World Ladies Championship. Hae Rym Kim Leads Suspended 2nd Round.

 

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Hae Rym Kim, from South Korea,  leads suspended 2nd round in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China. Electrical storms and then bad light being the culprit for halting play.

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Hae Rym has completed her second round, bogey free at -6 under par 67 to sit on  top of the World Ladies Championship leaderboard at -11 under par;

“I made the most of the par-5 holes out there and had six birdies.”

“Today, the wind was blowing a bit more than yesterday, but I think that was the reason I was able to score well.”

In second place , having completed 17 second round holes is Seon Woo Bae, also hailing from South Korea, currently on -6 under, with a -10 under total.

Georgia Hall, England, holds third place, a finished second round of -2 under par 71 giving her a -8 under tournament total.

Georgia struggled in the wind with club selection, but putted well when she had the chances;

“The front nine is so much harder than the back nine and I thought before I teed off, if I can go around the front nine in level par, I’ll be happy. “

“I was just hanging on to three-over and then I holed a 20-footer on 10 to stay three-over and then I got a birdie on 11 and I started playing well from there.”

“I didn’t play badly on the front nine, it was just so windy and about a two-and-a-half club wind.”

“I got a few clubs wrong and I was struggling to find where the wind was going. I hit good shots, but they were around 20 feet past the hole, so I never really had a birdie chance on the front nine.”

“I played well again today and putted well. I think I had 27 putts, so I knew my game was there.”

“I just had to be more patient for the back nine where there are more birdie opportunities, which I managed to take.”

World Ladies Championship. Georgia Hall Leads.

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Georgia Hall, from England, leads the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

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Georgia carded -6 under par 67 on the par 73 Mission Hills course to lead the World Ladies Championship by one stroke following the opening round.

Georgia had one of her best putting displays;

“I played faultless all the way around apart from on the last hole. I think I lost a bit of concentration.”

“I putted amazingly, it was one of the best putting rounds I’ve ever had and I didn’t really do a shot wrong so I’m very happy with my first round.”

“I focused on my putting yesterday afternoon and tried to follow through a bit more and it was so much better.”

“I went out this morning and felt so much more confident. I had 25 putts, which is really good for me.”

“I wanted to take advantage of my morning round, so I’m happy I did. You’ve really got to place the ball well off the tees and be a good driving player, which is probably the strongest part of my game.”

“I knew if I hit my driver well and holed some good putts, I wouldn’t be too far away.

Tied in second place at -5 under par are  Ye Jin Kim and Hae Rym Kim, both from South Korea.

Kylie Henry, So Yeon Park, Seon Woo Bae, and Ji Hyunz Lee all share fourth spot on the leaderboard at -4 under par.

Kylie from Scotland, and recently married, also had a good putting round;

“I’m really happy with that because I started on 10 and I was level par for the back nine and then four-under on my last nine holes. It’s a good score.”

“I just putted really solidly today and had 24 putts, which is a record for me.”

HSBC Women’s Champions. Michelle Wie Leads.

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Michelle Wie leads after the first round of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, at the Serapong Golf Course.

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Michelle Wie

Michelle leads the HSBC Women’s Champions with a -6 under par 66 first round score, and said she just had fun out on the golf course;

“It was just a steady round. I had fun out there, I had a lot of fun. I just had fun playing.”

It feels good to play without much pain. To go out there and just play some golf and focus on my game rather than trying to finish out rounds.”

“I’m very proud of myself today.”

“Even though it’s just the first day, I want to keep building and hopefully the next three days I can take it day-by-day, hole-by-hole, shot-by-shot and play as hard as I can.”

Five ladies are tied in second place at -5 under par following their opening rounds of 67. Mo Martin, Anna Nordqvist, Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn and Inbee Park.

Brooke was happy with her round;

“I felt like I finally got it going, and two birdies to finish off 17 and 18 really help out a round.”

“I feel a lot more calm and relaxed and I felt like good things were going to happen today and I’m happy with a 5-under round.”

Ariya spoke about her putting being the key;

” I hit a lot of good shots today, especially on the front nine, but I just missed some putts.”

“On the back nine I just started to make some putts, and that’s the key.”

 

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Amazing Amy Wins.

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Amazing  Amy Yang wins the Honda LPGA Thailand,  for the second time in the last three seasons. It was a South Korean 1,2,3, in a dominating performance.

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Amy finished her stop start Honda LPGA Thailand event with a final bogey free round -4 under par 68,  to set a new tournament low scoring record of  -22 under par;

“You know, very happy, beyond happy.”

“Wasn’t easy with rain delays and 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls two days in a row.”

 “But, you know, I stayed really patient out there, did my best, and very happy to win the tournament.”

“It’s always nice to be back here playing.”

 “I love this place. I love people here. And with my parents, spending time with them here, it’s just great every time.”

So Yeon Ryu, was second at -17 under par, a last round -4 under 68 giving her that place on her own.

In third was Sei Young Kim, she too carded a final round -4 under par, finishing with a -15 under total.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko finished tied for eighth place, her first top-10 of the season, with a popular last round score of -4 under 68.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson, U.S.A. finished tied for fourth place at -13 under par.

 

 

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Rain Stops Play.

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Rain stops play in the Honda LPGA Thailand event  because of unplayable course conditions brought on by severe weather at the Pattaya Old Course, in Thailand.

Inclement Weather During Round 2 of the Honda LPGA Thailand

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Ariya and Amy still lead, at -6 under par, but have yet to start their second rounds.

Making a big move at the start of her second round is last weeks winner Ha Na Jang, carding -3 under through 8 second round holes, for a -4 under total.

Maybank Challenge. Danny Willett on the Charge.

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Danny Willett is on the charge, leading the Maybank Challenge after 54 holes  at Saujana Golf and Country Club, and takes a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur.

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Danny shot a third round -5 under par 67 to lead the Maybank Challenge by three shots after 54 holes, with a -16 under par total;

“It was up and down, I’d have taken a 67 at the start of the day, it spreads the top five and top six guys out a bit more and further away.” 

“I’m probably going to go hit a few and make a few little minor tweaks here and there and try to get the driver to where it’s been most of the week.”

“I’m not sure what will win it to be honest, depends on if we pitch up and it’s flat calm. I think there’s a few guys that can go low if it’s windy like this.”

“One or two under par is a good knock out there so I think it all depends on the weather tomorrow.”

David Lipsky is in second place at – 13 under par, with a -4 under 68 today;

“I played really well today, didn’t it my best coming into the greens. I drove it well and scrambled well and I’m pretty happy with what I shot.”

“Just keep doing what I’m doing. I’m playing pretty well and giving myself opportunities.”

” I’ll need to take advantage of the par fives. That’s what I need to do.”

“My last birdie before 18 was on 10 so I’m happy to have made that. Danny and I are friends and it’ll be neat out there competing.”

Alex Levy holds third place at -12 under par, shooting -5 under 67 in the third round, making a few good putts;

“It was really good. I played very well today, especially from tee to green. I had a lot of good chances for birdie and I’m really happy with I’ve been playing in the last three days.”

“It would be nice to be in the last group now and in contention in the last round.”

“I used a lot of driver today from the tee, I was feeling really good with driver in my hand. It gave me a lot of wedge shots and I was also very aggressive with my wedges, made a few putts and that was great.”

“I don’t think about past victories, it’s been tough for me the last few months. I have a new coach so to be in this situation now is very nice.”

” Tomorrow I will enjoy being in this position.”

 

 

 

 

Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hideki Retains Title.

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Hideki Matsuyama retains his Waste Management Phoenix Open title, in the same manner as last year, a four hole play-off, at TPC Scottsdale. This year it was against Webb Simpson.

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Repeat Champion Hideki 

Hideki and Webb were tied at the top of the Waste Management Phoenix Open after four rounds with -17 under par totals.

Hideki shot a last round -5 under 66, but Webb caught him at the top with a -7 under par 64.

Hideki was thrilled to become the first player to defend his title at TPC Scottsdale, with a birdie at the fourth play-off hole the 17th, with good putting;

“I don’t know if I played that well, but I won.”

“It’s been a good run. I’m going to ride it as long as I can.”

“I really didn’t think I could do it, and it was a struggle all the way around.”

 “But I’m just thrilled to win.”

“That putt at 18 [in regulation], I don’t know how it stayed out.”

 “But during the playoff, I did hit some good putts. Just the line wasn’t there, and so, you know, up and down.”

“But I didn’t lose confidence. I just kept grinding and had patience.”

Webb was gracious in defeat, and said his putter is the key for him, the anchoring rule hurt bad ;

“My hat’s off to him, he’s a great player.”

“I knew he’d be a tough competitor in the playoff,  he’s a great champion.”

“Putting has always been my thing, if I putt well I seem to play well. I’m thankful that I’ve found a method that has been working.”

 “I feel like if any change, just mentally with my putting, is just tried to simplify it. Don’t take too much time and just be thankful. I’m thankful that I made some putts and I had a chance to win the golf tournament.”

Louis Oosthuizen was third, at -16 under par, a final round -6 under par 65 giving that position on his own.

Leader at the start of play Ben An, fell away carding five bogey’s in his last round, and his chance was gone, finishing with a last round +2 over par 73, for sixth place alone.