So Long Cilla

Cilla Black performing

So long Cilla, you were a great singer / entertainer.

I was lucky enough to live in London, the capital of music, in the  1960’s and 70’s, when The Beatles and Cilla, and the rest of the Liverpool crowd set the world alight.

Cilla was special because most of the pop stars of the day were male, or male groups.

Cilla was the forerunner of the Spice Girls, showing the world that girls had pop music power. Cilla had eleven Top Hits  between 1964 and 1971, including two number one hits in 1964, “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “You’re My World.

I make no apologies for the pictures of Cilla back in the day, because that’s when I and all of England first adored her.

Her success was not limited to the pop world, she went on to become England’s best loved TV Hostess, with many a show wonderfully successful, due to her Charisma.

We all loved you Cil.

 

 

Women’s British Open. Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu Lead.

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Jin Young Ko from South Korea and Teresa Lu of Chinese Taipei lead the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, where the weather is still giving the players some grief.

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Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu both carded third rounds of -3 under par 69, to lead the Women’s British Open with -8 under par totals for the 54 holes.

Overnight leader Suzann Pettersen could only manage a third round of even par 72, and is now one shot adrift of the leaders at -7 under par, in third place.

Mika Miyazato of Japan is alone fourth position at -6 under par, following her -2  under par 70 third round effort.

World #1 Inbee Park, South Korea,World #2 Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Minjee Lee from Australia share fifth spot with -5 under par totals

Best placed British player is Melissa Reid, who shares 8th place with So Yeon Ryu, both at -4 under for the tournament.

Melissa  recorded an eagle on the par five 17th, where she hit a perfect 3-wood to 12 feet, sinking the putt, and followed that with a birdie putt of 18 feet on the last hole;

“I’m not too far off. If I can just sort out the first few holes where I’ve been dropping shots then I’ve certainly got a chance.”

“I feel like I’m putting really well and my swing feels good so I’m going to go out there tomorrow and give it my best shot.”

Amy Boulden, pictured above shivered her way round the Ailsa Course, but did card the low round of the day, -4 under par 68. She shares 10th with Nicole Brock Larsen from Denmark.

Amy gave us her thoughts on the day;

“It was tough out there and the wind was strong.”

“Growing up at Conwy, definitely you get used to the wind and links golf. Especially playing as an amateur, we grew up playing links golf.”

“I remember playing in the Helen Holm, I remember playing there at Troon and it was always bad weather, so it’s definitely helping me this week.”

“In the British Open, you want it to blow, you want it to be tough conditions. You don’t want the top players going out and shooting seven under, you want to grind it out and that’s an advantage for me.”

Cecil, the King of the jungle, Killed by a cringing dentist.

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Walter Palmer, and the sick people of the Dallas Safari Club should be hunted down themselves.

This despicable “sport” has the backing of the American government, and the governing bodies of African Countries.

When South Africa signed up to the save the endangered species program, they had a clause inserted that allowed them to specifically breed these endangered species, just to keep the so called hunters of this world happy, and keep making the money from this detestable practice.

They are all equally responsible for this tragedy, especially the odious Mugabe who is the brain dead ruler of Zimbabwe.

Just goes to prove that the dental industry in America is ripping people off with dental care pricing. Walter Palmer is a regular traveler to Africa, and pays huge sums of money to shoot these defenseless animals.

I sincerely hope that the good people of Minnesota shun and shame this despicable local person, and drive him out of business.

 

Cecil, the King of the Jungle, killed by a dopey dentist/ (Brian Orford/YouTube)

 

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Wins The title.

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Lexi Thompson wins the Meijer LPG Classic at Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Lexi fired in a final round -6 under par 65 to capture the Meijer LPGA Classic title, with a tournament total of -18 under par, giving her a one shot victory.

This was Lexi’s fifth LPGA Tour win, and she was so excited, and praised the good weather for helping her;

“It feels amazing.”

“It still hasn’t really hit me yet because everything happened so fast. But it was a great day out there and we had perfect weather for it, so couldn’t ask for anything more.”

“Really the whole day I was just trying to play my own game.”

“I was just trying to focus on my own game, focus on my pre shot routine and having fun in between shots and I think that’s what helped me shoot 6 under today.”

“I had been working on the mental side of the game with John Denny down in South Florida and that has helped me out tremendously just to relax and have fun instead of just grinding 24/7 on the golf course.”

“It’s helped me out a lot. I knew it was coming, I was just trying to be patient.”

“It’s definitely momentum going into the next week being a major and going over to the British Open.”

Gerina Piller made her way up the leaderboard Sunday shooting a final-round -7 under par 64 to finish Tied second, with the leader at the start of the day Lizette Salas, both at -17 under par for the competition.

Gerina said she got off to a quick start and putted well;

“You know, I think I just got off to a really good start.”

“On the first tee, for me, that tee shot’s a really difficult one because it narrows up as far as you hit it.”

“So hitting it in that fairway and getting it up there in two and making birdie to start off the round, I think that was huge.”

“Just kind of carried that momentum and just hit really good shots and putted well.”

“You know, just coming out here and just giving myself a chance to win, I’ve never won before, so that’s a success in my own book.”

“I just keep doing what I’m doing. Like I said, the rest will take care of itself.”

Lizette saw her four shot lead crumbling away early as Lexi birdied three of the first five holes, while she could only respond with par’s, she had a last round -1 under par 70;

“It just didn’t come off to the start that I wanted.”

“And obviously I can’t control what Lexi does and she played an amazing day of golf, so really proud of her.”

“Hopefully this week will impress Captain Juli Inkster with the way I performed.”

“Solheim is on my mind and it’s a primary goal, but in order to get there you have to hit good golf shots and you’ve got to make putts, so I’ll make sure to be doing that in the following weeks.”

RBC Canadian Open. Jason Day Wins In A Thriller Finish.

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Jason Day wins the RBC Canadian Open in a thriller of a finish at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jason found the bunker off the tee on eighteen, he had a one shot lead at the time. He found a way to make a birdie from the bunker, giving him a two shot advantage at -17 under par. That meant that Bubba Watson and David Hearn would have to Eagle the last to get into a play-off.

Jason told reporters that after last week there was no way he was going to leave that last putt short;

“This course is really exciting, even Bubba and David had a chance to make it into a playoff. I needed that putt on 18.”

“To be able to put yourself in contention so many times, especially in major events and just fall short, even going back to last week leaving the putt short and not being able to get into the playoff really kind of was disappointing.”

“So when I actually had the same putt, it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today.”

“Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole.”

“Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line. If I got it on the line, it was perfect.”

“I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “

“It was great to feel like a Canadian for a week. The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it’s all worth it. Right now, I’m so proud to be the Canadian Open champion.”

Bubba found the green with his second shot, but it ran just passed the hole and settled into the fringe. He tried to make his Eagle with a 7 wood, but it missed by six inches, his total of -16 under par giving Jason the win.

Bubba said he was just hoping that the guy in front of him was not making putts;

“Fifteen was one I got lucky with. I hit a great shot in there.”

“I had an 8-iron that I flared on 16 but still got a birdie. Then hit a perfect 8-iron that flew five yards too far on 18.”

“I was just hoping the other guy named Jason Day wasn’t making putts.”

David, with the whole of Canada urging him on to be the first Canadian to win since 1954, found the greenside bunker with his second shot to 18, and could only make par from there, and had to settle for third place at -15 under par.

David mentioned the putting, and how good it had been all week;

“I felt confident, like I was putting well all week, I hit really really good putts that didn’t go in.”

“Winning a golf tournament on the PGA TOUR is no easy task.”

“Canadians want to see it, and we want to do it so bad.”

David also picked up the  Rivermead Challenge Cup as low Canadian. This is his third time winning the honor.

 

 

Ladies Scottish Open. Rebecca Artis Wins in Scotland.

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Rebecca Artis, from Australia, won the Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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In  blustery, drizzly conditions at Dundonald Links, Rebecca shot a final round -6 under par 66 which destroyed the rest of the field and enabled her to win the Ladies Scottish Open, her second Ladies European Tour title. Her winning total was -6 under par, and it could have been better, she carded a double bogey five on the par three 4th hole, but there was no doubt she was the Lady of the Links today, starting six shots behind the leader.

She mentioned her recovery after that double bogey on the 4th;

“To come back and birdie five and six straight after that was huge to get the momentum back on track and not let it bother me.”

“Sometimes you fight all your life to try and get that first win and sometimes the second win is maybe even harder.”

“I’ve been playing some really consistent golf since the start of the year, putting myself in contention week in, week out.”

“I knew that with the conditions the way they were predicted to be today that if I went out and played some solid golf, then I wouldn’t be far away.”

“I’ve got my coaches over here from Australia, Gary and Luke Edwin. Whenever they’re around I feel like I go to a new confidence level with my overall game.”

Suzann Pettersen, who started the day in the lead, fell away, carding a +2 over par 74, dropping her to second place at -4 under par;

“I played pretty well today and gave myself a lot of chances. It was not on the easy side. For Artis to shoot 66, definitely deserves to win.”

“I had my chances. I bogeyed 16 and had a look at 17 after two great shots. 18 I miscalculated. It was more into and the ball spun up on me. I had to give it a go. Eagle would win it, birdie would tie. It’s fine.”

Holly Clyburn finished in third position on her own at -2  under par for the competition, she too carded a final round +2 over par 74, blaming her putter for most of the damage;

“Tee to green I was fantastic and up to par with Suzann but didn’t putt very well.”

World #2 Lydia Ko ended up tying for fourth place at -1 under par, sharing that position with Klara Spilkova and Hannah Burke.

Lydia was happy with her preparations for next weeks British Women’s Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, in Scotland;

“I think it was good preparation for the Women’s British Open.”

“I don’t know what the weather will bring next week but that was the big thing, to get more experience playing links golf. I think it was great.”

 

 

RBC Canadian Open. Chad Campbell Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Chad Campbell has 36 hole lead in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club, in Canada.

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Chad recorded a second round -9 under par 63 to lead the RBC Canadian Open by two shots with a -14 under par total.

He said he felt comfortable on this course, and it helped him to sink some long putts;

“I’ve always liked the golf course, I just feel comfortable on it. It was a great round.”

”It’s kind of weird because it happened with the par fives, knocking them on in two and two-putting.”

”I made a couple long putts, which always helps.”

“Never really felt like it was going to be a crazy round, I’m definitely happy with it. Just solid play.”

Brian Harman is in second place, carding a second round -5 under par 67, to post a -12 under par total.

Third place is being shared by Canadian David Hearn and Johnson Wagner, at -11 under par.

David, the best placed local player, reported after his -8 under par 64;

“I felt really good about my game, I hit a lot more greens and my putter definitely got hot. Making those two birdies at the finish felt really, really good.”

”If I continue to keep playing the way I am, I know I have a chance.”

”I can’t control what Chad or any of the other players are going to do. But if I keep doing what I’m doing and stay focused on that, I like my chances.”

“I controlled the ball very well from start to finish and gave myself a lot of good chances, I couldn’t be happier about where my game is at and I’m excited about the weekend.”

Graeme DeLaet, after his withdrawal from the competition, through injury, tweeted;

“Totally gutted I had to WD from our national championship. Thanks for all the kind words. Hopefully just a short recovery.”

The much troubled Robert Allenby withdrew from the tournament, after firing caddie Mick Middlemo during his opening 81, he would never have made the cut anyway.

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