Wegmans LPGA Championship. Inbee Park Prevails.

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Inbee Park prevails at the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in New York.

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Inbee birdied the last two holes to get into a play-off, and then ultimately won the Wegmans LPGA Championship after beating Brittany Lincicome for the Major trophy. Both ladies had finished at -11 under par, Inbee with a final round of -2 under par 70, and Brittany with -1 under par 71.

Inbee thought she was very lucky today;

“I think it’s very lucky that I actually got an opportunity today, because you know, I thought I probably won’t get an opportunity with Brittany coming up the last and if she made a par I would not have gone into playoff.

And I holed really good putts on number 17 and 18 to put me in the playoffs. So yeah, just very happy the way I played today.”

“This is probably one of the favorite weeks that we ; for me and probably for all the LPGA players to come and kind of stay for a week, and yeah, this tournament has the history, and this tournament has all the memories with us”

“So being able to put my name on this trophy twice and being able to do it here in Rochester is such a great honor, and yeah, we’ll be missing Rochester. We definitely want to come back here for another event.”

Brittany put her loss down to nerves;

“Just need to learn how to control the nerves a little bit more. I was really, really nervous coming down the stretch, especially the 18th hole and then the playoff, that putt that I had, the first putt, and then the chip that I had I was shaking like a leaf, which it’s hard to do anything when you’re shaking.”

“I feel like I was like; I don’t know what I had, but it’s just not a fun feeling.”

“Obviously they were tears of joy, finishing second in a major is always a good thing. Obviously I would have liked to have been the one holding the trophy on the 18th green right now, but feel like I played really, really well this week.”

” Hopefully we can keep that going for the rest of the year. I really feel like this will be the stepping stone that I kind of needed to push me to want to keep it going and to be in the Top 10 each week like I kind of was like three years ago.”

In third place on her own was Lydia Ko, who finished the tournament at -8 under par, following her last round -2 under par 70, this is her best finish so far on tour in a Major;

“You know, obviously didn’t really; it was kind of a disappointing finishing with two bogeys, but overall I played pretty solid today, and I tried to give myself opportunities and made a lot of good putts.”

“So yeah, I’m pretty happy with how the major has finished. This gives me a lot of confidence. You know, majors are where we try and perform our best, and to have a top-5 finish, I think that’s really good.”

 

Wyndham Championship. Villegas Victory.

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Camilo Villegas won the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Camilo shot a final round -7 under par 63, his second 63 in the tournament, to win the Wyndham Championship with a -17 under par total. He said it was tough watching the guys coming in behind him;

“You got to stay strong and keep working, I’ve always done that. I’ve always been a hard worker and always kind of believed in myself, sometimes more than others and, again, just happy to be right here right next to this trophy.”

“Tough sometimes when you’re watching it, you can’t control it. When the boys got closer to the last hole, you get a little anxious and, like I said, you don’t have a golf club in your hand. Sometimes it’s better to be on the golf course.”

” But, you know what, it’s funny because your mind tells you things and then the next day you do it all over again. What I mean by that is yes, there’s times you go like, ‘Man, I hate this game. How much longer do I want to play the game? How much longer do I want to travel”

“That’s just you being silly because once again, you take two days off, you show up to the range, good attitude, keep practicing, keep grinding, show up to the tournament, hope you have a good week, work for a hard week, look at the trophy, want one of those in your house and, again, there’s low spots but is that really you talking to you? I don’t know.”

“Beginning of the year I look at my caddie and I said, ‘Big guy, I want to win on the PGA TOUR again. It happened to be the last tournament of the regular season and so, yes, I’ve accomplished my primary goal this year.”

“It feels great and I go to the Playoffs hopefully the same way I did this week and hopefully I will play some good golf.”

Tied in second place were Bill Hass and Freddie Jacobson, both finished one shot back at -16 under par. Bill was happy to have a good Sunday round;

“Any time you have a good round on Sunday you take positives from it. I’m looking forward to the next four weeks.  Playing a lot of golf right now, try to get some rest and just see what happens.”

“I haven’t had that many great finishes, to be in the hunt, 16, 17, 18 I felt like I hit quality shots under the gun and pressure and I’m proud of that.”

“Take that into the next time I’m in that position and maybe I can hit some good shots and capitalize.”

Freddie was really unhappy with performance on the last hole;

“It really sucks when you play solid all day and you know, I really thought it was my day today coming in, just really starting to click with my swing, at least with my iron play so I felt like I’ve been giving myself a ton of chances this week and knowing I roll it pretty good, so I would have a good chance. “

“Did just that but didn’t catch my second shot from 18 from the down slope, caught it a little thin, didn’t get enough height for getting up on the green. Actually a pretty accessible pin.  All I needed was a solid strike to get up there and good feed in and have a good chance at winning.”

Heath Slocum was own his own in fourth position at -15 under par, following his last round of -3 under par 67.

Euro Tour. Made in Denmark. Warren Wins

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Mark Warren wins the European Tour tournament Made in Denmark.

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Marc won the inaugural Made in Denmark tournament with a final round of -3 under par 68 and a tournament total -9 under par, for two shot winning margin. In the slightly lighter winds during the final at at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort Marc was inspired by the support from the crowds for this event.

The spectators were not even put off by a rain delay, which lasted for an hour and 15 minutes before the leaders teed off on their last round;

“It feels incredible, I felt the last couple of years I’ve been close to winning a couple of times but for whatever reason it hasn’t quite happened for me, whether I’ve made mistakes or someone else has played really well.” 

“This summer I feel more confident than I’ve ever done. Today I kept telling myself I was swinging the club really well and I was confident in what I was doing.”

“This is a fantastic event for the European Tour, there’s been rumors of an event in Denmark for a few years and now we are here and it is on; it has been incredible”.

“The crowds have been amazing. To play in front of that has been amazing. Coming from the PGA last week, it definitely had that same feel to it. Coming down those last four holes, the crowds were so big.”

Bradley Dredge finished in second place at -7 under par, a last round of -1 under par 70 was not quite enough to snatch victory. He told reporters that if he had been given 2nd at the begging of the week he would have taken it, but to come so close to victory was disappointing;

In a way there are mixed feelings in that if someone said they’d give me second at the beginning of the week it is a great result, considering I’ve not had a chance to win in a long time. But it was a chance to win a tournament.”

“Marc did play really well and I didn’t play well enough, but it would have been nice to have pushed him a little harder coming down the last few.”

Philip Archer closed out third place, a final round -2 under par 69 giving him a -4 under par total, five shots back of the leader.

Home hero Thomas Björn finished the event T4, way back at -3 under par, but is now looking forward to the Ryder Cup;

“I hope I’m there for the Ryder Cup now, I’m taking next week off and I will speak to Paul tonight or tomorrow and see what his thinking is. At the moment I feel like I need a few weeks off so it was good to play well here.”

“It’s been brilliant to come home and play in front of these crowds. My golf has been so-so, but I’ve still managed to battle out something. You can’t really describe the atmosphere this week. When you travel around the world then come home and play in front of your home crowds, it’s amazing.”
 
“I was quite determined when I got out there today and got the good start I wanted. I just ran dry on the greens. It wasn’t to be. I thought if I could rattle off a few birdies I could apply some pressure. The greens were where I struggled this week. I drove the ball fantastic and there are a lot of good things to build on. I always say if you finish top ten in a golf tournament you have played pretty well. I did that this week, but it wasn’t to be.”

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Lincicome Still Leads.

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Brittany Lincicome still leads the Wegmans LPGA Championship at the 54 hole stage at Monroe Golf Club in New York.

 

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Brittany could only manage a -1 under par 71 third round, but it was still enough to keep her lead going into the final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship in New York. She told reporters about the state of her nerves;

“Nervous was probably an understatement, my stomach was in knots. When it came time to eat lunch, it just wasn’t happening because I haven’t been in this position in a while.”

“I think because I haven’t been in this position in a while, it just kind of all caught up with me, just tried to take multiple deep breaths out there.  I don’t think I calmed down until really the back nine probably. “

“Hopefully going into tomorrow it’s kind of out of my system, I kind of know what it feels like to kind of be in this position and I will kind of dominate again.”

Brittany is a shot ahead of Inbee Park  and Suzann Pettersen. Suzann carded a -5 under par 67 and Inbee shot -3 under par 69 for both of them to be at -9 under par for the tournament.

Suzann mentioned her liking for the back nine here at Monroe Golf Club;

“I seem to like the back nine. I like what I see, I managed to make a move. It’s nice to make a charge. I actually could have had a couple more.”

“I made the turn a bit frustrated that I three putted nine. I actually got to the green and three putted, which felt like I was giving away a shot. But I managed to kind of make a move, and the game responded pretty good.”

” Then I actually thought I could have had a couple more out there.  Had a couple of great looks.  So it’s nice to make a charge and kind of be where I’m at right now.”

Inbee admitted to hitting a couple of bad shots, and is hoping for a better result tomorrow;

“I hit a couple of bad shots and kind of scrambled around today. I mean I still feel like I definitely left a couple out there today, but number 17 and 18, you know, dropping those putts really helped me for tomorrow. Three back is quite a bit different.  So I’m happy where I am right now, and yeah, we’ll see tomorrow.”

Mirim Lee is two shots further back at -7 under par, and is in fourth position while Lydia Ko is back T5 at -6 under par.

Lydia made a slow start today

“I didn’t start off very well.  I made a bogey on the second hole, and then I came back with a good birdie on 3, but then made a bogey on 8 and I was suddenly at one over par for the Front 9.  Bogeyed 10.”
           
“But I kind of grinded it out, made two birdies in a row and then made another bogey, then made another birdie.  So it was kind of a birdie‑bogey day, but I’m pretty happy that I finished 1‑under.”

 

Its Watney at the Wyndham.

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It’s Nick Watney who will take the lead into the final round of The Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.

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Nick made birdie on the final hole to take a one shot lead going into the final round of The Wyndham Championship on Saturday. He carded -5 under par 65 to post a 54 hole total of -14 under par, and said he had been trying to keep it simple, adding that the birdie on 18 was a bonus;

“I’ve been trying to keep it pretty simple, a lot of fairways and greens, and I’ve been able to do that so far. I’m super excited about going into tomorrow with the lead.”

“I’m looking forward to everything that comes with it, all the emotions and wanting to do well and whatnot. Learning how to handle that is a big thing, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

“It’s a hard hole as it is, and they put the pin on that back right little knob, it’s a bonus and I’m very happy with it.”

“I assume that when I tee off, I probably won’t be in the lead or tied for the lead, so it’s not like I’m protecting anything tomorrow. Just more of the same.”

Brad Fritsch also scored a -5 under par 65 third round, which gave him second place on his own at -13 under par. Canadian Brad jokingly asked the officials on the first tee to introduce him as a North Carolinian, hoping to get more support from the crowd;

“Just so people would know and get a little focus off Webb and a little onto me.”

“Staying patient and not freaking out over a bogey, not freaking out over a missed fairway and not getting too aggressive, I think just that, really.”

Freddie Jacobson and Heath Slocum share the third position, both at -12 under par, Freddie with -4 under par 66, and Heath with -2 under par 68.

Best round of the day went to Andres Romero, who carded a -6 under par 64, and in the Aces department Kevin Foley and David Toms each had holes-in-one. Kevin on the par-3, 12th and David achieved the same result on the par-3 seventh.

This tournament is wide open, with no less than nine players within three strokes of the lead, a low round tomorrow will win this trophy.

One of the nine is Brandt Snedeker, currently on -11 under par, who said he will be going for it;

“You know what you’re going to have to do. You have to go out there and shoot good tomorrow. The great mentality, go out there and be aggressive and don’t hold back. Give it everything you’ve got.”

Euro Tour. Made in Denmark. Warren Makes His Mark, Catches Bradley.

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Mark Warren makes it to the top of the leaderboard and catches up with Bradley Dredge at the European Tour, Made in Denmark tournament.

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Mark fired in a third round -5 under par 66 to catch Bradley at the top of the Made in Denmark leaderboard at -6 under par. It was a remarkable (no pun intended) achievement given the extremely windy conditions, gusts of up to 30 mph were recorded.

Bradley, who started the day with a four shot lead could only manage a +2 over par round, but was happy to still be at the top of the leaderboard. His round included a break while medical staff attended to an injured TV cameraman on the 18th green. The group of  BradleyThorbjørn Olesen and Simon Wakefield had to temporarily head for the practice range until the medical team had completed their task.

Bradley said afterwards;

“The finish was difficult. Nobody likes to see that kind of thing. The gentleman is ok and hopefully he will make a full recovery.”

Warren was happy with the tough conditions, he said it made it possible to catch Bradley;

“Obviously Bradley was a bit ahead and I was hoping it was going to be a bit tougher. If it was easier he could have pulled away. So overall I’m delighted. To shoot 66 today, I probably couldn’t have hoped for that before.” 

“I felt a bit out of sync to start and hit a couple of loose shots. Then I hit a good second shot to the third and from thereon I played some good golf. I kind of enjoy this style of golf, hitting some low shots.”

“It’s been a good summer for me, I’ve played consistently well. The Scottish Open was a very good week for me and then I continued to perform at The Open. I didn’t have a great Sunday there but the US PGA was great last week, finishing top 15.” 

“So confidence is high, the game is in good shape and to shoot a score like that, in a day as tough as today, just adds to the confidence again.”
Gareth Maybin and Simon Wakefield are tied in third position at -3 under par, Gareth recording a -3 under par round while Simon fell back, with a +1 over par 72.

Gareth reported that he has been in good form, and is looking forward to the challenge tomorrow;

“I’ve been playing well over the last few months and the numbers haven’t been too bad. I’ll be off in the last couple of groups tomorrow and it will get the juices flowing again, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Local favorite Thomas Björn carded a +2 over par third round and has a -1 under par tournament total, and five shots in these kind of conditions could easily be made up;

“I thought I played alright. The putter never really got going and it was literally impossible on some of the open greens. The putter went all over the place.” 

“It was a very, very difficult day. It was disappointing, and I didn’t take advantage of the chances that I had. I let a few slip on other holes, which happens in golf, but you just carry on and I will try to put in a low round tomorrow and put some pressure on.”

 

The Wegmans LPGA Championship. Brittany Bounces to the Top.

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Brittany Lincicome bounces to the top of The Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in New York.

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Brittany scored a second round -4 under par 68 to post a Wegmans LPGA Championship total of -9 under par. She was excited about her stress free three shot lead;

“It’s been incredible, I haven’t been here in a while so it’s pretty exciting anytime you can shoot under par especially at a major.  It feels really nice.  I feel like all year I’ve been doing a lot of good things, hitting well, putting well, chipping well, they just don’t seem to all come together on the same day.  So it was nice to play the last two days and just kind of seeing like I was out there doing my thing and there was not too much stress involved.”

“I am still going to go try to birdie as many holes as I possibly can, and with both of those players, especially Inbee, she can shoot 61 like it’s nothing. So it doesn’t matter how big a lead you have with her behind you and Lexi or Lydia even, gosh, you just need to keep your same game plan that I’ve had and try to take advantage of the par 5’s and just see if we can stay ahead of all of them.” 

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.

Inbee showed her quality firing a second round -6 under par 66, while Lexi stood still posting an even par 72.

Lexi intends to be more aggressive in the third round, and intends to bomb the driver down every fairway;

“I have nothing to lose, go for it tomorrow and play aggressive. I hit driver on every hole out here, so just hopefully my irons hold up for me like they did yesterday.”

Inbee knows she has been close recently, and thinks something good is just around the corner, shooting -6 under par makes you feel that way;

“I just came so close the last two weeks, I played in the British and last week.  So I feel like something is around the corner.  Hopefully, I can do it this week in a major.  That would be great.”

Lydia Ko is one of three ladies tied in fourth place at -5 under par for the tournament, and is thinking of winning again;

“For me I think about winning at the end of the week, I know especially like Toledo I realized I became a millionaire after that.  I mean, to kind of have those accomplishments is really cool, but I’m really going out there and trying to play the best I can.  It’s hard to control what I do, but to control what other people are doing is pretty much impossible.”

The Wyndham Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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Heath Slocum and Scott Langley are the two players tied at the top of The Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club. 

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Heath and Scott both share the mid-point lead at the Wyndham Championship at -10 under par after they posted second rounds of -5 under par.

Heath would like to get into the FedEx Play-off’s, but is not sure what it would take to do so;

I don’t even know what it would take, I haven’t even looked or calculated. I’ll be honest, I came into this week trying to create a little bit of momentum, whether I could somehow get myself into the Playoffs or into the Web.com Tour Finals.”

“I wanted to create some momentum because I feel like it’s been a couple years where it’s been rough but I feel like I’ve made lot of progress this year and played actually some of the best golf at times that I have but I haven’t put them together.”

“I know how to do it, I’ve done it before. I had a good week of practice last week where I kind of let go. I said, ‘You know what, It’s all here. See if you can’t go play golf and enjoy it.'”

“It’s still a work in progress but, I’ve gotten two days under my belt, I will say, no matter win, lose or draw I will go have fun the next two days. I do miss this feeling of being in contention. I’m going to savor it.”

Scott is feeling confident with the putter;

“I had a bunch of looks inside 15 feet and anytime you can do that, I’m confident I’m going to make my share.”

”Last year, so much going through my head as a rookie, not knowing how to handle it. I was thinking a little too much about things that I really have no control over in terms of keeping my card, what other guys are doing. Lesson learned.”

There are four players sharing third position, all on -9 under par; Brian Stuard, Nick Watney, Martin Laird and Andrew Svoboda are just one  shot off the pace at the half-way stage.

Among the big names who were making early exits was former major champions David Duval, Trevor Immelman, Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Padraig Harrington, Lucas Glover, Todd Hamilton and John Daly. Actually all of them were outside the top 125 in the FedExCup so none will advance to next week’s Barclays.

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Euro Tour. Made in Denmark. Bradley Breaks Away.

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Bradley Dredge breaks away from the field in the European Tour event Made in Denmark.

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Bradley shot a second round -3 under par 68 to post a mid-way total of -8 under par in the Made in Denmark European Tour tournament. The round featured a one-hour delay due to the threat of lightning at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, but the delay did not interrupt the good play of Bradley, who managed to open up a four-stroke lead over the field at the end of the day;

“I’m delighted with the way I played, there were some chances out there. The wind wasn’t quite as strong and in a slightly different direction, and luckily I managed to make some putts. The chip in on 16 was nice and I think I took the chances when I had them.”

“If someone had said I’ll give you a four shot lead after 36 holes you would take it, we’re halfway through the tournament and I’ve been in similar positions to this before.”

“I know a lot can happen and I’ve got to play really well over the weekend. There are some really good players chasing me so I have to keep playing the way I have been and convert the chances I get.”
Simon Wakefield produced a fine round of -4 under par 67, and sits alone in second place at that score. He said he had played well, and although he had been here before did not remember the course;

“I actually felt I played pretty well. I was here in 1999 and finished ninth in a Challenge Tour event, but I don’t remember the course at all. I remember staying on site in a house, but I don’t remember anything of the course.” 

“So arriving on Tuesday, I was excited to play the course but we didn’t get chance to play. The first time to see the course yesterday was nice and I played lovely today.”

There are four players tied in fourth position, all at -3 under par for the tournament, they include two home players in Thomas Björn and Thorbjørn Olesen, and they are joined by David Drysdale and Garrick Porteous.

Thorbjørn actually thought it was easier conditions today, but he just did not play too well;

“It was a bit easier today and I was not on top of my game, I put myself in some awkward positions off the tee and I didn’t have decent control.”

“I made it tricky for myself. It’s scoreable out there so I’ll probably have some catching up to do. I had hoped to shoot a few under today but I didn’t quite play well enough. I was fighting all the time.”

“The crowds have been great, it’s like playing a major championship out there. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s incredible and it really gave me a big boost out there. I just tried to keep going for them.” 

“I was grinding it out today and I managed to get it under par. It was a great feeling being in front of this crowd. It’s good fun. I can’t imagine what it is going to be like over the weekend.”

Thomas reported he was disappointed not to take advantage of the shorter holes;

“It was just not quite there. My wedges were poor, which is unlike me, and I didn’t really take advantage of those short holes. One birdie all day isn’t really going to do it as you are going to make some birdies in these conditions.”

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Two Teid at the Top.

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Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee both shot opening rounds of -6 under par 66, to lead the Wyndham LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in New York. Lexi said she was trusting on her length off the tee round this course;

“I would definitely say my length is an advantage. Coming into the week I knew this golf course was going to be setup good for me. I get to hit driver on every hole, but you just have to hit it straight in majors because usually they grow the rough up pretty deep and that’s what majors call for.” Just being confident over my irons, and just working on the swing change and staying with it I think has helped me out so much and just trusting it out there.” “It’s pretty simple. I mean I just usually take it back a little closed with my club face, so I’m just working on a little bit of more rotation on the way back. But mainly what I’ve always been focusing on is just more controlled swings and not getting too all over the place with my golf swing.”

Meena reported that although the greens are soft, they are still pretty fast; “The greens are very soft, but still it’s fast, even if it’s downhill putt, it’s still fast. It’s very exciting, and then, well, it’s just first day, so I’ll do my best tomorrow and weekend.” “It’s a major tournament this week, so I got more like more relaxed. I like this golf course.  It’s in really good shape.  The greens perfect, fairways good.  I mean the other girls really liked this golf course.”

Tied in third place are; Brittany Lincicome, Lisa McClosky and Jennifer Kirby, all at -5 under par. Lisa said the thought of having to play to a cut line each week has made playing each round an anxiety-filled task;

“Just kind of getting used to have a cut every week. I know this is my second year and I should probably be used to it by now, but I feel like that kind of affects the way that I play. It kind of just tenses me up, and I can’t play as free as I would like to. So I think that’s been really, really hard for me.” “I mean once you kind of have like one or two good tournaments, it’s easy to kind of relax and feel more comfortable out there, but this year I just haven’t really gotten anything going. So it’s quite a bit harder.”

Brittany was just having a good time out there; ” I was hitting things to like a foot and just tapping them in, it was stress free. I was having fun with Meena and Christina, and we were just having a good time out there, so I think it’s just for relaxing and not putting pressure on myself and just going out there and having a good time.”