British Masters. Paul Dunne Wins His Maiden Tour Title.

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Paul Dunne of Ireland wins his maiden Tour title, the British Masters at Close House Golf Club, in Newcastle, England.

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With a final round -9 under par 61 Paul captured the British Masters title returning a winning total of -20 under par for the tournament, for his Maiden Tour win;

 “Absolutely thrilled.”

“It’s kind of a sense of relief to prove it to myself that I can get it done.”

“I think I’ve improved a lot mentally over the last year in these kind of situations.”

“I feel like I’ve got a bit tougher mentally and I get excited to go out and look at the leaderboard, rather than trying to look at position.”

“I went out and really tried to win the tournament rather than have someone hand it to me. That was the focus.”

“Once I was in front, just keep pushing, make no bogeys and see how many birdies I can make.”

“Obviously the money is great. It means I don’t have to worry about getting a job where I have to sit behind a desk. But after all this, you know, I really love playing golf, and I’ve been grateful.”

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland,  was in second place, three shots back at -17 under par, carding a last round -7 under 63, which on any other day would probably have won him the tournament;

“It was good, it was just nice to have a chance to win a golf tournament.”

“I think that was the big thing. The more chances I have like that, I seem to play better.”

“Mentally I’m just a little more engaged and switched on. I started okay today. I started a little more slowly than yesterday but I was three under through nine. “

“Saw that Paul got off to a great start and I set myself a target on the back nine. I said, if I could shoot four under on the back nine, finish 17 under, I’ll have a chance.”

“I did everything that I wanted to do, it just wasn’t good enough in the end today.”

“Incredible, to shoot 61 to win his first Tour event, it’s incredibly impressive.”

“I’m happy for him as well. He works hard on his game. Every time I’m out practicing or on the putting green, the chipping green, he’s always there and he’s always working hard. “

“So it’s very well deserved.”

Robert Karlsson, Sweden finished in third position on -16 under par, with a final round-4 under 66.

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British Masters. Robert Karlsson Leads.

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

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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.”


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British Masters. Hatton Heads the Field.


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Tyrrell Hatton, of England heads the field at the British Masters after 36 holes at Close House Golf Club.

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Tyrrell carded  second round -5 under par 65 to sit on top of the British Masters leaderboard after 36 holes with a -12 under par total, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end.

Tyrrell mentioned the rain here at Newcastle, and also the good relationship he has with his caddie;

“Conditions weren’t easy this morning, obviously, with the rain coming down.”

“It made it quite difficult. I’m happy with my morning’s work.”

“I feel like I’ve been sort of laughing a bit more, a bit more relaxed.”

“I certainly think he’s helped me do that. But I think playing better certainly helps as well.”

“So we had a good result in Switzerland and hopefully we can have another good one here.”

There is a posse of players in second place, four Englishmen, starting with the Club Tour Professional here Lee Westwood, -5 under 65 today, Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, also -5 under 65, Chris Hanson, -3 under 67 and Ashley Chesters with -4 under 66 today, They are joined by Robert Karlsson, Sweden, with his -5 under 65, all of these players are at -9 under par for the tournament.

In fact seven of the top ten players are from England, so Tyrrell is under great pressure from his countrymen.

Lee had a better day with the putter;

“I obviously made a couple more putts than yesterday, hence five under as opposed to four yesterday. I didn’t really make too many mistakes, just hit exactly where I wanted to most of the day. I’m in a good position.”

Ian had four birdies on the spin;

“The back nine, my front nine, I had four birdies on the spin. Nice to have a little run like that. A couple of missed greens once I made the turn but I made a couple of decent up-and-downs.”

Robert also benefited from good putting;

“Very happy with that. It was not so easy. The rain came and went a bit, there was a couple of really, really heavy showers and happy with that round.”

“Good. Putting, unbelievable. I’ve not done three really long ones in a row so it’s fun.”

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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.”