Volvo China Open. Two at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard, Lucas Bjerregaard, from Denmark and  Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, at the Topwin Golf and Country Club.

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Bogey free third round from  DEN Lucas of -7 under par 65, saw him  join CHI Felipe, -5 under 67 today, at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with -16 under totals.

Lucas has been adjusting to a new swing, and eventually it seems to be paying off, good putting helps;

“I had a couple of good runs at the end of last year so I’ll try and use all the experience I got there and try and go out and finish it off tomorrow.”

“I played nicely today and got things going a little bit on three there, holed a six iron from 160 metres but other than that the front nine was pretty quiet.”

“I hit some good shots on the back nine and making some putts as well, then I thinned my chip shot over the green on 17 and then made the putt from there so all in all a very good day.”

Felipe on the other hand has been struggling with his putting, even borrowing a putter from Fabrizio Zanotti;

“My putting is my weakest part of my golf game, it’s been very poor for the last six months and I switched putter this week and that was thanks to Fabrizio Zanotti.”

“I went in his bag and took his putter. He was kind enough to let me use it and I think that’s been the biggest difference, that I’ve made some putts that I really needed to make.”

“You have so many players out here who can shoot a low score and tomorrow somebody who wins is going to have to shoot a low score.”

“Hopefully it will be me.”

BEL Nicolas Colsaerts, bogey free -7 under 65 today, home favourite CHN Li Haotong, -6 under 66, ENG Tyrrell Hatton, -5 under 67 and SWE Alex Noren, -4  under 68, all share third place at -14 under par for the tournament. As you can see it is a very international leaderboard, and it is also a very close contest, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top tomorrow.

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Johnny Vegas Half-Way Lead with Jamie Lovemark.

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Johnny Vegas shares the half-way lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, with Jamie Lovemark, but the second round has been suspended due to darkness.

Vegas moves to the top

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Johnny came back to finish the first round, then carded a -3 under par 69 today in the second, at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, put that with his -8 under 64 from yesterday, for a total of -11 under par.

Johnny was tired after a long day out on the  TPC Louisiana course;

“Long day, I played 30 1/2 holes today.”

“I knew it was going to be an extremely long day, so I just kind of kept the mentality and hit one shot at a time and just played as hard as I can.”

“The course was a little easier this morning with the greens being soft, but the wind picked up in the afternoon, and this course was really hard.”

Jamie surge up the leaderboard with -6 under par 66 today in his second round, after finishing his opening round beforehand, to share the lead at the half-way point at -11 under par.

Jamie was also shattered after his long day;

“Just happy to be alive, it was hot, humid. It’s a tough walk, just soft, so ate a ton, walked slow. Not too bad.”

“I’m going to go sleep, man, find some AC, chill a little bit.”

“I’m staying in town, so get some good food and just kind of relax, watch some basketball.”

1st round leader Brian Stuard is one shot back at -10 under, but has yet to finish his second round, -2 under today so far, he still has six holes to complete, before setting off in the third round.

Harold Varner III was -8 under par after a second round -5 under par 67, and is alone in fourth place. He put his success down to good putting;

“I just think I’m obviously putting better.”

“You get out of a few jams when you chip it bad and you hole a few putts you’re supposed to hole, it just makes it a lot easier.”

Volvo China Open. 2nd Round Suspended, Felipe Aguilar Has Lead.

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Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, leads the Volvo China Open as second round play was suspended due to the threat of lightning.

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Felipe carded a completed second round -7 under par 65 to top the Volvo China Open as play was suspended at Topwin Golf and Country Club, with a 36 hole total of -11 under par, in Beijing.

Felipe had missed six straight cuts, before getting to week-end play last week. He admitted his body has been feeling the strain after taking part in an Ironman triathlon over the winter period, his doctors had warned him of how long it would take to recover from the exertions of competing in that event. Even his putting was poor;

“I played quite consistently throughout my first two rounds so I’m quite happy. It’s been a tough start to the year so hopefully this will be a turnaround for me”

“I was pretty unstable at the start of the year, I missed several cuts by one or two shots and I wasn’t putting very well, missing shots that I usually don’t.”

“I guess now I believe my doctors when they said I would struggle to recover my fitness from doing an Ironman competition.”

“They said I would struggle for about two months afterwards and I actually did because it’s such fine margins in this sport.”

“I haven’t done much exercise in recuperating my body, but I have been doing a lot of work lately so hopefully this will do it.”

“I played quite solid today, I don’t think I missed one green.”

Alex Noren, from Sweden, a bogey free -5 under 67 today, and Bernd Wiesberger from Austria, -3 under 69, share second place at -10 under par, just one shot back of the leader.

Alex is happy to be back in contention;

“It’s always good when you’ve won before and it’s really nice to be up there. It was a while ago before Valderrama since I’ve been up there so it’s a nice feeling.”

“I’m hitting it nicely, I haven’t even hit a draw yet but the fade is working.”

First round leader Hennie Otto, is T4 at -9 under par, with four holes left to play. Another player at T4, Taehoon Kim recorded the second hole in one in this competition, from 177 yards with a seven iron on the par three 13th, adding to the seven birdies and a bogey in his finished round of -8 under par 64. Unfortunately there was no Volvo car for Taehoon.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Mi Jung Hur Leads 1st Round.

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Mi Jung Hur leads after the 1st round of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas, shooting -5 under par 66, which included a bogey five on the 5th hole.

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Gerina Pillar, So Yeon Ryu and Eun-Hee Ji all share second place with opening rounds of -4 under par 67.

Home town girl Gerina said it was strange sleeping in her own bed during a competition;

“It’s a little tougher this week being a home game and having family in town and just staying at home, it’s hard to go home and go to bed.”

 “You want to do the dishes or stuff like that.”

“Definitely have to be more conscious with your time and how you prepare just like any other week because you’re at home and it’s kind of pulling you opposite directions.”

“I mean, I know that I’m playing really well and I’ve had some really good finishes, so that’s golf, you’ve just kind of got to ride that and just keep pressing on.”

So Yeon played well, a bogey free day, even her putting was good;

“Today I shot 17 greens, and even when I missed I was still able to putt it, I was just off the green.”

“So I think today my shot was really great, I just comfortable with everything and like driver, iron, wood, everything was great.”

“Even putting was really great.”

“The only one disappointing thing is I missed a 5 foot birdie putt at the last. But I had a bogey free round today, so it was a really simple round.”

“I feel like today was kind of a little breezy, but after that happened in San Francisco, this is nothing, just baby wind.”

“Even when I had like strong wind, I feel like really easy to control it and really easy to decide what I need to do.”

“So I think it was really big help, really, really big help after having really, really windy day in San Francisco.”

Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Brian Stuard Leads Suspended 1st round

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Brian Stuard shoots 64 to lead the suspended 1st round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Brian Stuard took the clubhouse lead at the Zurich Classic after only needing 21 putts in his first round. (Getty Images/Chris Graythen)

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Brian carded a completed -8 under par 64 first round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, requiring only  21 putts in his bogey-free round at TPC Louisiana. A rain delay of five hours caused havoc with the tournament, with the afternoon starters unable to finish their rounds before darkness fell.

Although Brian was using a new putter, he was dumbfounded as to why he had played so well, telling reporters;

“I wish I knew.”

“It might be in the bag for a while.”

Sitting in second place is Retief Goosen,  at  -7 under par, following his finished bogey free first round 65. The two-time Major winner has not won a  PGA Tour title since the 2009 Valspar Championship, saying that was some time ago now;

“It is a lifetime ago.”

There are five players currently tied in third position, at -5 under par after opening completed rounds of 67, J.J. Henry, Derek Ernst, Geoff Ogilvy, Charles Howell 111 and Patrick Rogers.

J.J. said he was playing well;

“My ball-striking is there, and I feel like I’m hitting the ball as well arguably as I probably ever have.”

“I always say it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

Volvo China Open. Hennie Otto Leads

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Hennie Otto from South Africa, leads the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club.

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Hennie carded a first round -9 under par 63,  containing an eagle and seven birdies, to lead the Volvo China Open by two shots, saying it was good putting that made the difference today;

“I’ve always got a good frame of mind every week but it’s just my putting let me down and today it came through.”

“I played really well today, the first hole I saved a good par and I think that gave me momentum. After that I hit it really close. I broke 30 putts this week.”

“You have to hit it in the right places and that’s the thing I did today. I hit them close, that makes a big difference. I’ve worked hard on my putting.”

“It’s a nice golf course. The greens are not what we’re used to but we’ve got a few courses in South Africa with the same type of grass and the slopes so we adapt quickly.”

“I’ve been playing well, I haven’t been putting well. I’ve been working hard on it and today it showed.”

Bernd Wiesberger is in second place following his opening round -7 under par 65.

Grégory Bourdy, Peter Hanson, Roope Kakko and Fabrizio Zanotti, all carded -6 under par 66, to be tied in third place.

Rikard Karlberg had the shot of the day, a hole in one at the 212 yard par three 16th, using a 7 iron, winning him the prize of a 2016 Volvo XC 90 SUV, the car which has been voted as the best SUV of the year,

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Shenzhen International. Soomin Lee Wins on Monday Morning.

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Soomin Lee, from South Korea, won the rain delayed Shenzhen International on Monday morning.

Soomin Lee of South Korea holds the trophy after winning the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club on April 25, 2016 in Shenzhen, China.

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Soomin carded a last round -1 under par 71, to post -16 under par and claim his first European Tour win, in just his sixth start;

“I’m really happy and really excited. This is really good for me and really good for my golf life.”

“First time European Tour winner in just six events, it was really incredible.”

“I got a big chance in Malaysia but I didn’t make it because I was really, really nervous. Now I made it.”

“Yesterday I was really, really nervous. We had a lot of break times and then played again so that’s really good for me and I just thought about my golf and then competed until I could do it.”

Joost Luiten and Brandon Stone, both -4 under 68 today, tied in second place, two shots off the pace at -14 under par for the tournament.

Scott Hend, he of the Albatross carded a last round -6 under 66,  Lee Slattery, -1 under 71 today and Alex Levy, also -1 under 71, all tied in fourth place at -13 under par.