BMW International Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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Three players are tied at the top of the BMW International Open leaderboard in Germany. Henrik Stenson from SwedenRaphaël Jacquelin, France and Kiradech Aphibarnrat who hails from Thailand.

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England have left the European Union, but the BMW International Open tournament carries on, with Henrik, Raphaël and Kiradech all sharing top spot on the leaderboard at the half-way stage with -11 under par totals.

Henrik carded a bogey free -7 under par 65, to join  Raphaël who was -4 under 68 today, and Kiradech hauled himself into contention with the days low round, -8 under par 64.

Henrik has regained his game face;

“I came here to really try to put myself in contention and so far, so good; I’ve done that.” 

“There’s been a few tournaments in this late spring, early summer, where I feel like maybe I’ve been showing up feeling like I’m working on my game and not been 100 per cent there to compete.”

“Now we don’t have too many tournaments before the Open Championship, the PGA and the Olympics.”

“It’s time to put that tournament focus back on and then go out and do a good job.”

“I’ve done that for two days and I’m going to try to push myself to do it another two.”

Raphaël was happy to put in another solid round of golf;

“It’s always good to shoot a solid round after a good 65.”

 “That gave me some confidence for the weekend and put me right up there.”

“I’m very happy about my ball striking and my short game. That was solid again all day long.”

“I’m just going to focus and stay focused on what I’m doing at the moment on my swing and my short game.”

“The rest, I’ll try my best to shoot low again, and we’ll see at the end of the weekend.”

Kiradech was glad his putter had started to work;

“This card is about the first shot.”

“You put yourself in the fairways, you have opportunities to make a lot of birdies, and my putter was working better than yesterday.”

“Striking the ball great at the flag, every single ball. It was a fantastic round.”

“I haven’t played good golf the last few months.”

“After I hit many good shots on the front nine, I got my confidence back and I believed in myself that I’m one of the top players.”

Thorbjørn Olesen is in fourth place at -10 under par, he shot -5 under 67 in the second round.

Meijer LPGA Classic. Play-Off Win For Sei Young Kim.

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Sei Young Kim wins the  Meijer LPGA Classic after a play-off against Carlota Ciganda at  Blythefield Country Club.

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Sei Young and Carlota were tied at the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard at -17 under par at the end of the tournament.

Sei Young shot a lst round -3 under 68, and followed that with a  birdie at the first play-off hole, while Carlota sadly collected a bogey.

Before the playoff Sei Young thought she had already won;

“Before playoff I felt like already win but I didn’t check the leaderboard.”

“Then I thought the ceremony was already.”

“Why’s he waiting for me?  So after go to the tee box and I realize there’s the playoff.  Wow.”

“It was 109 to the pin.  It was a lot of release, so I just had 90 meters.  I did, it worked.”

“I’m very happy to win on the Father’s Day give it to my dad this trophy.”

Carlota carded -4 under par 67 to get into the play-off, but then hit her play-off tee shot into rough;

“Only one can win and obviously I hit it to the rough, it wasn’t an easy shot and she hit a really good one.”

 “So I mean congratulations to her and she was better.”

In Gee Chun finished in third place, two shots off the pace, at -15 under par, her final round of even par 71 was disappointing.

Just as disappointing was defending champion Lexi Thompson’s final round +1 over par 72, robbing her of any chance to keep the title.

Lexi finished T4 with world number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 68 today, both ladies at -14 under par.

Lexi had no excuses for her poor showing today;

“Last week was a bit of a struggle there at Sahalee but still managed to get a good finish there.”

 “But overall this week with how I played, I’m very happy with it.  I hit it a lot better this week, I rolled it great except for today, so it happens.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. 5 Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a 5 way tie at the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic after the first round at Blythefield Country Club Lexi Thompson, Laura Davies, Carlota Ciganda, Paula Reto, and Sei Young Kim.

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All the leading ladies carded first rounds of -6 under par 65 to share top spot on the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard.

Defending Champion Lexi stayed positive, and putted well;

“I didn’t really change anything, I just made sure I stayed positive.”

“I was hitting it well on my first nine, I two‑putted every hole on the first nine so I just had to be patient with it.”

” Then ended up holing out for eagle on my 10th hole, on No. 1 today, so that always helps with the putts.”

Carlota is enjoying the moment;

“Obviously it’s really good, start with a 6-under, it’s always good.”

” But I just want to focus on tomorrow, just go day by day, shot by shot and just stay in the present.”

” This is very long.  I mean, great players out there and just play my game and just enjoy.”

Dame Laura is impressed by the younger players on LPGA;

“It’s fun for me.  I loved watching that playoff last week; two really great young players, such happy‑go‑lucky characters as well, it’s good for the game.”

” But there’s room for the likes of myself and Juli Inkster and a few of the other old girls to show what we can still do because we all hit it well, it’s just the short game separates the top players from the ones that are just struggling a little bit sometimes.”

Paula just stuck to her guns, and kept paying her  game;

“I think I saw the leaderboard after my first nine, which is the back nine, and I just sort of looked at it.”

“I’m like oh, okay, I’m somewhere there in the middle or top middle, and I was like okay, I’m just going to keep playing.”

” From there on in I just kept playing my game. I wasn’t sure what really was leading; I thought maybe there could have been a 7 or 8 under today, but I just sort of stick to my own game.”

Sei Young had a hot putter today, needing  only 25 putts, and did not look at the leaderboard;

“I didn’t see that, yeah.  That not help me, so I just focus on the step by step, yeah.”

“Last couple tournament after I saw the; read the board and I play no good, so I try to, yeah, not going to see anymore.  Yeah, right.  It’s too hard.”

” And I see, look around, if I miss the; see the scoreboard and then oh, my gosh, I saw that.  I talk with Paul, Paul; I saw the leaderboard, what am I doing?  So yeah, getting better.”

 

 

 

 

U.S. Open. Players Perspective.

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Rory McIlroy would be happy to survive this test here at the U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club.

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“To win on a course like Oakmont, with the conditions the way they are, it would maybe be my biggest accomplishment in the game.”

“It would make me feel like a more complete player, I guess. I’d be very proud if I won on a course like this.”

“Trepidation is what the players are feeling. It’s not excitement, it’s just trepidation. I mean, you could go a whole round without hitting at a single pin here.” 

Defending Champion Jordan Spieth would be happy to sign for a round of 75 or 76, and not be playing on the moon;

“When the wind is up I would probably sign for somewhere around 75 or 76, shake everyone’s hand and say, I’m going to go back and have a beer after that round.” 

“I’m looking forward to being back at a nice, traditional U.S. Open venue. It won’t feel like we’re playing on the moon this year.”

“If you win a US Open at Oakmont you can go ahead and say that you’ve conquered the hardest test in all of golf, because this is arguably the hardest course in America day-to-day.” 

Last Major winner Danny Willett thinks it’s fun;

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“It’s a great golf course, great fun.”

“There’s a lot of different shots you can play. I’d say five over par on this golf course for four rounds is a pretty good score.” 

 

 

Phil Mickelson said this is the toughest course he has ever seen;

“I really think Oakmont is the hardest golf course we’ve ever played. The rough is very long and challenging, but even though it’s very hard, it’s still a fair test.”

Justin Rose, having won the U.S. Open, is happy to have that victory in his pocket already;

“Having won a US Open, it’s nice to have that monkey off the back. I’ve always enjoyed playing the tough golf courses, so I’m excited.”

World number one Jason Day is receiving some inside information;

“My agent (Bud Martin) is a member at Oakmont. He’s from Pittsburgh as well, so I’ll be speaking to him about this place a fair bit.”

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Brooke Beats Lydia in a Play-Off

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Brooke Henderson beat Lydia Ko in a play-off at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at  Sahalee Country Club, Washington.

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Brooke and Lydia finished the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard with -6 under par totals. Brooke with a final round -6 under par 65, and Lydia -4 under 67. Brooke then proceeded to birdie the first play-off hole, the par four 18th. to win the title.

Brooke has become the youngest winner ever of this event, her first Major, title;

“Yeah that’s amazing, as well, to think about all of the incredible players that have come before me.”

 “And even I was reading some of the names on this trophy and it’s very, very cool.”

“When that putt went in on number eleven for eagle, that was kind of like the huge jump forward, huge momentum changer.”

“And then things just went pretty well. A good save on 14 out of the bunker. And then good putts on 17 and 18 to kind of finish it.”

“The last couple of days the support for Canada has been really incredible. Walking down the fairway we were yelling my name.”

“But last time they were just yelling Go Canada. And that was kind of a surreal feeling. I can’t really put words to it.”

“But I’d like to say that I am the Canadian face to women’s golf. And I’d like to say I’m a good athlete for Canada.”

World number one Lydia was complimentary about her opponent, and the challenge from the ladies on the LPGA Tour, and she would not be crying over this loss;

“We all push each other.”

“I think this is a great thing. It’s a fun challenge. I think this is great for golf and for the LPGA.”

“I wouldn’t be pretty if I was crying.”

“If I was crying, I’d have eye-liner going everywhere. I always worry about my makeup.”

Ariya Jutanugarn was in third place at -5 under par, a last round -5 under 66 giving her that place on her own;

“I’m very proud and getting a lot more confident, especially today, in a major.”

 

Lyoness Open. Wu Wins.

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CHN Ashun Wu, from China, wins the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club in Austria.

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Ashun carded a final round -3 under par 69, to claim his second European Tour title, the Lyoness Open, with a -13 under par total.

Ashun was obviously very happy to win such a close contest;

“I am very happy right now. It was a very exciting finish and I still cannot believe it, but my playing partners were really good today and the scores were very close.”

“My mindset was very good today and it was a great week overall.”

“At the tenth and 11th holes I just played two bad shots. I still kept working after that to do my best to make birdies and I did that.”

“I just kept focused over the last putt and I talked to my caddie and he said, it’s no problem, it’s an easy line so just putt it in the hole’”

“It’s been my first time playing in Austria and the course was very good this week.”

“The sponsors have been great and I have had some Chinese friends here supporting me so I must thank them all.”

ESP  Adrian Otaegui, from Spain finished second at -12 under par, a last round -3 under par 69 keeping the pressure on the leader all the way.

ENG Richard McEvoy was third, another shot back at -11 under par, he too scored a last round -3 under 69, with a bogey at the 18th;

“I gave myself a lot of chances today, played very solid again.”

“I think the green at the last was only the second I missed all day. I’m disappointed but at the same time, there are a lot of positives to take from this week.”

“My game is coming together and everything is going in the right direction to keep competing at the highest level.”

“That’s two top tens in the last three weeks, which has been great so there is a lot to look forward to for the rest of the year.”

Defending champion Chris Wood was among the large group on -8 under par after signing for  a -4 under-par 68 in his final round.

FedEx St Jude Classic. Berger Breaks Away.

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Daniel Berger breaks away from the field in the third round of the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind in Memphis.

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Daniel carded a third round -1 under par 69, in hot and sticky conditions, to break away from the FedEx St Jude Classic field with his -10 under par tournament total, giving him a three shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Daniel is searching for his maiden PGA Tour win, and will try to do it his way;

“I just have to be myself.”

“I feel like when you’re kind of in this position you can kind of try to do things that normally you wouldn’t do and just got to have fun out there and be myself and see what happens.”

“If it was Tiger Woods behind me, I would have the same mentality.”

“It doesn’t matter. It’s golf. The golf course doesn’t know who is playing it, so I’m just going to go out there and be aggressive and have some fun, and that’s all I can do.”

Three players are tied in second place at -7 under par, Phil Mickelson, -2 under 68 today, Steve Stricker, -4 under 66, and D.A. Points who returned the low round of the day, a bogey free -6 under 64.

Phil wobbled a bit at the end of his round, and he needed to make an 18ft putt from just off the green to save par on the last hole, but is happy to be in the second to last group on Sunday;

“That was good because I had bogeyed 17.”

 “You can make a bogey out here. It’s a tough golf course.”

“There weren’t a ton of under par rounds today. You don’t want to follow bogey with bogey.”

“You always want to come back with a birdie or par. It was a good way to finish the round.”

“That’s always an advantageous spot if you can get off to a good day, it’s much more difficult to follow birdies than it is to lead by them.”

Seung-Yul Noh, -3 under 67, Colt Knost, -3 under 67 and Brooks Koepka -1 under 69, all share fifth place at -6 under par for the competition.