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.

Volvo China Open. Alex Levy Leads

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Alex Levy, from France, leads the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club in China.

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Alex kept his recent good form going, carding a bogey free -9 under par 63 to lead the first round of the Volvo China Open.

Alex said he played great golf with 18 greens in regulation today, combined with some good putting;

“I played great, I hit 18 greens today and had some good putts for birdie, two or three long putts that helped but I played well last week and I am enjoying being back here and at this golf course.”

“I like the golf courses in China, the last one and this one, but the golf is different day after day and I will try my best this week to do like what I did today.”

Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, is just one shot back in second spot at -8 under par, shooting 64 with his opening round, he had a conscious effort to two putt today;

“I am very happy , you know one of those solid rounds.”

“I tried to two-putt and I made one putt so that was a bonus.”

“I was happy with two putts and it’s one of those bonuses that a good day in the office gives you.”
Peter Hanson, Sweden and James Morrison, from England, both share third place at -5 under, after their first rounds of 67.

 

Volvo China Open. Home Town Boy Li Haotong Wins

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Home town boy Li Haotong wins the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing, his maiden European Tour win.

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CHN Home town boy Li Haotong won the Volvo China Open with a marvelous bogey free final round -8 under par 64, sharing the low round of the day, for a tournament total of -22 under par, and a convincing three shot victory.

Haotong was very happy to be holding the trophy, especially as he listened to his caddy on the final hole;

“I just tried to relax myself and I’m really really happy to hold the trophy here.”

“The start of this year has given me a lot of hard times, even though I worked hard I still played badly, especially last week. I worked hard there and couldn’t control my ball.”

“When I had my tee-shot, I walked to my second shot there and I was thinking I need to go hybrid to get to the front edge to give me an easy chip to there but my caddy said, Haotong, you’re already three shots in the lead, you’ve just got to lay up and make par to win”

CHI Felipe Aguila claimed second place, three shots off the pace at -19 under par, a last round -3 under par 69 not good enough to put in a serious challenge for the title.

Sharing third place were ENG Richard Bland, -6 under par 66 today,  GER Marcel Siem, also -6 under par 66, and DEN Lucas Bjerregaard, -2 under 70 on the day, they all finished with -18 under par totals.

Peter Hanson, -5 under 67 today, Scott Hend, -8 under 64, and Richie Ramsay, -6 under 66,  were next in line  at -17 under par.

Volvo China Open. Two at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard, Lucas Bjerregaard, from Denmark and  Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, at the Topwin Golf and Country Club.

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Bogey free third round from  DEN Lucas of -7 under par 65, saw him  join CHI Felipe, -5 under 67 today, at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with -16 under totals.

Lucas has been adjusting to a new swing, and eventually it seems to be paying off, good putting helps;

“I had a couple of good runs at the end of last year so I’ll try and use all the experience I got there and try and go out and finish it off tomorrow.”

“I played nicely today and got things going a little bit on three there, holed a six iron from 160 metres but other than that the front nine was pretty quiet.”

“I hit some good shots on the back nine and making some putts as well, then I thinned my chip shot over the green on 17 and then made the putt from there so all in all a very good day.”

Felipe on the other hand has been struggling with his putting, even borrowing a putter from Fabrizio Zanotti;

“My putting is my weakest part of my golf game, it’s been very poor for the last six months and I switched putter this week and that was thanks to Fabrizio Zanotti.”

“I went in his bag and took his putter. He was kind enough to let me use it and I think that’s been the biggest difference, that I’ve made some putts that I really needed to make.”

“You have so many players out here who can shoot a low score and tomorrow somebody who wins is going to have to shoot a low score.”

“Hopefully it will be me.”

BEL Nicolas Colsaerts, bogey free -7 under 65 today, home favourite CHN Li Haotong, -6 under 66, ENG Tyrrell Hatton, -5 under 67 and SWE Alex Noren, -4  under 68, all share third place at -14 under par for the tournament. As you can see it is a very international leaderboard, and it is also a very close contest, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top tomorrow.

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Volvo China Open. 2nd Round Suspended, Felipe Aguilar Has Lead.

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Felipe Aguilar, from Chile, leads the Volvo China Open as second round play was suspended due to the threat of lightning.

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Felipe carded a completed second round -7 under par 65 to top the Volvo China Open as play was suspended at Topwin Golf and Country Club, with a 36 hole total of -11 under par, in Beijing.

Felipe had missed six straight cuts, before getting to week-end play last week. He admitted his body has been feeling the strain after taking part in an Ironman triathlon over the winter period, his doctors had warned him of how long it would take to recover from the exertions of competing in that event. Even his putting was poor;

“I played quite consistently throughout my first two rounds so I’m quite happy. It’s been a tough start to the year so hopefully this will be a turnaround for me”

“I was pretty unstable at the start of the year, I missed several cuts by one or two shots and I wasn’t putting very well, missing shots that I usually don’t.”

“I guess now I believe my doctors when they said I would struggle to recover my fitness from doing an Ironman competition.”

“They said I would struggle for about two months afterwards and I actually did because it’s such fine margins in this sport.”

“I haven’t done much exercise in recuperating my body, but I have been doing a lot of work lately so hopefully this will do it.”

“I played quite solid today, I don’t think I missed one green.”

Alex Noren, from Sweden, a bogey free -5 under 67 today, and Bernd Wiesberger from Austria, -3 under 69, share second place at -10 under par, just one shot back of the leader.

Alex is happy to be back in contention;

“It’s always good when you’ve won before and it’s really nice to be up there. It was a while ago before Valderrama since I’ve been up there so it’s a nice feeling.”

“I’m hitting it nicely, I haven’t even hit a draw yet but the fade is working.”

First round leader Hennie Otto, is T4 at -9 under par, with four holes left to play. Another player at T4, Taehoon Kim recorded the second hole in one in this competition, from 177 yards with a seven iron on the par three 13th, adding to the seven birdies and a bogey in his finished round of -8 under par 64. Unfortunately there was no Volvo car for Taehoon.