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 British Womens Open, Play Suspended.

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Extremely high winds caused the suspension of play at the Ricoh British Womens Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

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There was a wind gust of 40 mph, which  resulted in at least five players almost simultaneously calling for rulings due to balls moving on the green. The officials made a decision to halt play, that was around 1230, and the whole days play was suspended later at 1800, and will resume tomorrow morning at 0550.

Susan Simpson, LGU Head of Operations announced that if needs be they will move the restart to Monday;

” It’s still going to be windy tomorrow.  Not hopefully as windy as it’s been today, but there’s no let‑up in it.  So tomorrow morning, it’s still going to be very breezy and equally difficult conditions. This is a major championship and every endeavor will be made to finish 72 holes. So if we need to go to Monday, then we’ll go to Monday.”

There is no change at the top of the leaderboard, as the tournament have yet to tee off in their third rounds.

[+] 1 1 Na Yeon Choi KOR 13:40 -10 67 67 134
[+] 2 2 Miki Saiki JPN 13:40 -9 69 66 135
[+] 3 3 Morgan Pressel USA 13:30 -8 66 70 136
[+] 4 4 Nicole Castrale USA 13:20 -7 67 70 137
[+] 4 4 Jee Young Lee KOR 13:20 -7 70 67 137
[+] 4 4 Suzann Pettersen NOR 13:30 -7 70 67 137
[+] 7 7 Mikaela Parmlid SWE 13:10 -6 69 69 138
[+] 8 8 Hee Young Park KOR 12:50 -5 70 69 139
[+] 8 8 Stacy Lewis USA 12:50 -5 67 72 139
[+] 8 8 Angela Stanford USA 13:00 -5 69 70 1

Ricoh British Womens Open 2nd Round, Finally.

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It may have been the Best Of British Day at Hoylake when the second round finally got completed in the Ricoh British Open at Royal Liverpool, but it was a South Korean who stole the show, namely Jiyai Shin. 

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 Jiyai Shin carded a superb eight under par 64 to move into a commanding five shot lead after the second round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Liverpool. The 2008 Champion started the day a single shot behind her compatriots, Haeji Kang and So Yeon Ryu, but then moved effortlessly through the front nine in 31 strokes and then came home in 33 to leave the rest of the strong international field trailing in her wake, with a tournament total of -9 under par. Jiyai said that could have the best round of her life;

” That might well be the best round I have ever played. I hit a nine under par round when I won last week at Kingsmill, but this is a really tough course so this round might have been even better. Today I was bogey-free and bunker free. I hit all 18 greens and missed just one fairway. This week my goal was to score one under par every day so to hit eight under is very special.I love coming back over here. The win here in 2008 changed my life and I have got lots of fans in England. Today there were a lot of people out there and they kept cheering me on. It has been a fantastic day and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I have got a five shot lead but on this course you never know what’s going to happen. There are a lot of great players out here. I’m just going to keep focussed on myself.”

Another South Korean is alone in second place, Inbee Park is at -4 under par for the tournament, but will need to play some magical golf to catch the leader. The final two rounds will played tomorrow, 36 holes in one day is an exhausting task, so it will be the survival of the fittest, but a five shot start is very comforting. Inbee also loves this course;

” I’ve been playing the back nine well all week, I’m going to need lots of patience tomorrow but I’m looking forward to it. It’s a really great golf course. You can feel the history of the golf course. It’s great.”

The leading amateur in the field is World No. 1, Kiwi Lydia Ko.  A couple of weeks ago the 15 year-old from New Zealand won the CN Canadian Open to become the youngest player ever to win an official LPGA Tour title and today she added a one under par 71 to her opening  round of 72 to claim a share of sixth place with Japan’s Ai Miyazato, Sweden’s Carin Koch, South Korea’s Jenny Shin and America’s Vicky Hurst all on -1 under par.

Tomorrow is going to be a really tough day.

 

Ricoh British Womens Open 2nd Round

Play has been suspended for the day at  the Ricoh Women’s British Open on the Royal Liverpool Hoylake golf course due to extremely adverse weather conditions.

Having lost a whole day’s play on Friday, the Championship Committee met to review the format for the remainder of the Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship with the primary objective of retaining the 72 hole format of the event.  With weather conditions for Monday predicted to be similar to Friday (today) the Championship Committee has decided the following;

•    Round Two will be played on Saturday to completion and a cut will be made in accordance with the amended condition published below. The cut will be reduced from 65 plus ties to 50 plus ties, including amateurs.

•    Rounds 3 & 4 will be played on Sunday, with no redraw after Round 3. A two tee start will be utilised.

•    Prize money will be paid as normal to those players who make the cut. In addition, official prize money will be paid to those who would have normally made the cut under the original conditions of play.

A particularly sad end to the last Major competition of the year, with only the top 50 making the cut the second round will be a really tense affair.

Ricoh British Womens Open at Royal Liverpool, Round 1

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Haeji Kang and So Yeon Ryu of  South Korea sit at the top of the Ricoh British Womens Open at Royal Liverpool, with opening rounds of -2 under par 70.

In a packed leaderboard there are nine players at -1 under par, among those are  Jiyai Shin, last weeks winner of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship, Karrie Webb, Stacy Keating and Vicky Hurst.

The Worlds number one Amateur 15 year-old Lydia Ko finished with a round of even par, and is very handily placed, there are 17 players on even par at the conclusion of play on day one. Another teenager up with the leaders is sixteen year-old Charley Hull, of England, with a  1-under 71 in the opening round of the $2.5 million Ricoh Women’s Open. Charley has Ian Poulter as one of her mentors, they are members of the Woburn Golf Club. Charley has never met Lydia but has certainly heard of her. She is impressed by what the Kiwi has done, but she reminded everyone not to focus solely on her younger peer.

” There’s a lot more to come from me.”

Charley Hull fired a 1-under 71 in the first round of the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

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Lydia will fave a big test in the second round, She tees off at 11.40am, and with winds expected to approach 50 miles per hour, the young Kiwi could well face the toughest of the conditions. Her daunting task will be to limit the damage tomorrow and give herself a chance to make the cut and contest the trophy at the weekend.