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Westwood, Oosthuizen Co-Lead the WGC-HSBC Championship

Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen shared the top spot in the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament held in Shenzhen, China. Westwood shot three birdies, no bogey and a score of 30, 18-under early on of the game putting him on tie with the then waiting Oosthuizen who carved an overnight lead of five shots, scoring at 70.

Westwood admitted enjoying his Asian trips at the last quarter of the year. He said, “It’s generally pretty hot here and it was quite steamy out there today. But obviously the conditions here suit me with the grasses and the style of golf courses. And I have always been a middle-to-the-end-of year good player.” He grinningly added, “Other than that, the reason for playing well … must be the grain or rice or something like that.” The English golfer also putted few 20-foot birdies after being criticized for not putting well in the recent Major tournaments.

Oosthuizen, on the other hand, played the first two rounds explosively but was not able to sustain the momentum on the latter part. “It was frustrating. Early on I didn’t play really well and then I started to find a little bit of form on the back nine but just didn’t make any putts. I missed two six footers for birdie and one of them I didn’t hit a good putt. It was frustrating seeing all the other low ones out there,” says the South African golfer.

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Volvo World Match Play Will be in Bulgaria

2013 volvo world match playNext year’s Volvo World Match Play Championship of the European Tour will be held for the first time in Bulgaria. The tournament scheduled on May 16-19, 2013 will be held at the Thracian Cliffs. This golf course was designed by Gary Player and is situated beside the Black Sea.

The Volvo World Match Play took place at Wentworth from 1964 to 2007 and shifted to Finca Cortesin, Spain about three years ago. Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts won the past two tournaments where the number of competitors also increased into 24 players.

“We are delighted to be working with the Bulgarian Government and the Bulgarian Golf Association and are thrilled that they have committed their support to this prestigious and historic championship,” says Per Ericsson. He is the president of Volvo event management.

Ericsson also added, “We will announce future venues in due course and while our focus is firmly on delivering a magnificent 2013 championship as our inaugural event at Thracian Cliffs, we then plan to rotate the Volvo World Match Play Championship between a few very special venues around the world,”

Boyko Borissov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, is very excited that the European tournament is about to happen in his country. He said, “This is a real coup for Bulgaria being chosen to host such a prestigious international tournament with a rich heritage and sporting traditions. The vast media coverage will deliver a reputable boost for Bulgaria and our tourism industry. The recent growth of golf in our country will have the opportunity to be showcased around the world.”

Colsaerts said, “I’ve never been to Bulgaria, but I’ve heard great things about the country and Thracian Cliffs and I can’t wait to defend my title there in May next year.” Holding the record of 2011 Volvo China Open and 2012 Volvo World Match Play Championships, he looks forward to winning the 2013 event as well.

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Events and Happenings


New Zealand’s Michael Campbell continues to do very well at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship being held at St. Andrews. After scoring one under par at the second round, Campbell is now in the 28th place with a tie and totaled six under during the tournament. Campbell is still 12 shots behind the leading scorer, Brendan Grace of South Africa.

The 24-year-old Grace currently holds the title and is trying to catch a back-to-back win this year by sprinting five birdie shots in the field. The $5 million event was held in three courses, one of which is St. Andrews where Grace scored a 5-under 67, finishing the event at 17-under with a total of 127.

“That was really good for me. To have a good week like that put some fire in my game coming here to Scotland,” Grace said during an interview right after incurring the burning birdies.

“I didn’t know quite what to expect today but I did get the round going with that birdie at the fifth where I hit a great rescue club to a foot. That settled my nerves. I think it helped that I was playing in a different course. If I had played in Kingsbarns again after shooting the lights out yesterday I might have pushed it too much,” he added.

The Joburg Open held last January gave Grace his first European Tour victory succeeded by another victory at the Volvo Golf Championship held at South Africa. He recently went back to his homeland to compete and eventually won the Sunshine Tour at the Vodacom Origins of Golf.

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PGA Championship’s Table of Birdies and Bogeys

The PGA Championship was held at the Ocean Course and here is a close look at who’s who on that Sunday’s golf event.

Rory McIlroy performed impressively well on this tournament just how he performed when he won the US Open at Congressional. His strikes and putting were remarkably sensible bringing himself back in line after collapsing at the Masters. Tiger Woods, on the other hand, fell short and wasted his opportunity for another major despite playing better on Sunday compared to his performance on the day before. Starting out so good with a 36-hole lead, Tiger’s third round was mostly unsuccessful.

Vijay Singh made it to the final group but this three-time major champion was unable to maintain his momentum. The 49-year-old golfer played the third round at four over and doing the same in the final round, scoring at a depressing 77 and finishing at T-36.

Ian Poulter did a good job hitting five greens and making five birdie putts through five holes. Whoa! Though he faded later, the Englishman added two more birdies on the back nine setting an example of how substantial he can be. His efforts paved way as he is considered to meet European Captain Jose Maria Olazabal in the upcoming Ryder Cup in fall.

Carl Pettersson got upset after being informed that he was penalized with two-strokes on the first hole but he didn’t let his emotions ruin the entire game and delivered back-to-back birdie shots right after. Though the shots weren’t enough to win the major, he made the highest finish with T-3 at one of the biggest golf events aside from winning the heart of a new fan like me.

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