HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Moriya and Jin Tied at the Top.

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Moriya Jutanugarn,Thailand, is tied at the top of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open leaderboard with Jin Young Ko of South Korea, at  Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, California.


Jin Young Ko & Moriya Jutanugarn / getty

Moriya, -1 under par 70 today shares top spot at the  HUGEL-JTBC LA Open with Jin who signed for a third round -5 under 66, both ladies at -9 under par for the tournament.

Moriya had an up and down day, an Eagle two at the 14th helped;

“It was great, I’ve been waiting for that.”

“I hit another shot like really good this week and hit the flag and bounced off the green.”

“When I make that shot my caddie is like, Oh, yeah, Mo.”

“Today was kind of a pretty rough day for me with not a very good start and trying to come back.”

“I just try to play my game and be patient out there.” 

Jin was in a South Korean grouping, and enjoyed the experience, looking for her maiden LPGA tour win. With every win on the KLPGA she puts an exclamation mark on the bag, there is eleven there at the moment;

“I played with Inbee and Eun Hee, so she’s really famous in LPGA. But she’s great, so I didn’t get nervous.” 

“I won 11 times, so if I win tomorrow, maybe I change to 12.”

“I need more, I need every time motivation, so one by one, one, one.”

Inbee Park, South Korea, holds third place on her own at -7 under par, a third round -2 under 69 leaving her two shots off the pace, as she chases the world number one ranking.

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Valero Texas Open, Zach and Andrew On Top.

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Zach Johnson and Andrew Landry are on top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 54 holes at TPC San Antonio, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Z. Johnson, Landry share lead after Moving Day at Valero

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Zach carded a third round -4 under 68 to get to -13 under par for the Valero Texas Open and share the lead with Andrew.

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Andrew went one better, with a -5 under 67 to tie Zach at the top at -13 under par.

Zach won this title in 2008 and 2009, he would like to do it again, and his good putting could get him there ;

“I’ve got 18 holes to get to that point.”

“I’ve got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole.”

“I’m putting great, I’m seeing the lines well, my caddie’s reading the greens well, so it’s just a matter of committing and executing down the stretch.”

Andrew is also a great putter;

“I’m a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today.”

“I just did everything really good, I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars.”

“This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.”

“I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow.”

Alone in third place at -12 under par is Trey Mullinax, who equaled the course record with his third round -10 under par 62,  another good putter, he  has made 42 out of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week;

“It’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve ever had.”

“To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.”

Ryan Moore holds fourth place at -11 under par, his -2 under 70 today not matching the rounds of the leaders.

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Lalla Meryem Cup. Sarah and Lynn Tied at the Top.

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Sarah Kemp, Australia, and Lynn Carlson, Sweden, are tied at the top of the Lalla Meryem Cup leaderboard in Morocco.

Lalla Meryem Cup

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Sarah, -3 under 69 today and Lynn, -4 under 68 share top spot on the Lalla Meryem Cup leaderboard after 54 holes, and will take a two shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Lynn is excited to be in contention;

“Today I played really solid and hit a lot of great shots into the green which gave me birdie opportunities.”

“I’m excited for tomorrow and I just want to do my thing and enjoy the round.”

Sarah said she had played well, and hopes to do it again tomorrow;

“Today was good, nice and solid. I shot in the sixties, which was my goal at the start of the day, and I’m very happy that I drove the ball well and remained pretty calm.”

“It’s a very difficult course and you have to keep it straight off the tee and the greens are quite small. I played well today so hopefully I can do it again.”

Third place belongs to the defending champion Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic, a third round -2 under 70 has put in a good position to retain her title;

  “I felt really good today. I hit a lot of fairways and greens, so I really enjoyed today and it was like last year.”

“I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow.”

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Trophée Hassan II, Alvaro Has Advantage.

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain, will take a one shot advantage into the final round of the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco tomorrow.

 Trophée Hassan II

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Alvaro is looking to go wire to wire in the Trophée Hassan II, and will take a one shot lead into the last round after only carding even par 72 today, keeping his -7 under total;

“I have to recognize that it felt a little bit like Russian roulette.”

“Suddenly great shot, suddenly not that good, but I have to really believe that I fought very nicely and that’s the most important thing, especially with the pin positions that we have played today.”

“I’m happy to finish in level par today because it was my tricky day, I want to think, so hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.”

“I will need to see how my game is waking up tomorrow to believe in being able to shoot a decent score that allows me to fight for the title or not.”

“That’s why we are here, to be leading tournaments and being able to develop.”

Four players are tied in second place, that one shot back at -6 under, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, -4 under 68 today and Erik van Rooyen, _1 under 71, both from South Africa, Mikko Ilonen, Finland, -6 under 66, and Alexander Levy, France, -3 under 69.

Mikko likes the new course layout, and so does everyone else;

“I like the layout, everybody loves the layout. Obviously we have new greens this year and it’s made the course a bit trickier.”

“I wasn’t expecting to be here, as you see. I haven’t shaved this morning, or last week, so I wasn’t prepared to be in front of the cameras.”

“I was expecting a solid round again. I was quite happy with the two 72s to start with and things just started to roll my way today. I managed to score on the easier holes.”

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HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Moriya Jutanugarn Leads

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Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand leads the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open at Wilshire Country Club in California


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Moriya shot a bogey free second round -5 under par 71 to lead the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open by one stroke with a -8 under total;

“Just try and hit fairways and greens. That’s the key for this week. That’s what I try to do.”

Marina Alex, USA, keeps her second place with a second round -3 under 68, giving her a -8 under tournament total.

So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, has third place at -6 under par, with a second round of -6 under par 65;

“When you’re really focused, you don’t even know what you had last hole, so I didn’t even feel like I made two birdies in a row.”

“I didn’t really get pumped about it.”

“I was really focused on all the shots and I was really focused on the present, and that really helped me to play well today.” 

First round leader Inbee Park, South Korea, had an afternoon tee time, and suddenly found out about Poa Annua greens later in the day, carding even par 71 today to be T 4;

“Playing in the afternoon, it’s so much tougher to hole a putt.”

“It’s just hard to trust your line when you know it’s just going to bounce everywhere.”

“I told my caddie, Brad, maybe we need to hit it a little further and maybe it’ll be better.”

“I was able to hole the long ones but wasn’t able to make the short ones.”

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Valero Texas Open. Zach and Ryan Tied.

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Zach Johnson and Ryan Moore are tied at the top of the Valero Texas Open leaderboard after 36 holes at TPC San Antonio.

Johnson, Moore share 36-hole lead at Valero

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Zach, -7 under 65 today, and Ryan -5 under 67 share  the Valero Texas Open lead at -9 under par after 36 holes.

Zach was asked if there are any similarities between La Cantera, where the tournament used to be played, and TPC San Antonio;

“The only similarity is that they’re probably within 30 miles,  well, that’s not a similarity, that’s just a fact.”

“It’s certainly not the test this is. This is a much more difficult test.”

“The confidence is there, and when you can step on the tee with this kind of wind, you trust your clubs and trust your ball, that’s pretty important.”

Ryan has had problems with the putter;

“My distance control has been great and really my ball-striking’s been really nice the last few weeks.”

 “The putter just kind of hasn’t been cooperating.”

Two players are then tied in second place, one shot back at -8 under par, Andrew Landry, -5 under 67 today, and Grayson Murray who carded a second round -3 under 69.

Grayson the first round leader made a good birdie on the par five 18th; 

“Those were the two best shots I’ve hit into a par five in a long time.”

“To be pin-high just on the front fringe on that hole, I didn’t even think I could do it.”

“I’m an underdog in this situation, which I love to be.”

Andrew is knocking on the door of winning;

“You just continue to learn whenever you get put in these situations.”

“I just know that I’m knocking. Something’s close.”

“Whether it be this week or any other week or a year or two from now, I’m knocking.”

Two notables who missed the +1 over par cut line were internationals Sergio Garcia, Spain and Adam Scott, Australia.

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Trophée Hassan II. Alvaro Quiros Stays on Top.

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Alvaro Quiros, Spain stays on top of the Trophée Hassan II leaderboard at the half way stage in Morocco.

Trophée Hassan II.

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Alvaro shot -2 under 70 today, in the same windy conditions the ladies encountered in Morocco. He leads the Trophée Hassan II tournament at the half-way stage with a -7 under par total, and will take a one stroke advantage into the week-end;

“I would love to say that I have control of my secret but I’m not able to say.”

“Clearly I’m recovering a little bit of natural feel in my swing and now every single day of golf I need to recover a bit of confidence.”

“It’s a very demanding shot to the green every single time. There are very small places to land the ball, it doesn’t matter if you have a long iron or a short iron it is always tight.”

“I’m pleased with the score.”

 Andrew Dodt, Australia has second place at -6 under par, shooting a very respectable -4 under 68 in the windy conditions;

“It wasn’t easy, quite breezy, which made the course very different to yesterday.”

“I played pretty solid, though, even though I was two over through five or six, I just told myself to hang in there and try and hit fairways and greens and I managed to do that on the back nine.”

Erik Van Rooyen, South Africa, is third, carding -1 under par 71, for a tournament total of -5 under par;

“I feel like I’m playing well, I’m used to playing The European Tour now. It’s nothing new anymore so I’m good, I’m comfortable.”

“It’s not easy out there. It’s playing really, really tough. Two-club wind, so it was really just a grind in staying patient and I think it was solid.”

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