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

Shanshan Feng Dave Chidley , THE CANADIAN PRESS

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. 

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Lydia Ko Triumphant

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Lydia Ko was triumphant at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California.

 

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Lovely Lydia shot a final round of -3 under par 69 to reach -12 under par to snatch the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic title at Lake Merced Golf Club, in  California. It was a tight contest, Lydia sinking a five foot birdie putt on the last hole to secure the victory. This win now moves Lydia to Number Two in the World. It was her 17th birthday just three days ago, but she has three LPGA and six professional victories in her young career;

” Normally they would say sweet 16, but I would say it’s sweet 17. I don’t think I could have any better birthday week.”

She was happy to her dad there to witness the win;

“Tears nearly ran down my face. You may lose friends but you’re always going to have your parents. I try to make myself not cry of happiness but it was coming to that point.”

 

Stacy Lewis finished second, a last round -1 under par 71 was the reason she fell behind, a total of -11 under par was one shot off the pace. She had this to say about Lydia;

” I knew she wasn’t going away,  Lydia played great Every time I hit a shot in there, she answered. The front nine, I did everything I wanted to do, the putts just didn’t go in. I expected her to do exactly what she did today. She hit every shot she needed to make from 13 on in.”

Jenny Shin collected third place on her own, a -4 under par 68 separating from the players behind her. Jenny had a total of -10 under par, which was four shots better than the next placed players. Those on -6 under par were Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng and Line Vedel.

Jenny spoke about the battle between Lydia and Stacy;

“They were fearless, they just went for it.”

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Stacy Lewis Leads.

 

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Stacy Lewis leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club in California.

Stacy Lewis during Friday's second round of the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced in California.

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Stacy put together another round of -3 under par 69 to lead the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic by just one shot at -6 under par. She commented that the Lake Merced course is like playing in a Major and luckily she putted well;

 “It’s a U.S. Open, you have to hit the ball straight, and you really have to think a lot. That really suits my game more than anything.”

” We knew it was going to be a long day,  that’s the way I took it, one shot at a time, and tried to get the ball in the hole.  “That’s what I tried to do. Get it in the hole as fast as I could. Fortunately I was able to do that and make a couple putts. I think anything under par today is a good score.”

 

Lydia Ko and Karine Icher are tied in second place, both on -5 under par for the tournament. Lydia signing for a second round -1 under par 71, and Karine, the first round leader, sliding backwards with a +1 over par 73.

Lydia reported that she just tried to follow Stacy;

“Yeah, I tried to follow Stacy’s lead. Following Stacy you’re going the right direction for sure. I was pretty happy with my 71. You know, sometimes I didn’t hit it in the most ideal positions and it’s not nice being like way right like on No. 2 and you’ve got trees everywhere.”

Karine, who started the day with a two shot lead said it was a tough course, and you could get into trouble pretty quickly;

“It’s a tough golf course, you can be quick in trouble, or if you’re playing well, like yesterday I did think it goes pretty well. But today with the wind and the rain it’s definitely a tough day.”

 

Tied fourth are Inbee Park, Ilhee Lee and Mika Miyazato,  on -3 under par. Inbee carded a -4 under par 68, Mika a -3 under par 69, with Ilhee going backwards scoring +1 over par 73.

Missing the cut were Yani Tseng, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lincicombe and Charley Hull.

LPGA Lotte Championship. Michelle Wie Wins

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Michelle Wie won the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii on the Ko Olina Golf Club course.

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Michelle shot a final round of -5 under par 67, to post a winning total of -14 under par for the Lotte Championship title. The winning margin could have been greater, but her short range putting is still suspect, even missing one from inside two feet.

“This is a dream come true for me, the amount of love I felt this week was unbelievable. I think being back home, I think just not putting pressure on myself, just feeling all the support from the people this week, and you know just being patient. I just had a blast this week.”

I’m just having fun out there, I was out there and nervous. Every time I felt nervous out there, I was looking around, I felt there was no place I’d rather be.”

” The highlight of this week was to come back home, there wasn’t just one moment. From the first tee shot that I made to the last putt, the aloha that I felt from everyone was unbelievable.”

” My caddie isn’t one for pep talks, but he gave a good one today. He said, it’s windy out there today, but play your game, and that’s really what I did. I didn’t try to force anything. I had a number in my head that I thought I needed to shoot, and I got it.”

Angela Stanford finished in second place after her last round of +1 over par 73, a very poor effort by her standards. She started the day with a four shot lead, and ended it two shots adrift at -12 under par.

Angela rued her decision making, and poor putting;

“Today, just didn’t make the putts that I’ve been making,  I wasn’t hitting it great today. Just misclubbed a couple of times. Just didn’t make good decisions. She’s been playing great, she’s having a great year, so it was bound to happen. I just happened to be the one that caught the buzz saw.”

Inbee Park also carded a final round -5 under par 67, which took her into third position on her own at -11 under par.

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A selfie from Michelle.

LPGA. Lotte Championship. Awesome Angela Extends Lead.

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An awesome third round from Angela Stanford saw her extend her lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

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Angela compiled at third round of -5 under par 67 to extend her lead to four shots, with her total of -13 under par, at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

She said afterwards that she was happy to have picked up three birdies early on, when the wind was not quite as strong as it became later in the day;

“I didn’t think the wind was blowing as hard when we started, so it was kind of nice to get out there and get a little bit of a rhythm. It really picked up on the back. So it got tough towards the end just because it was windy and it started to become a really long round. But for the most part, my putter was great again, so that was a lot of it.”

“I just like some of these holes and I think every golfer will tell you, when you play different golf courses, there are some holes you like and some you don’t. I’m fortunate that the ones I like are grouped together, so that’s fine, nice. The ones I don’t like are kind of bookends.”

Sharing second place, and now four strokes adrift are, Michelle Wie and Hyo Joo Kim, both at -9 under par for the tournament.

Local favorite Michelle admitted to missing a few shots on the course today;

“Yeah, left a couple of shots out there today, but I have one more day and hopefully tomorrow I’ll make a lot of birdies and catch up to her. It’s going to be fun tomorrow. Ideally going into tomorrow I wouldn’t want to be this far behind. I think it’ll make it more interesting tomorrow. Just go out there and try to make some birdies early on and see what I can do.”

Hyo Joo Kim had set herself a target of a top ten finish here, and has not changed her mind;

“I’m not going to change my goal today or tomorrow, the top ten is still my goal, but anything I know where I am now and anything that happens from this point on, and if I finish better than top ten, that is a bonus and I will have a good time.”

In fourth place on her own at -8 under par is Cristie Kerr, rookie Amy Anderson, top-ranked Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu were tied for fifth place at -6 under par.

LPGA Lotte Championship. Angela Shoots Eight Under.

dragon logo darkAngela Stanford has taken the lead at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii, shooting eight under par 64 at the Ko Olina Golf Club.

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Angela takes a one shot lead into the third round following her remarkable -8 under par 64 second round. She said the low round was long overdue, and the putting made the difference;

I guess it’s been a while, I can’t really remember. It was nice to have today because I’ve had these stretches where I’ve played good in a round and then I’ll make a bogey or two and kind of lose my focus. So it was nice when I had a couple long par putts to make or when I had to get up and down, I did. It was nice to be in that zone all day.”

“But today was about putting, finally I got comfortable on these greens and it felt great. I mean, to see that the ball go in that much is a lot of fun. It was nice to see. I needed a round like that. I think it’s more about putting, I hate to admit this, but I don’t always control my trajectory on purpose. It just kind of happens. When I start getting into the wind, and I’ve talked about this with my instructor, for some reason my body just starts moving into the ball more and I tend to keep it lower. It may just be growing up in Texas and that is how you grow up playing golf.

Just one shot behind is Michelle Wie, she carded a second round of -5 under par 67, for tournament total -7 under par. Michelle was still talking about the wind;

“It was still windy but not crazy windy as it was yesterday afternoon, I’ll take five under par. I knew I could have made a couple more birdies out there on the last couple of holes, but I’ll take it. I think Duncan, my caddie, did a really good job on course management. I think we there’s a lot tucked pins today. You kind of played it safe on a couple, made some putts. Then I think it was just good course management.”

There are four Ladies tied in third spot at -6 under par, Inbee Park, Cristie Kerr, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu are all still very much in this competition.

Cristie commented on her bogey-free -6 under par 66;

“It was like a slow buildup the whole day, I was really determined. I just wanted to keep the momentum going. I was very focused today”

Hyo Joo Kim thought she was going to put together a really good round, but somehow lost confidence. Good putting helped;

 “I start out good but as I progressed, I lost confidence.  I expected it to be a better round today, but it turned out to be worse. But I’m doing all right. I plan to have birdies all the time, whenever I have a chance. You know, it’s windy outside so that’s a big factor. I like the putting that I performed today.”

LPGA Lotte Championship. Three Tied in Hawaii

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There are three Ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard in Hawaii at the LPGA Lotte Championship being played on the Ko Olina Golf Club course.

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South Koreans Se Ri Pak, Se Yeon Ryu and Hyo Joo Kim sit atop of the leaderboard in the LPGA Lotte Championship after recording first round scores of -4 under par 68.

Se Yeon Ryu was first in the clubhouse at -4 under par and reported that the wind was so strong it made it a hard day;

“The wind was pretty strong, so it was really hard to play with this much strong wind. The most difficult part was sometimes gust wind is super extremely strong, so also it was affecting the putting.  It was really hard to read a line.  The really good thing is my iron shot was really nice, so my birdie putt is almost just short.”

Se Ri Pak had an Eagle today, at the par five 5th. She has also reverted back to cross-handed putting, not a good sign of a confident putter, but she seems happy with it;

” I think that most of the last few years have been giving little time for my putting, but the last couple of weeks have more consistency. I feel great and I make some more putts that I’m supposed to make, so that’s giving more momentum as we walk to the next hole.  That helps a lot.”

“That’s all I have right now, it’s more comfort with the golf course and hitting a lot more better, like more great tempo, my putting is more solid, I guess overall my game has gotten together to make it score well.”

Hyo Joo Kim was bogey free through 17 holes, but sadly three putted the last;

” Except for the very final hole here, the putting in general was really good for the day. So I was really happy with my putting in general except for the 9th hole here.”

Ayako Uehara sits in solo fourth and one shot back at 3-under par. while Michelle Wie, Inbee Park and the amateur So Young Lee are in close contention at -2 under par.

Michelle was having a great time;

“It’s awesome, I’m having a blast out here.  It’s great to see a lot of friends out there today.  Hopefully more will show up in the next three days.  I like I said, I think I’m in a good position and see what I can do in the next three days.”

Inbee mentioned the wind getting up, and also her good putting;

” Obviously, the wind wasn’t blowing as hard for my first five holes, then it started to really blow. I’ve never seen this golf course playing this hard before.  It’s been definitely the most it’s blown so far.” 

“The greens seems like it’s a little bit more slippery, especially downwind. I had trouble on the back nine with controlling the distance.  I hit it over the couple of greens.  It was almost impossible to get it up‑and‑down from there.  A couple of mistakes on the back nine, but I feel like I’m putting a lot better than I have this season.”