Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Haru Nomura Leads.

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Haru Nomura, Japan, leads the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout after the second round in Texas.

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Haru shot -6 under par 65 to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout by one shot at -9 under par, with good putting being the key to her round today;

“My mind was very calm today. It was windy, but I like windy and tough conditions.”

“I putted well and shot pretty good today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn holds second place, at -8 under par, she carded -4 under par 67 today;

“Pretty good day today, I hit the ball pretty good on my front nine, made some putts today.”

Third place belongs to Suzann Pettersen, she shot a second round -6 under 65, for a -7 under par total.

Dori Carter fired the round of the day, an 8-under-par 63, to make her first cut of the season, good putting again helped;

“That’s just golf, I struck the ball well yesterday and I didn’t get up and down, today I did.”

“When I missed the green, I got up and down. And then I had some really cool long fringe putts.”

“Putts started to fall and that just became exciting.”

“So that was probably the difference between yesterday and today, I got up and down. I even holed out for an eagle today, things like that. I was always close and today was finally my day.”

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Mi Jung Hur Conquers Windy Conditions To Lead.

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Mi Jung Hur conquers the windy conditions in Dallas to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

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Mi Jung played the course backwards to post a bogey free -6 under par 65, and lead the   Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, by two shots.

MI Jung said good putting on her back nine made the difference;

“The winds are swirling every hole, so it gave me a little bit of a headache.”

“I hit the ball pretty good today.”

“I just didn’t make a putt on the front nine, but I started making putts on the back nine.”

In the huge pack of eight ladies sharing second place at -4 under par is Ariya Jutanugarn, who could become the new World Number One this week with a win here;

“I didn’t try to think about that, I just feel like it’s more important for me to have fun and be happy on the course.”

Michelle Wie is also in that chasing pack at -4 under;

“I just had fun out there.”

“It was fun to play low in conditions like this. I was happy with where I positioned myself today, and hopefully I can go out there tomorrow morning and make some more birdies.”

Australian Katherine Kirk is also in that pack, and scored  hole in one at the par 3 fourth hole’

“I hit it so well, so I bent down to pick up the tee, then someone in the group said, ‘get in the hole,’ and I’m like, ‘What?’ and it went in. I didn’t even see it, to be honest.”

Everyone was pleased to see the return to golf of Lexi Thompson, even the officials who so harshly ruled out her great showing  ANA Inspiration have now decided to ignore calls from people who watch slow motion replays time after time before making a phone call;

“It was just good to get out and be playing again. The three weeks off it was a little hard, but I’m just so happy to be here and get back into competition.”

“All I’m focusing on is the tournament that I’m at right now here in Texas, going to Japan next week, and forgetting about it all. It’s time to move on.”

A great politically correct statement, from Lexi who is currently at -2 under for this tournament, wouldn’t be good if she could win here.

Lotte Championship. Su-Yeon Jang Leads

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Su-Yeon Jang leads the  Lotte Championship leaderboard  after the completion of  two rounds in Hawaii. Rain  again delaying play, with the second round being suspended due to darkness.

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Su-Yeon Jang

Su Yeon posted a bogey free second round -5 under par 67 to lead the Lotte Championship at -10 under par.

Sharing second place at -9 under are Ariya Jutanugarn -6 under 66, and In-Kyung Kim with -8 under 64.

The third round is currently under way.

 

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Anna Nordqvist Triumphant.

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Anna Nordqvist was triumphant in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Anna Nordqvist

Anna, from Sweden, carded a final round -4 under 68 to win the Bank of Hope Founders Cup with a -25 under par total, in front of her adopted home crowd;

” I mean, of all the wins probably of the ones that’s going to be more special. Like if it wouldn’t be for me getting an opportunity to come to Arizona State University about ten years ago, I wouldn’t be here today.”

“This truly still feels like home, even though I’m based in Florida.”

“I have so many friends and family here. They feel like family, my U.S. family. “

“You know, couldn’t think of a better place to be. I’m just so happy to be back.”

“I wasn’t even going to play a couple weeks and just ended up adding it last minute. Maybe it was meant to be.”

Three ladies were tied in second place, at -23 under par, In Gee Chun, South Korea, -6 under par 66 today, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -4 under 68, and Stacy Lewis, America, -4 under 68.

Stacy could not get the putts to drop;

“Couldn’t quite get the putts to fall, they were close.”

“Hit a lot of good shots and didn’t quite get rewarded for them.”

World number one Lydia Ko finished in a tie for eighth place, a last round -4 under par 68 giving her a -20 under par total

 

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Anna Leads, With Course Record.

 

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Anna Nordqivst leads the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, setting a new course record at Wildfire Golf Cub in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Anna Nordqivst / getty

Anna’s new course record of -11 under par 61 put her firmly on top of the  Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard at -21 under par.

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Anna was -5 under on the front nine, on a course she treats as home;

“Absolutely, they always say that home is where the heart is, and my heart is definitely still here. I always say I’m a west coast girl and people remind me I’m from Sweden.”

 “Even though I live in Florida now, this definitely feels like home. ASU here and Missy Kaye being the coach now, the team support. My sponsor’s here. I have family and friends here or seemed like family.”

“So I was staying with friends this week. It’s just been a fun week.”

“It’s been busy first week back in the U.S., but just always feel special coming back here. I wish I could more often. Definitely, have a big smile on my face this week.”

Ariya and Stacy find themselves two shots behind, after sharing the lead for two days, once again they both carded the same score, -6 under 66, for their -19 under totals

Ariya likes having fun, and making putts;

“I mean, I’m starting to make some putt today. Even I miss like pretty short one, but today is pretty good.”

“I think, I mean, I just really want to have fun, and I’m going to work on my commitment tomorrow.”

“I’m not going to worry about the future , don’t worry about the outcome. So I’m going to be really want to commit with every shot I hit tomorrow.”

Stacy missed making birdie on the two pr fives on the back nine;

“It was good. It wasn’t great, but it was good.”

“Definitely, would’ve liked to have birdied those couple par fives on the back nine.”

“Felt like I didn’t play those very well, but making those two birdies coming in was huge.”

“With the way this golf course is playing, two back is not a big deal.”

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup tournament, Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn will take a one shot lead into the week-end.

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Stacy and Ariya are still locked together after the second round of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, both with rounds of -5 under par 67, and -13 under totals.

Stacy spoke about the pressure of playing well;

“It’s always hard to follow up a round like yesterday, so happy with the day again.”

“You still have to be patient, because on this golf course, if you try to force things you can make some big numbers.”

“You have to go make birdies. That’s the mentality. If you have a wedge in your hand, go be aggressive and make a birdie.”

“If it doesn’t feel right, if you have an awkward number, just take par and move on.”

Ariya, who is  bogey free or both rounds, enjoyed her day playing alongside Stacy;

“I had so much fun playing with her today.”

“I’m not really worrying about who is going to be on the leaderboard.”

“I just really want to focus on what is under my control , just go have fun.”

They are closely followed by a group of four players at -12 under, Jeong Eun Lee -8 under 64 today, Mi Jung Hur -6 under 66, Michelle Wie -5 under 67, Vicky Hurst -5 under 67.

World #1 Lydia Ko is T40 following her -3 under 69 today, for a -7 under total.

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Five Tied,

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Five ladies are tied at the top of Bank of Hope Founders Cup, following the opening rounds at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, ArizonaStacy Lewis, Sandra Changkija, Katie Burnett, In Gee Chun, and Ariya Jutanugarn.

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All the ladies carded opening rounds of -8 under par 64 in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup tournament, for a one shot lead.

Stacy said she got off to a good start, sinking some birdie putts;

“Got off to a great start, that was the beginning.”

“Just making some putts early; hitting a lot of good shots, and great putt on 8; 9 was awesome. The 9-iron was perfect in the air. Nice to see it go in.”

“You kind of start thinking a little bit about what you’re shooting at that point but just tried to keep hitting good shots.”

“I did that, for the most part, most of the day. If you’d tell me at the beginning of the day I would shoot eight under, I would take it anytime.”

Sandra just likes desert courses;

“I like desert golf courses, it fits my eye.”

” We won nationals my junior year in college.”

Ariya reported she should have scored better, missing some putts;

“I  feel pretty good. I mean, I feel good because I try to work on my commitment today and it’s come out pretty good.”

 “I miss few putt, too. I just make a pretty long putt like twice today.”

There are another five ladies all tied in 6th place at -7 under par, in this tightly congested Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard.