BMW PGA Championship. Lucas Bjerregaard With Wentworth Lead.

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Lucas Bjerregaard of  Denmark delights with the Wentworth lead at the BMW PGA Championship.

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Lucas shot 1 1st round -7 under par 65 to top the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard at Wentworth Golf Club in England;

“I’ve not had much success around this place but played lovely today.”

“I hit it pretty well off the tee. I hit a couple of loose shots in the end but managed to get up and down a couple of times, all in all I didn’t do much wrong.”

“It’s quite important to hit it straight and I felt like I did that. I put myself in a lot of good spots and left myself with a few short irons and took advantage of that.”

“I’m just pleased that my form from the last few weeks seems to continue and hopefully I can keep doing some of the same stuff the rest of the week.”

Sharing second place at -6 under after rounds of 66 are  Dean Burmester and Darren Fichardt of South Africa.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, is tied in third place at -5 under with Richard Bland, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Sam Horsfield, all from England,  cheered on by a huge crowd of 20,000 local spectators to card opening rounds of 67.

Rory was happy with his good start, and said he is heading in the right direction;

“I played well, I played a lot better today than I have done the last couple of weeks so it’s a good step in the right direction.”

“I think I did everything pretty well. I drove the ball much better and put the ball in play off the tee a lot more than I’ve done the last couple of weeks, so that’s been really good.”

“I thought I gave myself a lot of chances and I took most of them. A little frustrated I couldn’t get a birdie or two out of the last couple of holes but, overall, a really good start.”

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BMW PGA Championship. Andrew Dodt Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Andrew Dodt, of Australia has the 54 hole lead in the BMW PGA Championship on a windy West Course at Wentworth, in England.

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Andrew carded -4 under par 68  in the third round,to take the lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, with a -8 under par total.

He mentioned in the windy conditions in interview;

“It was a different wind direction to the first two days.”

“It was pretty tricky, the first 12 holes were really tough with the greens firm.”

Branden Grace, South Africa, who earlier in the competition had received a controversial free drop lies in second place at -7 under par, compiling -2 under par 70 today.

Francesco Molinari, Italy, +2 over 74 today, and Lee Westwood, England, with an even par round of 72 today, share third place at -5 under par.

The Olympic Champion Justin Rose, who yesterday made an Eagle at the last to make the cut, carded -2 under 70 in his third round and is now at even par for the tournament. If the wind continues to blow tomorrow he could have a chance if he can produce an early low round and set a reasonable clubhouse target.

BMW PGA Championship. Molinari, Jamieson and Pieters Lead.

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Francesco Molinari, Italy, Scott Jamieson, Scotland and Thomas Pieters, Belgium share the 36 hole lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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Thomas, -3 under 69 today, Francesco, -2 under 70, and Scott, also -2 under 70 today, all share the top spot of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard with -7 under par totals after 36 holes at Wentworth.

Thomas said his putter did not work so well today, but he was happy with the outcome;

“I hit a lot more greens today. Didn’t make as many putts as yesterday but that’s always going to happen.”

“So I’m quite happy about today.”

Scott summed up what a win here would mean for him;

“I’m delighted, especially with the way it started.”

“I’m not in any of the majors this year so this is as big as it gets. This is the pinnacle of my season.”

“It’s huge, it’s our flagship event. It would start opening up doors that have been closed for a few years. You want to challenge yourself against the world’s best and we don’t get to do that every week, but we do this week.”

Alone in fourth place is Maximilian Kieffer, of Germany, who carded the low round of the day, -4 under 68, he is just one back at -6 under par for the tournament.

 

BMW PGA Championship. Johan Carlson Leads.

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Johan Carlson, from Sweden, leads the BMW PGA Championship after the first round at Wentworth.

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Johan shot a first round -6 under par 66, which included two bogeys, to lead the BMW PGA Championship by one shot, with some good putting;

“I feel like I’ve been working hard on my swing.”

“Obviously this week is a big week and I’ve always had that goal in mind that this is going to be a tournament to get it around no matter what.”

“I didn’t try to hit any super fancy shots. I just played with what I had, and I think that was the key to success.”

“I putted really well today. I made a lot of good putts.”

“You’ve got to hit a few good shots as well. So obviously everything in my game felt solid. It has to be when you shoot 6-under-par on this golf course.”

Sharing  second place at -5 under par 67 are . Scott Jamieson, Scotland, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, and Francesco Molinari of Italy.

 

The Rocco Forte Open. Alvaro Quiros Has Play-Off Win

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain,  has play-off win at The Rocco Forte Open, against Zander Lombard, South Africa, in Sicily.

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Alvaro struggled in the final round of The Rocco Forte Open, carding +2 over par 73, while Zander came up the leaderboard with a -3 under par 68, to level the scores after 72 holes at -14 under par.

Alvaro won at the second extra hole, with a par at the par five 18th, when Zander made bogey;

“I’m very happy, obviously it shouldn’t be like that but at the end it’s a victory and that’s the most important thing.”

“It’s been a little bit of a mess.The game wasn’t that bad.”

“Just the last few holes I started to struggle with the wind left to right and he was playing nice.”

“I didn’t have an idea how many shots I was leading by, what I knew on 18 is I have to make a putt to halve with Zander.”

“It’s a victory, it means a lot of things. Unfortunately I didn’t really like how I ended the round. It should never have been that far.”

Zander consoled himself with qualifying for a start at Wentworth;

“I’m very happy with how I kept myself in contention and all the best for Alvaro. He’s a great champion, he’s won in the past and it’s nice to see him win again.”

 “It’s a good consolation prize to get into Wentworth. I suppose winning isn’t everything but I can’t complain.”

Li Haotong, from China, was in third position, an Albatross at the par five 569 yard 12th hole easing him into third position on his own.

Li spoke about his amazing Albatross;

” It was the second shot, five iron, I just wanted to get it on the green and two-putt and make an easy birdie.”

“After I hit it I saw some clapping on the green and thought it was probably pretty close or something and when I walked to there I couldn’t believe it was in.”

U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell to Retire from Golf.

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Kiwi and Maori Michael Campbell, who most famously held Tiger Woods at bay to win the 2005 U.S. Open, at Pinehurst, has decided to retire from professional golf at the age of 46 citing that he has lost the motivational spirit to play golf.

Michael followed his Major victory with a tie for fifth at The Open and also a tie for sixth at the PGA Championship in that same year.

He won 15 tournaments over his professional career, spending most of his time on the European Tour, but his last victory came at the World Match Play Championship, at Wentworth, just a few months after his Pinehurst triumph.

Listening to him speak he still seems a bit unsure if he should walk away;

“All of my friends who are the same age as me are still out there competing and doing well.”

“It makes you wonder maybe I should go back and play but right now I have got no motivation to play.”

“I have played golf for almost 40 years and that is a long time. I have played professionally for 20 years and that is a long time.”

“I have no complaints to walk away from the game that has given me such a wonderful life but it’s been a very hard decision.”

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BMW PGA Championship. Rory’s Great Win

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Rory’s great win at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth proves that he is back in form.

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Rory came from seven shots back to win by one stroke in a remarkable round at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. He carded a -6 under par 66 final round, only taking the outright lead for the first time with a birdie on the 71st hole and then made another birdie on the last to finish the tournament at -14 under par.

Rory spoke of his time in the wilderness and how good it feels to win again on the European Tour;

“It’s been 18 months since I won on The European Tour and to win the flagship event, I could not have asked for any more.I knew coming in here I was playing well. I struggled a little on Friday but played great over the weekend. I was a little fortunate that some of the guys ahead of me made mistakes and I took advantage of it.”

“My caddie JP Fitzgerald set me the target of 15 under today. I didn’t quite get there but 14 under was enough. I really wanted to win before going into the second Major of the season (the US Open from June 12-15) and I could not have asked for a better way to prepare.”

“It’s been a great day, going out seven behind I did not really expect to be in this position. Thomas was playing very well and I thought I would need something really spectacular to catch him but walking off the 11th tee I saw I was only two behind and thought I had a chance.”

Shane Lowery took second place at -13 under par, making it an all Ireland affair, he shot a last round -4 under par 68 for a decent result for him. He actually felt unlucky not to win;

“I feel very unlucky. I know I hit a poor tee shot on 13 but found myself in probably the only bush like that on the course and was struggling from there. But to hole the birdie putt on the last and to finish second on my own is really nice.”

Luke Donald and Thomas Björn finished tied in third position, both coming up a little short on the closing holes, ending with scores of -12 under par.

 Thomas had led this tournament for most of the time but sadly took two attempts to get out of a fairway bunker and then finding more sand with his fourth shot. Luke ran up a double bogey at the 6th hole, which really scuppered his chances;

“Obviously I would love to take that sixth hole back today, as would Thomas, but I was proud of the way I came back and fought back after that to be five under for the last 12.”

“I gave it a shot at the last but came up about a couple feet short, but I’m happy for Rory. We all know what he’s been going through and sometimes making those tough decisions maybe takes a weight off your mind in a way and he can engulf himself in the golf.”

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