Trophée Hassan II & Lalla Meryem Cup. Mighty Event in Morocco.

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It is a mighty history making event in Morocco this week as for the first time the European Tour, Trophée Hassan II  and the Ladies European Tour, Lalla Meryem Cup are being played at                                                          the same time as the Men tackled the Red Course, and the                                                                Women  the Blue Course at  Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

Trophée Hassan II.

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On day 1 ITA Francesco Laporta, FRA Thomas Linard and AUS Jason Scrivener topped the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard with rounds of -4 under par 68.

Jason was pleased with his opening effort;

“It was pretty tricky out there this morning, pretty wet and quite cold, so to shoot a 68 in those conditions was very pleasing.”

Second place was shared between five players all on -3 under par, MAR Younes El Hassani, ARG Estanislao Goya, FRA Mike Lorenzo-Vera, FRA Adrien Saddier and ESP Borja Virto Astudillo.

Over on the Blue course ENG Florentyna Parker is the clear leader in the  Lalla Meryem Cup, shooting an opening round of -5 under par 67.

 Lalla Meryem Cup

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Florentyna accidentally broke the shaft in her driver during the Pro/Am on Wednesday, a new shaft arrived just in time for the first round;

“The tour van only had extra stiff shafts and I play regular.”

“I got someone else’s shaft but it wasn’t the right one and then this morning, luckily I had one sent from home.”

Three ladies are tied in second place at -4 under par, ENG Liz Young, who is four months pregnant, was bogey free, NOR Marianne Skarpnord and SWE Oona  Vartiainen

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Brian Stuard Gets Maiden PGA Tour Win.

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Brian Stuard gets his maiden PGA Tour win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans  beating Jamie Lovemark on the second hole of a playoff on Monday.

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Brian Stuard

At the conclusion of 54 holes, shortened tournament due to the terrible weather conditions, three players were tied at the top of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans leaderboard.

Brian Stuard, -3 under 69 today Jamie Lovemark, -4 under 68 and Byeong-Hun An, -7 under 65, they all had 54 hole totals of -15 under par.

Play-off hole was the par five eighteenth, where Byeong-Hun An was eliminated at the first round with a bogey six.

Brian won at the second time around with a birdie 4, to Jaimie’s par 5.

Brian said he was not playing so well;

“I wasn’t playing great. I was just kind of, I don’t know; hanging around.”

“I kind of hung in there all week. I just didn’t get too ahead of myself and just stayed real patient, and it paid off.”

Jaime was a bit miffed at missing out;

“I feel good, not too disappointed.”

“Just a little bummed, but moving on to next week.”

There was some great play going on further down the field with Bobby Wyatt finishing in fourth position after carding -8 under par 64, which included two bogey’s. He was  just one shot off the play-off places and could have won, but three-putts for bogeys on the par-3 14th and par-4 15th cost him dearly;

“I certainly haven’t been in this position a lot, so I think probably some of it is nerves.” 

“I found out I can play with these guys.”

World number one Jason Day, -6 under 66 today,  finished up tied for fifth place with Chris Kirk, -7 under 65, both at -13 under par, and Jason just wanted another round;

“I just wish it was 72 holes, at least I gave myself an opportunity to be around the leaders.”

 

 

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Washout, Reduced to 54 Holes and Monday Finish.

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Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas share the partial third-round lead at 13-under par over the saturated TPC Louisiana course. The event has now  officially been reduced to 54 holes and a Monday finish.

Monday finish likely in New Orleans

Brian -1 so far and Johnny-2, for -13 under totals, have completed just five holes of the now final round in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Bobby Wyatt is currently in third place at -12 under par, just one shot back, Bobby is -6 under par through nine holes of the last round.

Jamie Lovemark is fourth, even par in the third after five holes, with a -11 under par total.

Last weeks winner Charley Hoffman is in contention again, he is in the big bunch at -10 under par, Charley has finished fourteen holes of his final round.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Jenny Shin Wins 1st LPG Victory

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Jenny Shin, from South Korea,  wins the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club, in Texas, her 1st LPG Victory.

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Jenny Shin and her 1st LPGA Trophy

Jenny carded a final bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to win the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout with a total of -14 under par, a two shot victory.

Jenny is the third Rolex First Time Winner of the season, joining Ha Na Jang and Haru Nomura in achieving LPGA success, he had this to say;

“Still in awe nothing has registered yet. I wanted to talk to my mum, but I was on the verge of tears so I hung up without really her answering the phone.”

“I think it will hit me as soon as I talk to my mum, yeah. I don’t have anything going on right now.”

“I think I’ve been in contention so many times that I’ve kind of learned how to tune it out.”

 “I’m not sure I can repeat it exactly the same if I have a chance next time. I think every year I become a better player and I get a little bit more experience.”

“And I think I’ve gotten a lot out of it every time I go through this, so hopefully next year will be better, the year after that will be better.”

Tied in second place, two shots back at -12 under par  were a pair of South Koreans, Amy Yang, and Mi Jung Hur, both with even par rounds of 71, they were joined by Gerina Piller who could not complete the win, but did start the day with a two shot lead, suffering with a last round +2 over par 73.

Gerina spoke the really tough day, and she is learning all the time;

“I mean, the conditions are pretty tough, so it definitely wasn’t a cakewalk out there.”

 “As you can see, I haven’t really looked at the leaderboard if anyone shot a real low one.”

“The pins were really, really tough today and it’s tough to get them close, especially coming in.”

“But I’ve taken nothing but good things away from this week. That was my first time ever holding the lead, especially for two rounds, so it’s just more confidence that I’m adding to what I already have.”

Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 3rd Round Still Wet.

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As you can see in the picture below, there is not a lot happening today at TPC Louisiana in the 3rd round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

 

Monday finish likely in New Orleans

The players did get out and start, but then this happened.

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA TEXAS SHOOTOUT. Gerina Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Gerina Piller has the 54 hole lead at the Volunteers of America Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club.

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Local favorite Gerina Piller shot a third round -4 under par 67 at the Volunteers of America Shootout to post a 54 hole total of -14 under par, and will take a two shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Gerina says she needs to improve her putting, she wants to win in front of her family and home crowd;

“I felt like I gave myself opportunities, had some great shots, just couldn’t get some putts to fall.”

“These greens are pretty tricky and they have a lot of slope to them so you definitely have to give them respect.”

“But I don’t feel like I kind of like barely got by with eight pars, I felt like I could have been a lot lower. So definitely a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”

“I didn’t look at one leaderboard all day and I knew that if I played my game, I know I could make five or six birdies out there.”

“So I can’t control the outcome. For example, last week, just because I didn’t win, I still consider that a winning performance for me.”

“I felt like I played well, I just wasn’t good enough. There’s always a coulda, shoulda, woulda, but that’s one of those things, you’ve just got to go out and hit fairways and hit greens and get it close and make putts.”

“I mean, yeah, it would be awesome, it would be ideal. But the cool thing about it is no matter how I play tomorrow, I know that they’re going to be proud of me and we’re going to go back and hang out and they’re not going to think anything different of me, so it’s pretty cool to have that support.”

Tied in second place are two South Koreans, Amy Yang, -6 under par 65 today and Mi Jung Hur, -5 under 66, both with -12 under par tournament totals.

Two more South Koreans share fourth spot, Jenny Shin, -6 under 66 today and Sei Young Kim, -3 under par 68, both at -10 under par.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Round 3 Suspended.

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Round 3 of the Zurich Classic  of New Orleans has been suspended due to inclement weather conditions. Brian Stuard tops the leaderboard at the end of round 2 which finished this morning, before the heavens opened up with a deluge.

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Brian Stuard

Brian topped the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with his completed 2nd round of -4 under par 68, giving him a -12 under par total, and dislodging the two overnight leaders from pole position.

Jaime Lovemark and Johnny Vegas are now tied second, a  stroke behind at -11 under par, with a group of six players sharing  fourth place at 8-under par, Harold Varner 111, Daniel Berger, Byeong-Hun An, Charles Howell 111, Chad Collins and Patrick Rogers.

They are followed by a huge group of twelve players on -7 under par.

As the third round has been completely washed out, it certainly looks like it will be a Monday finish for this tournament.

That wont worry World number ten, Justin Rose, two miserable rounds of even par 72 sees him missing the cut, which was made at -2 under par