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The Shipco Masters promoted by Simon's Golf Club 2018

DATES: June 01-03
SITE: Simon's Golf Club, Kvistgård, Denmark
PRIZE MONEY: €350,000

Round 3 - Montgomerie wins 9th Staysure title at Shipco Masters

June 03, 2018

Colin Montgomerie claimed his ninth win on the Staysure Tour after a scintillating final round at the Shipco Masters promoted by Simon’s Golf Club.

The Ryder Cup legend, who had not won on the Staysure Tour since 2015, came from four shots behind as he fired a five under par round of 67 to take victory at Simon’s Golf Club ahead of English duo Paul Eales and Barry Lane, who both finished on eight under par.

Montgomerie wins 9th Staysure title at Shipco Masters, © Getty Images

Montgomerie’s 1993 Ryder Cup teammate and overnight leader Peter Baker carded a three over par round of 75, while the Scotsman seized the opportunity to add the inaugural Shipco Masters promoted by Simon’s Golf Club to his impressive CV, after he recorded an eagle and five birdies and dropped just two shots on his way to victory.

A second round of 67 saw the 31-time European Tour winner move into prime striking position before his final round, and got off to a perfect start with a birdie on the first.

The day turned in Montgomerie’s favour when he eagled the seventh hole with a two-foot putt to lead in Kvistgård. A dropped shot on the ninth hole brought him within reach of the chasing pack but three birdies on the final nine holes, including a final gain on the 17th, saw the Scottish star secure his first victory on European soil since the 2015 Travis Perkins Masters.

“It feels superb, absolutely superb. It means as much as any of the wins on the European Tour or wherever it might be, this is superb, it really is,” he said. “There were 60 guys starting and you’ve ended up at the top of the pack – the self-esteem goes through the roof when you win. It has given me a lot of confidence to go forward now for the rest of the year.

“I needed something in the mid-60s – I knew that. I played for a five at the last knowing I was three ahead. Anytime you score 67 it can’t be that bad, you can’t be playing on the Tour badly, so two 67s was good. I needed that after a disappointing first round 71.

“I knew I had to get out of the blocks early. I had to put pressure on Peter Baker and Barry Lane – known winners. I had to put pressure on them early on and I managed to do that and then sustained it.

“The eagle at the seventh was the key shot of the round. A good driver and then a five iron down wind to about two foot and that propelled me from about third or fourth to leading. That changed things and I thought lets just try and play around this course and do things properly and I was three under from then on, so that was good golf.”

Fellow victorious Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley and South Africa’s James Kingston carded final rounds of five under par to join Baker in a share of fourth place.

1991 Masters Champion Ian Woosnam recorded a blemish-free round of five under par to move to tied seventh. While Dame Laura Davies, who made history as she became the first female to compete in a Staysure Tour event, finished a commendable tied 44th.

Montgomerie’s victory maintains his position in second place on the Staysure Tour Order of Merit after he moved to second last week with a tied sixth finish at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
MONTGOMERIE, Colin
-11
71
67
67
205
2
EALES, Paul
-8
67
70
71
208
2
LANE, Barry
-8
67
69
72
208

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Round 2 - Baker streets ahead in Denmark

June 02, 2018

Peter Baker will look to win his first Staysure Tour title as he heads into the final round of the Shipco Masters promoted by Simon’s Golf Club with a two-shot lead.

The Englishman, who won three times on the European Tour, carded a perfect blemish-free five under par round of 67 to move into top spot.

Baker streets ahead in Denmark

Baker has not dropped a shot over the 36 holes and kept his cool in the baking sunshine to leave himself in pole position for his debut win on the over-50s circuit.

His round got off to the perfect start with a birdie on the first followed by ten consecutive pars to remain at the top of the leaderboard after an early start on Moving Day.

A “really good birdie at number 12 on the par five” set Baker on course for a strong finish with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13, where his highlight of his round came with a monster 30 foot birdie putt on the 12th hole.

The 1993 Ryder Cup player took advantage of the par five 17th with another birdie to take him to ten under par overall and lead at Simon’s Golf Club.

After teeing off first on the second day in Kvistgård, Baker was delighted to card such a low score and set the bar for the chasing pack, especially without dropping a shot over the two days.

“I’m delighted with it. I was first off this morning which was actually a good time because it was a touch cooler,” he said. “It was good to get going and I got off to a great start and I kept it going by giving myself lots of chances. I made some of them and didn’t really get into too much trouble.

“It was nice to get around without too much heat for the first five or six holes. It was a cracking day and it was great to play golf.

“I think I’ll have a reasonable chance tomorrow and be up there with the leaders. I’ll need to play really well like you always need to do when you want to win and hope it is your day.

“It’s certainly a very rare thing for me not to drop a shot – long may it continue. We’ll see what happens, but I’m sure I’ll get rid of that record tomorrow, but I’ll just do my best out there.”

Baker’s early score was hotly pursued by fellow 1993 Ryder Cup teammate Barry Lane, but the Englishman was not able to join him at the top even with a birdie-birdie finish as he sits in second place on eight under par after a three under par round of 69.

Fellow Englishman Paul Eales lies third behind Baker after he made five birdies on his back nine. However, the best round on Moving Day at Simon’s Golf Club came from the 2017 John Jacobs Trophy winner Clark Dennis. The American fired a six under par round of 66 which included seven birdies – four in the final four holes.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
BAKER, Peter
-10
67
67
134
2
LANE, Barry
-8
67
69
136
3
EALES, Paul
-7
67
70
137
4
MONTGOMERIE, Colin
-6
71
67
138
4
MARKS, Gary
-6
71
67
138
6
THELEN, Tim
-5
71
68
139
6
BOSSERT, André
-5
70
69
139
6
WILLIAMS, Chris
-5
69
70
139
9
PRICE, Phillip
-4
74
66
140
9
SMYTH, Des
-4
69
71
140
9
GOMEZ, Rafael
-4
66
74
140
9
GOLDING, Philip
-4
68
72
140
9
DENNIS, Clark
-4
74
66
140

Round 1 - Gomez charges to the front in Denmark

June 01, 2018

Rafael Gomez leads the inaugural Shipco Masters promoted by Simon’s Golf Club after carding an opening round of 66 in Denmark.

Gomez, who won the Staysure Tour Qualifying School in February, recorded eight birdies and just two blemishes at the sun-kissed Kvistgård venue in the tour’s first event on European soil this season.

Gomez charges to the front in Denmark

He took advantage of the back-to-back par five finish to overtake four players on five under par late on in the opening round and end Day One as the outright leader.

The Argentinian, playing in his second Staysure Tour event, finished both nines with a trio of consecutive birdies during an impressive six under par first round, earning the 50 year old a one-stroke lead over Peter Baker, Paul Eales, James Kingston and Barry Lane.

Following a fine first day’s work the two-time European Challenge Tour champion is happy with his game – but believes he still has a lot of work to do if he is to challenge for a first Staysure Tour title.

“I’m very happy,” said Gomez. “I played fantastic today. I made two bogeys but I hit my driver great and putted really well.

“I’m very happy with my finish because they are very important holes. I made the birdies at the right times. The last three holes are very important, especially when you have two par fives, so I’m very happy to finish like that.

“The most important thing today was to hit a good drive and get the right line, so I could be close on the greens.

“I’m not thinking too far ahead. I will arrive tomorrow, like normal, and just focus on the golf course and my game, that’s all.”

Behind Gomez is a chasing pack eager to pounce and ready to put their claim in for the inaugural title.

Baker finished early in the afternoon and joined fellow former Ryder Cup player Lane, along with Eales and Kingston, at the top on five under par. The three-time European Tour winner did not drop a shot as he holed five birdies on the way to a five under round of 67.

However, with Gomez a shot ahead, the Englishman was disappointed not to be in a share of the first round lead, especially with the chances he had on his closing two holes.

“I messed up the last two holes really,” he said. “I was in prime position and took two fives, two pars, when I should made two fours. But I’m in a good position around the top of the leaderboard. I’m off early tomorrow so it will be a touch cooler, but it’s been brilliant – the course is good, the weather is good, and the golf is good.”

Scores

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
MONTGOMERIE, Colin
-11
71
67
67
205
2
EALES, Paul
-8
67
70
71
208
2
LANE, Barry
-8
67
69
72
208
4
KINGSTON, James
-7
67
75
67
209
4
MCGINLEY, Paul
-7
69
73
67
209
4
BAKER, Peter
-7
67
67
75
209
7
WOOSNAM, Ian
-6
75
68
67
210
7
WESSELINGH, Paul
-6
68
74
68
210
7
GOMEZ, Rafael
-6
66
74
70
210
7
DENNIS, Clark
-6
74
66
70
210
11
ATLEVI, Magnus P
-5
71
70
70
211
12
ORR, Gary
-4
72
69
71
212
12
DODD, Stephen
-4
70
71
71
212
12
BOSSERT, André
-4
70
69
73
212
15
TURNER, Greg
-3
73
69
71
213
15
STREETER, Paul
-3
71
71
71
213
17
BROWN, Simon P
-2
72
71
71
214
17
LOMAS, Jonathan
-2
72
71
71
214
17
WILSON, Peter T
-2
72
69
73
214
17
SMYTH, Des
-2
69
71
74
214
17
WILLIAMS, Chris
-2
69
70
75
214
17
MARKS, Gary
-2
71
67
76
214
23
MASON, Carl
-1
71
72
72
215
23
PRICE, Phillip
-1
74
66
75
215
25
FOWLER, Peter
Par
73
70
73
216
25
LUNA, Santiago
Par
73
68
75
216
27
MOLINA, Mauricio
1
74
72
71
217
27
SUNESON, Carl
1
73
71
73
217
27
SANDELIN, Jarmo
1
72
71
74
217
27
KEMP, John
1
70
73
74
217
27
GOLDING, Philip
1
68
72
77
217
32
TINNING, Steen
2
72
73
73
218
32
OLDCORN, Andrew
2
72
72
74
218
32
THELEN, Tim
2
71
68
79
218
35
SHACKLADY, David
3
73
77
69
219
36
MONASTERIO, Cesar
4
74
75
71
220
36
MACKENZIE, Malcolm
4
73
74
73
220
38
GILFORD, David
5
75
73
73
221
38
BRAND JNR, Gordon
5
72
72
77
221
40
HARWOOD, Mike
6
76
74
72
222
40
DRUMMOND, Ross
6
77
73
72
222
40
MOULAND, Mark
6
71
76
75
222
43
REMESY, Jean-François
7
74
71
78
223
44
DAVIES, Laura
8
78
71
75
224
44
MCGOVERN, Brendan
8
68
75
81
224
46
OLAZÁBAL, José María
9
78
72
75
225
46
SCOTT, Peter
9
75
74
76
225
46
ROCCA, Costantino
9
72
73
80
225
49
FORSBRAND, Anders
10
74
79
73
226
49
BRAND, Gordon J
10
79
75
72
226
49
FARRY, Marc
10
72
76
78
226
52
MANSON, Gordon
12
78
73
77
228
53
WALTON, Philip
13
77
75
77
229
53
WHARTON, Mark
13
76
73
80
229
55
MURPHY, James
15
79
77
75
231
56
WILLETT, Nigel
18
78
79
77
234
57
STRÜVER, Sven
20
79
79
78
236
58
MITCHELL, Nick
21
85
78
74
237
58
TELLING, Soren
21
77
78
82
237
DISQ
LÖGSTRUP, Lars
19
83
80
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