Turkish Airlines Open. Thorbjørn Olesen In Cruise Control.

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Thorbjørn Olesen is in cruise control at the Turkish Airlines Open, and will take a seven shot lead into the final round.

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Thorbjørn Olesen / getty

Thorbjørn carded -3 under par 68 to extend his  lead to seven shots at the top of the Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard at -18 under par at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Turkey;

“I’ve never had a seven-shot lead, I felt a bit nervous when I went out today also because I’ve never been that many shots clear.”

“It’s a bit of a weird feeling but I know it’s not easy and there’s a bunch of guys there and it’s possible to shoot a really low one out here.”

“I’ll stay aggressive tomorrow and keep plugging away.”

“This is the Final Series and it’s a massive event and obviously it would be great to win it.”

“There’s still 18 holes left and I really have to stay concentrated out there and stay in my own little zone.”

Sharing second place those distant seven strokes back at -11 under par are, David Horsey, -3 under 68 today, Li Haotong,-3 under 68, David Lipsky, -5 under 66, Matteo Manassero, -3 under 68 and Bernd Wiesberger, -5 under 66. All of these guys will have to go extra low tomorrow if they want to win this trophy.

What they said about tomorrow;

David Horsey 

“I’ll do a bit of work now and hopefully pull it off tomorrow. I’ve just got to go very low, make a lot of birdies.”

“He seems to be in control of his game and ultimately we’ve got to try and put some pressure on him somehow and hopefully he’ll falter.”

“But at the end of the day, we can’t control what he does. Just got to go out there and try to shoot a score and see what happens at the end of the day.”

Li Haotong 

“I think if I can be top five after tomorrow, that would be great. He’s playing so well that you must beat him this week. I’ll just play well myself and enjoy this week. That’s all.”

David Lipsky 

“I played pretty well today. I left a few out there coming down the stretch but overall I’m really happy with how I played and gave myself lots of chances for birdies today.”

“It’s sort of like without Thorbjørn, it’s a good tournament.”

“I just thought, look at second place as winning right now. That was my goal, to just put myself in position on Sunday to finish as high as I can.”

Matteo Manassero 

“I was playing to try and make as many birdies as I could.”

“I think at one point we got kind of close but I could never really hit it close enough to have good opportunities on the back nine.”

“I wouldn’t say I was playing for second. I was trying to close the gap a little bit but I couldn’t.”

“Of course I could have done better today but I’m happy with where I’m standing and we’ll see what happens tomorrow. Again, he’s playing great, and if he keeps playing like this, obviously he 110 per cent deserves to win this tournament.”

Bernd Wiesberger 

“I don’t think I could have shot any worse today, I played in control except for that last hole. It’s a shame to finish a round off like this but all in all it was a good day, loads of chances.”

“It feels like I didn’t take advantage of the par fives all week, so if I can do that tomorrow, there’s another good one in me.”

“We’ll see how it turns out at the end of the day. He’s definitely playing really well. I need to make a fast start and try to put the pressure on him. If I can do that, you never know.”


Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. Olafia Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Olafia Kristinsdottir, a rookie from Iceland, has the 36 hole lead in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, in Turkey.

Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

Olafia Kristinsdottir / getty

Olafia had a -6 under par 66 in the second round, following her -7 under 65 in the first to lead the  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, with a 36 hole total of -13 under par.

The rookie Olafia intends to stay calm, not let the pressure get to her;

“I’m the one who decides if I let it affect me, so I did everything the same as yesterday with no added pressure.”

“I wasn’t really nervous and I was surprised, because it was so fun yesterday.”

“The whole of Iceland was really excited for me and my phone was exploding, so I thought, ‘I need to stay calm’, and I managed to do it, so it was really good.”

Georgia Hall, England, scored a women’s course record of -8 under par 64 to share second place with compatriot Holly Clyburn -6 under 66 today, Gwladys Nocera, France also 66 and Beth Allen of the United States -4 under 68, all on 10-under-par.

Georgia concentrated on making birdies;

 “I’m very happy because there were no bogeys and I played really well.”

“Everything glued together and I had fun out there. I didn’t think of my score at all, I was just trying to make birdie after birdie.”

Gwladys made one of the longest putts of her career;

“I was hitting the ball close to the pin and then I made one of the longest putts I’ve made in my career across the green on the 12th, so it was really fun.”

“I’m hitting the ball really well and my iron shots are good.”

“The scores are so low, I never thought they’d be so low, but the greens really hold the ball well.”

Beko Classic. John Daly Wins.

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Big John Daly won the Beko Classic, a 54 hole tournament played at  Gloria Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, Turkey. His  previous win came in the 2004 Buick Invitational.

John at Pebble Beach this year. / Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

John at Pebble Beach this year. / Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

John won the tournament by one shot, even though he could only post a last round of even par 72, his -15 under par total for the 54 holes was good enough. It is possible that his recent engagement to Anna Cladakis gave him some inspiration, congratulations John.

This tournament is sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe, an association of 36 National PGAs, others in the field included Paul Broadhurst and Darren Clarke.

Always nice to be able to report on some success for someone who has been out of the limelight for a while.

Gun Facts, and God Facts

GUN Facts

I know there is a lot of talk about gun control, the U.S. Government is  being urged by lobbyists to step in and address the second amendment. And on the surface it seems to make sense to ban the carrying of weapons. A lot of bad people went to America because they could legally carry guns and then proceed with illegal acts of violence. The Mafia were in the influx from Italy, and the Taliban and Muslim extremists soon followed.

But the facts throw up some interesting points for consideration, For instance, Switzerland has the lowest gun related crime rate of any civilized country in the world, but then consider this, Switzerland’s government trains every adult they issue a rifle to. Hard to believe that Switzerland issues every household a gun, but they have the lowest gun related crime rate. Here are some more interesting facts to be found in gun history;

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. 

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 
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Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. 

That is a lot of extermination, 56 million people, of course it is impossible to say that without gun control they would all have survived.

GOD Facts

For those who haven’t heard, Washington State have just passed both these new laws , on the same day:  Gay marriage and legalized Marijuana.

The fact that gay marriage and marijuana were legalized on the same day makes perfect Biblical sense because Leviticus 20:13 says

“If a man lies with another man they should be stoned.”

It seems the theologians just hadn’t interpreted it correctly before. 

Wether you agree or disagree with these two sets of facts, it is interesting.


Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, Rosy beats Westy

Justin Rose beats Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood to win World Golf Final in Turkey

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Justin Rose relived his winning  part in the “Miracle at Medinah” to beat Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood for the second time in three days to win the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final at Antalya Golf Course in Turkey.

Justin carded another round of 66 yesterday to win by just a shot, Lee was unable to reproduce the form that helped him shoot 64 in his final group match and then a stunning round of 61 a few hours later in his semi-final win over former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

Although Justin never trailed in the match, however  he saw a two-shot lead cut in half on the 16th hole, when he missed from three feet for birdie after Lee had holed from three times the distance. Justin said of the match;

“I hit a poor putt on 16 and Lee flipped the script on me. I thought his ball was in the hazard, it was actually plugged in the rough, and then he makes 4 and I make 5. From that moment, it’s going to be a tight finish. He hit a great shot into 17 and I really felt like I needed to make that putt, and the 17th against Phil came to mind, just drawing on positive experiences.”

Lee settled for $1 million second prize, and said the only difference between them was in the putting department;

” We both played really well, the slight difference was on the greens. Justin rolled in a couple of 20-foot putts, one crucial one on 17, and the longest I made was nine feet on 16. I left a lot of chances out there but it’s been a great week and that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

I predicted a couple of days ago that Justin was still fired up after the Ryder Cup, and would go on to win this trophy.

Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, Tiger and Rory lose

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy lost their first round matches in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, in Turkey at the Antalya  Golf Club. Tiger bogeyed the last hole to lose by one shot to  former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off on the 6th hole during his PGA World Golf Final Group 1 match against Matt Kuchar of U.S. in Antalya, southern Turkey, October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

An unhappy Rory McIlroy/reuters

Rory said of his day;

” I hit my drive into the trees on 15 and lost a bit of confidence. I now need to win both my matches tomorrow to advance. I just struggled for a bit of motivation out there today.”

The number one ranked Rory McIlroy lost to Matt Kuchar, racking up some big numbers in the process including a triple-bogey and two double-bogeys.  Because it is medal match play, those high scores are much more costly than if it were straight match play, and it is now extremely unlikely that either Tiger or Rory will progress in this tournament. Only the top two players from each group go through to the semi finals.

A telling point about Rory’s state of mind, he had in tow his tennis-playing girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki.

Matt Kutchar played in shorts, and said he had a quiet match;

“I just thought I had to play mistake-free and hopefully Rory wouldn’t get too hot. Then we were all square with four to go, he hits it right and makes a triple bogey and I go three up with three to go and I think both of us lost a little interest at that point.”

Tiger commented about his play;

It came right down to the wire but I can’t believe how far that second shot flew into the back bunker. It means I now have to play ‘Kooch’ and try and win that match before facing Rory in the afternoon. Despite the outcome I really enjoy the format. It’s not something we play very often. I had a three-shot swing go against me on nine and a two-shot swing in my favor at 17 when I birdied the hole and Charl bogeyed.”

On the other side of the contest, Justin Rose won 71-75 over Hunter  Mahan, who failed to make a birdie. Then Lee Westwood defeated Webb Simpson by a stroke. Lee wore a huge smile on his face when he chipped in from off the green at the 17th to take charge of his match with Simpson, he said afterwards;

“I played a great shot there even though I did not have too good a lie. The ball was sitting down where TV cables had been but it just came out perfect. It landed in the right spot and as soon as it got on the green it looked like going in.”

The two semifinals will be determined for Thursday’s play with the finals taking place on Friday, the winner earning $1.5 million.

What I want to know is, why are these multi-millionaires competing  for a measly $1.5 winners purse, in a war-torn area. Syria has just recently attacked Turkey with missiles, are these guys really that desperate for another mill ?