Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Makes It Hers.

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Minjee Lee makes it hers as she wins the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee Lee

Minjee, from Australia, had a final round -2 under par 70 to win the Blue Bay LPGA with a -13 under par total. It got tense at the 17th as Ariya Jutanugarn made birdie, while Minjee three putted for bogey, to level the scores at -12 under going to the par five last hole.

Ariya, from Thailand, dumped her tee shot into the water on her way to making bogey six, while Minjee dropped in her birdie putt.

Jessica Korda, USA, needed to make Eagle on the last to force a play-off, and reached the green in two, but her putt turned away at the cup. She finished in second place at -12 under par, with a -1 under 71 last round.

Jessica is looking forward to next week;

“I have three events left. I’m going to go back and rest right now. Next week is another hot week and then I have Japan and CME.”

“So I would say that, you know, looking back at this week, I think considering we had zero preparation for the tournament and came in on Wednesday,”

“I think I would have taken a second place if you would have told me that that’s what I would have gotten.”

Ariya claimed third place on her own at -11 under par, her last round -2 under 70 not quite enough on the day, although she did provide some pressure at the end.

Reignwood LPGA Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn 1st Round Leader.

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Ariya Jutanugarn is the 1st round leader at the Reignwood LPGA Classic in China.

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Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya, from Thailand carded -8 under par 65 to lead the Reignwood LPGA Classic by just one shot on this peculiar par 73 lay-out.

Ariya stayed focus on her objective for the week;

“Today I really like want to have fun and enjoy in the course, and just like make sure I do like focus on like what’s under my control.”

 “Not worry about the outcome, the result.”

“Feel good, because like this year the only goal I want to do is I want to win my first tournament, so I did.”

 “So after I won my first tournament on tour I really want to win a major, and I did.”

Sitting in second place is Brooke Henderson, from Canada, on her first ever visit to China, an opening round -7 under par 66 was very comfortable;

“It was an awesome day today, and to get the birdies to finish up on 17 and 18 were really nice.”

 “Definitely a good start, so hopefully the next three days will go well.”

Seven ladies share third place at -5 under par, Jennifer Song, Yanhong Pan, Mi Jung Hur, Ziqi Ye, Lizette Salas, Taoli Yang and Shanshan Feng.



Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Ariya Crowned Champion.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, was crowned Canadian Pacific Women’s Open champion at  Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club.

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Ariya won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open title with a final round -6 under par 66, to post the winning total of -23 under par, and a four shot victory;

“I think today, like before today I felt like I wanted to have fun and be happy on the course. No matter what’s going to happen, I can handle it.”

“I feel really happy with myself right now.”

“After I won my first tournament, after that, I feel like I reached my goal, and after that I feel like I don’t care like what my ranking going to be.”

 “I don’t care if I’m going to win the tournament or not. The only thing I want to be, is I really want to be happy on the course.”

“That’s the only key I want to be right now.”

In second place, from South Korea, was Sei Young Kim, her last round -7 under par 65 was a great effort, she held second on her own at -19 under par.

Another South Korean, In Gee Chun, was third, at -18 under par, a -3 under par 69 last round giving her that spot alone.

Top Canadian was Alena Sharp, putting in a good performance for her country, a -5 under par 67 last round handing her fourth spot with a -16 under total.

World number one Lydia Ko was T7, at -13 under par;

 “I think I was a little far away going into today.”

“I needed to maybe shoot eighteen under by the looks of where the other girls are playing.”

“But no, it’s been a great week. I played solid all week, and there’s a lot of positives to take from this week.”

“I’m happy with it, and especially when I’m defending and I’m still able to have a top-10 finish. I think it was a great week, and I really appreciate all the support from the crowds here.”

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Ariya Still In Control.

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Ariya Jutanugarn is still in control of the  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club.

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Ariya will take a two shot lead into the final round of the  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open following her third round score of -5 under par 67 to post -17 under par at the top of the leaderboard.

Four times this year Ariya, from Thailand, has converted a 54 hole lead into a victory, and I see no reason she will not continue that happy trend;

“I keep the eye on me. I’m not really care like who the leader is, like what I say yesterday.”

“I really want to play my game and be happy on the course.”

“Tomorrow I really want to have fun, and I really want to be happy on the course. That’s all I want for tomorrow.”

Chasing the leader all the way will be In Gee Chun, who carded -6 under 66 today, to move into second place at -15 under par, she played alongside Ariya today and said she was happy with her putting;

“Today I could see the putting lines very well, and I was so good at rolling the ball on those lines, and I made really good up-and-downs today.”

“Those really got my game going.”

“Tomorrow I’m going to just focus on my game against the golf course and see where I am later.”

Sharing fourth place, and too far back to challenge are, Sei Young Kim,  South Korea, -4 under 68 today and Stephanie Meadow, from Ireland, with -3 under 69. Both ladies have -12 under par tournament totals.

World number one, and three time winner of this tournament, and defending Champion, Lydia Ko -2 under third round, struggled today, especially with her putting, and at T10 and -10 under is a long way from retaining her title;

“You know, I hit the ball really solid and I gave myself so many looks at birdies, but really not one of them dropped.”

“You know, when you’re having those kind of days, it’s really hard for you to go low.”

“It was a little bit of a struggle with the putter, but I feel like there’s still a lower round in me tomorrow. All I’ve got to do is just be confident and trust my game.”



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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Miriam Nagl 


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.