Marathon Classic. Lydia Gets 4th Win of the Season.

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Ladies World number one Lydia Ko won her 4th title of the season at the Marathon Classic, in a play-off against Ariya Jutanugarn, and Mirim Lee.

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Lydia, Ariya and Mirim were tied at the top of the Marathon Classic leaderboard with -14 under par totals after four rounds, and headed into a four-hole play-off.

Lydia carded a birdie at the fourth play-off hole to win the title, but the putts would not drop earlier;

“We all played and stuck to our game plans, and we all gave it a good run for it.”

“Our putts were so close and were not falling, and every time I said, hey, the ball is big enough for the hole — yeah, the hole is big enough for the ball. Right?”

” Either way, it’s a long day. Yeah, so it’s been — it was hard to just see so many putts just slip by”

“.I said, hey, maybe she’s going to win, and then it just slipped by; maybe I’m going to win, and it slipped by. To see that putt drop on the last hole was a cool feeling.”

“Just a lot of great vibes, I like Ohio. The people have been great, and even though — I mean, there are a lot of fans walking out there with us.”

” I said, hey, it’s because Ms. Stacy is a hometown girl, but one of the fans said, no, we’ve come to watch you play.”

” Just to hear that is pretty cool. Everyone has been super supportive, and they always support me coming back to this state.”

Ariya sunk an Eagle putt on 17 to get into the play-off;

“It was a really good experience, like I said.”

“It’s really nice for me to have a chance in a playoff.”

Mirim was unaware she was in the lead;

“I didn’t know I’m in the lead.”

“I don’t know, I just played, yeah. I didn’t think about the lead, just that I kept going, enjoyed playing.”

U.S. Womens Open. Brittany Lang Wins Play-Off

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Brittany Lang wins the U.S. Womens Open, defeating Anna Nordqvist in a three-hole aggregate playoff for the win.

Both ladies finished the tournament at -5 under par for the tournament, Brittany carded a final round -1 under par 71 and was caught at the top by a charging Anna who posted -5 under 67.

Controversy surrounded the result as Anna was assessed to have grounded her club in a bunker, costing her a two shot penalty, and along with it any chance of the title.

Lydia Ko was upset with being put on the clock after a wayward tee shot on eleven;

“I decided to hit a full driver on nine and pulled it. And it was pretty thick there. I think I should have judged the lie a little better and maybe played a little smarter and laid up short of the hazard.”

” And then just lay up again and try and make up-and-down for par, but I don’t think it necessarily affected it”

“Maybe the few holes after because of my pull on nine kind of continued that way. But I don’t think the bogey on eight affected me to hit not a great shot on the tee shot on nine.”

“We got on the clock on 11. But we fell behind a little bit during the middle of our front nine. But I kind of felt bad, because I almost felt like it was a little bit more of my fault, because we were looking for the ball,” said Ko. “I was trying to get numbers and lay ups. It is tough to be on the clock when it is so windy and when every shot really counts. But we fell out of position and that’s the consequences with it.”

Lydia finished T3  with Amy Yang, 36-hole leader Sung Hyun Park, and Eun Hee Ji, all at -4 under par.

A par round f rom Lydia would have given her the title.

 

U.S. Womens Open. Lydia Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Lydia started the day trailing by three-strokes, but on moving day, she carded a -2 under par 70 to take the outright lead heading into the final round at -7 under par.

Lydia broke out of a four-way tie at the top by sinking a long putt, at the 18th hole, for her third birdie of the day;

“I think the biggest key around today,  well, the biggest difference was the wind.”

” I know it was breezy from the mornings. I knew that it would play a lot tougher than yesterday, because the majority of my round yesterday was played in calm weather.”

So people, they say it’s moving day on Saturday, but it was really tough out there, because the course is drying out, firming up.”

” And it was tough to get near the pins on some holes.”

Sung Hyun Park, +2 over 74 today and Eun Hee Ji, -2 under 70, trail Lydia by just one shot, both at -6 under par for the tournament.

Two-time U.S. Women’s Open runner-up Amy Yang unfortunately stumbled on moving day, carding four bogeys on her way to carding a+1-over par 73, to fall to -5 under par for the championship and two-strokes back of the leader Lydia.

One thing is for sure, it is going to be a thrilling finish to this ladies Major.

U.S. Womens Open. Sung Hyun Park Has 35 Hole Lead,

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Sung Hyun Park has the 36 hole lead a the  U.S. Womens Open in California.

Sung Hyun shot a second round U.S. Womens Open score of -6 under par 66, to lead the tournament by two shots at -8 under par;

“This is the first time in a USGA tournament, and coming to the tournament, I didn’t even think about winning , because this is the first time for me.”

Amy Yang,  -1 under par 71 today and Mirim Lee, +2 over par 74 today share second place  at -6 under par.

Lydia Ko -6 under 66 today and Haru Nomura, -3 under 69, are tied in fourth place at -5 under par.

I apologise for the poor report, I am typing this at 33,000 ft over the pacific, on a tablet, which I have not used before, and have found out I can not use it properly, Give me a mouse any  day.

U.S. Womens Open. Mirim Lee Leaps Ahead.

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Mirim Lee leaps ahead of the field in the U.S. Womens Open in the first round at  CordeValle Golf Club in California.

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In the easier conditions that prevailed early on Mirim took full advantage to card a U.S. Womens Open first round score of -8 under par 64, giving her a three shot lead going into the second round tomorrow.

Mirim said the course was in perfect shape;

“The course is perfect now, greens are really fast. I just try make par, yeah, that’s it.”

Cristie Kerr is sharing second place with Minjee Lee, both had opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Cristie, who won  the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club put her revival down to a new driver, that suits her;

“When you’re struggling to hit fairways, I can’t blame everything on the club, obviously, but when you’re struggling to hit fairways, it makes the game a lot harder.”

“And then the mental game gets off of it, it’s a whole process like that.”

“But I knew when I found the driver this week that it just felt so much like my old driver and we found the right combination and even if I missed a little bit I could feel what I did wrong.”

“I could feel the difference, like I said, I’m just happy that we worked it out.”

Minjee admitted to missing some putts, that she should have made;

“I hit really good shots into the first couple of holes and I missed the putts, I missed my putts.”

“I felt like I was really solid, like my iron play was really solid. And if I missed my drives, it was sort of just on the first cut or maybe just in the rough.”

“So I thought I striked the ball really well today. I gave myself a lot of opportunities for birdie.”

Anna Nordqvist, Kelly Tan and Brittany Lang all share fifth place at -4 under par.

Brittany was OK once she figured out what she needed to do;

“Everything changed a little bit tournament time, with nerves and adrenaline a little bit. And I wasn’t hitting them as solid.”

“I just knew if I dropped that left foot back, it’s a simple fix, it gives me more room and I automatically start hitting them really pure.”

World number one Lydia Ko started with +1 over par 73, while number two Brooke Henderson  carded a first round +4 over 76.

White Dragon Golf Bag Winner.

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The WINNER of the the White Dragon Golf bag free draw contest was Josh Hinojosa, who hails from Arkansas, USA.

Congratulations Josh, I hope this tournament bag brings good fortune to you in your golfing career.

Please email us your preferred shipping address to whitedragongolf@gmail.com and we will ship on Saturday. It will be with you soon.

 Good Luck

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Portland Classic. Brooke Backs Up Last Years Win

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Defending Champion Brooke Henderson, from Canada, backs up last years victory with a wire to wire win at the Portland Classic.Portland Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brooke finished the tournament in style, a final round -1 under par 71 for a Portland Classic winning total of -14 under par, and a four shot winning margin.

Brooke joins a small list of two other back to back winners of the Portland Classic, Annika Sorenstam and Kathy Whitworth;

“They were two incredible women that did amazing things out on the golf course and in their own lives.”

“To be in the same sentence and acknowledged alongside them is very cool. I’m really excited I was able to do to this year, and maybe we’ll try for a third next year.”

“I didn’t really play my best today, but I hit good shots when I needed to and got some good breaks, too.”

“That’s always really nice.”

Stacy Lewis finished in second place at -10 under par, a last round -3 under 69 not good enough to mount a serious challenge, but was happy with her progress and her putting;

“Well, today was really nice, today, especially the first I mean 10, 12 holes I played were really good.”

“Had some awkward numbers there at the end, but really just excited about the way I played. Felt really comfortable.”

“I made some good putts when I needed to. Overall, the week was really solid and something I needed going into a major.”

Suzann Pettersen claimed third place at -9 under par, she carded a final round of even par 72.

Very sad to see Mariajo Uribe throw away a what would have been a very good placing finish, with two bogey’s and two double bogey’s in her last seven holes for a +3 over 75 today. She shared fourth place with Austin Ernst who carded a final round of +1 over 73, both ladies with -8 under totals.