The Open. Henrik Stenson is the Champion Golfer of the Year,


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Henrik Stenson has been crowned Champion Golfer of the Year at the 145th The Open, at Royal Troon.

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Henrik carded a stunning last round -8 under par 63 to win The Open at Royal Troon, with record low score of -20 under par for the championship, his Major win;

“I felt like it was my time. You can’t guarantee it by any means and I had to play some great golf to get there but I believed in myself and did a great job out there.”
“I”m delighted, but it hasn’t sunk in yet.”
“When you’re fighting as hard as I have done out there today and against Phil for a number of days now, it’s just relief when you’re coming off the 18th and you know it’s done.”
“I know I need to play at my very best and I’m just so happy I managed to do that and get over the finish line”.

“You feel the pressure. As a Swede we’ve had a couple of close calls over the years. There’s been many before that tried and I’m just delighted that I made it for Sweden and all the other guys that tried in past years.”

“It’s a sweet moment.”

Phil finished second again, but a final round  -6 under par 65, would have won the tournament on any other day with a -17 under par total;

” It”s probably the best I’ve played and not won,.

“That’s probably why it’s disappointing in that I don’t have a point where I can look back and say, ‘I should have done that’ or ‘Had I only done this.””I played a bogey-free round of 65 on the final round of a major. Usually that’s good enough to do it. And I got beat. I got beat by 10 birdies.”

“It’s disappointing to come in second, but I’m happy for Henrik.”

“I’ve always thought that he is one of the best ball strikers in the game and that major championships are perfectly suited for him.

” I knew that he would ultimately come through and win. I’m happy that he did. I’m disappointed that it was at my expense.”

Third place went to a distant J.B. Holmes, at -6 under par.

The best of the  top four players in the world was # 4 Rory McIlroy, T5 at -4 under par.

The Open. The Ice Man Cometh.

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The OpenThe Iceman cometh, Henrik Stenson leads The Open after 54 holes at Royal Troon.

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Henrik shot a third round -3 under par 68 to top The Open leaderboard at Royal Troon with a -12 under par total.

Henrik let everyone know what he thinks;

“This is the one thing I’m looking for:

“I know what I would like to see tomorrow. There’s no question about it.”

” But in a way I’ve got a second and two thirds at The Open, so it’s not like I’m looking to pick up any more of those finishes.”
“There’s only one thing that matters tomorrow. I know he’s not going to back down and I’m certainly going to try to not back down either.”

“So it should be an exciting afternoon.”

“He’s one of the best to play the game in the last 15, 20 years for sure, and it’s going to be a tough match. But I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

“I’ve worked hard these first three days to put myself in this situation and, once again, I’m going to try my hardest tomorrow to finish the job.”

“I was happy enough to throw two good punches in there on the par three’s to pick up shots on either one of them to come back out on top at the end of the third round.”

I’ve always been of the tought that it is better to be one ahead, than one behind, because that means that Phil has to play better than I do.” 

Phil Mickelson slipped back with a -1 under par 70 today, giving him second place at -11 under par;
Some days’ its easy and looks pretty, like the first couple,”
“Some days it’s hard and looks terrible, like it did today.”
“But either way I shot three rounds under par.”
Bill Haas has third place at -6 under par, he carded -2 under 69 today, but this contest is between Ice Cube Henrik and Phil The Thrill.

The Open. Phil Wants That Claret Jug.


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Phil Mickelson wants that Claret Jug at The Open, taking a one shot lead into the week-end at Royal Troon, and looking for a wire to wire win.

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Phil posted a second round -2 under par 69 to stay at the top of The Open leaderboard with a -10 under total;

“I really enjoy the challenge that this weather and these elements provide, I thought it was a good round to back up the low round yesterday.”
” I played kind of stress-free golf again. I made one or two bad swings that led to bogeys.”
” But for the most part kept the ball in play and played kind of stress-free golf.
“This was the first course that I really played effectively links golf in 2004. That’s where it really kind of turned for me.”
” This is where it kind of happened. This is where I stopped trying to overpower the golf course, where I kind of accepted playing it as it’s designed and not trying to find a new, better way to beat the course other than just straightforward golf. “
“That’s probably why I love it so much.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re only halfway done with the tournament. But certainly there is nothing more that I would love than to add another Claret Jug.”
Close behind the leader, making up a lot of ground today is Henrik Stenson, his second round -6 under 65 leaves just oe shot back at -9 under for the championship.
Sharing third place at -7 under par are Soren Kjeldsen, -3 under 68 today, and Keegan Bradley, also -3 under 68.
Rory McIlroy stood still at -2 under, even par 71 today, World number one Jason Day at +1 after his -1 under 70, while Jordan Spieth made the cut at +4 over with a 75 today.

The Open. Its Phil The Thrill By Three.

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Its Phil, The Thrill, Mickleson leading by three shots after the first round of 145th The Open, at Royal Troon.

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Phil equaled the course record of -8 under par 63 to grab the lead in the 145th The Open at Royal Troon in Scotland and was a cats whisker away from a record braking 62, but the putt lipped out;

“That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical.”
“I knew it and with a foot to go I thought I had done it. I saw that ball rolling right in the centre.”
“It was one of the best rounds I’ve ever played and I was able to take advantage of these conditions and yet I want to shed a tear right now.”
“I went to go get it, I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62 and then I had the heartbreak that I didn’t and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings.”

“It really stings to have a chance. It’s such a rare opportunity to do something historic like that. If I had just hit a weak flail-off and never had a chance and left it short, so be it. “

“But this ball was hunting right in the centre and didn’t go. It was just heartbreaking.”
Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer share second place, those three shots back at -5 under par, after their opening rounds of 66.
Søren Kjeldsen,  Andy Sullivan were then in the group at -4 under par, alongside defending champion Zach Johnson.
Justin Rose, Soomin Lee, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Richard Sterne and Thomas Pieters are a shot further back.

World Number Four Rory McIlroy was -2 under, Jordan Spieth is at even par, with World number one Jason Day at +2 over for his first round,

The weather tomorrow is suspect, so anything could happen, lady luck will play her part no doubt.

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. Ross McGowan Has Half-Way Lead.

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Ross McGowan from England has the half-way lead in the Joburg Open in Johannesburg at the  Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

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A couple of Eagles on the par fives helped Ross to his -9 under par 62 in the second round of the Joburg Open, on the West course. Posting a half-way score of -14 under par, and a healthy three shot lead going into the week-end. He said he had played very well, even thinking about a 59;

“I played well yesterday and started well today, I opened up with two birdies. I went a bit flat for a few holes and then on the back nine, the fireworks happened.”

“I holed a wedge at 12 today which was nice and then I hit two great shots into the par five, so I had 15-20 feet there for eagle and managed to hole that one as well.”

“In Madrid I shot a 60, so you never know. I’ll try to go low again tomorrow.”

“I think I would have needed to be a few shots better on the front nine to even consider it but I’ve been close before.”

Four players share second place, those three shots adrift with -11 under par totals, they are, Jean Hugo, Hayden Porteous, from South AfricaAnthony Wall, England and Felipe Aguilar from Chile.

Anthony shot a second round -5 under 67 on the tougher East course, while Jean and Felipe carded -6 under 65 on the West, with Hayden scoring -5 under par 66, also on the par 71 West course.

Johan Carlson, Sweden and Stuart Manley, Wales, are tied in sixth place at -10 under par for the competition.  Paul Dunne, from Ireland, is playing in just his eighth professional tournament, he carded eight birdies in a flawless -8 under 63 on the West to be in the group T8 at -9 under par, in this very International field.

There are three places at The Open  are up for grabs this week with the top three players in the top ten not already exempt securing a place at Royal Troon.

Alstom Open. Bernd Wiesberger Wins

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Alstom Open in Paris, at Le Golf National.

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Bernd got back to winning ways with a final round -6 under par 65, to collect the Alstom Open title posting a total of -13 under par.

Bernd really set the pace after the horns had halted play when lightning threatened;

“It’s been a great first half of the year for me so far.”

“I’ve had a lot of great success but just couldn’t pull it quite off. To stand here with the trophy right now, it’s pretty sweet.”

“This tournament has always been close to my heart.”

“I just hit a great shot down the fourth before the horns were blowing and they took us off the course. I liked my yardage, and had a good shot in there and had some momentum building, chipped in, holed a long putt.”

“I felt really comfortable out there. I had a great weekend, only one bogey, and 66, 65, that’s not a bad score.”

Second place went to James Morrison a last round -4 under par 67 giving him a tournament total of -10 under par, and three shots off the pace. He admitted that Bernd had played too well to be caught;

“My game is improving every day; I’m doing all the right things.”

“Bernd played too perfectly today. He won the golf tournament, it’s as simple as that. He played fantastic.”

Jaco Van Zyl finished third at -8 under par, a sad final round of +2 over par ending any hopes he had of winning. A consolation was he will be joining Bernd and James in The Open.

Martin Kaymer was in fourth place, -7 under par, and because Martin had already qualified for  The Open, the final place on offer for St Andrews this week went to Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who finished in fifth place at -5 under par.