was suspended due to the weather conditions;

“Malaysia was a while back now but I think my game, especially the last couple of weeks in the States starting at the WGC and the Masters, I’ve felt like I have played good golf.”

“It’s a really nice golf course, obviously the layout is good and it has some variety, it has some shorter ones and some longer ones, the par fives are all reachable if you want to go a bit more aggressive so it’s going to be a fun week here.”

“It’s my first year here in Shenzhen, I hadn’t made the trip over here yet for the first couple of stagings but from what I have heard it’s a great event.”

“All of the guys are really happy with how everything is run and the course looks to be in great shape.”

Sharing second place are Dylan Frittelli and Thorbjørn Olesen, both at -8 under for the tournament after their completed second rounds of -4 under 68.

First round leader Bubba Watson is currently -1 under through five second round holes, and is tied with  Richie Ramsay who completed his second round at  -4 under par, and Gregory Bourdy -2  after four holes. These players are  at -7 under par.

Trophee Hassan II. Richie Romps Home.

White Dragon Golf

Richie Ramsay romps home to win the Trophee Hassan II on the Golf du Palais Royal course in Morocco.

His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid / Getty Images

Richie & HRH
Prince Moulay Rachid / Getty Images

Richie managed to recover from four dropped shots in just two holes to claim a dramatic one shot victory at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco, with a final round -3 under par 69 and a tournament total -10 under par.

Richie, from the home of golf, Scotland, spoke about the dramatic turn of events in picking up his third European Tour title;

“I made six, as simple as that. I just didn’t execute the shot the way I wanted too,  hit a poor chip, it came back in the divot, wouldn’t come out, chipped on and two putts, easy six!

“I knew I was still in the mix and I made great putts on nine and ten just to keep the momentum going.”

“I stood over the putt on the 12th hole and I just thought my putter feels absolutely great, I could see all the lines.”

“I thought ‘just go for it, this is your time’. Pretty much took it by the scruff of the neck the next two holes and the seven iron on the last is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit in terms of visualisation and execution, it was just perfect.”

Romain Wattel finished in second place, just one shot back at -9 under par, his final round -2 under par 70 not quite enough to give him his maiden European Tour win.

There was a six way tie for third, all on -8 under par, Jaco Van Zyl, George Coetzee, Pablo Larrazábal, Mikael Lundberg, Kevin Phelan and Chris Wood.

Former Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal is going to The Masters, he is a two-time winner there, and a top ten finish here has set him up nicely for Augusta;

“I didn’t expect this earlier in the week.”

“The first day I put together a decent score and struggled Friday, then yesterday it all fitted in on the back nine. Today was a bit like yesterday and I was really happy with my score.”

“I saw the leaderboard on 18 and knew I had a putt to lead in the clubhouse. It’s nice to have a round like this and a tournament like this for confidence.”

“It is a different course at Augusta, it is really long there for me now. It’s much better to have a score like this than not, but I know how tough Augusta is these days.”

Trophee Hassan 11. Four-Way Tie at the Top

White Dragon Golf

There is a four-way tie at the top in the Trophee Hassan 11 at the Golf du Palais Royal course in Morocco.

Trophee Hassan 11

Richie Ramsay / Getty Images

Richie Ramsay had a second round -6 under par 66 to join Richard Green, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Oliver Farr at the top of the Trophee Hassan 11 leaderboard on that score.

Richie has missed a few cuts recently and is happy to be playing some good golf;

“The last few months have been frustrating.”

“You just want to go out and play and I’ve had a few niggling injuries. I’ve just tried to stick to my guns and make sure I stretch and have a good practice routine.”

“That builds up and slowly but surely it comes around and today was the day it happened. Hopefully it can stay for the weekend.”

Oliver came through the Challenge Tour at the first attempt last year, but has had a challenging start to the European Tour;

“It’s my first time here and it is absolutely fantastic to play in the King’s garden, it’s spectacular, that’s all I can say,” 

“This year has been great; each week there are new challenges. Dealing with everything is tricky but I’m enjoying it.” 

“Being in a share of the lead is great. It’s what we prepare for and practice for. We are only halfway through but hopefully I can be there on Sunday.”

Rafael had recently broken a toe, and had been wearing tennis shoes on the course, today was the first time out back in his golf shoes;

“I broke my pinkie toe on my right foot, not even a funny story, just banging it on a table.”

“I had to play in Puerto Rico in tennis shoes and could barely tie them. I then managed to get some really wide, and big shoes to wear in Tampa, and today’s the first day it has been OK to wear the proper golf shoes.”

“I’m pleased it didn’t bother me too much.”

Richard had taken a break from golf since his last appearance, which was in Thailand;

“I had a bit of break since Thailand and have not played a lot of golf.”

“I got myself ready for this week and to find myself six under after two rounds is great.” 

“I was pretty happy with the form in Thailand and the tournaments leading up to that. I’ve still got the same swing thoughts and mental thoughts, so it has carried on this week.”

Marcel Siem and Alexander Levy may have seen their Masters hopes vanish, poor second rounds have dashed their hopes of a Trans-Atlantic flight to the States.

 

Euro Tour. N.H. Collection Open. Crespi Collects First Tour Title

dragon logo darkMarco Crespi collects his first European Tour title at the NH Collection Open in Spain.

Marco Crespi  (Getty Images)

Marco Crespi / Getty Images

Italian Marco came through Qualifying School at the 11th attempt in November to earn a first season on The European Tour, and has now won his first tour title here at the NH Collection Open. His final round of -3 under par 69 gave him a tournament total of -10 under par, and a two shot advantage over his nearest rival at La Reserva de Sotogrande Culb de Golf.

He said he had played well, with putting being the key, and obviously was very happy;

” This is my 11th year as a professional and my first on the European Tour. I have been waiting a long time for this moment.”

“I started very well today, I birdied the first and that gave me the confidence to go low. I just had to manage my pressure on the back nine. I lost a couple of shots on 12 and 13. On 12 I hit a very bad eight iron to the green, my only bad shot of the day.”

” On 13 I had a very long iron, a three iron, and it wasn’t a really bad shot. But then I birdied the next, I really like the 14th because I birdied it every day. I played very good and I am very happy.”

“Putting has been the key this week, the greens were perfect, I felt very confident and the ball rolled beautifully. I have been waiting a long time for this moment and I would like to dedicate my win to my wife Elena and to Carlotta, our two-year old daughter.”

Two players tied in second place at -8 under par, they were: Jordi Garcia Pinto and Richie Ramsay. Jordi lept up the leaderboard with a last round -6 under par 66, while Richie carded a -4 under par 68 to get to his total.

Jordi said hard work and dedication had helped him become a better golfer

“I have been working hard all winter. I spend eight hours on the golf course, working on all aspects of the game and the results are starting to show. I came without expectations and things have turned out nicely; 66 is a great score to finish the tournament but we have a long season ahead. I learned that last year when I won in Kenya, I must go on working and trying to score consistently week after week.”

Tied in fourth place at -7 under par were Matthew Nixon and Felipe Aguilar, they had been in contention all week but just did not play well in the final round. Felipe with a -1 under par last round effort and Matthew with +1 over par.

DP World Tour Championship, Luke Leads.

Luke Donald  (Getty Images)

Luke Donald/ Getty Images

Luke Donald, who won in Japan last Sunday, is once again the man to catch after a sparkling -7 under par first round to the $8,000,000 DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. Rory McIlroy, uncatchable at the top of The Race to Dubai, is just one shot behind at -6 under par.

Luke said that he always feels different a week after winning, he felt like he could not miss;

” I felt like I couldn’t miss. I hit some really good irons shots too and it’s fun when it seems that easy, You always feel different the week after winning, you just feel like you have that little extra pep in your step and there’s a bit more confidence flowing through you for sure. Especially winning by five as I did last week gave me a huge boost.”

Luke  moved back up to second in the rankings ahead of Tiger Woods by taking the Dunlop Phoenix title at the weekend and is seeking to match Rory with four wins this year.

Rory said he got off to a slow start but is driving the ball beautifully;

“I got off to a bit of a slow start but felt I was hitting the ball well enough to give myself opportunities for birdies. I just had to stay patient. I got it together on the back nine. It’s a great way to start, obviously, I’m confident heading into tomorrow. I think I drove the ball beautifully with the exception of 18.”

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Marc Warren joined Rory on the -6 under par score, Gonzo said the front and back nines were completely different, I know that feeling;

“The back nine had nothing to do with the front nine, I played very well on front nine, believe it or not. I didn’t hole any putts, but I stayed patient, and all of the putts seemed to drop on the back nine. It was worth the wait, that’s for sure.”

Marc was rushing around looking for his waterproofs, he stepped out of his hotel into pouring rain, 20 millimeters of the stuff had fallen in two hours, but it soon cleared up and the conditions were perfect, Marc enjoyed the fact that there was no wind;

There was no wind to speak of and the greens were pure. I felt as if I hit a lot of good golf, Winning is the most fun you can have at a golf tournament and it’s something I want to do again soon.”

Tied in fourth spot with rounds of 67’s were 2009 winner Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Richie Ramsay, Louis Oosthuizen and Fredrik Andersson Hed.

Returning from eye surgery, Sergio Garcia shot 73, he needed the corrective surgery for an astigmatism following the Ryder Cup, Ian Poulter shared the same score, he must still feel deflated after his peculiar aberration at the Australian Open last week, missing a very short putt.

Footnote:

Astigmatism is a type of refractive error of the eye. Refractive errors cause blurred vision and are the most common reason why a person goes to see an eye professional. Just incase you were wondering what Sergio’s condition was.