Monday, 31 January 2011

Leona Maguire walks away with Portuguese Ladies Championship.

LEONA MAGUIRE won the Portuguese Ladies Championship when she clinched the title by 15 shots at the Aroeira Golf Glub near Lisbon.

The 16-year-old, from Slieve Russell Golf Club in Cavan, took an eight-shot lead into the final round and proved unstoppable as she scored a four-under-par 68 for a total of 274 (14-under).

Leona finished 15 shots ahead of Karolin Lampert (Germany) and Holland's Karlijn Zaanen, who each finished on 289, one-over-par.

Leona's twin sister Lisa shot a level-par 72 to finish on 4 over par, 292 and 10th place, which made her the next best finisher from Britain and Ireland.

The Slieve Russell pair combined to win the Nations Cup section of this prestigious tournament for Ireland.

Charlene Reid (Royal Portrush)75 ( 306 ) and Gillian O'Leary (Cork) 79( 308 )were the other Irish competitiors.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Graeme McDowell 2011 season.

PGA Tour.
Tournament of Champions, Kapalua, Hawaii 71,68,68,62 - 23 ( 3rd ) $412,000.

Great start to 2011 for Graeme McDowell.

US Open Champion, Graeme McDowell made the long journey from Portrush to Hawaii for the season opening Hyundai, Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour. After a long Christmas break Graeme could have been forgiven for not producing the kind of golf that he played in 2010, that won him his 1st major title and numerious awards.

He started slowly with a level par round of 71, then followed up with a pair of 68s. Starting the last round 5 shots behind, Graeme produced an amazing round with 11 birdies and 7 pars for a record equalling 62. His 23 under par left him 1 shot shy of a play - off between Jonathan Byrd and Robert Garrigus but in sole 3rd place.

The $412,000 he collected, lifted him into joint 4th place in the World rankings alongside Phil Mickleson.

Byrd went on to beat Garrigus at the 2nd extra hole after Garrigus missed from 3 feet.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Charl Schwartzel defends Joburg Open.

South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel ground out a four shot win to successfully defend his Joburg Open title, with rounds of 68,61,69 and 67 to collect the €206,050 first prize.

The World Number 32 was never at his best from tee to green during his final round, but some remarkable up-and-downs helped him finish 19 under par, four ahead of fellow South African Garth Mulroy.

Schwartzel said " It sounds easy, but I've been working really hard on my pitch shots, bunker play and chipping and it helped me when I needed it most today."

Darren Clarke put in another steady performance to finish in a share of 20th place on 6 under par. Gareth Maybin was in great shape after a 2nd round of 64 left him 9 under par and in contention for the title, but he failed to produce the same golf over the weekend and faded down into a share of 27th after rounds of 72 and 74.

Challenge tour player, Colm Moriarty from Athlone put up a fine display to finish in 49th place on 1 under par, having made the 4 under par cut by 1 shot.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Gareth Maybin 2011 season.

Africa Open, East London, S.Africa 71,73,71,71 -6 ( 38th ) €6,700.

Joburg Open, Jonannesburg, S.Africa 69,64,72,74 -5 ( 27th ) €11,570.

Darren Clarke 2011 season.

Africa Open, East London, S.Africa. 69,75,72,68 -8 ( 26th ) €8,700.

Joburg open, Johannesburg, S.Africa 70,68,71,69 -6 ( 20th ) €14,059.

Open Champion Oosthuizen wins African Open.

Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen got 2011 of to the perfect start with a play-off win in the Africa Open and deny Chris Wood and Manuel Quiros a maiden European Tour title.

All three had finished tied on 16 under par at East London Golf Club after an enthralling last round which saw no fewer than 7 different leaders on the final day.

In the play-off Oosthuizen looked to be in trouble off the tee as he hooked left, but, after finding a fortunate lie, he showed the class that made him Open Champion to fire his approach to eight feet.

Quiros narrowly failed to chip in from the fringe and Wood made a great attempt with his 25 foot birdie effort, but it was Oosthuizen who calmly holed out for a birdie 3 and his 3ed European Tour title.

Darren Clarke and Gareth Maybin were the only Irish playing and they both made a steady start to their 2011 season. Clarke took a share of 26th place with a closing round of 68. His total of 8 under par was 2 better than Maybin who closed with a 71.