Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Sergio Garcia Wins

 

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Sergio Garcia wins the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club.

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Sergio carded a final round -3 under par 69 to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a -19 under total, a three shot victory,

Sergio became the sixth  winner from Spain, following the great Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Alvaro Quiros and Rafa Cabrera Bello;

“It’s a  great start to the year so we’re going to try to keep going the same way.”

“I’m very happy to play the way I played,  the way I handled some of the key moments and to beat Henrik, we all now how great a player he is.”

“The eighth was very, very big because it was the worst drive I hit all week, unfortunately, but it was a massive save and then I birdied nine which was great.”

“The 16th was important but I think 15 was more important. He was coming after two birdies and I hit a really, really good shot.”

“To be able to hit it to a couple of feet and get four clear was massive.”

“Even on the 18th with a four-shot lead I knew that I needed to hit a good third shot because you can mess it up a little bit there if you’re not careful.”

Henrik Stenson, Sweden, finished in second place, he too had a last round -3 under 69, for a tournament total of -16 under par;

“I was three shots back at the start of the day and Sergio made an early birdie so I was trailing all day, I was expecting that.”

“I needed to come up with some really solid play and even though I didn’t quite play my best, I still managed to sneak a couple of birdies in there in the middle of the back nine and move closer.”

“You’ve got to push when you’re behind and we got the wind slightly wrong there on 15. I over-hit it a little bit at the same time. That’s obviously where it all kind of finished.”

“At the same time, Sergio hit a lovely shot to about two and a half feet and it was pretty much game, set and match on the 15th green.”

“I’m just working away on my game, trying to move all the positions forward and the time when we want to be peaking is obviously early April. So that’s what we’re working towards and it’s good, steady progress.”

Lasse Jensen from Denmark, -7 under par 65 today and Tyrrell Hatton, England, -5 under 67 tied for third at -14 under par..

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Sergio Leads Suspended Third round.

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Sergio Garcia leads  the suspended third round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club. All the top contenders completed their third rounds.

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Sergio, from Spain, completed a third round of -4 under par 68 to comfortably  lead the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by three shots at -18 under, making a lot of good putts;

“At the end it was very, very dark, I’ll tell you that, when we were walking on seventeen, I thought, well, it will probably be a little dark but not too bad.”

“But then it gets dark very, very quickly here. I couldn’t really see much on the last three shots.”

“I pretty much couldn’t see the ball land and the last putt was a little bit of a feel and a little bit of the read that George gave me and I’m very fortunate to be able to make it.”

“It wasn’t easy, a little shaky here and there at the beginning but the back nine was great. A lot of good shots, a lot of good putts.”

“I have a chance of winning the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which is a great event. I’m going to give it my all tomorrow.”

In second place is Henrik Stenson, Sweden, with a -13 under par total, a -5 under 67 today has put him in contention;

“It’s great to be in the last match tomorrow, I’m three behind Sergio so that’s where I want to be to try and apply some pressure on the front nine.”

“Anytime you can be within a couple of shots heading into the back nine, you can make it happen. I’m very pleased with the day’s work.”

Tied in third place are Ian Poulter, England, bogey free -5 under 67 today, and Prom Meesawat, Thailand with a third round of -4 under 68.

Poults, bogey free contained nine one putts in a row;

“I made a couple of great par saves during the round and gave myself a lot of good chances. I needed to shoot a decent round today because obviously Sergio and the guys in front were a few shots clear.”

“I’ve done my job today, so I’m very pleased.”

“My putting’s really good. I had a stretch of single putts from the back end of round two to the first couple of holes today. I was nine one putts in a row so to do that, you have to be comfortable with your line.”

“I’m quietly confident. I wouldn’t say I feel like I’m on my A Game but I’m doing my job and that’s all I can do right now. Slowly but surely try to get in contention and see what happens tomorrow.”

Prom was also happy with his putting;

“I went especially well from the tee, I feel very comfortable on my putting. It’s very good finish the last two holes birdie-birdie so I’m really happy with that.”

I feel comfortable right now so I’ll just try to enjoy tomorrow.”

“It’s always nice to come back here again. I’ll just try my best tomorrow.”

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. George Coetzee Leads, Tiger Quits.

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George Coetzee leads the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, as the second round play was suspended, due to high winds. Tiger Woods quits before play began, citing back problems.

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George was at -3 under par for eight second round Omega Dubai Desert Classic holes, before high winds halted play. He sits on top of the leaderboard at -9 under par;

“We saw this one tree go down. You get a warning from the chairman, it’s about to collapse and start squeaking.”

“I was walking under the trees hearing the squeaking and thinking, this could be me. “

It’s a little bit dangerous out there with the trees collapsing and stuff. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.”

“I’m quite happy with the total I had, playing the back nine, the scoring holes, a couple of holes playing downwind. I’m quite happy to have taken advantage of it.”

Tournament director Mike Stewart made this statement

“We’ve had a fairly challenging day today with the wind.”

“Winds increased during the course of lunchtime into the early afternoon to the point where we had gusts approaching 36 miles an hour and beyond.”

“The result was the last hour of play, effectively, before we suspended, it was such that we had a lot of things going on on the golf course.”

“We had TV towers that the roofs were blown off. We had balls moving on the greens, blew into a bunker at one stage.”

“Five trees came down, it was very unsafe and it was unplayable. So we brought the players off the golf course in the interests of play and safety to the spectators, as well.”

“Hopefully we can get most of the third round completed tomorrow. We’ll still have a bit to conclude on Sunday and, all going well, we’ll still have a good chance of finishing on time on Sunday afternoon.”

Sergio Garcia is in second place at -8 under par, and is -1 under through five holes;

“It was a little bit of a lottery. The wind was all over the place and it was blowing really, really hard, very gusty.”

“Obviously with trees coming down and things like that, we managed to hold on well for those first six holes which wasn’t easy.”

“I think tomorrow will be a little bit calmer and we can get out there.”

Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Sergio Surges To The Top.

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Sergio Garcia surges to the top of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard, as round one got suspended due to bad light at  Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

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Sergio, from Spain, had completed his opening Omega Dubai Desert Classic first round before play was suspended, carding -7 under par 65, to lead the tournament by one shot;

“It was a nice way to start, a good, solid round.”

“It was getting a little bit tasty there at the end, the last five, six holes. So it was nice to be able to get it in on a good score.”

“Tomorrow is supposed to be a tough day so we’ll see.”

“I think there were a lot of good positives out there. I played quite nicely, hit some really nice shots and made some really nice putts here and there. So overall, I was very happy with it. I felt like I was quite committed for pretty much every shot I hit.”

“The passion, it’s always there and it’s easy to keep up. Doing what we love and being as blessed as we are, being able to do it fairly well, it’s a great thing. So obviously the passion is easy to maintain.”

Felipe Aguilar, Chile, and George Coetzee, South Africa share second place at -6 under after their first rounds of 66.

Felipe was feeling good;

“I feel good. Every time you beat the course, it’s nice.”

Tied in fourth spot at -5 under are, Ian PoulterNino Bertasio, Nacho Elvira and David Lipsky all having rounds of 67.

Poults has not played this event for a while;

“I’m happy with that round. It’s been nine years since I’ve been here.”

Tiger Woods had another bad day at the office, shooting +5 over par 77, no signs yet that he will be contesting any title soon. He did not record a birdie today, citing  putting problems;

Well, I didn’t hit the ball very well, I left probably about 16 putts short.”

“I just couldn’t get the speed of these things, and consequently, it added up to a pretty high number.”

“I just could not hit the putts hard enough. I left every putt short.”

“Hopefully, this wind blows tomorrow, and it’s going to be tough and hopefully it is tough and I can play a really solid round and give myself more looks.”

DP World Tour Championship, Sergio & Francesco In Front.

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Sergio Garcia, from Spain and Francesco Molinari, Italy are in front at the half-way stage of the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, in Dubai.

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Sergio and Francesco both shot -5 under par 67 to lead the  DP World Tour Championship with -9 under totals.

Sergio had one bogey, and some iffy putts;

“I felt like I was swinging the club really, really well.”

“I was hitting a lot of good shots. I hit a couple of iffy putts here and there but I made some really good ones, also. I was very happy to see all of that.”

“I’m excited about it. It’s good to be out there with a chance the last tournament of the year. I just want to make sure that I keep playing the same way I’ve played these first two days and see where that takes us.”

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Francesco said he will repeat the same performance tomorrow;

“Just keep doing the same and hopefully I’ll get a similar result tomorrow.”

“I’m happy. It was another good day, it’s very early, obviously, but it’s nice to keep building a nice good round after good round.”

Yesterday’s leader Lee Westwood is in third place at -8 under par, after his second round score -2 under 70.

In the overall contest to win the Race to Dubai, the current leader Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, remained in top spot after he fired a -3 under par 69 to sit at -3 under for the tournament T 17, the same score as number two Danny Willett who carded -2 under par 70 today.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy followed his disappointing opening  round +3 over 75 with a -4 under 68 for a tournament total of -1 under par and T 29.

Race to Dubai

 

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. 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.