Portugal Masters. Padraig Harrington Wins.

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Padraig Harrington wins the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Padraig fired a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Portugal Masters by one shot, with a -23 under par total;

“It’s a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I’ve been coming here for ten years so I’ve always liked it down here. I’ve always liked coming down to Portugal.”

“There’s so many Irish people here. It always felt like a home away from home, so it’s really nice to win the tournament.”

“I haven’t won yet this year, so I know the year is nearly done, it’s always important to get a win every year, a winning year.”

“I tried to be really aggressive. The golf course suited me and I just tried to go after every pin I could and make birdies.”

“I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week. No matter where I hit it, I felt like I could get it up and down.”

Defending champion Andy Sullivan was in second place, he too shot -6 under 65 in the last round, but he was just one shot back at -22 under for the tournament.

Mikko Korhonen, -3 under 68 today, and Anders Hansen -3 under 68 both shared third place with -21 under par total.

Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Makes It Hers.

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Minjee Lee makes it hers as she wins the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee, from Australia, had a final round -2 under par 70 to win the Blue Bay LPGA with a -13 under par total. It got tense at the 17th as Ariya Jutanugarn made birdie, while Minjee three putted for bogey, to level the scores at -12 under going to the par five last hole.

Ariya, from Thailand, dumped her tee shot into the water on her way to making bogey six, while Minjee dropped in her birdie putt.

Jessica Korda, USA, needed to make Eagle on the last to force a play-off, and reached the green in two, but her putt turned away at the cup. She finished in second place at -12 under par, with a -1 under 71 last round.

Jessica is looking forward to next week;

“I have three events left. I’m going to go back and rest right now. Next week is another hot week and then I have Japan and CME.”

“So I would say that, you know, looking back at this week, I think considering we had zero preparation for the tournament and came in on Wednesday,”

“I think I would have taken a second place if you would have told me that that’s what I would have gotten.”

Ariya claimed third place on her own at -11 under par, her last round -2 under 70 not quite enough on the day, although she did provide some pressure at the end.

CIMB Classic. Jumping Jehosaphat It’s Justin Again.

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Jumping Jehosaphat it’s Justin Thomas again as he defends his title at the CIMB Classic in style at TPC Kuala Lumpur on the West Course, in Malaysia.

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Justin Thomas

Justin, from the USA, carded -8 under par 64 in the final round of the CIMB Classic, to easily retain his title with a -23 under total, and a three shot victory.

He said it was a fun day, especially the birdie putts on 16,17 and 18;

“It was obviously a fun day. It couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my finish yesterday.”

“That was huge for me and put me in a good position to have a chance to win today. I definitely owe a lot of it to that.”

“But yeah, it was a very easy day, I guess you could say. Those up-and-downs on 12 and 13 were huge. I really just laid the sod over a wedge on 12 and hit a good drive on 13, but those two up-and-downs were good to get me a little bit of a lead.”

“Those putts on 16, 17, were nice to give me a little cushion going into 18.

” It’s great to win again here. It’s obviously a place I’m very comfortable with and I think a lot of that is because of just everything that goes on here.”

In second place was Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, with a -20 under par total, after his last round -6 under 66;

“I played well. I hoped to make a charge earlier but it didn’t happen, but I got it around.”

Tied in third place were Derek Fathauer, USA, -5 under 67 today, and the man who should have won, starting the round with a four shot lead, Anirban Lahiri, from India.

It all went wrong for Anirban on the par five 3rd hole, carding an eight, while Justin made birdie four. He never really recovered, finishing the day with an even par 72.

Anirban reflected on his terrible day;

Disappointment obviously. It was obviously a harder start. I got unlucky with the tee shot and just compounded my errors.”

“My short game again, coming up a little bit to bite me.”

But obviously I tried my best. I fought back as best I could, but I just couldn’t get the putts to fall on the back nine.”

“I had numerous lipouts and then just really disappointed that I didn’t birdie 17 or 18 or even 16, for that matter. Just didn’t get the numbers right with my wedges. I didn’t hit them close. It’s very disappointing.”

“I would have obviously liked to have gotten over the line, but it’s a tough pill to swallow.”

Portugal Masters. Two tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at  at Victoria Clube de Golfe. Anders Hansen and Mikko Korhonen have a one shot lead over the field.

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Anders shot -9 under 62 in the third round of the Portugal Masters, which took him to the top f the leaderboard at -18 under for the tournament. Mikko had a third round -7 under 64 to give him the same total, and a share of the lead.

Anders had retired from golf, but is happy to be a part timer;

“I didn’t really have a strategy, just go out and play and just try to enjoy it and hit good shots and it turned out alright.”

“When I decided to retire it was a full retirement and then the top 40 came in and I didn’t really know so I had to play five this year and that’s why I’ve been doing this.”

“I’m very, very happy with my life. I’m very happy where I am and there is no re-think about starting playing golf again, I’m very happy the way it is.”

“It probably helps a little bit because it doesn’t really matter to me either way, it is what it is.”

“I’m not going to come back and play full-time, that decision has been made so I’m just enjoying being here.”

“It’s nice to know that I can still do it, even though I’m not playing too much golf anymore. It’s a strange feeling to go out and shoot nine under in my position, it really is.”

Mikko is not thinking about what could happen, he is happy about some good putting;

“I just go one day at a time, one shot if I can, and try not to think about it.”

“Of course it’s in the mind but I do not think about it too much.”

“It was great. I played solid, putted well. Nothing special but a really good round.”

“So far, so good but tomorrow to go, so we’ll see.”

Chasing the leaders down in third place is Major winner Padraig Harrington, who carded -4 under par 67 today, for a -17 under total.

Chris Paisley, -6 under 65 today, Major winner Paul Lawrie,-6 under 65, and Andy Sullivan -2 under par 69, share fourth place at -16 under.


CIMB Classic. Anirban Ascends The Leaderboard,

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Anirban Lahiri, from India, ascends the CIMB Classic leaderboard, to lead the competition after 54 holes at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

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Anirban Lahiri 

Anirban  shot a third round -7 under par 65 to lead the CIMB Classic with a -19 under par total, and a four-stroke advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

Anirban got over the hurdle of finishing poorly in the previous rounds, with four late birdies today;

“It’s very important. Obviously it was on my mind today, it was on my mind since I finished my round yesterday actually.”

“I was determined to keep my focus right through the 18 holes.”

“I just need to focus on what I need to do. I feel I’m in a good place mentally and physically and with my game, so that’s exactly where you want to be going into tomorrow.”

“I’m not going to think much about where I am but just think about what I need to do.”

Sharing second place are defending champion, Justin Thomas, at -15 under par for the tournament. Justin could only manage -1 under 71 today, he is tied in second with Russell Knox, who carded -4 under 68 today.

Justin admitted he played some poor golf today;

“It was really just terrible golf for the first 13 holes. It was a very weird feeling. I just put myself so far behind the eight-ball.”

“It was great to have that finish. I gave myself a chance. I hope I can ride the momentum into tomorrow.”

“Anirban is playing great. It’s the best I’ve seen him play. He just made it look so simple. I didn’t realise he made nine birdies until we finished.”

Derek Fathauer, -4 under 68 today, James Hahn, -3 under 69 and Hideki Matsuyama, -3 under 69, share fourth position at -14 under par.

CIMB Classic. Justin Thomas Defending Champ In Charge.

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Justin Thomas, the defending CIMB Classic champion, is in charge of the tournament after 36 holes at TPC Kuala Lumpur, on the West Course.

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Justin Thomas

Defending Champion Justin shot a bogey free  -6 under par 66 in the second round of the CIMB Classic, to top the leaderboard at -14 under par, giving him a two stroke advantage over the field after 36 holes of the tournament;

“I drove the ball well and had it in the fairways a lot and had a lot of birdie opportunities.”

“There’s definitely a couple shots I’d like to have back, but I mean, going bogey-free and six under is always good.”

“I really try not to think a lot about the fact that I won last year. I’m really just trying to focus on each and every shot that I’m hitting.”

Anirban Lahiri, from India, is in second place at -12 under par, he also carded -6 under 66 today;

“I’ve been playing well. Both yesterday and today I’ve played good. I think I played solid right through.”

“It’s just very disappointing to finish the way I did. Both days I think I left four or five shots out there coming in.”

“Yeah, I would have liked to be in a better position the way I’ve played but it’s not over yet.”

“I put some work in with my coach earlier in the week. Last week was a bit of a struggle.”

“Obviously I seem to be finding my rhythm a lot better. I think having played this course a few times, you kind of know what to do.”

Russell Knox, -9 under par 63 today, James Hahn, -8 under 64 and Hideki Matsuyama, -8 under 64, all share third place at -11 under.

Russell carded six birdies on his back nine, with some great putting;

“I thought I could shoot maybe five , six under would be a great score, and then I just started making putts after putts.”

“Got on a nice little roll there and very pleased with my score.”





Portugal Masters. Marc Warren Leads.

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Marc Warren has the first round lead in the Portugal Masters at  at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Marc shot a Portugal Masters first round -8 under par 63 to lead a compacted leaderboard by one shot.

Marc made six birdies in row at the start of his round, which also included a bogey;

“I think I’ve had six or seven in a row but never at the start of the round.”

“It’s an absolutely perfect start. Everything was going right for me, just the right numbers and landing it close and a couple of tap-ins. It was a great start.”

“You really have to control your expectations I think more than anything else. You kind of want to just keep hitting it close and making birdies and realise golf is not that easy.”

“There are going to be a few holes you’re going to have to dig in and overall I was pleased to keep moving forward on the back nine and come back in two under.”

There are five players tied in second place, that one shot back at -7 under par, Eddie PepperellMatthew Baldwin, Callum Shinkwin,  Mikko Kornhonen and David Lipsky.

Eddie is fighting to keep his Tour card, but for the moment he is just enjoying playing golf;

“If I miss the cut this week and bad things happen, I feel like it wouldn’t be a career-defining moment for me whether I lost my card or keep my card.”

“For me it’s getting in the frame of mind, the way I feel like I’m swinging it, I want to go out and win this golf tournament.”

“I want to get to Dubai. I’ve played those events the last two years, so that’s got to be my focus the way I’m playing.”

“If I play well enough, I feel like I give myself a shot at winning and that’s all I can do. Whether I’m 120 on the list or ten, I feel like if I play well, I can win. I’ve just got to make that happen.”

“There’s relief just to be playing decent golf and actually enjoying it. I’ve been very frustrated with the game because I’ve been playing so poorly and I think any of us out here would tell you that.”