Dubai Ladies Classic. Anne Van Dam Still In Control.

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Anne Van Dam, Holland, is still in control of the Dubai Ladies Classic, after 54 holes at Emirates Golf Club, but teenage Angle Yin, USA, is making a challenge.

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Anne stayed in control with a third round -2 under par 70, to lead the Dubai Ladies Classic by two shots at -12 under par;

“It was a bit up and down. There were quite some good things also.”

“On some little shots I struggled a little bit, but I would say overall, two-under is fine.”

Angel came into contention with a third round -7 under 65, taking her into a share of second place at -10 under for the competition, with good putting;

“I am really happy with my round. Overall, I stroked it pretty well and made a few putts.”

“I hit my iron shots really good. Of the four consecutive birdies, three of them were a foot away from the hole, so it was tap-in.”

“Usually, when you start off well, you don’t close it off that well, but I did that.”

Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden shares second at -10 under following her third round -6 under 66;

“Someone is going to go out and play a good round.”

“I’m going to stick to my plan and I’m going to go home and think about what number I’m going to try to reach tomorrow, and that will be my goal.”

 Charley Hull, England and Aditi Ashok, India, are tied in the fourth spot at -9 under for the tournament.

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LPGA TOTO Japan Classic. Shanshan Still In Front.

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Shanshan Feng, China, is still in front at the LPGA TOTO Japan Classic, this time on her own after 36 holes on the  Minori Course at the Taiyeiho Club.

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Defending champion Shanshan carded a second round -9 under par 63 to lead the Toto Japan Classic by two shots at -15 under par.

Shanshan put the remarkable round down to good putting;

“What was working well was my putting today.”

“The first three holes those birdies weren’t very short, and on the third hole after I hit the ball, when the ball was like halfway I stopped and looked at Mercer [caddie] and I was like ‘oh my god that thing is going in’ and then it went in.”

“I was shocked, because that wasn’t a very usual start for a round, but then after that I kind of kept my good putting going on and finished with a nine under.”

“It’s not my first time leading a tournament, but of course it’s my first time maybe I’m not too far away from a title defense.”

“Of course, before I came I was like, ‘if I can do it, it would be great,’ but the most important thing I think is to enjoy the whole process and then playing with Ai tomorrow will be fun.”

Holding second place on her own is Ai Suzuki, Japan at -13 under par after her second round of -7 under 65.

Tied in third position are  Charley Hull, England, -8 under 64 today and Min-Young LeeSouth Korea, -4 under 68, both ladies  at -10 under par.

Charley was happy with her round today;

“Pretty much all round I played pretty good, but I still left some shots out there.”

 “But I’m happy with my round.”

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Dubai Ladies Masters. Shanshan Feng Wins.

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Shanshan Feng wins the Dubai Ladies Masters title, for the fourth time in her career.

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Shanshan, from China, took the Emirates Golf Club course apart in the final round of the Dubai Ladies Masters, shooting -8 under par 64, to win the title with her -10 under par total, a two-stroke winning margin;

“I’m really happy that I actually brought out my A Game today.”

“I knew that it was going to be windy today and I knew that playing in the wind is one of my strongest parts.”

“So even though I was five behind, but you know, in the morning, I always thought that maybe I would still have a chance to win this week and I tried my best.”

“Eight under was a pretty good score.”

Charley Hull, from England finished in second place, two shots back at -8 under for the competition. A good final round -7 under par 65 not good enough to win, some putts lipped out;

“It could have been a really good score, from 13, 14, 15, the putts just edged, but my friend texted me this morning.”

“He goes, if you shoot 65 or lower, I’m going to get my kit off by the tree. So I shot 65 or lower, so he’s got to do it now!”

 “Today I kind of woke up and got into my golf game. I’ve been a bit lazy all week I felt on the golf course but today I got in there and kind of concentrated.”

“Today I did and I felt good. I holed a few putts today and I missed a lot of putts, it was on the edge. I hit a lot of good putts out there.”

“Kind of evened itself out. Hit it pretty well, pretty decent and it was really windy today. So I’m quite happy with my score in the conditions.”

Aditi Ashok, -2 under 70 today, the teenager from India, who won the previous two tournaments, came through to share third place with Florentyna Parker from England, who led at the start of play today, but she only posted -1 under 71 in the final round.

Aditi was happy with her result;

“It was pretty solid. I actually didn’t start very well today. I started, I was plus one in the first four holes but in the first four, all four were actually birdie-able with the tailwind. “

So I didn’t really make use of that. I made a par on No. 3, which is playing one shot under compared to the field. That was not so good, but it was better after, the back nine, especially. I shot 2-under on the back nine.”

“I’m happy. I shot two under three days in a row. I feel it was consistent but it could have been better. But there’s always something you can do better every week. So it’s fine. I think I’m tied third right now, so I’m happy with that.”

Florentyna was also happy with her performance overall;

“I struggled on the front nine and was two over and I finished really well, so I was three under for the last five holes. So that was really good.”

“I’m pleased and I’ll take it. I’m going on holiday tomorrow, so that’s perfect for me. I’ve had a great year and eight top tens. I’m really thrilled.”

CME Group Tour Championship. Charley wins 1st LPGA Title.

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Charley Hull, from England wins her 1st LPGA Tour title at the CME Group Tour Championship, in Florida.

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Charley carded -6 under par 66 to capture the  CME Group Tour Championship, her maiden Tour win, at -19 under par, a two shot victory;

“It’s pretty cool feeling, hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I last won on the LET, the European Tour, like two years ago.”

“Had that dry like patch for a few years. Feels good now to get a win.”

In second place was So Yeon Ryu, a final round -5 under 67 giving her that place on her own at -17 under par;

“Sometimes you just, well, good thing is when you decided to do something then when you are completely having a faith about it, then when you did it you cannot really complain about result.”

“Maybe 17 was only one my decision wasn’t really great.”

“Maybe better to hit 3-wood or draw or something like that. But just sometimes I feel like just God make that happen.”

“You know, God make that happen for make me a better player, make me a better person. So I just really don’t want to blame myself. I just take this one as just serendipity, you know.”

Jennifer Song was third with her -15 under par total, last round -4 under 68.

In Gee Chun claimed the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, and also this week added the Vare Trophy, making birdie on the last to beat Lydia Ko.

In Ghee spoke about playing alongside Lydia and Amy Yang;

“It was big honor for me, because to have my name next to legends, and then I play with Lydia and Amy today,  and I always play with them.”

“I know she’s great, but Lydia is great player, I learned from her a lot.”

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Race to CME Globe

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Ariya wins the Race to CME Globe, beating Lydia into second place, it is safe to say it was not a good day for the World number one.

Ariya thinks it is great, and it is;

“It’s great, it’s like my dream come true.”

“I never think like my name can be in this trophy, and right now I’m really proud of myself.”

“You know even like last year I miss like ten cut in a row.”

“But I feel really appreciate it. Because if that thing not happen I’m not going to win all this stuff this year.”

“This year just like try my best, so I am not really worry about in the past. Try to be focus on positive thing, not think about all like bad thing.”

CME Group Tour Championship.Charley Hull Leads By 1

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Charley Hull leads the CME Group Tour Championship by 1 shot going into the final round tomorrow in Florida.

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Charley carded a bogey free -6 under par 66 to take the 54 hole lead at -13 under par in the  CME Group Tour Championship, but said she needs to work on her tempo;

“Just go on the range and hit some golf balls and just kind of worked on my tempo.”

“Sometimes it gets a bit rushed, just kind of keep it to the basics.”

“Remember what my coach said. I haven’t had a golf lesson in six weeks, so I’m looking forward to having one when I get home.”

Brittany Lincicome, -6 under 66, and So Yeon Ryu, -3 under 69, share second place at -12 under par.

Brittany was second last week in India, without using a driver, but her putting is still good;

“Unfortunately I didn’t get to hit driver one time at all last week.”

“I think only three times out here, but just to hit it straight and learn how to hit it straight for a week.”

“Then to come out here, the golf course seems a little bit more open.”

“Then I was putting really well last week, which is great to have it continuing this week.

“Now I’m bummed that we have no more tournaments after this week. It’s finally starting to click and we’re in November.”

“Any time I can stay near the top of the leaderboard is going to be a great finish to the year. One more day. I just need to kind of get it done and then enjoy the off-season.”

So Yeon said her putting was not great;

“I think maybe today’s shot was one of the best shot condition last three days, including today, so I was able to make some lot of birdie chances.”

“But putting was not great, you know.”

“Most important fact is I’m happy with my stroke.”

“Little missed lie or wind just blew up or something like really tiny thing, so I’m not really worry about that part. Just going to make sure I’m going to have better speed control tomorrow.”

Five ladies are tied in fourth place at -11 under par, Lydia Ko, a poor round today after the heroics of yesterday, +1 over 73, her main rival in the Race to the CME Globe, Ariya Jutanugarn carding -7 under par 65, Jennifer Song, -6 under 66, Lizette Salas, -5 under 67 and In Gee Chung -4 under 68.

Lydia and In Gee are battling for the Vare Trophy, with their season scoring averages within 0.007 points, with Lydia holding a slim lead.

With everything still on the line, tomorrows golf will be very interesting, see who’s nerve holds under the pressure.

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Mirim Lee Keeps Lead.

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Mirim Lee keeps the lead after 36 holes of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf Club.

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KOR Mirim only managed a -1 under par 71 today, but it was still good enough to keep her on top of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, by just one shot over the field at -11 under par;

“I felt a little bit of nervousness but after a couple of holes I forgot about it.”

“I think a little bit of nervousness is what makes you play well.”

Sharing second place at -10 under for the tournament are CHN Shanshan Feng, -4 under 68 today, and .THA Ariya Jutanugarn with -3 under 69.

Shanshan, who was  the first Major winner from mainland China said her performance made lunch taste so much better;

“I started the round really hot today. I mean, I had four birdies in the first seven holes, and I was 5-under through ten.”

“I made a couple bogeys maybe in the middle there, misjudging about the wind.”

“But the birdie on the last hole made me really happy, so made the lunch feel better I think.”

Ariya has developed a pre-shot routine that helps her focus, and control her game;

“I think I learned how to play under pressure, how to play, really excited, I know how to play.”

“I really want to focus on what I’m doing and what I can control,” 

Catriona Matthew, with the low round of the day -7 under par 65,  who will represent Team GB in the Rio Olympic Games, is tied in fourth place, at -9 under par with Ha Na Jang -5 under 67 in the second round.

Catriona, was happy to post one of her best rounds ever;

“That’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve played.”

“I think I hit 18 greens today.”

“Just one awful shot on 16 but then followed it probably with my best shot of the day, the 4-iron on to the green.”

“Gave myself a lot of chances and holed my fair share of them today.”

Charley Hull is England’s best placed player, carding -2 under 70 today which puts her in a tie for 10th place at -5 under par;

“I didn’t get up-and-down a couple times today, just because I’m so used to this golf course playing so soft from the greens sometimes.”

“So when I’m chipping, I’m pitching it way too far, even though I know it’s bouncy, it’s just in my head, because you’re used to pitching at the pins.”

“It’s definitely good being in a good position going into the weekend.”

World number one Lydia Ko rallied well enough to make the cut at even par for the tournament, with -2 under 70 today;

“I feel like the scores are pretty low, considering what the course setups are like.”

 “I don’t feel like it’s this easy.”




ANA Inspiration.World #1 Lydia Ko Wins the Years 1st Major.

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Ladies World #1 Lydia Ko has won the Ladies 1st Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, to become the youngest ever two-time Major Champion. She is definitely an inspiration to us all.

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Lydia needed some inspiration to make birdie on the final hole to seal her one shot victory at -12 under par and claim her second Major title, and also officially qualified for the 2016 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award.

Lydia’s last round effort of -3 under par 69 saving her from a play-off in the ANA Inspiration.

Lydia made history with her first Major win last year at the Evian Championship but said the second was just as sweet;

“It’s amazing. You know, you can’t really rank them, every one of them is special.”

“And every event is so different, so unique, and I think obviously winning this event is great, but obviously jumping into the Poppies Pond, that kind of tradition will definitely be one of the highlights of my career.”

“But I’ve never really played well at this course before, so just to know that, hey, I can still play well at a course that I haven’t really played well before, I think gives me the confidence.”

“Every shot is special in its own way, like every win is special, because every tournament is so different.”

“But just playing the 72nd hole, birdieing the last hole, that’s always a good feeling.”

Obviously for that shot to mean so much that I would win the event, that makes it extra special.”

“But I obviously laid up to the right number and hit it to the exactly right spot. But I thought it was going to be a little short, but with the greens firming up, it ended up being perfect.”

Charley Hull from England, -3 under 69 today and In Gee Chun from South Korea, -2 under 70, tied for second place, both at -11 under par.

Charley thinks her hard work is paying off;

“I feel like I’ve been playing great all season, like I put a lot of good work in over Christmas and over New Year, so I feel confident in my game.”

“I feel like I’m in a good place outside of golf, as well. Like with my friends, I feel like that helps me relax on the golf course, also.”

Ariya Jutanugarn was fourth, at -10 under, she said she had played well, except for the last three holes;

“Actually it’s pretty good, just only the last three holes.”

 “I really get nervous, especially being my first time leading.”

“Next time it’s going to be so much fun to be there, but I got a lot of experience from this week.”

Lexi Thompson, who started the day as leader, had a sad final round, +1 over par 73, dropping her to fifth position at -9 under par.