QBE Shootout, Steve Stricker & Sean O’Hair Win


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Steve Stricker & Sean O’Hair win the QBE Shootout, the three round team event played at a cold at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Florida.

 Sean Steve   / getty

The three rounds compose first a  Scramble, then  Greensomes, a modified alternate shot, and finally Better Ball. Steve and Sean completed the three rounds in -26 under par, a two shot winning margin.

Sean said it was a special win, with his friend Steve;

“This is always a great event to finish the year off with, and to pull this off is special.”

“But to do it with Steve is even that much better for me.”

“I’m a golf geek, so he’s a friend of mine, but still it’s kind of hard not to look at him and kind of put him a little bit up on a pedestal.”

Steve mentioned the second shot on the par five 17th which Sean converted for Eagle, to sew up the title;

“He played great today.”

“He hit a great shot on 17. That’s the stuff you need to do to win a tournament, and Sean pulled it off.”

“We just really gelled well together, with his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit.”

“We felt comfortable with one another.”

Sean Lowery and Graeme McDowell finished second, at -24 under, with Pat Perez and Brian Harman claiming third place at -22 under.

A lot of interest was shown to the team of Tony Finau, and LPGA star Lexi Thompson, the only lady in the field, they finished tied in a creditable 4th place at -21 under par for the three rounds. 

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My Dog Cooper.

My Dog Cooper

Little Poppy & her Big brother Cooper

My lovely dog Cooper went to sleep for the last time on Thursday, he sadly had cancer. I am still in tears as I write this, and it is now Monday, little Poppy is still running round in the garden calling for him.

He was my best friend for 10 years, loving, loyal and very protective of his little sister. Our house seems quiet and empty without him, his little sister is totally lost and lonely.

It is 6 am and I am sitting here looking at the garden, and still expect to see him trotting round, my wife Wendy is distraught, and wonders if we will ever recover from this great loss.

There are no Christmas decorations at our house, I have no desire or energy left to celebrate anything.

The smiling picture of Cooper above is the background picture on my computer, he is there smiling at me every time I switch on.


Joburg Open. Rain Wrecks Final Round.

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Rain wrecks the final round of the Joburg Open, as play was suspended for the day on the  Randpark Golf Club in South Africa.

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9th Green in Joburg / getty

Shubhankar Sharma, from India,  was -2 under having completed only seven holes of his final round of the Joburg Open, where was is gunning for his Maiden European Tour victory. His five shot lead at the start of play reduced by one shot, but at -22 for the tournament is still in a commanding position for when play resumes on Monday morning;

“I’m going to treat it like another day, I’m going to do the same things which I’ve been doing the last four days.”

“It is not frustrating but you get into a groove when you start and you don’t want to come off. I saw the clouds coming on the seventh hole and I was praying we could finish but we can’t help it.”

“I’m playing well so I want to continue doing that.”

“I had to cancel my flight tickets today but that was an easy thing to do considering the position I’m in.”

Local favorite Erik van Rooyen, South Africa, has given the home fans some hope as he carded -4 under par through eight holes, to get to -18 under for the tournament.

 James Morrison, England, even par through seven holes, and Tapio Pulkkanen, Finland, -1 under through eight share third place at -14 under par for the soggy competition.

Play is scheduled to resume on Monday 11th December at 0730 local time, keep your fingers crossed for good weather.

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Joburg Open. Shubhankar Sharma Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Shubhankar Sharma, from India,has the 54 hole lead at the Joburg Open.

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Shubhankar Sharma / getty

Shubhankar fired -7 under par 65 on the Firethorn Course at Randpark Golf Club to lead the Joburg Open by five shots at -20 under par;

“I’m really happy, I wanted to play even though I shot a ten under yesterday and it is always difficult to follow up on a low round.”

“I’m really proud of the way I played today.”

“I’m very pleased that I came to the Joburg Open. I had my visa but it has been a very long season so I was contemplating if I wanted to come here.”

“I’m really happy that I did!”

Christofer Blomstrand, Sweden, has second place, coming close to posting a 59, having a good day with the putter, but he settled for a -10 under 62, getting him to within five shots of the leader at -15 under par, qualifying for The Open is also on his mind;

“It’s a really nice birthday present! I was really happy with my putter.”

“I was hitting quite good shots in the beginning of my round and then I holed them as well.”

 “Of course it means a lot that there are Open Championship spots available here but we have to treat this like a normal event.”

Sharing third place at -14 under par are James Morrison, England, -5 under 67 today  and Erik van Rooyen, South Africa, -2 under 70.

James is relying on his experience;

“Experience told me what I needed to do and to shoot, but you can’t factor in the guy who shoots 62, or the guy who’s seven under and pulling away.”

 “Can’t wait for tomorrow, I’ve been here so many times before so I’ve got to draw on all my experience, losses and wins.”

“The thought of getting into the Open enters my thinking massively.”

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Dubai Ladies Classic. Angel Yin Wins In Play-Off.

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Teenager Angel Yin, USA, wins the Dubai Ladies Classic in a three-way play-off against  In-Kyung Kim, South Korea and Celine Herbin of France at the Emirates Golf Club

Dubai Ladies Classic

Angel Yin / getty

Angel dragged her tee shot on the last hole into water, but got up and down to save par, and make a bogey free last round of -5 under par 67, and join the three-way play-off at -15 under par, for the Dubai Ladies Classic title.

Angel won with a birdie at the second extra hole, the par four 17th, for her maiden Ladies European Tour win;

“I feel amazing. Actually, it’s my first major tour professional win, so this is big for me.” 

It’s been a long week and I’m happy to be here in Dubai for the second time. I had a great time last year and I’m happy to be here again.”

“Two days ago, I went to the aquarium in the Dubai Mall and today I’m going to see penguins with my friends; yes! I loved the course and it was in great shape.”

Celine enjoyed the tournament;

“I mean, it was really a bonus for me to be in this play-off today. It was an awesome round for me, my personal best, minus eight and I had nine birdies.”

“I enjoyed it a lot today.”

“I played very well, really, but so I spent a little bit too much time without playing.”

“I finished earlier and I lost a little bit of rhythm.”

I.K. was happy with her result, and getting into contention;

“You know, just getting myself in contention on the back nine, that was my goal. I was able to get into the playoff.”

“I think that was the best scenario that I could ever have ask for before teeing off.”

“I’m sure that a lot of girls played well today, and we all have a similar story. The course was set up for more aggressive play, but I think I took good advantage of it.”

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Dubai Ladies Classic. Anne Van Dam Still In Control.

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Anne Van Dam, Holland, is still in control of the Dubai Ladies Classic, after 54 holes at Emirates Golf Club, but teenage Angle Yin, USA, is making a challenge.

Dubai Ladies Classic

Angel Yin / getty

Anne stayed in control with a third round -2 under par 70, to lead the Dubai Ladies Classic by two shots at -12 under par;

“It was a bit up and down. There were quite some good things also.”

“On some little shots I struggled a little bit, but I would say overall, two-under is fine.”

Angel came into contention with a third round -7 under 65, taking her into a share of second place at -10 under for the competition, with good putting;

“I am really happy with my round. Overall, I stroked it pretty well and made a few putts.”

“I hit my iron shots really good. Of the four consecutive birdies, three of them were a foot away from the hole, so it was tap-in.”

“Usually, when you start off well, you don’t close it off that well, but I did that.”

Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden shares second at -10 under following her third round -6 under 66;

“Someone is going to go out and play a good round.”

“I’m going to stick to my plan and I’m going to go home and think about what number I’m going to try to reach tomorrow, and that will be my goal.”

 Charley Hull, England and Aditi Ashok, India, are tied in the fourth spot at -9 under for the tournament.

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Joburg Open. Round 2 Suspended, Tapio Pulkkanen Leads.

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Tapio Pulkkanen, Finland, leads the Joburg Open as the second round was suspended  at Randpark Golf Club in South Africa due to a storm.

Joburg Open

Tapio Pulkkanen / getty

Tapio shot a second round -8 under par 64 on the Firethorn Course, and remains bogey free as he sits on top of the Joburg Open leaderboard  with a -14 under par total, helped by a red hot putter;

“I’m really happy with my game, I’ve been driving the ball really well, especially today, it’s a fantastic feeling.”

“It was a good start to my round with six birdies in a row. The putter has been really hot, I practiced my aiming a little before the tournament and it’s been much better this week.”

“I tried to force my last putt yesterday to catch Erik, I was one behind him. We had good battles last season. I beat him in Kazakhstan but he beat me in China. He’s a fun guy.”

“Leading a European Tour event so early on in my season sounds more magnificent than it really is. It’s a similar feeling to the Challenge Tour actually, so I’m comfortable.”

Shubhankar Sharma from India surged up the leaderboard to claim second place with a second round -10 under 61 on the Bushwillow Course, to take second place at -13 under par.

Top South African player is  Erik van Rooyen, -5 under on Firethorn, he shares third place with Mikko Korhonen, Finland, who carded -6 under 65 on Bushwillow, both at -12 under for the competition.

A brewing storm halted play late on in the day, but none of the players who still have to complete their second rounds can alter the top of the leaderboard.

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