U.S. Women’s Open. Celine & Yu Tied at the Top.

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Celine Boutier, France, and Yu Liu of China share top spoton the U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard after 54 holes at Country Club of Charleston.

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Yu carded -5 under par 66 and Celine -2 under 69, to top the U.S. Women’s Open leaderboard after 54 holes at -7 under par for the tournament.

Yu  and Celine were school and teammates for one year at Duke, helping the Blue Devils capture their sixth NCAA golf title in 2014.

Yu was laughing when she said;

“We probably won’t talk much.”

“It’s a major championship, everybody is out there trying to win and we’ll be very focused.”

Celine was happy to see a Duke player going well;

“I don’t know about other people, but when I see Duke players playing well, I kind of want to play well, too.”

Lexi Thompson, and Jaye Marie Green, both -3 under 68 today, and both from the USA are joined by longtime leader of the tournament Mamiko Higa, of Japan, who carded another even par round of 71.

Lexi had a couple of bogeys on the back nine;

“It’s tough not to let it get to you, but at a tournament like this, you can’t.” 

Mamiko made bogey on the first hole, and never seemed to recover;

 “It wasn’t a difficult hole, so that was a turning point where I got bad rhythm.”

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U.S. Women’s Open. Mamiko Higa Holds On.

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Mamiko Higa of Japan holds on to the lead at the U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston, after a two hour storm delay, which included a huge lightning strike on the course, luckily no one was injured. Play was eventually suspended due to darkness.

 

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Mamiko currently has a one shot lead at -6 under par in the U.S. Women’s Open, with a completed 2nd round of even par 71, which included a three-putt bogey on the seventh hole;

“Because I could finish up a tough day with a birdie, and so I was so happy.”

Jess Korda has second place at -5 under after her second round -3 under par 68, and is using patience to win her first Major title;

“It’s a U.S. Open, patience is the name of the game.”

“That’s what you play for, at the same time, I feel a lot of luck is always a big part of winning a Major Championship, making the most putts and the least amount of mistakes.”

“It’s really hard to win out here, obviously.”

“I think everybody can see that, watching us week in week out. Solid golf will always put me up top. If I have a chance, I’ll try to take it.”

Sharing fourth place at the moment are American amateur player Gina Kim, +1 over par 72 today, and Celine Boutier of France who has completed 14 second round holes for even par on the day, both ladies are at -4 under for the tournament.

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U.S. Women’s Open. Mamiko Higa Leads.

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Mamiko Higa from Japan leads the 74th U.S. Women’s Open with the the lowest ever debut round in a U.S. Women’s Open, at a very hot  Country Club of Charleston.Mamiko / getty

Mamiko carded a bogey free -6 under par 65 to lead the U.S. Womens Open by one shot and enjoyed her round today, saying through an interpreter;

 “I not only golf, but I enjoy the life here, and I just enjoyed 18 holes today.”

Tied in second place at -5 under are USA amateur player Gina Kim, 3 bogeys, and  Esther Henseleit from Germany, bogey free, both with opening rounds of 66.

Esther likes the big stage, a new experience for her;

“It’s a completely new experience for me to play here and the grandstands are huge and very many people around.”

 “But I don’t feel like it’s too much for me. So I really like that.”

Celine Boutier of France holds fourth position on the leaderboard at -4 under par after a first round of 67.

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Volvo China Open. Mikko Makes It His.

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Mikko Korhonen of Finland makes the Volvo Chine Open his title with  a play-off victory over Benjamin Hebert from France.

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Mikko, -6 under 66 today and Benjamin, -3 under 69 were tied at the top of the Volvo China Open with -20 under par totals, with Mikko winning with a birdie on the first extra hole, the par four 18th;

It’s an amazing feeling.”

 “I don’t know how I did it but it’s probably the putter that was my winning formula this week. I made lots of putts from outside 15-20 feet this week.”

“Winning a golf tournament is never easy. It was a battle all day as everyone was making putts and I had to stay patient and do the same.”

“It’s great to have this second win in the bag and I’m delighted.”

Benjamin is still seeking his maiden European Tour victory;

“Looking at the way I played, I’m happy.”

“Mikko played great today and he didn’t make any mistakes and putted well.”

“I’m still chasing my first win. I got close this week and I have to be more consistent and see what happens.”

Jorge Campillo, Spain, claimed third place at -19 under par, with a final round -5 under par 67.

Li Haotong was the best home player finishing in fourth spot at -16 under, signing for a last round -6 under 66.

The 14 year-old whizz kid from China, Yang Kuang, finished his first European Tour tournament with a very creditable -4 under par total.

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Volvo China Open. Benjamin Hebert Clear at the Top.

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Benjamin Hebert of France is three shots clear at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard after 54 holes at  Genzon Golf Club.

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Benjamin carded a third round -8 under par 64 to lead the Volvo China Open at -17 under par, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round tomorrow;

“Crazy game, isn’t it? “

“I played very badly on the front nine where I didn’t feel good in my swing. I just tried to keep focused on what I’m doing and I found my rhythm in the back nine so I’m happy.”

“It’s my first time leading after 54 holes and we’ll see. I’ve worked to be in this position and it’s going to be a very early start so hopefully we’ll have some good conditions and we’ll see what happens.”

“I don’t want to look ahead, I just want to focus on the rest of my day, my rest and see what happens tomorrow.”

Two players are tied in second place, three shots back at -14 under par, Mikko Korhonen, Finland, -7 under 65 today, and Jorge Campillo of Spain with a -4 under 68 third round.

Local favorite Ashun Wu had a wobble on the back nine carding four consecutive bogey’s to send him tumbling down the leaderboard from a four shot lead at one point. He finished the day with an even par round of 72, and fourth place on his own at -13 under par.

The tee times for the final round tomorrow have been brought forward due to the threat of storms in Shenzhen.

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Celine Boutier, France, leads the Founders Cup by one shot at -8 under par at Wildfire Golf Club  In Phoenix.Bank Of Hope Founders Cup - Round One : News PhotoCeline

Celine carded a bogey free -8 under par 64 to lead the Founders Cup by one shot, after winning in Australia last month;

‘It’s definitely made me more confident in my game, my ability to win out here.’

”I feel like I was kind of lacking that confidence last year.”

Five ladies are then tied in second pace at -7 under par, Na Yeon Choi, and Jin Young Ko, both from South Korea, Charlotte Thomas, England, Alana Uriel, USA, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Denmark.

Na Yeon is on the comeback trail ;

“I’m very happy to be back on tour.” 

“Golf is really funny game. I didn’t expect any good score today because this is first day.”

“I practice hard, of course, but it’s hard to tell how I’m going to shoot. Less expectation, I think, always give you better result.”

Alana is full of confidence;

“It’s given me a lot of confidence coming into the LPGA having a win under my belt.”

“Feel a little more at home out here, so I don’t mind letting loose and seeing what I’m capable of.”

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Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Justin Harding With Maiden Win.

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Justin Harding of South Africa gains his Maiden European PGA Tour win with victory here at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the Doha Golf Club course.Big finish hands Harding maiden title in QatarJustin with Maiden Trophy / getty

Justin made birdie at three of his last four holes for a final round -6 under 66 to post a Maiden winning total -13 under and claim the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters trophy;

“It feels good, it was nerve wracking, especially coming off, it’s a situation I haven’t really been in.”

“I didn’t enjoy it but it’s good fun, I’m glad it happened and now we move on.”

“I get into the events that I’d like to be into again, the schedules change, I’m no longer having to pick and choose.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing what happens going forward and playing in some bigger events.”

Tied in second place at -11 under were Christiaan Bezuidenhout, George Coetzee and Erik van Rooyen, all from South Africa, Jorge Campillo and Nacho Elvira, Spain, Anton Karlsson, Sweden, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France, Oliver Wilson, England and Jinho Choi of South Korea, in a European Tour record nine way tie for second.

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