Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. World #1 Inbee takes Control.

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World #1 Inbee Park took control of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship to lead at the half-way point.

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Inbee posted a second round -10 under par 62, which included a bogey, at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, to sit comfortably on top of the leaderboard on -18 under par for the two rounds. Inbee now holds a three shot lead over Shanshan Feng, who is in second place at -15 under par at the Miramar Golf Country Club.

Inbee said she was playing so well and her putting was good that she did think of the magic 59 number;

“Everything was working really good out there today. I probably didn’t hit as close as yesterday but I holed a lot of putts today.”

“Obviously, two days without the wind here in Taiwan is really unusual and I thought I should take advantage of that for two days and I feel like I did that.”

“I had a score this year, 61, which was my best round and I really wanted to beat that one.  But yeah, just came one short.”

“Definitely thought it was possible going into 13, 14, because coming down the stretch, I thought there was a lot of birdie holes.  Especially the last, it’s a par 5.”

“I still need to play quite good.  I shot 8-under and 10-under for two days and I’m only leading by three.”

Shanshan has a five shot cushion over the four ladies who are tied in third place at -10 under par; Lydia Ko, Mirim Lee, who also carded a -10 under par 62, Azahara Munoz, and Line Vedel are trying to catch the leader.

Lydia made six consecutive birdies from holes three through eight;

“I kind of did this at the Australian Open last year, so I kind of knew what kind of a roll I could possibly get into, but after leaving my putt like an inch short on 9, and that could have been my seventh in a row, but I think I played well overall, and you never know what’s going to happen down the last couple holes. “ 

“It’s a course where you can shoot some low scores, but no, I haven’t actually seen the course where there’s been like where there’s hardly any wind.  So it’s kind of different.  I kind of feel like, man, am I playing the same course.” 

Mirim said it was her iron play that made the difference in her game today;

“I think my irons, my irons were very good, so I have a lot of chances.” 

I”’m so excited. I always enjoy the play, so I’m very happy.”

Amazingly Danielle Kang scored another hole in one today, that’s two in two weeks, along with the two cars as well;

“It’s pretty awesome, I was standing there and we all screamed.  Jodi and I were talking about how first week you get a congratulations, second week everyone is just going to yell at you.” 

“I was actually thinking about a hole in one, because I’ve been touching that car, I really wanted the car, it’s an Audi 6, I was like, okay, that’s pretty awesome.”

 

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Shanshan and Inbee Lead

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World #1 Inbee Park shares the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship lead with Shanshan Feng at Miramar Golf Country Club in Taiwan.

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Shanshan and Inbee both opened the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship with rounds of -8 under par 64, and a two shot lead over the field.

Shanshan was happy with her bogey free round, and her iron play;

“I think I did pretty well today, overall, a bogey free round.”

” I mean, I started the round, kind of like a smooth start.  And then made a birdie and then I made an eagle on the sixth hole, which really got it started.  Then after that, I was just making putts and my iron game was just as good as normal.”

World #1 Inbee Park said her round was due to some excellent putting;

“I hit the ball really solid all day, and on the back nine, everything seemed to drop, I can’t remember the last time I putted like this.  It’s been a really good putting day, so I’m really happy about that.”

“This golf course can play really easy or really tough depending on the wind. Today was obviously not a windy day.  It was a perfect scoring condition day and the greens were rolling good, no wind.”

“Obviously everybody is going low today.  So you’ve got to go low today and obviously it could play tough the next three days and today’s score, it could make a big difference.” 

There are four ladies tied in third place all on -6 under par; Amateur Ssu-Chia ChengSo Yeon Ryu, Haru Nomura and Line Vedel.

Ssu-Chia Cheng is full of confidence and expects to finish high on the final leaderboard;

“The score I shot today is much better than I expected, I think it’s mostly because I tried not to over-think too much, even though this tournament is the grandest stage of golf in Taiwan.”

“I hope to finish the tournament in the top-15. That’s my goal for the week,”

“For long-term goal, I will give US LPGA tour a shot, but not before I complete some other major amateur events by USGA. I think I will turn pro in 2015 at the earliest.”

So Yeon had a perfect start to the tournament carding three-straight birdies and by the time she left the 12th hole she was -9 under par;

“When I was on fire, I just thought about, okay, I’m going to make double digits under today.”

“Honestly, six under is a good score but I had a really bad finish,”

 “So, six under is not a good enough score to me. Now I’m going to work a bit more on my driver.  I think that if I find more fairways with my driver, I think I’m still going to make a lot of birdies because now my putting feels really well.”

” So I really look forward to make a lot of birdies.”

On a sad note Brittany Lincicome had to withdraw from the tournament after completing the first round, with a -4 under par 68, this was due to an ongoing illness;

“Sad to announce I will be going home tonight, been dealing with an esophagus problem for two weeks. Can’t eat or drink. Need to go home. So sorry to the sponsors and fans who came out to watch. I was having a great time. Can’t wait for next year.”

 

 

Blue Bay LPGA. Lee-Anne Lifts the Trophy.

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Lee -Anne Pace lifts the trophy in the Blue Bay LPGA 54 hole tournament in China.

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After a week of torrential rainfall and the inevitable delays, Lee-Anne Pace was finally crowned the Blue Bay LPGA champion on Mon­day morning at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course. Her third and final round finished on Monday with a 54 hole total of -16 under par, following her last round score of -5 under par 67.

She was over the moon with back to back wins on tour, but said when she heard the rain again this morning she knew play would be delayed again;

“I can’t actually believe it. I’m still so in the moment of one shot at a time that I think it’s going to hit me.”

“It’s like literally now I can relax. It’s amazing. Obviously one of my life goals, not only on the golf course, but to do some­thing like that very special.”

“I woke up and heard the weather outside, so I had a fairly good idea it’s going to be delayed. So I took my time, got coffee. I knew it was going to be delayed and went for a lengthy breakfast.”

“I had a lot of coffee, felt tired this morning but all in all felt pretty confident. I knew I was hitting well. I knew I could do it down the stretch. I’ve done it before.”

I look back at last week and how I actually played better towards the end. So I thought, you know, just do the same thing and I hit some really nice iron shots coming in on the last few holes.”

” To out with a birdie is obviously a bonus. I saw Caroline making a move but I said to myself, you’re far ahead, come on.”

 Caroline Masson finished in third place, three shots off the lead at -13 under par, and pushed hard all the way to the end. She also had a final round of -5 under par 67, and was happy with the result;

” I’m happy with that finish and that was all I could do, obviously I wanted to play.”

” I was in a good po­sition and wanted to play.  I knew we were going to play and we probably were going to play in any condition.  So I think it’s hard to have a good attitude, you know, but just once you get out there, do that, and I fought hard.”

Tied in third place were Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda,both ladies posting final  scores of -11 under par. Michelle had  a final round -2 under par 70, while Jessica carded an even par last round.

Blue Bay LPGA. Finish Moves to Monday.

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The rain lashed Blue Bay LPGA will now conclude on Monday, the 54 hole event has suffered at the hands of the weather all week.

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This is Lydia Ko trying to complete the 54 holes at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course on Sunday. She did get finished shooting -4 under par 68, and is currently the club-house leader at -9 under par.

Sitting on top of the leaderboard is Lee-Anne Pace, at -15 under par, she has played 13 holes of her final round.

Michelle Wie is second place at -11 under par, she also has finished 13 holes.

Jessica Korda is tied in third place with Caroline Masson, both at -10 under par, Caroline has completed 14 holes and is -2 under on the round while Jessica has finished 13 holes but is +1 over par on the day.

There are four groups on the back nine who still need to finish play on Monday morning, which will start at 8:30 a.m.

To be honest I can not see anyone catching Lee-Anne, who is on a hot run of form, winning last week at her home tournament the  South African Women’s Open.

Blue Bay LPGA. Jessica and Lee-Anne Tied

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Jessica Korda and Lee-Anne Pace are tied for the lead at the Blue Bay LPGA, at the conclusion of 36 holes at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course.

 

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Lee-Anne and Jessica share the lead at -11 under par for two rounds of the Blue Bay LPGA, Lee-Anne with a -6 under par 66 and Jessica with her -5 under par 67 equaled the leading score.

More heavy rains hit the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in the morning, causing another delay, and the officials made the decision to  reduced the tournament to 54 holes. The ladies will now play the last round on Sunday.

Lee-Anne played nicely and was happy with the way her putter was working;

I played pretty decent, I made quite a few putts already by that stage and then the putter just started rolling nicely towards the end.”

“I would say the putt on 18 that I made to save par was definitely good to bring the momentum that I had on the last 17 holes, to bring it in for tomorrow.”

“So hopefully I can just feed off of that.”

Jessica, the first-round leader, had a rough start with a double bogey on the par 4 1st hole;

“I got a little frazzled there as I was walking to the first tee box and then obviously didn’t hit a good shot, and I just I tried to forget about it, tried to bring back, you know, it’s okay and just think about what’s ahead and not what just happened.”

Chella Choi is in third place at -10 under par, she equaled the low round of the day, -6 under par 66.

Michelle Wie, Brittany Lang and Shanshan Feng are tied in fourth place at -9 under par, Michelle told reporters she was hanging in there;

“I hung in there today. It was one of those days where I hit a couple of loose shots, and just things didn’t feel as comfortable as they did yesterday, but it was one of those rounds where I just kept it together, had some good par putts, and yeah, just one of those things where I just kind of I hung in there, felt good coming in, so hopefully tomorrow feel a lot more comfortable and make some more birdies.”

Michelle also laid testament to how good the drainage is here at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in China;

“It’s pretty amazing how great the golf course drained.”

 “I mean Cristie (Kerr), we were like sitting on the ground today like while we were waiting and it was absolutely dry. It was so dry, and it’s crazy.”

“It’s pretty phenomenal what they did with the bunkers and how they got the course ready in that short of time. I think any other course if we got that much rain we’d be done for the week. So it’s pretty phenomenal.”

 

Blue Bay LPGA. Second Round Play Suspended.

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The second round of the Blue Bay LPGA was suspended, and will resume on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Tee times were delayed 2.5 hours on Friday, with the first group completing  six holes before play was halted for the day. The final two groups in the draw have yet to tee off in the second round.

Austin Ernst, Yani Tseng  and Brittany Lincicome  played well for the holes they played in the tough conditions on Friday. All three players were -2 under par on the day.

Austin was impressed with how the course played, considering the amount of rain that had fallen;

“The course actually held a ton of water because we even got a ton of rain before we even started this morning, but you couldn’t really tell. I kept being aggressive because it was a little soft around the greens.”

“It was a pretty standard delay, since we were that first group out, and it was a 30 minute delay every time, you just have to be ready. But then it was sit, eat, practice a little bit. Eat more then sit.”

“I have no idea what kind of drainage they have here but it’s obviously really good. We had to of had at least two inches. The greens were getting pretty wet once they called play.”

Blue Bay LPGA. Korda Cashes In.

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Jessica Korda cashes in at the Blue Bay LPGA sitting on top of the leaderboard at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course in China.

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Jessica shot  a bogey-free 6-under 66  to take the first-round lead of the Blue Bay LPGA in China with a one shot lead. She reported that her putter was working really well;

“It was really nice. I was hitting the ball pretty good and then I made some long putts, as well, off the green. I guess the putter was just hot on the front nine, so I took advantage of it.”

“Highlight was No. 10. Hit my drive way out right. Didn’t hit in the fairway, then didn’t have the right club. And the wind took it and I made the putt from across the whole green, from the back of the green to the front of the green, it was like from back to front, about 60 feet.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Brittany Lang, Shanshan Feng, Caroline Masson, Lee-Anne Pace and Michelle Wei all share second spot. all with opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Michelle was having some fun out there, enjoying the round;

“It was fun, because I feel like the ball kind of sits up with this type of grass and I felt like I was hitting flop shots all day.”

“It was kind of fun. I was just blasting them away. Definitely you have to hit to the right parts.”

“Missed a couple of birdie chances coming in. It always feels good when the ball kind of circles the hole 360 and ends up going in. It was a fun round today.”

Danielle Kang, at -4 under par and T8 was 22 years old on Monday and celebrated what she said was the longest birthday of her life;

“It was a great week. I had a really good birthday.”

“It was the longest birthday of my life actually. We went on the plane and it was like a charter plane, so everybody is like happy birthday on the plane. Then I went to sleep and then I woke up. And it was still my birthday. We drove in a car, got to the hotel and then I went to sleep and it was still my birthday and I woke up and I had a full day of birthday.”

Danielle gave herself a birthday present with a Hole in One, on the 155 yards 17th hole to win a brand-new Buick LaCrosse;

“It was in the middle of the round. So, yeah, I was pretty pumped.”

“My caddie had to tell me to calm down. On the 18th hole I was still trying to go for it. I’m an aggressive player, so, why not, let’s go. Missed a lot of putts but there was a lot of good things I did.”

Lucky for her that this is not a Volvo sponsored event, all they offer is an earthmover for a hole in one, like they did at the World Match-Play.

World No. 3 Lydia Ko, finished with a -2 under 69 and trails the lead by three shots at the end of the day T14.