French Open. Rory McIlroy Makes His Mark.

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Rory McIlroy makes his mark at the French Open moving into a share of the lead, with Mikko Ilonen, Thongchai Jaidee, Brandon Stone and Jeunghun Wang.

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Rory shot  a second round -5 under par 66 to join the leaders at the top pf the French Open leaderboard on that score. Jeunghun also had -5 under today, to share the low round of the day score, while Brandon and Mikko shot -3 under 68, and Thongchai recorded -1 under at Le Golf National course in Paris.

The difference for Rory today was the putting;

“I putted well, I felt like I putted nicely. There were still a couple of putts that didn’t quite drop but it felt good out there.”

“Today was a good day, I played well. I kept the ball in play, I drove it well, hit fairways, hit a lot of greens. That’s sort of what you need to do around this golf course.”

“There were good shots but I’m not really just focusing on the target. I’m focusing on what I’m doing here.”

“In a way it’s nice to go into contention and not really be thinking about the result.”

“It’s a nice thing to have to just be thinking about your swing and thinking about what you need to do here to obviously get the ball close to the hole out there.”

“It’s a work-in-progress.”

“I need two more days like that over the weekend to have a chance and try to win. But I’ve put myself in a good position.”

Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger, level par 71 today, shares sixth place with Nicolas Colsaerts and Anders Hansen, who both carded -3 under 68 today, all at -4 under par, and just one shot off the lead.

 

 

French Open. Lucas Bjerregaard Leads.

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Lucas Bjerregaard leads the 100th edition of the French Open after the first round in Paris at Le Golf National course.

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Lucas, from Denmark, had to play with brand new clubs after his set were lost in transit (probably stolen). It did not affect his game, a hole in one at the 210 yard par three, second hole, setting him on his way to an opening -5 under par 66, and to top the French Open leaderboard by one shot;

“I got a little momentum off that hole-in-one there and it was nice to back it up on the holes after and nice to shoot a good number today.”

“It’s a great start and I think that’s what I’ve been needing these last few past weeks,.

 “I’ve been playing decent and seeing a lot of improvements. I just haven’t really put any  good rounds together.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under par following their first rounds of 67,   Bernd WiesbergerThongchai Jaidee,Thomas Pieters and Adrian Otaegui.

Bernd felt he was in control of the ball all day;

“I stepped over the ball and I felt like I knew what it’s going to do on any club and therefore I’m pretty pleased with my first round.”

“All aspects of the game were quite good today and therefore I’m pretty pleased with the round.”

“It wasn’t easy, we had a bit of rain and the wind was up. But I felt comfortable.”

“You never know how it’s going to turn out the following year, but every time I come back here, I enjoy playing this place.”

“I was doing the right things today, hitting good tee shots and got myself into position, and that’s the key around here.”

World number four Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round of level par 71 while  Masters tournament winner Danny Willett slumped to a +4 over par 75.

BMW Masters. Jaidee Enjoys 54 Hole Lead.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, enjoys a 54 hole lead at the BMW Masters tournament in China.

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A third round -6 under par 66 at Lake Malaren Golf Club helped Thongchai to take over at the top of the BMW Masters leaderboard with a -15 under par total. A win here would close the gap at in the Race to Dubai competition, so tomorrow is a very important day;

The key for Thongchai will be his iron play, and of course putting;

“If I play well like this and keep performing like this, I have a good chance. But golf, you never know what you’re feeling tomorrow for the 72 holes.”

 “My iron play, I think that’s the key, and putting. Tomorrow I’m going to play my own game.”

 “I played well, we hit a lot of greens. I think today we putted well.”

“I think my game plan this week is good. I’ve hit irons well, I’m working on putting and that’s what gave me very good confidence for today.”

“Six under is a very good score.”

“Tomorrow is a very big day.”

South Korean An Byeong-Hun, Sergio Garcia from Spain, and Lucas Bjerregaard from Denmark share second place, just one shot back at -14 under par.

Sadly the biggest news did not include golf, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson posted his reaction to the terror attack in Paris on Instagram.

 

Porsche European Open. Thongchai Takes The Trophy.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, takes the  Porsche European Open trophy, carding a flawless last round at  Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

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Thongchai becomes the oldest ever winner of the Porsche European Open title, taking that honor over from Colin Montgomery.

Shooting a bogey free final round of -4 under par 67, the overnight leader Thongchai won by just one shot with his tournament total -17 under par, and was happy to have held off the challenge from Graeme Storm;

“It’s a very special week for me, it is the third time I have won outside of Asia, so I’m very excited about that and I’m happy to win this tournament.” 

“I’m feeling very confident at the moment. I didn’t make many mistakes this week, only one bogey all week. I played very nicely and 17 under is some score for me.” 

“I liked the golf course. It’s not very long and you have to keep it in play.” 

“Graeme Storm played very well too. It was very exciting on the last three holes.”

“The 18th is tough and you can’t miss the fairway. I had to go left and then it was a good chip and a good putt at the last to win.” 

Graeme Storm was second, with his -16 under par total, he also carded -4 under par 67 in the final round to stay one shot behind. His finish secured his Tour card for next year, but better putting would have won him the tournament;

“I’m very pleased. To finish second like in Switzerland last year is disappointing but I’ve secured my card and I’ve got a job again for next year.” 

“That was the main thing at the start of the week and today as well.”

“Maybe I could have holed a few more putts and the title would be mine, but congratulations to Thongchai, he made a great up and down on the last. 

I felt I played great today under pressure. I was nervous out there.” 

“Yesterday I didn’t play great but I hung in there, but today I played great and missed a few chances. It wasn’t meant to be.” 

“The chip on the last was important. I didn’t want to make bogey there after 17. I knew Pelle was coming up 18 and he was going to be one behind if I missed that, so it was vital to finish second on my own and I’m looking forward to trying to qualify for The Race to Dubai final rather than having to go to Q-School.” 

“It’s amazing to think all of a sudden I might be able to qualify for that.” 

Pelle Edberg finished in third place at -14 under par, a last round -2 under par 69 not good enough to challenge for the title.

Porsche European Open. Thai Thongchai Leads

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Thai Thongchai Jaidee leads the Porsche European Open after the third round at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

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Thongchai rose to the top of the leaderboard with a -7 under par 64 in the third round of the Porsche European Open, with a total of -13 under par, and will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Thongchai said he had played well for all three rounds, but today he putted better;

“I played solid all three rounds but today I putted much better.”

“You have to have good tee shots here as the greens are tricky. I enjoy playing this course and my game is good right now.” 

“I’m confident and I hit a lot of good shots. The course is not very long so being in position is important.” 

“I’ve been confident with my irons and I’ve got a good score. Seven under is very good for me today – I’ve not had seven under for a long time.” 

“Normally I’ve been about four under par, but the greens are soft and I can attack the pins here.”

Three players share second place at -12 under par, Ross Fisher, Pelle Edberg and Graeme Storm.

Ross and Graeme carded third rounds of -2 under par 69, while Pelle shot the low round of the day, -8 under par 63.

Ross thought he had everything under control, and then it slipped away;

“I felt like I played really well for 11 holes and had it under control.”

“Then I had a loose tee shot on 12 and couldn’t go for it in two, but still had a chance for birdie and then 16 was a poor tee shot, and I was unlucky with the lie.”

“That was the tough one missing the green from that distance, it was criminal. I shouldn’t be doing that.” 

“It would mean a lot to win this trophy again. It’s great that the European Open is back on the schedule, Porsche is a great sponsor that have stepped up and there is so much history with the European Open.” 

“I’m fortunate to have won it before, and I’ve given myself a chance to win it again.”

Graeme was the opposite to Thongchai, he had a bad day with the putter;

“It could have been better today. “

“I should have holed those putts on 11 and 12 but left them short; I seemed to do that quite a lot today.” 

“I was a bit disappointed to finish with a bogey on 18 but the way it panned out, it wasn’t a bad bogey in the end.”

“It would mean everything to win. I’ve done well in European Open’s in the past.”

“A close friend of mine, Kennie Ferrie, managed to win it in 2005 and I finished second so it would be good to bring it back to the north east.”

Jamie Donaldson, Mikko Ilonen and Magnus A Carlsson all tied for fifth on -11 under par, after matching rounds of 67.

Nedbank Golf Challenge. Donaldson Dominates.

Jamie Donaldson dominates at the Nedbank Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.

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Jamie carded a -5 under par 67 in round three of the Nedbank Golf Challenge to lead the tournament at -16 under par, a three shot advantage going into the final round. It would have been a shot more had he not bogeyed the 17th hole, he said he was between clubs;

“I was in between clubs and it put me in trouble but in the end I came out with a good five. I’m still in a strong position and I’ve got to go out there tomorrow and play really good golf.  It’s a tough field, a lead of three doesn’t mean much among these guys.”

Thomas Björn and Ryan Moore are tied in second place at -13 under par, Thomas thinks he still has a chance tomorrow in the final round, if he can go low;

“I got off to a good start and played solid golf. That’s what you need to do on this course. If I can shoot 66 or 67 tomorrow, I’ll give myself a chance. But you have to play sensible golf, not try and chase down the leader.”

Ryan, a recent winner on the US PGA Tour, carded a -3 under par 33 front nine, before picking up two further shots on the back to complete a -5 under par 67 third round.

Five shots off the lead at -11 under par for the tournament are Thongchai Jaidee, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.

Henrik will be ruing his compounded error, twice finding the water en route to a double bogey seven at the par four ninth hole.

Sergio produced one of the shots of the day, to chip in for an Eagle 3 at the par five 14th hole, and followed that with birdies at 16 and 17. While Thongchai went bogey free in his round of -6 under par 66.

Volvo World Match Play Championship. G-Mac Wins

G-MacGraeme McDowell, won the Volvo World Match Play Championship. beating Thongchai Jaidee 2&1 in the final round at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort in Bulgaria.

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Graeme had to come from behind to beat Thongchai Jaidee in the final round of the Volvo World Match Play, he was last years runner-up, and was determined to go one better this year. One down at the turn G-Mac had a winning streak of three wins in four holes, which was enough for him to lift the Trophy.

G-Mac was elated to finally add his name to the illustrious trophy;

 ” Obviously a nice day and a great trophy. I talked about it all week about the prestige of this event and how many great champions, and nice to add my name to that list of legends. We talked a lot about what Volvo have done with this event, what they have done with golf around the world and coming to Bulgaria this week obviously was a brave move, but I think it’s paid off. Sitting here with the trophy I’m going to say great things about the place but I think if you talk to all the players, I think everyone enjoyed themselves, everyone enjoyed the golf course. It was a little bit more tentative this afternoon. It was tough to keep that level of golf up all weekend, and the key putts really this afternoon were with the par saves on nine and ten , they were massive.  I sensed from Thongchai after that that he was starting to fatigue a little bit; I really sensed a bit of an opening. I just had to hit the shots and I did that well coming down the stretch. The mistake he made on 14 and then the birdie I made on 15 was really the telling stuff. ”

“Like I say, it’s great to put my name on the trophy. I’m looking across to see Montgomerie and Westwood just popping off the trophy at me, great European Tour legends, Palmer, Nicklaus, Player, the history of this event, it’s fantastic. This feels really, really like a special win. I’m sure Volvo are going to work hard to take this tournament from strength to strength and get it back as one of the premiere events, one of the special events on The European Tour season, which it needs to be. Els, Montgomerie, Westwood, Ballesteros, Norman, Lyle, Faldo, Player, Palmer, it’s just crazy stuff really. To thrust yourself into that – to have your name on a trophy this cool is pretty special.I’ll drink a couple of cold ones tonight and enjoy this. This is a special moment in my career, no doubt about it. Wins are super special, two in five weeks, that’s great. I’m feeling pretty good right now.”

Final Results, winners in Blue.

Semi Finals

RSA Thomas AIKEN 3&2 Thongchai JAIDEE THA

RSA Branden GRACE 3&2 Graeme MCDOWELL NIR

 

Final

THA Thongchai JAIDEE 2&1 Graeme MCDOWELL NIR