Australian Open. Lucas Herbert Leads.

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Lucas Herbert leads the Australian Open after 36 holes at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.

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Lucas carded a second round -5 under par 66 to lead the Australian Open after 36 holes with a -9 under par half-way total, and will take a one hot advantage into the week-end;

“I warmed up this morning and it felt really good, and I was like, I hope this sticks around for not only today, but the next three days because that was, like it just felt so good coming off the range this morning.”

“I’m definitely trying to be a smarter golfer, obviously chipping out on 18 there, that was pretty hard to do.”

“I don’t really take lay ups too easily, it’s hard to talk me into them but I managed to get talked into laying up there.”

One shot back at -8 under par is former world number one Jason Day, a second round -3 under 68 giving him that position on his own.

Cameron Davis led after the first round where he recorded a 63, today he occupies third place at -7 under par following his second round +1 over par 72, the putting was a problem today;

“I’ve had a few weeks off, so the bit of competition rust I guess you could call it, is starting to wear off.”

“I feel really good with my game, I feel really good with my driver and my irons.  I’ve just got to get the putts to go in over the weekend.”

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth, USA, had another indifferent round today, even par 71, leaving him T19, he too struggled with the putter;

“I saw a putt go in and I told Cameron early in the round, I get one to go, it’ll all start going, it just unfortunately took me 17 holes to make one.”

“That was my second one-putt of the day, the other coming from about four feet for a par on the 13th.”

“It just was a bad day with the flat stick; it happens.”

“Given the golf course will start to bake out and you get really calm conditions in the morning that leaves the windier conditions for the afternoon.”

“I’ll have a pretty gettable golf course I imagine in the morning tomorrow with the guys really having to watch themselves in the afternoon.”

“If I can post something like five, six under, then I’m very much in this tournament.”

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Australian Open. Cameron Davis Leads.

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Cameron Davis, Australia, leads the Australian Open after the first round at The Australian Golf Club.

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Cameron showed the stars how to play the Australian Golf Club course, shooting -8 under par 63 in the opening round of The Australian Open, to lead the tournament by two shots;

“I knew the golf course well, I didn’t have to think too hard around my practice round, so I felt like I had a good chance this week”

“I played here like eight times in five days, so I got to know it pretty well.”

”  I saw some places I probably shouldn’t have, but yeah, it’s nice to play it that many times and be able to come back and see not too much has changed.”

“It’s very familiar out here.”

Taylor McDonald has second place, at -6 under following his opening round of 65;

“It was great. I felt really comfy after playing a couple Australian Open tournaments in my life. “

“The nerves weren’t there this morning and I was striking it well, I’m pumped,” 

Tied in third place is Jason Day, with Nick Cullen and Alex Edge, with -5 under par 66 first rounds.

Jason was excited with his round, but his putting could have been better;

“It was exciting to play. The crowds were terrific out there.  Our whole group played well and it’s really nice to be able to kind of feed off each other.”

I felt like I played some pretty solid golf out there.  I didn’t miss many fairways and I didn’t miss many greens.”

“I think the biggest thing for me is to just try and play the way I’ve been playing but hole more putts.”

USA superstar, and defending Champion, Jordan Spieth had a nervous start, ending the round at -1 under;

“I made, I think five bogeys today, which to shoot under par with that, that’s really good”

“I kind of had the nerves to begin and my short game was a bit rusty and then started to pick it up and played pretty well from there.”

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UBS Hong Kong Open. S.S.P. Chawrasia Leads.

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S.S.P. Chawrasia, from India, leads the UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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S.S.P. fired a first round -5 under par 65 to lead the Hong Kong Open by one shot in the very windy conditions, with some good putting being the key;

“I’m playing well today, I’m hitting well and some putts well.”

“Very tough conditions today. I’m very happy with my five under.”

“I’ve been playing many years here and I’ve not finished well.”

“So it’s a good chance this year and hopefully I’ll finish good this year. I’ll try my best.”

Another Indian, Shubhankar Sharma shares second place with Matt Fitzpatrick from England, both with opening rounds of -4 under par 66.

Matt was happy with his start in the tough conditions;

“It’s a good start to the week, it’s not an easy course around here.”

“I think I had seven or eight chances inside 15 feet and on a day like today when it’s so windy and such a tough golf course.”

There is then a large group of seven players tied in fourth place, all at -3 under par for the competition, Thomas Detry, Belgium, Jamie Donaldson, Wales, Marcus Kinhult, Sweden, Keith Horne, South Africa, Angelo Que, Philippines, Poom Saksansin, Thailand and Micah Lauren Shin, USA.

Justin Rose was in this three under group, before dropping a shot with missed short putt on the last hole of the day;

“I hit five birdies today, all of them were from like two feet, I stuffed it in there five times and didn’t really make putts of any distance.”

“A shame to miss one at the last, I think I tried to play left center and it seemed to go a little left on me and I had too much speed and spun out.”

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CME Group Tour Championship. Ariya Wins. Lexi Wins Race to CME Globe.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, wins the CME Group Tour Championship, while Lexi Thompson wins the Race to CME Globe, the year-long points event.

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Ariya, with a final round -5 under 67 on the Tiburón Golf Club course in Florida for a winning CME Group Tour Championship total of -15 under par was having some fun out on the course;

“To be honest, I had no expectation at all this week.”

 “I really did not think about the outcome. I really focused on the things I can control and I had so much fun this week.”

“Even though I played so badly the last few months, I learned a lot.”

“I’m growing up a lot, and I’m really ready to have some fun next year.”

Lexi missed a two foot putt to win it all;

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“It was a short putt. I don’t really play break on those.”

“I don’t know. I just had a little mishap in my hands and just pushed it off to the right.”

“I putted great the whole day and did my routine. I guess maybe just a little bit of adrenaline.”

Lexiafter her missed putt, and Jessica Korda both finished second in the CME Group Tour Championship, one shot back at -14 under par for the tournament, with -5 under rounds of 67.

Lexi was honored to win the Vare Trophy;

“It was a good way to end the season.”

“Overall, a lot of positives to take from today. Winning the CME Globe and the Vare Trophy was a huge honor.” 

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RSM Classic. Austin Cook Wins

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Austin Cook wins the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.

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A last round -3 under par at the Seaside Course saw Austin win the RSM Classic, his maiden PGA Tour victory, with a -21 under par total, a four shot winning margin;

“It was definitely exciting,  real brutal with the wind”

“I got off to a slow start but I was able to keep my head level and know there was a lot of golf to be played.”

“With the wind and those conditions, a lot could happen.”

“With Kip on the bag, he was able to keep me in the moment and keep me pressing instead of playing conservative.”

“There was a lot of stuff going on, mostly up here.” (tapping his head)

“My ball-striking was great and for the most part, my putting was great. Holding the nerves down, playing a good round in these conditions.”

“I’m so happy.”

“My goal coming into the year was to win Rookie of the Year, and I’m on a good path so far.”

J.J. Spaun was second at -17 under par, a last round -4 under 66 giving him that position on his own;

“I feel like I’m just knocking on the door, eventually I think that door will open.”

45 year-old Brian Gay picked up third place at -16 under par, with a final round -2 under 68.

Brian holed out from 161 yards with a 9-iron on the last hole, but could not remember if he had done that before;

 “I don’t think I ever have. Never, ever, not even at home.”

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Sanya Ladies Open. Céline Boutier With Maiden L.E.T. Win.

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Céline Boutier, France has her maiden Ladies European Tour title, the Sanya Ladies Open.

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Céline carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Sanya Ladies Open, her maiden Tour victory, at -12 under par, a four shot winning margin at  Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

Céline said her putting was on fire on her back nine;

“It’s amazing. It’s my first time playing in this event and my first time in China, so I couldn’t have expected the week to have gone any better.”

“My putting was on fire on the back nine, so that helped me to get birdies.”

“It was a lot of fun.”

“The weather has been great and we were staying right by the beach, so it was a great mix of playing golf and going to the beach to relax.”

China LPGA Tour rookie Solar Lee finished in second place at -8 under par, with a last round -3 under 69;

 “I was quite nervous on the first tee but I tried my best to enjoy the experience. I’m very happy with the result.”

Another Ladies European Tour rookie Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, from Iceland, was in third place, a last round of even par 72 giving her a -7 under par total, saying she could not make her putter work today;

 “I couldn’t hole a putt today, but that’s okay. I was playing solidly but I lost a ball on nine.”

“I had been playing well and I guess I got a bit too much adrenaline flowing. It is what it is.”

“A top-three finish is good. I’m disappointed I didn’t get the win, but Céline played really well and she putted amazingly, especially on the back nine.”

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DP World Tour Championship. Jon Rahm Wins. The Race to Dubai. Tommy Fleetwood Wins

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Jon Rahm wins the DP World Tour Championship, while Tommy Fleetwood wins the year-long Race to Dubai, in a thrilling day at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Jon carded a final round -5 under par 67 to win the DP World Tour Championship, with a -19 under par total, and a one shot victory;

“It’s hard to sum it up, an incredible week, I could not be more proud of what I’ve done this week.”

“It could be very easy to just be content with getting the award and just being here and trying to play the best.”

Second place was shared between Shane Lowery, Ireland, -9 under 63 today and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -5 under 67 last round, both with -18 under totals.

Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai carding +2 over par 74 here, but the cushion he had built up was good enough to hold off Justin Rose, who finished in the tie for third place in the  DP World Tour Championship with -2 under 70 today and -17 under for the Championship, when at one point he was soaring, a triple bogey six at the par three 14th really was his undoing;

“I did hit the wall a bit today.” 

“My front nine was beautiful. I was playing great golf and I felt in complete control, but the bogey at twelve seemed to slow all the momentum.”

“From that point it was a bit of a grind.”

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