Italian Open. Tyrrell Takes The Trophy.

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Tyrrell Hatton, England, takes the Italian Open trophy at Golf Club Milano in Monza, Italy.

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Back to back wins for Tyrrell, last week the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and now the Italian Open. The tournament looked to be heading for a play-off until Tyrrell rolled in a fifteen foot birdie putt on the last green to clinch the title with a bogey free last round -6 under 65, for the wining total of -21 under par;

“It’s amazing to win one but to win back-to-back and defend in two weeks is unbelievable.”

“I knew I needed a low score today, and the front nine was pretty slow and I didn’t really get any momentum.” 

“I was fighting myself, trying to stay patient and J.B, my caddie, was saying good things will come.”

“Although I found it hard to believe, I tried to stay patient. In the end, I guess I got my reward.”

“The end goal is to get as high as possible up the world rankings. Obviously the last two weeks have helped a lot.”

“To win a Rolex Series event is very special. They are new for this season and all of the players look forward to playing in them.” 

“I’m just happy that I could win one of them after a poor showing in them during the summer.”

Tied in second place, just as they were preparing for a play-off, were Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -6 under 65 today and Ross Fisher, England, who must have thought he would win with his final round -8 under par 63, the low round of the day, but it only got him into the second place tie at -20 under par.

Kiradech had to settle for second place, a bad mistake on sixteen;

“I’ve been playing solid golf for all four rounds. I made a double on the 16th but the birdie on the 17th was one of the best shots that I’ve ever hit.”

“Overall I still finished tied second. I’m still happy with the result. It was a fantastic putt on the last hole.”

Ross was second last week, the same man beat him today;

“Last week I had a goal to shoot 62 and managed to better that and shoot 61.”

“I thought, if I aim for 60, I might beat it and get a 59. But hey, 63, it’s a fantastic score on a Sunday.”

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Hatton Makes History Defending The Title.

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Tyrrell Hatton, from England, makes history at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, becoming the first player to ever successfully defend the title, at St Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

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Tyrrell carded a final round -6 under 66 on the Old Course to retain his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title with a -24 under par total;

“It’s an unbelievable feeling, it felt so much harder than last year, maybe that’s just a bit more pressure on myself but I’m so happy that I managed to defend it and what a great week again.”

“I think the format is helping me, playing with Jamie (Dornan) we have good fun out there and it sort of keeps me relaxed which is what I need to do. We’ve just had good fun, I think that is what this tournament is about.”

“What a great round of golf from Fish, it’s amazing. He pushed me all the way and I was very happy to get over the line.”

“I didn’t see a leaderboard until the 16th green and I saw he was on 21 and that certainly made the 17th tee-shot seem a bit harder.”

Making some history himself was Ross Fisher, England, who broke the Old Course record in his final round, a bogey free – 11 under 61 to post a -21 under total, for second place, the same position as last year;

“To go out and shoot a score like that with no bogeys, I just saw the lines and was hitting good putts and they were going in.”

“You almost want to keep going and I didn’t want it to end. At the home of golf I wanted to try and give that putt on the last a try for 59 and just came up a bit shy.”

Victor Dubuisson of France was third, he had a last round -9 under 63, which gave him a -17 under par total for the tournament.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrrell Hatton Has One Hand on the Trophy.

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Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton, from England, has one hand on the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship trophy after 54 holes in Scotland.

 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Tyrrell hauled himself clear of the field with third round -7 under par 65 at Kingsbarns, to post -18 under par at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and will take a five shot advantage into the final round at St Andrews tomorrow, on the Old Course;

“To win at the home of golf once is incredible but to do it again and defend would be a dream come true.”

“Last year, this event was a fantastic moment for me.”

“It’s great to be back and I’m enjoying my first defence.

“Last year was a new experience for me going out leading a tournament and I managed to do a really good job. Made myself very difficult to catch, hopefully I can do that again tomorrow.”

“I’ll certainly try my best to do that. That’s all anyone can ever do is try their best and I’ll certainly do that.”

In second place is Grégory Bourdy, France, a -6 under par 66 at Carnoustie levering him up the leaderboard, but at -13 under for the tournament he has a long way to go to catch the leader;

“Very pleased for sure but it’s one of my favourite links courses as well. I feel good on it and I knew I could do a good score there.”

Paul Dunne, Ireland, -2 under 70 at Kingsbarns has third place at -11 under par, while Luke Donald, England, -6 under 66 at Kingsbarns, makes a rare but pleasing return to the higher end of a leaderboard, and Ross Fisher, England, -5 under 67, Kingsbarns, both players at -10 under for the tournament, but all will be fighting it out for the minor placings tomorrow.

Luke was a happy man;

“Happy with that score.”

“Happy to be in the mix, and go out there and shoot a low one.”

 

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WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Thomas Pieters Leads.

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Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, leads the Bridgestone Invitational after the first round at Firestone Country Club.

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Thomas fired a first round -5 under 65 to lead the Bridgestone Invitational by one shot at Firestone.

Thomas has problems with his driver, good putting was the key;

“I can’t hit the damn thing.”

“Off the tee I was very bad but managed to find a lot of greens and I didn’t leave myself too many downhill putts.”

“I only had two putts from above the hole, the rest of them were just pretty straightforward putts. I think that was the key.”

“I hit plenty of three woods.”

“When I hit driver, I shouldn’t have, I was just not confident with it.”

“So I’ll have to do plenty of work on the range this afternoon, I’m sure I’ll get it back.”

In second place at -4 under is Russell Knox. Scotland, with his opening round 66, he said he was happy using his old putter;

“I figured it did work at one point.”

“I rolled the ball beautifully. I switched iron shafts, which I haven’t done in five years. That seemed to make it a little easier for me.”

Six players are all tied in third position at -3 under par, World Number Four Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland, Ross Fisher, England. Jon Rahm, Spain, with Open Champion Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Bubba Watson, all from the USA.

Rory, for some unknown reason has just sacked his longtime caddie, the new one Harry Diamond was good;

“Awesome, we both did the numbers and I sort of consulted him a couple of times. It was good.”

“There was a couple of shots that I hit or a couple of clubs that I pulled that I maybe should have just thought a little bit more about, but, no, really good.”

Jordan had a moment with his caddie when he decided to try a difficult pitch shot, which he pulled off;

“I said, Michael, just put the bag over there, stand over there and watch this.”

”I split a hole that was 60 yards in front of me and cut it to get onto the green.”

”It was really a cool shot. I was shocked I pulled it off.”

Shenzhen International. Wiesberger Wins In A Play-Off.

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Shenzhen International in a play-off at  Genzon Golf Club in China.

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Bernd had a poor final round of -1 under par 71 in the Shenzhen International to get into a play-off at -16 under par, against Tommy Fleetwood, who carded a fabulous -9 under par 63. It was a great final round with four players in with a chance to win with four holes to go, but one by one they fell over, in the pouring rain;

“I’m feeling a bit relieved now I have to say.”

“I’ve had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months and it’s really nice to have a trophy again.”

“We have really good players out here, all up for it, playing well and throwing a lot at me.”

“At the end of the day I’m just glad I got myself into the spot where I could play for the title.”

“Tommy has had a great day today and I’m just grateful to make that one shot when I needed to.”

“I just wanted to get off to a good start and show them that I’m up for it and I did, scrapped around a little bit, had a couple of near misses with good looks at it early on. It could have gotten to me but I stayed calm, played on decently.”

Tommy said a few putts dropped today, and in the end he was disappointed;

“I’ve played well all week and I was really disappointed, it was stressing me out that I couldn’t really get anything in the hole.”

“Today, just a few putts went in and I kept it going all the way through and it was a good time to shoot a 63.”

“As a goal I wanted to be one under for every three holes, that was 66 and if I beat that I thought I’ll have a had a good day and a good week.”

Grégory Bourdy, -5 under 67 today and Ross Fisher -4 under 68 shared third place at -15 under par. Ross sadly three putted the 18th green to drop out of a  play-off place.

WGC Mexico Championship. Dustin Johnson Wins.

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Dustin Johnson, world number 1 from U.S.A.  wins back to back events picking up the WGC Mexico Championship this week.

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Dustin had a final round -3 under par 68 to win the WGC Mexico Championship, by one shot at -14 under par, even though he said he did not putt too well;

“It means a lot because it’s a tough spot to be in.

 “There’s a lot of pressure on you and I came out and I played really well.”

“I hit the ball great all week. The greens are tough to putt on and I didn’t feel like I putted my best, but I really hit the ball well and played just well enough I guess because I won by one.”

Tommy Fleetwood, England, picked up second place at -13 under, a last round -5 under par 66 nearly making it.

Ross Fisher, also England, -6 under 65 today shared third place with Jon Rahm, Spain, who carded a final round -3 under 68, both with -12 under par totals.

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson finished the day where they had started, at -10 under par, signing for even par 72 last rounds,for a share of seventh place.

WGC Mexico Championship. Rory Leads.

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Rory McIlroy leads the WGC Mexico Championship going into the weekend.

McIlroy shows no rust

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Rory shot a second round -6 under par 65, with an Eagle  at the par four 14th, to post -9 under at the top pf the WGC Mexico Championship leaderboard;

“Coming in here this week, I definitely would have taken a top 10.”

 “It would have been a great start to come back, but I’m in a great position and I can think about trying to win this thing.”

“Overall if you had told me at the start of the week that I would be leading by two going into the weekend, I definitely would have taken it.”

Sharing second place are Phil Mickelson-3 under par 68 today, Ross Fisher, also -3 under 68 and Justin Thomas, -5 under 66, all with -7 under par totals.

Phil had problems when caddie Bones fell ill out on the course, his brother Tim came to the rescue to carry the bag for the rest of the round;

“My brother’s a great player and he did a phenomenal job today”

Tim got the call while eating breakfast, other caddies apparently how him to go about it;

“I was having breakfast and Phil called, he said, ‘In case something happens, just be around.’”

“They just said, ‘Look, Bones has done a great job so far today. Don’t screw it up.’”

“I didn’t have a hat the first six or seven holes, I probably got a little burnt,”

World number 1 Dustin Johnson is T5, at -6 under par, a -6 under 65 today a big improvement on yesterday;

“I felt like today was a lot of the same as yesterday.”

 “I felt like I hit the ball really well, had a lot of good looks at birdie. It’s just really difficult to get the ball in the hole here.”