Kia Classic. Mirim Lee Wins.

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Mirim Lee wins the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Mirim turned a 54 hole lead into victory, carding a final round -7 under 65 to win the Kia Classic with a -20 under par total, a six shot winning margin.

Mirim, from South Korea, spoke to reporters via a translator;

“It’s been a long time to be winner of the tournament, so I kind of nervous before I start of game.”

“But I try to focus and then gives me good result.”

 “When I practiced this course I think tee shot was most important thing, so I focused on good tee shot so that makes this good result.”

So Yeon Ryu, -6 under 66 today, and Austin Ernst, -5 under 67, shared second place, at -14 under par.

So Yeon wants to improve;

“I think everything is right there, I just need to keep it patient and need to trust myself I’m good.”

“Even though I haven’t won any tournament I just cannot really blame anything.”

“I felt like everything is pretty great. Like, well, when your game is kind of like perfect you’re able to win. Mine cannot be called perfect yet, but I think it’s good enough.”

Austin knew winning was impossible;

“She was at twenty under. I knew at that point you’re basically playing for second place, unless she does something coming down the stretch.”

 “My game was really solid. Today was really a solid round of golf. Hit a bunch of greens. Gave myself a lot of the good looks.”

 

Kia Classic. Mirim Lee Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Mirim Lee has the 54 hole lead in the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California, where three players from the top four are from South Korea.

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Mirim put together a third round -5 under pr 67 to lead the Kia Classic by one shot at -13 under par;

“Course was perfect. Greens little bumpy so greens little tough. It’s okay because I hit great.”

“I just hit straight. Then just thinking hit straight and then I make more birdies.”

Mi Jung Hur holds second place at -12 under par, following her third round -6 under 66 which contained a birdie putt of over 65 ft;

“I think that’s the longest putt I’ve ever made in my life.”

“Was huge, long putt. I’m getting excited to playing tomorrow.”

 ”Definitely feel very, very good right now because I finish with a birdie on the last.” 

In Gee Chun, -5 under 67 today, and Cristie Kerr, only -1 under par 71 today, share third place at -10 under par.

Cristie struggled all day, finally finishing with a three putt;

“Honestly didn’t hit it that great today, I scrambled a lot.”

 “That last pin was really difficult. It was kind of hard to judge the speed through the shadows, and I didn’t do a very good job. 3-putted the last hole.”

In Gee missed some chances today, but is staying patient;

“Stay patient, because first back nine was not really good, so I miss some birdie opportunities.”

“I try staying patient, I made really good back nine.”

Kia Classic. Cristie Kerr Leads at 36 holes.

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Cristie Kerr leads after 36 holes at the Kia Classic in California.

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Cristie shot a second round -3 under par 69 to lead the Kia Classic at the half-way stage with a -9 under par tournament total, she said focusing for the whole day was difficult;

“I think it’s a course that demands a lot of you. When you hit a bad shot you have to be able to recover and really stay focused the whole day.”

“It was a very long day. I feel like my focus left me a little bit at the end, but I played really well.”

Sharing second place at -8 under par are, Mirim Lee -4 under 68 today, and Mo Martin with -2 under 70.

Mo had a problem putt late on in the day;

“The bogey, I had a big ball mark and these Poa greens get super bumpy in the afternoons, and it just stuck in the ball mark and went left.”

 “I mean, I didn’t take that too personally. That happens out here, especially in the afternoon, especially on a Friday after you have the whole field in front of you on the Poa greens.”

“And then, yeah, it was fun to rally and obviously great to finish with a couple birdies.”

World number 1 Lydia Ko the defending champion, missed the cut, the second of her career, an even par 72 today leaving her well out of contention, and missing the cut by one. A three putt sending her out. She may not be the number one for much longer.

 

Kia Classic. Three Tied at the Top

 

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Three ladies are tied at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard, in California. In Gee Chun, Cristie Kerr and Mo Martin.

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In Gee, Cristie and Mo all carded first rounds of -6 under par 66, to top the Kia Classic leaderboard, and lead by two shots over their nearest rivals.

In Gee was happy to play a course she likes;

“This course is really good. I like here. Course is really pretty and challenging, so I’m very happy to be back here.”

 “Greens are a little bumpy this afternoon so I stay my patient, so I made a good round today.”

Cristie went back to basics;

“Honestly, I had some long talks with my coach, and I just needed to simplify my game.”

“Like I needed to simplify my swing feel and not over complicate things.”

 “So kind of went back to some simple feels and played awesome today.”

Mo had a good putting day, and loved lots of fans wearing GoMo buttons;

“I had a ton of really good shots today, which I had been doing pretty much for the last year.”

“Just had a really good putting day. I’ve been waiting for a good putting week and I had a good putting day today. It was great.”

“I like it. I love it when it’s playing tough. We had a couple Sunday pin placements out there today. It was a fun day.”

“Today I probably had about six people with Go Mo buttons on.”

“We had Go Mo button sign made. That was pretty good. Had one made every year. It’s been fun to add to the collection of friends and family out here.”

Defending champion, and world number 1 Lydia Ko struggled to a +2 over par, 74, all those changes have had a negative effect.

 

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Anna Nordqvist Triumphant.

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Anna Nordqvist was triumphant in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Anna Nordqvist

Anna, from Sweden, carded a final round -4 under 68 to win the Bank of Hope Founders Cup with a -25 under par total, in front of her adopted home crowd;

” I mean, of all the wins probably of the ones that’s going to be more special. Like if it wouldn’t be for me getting an opportunity to come to Arizona State University about ten years ago, I wouldn’t be here today.”

“This truly still feels like home, even though I’m based in Florida.”

“I have so many friends and family here. They feel like family, my U.S. family. “

“You know, couldn’t think of a better place to be. I’m just so happy to be back.”

“I wasn’t even going to play a couple weeks and just ended up adding it last minute. Maybe it was meant to be.”

Three ladies were tied in second place, at -23 under par, In Gee Chun, South Korea, -6 under par 66 today, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -4 under 68, and Stacy Lewis, America, -4 under 68.

Stacy could not get the putts to drop;

“Couldn’t quite get the putts to fall, they were close.”

“Hit a lot of good shots and didn’t quite get rewarded for them.”

World number one Lydia Ko finished in a tie for eighth place, a last round -4 under par 68 giving her a -20 under par total

 

World Ladies Championship. Hae Rym Kim Wins In Play-Off

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Hae Rym Kim wins the World Ladies Championship in a play-off at Mission Hills in China, on the Ladies European Tour.

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Hae Rym Kim -3 under 70 and Seon Woo Bae -4 under 69, both ladies from South Korea, finished the World Ladies Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par. Hae Rym won the play-off.

Georgia Hall, England,  was tied in third place with  Lee So-Young and Min Sung Kim, from South Korea, all at -11 under par.

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Georgia, -3 under 70 today was happy with her result, but said her putting could have been better;

“I played well and my long game was really good.”

“If I had reached the hole with more of my putts then I might have been in a play-off, but I’m joint third and I’m very happy with that.”

“My putting wasn’t quite there today and I couldn’t see the lines as well as the last two days and my pace was a bit off.”

“I left quite a lot short actually, but my long game all week has been amazing, and my putting has as well, apart from today.”

Also tied for third were  Lee So-Young and Min Sung Kim, both ladies from South Korea.

 

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Anna Leads, With Course Record.

 

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Anna Nordqivst leads the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, setting a new course record at Wildfire Golf Cub in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Anna’s new course record of -11 under par 61 put her firmly on top of the  Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard at -21 under par.

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Anna was -5 under on the front nine, on a course she treats as home;

“Absolutely, they always say that home is where the heart is, and my heart is definitely still here. I always say I’m a west coast girl and people remind me I’m from Sweden.”

 “Even though I live in Florida now, this definitely feels like home. ASU here and Missy Kaye being the coach now, the team support. My sponsor’s here. I have family and friends here or seemed like family.”

“So I was staying with friends this week. It’s just been a fun week.”

“It’s been busy first week back in the U.S., but just always feel special coming back here. I wish I could more often. Definitely, have a big smile on my face this week.”

Ariya and Stacy find themselves two shots behind, after sharing the lead for two days, once again they both carded the same score, -6 under 66, for their -19 under totals

Ariya likes having fun, and making putts;

“I mean, I’m starting to make some putt today. Even I miss like pretty short one, but today is pretty good.”

“I think, I mean, I just really want to have fun, and I’m going to work on my commitment tomorrow.”

“I’m not going to worry about the future , don’t worry about the outcome. So I’m going to be really want to commit with every shot I hit tomorrow.”

Stacy missed making birdie on the two pr fives on the back nine;

“It was good. It wasn’t great, but it was good.”

“Definitely, would’ve liked to have birdied those couple par fives on the back nine.”

“Felt like I didn’t play those very well, but making those two birdies coming in was huge.”

“With the way this golf course is playing, two back is not a big deal.”