Volvo China Open. Play-Off Win for Alex Levy.

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Alex Levy wins the Volvo China Open in a play-off against Dylan Frittelli, at the Topwin Golf and Country Club, in China.

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Alex Levy, from France became the first player to win the Volvo China Open twice as he defeated Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, with a birdie at the first extra hole, the par five 18th.

Alex had a final round -5 under par 67, while Dylan frittered away his three shot starting advantage carding a sad +2 over par 74, both finishing on -17 under par for the tournament.

Alex wants a home Ryder Cup appearance at Le Golf National in 2018;

“It’s a goal and a dream for me to play the Ryder Cup in France.”

“I will do a lot of work to play the Ryder Cup and I will do my best to be part of the team.”

“That’s an amazing feeling to be back in the winner’s circle.”

“This means a lot because it was the first tournament I won on the European Tour.”

Dylan started poorly, with a three putt on the first hole today, and some bad luck sealed his fate;

“It stings a little bit, I let it go there in the end but I’m still proud of the way I played this week.”

“It’s a great result, seventeen under par on this golf course is nothing to scoff at.”

“A couple of mistakes on the back nine, with two bad breaks.”

“I’m proud of Alex, he played well there to come back. Most people probably thought I had it in the bag with 18 holes to go but he stuck to it and played well there in the play-off.”

Pablo Larrazábal, Spain was in third place at -16 under, a last round of even par 72 a disappointing end to his tournament, missing some important putts, that would have given him victory;

“It’s tough to describe, when they open the door of the tournament so many times, and it was like a theme that I couldn’t get in.”

“Only one birdie until 18,  a putt that I missed for an eagle of nine feet, nothing was getting in, all the good putts were going short and all the opportunities I had for birdie I couldn’t make.”

 

British Masters. Alex Noren Wins.

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Alex Noren won the British Masters title at The Grove in England.

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Tournament Host Luke Donald & Winner Alex Noren.

Alex had a final round -2 under 69 to win the British Masters with a -18 under par total.

He put his success down to advice from his caddie and great putting;

“At the last three-and-half holes, I managed to play the best I played all week, so I’m really happy and proud about that.”

“Sometimes you’re a little bit blind yourself. You think you hit a good shot but it comes up short, and you never want to blame yourself but he kind of told me what was going on.”

“My putting was probably the best thing this week. I holed a lot of putts. My chipping and wedge game was a lot better, so it helped me out.”

Bernd Wiesberger was in second place at -16 under, a last round of -4 under 67 not enough to get up and challenge for the title.

“It wasn’t easy out there today. I didn’t drive it really well on the first nine, which was really hard because I felt really comfortable with drives on the first three days.” 

“I just had to find a couple more fairways and felt more comfortable on the back nine.”

“To finish well in a strong field like this, it helps going into the final couple of events this year.”

Amazingly Lee Westwood, after his terrible Ryder Cup performance, collected third place at -15 under par. A final round -4 under par 67 giving him some hope for the future.

Fiji International, Brandt Snedeker Cruises To Win.

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Fresh from his Ryder Cup success Brandt Snedeker cruises to his first European Tour win in the Fiji International, at  Natadola Bay Golf Course.

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Brandt carded a final round -4 under 68 while all those around him collapsed, he won the Fiji International by a whopping nine shots, with a -16 under par total;

“To go out there and the play the way I did at the weekend, extend my lead, I’m very happy with how comfortable I felt in that situation.”

“I never really gave any back or did anything that would cause myself to lose the golf tournament. I’m just building all that positive stuff right now so it’s a lot of fun.”

“It kind of worked out perfectly today because it was playing so tough, nobody could really make a run, there were no low scores out there so that made my job a lot easier.”

“It’s been a pretty good two weeks, I was joking earlier I might add another tournament next week.”

“It’s been an unbelievable run. To play the way I have has been really fun.”

“I’ve done a lot of other stuff in my career, last week helped me prepare for that, handling the pressure the way I did.”

“Today is going to help me do that, handling a big lead the way I did, to know I can handle whatever a golf course throws at me against the best players in the world and come out on top.”

New Zealander Michael Hendry was his closest rival, finishing at -7 under par for the tournament.

U.S.A. Win the Ryder Cup.

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The U.S.A. win the Ryder Cup 17 points to 11 at Hazeltine National.

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Darren Clarke was disappointed with the result, but at the end of the day the Americans played better, not even some of Europe’s best could win today, they could just not putt well;

“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys that I’m surrounded with. They did everything I asked of them. They tried their hearts out. They worked hard. They fought hard.”

“But the bottom line is that Davis’s team holed a few more putts than we did, and they played better.”

“So when it comes to it, the American Ryder Cup Team deserved to win this Ryder Cup, and we’re all gutted and disappointed.”

“But we will be back stronger to fight in two years’ time in Paris.”

Love saluted his players after routing the Europeans to win the 41st Ryder Cup on Sunday

The Winning Captain, Davis Love 111.

Ryder Cup. Americans Dominate Afternoon Four-Balls.

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The American Team dominated the afternoon Four-Ball matches in the Ryder Cup, earning 3 points to Team Europe’s one. Team USA now leads 9 1/2 points to 6 1/2, a very substantial lead to take into the singles matches tomorrow at Hazeltine National.

It all started so well for Europe this afternoon, Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters beat Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson 3-1 to put the first point on the board.

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Rory & Thomas and the winning fist-pumps.

From then on it all went south as Danny Willett and Lee Westwood lost 1 up to J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore. This match could, and should have been in Europe’s favor but two short putts missed, one on 17, which would have leveled the scores, and then another on 18, to lose the match. If they had both dropped it would have been a different story, the culprit was Lee Westwood.

Danny said they had played well, but could not get the important putts to drop;

“We had a good tussle out there most of the day.”

“Westie played nice and solid, but we just couldn’t get the putts at the right time.”

“We had chances at 17 and 18. We hit pretty good putts but that green at 18 is tricky. It’s just a shame because we hit two pretty good shots in there.”

Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia went down 2-1 to Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar. Sergio’s frail putting was exposed under pressure, that Claw style grip is not positive enough to sink those pressure putts.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth defeated Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson 2-1 in a match where Patrick played some great golf.

The Americans will start the singles tomorrow with a three-point lead, and Team Europe will have to start strong and try to level the scores early on in the day.

 

Ryder Cup. Saturday Foursomes, Just One Point Difference.

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Team Europe, lead by Rory McIlroy and Thomas Pieters continue the comeback in the Ryder Cup, against Team America, winning  two matches, losing one and all square in the last at Hazeltine National.

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Rory and Thomas took down Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson 4-2.

Justin Rose and Chris Wood won 1 up against Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson.

Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka beat Henrik Stenson and Matt Fitzpatrick 3-2.

Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth were all square with Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

The overall score is now America 6 1/2 points, Europe 5 1/2 after the Saturday Morning Foursomes.

The afternoon Fourballs have just started, would be good to have the scores all even gong into the single matches, great entertainment.

Ryder Cup. It’s Game On As Europe Fight Back.

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It’s game on as the European Team fight back came  in the afternoon Fourballs, winning 3-1 at Hazeltine National in the Ryder Cup where the Americans now only lead 5-3 overall at the end of day one.

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Rory sealed a good afternoon with his win with Thomas Pieters, 3-2 over Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar.

Rory was very gung-ho about the wins;

“It’s incredible, I’ve played one Ryder Cup in the US and this is definitely a little more hostile than the one at Medinah.”

“I just want to let people know how much it means to us.”

“This guy beside me all day was absolutely incredible. It’s his first Ryder Cup and he played so well. A lot of credit has to go to Thomas, as well.”

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson defeated Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed 5&4.

Justin said they trusted their game, while Henrik said his win was very sweet;

“Henrik and I did what we do best, we just stuck with it, trusted our games, trusted ourselves and we got on a little run.”

“We dovetailed beautifully and made a bunch of birdies. I relied on my partner again and he delivered.”

Henrik;

“We were playing very nicely in the afternoon, made a couple of putts that we didn’t do in the morning and it seemed like they got possibly a little bit tired.”

“It makes it sweeter though, when you beat the guys you lost to in the morning, that’s for sure.”

Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello were victorious, 3-2 over J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore.

Sergio loves the Ryder Cup;

“I love it. I love golf. Obviously this is very special for us. And to play with this guy, he was a rock out there. He gave me so much confidence to be able to go for shots and go for putts.”

While Rafa was excited to pay alongside his compatriot in his first Ryder Cup experience;

“It’s been a real honour to play today, if I would have picked a partner, I couldn’t have picked anyone better than him to join me in my first Ryder Cup match.”

“I’m proud that we played great that we felt very comfortable, we rooted for one another and that we got the point for Europe.”

The only American win was from Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka, 5-4 over Martin Kaymer and Danny Willett.

It is definitely game on tomorrow, and it will be interesting watching how the European Team approach the next round of Foursomes.