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.

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Inbee Park Prevails.

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Inbee Park prevails at the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in New York.

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Inbee birdied the last two holes to get into a play-off, and then ultimately won the Wegmans LPGA Championship after beating Brittany Lincicome for the Major trophy. Both ladies had finished at -11 under par, Inbee with a final round of -2 under par 70, and Brittany with -1 under par 71.

Inbee thought she was very lucky today;

“I think it’s very lucky that I actually got an opportunity today, because you know, I thought I probably won’t get an opportunity with Brittany coming up the last and if she made a par I would not have gone into playoff.

And I holed really good putts on number 17 and 18 to put me in the playoffs. So yeah, just very happy the way I played today.”

“This is probably one of the favorite weeks that we ; for me and probably for all the LPGA players to come and kind of stay for a week, and yeah, this tournament has the history, and this tournament has all the memories with us”

“So being able to put my name on this trophy twice and being able to do it here in Rochester is such a great honor, and yeah, we’ll be missing Rochester. We definitely want to come back here for another event.”

Brittany put her loss down to nerves;

“Just need to learn how to control the nerves a little bit more. I was really, really nervous coming down the stretch, especially the 18th hole and then the playoff, that putt that I had, the first putt, and then the chip that I had I was shaking like a leaf, which it’s hard to do anything when you’re shaking.”

“I feel like I was like; I don’t know what I had, but it’s just not a fun feeling.”

“Obviously they were tears of joy, finishing second in a major is always a good thing. Obviously I would have liked to have been the one holding the trophy on the 18th green right now, but feel like I played really, really well this week.”

” Hopefully we can keep that going for the rest of the year. I really feel like this will be the stepping stone that I kind of needed to push me to want to keep it going and to be in the Top 10 each week like I kind of was like three years ago.”

In third place on her own was Lydia Ko, who finished the tournament at -8 under par, following her last round -2 under par 70, this is her best finish so far on tour in a Major;

“You know, obviously didn’t really; it was kind of a disappointing finishing with two bogeys, but overall I played pretty solid today, and I tried to give myself opportunities and made a lot of good putts.”

“So yeah, I’m pretty happy with how the major has finished. This gives me a lot of confidence. You know, majors are where we try and perform our best, and to have a top-5 finish, I think that’s really good.”

 

The Wegmans LPGA Championship. Brittany Bounces to the Top.

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Brittany Lincicome bounces to the top of The Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in New York.

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Brittany scored a second round -4 under par 68 to post a Wegmans LPGA Championship total of -9 under par. She was excited about her stress free three shot lead;

“It’s been incredible, I haven’t been here in a while so it’s pretty exciting anytime you can shoot under par especially at a major.  It feels really nice.  I feel like all year I’ve been doing a lot of good things, hitting well, putting well, chipping well, they just don’t seem to all come together on the same day.  So it was nice to play the last two days and just kind of seeing like I was out there doing my thing and there was not too much stress involved.”

“I am still going to go try to birdie as many holes as I possibly can, and with both of those players, especially Inbee, she can shoot 61 like it’s nothing. So it doesn’t matter how big a lead you have with her behind you and Lexi or Lydia even, gosh, you just need to keep your same game plan that I’ve had and try to take advantage of the par 5’s and just see if we can stay ahead of all of them.” 

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.

Inbee showed her quality firing a second round -6 under par 66, while Lexi stood still posting an even par 72.

Lexi intends to be more aggressive in the third round, and intends to bomb the driver down every fairway;

“I have nothing to lose, go for it tomorrow and play aggressive. I hit driver on every hole out here, so just hopefully my irons hold up for me like they did yesterday.”

Inbee knows she has been close recently, and thinks something good is just around the corner, shooting -6 under par makes you feel that way;

“I just came so close the last two weeks, I played in the British and last week.  So I feel like something is around the corner.  Hopefully, I can do it this week in a major.  That would be great.”

Lydia Ko is one of three ladies tied in fourth place at -5 under par for the tournament, and is thinking of winning again;

“For me I think about winning at the end of the week, I know especially like Toledo I realized I became a millionaire after that.  I mean, to kind of have those accomplishments is really cool, but I’m really going out there and trying to play the best I can.  It’s hard to control what I do, but to control what other people are doing is pretty much impossible.”

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.