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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Czech Open. Donaldson’s Ryder Dream on Track.

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Jamie Donaldson’s Ryder Cup pick is still on track as he still leads at the Czech Open in Prague.

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Jamie shot a second round -3 under par 69 to post a 36 hole total of -9 under par and hang on to the top spot on the Czech Open leaderboard at the Albatross Golf Resort. Jamie could seal a Ryder Cup debut next month with a top-seven finish here in Prague.
Stephen Gallacher was his playing partner today, and he is also battling for a Ryder Cup Place, but the rivalry between them is good-hearted;

“We had good fun out there, good chat all the way around. We both played well, he got on a good run as well as me so it was good fun out there, plenty of banter.”

“I played nicely again and made a lot of birdies out there today, but a few bogeys so if I can go out there tomorrow and play as well as I’ve played over the last couple of days I’ll be in a strong position going into the final round.”

“Overall it was a solid day but like I said it could have been very good out there. I won’t dwell on the poor shots; I played two pitches at seven and eight and misjudged them both so one’s come out hot and one’s come out dead. That slowed the run down, up until that point I was really motoring.”

“It’s a great golf course, it’s generous off the tee and you’re setting yourself up for birdies on a regular basis so it’s more of the same and go and attack at the weekend.”

“I’m playing good stuff, today it was a really low one early doors and then the wind picked up a little but it was there for the taking so we’ll see how it pans out weather-wise and try and take the opportunities when they come.”

Gregory Bourdy is in second place, he carded a -5 under par round to post a half-way total of -8 under par, and he said he is in a confident frame of mind;

“I’m very happy to be in this position, it was a great round today, really solid. I really enjoy this course and enjoy this place so that’s why I’m feeling confident here.”

Stephen Gallacher, Tommy Fleetwood, Garrick Porteous, Lee Slattery, and John Hahn are all tied in third position at -7 under par for the tournament.
Another player in the field who has desires of making Paul McGinley’s European Ryder Cup side and play at Gleneagles is Joost Luiten, he has safely made the cut with his -3 under par total, the cut being made at even par.

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.”

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.”