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.

Tshwane Open. Scott and Alexander Tied at the Top

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Alexander Björk and Scott Jamieson are tied at the top of the Tshwane Open leaderboard in South Africa after 54 holes.

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Alexander, and Scott both carded third rounds of -3 under par 68, and sit on top of the Tshwane Open leaderboard at -13 under par.

Scott is excited about having a chance to win the tournament;

“I’m in a great position to go out and try and win the tournament tomorrow.”

“Yet again, I was really good tee to green but I felt as if I left quite a few out there on the greens. I wasn’t at my best there but tomorrow’s another day and I have a chance of winning.”

Alexander is also looking forward to tomorrow’s round;

“I’m very pleased with my position, it was a solid round today. I got off to a very good start with two straight birdies. “

“Things were a little bit worse in the middle of the round but I finished with a good birdie on 18, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

“I’ve been in this position a few times on the Challenge Tour, but it’s bigger here; more people, more television and everything.”

“So I’m interested to see how I handle it tomorrow. It’s going to be a lot of fun to play.”

Tied in second place at -12 under par are Jorge Campillo and local player Dean Burmester, who both carded -6 under par 65 today.

 

The Championship at Laguna National. 1st Round Play Suspended.

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Play in the 1st round of The Championship at Laguna National has been suspended, on the European                       Tour, in Singapore. Clubhouse leader is Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand.

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Panuphol shot a bogey free -9 under par 63 to lead The Championship Laguna National, he is currently ranked at 451st in the world. He has missed the last three cuts on Tour, and did not see this sudden burst of form coming;

”I didn’t see it coming, but it did come, I’m feeling good about my game right now. I was just trying to hit straight out there. I managed to hole a lot of putts and a lot of them were unexpected.”

There are four players tied in second place at -8 under par, following their opening rounds of 64. They are; David Lipsky, Byung-jun Kim, Quincy Quek and Scott Jamieson.

Scott’s maiden European Tour win came at last year’s Nelson Mandela Championship, which was shortened to 36 holes due to extremely bad weather. He was to win a proper 72 hole tournament to silence the doubters about his ability;

“You want to win every week but it would be nice if the next one was over four rounds, and if anyone had any questions then it would have answered them. I don’t feel like that myself, given that we knew it was only going to be a two round event and I won in a play-off. But to win over four rounds would be nice.”


“I’ve been hitting the ball well the last couple of weeks, so it was nice to get a round where it all came together. There was just the one mistake with the three-putt on 16, but it was pretty far away and pace putting is always difficult in Asia with the grain. It’s not what someone from Scotland is used to.”

“There’s not much wind out there and apparently there has been a drought here so there is not much rough either. You can still control the ball when you don’t hit the fairway, so I think everyone will have a lot of looks at birdies; the greens a rolling perfectly too. I’ve been hitting the ball really well since we came out to Asia but today was the first time I really capitalised on that.” 

“Golfers strive for perfection so it is always going to feel like you left something out there, but I holed some nice putts so I’m pleased.” 

Defending champion Brett Rumford and  Alex Levy, the winner in China last week, both signed for -2  under par rounds of 70. Looking at the amazing first round scores, this tournament could set a record for the lowest scoring event on Tour. Second round play will commence at 0740 local time tomorrow, once the twenty or so players have completed their first rounds. They are all a way off the lead so the top of the leaderboard will not change. 

Portugal Masters. Waring In Position To Win.

Paul Waring has put himself in position to win his maiden European Tour victory at the Portugal Masters.

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Paul Waring has a two shot lead going into the final round of the Portugal Masters after carding a -4 under par third round of 67, for a -16 under par total.

Paul has been playing on a medical exemption said things got really good on the back nine;

“It was very good towards the end of the round. I started a bit poorly and didn’t quite hit it close enough but holed some nice putts towards the end of the day. I feel pretty good, two ahead, so we will see what happens tomorrow. You don’t know what’s going to happen with the other lads, what anyone else is going to score. You can’t control those sorts of things.All I can do is control what I can control and add them up at the end of the day and see what happens.”

One of four players sharing second place at -14 under par is Scott Jamieson who came agonizingly close to shooting a 59 on the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course. The ball grazed the edge of the hole at the last and Scott had to settle for the 18th round of 60 on the European Tour. Scott only made the cut by one shot at the half way stage. He spoke about his round, and the missed opportunity;

I said to Richard (his caddie) playing 17 I really want to make a birdie here so we have a chance of it going down the last and I could not have asked to hit a better shot in. It pitched just short of the hole, what a chip as well. When I birdied the 13th I said to Richard then ‘A few more and we could be part of history’. I was definitely nervous but thinking about it from the tournament point of view the leaders are going to be a minimum of 16, 17 maybe 18 under going into tomorrow so that kept me going from a pushing point of view. I felt like I have been playing well for a while, a few good rounds in there. Yesterday I didn’t necessarily play poorly, just didn’t score well so it was nice today.”

Tied with Scott in second spot are, Hennie Otto, Simon Thornton and Jamie Donaldson, and seeing the way this course is playing even those players on -13 under par could shoot a low round tomorrow and contest this tournament. Players at -13 include Alvaro Quiros, Chris Doak, and Pablo Larrazâbal.

I wish good luck for Paul Waring in his quest for his maiden victory.

 

Seve Trophy. Only 1 Point In It Now.

There is only one point separating the teams in The Seve Trophy after the second day of competition in Paris.

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A dramatic last hole win for David Lynn and Scott Jamieson over Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero reduced GB&I’s deficit to just one point at the end of play on the second day of the Seve Trophy.

GB&I Captain Sam Torrance was happy with the golf, but undecided who to leave out for the foursomes;

“The golf that was played was beautiful, Jamie Donaldson was nine under on his own. I’ve pretty much got my mindset what I’m going to do with foursomes. Unfortunately I have to leave two players out but that’s not going to be easy.”

Continental Europe Captain José María Olazábal was just a bit disappointed with the outcome today;

“There is just a fraction of disappointment. We let a point go with the Italians; they had the match under control until the very end. Overall 3 -2 is not that bad. It’s pretty much what we’ve said all along, these guys play great golf, and you have to be on your toes. When you play at this kind of level, it’s decided on little things, and today was a good proof of that. I’ve left out Thomas Björn and Mikko for tomorrow morning. Thomas I think is okay. He played well today but 36 holes tomorrow, it could be just a little too much in the sense that I want him fresh for Sunday. I kept two pairings the same way because they have done well so far, and I’ve had to rest another guy and in this case it was Mikko. But most probably he will be playing in the afternoon.”

The Continental Europe Team looked set to extend their overnight lead for much of Friday’s play but a sterling fight back started by Scott Jamieson left the score at 5 ½  to 4  ½ heading into the weekend.

 Paul Casey and Simon Khan had given Great Britain & Ireland a good start with a 3 and 2 victory over Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjørn Olesen, then Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño equalled the biggest winning margin in the tournament’s history with a 6 and 5 victory over Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher. That result restored Continental Europe’s two shot margin.

 Jamie Donaldson and Marc Warren once again reduced the deficit with a 4 and 2 win over Thomas Björn and Miguel Angel Jiménez, 

Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero looked to be cruising to victory against Scott Jamieson and David Lynn, having a two-stroke lead with two holes to play.  Scott’s birdie on the 17th took it to the final hole, where he rolled in a six-foot birdie putt for the dramatic win.

In the last match of the day, Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood came up agonizingly short against Joost Luiten and Gregory Bourdy, losing on the final hole.

Tomorrow’s 36 holes will be decisive, a good lead at the end of the day will make it an easier task in the singles on Sunday.