Golf Course News November 2012

Thu, 1st Nov 2012
Shane Lowry - (Ireland) Portugal Masters Victoria - Vilamoura - Algarve - Portugal - 11th to 14th October, 2012 Irish born Shane Lowry became only the second player to win on the European Tour both as an amateur and a professional with his one shot victory at our own Portugal Masters on the 11th of October from Ross Fisher. He captured the Irish Open in 2009 after a play-off with Englishman Robert Rock but backed by a visiting vocal Irish contingent at the Oceanico Victoria in the Algarve on Sunday, the 25 year old came from four shots back to claim a narrow victory. The highlight of Lowry’s final round was undoubtedly a holed seven iron from 138 yards for eagle at the 11th – a stroke that propelled Lowry into a share of the lead – his play across the board and in a difficult windy setting was outstanding.

Golfers in the News November 2012

Thu, 1st Nov 2012
Branden Grace - (South Africa) Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Old Course - St. Andrews - Carnoustie & Kingsbarns - Scotland - 4th to 7th October, 2012 The South African, Branden Grace, captured the headlines after his fourth European Tour victory of the season at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland on the 4th of October. The 24 year old only just made the cut with a 15 foot birdie putt on his last hole at Kingsbarns on the Friday. The next day he shot ten birdies in a flawless final round, which including a stretch of eight in nine holes, to score a total of 266, two shots less than his nearest competitor Thorbjorn Olesen. Grace becomes the sixth youngest player to win his first four victories in European Tour history. He follows: Seve Ballesteros (20 years and 161 days), Sergio Garcia (22 years and 109 days), Sandy Lyle (22 years and 141 days), Jose María Olazabal (22 years and 233 days) and Tiger Woods (23 years and 242 days).
Thu, 1st Nov 2012
Bo Van Pelt - (USA) ISPS Handa Perth International Lake Karrinyup - Perth - Australia - 18th to 21st October, 2012 The 37 year old Bo Van Pelt from the USA won a solid victory with a two shot lead from Jason Dufner at the ISPS Handa at Perth. Having snatched the lead with a 60 foot putt on the final green at the end of the third round, the 37 year old was never caught on the last day. He rolled in a ten footer at the sixth and from 15 feet at the seventh to turn in 32, before starting for home with a nine foot birdie at the tenth and chipping to three feet at the 11th. A two-putt birdie at the 15th and Dufner bogey at the 16th restored Van Pelt's advantage, whilst a duffed chip at the 17th proved inconsequential as he holed a six footer for par at the last.
Thu, 1st Nov 2012
Peter Hanson - (Sweden) BMW Masters Lake Malaren - Shanghai - China - 25th to 28th October, 2012 The second European Tour win for Peter Hanson in 2012, the 37 year Swede who has already 4 other Tour 6 wins. At the end of the fourth day it was a tight finish with Hanson beating Rory McIlroy by just one stroke followed by Luke Donald with a gap of three strokes. As the winner of the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren he became second in the race for Dubai behind Rory McIlroy but closely followed by Justin Rose in third place. This latest win gained him the largest prize money that he has so far won in all his Tournaments. He jumped eight places to become 17th in the World Golf Ranking that week. It has been a good year for the Swede and it is not over just yet!

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