Kolon Korea Open. Kang Ji-man Leads.

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Korean Kang Ji-man leads the Kolon Korea Open on the  Woo Jeong Hills Country Club when play was halted due to darkness.

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 Kang Ji-man shot a second round -2 under par 69, achieved following a two-hour delay due to fog in the morning. At the close of play Kang held a one-stroke advantage over joint first round leader Jeon Yun-cheol who still has six holes to play in his second round.

Kang reported how tough the course is playing, he could have been further ahead but dropped two shots at the end;

“The course is playing tough so it is a good thing my putting clicked today, we faced very challenging approach shots because of the difficult pin positions.”  

Former Army trooper Jeon stands at -3 under par with those six holes left to play of his second round. When play finally resumed on Friday, Choi Ho-sung birdied the 18th for a -4 under par 67 to join Jeon in the first-round lead.

Kevin Na, world ranked 34, was originally credited with adding a 73 to his opening 74 to creep inside the projected cut line but was later disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard. He was hot favorite to win this tournament.

Major champion Y.E. Yang is level par for the tournament with 12 holes of his second round still to play , with the 2012 OneAsia number one Kim Bi-o climbing up the leaderboard with a best-of-the-day -4 under par 67 and is +2 over par after 36 holes.

 

Blue Bay LPGA. Second Round Play Suspended.

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The second round of the Blue Bay LPGA was suspended, and will resume on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Tee times were delayed 2.5 hours on Friday, with the first group completing  six holes before play was halted for the day. The final two groups in the draw have yet to tee off in the second round.

Austin Ernst, Yani Tseng  and Brittany Lincicome  played well for the holes they played in the tough conditions on Friday. All three players were -2 under par on the day.

Austin was impressed with how the course played, considering the amount of rain that had fallen;

“The course actually held a ton of water because we even got a ton of rain before we even started this morning, but you couldn’t really tell. I kept being aggressive because it was a little soft around the greens.”

“It was a pretty standard delay, since we were that first group out, and it was a 30 minute delay every time, you just have to be ready. But then it was sit, eat, practice a little bit. Eat more then sit.”

“I have no idea what kind of drainage they have here but it’s obviously really good. We had to of had at least two inches. The greens were getting pretty wet once they called play.”

ISPS Handa Perth International. Peter Shows Potential

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Peter Whiteford showed his potential at the ISPS Handa Perth International by leading at the half way stage on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

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 Peter is in danger of losing his card, and has responded to the challenge by carding a second round -6 under par 66, to sit on top of the Perth International leaderboard at the mid-way point. He said he is in good form and does not want to go back to Q School;

I played great and felt like I got what I deserved, it’s not often you say that in golf.” 

“You’re always thinking you could’ve done better, but that eagle made me feel a lot better. This week it’s no holds barred, win or bust.”

“I’m very nervous, there’s no doubt about that. I’ve got to just keep attacking.I don’t want to go back to school, nobody does, but I get what I deserve in this game, and I’ve been awful all year.”

“It’s nice that the form is coming back later on in the year.”

Thorbjørn Olesen is still in touch, a second round -3 under par 69 gives him a -11 under par total, just one shot behind the leader;

“It’s always tough to come back after a great round, to shoot another good round is tough.”

“I felt like I played solid out there and gave myself a lot of chances for birdie, especially on the front nine. I had a few lip-outs, but the pins were a little bit trickier today and it made to a bit trickier with the putter.”

“So I’m happy with the way I played; I hit a lot of greens and that’s important here.”

Sihwan Kim, another of those scrapping for his European Tour future this week, he is in third place at -10 under par, a second round -4 under 68 keeping him just one in front of the rest of the field.

David Drysdale and James Morrison share fourth spot on -9 under par, James reaching that mark in one go with his -9 under par 63 second round;

“I finished with double bogey last night, so it was kind of a bad end to a good day yesterday.”

“I knew I was playing well. I actually know in Perth it gets windy in the afternoon and calm in the morning, so I was hoping for a nice calm day. I got that and just played great all day really.”

“I’ve got nothing to lose now really. I kept my card and I need a top two to make the Final Series, so just keep on pushing really.”

“I mean, it all depends on weather and how other guys are doing. I’m just going to enjoy it. No matter whether you’re last or first, playing out here is an absolute pleasure.”

“It’s one of those weeks where you don’t really care if you make the cut on the mark or not. It’s just great to play four days here and enjoy playing a fantastic golf course.”

Blue Bay LPGA. Korda Cashes In.

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Jessica Korda cashes in at the Blue Bay LPGA sitting on top of the leaderboard at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in China.

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Jessica shot  a bogey-free 6-under 66  to take the first-round lead of the Blue Bay LPGA in China with a one shot lead. She reported that her putter was working really well;

“It was really nice. I was hitting the ball pretty good and then I made some long putts, as well, off the green. I guess the putter was just hot on the front nine, so I took advantage of it.”

“Highlight was No. 10. Hit my drive way out right. Didn’t hit in the fairway, then didn’t have the right club. And the wind took it and I made the putt from across the whole green, from the back of the green to the front of the green, it was like from back to front, about 60 feet.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Brittany Lang, Shanshan Feng, Caroline Masson, Lee-Anne Pace and Michelle Wei all share second spot. all with opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Michelle was having some fun out there, enjoying the round;

“It was fun, because I feel like the ball kind of sits up with this type of grass and I felt like I was hitting flop shots all day.”

“It was kind of fun. I was just blasting them away. Definitely you have to hit to the right parts.”

“Missed a couple of birdie chances coming in. It always feels good when the ball kind of circles the hole 360 and ends up going in. It was a fun round today.”

Danielle Kang, at -4 under par and T8 was 22 years old on Monday and celebrated what she said was the longest birthday of her life;

“It was a great week. I had a really good birthday.”

“It was the longest birthday of my life actually. We went on the plane and it was like a charter plane, so everybody is like happy birthday on the plane. Then I went to sleep and then I woke up. And it was still my birthday. We drove in a car, got to the hotel and then I went to sleep and it was still my birthday and I woke up and I had a full day of birthday.”

Danielle gave herself a birthday present with a Hole in One, on the 155 yards 17th hole to win a brand-new Buick LaCrosse;

“It was in the middle of the round. So, yeah, I was pretty pumped.”

“My caddie had to tell me to calm down. On the 18th hole I was still trying to go for it. I’m an aggressive player, so, why not, let’s go. Missed a lot of putts but there was a lot of good things I did.”

Lucky for her that this is not a Volvo sponsored event, all they offer is an earthmover for a hole in one, like they did at the World Match-Play.

World No. 3 Lydia Ko, finished with a -2 under 69 and trails the lead by three shots at the end of the day T14.

 

 

Kolon Korea Open. Rookie Jeon Yun-cheol Leads.

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Rookie Jeon Yun-cheol leads the Kolon Korea Open at the close of play on the opening day, after a late start due to fog.

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Jeon Yun-cheola former army trooper playing in his first major professional tournament, marched all the way to the top of the Kolon Korea Open leaderboard, with an opening bogey free round of 67.

He has a three shot lead and sounds very confident;

“I felt good during my practice round so I was not surprised that I could score low today.”

“I have always played aggressively and that is what I intend to do. I will try my best to win.”

Play was suspended due to darkness, these are the leading players who have completed their opening rounds.
1st place 67 – Jeon Yun-cheol
sharing 2nd with rounds of 70 are  Jun Seok Lee (Aus), Suk Jong-yul, Ham Jeong-woo (AM)
3rd place on 71 - Kim In-ho, Hong Sung-min, Ryan Carter (USA), KIM Do-hoon , Devin Daniels (USA)

ISPS Handa Perth International. Its Two at the Top in Perth.

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Thorbjørn Olesen and Australian qualifier John Wade are the two tied at the top of the ISPS Handa Perth International at the end of day 1 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

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Both Thorbjørn and John fired matching course record bogey free rounds of -8 under par 64 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club to share the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

The 46-year-old qualifier John, only secured his place in the tournament by carding birdies the last three holes of Monday qualifying. His only  ever professional victory came on the Challenge Tour in 2006, and he said he had forgotten what it was like to be at the top of a leaderboard;

 “It feels a bit weird actually,I certainly haven’t been top of the leaderboard for a hell of a long time. I just got a fast start. I didn’t play well last week, so wasn’t a lot of form going in, but once I got a fast start, I had to think well, maybe I’ve turned it around a little bit.”

“I didn’t really leave any out there. I got a couple of up and downs in and stuff like that, which helps your round, definitely. It’s been an unknown quantity at the moment, to be honest. I’ve played bits and pieces.”

 “I played the British Open last year, which in a way I called on that a little bit today. I played a British Open at Muirfield with no golf, and that’s pretty scary. I got through qualifying and had to really try to man up in front of a pretty intense environment.”

“So I felt today at least, even though it was a long time ago, it was over 12 months ago, you can draw on some of that stuff at my age. That gets you through days like today when you’re playing okay. This is ridiculous really. I didn’t know what to expect.”

“I just was proud that I didn’t let it go after I was six under, which is really annoying for most guys. And someone in my situation, you’re probably half expecting that to happen. Tomorrow is another day. This is all new to me; I’ll just to have go out with the same attitude.” 

If John needs any inspiration he should look at Ollie Wilson, who recently won the  Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course at St. Andrews, he had been winless on Tour for 11 years, and was only there on an invitation.

Thorbjørn’s only European Tour title came in Sicily two years ago and currently stands at 64th place on The Race to Dubai, he is looking to move into the top 60 ahead of next month’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship. At the interview with reporters he told them how well he had played today, and how good it would be to win again. He also revealed a strange injury he had earlier in the year, involving a camel!

“I played really, really well the front nine especially, the back nine I hit a couple bad drives, but got a little bit lucky and got away with them.”

“My short game was amazing out there. My chipping, bunker shots were really, really good, so I’m very pleased with the round.

“It’s been a few years since I won. Especially the last six months I feel like I’ve played some good golf and just haven’t been able to put the rounds together, so it’s been a dry period. It would be really, really nice to get some confidence back, and to get a win would be amazing.”

“Start of the year I actually fell off a camel in the desert and pulled my muscle there, so took a couple months before I was ready to play.”

There is a chasing pack of four players who are two shots of the lead after shooting opening rounds of -6 under par 66, they are;  Michael Sim, Peter Whiteford, Sihwan Kim and Tom Lewis.

 

South African Womens Open. Lee-Anne Pace Wins In A Play-Off

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South African Lee-Anne Pace wins the South African Womens Open at San Lameer Country Club.

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Lee Anne won the South African Womens Open in a play-off against Holly Clyburn on the second extra hole. Both ladies had completed the 54 hole tournament with a -5 under par total.

Lee-Anne had a -5 under par 67 final round, while Holly carded a -2 under par 70 for her total of -5 under par.

To win this tournament was one of Lee-Anne’s goals this year;

“I’ve always wanted to win this tournament. It was definitely one of my goals this year, so to do it today in front of so many lovely people supporting me was just a dream come true.”

“I was about three shots behind and it was never a lay-up, always going for it. My caddie made a good call there and a good putt and that was that. I mentioned that to Andy, you know I’m two for two, right. The chances are pretty good on this one.”

Holly said she had played some solid golf;

“I played solid the first 18 holes. I wasn’t letting anything get away from me and I was plodding away.”

 “I was taking fairways and greens and two putts for the first so many holes and then I made the turn and I thought, ‘You’ve played well on this front nine and you liked 10 from Thursday’, so I turned it on and made a great four on 13 and just made some great up and downs on 15 and 16.”

Gwladys Nocera ended in solo third place her last round -2 under par 70 giving her a -3 under par total.

Florentyna Parker, Ann-Kathrin Lindner, Valentine Derrey and Georgina Simpson were in fourth place, with -2 under par for the tournament.

It is safe to say that the weather really won this tournament, causing havoc all the way, reducing it to 54 holes.