Canadian Pacific Womens Open. Korean Conquerors.

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There was a trio of Korean conquerors at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario.

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So Yeon Ryu won the CP Women’s Open title with a final round -3 under 69, which gave her a winning total of -23 under par for the tournament at the London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario, Canada.

So Yeon was very happy to receive a champagne showering in celebration of her win, especially as it was Inbee Park doing the spraying;

“I’ve been waiting so long for the champagne, I was ready to get champagned. I put champagne on Inbee maybe more than five times, but finally she gave it to me. So it feels great.”

“It could sound like cocky, but after I made a birdie at the 9th hole I was sure I could win. But actually, you know what, Na Yeon almost chased me down, so I was pretty nervous at that moment.”

“After I signed my card, Na Yeon asked me, why don’t we go to have dinner every Wednesday night. So I think that’s a good tradition, so I think we’re going to stick with that.”

Na Yeon Choi finished in second place at -21 under par, two shots off the pace after a valiant effort to catch her friend So Yeon. She carded a final round -5 under par 67, and fell just short of the target. She was obviously disappointed that her best ever score of -21 under was not good enough to win;

“A lot of people talk about even me and So Yeon can’t have win, it’s been a long time, but somebody has to do it first, and then maybe next time I can have it.”

World number two Inbee Park came through to capture third place, a last round -4 under par added up to -18 under par for the tournament.

Inbee was happy to see her friends play well;

“I’m really happy to see them playing really good, finally breaking through. They haven’t won for a couple years, and I really feel for them.”

“They were having a very tough time a couple years when they couldn’t win for a couple years, so I really was rooting for them to finally break through because they’re such great players.”

 Once they start winning, they can be up on the top very quickly.  Yeah, they have definitely good potential, so yeah, I’m sure even if one of them finishes first and one of them finishes second, that’s still going to give them so much confidence playing the rest of the season.  Yeah, I think you’ll see their names up there more often.”

CP Women’s Open, Record Breaking Ryu Out in Front.

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Record breaking So Yeon Ryu is way out in front at the CP Women’s Open in Ontario.

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So Yeon made her first mistake today, carding a bogey at the third hole en-route to a third round -5 under par 67 and tournament total of -20 under par, and will have a four shot lead over the field at the start of play on Sunday. She has the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open’s scoring record in sight, not to mention the LPGA career scoring record of -27 under par, exciting golf at the London Hunt & Country Club;

” I think my lowest score was 29 under when I was 16 at the Asian Games. If I have a chance, I want to break my current record. Also, if I can, I want to break another LPGA record.”

 ” My starting wasn’t that great.  I made a bogey at the third hole that I think about, okay, let’s forget about the    bogey.”
” Then today I’m going to need five more birdies.  After that I’m going to be happy.  Then I made a fifth birdie at the 16th, and I made a sixth birdie at the 17.  I played better than what I thought. “

” The other happy thing is that if you make a birdie at 17, CP is going to donate $5,000.00 to the Children’s Health Foundation.  I’d really be happy to be part of that.”

” I had dinner with Inbee.  Inbee was really highly encouraging me.  It feels great that the world’s best player was encouraging me.  She is definitely a really great supporter for me.  So I feel really great.  If I get a champagne from her, it’s going to be more awesome.”

Inbee is back in fourth position at -14 under par for the tournament, she had nice things to say about So Yeon;

“I think she is due. I think she was due a long time ago, but she probably threw her opportunities away. Hopefully, if I can’t do it this time, hopefully she does it. I’m really rooting for her.”

Second spot is shared between  Azahara Munoz, and Na Yeon Choi, both ladies at -16 under par, neither of them have been this low at the 54 hole stage before.

Azahara’s total was due mainly due to her third round record equaling -9 under par 63. She hopes to go out and have fun with her putter  tomorrow;

“First round I played really well, and today I played really well, too. I just didn’t make the putts. Today I think the made the most, hopefully my putter keeps being hot like it is now and just have fun tomorrow.”

Na Yeon carded -6 under 66 today, and despite -16 under being her best 54 hole total she is still four shots adrift of the leader;

“I never even really think about like close to even 20 under. I mean, even my score is like 16 under, and some friends called, I’m on fire this week, but look at So Yeon.”

You can not argue with that comment.

Defending Champion Lydia Ko could only manage an even par round, and now has no chance to repeat her winning performance from last year. She is currently 15 shots adrift of the top.

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. So Yeon Stretches Her Lead.

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So Yeon Ryu stretches her lead at the PC Women’s Open to five shots at London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario.

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So Yeon shot a bogey free -6 under par 66 today, to add to her first round record breaking bogey free 63, which gives her a 36 hole total of -15 under par. She was not too impressed with today’s effort;

” After I shot 9-under, 6-under isn’t that great, but still it’s a really great score, and I had a lot of great putts. I had a bogey-free round two days in a row, so I feel really great about that. I do love Canadian fans so much. I’m really happy I was able to show really great golf in front of them.”

’”I’m aiming for a bogey-free round all day four days, and I’m aiming for a really good win.”

 

From this position it would be harder to lose than win, but golf is a funny game.

Three Ladies are sharing second place, Danielle Kang, Anna Nordqvist and Na Yeon Choi have all posted -10 under par at the half-way stage.

Na Yeon certainly thinks there is still a chance to catch her friend and Korean countrywoman So Yeon;

“I think it’s too far away from Sunday. We just finished the half, and I know she looks like she’s playing so well the last two rounds. fifteen under is a big score for two rounds, but my short game is getting better and my patience is getting better.”

“I missed some good results. So maybe this is my first opportunity to win in a long time. But I’m not going to think about that and I’ll just try to enjoy it on the course with my caddie and all the Canadian fans.”

Daneille forgot her ball marker, but her friend Lydia Ko was on hand to lend her lucky marker, and it certainly worked;

“Well, she was going to give me her ball marker, but she said she wasn’t putting well, so she gave me the one she was putting well with which is this one.”

“All I wanted to do was finish at 10‑under today. I started off with a goal of 4‑under minimum, and I was coming in and I was striking the ball well on the back nine and I was trying to figure out the shots, and I skulled a wedge shot on 16, and I had a really tough chip coming back, and I told myself, you know what? It will all even out.”

“Good at putting right now, and I have so much confidence with my putter which makes my game really together.”

Anna has confidence with the way she is striking the ball, just needs to sink a few more putts;

” My confidence is great.  I played great last week, just couldn’t seem to make a lot of putts last week.  Yesterday was great, off the block and shoot 7‑under the first day, and then today I felt my game was even better than yesterday. “

“It’s funny how a day can turn around. But I’m obviously very happy with what I’ve been doing, and I felt I would struggle a little bit after the U.S. Open in Arkansas and the British Open, but I feel like I’m back on track and I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it.

Brittany Lincicome, fired the round of the day, a 7-under 65, to move to -8 under par for the tournament at T6. Inbee Park, who defeated Brittany in a playoff at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, is -7 under par  and T11. Lydia Ko is way off the pace here, the pressure of getting to number one in the world seems to be having an effect on her performance.

 

 

The Barclays. Two at the Top, Rory Recovers.

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There are two players tied at the top of  The Barclays leaderboard, Adam Scott and Cameron Tringale riding high, while Rory McIlroy recovers to comfortably make the make cut.

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Adam followed his first-round 69 with a second round -6  under par 65 for a -8 under par total, which he said could, and should have been better;

“I played the par fives in one over today, so I could find four there for you, and missed so many 10‑footers it felt like. It felt like it could have been a whole lot better. I hit it so close to the hole all day and it felt like I missed most of my putts. I’ve got to take the positives but hopefully a few more go in over the weekend.”

 Cameron made a slow start and was 3 over par on his first three holes Friday, but made six birdies and no bogeys to complete the round to post a total -8 under par;

” I kind of got behind the 8‑ball early and just kind of kept my head up and kept playing. I knew I was swinging well and if I gave myself some chances, I could make birdies. That’s pretty much what I did. “

Three players are sharing third spot, all on -7  under par for the competition, Kevin Chappell, Brendon Todd and the evergreen Jim Furyk.

Jim explained that he thinks it is just experience which helps him to keep contesting tournaments;

“There’s an argument, probably experience and pacing yourself probably comes into play.”

 ” I just keep seeing the light at the end of the tunnel that, hey, I’ve got all this time off coming up and I’ve been playing well, let’s try to keep it going, and I’ll be cooking breakfast and taking the kids to school here for a couple months.”

“I look forward to that and it makes it easy for me to play these last four events, because I want to play well, it’s an exciting time of the year and I know that you’re going to have a bunch of time off come the fall.”

Rory shot a -6 under par 65 today, to move to -3 under par for the tournament, and is now only five shots off the leaders. He reported that it was just practice that got him comfortable with his swing again;

“I went to the range yesterday afternoon, worked on a couple of things and just got comfortable with my swing again.”

“After not really touching a club before this week I felt a little bit rusty out there yesterday. It didn’t take long, maybe an hour on the range to sort of get things back on track, and I’m glad I did it because i played really well today.

“I’m going to have to get off to a fast start tomorrow to try and catch those guys before they go out on the golf course.” 

Phil Mickelson was one of twelve players who made the cut at +1 over par, on a strange day where he missed a very short putt, and played a shot from the hospitality area, which unfortunately led to a bogey;

“My drop was going to be in hay, I had a clear lie on nice ground there and played it. It wasn’t hard to make contact, it was hard to hit it on that skinny little green and get it to stop. That was it.”

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Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Koreans Crush the Course.

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Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Na Yeon Choi crushed the London Hunt and Country Club course at the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ontario.

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So Yeon Ryu shot an amazing bogey free -9 under par 63 to top the leaderboard at the CP Women’s Open, while Na Yeon Choi secured the second spot with her -8 under par 64, which included one bogey, at London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario.

So Yeon is aware that one good round does not win a tournament, she and Na Yeon have spoken about the lack of success;

“I shot 11-under when I was playing in the 2012 Australian Masters, but I couldn’t win the tournament, but I hope I can win this tournament this time.”

“It was a really great opportunity to make us more honest to each other, then we talked about how hard it is getting through tough times. Na Yeon won U.S. Open and CME two years ago, then hasn’t won anything, and I’m kind of in the same situation. So we talk about how we can get through this one, how do we think about this situation. Then Na Yeon and I both were kind of sad, so I realized I’m not the only one going through the hard times.”

”I haven’t won any tournaments the last two years so I’ve been waiting. I wish I can win this week.”

Na Yeon said she had played well, but did not realise how many birdies she in a row, predicting earlier that around -15 would be good enough to win;

‘I felt good about my game, but I didn’t really realize I had five birdies in a row,  didn’t really think about I want to birdie every hole.”

‘Actually I was thinking like under 15, but after my score today, which means, if I shoot like 8 under, I think everyone could shoot like 8-under, so we will see.”

Anna Nordqvist is in third place, carding -7 under par 65 for her opening effort, she spoke about the round of So Yeon, and the good condition of the London Hunt and Country Club course;

“She made nine birdies today and I made seven, so it gives you a lot of momentum, a lot of positive energy, just seeing a lot of birdies.”

” The course is great, it’s a treat to come here. Some of them were a little bit bumpy, but it’s been a long day, a lot of play on these greens. But overall you can put yourself in position to make a lot of birdies out here, and that’s what I felt I did. It’s going to be a fun tournament, this one.”

Lydia Ko must win to have a chance to move to world No. 1 but she carded a first round of -2 under par 70, which makes the task harder. Inbee Park can ascend to No. 1 if she wins and Stacy Lewis finishes in a four-way tie for second or worse.

Inbee is in a good position following her first round -6 under par 66 while Stacy struggled to a -1 under par 71. It is all to play for with those who are concerned with the World Number One position.

The Barclays. Bo Bounces to the Top, McIlroy Makes a Mess.

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Bo Van Pelt bounces to the top of The Barclays leaderboard, while Rory McIlroy makes a mess of his first round.

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Bo opened The Barclays tournament with a -6 under par 65, which included an Eagle at the 594 yard par five 17th, the easiest hole on the course. He actually reported that he got off to a bad start to the year;

“Got off to a horrible start to the year but my game got better as the year went on.”

In a tightly compacted leaderboard there are eight players tied in second place, all carded first round scores of -5 under par 66. One of those guys, Englishman, Paul Casey, did his chances of a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup a power of good.

Rory made the understatement of the day after his +3 over par 73 first round at Ridgewood Country Club;

“I just wasn’t very good. It’s very important here, if you are going to miss greens, miss it in the right spots, because I missed it in the wrong spot a couple of times today and it’s really tough to get it up-and-down.”

“I think it’s more to do with just not putting the adequate time into my game over the past week for obvious reasons. Fatigue isn’t playing a part, it’s I think just not putting the time in that I probably should have over the past week and I think I allowed myself that and deserved that. But this is the sort of consequence of it and I need to work hard on it this afternoon and go out Friday and shoot a good number.”

“A score like this would be tougher to take if I had not just come off the weeks that I had. But at the same time, I want to play well and I want to give myself chances to win tournaments. There are chances on this golf course to make birdies.  I feel like I can do that.”

Phil Mickelson also struggled during the opening round, shooting an even par 71;

“The golf course is just in great shape but the rough is very thick, and I missed a few too many fairways today, but had an okay start. Even par isn’t what I wanted but it was still a nice day on the golf course. I can’t get over what great shape the greens are in. They are just spectacular.”

D+D REAL Czech Masters. Jamie Donaldson 1st Round Leader

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Jamie Donaldson is the 1st round leader of the D+D REAL Czech Masters in Prague.

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Jamie shot a first round -6 under par 66 to top the leaderboard in the Czech Masters at  the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague. He has a one shot lead over Mikael Lundberg, who carded -5 under par 65.

Jamie reported that he had played well, and hopes to continue that form for the rest of the week;

“I played nicely, he course was playing tough early on, quite windy and then died down late but that finish is pretty tough, so I’m happy with the result. I’ve got a bit of a cold but you just get on with it. I don’t feel too bad considering but I’m here and playing nicely and more of the same tomorrow.”

“I know what I’ve got to do this week so it’s just a case of going out and doing it. It’s another golf tournament where you’ve got to go out there and play as well as you can and content to win the tournament. I’m in a position to do that now; I just need more of the same over the next three rounds.”

“You can’t go too heavily into it, you have to go out there and it’s just one shot at a time like any other week. There are other things circling around this result but you have to get on with it and keep doing the same things you’ve been doing every week.”

 Mikael also said he had played solid golf, making just one error on the day;

“I played really steady and really solid, I only made one mistake today and made some putts so it doesn’t get much better than that.”

“This year, I’ve worked with my new coach and we made big progress, there’s way more stability and control in the game. We make everything more simple so I’m very happy with what’s going on now, it feels nice.”

“The hardest thing to do is keep it simple but you try to take away all unnecessary movements and make everything more simple but it’s not that easy to do.”

There are ten players sharing third place, all at -4 under par for their opening rounds of 68, one of them is Ken Ferrie who had this to say following his amazing start of six straight birdies;

“I didn’t see a great deal of birdies in practice but obviously I seemed to find them all early today, six birdies to start the day is always nice!”

“They were all reasonable chances and shots to the greens and taking it from there. Overall it wasn’t too bad; I’m disappointed not to finish at least where I was or push on but it’s tough out there, definitely not an easy course. You do pinch yourself a little. You make a birdie at the par five and that’s fair enough, wedge at the second and you make birdie, just missed out on a hole in one at three, then a wedge close at five and a long putt at five.”

“The thing is you know it’s going to end eventually, you’re not going to keep it going for 18 holes unfortunately – it’s a little bit unreal but it’s always nice, you take them when you get them.”

“The front nine there are a lot of wedge holes where if you can wedge it well and hole a few putts you’re can do a lot but the back nine is a little trickier, there are a couple more funky greens.”

“Obviously I had a couple of rough years and lost my card and haven’t managed to get it back yet so I’m playing whenever I can, as a past champion of events and late invites. It’s my own doing, I didn’t play well enough two years ago or at Q-School and I haven’t been able to get on a sustained run to get back out.”