Honda LPGA Thailand. Anna Advances With 4 shot Lead.

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Anna Nordqvist advances her lead in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, extending her led to four shots at Siam Country Club on the Pattaya Old Course in Thailand.

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Anna is on course to lift the trophy in Thailand this week, by extending her lead in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament to four shots after a third round -5 under par 67. Her three-day total of -11 under par puts her on top of a star-studded leaderboard. An Eagle on the par 5 tenth hole, resulting from a perfect fade with a 3-wood on her second shot, left her left a six-inch tap in;

 “Any time you can tap an eagle you’re pretty happy, I mean, I watched the leaderboard and saw nobody was really running away. But I knew there were a couple birdies on the back nine, but the wind picked up a little bit so made it a little bit tougher. I finished with a bogey yesterday so a little bit of a revenge going into eighteen today. Great shot from 50 yards up to the pin. Felt really good to make it and to leave the eighteenth green with some good mojo and can’t wait for tomorrow.”

Defending Champion Inbee Park is tied in second place with Michelle Wie, both ladies at -7 under par. At one time during the day Michelle took the lead;

” I took the lead, I saw that, but, yeah, I need to make a couple more birdies. There were a couple birdie holes coming in. I didn’t really take advantage of the driveable par 4  today. But birdies are out there. Just got to be consistent, not too aggressive on some holes, and got to make the putts tomorrow.”

Inbee, had been behind since the start of the tournament, but is now feeling more comfortable;

“I was like four or five back behind the leader to start, so last couple days been like a little bit of rusty from five-week break. I think just a little bit of everything didn’t really work out last two days. I was just trying to work things out and get used to the tournament feeling. That’s what I did today. I feel like I’m a lot more comfortable and a lot less nervous.”

Julieta Granada is alone in fourth place at -6 under par, she is followed by Yani Tseng, Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko, who are all on -5 under par and in fifth position.

Low round of the day went to Catriona Matthew, a -7 under par 65, that could have been even better, she was on the pace to tie the tournament record of 63, until a double bogey on the par 5 18th hole. Catriona is currently placed tied for ninth;

” I gave myself a lot of chances and just holed them all today, then obviously a disappointing way to finish. I would have taken 65.”

LPGA. Safeway Classic. Yani Tseng Yearns For Win.

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Yani Tseng moved into position to end a long victory drought, she is winless in 36 events, and yearns to win the Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, to add to her 15 LPGA Tour Titles.

Yani Tseng (TAI) reads the greens on the fourth hole during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open

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Yani Tseng shot an amazing -9 under par 63 to top the leaderboard posting a -18 under par total in the LPGA Safeway Classic, a three shot lead. She said it had been a while and was happy for the important birdie putt  on the par three 13th to go down;

“It’s been a long time. It’s great to be back in this position again, I was really happy out there. I just love every part of golf out there and really enjoyed every shot. That’s an important putt for me, and I think kind of a little turning point on the back nine. I’ve been working really hard, I want to get back in this position, so I don’t feel any surprise because this is what I’m working hard for.”

Suzann Pettersen is tied for second with Pornanong Phatlum on a -15 under par score. Suzann commented that it was good for Yani to be back in form;

There’s no one that I’d rather see playing better and playing well than Yani. I know she’s been through a rough patch. She’s too good not to hang tough and be in the game.”

Pornanong reported that her hot putter was not so hot today;

” Maybe the pressure. Today is like slow, and I feel like not comfortable. I’m just OK with my score today, and putting not really good. Just try my best tomorrow.”

Austin Ernst shot a -10 under par 62 to tie the tournament record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2002. In that record breaking round Austin had time to make a bogey, on the 11th.

Austin set the stage for the day as she was the first player on the course. Playing by herself, with a marker, the tour rookie birdied eight of her first 10 holes to flirt with a 59. She finished at – 12 under par overall, and said the fresh greens were a plus factor;

“I hit it really well, but I made a ton of putts. It was pretty easy on myself, greens were fresh. I maybe had two putts on the back nine that I could have made that were 15 feet that I just rolled over the edge. Other than that, I made pretty much everything and got what I could out of the round.”

Reminds me of an old saying “First come, first served.”

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Choi Has 1st Round Lead.

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Chella Choi, from South Korea, has taken the first round lead at the delayed Wegmans LPGA Championship with an opening round of -5 under par 67, at the Locust Hill Country Club course. The 2nd Major of the year is finally under way, barring more major rainfall.

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The  wet and soggy conditions at Locust Hill Country Club could not prevent Chella from taking a slender one-shot lead at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She carded six birdies in her first 10 holes and made just one bogey in her opening round, saying she had hit many fairways today;

“I hit a really good driver today, I hit 14 fairways.  So I’m really happy, my goal is just keep fairway.”

Tied in second place at -4 under par are Jiyai Shin, also of South Korea, and Morgan Pressel of America.

Morgan was also happy to have made many fairways;

“I played pretty well out there, I didn’t put myself really in any bad trouble which you can certainly find on this golf course.  I hit a lot of fairways, which you need to do.  I only missed I think two or three maybe, and the couple that I did, I most of the time saved par. I did not hit the ball very well here last year, I was in the rough a lot and I truly think that is kind of what caused it. It was just the many, many shots I had to whack out of the knee-high rough here.”

Alone in fourth spot is Brittany Lincicome, who is a further shot back at -3 under par. Brittany explained her thoughts on why she has had recent struggles with her game;

“For my game I really can’t even pinpoint one specific thing. Like the beginning of the year in the off season I tried taking lessons, and I’m a player that’s kind of more of a feel player.  I just kind of hit it, find it and hit it again. I think I was trying to change too many things at one time, so I kind of stopped doing that.  And then I wasn’t playing well, missed a couple of cuts in a row and lost my confidence. But took last week off to kind of go home and regroup, and you know, just try to remember that, you know, I’ve won five times on the LPGA Tour and I’ve been here before and I can do this. So I was just kind of feeling more confident today and every time I had a par putt or birdie putt I told myself, you’ve been here before, you can do this, let’s make this.  Just try to be more confident.  Even if I’m shooting 100, I’m going to try to be more confident.  That’s the mindset coming into this week.”

Yani Tseng got her first LPGA Tour hole-in-one in Friday’s first round on the par 3 15th, but she did not see it go in;

“No, I see where it was, but I did not see it go in, I had a hard time seeing the ball today.  So I see it was good in the air, so that’s all I needed. I mean after I hit it, I know it was a good shot, but I was just trying to be good distance, and I wasn’t thinking it was going to go in the hole.  I thought it would be perfect. This is my first hole‑in‑one since I turned pro.” 

LPGA, HSBC Women’s Champions. Stacy Lewis Wins

 

 

 

 

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On the LPGA Tour, Stacy Lewis returned to her winning ways at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore at the Sentosa Golf Club, with a -15 under par scoreThe Rolex Player of the Year held on to win her first Victory of the 2013 season, a one shot win over Na Yeon Choi, at -14 under par. The final few holes were a tough stretch for Stacy as she watched her three shot lead evaporate to just one as she stood on the 18th tee at the  The Serapong Course. Stacy had unfortunately bogyed 15 and 17, but managed to hang on with a par at the last following a great drive and a second onto the green at the par five, both eagle and birdie putts missed, but pat was good enough for the Title.

Stacy said afterwards that she had played the last all week as a three shot hole;

“All week, I played it as a three-shot hole, laying back short of the bunker and then laying up from there. And I saw where Paula Creamer hit her drive past the bunker and I turned to my caddie, and we both at the same time said driver, and I let it rip and that thing got so far down there.  I think I was actually in between a 4-iron and a hybrid. So we erred on the long side and hit hybrid up on the green, and I thought I made my second putt, but just to have an inside ten feet for birdie, that’s all I was asking for. The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I’m not going to lie, that golf course is hard and it can jump up and get you at any second, and to have to play with two great players on your tail all day, and they played unbelievable, and none of us really, we just couldn’t get any putts to fall on the back nine.  I don’t know what it was.  Edges just seemed a little bit tighter.  Paula had a couple on the edge. I don’t know, I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could, and fortunately I came away with the win.”

Stacy is projected to move back into the No. 3 spot in the Rolex Rankings, but both she and Na Yeon Choi can now see Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng is within reach.

Yani thinks it is more fun now they are closer;

 “I think this is more fun than like only one player play well, like clear-cut, because there is not really a clear-cut No. 1 right now. I think everybody, you know, is a good competitor with each other and motivate each other, and if someone wins, and I feel like, oh, I need to win next week, that kind of motivates.  So, I feel like very excited.”

Paula Creamer finished in third place, at -13 under par, a fine effort  following a horrible car accident she was involved in on Sunday night in Thailand.

Paula was more than happy with her placing;

Geez, this is much more than what I ever expected, and to have a chance and really have a good chance to win this event, it felt good. It was nice to be in contention and have just a good attitude out there.  I think that’s the biggest thing that I take away from this week.”

Honda LPGA Thailand, Stacy Lewis Leads

 

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Stacy Lewis fired in a first round -9 under par 63 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament at  the Siam Country Club on the Pattaya Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand.

Her nearest rival is Frenchwoman Karine Icher, who had a first round 66, to leave her three shots adrift of Stacy, at -6 under par.

There are four players tied at -5 under par, they are, Gerina Piller, Catriona Mathew, Inbee Park and Amy Yang. These Ladies will need something special tomorrow if they want to contest this event.

World Amateur Number One Lydia Ko is currently tied for tenth place, with a whole host of players on -3 under par. Defending Champion is World Number OneYani Tseng , sadly she is way back at even par for her first round, nine shots is a lot of ground to make up.

ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open, Jiyai Shin Wins

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The ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open was won by Korean Jiyai Shin, at -18 under par, and a comfortable two shot margin over the field. The real turning point was the 14th, where Jiyai made a decision not to take a free drop away from an advertising hording, because the she had been left with a good lie, and chipped in for a birdie;

” “I’m really surprised, there are so many good players here, so I’m really happy to play well. I can’t explain at the moment. I just feel excited. The chip shot at the 14th was a very important shot, after that I felt more relaxed. I didn’t know Yani’s exact score but I knew with her length she would have a chance of getting on in two so knew I had to keep playing well. I enjoyed playing with Lydia though and am very impressed with how well she hits the ball and her putting is very good. She will win lots of tournaments in the future. Coming up the 18th hole was amazing with so many people, I feel very comfortable in Australia and have a lot of friends here. I want to be the Player of the Year this year, a Korean has not been named as that so it would be my goal to be Player of the Year.”

Yani Tseng, the World Number One,  made a late charge to finish at -16 under par, after her -7 under par last round;

” To finish 7 under, I’m very happy for whole week. I mean, last hole I just tried a little bit too hard. I had 240 to the pin, 210 to the front. I can easy hit my rescue there but it was gusting wind when I want to hit, so I kinda waited a little bit, but still pretty strong winds, but I just hit it too hard over to the left and didn’t make birdie there but I’m pretty happy with whole day; pretty solid round today.”

Lydia Ko, the World Amateur Number One,  had to settle for third place, with a tournament total of -14 under par;

“I mean I had a few struggles with my drives, but I mean, like I said, I can’t play good every single round. I came fourth?  I mean obviously there are points and aspects where I do need to learn. Like, to me, today I think I realised that you know, after a bad hole it kind of carried onto the next hole. Yeah, I mean, like you can see, Jiyai Shin didn’t really matter what she had on one hole, the next hole it was pretty fresh. So yeah, those are the kind of aspects I learnt. You know, I played with some big names out there this week, so yeah, I was very privileged to play with them.”

 

Womens Australian Open, Lydia Leads.

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NZ amateur Lydia Ko is leading in the first round of the Women's Australian Open golf championship.

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New Zealand teen and World Amateur Number One Lydia Ko leads the Womens Australian Open after her first round effort of -10 under par 63 at the  Royal Canberra Golf Club. She leads by one shot ahead of Colombian Mariajo Uribe, and five strokes ahead of World Number One Yani Tseng , the twenty four year-old Yani said of Lydia;

“I feel I’m getting old,  she just looks like a child, she still looks like 15 but, the way she’s playing golf, she looks like a pro.”

Lydia was playing with a former teenage sensation, and one of her idols Michelle Wei. Lydia said playing alongside one of her idols made her nervous;

“I was pretty nervous when I saw the draw and that I was playing with two big names. Yani and Michelle, they’re both really long hitters so I tried to not think about how long it goes. It’s a tree-lined golf course so I just tried to hit it as accurate as I could.”

Well done Lydia, keep up the good work.