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LPGA Marathon Classic. Lovely Lydia Wins

 

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Lovely 17 year-old Lydia Ko wins the Marathon Classic at the Highlands Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Lydia shot a final bogey free  round -6 under par 65 to reach her winning total of -15 under par, a one shot victory. A successful birdie putt on eighteen was crucial as So Yeon was applying the pressure. Lydia was trying to watch as So Yeon attempted her birdie putt, but her vision was partially blocked by spectators;

” I knew I needed to make birdie. I couldn’t see it properly. I was behind some people.”

With this win Lydia has become the youngest ever player to amass one million dollars in career earnings on the LPGA, she then commented that the winning check would go  into her Mom’s account;

”I’ll probably see that going into my mom’s account.”

So Yeon Ryu was in second spot at -14 under par, after she missed a shortish putt on the 18th green to force a play-off. She was obviously upset at the final outcome;

Absolutely I’m disappointed I missed that birdie putt. Sometimes if I get something lucky, then I get something that is unlucky. I just accept it and let it go.”

In third place was Cristie Kerr at -12 under par for the tournament, she was enjoying a good round until the final few holes, when suddenly things started to go wrong. A disastrous five at he par 4 15th hole, which was followed by two pars on the closing final holes 17 & 18, both par fives.

Ladies German Open. Kylie Wins, In A Playoff.

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Kylie Walker won the Ladies German Open, in a play-off against Charley Hull.

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After creating a new record of three rounds at -8 under par 64, Kylie could only manage a final round of -1 under par 71, which gave her a tournament total of -25 under par. She won with a par on the first extra hole;

“It was pretty nerve-wracking. Charley played brilliantly today because it was slightly tougher conditions as well. I wasn’t quite playing as well as I have done the rest of the week but I’m delighted to have hung in there today and get the win. “

“I was hoping not for a play-off, I was trying to win it in regulation play but it didn’t happen and Charley made a great birdie on 17 to tie for the lead. I was delighted in the play-off that I made a solid par and managed to get it. I’m delighted. I’m just living the dream at the moment. I’m really happy and enjoying my golf.”

Charley Hull, who had two rounds herself of -8 under par finished with a bogey free last round of -7 under par 65, to catch Kylie at the top on -25 under par. An errant tee shot on the first play-off hole was her undoing;

“I just blocked my tee shot on the last which was annoying but I hit a good shot in and a good putt. I’m quite happy. It’s been a long three weeks and I’m a bit tired now because I’ve been in contention all three weeks and especially with a major in the middle of it. To finish it off with a second place is not too bad.”

“I’m looking forward to my next competitions after I have a week or so off because I feel like my game is in really good condition. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. It’s a shame because in regulation play on 18 I hit my drive 305 yards, so it’s a shame for me to push it a little bit in my play-off hole.”

Defending  Ladies German Open champion Carlota Ciganda fired in a tournament low round -9 under par 63,  to finish in solo third place on -23 under-par.

“I’ve been playing really good the whole day. I starting hitting great shots and not making putts but I tried to stay patient and I made an eagle on 12 and then on 14 I hit the hole and the ball ended 10 metres away. Then I finished with two birdies in the last four so I’m very happy with that.”

It’s really nice to play once in a while in Europe because you come from the States and the courses here are a bit easier, shorter, and the confidence goes up. I’m really happy with the way I played this week. I love Europe and everything I can do to support I’ll always do.”

Marathon Classic. Laura & Lee Ann Share the Lead.

 

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Laura Diaz and Lee Ann Pace share the Marathon Classic lead after three rounds at Highlands Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Laura started the day with a three shot lead, but an error by her caddie was costly, a two-stroke penalty. She finished the round with an even par 71 score, and shared the the tournament lead at -11 under par;

“I mean, it’s an accident. It could have happened to anybody, the fact of the matter is he is trying to help me and he’s out there trying to help me. There was no reason or need to get upset. Nothing we could do about it. I had hit a bad tee shot. I had put myself in the position. So it’s unfortunate what happened, but you just go with the flow.”

“The way I look at golf is you don’t get strokes back, we start a round and we add strokes to our scorecard on every hole. I think that it was nice to have a two instead of a three or a four on nine. I think that I’m grateful for the opportunity that I had to make a two on nine.”

“I make myself nervous, but I really focused today on just going out and having fun, I was able to enjoy myself out there. Let a couple things slide that I think in the past may have irked me. But I felt good about today. Just go out and have fun tomorrow.”

Lee Ann carded a third round -3 under par 68 to draw level at the top;

” I think I play a very similar type of game every time I go out there, try to hit the fairways and try to hit the green and make the putt, and so far it’s been working. Hopefully coming down the stretch it’s going to be enough.”

“Obviously Europe is quite a bit different from America, I think the courses are a little more strict. The pins are a bit more difficult. So just for my own golf it’ll mean quite a lot to be able to come out here and play well. It already has made my week. Was so tired in the beginning of the week and now this happened, so I’m very excited.”

 Jaye Marie Green and So Yeon Ryu are tied in third place at -10 under par, just one shot behind the leaders.

 Lydia Ko did not have a good day and heads into Sunday’s final round two shots off the lead at 9-under par, following her third round of -1 under par 70;

“I didn’t have a great day, I only made two bogeys, but felt like I made much more. I made two bogeys on the first day; the only difference was I wasn’t making as many birdies. I definitely know that the birdies are out there. Hopefully I’ll be able to get them tomorrow.”

Ladies German Open. Kylie Records Three Rounds of 64.

 

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Kylie Walker has set a new Ladies European Tour record, carding three consecutive  rounds of -8 under par 64, at the Ladies German Open.

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Kylie sits atop the Ladies German Open leaderboard on -24 under par, with a six shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. The picture above shows Kylie recovering from  having had to take a penalty drop behind a tree, she holed a 9-iron shot from 132 yards for the first of four straight birdies;

“On 14, that was a real stroke of luck really, I had three-putted 13 for bogey and then tugged my tee shot on 14 and it had hit a tree, but from the tee we couldn’t see what had happened. I got up there and the ball was still in the tree about two feet off the ground. So I took two club length’s penalty drop and I didn’t have a line at all. I hit a 9-iron over bushes and a tree and then ran out to see where it went and it managed to go in, so it was crazy. I had to calm myself down after that.”

Charley Hull is tied in second place, she also fired a -8 under par 64, to get her to -18 under par for the tournament, despite not getting off to a good start;

“I didn’t really get off to a fast start, because I birdied the first but didn’t hole many putts on my front nine. I missed a short putt on the fourth hole from five feet and could have birdied the next couple of holes but I’m happy with a steady round of golf. Hopefully a low one tomorrow will put me up there.”

With Charley on that -18 under par score is YU Yang Zhang, she posted -5 under par 67 today, and is not too fazed about matching it up with the big hitters, to try and win her first L.E.T. tournament;

“I think I will be playing with two long hitters so I will stick to my game plan and just try to make birdies and focus on my shots.”

Would be great if Kylie could post another -8 under par, what a tremendous feat that would be.

 

LPGA. Marathon Classic. Diaz Digs Deep.

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Laura Diaz digs deep late in her round to maintain the lead in the LPGA Marathon Classic in Ohio.

 

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Laura  birdied three of her final four holes to emerge from a three-way tie for the lead with a three-shot lead after the second round at the Marathon Classic. Her second round -2 under par 69 was good enough to separate her from the clutches of Lydia Ko and Lee Ann Pace. Laura posted a halfway total of -11 under par. She reported that having camera’s on her was not a good thing;

For me, it was just a challenge because I haven’t been in this position in a very long time. For sure haven’t had cameras on me in a long time. So I was anxious for them to go away I think in a funny kind of way.”

“A lot of the Golf Channel cameras were out and I was waving. They get in my face and I don’t really know what to do. I say, ‘Hi, kiddos, I love you.’ That kind of stuff.”

Lydia carded a second consecutive round of -4 under par 67, to get to -8 under par for the tournament, and the 17 year-old was very happy to be playing solid golf;

” You know what, I had two solid rounds. I thought I played pretty solid today and yesterday. Hopefully I can continue that through the weekend.”

” I try and be calm, you know, that’s what you have to do. Just I guess being overly happy or overly angry, that’s not going to help me. That’s what I think, so I try and stay calm.”

Lee Ann recorded a -3 under par 68 second round, and she also was very happy with her position going into the week-end;

“I felt like I played really well, yeah, I’m very happy about the position. I would like to be in contention on the weekend. That’s when the fun starts, right? So hopefully I can keep hitting the ball like I am and make a couple of putts on the weekend, and you never know.”

” It makes a big difference finishing birdie birdie, makes you feel a lot better going into tomorrow. I think back nine is definitely a little bit easier, more scorable, so very happy about this finish.” 

Worryingly Michelle Wie has now missed her second-consecutive cut after missing the weekend at the Women’s British Open last week, and now here, lets hope this is just a temporary set-back.

Ladies German Open. Kylie Catches Fire, Another 64.

 

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Kylie Walker catches fire and shoots another round of -8 under par 64 at the Ladies German Open.

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Kylie recorded a second straight round of -8 under par 64,  in the really scorching conditions at Golfclub Wörthsee, to equal the all-time record for the lowest 36-hole total in a Ladies European Tour  event. That total score of -16 under par also gives her a three shot lead;

“I’m not really used to being in this position. I led in Holland through the tournament but I haven’t thought about it. I just try to play one shot at a time.”

Yu Yang Zhang is in second place on her own, a second round -5 under par 67, giving her a -13 under par total.

In third place is Dewi Claire Schreelfel at -12 under par for the tournament, she also carded a -8 under par 64 second round.

LPGA. Marathon Classic. Diaz shoots 62 in 1st Round.

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Laura Diaz shoots her lowest ever score in the opening round of Marathon Classic in Ohio. A marvelous -9 under par 62 effort which gives her a four shot lead at the top of the leaderboard.

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Laura has toughened up mentally recently;

“I think that I’ve done a lot of work on my mental game and I know better than anyone that just because you make one birdie doesn’t mean you’re going to make eighteen. It was great to get out and get five in a row. I had a six, seven footer for six in a row. I just kept trying to hit good shots and make good putts.”

 “I’m very happy to shoot 62, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t. It’s nice to get a good feeling after round one. To see the ball going in the hole, I think that’s always a boost. To see it rolling and rolling in and then getting close on the ones that don’t go in.”

’”I’ve been playing better this year than I’ve played in the last four years, but still not where I would like to be. But it’s going in the right direction.”

Austin Ernst and Lee Ann Pace are tied in second spot at -5 under par following their first rounds of -5 under par 66 on this par 71 lay-out.

Austin is hoping to put together four good rounds this week, she also spoke of her Eagle on the 18th;

“I don’t think it’s been a great year for me, been a lot of good rounds in tournaments, but not really having good weeks. Really just been inconsistent with the putter. It’s kind of been there couple days and then kind of gone. But goals are still the same. I still want to win this year.”

“I hit it absolutely perfect, landed it right where I wanted to. You could tell, I think it landed about three yards short and then the crowd just erupted. Kind of knew it went in, but, yeah, it was awesome.”

Lee Ann is happy with her game right now;

“Really happy, I played very consistently. Actually been playing quite well for the last several weeks, so, yeah, been good.”

Tied in fourth place at -4 under par are last weeks winner Mo Martin, Lydia Ko,Katie Burnett, Mariajo Uribe and Marissa Steen.

Mo Martin, British Women’s Open winner is still on a high;

“I’m pretty tired and still kind of feels like a dream. I was joking around with the trainers saying, ‘Can you massage here because my face hurts a little bit from smiling.’ So still kind of surreal, but I was able to focus on my round today. Proud of that. Had a good time today.” 

Ladies German Open. Three Tied at the Top

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There are three ladies tied at the top of the Ladies German Open.

 

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Kylie, Yu Yang Zhang and Charley Hull are tied at the top of the board at the Ladies German Open, all recording first rounds of -8 under par 64.

Kylie, the Deloitte Ladies Open champion, was bogey free in her first round and said:

“It’s one of those courses where there are a lot of birdies out there but I was hitting it nice and close into the par fours and took advantage on the par fives. As a golfer you’re always going to say you left a couple out there but I’m really happy with eight under and it’s a good solid start.”

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Charley, the Lalla Meryem Cup champion threw in a bogey in her round, and reported a change of grip before she started worked well;

“I played the back nine first and I wasn’t quite feeling it, I couldn’t get going and didn’t have any motivation so I said to Gary, ‘Set me a target.’ I was one under at the time and he said, ‘Get to eight under for your round. So I said, ‘Okay’, and shot six under on my back nine. It was quite good.”

“Today, two minutes before my tee time, I changed my putting grip, and it worked pretty well. Last week, I didn’t have my hands fully enough on the grip with my putting stroke and I’m not holing enough putts. I get quite streaky where one round I hole every putt and another I miss, so this way I can get more feel and hold it more. To shoot eight under, you’ve got to hole the putts and you’ve got to finish it off, so eight under any day is not a bad score.”

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Yu putted well today, and only missed two greens in regulation, so that was good she said;

Today my putting was really good and I think everything was in good shape. I hit 16 greens and even the two when I wasn’t on the green, I chipped in and putted in, so that’s really good.”

Women’s British Open. Mighty Mo Martin Makes It.

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Mighty Mo Martin of the U.S.A. has won the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale.

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Mo won the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale with an Eagle at the final hole, which gave her a final round of even par 72 and -1 under par winning total. This was her first win on Tour and agreed it was the best shot into the green she had ever played;

Yeah, absolutely 100 per cent, it’s kind of a Cinderella story. Safe to say, it’s the best week of my life.”

“Just my drive.  I picked the left side, so I had to hit it up the left side and let it feed up a little bit right.  That was the strategy my caddie, Kyle, and I had all week.  My second shot there is one I’m always going to remember.”

“It was a tough day of golf today.  I mean, it was very windy and this course is very challenging.  So stayed patient and I fortunately played some really good golf today.”

“From first time I saw Royal Birkdale, I fell in love with it. I think the layout is absolutely phenomenal.”

Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen tied in second place, both finishing the tournament at even par. The windy conditions, with gusts up to 30 mph making scoring very difficult.

Inbee Park was in fourth spot on her own at +1 over par for the competition, a last round of +5 over par 77 dashing any hopes she had of winning.

Some 28 years since winning the 1986 British Open at Royal Birkdale, England’s recently appointed Dame Laura Davies carded a final  round of +1 over par 73, which lifted her into ninth position on +4 over-par, and to share that placing with American Marina Alex and South Korean Sun-Ju Ahn.

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Women’s British Open. Bunker Drama gives Inbee the Initiative.

 

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Inbee Park was given the initiative to lead the Women’s British Open when the clubhouse leader Sun-Ju Ahn was involved with a TV crew reported rule violation, the drama ended with her being given a two shot penalty.

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Inbee was celebrating her birthday, and was happy to be in a position to win at the end of moving day, a one shot lead at -4 under par for the tournament. Inbee recorded a third round of -4 under par 68;

“We can see from the scores that it’s moving day. The first two days I didn’t hit the shots well enough to get the results I wanted but today my ball striking was great today and I didn’t miss any greens.”

“A couple of three putts for a bogey and I missed a short putt for a birdie on the last. Those three shots are left out there but I got off to a great start. The first four holes here are really difficult but I had a great start and am in a great position for tomorrow.”

Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng and Sun-Ju Ahn  share second place at -3 under par, Sun-Ju explained her penalty.

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The TV crew reported that she had used her foot to move some sand down the side of the bunker, in an effort to get her feet on the same level. This action is in violation under rule 13-3/3, and she was penalised two shots;

“It’s disappointing but it’s my mistake, I still have a day to go and I have to stay focused and try my best tomorrow. I didn’t know about the rule but all I was trying to do was make a stance. I’m surprised by it, but if that’s the rule, I just have to abide by it and refocus.”

“The ball was placed on a very up slope lie, so it was hard to make a stance. So what I was trying to do was fix a stance but after the review it was determined that I used my feet to try to make an even lie. But you know, my intent wasn’t to break the rules. It was just to set my feet firm in the sand just to be able to make the shot. But if that’s the rule, there was no intent and I can’t do anything about it.”

Suzann missed the first Major of the year due to injury, but is in good shape now;

“I’ve been pretty good now since the U.S. Open and I’m looking forward and I’m in good shape and I have no worries.”

 “There’s definitely a little bit of wanting to try and win all five majors by the time my career is over.  And I feel like my game is suitable for all different courses.  You’ve just really got to adjust and play smart and adjust accordingly. I’m right where I want to be for tomorrow but who knows, I’ll go out tomorrow and give it my all but at the same time play smart.”

 

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