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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sharp T10 after 3 rounds of Swinging Skirts Taiwan

LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship

Alena Sharp is hanging in there at this Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship with rounds of 75 68 71 -2 good for T10 going into Sunday's final round. Brooke Henderson is improving but is out of contention this week, 74 75 71 +4 T39.

South Korean Eun-Hee Ji will take a 6 shot lead into the final round, so this one is her's to lose with scores of 66 71 69 -10. Lydia Ko is steadily getting her game back after changing her equipment, caddie, swing and management team. She is T2 70 74 68 -4, along with Jenny Shin. Ko's 68 was the low score of the day.

Ji hasn't won since 2009, when she took the U.S. Women's Open title.

Swirling, gusty winds were affecting all the golfers during round 3, scores are soaring except for Ji who has managed to control her ball flight better than anyone else.

Bryan Angus

Thomas back on top at CJ Cup in Korea, Nick Taylor T10

PGA Tour CJ Cup at Nine Bridges leaderboard

With players struggling to figure out the swirling winds and undulating greens, round 3 at this inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges is in the books and Justin Thomas is back on top after rounds of 63,74, 70 -9 along with fellow American Scott Brown 66 70 71.

Nick Taylor continues his fine form, and after scores of  68 72 72 -4 he is T10. Adam Hadwin is T56 75 72 76 +7. Grahan DeLaet withdrew after shooting 80 on Friday.
Taylor went out with 3 birdies in 33 strokes, but came back in 39 after 3 bogeys for his 72.

Scoring is at a premium, pars are good in the unpredictable winds and difficult greens at this resort course on Jeju Island. For example outstanding American rookie Xander Schauffele is +13, after being in contention,  69 82 78 and scorecards are littered with scores at 80 or worse.

After his round Thomas, the PGA Tour Player of the Year, spoke about his frustrations. " I've never seen a course where the wind swirls as much as it does here, it's blowing all over the place which is leading to some shots that fans at home may not understand. TV doesn't show the difficulty of these greens. You have to be here on the course to see how difficult they are"

" I played better today with my 70 than I did on Thursday with 63. I wasn't pleased with the way I handled myself the last 2 days, It's easy at the end of a long season and travel half way around the world to be frustrated and it's easy just to be angry all the time on the course. However today we had a game plan and I patiently stuck to it."

The weather forecast calls for higher winds during the final round.

Bryan Angus

Friday, October 20, 2017

Alena Sharp makes her move at the Swinging Skirts in Taiwan

LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/swinging-skirts-lpga-taiwan-championship/leaderboard

Alena Sharp recovered from her opening 75 with a -4 68 overnight to move 41 spots up the leaderboard to a T14 at -1 at the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship.

The Hamilton native was bogey free for one of her better rounds in recent weeks. Brooke Henderson meanwhile went in the other direction following her opening 74 with a 75 to sit T54 in overcast damp and dreary conditions off the SE coast of China.

The leaders at -7 are a pair of South Koreans, Jenny Shin (67) and Eun-Hee Ji (71)

Bryan Angus

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp at at the Swinging Skirts in Taiwan

LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/swinging-skirts-lpga-taiwan-championship/leaderboard

The LPGA tour continues it's late season run through Asia, this week they are in Taiwan at the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship where the weather has been overcast with rain.

Brooke Henderson didn't have a great opening round, out in 39, back in 35 T34 +2 74, while Alena Sharp was a shot behind 39, 36 T47 +3 75.

The leader is a South Korean, Eun-Hee Ji with a -6 66. She has played all seven Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championships with her best finish a T2 in 2015, where she held the lead after each of the first two rounds, and she had this to say afterwards.

I like Taiwan, and always when I come here, I play great. That’s why I come always. I like all the people here. I like the food here, dumplings.”

Bryan Angus

Nick Taylor T10 at CJ Cup in South Korea, Justin Thomas leads

PGA Tour CJ Cup at Nine Bridges leaderboard https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2018/the-cj-cup-at-nine-bridges/leaderboard.html

The PGA Tour is playing their first regular professional event in South Korea at the tourist resort of Jeju Island which is 15 hours ahead of EST. It's called the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.

Overcast skies and a soft golf course greeted the field and Justin Thomas took full advantage, especially of the par 5's where he had 2 eagles and 2 birdies on his way to a -9 63 to take the first round lead. He is 3 shots clear of 6 players at -6.

There are 3 Canadians who have made the trip, which incidentally took some 30 hours from Florida.

Nick Taylor has posted 6 birdies and 2 bogey's for an opening -4 68 T12, while Graham DeLaet survived a triple bogey 7 at the 11th to shoot -2 70 T30. Adam Hadwin didn't have his best day, T67 +3 75.

In this restricted field, 49 players are currently under par.

Bryan Angus

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Tyrrell Hatton steals Italian Open

European Tour Italian Open final leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017084/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

With a late charge, 5 birdies in his last 7 holes including the clincher from 15 feet at the last, Tyrrell Hatton snatched the Italian Open today with a closing 65 -21 total.

It seemed a two horse race between Kiradech Aphibarnrat (65) and Ross Fisher (63) but the Thai star took a double bogey 6 at the 16th and Fisher could only manage pars on his last 4 holes and at -20 they looked like we'd need a playoff.  However golf's hottest golfer rallied in to win his 2nd consecutive European Tour victory, having won the Alfred Dunhill last week at St Andrews.

So both Aphibarnrat and Fisher ended up -20, (Fisher finished 2nd to Hatton last week as well.) They had to settle for a share of second place, while overnight leader Matt Wallace finished alone in fourth on -19 courtesy of a brilliant chip-in birdie at the 17th.

Francesco Molinari could only manage 2 birdies and his closing 69 left him T6.

Austin Connelly finished T21 at -14 after closing with a solid -6 65.

I must admit I was getting fed up with Hatton this week, he seemed mad at everybody. Having won at St Andrews last week he should have been on top of the world. Instead he was griping and grousing everytime I watched him and before he started his late birdie run, he kept backing off, glaring at the crowd for disturbing him with their phones and cameras.

It's amazing how little the crowd bothers you when you are winning, or playing well. Its time this self absorbed little Englishman grew up and carried himself like he is. A back to back champion. I hope somebody can convince him that 99% of his peers would give their right arms to be able to say that.

Bryan Angus

Molinari struggling, Sunday at Italian Open, Austin Connelly closes with 65.

European Tour Italian Open leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2017/tournamentid=2017084/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

Today has brought ideal weather at this Golf Club Milano and the field are tearing it apart. It's a real horse race at the top.

Austin Connelly shot -6 65 to finish off a brilliant week of golf that was only marred by his back nine on Saturday where he made 3 bogey's on his way to 38. He only made 5 bogey's all week to go with 19 birdies. He has finished at -14 and will get a great paycheck.

As for the leaders, there are 17 players 4 shots or less from the lead. England's Ross Fisher has 7 birdies so far as does Aussie Marcus Fraser and they are on their back nine at -19 playing the 13th.

The leading 8 players today are a combined -37 so far. Thailand's star Kiradech Aphibarnrat opened with 4 straight birdies and has played his front nine in 32 shots to sit -18 so watch for him with 9 holes to play.

England's Matt Wallace is also at -18, but is in the last group.

Crowd favourite Francesco Molinari is stalled at -15 as he plays the 11th so he'd better get hot to defend his title.

More to follow

Bryan Angus