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.

Singapore Open. Second Round Rain.


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A second round rain delay at the Singapore Open caused havoc, but not to Younghan Song who topped the leaderboard at the close of play.

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Younghan shot a completed second round -8 under par 63 to sit on top of an uncompleted second round of the Singapore Open. He said good putting was the key;

“It was a superb round and I really have to thank my excellent putting for putting me in this position.”

“The goal is to win the tournament this week and for now, I just want to take a good rest before I come back again and hopefully play well like today.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par are Shintaro Kobayashi from Japan, with his completed second round of -2 under 69, and Byeonghun An, who still has eleven holes to complete tomorrow morning.

World number one Jordan Spieth is currently at -4 under par for the tournament, but still has twelve holes to complete his second round, he spoke about the conditions, and missing some putts;

“That’s golf, that’s weather, you can’t control that. I could tell it was bad on other parts of the course.”

“I didn’t get off to a great start but made a good birdie on number two then had a couple of bad putts.”

“I missed a short one on number four. On seven I got a bit unlucky. I had a perfect distance to the hole, the par five, and just when I hit my second the wind changed.”

“My ball came up just short of the green and when I went to play my putt that’s when the rain came in hard almost horizontally. My putt came up seven feet short.”


Singapore Open. Keith Horne Leads the Star Studded Field.

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South African Keith Horne leads the star studded Singapore Open after the first round as bad weather halts play.

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Keith is the clubhouse leader in the play suspended Singapore Open, with a -5 under par 66 first round, good putting making the difference;

“I’m really happy with my result today as I haven’t played here for a couple of years. But whenever I do come over here, I generally play well.”

“I putted great today which was important. I put a new driver in the bag today and I hit it so far and straight and that made a huge difference.”

Following him closely is World number one Jordan Spieth at -4 under, sharing second place with  An Byeonghun.

Jordan was frustrated with his round;

“Given some of the positions I was in off the tee it was a little frustrating.”

“From there I could not quite get it on the right tier of the green or the right distance.”

“My distance control was just off trying to judge the wind, humidity and the heat. We just struggled a bit with that.”

“I didn’t get many looks at putts for birdie. I didn’t get the ball inside 15 feet. I had plenty of opportunities to do that.”

Play was suspended twice  because of lightning and the first round will restart at 7.30am on Friday morning with 57 players still to complete 18 holes.


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.