CME Group Championship. Lydia Leads.

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Lydia Ko, the world number one lead the CME Group Championship after 36 holes in Florida, in the Race to the CME Globe.

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Lydia shot a record breaking -10 under par 62 to vault to the top of the CME Group Championship leaderboard, and will have a three stroke advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Lydia had been working with coach David Leadbetter, he showed her a video of her first hole in one, that was the catalyst to fire up her inspiration;

“Brings back a lot of great memories. Even though that moment I really didn’t expect to make a hole-in-one. I got so close so many times. To know my first hole-in-one would be at the Olympics, it was something I couldn’t have ever dreamt of.”

“To see that swing, you know, I was hitting the ball really well at the Olympics. It gave me all the positive thoughts.”

“I hit the ball pretty well yesterday. He said, I think we only need a few minutes and we’ll be okay.”

“I think hopefully that will give me good momentum going into the weekend.”

“I mean, I started off kind of average yesterday, but I was able to fight back. I think that gave me good momentum going into today.”

“For me to win player the year I know I need to win this championship.”

“ A lot of things come with that.”

Tied in second place at -9 under are, Ryann O’Toole, -5 under 67 today, and So Yeon Ryu -4 under 68.

So Yeon changed her putting attitude;

“I actually like judge myself to, ‘Oh, the bad putter. I’m bad putter.’ Then all of a sudden somehow I was able to switch my mind to, ‘Okay, I’m great putter. I’m not a bad putter.’

“Then after my change my attitude I feel more comfortable to be on the putting green.”

“So Yeon, when you’re on the putting green you just think this green is yours. You can actually communicate with the green and do everything great on the green.”

“So I started to have this attitude on the green and then I am playing well right now.”

Ryann also has a charged up attitude;

“You see someone up at the top and you go, Okay, I can do it. I’m not going to let them beat me kind of thing.”

“If you’re playing well and the game is there, it’s a lot easier to have that mentality. Sometimes chasing can kill you if you’re not striking it well or anything like that.”

“Then you’re getting a head of yourself, yeah, this is comfortable zone for her.”

“At the same time, who is more hungry? I think I’m going to kind of go with that. Who wants it?”

Yesterdays leader Shanshan Feng went backwards today, +1 over par 73, to slip down the table at -5 under and T 16.

 

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Shanshan Feng is in fantastic form as she leads the CME Group Tour Championship after round one in Naples, Florida.

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Shanshan shot -6 under par 66 in the first round of the  CME Group Tour Championship, to top the leaderboard by one shot;

“Well, I’m normally a pretty good ball-striker, but I’m not one of the longest hitters. For me it would be hard to really stop the balls on these greens.”

 “But, I mean, I think the pin positions are still like reasonable. Like it’s not like maybe three yards over the water or over the bunker. It still gives us room to actually land it in the certain spot and have a birdie chance.”

Second place is shared by Charley Hull and So Yeon Ryu, both at -5 under after their opening rounds of 67.

So Yeon is focusing on every shot;

“So what I learned through that is I just rather more focus to like imagination. You know, just keep imagine how the ball going to fly and what shot I am going to hit instead of where is my hand going to be, my wrist.”

 “So I think you I was really struggle all year this year, but that was the biggest thing I was learn back then. I think that study was really very helpful.”

Charlie is just back from holiday, and is seeking her first LPGA Tour win;

“I always play well when I come back from holidays and stuff as well.”

“Because I don’t play well when I play too many weeks on the course because mentally I’m not there.”

“If I like,  even if I have four weeks off, I would rather have four weeks off than play four, five weeks.”

“Yeah, because when I play too much golf I kind of;  I don’t concentrate. I kind of get; I can’t explain it.” Mentally tired. If I’m back home I’m kind of refreshed.”

There are then seven ladies at -4 under par, and tied for fourth place.

World number one Lydia Ko is at -2 under, with round of 70.

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Coats Golf Championship. Ha Na Wins Maiden Tour Victory.

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Ha Na Jang wins the Coats Golf Championship in Florida, her maiden LPGA Tour victory.

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Ha Na crammed everything into her maiden LPGA Tour victory at the Coats Golf Championship, including an Albatross. A final round of even par 72 for a -11 under par tournament total was good enough to claim her first win on tour, and a wire to wire win at that. The final putt was followed by a big fist pump celebration, which was admired by Lydia Ko;

“Yeah, I’ve never seen that before. I don’t know how anyone can beat that. It was almost kind of like James Hahn’s Gangnam Style a few years ago.”

“But no, that’s a pretty cool ceremony. I don’t know who would think of that. But yeah, obviously she loves doing it to celebrate, and you can see by her fist pumps during the round, too.”

Ha Na spoke about the celebration;

“I tried on No. 12 on the tee, and after the shot, and I tried like this, and some people were like, ‘You’re really funny, your swing!’”

 “Okay, I’ll try it at Ocala in tournament, so it’s no problem, yeah.”

Brooke M Henderson, from Canada, was in second place on her own at -9 under par, she also carded a final round of even par.

Third position was shared between In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim and world #1 Lydia Ko, all at -7 under par for the competition.

In Gee was -2 under today, Sei Young -1 under, but Lydia carded a last round +3 over par 75, to drop out of contention.

Lydia bemoaned putts not dropping;

“I feel like during the middle of today’s round I didn’t hit the ball very well.”

 “Overall I’ve been striking the ball really good even in the rain today, so that’s a positive, and I feel like I’m stroking the ball well with the putter.”

“Not many dropped, but that’s another thing.”

 

 

Coats Golf Championship. Round 3 Suspended Due to Darkness. Lydia and Ha Na Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Ha Na Jang lead the Coats Golf Championship, as darkness duly suspended round 3 in Florida.

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Lydia and Ha Na are tied at the top of the Coats Golf Championship as darkness brought round three to an early end. Both ladies have tournament totals of -7 under par, with Lydia completing six third round holes, carding one birdie, and Ha Na at even par though her six holes.

In the late gloom of the day,  Lydia backed off a putt, because she was not sure if the ball had moved, and having been caught before in that situation the rules had to be confirmed;

“Yeah, I wasn’t sure because it’s obviously getting a little dark, and with the steepness of the greens, you never know if it does move or not, and I kind of was hovering over it going back and forth, so I don’t know if that action was making it look like it moved or not.”

 “The rules, we cleared everything, so now I can just go to bed and have a good dinner and come out here early, but this happened to me last year at this tournament, the second round or something, and it happened at KPMG, too, so I just wanted to clarify it so it wouldn’t be a problem tomorrow.”

Five ladies are tied in third position at -6 under par, with none of them having completed their third rounds; Kim Kaufman, Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Haru Nomura.

Kim Kaufman knew it was going to be a long haul today;

“We knew it was going to be long, and we were ready for that. It was kind of the same thing we did last year.”

“We knew early it was going to be kind of a fight, and then with about seven holes left this morning, I thought, okay, let’s make some birdies, and we just continued that in the afternoon.”

“I just played well, started to hit my irons really well.”

Lexi got up early, played a couple of holes, and then sat around waiting to start again;

“It was just an early wake-up call to play two holes and then wait around until 3:00 p.m. to warm back up.”

“But it is what it is, you can’t control the weather, and I just tried to make the best of it on the holes that I did play.”

Jessica said it was hard to try and plan your day;

“It’s just hard to time out your day.”

“I think we came back out and played two and a half holes this morning and then had most of the afternoon, morning off and then back to play six holes.”

“So I think just timing it all and keeping your energy levels up has been a little bit of a challenge.”

It will be a marathon day tomorrow with the leaders having to play 30 holes to complete the tournament, it will be survival of the fittest, depending on the weather of course.

Coats Golf Championship. Ha Na Cards An Albatross, Again.

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Ha Na Jang recorded another Albatross, to take the first round lead at the Coats Golf Championship, the course in Florida is her favorite lay-out.

Ha Na Jang of South Korea reacts to her second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers at Golden Ocala Golf Club

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Last week in the Bahamas Ha Na scored an Albatross, and she has repeated the feat again to top the Coats Golf championship here in Florida. Her first round -7 under par 65 has given her a massive three shot advantage going into the second round tomorrow;

“No.7 is a very lucky number, so I feel very comfortable today because last year I had a second-place finish, so I really have more confidence on this golf course.”

“I like it’s an old golf course, and just thinking like on the fairway and the greens, there’s no problem because the weather is perfect and then everything is really good today.”

“Oh, it’s perfect, no bogeys. I like it. So today is like more, I don’t want to think about that it’s windy and don’t play for a score. I don’t see the scoreboards. I just keep going just simple, simple, simple.”

There is a group of six ladies tied in second place at 4-under par, including rookie In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, Kim Kaufman, Candie Kung, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Kelly Tan, all with opening rounds of 68.

World #1 Lydia Ko had a more moderate start, carding -3 under par 69, but apart from trying to win this tournament Lydia has the Olympics, and the Zika epidemic on her mind;

“Everybody is so excited for the Olympics.”

“First of all we are more thinking about the people there, the people who are affected by it rather than what is going to happen with the Olympics.

“Obviously I’m just hoping that everybody there is safe. There are some things that we can’t control and that it is out of hands.”

“We still have eight months until the Olympics, it’s something we have got to keep looking at and monitor but for now, I guess that is all we can do.”

 

CME Group Tour Championship. Cristie Kerr Wins.

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Cristie Kerr wins the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

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Cristie had a final round -4 under par to win the CME Group Tour Championship with a -17 under par total, a one shot win in the end of year tournament. She said it did not look good earlier in the round, missing putts;

“It’s pretty cool. It’s a lot of different honors.”

“That’s what the year end is about. It feels pretty cool to win the last tournament of the year.”

“Didn’t seem like a whole lot was going my way early.  All of a sudden at the end, I was there when I needed to be.”

“I knew that I was leaving putts short and I knew I had to get it there.”

“When it left my putter and it was going towards the hole, I’ve had so many that were in the heart of the hole that I left a foot short this week.”

” It just kept going and I was like get there, get there, get there.  It went in and I was like, this was the first bit of momentum I’ve had almost all day.” 

Gerina Pillar and Ha Na Jang shared second place, just one shot back at -16 under par. Gerina with a last round -5 under 67 and Ha Na -3 under 69.

World #1 Lydia Ko finished with -11 under par, but still claimed the $1 million dollar Race to the CME Globe for the second consecutive year. Lydia is also the 2015 Player of the Year and tops the money list.

World #2 Inbee Park was one shot ahead of Lydia at the end, -12 under. She has the Vare Trophy for 2015 with the lowest scoring average for the season. With that she earns the 27th and final point needed to earn her way into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

CME Group Tour Championship. Kerr & Jang Share Lead.

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Cristie Kerr and Ha Na Jang share the 54 hole lead at the  CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

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These two ladies share the top spot on the  CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard, at -13 under par for the 54 holes played. Ha Na carded -3 under par 69, while Cristie raced up the leaderboard with her -6 under 66.

Cristie started her day with a bogey at the par five 1st hole, and then recovered to shoot the low round of the day;

“I played great.  I had one little kind of hiccup on the first hole where I had a very makeable birdie putt, about 12, 13‑footer.”

” I got very aggressive with it and got caught on one of the grains.  It was actually up to speed and little faster, so it kind of went by the hole and I missed it and was kind of miffed about it.”

“Maybe that lit a fire under me a little bit.  I got it right back on the next hole and made a lot of birdies on the front and had a lot of chances on the back.” 

“I feel fresh and kind of ready to perform, I don’t feel like this is the last tournament of the year for me.”

“It feels like there’s a couple left. Hopefully that can carry me through tomorrow.”

Ha Na is still overthinking everything;

“I think today too much thinking when I’m playing golf.”

“I want tomorrow very simple.  My thinking is a little changed in my mind.  So a little comfortable with my shot tomorrow and then I don’t want to think about the score and other players.”

” Just playing myself, so that’s it.”

Gerina Pillar and Lydia Ko share third place, at -11 under par, just two shots back of the leaders;

Lydia -3 under 69 today and Gerina -5 under par 67.

Lydia still really wants to defend both her titles;

“I mean, it would be awesome, when you defend something or do something back-to-back, it’s always cool to do that.”

Her main rival Inbee Park is now four shots back of the leaders at -9 under and two behind Lydia, and will need something really special;

“We both had really, really good seasons and somebody is going to become 1 and somebody is going to become 2.”

“That’s just the way it is. I’m just trying to tell myself I had a really good enough season this year.”

“I’ve earned what I wanted to earn, what I wanted to achieve. The rest is just a bonus.”