Shenzhen International. More Rain Delays Mean Monday Finish.

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More rain delays mean there will now be a Monday finish for the Shenzhen International in China, at Genzon Golf Club.

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Alex Levy waiting in the rain / getty images

Thunder and Lightning storms brought round four of the Shenzhen International to a grinding halt on Sunday. There will now be a Monday finish, with Lee Slattery of England, Soomin Lee, South Korea and Alex Levy  from France tied at the top of the leaderboard, with -14 under par totals.

Brandon Stone, Joost Luiten and Scott Hend share second place at -13 under par, Scott is the only player in the top six to have completed his last round, the rest of them will return early Monday morning for a scramble to the finish line.

Two-time Major Championship winner Bubba Watson has finished his tournament with a final round -6 under par 66  for -10 under total and T7 alongside Nacho Elvira, Rikard KarlbergThorbjørn Olesen Bradley Dredge and Julien Quesne.

Bradley and Thorbjørn still have holes to play.

Even in these atrocious conditions great things can happen, and Scott Hend hit a stunning albatross on the 17th hole towards the end of the delayed second round;

Shenzhen International. Round 3 Delayed. Lee Lead Is Cut.

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Soomin Lee saw his lead get cut at the Shenzhen International, before round three got delayed, in China. The top players have only completed about half the round, due to rain and bad light.

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Soomin carded only one birdie in the eleven holes that he played in the third round in the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club course, giving him a -14 under par total.

He admitted that he was taking a cautious approach;

“I was just trying to keep it bogey-free and not make any mistakes and that will be the same tomorrow.”

“I will just try and hit the fairways and hit the greens and just focus on keeping bogeys off the card.”

“This week is really helping my game and my confidence.”

“When I played in Malaysia, I felt very nervous but if I have a chance towards the end tomorrow, I think I will be better this time.”

The man of the moment is Callum Shinkwin, from England, he shot a tournament record low score of -10 under par 62 in his completed third round, to be in second place at -12 under par for the tournament. Unfortunately the low score is not eligible for the record books because due to the wet weather, placing was in use on the fairways. Callum also reported that he missed a couple of putts that could easily have dropped;

“Tournament-wise it’s my lowest round by three shots, so it’s nice to be able to do that.”

“To tell the truth, I missed a couple of putts as well but it was a great round.”

“I drove the ball great and on the par fives, I took advantage of the good tee shots.”

Third place is shared by Brandon Stone, -3 under for 12 holes, and Lee Slattery who is at -2 under par for his 12 hole played. Both players have tournament totals of -10 under par.

Lee was nervous for this round, but said he was chipping and putting well;

“I was a little bit nervous today but it turned out okay because I was chipping it well and I was making short putts so that kept me feeling confident.”

Joost Luiten had started his third round at -10 under par,  but was +1 over for his round through 11 holes, alongside Paul Dunne, -2 under through 12 and Alexander Levy, -3 under today and has completed 13 holes. These three are at -9 under for the much interrupted competition.

Shenzhen International. Levy and Lee 1st Round Leaders.

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Alex Levy and Soomin Lee are the 1st round leaders in the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club in China, before bad light stopped play.

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Alex and Soomin both shot first rounds of -6 under par 66 to top the leaderboard in the  Shenzhen International in China.

Alex has won on the  Genzon Golf Club before, at the Volvo China Open in 2014, and was happy to be round in under par again;

“I have some very good memories here and it’s always nice to play this golf course when you have your first win.”

“I just played great today, and I played well last week and a few bad rounds with the wind. I feel my game is in a good way.”

“It’s nice because you have some big memories and, for me, it’s really nice to play on this place.”

“It’s always nice to shoot under par”

Soomin, from South Korea, has changed his putting technique, and the hard work is paying off, carding a bogey free round today;

“It’s good, because really I needed to change, it was really a problem for me in Perth through Thailand, so I changed.”

“I had three weeks in Korea, so I’m all practicing putting and then change.”

“I think this course seems like Malaysia, good for me. Small greens, narrow greens and heavy rough.”

“I just tried to keep in the fairway and greens and then completed some putts.”

Currently in third position is Brandon Stone, he is one of the players still to finish his first round, having completed 17 holes, with a -5 under par total.

 Raphaël Jacquelin, Gary Stal, Eduardo de la Riva, Paul Dunne and Joost Luiten are T4 with completed rounds of -4 under par 68.

Defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat along with two-time Major Championship winner Bubba Watson are in the large group at -1 under.

There was a long 45-minute delay due to lightning in the afternoon, which meant 32 players will be returning to finish their rounds on Friday morning.

World Ladies Championship. Jung-Min Lee Wins

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Jung-Min Lee from South Korea wins the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

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The World Ladies Championship was won by Jung-Ming with a final round -6 under par 66, to post a winning total of -9 under par. South Korea dominated this competition claiming the top five places on the leaderboard, as well as taking the Team Title.

Jung-Ming was surprised with her win, she also claimed the Team Title with her playing partner Jin-Young Ko;

“I was very surprised to win because I didn’t feel that I played my best and I wasn’t in the leading group.”

“My main goal this year is to get my best ever score on the KLPGA Tour.”

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The winning team, Jin Young Ko & Jung Min Lee / Power Sport Images

Seung-Hyun Lee, -1 under 71 today, Bo-Kyung Kim -3 under 69 and Han Sol Ji -1 under 71, all tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament.

 Ji-Hyun Oh was fifth, -1 under 71 in the final round giving her a -7 under par tournament total.

Yu LiuChina and  Saraporn Chamchoi of Thailand tied for sixth place, both on -6 under par.

World Ladies Championship. Liu Yu Leads Suspended Round Three.

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Liu Yu, the home hope from China has taken the lead in round three of the suspended World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills.

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CHN Liu Yu leads the suspended round three, at -7 under par, of the Ladies World championship, as play was once again halted at Mission Hills, and she was totally bemused by the fact;

“It was totally unexpected.”

“It’s a really strong field with quality players from the Ladies European Tour and Korean LPGA as well as the China LPGA Tour.”

“I’m happy with my position today. And for tomorrow, I’ll just keep my strategy and make it keep going.”

“There are so many good players here, anything could happen. I just focus on my game. It definitely would be fantastic to win this week.”

KOR  Oh Ji Hyun and Ji Han Sol from South Korea share second place at -6 under par, before play was suspended for the third consecutive day.

ENG Florentyna Parker, -1 under, from England amazingly has  Eagled the par five11th hole twice in the same day, as she had already completed nine holes of her second round earlier in the morning. She used the cart path both times, in a very strange coincidence;

“I kept hitting the cart path off the tee. I did it twice. In the afternoon I used a 7-iron to hit to one meter and this morning I did the same thing using a 9-iron.”

“This morning I played quite nicely and felt warmed up this afternoon as I’d played the course. I hope to continue to play well and I’d take three pars when I return tomorrow morning.”

World Ladies Championship. Ji Still Leads As Play Suspended Again.

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Ji Jan Sol still leads the World Ladies Championship in China as play was suspended again at Mission Hills, with South Korea players holding the top three spots.

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Ji has played just three holes of her second round, but has carded two birdies already which kept her on top of the World Ladies Championship at -6 under par, when play was halted once again.

In second place is Bo-Kyung Kim who carded a completed flawless second round -6 under par 66, to post a total of -5 under.

Bo was very happy with her long putting performance today, but not so clever with the short ones;

“My long putting was good and saved my round. I’m so lucky that I made birdies on the par fives. “

“This course is difficult and making long putts from seven to 10 metres always helps.”

“My short putting was not as good and I missed several birdie chances.”

“My wedge play helped a lot today and I made some good sand saves because the lies in the bunkers weren’t too bad.”

Jin Young Ko is in third place, she too has completed her second round, -3 under par 69, to post -4 under for the tournament.

In fourth place is  Tzu-Chi Lin from Taipei, at -3 under par, she said she was tired after getting  up at 5 am to complete her first round, and ended her second 12 hours later;

“I feel very tired right now. I played 25 holes today.”

“I think mental and physical fitness are tied together but sometimes if your mentality is strong you can keep going.”

Ladies World Championship. Ji Han Sol Leads Suspended 1st Round.

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Ji Han Sol from South Korea leads the Ladies World Championship as the 1st round was suspended due to darkness at Mission Hills in China.

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KOR Ji  carded a completed -4 under-par 68 on the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills before darkness caused play to be suspended for the day. In the morning  torrential rain and thunderstorms had delayed play by two hours and 40 minutes.

Ji spoke through an interpreter;

“I am really happy to get a great score even though it was raining a lot. I was trying to be relaxed mentally and it helped me to finish as the leader.”

“The first time I played this course in the practise round, I thought it was not that difficult.”

“To be honest, it felt easy for me at that time. However, when I played today in the first round of the competition, I realised that this course is not easy at all.”

“Today my shots were not the best and I made many mistakes. I will practise my ball striking and short game more for tomorrow so that I can lift the winner’s trophy.”

Second place is shared between three ladies at -3 under par, but none of them has yet completed their opening rounds,   KOR Ji Hyun Oh, with five holes left to play, FRA Anne-Lise Caudal, seven holes left and KOR Ye Na Chung, ten holes left. So there could be some changes at the top of the leaderboard once the rounds have been completed tomorrow.

CZE Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic, has finished her round at  level par 72 and commented on the cold temperatures, but she was happy with her putting today;

“I was freezing on the golf course because I just came from Phuket, Thailand, where it was 40, 45 degrees.”

“I felt very cold and my hands were freezing so it was hard to hit good shots and the grass was very wet, so I didn’t know what would happen.”

“I had 28 putts so that was much more helpful than two weeks ago when I was struggling with my putting.”

“I really like the golf course. It’s a beautiful course so I hope the weather will be better tomorrow.”