Lotte Championship. Minjee Lee Wins.

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Minjee Lee wins the Lotte Championship in Hawaii, coming from five shots back at the start of play.

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Minjee started the day five shots off the pace, but fired in a bogey free final round -8 under par 64 to win the Lotte Championship at -16 under par, giving her a second LPGA win.

She gave the credit to her coach;

“Well, yesterday I spoke to my coach and he was like, You’re only five back.”

“Just shoot eight under and you’ll be fine.”

“And I shot 8-under, so that was good.”

“I think after I went eagle, birdie, birdie, I think the second birdie I was like, Oh, I’m going to be really close.”

 “I just did all I could do, and, yeah, here I am.”

“Definitely a big confidence boost, last couple of weeks I was there, but not quite there.”

“Now my game seems to be coming together really well.”

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Katie Burnett-2 under 70 today, and In Gee Chun -5 under 67, shared second place at -15 under par for the tournament.

 

Lotte Championship.Katie Burnett Leads By One.

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USA Katie Burnett from the USA, leads the Lotte Championship by one shot in Hawaii.

 

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Katie shot a bogey free third round -5 under par 67 to take the lead in the Lotte Championship, and will take a one shot lead into the final round with her -13 under par total.

Katie said she loves putting on the Bermuda grass greens;

“I’m doing everything pretty good, putting mainly.”

“I’ve made a lot of putts over the last three days. I would usually say that’s probably one of the best parts of my game is putting.”

“Anything inside ten feet I usually am pretty good percentage-wise from there.”

“I had made a couple long ones too this week. I grew up on Bermuda and I love Bermuda greens. I see the putts better on Bermuda.”

“It was a solid round, I just tried to stay patient.”

“I’m from the coast so I’m used to the wind, I’ve been home for two weeks and it was really windy at home, so I have pretty much been working on a pinch shot or three-quarter shot so it doesn’t get so affected by the wind.”

KOR Su-Yeon Jang, from South Korea, holds second place at -12 under for the tournament, a -5 under par 67 keeping her in touch with the leader.

Three ladies are tied in third place  KOR In Gee Chun, -7 under 65 today, from South Korea,  THA Moriya Jutanugarn, -4 under 68 today, from Thailand , and

AUS Minjee Lee from Australia, +2 over par 74, all are at -10 under par for the competition.

World number one Lydia Ko is still way off the pace, at -2 under for the tournament, with her great rival Inbee Park further adrift at even par, neither of these ladies will figure in the top three placings tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lotte Championship. Minjee Lee Leads.

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Minjee Lee, from Australia, leads the Lotte Championship after two rounds in Hawaii.

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Minjee carded  a bogey free second  -6 under par 66 to top the Lotte Championship leaderboard in Hawaii, and will take a two shot lead into the weekend.

She said she was just having fun, and holed a couple of putts;

“Just been having fun and hitting my shots one shot at time.”

“I holed a couple of nice putts and, yeah, just got my momentum going on the front nine.”

“I birdied eight and nine, so I think the momentum carried on through the back nine.”

“I’ve been striking it pretty good yesterday and today as well, it really does help in this wind.”

Katie Burnett holds second place,  two shots back at -8 under par after her second round -6 under 66.

Katie  missed qualifying for the ANA Inspiration, and has used that omission  as  motivation for this week;

“It was motivating not to get into ANA, disappointing, but also motivating to go home and be at home watching a tournament when I thought I should have been there.”

“Honestly, I like the wind, I’m from the coast, so I actually prefer to play when it’s a little windy.”

“I think actually probably if you look at my finishes, probably have played better in those tournaments that have been windy because it makes you be really committed.”

“You have to make a decision and go with it and be committed, otherwise the wind is going to wreak havoc on the ball.”

Sponsor invite Su-Yeon Jang is in third position at -7 under par, following her -6 under 66 second round, and will complete Friday’s final group.

Megan Khang played the round of the day, a -8 under 64, making those important putts

“I think I gave myself a lot more chances today.”

“Yesterday I had trouble finding the green, but today I found the green and I was able to hit some close ones.”

“Right off the bat, number one, I was able to tap in a birdie putt. I think the key today was giving myself chances and executing the putts.”

World number one Lydia Ko did not perform too well today. an even par round of 72, leaves her T 26, at -1 under for the tournament. While her main rival for the #1 spot Inbee Park is T 49 for the tournament at +1 over par.

Lotte Championship. Moriya Jutanugarn and Minjee Lee Lead.

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Moriya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, and Minjee Lee from Australia lead the Lotte Championship after the first round in Hawaii.

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Minjee shot a bogey free Lotte Championship first round of -4 under par 68 in the windy conditions at Ko Olina Golf Club, and was very happy with her round;

“It helps if you’re a good ball-striker, but also you need to judge the wind well as well, like how far you want to take it right or if the wind is right to left.”

“You got to have some luck with it, too. It’s not just all your skill. You never know.”

“Mother Nature can throw anything at you. I think I judged it really well today so I’m happy.”

Moriya had one bogey and a double bogey in her round of -4 under 68, but was delighted with the seven birdies she had on the day;

“You know, I didn’t even count until I finish,I was like, Oh, that’s nice, seven birdies.”

“It was fun making birdie with this condition of the wind.”

“I think I having fun with my game today.”

“Trying to play with really like strong wind and try to play different type of shot around; try to get up and down.”

“Feels like I had a lot of patient with the wind today, so pretty good for my game.”

The top two are a stroke clear of five ladies all on -3 under par, Kim Kaufman, Sei Young Kim, Brooke Henderson, Caroline Masson and Alena Sharp these ladies all fired opening round 69’s.

Defending Champion Sei Young Kim likes the challenging conditions;

“I like to play windy, because if into the wind I can hit the cut shot.”

“Even if the left to right wind, my nature fly right hook, so it’s easy today.”

“Yeah, so very comfortable today.”

“When I walk on the course a lot of memory coming at me, so, yeah, very comfortable.”

“Then, yeah, give me a lot of energy, that memory.”

World number one Lydia Ko opened with a -1 under 71 today, with a huge group at T14, while world number two Inbee Park struggled, carding +2 over par 74.

Sony Open. Fabian Gomez Wins In Play-Off

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Fabian Gomez wins the Sony Open in a play-off at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii.

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Fabian was tied at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard with Brandt Snedeker, both with -20 under par totals for the tournament. They played the par five18th twice in the play-off, with Fabian carding a birdie second time around, to win.

Fabian set the standard shooting seven birdies in a row for a -8 under 62 in the final round, to catch Brandt at the top. Brandt scored a last round -4 under par 66, which was not quite good enough to get the job done.

Brandt’s suspect putting stroke put paid to his dreams of wining;

“It’s frustrating because I couldn’t make putts to win the golf tournament, is going to sting today and tomorrow.”

Zac Blair took third place, at -19 under for the tournament, a final round -3 under par was never going to get him to the top of the leaderboard. Zac also had a problem with the putts not dropping, although he thought the one on eighteen was good, it would have put him in the play-off;

“One of the best putts I’ve probably ever hit right there on 18.”

“Unfortunately, it didn’t go in.”

Love The Big W, on 16, I remember the scene from The Mad Mad Mad Mad World. Would love to play there some day.

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Sony Open. Zac & Brandt Tied at the Top

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Zac Blair and Brandt Snedeker are tied at the top of the Sony Open leaderboard at the end of day three at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii.

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                             Zac Blair and Brandt Snedeker / Getty Images

Zac could have had the lead on his own, but missed a two foot putt on the last, settling for a third round -6 under par 64, and -16 under par total at the hotly contested Sony Open;

“Just pulled it. Nothing more to it.”

“Didn’t hit the best putt and it didn’t go in.”

“I obviously don’t hit it as far as most of the guys out here, but at the end of the day, I think it just kind of comes down to getting the ball in the hole, and if you’re able to do that, you obviously seem to be finding yourself at the top of the leaderboard more often than not.”

Brandt carded a third round -4 under par 66 for his -16 under total, he remembers the first time he teed off in the last group on a Sunday;

“I can definitely relate, the one difference was I had Tiger Woods teeing off right in front of me, so that was a little bit disconcerting, to say the least.”

” I don’t think Zac views me as Tiger Woods, so I think he’ll be OK.”

“The nerves are going to be there. He’s got a great caddie in Andy Martinez to kind of help him get through it, and the golf course sets up really well for him. So I don’t see him having too many issues.”

Kevin Kisner is in third place on his own at -15 under par, he too carded -4 under par 66, and he wants to just keep on doing the same things, except missing short putts. He also mentioned the 5 iron approach shot that did not cut, and disappeared behind a tent;

“I thought I killed somebody in the stands.”

“I feel like if I can keep doing what I’m doing, getting the ball in playing, getting in on the green, make a few putts.”

“I’ve missed a couple of shorter ones, but it’s been good.”

Si Woo Kim has fourth place to himself at -14 under par, -5 under 65 today kept him in touch with the leaders.

There were  87 players who made the cut on Friday, so there was a Saturday cut of the top 70s and ties, and that knocked out Davis Love III, Another old-timer Vijay Singh was close to going as well, despite starting the day four shots out of the lead, he was on the cut line until making a long birdie putt on the 17th.

 

 

Sony Open. Snedeker Sneaks In Front.

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Brandt Snedeker sneaks in front at the Sony Open in Hawaii, at the Waialae Country Club.

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Brandt shot a second round -5 under par 65 at Waialae Country Club to post a half-way score of -12 under par for the Sony Open, and a one shot lead going into the week-end.

Brandt is looking forward to the week-end, and having some fun out there;

”I feel like I’m playing great, so it should be fun.”

”Maui being wide open off the tee a little bit helped me get comfortable with it.”

”And then I realized this week, how it feels, what should happen, and when I do hit a bad shot, I kind of know where it comes from.”

“So I feel way more comfortable with it this week and excited about it, because the bad shots haven’t been near as bad as they have been.”

Kevin Kisner is in second place on his own at -11 under par after carding a -4 under 66 today.

Tied in third spot are four players at -10 under par for the tournament, Luke Donald, Zach Johnson, Zac Blair and Chez Reavie.

Zach -4 under 66 today, Luke and Zac -5 under 65, while Chez carded a -7 under par 63 second round.

Luke, was asked about his troubles, dropping him to 78th in the world, and how he got his game back;

“When you come off a break there’s always a little bit of uncertainty of how you’re gonna perform.”

“I think mentally I took a bit of a hit, went through some changes, and they didn’t work out.”

“I was fully confident that they would work out, and when they didn’t that was a knock on my confidence.”

“Had some good results at the end of last season, and at least we are trending in the right direction.”

“It’s nice to get off to a good start, put myself in the mix, and hopefully have a solid week-end.”

“Just trying to get back to basics, and do what I am really good at. A hundred and yards and in, spend a lot of time on that.”

“I am never going to be someone who overpowers the golf course. I have to use the skills that I have.”

“Those have been the short game and putting, and they have been good over the last couple of days.”

“It’s good news, hopefully for a good year.”

Low round of the day, and tournament, went to Canadian Graham DeLaet, his -8 under par 62 took to him to -5 under par, easily making the cut.

Just making the cut here was Adam Scott, another round of -2 under 68 getting him to -4 under for the competition, and golf on the week-end.

Adam is still struggling with his conventional putter;

“Haven’t made anything on the greens yet.”

“So I haven’t got any momentum going, and I”m going to have to because I am pretty far behind starting the week-end.”