Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Makes It Hers.

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Minjee Lee makes it hers as she wins the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee Lee

Minjee, from Australia, had a final round -2 under par 70 to win the Blue Bay LPGA with a -13 under par total. It got tense at the 17th as Ariya Jutanugarn made birdie, while Minjee three putted for bogey, to level the scores at -12 under going to the par five last hole.

Ariya, from Thailand, dumped her tee shot into the water on her way to making bogey six, while Minjee dropped in her birdie putt.

Jessica Korda, USA, needed to make Eagle on the last to force a play-off, and reached the green in two, but her putt turned away at the cup. She finished in second place at -12 under par, with a -1 under 71 last round.

Jessica is looking forward to next week;

“I have three events left. I’m going to go back and rest right now. Next week is another hot week and then I have Japan and CME.”

“So I would say that, you know, looking back at this week, I think considering we had zero preparation for the tournament and came in on Wednesday,”

“I think I would have taken a second place if you would have told me that that’s what I would have gotten.”

Ariya claimed third place on her own at -11 under par, her last round -2 under 70 not quite enough on the day, although she did provide some pressure at the end.

Blue Bay LPGA. Two Way Tie at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Blue Bay LPGA after 54 holes in China. Jessica Korda and Minjee Lee share the lead. Who said yesterday that Minjee would have a leisurely stroll to the title, (well me actually)

Minjee Lee & Jessica Korda / getty

Minjee Lee & Jessica Korda / getty

Minjee managed to squander a six shot lead, returning a third round score of +1 over par 73. Jessica took full advantage, carding a third round -6 under par 66, to level the scores at the top of the Blue Bay LPGA at -11 under par.

Jessica was the only player in the field to birdie the par four 12th hole today;

“Twelve in general is a really hard hole.”

“You have to land it perfectly at the top to have any shot at that pin staying on the back of the green. It’s really wet back there so you don’t want to have to chip up. It’s not an easy chip.”

“So I was just really happy to be on the green to be honest with you and have some type of putt at it.”

“And being able to birdie it, if that’s what my reaction was, I looked up and down and excited, it was more like a surprise and it was a good surprise.”

“Like I said, it’s a really hard hole and a really hard pin, so you’re thinking par is going to be a great score, and the fact that I actually made birdie I’m like, oh, wow, cool, that’s great.”

Minjee is just hoping for a better day tomorrow;

“It wasn’t windy. It wasn’t that windy today, so I guess you could be a bit more aggressive at the pins.”

“I mean, I wasn’t striking it that well, so I think I just got by, making up-and-down.”

“Yeah, tomorrow is another day, so you never know.”

Ariya Jutanugarn is in third place at -9 under par, following her magnificent third round effort of -7 under 65.

Ariya is playing smart golf, keeping the driver in the bag, she wants to win the Rolex Player of the Year award, and currently holds a four point lead over world number one Lydia Ko, who is not in the field this week;

“I think it’s really important because like the Rolex Player of the Year Award, it’s really an honor to win that one, and I think whoever wins really deserves it, because it’s really the hardest one to win.”

“And of course I want to win when I have a chance.”

“This course, you have to be really patient. I think today I maintained my like emotion to be patient, so I just hit like hit my tee shot good.”

“I just be like waiting for birdies, not really rushing trying to make birdies. Just trying to have fun.”

Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Lee Leaps Ahead.

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Minjee Lee leaps ahead at the half-way stage of the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee carded a second round -5 under par 67, the low round of the day, in the Blue Bay LPGA, to post -12 under par at the top of the leaderboard, producing an amazing six shot lead;

“I don’t think it’s easy out there. It’s still windy and the greens are really undulated so you have to be in the right places.”

“Yeah, it’s not easy, and I don’t find it that easy.”

“I don’t mind the wind, so I guess it’s not a bad thing. Yeah, I’ll just play with whatever, I’ll just adjust to the wind.”

“I think I had a pretty solid round today. I had three-under the first nine, so I was happy with my start.”

“In the middle, I had a couple loose shots here and there, but I could get up-and-down.”

“Then I finished off with two birdies. Overall, pretty solid round.”

Nearest challenger is Caroline Masson, -3 under 69 today giving her a -6 under par total, and second place.

Carlota Ciganda, -1 under 71 today, Jessica Korda, even par 72, share third place, both on -5 under par.

Looks like Minjee Lee will have a leisurely stroll to the finish line.

Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Lee Leads

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Minjee Lee leads after the first round of the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee Lee / getty

Minjee put together a -7 under par 65 in the opening round of the Blue Bay LPGA, giving her a two shot lead over the field.

She only had a limited practice here, good putting helped her today;

“Well, I only had, I got nine holes practice yesterday, because we flew in yesterday.”

 “But no, I just took it one shot at a time and didn’t try to get ahead of myself. Just played my own game today and a lot of my putts dropped today.”

Jessica Korda and Sandra Gal share second place at -5 under, with their opening rounds of 67.

Sandra made an Eagle, on the par four second hole;

 “Yeah, it was my second hole, I had around, I think I had 89 yards to the pin and there was a little back stop so I played it to go a little long and come back and I had a perfect line and it just rolled in.”

“It’s just a nice start. To hit it close or even go in the hole, it just kind of jump starts your round and kind of gets you in a nice flow, which I then kept up for the rest of the day.”

“That was a nice eagle.”

Last weeks winner Carlota Ciganda, and Chella Choi are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.

Chella is happy that the course is easier to play this year;

“I played so well the first year, and last year is not good.”

“But this tournament, I like this golf course, because the shape is very good and condition is very good, but green is a little bit slow.”

“Last year, conditions are more harder because if I hit the green, always over. But this year, like if I hit the green, it stops, my ball.”

“It’s easier than last year. It’s more easier because last year very difficult.”



Xiamen International Ladies Open. Anne Van Dam Gets Maiden Win.


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Anne Van Dam gets her maiden Ladies European Tour win at the Xiamen International Ladies Open at  Orient Golf Club in China.

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Anne, from Holland, won her first L.E.T. title with a final round -4 under 68, which gave her a one  shot victory at  Xiamen International Ladies Open, with a -17 under par total.

Anne said she had played well, especially putting

“It’s a big boost. I mean, it’s my second year on tour and so far I didn’t reach my potential at all, so it’s pretty sweet to get this win.”

 “I’m just glad I stayed so patient out there today. On the sixth hole I made a bogey and from there I just made pars all the way in.”

“I hit really good shots but my putting was not there yet. I said to myself, stay patient, because you never know what can happen.”

“I mean, 16, 17, were absolutely crazy. On 16, I had a perfect distance for my gap wedge. I just looked at the pin and wanted to hole that shot.”

“From the first hole, I pretty much just tried to hole every approach shot into the green.”

I have to say, today was pretty good. It was just the last putt. you could feel everything going nuts. It was so short, it was just straight back and straight through and in the hole.”

In second place was new teenage sensation from China Yuting Shi, just one shot back at -16 under par, after her last round -3 under 69, she just failed to make birdie at the last hole;

“I tried my best with every single shot at the last hole, but it didn’t work out.”

Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, from Thailand, finished in third place on 14-under par, a last round -3 under 69, giving her that position on her own.

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Play-Off Win For Carlota

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There was a play-off win for Carlota Ciganda at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship on the Sky 72 Golf & Country Club, Ocean Course in South Korea.

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1st time winner Carlota Ciganda / getty

This win was Carlota’s maiden LPGA Tour victory, and a come from behind win.

Carlotta carded -2 under par 70 in the final round to post a club house lead at -10 under par. Alison Lee could not hang on to her three shot lead, at the start of play, scoring a miserable +3 over par 75 in the last round, but it did get her into the play-off.

Carlota made birdie at the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, Alison could only post par, pushing her back into second place.

Tied in third place were Shanshan Feng, -2 under 70 today, and Min-Sun Kim, -1 under 71, both ladies had -8 under par totals.

Xiamen International Ladies Open. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Xiamen International Ladies Open after 54 holes at Orient Golf & Country Club in China. Anne Van Dam has caught teenager Yuting Shi at the summit.

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Anne, from Holland, carded a third round -5 under par 67 to catch Chinese teenager Yuting Shi, -2 under 70 today, at the top of the  Xiamen International Ladies Open leaderboard.

Anne, who is striving for her first L.E.T. win, thinks she is finally over the jet lag, getting a birdie on the par five 12th, which she had bogeyed in the first two rounds, and her putter came alive;

“Perhaps I’m over the jet lag.”

“On 12, I hit it twice in the water on day one and day two and I just took my driver again and it was a good one.”

“I hit it on the green with my second shot and I had two good putts. The first almost went in for eagle, so that was a very easy birdie.”

“On 13, I hit my wedge to four or five meters and holed a good downhill putt.”

On 14, I was 40 meters away from the pin and had a good pitch, expected it to go closer, but it was around one and a half meters and I holed that.”

“Any kind of pressure is something. I wouldn’t say it’s the same, but it’s definitely an advantage.”

“I thought I would be nervous today but I walked to the first tee and was pretty relaxed. I made a birdie and from there I played quite well.”

“My game feels quite good and because of that I don’t need to be really nervous. I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow again.”

Yuting started the day with a three shot lead, but her irons were not so good today;

“My iron shots were not very good and the wind was quite changeable so I made some wrong club decisions.”

“I studied both my partners’ stats entering this round and found out that they made more birdies than me for the last two days.”

“So I knew that I needed to be patient for the whole round. I was happy that I did. Tomorrow, I have to get into a groove earlier.”

Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, -4 under 69 today, is in third place on her own at -11 under par.

 Ajira Nualraksa -2 under 70 today is in fourth place alongside Liu Yan who carded a bogey free -7 under 65, both with -8 under par tournament totals.