Portland Classic. Korean Kim Cruzin On.

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Korean I.K. Kim is cruzin along at the Portland Classic, establishing a three stroke lead.

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I.K. recorded a second round -5 under par 67 to post a -12 under par tournament total at the half-way stage of the Portland Classic. A couple of bogey’s on the day stifled what could have been a very commanding lead;

 “It’s only Friday. I’m really pleased how I played the last two days, and the weekend, I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t really think about leading. You never know until the last day on Sunday, last back nine.”

Keeping her in sight are three Ladies, who share second placing at -9 under par for the tournament, Mi Jung Hur, Carlota Ciganda and Laura Diaz are all wondering if I.K. will let up on the pressure.

Apart from her placing at the golf tournament Mi Jung just loves shopping in Oregon, no sales tax;

“I’m so comfortable with this town, especially I love the shopping in Oregon, there’s no sales tax. I love it. My American parents and I just talked to about it, I met them maybe ‘05, back in Pumpkin Ridge. I played the U. S. women’s amateur. And I met them.”

“Like today I tried to focus on my each shot. Like if you’re on the teeing ground, just try to focus on driver and then if you go to fairway, try to focus on the iron shot like this.”

“Because I read the interview from So Yeon Ryu from last week. She did like that. You know, when I won this tournament back on ‘09, that’s what I did at the time. Shot by shot. And then like today I just did it. So that’s why I had a good round today.”

Laura has played 36 holes at Columbia Edgewater Country Club without a bogey to her card, and loves seeing her name at the top of the leaderboard;

”I mean you know, you prepare as much as you can prepare, but I think that I’ve been away for a long time from that position, and it was definitely a learning and growing experience.”

 “I learned a lot from that week. It wasn’t the result that I wanted obviously, but I’m staying patient and just trying to stay in the moment and not get ahead of myself at all.”

Defending Champion Suzann Pettersen admits that she has not played her best golf, yet;

“I haven’t played my best the last two days. Really happy to be able to shoot five under on the back nine to put myself somewhere close in the mid pack of the field.”

Played better on the back nine. But I don’t know if it’s just the fourth week that I’m tired, but grinding it out. I’m finding solutions out there.”

 

Ladies Scottish Open. Trish Johnson Leads.

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Trish Johnson leads the Ladies Scottish Open in East Lothian.

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Trish opened with a first round -6 under par 66 at the Ladies Scottish Open, where a Pro/Am team event runs concurrently with the Ladies singles. In the blustery conditions Trish managed to give herself a three shot lead, which was pretty amazing as she is recovering from a back injury;

“To be honest I didn’t have huge expectations this week because I haven’t practised for a week and I had a bit of a tough situation with my back but I think that probably helped me in the end because low expectations was better.”

“I started with three birdies, which was nice, rolled a good birdie at the first and a two-putt birdie at the second and a four or five footer at the third, so that was good for the confidence. I knocked it stiff at the fifth so I was four under and I didn’t do an awful lot wrong. I made a bogey on seven, but that was a monstrous hole today, playing straight into the wind. “

The back nine played really well and I putted really well. I picked up an old putter out of the garage that a friend was using, a two-ball putter, so I asked if I could use it and that’s the best I’ve putted in donkey’s years, so let’s hope it continues.”

This is the fifth and final year of the tournament at Archerfield Links, and Trish would like to get a win in the event, although in the 2013 competition, Trish and amateur partner Alan Hansen won the team competition;

The first year I was pretty unlucky because the last three holes, the heavens opened and it was straight into the teeth of the wind and I had a two shot lead and bogeyed the last three holes to lose by one.”

“Two years ago, I was seven under after 11 holes and I think I had the lead, when Carly won, and I got a flier out of the rough on 14 and made double and then played very poorly coming in. I’d like to think experience holds some hope for me but I wouldn’t count on it. It’s confidence. I like the golf course and I hope I can continue to play well for the next couple of rounds.”

Anne-Lise Caudel holds second place on her own at -3 under par, while three Ladies share third place at -2 under par. The team event is led by Nikki Campbell and amateur partner Corbett at -10 under par.

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.

 

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.”

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.

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. So Yeon Stretches Her Lead.

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So Yeon Ryu stretches her lead at the PC Women’s Open to five shots at London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario.

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So Yeon shot a bogey free -6 under par 66 today, to add to her first round record breaking bogey free 63, which gives her a 36 hole total of -15 under par. She was not too impressed with today’s effort;

” After I shot 9-under, 6-under isn’t that great, but still it’s a really great score, and I had a lot of great putts. I had a bogey-free round two days in a row, so I feel really great about that. I do love Canadian fans so much. I’m really happy I was able to show really great golf in front of them.”

’”I’m aiming for a bogey-free round all day four days, and I’m aiming for a really good win.”

 

From this position it would be harder to lose than win, but golf is a funny game.

Three Ladies are sharing second place, Danielle Kang, Anna Nordqvist and Na Yeon Choi have all posted -10 under par at the half-way stage.

Na Yeon certainly thinks there is still a chance to catch her friend and Korean countrywoman So Yeon;

“I think it’s too far away from Sunday. We just finished the half, and I know she looks like she’s playing so well the last two rounds. fifteen under is a big score for two rounds, but my short game is getting better and my patience is getting better.”

“I missed some good results. So maybe this is my first opportunity to win in a long time. But I’m not going to think about that and I’ll just try to enjoy it on the course with my caddie and all the Canadian fans.”

Daneille forgot her ball marker, but her friend Lydia Ko was on hand to lend her lucky marker, and it certainly worked;

“Well, she was going to give me her ball marker, but she said she wasn’t putting well, so she gave me the one she was putting well with which is this one.”

“All I wanted to do was finish at 10‑under today. I started off with a goal of 4‑under minimum, and I was coming in and I was striking the ball well on the back nine and I was trying to figure out the shots, and I skulled a wedge shot on 16, and I had a really tough chip coming back, and I told myself, you know what? It will all even out.”

“Good at putting right now, and I have so much confidence with my putter which makes my game really together.”

Anna has confidence with the way she is striking the ball, just needs to sink a few more putts;

” My confidence is great.  I played great last week, just couldn’t seem to make a lot of putts last week.  Yesterday was great, off the block and shoot 7‑under the first day, and then today I felt my game was even better than yesterday. “

“It’s funny how a day can turn around. But I’m obviously very happy with what I’ve been doing, and I felt I would struggle a little bit after the U.S. Open in Arkansas and the British Open, but I feel like I’m back on track and I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it.

Brittany Lincicome, fired the round of the day, a 7-under 65, to move to -8 under par for the tournament at T6. Inbee Park, who defeated Brittany in a playoff at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, is -7 under par  and T11. Lydia Ko is way off the pace here, the pressure of getting to number one in the world seems to be having an effect on her performance.

 

 

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.