Crowne Plaza International. Kevin on Course at Colonial.

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Kevin Na is on course for victory at Colonial, in the Crowne Plaza International.

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Kevin will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Crowne Plaza International at Colonial. He had a third round score of -1 under par 69 for a total of -11 under par. The tee times have been moved up again for tomorrow due to a rainy Sunday forecast.

Kevin thinks there is a low round hiding out there somewhere, and he is worried that the low round of the day will win the title;

“It’s out there but it’s hiding somewhere, it’s hard to find because you have to be so precise off the tee, second shots, putts and everything.”

“I know the hole locations tomorrow are going to be difficult. So honestly, I don’t really see a 61 or 62. Maybe a 63 or 64. Maybe.”

“Not as much fireworks as the first few days, but overall I was pleased.”

“I’ve had a pretty successful career except I think I lack in wins, I think it’s time for me to catch up to that number that I need to be at.”

Poults is seeking his first stroke-play win in the U.S. and will be in a good frame of mind if his team Arsenal win in the English Premier League tomorrow. He is currently in second place at -10 under par;

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“It’s very easy to think too far ahead, there’s a few good guys right behind that are only a couple of shots off. I just have to focus on the first hole tomorrow.”

“I won’t be thinking anything past that, to be honest.”

“I can always deal with another plaid jacket in my closet. It will look just fine with my outfit tomorrow.”

“Hopefully we can get some golf in tomorrow, we’re going to have to wait and see what the weather’s going to do with us.”

Kevin and Poults are aware that they have lots of company in the quest to sport the tartan jacket, there are sixteen golfers are within five strokes of the lead.

Charlie Hoffman is in third place, despite his bad back, at -9 under par following his -4 under par third round of 66, saying it was the best he could have done;

“I probably couldn’t have shot much lower than I did.”

“I think we’ll play probably into Tuesday if need be.”

Defending Champion Adam Scott is trying to become the first player to successfully defend this title, Ben Hogan is the only player so far to do so, he actually did it twice.

Adam is four shots off the lead T10 at -6 under, but once again mentioned the putting;

“I’m going to need a round where they do all go in tomorrow, obviously it’s about giving yourself a lot of chances out there.”

“But you’ve got to make some putts, and as long as I keep hitting good ones, they might go.”

The organizers have made a 54-hole cut, to reduce the field to top 70s and ties. Those players who will not play on Sunday are; Jarrod Lyle, Harrison Frazar, Steve Wheatcroft, Chad Collins, Patrick Rodgers, John Peterson and Kyle Reifers.

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.

L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Stretches Lead.

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Shanshan Feng stretches her lead in the Buick Championship to seven shots at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in China.

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Shanshan carded a third round -3 under par 69 to extend her lead in the Buick Championship to a massive seven strokes going into the final round tomorrow with a -15 under par total.

After the cut was made the leading 50 players and ties on Friday evening, the professionals were drawn with amateur partners for the additional team better ball competition being played simultaneously over the weekend,  a somewhat novel format on the Ladies European Tour which has excited both the professionals and amateurs.

Shanshan said she was initially apprehensive about playing alongside an amateur;

“I would say at the beginning I was a little bit nervous. It was my first time playing with amateurs in the same group in a professional tournament, so that was fun.”

“After a few holes I thought my amateur did really well, because he saved me maybe two shots on the first three holes.”

“He did very well and then I started to be more relaxed and make birdies. The bogey on the last hole was a little sad but I still did pretty well overall.”

Sharing second place are Hyeon Seo Kang and Marianne Skarpnord, they are both at -8 under par for the tournament.

Marianne said she had been putting very well, on the front nine;

“I’ve been putting well on the front nine, both yesterday and today but on the back nine it’s like it goes cold and I don’t make anything.”

“I had four or five putts within three and a half metres on the back nine and didn’t make any of them, so it was not completely useless but could have been a lot better.”

Charley Hull is in a large group back at -5 under par, with all thoughts of winning gone, she was happy to have some fun playing with the amateurs;

 “I played a lot better because I hit more fairways with my driver so it was easier for me to hole putts because there was less pressure on myself.”

“I enjoyed the format, because it was nice and not too intense playing with an amateur, so that was fun.”

 

The Players. Day 2. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of The Players, Jerry Kelly and Kevin Na both had good rounds today, while some big names failed to make the cut.

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Kevin and Jerry hold a two shot lead at -8 under par for 36 holes at The Players at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Jerry with a magnificent -7 under par 65 against Kevin’s more modest -3 under par 69 to both get to -8 under par for the tournament.

Kevin has overcome a terrible bout of “The Yips” which at times prevented him from taking the club back;

“I had the yips, that’s what it was.”

“A lot of the guys when you have that, they fall off the planet.”

“They play poorly and nobody really sees and hears about it. But the weird case was, I was playing some of my best golf and I couldn’t take the club back.”

“How does a guy not take the club back every time he hits it, and it goes down the middle?”

“I don’t know. Do you want to open up my brain and check it out? I don’t know. I try to not think about it. I got over it.”

“Having the yips, I think because I went through that, I’m a better player now.”

“I hope people get over that and see me as just a guy that’s playing well on TOUR versus a guy that couldn’t take the club back.”

Bernhard Langer is a player who could not control the putting yips, which is why he uses the Long Putter. Not sure if Bernhard will retire from golf at the end of this year, when long putters will be banned. On the other side of the coin, Bernhard holds the record for the most birdies made at the treacherous 17th in The Players, some 25 of them in his career. Ironically he also holds the record for the longest putt holed at the 17th, 59 feet 9 inches. Sadly He missed the cut here this year.

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Jerry carded a -7 under par 65 second round, and reported that he lives on adrenaline;

“I enjoy adrenaline, I am 48. I know it almost ravages the body as much as it helps it as you start getting older, but I would like to hang out for another couple of days and have some fun with it.”

“I figured I would have another chance at this golf course, I didn’t think it would be that long, but it’s just strange. This whole career has gone by in the blink of an eye.”

There are four players tied in third place, two shots back at -6 under par for the tournament, Branden Grace, David Hearn, Chris Kirk and the ever-present Rickie Fowler.

Rickie could have had second place on his own, but a loose shot on the par 5 16th found water, leading to a bogey.

Rickie and Ian Poulter were tied in a magazine survey with 24 percent of the vote, for the most overrated player on tour. Rickie was not worried about the comments of his peers;

“If there’s a time where I need something to kind of give me a kick in the butt, then I can think of that and it will put me in the right frame of mind to go out there and take care of business.”

 World number one Rory McIlroy stumbled a bit today, he too could have been better except for a trip to the water. He finished with a -1 under par 71 and a -4 under par total;

“A lot can happen, and I feel like I’m in a decent position.”

Tiger made the cut on the number, but Phil Mickleson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald all had to go home early.

Phil was left wondering how he ever won here;

“I was thinking to myself as I was walking around, `I can’t believe I’ve actually won here,’ you know?”

 

 

L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Soars in Shanghai

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Shanshan Feng soars in Shanghai at the Buick Championship on the Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club course.

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Shanshan shot a second round -5 under par 67 at the Buick Championship to reach a -12 under par 36 hole total, and a six shot lead at the top of the leaderboard.

The tough conditions today did not seem to bother her too much;

“Today the conditions were tougher than yesterday but the greens were still kind of a little softer, which helped a lot, because the wind picked up.”

“I misjudged the wind a few times for distance and made a three putt on the second hole, but I made two birdies right after it and I was back in the game.”

“I think five under was a pretty good score today.”

Xiyu Lin and first round leader Stacey Keating are in second place both at -5 under par. Stacy carded a horror round, she went from -9 under par 63 yesterday to +3 over par 75 today.

Stacy blamed the tough conditions for her fall;

“It was obviously very different score wise, but it was very, very tough out there today.”

“It was blowing an absolute gale from my second or third hole. Three over is not the best score but I did make some birdies out there.”

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Xiyu Lin was happy with her round but did miss a couple of makeable putts;

“Today was windy so I’m happy with the score.”

“My game was pretty good, especially my long game. I’m making some swing changes so I’m glad the ball is still under control.”

“On the back nine I had a couple of bad putts and missed about five birdie chances from within three yards. I think tomorrow will be better because I’m going to practice.”

Rainfall is expected overnight, and the forecasts predict a few showers on Saturday morning but it will be mostly dry for the weekend.

 

L.E.T. Buick Championship. Stacy Keating Shoots 1st Round 63.

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Stacy Keating shoots 63 in the 1st round of the Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in China.

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Stacy Keating, from Australia, posted a new course record of -9 under par 63, which included one bogey, at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in the first round of the Buick Championship, to lead the tournament by two shots.

Stacy  actually carded 10 birdies, including seven in eight holes from the seventh, with her only bogey coming on the par four 7th hole. She reported that she had played very nicely, including putting very well;

“I hit the ball nicely from tee to green but I holed a lot of putts and got a bit lucky at times.”

“When it’s your day, it’s your day I guess, I had a bunker shot at the last and it hit the pin and finished right next to it whereas on any other day it probably would have run off the green.”

“I love the course, it’s in great condition and it feels like nobody has played it. I like China and it’s very easy from Australia with not much time difference.”

Shanshan Feng is in second place following her bogey free -7 under par 65, which was the new record until Stacy came along.

Shanshan was happy that they decided to water the greens the night before the start of the competition;

“I feel very lucky that they watered the greens last night because the greens were not as firm.”

“When we were playing in the Pro-Am and practice round, I could not stop the ball on the greens, even with my wedge.”

“I think today it really helped and I had a lot of birdie chances so overall I did pretty well.”

Xiyu Lin shot an opening round of -6 under par 66 to take third place on her own.

Lin said she was just trying to play conservatively, and putted very well;

“Today I didn’t really think I could have that many birdies: I was just trying to have a good strategy and trying to hit the ball to the widest place.”

“My putting was really good and I made all the birdies from three to five yards, because I didn’t hit really close to the hole.”

“There weren’t many mistakes. I made an 18 yard birdie putt on 16, so it was a good round apart from the last hole.”

There was some excitement on the course when  Victoria Lovelady .from Brazil, made a hole in one at the par three 16th,  using a hybrid 5 club to ace the hole from 187 yards, winning a Buick GL8.

Another feat on the day came from  Stacy Lee Bregman, who holed her second shot for an Eagle on the par-four 18th hole.

Strange fact is she actually called the play before she hit the shot;

“I didn’t play too badly and the score never reflected it. I said to my caddie, let’s finish strongly, because it would be nice not to putt.”

“I hit a gap wedge the perfect distance, 107 metres, and saw it roll into the hole. It’s always great to have an eagle to hole out for two on a par four.”