Valtteri Bottas gets season’s first pole in Austria

Valtteri Bottas gets season’s first pole in Austria

On yesterday’s qualifying Petronas Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas achieved pole position by lapping the fastest time of 1:02:939 and out lapping his teammate Lewis Hamilton by twelve thousand of a second.
In qualifying three, four teams (Petronas Mercedes, Red Bull Racing, Racing Point and McLaren) got both their driver for the final qualifying and yes, we missed one team who always manages to get their two drivers to Q3 and that’s Ferrari from which only Charles Leclerc got into Q3 and finished seventh while, his teammate Sebastian Vettel missed Q3 by just one place as his time of 1:04:206 made him finish at P11 and both Ferrari’s will start in the back of the grid.

Host team, this week is Red Bull, who are racing in their home circuit at Austria and local fans were delighted to see, Red Bull getting both their drivers into top five with Max Verstappen being the third fastest driver in qualifying and Alex Albon didn’t disappoint as he got P5.
McLaren were the surprise package because McLaren’s Lando Norris got a solid P4 and their second driver Carlos Sainz finished at P6.

In last year’s season opener, only one driver of Racing Point got into Q3 and that was Sergio Perez who finished at P10 while, his teammate Lance Stroll missed Q2 for a P18 and on Saturday, Racing Point got both their drivers to Q3 which was a major improvement for the team and they didn’t wasted the opportunity of finishing strong in Austria as both drove their cars amazingly well as Sergio Perez finished at P6 and Lance Stroll at P9 in qualifying which is far better than their 2019 qualifying.

Austrian Grand Prix will start on Sunday at 1:10 GMT.


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July 05, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson are tied for the lead in round 2 of Rocket Mortgage Classic

Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson are tied for the lead in round 2 of Rocket Mortgage Classic

2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic is again producing a low scoring tournament for players as the score of top nine players was above -10 in round two because of the easy scoring conditions of Detroit Golf Course, due to which large no. of players are scoring birdies and eagles frequently and the same happened in 2019 edition when the winning score was -25.

Yesterday, we had new leaders Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson after round one’s leaders Kevin Kisner, Doc Redman and Scott Stallings lost the lead on day two and the reason was simple, that the trio of Kisner, Redman and Stallings scored -3, -2, -1 on the previous day for a total of -10, -9, and -8 respectively and was not enough for staying in the lead on a low scoring day subsequently, Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson got great scores of 64 and 65 on day 2 which brought them into the lead. Now, leaders Chris Kirk and Webb Simpson are tied at -12 after the end of round 2.
 
Seamus Power:
Ireland’s Seamus Power also made in the news after he finished at T3 on day 2 and was great to see a player who missed cuts in his previous two tournaments (Utah Championship and The King & Bear Classics) making a cut this time. In round one, Power finished at T11 and in round two he jumped nine places high to T3 after scoring six birdies, three in first nine and the remaining three in second nine, on a bogey less round.
Last time Power got a top ten finish was 14 months earlier in 2019 Zurich Classics and his last win in the PGA tour was fours years earlier in United Leasing and Finance Championship so, the world no. 505 have a real chance to get a top ten finish or a possible win, this week at Detroit Golf Club.
 
Arjun Atwal:
India’s Arjun Atwal who is the only Indian golfer participating in Rocket Mortgage Classic is playing his first tournament after PGA’s Tour return in early June.
Atwal had a wonderful day as the Indian improved his score from round one’s -2 to round three’s -3 and in the process, Atwal reduced the no. bogeys from three in day one to two in day two, and subsequently got his first eagle of the event on hole 12 followed by two birdies to finish T55 with an overall score of -5 and dodging the cut line by just one stroke (the cut line was on -4).
 
Jason Day:
Jason Day’s poor form continues as the Australian missed his fourth cut from last six tournaments. Earlier, Day got back to back MC’s in Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage, nonetheless, in his last tournament, Day not only got a cut but also managed to get a top fifty finish (T47) in Travelers Championship but on 3rd June, the former world no. 1, again missed the cut in Rocket Mortgage Classic.
 
Rocket Mortgage Classic’s round three will start from Saturday at 12:25 GMT.

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July 04, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Indian Open gets cancelled due to COVID-19

Indian Open gets cancelled due to COVID-19

One of the main golf events of India, the Indian Open is cancelled due amid Coronavirus fear.

For the first time in 56 years, the Indian Open is cancelled because from 1964, it's held every time not cancelled once but Corona has forced the Indian Golf Union to take such a step. Three days ago, the female Indian Open was cancelled due to the same reason. Both the men's and women's Indian Open are part of the European Tour.

It's been three months when both men's and women's golf tournament were held in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh respectively. We will have to wait and watch, when golf events in India will start once again.

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July 03, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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