Ladies European Thailand Championship, 14 Year-Old Atthaya Youngest Ever Winner.

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Aged just 14 years, 4 months and 19 days amateur player Atthaya Thitikul from Thailand becomes the youngest ever winner on the Ladies European Tour, taking that honor away from Lydia Ko. A smiling Atthaya takes a selfie of herself and the Ladies European Thailand Championship trophy.

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A Selfie from Atthaya Thitikul

Atthaya carded an even par 72 final round to win the  Ladies European Thailand Championship with a -5 under par total at Phoenix Golf and Country Club;

 “I’m so happy and proud of myself. I did not look nervous, but of course I felt nerves on the first tee and on the first hole.”

“I did not think about the score. I committed to every shot I hit and stayed relaxed.”

“My caddie helped me a lot, not to think too much, to focus on my game plan and to plan the tee shots and second shots.”

“My family do not play golf. When I was younger, aged six, my father told me to play sport and he offered tennis or golf and I watched golf on TV and I liked it.”

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Ana Menendez, Mexico, who was going for a wire to wire win came in second at -3 under par, a sad last round of +3 over par 75 her undoing;

“Right now, I’m disappointed, because I know I could have done better and my start was a little poor.”

“There are lots of positives to take and I will go home happy. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and I’ve made huge strides from this year to last year, so I’m proud of myself and my team.”

“I was feeling nervous again and it wasn’t quite comfortable today, with my swing and everything. I was in between clubs a lot so it was tough to make decisions and overall it was a tough day for me.”

Whitney Hillier, Australia, claimed third place at -2 under for the tournament, her last round -1 under 71 good enough to earn that place;

“I only made two birdies today and I was so patient out there. I made nothing on the front nine and then finally made a couple in the end.”

“It was a solid game and I was very happy with that. I tried to get myself back up there and I did.”

“I’ve been working really hard the last couple of months as well, but it does help to have local support, my mum and all of her friends cheering me on.”

Shenzhen International. Wiesberger Wins In A Play-Off.

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Bernd Wiesberger wins the Shenzhen International in a play-off at  Genzon Golf Club in China.

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Bernd had a poor final round of -1 under par 71 in the Shenzhen International to get into a play-off at -16 under par, against Tommy Fleetwood, who carded a fabulous -9 under par 63. It was a great final round with four players in with a chance to win with four holes to go, but one by one they fell over, in the pouring rain;

“I’m feeling a bit relieved now I have to say.”

“I’ve had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months and it’s really nice to have a trophy again.”

“We have really good players out here, all up for it, playing well and throwing a lot at me.”

“At the end of the day I’m just glad I got myself into the spot where I could play for the title.”

“Tommy has had a great day today and I’m just grateful to make that one shot when I needed to.”

“I just wanted to get off to a good start and show them that I’m up for it and I did, scrapped around a little bit, had a couple of near misses with good looks at it early on. It could have gotten to me but I stayed calm, played on decently.”

Tommy said a few putts dropped today, and in the end he was disappointed;

“I’ve played well all week and I was really disappointed, it was stressing me out that I couldn’t really get anything in the hole.”

“Today, just a few putts went in and I kept it going all the way through and it was a good time to shoot a 63.”

“As a goal I wanted to be one under for every three holes, that was 66 and if I beat that I thought I’ll have a had a good day and a good week.”

Grégory Bourdy, -5 under 67 today and Ross Fisher -4 under 68 shared third place at -15 under par. Ross sadly three putted the 18th green to drop out of a  play-off place.

Shenzhen International. Bernd In Control.

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Bernd Wiesberger is in control of the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club in China, with a three stroke lead to take into the final round.

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Bernd had a third round -3 under par 69 to sit comfortably on top of the Shenzhen International leaderboard with -15 under par total, and a three shot advantage over the field;

“I didn’t start off really well, I hit a couple of crooked shots and left a couple of putts out there but then from when I holed the putt on seven I felt more comfortable out there and was rolling the ball a bit better.”

“I was in a similar position a couple of weeks ago in Malaysia and had a sloppier day, so I’m happy with the way I bounced back and to shoot three under par is a decent score today.”

“The guys were coming at me hard early on today as well so I’m expecting no less for tomorrow, so I’m just trying to commit to my shots and enjoy it out there.”

In second place at -12 under par is Dylan Frittelli, had carded -4 under 68 today and moved into position nicely.

Sharing third spot are Dean Burmester, -4 under 68 today, George Coetzee -5 under 67,  Ross Fisher -3 under 69 and David Lipsky -5 under 67, all these players have -11 under par totals.

Grégory Bourdy carded a hole in one today, but no car.

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Low round of the day went to Alex Levy, -8 under 64, which put him into a tie for 5th place at -10 under par, where he was joined by Bubba Watson -2 under today, Grégory Bourdy-2 under 70 and top Chinese player  Liu Yan-Wei who carded -6 under par 66.

Ko and Caddie Part Company.

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World number one Lydia Ko, or her family, have sacked the new caddie Gary Matthews, after just nine starts, and shooting -8 under par 64 in the final round of the Lotte Championship, in Hawaii.

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The startling news was confirmed by  Lydia’s management team to  Golf Channel’s Randall Mell.

Lydia has made several changes in the past year. In December she fired longtime coach David Leadbetter, he had this to say;

“They tell her when to go to bed, what to eat, what to wear, when to practice and what to practice.”

 “And they expect her to win every tournament. They are good people, who love their daughter and want the very best for her; but they are naive about golf.”

“And at some point, they’ve got to let the bird fly from the nest. I would often think,  It’s not easy coaching three people.”

How do you sack overbearing parents ? You have to wonder is it really just caring for your daughter, or the Asian custom of do as you are told, a control thing.

 

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.”