Cambia Portland Classic. J.Y. Ko Wins The 54 Hole Tournament.

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Jin Young Ko of South Korea wins the Cambia Portland Classic, reduce to 54 holes due to to bad weather at Oregon Golf Club.

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J.Y. carded final Sunday third bogey free round -3 under par 69, to win the Cambia Portland Classic by four shots at -11 under par;

“I really wanted to play yesterday, but we couldn’t play.”

“I tried to make a bogey-free round today, and I made it.”

“I had a lot of missed shots and I had a lot of missed chipping or something, so I had to make great par saves, but I made it.”

“This course was really amazing, perfectly clearing, and fairways and greens are really perfect, I can’t wait to play for next year.”

Tied in second place at -7 under par, were Lucky Lee6, South Korea, and Sue Oh from Australia, both signed for rounds of -3 under 69 today.

Sue was happy with her result;

“I played with kind of a slow start and hung in there and just I holed a really good par putt on 6 and then I kind of got the round going a little bit and then stiffed one on 7.”

“I hit it pretty good today after that. A few more putts drop then I would have been closer, but still pretty happy with how I played this whole week.”

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Lacoste Ladies Open. Celine Boutier Wins.

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Celine Boutier of France, is the 2021 Lacoste Ladies Open de France Champion after 54 holes at Golf Club du Medoc.

Celine made a winning birdie putt on the last hole to win the Lacoste Ladies Open title with a final round -3 under par 68, and a tournament total of -11 under par;

“I couldn’t have hoped for a better ending, it was a special week all round.”

“All five of my family were here supporting me which is quite rare, and my brother was caddying for me so I feel grateful and blessed to be able to share it with them.” 

“I was a bit frustrated when I dropped shots because they could have been avoided, but I kept patient because I knew I was putting well so I had to keep giving myself opportunities.” 

“I’m still in shock from the summer because it’s all been so surreal with the Solheim Cup victory and now this.” 

“I came close to winning two years ago so I’ve had the win here on my mind for a while, so I wanted to improve my performance this year, so I’m over the moon with this win.” 

Kylie Henry of Scotland finished in second place at -10 under par, she also had a -3 under 68 last round;

“I’m really happy with how I played, I feel like I hit a lot of good shots on the back nine but I just didn’t manage to make any birdies.” 

“Second place isn’t what you dream of but I’m still really happy because it is a good result and I’m happy to be back in contention.”

“I didn’t make any bogeys so I’m really happy with that because it shows that it was really solid golf.”

“I gave it my best but that putt on the last from Celine was outstanding, and that’s why she’s a Solheim Cup player, she was brilliant.”

Three ladies tie for third spot at -8 under par, Pauline Roussin Bouchard, France, with the low round of the day – 5 under 66, Anais Meyssonier, France, -2 under 69 and Magdalena Simmermacher of Argentina, -1 under 70.

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Cambia Portland Classic, Play Suspended for the Day.

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The Oregon Golf Club has received nearly 2 inches of rain since Friday night, making play impossible for Saturday, and maybe even Sunday.

A Monday finish is likely, and it is still unknown at this if this will be a 54 hole or 72 hole tournament, that all depends on how co-operative the weather wants to be on Sunday.

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Cambia Portland Classic. Jin Young Ko Leads.

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Jin Young Ko of South Korea has the half-way lead in the 50th Cambia Portland Classic at a very windy Oregon Golf Club.

Jin Young posted -5 under par 67 for her second round to top the Cambia Portland Classic leaderboard at -8 under par, a one shot advantage, with a new putter working well;

“I changed the putter few weeks ago in Korea and I spend time, over a month, in Korea, so I feel really like comfortable and like fresh.”

 “So I’m playing really good right now.”

 “If I putt as I see the green, I have the confidence that they will always go in.”

JY  played alongside two power-hitters, Patty Tavatanakit, Thailand, and Angel Yin, and Patty regularly outdriving her by 20 yards;

“They hit so far, so I try to don’t look at swing or distance, but Patty played good today, so I wanted to follow her.”

“That’s why I play really good today.”

“These fairways and greens are really narrow, so I had to hit it straight.”

“So, it was a little nervous from the tee for everybody, but I did a great job. I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland has second place to herself at -7 under par, with a second round -3 under 69;

“It was quite tough out there. It was quite windy, reminded me of home a little bit, especially my back nine, the front nine. It’s a bit more open around there so it’s kind of tricky.”

Carlota Ciganda, Spain holds third spot with -5 under total, -1 under par 71 today not what she was hoping for;

It was a tough day, took three hours to play the front nine, so it’s just, it’s a tough course. It’s a new course. It was really windy today.”

“The front nine is playing quite tricky with the side winds.”

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Cambia Portland Classic. Three-Way Tie At The Top.

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Carlota Ciganda, Spain, Pajaree Anannarukarn, Thailand, and Gemma Dryburgh from Scotland are tied at the top of the Cambia Portland Classic leaderboard at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Oregon.

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All three ladies carded first rounds of -4 under par 68 to lead the Cambia Portland Classic by one shot.

Pajaree said she needs to concentrate more;

“I definitely learned a lot from today. I miss some fairways out there. I try to probably be more focused and concentrate on my tee shots.”

“Hopefully will hit some better drive tomorrow and give myself some really good opportunities out there.”

Carlota is fresh from the Solheim Cup victory;

I only played here on Tuesday, no Pro-Am, so I think it was nice to have the day off yesterday as well. No golf on the course.”

“I feel good. Trying to take that momentum from the Solheim and have that here, hit good shots, and try my best.”

Gemma had a hole-out Eagle on the 7th hole;

“Just hit a little gap wedge. Hit it pretty perfect.”

“Actually I thought it was going long when I saw it on the green, but it just landed perfectly just short of the pin and rolled right in like a little putt, so it was perfect.”

Six ladies are then tied in fourth spot at -3 under after rounds of 69;  Jin Young Ko, Mi Jung Hur, and Jenny Shin from South Korea, Sue Oh, Australia, Paula Reto, South Africa, and Perrine Delacour from France.

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Solheim Cup, Team Europe Wins.

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Team Europe defeated Team USA 15 points to 13 at Inverness Club in Ohio to retain the Solheim Cup, back to back wins for Team Europe, leading from start to finish.

Matilda Castren sunk the winning putt for the visitors, Team Europe, beating Lizette Salas 1 up on their last hole in match #7.

 

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Matilda gets a hug from Team Europe Captain Catriona Matthew, the first ever double winning Captain of the Solheim Cup.

Matilda enjoyed the moment, making par with a 10ft putt after escaping from the bunker on her last hole;

“It’s hard to put it into words right now. I think I’m still shaking.”

“I just knew I was looking at the board and I knew it was going to be an important putt, and I wanted to make it.”

“Me and Mikey (her caddie) read it and we read it perfectly and it went in. I’m just so happy right now, and I’m not sure what the final scores are, but I’m just.”

“Yeah, a lot of emotions right now.”

Team USA then won the next four matches, with Emily Pedersen, Team Europe winning the final match against Danielle Kang. The singles score was six points each, five wins and two matches halved.

Congratulations Team Europe.

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Solheim Cup. Team Europe Lead 9-7 With Monday’s Singles Matches To Go.

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Team Europe lead Team USA by two points after two days of Foursomes and Fourball matches, it is now all down to the singles on Monday at Inverness Club in Ohio.

Mel Reid hit the shot of the day, a comfortable 8 iron from 136 yards with the wind in her face, sinking her putt gave Team Europe the half point they needed;

I knew as soon as I hit it, was either going to be a little bit left and short or it was going to be good.”

“So, I was hoping for the good. And I almost willed that ball into the hole.” 

“We knew the Americans would come out fighting, they played great this morning. It was great that we played great, and nice to finish that match off.”

“These players are just so good. You really can’t give them anything.”

“Like Lizette and Jennifer, they both are fantastic players, obviously world-class players.”

“They played a perfect fourball today. If one was out, one was almost making birdie or making birdie. The momentum has gone back and forth.”

“That’s what a Solheim Cup is, but that was a huge half point for us. That makes it a very nice afternoon for us and a nice little two-point lead going into Monday.”

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Solheim Cup, Team Europe Lead Despite LPGA Rules Official Interjecting.

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Team Europe won 3.5 points of the 4 that were available in the morning foursomes at Inverness Club in Ohio, and ended the fourballs 2 points apiece leaving Team Europe with a 5.5 to a 2.5 lead over Team USA for the first day of the Solheim Cup 2021.

The day was not without controversy, on the par five 13th Nelly Korda of Team USA had reached the green in two and her Eagle putt rolled right up to the edge of the hole. Seeing that it as not going to drop in the hole Madelene Sagstrom picked up the ball, conceding the tap in birdie putt.

In steps LPGA Tour Rules official Missy Jones to rule that the ball had picked up 3 seconds too early, and awarded an Eagle to the Americans.

Madelene spoke afterwards;

“Obviously, I wasn’t following the rules about leaving the ball for 10 seconds, but I do believe in integrity and honor of the game of golf and I would never pick up a putt that had a chance to go in.”

“I personally don’t agree with the decision about the ball being on the edge but I didn’t follow the 10-second rule, so it sucks right now because I feel like I let my team down.”

That ruling gave a win to Team USA, winning one up, seems they are desperate to win, apparently Madelene picked the ball up 3 seconds too early.

The ball was not hanging over hole, as the USA officials suggest, and would never had dropped into the hole, unless Hurricane Ida had suddenly arrived on course.

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Women’s Open. Anna Nordqvist Wins.

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Anna Nordqvist of Sweden has won the Women’s Open at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

Anna carded a final round -3 under 69 to win the Women’s Open, her third Major title, by one stroke at -12 under par;

“I have been waiting for this one for a while. I haven’t won in a couple of years.”

“There has been a lot of downs, a lot of hard times so I think this makes it feel even sweeter. I could only dream about winning the British Open. I won the Smyth Salver in 2008 and little did I know a few years later with a lot of dreams and a lot of hard work.”

“I’m so happy to be here. My husband lives 20 minutes away from here, I was supposed to get married 20 minutes away from here.”

“This place is just truly special. I have never seen Carnoustie in this great of a shape, everyone has done such a great job. I have loved the fans being back and having an atmosphere.”

Georgia Hall, England, -5 under 67 today, Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden, -4 under 68, and Lizette Salas of USA with -3 under 69 all tied in second place at -11 under par.

Georgia had a couple of bogey’s which made the difference;

“I thought five or six-under was needed today, so I’m very happy with the way I played. I had some good eagles that helped me along the way.”

“I holed some putts today which I holed absolutely none yesterday, so I was happy to get some in on the front nine and managed to par my way in.”

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Women’s Open. Two Ladies Tied at the Top after 54 holes.

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Anna Nordqvist, Sweden, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark share the top spot on the Women’s Open leaderboard after 54 holes at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

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Anna, -7 under par 65 today and Nanna with -4 under 68 share the Women’s Open lead with -9 under par tournament totals, a one shot advantage over the field.

Anna, carding the low round of the day is going to give it her best tomorrow;

“I‘ve been on Tour long enough now to accept that you can’t really control what’s going to happen.”

“All you can do is your best.”

“Right now I’m just happy with my round. Had quite a bit of family and friends out there watching, so that meant a lot to me.”

“I’m ready to get in, I thought we beat the rain in on last but hit a great shot in in the rain.”

“I feel like the weather, we thought it was probably going rain a lot more today than it did, so got a good break there. But overall, Scotland has been pretty nice to us this week and we’ll see what it gives us tomorrow.”

Nanna was happy with her round;

“I’m happy with the round. I played quite steady out there. I hit a lot of greens.”

“I would have liked somewhere been closer to the pin but also made some good putts.”

“I have just got to try and clam down my nerves and remember that I’m playing good golf right now, so that’s what I’m going to try and focus on.”

One shot back at -8 under in third spot is Lizette Salas from the USA, she signed for a third round -2 under par 70;

“It wasn’t like the first two days. I think at some point you had to mentally prepare for conditions like this.”

“I think the wet conditions really kind of settled everything and got off to a little shaky start and after five, I think the momentum switched and I was able to hit really good shots coming down the stretch to give myself good looks.”

World #1 Nelly Korda wet backwards on moving day, carding a third round +1 over par 73, dropping her to T8, but at -6 under there is still chance of victory. A deflated Nelly admitted to making mistakes;

Everyone keeps talking about how I’m playing so well, but I’m going to shoot bad scores.”

“Just a little punch of reality that I’m human.”

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