Sime Darby LPGA. Play Suspended.

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Play was suspended due to darkness in the third round of the Sime Darby LPGA in Malaysia, with Shanshan Feng leading.

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Shanshan Feng

Shanshan has completed 17 third round holes at the Sime Darby LPGA, and currently sits on top of the leaderboard at -13 under par, and is -7 under on the day. Rain was the reason for the long delay, eventually leading to the suspension of play due to darkness.

Anna Nordqvist is in second place, at -12 under, with 15 holes completed, with -5 under par on the day.

Third place goes to Amy Yang, -11 under par, she too has only completed 15 holes and is -1 under par in her third round.

World number one Lydia Ko, had a completed bogey free third round of -6 under par 65, moving her up the leaderboard to T6 at -8 under par for the tournament.

Lydia had to wait over four and half an hours, just to play the 18th, because of the rain delay, but came back to make par. She said her ball striking and putting were better today;

“I’ve been striking the ball pretty well. I’m making a few putts here and there but the putts that didn’t drop on the first day kind of have been dropping the past two days.”

“Those little things I think make the difference at the end of the day.”

“Number eighteen is a tough driving hole to come back to after a few hours of break. But had a pretty okay lie and hit a good shot out of there.”

“It was a pretty mediocre third shot, but obviously to finish off well with a good putt I think kind of summed up my round today.”

“The girls are playing great. Depending on where they put the pin positions, really rely on how low the scores are.”

“But I’ve just got to focus on my game. That’s what I tried to do yesterday and today, and that’s how I got to this position, so I think I have to do the same thing for tomorrow.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sime Darby LPGA. Amy Yang In Control.

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Amy Yang, from South Korea, is in control of the Sime Darby LPGA at TPC Kuala Lumpur East Course, in Malaysia, with a three shot advantage going into the week-end.

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Amy shot -2 under 69 in the second round of the Sime Darby LPGA, to hang to the top spot on the leaderboard at -10 under par. Thunder storms brought a suspension of play for a while, and Amy fired into the lead after the resumption, sinking a long birdie putt on the 16th;

“It was about 20 feet downhill, right-to-left. I just picked a spot and just trust there and make a solid putt.”

“So you know, golf can be really easy like yesterday, but it can be also a little slow like today.”

“So I’m just going to be patient, do my best. I’ve been practicing hard, so I’m just going to trust what I’ve been practicing.”

Sharing second place at -7 under par are, Mi Jung Hur, South Korea, -6 under 65 today, Candie Kung, Taipei, also -6 under 65 and Anna Nordqvist from Sweden, -3 under 68.

Candie was hoping for some more putts to drop;

“I’ve been playing some really good golf, like I said, if I can make some putts here and there, that could be very helpful.”

“And this course can change; the last few holes coming in, 14, 15, 16, everything can change.”

Anna was about to putt out her round when the suspension came;

“Yeah, we knew it was going to be cutting it close, and we saw the rules official on the last green, so we were kind of surprised that they wouldn’t, you know, see that we were so close.”

“But you know, I had a good chat with my friends and kind of just relaxed and hit a good putt on the last, didn’t go in.”

 

 

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Amy Yang Leads.

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Amy Yang, from South Korea, leads the Sime Darby LPGA at TPC Kuala Lumpur, East Course.

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Amy had a first round -8 under par 63 to lead the Sime Darby LPGA, and said she likes playing in Southeast Asia;

“I don’t know why, but I do enjoy Southeast Asia. I’d rather play in this weather than cold weather.”

“A lot of golf to play the next three days, so just going to keep being simple.”

Marina Alex is second, a first round -6 under par 65 keeping her in touch with the leader, with a great putting display;

“I putted great.”

“Obviously anyone who shoots a low number is going to say they putted well.”

“I just worked a little bit on it yesterday and I just for whatever reason, the stuff that I was working on really felt good on the course and I holed a bunch of putts.”

“Some are 20 to 30-footers, so it was really nice to see some long putts go in the hole.”

Six ladies are tied in third place at -5 under par, Michelle Wie, Mo Martin, Azahara Munoz, Jenny Shin, Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen.

World number one Lydia Ko, after suddenly dumping longtime caddie, Jason Hamilton,  managed only an even par 71, to be T 30.

Lydia stated;

“I think sometimes change is a good thing.”

 

 

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Sakura Yokomine 1st Round Leader.

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Sakura Yokomine, of Japan is the 1st round leader of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, being played at the Miramar Golf & Country Club in Taiwan.

 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.

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Sakura carded an opening round -5 under par 67 which put her on top of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship leaderboard, in Taipei

Sakura spoke about the windy conditions and how she liked the course, especially the par five 12th which she Eagled;

“Yeah, I like it, wind is changing the conditions, but I concentrated and played good today.”

Paula Creamer, USA,  is tied second place with a -4 under par bogey free 68, she told the media that she always plays well in tough conditions;

“I’ve always played really well when it’s windy and just kind of tough.”

“You have to think a lot out there. Colin and I worked really well as a team today.”

“I mean, it’s pretty windy in certain spots out on this golf course, and he did a good job of figuring that out for us.”

Amy Yang of South Korea, and Brooke Henderson, Canada, both share second place with Paula.

Brooke enjoyed a chip in birdie at the par four 15th;

“I kind of had a tough lie in the rough there on the left side of 15, and so I just kind of tried to hit it out to the right.”

“I was thinking in my head, try and get up and down and save par and then try and make some birdies on the last three holes.”

“I was able to chip that one in; birdie 16; had a good chance on 17; birdied 18. It was really the ideal ending.”

World number one and defending champion Lydia Ko battled back from a double-bogey on the 5th hole to card -2 under 70 and  currently sits in a tie for 10th place, just three shots off the pace.

Kingsmill Championship. So Yeon Ryu Takes Over at the Top.

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So Yeon Ryu takes over at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard at the  River Course.

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So Yeon carded a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Kingsmill Championship at the half way stage, with her -7 under par total.

So Yeon said putting was the key for her today

“Today I’ve been putting really nice, my first hole I made a bogey, but it felt really great the next two holes. I made birdie-birdie right away.”

“Even my shot and birdie putt, and putting, I think today just everything was really working well.”

“I haven’t really consistently shot low scores since Hawaii, like five or six tournaments, then I shot seven under again today, so I hope I can hold this score the next two days, as well.”

“This one is definitely my favorite golf course what we play. Like you say, I consistently play really well here, so I feel really comfortable to stay here.”

 “I think I just really like the atmosphere, so I really enjoy it, so enjoying it makes me play.”

Sharing second place are three ladies, Stacy Lewis, -5 under 66 today, she played alongside So Yeon. Also Amy Yang -4 under 67 and  Mika Miyazato even par 71 today.

Stacy was much happier today, recovering well to easily make the cut;

“I’m happy with the round today, I needed a good score today to get up in contention and on the leaderboard, but it’s just going to be a long weekend.”

“You get ready for that. You get ready for delays and playing in the wet, and this golf course is going to get even harder.”

“You just kind of mentally prepare for it and know it’s going to happen, and if it doesn’t, that’s a great thing.”

“We both got off to a really good start, when you see other people make birdies, it kind of frees you up to know that it’s out there.”

 “Our whole group yesterday didn’t really make that many birdies, and so it was kind of boring in a sense, so we were definitely kind of feeding off of each other.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko bounced back from a first-round +2 over 73 and posted a -3 under 68 to move into a tie for T37, while Inbee Park had to withdraw from the tournament, suffering from a recurring injury to her left thumb. A condition that kept her out of action for the last three LPGA events. We wish Inbee a speedy recovery.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Jenny Shin Wins 1st LPG Victory

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Jenny Shin, from South Korea,  wins the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club, in Texas, her 1st LPG Victory.

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Jenny Shin and her 1st LPGA Trophy

Jenny carded a final bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to win the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout with a total of -14 under par, a two shot victory.

Jenny is the third Rolex First Time Winner of the season, joining Ha Na Jang and Haru Nomura in achieving LPGA success, he had this to say;

“Still in awe nothing has registered yet. I wanted to talk to my mum, but I was on the verge of tears so I hung up without really her answering the phone.”

“I think it will hit me as soon as I talk to my mum, yeah. I don’t have anything going on right now.”

“I think I’ve been in contention so many times that I’ve kind of learned how to tune it out.”

 “I’m not sure I can repeat it exactly the same if I have a chance next time. I think every year I become a better player and I get a little bit more experience.”

“And I think I’ve gotten a lot out of it every time I go through this, so hopefully next year will be better, the year after that will be better.”

Tied in second place, two shots back at -12 under par  were a pair of South Koreans, Amy Yang, and Mi Jung Hur, both with even par rounds of 71, they were joined by Gerina Piller who could not complete the win, but did start the day with a two shot lead, suffering with a last round +2 over par 73.

Gerina spoke the really tough day, and she is learning all the time;

“I mean, the conditions are pretty tough, so it definitely wasn’t a cakewalk out there.”

 “As you can see, I haven’t really looked at the leaderboard if anyone shot a real low one.”

“The pins were really, really tough today and it’s tough to get them close, especially coming in.”

“But I’ve taken nothing but good things away from this week. That was my first time ever holding the lead, especially for two rounds, so it’s just more confidence that I’m adding to what I already have.”

Honda LPGA Thailand. Amy Young Leads.

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Defending champion Amy Yang leads the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament after 36 holes at Siam Country Club.

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Amy carded a second round -3 under par 69 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand competition by one shot at -9 under par, and very happy with her round today;

“I mean, I struggled a little bit on the front, two bogeys straight, but I think I stayed patient well, got through it well.”

“I’m happy with today’s round.”

Q Baek, Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda are in second place with -8 under par for the tournament.

Jessica carded -6 under 66 to get into contention, Lexi stayed in touch after leading the first round with her 64 yesterday, carded an even par second round of 72, while Q Baek was -1 under 71 for today’s round.

Lexi put her struggles down to pin positions;

“It’s just pin positions, and the ridges on these greens, you can get some tough pins, especially with how fast the greens are, so you have to make sure you hit the fairways and get the spin that you need going into the greens.”

“But it’s a tough course, especially with the fast greens. There’s a lot of run-ups and a lot of ridges.”

Jessica said her hard work was paying off;

“It was nice. I took like three days off after Ocala because the first two weeks it felt like super jammed. Everything was really jammed in.”

“So I just took a couple days off and then went back.”

“We’ve just been working on keeping my tempo kind of slower. I kind of tend to rush, try and speed everything up, and just really trying to keep my tempo and keep myself happy and calm.”

Xi Yu Lin celebrated her birthday on Thursday and then received a belated gift on Friday of a brand new Honda Accord when she made an Ace at the par 3, without realizing the ball had dropped in;

 “When I walked off the tee, I just didn’t believe. I was thinking they were kidding, so I didn’t really look at the car, but it’s funny, like then on the 17th hole I see the group behind coming in, and I was thinking, okay, don’t touch my car, that’s my car.”