LPGA Volvik Championship. Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, leads the LPGA Volvik Championship.

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Sung Hyun Park

Sung Hyun shot a second round -7 under par 65 to grab a two stroke lead at the LPGA Volvik Championship with a -12 under par tournament total;

“I started birdie-birdie on the first two holes and after that I kind of lost it a little bit.”

“But going into the back nine, the first hole, on 10 I made a birdie, and from that point on I think my putting kind of came back alive.” 

“I have a huge expectation being in the final group, being that much closer to winning.”

“But I have a lot of experience playing in the championship groups and I’ll stick with my plan and play my game for the rest of the week.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are Minjee Lee, Australia,-6 under par 66 today, and Suzann Pettersen, Norway, with a -5 under par 67 round.

Minjee got disqualified last week, because she forgot to sign her card;

“I mean I don’t know how I missed it, but obviously I did and I got DQ’d.”

“But it’s okay, I can laugh about it now.”

“I played good last week and I know my game’s there.”

Suzann is enjoying the course, and her putter;

“I usually play good the more tournaments I play, and last week was my first after a little bit of a break.”

“My game is starting to shape up. Playing good golf, hitting a lot of good putts.”

” Just enjoying this golf course.”

“See if I can finish off a good round tomorrow and then finish off a good round Sunday.”

” But take one day at a time here.”

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Dean & Deluca Invitational. Four Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the Dean& Deluca Invitational leaderboard at the end of 36 holes at Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas. Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Danny Lee and Scott Piercy share the honor.

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Webb Simpson

Webb, -4 under 66 today, Danny, -6 under 64, Kevin, -3 under 67 and Scott -4 under 66, all sit atop the Dean & Deluca Invitational leaderboard at -6 under for the tournament after 36 holes.

Webb,  joked about playing in Texas;

“I didn’t play well at Byron my first couple of years, so I just decided to stay out of Texas.”

Paul spoke about the tricky wind conditions;

“It’s been tricky with the wind, I’ve handled it well so far, so I would actually like it to stay tricky if it can.”

“And I handle the heat well, so I am saying probably the more difficult it is, the better it is for me.”

Another four players are tied in fifth spot, one shot back at -5 under for the tournament, Paul Casey, -4 under 66 today, Sergio Garcia, -4 under 66, Jon Rahm, -1 under 69, and Sean O’Hair, -2 under 68.

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth has recovered from the poor start yesterday, even par, to record a second round -2 under par to give himself a chance to successfully defend his title. He told reporters about the spectre of missing back to back cuts in his home town;

“When your backs against the wall,  and you feel the nerves kick up, because you’ve got to do something, and you’re not going to be able to play both week-ends in town.”

“That would have been really really tough for me to swallow, if I missed the cut.”

” And it was in my head.”

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BMW PGA Championship. Molinari, Jamieson and Pieters Lead.

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Francesco Molinari, Italy, Scott Jamieson, Scotland and Thomas Pieters, Belgium share the 36 hole lead at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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Thomas, -3 under 69 today, Francesco, -2 under 70, and Scott, also -2 under 70 today, all share the top spot of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard with -7 under par totals after 36 holes at Wentworth.

Thomas said his putter did not work so well today, but he was happy with the outcome;

“I hit a lot more greens today. Didn’t make as many putts as yesterday but that’s always going to happen.”

“So I’m quite happy about today.”

Scott summed up what a win here would mean for him;

“I’m delighted, especially with the way it started.”

“I’m not in any of the majors this year so this is as big as it gets. This is the pinnacle of my season.”

“It’s huge, it’s our flagship event. It would start opening up doors that have been closed for a few years. You want to challenge yourself against the world’s best and we don’t get to do that every week, but we do this week.”

Alone in fourth place is Maximilian Kieffer, of Germany, who carded the low round of the day, -4 under 68, he is just one back at -6 under par for the tournament.

 

LPGA Volvik Championship. Two Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the LPGA Volvik Championship leaderboard,  Wei-Ling Hsu, Taipei, and Stacy Lewis, U.S.A. are the leaders.

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Wei-Ling, starting on the 10th hole today carded two Eagles and two birdies in her first six holes

“It was really great starting. I mean very first hole, I don’t think too much on that hole.”

“I think I got 155 shot and a little downwind. I had my seven iron and I just hit it right at the pin.”

“I don’t see very well, I just hear my mom and gallery on the side, they all just cheering.”

Stacy likes the course, and her good putting;

“It’s a ball striker’s golf course and if you can hit the greens, they’re pretty small to begin with, you can make some putts.”

“That’s what I did a lot of today was hit a lot of good shots and then made some good putts as well.”

“I did a really good job today being decisive and being confident in my decisions, so that’s something I’m going to look forward to tomorrow and this weekend, just being more confident.”

 

Nelly Korda, U.S.A. is in third on her own at -6 under par, with a first round of 66, she held on with some great par saving putts;

“Eighteen was a great par.”

“And then beginning of my round, it was a slow start and I saved a couple of long par putts on 2 and 4.”

“Just getting those, making those two pars and just getting my round rolling really helped.”

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Dean & Deluca Invitational at Colonial Country Club. in Texas, Derek Fathauer, J.T. Poston and Kelly Kraft share the honor.

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Kelly, Derek and J.T. all posted first rounds of -5 under par 65 to sit on top of the Dean & Deluca leaderboard.

Kelly is happy to be in contention;

“Whenever I’m up there, I know I can hang.”

“It’s been a little bit of everywhere, I felt like whenever I’ve played well, I’ve been up there and kind of in the hunt.”

Derek relied on an old and trusted putter;

“It was ready to come out.”

“The putting has been a little stale the last couple of months, just cleaning out my downstairs room and just brought it out.”

Rookie J.T. Poston had some good ball striking;

“This is honestly one of the first rounds I feel like my ball-striking was the way it can be and should be.”

There are another three guys tied in fourth position at -4 under following their opening rounds of 66; Scott Brown, Jon Rahm and G-Mac;

People had been telling G-Mac that Colonial Country Club was a good course for his type of game;

“I’ve had guys that I look to for schedule hints and tips, guys like Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson.”

“Guys that I would sort of put my game on a similar statistical level.”

“Guys like that have been telling me for years and years I would love this place.

 

 

 

BMW PGA Championship. Johan Carlson Leads.

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Johan Carlson, from Sweden, leads the BMW PGA Championship after the first round at Wentworth.

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Johan shot a first round -6 under par 66, which included two bogeys, to lead the BMW PGA Championship by one shot, with some good putting;

“I feel like I’ve been working hard on my swing.”

“Obviously this week is a big week and I’ve always had that goal in mind that this is going to be a tournament to get it around no matter what.”

“I didn’t try to hit any super fancy shots. I just played with what I had, and I think that was the key to success.”

“I putted really well today. I made a lot of good putts.”

“You’ve got to hit a few good shots as well. So obviously everything in my game felt solid. It has to be when you shoot 6-under-par on this golf course.”

Sharing  second place at -5 under par 67 are . Scott Jamieson, Scotland, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, and Francesco Molinari of Italy.

 

Kingsmill Championship. Lexi Wins Easily.

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Lexi Thompson easily wins the Kingsmill Championship, with a record low score for the tournament of -20 under par.

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Lexi Thompson

Lexi fired a bogey free last round -6 under par 65 to win the Kingsmill Championship by five shots from her nearest rival.

Lexi was very comfortable all day, in breaking Annika Sorenstam’s record;

“It means the world to me. Annika has been a player I’ve always looked up to not only how she played on the course, but how she is off and how she gave back to the game.”

“This is a huge honor. I wasn’t focusing on that and I didn’t actually know that until maybe last night.”

“Today I was a little off on the tee and kind of steered it around the golf course, but I’m not complaining with a 65, that’s for sure.”

“I just felt very in control of my game and a lot more relaxed in between shots and my caddie was a big help with that.”

In Gee Chun was in second place, with a -15 under par total, and a final round -4 under 67;

“I had great round today. I made bogey-free round, but her play was so good.”

“Really enjoyed playing with her. I learn a lot from her today.”

“I want to say congratulations to Lexi and thank you to all the spectators. I really enjoy them.”

Angela Stanford claimed third spot, a long way back at -11 under par, a last round -5 under 66 elevating her into third on her own.