Sergio Garcia King at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

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Sergio Garcia King at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, winning at Real Club Valderrama in his home country Spain.

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Sergio, the Tournament Host, became an Honorary Life Member of the European Tour on Friday night, and is now a 14-time winner said it was all amazing, and he made some key putts coming in;

“It was amazing, all three of us played amazing.”

“Daniel played great with everything that he had on the line, Joost played unbelievable.”

“I played really well and I felt like maybe I could get away and he just kept coming back and back and made it an amazing match.”

“I stayed patient the whole time, I made sure the bad moments did not affect me too much and made a couple of really key putts coming in.”

“The people were unbelievable, amazing, so many people came out and supported, it was really a treat.”

“I want to dedicate this one to my wife Angela and our little baby coming next year in March.”

Joost Luiten from Holland was in second place, just one shot back at -11 under par, a last round -5 under 66 made for an exciting finish.

Third position went to Daniel Brooks, England, who was fighting to keep his Tour card, a final round of even par 71 for -7 under was not what he wanted in terms of winning the tournament, but this result puts him inside the top 101 in the rankings to secure his playing privileges for next season.

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Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Home Hero Sergio Leads,


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Home Hero and Tournament Host Sergio Garcia leads the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Spain.

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Sergio carded -3 under par 68 in the third round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters to lead after 54 holes by one shot at -8 under par;

“It was pretty solid, I’m going to go out there tomorrow and try to post another under par round and see what happens.”

“Good rounds are possible there but they have to be spot on.”

“It’s still a long way tomorrow to come so we can’t get too much ahead of ourselves.”

Low round of the day went to Daniel Brooks of England, -7 under 64, which propelled him up the leaderboard into second place on that score.

Daniel needs a good week here to avoid a return to the Tour School;

“That was good fun out there, I hit a lot of good shots. I’ve been playing some great golf all week, I made a lot of birdies.”

“This week I’ve been paying quite aggressive and I’ve been attacking pins, playing nice golf. I knew I needed a good week. If you have a good one, great, if not then Tour School in a few weeks time.”

Joost Luiten, Holland, continues to remain in the hunt for the title, but an even par third round saw him drop back into third place at -6 under par.

Joost had putting problems;

“I felt like I left a couple too many out there, especially on the greens with a couple of short putts.

“I three-putted the seventh and missed a short one on nine, lipped out on ten.”

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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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Andalucia Valderrama Masters. Sergio and Joost Lead.

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ESP Tournament Host Sergio Garcia shares the Andalucia Valderrama Masters lead with NED Joost Luiten of Holland after round one at Real Club Valderrama in Spain.

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Sergio and Joost both produced opening rounds of -5 under par 66 to lead the Andalucia Valderrama Masters by one shot.

Sergio hit some lovely iron shots and made a few putts;

“It was nice, it was gettable because it was soft but you still had to hit good shots and I was able to do that for the most part of the day.”

“I’m very happy with my round.”

“The game was on pretty much all day. I hit my irons very well, I didn’t drive the ball well on the eighth hole but I was pretty much spot on there and I made some nice putts here and there.”

“The greens were rolling quite fast, more than anything the back nine was even faster than the front. Overall I think it was very solid.”

Joost found it tough going into the wind today;

“It was early when I teed off and I thought the back nine was playing tough, playing long and the ball wasn’t going as far.”

“The 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th are pretty much into the wind so you’ve got to be patient if you’re playing that nine first.”

“Finally on my back nine, the front nine, I started to hit some really good iron shots and I hit some really close for easy birdies.”

ENG Robert Rock, of England, and ESP Pablo Larrazábal from Spain are then tied in third place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67.

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Dell Technologies Championship. DJ On A Roll.

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DJ. is on a roll at the moment, now leading the Dell Technologies Championship after round one at TPC Boston.

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DJ. fired an opening round of -5 under par 66, to lead the Dell Technologies Championship by one shot, and is definitely on a winning roll;

“When you win, you’re playing well, so it gives you a lot of confidence.”

 “For me, that was one thing that was probably lacking a little bit the last few months, just the confidence, just because I wasn’t seeing the shots that I wanted to see.”

“I wasn’t hitting them consistently. So the confidence was just down a little bit.”

“But you know, after last week, obviously I’ve got a lot of confidence now. I feel like the things I’ve been working on, they are back to working.”

”Put together a pretty good score.”

Sharing second place at -4 under are; Kyle Stanley, USA, Marc Leishman, Australia, with Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm, from Spain, all with first round scores of 67.

Kevin Tway, even par today, holed an Ace at the 231 yard par three 11th hole, he leveled out his card with two birdies and three bogey’s.

At the other end of the scale Kelly Kraft suffered a septuple bogey 12 at the par five second hole. That unfortunately is  the largest score recorded on a single hole this season on TOUR. Kelly eventually withdrew after sustaining an injury his right foot.

Other casualties included Rory McIlroy, +1 over 72, Jason Day, +4 over 75, and Justin Rose, +1 over 72. These guys will need to up the ante tomorrow if they want to stay in this competition.

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Bridgestone Invitational. Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, Wins with a 61.

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Hideke Matsuyama, from Japan, wins the Bridgestone Invitational, shooting a final round -9 under 61, equaling the Firestone Country Club  South Course record.

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Hideke was calmness personified with his final round -9 under par 61 to easily win the Bridgestone Invitational with a -16 under par tournament total, a five shot winning margin. Hideke tied the course record also  held by Jose Maria OlazabalTiger Woods and Sergio Garcia;

“That might be the best round I’ve ever played.”

“This is Firestone Country Club, it’s such a difficult golf course and to play as well as I did here, I’m thrilled.”

“I did hit some good shots but I was nervous all the way around because I really wasn’t sure of my swing today.”

“All I can do is my best. I know a lot of us have tried from Japan to win Majors.”

“Hopefully some day it will happen. I’d like to win one but I’ll get back to work tomorrow morning and hopefully something good will come.”

Zach Johnson, USA. was in second place at -11 under par, a last round -2 under 68 not what he needed, a few missed putts for birdie over the closing holes doing the damage.

Charley Hoffman, USA, finished in third place at -10 under, a creditable -4 under 66 last round, that could have been better.

Thomas Pieters, Belgium, was alone in fourth, a last round +1 over 71 a sad end to his tournament, which he led for some time, a final score of -8 under par a long way from the winner.

In  the large group at -7 under was Rory McIlroy, he carded a final round -1 under 69, not a good tournament for a player who boomed 38 out of 42 drives over 300 yards off the tee, with an actual average of 344.6 yards, 1st in the field and strokes gained off the tee at 1.65, also 1st in the field. after 54 holes. Wedge approach shots very average and putting in the same class.

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Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Jon Rahm Wins

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Jon Rahm, from Spain, wins the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

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Jon cruised to  Dubai Duty Free Irish Open victory with a blistering last round -7 under par 65, to post a winning total of -24 under par, and a six stroke margin over his nearest rival.

Jon now joins Seve Ballesteros, José María Olazábal and Sergio Garcia on an illustrious list of Spanish winners of the Irish Open;

“It’s such a great honor now just to be part of the history of this event.”

“Such a great country, such a great history in the tournament and such a great golf course.”

“To me it’s such a great week, it really is special for me to share it with three of my heroes.”

“I’ve been saying, I haven’t played my best golf and today, for 15 holes, I played the best golf I can ever play on the golf course with the weather that we had. Obviously the bonus of holing out on four was great.

“Man, this is a nice feeling.”

Richie Ramsay, Scotland, -7 under par 65 today, and Matthew Southgate, England, -6 under 66, shared second place at -18 under for the tournament.

Tied in fourth spot at -17 under were, Justin Rose, England, Daniel Im, USA, David Drysdale, Scotland and Ryan Fox of New Zealand.