CME Group Tour Championship. Carlota & Julieta Lead.

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Carlota Ciganda and Julieta Granada lead the CME Group Tour Championship at the half-way point in Florida.

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Carlota and Julieta sit on top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard, both on -7 under par for the tournament at Tiburon Golf Club in Florida. Carlota fired a bogey free -5 under par second round of 67, while first round leader Julieta had a quieter -1 under par 71.

Carlota does not want to think about winning, just playing good golf;

“I don’t want to think too much about winning or finishing top 5, top 10, just keep playing one shot at a time and enjoy myself.”

Julieta is excited by the new experience of leading an LPGA tournament for this season;

“This is a new experience, I’m excited, this is all very new.  It’s going to make me a better player regardless of what happens this weekend, so I’m excited.”

Morgan Pressel made third place her own with a fine round of -6 under par 66, she has had a very busy week;

“It’s been a really, really great week from the Kia Awards to announcing the ANA Inspiration, to last night’s Rolex Awards celebration.”

“Everything about this week is really, really special. So it’s nice to be here part of CME Race to the Globe. It’s such an exciting finish for our season.”

“I love talking fashion, so last night was a lot of the fun on the red carpet. But, yeah, this has probably been the busiest week I’ve had all year in terms of extracurricular activities.”

“I’m kind of excited tonight I don’t have any. I don’t really know what to do with myself.”

Michelle Wie made her presence felt, both in this competition and in The Race to CME Globe. A  5-under 67 puts her nicely in the frame in both events. She now sits two shots back at 5-under-par in a tie for fourth position with Sarah Jane Smith and Sandra Gal, and second place in the overall standings.

Just to prove how cold and windy it was Sandra changed from her mini skirt into long pants during her round.

Michelle posted a fine second round, which currently has her in 2nd position for the Race to CME Globe competition. Making bogey on the first hole of the day, a par 5 upset her greatly;

“I was irritated, you never like to bogey a par 5, nonetheless on the first hole, but I think it kind of fueled me.  I made a birdie on 3 and the hole out on 7 was a lot of fun as well. But, yeah, sometimes I play well when I bogey the first hole because then I am very irritated. “

This is how the rankings stand at the moment in the Race to CME Globe.

CME Ranking Player Score Position Projected Ranking
1 Stacy Lewis (-1) T15 1
2 Inbee Park (+1) T37 3
3 Lydia Ko (-2) T10 4
4 Michelle Wie (-5) T4 2
5 So Yeon Ryu (-4) T7 5
6 Shashan Feng (-1) T15 8
7 Anna Nordqvist (+1) T37 10
8 Chella Choi (-4) T7 9
9 Karrie Webb (+4) T49 14

U.S. Womens Open. Congratulations Michelle.

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Congratulations Michelle Wie on your win at  the  U.S. Womens Open, at Pinehurst #2.

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Michelle carded a final round even par 70, to win the U.S. Womens Open at Pinehurst #2 by two shots. Obviously she was over the moon with her triumph;

” I can’t even think straight, I’m so happy right now. I’m just unbelievably happy. I’m so honored to be part; to have my name on the trophy. Just so grateful for everything. I’m just really happy. I’m really thankful, just everything, feeling every single emotion I can right now.”

“I kind of smiled after I made my double bogey putt. I like to make it hard if myself. But 17 I kind of played well there the last couple of days. But that putt went nicely, right at the end. But it was awesome.”

“And I think that was one of the best putts I’ve ever hit in my life, it was really fast. It was a double breaker. It definitely felt like Solheim when I made the putt. That kind of emotion, that kind of pressure. I just, I think, I’ll think of that putt as one of the best putts I’ve ever hit in my entire life.”

Second place went to Stacy Lewis, with a total of  even par, and a final round of -4 under par 66, she said she did not check the leaderboard too much;

I wasn’t looking at leaderboards very much, and I kind of glanced at them here and there. But I wasn’t watching, just because as soon as you try to start forcing things on this golf course, it usually goes the other way. I was trying to do the best I could, make birdies when I hit good shots into there. But you can’t force things, I mean it’s just the course plays.”

“I thought with the pressure of a major and the way this golf course played, I thought I had a chance. I think on the back nine there I was trying to hit good golf shots is really all I was trying to do. And the nerves kind of came in. I made some bad swings, hit some good putts that didn’t go in, but to birdie 17 and 18 and put the pressure on. You can’t ask for a better finish. And just really proud of myself the way I hung in there, and just came back after the last couple of days.”

In third place was Stephanie Meadow, making her her pro debut by closing with a -1 under par 69, to finish alone in third place. 

 

 

 

North Texas LPGA Shootout. Stacy Scores -Seven To Win

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Stacy Lewis scored a -7 under par 64 in the last round to win the North Texas LPGA Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club.

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No one could even come close to that last round from Stacy, a magnificent -7 under par 64 to lift the North Texas LPGA Shootout trophy. She finished the tournament at -16 under par, a whopping six shot winning margin;

“It’s awesome, it’s relief more than anything.  I’ve been so close the last few months, you know, maybe if I win one of those, I don’t get it done here.  So I think it was all meant to be.  Just to be here with my family. Considering what’s happened the last few months and being here in Texas, this is one of the best ones.”

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, I kind of have these mini goals in the back of my mind, like a bogey free tournament or a certain number of putts, just kind of things that aren’t necessarily score related.  So one of them was kind of taking a tournament and running away with it, and that’s what I’ve wanted to do it now for a year.”

” So to be so close the last few weeks and then to come out and shoot 64, I mean I don’t even know what to say.  It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, and just to do it here at home, in front of all these fans was pretty cool.”

Stacy will move ahead of Lydia Ko into the second spot in the Rolex Rankings. Lydia, who did not play in the North Texas LPGA Shootout, had moved to No. 2 after her win last week in San Francisco.

Meena Lee was in that distant second place, at -10 under par for her tournament, a dismal last round of -1 under par put paid to her chances of winning.

Michelle Wie kept up with her good form, carding a -4 under par 67 last round and claiming third place on her own at -9 under par. She remarked that she had enjoyed a good day, even though she made bogey on  the last two holes;

“I was a leaderboard watcher.  You know, there isn’t a leaderboard for a couple of holes, and I was tied for par, and I saw her, she was 14, and I made a couple more and a couple more, missed a birdie opportunity on 16 and I thought I had it on 17.  I just nuked it over the green.  So just hit a wall on the last hole.  It’s a little disappointing for me, but at the same time four under par on the last day, you know, I’ll take it.”

“It’s great.  You know, I feel like I’ve seen a lot of young girls, young boys out here.  It’s great out here.  And I think it’s a great opportunity to grow the game. You know, I think that our tour loves Texas, and Texas people love golf, and I think it’s a perfect fit.”

North Texas LPGA Shootout.

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 Suzann Petterson leads the North Texas LPGA Shootout at the Las Colinas Country Club, Texas.

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Suzann opened with a -5 under par 66 on the par 71 lay-out at Las Colinas Country Club, to top the leaderboard by one shot. A very steady bogey free effort which she enjoyed, saying it was a good day and good to be back in the game. Suzann had to take a month off because of back injury, and only returned tot he game last week;

“I feel good, I mean very patient.  Just really just trying to enjoy being back. I gotta kind of pace myself a little bit.  I can’t do too much early in the week.  So I have a lot of spare time to fool around with. Just playing good, hitting the ball great.  Today I was actually feeling a little bit tense to start, which is a good sign.  So nice to be back.”

“I was prepared it was going to take a while, because the pain was very similar to what I had 10 years ago. But you try not to be stupid.  You try and learn from your past and learn from experience.  And it happens.  I mean that it happened then, I mean it’s never good timing, but hopefully it’s back in good shape and we’ll hold up.”

There is a  group of six ladies tied for second spot, at -4 under par. The group consists of a mix of multiple-time LPGA winners and up and coming talent;  Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Christina Kim, Dori Carter, Caroline Masson and Cydney Clanton are all one-shot back after carding rounds of 67.

Michelle, who clinched her third LPGA victory two weeks ago in Hawaii had some fun out on the course today, especially her Eagle;

“It was a fun day out there today, you know, I love my playing partners.  Good crowd.  A little bit cold in the morning, but happy with my round. I started off hot, and then I had a little three putt, just couldn’t get anything going after that, but you know, the eagle is always nice.”

“I think any under par round on this golf course is great, and it’s nice that I made the putt on the last hole. And I’m real excited for the next three days.  Hopefully I can do more of those.”

Caroline Masson is trying to forget last years bad last round;

“You know, on one hand I know I can go low here and shoot a good score. On the other hand, I kind of feel like I want to make up for the last round last year. It’s positive memories, though.  I mean  it was a great week for me last year, you know, just to really get going, and that last round, yeah. I mean  it’s never nice to shoot a bad last round.  But I don’t have it in my head too much.”

Defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park and the No. 3 Stacy Lewis both opened their accounts with rounds of even-par 71, five shots behind the leader. 

LPGA Lotte Championship. Michelle Wie Wins

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Michelle Wie won the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii on the Ko Olina Golf Club course.

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Michelle shot a final round of -5 under par 67, to post a winning total of -14 under par for the Lotte Championship title. The winning margin could have been greater, but her short range putting is still suspect, even missing one from inside two feet.

“This is a dream come true for me, the amount of love I felt this week was unbelievable. I think being back home, I think just not putting pressure on myself, just feeling all the support from the people this week, and you know just being patient. I just had a blast this week.”

I’m just having fun out there, I was out there and nervous. Every time I felt nervous out there, I was looking around, I felt there was no place I’d rather be.”

” The highlight of this week was to come back home, there wasn’t just one moment. From the first tee shot that I made to the last putt, the aloha that I felt from everyone was unbelievable.”

” My caddie isn’t one for pep talks, but he gave a good one today. He said, it’s windy out there today, but play your game, and that’s really what I did. I didn’t try to force anything. I had a number in my head that I thought I needed to shoot, and I got it.”

Angela Stanford finished in second place after her last round of +1 over par 73, a very poor effort by her standards. She started the day with a four shot lead, and ended it two shots adrift at -12 under par.

Angela rued her decision making, and poor putting;

“Today, just didn’t make the putts that I’ve been making,  I wasn’t hitting it great today. Just misclubbed a couple of times. Just didn’t make good decisions. She’s been playing great, she’s having a great year, so it was bound to happen. I just happened to be the one that caught the buzz saw.”

Inbee Park also carded a final round -5 under par 67, which took her into third position on her own at -11 under par.

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LPGA. Lotte Championship. Awesome Angela Extends Lead.

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An awesome third round from Angela Stanford saw her extend her lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

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Angela compiled at third round of -5 under par 67 to extend her lead to four shots, with her total of -13 under par, at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

She said afterwards that she was happy to have picked up three birdies early on, when the wind was not quite as strong as it became later in the day;

“I didn’t think the wind was blowing as hard when we started, so it was kind of nice to get out there and get a little bit of a rhythm. It really picked up on the back. So it got tough towards the end just because it was windy and it started to become a really long round. But for the most part, my putter was great again, so that was a lot of it.”

“I just like some of these holes and I think every golfer will tell you, when you play different golf courses, there are some holes you like and some you don’t. I’m fortunate that the ones I like are grouped together, so that’s fine, nice. The ones I don’t like are kind of bookends.”

Sharing second place, and now four strokes adrift are, Michelle Wie and Hyo Joo Kim, both at -9 under par for the tournament.

Local favorite Michelle admitted to missing a few shots on the course today;

“Yeah, left a couple of shots out there today, but I have one more day and hopefully tomorrow I’ll make a lot of birdies and catch up to her. It’s going to be fun tomorrow. Ideally going into tomorrow I wouldn’t want to be this far behind. I think it’ll make it more interesting tomorrow. Just go out there and try to make some birdies early on and see what I can do.”

Hyo Joo Kim had set herself a target of a top ten finish here, and has not changed her mind;

“I’m not going to change my goal today or tomorrow, the top ten is still my goal, but anything I know where I am now and anything that happens from this point on, and if I finish better than top ten, that is a bonus and I will have a good time.”

In fourth place on her own at -8 under par is Cristie Kerr, rookie Amy Anderson, top-ranked Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu were tied for fifth place at -6 under par.

LPGA Lotte Championship. Angela Shoots Eight Under.

dragon logo darkAngela Stanford has taken the lead at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii, shooting eight under par 64 at the Ko Olina Golf Club.

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Angela takes a one shot lead into the third round following her remarkable -8 under par 64 second round. She said the low round was long overdue, and the putting made the difference;

I guess it’s been a while, I can’t really remember. It was nice to have today because I’ve had these stretches where I’ve played good in a round and then I’ll make a bogey or two and kind of lose my focus. So it was nice when I had a couple long par putts to make or when I had to get up and down, I did. It was nice to be in that zone all day.”

“But today was about putting, finally I got comfortable on these greens and it felt great. I mean, to see that the ball go in that much is a lot of fun. It was nice to see. I needed a round like that. I think it’s more about putting, I hate to admit this, but I don’t always control my trajectory on purpose. It just kind of happens. When I start getting into the wind, and I’ve talked about this with my instructor, for some reason my body just starts moving into the ball more and I tend to keep it lower. It may just be growing up in Texas and that is how you grow up playing golf.

Just one shot behind is Michelle Wie, she carded a second round of -5 under par 67, for tournament total -7 under par. Michelle was still talking about the wind;

“It was still windy but not crazy windy as it was yesterday afternoon, I’ll take five under par. I knew I could have made a couple more birdies out there on the last couple of holes, but I’ll take it. I think Duncan, my caddie, did a really good job on course management. I think we there’s a lot tucked pins today. You kind of played it safe on a couple, made some putts. Then I think it was just good course management.”

There are four Ladies tied in third spot at -6 under par, Inbee Park, Cristie Kerr, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu are all still very much in this competition.

Cristie commented on her bogey-free -6 under par 66;

“It was like a slow buildup the whole day, I was really determined. I just wanted to keep the momentum going. I was very focused today”

Hyo Joo Kim thought she was going to put together a really good round, but somehow lost confidence. Good putting helped;

 “I start out good but as I progressed, I lost confidence.  I expected it to be a better round today, but it turned out to be worse. But I’m doing all right. I plan to have birdies all the time, whenever I have a chance. You know, it’s windy outside so that’s a big factor. I like the putting that I performed today.”