Monday, March 18, 2019

 Tight finish at PGA winter four-ball 
 at Dunbar with three pairs scoring 62s

Three pairs of players figured in a tie for first place on the nine-under-par 62 in today's (Monday)  £1,430 PGA winter four-ball, better-ball competition at Dunbar Golf  Club.
Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) and Alan Reid (West Lothian) won £323 as did Cameron Marr (Musselburgh) and Chris Currie (Erskine) as well as the Braid Hills pairing of Ian Young and Paul McKechnie.

Par 71

62 G Fox (Clydeway Golf) and A Reid (West Lothian), C Marr (Musselburgh) and C Currie (Erskine), I Young (Braid Hills) and P McKechnie (Braid Hills) (£323 each pair).
63 P Bradshaw (Taylor Bradshaw Golf) and P O'Hara (N Lanarkshire Leisure), G Hardy (Prestwick St Nicholas) and C Nairn (Prestwick St Nicholas) (£175 each pair).
64 C Curran (Bathgate) and C Allison (Glenbervie) (£110)
65 P Malone (Braid Hills) and Craig Gordon (Braid Hills)
66 G Hillson (Winterfield) and Z Saltman (Winterfield), J Porteous (Craigielaw) and R Fyvie (Baberton).
67 J Montgomery (Dunbar) and N Fenwick (Dunbar).
68 S Craig (Craig Golf 79) and G Harvey (Kinross), S Gray (Lanark) and Billy Marchbank (Crieff), J McGhee (Swanston) and M Kerr (Lane Golf Tours), D Orr (Whitecraigs) and I Hanna (Strathclyde Park), M Owenson (Gullane) and A Good (Gullane), N Scott-Smith (Palacerigg) and C Tierney (unatt).


 McIlroy 8-1 favourite to win Masters

Rory McIlroy ended a 364-day victory drought with his Players Championship title Sunday.
All of a sudden, he’s on a roll. McIlroy is now the betting favorite to win the 2019 Masters at 8-1, according to the latest odds-to-win posted at and at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook in the wake of his Players victory.
McIlroy is looking for a green jacket next month at Augusta National to complete his career grand slam.
The one-shot win over Jim Furyk was McIlroy’s first pro triumph anywhere since he won the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational and his first win at TPC Sawgrass on the U
US PGA Tour in 10 tries.
McIlroy earned $2.250 million with his 15th U.S. Tour victory.
Last week, Dustin Johnson was 10-1 betting solo favorite to win, while McIlroy was among a group of players at 12-1.

Betting Odds to win the 2019 Masters

to Win:
Rory McIlroy8-1
Dustin Johnson10-1
Tiger Woods12-1
Justin Rose12-1
Justin Thomas14-1
Jon Rahm16-1
Brooks Koepka18-1
Rickie Fowler18-1
Jordan Spieth20-1
Bryson DeChambeau20-1
Jason Day25-1
Tommy Fleetwood25-1
Bubba Watson30-1
Phil Mickelson30-1
Tony Finau30-1
Francesco Molinari35-1
Hideki Matsuyama35-1
Xander Schauffele35-1
Adam Scott40-1
Patrick Reed40-1
Paul Casey40-1
Matt Kuchar40-1
Marc Leishman50-1
Patrick Cantlay60-1
Gary Woodland60-1
Louis Oosthuizen60-1
Cameron Smith60-1
Sergio Garcia60-1
Henrik Stenson80-1
Brandt Snedeker80-1
Webb Simpson80-1
Alex Noren100-1
Thomas Pieters100-1
Branden Grace100-1
Ian Poulter100-1
Zach Johnson100-1
Charley Hoffman100-1
Kevin Kisner100-1
Tyrrell Hatton125-1
Rafael Cabrera Bello100-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick100-1
Charles Howell III100-1
Charl Schwartzel100/1
Haotong Li125-1
Keegan Bradley125-1
Si Woo Kim125-1
Billy Horschel125-1
J.B. Holmes125-1
Eddie Pepperell150-1
Matt Wallace150-1
Adam Hadwin150-1
Danny Willett150-1
Emiliano Grillo150-1
Shane Lowry150-1
Byeong Hun An150-1
Lee Westwood150-1
Joaquin Niemann150-1
Aaron Wise150-1
Keith Mitchell150-1
Cameron Champ150/1
Beau Hossler200-1
Kevin Na200-1
Martin Kaymer200-1
Daniel Berger200-1
Ryan Moore200-1
Brian Harman200-1
Thorbjorn Olesen200-1
Brian Harman200-1
Thorbjorn Olesen200-1
Bill Haas250-1
Jason Dufner250-1
Luke List250-1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat250-1
Kevin Chappell250-1
Russell Henley250-1
Jimmy Walker250-1
Kyle Stanley250-1
Bill Haas250-1
Jason Dufner250-1
Luke List250-1
Kiradech Aphibarnrat250-1
Jim Furyk250-1
Chez Reavie250-1
Lucas Bjerregaard250/1
Kevin Tway250-1
Russell Knox300-1
Sungjae Im300-1
Stewart Cink300-1
Fred Couples300-1
Shubhankar Sharma300-1
Patton Kizzire300-1
Vijay Singh300-1
Shugo Imahira500-1
Grayson Murray500-1
Adam Long500-1
Brendan Steele500-1
Steve Stricker500-1
Julian Suri500-1
Paul Dunne500-1
Austin Cook500-1
Ollie Schniederjans500-1
Ryan Fox500-1
Jamie Lovemark500-1
Peter Uihlein500-1
Chesson Hadley500-1
Michael Kim500-1
Satoshi Kodaira500-1
Scott Piercy500-1
Nick Watney500-1
Andrew Landry500-1
Andy Sullivan500-1
Padraig Harrington500-1
Graeme McDowell500-1
Dylan Frittelli500-1
Brandon Stone500-1
Jordan Smith500-1
Ross Fisher500-1
Chris Wood500-1
Anirban Lahiri500/1
Jhonattan Vegas500/1
Justin Harding500-1
Bernhard Langer500-1
Angel Cabrera1000-1
Yusaku Miyazato1000-1
Seungsu Han1000-1
Trevor Immelman1000-1
Jovan Rebula2000-1
Mike Weir2000-1
Jose Maria Olazabal2000-1
Viktor Hovland2000-1
Devon Bling2000-1
Kevin O’Connell2000-1
Takumi Kanaya2000-1
Alvaro Ortiz2000-1
Sandy Lyle5000-1
Larry Mize5000-1
Ian Woosnam5000-1


     Eilidh and Tommy entertain   
      Blairgowrie GC members   

SPORTS presenter Eilidh Barbour and St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright entertained Blairgowrie Golf Club members at a Welcome Back dinner.
Perthshire-born Barbour, who succeeded fellow Scot Hazel Irvine as the face of golf on the BBC, is counting down to the 2019 Masters and a hectic summer fronting coverage of The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open and The Open at Royal Portrush.
On the football front, she has the Women’s World Cup lined-up in the summer after presenting and trackside reporter duties at big games on both sides of the border for the Beeb and BT Sport.
Like Wright - the only Saints manager ever to lift the Scottish Cup – Eilidh plays her golf at Blairgowrie.
The duo took part in a wide-ranging question and answer session conducted by freelance journalist Gordon Bannerman
Club captain Peter Inglis said: “We were delighted that Eilidh and Tommy made time in their busy schedules to entertain us with fascinating and humorous tales from their successful careers in sport.”


Left to right: Peter Inglis (Blairgowrie GC captain), Gordon Bannerman (Master of Ceremonies), Tommy Wright, Eilidh Barbour and Steven Morgan (club managing secretary). Picture by Stuart Cowper Photography


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Rory McIlroy is the first to take home the new PLAYERS trophy. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

Teeing Off


Clutch. Gutsy. Fearless. Daring. Pick one, any one. They all work. Rory McIlroy’s performance Sunday at TPC Sawgrass will go down as one of the most dramatic and pressure-filled in the history of THE PLAYERS Championship. All he did was play flawless golf during the final three treacherous holes, including sticking his approach to 19 feet on the 18th, which played as the hardest hole of the day. His 2-under 70 was one slim shot better than apparent superhero Jim Furyk. And when it was all said and done, he had set the gold standard for the week, earning 600 FedExCup points, the $2.25 million check (gulp) and entry into the history books. The former FedExCup winner also has bragging rights for being the first player to win the redesigned PLAYERS trophy.


There was one ace and plenty of red faces. There was a wedding proposal and plenty of balls being disposed of. Ah, the Island Green. It giveth and taketh away. The iconic par-3 17th was once again the center of attention at THE PLAYERS, and for good reason. On Thursday, Ryan Moore made the ninth hole-in-one on the 17th hole in THE PLAYERS history, and it was pure dunk city. The ball hit about 2 feet up the flagstick before deflecting straight down into the hole. Then there was Tiger Woods on Friday, who hit two balls in the water and walked away with a quadruple bogey 7 (ouch). It was his worst score on the hole in 69 competitive rounds. But Tiger and Kevin Na did share a memorable laugh on the hole on Saturday. Sunday was historic when Vegas rolled in a birdie from 70 feet(!!), the longest putt ever made on the Island Green. Another positive moment came when Sergio Garcia perfectly played a big role in a surprise marriage proposal during a practice round. All in all, the Island Green played tough but fair all week. And now it has a full year to come up with a way to outdo itself in 2020.


Anxiety can be high for the competitors during THE PLAYERS, which means some levity is needed. Last week had plenty of it. Funny guy Conor Moore was spot on with his impersonations of some of the game’s best players, Webb Simpson and caddie Paul Tesori competed in the Island Green Challenge (which included being blindfolded) and Sam Saunders recreated some of the most memorable shots in THE PLAYERS history. But Joel Dahmen’s caddie Geno Bonnalie might have stolen the show. Bonnalie attempted to play the Island Green after eating a notoriously hot and spicy chip, and the struggle was REAL. His face immediately turned red, the sweating was significant, and this quote might have summed it up best: “I broke both of my arms at the same time when I was 13. I’d rather do that again.”


A quick deep breath, and they’re back. The TOUR heads southwest to Palm Harbor, Florida, for the Valspar Championship. The Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead course is home to the Snake Pit, a three-hole stretch which features two of the toughest par 4s on TOUR. Paul Casey is back to defend his title, and the field is deep. Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm will be playing the event for the first time, and 500 FedExCup points will go to the winner as the Florida Swing comes to an end.

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"I'm very thankful to the PGA TOUR for putting it back to March." - Rory McIlroy on THE PLAYERS move from May to March.

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3 - Holes-in-one (Ryan Moore, Sungjae Im, Seamus Power). It was the third time there have been three holes-in-one at THE PLAYERS in the same year (2000, 2006).

236 - Yards away Harris English was when he jarred his approach for albatross on No. 11.

10 - Spots Rory moved to the top of the FedExCup standings from No. 11 with the win. He won the FedExCup in 2016.

    • Phase 2 of Rory begins with winning THE PLAYERS Championship

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida – Rory McIlroy is seven weeks away from his 30th birthday, and a decade removed from getting kicked out of bars in nearby Jacksonville Beach for underage drinking, a missed cut at THE PLAYERS Championship in 2009 leaving him with a free weekend.
    His once untamed hair has been replaced by a shorter, more professional look. But that’s just a visual difference of his maturity. Having entered what he describes as the “second phase of my career,” McIlroy has replaced peak-and-valley results with consistency and patience.
    He has replaced confidence – perhaps at times bordering on cockiness – with comfortability. Soon, he’ll celebrate his second wedding anniversary; no longer does he define himself by his golf results.
    He sees life through a different lens now.
    “I’ve been preaching perspective,” he explained, “and I feel like I’ve got a pretty good handle on that perspective.”
    Ten years into a US PGA Tour career that will one day end up in the World Golf Hall of Fame, McIlroy also has experiences. Many on the positive side; some not so good. Call it scar tissue, call it seasoning – all of it paid off Sunday in the pressure cooker at TPC Sawgrass.

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    Shaking off an early double bogey, McIlroy worked his way back up the leaderboard, then delivered the key shots down the stretch to emerge with the new gold trophy as THE PLAYERS champion, beating 48-year-old Jim Furyk by a stroke.
    It ends a winless drought of just over a year since his last Tour victory Bay Hill. More important, it should end any chatter that McIlroy can’t deliver down the stretch.
    McIroy entered this past weekend with top-six finishes in each of his five previous starts. He had chances to win in Hawaii, in Mexico and last week, in his defence at Bay Hill, two hours down the road at Orlando.
    Some saw the results as a precursor to the inevitable. "At the start of the season when I was looking at his setup just on TV, he just looked a lot more relaxed," said Jason Day, paired with McIlroy on Sunday.
    "His demeanour was a lot different compared to last year, and winning again was just a matter of time, it was going to happen."
    Yet his failure to close – he also had not won a tournament worldwide in the last nine times he had played in the final group – had the buzzards circling.
    However, McIlroy entered Sunday drawing on the positives he had seen in that stretch. In his first 23 rounds of 2019, just one was over par. He was playing brilliantly – and he drew on those positive vibes in his final-round 70.
    “I think all the experiences I’ve had over the last few weeks in terms of trying to win and not getting over the line definitely helped me today,” McIlroy said. “Maybe if I hadn’t had those experiences, I wouldn’t be sitting up here with this trophy. I’m thankful and grateful for those experiences.”
    But it wasn’t just the last two months that McIlroy leaned on to navigate a leaderboard in which a half-dozen players had a share of the lead at one point or another.
    As he saw the jumbled leaderboard, McIlroy thought back to his BMW Championship win in the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs at Crooked Stick (which, like TPC Sawgrass, is a Pete Dye course).
    It was another stacked leaderboard against the game’s biggest names – Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, to name a few. McIlroy emerged with three back-nine birdies to take the tournament “by the scruff of the neck.”
    “I sort of thought back to that today,” McIlroy said. “I don’t know why it popped into my head – I guess all these experiences are so helpful to draw on.”
    At the par-5 16th, McIlroy two-putted from 19 feet for birdie to pass Furyk and take the solo lead at 16 under. As he walked toward the iconic 17th – perhaps the toughest Sunday walk in golf with a one-shot lead – he told himself that he needed just three more good swings.
    • Rory McIlroy's 347-yard tee shot sets up birdie at THE PLAYERS

    The first one came when he choked down on a 9-iron at the 17th, his tee shot landing safely on the green for a sigh-of-relief par.
    The second was off the tee at the par-4 18th – among the toughest tee shots in golf. The night before, McIlroy spent time on the range, hoping to straighten out a driver that had hit just four of 14 fairways in the third round. He doesn’t usually make those post-round range visits, but the driver is the most important weapon in McIlroy’s bag, and he could ill afford a repeat in the final round.
    “It was the club yesterday that didn’t behave,” he said. “I gave it a couple of slaps on the range and it behaved itself today.”
    And he also drew on another experience – this time at the 2008 Hong Kong Open, when Rory was a teenager playing on the European Tour. He had a chance to win, even though he was uncomfortable with the tee shot at 18 all week. That Sunday, he pulled the 3-wood, committed to the shot and piped the drive.
    Although he eventually lost a three-man playoff that day, that one tee shot 11 years ago paid off this time.
    “I don’t believe in anything really, but I think the golf gods will reward you for just making a good, committed swing,” McIlroy said. “And any time I have a tough tee shot, I stand up, I pick my target and I swing as hard as I can. And it usually works out because you’ve committed to it, you’ve got a clear head."
    “The last two days I’ve piped it down 18 by just remembering that tiny little thing from Hong Kong.”
    Safely on the fairway, he now faced the last of his three swings. From 155 yards, his approach covered the flagstick – a courageous line, to say the least, given the front-left pin placement just steps from the water. When he reached his ball 13 feet away, he knew the tournament was his.
    The win is the 15th of his US PGA Tour career, and he now joins Tiger Woods as the only golfers to win a PLAYERS, the FedExCup, a World Golf Championships event and multiple majors. And his 15 wins before age 30 have been matched by just five other golfers – Woods, Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Tom Watson. Pretty heady company.
    But the celebration was muted as he rolled in his winning putt and headed to the scoring area. Sure, he was happy to win. His newfound perspective, though, has him keeping his emotions in check. He wants success in life, not just inside the ropes.
    “I desperately wanted the win today, but it’s just another day, it’s just another step in the journey,” he said. “… It’s a huge tournament to win. I’m very proud and very honoured, but it’s just a step in the right direction.”
    Maybe it was just meant to be, a Northern Irishman winning on St. Patrick’s Day. Asked if he had ever previously won on this holiday, McIlroy mentioned last year at Bay Hill, when the third round was on St. Patrick’s Day, a two-day celebration.
    Then he pulled up the sweater he was wearing to reveal a green shirt. “It’s not a bad weekend for me,” he said, his Irish eyes doing all the smiling.
    Scot Russell Knox finished T35 at five-under par



Sunday, March 17, 2019

Migliozzi wins Kenya Open: MacIntyre sets 

course-record 63 for top-20 finish

Guido Migliozzi held his nerve to claim a maiden European Tour title after carding a closing round of 69 to win the Kenya Open .
The Italian, who became a European Tour member for the first time in November last year after progressing through Qualifying School, started the day in a tie for the lead with fellow rookie Adri Arnaus, and the pair exchanged blows throughout an enthralling final day in Nairobi.
It was the 22-year-old Migliozzi who prevailed through delivering when it mattered most by hitting the pin with his approach to the 18th to set up a two-putt par which saw him triumph by one shot.
Finishing one behind Migliozzi was Arnaus and South Africans Louis de Jager and Justin Harding. Following his Qatar Masters victory last week, Harding was firmly in contention right down to the wire in the Kenyan capital, thanks to a five-under-par final round of 66.
Setting a new course record at Karen Country Club was Oban’s Robert MacIntyre, who ended a nine-week stretch away from his native Scotland with a scintillating eight-under par round of 63.  
Player quotes
Guido Migliozzi
"I like the pressure, it's like a drug. I love pressure, I love playing with a lot of people looking at me and a lot of cameras. Adri Arnaus and I had a beautiful match together yesterday, it was like match-play and today was a great battle.
"Yesterday I went to the left at the 18th with a two iron, today a four iron to be sure to not go left, and I had the perfect distance for an eight iron, it was really nice. Easy two putts to win.
"I enjoyed the last two days very much. The pressure was a lot and I'm happy about how I'm playing under pressure, also with my putting game that I worked a lot on.
"I would like to thank every part of my team."
Justin Harding
"I think I'm probably still going to have to have a decent result come the Match Play but I've at least given myself a decent shot at Augusta.
"I thought I played quite nicely. Didn't get everything out of the front nine, couple of bad chips on six and seven which were naughty, but gave myself a chance coming down the stretch.
"It was another good week, pretty pleased. I battled, probably from hole one, with club selection and the wind swirling around so to have come out and posted 15 under, I'm pleased.
"I had a good week last week and another one this week so I'm sitting quite nicely first season on the European Tour."

Robert MacIntyre
"I'm absolutely delighted. I didn't really expect that after the way I've been playing but I just went out with complete freedom and managed to get it round in eight under.
"I just can't wait to get home and see the family, the two foster kids Dan and Tom, it's just so relaxing back in Oban, everything about it.
"It just wasn't feeling natural and today I went out there and made myself feel free and it just worked.
"I've got the game to go and shoot these numbers as I showed today, it's just playing with freedom and that's what I did today. That's the way I've got to try and get my mindset for the rest of the year."
Final scores:
par 284 (4x71)
268 G Migliozzi (Ita) 67 68 64 69
269 A Arnaus (Spn) 66 68 65 70, L De Jager (SAf) 64 66 70 69, J Harding (SAf) 70 65 68 66
270 G Bhullar (India) 65 70 66 69
271 R Langasque (Fra) 67 70 69 65, K Samooja (Finland) 70 67 64 70
274 L Johnston (Sco) 67 69 67 71
275 A Karlsson (Swe) 69 70 68 68, J Geary (NZ) 67 73 67 68, C Bezuidenhout (SAf) 67 73 66 69
276 S Crocker (USA) 72 71 68 65, N Lemke (Swe) 72 69 71 64, H Porteous (SAf) 69 73 68 66, J Singh Brar (Eng) 64 70 69 73, T Bjørn (Denmark) 70 70 70 66
277 C S (India) 70 69 69 69, C Sharvin (NIre) 69 71 65 72, G Coetzee (SAf) 72 66 67 72, J Veerman (USA) 76 65 68 68, R MacIntyre (Sco) 71 73 70 63, A Saddier (Fra) 72 72 68 65, M Hoey (NIre) 66 74 69 68
278 M Nixon (Eng) 69 71 73 65
279 J Lima (Portugal) 75 68 70 66, T Murray (Eng) 72 68 70 69, B Stow (Eng) 75 67 69 68, L Jensen (Denmark) 71 67 72 69, S Ngige (Kenya) 68 72 70 69, S Soderberg (Swe) 70 72 70 67
280 M Schmitt (Ger) 69 70 73 68, E Ferguson (Sco) 73 69 71 67, F Bergamaschi (Ita) 67 75 70 68, M Schneider (Ger) 70 69 70 71
281 R Paratore (Ita) 74 70 68 69, I Cantero Gutierrez (Spn) 71 68 73 69, P Angles (Spn) 73 70 69 69, P Figueiredo (Portugal) 72 68 71 70, M Fenasse (Fra) 75 69 68 69, R Gouveia (Portugal) 74 66 72 69, H Park (SKor) 69 70 76 66, C Syme (Sco) 71 70 70 70, K Joshi (India) 72 69 69 71, O Lengden (Swe) 74 70 72 65
282 S Tiley (Eng) 73 70 69 70, C Blomstrand (Swe) 70 72 66 74, S Manley (Wales) 71 65 76 70, B Easton (SAf) 72 70 71 69, G Fdez-Castaño (Spn) 71 66 73 72, R McGowan (Eng) 74 68 70 70, M Simonsen (Denmark) 73 71 71 67
283 C Sordet (Fra) 70 73 71 69, O Wilson (Eng) 72 70 67 74
284 N McCarthy (Eng) 73 71 70 70, K Koivu (Finland) 70 69 72 73, N Cullen (Australia) 72 70 73 69
285 A Cockerill (Canada) 69 68 70 78, S Forsström (Swe) 74 70 70 71, B Ritthammer (Ger) 71 73 67 74, B Evans (Eng) 72 72 72 69, K Reitan (Norway) 73 68 69 75
286 D Boote (Wales) 69 75 71 71, M Lafeber (Netherlands) 72 70 72 72, N Geyger (Chile) 76 67 73 70, J Senior (Eng) 69 72 70 75
287 C Hill (Sco) 71 71 72 73, J Catlin (USA) 71 71 71 74
288 D Cooke (USA) 70 71 69 78, J Winther (Denmark) 80 64 72 72, H Sturehed (Swe) 73 69 73 73, H Leon (Chile) 67 72 77 72,
289 J Madoya (Kenya) 71 71 72 75, H Joannes (Belgium) 70 73 68 78, J Girrbach (Swi) 72 71 71 75

Godsman completes hat-trick of wins on North Scottish Alliance circuit

On a day when all of the aggregate competitions were decided by a single shot, Kyle Godsman made it a hat-trick of wins with a four- under-par 65, heading a field of 70 players  by three shots at Spey Bay.
In halves of 31 (three under par) and 34 (one under), the Moray Golf Club member had seven 3s on the outward half and a double bogey 6 at the ninth.

Par 69
65 K Godsman (Moray)
68 B J Thomson (Inverness), D Joel (Inverness), G H Hay (Boat of Garten)
70 J A Grant (Grantown on Spey), J S D Campbell (Grantown on Spey)
71 M Wilson (Forres), N McPhie (Inverness), D Pitchforth (Moray)
72 P Masson (Moray), B Rennie (Inverness)
73 S Mitchell (Moray), B Robson (Moray)
74 K Thomson (Moray)
75 M C Reid (Hopeman), D Johnston (Moray), D McKenzie (Elgin), M McDonald (Boat of Garten), B Gray (Inverness)
76 D Hector (Elgin), D McGrouther (Inverness), M Lyall (Torvean), K Barnett (Torvean)
77 J Carpenter (Forres)
78 W Hutchison (Inverness);
79 J R Gardiner (Moray), S Mullen (Elgin), A Hutchison (Inverness), M Mitchell (Moray)
80 A Imrie (Inverness), F Mackellar (Grantown on Spey) , A Henry (Inverness)
81 R Laing (Grantown on Spey), I Hamilton (Elgin)

Class 1 (seven and under)
67 S Mitchell (Moray) (6), J A Grant (Grantown on Spey)b(3), S Wilson (Inverness)(4)
68 N McPhie (Inverness) (3), D McKenzie (Elgin) (7)
Class 2 (eight to 18)
64 B Rennie (Inverness) (8), P Masson (Moray) (8)
66 M Mitchell (Moray) (13), A Mcwilliam (Moray) (17)
70 J R Gardiner (Moray) (9), A Thom (Grantown on Spey) (15), A Imrie (Inverness)(10)

Par 444 344 434 = 34 444 343 544 35  = 69
65 Godsman  334 333 336  = 31 335 442 544  = 34 
68 Hay 444 344 434  =  34  444 343 444  = 34 
68 Thomson  535 244 444 = 35 444 352 434  = 33 
68 Joel  633 254 344  = 34  434 443 543  = 34 

Scratch (K M Cameron Cup)
400 K Godsman (Moray) 69, 66, 65, 64, 67, 69
401 D Joel (Inverness) 63, 68, 70, 68, 66, 66   
405 B J Thomson (Inverness) 66, 71, 66, 68, 70, 64 
Handicap Class 1 (Burnett Trophy)
403 M Lyall (Torvean)  65, 72, 68, 70, 66, 62 
404 A Macintosh (Torvean) 68, 70, 72, 64, 59, 71 
405 G Murray (Moray)     63,71,71,66,64,70   =   405
Class 2 (Bill Macqueen Trophy)
405 B Rennie (Inverness) 70, 63, 70, 67, 64, 71  
407 I Laing (Grantown on Spey) 71, 70, 68, 66, 63, 69 
411 I Hamilton (Elgin) 68, 67, 69, 68, 70, 69 


Players Championship: Tee times for the final round at TPC Sawgrass

Last Updated: 17/03/19 8:06am
Ian Poulter is in the group on six under
Ian Poulter is in the group on six under
Tee times for the final round of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.
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1213 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Bud Cauley
1222 Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Jason Kokrak
1231 Branden Grace (Rsa), Cameron Smith (Aus)
1240 Charles Howell III, Chris Kirk

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1249 Gary Woodland, Andrew Landry
1258 Martin Trainer, Seamus Power (Irl)
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1325 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Sergio Garcia (Esp)
1335 Si Woo Kim (Kor), Brice Garnett
1345 Matt Fitzpatrick (Eng), Tiger Woods
Woods posted a level-par 72 on Saturday
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1355 Daniel Berger, Danny McCarthy
1405 Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson
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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Rookie left-hander drives to victory in Investec SA Women’s Open
By Lali Stander
CAPE TOWN, 16 March 16, 2019 - Inspired by a magical chip-in on the 16th hole, Indian rookie Diksha Dagar claimed victory in the Investec South African Women’s Open, celebrating a maiden Ladies European Tour win in just her fourth professional start at Westlake Golf Club on Saturday.
The 19-year-old left-hander from New Delhi tapped in for par at the final hole for a three-under-par 69 to edge out former three-time champion Lee-Anne Pace by a stroke.
Fellow Ladies European Tour (LET) rookie Esther Henseleit of Germany and Scotland’s Michele Thomson shared third on three-under, with Lydia Hall from Wales and Scotland’s Carly Booth a further shot back in joint fifth.
For most of the final round, the tournament was Pace’s to lose as the nine-time LET champion looked in complete control in front of a vocal home crowd.
She held a three-stroke lead through 12 holes, but a surprise bogey on the par-five 13th cut her advantage to two shots. Dagar, who fired her first birdie at the par-four eighth, made her second at the short 15th to pull within a shot of Pace.
The Indian teenager’s approach at the par-four 16th landed just short of the green, but a precision chip dropped in the hole for a share of the lead.
She headed down 18 with a one stroke lead after Pace let another one slip at 17.
“I just went out today trying to play my normal game,” said the hearing impaired Dagar, who plays with a cochlear implant that helps her to hear at close-to-normal levels.
“I really didn’t expect to win, but it happened and I am very happy. I got two lucky breaks towards the end, with a long birdie putt on 15 and then the chip-in on 16. Normally I would just try to chip it close and make the par putt, but this time I had a feeling I could do it and it went in.”
Coming off a tie for fifth in last week’s Women’s New South Wales Open in Australia, Dagar got her tournament off to a nervous start with two double bogeys in the first three holes and signed for an opening round of four-over-par 76.
A flawless second round 66 propelled her into the leading group and a second consecutive bogey-free round was enough for the former World Deaf Championship winner and a silver medallist in the 2017 Summer Deaflympics to claim her breakthrough.
Victory came with a massive boost to fourth in the LET Order of Merit and the top spot in the LET Rookie of Year Race, but the teenager is keeping her feet on the ground for now. “My goal for the rest of the season is to just stay focused and take each tournament as it comes,” she said.
Cheryl Leicher: Head of Marketing Investec Property, was thrilled to see the young starlet rise to the occasion.
“Congratulations to Diksha on claiming this year's Investec South African Women's Open title,” said Leicher. “For the last five years, Investec Property has proudly supported women’s golf, through the sponsorship of this LET co-sanctioned tournament, our individual sponsorships and our support of the Sunshine Ladies Tour. These powerful partnerships allow us to grow the sport of golf for women in South Africa.”
While bitterly disappointed, Pace was gracious in defeat. “Diksha played great and didn’t make a mistake the whole day,” she said.
“I knew that I had to make birdies to win and unfortunately I left one short at 16 and then missed a par putt at 17. I’m not too disappointed because I played great golf, but I made two mistakes and they cost me the tournament.”
Despite it being her best finish in her short professional career, Henseleit was left mixed emotions after a bogey at the last dropped her to third. 
“At the moment I’m a bit disappointed,” she lamented. “I needed a birdie at the last and I made bogey, so that was frustrating. In time I will look back and be quite happy about finishing third. I hit so many good iron shots but the putts just didn’t drop today. It wasn’t my day.”
GolfRSA Elite Squad player Kajal Mistry lifted the Jackie Mercer Trophy as amateur winner – marking the fifth successive time that the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation member won the leading amateur honours on the Sunshine Ladies Tour this season.
The 18-year-old Randpark golfer carded rounds of 73, 76 and 74. A joint 30th finish lifted Mistry to second in the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit.
Par 216 (3x72)
211 - Diksha Dagar (IND) 76 66 69
212 - Lee-Anne Pace 72 68 72
213 - Michele Thomson (SCO) 73 72 68, Esther Henseleit (GER) 76 67 70
214 - Carly Booth (SCO) 74 71 69, Lydia Hall (WAL) 73 71 70
215 - Julia Efinngstrom (SWE) 72 73 70
217 - Laura Fuenfstueck (GER) 82 67 68, Carrie Park (KOR) 77 71 69, Ashleigh Buhai 75 72 70, Meghan MacLaren (ENG) 76 69 72
218 - Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP) 73 75 70, Stacy Bregman 74 74 70, Silvia Banon (ESP) 72 74 72
219 - Karolin Lampert (GER) 79 72 68, Sofie Bringner (SWE) 78 69 72, Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA) 73 71 75
220 - Camille Chevalier (FRA) 80 71 69, Kelsey Macdonald (SCO) 73 77 70, Emma Westin (SWE) 74 74 72, Annabel Dimmock (ENG) 74 73 73
221 - Olivia Cowan (Austria) 78 73 70, Sian Evans (ENG) 77 74 70, Charlotte Thompson (ENG) 76 68 77
222 - Manon De Roey (BEL) 80 74 68, Sarah Schober (AUT) 71 78 73, Tiia Koivisto (FIN) 76 72 74, Annelie Sjoholm (SWE) 75 73 74, Lina Boqvist (SWE) 71 76 75
223 - Manon Molle (FRA) 83 71 69, Kylie Henry (SCO) 79 74 70, Cloe Frankish (ENG) 76 73 74, Rachael Goodall (ENG) 74 75 74, Kajal Mistry AMA 73 76 74, Sarah Nilsson (SWE) 81 68 74
224 - Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE) 82 72 70, Florentyna Parker (ENG) 80 74 70, Eleanor Givens (ENG) 79 74 71
225 - Filippa Moerk (SWE) 77 77 71, Maria Beautell (ESP) 77 76 72, Tandi Mc Callum 76 76 73, Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 83 69 73, Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 75 76 74, Linda Wessberg (SWE) 78 73 74, Kim Williams 76 75 74, Gabriella Cowley (ENG) 80 70 75
226 - Johanna Gustavsson (SWE) 78 75 73, Manon Gidali (FRA) 82 70 74, Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 80 71 75
227 - Millie Saroha (IND) 77 77 73, Maria Palacios (PER) 80 73 74, Valentine Derrey (FRA) 79 74 74
228 - Emie Peronnin (FRA) 80 72 76
229 - Isabelle Boineau (FRA) 80 73 76
230 - Maha Haddioui (MAR) 80 74 76, Emma Nilsson (SWE) 81 73 76



+There is a Pro prize and a team prize.
Top line is the pro
Below is the full team including the Pro.

9.00 Michael PattersonWilliamwood G C
 1Michael PattersonSteve Forrest
  Ian JohnstonReg Short
9.10 Graham FoxClydeway Golf
 2Graham FoxRobert Kerr
  Graeme GreerJohn Greene
9.20 Steven MaxwellEastwood G C
 3Steven MaxwellJohn Rushbury
  Alasdair MalcolmJohn Watt
9.30 Michael StewartTroon Welbeck
 4Michael StewartAdrian Orton
  Colin AndersonMark Lappin
9.40 Fraser McKennaCaldwell G C
 5Fraser McKennaTom Rogers
  Norman KellyJames McPherson
9.50 Jonny MullaneyUnattached
 6Jonny MullaneyDavid Kellock
  Alan McCawChristopher Gallagher
10.00 Robbie MuirKilmarnock Barassie G C
 7Robbie MuirIain Ross
  Steve BanksColin McLatchie
10.10 Alistair KyleTrump Turnberry G C
 8Alistair KyleColin Peddie
  Scott BissetGary Kane
10.20 James CaldwellKilmarnock Barassie GC
 9James CaldwellAlan Auld
  David WordsworthStewart Shaw
10.30 Fraser DavrenCaldwell G C
 10Fraser DavrenAnthony Cecchini
  Alistair NicolPeter Miller
10.40 Campbell ElliottHaggs Castle G C
 11Campbell ElliottGeorge Crawford
  David AllanNeal Stewart
10.50 Ronan JohnstonHaggs Castle G C
 12Ronan JohnstonJohn Leitch
  Tommy ThomsonKen Perston
11.00 Stuart FisherPortpatrick G C
 13Stuart FisherJim McCullagh
  Gordon ClarkPaul McKenna
11.10 David-Ross NicolDundonald Links G C
 14David-Ross NicolDouglas Zuill
  Hamish GaffneyCraig Morgan
11.20 Paul O'HaraN Lanarkshire G C
 15Paul O'HaraGerry Smith
  Duncan ScottChris McKenzie
11.30 John HenryClydebank & District G C
 16John HenryTom McGill
  Keith RossBill McMahon
11.40 Paul McKechnieBraid Hills G C
 17Paul McKechnieRaymond Christian
  Allan PatersonPeter Thomson
  Stuart Houlden East Kilbride G C
11.5018Stuart Houlden Harry Miller
  Frank CraigJ d'Aguilar
  Nick WaltonGlasgow G C
12.0019Nick WaltonJohn McGinley
  Christopher CurrieBlair Morton


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