Canadian Pacific Womens Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Canadian Pacific Womens Open, at the mid-way point at Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club.

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Ariya carded a second round -8 under par 64, to comfortably lead the Canadian Pacific Womens Open with a -12 under pat total, and a three shot lead going into the week-end. She spoke about her Rio Olympics withdrawal, due to injury and how good she feels now;

“I feel pretty good today because I hit my tee shot pretty good, and I was calm on every shot, so I feel good.”

“I know I hurt my knee, so that’s why I didn’t play very good on the third round, and after the withdraw I just felt okay.”

“I just had to rest and take care of my knee. So after that I feel like just play golf, and it didn’t feel like anything changed. I feel like I’m okay. I wanted to see how I’m feeling.”

“But after that, like on Monday, it didn’t hurt that much and today it’s getting a lot better.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under for the tournament, In Gee Chun, -5 under 67 today and Stephanie Meadow, with -3 under 69 in her second round.

Stephanie is just enjoying the ride.

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“I didn’t have my best game today and I still shot 69.”

“So I think everyone’s going to have a bad nine holes throughout a four-round stretch, and I’ll just keep going tomorrow and hopefully get the ball striking back and make some birdies and have fun.”

“This is what we work for. This is our environment to be out there on the leaderboard. So it’s going to be fun. I’m going to enjoy it.”

Five ladies are tied in fourth place at -8 under, including World number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 69 today, and starting in first place today Chella Choi, who did not do so well today, -1 under 71.

Lydia is playing well, feeling confident, just needs a few more putts to drop;

“I played pretty solid the last few days, hoped for a few more putts to drop, but it’s just really tough out there with some pins being tucked and on little slopes.”

“Three-footers, four or five, they’re not easy tap-ins or easy birdies or pars.”

“So when it’s that kind of scenario you really need to take your time and be patient out there.”

“But there’s still a lot of golf to be played. I feel like I’m playing solid, and it’s a good position going into the weekend.”

Joining Lydia and Chella on that -8 under total are Sei Young Kim and Hyo Joo Kim, both with -5 under 67 today, and Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 69.

CAN Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee LeBlanc are tied for low Canadian honors at -6 under par for the two rounds, six shots back of the lead.

Rio Olympic Ladies Golf. Ariya Jutanugarn 1st Round Leader.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, is the 1st round leader of the Ladies Tournament at the Rio Olympics.

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Ariya cruised to a first round -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the Rio Olympics, which gave her a one shot advantage over the field,

 “I think I’m going to be really excited, because I like to represent Thailand.”

“We want to be the best and have the Gold Medal for Thailand. I think it’s going to be great if I have it.”

“I like the Village a lot, before I came here I had no idea what it’s going to be like.”

” When I got into the village, I liked it. I love it a lot.  I’m a roommate with the badminton players from Thailand and I have had a chance to watch them play a few matches.”

“Pretty good.”

Sharing second place with -5 under par opening rounds of 66 are Inbee Park, and Sei Young Kim, both ladies from South Korea.

Inbee has recovered from her recent injury problems;

“I first started feeling it in the off‑season in January. Some weeks it was good. Some weeks it was bad.’
‘I tried to rest it and tried to play again. Didn’t really work. When I tried to play again, it just didn’t work.”

“I felt like still perform well and I can still play with injury, but it just didn’t happen. It was just my mistake. Now I feel much better than before. “

“Bogey‑free round, been awhile. Feels great.”

“It wasn’t too windy out there this morning, so I had a lot of opportunities at birdie.”

 “I had a really good ball‑striking day. I had a lot of opportunities and there was probably two or three more putts that I possible could have made.”

“But yeah, I’m very satisfied with today’s round. I felt quite nervous this morning, teeing off, and being able to overcome that kind of nerves feels great.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand is T11 with her opening effort of -2 under 69, courtesy of holing her nine iron second shot from 136 yards for an Eagle  on the par four 15th;

“It was my first eagle at the Olympics, so I think it’s great.”

” At the men’s last week, I think there were two hole‑in‑ones and a few eagles, and I put my contribution to golf by making an eagle, I think is a really good feeling, and especially since I was even par at that point in my round.”

“So to go from zero to two‑under-par was a great turnaround.”

Brazilian Miriam Nagl teed off first, hitting the  first Olympic women’s tee shot in 116 years, she recorded a round of +8 over 79;

 “It was nerve‑wracking, to be honest.  I was very nervous, but what an honor that I could be hitting this shot.”

” It means so much to me,  being in my home country and golf being back in the Olympic Games, and the fact that I have a little daughter now.”

“It was just very special to me.”

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Ricoh Women’s British Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Wins.

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Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand wins the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

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Ariya carded a final round of even par 72 to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf Club, with a -16 under par tournament total, giving her a three shot victory. She also becomes the first Thai lady to win a Major, and hopes it will inspire others to follow her example. I am sure Ariya will add more Major titles to her CV.

Ariya had her poor moments on the course,  dropping her first shot of the day at the par four, ninth hole, and followed that with  a double bogey 6 at the par four, 13th. Winning from previous 54 hole leads helped Ariya to come through today;

“I think I got mad after that hole.”

 “My caddie helped me a lot. He tried to calm me down, slow me down.”

“And after I make double, my fairway iron so good.  I have more confidence because I commit and it come out really good.”

“Before today, I think it’s helped me a lot, but after ANA, I’m still really nervous.”

 “But I’m pretty sure I learned a lot from that, also, because like after I feel nervous, I know what I have to do.”

“Like last few holes, I tried to be patient and to commit to my shots.”

“It was really hard, I missed a lot of putts today.”

“I think it is really important for me and Thai golfers. I want to win majors, and I hope it inspires golfers in Thailand.”

Mirim Lee, -1 under 71 today, finished tied second at 13-under par along with Mo Martin, -2 under 70 for her last round.

Mo thinks her ancestors may have given her inspiration;

“I’ve done a little bit research into my lineage, and I’ve got a little bit of English genes in me so maybe my ancestors are looking out for me.”

Stacy Lewis was in fourth place at 11-under par, she too carded -2 under 70 in the final round.

 

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Ariya Jutanugarn Has Two Shot Lead.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, has two shot lead in the Ricoh Women’s British Open after 54 holes at Woburn Golf Club in England.

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Ariya posted a third round -6 under par 66 to pull away from the field in the Ricoh Women’s British Open with a -16 under par tournament total.

Ariya has successfully managed her hold nerve when previously holding the 54-hole lead in each of her three victories during the month of May, and feels she can cope with the pressure;

“I think I know how to play under pressure.”

 “I know like what I have to focus and the only thing I have to is like focus on what is under my control.”

In second place at -14 under par is the first and second round leader Mirim Lee, who   stumbled a bit in the third round Saturday carding -3 under 69;

“Everything was okay, just okay, not perfect, just okay.”

The 2014 Ricoh Women’s Open champion Mo Martin is in third place and ready to make a challenge at -11 under par for the tournament, a -3 under 69 third round giving her some hope that she can win again.

Catriona Matthew holds fourth place at -10 under, a -1 under 71 on Saturday denting her hopes of a chance to make history by becoming the oldest Major champion in LPGA history.

Catriona was paired with Ariya for the round and had plenty to say about her younger rival, even using her Nickname of May;

“Obviously if May keeps playing like she keeps playing, she’s going to be tough to catch but go out tomorrow and try to make as many birdies as I can,”

“Obviously playing with her, she was playing really well today and taking advantage of the good shots she was playing.”

“You do feel maybe a little bit, maybe I tried just a bit too hard on some of the putts to keep up with her.”

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Mirim Lee Keeps Lead.

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Mirim Lee keeps the lead after 36 holes of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf Club.

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KOR Mirim only managed a -1 under par 71 today, but it was still good enough to keep her on top of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, by just one shot over the field at -11 under par;

“I felt a little bit of nervousness but after a couple of holes I forgot about it.”

“I think a little bit of nervousness is what makes you play well.”

Sharing second place at -10 under for the tournament are CHN Shanshan Feng, -4 under 68 today, and .THA Ariya Jutanugarn with -3 under 69.

Shanshan, who was  the first Major winner from mainland China said her performance made lunch taste so much better;

“I started the round really hot today. I mean, I had four birdies in the first seven holes, and I was 5-under through ten.”

“I made a couple bogeys maybe in the middle there, misjudging about the wind.”

“But the birdie on the last hole made me really happy, so made the lunch feel better I think.”

Ariya has developed a pre-shot routine that helps her focus, and control her game;

“I think I learned how to play under pressure, how to play, really excited, I know how to play.”

“I really want to focus on what I’m doing and what I can control,” 

Catriona Matthew, with the low round of the day -7 under par 65,  who will represent Team GB in the Rio Olympic Games, is tied in fourth place, at -9 under par with Ha Na Jang -5 under 67 in the second round.

Catriona, was happy to post one of her best rounds ever;

“That’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve played.”

“I think I hit 18 greens today.”

“Just one awful shot on 16 but then followed it probably with my best shot of the day, the 4-iron on to the green.”

“Gave myself a lot of chances and holed my fair share of them today.”

Charley Hull is England’s best placed player, carding -2 under 70 today which puts her in a tie for 10th place at -5 under par;

“I didn’t get up-and-down a couple times today, just because I’m so used to this golf course playing so soft from the greens sometimes.”

“So when I’m chipping, I’m pitching it way too far, even though I know it’s bouncy, it’s just in my head, because you’re used to pitching at the pins.”

“It’s definitely good being in a good position going into the weekend.”

World number one Lydia Ko rallied well enough to make the cut at even par for the tournament, with -2 under 70 today;

“I feel like the scores are pretty low, considering what the course setups are like.”

 “I don’t feel like it’s this easy.”

 

 

 

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Mirim Lee Leads 1st Round.

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Mirim Lee, from South Korea, leads  the Ricoh Women’s British Open, after the 1st round at Woburn Golf Club, in England.

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Mirim carded a stunning first round -10 under par 62 in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and will take a comfortable three shot lead into the second round tomorrow;

“It was probably one of my best ever rounds, although I still had some errant shots.”

“I played every hole in a similar fashion, hitting fairways and greens. My best ever score was an 11 under par in LPGA Qualifying.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, holds second place with her respectable opening effort of -7 under par 65.

Shanshan Feng is third, the returning injured player from China had a first round -6 under par 66.

Leading home based player is Charlie Hull, -3 under 69, and T11.

Charlie is also a member of Woburn, since she was eleven years old, and knows the Marquess Course well, but that knowledge is over the long course, today the tee’s were moved up, a strange occurrence for a Major Championship. The layout for the first round  was 6,448 yards, though officials had the option to push the tees back to 6,744 or longer;

“I get a bit confused, like where to pitch it, because I’m used to coming in with long clubs, and I know what I’m doing,”

 “It’s a completely different golf course.”

“I usually play off the blues, with my friends, so sometimes I come in with five and four irons and stuff.”

“I like it when it plays long, to be honest.”

“The first tee shot today was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been on a golf course, and I never usually get nervous, it was quite weird.”

“It’s quite an easy tee shot, but I didn’t want to mess it up and make myself look even more silly.”

“It was nice to start with a birdie, as well, and I’m pretty happy with myself because I was pretty nervous on that first tee.”

 “I said to my caddie, I need to make a couple of birdies coming in, and I did.”

Making a mess of the short course was World number one Lydia Ko, recording a first round +2 over par 74, and is now twelve shots off the lead, and really no chance of catching up. The cut is currently projected at even par, so Lydia will have to play well tomorrow, and get some putts to drop, to avoid the embarrassment of a missed cut;

“Nothing was really that great. My short game wasn’t that great to cover up for the missed shots and when I did hit it close, the putts didn’t go in.”

“When that’s the case, you’re not going to shoot a low score. But hopefully a few more putts drop tomorrow.”

“I’ve just got to stay positive. There’s still a lot of golf to be played, and just hit one shot at a time.”

“It’s not an easy course but by the looks of it, it’s playing easy for a couple of the girls. But it’s because they are playing great.”

 

 

 

 

Marathon Classic. Lydia Gets 4th Win of the Season.

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Ladies World number one Lydia Ko won her 4th title of the season at the Marathon Classic, in a play-off against Ariya Jutanugarn, and Mirim Lee.

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Lydia, Ariya and Mirim were tied at the top of the Marathon Classic leaderboard with -14 under par totals after four rounds, and headed into a four-hole play-off.

Lydia carded a birdie at the fourth play-off hole to win the title, but the putts would not drop earlier;

“We all played and stuck to our game plans, and we all gave it a good run for it.”

“Our putts were so close and were not falling, and every time I said, hey, the ball is big enough for the hole — yeah, the hole is big enough for the ball. Right?”

” Either way, it’s a long day. Yeah, so it’s been — it was hard to just see so many putts just slip by”

“.I said, hey, maybe she’s going to win, and then it just slipped by; maybe I’m going to win, and it slipped by. To see that putt drop on the last hole was a cool feeling.”

“Just a lot of great vibes, I like Ohio. The people have been great, and even though — I mean, there are a lot of fans walking out there with us.”

” I said, hey, it’s because Ms. Stacy is a hometown girl, but one of the fans said, no, we’ve come to watch you play.”

” Just to hear that is pretty cool. Everyone has been super supportive, and they always support me coming back to this state.”

Ariya sunk an Eagle putt on 17 to get into the play-off;

“It was a really good experience, like I said.”

“It’s really nice for me to have a chance in a playoff.”

Mirim was unaware she was in the lead;

“I didn’t know I’m in the lead.”

“I don’t know, I just played, yeah. I didn’t think about the lead, just that I kept going, enjoyed playing.”