Rory Wins It All.

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Rory McIlroy wins it all, the DP World Tour Championship, and along with it The Race to Dubai, at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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Rory won the DP World Tour Championship with  a final round -6 under par 66 to give him a tournament total of -21 under, and a one shot victory. The win also gave him The Race to Dubai trophy, his nearest rival Danny Willett finished seven shots back at -13 under par, in a tie for fourth.

Rory beat Andy Sullivan by that one shot, but not without some drama, it came when Rory found water on the par thee 17th, and then had a 35 ft bogey putt, which he made, that gave him a one shot advantage playing the last;

“It’s definitely the longest putt I’ve ever made for a bogey.”

“I don’t think there’s been one that’s ever come at a better time, so definitely the best bogey of my career.”

“I guess if I had been tied playing the last, I would have backed myself with my length, but giving myself that one-shot cushion made a huge difference and I was able to just hang on.”

“I’ve played really good golf this week, 13 under par at the weekend, I couldn’t think of a better way to finish the season.”

“It means an awful lot, I had to play so well over the weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me.”

Andy gave it his all, but in the end came up just short, the putts would not drop;

“Just to come up head-to-head with someone of Rory’s quality, it was absolutely awesome and something that will stick with me for a long time going forward.”

“I gave it everything on that front nine, I just couldn’t quite get the putts to drop on the back nine. I’ve got so much to take from this week, both the way I’ve played and how I’ve handled it.” 

“For me it’s about doing it on a more consistent basis and getting up there and trying to get in the last group with Rory more often.”

Branden Grace was third, he carded a final round -5 under 67, for a -15 under par total.

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DP World Tour Championship. Andy Leads Rory.

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Andy Sullivan leads Rory McIlroy after 54 holes of the DP World Tour Championship at  Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Andy shot -4 under par 68 in the third round of the  DP World Tour Championship sit on top of the leaderboard with a -16 under par total.

Andy reckons he just needs to keep on putting well, and he will have a chance;

“If I keep putting the way I am and hitting the ball well, I can still do it. I believe in myself, so I’ll just see but it’s going to be a good day I think.”

“There’s no pressure on me. I’m not expected to win, am I? I can go out there and play golf. No one is going to expect me to beat him tomorrow.”

“So for me it’s a nice position to be in, one in front.”

“I felt pretty calm out there. I got a little bit frustrated through the middle part of the round, just not quite on point on the golf today. I felt like the putter really saved me the last few holes.”

“Sixty eight, the way I played, I was quite happy with that, really. Played a lot better yesterday and only shot two better.”

Rory made a charge today, -7 under par 65, and now has a great chance to win the Race to Dubai title, again, just one shot back at -15 under, but would like to win his third European Tour title for this year as well;

“It’s the only thing left this year.”

“It’s my last round of the year, last round of the season and I want to make the most of it.”

“It would have been nicer to be a shot better going into the last round but I’ve got one more round to go out and give it my all.”

“It would mean an awful lot just being able to go into the Christmas break on a bit of a high note winning The Race to Dubai, winning this tournament, just to get another tournament win.”

“I played fantastically well. I could have been five under through five easily. I hit the ball beautifully.”

“Everything was just firing today and that’s why I’m walking off the golf course a little bit disappointed because that 65 could have easily been a 62 or a 61.”

“But I’m still in a great position going into tomorrow.”

“At the end of the season, if I walk away with four wins, it’s still pretty good.”

“But a Race to Dubai title, even though it wasn’t the season that I wanted, it would just be huge to walk away here on a high tomorrow.”

Patrick Reed holds third place, with a -13 under par total, carding -4 under par 68 today.

Rory’s nearest challenger for the The Race to Dubai title, Danny Willett is now four shots behind, at -11 under, and it would seem that his race is done, but he still has some hope;

“It looks like we’re not going to be a ridiculous way behind. If you can keep it to two or three shots, anything can happen.”

DP World Tour Championship. Sullivan Sets The Pace.

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Andy Sullivan set the pace in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, leading at the half-way stage.

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Andy shot a consecutive second round -6 under par 66, this time it was bogey free, to lead the DP World Tour Championship with a -12 under total.

He is the only man on The European Tour to have claimed three wins so far this season, and his progress here has kept a large travelling band of Sullivan fans happy;

“It’s absolutely awesome, to be leading after halfway in such a massive event, it’s incredible.”

“I’m just happy I’m doing it in front of my fans, so keep them happy for the weekend anyway.”

“It’s massive and probably a key part of me playing well this week because they just keep going. Even when you start hitting a few wayward shots, things start going wrong, the adrenaline gets going and it’s absolutely fantastic.”

“They have followed me about six or seven times this year and every time they have been there, I’ve done pretty well.”

“So I think I am going to have to start paying for them to come out every week now!”

“There’s a lot of good guys going to be chasing me over the weekend and I’m sure they are going to come at me.”

Low round of the day went to Emiliano Grillo,  -8 under par 64 lifting him up the leaderboard to claim second place on his own at -11 under.

Patrick Reed also went low, -7 under par 65 giving him third place at -9 under par for his 36 holes, and said he will not be distracted;

“Golf’s a game where you can’t let everything distract you and bother you.”

“You’re going to have times where you close out events and you’re going to have other times where you let some slip away.”

“You’re going to hit some good shots and end up getting bad bounces, and you’re going to have bad shots and get good bounces.”

“It’s how you handle all of it and how you move forward. I felt like I’ve done that pretty well and matured in that aspect of the game to not let anything linger on.”

Rory McIlroy, -4 under 68 today, is not far behind, sharing fourth position with Thongchai Jaidee, -5 under 67 and Charl Schwartzel, -7 under 65, the three of them at -8 under par for the tournament.

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Rory played alongside Argentinian Emiliano, who has won on the US PGA Tour and the Tour recently. For Emiliano it is all about confidence;

“It gives you a lot of confidence.”

“We know there it’s not easy. Anywhere it’s not easy. I was lucky enough to get two wins in a row and that gets me twice the confidence.”

“It’s pretty much like a Major here. You’ve got the best players in the world and you’ve got to play really well to keep it up.”

The really important thing for Rory in his quest to pick up The Race to Dubai title, is that he is now two shots ahead of nearest rival Danny Willett.

DP World Tour Championship. First Round Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the DP World Tour Championship leaderboard after the first round at Jumeirah Golf Estates in DubaiMarcus Fraser, Martin Kaymer, Ian Poulter and Andy Sullivan are vying to win the tournament, although none of them can win the European Tour season ending Race to Dubai.

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Poults and his companions all shot a first round -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the  DP World Tour Championship leaderboard in Dubai. Poults  has now dropped out of the World’s top 50, and a win here would give him some satisfaction after a poor season;

“Dropping outside the top 50 isn’t very nice. Being down the list on the Order of Merit is not very nice.”

“There’s a lot at stake. I think more of it is probably pride than anything else.”

“And wanting to put some points on the board for Ryder Cup would definitely be very helpful.”

“So it’s been a long five weeks, and it would be nice to finish strong.”

Andy is only player of the top four who has won a tournament this year, and he enjoyed playing alongside Martin today;

“I think the way I played all year, I think it’s time for me to kick on and really get myself up there in these big events now and really try and press on.” 

“It was just great fun out there today.”

“Me and Martin both played really well, so it was good to have both of us pulling each other along, one get in front of the other, and both finishing six under.”

“But I’m swinging it really well on the range and I just said to myself, I’m the only person that can mess this up.”

“I just thought go out there and enjoy it like I normally do and be mentally good.”

“On the whole, I’m really happy with where we stand.”

Martin always plays well here, and he likes the place;

“We all know this is one of my favourite places where The European Tour goes.”

“It seems like I do well here usually and I’ve had great success in the past, whether it’s in Abu Dhabi winning a tournament or winning The European Tour rankings here in 2010.”

“So for me coming to this part of the world is always a great pleasure.”

Marcus liked the good greens, that helped him sink some putts;

“It was good, I felt like I played great, felt like I was in control of my game most of the day.”

“I managed to make a couple of putts , the greens are that good; if you pick the right line and you hit it on line, it’s going to go in.”

“It’s always nice to get off to a fast start and I kept it going.”

One shot behind the leaders is Francesco Molinari, at -5 under par, he is followed by a posse of players at -4 under, which included Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy and his nearest challenger Danny Willett.  They are joined on that score by Alejandro Cañizares, Matthew FitzpatrickMiguel Angel Jiménez, Chris Wood, Fabrizio Zanotti and Branden Grace.

BMW Masters. Kristoffer Broberg Maiden Win.

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Kristoffer Broberg claimed his maiden European Tour win at the BMW Masters in China.

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Kristoffer beat Patrick Reed in a play-off for the BMW Masters title at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai.

Both players had finished the tournament at -17 under par an went into the play-off. Kristoffer, from Sweden, made birdie at the first extra hole. the par four 18th, to win the title. It was a dram come true for him, especially as Patrick had a short game to worry him all day;

“That’s a dream come true. I’ve worked so hard all my life for this.”

“I didn’t trust myself, a few weeks ago; I could never win here. I was just so down, and I’m so happy right now.”

“When I won on The Challenge Tour, once in a play-off in Norway, the players out there are really, really good and this field is just a really good field.”

“So I’m just happy to beat all of them. This means a lot to me.”

“His short game was unbelievable all day.”

 “I’m playing really good the front nine and I was struggling a bit, a little nervous on the last few holes. The four last holes I was really, really nervous.”

“I get to the play-off and I saw him hit it right. And I hit it a really good drive on the left side and thought, here is my chance, I want to get by the trap.”

“I hit a good nine iron up to four or five metres from the hole and was so happy.”

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Patrick had to settle for second place, while  Lucas Bjerregaard, Henrik StensonThongchai Jaidee and An Byeong-Hun tied for third at -16 under par, all just one shot off the play-off.

Justin Rose and Paul Casey were next, both finished with -15 under par totals.

Rory McIlroy did not have to worry about his lead in the Race to Dubai, nine of his closest rivals could make up any ground. So next week at  he will start at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, in Dubai ahead of the pack.

BMW Masters. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads.

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Lucas Bjerregaard has the 36 hole lead at the BMW Masters tournament in China.

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Lucas shot  a second consecutive round of -6 under par 66 to sit on top of the BMW Masters leaderboard at -12 under par in Shanghai. He came close to winning his maiden European Tour title last time out, in Hong Kong, and hopes to go one better this week;

“It was nice in Hong Kong to prove to myself and to everyone else that I can still compete up there.”

“So hopefully I can do that again this week and just come up one place better than last time”

“It was a great round and I finished off with some good birdies coming in. A great birdie there on six, a tough par three today.”

“Nothing much really happened on the first nine, I just played really solid. But I thought it was a good bit tougher than yesterday with the wind up.”

“Some of the holes were playing really long.”

“But I made some good putts, made some good par saves as well to keep the round going, so that was nice.”

Sergio Garcia and Thongchai Jaidee share second place, three shots back at -9 under par.

Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and An Bye-ong Hun are tied in third spot at -8 under par for the tournament.

It was some very windy conditions today, but that did not worry Peter Uihlein who had seven consecutive birdies today, to finish at -7 under par. He was playing alongside the leader, and the pair of them had some fun out there, according to Lucas;

“We had good fun. He’s a nice guy. We played three rounds together in Turkey, as well, so it was nice that we both played well.”

Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy is not competing this week, so that gives an opportunity for closest challenger Danny Willett to narrow the gap. Danny is currently at -3 under par for the tournament. Poults, Justin Rose and others will be looking to do the same thing.

WGC Championships HSBC Champions. Kevin Clings On.

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Kevin Kisner clings on to the lead after 54 holes at the WGC Championships HSBC Champions, which finished in darkness after an earlier rain delay.

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In a day of drama, rain delays, and playing in darkness Kevin completed the third round with -2 under 70, and stayed on top of the WGC Championships HSBC Champions leaderboard at -16 under par.

Second place is shared between Dustin Johnson, Haotong Li and Russell Knox at -15 under par for the tournament.

Dustin carded a third round -7 under 65, local player Haotong -6 under 66, while Russell elected not to finish the round in the darkness. He will have to return tomorrow to complete his third round, accompanied by a marker.

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Haotong from China feels under a pot of pressure to perform well;

“I started getting used to the intensity because of the way I played on the,   the challenge and the competition were so intense that sometimes I felt like I cannot breathe properly.”

“This tournament is so big, it’s too big,”

“I know that the final day, a lot of people are going to be hitting a lot of birdies.”

“That’s why I thought that my target, my goal of this tournament would be making the top 10.”

“Making the top ten will already be a highlight and a milestone for my short career. I hope that tomorrow I can do well and finish at the position of where I want to.”

At -13 under par are Jordan Spieth, who shot the low round of the day -9 under par 63, Ross Fisher -7 under 65 and Patrick Reed -4 under 68. 

In one of the strangest moments of the day, Branden Grace played an approach shot to the par five 13th green, his third, which struck the pin and rolled back to end up on the top edge of the bunker. He had no proper stance to play a shot, but the referee awarded him a free drop. What ever happened to play the ball as it lies. All the commentators were understandably  baffled by this generous decision. Will be interesting to see what explanation Tournament Referee Slugger White has to say on the subject.

Rory McIlroy shot a third round -4 under 68 and deserves credit for playing at all after the bout of food poisoning hit him hard. He lost 10 lbs in weight, that has to have some effect on how you can play and concentrate.