US PGA Championship. Thorbjørn Olesen and Kevin Kisner Tied at the Top

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Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, and Kevin Kisner, USA are  tied at the top of the  US PGA Championship leaderboard at Quail Hollow.

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Thorbjørn and Kevin had matching opening rounds of -4 under par 67 to top the US PGA Championship leaderboard by one shot.

Thorbjørn just needs to stay relaxed, and feels he can win;

“I’ve had a couple of top tens in Majors, I’ve had some good rounds in Majors and I feel like I’ve learned a lot over the years playing quite a few Majors now.”

” I just have to stay relaxed the next few days, still trying to keep the ball in the fairway and then I know I can hit it close and make some birdies.”

“I feel like I’m better prepared to be in contention over the weekend and have a chance to win.”

Kevin was concentrating on making par;

“I felt confident, I was hitting the driver nice starting out.”

“There’s about four or five holes that I have to birdie to compete and I birdied them all today so that’s kind of been my game plan.”

“Other than that, I’m playing for par.”

Five USA players are that one shot back at -3 under, after their first rounds of 68; Brooks Koepka, Grayson Murray, Gary Woodland, Chris Stroud and DA Points.

Brooks spoke about the new fast greens at Quail Hollow;

“These greens are the fastest greens I’ve ever played, and the thing is, they’re only going to get faster and firmer.”

 Rory McIlroy +1 over 72 today to be T33 also mentioned the greens;

“The greens are as firm as I’ve ever seen at a PGA Championship.”

“Birdied the par fives, birdied the holes that you should birdie. I’m only five behind, four under is the best score out there.”

“It’s a tough golf course. I shoot something in the sixties tomorrow, I move right up there. So yeah, I’m in it.”

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HNA Open de France. Tommy Fleetwood Wins

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Tommy Fleetwood, of England, wins the  HNA Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Tommy won the HNA Open de France  with a final round -5 under par 66, giving him a -12 under par total, a one shot winning margin;

“Today, it’s a day that I’ll never forget, the way I felt coming down the stretch, the holes and the shots you have to hit.”

“Winning, it’s the best feeling by far in golf and to do it on this golf course in this event, a Rolex Series event, just massive, massive bonuses.”

“It’s just been a great week from start to finish. Coming off the back of good golf, US Open and BMW in Germany, felt like I’ve been swinging it well.”

“So it’s good to put it into practice and I’ve just kept up good form.”

“With the start I had this year, it’s very easy to look at the Race to Dubai and want to look towards the end of the year.”

“Winning the Race to Dubai, it’s going to be tough.”

Longtime leader Peter Uihlein, USA, carded a last round -3 under 68, but at -11 under par it only gave him second place, the consolation was a spot in The Open;

“I didn’t really look much at the board but when I saw he posted about 12, I think I was nine at that point on 11.”

 “Any time you finish second in a golf tournament, it’s always a good week.”

Tied in third position, and also gaining places at The Open were, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France, a last round of -5 under 66, Alexander Björk, Sweden, even par 71 today, and Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark, equaling the low round of the day at -6 under 65. They all finished the tournament at -8 under par.

Home favorite Mike was happy his final putt fell in;

“That was really quality. I had two bonus putts on 15 and 18. I didn’t know that was going to be that fast on 18. It chunked a bit when it caught the hole but very happy.”

Alexander was happy with a spot in The Open;

“It’s been a great week here. I’m playing really good. Final round, I was trying to get out there and really, really play aggressive and try and win a spot.”

Thorbjørn felt there was a low round in him;”

“I’m very happy. I felt like I played really well the whole way around.”

“I was very relaxed on the golf course. I felt like this week, one day there was going to come a low round.”

BMW International Open. Wade Ormsby Leads.

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Wade Ormsby, of Australia, leads the BMW International Open at  Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Wade fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the BMW International Open by one shot;

“I had a fast start out there, turned in 30 on the front nine, and then kind of kept it going on the back.”

 “A bit steadier on the back but very happy.”

“We actually came here this morning to practice early which I’ve never done before, I just knew there was something there and I wasn’t getting what I wanted.”

“I obviously found something today and I just kept on working what we’re trying to work on, which isn’t normally me, I play by feel.”

In second place at -7 under, is Thomas Detry, from Belgium, he carded an opening round 65.

Tied in third place at -6 under are,  Sergio Garcia, SpainThorbjørn Olesen, Denmark and Joost Luiten, Holland.

Sergio, bogey free today, is  playing his first regular European Tour event since winning his first Major Championship at Augusta National, and said he had played and putted well today;

“It was great, I felt like I played quite well, not spectacular, but very consistent throughout the whole day.”

“I was very happy to see some of the shots I hit and some of the putts I made and very happy with my six under.”

“There’s still three more to go, so we’re going to keep playing hard and hopefully we’ll have some more like this and we’ll be up there on Sunday.”

Nordea Masters. Renato Paratore Has Maiden European Tour Win.

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Renato Paratore, Italy, has his maiden European Tour win at the Nordea Masters at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Sweden,

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Renato finished with a last round -3 under par 70 to collect his Maiden European Tour win at the Nordea Masters with a -11 under par total, and a one shot victory.

Renato made par on the last three holes, with three very good putts;

“It feels really amazing right now, I’m very happy.”

“This win means a lot and also to win at a nice tournament like this is very good for me. I feel really great. The first win, I will remember my entire life.

“It feels amazing to be in the winner’s circle with Italians like the Molinaris, Manassero and Rocca.”

“I was one behind the leader so I thought if I played well I could win. In these tough conditions I kept a good attitude until the end.”

“The eighth and the ninth got me back in contention with two birdies, that was a key moment, and the last three holes I managed three very good putts.”

“The last three holes were very good.”

Tied in second place were Chris Wood, a disappointing -1 under 72 today, and Mathew Fitzpatrick with a charging final round of -5 under 68, both players from England had -10 under par totals.

Low round of the day went to George Coetzee, South Africa, -7 under par 66, he finished tied in fourth place with  Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark at -9 under par.

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Søren and Thorbjørn Deliver for Denmark

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 Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen deliver the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, a first for Denmark, in a  four-shot victory at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

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Søren and Thorbjørn carded -6 under par 66 today to claim the  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf trophy, with a -20 under par total.

Søren enjoyed the team spirit;

“It’s been an absolutely incredible week, I’ve enjoyed it so much.”

“I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with Thorbjørn. I’ve been so impressed by his game, his attitude, and I think we’ve had a great time and that reflects in the result.”

“When you’ve got a guy like this on the back nine on Sunday, it’s like you feel you want to die for the guy. It’s different and that’s been really interesting to feel this.”

“I sort of get the sense why teams get so together when they play well. I’ve never really experienced that before this week.”

“I really enjoyed that and that team feeling is amazing. We obviously don’t get that very often.”

Thorbjørn said they had just played their own game, and it worked well;

“It was tough but me and Soren have been great this week with just our mental strength.”

“We’ve been very, very good keeping calm and playing our own game and we’ve both been playing well.”

“So I wasn’t too nervous on that back nine. I felt like we’ve got to make some birdies at some point. They came at the right time.”

“We play different games but I think that’s actually really nice because then we don’t talk too much about the shots with each other, we just play our own shots and I think that helped a lot.”

The French team of Victor Dubuisson and Romian Langasque, -9 under 63 today, shared second place  with China, represented by Ashun Wu and Li Haotong, -7 under 65, and with Team USA, Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, -6 under 66, all at -16 under par for the tournament.

Victor enjoyed a great day;

“It was a great day, I don’t think we can really do any better, nine under is a great score. The pin positions were so difficult.”

“Romain started the round really well, he made some very important putts on the first seven holes which are more difficult, and then I made a good birdie on eight.”

“We were both on the fairways, on the greens, so we had many, many birdie opportunities.”

Romain added;

“I was really under pressure before this week to play with Victor and to play in a big tournament like this one.”

“I’m so happy to finish the tournament with that position, nine under on the last round, that’s amazing.”

Li was disappointed with the final result;

“I kind of feel average because we didn’t play our best again today, even this week.”

“I think we still have a lot of chance to win the trophy in future, so I’m looking forward.”

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Denmark Deserve Their 4 Shot Lead.

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Denmark, in the form of Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen, definitely deserve their 4 shot lead going into the final round of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

 

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Round three was basically a breeze for Søren and Thorbjørn, -2 under 70 today saw them extend their  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf lead to four shots at -14 under par, and should be good enough to see them canter home tomorrow.

Thorbjørn is happy with the lead, but will not be taking it easy tomorrow;

“We showed yesterday that a really low score is possible out there in the fourballs.”

“I had a seven-shot lead in Turkey and it got down to one shot very quickly, so I know how quick this game can go sometimes. It’s definitely not going to be easy tomorrow.

“There’s a lot of great players here and a lot of birdies out there. It’s a four-shot lead, which is really nice, but it’s not going to be easy.”

Søren said the birdie hunt will continue;

“You need to stay aggressive on this course but you also need to be very careful.”

“We won’t be protecting a lead, we still need to go out with the same mentality and make as many birdies as we can.”

“We know what’s possible on this course, another 60 or even lower is out there tomorrow so we’ll have to go low again, because someone else probably will.”

United States Team of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler are the nearest challengers, -3 under 69 today still left them with a mountain to climb. They will need a fast start tomorrow to close the gap they have at -10 under.

China hold third place, at -9 under par, a shot further back, an even par round of 72 from Ashun Wu and Li Haotong today all but wrecked their chances of picking up their first ever World Cup of Golf trophy.

ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf. Denmark Dominated Day 2.

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Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen, from Team Denmark, dominated play on day 2 of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

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The boys really cleaned up on day 2 of the  ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf, recording a team score -12 under par 60, to top the leaderboard with that total, giving them a three shot lead going into the week-end.

Thorbjorn said he was thinking of a 59

“To be honest, I was thinking a little bit about that 59 with the last two holes to go but 60 was a great score.”

“Søren got it going with holing that second shot and then I chipped in for eagle also. Combined we were very good.”

“I felt like yesterday we did a great job in the foursomes. It’s a tricky course, especially when it blows this much. We did well yesterday and that’s what we have to do again.”

Soren explained their strategy in this team event competition

“I was trying to play solid, Thorbjørn was playing exceptional so I thought if I get it in play and get it on the green, let him do all the fireworks and it worked pretty well.”

“We’re trying to make everybody proud. It’s just a treat to be here.”

Team China shot -7 under 65, to take second place at -9 under par.

Spain are now in third at -8 under par, shooting -5 under 67.

 

England, Italy, France and USA are all tied in fourth place at -7 under par.