LPGA. JTBC Founders Cup. Karrie Collects the Trophy.

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Karrie Webb won the JTBC Founders Cup at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Karrie fired a record equaling -9 under par 63 final round to sneak in at take the trophy, for a second time, by one shot at – 19 under par. She had started the day six shots back of the leader;

“I didn’t expect to be sitting here at the start of the day. Even actually when I finished the day I didn’t expect to be sitting here. So I feel a little bit lucky, I guess, to be sitting here. But it doesn’t make it feel any less special. Louise (a Founder member) told me that I had to go out and shoot 64 yesterday, which I let her down and I didn’t do that. So I made it up to her today, though.”

“It’s a very special event, and you know, I thanked Mike Whan out on the 18th green, but it really was a wonderful idea and concept that he came up with four years ago. I hope it’s an event that continues to grow and is around as a part of the LPGA for a very long time.”

” To be honest, I can’t really say I thought about winning today. I thought I could shoot a 63 or 62 and that still would’t be good enough, so I didn’t set my sights on a number.”

Leader at the start of play Lydia Ko, came up just one shot short. She was not the only one, second place was shared by five players, all on -18 under par. Joining Lydia on that score were defending Champion Stacy Lewis, Azahara Munoz, Amy Yang and Mirim Lee.

Lydia said she made some bogey’s, just at the wrong time, her final round of -2 under par 70 was not quite enough;

“I had a really good start. making four birdies on the first five holes was really good and I struggled in the holes after that. But you know, I tried to get myself together and I made some bogeys at the wrong time which wasn’t ideal, but I tried my best until the last. I think I played really well overall, so I am just going to take the positive out of it.”

Defending Champion Stacy said she started really slowly, and only got going on the back nine;

” You know, I got off to a really poor start and pretty slow start, and then I don’t know, I got to the back nine where I’m more comfortable and just kind of started to free things up a little bit, and I made birdie on fourteen, and you know, I kind of looked at the leaderboard and said if I can birdie the last four, you know, I can get in there and tie Webbie.  And unfortunately I just came up one shot short, but to finish the way I did, it was just really nice to hit the shots to make the putts at the end of the round and get some good; seeing putts go in always helps going into the next couple of weeks”

As always, the time to shoot a -9 under par round is the final round, at least one Aussie won this week-end.

LPGA. Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Pornanong Phatlum Leads On Day 1

Pornanong Phatlum leads the  Lorena Ochoa Invitational at the conclusion of play on day 1 at the Guadalajara Country Club, in Mexico.

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Pornanong, in search of her first LPGA Victory, shot  a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the sixth annual Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex, in Mexico.

Pornanong said it was the putting that was the difference today;

” Well, today, my putting was very good, I had a complete game today.  There are not many players this week, I just want to have fun on the course this week.”

 Amy Yang who only needed 29 putts on a round that included six birdies and one bogey is in second place, just one shot back at -5 under par. She carded three consecutive birdies beginning at the par-4 fourth and also said it was the putting that made the difference;

“I think I did everything so well today, especially putter, I felt really good over the ball every time. It really helped, I had some chance to win before. When I didn’t achieve it, I was wondering if I can do it or not. But since the first win, I give a lot of confidence, and now I’m enjoying it more.”

Tied in third spot at -4 under par are Rolex Rankings leader Inbee Park, Anna Nordquist and So Yeon Ryu. Inbee reported that she had played well, the only problem was mud on the ball;

“My ball striking was really good today, I hardly missed any shots out there today, I didn’t miss any fairways and probably missed only a couple greens but I was getting some muddy balls there and just didn’t know where it was going to fly. I left a couple of putts out there today and I had a lot of opportunities. My ball striking was really good today though so hopefully I can keep it going the next three days. I mean last few weeks, last few months actually it’s been a little bit frustrating with the putter. When I am hitting the ball good and not being able to score well because of the putting, that is a little bit disappointing. But earlier in the year I made so many putts I maybe that’s why because it’s not going in at the moment as much but my time will come, I am trying got be patient.”

If Inbee wins this week’s event she will clinch Rolex Player of the Year honors, and while there is a lot on the line, she admits once the tournament starts, her nerves quickly subside;

” Actually today I felt actually a lot more relaxed than when I came in here. Once the tournament starts I don’t really think about Player of the Year. I think about it probably right after and before the play, but during the play I just try to think about the game.”

Seems like the girls are in the best part of Mexico right now, no rain where they are, unlike the boys who have had play suspended in their competition.

 

 

LPGA Keb HanaBank Championship. Amy Yang Wins In A Play-Off.

Local player Amy Yang won the LPGA Keb HanaBank Championship at Sky 72 Golf Club, Incheon, in South Korea, via a play-off against Hee Kyung Seo.

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Amy beat her compatriot on the first play-off hole, sinking a 15 foot birdie putt on the par five 18th, after both of them had completed the tournament at -9 under par. Amy said it had been a long wait for her first LPGA Tour win;

“I have been waiting for this championship for a long time, and I’m really happy get it in my home country, I think still I can’t believe it.”

Hee Kyung was disappointed to lose out in a play-off, again;

” I mean, unfortunately this is third time, I guess, and I couldn’t win at the playoff, but I played really well last two days. Just I think the big miss was No. 14 hole, I missed short putt. That was a big one that I could not win. I’m really happy for Amy.  She was waiting for really long time.  I think I can wait more than her.  I know it’s going to be coming soon for me, so I will just wait and do my things.  I played really good last week and this week as well.  I know it’s going to come soon.  I’m sure there will be more chance for me to get at that time top, so I’ll just believe.  My wedding is coming soon and I’m really excited that I could play very well in front of my family and fiancee. That was happiest thing of my life.”

Michelle Wie made a long-awaited return to form, finishing tied third with Sei-Young Kim and Suzann Petterson, the three of them finished at -8 under par. Michelle was the top American while Suzann was the top European in the contest.

Michelle said she had been nervous, because it had been a while since she had been in contention, actually nearly three years;

“I haven’t been in contention to be a while so I was a little bit nervous, but talking to Jane, it really calmed my nerves down a lot. You know, it’s just always fun playing with a friend out there. You know, like I said, at the beginning of the season, it’s coming along.  It’s just taking some time to get together. I feel like my game is finally coming together slowly, I have just been patient with my game and working hard at it. It’s just nice to see that it paid off this week, and hopefully I can finish strong next week.”

 

Sime Darby LPGA Malasia, Ilhee Lee Still Top.

Ilhee Lee is still on top of the leaderboard at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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South Korea’s Ilhee Lee continued with her strong play in the second round to maintain a one-shot lead at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia after a -6 under par 65, and a tournament total of -13 under par.

Ilhee said her goal each day was to aim for 3-under and said she has surpassed her own expectations the first two days;

“I tried to do exactly the same thing as yesterday. So my goal was 3 under par today. Then, yeah, I putted good and made more, so it was fun.I did mistakes a lot, actually, I missed shots a little bit, but the putt was good, so I saved a lot.

 Lexi Thompson completed her second round with a -8 under par 63, a round that included seven birdies, an Eagle and one bogey, giving her a tournament total of -12 under par.

Lexi spoke about her focus, and having some teeth pulled out when coming back from a break in Florida;

” It was all about momentum, on the back nine I made a few birdies and then I had that eagle, so I pretty much just had it going my way. I just tried to keep confident out there. Focused on one shot at a time. I actually got my wisdom teeth out the week I got back, so I had to take a whole week off pretty much, but I definitely needed a break. I figured I’d go home, relax and practice up for these last few events of the year. I came into this week feeling ready and just confident about it.”

Shanshan Feng  is in solo third and three shots back at -10 under par.

Shanshan was amused at having the same pairings as the first round, and had a plan to get the same gain in the third round;

“Well, it was kind of interesting because we got the same pairings, exactly same pairings as yesterday. So this morning I saw I.K.’s caddie, Johnny, and we were talking. We say maybe we want to play again tomorrow. So I said let’s meet at 10 under, but I think because Johnny didn’t tell I.K., so she didn’t know. But we still have a chance to play together tomorrow.”

American Paula Creamer and South Korea’s I.K. Kim are at -9 under-par and in a tie for fourth.

Amy Yang set a new tournament record for 18 holes after she finished Friday’s second round with a -9 under par 62 on the East Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Her magical round included 10 birdies and one bogey and was her career-low score by two shots and her best round this season by four strokes. That round jumped Amy from tied 48th at the start of the day into a tie for sixth at -8 under par;

” I would say it was a great round, you know., first of all, it was a great round. But I’ve shot 10 under before, but it was the Mini Tour, but this is my best on the LPGA Tour, and it feels great.”

Honda LPGA Thailand, Stacy Lewis Leads

 

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Stacy Lewis fired in a first round -9 under par 63 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament at  the Siam Country Club on the Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand.

Her nearest rival is Frenchwoman Karine Icher, who had a first round 66, to leave her three shots adrift of Stacy, at -6 under par.

There are four players tied at -5 under par, they are, Gerina Piller, Catriona Mathew, Inbee Park and Amy Yang. These Ladies will need something special tomorrow if they want to contest this event.

World Amateur Number One Lydia Ko is currently tied for tenth place, with a whole host of players on -3 under par. Defending Champion is World Number OneYani Tseng , sadly she is way back at even par for her first round, nine shots is a lot of ground to make up.

U.S Womens Open, Na Yeon Choi Blitzes the field.

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Na Yeon Choi blitzed the field on Sunday at the U.S. Womans Open at the Pete Dye designed Blackwolf Run championship course in Kohler, Wisconsin. Na Yeon had a final round of +1 over par to finish with a total of -7 under par, four shots ahead of Amy Yang who finished in second place. The rest of the field failed to finish under the card, the two South Koreans were definitely a cut above the rest in this tournament.

This is Na Yeon’s first career major championship win, previous best finish in a major was tied second  at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont C.C. She said about her strained last round, knocking up a triple on the tenth hole;

“I wasn’t nervous at all on the front nine, I had one missed shot on ten, and there I got a triple bogey. At that moment, I thought maybe I was going to screw up today. But I needed to fix it. I can do it. I talked to my caddie at that point, talking about the airplane tomorrow or vacation. Anything but golf.”

She also had problems on twelve;

“I almost felt like taking an unplayable lie there, but if I do, I might get bad lie again, my caddie told me to hit it hard and get it on the green. I didn’t expect the ball to finish on the green. All winners of this tournament have a little bit of luck, I thought that was my luck, why I win today.”

Amy Yang knew she was up against it;

“I knew she was going to play well, she is a very consistent player.

New Zealand’s 15-year-old World number one amateur finished the tournament at +12 over par, but will have picked up some valuable experience from this tournament.