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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

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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.

 

 

Stacy Lewis with her Trophy / LPGA

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.

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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

 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.

 

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