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Ballantine's Championship

28/04/2013 4:04 PM

Peter Whiteford misses 4-foot birdie putt on 18, so he's in a three-way playoff with Brett Rumford and Marcus Fraser - all 277, -11.

28/04/2013 3:05 PM

World #7 Louis Oosthuizen birdied last two holes for a 69 to finish eight-under 280 (69-71-71-69) on his Ballantine’s Championship debut. Highlight of his week was a stunning start on Thursday, featuring birdies in his first four holes and a six-under front nine.

28/04/2013 2:22 PM

Korean star Kim Hyung-sung (pictured) birdies 18 for a 67 to post the clubhouse lead at 281 (-7), a tally matched by Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee after the five-time European Tour winner equals the course record of 65. Hong Soon-sang (67) and Kim Gi-hwan (68) are both six-under.

28/04/2013 1:15 PM

Brett Rumford cards a six-under 30 for the front nine to lead at 13-under-par as he makes the turn in the penultimate group. A three-time European Tour winner, the Australian has good form at Blackstone, finishing 20th last year and seventh in 2011.

28/04/2013 11:20 AM

Magnus Carlsson (pictured) records the second hole-in-one at this year’s Ballantine’s Championship, the Swede holing out at the 190-yard par-three third to move to five-under. Tetsuji Hiratsuka of Japan recorded an ace with his last shot on Thursday, at the 13th.

28/04/2013 10:36 AM

After two weather-affected first days, the third day of Ballantine’s Championship was bathed in sunshine. Photographer James Cheadle captured some stunning late-afternoon images of the action that lit up Blackstone Golf Club. See News section for more photos.

28/04/2013 12:39 AM

Sweden’s Alex Noren (pictured) birdied 18 for a 69 and moves to nine- under, taking a one-shot lead into the final round over Spanish star Pablo Larrazabal (68) and Scotland’s Peter Whiteford (69). World #7 Louis Oosthuizen is four off the lead after a 71.

27/04/2013 3:17 PM

It’s crowded at the top - check ‘Leaderboard’! Up to 11 players have shared top spot, with co-leaders spread across the final eight groups. World Number Seven Louis Oosthuizen and playing partners Kang Kyung-nam and 2010 winner Marcus Fraser (pictured) are all in the hunt.

27/04/2013 1:07 PM

Round 3 started in glorious sunshine at 11.50am. Four Asian Tour members were among the top six after Round 2. Thai stars Arnond ‘Bank’ Vongvanij and Asian Tour No. 1 Kiradech Aphibarnrat tee off in the last group at 1.40pm with Australian Wade Ormsby, all at -7.

27/04/2013 11:17 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat – nicknamed ‘Asia’s John Daly’ – birdied 12, 14 and 18 on Saturday morning to complete a second-round 66 and join Thai compatriot Arnond ‘Bank’ Vongvanij (69) and Australian Wade Ormsby (67) as halfway leaders at seven-under. Kiradech, 23, won the Malaysian Open last month.

26/04/2013 6:11 PM

Thai youngster Arnond ‘Bank’ Vongvanij (69) and Australian Wade Ormsby (67), a fellow Asian Tour member, set clubhouse lead at 137 (-7). One behind are Sweden’s Alex Noren (67), Englishman James Morrison (66) and South African Jbe Kruger (67). Half the field to finish second round on Saturday morning.

26/04/2013 4:19 PM

Louis Oousthuizen giving a golfing masterclass to a few lucky fans after shooting one under par in the second round.

26/04/2013 1:06 PM

World Number Seven Louis Oosthuizen, Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Slattery, Australian Wade Ormsby and Thai youngster Arnond Vonvanij all setting the pace in round two. Check ‘Leaderboard’. Later tee-times start at 2.00pm.

26/04/2013 10:24 AM

World #7 Louis Oosthuizen bogeyed 17 after resuming his first round on Friday morning, carding a 69. He was two behind leaders Johan Edfors of Sweden, Englishman Matthew Baldwin, Kieran Pratt of Australia, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet of France and Korean Kim Gi-whan. Round 2 started at 9.00am.

25/04/2013 5:03 PM

Sweden’s Johan Edfors (pictured) and Australian Kieran Pratt each post a 67 to join Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet in a share of the clubhouse lead at five-under … Korean Kim Gi-hwan eagles 18 to also join leaders.

25/04/2013 2:47 PM

YE Yang’s bid for a first Ballantine’s Championship win starts with a two-under 70, three behind Jean-Baptiste Gonnet. After bogeying his opening hole at 10, Yang birdied 15 and 18, bogeyed 4, then bounced back with birdies at 5 and 6.

25/04/2013 2:23 PM

Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina birdied holes 1 and 2 on the front nine to move to -5 and lead by one from Sweden’s Johan Edfors and Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet.

25/04/2013 1:36 PM

Play resumed at 1.00pm after a 2hr 10min delay, with Sweden’s Johan Edfors in the lead at -5 after 10 holes. The sun is even threatening to come out now and hopefully dry out the greens and fairways. World #7 Louis Oosthuizen set to tee off at 2.50pm, 2hrs 30mins after original tee-time.

25/04/2013 11:13 AM

Rain stops play just before 11.00am, with Sweden's Johan Edfors in the lead at -5 after 10 holes following birdies at 3, 4, 6, 8 and 9. Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Gonnet is -4, one ahead of Kim Seng-yong, Rikard Karlberg, Matthew Baldwin and Mikko Ilonen all -3

25/04/2013 10:45 AM

Thai youngster Gunn Charoenkul leads Asian charge with birdies on three of his first five holes after teeing off on 10. Bae Sang-moon (pictured) birdied 17 and one to go -2, level with compatriots Kim Gi-whan, Kim Dae-sub and Kim Seng-yong.

25 - 28 April 2013

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This year another line up of world-class talent will compete to leave their own impression on this prestigious tournament.

Louis Oosthuizen Bio

Won the 139th Open Championship at St Andrews, four months after his first European Tour victory in the Open de Andalucía. Lost to Bubba Watson in a play-off for the Masters in 2012, but bounced back to win the Maybank Malaysian Open, after successfully defending the Africa Open. Ended a career-high third in The Race to Dubai. Represented South Africa in the 2011 Mission Hills World Cup and was on the South African team which won the World Junior Team Championships in 2001. Also won the Irish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship. Set up his own foundation at Mossel Bay, for the next generation of South African golfers.

  • Wins this season 1
  • European Tour Wins 2
  • Age 31
  • Turned Pro 2002

Ye Yang Bio

Became the first Asian Major winner at the 2009 US PGA Championship and in 2010 captured the Volvo China Open. Victory at Hazeltine made him the third European Tour Member to win the US PGA. Also won the 2009 Honda Classic. Held off an elite field in 2007 to win the HSBC Champions in Shanghai and took up European Tour Membership, finishing a creditable 28th. Voted Korean PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1997 and prior to winning the HSBC Champions, played on the Japan Tour, winning four times from 2004. Only the third Korean to win on The European Tour, joining KJ Choi and Charlie Wi.

  • Wins this season 0
  • European Tour Wins 3
  • Age 41
  • Turned Pro 1996

KT Kim Bio

Won several amateur tournaments, including the 2006 Japan Amateur Championship before turning professional in late 2006. Won the 2007 Maekyung Open in his second start on the Asian Tour. He has also won on the Korean domestic professional circuit. In 2010, he won the Diamond Cup Golf, Japan Open and Mynavi ABC Championship on the Japan Golf Tour and became the first Korean golfer to lead the money list on the Tour.

  • Wins this season 0
  • European Tour Wins 2
  • Age 27
  • Turned Pro 2006

Bernd Wiesberger Bio

Landed his first two European Tour titles in 2012, winning the Ballantine's Championship and the Lyoness Open. Played his first season in The European Tour in 2009 after coming through the Qualifying School, but was back on the Challenge Tour in 2010. Won the ALLIANZ Golf Open de Lyon with a course record 62 and the ALLIANZ Golf Open du Grand Toulouse to finish fifth in the Rankings. Broke his collarbone in a skiing accident in 2003, but recovered to have a successful amateur career. Taught by his father, he won the Austrian Amateur Stroke Play Championship three years running from 2004, turning professional in 2006. Occasionally has his younger brother, Niki, on the bag.

  • Wins this season 0
  • European Tour Wins 2
  • Age 28
  • Turned Pro 2006

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This partnership is not a new one - Ballantine's sponsored a tournament at Wentworth golf course back in 1960 and 1961. Over 50 years later Ballantine's association with golf continues to grow with the Ballantine's Championship in Korea.

At the heart of Ballantine's commitment to golf are the shared values of excellence, authenticity and passion. These values make Ballantine's and golf the perfect match.



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Ballantine's & Golf

Both Ballantine's and golf originate from Scotland and are respected and enjoyed throughout the world.

This partnership is not a new one - Ballantine's sponsored a tournament at Wentworth golf course back in 1960 and 1961. Over 50 years later Ballantine's association with golf continues to grow with the Ballantine's Championship in Korea.

At the heart of Ballantine's commitment to golf are the shared values of excellence, authenticity and passion. These values make Ballantine's and golf the perfect match.

Golf provides extraordinary moments for individuals to leave an impression. Like golf, Ballantine's has also been leaving an impression on the world by winning over 30 top industry awards in the last 10 years.


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