Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Wins, Is Now World Number 1

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So Yeon Ryu, from South Korea, wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and also becomes the new Ladies World Number 1.

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So Yeon carded a final round -2 under par 69 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with a -18 under par total, and a two shot winning margin, making her dream as world number one come true;

“Dreams come true! I always dreamed about it. I cannot believe it. I didn’t expect two good things coming together.”

“First of all, I really want to appreciate everyone who has been supportive of me, to make me the No. 1 player in the world. That’s finally made my dream.”

“This is going to my first week as the No. 1 player in the world. I know it’s going to be a lot of pressure and I know I can handle a lot of different things.”

“I’m glad to be a multiple winner, and also this is not the first time I’ve won more than once in a year, so hopefully many more to come.”

“One of the reason why I think I can be consistent is because I enjoy this game. I just want to be focused, enjoy this game and then try to improve every moment.”

 “Then, I want to see what God going to give me.” 

Amy Yang, -7 under 64 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, -5 under 66 today tied for second place at -16 under par for the three rounds.

Moriya is getting more confident;

“I get a lot of confidence from this week and hopefully keep playing solid and finish in another good week.”

Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie were tied in fourth spot at -13 under par.

Stacy struggled with her putter, the ball would just not drop in the hole;

“I thought I did a really good job again of just sticking to the game plan of this golf course.”

“I know how to play this golf course better than anybody, just couldn’t quite get the putts to fall.”

 “The game’s so close, though, I’m excited. We’ve got majors coming up and I’m excited where my game’s at right now.”

 

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Streaks Ahead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, streaks ahead of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship field in the second round at Pinnacle Country Club.

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So Yeon fired a second round -10 under par 61 to post a -16 under par Walmart NW Arkansas Championship total, and will take a five shot advantage into the final round tomorrow, in this three round event, and was obviously very happy;

“It was so much fun,.”

“I made a really long putt at 8, 17, and then I boost up and the shot was getting better and better.”

“At the back nine, I was able to make some more short birdies, and then pretty much made all of them. So happy with my round today.” 

“I think after you shot like, six under and ten under and next round going to be really tough because no matter how well you play, it’s not going to be great enough compared to ten under and six under.”

Nearest challengers are Stacy Lewis, USA, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, both ladies had -6 under rounds of 65 and share second place at -11 under par.

Moriya, sister of world number one Ariya, will not be under any stress tomorrow, she just wants to have fun;

“I’m pretty sure all the fans are wanting to go out and see us making birdies, and it’s great.”

“You know, she is a great player, and of course she can have a really good day.”

“It’s not like any stress or anything, just trying to have fun and play my game.”

Local girl Stacy got a loud cheer from the fans after making a long birdie putt on the final hole today;

“That’s kinda why you play, for those moments. I’m just glad I could give the fans a birdie and give ’em something to cheer for.”

 “Kinda felt like I was struggling a little bit coming in, so that’s why the last two birdies were extremely important to me, because I kind of felt like the momentum was going the other way, so I felt like I got the momentum back and can hopefully post another good one tomorrow.”

“I’m going to play aggressively and play like I’ve been playing, and, you know, I’m playing well enough to come from five back. It can be done.”

Amy Yang, from South Korea, has fourth spot to herself at -9 under par, a second round -6 under 65 easing her up the leaderboard.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Rookie Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Rookie Sung Hyun Park, from South Korea, leads the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship after the completion of a weather delayed round one at  Pinnacle Country Club.

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Sung Hyun carded a first round -8 under par 63, which included a bogey, to lead the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, in Arkansas.

Sung Hyun said afterwards that her putting really put her in control, needing only 24 putts on the day;

“My play was best with putter today, very good,”

Another rookie Mel Reid, England, shares second place with Ally McDonald. USA, and So Yeon Ryu from South Korea, all at -6 under par 65, two shots off the pace.

Ally was happy to have her family supporting her today;

“Means a lot. There are few places that my family can get to with the schedule and with my grandparents wanting to watch me.”

“I’m happy they could all be here, and hopefully I can play well for them.”

Mel  made birdie on five of her first seven holes, threw in a hole in one at the par three 11th, but sadly recorded two bogey’s on the way in. She explained her hole in one;

“I mean, as soon as I hit it I thought, oh, it’s got a chance.”

 “I just hit a little 9-iron, so I think it was 135. I just tried to play a 130 shot and it pitched about seven behind it and came back.”

So Yeon Ryu was smooth and bogey free all day, and her putting came back;

“I think everything was really smooth from start to end.”

“Especially I was happy with my putting because last time when I played a tournament, I was really struggling with my putting.”

 “It feels great to be back and hopefully I can have a really great bogey-free round again.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Brooke Henderson Wins

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Brooke Henderson, from Canadawins the Meijer LPGA Classic, her first win of 2017.

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Brooke carded a -3 under par 66, on the shortened course, to post a Meijer LPGA Classic total of -17 under par, a two shot winning margin.

Brooke was excited to win, saying her good putting under pressure was the key to victory;

“Just super excited right now.”

 “I played really steady golf today, and that putt on No.16 was really huge.”

“Especially looking back now, it’s even bigger than what I thought it was.”

“It’s really cool to be able to make those putts under pressure.”

“The leaderboard is packed. There are so many great names up there, so to finish on top is really exciting.”

“It was really tough today. To shoot 3-under and I don’t think I had any bogeys today either, which was great.”

“The wind really picked up. I was kind of surprised when I looked at the leaderboard and I had a two-shot lead on the 18th green.”

 “Super happy and I’m just glad it’s done and I finally have my fourth win.”

Sharing second place at -15 under par were Lexi Thompson, even par 69 today, and Michelle Wie, – 4 under 65, both ladies from the USA.

Michelle explained just how tough the conditions were, including the wind;

“It was tough out there, the wind just started blowing and it was just interesting.”

“Some spots are really wet, some spots are dry, but overall I felt like I played good this week and I’m happy about it.”

Lexi, coming in second again this week, spoke about the depth of talent on the LPGA Tour;

“It’s such a global tour, so it doesn’t really matter where you’re from, it’s what you bring to the table.”

 “You never know who’s going to win when you tee it up, so you just have to hope it’s you.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Leaps Ahead.

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Lexi Thompson, USA, leads ahead of the field on moving day at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Lexi is on top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard after 54 holes, shooting a third round -5 under 64, for a -15 under total, and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. The par for the course had to be changed because of severe flooding, the par five 5th hole was played as a par three today, the large amount of rainfall leading to a two-hour delay.

Lexi stayed patient in the wet conditions, and converted a few birdie putts;

“It was just a matter of staying patient, I knew I was hitting it well on the front nine, I just wasn’t making the birdies.”

“But I hit it well all day, so it was all a matter of hitting the shots closer and I guess just taking advantage of like No. 11, reaching that one in two, and making a few putts for birdie.”

Four ladies are tied in second place at -14 under par; Brooke Henderson, Canada, -2 under par 67 today, Lee Ann Pace, South Africa, with the low round of the day of -8 under 61. They were joined on that -14 under score by two ladies from South KoreaSung Hyun Park, -7 under 62 and Jenny Shin, -6 under 63.

Overnight leader Brooke had a tough round today, but hopes to sink more putts tomorrow;

“It was kind of a tough day out there. I think with the two-hour delay, I was kind of slow starting, but once I got going on the back nine, I felt really pretty great about my game.”

“I would have liked to go a little bit further under par today, but just the course wasn’t giving it to me.”

“So hopefully tomorrow I can drop a few more putts and climb the leaderboard a little bit.”

Lee Ann is playing well with a new set of irons;

“The last few weeks I’ve struck my irons really, really well. I just changed the irons and it’s made all the difference.”

“I played really nicely today. My irons were really good. I was looking at birdie on almost every hole, which was nice.”

Lydia Ko is in the group at -11 under par, a solid round of -5 under 64 keeping her in touch of the leaders;

“It was really solid. On a day like today when you don’t know if you’re going to have further rain delays or how the course is playing.”

“I think it was really important to hit the fairways and I think that I was doing pretty well out there.”

“Hopefully I’ll keep doing that.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Brooke Extends Lead.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, extends her lead in the Meijer LGA Classic to two shots going into the week-end.

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Brooke carded a second round -4 under par 67 to lead the Meijer LPGA Classic by two shots going into the week-end with a -12 under par total at Blythefield Country Club.

“Two bogeys to finish, but that just gives me a little more motivation going into tomorrow.”

“It’s great to see my name up there , it’s been a little bit of a rough season so far, not getting the results that I’ve been looking for.”

“But this week seems to be a turnaround week and hopefully I can just finish strong the next two days.”

Sharing second place are Carlota Ciganda, Spain, with the low round of the day -7 under par 64,  Lexi Thompson, USA, -3 under 68  and Mi Jung Hur, South Korea, with her -5 under par 66 today.

Carlota was happy with her putter today;

“I played really solid, I made really good putts.”

“I like the course. I feel comfortable. I played here last year and I’m excited for the weekend.”

Mi Jung was bogey free today;

“I had four bogeys yesterday and I really frustrated myself.”

“Today was bogey-free, so I love it.”

“My Greens in Regulation were a lot better than the last couple of years, which means I have a lot of chances to make a birdie, not par.”

“It’s made me play better the last couple of years.”

Lexi was upset with a three putt;

“I was upset, don’t get me wrong, but I just tried to let it go and birdie the last.”

“Tried to get a good drive, I just pushed it a little bit, but had a great second shot and made the putt.”

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, sister of world number one Ariya, is alone in fifth place at -9 under par, a second round -5 under 66;

“I’ve been playing solid.”

“I rolled the ball good on the green. Everything seems to be good.”

Meijer LPGA Classic, Brooke Breaks Away from the Field.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, breaks away from the field in the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Brooke fired a bogey free  opening round -8 under par 63 to top the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard by one shot.

Brooke just knew today was going to be good, even the putts were dropping;

“I felt like today was going to be a really good day.”

“Everything was just kind of going my way.”

“I was hitting the ball really well and some putts were dropping, which is kind of a change from the last few weeks.”

“I made a lot of putts, which is great, and I feel like my game is in a really good place.”

“I’m really looking forward to the next three days and hopefully I can continue the strong play.”

Six ladies are tied in second place at -7 under par after their first rounds of 64: Stacey Lewis, Lexi Thompson. Shanshan Feng, Jennifer Ha, Giulia Molinaro, and Holly Clyburn.

Lexi likes this course;

“This is definitely a great layout for my game.”

Jennifer, from Canada, had a great day with her putter;

“I thought my ball-striking was pretty good today, but my putting, I made most of my chances.”

“I missed the last one on the last hole, but still, seven under is great.”

“I would say putting is very important this week because the greens, some of the greens are pretty hilly so you have to get the right read and the right speed at the same time.”

Newly deposed world number one Lydia Ko is in the group at -6 under par, just two back;

“I think the three weeks were really good to just rest both physically and mentally.”

“There were a lot of things going on, so it was nice to just get away from it.”

“But I did miss it and it’s definitely nice to be able to come back.”