Nedbank Golf Challenge. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club in South AfricaFelipe Aguilar, ChileRoss Fisher, England and Jeunghun Wang from South Korea.

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Jeunghun, Ross and Felipe all carded -4 under par 68 in the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.

Jeunghun had one bogey today, but was pleased he putted well;

“I did really good putts today, I made a lot of one-putts and great, big saves.”

“So I’m trying to save my birdies and keep making pars. I did well today.”

“When I played my practice round, it was really tough. I feel it’s really tough.”

“But now I’m playing the tournament, I feel a little bit easier. I’m hoping to get better and better.”

Felipe is concentrating on strategic play in the tough conditions;

“I didn’t expect it actually, the course wasn’t playing very easy.”

“We have to start with the fact the course is not easy. It’s very difficult for me to judge distance because of the altitude, so I’m quite happy with today’s round.”

“I try to be very strategic. I don’t go for every single hole out here. It worked out today and hopefully it will work out for the next three days.”

Ross was working hard to make birdies;

“I was working my butt off to birdie the last I have to say, I wanted to try to make birdie because I let a few chances slip on the back side.”

“I’m still of the mindset to go out there and attack and try and make as many birdies as I can and try and shoot as low a possible score that I can.”

Henrik Stenson is keeping his mind on winning the Race to Dubai title, he sits in a large group at -3 under par after his 1st round 69. His nearest challenger for that title is Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters Champion had a miserable day signing for +3 over par 75, which included an 8 at the par five second hole.

Henrik told reporters;

“I just want to play as well as I can for these two weeks and see where it takes me,”

“Of course you’re always going to look a little bit and see what the other guys are doing but at the end of the day I’ve got to focus on my game and I managed to do that.”

“So I’m happy with the day’s work.”

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrrell Hatton Has 1st Win.

 

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Tyrrell Hatton has his 1st European Tour win in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course St Andrews in Scotland.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Tyrrell secure the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a final round -6 under par 66,on the Old Course St Andrews, to post a winning total of -23 under par, and a four shot victory, using a new putter;

“It feels amazing. I’ve wanted this moment since I was a six-year-old walking around Wentworth. It’s incredible.”

“I was pretty nervous all day. I started to feel a little bit more comfortable, sort of down 14, 15, but I’m just so happy I got over the line.”

“I had a new putter in the bag this week and it worked really well. I’m just so happy.”

“It’s weird, you know, I felt a little bit uncomfortable over the ball at times but my putting this week really helped me out and that’s been key to lifting the trophy this week.”

“I had the target of getting inside the top-50 in the world and I think I was 53rd going into this week, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning to see where I’ve moved up to.”

“But hopefully I can have a good end to the year and move up a little bit higher.”

Richard Sterne -6 under 66 today and Ross Fisher -5 under 67 finished tied in second place at -19 under par.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrell Hatton Has Healthy Lead.

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Tyrrell Hatton, of England has a healthy lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after 54 holes in Scotland.

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Tyrrell scored a bogey free -10 under par 62 at the Old Course St Andrews to lead the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with a -17 under par total, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Tyrrell said it was his best round ever, and he putted well;

“It’s quite clearly the best round I’ve ever had I’ve never actually got to double digits before, either, so very pleased with that.”

“I putted really well again today. That was the big thing. Just kept momentum going with holing some good birdie putts and holed a couple of good par putts as well. That kept things going and I’m really happy with that finish.

“Obviously I’d love to get a win. I’ll try my best tomorrow. It’s been a really consistent year and it would be nice to have a good finish to the year.”

Another Englishman is in second place, at -14 under par, Ross Fisher carded -3 under 69 at Carnoustie, and was happy it was a nice day;

“It was a beautiful day to play this place. What a golf course in this condition.”

“It was decent. You never know what you’re going to get when you turn up here. We were all hoping for Car-nicety and not Car-nasty. We got it. “

“Conditions were pretty benign. There wasn’t much breeze. So whether it played easier or harder than what the other guys had it, I don’t know.”

“I heard stories about some of the clubs they were hitting onto the par fives and obviously we had it a lot longer and the tougher holes played easier for us.”

“It was still tricky out there. It was very firm, very fiery, but yeah, overall, I felt pretty pleased with the round. There were a couple of scrappy shots.”

“I maybe left a couple of putts out there but you know, all in all, I can’t complain. It plays pretty good, and to shoot under par and shoot in the 60s for the third day running, I’m obviously very, very pleased.”

Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren, -3 under at St Andrews, and South African Richard Sterne -7 under, also at St Andrews, share third place at -13 under par.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Ross Fisher Leads.

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Ross Fisher leads the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the half way stage in Scotland.

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Ross carded -4 under par 68 on the Old Course St Andrews in the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, to lead the tournament at the half way point in Scotland with -11 under par total.

Ross was happy with his round, except for three putting, and also mentioned  it was pretty cold out there;

“To shoot four under and get to eleven under, I’m obviously very, very pleased.”

“Not dropping a shot obviously yesterday at Kingsbarns was a real achievement. Seven under yesterday was a great start.” 

“Coming around here, St Andrews, you know the greens are going to be a little bit slower. I felt like I played really well front side.”

“I unfortunately three-putted the tenth for par after hitting a really good drive there.”

“I bogeyed eleven, obviously my first bogey of the tournament, but I bounced back. Every time I bogeyed, I bounced back.” 

“It would have been nice to have one on 18 after bogeying 17 but it’s still tough out there. It’s pretty cold.”

Joakim Lagergren is in second place at -10 under par, he shot -4 under 68 today at Kingsbarns, he too had problems with putting;

“I played really solid today. Unfortunately I didn’t hole any putts this round.”

“I wasn’t close enough really, I hit a lot of greens, but I need to get a little bit closer and putt a little bit better to shoot a really low one.”

 “It was a little windy and a little drizzly there on the front nine. But it’s pretty scorable anyway, I would say. You get a few holes downwind where you can really take advantage of it.”

Yesterdays leader, Alex Noren, with a stunning 64, could only manage a -1 under par 71 today at Kingsbarns, to slip back into third place at -9 under par.

Jbe Kruger is another shot back in fourth, at -8 under after posting a second successive 68,  -4 under at St Andrews, with Tyrrell Hatton in fifth place at -7 under after his -2 under at Kingsbarns.

PGA Championship. Jimmy Walker Leads

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Jimmy Walker leads the PGA Championship after the first round at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Jimmy Walker currently stands 29th in the Ryder Cup standings and needs a big week to move into a spot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Jimmy shot a PGA Championship -5 under par 65 to top the leaderboard at Baltusrol Golf Club, and spoke about his strange year, and poor putting;

“It’s just ebbs and flows of golf. Just haven’t been scoring.”

 “Just a lot of even par to a couple under golf, and it’s equated to a bunch of 20th-place finishes this year.”

“They just haven’t been going in, for whatever reason, they just haven’t.”

“I hit a lot of good putts and they all look like they have got a good shot. For whatever reason, they lip out or quit breaking. I just haven’t been making a whole lot.”

“I felt like personally, I did a lot of things right, and that’s what I’ve been kind of looking to do that I haven’t been doing.”

“So I felt like I was ready to go, I honestly did this week.”

Three players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their opening rounds of 66; Emiliano Grillo, Ross Fisher and Martin Kaymer are keeping the pressure on the leader.

Not applying any pressure was Rory McIlroy, carding +4 over 74 in a major meltdown, with poor putting the main reason;

“I feel like if I had held one of those first two, it might have been a different story of the day.”

 “You get a little bit of momentum and you get it going.”

“But then I missed a couple of greens and did not get up and down and I was always chasing it.”

“I need to figure it out, I’m driving the ball as well as I have, ever and the iron play feels good.”

“The problems begin when I get to the green. I really struggled with the pace. They look much quicker than they are and two or three times I had putts within 12 feet that were downhill and left them short.”

“I need to be more aggressive with my stroke and shoot something in the mid-60s and get into the weekend.”

“Hopefully I’m not shut-out tomorrow. I can’t remember the last time I had a round without a birdie.”

 

Nordea Masters. Matthew Fitzpatrick Goes Low to Lead.

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Matthew Fitzpatrick from England, goes low to lead the Nordea Masters after 36 holes at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden.

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Matthew shot a bogey free second round -7 under par 65 to take the 36 hole lead in the Nordea Masters a -11 under par total, and a three shot lead going into the week-end.

Matthew was happy to collect seven birdies and no bogey’s, and thinks his form is improving, to follow up his stunning rookie campaign in 2015;

“I’ve struggled for a bit of form so far this year, but this week has been much more like it. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

“Any time you shoot seven birdies it’s always a good day, and when you manage to keep the bogeys off the card at the same time, it’s an even better day.”

“I hit one or two poor shots but you’re always going to do that. I putted really well today, I holed virtually everything so it was just one of those days.”

“Any time you go into the weekend high on the leaderboard, you’re going to get excited.”

Tied in second place at -8 under par are local favourite Alexander Björk, -4 under par 68 today, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, -6 under 66, two EnglishmenRoss Fisher, -4 under 68, and Andrew Beef Johnston, -3 under 69, with Scotland’s Scott Henry, also -3 under 69.

 

Porsche European Open. Triple Tie at the Top

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At the end of the second day at the Porsche European Open there is a triple tie at the top of the leaderboard. Graeme StormRoss Fisher and Charl Schwartzel share the top spot at ten under par in Germany.

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Eagle man Graeme Storm 

Graeme carded an Eagle, at the 514 yard par five 10th in his -4 under par second round of 67.

He explained the chip shot at his interview;

“I didn’t quite hit my second shot to get on the green but I had a lovely chip and run with a lob wedge which came off perfect.”

“I’m really happy to shoot four under today. I didn’t feel I was swinging it that great today.”

“I didn’t feel I was hitting the ball that great but I got round and made a few putts and I had a chip in on the tenth for eagle, which always helps.” 

“You need to score on those holes, 11, 12 and 13. I let myself down a bit on 13 with my only bogey of the week so far.”

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Ross Fisher

Ross Fisher carded -6 under par 65 to post his -10 under total, and was very pleased with the result;

“I’m delighted. I played some very good golf out there. My form has been good and I am hitting the ball nicely. Results just haven’t shown that.” 

“Missing the cut in Holland, I didn’t actually play that badly. I felt fresh coming into this week after a week off and felt pretty comfortable out there in the pro-am.” 

“It is a course that suits me, I can be aggressive off the tee with the driver and the greens are so pure. I’ve got good vibes with it being the European Open, having won the tournament.” 

“I’m delighted it is back on the schedule and I’m delighted to put myself in position after two days.”

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Charl Schwartzel

Charl shot -5 under par 66 was happy to be in contention, and with his putting;

“It’s nice to play some consistent golf. I’ve been feeling like I’m going to play well for a while, knocking on the door, but not had the momentum go my way.” 

“This time around I’ve kept it together nicely. I’ve hit lots of greens, given myself lots of opportunities and made a few putts, which helps. 

“The putting is getting better. I’ve been hitting lots of putts where it has missed by the time you hit it. 

“I can chip, that’s not my problem, but things like that (the second hole) are what you need when you are going to have a good tournament and compete. It keeps the momentum going. 

Tied in fourth place are Byeong Hun-An and Richard McEvoy, who are one stroke  back on -9 under par for the competition. BMW PGA Champion Byeong  also carded an Eagle today, on the same par five as Graeme.

Home favorite Bernhard Langer had an even par round of 71 today to stay at -5 under par for the tournament.