Nedbank Golf Challenge. Home Win For Branden Grace.

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It was a home win for Branden Grace as he collected the trophy at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in South Africa.

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It was an amazing final round with the lead swapping all the time but Branden sunk a 40 foot putt on the 16th to put daylight between him and his close pursuers. That putt gave him a final round -6 under par 66, to win the  Nedbank Golf Challenge at -11 under par;

“This is awesome, this is the one event that as a South African you want to win. It’s Africa’s Major for a reason and what a special place it is.”

“There’s a lot of history and a lot of great winners on the trophy and I’m very glad to be able to put my name on the trophy as well.”

“It’s a very special week, we found out on Wednesday we’re having a boy.”

“I had to stay patient and I had to take the chances when they came my way. I missed a couple of short ones but I think the big key was the putt on 16.”

Scott Jamieson, Scotland, was second, at -10 under, with his last round -2 under 70;

“I got off to a nice start and things were looking good. Got a little blip on number eight.”

” On 16, perhaps if my chip had gone in, it might have been a different story. I’m sure I’ll look back and take great pride with that.”

Victor Dubuisson, France, finished in third spot at -9 under par with a final round -2 under 70.

Best round of the day went to Li Haotong of China, an amazing -8 under par 64, giving him fourth place on his own at -7 under par.

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Nedbank Golf Challenge. Scott Jamieson Has 54 Hole Lead In Sun City.

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Scott Jamieson, Scotland, has 54 hole lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge In Sun City.

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Scott carded a third round -5 under 67 to edge himself into the 54 hole lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa at -8 under par, using a hot putter;

“It was much the same tee-to-green probably as the other few days.”

 “Just the putter was a little hotter today. I got rid of those three-putts I had earlier on in the round yesterday.”

“It’s exciting. I’m in a good position, tomorrow will be a new challenge. Still an awful long way to go but if I can do what I did today, I’ll be in with a good shout.”

“It would be the biggest moment of my career, I’ll be well aware of that tomorrow. I’ve got to see if I can step up to the challenge.”

Victor Dubuisson, France, is in second place, a third round -1 under 71 not quite what he was looking for, but at -7 under he is only one shot back, struggling with his putter today;

“I played as good as the first two rounds but my putting was maybe not as good.”

“With 18 holes to go everything can happen here. So I hope I will just focus on doing my best and just don’t make mistakes.”

Martin Kaymer, Germany, -3 under 69 today, and Brandon Grace, South Africa, -4 under 68, share third place at -5 under par.

Brandon wants to win South Africa’s “Major”;

“I hit it great again today.”

“This is probably the event as a South African you want to win. “

“It’s “Africa’s Major” for a reason and it’s one of those you’re going to have to play well to win and hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”

Martin has received coaching from the sponsor Gary Player;

“I actually worked a little bit on the short game with Gary Player.”

“He’s always very supportive of my game and always tries to help me. I’m very excited to tell him tomorrow that I actually had a chip-in.”

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Nedbank Golf Challenge. Victor Dubuisson Has The Lead In Sun City.

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Victor Dubuisson, France, has the 36 hole lead In Sun City at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

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Victor carded a second round -2 under par 70 at the Gary Player Country Club to take the half-way lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, with a -6 under par total;

“I just try to play as good as I can each day, day after day.”

“Especially on this course, you’ve got to have a very solid game to do some good scoring.”

“The driver of course here is the key if you want to play well and today I didn’t miss many fairways, maybe one or two, and I played very solidly in the wind.”

“It’s the goal of the week to play Dubai because it’s been five years in a row that I’ve played the Dubai final. Of course I think about it.”

Sharing second place at -4 under par are Darren Fichardt, South Africa,-3 under 69 today, and Lee Westwood from England, who carded -2 under 70.

Darren was a last minute reserve, getting a call from the secretary yesterday asking where he was;

“I’m actually 12 kilometres out so I’m going to be coming in pretty hot.”

“I was quite flabbergasted the first nine yesterday and quite drained the second nine. I still can’t believe I’m playing.”

“My wife always said ‘analysis leads to paralysis’ so I had no time to think about this tournament.”

“I’m fortunate that I’m really hitting my driver well so I’m getting myself into position on every hole and then I’m putting pretty well.”

“If I do make a mistake, I manage to up-and-down. So that is quite fortunate and is probably why I am on the score I am right now.”

Lee suffered a bit from poor putting;

“Other than four three-putts, I played very well.”

“I hit it close a lot. Missed a couple of times from inside five feet as well as the four three-putts.”

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Nedbank Golf Challenge. Bernd Wiesberger Leads.

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Bernd Wiesberger, Austria, leads the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa, at the Gary Player Country Club.

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Bernd carded a first round -5 under par 67, to lead the Nedbank Golf Challenge on day one, with good putting on his side;

“It wasn’t easy to be honest, it was quite breezy, quite steady direction-wise but still the course is quite tricky off the tees.”

“You want to get a lot of fairways to be able to attack the flags and that’s quite challenging when there’s gusty winds.”

“But I played all right. I’ve not had great success when I was here last time but I approached it with a neutral mind and I played a lot better than I have the last couple of weeks and putted good.”

“Took a couple of chances so that was nice, to get out there kind of relaxed and just let it happen.”

Four players are tied in second place at -4 under following their opening rounds of 68, home favourite Branden GraceVictor Dubuisson, FranceScott Jamieson, Scotland and Julian Suri, USA.

Defending champion Alex Noren, Sweden, Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, Graeme Storm, England, and Hideto Tanihara, Japan, were then at -3 under for the competition.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Hatton Makes History Defending The Title.

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Tyrrell Hatton, from England, makes history at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, becoming the first player to ever successfully defend the title, at St Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

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Tyrrell carded a final round -6 under 66 on the Old Course to retain his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship title with a -24 under par total;

“It’s an unbelievable feeling, it felt so much harder than last year, maybe that’s just a bit more pressure on myself but I’m so happy that I managed to defend it and what a great week again.”

“I think the format is helping me, playing with Jamie (Dornan) we have good fun out there and it sort of keeps me relaxed which is what I need to do. We’ve just had good fun, I think that is what this tournament is about.”

“What a great round of golf from Fish, it’s amazing. He pushed me all the way and I was very happy to get over the line.”

“I didn’t see a leaderboard until the 16th green and I saw he was on 21 and that certainly made the 17th tee-shot seem a bit harder.”

Making some history himself was Ross Fisher, England, who broke the Old Course record in his final round, a bogey free – 11 under 61 to post a -21 under total, for second place, the same position as last year;

“To go out and shoot a score like that with no bogeys, I just saw the lines and was hitting good putts and they were going in.”

“You almost want to keep going and I didn’t want it to end. At the home of golf I wanted to try and give that putt on the last a try for 59 and just came up a bit shy.”

Victor Dubuisson of France was third, he had a last round -9 under 63, which gave him a -17 under par total for the tournament.

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DP World Tour Championship. Victor Duibusion Has 54 Hole Lead.

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 Victor Dubuisson has the 54 hole lead at the  DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

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Victor had  a third round -8 under par 64 in the  DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Gold Estates, giving him a one shot lead at -13 under par for the tournament.

Victor said he holed the putts he needed to;

“It’s a great score. It’s my best score to date. 

“I’ve played well, made good putts at the right time. I’m happy to be able to putt it in the hole.”

“It’s just a course I like, it’s long. You have to carry the ball long.”

Second place is shared between Tyrrell Hatton, -5 under 67 today, Nicolas Colsaerts, -6 under 66, and Mathew Fitzpatrick who also carded a third round -6 under par 66, all these guys are at -12 under par.

Nicolas had a big finish, an Eagle at the last hole;

 “A grandstand finish on the last is always nice, but it’s the same scenario again.”

“I go from shooting myself in the foot with a couple of three putts, missing short ones again, and then I play a game that’s probably nine out of ten.”

“So it can be very frustrating, when you get into this position in those big tournaments, it’s kind of maybe a little easier to keep digging in and not really let it away from you.”

Matt was happy with his round;

“I feel like I played really well today, I hung in there and hit some good shots coming in and finished strong. It was a good day.”

Tyrrell was also a happy man, putting well;

“I’m happy with the score. I got off to a fairly inconsistent start. But I putted pretty well again today, and that was the key to today’s score.”

Henrik Stenson might have to work to do to claim the Race to Dubai title, -2 under today leaves him at -5, and T 22.

Turkish Airlines Open. Victor Dubuisson Wins.

 

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Victor Dubuisson wins the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course.

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Victor Dubuisson

Victor won here in 2013, and once again made birdie on the final two holes to win the Turkish Airlines Open. His last round -6 under par 66 giving him a one shot victory at -22 under par. He has been suffering from a lack of confidence, but this win changes everything. He said it was all about the putting;

“It’s so hard because there were so many personal reasons why I didn’t play that much this year.”

“It’s not because I didn’t want to play.”

“I was really counting on this Final Series to give me some confidence back because I completely lost it a few months ago. I was just missing everything.”

“Sometimes you feel like your game is never going to come back and this week I realised that my whole game was here.”

“I love this place. The way I played today was just great, especially after the mistake I made on number five.”

“Then I settled down and it was all about the putting.”

Jaco Van Zyl was going for a wire to wire win, it would have been his first European Tour victory. In the end he had to settle for second place, at -21 under par. A last round -5 under par 67 not quite good enough;

“It was a great battle between the three of us out there today.”

“I thought it was between Kiradech and I when we were going low over the front nine but then Victor played some amazing golf on the back nine and when you do that you deserve to win the tournament.”

Kiradech Aphibarnrat was third, with a -20 under par total, a last round -5 under 67. He too congratulated Victor on his win;

“I have to congratulate Victor. It was a good comeback after struggling.”

“On the fifth hole, he made double on the par three, and then missed a short putt.”

“Then the way he has come back on the back nine to win was strong. Nice playing.”

“The way I’m playing is a good start, on fire, and then in the middle of the game I slowed down a bit and to have one birdie on the back, that’s not good enough to get the job done.”

“You look back at the last three events, I’ve finished all top five and this week another good week. Disappointed at the end but still a great result.”

Rory McIlroy was T6 at -16 under;

“It’s always good to test yourself under pressure and in contention.”

“My game didn’t hold up as well as I wanted it to today. But next week’s another opportunity to get myself into the mix again and see if I can handle it a bit better.”