UBS Hong Kong Open. Rose Reaps His Reward

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Justin Rose reaps his reward of good play by winning the UBS Hong Kong Open. This win was completed with him sporting a beard.

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Justin carded a final round -2 under par 68 to win the UBS Hong Kong Open with a -17 under par total. I can’t remember seeing him with a beard before. It was not an easy win as Lucas Bjerregaard pushed him all the way;

“Lucas played incredible golf.”

“It was the first time I had the chance to play with him. I was thoroughly impressed, not just his game but his temperament and how he is as a person.”

“When you separate yourself from the field like we did, it’s probably a tough one for him to lose.”

“But he didn’t lose it, just both of us played incredibly well and separated from the field.”

“I’m very happy to get the job done. I had a chance to win in Napa last week, I was tied for the lead going down the tenth hole and let that one flitter away a little bit. I wanted to hang onto this one.”

Lucas enjoyed the tense rivalry with Justin, a -1 under par 69 giving him a -16 under par total, just one shot back;

“It was fun to battle with Justin these last two days.”

“It’s guys like him that I want to go out and compete against, and at least I gave him a little bit of a scare.”

“Early on today, that double-bogey on 14 really cost me. Got a lucky break there on 13 and made birdie, which was nice.”

That double-bogey on 14 really ruined it for me but all in all, happy the way I’ve played. Happy how I played this weekend, especially”

“The last time I was out in the final group on a Sunday, I shot 89. So 20 shots better today, I’ll take that.”

South Korea’s Soomin Lee produced the round of the day, -6 under 64, which gave him a share of third place with, Matt Fitzpatrick, Patrick Reed and Jason Scrivener, all at -11 under par.

The winning margin not as great as Lydia’s triumph in Taipei, but very impressive all the same.


UBS Hong Kong Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the UBS Hong Kong Open after 54 holes. Justin Rose has been joined by Lucas Bjerregaard, and they will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

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Justin carded a third round -6 under par 64, but has to share top spot in the UBS Hong Kong Open with Lucas who went one better, -7 under par 63. Both players have -15 under par totals and a four shot cushion over the field.

Justin could only admire the effort of Lucas today;

“Lucas played unbelievable golf today, I actually didn’t know much about his game and first, he’s a lovely guy and second, he can really play.”

“I hung with him and what impressed me today was the couple of par saves that I had to make and rolled.”

“The first hole, I didn’t play the hole particularly well but made a nice 15-foot putt for par there and then eagling the third kind of got me up and running.”

“It was just a really fun day playing with Lucas and flip-flopping birdies and eagles and really stretching away from the field. It was a lot of fun”

Lucas also had some fun out there today;

“It was great. I really enjoyed it out there with Justin. He’s a really good guy and we kept making birdies, especially around the turn.”

“I played some good golf today and it was nice to get off to a good start, as well, to take some of the pressure off. So I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

 “Obviously it’s not fun to finish off any round with a bogey and especially not today. I hit a bad tee shot on 18 there, pretty much my only bad shot of the day.”

“So not the way I wanted to finish, but still, I’m very happy with the round today.”

These two are so far in front of the rest that one of them will be the winner tomorrow. For the record Anirban Lahiri is third at -11 under par following his -5 under 65 today.

UBS Hong Kong Open. Justin Rose Tops The Table.

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Justin Rose tops the leaderboard table at the end of day 2 at the  UBS Hong Kong Open.

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Justin fired a second round -4 under par 66 to top the UBS Hong Kong Open leaderboard at -9 under par, and a one shot lead over the field.

Looking back over his shoulder Justin can see an old foe lurking two shots back, in the form of Ian Poulter;

“Poulter is a past champion and he’s on the leaderboard.”

“He’s always good when he’s got something to prove, and he’s probably a dangerous guy now that he’s outside the Top 50 in the world, and I know that he’ll be desperate to get back in it.”

“He always plays well when he has motivation, so he’s obviously going to be tough to beat too.”

“Very happy with that, I felt like I struggled with the recovery overnight. I just felt like body was sore this morning, and today was definitely more of a struggle than yesterday.”

“Yesterday I played such a clean round, I guess it was always going to be more of a struggle. I made a few more mistakes today but salvaged par very well quite a few times.”

“Finally the bogey that threatened a few times reared its head on number nine but I guess I played 34 holes without making a mistake. It’s almost; you know it’s inevitable you’re going to make one mistake.”

“It’s out of the way. Don’t have to think about it now. So continue to try and play good golf over the weekend, make some birdies, and keep moving forward.”

“I again hit a lot of good putts today, and my putts that aren’t going in are pretty much threatening the cup, I feel that’s good.”

“I feel good about my game and I feel like my chances are good, and if I stay in my process, things should work out well, but you can’t afford to get ahead.”

Dane Lucas Bjerregaard is in second place, that one shot back at -7 under par, after his second round -4 under par 66.

Ian Poulter also carded a -4 under par 66, and is tied in third pace with  Lu Wei-chih, -1 under 69 today, both with -7 under par totals

World Number Eight Dustin Johnson missed the cut which was made at +1 over, after he signed for a +2 over par72 today.

UBS Hong Kong Open. Andrea Pavan and Lu Wei-chih Lead

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 Andrea Pavan and Lu Wei-chih lead the UBS Hong Kong Open after the first round at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Andrea and Lu both carded -6 under par 64 in the opening round of the UBS Hong Kong Open, to lead by just one shot.

Andrea has to finish in second place, or better, to avoid heading to the Qualifying School to try and get his card. He told reporters of his troubles this year;

“This year has been a struggle to say the least, I’m just trying to big deep and really look forward to every week.”

“Obviously this is the last of the year, and then I’m looking to go to Q-School. So it’s all about just giving myself chances.”

“I’m just really trying to get my game in better shape. It’s good on the range. I still feel like I’m lacking a bit of confidence.”

“Today I’ve managed to play very well for about 15 holes and then I had the occasional bad shot. So today I got away with it a couple times.”

It’s all about just waiting. I know I have what it takes.”

“It’s been tough last year and this year, but it’s all a learning curve and I really hope I can make the next step soon.

Lu has had some problems of his own, coming close to retirement three years ago after undergoing brain surgery, he said today was a very good day;

“Today, the first three holes, I was not feeling very focused on the golf course.”

 “And then after the third hole bogey, I just told myself that I can’t do this because if I don’t try to get back to my form, it might not be a good round.”

“Fortunately, starting on number four, I birdied four, five and six, and I started feeling much better and getting into the flow. Then the back nine, I felt very comfortable.

“Today is a really good round for me.”

There are some big names in this field, Justin Rose is the best ranked player and is currently tied third with  CT Pan and Jeev Milka Singh, all just one shot back after their first rounds of -5 under par 65.

Justin said he was happy with the way he played the course today;

“Really happy with the start, more happy with how I played today.”

“Happy with how I swung the club, struck the ball, how patient I played.”

“Got to grips with the golf course, for the first time.”

Also in the field are Ian Poulter, -3 under 67, Graeme McDowell -4 under 66, Patrick Reed -2 under 68 and Dustin Johnson -1 under 69.


Could Miguel still win an Open ? Big John Has To Open His Cheque Book

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Three time winner of the UBS Hong Kong Open Miguel Angel  Jiménez, could still win a Major, especially The Open, that is according  to Des Smyth. Miguel took away the title of oldest player to win on the European Tour from Des at Fanling, Hong Kong on Sunday. Des himself was neither upset or surprised to watch  the 48 year-old  Miguel beat his record, he believes that the Olive Oil and Rioja wine are keeping Miguel fit and flexible.

Not quite sure where the cigar smoking fits into those categories; Miguel Angel Jimenez Cigar Man Miguel/getty images

Des was full of praise for the Spanish veteran;

” He’s a top quality player, naturally, the clock is ticking but Miguel clearly still can compete, especially on courses that suit him. I think he could even win an Open at this stage. Miguel has that type of game, he’s very controlling and straight-hitting. It’s a great boost to your confidence to know you can still go out there and beat the talented young guns on tour.”


Another vet in the news is Big John DalyJohn Daly  John/getty image

Big John was playing in last week’s UBS Hong Kong Open, and was reported for throwing his putter into the trees during the second round, after being annoyed by fans using cellphones and cameras. Clearly upset, John went on to miss the cut after rounds of 72 and 75.  The  European Tour confirmed that it would fine John Daly, 46, an undisclosed amount. The Tournament director Mickael Ericsson gave a statement to reporters, he agreed crowd behavior was a problem, but that is no excuse for bad manners;

“Yes, the circumstances regarding crowd manners and behavior will be considered, but when it all boils down there is still no excuse for throwing his putter.”

Last year at the Australian Open John, a two-time Major Champion, threw his most  infamous meltdown of all time, when he proceeded to hit six balls in the water on one hole, and then stormed off the course. That prompted the then tournament director to remark;

” I would say this is the last time we will see John Daly.”

When questioned later about the incident John simply said he had run out of balls, and could not continue. In 2010, a PGA Tour personnel file revealed that John Daly had been cited 11 times for “conduct unbecoming of a professional” and another 21 times for “failure to give best effort.” Over the years, his fines have totaled more than $100,000, a piffling amount compared to Big  John’s earning potential.




UBS Hong Kong Open. Campbell Clings on to lead

Michael Campbell clings on to the lead in the UBS Hong Kong Open at the Hong Kong Golf Course in Fanling China,  with a clutch ten foot putt for par at the last hole  to retain a share of the lead alongside Miguel Angel Jiménez.

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Michael had a third round of -1 under par 69, which he described as scrappy;

Today was sort of scrappy; apart from a couple of drives, it was pretty average really. But once again, I just managed to grind out a score, which is very important with me not playing so well. I turned a 73 into a 69, which is always nice. I’ve still got a chance to win tomorrow, and that’s what I wanted to do after three rounds , give myself an opportunity to go out there and hopefully lift the UBS Hong Kong Open trophy. Once again Miguel is playing great golf, and he’s won this twice before and he’s the man to beat.It’s going to be a very interesting day tomorrow and it’s going to be I think a lot of fun. It will be nice to be a part of it.” 

Miguel Angel Jiménez is tied at the top of the leaderboard with his third round effort of -2 under par 68, for his -10 under par tournament score, the Ryder Cup Vice Captain, and twice winner of this Trophy is happy to be in contention again;

” I love to be in contention, it’s been a long time since I’ve been there and I’m happy and I like this golf course. I like to be in contention on this golf course and you have to have patience and let everything happen. That’s what’s going to happen tomorrow, stay patient because anyone can win.”

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Lian-wei Zhang of China is tied in third place with teenage sensation Matteo Manassero of Italy, who won last week at the Barclays Singapore Open. Matteo has cheekily crashed the party of the veterans at the top of the leaderboard.  Lian-wei Zhang  will become the third oldest winner on the Asian Tour at 47 years and 171 days if he completes his dream ‘Chinese Slam‘ on Sunday. Matteo had a third round of -6 under par, 64, and has certainly made his presence felt. The 19 year-old Italian is looking for his fourth Tour win and is in form, he said;

” I played well throughout the whole round, I had a really good practise yesterday and today I have to say, I struck the ball really well. I had plenty of chances, and on the back nine I really had some short putts for birdie and I made a few good ones. Last week really made me relax a lot on the golf course, and these three rounds and my position coming into this Sunday is certainly due to and what happened last week, I’ve got more freedom.”

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The leaderboard is pretty tightly packed and anyone who shoots a low round tomorrow could win this tournament. I would like to see Michael Campbell take home the Trophy, but Miguel is a determined character and Matteo just oozes class. It will be a fascinating days play.


UBS Hong Kong Open; Campbell Comeback Continues, McIlroy Misses Cut

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Michael Campbell continued his amazing comeback and is now leading the UBS Hong Kong Open at the halfway stage on the Fanling Golf Course. Michael shot a second round of -6 under par, 64, to top the leaderboard and have a one shot advantage over  Miguel Angel Jiménez, Fredrik Andersson-Hed and China’s Lian-wei Zhang, all of them with a tournament total of -8 under par.

Buoyed by his great day in the field, Michael had plenty to say;

“Today was a day where I played great from tee-to-green and holed a few nice putts for pars and birdies. I’m just happy to be in a position to have a chance for the weekend; that’s why we play the game, that’s why I didn’t give up. That’s why I just stuck at it, just stuck working hard on my game, and I knew that this would happen, I deserve it, really. It’s been a gradual build-up over the last three or four months, a few top fifteen’s. Portugal was a great boost to my confidence, and it shows this week. You can’t buy confidence, you just have to earn it, and I think I’ve earned it over the last seven years since I haven’t won a golf tournament. I have been patient. There have been times where I wanted to throw it in, but what’s really inspired me over the last four or five years is seeing my friends around the same age bracket as me, in the 40-plus club. The likes of Ernie winning his fourth Major, Thomas Björn winning three times last year, Paul Lawrie has had a wonderful last couple of years, and Jim Furyk winning the FedEx Cup last year. The list goes on, so 40 isn’t a bad age to be playing golf. Seeing my friends win tournaments left, right and centre definitely inspired me to not give up and keep on playing. At one particular time, I remember I was back in Sydney back home with my family and I said to myself, okay, tonight is where I decide whether I’m going to give up the game or keep on playing, keep on practicing. I went to bed that night and I woke up in the morning, and there something inside me said to me: ‘look, keep on going, you’ve still got the talent’. It doesn’t go away, the talent, it’s always with you. It never goes away; it just hides now and then. I decided to just keep on working hard and that was it really.”

Michael was also relieved that Rory had missed the cut, he four putted the last green and was out;

“That makes it a lot easier for the rest of the field!”

Overnight leader Javi Colomo shot a one over 71 to drop back into a tie for sixth, but World number one, and defending Champion Rory McIlroy missed the cut, a sad Rory admitted;

“I just got on a slide and couldn’t stop it, obviously not the week that I wanted. I was only four off the lead and thinking I could make a couple more and be right back in contention. Unfortunately it just went the other way. I didn’t putt well last week and sort of got away with it. This week was the same, so I think a bit of putting practice is required in Dubai. I think these couple of days off might actually do me good. It’ll give me a chance to rest. I think if I was completely fresh I wouldn’t have been making the mistakes. On the last I saw the projected cut was plus two, so I wanted to try to hole it for birdie.

His 30-foot attempt caught the lip, but ran on five feet and he took three more, a sad end to a great run this year, hopefully he can return to form next week in Dubai, at the DP World Tour Championship.