Sanya Ladies Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Sanya Ladies Open leaderboard after 36 holes at  Yalong Bay Golf Club  in China. Gwladys Nocera and  an 18-year-old from China,  Yan Liu.

Sanya Ladies OpenGwladys Nocera / getty

Gwladys struggled today, but wants to win;

“I struggled with the depth of my shots, so I was a little further from the pin that yesterday but I finished with two good shots on eight and nine for two birdies to finish the round. It was a good fight.”

“Of course I’m pleased with where I stand and I know what I want: I want to win.”

“I’m not thinking about the score, just about hitting the ball like I am now. Things are coming together. I know that it’s hard to win but I really want to do it.”

Yan Liu had a good round today, with some birdies;

“Today was good, but I had some lucky birdies.”

“My driver was working well and I think I’ll be feeling positive tomorrow.”

First round leaders Caroline  Hedwall and Leticia Ras-Anderica are in a four-way tie for third place at -5 under par, they shot even par rounds of 72 today.

Caroline was happy to be in contention;

“I didn’t hit my tee shots as well and it’s a struggle when you’re in the rough.”

“I had a couple of lip-outs and it could have been a couple under but I’m happy with level par.”

“I fought back and I’m in a good position for tomorrow. I try to win every tournament that  I play but I haven’t been in the hunt, so it’s nice to be up there.”

Leticia was having putting problems;

“I was striking the ball well and hitting them close but I just didn’t make any putts.”

“I had a slow start and it was less windy this morning which didn’t help me, because I usually play better with the wind.”

“It was quite hot though, just like yesterday. My goal has been top 10, but now I’m trying to get as low as I can and we’ll see what happens.”

Sime Derby LPGA. Amy Yang In Control.

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Amy Yang, from South Korea, is in control of the Sime Derby LPGA at TPC Kuala Lumpur East Course, in Malaysia, with a three shot advantage going into the week-end.

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Amy shot -2 under 69 in the second round of the Sime Derby LPGA, to hang to the top spot on the leaderboard at -10 under par. Thunder storms brought a suspension of play for a while, and Amy fired into the lead after the resumption, sinking a long birdie putt on the 16th;

“It was about 20 feet downhill, right-to-left. I just picked a spot and just trust there and make a solid putt.”

“So you know, golf can be really easy like yesterday, but it can be also a little slow like today.”

“So I’m just going to be patient, do my best. I’ve been practicing hard, so I’m just going to trust what I’ve been practicing.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par are, Mi Jung Hur, South Korea, -6 under 65 today, Candie Kung, Taipei, also -6 under 65 and Anna Nordqvist from Sweden, -3 under 68.

Candie was hoping for some more putts to drop;

“I’ve been playing some really good golf, like I said, if I can make some putts here and there, that could be very helpful.”

“And this course can change; the last few holes coming in, 14, 15, 16, everything can change.”

Anna was about to putt out her round when the suspension came;

“Yeah, we knew it was going to be cutting it close, and we saw the rules official on the last green, so we were kind of surprised that they wouldn’t, you know, see that we were so close.”

“But you know, I had a good chat with my friends and kind of just relaxed and hit a good putt on the last, didn’t go in.”



WGC HSBC Champions. Hideki Matsuyama With 36 Hole Lead.

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Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, has the 36 hole lead at the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.

WGC HSBC Champions

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Hideki shot a wonderful  second round of -7 under par 65 to hold the 36 hole lead in the WGC HSBC Champions, giving him a tournament total -13 under par, and will take a three shot advantage into the week-end.

Hideki has not played well here in previous years, but putted well today;

“I haven’t really played well here before.”

“So before coming here, I was a little bit nervous again thinking, maybe it’s not going to be a good week for me.”

“But then I decided, oh, wait a minute, let’s just have fun this week. It’s made a difference.”

“I have been playing well but really, today, I hit some good second shots and made some putts and that’s what made the round score well for me.”

Defending Champion Russell Knox, -4 under 68 today and Bill Haas, -5 under 67, share second place at -10 under par.

Russell told reporters about the low temperature, and how he was used to it, coming from Scotland;

“I’m thrilled, conditions were extremely difficult and I played well.”

I had a couple of chances there at the end which I would have loved to have made but it was hard out there.”

“I was a little cold but I’m built for this. As much as I would say I don’t enjoy playing in this, I’m good at it.”

“So I hope it’s like this on the weekend. You have to try and find your edge.”

“So if you have a good attitude when the weather gets bad like that, you can maybe pick up half a shot mentally.”

Tied in fourth position, at -8 under are, Francesco Molinari, -3 under 69 second round, Richard Bland, -4 under 68 and Daniel Berger, -2 under 70 today.

Making up ground today was Rory McIlroy, -6 under 66, he shares seventh place with Paul Casey, -2 under 70, Ross Fisher, -4 under 68 and best placed Chinese player Xinjun Zhang, -3 under 69.

Rory made seven birdies against one bogey today, with his putter working well.


Sanya Ladies Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Sanya Ladies Open leaderboard, Caroline Hedwall and Leticia Ras-Anderica at Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

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Caroline & Leticia

Caroline from Sweden & Leticia, Germany, both shot -5 under par 67 to share top billing on the Sanya Ladies Open leaderboard.

Leticia was bogey free while Caroline threw in three bogey’s, two on the last two holes, on her eventful opening round,

Caroline was upbeat about her round, except the last two holes;

 “I just got on a run there. I played really well on the front nine but left a couple out there and then I just stayed patient.”

“It was a poor finish on the last two holes but I’m happy about my game today and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Leticia was bogey free, and rolled in some nice putts;

“I tried to stay steady and didn’t really make any mistakes. It was a bogey-free round.”

“I just tried to hit greens and roll some putts in.”

“I think it’s really pretty and it suits me really well with wide fairways, lots of bunkers and big greens. I don’t have to chip that much!”

“It all went smoothly today. I tried to stay steady and didn’t really make any mistakes. It was a bogey-free round. I just tried to hit greens and roll some putts in.”

“The wind picked up and I usually play better in the wind because I focus more.”

Tied in third place at -4 under par are Oona Vartianen, FinlandGwladys Nocera, France and Yan Liu from China.

Gwladys mentioned the heat, having previously put her head in an ice bucket;

“I’ve played in worse heat in Malaysia a couple of years ago and I remember putting my head in the ice bucket.”

“It’s really hot, but it’s alright. You just drink a lot of water and stay in the shade when you can.”

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Amy Yang Leads.

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Amy Yang, from South Korea, leads the Sime Derby LPGA at TPC Kuala Lumpur, East Course.

Sime Derby LPGA

Amy Yang / getty

Amy had a first round -8 under par 63 to lead the Sime Derby LPGA, and said she likes playing in Southeast Asia;

“I don’t know why, but I do enjoy Southeast Asia. I’d rather play in this weather than cold weather.”

“A lot of golf to play the next three days, so just going to keep being simple.”

Marina Alex is second, a first round -6 under par 65 keeping her in touch with the leader, with a great putting display;

“I putted great.”

“Obviously anyone who shoots a low number is going to say they putted well.”

“I just worked a little bit on it yesterday and I just for whatever reason, the stuff that I was working on really felt good on the course and I holed a bunch of putts.”

“Some are 20 to 30-footers, so it was really nice to see some long putts go in the hole.”

Six ladies are tied in third place at -5 under par, Michelle Wie, Mo Martin, Azahara Munoz, Jenny Shin, Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen.

World number one Lydia Ko, after suddenly dumping longtime caddie, Jason Hamilton,  managed only an even par 71, to be T 30.

Lydia stated;

“I think sometimes change is a good thing.”



WGC HSBC Champions.Rikard Karlberg Leads.

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Rikard Karlberg leads the WGC HSBC Champions after the first round  at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China.

Karlberg takes lead in China

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Rikard, competing in his first WGC HSBC Champions event shot an opening round -8 under 64, to top the leaderboard;

“It was great, I know the kind of weather this has been, it’s going to be wet and you just need to be aggressive, bomb to the tee and bomb to the pin, and that’s what I did today.”

“I had great distance control. I hit great shots all day except the last hole and it was a great day.”

“It felt amazing on every part of the game. Everything was so easy.”

“It was just one of those days, it was a walk in the park. I committed to a lot of shots, hit them perfect, just as I wanted and I stayed aggressive on my putting all the way around, which I feel was good.”

Sitting in second place, just one shot behind is Rickie Fowler, with a bogey free -7 under 65.

Defending Champion Russell Knox, Daniel Berger and Hideki Matsuyama all share third place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 66.

World number three Rory McIlroy had a -1  under par 71, not such a good start.

Portugal Masters. Padraig Harrington Wins.

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Padraig Harrington wins the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

Portugal Masters

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Padraig fired a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Portugal Masters by one shot, with a -23 under par total;

“It’s a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I’ve been coming here for ten years so I’ve always liked it down here. I’ve always liked coming down to Portugal.”

“There’s so many Irish people here. It always felt like a home away from home, so it’s really nice to win the tournament.”

“I haven’t won yet this year, so I know the year is nearly done, it’s always important to get a win every year, a winning year.”

“I tried to be really aggressive. The golf course suited me and I just tried to go after every pin I could and make birdies.”

“I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week. No matter where I hit it, I felt like I could get it up and down.”

Defending champion Andy Sullivan was in second place, he too shot -6 under 65 in the last round, but he was just one shot back at -22 under for the tournament.

Mikko Korhonen, -3 under 68 today, and Anders Hansen -3 under 68 both shared third place with -21 under par total.