Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Inbee Park Wins

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World #1 Inbee Park wins the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Miramar Golf & Country Club.

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World #1 Inbee scored a -1 under par 71 in the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, which was enough to give her the win with a -22 under par total. Married life seems to suit Inbee, but she  said it was a tough day, even though she started with a four shot lead there was some nerves with the way she played;

I think playing with Stacy, I really wanted to play well, and obviously being able to win the tournament was a great accomplishment.”

 “It was a tough day and I got nervous on every hole today even on the 18th hole.”

“Stacy was really tough, in the middle of the round I was only one ahead of her, and I was lucky to be one ahead of her, so it was a really good day but it wasn’t an easy day for me.”

“I think this will be my wedding gift for myself. It’s a good feeling and maybe people who said, ‘she’s not going to play as well as when she was not married’ I think we can prove them wrong.”

” My husband is a big help for me and huge supporter and I’m really happy to have him here.”

World # 2 Stacy Lewis finished in second place at -20 under par, her last round -3 under par 69 not enough to catch the leader, but it was a good effort in the difficult conditions, which we know Stacy likes to play in;

“I hung in there all day and just made Inbee work for it. That was the goal, and you give Inbee four shots, it’s a tough task to overcome, and you know, she hit the shots when she needed to coming in.”

I played great, I really got off to a really good start, and just the middle of the round, didn’t quite make the putts that I needed to.”

“You would think you would pick up a shot or two but I didn’t really pick up many shots there.  But obviously Inbee making those putts, I knew I needed to do something, as well.  I was fortunate I got off to a good start, but in the conditions all day, it was hard and you just had to hang in there.”

To complete the scoring World #3 Lydia Ko claimed third place on her own at -17 under par, she carded a brilliant bogey free final round -6 under par 66, the low round of the day;

I think I played really well here in Asia, obviously there were a lot of great memories made, and, yeah, I just enjoyed my time playing over here in Asia.  I didn’t get many opportunities to play out here before, so it was great to come back, like to this week, where I’ve won before.“

 

 

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Inbee Has 4 shot lead

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World #1 Inbee Park has a 4 shot lead going into the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Miramar Golf & Country Club in Taiwan.

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World #1 Inbee had a third round -3 under par 69 giving her a Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship total of -21 under par, and a four shot advantage over  World #2 Stacy Lewis when they tee it up tomorrow for the final round.

Inbee reported she found it tough in the windy conditions today, but was satisfied with her round, especially the Eagle on the par five 12th;

“Overall, it was quite a good day, it was quite different situation with the wind.  It was playing a lot tougher. The downwind holes, it was tough to stop the ball on the green.  We have quite tough holes out there but I think I managed myself quite good.” 

“It was really big for me today, because I was playing good for the first few holes and then made two bogeys in a row on 7 and 8.”

 “Going into the back nine, I needed to make a couple more birdies for tomorrow, and it was tough to make birdies out there with a lot of wind.  To pick up two strokes on that hole was huge.  I think I’ve birdied every day on that hole and eagle today, so that hole has been a big key.” 

I think it’s good players playing good in the event, which is always really exciting.”

“Going into the final day with such good players like Stacy and Shanshan we’re going to have a good competition tomorrow and obviously four strokes around this golf course, it’s not impossible.”

Sharing second place is Stacy Lewis, who had the low round of the day with a -8 under par 64, and Shanshan Feng with a -2 under par 70. Both of these ladies are on -17 under par for the tournament.

Stacy was nine shots back of the lead at the start of play today, but she loves to play in the tougher conditions, it brings out the best in her;

“I was nine back starting the day, so I thought if I could cut that in half at least and give myself a chance for tomorrow, and just to get in the last group just so you know what’s going on.”

“And obviously to play with the best player in the world, that’s what you want to do.  I love my position for tomorrow, because I think the weather is going to be a little bit more like this.”

“I guess this is what everybody has been asking for, we haven’t done this in a while.  Should be fun.  Should be exciting.”

The nearest player to the top three is Azahara Munoz, a distant 8 shots off the lead at -13 under par, and not really going to upset the top three as they battle it out tomorrow.

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.”