Italian Open Has An Italian Winner, Francesco Molinari.

 

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Francesco Molinari won the Italian Open, making history by becoming the first Italian to win his national Open twice.

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Frankie shot a final round -6 under par 65 at Golf Club Milano, to win the Italian Open with a -22 under par total;

“It’s been a roller-coaster, it’s amazing to see this amount of people out here supporting me.”

“I had the ideal start, I couldn’t start any better.”

“When I birdied 12 I got four shots clear and thought maybe I could relax a bit and I got punished straight away.”

“Coming in I had nothing left, I was just playing with my soul.”

“I was hitting horrible shots but somehow I managed to bring it in.”

Chasing Frankie all the way was Major winner and Ryder Cup man, from England, Danny Willett, he came second just one shot adrift at -21 under par, following his last round -5 under 66;

“It was good, it’s obviously disappointing to lose by one but Frankie came flying out the blocks and made it very difficult for me to catch him.”

“I managed to make it really interesting with the birdie on 13 and the eagle on 14 and at that point I thought I had a chance.”

“But I hit a couple of loose shots on the way in, and fair play to Frankie because he played some great golf under unbelievable pressure.”

“I’ve shot a 66 on the final day and finished on 21 under, so I can’t be too hard on myself because there’s not much more I could’ve done.”

“Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit you got beat by the better player on the day.”

“If you finish a golf tournament 21 under par and you lose, I don’t think you can be too disheartened about it.”

“Against Frankie in Italy is tough, I’m sure it’s going to be 100 times worse when we get to the Ryder Cup in America, but it’s been a little bit of a taster.”

“It’s been good to play under that pressure and be under the gun and be in contention.”

Sharing third place at -18 under par were Elvira Nacho, from Spain, -6 under 65 today, and Chris Paisley from England who had a -3 under par 68 last round.

Made in Denmark. Thomas Pieters Wins

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Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, won the Made in Denmark tournament  at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, after a long weather delay added tension to the final day.

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Thomas won the Made in Denmark tournament with a last round -6 under par 65, and a winning total of -17 under par, carding birdie at the last three holes. He is hoping it will be a good enough result to get him into the Ryder Cup for Team Europe;

“I really needed a good finish,I saw I was one back walking to the green on 16 and I hit a great shot there but I knew I needed to make at least one more.”

“To finish with two more birdies was pretty cool.”

“It’s all about winning tournaments. I’m really happy with this one.”

“That was one of my goals, to just have one every year, just so you know you’re improving and you can win. That’s very important. I’m very, very happy.”

“He (Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke) has got plenty of good players to pick from, so if he doesn’t pick me, then so be it and I’ll work my butt off to get there in the next one.”

“But I’ve done all I can now and I’m just really pleased with this win to be honest.”

For Bradley Dredge it was another second placed finish at this tournament, a final round -4 under par not enough to give him the win, he had to settle for a -16 under total;

“I really enjoy it here. I get on well with the guys and enjoy the golf course. The crowds are great, so I’ll always be back.”

“I knew I was playing pretty good, I struggled a bit with the driver on the weekend which was a bit annoying.”

“I really got my eye in on the greens today which was nice.”

“There’s loads of positives. I just have to practice the wedge game and hopefully I’ll be up there again.”

“I’m in a good position but I want to win some tournaments. It’s nice to come in second but at the end of the day, I want to be holding the trophy. I’ll come back next year and have another go.”

Adrian Otaegui and David Lipsky, both players had -4 under 67 today, tied in third place, at -15 under for the tournament

Travelers Championship. Four Way Tie After Second Round.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard after the second round at TPC River Highlands.

Berger chasing Ryder Cup spot

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Daniel Berger, -3 under par 67 today, Russell Henley -5 under 65,  Marc Leishman  -2 under 68 and Tyrone Van Aswegen -4 under 66 all share the lead at -7 under par.

Daniel wants to make the Ryder Cup team, and is seeking his second win of the season and rolling in a few putts certainly helped;

“In terms of the Ryder Cup, I’m just doing everything I can to earn a spot on my own, but obviously I would never turn down a pick.”

“I don’t know who would. But yeah, I’m just playing the best I can, and whatever happens; happens.”

“I just hit some good shots, I haven’t missed many greens this week and rolled in a few putts, but obviously going to have to play a little better on the weekend to have a good chance.”

“I was not expecting the wind to blow like it did.”

“I came out here early in the morning and hit some putts and it was dead calm and it kind of picked up from nowhere, but I feel like I handled it pretty well.”

Marc was happy with his round today, especially driving off the tee, but would like to roll in more putts;

“I’m Happy with the day. I didn’t play quite as well, but conditions were a little tougher late in the day with the greens and a little bit of breeze up. It was challenging, but I’m happy with the day.”

“I Drove the ball pretty well again. Irons weren’t quite as good as what they were yesterday, and got a couple of lucky breaks that I capitalised on.

“Hopefully keep driving the ball as I am. It would be nice to get a few iron shots a little bit closer and roll those putts in.”

“That’s obviously the most important thing. I wasn’t able to roll too many in today, but I still shot 2-under.”

Saturday’s forecast of afternoon thunderstorms led to tournament officials scheduling third-round tee times from 7 to 9 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10, with golfers remaining in threesomes.

EURASIA CUP. Team Europe Win.

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Darren Clarke’s Team Europe sealed the EurAsia Cup win with eight of Sunday’s singles matches still out on course. Danny Willett clinching the victory with his singles win over Byeong Hun An at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Malaysia.

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Darren who will also captain Europe’s Ryder Cup team later this year, says the experience gained here should stand him in good stead for the upcoming Ryder tussle;

“There have been a lot of positives this week. I’ve learnt a few things, and hopefully I’ll do a better job come September.” 

“But if the players don’t play and don’t perform, you can be the best captain in the world and you’re not going to win.”

“This belongs to the players; the quality of the golf this week has been brilliant.”

The final score was 18½-5½, which was a bit of a surprise as the first tournament two years ago ended in a draw.

Lee Westwood spoke of the importance of this win to the younger players in the Team;

“I think everybody has played well this week and obviously contributed. That’s why the scoreline has ended up as it is.”

“I hit the ball pretty well this week and obviously won three points, so it’s nice to contribute.”

“There’s young lads on this team and ones that are going to be playing in The Ryder Cup obviously later on in the year.”

“This is going to be a great experience for them, just feeding them into team golf gradually. And I’m sure they will benefit from this week. Nothing but positives to come out.”

Ian POULTER 4&3 Danny CHIA         Danny WILLETT 3&1 Byeong Hun AN

Andy SULLIVAN 4&3 Thongchai JAIDEE      Matthew FITZPATRICK 2 Up Kiradech APHIBARNRAT
Anirban LAHIRI 2&1 Shane LOWRY        K.T. KIM 3&2  Bernd WIESBERGER
Lee WESTWOOD 7&6 Nicholas FUNG   Ross FISHER Match Halved Jeunghun WANG

Chris WOOD 1 Hole S.S.P CHAWRASIA   Kristoffer BROBERG 5&4 Shingo KATAYAMA

Victor DUBUISSON 1 Up Ashun WU    Søren KJELDSEN 3&2 Prayad MARKSAENG

I guess you can only feel sorry for the Team Asia captain Jeev Milka Singh, he must be wondering what hit him.

 

 

Trophee Hassan II. Richie Romps Home.

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Richie Ramsay romps home to win the Trophee Hassan II on the Golf du Palais Royal course in Morocco.

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Richie managed to recover from four dropped shots in just two holes to claim a dramatic one shot victory at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco, with a final round -3 under par 69 and a tournament total -10 under par.

Richie, from the home of golf, Scotland, spoke about the dramatic turn of events in picking up his third European Tour title;

“I made six, as simple as that. I just didn’t execute the shot the way I wanted too,  hit a poor chip, it came back in the divot, wouldn’t come out, chipped on and two putts, easy six!

“I knew I was still in the mix and I made great putts on nine and ten just to keep the momentum going.”

“I stood over the putt on the 12th hole and I just thought my putter feels absolutely great, I could see all the lines.”

“I thought ‘just go for it, this is your time’. Pretty much took it by the scruff of the neck the next two holes and the seven iron on the last is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit in terms of visualisation and execution, it was just perfect.”

Romain Wattel finished in second place, just one shot back at -9 under par, his final round -2 under par 70 not quite enough to give him his maiden European Tour win.

There was a six way tie for third, all on -8 under par, Jaco Van Zyl, George Coetzee, Pablo Larrazábal, Mikael Lundberg, Kevin Phelan and Chris Wood.

Former Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal is going to The Masters, he is a two-time winner there, and a top ten finish here has set him up nicely for Augusta;

“I didn’t expect this earlier in the week.”

“The first day I put together a decent score and struggled Friday, then yesterday it all fitted in on the back nine. Today was a bit like yesterday and I was really happy with my score.”

“I saw the leaderboard on 18 and knew I had a putt to lead in the clubhouse. It’s nice to have a round like this and a tournament like this for confidence.”

“It is a different course at Augusta, it is really long there for me now. It’s much better to have a score like this than not, but I know how tough Augusta is these days.”

Tshwane Open. Adrian Otaegui from Spain Leads.

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Adrian Otaegui from Spain leads the Tshwane Open at the half-way stage at the Pretoria Country Club in South Africa.

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Adrian, who is mentored by José María Olazábal, came close to recording a 59, but in the end settled for -8 under par 62, and a mid-way total of -11 under par, and a two shot lead going into the week-end. It could have been better, he needed to par the last two holes to make 59, but made par on the 17th, and sadly bogey on 18, which is normally a par five, but was reduced to a par four in this tournament.

Adrian spoke about that last hole, and the early morning start;

“It’s a tough par four and it’s normally a par five.”

“I was focused and didn’t know that I had made five birdies in a row.” 

“I was playing well and made a few putts, that’s all I was thinking about. The best golf is when you think as little as possible, and this was one of those days.”

“Yesterday in the afternoon the fairways were a bit harder, so the ball was rolling a bit more. This morning the ball was flying less, because it was cool at 6.40 in the morning.” 

“The course is in good shape and it’s getting warm now, but I think it will hold up at the weekend.”

“I just have to be patient tomorrow. Let’s see if I’ve learnt something from these last two rounds.”

In the afternoon there was a delay due to the threat of lightning, but South Africa’s Merrick Bremner shot -4 under par 66, to move into second place on his own with a -9 under par total.

Yesterday’s co-leaders fell back with David Horsey scoring -1 under par 69, and tied in third place at -8 under par, with Edoardo Molinari, Keith Horne and Trevor Fisher Jnr, while Morten Ørum Madsen settled for a second round +2 over par 72 and is now tied in 13th position.

Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke made the cut, with a second round -3 under par 67, which left him T34.

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Kaymer 1st Round Leader.

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Martin Kaymer is the 1st round leader of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, proving that he always plays well here.

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Martin carded an opening round of -8 under par 64, to hold the first round lead by one shot at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. He won here in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and was also the runner-up in 2009. Martin said he had putted very well, and was very pleased with his great start to the tournament;

“I putted well. I made ten birdies. I’m not sure if I have ever done it on a golf course, hit ten birdies. I hit a lot of fairways, my irons were quite sharp and I putted well.”

“It’s very difficult to shoot a bad score when you play like this.”

“Now the goal is not to compare myself tomorrow to the round what happened today. Tomorrow will be a new start but it’s a brilliant start to a great tournament.”

Thomas Pieters is in second place, just one shot adrift of the leader, a -7 under par 65 opening round giving him that place on his own. Thomas said he liked everything about the golf course;

“It was nice to start out the season with a seven under, so, I’m happy.”

“I like the greens here. They changed a couple of the greens around, like four, it’s going to be a really good pin and they put it front right and I think two is really good, too.”

Five players are tied in third place, all at -6 under par following their first round scores of 66; Branden Grace, Grégory Bourdy, Tyrrell Hatton, Alexander Levy and Mikko Ilonen.

Rory McIlroy, who is making his first appearance of the year, and Ryder Cup rival Rickie Fowler are among half a dozen players on -5 under par, making it a very compacted top of the leaderboard.

Rory executed a brilliant shot from the edge of the rough and bunker on the third hole to secure an unlikely birdie, one of five gains he made in six holes to complete his 67, and said it was not the sort of shot you practice;

“It’s definitely a boost. It’s not a shot I would practise too much, that’s for sure.”

“But from looking like you’re going to make a bogey to making a birdie that gives you a little bit of momentum and you can go on from there and luckily I was able to make a few birdies after that.”

Shots of the day came from Tom Lewis and Miguel Angel Jiménez they both recorded holes in one. Tom’s shot on the par three seventh winning him a Cadillac Escalade, while his father watched on.

Miguel’s came on 177-yard par three 15th, which pleased him;

“It’s very nice when you make a hole-in-one. I’m happy I finished level par today.”