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.

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.”

 

Meijer LPGA Classic. It’s Still Inbee

White Dragon GolfIt’s still Inbee Park at the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Inbee stayed on top of the Meijer LPGA Classic with a third round -3 under par 68 and holds the 54-hole lead at -13 under par for the tournament. She remarked on the wind today, and is still in love with her new putter;

” Today was a little bit windier than other two days, it was a little bit tougher to control the ball so I didn’t hit it as close as last two days, but I was able to hole a couple of long putts, so I was able to go a little bit lower today. Obviously I putted really good out there today, like just like I did last two days.”

” I think something just really different and something really new to my eyes, probably something really fresh for me, something that I’m not really used to. I just wanted to put this putter in before I go to major next week and kind of see what it’s like.”

” It was a good change for me because I never used the blade putter for about five years and this is first time I’m trying it in five years. Yeah, but it seems like it’s going really on line and I feel like I’m stroking the ball a little bit better this week.”

Mirim Lee is in second place, just one shot back at -12 under par, with Suzann Pettersen a further shot back at -11 under par.

Suzann posted a -2 under par 69, and said she had to fight for that;

” Overall one of those days where you just fight to stay in it. Didn’t have the greatest of feels throughout the round, a little bit of gusty wind at the time, some greens are getting really hard, so there were a lot of challenges out there today and hopefully there’s going to be as many tomorrow and maybe I can do just a little bit better.”

I’ve been out with injuries for major weeks out of this year, missed pretty much two majors. I missed the first one, I couldn’t play, and the second one, I don’t know, I wasn’t really well prepared. For me when I started playing well again it was actually Arkansas the week before the British Open, played really well at the British Open and I felt like if I was ever going to win an Open it was one of those weeks where you felt like you were hitting the ball good and I gave myself the chance.”

 

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, Shanshan Is Soaring,

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ManulifeFinancialLPGAClassic_188x84 Shanshan Feng is soaring in the Manulife Financial Classic in Canada.

Feng takes lead into fourth round at Manulife Financial LPGA Classic

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Shanshan carded a third round -4 under par 67 at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, to lead the field by two shots at -15 under par. She started well, and the missed a few putts;

“I got off to a very good start, 4 under through six holes, then actually, I couldn’t make a lot of putts. I missed a lot of birdie putts, plus one bogey, so actually I dropped back one shot. My goal is to get to 25 under. Of course, now I’m 15, so if I want to get to 25 tomorrow, I need to shoot 10 under. I think tomorrow I have no pressure.”

Michelle Wie is sharing second place at -13 under par, her third round score of -3 under par 68 was littered with bogey’s;

” Quite a shaky start, I missed a good birdie opportunity on the first hole and I kind of duck hooked it on the second hole and had to take an unplayable, and actually it was a really good bogey.”

“Then I kind of hooked it on the next hole, hit it in the bunker. So I just couldn’t get my tempo right in the beginning, but definitely felt like I finished strong. Definitely the start that I had today, I’m really happy with the way I finished.”

Inbee Park is the player tied in second place at -13 under par, her bogey free third round of -6 under par elevating her into a good position to challenge for the trophy. She reported that she sunk a lot of putts;

“I played really well on the front nine, I holed a lot of putts. I feel like I hit the ball great today. I had a lot of opportunities on the back nine also, but just missed a couple putts. I think overall it was a very good day. Just give myself a chance for tomorrow.”

Cristie Kerr is in fourth spot at -12 under par, she also carded a -6 under par third round of 65, keeping her concentration. Or as my friend the grateful golfer would say, her G.A.F. was good. (Golf Attitude Factor)

“Mentally, I was very good today, I’ve just got to take that into tomorrow.”

Lydia Ko shot the low round of the day -7 under par 64, which has got her sharing fifth place with Anna Nordqvist at -11  under par.

Lydia has recovered well after a poor start to this tournament, and is now in a position to become a factor over the closing stages;

“You never know what’s going to happen, there’s always another 18 holes. I’ve just got to play my own game and see where it goes.”

Defending champion Hee Young Park, who was tied for the second-round lead with Shanshan, had a +1 over par 72 third round, to drop into a tie for seventh at -10 under par. World number one Stacy Lewis was -7 under par after her third round of -2 under par 69, T18.

ShopRite LPGA Classic. Stacy Soars into the Lead

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Stacy Lewis soars into the lead at the ShopRite LPGA Classic at the end of day two at Stock­ton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club

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Stacy shot a bogey free second round -8 under par 63 to top the leaderboard at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and now has a real  a chance at taking over the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rank­ings.  In gusty conditions she tied the 36-hole course and tournament record with a two-day total -12 under par. She reported once she had corrected her alignment it all plain sailing;

“I got off to a better start, but the first nine holes yesterday I just was uncomfortable over the ball. Alignment was kind of messed up the last few rounds, and kind of started to figure it out throughout the day yesterday, and it definitely felt a lot better today.  Hit a ball a lot more solid, didn’t have to make as many par putts, and it was just a lot easier overall.”

“I mean, I know my tendencies, my tendencies are for my feet to get closed.  I do it all the time, and you wish you could figure out some way to not do it.  That’s the tendency.  To do it, my feet at the moment feel pretty open, which is hard, because I feel like I’m going to hook the ball a lot.  So that was yes­terday.  I had to just get comfortable.”

Christina Kim kept herself in contention after a solid round of -4 under par 67 on Saturday, which included one bogey. She said everything seems to be falling into place;

” The scores are finally starting to add up, I was playing well last year but things just didn’t. I was still injured and I was having a lot of compensatory movements throughout my swing, and I just really got healthy and tightened it all up in the last seven or eight months or so.  So it’s just been a work in progress, and I’ve just been steadily waiting patiently for things to start falling into place.”

First round leader Jenny Johnson is still around, occupying third position at -10 under par.

 “My back nine was definitely windier than when we started. Those holes out by the water, there’s nothing to protect you from the wind, so it’s going to be pretty tough I think. When you shoot your lowest round ever, it’s hard to follow that up. Everything went my way yesterday and nothing was dropping today.”

 “I’m pretty happy with my improvement, and that’s really the goal is just keep getting better.”

Current World No. 1 Inbee Park sits six shots off the lead in a tie for seventh at -6 under par, a poor second round of -1 under 70 has done her no favors, so it looks like she could be toppled this week.

 

North Texas LPGA Shootout. Stacy & Meena Locked at the Top

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Stacy Lewis and Meena Lee are locked together at the top of the North Texas LPGA Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club.

 

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Stacy had a -2 under par 69 third round, which could have been better. She reached her -9 under par total at the 12th hole, then it all frustratingly dried up;

“It was a bit frustrating, I hit the ball really, really good today and gave myself a lot of chances, but I hit a lot of good putts.  You know, some days they go in and some days they don’t. But I really like going into tomorrow how windy it’s going to be, how solid my ball striking was, and you know, it’s going to be a shootout tomorrow.”

” I’ve put myself in this position so many times lately, it’s kind of become normal, which is a good thing. It’s a good problem to have. You know, I like that I’m tied for the lead and I’m not satisfied with today’s round. That’s what I like the most is that I think I’m going to come out tomorrow, you know, just kind of with a little bit more of something to prove instead of, you know, worrying about things.  And you know, I gotta go take care of myself tomorrow.  That’s the most important thing with the stacked leaderboard.”

Meena shot a -1 under par 70 in the third round to reach her total, and is looking forward to winning again, it has been a while. She  hasn’t had more than 29 putts in a single round this week, and thinks #putting will be the key to winning tomorrow;

“My last one was 2006, it’s been a while.  I’m very excited and kind of nervous, but I’m enjoying definitely the moment. It definitely is going to be the putting, I didn’t really take advantage of a lot of birdie chances today, so I want to make more birdies tomorrow and see how it goes.”

There are three Ladies tied in third position at -8 under par, Suzann Pettersen, Dori Carter and Julieta Granada.

Suzann is certain she needs to go low to win this title;

“You gotta go and try to go super low, I mean there’s too many in the hunt.  Everyone is going to chase the course.  So I think you gotta go pretty low tomorrow to win this out right.”

 With some big names in attendance you can see what Suzann is referring to, Cristie Kerr, Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim are all at -7 par, and Inbee Park is one shot further back at -6 under par, all within striking distance. The shootout title will likely live up to the hype.

North Texas LPGA Shootout.

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 Suzann Petterson leads the North Texas LPGA Shootout at the Las Colinas Country Club, Texas.

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Suzann opened with a -5 under par 66 on the par 71 lay-out at Las Colinas Country Club, to top the leaderboard by one shot. A very steady bogey free effort which she enjoyed, saying it was a good day and good to be back in the game. Suzann had to take a month off because of back injury, and only returned tot he game last week;

“I feel good, I mean very patient.  Just really just trying to enjoy being back. I gotta kind of pace myself a little bit.  I can’t do too much early in the week.  So I have a lot of spare time to fool around with. Just playing good, hitting the ball great.  Today I was actually feeling a little bit tense to start, which is a good sign.  So nice to be back.”

“I was prepared it was going to take a while, because the pain was very similar to what I had 10 years ago. But you try not to be stupid.  You try and learn from your past and learn from experience.  And it happens.  I mean that it happened then, I mean it’s never good timing, but hopefully it’s back in good shape and we’ll hold up.”

There is a  group of six ladies tied for second spot, at -4 under par. The group consists of a mix of multiple-time LPGA winners and up and coming talent;  Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Christina Kim, Dori Carter, Caroline Masson and Cydney Clanton are all one-shot back after carding rounds of 67.

Michelle, who clinched her third LPGA victory two weeks ago in Hawaii had some fun out on the course today, especially her Eagle;

“It was a fun day out there today, you know, I love my playing partners.  Good crowd.  A little bit cold in the morning, but happy with my round. I started off hot, and then I had a little three putt, just couldn’t get anything going after that, but you know, the eagle is always nice.”

“I think any under par round on this golf course is great, and it’s nice that I made the putt on the last hole. And I’m real excited for the next three days.  Hopefully I can do more of those.”

Caroline Masson is trying to forget last years bad last round;

“You know, on one hand I know I can go low here and shoot a good score. On the other hand, I kind of feel like I want to make up for the last round last year. It’s positive memories, though.  I mean  it was a great week for me last year, you know, just to really get going, and that last round, yeah. I mean  it’s never nice to shoot a bad last round.  But I don’t have it in my head too much.”

Defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park and the No. 3 Stacy Lewis both opened their accounts with rounds of even-par 71, five shots behind the leader.