ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open. Lovely Lydia Wins.

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Lovely Lydia Ko wins the ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

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Lydia, the World Number One claimed the ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open title and picked up the  Patricia Bridges Bowl. Carding a final round -2 under par 71 giving her  two shot winning margin at -9 under par for the tournament around the dangerous Composite Course at Royal Melbourne.

Lydia’s coach, David Ledbetter had been telling her to stand tall, she was head and shoulders over everyone else in this competition;

“We’ve been working on my swing and be tall is the part in my swing where I shouldn’t dip my head and I would say my height is 5’3″ so he said ‘Lydia, you were 4’11” the other day’.”

“He told me to keep my height and said I was 5’3”.8’ and I was like, ‘Ok, I’m getting taller’. We were talking about that in the sense of ‘be tall’.”

“Be cool was because we discussed that it was going to be hot and also be cool in the head too, be smart, play safe when you need to and then be aggressive.”

“Play smart was really the biggest thing he told me at the beginning of this week.”

She stayed cool when the pressure came, at the short par-four, the eighth, her wedge shot flew through the green and down into a deep swale behind the putting surface, giving her virtually no chance of getting up and down. A missed flop shot compounded the error, she gathered all her mental strength, got the ball on the green, and then sunk the long bogey putt;

“After I hit the shot, I said, I should have just hit that second shot the first time.”

“Even if I didn’t make a par, it’s an easier bogey and I had to work really hard for that bogey.

“I think that bogey putt was really good and if I’d made a double, today could have been a whole different story.”

“Time flies, but I’m still 17 though.”

Amy Yang finished in second place with a -7 under par total, her final round -1 under par 72 was not enough, but she did have chances.

Ariya Jutanugarn had a calamitous last round, +3 over par 76, it gave her third position with a -4 under par total, and left her five shots behind the leader.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Lydia and Ariya Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn share the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open lead at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

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Ariya and World number one Lydia will start the final round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a one shot advantage over their rivals. Both ladies sit atop the leaderboard at -7 under par for the tournament, but in the withering heat today both of them could only card  third rounds of -1 under par 71.

Lydia was asked if she would take that score for tomorrow, on those firm and glassy greens, and said she would jump at the offer;

“Yeah, I would in that heat.”

“They’re really hard. I’m scratching my head over a three-footer or a thirty-footer.”

“It’s really tough, and because the hole is so tight, the lip-outs, they hurt. They’re not nice here.”

“The greens are one of the hardest parts and because they are so firm, it affects the shots that are coming into the green also.”

“On a course like this, unless you really get going on a putting streak, you’re not going to make seven, eight birdies and shoot the most incredible eight under.”

“I think this course you really have to play smart and when you have those chances, try to grab it because birdies are hard to see.”

Power hitter Ariya has had chances before to win this year, and will do her best again here;

“I’ve had the chance to be the leader before, but my plan is to do my best. Whatever happens, I’ll just take it.”

Amy Yang is alone in third place, at -6 under par, following her third round -3 under par 70.

Aussie Katherine Kirk and Julieta Granada from Paraguay share fourth spot on the leaderboard at -4 under par, both with -3 under par rounds of 70.

Katherine reported that birdie making did not come easily, but she wants to hold the  Patricia Bridges Bowl tomorrow;

“It’s not easy to make birdies out there and I made six today and I’m still kind of a little puzzled as to how.”

“I know I made two long putts, so they’re just bonuses. I think that was probably as good as it was going to get today.”

“I’d be very honored. I actually had the pleasure of travelling on an Australian team in 2002 to Malaysia to play the World Amateur Teams Championship, and Patricia made the trip and she’s just an incredible lady,”

“I’d be delighted to hoist the trophy and certainly proud to fly the flag for Australia tomorrow.”


ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open. Three Young Ladies Share the Lead.

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Three young Ladies share the ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open lead at Royal Melbourne Golf Club at the half-way stage.

Lydia Ko,18 Ariya Jutanugarn, 20 and Ha-Na Jang, 22 have grabbed the lead in Australia.

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World number one Lydia shot another -3 under par round to share the -6 under par lead at the ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open. On a day at Royal Melbourne where early morning fog caused delays, and the difficult Composite Course caused its own problems, rounds were taking up to six hours, and only one player broke 70. That lady was Ha Na, with her -4 under par 69 today, while Ayria carded -2 under par 71.

Lydia chipped in for an Eagle, with a 9 iron on the par four 15th, her second consecutive day with an eagle;

“I made on eagle on 14 yesterday and then I was angry that I came off with a par today.”

“I felt like it was a hole that I could easily come off with a birdie. I was kind of angry and that kind of anger led me to hit an aggressive drive on the 15th.”

“I was on the left edge of the fairway and I had 136 or something like that and I said ‘eight could be a little long,’ so I decided to punch a nine iron, and it landed just left of the pin and the mouth kind of feeded it right to the hole.”

Ha Na, in her maiden LPGA Tour season, has decided to keep it simple;

“I think only very simple thinking, fairway and green and then two putts and that’s it, no more thinking.”

Ayria is just enjoying life on Tour;

“I’ll just enjoy it and have fun, it’s why we play.”

Another youngster 18 year-old Charley Hull is alone in fourth spot, just one shot back at -4 under par for the competition, following back to back rounds of -2 under par 71.

Local legend, and defending champion Karrie Webb had a battle to make the cut, a par on the last got her into the weekend, but 11 shots off the lead;

“It’s actually hard to get in there and fully trust what you’re doing when you do hit a good shot and it goes over the back.”

“But I need to do that more. At this stage I’m not thinking about a result, I’m thinking about bringing on to the course what I’m doing in practice.”

Among those missing the cut were past winners Yani Tseng and Dame Laura Davies, while Sarah Jane Smith, Stacey Keating and last weekend’s RACV Ladies Masters winner Su Oh will all get a sleep-in.

ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open. I.L. Hee Lee Leads.

I.L. Hee Lee leads the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open, at Royal Melbourne Golf Club, in Australia.

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I.L. scored a first round -5 under par 68 to lead the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne Golf Club by just one shot. She said she is aiming to be the most famous Lee in the field. On her first visit to the famed sand-belt layout here at Royal Melbourne, three years ago, she missed the cut at this tournament.;

“Now I know how to play this golf course better than when I last played here.”

“There are lots of Lees here, I want to be the most famous Lee, that’s my goal.”

In second place is Aryia Jutanugarn at -4 under par.

Thee are three ladies tied in third place, at -3 under par 70,  Alena Sharp, Min Seo Kwak and World Number One Lydia Ko.

Aussie Karrie Webb has five wins to her credit at this tournament, but will need to improve tomorrow if she wants to make a statement here this year, she currently lies at T 23 after her opening round of even par. Her real goal is the Olympics;

“It’d really be a feather in my cap. I’ve won at a lot of great golf courses when I’ve won the Australian Open and to add Royal Melbourne to that list would be an honor and really special.”

“I think just making the Olympic team is why I’m still playing a full schedule and why I’m working really hard.”

“I’m not taking anything for granted that it’s given that I’m on the team for next year, so like I said I need to stay fit and healthy. And as far as the Olympic Gold goes, that would be absolutely unbelievable.”

“What I think is really worth a shot or two to me is when I play in Australia and I have that crowd support. It gives me a boost myself, but I think it also helps me in relation to all the others in the field.”

“If there are other Aussies up there, they’ll get cheered for as well, but anyone else who’s not from Australia, they know who everyone is supporting.”

RACV Ladies Masters. Su Oh Wins in Oz.

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Aussie teenager Su Oh wins in Oz at the RACV Ladies Masters, in only her second start on the professional tour.

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With a final round -4 under par 69 at Royal Pines Su Oh was able to lift the RACV Ladies Masters trophy, with a -7 under par total, and a commanding three shot win. This is her first professional win, in only her second tournament on Tour.

She burst into tears and gave credit to her idol Karrie Webb for helping her become a better player;

“I spoke to Karrie. I asked her: what do I need to do, you’ve won this eight times.”

“Karrie said, just don’t think, just do it kind of. Just let it go, just keep doing what you’re doing.”

“I got pretty emotional, didn’t I? That was a bit weird.”

English pair of Florentyna Parker, Charley Hull  and 2009 champion Katherine Kirk  all tied for second place, three shots back at -4 under par for the tournament.

Katherine gave credit to Su for her win, and said she looks the real deal;

“She looked pretty composed out there, she’s got the goods.”



RACV Ladies Masters. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the RACV Ladies Masters in Australia following day three of the tournament at Royal Pines.

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Charley Hull shares the RACV Ladies Masters lead with Annie Choi and Holly Clyburn. It was a very windy day and Royal Pines golf course won the battle, with the best score of the day -1 under par 72, with a handful of players achieving that score. The leaderboard is now  jam packed, with 17 players within four shots of the lead.

Holly said there is no real rivalry between her and English team mate Charley;

“We’re good friends, we’ve got nothing against each other.”

“Everybody just thinks there’s a rivalry because we came on tour at the same time and had a great rookie year fight. Out here it’ll actually be really exciting and it’ll be a good final day.”

Defending champion Cheyenne Woods fired an even par round, but that was enough to move up around 30 places, and is at +5 over par and tied for 37th.

RACV Ladies Masters. Rebecca Artis Leads.

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Rebecca Artis leads the RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland, Australia at the half-way point at Royal Pines.

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Rebecca had a scorching second round -7 under par 66 on the par 73 lay-out at Royal Pines, to top the RACV Ladies Masters leaderboard at -9 under par.

She came into the media room sporting a big smile and saying it was indeed a good day;

“Yeah a good round of golf, take that.”

“I started the round with a bogey and they always say you start a good round with a bogey. So it was seven under, I’ll take that.”

 “I put myself in contention a few times over the last couple of years and had the win in Sweden a couple of years ago and I feel like my game’s really going forward.”

A new putting grip has changed her outlook, and her game;

“I’ve changed my putting to left hand low. I changed after the second round of LPGA Q School which is not ideal but I just felt like I really had to make a change with my putting.’

“My coach was over there and Geoff my husband who caddies for me he was there, and we just made a group decision that it was time to make a change with my putting; it’s worked wonders really.”

“You know, I can start the ball on line now, you know the line I choose, and it’s just been a matter of getting used to the feel of it and getting the pace because it feels a little bit different.”

But I feel like as if you know I’ve got that now and I feel comfortable over it now. I felt a bit nervous, especially last week when it was the first tournament I played with it but I feel like I’m really comfortable over the putter now and can start the putts on line so which is a nice feeling.”

Second place is shared by,  Charley Hull, who posted her second consecutive round of -3 under par 70, and Annie Choi, carding a second round -2 under par 71, both ladies are at -6 under par for the tournament.

Making the cut right on the number was defending champion Cheyenne Woods, whose day started well with a helicopter ride, but from then on it plummeted downwards;

“It was horrible, from the helicopter ride my day went downhill, it happens.”

“I didn’t have any birdies today, I didn’t really play well at all. I was scrambling a lot, I don’t know what the cut will be, but I hope to be playing the week-end.”