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’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.

 

 

HSBC Women’s Champions. Inbee Park Is Champion.

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Inbee Park is the HSBC Women’s Champions, champion, shooting a final round -8 under par 64, in Singapore.

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Inbee Park & Trophy

Inbee carded -8 under 64 to win the HSBC Women’s Champions title with a -19 under par total.

Coming back from injury, Inbee thought it would take some time to get back into the swing, but her putting today was amazing;

“I thought it might take maybe a couple months to get back out on the Tour and to get my rhythm back.”

“I thought I was going to be just a little bit rusty. That’s how I felt last week.”

“This week was totally different. Especially the final round was just what I wanted.”

“My putting was amazing today, obviously, yesterday I was really disappointed with my putter. I couldn’t make any putts yesterday and obviously I made up for it today.”

“Today was pretty much, everything I looked at, it wanted to drop in. It was very consistent ball-striking all week, and obviously there were a lot of birdie opportunities out there and I was able to convert many of them today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn captured second place at -18 under par, a last round -6 under 66 leaving her just that one shot short;

“I’m really happy about my game, especially this week, and today, I had so much fun.”

“You know, I have so much fun playing with Inbee. She’s awesome. She’s the best player.”

“I learned a lot from her. She’s very calm. I feel like she makes every putt. I think she didn’t miss one putt today.”

In third place, at -16 under, and a final round of -4 under 68 was Sung Hyun Park.

Both Lydia Ko T9 and Michelle Wie, T4 could only post even par 72 last rounds, Michelle carding a four putt to end her hopes of the title.

 

HSBC Women’s Champions. Michelle Wie Leads.

 

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Michelle Wie leads the  HSBC Women’s Champions after 54 holes in Singapore

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Michelle fired a third round -5 under par 67 to lead the HSBC Women’s Champions by two shots going into the final round Sunday, with a total score of -14 under par;

“I’m having a lot of fun this week.”

 “That was my goal at the beginning of the week, just play as hard as I can and have fun.”

“I’ve been having some great groups out there and just having a lot of fun.”

“I’ve been in this position before, and that’s what I practice for is to be in this position.”

“That’s what I wake up and practice long hours for is to be in this position, and try to do my best in it,

Sitting menacingly in second place is world number one Lydia Ko at -12 under,  -5 under 67 today. Lydia  is joined in second  position by Sung Hyun Park, -4 under 68, and Ariya Jutanugarn, -3 under 69 today.

Lydia spoke about how well the ladies are playing and putting;

“The girls are playing great, and every time I look at the screen, somebody is making another putt.”

“It just shows how well the girls are playing and you know how many birdies are actually happening.”

 “That’s what I’ve been trying to do the past few days, and that’s the mind-set I’ve got to take on to tomorrow, because there are birdies out there.”

“I think I need to just focus on my game. The holes that I can be aggressive on, be aggressive, and the holes where par is a good score, be smart.”

 

HSBC Women’s Champions. Inbee Park Leads.

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Inbee Park leads the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

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Inbee shot a second round another -5 under pr 67 to lead the HSBC Women’s Champions at -10 under, and has a one shot advantage;

“It’s a good round today, obviously I got off to a very hot start. I was able to make some putts early in the round and then I had a little bit of a mistake on No. 12. I had a couple of birdies on the back nine, so I was able to clean up my mess.”

“I just had tough times last year, so the sooner I get back, it’s better.”

 “I was nervous and excited, because I haven’t played competitive golf in a while. To compete in tournament golf it felt like forever.”

“I never took that kind of break in my whole life, so it was just something different.”

Sharing second place, one shot back at -9 under par are; Michelle Wie, -3 under 69 today, Mi Jung Hur, -5 under 67 and World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn., who carded a second round -4 under 68.

Michelle was excited to be in contention;

“I was just really excited, I woke up before my alarm clock, ready to go, just really excited to be out there.”

“I was feeling a bit of nerves but mostly just excitement. It was a good-to-be-back feeling for sure.”

World number 1 Lydia Ko is at -7 under, T7 after her second round -4 under 68.