Alfred Dunhill Championship, Defending Champion Charl Shares Lead With Paul Dunne.

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Defending Champion Charl Schwartzel shares the lead with Paul Dunne at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.

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Charl and Paul both carded bogey free-6 under par 66 to lead the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Charl was happy with a couple of par saving putts;

“I made a good par putt on seven, and those putts are sometimes more important than the birdie putts.”

“I wasn’t doing anything wrong, really. A couple of the shots just didn’t finish as I planned.”

“My game was feeling good, but it was just a matter of getting the execution I was looking for, and on the back nine it came together nicely.”

Paul said he needs to get the ball in play off the tee’

“For me I feel if I can get the ball in play off the tee, with how my irons are feeling and with how good the greens are, I feel if I drive the ball well I’ll give myself loads of chances.”

“I’m feeling good. And look, I have the rest of the weekend, there’s a long way to go.”

Six players are tied in third place at -5 under par, Max Orrin, Scott Jamieson, Jean Hugo, Pablo Larrazabal, Alexander Bjork and Branden Stone.

Tshwane Open. Schwartzel Supreme.

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Charl Schwartzel reigned supreme in winning the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

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Charl carded a -7 under par 63, which included a couple of bogey’s, to win the Tshwane Open in a canter, an eight shot victory, with a total of -16 under par, and claim his second title of the season.

He said great putting was the key, and he is really excited for the rest of the season;

“It’s felt like I’ve been playing really, really well this week.”

“It’s just frustrating when you don’t putt very well and you don’t convert, and to make the putts when it counts, that’s even more satisfying.”

“In the first three rounds I gave myself so many chances. If I had the stroke I had today, it probably would have been my best tournament ever.”

“Everything is sort of falling into place. I’ve worked really hard leading up to this and it’s just been feeling good, so everything has got some really good signs, so I’m excited.”

For the record, Jeff Winther, from Denmark, finished in second place, those eight shots adrift, a last round -6 under 64 lifting him up the leaderboard.

Third place  went to Anthony Michael, a sad final round of even par 70, giving him a -6 under par total, a massive ten shots off the pace after leading the tournament at one stage.

Tshwane Open. Schwaetzel Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Charl Schwartzel holds the 54 hole lead at the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

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Charl shot -4 under par 66 in the third round of the Tshwane Open, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow with a -9 under par total.

He said it was nice to be playing well, and at home, especially being in contention once again;

“In a way it’s pleasing to me to see that the consistency of the long game is coming back and it’s just nice to be in contention.”

“I hit the ball really well. I think I only missed two greens and I gave myself a lot of chances for birdie.”

“It’s very close up there and it’s still going to come down to tomorrow and who actually just shoots the best score.”

“That’s what it’s going to be so I’m looking forward to it.” 

“I love playing at home on golf courses I’m familiar with, in front of familiar faces. We don’t get to do that very often, so it’s nice.”

Zander Lombard holds second place at -7 under par, he carded a splendid bogey free-7 under par 63 which put him firmly in contention. Good putting was the key for him today;

“I just had a great round.”

“I put together some solid putts and kept it in the right places again. I managed to keep the bogeys off the card and really put a solid score together.”

It’s an all South African top three as Haydn Porteous and Anthony Michael share third place, both at -6 under par for the tournament. Haydn -2 under 68 today, Anthony slipped back with a poor effort of +1 over par 71.

Nearest non South African is the wonderfully named Toby Tree, from England, but he is back at -4 under, and T5 with Dean Burmester.

Charl is the form horse in this race, and I expect him to go on and win.

Tshwane Open. Anthony Michael Leads

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Anthony Michael leads the Tshwane Open topping the leaderboard by two shots after 36 holes,  at Pretoria Country Club in South Africa.

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Anthony carded -1 under par 69 second round in tough conditions at the Tshwane Open, to lead the tournament by two shots going into the weekend. Making some clutch putts kept his nose in front of the pack;

“It was a bit tough out there today. The greens were a little bit firmer, the breeze was a little bit tricky so I’ll definitely take that 69.”

“I left a couple out there but made a few clutch putts so it was definitely steady putting.”

“The breeze caught me out a bit and club selection off the tee boxes was what really got me today so I’ll just get focused for tomorrow.”

“I’ll just stay in the moment, stay in the present.”

Charging up the leaderboard was Charl Schwartzel, firing a bogey free second round -6 under par 64, giving him a -5 under total after yesterdays miserable +1 over opening round.

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He said today was frustrating, missing so many 6ft putts, and still shoot 64;

“I’m very, very pleased with the way I hit the golf ball today, it was a massive improvement to a few months ago.”

 

“I hit it beautifully today, had so many chances and the course is playing really difficult, it wasn’t easy.”

“I didn’t putt very well today, but I hit the ball beautifully.”

“The greens are very difficult to read, and I didn’t hit a lot of bad putts but it’s frustrating when you miss six-footers and still shoot 64.”

Sharing third place is the first foreigner, American  Daniel Im, -2 under 68 today, Joburg Open winner Haydn Porteous, -4  under 66, and another South AfricanTheunis Spangenberg, +1 over 71. These guys are all at -4 under par for the competition.

Play was halted late in the day due to darkness, but the players with rounds to complete can not change the top of the leaderboard.

Joburg Open. Hayden Porteous Maiden Tour Victory

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Hayden Porteous claimed his maiden European Tour victory, the Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club in South Africa. It also gets him into The Open this year at Royal Troon. It was also a one two for South Africa in the placings.

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Hayden carded a final bogey free round -3 under par 69 to win the Joburg Open at -18 under par, a two shot maiden victory. He started to worry the putts not dropping in, but made birdie on the last to seal the deal;

“Words can’t describe how I feel right now, it’s surreal to be honest.”

“I’ve been battling with my golf for the last few months and hats off to (fitness coach) Garth Milne for all the strategy and game-plan and gym.”

“There was a lot of sweat and tears and I can’t get over this feeling right now.”

“When I get home and things start to calm down I’m going to have a proper think about it.”

“All the doors that are open because of winning the Joburg Open, it’s a dream come true.” 

“I started to hit a few fairways and a lot more greens and gave myself some chances to make birdie, unfortunately the putts didn’t go in but I was keeping the pressure low and making sure I was going to be making par.”

“To make a birdie on the 18th was the best feeling in the world.”

“I was just thinking ‘no silly mistakes’. Go left side of the green and hope the wind drags it to the right and then I hit probably the best five iron I’ve hit all week and it landed just short of pin high and to about 15-20 feet.”

“A putt I could only dream of to win the Joburg Open.”

“To qualify to get into The Open on merit is a big step in my career.”

“To play The Open for any player in the world is a big deal and hopefully I can do South Africa proud and do well there.”

Zander Lombard was in second place at -16 under par, his last round -1 under 71 good enough to get him a place at The Open;

“It’s a great bonus for coming second and I’ll definitely open up my schedule to fit it in.”

Four players tied in third place, at -15 under par, Björn Åkesson, SwedenDaniel Im, USAJustin Walters South Africa and Anthony Wall from England.

Anthony Wall won the third place for a spot at The Open, for the  second consecutive year;

“I’ve been lucky, thank goodness. I get to play in the greatest event in the world again.”

“I finished second last year right on the nail and this year the same so, thank God.”

“It’s been a truly wonderful week. I’m bitterly disappointed but to get an Open spot definitely softens the blow. It’s the greatest honour a golfer can have.”

“I played last year and finished 11th again and it’s just the greatest place to play golf.”

Joburg Open. Three Players Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Joburg Open leaderboard after three rounds at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club in South Africa. Anthony Wall, Zander Lombard and Hayden Porteous will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

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Anthony is searching for only his second win on the European Tour at the Joburg Open, sixteen years after his first victory. He carded -4 under par 68 on the East course, and joins Hayden and Zander at the top of the leaderboard on -15 under par for the competition, and a two shot lead over the field going into the final round tomorrow.

Everyone played the East course today, with Zander posting  one of the low rounds of the day -7 under par 65, and Hayden -4 under 68.

Anthony is determined to make his children proud of him;

“That’s why I play golf now, to try and make my children proud of me, to try and win as many times as possible.”

“At the end of the day I’m father now before I am a golfer, that switched a few years ago and I just want to keep playing for them and my wife so they can be proud of me.”

“I drove the ball well. That was my weakness the first two days, today I was great off the tee. I holed a couple of good long ones, but I also missed three or four I could have holed, so all-in-all it was a good day.”

“I’ve got a great chance tomorrow. But they’re all good players, someone’s going to be a little luckier tomorrow and win, so hopefully it’s me.”

Four players share fourth spot at -13 under par for the tournament, Ross McGowan, who slipped back today with a +1 over par round, Jacques Blaauw -5 under 67,  Daniel Im, who shared the low round score today -7 under, and Paul Dunne -4 under 68, in his eighth start on Tour.

This competition is very tight and anyone who comes up with low round tomorrow could jump up and take the title, it should be an exciting final round at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

BMW South African Open. 1st Round Play Suspended.

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The 1st round of play in the BMW South African Open was suspended due to lightning in the area of the Glendower Golf Club in South Africa, with Jaco Van Zyl leading.

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Jaco had completed his first round of the BMW South African Open, shooting =7 under par 65, and has a one shot lead;

“It’s a very special week for South Africans, so we’re all going to try our best and stay in the mix and if I can get my first European Tour win here, it would just be so much sweeter.”

“But I’ve got a long season ahead and I’ll take it week by week.”

“The first couple of holes today, there was not a breath of wind, it was nice and cool, so you really needed to capitalise on the first couple of holes.”

 “By the time we got to our eighth hole the wind really started picking up and it was warming up a little bit, so it just got so much tougher out there.”

“It really felt good out there today. I felt very comfortable and there was not too much rust.”

Shaun Norris is in second place, with an opening round -6 under par 66, with Keith Horne and Jbe Kruger tied in third position at -5 under par following their first round scores of 67.

There are a bunch of players at -4 under par, including David Drysdale of Scotland who only completed 15 holes.

Gong to extraordinary lengths not card a bogey David Howell took off his shirt to play out of a water hazard, he finished the day bogey free at -1 under par 71.

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Defending champion Andy Sullivan had a tough opening day, in the very hot conditions that greeted the afternoon starters, carding +3 over par 75.