ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration after 54 holes at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

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USA Lexi carded a third round -3 under par 69, which included an Eagle at the 18th, to post a 54 hole leading total of -10 under par at the ANA Inspiration.

She complained that her putting was just a little off today;

“I was a little off, I thought the practice green was a lot faster today, and I got out there, and they were a little slower.”

“I was just a little timid, but putting is all about confidence, so I just need to roll a few in and get that confidence going.”

“It was a quick change out there with my last few holes, but it was a bit of a struggle my first 10.”

“Just on the greens, struggled a bit, just putting a little timid, but to finish like that definitely turns around my confidence, and I feel really good going into tomorrow.”

THA Ariya Jutanugarn -5 under par 67, shares second place with NZL Lydia Ko, the World Number one, -3 under 69 and KOR In Gee Chun, -3 under 69 today, they are both at -9 under par.

JPN Ai Miyazato -1 under 71 today, and ENG Charley Hull, -3 under 69 are T5 at -8 under par.

This is the Ladies first Major of the year, and it will be interesting to see if Lexi can hold off the challenge from Lydia.

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Thompson Joins Ai Miyazato

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Lexi Thompson joins Ai Miyazato at the top of the ANA Inspiration leaderboard at the half way point at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

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Lexi shot -4 under par 68 in the second round of the ANA Inspiration to join Ai at the top at -7 under par for the tournament. Ai carded -2 under 70 to stay where she finished yesterday.

Both ladies have changed putters, and Lexi said it was good to hear the cheer from the crowd when her birdie attempt on 18 dropped in;

“It’s a dramatic change, just changing  the putter and a little bit different stance over the putts has given me a lot of confidence this week.”

“I’m rolling it a lot better, and having my caddie Benji line me up has helped me out a lot too.”

“Eighteen is one of the best finishing holes that we have out here, but to hear the crowds cheer making that putt is definitely a good feeling.”

“Gives me chills every time.”

Ai just made adjustment to the lie on her putter, it was staying patient that helped her. She is also looking forward to paring with Lexi tomorrow;

“Even though I made the bogey, afterwards I didn’t try to get it back soon.”

“I’m like just par’s okay on the next hole and see how it goes and just let it go and let it happen. So it was kind of a good mental control.”

“It will be interesting, I think. I played with her many times and I really like to play with her because she’s a really good player.”

“I know she’s in good shape, so it’s kind of fun to see her game too.”

“But, you know, it’s just doesn’t matter this golf course if you hit long or not. So just you need to be really staying with your game and have a good course management, so that’s about it.”

The top two lead by one shot ahead of a large group at 6-under par, which includes major champions Lydia Ko, In Gee Chun and Suzann Pettersen, Lizette Salas, Lee-Anne Pace and Sung Hyun Park.

 

 

 

ANA Inspiration. Ai Miyazato & Azahara Munoz Lead.

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Ai Miyazato & Azahara Munoz lead after the first round of the ANA Inspiration tournament on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club, in California.

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JPN Ai shot a bogey free -5 under par 67, while Azahara added one bogey to her score, on the final hole of the day.

Ai said she was feeling fine;

“It’s always exciting to be here, I know a lot of history and background.”

“Well, obviously I haven’t really played well on this golf course, but finally my game is coming all together.”

“My family’s here, and like I said, my game has been in good shape since last week, and I just feel good.”

I’ve been feeling good about my game since the beginning of the season.”

“I said to myself just be patient until the scoring is going to be good. I had a good self talk since the beginning of the season, so I actually had have confidence since then.”

ESP   Azahara is on the come trail back after undergoing surgery on her left hand to remove a benign tumor in March of 2015;

“It’s funny because I’ve been really working on my attitude, but the results haven’t really showed, even though I’ve been doing so much better.”

 “But always something happened that it kind of crossed my round.”

“But I just;  I know I need to keep believing in myself and eventually it’s going to happen.”

“It obviously hasn’t been the easiest of years for me since the surgery and all of that, but I know I’m a good player, and eventually it’s going to happen, so if I keep doing what I’m doing, I think I’ll be okay.”

Three ladies are sharing third place, at -4 under par, Catriona Matthew, Shiho Oyama and Lee Ann Pace occupy the slot.

The first Americans are at T6 at -3 under par, Gerina Pillar, Ryann O’Toole and Lexi Thompson are tied at that score with five other ladies.

 

Kia Classic. Lydia Ko Captures the Title.

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World #1 Lydia Ko captures the Kia Classic title at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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 Lydia knew Inbee was playing well, and responded;

“I just kind of peeked at the leaderboard and saw Inbee was making a lot of birdies, Inbee doing her Inbee things.”

“I knew that I needed to focus up until the last moment and fortunately I made some birdies down the stretch.”

“All the work we’ve put in as a team kind of paid off.”

 “A really happy moment, but I have to focus for next week. I’m really excited to go back to ANA.”

KOR 

Inbee Park finished in second place, at -15 under par following her final round -5 under par 67, achieved by sinking some good putts which gave her confidence;

“We have a really important tournament coming up next week, so I really needed to push myself a little faster to get ready.”

“This is a great finish for me and it’s going to be a good confidence week for me.”

“I have been struggling with ball-striking to putting and everything until probably last week.”

“This week, everything started clicking together. Started to hit the ball a lot straighter and started to get a lot of confidence and, obviously, dropping a few putts gave me a lot of confidence.”

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Ai Myazato was third at -12 under par -6 under par 66 in her final round elevating her up the leaderboard, she admits to suffering from poor putting;

“I’ve been struggling with my putting since a couple years ago.”

“That’s why my game wasn’t really there. But I had really good patience and I know I can get through it.”

“Right now, I’m in the process, but just the difference is it’s just I’m having fun more with my game.”

Kia Classic. Lydia Ko Comfortably in Front.

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Lydia Ko is comfortably in front of the Kia Classic, after the third round at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Lydia carded a third round -5 under par 67 to post a 54 hole total of -14 under par, giving her a three shot lead going into the final round of the Kia Classic tomorrow;

“You don’t get that many opportunities where you’re going into the final round with a few-shot lead.”

“But I’ll take it. I’d rather be a couple shots ahead than a couple shots behind.”

Sung Hyun Park, -4 under 68 today, Brittany Lang -2 under 70, and Jenny Shin -1 under 71, all share second place, those three shots back at -11 under par for the tournament.

Inbee Park is in fifth place at -10 under par for the three rounds, -2 under 70 today let Lydia get away from her. You can not really give the World #1 a three shot start at the beginning of the last round and expect to have a chance of winning.

Candie Kung, from Taipei shot the low round of the day, -7 under par 65, unfortunately -7 under is also her tournament total. She breezed through the first 17 holes, bogey free today, before finding trouble on the 18th on her way to collecting a double bogey.  Candy had a chance at the Aviara Golf Club course record as she walked to the 18th, but she was still happy with her round;

“Everything went pretty smooth out there today.”

”The greens were definitely smoother than the last couple days with less footprints and I played earlier than a lot of people.”

“So the greens were smooth. I played great. I had a very good 17 and a half holes.”

“It was just one of those shots that I put a bad swing on it and it happened on the wrong hole.”

“Happened on the wrong shot. I didn’t think I missed it that,  the shot that I missed, if it would have been on the other holes, it would have been okay.”

“It wasn’t really that far left of where I was aiming, but it happens.”

Kia Classic. Jenny Shin has 36 Hole Lead.

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Jenny Shin has the 36 hole lead at the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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KOR Jenny carded a second round -7 under par to lead the Kia Classic after 36 holes with a tournament total -10 under par.

Good shots and great putts and having your Mum along all add up;

“I think it was a really good round. I hit great shots. I hit great putts. I had a lot of six footers for birdie, so it was a good day.”

“The goal this week was like, I have to make the cut. I have to show up on the weekend.”

“This is the only tournament every year where I struggle to get in contention, and I think part of it was, it’s close to home, a lot of people watching. I want to do well.”

“Last year, my coach came out and watched me for two days. So it was just a lot of pressure. This year, I didn’t invite anybody, just my mom.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under par, World #1  Lydia Ko a bogey free -5 under par 67 today, and USA Brittany Lang, one of the first round leaders, she posted a second round -4 under 68.

Lydia said she had an up and down day, not playing so well;

“I didn’t strike the ball as well as I did yesterday, especially on my back nine, I had to make up-and-down from a few places.”

“The rough is rough, so when you get in there, it’s tough to get close to the pin or even on the green sometimes.”

“Sometimes I got fortunate but other times I was able to scramble and I think that’s the most important thing around here.”

Sharing fourth spot are Inbee Park, -3 under 69 today, and Hyo Joo Kim -6 under 66, both at -8 under par for the tournament.

Last week’s winner of the JTBC Founders Cup, Sei Young Kim has missed the cut, made at +2 over par, along with defending champion Cristie Kerr.

 

 

Kia Classic. Four Way Tie at the Top.

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Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Brittany Lang Inbee Park and Ai Miyazato in a four-way tie at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard at the end of round 1 at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Jodi had been suffering with putting problems, but got it sorted to post -5 under 67 in the first round of thee Kia Classic;

“I went to TaylorMade this week and I got on their putting lab thing, and I was consistently aiming like a degree left.”

 “And they put a piece of tape on the back of my putter, so they take away the sight line. Then I started aiming dead square.”

“So now I’m playing with a piece of tape off of the line on the back of my putter today. I putted great today, apart from one hole on number seven.”

“But it’s doing a lot for my confidence and a lot for my feel.”

Inbee was happy with her round, especially the putting;

“I mean everything went really well out there today, especially I dropped some good putts today so that’s why I was able to shoot a good round.”

“It’s always good to have a good round like this going into a major.”

“The greens are actually in much better shape than in previous years. I was quite comfortable on the greens today and obviously getting some confidence on the greens was huge.”

Brittany has also been working on her putting

“Since it worked last week, I’ve just been working on alignment with putting and swing and just really getting behind the ball and getting a nice picture and trying to commit, commit 100 percent to my shots.”

“I didn’t do as good of a job today, which is really cool to shoot five under and know that you can still really work on that.”

Ai changed the loft on her putter, not to what we would recommend;

“My loft wasn’t enough last week. It was only like two degrees or something. So I switched to the four-degree, and my ball running is so much better than last week’s. Probably that helped.”

“I’m still in the process I think. It’s just the first round I played, and especially these greens, Poa annua is a little bit tricky.”

“But like I said, I feel my ball rolling, if I keep it in the right position, it’s going to go in. I want to keep that the next three days, too.”

World No.1 Lydia Ko, Jane Park and Mi Jung Hur are all tied in fifth place at -4 under par, following their opening rounds of 68.

Lydia is still having putting problems;

“I was striking the ball really good but I just couldn’t get any putts rolling early.”

“But It was good to see a couple drop on my back nine.

“I was in the rough a few times. The rough is lush. The club just turns over. If you’re getting a good lie you’re getting lucky.”

“That’s why it’s important to hit it along the fairways.”

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