Tuesday, February 21, 2017

McLeary finishes second in Palmares Classic V

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Jamie McLeary had to settle for second place, beaten by two shots by Portugal's Tiago Cruz, in the Algarve Pro Tour's Palmares Classic 5 at the Palmares Golf Resort, Alvor near Lagos today (Tuesday).
McLeary had two eagle 3s, at the 11th and 18th, in his repeat 66 for a 12-under-par total of 132.
But Cruz, who had two eagle 3s before the turn, birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th for a 64 and 130 to thwart the Peterhead man's victory bid.
Conor O'Neil (67-71 for 139), Craig Lawrie (69-71 for 140) and Sean Lawrie (70-73) for 143 finished T13, T18 and T33 respectively in a field of 91 players.

PALMARES CLASSIC V
Palmares Golf Resort, Alvor, nr Lagos, Portugal
LEADING FINAL TOTALS
par 144 (2x72)
130 Tiago Cruz (Por) 66 64
132 Jamie McLeary (Sco) 66 66
133 Ruaidhri McGee (NIr) 67 66
134 Tomas Santos Silva (Por) 67 67, Jamie Abbot (Eng) 65 69.

OTHER SCOTS' SCORES
139 Conor O'Neil 67 72 (T13)
140 Craig Lawrie 69 71 (T18)
143 Sean Lawrie 70 73 (T33).
 

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Lone Scot Campbell joint third at halfway in Murcia with a two-under-par 70

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Ryan Campbell (Falkirk), the only Scot in a field of 56 players, ended the first day of the Spanish Evolve Tour's 36-hole event at La Serena Golf Club, Murcia in a tie for third place.
Campbell shot a two-under-par 70, two behind the Spanish leader, Sebastian Garcia and one behind the second-placed Englishman, Luke Jackson.

FIRST-ROUND LEADERBOARD
par 72
68 Sebastian Garcia (Spn).
69 Luke Jackson (Eng)
70 Ryan Campbell (Sco), Matthew Hogg (Eng), Jordan Gibb (Eng), Hyun Min Byun (SKor).
71 Kieran Harman (Wal) (am).

Field of 56 players

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Ross and Johnston meet in round of last 32

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Title-holder Craig Ross (Kirkhill) and Liam Johnston (Dumfries and County), the only two of the five Scottish qualifiers for the match-play stages to make it through to the last 32, will meet in the second round of the South African men's amateur championship at Humewood Golf Club tomorrow (Wed).
Ross beat Clement Charmasson 4 and 2 while Johnston was a 6 and 5 winner over Aneurin Gounden in first-round ties.
Jamie Stewart was beaten 4 and 2 by Joe Long.
Calum Fyfe (Cawder) lost by one hole to Ruan Groenewald.
Craig Howie (Peebles) went down at the 22nd to Jason Smith in the longest tie of the opening match-play programme.


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Two Scots in top 20 at Red Sea Little Venice Open with one round to go

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Daniel Young from Perth and Cawder's Jamie Savage are joint 18th on two-under-par 142 with one round to go in the Alps Tour's 54-hole Red Sea Little Venice Open at Sokhna Golf Club, Egypt.
Young's second-round 70 included a double bogey 6 at the fifth in an outward half of 33.
Savage matched the par of 72 in his second round.
Ewen Ferguson from Bearsden was a third Scot to make it through to the last day despite a second-round, two-over 74. He is joint 26th on 143.
Jack McDonald (74-71 for 145) missed the cut by one stroke while Joe Knox had a horrendous second-round 82 for 153.
RED SEA LITTLE VENICE OPEN
Sokhna GC, Egypt
SECOND-ROUND LEADERBOARD
Par 144 (2x72)
135 Lars Van Meijel (Ned) 69 66, Lucas Vacarisas (Spn) 66 69.

SCOTS' SCORES
142 Daniel Young 72 70, Jamie Savage 70 72 (T18)
143 Ewen Ferguson 69 74 (T26)

MISSED CUT (144 and better qualified)
145 Jack McDonald 74 71
153 Joe Knox 71 82

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Updated NE Alliance tee times for Montrose Links on Wednesdsay

8-15 A. Campbell G. Esson T. Boyle J. Nicolson
8-24 C. Cassie D. Cassie G. Leslie B. Harper
8-33 R. Reid R. Blackmore D. Booth W. Clark
8-42 D. Ross, K. Beveridge, Laura Murray, J. Hopwood
8-51 R. Brown D. Lawrie S. Davidson M. Brown


9-00 G. Chalmers J. Chalmers S. Hanson C. Dempster
9-09 L. Roger H. Roulston M. Rendall J. Calder
9-18 S. Mackie J. Barclay S. Allison D. Robertson
9-27 C. Nelson M. Allan S. Shand S. Scott
9-36 J. Scott R. McConnachie G. Patterson I. Taylor
9-45 S. Melvin M. Smith N  chisholm
9-54 J. Duff D. McKay S. Finnie B. Ritchie

10-03 P. Cheyne D. Wright J. Forrest B. Lumsden
10-12 J. Stewart L. Duncan J. Crawford W. Beattie
10-21 D. Fleming L. Fowler M. Duncan H. McNaughton
10-30 D. Leslie G. Homer J. Sunley G. McLaggan
10-39 F. Bisset D. Bisset G. Hutcheon M. Herbertson
10-48 D. Lane A. Clark G. Thom R. Ruddiman
10-57 D. Nelson S. Christie A. Graham

11-06 C. Duffus D. Townsley, M. Lawrie M. Rogers
11-15 M. Merchant R. Lamb G. Riley E. Riley
11-24 N. Macandrew J. Scott S. Roger
11-33 P. McKenna, S  Kiloh, D. Sim
11-42 J. Borthwick, D. Buchan, P. Low, I. Still
11-51 K. Nicol, D. Wilson, B. Nicholson

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Scots trio play part as Brevard College make school history at Bruins Invitational

GREENVILLE, South Carolina – Brevard College Tornados, whose team included Scots Craig Stephen (Torphins), Calum McAndrew (Fife) and Declan Addison (Peterhead) made school golf history last Saturday at the Bruins Spring Golf Invitational as the college's A-team took home the tournament title, while the B-team captured runner-up honours, marking the first time that the Tornados have posted two teams inside the top-three of any US college golf tournament.

Brevard’s A-team finished at 303, edging out the Tornados B-team who finished with a total of 316. Tournament host Bob Jones University and Piedmont turned in cards showing 322 and 334, respectively for third and fourth-place turns.

Senior Sebastian Strehl (Asperg, Germany) took home medallist honours with a tournament low round of 73, one-over par, while senior Paul Calac (Valley Centre, California) finished runner-up with a 75, three-over par performance.

In addition to Strehl and Calac, the Tornados took home all of the hardware, as the blue and white finished with five golfers inside of the tournaments top-five, as sophomore Austin Fisher (Hendersonville, N.C.), junior Craig Stephen (Torphins, Scotland) and Steffen Heckele (Oberndorf, Germany) each posted rounds of 75, five-over par.

Senior Oskar Lundgren (Umea, Sweden) and junior Calum McAndrew (Fife, Scotland) both finished with a share of sixth-place, posting cards showing 78, six-over par for the afternoon. While seniors Chris Fry (Penrose, N.C.), Luis Vega (Madrid, Spain), Declan Addison (Peterhead, Scotland), and Florian Peyssonneaux (Digne, France) completed the Tornados turn in Greenville, S.C.

“I'm especially proud of the fact that we put up some pretty good scores on a very difficult golf course,” said head golf coach David Nelson. “Green Valley Country Club hosts a Web.Com tournament every year. It played over 7000 yards as well. I always tell my players that you don't play against the competition, but rather the course.
" It was a great showing for the first tournament of the year for us. My senior leadership has finally started to show the experience and talent we have this year. I hope this helps us continue to breed success this semester.”

The Tornados return back to links this coming weekend Feb 27-28 as they get a brief taste of the site for this years South Atlantic Conference championship, The Country Club of Salisbury as Brevard takes part in the annual Richard Rendleman Invitational.

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Andrew Burgess from Nairn finishes T58 at Matlock Collegiate Classic

ARMSTRONG STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS RELEASE
LAKELAND, Florida - The Armstrong State University men's golf team fired a final-round 296 to finish 14th at the Matlock Collegiate Classic, hosted by Florida Southern College, at the Lone Palm Golf Club.
The Pirates finished the tournament with a three-round 901 total. West Florida (830) won the tournament by 18 strokes over Nova Southeastern (848), with Lynn (851), Barry (852) and host Florida Southern (860) rounding out the top five schools.
Freshman Spencer Ball carded an even-par 72 to finish the tournament tied for 45th with a 223 total, pacing the Pirates individually.
Third-year student Andrew Burgess (pictured) from Nairn shot a final-round 76 after earlier scores of 74 and 78, while another junior Ryan Emery shot a final-round 74 as both players finished tied for 58th with 228 totals.
 Junior Jacob Tinsley shot a final-round 75 to finish tied for 64th with a 231 total, while freshman Max Trydefeldt also shot a 75 on Tuesday to finish in 69th place with a 233 total.
The Pirates return to action on February 27-28, hosting the Armstrong State Pirate Invitational at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, Georgia.

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Tyrrell Hatton sets out on American adventure
 
                                                                                              By IAN CARTER, BBC SPORT
Having climbed into the world's top 20, Tyrrell Hatton is exporting his uncomplicated approach to golf to discover if it can bring success in the United States.
This week, the 25-year-old from Buckinghamshire, pictured left by courtesy of Getty Images(c), begins what he is calling his "American adventure" when he tees off in the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
He will then play the World Golf Championships event in Mexico, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and the WGC Matchplay in Texas, before making his Masters debut at Augusta in April.
After that he will compete in the Heritage tournament and the Players Championship to complete a run that indicates he has truly arrived as one of the world's leading players.
But when this sometimes fiery character looks at the rankings and sees his name in such an elevated position, it still takes a while to fully register.
"That's really surreal for me," he tells BBC Sport. "In a way, I almost don't feel like it's me.
"It's obviously been an amazing last eight months and I just can't wait to get out there - they are new events for me."
We are sitting in the lounge of Harleyford Golf Club, near Marlow. Hatton has bought the coffees and is battling a cold brought on by returning to the February chill after finishing tied third at the Dubai Desert Classic.
That result lifted him to 19th in the world, and his career earnings are beyond £5m.
But he has not forgotten how it all started, and remains grateful to the members at Harleyford, 30 of whom threw £250 each into a pot to finance his early forays into the professional game on the EuroPro Tour.
Hatton's form yielded a quick return, and he has made steady progress ever since, graduating to the Challenge Tour before becoming a leading figure on the main European Tour.
At last year's Open, while the golf world was falling in love with the gregarious Andrew 'Beef' Johnston, Hatton quietly eclipsed his compatriot by finishing fifth at Royal Troon.
He quickly backed up that performance by coming 10th at the PGA Championship, and in so doing, cemented foundations that had been laid some weeks earlier, for his first Tour victory in the autumn.
In winning last October's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Hatton equalled the course record on the historic Old Course at St Andrews with a brilliant 62.Tyrrell Hatton
Hatton's score of 23 under par, at last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, matched the best in the event's 16-year history
All this success is the product of a very simple philosophy forged in conjunction with his coach, who also happens to be his father.
"I trust my dad, he's coached me since I was 10 or 11," Hatton says. "We haven't changed my swing for so many years. We look at certain points of the swing and make sure that they are there and generally when they are, that's when I play my best golf.
"I don't think I would be where I am at the moment if I tried to change my ways. Technical stuff would fry my brain so it works out well that we keep it as simple as possible."
Jeff Hatton is a teaching pro and custom club fitter. It took concerted hard work from him and his son in the summer of 2016 to propel Tyrrell to his current position.
Hatton Jr had been struggling and, although his game was showing signs of improvement, he needed some paternal influence as he headed to the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart, where he finished runner-up.
"It was close but I still wasn't happy so my dad came up," he says. "We did quite a lot of work on the Tuesday and I started to feel really comfortable with my game and from then on played really well and had a great week.
"I learned I have to keep practising and playing and that's what I did the week before the Dunhill.
"I'm not one for standing on the range beating balls, I much prefer just going out and playing. I just went out and played on my home course.
"From Thursday onwards I didn't shoot worse than seven under. You just get used to shooting good scores, although it is around a course where I've been a member since I was 11 so I know it well.
"But, still, shooting those scores gave me the confidence and my swing felt great at the Dunhill."
So great, in fact, that he fired that 62 in the third round en route to a four-stroke victory.
"That was amazing," he says.
"I had never shot lower than eight under in a tournament. My lowest round, even at Harleyford, is nine under. So as I was playing the 18th at St Andrews, I really wanted to birdie the last to get into double digits under par.
"I was very happy when I saw my second shot go to a foot, and when I got to the scorers, they told me I had equalled the course record on the Old Course, which is just crazy."
Hatton is naturally modest, polite and respectful - a combination far removed from the bad-tempered image that occasionally surfaces when he is playing.
"Once I get out on the golf course, I'm quite fiery," he says. "I've always been that way. I know it is an area that I need to improve on."
This was evident at the end of his opening round in his last outing in Dubai. A reasonable start was squandered as he lost his head after missing a second putt on his final green.
A careless attempt to tap in for bogey led to a ruinous four-putt and from two under he slipped to level par, with the hard work of the rest of the round swiftly undone.
"It is what it is; red mist. Thankfully it was my last hole," he laughs. "It was just one of those days where I was a little bit on edge, a bit frustrated because I was actually pulling a lot of my putts.
"I just lost my head. I'm sure if I look back and watch it on TV now I'd be cringing but it was just a spur-of-the-moment thing. I just have to try and learn from it and shouldn't do it again."
Hatton usually relies on caddie Chris Rice to bear the brunt of his fury.
So is he some sort of on-course therapist? "He'd probably say babysitter," Hatton smiles.
"But, no. We will chat about things and he's been really helpful. Last year was our first year working together and it's been very successful, so long may it continue."
That success has brought a Masters debut onto the horizon. Hatton is torn as to whether to go to Augusta for an early recce or turn up for the first time in the week of the tournament.
"At the end of the day, although it is the Masters and it will be amazing, it is just another golf tournament, so I shouldn't really prepare any differently," he says.
And while rookies rarely win the year's first major, this one has known from a very early age the feeling of wearing a winner's jacket.
"The first junior tournament that I won, when I was five or six years old, was the Wycombe Heights Junior Masters and the winner got a little green jacket," Hatton says.
"I still have it at home. It doesn't fit me now, obviously, but it's definitely a cool thing to keep."
He will stage his own Tyrrell Hatton Junior Masters event at Harleyford on September 2 this year.
More immediately, though, it is all about his American odyssey, which starts in Florida this week.
And just like his simple approach to his golf, his outlook for the coming weeks is very straightforward.
"I'm really excited and hopefully I can play well," he says.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Five Scots qualify for match-play stages of South African championship

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Five Scots, including title-holder Craig Ross (Kirkhill), have come through the 36-hole stroke-play eliminator to reach the match-play stages of the Sanlam South African men's amateur golf championship at Kingswood Golf Estate, George.
Ross shot 69-63 for 132 and was the joint fourth best qualifier.
South African teenager Chris Woollam (65-64) and English champion Dan Brown (66-63) tied on 129 at the top of the qualifiers.
Woollam won at play-off at the fourth extra hole to gain No 1 seed status.
Calum Fyfe (Cawder) qualified in T9 position with rounds of 68 and 67 for 135.
Craig Howie (Peebles) shot 71-65 for 136 and T11 in the draw.
Liam Johnston (Dumfries and County) qualified at T26 on 139 (67-72).
The last Scottish qualifier was Jamie Stewart with 72-68 for 140 and T40.

Banchory's Sam Locke and Scottish boys champion from last year, Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield Links) failed to make the field of 64 for the match-play stages.
Locke shot  70-76 for 146 and finished T98.
McIntosh had rounds of 75 and 74 for 149 and a T114 finish in a field of 142.

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Birdie blitz lifts McLeary into share of second

place on Algarve Pro Tour


By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Jamie McLeary, originally from Peterhead, had an amazing run of seven birdies in 10 consecutive holes on his way to a six-under-par 66 and a share of second place in the Algarve Pro Tour's Palmares Classic V at the Onyria Palmares Beach and Golf Resort near Lagos.
McLeary, despite the snail's place of play at the end of a field of 95 players, birdied the fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth, 11th and 13th before he bogeyed the 14th in halves of 31 and 35.
He shares second place with Portugal's Tiago Cruz, one shot behind the English leader Jamie Abbot.
Conor O'Neil (Mearns Castle), Craig and Sean Lawrie (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) were also caught up in the dreadfullyslow play but they too broke 70.
O'Neil, with a bag of seven birdies, had a 67 (33-34) for a share of fourth place while Craig Lawrie had an eagle, four birdies and a double bogey in a 69 for joint 13th place.
Cousin Sean had a 70 for a T23 overnight position.

ALGARVE PRO TOUR
Palmares Classic V, near Lagos.
LEADING FIRST ROUND SCORES
Par 72
65 Jamie Abbot (Eng).
66 Tiago Cruz (Por), Jamie McLeary (Sco).

SELECTED SCORES
67 Ruaidhri McGee (Ire), Connor O'Neil (Sco) (T4).
69 Craig Lawrie (Sco) (T13).
70 Sean Lawrie (Sco) (T23)
78 Kamran Zeynalov (T77)

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Paul Lawrie joins International Sports

Management
 
NEWS RELEASE
 Paul Lawrie OBE has joined International Sports Management.
The Aberdonian, 48, Open champion at Carnoustie in 1999 and a winner of a total of eight European Tour titles, has played in two Ryder Cups and has also been a vice-captain once.
He was a winner again at the weekend in South Africa's Dimension Data pro-am.
 
Renowned for his victory at the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie, Paul has also recorded significant wins at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the Wales Open and two successes at the Qatar Masters.
 
Paul said: “I’ve known Chubby Chandler ever since I’ve been out on tour and it will be great to be working with him and the guys at ISM.
 
“I’m coming into an interesting phase in my career. I’m convinced I’ve got a lot of good golf ahead of me and I’m looking forward to some exciting times with Chubby and ISM.”
 
Paul joins fellow major winners Danny Willett, Darren Clarke and Louis Oosthuizen, as well as former world number one Lee Westwood, at ISM.
 

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Ewen Ferguson (69) leads the Scots in Egypt

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Ewen Ferguson from Bearsden heads the Scots in the field of 114 players after the first round of the Alps Tour's Red Sea Little Venice Open over 54 holes at Sokhna Golf Club, Egypt today (MON).
Ferguson returned a three-under-par 69, thanks to an eagle 3 at ythe 13th and birdies at the first and 11th. He had only one bogey, at the sixth.
Jamie Savage made it two Scots in the top 20 with a 70 for a joint 15th overnight position. He was one over par after 10 holes but birdied the 11th, 12th and 17th.
Joe Knox is tied for 23rd place after a 71 while Daniel Young from Perth had a par 72 for T41 position and Jack McDonald from Troon is T73 after a 74.
Two Spanish players, Gerard Piris Mateu and Lucas Vacarisas, are joint leaders by two shots on the six-under-par 66 mark.

RED SEA LITTLE VENICE OPEN
Sokhna Golf Club, Egypt
FIRST-ROUND LEADERBOARD
par 72
66 Gerard Piris Mateu (Spn), Lucas Vacarisas (Spn)

SCOTS' SCORES
69 Ewen Ferguson (T5)
70 Jamie Savage (T15)
71 Joe Knox (T23)
72 Daniel Young (T41)
74 Jack McDonald (T73)

Field of 114 players

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THE 149TH OPEN TO BE PLAYED AT ROYAL ST GEORGE’S, KENT IN 2020
 
R and A NEWS RELEASE
One of the world’s great sporting events will return to the south east of England in 2020 when The 149th Open is played at Royal St George’s Golf Club.
The Open will return to the historic Kent links for the 15th time. It was last played at Royal St George’s in 2011 when Darren Clarke showed his mastery of links golf in challenging weather conditions to hold off Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to become Champion Golfer of the Year.

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THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLF CLUB OF ST ANDREWS ANNOUNCES TWO NEW HONORARY MEMBERS
R AND A NEWS RELEASE
Renowned golfers Bridget Jackson MBE, Hon D.Sc. (Birmingham) and José María Olazábal of Spain have accepted invitations to become Honorary Members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

During a notable amateur career, Jackson, pictured right, played in the Curtis Cup for Great Britain and Ireland on three occasions and was selected as an England international nine times. She has served as Chair and President of the English Ladies Golf Association and President of the Ladies’ Golf Union. She was made a MBE in 2003 for her services to women’s golf.

Olazábal is one of the world’s most successful and popular golfers, winning 30 professional tournaments during his career, including the Masters in 1994 and 1999. He was admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Fraser Munro returns to be Scottish Golf

Head of Events


SCOTTISH GOLF NEWS RELEASE
Scottish Golf has recruited Fraser Munro, a former Ladies European Tour Tournament Director, to the position of Head of Events.
The 38-year-old will oversee the amateur governing body’s new-look events calendar for 2017 as he returns to the world of golf after a spell in banking.

Munro, a member at Kinross Golf Club, boasts 13 years golf industry experience working with the Ladies European Tour and the former Ladies’ Golf Union, achieving a high level of golf administration, management and rules experience.

The three-handicap golfer is an R and A qualified referee and has officiated at more than 100 professional events worldwide, including the Ricoh Women’s British Open and US Women’s Open. He was also responsible for delivering the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open during his time with the Ladies European Tour.

After working in golf from 2003 to 2015, the University of Stirling graduate is now looking forward to heading up the Events team at Scottish Golf after a spell working for Lloyds Banking Group.

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Scot McNeill rated highly by McNeese State head coach

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
McNeese State University students Duncan McNeill from Annan and Daniel O'Loughlin from Nottingham featured in the recent All-American Intercollegiate tournament at Houston Golf Club, Humble in the state of Texas.
O'Loughlin is playing in his first spring for the Cowboys and is coming off a team-leading autumn record when he averaged 72.5 strokes per round.
 McNeill, pictured right, is back for his sophomore season after posting a 74.7 per round average in six autumn tournaments. The Scot placed 13th at last year's SLC championships, and had two Top 30 finishes in the first half of the current college golf season.
 "Duncan has as much talent as anyone I have had at McNeese," said head coach Burk. "He is the longest player we have off the tee and is learning what areas he needs to improve on to take advantage of that length. He has the ability to be an All-American."
In the All-American tournament, O'Loughlin finished T32 on one-over 217 with rounds of 73, 70 and 74.
McNeill had improving scores of 76, 74 and 73 for a total of 223 and a T61 placing behind Cooper Dossey (Baylor University), individual winner of the 54-hole event over a course of 7,067yd (par 72) with scores of 68, 66 and 72 for a total of 206.
Charlotte University's freshman from Dublin, Connor Purcell tied for seventh place with scores of 72, 71 and 69 for 212.
Charlotte team-mate John Gough, a freshman from Slough, had a T61 finish on 223 with scores of 74, 78 and 71.
A third Charlotte student, Matty Lamb from Hexham, shot rounds of 72, 77 and 75 for a T56 finish on 222.
Baylor (836) won the team title by five shots from Vanderbilt. McNeese State (868) finished eighth and Charlotte (873) 10th in a field of 18 teams and 96 players.

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Plan to market North-east of Scotland golf

NEWS RELEASE
A new initiative to market the comprehensive golf product in the North-east of Scotland is launched today (Monday 20 February 2017). Bringing together golf courses, hotels and tour operators, GolfAberdeenshire will raise the profile of the area as a key golfing destination and will work to further develop the golf product. Golf tour operators will also be a partner in the initiative which aims to establish the area as a golfing Mecca for domestic and international golfers.
A new position has been created to support this work. Recruitment is underway for a golf development executive (www.visitabdn.com/about-us/vacancies) who will build relationships with the golf industry, collaborate with all partners including accommodation providers and will represent the region at international and domestic golf events, exhibitions and shows.
Steve Harris, chief executive of VisitAberdeenshire says, “Golf Aberdeenshire will draw on the region’s rich golfing heritage;  attracting more new visitors to play golf on our magnificent courses,  whilst also looking forward to future developments as it encourages partners to work more collaboratively. We have already lined up a presence at two internationally recognised golf events; the PGA Exhibition in Orlando in January 2018 and at the Northern Ireland Open in August 2017 in Ballymena. We’ll interact with golfers, group buyers and tour operators from across the globe to sell what is a world class golf offering. It’s no secret that golf is one of Aberdeenshire’s most attractive tourism offerings. The golf industry in the north east brings in £20 million into the local economy from visitors to the area.
Planning for a marketing campaign which will run for the initial 12 months of the GolfAberdeenshire initiative will begin immediately. GolfAberdeenshire will be based within the offices of VisitAberdeenshire with full access to its marketing, business development and business engagement teams.

EDITOR'S COMMENT: I would have thought the post was worth more than 2.5 days a week. Anyone already in a 9 to 5, five days a week job wouldn't leave that for this GolfAberdeenshire job that will pay  - probably very little - for 2 an a half days.
I have worked in sports journalism all my life, mainly on golf. Looks as if a retired person will be the only type attracted to this. No, I don't want it! Freelance golf writing and Scottishgolfview.com keep me busy doing something I love doing.

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SCOTTISH CHAMPION DUNCAN'S T4
 
FINISH IN FLORIDA

 
By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Scottish amateur champion George Duncan from Dunbartonshire, in his final few months as a four-year student a Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee, finished joint fourth with a one-under-par total of 215 (72-73-70) in the Spring Kick-off Intercollegiate at Fleming Island Golf Club, Jacksonville, Florida.
Duncan, pictured right, finished seven shots behind the winner by four, Nick Stafford (Belmont Abbey College) (73-64-71).
In the same tournament, Carson Newman University student Fintan McKenna, a Royal Aberdeen GC member whose family live at Westhill, achieved his second lowest score, a 73, of the US college 2016-2017 season. Fintan, who birdied the 18th in his final round, finished T69 in a field of 83 players.
McKenna, pictured left, struggled early on in his first tournament of 2017 with rounds of 80 and 87 but found his true form over the final 18 holes.
Team-mate Tom Forster, a freshman from Oundle, England, finished T11 on 217 (+4) after getting an eagle at the 18th. His rounds were 72, 71 and 74.
Lincoln Memorial students Sam Broadhurst from Nuneaton and Harry Boyle from Bedfordshire tied for eighth place on 216. Broadhurst scored 71, 72 and 73; Boyle 76, 70 and 70.
Another LMU student, Ray Gordon, a third-year man from Alford, finished T23 on 222 with scores of 73, 72 and 77.
Michael Brodie (Lander University) from Perthshire finished T71 on 243 with rounds of 79, 84 and 80.


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dustin Johnson is new World No 1 pro

FROM THE US PGA TOUR WEBSITE
PACIFIC PALISADES, California – When Dustin Johnson wakes up Monday morning, he plans to jump online and look at the Official World Golf Ranking. For the first time, his name will be at the top.
And he won’t be sure how he got there.
“I don’t really understand it,” Johnson said of the world ranking formula, “but I can read the 1, 2, 3. I guess that’s all that matters.”
Actually, all that really matters is to win tournaments. Everything else then takes care of itself. On a long Sunday at Riviera, Johnson did exactly that, cranking out 36 holes to claim the weather-plagued Genesis Open for the first time.

Dustin had rounds of 66, 66, 64 and 71 for a 17-under total of 267. He won by five shots from Belgium's Thomas Pieters and American Scott Brown.
Justin Rose was joint fourth on 273. Martin Laird finished T8 on 274, signing off with a 66 that lifted him into the top 10.
Johnson's win, the 13th of his pro career, means he has won at least once in each of his first 10 seasons on the US Tour.
Only Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have done better. Go ahead and take a moment to let that sink in.
Johnson also becomes the 20th player to assume the title of world No. 1 since the ranking system was launched at the 1986 Masters. Of those previous 19, six were in the field this week at Riviera -- including Johnson’s immediate predecessor, Jason Day, who gives up the top spot after a reign of 47 consecutive weeks.
Since being No. 1 is new for Johnson, did Day have any advice on how to handle it?
Not really.
“I think he’s going to do just fine,” Day said. “I think he’s won every single year that he’s been out here. That’s the formula. You’ve got to win every single year and you’ve got to win as much as you can. He’s done such a good job of doing that, and to be able to not only do that but play well consistently – whatever he’s doing, he just needs to keep doing it.”
Jordan Spieth, who’s had four stints at No. 1, said his advice for Johnson was to make sure and put the ranking in its proper perspective. Or as he put it, “To not listen to everyone telling you that No. 1 is something more significant than really anything else.
“When I’ve talked to him and from what I’ve seen and read, it’s certainly a goal of his to be in that position, but that wasn’t something that’s going to kind of wear and tear on him as he steps on the tee anywhere. He’s been on the Tour  for a long time, he’s seen a lot … he’s right at the prime of his career and he’s showing it.”
Luke Donald became No. 1 in May of 2011 after a European Tour win. He held onto the top spot for 40 consecutive weeks; cumulatively, he’s spent 56 weeks at the top.
“I think Dustin will do just fine,” Donald said. “A lot of people ask me, was it hard being No. 1? My answer was no. You’re playing great golf to get there, you’re high in confidence every week, you feel like good things are going to happen. Just enjoy it. Enjoy being No. 1 and try to stay there as long as you can.”
Day’s fellow Australian, Adam Scott, became No. 1 during an off-week in May of 2014, then celebrated by winning at Colonial. He held the top spot for 11 weeks before giving way to Rory McIlroy. Scott’s advice sounded very similar to Donald’s.
“Just enjoy it,” he said. “I think as we’ve seen since Tiger really dominated the position, no one’s staying there too long. Jason has been there quite awhile. Luke Donald held on quite awhile. … There just isn’t that separation between the top players that there was for that long period of time when Tiger was far, far ahead.”

LEADING FINAL TOTALS
Par 284 (4x71)
267 Dustin Johnson (USA) 66 66 64 71
272 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 70 68 71 63, Scott Brown (USA) 68 68 69 67.
273 Justin Rose (England) 69 71 65 68, Wesley Bryan (USA) 69 69 63 72,Kevin Na (USA) 67 69 67 70, Charley Hoffman (USA) 68 68 70 67.

SELECTED TOTALS
274 Martin Laird (Scotland) 70 68 70 66 (T8)
277 Luke Donald (England) 68 68 71 70 (T17)
280 Phil Mickelson (USA) 67 73 71 69 (T34)
281 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 67 72 70 72, Paul Casey (England) 60 72 71 69 (T39)
282 Sergio Garcia (Spain) 72 67 72 71 (T49)
287 Graeme McDowell (N Ireland) 69 70 71 77 (67th).

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Paul Lawrie wins by one stroke in exciting

finish in South Africa

Paul Lawrie with the Dimension Data Pro-am winning pro trophy.

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Paul Lawrie is back in the winner's enclosure! Today the 48-year-old Aberdonian, the 1999 Open champion at Carnoustie, won the individual professional 72-hole competition, part of the Dimension Data pro-am competition at Fancourt Country Club, in the city of George in South Africa's Western Cape.
It was his first win in four years.
Lawrie had rounds of 69, 69, 69 and 67 for a 15-under-par total of 274 (the third round was over the par-73 Links course).
Hitting the front for the first time on the inward half of the final round in an exciting finish contested by four players, Paul won by one stroke from England's Chris Lloyd (68-71-66-70), Chris Swanepoel (South Africa) (69-70-66-70) and American Justin Hicks (70-71-68-66) who tied for second place on 275.
Lee Westwood finished 17th on 279 with scores of 68, 74, 67 and 70.
Paul Lawrie and his younger son Michael finished joint fourth on 30 under par in the pro-am pairs event won by R. Gobel and L Canter (England) with an aggregate of 33 under par.
Said Michael: "We had a great week, finished -30 as a team. All three courses are fantastic. Pretty cool to be playing with Dad for his win."

LEADING FINAL TOTALS
PAR 289 (3x72, 1 x 73)
274 Paul Lawrie (Sco) 69 69 69 67
275 Chris Swanepoel (SAf) 69 70 66 70, Chris Lloyd (Eng) 68 71 66 70, Justin Hicks (USA) 70 71 68 66.
276 Lyle Rowe (SAf) 70 72 68 66, Toby Tree (Eng) 70 72 68 66, Christian Bezuidenhout (SAf) 68 77 64 67.

SELECTED TOTAL
279 Lee Westwood (Eng) 68 74 67 70 (17th)

Paul's first win for four years

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Scotland's Paul Lawrie became the fourth person to win both the Dimension Data Pro-Am and The Open Championship when he took the 2017 Dimension Data Pro-Am by one stroke on Sunday. Unlike the others, he won The Open first.
He joined Nick Price, Darren Clarke and Louis Oosthuizen as the only players to win both, but Paul won his major championship back in 1999. Today in South Africa he held off the challenge of Justin Hicks of the United States, local player Chris Swanepoel, and England’s Chris Lloyd after rounds on each of the courses at Fancourt Hotel and Golf Estate, and then the final round on Montagu.
Lawrie was bogey-free in his final round of five-under-par 67 after turning in three-under, and, in the end, the other players were unable to take advantage of whatever chances came their way.
“I got off to a nice start today and just kept it going,” said Paul. “But, again, I didn’t make a lot of putts on the back nine. I birdied 10 with about a six-footer and I two-putted the last for birdie. But overall, I’m obviously delighted. I haven’t won in four years, so it’s great to come here and win – especially playing with one of my sons.”

He was partnered with younger son Michael (pictured) for the pro-am tournament, as was Lee Westwood, the 2000 Dimension Data Pro-Am champion, with his son Sam. With a friendly wager on the outcome, honours were even, the Lawrie and Westwood pairs tieing for fourth place with 30 under par aggregates - three behind the winners, R Gobel and L Canter.
“Any time Lee Westwood’s in the field, you’ve got to play well,” said Lawrie.
And Lawrie, in joining Westwood as a winner of the tournament, has given himself a good start to his golfing year.
“The win gives me a big boost,” he said. “Tee-to-green this week, I’ve hardly put a foot wrong all week, and I’ve holed a few putts. I’m going to take a bit of a break now and spend a few weeks at home and come back out with that boost in my confidence.”
In addition, he gets a place in the WGC-Bridgestone Championship at Firestone GC, Akron, Ohio from August 3 to 6.
“I didn’t know until last night that I would get into the WGC-Bridgestone event if I won here  – maybe that’s why I played so well today!” he laughed.
 “But that’s a nice bonus. First and foremost, you’re here to play as well as you can, and if you’ve got a chance on the back nine and you take it, then the bonuses come.”
He put his hand up to challenge for the title with his opening three rounds of 69-69-69, which put him two off the pace going into the final round.
“Yesterday afternoon, I hit it really nicely and didn’t make any putts on the back nine,” he said. “I kind of felt I was playing really well, and then it fell into place today.”



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Rumford's redemption in enthralling Super 6 finale
 
 

Brett Rumford completed a remarkable fairy-tale story at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, Western Australia as the home town favourite claimed a sixth European Tour victory in an enthralling and breathless final day worthy of the revolutionary new format.
A born-and-bred Perth native, the runaway leader after the opening three days of stroke play and seeking to reignite his career after losing his European Tour card last season, destiny seemingly shone on Rumford as he overcame a sensational 17-year-old Thai and a star in the making by the name of Phachara Khongwatmai in the final at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
In an incredible coincidence, an all-action final day which began with 24 players battling it out in a new six-hole match-play format culminated in a final featuring the leader of the strokeplay qualifier and the 24th and last man to make it into the final day – Khongwatmai having fought to the bitter end in an eight-man play-off late Saturday evening.
It was a fittingly engrossing climax, as Rumford stole an early march with a birdie at the first to go one up, before the young Thai – looking to become the second youngest winner in European Tour history – levelled things up at the second.
Rumford cut a determined figure, however, and he required all of his short game expertise as he birdied the fifth, courtesy of a  recovery from under the trees to move clear once again. 
Following that up with a nerveless tee shot to five feet, a birdie two for the match sent the crowds into raptures as Rumford secured his European Tour future and made sure the inaugural edition of the innovative tournament was a memorable one.
Rumford’s compatriots Adam Bland and Jason Scrivener fought it out in the play-off for third spot, with the former emerging victorious, while 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen finished in fifth position.
 
Player Quotes:
Brett Rumford
“It’s amazing. It's just great to be back with what I feel is my second family at the European Tour. It's been a pretty tough road, last year was pretty tough.
The year before that was even tougher with my surgery. So only seeing my daughters, my twin girls, for four weeks and six months, I completely fell out of love with the game and sort of my direction in life and everything else that goes with it.
“I worked really hard on my golf game and it's just been all of that golf which has been good. I've just been really focused and quite intent on every single day, just getting myself and my game better. I just need to continue to do that.
“I just think it's been a great format and a great week. Whether this can actually work elsewhere, I think you'd have to be quite selective about golf courses that could cater for this, but this one works.
“This event has definitely been in the forefront of my mind for years past. Every single year, this has definitely been on my radar to come out and win. Unfortunately I've given up leads here, but it was a different format this week, a tough one. I can say it's been a really, really tough week.”
Phachara Khongwatmai
“I have no problem with the result because personally I think I have had a really good week. After the third round I didn't even think I would get into finals but I ended up gettuing second place, so I’m just happy now.
“I didn't think anything about my opponent, I just played. I just want to get a win but if not, no problem.”
Louis Oosthuizen
“It was a long day, a bit of a rush here and there, but although I'm disappointed, I played nicely this week.
I think they've got a good concept. I think a few tweaks here and there would make it really good, but I mean it's nerve-racking standing on that little 66‑meter hole, but it's nice pressure and good fun.
“I love this golf course, every time I play here I sort of find my iron play and really shoot good numbers and play well. I love coming back here.
“It is definitely different. I think it’s great Rummy won after the way he played the first three days, but it's a massive mindset change from the stroke play going to a six-hole match play. In six holes you don't have a lot of time if you start off poorly and then that makes it really challenging. But I think it’s very entertaining for people watching and that's what they want.”
 
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Dustin Johnson heading for No 1 spot in

California as he leads Genesis Open by one

FROM THE US PGA TOUR
PACIFIC PALISADES, California – Notes and observations from Saturday’s play at the US PGA Tour's Genesis Open, with Dustin Johnson leading by one stroke after two rain-delayed rounds. Tournament officials hope to finish the final two rounds on Sunday. For more Saturday coverage, click here for the Daily Wrap-up.

A NEW NO. 1?

Dustin Johnson is 36 holes -- and 24 hours – away from becoming the world’s top-ranked golfer. Pretty cool, right? The only thing is, he hasn’t exactly obsessed over it.
“Obviously I would like to be the best in the world,” said Johnson, currently No. 3 behind Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. “But how you get there is winning golf tournaments. If I win this week and I happen to get to No. 1, great. I’ll definitely be excited, be proud.
“But I’ve got to take care of this week first.”
If Johnson wins the Genesis Open and Day finishes in a three-way tie for third or worse, then Johnson moves to No. 1 for the first time in his career. Day started the third round tied for 40th at 2 under, eight shots behind Johnson, who has shot a pair of 66s this week at Riviera.
Another potential milestone: It would be the 10th consecutive season since Johnson turned pro that he’s won at least one TOUR event, extending the longest active streak on TOUR.
To do so, he’ll need to play 36 holes on Sunday, since the leaders were unable to start their third rounds before dusk on Saturday.
“Tomorrow’s going to be a long day,” Johnson said, “but as long as we’ve got nice weather, we’ll get it done.” 

CHASING DUSTIN

Most TOUR pros are used to being outdistanced by Dustin Johnson off the tee. His primary chasers Sunday are no exception.
Pat Perez averages 294 yards off the tee, ranking him T-80 in driving distance this season. Cameron Tringale averages 277.9 yards, ranking 193rd. Johnson, meanwhile, averages 314.4 yards, second-highest behind Luke List.
Yet Perez and Tringale are tied for second, one shot behind Johnson through 36 holes.
“Tomorrow with Dustin, he’ll hit 50 yards by me like usual,” Perez said. “That’s actually something that’s easy for me because I don’t have to worry about trying to keep up with him.
“I know his game real well … I know my game even better. I’m going to have to play amazing tomorrow to catch him.”
Tringale won’t get caught up trying to stay close to Johnson in the fairway. “Just keep doing what I’m doing,” he said, “trying to have some fun out there.”

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Some GB and I scores

136 Luke Donald (Eng) 68 68 (T7)

138 Martin Laird (Sco) 70 68 (T17)

139 Padraig Harrington (Ire) 67 72, Graeme McDowell (NIre) 69 70 (T27)

140 Justin Rose (Eng) 69 71 (T36).

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Rumford reaches last four but Duncan Stewart

goes down in first six-hole tie

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Brett Rumford battled into the semi-finals of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth as Louis Oosthuizen was knocked out.
Scotland's Duncan Stewart lost his six-hole first-round tie to Japan's Hideto Tanihara who had a birdie 2 at the short third.
Rumford had led by five shots after the 54 holes of stroke play at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, earning himself a bye into the second match play round where he dispatched of Hideto Tanihara 2 and 1 with the minimum of fuss.
Wade Ormsby pushed him all the way to the shoot-out hole in the quarter-finals but the 39 year old prevailed to set up a last-four clash with Adam Bland - who defeated Oosthuizen on the extra hole.
Phachara Khongwatmai and Jason Scrivener were set to go head-to-head in the other semi-final, with the players facing each other over six holes on the tenth, second, eighth, 11th, 12th and 18th.
After the first two holes were halved, Rumford found himself in awkward position next to a greenside bunker on the the third and Ormsby went one up but the top seed hit back with two birdies as Ormsby missed two short putts.
A three-putt from Rumford on the last while Ormsby got up and down took the match to the shoot-out hole and more drama was to follow.
Rumford holed a 30-footer to put the pressure on his opponent but Ormsby also made his putt, although when Rumford put his tee-shot to tap-in range next time around, Ormsby had no response.
A Bland bogey on the first put Oosthuizen one up and when the South African almost eagled the second, things were looking ominous. Bland made his birdie, though, and when Oosthuizen three-putted the fifth, they were all square.

Halves in par sent them up the shoot-out hole with both men making a birdie and Oosthuizen missed a six-footer to win at the next attempt.
Bland produced an excellent tee-shot on the third time around and with Oosthuizen finding the bunker, a concession soon came as the 2010 Open champion failed to get up and down.
Khongwatmai was in imperious form and played five holes in four under to beat Matthew Millar 2 and 1.
He got up and down from a bunker on the first to go one up and after both men birdied the second, a lengthy left-to-right putt from Millar evened things up.
A four-footer on the fourth re-established Khongwatmai's lead and a beautiful tee-shot to five feet on the fifth sealed the win.
Scrivener was next up for the teenager after he beat Steven Jeffress on the second shoot-out hole.
He birdied the first but back-to-back birdies from Jeffress on the fourth and fifth applied the pressure before it was relieved again, with the latter making a mess of the last.
The first shoot-out hole was halved in birdies but when Jeffress missed his second birdie attempt, Scrivener rolled a short one down the slope for victory.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

 Bubba Watson quits after 16 holes at Riviera

Defending champion Bubba Watson withdrew from the US PGA Tour's Genesis Open on Saturday at Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles in California  with just two holes remaining.

Watson, who began the second round on No. 10, appeared to favour his left wrist during a shot out of the deep rough at the seventh (his 16th hole)  and did not give a reason for withdrawing, according to Golf Channel.
Watson was 8 over and would have missed his second consecutive cut after an opening-round 74. He also missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, his last event, with a 69-74.
Watson won at Riviera in 2016 and 2014 and only missed one cut all of last season, at the Deutsche Bank Championship in September.
Vaughn Taylor, Bryson DeChambeau, Steve Marino, Shane Lowry and Jinho Choi also withdrew from the event.

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McLEARY HAS COSTLY TRIPLE BOGEY AT LAST HOLE ON ALGARVE

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
A triple bogey 7 at the last hole cost Jamie McLeary a higher finish and more prizemoney than the joint fifth he achieved today (SAT) in the Algarve Pro Tour's Palmares Classic at Alvor, near Lagos.
McLeary, from Peterhead, had rounds of 70 and 67 for seven-under-par 137. His second round contained two eagle 3s, at the 13th and 17th, six birdies, a triple bogey and two bogeys.
He finished six shots behind the winner, Englishman Curtis Griffiths who scored 62 and 69 for 131, one ahead of runner-up Ricardo Santos (Portugal).
Craig Lawrie (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) just made the top 10 with rounds of 70 and 68 for 138, four ahead of Connor O'Neil (70-72) in T21 position.
Craig's cousin, Sean Lawrie (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) shot 78-70 for 46th place on 148.
Daniel Kay (Dunbar)  finished T49 on 150 (74-76) while Kamran Zeynalov (Portlethen) scored 85-80 for 165 and 86th place in the field of 92.

ALGARVE PRO TOUR PALMARES CLASSIC
Palmares course, Alvor, nr Lagos
LEADING FINAL TOTALS
Par 144 (2x72)
131 C Griffiths (Eng) 62 69.
132 R Santos (Por) 64 68.
133 J Abbott (Eng) 67 566.
135 C Sharvin (Ire) 66 69

SCOTS' TOTALS
137 J McLeary 70 67 (T5)
138 C Lawrie 70 68 (T10)
142 C O'Neil 70 72 (T21)
148 S Lawrie 78 70 (46th)
150 D Kay 74 76 (T49)
165 K Zeynalov 85 80 (86th).
Field of 92 players.

 
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