Jo’Burg Open. Wallie Coetsee Cruising

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Wallie Coetsee is cruising along at the top of the Jo’Burg Open leaderboard as he chases his maiden European Tour title at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

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Wallie carded a third round -2 under par 70 on the West course to post a tournament total of -14 under par at the Jo’Burg Open, and will take a two shot lead into the final round on Sunday. He admitted he had a few putting problems;

“The first tee shot there were no nerves, the six iron into the middle of the green there were no nerves, but once I grabbed that putter there was no feel.”

 “I three-putted but after that there were no nerves.”

“You need to keep a positive mind, me and my caddie are enjoying it out there and hopefully we can tomorrow.

“There is a lot at stake, more than you can think of, but it’s just a game at the end of the day.”

“Last night I only slept for about four hours but tonight I think I’m going to have a lot of sleep.”

There are four players those two shots behind at -12 under par, and will be trying to chase him down,  Jacques Blaauw, Tjaart van der Walt, David Howell and Steve Webster will keep the pressure on the leader.

Steve shot the low round of the day, a bogey free -7 under par 65 and said he had given himself a lot of opportunities today;

“I made a good birdie at the first and a good save at the second and just got on a bit of a roll,” Webster said. “I missed three or four 12-footers which was frustrating but there was a lot of really good golf today.

“I gave myself a lot of chances and that’s what my game is all about.”

David has made only one cut so far this season and is delighted that all his hard work with a new coach is now paying off;

“The season’s got off to a slow start so I came down here for three weeks and so far so good.”

“I’ve had a couple of bad swings each day but apart from that it’s been pretty good. You have to keep your foot down and keep making the birdies and obviously stay away from the mistakes.”

“I’ve had one big score with a seven yesterday but played some good golf between that.”

“I started with a new coach, Justin Parsons, a few weeks ago, just working on my rhythm. I am trying to swing the club as slowly as I have in my whole life and that’s a real challenge to bring that to the course.”

“I am delighted with how I’ve done that so far this week, it’s getting better by the day and hopefully that bodes well for tomorrow and future weeks coming up.”

Honda LPGA Thailand. It’s Still Stacy at the Top.

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It’s still Stacy Lewis at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club on the Pattaya Old Course.

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Stacy will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand, despite a poor third round of +1 over par 73. Her tournament total is now -13 under par, the step backwards has allowed the rest of the field to catch up. She has not entirely got to grips with her new Bridgestone ball performance in the heat;

“That being in the lead is pretty much the only good thing that came out of today.”

“I was a bit all over the place today. I played six really bad holes to start the day but then got things going.”

“I‘ll be around the putting and chipping green, the ball striking really was not that bad. Just got short sided in some bad situations.”

“Hit some good shots, hit some shots too far actually. This new golf ball in the heat is going a bit.”

Amy Young still occupies second place, but is now just that one shot behind the leader at -12 under par, a third round -1 under par 71 securing her position. She said she will continue to play at her own pace;

“I’ll just do my best one shot at a time.”

“I won’t think about too much. I am going to go to the range and work on some of my swing right now and putting a little bit and get ready to go. “

Third place belongs to Sandra Gall, she equaled the low round of the day, a -4 under par 68, which moved her up the leaderboard considerably. Sandra, who’s only win on the LPGA Tour came back in 2011 at the Kia Classic, intends to stay relaxed, and have some fun;

“That was the goal at the beginning of the season, to be in contention and have a chance to win on Sunday.”

“I just need to relax and kind of do the same thing I did the last few days. I think the more chances I’ll have the better I’ll do.”

“Tomorrow I just have to go out, and, like I said, just be relaxed and enjoy the moment.”

Yani Tseng, currently in sixth place at -8 under par, leads the Tour in average drive distance, and puts that down to her new coach;

 “I do have a new trainer, David Donatucci. He works with Michelle, Stacy, and, I mean, I feel great.”

“I been work with him couple months now and I feel my body, the way I swing, it matches my body and just get my body and my core stronger so I’m able to hold the shot better and a bit more consistently, too.”

 

 

NZ Women’s Open. Lydia Lift-Off.

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Lydia Ko had lift-off at the NZ Women’s Open, carding a second round 61 at Clearwater Golf Club.

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Lydia carded an amazing record breaking second round -11 under par 61, to top the NZ Women’s Open leaderboard at -13 under par, and will take a three shot lead into the final round on Sunday.

She told reporters that a 59 had crossed her mind, and the bogey at the fist made her angry;

“I didn’t know what I was shooting, but when I went past the scoreboard on 13, I thought, `Oh, 59, that is the magical number.’ But I’m pretty happy with 61.”

“After the first, I was pretty angry. I got into the rough and it was pretty tough for the pin location. I left it short and that really made me angry as I did that yesterday and was not going to do it again today.”

“The greens were much better today and rolling better and after that eagle I just got myself into the right position.”

Sitting in second place with a -10 under par total is England’s Charley Hull, a second round -8 under par 64 moving her ahead of the chasing pack.

Charlie spoke about the greens here, and the difference from last week in Oz;

“Coming from Royal Melbourne last week the greens were so fast and really tricky. With these ones you can be a bit firmer and not allow so much break.”

“I think I had 26 putts. I hit some good putts out there, so I’m pretty happy with the way I played. It did enter my mind, I was eight-under and thought I could possibly get to 59.”

“You always believe you’ve left a few putts out there, but I holed a fair few as well. Going into the final day I think I’m in a good position.”

Beth Allen and Giulia Sergas share third spot at -9 under par for the tournament.

Dame Laura Davies made her move into the top 10 today after carding a -5 under par 67. The 2010 NZ Women’s Open champion is at -6 under par for the tournament and is currently tied for ninth place.

 

Honda Classic. Play Suspeded Due to Darkness. Rory in a Dark Place of his Own.

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The second round of the Honda Classic has been suspended due to darkness, with Brendan Steele leading. Rory is in a dark place of his own, missing the cut here.

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Brendon sits on top of the Honda Classic leaderboard at -8 under par, despite having only completed four holes of the round at a wet, windy and delayed golf day at PGA National in Florida.

Patrick Reed is in second place, he has completed both rounds at -3 under par 67 for a -6 under par total.

“It just seems like when the wind is blowing here, it allows me to get creative and hit more of my shot‑shaping shots I normally hit.”

“It’s fun golf and especially with the weather with how it’s been, it’s playing how I like this golf course to play.”

“The main thing is I feel like I just keep on improving day‑in and day‑out.”

“I feel like I’ve improved on little things that I’ve needed to be a little more consistent, and luckily we’ve been in the hunt coming down Sunday. We’ve done pretty well.”

Jim Herman is currently in third position, having completed three holes in his second round, for a -5 under par total.

Luke Donald has completed his two rounds and is sharing 4th spot with Ian Poulter,who has played eight of his second round, and Padraig Harrington has finished six, all at -4 under par for the tournament.

Luke will get a sleep in tomorrow, and plenty of time to review the putting mistake that has been the key to his disappointing form, he also said not to worry too much about Rory;

“I’ll obviously get to sleep in, in my own bed, as well, which is nice.”

“It’s something that’s certainly been missing a little bit the last month or two, and it’s nice to get back on Bermuda greens.”

“I feel a lot more comfortable on these greens for some reason.”

“Rory has been by far the best player in the world for the last year or so. I wouldn’t worry and read too much into it.” 

Rory let his feelings be known in no uncertain terms;

“I’m pissed off, I don’t like missing cuts. You want to be playing on the weekend, and I’m not there.”

“I guess after coming off a three‑week break,and then felt a little, just a little, I wouldn’t say rusty, but just not quite on top of my game Thursday.”

 “Then, I mean, I felt like I was trying to get something going and couldn’t. Coming off three weeks off and playing in conditions like these, it sort of shows you where your game’s at.”

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Stacy Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Stacy Lewis has the 36 hole lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, at Siam Country Club, on the Pattaya Old Course.

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Stacy shot a second round bogey free -8 under par 64 to take a three shot lead into the weekend at -14 under par in the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Stacy reported that she got off to a slow start;

“Well, it got off to a bit of a slow start, but about midway through the front nine there kind of caught fire with the putter and started hitting some shots close.”

“It really was a pretty easy day. I didn’t cause myself too much stress. Hit a ton of greens, which is what have to do on this golf course. Just happy with the day.”

Amy Yang is three shots back in second place at -11 under par for the tournament, a -6 under par 66 today keeps her in touch with the leader.

Amy has had a change of attitude, and really wants to play golf;

“You know, sometimes you get tired of what you’re doing, I think that’s what happened to me last year.”

“That’s why I decided to finish season earlier, too.”

“But over the winter while I’m resting I wanted to play more golf.  Finally my mind changed and I wanted to go back there and play in contention if I can.”

Caroline Masson, Jenny Shin, Ariya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee share third place, all at -8 under par for the tournament and are in danger of losing sight of the leader.

Ariya reacted to a compliment that Yani Tseng  made about her when Yani said that Ariya reminded her of herself when she was younger;

“It’s such a great compliment. It makes me feel even more confident with my game.”

“Yesterday I played with Yani and I learned so much from her also. When she missed a shot, she always finds a way to make an up and down.”

“It’s great to see her grinding out there every single shot.” 

Yani could only manage an even par round today and is T10 at -6 under par for the tournament.

 

Jo’Burg Open. Wallie Coetsee with Half-Way Lead.

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Wallie Coetsee has the half-way lead at the Jo’Burg Open on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s West Course.

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Wallie added a -6 under par 65 on the West course to his same score on the East yesterday to lead the Jo’Burg Open at -12 under par.

He said he was happy that there were no camera’s following him, I assume that to mean TV camera’s because we do have a picture above;

 “There were no cameras on me the whole day, so it was quite easy out there.”

“I made one stupid bogey out there on the seventh, but I enjoyed the round a lot.”

“There were a few sucker pins out there, so I went for middle green. I didn’t attack too much and just stayed calm, which paid off.”

“This is a marathon, not a race. You have to pull the horse back a bit, you can’t run too fast. We’ll let the horse loose on Sunday on the back nine.”

“For now it’s about making solid pars and keeping the battery at 100 per cent, keep it going and you’ll be ready when you need to be.”

“Leading means a lot, but tomorrow we start from level par again. I’ll just give it my best. I’m looking forward to this weekend and seeing what happens.”

South Africans have won six of the last eight Jo’Burg Open’s and Wallie has compatriots Garth Mulroy and Tjaart van der Walt just one behind at -11 under par, as well as England’s Simon Dyson.

Six-time European Tour winner Simon birdied four of his first nine holes today, before dropping his only shot of the round at the 12th. He finished with a -5 under par 67 on the East course, saying he had not played as well as he could have, but going back to his old irons has made a big difference;

“I didn’t play as well as yesterday, but I scored pretty well.”

 “I made four birdies on the front nine and I birdied the par fives,  if you get your drives away then they’re all pretty good chances.” 

“There was some luck. I got fortunate on ten. I pushed my drive down there and managed to get a shot, hit to about three feet and knocked that in, which was a bonus. “

“It was a good day and I was very happy with the score.”

“It’s been a while since I’ve been up there. I’ve been playing alright, but at the beginning of the season I changed my irons and they were costing me dearly. I didn’t have a clue how far they were going.”

“This is the first week I’ve put my old set back in the bag and all of a sudden I’m hitting it pin high again. That makes a heck of a difference.”

The leaderboard is quite compacted, there are nine players within three shots of the leader, so it will be a very interesting third round. Just to see if anyone can break away from the pack, on moving day, Saturday.

 

 

N.Z. Women’s Open. Anne-Lise Leads.

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Anne-Lise Caudal leads the N.Z. Women’s Open after the first round at Clearwater Golf Club.

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Frenchwoman Anne-Lise Caudal shot a first round -6 under par 66 at the NZ Women’s Open to top the leaderboard at Clearwater Golf Club.

She said had been playing well, and was not under real pressure to keep the birdies coming;

“I played some good rounds last year, and then last week and the week before also. I had two good weeks, I was very confident on the golf course, and I feel quite confident on this golf course.”

“Not really, I am just going to do the same, shot after shot and focus on the present, if the birdies come great, if not, just keep patient, there is another day on Sunday.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are, Marianne Skarpnord, Nanna Madsen and American Samantha Troyanovich.

There are another four players bunched together at -4 under par, amateur Hannah Green, Beth Allen, Giulia Sergas and Noora Tamminen.

Rolex World No.1 Lydia Ko  teed off in the not so calm afternoon conditions in her National open. Lydia reported that she found it difficult to adjust to the type of shots she needed and also the pace of the greens here;

“Last week you were aiming to pitch 10 metres short of the green and asking it to run up. This week you have to say to yourself, let’s just hit it.”

“Two different courses and two very different conditions. It was tough on me today to hit the ball by the hole and be comfortable.”

“They (the greens) are very much slower here. Last week they were running 11 and a half to 12 and here they are 10 to 10 and a half.”

“You watch your opponent come up short, then you hit it well past. It was difficult to judge. It is totally different, so now I have to get back into the NZ Open mode.”

Lydia finished in a huge group who are all at -2 under par. Four shots off the lead may not seem a lot, but with only three rounds in the competition it is a long haul to get back into contention.

There are 40 players who are currently below par after the first day, and the cut will be made to the top 50 professionals and those tied at the end of round two on Saturday.