U.S. Women’s Open. Shanshan Stands Firm at the Top.

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Shanshan Feng, of China, stands firm at the top of the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National.

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Shanshan carded a steady -1 under par 71, making 17 pars, and birdie on the last hole, to stay on top of the U.S. Women’s Open, with a -9 under par total;

“I guess finally on the 18th I hit it close enough to make a birdie and give the fans some excitement.”

“Coming to this week, I didn’t have any expectation at all. I just wanted to bring out my A game.”

“And then I think I did really well for the first three days, and I’m going to stick to my game plan tomorrow.”

“I just focus on my own game and let’s see what happens.”

“Want to talk about what I’m wearing tomorrow, I think maybe I’ll bring out the cow pants again.”

Tied in second place, one shot back at -8 under par are 17-year-old amateur Hye-Jin Choi, and Amy Yang, both from South Korea, and they both recorded third rounds of -2 under par 70.

Amy spoke about her shank today, and making her putter work well;

 “It was tough, it was just a little mistake like from the face. It wasn’t a huge mistake. Somehow the lie wasn’t very; like it wasn’t easy to save it.”

“But you know, I stayed patient. I’m still hitting good. I’m still making a lot of putts. So it was a good day.”

Hye-Jin summed up her day;

“I didn’t have the greatest of starts, but I think if I just stay focused and play the game as maybe not necessarily play safe but maybe more aggressively, kind of like how I did, I think I’m going to be okay tomorrow.”

Last week a 14-year-old amateur won on the Ladies European Tour, could it happen again this week here.  The last time an amateur won the U.S. Women’s Open was 50 years ago, when 22-year-old Catherine Lacoste of France lifted the trophy at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.

 

 

U.S. Women’s Open. Shanshan Still Leads,

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Shanshan Feng, China, still leads the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National, on a rainy day. President Trump also put in an appearance, the first time ever a sitting president had been at the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Shanshan carded a second round -2 under 70, to stay ahead of the field at the U.S. Women’s Open, with a -8 under par total. She spoke about playing in the rain;

“I played probably the first nine holes in the rain, but my phone told me it was going to rain all afternoon and I was prepared.”

 “I really didn’t pay attention to the weather and just concentrated on every shot.”

“But I had a lot of five irons and hybrids into par fours  and a three wood on No. 9.”

Sharing second place are three ladies from South Korea, Jeongeun6 Lee, -3 under 69 today, amateur player Hye Jin Choi, -3 under 69, and Amy Yang, -1 under 71,  they are two shots back at -6 under par.

Jeongeun6 Lee has started using a six after her name, because there are five other ladies from South Korea  with the same name;

“The 6 was added to my name because there are six players on the KLPGA with the same name and I was the last one.”

“With the rain, I was able to stop the ball on the green, which made me more comfortable.” 

Angela Stanford, currently at -2 under par, is happy the President is here, she wanted to be a Secret Agent;

“I secretly want to be a Secret Service agent, so I’m kind of hoping to see one at some point.”

“They are hard to find. But it’s pretty cool. You have Secret Service at your major golf tournament.”

 

KPMG WOMENS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. Kim and Kang the Cream at the Top.

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Sei Young Kim, South Korea, and Danielle Kang, USA, are the cream at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Olympia Fields in Chicago. The round was interrupted for a while with electrical storms in the area.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

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Sei Young and Danielle both posted a second rounds of -5 under par 66 to top the  KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard at the half-way stage of this Major with -7 under par totals.

Sei Young said she had benefited from the calmer winds after the interval from the storms;

“Fortunately, when I tee off, it was a little less windy.”

“So I was able to play to the pin, attack the pin. So I made a lot of opportunities for the birdie chance.” 

Danielle has been bogey free for her 36 holes, no mean feat in a Major competition;

“Both of those rounds, I kept my game plan, and they were both bogey-free, so I’m pretty happy.”

 “I kept sticking to the iron shots that I trusted all my life, and giving myself opportunities is what we‘ve been doing.”

Four ladies are tied in third place, just one shot back with tournament totals of -6 under par, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, England, -5 under 66 today, first round leader Chella Choi, South Korea, -1 under 70, Amy Yang, South Korea, even par 71, and Brittany Lincicome, USA, -5 under 66.

There is still a long way to go in this Major tournament, and not too far back are Major winners like, Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Michelle Wi, USA, with a -4 under totals, Brooke Henderson, Canada -5 under, and So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, also at -5 under par.

Lets see who gets moving on the 4th of July week-end here in Chicago.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Two Ladies at the Top of Weather Delayed 1st Round

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There ate two ladies tied at the top of the weather delayed 1st round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, in the windy city of Chicago, at Olympia FieldsChella Choi and her South Korean compatriot Amy Yang share the lead, although Amy still has one hole to play.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Chella Choi

Chella had completed her first round of -5 under par 66 to top the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship before play was halted due to dangerous weather conditions.

Amy has finished 17 holes for her -5 under total, and has the par five 18th still to play.

Tied in third place at -4 under par are Joanna Klatten, through 16 first round holes and Brittany Altomare with a completed round.

They are followed on -3 under by  Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie, Alison Lee, and Sue Oh, all with completed rounds, and Kim Kaufman, 16 holes and Emily Pedersen, through 15 holes.

Brooke, from Canada, enjoyed being long off the tee

“I hit my driver great at times and I hit a couple of loose ones, I was able to carry a couple of fairway bunkers, which is huge, because not a lot of players are able to do that.”

“I was able to take them out of play and then give myself a short shot into the greens.

“I was going to try to take it a day at a time and see what happens, but I’m in a great spot right now, so I’m really excited.”

“Minus three on this tough course, and these tough conditions, you know, it’s a great way to start out this championship.”

Michelle just tried to have some fun in the windy conditions;

 “Just had a lot of fun in tough conditions, it was tough out there but kind of have to laugh off the mistakes a little bit out here.”

“I mean, it’s a tough golf course. Olympia Fields is a really pure golf course. It’s playing great right now.”

For those yet  to finish the first round play will resume Friday morning at 0745 local time.

 

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Wins, Is Now World Number 1

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So Yeon Ryu, from South Korea, wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and also becomes the new Ladies World Number 1.

 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

So Yeon

So Yeon carded a final round -2 under par 69 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with a -18 under par total, and a two shot winning margin, making her dream as world number one come true;

“Dreams come true! I always dreamed about it. I cannot believe it. I didn’t expect two good things coming together.”

“First of all, I really want to appreciate everyone who has been supportive of me, to make me the No. 1 player in the world. That’s finally made my dream.”

“This is going to my first week as the No. 1 player in the world. I know it’s going to be a lot of pressure and I know I can handle a lot of different things.”

“I’m glad to be a multiple winner, and also this is not the first time I’ve won more than once in a year, so hopefully many more to come.”

“One of the reason why I think I can be consistent is because I enjoy this game. I just want to be focused, enjoy this game and then try to improve every moment.”

 “Then, I want to see what God going to give me.” 

Amy Yang, -7 under 64 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, -5 under 66 today tied for second place at -16 under par for the three rounds.

Moriya is getting more confident;

“I get a lot of confidence from this week and hopefully keep playing solid and finish in another good week.”

Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie were tied in fourth spot at -13 under par.

Stacy struggled with her putter, the ball would just not drop in the hole;

“I thought I did a really good job again of just sticking to the game plan of this golf course.”

“I know how to play this golf course better than anybody, just couldn’t quite get the putts to fall.”

 “The game’s so close, though, I’m excited. We’ve got majors coming up and I’m excited where my game’s at right now.”

 

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Streaks Ahead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, streaks ahead of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship field in the second round at Pinnacle Country Club.

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So Yeon fired a second round -10 under par 61 to post a -16 under par Walmart NW Arkansas Championship total, and will take a five shot advantage into the final round tomorrow, in this three round event, and was obviously very happy;

“It was so much fun,.”

“I made a really long putt at 8, 17, and then I boost up and the shot was getting better and better.”

“At the back nine, I was able to make some more short birdies, and then pretty much made all of them. So happy with my round today.” 

“I think after you shot like, six under and ten under and next round going to be really tough because no matter how well you play, it’s not going to be great enough compared to ten under and six under.”

Nearest challengers are Stacy Lewis, USA, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, both ladies had -6 under rounds of 65 and share second place at -11 under par.

Moriya, sister of world number one Ariya, will not be under any stress tomorrow, she just wants to have fun;

“I’m pretty sure all the fans are wanting to go out and see us making birdies, and it’s great.”

“You know, she is a great player, and of course she can have a really good day.”

“It’s not like any stress or anything, just trying to have fun and play my game.”

Local girl Stacy got a loud cheer from the fans after making a long birdie putt on the final hole today;

“That’s kinda why you play, for those moments. I’m just glad I could give the fans a birdie and give ’em something to cheer for.”

 “Kinda felt like I was struggling a little bit coming in, so that’s why the last two birdies were extremely important to me, because I kind of felt like the momentum was going the other way, so I felt like I got the momentum back and can hopefully post another good one tomorrow.”

“I’m going to play aggressively and play like I’ve been playing, and, you know, I’m playing well enough to come from five back. It can be done.”

Amy Yang, from South Korea, has fourth spot to herself at -9 under par, a second round -6 under 65 easing her up the leaderboard.

Honda LPGA Thailand. Amazing Amy Wins.

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Amazing  Amy Yang wins the Honda LPGA Thailand,  for the second time in the last three seasons. It was a South Korean 1,2,3, in a dominating performance.

Honda LPGA Thailand

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Amy finished her stop start Honda LPGA Thailand event with a final bogey free round -4 under par 68,  to set a new tournament low scoring record of  -22 under par;

“You know, very happy, beyond happy.”

“Wasn’t easy with rain delays and 4:00 a.m. wake-up calls two days in a row.”

 “But, you know, I stayed really patient out there, did my best, and very happy to win the tournament.”

“It’s always nice to be back here playing.”

 “I love this place. I love people here. And with my parents, spending time with them here, it’s just great every time.”

So Yeon Ryu, was second at -17 under par, a last round -4 under 68 giving her that place on her own.

In third was Sei Young Kim, she too carded a final round -4 under par, finishing with a -15 under total.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko finished tied for eighth place, her first top-10 of the season, with a popular last round score of -4 under 68.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson, U.S.A. finished tied for fourth place at -13 under par.