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Steven Brown captures third Alps Tour crown in Egypt

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England’s Steven Brown overtook the overnight leaders, Virto and Etchart, to win the Red Sea El Ain Bay Open by one shot thanks to solid flawless 66 6-under-par last round for -10 total.

The 26 year old player whose home club is Wentworth, is one of the 2013 Alps Tour graduates. He had two victories last year and one top 3 to finish at third place behind compatriot Jason Palmer and France’s Edouard Espana.

« I was relaxed playing here at the beginning of the week as I will play Challenge Tour this season. But today, when I saw I was only 3 behind, I started to feel a little pressure because I wanted to catch them up. Last time I won when I was not leading (France 2013) I finished my round more than 2 hours before the leaders. This time I was in the fourth group.

I did not want to know what was the score. On the last green, I could not avoid to see it but I am working with a psychologist since a few weeks and we decided I should stay focus to the things I can influence, my routine for example. I played really solid today and I holed good putts. A win is always nice even if Alps Tour is not my circuit anymore. It is a nice way to start a season.

Other WGM clients were Dave Corsby (12th) and Jack Senior (24th)


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Baldwin and Sullivan finish tied 5th in Joberg Open

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Matt Baldwin (68, 69, 68, 67) and Andy Sullivan (66, 72, 69, 65) both flew up the leaderboard on Sunday to finish tied 5th in the 2014 Joberg Open in South Africa.

Both players have made a great start to the 2014 season and are consistently challenging up at the business end of tournaments on the European Tour.

They were no doubt both buoyed by Liverpool FC’s win against Arsenal FC yesterday 🙂


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WGM tour players get off to a flier in 2014!

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The guys have certainly got off to a flier this year!

Matt Nixon opened up with a best of the day -8 at the SA Open

Matt Baldwin was runner up at the Nelson Mandela Champs and finished 19th, 22nd and 41st in the Desert Swing

Simon Wakefield was tied 7th at Leopard Creek

Andy Sullivan has had three top 20’s already

Paul Waring was tied 13th at the Dubai Desert Classic

Steve Webster who dipped in to get some guidance with his putting has had two top 5’s


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Paul Waring posts best tour finish in Portugal

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Paul Waring posted his best finish (3rd) in a European Tour event during the Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria. Paul’s rounds of 67 63 67 71 saw him finish 2 shots behind eventual winner David Lynn who made the most of the calmer conditions earlier in the day to post a scintillating 63! Paul will win on the European Tour, it’s just a matter of when!PWPortugal2013


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Andy Sullivan makes a hot start to 2013 European Tour season!

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Nuneaton’s Andy Sullivan has made a very hot start to the 2013 European Tour season with 4 top 12 finishes in his first 7 outings!

Tournament End Date Pos Prize Money R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Par
Africa Open 17/02/2013 T5 € 32,700.00 70 70 69 68 277 -11
Joburg Open 10/02/2013 T60 68 70 72 210 -5
Omega Dubai Desert Classic 03/02/2013 T12 € 30,057.89 69 67 69 70 275 -13
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 26/01/2013 T9 € 33,073.22 67 71 74 65 277 -11
Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship 20/01/2013 68 € 4,040.71 71 73 76 73 293 +5
Alfred Dunhill Championship 16/12/2012 T3 € 73,125.00 73 71 64 69 277 -11
Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa 09/12/2012 T91 66 66 132

 


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Branden makes it 5 wins in a fantastic 2012!

Branden Grace fought off a brave challenge from Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen to win his fifth title of the season at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
“It feels awesome,” said Grace, who has risen from outside the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 300 to inside the top 40 and might even yet deny Number One McIlroy The Race to Dubai next month.
He is up from 12th to third and added: “It’s definitely in my sights.”
Grace, who began the week with a European Tour record-equalling 60 at Kingsbarns, claimed the €617,283 first prize with a tournament record 22 under par total.
But if starting the final round with a four stroke lead and ending it two ahead of Dane Olesen sounds a comfortable day’s work, then think again.
After the Pretoria golfer dropped a shot on the seventh, Olesen birdied the next two and when Grace three-putted the short 11th for another bogey they were level.
It was then, however, that he showed the class that had already brought him the Joburg Open, Volvo Golf Champions, Volvo China Open and, on the Sunshine Tour last Sunday, the Origins of Golf titles in 2012.
Grace birdied the following three holes from ten, 12 and 14 feet and when Olesen bogeyed the next, the gap was back to four – although even then it was not a cruise to the line.
Olesen birdied the 16th and he bogeyed the Road Hole 17th, but when the Sicilian Open winner came up a fraction short with his eagle attempt through the Valley of Sin on the last, Grace had two putts for victory from four feet – and needed only one of them.
It made him the first wire-to-wire winner of The European Tour season, but was the second time he has won back-to-back.

Like Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, Grace is a product of the Ernie Els Foundation and the current Open Champion has already tipped him to be another Major Champion.
Winning at the Home of Golf, as Oosthuizen did in the 2010 Open, will do for the time being, though.
“I’ve really dreamt of this moment my whole life,” he said. “I had goosebumps thinking this morning about Louis and the possibility of holding a trophy here myself.
“It was a tough day, but the putter started working and that’s all I needed to do.” (EuropeanTour.com)


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Matthew Baldwin follows 5th in Scotland with Strong Open Championship

 

Southport’s Matthew Baldwin secured his 2013 European Tour playing rights at the Scottish Open with a tied 5th finishing position in his rookie year.

He followed this up with an equally impressive tied 23rd in his first Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club.

Matthew also enjoyed his major championship debut in June by making the halfway cut in the US Open at The Olympic Club in San Fransisco……..what a year so far!!!


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Branden Grace makes it a hatrick of wins in 2012!

 

Branden Grace became only the second player in European Tour history to win three times in the season after graduating through Qualifying School as he cantered to victory at the Volvo China Open.

Three clear of last year’s winner Nicolas Colsaerts overnight, the South African’s lead on the final day was never fewer than two shots and a closing 69 saw him finish 21 under at Binhai Lake.

“I stayed really calm today,” said Grace. “I kept hitting the ball well. I missed a couple of shots the first couple of holes but regrouped well and made the birdies where it counts on the par fives, and just stayed with it from there.

“I thought my first win was around the corner [this season]. To have three before May is literally unbelievable, but I’ve been playing well so I’ve been feeling like I can win and I’ve been giving myself opportunities.”

“It’s just amazing and shows you the standard of golf that I am playing right now. To have three win on The European Tour at this stage of my career is awesome.

“It could have been different this week – Nicolas was superb the last two days and came up short with a few putts that could have made a difference. It helped that I was playing with him but it was still hard.

“If I think back now to last year and playing on the Challenge Tour and just trying to get back to the main Tour and really just trying to make a living it was tough at points. So to be here with three wins is amazing.

“Everything is going great. I wouldn’t have thought I would have been top 70 in the world and it is nice to know that I don’t have to worry about a lot of stuff and I will just be able to play the game with a smile on my face and try to push on from here. I want to get better, I want to win more titles and I want to play the Majors and make a name for myself around the world.”

As well as matching Johan Edfors’ 2006 accomplishment of winning three times after coming through Qualifying School in the winter, the 23 year old joins some illustrious company in The European Tour record books.

Only two players have won three European Tour titles in a single season at a younger age – Seve Ballesteros did it three times between 1977 and 1980, and Sandy Lyle did it in 1979.

Grace also becomes only the third South African to win three times in a single season, and again he is in the company of Major winners – Ernie Els and Retief Goosen are the others to do so.

The Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions winner’s achievements are all the more remarkable given there have been only 15 events so far on the 2012 Race to Dubai, and few would bet against him adding to his trophy haul before the season’s end.

Having pulled three clear of Belgian Colsaerts with a sublime third round 64, Grace’s first shot on returning to the course was not a good one – but he holed a 15 foot par putt at the first to atone for his wayward drive.

Colsaerts applied some pressure when he splashed out of the bunker at the second to three feet to set up a birdie putt, but Grace followed him in from two feet.

Both players in the final group parred the third, but another poor drive from Grace at the fourth saw him drop a shot.

He responded with birdies at the long sixth and struck his approach to five feet for another gain at the seventh.

Colsaerts matched the latter, and closed the gap to two by the turn with another birdie at the ninth.

The 29 year old Colsaerts dropped a shot at the tenth, and Grace looked odds on to win when he birdied the 12th from five feet.

Despite some hefty strikes off the tee, Colsaerts could not find another birdie until the last – although it was still an important blow as it gave him solo second from England’s Richard Finch.

“I thought I could have got little meaner on Branden today because I had a few chances and I could have closed the gap a little more but in the end I left him a bit too much breathing space,” said Colsaerts.

“Apart from that I played pretty good. I didn’t putt as well at the weekend but I think I played pretty good all day but he never really made a mistake.”

Grace, meanwhile, was completely unflappable as he parred his way in for a three shot victory.

“I’m definitely here to win every week I play now,” he added


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Back to Back victories for Amazing Grace!

WGM client Branden Grace wins back to back in the Champions event in SA. Having lost the lead early in the last round Branden came back from 4 shots adrift to take the huge title on the first extra play-off hole!

The fact that the play-off win was with none other than childhood heroes Ernie Els and Retief Goosen just made the vistory sweeter. The icing on the cake was that it was in his home town of George and on the course where he learned to play. Family and friends were all there to see him win with great maturity!

 

 

 

 


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Red Hot Start to 2012 European Tour Season for WGM Clients

 

Wow, the 2012 European Tour season has got off to a red hot start for Winning Golf Mind clients Branden Grace and Matt Baldwin!

In the 1st event of the year, Matt finished tied 10th and Branden finished tied 14th at East London for the Africa Open. Branden’s uncharacteristic opening round of 77 was followed up with an incredible -10 (63). On the same day (2) Matt shot a -9 (64) which was exceptional too.

The week after at The Joberg Open saw Matt’s putting let him down and a missed cut ensued.

Branden Grace posted a final round of 72 to win his first European Tour event! I spoke to him on the Sunday night and Monday and to say he was pleased is an understatement……and quite right too!!