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.

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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.

 

 

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Two Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand leaderboard,  Ariya Jutanugarn and  Amy Yang.

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Ariya and Amy both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, giving them a one shot lead.

Ariya was happy with her irons ,completing a bogey free round;

“I feel really good with my iron today.”

“”Like especially tee shot is pretty good. I just try to like have like myself have a chance to make birdie.”

Amy said she had a wobble in the middle of her round, carding bogey at number ten;

“In the middle, during the round, you know, I had some time I couldn’t control the ball, but I still had a lot of good shots.”

“Gave myself a lot of good opportunities out there.”

“Last couple of holes I was hitting it so solid. I was aiming at the pin and it was going right at the pin.“

Tied in third place are Sei Young KimShanshan Feng, Ryann O’Toole and Minjee Lee all with rounds of 67 and one shot back at -5 under par.

Sei Young said her putting has improved;

“The last couple holes I made good birdie chance.”

“So it’s pretty good on the putting green. That’s the reason why I play better than last couple weeks.”

World number one Lydia Ko had a steady start, shooting -2 under par 70, to T22.

 

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.

Sime Derby LPGA

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.

Sime Darby LPGA

Amy Yang / getty

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.

Sime Derby LPGA

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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.

Sakura Yokomine / getty

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.

So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon Ryu / getty images

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.