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.

 

 

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Ha Na records first ever Ace at a Par Four.

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Anna Nordqvist and Charley Hull share the lead in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, but Ha Na Jang recorded the first ever Albatross at a par four, on the LPGA Tour.

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Anna shot a third round -5 under par 68, to join Charley at the top of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. Charley carded -4 under 69, with both ladies posting -12 under par for the tournament.

Anna is excited to be back playing;

“I’m really excited, I really had zero expectations coming into this week.”

“It’s the first tournament of the year.  I’m just excited to be back playing.”

” Put in a lot of work this winter.  Who knows when it’s going to pay off but I’ve been pretty happy with the way I’ve been striking it and playing this week so far.”

Stacy Lewis shares third place with Hyo Joo Kim and Sei Young Kim, all just one shot back at -11 under par. Stacy with a third round -6 under 67, Hyo -5 under 68 and Sei Young -4 under par 69.

Stacy has met her target so far this week, but wants to get back to winning ways, wedges are the problem not the putter;

“My goal this week was to be in this position right here, to be in that last group going into the final day.”

“The best thing about this week is how I’m so happy with how my ball striking is. I mean, if I win tomorrow, that’s great, but my golf swing is where it needs to be.”

” My wedges are getting better.  I’m still not quite trusting them so there’s room to improve there.”

” I haven’t played anywhere close to my best golf yet this week and I’ve got a chance to win tomorrow. That’s getting back to where I was before.”

“A frustrating part about last year is I felt like I was putting it better than I ever had, I just wasn’t giving myself the opportunities.”

“So going into the off time, I knew if I could get my wedges and ball striking back to normal, that the putts would start going in from there.”

Ha Na Jang recorded the first ever Albatross at a par four, on the LPGA Tour, at the 8th hole, with a 3-wood from 218 yards at Paradise Island;

“Oh my gosh!” it’s amazing! Impossible!”

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ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, Alex Peters 36 Hole Leader.

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Alex Peters, a L.E.T rookie from England, is the 36 hole leader at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

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Alex shot a bogey free -9 under par 63 in the second round of the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two stroke advantage at -11 under par.

The 21-year-old rookie equaled the Buckinghamshire Golf Club course record, she was obviously very happy with the way she played today, putting really well;

“I just played absolutely amazing. I hit my irons so close and putted really well.”

“I had a few other chances as well, but a 63, I’m really happy with the way I played today.”

“Nine birdies could have been ten. I left one right in the jaws on the 12th, the par 3, but I just putted really well, hit it close and gave myself chances.”

Charley Hull is in second place, two shots back at -9 under par, she carded a second round -5 under 67, which could have been better, she made bogey on her last hole, the par five 9th;

“I feel like I was hitting it well out there today.”

“It was a shame about my last drive but I just saw the other girls and the wind brought their drives to the right. I thought if I try and hit a hard draw down there, but it stayed on my line and so I was a bit annoyed.”

“Apart from that I feel like I’m playing solid and I hit a great drive into the eighth hole, but I just missed that putt, because I came up on it.”

“Apart from that I’m pleased with the way I’m hitting it and where I am going into the weekend.”

First round leader Sophie Giquel-Bettan is in third place at -8 under par, her second round -2 under par 70 keeping her in touch with the leaders, the conditions being a little breezier than they were for the morning players.

Tied in fourth place on -7 under par for the tournament are, Nontaya Srisawang, Caroline Masson and another rookie, Emily Kristine Pedersen, who only graduated from high school last Wednesday.

LPGA. Kraft Nabisco Championship. Two Tied at the Top, Lexi & Michelle

dragon logo darkKraftNabiscoChampionship_188x84Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie are the two who are tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Michelle shot a third round -4 under par 68, on the Mission Hills Country Club,  Dinah Shore Tournament Course, to share top spot on the Kraft Nabisco Championship leaderboard with Lexi  at -10  under par for the tournament.

Michelle like the entertainment value in Lexi’s game;

I think Lexi is a really entertaining golfer, I like to think I’m somewhat entertaining as well. So, I think the both of us paired together is great. I think it’s great for the tour and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

” I probably won’t sleep that well. It’s just the chance, you want something so badly. I dreamed about this all my life, so I’m just trying to not think about it so much. I’m just trying to think it’s a normal Sunday. But I think that’s a good thing. It’s a sign that I’m really excited and I really want this.”

“I just go out there and I think I just really know what I need to do. I think that came with experience of playing so many rounds in my life.”

Lexi is looking for some more putts to drop, she was unhappy at carding a six on the par five eighteenth;

” Not the ending I wanted, I’m getting looks at birdies and just waiting for a few more to drop. I think if you’re not nervous, you don’t care, but it’s a good nervous. This is what I’ve been waiting for and what I’ve worked my whole life for.”

Charley Hull and Se Ri Pak are tied in third place, both with -8  under par totals. Charley put herself into contention with a -6 under par third round of 66, while Se Ri was just -1 under par 71 to put towards her total.

No one knows how Charley’s golf game will stand up to Major championship pressure, but it seems she already has the mindset   to deal with it. This is her quote from last year;

“This is how I always look at golf. I’m not going to die if I hit a bad shot. Just hit it, and find it, and hit it.”

As a professional Charley won for the first time at the Ladies European Tour’s, Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. Then she said she was having too much fun with friends back home to join the LPGA Tour;

” I was really enjoying my friends and stuff at home, just being a kid, being with my friends, going out, going to parties and stuff. I don’t want to miss that living over here full-time at the moment. I was still seventeen at the time. I still wanted my childhood in a way. There was no rush for me to go over there.”

This first Major for the Ladies is set up nicely for a dramatic finish, I am looking forward to it.

Catriona Matthew is T5 with Cristie Kerr, at -6 under par for the tournament.

L.E.T. Lalla Meryem Golf Cup. Charlie The Darling.

dragon logo darkLalla Meryem CupCharley Hull was the darling of the Lalla Meryem Golf Cup winning  with a four-foot birdie putt on the first play-off hole.

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Seventeen year-old Charley won her first Ladies European Tour victory at the Lalla Meryem Golf Cup on the Golf de l’Ocean course in Morocco. Both Charley and Gwladys Nocera finished the tournament at -15 under par and the play-off ensued. Charley birdied the first play-off hole, #18, a par three. She got to the play-off courtesy of a final round -9 under par 62;

 “I shot nine under today which is pretty good and I thought I had it on the last in my actual 18th hole and it just missed and then making birdie in the play-off to win it, my hands were shaking like mad and I had a putt from four feet in the Solheim down the last against Paula and Lexi. I had the same there to win and I did it and I feel like I’m a good putter under pressure now.”

 “With three holes to play I finished birdie, birdie, par and nearly birdied the last hole so it just slipped away. I never backed down and I got there, I got my first win while I was still 17, I’m 18 next week so I’m really happy. I love Morocco. I was here last year and played well here again.”

Gwladys bemoaned a poor putting performance all week for her failure to win;

 “My putting has been really bad the whole week so you can’t do anything when you putt like that. I tried my best; Charley played well today and she deserves it. She’s been close to victory for a while and she’s a great player so she deserves it. I had to play better and I didn’t.”

Sophie Giquel Bettan of France ended four shots back on 11-under, in solo third place, shooting a last round -2 under par 69. Two French ladies in the top three, that bodes well for French golf this year.

Defending champion Ariya Jutanugarn finished in a tie for 12th place after she struggled with a disappointing final round of +2 over par 73. Ling Yan and Mathilda Cappeliez  shared the leading amateur honors at -1 under-par in a tie for 25th place for the tournament.

L.E.T. Lalla Meryem Cup. Two Tied At the Top, Day 1.

dragon logo darkLalla Meryem Cup There are two Ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard on day 1 of the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, on the Ladies European Tour.

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Rebecca Hudson and Sophie Walker are tied at the top at -5 under par on the opening day at  Golf de l’Ocean in Agadir with totals of 66.

Naturally Rebecca was extremely happy with her round, especially as she practiced in a field at the back of a friend’s house;

“I’m very happy, I hit the ball well. I haven’t done as much practice as I would like but I came out and practised here the last few days. I had the ball under control and putted well and that makes a big difference. Hopefully I can keep this going forward.”

 “It’s great because she’s got a field behind her house so I’ve just been practising my short game. I have been practising but not long game.  I came here and practised my putting. My short game today was very good and I got up and down all but one time.”

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A good practice round in the wind set up Sophie nicely for the day;

“Yesterday I had an afternoon practice round and I thought that would be good preparation because it always gets really windy here. I holed a decent putt on eleven and knocked it really close. Two under after three, you’ve got to take advantage of that.”

“It was a couple of clubs wind and on the back nine it was a cross wind a lot. I played well last week but just didn’t putt very well, so the aim this week was to putt better and I did that today. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and try to keep my percentage of fairways up and my putts low.”

Sophie Giquel-Bettan is in third place at -4 under after her opening round of 67, she said the jet lag from the flight helped her on her early tee time;

“I really enjoyed it. With the jet lag from China it was perfect to play early this morning because I was awake so early. It was pretty good. We had perfect conditions, like 20, 24 degrees and the wind picked up around the fourteenth hole, but it was good conditions and I did the job and it was fun.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, Jing Yan, Nina Holleder, Charley Hull and Laura Davies have a share of fourth place, all at -3 under par on the tightly packed scoreboard.

Ariya reported that her driver was not behaving properly;

“My putting and irons were good today and helped me a lot but my driver was so bad. I hit like six provisional balls today and had a lost ball and had a seven because of my driver. I couldn’t hit it straight so I had to change my mind and hit three-wood” 

Charley had eye trouble and did not putt too well;

“It was good and I hit it pretty well, apart from one drive, I could have been a lot under par, but the putts didn’t go in. I missed a few short putts to begin with but I learned from that and had four birdies on the trot where I should have had six. I could have shot a lot lower.”

“It’s a great golf course. It’s quite tight off the tee so you need to be hitting it straight. I woke up this morning and my eye was swollen and I think I must have been bitten at night. I thought I would be playing with one eye but it wasn’t too bad. I could see more out of my right eye than my left so people at home will probably think, ‘What’s the matter with her eye?’ It’s gone down a bit now though.”

Looks like an interesting tournament developing here in Morocco.