Omega European Masters. Hend Heads The Field.

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Scott Hend, from Australia, heads the field at the Omega European Masters at the half-way stage in Switzerland at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

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Scott carded -7 under 63 on Friday to lead the Omega European Masters after 36 holes with a -13 under par total.

Scott is worried about his kids back home in Florida, with Hurricane Irma approaching, they are with the child minder, as Scott has his wife on the bag this week;

“We’re a bit worried about the kids in Florida with the sitter at the moment.”

“We’ve been up late at night trying to find out contingency plans. I think they’re going to get out of there. It’s not worth the risk.”

But he is not so worried about his golf, would just like to putt better;

“It would be nice to putt a little bit better but you walk off with 63, it’s fantastic.”

 “I wouldn’t say I’ve taken this place apart because this place can get back at you pretty quick.”

“I just tried to play a bit more conservative than usual and I got lucky with a couple of shots.”

One shot back at -12 under par is Darren Fichardt, South Africa, he also shot -7 under par 63, to stay in touch with the leader;

“It has been pretty solid. I am just playing the course as it is, I am very happy with the way I am playing and very happy with where I lie.”

 “It’s going to be fun.”

Tied in third place at -9 under par are Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand, -4 under 66 today, Todd Sinnott, Australia, -4 under 66 and  Fabrizio Zanotti, from Paraguay, -5 under 65.

Thongchai is happy to be paying and putting well;

“I felt really good out there. I played well yesterday and today.”

“My putting is getting better. I felt like it has improved after two rounds here this week.”

Fabrizio said he putted well, but he is worried about the bad weather predicted for tomorrow;

“I am very happy with the first two days. I played solid and putted well so I’m really happy.”

“I don’t have a very good history here but I always enjoy coming here so that’s always good.”

” I hear tomorrow is going to be really bad weather-wise but there’s nothing we can do, so it’s good to be in contention this week and be ready for what is coming.”

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Turkish Airlines Open. Thorbjørn Olesen In Charge.

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Thorbjørn Olesen, from Denmark is in charge of the Turkish Airlines Open, after setting a new course record at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort and will take a six shot lead at the half-way stage.

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Thorbjørn set a new course record of -9 under par 62 at the Turkish Airlines Open giving him a commanding lead over the field after 36 holes, with a -15 under par tournament total;

“I feel like I’ve been up in contention in a lot of big events, I feel pretty comfortable. “

“There’s still 36 holes to go, so that’s a lot of golf to be played, but I have to keep being aggressive out there. That’s the only way I can win.”

“A lot of things can happen on this course. You have quite a lot of water on it and you can get in some trouble.”

“There’s a lot of birdie and eagle chances out there so anything can happen. I have to keep being aggressive out there, keep going after some of the pins and still be aggressive on the greens as well.”

A long way back in second place are Adrian  Otaegui, Spain, -8 under 63 today and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee -5 under 66, both with -9 under par totals.

French Open. Thongchai Jaidee Wins.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, wins the French Open at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Jubilant Thongchai easily won his 8th European Tour title, the French Open, carding a final round -3 under par 68 for a -11 under par total and a four shot winning margin.

Thongchai spoke about perfection this week, including good putting;

“I think this is the biggest tournament in my life. This golf course is fantastic for me, I’m really happy with that. Absolutely perfect.”

“I’m very happy to have my family here this week together and also really happy to win the tournament here.”

“I know the golf course is fantastic. I’ve been here many, many years and I think especially this week, it’s a special week for me to win the tournament out here.”

“Sometimes you need one perfect week. You can’t do well every week. This week is my perfect week because I didn’t miss much.”

“Anything I missed, I found I could lay up and make a good shot and make par and that’s it.”

“It’s my biggest win ever, I played great this week, no complaints at all.”

“I had Rory two shots behind me but I tried to play my own game, hit a lot of fairways and greens and I knew this week I was putting well.”

Francesco Molinari, from Italy claimed second place at -7 under par, his last round -5 under par 66 was the low round of the day, and it took him up the leaderboard.

World number four Rory McIlroy could do nothing in the final round, signing for an even par 71 leaving in him third position at -6 under par, and five shots off the pace of Thongchai.

French Open. Thongchai Jaidee Takes Over at the Top.

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Thongchai Jaidee takes over at the top of the French Open leaderboard at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Thongchai carded a third round -3 under par 68 for a 54 hole French Open total of -8 under par, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow

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Rory McIlroy  and Jeunghun Wang, who both scored -1 under 70 today, share second place at -6 under par.

Jeunghun was a little upset with his bogey’s, but was still having fun;

“I had a great front nine with my four birdies.”

“I had three bogeys and I felt a little bit down, but that’s okay, I have tomorrow.”

“I don’t have any pressure right now. Before I did but not anymore. I’ll just try to enjoy this golf course and try to make birdie every time.”

Rory admits his game is fragile;

“I just could not get anything going on the front nine and with the way I’m feeling with my game, if it’s good it’s very good but if it’s bad it’s hard to get out of it.”

“It shows the fragile state of my game at the moment but to come back the way I did was really pleasing. It was more resilience than anything.”

“I’ve hit enough good shots this week to know it’s possible and I just needed to find a spark and get something going.”

Defending Champion Bernd Wiesberger is still in a good place, he just needs to make more putts. A third round of -1 under par giving him a -5 under par tournament total, just three shots back in fourth place;

“My position couldn’t be any better. I’m right up there. I have played well on Sundays here so everything is in place.”

“I’ll just get a good rest for tomorrow and try to continue where I left off today, just hitting solid shots.

“Maybe getting a bit closer to the hole and making some putts at the right time.”

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.