Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Thorbjørn Olesen Takes The Trophy.

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Thorbjørn Olesen from Denmark, takes the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship trophy at St Andrews in Scotland.

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Thorbjørn won his third European Tour trophy at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, with a final round -1 under par 71, and a tournament total of -18 under par, a two shot victory. This Is the second Danish victory of the 2015 season, along with Søren Kjeldsen who won the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open;

“This is very special.”

“It’s been a very tough year and to stand here with this trophy, especially to win it at St. Andrews.”

“It’s something you dream of when you’re a little kid. So I’m very emotional.”

“I was very patient out there. I made a lot of pars.”

“The conditions were quite tricky because it was very cold, and a little breeze also. I just kept on being patient.”

Two Americans shared second place at -16 under par, Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud.

Brooks with a last round -5 under par 67, and Chris -4 under 68.

Best round of the day went to Chris Wood who carded a final round -7 under par 65, which moved him up into a tie for fourth place with, Bernd Wiesberger, Benjamin Herbert, Joakim Largergren and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, all at -15 under par.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Olesen is in Charge.

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Thorbjørn Olesen is in charge of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, carding a -7 under par third round on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.

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Thorbjørn will take a  three shot lead into the final round of the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after shooting -7 under par 65 at St Andrews to post a total -17 under par.

He gave credit to a hot putter, and a great deal of practice;

“My putter started to get very hot out there and I holed a lot of great putts. So yeah, it was good fun.”

“To be honest it’s been very tough this season with an injury, also, and playing some bad golf. But I’ve been finding my way and just practicing hard and just hoping for it to come along at some point.”

“There have been some good rounds, but I just haven’t been able to really do it for all four rounds. But yeah, hopefully I can do it this week. It’s definitely nice to be up there on the leaderboard.”

“We will see how the weather is tomorrow but if it’s the same, there’s definitely going to be a lot of birdies. I’ll just have to try to keep up and go out there and hopefully find a few birdies.”

“It’s always difficult to go into the last day with a lead. It’s definitely a nice position to be in, and you know you can shoot a good score around this golf course if the weather is nice.”

“It’s definitely not going to be easy but I’m going to go out there tomorrow and try my best.”

Florian Fritsch is in second place, at -14 under par, three shots back. Florian shot -8 under par 64 at Kingsbarns, and reported that he was worried about making the cut at the start;

 “At the beginning I was probably a bit more worried about maybe making the cut because this is a very big tournament, especially for me with the money that can be won and the position that I’m in, so this is definitely something that was kind of important to me.”

“A couple of choices were made due to that situation over what I would probably usually do but that’s what tournament golf does to you at times. I got more and more comfortable towards the end.”

“On the back nine I felt like I had a little bit more control. The golf course is very open. You can’t really lose a ball and that is definitely something that I enjoy and I guess most golfers like.”

“It loosens you up despite the situation. I hit a couple of good putts and ended up rolling in a few birdies and an eagle. That was a little extra.”

In third place is Benjamin Hebert, who finished day three on -13 under par after mixing six birdies with a single bogey at Carnoustie​ and scoring -5 under par 67.

Jimmy Mullen, who held a share of the halfway lead, could only manage a two over par 74 to fall to -9 under, while Anthony Wall stumble to a +1 over par 73 , both players were at Carnoustie.

Tomorrow everyone will play their final round at St Andrews, and Thorbjørn must be looking forward to it, and hopefully another 65 will give him the trophy.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Two Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a two-way tie at the top of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after 36 holes in Scotland. Jimmy Mullen and Anthony Wall have a one shot lead at the half way stage.

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Jimmy and Anthony both played the Old Course at St Andrews in the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Jimmy carding -3 under par 69, and Anthony one shot better at -4 under 68, to top the leaderboard at -11 under par for the tournament.

Jimmy is really enjoying an incredible week in Scotland, on his professional tour debut. He is just following on from his performance in the Walker Cup, where he won all four of his matches against the United States last month;

“I know I’ve played the easier of the courses.

“I’m playing Carnoustie tomorrow so I knew I had to do two good rounds in the first two days to take a bit of the pressure off myself.”

“I’ve played very well at Carnoustie this year so I mean to stick to my game plan which me and my coach and caddie Alex Howie discussed.”

“I was just out there trying to enjoy it and learn and to be at the top of the leaderboard is, I can’t really explain.”

“It’s a different experience but I’ll just have to learn that as I go along.”

“The hardest bit for me is you watch all the players growing up from when I was a junior and just realising that you’re playing against them now and seeing them on the range.

“I’m still a bit like: ‘Oh look, there’s Kaymer’ and all the people like that so I’m just trying to let them do what they do and just concentrate on what I do.”

“I think I’ve managed to stick to that quite well over the last two rounds.”

“I got a bit twitchy lagging a few putts up on the back nine but I’m happy with my day’s work.”

40-year-old Anthony had a run of four birdies from the fourth to get to the top of the leaderboard;

“It was a good day, I didn’t really do much going on that back nine to start but I managed to have a good run on the front, so I had my back nine, great total.”

“Any time you get double figures in two rounds is good golf.”

Another of yesterday’s leaders, Paul Dunne, who is also playing in his first professional event, is in the group of four players tied in third place just one shot back at -10 under par, following his second round -2 under par 70 at St Andrews. Jamie Donaldson, Chris Stroud and Thorbjørn Olesen are the other players in third.

Jamie carded eight birdies in a brilliant -7 under par 65, and American Chris Stroud -6 under 66 and  Thorbjørn6 under 66, all playing at Kingsbarns.



Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Rookies Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne Lead

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Rookies Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne, share lead with Kristoffer Broberg after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. This tournament is played over three courses, St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

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Jimmy has had a great amateur year, becoming just the fourth man in history to win all four of his matches in a Walker Cup. He carded a first round -8 under par at Kingsbarns and said he was just doing the same things as usual;

“What I did as an amateur worked, so I didn’t see any reason to change it.”

“I made the cut in The Open, two, three years ago now, and I knew I was better than that.”

“I just stuck to what me and caddie Alex (Howie) and Paul (Mitchell), my coach, who is up for a practice day, stuck to our game plan and our routine, and it worked all right today.”

“I’ll try and do it again the next hopefully three days.”

Paul also had a wonderful year, he held a share of the lead going into the final round of The Open at St Andrews. He also posted -8 under at Kingsbarns, a hole in one from 205 yards at the par three 15th, and a great putting performance made his day;

“I kind of needed it, I got off to a bit of a ropey start. I was hitting a lot of poor full shots.”

“My putter was kind of saving me, to be level par playing 15 which was my sixth, and it was nice to get a hole-in-one. It was exactly as I pictured it.

“I tried to start it at the left edge of green and let the wind drift it and I thought I hit it close and when I saw it drop, it was great. Nice little bonus there.”

“I played some good golf from then on in. Happy with my score.”

“There are scores out there to be had. You just have to make putts and get dialed in with your distance control and your irons.”

“I played a lot better on the front nine than I did on the back nine, which was my front nine, a lot better striking of my irons.”

Kristoffer, who is still searching for his first European Tour win carded his eight under at St Andrews. Most of the low scores on the day came from Kingsbarns, with  Søren Kjeldsen, Richard Bland and Anthony Wall tied in fourth place,  all on -7  under par there.

Defending champion Oliver Wilson had a day to forget as he shot +2 over par 74 at St Andrews.

Things will even themselves out with each player tackling all three courses, with the final round coming from The Old Course St Andrews on Sunday.


The Open. Zach Johnson Wins Play-Off

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Zach Johnson wins the The Open Championship, and the title of Champion Golfer of the Year, in a three-way play-off on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland.

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Zach was tied with Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen at the end of play in regulation at -15 under par for the Claret Jug tournament. That led to a four hole play-off, in which Zach birdied the 1st and 2nd holes, they all made bogey on the road hole the 17th, Zach and Louis both made par on the 18th, giving Zach the tile. Marc did not pay so well in the extra holes, after he had equaled Zach’s final round of -6 under par 66. Louis had a more modest last round of -3 under par 69, holing a birdie putt on the last to get into the play-off.

Zach spoke to reporters saying he was very pleased to be part of golfing history, having his name on the Claret Jug;

“I feel blessed to be the champion, I feel honored to part of the history of this game and to don my name on that trophy, especially with the names before me.”

“Humbling and surreal are two words that come to mind.”

“I can’t play any better than what I did. I had a lull on Friday and Saturday, but nothing significant, but stayed in it and waited for the opportunities and made a few.”

“I am fairly speechless right now. Dreams have been realised and goals accomplished.”

“I’m humbled, I’m honored to be your Open Champion and your champion golfer of the year.”

Jordan Spieth came up one shot short of the play-off, and his attempt at the grand slam. The famous Road Hole, the 17th was his undoing, carding a bogey while in a tie for the lead.

Jordan and Jason Day finished the tournament at -14 under par, and tied in fourth position.

Winner of the Silver Medal for the best amateur player went to American Jordan Niebrugge who finished on a wonderful score of -11 under par for the competition.

Irish amateur Paul Dunne, who led the tournament at the start of play today had a nightmare final round +6 over par 78, and dropped down the leaderboard to finish at -6 under par.

The Open. Blown Away, But D.J. Has Half-Way Lead.

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High powered winds at St. Andrews have blown away the third round of The Open Championship, but D.J. still has the half-way lead. A ten and half hour weather delay meant that they could only complete the second round on Saturday, the third round will now be on Sunday and the final round on Monday.

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Dustin finally completed his second round, at -3 under 69 despite dropping three shots on returning to finish the round, posting The Open Championship leading score of -10 under par;

“This morning when we started it was almost impossible, but I managed to hang in there and then when we just went out and restarted it was very tough, but managed to make some good pars and then birdie the last hole.”

 “So it was a good way to finish the day.”

Dustin had a ball blown off the green;

 “Fortunately it happened in kind of the end part of the second round, so we’ve still got a lot of golf to play, so it is what it is. Can’t do anything to change it.”

“When I went up to mark it I got probably an inch from the ground. My coin was about to hit the ground when it took off.”

“Then I went to mark it again and I think it took off again. And then Jordan was running to his ball. It was pretty funny.”

The restart early on Saturday went badly very quickly, the ferocity of the winds starting to blow balls round on the green. Louis Oosthuizen was looking at a putt of three feet, when the wind suddenly moved his ball nearer the cup. Instead of marking the ball, or even tapping it in, he proceeded to ask his playing partners and then asked an official for a ruling. By the time he was told he must play the ball where it lies, the wind had blown it some ten feet past the hole. Louis ended up carding a double bogey 6, just because he did not know the rules. It was at this point the officials called it a day, and the ten and half hour delay began.

As the players left the course Jordan Spieth commented;

“They shouldn’t have sent us out in the first place.”

In second place is Danny Willett, who had completed his second round on Friday, he has a tournament total of -9 under par, just one shot adrift of the leader.

Paul Lawrie holds third place on his own at -8 under par, carding a second round -2 under par second round.

Jordan Spieth, who is attempting the Grand Slam of golf, was annoyed with himself for carding five three putts in the long round, but he his still in with a chance at -5 under par;

“It was an interesting round that took a lot of time, but it’s nice to look back on Saturday evening and instead of being five shots back with one to go, I’ve still got two full rounds, so anything can happen here.”

“I believe I’m still in contention. I still believe I can win this tournament. I need a really solid round tomorrow, though, because Dustin is not letting up.”

“Dustin is going to shoot a good round tomorrow with less wind and I’m going to need to shoot a great round to really give myself a chance.”

“To fall from two back to five back isn’t exactly what I wanted, but it could have been worse, could have been better. If I can shoot something like ten under in the last two rounds, I think I’ll have a chance to win.”

With the way the wind has been blowing anyone within five shots or less could win, and that includes a whole host of star players.




The Open. The Weather Wins at St. Andrews.

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The weather wins at St Andrews as torrential rain meant waterlogged greens and fairways on the Old Course, and play was suspended for 3 hours and 14 minutes. At  the close of play Dustin Johnson still held the lead at -10 under par, but has yet to complete his second round, with Danny Willett in second place.

Danny had completed his -3 under par second round 69, and at the time was clubhouse leader at -9 under par, he thought that was pretty cool;

“It was a tricky back nine, at 15 I got a bit of a flier and went long and at 17 just got on it a little bit instead of holding it up the right. From 50-70 feet they are not gimme two putts.” 

“It was nice to birdie the last, we hit some good golf shots today and it’s a good score.”

“You throw wind and rain in there and it becomes a bit of a lottery. If it’s just wind it’s playable. That strength wind out there it’s playable, you’ve got to hit good shots and you can make birdies.” 

“Hopefully it’s the same strength tomorrow and I think we’re in for a great weekend.” 

“You can’t put it out your mind, leading The Open, it’s pretty cool isn’t it?”

Currently tied in third place at -8 under par are Paul Lawrie and Jason Day, both will be returning early tomorrow morning to complete their rounds.

Tom Watson was playing in his last Open Championship, and sadly missed the cut, but did receive a warm send off from the gallery around the 18th hole, having previously had his picture taken on the Swilcan Bridge.

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40 mph winds are predicted for tomorrow, so play could be interrupted again, with many players yet to finish the second round, and trying to make the cut. Tiger Woods is one of those having to return to finish. he has seven holes left to get to the cut line, projected at even par, but he is at +5 over for the competition, so it looks like he will miss the cut here at St. Andrews.

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson spoke about the bad weather that will affect play over the week-end;

“The forecast is for very strong winds so it is a very tough course today and tomorrow, but because we have had so much rain it’s nowhere near as fiery as it can be so I’m very hopeful that wind won’t affect play.

“Our target is to finish on Sunday. We do have the ability to go into Monday, but we certainly hope not to.”