Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Caddie Dies on Course.

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Fist round play of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters was suspended after a caddie collapses and dies out on the Emirates Gold Club course.

Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh announced to the media;

“Everyone at the Ladies European Tour is extremely shocked and saddened today by this sudden death and therefore we have taken the decision to suspend first round play as a mark of respect.”

“On behalf of our membership, we offer heartfelt condolences to the individual’s family and loved ones.”

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAI said;

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of this caddie.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.”

Round one play will resume on Thursday morning, with the tournament now to be played over 54 holes.

Qatar Ladies Open. Aditi and Nanna Have 54 Hole Lead.

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Indian teenager Aditi Ashok,  and Nanna Koerstz Madsen from Denmark share the 54 hole lead at the Qatar Ladies Open, at Doha Golf Club,

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Aditi, who is looking for back to back victories here at the Qatar Ladies Open, carded a third round -4 under par 68, to share top spot on the leaderboard with Nanna, both ladies at -12 under par for the competition. Nanna stayed tied on top with her -3 under 69 effort today.

Aditi is happy with her golf, and is hoping to have fun tomorrow;

“It was quite windy in the morning so I knew I had to be sharp with my approaches and I had a few birdie chances which I made, so that start was good.”

“On the back nine, I just didn’t hit as good shots as I was hitting on the front nine and I miscalculated the wind a couple of times as well. I made a lot of putts on the front nine, so I was bound to miss a couple. I finished with a birdie, so it was good.”

“It’s great to be in contention, the week after a win. I’m really happy with the way I’m playing this week. I played with Nanna today and she’s an aggressive player as well, so it will be fun tomorrow.”

Nanna is also happy with her position

“The front nine, I just didn’t hit it close enough so I didn’t give myself the birdie chances I needed.”

“On the back nine, I had a few more chances which I made, so that was good.”

“On 18, it was lucky that my second shot didn’t go into the water. I was just happy that I didn’t have to take a drop. It’s better to be tied for the lead than be one behind, but either is okay.”

Becky Morgan is in third place at -11, her third round -6 under 66 elevating her up the leaderboard, good putting played a part in her success;

“I played well today and got off to a really good start. I dropped a couple late on the front nine and played the back nine really well. I putted well.”

“The last few days I haven’t made many putts from six to 15 feet. I hit some close but I made some good 10 footers.”

“There are a couple of par fives and 16 is a driveable par-4. If you hit the fairway then you’ve got some good scoring opportunities.”

 

Qatar Ladies Open. Lydia Hall and Nanna Koerstz Madsen Share Lead.

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Lydia Hall and Nanna Koerstz Madsen share the half-way lead at Doha Golf Club.

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Lydia and Nanna have -9 under par half-way totals in the Qatar Ladies Open, giving them a one shot advantage going into the week-end.

Lydia carded -4 under par 68, a new driver in the bag, and a new caddie on the bag;

“He’s experienced playing on the Challenge Tour and Mena Tour and he’s a good player, so he knows what it’s like to be in certain positions and under pressure.”

“It’s great to have someone who knows how I’m feeling and he’s keeping me in the present.”

“I’ve been playing fairly solidly from tee to green and hopefully I can get the putts going tomorrow.”

“Minimal errors: I’ve only had one bogey over two days. It’s been quite plain sailing really.”

Nanna has a new putter, which helped her to shoot -6 under 66 today;

“My driving was good and the putting was better than the last couple of months.”

“I’ve been having a few bad rounds the last couple of months and I don’t really know why.”

“The game just hasn’t been what I want it to be. I’ve done a lot of hard work with the putter and when you’re tired of something it’s good to try something new.”

Aditi Ashok and Annabel Dimmock are tied in third place at -8 under par.

Aditi had a -6 under 66 while Annabel carded -5 under 67.

Aditi is playing with confidence;

“Today was really good. I didn’t give myself enough chances yesterday so I did that today and I feel it was really good.”

“I’m feeling confident in my game and today was a great day. I hope I can keep the momentum going.

“I putted really well and four of my birdie putts were outside eight feet, so those were good. I made a 15 footer for par as well on the 14th, so putting and I hit the ball well. I missed a couple because I hit it that well.”

Annabel left a couple of putts short;

“My long game was really good but I still left a few short putts short. I’m really pleased.”

Qatar Ladies Open. Two Tied at the Top

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Lydia Hall from Wales and Noora Tamminen of Finland share the lead at the Qatar Ladies Open, at Doha Golf Club.

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Lydia and Noora both had bogey free opening rounds -5 under par 67 to top the Qatar Ladies Open leaderboard.

Lydia is playing and putting well;

“It was really solid out there today. I think I hit 17 greens in regulation and got my putter going throughout the middle part of the round, so I’m playing well.”

“I’ve been playing well all year really, after injury last year. I came back with a fresh set of eyes. I’ve been focusing on playing rather than on technical things.”

Noora is feeling confident;

“I felt really confident and calm this morning. My long game was super good and I hit all the greens. I had some bad drives but they weren’t that bad, so it was a steady round.”

“I just want to enjoy the game and have no pressure. I really like playing in the Middle East. Everything is well organised and I love that we have Abu Dhabi and this one. I really like the course and that you have to be good from the tee.”

Kylie Walker is tied in third place with Anna Nordqvist, both at -4 under par.

Kylie was happy with her play today;

“Hole 16 is a driveable par four so I just got it on the front edge and two putted. I hit it in close on 17 and holed a good seven, eight footer.”

“Then the last, we were having to play it in three because the wind was hurting but I holed a good 15 footer.”

Anna likes the course;

“I think it’s a great golf course, I really do. There are a couple of small dog legs and you’re trying to cut the corners off the tee.”

“The rough is not where you want to be on this course, it’s very unpredictable, so I feel I’ll have a better idea for the lines and lay-up areas.”

“I short sided myself a little on 18, a little too far back. The course is great and the greens are a little slow but that makes you be aggressive and hit the putts firmly.”

“I like this place, I think it’s a great layout and I look forward to playing the next couple of days.”

CME Group Tour Championship. Charley wins 1st LPGA Title.

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Charley Hull, from England wins her 1st LPGA Tour title at the CME Group Tour Championship, in Florida.

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Charley Hull

Charley carded -6 under par 66 to capture the  CME Group Tour Championship, her maiden Tour win, at -19 under par, a two shot victory;

“It’s pretty cool feeling, hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I last won on the LET, the European Tour, like two years ago.”

“Had that dry like patch for a few years. Feels good now to get a win.”

In second place was So Yeon Ryu, a final round -5 under 67 giving her that place on her own at -17 under par;

“Sometimes you just, well, good thing is when you decided to do something then when you are completely having a faith about it, then when you did it you cannot really complain about result.”

“Maybe 17 was only one my decision wasn’t really great.”

“Maybe better to hit 3-wood or draw or something like that. But just sometimes I feel like just God make that happen.”

“You know, God make that happen for make me a better player, make me a better person. So I just really don’t want to blame myself. I just take this one as just serendipity, you know.”

Jennifer Song was third with her -15 under par total, last round -4 under 68.

In Gee Chun claimed the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, and also this week added the Vare Trophy, making birdie on the last to beat Lydia Ko.

In Ghee spoke about playing alongside Lydia and Amy Yang;

“It was big honor for me, because to have my name next to legends, and then I play with Lydia and Amy today,  and I always play with them.”

“I know she’s great, but Lydia is great player, I learned from her a lot.”

Vare Trophy

In Gee Chun / getty

Race to CME Globe

Ariya Jutanugarn / getty

Ariya wins the Race to CME Globe, beating Lydia into second place, it is safe to say it was not a good day for the World number one.

Ariya thinks it is great, and it is;

“It’s great, it’s like my dream come true.”

“I never think like my name can be in this trophy, and right now I’m really proud of myself.”

“You know even like last year I miss like ten cut in a row.”

“But I feel really appreciate it. Because if that thing not happen I’m not going to win all this stuff this year.”

“This year just like try my best, so I am not really worry about in the past. Try to be focus on positive thing, not think about all like bad thing.”

CME Group Tour Championship.Charley Hull Leads By 1

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Charley Hull leads the CME Group Tour Championship by 1 shot going into the final round tomorrow in Florida.

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Charley Hull / getty

Charley carded a bogey free -6 under par 66 to take the 54 hole lead at -13 under par in the  CME Group Tour Championship, but said she needs to work on her tempo;

“Just go on the range and hit some golf balls and just kind of worked on my tempo.”

“Sometimes it gets a bit rushed, just kind of keep it to the basics.”

“Remember what my coach said. I haven’t had a golf lesson in six weeks, so I’m looking forward to having one when I get home.”

Brittany Lincicome, -6 under 66, and So Yeon Ryu, -3 under 69, share second place at -12 under par.

Brittany was second last week in India, without using a driver, but her putting is still good;

“Unfortunately I didn’t get to hit driver one time at all last week.”

“I think only three times out here, but just to hit it straight and learn how to hit it straight for a week.”

“Then to come out here, the golf course seems a little bit more open.”

“Then I was putting really well last week, which is great to have it continuing this week.

“Now I’m bummed that we have no more tournaments after this week. It’s finally starting to click and we’re in November.”

“Any time I can stay near the top of the leaderboard is going to be a great finish to the year. One more day. I just need to kind of get it done and then enjoy the off-season.”

So Yeon said her putting was not great;

“I think maybe today’s shot was one of the best shot condition last three days, including today, so I was able to make some lot of birdie chances.”

“But putting was not great, you know.”

“Most important fact is I’m happy with my stroke.”

“Little missed lie or wind just blew up or something like really tiny thing, so I’m not really worry about that part. Just going to make sure I’m going to have better speed control tomorrow.”

Five ladies are tied in fourth place at -11 under par, Lydia Ko, a poor round today after the heroics of yesterday, +1 over 73, her main rival in the Race to the CME Globe, Ariya Jutanugarn carding -7 under par 65, Jennifer Song, -6 under 66, Lizette Salas, -5 under 67 and In Gee Chung -4 under 68.

Lydia and In Gee are battling for the Vare Trophy, with their season scoring averages within 0.007 points, with Lydia holding a slim lead.

With everything still on the line, tomorrows golf will be very interesting, see who’s nerve holds under the pressure.

CME Group Championship. Lydia Leads.

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Lydia Ko, the world number one lead the CME Group Championship after 36 holes in Florida, in the Race to the CME Globe.

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Lydia Ko / getty

Lydia shot a record breaking -10 under par 62 to vault to the top of the CME Group Championship leaderboard, and will have a three stroke advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Lydia had been working with coach David Leadbetter, he showed her a video of her first hole in one, that was the catalyst to fire up her inspiration;

“Brings back a lot of great memories. Even though that moment I really didn’t expect to make a hole-in-one. I got so close so many times. To know my first hole-in-one would be at the Olympics, it was something I couldn’t have ever dreamt of.”

“To see that swing, you know, I was hitting the ball really well at the Olympics. It gave me all the positive thoughts.”

“I hit the ball pretty well yesterday. He said, I think we only need a few minutes and we’ll be okay.”

“I think hopefully that will give me good momentum going into the weekend.”

“I mean, I started off kind of average yesterday, but I was able to fight back. I think that gave me good momentum going into today.”

“For me to win player the year I know I need to win this championship.”

“ A lot of things come with that.”

Tied in second place at -9 under are, Ryann O’Toole, -5 under 67 today, and So Yeon Ryu -4 under 68.

So Yeon changed her putting attitude;

“I actually like judge myself to, ‘Oh, the bad putter. I’m bad putter.’ Then all of a sudden somehow I was able to switch my mind to, ‘Okay, I’m great putter. I’m not a bad putter.’

“Then after my change my attitude I feel more comfortable to be on the putting green.”

“So Yeon, when you’re on the putting green you just think this green is yours. You can actually communicate with the green and do everything great on the green.”

“So I started to have this attitude on the green and then I am playing well right now.”

Ryann also has a charged up attitude;

“You see someone up at the top and you go, Okay, I can do it. I’m not going to let them beat me kind of thing.”

“If you’re playing well and the game is there, it’s a lot easier to have that mentality. Sometimes chasing can kill you if you’re not striking it well or anything like that.”

“Then you’re getting a head of yourself, yeah, this is comfortable zone for her.”

“At the same time, who is more hungry? I think I’m going to kind of go with that. Who wants it?”

Yesterdays leader Shanshan Feng went backwards today, +1 over par 73, to slip down the table at -5 under and T 16.