Gregory Bourdy - ISPS Handa Wales Open Champion
Gregory Bourdy - ISPS Handa Wales Open Champion
We've got all sorts of video content to polish off our Live Blog coverage of the ISPS Handa Wales Open, so check out the following now...
- Day 4 Highlights
- Gregory Bourdy's winner's interview
- A champagne shower for Bourdy from Thomas Levet
RT @garyplayer: Congratulations Gregory Bourdy on your spectacular finish & win in the Wales Open @TheCelticManor on @European_Tour. Vive l…— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 19:04
Bourdy can't keep his hands off the #ispshandawalesopen trophy & who could blame him! http://t.co/lULDe2L2iW— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 18:57
So close for Uihlein, here's what he had on his mind after that titanic finish...
That escalated quickly! What a finish. So catch your breath, maybe have a sip of a cold drink, and enjoy our shots of the day video...
Close but no cigar for Uihlein, who missed his par putt back at 18, but he is clearly a star for the future after his display in those closing holes. To put it all in perspective, the American was on the Challenge Tour to start the season, and just eight months later he is a European Tour winner, and contending for more titles. It would be no surprise if he were to win again, and soon.
It's 25 feet up the hill, and... it grazes the left edge. Great try Peter, but it wasn't quite enough. Gregory Bourdy is the ISPS Handa Wales Open Champion!
Just 92 yards left for Uihlein from a hanging lie in the right side of the fairway, but it comes up a little short and spins back to boot to leave even further for his bird. Looks unlikely, but so did Bourdy's. So did all the efforts these two have holed in the last hour. You never know. It's a real nail biter.
INCREDIBLE (insert French accent here)! Bourdy wedges up to 35 feet on 18 and looking like two putting for his par to post seven under, but the Frenchman had other ideas. He struck his putt straight and true up a tier in the green, and as it neared the hole, curling from left to right, it looked like it had a chance. Chance... chance... YES! In it goes. Cue another fist pump and he's in the house at eight under par. Uihlein has laid up after a pull from the tee at 18, so he knows what he has to do, only an up and down will do.
Anything you can do, I can do better as Uihlein pours one into the hole from across the green at 17 to pull alongside Bourdy who has laid up short of the water at 18. Awesome stuff from the swashbuckling American who rolled it in centre cut at the penultimate hole having read the sizeable left to right break perfectly. GAME ON!
Graeme Storm (-2) has had a strong week in a difficult season so far, and here is what he had to after the round...
As Bourdy approaches the par five last hole, find out what Ken Brown thinks of the approach to the elevated green with this on course feature he did earlier in the week...
Bourdy on fire all of a sudden. Not happy with the slam dunk from 50 feet at 16, the Frenchman has just rolled one in from 15 feet at the par three 17th hole to lead once more at seven under par. Fantastic flourish at such an important time in the round, nay the tournament, and he leads by one from Uihlein who has just made a clutch par save of his own after missing the fairway in the thick stuff down the left hand side of 16. A thump from the rough, followed by a classy chip, left the American a virtual tap in, and he is two back.
And just as Uihlein hits the front, Bourdy does indeed reply, as he rolls in a rollercoaster effort at 16 from some 50 feet that curved sharply from left to right at the hole and jammed into the centre of the hole. Cue a fistpump from the Frenchman, and rightly so,
Two putt birdie at the driveable par four 15th hole for Uihlein, his first red figure since the second hole, and as a result he is in the lead once more at six under par. Can Bourdy reply with two to go and claim a fourth Tour win, or wil lit be number two for the American?
Soren Kjeldsen had a fine day on Sunday thanks to 67 that saw him move through the field and into a tie for the lead at five under par as it stands. Hear his thoughts after the round...
England's John Parry had a belting final day in Wales thanks to birdies at nine, 11 and 14 before two in a row to close out at 17 and 18 that have him in a current tie for fourth at three under par. Here's what he had to say...
British & Irish Lions heroes George North and Sam Warburton took part in a Q&A today in the tented village, so European Tour spoke to them about rugby, Wales, and of course, golf. Watch the clip here...
It's all a little bit tense, squeaky bum time perhaps, as Bourdy drops a shot at 13 thanks to a three putt from the left edge of the green on the par four, while Kjeldsen, with just a wedge in his hand, missed the green at 18 and was unable to get up and down from the sand. Could be a costly dropped shot for the Dane, but he has set a strong target at five under par.
The Twenty Ten Course might be a big test, but the somewhat diminutive Dane Soren Kjeldsen is continuing to charge out there, with a birdie at 17 the latest red figure on his card, which has him within a stroke heading to the par five last. He has won three times on The European Tour, but it has been a few years since the last, and if he can get in the house at seven under par, then he will be in with a great chance at the title.
All of a sudden Gregory Bourdy is two shots clear after a latest two putt birdie at the par five 11th, following on from a clutch up and out of a tough spot on the previous par three. Everything pointing to a French victor, but you never know with this game.
Uihlein continuing to leak oil out there, this time it was a dropped shot thanks to a miss from the tee into the greenside bunker, and another miss from 15 feet for his par. Gut check time for the American, what's he got in his locker now as he falls out of the lead for the first time in this final round.
Final group through the turn with a couple of two putt pars on the par five ninth, Uihlein's coming after a couple of irons left him with a wedge to the green, but a little too much check left the American a 20 foot putt for the bird which he failed to convert. Tight. Very tight.
Birdie for Bourdy is a phrase that rolls nicely off the tongue, almost as nicely as the phrase "tied for the lead", and that's what Bourdy is after a five footer at the par five ninth. Tighter than a duck's proverbial heading into the back nine.
No Frenchman or Americans have ever won the ISPS Handa Wales Open, but two Danes - Steen Tinning (2000) and Jeppe Huldahl (2009) - and Soren Kjeldsen is handily placed to complete a hat trick after four birdies, three of which have been at the par threes, and he could be tough to beat if he can get it in the house a shot or two better off. He's currently two back at four under having played 13 holes.
Gregory Bourdy's season stroke average:
Round One: 70.60
Round Two: 70.20
Round Three: 69.80
Round Four: 69.80
Consistency, personified, from the Frenchman and he is still Uihlein's nearest challenger.
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Handful of players that could win this right now, and all European Tour winners in their own right:
Bogey for Bourdy at six and he's a shot adrift once more, having been unable to get up and down from 84 yards after having been forced to lay up for his second.
Hear from @lionsofficial heroes @George_North http://t.co/adn3Opb1Br & @samwarburton_ http://t.co/4gxrJlzKIQ at the #ispshandawalesopen— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 15:16
Uihlein narrowly misses from 12 feet at the fourth after splashing out of the greenside trap, and his par effort slid by on the right side to see him fall back into a tie with Bourdy at six under. Will be a strong test of the 24 year old's character here to see how he reacts to a sticky spell early in this final round.
Bourdy clearly likes it here in Wales and has an excellent record at Celtic Manor over the years:
Catch up on the start of the final round action with our morning update video here...
Paul McGinley may have closed with a bogey on the final day to finish at one under par, but it all added up to a 67 regardless and the Irishman can be happy with his effort this week as he resides in a tie for 11th currently. Hear what he had to say here...
Meanwhile, playing partner Thomas Levet drilled one through the green at the third, and had his first approach up the slope with a wedge roll back to his feet. A second effort, this time with the putter, ran up to around eight or so feet, but he failed to convert from there to card a double, after a birdie of his own at two.
Awesome save, of sorts, for Peter Uihlein who has just rolled in tramliner at the third for his bogey four. The American pulled his mid-iron approach from the tee into the hazard left of the green, and having then wedged from the drop zone some 80 yards short of the green, he holed out from some 45 feet to drop just a solitary shot. That comes after he had carded a birdie at the second to extend his advantage once more.
Whet your whistle for today's final round with our preview video here...
EAGLE ALERT: Gregory Bourdy with a three at the par five second and he's already cut the gap to Uihlein to just a single stroke after a holed bunker shot as the American makes a solid four at the first.
Leaders are off and running here in Wales and it promises to be an exciting afternoon. No big movers as yet, other than the wrong way for Rafa Cabrera-Bello who has just doubled the first hole. Down the breeze it is only a fairway wood and a short iron, but the Spaniard has still come a cropper. On the plus side, there's plenty of time to recover.
This is what it's all about today though #silverware #ispshandawalesopen http://t.co/CN9G34tZdR— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 14:12
Before @PeterUihlein (-5) dispatched a powerful long iron down the par four. Play well #ispshandawalesopen http://t.co/NqGsO12aRh— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 14:09
@thomaslevetgolf (-4) leads off the final group at #celticmanor w/ a sneaky baffler down the breeze #europeantour http://t.co/y5ZxHwMD9k— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 14:08
Only 5mins until @PeterUihlein sets off from the first but will American eyes be smiling later? #ispshandawalesopen http://t.co/4SrnLydbak— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 13:59
@PeterUihlein (-7) warming that silky smooth action ahead of today's final round #frozenrope #ispshandawalesopen http://t.co/rNLhCJo6kG— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 13:43
American Peter Uihlein might be leading the way, but compatriot Brooks Koepka, winner of three Challenge Tour events in 2013, is also showing some decent form at three under par for the day to haul himself back to level for the golf tournament. Brooks currently leads the Driving Distance category in the Genworth Statistics with an impressive average of 322.8 yards from the tee.
Sun's out, guns out" has never been more appropriate #LiveAtTheWalesOpen #ispshandawalesopen http://t.co/aXhSjTNHmJ— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 13:12
Been a week of exemplary views over the Welsh countryside this wk & here's another from tented village #celticmanor http://t.co/V6FBd45JXy— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 12:57
Here's how round three played out in numbers.
Round 3 of the ISPS Handa Wales Open produced 23 sub-par rounds and a field average score of 72.36. We analyse the performance of the leader Peter Uihlein and round up the Genworth Statistics leaders.
The ISPS Handa Wales Open has a rich history of strong, and differing, champions since it began in 2000. Check out our latest video and see the esteemed roll of honour for yourself here...
Saturday was a day to forget for Paul McGinley, as he fell out of contention thanks to a third round 77, but today is looking a whole lot more rosy so far as the Irishman posts birdies at one, two, eight and ten to get back to one under par for the tournament. One shot worse off overall, but similarly on four under for the day, is also England's Simon Dyson who is through 12 holes on Sunday and playing well.
As for the play so far this morning, Scott Jamieson is a man on the move, after four birdies in 14 holes have the Scot back to three over par for the tournament and into a tie for 44th place. Andrew Marshall is also going well, three under for the day, which is quite a change of fortunes for the Englishman who carded a third round of 81 on Saturday.
The stage is set at The Celtic Manor Resort for a rip-roaring Sunday at the ISPS Handa Wales Open where Peter Uihlein will look to convert his three stroke lead into a second European Tour title after success in Madeira earlier this year.
RT @EspenKofstad: Have the pleasure of playing w the man, the swing, the hair, the one and only Robert Rock today! Lets go low and make it …— The European Tour (@The European Tour) 01/09/2013 10:36