Canadian Pacific Womens Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Canadian Pacific Womens Open, at the mid-way point at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

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Ariya carded a second round -8 under par 64, to comfortably lead the Canadian Pacific Womens Open with a -12 under pat total, and a three shot lead going into the week-end. She spoke about her Rio Olympics withdrawal, due to injury and how good she feels now;

“I feel pretty good today because I hit my tee shot pretty good, and I was calm on every shot, so I feel good.”

“I know I hurt my knee, so that’s why I didn’t play very good on the third round, and after the withdraw I just felt okay.”

“I just had to rest and take care of my knee. So after that I feel like just play golf, and it didn’t feel like anything changed. I feel like I’m okay. I wanted to see how I’m feeling.”

“But after that, like on Monday, it didn’t hurt that much and today it’s getting a lot better.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under for the tournament, In Gee Chun, -5 under 67 today and Stephanie Meadow, with -3 under 69 in her second round.

Stephanie is just enjoying the ride.

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“I didn’t have my best game today and I still shot 69.”

“So I think everyone’s going to have a bad nine holes throughout a four-round stretch, and I’ll just keep going tomorrow and hopefully get the ball striking back and make some birdies and have fun.”

“This is what we work for. This is our environment to be out there on the leaderboard. So it’s going to be fun. I’m going to enjoy it.”

Five ladies are tied in fourth place at -8 under, including World number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 69 today, and starting in first place today Chella Choi, who did not do so well today, -1 under 71.

Lydia is playing well, feeling confident, just needs a few more putts to drop;

“I played pretty solid the last few days, hoped for a few more putts to drop, but it’s just really tough out there with some pins being tucked and on little slopes.”

“Three-footers, four or five, they’re not easy tap-ins or easy birdies or pars.”

“So when it’s that kind of scenario you really need to take your time and be patient out there.”

“But there’s still a lot of golf to be played. I feel like I’m playing solid, and it’s a good position going into the weekend.”

Joining Lydia and Chella on that -8 under total are Sei Young Kim and Hyo Joo Kim, both with -5 under 67 today, and Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 69.

CAN Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc are tied for low Canadian honors at -6 under par for the two rounds, six shots back of the lead.

Wyndham Championship. Si Woo Kim Leads.

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Si Woo Kim, of South Korea, leads the Wyndham Championship after two rounds at Sedgefield Country Club, as darkness once again brought proceedings to a premature end.

Kim's 60 catapults him to second-round lead

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Si Woo has a -12 under par total after two rounds of the Wyndham Championship, which puts him on top of the leaderboard. A fantastic second round of -10 under par 60 quickly elevated him into the lead, it could have been a 59.

Good iron play and better putting were key, he spoke about aggressive play on the last for a chance of 59;

“My irons and putting game is much better,much more putting practice last week.”

 “That’s better, just putting.”

“Tee shot aggressive, yesterday, hit 3-wood, but today just try to hit driver.”

“Hit driver and then missed left. Just tough, tough lie and tough pin.”

“I’m trying before like 10 yards, 15 yards landing, but almost hit the green landing. Putting, really fast down grain and just trying to make par, but almost close there.”

“Not so much celebrate today. After this week, play good, I celebrate.”

“I’m not thinking too much like for later and win, just trying today my putting, my shot.”

“That’s it.”

Four players are tied in second place, two shots back at -10 under par, Kevin Na, -3 under 67 today, Hideki Matsuyama and Jim Furyk both had -6 under 64, and Lucas Glover, who had a chance of scoring -11 under 59, but three putted the final hole for a -9 under 61.

Kevin is pretty happy with his position on the leaderboard;

“I’m in good position for the weekend.”

“Keep attacking those flags and we’ll see.”

Lucas also missed a last-minute putt, his was for a 60, he settled for -9 under 61, maybe the seven week break he had has something to do with it;

“I kind of lost of concentration a little bit, got eaten up in the moment and kind of just wasn’t focused.”

 “My fault, stupid, but it happens.”

“Five weeks of playing, little golfed out.”

“Wanted some family time and took some family time and just had a situation with my father-in-law couple weeks ago, so withdrew from the Travelers Championship.”

“He’s doing better, so here we are.”

Jim, who shot a 58 last week, was surprised at the low scoring today;

“I’m a little surprised how low the scoring is.”

 “The fairways are pretty firm. They’re extremely quick, have a lot of slope in them.”

“If you get the ball in the fairway, it’s playing short, the ball is rolling. I can see guys hitting lot of wedges. I’m still shocked we had so many guys going that low.”

Importantly the top 125 in the FedExCup standings will qualify for The Barclays next week at Bethpage Black, so a good finish is urgently required by some players.

 

 

 

Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Inbee Looking Good For Gold

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Inbee Park is looking good for the Gold Golf Medal at the Rio Olympics after 54 holes in Brasil.

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Inbee, from South Korea, stayed on top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard with a third round -1 under par 70, and will take a two shot advantage over the field into the final round tomorrow at -11 under for the Gold Medal;

“I think first coming here, I didn’t really know whether I was going to play this week or not due to the injury.”

“Obviously didn’t expect much of a result. It was more of, you know, whether I can play or not.”

“So I mean, a good result is a great gift. But at the same time, I know I’ve been in the position before and I know in a good condition, I can do it.”

“I think just trying to enjoy the Olympics and try to enjoy the Olympic golf, brought really good results.”

Sharing second place at -9 under par are Gerina Piller, U.S.A  -3 under 68 today, and World number one Lydia Ko, playing for New Zealand, played her way back into contention with -6 under 65 in the third round.

The World Number One Lydia also registered her first ever hole in one today;

“This is the first one in a practice round and tournaments, all included.”

” I almost didn’t know how to react, because it is your first one, and the wind is blowing and I haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to hole‑in‑ones.”

” I would have loved to like done a dance or jumped up‑and‑down, but in that situation, I think I was almost trying to cry, and then realised I had 11 more holes to play.”

“It’s really cool.  It just puts the cherry on top.”

” This week is about having fun and this experience, being an Olympian and competing in the Olympics, and to have my first hole-in-one, is something that I’ll never forget.”

Gerina said tomorrow will be one of the biggest rounds of her life;

 “I would say it’s one of the biggest, yes.”

“Playing the Solheim Cup is definitely dear to my heart and trying to win that for the country.”

” But I’ve never played in the final round of an Olympics before, competing for a medal.”

” It’s going to be pretty special.  I’m going to soak it in all in, take it all in, and no matter what the outcome, I’m proud to be American.”

Completing the top four is Shanshan Feng, representing China, her -3 under par 68 today moved her up the leaderboard, and a possible medal position finish, with her -8 under par total. She is hoping her performance will inspire new Chinese players;

Back in China, normally we are only on golf channels, but this time people can see us on any television channels.”

“I think that’s a great chance to let the Chinese know how good the Chinese players are, and hopefully they can just fall in love with the sport and join this sport.

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The Final Group, Inbee, Lydia and Gerina / getty

Rio Olympic Ladies Golf. Ariya Jutanugarn 1st Round Leader.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, is the 1st round leader of the Ladies Tournament at the Rio Olympics.

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Ariya cruised to a first round -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the Rio Olympics, which gave her a one shot advantage over the field,

 “I think I’m going to be really excited, because I like to represent Thailand.”

“We want to be the best and have the Gold Medal for Thailand. I think it’s going to be great if I have it.”

“I like the Village a lot, before I came here I had no idea what it’s going to be like.”

” When I got into the village, I liked it. I love it a lot.  I’m a roommate with the badminton players from Thailand and I have had a chance to watch them play a few matches.”

“Pretty good.”

Sharing second place with -5 under par opening rounds of 66 are Inbee Park, and Sei Young Kim, both ladies from South Korea.

Inbee has recovered from her recent injury problems;

“I first started feeling it in the off‑season in January. Some weeks it was good. Some weeks it was bad.’
‘I tried to rest it and tried to play again. Didn’t really work. When I tried to play again, it just didn’t work.”

“I felt like still perform well and I can still play with injury, but it just didn’t happen. It was just my mistake. Now I feel much better than before. “

“Bogey‑free round, been awhile. Feels great.”

“It wasn’t too windy out there this morning, so I had a lot of opportunities at birdie.”

 “I had a really good ball‑striking day. I had a lot of opportunities and there was probably two or three more putts that I possible could have made.”

“But yeah, I’m very satisfied with today’s round. I felt quite nervous this morning, teeing off, and being able to overcome that kind of nerves feels great.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand is T11 with her opening effort of -2 under 69, courtesy of holing her nine iron second shot from 136 yards for an Eagle  on the par four 15th;

“It was my first eagle at the Olympics, so I think it’s great.”

” At the men’s last week, I think there were two hole‑in‑ones and a few eagles, and I put my contribution to golf by making an eagle, I think is a really good feeling, and especially since I was even par at that point in my round.”

“So to go from zero to two‑under-par was a great turnaround.”

Brazilian Miriam Nagl teed off first, hitting the  first Olympic women’s tee shot in 116 years, she recorded a round of +8 over 79;

 “It was nerve‑wracking, to be honest.  I was very nervous, but what an honor that I could be hitting this shot.”

” It means so much to me,  being in my home country and golf being back in the Olympic Games, and the fact that I have a little daughter now.”

“It was just very special to me.”

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Miriam Nagl 

 

Travelers Championship. Jim Furyk Shoots Historic 58.

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Jim Furyk shoots an amazing historic 58 at TPC River Lands.

Furyk shoots historic 58

A very happy, record breaking Jim Furyk / getty

Jim  set a PGA TOUR low round record carding a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship, he said making history was a phenomenal event, dreams do come true;

“There’s a lot of rounds by a lot of great players ahead of me that have never reached 58, so to hold that record alone right now, on the PGA TOUR at least, is phenomenal.”

 “To have a little, small place in history is something you dream of.”

“I’m still a little stunned and a little flabbergasted.”

“In this game you catch a little tip here, a little tip there, and you make a few good swings, and that momentum can switch pretty quickly.”

“It doesn’t ever feel like it, but when it happens, it’s a lot of fun.”

For the statisticians Jim  hit all 18 greens in regulation and had a putt for birdie on every hole, except for the par four third. He didn’t need one there because he holed out for an eagle with a wedge from 135 yards.

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play. Host Paul Out in First Round

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Tournament host Paul Lawire is out of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play in the first round.

Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play

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Paul said he had played well;

“Today, honestly, is the best I’ve felt for a long, long time.”

I played lovely today, I’ve been struggling a wee bit with a sore neck the last ten days but today I felt fully fit and when I feel like that I feel as though I can make birdies and I can get some speed with the club.”

All first round results;

RSA Haydn PORTEOUS  at the 19th over John PARRY ENG

FRA Sébastien GROS 6&4 over David HORSEY ENG

ENG James MORRISON 6&5 over Alvaro QUIROS ESP

ENG Tommy FLEETWOOD 2&1 over Graeme STORM ENG

ESP Pablo LARRAZÁBAL 2&1 over Simon KHAN ENG

USA Peter UIHLEIN at the 22nd over Oliver FISHER ENG

SWEJ ohan CARLSSON 2&1 over Morten Ørum MADSEN DEN

ENG Robert ROCK 3&2 over Gary STAL FRA

ESP Jorge CAMPILLO 3&2 over Marc WARREN SCO

SWE Magnus A CARLSSON 4&3  over Chase KOEPKA USA

ENG Matthew SOUTHGATE at the 19th over Kristoffer BROBERG SWE

SCO David DRYSDALE 4&3 over Michael HOEY NIR

SCO Richie RAMSAY 1 Hole over David HOWELL ENG

FRA Grégory HAVRET at the 20th over Roope KAKKO FIN

FRA Benjamin HEBERT 2&1 over Chris PAISLEY ENG

USA David LIPSKY 1 Hole over Prom MEESAWAT THA

ENG Lee SLATTERY 3&2 over Richard GREEN AUS

DEN Lucas BJERREGAARD 4&2 Paul LAWRIE SCO

ENG Callum SHINKWIN at the 19th over Eduardo DE LA RIVA ESP

ESP Alejandro CAÑIZARES at the 19th over Mike LORENZO-VERA FRA

FIN Mikko ILONEN 3&2 over Jin JEONG KOR

GER Maximilian KIEFFER 3&2 over Edoardo MOLINARI ITA

ESPNacho ELVIRA 2&1 over Oliver WILSON ENG

FRA Raphaël JACQUELIN 3&2 over Craig LEE SCO

ENG Richard BLAND 2&1 overJoakim LAGERGREN SWE

ENG Robert DINWIDDIE 3&2 over Anthony WALL ENG

ENG Matthew FITZPATRICK 4&3 overThomas BJØRN DEN

SWE Pelle EDBERG 3&2 over Matt FORD ENG

ENG Chris WOOD 4&3 over Brett RUMFORD AUS

ENG Daniel BROOKS 4&3 over Gareth WRIGHT WAL

SWE Alex NOREN 5&4 Scott JAMIESON SCO

ITA Renato PARATORE 7&6 over Stephen GALLACHER SCO

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Wins.

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Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand wins the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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Ariya carded a final round of even par 72 to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf Club, with a -16 under par tournament total, giving her a three shot victory. She also becomes the first Thai lady to win a Major, and hopes it will inspire others to follow her example. I am sure Ariya will add more Major titles to her CV.

Ariya had her poor moments on the course,  dropping her first shot of the day at the par four, ninth hole, and followed that with  a double bogey 6 at the par four, 13th. Winning from previous 54 hole leads helped Ariya to come through today;

“I think I got mad after that hole.”

 “My caddie helped me a lot. He tried to calm me down, slow me down.”

“And after I make double, my fairway iron so good.  I have more confidence because I commit and it come out really good.”

“Before today, I think it’s helped me a lot, but after ANA, I’m still really nervous.”

 “But I’m pretty sure I learned a lot from that, also, because like after I feel nervous, I know what I have to do.”

“Like last few holes, I tried to be patient and to commit to my shots.”

“It was really hard, I missed a lot of putts today.”

“I think it is really important for me and Thai golfers. I want to win majors, and I hope it inspires golfers in Thailand.”

Mirim Lee, -1 under 71 today, finished tied second at 13-under par along with Mo Martin, -2 under 70 for her last round.

Mo thinks her ancestors may have given her inspiration;

“I’ve done a little bit research into my lineage, and I’ve got a little bit of English genes in me so maybe my ancestors are looking out for me.”

Stacy Lewis was in fourth place at 11-under par, she too carded -2 under 70 in the final round.