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.”

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.”

 

 

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lizette Leaps Ahead.

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Lizette Salas leaps ahead of the field in the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

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Lizette had a bogey free third round -7 under par 64, to take control of the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard, with a -16 under par total.

Lizette has great faith in her caddie and coach, with everything working well;

“Gradually things have been coming together, I have such a great team, my caddie is doing a great job, my coach has been very patient with me and I am just so fortunate to be in this position and the opportunity to play some good golf and hopefully hold up that trophy tomorrow.”

”A lot has happened since I turned pro four years ago, and I have struggled this year but also kept working.’

”Finally, I’m playing the golf I’ve been working so hard to find. I’m really happy. Now I just want to focus on each shot and focus on keeping calm.”

”I think the putter really, really came in today,.’

”I just kept it in the fairway and kept knocking them close. I don’t know what’s going on.”

“Everything’s been going my way and I’ve been staying positive and just really focusing on my shots. I’m, really, really happy.”

Lexi Thompson and Kris Tamulis are tied in second place, those four shots behind with -12 under par totals. Lexi was -3 under today while Kris went one better at -4 under par.

Kris will have the advantage of playing in front of her home crowd, and a first LPGA Tour win would be special;

”I played all my junior golf here and my parents still live here in the summer, so it would be very special.”

”I can’t get ahead of myself though. I’ve had low expectations all week. I’ve played long enough to know there is a long way to go and great competition.”

“I do play really well on this golf course, I kind of felt the same about last week that I usually played really well there too but I didn’t so I knew that I was hitting it well and the course really sets up well for me.”

“There are a lot of tee shots that I really like hitting my driver well and hitting the fairways.”

Lexi was disappointed with her effort today, especially missing short putts;

”I missed a good amount of short putts, but I’m going into tomorrow with a positive attitude.”

“I’m going to go hit a few putts. The last stroke I made was really good, so I’m just going to go into tomorrow with a positive attitude.”

Alison Lee had a -1 under par 70 to drop into a tie for fourth place at -6 under, sharing that position with Brittany Lincicome, Caroline Masson, So Yeon Ryu, Katie Burnett and Gerina Piller.

World #1 Inbee Park had -5 under par 66, and is happy with her preparations for next weeks Women’s British Open, she is currently T10;

”It’s a lot more fun, sure, but you want to be competing in contention and obviously want to try a few things under the pressure.”

Ladies Scottish Open. Suzann Leads.

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Suzann Pettersen leads the Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Suzann carded a -2 under par 70 second round to lead the Ladies Scottish Open with a -6 under par total, and will take a two shot lead onto the final round tomorrow, in this three round contest.

Suzann mentioned the wind today, but overall was pretty happy with the result;

“I’m pretty happy. It turned out to be a lot windier than we anticipated and the back nine is playing tough.”

“It’s tough to get great chances and the front nine is more scoreable.”

“Once you get to 12, it’s all into the wind, straight down and off the right, so it’s tough, but a good course with a lot of challenges. You’ve got to be on top of your game.”

Holly Clyburn is in second place, a -5 under par 67 in the wind elevating her up the leaderboard with a -4 under par total.

Holly likes the tough conditions;

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“I played very well. I had a fantastic four down the fifth, the par five. I was well left in the rubbish but with my strength managed to hack it out and make a birdie.”

“Most players would have been happy with a six from there. That was the highlight of the day.”

“It could have been even better as I missed a stupid two-footer for birdie on the 14th  and coming in at seven, eight and nine I shaved the cup.”

“I’ve played with Suzann earlier this season so I’ll be comfortable in that leading group and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Lydia Ko, the World #1 has third place to herself at -3 under par, she slipped today in the tough conditions, to a +1 over par 73.

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Lydia admitted she found it difficult to stay focused;

“I played really well on the front nine, made a clumsy mistake on three but got myself together and played really solid. I made two bogeys in a row and that got to my head a little bit.”

“All my putts were close but just not in and when that happens you don’t know what you’re going to shoot.”

“I’m hitting the ball okay and the putts are on line so at the end of the day it’s very small margins.”

The wonderful Dame Laura Davies shares fourth place with Celine Herbin at -2 under par, and both will have a chance to make some headway tomorrow in the final round.

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lizette, Lexi and Alison Have Have-Way Lead.

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Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson and Alison Lee all share the half-way lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic at  Blythefield Country Club.

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Lizette carded a second round -2 under par 69, Lexi fired -7 under par 64 and Alison -5 under par 66, to share the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, at the half-way stage in the competition.

Lizette spoke of the windier afternoon conditions;

“You know, the wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you had to be really precise on your targets.”

“And it caught the rough a little bit today, had to have a good short game.”

“It’s the difference between a morning wave and afternoon wave and you just have to deal with it.”

Lexi also mentioned the difference in the morning and afternoon conditions, from the other perspective;

“Playing in the morning without the wind and the greens are a little bit softer in the morning, so it’s easier to just control the way your irons are going to bounce out onto the greens.”

“So it’s a lot easier to control than yesterday in the afternoon.”

“I’ll take the same approach just go in the weekend with a positive attitude and do my routine going into every shot focus on my breathing and just have fun out there.”

” Obviously I always want to make birdies out there but you have to take one shot at a time.”

Alison, the rookie in the top group, loved playing alongside the top players;

”We kind of pushed each other through the day, I was fired up today going into the round and wanted to shoot a low number.”

“It’s great to be in contention. I mean, this is my rookie year and I’m still learning.”

”The wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you have to be really precise to your targets.”

”We have 36 more to go and I’m going to try to be patient and stay calm and just be committed to every shot.”

There are five ladies all tied in fourth position at -8 under par, while world #1 Inbee Park probably has next week’s  Women’s British Open on her mind. She is currently at -4 under par for the tournament;

”The most important thing is just work on my game so it’s ready to go next week.”

”You know, make sure that your ball striking, your swing feels good, make sure you’re feeling good on the greens.”

“This is the last chance to try it on. I’m trying to get my game to the level I want. It’s not quite there, but trying to get there.”

Ladies Scottish Open. Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen lead the Ladies Scottish Open at  Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Lydia, the World #2, started on the 10th, and picked up a bogey on her first hole, but then recovered to card a first round -4 under par 68;

“I kind of didn’t know what score to expect because the course is pretty tough, even without the wind.”

“You can see by the scores it’s not crazy low, but I think we were lucky with the wind not being as strong as it was the last couple of days.”

“Playing over here in the Scottish Open, you can’t use the same game as you can in the States.”

“You’re hitting different shots and I think the key to playing well here is being really creative, because you need to find the shot that will give you a high percentage.”

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Suzann carded the same first round score of -4 under par 68, and was happy with the way she managed her game;

“I managed my game well, adjusted on a few tee shots according to the wind and gave myself a lot of looks.”

“It was pretty straightforward and the course set up is very good, so it’s playable.”

“It’s amazing what a difference the wind makes depending on where it comes from and how strong it is.”

Celine Herbin is in third place, just one shot back at -3 under par after her opening round of 69, and was delighted with her play, on a links course;

“It was a really nice day and a new experience for me as it’s the first time I’ve played the Scottish Open.”

“To play on a links course, I really enjoyed it, because we don’t play on too many links courses.”

Kelsey MacDonald led the Scots charge, sharing fourth place with Christine Wolf on -2 under par 70.

Kelsey was happy to have teed off early in the calmer conditions;,

“I was pretty blessed with the weather this morning. It was quite calm for me teeing off.”

“The wind picked up towards the end and you could feel it, especially on 16 which is a pretty tough hole at the back.”

“The pin positions and the greens are the defence, because I only had one flat putt today. It’s being able to read the greens correctly.”

 

 

Mejier LPGA Classic. Three Tied For 1st Round Lead.

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There are three ladies tied for the first round lead in the Meijer LPGA ClassicKatherine Kirk, Lizette Salas, and Dori Carter lead the way at Blythefield Country Club, at Grand Rapids, Missouri. 

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The three ladies all carded first rounds of -7 under par 64 to lead the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Lizette was happy with her round today;

“Made some pretty good plus 20‑footers for birdie and just made basically zero mistakes today.”

“That eagle on 11 really kind of kept me going and really helped me target the pins today.  Just really stayed aggressive with the putting and it’s really coming along.”

” My finish at the Open kind of gave me that extra boost of confidence to really go low and that’s what I did today.”

Katherine enjoyed the near perfect conditions;

“We had perfect conditions this morning, hardly any wind and then greens were very receptive early on.”

” Obviously, in the morning you always get the good roll. “

“I haven’t posted a round like that in a while so it feels good to finally get the rust off and yeah, shoot a low one.  But it’s a long week and just got to back it up now.”

Dori said she was looking for a good start;

“You’ve got to start off well and it’s a confidence boost to get off on round one.”

“However, it’s still just Thursday and so you’ve got three more rounds, 54 more holes, and anything could happen.”

” I wouldn’t go home and relax.  I’m going to probably stay sharp and try to focus on tomorrow and try to keep building, keep climbing up the leaderboard.”

Tied in second place at -6 under par, after their opening rounds of 65 are; Wei-Ling Hsu and Jayne Marie Green.

Jayne needed a confidence boost from her caddie brother Matt;

“I was kind of in a really deep little hole, and he goes, ‘Jaye, it’s okay, you’re doing great, you just need to catch one break.’”

 “You’re going to get one good break or one putt or something crazy to happen and it’s going to change your life.”

“I got in the U.S. Open and it’s gone my way ever since, so he was right.”

“Big brother’s always right.”