British Masters. Matt Makes It His Title.

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Matt Fitzpatrick makes the British Masters title his at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Matt had a final round -3 under par 68 to win the British Masters with a -15 under par total, and a two shot winning margin from the chasing pack. This is his maiden European Tour win, a great day that he will remember forever;

“It’s not going to sink in for a long time, I know that.”

“It was a long day and I didn’t really know what I had to do to win but I just sort of ground it out and managed to win. A great day”

“The fans have just been incredible to me and unbelievably supportive and I can’t tell everyone how appreciative I am of that.”

“Walking down every hole it’s, ‘Come on Matt’ and it’s amazing to have that support.”

Tied in second place at -13 under par were Søren Kjeldsen, and Fabrizio Zanotti, both -2 under today, and Shane Lowry who climbed up the leaderboard with-4 under 67.

Søren had his chances dashed when he three-putted on the par five 15th, and followed that with a bogey on the 16th.

Shane dropped a shot on the 219 yard par three 14th, while Fabrizio carded back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14.

Luke Donald finished in a four-way tie for fifth at -11 under par, along with Kiradech AphibarnratMike Lorenzo-Vera and Marcus Fraser.

Oliver Fisher and Tommy Fleetwood both carded last rounds of -6 under par 65, sharing ninth position with a whole bunch of players.

Graeme McDowell had a remarkable last round, shooting +1 over par 72 , which included an Eagle, four birdies, four bogeys and a triple bogey.

Tournament host Ian Poulter also had a final round +1 over 72 and finished way down the pack. I wonder if the responsibility of hosting left him unable to concentrate on his golf.

British Masters. Kiradech Joins Matt at the top.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat joins Matt Fitzpatrick at the top of the British Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Matt Fitzpatrick at Woburn Golf Club.

Kiradech put together a -4 under par 67 to join Matt at the top of the British Open leaderboard, both on -12 under par for the competition, Matt was -3 under 68 today.

Kiradech is looking forward to tomorrow, and is happy with his putting;

“Today didn’t have any particularly good shots, driving and hitting is good. 

“I made a lot of putts on the front nine but the iron play wasn’t as sharp as the first two rounds.”

“At the 17th and 16th they were very difficult putts and I couldn’t make them but I just look forward to playing tomorrow.”

“I’ll just continue to play my own game and concentrate on the gameplan and give myself the opportunity to putt and keep it in the fairways.”

“If you keep the ball in play you have a chance to finish low.”

Søren Kjeldsen, -2 under 69 and  Fabrizio Zanotti with a -5 under 66 share second place at -11 under par.

Making a welcome return to the upper reaches of the leaderboard is Luke Donald, he is tied in fifth position with Shane Lowry, Romain Wattel and Richard Bland, all just three shots off the pace at -9 under par.

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Luke carded the low round of the day, -6 under par 65, to put himself in a great position to have a go at wining the title;

“I have got myself in a great position and I would love to go out there tomorrow and shoot another round like that, which might be good enough.”

“It’s always nice to play in front of great crowds like this week. I would just like to win any tournament to be honest, but it would be a little more special in the UK.”

“It’s been a bit of a dry spell for me and I would love to get back in that winners’ circle.”

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.