UL International Crown. Team USA Capture the Crown.

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Team USA capture the UL International Crown, despite losing both of their opening round four-ball matches on Thursday.

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Left to right the winning TEAM USA, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller with the trophy at Merit Club in Chicago.

Stacy spoke for her happy team;

“We stuck to our game plan, we knew not to change our pairings.”

“We knew that we were playing good golf, and when those pairings came out this morning, I liked the way we were positioned, and Gerina and I went out there getting points early was huge, and we got Kerr through, so we got a crown.”

“It’s awesome, I haven’t done what I wanted in Solheims on Sundays, and this is not quite as much pressure, but my team pulled me out here for a reason, to go get a point, or two points, I guess, and I’m just happy we could get two points on the board.”

Cristie put the winning points on the leaderboard

“I had a feeling last night if we all played really well and things fell into place that my match could be huge.”

 “But I just kind of got oblivious to all of that today because it’s just so hard to figure out who’s making points, who’s winning, who’s losing, and I just tried to take care of my match.”

“I didn’t know that it had come down to me winning that match that we had won until Stacy told me.”

The American ladies posted 12 points overall, beating Team Korea by just one shot, leaving them in second place at with an 11 point total.

The LPGA have announced  that Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea will be the host course for the 2018 UL International Crown.

Team Korea captain So Yeon Ryu thought they could win here, but is looking forward to being on home soil next time around;

“I was expecting we’re going to win the tournament, and I just wanted to bring more excitement to 2018 UL International Crown in Korea, but we couldn’t.”

 “But I think it’s going to feel really awesome to represent my country in my motherland.”

England and Taipei tied for third place with 11 points in total.

U.S. Womens Open. Mirim Lee Leaps Ahead.

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Mirim Lee leaps ahead of the field in the U.S. Womens Open in the first round at  CordeValle Golf Club in California.

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In the easier conditions that prevailed early on Mirim took full advantage to card a U.S. Womens Open first round score of -8 under par 64, giving her a three shot lead going into the second round tomorrow.

Mirim said the course was in perfect shape;

“The course is perfect now, greens are really fast. I just try make par, yeah, that’s it.”

Cristie Kerr is sharing second place with Minjee Lee, both had opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Cristie, who won  the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club put her revival down to a new driver, that suits her;

“When you’re struggling to hit fairways, I can’t blame everything on the club, obviously, but when you’re struggling to hit fairways, it makes the game a lot harder.”

“And then the mental game gets off of it, it’s a whole process like that.”

“But I knew when I found the driver this week that it just felt so much like my old driver and we found the right combination and even if I missed a little bit I could feel what I did wrong.”

“I could feel the difference, like I said, I’m just happy that we worked it out.”

Minjee admitted to missing some putts, that she should have made;

“I hit really good shots into the first couple of holes and I missed the putts, I missed my putts.”

“I felt like I was really solid, like my iron play was really solid. And if I missed my drives, it was sort of just on the first cut or maybe just in the rough.”

“So I thought I striked the ball really well today. I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie.”

Anna Nordqvist, Kelly Tan and Brittany Lang all share fifth place at -4 under par.

Brittany was OK once she figured out what she needed to do;

“Everything changed a little bit tournament time, with nerves and adrenaline a little bit. And I wasn’t hitting them as solid.”

“I just knew if I dropped that left foot back, it’s a simple fix, it gives me more room and I automatically start hitting them really pure.”

World number one Lydia Ko started with +1 over par 73, while number two Brooke Henderson  carded a first round +4 over 76.

Scottish Open. 1st Round,Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Scottish Open leaderboard, Scott Hend and Felipe Aguilar battled the wild and windy day at  Castle Stuart Golf Links.

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Scott, from Australia,  just loves links golf, and the tough conditions, carding an opening round in the Scottish Open of -3 under par 69;

“It’s awesome fun. It’s awesome. Doesn’t matter how hard it is. When you play links golf, it’s just awesome. It’s great.”

I love it. I love it. It beats your head in, kicks you around, and sometimes you get it back. It’s just great. Great fun. It’s exciting.”

“Obviously conditions were quite tough and it was a little bit scrappy with some putts not quite getting to the hole but overall I’m very happy.”

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Felipe is from Chile, and he spoke about the difficult conditions, and not making too many mistakes in his -3 under 69;

“It was very difficult golf today, really windy after the second hole.”

“You have to be really patient out here, but this is just the first day. The course is playing really difficult.”

“You have some holes that you can actually reach the green in one but if you miss it on the wrong side, it’s not very easy to make an up and down from there.

“We didn’t make too many mistakes except for two bogeys on nine and 18 but you’re going to make some bogeys out here.”

“You have to make sure you make some birdies, also.”

Very close behind them are a group of eight players on -2 under par 70, they include, two-time Open Championship winner Padraig Harrington, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, and former US PGA Championship winner YE Yang.

These guys are  followed by a bunch of ten players on -1 under par, Luke Donald, Danny Lee, Matteo ManasseroRafa Cabrera Bello and Branden Grace are in this group.

Phil Mickelson struggled round in +4 over par 76, Shane Lowry +5 over 77, which was not too bad considering the worst score of the day was +16 over 88.

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. DJ Does It Again.

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DJ does it again, Dustin Johnson wins the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

Dustin Johnson followed up his win at the U.S. Open by winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Dustin shot a final round -4 under par 66 to claim the WGC Bridgestone Invitational title with a winning total of -6 under par, and a two shot wining margin, good putting made the difference.

At the beginning of the tournament it was said that this course suited the shorter hitters off the tee, the long guys would have problems with the tree-lined course. I guess no one told Dustin that;

“This golf course is playing so tough, it’s not like I need to go out and shoot 63.”

“You just try to hit it in the fairway and get to get it on the green and try to make some putts. I knew if I shot 4 or 5 under I’d have a chance.”

“I feel great, I feel like my game is where it has been all year. I just haven’t been putting quite as well as I’d like.”

“The last couple of weeks, I just putted a little better.”

Scott Piercy was in second place at -5 under par, he carded a last round of even par 70.

World number one Jason Day has suffered the same type of last round malaise as Rory over in Europe earlier, Rory could only card an even par last round when in contention.

Jason was worse, with final round +2 over par 72, to finish tied in third place at -3 under par, with Jordan Spieth, -3 under 67 today, Matt Kuchar -4 under 66 and  Kevin Chappell with his last round -3 under 67.

Jason did not get a green in regulation over the last six holes, and he was disappointed with the outcome;

“Disappointed, but I’ve got to try and focus on what I did great this week, move on, and try and get better for the next one.”

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Jason & Scott Share Top Spot.

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Jason Day & Scott Piercy share the top spot on the WGC Bridgestone Invitational leaderboard after 54 holes at Firestone Country Club.

Jason Day only hit three fairways in his third round, but still managed to shoot a 1-under 69. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

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Jason carded a third round -1 under par 69 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational to share top spot with Scott Piercy, -3 under par 67 today. Both have tournament totals of -5 under par.

A mental driving error cost Jason, it went right and kept going right, he likened it to a scene from Caddyshack, eventually his putting saved him;

“That came out of nowhere, it wasn’t just down the right. It was way right.”

“I think it’s more of a mental thing when it comes to those ones because when you’re sharp and you’re on your game and you’re hitting it great, you don’t miss them that far.”

“I felt like Mr. Haverkamp out of ‘Caddyshack’ trying to find his golf ball and not knowing where the golf hole goes.”

“The short game saved me, but mentally I was just trying to grind and grind and grind.”

“Because I thought if I can just somehow get something in and give myself an opportunity for tomorrow.”

“It’s very easy, hitting the positions I hit it today, to sit there and go, `Well, it’s just not my day or not my week’ and kind of switch off a little bit. But didn’t want to allow myself to switch off mentally.”

 “Days like this, they just happen sometimes.”

 “You just have to somehow get it done, and fortunately for me I holed a lot of good, quality putts out there.” 

Scott knows he can compete at this level, he just needs to do it consistently;

“I know I can do it, it’s just doing it on a consistent basis like a Jordan or a Jason and those guys.”

David Lingmerth holds third place at -4 under par, a third round -1 under 69 keeping him in the hunt for the title. He said he felt comfortable playing alongside the World number one;

“Saturday of a big golf tournament, playing with the World No. 1, and I felt comfortable all day.”

 “I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

 

WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Jason Has Daylight at the Top.

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 Jason carded a -1 under par 69 second round at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational to lead at the half-way stage with a -4 under par total.

Jason was faced with a 20-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the final hole, and when his putter bumped up against the collar on the way back, he stroked it too hard, and then to compound the error missed the 6-foot par putt on the way back, making a bogey five. But overall his putting was good;

“I was very cross with myself when I was walking off.”

 “The great thing is that once I do silly things like that on 18, I soon forget about it, and I just need to start focusing on tomorrow’s round.”

“I think over the next two days it’s going to be very difficult for everyone.”

“I would love to be able to give myself more opportunities, and if I can do that, hopefully I’m holding the trophy at the end of the week.”

“The mentality won’t change with regards to how tight it is. I’ve just got to try and get it done. Even if I don’t have my best stuff, just find a way to get it done.”

David Lingmerth holds second place, a -3 under par 67 equaled the low round off the day. He is now just one shot back at -3 under par for the tournament.

First round leader William McGirt shares third place at -2 under par, a horrible second round +4 over par destroying his three shot overnight lead. Emiliano Grillo, +1 over 71 and Scott Piercy -1 under 69 today are also at -2 under for the tournament.

William blamed the wind; don’t we all;

“Trying to figure out the wind was impossible.”

 “It was a lot of down off the left with a touch of in off the right. I mean, who knows?”

Justin Thomas hit the longest drive of the day 414 yards at the par five 16th, with a  nasty lie left for his second he kind of chunked it, it hit the pin and fell in for Eagle;

“I can’t hit another drive that hard.”

Justin, -1 under 69 today, is tied with Jordan Spieth,+1 over 71, Kevin Kisner, even par 70, and Adam Scott -2 under 68, all at -1 under par in sixth place.

Jordan, following criticism for his slow play, is starting to pick up the pace;

“The quicker part actually helps me because then I just get up there and fire away.”

“The more I can do that, actually I think the better off ; kind of gun slinging mentality, just to go up and hit the way I always have played.”

Tipsport Golf Masters. Nanna Koerstz Madsen Wins Maiden Tour Title

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Last Sunday  Nanna Koerstz Madsen, from Denmark, won her maiden Ladies European Tour title at the weather-interrupted Tipsport Golf Masters.

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Nanna posted a final round -6 under pr 65 to win her maiden Ladies European Tour title, the Tipsport Golf Masters, with a -15 under par total, and a five shot winning margin in the  Czech Republic.

Nanna spoke about the rain delayed final round;

“It’s been a good week, I played really solid with two bogey-free rounds and not a lot of bad shots.”

“I just tried to stay calm and enjoy leading, having fun with my caddie.”

“I thought I would have been more nervous, but I wasn’t that nervous at all.”

Stacey Keating, from Australia and Pamela Pretswell from Scotland shared second place at -10 under par for the tournament.

Pamela was happy with her final position;

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“I’m absolutely delighted. I played well all week, especially in the second round. I gave myself some chances out there and I’m happy with how I finished on 18.”

“Everything was working nicely and there was a consistency that had been lacking a bit this year. It was good fun.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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