Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Na Yeon Choi Wins.

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Na Yeon Choi, from South Korea,wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.

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Na Yeon has a final round -2 under par 69, to lift the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with a -15 under par total.

Na Yeon hit her favorite 8 iron from 145 yards from the 16th fairway to score an Eagle, and take the lead in the Championship;

“I hit 3‑wood and I hit 8‑iron to the pin, was like 145.” 

“I mean, today, especially my putting didn’t really work and but still I tried to keep focus my shot and swing, and then I kept hitting well and then after 16, after I hit the second shot, I knew this is going to be good.”

“I felt really good, you know, feeling after the impact. So when I holed the finish, I thought it’s going to be good, but I didn’t expect like go in.”

“So I was very happy after that shot, but like unfortunately I couldn’t see the ball going in. I just heard a lot of screaming around the green.”

Mika Miyazato, from Japan took second place, two sots back at -13 under par, she said there was no pressure to recover from her winless streak;

“Not pressure for me, just calm, just played more focused in my golf game today.”

“I had a great round today so I really excited, Stacy and Brittany, it’s nice playing with them, so I’m very disappointed but it’s still fun.”

Azahara Munoz, Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist all tied for third place at -12 under par.

Defending Champion Stacy knew she needed something special after Na Yeon had eagled the 16th;

“I knew I needed to make eagle there and just didn’t quite get the drive down there to do that.”

“We had about 212 yards to carry the bunker, and I just felt with that wind off the lie I couldn’t get it over the bunker.”

“I could get it on the front right part of the green, but it didn’t really do me any good. I thought the best opportunity to do something was to lay up.”

“When somebody holes out, it’s one of those things, that it’s kind of meant to be.”

“It’s tough, but, honestly, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been in this position, a few months really, so you can’t be too upset.”

“I played some great golf this week and it’s coming around at the right time. We’ve got some big tournaments coming up here in the next few weeks.”

Lydia Ko, world number two finished T6, at -11 under par, with a fabulous bogey free last round -8 under par 63. If only she had been in that kind of form for the first two rounds!!

“I think I’ve been hitting the ball really well the last couple days. Just the first day my tee shot was a little off and that created three bogeys with it, but other than that I’ve been hitting the ball really well.”

“My tee shots were good the last two days so in a way I was playing good and my score wasn’t up to that.”

” But today I got some putts rolling and I shot in well with three under the first three holes, and when you get in a good momentum like that it gives you a good confidence for the day.”

 

 

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Na Yeon Choi Takes Control.

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Na Yeon Choi takes control of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club, at the completion of round two.

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Na Yeon shot -8 under par 63 in the second round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, to move to the top of the leaderboard with a -13 under par tournament total, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

She recorded an Eagle 3 at the par five 18th hole, and said that was her lowest nine-hole score, 29. Undecided on what club to take for the approach to 18, the tee shot had ended up in the first cut. The 3 wood found the green, and she then dropped a 45 foot putt;

“Actually beginning of this week I felt really good about my swing and putting, so I felt like pretty confident with this tournament and this week.”

” And then I just realized I shoot 29 on the back nine today, and that was my record.”

 “I mean, on the course I didn’t think about any score, any number out there, I just tried to be more independent player out there, and after 18 holes I got the score, I’m very satisfied.”

“I got the 3-wood out first, then changed it to a pitching wedge and then back to 3-wood because there is a small gap to the right side of the green.”

 “But the wind helped me a lot, wind was a little bit helping right to left, so I just hit 3-wood.”

“I mean, I couldn’t hit a 3-wood if today is Sunday, but today’s like Saturday and I feel good about my swing so I just hit it.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 68 today, and Anna Nordqvist with a -5 under 65.

Anna was disappointed that more putts did not drop for her today;

“I felt like I hit a lot of good putts today, just couldn’t get some of them to drop and it’s always nice to finish with a birdie.”

” I played really good today, hit my irons really good so I gave myself a lot of chances.”

” It’s just late.  Tried to keep my attitude up and keep my patience and my energy up.  It was nice to get one on the last, get one shot closer to Na Yeon Choi for tomorrow.”

The defending Champion, Stacy Lewis is in a group at -9 under par, four shots off the pace, and just loves the support she receives out here from the gallery;

“I think that cheer on 17 was louder than 18 last year.”

“We’ve got more people out here this year and I love this tournament, I love coming back here, so it never gets old.”

Stacy is joined in fourth place by Brittany Lincicome, Amy Yang and Mika Miyazato.

World number one Inbee Park missed the cut, while rival for the top spot Lydia Ko progressed to the final round, but at -3 under par is ten shots from the leader.

 

LPGA Walmart. Weather Halts First Round.

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Bad weather caused delays and finally halted the first round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, at Pinnacle Country Club. Mi Jung Hur, from South Korea, is the current leader at -8 under par.

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Mi Jung Hur sits on top of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard at -8 under par, with only having completed 14 holes of the rain delayed first round.

Four ladies share second place at -6 under par, Anna Nordqvist, Brittany Lincicome and Azahara Munoz have completed their first rounds, while Na Yeon Choi is there but has only finished 14 holes.

Anna spoke about her -6 under par 65, and getting up early to tee off, only to have to sit around and wait;

“Yeah, it’s been a long day for sure. Had my alarm set at 5:00 a.m. this morning and teed off at 8:30 and it’s what, about 5:30 now?”

“I’ll get some rest tomorrow, but bogey free I’ll take any day. Feeling good about my game.”

“Solid tee to green today and this course you can be aggressive at and you can attack, you have a lot of wedges in, so I tried to take advantage of that.”

Brittany admitted that she was nervous before starting today, unreliable ball striking being the culprit;

“Actually, going into today I was really nervous.”

“I played the Pro-Am yesterday and even the practice round I play Tuesday morning with Anna Nordqvist, I felt like I had no clue where the golf ball was going.”

“So even going to the range this morning I told my caddie, I’m like I don’t feel good, I feel like there’s something off, there’s something wrong.”

“Then had a couple saves early, which really helped. I made a couple of 15-footers to save par and it kind of was just the momentum I needed to get the round going.”

Azahara has a sore hand that has hampered her play;

“Last week had a really good practice with fiancé back in Florida and things started clicking.”

“So coming into this week I finally felt much better. My hand’s still a little sore but I can practice.”

“I just have to be a little smart about it. Finally started hitting the ball much better and that was the difference. I was just not striking the ball very well.”

Inbee Park and Lydia Ko have completed their opening rounds, but both are way down the leaderboard, and will need exceptional rounds tomorrow if they are to catch the tournament leaders.

The first round will resume at 07:45 AM CST, with 63 players finishing their first rounds, before setting out again for the second round play, assuming that the rain stays away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deloitte Ladies Open. Dutch Delight as Christel Wins.

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There was Dutch delight as Christel Boeljon wins her home tournament, in a wire to wire victory at the Deloitte Ladies Open, being played on The International course in Amsterdam.

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Christel became only the second home town winner in the history of the Deloitte Ladies Open trophy in Amsterdam. It was a dominant performance as she led from start to finish, and it also registered her second Ladies European Tour win. A final round -2 under par 71 gave her a -10 under par total and a four shot victory.

A beaming Christel said it was a huge win for her;

“This is a big one.”

“To be able to do it, leading from the start in front of a home crowd in my home country means a lot and it’s something that I will never forget.”

“I did not look at the leader boards until 17, when I realised where I stood and that gave me a good feeling.”

“I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, it was pretty solid when I needed it so to be able to rely on a good short game and have my putter behave, was great.”

Sharing second place was Emily Kristine Pedersen and Ursula Wikstrom who both carded last rounds -3 under par, posting -6 under par totals.

Emily, was happy, the 18-year-old rookie’s joint runner-up finish was her second top ten from three L.E.T. appearances, and said she had been stressed by exams, and still has one more to go;

“I’m very happy because I’ve been so stressed with exams, and I have my last one on Wednesday.”

“It’s just great to be done and after that I’ll be able to focus only on golf.”

“I’m so happy that I got it together this week. I hit it close both yesterday and today but I figured out the par fives more.”

“The last two rounds I had no birdies on the par fives and I had three today. I just made a couple more putts but it was a solid game. You have to go for them in two and don’t lay up!”

Ursula was frustrated by putts lipping out;

“I saw that I was close at one point but I couldn’t get it happening.”

“I made birdies on nine and ten but after that I made a bogey on 11 and was lipping out all the time, so I was playing okay but just didn’t get the momentum going and didn’t make enough birdies.”

“It was a bit frustrating to get the ball so close to the hole.”

Tied in  fourth place on -5 under par were Stacy Lee Bregman, Lucie Andre and Christine Wolf, with Rebecca Hudson and Holly Clyburn tied for seventh on -4 under par for the tournament.

 

Deloitte Ladies Open. Christel Boeljon Cruising at the Top

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Christel Boeljon is cruising along at the top of the Deloitte Ladies Open leaderboard in Amsterdam, at The International course.

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Christel shot a second successive round of -4 under par 69 to sit comfortably on top of the Deloitte Ladies Open leaderboard at -8 under par, a three shot lead over her nearest rival going into the final third round tomorrow.

She is in position to become the first home winner of the tournament in 21 years, and is obviously very happy, but was a bit shaky with her putting;

“I’m really pleased, because it’s another great round. I was under control again and made some late birdies, which was nice. Any round under par here I think is a great score, so I’m very happy.”

“On 18, the birdie putt went in quite fast so it was a good thing it went in. It was a nice way to finish.”

“I hit a great shot on 17 and was able to make the putt. I missed a few putts actually today, so it was nice that those fell.”

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Stacy Lee Bregman, of South Africa, is in second place at -5 under par for the competition, she also had a -4 under par second round, and was pleased with her effort;

“I feel really good because I’ve been playing well and had a good season so far, with a few wins back home.”

“I’m going to let it happen and stick with it and see what happens. Winning does help with the confidence and the pressure going down the stretch, so I’m just looking forward to it.”

“I love the adrenaline rush!”

England’s Holly Clyburn is in third position, a -3 under par 70 giving her a -4 under par total, and is fond of coming from behind to make a challenge;

“I’m four behind so it all depends how the weather is and if Christel feels the pressure of being at home.”

“If I get off to a fast start like I have been the last two days then I’ve just got to settle in and put pressure on.”

“I always like being behind and everybody knows that.”

There are then six players sharing fourth place on -3 under par for the competition; Rebecca Hudson, Stacey Keating,  Ursula Wikstrom, Christine Wolf and rookies Lynn Carlsson and Emily Kristine Pedersen.

Rebecca was very disappointed with her level par round of 73, and the way she finished her round today;

“I’m very disappointed with my finish because I had a flyer on eight and cleared the green by 20 yards. I then had no shot, so I was quite happy with a good six.”

“On nine, I hit the bank short of the green and didn’t get up and down. All in all, level par is okay because the course was quite tough and there were some tricky pin positions.”

 

 

Deloitte Ladies Open. Christel Boeljon Leads Home Tournament

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Christel Boeljon leads her home tournament, the Deloitte Ladies Open, in Amsterdam.

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Christel fired an opening round -4 under par 69 in the first round of the Deloitte Ladies Open in Amsterdam, giving her a one shot lead in the tournament.

Christel was a member of the victorious European Solheim Cup team, and initially today thought level par would be a good score;

“Before I started the round I thought level par would be a good round so four under par was even better.”

“It just happened to go my way and I’m very pleased.”

“The back nine, my swing just felt a little better rhythmically. I hit some shots close, played the par fives well and the last hole was unbelievable, because it’s a tough hole.”

Cathryn Bristow from NZ, and Rebecca Hudson from England share second place at -3 under par after their opening rounds of 70.

Cathryn said this course reminded her of the courses in New Zealand;

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“I really like the course, I love the links style, where you can hit lots of different shots with the slopes and work with the wind, not against it.”

“I like the creativity of it and it reminds me of a course I’ve played quite a bit growing up, near the beach.”

“I thought it was pretty difficult today. The wind picked up early on and got stronger and stronger, but I was able to control my ball flight and had quite a few good birdie chances early on and was steady through the back nine until 18, which I birdied.”

Rebecca putted well, and loves her new Ping driver;

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“You had to position the golf ball well, which I did today. Everything was steady and I’m very pleased.”

“I had a pitch shot on six to three inches and I putted very well. I had 27 putts and a chip in, which helps.”

“I’ve got a new PING driver, I’ve just changed to a PING G30 as I’m desperately trying for more distance and it gives me more run. It’s a low spin driver so that’s what I’m aiming for.”

There are four ladies tied in fourth place at -2 under par; Holly Aitchison, Laura Murray, Linda Henriksson and Laura Jansone.

 

 

 

 

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Inbee’s 5 shot Major Win

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Inbee Park regained the number one spot in the Rolex Rankings with her win at the second women’s Major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, by a massive five shots.

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Inbee is projected to take the Rolex Rankings number slot with her win here with her three-peat at the KPMG Womens PGA Championship, with a final round -5 under par 68 and a tournament total of -19 under par on the par 73 lay-out;

“It feels amazing, it feels amazing to win three times in a row.”

“Obviously putting my name alongside like Annika Sorenstam or Patty Berg, legends of golf, just being a part of history of this golf tournament, I feel extremely honored, and I can’t believe that I just did it.”

“This definitely really elevated our major championship for sure.”

“This tournament’s been really a true major golf tournament for us, for the LPGA.”

“The golf setup, the venue, everything, the facility, the fans, everything has just been phenomenal for us.”

“I feel probably more happy about winning the major championship than probably being No. 1 back again.”

“I really just wanted to be No. 1 when I was really ready, and this is like the perfect tournament, perfect timing to go up there.”

She also spoke about passing  Yani Tseng  and Se Ri Pak for the most Majors won by an Asian player, Se Ri Pak in particular;

“She had great accomplishments in women’s golf, inspired a lot of young Korean golfers like me.”

“To win more majors than her, I never thought I would be able to win more majors than her or tournaments than her.”

“The accomplishments that she’s had, it was just nearly impossible to get, but slowly getting there.”

“I think I always dreamed of myself being a part of history, leaving my name, even before I die, there is my name on this trophy.”

“There’s a name on the U.S. Open trophy. There’s my name on great championships.”

Making it a South Korean one, two, was Sei Young Kim, finishing in second place at -14 under par, her seven birdies were tempered by three bogey’s and a double bogey at the par five 9th;

“Everything fell apart at the ninth hole.”

“Inbee’s the best ever.”

Lexi Thompson was third, her last round -7 under par 66 included a bogey;

“I just take a lot of positives from it knowing that I can pull off a round on Sunday here.”

“It means a lot and I’m going to take a lot of confidence going into my upcoming tournaments.”

Long hitting Brittany Lincicome the winner of the first Major of the year at the ANA Inspiration,was fourth at -11 under par.