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.”

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Brooke Beats Lydia in a Play-Off

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Brooke Henderson beat Lydia Ko in a play-off at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at  Sahalee Country Club, Washington.

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Brooke and Lydia finished the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard with -6 under par totals. Brooke with a final round -6 under par 65, and Lydia -4 under 67. Brooke then proceeded to birdie the first play-off hole, the par four 18th. to win the title.

Brooke has become the youngest winner ever of this event, her first Major, title;

“Yeah that’s amazing, as well, to think about all of the incredible players that have come before me.”

 “And even I was reading some of the names on this trophy and it’s very, very cool.”

“When that putt went in on number eleven for eagle, that was kind of like the huge jump forward, huge momentum changer.”

“And then things just went pretty well. A good save on 14 out of the bunker. And then good putts on 17 and 18 to kind of finish it.”

“The last couple of days the support for Canada has been really incredible. Walking down the fairway we were yelling my name.”

“But last time they were just yelling Go Canada. And that was kind of a surreal feeling. I can’t really put words to it.”

“But I’d like to say that I am the Canadian face to women’s golf. And I’d like to say I’m a good athlete for Canada.”

World number one Lydia was complimentary about her opponent, and the challenge from the ladies on the LPGA Tour, and she would not be crying over this loss;

“We all push each other.”

“I think this is a great thing. It’s a fun challenge. I think this is great for golf and for the LPGA.”

“I wouldn’t be pretty if I was crying.”

“If I was crying, I’d have eye-liner going everywhere. I always worry about my makeup.”

Ariya Jutanugarn was in third place at -5 under par, a last round -5 under 66 giving her that place on her own;

“I’m very proud and getting a lot more confident, especially today, in a major.”

 

LPGA Volvik Championship. Three-Peat for Ariya.

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A three-peat win for Ariya Jutanugarn as she captures the LPGA Volvik Championship title.

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Ariya completed her third straight LPGA Tour win in style, carding a final round -5 under par 67 at the  LPGA Volvik Championship, for a five shot win at -15 under par.

Ariya, at first sight of this course thought it would be very hard to play;

“I mean, when I see the course, I just feel like it’s really hard for me because I can’t hit my driver and I really have to have a good game plan.”

“So to be honest, first time I see it, I think this course is hard and I don’t think I’m going to win, I just really want to do my best.”

Christina Kim moved into solo second at -10 under par, a -1 under 71 today never put pressure on the leader.

 “It was an interesting round.  I knew in my head, I said if I get to six under on the day today, I can at least have a chance to battle it out with Ariya.”

” And I was a little off mark, but I mean, I went out there and I played my best.”

“I probably made, God, what, like 15, 16‑foot of putts in the last like four holes.  I made some really good up‑and‑downs and I had a lot of really good swings.”

” At the end of the day I know that I played my best.”  

Tied in third place were Brooke Henderson, from Canada, -4 under par 68 today and Jessica Korda, even par 72, both ladies finished with -9 under par totals.

Brooke has posted her 10th top ten finish this year;

“Overall it was a solid week.”

“It’s always nice to see your name up near the top of the leaderboard and it’s been a few weeks since that happened for me, so today was definitely a solid day for me.”

” I missed some opportunities, but I also made up for a couple here on the back nine, so overall I’m happy.”

Jessica was amazed at the performance of Ariya today, especially her putting;

“I mean, it’s great.  I’m speechless.  That was amazing.”

” I definitely didn’t see, what, five under she shot?  I didn’t see five under there when we started the day.”

“Honestly, she putted so well today.  It wasn’t easy, greens were a little bit bumpy.  She made it look so easy.”

LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Aspires Towards Three-Peat.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, aspires to achieve her Three-Peat, winning three consecutive LPGA tiles, here at the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club.

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THA Ariya shot a topsy-turvy third round of +1 over par 73, which included an Eagle, at the LPGA Volvik Championship. Very different conditions today, with wind and firm, fast greens. She held onto top placing with a -10 under par tournament total.

There were only three players who started the day in the top ten at Travis Pointe Country Club that were under par on Saturday.

Ariya summed it all up;

“To me it’s very hard today, because very windy, and the green is very, very firm today.”

 USA Jessica Korda, -2 under 70 today, and USA  Christina Kim even par 72, share second spot at -9 under par.

Jessica was also perplexed by the wind, just trying to make par;

“I just kept telling myself that pars were good, you know?”

“It is frustrating because you hit some great shots and they don’t end up where you think that they should, or like yesterday, they would end up right next to the hole and today it would be, you know, 20 feet away from the hole.”

“So it was kind of just a little staying patient out there, and just making pars.”

Christina had the same thoughts, but was also complementary about the course;

“You know, I think any; it’s the wind, you know, this south/southwest wind.”

“It’s angled perfectly where there’s a lot of into, off the left, or downwind off the left, you know, as opposed to just dead into or straight from nine o’clock or three o’clock, and I think that, you know, it just really brings up a lot of the great characteristics of this golf course.”  

KOR Hyo Joo Kim and DEN Suzann Pettersen are tied in fourth position at -7 under par, both ladies carded -2 under par 70 for the third round.

World number one Lydia Ko seems unable to get any thing going here, which is strange because back in New Zealand the wind is a constant factor, she is currently T25 at -2 under par for the tournament.

 

 

 

LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Advances to the Top.

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Ariya Jutanugarn advances to the top of the LPGA Volvik Championship at the conclusion of the second round.

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Ariya carded a second round -4 under par 68 to take the lead in the  LPGA Volvik Championship at the  half way stage with a -10 under par total, and a two shot advantage going into the week-end.

Ariya was happy to make some good putts on the back nine, and is now chasing her third consecutive win on Tour ;

“Today was pretty good.  I mean, I didn’t hit my iron that good but still okay, and I start to make some putt on the back nine.”

“I mean, right now I’m really happy with it and I really enjoy play golf right now, so I’m not thinking about, I’m going to win, I’m going to lose, but just have fun and keep playing  good.”

 So Yeon Ryu -5 under par 67 today, Christina Kim -1 under 71 and Marina Alex -5 under 67, all share second place at -9 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Christina had problems getting the ball in the hole;

“Everything was great, just the ball wasn’t in the hole.”

“I mean, it wasn’t like I was backing off of putts after I hit them trying to figure out how did I miss that break or anything like that.”

” It was just a matter of just burning the edges and just, I mean, not even really being a degree off.”

” So I’m still very confident going into the weekend.  I’ve still got a lot of confidence in my putting.”

So Yeon has been close to winning;

“I was so close to winning the last three tournaments, the final round wasn’t good enough to get the trophies so I was really disappointed in myself as well.”

“But the good thing is I just kept in contention, that I just kept fighting.”

” I really want to hold this and I really want to keep my positive mind until Sunday.”

Marina has been making swing changes, and feels the hard work is paying off;

“You know, I don’t necessarily think I was playing all that bad at the beginning of the year, I was just really rusty.”

 “I’ve been making a ton of swing changes in the off season and now they’re starting to feel more comfortable and just kind of everything is starting to feel like it’s mine and I own it.”

“Whereas at the beginning of the year I think I was just a little unsure with what I was doing and just not really fully committed to where I was and obviously now I am, so it’s paying off.”

 

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.

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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.

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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.