Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open. Florentyna Wins Three-Way Play-Off.

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Florentyna Parker, from England, wins the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open after a three-way play-off  at Club de Golf Terramar in Spain, against Carlota Cigander, Spain and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden.

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All three ladies carded final rounds of -5 under par 66 in the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open, for -15 under par totals, sending them into the play-off, which Florentyna won on the fourth play-off hole, with a birdie putt;

“I knew I had to win. I know I’m not going to get picked for The Solheim Cup, so I know I have to qualify automatically.”

“I think today I’ve proved that I can play against the best and best them, so I’m really happy.”

“I can’t remember how many times I played the 18th hole, but I think I had a few birdies today, so it was fantastic and I still can’t believe it.”

“You’re up against the best players in the world, they come over from the LPGA and it’s so good to beat them!”

“I was putting quite well towards the end and I knew that green off by heart, so I knew it was going to go in. Luckily, she missed!”

Anna had to console herself with a share of second place;

“I started with two bogeys this morning and didn’t hit it all that bad. I fought hard. “

“After that, I played really well. I missed a lot of putts but it was hard, they were either bouncy or it was hard to get the break. I made a birdie on 18 to get to 15-under and Carlota gave us a chance by missing the chance she had to birdie 18 in regulation.”

“I felt I played the play-off as I needed to and had good yardages. The second to last putt just bounced, so I was disappointed there and then I thought I had the last putt on 18 and I don’t know how it didn’t go in.”

“Florentyna hit it to three feet on the last hole and she took the chance when she had it. Congratulations to her.”

Home favorite Carlota missed her putt on the last hole in regulation to win;

“It’s just golf and I’m happy with the way I played, shooting four-under on the last few holes. “

“It was a good round and I knew I had to make birdie on 18 to win.”

“I hit the putt the way I wanted but just a little too hard. I have to keep learning and keep playing. It’s been a great week and I want to thank all the fans, because I really felt their support. Life is good!”

Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open. Mel Read Leads.

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Mel Read leads the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open after 54 holes at Club de Golf Terramar in Spain.

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Mel Read / getty

Mel, from England, fired a third round -9 under par 62 to lead the  Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open tournament by four shots at -14 under par;

“It was tough out there today: it was windy, but I’m very happy with a 62.”

“Me and my caddie Benji were very careful with our club selection today due to the wind and we did alright.”

“We got the clubs right and put them pin high. I’ve got some new clubs in the bag and they’ve made a huge difference with my distance control, so I’m really happy about it.”

“It’s obviously nice to have a four-shot lead but as you can see, there is a nine-under out there. I’ve got Carlota, Aza and Anna behind me.”

“I’ll try not to feel like I’m in the lead but feel like I’m chasing and try not to take my foot off the gas.”

Anna Nordqvist, Sweden -4 under 67 today, Carlota Ciganda Spain, -7 under 64, Azahara Muñoz, Spain -4 under 67 and Florentyna Parker England, -5 under 66, are all tied for second place at 10-under par for the competition.

Anna had a hole in one today, at the par three 13th.

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Anna Nordqvist / getty

 “I wasn’t too excited after making a bogey on 12 but I hit such a good seven iron on thirteen, it was all over the pin and started working early.”

“I’ve had a lot of close calls the last couple of years, but none have gone in, so I was pretty excited to see it go in actually.”

“It was cool to see Mel shoot a low round today. I still haven’t figured out these greens yet and I’ve been a bit clueless but hopefully I can figure it out and catch her tomorrow.”

Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open. Nuria Iturrios Leads

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Nuria Iturrios, from Spain, leads the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open after 36 holes.

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Nuria carded a second round -6 under par 65 to lead the  Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open, in her home country, sitting on top of the leaderboard at -8 under par. A performance that eclipsed the far more experienced players around her;

“I want to keep enjoying it and making a lot of birdies.”

“The course is a little bit short, so I can reach the greens on the par fives in two shots.’

“We have 36 more holes so I am just playing and enjoying it.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par are Karine Icher from France, firing -7  under 64 today, and Pamela Pretswell,  Scotland, who had -4 under 67.

Karine had better putting today;

“I had more putts dropping today. It’s fun to play here. It’s a nice, cute golf course with a lot of opportunities.”

Pamela also converted well with her putter;

“Today was really solid. I just had one bogey where I didn’t get up and down and I holed a few putts, so I had a good round. I had a few close putts and a few longer ones that rolled in nicely.”

First round leader Anna Nordqvist, -1 under 70 in her second round, and Azahara Munoz,-4 under 67, are tied in fourth spot at -6 under par.

Anna was the opposite, saying her putts would not go in;

“I’m quite disappointed with today because I didn’t hit it all that bad.”

“I hit 16 greens and shot one-under, but I made a mess of the eighth. I ended up just missing the fairway and the lie took it way left. I hit it over the green into the bushes, which was not a great place and made a mess out of nine too, with a short putt for birdie that I didn’t make.”

“Other than two or three holes, it was pretty solid, but the putts didn’t go in.”

Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open. Anna Nordqvist Leads.

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Anna Nordqvist leads the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open at Club de Golf Terramar in Spain.

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Anna shot a first round -5 under par 66 to lead the  Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open by one shot from a chasing pack.

Anna mentioned the cool temperatures, but coming from Sweden she should have been used to it;

“I couldn’t feel my hands for the first five holes and I know I grew up in Sweden, but I’ve been in the heat for so long now that I don’t do very well with the cold weather.”

“It was just very cold this morning so the ball wasn’t flying as far and it didn’t seem like it was compressing as it has over the last couple of days.”

“It was playing a good two-club wind on the last hole and you’ve got to adjust to the chillier weather.”

The chasing pack consists of a group of fives ladies, all one shot back at -4 under par after their opening rounds of 67; Florentyna Parker and Sophie Walker, from England, Giulia Sergas, Italy, Jenny Haglund Sweden and Gemma Dryburgh from Scotland.

Florentyna was happy to recover from last weeks disastrous start;

“I had a disaster last week and after the first seven holes I was already too many over par.”

“I just wanted to get off to a steady start to give myself a chance, and I did exactly that today.”

“It wasn’t easy. This course, without wind, is very scoreable and you can go very low, but with the wind up, it is quite difficult with some long holes into wind. I played very steady.”

Sophie spoke about her two silly bogey’s, and her good putting;

“The wind picked up slightly towards the end, but I had six birdies and two silly bogeys. I putted really well and the greens are really pure.”

Ko and Caddie Part Company.

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World number one Lydia Ko, or her family, have sacked the new caddie Gary Matthews, after just nine starts, and shooting -8 under par 64 in the final round of the Lotte Championship, in Hawaii.

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The startling news was confirmed by  Lydia’s management team to  Golf Channel’s Randall Mell.

Lydia has made several changes in the past year. In December she fired longtime coach David Leadbetter, he had this to say;

“They tell her when to go to bed, what to eat, what to wear, when to practice and what to practice.”

 “And they expect her to win every tournament. They are good people, who love their daughter and want the very best for her; but they are naive about golf.”

“And at some point, they’ve got to let the bird fly from the nest. I would often think,  It’s not easy coaching three people.”

How do you sack overbearing parents ? You have to wonder is it really just caring for your daughter, or the Asian custom of do as you are told, a control thing.

 

Lalla Meryem Cup. Klára Spilková the first Czech player to win on Ladies European Tour.

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Klára Spilková the first Czech player to win on Ladies European Tour, claiming the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.

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A Very Happy Klára Spilková / getty

Klára, posted a final bogey free round of -6 under par 66, to win her Maiden Ladies  European Tour title, with a -8 under par total, at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco;

“I can’t believe it. It’s just great. I don’t really have any emotions now.”

“I just took almost a two month break to work on myself more than anything else.”

“I didn’t play much golf. I was trying to get my mind in the right place and it worked.”

“I feel much better than last year. The hardest challenge is always your ego. I just won for myself, because I felt no ego.”

Suzann Pettersen was in second place at -7 under par, after carding a last round -1 under 71. A disappointed Suzann, from Sweden, started the day with a two shot lead, she missed a putt on the last hole to get into a play-off;

“Obviously I’m very disappointed not to win.”

“I didn’t have my best game from tee to green and it’s cost me this tournament.”

“I had a putt on the last, which ended short. It was in my hands to at least get into a play-off.”

“I kept the hope alive with a birdie on 17 but when you shoot 66 on Sunday you should be there or thereabouts to win the tournament so credit to Spilkova.”

Annabel Dimmock, from England, was in third position with a -6 under par total, a final round -2 under 70 giving her that place on her own;

“I feel a bit disappointed but overall, I’m pleased with my week.”

“I was pretty pleasantly surprised, but I got better every day with my swing.”

“Even today, I didn’t hit it well off the tee, but I didn’t let it get me down.”

“It was amazing for me to play with Suzann and I learned a lot and next time I’m in this situation I will be less nervous.”

 

Lotte Championship. Crafty Cristie Queen of Ko Olina Golf Club.

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Crafty Cristie Kerr is Queen of  Ko Olina Golf Club, winning the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

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A smiling Cristie / getty

Cristie shot a final round -6 under 66, to win the Lotte Championship by three shots at -20 under par, saying how unbelievable it was;

“It feels amazing.”

“You know, on Friday morning I wasn’t playing too well and then I just found something and was able to turn it on and I just kept it going.”

“I can’t remember two and a half days after I struggled with my swing feel, and then made so many birdies in my life.”

“It was an unbelievable run.”

Tied in second place were World Number One Lydia Ko, an amazing comeback after the disastrous first two days, she carded a last round -8 under 64. She tied with long time leader of this competition Su-Yeon Jang, her inexperience left her with an even par 72 last round. In Gee Chun, -5 under par 67 today made it a trio in second place. They all finished with -17 under par totals.

Lydia was happy with where she finished;

“Going into the day eight shots behind, there is a huge difference between eight and five, for example.”

“With how the girls are playing, it’s just really hard to mend the gap.”

“Considering where I was after the first day, I’m pleased with where I finished.”