Sunday, January 25, 2015


South African Darren Fichardt produced a classy display in blustery conditions to win the 2015 Abu Dhabi Invitational at Yas Links today.
The 2003 Qatar Masters winner was in top form as he rattled off nine birdies on his way to an 8 under 64, which was good enough to win the individual professional section of the event by a stroke from Thongchai Jaidee, Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Ross McGowan.
“It’s been a fantastic day, great company. It’s an unbelievable event on a great golf course,” said the South African, a four-time winner on The European Tour, who won US$100,000m, US$50,000 of which will be distributed to charity through the Tournament Players Foundation.
“When I initially got asked to play this event I thought, ‘It’s just a Pro-Am’ but I must say from the moment we arrived the people have been unbelievably hospitable and accommodating.

"They’ve put us up in a fantastic hotel, the Yas Viceroy, and we got brought to the course in a Bentley! It’s been really fantastic and the course is in wonderful condition.”
The 39 year old was delighted to show some good form having endured a frustrating time at the Qatar Masters last week. Starting on the 10th hole, he reached the turn at 2 under before a scintillating performance saw him play the front nine in just 30 blows with six birdies and no dropped shots.
“This gives me a huge boost to the confidence,” said Fichardt who came close to making aces on both the eighth and the 17th, which would have won him a Bentley Continental GT Speed and a Sunseeker Manhattan 63 luxury yacht respectively. 

“Yesterday in Qatar I shot level par in the final round and made one birdie and one bogey. It was a mess and left a bitter taste in my mouth. So coming here and shooting 8 under to win this beautiful event, it’s definitely done a lot for my confidence.
Meanwhile World No.1 Rory McIlroy, predictably, drew the biggest crowds of the day playing alongside Dad Gerry, Stephen Gallacher, and tournament co-host Mohammed Farooq, as the Northern Irishman finished in a share of 25th place with a 2 under 70.
“It was an enjoyable day, and it was nice to play 18 holes,” said McIlroy who had a mixed bag of a round with five birdies and three bogeys. “I haven’t actually played 18 holes since Abu Dhabi so it was nice to get back on the course.
“I’ve played this course before and it’s great. I think they’ve done a really good job in making a links course in the middle of the desert.
“It’s great for the amateurs, getting to play with us in events like this. There are a lot of guys we know already from the Pro-Am circuit so it’s good to catch up with them. You always enjoy it more when you play with people you know and you can have a laugh.
“You’re always trying to play well and shoot the best score you can but you’re trying to have a bit of fun out there at the same time – especially playing out there with my dad, and Mohammed who’s become a pretty good friend over the past couple of years.”
McIlroy also came close to a hole in one on the 17th, knocking a six iron that came to a stop just two inches right of the hole.
“I was nearly there,” he smiled. “That would have been nice, to go way with a little yacht for my troubles!”
In the team section of the event it was the pairing of Thongchai Jaidee and Argentinean football legend Gabriel Batistuta who came out on top after a wonderful combined performance that saw them shoot 11 under 61 to win by one from Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Dino Varkey.
The Abu Dhabi Invitational is supported by Host Partner, Abu Dhabi Sports Council; Founders, Al Naboodah and Farooq Investments; Premium Partners Bentley, Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group, GEMS Education, International Petroleum Investment Company; Official Partners Luke Sport, Yas Links, Invest Africa, Hublot, Yas Viceroy; Support Partners San Pellegrino, Roberto Coin, Links Insurance Brokers, Golf Gamebook and Titleist; Media Partners Sport 360, Worldwide Golf, Golfing World and Event Partners IMG and The European Tour.

About the Abu Dhabi Invitational:
The ABU DHABI INVITATIONAL Founded in 2007 was contested by 58 European Tour professionals, each partnering an amateur guest from the world of elite business and entertainment in a Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Yas Links Golf.

The Professionals played for a prize fund of US$500,000 of which US$125,000 will be donated to charity by the top 4 professionals (donated to the charities of their choice). The Abu Dhabi Invitational has raised and donated over $1.2m to many charities in the UAE and around the world. Our target for 2015 is to raise $500,000 and continue to make a difference.


Par 72
64 Darren Fichardt (S Africa)
65 Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Spain), Ross McGowan (England)

70 Rory McIlroy (T25)

61Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) and Gabriel Batistua (Argentina) (am)
62 Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Spain) and Dario Varkey (am)



Ewen Ferguson slipped down to joint sixth with a third-round 76 for level par 216 in the 72-hole Gauteng North Open stroke-play championship at Pretoria Country Club, South Africa today.
The Bearsden player had two double-bogey 5s at the short 14th and 16th.
He is 10 shots behind the new leader, South African Theunis Bezuidenhourt who shot a third-round 67 for 10-under 206 to lead the field by five shots.
Greig Marchbank (74) and Connor Syme (77) are sharing 12th place on 220.
Craig Ross's 73 has left him T23 on 223 while the only other Scot to survive the halfway cut was Scott Gibson but he slumped to a third-round 78 this morning with double bogey 6s at the first and third and a double bogey 7 at the long sixth in an outward half of 42.
The fourth and final round is underway

par 216 (3x72). players from South Africa unless stated otherwise
206 Theunis Bezuidenhout 67 72 67
211 Jovan Rebola 72 69 70
213 Kyle McClatchie 69 76 68, James du Preez 70 72 71
215 Teaghan Gauche 68 72 75
216 Ewen Ferguson (Scotland) 70 70 76

220 Greig Marchbank 75 71 74, Connor Syme 72 71 71 (T12)
223 Craig Ross 77 73 73(T23)
226 Scott Gibson 73 75 78 (T28)



Colin Montgomerie is lying joint fourth with one round to go in the US Champions Tour's Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, Hawaii.
The Scot has had rounds of 70 and 66 for 136 to be three behind joint leaders, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spai) 69-64 and American Rocco Mediate 66 67.

133 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 69 64, Rocco Mediate (USA) 66 67
135 Olin Browne (USA) 68 67
136 Colin Montgomerie (Scotland) 70 66, Mark O'Meara (USA) 69 67, Fred Couples (USA) 72 64

137 Bernhard Langer (Germany) 72 65 (T7) 




What a difference a year has made for Cameron Davis – the new men’s Australian Amateur champion.
Davis, 19, won an epic match-play final on the 37th hole against New Zealand Tyler Hodge at The Australian Golf Club, Sydney today with a birdie on the first extra hole to seal the biggest crown of his burgeoning career.
It was the second win of the day for both the Golf Australia national squad and Golf New South Wales after fellow Sydneysider Shelly Shin earlier won the women’s title.
Davis admitted afterwards that he was exhausted from a long and sapping week, but said it was all worthwhile.
“I wanted to play less (matchplay holes) than what I’ve done, but it doesn’t matter what hole you finish on if you win. It feels good,” he beamed after match that featured 11 birdies and some incredible escape shots, particularly by Hodge.
“A good mindset for matchplay is to expect anything, so I was expecting him to hole long putts and things, so when he did do a crazy shot, I didn’t let it affect me,” Davis said.
“I knew if I stuck to my game plan, kept hitting the shots I was hitting I’d make birdies and keep myself in there.”
In an extra hole that almost summed up the gripping match, both players found the fairway bunker with tee shots on the par-5 first, but the match looked headed for a result when Hodge miscued a hybrid into the trees on the left.
A couple of feisty cockatoos did their best to distract the Kiwi as he played his recovery shot through the trees to again find trouble.
When Davis all but holed his approach shot, a miraculous hole-out was required to extend the match.
As he had done so superbly all day, the left-handed Hodge made a remarkable attempt only to see the ball run past and leave Davis victorious.
It’s a far cry from the gentle giant who was knocked out at the quarter-final stage of the national championship last year who left confident he had the game to compete in the United States in the northern summer.
But after Davis endured a string of underwhelming American results, Golf Australia high performance director Brad James said it was a testament to the drive and determination of the Monash Country Club member that he returned a different man.
“Last year was a great learning experience for Cam – his trip to the US helped him rededicate himself and approach his game with a different dedication level,” James said.
“He has come back with a whole different perspective on what work is. He hits the gym and has worked with 100 per cent effort on the process of making himself a better player for the long term.
“You can see that by the fact he was runner-up in the strokeplay section this week, then going on to be so consistent in the matchplay, too.
“It showed the class of player who can compete in both formats because there’s nowhere for him to hide out there.
“It’s a great tribute to him, but for both him and Shelly, it’s a huge achievement by Golf New South Wales to have both winners.
“Golf NSW national coach Dean Kinney has been absolutely brilliant with these guys and it’s a great tribute to them.”
The vastly improved Davis recently won the Victorian Amateur Championship and set a course record-equalling 63 on Royal Melbourne’s West Course during the Australian Master of the Amateurs earlier this month.
Earlier, Hodge made a flying start in the oppressively hot conditions.
Hoping to become the second consecutive New Zealander to win the title after Tae Koh last year, Hodge started with two birdies to go 2-up.
Holes were then halved until the ninth, when Hodge displayed the sublime short game that would be a feature of his day.
Davis would have been pleased with his bogey after finding both the fairway bunker and the water hazard, but Hodge played a wonderful chip shot from the back bunker to make par and snare the momentum, 3-up at the turn.
The Kiwi then played arguably the shot of the tournament on the uphill par-4 13th hole after his drive clipped the trees on the right and left an awkward long approach.
With Davis safely in the fairway, Hodge went for broke and took a line few spectators even considered an option. 
Facing a downhill lie, he struck a hybrid through and over then over trees to carry the greenside bunker and find the green. The two-putt par matched Davis’ more conventional one, and must have left the Australian wondering when he would win a hole.
Davis was left shaking his head again on the following hole when his ball moved as he removed a stick in the rough. Forced to replace it with a one-stroke penalty, he wasn’t able to match Hodge’s par and went 4-down.
But Davis eventually won his first hole after playing the better of the two pitch shots from the back of the par-3 15th green.
His surge back into the match was complete when Davis played a spectacular wedge into the breeze on the 18th hole to within centimetres from 110m for a conceded birdie that meant Davis had won the four holes on the trot to square the match.
Both players led at times throughout the second 18, but never by more than one hole and it was fitting that extra time was needed to separate the pair.



Scots Euan Walker and Calum Hill were lying joint 21st and 45th in a field of 70 players with one round to go in the South American men's amateur golf championship at Lima, Peru.

Walker, pictured, a member at Kilmarnock Barassie and a student at the University of Missouri, has had scores of 72, 73 and 74 for three-over 219 - 13 shots behind the American leader, Scott Harvey.
He had two birdies but four bogeys in his fourth round.
Tantallon member Hill, a student at the University of Louisiana-Monro, has scored 80, 72 and 74 for 226. He had three birdies and five bogeys.
Leading British players are Jack Davidson from Wales and England's Ashley Chesters in joint fifth place on 211.

Lima, Peru
Par 216 (3x72)
206 Scott Harvey (USA) 66 70 70
207 Matias Simaski (Arg) 71 68 68
208 Andres Schonbaum (Arg) 73 66 69.

211 Jack Davidson (Wal) 70 69 72, Ashley Chesters (Eng) 74 68 69 (T5).
216 Chris Selfridge (Ire) 73 71 72 (T14)
219 Euan Walker (Sco) 72 73 74 (T21)
220 Owen Edwards (Wal) 80 72 68(T27)
226 Calum Hill (Sco) 80 72 74 (T48)
227 Lee Jones (Wal) 78 73 76 (T47)
229 Michael Saunders (Eng) 75 77 77 (T51)
230 Evan Griffith (Wal) 71 80 79 (T54)
Disqualified: Luke Johnson (Eng)
Field of 70 players



Martin Laird is in the top 10 as the US PGA Tour's Humana Challenge goes into Sunday's fourth round at La Quinta, California.
The Scot (pictured below) has had scores of 68, 66 and 68 for a 54-hole tally of 202 and joint ninth place - three shots behind the quartet sharing the lead, Americans Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam.

Russell Knox missed the cut by three shots with rounds of 69,70 and 72 for 211.
Englishman Brian Davis is T24 on 204.
Brits who are now on the sidelines alongside Knox include, Paul Casey (209), Luke Donald (214) and Greg Owen (225).

Three different courses used. Par 216 (3x72)
Players from USA unless stated
199 Erik Compton 66 66 67, Bill Haas 67 63 69, Justin Thomas 68 63 68, Michael Putnam 63 67 69.
200 Matt Kuchar 65 64 71 (T5)
202 Martin Laird (Scotland) 68 66 68 (T9)
204 Brian Davis (England) 67  69 68 (T24)

MISSED THE CUT (208 and better qualified)
209 Paul Casey (England) 70 69 70
211 Russell Knox (Scotland) 69 70 72
214 Luke Donald (England) 75 69 70
225 Greg Owen (England) 74 74 77 

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LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Matt Kuchar stumbled late in the third round of the Humana Challenge, handing the lead to Erik Compton, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam.
Two strokes ahead after a birdie on the par-5 14th, Kuchar bogeyed three of the final four holes Saturday for a 1-under 71 on PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course.
"It's too bad, but it's what happened," Kuchar said. "I still got one more day left to try to make some birdies and still pull this thing out."
Two-time heart transplant recipient Compton shot a 67 on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course to join Haas, Thomas and Putnam at 17-under 199. Haas, the 2010 winner, had a 69 on the Nicklaus layout. Thomas shot 68 on the Palmer course, and Putnam had a 69 at La Quinta Country Club.
Kuchar was a stroke back along with Ryan Palmer, Scott Pinckney and Steve Wheatcroft.
The highest-ranked player in the field at No. 11, Kuchar lost a shot on the par-3 15th when he drove to the right, sent his second to the back edge and missed a 14-footer.
"Just nearly an impossible up-and-down if you miss the green right," Kuchar said.
Kuchar bogeyed the par-3 17th after his tee shot went right, bounced sideways off the rocks at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains and raced across the green into the All-American Canal.
"With a pitching wedge, you're looking to hit a good shot," Kuchar said. "Unfortunately, I let it hang too much and it caught a rock and went in the water."
The seven-time tour winner closed with another rocky bogey, ending his birdie-eagle string on the par 5s. On the first 12 pars 5 of the week, he had an eagle and 11 birdies.
On 18, his 235-yard approach sailed long and left into the rocks and water. After his ball rolled away on a penalty drop, he placed it deep in the dormant grass, blasted out to 8 feet and two-putted.
"I hit a great drive and was in between a 3- and 4-hybrid," Kuchar said. "I went with a 3-hybrid, trying to get it back to the hole and hit a solid shot that just didn't fade."
Compton birdied three of his last five holes in breezy, warm conditions.
"I had a couple shots that were loose on the drives, but I salvaged the round," Compton said. "Tomorrow's a new day."
On the final day of the pro-am competition, Compton played in a group with amputee Chad Pfeifer and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Bud Norris. Pfeifer lost his left leg in Iraq.
"On the third hole, he said, `Hey, listen, you know, you really inspired me learning about your story,'" Compton said. "And I'm kind of speechless, because I see him with a huge adversity that he's gone through and it speaks volumes."
Haas is making his first start since November. He took the long break to rest his left wrist, injured when he fell down stairs at Hilton Head.
"So far, something to build on, but I also know in the back of my head I don't think I'm a hundred percent," Haas said. "So, I'll go on the range and work on it. I just got to stay in the moment and try not to hit too many foul balls tomorrow."
Thomas birdied two of the last three holes. The 21-year-old former Alabama player hit a 91-yard shot to a foot for birdie on the par- 4 16th and two-putted for birdie on the 18.
"I'm pleased where I'm at going into tomorrow," Thomas said.
Palmer followed his 61 on Friday on the Nicklaus course with a 68 on the Palmer layout. Wheatcroft had a 68 on the Nicklaus course, and Pinckney shot 69 in the Palmer.
Defending champion Patrick Reed, paired with Kuchar, was tied for ninth at 14 under after a 67. He's coming off a playoff victory two weeks ago in Hawaii in the Tournament of Champions.
Phil Mickelson was 11 under in his first start since the Ryder Cup in September. He had eight birdies and four bogeys in a 68 on the Palmer course.
"It was a day that could have been really low," Mickelson said. "It had a lot of potential and I ended up making too many bogeys and letting some birdie opportunities slide."
The 44-year-old Mickelson won the event in 2002 and 2004.


Saturday, January 24, 2015


Bearsden's Ewen Ferguson is tied third in a huge field of 159 players at the halfway stage of the Gauteng North Open stroke-play golf championship at Pretoria Country Club, South Africa.
Ferguson, pictured, had had two rounds of two-under 70 for 140 and is two shots behind South Africa leader Paul Boshoff (70-68).
Connor Syme from Dumfries but whose father now runs the Drumoig driving range is a second Scot in the top 10. He shot 72-71 for 143 and a share of eighth place.
Greig Marchbank is joint 15th with ronds of 75 and 71 for 146.
Scott Gibson, sharing 22nd place on 148 (73-75) and Craig Ross, joint 32nd on 150 (77-73) also survived the halfway cut.
Scots' non-qualifiers were Daniel Young (156) and Ben Kinsley (159).

Par 144 (2x72)
138 Paul Boshoff (SAf) 70 68
139 Theunis Bezuidenhout (SAf) 67 72
140 Ewen Ferguson (Sco) 70 70, Teaghan Gauchie (SAf) 68 72

143 Connor Syme 72 71 (T8)
146 Greig Marchbank 75 71 (T15)
148 Scott Gibson 73 75 (T22)
150 Craig Ross 77 73 (T32) 77 73

MISSED THE CUT (154 and better qualified)
156 Daniel Young 80 76 (T71)
159 Ben Kinsley 82 77 (T97).
Field of 159 players.




 Aberdour player leads Fife My Golf Ranking                                                , Fife Men, Week 2015/03
1 Colin Campbell (Aberdour) 1317pts

2 Barry Logan (Dunnikier Park) 1117

3 Remi Passiatore (Dunfermline) 1113

4 Ryan Brown (Dunfermline) 1105

T5 Paul Hobbin (Balbirnie Park) 1092
T5 Bobby Wallace (Canmore) 1092, Fife Clubs, Week 2015/03

1 Dunfermline 936pts

2 Canmore 881

3 Dunnikier Park 877

4 Balbirnie Park 873

5 Kirkcaldy 828

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       Branden Grace with the magnificent trophy (picture by courtesy of Getty Images(c)

South African Branden Grace soared to a sixth European Tour victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, thanks in no small part to a sensational eagle 2 at the par-4 16th hole.
The 26-year-old Pretorian started the closing round in a four-way tie for top spot, but his closing 66 saw him finish on 19 under par 269 and win the huge trophy and a cheque for 353,257 euros by a stroke from Marc Warren, who narrowly missed for a birdie on the last that would have forced a play-off. The Scot earned 235,502 euros
In the end, the tournament turned on Grace’s crucial eagle on the 16th, where he drilled a pin-point driver from the tee that stopped five feet from the hole. That sent the eventual champion a couple clear of the chasing back, a position from which he never looked back.
That impressive eagle, alongside birdies at the first, 12th, 14th and, crucially, at the last, meant that the man who won just last month at the Alfred Dunhill Championship was back in the winners’ circle once more.
For Warren, the tournament turned with his double bogey on the par three eighth, although to his great credit the Scot fought back valiantly and pushed Grace all the way with his round of 67.
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger had been part of the leading quartet entering the final day, and shot a round of 68 to finish two adrift of the winning mark, while Englishman Eddie Pepperell shot a 67 to finish in fourth spot on 16 under par.
Challenge Tour graduate Byeong-hun An from South Korea tied the low round of the week with a 65 on Saturday to finish in a tie for fifth place with Frenchman Grégory Bourdy, who matched the Korean’s effort. 

The pair finished alongside Emiliano Grillo at 15 under after the Argentine, who had been the fourth member of the leading group entering the final round, carded a 70.


Branden Grace (-19)

"Today was good. I started with a nice birdie and the round didn't really go my way from there, but I just stuck to my routines, stuck to my guns and one thing led to another. One good swing led to the other one, and I made a couple of birdies coming in, which was a great bonus.
"It's not actually my favourite tee shot (at the 16th), especially with the wind off the left. It's one you have to really commit to and it's one of those where it's a good driver, but it's not a smash.
"I managed to hit a great shot and got it up in the air, which allowed for the soft bounce, and managed to get it to go five or six feet short of the flag. Zack (caddie) just told me to stick to my routines, I was reading it well and putting it well, and I made a good stroke and rolled it in.
"Bernd got it going though, and when the putter got hot it looked like he didn't want to miss out there. It was really kind of a match play situation. I know Marc was making some birdies behind us as well, but I was just focusing on Bernd.
"So I managed to get it to an all square situation, and on 16 I went past him, and that was the game changer. It was a great day and it's just nice that the swing kept together in the situation I put myself in.
"The schedule is going to change again now, but I'm going to stick to my routines and my schedule in Europe and take it from there. This is definitely one of the ones that I wanted to tick off though, so I'm proud of myself that I managed to do it.

Marc Warren (-18)
"I started birdie-birdie, but it didn't feel as in-sync as it has been, and obviously starting with two birdies, you can't complain.
"It was a little bit all over the place though, and then I hit a poor shot on eight and made double bogey there. Walking to the ninth tee I just thought about some swing thoughts, and moved the ball further forward in my stance for the last nine holes and never missed a shot after, so it seemed to work.
"Branden made that great eagle and then I made a good birdie on 17 just to hang on to his coat-tails a little bit. He then birdied 18 and I thought I had hit a really good drive down there to give myself a good chance at it. My wedge (third shot) didn't go quite as far as I thought it was going to, so it left an uphill chance to get in a playoff, and I decided to take a little break off it, so was hitting it harder than I normally would.
"I wish next week started tomorrow, after playing a final ten holes like that. It's a second place but it's not like I have made any mistakes coming in, and it was exactly the opposite to be honest. It was kind of foot down and go forward, and I felt like I was swinging well the last few holes. I was going at flags and the putts were going in, so overall it was a really exciting day to be honest."
par 288 (4x72) prizemoney in euros
269 B Grace  (RSA) 67 68 68 66 (353,257)
270 M Warren (Sco) 71 65 67 67 (235,502)
271 B Wiesberger  (Austria) 69 66 68 68 (132,686)
272 E Pepperell (Eng) 69 71 65 67 (105,979)
273 E Grillo (Arg) 67 69 67 70, G Bourdy (Fra) 70 68 70 65, B An (SKor) 67 69 72 65 (75,881 each).
274 A Cañizares  (Esp) 67 70 68 69
275 A Noren  (Swe) 67 71 72 65
276 B Hebert  (Fra) 72 68 69 67, O Fisher  (Eng) 65 73 69 69
277 G Coetzee (RSA) 68 67 70 72
278 J Carlsson (Swe) 74 65 69 70, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 70 73 67 68, S Kjeldsen (Den) 73 70 67 68, H Stenson (Swe) 70 71 71 66, J Rose (Eng) 68 73 69 68, M Carlsson  (Swe) 71 69 70 68
279 S Benson (Eng) 70 71 69 69, J Quesne  (Fra) 70 72 69 68, A Hansen (Den) 71 69 70 69, A Sullivan (Eng) 71 68 70 70
280 A Quiros  (Esp) 70 70 72 68, T Fleetwood  (Eng) 73 65 74 68, F Aguilar (Chi) 71 68 72 69, M Baldwin (Eng) 70 68 70 72, D Fichardt (RSA) 67 70 71 72, E Els (RSA) 67 72 70 71, T Jaidee (Tha) 69 73 69 69
281 R Fisher (Eng) 70 70 73 68, R Gonzalez (Arg) 69 70 73 69, M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 70 70 69 72
282 E Molinari  (Ita) 71 70 70 71, P Larrazábal (Esp) 71 71 67 73, K Broberg (Swe) 67 71 72 72, S Gallacher (Sco) 68 75 72 67, R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 66 73 70 73 (15,939 each)
283 J M Singh (Ind) 70 70 73 70, T Aiken (RSA) 69 73 72 69, R Paratore (Ita) 69 69 70 75, R Green (Aus) 70 67 76 70, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 68 71 75 69, T Pieters  (Bel) 73 68 68 74, S Kapur (Ind) 70 68 72 73, B Rumford (Aus) 69 72 73 69
284 P Lawrie (Sco) 67 73 73 71, P Lawrie (Irl) 70 68 73 73, J Morrison  (Eng) 68 70 75 71, D Van Der Walt (RSA) 72 69 70 73, S Garcia  (Esp) 69 69 77 69, M Kieffer (Ger) 71 68 73 72 (10,174 each).
285 J Barnes (Eng) 72 70 72 71, M Hoey  (Nir) 71 69 74 71, A Johnston (Eng) 69 73 72 71, T Lewis (Eng) 72 71 69 73, M Foster (Eng) 67 73 70 75, E Espana (Fra) 70 73 70 72
286 D McGrane (Irl) 68 72 74 72, E De La Riva  (Esp) 70 69 72 75, G Havret  (Fra) 70 69 75 72, P Uihlein  (USA) 69 73 71 73
287 J Campillo (Esp) 72 70 73 72, R Karlsson (Swe) 70 73 73 71,

M Tullo (Chi) 69 74 73 71
288 J Roos (RSA) 75 68 72 73, M Lampert (Ger) 67 74 77 70, S Jamieson  (Sco) 68 73 72 75 (4,663 each).
289 A Otaegui  (Esp) 73 70 73 73, M Nixon (Eng) 72 71 74 72
290 R Finch  (Eng) 71 72 75 72, P Waring  (Eng) 70 72 76 72
293 M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 68 71 77 77, W Ormsby (Aus) 74 69 71 79
294 M Korhonen (Fin) 73 70 77 74



South American men's amateur championship scoreboard
Lima, Peru
Par 144 (2x72)
136 Scott Harvey (USA) 66 70, Andre Tourinho (Brazil) 69 67
139 Andrw Schonbaum (Argentina) 73 66, Blair Hamilton (Canada) 71 68, Matias Samask (Argentina) 71 68, Jack Davidson (Wales) 70 69

142 Joe Dean (England) 74 68, Ashley Chesters (England) 74 68 (T11)
144 Chris Selfridge (Ireland) 73 71 (T19)
145 Euan Walker (Scotland) 72 73 (T23)
148 Paul McBride (Ireland) 74 74 (T34)
150 Luke Johnson (England) 76 74 (T43)
151 Evan Griffith (Wales) 71 80 (T49)
152 Owen Edwards (Wales) 80 72, Calum Hill (Scotland) 80 72 (T53)
Field of 70 players.



Martin Laird is lying T14 and Russell Knox T60 after two rounds of the Humana Challenge US PGA Tour event over three courses at La Quinta, California.
Laird has shot 68-66 for 134, Knox 69-70 for 139.
Matt Kuchar, 65-64 for 129, leads.

players from USA unless stated
129 Matt Kuchar 65 64
130 Michael Putnam 63 67, Bill Haas 67 63
131 Nick Watney 67 64, Justin Thomas 68 63, Scott Pnckney 64 67.

134 Martin Laird 68 66 (T14)
139 Russell Knox 69 70 (T60)




Kiwi Hodge v Davis in Aussie men's amateur final
For the second consecutive year, an Australian and a New Zealander will contes the Australian men's amateur championship on Sunday.
New Zealand’s Tyler Hodge and Cameron Davis (New South Wales) will vie for theprestigious  title over 36 holes at The Australian Golf Club, Sydney.
Hodge beat Kevin Yuan (NSW) 3 and 2 to book his place in the final. Yuan took an early lead but by the ninth hole Hodge had all the momentum, taking a two-hole lead. 
In tough, gusty conditions, Hodge stretched the lead to four a few holes later and clinched the match at the 16th hole.
Tyler Hodge will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Kiwi Tae Koh who won the Australian  title last year.
Big-hitting Cameron Davis had to rally from three holes down early in the other semi-final to beat Justin Warren (NSW) at the 19th.
Warren pulled his own bag around for the semi-final match and got off to a flying start and found himself three up when Davis hit a tee shot into the water hazard on the sixth.
Davis settled and gained the momentum through the opening holes of the back nine and after a tap-in eagle at the 14th, the match was all square.
Both players hit wild second shots into the breeze at the tough, par-5 finishing hole. Cameron pulled his shot on to the hill next to the clubhouse, while Warren needed two chips to escape heavy rough behind the green. Both players conceded par putts with Davis then 
pipping Warren at the on the first extra hole.

Tyler Hodge (NZ) bt Jason Gulasekharam (NZ) 2 and 1.
Kevin Yuan (NSW) bt Corey Connors (Canada) 2 and 1.
Cameron Davis (NSW) bt Jack Sullivan (Queensland) 3 and 2.
Justin Warren (NSW) bt Brayden Petersen (NSW) at 19th.

Davis bt Warren at 19th.

Hodge bt Yuan 3 and 2.

Aussie women's amateur results on

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Friday, January 23, 2015


The River Spey is the dividing line between the North District and the North East and it was on the West bank of the Spey at Garmouth and Kingston last October that the first North Scottish Golfers Alliance fixture of the season was played.
The resumption, after a two-month break, will be on the east bank of the river at the Spey Bay golf course on Saturday, January 31, where Jeff Wright (Forres) and Kyle Godsman (Moray) will renew their challenge for scratch supremacy in the race to win the K M Cameron Trophy for the season's best six scratch score aggregate.
Both golfers have each won three individual fixtures in the first half and with his superb round of 60 on his last outing at Kinloss, Wight leads by four shots, 406 to Godsman's 410. 
They are both carrying mid-70 scores in their totals but these should easily be replaced over the shorter Spey Bay lay-out next weekend.
Other members with six qualifying totals who cannot be ruled out are David Joel (Inverness), 416,  and the trophy holder Bryan Fotheringham (Inverness) with 423

Two nett aggregate trophies will also be decided upon over the remaining fixtures. In the low section playing for the Burnett Trophy scratch handicapper Joel is out in front with his 416 nett figure and holds a three shot lead over P Matheson (Grantown on Spey) 
The Bill MacQueen Trophy is the silverware for winning the high handicap section where currently only three members have recorded mandatory six scores. The leading six score nett aggregates are- J MacDonald (Inverness) 426, I Turner (Boat of Garten) 447 and I Hamilton (Elgin) 463.



LA QUINTA, California – Patrick Reed didn’t work on his golf game last week.
“(I) worked on my forehead tan. Seemed like that got more attention than the actual golf game,” Reed joked in his pre-tournament press conference at this week’s Humana Challenge US PGA Tour event.
A picture of his pale forehead contrasted with his tan face made the rounds on social media during the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He won that event by beating Jimmy Walker in a play-off, then spent a week relaxing at Kapalua before defending the Humana title he won in 2014.
Reed estimated he played 13 holes last week with wife Justine at Kapalua.  
Today, Patrick picked up right where he left off, opening his defence with a seven-under 65 at La Quinta Country Club. He’s two shots behind leader Michael Putnam.
The Hyundai win was Reed’s fourth in his past 35 starts. That includes a record-setting performance at last year’s Humana, when he opened with three consecutive 63s. Reed is two shots off last year’s pace, but happy with the start.
“My confidence is as high as it could be, and the main thing is just not getting ahead of myself and not really being over-confident where I take too many unnecessary risks,” Reed said. "I feel like I did that really well today.”
Reed, who averaged 315yd off the tee today, is 28 under par for his first five rounds of 2015. He made birdies on La Quinta’s fifth and sixth holes, then rolled off five in a row on Nos. 9-13.
Michael Putnam's US PGA Tour career got off to a hot start. The 2005 NCAA runner-up, he finished four on his Tour debut at the 2005 Travellers Championship. Nine years later, that still ranks as his highest pro finish.
He’s off to a good start here as he tries to best that mark.
Putnam shot 9-under 63 on PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course to take the first-round lead. He made par on his first six holes before making birdie on nine of the last 12.
Holding the first-round lead, especially this week, is of little significance. Three courses – La Quinta Country Club and PGA West’s Palmer Private and Nicklaus Private – are in use, and the winning score will likely fall around 25 under par.
“You have to … mentally throw this one away because you’re not going to play the Nicklaus (again),” Putnam said. “The focus for me is on the Palmer tomorrow and then La Quinta on Saturday. There’s a lot of birdies going to be made in 54 holes by a lot of guys. So I have to make a lot of birdies.”
Phil Mickelson's one-under 71 at La Quinta Country Club was nothing to write home about, although he did hole a bunker shot. It is one of the easiest courses on the US Tour.

+Three courses being used, all par 72 Players from USA unless stated otherwise
63 Michael Putnam
64 Francesco Molinari (Italy), John Peterson, Blake Adams, Scott Pinckney, Mark Wilson,
65 Matt Kuchar, Jason Kokrak, Patrick Reed

67 Brian Davis (England)
68 Martin Laird (Scotland)
69 Russell Knox (Scotland)
71 Phil Mickelson





Spain beat England 6-3 in the title-decider of the men's amateur international quadrangular tournament at Costa Ballena Golf Club, Cadiz today.
In the other concluding match, Germany and Finland drew 4.5pt each.
England's downfall were the morning foursomes. They lost them all to go into the six singles trailing 3-0.
Ashton Turner, Sean Towndrow and Scott Gregory won the top three singles for England but Spain took the last three ties for a 3pt victory.
England's most successful competitor over the three days was Towndrow with 4.5pt, followed by Turner 4pt and Burlison 3.5pt.
Spain's top scorer was Xabier Gosospe with 4.5pt followed by Mario Galliano with 4pt

Foursomes: 0-3
Ashton Turner and Sean Towndrow lost to Ivan Cantero and Zabier Gorospe 3 and 2.
Scott Gregory and Jamie Bower lost to Mario Galiano and Pablo Rodriguez 4 and 2
Bobby Keebles and Rob Burlison lost to Victor Garcia and Victor Pastor 3 and 2.

Singles (3-3)
Turner bt Gosospe 1 hole
Towndrow bt Cantero 2 and 1.
Gregor bt Rodriguez 4 and 2.
Burlison lost to Galiano 2 and 1.
Bower lost to Pastor 4 and 2.
Keeble lost to Garcia 7 and 6.

    Foursomes: 1-2
Raphael Geissler and Timo Vahlenkamp lost to Ilari Saulo and Tuomas Nukari 3 and 2.
Yannick Schutz and Niklas Mattner halved with Olvier Lindell and Laurti Ruisska
Mattias Schmid and Michael Hirmer halved with Vaino Viitaharju and Sami Valimaki.

         Singles (2.5-2.5)
Geissler bt Saulo 2 holes.
Vahlenkamp lost to Nukari 1 hole
Mattner halved with Lindell
Schutz lost to Viitaharju 5 and 4.
Schmid bt Ruuska 3 and 1.
Hirmer bt Valimaki 1 hole.

1 - Spain 2.5pt (D-W-W)

2 - England 1.5pt (D-W-L)

3/4 - Germany 1pt (D-L-D), Finland  (D-L-D) 1pt.


Walker, Hill mixed luck in South America
Scots Euan Walker from Troon and Tantallon's Calum Hill, both students at American colleges, had mixed fortunes in today's opening round of the South American men's amateur championship at Lima, Peru.

Kilmarnock Barassie member Walker, pictured, a student at the University of Missouri, shot an eventful, par-matching 72 to be joint 13th, six behind American leader Scott Harvey, while Hill, a student at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, slumped to an 80 which left him in joint 64th place in a field of 70.
Walker bired the long first, short fourth, short ninth, 14th and 18th in halves of 35 (one under) and 37 (one over). He had a double bogey 6 at the 16th and dropped single shots at the long second, sixth and 11th.
Hill had triple bogey 7s at the sixth and 18th in halves of 39-41. He did birdie the third and 14th but bogeyed the ninth, 11th, 12th and 13th.
Par 72
66 Scott Harvey (USA)
67 Juan Alvarez (Uru), Marcos Montenegro (Arg)
70 Jack Davidson (Wal) (T5)
71 Evan Griffiths (Wal) (T8)
72 Euan Walker (Sco) (T13).
73 Chris Selfridge (Ire) (T19)
74 Paul McBride (Ire), Joe Dean (Eng), Ashley Chesters (Eng) (T25)
75 Michael Saunders (Eng) (T34)
76 Luke Johnson (Eng) (T40)
78 Lee Jones (Wal) (T51)
80 Calum Hill (Sco), Owen Edwards (Wal) (64).
Field of 70 players.


Proven winners Branden Grace, Marc Warren and Bernd Wiesberger are standing between Emiliano Grillo and a debut European Tour title after the experienced trio joined the young Argentine at the top of the leaderboard on day three of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Grace, Warren (pictured) and Wiesberger have between them captured ten European Tour titles, and the trio will fancy their chances of adding another victory to their CVs after moving to 13 under par at Doha Golf Club.
Grace and Wiesberger both signed for rounds of 68 and Warren went one better, but the only bogey-free round amongst the leading quartet came from Grillo, who matched the Scot’s 67, courtesy of five birdies.     
South African George Coetzee currently shares fourth place on 11 under par with Spaniard Alejandro Cañizares, who is yet to drop a shot this week, and England’s Eddie Pepperrell, whose 65 was the lowest round of the tournament so far.
Key quotes:
Branden Grace (-13)
“It was nice to start off with a birdie, but I got a little bit greedy on the third and fourth, going for some pins I shouldn’t be going for. You learn the hard way through that.
“It was nice to bounce back the way I did though, and nice to finish off with a good birdie on the last. Today 18 is definitely not a gimme birdie, but I was very confident and got a nice lie in the rough. I thought ‘I'm definitely not laying up, I'm going for this’ – and I pulled it off and managed to make a good up-and-down.
“So I’m pretty happy with the round, and I’m still in the position I want to be.”
Emiliano Grillo (-13)
“The course was tougher today, but I played better. I hit the ball better, so I have a good feeling for tomorrow and I want to try to get my first win.
“This is what I play for. This is what I have practiced for my entire life. Tomorrow, I have a great chance of taking my first trophy home.
“You have to learn first how to win out here, and I think I’ve learned a lot. I think I’m ready.”
Marc Warren (-13)
“It was really solid golf today. I missed a few greens on the back nine, but my short game held it together and then I hit a few good iron shots now and again. Overall, it was a really pleasing day.
“The last few years I’ve shown a lot of progress  and come close (to winning) a couple of times. I didn’t quite get it over the line, and that was something that came quite easy at the start of my career, as every time I was in contention I seemed to win.
"I’m confident in my ability and it was nice to actually prove it again (last year). It’s one thing to be confident, but to actually do it is another thing. It has definitely put a spring in the step.”
Bernd Wiesberger (-13)
“I started quite nicely with two birdies on the second and third. I had a good front nine, a couple of grinding par putts on seven and ten, too, which was good to keep the momentum. I played all right, just not quite as good as yesterday.
“It will be nice to start the final day in the lead and to hang onto it. Everybody seems to be playing really well though, so it won’t be easy. I didn’t play as well as I did yesterday, but I took the chances when I could.
“I have a good chance (to win), but obviously there is a lot of talent up there on the leaderboard, and everybody knows that to stay up there, they will need to make a couple of birdies – and so do I. I’m looking forward to tomorrow."
Talking point
• Alejandro Cañizares has the chance to become the first man for 20 years to play four rounds on The European Tour without dropping a shot. Jesper Parnevik was the last man to achieve the feat when he won the 1995 Scandinavian Masters.


Par 216 (3x72)
203 B Wiesberger  (Aut) 69 66 68, B Grace  (RSA) 67 68 68, M Warren (Sco) 71 65 67, E Grillo (Arg) 67 69 67 

205 A Cañizares  (Esp) 67 70 68, G Coetzee (RSA) 68 67 70, E Pepperell (Eng) 69 71 65
207 O Fisher  (Eng) 65 73 69
208 J Carlsson (Swe) 74 65 69, G Bourdy (Fra) 70 68 70, R Paratore (Ita) 69 69 70, D Fichardt (RSA) 67 70 71, M Baldwin (Eng) 70 68 70, B An (SKor) 67 69 72
209 M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 70 70 69, A Sullivan (Eng) 71 68 70, P Larrazábal (Esp) 71 71 67, R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 66 73 70, B Hebert  (Fra) 72 68 69, E Els (RSA) 67 72 70, T Pieters  (Bel) 73 68 68
210 M Carlsson  (Swe) 71 69 70, A Hansen (Den) 71 69 70, S Kapur (Ind) 70 68 72, A Noren  (Swe) 67 71 72, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 70 73 67, J Rose (Eng) 68 73 69, S Benson (Eng) 70 71 69, S Kjeldsen (Den) 73 70 67, M Foster (Eng) 67 73 70, K Broberg (Swe) 67 71 72
 211 E Molinari  (Ita) 71 70 70, F Aguilar (Chi) 71 68 72, P Lawrie (Irl) 70 68 73, E De La Riva  (Esp) 70 69 72, D Van Der Walt (RSA) 72 69 70, J Quesne  (Fra) 70 72 69, T Jaidee (Tha) 69 73 69

212 A Quiros  (Esp) 70 70 72, T Lewis (Eng) 72 71 69, M Kieffer (Ger) 71 68 73, T Fleetwood  (Eng) 73 65 74, R Gonzalez (Arg) 69 70 73, H Stenson (Swe) 70 71 71 
213 J Singh (Ind) 70 70 73, R Green (Aus) 70 67 76, E Espana (Fra) 70 73 70, S Jamieson  (Sco) 68 73 72, R Fisher (Eng) 70 70 73, J Morrison  (Eng) 68 70 75, P Uihlein  (USA) 69 73 71, P Lawrie (Sco) 67 73 73
214 D McGrane (Irl) 68 72 74, W Ormsby (Aus) 74 69 71, B Rumford (Aus) 69 72 73, M Hoey  (Nir) 71 69 74, T Aiken (RSA) 69 73 72, A Johnston (Eng) 69 73 72, J Barnes (Eng) 72 70 72, G Havret  (Fra) 70 69 75, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 68 71 75
 215 J Roos (RSA) 75 68 72, S Garcia  (Esp) 69 69 77, J Campillo (Esp) 72 70 73, S Gallacher (Sco) 68 75 72 

216 M Tullo (Chi) 69 74 73, A Otaegui  (Esp) 73 70 73, R Karlsson (Swe) 70 73 73, M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 68 71 77 
217 M Nixon (Eng) 72 71 74
218 R Finch  (Eng) 71 72 75, P Waring  (Eng) 70 72 76, M Lampert (Ger) 67 74 77 
220 M Korhonen (Fin) 73 70 77




 An initial 20-man squad for the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to face the USA at Royal Lytham and St Annes, Lancashire in September has been announced by The R and A.
The 45th Walker Cup match will be played on the weekend of 12 and 13 September and will see GB and I bidding to win back the historic trophy after the USA’s convincing 17-9 victory in the 2013 match at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.
A get-together for the 20-man squad will be held on July 21 and 22 at Royal Lytham amd St Annes and the players will also meet ahead of the Lytham Trophy in May.
Nigel Edwards, captain of the GB and I team, said, “We have selected a strong squad of players and they will all know that they are in contention for a place on the team and it is up to them to perform this season. 
“As the season progresses I am sure that a number of players who do not form part of this current squad will challenge for places on the team as has happened in previous years with the likes of Steven Brown and Danny Willett playing their way on to the 2011 and 2007 teams. Players who do not form part of this squad can still play their way on to the team for September.”
Amateur Champion Bradley Neil leads a strong Scottish contingent in the squad, which also includes the 2014 St Andrews Links Trophy champion, Grant Forrest, and Jamie Savage, who won the Irish Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan is the only player in the squad with previous Walker Cup experience. The current Scottish Open Stroke Play Champion played in the 2013 match where he earned two points for GB and I. He is joined by fellow Irishmen Gary Hurley, who finished joint runner-up in the 2014 European Amateur Championship, and Paul Dunne, who came through Final Qualifying to play in last year’s Open at Royal Liverpool.
Double European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters, Adam Chapman, who won the South of England Open Amateur Championship last year, and Sam Horsfield, who recently successfully defended his New Year’s Invitational title in Florida, are among the English players in the squad.
David Boote, who enjoyed a top ten finish in last year’s European Amateur Championship, is the sole Welshman included.

The GB and I squad:
Tomasz Anderson (Brocket Hall)

Gary Hurley (West Waterford)
David Boote (Walton Heath)     

Nick Marsh (Huddersfield)
Daniel Brown (Bedale)     

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock (Barassie))
Adam Chapman (Windermere)     

Gavin Moynihan (The Island)
Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park)     

Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon)
Paul Dunne (Greystones) 

Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie)
Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) 

Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie)
Sam Horsfield (Davenport, USA) 

Jamie Savage (Cawder)
Paul Howard (Southport and Ainsdale)     

Cormac Sharvin (Ardglass)
Jack Hume (Naas)     

Ben Stow (Rushmore)

The final ten-man GB and I team will be announced in August.

Tickets for the 2015 Walker Cup match will go on sale at the beginning of May.


No Brits in Aussie amateur quarter-finals
There are no British players in the quarter-finals of the Australian men's amateur championship at The Australian Golf Club, Sydney following the exits today of Paul Howard (Southport and Ainsdale) and Richard Wale (Leicestershire).
Howard was beaten one hole by New Zealander Tae Koh in the morning second round (last 32) while Wale went out by 4 and 2 in the third round (last 16) to another Kiwi, Tyler Hodge. 

Australian men's amateur match-play results: 

 SECOND ROUND (last 32)
 T Koh (NZ) bt Paul Howard (Southport and Ainsdale) 1 hole.
 Richard Wale (Leicestershire) bt Douglas Klein (Quensland 1 hole.

 THIRD ROUND (last 16) 

CHISNALL, R (NZL) v PETERSEN, B (NSW):  RESULT: Petersen 1 hole.
RESULT: Warren 1 hole.
SULLIVAN, J (Qld) v ECCLES, B (Vic):  
RESULT: Sullivan 2 holes.
DAVIS, C (NSW) v McLEOD, J (Qld):  
RESULT: Davis 1 hole.
RESULT: Conners 2 holes.
COLLYER, B (Vic) v YUAN, K (NSW):  
RESULT: Yuan 7 and 5.
WALE, R (Leicestershire) v HODGE, Y (NZL):  
RESULT: Hodge 4 and 2.
KATAOKA, N (JPN) v GULASEKHARAM, J (NZL): RESULT: Gulasekharam 2 and 1.

23 January 2015

Home-club hero Justin Warren joined the giant killers’ list today as the big names just keep on falling at the Australian Amateur Championship. Read more


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