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.

 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

So Yeon Ryu / getty

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

Amy & Trophy / getty

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.

Honda LPGA Thailand

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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

Amy Yang / getty

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.”