Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Wins The title.

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Lexi Thompson wins the Meijer LPG Classic at Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Lexi fired in a final round -6 under par 65 to capture the Meijer LPGA Classic title, with a tournament total of -18 under par, giving her a one shot victory.

This was Lexi’s fifth LPGA Tour win, and she was so excited, and praised the good weather for helping her;

“It feels amazing.”

“It still hasn’t really hit me yet because everything happened so fast. But it was a great day out there and we had perfect weather for it, so couldn’t ask for anything more.”

“Really the whole day I was just trying to play my own game.”

“I was just trying to focus on my own game, focus on my pre shot routine and having fun in between shots and I think that’s what helped me shoot 6 under today.”

“I had been working on the mental side of the game with John Denny down in South Florida and that has helped me out tremendously just to relax and have fun instead of just grinding 24/7 on the golf course.”

“It’s helped me out a lot. I knew it was coming, I was just trying to be patient.”

“It’s definitely momentum going into the next week being a major and going over to the British Open.”

Gerina Piller made her way up the leaderboard Sunday shooting a final-round -7 under par 64 to finish Tied second, with the leader at the start of the day Lizette Salas, both at -17 under par for the competition.

Gerina said she got off to a quick start and putted well;

“You know, I think I just got off to a really good start.”

“On the first tee, for me, that tee shot’s a really difficult one because it narrows up as far as you hit it.”

“So hitting it in that fairway and getting it up there in two and making birdie to start off the round, I think that was huge.”

“Just kind of carried that momentum and just hit really good shots and putted well.”

“You know, just coming out here and just giving myself a chance to win, I’ve never won before, so that’s a success in my own book.”

“I just keep doing what I’m doing. Like I said, the rest will take care of itself.”

Lizette saw her four shot lead crumbling away early as Lexi birdied three of the first five holes, while she could only respond with par’s, she had a last round -1 under par 70;

“It just didn’t come off to the start that I wanted.”

“And obviously I can’t control what Lexi does and she played an amazing day of golf, so really proud of her.”

“Hopefully this week will impress Captain Juli Inkster with the way I performed.”

“Solheim is on my mind and it’s a primary goal, but in order to get there you have to hit good golf shots and you’ve got to make putts, so I’ll make sure to be doing that in the following weeks.”

Omega European Masters. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard. Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick have a two shot advantage after 54 holes at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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Matt and Danny sit on top of the Omega European Masters tournament with -12 under par totals. Matt carded a third round -6 under par 66, which included two bogey’s. Danny went backwards with a +1 over par round of 71, after starting the day with a one shot advantage.

Matt, the former US Amateur Champion, thanked the dentist who sorted out his troublesome toothache yesterday;

“I didn’t get off to the best of starts, with a bogey at the first, at that point 74 was looking much more likely than 64”

“I feel like I’ve been playing well for a while now, so it’s been coming but 65-64 yesterday and today is still good going.” 

“I also have to thank the dentists I visited yesterday, because I was in a lot of pain at the start of the week, but they did a pretty good job on me.” 

“I’ve just got to keep it going really. It sounds really boring, but I’ll be taking it one hole at a time and trying to stay in the moment, and stay patient. Although that’s easier said than done!” 

Danny on the other hand was not feeling too well out on the course, and it was a tough day weatherwise;

“Golf’s not the greatest game when you’re feeling a little bit under the weather, but I won’t be using it as an excuse.” 

“It wasn’t the best of days, and the round could’ve got away from me early doors. So it was good to hang tough and finish off the round quite nicely.” 

“Hopefully that’s my one bad round out the way.” 

“If we get another day like today, not too many people are going to go low out there, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

“Hopefully I can commit to a few more shots than I did today.”

Raphaël Jacquelin is in third place at -10 under par, a -2 under par 68 keeping him in touch with the leaders, he carded a triple bogey seven, on the par four 4th, but recovered with eight birdies.

The defending champion David Lipsky lies in  fourth place at -9 under, with the Korean pair of Seuk-hyun Baek and Y E Yang a shot further back at -8 under par for the tournament.

David reported just how bad the weather was out on the Crans-sur-Sierre course;

“It was brutal out there with the winds picking up. I made up ground with the leaders which was my goal today.”

“I thought I would lose ground shooting one-under but with this wind today, you just got to hold on and hope for the best.”

“Obviously I want to win the title and there’s lots of pressure involved with that. But whoever I’m playing with tomorrow, I’m just going to go out there and have some fun.”

“I’ll definitely be looking at the leaderboard as it helps to know what I need to do to progress through the round.”

Seuk-hyun was amazed to find he was only four shots off the lead at the end of the day;

“When I reached the last hole, I found out I was only four back. So I still have a chance.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lizette, Lexi and Alison Have Have-Way Lead.

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Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson and Alison Lee all share the half-way lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic at  Blythefield Country Club.

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Lizette carded a second round -2 under par 69, Lexi fired -7 under par 64 and Alison -5 under par 66, to share the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, at the half-way stage in the competition.

Lizette spoke of the windier afternoon conditions;

“You know, the wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you had to be really precise on your targets.”

“And it caught the rough a little bit today, had to have a good short game.”

“It’s the difference between a morning wave and afternoon wave and you just have to deal with it.”

Lexi also mentioned the difference in the morning and afternoon conditions, from the other perspective;

“Playing in the morning without the wind and the greens are a little bit softer in the morning, so it’s easier to just control the way your irons are going to bounce out onto the greens.”

“So it’s a lot easier to control than yesterday in the afternoon.”

“I’ll take the same approach just go in the weekend with a positive attitude and do my routine going into every shot focus on my breathing and just have fun out there.”

” Obviously I always want to make birdies out there but you have to take one shot at a time.”

Alison, the rookie in the top group, loved playing alongside the top players;

”We kind of pushed each other through the day, I was fired up today going into the round and wanted to shoot a low number.”

“It’s great to be in contention. I mean, this is my rookie year and I’m still learning.”

”The wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you have to be really precise to your targets.”

”We have 36 more to go and I’m going to try to be patient and stay calm and just be committed to every shot.”

There are five ladies all tied in fourth position at -8 under par, while world #1 Inbee Park probably has next week’s  Women’s British Open on her mind. She is currently at -4 under par for the tournament;

”The most important thing is just work on my game so it’s ready to go next week.”

”You know, make sure that your ball striking, your swing feels good, make sure you’re feeling good on the greens.”

“This is the last chance to try it on. I’m trying to get my game to the level I want. It’s not quite there, but trying to get there.”

Ladies Scottish Open. Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen lead the Ladies Scottish Open at  Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Lydia, the World #2, started on the 10th, and picked up a bogey on her first hole, but then recovered to card a first round -4 under par 68;

“I kind of didn’t know what score to expect because the course is pretty tough, even without the wind.”

“You can see by the scores it’s not crazy low, but I think we were lucky with the wind not being as strong as it was the last couple of days.”

“Playing over here in the Scottish Open, you can’t use the same game as you can in the States.”

“You’re hitting different shots and I think the key to playing well here is being really creative, because you need to find the shot that will give you a high percentage.”

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Suzann carded the same first round score of -4 under par 68, and was happy with the way she managed her game;

“I managed my game well, adjusted on a few tee shots according to the wind and gave myself a lot of looks.”

“It was pretty straightforward and the course set up is very good, so it’s playable.”

“It’s amazing what a difference the wind makes depending on where it comes from and how strong it is.”

Celine Herbin is in third place, just one shot back at -3 under par after her opening round of 69, and was delighted with her play, on a links course;

“It was a really nice day and a new experience for me as it’s the first time I’ve played the Scottish Open.”

“To play on a links course, I really enjoyed it, because we don’t play on too many links courses.”

Kelsey MacDonald led the Scots charge, sharing fourth place with Christine Wolf on -2 under par 70.

Kelsey was happy to have teed off early in the calmer conditions;,

“I was pretty blessed with the weather this morning. It was quite calm for me teeing off.”

“The wind picked up towards the end and you could feel it, especially on 16 which is a pretty tough hole at the back.”

“The pin positions and the greens are the defence, because I only had one flat putt today. It’s being able to read the greens correctly.”

 

 

Omega European Masters. 2nd Round Suspended.

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Play was suspended for the day due to the threat of electrical storms, but that was not before Danny Willett had produced some sparkling form of his own, to lead the Omega European Masters tournament.

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Danny fired a sparkling -8 under par 62 at the  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland, to top the Omega European Masters leaderboard at -13 under par.

Danny included a bogey in the round, but was not thinking of a 59;

“It was very, very good, right from the get-go.”

“I hit it well on the range this morning, got into a nice rhythm early doors and carried it through the whole round. Every part of my game felt pretty good today; I controlled my ball really well all day and my putter stayed hot for the whole day.

“I’m better mentally now than I was. Over these last two weeks especially, I haven’t been getting too far ahead of myself, and every time I’ve got in trouble I’ve just taken my medicine and moved onto the next.

“I didn’t actually hit the ball that well for the last two holes, but still managed to make par, whereas before, I might’ve got annoyed with myself and dropped a shot or two.”

“I forgot it’s a par 70 here, so a 59 is probably more likely than at most other places, but it’s just nice to get in with a low score, especially as it looks like the weather’s starting to come in.” 

Sharing second place, just one shot behind at -12 under par are two South Korean’s, Y.E. Yang and Seukhyun Baek. who both shot second rounds of -7 under par 63.

Y.E. was the 2009 US PGA Champion, but is looking for his first win since 2010;

“The conditions were ideal and my putting was good as well, so I’m very happy.”

“I managed to judge the ball distance better as the ball flies ten per cent further due to the altitude, it’s beautiful, with the mountains and scenery.” 

Alone in fourth place is Norwegian amateur Marcus Kinhult, a second round -4 under par 66,  on his 19th birthday, giving him a tournament total of -9 under par.

Another Norwegian Rikard Karlberg, defending champion American David Lipsky, Australian Richard Green and the French pair of Grégory Havret and Raphaël Jacquelin are all a shot further back at -8 under par.

All of the leading players have completed 36 holes, but there are 36 players having to return at 7.30am on Saturday to complete their rounds. English pair Richard Bland and Seve Benson are best-placed of those yet to finish, they are on -6 under par, but are unlikely to catch the leaders with a few holes left.

Mejier LPGA Classic. Three Tied For 1st Round Lead.

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There are three ladies tied for the first round lead in the Meijer LPGA ClassicKatherine Kirk, Lizette Salas, and Dori Carter lead the way at Blythefield Country Club, at Grand Rapids, Missouri. 

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The three ladies all carded first rounds of -7 under par 64 to lead the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Lizette was happy with her round today;

“Made some pretty good plus 20‑footers for birdie and just made basically zero mistakes today.”

“That eagle on 11 really kind of kept me going and really helped me target the pins today.  Just really stayed aggressive with the putting and it’s really coming along.”

” My finish at the Open kind of gave me that extra boost of confidence to really go low and that’s what I did today.”

Katherine enjoyed the near perfect conditions;

“We had perfect conditions this morning, hardly any wind and then greens were very receptive early on.”

” Obviously, in the morning you always get the good roll. “

“I haven’t posted a round like that in a while so it feels good to finally get the rust off and yeah, shoot a low one.  But it’s a long week and just got to back it up now.”

Dori said she was looking for a good start;

“You’ve got to start off well and it’s a confidence boost to get off on round one.”

“However, it’s still just Thursday and so you’ve got three more rounds, 54 more holes, and anything could happen.”

” I wouldn’t go home and relax.  I’m going to probably stay sharp and try to focus on tomorrow and try to keep building, keep climbing up the leaderboard.”

Tied in second place at -6 under par, after their opening rounds of 65 are; Wei-Ling Hsu and Jayne Marie Green.

Jayne needed a confidence boost from her caddie brother Matt;

“I was kind of in a really deep little hole, and he goes, ‘Jaye, it’s okay, you’re doing great, you just need to catch one break.’”

 “You’re going to get one good break or one putt or something crazy to happen and it’s going to change your life.”

“I got in the U.S. Open and it’s gone my way ever since, so he was right.”

“Big brother’s always right.”

 

 

Omega European Masters. Grégory Havret Aces His Way To The Top.

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Grégory Havret Aces his way to the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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Grégory Aced the 195 yard par three 13th, and Eagled the driveable par four 7th, on his way to carding a first round -7 under par 63, in the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

This is Grégory’s second hole in one on tour, and it won him an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Chronograph, in 18k red gold;

“It’s my second hole in one on the Tour, and there’s a funny story about my first.”

“It was at the Seve Trophy in 2007, and Seve himself was on the tee. When the ball went in, he jumped into my arms and shouted ‘You’ve won a car!’”

“It was such a great moment, but then later that night he told me he’d made a mistake, and the car was only the prize on the final day. So that was a bit disappointing, but this beautiful prize definitely makes up for it.”

“It’s a little bit strange, for a few seconds you don’t know what to do because you can’t believe it. Then when you hear everybody shouting and cheering by the green, you know it’s real and you start to go crazy yourself.” 

“After that happened, you couldn’t take the smile from off my face, because I knew that whatever happened for the rest of the round, I would have a very nice prize waiting for me. So I was very happy, and I play my best golf when I’m happy.” 

“The seventh is the most beautiful hole we play all season.  It’s a drivable par four, so it’s very tempting but there’s out of bounds on the right and some bunkers on the left, so you need to hit a good drive and fortunately I managed to do that.”

“It’s been a little while, because I haven’t been playing my best lately, there’s still a long way to go of course, but it’s nice to be up in contention and I’m very happy with my start, so hopefully I can keep it going for the next three rounds now.”

Lasse Jensen is in second place, a bogey free first round -6 under par 64 giving him that place on his own,

Fresh from a good performance at St Andrews is Danny Willett, he is tied third in a huge group of twelve players, all at -5 under par for the competition, with their opening rounds of 65.

Joining Danny on 65 are;  Tyrrell HattonRichard Bland, Seve Benson, Michael  HoeyRichard GreenBaek Seuk-hyun, Y E Yang, Jazz Janewattananond, Rikard Karlberg, Pelle Edberg and amateur Marcus Kinhult.

The Defending champion David Lipsky is a further shot back at -4 under par, after his opening round of 66.