Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Jessica Korda Wins.

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Jessica Korda wins the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Jessica carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at -18 under par, a four shot victory. She spoke about her struggles this year, and how good she feels now;

“The struggle. I think just struggling and being at your lowest and then feeling this and going through these emotions.”

 “Just incredible gratitude and just being so humbled by everything.”

“All the support that I’ve had, the people that have stuck with me this year, didn’t stop believing in me even when I did a little bit.”

“I think it was just a long time coming, I knew that I was getting really close and just needed to stay patient.”

“That’s all my caddie was telling me. He was on me all week about staying patient, the putts will fall. So it’s just an incredible feeling.”

I know I was weirdly calm today, I knew what I needed to do. I needed to take care of myself.”

“If somebody was going to make a hot start, that’s just the way it was going to be. I was going to continue to play my own game.”

World number one Lydia Ko was tied in second place at -14 under par, with Shanshan Feng and Stacy Lewis.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Jessica Korda Leads.

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Jessica Korda leads the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament going into the final round tomorrow at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Jessica shot a bogey free third round -6 under par 65 to take the lead into the final round of the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, with a -12 under par total, and a two shot lead over the field.

Jessica said it has been a while since she was in contention, and it is nice to be back in business. She had been performing so poorly that she backed off the Solheim Cup team;

“It’s a confidence builder. I haven’t been in this position in such a long time, since basically January.”

“It’s just so nice to be back.”

“I really played myself off of the team so I kind of knew that I wasn’t going to get on there. I told Juli that I had bigger things to worry about.”

“I had been playing so poorly that Solheim wasn’t even on my radar at that point.”

“That week I made the cut and I was so happy with myself and then at Evian I missed the cut again and so I was really just happy to sit at home on the couch and watch the girls do their thing because I don’t think I could have contributed to the team like I know I should have.”

Stacy Lewis shares second place with Ha Na Jang, both at -10 under par for the competition. Stacy also had a -6 under par 65, while Ha Na stood still with an even par round of 71.

Stacy is looking forward to a shoot out tomorrow;

This golf course is just a shootout.”

“It’s just who is going to make the most birdies at the end of the week.”

“Just nice to be back somewhere close to the lead and hopefully just within a few shots going into tomorrow.

World number one Lydia Ko is tied in third place with Shanshan Feng and Xi Yu Lin, all at -9 under par.

Lydia gave us her views on Jess and Stacy, following her -3 under par round today;

“Jess is such a solid player. You know, her iron game is great, and I think she’s one of the best putters on the tour.”

“Stacy, she’s always up there. She’s always contending and always around the leaders or leading.”

“I said before all this Asia swing started that she will make; have a win by the end of the season.”

“She shot like one over the first day, but look how she comes back the next two days.”

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Ha Na Jang Half-Way Leader.

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Rookie Ha Na Jang from South Korea is the half-way leader in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Ha Na cared a bogey free second round -6 under par 65 to top the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia leaderboard at -10 under par. She was really happy with her bogey free effort;

“I think today’s really good round because no bogey today.”

“Just six birdies straight, so I think it’s two weeks since I won Korea tournament, so it’s a little bit more confident.”

“No pressure today. It’s like a little more simple. It’s a really good round today.”

Xi Yu Lin, one of the overnight leaders, is in second place, one shot back at -9 under par, a second round -3 under 68 keeping her in touch with the leader.

Current world number two Inbee Park shares third place at -8 under par. A second round -5 under par 66 moving her up the leaderboard, well ahead of world number one Lydia Ko, who recovered a bit today with -6 under par 65, which is also her tournament score, four shots off the pace.

Inbee was pleased with her putting performance today;

“Yesterday was a really bad putting day but today was much better.”

“Putting is really key to success on every golf course, and especially this golf course.”

“A lot of short irons and when you have a lot of opportunities you got to make those birdie putts.”

Alison Lee was the other overnight leader, and led for much of the day on Friday, that is until she made bogey on 15 and 16, dropping her into the third place tie with Inbee and Yani Tseng.

Defending Champion Shanshan Feng was in contention, but made double bogey on the last, finishing with a -7  under par total.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Xi Yu Lin and Alison Lee Tied at the Top.

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Xi Yu Lin and Alison Lee are tied at the top of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia leaderboard after round one at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Xi Yu Lin and Alison Lee

Alison, who had a first round -6 under par 65 to share the lead  at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament with Xi Yu Lin, who is from China.

Alison has to struggle with school work as well as playing golf;

“Right after Solheim I took one day off and started school right away and did my apartment and bought books and went to class, did rush.”

“Yeah, I don’t know how I’m sitting here right now. I don’t know how I survived, but I did it somehow. I feel like it’s all a great experience.”

“I love still being in school and seeing all my friends back at school. I haven’t seen a lot of them since March because I took the spring quarter off, so it was nice to see all of them and friendly faces.”

“I feel like that’s what keeps me going, just seeing a lot of friendly faces and having a great atmosphere and support base supporting me back home.”

Xi Yu is comfortable playing on this course at the  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club;

“Well, this is my second year playing this tournament, and last year I was sick first two rounds so I didn’t play very well.”

“Last year I finished pretty good, so I know I can play well on this course. I’m happy.”

There are four ladies tied in third place, all just one shot back at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 66, Yani Tseng, Chella Choi, Shanshan Feng and Michelle Wie.

World number one Lydia Ko started with an even par round 71, and has a bit of work to do tomorrow if she wants to contest this title.



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Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Celine Beats Emily in a Play-off.

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Celine Herbin beat  Danish rookie Emily Pedersen in a play-off to win the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.

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Celine and Emily both carded final rounds of even par 70 to post -11 under par totals for the  Lacoste Ladies Open de France, so they went into a play-off, which home town girl Celine won at the third extra hole. She was extremely emotional at the win, it was her maiden Ladies European Tour victory,  laying down on the green after her winning putt, being covered in Champagne by adoring fans and friends;

“To win my first tournament in my home country with so many people cheering for me, it’s like a dream.”

“I feel very lucky and I worked hard for that, so I think I deserve it and I’m very happy.”

“Obviously I didn’t make the best first nine holes but I believed in myself and knew I could turn it around.”

Her caddie Vicente Ballesteros, the brother of Seve., said;

“Emily was playing very well but we knew that she could get very nervous on the last few holes so I knew I had to fight until the last hole – until hole 75!”

Emily was very disappointed, at one point she had a five shot lead;

“I’m obviously very disappointed but I’m sure when I look back on the week I will be proud of my performance. I hope that this experience will make me a stronger and better player in the future.”

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Malene Jorgensen finished in third place at -9 under par for the tournament, just two strokes back, to record her second third place finish in three tournaments following the Helsingborg Open;

“Of course I’m happy with third place. I have had a good feeling with my swing since Sweden so it’s nice that it still works.”

Charley Hull was alone in fourth place on -8 under par after final round of 67, and she said;

“I’m pretty chuffed with a fourth place finish after a good three weeks.”

“I played well at Evian, had a good last week and good this week so I’m pretty happy and I can’t wait to go to Ibiza.”

Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Celine Ties Emily at the Top.

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Celine Herbin ties with Emily Kristine Pedersen at the top of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France leaderboard after the third round at  Golf de Chantaco in France.

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Local favorite Celine carded a bogey free third round of -5 under par 65 to share the lead at the  Lacoste Ladies Open de France with Danish rookie Emily Kristine Pedersen, both at -11 under par for the tournament, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Celine said the crowds in the gallery helped her today;

“I’m really looking forward to playing tomorrow. It’s going to be really nice because it’s the Open de France and I am French.”

“I will have 1000 people around me cheering for me so it’s going to give me a plus, maybe the 15th club in my bag.”

“I really look forward to it and just want to enjoy it.”

“Of course it’s different when you have so many people cheering but you just focus on your own game, your ball and where to send your ball.”

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Rookie Emily signed for a -2 under par 68 and said she will play her best tomorrow

“My game has been good all week.”

“If Celine shoots eight under or something there is not much you can do but I’ll play my best and I know my game is good enough to win.”

“Hopefully I’ll play well.”

Azahara Munoz and Pamela Pretswell are the two players those four shots back, both carded -4 under par 66’s today and will try to catch the leaders in the final round.

Azahara said it is a long way to go, but she is happy with her position;

“I’m obviously further away than I would like to be but I’ll take it.”

“Mid round I was six or seven back so if I’m five back tomorrow anything is possible. You can have a really low one here, so hopefully it will be me tomorrow.”

“You can make a big number out here or you can make a lot of birdies, it can go both ways.”

“I told myself to be patient, there were plenty of holes left and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

Pamela has suffered some missed cuts recently, but her putter is working well now, and that makes a difference;

“I’m driving it well and hitting my irons a lot better, good distance control which is necessary with the spin on the greens.”

“I’ve been working on my putting the last month or so and the changes are starting to pay off.”

First round leader Gwladys Nocera is now five shots off the lead, a -2 under 68 today, which would have been better if her putter had been working;

“I didn’t make the four, five metre putts today for birdie.”

“I hit some good shots but they didn’t drop. It’s slightly frustrating but I’m getting there and tomorrow hopefully they will drop.”