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LPGA. Founders Cup. Mirim Lee Leads

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Rookie Mirim Lee is at the top of the leaderboard in the JTBC Founders Cup tournament at the Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix Arizona.

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Mirim shot a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the Founders Cup in Arizona. Mirim said is was a good day, not too many long putts;

” Everything was good.  So today putting was a little bit not good.  Everything was good, yeah.  Good day, just two, three long putts.  So today no, not difficult today.  Easy today. Practice round and today morning I hit really good. It was good.  So everything is just good.”

Just one shot back after an opening round of -7 under par 65 is Morgan Pressel, this round could so easily have been a 59. She found trouble off the 3rd tee, playing the course backwards.  Morgan went through  the turn at -7 under par after shooting a 29 on her front nine, thanks to five birdies and an Eagle. She followed that with birdies on the first and second holes but then came that errant tee shot;

“I hit a very poor tee shot and ended up kind of on the side of this little bush, and I could have hit it left handed and there were a couple of burrowing animal holes around. I brought them over to ask, but I didn’t honestly think that I was going to get relief, and I don’t think that I deserved it.”

“I don’t know if I was necessarily thinking 59, but I probably just got a little bit excited, because I had never been that many under par in that short of a span of time. I just got a little bit quick, and came back to earth.”

There are eight players tied in third place at -6 under par, including Inbee Park and defending champion Stacy Lewis.

Inbee Park said the putts would just not drop;

” I was hitting the ball good all day today, but just on the front the putts didn’t seem like they wanted to go in.  I read a couple of putts wrong, and on the back nine I had shots a lot closer than the front nine, and obviously I holed some putts on the back nine. On the back nine I had shots a lot closer than the front nine, and obviously I holed some putts on the back nine.”

 ” We hit a lot of short irons on this golf course.  You have to shoot low scores for four rounds on this golf course, and obviously there’s a lot of opportunities here and you have to hole your putts.  And obviously on this back nine I hit a lot of good iron shots, and only mistake today was the three putt on number three, or 4, and yeah, that was my only mistake today.”

Stacy was making all her putts today;

” I hit some good shots, but had to make ; my speed was kind of off on the greens, had to make some five and six footers, but actually made them, so it kind of helped get the confidence going.”
            
” Then the back nine for me, it just sets up a lot better.  I feel like you can kind of free wheel it a little bit and still be more open and  made a few longer putts, but all day I hit the ball pretty well.”

Lydia Ko is in a seven way tie for 7th place, shooting a  -5 under par 67 for her first round, she had an excuse for fading late on in her round;

“I normally eat more than I did today, and I normally eat a lot, so that’s saying something. I forgot to bring my food and my protein bars. That’s my excuse.”

ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open, Chella & Minjee Lead.

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Chella Choi and Minjee Lee lead the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the end of day 3 at Victoria Golf Club.

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It was a -4 under par 68 Minjee described as a mission, and it has booked her spot in the final group for the second consecutive week, and says playing with a smile on her face is the game-plan;

“Well obviously to make as many birdies as possible but just keep it in play and just keep hitting good shots and getting it close so I can hole the putt, because they weren’t really going in.  I’m happy with 4-under, I’m stoked with 4-under really.  I just play, I think it kind of lightens it up a little bit because I’m smiling all the time.  I have a good chat with my caddie. I think the game plan is always the same.  It’s been working so far, so why change it.”

Chella also enjoys playing, and tries to stay focused, it worked today as she fired a -10 under par 62 which included two Eagles, this was the first time she had accomplished two of them in one round;

Choi is chasing her first victory since turning professional in 2008

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“I try to enjoy playing and just focus on one shot and one shot and just keep putting.  I think if I just always hit the green, I have a lot of birdie chances.  So I focused on just my shot, before the shot and then shot. I don’t know why I played ten under today, it’s just amazing. I made two eagles today, so first time.”

The leaders are at -13 under par for the tournament, and will tee off together tomorrow morning.

Lydia Ko  is in third place at -11 under par following her -3 under par third round 69.

Suzann Pettersen is next at -10 under par, she stumbled through round three carding an even par 72. There are then eight players who are tied in fifth place at -9 under par. The list includes overnight leader, Caroline Hedwall, Morgan Pressel, Amelia Lewis, Holly Clyburn, Karine Icher and Marianne Skarpnord.

Karrie Webb recorded a -4 under par 68 to move to -8 under par, a full five strokes behind the leaders.

Ricoh Womens British Open. Stacy Lewis Wins

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Stacy Lewis won the Ricoh British Womens Open at St Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

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Stacy carded a 69 in the delayed third round and then shot a last round of even par 72, to win the Ricoh British Womens Open by two shots with a tournament total of -8 under par. This is Stacy’s second Major triumph, she said she had felt comfortable out on the course;

“I felt so comfortable out there, I almost felt like it was meant to be,”

Tied in second place were Hee Young Park and Na Yeon Choi, both at -6 under par. Hee Young with her 70, 73 finish and Na Yeon 75, 73.

Morgan Pressel had led at the conclusion of the delayed third round, with her -1 under par effort, she holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to take a one-shot lead into the final round. But then unfortunately fell away in the final round scoring a +4 over par 76, which put her down to tie in fourth place with Suzann Petterson.

The last round was so difficult that only Christie Kerr -3 under par 69, and Natalie Gulbis -2 under par 70 were the only players to completed the final round in under par.

Inbee Park, in her history making quest for a fourth straight Major win just fell away with a final round of +6 over par, to finish the tournament on that score, tied in 42nd place. She said it was still amazing what she had achieved;

“I’ve done something amazing this season, I won three straight majors. I don’t know if I can do that again. When you’re so far behind, it’s hard to get the motivation, I tried to push myself to play as good as I can. I’m glad this tournament is over, I’ve gone through four rounds under pressure, and that’s something I’ve never experienced.”

Ladies World Amateur #1 Lydia Ko keeps her record of making the cut in every professional tournament she has competed in, but finished in a tie for 42nd place. Lydia and Georgia Hall tied for 42nd place on six-over-par to shared the Smyth Salver as the leading amateurs.

Ricoh Womens British Open. Na Yeon Takes Command at Half Way Stage.

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Na Yeon Choi takes command of the Ricoh Womens British Open at St Andrews at the half way stage of the competition.

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At a fairly breezy St Andrews Na Yeon shot her second consecutive -5 under par round of 67, to lead the tournament at -10 under par. 

Na Yeon said she was pleased with her two rounds, especially the one today in the windier conditions;

“I’m very satisfied the last two rounds.  You know, especially today, the weather wasn’t good, it was very hard.  But my focus was very good and my caddie helped me a lot, and you know, I had a daily goal every day so I just tried to stick with the goal.  It could be like par is 74 or 75 today, but I didn’t care, like every hole, par 3, par 4, par 5, doesn’t matter for me.  I just try to play one shot at a time and I think that’s why I had great results.”

Mikki Saki is in second place following her magical second round of  -6 under par, 66, which included two two’s. A hole out for Eagle on two of the par fours on the front nine of the Old Course at St. Andrews, holes 4 and 7. Both shots came from over 100 yards as she holed one with an eight iron and the other with a wedge. She was asked if she had ever done that in a tournament before;

“First time, because it is a major and we are here at the Old Course and surrounded by so much history then it must rate as my best ever round.”

Morgan Pressel is in third place at -8 under par, she had a more modest second round, -2 under par, 70. Morgan used not to like links golf, a bit like Phil Mickelson, there could be a link there; he also wants to be on the Solheim Cup Team;

” Everything happens for a reason, and I think that my past struggles here at St. Andrews as well as links golf in general my first two years on Tour taught me a lot. At this point, you know, I’ve played well for two days, and I’m more focused on this tournament”

Treble chasing Inbee Park struggled as the winds picked up on Friday afternoon on the Old Course at St. Andrews, carding a +1 over par 73 to put her at -2 under-par for the championship, a long way back;

“When you experience something big like this, some kind of big pressure like this, you’re just really not afraid of any kind of pressure. How can it get bigger than this?  If you experience something like this, you’re just ready to go and ready to experience something, anything’s going to be less than this.”

Good Luck Inbee.

 

The British Womens Open. Morgan & Camille Shate 1st Round Lead

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Morgan Pressel and Camilla Lennarth shared the 1st round lead at The British Womens Open on the St Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

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Camilla and Morgan shared rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the British Womens Open by just one shot from a chasing pack of seven players.

Camilla was playing for the first time at St Andrews, and likes the way she is putting;

“This is my first time at St. Andrews and first time at the British Open, I’m very satisfied. I hit all the fairways and all the greens and it went pretty smooth out there. When I made birdie on the first hole, I thought, okay, I’m at least going to make one birdie at this tournament! I’ve been very excited. Ever since I qualified on Monday I’ve been looking forward to this, since I grew up. I’m very happy that I made it here and that was the thought. No matter what happens out here, I’m just going to enjoy every moment and take it all in. Of course I’m surprised that I’m tied for the lead but I know that I can hit good golf shots. It’s just a matter of putting them all together at once, and I did today and I’m satisfied. Last week in London, I started to putt well again.  So I just kind of carried that on to this week. And putting well usually just kind of takes on a little pressure off the shots hitting into the green, because you feel like, okay, well, I’m rolling it well, and that makes you, you know, just kind of take your shoulders down a little bit and take a breather and you know you’re going to have a shot at the hole at least.”

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Morgan said she had felt good out there today;

” I felt good out there today, The last time I played here I was pretty down on links golf and wasn’t really looking forward to coming back to the British Open.  But since then I have gotten better at managing my game and hitting shots. At a British Open you can’t just hit a stock draw. That just doesn’t work. You have to hit high shots and low shots. You have to bump it and sometimes putt from 40-yards off the green. You’ve got to do whatever it takes and as a creative person that’s something I enjoy.”

The chasing pack of seven, at -5 under par, are: Stacy Lewis, Na Yeon Choi, Mi Jeong, Jean, Nicole Castrale, Ryann O’Toole, Sydnee Michaels and Eun Hee Ji.

Stacy is another player who is happy with her putter;

” I got more comfortable with my putter, made a couple of good putts for par. To come away, shooting 5‑under on the back nine on this golf course, I don’t care if it’s calm or if it’s windy, it’s a good score, so I’m very happy with the day.”

Inbee Park, who is trying for her third straight Major is  back at -3 under-par for the day.

 

 

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Park Prevails in 36 Hole Shoot-Out

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Inbee Park prevailed in the 36 hole shoot-out for the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in New York.

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Inbee won the Wegmans LPGA Championship with an eighteen foot birdie on the third play-off hole at Locust Hill country Club. This was Inbee’s third Major title, and she said she was not sure she could do it today;

” I didn’t know that I was going to be able to do it today, I was hitting the ball everywhere today on the final round.  It just made my day so much tougher. But just putting my name on the Wegmans LPGA championship trophy just means so much to me.  And this is my third win in a major championship.  So that means a lot.  And getting a lot closer to my goals set for my golf career. I could have made one more putt maybe on 17 or 16, but I’ve made some amazing up‑and‑downs before that. So I mean bogeys were bound to come with the way I’ve been striking the ball today.  I mean if you miss the fairways here, you really can’t avoid bogeys here. And I knew that I had good plans, but I really didn’t expect to win with the way I was playing today.  I mean I was really trying to be calm, and you know, not to get mad even if I don’t win. A year ago everything I think really started to click, my swing was getting a lot better, hitting I think my weakest part of my game was ball striking and my short game and putting has always been very good, and I wasn’t really able to hit the shots that I needed to. Starting last year, two years, I mean I started to hit the ball lots better and giving myself a lot of birdie chances.I mean it was tough to win the second one, Evian, after four years with no win, but after that I felt so comfortable and felt the confidence, and yeah, just really comfortable when I’m in the last group.”

Tied with Inbee on -5 under par at the finish was Scotswoman Catriona Mathew, she had a final round of -4 under par, 68, and was disappointed at missing out on a win, but was happy with her overall result;

“The last I looked at the scoreboard, Inbee had a solid lead, so I was quite surprised when suddenly I looked at the leaderboard on eighteen and two putts would get me in a playoff. When I started today the last round I probably didn’t realize I could win. So to play well and get into the playoffs was obviously pretty good.  Obviously when you get into it, it’s pretty disappointing but overall pretty good week.”

Tied in third place was Suzann Petterson, who had an amazing last round of -7 under par, 65, and Morgan Pressel, who was in position to win at the start of play, both ladies finished on -4 under par for the tournament.

Suzann had made an adjustment to her putting routine, and it paid dividends;

” I just made an adjustment in my address, I think I was starting too far away from the ball, and pretty much made everything I looked at this afternoon. So I don’t why I didn’t do this before when I putted so bad the first, second and the third round.
But I’m proud the way I came back, tried to post a number that felt like I had a good chance at pretty much every hole on the back nine. But just a little bit too late, unfortunately.”

Morgan was disappointed with her performance;

”  How do I sum it up?  I mean I’m definitely disappointed, but it’s the first time in a long time I’ve contended, so I’m happy with the way that I played this week as a whole. I had chances, nothing went in, and that happens.”

 

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Morgan Makes A Move.

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Morgan Pressel makes a move in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club, in Pittsford, New York. She now has a two shot lead over her nearest rivals.

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Morgan shot a -2 under par, 70 in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, to take a two shot lead into the final 36 holes on Sunday. She said she had a comfortable start, despite a slightly wayward driver;

“I got off to a good start, had a birdie opportunity on 10, but didn’t go in and then made one on 11. I started to hit my driver a little bit to the right, but made great par saves on 12 and 13, and then two great birdies on 14 and 15 to get me off to a really good and comfortable start. I hit a couple more drives to the right, which cost me bogeys, wasn’t able to make quite as miraculous saves on those couple of holes. And then the back nine was pretty uneventful. There wasn’t a whole lot that happened out there.  I had some opportunities, made some.  And then the wind picked up on our back nine a little bit and made it a little more difficult, and that side because of how it sits is quite a bit more wet, and so it was a little bit more sloppy on that side than it was on the front nine today.”

Inbee Park trails by two shots after an impressive -4 under par, 68 which tied Michelle Wie for the low round of the day. Inbee is currently tied for second with first-round leader Chella Choi at -4 under-par. Chella finished her second round with a +1 over  par 73.

Inbee thinks it is going to be mentally and physically tough to play 36 holes tomorrow, and said Morgan probably hit the ball pretty straight;

“It feels like just one more round to go, but we have to play two rounds in one day. I think that’s what’s going to be very tough mentally and physically.  It’s something that I really need to handle.  And I need to get really good rest tonight.  And try to be very relaxed and get a lot of sleep. I’m sure she probably hit it very straight to play that well on this golf course. So I gotta try to do that like her tomorrow. I think she was having tough time, but I’m sure she’s type of player that she could always come back, and I think it was about time that she was coming back.  And I think she’s feeling really comfortable around this golf course.”

Chella had a message written on her hand, which kept her focused during her round, she would not reveal what the Korean written message said;

“It’s a secret.”

Jiyai Shin, tied in fourth place has won before playing a final day 36 holes, the last time was at  the Ricoh Women’s British Open last year, in wet and windy conditions, with the tournament’s largest margin of victory, nine strokes. With her mental toughness and ability to grind out two full rounds in one day, Jiyai will be a player to watch on Sunday.

“I know how to play the 36 holes, because I played last year at the British Open with very bad weather. So I know I’m a couple shots behind the lead at the moment, but now I have 36 holes left.  So morning time I checked my physical conditioning and all my skill and maybe I try to hit more aggressive in the afternoon.”

Michelle Wie made a move today, -3 under par, to bring her back to even for the tournament. Using her 3-wood, 2 hybrid or 4 hybrid most of the time off the tee;

” I just try not to be greedy on this golf course, I hit a couple more drivers yesterday, which cost  all my strokes, really cost me for my drivers yesterday.  And on this golf course, even if you have 5‑iron, 6‑iron in, you just have to be in the fairway.”

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Choi Has 1st Round Lead.

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Chella Choi, from South Korea, has taken the first round lead at the delayed Wegmans LPGA Championship with an opening round of -5 under par 67, at the Locust Hill Country Club course. The 2nd Major of the year is finally under way, barring more major rainfall.

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The  wet and soggy conditions at Locust Hill Country Club could not prevent Chella from taking a slender one-shot lead at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She carded six birdies in her first 10 holes and made just one bogey in her opening round, saying she had hit many fairways today;

“I hit a really good driver today, I hit 14 fairways.  So I’m really happy, my goal is just keep fairway.”

Tied in second place at -4 under par are Jiyai Shin, also of South Korea, and Morgan Pressel of America.

Morgan was also happy to have made many fairways;

“I played pretty well out there, I didn’t put myself really in any bad trouble which you can certainly find on this golf course.  I hit a lot of fairways, which you need to do.  I only missed I think two or three maybe, and the couple that I did, I most of the time saved par. I did not hit the ball very well here last year, I was in the rough a lot and I truly think that is kind of what caused it. It was just the many, many shots I had to whack out of the knee-high rough here.”

Alone in fourth spot is Brittany Lincicome, who is a further shot back at -3 under par. Brittany explained her thoughts on why she has had recent struggles with her game;

“For my game I really can’t even pinpoint one specific thing. Like the beginning of the year in the off season I tried taking lessons, and I’m a player that’s kind of more of a feel player.  I just kind of hit it, find it and hit it again. I think I was trying to change too many things at one time, so I kind of stopped doing that.  And then I wasn’t playing well, missed a couple of cuts in a row and lost my confidence. But took last week off to kind of go home and regroup, and you know, just try to remember that, you know, I’ve won five times on the LPGA Tour and I’ve been here before and I can do this. So I was just kind of feeling more confident today and every time I had a par putt or birdie putt I told myself, you’ve been here before, you can do this, let’s make this.  Just try to be more confident.  Even if I’m shooting 100, I’m going to try to be more confident.  That’s the mindset coming into this week.”

Yani Tseng got her first LPGA Tour hole-in-one in Friday’s first round on the par 3 15th, but she did not see it go in;

“No, I see where it was, but I did not see it go in, I had a hard time seeing the ball today.  So I see it was good in the air, so that’s all I needed. I mean after I hit it, I know it was a good shot, but I was just trying to be good distance, and I wasn’t thinking it was going to go in the hole.  I thought it would be perfect. This is my first hole‑in‑one since I turned pro.” 

LPGA, Tour Officials now decide who wins.

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Azahara Munoz had a hollow victory in winning the Sybase Match Play Championship, a title that was set up when Morgan Pressel was penalized for slow play while in control of their semifinal match. Munoz was playing Morgan Pressel in the semi final, a match that Morgan was well in control of. The match had been placed on the clock because of the slow play, mostly attributed to Azahara Munoz. The pair were warned about slow play after nine holes and put on the clock after number eleven.

Morgan Pressel  won the twelfth with a par to seemingly take a 3-up lead, then  before she could tee off on number thirteen, tour official Doug Brecht informed her that she was being penalized for slow play. She had taken 2:09 to play her three shots, 39 seconds over the 30-second limit per shot. The penalty was loss of the previous hole, so instead of having a  3-up lead, she was now only one up.

 Morgan Pressel was on the verge of tears several times in a post-match news conference after she beat Vicky Hurst 2 and 1 in the consolation match;

“It was tough timing because it was a really big, I think, turning point in the match, going from 2-up to 3-up, and then all of a sudden back to 1-up. You know, it was , I mean, it was really unfortunate. I think that slow play is one of our biggest problems on tour. You know, I think that what bothers me the most is that we were given sufficient warning and she really didn’t do anything to speed up and then I was penalized for it.”

The time penalty was the first for Morgan in seven years on the tour and it left a very bad taste in her mouth, knowing Munoz was the slower player.

Munoz knew she was slow and it was an unfair decision for the officials to make;

“I know I was slow and I really apologized for that and I told her, but I do feel both of us were slow and she was the only one getting penalized, and that was not fair and I know that. I would never make her lose a hole.”

What would be the chances of that happening on the mens Tour, just look at the Kevin Na incident, the PGA Tour has not handed out a slow play stroke penalty in more than a decade. The thirty second limit for a shot rule is a joke, some players and caddies take forever to make up their minds which club to use, or which way the wind is blowing.

 

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