Nedbank Golf Challenge. Home Win For Branden Grace.

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It was a home win for Branden Grace as he collected the trophy at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa.

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It was an amazing final round with the lead swapping all the time but Branden sunk a 40 foot putt on the 16th to put daylight between him and his close pursuers. That putt gave him a final round -6 under par 66, to win the  Nedbank Golf Challenge at -11 under par;

“This is awesome, this is the one event that as a South African you want to win. It’s Africa’s Major for a reason and what a special place it is.”

“There’s a lot of history and a lot of great winners on the trophy and I’m very glad to be able to put my name on the trophy as well.”

“It’s a very special week, we found out on Wednesday we’re having a boy.”

“I had to stay patient and I had to take the chances when they came my way. I missed a couple of short ones but I think the big key was the putt on 16.”

Scott Jamieson, Scotland, was second, at -10 under, with his last round -2 under 70;

“I got off to a nice start and things were looking good. Got a little blip on number eight.”

” On 16, perhaps if my chip had gone in, it might have been a different story. I’m sure I’ll look back and take great pride with that.”

Victor Dubuisson, France, finished in third spot at -9 under par with a final round -2 under 70.

Best round of the day went to Li Haotong of China, an amazing -8 under par 64, giving him fourth place on his own at -7 under par.

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Nedbank Golf Challenge. Scott Jamieson Has 54 Hole Lead In Sun City.

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Scott Jamieson, Scotland, has 54 hole lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge In Sun City.

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Scott carded a third round -5 under 67 to edge himself into the 54 hole lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa at -8 under par, using a hot putter;

“It was much the same tee-to-green probably as the other few days.”

 “Just the putter was a little hotter today. I got rid of those three-putts I had earlier on in the round yesterday.”

“It’s exciting. I’m in a good position, tomorrow will be a new challenge. Still an awful long way to go but if I can do what I did today, I’ll be in with a good shout.”

“It would be the biggest moment of my career, I’ll be well aware of that tomorrow. I’ve got to see if I can step up to the challenge.”

Victor Dubuisson, France, is in second place, a third round -1 under 71 not quite what he was looking for, but at -7 under he is only one shot back, struggling with his putter today;

“I played as good as the first two rounds but my putting was maybe not as good.”

“With 18 holes to go everything can happen here. So I hope I will just focus on doing my best and just don’t make mistakes.”

Martin Kaymer, Germany, -3 under 69 today, and Brandon Grace, South Africa, -4 under 68, share third place at -5 under par.

Brandon wants to win South Africa’s “Major”;

“I hit it great again today.”

“This is probably the event as a South African you want to win. “

“It’s “Africa’s Major” for a reason and it’s one of those you’re going to have to play well to win and hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”

Martin has received coaching from the sponsor Gary Player;

“I actually worked a little bit on the short game with Gary Player.”

“He’s always very supportive of my game and always tries to help me. I’m very excited to tell him tomorrow that I actually had a chip-in.”

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Nedbank Golf Challenge. Bernd Wiesberger Leads.

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Bernd Wiesberger, Austria, leads the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, at the Gary Player Country Club.

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Bernd carded a first round -5 under par 67, to lead the Nedbank Golf Challenge on day one, with good putting on his side;

“It wasn’t easy to be honest, it was quite breezy, quite steady direction-wise but still the course is quite tricky off the tees.”

“You want to get a lot of fairways to be able to attack the flags and that’s quite challenging when there’s gusty winds.”

“But I played all right. I’ve not had great success when I was here last time but I approached it with a neutral mind and I played a lot better than I have the last couple of weeks and putted good.”

“Took a couple of chances so that was nice, to get out there kind of relaxed and just let it happen.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under following their opening rounds of 68, home favourite Branden GraceVictor Dubuisson, FranceScott Jamieson, Scotland and Julian Suri, USA.

Defending champion Alex Noren, Sweden, Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, Graeme Storm, England, and Hideto Tanihara, Japan, were then at -3 under for the competition.

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Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Joost Luiten Leads, with an Albatross.

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Joost Luiten leads the Andalucia Valderrama Masters aided by an Albatross  at Real Club Valderrama, in Spain.

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Joost celebrates his Albatross / getty

Joost, from Holland, carded his albatross on the par five 11th hole, to post -6 under par at the top of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters leaderboard, with a second round -1 under 70, and finished second here last year;

“I’m happy with the way I played,I finished second, I like this place.”

“Hopefully we can have a good weekend and we can win here but there’s a lot of golf to be played and we just need to focus on tomorrow and have another good round.”

“I think it will play a bit shorter off the tee, it will be a bit harder maybe to hit the fairways if they’re going to run off but it’s still fairly soft, you can still be aggressive into the pins but you’ve got to hit the fairways and that’s the game-plan for the weekend.”

“I think ten under will be a good number.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are Tournament Host and local favorite Sergio Garcia, even par 71 today, Robert Rock, England, -1 under 70, and Scott Jamieson, Scotland, with his second round -3 under 68.

Sergio will need to put some ice on a wrist injury;

“We’ll just ice it (his wrist) a little bit and put that anti-inflammation patch that I have and hopefully it will be fine tomorrow.”

“I feel like I could have shot probably two or three under but it was tough out there this afternoon.”

Robert would have liked to be in front, and thinks he could have been;

“I’ve played better than one under and just threw stupid shots away from the edge of the green that are pretty basic, so it’s annoying, but it’s a good two days.”

“There are some great players on the leaderboard and it would be nice to have a few extra shots on them come the weekend but I’ll take it.”

Scott was very happy with his round in the windy conditions;

“I’m delighted with that. Anything under par around here, most people would sign up for before they tee off and especially in the tricky conditions today with the breeze blowing.”

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BMW PGA Championship. Molinari, Jamieson and Pieters Lead.

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Francesco Molinari, Italy, Scott Jamieson, Scotland and Thomas Pieters, Belgium share the 36 hole lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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Thomas, -3 under 69 today, Francesco, -2 under 70, and Scott, also -2 under 70 today, all share the top spot of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard with -7 under par totals after 36 holes at Wentworth.

Thomas said his putter did not work so well today, but he was happy with the outcome;

“I hit a lot more greens today. Didn’t make as many putts as yesterday but that’s always going to happen.”

“So I’m quite happy about today.”

Scott summed up what a win here would mean for him;

“I’m delighted, especially with the way it started.”

“I’m not in any of the majors this year so this is as big as it gets. This is the pinnacle of my season.”

“It’s huge, it’s our flagship event. It would start opening up doors that have been closed for a few years. You want to challenge yourself against the world’s best and we don’t get to do that every week, but we do this week.”

Alone in fourth place is Maximilian Kieffer, of Germany, who carded the low round of the day, -4 under 68, he is just one back at -6 under par for the tournament.

 

BMW PGA Championship. Johan Carlson Leads.

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Johan Carlson, from Sweden, leads the BMW PGA Championship after the first round at Wentworth.

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Johan shot a first round -6 under par 66, which included two bogeys, to lead the BMW PGA Championship by one shot, with some good putting;

“I feel like I’ve been working hard on my swing.”

“Obviously this week is a big week and I’ve always had that goal in mind that this is going to be a tournament to get it around no matter what.”

“I didn’t try to hit any super fancy shots. I just played with what I had, and I think that was the key to success.”

“I putted really well today. I made a lot of good putts.”

“You’ve got to hit a few good shots as well. So obviously everything in my game felt solid. It has to be when you shoot 6-under-par on this golf course.”

Sharing  second place at -5 under par 67 are . Scott Jamieson, Scotland, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, and Francesco Molinari of Italy.

 

Hero Indian Open. SSP Chawrasia Successfully Defends Title.

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SSP Chawrasia successfully defends his Hero Indian Open title, winning his home title  back to back. A huge seven shot winning margin at this weather interrupted tournament  at DLF Golf and Country Club.

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IND SSP had a final round -1 under 71 for a Hero Indian Open total of -10 under par at his national Open where he was runner-up four times before finally triumphing last season;

“I’m winning back-to-back so I’m really very happy.”

“I was very happy to have everyone supporting me and having my wife here too to see me winning the Indian Open two times back to back. I’m just very, very happy.”

“I learned many things this week and hopefully I can play better in Europe. That’s my target next, I have to win in Europe.”

“This is probably my best win of my career as it was a really tough course. This week, I made less mistakes and others made more mistakes.”

MAS Gavin Green, from Malaysia was in second place, those distant seven shot back at -3 under par, he was +3 over par in his last round.

Tied in third place, at -2 under for the tournament were ITA Matteo Manassero, Italy, +1 over 73 today, and SCO Scott Jamieson, from Scotland, with even par 72 in his final round.

Matteo had putting problems;

“I’m happy with the way I played. It was really tough out there.”

“The greens are tricky. I putted good until yesterday and this morning as well. This afternoon I just couldn’t get the rhythm going.”

Scott struggled for birdies, with timid putting the cause;

The front nine was good, managed to make a few birdies.”

“They dried up a bit on the back nine, I was probably a little bit timid on some of my birdie tries that didn’t quite make the hole, but it was a good week.”

Prayad Marksaeng, Thailand, produced the first albatross of the European Tour season, holing his second shot to the par five 18th , with a four iron. Unfortunately he finished the tournament at +10 over.