Kia Classic. Three Tied at the Top

 

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Three ladies are tied at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard, in California. In Gee Chun, Cristie Kerr and Mo Martin.

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In Gee, Cristie and Mo all carded first rounds of -6 under par 66, to top the Kia Classic leaderboard, and lead by two shots over their nearest rivals.

In Gee was happy to play a course she likes;

“This course is really good. I like here. Course is really pretty and challenging, so I’m very happy to be back here.”

 “Greens are a little bumpy this afternoon so I stay my patient, so I made a good round today.”

Cristie went back to basics;

“Honestly, I had some long talks with my coach, and I just needed to simplify my game.”

“Like I needed to simplify my swing feel and not over complicate things.”

 “So kind of went back to some simple feels and played awesome today.”

Mo had a good putting day, and loved lots of fans wearing GoMo buttons;

“I had a ton of really good shots today, which I had been doing pretty much for the last year.”

“Just had a really good putting day. I’ve been waiting for a good putting week and I had a good putting day today. It was great.”

“I like it. I love it when it’s playing tough. We had a couple Sunday pin placements out there today. It was a fun day.”

“Today I probably had about six people with Go Mo buttons on.”

“We had Go Mo button sign made. That was pretty good. Had one made every year. It’s been fun to add to the collection of friends and family out here.”

Defending champion, and world number 1 Lydia Ko struggled to a +2 over par, 74, all those changes have had a negative effect.

 

WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. Rory Out.

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Rory McIlroy is out of the  WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play, at Austin Country Club in Texas.

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Soren  Kjeldsen beat Emiliano Grillo, to advance to the last 16 of the WGC Dell Match Play tournament, and at the same time eliminating Rory McIlroy, because Soren will win the group with a walk over point in round three.

Soren was happy to progress out of a tough group;

“Right now, I’m very pleased to make it through, obviously I was in a very, very, very tough group and I got through that. I’m happy with that.”

Top winners included Bubba Watson 4-3 over Scott Piercy, World number 1 Dustin Johnson 3-2 over Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson 5-4 over Daniel Berger and Jordan Spieth 4-2 over Yuta Ikeda.

Unfortunately the two pull outs have changed the complexity of the competition.

Sergio Garcia set up an intriguing winner-takes-all encounter with Jon Rahm following his 4 and 3 victory over Kevin Chappell;

“It wasn’t easy. It was so gusty, the wind was blowing so hard.”

“Normally you need to hit a good putt, but you have to get lucky with catching the gust at the right time. I felt like I played really well today.”

“That’s what I wanted at the beginning of the week, for both of us on Friday to play to get through so at least one of us Spaniards goes through. I am excited.”

Jon is looking forward to the battle;

“We really want to play each other. We wish it was in the final. But we’re going to pretend like it’s a final.”

“We’re both very excited. Mathematically whoever wins tomorrow is going to go through. I think that is a good thing for us that at least we will have the showdown tomorrow.”

WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. Day 1 Disasters.

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Day 1 of the Dell Technologies Match Play competition brought a few disasters at Austin Country Club, in Texas. Rory McIlroy being one of them, losing 2-1 to Soren Kjeldsen.

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Rory told reporters;

“Overall, I can’t be too disappointed. But at the same time, when standing on the 14th tee just having won three holes in a row, I thought I had him going into a tough stretch of the golf course.”

“But he put up three birdies in a row, and you can’t do anything about that.”

Jordan Spieth was another first day casualty, losing 4-2 to Hideto Tanihara, while Jimmy Walker went down to Martin Kaymer, 4-2.

All o f these guys need to step up to the plate tomorrow, if they want to progress in this tournament.

World number one Dustin Johnson won 5-3 over Webb Simpson, and Phil Mickelson dispatched Si Woo Kim by the same score.

Sergio Garcia had a ding-dong of a battle against Shane Lowry, it finished all square.

Sergio put his woes on the day down to poor putting;

“It’s never easy. Obviously I needed the putt to win. I had the chance of tying it up. I hit a good putt. It was really, really slow.”

“We didn’t play great. We definitely didn’t make anything, neither of us. I think we made probably two or three putts between the two of us.”

“At least I think we both fought hard.”

Saddest story of the day surrounded Jason Day, his mother is very ill, and will go into surgery on Friday. Naturally Jason could not concentrate on his golf, and was three down in six holes when he withdrew. He later made a tearful statement, but I think no one would have thought ill of him had he just left the course and took the first flight home, to support Mum;

“It’s been a very, very hard time for me to even be thinking about playing golf, and I know my mom says not to let it get to me, but it really has.”

 

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Anna Nordqvist Triumphant.

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Anna Nordqvist was triumphant in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Anna, from Sweden, carded a final round -4 under 68 to win the Bank of Hope Founders Cup with a -25 under par total, in front of her adopted home crowd;

” I mean, of all the wins probably of the ones that’s going to be more special. Like if it wouldn’t be for me getting an opportunity to come to Arizona State University about ten years ago, I wouldn’t be here today.”

“This truly still feels like home, even though I’m based in Florida.”

“I have so many friends and family here. They feel like family, my U.S. family. “

“You know, couldn’t think of a better place to be. I’m just so happy to be back.”

“I wasn’t even going to play a couple weeks and just ended up adding it last minute. Maybe it was meant to be.”

Three ladies were tied in second place, at -23 under par, In Gee Chun, South Korea, -6 under par 66 today, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -4 under 68, and Stacy Lewis, America, -4 under 68.

Stacy could not get the putts to drop;

“Couldn’t quite get the putts to fall, they were close.”

“Hit a lot of good shots and didn’t quite get rewarded for them.”

World number one Lydia Ko finished in a tie for eighth place, a last round -4 under par 68 giving her a -20 under par total

 

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Marc Leishman Wins.

 

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Marc Leishman, from Australia, wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

A win for the whole family

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Marc holed a 50 ft Eagle putt on the 16th hole on his way to carding  final Arnold Palmer Invitational round of -3 under 69, to post the winning total of -11 under par’

Marc convinced himself that son Harvey would make the Eagle putt;

“Some weird things go through your head, but I was thinking,  because we have a putting green upstairs, that Harvey could make this putt. You have to make it.”

“It’s such a special year to honour Mr. Palmer how they have. It’s unbelievable.”

“Obviously, it’s sad not to have him up there on 18, but to play how I did and to win any tournament’s huge, but especially this one.”

“The putter was pivotal all week. I’ve been putting well all year and it’s nice to be able to hole putts the last few days.”

“That was key to do that. I gave myself chances for putts and, yeah, it was an awesome day and I couldn’t have drawn it up any better.”

Kevin Kisner, +1 over 73 today and Charley Hoffman, also +1 over 73, tied in second place at -10 under par

Rory McIlroy -3 under 69 today, shared fourth spot with Tyrrell Hatton, -1 under 71, both at -9 under par.

Rory wanted the win, but was happy with his effort the last two days;

“I haven’t had the win that I’ve wanted, but it’s been good consistent play and that hopefully bodes well for the year ahead.”

“I struggled the first two days here. I found it a little bit on the weekend. I’m just happy that I’m out here playing again and I feel good.”

World Ladies Championship. Hae Rym Kim Wins In Play-Off

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Hae Rym Kim wins the World Ladies Championship in a play-off at Mission Hills in China, on the Ladies European Tour.

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Hae Rym Kim -3 under 70 and Seon Woo Bae -4 under 69, both ladies from South Korea, finished the World Ladies Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par. Hae Rym won the play-off.

Georgia Hall, England,  was tied in third place with  Lee So-Young and Min Sung Kim, from South Korea, all at -11 under par.

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Georgia, -3 under 70 today was happy with her result, but said her putting could have been better;

“I played well and my long game was really good.”

“If I had reached the hole with more of my putts then I might have been in a play-off, but I’m joint third and I’m very happy with that.”

“My putting wasn’t quite there today and I couldn’t see the lines as well as the last two days and my pace was a bit off.”

“I left quite a lot short actually, but my long game all week has been amazing, and my putting has as well, apart from today.”

Also tied for third were  Lee So-Young and Min Sung Kim, both ladies from South Korea.

 

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Anna Leads, With Course Record.

 

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Anna Nordqivst leads the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, setting a new course record at Wildfire Golf Cub in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Anna’s new course record of -11 under par 61 put her firmly on top of the  Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard at -21 under par.

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Anna was -5 under on the front nine, on a course she treats as home;

“Absolutely, they always say that home is where the heart is, and my heart is definitely still here. I always say I’m a west coast girl and people remind me I’m from Sweden.”

 “Even though I live in Florida now, this definitely feels like home. ASU here and Missy Kaye being the coach now, the team support. My sponsor’s here. I have family and friends here or seemed like family.”

“So I was staying with friends this week. It’s just been a fun week.”

“It’s been busy first week back in the U.S., but just always feel special coming back here. I wish I could more often. Definitely, have a big smile on my face this week.”

Ariya and Stacy find themselves two shots behind, after sharing the lead for two days, once again they both carded the same score, -6 under 66, for their -19 under totals

Ariya likes having fun, and making putts;

“I mean, I’m starting to make some putt today. Even I miss like pretty short one, but today is pretty good.”

“I think, I mean, I just really want to have fun, and I’m going to work on my commitment tomorrow.”

“I’m not going to worry about the future , don’t worry about the outcome. So I’m going to be really want to commit with every shot I hit tomorrow.”

Stacy missed making birdie on the two pr fives on the back nine;

“It was good. It wasn’t great, but it was good.”

“Definitely, would’ve liked to have birdied those couple par fives on the back nine.”

“Felt like I didn’t play those very well, but making those two birdies coming in was huge.”

“With the way this golf course is playing, two back is not a big deal.”