Paul Lawrie Match Play, Record Breaking Mikko Ilonen

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Mikko Ilonen, from Finland had a  Paul Lawrie Match Play marvelous record breaking victory of 8 & 7 over Matthieu Pavon, France, to cruise into the second round at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

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Mikko had a great day, with a fast start;

“It was a fast start, definitely, I hit my three wood on the third hole to about a foot, kept the gas on the floor and I think it was eight under when I finished.”

“Match play anything can happen.”

“Even if I was three up after three I could be one down after nine, you never know how it goes.”

“Today was my day and Matthieu didn’t get anything going.”

History was also recorded in the morning session when  Edoardo Molinari, Italy,  beat Robert Karlsson, Sweden,  on the 24th hole of their contest,  the longest match in tournament history.

It was a good day for hosts Germany as, Marcel Siem,  Florian FritschMaximilian Kieffer and Alexander Knappe all won their matches.

Matthew Southgate, England, the top seeded player, and tournament host Paul Lawrie, Scotland, also progressed to the second round.

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OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Moisture Misery Continues.

Round three of the OHL Mayakoba Classic has been suspended at El Camaleon golf course due to darkness at the end of the day, the moisture misery continues with more rain delays. None of the 78 players who made the cut were able to finish the third round.

Hitting pause once more

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Robert Karlsson and Harris English shared the lead at the Mayakoba Classic, both on -15 under par for the tournament, they had completed just seven holes of round three before the suspension. Harris matched the lowest round of his PGA TOUR career in the morning with a -9 under par 62 on Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleon course. He said of his second round;

“The last three weeks, last two tournaments, my ball-striking has been unbelievable. Finally, this tournament, my putting has come around. I changed putters and went back to my old Ping putter that I played with in college. Just brought back some good memories.”

Robert birdied holes 3 and 5 in his third round;

“It was nice to knock in a few birdies, it’s all good to be here. It’s unbelievable, I think, that we’re playing golf at all, the amount of rain we’ve had, the golf course should be unplayable. So, to just play is fantastic. It’s drying out nicely day by day.”

Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Stadler are tied in third place at -12 under par, Rory with eight holes completed and Kevin with six.

Alvaro Quiros, Jason Bohn and Chris Stroud were 11 under. Alvaro finished 14 holes, Jason nine, and Chris eight.

Alvaro agreed with Robert about the course condition;

“The course is in spectacular shape considering how much it’s rained. It’s tough to think that we can play a four-round tournament with all the rain that we’ve had. It’s playing longer. I had the opportunity to play here in 2008, and it was different conditions back then. I can say that it’s just playing longer.”

OHL CLassic, Mayakoba Mayhem as Play Suspended Again.

Play in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico was suspended for the second day, causing mayhem with the playing schedule. More than 4 inches of rain has hit the course since Wednesday afternoon and only 29 of the 127 players were able to complete the second round.

No rain on their parade

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At the suspension of play, due to darkness,  Robert Karlsson and Kevin Stadler were tied for the lead at -12 under par. Robert played 36 holes Friday, shooting an -8 under par 63 in the rain-delayed first round and then adding a -4 under par 67 in the afternoon on Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleon course. He  intends to play on the European Tour, where he is fully exempt thanks to winning the Order of Merit in 2008;

“They gave me 10 years, I was the last one. After being through what I’ve been through, I don’t care what kind of status I have. As long as I can play golf tournaments and I can play in Europe, the most important thing is to just build good habits. If I do that I will be fine and if I don’t play well, it won’t matter what status I have because I won’t be playing the weekends anyway. Life is up and down, isn’t it, sometimes everything seems easy and sometimes it seems impossible. It feels possible again, and it has felt that way for a while, probably 6-8 weeks.”

Kevin had rounds of -4 under par 67 and a – 8 under par 63 in a 34-hole day. He birdied five of the last seven holes in the second round. He is thinking about what it would be like if he won and earned a coveted Masters invite;

 “It’s not anything I thought about while I’m playing, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it on Saturday night. It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t happen, but I’d love to get the chance to play while my dad is still playing. That would be pretty cool.”

Rory Sabbatini and Chris Stroud are currently tied in second place  at -9 under par. Rory had one hole left when play was suspended, and Chris still had three to go.

Ryan Moore, Jhonattan Vegas, Pat Perez and Jay McLuen were  at -8 under par, Ryan and Jhonattan have completed their second rounds, while Pat and Jay still have four holes to play.

HP Byron Nelson Championship. Keegan Crushes the Course.

Keegan Bradley crushed the TPC Four Seasons Resort course with an opening record scoring round of -10 under par 60, at the  HP Byron Nelson Championship.

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Keegan Bradley set a new course record at the TPC  Four Seasons Resort course in Irving Texas, as they say, everything comes up big in Texas, and -10 under par for one round of golf is big. He now has a three shot lead over second placed Charl Schwartzel, who had a wonder round himself, shooting a -7 under par, 63. Usually that kind of round would give you the lead on the Tour, but not this week.

Keegan said the thought of a 59 had crossed his mind, talking about the putt for it, he said;

“It was going right at it, a 59 crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this. But I had 3 feet to shoot 60, I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it. It was rare to match up a ball-striking day and make everything. It happened today, the hole looked huge. Even the putts I missed almost went in.”

Charl was was happy they had played in the morning;

“Seems like you don’t get many of those opportunities, so being out here first was a bit of an advantage. So much rain, it softened up. Played long off the tee, but it’s a big advantage going into the greens with the second shot. You could attack flags.”

There are three players tied in third place at -6 under par for the tournament with opening rounds of 64, they are; Ted Potter Jnr, Harris English and Robert Karlsson. They must all be hoping that Keegan does not go out tomorrow and shoot another low round, which would probably wrap up the tournament.

Young Chinese player Tianlang Guan finished at even par, he was happy with his round;

“I missed a couple of birdie putts in the middle but overall not a bad round. After the Masters and New Orleans, I still feel nervous on the first tee but not too much, and I handle it pretty good in the middle fairway and kept it going.”

Wells Fargo Championship. Derek Ernst Wins In A Play-Off.

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It took a two way play-off to decide the winner of the Wells Fargo Championship. The only real surprise was that Phil Mickelson was not involved. Derek Ernst won the title, beating David Lynn at the first extra hole.

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Six days ago Derek Ernst received a phone call telling him he was in the field of the Wells Fargo Championship. The Rookie has made the most of that opportunity by winning the event.

Derek and David finished the tournament at -8 under par, Derek made it courtesy of a super six iron shot on the last hole of regulation, to with-in four feet of the pin, that set up the then converted birdie opportunity. It was one of only four birdies on the hole all day. Phil Mickelson needed a birdie there to get into the play-off, and didn’t make it.

Derek said the week had been unbelievable, especially that last approach shot in regulation;

“I was trying to hit it as close as I possibly could. This feeling is unbelievable right now.”

David Lynn said he had never heard of Derek previously, but was full of praise for the way the rookie played;

“I’ve never heard of him, he’s a nice player. He said he was 180th on the FedExCup list when we were chatting on the way around. He played super. I mean, he could have won it quite easily in regular play. He played the finish really solid, and then he hit two really solid shots in the playoff. So every credit to him. Well done. I’ve not been particularly driving it well, so took that tee shot down in the playoff and obviously found a bit of a crooked spot and then didn’t play a great bunker shot either.”

Phil Mickelson finished in third position, one shot out of the play-off which he should at least have been in. Phil had a one shot lead heading into the Green Mile, the last three holes. Bogey at 16 and 17 meant he needed that birdie on the last.

“I felt like I was in control, and I let it slip away there the last few holes, so it was disappointing. I’m pretty bummed out, I thought that this was one I had in control. If I could have gotten that bunker shot up-and-down on 15, I would have had a two-shot lead heading into those last three holes, which I know are difficult holes, so it would have been nice to have that. There is just no excuse,” it wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary or difficult. I should have made par.”

Lee Westwood and Robert Karlsson finished tied in fourth place, both of these players could also have won this tournament, apart from crumbling over the Green Mile.

BMW Championship, Wentworth 2nd round, Morrison leads, Donald lurking with intent.

James Morrison leads the BMW Championship at Wentworth after a sparkling second round of -8 under par and 64. He leads by four shots from two players, yesterdays leader David Drysdale who had a second round score of -2 under par, 70, and the man seeking to retake the #1 spot in the world golf rankings, Luke Donald. Luke repeated yesterdays score with a -4 under par, 68, and with Rory McIlroy missing the cut in this years event, he must surely have his eyes set on the #1 ranking.

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Luke Donald (Getty Images)

The  current World Number Two is looking to regain top spot from Rory McIlroy at the venue where he dethroned Lee Westwood 12 months ago, Luke had three bogeys on his card, but two of them were followed by birdies and he eagled the twelfth  after dropping a shot at the eleventh. Luke said after his round;

Obviously I’m very pleased with that round,” he said. “This is a tricky course, and the scores are reasonably good. Obviously James Morrison had a great round – there are scores out there because the greens are holding.

“When I made bogey on 15, to finish with a couple of birdies on 16, 17, really will make me feel a lot better going into the weekend. I’m feeling very strong on the greens. I feel like something that has been not as consistent for me over the last couple of months, but felt very comfortable on the greens the last two days. Every time I’ve had opportunities, I’m seeing the line, and got the speed down and making some good putts.”

Asked if he was focusing on a top eight finish to give him the coveted #1 spot, Luke replied;

 ” To be honest, the focus is always to try and win the tournament.”

David Drysdale said he is desperate to win a tournament;

“I expect a lot, but if I shoot 80 or 65 I’ll take what I can from it. I desperately, desperately, desperately want to keep going forward and that’s my problem sometimes, I’m too eager, too keen, too determined I guess. I’ve been playing great, but been getting in the way of myself. I’m going to do my best and that’s all I can do.”

Along with Rory McIlroy, other notables missing the cut were; Graeme McDowell, Nicolas Colsaerts, Robert Karlsson and Retief Goosen.

I am anticipating a really good finish from Luke Donald, it will be interesting to see if James Morrison can live with the pressure of life at the top of the leaderboard.

Rory McIlroy incurs a two-stroke penalty in Abu Dahbi

Rory McIlroy incurred a two stroke penalty during the second round of the HSBC tournament in Abu Dahbi. He was just off the green in two at the ninth hole when he bent down to brush away some sand that was not on the putting surface, this schoolboy error was punished after a referee had been called into action. He said about the incident;

“Just wasn’t thinking, turned a routine 4 into a 6 there and just sort of undone all the great work to get back to even par.”

Rory was not having a good day having started badly, being  in two bunkers on the first hole and then firing over the green at the third, taking two more shots to make it back to the putting surface and sadly carded a double bogey. He ended the day at three under par as a result, alongside Tiger Woods and two ahead of Luke Donald, but importantly four behind joint leaders Robert Karlsson and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Rory McIlroy two-stroke penalty dents title hopes at Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

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Lee Westwood spent the day struggling with a neck problem, he survived to card level par with another 72, but he may have to withdraw if the pain increases, saying;

“I’ve had it for about a month, but this is the first time I’ve played three days in a row since. The pain goes down into my elbow and it feels like somebody is driving a needle in there. If I’d hit it in the long rough I might have had to think about it, but hopefully I’ll be ok tomorrow.”


Martin Kaymer, the two-time defending champion, shot a 73 and finished at 6-over to miss the cut by four strokes.

Tiger Woods is still making steady progress and is happy with his position at the half way stage;

“I’m only two back. We have 36 holes to go and there’s a lot of guys that have got a chance to win this golf tournament, so certainly I need to do my job and progress up that leaderboard and see what happens.”