ShopRite LPGA Classic. Morgan Pressel 1st Round Leader.

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Morgan Pressel leads the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

 

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Morgan shot a first round -5 under par 66 to sit on top of the ShopRite LPGA Classic leaderboard at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in New Jersey.

Morgan carded five birdies, two bogey and an Eagle on the day and finished strongly, birdie-Eagle to get to -5 under par. Morgan reported that she had some unforced errors but was encouraged by her strong finish, and the confidence in her new swing;

“I really didn’t put myself in a whole lot of trouble.”

 “I wouldn’t say that I certainly had the best game out there.  I felt like I made a few mistakes. And I didn’t play all that well, but then I came down birdieing 8 and eagleing the last hole.”

” That definitely helps,  and I only made two bogeys today, I mean they weren’t great bogeys by any means.”

” I shouldn’t have really made them, but hopefully tomorrow I can eliminate those kinds of mistakes and can keep giving myself opportunities for birdie.”

“I think it’s just a confidence thing, I think it’s not standing up to the tee afraid of where the golf ball might go, but knowing on the next one I certainly can give myself a good opportunity to make birdie.”

“So it’s really just a confidence thing and it’s nice to stand up to the tee with more confidence.”

Four ladies are tied second at -4 under par;  Anna Nordqvist, Alena Sharp, Min Lee and Ryann O’Toole are in hot pursuit of the leader.

Min Lee has adjusted her attitude after struggling recently, and it is working for her;

“I’ve been struggling for a while, like a couple weeks, and then so last week is an off-week, and I was looking for like what’s different when I’m playing good at Symetra and then here, and I kind of lost myself a little bit for the past few weeks.”

“And then after Williamsburg, we played U.S. Open qualifier, and I just changed my mind and I really enjoyed it, and I played really good, and I just bring the attitude here to today.”

“I really like the golf course. The greens are very tiny and little, and it gets very windy. But it’s windy in Taiwan, too, so, I really like.”

The defending champion Stacy Lewis Eagled her final hole, the ninth, to score a +1 over par 72 for her opening round to finish in a tie for 56th .

World number two Inbee Park started the competition with an even par round of 71, in her pursuit of Lydia Ko at the top of the rankings. Lydia is not competing here this week so the gap could close between them.

 

 

BMW PGA Championship. Record Breaking Rookie Wins

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Record breaking rookie, South Korean  Byeong-hun An wins the BMW PGA Championship, finishing at -21 under par and beating the previous tournament record by two shots, at Wentworth Club West Course on Sunday.

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Rookie Byeong-hun carded a fabulous bogey free final round -7 under par 65, to win the BMW PGA Championship with a -21 under par total, and a massive six shots ahead of his nearest challenger.

Obviously he was over the moon with his maiden European Tour win, and securing a place in the US Open and Open Championship;

“I’m still really excited and over the moon right now.”

“I wasn’t expecting this. I didn’t know that a win was this close. It came all of a sudden. I’ve been playing well all year but I never thought I would win this event.”

“I played really well today. I was nervous at the start of the day but confident on every hole because I was hitting it well and putting nicely. I made some mistakes but being bogey-free I think is very good out here.”

“It was great to go into the last hole with a six-shot lead and I love that I’m the first Asian to win this event. It’s great.”

“It’s like a fifth Major to me. It’s the biggest title I have won and gets me into a lot of events. This is life-changing.”

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Miguel Angel Jiménez and Thongchai Jaidee were tied in second place, those six shots off the pace at -15 under par for the tournament.

England’s Chris Wood, who suffered a broken wrist earlier in the year, finished in fourth spot, a last round -6 under 66, which included an Ace at the 179 yard par three 14th, and gave him a total of -13 under par. The Ace also came with the reward of a  BMW i8, Chris went over to the car, and squeezed in the gull-wing door and tried it out for size;

“I just about fit in there.”

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“Last night at the hotel I bumped into Miguel [who had the tenth hole-in-one of his career on Saturday] and I said, another hole-in-one, when is it my turn?”

“All the players took on the 14th on Tuesday when we have a practice round and we think, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice, a BMW i8?’ You never think that it’s going to happen to you.”

“I hit a great shot and it was a bit of a delayed reaction because you hear two cheers; one sounded like it just missed and the second one it went in.”

“It was a long winter at home and you do worry whether you’re going to come back to the player you were, but to finish top five in a marquee event here at Wentworth is a big boost in confidence.”

 

BMW PGA Championship. It’s a Tie at the Top.

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It’s a tie at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at the Wentworth Club.

Byeong-hun An birdied the 18th hole to catch Francesco Molinari at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par.

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Francesco is looking for a wire to wire win at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, but Byeong-hun is seeking his first European Tour victory, and is making a real fight of it, carding a -5 under par 67 third round to Francesco’s -4 under 68.

Francesco spoke about Tommy Fleetwood holing out with a seven iron from 198 yards on the par four 4th hole on Wentworth’s West Course for just the third albatross in the history of this tournament, and putting some pressure on the guys at the top;

“There were a few guys flying at the start with the albatross and other stuff you don’t want to see when you’re leading a tournament.”

“I stayed calm and overall it was a good day.”

“Every tournament is different but to win here would be pretty much at the same level I would say as the WGC events.”

“I think it’s one of these tournaments that it’s just a little step underneath the Majors but definitely one that you want to have on your resume in your career.”

South Korean rookie Byeong is playing very well in his first season, having already recorded three top-ten finishes in an impressive start to his professional career.

“I was really consistent all day, I hit it well and then missed a couple of shots, which is possible on this course, but overall I played great today.”

Thongchai Jaidee from Thailand is in third position at -12 under par, just two shots off the pace, he signed a card for a third round -4 under par 68.

Tommy Fleetwood, apart from his Albatross, scored an Eagle on the par five 12th, to get to -11 under par for the tournament, and 4th place with a third round -7 under par 65;

“That was about as good as you can play a hole of golf.”

“Perfect drive, 198 yards to the pin. I was thinking one club less but went with a normal seven iron and it pitched seven or eight feet right of the pin and span in.”

“Wobbly [his caddie Phil Morbey] was pretty excited because it was his choice of club, not mine.”

“You have to try and calm down after that, and I fired a five iron miles over the green on the fifth with a little bit of adrenalin.”

“The last seven or eight months I’ve had a lot of top fives and a lot of top threes. I’ve come close and people have just played better than me.”

There’s not much I could have done about it. It’s just such a fine line between winning and finishing second and third. You want to be remembered for winning and it would be great to win this week.”

Miguel Angel Jiménez sits in fifth spot, thanks to another hole in one, last week it was at the Spanish Open, which won him 288 bottles of beer, this one set a new European Tour record;

“It’s very prolific this year, the last few months.”

“You get the right distance, the right club, hit a good shot and that’s the ingredients you need to make a hole-in-one. It’s nice to have the record.”

 

 

 

 

BMW PGA Championship. Francesco Stands Firm.

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Francesco Molinari stands firm at the top of the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard at Wentworth Club.

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Francesco had to recover from a poor start, with two bogey’s in the first three holes, and was delighted to finally card a second round -3 under par 69, to remain at the top of the BMW PGA Championship with a -10 under par total;

“The start is really tricky the first three holes. I think I played them okay.”

“My chipping wasn’t good enough on the first and on the third to save par. I managed to steady the ship and made a few birdies coming in at the end, so a good day.”

“Obviously I’m delighted to have gone a little bit further under par from yesterday and just need to keep doing the same.”

“I know how hard I’ve been working the last few months, so it’s nice to see that it’s paying off on the course.”

In second place on his own is South Korean Byeong Hun An who returned a marvelous card of -8 under par 64 in the second round, to reach a -9 under par total.

Tied in third position at -8 under par are Emiliano Grillo and Jaidee Thongchai, the Argentine and Thai players making it a very international top of the leaderboard.

Emiliano Eagled the two par fives on the back nine, the 486 yard 12th and 539 yard 18th, and was enjoying his day;

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“I am enjoying the moment and playing well and being in contention is what I need.”

“If I keep knocking someone is going to open the door.”

“I’ve been looking for a win since I turned pro and it’s going to come soon. There’s a lot going on when you are in contention and you have to be prepared.”

“Playing well definitely pushes the confidence up and it’s nice to be on the leaderboard every week. This is a big week, the Flagship Event of The European Tour and it would be great to win.”

Best placed Englishman is James Morrison, who last week won the Spanish Open. James returned a second round score of -6 under par 66, which gave him a tournament total of -7 under par, and fifth place. James lives just 20 minutes from Wentworth Club, but discovered on Thursday evening that staying at home is not always an advantage, due to a power cut;

“I thought we had been burgled at first, I couldn’t even charge my phone and a cold shower this morning at 5:30 was no fun.”

World number one, and defending champion, Rory McIlroy carded a second round +6 over par 78, and missed the cut here at Wentworth, with a +5 over par 36 hole total.

He was in a hurry to leave the course, to get to Heathrow Airport;

“Flight to catch.”

“I’m not angry, a little disappointed I’m not going to be here for the weekend. I’m not going to read too much into it. It was inevitable at some point that the run was going to come to a bit of an end.”

“I’m sort of back to my usual at Wentworth. It wasn’t great before I won last year and it hasn’t been great after.”

“If anything good comes out of this, it’s just that I get a little bit of a rest over the next couple of days, and feel a bit fresher for what’s going to be a really big week for me next week.”

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LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Minjee Lee Rookie Winner.

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Minjee Lee became the third rookie winner this year winning the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia with a final round -6 under par 65 and a -15 under par total.

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For 18 year-old Aussie Minjee this was her first LPGA Tour win, and she was definitely delighted;

“I didn’t think this moment would come this year, so I’m stoked to have won.”

“Just because I won in my rookie season, I feel like I could probably do it again. It just kind of gives me confidence that I can play out here and win out here.”

“On the 18th, I looked at the leaderboard and I saw Alison made birdie, so I kind of thought, I’ll just do everything I can in my control.”

 “I just knocked it on and two‑putted for par.”

So Yeon Ryu finished second, a -4 under par last round gave her a -13 under par total. She said she had played perfectly this morning, but did not finish strongly;

“Sometimes early morning my body is still not awake, but this morning my body condition was even better than yesterday.”

“So I pretty much made every shot and every putt. So, yeah, perfect this morning.”

“On 16 and 17, I felt like I hit two good putts, but they didn’t go in, and on 18, I just kind of gave up on myself and I shouldn’t have done that. I should have finished strong.”

Another rookie Alison Lee claimed third place, a -2 under par final round giving her a -12 under par tournament total. To play in the U.S. Open Alison will try to get into a qualifier on Tuesday in California.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Rain Delay Means Monday Finish.

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A rain delay has forced the Kingsmill Championship into a Monday Finish, with Minjee Lee leading, having completed 15 holes.

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Minjee is part way through her final Kingsmill Championship round, having completed 15 holes and currently -7 under par for the round. Her tournament total is -16 under par, and she knew she was at the top, but just wants to get out there tomorrow and finish off;

“I knew I was right there, I still have some work to do tomorrow, but just kind of gave myself opportunities, played smart golf. I didn’t do anything crazy.  Just my putts seemed to drop.”

“Hopefully if I can get the win tomorrow then I won’t have to go to the U.S. Open qualifying.”

Nearest challenger is Alison Lee at -12 under par after 14 holes, and -2 under on her final round, four shots adrift with four holes to play, and realistically not much chance of catching the leader.

Alison suffered a nose bleed out on the course today, after some attention she carried on and made birdie on the next hole;

“I’ve had a nosebleed every day since I’ve been here, just happen to have gotten it on the course today.  Thankfully it didn’t last too long.”

“I know I’m going to have to play aggressively being four strokes behind Minjee.”

“I know exactly what I have to do tomorrow if I want to take this. It’s all up to me.  It’s me against the golf course.”

” No matter what Minjee does, I just have to play my best.”

There are five ladies tied in third place at -10 under par and do have some chance of catching second place Alison, but the way they are playing in does not seem feasible.

Paula CreamerHoo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Perrine Delacour and Suzann Pettersen, Suzann is in the clubhouse with her score.

Lydia Ko and Inbee Park have both completed their last rounds and are T16 at -5 under par for the competition.

More to follow on Monday.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Perrine Delacour Leads.

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Perrine Delacour, from France, leads the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

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Perrine carded a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Kingsmill Championship after 54 holes with a -11 under par total. She is seeking her first LPGA Tour win, and has a strategy that could work;

“When I won the British Amateur, I didn’t have the game to win, so I just play every match and win every match, and at the end I win the tournament,”

“So I try to do the same tomorrow.”

Alison Lee slipped up late in the round with a bogey at the par four 16th, followed by a double bogey five at the par three 17th. She finished the day at -1 under par 70, for a -10 under par total, saying she mis-read some putts;

“I felt like I hit a couple decent strokes, I just misread it.”

“Especially coming down I think 15, 16, 17, I hit strokes that I thought were good, but it didn’t turn out as well.”

“I’m pretty sure that four‑putt on 17 will come back to haunt me later this week and tomorrow.”

” I learned a lot.  I’m just glad I finished under par today and just looking forward to tomorrow.”

Third place is shared by three ladies all tied at -9 under par for the tournament, Paula Creamer, So Yeon Ryu and Minjee Lee.

Paula was happy with her hot putter;

“You have to have a good short game and be able to bail yourself out at times.”

“My putter was hot and I gave myself some really good looks for par, even thought I had to save them. It was a crazy back nine, that’s for sure.”

“Playing in a final group or the last two groups, that’s always fun. It’s good to have my game where I want it to be.”

” I have a lot of confidence, even though I got to go work on some things, but this is fun.”

The battle of the big guns continues with world number two Inbee Park maintaining a one-shot advantage over current world number one Lydia Ko. They both carded -1 under par 70, with Inbee now at -4 under and Lydia -3 under for the tournament. They will have to play very well in the final round to make an impression here.