LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, Lydia Beats Minjee in Play-Off

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Lydia Ko, New Zealand beats Minjee Lee, Australia, in a play-off to win the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship title at Lake Merced Golf Club in California.

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Lydia and her 15th LPGA Tour Trophy / getty

Lydia, -1 under 71 today and Minjee -4 under 68 were tied at the top of the  LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship leaderboard with -12 under par totals, four shots ahead of the field.

Lydia won after a stunning second shot approach to the green at the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, leaving her a short Eagle putt to win;

“It’s crazy, because I was three over for the day at one stage today and I said ‘Hey, you just got to focus and you never know what’s going to happen,.”

 “I was able to put my game together on the back nine and when that putt dropped, oh my gosh.”

“It’s never over until the very end, until that moment you’re taking off the glove and the ball goes in the hole on the last hole, you just can never give up.”

“That’s what I’m trying to do.” 

“I actually thought my putt might go in the first time I played the 18th hole.”

“There’s a lot of emotions. My whole team and my family they’ve worked really hard for this moment, so I’m happy a few of them are here and we can celebrate together.”

“It’s a pretty cool feeling to get this win back at Lake Merced. This is such a special place for me.”

Four ladies were then tied in third place at -8 under par, Angel Yin, USA, -5 under 67 today, Shanshan Feng, China, -4 under 68, Charley Hull, England, -2 under 70, and Jess Korda, USA, with a disappointing last round of +2 over par 74.

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LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. Jess Korda Leads.

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Jess Korda leads the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club in California.

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Jess Korda / getty

Jess shot -5 under 67 in the second round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship to lead by one shot going into the week-end with her -9 under par total; 

“I knew I was going to get certain bounces that weren’t going to be super favorable as the greens got firmer during the afternoon.”

“Just stayed patient and stayed with my process and here we are.”

Second place belongs to Monday qualifier Annie Park, -6 under 66 today for a -8 under total, courtesy of a few putts dropping;

“I was hitting it very well today and some putts were dropping.”

“It was a good day overall.”

“It definitely helps knowing the golf course before coming into this week.”

“It definitely gets tough when it’s colder and windy, but overall I really like this golf course, it’s fun.”

Charley Hull from England has third spot, at -7 under par, scoring -4 under 68 today.

Lydia Ko, New Zealand shot -2 under 70 today to be alone in fourth place at -6 under par overall, requiring only 26 putts in her round.

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ANA Inspiration. Pernilla Powers Ahead.

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Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, powers ahead in the ANA Inspiration and will take a three shot advantage into the final round at Mission Hills in California.

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Pernilla Lindberg / getty

Pernilla carded a third round -2 under 70 to take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow of the ANA Inspiration at -14 under par;

“I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing for three days when I go out there tomorrow.”

“Obviously it’s going to be different. I’ll have, I don’t know how many girls chasing me tomorrow, and that’s going to be different.”

“Someone’s going to go out there and shoot a low round, so I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In second place at -11 under par is Amy Olson, USA, with a third round -4 under 68, Amy has never been in the final pairing before;

“I’ve never been in this position before, but I’m excited about it.”

“I definitely look at it as an awesome learning experience.”

“You can’t really learn until you’ve been there. So, I’m really excited about that.”

Six ladies are tied in third place at -10 under par, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, and Charley Hull, both from England and both with -3 under 69 today, Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -6 under 66, Jennifer Song, USA, -4 under 68, with two ladies from South Korea, Inbee Park, -5 under 67 and Sung Hyun Park, +2 over 74.

Inbee had a good day with the putter;

“Just a much better putting day than the last couple days.”

 “The putter just felt much better today. I made some good putts out there, especially good par putts on the back nine.”

Sung Hyun and Pernilla were put on the clock on the back nine, it rattled Sung Hyun who immediately gave up her two shot lead, and had trouble focusing on what she was trying to do, while speeding up play to catch up. There is a special tournament for this kind of golf, it is called speed golf, stupid by name, and stupid by nature.

S.H. said it was a rough day out there;

“I just tried to play my own game and stay focused on what I had to do.”

“At the end of the day, I just had to focus on what I had to accomplish. It was a rough day out there today.”

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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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Angel Yin / getty

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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Shanshan Feng / getty

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 Hull

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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In Gee Chun / getty

Race to CME Globe

Ariya Jutanugarn / getty

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.”