ShopRite LPGA Classic, First Round Three-Way Tie.

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There is a three-way tie for the lead in the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Anna Nordqvist,  Ai Miyazato, and Paula Reto carded -7 under par 64.

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Anna was having success with her putter but still managed to throw in two bogey’s into the round;

“Well, I didn’t get off to the best start, but then on 16, I hit it to about a foot and a half, both 17 and 18, I had birdie putts from,  I think six feet.”

“Hit a good one wedge shot to another foot on one, so that was a good stretch.”

“From there on, I seemed to hit really good shots. Made a good 3-footer on 6 and a little longer putt on 7 and 8, I didn’t expect, and then a good 3-footer on the last.”

“Just very happy to be back and hit a lot of good putts today and then definitely a lot of good iron shots.”

Ai carded an Eagle three on the par five 3rd hole, but also made a bogey five on the 14th;

“Since the beginning of this year, my game was in good shape and all I can do is just to be patient.”

“But finally I could see some like momentum in my score.”

Paula also managed to put a bogey on her card, at the par four 4th, with tee shots being a problem for her, which she rescued with good putting;

“I’m really excited. I played good today, steady, especially with irons and putting, but not so much off the tee.”

“So I got a way with a couple of the shots. I told myself, one shot at a time, don’t focus and doubt yourself.”

“Everything paid off and I’m really happy and I’m excited to come back out tomorrow morning.”

Three ladies are tied in fourth spot at -6 under par, Casey Grice, Haru Nomura and Catriona Matthew.

This is a tightly packed leaderboard, and with only three rounds in this competition tomorrow is an important day to make a move.

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Thompson Joins Ai Miyazato

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Lexi Thompson joins Ai Miyazato at the top of the ANA Inspiration leaderboard at the half way point at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

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Lexi shot -4 under par 68 in the second round of the ANA Inspiration to join Ai at the top at -7 under par for the tournament. Ai carded -2 under 70 to stay where she finished yesterday.

Both ladies have changed putters, and Lexi said it was good to hear the cheer from the crowd when her birdie attempt on 18 dropped in;

“It’s a dramatic change, just changing  the putter and a little bit different stance over the putts has given me a lot of confidence this week.”

“I’m rolling it a lot better, and having my caddie Benji line me up has helped me out a lot too.”

“Eighteen is one of the best finishing holes that we have out here, but to hear the crowds cheer making that putt is definitely a good feeling.”

“Gives me chills every time.”

Ai just made adjustment to the lie on her putter, it was staying patient that helped her. She is also looking forward to paring with Lexi tomorrow;

“Even though I made the bogey, afterwards I didn’t try to get it back soon.”

“I’m like just par’s okay on the next hole and see how it goes and just let it go and let it happen. So it was kind of a good mental control.”

“It will be interesting, I think. I played with her many times and I really like to play with her because she’s a really good player.”

“I know she’s in good shape, so it’s kind of fun to see her game too.”

“But, you know, it’s just doesn’t matter this golf course if you hit long or not. So just you need to be really staying with your game and have a good course management, so that’s about it.”

The top two lead by one shot ahead of a large group at 6-under par, which includes major champions Lydia Ko, In Gee Chun and Suzann Pettersen, Lizette Salas, Lee-Anne Pace and Sung Hyun Park.




ANA Inspiration. Ai Miyazato & Azahara Munoz Lead.

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Ai Miyazato & Azahara Munoz lead after the first round of the ANA Inspiration tournament on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club, in California.

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JPN Ai shot a bogey free -5 under par 67, while Azahara added one bogey to her score, on the final hole of the day.

Ai said she was feeling fine;

“It’s always exciting to be here, I know a lot of history and background.”

“Well, obviously I haven’t really played well on this golf course, but finally my game is coming all together.”

“My family’s here, and like I said, my game has been in good shape since last week, and I just feel good.”

I’ve been feeling good about my game since the beginning of the season.”

“I said to myself just be patient until the scoring is going to be good. I had a good self talk since the beginning of the season, so I actually had have confidence since then.”

ESP   Azahara is on the come trail back after undergoing surgery on her left hand to remove a benign tumor in March of 2015;

“It’s funny because I’ve been really working on my attitude, but the results haven’t really showed, even though I’ve been doing so much better.”

 “But always something happened that it kind of crossed my round.”

“But I just;  I know I need to keep believing in myself and eventually it’s going to happen.”

“It obviously hasn’t been the easiest of years for me since the surgery and all of that, but I know I’m a good player, and eventually it’s going to happen, so if I keep doing what I’m doing, I think I’ll be okay.”

Three ladies are sharing third place, at -4 under par, Catriona Matthew, Shiho Oyama and Lee Ann Pace occupy the slot.

The first Americans are at T6 at -3 under par, Gerina Pillar, Ryann O’Toole and Lexi Thompson are tied at that score with five other ladies.


Kia Classic. Four Way Tie at the Top.

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Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Brittany Lang Inbee Park and Ai Miyazato in a four-way tie at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard at the end of round 1 at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Jodi had been suffering with putting problems, but got it sorted to post -5 under 67 in the first round of thee Kia Classic;

“I went to TaylorMade this week and I got on their putting lab thing, and I was consistently aiming like a degree left.”

 “And they put a piece of tape on the back of my putter, so they take away the sight line. Then I started aiming dead square.”

“So now I’m playing with a piece of tape off of the line on the back of my putter today. I putted great today, apart from one hole on number seven.”

“But it’s doing a lot for my confidence and a lot for my feel.”

Inbee was happy with her round, especially the putting;

“I mean everything went really well out there today, especially I dropped some good putts today so that’s why I was able to shoot a good round.”

“It’s always good to have a good round like this going into a major.”

“The greens are actually in much better shape than in previous years. I was quite comfortable on the greens today and obviously getting some confidence on the greens was huge.”

Brittany has also been working on her putting

“Since it worked last week, I’ve just been working on alignment with putting and swing and just really getting behind the ball and getting a nice picture and trying to commit, commit 100 percent to my shots.”

“I didn’t do as good of a job today, which is really cool to shoot five under and know that you can still really work on that.”

Ai changed the loft on her putter, not to what we would recommend;

“My loft wasn’t enough last week. It was only like two degrees or something. So I switched to the four-degree, and my ball running is so much better than last week’s. Probably that helped.”

“I’m still in the process I think. It’s just the first round I played, and especially these greens, Poa annua is a little bit tricky.”

“But like I said, I feel my ball rolling, if I keep it in the right position, it’s going to go in. I want to keep that the next three days, too.”

World No.1 Lydia Ko, Jane Park and Mi Jung Hur are all tied in fifth place at -4 under par, following their opening rounds of 68.

Lydia is still having putting problems;

“I was striking the ball really good but I just couldn’t get any putts rolling early.”

“But It was good to see a couple drop on my back nine.

“I was in the rough a few times. The rough is lush. The club just turns over. If you’re getting a good lie you’re getting lucky.”

“That’s why it’s important to hit it along the fairways.”

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LPGA. LOTTE Championship. Suzann Petterson Pulls Ahead

Suzann Petterson pulled ahead of the pack at the LPGA, Suzann Petterson at Ko Olina Golf Club, Ohau Hawaii, with a third round of -4 under par, 68 and a -14 under par total.

Suzann Pettersen watches her drive off the second tee during the third round of the LPGA Lotte Championship.

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Suzann had a lovely third round of  -4 under par, one shot clear of  Hee Kyung Seo, who fired in an even better round of -6 under par 66, to trail Suzann by just one shot at -13 under par.

 Suzann said she made a couple of adjustments and played the back nine pretty good;

” I found a few little keys yesterday on the range, just to tighten up the swing a fraction after two days in the wind, and I came up the back pretty good. Birdied the first three and just really tried to keep feeding the ball to the hole and trying to stay aggressive.  I had one three‑putt, and other than that I played pretty solid.  It’s definitely on the challenging side out here. There’s too many good players to start stepping on the brake, but I really hope that they will set up the course in a fun way tomorrow, make the par fives reachable.  I love seeing us being able to reach the par fives and tuck the pins.  It makes it exciting, it could be for the good and for the bad.  But let us have some risk‑reward. I hope they’ll make it a little bit more playful tomorrow, just mix it up, and yeah, just let us go low.”

Hee Kyung Seo said she was trying out a new shorter address routine, something she had watch Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera do at the Masters;

” My caddie Dean Herden always said to me that the shorter routine helps a lot to make more good shots or good putts, but I always struggled when I got to the ball, it was hard to make a shot. But from last week Masters I could see Angel and Adam just didn’t think about anything on the ball, just hit and waited for the result.  So I just tried to do that, not think about the bad things or the results and other things but just swing it and feel it, and it helped a lot, I think.”

In third place on her own is Ai Miyazato, three shots back at -11 under par, she won this event last year at -12 under par, so the scoring this year is lower.

Ai reported that the greens are softer this year;

” I think the greens are definitely softer than last year, I think that makes a big difference.  I remember it was really tough to make an adjustment with the iron shots last year.  Definitely the greens are softer, so you can be a little bit more aggressive than last year, so I think that makes them a little bit more lower this year.”

Stacy Lewis  has put herself within reach of taking back the top Rolex Rankings spot and even perhaps winning the tournament as well, Stacy currently sits in a tie for fifth at 9-under-par for the tournament.

Good luck to everyone for tomorrow, I am sure it is going to be an exciting last round of golf.


RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Stacy Lewis Wins & is Rolex Rankings Number 1


Stacy Lewis won the RR Donnelley Foundation Cup, at the Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, and in doing so rose to Number 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.



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Stacy shot a last round -8 under par 64, to end with a score of -23 under par, to capture the title and also move to the number one position in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

It was not an easy start for Stacy, at the beginning of the last round she trailed Ai Miyazato, of Japan, by four strokes.  Mainly due to an unfortunate two-stroke penalty she received on Saturday.  The penalty was added to her card after Stacy had completed her third round, when it was determined by the officials that her caddie, Travis Wilson, had violated rule 13-4 by moving sand in a bunker on the 16th hole.

Stacy said she played great all day;

” It’s awesome, I played great today. Myself and Ai we just went back and forth all day; she was making putts, I was making putts.”

Ai was  in command of the tournament for most of the day, until a three-shot swing at the 16th gave Stacy the outright lead. Stacy was then able to capitalize on the uncharacteristic mistake and went on to record back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th and capture a three-stroke victory. Ai finished at -20 under par.

Stacy said she was surprised that Ai had made a mistake, but was happy to make those last two putts;

” I was certainly surprised she finished the way she did, but to make those two putts I did on 16 and 17 was pretty unbelievable and I’m just; I’m really speechless. I played great today and I was super motivated from all that happened yesterday and just happy for Travis.”

Ai admitted that it was indecision between clubs that resulted in the bad shot, she took a drop where she was, instead of going back to the spot she originally played from, because she thought it would be like playing a bunker shot;

” My shot was like totally in between clubs, I hit the pitching wedge, but my instinct said that it was an easy nine, so it was a little bit indecisive and that’s why I pulled my shot.  I went there and I take a look around, but it’s just the same as like not easy from anywhere, you know?  I decided I would take a drop almost like in a bunker position and I thought we had that little backstop behind the pin so I thought I could make it stop a little bit more.  It was kind of a little flat when I dropped, so it was hard but it just happened like that.  It’s a little unlucky I thought. All in all I had a good day, I have a good feeling and my play was really solid, just the one bad shot on 16.  I was a little disappointed.  But one bad shot this week, not bad, I’ll take it, so it was a really fun day.”

Angela Stanford finished in third position, with a final score of -17 under par.



Ricoh British Womens Open 2nd Round, Finally.


It may have been the Best Of British Day at Hoylake when the second round finally got completed in the Ricoh British Open at Royal Liverpool, but it was a South Korean who stole the show, namely Jiyai Shin. 

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 Jiyai Shin carded a superb eight under par 64 to move into a commanding five shot lead after the second round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Liverpool. The 2008 Champion started the day a single shot behind her compatriots, Haeji Kang and So Yeon Ryu, but then moved effortlessly through the front nine in 31 strokes and then came home in 33 to leave the rest of the strong international field trailing in her wake, with a tournament total of -9 under par. Jiyai said that could have the best round of her life;

” That might well be the best round I have ever played. I hit a nine under par round when I won last week at Kingsmill, but this is a really tough course so this round might have been even better. Today I was bogey-free and bunker free. I hit all 18 greens and missed just one fairway. This week my goal was to score one under par every day so to hit eight under is very special.I love coming back over here. The win here in 2008 changed my life and I have got lots of fans in England. Today there were a lot of people out there and they kept cheering me on. It has been a fantastic day and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I have got a five shot lead but on this course you never know what’s going to happen. There are a lot of great players out here. I’m just going to keep focussed on myself.”

Another South Korean is alone in second place, Inbee Park is at -4 under par for the tournament, but will need to play some magical golf to catch the leader. The final two rounds will played tomorrow, 36 holes in one day is an exhausting task, so it will be the survival of the fittest, but a five shot start is very comforting. Inbee also loves this course;

” I’ve been playing the back nine well all week, I’m going to need lots of patience tomorrow but I’m looking forward to it. It’s a really great golf course. You can feel the history of the golf course. It’s great.”

The leading amateur in the field is World No. 1, Kiwi Lydia Ko.  A couple of weeks ago the 15 year-old from New Zealand won the CN Canadian Open to become the youngest player ever to win an official LPGA Tour title and today she added a one under par 71 to her opening  round of 72 to claim a share of sixth place with Japan’s Ai Miyazato, Sweden’s Carin Koch, South Korea’s Jenny Shin and America’s Vicky Hurst all on -1 under par.

Tomorrow is going to be a really tough day.