Blue Bay LPGA. Jessica and Lee-Anne Tied

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Jessica Korda and Lee-Anne Pace are tied for the lead at the Blue Bay LPGA, at the conclusion of 36 holes at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course.

 

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Lee-Anne and Jessica share the lead at -11 under par for two rounds of the Blue Bay LPGA, Lee-Anne with a -6 under par 66 and Jessica with her -5 under par 67 equaled the leading score.

More heavy rains hit the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in the morning, causing another delay, and the officials made the decision to  reduced the tournament to 54 holes. The ladies will now play the last round on Sunday.

Lee-Anne played nicely and was happy with the way her putter was working;

I played pretty decent, I made quite a few putts already by that stage and then the putter just started rolling nicely towards the end.”

“I would say the putt on 18 that I made to save par was definitely good to bring the momentum that I had on the last 17 holes, to bring it in for tomorrow.”

“So hopefully I can just feed off of that.”

Jessica, the first-round leader, had a rough start with a double bogey on the par 4 1st hole;

“I got a little frazzled there as I was walking to the first tee box and then obviously didn’t hit a good shot, and I just I tried to forget about it, tried to bring back, you know, it’s okay and just think about what’s ahead and not what just happened.”

Chella Choi is in third place at -10 under par, she equaled the low round of the day, -6 under par 66.

Michelle Wie, Brittany Lang and Shanshan Feng are tied in fourth place at -9 under par, Michelle told reporters she was hanging in there;

“I hung in there today. It was one of those days where I hit a couple of loose shots, and just things didn’t feel as comfortable as they did yesterday, but it was one of those rounds where I just kept it together, had some good par putts, and yeah, just one of those things where I just kind of I hung in there, felt good coming in, so hopefully tomorrow feel a lot more comfortable and make some more birdies.”

Michelle also laid testament to how good the drainage is here at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in China;

“It’s pretty amazing how great the golf course drained.”

 “I mean Cristie (Kerr), we were like sitting on the ground today like while we were waiting and it was absolutely dry. It was so dry, and it’s crazy.”

“It’s pretty phenomenal what they did with the bunkers and how they got the course ready in that short of time. I think any other course if we got that much rain we’d be done for the week. So it’s pretty phenomenal.”

 

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.”

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.

 

 

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.

LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship. Kyu Jung Baek Wins In A Play-Off

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19 year-old Korean Kyu Jung Baek won the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in a three-way play-off at Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course in Korea

 

Kyu carded a final round -5 under par 67 to get  herself into a play-off with Brittany Lincicome and In Gee Chun, all three ladies posting a tournament total of -10 under par.

In Gee missed a relatively short putt on the 18th hole in regulation play which would have won her the tournament outright. She compounded that error by finding the water with her approach shot on the first play-off hole, and had to settle for a share of second place.

Brittany now has a 0 and 4 losing record in play-off’s, not something she would like to be reminded of. She too missed a good birdie chance on the first play-off hole, virtually handing the title to Kyu who had an even shorter putt, on the same line, to win.

Kyu duly converted the winning putt, much to the delight of the large Korean crowd, friends and players dousing her with Champagne.

World number two Inbee Park finished in fourth place, posting -9 under par, a last round -5 under par 67, came to sad end on the 18th, as she missed a birdie putt to get into the play-off. The putt was on the same line that the others had missed, sliding the ball just to the right of the cup.

Tied in fifth place at -8 under par were Michelle Wie and Catriona Matthew, both ladies recording final rounds of -5 under par 67.

Low round of the day went to Minjee Lee from Australia, -8 under par 64.

South African Womens Open. Leigh Whittaker Leads

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Leigh Whittaker leads the South African Womens Open at San Lameer Country Club.

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Leigh fired a career low round of -5 under par 67 to take a one stroke lead into the final day of the South African Women’s Open. 

On the first full day of clear weather Leigh took advantage of the favorable afternoon conditions to post a two-round total of  -4 under par, in the 54 hole tournament;

“I was one over through three and I just played one shot at a time and judged the wind and the situation.”

“We were really lucky with the draw but that’s golf and you’ve got to take it as it comes and I think I just used it as well to have a good time.”

“I’m normally pretty straight, so I hit 17 greens and I was never really far away from the pin so I gave myself chances to make the putts and I had a few long ones and a few short ones too.”

Holly Clyburn and  Ann-Kathrin Lindner are tied in second place, both ladies on -3 under par for the tournament.

Charley would have been tied for the lead but was given a two-stroke penalty. On the par-three 16th green, Charley’s putter slipped out of her hand, moving her golf ball. That was already a one-stroke penalty. But she then played the ball from its new position, and that earned her a two-stroke penalty;

“It’s disappointing, but that’s golf I suppose. I’m not too fazed by it because I can’t do too much about it.”

“I think I played pretty well out there overall. On the final day I can still make plenty of birdies, so I’ll be fine.”

Lee-Anne Pace is the leading South African player in the tournament, four strokes off the lead on level par, alongside  Julia Davidsson and  Nina Holleder.

Lee-Anne was not too happy with today’s score, but is playing well;

I’m feeling good. I’m hitting the ball fantastically well. I just need to make some birdies now.”

“I’m not quite happy with 73. I didn’t hit it as close as I wanted to. I hit some great shots but didn’t get the results. But it was nice to get in a full round today. It helps to get a bit of momentum going.”

South African Womens Open. Rain Halts Play.

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Excessive rain has halted play in the second round of the South African Womens Open at the San Lameer Country Club.

The tournament has now been reduced to 54 holes, European Tour Tournament Michael Wood announced that play was abandoned for the day.

“We have reduced the tournament to 54 holes, given the fact that we assessed that the timings in place, we wouldn’t finish, without further delays, until Monday morning.”

“We came here this morning at 4.30am and there were fairly strong winds. We finished round one in winds of 25 miles per hour, the wind further strengthened leading into round two with a few downpours. Fairways, tees and greens were unplayable with surface water.”

“We got to a stage where if we re-started today a number of players wouldn’t start round two in these conditions and would play afresh tomorrow in completely different conditions to what we were faced with today.”

England’s Charley Hull was leading by two strokes on -5 under par after six holes in her second round when play was suspended at 11.10am local time. Second round scores recorded so far have now been cancelled.