North Texas LPGA Shootout.

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 Suzann Petterson leads the North Texas LPGA Shootout at the Las Colinas Country Club, Texas.

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Suzann opened with a -5 under par 66 on the par 71 lay-out at Las Colinas Country Club, to top the leaderboard by one shot. A very steady bogey free effort which she enjoyed, saying it was a good day and good to be back in the game. Suzann had to take a month off because of back injury, and only returned tot he game last week;

“I feel good, I mean very patient.  Just really just trying to enjoy being back. I gotta kind of pace myself a little bit.  I can’t do too much early in the week.  So I have a lot of spare time to fool around with. Just playing good, hitting the ball great.  Today I was actually feeling a little bit tense to start, which is a good sign.  So nice to be back.”

“I was prepared it was going to take a while, because the pain was very similar to what I had 10 years ago. But you try not to be stupid.  You try and learn from your past and learn from experience.  And it happens.  I mean that it happened then, I mean it’s never good timing, but hopefully it’s back in good shape and we’ll hold up.”

There is a  group of six ladies tied for second spot, at -4 under par. The group consists of a mix of multiple-time LPGA winners and up and coming talent;  Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Christina Kim, Dori Carter, Caroline Masson and Cydney Clanton are all one-shot back after carding rounds of 67.

Michelle, who clinched her third LPGA victory two weeks ago in Hawaii had some fun out on the course today, especially her Eagle;

“It was a fun day out there today, you know, I love my playing partners.  Good crowd.  A little bit cold in the morning, but happy with my round. I started off hot, and then I had a little three putt, just couldn’t get anything going after that, but you know, the eagle is always nice.”

“I think any under par round on this golf course is great, and it’s nice that I made the putt on the last hole. And I’m real excited for the next three days.  Hopefully I can do more of those.”

Caroline Masson is trying to forget last years bad last round;

“You know, on one hand I know I can go low here and shoot a good score. On the other hand, I kind of feel like I want to make up for the last round last year. It’s positive memories, though.  I mean  it was a great week for me last year, you know, just to really get going, and that last round, yeah. I mean  it’s never nice to shoot a bad last round.  But I don’t have it in my head too much.”

Defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park and the No. 3 Stacy Lewis both opened their accounts with rounds of even-par 71, five shots behind the leader. 

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Headwall Heads at Half-Way.

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Caroline Hedwall heads the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the half-way stage at the Victoria Golf Club.

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Caroline carded a second round of -7 under par 65, which included a hole in one at the par three sixteenth, an Eagle at the par five eighth, five birdies and sadly two bogey’s, for a total of -11 under par. She said that playing with confidence was the key to her amazing round, but she did not see the ace go in the hole;

” I’m very happy with how I’m striking the ball and my putting is getting better and better, so I definitely feel like I have a lot of confidence. Yesterday I hit a full 7-iron over the green and it was basically the same yardage today, so I hit a soft one and it covered the pin all the way and then I just saw it bounce once and hit the pin.  But I didn’t see it go in.”

” I’m driving pretty well, I missed a couple of drives yesterday and today but I managed to save a couple of bogeys and I’m still making a lot of birdies and also eagles. ‘I love everything about this place.”

Suzann Petterson is still very much in the hunt, recording a second round of -4 under par 68 for her tournament total of -10 under par. Suzann admitted it was not her best golf today, but was happy with the result.

“Today was not the best day, but when I had a good chance I kind of executed.”

Australian amateur Minjee Lee is still there, carding a second round of -5 under par 67, which included an Eagle 2 at the first hole, for a total of -9 under par. She finished runner-up in last week’s Volvik RACV Ladies Masters, and continues with  her excellent recent form;

“Yeah, I’m in good form.  I’m confident in my game and I’m playing good. It was such a slow start, I started with nine pars. I was just patient, and it came together late in the round.”

Lydia Ko is another shot back at -8 under par after shooting another -4 under par 68 round, and shares fourth place at -8 under par with Holly Clyburn and Anna Nordqvist. Anna had a very quiet round, despite setting a course record at Victoria off the women’s tees, with a -8 under par round of 64, she explained afterwards;

”I woke up with no voice this morning, so I didn’t really know what to expect.”

Among those missing the cut are Lexi Thompson, Gwladys Nocera, Charley Hull and Laura Davies.

ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open.

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Suzann Petterson leads the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the end of day 1 at Victoria Golf Club

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Suzann shot an opening round of -6 under par 66, which gave her a slender one shot lead at the conclusion of the first days play in the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the Victoria Golf Club. She was very pleased with her effort, and was confident about her ability;

“I felt like I played good and gave myself a lot of good chances, putted, for the most part, well.  It was a little bit of a mixture but 66 opening round, I’m very, very happy. I really just want to see how good I can be.  I know I’m good, if I play like I did today and trust my swing and trust what I’m working on. I just want to see how far I can get and I don’t really measure myself up against other players, they’re just my competitors.”

Jaclyn Sweeny and Hee Young Park are tied in second place at -5 under par after their first rounds of 67.

Lovely Lydia Ko is in the huge bunch of ten players at -4 under par, two strokes off the lead. Among those are; Azahara Munoz, Sydnee Michaels, Holly Clyburn and Paula Creamer. The leading Australian ladies are also at -4 under par,  Minjee Lee, the amateur, Karrie Webb and  Sarah-Jane Smith

Lydia was upset at making bogey on a par five;

“It was a really good round.  I made a couple of silly mistakes like making a bogey on eight, which was a par 5.  Most of the time you make a birdie, then a bogey, so I was a little upset about that but then I kind of finished it well with another birdie.”

Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, Suzann Supreme.

Suzann Petterson reigns supreme in the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club.

Suzann continued her impressive display of golf in Taiwan as she fired a second-round 3-under par 69 to extend her lead at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship with a tournament total of -7 under par. A hole in one at the par 3 second hole set on her way, and she never looked back. That is five shots clear of Sun Young Yoo and Carlota Ciganda, both ladies with a -2 under par total.

Suzann said she knew she had hit the ball well, for her hole in one;

” I called the shot, I hit it exactly how I wanted and was fortunate enough that I had a good break, it was a very good shot. It’s nice to get a hole‑in‑one when you actually call the shot in advance and then pull the trigger.”

She went on to say how tough the day was;

” So today was a really tough day, the wind got stronger and stronger and it’s definitely not easy out there. The wind and the conditions tests every aspect of the game. I mean, even a 80‑yard shot it’s challenging enough to control the spin and know what the ball is going to do. Standing over putts, you feel the wind on the body.  It’s a mental test out there but it’s a fun challenge.  I’ve been playing really solid golf, and I’m excited to be where I’m at after two days.”

” I’m playing pretty good, I’m trying to shoot the best I can shoot, and if I want to finish where I want to finish at the end of the year, I’ve got to start this week and try to make the most out of this tournament. That’s kind of where my focus is.”

So basically unless Suzann falls over and breaks a leg she has already won this tournament, actually she could probably still win with one leg in plaster.

Second place is a little more interesting, with at least eight players in contention for that spot. I will keep you updated on that tussle but for now that is all I have for today.

Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. Suzann Shines in the Fog,

Suzann Petterson shines in the first round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taiwan in foggy and wet conditions.

 

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Defending Champion Suzann fired an opening round -4 under par 68, to lead the Sunrise LPGA Championship by three shots over her nearest rival.

She admitted it had been a tough old day;

It was a tough day out there, conditions were not great. I’ve played this course in nicer conditions. Once the rain stopped, the wind picked up, so I mean, it’s your pick, if you want rain or you want wind.”

“I don’t really feel comfortable around this place because the wind is all over, but I feel pretty good with my game. I feel my ball-striking is pretty much where I want it to be.  I’ve got to just be very clear on what I’m trying to do and step up and do it.  I hit some great approaches on the back and I hit some good ones on the front.”

” I work really hard on my game, I’ve said for a long time, I feel like my best game is ahead of me so I think I’m just about to kind of touch on where I feel like I should be and when I put down the work that I feel is needed and kind of trust what I do, I feel this is where I should be.” 

There are three ladies tied in second place at -1 under par for the opening day, they are, Alison Walshe, Irene Cho and Caroline Hedwall.

Irene and Caroline were paired together, but said it was hard to chat with your playing partner;

” It was like we didn’t even get a chance to talk to each other, we were so busy doing stuff.  We just chatted, like, all right, one hole down. Under the umbrella, it’s hard, you can’t like walk next to each other. This is a good week to test if you really like your caddie because you’re spending a lot of time with him.”

Caroline agreed;

” That’s basically what we did, and now the wind picked up a little. I think it was an advantage to start early today. It feels nice to be done now.”

Alison was happy that before the game she could watch a replay of her baseball team playing, the Red Sox;

“It’s actually been nice, because like in the morning sometimes, down in Korea. I got to watch it in the morning kind of pre-tournament, and then they replay it every afternoon, so it’s kind of nice, yeah. You start playing well and you’re just confident and stuff.  So it’s been kind of nice to just keep it going and hopefully I can continue.” 

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Lexi Leads By Three.

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Lexi Thompson will take a three stroke lead into the final round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Lexi fired a bogey free third round of -5 under par 66, to take control of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with a total of -17 under par.

Play had been suspended for an hour and six minutes, starting at 10:56 a.m. local time due to lightning in the area, but that did not phase 18 year-old Lexi one bit, especially her putting;

“The last few events have actually been a lot better with my putting. I went back to my old style of putting and just went to how I was putting when I was really little. Hitting them a little firmer and staying a little farther away. So I’m feeling really confident with my putter, and mainly that is what putting is all about. It’s just getting over the putter and saying you’re going to make it. I think this game is all about momentum, once you make a few birdies you feel good and just try to keep that going. But I’m just trying to focus on my game, not the other players I’m playing with. Ilhee and Shanshan are great players, so I had a really fun day today. Like I said, just focusing on my own game. That’s all I can do. Just trying to make birdies when I can and pars on the holes that have difficult pin locations.”

Ilhee Lee is now in second place at -14 under par for the tournament, she managed a birdie on the last hole, to cut the deficit to three strokes, and knew that was a big moment;

 “Yeah, I knew that’s going to be big for tomorrow. I think I tried too hard. I tried to like make everything. My driver was not good, but I knew it’s hard to play four days in a row. So this is very good day for me. Last hole birdie was big for tomorrow, I think. I will having fun tomorrow, too.

Suzann Petterson and Shanshun Feng are tied in third place at -11 under par, now with little chance of catching the leaders.

Suzann put her problems down to a poor putting performance, but happy with a ball change, giving her more distance;

” I’m playing pretty steady, hitting almost 18 greens, and not making a putt, it’s very hard to stay patient. Four under is pretty much the worst score I could shoot, and that’s pretty much the start of the week. Just glad there is one more round. Lexi is playing great, so there’s definitely a low one needed tomorrow. I mean, obviously I can easily be there, I’ve shot low round scores before. If you get it going on these greens, the par 5s are somehow reachable. I’ve changed balls and I’m actually hitting it further, which is nice. Finally an equipment change has gone to my favor. I’m almost an iron longer and I’m hitting the driver a lot longer. It’s been a good change for me. It’s a prototype, RZN and black. It’s been a kind of a chance that I felt like it was worth taking coming here and starting to develop a new ball and getting that in play. Played with it a couple times, practiced with it back home, and felt like I was hitting it fairly well, it’s always hard to tell until under the gun. Feeling very comfortable today overall.”

Shanshun did not bring her A game to the course today;

” I didn’t bring my A game today, but I’m still happy shooting 1 under. I think 1 under is not that bad. It’s still keeping me to have a chance tomorrow, so I’m happy. I think today there was more wind, so it was more windy. I think maybe the rain made the fairways a little softer too, so the balls weren’t going as far. I would say the pin positions were pretty hard. So it was hard to get it close to the pins.” 

LPGA. Safeway Classic. Suzann Petterson Wins.

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Suzann Petterson won the Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Oregon.

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Suzann won the Safeway Classic by two shots, even though she carded a double bogey on the par three second hole. Her final round of -5 under par 67 gave her the winning total of -20 under par.

Suzann had told herself not to get distracted by anything that happens out on the course;

” I decided before I went out just not have too many reactions, good or bad. I knew there were birdies out there if you really get it going.  I just tried to put it behind me.  It was a disaster of a hole, 150 yards. Very glad to pull this one off, I didn’t know where I was standing playing 13, 14, 15, 16.  Having hit my approach shot on 18, I asked Brian ‘where do we stand and he said you are comfortable. It feels great, I felt like it was a good bounce back from last week where I kind of screwed it up on the last day. I was just looking at it as happy to have a chance this week to play.  It held in.  I wasn’t feeling too comfortable coming down the stretch, but I was putting really good.”

Stacy Lewis was in second place at -18 under par, after her final round of -4 under par, 68. Stacy admitted that a few missed putts had left her feeling frustrated, but it was her first bogey free tournament of her career;

“It was a little frustrating, I played really good, though, so I can’t be too upset. A lot of those putts I hit exactly where I wanted to and they just didn’t go in.  A bogey-free tournament I’ve never done before, so my coach and I keep checking things off of his list. You would think if you went bogey-free you would win the golf tournament. It’s just you’re making so many birdies out here and everybody is scoring so low, unfortunately that’s kind of the way it is.”

Lizette Salas was in third place with her -17 under par total, following her final round -3 under par, 69.