Women’s British Open. Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu Lead.

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Jin Young Ko from South Korea and Teresa Lu of Chinese Taipei lead the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, where the weather is still giving the players some grief.

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Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu both carded third rounds of -3 under par 69, to lead the Women’s British Open with -8 under par totals for the 54 holes.

Overnight leader Suzann Pettersen could only manage a third round of even par 72, and is now one shot adrift of the leaders at -7 under par, in third place.

Mika Miyazato of Japan is alone fourth position at -6 under par, following her -2  under par 70 third round effort.

World #1 Inbee Park, South Korea,World #2 Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Minjee Lee from Australia share fifth spot with -5 under par totals

Best placed British player is Melissa Reid, who shares 8th place with So Yeon Ryu, both at -4 under for the tournament.

Melissa  recorded an eagle on the par five 17th, where she hit a perfect 3-wood to 12 feet, sinking the putt, and followed that with a birdie putt of 18 feet on the last hole;

“I’m not too far off. If I can just sort out the first few holes where I’ve been dropping shots then I’ve certainly got a chance.”

“I feel like I’m putting really well and my swing feels good so I’m going to go out there tomorrow and give it my best shot.”

Amy Boulden, pictured above shivered her way round the Ailsa Course, but did card the low round of the day, -4 under par 68. She shares 10th with Nicole Brock Larsen from Denmark.

Amy gave us her thoughts on the day;

“It was tough out there and the wind was strong.”

“Growing up at Conwy, definitely you get used to the wind and links golf. Especially playing as an amateur, we grew up playing links golf.”

“I remember playing in the Helen Holm, I remember playing there at Troon and it was always bad weather, so it’s definitely helping me this week.”

“In the British Open, you want it to blow, you want it to be tough conditions. You don’t want the top players going out and shooting seven under, you want to grind it out and that’s an advantage for me.”

Quicken Loans National. Ryo Reaps Reward, Leads at Half-Way

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Ryo Ishikawa reaps the reward of solid play to lead the Quicken Loans National at the half-way point on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.

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Ryo, from Japan, added a -3 under par 68 to his opening 63 to lead the Quicken Loans National with a -11 under par tournament total.

Ryo has a number in his head that he thinks will win this competition, and he is focusing on that;

“My goal for this weekend is like 15 under, 16 under.”

“So I’m just here focused on that number.”

Tied in second place at -10 under par are Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell.

Rickie said the difference between the two days was that today the putts dropped in, he birdied the last three holes today;

“Probably hit it worse today.”

“I wouldn’t say I putted any better, just happened to get some that went in.”

“When the putter gets going the confidence level is about as high as it can be. Really looking forward to the weekend.”

“Wasn’t great by any means out there but it was nice to continue to move forward and get a bit out of the round, and really it all just came down to the last three holes.”

David Lingmerth occupies fourth place on his own, a -6 under par 65 today gives him a -9 under par total.

Tiger Woods continued his upwards progress, a -5 under par 66 today has moved him into a tie for fifth place at -8 under par, along with a whole bunch of other guys.

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One fluffed tee shot today, on the par five 15th;

 “A big, high draw that went about 90 yards.”

“It got me going a little bit, it kind of got me kick-started a little bit, got me a little fired up. I really hit it good from there.”

“Got me a little more focused on what I’m doing out there instead of just hitting a shot.”

“People want the immediate fix, the one tip that’s going to work for the rest of their life.”

“It doesn’t work that way. It takes time to build it. I feel like I can still compete and win.”

“A year-and-a-half ago, I won five times. I think that’s a pretty good number. It’s not that long ago that I was Player of the Year.”

“Eventually I’ll climb back.” 

 

 

 

Women’s British Open. Suzann Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Suzann Pettersen has the 36 hole lead in the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course, in Scotland.

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Suzann carded a very respectable -3 under par 69 in the  challenging morning conditions, to set the Women’s British Open lead at -7 under par. She will take a two shot advantage into the third round tomorrow.

Suzann spoke to reporters saying how difficult the cold and windy conditions were, and she would have been happy to shoot even par today. Coach Butch Harman has altered her swing, which has helped her here;

“They were very tough conditions; the ball is going nowhere,”

“Par is a very good score today. It’s easy to be picky but overall a very solid round of golf.”

“There is more wind and its coming from the south, so when you make the turn, you hit the wall on 12.”

“I think three under today is a very good score. I feel like I delivered my part today. I teed off early so I’ll enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon and be ready for tomorrow.”

“I felt I was in my hundred per cent control of the ball, the flight, the spin; everything you need to do in conditions like this. So this ranks pretty high as a good round of golf.”

“I’m a lot wider. I’m much shallower, which is why I hit it a lot further. Essentially, handshake, handshake. It’s super simple.”

World #2 Lydia Ko is sharing second place, with So Yeon Ryu, Jin Young Ko, from South Korea, and Teresa Lu from Chinese Taipei, all on -5 under par, they all played in the much tougher golfing conditions in the afternoon rounds.

Lydia spoke about the tough conditions in the afternoon;

“It was really difficult. The wind being strong is one thing; and it was definitely a totally different direction to what it was yesterday.”

“So the course was kind of like playing a new course. But it was so tough.”

“The wind was really strong when we were by the water so, you know, it was hard to keep it in the short stuff.”

“So I made a couple bogeys because of that. Probably the craziest weather I had was on Monday when I was out there in rain and wind, but it was getting pretty close when we were on 11, 12. I tried to hide behind the signs and stay away.”

World #1 Inbee Park struggled in the tougher afternoon conditions, carded a +1 over par 73, to be in ninth position on her own at -2 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Hyo-Joo Kim suffered in the wind, returning a +6 over par 78, and tumbled down the leaderboard to T10, at -1 under par. The British bright light from yesterday, Florentyna Parker also dropped away, carding +5 over par 77, and T21.

Everyone agreed that these were the worst conditions they had ever experienced playing professional golf. Wonder what tomorrow will bring.

 

Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay. Host Paul Departs.

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Host Paul departs from the second round of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay tournament, beaten by fellow Scotsman, Chris Doak.

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Chris Doak is through to the last 16 of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay after scraping past the tournament’s host, Paul Lawrie, one up, in a thrilling encounter at Murcar Links, in Scotland.

Chris was thrilled at the result;

“It is fantastic to beat anybody, but Paul being such a good player and being the host, it is a little bit extra special I guess.”

“I have not really played my best and Paul certainly did not play his best today.”

“But I am getting there and building confidence, which is the main thing. It is good to go to the next round.”

Paul was obviously very upset at the outcome, he wanted to go further into the tournament where he is the host;

“I am obviously disappointed. Gutted. But I did not play very well today.” 

“I hit the ball really poorly and struggled all day with ball striking. I did not hole any putts that I had to hole to be fair and Chris did.”

“Both of us played pretty poor. If it had been a match of ball striking today, it would have been a spectacle to be fair.”

“It was pretty poor in places. He has holed three or four putts that you have to hole to keep matches going when you are up or when you are one or two ahead.”

“So fair play. He is the boy that is going to be playing tomorrow and deserves to be playing tomorrow.”

“Obviously I wanted to be a little bit further this week. I felt I was playing good and in control of my game, but today I kind of just did not have it.”

Another Scotsman though to the next round is Marc Warren, he progressed after beating Fabrizio Zanotti 3 and 2 .

Marc was really happy with his performance.

“I played really good.”

“Really solid tee to green again and finished off with two really good putts on 15 and 16.”

Englishman Chris Wood was the first man to confirm his spot in the last 16, thanks to his second 5 and 4 win of the week, he needed just two and a half hours to beat Spain’s Jorge Campillo.

The number one seed in the tournament, England’s James Morrison was beaten 2 and 1 today by Sweden’s Johan Carlsson.

 

 

Quicken Loans National. Two Tied at the Top.

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Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa are the two players tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.

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Retief and Ryo both carded first rounds of -8 under par 63 in the Quicken Loans National to top the leaderboard at the end of day 1.

Retief is feeling fine after some serious back problems over the years, he just wishes he was younger. Don’t we all;

“I’m lucky to be out here. Three, four years ago my career looked like it was at an end,” “I’m just glad I’m still out there and playing. Yeah, I just wish I was 10 years younger again.”

Ryo, who started on the back nine, carded six birdies in a row starting on the 14th hole, he is not sure why there are so many holes in one recently;

“It took about two holes to make myself calm.”

 “Number five was a par five, like a birdie hole, but it was kind of difficult for me to make a par right there.”

 “I don’t know why there’s so many holes-in-one. I think because of the Quicken Loans. I think it’s a good system.”

Ernie Els, Justin Leonard and Kevin Chappell share third place at -7 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Justin Rose, the defending Champion, shot -6 under par 66, the same score as the new professional Ollie Schneiderjans, in only his second Tour start, they are tied on that score with six other players.

Justin, the birthday boy Tweeted;

“Thanks for all the birthday messages. Pleased with my first round 66 today.”

Rickie Fowler and Ryo Ishikawa both scored hole in ones today, Rickie on the 184 yard ninth, he bought everyone a beer;

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Ryo made his Ace on the 210 yard par three 4th.

Someone else celebrating today was Tiger Woods, he shot -3 under par 68, after a difficult start to the day;

“I’ve been playing well, hitting the golf ball well.”

 “Feel like my putting has been good. Just stay patient, just stay with it and it will turn if I stay patient, which I did and, I mean, I had a run there.”

“That’s what scoring is all about. You got to score and I made a lot of key putts today. I ran them by the hole but I made all the comebacks, and overall I felt like I hit the ball well enough to turn it around.”

“It was nice to actually turn it around.”

“We worked on a little bit of my through swing, fixed a couple things I felt like were off and put it to good use the last few, about the last six days,.

“I really felt comfortable here. I’m hitting shots.”

It has been rumored that Tiger has fired coach Chris Como. Do you think that going it alone is the reason for his improvement?

Women’s British Open. Teenager Hyo-Joo Kim Leads.

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South Korean teenager Hyo Kim leads the Women’s British Open after the 1st round at Trump Turnberry Resort.

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Hyo-Joo incredibly shot a first round -7 under par 65 on the Ailsa Course in the Women’s British Open, equaling the lowest round in the Championship.

Hyo-Joo included an Eagle in her round, on the par five 14th where she hit her second shot to within 10 inches of the cup. She said she had not been playing too well recently;

“The last couple weeks, I couldn’t swing very well. But today I kept it in the fairway very well, and the second shots, hit the greens.”

World number two Lydia Ko is tied in second place at -6 under par with Cristie Kerr, with  Kyu-Jung Baek and So Yeon Ryu a stroke further behind them, tied in fourth place at -5 under par.

England’s Florentyna Parker, Norwegian Suzann Pettersen and Azahara Munoz from Spain are the best placed Europeans in the first round, all tied with a huge group in sixth position at -4 under par.

Florentyna was very happy to have made such a good start, after practicing a round on PlayStation;

“It was brilliant. After yesterday and on Monday I played a practice round and I thought, this is going to be so tough.”

“I was so intimidated by the course and I kept saying to my friend, if I shoot under 80 today, I’m going to be thrilled.”

“And then I was starting off, I was like, doing okay and kept it going.”

“This is the first course I had never played as an amateur, as well. I was warming up on the PlayStation a bit playing it a bit and that helped.”

“We were lucky. The front nine was quite windy or there was a little breeze and then like the last few holes, it was absolutely nothing.”

“I think we had a good draw and it’s a tough course. The bunkers, if you’re in them, it’s like a shot gone.”

Suzann, the World #7 said she used extra concentration to get past the more difficult holes on the course;

“I think on this course, if you can kind of get it through the 11th and then the wind is a little easier I think.”

“And the finishing holes are a little bit easy the way the wind kind of came in today. I managed to finish strong. Hung in there on the front.”

“Had a good start. Still, a couple of the par fives, I didn’t birdie, which kind of feels like you have to do under conditions like today.”

“I stayed patient. My game is in good shape, so excited to go out again tomorrow.”

World No 1 Inbee Park was among the afternoon wave of players in the 156-strong field and carded a -3 under par 69 to be tied for 14th.

 

 

 

Euro Tour. Paul Lawrie Shines at the Paul Lawrie Matchplay Tournament

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Tournament Host Paul Lawrie won his first round match, 5 and 4, against  Romain Wattel in the Saltire Paul Lawrie Matchplay event in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Paul despatched Romain, proving that he will be a force to be reckoned with, as he cruised into the second round of the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay event with the field now reduced to 32 players.

Paul, the 1999 Open Championship winner says he is just a normal player these days;

“I played really solid today. I hit the ball nice and straight and did not really hit it off line very often.  The last couple of days, it has been mega busy, but I knew coming in that was all part of the deal.’ 

“But then I knew as soon as I got to my bed last night, that was me pretty much done and I was a normal player from this morning.” 

“I got here nice and early, did some practise and got my head around what I needed to do today and did it.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m enjoying it. I hit the ball nice today, so long may that continue.”

“I’m just a normal player now, just one of the 32 that are left now. I was one of 64.”

Another Scot, Marc Warren also got though, in a tight match against Richard Bland,  winning 1 up.

Marc said it was a good match, mostly a putting contest;

“It was a very good game, we both played solid tee-to-green. We both putted I would say decent.” 

“Towards the end we both putted quite nicely and holed a couple of putts.” 

“It was nice and I was delighted to see my putt go in on the last.”

The Murcar Golf Links course suited the local players as all the Scots boys made it through the first round of the knock-out event, Richie Ramsay, Chris Doak, Scott Jamieson and David Drysdale making it to the last 32.

The number one seed in this event James Morrison has knocked-out Pele Edberg, 2&1 on a bright but very windy day in Aberdeen.