LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Aspires Towards Three-Peat.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, aspires to achieve her Three-Peat, winning three consecutive LPGA tiles, here at the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club.

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THA Ariya shot a topsy-turvy third round of +1 over par 73, which included an Eagle, at the LPGA Volvik Championship. Very different conditions today, with wind and firm, fast greens. She held onto top placing with a -10 under par tournament total.

There were only three players who started the day in the top ten at Travis Pointe Country Club that were under par on Saturday.

Ariya summed it all up;

“To me it’s very hard today, because very windy, and the green is very, very firm today.”

 USA Jessica Korda, -2 under 70 today, and USA  Christina Kim even par 72, share second spot at -9 under par.

Jessica was also perplexed by the wind, just trying to make par;

“I just kept telling myself that pars were good, you know?”

“It is frustrating because you hit some great shots and they don’t end up where you think that they should, or like yesterday, they would end up right next to the hole and today it would be, you know, 20 feet away from the hole.”

“So it was kind of just a little staying patient out there, and just making pars.”

Christina had the same thoughts, but was also complementary about the course;

“You know, I think any; it’s the wind, you know, this south/southwest wind.”

“It’s angled perfectly where there’s a lot of into, off the left, or downwind off the left, you know, as opposed to just dead into or straight from nine o’clock or three o’clock, and I think that, you know, it just really brings up a lot of the great characteristics of this golf course.”  

KOR Hyo Joo Kim and DEN Suzann Pettersen are tied in fourth position at -7 under par, both ladies carded -2 under par 70 for the third round.

World number one Lydia Ko seems unable to get any thing going here, which is strange because back in New Zealand the wind is a constant factor, she is currently T25 at -2 under par for the tournament.

 

 

 

Dean & Deluca Invitational. Bryce Not Fazed By Delay.

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Bryce Molder still leads the Dean & Deluca Invitational, but has not yet completed his second round, five and half hours of rain and lightning storms preventing play in the morning session.

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Bryce completed just 15 second round holes, for -3 under par,  but remains at the top of the Dean & Deluca Invitational leaderboard with his -9 under par total.

Bryce certainly likes the front nine, bogey-free 29 in the first round, bogey-free 30 in the second round;

“I wish I could have just turned back, teed off on No. 1 and just kept going.”

“Sometimes good stuff just happens to happen when it happens.”

 “That side has been really good to me.”

“I’ve always found it actually easier when you have these delays because it doesn’t feel like I’ve got the lead because I haven’t finished my round.”

 “It’s still only during the second round, so that’s still way too early to really feel like I’m sitting on the lead.”

“And then we’ll turn around pretty quickly and play again after I finish, so that actually makes things a little easier between rounds.”

Webb Simpson holds second place on his own, at the moment, with a finished second round of -3 under 67 and a -8 under par total, a recycled putter turning hot;

“I kind of shelved it and picked it back up a few weeks ago and it felt pretty good.”

“I don’t know what’s different. Same putter, and a few months later it feels better.”

“Maybe I’ve grown or shrunk, but I don’t know, it feels different.”

Jordan Spieth, -4 under 66 today, and Patrick Reed, -2 under for 8 second round holes, share third place at -7 under par.

Jordan is coming good for Major time, a good back nine, he started at 10,  convincing him he is on the right track;

“A fantastic back nine that we played.”

“One through five holes, if you play them one under, you’re going to be up there with the leaders because the rest of the course you can kind of really get around and have some chances.”

“Playing four under today was awesome.”

“If I want to have it 100 percent trust by major time, it’s creeping up, big step up from last week.”

LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Advances to the Top.

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Ariya Jutanugarn advances to the top of the LPGA Volvik Championship at the conclusion of the second round.

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Ariya carded a second round -4 under par 68 to take the lead in the  LPGA Volvik Championship at the  half way stage with a -10 under par total, and a two shot advantage going into the week-end.

Ariya was happy to make some good putts on the back nine, and is now chasing her third consecutive win on Tour ;

“Today was pretty good.  I mean, I didn’t hit my iron that good but still okay, and I start to make some putt on the back nine.”

“I mean, right now I’m really happy with it and I really enjoy play golf right now, so I’m not thinking about, I’m going to win, I’m going to lose, but just have fun and keep playing  good.”

 So Yeon Ryu -5 under par 67 today, Christina Kim -1 under 71 and Marina Alex -5 under 67, all share second place at -9 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Christina had problems getting the ball in the hole;

“Everything was great, just the ball wasn’t in the hole.”

“I mean, it wasn’t like I was backing off of putts after I hit them trying to figure out how did I miss that break or anything like that.”

” It was just a matter of just burning the edges and just, I mean, not even really being a degree off.”

” So I’m still very confident going into the weekend.  I’ve still got a lot of confidence in my putting.”

So Yeon has been close to winning;

“I was so close to winning the last three tournaments, the final round wasn’t good enough to get the trophies so I was really disappointed in myself as well.”

“But the good thing is I just kept in contention, that I just kept fighting.”

” I really want to hold this and I really want to keep my positive mind until Sunday.”

Marina has been making swing changes, and feels the hard work is paying off;

“You know, I don’t necessarily think I was playing all that bad at the beginning of the year, I was just really rusty.”

 “I’ve been making a ton of swing changes in the off season and now they’re starting to feel more comfortable and just kind of everything is starting to feel like it’s mine and I own it.”

“Whereas at the beginning of the year I think I was just a little unsure with what I was doing and just not really fully committed to where I was and obviously now I am, so it’s paying off.”

 

LPGA Volvik Championship. Christina Kim Leads.

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Christina Kim leads the LPGA Volvik Championship after the 1st round at Travis Pointe Country Club.

 

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Christina fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the LPG Volvik Championship by one stroke, and was delighted with her performance, swinging and putting well;

“Well, to be honest, I’ve been playing really well. It’s just the scores haven’t reflected how I’ve been playing.”

“I like to think that I try to make everyone comfortable when they’re playing because when you’re out here it’s enough of a grind as it is.”

“I’ve gotten the voices in my head that I can be out here quiet, it doesn’t matter, or talking. But I just want everyone out here to be comfortable.”

“It’s just a matter of being patient and letting the process kind of happen and just kind of getting the kinks out.”

“So for me it’s just a matter of staying patient out there. I’ve been swinging well, I’ve been putting well, and thankfully they kind of came together today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, winner of the last two LPGA events, opened her tournament with a bogey-free -7 under par 65, without a driver in her bag;

“This course pretty firm, so I not even need to hit three-wood.”

 “Two-iron fine because I can keep it low.”

Minjee Lee, So Yeon Ryu and Marina Alex are tied in third place at -4 under par.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko opened her tournament with a -1 under par, 71 and sits in a tie for 17th for her effort.

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Inbee Park was forced to withdraw once again with her thumb injury.

2016 US Women’s Open Championship Qualifying.

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Jade Schaeffer and Valentine Derrey, France, Camilla Lennarth  Sweden, German Rookie professional Olivia Cowan and Pamela Pretswell, Scotland all qualified for the 2016 US Women’s Open Championship  in the 36-hole European Sectional Qualifier conducted by the USGA at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.

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These  Ladies European Tour members, will join other successful qualifiers from 24 different venues around the United States, South Korea, China and Japan. They will join approximately 93 exempt players at CordeValle in San Martin, California, in July from the 7th to the 10th,  contesting the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, along with the defending Champion  Gee Chun.

 

Kingsmill Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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THA Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Kingsmill Championship after three rounds at the  River Course in Virginia.

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THA Ariya carded a third round -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship at -10 under par, which will give her a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It’s nice, but actually, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

“But it’s good enough for me to be right here.”

“Normally if I’m tied for the lead or one shot behind, I get a little bit excited, but today I’m not.”

“I just keep playing my game and have fun and enjoy it with every shot.”

They say beware the injured player, and that certain applied to KOR In Gee Chun, who carded the low round of the day, an amazing -9 under par 62, despite not feeling too good, she is now sharing second place with THA Pornanong Phatlum -6 under par 65 today and yesterday’s leader, KOR So Yeon Ryu carding -2 under 69, all at -9 under par for the tournament.

In Gee was suffering from allergies;

“Because the weather, and because I have allergies. It’s really bad. I did not feel good.”

“And it was a lot of wind today, so I did not play with high expectations, but I could focus on my game better, and I play with Candie and Kelly today, and really thank them for making me feel comfortable.”

 “And my friends are here. I was so happy to see them enjoying my play; then I focused more on my game.”

So Yeon made bogey on the last hole to drop out of the tie for the lead, her putts not dropping;

“I was almost going to play a bogey-free round and I made a bogey at the last hole.”

“I was pretty disappointed. But yeah, I hit a bad tee shot, but the rest of the day my playing was pretty great. I’m happy with that.”

“But if I really think about what’s the difference between yesterday, it’s just the putts were not dropping, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll drop everything.”

Pornanong is trying to focus on her game;

“There’s a lot of good competitors out here, and of course everybody is here to win.”

“I only focused on my game, and some of the week it will just come all together, and when that happens, hopefully it’s going to come soon.”

“Right now I have confidence, so that’s what I’ve been working on.”

With more rain forecast tomorrow, there will be a two tee start.

Kingsmill Championship. So Yeon Ryu Takes Over at the Top.

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So Yeon Ryu takes over at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard at the  River Course.

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So Yeon carded a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Kingsmill Championship at the half way stage, with her -7 under par total.

So Yeon said putting was the key for her today

“Today I’ve been putting really nice, my first hole I made a bogey, but it felt really great the next two holes. I made birdie-birdie right away.”

“Even my shot and birdie putt, and putting, I think today just everything was really working well.”

“I haven’t really consistently shot low scores since Hawaii, like five or six tournaments, then I shot seven under again today, so I hope I can hold this score the next two days, as well.”

“This one is definitely my favorite golf course what we play. Like you say, I consistently play really well here, so I feel really comfortable to stay here.”

 “I think I just really like the atmosphere, so I really enjoy it, so enjoying it makes me play.”

Sharing second place are three ladies, Stacy Lewis, -5 under 66 today, she played alongside So Yeon. Also Amy Yang -4 under 67 and  Mika Miyazato even par 71 today.

Stacy was much happier today, recovering well to easily make the cut;

“I’m happy with the round today, I needed a good score today to get up in contention and on the leaderboard, but it’s just going to be a long weekend.”

“You get ready for that. You get ready for delays and playing in the wet, and this golf course is going to get even harder.”

“You just kind of mentally prepare for it and know it’s going to happen, and if it doesn’t, that’s a great thing.”

“We both got off to a really good start, when you see other people make birdies, it kind of frees you up to know that it’s out there.”

 “Our whole group yesterday didn’t really make that many birdies, and so it was kind of boring in a sense, so we were definitely kind of feeding off of each other.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko bounced back from a first-round +2 over 73 and posted a -3 under 68 to move into a tie for T37, while Inbee Park had to withdraw from the tournament, suffering from a recurring injury to her left thumb. A condition that kept her out of action for the last three LPGA events. We wish Inbee a speedy recovery.