Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Joost Luiten Leads, with an Albatross.

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Joost Luiten leads the Andalucia Valderrama Masters aided by an Albatross  at Real Club Valderrama, in Spain.

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Joost celebrates his Albatross / getty

Joost, from Holland, carded his albatross on the par five 11th hole, to post -6 under par at the top of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters leaderboard, with a second round -1 under 70, and finished second here last year;

“I’m happy with the way I played,I finished second, I like this place.”

“Hopefully we can have a good weekend and we can win here but there’s a lot of golf to be played and we just need to focus on tomorrow and have another good round.”

“I think it will play a bit shorter off the tee, it will be a bit harder maybe to hit the fairways if they’re going to run off but it’s still fairly soft, you can still be aggressive into the pins but you’ve got to hit the fairways and that’s the game-plan for the weekend.”

“I think ten under will be a good number.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are Tournament Host and local favorite Sergio Garcia, even par 71 today, Robert Rock, England, -1 under 70, and Scott Jamieson, Scotland, with his second round -3 under 68.

Sergio will need to put some ice on a wrist injury;

“We’ll just ice it (his wrist) a little bit and put that anti-inflammation patch that I have and hopefully it will be fine tomorrow.”

“I feel like I could have shot probably two or three under but it was tough out there this afternoon.”

Robert would have liked to be in front, and thinks he could have been;

“I’ve played better than one under and just threw stupid shots away from the edge of the green that are pretty basic, so it’s annoying, but it’s a good two days.”

“There are some great players on the leaderboard and it would be nice to have a few extra shots on them come the weekend but I’ll take it.”

Scott was very happy with his round in the windy conditions;

“I’m delighted with that. Anything under par around here, most people would sign up for before they tee off and especially in the tricky conditions today with the breeze blowing.”

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Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Sergio and Joost Lead.

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ESP Tournament Host Sergio Garcia shares the Andalucia Valderrama Masters lead with NED Joost Luiten of Holland after round one at Real Club Valderrama in Spain.

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Sergio and Joost both produced opening rounds of -5 under par 66 to lead the Andalucia Valderrama Masters by one shot.

Sergio hit some lovely iron shots and made a few putts;

“It was nice, it was gettable because it was soft but you still had to hit good shots and I was able to do that for the most part of the day.”

“I’m very happy with my round.”

“The game was on pretty much all day. I hit my irons very well, I didn’t drive the ball well on the eighth hole but I was pretty much spot on there and I made some nice putts here and there.”

“The greens were rolling quite fast, more than anything the back nine was even faster than the front. Overall I think it was very solid.”

Joost found it tough going into the wind today;

“It was early when I teed off and I thought the back nine was playing tough, playing long and the ball wasn’t going as far.”

“The 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th are pretty much into the wind so you’ve got to be patient if you’re playing that nine first.”

“Finally on my back nine, the front nine, I started to hit some really good iron shots and I hit some really close for easy birdies.”

ENG Robert Rock, of England, and ESP Pablo Larrazábal from Spain are then tied in third place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67.

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Made In Denmark. David Horsey Has A Two Shot Lead.

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David Horsey from England has a two lead to take into the final round of the Made in Denmark tournament at  Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

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David carded -7 under 64 in his third round, as he goes in search of his second Made in Denmark title, with a -14 under par total, and a two shot advantage over the field starting on Sunday;

“It would be nice to add another Made In Denmark trophy to the cabinet so we’ll see what we can do.”

“Leading by two so I’ll just focus on myself and go out and play the same sort of golf as I have today.”

“It was good fun, the conditions were fairly benign so there was a score out there today.”

“I managed to give myself a few chances, missed a few short ones but holed a couple of  twenty footers as well so it evened itself out.”

“I really like this golf course, something about it suits my eye so I come in here with good vibes again and the atmosphere coming up 16 is something else, it must be like walking out in a football stadium with 70,000 people cheering for you.”

“I actually said to my caddie, I think I was more nervous on that putt on 16 than I was to win the tournament two years ago!”

Julian Suri, USA, is in second place at -12 under par, he scored a third round -6 under par 65 to move up the leaderboard.

Sharing third place at -11 under par are Robert Rock, -5 under 66, today and Chris Paisley, -6 under 65, both players from England. They are joined by  Grégory Havret, France, -6 under 65 and Major champion John Daly, USA, who also had -6 under 65.

John has a win this year, on the PGA Tour Champions at the Insperity Invitational;

“You don’t get too many opportunities like this.”

“The fans here, it’s a delight, clapping with rhythm like a song on every hole, it’s great.”

“Just to see all the young children out here that look like they’re into golf, it’s just really a great atmosphere.”

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Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marcel Makes Home Fans Happy.

Marcel Siem, Germany,  makes the home fans happy with an extra hole win to get into the semi-finals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play.

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Marcel beat Robert Rock of England, with a birdie on the 19 hole of their match, he now advances to the Paul Lawrie Match Play semi-final stage;

“That was by far the toughest match.”

“I don’t know how many birdies we made on the back nine together but it was quite a lot.”

“I was down all day and it was very tiring because you have to fight and dig deep.”

In another tight game Johan Carlsson, Sweden,  overcame defending champion Anthony Wall, England,  on the last hole of their match.

Marcel will take on Johan in the next round.

Spain has two competitors through to the semi’s, Adrian Otaegui, was triumphed 2 & 1 over Alexander Knappe, Germany, while Alejandro Cañizares, in another long match, 20 holes,  beat England’s Chris Paisley. The two Spaniards will now go head to head in the semi’s.

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Euro Tour. The Irish Open. Luiten Likes It.

Joost Luiten likes the way he is playing at The Irish Open on the European Tour, giving himself a one shot lead to take into the final round.

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Joost fired a flawless bogey free round of -6 under par, 66, to take him into a clear lead going into the final round. Good approach play, all birdies were from ten feet or less, coupled with good putting put him into this precious position. He also likes this course;

” It was good to-day, a round in this wind with no bogeys is always good. It looks like I’m playing good, playing consistently. I don’t make a lot of silly mistakes, the game feels good. I like the course , obviously after three rounds if you’re leading you like it. The key is to stay out of the fairway bunkers. It’s always great to go into the last round of the tournament as the leader, but this is The Irish Open and perhaps bigger than some other events. I don’t really care who is behind me, as long as they stay behind me. You still have to go out and make some birdies, be patient and take it one shot at a time. It’s always good to have a win under your belt, you can go a little bit more for the win. You have nothing to lose so that’s how I am going to go out tomorrow. I’ve been working on my swing for a long time and am finally fully fit after a shoulder problem which meant I couldn’t practice as much on the range. It has been good for a couple of months and feels really good now.”

Pablo Larrazábal is alone in second place at -14 under par, he also had a third round of -6 under par 66, and at just one shot back is certain to mount a charge for the title. He is hoping he will strike the ball as well tomorrow as he has done the other three rounds, and continue making the putts.

” I’ve been playing good. The last month I didn’t play as good as the three months before, so I feel that I’m hitting the ball good, and I have to fight for the tournament. I hope tomorrow I can hit the ball as good as these days and hole as many putts.”

Robert Rock occupies third place, just three shots off the lead after his disappointing -1 under par round, leaving him on -10 under par for the tournament. He is still very much in this competition, and maybe Paul Casey can make an impression tomorrow. Paul is showing some form here and at -9 under par in total can not be ruled out of contention. Sharing that position with Paul is Scot Henry.

Another shot further back at -8 under par is former Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal, sadly halfway joint-leader Peter Uihlein slipped back to -7  under after a poor round of +2 over par 74.

Euro Tour. The Irish Open, Rock and Uihlein Lead. McIlroy Misses Cut

Robert Rock and Peter Uihlein lead the European Tour, The Irish Open at Carton House Golf Course in Kildare, Ireland at the conclusion of the second round.

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Peter Uihlein / Getty Images

Peter was happy to play in the strong breeze that came up in Kildare for the second round. He won the Madeira Islands Open last month in another blustery event, and said he had played in stronger winds when at college in Oklahoma;

” In college in Oklahoma it was quite windy all the time, so I quite enjoy the wind and knew it was tough out there. It was gusting at times, and it was a good, solid day. The Irish fans live up to the reputation of being very knowledgeable and supportive, so it’s been good. I spent three and a half years in Oklahoma where we would play in a tornado. It was a good experience there, and I feel like in the wind, you don’t have to be perfect, which is what I struggle with. I would try and be too perfect sometimes and in the wind, you just play golf, you hit shots and you just try and manoeuvre it a little bit. I feel like when it gets windy, you have almost a little more room, so I enjoy it. I’ve had a very good support group with Chubby ( his manager) and my coach Butch Harmon and my dad ( Chairman of top equipment company Acushnet). Those guys have been around the game a long, long time. If they say this is the right route, then I’m going to listen to them. And I look at a guy like Adam Scott, somebody I’ve always looked up to, and he came over to Europe and started off his career. Rory did the same thing, start in Europe before heading to the States. There have been a lot of guys who have done it and had great success. It’s just different me being an American and doing it.”

Robert has missed six out of nine cuts and has been not playing to the form that saw him beat Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship last year. He has recently received some putting lessons and thinks that tactic is paying off;

” I’ve been putting a little bit better lately so to start the day with even a five foot putt for a birdie was nice, and I drove it well for the rest of the round really. I was frustrated in Munich, played really quite well for three days but putted awfully and I played on Saturday with Richard McEvoy and he had a little suggestion but also gave me Jonathan Yarwood’s number, and he kindly sent me an e mail, a V1 email golf lesson and told me really a few things to change in the setup. I sent him a video back about quarter six Sunday morning and shot seven under. Unfortunately it didn’t work at The Open qualifying quite so well on Monday, but it’s been better. I’m feeling quite awkward doing it, so on some putts I’m hitting average putts because I’m confusing myself a little bit but on the whole it’s been good. I didn’t have my arms and putter shaft set at the right angle or in line and I was holding a little too far up the putter to achieve that. So I tried to align all that, and if you see me over the weekend during the round, that’s what I’m going to do, and if it’s not in line, I might miss. I think I had 26 putts today which is as good as I’ve done in a long while. I’ve had 26 putts over the past few weeks but generally all tap ins so didn’t really count. I’ve been failing to set the ball on line for a long time, and that did it.  played well in Dubai at the start of the year but before that it seems to go back a good while. A few off course things that distracted from practice and then that kind of spirals into your game later down the line and you realise, yeah, should have put the time in that you should have done and have to put more time in to correct that and that takes a while for it to work.”

Missing the cut were local boys, Rory McIlroy, who will surely begin to tumble down the World Golf Rankings soon, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley.

Volvo World Match Play Championship, Poulter out

Defending champion Ian Poulter has been knocked out of the 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championship by Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, with what looks like an easy win at 4-3. Another Englishman,Justin Rose is also out, beaten by Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium by the same 4-3 score. In fact there are no Englishmen competing on day four of the tournament. Tom Lewis went down to Sergio Garcia, Richard Finch to Graeme McDowell and Robert Rock  fell to Retief Goosen.

In the quarter finals G-Mac eased out local boy Sergio Garcia, and Paul Lawrie had an easy time of it despatching Retief Goosen 6 and 5. Brandt Snedeker and his borrowed clubs finally fell to Nicolas Colsaerts, while Alvaro Quiros lost to countryman Rafael Cabrera-Bello 3 and 1.

Paul Lawrie will now face Nicolas Colsaerts, and Rafael Cabrera-Bellow will play Graeme McDowell in the semi finals.

Rafael said of his match against Alvaro Quiros;

“I got to play with a friend in Alvaro. I’m very happy for me but I feel sorry for him, and he’s such a good guy. We had a good match today. I feel like I’m playing really good.  This morning I recovered in a tough game, being two down with five to play, and now this afternoon, three down after nine and being able to win, I feel really proud of that. I have to play G Mac, and he has a lot of experience and is a Ryder Cup hero, so he’s obviously going to be a very, very tough guy to beat.  I’m going to try my best and I’m playing good. Hopefully I can start as good as I did on my first two matches and if I don’t, I know I can come from behind and make it through. So we’ll just see what happens.”

Graeme thought he was pretty lucky to get past Sergio Garcia;

“It wasn’t exactly El Classico and I feel like I dodged a bullet there. I kind of resigned myself to the fact that I was going home, but sometimes you have to win ugly and sometimes to win you need what just happened to me. I count myself lucky.”

Sergio was disappointed but said he was not quite playing well enough;

I’m playing so badly this could happen at any moment.  Making it to the quarter finals having played so badly means it was a good tournament. I had no good quality shots.  He gave me some chances that I could not take and I have been saying it from the first day that I have not felt comfortable and I am not happy with my game.”