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.”

 

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.

LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship. Kyu Jung Baek and Hee-Kyung Bae Share Lead

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Kyu Jung Baek and Hee-Kyung Bae share the lead at the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in Korea.

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Hee-Kyung Bae shot a third round -4 under par 68 to share the lead at the  LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship with a -5 under par total. Kyu Jung Baek joins her at the top, as she too scored -4 under par today, in a Korean dominated leaderboard.

Hee-Kyung Bae played better on the back nine today;

“I think my iron shots today were strong but my putting wasn’t especially strong. So especially in the front nine, I would make it on the green pretty close but then my putt wouldn’t drop.”

 “So then after making the first birdie on the back nine, I really picked up momentum and in the back nine, my putting was stronger and my shots were stronger and I also took advantage of the fact that the tee boxes were closer on the back nine.”

Kyu Jung Baek, who co-leads the Rookie of the Year Race in the KLPGA, said her putting enabled her to score low;

“I think my putting was strong today and my shot was relatively weaker compared to my putting. But I think I was able to manage my game because I did a lot of par saves. And so ultimately, I was able to get a low score.”

“And I also want to mention, of course it would be wonderful if I can win this championship, but coming into this tournament, my main focus was to build my experience and learn because so many LPGA players take part in this tournament.”

“In the first round and second round and this round through the groups and players I’ve been playing with, I’ve been able to learn a lot, especially in the second round.”

There are ten ladies who are  tied in third position, and they are just one shot back at -4 under par for the tournament. The list includes world No. 2 Inbee Park, two-time winner of the event Suzann Pettersen and major champion Brittany Lincicome.

Americans Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie are amongst a group of five in a tie for 13th at -3 under par, two shots off the lead.

This event is so tight just about anybody could still win it, even Lydia Ko, who is currently T18, but at -2 under par only three shots back.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Pornanong Phatlum In Position.

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Pornanong Phatlum is in position to win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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With a front nine of 29 strokes Pornanong never looked back, completing the round in -6 under par 65, to top the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia leaderboard at -14 under par. She now has a three shot advantage over the field going into the final round tomorrow.

Pornanong, from Thailand, is looking to be the first Thai lady to win on the LPGA. She was delighted with her performance, especially her good putting;

Well, the front nine was amazing.  Like I make everything, back nine I just feel a little bit nervous.”

“On the first rounds I didn’t putt well. Just keep practice and, yeah, get more confident on my putting. Today just today everything go in.”

“I think I’m going to little bit nervous tomorrow, but I try to keep calm tomorrow, yeah, and just play on my game and go shot by shot.”

Japanese lady  Ayako Uehara is in second place at -11 under par, with a third round -2 under par 69, following her 63 yesterday. She was spoke about the tough conditions and pin placements;

I did today really hard condition.  Very tough pin position and distance.” 
    
” Front nine I have to be patient, and then back nine a little bit like I can use few like (indiscernible.)”
    
“So front nine just stay patient, and back nine I made a birdies, maybe three birdies, but I think today I had a good round.” 

There are four ladies tied in third place at -10 under par, Chella Choi, Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng and So Yeon Ryu.

The race for the World number one ranking is warming up as Lydia is in position to make a charge as Stacy Lewis is currently T20, after her +1 over par 72 today, Lydia needs to win to become number one;

“I’m going to be aggressive in places I need to be. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty well and stroking it well with the putter.”

“All I got to do is give myself a lot of opportunities, and hopefully the balls will drop in the hole.”

Jason Hamilton is on the bag for Lydia this week, and the combination seems to be working well;

“I think it’s been good.  We worked together at Manulife LPGA Championship, so that was about two months ago.”

“It was kind of good to get back into that good teamwork. I think we’ve been doing pretty good the last three days.  Hopefully it will be a long teamwork for a long time.”

So Yeon also mentioned the tough pin positions;

” Today pin position was quite tough.  Obviously my game wasn’t really bad.  Just last two hole wasn’t really strong finish.  Really bad finish.”
“17’s tee shot was really great shot.  Just unlucky in the water.  Maybe 18 second shot was not bad.”
    
“So it was kind of very unlucky moment.  Still I have one more round for tomorrow.”

SIME DARBY LPGA MALAYSIA. So Yeon Ryu Leads, Stacy Stalls Again!

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So Yeon Ryu has the second round lead at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament, as Stacy Lewis stalled again.

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So Yeon shot a second round -6 under par 65 to top the leaderboard at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with -11 under par total, which gives her a two shot lead.

She said she really likes the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club Berhad course;

I’m very suited for this golf course I think, especially front nine. I shot 5 under through seven holes, so, you know, the kind of thing just make me more easy.”

“The thing is it’s really hot today, so back nine my energy level was so low so my game wasn’t  great if  I compared to front nine. But still, 66 and 65 is good score for under my belt, so I’m pretty happy with it.”

Four ladies share second place at -9 under par, Ayako Uehara, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Lydia Ko and Eun-He Ji.

Ayako shot the low round of the day, a stunning -9 under par 63, she put it down to excellent putting;

“My putting was so good, I made many birdies and I had a chip in, too. So good round today.”

Lydia, who would need to win to have chance of taking over the Number one spot in the Rolex Rankings, and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, both carded -8 under par 64’s.

Lydia told reporters that she was just concentrating on getting a good result here;

“To me it’s more important trying my best and getting good results at tournaments than being the No. 1 in the world.”

 “I guess when you play consistently well you’re going to be up there in the world rankings anyway.”

“I guess playing at 8:00 in the morning it [the weather] is okay, but as the day goes on it gets warmer. The last holes are kind of crucial because you kind of lose concentration because it’s getting hotter. I tried to stay cool with the umbrella and the cool towel.”

Jodi said her improved golf is due to her new coach, David Leadbetter;

“I just started working with David Leadbetter about four months ago, and it’s really helped both my swing and my short game.”

 “I really can see massive improvements. I shot 7-under in Alabama and 5-under in France, so really starting to see some low scores come out, which is nice.”

Stacy Lewis slipped back to 11th place, due to a second round of even par, throwing in a poor round seems to be a bad habit. If she finishes in 12th or lower, and Lydia wins, the World number one position will be Lydia’s.

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.