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.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Stacy Back On Top.

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The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia ended with Stacy Lewis sitting back on top of the leaderboard at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club Berhad.

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Stacy showed her World number one class as she posted a first round -6 under 65 to lead the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament. She said she was happy to get off to a good start;

“Yeah, another week I got off to a good start again.”

“It was kind of one of those rounds that early it was actually kind of shaky and had to make a few par putts on the first three holes, but really just kind of hung in there and gave myself a lot of birdie looks at it and was fortunate to make a few.”

“So it was a little bit of an ugly round, but I got a lot out of it.”

“I don’t think I’m ever happy with my putting, I mean, the short game is something that it’s always hit or miss.  It’s hard to keep it going week off week, so it’s something you’re constantly working on.”

“Under pressure the putting I think is almost the hardest thing, so if you can get the putting solid when the pressure is off, hopefully it kind of holds up. That’s why I practice it so much, because I want it to hold up on Sundays.”

“That’s what I’m hoping for.  It was good today, but it still could have been a little bit better.”

There is a posse of four South Korean ladies tied in second place, just one shot behind on -5  under par following their opening rounds of 66, Na Yeon Choi, Hee Young Park, Eun-Hee Ji and So Yeon Ryu.

The LPGA announced that GOLFZON is their newest Official Marketing Partner  and will serve as the Official Golf Simulator of the LPGA.

So Yeon is in full agreement with the announcement;

“After the golf simulator business, people start to more play golf, and golf population is going to increase a lot.”

“After Golf Zone’s entry into the industry, I started getting involved in the golf business, so now I have a golf simulator shop.”

 “I have two different ones in Seoul, so now I’m pretty much involved with golf, and I’m really happy to see Golf Zone start the business really well but also kind of really good effect to increase golf fans for us.”

 

REIGNWOOD LPGA CLASSIC. Mirim Takes Rocky Road To Win

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Mirim Lee takes rocky road to win the Reignwood LPGA Classic on a long day in China.

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After toiling for over six hours in the final round, Mirim carded -4 under par 69 and lifted the Reignwood LPGA Classic trophy with a -15 under par total, and thanked her lucky stars.

On the short par three 17th Mirim thought her ball had gone in the water, but miraculously found it sitting on a rock. She could only scuff it into the middle of the green, and then proceeded to sink the 30 foot putt for her par, and preserve her one shot advantage. She then made birdie on eighteen, from a greenside bunker that sealed her win;

The ball was actually on the rock, it went to the direction I wanted it to go, but it wasn’t the momentum that I wanted. So I was telling it to sit down and sit, but I think the result was pretty good. I was happy with the outcome.”

“Usually when I play my rounds I don’t watch the other players. Today I really observed how Stacy played, and she was such a phenomenal player. It shows why she is the No. 1 player in the world.”

“I really didn’t think I would get my second win this quickly. I was a lot more nervous this time than first time around. I think I made a few mistakes towards the end, especially on the 18th. I’m really happy I won the tournament, and it was good.”

 Caroline Hedwall  finished in second place at -13 under par, a final round of even par 73 not good enough on the day. She had to watch as Mirim  made her escape on 17, and Stacy miss her birdie putt there before she got to her own putt for birdie, from about ten feet, it agonizingly skimmed the hole;

“Of course you’re always a little disappointed that you couldn’t pull it off and win. At the same time, the up and down she made on 17 was just incredible.”

“It was tougher out there today. Mirim shot a really good score today. I think most girls out there were struggling a little bit with the wind, because it’s a tough golf course in the wind. I think even par is a decent score today.  Could’ve made a couple of birdies, but it just didn’t happen.”

 ” I’m still happy with the second place. I struggled this season, so it’s nice to get a good finish. It gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the Asian swing.”

Three ladies tied in third position all at -12 under par, Inbee Park, Haeji Kang and Brittany Lang.

Haeji scored a -4 under par last round in the blustery conditions, while Inbee carded -2 under par 71. Brittany managed to record -1 under par, with a birdie on the 18th.

Stacy Lewis had a bad day carding a final round +2 over par 75, in a tournament that she should have easily won, three bogey’s on the back nine ruined everything, she finished T6.

Inbee Park is off to get married next week, we wish you Good Luck Inbee.

Reignwood LPGA Classic. Stacy Slips Up.

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Stacy Lewis slips up in the third round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic in China, allowing Caroline Hedwall to catch  her at the top of the leaderboard.

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Stacy made some errors in the third round, carding just -1 under par 72, while Caroline posted -5 under par to be tied at the top of the Reignwood LPGA Classic, both at -13 under par for the tournament.

The round begun with World No. 1 player Stacy struggling through the first 11 holes, and Caroline on par for the first nine holes,then after the 56 minute rain delay both ladies seemed powered up by motivation;

Stacy reported she was not sure what happened, but really wants a win this week to help keep her number one position:

“Probably the swing I made on 13, on the par 3, I don’t know what it was, but things just kind of seemed to click after that.” 

“You know, just kind of found some confidence in my golf swing from there, and then making the putts, too, which was nice.”

“A win this week would help that a lot, I don’t think I’m comfortable until the last tournament and nobody else can beat me. It’s one of those things I don’t think you get too comfortable with.”

“The players behind me are great players and can win two tournaments in a row pretty easily. I won’t be comfortable until the season is over. “

“It’ll be fun playing with Caroline, the last couple days has kind of had the Solheim Cup feel to it.  It’s going to be fun playing with the Europeans. It’ll be a good day. She’s a good putter and is playing well this week.”

Caroline is aware that she will need her best game to combat the World number one;

“She is really solid, I’m going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow if I want to win this tournament.”

“I put myself in a great position, and I’m looking forward to it. Should be fun.”

“Hopefully I can win tomorrow. That’s kind of one of my biggest goals for this year and my career, is to win on the LPGA.”

Mirim Lee and Brittany Lang are just two shots behind at -11 under par, and could still both figure in the finish tomorrow. Don’t rule out World number two Inbee Park at -10 under par, sharing fifth place with Caroline Masson.

Inbee made a move today, and still has a chance of victory;

” I had really nothing to lose really today, I was in the middle about 12th or 15th place. I had to make some kind of move today to have a chance tomorrow.”

“I think the more and more you play in the contention and more you get in the contention you want to be in the contention more. You know how it feels to be leading and be in the contention, and obviously it’s a lot more exciting.”

” You really work harder to put yourself there obviously. I think yesterday was probably the day I felt a little bit disappointed.  But the first day and the third day was a good round.”

 

Reignwood LPGA Classic. It’s Still Stacy.

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It’s still Stacy Lewis at the top of the Reignwood LPGA Classic leaderboard at the end of day 2 in China.

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Stacy shot -5 under par 68, on the par 73 lay-out at Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club in the second round, to lead at the half-way stage. A tournament total of -12 under par gives her a two shot advantage over good friend and also a Texas native, Brittany Lang, and is looking forward to competing against her this coming week-end. She was flattered that Brittany said she is a great player and will be watching and learning;

“It’s cool, I don’t really think that of myself, so I guess it’s pretty cool that they think that of me.”

“She hasn’t really played her best at times this year, so it’s good to see her playing some god golf. It’s always fun playing with her.”

She was also happy that some long putts dropped today;

“That’s the thing, I’ve made them at the right time. I’ve had good speed all week. Just had a lot of tap ins, even when they’re not going in.”

Brittany is in second place at -10 under par, she carded a bogey free -7 under par 66, which elevated her up the leaderboard

“We’re really good friends though and I have a lot of respect for her on the golf course.”

“Yeah, definitely going to be out of my element, a little intimidated. She’s a great player. But at the same time, I’m trying to get better, too. So playing with her, watching her, and trying to play well and do my thing is going to make me better.”

“If I could play with her on more weekends, then I’ll be doing pretty good. Maybe I can learn something from watching her.”

“I haven’t been in that position in a while, so I’m looking forward to gaining a little more experience. It has been a while since I’ve been in that position. You know, I’m just working on a few different things. Just trying to have a good attitude and enjoy myself out there, and just a few other process goals.”

There are four ladies tied in third position at -8  under par, Caroline Masson, Mirim Lee, Belen Mozo and Caroline Hedwall are chasing down the leaders.

Belen really likes this course;

” It really fits my eye and we’ve been really lucky with the weather.  The course is playing in phenomenal shape.  It’s just the pure conditions, so it’s really easy to play good on it.”

“As long as I keep doing my routine and keep doing what I have to do everything is going to be good.  That’s my goal, to keep working and keep getting better every day.”

Korean Mirim said nothing was working too well, apart from her putter;

“Nothing was perfect.  Nothing worked particularly well, but I was able to consistently hit my shots.  13, 14, 15, short holes.  I was able to pitch it in and use my putter to make it work.”

Suzann Pettersen rebounded from yesterdays disaster to equal the low round of the day at -7 under par, but she is still six shots off the lead at -6 under par total. She explained she did not know what happened to her in round one;

“I don’t know.  I mean, I played some good golf yesterday.  I had six birdies or something and shot 1-over, which is kind of a disaster.  Then I made a mess out of two of the par fives.”
    
“Just trying to build a game for the stretch coming up.  I don’t know if I was a little bit rusty and not sharp enough from not having played for quite a few weeks and it kind of got to me a little bit on certain holes.”
    
“Today I hit the driver really good and made the putts when I needed to.”

Reignwood LPGA Classic. Stacy Lewis Leads.

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Stacy Lewis leads the Reignwood LPGA Classic at Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club in China.

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Stacy shot a bogey free first round -7 under par 66 on the par 73 lay-out at Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club in China to take a first round lead of one shot in the Reignwood LPGA Classic.

Stacy said she enjoyed the group today, her playing partners being Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen;

“The grouping today was fun, I always like playing with Inbee and Suzann. If you play with the best players in the world, that makes you better. I don’t know if it made me elevate my game and play a little bit a better, but we had great crowds out there, I thought, for a first round.”

“You learn you just got to stay patient, you’re not going to go shoot a 66 or 65 every single day. Yeah, I want to be in the lead. That’s where I want to be. I want to be in the lead coming up 18 on Sunday as well. It’s a good start, but we have a long ways to go.”

Caroline Hedwall  is in second place, a -6 under par 67 which included one bogey, but said she was really happy with today;

“I’m really happy with my game today. I started off with two birdies and felt like I was on a roll there. I had quite a few birdie opportunities on the back nine and kept playing well. It was nice to finish off with a birdie as well. Just really happy.”

“I just really like the golf course here, the greens are very nice. My key part of the game is tee to green, and suits me really well. The course has been in really nice shape. I just gain confidence playing a lot.”

Tied in third place are two Koreans at -5 under par, Sun Young Yoo and Jenny Shin, highest ranked Chinese player after the first round is Yanhong Pan, who scored -2 under par 71 and is tied in fifteenth place.

There are a whole bunch of ladies at -4 under par, they include Yani Tseng an ex world number one from Taipei,who has been recovering from some injuries, but is glad to be back playing again;

It’s been couple years I really try to feel more comfortable out there and just enjoy myself and not worry about the score too much and be relax and play golf.”

“It’s amazing, that feeling, play free out there and not worry about anything and just play by myself and play my own game. I feel very happy. Doesn’t matter what my score is, I just feel much happier now.”

“I mean last couple year my smile was not really real. This year I feel like I really smile from my heart, from the inside.”