Kingsmill Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Back To Back Winner.

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Ariya Jutanugarn is a back to back winner, this week winning the Kingsmill Championship.

Kingsmill Championship.

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Ariya, from Thailand shot a final round -4 under par 67 to win the Kingsmill Championship, with a -13 under par total, following her win last week;

“I didn’t get nervous. I didn’t get excited until the last putt.”

“Right now we have a lot of players starting to play golf, a lot of juniors, and if I can inspire somebody, it’s really great. I hope a lot of players come to the LPGA.”

Sue Oh was second at -13 under par, a gallant last round effort of -6 under par 65 not quite good enough.

Sei Young KIm, -5 under 66 today, and Gerina Pillar, also -5 under 66, shared third place at -12 under par.

Kingsmill Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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THA Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Kingsmill Championship after three rounds at the  River Course in Virginia.

Kingsmill Championship

Ariya Jutanugarn / getty images

THA Ariya carded a third round -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship at -10 under par, which will give her a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It’s nice, but actually, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

“But it’s good enough for me to be right here.”

“Normally if I’m tied for the lead or one shot behind, I get a little bit excited, but today I’m not.”

“I just keep playing my game and have fun and enjoy it with every shot.”

They say beware the injured player, and that certain applied to KOR In Gee Chun, who carded the low round of the day, an amazing -9 under par 62, despite not feeling too good, she is now sharing second place with THA Pornanong Phatlum -6 under par 65 today and yesterday’s leader, KOR So Yeon Ryu carding -2 under 69, all at -9 under par for the tournament.

In Gee was suffering from allergies;

“Because the weather, and because I have allergies. It’s really bad. I did not feel good.”

“And it was a lot of wind today, so I did not play with high expectations, but I could focus on my game better, and I play with Candie and Kelly today, and really thank them for making me feel comfortable.”

 “And my friends are here. I was so happy to see them enjoying my play; then I focused more on my game.”

So Yeon made bogey on the last hole to drop out of the tie for the lead, her putts not dropping;

“I was almost going to play a bogey-free round and I made a bogey at the last hole.”

“I was pretty disappointed. But yeah, I hit a bad tee shot, but the rest of the day my playing was pretty great. I’m happy with that.”

“But if I really think about what’s the difference between yesterday, it’s just the putts were not dropping, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll drop everything.”

Pornanong is trying to focus on her game;

“There’s a lot of good competitors out here, and of course everybody is here to win.”

“I only focused on my game, and some of the week it will just come all together, and when that happens, hopefully it’s going to come soon.”

“Right now I have confidence, so that’s what I’ve been working on.”

With more rain forecast tomorrow, there will be a two tee start.

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn Holds On To Win.

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Ariya Jutanugarn holds on to win the  Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic on the  Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Senator Course and becomes the first player from Thailand to win on the LPGA Tour.

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Ariya Jutanugarn 

Ariya had to par the final hole to win the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, a Mothers Day win, by just one shot, with a -14 under par total. Her last round of even par 72 contained four birdies cancelled out by four bogeys, three of them on the par fives !!

“Thank you for my mom for being with me all the time to support me and happy Mother’s Day.”

“So tough, I feel the three holes I can’t control anything.”

 “My legs were shaking, my hands were shaking.”

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

Ayria and Family / getty images

Amy Yang, -5 under 67 today, Morgan Pressel -4 under 68, and Stacy Lewis, the defending champion, -4 under 68, all tied in second place at -13 under par.

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Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn Makes a Move.

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On moving day  Ariya Jutanugarn makes a move, to the top of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic leaderboard.

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

Ariya Jutanugarn / getty images

An amazing third round of -9 under par 63 moved  Ariya to the top of the  Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic leaderboard, with her -14 under par total, and a three shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

This score was Ariya’s lowest ever 18 hole total, and equaled the 18-hole scoring record at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Capitol Hill, Senator Course.

She was obviously very excited, except for the bogey on the second hole, and is looking forward to final round tomorrow;

“A little bit excited.”

“Tomorrow going to be so much fun.  I just want to enjoy and have fun tomorrow.”

“I mean, I just;  after I make birdie on 10 I feel better, because I miss few putt on the front nine, so after I have birdie I feel like, okay, just make more and, like every;  when I go at the tee shot I just feel like, okay, just make birdie on this hole, and I did.”

Ryann O’Toole, -4 under 68 today, and Minjee Lee, also -4 under 68, share second place, those three shots back at -11 under par.

At -10 under is yesterdays leader So Yeon Ryu, -1 under par 71 today no where good enough to keep the leader in sight.

Stacy Lewis,-4 under 68 today and Morgan Pressel, -2 under 70, are next in line at -9 under par.

Stacy, bemoaned having downhill sliding putts today;

“Just got on the wrong side of the holes today, had a lot of tough putts, a lot of downhill sliders, and played a lot better than the score, which I guess is a good thing going into the final round.”

“I know a low number is still out there, but definitely left some out there today.”

First round leader Laetitia Beck, -2 under 70 today, and in the group at -8 under, was relaxed today;

“Today I had much less pressure, obviously knowing that I’m not leading and having to kind of, like, keep that lead, it made it so much easier today.”

“I wanted to enjoy the day, and I had less pressure than I did yesterday so I didn’t have to handle the same nerves, and I was just putting a little better and hitting a little better overall.”

 

 

L.E.T. Lalla Meryem Golf Cup. Charlie The Darling.

dragon logo darkLalla Meryem CupCharley Hull was the darling of the Lalla Meryem Golf Cup winning  with a four-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole.

Darling Charley and some of her supporters / Getty

Seventeen year-old Charley won her first Ladies European Tour victory at the Lalla Meryem Golf Cup on the Golf de l’Ocean course in Morocco. Both Charley and Gwladys Nocera finished the tournament at -15 under par and the play-off ensued. Charley birdied the first play-off hole, #18, a par three. She got to the play-off courtesy of a final round -9 under par 62;

 “I shot nine under today which is pretty good and I thought I had it on the last in my actual 18th hole and it just missed and then making birdie in the play-off to win it, my hands were shaking like mad and I had a putt from four feet in the Solheim down the last against Paula and Lexi. I had the same there to win and I did it and I feel like I’m a good putter under pressure now.”

 “With three holes to play I finished birdie, birdie, par and nearly birdied the last hole so it just slipped away. I never backed down and I got there, I got my first win while I was still 17, I’m 18 next week so I’m really happy. I love Morocco. I was here last year and played well here again.”

Gwladys bemoaned a poor putting performance all week for her failure to win;

 “My putting has been really bad the whole week so you can’t do anything when you putt like that. I tried my best; Charley played well today and she deserves it. She’s been close to victory for a while and she’s a great player so she deserves it. I had to play better and I didn’t.”

Sophie Giquel Bettan of France ended four shots back on 11-under, in solo third place, shooting a last round -2 under par 69. Two French ladies in the top three, that bodes well for French golf this year.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn finished in a tie for 12th place after she struggled with a disappointing final round of +2 over par 73. Ling Yan and Mathilda Cappeliez  shared the leading amateur honors at -1 under-par in a tie for 25th place for the tournament.

L.E.T. Lalla Meryem Golf Cup. Gwladys Glides Into The Lead.

dragon logo darkLalla Meryem Cup Gwladys Nocera will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Lalla Meryem Cup at  Golf de l’Ocean in Morocco.

Gwladys Nocera  / Getty

Gwladys shot a third round -6 under par 65 in warm and sunny conditions in Agadir, to top the leaderboard at -11 under par going into the final round. She says she is still struggling with hr putting, and made a slow start to the third round;

” Today was not so good on the front nine, I struggled a little bit but I don’t know. I played two rounds with bad putting and managed to shoot a good score so I just thought, ‘keep going, they will drop,’ and I made a few more on the back nine.”

Sophie Giquel-Bettan is in second place on her own, just two shots back of the leader. Sophie carded a third round -4 under par 67, and a total of -9 under par for the tournament. She was very happy that she had played well today, finishing with three birdies;

“I’m very happy. I think I played really well today. I was minus three after five holes, putting good and hitting the ball good. I missed two shots from the tee, so two bogeys and back to minus one. I was kind of frustrated because the players I was playing with were playing well also. I felt I had to make some birdies and I hit some good shots after but couldn’t make any. I tried to relax and make good putts and roll the ball well and I finished with three birdies.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, the defending champion here  struggled with her irons and slipped down into third place after a +1 over par third round of 72, but is still in contention just four strokes from the lead, at -7 under par. Bad day putting was the main reason for her mediocre performance;

“Today I played not very good. My driver was okay but my irons were so bad and I had some long putts and my putting didn’t help.”

 French amateur Mathilda Cappeliez slipped down the scoreboard carding an even par round of 71 to share fourth place at -6 under par with three other ladies.

L.E.T. Lalla Meryem Golf Cup. Ariya Jutanugarn Hits the Front.

dragon logo darkLalla Meryem Cup Defending Champion Ariya Jutanugarn hits the front in the Lalla Meryem Golf Cup at the end of day two of this Ladies European Tour event in Morocco.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn / Getty Images

The defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn carded a bogey-free -5 under par 66 in the second round of the Lalla Meryem Cup on Friday to grab a two-stroke lead heading into the weekend at Golf de l’Ocean in Morocco.

Ariya reported that her driver was under control today, but the putter is not responding;

“Today I played pretty good and my driver was a lot better. My game was a lot better than yesterday in general. Today my putting was not very good, but it was okay. Yesterday my putting was a lot better than today. It’s very nice to play here because having won here it makes me a lot more confident.”

Nina Holleder, in second place at -6 under par, is hoping to get into the Solheim Cup, She lives only a five-minute cycle ride from Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, the venue of the 2015 Solheim Cup;

“I played the last two rounds really solidly and hit 16 greens each day, so it was not too difficult as the putter was good. I had more chances for birdie but I’m happy with it. At least I hope to improve from last year and climb up a bit in the ranking so that I have the full tour card for next year, because I’m still in category 9b now.”

15 year-old French amateur Mathilda Cappeliez shares second place at -6 under par, she said it was an amazing day;

Mathilda Cappeliez / Getty Images

“It was an amazing day. I putted really well with no bogeys on the card, so it was easier to make a good score. My game was nice, always on the green. My game was really good. After the first nine I was minus two and just a little bit nervous, but after the birdie, eagle and birdie on 10, 11, 12, I was trying to make pars. I think my game was like the pros so it made me feel secure.”

Laura Davies, Gwladys Nocera, overnight co-leader Sophie Walker  and Sophie Giquel-Bettan are all tied in third place at -5 under par.

Laura missed a few putts, but is still in a good position;

“I’ve played really well. I’ve hit 17 greens the first day, 17 greens today and the story is not making enough putts. Thirty three putts both days, but having said that, I’m at five-under-par and in a decent position.”

Gwladys also thinks she should have done better;

“It looks good when you look at the board, but the way I played, when I hit the ball, it was so close to the pin and I didn’t make a putt, so it’s frustrating. I know I’m on top of the leader board but I’m pretty disappointed with my day.”

“I guess I am tough on myself and I always want to do better. I’m here to work and to win. For me, it’s not a good day, but I look at it that I’m on top of the leader board but could do so much better.”