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LPGA. Kraft Nabisco Championship. Lexi Lifts Trophy.

dragon logo darkKraftNabiscoChampionship_188x84Lexi Thompson lifts the Kraft Nabisco Championship trophy at Mission Hills Country Club.

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Lexi started her day with a birdie, and continued with that fine form to shoot the low round of the day, a bogey free -4 under par 68, to lift the Kraft Nabisco Championship trophy. Her amazing round gave her a tournament total of  -14 under par, and a three-shot victory over Michelle Wie. This is Lexi’s  first-career Major title, and she also becomes the second-youngest player to win a Major championship;

” Well, it was an amazing day, starting off with a birdie definitely helped. But just hitting that first tee shot obviously a little nervous, but it was definitely what I’ve been practicing for, what I live for, to play under that pressure and to get a major win under my belt, especially the Kraft Nabisco. It’s such a huge honor to win this tournament.”

” It’s a great feeling. This is what I’ve worked so hard for. This was one of my goals coming into the year, to win a major. I’ve always seen myself winning a Kraft Nabisco. It’s such a huge honor with all the history behind the tournament. It’s just a dream come true.”

Michelle Wie finished at -11 under par, her final round -1 under par 71 was not enough to catch the leader;

“ Lexi played amazing today. She played probably the best I’ve ever seen her play. She hit the ball so well. She made everything. It was just hard to catch up to her all day today, but I’m really happy for her. I’m really proud of her.”

“You know, it was a lot of fun playing in contention, being in the final group, it was nice to be in the final group at Kraft again. I think it’s a sign. I think I’m getting close. I think I can get a lot of confidence from this week. I think I’m improving and improving, and I think getting second at a major, I think it means that I’m close, and I’m really proud of myself, and I’m really excited for the upcoming events. There’s four more majors left this year, and I’m just really proud of myself, and I just want to keep improving a little bit every day.”

The top two were a mile away from third placed Stacy Lewis, she finished the tournament at -7 under par, with a last round of -3 under par 69.

Lexi went for a victory dip into  Poppie’s Pond:

Lexi Thompson celebrates after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship, her 4th LPGA Tour win. (USATSI)

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LPGA. Kia Classic. Dori Carter Cashes In.

dragon logo darkKia Classic logo Dori Carter cashes in at the Kia Classic to top the leaderboard at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Dori Carter shot the round of her career, a course record at the Aviara Golf Club, -8 under par 64, and sits atop the leaderboard at -10 under par. Amazingly the round included three bogeys, with two coming on the final two holes, being able to control her thoughts had helped to score her best ever round, despite putting being her major head-ache;

“All these thoughts have been coming in my head, you can’t stop them sometimes. You just have these thoughts coming in your head well before the 17th tee box or 17th hole. And for some reason today I was able to control them a little bit and block them out of the way.”

“I just have to just take it for what it is and hope that I’m here talking to you a little more often kind of thing. I have no reason to be uptight or anything because this is my first time. I’m okay with that. I’m okay with feeling like that, no matter what happens, obviously I want to win. I want to lead the tournament after tomorrow and Sunday, but it can’t be a bad thing for me.”

“My putting’s always been my issue, and today obviously putting was fine. So that’s a big confidence boost for me, especially in the putting, because that’s where I want to improve the most on.”

“No matter what happens this weekend, I can’t believe I’m here, this is my first time. I mean, this is an experience for me. It’s kind of like I can’t lose. I have no reason to be uptight or anything because this is my first time. I’m OK with that. I’m OK with feeling like no matter what happens.”

Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr are tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament, two shots adrift. Stacy had a second round -6 under par 66, while Cristie recorded -4 under par 68.

Stacy was impressed with the round Dori had scored;

“I was surprised actually to see the number she shot, it’s very impressive. You know, it’s a hard golf course. You can make a double pretty quick, so it’s a hard golf course, and I mean I like that. That’s why I love the majors. I love the hard test where certain holes you take your par and run and then other holes you can make some birdies on.”

Cristie Eagled the par four 1st hole at the turn, which jump-started her round, she agreed it was the catalyst for her second nine total of 32 strokes;

“It definitely was, I shot even on the front and kind of left a couple out there. And that was just a great shot, couldn’t see it go in, unfortunately, but it was a great 7 iron, perfect club, and I just said get close, and it went in. So it was cool.”

Defending champion Beatriz Recari will not have the chance to defend her title this week. She sadly missed the cut by just one shot at +3 over par. Her second round of +4 over par was the culprit.

LPGA. JTBC Founders Cup. Karrie Collects the Trophy.

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Karrie Webb won the JTBC Founders Cup at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

Karrie Webb

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Karrie fired a record equaling -9 under par 63 final round to sneak in at take the trophy, for a second time, by one shot at – 19 under par. She had started the day six shots back of the leader;

“I didn’t expect to be sitting here at the start of the day. Even actually when I finished the day I didn’t expect to be sitting here. So I feel a little bit lucky, I guess, to be sitting here. But it doesn’t make it feel any less special. Louise (a Founder member) told me that I had to go out and shoot 64 yesterday, which I let her down and I didn’t do that. So I made it up to her today, though.”

“It’s a very special event, and you know, I thanked Mike Whan out on the 18th green, but it really was a wonderful idea and concept that he came up with four years ago. I hope it’s an event that continues to grow and is around as a part of the LPGA for a very long time.”

” To be honest, I can’t really say I thought about winning today. I thought I could shoot a 63 or 62 and that still would’t be good enough, so I didn’t set my sights on a number.”

Leader at the start of play Lydia Ko, came up just one shot short. She was not the only one, second place was shared by five players, all on -18 under par. Joining Lydia on that score were defending Champion Stacy Lewis, Azahara Munoz, Amy Yang and Mirim Lee.

Lydia said she made some bogey’s, just at the wrong time, her final round of -2 under par 70 was not quite enough;

“I had a really good start. making four birdies on the first five holes was really good and I struggled in the holes after that. But you know, I tried to get myself together and I made some bogeys at the wrong time which wasn’t ideal, but I tried my best until the last. I think I played really well overall, so I am just going to take the positive out of it.”

Defending Champion Stacy said she started really slowly, and only got going on the back nine;

” You know, I got off to a really poor start and pretty slow start, and then I don’t know, I got to the back nine where I’m more comfortable and just kind of started to free things up a little bit, and I made birdie on fourteen, and you know, I kind of looked at the leaderboard and said if I can birdie the last four, you know, I can get in there and tie Webbie.  And unfortunately I just came up one shot short, but to finish the way I did, it was just really nice to hit the shots to make the putts at the end of the round and get some good; seeing putts go in always helps going into the next couple of weeks”

As always, the time to shoot a -9 under par round is the final round, at least one Aussie won this week-end.

LPGA. JTBC Founders Cup. Lydia Leads.

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Lydia Ko leads the JTBC Founders Cup at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona on the LPGA Tour.

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Lydia shot a third round of -5 under par 67 to lead the tournament on -16 under par, for the three round total at Wildfire Golf Club. She said that there would be some nerves tomorrow, but she will try to control them to perform well;

“Obviously there’s going to be some nerves, of course, it’s always there any time. But it’s great that you’ve got a one‑shot lead. I’ve just got to take the positive out of it and I’m just going to play my own game, if somebody goes crazy low like shooting 10 under, 9 under or whatever, it’s not something I can control. So I’m going to control to the most what I can do.”

Mirim Lee and Jessica Korda are tied in second place at -15 under par, just one shot back in this closely contested event.

Jessica likes the way the course is playing;

 ” You know, the golf course is just set up so beautifully, so as long as you hit fairways and greens, you’re just fine.  The greens, certain greens are faster than others, depending on if you’re downgrain or into the grain.  Golf course is just beautiful, so it’s a pleasure to play. But the greens are a little bit bouncier in the afternoon and you can kind of see where people have walked and some donuts around the holes.  But in the morning, it must have been really nice.  But yeah, definitely was a little bit more aggressive, but kind of take whatever you can get out here.” 

Sun Young Yoo has slipped back to fourth position, at -14 under par following her third round -4 under par 68.

Michelle Weiis in the group of five ladies at -13 under par, and is excited to be there, in contention.

” I came out the afternoon looking at the leaderboard and saw a lot of 9 unders, a lot of 8 unders and was kind of like, I have to get moving today.  Just one of those days I couldn’t get anything to the hole but scrimmaged and shot 5‑under and really happy to be in the position that I am right now and I’m just really excited for tomorrow.”

“I’m just so excited to be in this position, that I have a chance, it’s just fun being in contention. So, I’m just going to make the most of it tomorrow and go out there and enjoy myself.”

Defending champion Stacy Lewis is in familiar territory, she is four shots back of the lead, exactly where she was last year when she came through to win. But Stacy was disappointed with today’s performance;

”  It would be awesome to win here again.  I’ve said over and over again, this is my favorite tournament and I love the concept of the entire event.   Just to win here, having the founders here, to win in front of them, it means a lot.  Pretty disappointing, I left a ton of shots out there today.  Just the greens were a bit softer and I just didn’t quite adjust to it.  Speed was a little bit different, and just didn’t make the adjustments. I needed something today.”

” Just watching the leaderboard, watching the scores early, I knew I needed a low one just to get close to the lead.  But you know, anything can happen.  I’m going to go try to make as many birdies as I can but I would have liked to have got a little bit closer today.”

Certainly anything can still happen in this tournament, low round today went to Cristie Kerr, -9 under par 63. Cristie said a slight putting change made all the difference, and some new irons;

” Honestly I kind of changed up my putting routine a little bit. I switched to PING irons this week.  I had been playing with PING wedges since the beginning of the year and everything is just so much more consistent.  Even the misses on the irons are just so much better.  I had a chip‑in today on a very difficult chip on twelve, down the left slope, I chipped in.  I was close to chipping it in all week so ironic that it’s on the most difficult one, that’s me for you.”

Cristie is five behind the leader, but another low round tomorrow and who know’s.

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.

Mirim Lee

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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.”

Honda LPGA Thailand. Anna Is Still In Charge

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Anna Nordqvist is still in charge of the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course in Thailand.

Anna Nordqvist: Keeps lead in Thailand

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Anna was pleased overall with her round which included three birdies and three bogeys, for even par 72, she remains at -6 under par for the tournament, and still on top of the leaderboard;

“There were some tough pins out there, a lot of them were on ridges, and I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and kept spinning off the ridges. Not much you can do. Felt like I hit it solid. A little disappointed to finish with a bogey on the last. Overall been hitting it great this week. Today I felt like all things were good. Just couldn’t get any putts to drop.”

 This is a position I been practicing to be in, halfway through and there are 36 more holes, but I’m happy with the way I’m playing. Hopefully can make a couple more putts over the weekend and that should take care of it. I think we all expected it to be warmer. Today with a little bit of rain and overcast it felt like I still had a lot of the energy leaving the 18th green.”

There are three ladies tied in second place at -5 under par, Azahara Munoz, Sandra Gal and Julieta Granada. Azahara and Julieta shot the low rounds of the day, both recording second rounds of -4 under par 68.

Sandra was -2 under par 70, and was happy with that effort;

” I think I had a pretty smooth front nine. I think I shot 3 under I think on the front. The back nine I thought it was going to keep going, but it played a little bit tougher and I missed a couple greens. I made a lot of really good up and downs, which was the key to my round today.  I’m pretty pleased with the day.”

Julieta holed out twice, with lob shots;

” It was interesting. Had a whole lot of rain on the front nine, so had to keep our cool and keep being concentrated. But I holed out twice, two lob shots today, so that was nice. It was very welcome.”

Early morning showers left the greens softer than usual and removed any extra roll down the fairways, making the course play harder. Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie are tied in fifth position at -4 under par. Stacy shot a second round -3 under par 70, while Michelle carded a +1 over par 73.

Stacy commented on how soft the greens were;

“Yeah, very soft, there were a lot of back pins today, so it was hard to get the ball to stay up on those back shelves and get yourself to fly them all the way back there. Just had the rain to start and just changed the way the golf course played, kind of took me a couple holes to adjust to that. Once I did I hit some good shots. You just had to be a lot more aggressive, fly back to holes we normally can’t do that. Just played completely different than it ever has.” 

If the conditions stay like they were today, low scoring is going to made very difficult.



Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. Jessica Korda Wins

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Jessica Korda won the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic at Ocean Club Golf Course, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

Jessica Korda

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Jessica made a dramatic up-and-down on the 18th hole for birdie to defeat Rolex Rankings No. 3 Stacy Lewis by a stroke. Her final round -7 under par 66 giving her a winning total of -19 under par, and her second Tour victory. Her second shot flew over the green on the par 5 18th hole, and rested up against the grandstands. Jessica took relief from the stand and proceeded to putt the ball, while officials and volunteers held up cable, to within six feet. As her birdie putt dropped in to move her to -19 under-par, Jessica raised her hands in the air and was doused with Pure Silk shaving cream to celebrate her second career LPGA Tour victory.

Jessica was delighted with her second win and joked about the cables;

“It’s unbelievable, I don’t know, maybe I pay attention more to detail, and I’m more relaxed out here.  I don’t know, but whatever it is I need to figure it out and do it more often. It was like double‑dutch, I was jumping over wires with people holding onto them.  It was really funny. I smell really good. It smells really good. I recommend everybody to go and get some Pure Silk shaving cream, the raspberry flavor.”

Stacy finished in second place at -18 under par and was very frustrated at missing her birdie attempt on 18, and also mentioned how well she played early on;

“It’s very frustrating, the eighteenth hole has gotten me the last couple tournaments.  I’ve had so many chances to win.  It’s very frustrating, but to finish second a lot of weeks in a row, you’re not doing anything really wrong.  That’s what I’m taking out of it is I’m doing a lot of stuff right.  There’s more events and there’s bigger tournaments this summer, so I’m just going to take this momentum from here.”

 ” Well, early it was, I mean, overall it’s probably one of the best ball‑striking days I’ve ever had.  Whatever number I needed to hit, I hit it.  I almost holed out on the first hole, hit it in there eight feet on the second hole.  I left two putts short right in the center and short in those first eight holes, or I could have been 8 under through 8.  But I hit good putts, they just didn’t cooperate.  They seemed to lip out or kind of bobble at the end, but I kept hitting good shots and kept giving myself chances.  That’s really all you can do.”

Four ladies tied for fourth spot, at -16 under par, they were; Pornanong Phatlum, Paula Creamer, Lizette Salas and Na Yeon Choi.

Lydia Ko ended her tournament with -5 under par 68 last round for a top ten finish at -15 under par. It could have been better but for some poor putting;

“I got frustrated out there this week because I hit the ball so well, I missed a lot of putts.”

LPGA. Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. Lydia and Meena Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Meena Lee are tied at the top at the LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic on the Ocean Club Golf Course at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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Lydia did not let a switch to Callaway alter her professional approach to this tournament, shooting an opening round of -5 under par 68 to top the leader board with Meena;

“I think it’s great to be paired along with the world’s greatest players, to play better golf, that’s even better. That slump stage, you never know when in your career it will happen, it’s good that I kind of got off into a good start and it will definitely help with the rest of the season. Yeah, I guess change is quite big, but I wanted a challenge.”

“I thought I was playing much better than my scores, three under was a great score during the middle of my round, but I thought I was playing even better.  I gave myself opportunities and I hit my putts on the line that I wanted to hit them, and sometimes it would just dive off to the left or right.  So I had a couple close ones, but like I said, the grain can definitely affect the ball.”

Meena was just happy to get out and play, she also carded a -5 under par 68 first round;

“I had a wintertime working hard, so that’s why I have confidence more than last year. That’s why I feel very good and happy to play in the first tournament.”

There are ten Ladies sharing third place at -4 under par, and with the scoring being so close this will be an interesting tournament.

World number three Stacy Lewis is among the chasing pack on -4 under par after carding a 69, which was matched by Jessica Korda, Danah Bordner, Amelia Lewis, Brittany Lang, Austin ErnstMirim Lee, PK Kongkraphan, Candie Kung and Hee Young Park.

Omega Dubai Ladies Open. Pornanong Prevails.

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Pornanong Phatlum wins the Omega Dubai Ladies Open in a thrilling finish at the Emirates Golf Course.

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Pornanong produced a piece of magic on the 18th hole to win the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, firing her approach shot,using a 54 degree wedge, over the lake guarding the green to within two feet of the cup and holed the birdie putt. Her final round of -6 under par 66 giving her a winning tournament total of -15 under par. Pornanong said she just stayed calm;

“I am very excited. I just played my own game and stayed calm under pressure. I have learned how to stay focused through meditation which I practice with my brother, who caddies for me. When I’m on the course I just play my game and I didn’t think about the win, or like, I don’t want to pressure myself.”

Stacy Lewis had to settle for second place, which was a disappointment for her as both players stood on the 18th tee, tied at -14 under par. Stacy had a final round -3 under par 69, a bogey four on the par 3, 15th hole was her undoing;

“I’m disappointed, the back nine that Pornanong played was pretty impressive. She hit golf shots when she needed to and made the putts and I didn’t. It’s been a really good year, it’s had it’s highs and lows. I’ve played some really consistent golf.”

Carlota Ciganda was in third place, a distant -7 under par, with Diana Luna in fourth position.

The defending champion Shanshan Feng, Laura Davies and Louise Larsson tied for fifth place.

L.E.T. Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. It’s Still Stacy.

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It is still Stacy Lewis at the top of the leaderboard in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters tournament at the end of day three.

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Stacy carded a third round of -2 under par 70 on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club, to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, with her -11 under par total.

Stacy said it was always hard to follow a good round of 65 with another really good round;

“It’s always hard to follow up a day like I had yesterday, especially on the greens.  It was the kind of day that could have been worse and it could have been better.  But, you know, overall, I’m right where I need to be going into tomorrow. I just didn’t hit it quite as close; didn’t have as many good opportunities at birdie.  But still hit a ton of greens and if I can just get a couple more putts to fall early tomorrow, then I think I’ll be in a good place.”

Pornanong Phatlum is in second place, she had a third round of -3 under par 69 for her tournament total of -9 under par and said that she was aiming to play with Stacy in the last group on Sunday.

There are three ladies tied in third place, although they are a long way back of Stacy, at -6 under par for the tournament. They are Diana Luna, Vikki Laing and Carlota Ciganda, Carlota said she missed a few putts today;

“I don’t think I played that bad.  I just missed a few putts.  I hit 35 putts.  It was tough, a few 3‑putts out there.  And then 1‑over on the par 5s, and I was on each of them in two on the greens.  There is one more day tomorrow, I will try my best.”

Vikki chipped in for eagle on the third hole which set her up for another solid round;

 “I’m happy with the way it went today.  I had a few chances out there for birdie, hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens.  Just tried to stay patient and made some putts and made a nice eagle, too, which was nice, chipped in.  So that always helps. I’d have bit your hand off if you had offered me this at the beginning of the week.  I’m delighted to be here and playing well and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Diana is full of confidence;

“I’m very confident,  I’m playing very well.  I made a few mistakes but always recovered well .  So I think I’m going to have a good fun tomorrow.”

South Africa’s Connie Chen produced the shot of the day when she aced the 160-yard par-3, 15th, using a six iron, a perfect tee shot which won her a gleaming Mercedes Benz E-400 Convertible worth US$70,000, almost on a par with the tournament’s second place prize money.


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