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LPGA. LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL. Thompson Triumphs.

Lexi Thompson triumphs at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at the Guadalajara Country Club, in Mexico.

 

Lexi Thompson / Getty

Lexi proved she had nerves of steel in the final round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, sinking a five foot putt on the final hole to win the title. Lexi completed her final round in -3 under par 69, to finish with a -16 under par total. Stacy Lewis was resigned to second place despite a valiant -4 under par 68 last round, which gave her a -15 under par total score.

Lexi said Stacy is an amazing player, and also spoke about the fifty foot putt to set the winning putt;

“Stacy is an amazing player, I knew she could make a run at me anytime during that round. When she made the two shot swing on me, I think on number 12, it brought it back to all squared. I knew I had to make birdies on top of her because she gets on a roll and she doesn’t stop. She’s an amazing player and played great today. First off, I had like a 50 to 60 footer for the first one, which was interesting getting up there within a few feet. You know on the second putt, that’s what it all came down to thinking I can make it and went up to it confidently. Just knock it in.”

Stacy said she was upset at the result, she let it slip away;

 “Well obviously right now, I’m really disappointed. I gave that one to her. I had that one in my hands, and just didn’t get it done.  I knew I had to make it. I had a good line on it, just with these greens, those downhill putts are the hardest ones to make. I hit a good putt, I hit it where I wanted to. It just didn’t go in.”

Third place went to So Yeon Ryu, a final round of -3 under par 69 was good enough to finish alone at -13 under par.

Inbee Park, final round -3 under par 69, won the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the first South Korean to claim the honor, she finished this tournament tied in seventh place with Suzann Pettersen.

Inbee Park / Getty

Inbee was overjoyed to win her title;

“It feels great to be the first one to win. Today was a tough day especially playing with Suzann in the final round. It’s actually kind of good to be playing with her because she’s always a very tough one to beat. She’s very competitive and today was hard but I finally did it. This week’s goal was to go next week stress free, and that’s what I just did. Next week’s just going to be a fun week for me. No more thinking about the Rolex Player of the Year race so it’s going to be fun.”

Inbee also made history in women’s golf in the first half of the season, becoming the first player since Babe Zaharias to win the first three major championships of the year. She joined Zaharias (1950), Mickey Wright (1961) and Pat Bradley (1986) as the only women to have won three majors in a single season.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Harris English Has 2nd PGA Win.

Harris English has his 2nd PGA Tour win as he prevailed in the rain-sodden OHL Mayakoba Classic at El Camaleon golf course,  Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

English excels

Harris English / Getty Images

Harris shot a -6 under par 65 final round to win the OHL Mayakoba Classic by four strokes, his tournament total was -21 under par,  in a 29-hole Sunday finish. He said he had found his swing again, maybe something to do with the beach time he enjoyed;

“I guess I found something in my swing, a little swing key that helping me out. I hit the ball really well all week. It got a little windy the first two days and I struggled a bit with my driver, but I found it down the stretch. My first time at Mayakoba, it’s such a great tournament. Had a great time this week. Stayed down in Playa, had some great beach time. Had some good golf course time.”

Brian Stuard shot a -4 under par 67 to finish  alone in second place at -17 under par.

Jason Bohn (68), Chris Stroud (68) and Rory Sabbatini (70) all tied for third, finishing at -16 under par..

Third-round leader Robert Karlsson had a +1 over par 72 final round to drop into a tie for sixth at -15 under par. He admitted he had been struggling with his golf;

I’ve been struggling with the long shots, in general, usually, you get found out sooner or later. I’m still very, very pleased.”

LPGA LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL. Lexi Leads on Day 3

Lexi Thompson leads the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, at the Guadalajara Country Club, in Mexico at the end of day 3.

Lexi Thompson / Getty Images

Lexi had a -5 under par 67 in the third round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, to lead the competition at -13 under par. In a scene similar to the boys comp in Mexico there was a rain delay here, but it did not deter Lexi in her mission;

 “Well the rain definitely affected us somewhat but I teed off a little bit later with the delay. I think just controlling my yardages out here is pretty big and playing consistently. My irons were a lot closer today, and I dropped a few longer putts. It gives me confidence going into tomorrow but I know there’s a lot of great players right behind me, and I know I have to play well. I know I have to shoot another four or five under tomorrow. I’m just going to go out with the same attitude and just commit to every shot.”

In second place, and trailing Lexi by just one stroke at -12 under par is I.K. Kim, who is looking to become the first player to record multiple wins at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. I.k required only 22 putts today in her round of -5 under par 67, and said it would nice to achieve such a result;

” That would be nice, winning is amazing, but, like I said, for me, just being able to play golf and just have fun, that’s the first thing. If I can win twice, I mean, why not, I think it would be really great. At the start of the day it was pouring down, so we didn’t expect the rain, but everybody was in the rain. I had a good start, I made birdie on one and two, and I think that kind of helped going forwards. Basically I really like this golf course. I have a good feeling for the course, and I’ve been practicing. It’s just nice to see the result. We have a great leader board. Everybody’s playing solid, and I think, like last time, I was playing with Suzann, and she was playing so well that I thought might as well. I think this golf tournament always kind of, everybody tries to push each other a little bit, and I think that helps sometimes. So tomorrow, just sleep well and eat well. You know, that’s the game plan.”

In third place alone  is Stacy Lewis, she also recorded a -5 under par 67 today, leaving her at  -11 under par for the tournament, and is well in contention here in Mexico. It will be an exciting days golf tomorrow.

OHL CLassic, Mayakoba Mayhem as Play Suspended Again.

Play in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico was suspended for the second day, causing mayhem with the playing schedule. More than 4 inches of rain has hit the course since Wednesday afternoon and only 29 of the 127 players were able to complete the second round.

No rain on their parade

Kevin Stadler & Robert Karlsson / Getty Images.

At the suspension of play, due to darkness,  Robert Karlsson and Kevin Stadler were tied for the lead at -12 under par. Robert played 36 holes Friday, shooting an -8 under par 63 in the rain-delayed first round and then adding a -4 under par 67 in the afternoon on Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleon course. He  intends to play on the European Tour, where he is fully exempt thanks to winning the Order of Merit in 2008;

“They gave me 10 years, I was the last one. After being through what I’ve been through, I don’t care what kind of status I have. As long as I can play golf tournaments and I can play in Europe, the most important thing is to just build good habits. If I do that I will be fine and if I don’t play well, it won’t matter what status I have because I won’t be playing the weekends anyway. Life is up and down, isn’t it, sometimes everything seems easy and sometimes it seems impossible. It feels possible again, and it has felt that way for a while, probably 6-8 weeks.”

Kevin had rounds of -4 under par 67 and a – 8 under par 63 in a 34-hole day. He birdied five of the last seven holes in the second round. He is thinking about what it would be like if he won and earned a coveted Masters invite;

 “It’s not anything I thought about while I’m playing, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it on Saturday night. It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t happen, but I’d love to get the chance to play while my dad is still playing. That would be pretty cool.”

Rory Sabbatini and Chris Stroud are currently tied in second place  at -9 under par. Rory had one hole left when play was suspended, and Chris still had three to go.

Ryan Moore, Jhonattan Vegas, Pat Perez and Jay McLuen were  at -8 under par, Ryan and Jhonattan have completed their second rounds, while Pat and Jay still have four holes to play.

LPGA. Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Pornanong Phatlum Leads On Day 1

Pornanong Phatlum leads the  Lorena Ochoa Invitational at the conclusion of play on day 1 at the Guadalajara Country Club, in Mexico.

Pornanong Phatlum / Getty

Pornanong, in search of her first LPGA Victory, shot  a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the sixth annual Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex, in Mexico.

Pornanong said it was the putting that was the difference today;

” Well, today, my putting was very good, I had a complete game today.  There are not many players this week, I just want to have fun on the course this week.”

 Amy Yang who only needed 29 putts on a round that included six birdies and one bogey is in second place, just one shot back at -5 under par. She carded three consecutive birdies beginning at the par-4 fourth and also said it was the putting that made the difference;

“I think I did everything so well today, especially putter, I felt really good over the ball every time. It really helped, I had some chance to win before. When I didn’t achieve it, I was wondering if I can do it or not. But since the first win, I give a lot of confidence, and now I’m enjoying it more.”

Tied in third spot at -4 under par are Rolex Rankings leader Inbee Park, Anna Nordquist and So Yeon Ryu. Inbee reported that she had played well, the only problem was mud on the ball;

“My ball striking was really good today, I hardly missed any shots out there today, I didn’t miss any fairways and probably missed only a couple greens but I was getting some muddy balls there and just didn’t know where it was going to fly. I left a couple of putts out there today and I had a lot of opportunities. My ball striking was really good today though so hopefully I can keep it going the next three days. I mean last few weeks, last few months actually it’s been a little bit frustrating with the putter. When I am hitting the ball good and not being able to score well because of the putting, that is a little bit disappointing. But earlier in the year I made so many putts I maybe that’s why because it’s not going in at the moment as much but my time will come, I am trying got be patient.”

If Inbee wins this week’s event she will clinch Rolex Player of the Year honors, and while there is a lot on the line, she admits once the tournament starts, her nerves quickly subside;

” Actually today I felt actually a lot more relaxed than when I came in here. Once the tournament starts I don’t really think about Player of the Year. I think about it probably right after and before the play, but during the play I just try to think about the game.”

Seems like the girls are in the best part of Mexico right now, no rain where they are, unlike the boys who have had play suspended in their competition.

 

 

OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Water Wins Again.

Water wins again as rain storms halted play on day 1 of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, in Mexico, where more than 3 inches of rain soaked the resort since early Wednesday night.

Play was suspended from 8:40 to 11 a.m., and stopped again at 1:22 p.m, and was then called for the day at 3:30 p.m., with only 15 players able to finish their rounds on the El Camaleon Golf Course.  More rain and thunderstorms  are  forecast for Friday. Slugger White, the vice president of rules and competition for the PGA TOUR said;

“The biggest thing was the lightning threat and the rain we received. We’ll just grind through it again.”

Brian Stuard leads the the rain affected tournament, at -5 under par with 15 holes completed, carding  six birdies and a bogey so far in his opening round.

The two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton and Alvaro Quiros were a stroke back at -4 under par. Eric has  completed 17 holes, and Alvaro finished 15.

Harris English, Jeff Maggert, Josh Teater and Jamie Lovemark were at – 3 under par when play was suspended for the day. Harris finished 17 holes, Jeff played 15, and Jamie has completed just 12 holes.

This PGA TOUR event offers full FedExCup points for the first time, and the winner will get a spot in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters Tournament.

European Tour, Down Under, ISPS Handa Perth International

The European Tour has gone down under, to be precise the event is the ISPS Handa Perth International, being contested at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Cañizares claims share of lead Down Under

Alejandro Cañizares/getty images

Alejandro Cañizares of Spain shares the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International with Michael Hendry from New Zealand. Both players had opening rounds of -7 under par, 65 on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club course.

Alejandro said he needs a good finish here to propel himself up the board in the Race to Dubai;

“I’m 70th at the moment so this is either my last or my second to last tournament of the year. I need a good finish, if I win it will fix a lot of things. I’m not sure what finish I need because there are still some big tournaments going on at the moment. Singapore is a big tournament and BMW and HSBC, some guys behind me are playing that, so you never know. I’m just going to try to play my best. It was a good round, I hit the ball really well and made some putts, so I’m really happy. I was pretty steady the whole round and gave myself plenty of chances. I think I only missed two greens in the whole round. The year has been a little slow since March. I started pretty well, a couple top tens, a top five in México in the US PGA Tour event, and then finished second in the Spanish Open. Since then, it’s been very slow.  I haven’t played good enough to be in contention, and every week I was falling down the rankings. So I came here from Portugal, I didn’t play very good last week. I hit the ball terribly, but I came here and I felt great. Maybe the 24 hours travelling helped, I feel good with my swing and hopefully the week keeps going like this.”

Michael, who usually plays on the OneAsia Tour, said he just repeated the round of 65 he had in the Pro-Am yesterday;

“I actually shot 65 in the Pro-Am yesterday as well. I think around here, if you can hit your drives in the right place, you can give yourself lots of opportunities to hit it close with wedges. I hit my driver pretty well and wedged it well and putted it well. All in all, just a really solid round of golf. If you’re going to play good golf, you’re going to have a lot of opportunities around this golf course. Luckily enough, I capitalized on them today.”

Emiliano Grillo, a 20-year-old Qualifying School graduate, from Argentina is alone in third place after his opening round of -6 under par, 66. Emiliano said he was pleased with his days work;

“ I hit a lot of fairways out there, that’s very important on this golf course and a lot of greens and then the ones that I missed, I got up and down, so it was a good round overall. There are not many tournaments left, so I’m trying to make as much ground as I can this week. It was very nice to get my card through Q School last year. It’s been a great year so far and I’m enjoying it.”

Paul Casey and English compatriot Andrew Johnston, both had rounds of -5 under par, 67, to be just two shots off the lead.

 

 

Meanwhile, down in Mexico @ Mayakoba Classic

John Huh parred the eighth hole of a playoff to beat Australia’s Robert Allenby and win the 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic. The 21-year-old Huh parred all eight holes in the playoff that matched the second-longest in PGA TOUR history. Huh and Allenby were tied at the top at -13 under par for the tournament, forcing the long playoff.

Tied in third place was Matt Every and Colt Knost just two shots back at -11 under par.


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