Singapore Open. Song Wins Weather Delayed Tournament.

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Younghan Song wins a weather delayed Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club.

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Younghan won the Singapore Open with a -1 under par final round of 70, for a -12 under par tournament total, in this much maligned, weather affected competition. He thought long and hard about the par putt he had to make the next morning after being called off the course the night before;

“That one night felt like a week! It was crazy. I couldn’t sleep and I was constantly thinking about putting throughout the night.”

“I read the line well on 16 and just maintained my composure on 17 and 18. I knew the title was for me to lose as long as I don’t make any silly mistakes.”

“Looking back, I think the suspension helped as the winds were starting to blow hard yesterday and that might have made a difference.”

World #1 Jordan Spieth finished in second place at -11 under par. He too had to come back in the morning, facing a birdie on 18, which might have got him into a play-off, he made the putt, which put the pressure on, but to no avail;

“I went to the putting green to practice early in the morning as I knew I had to get that birdie to force a play-off.”

“It was nerve-racking and I was happy I managed to stroke the ball well and it went in.”

“I made some poor decisions in the middle two rounds as I was trying to do a little too much. But overall, it has been a great experience and I had a really good time here.”

Liang Wen-chong, from China finished third, at -10 under par, a last round -2 under 69 not enough to get him into a play-off.

Miguel Tabeuna shared fourth place with Shintaro Kobayashi, both at -9 under par. Miguel spoke his first ever Monday finish;

“This is my first ever Monday finish. It has been a really long week.”

“It was tiring, mentally and physically. But I’m happy with my results. It’s a great start to the season.”

 

Singapore Open. The Weather Wins Again, 4th Round suspended

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Play was suspended in the 4th round of the Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club, with Younghan Song at the top of the leaderboard.

With five of the top players on the leaderboard, including Jordan Spieth, still to finish their last rounds, the final result is still in the balance.

 

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Younghan  has three holes left to play, and at -12 under par for the tournament the victory is almost in his grasp.

He currently has a two shot lead over Liang Wen-chong, who has completed all four rounds, and world number one Jordan Spieth, who just has one hole left, both of these players on -10 under.

Jordan was suffering from a poor putting performance.

Liang Wen-chong also reported that his putting let him down;

“I three-putted on 12 and that was a very costly bogey.”

“But I also missed several makeable birdie opportunities and I’m regretting it now.”

“But overall, a 10-under score is still very respectable especially on this golf course. I’ve played well at this course on numerous occasions.”

“Although I’ve yet to win here, it’s still a course that suits my game and hopefully I can get the job done the next time.”

“This is a very important year especially with the Olympics coming up and every mainland Chinese player is working hard so that they can make it to Rio and represent China.”

I must say that with the Zika epidemic sweeping through Brasil, I would not be too keen to qualify for the Olympics there.

Singapore Open. More Delays

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Liang Wen-chong overcame fatigue to top the Singapore Open leaderboard, before play was stopped once again.

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Liang topped the Singapore Open leaderboard before darkness halted the proceedings at  Sentosa Golf Club, he had played 31 holes on the day.

The first two rounds of this competition had been plagued by bad weather, leading to lengthy delays, and now the third and fourth rounds will be completed tomorrow.

Liang spoke of his marathon day;

“I played 31 holes today and to be honest, I was feeling tired towards the end of the round.”

“I’m happy I managed to birdie 16 and 18 coming in as those birdies gave me that much-needed confidence boost for tomorrow.”

“I started off really well with three birdies in first four holes but dropped a bogey on the fifth.:

“After that, I couldn’t find those birdie opportunities and was glad they finally came again on 16 and 18. I’ll try my best tomorrow.”

Younghan Song completed his second round on Friday and did not appreciate the long wait;

“It did not help me that much not having played this morning as I had to wait about a long time for my tee off.”

 “I have had many second place finishes in Japan and Korea but I do not think that will affect me mentally tomorrow.”

“It would be great to win here and that’s my aim.”

Hopefully this confusing tournament will be completed tomorrow, at the moment just about anyone could win, if the weather improves.

I look forward to the final results.

LPGA, HSBC Women’s Champions. Stacy Lewis Wins

 

 

 

 

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On the LPGA Tour, Stacy Lewis returned to her winning ways at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore at the Sentosa Golf Club, with a -15 under par scoreThe Rolex Player of the Year held on to win her first Victory of the 2013 season, a one shot win over Na Yeon Choi, at -14 under par. The final few holes were a tough stretch for Stacy as she watched her three shot lead evaporate to just one as she stood on the 18th tee at the  The Serapong Course. Stacy had unfortunately bogyed 15 and 17, but managed to hang on with a par at the last following a great drive and a second onto the green at the par five, both eagle and birdie putts missed, but pat was good enough for the Title.

Stacy said afterwards that she had played the last all week as a three shot hole;

“All week, I played it as a three-shot hole, laying back short of the bunker and then laying up from there. And I saw where Paula Creamer hit her drive past the bunker and I turned to my caddie, and we both at the same time said driver, and I let it rip and that thing got so far down there.  I think I was actually in between a 4-iron and a hybrid. So we erred on the long side and hit hybrid up on the green, and I thought I made my second putt, but just to have an inside ten feet for birdie, that’s all I was asking for. The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I’m not going to lie, that golf course is hard and it can jump up and get you at any second, and to have to play with two great players on your tail all day, and they played unbelievable, and none of us really, we just couldn’t get any putts to fall on the back nine.  I don’t know what it was.  Edges just seemed a little bit tighter.  Paula had a couple on the edge. I don’t know, I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could, and fortunately I came away with the win.”

Stacy is projected to move back into the No. 3 spot in the Rolex Rankings, but both she and Na Yeon Choi can now see Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng is within reach.

Yani thinks it is more fun now they are closer;

 “I think this is more fun than like only one player play well, like clear-cut, because there is not really a clear-cut No. 1 right now. I think everybody, you know, is a good competitor with each other and motivate each other, and if someone wins, and I feel like, oh, I need to win next week, that kind of motivates.  So, I feel like very excited.”

Paula Creamer finished in third place, at -13 under par, a fine effort  following a horrible car accident she was involved in on Sunday night in Thailand.

Paula was more than happy with her placing;

Geez, this is much more than what I ever expected, and to have a chance and really have a good chance to win this event, it felt good. It was nice to be in contention and have just a good attitude out there.  I think that’s the biggest thing that I take away from this week.”

Marvelous Manassero Wins Barclays Soggy Singapore Open

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Marvelous Matteo Manassero  the nineteen year-old from Italy won the rain affected Barclays Singapore Open, after a long hard day on the Sentosa Golf Course in soggy Singapore. Matteo beat South African Louis Oosthuizen on the third play-off hole, the par five eighteenth, with a marvelous Eagle, to win his third European Tour Trophy.

Lengthy storms on Thursday and Friday meant the third round had not been completed at the start of play on the final day, and Matteo first finished his third round with a score of -7 under par 64, to lead by two shots beginning the final round. Matteo spoke about the long day’s play;

“It’s been an extremely long day, the adrenaline kept me going and the key was starting really well this morning. Starting with some birdies gave me a lot of adrenaline to go forward. The play-off was just a great honor to play with Louis, it’s been amazing really. This year has been a tough year for me going through a few swing changes, but it has been amazing this week. I’m glad this came in such a great tournament.” 

The win for Matteo, and the resulting second place for Louis meant that the Race to Dubai title was handed  to Rory McIlroy, the Worlds number one ranked golfer, after Rory eventually finished third place alone with his last round of -6 par, 65, the best round of the day,  Rory collected ,296 for finishing in third place at the Barclays Singapore Open, took his season’s earnings to €3,696,597 and with his closest Race to Dubai rival Peter Hanson not playing again until the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Rory has now established an unassailable lead at the top of The Race to Dubai.

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European Tour, Barclays Singapore Open. 1st round Play Suspended

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European Tour event the Barclays Singapore Open got off to a slow start as play was suspended midway through the day. Thomas Bjorn, of Denmark was the clubhouse leader at the suspension of play, with his -5 under par round of  66 at the Sentosa Golf Club. Thomas had won three times on the European Tour last year, but has yet to record a victory in 2012, but he said he always enjoys coming to Singapore, commenting that it is not a long course;

“I came here and saw the golf course, and knew that everything was about driving the golf ball well. It’s not the longest golf course in the world, so if you can keep it in the fairway you can produce a score, and I did that very well today. It’s only round one though, so we’ll work from here. I always enjoy coming to Singapore and Malaysia., you have got to pace yourself a little bit, and not use too much energy through the week. It is quite nice for the body to be feeling nice and warm out there, with no cold for the old joints to get you into trouble”

There are three players who have finished at -4 under are, they are Simon Khan, Chinnarat Phadungsil and Pablo Martin. The former BMW PGA Champion Simon Khan led the way for most of the morning but slipped up with two bogeys in his last three holes, Simon remarked on the heat out on the course;

“The heat wasn’t quite as intense first thing, but it soon warms up here. Round the front nine I really got it going nicely but on the back nine maybe I didn’t hit it quite where I wanted to. I dropped my first shot on sixteen, trying to get a bit cute between clubs, then just hit a bad tee shot on the last. I wasn’t really concentrating on the tee, I think by that point the heat had got to me a little bit, but overall I was pleased how I handled it today, and it’s a good start.”

Pablo Martin needs to climb 51 places by the end of next week to retain his playing privileges and to hopefully avoid a trip to the Qualifying School, he hopes he can put together four good rounds this week and is yearning for some good luck;

“I haven’t been playing or scoring well all year really. I haven’t been able to put together four decent rounds in a row, which has been very frustrating. But hopefully my luck will turn here, and this can be my week. I’ve got two tournaments left until the end of the season, so I want to make the most of them and finish the season strongly.”

Phil Mickelson has had a miserable day, finishing at +2 over par, after his opening round of 73. Rory McIlroy has played eight holes and is cruising along at par, while Adam Scott has completed his round at par. Play will resume early Friday morning, preceding the second round.

I was expecting some much lower scores on this course, as the players have been allowed to pick and place the ball, just because there there could be some mud on the ball. Play the ball as it lies, that is what we all have to do.

I am going on a golf trip at the weekend, and there is no WIFI where I am going so will have to catch up reporting on this tournament when I return.

European Tour Money Title for Rory ?

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Rory McIlroy can wrap up the European money title this week if he puts in a good performance at the Singapore Open. All his closest rivals will not be competing, and he already leads the race going into the tournament. Rory has already claimed the U.S. PGA Tour money list, and would love to repeat Luke Donald’s 2011 win on both sides of the Atlantic. Rory said he would like to have a strong finish to the season;

“I’m in the lead at the moment and it would be nice to increase that,” McIlroy said Wednesday, a day before the tournament. “There’s still a lot to play for in the next three weeks and I want to finish off the season as strong as possible.”

His nearest rivals, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, who won last week at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, and Branden Grace, have strangely decided not to compete this week. The field is still going to be a strong one, with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomery, John Daly and Miguel Angel Jimenez all teeing it up for the tournament at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.

The winners prize cheque this week is $1 million, and Rory will also be playing next week at  the Hong Kong Open, while most of his rivals again will not be competing. Rory did not play at the WGC event last week, because he watched his girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki, play in a tennis tournament. A poor decision which bought him world-wide criticism, and especially by the golf tournament sponsor. Rory has admitted that the criticism against him was fairly laid.

“I think the criticism is fair. Shenzhen is a World Golf Championship event, one of the big ones. It was a tough one to miss. But I can’t play every week.”

He then went on to say;

”  If I had I would have played five in a row finishing the season and after playing Turkey and Ryder Cup and all the FedEx Cup stuff, it’s just too much. You have to say no and you have to be selfish sometimes and look after yourself, ; it doesn’t make you a bad person. You have got to put yourself first and foremost, and try to fit in the things you want to do. I’m in the fortunate position where I can dictate where I want to play, what I want to do, where I want to go.”

Seems that is what all the youngsters say these days; I do want I want, when I want to do it.