ISPS Womens Australian Open. Ha Na Jang Wins.

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Ha Na Jang, of South Korea, wins the ISPS Womens Australian Open, at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Australia.

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Ha Na shot a final round -4 under 69 in the final round, as those around her stumbled in the late windy conditions, to post a winning score of -10 under par;

“The first hole I was very nervous on the tee because I want to make birdie at every hole, more aggressive and try that.”

” The second shot was a really big miss, a little topping of my ball and after hole number 1 it’s really tough day, because every hole par, par, make par, and then just I talk to caddie, it’s like, “Okay, I try just be patient every hole,.

“Really good score in the after rounds, like after hole number 12, hit a really good birdie 13 and 14 and it really, the topping at hole number 17 is equal, and at 18 it’s a really good strong finish, that’s why it’s good sport today.”

Nanna Madsen, from Denmark was second, a last round of even par 73 good enough to give her that place on her own, at -7 under.

Minjee Lee, -3 under 70, Ariya Jutanugarn, -2 under 71, Haru Nomura, even par 73, and Sarah Jane Smith, +2 over par 75, shared third place at -6 under par.

Womens Australian Open. Lizette Salas Leads.

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Lizette Salas, from U.S.A. leads the ISPS Womens Australian Open after 54 holes at Royal Adelaide Golf Club in Australia.

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Lizette shot a third round -2 under par 71 to lead the ISPS Womens Australian Open by two shots at -10 under par. She has her dad watching and wants to win with him at the tournament;

“It would be such an honor and it would be my first win overseas, my first win with my Dad here.”

“He wasn’t there (in 2014), he was watching on television.”

“To bounce back from the year I had last year, it would mean a lot.”

“On 18 my hands were a little numb; I was just trying to relax and stay patient.”

“We’ll take it shot-for-shot tomorrow. It’s been a while since I’ve been in this position. I’m just going to embrace it and have fun.”

Sue Oh, from Australia, -5 under 68 today, is tied in second place with Pornanong Phatlum, from Thailand, even par 73, and Sarah Jane Smith, an Aussie, +1 over 74 today, all with -8 under totals.

Sue wants to win her national title and her first LPGA Title;

“I mean, there are still 18 holes to go, I can’t quite think yet, but it’s my national title, so I really want to fight for it.”

“It’s going to be tough, but it would mean a lot.  You can’t really put a word to that.”

” It also would be my first win on the LPGA.”

“It’s going to be tough but it would mean a lot.  You can’t really put a word to that.”

” It also would be my first win on the LPGA. Just a lot but currently I’m happy with how I played today and just tighten up a few more things for tomorrow and see what happens.”

Ex Champion here  Karrie Webb missed her first ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open cut on her 21st consecutive appearance, blaming a poor putting performance;

“It hurts to miss any cut and I don’t like that at all,”

“The putter wasn’t great, but yesterday left me behind the eight ball today and with conditions being tough, I just was trying to play catch-up all day.”

“I had a couple of makeable putts on the front nine that if I’d made those might have changed things around.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genesis Open. Sam Saunders 1st Round Leader.

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Sam Saunders is the first round leader of the Genesis Open, on the 50th Anniversary of when Grand-Dad Arnold Palmer won the tournament. Play was suspended due to darkness, so there are still some players out there who could change the standings.

Sam Saunders is the grandson of Arnold Palmer, who won the Genesis Open three times in his career. (Keyur Khamar/PGATOUR.COM)

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Sam shot -7 under par 64 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California to lead the Genesis Open, and said he is comfortable of being who he is;

“He just always talked about how much he loved coming out there and playing.”

“I think his celebrity matched pretty well with the celebrity atmosphere that you have here, so he was obviously comfortable with that.”

“There wasn’t a big difference between the man you saw on TV and the man we knew at home.”

“I don’t need to compete against my grandfather’s career. Nobody can.”

“I don’t care how many golf tournaments you win, nobody’s going to compete in the terms of doing what he did for the game.”

“And for me to try to promote my own brand or name would be foolish because I have such a great opportunity to promote and to continue what he has already done.”

“That’s what I’m going to do and not make it about myself.”

Dustin Johnson, J.T. Poston, Daniel Summerhays, Brett Stegmaier, and Cameron Percy, are all tied in second place, two shots behind at -5 under after their opening rounds of 66.

Ladies Australian Open. Katherine Kirk First Round Leader.

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Katherine Kirk, Australia, is the first round leader at the Ladies Australian Open at Royal Adelaide Golf Cub, in Australia.

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Katherine shot a bogey free opening round -8 under par 65 to lead the ISPS Ladies Australian Open

Tied in second place are Chella Choi, carding one bogey, from South Korea, Jane Park bogey free and Marissa Steen, bogey free, both ladies from the U.S.A, all three players at -6 under par following their first round scores of 67.

Marissa said she was late coming into golf, and had to take a medical break;

“I played a bunch of other sports growing up, so focusing on golf I was a little late to it.”

 “I played at the University of Memphis in Tennessee for four years and graduated from there and then played Symetra Tour for three seasons.”

I just woke up one day, and my side hurt.  It took about two weeks, finally to where it was like I couldn’t sleep really at night, so I was like, I need to go get this checked out, and sure enough.’

“I was a rookie; I was excited to be out here, coming off the best season I had ever played on Symetra Tour.

”  I didn’t want to, and I guess I had never been injured before, I didn’t really know how to handle it.  Now, I think I have a little better grasp of what to do if that happens again in the future.”

 

Oates Vic Open. Play-Off Win For Melisa Reid.

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Melisa Reid of England won the Oates Vic Open, in a play-off at  13th Beach Golf Links in Australia.

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Mel had a final round -1 under par 72 for a -16 under par Oates Vic Open total, to get into a play-off against Sandra Gal, from Germany.

Sandra carded -4 under par 69 in her last round to set up the play-off, which Mel won at the third extra hole.

Mel spoke about the brutal winds, and her poor start to the round, but recovering with some big putts;

“It was honestly brutal out there.”

“That’s one of the toughest winds that I’ve had, especially with the start that I got. I didn’t feel I’d hit a bad shot in the first five holes so to be three over after four was unreal.”

“It was a true test of golf, you know, and brought a lot of character out so I’m over the moon that I managed to get the win.”

“A big putt on 16 and another on 17. You’ve just got to hang in there, because there are a lot of holes to go and with the conditions, people can make double bogeys out there.”

Sandra posted this on social media

What an #epic week here in Melbourne, Australia. Loved every second of it with new and old friends, a road trip, great food, four really good rounds of golf and many, many awesome fans! Lost on the third play off hole, but am so proud of how I played in today’s tough conditions. Lots of positives to take away! Thank you for hosting me Oates Vic Open and congratulations @melreid87 – til next time 😜#downunder

Su Oh from Australia tied for third place with American teenager Angel Yin, both two shots off the pace at -14 under par, and both also carding -1 under 72 for the final round.

Oates Vic Open. Melisa Read Leads.

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Melisa Reid leads the Oates Vic Open after 54 holes at 13th Beach Golf Links in Australia.

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Melisa, from England shot a third round -6 under par 67 to lead the Oates Vic Open at -15 under par after 54 holes, an improvement in her putting making  difference;

“I feel like I have struck the ball really well all week and also in the Bahamas two weeks ago.”

“The difference is that I am starting to make some putts at important times.”

“I did leave a few out there today, I had a lot of chances and not making birdie at 14 standing in the fairway with a 9 iron for my second shot and also at 18 not making birdie there is a bit disappointing.”

“I kind of needed that pressure on my putting because I’ve worked extremely hard on my putting and not been rewarded for it yet.”

“I spoke to my coach Kevin last night and got one little tip about balance.”

“I always get a lot of support when I am here. Aussies like to work hard and play hard and that is me really.”

“To win here would be like winning an Australian Open, the crowds are massive and it is a great atmosphere playing out here, this is a great field and I will need to play well tomorrow to win.”

Angel Yin, U.S.A. -5 under 68 today, and Sue Oh, Australia,-3 under 70 share second place at -13 under par,two shots off the pace.

 

 

 

 

AT&T Pebble Beach. Jordan Speith In Control.

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Jordan Spieth is in control as he tops the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard after 36 holes in the suspended second round.

Spieth heats up on Friday

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Jordan jumped to share the top of the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard with a second round -7 under par 65 at Spyglass Hill for a  tournament total of  -17 under par, and likes his chances playing Pebble Beach;

“I’ve played Spyglass better to the field than I’ve played the other courses.”

“I don’t know why. I do love this track a lot. Maybe it’s the fact that I feel like the greens roll more true than anywhere else,  and I should convince myself Pebble’s that way too.”

“I’ve played this course well in the past, always have. Obviously not this well, but yeah, I feel like I got a little extra today.”

“When it’s forecast for this much rain, they’re going to put the pins on the high points of the green, which is normally the back of the greens.”

 “The greens are ridiculously soft, so we’re spinning the ball a lot, but you can’t throw it behind it. So it’s very difficult.”

“That’s the biggest challenge for me over the last few years is courses where the greens are really soft and the pins are in the back.”

“Just taking two clubs extra and swing a half-swing, that’s been a very difficult thing for me to do,  which is a bit surprising that I’m this far up, because you’ve had to do that on every hole out here.”

“Pebble’s a gettable golf course when the wind’s not blowing.”

“I’m at 10 under now. If I can try and just make two a side at Pebble each time, and make up for the bogeys with maybe another birdie or something like that,  it may be good enough.”

Derek Fathauer shares the lead at -10 under par, shooting -8 under through 17 holes at Pebble Beach.

World number one Jason Day is in third position at -9 under par, he is currently -7 under through 12 hole of his round on Spyglass Hill to be at -10 under for the tournament.

It’s impossible to say what is happening when only 33 out of 154 players were done with the second round.