Reignwood LPGA Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two ladies are tied at the top of the Reignwood LPGA Classic leaderboard after 36 holes at Pine Valley Golf Club in China. M.J. Hur, from South Korea  and Brooke Henderson from Canada share the top spot.

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M.J. carded an amazing record breaking -10 under par 63, which included one bogey, to post -14 under par for the Reignwood LPGA Classic. Brooke also had one bogey scoring another round  of -7 under par 66 for her -14 under total.

MJ said he got lucky with her Eagle on 16;

“I mean, everything was working really good for the day.”

“Yeah, I made one eagle 16 which was chipped it in near the green.”

“Last hole I had a 230 yards to the flag and I just hit a 3-wood.”

“Actually,  I aim a little more left of it, but just turn on the line and got a luck and made eagle.”

Brooke said it was a good day, apart from the one bogey;

“Yeah, today was awesome. I got off to an awesome start starting with a birdie on the 1st hole, par’d the 2nd, and then had quite a few birdies in a row.”

“I felt like today could be a good day, which is always a good feeling to have,”

 “One bogey, which kind of set me back a little bit, but then some more birdies on the back nine to get to 7-under, and 14-under par, which is really nice, especially only two days into the championship and I know I have two more days left.”

Home favorite from China Shanshan Feng is in third place, just one shot back at -13 under par following her -8 under par 65, she also had one bogey today, and a lot of putts too;

” I made quite a few short putts for birdies and also a couple longer putts for birdies, too.”

 

Reignwood LPGA Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn 1st Round Leader.

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Ariya Jutanugarn is the 1st round leader at the Reignwood LPGA Classic in China.

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Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya, from Thailand carded -8 under par 65 to lead the Reignwood LPGA Classic by just one shot on this peculiar par 73 lay-out.

Ariya stayed focus on her objective for the week;

“Today I really like want to have fun and enjoy in the course, and just like make sure I do like focus on like what’s under my control.”

 “Not worry about the outcome, the result.”

“Feel good, because like this year the only goal I want to do is I want to win my first tournament, so I did.”

 “So after I won my first tournament on tour I really want to win a major, and I did.”

Sitting in second place is Brooke Henderson, from Canada, on her first ever visit to China, an opening round -7 under par 66 was very comfortable;

“It was an awesome day today, and to get the birdies to finish up on 17 and 18 were really nice.”

 “Definitely a good start, so hopefully the next three days will go well.”

Seven ladies share third place at -5 under par, Jennifer Song, Yanhong Pan, Mi Jung Hur, Ziqi Ye, Lizette Salas, Taoli Yang and Shanshan Feng.

 

 

Arnold Palmer.

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Arnold Palmer 1929 – 2016.

Arnie said

“Success in this game depends less on strength of body, than strength of mind and character.”

 

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Porsche European Open. 2nd Round Suspended, But Alex Levy is in Command.

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The second round of the Porsche European Open has been suspended. Many hours of play have been lost due to early morning fog  at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach,  in Germany. Alex Levy is in command of the tournament after a birdie blitz before the stoppage.

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Alex finished his first round and started his second, carding 17 birdies in 35 holes at the Porsche European Open, this amazing feat has given him a six shot lead at the top of the leaderboard. He has a -17 under par total and has completed 17 second round holes, and said he had fun doing it;

“I just want to have fun and to do my job. When I play like today, you just enjoy it. That’s all you can do.”

“It was really good, I said this morning that I just wanted to have fun and enjoy and play my golf. “

“That is what I did today and now it’s really nice. I enjoy the time with my caddie on the golf course. I played well and it is always good to be in a position like that.”

“I finished my round well this morning with two birdies in the last two holes and started with three birdies on the first three holes.”

“I think I’m in a good way and I just need to enjoy and to do my best to do my job.”

Robert KarlssonRoss Fisher and Martin Kaymer share second place at -11 under par, all with second round holes to complete tomorrow morning before starting their third rounds.

Some players are not even half way through their second rounds, so the lead of Alex could get cut back, but he still in a very commanding position at the moment.

Tour Championship. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at the end of round one at East Lake Golf ClubDustin Johnson, Kevin Chappell and Hideki Matsuyama all shot opening rounds of 66.

Despite this being his first trip to East Lake, Kevin Chappell fired an opening round 66 and sits in a three-way tie for the lead. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Kevin, Dustin and Hideki have a one shot lead at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard on day one at -4 under par.

Kevin could only play nine practice holes on Tuesday, because it was too hot;

“Why don’t we just treat it like it’s a normal week, I’ll play my pro-am tomorrow, and so I did that.”

“Today I had really good ball control, I think you can play anywhere with that.”

“I need to play 72 holes like I played the front nine here,  probably not take my foot off the gas like it appeared on the back.”

“I felt like I gave myself a lot of good opportunities. The ball didn’t go in the hole.

“But I felt like I stuck to my process and did everything right.” 

Dustin said he had played well at the last two tournaments

“I just hit the ball really well at both of those.”

 “They were tough golf courses. This one, they’re kind of similar as far as toughness-wise.”

“You’ve got to hit it really well around here.”

“I felt like I was really relaxed out there today, I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game right now.”

“So I’m looking forward to this week and seeing how good I can play.”

Tied in fourth place at -3 under par, after rounds of 67 are Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim and World number one Jason Day, who has a niggling back injury.

In the next group at -2 under are Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth.

Rory was happy to be where he is;

 “I like being in the position after Saturday of last year, being in the last group.”

“That’s obviously the position we want to be in.”

“It’s easy to sort of remind yourself there’s such a long way to go; 72-hole tournaments are long.”

“A lot of things can happen. A lot of holes to play.”

“I was four over through three when I won in Boston a couple of weeks ago.”

Jordan mentioned that win by Rory;

“I look at what Rory did at Deutsche Bank.”

 “He was three over through four holes and ends up winning by a couple of shots at 18 under.”

“I feel if I play really solid golf here,  and it doesn’t have to be perfect golf, I can shoot 8 under on this golf course. I have no doubt.”

“It fits me really well. I feel like I have an advantage here. I knew if we could get it back to even par and in the red for the day after the first two holes, that would be really special and we’d still have a chance to win.”

The Evian Championship. In Gee Easily Wins.

 

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A history making -21 under par Major score sees In Gee Chun, from South Korea, easily win The Evian Championship in France.

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In Gee shot a final round -2 under par 69 to take The Evian Championship trophy, just cruising from beginning to end;

“I just cannot believe I won the Evian Championship. I made 21-under-par. I’m not dreaming, right?”

“I had a really great time this week. Most people say golf is an individual sport, but I believe it is a team sport.”

“My manager, my caddie, my coach and I as a team, prepared for this game and played this game. I love my team.”

“I know minus 19 under par is tied record before the final round.”

“It was more pressure for me, but I tried to think about it as a really good experience.  I tried to more enjoy it.”

“I don’t know because I feel like I’m dreaming now. Without nerves, I feel bored. Nothing, bored.”

“I had a lot of pressure on the course, but I much enjoyed my game. I tried my best to keep to my game plan possibly, I think so I might win this time.”

South Korea took the top three places as So Yeon Ryu, -5 under par 66 today, and Sung Hyun Park, -2 under 69, tied in second place at -17 under par.

Shanshan Feng, from China finished in fourth place, at -15 under par, she also had a final round -2 under par 69.

World #1 Lydia Ko finished with another poor round +2 over 73, but eased the pain of this performance by capturing the Rolex Annika Major Award.

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“It means a lot, especially because coming into this year my goal was to be more consistent in majors, and this exactly is the award for that, and obviously you need a win to have that, and just to have it named after Annika and how successful she’s been in majors and just in general and what she’s done for the game, I think there might not be some of us if it wasn’t for a player like her.”

“It’s something that I could have only really dreamt of and imagined of, and for it to be true in a few moments I think is going to be awesome, and especially for me to stand alongside a legend like Annika.”

The Evian Championship. In Gee Chun Leads at Half-Way.

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In Gee Chun leads The Evian Championship by two strokes at the half-way point of the Major competition.

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KOR In Gee pulled away from the crowd in the second round of The Evian Championship carding a -5 under par 66 for a championship total of -13 under par, which gives her a two-stroke advantage going into the week-end. That score is also  the lowest 36-hole score in the four-year history of this event, which was classified as a Major in 2013.

In Gee likes the pressure of being in front;

“I like pressure. I remember like play before. Always play really good under pressure so just enjoy everything.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are Shanshan Feng, -4 under 67 today, and Sung Hyun Park who scored -3 under par 68.

Sung Hyun Park said her experience gives her confidence, and she also enjoys the pressure;

“I’m not greedy to get the title, but I’m comfortable.”

“I’ve won five times and I’ve got a lot of people and experiences so that I can embrace the different environments. That’s why I played well.”

“There is no easy shot here. Tee shots, putting, second shot, everything, so I’ve got a headache.”

 “I like a difficult course like this. I like a challenge.”

Shanshan was tired after today’s long walk on soft fairways;

“The course played a little longer today, and we had some kind of pretty long holes.”

“Especially I think the 4th and 5th were playing pretty long today.”

“And for me, I actually started to feel a little bit tired on the back nine. I think it was because of the walk, and the ground is soft.”

World #1 Lydia Ko improved her position today with a -3 under par 68, she is currently T13 at -4 under for the competition.

Lydia wants the  Rolex ANNIKA Major Award, and at the start of play was leading, but would like a win here to be certain;

“It would mean so much, especially having Annika’s name, and what she’s done for the women’s game, what she’s still doing for our Tour and for the LPGA.”

“I think without players like her, there might not be a Tour like it is today.”