Jo’Burg Open. Andy Sullivan Wins Again in S.A.

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Andy Sullivan won the Jo’Burg Open and claimed a second European Tour title on South African soil in as many months.

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Andy carded a brilliant last round -6 under par 66 at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, on the East course, to post a winning total of -17 under par, a two shot victory.

Andy could not believe he would be in victory lane again so soon;

“It’s unbelievable, I never imagined it would happen again so quickly.”

“Coming down the stretch me and my caddie were loving life again and enjoying it. It seems to be a theme, enjoying my golf and getting the right results at the moment.”

“I want to say a big thank you to my coach Jamie Gough, who has really turned it around, and my psychologist Lee Crombleholme who has been exceptional this week, working hard on being patient out there.”

“I am just grateful it has all paid off and I get to hold another magnificent trophy in South Africa again.”

There was a five-way tie for second place at -15 under par, Kevin Phelan, Jaco Van Zyl, Tony Wall, David Howell and local favorite Wallie Coetsee.

David was happy to be back in form, if not too happy with his performance today, and this result will get him to St Andrews;

“I am absolutely delighted about that, that was one of the main reasons I came down here.”

“I have not played an Open at St Andrews and I’m not getting any younger so I knew my chances were running out. I am going to really enjoy it.”

“I played beautifully, probably made three really bad swings all week and they cost me shots each time, just hit one left on 14 that cost me a shot and then couldn’t find the putts coming in.”

“It’s not been the best start to the year and this is the first really good performance, which has been great. Frustrating not to finish it off because I gave myself a great chance, but it wasn’t to be.”

Tony was also happy to be in the St Andrews field, if not so good here;

“It’s very disappointing because I was really feeling good about today. A win is a win, but to play in The Open, especially at St Andrews, will be lovely.”

Kevin was not happy about missing out on St Andrews;

“I was just kind of plodding along the first three days, played some nice golf but didn’t really hole that many putts, but got the putts to drop on the front nine today and gave myself a chance.”

“It doesn’t look like I have done enough but I am delighted with the way I played.”

Honda LPGA Thailand. Amy Yang Wins.

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Amy Yang wins the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course.

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Amy  shot a final round -3 under par 69 to win the Honda LPGA Classic with total of -15 under par. She reported that she could not believe it;

“I don’t know what just happened, I still can’t believe I did it today.”

Tied at the top of the leaderboard with Stacy going into 15, there was a three shot swing when Amy birdied and Stacy recorded a double bogey there;

“I still didn’t want to decide that because we had three more holes to go and they’re not easy, so I just kept focusing.”

“Oh, I was so nervous. But I saw the ball fall in and I thought feels like it’s dream. It’s a great feeling.”

There was three-way tie for second place, Stacy Lewis, who carded a sad final round of +1 over par 73, Mirim Lee, -3 under par 69 and Yani Tseng with a -5 under par 67.

Yani admitted to some putting nerves out there today;

“I played good, but I missed bunch of putts out there. I was just actually a little nervous out there when I putting.”

“I don’t know, just maybe thinking a little more on my putting than others.”

“But I got some lucky bounce and make birdie on the last hole so I was very happy. Just fricking nervous out there. I think just at least I back into the circle.  Hopefully take into next week.”

Low round of the day went to Beatriz Recari, a magnificent -9 under par 63, she finished T5 on -12 under par.

NZ Women’s Open. Lydia Lifts Trophy.

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World number one Lydia Ko lifts the NZ Women’s Open trophy at Clearwater Golf Club.

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Lydia carded a last round -1 under par 71, to lift the NZ Women’s Open with a -14 under par total, and a four shot victory over the field. She said she really wanted to win her home National tile, and was happy so many fans turned out to watch her;

“I really wanted to win in front of such great crowds, this is probably the biggest crowd I’ve seen.” 

“I hit a really good shot in, if I was chipping I would’ve been more nervous, but when you hit a good shot on the green it’s a nice feeling.”

“It’s always cool winning on home ground. We were walking up 16 and (playing partner Giulia Sergas) said ‘they like you’. I said ‘well, it’s home’.”

“It’s just great, the spectators have been amazing. It’s one of the best tournaments I play each year, the atmosphere and everything.”

“The more Ws the better, but it was just great, and I think I had a really good off-season break which got me fresh going into this year.”

“All I can do is hit good shots and concentrate on my game. That’s all I can do. If someone else plays well there isn’t anything you can do about it.”

Australian amateur Hannah Green claimed second place at -10 under par, a solid final round of -4 under par 68 saw this talented young lady earn her second place.

Third place went to Nanna Koerstz Madsen, she also had a final round -1 under par 71 and finished with a -9 under par total.

Honda Classic. Play Suspended Due To Lightning.

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At the conclusion of play of the suspended 2nd Round Padraig Harrington sits on top of the Honda Classic leaderboard at -7 under par. Play was then suspended at the start of the third round due to the threat of lightning.

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Padraig has completed two rounds of the Honda Classic and is at the top of the leaderboard going into round three at -7 under par, following his 66.

He said golf is fun, and fascinating;

“I’m fascinated with the game, I love it. It’s a different sort of fun, yeah.”

“I think I’m in a good place that I can deliver more performances like this.”

“I feel like there’s good days ahead, so, you know, I’m not thinking, Oh, I’ve got to do it and it will be a long time before it comes around again.”

“I feel I’m in a good place with my game and I feel I give myself plenty of opportunities like this going forward.”

Patrick Reed is in second place at -6 under par, the same score he finished round two with yesterday.

Ian Poulter and Brendan Steele are tied in third position at -5 under par. Ian has been using a fang-dangled putting machine in practice, and he said it seems to be working;

“Right now it’s working pretty good.”

“The way I feel about my game, I’m hitting good shots, I’m holing a few putts and obviously if you’re going to do that, then you’ve got half a chance.”

“My mental side, I feel confident, provided I keep doing the right things, I keep working on straightening those areas that are weaker than my strengths and if I do that, then obviously I’m hoping I can improve.”

 Phil Mickelson is in contention, a second round of -3 under par 67 giving him a -2 under par total, he commented on the stop – start play, and extra holes on the day;

“I think that if you get into a good rhythm for the day, you get extra holes to play, and I think that guys that have a hot hand, instead of playing 18, they have a chance to play 27, 31 or 32.”

“I think it could be a real benefit if you’re playing well.”

“You get greens like this that are just perfect condition and very soft movement around the holes and you’re going to make a lot of putts, it just builds confidence.”

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“That’s as bad as I’ve ever seen it rain.” Russell Knox.

Jo’Burg Open. Wallie Coetsee Cruising

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Wallie Coetsee is cruising along at the top of the Jo’Burg Open leaderboard as he chases his maiden European Tour title at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

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Wallie carded a third round -2 under par 70 on the West course to post a tournament total of -14 under par at the Jo’Burg Open, and will take a two shot lead into the final round on Sunday. He admitted he had a few putting problems;

“The first tee shot there were no nerves, the six iron into the middle of the green there were no nerves, but once I grabbed that putter there was no feel.”

 “I three-putted but after that there were no nerves.”

“You need to keep a positive mind, me and my caddie are enjoying it out there and hopefully we can tomorrow.

“There is a lot at stake, more than you can think of, but it’s just a game at the end of the day.”

“Last night I only slept for about four hours but tonight I think I’m going to have a lot of sleep.”

There are four players those two shots behind at -12 under par, and will be trying to chase him down,  Jacques Blaauw, Tjaart van der Walt, David Howell and Steve Webster will keep the pressure on the leader.

Steve shot the low round of the day, a bogey free -7 under par 65 and said he had given himself a lot of opportunities today;

“I made a good birdie at the first and a good save at the second and just got on a bit of a roll,” Webster said. “I missed three or four 12-footers which was frustrating but there was a lot of really good golf today.

“I gave myself a lot of chances and that’s what my game is all about.”

David has made only one cut so far this season and is delighted that all his hard work with a new coach is now paying off;

“The season’s got off to a slow start so I came down here for three weeks and so far so good.”

“I’ve had a couple of bad swings each day but apart from that it’s been pretty good. You have to keep your foot down and keep making the birdies and obviously stay away from the mistakes.”

“I’ve had one big score with a seven yesterday but played some good golf between that.”

“I started with a new coach, Justin Parsons, a few weeks ago, just working on my rhythm. I am trying to swing the club as slowly as I have in my whole life and that’s a real challenge to bring that to the course.”

“I am delighted with how I’ve done that so far this week, it’s getting better by the day and hopefully that bodes well for tomorrow and future weeks coming up.”

Honda LPGA Thailand. It’s Still Stacy at the Top.

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It’s still Stacy Lewis at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club on the Pattaya Old Course.

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Stacy will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand, despite a poor third round of +1 over par 73. Her tournament total is now -13 under par, the step backwards has allowed the rest of the field to catch up. She has not entirely got to grips with her new Bridgestone ball performance in the heat;

“That being in the lead is pretty much the only good thing that came out of today.”

“I was a bit all over the place today. I played six really bad holes to start the day but then got things going.”

“I‘ll be around the putting and chipping green, the ball striking really was not that bad. Just got short sided in some bad situations.”

“Hit some good shots, hit some shots too far actually. This new golf ball in the heat is going a bit.”

Amy Young still occupies second place, but is now just that one shot behind the leader at -12 under par, a third round -1 under par 71 securing her position. She said she will continue to play at her own pace;

“I’ll just do my best one shot at a time.”

“I won’t think about too much. I am going to go to the range and work on some of my swing right now and putting a little bit and get ready to go. “

Third place belongs to Sandra Gall, she equaled the low round of the day, a -4 under par 68, which moved her up the leaderboard considerably. Sandra, who’s only win on the LPGA Tour came back in 2011 at the Kia Classic, intends to stay relaxed, and have some fun;

“That was the goal at the beginning of the season, to be in contention and have a chance to win on Sunday.”

“I just need to relax and kind of do the same thing I did the last few days. I think the more chances I’ll have the better I’ll do.”

“Tomorrow I just have to go out, and, like I said, just be relaxed and enjoy the moment.”

Yani Tseng, currently in sixth place at -8 under par, leads the Tour in average drive distance, and puts that down to her new coach;

 “I do have a new trainer, David Donatucci. He works with Michelle, Stacy, and, I mean, I feel great.”

“I been work with him couple months now and I feel my body, the way I swing, it matches my body and just get my body and my core stronger so I’m able to hold the shot better and a bit more consistently, too.”

 

 

NZ Women’s Open. Lydia Lift-Off.

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Lydia Ko had lift-off at the NZ Women’s Open, carding a second round 61 at Clearwater Golf Club.

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Lydia carded an amazing record breaking second round -11 under par 61, to top the NZ Women’s Open leaderboard at -13 under par, and will take a three shot lead into the final round on Sunday.

She told reporters that a 59 had crossed her mind, and the bogey at the fist made her angry;

“I didn’t know what I was shooting, but when I went past the scoreboard on 13, I thought, `Oh, 59, that is the magical number.’ But I’m pretty happy with 61.”

“After the first, I was pretty angry. I got into the rough and it was pretty tough for the pin location. I left it short and that really made me angry as I did that yesterday and was not going to do it again today.”

“The greens were much better today and rolling better and after that eagle I just got myself into the right position.”

Sitting in second place with a -10 under par total is England’s Charley Hull, a second round -8 under par 64 moving her ahead of the chasing pack.

Charlie spoke about the greens here, and the difference from last week in Oz;

“Coming from Royal Melbourne last week the greens were so fast and really tricky. With these ones you can be a bit firmer and not allow so much break.”

“I think I had 26 putts. I hit some good putts out there, so I’m pretty happy with the way I played. It did enter my mind, I was eight-under and thought I could possibly get to 59.”

“You always believe you’ve left a few putts out there, but I holed a fair few as well. Going into the final day I think I’m in a good position.”

Beth Allen and Giulia Sergas share third spot at -9 under par for the tournament.

Dame Laura Davies made her move into the top 10 today after carding a -5 under par 67. The 2010 NZ Women’s Open champion is at -6 under par for the tournament and is currently tied for ninth place.