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.

LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship. Karine Icher In Front.

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On a tough day at the second round of the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in Korea, Karine Icher has put herself in front of the field.

Karine stayed steady in the windy conditions to shoot a second round -4 under par 68, to lead the LPGA KEB Hanabank Championship on the Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course, with a -5 under par tournament total.

She commented that she thought the conditions were easier today;

“Well, today was a completely different course than yesterday.  It was like completely different.”

“It was funny to play because we were all laughing, my caddie, for example, like No. 1 yesterday, I hit a driver and two and today was driver and wedge.  It was kind of funny, it was less wind today, so I’m surprised there’s not much low score, because I thought the course was easier today.”

It’s the final four or five tournaments for us, so I’d like to win one.”

“There’s nothing else I’m looking for.  I’m pretty much in every tournament so there’s no deadline for me and I’m good to be able to play CME.  So now it’s just go for it.”

Brittany Lincicombe and Beatriz Recari are tied in second place, both on -4 under par, both ladies carding -2 under par 70.

Brittany is coming back from a four-week lay-off;

“The first week, I played in Cristie Kerr’s breast cancer charity event and that next week just kind of hung out with my boyfriend in New York.  He had some outings and we went into the city, kind of did the touristy thing and he had an outing in Washington.”

” So basically just did nothing, hung out and didn’t pick up a golf club for over a week.”

“And then the last two weeks, I have not played more than nine holes every other day probably.  So walking 18 in the Pro‑Am was a little rough.”

“I had taken some spin classes, so at least I was doing a little bit of cardio.”

Beatriz is recovering from injury, and lacks some practice;

“I consider the U.S. Open my first tournament of the year.  I started, struggling with injuries and had to kind of redo my swing from scratch.”

“So you know, I consider the U.S. Open my first tournament and my goal was to qualify for these Asian events.”

“I had to focus so much on my long game that I kind of neglected certain parts of my game because I had to because I had no time.”

“And the most important priority was my long game from my play from tee‑to‑green, so I knew I was aware that I was going to make some silly mistakes just by lack of practice really.”

On a compacted leaderboard there are six ladies tied in fourth position all on -3 under par, Mi Jung Hur, Azahara Munoz, Jung-Min Lee, Sandra Gall, Suzann Pettersen and Ilhee Lee are keeping the leaders in sight.

One shot back of this crew are World number three Lydia Ko, and Seul A Yoon, Yoon Kyung Heo and Haeji Kang, sharing tenth place at -2 under par. Inbee Park, the World number two is at even par for the tournament T24.

South African Womens Open. Charley Hull Leads.

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Charley Hull resumed her first round from the second hole, playing as her 11th, at 6.30am on Friday after Thursday’s play was abandoned due to a waterlogged golf course and unplayable conditions at the San Lameer Country Club.

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Charley is on top of the leaderboard, at -4 under par 68, after the eventual conclusion of the 1st round, and immediately had to set off on her second round.

Charley did mention the conditions, winds gusting at 70 kilometers per hour.

“It was very windy out there today and it was hard to stand up on some tee shots on the hills.”

“The rain came down, but I definitely think we had the hardest of the conditions, so I think four under is a good score and we’ll keep on steady this afternoon and hopefully we’ll see what’s leading by the end of the day.”

Rebecca Hunston and Steffi Kerchmayr were sharing second place, carding  1st rounds of -3 under par 69.

LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship. Korea’s Haeji Kang Leads.

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Korea’s Haeji Kang leads the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship at Incheon, Republic of Korea

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Haeji Kang leads by two shots at the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship, shooting an opening round of  5-under par 67. Sinking a long putt on the 12th gave her confidence a boost;

“I think looking back on my game overall today, I did very well. Especially in the first nine holes, there were a couple of risks of actually bogeying some holes but I was able to stop and save with my putting.”

” And No. 12, I succeeded in a very long putt and I think psychologically and mentally it gave me a boost.”

“I think this course overall tends to be windy and it not really that long. So even some par 5 holes, hitting on in two is possible.  So I think it’s a course where you can gain an advantage if you use your length wisely.”

“I think my personal gallery will be different every day but today my parents were here and my cousin and my cousin’s friends were here, and I think that helps my game and definitely helps me mentally and helps me relax.”

There are five ladies tied in second place at -3 under par, defending champion Amy Yang is joined by Ilhee Lee, Minjee Lee, Catriona Matthew and Mirim Lee.

Minjee Lee said she was having fun out there in her group;

“We had a really young group today, Lydia and myself and Hyo Joo. We just had fun out there and a lot of laughs, a lot of smiles.  I think it looks good on telly and just having fun out there was the main goal for me.”

“I’ve had a good start, so I’m hoping, top-5, is my goal.”

Newly wedded World number two Inbee Park is back in action this week,  currently tied for 15th after a -1 under  par 71. Obviously her preparation for this tournament was not up to her usual standards;

“Whenever I go to a tournament, I’m just very quiet and just doing my own thing. You know, this week I really tried to approach it the same way.”

” Obviously it was a busy week and I didn’t get a practice round this week or practice.  I just played the Pro-Am day, which is quite different to what I usually have.”

“For me right now for this championship, recovering my top ranking position is less of a priority because I really want to win Korea.  I haven’t had a win in Korea.  I really want to show my Korean fans that I can win in Korea.”

Michelle Wie did not play too well in her return to golf, and finished at +4 over par. She is in a tie for 59th  place alongside three-time LPGA winner So Yeon Ryu. Lexi Thompson finished at +5 over par while poor Paula Creamer shot an 81.