Volvo China Open. Alex Björk Wins Maiden European Tour Title.

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Alex Björk of Sweden wins his maiden European Tour title, the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & Country Club, in China.

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Alex carded a fantastic final round of -7 under par 65 to win his maiden European Tour title, the Volvo China Open, with a -18 under par winning total;

“I felt confident almost all the way. I guess it was meant to be today .”

“It’s tough to describe the emotions, I’m really happy and really proud of myself the way I played today, it’s probably one of the best rounds of golf I ever played, the best round in the situation.”

“I made pretty much no mistakes today, I’m super happy.”

“I’ve been striking the ball so well off the tee and also into the greens all week. It’s been so solid, it’s easy to play a round when the swing is there.”

“It’s the final day and the pressure comes on and I still hit good shots on the way in.”

“I had a really good feeling this morning, I was less nervous than I usually am before a big final round,.”

 Adrian Otaegui, Spain, finished second at -17 under par, a last round -5 under 67 not quite enough, although he missed a short putt on seventeen to bogey the hole when at -17, and drop back to be two behind.

Tied in third at -16 under par were, Jordan Smith, England, with one of the low round of the day at -8 under par 64, Jorge Campillo, Spain, -5 under 67 today, and Matt Wallace of England, who wrecked his chances with a double bogey seven on the par five 4th hole, he fought back well to get back into contention.

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Volvo China Open.Matt is Tied at the Top with Adrian

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Matt Wallace, England, and Adrian Otaegui from Spain are tied at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard after 54 holes at Topwin Golf & Country Club.

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Adrien Otaegui / getty

Matt, -3 under 69 today, and Adrian,-5 under 67 are tied at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with -12 under par totals.

Matt was frustrated by some loose play today;

“Again it was frustrating but I’m playing really good golf so there’s not much else I can do.”

“I’m playing really nicely, I’m hitting it long and straight and if I do that tomorrow I’ll have a few chances at birdie.”

“We’re tied for the lead so I’m pretty happy.”

Adrian played well all day;

“I played well from the beginning to the end.”

“I made a couple of mistakes but was able to make pars.”

“That five birdies in a row helped me a lot. I think I have been very consistent all week, I am striking the ball well and feeling well so I am happy with that.”

Three players are tied in third position at -11 under par, Jorge Campillo, Spain, -4 under 68 today, Alexander Björk, Sweden, -5 under 67 and Julien Guerrier from France who carded -4 under 68 for his third round.

In a very compacted leaderboard there are 18 players within three shots of the lead.

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Volvo China Open. Matt Wallace Alone at the Top.

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Matt Wallace of England is alone at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard after 36 holes at Topwin Golf & Country Club.

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Matt carded a second round -2 under 70 to stay at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard by just one shot with a total of -9 under par.

Matt mentioned the tough conditions today out on the course;

“It was tough all day, the wind picked up in the afternoon.”

“I was two under after eight holes and was just thinking we can get a couple more birdies on the back nine.”

“But the wind just picked up and I could not get it close enough.”

“There were a lot of guys on eight under par this morning and I tried to push on and widen the gap but the weather didn’t really allow me to score. Hopefully the weather will be kind.”

“I am playing nice golf so to be ahead with the tough conditions today is a nice feeling and I am going to bring that over to the weekend.”

A sizzling second round of -6 under 66, which included two bogey’s and a double put Sihwan Kim, USA, in a three-way tie for second place, with Jason Scrivener, Australia, -3 under 69 today, and Nacho Elvira, Spain who signed for second round -5 under par 67.

Nacho was very happy with his round, especially his putting;

“I got off to a very good start with four birdies in a row in the first six holes and then overall it was solid from tee to green and I made a few putts.”

“I think the putting stood out, I put a lot of work into my putting and I’m starting to roll them really well – my speed is much better than the beginning of the season so as a consequence of making better putts, I’m getting better scores.

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Volvo China Open. China’s Jin Daxing Leads.

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China’s Jin Daxing leads the Volvo China Open after the opening round at Topwin Golf & Country Club in Beijing, China.

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Jin Daxing

JIn shot an amazing bogey free first round of -8 under par 64, to lead the Volvo China Open;

“I gave myself full marks today.”

“I played really well today, I’m really happy with my form and I have to say I would give myself 100 marks for today’s round.”

“I’ve been relaxed coming into this week because I don’t have too much expectation but I’ll just keep playing one stroke at a time, one day at a time and see how it goes for me.”

Close behind in second place were Matt Wallace, England, and Nino Bertasio, Italy, with -7 under par 65 first rounds.

Matt is enjoying his first year on the European Tour;

“This is my first full year on Tour, I really like the country and I love the golf course and the weather was perfect today.”

“I drove it well today which was key, setting it up nicely on the fairway so I can get it close on the green.”

“I am swinging it great overall. I have been trying to shorten my swing for a while and that’s been my main swing thought coming into this week which helped massively.”

Nino had an easy putting day;

“It was quite easy to be honest, I just hit them close all day. “

“I had like four tap-ins for birdie and chances all day and I made a couple and here I am. It was stress-free golf.”

“I hope I can keep my irons as sharp as I did today which makes it quite easy because the greens are quite slopey so if you’re far away from the pins it’s quite easy to two-putt.”

“I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.”

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Volvo China Open. Play-Off Win for Alex Levy.

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Alex Levy wins the Volvo China Open in a play-off against Dylan Frittelli, at the Topwin Golf and Country Club, in China.

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Alex Levy, from France became the first player to win the Volvo China Open twice as he defeated Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, with a birdie at the first extra hole, the par five 18th.

Alex had a final round -5 under par 67, while Dylan frittered away his three shot starting advantage carding a sad +2 over par 74, both finishing on -17 under par for the tournament.

Alex wants a home Ryder Cup appearance at Le Golf National in 2018;

“It’s a goal and a dream for me to play the Ryder Cup in France.”

“I will do a lot of work to play the Ryder Cup and I will do my best to be part of the team.”

“That’s an amazing feeling to be back in the winner’s circle.”

“This means a lot because it was the first tournament I won on the European Tour.”

Dylan started poorly, with a three putt on the first hole today, and some bad luck sealed his fate;

“It stings a little bit, I let it go there in the end but I’m still proud of the way I played this week.”

“It’s a great result, seventeen under par on this golf course is nothing to scoff at.”

“A couple of mistakes on the back nine, with two bad breaks.”

“I’m proud of Alex, he played well there to come back. Most people probably thought I had it in the bag with 18 holes to go but he stuck to it and played well there in the play-off.”

Pablo Larrazábal, Spain was in third place at -16 under, a last round of even par 72 a disappointing end to his tournament, missing some important putts, that would have given him victory;

“It’s tough to describe, when they open the door of the tournament so many times, and it was like a theme that I couldn’t get in.”

“Only one birdie until 18,  a putt that I missed for an eagle of nine feet, nothing was getting in, all the good putts were going short and all the opportunities I had for birdie I couldn’t make.”

 

Volvo China Open. Frittelli Flying High.

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Dylan Frittelli, from South Africa is flying high at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard, three shots clear of the field in China.

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Dylan has pulled away from the chasing pack with a third round -8 under par 64 at the Volvo China Open, to give him a -19 under par total, and a three stroke lead going into the final round tomorrow at Topwin Golf & Country Club;

“The players out here are some of the best players in Europe and Asia so it’s tough to beat the other players in the field.”

“The emotions you go through and the feelings you have in competition coming down the stretch, those are all pretty similar whether it’s winning an amateur tournament or a professional tournament.”

“It’s the same type of feelings that you have to deal with, so hopefully I can contend well tomorrow and deal with those emotions.”

“I like to think I would keep the same game plan tomorrow and maybe adjust on the back nine depending on the situation.

“Pablo played great out there today as well,  he’s not going to lie down, he is one of the toughest guys to get into a dog fight with on the European Tour.”

“So I’m definitely going to be wary of him tomorrow.”

Pablo Larrazábal from Spain, holds second place on his own at -16 under par, a third round -2 under par 70 saw him drop back from the leader, a couple of three putts not helping his cause;

“It looks like I’m going to play with Dylan again and if he plays as good as he did today then he is going to be unbeatable.”

At -12 under par in third place is Alex Levy from France, who struggled out on the course today, carding -1 under 71, and is now seven shots off the pace;

“It was a really difficult day, the conditions were very tough.”

“The putts didn’t drop today but it’s nice to be in this position.”

Volvo China Open. Pablo Larrazábal Leads.

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Pablo Larrazábal leads the Volvo China Open at the half-way stage in China.

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Pablo carded a second round -6 under par 66 to lead the Volvo China Open going into the week-end with a tournament total of -14 under par, and a three stroke advantage over the field. Unlike last week Pablo has been putting well here;

“It’s good to have some confidence coming into the week.”

” I feel like I’m just trying to keep up the same stuff I was working on last week, and so far so good.”

“I played probably tee to green the best golf of my career over the weekend in Shenzhen and, believe it or not, I didn’t hole any putts.”

“I shot 11 under par over the last weekend but I didn’t hole as many putts as I wanted to but it looks like these past two days have been the other way around.”

“It’s been a great two days of work, I have been playing good and putting awesome so I am looking forward to the weekend.”

“It’s been a long time since I have been leading a golf tournament and I love it, so hopefully another good 36 holes and we will see what happens.”

Dylan Frittelli, with course record equaling -9 under par 63, and first round leader Alex Levy, who carded -9 under yesterday, but -2 under 70 today,  share second place at -11 par.

Soomin Lee has fourth spot at -10 under, a second round -7 under par giving him that place on his own.