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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Frenchman Gros cuts into Schwartzel's lead at Alfred Dunhill Championship

European Tour Alfred Dunhill Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2015092/leaderboard/index.html?showLeaderboard=Y#bOIaeRCAK0fup7l8.97

When round 3 began this morning, Charl Schwartzel had followed up his opening 66 with a 67 to get to -11 to lead Benjamin Hebert, Joost Luiten, Pablo Martin and Richard Sterne by a commanding five shots.
However that has all changed after European Tour rookie Frenchman Sebastien Gros, who is playing just his second European Tour event after finishing second on The Challenge Tour last season, made nine birdies in his first 16 holes for the week's best -9 63 to move to -10 for the clubhouse lead, currently just one shot behind Schwartzel, the 3 time winner at spectacular Leopard Creek.
Meanwhile defending champion Branden Grace who barely made the cut, moved well up the leaderboard by firing a 66 to get to -6 currently T7.
Schwartzel is on course right now in the 3rd round late wave..
More to follow
Bryan Angus



A lecture from his caddy turns Spieth into a contender at the Emirates Australian Open

Emirates Australian Open leaderboard http://www.ausopengolf.com/scores

They are good friends, mates as they say in Australia, both live and practice together back home in Dallas, Texas and tomorrow they will be in the final pair playing for a lot more that a $100 Nassau.

Jordan Spieth, with a talking to by his caddie of the year Michael Greller after 3 bogey's in his first 4 holes burst into contention with three birdies and a spectacular eagle in his closing seven holes to shoot -4 67 -7 total, just 3 shots behind Aussie, Matt Jones who fired a second consecutive 68, -10 for the lead at his national championship, the Emirates Australian Open.

Jones at 35, only has one win in his pro career, the 2014 Houston Open that placed him at an all time high #41 in the world rankings. Spieth at 22 is of course the world #1, and remember he kicked off his player of the year 2015 season with a final round 63 here last year to get his name on the treasured Stonehaven Cup.

The supporting cast include Rhein Gibson (68) at -5, while Aron Price and first round leader Lincoln Tighe are at -4 after respective 70's.

Geoff Ogilvy is next at -3 (71), with Adam Scott (68), Brett Rumford (69), Darren Clarke (70) and Todd Sinnott (74) being the only others under par at -1 in very windy conditions.

As for the talking to by Greller, Spieth revealed afterwards that after another bogey at the 8th, "Michael did a great of setting the goal for me there,' he said, 'Right, let's get to even par for the day by the time we step on 18 tee box. That way we can shoot under par and move on'.

“He said, 'Enough of this crap. No bad self-talk. Let's hit some greens, you've got some easy holes coming up.That's all I really needed to hear to help turn it around.''

Turn it around he did, highlighted with a holed 8 iron from 170 yards for eagle 2 at 17, then a tap in birdie on 18 to set the stage for later today, Sunday in Australia as Jones tries to join Aussie greats like Greg Norman as their national champion, and his mate Spieth tries to defend.

I'll talk with you then..

Bryan Angus

Friday, November 27, 2015

Schwartzel sets the standard during round 2 of the Alfred Dunhill Championship

European Tour Alfred Dunhill Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2015092/leaderboard/index.html#cF7MBkD8HWvpMls5.97

Former Masters champion and three times the winner here at Leopard Creek, Charl Schwartzel, playing in the early wave in a neon green shirt and snappy dark blue pants and hat, has added a 67 to his opening 66 to set the clubhouse lead at -11.

Adding to his nine European Tour titles he has had two wins and been second twice in the last four years, so seeing his name atop the leaderboard is old news and he told the press he feels he  is swinging it "better than it's ever, ever been"

First round leader after a stunning 64 is Christiaan Basson who is in the late wave today. Playing with his girlfriend as his caddie, and physio, Eddie Pepperell posted the low round of the day so far with a 65. Starting on the 10th he picked up eight shots in nine holes in the middle of his round

There is a large group now finished at -4 led by Thomas Aiken 68 and Ben Evans 69.

The projected cut is E, and Louis Oosthuizen at +4 can blame the par 3 7th if he's not around for the weekend, as he made the dreaded snowman (8) this morning and is +5 on the hole over 2 rounds.

The wind has freshened and is swirling around this beautiful Leopard Creek course making club selection difficult for the afternoon wave.

More to follow

Bryan Angus

Jones leads, Spieth in contention at Australian Open

Emirates Australian Open leaderboard http://www.ausopengolf.com/scores

Matt Jones was born in Sydney, lives in Texas and at 35 has golfed all around the world, but has never won his national championship, but after a -3 68 -7 total he is halfway to etching his name on the Stonehaven Cup.

After two rounds down under he leads by three shots from 23 year old rookie Todd Sinnott 70 -4 total, who takes heart from the achievements of #1 Jordan Spieth who moved into contention to defend his title with -3 68, along with Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts 66, and former champion Geoff Ogilvy 71, all four shots behind Jones.

First round leader Lincoln Tighe slipped to 73 and Web.com Tour player Aron Price 68 are also -3 while PGA Tour pro Rhein Gibson 68 is alone at -2

It looks like the majority of the fans are following Spieth who had it going but spoiled a really great day with two late bogeys for his 68 then had this to say. "I feel like I've still got the best golf yet to be played, that's what's positive, that's what I'm going with.''

Adam Scott needs a big weekend at +2 after today's 73, he is 9 shots behind his countryman Jones.

Bryan Angus

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Spieth, Scott open Emirates Australian Open with even pars

Emirates Australian Open leaderboard http://www.ausopengolf.com/scores

Long hitting Lincoln Tighe has opened the Emirates Australian Open with a brilliant round of -5 66  in the wind to take the lead at the course they call The Australian today.

Tighe is ranked #1022 in the world so this was one of his best tournament rounds in a tough hot wind with temperatures hovering at 40*c. He won NSW PGA Championship last year and plays most of his golf on the Australasian Tour, although he has reached the final stage of the Web.com Tour school in the United States, where he intends to be playing next year.
The Australian played incredibly tough with a strong north-westerly that had the scoring average well above 74 and only one hole averaged under par, the par-five 14th which played downwind.
Hometown man Matt Jones who is a member here, is his closest challenger after a -4 67 in the tougher afternoon conditions while Geoff Ogilvy, Todd Sinnott and Taiwanese amateur Chun-An Yun are a further shot back at -3 68.
Ogilvy played alongside world #1 and defending champion Jordan Spieth who opened with a steady if unspectacular E 71, while the other headliner Adam Scott, now #12 in the world, started his day with a birdie at the first, but faltered with double bogeys at the seventh and ninth to also shoot 71.

Bryan Angus


2016 Race to Dubai underway at stunning Leopard Creek CC, RSA..

European Tour Alfred Dunhill Championship leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2015092/leaderboard/index.html#Ah71wdDfOJ8mlMKE.97

The Leopard Creek CC is arguably one of the most stunning settings in golf. Situated near the town of Malalane the course and it's housing estate are separated by an electrified fence and a river from magnificent Kruger National Park, with the entire spectrum of wildlife, elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, eagles, springboks and of course leopards on full view from many of the golf course vantage points. Louis Oosthuizen was saying that the park is very dry this year, so big game sighting is even better because the bush is not as thick as usual.

It is here that the 2016 Race to Dubai gets underway in conjunction with the Sunshine Tour every year, with a strong fields of South Africans led by Presidents Cup partners Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace, along with Masters champion Charles Schwartzel and a sprinkling of European Tour regulars looking  to get their seasons off to a lucrative start. Many of these top players have been away from South Africa for 9 months, so it is always a joy for them to return.

The weather today is simply stunning, big blue skies, a hot wind, lush jungle vegetation, mountains a valley, it is overwhelming.

28 year old Christiaan Basson who has the clubhouse lead with a very solid -8 64. He is a four-time Sunshine Tour winner and has a three-shot lead over Matt Ford, Mark Williams and Jeff Inglis

More to follow

Bryan Angus

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kevin Kisner a winner..at last !

PGA Tour RSM Classic final leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-rsm-classic/leaderboard.html

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For those of you who have been asking if Kevin Kisner, certainly one of the most consistent players in the game in 2015, would ever win the answer happily is "Yes !"

He lost in playoffs most recently in Shanghai at the WGC HSBC, but also earlier at Hilton Head, Sawgrass and the Greenbrier. However yesterday he capped of another great week's play, going one better for the win and for once it wasn't even close, after a masterful  -6 64, good by six shots over Kevin Chappell with a tournament record -22, incidently making him the 6th first time winner of this 2016 season.

Afterwards he stated the obvious "I’ve just been playing so well all year. I knew one day it was going to happen when I was going to make all the putts. I did it on the front nine" (he shot 30)

As for the race for 2nd place, Chappell shot 67 to grab that spot with last week's winner
Graeme McDowell closing with a 67 for 3rd.
There was a very nice story reported by Doug Ferguson of AP, one of our great writers, for one of golf's world travellers and nice guys, Sweden's Freddie Jacobson. Last year his young boy had to go through open-heart surgery and that's the reason we never saw Freddie for the last part of the year.
The tour gave him a major medical extension with a goal of earning over $326,000 to keep his card.
He shot 67 to finish 5th and that cheque for $228,00, makes his tally $356,000 good enough to secure his playing rights for 2016.
It was another solid week for David Hearn with scores of 64 72 67 69 T9 -10. Adam Svensson who Monday qualified and Austin Connelly both missed the cut.
Bryan Angus
He shot 67 to finish 5th and that cheque for $228,00, makes his tally $356,000 good enough to secure his playing rights for 2016.