LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Aspires Towards Three-Peat.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, aspires to achieve her Three-Peat, winning three consecutive LPGA tiles, here at the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club.

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THA Ariya shot a topsy-turvy third round of +1 over par 73, which included an Eagle, at the LPGA Volvik Championship. Very different conditions today, with wind and firm, fast greens. She held onto top placing with a -10 under par tournament total.

There were only three players who started the day in the top ten at Travis Pointe Country Club that were under par on Saturday.

Ariya summed it all up;

“To me it’s very hard today, because very windy, and the green is very, very firm today.”

 USA Jessica Korda, -2 under 70 today, and USA  Christina Kim even par 72, share second spot at -9 under par.

Jessica was also perplexed by the wind, just trying to make par;

“I just kept telling myself that pars were good, you know?”

“It is frustrating because you hit some great shots and they don’t end up where you think that they should, or like yesterday, they would end up right next to the hole and today it would be, you know, 20 feet away from the hole.”

“So it was kind of just a little staying patient out there, and just making pars.”

Christina had the same thoughts, but was also complementary about the course;

“You know, I think any; it’s the wind, you know, this south/southwest wind.”

“It’s angled perfectly where there’s a lot of into, off the left, or downwind off the left, you know, as opposed to just dead into or straight from nine o’clock or three o’clock, and I think that, you know, it just really brings up a lot of the great characteristics of this golf course.”  

KOR Hyo Joo Kim and DEN Suzann Pettersen are tied in fourth position at -7 under par, both ladies carded -2 under par 70 for the third round.

World number one Lydia Ko seems unable to get any thing going here, which is strange because back in New Zealand the wind is a constant factor, she is currently T25 at -2 under par for the tournament.

 

 

 

BMW PGA Championship. Scott Hend Ahead.

White Dragon Golf Scott Hend is ahead in the BMW PGA Championship, another last hole Eagle on the Burma Road course at Wentworth Golf Club giving him a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

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Scott carded a third round +1 over par 73, but stayed on top of the BMW PGA Championship with a -9 under par total, he spoke about some good fortune on the last hole that lifted him clear of the pack, but admitted he was not thinking about winning at the moment;

“It was very fortunate, I was just trying to get it anywhere on the green there and two-putt for a birdie.”

“Fortunately enough it rolled in there close and I made a three.”

“I’m not really thinking that far ahead right now, I’m just thinking about what I’m going to have tonight to be honest.” 

“I’ll just go about my work tomorrow and try and get the ball a bit more off the center of the club , a bit more consistency in the swing and what will be, will be.”

Shooting the low round of the day was Tyrrell Hatton, a brilliant -6 under par 66, giving him second place on his own at -8 under par for the competition.

Lee Westwood recorded a solid -4 under par 68, and is sharing third place with Y.E. Yang, +3 over par 75 today, both players at -7 under par.

There is a large group of players on -6 under par, which includes Masters winner Danny Willett, who started the day tied at the top, he could only manage +4 over 76 today, and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer -2 under 70 today.

Danny explained his troubles on the course, and why it all slipped away;

“The back nine is a lot more draw off the tee and we obviously struggle hitting that.”

“The front nine sets up quite nice, trying to hit fade off there most of the time.”

“We’ve got to take a lot of tight lines off the left in the back nine.”

“Every now and again you kind of hit one straight and it kind of clips the trees and stays left, or you overdo it.

“We had everything under control nicely and then a couple of loose shots, a couple of bad decisions, a couple of missed putts and very quickly it kind of slipped away.

BMW PGA Championship. Danny Joins Scott & Y.E. at the Top.

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Danny Willett joins Scott Hend and Y.E. Yang at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Wentworth Golf Club.

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ENG  Danny, with a second round -4 under par 68, has joined AUS Scott Hend, -3 under 69 and KOR Y.E. Yang, also -3 under 69, at the top of the BMW PGA Championship scoreboard with -10 under par totals, at the 36 hole stage of the competition.

Danny was hoping for more out of his back nine, but in the end was satisfied with a birdie at the last;

“It was still not quite the back nine I was hoping for but ten under par, you’d have taken it at the beginning of the day.”

“I played great most of the day and then chucked a couple of horrid shots in there.”

“I had a slow walk from 17 to 18 to try and gather my thoughts and after hitting two lovely shots into the last I came off with a slightly better taste in my mouth.”

“You could have just chucked it and finished really poorly, but to make birdie on the last was good and shows a little bit of mental strength.”

Scott struggle with his swing, but also rescued his round with a great Eagle putt on the last;

“I’d been struggling all day to get the ball over the center of the club, get it around as best I can.”

 “Came up 18, hit a nice little sliding driver down there and sort of chunked a six iron not as good as I’d like to hit it.”

“I was in between six and seven and I took a six and caught it a little bit thick.”

“But it was nicely on the green and knew I had a quick putt, so just hit the putt where I thought it could go and rolled all the way.”

“It was quite nice and a good result considering I was floundering coming down the last few holes and put a positive spin going into the weekend.”

RSA Jaco Van Zyl is in fourth place on his own at -9 under par, he carded a second round -4 under par 68.

LPGA Volvik Championship. Christina Kim Leads.

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Christina Kim leads the LPGA Volvik Championship after the 1st round at Travis Pointe Country Club.

 

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Christina fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the LPG Volvik Championship by one stroke, and was delighted with her performance, swinging and putting well;

“Well, to be honest, I’ve been playing really well. It’s just the scores haven’t reflected how I’ve been playing.”

“I like to think that I try to make everyone comfortable when they’re playing because when you’re out here it’s enough of a grind as it is.”

“I’ve gotten the voices in my head that I can be out here quiet, it doesn’t matter, or talking. But I just want everyone out here to be comfortable.”

“It’s just a matter of being patient and letting the process kind of happen and just kind of getting the kinks out.”

“So for me it’s just a matter of staying patient out there. I’ve been swinging well, I’ve been putting well, and thankfully they kind of came together today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, winner of the last two LPGA events, opened her tournament with a bogey-free -7 under par 65, without a driver in her bag;

“This course pretty firm, so I not even need to hit three-wood.”

 “Two-iron fine because I can keep it low.”

Minjee Lee, So Yeon Ryu and Marina Alex are tied in third place at -4 under par.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko opened her tournament with a -1 under par, 71 and sits in a tie for 17th for her effort.

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Inbee Park was forced to withdraw once again with her thumb injury.

BMW PGA Championship. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship after the fist round at Wentworth Golf Club.

NED Joost LuitenAUS Scott Hend and KOR Y E Yang shared the lead in the first round on the Chinese owned Burma Road course in Virginia Water, Surrey , England.

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Joost, Scott and Y.E. all recorded -7 under par 65 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship, to lead the field by one shot.

Joost is in good form, having had eight top 15 finishes in eleven starts this season, he got on the par five last hole in two, and the resulting birdie got him up to share the top spot with Scott and Y.E.

Y.E. famously made history in the 2009 US PGA Championship becoming the first player ever to come from behind to beat Tiger Woods, in the final round of a Major.

Scott missed the cut on his debut here last year, and the Australian came with a different approach to the competition this year;

“I tried aggressive last year and it really doesn’t work.”

“So I thought I’d just be a little bit cautious off the tee and a bit more aggressive into the greens.”

“We’ll see how that plays out during the week.”

“There’s a long three more days to go but I’m comfortable wherever I’m playing, whether I’m running last or whether I’m running first.”

“Just put one foot in front of the other and keep going.”

Masters Tournament champion Danny Willett is alone in fourth place, after his bogey free -6 under par 66.

Richard Green, Robert Rock and Jaco van Zyl are back in the clubhouse with rounds of -5 under par 67, sharing fifth position.

Kingsmill Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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THA Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Kingsmill Championship after three rounds at the  River Course in Virginia.

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THA Ariya carded a third round -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship at -10 under par, which will give her a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It’s nice, but actually, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

“But it’s good enough for me to be right here.”

“Normally if I’m tied for the lead or one shot behind, I get a little bit excited, but today I’m not.”

“I just keep playing my game and have fun and enjoy it with every shot.”

They say beware the injured player, and that certain applied to KOR In Gee Chun, who carded the low round of the day, an amazing -9 under par 62, despite not feeling too good, she is now sharing second place with THA Pornanong Phatlum -6 under par 65 today and yesterday’s leader, KOR So Yeon Ryu carding -2 under 69, all at -9 under par for the tournament.

In Gee was suffering from allergies;

“Because the weather, and because I have allergies. It’s really bad. I did not feel good.”

“And it was a lot of wind today, so I did not play with high expectations, but I could focus on my game better, and I play with Candie and Kelly today, and really thank them for making me feel comfortable.”

 “And my friends are here. I was so happy to see them enjoying my play; then I focused more on my game.”

So Yeon made bogey on the last hole to drop out of the tie for the lead, her putts not dropping;

“I was almost going to play a bogey-free round and I made a bogey at the last hole.”

“I was pretty disappointed. But yeah, I hit a bad tee shot, but the rest of the day my playing was pretty great. I’m happy with that.”

“But if I really think about what’s the difference between yesterday, it’s just the putts were not dropping, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll drop everything.”

Pornanong is trying to focus on her game;

“There’s a lot of good competitors out here, and of course everybody is here to win.”

“I only focused on my game, and some of the week it will just come all together, and when that happens, hopefully it’s going to come soon.”

“Right now I have confidence, so that’s what I’ve been working on.”

With more rain forecast tomorrow, there will be a two tee start.

Kingsmill Championship. So Yeon Ryu Takes Over at the Top.

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So Yeon Ryu takes over at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard at the  River Course.

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So Yeon carded a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Kingsmill Championship at the half way stage, with her -7 under par total.

So Yeon said putting was the key for her today

“Today I’ve been putting really nice, my first hole I made a bogey, but it felt really great the next two holes. I made birdie-birdie right away.”

“Even my shot and birdie putt, and putting, I think today just everything was really working well.”

“I haven’t really consistently shot low scores since Hawaii, like five or six tournaments, then I shot seven under again today, so I hope I can hold this score the next two days, as well.”

“This one is definitely my favorite golf course what we play. Like you say, I consistently play really well here, so I feel really comfortable to stay here.”

 “I think I just really like the atmosphere, so I really enjoy it, so enjoying it makes me play.”

Sharing second place are three ladies, Stacy Lewis, -5 under 66 today, she played alongside So Yeon. Also Amy Yang -4 under 67 and  Mika Miyazato even par 71 today.

Stacy was much happier today, recovering well to easily make the cut;

“I’m happy with the round today, I needed a good score today to get up in contention and on the leaderboard, but it’s just going to be a long weekend.”

“You get ready for that. You get ready for delays and playing in the wet, and this golf course is going to get even harder.”

“You just kind of mentally prepare for it and know it’s going to happen, and if it doesn’t, that’s a great thing.”

“We both got off to a really good start, when you see other people make birdies, it kind of frees you up to know that it’s out there.”

 “Our whole group yesterday didn’t really make that many birdies, and so it was kind of boring in a sense, so we were definitely kind of feeding off of each other.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko bounced back from a first-round +2 over 73 and posted a -3 under 68 to move into a tie for T37, while Inbee Park had to withdraw from the tournament, suffering from a recurring injury to her left thumb. A condition that kept her out of action for the last three LPGA events. We wish Inbee a speedy recovery.