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.

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Marc Leishman Wins.

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Marc Leishman wins the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player County Club in Sun City, South Africa.

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A final round -5 under par 67 gave the emotional six shot victory to Marc at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, with a -19 under par total. It had been a difficult year for Marc as his wife Audrey got very unwell, and he was unsure of his golfing future, but now everything in the garden is rosy;

“It’s amazing. I’m so happy. It’s not very often you can walk up 18 with a good cushion and enjoy it.”

“I knew it was going to be a really tough day, I knew I had to play well. Henrik’s an awesome player and I knew he’d make me earn it, which he did.”

“I’m really pleased that I could play as well as I did and have a little bit of a buffer there at the end.”

“Golf’s a lot easier when you don’t have to make up lost ground, especially on this golf course where there’s trouble everywhere.”

“I was really happy to not have too many bogeys. I definitely found out where the trouble was in the practice round.”

“I’m pretty happy to have this year over, to be honest.”

“Audrey got very sick and I lost an uncle who I was very close to. This tops off what was otherwise not a great year.”

“Three weeks ago we moved into a new house, so this will help pay for that.”

Henrik Stenson finished in second place, a last round of even par was not what he was looking for, four birdies cancelled out by four bogey’s, finishing way back at -13 under par.

Third place went to Chris Wood, at -9 under par, a last round -4 under par getting him into that spot on his own.

Byeong-hun An, fresh from being crowned the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year finished this tournament at -7 under par in 8th place on his own.

Byeong-hun An, Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year / Getty Images

Byeong-hun An, Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year / Getty Images

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Leishman Leads.

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Marc Leishman leads the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City after 54 holes of the tournament at the Gary Player Country Club.

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Australian Marc fired the low round of the day, -6 under par 66, to take control of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. He now has a tournament total of -14 under par, and will have a one shot advantage over Henrik Stenson going into the final round tomorrow.

Marc has been in this position before, and knows about the pressure he will get from Henrik, and hopes he does not come up short this time. Good putting was the key today, and he wants that trend to continue tomorrow;

“I saw Henrik was getting away a little bit so I had to try to do something to make it interesting for tomorrow.”

“Hopefully I can have another good round like today and give him a run for his money.”

“I’ll be very relaxed, there’s not too much to stress about. Obviously I really want to win, but it’s golf. I generally sleep well so hopefully I’ll do that tonight, and I’ll try to make some birdies tomorrow.”

“There’s a lot of golf to go and anything can happen.”

“I’ve been in this position a few times in big events so it’s great to draw on that experience.”

“I’ve come up short a couple of times but I’ve won tournaments before and I’m looking forward to having a chance tomorrow.”

 “It was a good day. I got the speed of the greens a lot better today. I’d been missing a lot of putts low all week from hitting them a bit soft, so I fixed that today and managed to hole some putts, which was the main difference.”

Henrik, from Sweden, had another hot day with the putter, sinking some vital ones just to stay in touch. A third round of -2 under 70, for a -13 under par total  keeping Marc in sight.

South African Jaco Van Zyl is keeping the home crowd happy, he is alone in third place at -10 under par, a third round of even par today kind of stalled his momentum.

From the USA, Robert Streb also had a disappointing even par third round, he is stayed at -9 under for the competition.

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Henrik Has Half-way Lead.

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Henrik Stenson has the half-way lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at  the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa. A weather delay of two hours and 11 minutes in the middle of the day, as lightning surrounded Sun City and heavy rain battered the course did not seem to bother the Ice Man.

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Henrik carded a brilliant inward nine holes of 31 strokes, to post a second round of -5 under 67, and take the Nedbank Golf Challenge half-way point lead at -11 under par.

I think it is safe to say that he has now recovered from the flu, and got his putter working;

“I’m surprised given that on Wednesday afternoon I didn’t think I would be able to tee it up.”

“I thought I was done and dusted, so to be leading after two days, it’s a turnaround to say the least.”

“But the saying is ‘beware of the injured or sick golfer’ and I guess that’s true.”

“I was not on a good run before the break. I didn’t do too much wrong but managed to string three bogeys in a row, so at that time it was probably good to have a break, and it really cooled down afterwards for the back nine.”

“I got the putter going, that was hot at least, and made a couple of nice birdie putts.”

“All in all a very good back nine turned an average round into a good one.”

Jaco Van Zyl is still in touch, just one shot behind at -10 under par, a second round of -4 under 68 making sure he is in sight of the leader going into the week-end. He said he enjoyed the duel between him and Henrik today;

“It felt a little like a duel between me and Henrik.”

“I looked at the leaderboard and I think we were two or three clear of the rest of the field. It’s always good fun, especially if you’re in the same group. You can kind of keep an eye on each other.”

“There’s good reason why he’s Number Seven in the world, looking at the putts he made coming in.”

“I’ve just figured this tournament is one my dream events to play, and if I do really well here, it’s a means and a way to get into my other dream event, which is the Masters.”

“So I’m very well aware of what’s going on around me here.”

I don’t feel that there’s too much expectation, so I’ll go out over the weekend and try and get a couple of low ones in there.”

Robert Streb, from the USA holds third place, at -9 under par, a -6 under 66 today moving him up the leaderboard nicely.

Defending champion Danny Willett has a back injury and has slipped down the leaderboard to T7, with a +3 over 75 today, leaving him nine shots off the lead at -2 under.

Ned Bank Challenge. Henrik Stenson & Jaco Van Zyl Lead

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Henrik Stenson and Jaco Van Zyl are the first round leaders in the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

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Henrik and Jaco both fired -6 under par 66 to lead the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.

You would not have guessed Henrik was recovering from a bout of flu;

“I’ve been in bed with the flu for three days, and after I had to pull out of the pro-am on Tuesday I probably had a five per cent chance of playing.”

“I felt quite a bit better this morning and the doctor didn’t see any reason why I couldn’t play.”

“I’m delighted with the score but the last few holes I completely ran out of energy. From the 14th onwards my legs were like jelly and it was a real struggle.”

“I missed a couple of chances coming in but I would have taken one under standing on the first tee, so I’m very happy.”

Jaco was nervous at the start, but settled down to record a miserly 27 putts;

“It’s a great honor and privilege to be here.”

“I watch two events on TV each year, the Masters and this, so waking up this morning, instead of making sure the beers and the biltong were ready, I had to make sure my shoes were polished and my clubs were clean and go to work.”

“On the first tee I could feel my heart beating in my throat. It didn’t slow down for the first three holes but I managed to pick up a couple of quick birdies early on which settled the nerves a bit.”

“I hit ten out of fourteen fairways, and a couple I missed weren’t in trouble, just in the first cut.”

“There were a couple of short irons into par fours that I would’ve liked to get a bit closer, but the main thing is the 27 putts.

“Tomorrow I’m going to come out and enjoy every single moment.”

“It really is a thrill to be here. As a South African, it’s phenomenal to be part of this.”

Danny Willett, who was second to Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai recently, claimed third place. His opening first round score -5 under par 67 proving he still has the desire to go out and try to win.