Women’s British Open. Teenager Hyo-Joo Kim Leads.

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South Korean teenager Hyo Kim leads the Women’s British Open after the 1st round at Trump Turnberry Resort.

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Hyo-Joo incredibly shot a first round -7 under par 65 on the Ailsa Course in the Women’s British Open, equaling the lowest round in the Championship.

Hyo-Joo included an Eagle in her round, on the par five 14th where she hit her second shot to within 10 inches of the cup. She said she had not been playing too well recently;

“The last couple weeks, I couldn’t swing very well. But today I kept it in the fairway very well, and the second shots, hit the greens.”

World number two Lydia Ko is tied in second place at -6 under par with Cristie Kerr, with  Kyu-Jung Baek and So Yeon Ryu a stroke further behind them, tied in fourth place at -5 under par.

England’s Florentyna Parker, Norwegian Suzann Pettersen and Azahara Munoz from Spain are the best placed Europeans in the first round, all tied with a huge group in sixth position at -4 under par.

Florentyna was very happy to have made such a good start, after practicing a round on PlayStation;

“It was brilliant. After yesterday and on Monday I played a practice round and I thought, this is going to be so tough.”

“I was so intimidated by the course and I kept saying to my friend, if I shoot under 80 today, I’m going to be thrilled.”

“And then I was starting off, I was like, doing okay and kept it going.”

“This is the first course I had never played as an amateur, as well. I was warming up on the PlayStation a bit playing it a bit and that helped.”

“We were lucky. The front nine was quite windy or there was a little breeze and then like the last few holes, it was absolutely nothing.”

“I think we had a good draw and it’s a tough course. The bunkers, if you’re in them, it’s like a shot gone.”

Suzann, the World #7 said she used extra concentration to get past the more difficult holes on the course;

“I think on this course, if you can kind of get it through the 11th and then the wind is a little easier I think.”

“And the finishing holes are a little bit easy the way the wind kind of came in today. I managed to finish strong. Hung in there on the front.”

“Had a good start. Still, a couple of the par fives, I didn’t birdie, which kind of feels like you have to do under conditions like today.”

“I stayed patient. My game is in good shape, so excited to go out again tomorrow.”

World No 1 Inbee Park was among the afternoon wave of players in the 156-strong field and carded a -3 under par 69 to be tied for 14th.

 

 

 

Euro Tour. Paul Lawrie Shines at the Paul Lawrie Matchplay Tournament

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Tournament Host Paul Lawrie won his first round match, 5 and 4, against  Romain Wattel in the Saltire Paul Lawrie Matchplay event in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Paul despatched Romain, proving that he will be a force to be reckoned with, as he cruised into the second round of the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay event with the field now reduced to 32 players.

Paul, the 1999 Open Championship winner says he is just a normal player these days;

“I played really solid today. I hit the ball nice and straight and did not really hit it off line very often.  The last couple of days, it has been mega busy, but I knew coming in that was all part of the deal.’ 

“But then I knew as soon as I got to my bed last night, that was me pretty much done and I was a normal player from this morning.” 

“I got here nice and early, did some practise and got my head around what I needed to do today and did it.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m enjoying it. I hit the ball nice today, so long may that continue.”

“I’m just a normal player now, just one of the 32 that are left now. I was one of 64.”

Another Scot, Marc Warren also got though, in a tight match against Richard Bland,  winning 1 up.

Marc said it was a good match, mostly a putting contest;

“It was a very good game, we both played solid tee-to-green. We both putted I would say decent.” 

“Towards the end we both putted quite nicely and holed a couple of putts.” 

“It was nice and I was delighted to see my putt go in on the last.”

The Murcar Golf Links course suited the local players as all the Scots boys made it through the first round of the knock-out event, Richie Ramsay, Chris Doak, Scott Jamieson and David Drysdale making it to the last 32.

The number one seed in this event Jame Morrison has knocked-out Pele Edberg, 2&1 on a bright but very windy day in Aberdeen.

Cecil, the King of the jungle, Killed by a cringing dentist.

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Walter Palmer, and the sick people of the Dallas Safari Club should be hunted down themselves.

This despicable “sport” has the backing of the American government, and the governing bodies of African Countries.

When South Africa signed up to the save the endangered species program, they had a clause inserted that allowed them to specifically breed these endangered species, just to keep the so called hunters of this world happy, and keep making the money from this detestable practice.

They are all equally responsible for this tragedy, especially the odious Mugabe who is the brain dead ruler of Zimbabwe.

Just goes to prove that the dental industry in America is ripping people off with dental care pricing. Walter Palmer is a regular traveler to Africa, and pays huge sums of money to shoot these defenseless animals.

I sincerely hope that the good people of Minnesota shun and shame this despicable local person, and drive him out of business.

 

Cecil, the King of the Jungle, killed by a dopey dentist/ (Brian Orford/YouTube)

 

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Wins The title.

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Lexi Thompson wins the Meijer LPG Classic at Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Lexi fired in a final round -6 under par 65 to capture the Meijer LPGA Classic title, with a tournament total of -18 under par, giving her a one shot victory.

This was Lexi’s fifth LPGA Tour win, and she was so excited, and praised the good weather for helping her;

“It feels amazing.”

“It still hasn’t really hit me yet because everything happened so fast. But it was a great day out there and we had perfect weather for it, so couldn’t ask for anything more.”

“Really the whole day I was just trying to play my own game.”

“I was just trying to focus on my own game, focus on my pre shot routine and having fun in between shots and I think that’s what helped me shoot 6 under today.”

“I had been working on the mental side of the game with John Denny down in South Florida and that has helped me out tremendously just to relax and have fun instead of just grinding 24/7 on the golf course.”

“It’s helped me out a lot. I knew it was coming, I was just trying to be patient.”

“It’s definitely momentum going into the next week being a major and going over to the British Open.”

Gerina Piller made her way up the leaderboard Sunday shooting a final-round -7 under par 64 to finish Tied second, with the leader at the start of the day Lizette Salas, both at -17 under par for the competition.

Gerina said she got off to a quick start and putted well;

“You know, I think I just got off to a really good start.”

“On the first tee, for me, that tee shot’s a really difficult one because it narrows up as far as you hit it.”

“So hitting it in that fairway and getting it up there in two and making birdie to start off the round, I think that was huge.”

“Just kind of carried that momentum and just hit really good shots and putted well.”

“You know, just coming out here and just giving myself a chance to win, I’ve never won before, so that’s a success in my own book.”

“I just keep doing what I’m doing. Like I said, the rest will take care of itself.”

Lizette saw her four shot lead crumbling away early as Lexi birdied three of the first five holes, while she could only respond with par’s, she had a last round -1 under par 70;

“It just didn’t come off to the start that I wanted.”

“And obviously I can’t control what Lexi does and she played an amazing day of golf, so really proud of her.”

“Hopefully this week will impress Captain Juli Inkster with the way I performed.”

“Solheim is on my mind and it’s a primary goal, but in order to get there you have to hit good golf shots and you’ve got to make putts, so I’ll make sure to be doing that in the following weeks.”

RBC Canadian Open. Jason Day Wins In A Thriller Finish.

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Jason Day wins the RBC Canadian Open in a thriller of a finish at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Canada.

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Jason found the bunker off the tee on eighteen, he had a one shot lead at the time. He found a way to make a birdie from the bunker, giving him a two shot advantage at -17 under par. That meant that Bubba Watson and David Hearn would have to Eagle the last to get into a play-off.

Jason told reporters that after last week there was no way he was going to leave that last putt short;

“This course is really exciting, even Bubba and David had a chance to make it into a playoff. I needed that putt on 18.”

“To be able to put yourself in contention so many times, especially in major events and just fall short, even going back to last week leaving the putt short and not being able to get into the playoff really kind of was disappointing.”

“So when I actually had the same putt, it was a very similar putt on the 72nd hole today.”

“Same things were going through my mind. Make sure you get it to the hole.”

“Fortunately enough for me, it was quick enough to where I just needed to get it on the line. If I got it on the line, it was perfect.”

“I just knew as soon as I hit the putt about six feet out, I knew it was going to come back and go in the hole. “

“It was great to feel like a Canadian for a week. The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it’s all worth it. Right now, I’m so proud to be the Canadian Open champion.”

Bubba found the green with his second shot, but it ran just passed the hole and settled into the fringe. He tried to make his Eagle with a 7 wood, but it missed by six inches, his total of -16 under par giving Jason the win.

Bubba said he was just hoping that the guy in front of him was not making putts;

“Fifteen was one I got lucky with. I hit a great shot in there.”

“I had an 8-iron that I flared on 16 but still got a birdie. Then hit a perfect 8-iron that flew five yards too far on 18.”

“I was just hoping the other guy named Jason Day wasn’t making putts.”

David, with the whole of Canada urging him on to be the first Canadian to win since 1954, found the greenside bunker with his second shot to 18, and could only make par from there, and had to settle for third place at -15 under par.

David mentioned the putting, and how good it had been all week;

“I felt confident, like I was putting well all week, I hit really really good putts that didn’t go in.”

“Winning a golf tournament on the PGA TOUR is no easy task.”

“Canadians want to see it, and we want to do it so bad.”

David also picked up the  Rivermead Challenge Cup as low Canadian. This is his third time winning the honor.

 

 

Ladies Scottish Open. Rebecca Artis Wins in Scotland.

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Rebecca Artis, from Australia, won the Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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In  blustery, drizzly conditions at Dundonald Links, Rebecca shot a final round -6 under par 66 which destroyed the rest of the field and enabled her to win the Ladies Scottish Open, her second Ladies European Tour title. Her winning total was -6 under par, and it could have been better, she carded a double bogey five on the par three 4th hole, but there was no doubt she was the Lady of the Links today, starting six shots behind the leader.

She mentioned her recovery after that double bogey on the 4th;

“To come back and birdie five and six straight after that was huge to get the momentum back on track and not let it bother me.”

“Sometimes you fight all your life to try and get that first win and sometimes the second win is maybe even harder.”

“I’ve been playing some really consistent golf since the start of the year, putting myself in contention week in, week out.”

“I knew that with the conditions the way they were predicted to be today that if I went out and played some solid golf, then I wouldn’t be far away.”

“I’ve got my coaches over here from Australia, Gary and Luke Edwin. Whenever they’re around I feel like I go to a new confidence level with my overall game.”

Suzann Pettersen, who started the day in the lead, fell away, carding a +2 over par 74, dropping her to second place at -4 under par;

“I played pretty well today and gave myself a lot of chances. It was not on the easy side. For Artis to shoot 66, definitely deserves to win.”

“I had my chances. I bogeyed 16 and had a look at 17 after two great shots. 18 I miscalculated. It was more into and the ball spun up on me. I had to give it a go. Eagle would win it, birdie would tie. It’s fine.”

Holly Clyburn finished in third position on her own at -2  under par for the competition, she too carded a final round +2 over par 74, blaming her putter for most of the damage;

“Tee to green I was fantastic and up to par with Suzann but didn’t putt very well.”

World #2 Lydia Ko ended up tying for fourth place at -1 under par, sharing that position with Klara Spilkova and Hannah Burke.

Lydia was happy with her preparations for next weeks British Women’s Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, in Scotland;

“I think it was good preparation for the Women’s British Open.”

“I don’t know what the weather will bring next week but that was the big thing, to get more experience playing links golf. I think it was great.”

 

 

Omega European Masters. Danny Does It Again.

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Danny Willett does it again, he wins his third European Tour title, the Omega European Masters, at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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A final round -5 under par 65, was good enough to give Danny victory at the Omega European Masters, posting a total of -17 under par, squeezing a one shot winning margin.

This win moves Danny up to second place in The Race to Dubai, behind leader Rory McIlroy, and may well see him climb into the top 25 of the Official Golf World Ranking. He spoke about the pressure he felt from Matt Fitzpatrick;

“It was a great day, yesterday was a bit disappointing, but today I played some really good golf.”

“Matt was snapping at my heels all day, so I’m delighted to get the job done.”

“I kept really calm all day, and just waited for the chances to come.”

“Winning is always tough, and the heart rate on 18 was pretty high.”

“Having a lag putt is almost trickier than trying to hole one sometimes, so I was pretty relieved to see it stop a foot or two from the hole.”

“He played some great golf and really kept the pressure on me.”

“But it probably made it a bit easier to be honest, because it meant I could not lose concentration even for a minute.”

“With a bigger lead you can take your foot off the gas a little bit, but today I knew I had to keep attacking and committing fully to shots, and luckily enough it turned out well in the end.”

“Two wins and good performances in Majors and Golf Championships is more than I could have hoped for really, but I have worked really hard so it is nice to get the rewards for it.”

Matt Fitzpatrick finished in second place at -16 under par, a last round -4 under par 66 kept the pressure on the leader all the way to the last hole;

“I played to win but Danny just went one better, so you have to take your hat off to him.”

“I don’t have any regrets whatsoever, and that is all you can ask of yourself. I gave it everything, but Danny was very impressive.”

“There were a couple of turning points which decided it, but I matched him birdie for birdie for the most part. I know Danny very well, he is also from Sheffield so I am very pleased for him.”

“I am really pleased with the week. It has been building for a few weeks now, so hopefully I can get over the line at some stage.”

“It is still only my first season on Tour and I am only 20, so I am still learning every week. Experiences like today’s will be invaluable in the future.” 

Tyrrell Hatton claimed third place, a magnificent 4th round score of -8 under par 62 elevating up the leaderboard to finish on -15 under par, making it an English 1,2,3. He was obviously very happy with his performance;

 “I am really happy. It is my lowest score on The European Tour, so even though I have come up just short I cannot be disappointed.”

“To do it on a Sunday at a place like Crans is very special, so I’ll enjoy this one for a while.”