Solheim Cup. USA Sweep Afternoon Four-Balls.

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Team USA sweep the afternoon four-ball session 4 – 0, to take a commanding lead in the Solheim Cup at the end of day 1, with a 5½ to 2½ advantage.

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Team USA have taken a commanding advantage in the Solheim Cup and will have a three-point lead starting tomorrow. It is  the first time  ever  there has been a whitewash in the Friday four-balls, which now leaves Team Europe a mountain to climb over the next two days.

Team  Europe Captain Annika Sorenstam was gracious in defeat;

“It wasn’t the afternoon we had wished for, but the players fought very hard.”

“I must say the U.S. team played very well, they made a lot of birdies. They made a lot of putts.”

“And we just didn’t have the same flow. So overall, just still feel pretty happy how we had the setup. And like I said, the girls fought to the end.”

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The Solheim Cup. Europe Lead Morning Session.

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Team Europe lead the quest to regain the Solheim Cup, taking the morning foursomes 2/½ to 1½ at  at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

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Mel Reid / Charlie Hull (Eur) v Cristie Kerr / Lexi Thompson (US) – halved
 Carlota Ciganda / Caroline Masson (Eur) v Danielle Kang / Lizette Salas (US) – US won 1 up
Anna Nordqvist / Charlie Hall (Eur) v Paula  Creamer / Austin Ernst (US) – Europe won 3&1
Karine Icher / Catriona  Matthew (Eur) v Stacy Lewis / Gerina Piller (US) – Europe won 1 up

Team Europe Charley Hull (England), Georgia Hall (England), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (England), Mel Reid (England), Florentyna Parker, (England), Carlota Ciganda (Spain), Karine Icher (France), Catriona Matthew (Scotland).

Team USAUSA: Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda, Danielle Kang, Michelle Wie, Brittany Lang, Brittany Lincicome, Lizette Salas.

 

Women’s British Open. I.K. Claims 1st Major Title.

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I.K. Kim claims her 1st Major title with a win here at the Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Links in Scotland.

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I.K. cruised to her first Major win, with a final round -1 under 71 in the Women’s British Open, to  claim the crown with a -18 under par total, and a two-stroke winning margin;

“I feel quite uplifted, I have to say because I really didn’t expect to win this week.”

“And having the lead and then going into the last round, was a great task.”

“I think I managed it quite well.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, was in second place, she roared up the leaderboard with a bogey free final round -8 under par 64, to post a clubhouse total of -16 under par, and put some pressure on the leader.

Jodi said great putting was the key for her amazing round

“I didn’t think starting the day that I would have a shot. IK was way ahead, and I just started out really strong.”

“Holed a great putt on the first hole, which I think set the tone for the day, for par, and then just my putting was really on fire.”

“I had a great stretch in the middle of the round to get me going. I just saw myself at the start of the round just take the opportunities when I get them and that’s what I did.

“I think this week, the key was putting. I just holed a lot of putts and I’m feeling really confident.”

Sharing third place at -13 under par were Georgia Hall, England, with a final round -2 under 70, Michelle Wie, USA, -6 under 66, and Caroline Masson, Germany. -5 under 67 today.

Georgia did her best in the terrible conditions;

 “I’m very happy really. Tied third is more than kind of what I expected.”

“I kind of think 16 and 17 yesterday killed me for the chances of winning it. But I tried my best today.”

“The weather was terrible.”

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Women’s British Open. I.K. is OK at the Top, by Six Shots.

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I. K Kim is OK at the top of the Women’s British Open, leading by six shots going into the final round at Kingsbarns Links tomorrow.

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I.K. South Korea, shot a moving day -6 under par 66 to take control of the Women’s British Open at -17 under par, and will take a six shot advantage into the final round.

I.K. was happy the greens had quickened up, making it easier to putt;

“The greens were much quicker today, which was a big help for me because the last couple of days, I couldn’t get balls to the hole and it was playing very, very slow.”

 “So hopefully they keep that green speed. It’s a little bit easier to putt.”

Sharing second place, those six shots back at -11 under par are, Georgia Hall, England, -2 under 70 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -5 under 67.

Moriya, whose sister Ariya, was the defending champion here,  but missed the cut, said she had a good round;

“It’s just like typical Scotland weather, which you can’t really be confident about.”

“It’s on a really good golf course and very, very pretty, so I enjoy like looking around.”

 “I played well and I’m pretty happy with what I’m doing on the course. You know, just keep doing what I’m doing tomorrow and just have fun on the course.” 

Low round of moving day went to Inbee Park, South Korea, with a bogey free -8 under 64, she is tied with Ally McDonald, USA, -2 under 70 today, both ladies at -10 under for the tournament.

Inbee enjoyed the quicker greens putting very well;

“I’m very happy with the round today. Barely made the cut yesterday and trying to play some good golf out there.”

“Today, this morning, it was perfect conditions this morning for scoring. Not much wind. It was pretty warm and the greens were quicker than the last two days.”

“It was actually better to have the faster greens because the greens were really slow the last couple days and I really struggled with the putter.”

“I putted great and hit the ball great. That’s something I have been really struggling for the last month or so, but yesterday and today were great ball-striking days.”

Women’s British Open. In-Kyung Kim Leads.

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In-Kyung Kim, of South Korea, leads the Women’s British Open, in the pouring rain at Kingsbarns Links in Scotland and be on top at the half-way stage.

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I.K. was -4 under 68 today, to top the Women’s British Open leaderboard at -11 under par, she said making putts and playing well through the rain kept her focused;

“I really didn’t know what I was shooting.”

“I just wanted to play in my own time, because it was really hard, especially on the last three or four holes when it was pouring down.”

“I just had to move forward.”

“I’ve been hitting the ball very well and then starting to make some putts.”

“That’s when I shoot low scores.” 

“I think after that eagle putt I made, the weather turned around and I had to get in kind of safely. “

“It was dangerous I think, but I feel fortunate to be able to manage it today to be honest.”

Georgia Hall, England, -5 under 67 today, and Lexi Thompson, USA, with -4 under 68, share second place, two shots back at -9 under par for the tournament.

Lexi described her play today;

“I ball-striked it out there.”

“I actually hit it the same throughout both nines.”

“I just left myself with 30-40 feet on my two bogeys and three-putted them.”

“I hit great shots. Going in, they were going right at the flag, but they both got bounces that went sideways.”

“Then I didn’t make the second putt. But I hit it great the whole day and just got on a roll there on the back.”

Georgia is playing and putting well;

“I’ve never had four birdies in a row before, so I was very happy to be four-under after five.”

“I’m playing really well, I’m especially putting good. That is certainly helping me at the moment.”

Yesterday’s record breaking leader Michelle Wie crashed today, returning a scorecard of +4 over par 76, dropping her to -4 under and T21.

Women’s British Open. Course Record for Michelle.

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Michelle Wie shoots a new course record 64 on the Kingsbarns Links course in Scotland, to lead the Women’s British Open after round one.

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Michelle, from the USA, was very conservatively dressed in the fair morning conditions, and carded a new record low round of -8 under 64, which included one bogey to lead the Women’s British Open by one shot;

 “It was a lot of fun! It was absolutely gorgeous today.”

“I think Kingsbarns is definitely one of the most scenic golf courses I’ve ever played.”

“I made it a point to come to the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open last week and I really feel like that helped me a lot, because it’s so different.”

“I’m really proud of myself how I took advantage of conditions this morning.” 

In Kyung Kim, South Korea, holds second place, one shot back at -7 under par after her opening round of 65, also getting round before the weather delay struck;

“After six holes, five birdies, I’m like this is pretty awesome.”

“But I try to not get ahead of myself, and focus on one shot at a time.”

“The view is amazing, so I was just watching the view and try to focus on my game. But I was very lucky today with the weather.” 

Lindy Duncan, USA. was another shot back at -6 under, and 66 for her first round.

Mel Reid is the top British player, in a tie for fourth place at -5 under par, she enjoyed the calm conditions with her round of 67;

“You’re not going to get Kingsbarns much tamer than that, so it was important to take advantage of that this morning.”

 “I’ve hit one bad putt all day, which was on 16, I just looked up a little early, which I tend to do.”

“But yeah, I felt me and Kev have done a lot of good work the last few days, and I’ve felt like I’ve been striking it really well and been rolling my putts well.”

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Ladies Scottish Open. Mi Hyang Lee Wins, from 9 Back.

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Mi Hyang Lee, from South Korea, won the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, starting the day 9 shots back from the leaders at Dundonald Links.

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Mi Hyang shot a final round -6 under par 66, to post a club-house  -6 under total, which was good enough to win the Ladies Scottish Open, with good putting being the key to victory;

“It was a really surprise for me, and then just my front nine is amazing, and then I think I got a good start from my first hole.”

“Then just my back nine is a little up-and-down, but I made a lot of putts.”

“I made a lot of good putts and then a good chip shot, too. Just I think hole-by-hole, simple.”

Mi Jung Hur, -6 under 66, and also from South Korea, finished tied in second place, at -5 under par, with longtime tournament leader Karrie Webb, from Australia, a sad last round +1 over par 73.

Karrie looked a certainty for the win after an Eagle at the par five 14th, then disaster struck, dropping three shots in two holes, the 17th was a nightmare;

“Very gutted, I was on a high, making the eagle, and then I had a very nice up-and-down on the next.”

“I bent down, picked my tee up, thought I hit a perfect drive there.”

“When I stood up, I went to tell Johnny that I absolutely knotted my three wood, exactly how I wanted and he said it kicked into the bunker.”

“I have no idea how it did that.”

“Obviously there were nerves there, but there was a good calmness there.”

“Well, my bunker shot, I said to Johnny, I don’t know if I need to hole this or get it up-and-down.”

“Imagine if you went for it and over played it and you only had to get it up-and-down.”

“I was trying to make it but also not being overly aggressive.”

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