British Masters. Søren Kjeldsen Joins Matt Fitzpatrick at the Top.

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Søren Kjeldsen joins Matt Fitzpatrick at the top of the British Masters leaderboard at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Søren fired a second round -3 under par 68 to join overnight leader Matt at the top of the British Masters leaderboard at -9 under par, after 36 holes of the competition. Matt carded -2 under 69.

Søren loves to play golf, especially when the game is good, but he did struggle with the putter early on;

 “When you play nicely you just want to keep going. I’ve always enjoyed playing a lot.”

“I know a lot of guys take a lot of time off but I love the competition, I love to be out there, I feel that’s why I improve so I’ve always had the strategy of playing a lot.”

“I got off to a little bit of a slow start, I played pretty well but I didn’t make the putts.”

“Then I three-putted 16, got it back nicely on 17 and then again – nice birdie on one, bad bogey on two, and then I hit a bad second shot on three into the bunker.”

“I focus a lot on the sound when the club hits the sand and straight away I felt like it had a lovely sound to the shot and I just managed to get up on the hill and see it disappear. Nice feeling.”

Matt said his game was not so good today, and he was pleased to still be at the top of the leaderboard. He chipped in at the third;

“I thought about putting it at first but the rough was a little bit too thick to start with so I just needed to get it out of that and literally just trickle it over the hill and hopefully it was going to go close, luckily it went in.”

“It was pretty tough out there today for me.”

“I didn’t feel like I hit it my best so it was nice to score well coming in and shoot 69 to stay at the top of the leaderboard which is always nice.”

Richard Bland and Kiradech Aphibarnrat share third place, just one shot back at -8 under par, both players repeated yesterdays score of -4 under par 67.

Shane Lowry, Robert Karlsson and Bradley Dredge are all tied in fifth place with -7 under par.

Shane reported he could have done better, he could only manage -2 under 69 today, which included a bogey, and a three putt;

“I’m pretty happy, the two par fives on the back nine, I had two little pitches and didn’t make birdie which was a bit annoying and I had a bad three-putt on the par three where I made bogey.”

“I could have been a few shots better but I’m in a good position going into the weekend and looking forward to it.”

Best round of the day went to Robert Rock,  -6 under 65, and T13, while tournament host Ian Poulter must be finding hosting hard work, he carded -1 under 71, to be back at -4 under par for the tournament.


British Masters. Matt Fitzpatrick Leads

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Matt Fitzpatrick leads the British Masters tournament after the first round round at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Matt carded a first round -7 under par 64 to lead the British Masters, a tournament supported by Sky Sports. He was obviously very happy with the outcome;

“It doesn’t get better than that. This is the first day and the crowds have been absolutely fantastic.”

“Tee to green, it is pretty tough you if you don’t hit in the fairway.” 

“The rough isn’t deep but it’s quite wet so it clings to the face and it’s difficult to get it the normal distance of your irons. It’s a test all round but tee to green it’s been tough.”

“It was a tough start. I missed quite a few cuts in a row at the start of the year, even though I felt I was playing all right.”

“Now I’ve been playing decent and getting the right results that I’ve been looking for.

“I’ve been getting so much experience just week-to-week learning more about myself, tournaments everything and that’s been the biggest thing.”

There are four players tied in second place at -6 under par after their opening rounds of 65, Robert KarlssonMarc Warren, Søren Kjeldsen and Lee Slattery.

Ian Poulter is hosting this week’s tournament,  at the club he’s represented since 2002, he was worried that something would go wrong;

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“I didn’t know what to expect coming into the week, this is a first.”

“I’ve got big responsibilities, lots of things to do, lots of commitments. You have to manage those, but you can have a buzz on that first tee because you’ve spent a bit of time. You care about it.”

“I haven’t had that feeling in a long time, it was literally two minutes before teeing off.”

“It’s just like, all right, okay, just an easy 3-wood up the middle. I’ve really got to concentrate now because I need to. The fairway just shrinks a lot and that’s good. It makes you focus. It’s nice to have that feeling, especially on a Thursday.”

“All in all, 3 under par is a decent start, especially with a couple of putts that felt like they were dropping and edged out.”

 “A little lapse of concentration just as I was settling into the round of golf was a shame. Apart from that, a couple of shots and all of a sudden it’s a different round of golf.”

Ricoh British Womens Open at Royal Liverpool, Round 1


Haeji Kang and So Yeon Ryu of  South Korea sit at the top of the Ricoh British Womens Open at Royal Liverpool, with opening rounds of -2 under par 70.

In a packed leaderboard there are nine players at -1 under par, among those are  Jiyai Shin, last weeks winner of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship, Karrie Webb, Stacy Keating and Vicky Hurst.

The Worlds number one Amateur 15 year-old Lydia Ko finished with a round of even par, and is very handily placed, there are 17 players on even par at the conclusion of play on day one. Another teenager up with the leaders is sixteen year-old Charley Hull, of England, with a  1-under 71 in the opening round of the $2.5 million Ricoh Women’s Open. Charley has Ian Poulter as one of her mentors, they are members of the Woburn Golf Club. Charley has never met Lydia but has certainly heard of her. She is impressed by what the Kiwi has done, but she reminded everyone not to focus solely on her younger peer.

” There’s a lot more to come from me.”

Charley Hull fired a 1-under 71 in the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

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Lydia will fave a big test in the second round, She tees off at 11.40am, and with winds expected to approach 50 miles per hour, the young Kiwi could well face the toughest of the conditions. Her daunting task will be to limit the damage tomorrow and give herself a chance to make the cut and contest the trophy at the weekend.