Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Wins.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, wins the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club.

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So Yeon

So Yeon shot a final round -5 under par 67 to post a winning score of -21 under and win the Meijer LPGA Classic, with a two stroke win margin, great putting being the key;

“I was incredibly calm today, I felt maybe it could be my day.”

“My putting turned out really great. I’m really proud of myself today.”

Caroline Mason, Germany, claimed second place, two shots back at -19 under par, a 70 foot putt giving her a -4 under 68 round and -19 under par total to have that place position on her own;

“It’s obviously a great finish with a huge putt on the last.”

“I was barely on the green and made it. I don’t know what that was, 24 meters, a long way, 70 feet or something. So yeah, super happy about the finish today. Second place is great.”

“This year’s been really, really good, very consistent, which is exactly what I’ve been working on. “

“So, extremely proud of the way I’ve played this year, and obviously if you get that close and have that many top tens a win isn’t far away, so that’s obviously the one that’s hopefully coming next.”

Lydia Ko from New Zealand was in third place, a last round -5 under 67  giving her a -18 under par total;

“Overall I played solid, to finish with three 67s, I’m happy with that.”

“This course, you know, you shoot 3, 4, 5 under and there’s somebody shooting 8 under out there.”

“I don’t remember this course being this easy and I don’t think it was easy, but it just shows the amount of talent that’s on our Tour.”

“It’s just good to have a great week.”

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Meijer LPGA Classic. Anna Nordqvist & Lee-Anne Pace Lead.

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Anna Nordqvist, Sweden and  Lee-Anne Pace, South Africa, lead the Meijer LPGA Classic after 54 holes at   Blythefield Country Club.

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Anna Nordqvist & Lee-Anne Pace / getty

Anna and Lee-Anne both carded -8 under par 64 to top the   Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard with -18 under par totals, giving them a two shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

“Anna is playing good golf, and feels good doing it;

“It feels good playing good golf, it has been a couple solid days here.”

“When you struggle this year and you know what bad golf feels like, I’m just happy to feel more like myself and hitting better shots.”

“I’ve been in the position before, but I’m  just happy to be playing good golf.”

“I feel like a veteran a little bit, but right now I’m just trying to keep learning, keep getting better every day, and it’s been a little bit of a process this year, but pretty happy how far I have come so far.

Lee-Anne likes the Blythefield Country Club course;

“I love this golf course, it reminds me a lot of home, I feel so comfortable on the course.”

 “I’m hitting my irons really well. I’ve been striking the ball really well. I changed clubs earlier in the year and I’m feeling well.”

So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, is in third place, a -3 under par 69 today leaving her with a -16 under par total, in this position on her own.

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Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Has 36 Hole Lead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, has the 36 hole lead at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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So Yeon

So Yeon had a poor day with her tee shots, but made up for it with her putter, to sign for -5 under par 67 today, for a -13 under tournament total, and a one shot advantage for the week-end. She is also looking ahead to the UL International Crown competition in Korea;

“I hit a bit of bad tee shots, quite a lot today, but putting was good enough to make it work.,

 “Then I think I made quite a lot of birdies today after I made three bogeys. I’m happy with 67 today.”

“I played 2014 and 2016 (UL) International Crown and I know how cool the tournament is going to be.”

“Also, I’m an ambassador for UL and it’s going to be more special and then it’s going to be in Korea.”

“So all those reasons make me really motivated to playing well for these three events to make it for Team Korea.”

Tied in second place are two ladies, Sandra Gall, Germany, -8 under 64 today, and Sakura Yokomine, Japan, who also shot -8 under 64 today, both at -12 under for the competition.

Sandra was happy to be in contention;

“It’s nice to see when you’re making the birdies and you see your name at the top.”

“It’s fun when you’re in contention for the weekend. It’s great.”

Another German lady is in fourth position, Caroline Mason is on her own at -11 under after her -6 under 66 in her second round.

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Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu and Kelly Shon Lead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, and Kelly Shon, USA, lead the Meijer LPGA Classic after the first round at  Blythefield Country Club.

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So Yeon & Kelly / getty

So Yeon, bogey free today and Kelly, one bogey, both carded – 8 under par 64 to lead the Meijer LPGA Classic by two shots after day one.

So Yeon has been working on her game, it paid off today;

“I think my long game has been really consistent and I’ve been working really hard with my coach and we’ve been really focused on speed control on the greens.”

“It finally paid off today.”

Kelly has also been practicing hard;

“Just seeing it go in, it builds confidence and it just feels nice, which gives you a good flow to the round just overall.”

I’ve been keeping my head down, just working as hard as I could doing the same things, and so yeah, to be honest, I have been kind of been waiting for a round like this.”

Tied in third place with  -6 under 66 opening rounds  are, Anna Nordqvist,  Sweden, who was bogey free today, Sue Oh, Australia, Celine Herbin, France, and Lizette Salas, USA.

Anna was really happy with her best round so far this season;

“I’ve had a really rough start to the year. I haven’t really felt like myself, but just trying to make a few changes the last couple weeks and get on a better roll.”

“I know good golf is ahead of me, but it has definitely been frustrating.”

“I felt very solid from tee to green, I hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens, had a few short birdie opportunities too so that always helps.”

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ShopRite LPGA Classic. Annie Park With Maiden LPGA Win

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Annie Park, USA, gets her maiden LPGA Tour title, the Shoprite LPGA Classic, at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in New Jersey.

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Annie won her first LPGA Tour title with a bogey free third round -8 under par 63, to claim the Shoprite LPGA Classic title with a tournament score of -16 under par, good putting being the key. Annie actually uses a long putter;

“I mean, it’s been a crazy first half of the year.”

 “So I actually struggled with my long putts coming into this event, so I saw Sean (Foley) and we worked on my swing, my short game, even my putting,”

 “I told him I had trouble with my lag putts. He helped me out a lot, and it worked this tournament.”

“My putter was great, it seemed like every putt I looked at went in.”

“I can’t describe in words how I feel, it’s my first win out on tour.”

“I mean, every win is very special, but just having my family out here, my friends supporting me, it’s just; all the fans, my friends back home, I would like to thank all of them.”

Sakura Yokomine, Japan, was second, one shot back at -15 under, an amazing bogey free last round -10 under 61 nearly giving her the title. She had her husband as caddie;

“Through the whole round my husband advised me to be strong. He’s always talking to me.”

“Today I shot my best score so, yeah. So very happy!”

” I have now confidence, but last year I didn’t. So hitting shot right, left, so I don’t know my swing, but this year I know the swing, so my feeling has more control.”

“Now I’m confident,”

Third place went to Marina Alex, USA, her last round -7 under 64 giving her that place on her own at -14 under par, in her home tournament;

 “This tournament has been stressful for me for whatever reason, so to have a great finish is really exciting. I just feel relieved, to be honest.”

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Shoprite LPGA Classic. Round 2 Still Incomplete.

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Round two of the Shoprite LPGA Classic is still incomplete, with two ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard, Celine Herbin, France, and Sei Young Kim, South Korea.

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Celine Herbin / getty

Celine had finished her round, another -5 under par 66, while Sei Young is at -8 under for 15 holes, both ladies with -10 under par for the Shoprite LPGA Classic.

Celine was happy with her round today, and thinks her maturity helps;

“It’s a good position to be, I don’t really look at the leaderboard so I didn’t really know what was going on today. I was just focused on my game.”

“Maybe my age is a positive thing. Maturity definitely helps me.”

“I’ve been there. I know how to deal with that.”

“Of course I’m going to be nervous tomorrow if I am in the last group. It’s part of the game. If you are not, it’s very strange.”

The chasing pack is at -8 under, two shots behind, Annie Park, and Mariah Stackhouse, both from the USA, and both carded -6 under 65, Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa, -5 under 66 and Sue Oh from Australia who is -4 under through 16 holes today.

The third and final round will get under way tomorrow once the second round has been completed.

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Shoprite LPGA Classic. Laura and Anna Tied at the Top.

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Laura Diaz, USA, and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden are tied at the top of the Shoprite LPGA Classic after the first round at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in New Jersey.

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Laura Diaz

43-year-old Laura was bogey free in her -5 under 66 first round, Anna was also bogey free, for them both to be tied at the top of the Shoprite LPG Classic leaderboard.

Laura, who had her 12-year-old son Cooper on the bag, said she is now more relaxed;

“He’s a huge asset in that because I can focus more on him than me.”

“The last few years have been hard, so I came out with a little bit different perspective last year and just tried to play a little bit more relaxed.”

 “I think it’s always fun to compete. I miss it.”

 “I’m very happy with how I played, it’s more special because I have my son with me.”

Laura has a pack of Major champions lurking just one-stroke back, at -4 under par, including Lydia Ko, New Zealand, In Gee Chun, South Korea, Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, Sandra Gal, Germany and Su Oh of Australia.

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