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.

 

Tshwane Open. Fisher Lands Tshwane Trophy

dragon logo darkRoss Fisher lands the Tshwane Open trophy at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate.

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Ross had a final round of -2 under par 70, an Eagle on the par five 15th hole, from 25 feet killed off any hope the chasing pack had of catching him. Ross was pleased to win in the testing conditions, and admitted the eagle settled his nerves;

“I’m thrilled to get over the line, it was a testing day with the weather conditions, and playing with Mike he put up a great challenge for me. I set a target of trying to go out there and shoot in the 60s and almost managed to do it. I had a little mishap on the last but I’m just glad to be standing here talking to you as champion.”

“It’s been pretty good to me this week the 15th hole, There have been a couple of eagles, but that was a big putt there. I know I was only a couple ahead. To hit a nice shot there and have a good look at three and to see it drop, I think I went four shots clear with only three to play I knew I could coast in. There was a little wobble on a few of those holes and I managed to make a couple of good par saves on 16 and 17. It would have been nice to shoot 69 but unfortunately I missed one on the last. I’m not going to complain.”

Michael Hoey and  Danie Van Tonder finished the tournament in second place at -17 under par. Danie with a closing -6 under par 66, and Michael carded a -4 under par 68, which still left them three shots adrift of the leader.

Overall Michael was happy with his second placed finish;

“I just lost concentration with my second at the 12th and that cost me, apart from that there wasn’t much wrong, but golf is a fine line. Ross was a solid player this week and I’m happy to have some consistency. I’ve never been consistent, but I was quite consistent this week. It’s nice to be up there and not win; I know that sounds crazy, but normally I just win. For me to finish top three without winning is a good start.”

Carlos Del Moral ended the tournament in fourth place at -16 under par.

Tshwane Open. Fisher Catches Big Lead on Day 3.

dragon logo darkRoss Fisher catches a big lead at the Tshwane Open on Day 3 of the competition at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate.

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Ross fired a third round -5 under par 67 to  take a five shot lead into the final round of the Tshwane Open at -18 under par as he tries to secure his first European Tour title for four years. This the best he has played for some time;

“I feel like I’m playing as good as I ever have, probably similar to when I was contending in Majors and getting myself into the Ryder Cup team. If I were to win here it would be a massive confidence boost and a step in the right direction. My primary goal is to get back in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. I’ve been there before and I feel like I belong there.”

“I got to seventeen in the world because of my Major performances, but like a few other guys I had a big comedown after the Ryder Cup having achieved the second pinnacle of golf outside of winning a Major and so early in my career. Maybe I suffered a bit from Ryder Cupitus, as I called it. You see guys like Henrik Stenson who got to the top of the game, disappeared, came back, disappeared, and now he’s back where he belongs.” 

“You see guys like that come through adversity, drift off and come back. Lee Westwood is another one, I wouldn’t say my slump was anywhere near as drastic as theirs, but I’ve missed being in the top 50 and playing in the Majors and that’s where I want to be. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction for me.”

“I want to win this by a couple of shots, it would be nice to win in a good fashion because I feel like the game is good enough to win by a good number of strokes. I want to go out there and shoot a low number and somebody’s going to have to come out and shoot a ridiculous score to catch me.”

Michael Hoey carded a third round of -3 under par 69, but at -13 under par for the tournament he is a massive five shots adrift of the lead, but occupies second place.

Simon Dyson was looking to join Michael on -13 under par, but bogeyed the last after a poor approach and had to settle for a -1 under par 71 and -12 under par total. That score was matched by his playing partner Carlos Del Moral, winner of the Qualifying School last November.

Tshwane Open. Fisher Catches The Lead.

dragon logo darkRoss Fisher catches the lead at the Tshwane Open at the Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate.

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Ross Fisher came home in just 30 strokes to claim the halfway lead at the Tshwane Open, carding a round of -7 under par 65, for half-way total of -13 under par;

“It was pretty special, any time you can do that is very pleasing. I made a nice birdie on the start of the back side and then hit a lovely shot into 13 to about a foot and that really got me going. Eagling the par five was a huge bonus. It was a shame not to birdie eighteen, but it was nice to cosy that chip up stone dead and walk off seven under. I set high expectations for myself having got to seventeen in the world. I’ve gotten there before and I know I can get back, it’s just a case of working hard.”

I’ve felt ready to win for a long time, it’s just trying to piece all departments of the game together on the same week. I’ve said it many times – the long game has been there for a long time and the putting has let me down. I’m really positive and looking forward to the weekend knowing that the long game is in shape and that I’m putting nicely.”

“I haven’t won for a few years, even though I’ve played well. I’ve had chances and the putter has let me down for a number of tournaments and for quite some time now. To see the ball going in yesterday and holing some nice putts today gives me a lot of confidence and it all bodes well for a good weekend.”

Second placed Morten Ørum Madsen, the South African Open Championship winner, carded seven birdies in a flawless second round 65  reaching -12 under par for the week;

“I got off to a great start this morning. Winning has calmed me down a little bit, just by knowing what to expect. It’s hard to birdie every hole and you’ve got to deal with adversity well, because you’re not going to play perfect golf for 72 holes. “

“Whoever deals with the bad holes and bad shots the best is probably also the guy who’s going to be on top come Sunday. I stayed patient in the beginning of my back nine and made a couple of birdies on six and seven, and then I saved a nice par on nine, so it was a nice way to finish. It’s always fun to see your name up there on the leaderboard and that’s what we play for. I practice to put myself in that position and to have a chance at the weekend is always great and it’s something I really cherish.”

First round leader Simon Dyson maintained his bid for a seventh European Tour title with a second round of -4 under par 68, and is two shots back of the leader at -11 under par. He shares third spot with Carlos Del Moral.

Simon knew it was going to be a tough ask to card another really low round;

“It’s always tough to follow a low score, because you always feel like you’re losing ground on what you had the day before. I’ve been out here quite a while now and I knew there were plenty of chances to come today. I also knew that I was putting nicely, so I just stayed patient and hit good putts and eventually a few of them dropped.”

Tshwane Open. 2 Tied at the Top, Play Suspended.

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Two players were tied at the top of leaderboard at the Tshwane Open when play was suspended on the  1st day at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate in South Africa.

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Simon Dyson birdied his last four holes to grab the clubhouse lead with his completed, bogey free, first round of -7 under par 65. He is joined at the top of the Tshwane Open leaderboard by Trevor Fisher Jnr, who has yet to finish his round. Trevor has completed 16 holes and will return to the course at 0645 tomorrow to finish his first round, with the second round beginning at 0700.

Simon explained how he played, and how his putting has improved;

“It was really nice, it’s a lovely start. It’s my lowest round in a good few years, especially on the first day. It just puts you in a nice frame of mind, a good stead, and sets it up nicely to have a good weekend. I holed a good six footer for par at the first and then about a 40 footer for birdie at the second and that was it, I was off and running.

I had made three really good up and downs on the holes before the 15th. I drove it in the bunker down 12 and then missed the green left and chipped it to about ten feet and rolled that one in for par. On the next I hit a good shot and it just released and rolled into the bunker and I upped and downed that, rolled in about an eight footer for par. I flew the green at 14 and then made a really good up and down. 

“You just kick on after that and next I had the par five, where you always have a chance. Putting has been the let-down for the last few weeks, but me and my caddie had a chat about what I’m doing wrong. We spent about an hour and a half on the putting green yesterday and I managed to get a good feel for it.”

Trevor likes playing at home in South Africa;

“I got into a nice steady run with four birdies in a row on the front nine, which was my back nine, unfortunately I dropped one at the last, but I can’t complain too much with seven under. The course is pretty soft after all the rain we’ve had and it depends on what happens this afternoon, but if you drive it well then you’ll have a lot of looks at birdie. My game feels in good shape coming off the back of a good result in South Africa a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know what it is, I just enjoy playing down here and I seem to play quite well.”

Ross Fisher and four more South Africans, Erik Van Rooyen, Jared Harvey, Darren Fichardt and Danie van Tonder are tied in third position, all on -6 under par under. Darren and Danie have yet to complete their first rounds.