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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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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Women’s Open. Georgia Hall & Mina Harigae Share Half-Way Lead.

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Georgia, England and Mina from the USA are tied at the top of the Women’s Open leaderboard after 36 holes at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

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Georgia, a past champion shot a second round -3 under par 69, while Mina scored -5 under 67, to both share the top spot on the Women’s Open with -7 under pat totals.

Georgia was happy with her performance;

“Every Open I want to do the best I can. I got off to a good start after I was defending at Woburn after two rounds. This is a fantastic golf course, one of the best in the world, a lot of golf to play yet but I’m happy where I am.”

“There were loads of people and it’s so nice and it does mean a lot that they are supporting me and Louise, who I was playing with, and hopefully we’ll see more tomorrow because it does keep me going.”

Mina enjoyed the birdie on the last hole;

“I’m definitely delighted with that, especially here at Carnoustie.”

“I think 18 was a highlight for me. It’s such a hard hole. I had a 4-hybrid in, and you have to hit really good shots. I think it’s a great birdie on that tough hole.” 

“It looked like there was going to be rain but definitely was a little softer out there and I thought it was a little more breezy than when I played yesterday afternoon. I didn’t think it was easy conditions, but also I know it can be a lot tougher.”

Sei Young Kim, South Korea, -1 under 71 today, and Lizette Salas, USA, with -3 under 69 are tied in third position, one shot back at -6 under par or the Major tournament title.

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Women’s Open. Three-Way Tie After 1st Round at Carnoustie

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Nelly Korda, USA, Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden, and Sei Young Kim of South Korea are tied at the top of the Women’s Open leaderboard at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

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Nelly, Madelene and Sei Young all carded first rounds of -5 under par 67 to lead the Women’s Open by one stroke.

World #1 Nelly is in position to become the first American woman to win multiple majors in a season since, Juli Inkster back in the last century? Amazingly she could also be the first person in history, man or woman, to win two majors and Olympic gold in the same year?

I try to take the mindset that every day’s a new day. It doesn’t matter what my ranking is.”

 “Everyone’s going into this event prepared and wanting to win.”

“That’s the mindset that I try to take into every event.”

“Today was fine because it wasn’t so windy. You can be aggressive, but when the wind gets stronger, just taking that 4-iron off the tee and giving yourself another 4-iron in is better, because it’s easier to make an up-and-down from around the green than it is to pitch out from the bunker and then have 170 yards in.”

Four ladies share fourth position at -4 under par following their opening rounds of 68; Yuka Saso, Philippines, Louise Duncan, an amateur player from Scotland, Georgia Hall, England, and Andrea Lee from the USA.

Georgia has won this title once before;

“It’s incredibly special to me, winning three years ago, and to win it again would be incredible, and it’s still my favorite event of the year.”

“I mean, I don’t really think about that winning again. I’ll think about tomorrow first, but obviously to be crowned champion again would be amazing and that’s definitely one of my goals.”

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Women’s Scottish Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand leads the Women’s Scottish Open after 36 holes at  Dumbarnie Golf Links in Scotland.

Ariya had a -6 under par 66 second round to lead the Women’s Scottish Open by three shots at -9 under par;

“I think I just have to go day-by-day. I still have so many things to work on, and to me, I just want to be chilling on the course because I know when I’m chilling on the course, everything is going to take care of itself.”

“My whole life my dream was to win on a links course because I won in Woburn, played British Open, but it’s not links. I felt like one time in my life, I want to win on a links and that’s what I did in 2018.” 

“I know it’s tough. I know it’s windy, but I really enjoy every moment here because links, we just know we can shoot low and we know we can shoot high, and we just never know when it’s going to be that day that we shoot low or we shoot high.” 

“I feel like it brings back a lot of great memory here because I won on links and proud of myself and be able to tell myself that I won on the links.”

Tied in second place at -6 under are Charley Hull, England, -3 under 69 today, Emily Kristine Pedersen, Denmark, -3 under 69, and Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand with her round of -2 under 70.

Emily was disgusted with her putting today;

My putting has been an absolute disgrace the last two days. I have nine bogeys (overall) and six of them are because of three-putts.”

“I shouldn’t be making six bogeys. When I’m striking the ball like I do, six bogeys is not good enough.” 

“Obviously I’m happy with all the good stuff, but I’m driving the ball so well that it should be a little bit more of an advantage for me.”

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Evian Championship. Lucky Lee6 Still Leads.

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Jeongeun Lee6 of South Korea has a five shot lead at the Evian Championship after 54 holes at Evian Resort Golf Club in France.

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Lucky Lee6 has a third round -3 under par 68 to maintain her lead at the Evian Championship and will take a five shot advantage into the final round tomorrow with a -18 under par tournament total;

“I’m satisfied with my result today because some shot a little bit big miss, but I did up and down well, yeah, it was great.”

“I’m waiting so much for my second win, but this tournament is even the major tournament.”

“If I win, I’ll be very happy. Huge honor.”

Teenager Yealimi Noh from the USA has second place at -13 under par after a -4 under 67 third round, finishing with three birdies on her last three holes;

“After the turn I wasn’t hitting it as well, especially when my ball is above my feet I was having a little trouble. I was pushing it and pulling it, so I couldn’t get it right.”

“Anyway, I wasn’t hitting it that close. I think the shot on No. 16 really boosted my confidence because I was hitting a lot of like left-to-right shots today, a lot of little cuts, but it wasn’t working the way I wanted to.”

“That hole I was debating whether or not I should do that again, but I trusted it and it turned out really good. So gave me a lot of confidence for the next couple.”

In third spot at -12 under is Lydia Ko of New Zealand, she had a -3 under par 68 round to give herself a chance of victory, in a tournament that has a history of winners coming from five shots back;

With golf, you just never know. It’s never the end until the glove comes off and the final putt drops in on the last.”

 “I just got to stick to my game plan and see. There is so many big names, a lot of players playing well, so I think I have to focus on me and go from there.”

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Evian Championship. Lucky Lee6 Leads.

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Jeongeun Lee6 of South Korea carded a bogey free -10 under par 61 to lead the Evian Championship by three shots at Evian Resort Golf Club in France.

Jeongeun Lee6Lucky Lee6 equalled an all times coring record, for male or female with her round of 61, and her 36-hole score of 127 is also the lowest 36-hole total in men’s or women’s Major championship history;

“I had a lot of birdie chances, I could play easily. My putting was really, really good, so, yeah, that’s it.”

 “My swing is still not perfect, but I try to focus on one shot at a time and my backswing shape and rhythm. I didn’t dwell on the result, I focused on the process. It was so amazing.”

I try to keep it on the fairway and keep it on the green and I focused on putting speed, that’s it.”

Tied in second place at -12 under par are two ladies from Thailand; Ariya Jutanugarn, bogey free -8 under 63 today and Pajaree Anannarukarn with a second round -6 under 65.

Ariya said she was lucky with her Eagle on the par five 18th;   “

 “I’m pretty lucky to make an eagle on the last hole. I feel good right now.”

I like my commitment and feel like I got better today. Every time I’m here I feel like the course is tough, but it’s amazing. My only goal was to make the cut, I made it, so nothing can beat that.”

Pajaree was happy with her solid round;

“I played solid golf the first two days and am really happy with it.”

“I stuck to what I played the first round and it worked out today. I think playing as part of a team last week has built a lot of momentum coming into this week.”

“It’s a major week and I’m just really pleased with my game.” 

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, -6 under 65 today, Yealimi Noh, USA, -3 under 68, are T4 on nine-under-par.

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Evian Championship. Two Ladies Tied At The Top.

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Pajaree Anannarukarn, Thailand. and teenager Yealimi Noh from the USA are tied at the top of the Evian Championship at Evian Resort Golf Club in France.

Yealimi and Pajaree, who was bogey free, both carded first rounds of -6 under par 65 to lead the Evian Championship by one shot on day one.

Pajaree said it all worked well;

“ It has been a good day out there. I was trying to focus on my game all day and tried to give myself a lot of opportunities. I made some really good putts that were not easy, but I focused on the speed and what I have been working on and it worked out pretty well.”

Yealimi started with an Eagle, for the first time ever;

“It was the first time I’ve started a tournament with an eagle. Both of my playing partners stuck it and I was like ‘I hope I stick it too, I don’t want to be left out’ and it went in, so it was nice. I wanted to finish good and take the advantage of that early start.”

Fives ladies are then sharing third spot at -5 under after opening rounds of 66;  Ayaka Furue of Japan, Lauren Stephenson, USA, Atthaya Thitikul, Thailand, Jeongeun Lee6, South Korea, and Emily Kristine Pedersen of Denmark.

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