LPGA. Portland Classic. Korean Kim Leads Classic.

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Korean  I.K. Kim leads the Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

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I.K. shot an opening round of -7 under par 65, to lead the Portland Classic by one shot

“Today I hit the ball well and made some putts coming down. This is really good golf course. You have to hit the good shots and also make putts. There’s a couple of tricky pins, but I was able to manage.”

“So I’m very pleased with how I finished. Solid round, yeah, my game’s feeling good. Just need to keep playing.”

“Seems like every week it’s like 66, 65, so I didn’t really thought about scoring that much. With this golf course you just gotta play your game, and then you get rewarded.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are two Americans, Amelia Lewis and Jennifer Song,.

Jennifer, who played the course backwards left herself a 50 ft putt on her last hole of the day, the 9th. She drained it for birdie;

“Well, I wasn’t expecting to make it. I knew it was going to be a fast putt, so I just told myself to get the pace right and just get it near the proximity of the hole, and it just went in. I just lucked out.”

“I had a wonderful day today. I was making a lot of putts out there, and then my short game was sharp, so I didn’t have a lot of long birdie putts. Most of them were tap-ins. I just played great today.”

“It’s pretty important, but when I came out here, I try not to think about it, because if I think about like trying to get in the Asia events, it’s thinking about the future. So just trying to play my own game out there and just be in my zone and take it one day at a time.”

Amelia confessed to be working on a new swing, just tweaking things around, it seemed to be working OK;

I’ve been working on my swing a little bit and tweaking a few things, and now it’s coming back and working out. So it’s going to be a good end of the year.”

There are seven Ladies tied in fourth place at -5 under par, one of them Alison Walshe has also been working on her game with her old  University of Arizona, coach, Michael Haywood;

“To be honest, and we kind of had a little epiphany about something I’ve changed, and we kind of went back to what was working then, which I don’t know why I ever kind of went away from it.”

“We kind of grinded the first two days, and I just had to trust it, and I did. And actually hit some really good shots, so it was kind of refreshing.”

“We really looked at pictures. I’m not one to hugely look at video, but we noticed my grip was really strong in college, and I almost have a borderline really weak grip now, which trying to get to a spot, it’s pretty hard for that position.”

This is another of those tight tournaments and any silly mistake could be very costly.

 

Italian Open. Molinari Flying The Home Flag.

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Francesco Molinari is flying the home flag in the first round of the Italian Open in Torino Italy.

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Francesco shot an opening round of -6 under par 66, he was joined at the top of the leaderboard on that score by Bernd Wiesberger.

Francesco has a Ryder Cup spot on his mind after European Team Captain Paul McGinley admitted Francesco is “very much in my mind” for one of the three wild cards that he will announce on Tuesday;

I had a chat with Paul when he got here and I think the good thing is that he knows what I can bring to the team because he has seen me as vice-captain on the last two teams.”

But it’s up to me to prove that I really want it and am playing well enough. I think anything less than a win would not be enough so I have to aim for that.”

Bernd, a two-time European Tour winner has plenty of Gleneagles experience, capturing fourth place in the Johnnie Walker Championship their last year, he also spoke about the Ryder Cup;

Paul knows I play well at Gleneagles and I like the course, but I am pretty far down the list (23rd) and even if I win it would be a surprise to get that call on Tuesday.” 

“The first three days at Valhalla gave me a lot of confidence knowing I could get into that position and be in the last group in a Major. I probably should have tried to make more of a move in the final round but I didn’t drive the ball that well that day and couldn’t really get it going.

“It was actually the first time I have had a really good performance in America as well so it was a big, big week for me and a pretty cool experience to be out so late on a Sunday in a Major.”

There are five players all tied at -5 under par for the tournament; American John Hahn, Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, England’s Richard Bland and South African Hennie Otto.

Stephen Gallacher, another Ryder Cup hopeful headed straight to the range after an opening round that featured four birdies and four bogeys, posting an even par round of 72;

“I’m a bit disappointed because I threw away a couple of shots midway through my round, but it’s okay for the first day and I am only one good score away from the top of the leaderboard.” 

“I know I have to finish first or second, that’s not going to change, so I’m not putting any pressure on myself. Once you get out on the course you just try to birdie every hole. That’s the easy part. It’s when you finish you think about the Ryder Cup.”

 

The Barclays. Heroic Hunter Wins It.

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An heroic last round wins The Barclays for Hunter Mahan at Ridgewood Country Club.

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Hunter put together a final round -6 under par 65 to taste sweet victory in The Barclays with a winning total of  -14 under par, a two shot margin over the chasers.

The family turned up unexpectedly to share in the celebrations, which was a great occasion, and Hunter hopes Tom Watson was taking note;

“To get a win in an event like this and the timing, it feels unbelievable, so I’m extremely proud of myself. I felt great the last few weeks, my game was starting to come around. I knew this was around the corner, but to do it, and to do it today with a 65, feels great.”

“I have no idea what he’s thinking or if he has any sort of strategy, but I think a win is a good step in the right direction. I just felt good about how I was playing going into this week, I just stayed calm in my head.”

“This means a lot and this is kind of the biggest win in the sense of what comes with it, having a chance to win the FedEx Cup, a lot has changed from Saturday and Sunday, that’s for sure.”

“I think every player dreams about that, when you have a child, for them to come out on the green. It wasn’t the last group or anything but felt good to see them. They always make everything special.” 

Hunter’s wife Kandi and daughter Zoe just knew they had to be there;

“It’s just great to be together no matter what, and if Hunter did win, we’d definitely wanted to be there. So we decided we wanted to go. Me and Zoe decided we wanted to go.”

Three players tied for second position at -12 under par for the tournament, Cameron Tringale, Jason Day and Stuart Appleby. Stuart also carded a -6 under par 65 to elevate himself up the leaderboard and post the leading score in the clubhouse when he finished.

Jason, who is recovering from a thumb injury is in fine form at the moment;

“I definitely had a shot today, it’s so close. Like it’s just in my fingertips and I can touch it. But Hunter played that much better than all of us and he deserves to win. When you play great on the back nine on a Sunday in a Playoff event, you’re doing something right.” 

“You’ve just got to take your hat off to him because he played well to win the tournament. I didn’t lose it, which was a good thing. I played well, tried my best and wasn’t good enough.”

“I really want to give it a shot at winning the FedExCup. That’s the ultimate goal, and you can’t do that without winning tournaments.”

Cameron celebrated his 27th birthday in style, with a final round -5 under par 66, which should have been better, a bogey on the last cost him second place on his own;

“I just played with a peace that surpassed understanding today, I didn’t feel nervous out there. I felt comfortable and I felt like I was in control of what was going on. I’ve just got so much to be grateful for; no matter how this day turned out, it was going to be awesome.”

Lets not go into the Jim Furyk saga.

Canadian Pacific Womens Open. Korean Conquerors.

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There was a trio of Korean conquerors at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario.

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So Yeon Ryu won the CP Women’s Open title with a final round -3 under 69, which gave her a winning total of -23 under par for the tournament at the London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario, Canada.

So Yeon was very happy to receive a champagne showering in celebration of her win, especially as it was Inbee Park doing the spraying;

“I’ve been waiting so long for the champagne, I was ready to get champagned. I put champagne on Inbee maybe more than five times, but finally she gave it to me. So it feels great.”

“It could sound like cocky, but after I made a birdie at the 9th hole I was sure I could win. But actually, you know what, Na Yeon almost chased me down, so I was pretty nervous at that moment.”

“After I signed my card, Na Yeon asked me, why don’t we go to have dinner every Wednesday night. So I think that’s a good tradition, so I think we’re going to stick with that.”

Na Yeon Choi finished in second place at -21 under par, two shots off the pace after a valiant effort to catch her friend So Yeon. She carded a final round -5 under par 67, and fell just short of the target. She was obviously disappointed that her best ever score of -21 under was not good enough to win;

“A lot of people talk about even me and So Yeon can’t have win, it’s been a long time, but somebody has to do it first, and then maybe next time I can have it.”

World number two Inbee Park came through to capture third place, a last round -4 under par added up to -18 under par for the tournament.

Inbee was happy to see her friends play well;

“I’m really happy to see them playing really good, finally breaking through. They haven’t won for a couple years, and I really feel for them.”

“They were having a very tough time a couple years when they couldn’t win for a couple years, so I really was rooting for them to finally break through because they’re such great players.”

 Once they start winning, they can be up on the top very quickly.  Yeah, they have definitely good potential, so yeah, I’m sure even if one of them finishes first and one of them finishes second, that’s still going to give them so much confidence playing the rest of the season.  Yeah, I think you’ll see their names up there more often.”

Czech Masters. Jamie Donaldson Wins.

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Jamie Donaldson wins the  D+D REAL Czech Masters, and also earns his Ryder Cup place at Gleneagles.

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Jamie shot a last round -4 under par 68 to post a winning -14 under par Czech Masters tournament total at the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.

Jamie needed at least a top-seven finish to secure a place on Paul McGinley’s European Ryder Cup Team, but earned his place in style by winning;

“This is big, it’s been an amazing week. Winning is everything: wins shoot you up world rankings, Race To Dubai, all sorts. Its massive – those three last holes coming in there were really tough with the wind blowing, so I’m just really happy to seal it.”

“I didn’t get here until late; I needed to play well either this week or next week, or both, to guarantee my place in The Ryder Cup Team so there was a lot on the line and this week I played really well, so that’s great.”

“It’s so difficult to get into the team, the lads are playing so well. You know that you have to play well to secure your place and it did come down to the wire. But that’s how it is to get into the team, I played as well as I can play for 18 months, and then a couple of slow events and you rocket down the list, so it’s great to come here and play so well and do enough to get into the team.”

I felt pretty good after yesterday; I’ve had a lot of birdies here all week. I’ve dropped too many shots, which stopped me from moving away a little bit, so today everything came together.”

“I had a great first three holes and felt very relaxed. I just had to slow things down, take my time and allow myself to play good shots all the time, as opposed to some of the time, and that went my way and worked well and enabled me to win.”

Welsh countryman Bradley Dredge finished in second place with a -12 under par total after his disappointing final round of even par, he can at least console himself knowing that this finish and the earnings of €277,770 in the last fortnight will ensure he regains the playing card he lost in 2012;

“Mixed feelings because again there was the chance to win there, I had a two shot lead going into the last round. Both the guys got off to great starts today and I played nicely, but just didn’t putt as well today.”

“I was trying to keep the pressure on and try to force the other guys into mistakes, but to be fair to Jamie he played great and I’m pleased he’s secured his place in the Ryder Cup.”

“It’s been a great two weeks in terms of two seconds. Two firsts would’ve been better. Slightly disappointed I didn’t win one, but I’ll have a few more chances before the end of the year, and see how that goes.”

Tied in third place at -11 under par were Søren Kjeldsen and Merrick Bremner, while Ryder Cup hopeful Stephen Gallacher finished in a tie for 7th, and was disappointed with his +1 over par final round;

 “The week went pretty well, bit disappointed with today, I didn’t really play that well, but top ten if you’re not firing is quite good.”

“My goal this week was to win it or try and finish as high up as I could. I was in contention in the second last group, if you then play well you can win, if you don’t and still finish top ten, then you’ve got it round well. I’m off to Italy, home for a couple of days, and then I’ll be heading there.”

 

 

The Barclays. Furyk in the Frame, with Digger Day for Company.

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Jim Furyk has put himself in the frame to win The Barclays, with Aussie Digger Day for company.

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Jim Furyk and Jason Day lead The Barclays at the 54 hole stage with a tournament total of -9 under par. Jim had a third round -2 under par 69, while Jason went one better a -3 under par effort.

Jim is not thinking about the six previous times he had failed to convert;

” It’s part of my; I don’t want to say my golf history, but it’s part of my golf game and what’s going on. I don’t really block anything out. It’s done. It’s over.”

 “I’ve thought about those situations and how I could handle them better. Just put it behind me and try to use it to my advantage in the future.”

“I don’t need any motivation. Sitting tied for the lead in a big of golf tournament on a golf course that I really enjoy playing and have a lot of respect for. I think it’s a great golf course. No extra motivation needed. I’m just happy to be in a good spot and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Jason had a wild ride during this third round of -3 under 68, which included a double-bogey on the par five 13th, and a bogey on the par five 17th. It was a case of what could have been;

“Oh, it feels great, obviously the hard work that I’ve put in since the WGC, just to be able to get the all‑clear to go out there and not let the thumb injury kind of hinder what you’re trying to do in practice. At the end of the day when you have an injury and it’s slowly not going away, you kind of play little games in your head.” 

“You’re thinking, ‘OK, when will I be back fully healthy? When can I practice again? Will I ever play the game again?” 

“Since it’s been a stop-start year, to be able to work hard and get yourself into contention, maybe to even win the FedEx Cup at the end of the playoffs would obviously cap off a great year. This is only my 12th start of the year. There’s still a lot of good golf ahead of me this year.”

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Hunter Mahan is alone in third place, a third round -3 under par 68 giving him a -8 under par tournament total. He said his round was relatively stress free, and hopes this result will improve his chances of a Ryder Cup pick;

“I just felt like I had good looks and if I didn’t make them, then they were tap‑ins. I was hitting fairways and greens and I was putting for birdie all day. I don’t want to say an easy round, but it wasn’t too stressful, I guess.”

“I know a win would definitely improve my chances. So you know, right now, it’s just with the FedEx Cup playoffs and everything, a win means a lot from a points perspective and everything else. Got to be aggressive and go out and try to win.”

The final round of this opening FedEx Cup playoff event is shaping up as a shootout, there are 15 players who are separated by three shots.

CP Women’s Open, Record Breaking Ryu Out in Front.

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Record breaking So Yeon Ryu is way out in front at the CP Women’s Open in Ontario.

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So Yeon made her first mistake today, carding a bogey at the third hole en-route to a third round -5 under par 67 and tournament total of -20 under par, and will have a four shot lead over the field at the start of play on Sunday. She has the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open’s scoring record in sight, not to mention the LPGA career scoring record of -27 under par, exciting golf at the London Hunt & Country Club;

” I think my lowest score was 29 under when I was 16 at the Asian Games. If I have a chance, I want to break my current record. Also, if I can, I want to break another LPGA record.”

 ” My starting wasn’t that great.  I made a bogey at the third hole that I think about, okay, let’s forget about the    bogey.”
” Then today I’m going to need five more birdies.  After that I’m going to be happy.  Then I made a fifth birdie at the 16th, and I made a sixth birdie at the 17.  I played better than what I thought. “

” The other happy thing is that if you make a birdie at 17, CP is going to donate $5,000.00 to the Children’s Health Foundation.  I’d really be happy to be part of that.”

” I had dinner with Inbee.  Inbee was really highly encouraging me.  It feels great that the world’s best player was encouraging me.  She is definitely a really great supporter for me.  So I feel really great.  If I get a champagne from her, it’s going to be more awesome.”

Inbee is back in fourth position at -14 under par for the tournament, she had nice things to say about So Yeon;

“I think she is due. I think she was due a long time ago, but she probably threw her opportunities away. Hopefully, if I can’t do it this time, hopefully she does it. I’m really rooting for her.”

Second spot is shared between  Azahara Munoz, and Na Yeon Choi, both ladies at -16 under par, neither of them have been this low at the 54 hole stage before.

Azahara’s total was due mainly due to her third round record equaling -9 under par 63. She hopes to go out and have fun with her putter  tomorrow;

“First round I played really well, and today I played really well, too. I just didn’t make the putts. Today I think the made the most, hopefully my putter keeps being hot like it is now and just have fun tomorrow.”

Na Yeon carded -6 under 66 today, and despite -16 under being her best 54 hole total she is still four shots adrift of the leader;

“I never even really think about like close to even 20 under. I mean, even my score is like 16 under, and some friends called, I’m on fire this week, but look at So Yeon.”

You can not argue with that comment.

Defending Champion Lydia Ko could only manage an even par round, and now has no chance to repeat her winning performance from last year. She is currently 15 shots adrift of the top.