Helsingborg Open. Nicole Keeps Ahead.

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Nicole Broch Larsen keeps ahead of the chasing pack in the Helsingborg Open at  Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.

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Nicole carded a second round of -4 under par 69 to stay ahead in the Helsingborg Open with a tournament total of -9 under par.

Nicole said this is where she wants to be, and her putter is working well;

“This is where I want to be.”

“Today I had a bit of a bad start. My front nine was not as good as I wanted but on the back nine I made a couple of birdies in a row and just kept going.”

“I’m a long hitter, so I had some short irons into some of the par fives, but then I missed some of the fairways as well and didn’t get up and down.”

“On the back nine, I hit it close and got the putter going so it was nice to bounce back that way.”

Ashleigh Simon from South Africa, is in second place following her -8 under par 65, giving her a total of -8 under, She was really proud of her achievement, and sinking three birdie putts in a row;

“I’m really chuffed. I got off to a really good start, three birdies in a row, lipped out on my fourth and then holed a really nice putt from off the green on the par three 14th.”

“Unfortunately I bogeyed the 18th, which was my ninth, but nine was in my head and I nearly got to it.”

“I putted really well today, hit some nice shots and just converted them.”

“I found something this week and worked on it over the phone with my coach, Doug Wood.”

“My grip had got quite strong, so I weakened that a little bit. I’d been hitting it left the last few weeks and was just getting it around.”

Swedish rookie Lina Boqvist holds third place at -7 under par, her second round -5 under par 68 giving her that place on her own.

 Katie Burnett of the United States is a stroke back in fourth spot at -6 under par, while the chasing pack of six ladies are on -5 under for the competition.

Helsingborg Open. Nicole Broch Larsen Leads.

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Nicole Broch Larsen, from Denmark, leads the Helsingborg Open  at Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.

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Nicole shot a first round -5 under par 68, on the  Vasatorps Golf Club par 73 layout, in the Helsingborg Open.

Nicole sadly  lost to Hannah Burke at the Tipsport Golf Masters in Pilsen three weeks ago, but thinks she has something to prove here;

“I really like the course and I feel good and I think I have something to show people after the last tournament in the Czech Republic.”

“I’ve been working hard the last few weeks to get here and be in contention again so it’s nice that it worked today.”

“I’m trying to keep it up for the next three days.”

Compatriot Nanna Koerstz Madsen is in second place, just one shot back at – 4 under par, she lives  just an hour and ten minutes away across the Danish border, and is hoping to win this tournament to qualify for next week’s Evian Championship in France;

“I had a rough start as I hit a tree and it was almost a lost ball, but we found it.”

“It was a bit of a nervous start but then I calmed down.”

“I think I have too many expectations for myself. It’s an important tournament for me and I have a lot of people I know here, watching. I want to have a good event.”

Four ladies are tied in third position, at -3 under par, Charlotte Thompson, Pernilla Lindberg, Beth Allen and Kylie Walker.

Kylie was happy how she played in the rougher afternoon conditions;

“I just played solid and hit my irons well so I gave myself plenty of chances.”

“It was tough conditions when the rain came down and it was quite windy, so I was happy with how I played.”

Pernilla, the top ranked player in the field, was more than happy with her -3 under par round

 “I maybe could have wished for a shot or two better because I was four under making the turn.”

“If someone offered me a three under this morning I would have taken it.”

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Maiden Win For Kris Tumalis.

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Kris Tumalis pulled off her maiden LPGA Tour win at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, at her 186th attempt.

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Kris carded a  final round -7 under par 65 to claim her maiden LPGA Tour victory, at the  Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, with a -17 under par total.

Kris was totally amazed at her one shot victory;

“It’s amazing. I was definitely not expecting this today. “

I was just out there playing my game and I had a lot of opportunities for birdie, which was really nice to have.”

“Kept it below the hole for the most part. Honestly didn’t even know what I shot until I counted my birdies at the end of the round.”

” It was a marathon out there. We were just trying to get it in, beat the weather, and that’s it. So it’s unbelievable.”

She also spoke about her caddie Thomas “Motion” Frank;

“Mo believes in me more than I believe in me. He’s just such an inspiration, you know, what happened to his house earlier this year when it burned, his unbelievable, amazing attitude.”

 “The text I got from him, the first thing he said was, you know, it’s okay, I’ve got the best friends, I’ve got the best family, and he’s like I’ve got my health.”

“He just keeps me going, keeps me believing in myself and when I don’t want to be out there he’s like, come on, let’s do this. He’s the best!”

Yani Tseng shared  second place at -16 under par with Austin Ernst.

Yani thought her last putt would get her into a play-off, it would not just would fall in;

“I putted on line, the ball just didn’t stay online.”

“I don’t know why that didn’t go in.  I made a good putt, I felt boy, it’s going in, because I had the little hole in front of my, it was at three feet, it was a little hole.”

” So I just, okay, let’s hit left side and then it turns and kind of turn back a little bit, I don’t know, that putt is no way it’s going to turn left and it turns left at the end.”

” I don’t know, I just did my best, you know. Sometimes you need a little luck to win a tournament too.”

Lexi Thompson and Sydnee Michaels tied for fourth spot, both at -14 under par for the tournament.

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Weather Still A Problem, Play Suspended Again.

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The weather is still a problem, once again halting play in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, with darkness causing the suspension of play in the third round. Austin Ernst was leading, after completing four holes, after everyone had finished play in their second rounds.

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Austin had completed just four holes , carding one birdie, before darkness halted play in the third round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on the  Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill.

At -10 under par Austin leads second placed Yani Tseng by one shot. Yani has also played four holes, but recorded a bogey on the way.

Austin spoke about the frustration of waiting around;

“You know, we were sitting around, hanging around.”

“I’ve got two of my aunts are here, my mom’s here, and we’ve got a couple family friends so we were just kind of sitting around talking, basically just waiting to see what the deal would be.”

” I was glad we did get a few holes in, that way we should be able to finish tomorrow so that will be good.”

“It’s going to be a marathon, there’s a lot of golf left.”

“It will basically just be get as many birdies as I can. I know the scores are still going to be low. It’s just going to be more continuous golf than usual.”

“We’ll finish that third round up and then probably get a little lunch break and go right back out there.”

“It will be good, kind of be able to get into a little bit of a groove early hopefully and then just kind of carry that on throughout the day.”

Five ladies share third place, at -8 under par for the tournament, Sei Young Kim, Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels, Julieta Granada and Lexi Thompson.

Third round play of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic will resume at 07:30 CST on Sunday morning, hopefully for the completion of the third round. The ladies will then be going off both the 1st and 10th tee’s for the final round which will begin at approximately 09:20 CST.

 

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Round 2 Suspended.

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Round 2 of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic has been suspended due to poor weather conditions, with Yani Tseng sitting on top of the leaderboard with a completed second round.

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Yani swept back the year as she carded a second round -8 under par 64, to top the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic leaderboard;

“Just want to keep playing as happy Yani and just enjoy it.”

“I’ve been working on my game forever like every day. It’s just exciting. I really want to win a tournament for sure.”

 “We only have probably seven, eight tournaments left, but it’s never too late. Just very happy my game’s really coming back.”

“I’m really happy to be playing golf and just I want to win. But it doesn’t matter, it will come.”

“It doesn’t matter if it’s this week or next week or next year, just try to be patient as much as I can and stay positive.”

“If I can drive the ball well, I can stay aggressive,  if I can put my ball in position, I’m going to really have fun on the course.”

“Especially a course like this, it’s good for a long hitter. If I can keep on the fairway, I’m going to play well.”

“But you have to putt well, too. I can really see my shot and hit those good drives on the golf course.”

Austin Ernst is in second place, just one shot back at -9 under par. A second round -7 under par 65, elevating her up the leaderboard.

Austin said she has been playing well, just needs some putts to fall;

“I’ve been playing well. It’s really just a matter of getting some putts to fall.”

“I hit it really well today. I had a few holes that where I kind of hit some loose shots, but kind of just took my bogey and kind of went on with it.”

“And then I had probably three wedge shots that I hit up within a foot and I just went up and tapped them in. I think I hit two more where I had about 3 feet.”

Lexi Thompson is in third spot at -8 under par, a solid -5 under par 67 moving her into contention.

The top three have all completed their second rounds, and coming up behind them are Julieta Granada and Sydnee Michaels, both on -7 under par, and holes still to play in the second round.

YOKOHAMA TIRE LPGA CLASSIC. Brittany Leads.

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Brittany Lang was one of Solheim Cup team leader Juli Inkster’s two captain’s picks, and showed why today with a good opening round to lead the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

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Brittany shot an opening round -7 under par 65, to top the leaderboard at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, with a two shot advantage over the field at Prattville Country Club.

Brittany was just having fun out there

“It was just one of those days. It was so enjoyable.”

“I wasn’t thinking about a whole lot. You know, I was just super committed to seeing my shots, it was so much fun.”

“I played pretty flawless golf, even when I was making pars, I was burning the edge from 10 feet. Every hole I was right there.”

“The birdies on 16 and 17 were pretty big after the bogeys on 13 and 14. Kind of, I mean not stupid bogeys, small misses, but I stayed aggressive so I was excited with that.”

“I’m in a really nice place right now, I had one of my better years I’ve ever had, the Solheim pick’s over with.”

“I’m just in a really comfortable place, so I just felt really relaxed out there.”

There is a trio of ladies in second place at -5 under par, 67’s they are,  Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Ryann O’Toole.

Ryann said she had been expecting the windy conditions, it was the tricky putting that took her by surprise;

“It’s been windy all week, so I was expecting that.”

“What I noticed was the greens were even faster than yesterday or Tuesday. It took me five holes to get really thinking that if you’re above the hole, you just had to tap it.”

“Breaks were breaking double of what you saw because of the speed change. So, it took me a little bit to get used to that.”

Hyo Joo Kim, Ariya Jutanugarn, Therese Koelbaek, Julieta Granada, and Simin Feng are all in a tie for fifth after their first rounds of 4-under-par 68.

Stacy Lewis, -2 under par 70 today, and who was second here last year in Prattville, was coming off a playoff loss to Lydia Ko last week in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, she also mentioned the wind, and the putting;

“The golf course was playing really hard early this morning and I didn’t really get anything going, then couldn’t get any putts to fall there on the back nine, so kind of a frustrating day.”

“The wind was blowing early this morning, I don’t think I ever hit 4-iron into the third hole before, so I was just hitting clubs into holes that I’ve never hit.”

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Lydia Ko Wins in a Play-Off.

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Lydia Ko won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in play-off against Stacy Lewis, at Vancouver Golf Club, in Canada.

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Lydia and Stacy both finished at -12 under par at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, leading to a play-off, which Lydia won on the first extra hole, with a par. Lydia could only manage a final round of even par 72 today, allowing Stacy to catch her at the top of the leaderboard with her -5 under par 67.

Lydia won here at  Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years old in 2012, and still gets loads of support from the galleries;

“It’s been such an amazing week. I definitely share this win with everyone who came out here this week.”

“There were so many people out here after the Pro-Am after every hole; I was signing for five minutes and then getting to the next tee.”

“There’s a lot of people out here, so it great to see everyone. I just want to thank everyone for the support.”

“It would have been great if I was coming down the 18th with like a four-shot lead like I did in 2012.”

 “But it is what it is. Stacy played amazing today; to shoot 67 under those conditions.”

“You’ve just got to concentrate on your game, just one shot a time, and that’s what I tried to do.”

“I said, I don’t want to get too aggressive to that pin but maybe it was a little bit too safe and maybe wasn’t the best shot going in.”

“I made a really good first putt on my normal 72nd hole, and made a good putt on the first playoff hole. If the putt was any longer for my second one, I would have been really nervous.”

“Just with the way my game has been over the last month or so, I felt I was close to putting together a good round, and that’s what I did today.”

“Still left a few out there. But would have liked a better lie in the rough in the playoff, but other than that, it was pretty good.”

So Yeon Ryu, who was the winner of this event last year, at London Hunt in Ontario, tied for third place with fellow South Korean player Sei Young Kim at -11 under par.

So Yeon Ryu had a marvelous final round of -8 under par 64, and came so close to the play-off, while Sei Young carded a last round -4 under 68.

Best Canadian lady was teenager Brooke Henderson, who was coming off a victory last week in the Portland Classic, she could only finish T23 here this week, with her poor putting taking the blame. Her last round -5 under par 67 was the only time she carded a score in the sixties;

“I wanted to show and give the crowd a little bit of excitement. I think today I did that. I knew I was capable of it.”

“The other couple of days I was hitting the ball not too bad, but just wasn’t making any putts. Today they fell.”