Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Eun Hee Ji Leads.

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Eun Hee Ji, from South Korea, leads the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship after the first round in Taiwan.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

Eun Hee Ji / getty

Eun Hee carded a -6 under par 66 to lead the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship by three shots on day one;

“I changed my swings a little bit. That one I worked on a lot. My caddie is helping me a lot.”

“It’s like more information for wind and club choosing. That’s everything.”

“I think just a good day. I’m just more relaxed with the weather. That makes it a lot easier for when I play.”

Sharing second place are Sei Young Kim, also from South Korea, and Meghan Khang, USA, and Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand, all with opening rounds of -3 under par 69.

Sei Young said is was a tough day;

“Oh, really tough day today because we got a lot of rain, and a couple of holes, really gusting wind.”

“It was tough to judge distance and how to take the club.”

“Me and my caddie were talking about the right way, and yeah, we did a great job.”

Meghan mentioned the tough conditions;

 “Even in these conditions, I think it’s still a great score.”

Five ladies are in fifth place at -2 under par, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Brittany Altomare, USA, Jenny Shin, South Korea, Azahara Munoz, Spain and local player Min Lee from Taiwan.

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Manulife LPGA Classic. Play-Off Win For Ariya.

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Ariya Jutanugarn wins the Manulife LPGA Classic after a three-way play-off at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.

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Ariya & Trophy

Ariya, from Thailand, shot a final round -3 under par 69 to tie the Manulife LPGA Classic lead at -17 under with Lexi Thompson, U.S.A. even par 72 today, and In Gee Chun, South Korea who carded a last round -2 under 68.

Ariya made birdie on the first play-of hole, the par four 18th, to claim her 6th LPGA victory, which should also elevate her to #1 in the Rolex Rankings;

“I just can’t believe I win the tournament.”

“When I got here I didn’t feel comfortable to hit the golf ball and I was scared to hit my tee shot.”

“I just went out; and today is really windy and pretty hard to make birdie and even hit on the green.”

“I just made sure I’m committed to every shot and go out and have fun.”.

“To be honest, I didn’t pay attention with the ranking. I only want to go out and have fun.”

Lexi suffered from a bad bout with her putter, on the last few holes;

“I made everything it seemed like all week, and then just two last putts I guess on the last two holes, actually last three holes.”

“I had like a five-footer, six-footer, and about a four-footer and missed them all.”

“If I made those I would’ve won, but that’s golf I guess.”

In Gee is happy with her progress;

“I think we’re almost there. Everything is good.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, was in fourth place at -16 under par, a final round of -3 under 69 moving her up the leaderboard.

Best placed Canadian lady was Brooke Henderson, a last round -1 under 71 not good enough to get her into the mix. She blamed poor putting for her failure today;

“I missed a lot of putts today.”

Lydia Ko Still Number One.

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Officially Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, is still the Womens Number One ranked player in the world, she has now been #1 for 85 consecutive weeks.

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Lydia smiling at the news / getty

Remember how Ian Poulter was told he had lost his PGA Tour card, and then the authorities came back and apologized, saying a recalculation had been made and Ian had kept his playing privileges for 2017, by 0.01 of a point.

Well the same thing has happened to Lydia, she is still Ladies World Number 1, by just the same margin, 0.01 of a point. Seems that the projections tool mistakenly included the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic as part of the calculations. Amazing how it has taken so long to correct a mistake that was made in 2015.

Lydia now has  8.37 points and Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, is in second place with 8.36.

Makes you wonder how the people in these organisations who calculate these rankings actually keep their jobs.

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ShopRite Classic. In-Kyung Kim and Paula Creamer Tied at the Top.

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In-Kyung Kim, South Korea,  and Paula Creamer, U.S.A. are tied at the top of the ShopRite Classic leaderboard after 36 holes at Stockton Seaview Golf Club in New Jersey.

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In-Kyung Kim and Paula Creamer / getty

In Kyung, -4 under 67 today and Paula also -4 under 67 share the lead in the ShopRite  Classic, at -9 under par. This is a three round tournament, and these two ladies will take a two shot going into the final round tomorrow.

In Kyung spoke about the wind conditions today;

“The wind was blowing less and the greens were really pure this morning.”

 “The par fives I managed well yesterday and today.”

“The par threes are tough but I gave it my best.”

Paula is happy to be in contention, it has been a while;

“It feels good. It’s been a while, that’s for sure.”

“My team, we’ve just been working so hard. I feel good. I feel prepared. I knew there was a time I was going to breakthrough.”

“It just shows these last two days have been good golf.”

“Whatever happens tomorrow happens, but I feel like my golf game is in a good place.” 

Defending champion Anna Nordqvist is in the three-way tie for third place at -7 under par, an even par third round of 71 not dong her any favors;

“Overall I feel like I played a little bit better than I scored.”

“I’m still in it. It was just a hard afternoon with the wind.”

Sharing third spot at -7 under with Anna, are Jeong Eun Lee, -1 under 70 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, also -1 under 70, whose sister Ariya has become the new World Ladies Number one  ranked player this week, taking over that spot from Lydia Ko who had held it for 84 weeks.

Moriya said she was hanging in there today;

 “It’s hang in there today, and then tomorrow if I have a solid day it would be good for me.” 

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Haru Nomura Leads.

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Haru Nomura, Japan, leads the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout after the second round in Texas.

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Haru Nomura / getty

Haru shot -6 under par 65 to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout by one shot at -9 under par, with good putting being the key to her round today;

“My mind was very calm today. It was windy, but I like windy and tough conditions.”

“I putted well and shot pretty good today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn holds second place, at -8 under par, she carded -4 under par 67 today;

“Pretty good day today, I hit the ball pretty good on my front nine, made some putts today.”

Third place belongs to Suzann Pettersen, she shot a second round -6 under 65, for a -7 under par total.

Dori Carter fired the round of the day, an 8-under-par 63, to make her first cut of the season, good putting again helped;

“That’s just golf, I struck the ball well yesterday and I didn’t get up and down, today I did.”

“When I missed the green, I got up and down. And then I had some really cool long fringe putts.”

“Putts started to fall and that just became exciting.”

“So that was probably the difference between yesterday and today, I got up and down. I even holed out for an eagle today, things like that. I was always close and today was finally my day.”

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Mi Jung Hur Conquers Windy Conditions To Lead.

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Mi Jung Hur conquers the windy conditions in Dallas to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

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Mi Jung Hur / getty

Mi Jung played the course backwards to post a bogey free -6 under par 65, and lead the   Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, by two shots.

MI Jung said good putting on her back nine made the difference;

“The winds are swirling every hole, so it gave me a little bit of a headache.”

“I hit the ball pretty good today.”

“I just didn’t make a putt on the front nine, but I started making putts on the back nine.”

In the huge pack of eight ladies sharing second place at -4 under par is Ariya Jutanugarn, who could become the new World Number One this week with a win here;

“I didn’t try to think about that, I just feel like it’s more important for me to have fun and be happy on the course.”

Michelle Wie is also in that chasing pack at -4 under;

“I just had fun out there.”

“It was fun to play low in conditions like this. I was happy with where I positioned myself today, and hopefully I can go out there tomorrow morning and make some more birdies.”

Australian Katherine Kirk is also in that pack, and scored  hole in one at the par 3 fourth hole’

“I hit it so well, so I bent down to pick up the tee, then someone in the group said, ‘get in the hole,’ and I’m like, ‘What?’ and it went in. I didn’t even see it, to be honest.”

Everyone was pleased to see the return to golf of Lexi Thompson, even the officials who so harshly ruled out her great showing  ANA Inspiration have now decided to ignore calls from people who watch slow motion replays time after time before making a phone call;

“It was just good to get out and be playing again. The three weeks off it was a little hard, but I’m just so happy to be here and get back into competition.”

“All I’m focusing on is the tournament that I’m at right now here in Texas, going to Japan next week, and forgetting about it all. It’s time to move on.”

A great politically correct statement, from Lexi who is currently at -2 under for this tournament, wouldn’t be good if she could win here.

Lotte Championship. Su-Yeon Jang Leads

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Su-Yeon Jang leads the  Lotte Championship leaderboard  after the completion of  two rounds in Hawaii. Rain  again delaying play, with the second round being suspended due to darkness.

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Su-Yeon Jang

Su Yeon posted a bogey free second round -5 under par 67 to lead the Lotte Championship at -10 under par.

Sharing second place at -9 under are Ariya Jutanugarn -6 under 66, and In-Kyung Kim with -8 under 64.

The third round is currently under way.