Denmark to Host European Tour Stop

By Golf Channel NewsroomNovember 7, 2002, 5:00 pm
European TourDenmark will host the Nordic Open at Simon's Golf Club near Copenhagen Aug. 7-10, the European Tour has announced.
A three-year agreement has been reached between the European Tour and new Danish promoters, Danish Golf Company, to stage the Nordic Open.
It reflects the emergence of the Danes on tour in 2003, with no fewer than four players winning titles during a season in which one of them, Thomas Bjorn, played a leading role in Europe's victory in the Ryder Cup.
Bjorn also captured an individual title in 2002 when he regained the BMW International Open he won in 2000. And Anders Hansen made his winning breakthrough at the Volvo PGA Championship only weeks before his close friend, Soren Hansen, won the Murphy's Irish Open after a four-man play-off.
Just last month, Steen Tinning became a winner for a second time when he won the Telefonica Open de Madrid. In addition to those winners, Soren Kjeldsen and Mads Vibe-Hastrup have also shown considerable promise on The European Tour.
Promoter Danish Golf Company has worked for more than two years to bring a European Tour event to Denmark. Anders Sorensen, former European Tour professional and now chief executive officer of Danish Golf Company, said, 'Golf is the fastest growing sport in Denmark, and I and a number of dedicated partners have worked hard to establish the right foundation for promoting such a huge event as the Nordic Open.'
Sorensen, a successful player on tour for eight years and later Denmark's national coach before he chose to focus on his ambition of a leading event in his native country, believes that the Nordic Open is 'probably biggest sports event on Danish soil ever.
'A number of national and international companies have chosen to endorse this tournament on different levels of financial commitment. And we are also very pleased with the help we'll get from the owner of Simon's Golf Club, Mr. Arne Simonsen,' added Sorensen, who revealed that a number of other companies and institutions have assisted in helping the tournament become a reality.
The Nordic Open has already secured commitments from Bjorn, Anders Hansen and Soren Hansen to play in the inaugural event, just one week before the U.S. PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
Sorensen said, 'Our visions are ambitious. The Nordic Open shall, in the years to come, be perceived as a main tournament on the calendar, and we've taken extra measures to make this a really special event for the spectators, players, caddies, officials and for the sponsors.'
Ken Schofield, executive director of The European Tour, commented, 'Denmark has developed into a thriving golfing environment over the past few years, culminating in the remarkable achievements of Anders, Soren, Steen and Thomas in winning tournaments in the same calendar year. This tournament will further enhance the eminent status of Nordic golf.
'Thomas has proved himself to be a wonderful ambassador for Denmark in representing Europe in two winning Ryder Cups, and his successes has unquestionably motivated Anders, Soren, Steen and other outstanding Danish talents such as Soren Kjeldsen and Mads Vibe-Hastrup.'

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.