CME Group Tour Championship. Ariya Wins. Lexi Wins Race to CME Globe.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, wins the CME Group Tour Championship, while Lexi Thompson wins the Race to CME Globe, the year-long points event.

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Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya, with a final round -5 under 67 on the Tiburón Golf Club course in Florida for a winning CME Group Tour Championship total of -15 under par was having some fun out on the course;

“To be honest, I had no expectation at all this week.”

 “I really did not think about the outcome. I really focused on the things I can control and I had so much fun this week.”

“Even though I played so badly the last few months, I learned a lot.”

“I’m growing up a lot, and I’m really ready to have some fun next year.”

Lexi missed a two foot putt to win it all;

Race to CME Globe

Lexi Thompson / getty

“It was a short putt. I don’t really play break on those.”

“I don’t know. I just had a little mishap in my hands and just pushed it off to the right.”

“I putted great the whole day and did my routine. I guess maybe just a little bit of adrenaline.”

Lexiafter her missed putt, and Jessica Korda both finished second in the CME Group Tour Championship, one shot back at -14 under par for the tournament, with -5 under rounds of 67.

Lexi was honored to win the Vare Trophy;

“It was a good way to end the season.”

“Overall, a lot of positives to take from today. Winning the CME Globe and the Vare Trophy was a huge honor.” 

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Sanya Ladies Open. Céline Boutier With Maiden L.E.T. Win.

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Céline Boutier, France has her maiden Ladies European Tour title, the Sanya Ladies Open.

Sanya Ladies Open

Céline Boutier / getty

Céline carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Sanya Ladies Open, her maiden Tour victory, at -12 under par, a four shot winning margin at  Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

Céline said her putting was on fire on her back nine;

“It’s amazing. It’s my first time playing in this event and my first time in China, so I couldn’t have expected the week to have gone any better.”

“My putting was on fire on the back nine, so that helped me to get birdies.”

“It was a lot of fun.”

“The weather has been great and we were staying right by the beach, so it was a great mix of playing golf and going to the beach to relax.”

China LPGA Tour rookie Solar Lee finished in second place at -8 under par, with a last round -3 under 69;

 “I was quite nervous on the first tee but I tried my best to enjoy the experience. I’m very happy with the result.”

Another Ladies European Tour rookie Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, from Iceland, was in third place, a last round of even par 72 giving her a -7 under par total, saying she could not make her putter work today;

 “I couldn’t hole a putt today, but that’s okay. I was playing solidly but I lost a ball on nine.”

“I had been playing well and I guess I got a bit too much adrenaline flowing. It is what it is.”

“A top-three finish is good. I’m disappointed I didn’t get the win, but Céline played really well and she putted amazingly, especially on the back nine.”

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CME Group Tour Championship. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Tiburón Golf Club in Florida.  Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen share the honor as Sung Hyun Park falters.

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Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen / getty

Kim, USA, with a bogey free -8 under pr 64, Michelle, USA, -6 under 66, Ariya,Thailand, -5 under 67 and Suzann, Norway, -3 under 69, all share the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard at -10 under par @CMEGroupLPGA

Michelle ran out of gas playing in six tournaments in a row;

“Basically, I mean, I’ll never play six weeks in a row again.”

“And I told my caddie if I ever want to play six weeks again, just punch me in the face.”

The top four are followed closely by a group of seven ladies at -9 under par, which includes yesterday’s leader Sung Hyun Park, who slipped back today scoring +3 over par 75.

Sung said she just needs to focus

“Keeping my focus will be key.”

Stacy Lewis is in the -9 under group and is now enjoying golf after her first win for some time;

“It was just so much more relaxed going to a tournament, not necessarily dreading it.”

“You’re excited to be there, excited to have a chance to win.”

“Just renewed the love for golf a little bit and the enjoyment of competing.”

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CME Group Tour Championship. Sung Hyun Park In Control.

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 Sung Hyun Park, South Koreais in control of the CME Group Tour Championship at the half-way stage in Florida at  Tiburón Golf Club.

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Sung Hyun Park

Sung shot a second round -7 under par 65 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship after 36 holes with a -12 under par total, and will take a three shot into moving day on Saturday. It would have been more except for a three putt bogey on the last hole today, but did reel off five birdies to close out the front nine;

“I didn’t know I had made five in a row, I got behind in writing down my score and when I did and realized what I had done it felt good.” 

“In terms of golf, I always get nervous.”

“I just try to focus on each shot and once I’m in the game I don’t think about that other stuff.”

“I don’t feel quite as nervous as I thought I would. I can go into the weekend feeling a little more comfortable.”

“I don’t think it’s that big of a lead, it can change at any moment. If I can keep the momentum going I will be good.” 

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under par, Caroline Mason, Germany, -6 under 66 today, and Sarah Jane Smith, Australia, with a second round -3 under 69.


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Sanya Ladies Open. Two Tied at the Top in China.

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 Céline Boutier of France and Wichanee Meechai, Thailand, are tied at the top of the Sanya Ladies Open at Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

Sanya Ladies Open

Céline Boutier / getty

Céline, bogey free today and Wichanee both carded opening rounds of -5 under par 67 to lead the Sanya Ladies Open in China.

Ladies European Tour rookie Céline  has her U.S. LPGA card for 2018, and is used to this type of grass, especially when it comes to putting;

“I think this course is similar to U.S. courses because of the Bermuda grass.”

“Out on the course, you need to know how to chip out of this rough, which can be tricky.”

“When you putt you have to pay attention to the grain for the speed and the line, so I think it is similar to U.S. courses.”

Wichanee also made some putts;

“I felt good about my game, so I hit it close and made some putts.”

“I expect to win the tournament because I want to give myself confidence and then go to the final stage of LPGA Q-School.”

There is a chasing pack of nine ladies tied in third place at -4 under including  Lee-Ann Pace, South Africa;

“I got unlucky on the eighth, my 17th hole, because I hit a stunning drive down the middle and ended up in a divot. Then I came up short and didn’t get up and down.”

“I also hit it short on the par-three 5th.”

“I’m super relaxed, which is probably why I’m playing well. I’m having a great time and yesterday I went to the beach. I’m just trusting myself and trusting the game.”

“I’ve worked hard the whole season so happy to just play.”

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CME Group Tour Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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 Peiyun Chien, from Chinese Taipei, and Sarah Jane Smith, Australia, lead the  CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

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Peiyun Chien & Sarah Jane Smith / getty

Both Peiyun and Sarah Jane had bogey free first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship.

Rookie Peiyun said she need more belief in herself;

“Just need to more believe myself.”

“I change a little my backswing, so feel a little bit more solid.”

Sarah Jane had a good day with her putter;

“I holed some nice putts.”

“It was a bit rough in the beginning, but holed some nice putts for par and sort of kept it going, and then made some good birdies coming in.”

“I’ve been working on a little bit more tempo in my swing. I can get really fast out there.”

“I sort of made a conscious effort a few weeks ago to sort of do it on the golf course, and it’s made a huge difference.”

Five ladies are then tied in third place at -5 under after their opening rounds of 67, World number one Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Azahara Munoz, Spain, Suzann Pettersen, Norway and Karine Icher from France.

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Hero Women’s Indian Open. Ladies European Tour Rookie Camille Chevalier Wins.

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Ladies European Tour rookie Camille Chevalier, from France wins the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Hero Women's Indian Open

Camille Chevalier & Pawan Munjal of Hero MotoCorp / getty

Camille fired a fabulous  five birdies in her last eight holes to win the Hero Women’s Indian Open on the Black Knight Golf Course at DLF Golf and Country Club, in India, with a final round -5 under par 67, which gave her a one shot maiden Tour victory at -12 under par;

“I’m really happy because I’m a rookie and I just won a tournament, so it’s awesome. “

“This is my first win on tour so I’m really happy and I can’t wait to celebrate with my friends.” 

“I think making the final putt was the only time I felt nervous.”

“It was 65 meters and I hit a 58-degree wedge over the water. I wanted to hit the slope so it would roll back and luckily it did, to around a meter from the flag.”

“I really didn’t get affected by anything, because I didn’t expect that I was going to win.”

“I was more concerned about keeping my card for the LET next year, because I was border line, so I’m really happy to be keeping my card because I was so stressed about it.”

Michelle Thomson, England, finished in second place at -11 under par, a last round -1 under par 71 not what she wanted, her putter went cold;

 “Today I had a great start again and was trying to make the same score but the putter went cold on the back nine and I missed by one.”

“There were a couple of mistakes on the back nine, but I can’t take anything away from Camille; she played awesome and congratulations to her.”

“I will take back a lot of positives away, and will try and do one better next time.”

Tied in third place at -8 under par were Carlota Ciganda, Spain, –2 under 70 today, Ann Van Dam, Holland, -5 under 67, and Sarah Kemp, Australia.

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