Portland Classic. Hannah Green Shoots 63 To Lead.

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Hannah Green of Australia shoots a second round 63 to lead the Portland Classic after 36 holes at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Macan Course, in Oregon.

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In a day of low scoring Hannah’s -9 under 63 was not the best round of the day, although it keeps her at the top of the Portland Classic leaderboard with a -17 under total, a five stroke advantage over the field after 36 holes;

“I just don’t want to get too ahead of myself.”

“Obviously this is quite new to me, shooting such low scores back-to-back.”

“I want to make sure I continue to do the same things and don’t get too disappointed if I don’t back it up with another solid round. Going to keep the same game plan.”

Sei Young Kim, carded a new course record -11 under par 61 to be tied in second place, at -12 under par, with Sung Hyun Park, who signed for a second round -7 under 65, both ladies from South Korea,

Sei Young said chasing numbers had not helped her golf;

“I got too many numbers. I need a number, a lot of number, but I realize it’s not helping my golf.”

“So I told (caddie) Paul, just give me one number. I’m just going to hit the pin. “That’s the only one way. So we did a great job today.”

Another low round came from Sarah Schmeizel, USA, who recorded a second round -10 under par 62, to be T8 at that -10 under score.

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Portland Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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Mi Jung Hur, South Korea, and Hannah Green from Australia are tied at the top of the Portland Classic leaderboard after the first round at Columbia Edgewater Macan Course in Oregon.

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Hannah was bogey free, while Mi carded one bogey, in their Portland Classic opening rounds of -8 under par 64, for a one shot lead.

Hannah only required 23 putts in her round;

“I knew putting was really key this week.”

” I’d say it’s one of the shorter courses that we play, and it definitely looked more narrow.”

I knew if I kept doing what I was doing and hitting good shots and just holing a couple putts here and there that you could post a really good score.”

Mi struggled with her putter, but still carded a 64;

“I had a really good day with my tee shots and long game.”

“The putting wasn’t that good, but I still love it.”

“I made a lot of birdies, but I had one bogey on 17, I missed one fairway. If you miss fairways on this course, you have to take a bogey because it’s so tough when you miss the fairway.”

Tied in third place at -7 under after first rounds of 65 are Jane Park, and Yealimi Noh, both ladies from the USA.

Jane was happy with her start here;

“I’m super happy to get started off well here for a change.”

World #1 Jin Young Ko, -4 under 68,  made a bogey today, the first one in 114 holes, which is a LPGA record:

“I did 114 holes and then done. It’s cool.”

“So I want to do again, 115 holes bogey-free round hopefully. But yeah, I’m free.”

I can focus more on my shot and don’t even think about, oh, bogey, bogey, no.”

 “Now I can more focus for tomorrow.”

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Canadian Womens Open. World #1 Jin Young Ko Wins.

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World #1 Jin Young Ko of South Korea wins the Canadian Womens Open at Magna Golf Club in Canada.

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Jin cruised to victory in the Canadian Womens Open with a final bogey free round -8 under par 64, giving her a five shot winning margin at -26 under par. Jin  has not made a bogey on the LPGA in her last 106 holes. She became the first player since Inbee Park in 2015 to win a 72-hole tournament without a bogey, even though she had to take a drop for an unplayable lie on the par five 9th, she got up and down for par;

“It was huge par I think.”

Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark, took second place at -21 under with a last round -3 under 69;

“I was a little nervous about playing with Brooke and her million fans today, but we got through it. I just enjoyed it out there.”

Defending Champion Brooke Henderson, Canada, -3 under 69 today, and Lizette Salas, USA, with her -8 under 64, tied in third place with -19 under totals.

Brooke spoke about the great play from her opponents

“I feel like I made a lot of birdies and hopefully made it pretty exciting for them.”

“T-3, I couldn’t really ask for anything more. It would’ve been very difficult to catch Jin Young today. She shot like a million under.”

“Great champion. I shot three under in the final round and didn’t get a sniff. Shows how great they were playing.”

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Canadian Womens Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark, and Jin Young Ko from South Korea, are tied at the top of the Canadian Womens Open leaderboard after 54 holes at Magna Golf Club in Canada.

Canadian Womens OpenCanadian Womens Open        Nicole & Jin

Nicole carded another -6 under 66 round, while JIn signed for a third round -7 under 65, both topping the Canadian Womens Open leaderboard at -18 under par.

Nicole could hear the roars emanating from Brooke’s group in front of them;

“We could definitely hear those roars coming in on the back nine.”

“Every time they went a little bit louder than normal I felt like, yeah, you knew Brooke made a birdie.”

“I saw she was off to a rough start but made a really good back nine, I guess.”

Defending Champion Brooke Henderson, Canada, is two shots back at -16 under par, in third place, following her -7 under 65 third round, inspired by a young fan on the back nine, which she completed in 29 strokes;

“It was a little bit of a struggle there. I felt like I was playing decent golf. Just wasn’t really going my way.”

“Then on the seventh green a little boy gave me a high five and then he continued that the rest of the round.”

“I think starting at the time he kind of cheered me up a little bit. I think I tried to get back to even on the front nine.”

“Going to eighth tee, I was trying to just make two birdies, get it back to even and then see if I could go really low on the back, which I did.”

“The Brooke Brigade has been really awesome and all the fans that have been here supporting me since early Thursday morning.”

“It’s been surreal and an awesome week, and hopefully I can play well tomorrow.”

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Canadian Womens Open. Nicole Broch Larsen Leads.

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Nicole Broch Larsen of Denmark leads the Canadian Womens Open after the second round at a very windy  Magna Golf Club in Canada.

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Nicole shoots another -6 under 66 in the second round to lead the Canadian Womens Open by one shot at -12 under par;

“I probably hit a couple more bad shots today but got away with them.”

“On the other hand, made a really good putts and made it from just short of the green on 1 and made like an 18 meter (putt) on 2.”

“So, I mean, making putts like that helps.”

“I feel like I’m more confident in this position now than I was two years ago even though I haven’t been here for a while.”

“I’m just trying to play as free as possible the last four events and see if I can make it to Asia. Whatever the next few days brings, I’m still really happy with my two rounds.”

Jin Young Ko, South Korea, has second place to herself, that one shot back at -11 under, after her second round -5 under par 67, and is bogey-free through 36 holes, finding 17 of 18 greens in regulation;

“I had a great round the first two days, and then also I had great putting.”

“I had great shots on the front nine and back nine, too. I was happy.”

Defending Champion from Canada, Brooke Henderson, -3 under 69 today, is tied in third place at -9 under par with Yu Liu, China, -5 under 67, and Pajaree Anannarukarn, Thailand, -3 under 69.

Brooke enjoys the home support;

“It’s pretty special to have all these people out there following you around and cheering you on.”

 “Try to be interacting with them a little bit. Also just trying to make sure I get the job done and play well the next two days.”

Yu stayed patient in the windy conditions;

“It was pretty solid compared to yesterday.”

“Yesterday I wasn’t hitting a lot of fairways, to be honest. Today was just fairways and I hit plenty of greens.”

“It was pretty windy coming in, which made the front nine really tough. It’s really gusty. It’s hard to judge the club selection sometimes, but I think I did pretty good. Stayed patient.”

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Canadian Womens Open. Annie Park Leading.

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Annie Park, USA, is leading the Canadian Womens Open after round one at Magna Golf Club in Canada.

Annie Park Opens With 65 In Canada in Quest to Make Solheim Cup TeamAnnie

Annie started the tournament with a bogey free -7 under par 65, to lead the Canadian Womens Open by one shot, and is thinking about the Solheim Cup;

Definitely a lot of pressure coming into this week just thinking about Solheim right after this event.”

 “I’m pretty persistent with what I want. If I want something I try really hard to get it.”

Five ladies are then sharing second place at -6 under following opening rounds of 66, including the defending Champion Brooke Henderson, with Anne Katherine Tanguay, both from Canada, Jin Young Ko, South Korea, Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark and Pajaree Anannarukarn from Thailand.

Brooke was very happy with today’s round;

“It’s nice to be in a position where I had a good round, everything seemed to go right for me.”

 “Hopefully I can continue to stick to my game plan, make a lot of birdies, and I would love to be in this position on Sunday.”

“For me when I’m playing well, it’s my ball striking, hitting a lot fairways, greens, and then just hoping I’m making some putts too.”

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Jubilant JT Wins The BMW Championship& is #1 in FedExCup Standings.

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Justin Thomas cruised to victory in the BMW Championship, which put him in #1 spot for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club next week in the finals of the FedExCup.

Thomas victorious at MedinahJubilant Justin / getty

Justin shot -4 under par 68 to win the BMW Championship by three strokes at -25 under par at Medinah Golf Club in Chicago;

“I was really nervous today. It’s hard to play with a lead.”

“You don’t know how often things like this will happen, and it feels great.”

“The birdie on 11 was huge, that propelled me for the rest of the round.”

Patrick Cantlay was second with a -22 under total, a last round -7 under 65 was a great effort, but of course JT had a six shot cushion to play with at the start of play today;

“I knew I had to make birdies.”

“I needed to make any of the putts on 12, 14 or 15 if I really wanted to get some momentum on my side.”

“Seemed like him saving par on 12 was big. Then obviously I tried to get one back on 13, and then he made it on top of me.”

“So he just played really well. It was going to be hard for me to get to 25 under anyway.”

Hideki Matsuyama from Japan claimed third place with a -20 under total after shooting another -9 under par 63 round today.

The Tour Championship Top 30

  1. JUSTIN THOMAS                                2. PATRICK CANTLAY
  2. BROOKS KOEPKA                            4. PATRICK REED
  3. RORY McILROY                                  6. JON RAHM
  4. MATT KUCHAR                                  8. XANDER SCHAUFFELE
  5. WEBB SIMPSON                              10. ABRAHAM ANCER
  6. GARY WOODLAND                      12. TONY FINAU
  7. ADAM SCOTT                                   14. DUSTIN JOHNSON
  8. HIDEKI MATSUYAMA                 16. PAUL CASEY
  9. JUSTIN ROSE                                    18. BRANDT SNEDEKER
  10. RICKIE FOWLER                            20. KEVIN KISNER
  11. MARC LEISHMAN                        22. TOMMY FLEETWOOD
  12. COREY CONNERS                        24. SUNGJAE IM
  13. CHEZ REAVIE                                 26. BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU
  14. LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN                 28. CHARLES HOWELL III
  15. LUCAS GLOVER                             30. JASON KOKRAK

 

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