Kia Classic. Mirim Lee Wins.

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Mirim Lee wins the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Mirim turned a 54 hole lead into victory, carding a final round -7 under 65 to win the Kia Classic with a -20 under par total, a six shot winning margin.

Mirim, from South Korea, spoke to reporters via a translator;

“It’s been a long time to be winner of the tournament, so I kind of nervous before I start of game.”

“But I try to focus and then gives me good result.”

 “When I practiced this course I think tee shot was most important thing, so I focused on good tee shot so that makes this good result.”

So Yeon Ryu, -6 under 66 today, and Austin Ernst, -5 under 67, shared second place, at -14 under par.

So Yeon wants to improve;

“I think everything is right there, I just need to keep it patient and need to trust myself I’m good.”

“Even though I haven’t won any tournament I just cannot really blame anything.”

“I felt like everything is pretty great. Like, well, when your game is kind of like perfect you’re able to win. Mine cannot be called perfect yet, but I think it’s good enough.”

Austin knew winning was impossible;

“She was at twenty under. I knew at that point you’re basically playing for second place, unless she does something coming down the stretch.”

 “My game was really solid. Today was really a solid round of golf. Hit a bunch of greens. Gave myself a lot of the good looks.”

 

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Dustin Duly Delivers.

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Dustin Johnson duly delivers his third straight win, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title, at Austin Country Club in Texas.

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Dustin, dressed appropriately in the sponsors colors, won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title, 1 up against Jon Rahm, from Spain.

Dustin thinks he can get better;

“I still feel like I’m not playing my best golf.”

“I’m playing really well, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t feel like I’m playing my best.”

“It’s impossible to win every week. I know that. But being No.1, it kind of drives me to work harder and to get better.”

“There’s still a lot of room for improvement in my game.”

“If I’m playing my best, yeah, I’ll play against anybody anytime.”

“I believe in my ability. And I know what it takes to win out here.”

“Some days it’s easier. I feel like when you’re rolling in putts, that’s when the game gets pretty easy.”

” I’ve got a lot of confidence now. Confidence in my game and confidence in myself.”

“It’s not going to be any different for me going forward. I’m still going to prepare like I always do and go out and try to play the best I can.”

“The Masters is always a tournament that I look forward to every year. I’ve actually played good there the last two years. I’m excited to go back when the game is in good form. I feel like everything is working pretty well.”

Jon was full of admiration for his opponent;

“It’s amazing how he’s able to keep cool the entire round. It amazes me. And he’s just a perfect, complete player.”

“Honestly, he doesn’t really make mistakes. I think he’s learned from what he’s done in the past and he’s embracing it now and that’s why he’s winning tournaments.”

In the consolation match, Hideto Hanihara, with the help of a hole in one, beat Bill Haas 2-1.

 

 

WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. It’s Dustin v Jon.

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It will be World number one Dustin Johnson verses Jon Rahm in the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, at Austin Country Club in Texas.

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Dustin defeated Hideto Tanihara 1 up in the semi final, the first time he had gone 18 holes in this tournament.

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Jon defeated Bill Haas in his semi final, 3-2, to set up this intriguing final round at the WGC-Dell technologies Match Play tournament.

Kia Classic. Mirim Lee Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Mirim Lee has the 54 hole lead in the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California, where three players from the top four are from South Korea.

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Mirim put together a third round -5 under pr 67 to lead the Kia Classic by one shot at -13 under par;

“Course was perfect. Greens little bumpy so greens little tough. It’s okay because I hit great.”

“I just hit straight. Then just thinking hit straight and then I make more birdies.”

Mi Jung Hur holds second place at -12 under par, following her third round -6 under 66 which contained a birdie putt of over 65 ft;

“I think that’s the longest putt I’ve ever made in my life.”

“Was huge, long putt. I’m getting excited to playing tomorrow.”

 ”Definitely feel very, very good right now because I finish with a birdie on the last.” 

In Gee Chun, -5 under 67 today, and Cristie Kerr, only -1 under par 71 today, share third place at -10 under par.

Cristie struggled all day, finally finishing with a three putt;

“Honestly didn’t hit it that great today, I scrambled a lot.”

 “That last pin was really difficult. It was kind of hard to judge the speed through the shadows, and I didn’t do a very good job. 3-putted the last hole.”

In Gee missed some chances today, but is staying patient;

“Stay patient, because first back nine was not really good, so I miss some birdie opportunities.”

“I try staying patient, I made really good back nine.”

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Saturday Matches, Jon Rahm Looking Strong.

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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Saturday matches from the last 16 down to the Quarter Finals. Jon Rahm is looking strong after two wins on Saturday at Austin Country Club, in Texas.

Jon Rahm is in the semifinals after two wins on Saturday. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jon Rahm first beat Charles Howell 111 6-4, and then dispatched Soren Kjeldsen 7-5 to progress to the semi finals, where he will face Bill Haas. In the morning round Soren had accounted for William McGirt 5-4.

Jon was impressed with his putting today;

“The golf I’ve played the last three matches really has been very impressive even to myself, and it seemed to get better as I played, which is something that doesn’t happen often.”

“I felt my confidence was growing. The first few matches my putter let me down, but I was hitting the ball great.”

“Today my putter was rolling. I think that’s one of the main why I was able to do it the way I did it today.”

Bill was 1 up against Kevin Na, and then produced a great display in beating Phil Mickelson 2-1, to get to the semi finals. Phil had beaten Marc Leishman 4-3 in the morning.

Phil is still struggling with the putts, he should ditch that claw grip, he wont win a Major with it;

“He played really well. He made seven birdies today and that’s going to be enough to do it.”

“I had a number of chances to keep pace and match him on the front nine. I struggled making the putts that I have been making all week. That seemed to me to be the difference.”

Dustin Johnson beat namesake Zac 5-4, and then eliminated Alex Noren 3-2. Alex had beaten Brooks Koepka 3-1 in the morning before falling to Dustin who will now play Hideto Tanihara in the semi’s.

Dustin spoke about his encounter with Soren, the longest match he has played so far in the tournament;

“Obviously I won the first three holes, but then from there we were kind of back and forth.”

“Like I said, I gave 10 and 11 away. Then he won 12, too. Got back to all square.”

“So obviously it was a lot tighter than I would like to have been standing on 13 tee. But came back and birdied three of my next four holes and got the match.”

In the morning round Hideto eased passed Paul Casey 2-1. and then dispatched the other Englishman Ross Fisher 4-2, who had firmly beaten Bubba Watson in the morning round 4-3.

Hideto is also happy with his putting;

“My shot has been good this whole week. I knew it would come down to the putting. So I was just; the putting was pretty good, so I’m happy.”

 

 

 

 

Kia Classic. Cristie Kerr Leads at 36 holes.

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Cristie Kerr leads after 36 holes at the Kia Classic in California.

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Cristie shot a second round -3 under par 69 to lead the Kia Classic at the half-way stage with a -9 under par tournament total, she said focusing for the whole day was difficult;

“I think it’s a course that demands a lot of you. When you hit a bad shot you have to be able to recover and really stay focused the whole day.”

“It was a very long day. I feel like my focus left me a little bit at the end, but I played really well.”

Sharing second place at -8 under par are, Mirim Lee -4 under 68 today, and Mo Martin with -2 under 70.

Mo had a problem putt late on in the day;

“The bogey, I had a big ball mark and these Poa greens get super bumpy in the afternoons, and it just stuck in the ball mark and went left.”

 “I mean, I didn’t take that too personally. That happens out here, especially in the afternoon, especially on a Friday after you have the whole field in front of you on the Poa greens.”

“And then, yeah, it was fun to rally and obviously great to finish with a couple birdies.”

World number 1 Lydia Ko the defending champion, missed the cut, the second of her career, an even par 72 today leaving her well out of contention, and missing the cut by one. A three putt sending her out. She may not be the number one for much longer.

 

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The Final 16. Sergio Blitzed By Jon.

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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play has a last 16 for the weekend  at Austin Country Club in Texas. Spain’s new wonder kid Jon Rahm blitzed the old one Sergio Garcia, 6-4.

Jon Rahm (left) knocked off fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia to win Group 7. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jon eased past Sergio 6-4 to win group 7, he told reporters

“I’d rather not play a fellow Spaniard. Obviously, representing Spain, we want as many Spaniards to make it as far as possible. But worse came to worse, and luckily whoever won today was going to make it through. Out of that, at least we are happy that was going to happen.”

Sergio said he did not perform well;

“Obviously Jon is playing well. It is nice to see at least a Spanish player going through. . “At the end of the day, you have to perform and if you don’t do it then you get beat.”

World number 1 Dustin Johnson won group one, saying;

“I like match play, it’s fun and it’s exciting to watch. Yeah, I feel like I’ve got a little bit of an advantage just because I’m playing really well.”

The last sixteen knockout matches begin tomorrow, lining up like this;

Kevin Na USA v Bill Hass USA

Marc Leishman Australia v Phil Mickelson USA

Jon Rahm Spain v Charles Howell 111 USA

Soren Kjeldson Denmark v William McGirt USA

Hideto Tanihara Japan  v Paul Casey England

Ross Fisher England v Bubba Watson USA

Alex Noren Sweden v Brooks Koepka USA

Dustin Johnson USA v Zack Johnson USA.

It is sad that this years  Championship has been blighted by mid-term with withdrawals, which left Rory McIlroy with no chance to progress. after Jason Day retired. Other groups also had the same misfortune, with Gary Woodland withdrawing for personal reasons, and Francesco Molinari with an injury.