Friday, November 24, 2017

Jason Day now just one behind leader

Lucas Herbert in Aussie Open

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.
Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)
What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer.
Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. T
The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honours in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.
Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his play-off victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.
Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.
Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.


Link to Australian Open Friday scores



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Great success for Craig Lawrie in Portugal.  Clearly the demands of the North-east Alliance honing his skills.  Let’s hope for ongoing success.
Alan Gall
Deeside GC


Garcia and Rose command huge appearance
fees at this time of the year

It’s “fill your wheelbarrow” time on the European Tour, when Europe’s stars pick up appearance fees to help them fill the Christmas stockings of those they love.
That’s probably the reason Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose are in this week’s $2 million UBS Hong Kong Open. They’re rumoured to be on $1.5 million each. Rumored because figures are never publicised, but that was the word at last week’s DP World Tour Championship.
(I’ll happily set the record straight if anyone from UBS, Rose or Garcia’s camp supplies accurate figures.)
Great for sponsors UBS to grab two of Europe’s biggest stars. However, perhaps not good for Europe’s lucrative Rolex Series, eight events worth a minimum $7 million. 
For the record, Rose opened in Hong Kong with a 2-under-par 68, the same score as Tommy Fleetwood, the man who pipped him for the 2017 European No. 1 title. They’re three shots behind India’ S.S.P. Chowrasia, who shot an opening 5-under-par 65. Garcia returned a 1-under 69.
Garcia plays in next week’s Australian PGA Championship for probably a similar appearance fee. Three million bucks for two tournaments before hitting a shot is good money if you can get it. 
Garcia didn’t play the two Rolex Series events leading up to last week’s DP World event. Indeed, he only played two all year. He also played the Italian Open. Rose played four of the eight. 
You can see why other sponsors who’ve bought into the Rolex Series might be second guessing themselves. Why stump $7 million if the stars aren’t going to play?
Take the Nedbank Golf challenge in South Africa the week before the DP World. It had a prize fund of $7.5 million yet only featured three Europeans in the world top 20 – Fleetwood, Alex Noren and Tyrrell Hatton. 
Someone at Nedbank has surely realized they might have been better to offer a $3 million purse and pay appearance fees to a couple of big stars, as UBS has done. As HSBC does every year in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
You can’t blame Garcia and Rose for cashing in, but it might not be great news for the European Tour trying to attract new sponsors to join the Rolex series.


Craig Lawrie wins Portugal Tour's Palmares 

Classic with a pair of 66s

Craig Lawrie has scored the best win so far in his pro golf career with a 12-under-par total of 132 to head a field of 81 players in the Palmares Classic, the opening event of the Portugal Pro Tour's Winter Series.
Craig, 22-year-old son of Paul Lawrie and playing out of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, shot a pair of six-under-par 66s. He was in fourth place overnight.
Paul Lawrie tweeted: "I'm so pleased and proud of my boy."
Craig, pictured right flanked by two Portugal Pro Golf Tour officials,  struck the front early in the final round by birdieing the first four holes and reached the turn in 32. More birdies followed at ther 10th, 13h and 16th. Craig's only bogey came at the 17th.
His victory is worth 2,000 euros (£1,773.50). His previous wins as a pro have been on the North-east Alliance circuit.
He won by one stroke from three players: Englishman David Dixon (69-64), Welshman Rhys Enoch (66-67) and Sweden's Felix Aberg (65-68).
Cousin Sean Lawrie shot 71-70 for joint 22nd place on 141 with compatriot Jay Taylor. Only the first 15 final totals earned prizemoney. 
Alan Welsh (Cathkin Braes) also missed out on the money although he was the next best Scot after Craig Lawrie. Alan shot a pair of 70s for 140 and a T17 finish. He had five birdies but bogeyed three short holes.
Young Portlethen amateur Ben Murray did well to return steady scores of 72 and 71 for 143 and a share of 33rd place.
Clubmate Kamran Zeynalov scored 74-73 for 147.
Sam Kiloh (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) had rounds of 74 and 76 for 150.

par 144 (2x72)
132 Craig Lawrie (Sco) 66 66.
133 David Dixon (Eng) 69 64, Rhys Enoch (Wales) 66 67, Felix Aberg (Swe) 65 68.
134 Hugo Santos (Por) 64 70.
135 Michael Watson (Eng) 67 68, Joe Kelly (Eng) 67 68.

140 Alan Welsh (Sco) 70 70 (T17)
141 Sean Lawrie (Sco) 71 70, Jay Taylor (Sco) 71 70 (T22)
143 Ben Murray (Sco) (am) 72 71 (T33)
146 Chris Maclean (Sco) 71 75 (T44)
147 Kamran Zeynalov (Sco) 74 73 (T49).
150 Sam Kiloh (Sco) 74 76 (T58)
152 Ben Craggs (Sco) 81 71, Michael Stokes (Sco) 77 75 (T63)



Davis outshines big names in Australian Open first round with an eight-under 63

As a superstar amateur Cameron Davis was touted as one of the great bright hopes for the next generation of Australian golf.
Cameron DavisHe turned Professional at the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open and since then has been plying his trade on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada before coming home for the Aussie summer of golf.
Today at The Australian golf course, Davis showed his prodigious talent by firing an 8-under 63 to lead the Emirates Australian Open after day one.
The secret to his round was course knowledge; Davis won the Australian Amateur on this layout in 2015.
“I knew the golf course well, I didn’t have to think too hard around my practice round, so I felt like I had a good chance this week,” said Davis.
“I played here like eight times in five days, so I got to know it pretty well.  I saw some places I probably shouldn’t have, but yeah, it’s nice to play it that many times and be able to come back and see not too much has changed.  It’s very familiar out here.”
His round was highlighted by four consecutive birdies starting at the 5th hole and topped off by a chip in on the 7th followed by a chance to hole out again on the 8th.
“I had a good run there. Probably that one on 8 shouldn’t have gone in because it was too far away.  A back-to-back chip in would have been a bit rude,” added Davis.
“The first eight holes everything was looking like it was going in, even from off the green, which was nice.”
Another young Aussie, Taylor Macdonald (25) also enjoyed his opening round at The Australian firing 6-under 65.
“It was great. I felt really comfy after playing a couple (Australian Open tournaments) in my life. The nerves weren’t there this morning and I was striking it well, I’m pumped,” said Macdonald.
Meanwhile tournament drawcard and World Number 12 Jason Day thrilled the crowds producing eight birdies on his way to shooting 5-under 66.
“It was exciting to play. The crowds were terrific out there.  Our whole group played well and it’s really nice to be able to kind of feed off each other,” said Day, who played with Geoff Ogilvy (2-under 69) and Rod Pampling (3-under 68).
“I felt like I played some pretty solid golf out there.  I didn’t miss many fairways and I didn’t miss many greens. I think the biggest thing for me is to just try and play the way I’ve been playing but hole more putts.
“That’s the hardest thing that I’ve been trying to get across the line is really capitalising on the opportunities that I’ve had.
“I just need to somehow turn those good solid par holes into a great birdie hole.
Playing on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for the first time since 2013, Day loved having the support of a home crowd.
“It’s been four years since I’ve been here, so I think I owe it to everyone that wants an autograph or wants a picture, to be able to stop and give it to them,” added Day.
“They were very supportive of not only me, but the whole group, they’re great fans and to be able to hopefully make someone’s day is nice.”
After the first round Day is tied third alongside South Australian Nick Cullen who has spent the year playing on the European Challenge Tour and New South Welshman Alex Edge who birdied the last to see his name on the leaderboard alongside Australia’s highest ranked golfer in the world.
It was a mixed day on course for defending champion Jordan Spieth but he was happy to end the day with a birdie on the 18th to shoot 1-under the card.
“I made, I think five bogeys today, which to shoot under par with that, that’s really good,” said Spieth, who proved that even the World Number 2 can get nervous on the first tee.
“This was actually the longest I’ve had in between tournaments since maybe college; even last year was a week less, so I was a little anxious to get started.
“I kind of had the nerves to begin and my short game was a bit rusty and then started to pick it up and played pretty well from there.
While he sits seven shots off the leading pace, Spieth is unperturbed as he looks for a low round in the morning conditions tomorrow.
“My goal is to shoot three or four (under par) per round, so I’ve got to make up a couple,” added Spieth.
“It’s going to play pretty similar tomorrow as to today, this golf course is going to bake out on the weekend, you’ll see scores back up on this course because the wind always blows and the greens firm up.
“I’m not anxious about the finish of this tournament yet, I’ll just have to kind of stay focused on the goals that I’ve set.”
The highlight of the day belongs to New Zealander Brad Shilton who had a hole-in-one on the 172m par-3 11th hole, his second hole of the day.
Using his 5 iron, Shilton scored the ace which earned him a Rose Gold, TAG Heuer, Carrera Calibre Heuer 01, timepiece valued at $16,300.




Fitzpatrick one off the pace in Hong Kong Open with a 66

Hong Kong: India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia took the early honours by carding a five-under-par 65 to take the first round lead at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Thursday.
The six-time Asian Tour winner leads by one over England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and compatriot Shubhankar Sharma after overcoming the tricky windy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club in the morning.
Starting on the back-nine 11, Chawrasia birdied holes 11, 13, 16 and 18. He showed his accuracy again when his approach at the par five third landed within four feet of the hole where he would birdie again to move to five-under.
The Indian dropped a shot on five but recovered quickly with another birdie on nine to stay ahead of the chasing pack at the US$2 million event..
Fresh from his maiden Asian Tour win in the Philippines a fortnight ago, Korean-American Micah Lauren Shin continued to show his good form when he returned with a 67 to take a share of fourth place that includes Thailand’s Poom Saksansin and Philippines’ Angelo Que.
Malaysia’s Danny Chia also ensured a strong Asian Tour presence atop the leaderboard when he returned with a 68 to trail Chawrasia by three shots in tied-11th place that included Major winner Justin Rose of England.

Players’ Quotes
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) First round 65 (-5)
I played well today.  I hit the ball well and made some nice putts. Conditions were very tough today especially with the wind and I'm very happy my five-under par today.
The greens were very firm to be honest. I was just trying to hit the second shot onto the green and get the ball as close as possible to the hole. I’ve been playing well this year and I’ve a good chance of finishing up the year well. The Order of Merit title is somewhere in the back of my mind. If I finish good here, I can catch Gavin. I don't think about how good the other players are, whether he a world number one or not. I respect his ranking but when I'm playing, I prefer to focus on my game. 
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng) First round 66 (-4)
It's a good start to the week.  It's not an easy course around here.  Listening to Justin Rose talking after the Pro Am, he said four-under would be a good score.  So yeah, I definitely take that right now and see where you end up. I hit it great tee to green.  I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day. I think hopefully today is as hard as it's going to play. Although, if it plays like this and I shoot the same score for the next three days, I'll be very, very happy.  It's not easy with how strong the wind is and how easy it switches direction.  It's a tough golf course without any wind, so it makes it very tricky.

Leading scores after round 1 of the UBS Hong Kong Open Championship 2017 being played at the par 70, 6710 Yards Hong Kong GC course (am - denotes amateur):

65 S Chawrasia (India)
66 S Sharma (India), M Fitzpatrick  (Eng);
67 K Horne (SAf); M Kinhult (Swe); T Detry  (Belgium); P Saksansin (Tha); A Que (Phi); J Donaldson (Wal); M Shin (USA);
68 T Jaidee (Tha); W Ormsby (Aus); L Haotong (Chn); D Chia (Mas); T Fleetwood  (Eng); J Suri (USA); J Rose (Eng); T Pilkadaris (Aus);
69 G Havret  (Fra); R Rock (Eng); J Lagergren (Swe); W Lin (Tpe); K Joshi (Ind); S Crocker (USA); A Björk (Swe); S Garcia  (Spn); H Varner Iii (USA); J Choi (Kor); Y Chang (SKor); O Farr (Wal); G Green  (Mas); T Aiken (RSA); R Cabrera Bello (Spn); S Brazel (Aus);
70 A Da Silva (Bra); S Kapur (Ind); M Jiménez (Esp); M Tabuena (Phi); B Leong  (Mas); M Fraser (Aus); S Kooratanapisan (Tha); K Aphibarnrat (Tha); S Rahman (Ban); R Gouveia (Por); P Peterson (USA); D Boonma (Tha);
71 P Waring  (Eng); J Wang (SKor); L Wenchong (Chn); D Frittelli (RSA); B Neil (Sco); P Khongwatmai (Tha); E Molinari  (Ita); S Vincent (Zim); C Sordet  (Fra); C Hanson (Eng); J Kruger (RSA); C Paisley  (Eng); S Yongcharoenchai (Tha); E Van Rooyen (RSA); C Koepka (USA); R Khan  (Ind); R Evans  (Eng); C Pigem  (Esp); N Srithong (Tha); T Sinnott (Aus); J Morrison  (Eng); P Dunne (Irl); A Chesters  (Eng);
72 J Janewattananond (Tha); R Wannasrichan (Tha); S Brown (Eng); P Widegren  (Swe); P Swangarunporn (Tha); D Im (USA); H Tanihara (Jpn); P Oriol (Esp); M Mamat (Sin); M Kumar (Ind); R Karlsson (Swe); C Hung (Tpe); O Fisher  (Eng); J Singh (Ind); M Manassero (Ita); L Weber (Fra); S Chien (USA); J Randhawa (Ind); L D'Souza (am) (Hkg);
73 S Hend (Aus); C O'Toole (USA); C S (Ind); A Cañizares  (Esp); T Wiratchant (Tha); P Tangkamolprasert (Tha); P Pittayarat (Tha); N Bertasio (Ita); L Jensen (Den); D Drysdale (Sco); A Lascuna (Phi); A Rai (Eng); W Lu (Tpe);
74 P Meesawat  (Tha); C Kumar (Ind); Z Lianwei (Chn); W Ashun (Chn); J Veerman (USA); G Bhullar (Ind); A Kang (USA); A Atwal (Ind);
75 S Barr (Aus); S Lee (SKor); D Lipsky (USA); G Bourdy (Fra); D Howell (Eng); S Fernandez  (Spn); S Chan  (Tpe); N Fung (Mas); R Gangjee (Ind); A Connelly (Can); M Cheung (am) (Hkg);
76 J Stewart (Hong Kong; J Campillo (Spn); T Kho (am) (Hkg);
77 A Plant (Eng); J Dantorp (Swe); T Pulkkanen  (Fin); J Colomo  (Spn);
78 W Wong  (Hkg);
79 J Shou (am) (Singapore);
80 R Lee (Can); D Brooks (Eng);
82 T Kaewsiribandit (Tha);



European Tour team named to play Asia
at Kuala Lumpur in January
Press Release

A full house of 12 European Tour winners, incorporating the 2016 Open Champion and six Ryder Cup players, make up the European Team named today for next year’s EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in Malaysia.
Led by Thomas Bjørn – eight months before he also captains Europe in The Ryder Cup in France – the European Team will tackle Asia in the third staging of the biennial contest, which will once again take place at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur from January 12-14, 2018. 
Europe will be looking to retain the trophy they won in convincing fashion by 18 ½ - 5 ½ in 2016, but will face a strong Asian team on home soil captained, for the first time, by India’s Arjun Atwal. 
Leading the ten automatic qualifiers from the 2017 Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex is Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who finished European Number One after a thrilling end to the season last weekend at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. 
Joining Fleetwood as automatic qualifiers are his fellow Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick, Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, Ireland’s Paul Dunne, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, and the Swedish duo of Alex Noren and Henrik Stenson. 
Completing the European Team are the two wildcard selections named by Captain Bjørn, Englishman Paul Casey and Alex Levy of France. 
Casey will bring vital experience of the match play realm through his Ryder Cup appearances which included being part of Europe’s back-to-back nine-point triumphs in 2004 and 2006, while Levy will bring his own particular brand of French flair, with golf fans in his home country hoping that he can go on to become the fourth Frenchman to play in The Ryder Cup in his home country next September. 
Captain Bjørn, who played in the inaugural EurAsia Cup match in 2014 which ended in a 10-10 tie, said:
“The interest from the players has been very strong and you can see that from the fact that the ten automatic qualifiers come from within the top 20 of the final Race to Dubai Rankings.
" That is a good indication of what the EurAsia Cup is becoming, and I think European golf is in a great place right now. 
“I’m very encouraged by the make-up of the team and we are strong from 1 through to 12. I have some great experience in terms of six players who have experienced Ryder Cups, as well as the 2016 Open Champion in Henrik. But I also have some exciting young talent led by Tommy and Tyrrell. 
“Obviously Tommy has had an amazing year and deserved to be crowned European Tour Number One last weekend. But Tyrrell has also had a great season, the highlights of which were his back-to-back wins in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and the Italian Open last month. 
“As captain, I am looking forward to seeing how all 12 deliver on this particular stage. It's a different kind of format to what they are used to week‑in, week‑out, so it will be interesting to see how they react to that environment. 
“It’s a great honour for me to be captain and I’m looking forward to going to Malaysia in January to face what I know will be a very strong Asian team. We want to win the EurAsia Cup again and I believe we are going with a team very capable of doing that.” 
Captain Bjørn also expanded on the reasons behind choosing Paul Casey and Alex Levy as his two wild card selections. 
“It was a really hard task because there are so many good European players to choose from,” said the Dane. “All have legitimate claims and all are well qualified to be on this team, so it was a tough choice to have to make. But in the end, I went for Paul and Alex. 
“Once Paul announced he was rejoining the European Tour, and therefore making himself available for selection, that decision was a no-brainer for me. He is a wonderful player with a lot of experience and I think the young guys can learn a lot from him. 
“He's also got a fantastic match play record and not just in Ryder Cups. He is comfortable with where he is in his life right now and him wanting to part of the EurAsia Cup team also shows his commitment to the European Tour and the road he is now on. 
“Following on from that, I picked Alex as he is a player that has impressively risen through the ranks in the past few years. He has wonderful French character and flair as well as a lot of attitude and passion for the game. He is also very consistent which can be a great asset in match play. 
“I have assembled a team which will hopefully go out and retain the EurAsia Cup, but I also have one eye on next September and selecting Alex will give him a feeling of being part of what a team event feels like, as I know it's very much on his mind to try and make The Ryder Cup Team.  
“Therefore, to get him into the fold, help him develop, and give him great opportunities for the future is important. But this is also deserved for what he's delivered over the past couple of years.
"He got very close to qualifying for the team automatically and I think he definitely deserves his chance.” 
The line-ups for the third EurAsia Cup will be completed on Tuesday November 28 when Arjun Atwal names his Asian team.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Craig Lawrie's first-round, eight-under-par 66 included an eagle and six birdies as the Algarve Winter Golf Tour got underway with the Palmares Classic at the Palmares Beach and Golf Resort on Portugal's southern coastline.
Each tour event has 10,000 euros of a prizefund with 2,000 to the winner, 1,300 to the runner-up and 1,000 to the third place finisher.
The top 15 will all earn euros, 15th place getting 300.
Lawrie is in joint fourth place overnight, two strokes behind the Portuguese leader, Hugo Santos.
Craig's cousin Sean Lawrie, both playing out of Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, had a 71 to share 34th position with another Scot, Chris Maclean.
Kamran Zeynalov (Portlethen) and Sam Kiloh (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) had 74s for joint 49th position while Ben Craggs had an 81 to be in 77th place.

Par 72
64 H Santos (Por)
65 J Abbot (Eng), F Aberg (Swe)
66 R Enoch (Wal), C Lawrie (Sco), V L Lopes (Por)
71 S Lawrie, C Maclean (T34)
74 K Zeynalov, S Kiloh  (T49)
81 B Craggs (77th).


Pos.NomeClubeTo PARTotalDia 1 Dia 2 
Hugo SantosPOR-8 64 64   
Jamie AbbottENG-7 65 65   
Felix AbergSWE-7 65 65   
Rhys EnochWAL-6 66 66   
Vitor Londot LopesPOR-6 66 66   
Craig LawrieSCO-6 66 66   
Tomás Santos SilvaPOR-5 67 67   
Joe KellyENG-5 67 67   
Max EichmeierGER-5 67 67   
10 António SobrinhoPOR-5 67 67   
11 Michael WatsonENG-5 67 67   
12 Owen EdwardsWAL-5 67 67   
13 Tomás B.c. Melo GouveiaPOR-4 68 68   
14 Tiago CruzPOR-4 68 68   
15 Craig FarrellyENG-4 68 68   
16 David DixonENG-3 69 69   
17 Oliver GuissetBEL-3 69 69   
18 Josh FaganENG-3 69 69   
19 Sam RobinsonUK-3 69 69   
20 Harry CaseyENG-3 69 69   
21 Joe BriceENG-3 69 69   
22 Sam WhiteheadENG-3 69 69   
23 Peter WilliamsonENG-2 70 70   
24 Dan GarnerUK-2 70 70   
25 James MawENG-2 70 70   
26 Pedro FigueiredoPOR-2 70 70   
27 João CarlotaPOR-2 70 70   
28 Rui MorrisPOR-2 70 70   
29 Miguel GasparPOR-2 70 70   
30 Sam CuttingENG-2 70 70   
31 Colm CrowleyIRL-2 70 70   
32 Ashton TurnerENG-2 70 70   
33 Alan WelshSCO-2 70 70   
34 James AdamsENG-1 71 71   
35 Jay TaylorPOR-1 71 71   
36 Gonçalo PintoPOR-1 71 71   
37 Sean LawrieSCO-1 71 71   
38 Callum Mackay (am)ENG-1 71 71   
39 Patrick BluntENG-1 71 71   
40 Christopher MacleanSCO-1 71 71   
41 Alexandre AbreuPORPAR 72 72   
42 Ben Murray (am)ENGPAR 72 72   
43 Billy SpoonerENGPAR 72 72   
44 Tiago RodriguesPORPAR 72 72   
45 Nathan BraderENGPAR 72 72   
46 João RamosPOR+1 73 73   
47 Adam ChapmanENG+1 73 73   
48 Otto BonningSWE+1 73 73   
49 Tom DolanENG+2 74 74   
50 Luke TurbuttENG+2 74 74   
51 Kamran ZeynalovSCO+2 74 74   
52 Felix NorderhaugSWE+2 74 74   
53 Sam KilohSCO+2 74 74   
54 Van PhillipsENG+2 74 74   
55 Cristiano MarcelaPOR+3 75 75   
56 Victor TarnstromSWE+3 75 75   
57 Paul KinnearENG+4 76 76   
58 Adam WoolleyENG+4 76 76   
59 Tomás Guimarães BessaPOR+4 76 76   
60 Nick WardENG+4 76 76   
61 Steven ToothENG+4 76 76   
62 Nick LofthouseWAL+4 76 76   
63 Gareth BleaseENG+5 77 77   
64 Max Nicholls (am)ENG+5 77 77   
65 Toby O`ConnorWAL+5 77 77   
66 Michael StokesSCO+5 77 77   
67 Tom HaywardENG+5 77 77   
68 Evan GrifithWAL+5 77 77   
69 Rob WatsonENG+6 78 78   
70 Connor SteelsENG+6 78 78   
71 Luke GrovesENG+7 79 79   
72 Jerome Foster (am)ENG+8 80 80   
73 James SmithENG+8 80 80   
74 Dan Woodley (am)ENG+8 80 80   
75 Ruairi O`Connor (am)IRL+8 80 80   
76 Tom MetcalfENG+8 80 80   
77 Ben CraggsSCO+9 81 81   
78 Jonny HewittENG+11 83 83   
79 Werner LourensRSA+13 85 85   
80 Mickael CarvalhoPOR+14 86 86   
81 Christian Stenevinge (am)SWE+21 93 93   


Sandy Jones to speak at Parliamentary Golf


Group annual charity dinner

Former Chief Executive of The PGA, Sandy Jones, is to be the guest of honour at the Parliamentary Golf Group’s annual charity dinner.

Jones, who was succeeded by Robert Maxfield earlier this year, became Chief Executive of The PGA in 1991 after first joining the organisation as Scottish region secretary in 1991. Under his leadership, The PGA played a significant role in the development of golf, not only in Great Britain and Ireland, but around the world.

Despite standing down as Chief Executive, Jones is retained by The PGA as Executive President, and is also President of the Golf Foundation, and Chairman of the PGAs of Europe and The Ryder Cup Trust.

Taking place on Monday 4 December, the Parliamentary Golf Group’s annual dinner is hosted by Baroness Nye of Lambeth in the House of Lords and brings together Members of Parliament, Peers and rugby league supporters from across the UK to celebrate the sport and raise money for charity.

The announcement was made by Group Co-Chair and Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire, Craig Tracey MP. He said “I am delighted that Sandy Jones will be the guest speaker at the Group’s annual charity dinner. Sandy has a great deal of experience in the sport, and I am sure that Members are looking forward to hearing him speak about his career, and give his thoughts on 2017 in golf.”

A limited number of places to the dinner remain available
Purchase places at the dinner here


Report, scores and list of prizewinners from today's NE Alliance at Montrose can be viewed on SGV Alliances.



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An inch shorter and 27 operations later,

Marc Cayeux's comeback continues

Marc Cayeux
Marc Cayeux with sons Ross and Jason and wife Jana
Marc Cayeux's right knee was shattered and his left foot "left dangling" as he was carried from a burning vehicle on a stretcher made of branches.
The Zimbabwean golfer - once in the world's top 200 - was not given proper pain relief for 18 hours, a dose of Paracetamol the only antidote for a wounded limb doctors wanted to amputate.
Twenty-seven operations have left him an inch shorter, his world ranking has fallen more than 1,500 places, and the "stab wound-like hernia" on his right hip is an everyday reminder of his life-changing car crash in September 2010.
After seven weeks in intensive care, three months in hospital and four years learning to walk again, Cayeux has defied the predictions of doctors and physiotherapists to return to professional golf.
"It would be nice to have a pain-free day, but the reality is it's not going to happen," he says. "I have to just get on with things."
And that is exactly what the Lancaster-born 39-year-old is doing, making a cut earlier this month for the first time since his return to Africa's Sunshine Tour and targeting another at Mauritius in a fortnight.
Cayeux talks BBC Sport through his horrific crash and the mental and physical barriers he has overcome in a seven-year journey back to professional sport.

'I'm not going to die like this'

It was September 2010 when an oncoming police truck hit a cow in the road, swerved into Cayeux's path and crashed head-on into him.
He was returning to his parents' home in Zimbabwe after collecting a new vehicle, having sold both his cars to help cover medical bills after his dad had a stroke.
"Driving in Zimbabwe at night is very dangerous. The way people drive, the condition of cars, never mind the roads and animals on the roads," says Cayeux, who left England before his first birthday and now lives in George, South Africa.
"I bounced off both the airbags. The seatbelt did a lot of damage, ripped my abdominal wall just above my hip on the right side - in hospital they had to cut me open and sew it back to my hip bone."
Cayeux was unconscious for about half a minute, but came round to hear his friend - who was driving a vehicle in front - calling his name and warning the overturned car was on fire.
"I remember saying to myself: 'I'm not going to die like this,'" he adds. "I moved my right leg and it was instant pain.
"I tried to move my left leg. It felt OK until I tried to push my body along the roof of the car. I did half a sit-up, lifted my leg and saw my foot dangling. It was quite a painful sight - a lot goes through your mind."
Cayeux clambered to safety through a rear passenger door and was carried to his friend's vehicle on a stretcher made of branches.
It took four hours to reach Zimbabwe's capital Harare, in part because police were unwilling to let him leave the scene before a report was compiled.
Given makeshift splints for his legs as his friend drove to meet the ambulance halfway, it would be 18 hours before he received proper pain relief.

"It was quite excruciating pain," Cayeux says. "The only thing they could give me was happy gas - I finished the canister.
"When we met the ambulance they didn't have any morphine. They gave me Paracetamol tablets, which was quite depressing."
Cayeux feared doctors would "take the easy option and amputate my left foot" and was relieved to be airlifted to South Africa.
"I was trying to save my foot, which was a very big concern," he adds. "My brother told the doctor I was a professional golfer and needed my foot."
Cayeux spent seven weeks in intensive care, had "countless operations" and contracted MRSA, meaning he was put in an isolation ward and unable to see two-year-old son Ross.
Things got tougher for the Cayeux family when Marc's pregnant wife Jana miscarried one of the twins she was carrying.
"Every day you feel every minute, you can't wait for visiting hours to see people and try to get your mind off the situation you are in," adds Cayeux.
"The hardest thing was when my brother came in and told me Jana had miscarried and was in hospital.
"I was in the ward, couldn't walk. I was so frustrated, I really tried to get out of bed, go see her and be there for her, because she was by my side all the way. I felt very hopeless."
After three months, he returned home. But he had little muscle in his legs, spending six weeks in a wheelchair and four years on crutches as he learned to walk again in a hydro swimming pool.
A series of operations on his right femur meant that leg was an inch shorter than his left.
He says: "I told the doctor: 'I don't want to walk around the golf course in circles.' So we shortened the left femur. Now when I fly economy class I have more leg room.
"The inch I've had off doesn't really affect me. Dealing with the pain is another thing. I don't really notice it until I get asked to grab something on a higher shelf and my fingertips are an inch away."
Cayeux has now been walking for three years and three months, but has had a golf club in his hand since he could stand on one crutch.
"I saw a physiotherapist and she told me: 'Your body has beat you too much, you won't make it back.' I said: 'If I had to take your word, I'll never know.' It kind of spurred me on to prove her wrong."
But it wasn't just the physical recovery Cayeux needed help with. He had post-traumatic depression and saw a psychologist.
He says: "It took me a month to say: 'Yeah, I do need help.' You are recovering and think you're on the right road. You think about things positively, but the hardest thing is staying positive.
"When I learned to walk in a pool, I was going in on my crutches, complaining about pain, until I saw a guy my age in a wheelchair with no legs. It makes you realise, I am lucky with what I have.
"I stood there going, 'I am going to do this. I have to get back walking and I can get back to golf.'"

'I want to soak up what I can'

Cayeux was playing on the European Tour before his accident in 2010 and says he is indebted to the organisation's support, as well as that of compatriot Tony Johnstone.
"I had no insurance," he said. "Financially, I wouldn't be able to try and get back on the Tour, never mind play a friendly round of golf."
He played several tournaments at the beginning of the year, but was frustrated with his performance and opted to take time off to work on his reinvented game.
It worked - Cayeux finished tied 30th at the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final two weeks ago.
"It's hard for me to miss tournaments when I have been missing them for seven years," adds Cayeux.
"The mind remembers and knows what to do, but it's a different experience having to deal with what I have physically. I've lost yardage and I play with all these young guys that can hit it a mile."
He adds: "When I practise, I'm limited to the amount of golf balls I can hit. I try to stay off the pain medication, I need to give the body a bit of a break.
"I will probably practise for two or three hours. If I'm playing 18 holes I will take a cart, just so I don't have to take medication to go walking - as much as I need to walk to get the physical strength."
Before his accident, Cayeux was paired with Tiger Woods at the 2005 WGC-NEC Invitational and competed at The Open in 2009. He takes inspiration from Ben Hogan, who recovered from a car crash to win the 1950 US Open.
Cayeux turns 40 next year and at some point needs an operation on a hernia he calls "a little uncomfortable" rather than painful, but admits he is "under no pressure to perform".
"I want to still get out there and enjoy it, soak up what I can," adds Cayeux.
"Next year I will start setting some goals. My wife Jana has been my rock, and it is by God's grace that I am here."


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