LOTTE Championship. Brooke Bounces Back 4 Big Win.

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Brooke Henderson of Canada bounces back for a big four shot win at the LOTTE Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

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Brooke carded a final round -3 under par 69 to won the LOTTE Championship by four shots at -12 under par, making some good putts on the way in;

“The wind conditions were incredible and I think Brit and I did a great job.”

“My sixth win on Tour continues to be a dream come true.”

“Watching Pernilla  win a major was a lot of motivation. She showed a lot of grit and I thought ‘I could do that too’ so I owe a lot to her.”

“Fortunately I was able to overcome the shaky putting at times. I just tried to be calm and relaxed and made a couple really nice putts coming in.”

Azahara Munoz, Spain, was in second  place on her own at -8 under par, a good last round of -5 under 67 elevating her up the leaderboard;

“I’m hitting the ball the best I could remember.”

“I think I’m back to 2014 when I last contended, but I have gone through quite a few health issues.”

“I’m playing really well right now so I’m quite excited to see that.”

Tied in third place, all at -7 under were, Inbee Park, South Korea, a sad last round of even par 72 today, a decent round would have put her at #1 in the World.  Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -3 under 69, and still World #1 Shanshan Feng of China, with her final round -1 under 71.

Shanshan played well using her A game, but does not think about the number one ranking;

“Even though I didn’t win, I brought out my A-game and I’m happy with that.”

“I don’t really think about the No. 1 ranking. Even if I lose it, I know I can get it back with good play.”

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Kia Classic. Three Ladies at the Top.

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Three ladies are tied at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard, Hee Young Park, South KoreaJackie Stoelting, USA, and Caroline Hedwall, Sweden, share the honor at the Aviara Golf Club, in California.

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Jackie, Caroline and Hee Young / getty

Hee Young, Jackie and Caroline all carded opening Kia Classic rounds of -6 under par 66, to top the leaderboard.

Hee Young has been brushing up on her putting;

“I’ve been practicing a lot of like short putting.”

“I don’t think I missed a short putt today.”

“That makes me like a lot more comfortable, so easier to play the round today.” 

Jackie just likes the Aviara Golf Club;

“Must just suit my game, I hit a lot of fairways. I don’t necessarily hit if far, but keeping it in the fairway is super key this week.”

“The greens are so big that I think I really tried to narrow my focus and worry about right around the pin.”

“They were soft, so I was able to fire at pins. Just a really good day.”

Caroline is adjusting after a long term injury;

“It’s just all about trust and having self-confidence. I feel like I’ve gained that now.”

“I had good practice sessions the last couple days, and it’s starting to pay off. That’s really nice.”  

Four ladies are then sharing fourth place at -5 under after their first rounds of -5 under 67. I.K. Kim, South Korea, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark and Cristie Kerr, USA, are all just one shot back on day one.

I.K. was getting used to her new clubs, after the set she used to win last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, were stolen;

“It was really difficult at first, I really worked hard, like worked a lot, went to the factory like a dozen times.”

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Bank of Hope Founders Cup. A Walk in the Park for Inbee.

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It was a walk in the Park for Inbee, winning the Bank of Hope Founders Cup by five shots at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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A final round -5 under par 67 won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup for Inbee, from South Korea, with a -19 under par total, a five stroke winning margin.

Inbee was returning after a long break from golf, to work on her putting;

“I didn’t expect to win very early in the season, I mean obviously, after a long break.”

“In Singapore, I felt like my ball striking was quite good I and just needed to work on the putter a little bit. It has worked pretty good this week.”

Three ladies tied in second place at -14 under par, Marina Alex, USA, -4 under 68 today, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -2 under 70, and the wonderful Dame Laura Davies, England, with a final round -3 under 69.

Laura needs two points to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame, and a win here would have given her the title of oldest LPGA Tour winner, by an amazing 8 years;

“It would have been huge, I knew what the record was, and how old I am now, and not having won for God knows how many years on the LPGA.”

“It was as nervous as I’ve ever felt.”

“I almost shanked my drive and made bogey but then I chipped in for eagle on No. 2 and that calmed me down.”

“I was four over after six holes on Thursday so I’m quite pleased how I fought back.”

Ariya played alongside Laura;

“I love how Laura plays, she’s like my idol and I had so much fun.”

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Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Inbee Park Leads.

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Inbee Park from South Korea has the 54 hole lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup tournament at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Inbee, carded -9 under par 63 to lead the Bank of Hope Founders Cup with a -14 under par total;

“I got off to a great start, I was pretty much making everything I was looking at.”

“I cooled off on the back and it was pretty much boring golf, but it was nice to finish with a birdie.”

Mariajo Uribe, Spain, is close behind at -13 under par, with third round -5 under 67, proving lots of practice, and good putting leads to success;

 “My caddie lives here, so we practiced a lot the advance week.”

“My putting is going well, and that’s all that matters on this golf course.”

Third place belongs to Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, at -12 under par, signing for a third round -4 under 68.

Low round of the day went to Dame Laura Davies, England, with a  magnificent bogey free third round score of -9 under 63, she shares fourth spot with Chella Choi, South Korea, -6 under 66 today, both ladies at -11 under par for the tournament.

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Laura to card her lowest round on the LPGA  tour since  the 2005 Wendy’s Championship for Children;

“I hit a lot of fairways and that gives you a chance to get relatively close to the hole.”

 “I haven’t been holing the putts, but today I did.”

“The no bogeys part for me is the biggest key because that is what has been letting me down.” 

“It’s been in my mind and I know I can still play great golf, but it is all about the short game.”

 “My short game is really coming around and a day like this tells me that we are really doing the right things.” 

 

 

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Cydney Clanton Leads.

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Cydney Clanton, USA, has claimed the 36 hole lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup playing at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Cydney carded a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the  Bank of Hope Founders Cup after 36 holes, by one shot at -9 under par;

Cydney played, holing out from the fairway, and putted very well;

“I played really good and made some clutch putts coming in.”

“The hole out was pretty special, any time you don’t have to putt is nice.”

“I haven’t been in this position in a long time. I won back in 2013, and wasn’t even in the lead at all that tournament.”

“Just came back and won.”

“You just have to go in attack mode, because everybody else is going to go in attack mode.”

“It has been awhile since I’ve been in the lead, so tomorrow just going to take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time.”

Four ladies are then tied in second place at -8 under par, Ariya Jutanugarn. Thailand, -4 under 68 today, Mariajo Uribe, Spain, -4 under 68, Karine Icher, France, -3 under 69 and Marina Alex, USA, -6 under 66.

Marina is hoping for good conditions tomorrow;

“If the conditions are favorable tomorrow, scores will be low, so just attack and take advantage of everything you can.”

“If that’s not the case, just adjust the game plan and play what’s in front of me.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, the 2016 winner, Sei Young Kim, South Korea and Brooke Henderson, Canada, all missed the cut here.

It may be St Patricks Day tomorrow, but I doubt any of the Ladies will be imbibing the Guinness.

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Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Two Ladies Tied at the Top.

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Two ladies are tied at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard after round one at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona, Chella Choi, South Korea, and Karine Icher, France, share the honor.

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Chella and Karine are at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard after shooting opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Karine said she had putted well;

“I made some good putts and that made the difference.”

“I hit good second shots. On this course, if you start getting confidence you can go low. “

“It was a good front nine. On the back nine, I made two bogeys at the end, but with the wind picking up, it’s a little bit hard.” 

Chella mentioned the wind, and how tough the day was;

”It was windy and tough out there, but every player in same condition.” 

Six ladies are then tied in third spot at -4 under par as play was suspended for the day due to darkness, but these players have finished their first rounds of 68, Cydney Clanton, USA, Mariajo Uribe, Spain, Lizette Salas, USA, Inbee Park, South Korea, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, and Hee Young Park, South Korea.

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Jess Leads By Four Shots.

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Jess Korda leads the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shots after 54 holes at the Siam Country Club.

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Jess carded a third round -4 under par 68 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shot at -20 under par;

“I had no expectations, but my coach and I have worked together and it is still there.”

 “I was bit nervous on the front nine, but I knocked the rust off.”

“It’s crazy how quick it is coming together, I’m really enjoying it and now have one more day.”

Local girl Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, is in second place at -16 under par, charging hard with a third round -7 under par 65, which included an Eagle 2 on the par four 14th hole;

“I really enjoyed my game today, it’s working out pretty good.”

“There is a lot of support and it feels nice having people cheering you on.”

Minjee Lee, Australia, completes the top three with a third round -4 under 68 giving her that place on her own.

The leaderboard is quite compacted behind Jess, ladies like Ariya Jutanugarn at -14 under, Lexi Thompson, -13, with Nelly Korda, Michelle Wie and Amy Yang all at -12 under could easily make a charge. it will be an interesting last day to see how it all unfolds.

Two sisters are involved in this contest, with Ariya and Nelly trying to catch their siblings.

Nelly said she is hoping to make a run at it;

“She’s playing great golf and hopefully she keeps killing it, hopefully I can make a run Sunday.”

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