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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.

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.

Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Inbee Park Prevails.

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Inbee Park prevails at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, shooting a fantastic 61 in the final round at Grey Silo Golf Course in Canada to win the trophy.

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Inbee shot a fantastic final bogey free round of -10 under par 61 to lift the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic trophy with tournament total of -23 under par.

Inbee reported that the winning feeling never gets old, and she is really motivated to get that Number one slot back again;

“It never gets old. Obviously, my last win on the LPGA Tour was last year about this time a year ago and it sure felt longer than a year. I came really close a few times, but I couldn’t hold the trophy for last year, so just really happy that I finally got that down.”

“Seems like today, you know, I put my putter behind the ball and it just went in the hole. It’s just one of those days where I don’t really need to try hard to make it go in.”

“You think I’m motivated now?  I think definitely I really kick started maybe the last week. Gave me some kind of motivation to go lower and harder on myself. Just, you know, I played great golf, just not enough. It was actually good motivation that I had last week and even though I didn’t get to keep that spot, it’s fine.  I feel like I’m playing better golf and I’ve got a lot of confidence from this week.”

“The putter is definitely the key. I’ve been hitting the ball consistently all year, just my putter’s just not been wanting to do its job. This week obviously it did its job.”

Cristie Kerr was in second place, three shots behind at -20 under par, she carded a last round -8 under par 63, and could not believe she still so far off the lead;

“I never looked at the scoreboard until I came off 17, you know, with a reachable par five to see where I was, and I was three back and I was stunned because I was 7 under for the day, you’d think you’d be close.”

 “Last two days, the last two days, I mean, I guess that second round where I shot 2‑under kind of hurt me, but this kind of golf course you’ve got to have four really stellar days and I had three really stellar days.  There’s only one winner so I have to be pleased with my performance.”  

Shanshan Feng was third placed finisher with a -18 under par total, she had a modest -3 under par 68 today and could not keep up with the low scoring of the two leaders. Lydia Ko and Belen Mozo were tied in fourth, at -16 under par.

 

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.

Kingsmill Championship. Lizette Salas Leads

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Lizette Salas leads the Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course

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Lizette fired a bogey free -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship by three shots at -13 under par, and giving her a good feeling;

“I felt really good, like my mentality. Yes, I was quite nervous coming down the stretch, Hee Young was knocking it close to the pin. But I felt good. I felt relaxed most importantly. I was just trying to smile as much as possible.”

“I took a different approach this week, I only played the pro am. I’ve seen the course several times. It’s my third year here, I didn’t want to think too much about the golf course and just hit my targets. Last week I had a good practice session at home, so I was feeling good coming in.”

Hee Young Park is in second place on her own at -10 under par, and is not too worried about the three shot gap;

“First few holes putted pretty well, and then it was a little bit struggle. But before the finishing holes I pretty much got the feel back, so I’m happy. One more round left, so I’m not at all disappointed. Three strokes is nothing.”

Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis and Katherine Kirk all share third position, at -8 under par. Lydia shot -4 under par, moving her up the table from the T12 position she started at.

Both Lydia and Stacy are vying to become Rolex Rankings #1 this week. Stacy won her last start at the North Texas LPGA Shootout, and entered this week at No. 2 and can pass Inbee Park, who is not playing, with a win or a solo second-place finish. The 17-year-old Lydia, who won last month at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, would become the youngest top-ranked player in either the men’s or women’s game with a win on Sunday.

Lydia is going to try her best tomorrow, whatever the other players do;

“I really didn’t think about the other players, I just wanted to keep to my game and just do as I planned.  If it goes to my plan, that’s great. I just try to concentrate on my game. It’s hard enough trying to concentrate and get things done by yourself.  But there are some really good scores out there, so I’m just going to try my best tomorrow.”

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 Still in Front

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Stacy Lewis still leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, albeit by just one shot from Lydia Ko.

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Stacy compiled a third round -4 under par 68 for a total of -10 under par, in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California. Stacy and Lydia have paired together each day and the battle is intense, but that is how she likes it;

“It’s just fun to feed off each other like that. She hits it in there close on 16, I know I need to do something. I make a putt, and she chips in on 15 after I’ve hit it close. More than anything, it was just a lot of fun. We’re both playing great golf. It’s fun to watch her play. We’ll do it another day tomorrow.”

“My caddie, we’re going on our sixth year, he knows my game; he knows me. The front nine he just kept telling me to be patient, be patient, be patient, because there would be only opportunities later. My caddie and I, he’s like a brother to me.  We know each other so well.  Definitely helped me out there today.”

Lydia has not been with her local caddie for too long, but she still recorded a -4 under par round. for a total -9 under par, to stay in touch;

It’s my sixth day with him, I had Domingo on my bag two years ago when I was on this course.  Six days this year, this week. Yeah, no, he obviously knows the course really well growing up from here and playing a lot of golf.  Yeah, I think that’s been a huge help.”

“There are some tricky putts out there.  There are some double breakers.  So it’s good to have a local guy, I guess, knowing what it’s going to do.” 

Jenny Shin is in third place on her own, she also carded a the very popular -4 under par third round, and total of -6 under par. She said she had suffered her whole golfing life from short putts;

“My whole life I hit putts short, so hitting it past the hole was my main goal this year.  I said, ‘I don’t care what I shoot, I’m just going to hit it past the hole.’ When you hit it in on right line, it starts going in.  That was the key to my round.”

Hee Young Park also recorded the popular -4 under par round, and a total of -5 under par leaves her in fourth position alone. She mentioned the wind yesterday and perfect weather today. It was also handy to have a Korean market close by;

“It was bit tough to measure my distance all the time because the wind always switched yesterday. But today weather is perfect, and I just try to do my every single shot my best. Weather was good. That was big different compared yesterday and today.” 

“Just enjoy, eat dinner. Right outside of the entrance I have the Korea market, so I always get Korean food. I’m staying at a rental house this week so cooking every night, so I’m going to probably do same thing.”

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.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Karine Icher has First Round Lead

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Karine Icher has the first round lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco. A two-hour delay due to fog in the Bay Area, means there are still seven groups still to complete their opening rounds.

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Karine had a bogey free first round -6 under par 66, at Lake Merced Golf Club giving her a two shot lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. She said it was just a good day, and stuck to her strategy, including staying warm;

” It was just a good day, I’m happy about that.  I stayed confident all through the round. I think the strategy on this golf course is to stay short of the hole. It’s a tough golf course, especially with the wind and temperature.  Gets so cold.  You try to get to stay warm and try to catch the right wind and you go with it and make some putts.”

 

       Lake Merced Golf Club.

There are five ladies in the following pack, all at -4 under par for the opening round. Lydia Ko is one of that group, making a great start here, although she carded a couple of bogey’s.

With Lydia are, Ilhee Lee, Jenny Shin, Maria McBride and Dewi Clair Schreefel, with good first round scores of 68.

Earlier in the day on Thursday Lydia Ko was named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, along with the likes of Pope Francis and Barack Obama. She mentioned what an honor is was to be singled out;

” You know, I just do what I love to do, play good golf.  That’s where my confidence builds up.  Kind of be named in that top 100 of the most influential people in the world is huge. Top 100 in the country is big, but in the whole world, you know, it’s a huge honor, especially amongst the big names there.”

 “ I played good today, so hopefully good memories and positive thinking for tomorrow.”

It was also Lydia’s 17th birthday and she was presented with a birthday cake following the end of her round, accompanied by everyone singing Happy Birthday;

” Kind of embarrassing, but then so happy that a lot of people knew about my birthday.  I was happy and thanked all the people there who were singing.”

Dewi Clair was still in bed when the delay was announced, so she decided to stay there. Her round was good, due mainly to a hot putter;

” Well, I was luckily in bed when one of the other players text me there was a delay. So I just had a pleasant morning where I’m staying.  I relaxed and kept to my routine and didn’t come out here earlier.”

 “Putter was really, really nice day.  I mean, when you make birdies you’re rolling the putter well. All in all I played really well from tee to green.”

 

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LPGA. JTBC Founders Cup. Karrie Collects the Trophy.

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Karrie Webb won the JTBC Founders Cup at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Karrie fired a record equaling -9 under par 63 final round to sneak in at take the trophy, for a second time, by one shot at – 19 under par. She had started the day six shots back of the leader;

“I didn’t expect to be sitting here at the start of the day. Even actually when I finished the day I didn’t expect to be sitting here. So I feel a little bit lucky, I guess, to be sitting here. But it doesn’t make it feel any less special. Louise (a Founder member) told me that I had to go out and shoot 64 yesterday, which I let her down and I didn’t do that. So I made it up to her today, though.”

“It’s a very special event, and you know, I thanked Mike Whan out on the 18th green, but it really was a wonderful idea and concept that he came up with four years ago. I hope it’s an event that continues to grow and is around as a part of the LPGA for a very long time.”

” To be honest, I can’t really say I thought about winning today. I thought I could shoot a 63 or 62 and that still would’t be good enough, so I didn’t set my sights on a number.”

Leader at the start of play Lydia Ko, came up just one shot short. She was not the only one, second place was shared by five players, all on -18 under par. Joining Lydia on that score were defending Champion Stacy Lewis, Azahara Munoz, Amy Yang and Mirim Lee.

Lydia said she made some bogey’s, just at the wrong time, her final round of -2 under par 70 was not quite enough;

“I had a really good start. making four birdies on the first five holes was really good and I struggled in the holes after that. But you know, I tried to get myself together and I made some bogeys at the wrong time which wasn’t ideal, but I tried my best until the last. I think I played really well overall, so I am just going to take the positive out of it.”

Defending Champion Stacy said she started really slowly, and only got going on the back nine;

” You know, I got off to a really poor start and pretty slow start, and then I don’t know, I got to the back nine where I’m more comfortable and just kind of started to free things up a little bit, and I made birdie on fourteen, and you know, I kind of looked at the leaderboard and said if I can birdie the last four, you know, I can get in there and tie Webbie.  And unfortunately I just came up one shot short, but to finish the way I did, it was just really nice to hit the shots to make the putts at the end of the round and get some good; seeing putts go in always helps going into the next couple of weeks”

As always, the time to shoot a -9 under par round is the final round, at least one Aussie won this week-end.

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