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Boulden and Muirhead share 72-hole lead

MURCIA, SPAIN – January 24, 2019: Amy Boulden and Alison Muirhead share the lead heading into the final round of LET Qualifying School at La Manga Club in Murcia.

The leaders are tied on five-under-par 283 after four rounds, including two rounds on the North and South Courses respectively. They are one stroke ahead of Charlotte Thomas.

All the action will come a gripping climax in tomorrow’s final round, to be played over the South Course, after which the top five players will earn LET Membership in Category 5c, offering entrance into virtually all of the 24 tournaments on the 2020 LET schedule and access to the €18 million prize money. Players from the 6th to the 20th position will be eligible for Membership in Category 8a.

Players who have made the 72-hole cut to the leading 60 and ties and finished in position 21st and below, will be ranked according to score and be eligible for Membership in Category 9b. Players that failed to make the cut after 72 holes, will be eligible for LET membership in Category 12a.

Boulden, the 2014 Rookie of the Year, is looking to regain her LET card after a year on the Symetra Tour. The 26-year-old from Llandudno in Wales moved into a share of the lead with a brilliant four-under 67 on the North Course, where she also shot 67 in the second round.

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Amy_Boulden

She said: “Today the putts went in. The last three rounds I’ve not putted that great. I think it was the second round where I shot four-under, but didn’t make any putts. I played really good, but didn’t really hole anything to shoot four-under. Today, I didn’t hit it as close, but holed more putts.”

“I do really like the North course, although we are playing the South Course tomorrow! I do like the South Course as well, they are both really different and are great tests of golf.

“La Manga Club is amazing. I have been here over the years quite a lot. I played in the European’s here years ago and have been here for a couple of Pro-Ams the last few years, so I know the courses pretty well. The complex is lovely, there are loads of places to eat, everyone is very friendly and considering the weather we had just before we started this week, they did an incredible job to get it ready for us.”

After a tough third round of 77 on the North Course, co-leader Muirhead was delighted to bounce back with a bogey-free three-under-par round of 70 on the South.

The 21-year-old Scot said: “It was really steady today and I enjoyed it. The conditions altered during the round so it was good to keep it steady and hit a lot of greens. I just kept lipping out for birdie, so it was very nice to see the ball rolling close today and to bounce back, especially after yesterday. I’m very pleased.

“I’m feeling really good heading into tomorrow. It’s obviously another day, but I feel like my putter is working well. I didn’t hole as many putts today, but you obviously save them for the next day, so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

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25/01/2020. Ladies European Tour. Final Stage Qualifying School. La Manga Club, South Course, Spain. Jan 22-26 2020 Charlotte Thomas of England during the fourth round. Credit: Tristan Jones

The best round of the day belonged to England’s Charlotte Thomas, who shot a five-under-par 68 on the South Course.

The 26-year-old from Guildford, who has played for two years on the Symetra Tour and a year on the LPGA, said: “I’ve played solid for the last three days and today I finally got some putts to drop and got some momentum going. I made some birdies, so it was really fun.

“I had a bit of a momentum swing on the ninth, because I was one-under through eight and then on nine, I missed the green from 90 yards and I chipped in for birdie and then I went birdie, birdie, on 10 and 11. That could easily have been a par or a soft bogey, but it turned into a birdie and gave me some momentum and I was able to carry it through. I feel like that was the turning point.”

Thomas has a full LPGA card for 2020 but is at LET Q-School with a view to becoming eligible to represent Europe in the Solheim Cup.

“Last year, I didn’t have LET membership, so I wasn’t even in contention to be able to be picked for it. I thought to myself, I better go and get my LET card and see what happens. That’s the two-year goal and it would be amazing to play,” she said.

“Watching it at Gleneagles, I was in Australia and watching it at 2 o’clock in the morning and running around the house screaming, so it was amazing to see that and so inspiring and it made me want to be out there and do that even more.

“I’m going to try and play in as many events as I can this year, to get as many points as I can. I’ll play a bit of both tours, LET and LPGA.

“The new LET schedule is amazing, it’s so cool. It’s so exciting and good for women’s golf to see that. I have played in a few LET events here and there in the past but to see that kind of growth is amazing.”

Rachel Drummond, whose round included a hole-in-one on the South Course’s 12th hole, made the cut on the number and was one of 65 players at 10-over-par or better to advance to the final round.

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HEWSON EAGLES THE ARNOLD PALMER 18TH HOLE TO LEAD AT LA MANGA

The wind picked up at La Manga Club and provided testing conditions with only six players out of the 120 Final Stage Qualifying field under par across at the resort in Cartagena, Spain. One player who didn’t struggle was England’s Alice Hewson who fired an impressive three-under-par 70 on the South Course to take the overnight lead.

In 1975, American legend Arnold Palmer famously finished with an eagle on the par-5 18th hole on the South Course to win the Spanish Open by one shot and La Manga Club dedicated the hole in honour of him. Like Palmer, Hewson finished the round in style with an eagle on the par-5 18th and jumped to the top of the leaderboard on three-under-par, one shot clear of Sweden’s Josefine Nyqvist and Scotland’s Alison Muirhead.

The 22-year-old European Ladies’ Amateur Champion, from Berkhamsted Golf Club commented: “It was a nice way to finish with an eagle, it was definitely a highlight. I split the fairway with my drive, I had 189 yards to the pin and hit a six iron to three feet.

“In the wind you just have to stick with your game and trust your swing and today I stuck to my processes and swing thoughts. I am going to approach the next two days like I have over the last couple of weeks. It’s all about hitting fairways and greens out there and giving yourself good opportunities. They will come, the North and South are not courses that you are going to go bogey-free every round. I’ve got to keep giving myself the opportunities and let the putts go in.”

Nyqvist, who graduated from Augusta University two years ago, posted a two-under-par 71 on the South Course to move into a share of second position on two-under-par. The 25-year-old was extremely happy with her round and reflected: “It was tough out there today so I just tried to keep the ball in play from the tee all the time, hit the greens and make my pars. I managed to roll in some birdies near the end, so that was a lot of fun.

“I was at Augusta University for four years and we got to play Augusta National once every year. That was amazing! La Manga Club resort is amazing too. Following the storm the greenkeepers did an incredible job, the courses are in great shape.”

It was a tough day for the overnight leader Muirhead who posted a six-over-par 77 on the North Course but she can still be buoyed by the fact that she sits in second place with two rounds to go. EunJung Ji, Amy Boulden and Sophie Hausmann finished the third day on one-under-par.

After the Final Round, the top five players will be eligible for LET Membership in Category 5c. Players from the 6th to the 20th position will be eligible for Membership in Category 8a. Players who have made the 72-hole cut to the leading 60 and ties and finished in position 21st and below, will be ranked according to score and be eligible for Membership in Category 9b. Players that fail to make the cut after 72 holes, will be eligible for LET membership in Category 12a and will be ranked in final score order.

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Muirhead Storms Clear in Spain

MURCIA, SPAIN – January 23, 2020: Alison Muirhead, who last week won the Pre-Qualifier event for the Final Stage of Ladies European Tour Qualifying School, continued her impressive form firing a superb six-under-par 67 around the South Course at La Manga Club in Cartagena, Spain.

As the sun finally came out, Muirhead’s game warmed up and she rolled in seven birdies on the way to posting the round of the day, to open up a five shot lead after two rounds. The 21-year-old from Scotland was delighted: “I am really enjoying La Manga Club. The South Course was playing really good today, it was playing long and the greens were in superb condition. They were rolling so good and I made seven birdies. My playing partners (Filippa Moork and Maria Beautell) were really nice and the sun has come out now instead of the rain. It was all enjoyable, so I can’t really complain about anything!

“I am relaxing away from the course with my Mum, coach and caddy which has helped. The villa that we are staying in has a ping pong table and we are having a championship. I am really enjoying being here, the restaurants are good fun and it is such a friendly environment.”

The overnight leader Morgane Metraux posted a level par 73 around the South Course to finish the day tied second. After an opening round three-under-par, Morgane was happy with the round which included 18 pars, showcasing excellent consistency after a year out from competitive golf with a shoulder injury.

Lydia Hall of Wales shows Amy Walsh the way to paly the hole
Qualifying School, Final Stage. Lydia Hall of Wales shows Amy Walsh the way to play the hole. Credit: Tristan Jones.

The 22-year-old from Switzerland commented: “I was very consistent today. I struggled with my iron play at the start of my round and was pretty far from most the pins so I was happy with the two putts. After six or seven holes, I was hitting it closer but I just couldn’t buy a putt today. I hit 17 greens and had 35 putts!

“After a year out with my shoulder injury, I didn’t come here with any expectations as it has been so long since I last competed. To be in contention and near the top of the leaderboard is really good.”

16-year-old Slovenian amateur Pia Babnik is the youngest player competing at final stage and currently plays off a handicap of +7. Last year Pia made her Ladies European Tour debut at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open and represented the European PING Junior Solheim Cup team at Gleneagles.

The young Slovenian star carded a two-under-par 71 around the South Course to move into a share of second position and after her round reflected: “The courses were very well prepared today. The North and South courses are both tough courses and are very different. I am really happy to be here, am feeling great but there is still a long way to go. My goal is to play professional tournaments and to be the best.”

There are currently nine players under par in Spain including Amy Boulden who posted a four-under-par 67 on the North Course and Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir and EunJung Ji who carded a four-under-par 69 on the South Course and all finished the day on two-under-par.

After the Final Round, the top five players will be eligible for LET Membership in Category 5c. Players from the 6th to the 20th position will be eligible for Membership in Category 8a. Players who have made the 72-hole cut to the leading 60 and ties and finished in position 21st and below, will be ranked according to score and be eligible for Membership in Category 9b. Players that fail to make the cut after 72 holes, will be eligible for LET membership in Category 12a and will be ranked in final score order.

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Morgane Metraux Leads At La Manga Club

MURCIA, SPAIN – January 22, 2020: Day one of Ladies European Tour Qualifying School got underway on the North and South Courses at La Manga Club on Wednesday, in somewhat benign conditions in comparison to what had been experienced over the previous couple of days, with Storm Gloria causing destruction at the resort in Cartagena, Spain.
The club’s greenkeepers have been working overtime to prepare the course after 150 trees were ripped out across the resort’s golf courses during the storm. They have done an incredible job and play got underway in excellent conditions for the first round of final stage qualifying for the 2020 LET season.
After taking a year out due to a shoulder injury, Switzerland’s Morgane Metraux made the most of the improved conditions to card an opening round three-under-par 68 on the North Course and take the overnight clubhouse lead. After signing for the round of the day, Morgane reflected: “I have had a full year off until now, because of my injury. Firstly, to be able to play is really amazing and to play this well is a really, really good feeling for me.
“I was lucky that I played in the Pre-Qualifier, as I knew the courses so I didn’t have to practice in the storm over the last few days when it’s been raining a lot. The courses have softened up since last week but definitely drain very well compared to the amount of rain that we have had.
“I holed a few long putts which was a big bonus today. My putting was really good and my iron play was solid. La Manga Club is great. I wasn’t actually planning on playing due to my injury and coming here I wasn’t expecting too much in terms of my golf. The resort is really good and if you compare it with the conditions we have had, the place is tremendous.”
Alison Muirhead, who won the Pre-Qualifier last week, continued her excellent form carding an opening round two-under-par 69 on the North Course. The 21-year-old from Scotland commented: “I am pretty pleased with my start. I played really solid and hit a lot of fairways and greens. I feel there are plenty of birdie opportunities out there but if the wind is like this, it is definitely going to make it tough. I’m feeling excited about the next four days.”
Frida Gustafsson Spang was very happy with an opening round two-under-par 69 and also was grateful for the work that the greenkeepers have done. The Swedish star said: “I’m very happy. Obviously I had a lot of nerves as I haven’t competed for a while, so I was very happy that I could keep everything very solid. I tried to play smart and strategic golf, especially with the wind.
22/01/2020. Ladies European Tour. Qualifying School, Final Stage. Real Golf La Manga Club, Spain, Jan 22-26 2020. Sharmila Nicollet of India during the first round. Credit: Tristan Jones.
22/01/2020. Ladies European Tour. Qualifying School, Final Stage. Real Golf La Manga Club, Spain, Jan 22-26 2020. Sharmila Nicollet of India during the first round. Credit: Tristan Jones.
“The greenkeepers have done an amazing job. I have been talking about the storm with friends as we were expecting wet shoes but my shoes are still super dry! The course handles the rain very well but we also have had many trees come down. They have cleared everything, so they must have been working so hard and we are very happy for everything that they have done to make the course super good. La Manga Club is great. It is so nice to have everything in one spot. We have beautiful courses, everything is easily accessible and there are great facilities.”
Sweden’s My Leander joined Frida and Alison on two-under-par and reflected: “It was a fun round today. I had three early birdies on the front nine which helped. I managed to hit a lot of shots close to the pins today. It’s been raining for two days but the courses are holding up really well. La Manga Club is so beautiful. It’s nice to see some sunshine today and it’s probably going to get even better tomorrow.”
Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini shot the best round of the day on the South Course, posting a two-under-par 71. Making up a seven way share for second position on two-under-par are Germany’s Leonie Harm, France Emilie Piquot and Spain’s Marta Martin.
21/01/2020. Ladies European Tour. Qualifying School, Final Stage. Real Golf La Manga Club, Spain, Jan 22-26 2020. A view across the golf course. Credit: Tristan Jones.
There are 120 players competing at the Final Stage of Qualifying School. After the Final Round, the top five players will be eligible for LET Membership in Category 5c. Players from the 6th to the 20th position will be eligible for Membership in Category 8a. Players who have made the 72-hole cut to the leading 60 and ties and finished in position 21st and below, will be ranked according to score and be eligible for Membership in Category 9b. Players that fail to make the cut after 72 holes, will be eligible for LET membership in Category 12a and will be ranked in final score order.

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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 13.1.20

Just the one point separated our top two ‘runners and riders’ in Monday’s   ‘Change Partners’. First past the post, with 80 points, were Ron Luffman, Nora Betts, Hendrick Oldenziel and the bookies favourite ‘Albert’.

The ‘going’ was certainly firm for Wednesday’s dreaded Medal round. With a carryover from last week, John Shervell was the only player to score a two today and so scooped in excess of 50 euro into his nose bag!

With a nett score of 71 Graham Murray had a ‘photo finish’ on countback from Trevor Pullyblank and Lindsay Forbes (despite a Fetlock injury)  had a good workout coming in third with 73.

I managed to fall before the third fence and DNF’d along with a few others from the field.

This week’s words of wisdom come from none other than A.A.Milne who remarked, ‘Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad’.

Pues hasta la semana que viene

Peter Reffell

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El Plantio2 GS Joker Competition

A welcome return to frost-free golf as the conditions relented to allow a prompt start for the seven members of El Plantio 2 Golf Society taking part in a joker competition. The proceedings were dominated by club captain, David Swann, who, despite being outscored on Stableford points, managed to come good on his nominated Joker holes and also picked up both nearest the pin prizes.

Nearest the pins – Holes 1 and 6, David Swann.

Second place, Handicap 9, Ray Housley – 37 points.

First place, Handicap 11, David Swann – 37 points (C/B).

If anyone would like to join our Society, we play at El Plantio Golf Club every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. We use both courses – the Par 3 9 hole course and the main 18 hole course, so we cater for all abilities.

The membership rates are very competitive, so call for more details. Anyone who wishes to play in the Society as a guest or join as a new member, contact David Swann on 865 779 983 or 648 476 752.

Photograph from L to R. Ray Housley, David Swann.

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Cowan in control on Costa Del Sol

MARBELLA, SPAIN – November 28, 2019: Olivia Cowan shot a career-best seven under par 65 to take a slim lead after the first round of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino.

The seventh ranked Ladies European Tour player is one clear of the order of merit leader, Marianne Skarpnord, at Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, where the penultimate event of the 2019 season is under way.

“It’s not every day you shoot seven-under, but I knew I was playing well,” said Cowan. “It was solid and I was two-under on the front nine, so I was trying to stay patient. The second nine went very well, and I holed out (for an eagle) on hole 12.”

Cowan, the LET Access Series order of merit winner with three titles on that tour in 2015, is still searching for her first win on the LET and she said: “It’s so close, I can feel it! Hopefully it will come soon. I’ve just got to stay patient and let it happen.”

Marianne Skarpnord limped round during her 66, then took her shoes off during her post-round interview to relieve the pain.

“I’ve had a shoe issue all year, so I think I might be on my sixth or seventh pair of shoes and this week I’ve got blisters,” she said, before exposing her heels to demonstrate.

“I played well today though and hit all the fairways, which is not normal for me, so I’m quite happy with that.”

The LET order of merit leader admitted that winning the season-long points’ race was on her mind at the beginning of the week, with two events to be played, in Spain and Kenya, but she gave herself a pep talk.

“Last night I thought, you’re not going to play better thinking about it, so I decided that I’d pretend I’m fourth or fifth and I’m chasing someone… so I don’t know who’s at the top!”

Christina Kim lies in third spot after a morning round of 67 and she said afterwards: “I played pretty well today. Missed a few shots, missed a few putts, but that’s pretty typical of me.

“I played solidly and did my best to avoid any big numbers out there. This course is tricky in that you have to position yourself right. It can be a 310-metre hole, but you can find trouble if you don’t play smart. I did that pretty well today. I just hit one putt eight feet by and missed it on the way back. I couldn’t think of a better place to finish my 2019 season than at this tournament in Spain.”

Anne Van Dam has taken her driver out of her bag this week and Kim, who played with the defending champion, admitted that Van Dam was hitting her 3-wood 20 yards further than her drives.

However, the long-hitting Dutchwoman ended the day one stroke behind Kim, in a share of fourth with Karolin Lampert and Cheyenne Woods on four under par.

Van Dam had an eagle on the 487-yard par-5 16th, which was almost an albatross. After hitting her 3-wood off the tee, she played a 6-iron to tap-in distance from 180 metres to the pin. However, she didn’t give herself the easiest putts all day.

Van Dam said: “It was a nice calm morning and I hit it well off the tee. I only missed one fairway, by a yard, but towards the green I could have been sharper, but overall, it was a solid day.”

Julia Engstrom, Maha Haddioui, Kylie Henry and Emma Nilsson shot 69s to round out the top 10. Round two begins at 8.15am on Friday.

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Spanish Golfer’s murderer sentenced to life imprisonment

American citizen Colin Richards has pleaded guilty to the murder of the Spanish golfer Celia Barquin, and has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Having previously been found innocent, 22 year old Richards has since confessed to the murder according to prosecutor Jessica Reynolds of Story County, Iowa, and on August 23rd he will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

“My heart is with Celia’s family today with the hope that this result will provide them with a certain level of comfort,” said prosecutor Reynolds in a statement, “this tragic crime is something that has touched and saddened us all.”

Barquín’s body was found on the golf course at Coldwater Links, in Amed (State of Iowa) where she studied Civil Engineering.

The young Cantabrian was considered one of the greatest talents in the world of golf. Born in Torrelavega, she was the reigning European champion, after winning the Women’s Individual Championship 2018.

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Garcia secures Valderrama hat trick

Sergio Garcia successfully wrapped up his third Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation title with a four-shot victory, after weather delays took the tournament into a fifth day.

The 2017 Masters Tournament winner had been in possession of a three-shot lead when stormy conditions forced play to be suspended on Sunday night after a series of weather delays on the opening three days at Real Club Valderrama had already seen the tournament reduced to 54 holes.

The defending champion – who also won this event in 2011 – powered to victory when play resumed on Monday, carding three birdies and a single bogey in his last 11 holes to finish the week on 12 under par at a course he counts as one of his favourites.

Irishman Shane Lowry recorded his best finish of the season, taking second place at eight under par after a final round 66.

The 31 year old – whose last victory came at the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – had given Garcia a scare when he closed the gap to a single shot courtesy of three birdies in a row at the start of the back nine, but a double bogey at the short 15th hole halted his challenge.

Finland’s Mikko Korhonen finished two shots further back at six under par, one ahead of England’s Ashley Chesters. Lee Westwood and Maximillian Kieffer of Germany were then at four under par, alongside another local favourite, seven-time European Tour winner Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, who secured his European Tour card for 2019 with his share of fifth place. 

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay also kept his card after finishing in a share of 11th on two under par to jump up to 115th on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, with England’s David Horsey clinching the final place.

Player quotes

Sergio Garcia: “To be able to win three times here in Valderrama is a dream come true. It’s so difficult, this golf course is so challenging. For me to be able to shoot three rounds under par with the positions we played all week, all the rain we had, and all the stop and going means a lot. I’m very proud of that.

“I knew the guys would attack, they would be going after me. This is the kind of golf course that if you’re a little bit off you can struggle but if your game is on it gives you a lot of birdie opportunities. Obviously Shane was playing well, he got close to me, then unfortunately he doubled 15 and then I dug up an extra gap with my birdie on 14 and opened it to four.

“Becoming a father changes your life for better and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it.  I am very happy to have Angela and Azalea by my side; it was nice to be able to win it for both of them.”

Shane Lowry: “I was going well yesterday but I came back out this morning on fire as well. Birdied ten, 11 and 12, flying, lipped out on 13 and 14 and then hit the worst shot I’ve hit all year on 15. Made double there, but the positive is that it’s probably the only bad shot I hit in that round.

“A 66 around here and being in contention is pretty good. I’m just disappointed I didn’t put a bit of pressure on Sergio. I had it to within one at one stage and then I made double and he made birdie. That was it. But it’s my best week of the year, serious positives to take from it, and I’ve got a great four weeks coming up now to finish the season.”

Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño: “I’m really, really happy and also quite proud of what I’ve done this week; when I needed to deliver I did, so I’m excited.

“If I had to choose a tournament to keep my card it’s probably this one. It doesn’t particularly suit my game, but it’s a course I know very well, and also I knew the scoring would not be extremely low.

“I’m very excited to be back with full status on the European Tour; it’s always been my home tour and will always be. I’ve been away for a few years trying the American dream, unfortunately it didn’t happen for me, but it’s good to be back. I believe I still have a few years ahead to win tournaments, and hopefully 2019 will be one of them.”

Richie Ramsay: “I didn’t sleep the best but I think I came out and proved a lot to myself, arguably under the most pressure I’ve ever felt coming down the stretch, but it’s a course I love which made it far easier to go out there and play.

“I had some good looks at some great putts on 16 and 17 and then I rolled in a nice little tester at the end from about three feet. A three footer under normal circumstances is very easy, but not when your job is on the line.”

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Garcia stays in control heading into Monday at Valderrama

Round three update

Sergio Garcia remains on course for a third title at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation, but will now have to wait until Monday to complete his third and final round after play was suspended due to thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The defending champion – who also won the event in 2011 – is three strokes clear of nearest challenger Lee Westwood at Real Club Valderrama and will have 11 holes remaining when play restarts at 9.10 am.

Home favourite Garcia came into the third round at 10 under par and four shots clear, and after a number of weather delays over the first three days meant that the decision had been taken to reduce the event to 54 holes.

Following another one hour delay on Sunday morning, the 2017 Masters Tournament winner extended his lead to five strokes when he followed up three opening pars with his first birdie of the day at the fourth, courtesy of a brilliant 20-foot putt.

But after Garcia missed his close-range par putt at the fifth, 23-time European Tour winner Westwood followed up three straight birdies from the second with another gain at the eighth to jump to seven under par and reduce the lead to three shots, before play was suspended at 1.49 pm.

Seven-time European Tour winner Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño began the week in 125th place in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, and produced opening rounds of 70 and 68 to give himself a good chance of retaining his European Tour card. He is currently in a share of third place at six under par alongside Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

Finland’s Mikko Korhonen is one shot further back on five under par, with six players then at four under par. That group includes Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan, who got to six under par for the day through 15 holes before play was suspended, with a round that included an eagle, five birdies and just one dropped shot.

Scot Marc Warren and Englishman Matthew Nixon, who both began the week outside the top 116 mark required to retain their playing privileges, are also amongst the group on four under par, while another Scotsman in David Drysdale and Australian Jason Norris are one shot further back at three under par.

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