Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Lydia Ko Wins in a Play-Off.

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Lydia Ko won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in play-off against Stacy Lewis, at Vancouver Golf Club, in Canada.

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Lydia and Stacy both finished at -12 under par at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, leading to a play-off, which Lydia won on the first extra hole, with a par. Lydia could only manage a final round of even par 72 today, allowing Stacy to catch her at the top of the leaderboard with her -5 under par 67.

Lydia won here at  Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years old in 2012, and still gets loads of support from the galleries;

“It’s been such an amazing week. I definitely share this win with everyone who came out here this week.”

“There were so many people out here after the Pro-Am after every hole; I was signing for five minutes and then getting to the next tee.”

“There’s a lot of people out here, so it great to see everyone. I just want to thank everyone for the support.”

“It would have been great if I was coming down the 18th with like a four-shot lead like I did in 2012.”

 “But it is what it is. Stacy played amazing today; to shoot 67 under those conditions.”

“You’ve just got to concentrate on your game, just one shot a time, and that’s what I tried to do.”

“I said, I don’t want to get too aggressive to that pin but maybe it was a little bit too safe and maybe wasn’t the best shot going in.”

“I made a really good first putt on my normal 72nd hole, and made a good putt on the first playoff hole. If the putt was any longer for my second one, I would have been really nervous.”

“Just with the way my game has been over the last month or so, I felt I was close to putting together a good round, and that’s what I did today.”

“Still left a few out there. But would have liked a better lie in the rough in the playoff, but other than that, it was pretty good.”

So Yeon Ryu, who was the winner of this event last year, at London Hunt in Ontario, tied for third place with fellow South Korean player Sei Young Kim at -11 under par.

So Yeon Ryu had a marvelous final round of -8 under par 64, and came so close to the play-off, while Sei Young carded a last round -4 under 68.

Best Canadian lady was teenager Brooke Henderson, who was coming off a victory last week in the Portland Classic, she could only finish T23 here this week, with her poor putting taking the blame. Her last round -5 under par 67 was the only time she carded a score in the sixties;

“I wanted to show and give the crowd a little bit of excitement. I think today I did that. I knew I was capable of it.”

“The other couple of days I was hitting the ball not too bad, but just wasn’t making any putts. Today they fell.”

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Candie & Lydia Tied at the Top.

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Candie Kung and Lydia Ko are tied t the top of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open leaderboard at Vancouver Golf Club, in Canada.

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Candie carded a -1 under par third round, but stayed at the top of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open leaderboard, while Lydia caught up with her posting -3 under par 69. Both ladies have a tournament total of -12 under par, and will have a two shot lead over the field starting the final round tomorrow.

Candie said she is playing well, just missed a couple of putts;

”Feeling pretty good today.”

“I hit the ball good and it was actually one of the best ball-striking days I had all week. Just missed a couple putts here and there.”

“Those were all wrong reads. But I’m hitting it good, putting it good.”

”It’s 18 holes, one shot at a time, one putt at a time, we will see what happens at the end of the day.”

Lydia knows she could always have played better, well almost.The World number two is looking to get the #1 spot back;

“I think every round, unless I shoot 18-under par, I’m probably going to say, hey, I knew it could have been better.”

”Overall I played really solid today, so I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it and the way I’m putting it.”

“But no, I’m playing solid, and that’s the mind-set I’ve got to have and just have fun out there tomorrow.”

“It’s been a great crowd, lots of Korean fans out here, Canadian, New Zealanders and I’m sure from everywhere.”

”It’s great to see a lot of people out here and I think they get really excited when we play well, too.”

Alison Lee is in third place at -10 under par, a marvelous -6 under par 66 elevating her up the leaderboard to occupy third on her own.

Alison has thrown down the gauntlet, saying to her opponents;

”I’m just going to play aggressively, I’ve been in contention a couple of times but it was a learning experience.”

“I just need to be confident and hit good shots, stay positive. Not expect too much and not get ahead of myself.”

Karine Icher is in fourth spot, alone on -9 under, Azahara Munoz is another stroke back, -8 under par. They are followed by a large group at -7 under, which includes Stacy Lewis, Charley Hull, and Shanshan Feng.

World number one  Inbee Park is back T11, in a group at -6 under par

Inbee Park Wins Brutal Women’s British Open.

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World #1 Inbee Park cemented her place at the top of the rankings by winning the brutal Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, on the Ailsa Course in Scotland.

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Inbee carded a final round -7  under par 65, to equal the course record, and claim the Women’s British Open victory, with a -12 under par total, saying it was the greatest day of her golfing life, so far;

“Greatest day of my life yet for sure,.

“It was a great day of golf today. I played great golf out there.”

“This is something I’ve been dreaming of all my life, all my career, all this year. This is something I really wanted and to finally reach my goal is a relief and I’m so happy with everything at the moment.”

“I didn’t feel that comfortable coming into this week but to overcome a lot of things and win the championship is phenomenal.”

“Even though I made a couple early mistakes, I was able to hold on really well on the back nine.”

“Obviously got a little bit lucky today. The golfing God was on my side for sure.”

“That’s been the goal of my career, and I’ve achieved it at the age of 27.”

“So I don’t know what the next goal will be, but I’ve got to set some kind of goal. Just seemed so far and so hard that I couldn’t achieve the Grand Slam, and I’m here and I’ve finally done it. It just felt easier.”

Inbee is now  just one tournament short of completing the Super Slam, winning all five LPGA majors.

It was a South Korean carve up as they took all three of the top places, with Jin Young Ko, appearing in her first Major, finishing second on -9 under par, and So Yeon Ryu tied with World #2 Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, on -8 under par for the tournament.

Jin made a crucial error on the 16th, finding the water in front of the green;

“I was a little over thinking, and then I was a little bit nervous.”

Earlier in the day  Nanna Koertz Madsen equalled the course record with a -7 under par 65 in the final round, taking advantage of her early tee time, firing in eight birdies and one bogey in the calmer conditions. She finished the tournament at +1 over par, T21;

“On the front nine it was less windy. So the front nine was easier than the other days. But the back nine was still hard.”

Women’s British Open. Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu Lead.

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Jin Young Ko from South Korea and Teresa Lu of Chinese Taipei lead the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, where the weather is still giving the players some grief.

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Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu both carded third rounds of -3 under par 69, to lead the Women’s British Open with -8 under par totals for the 54 holes.

Overnight leader Suzann Pettersen could only manage a third round of even par 72, and is now one shot adrift of the leaders at -7 under par, in third place.

Mika Miyazato of Japan is alone fourth position at -6 under par, following her -2  under par 70 third round effort.

World #1 Inbee Park, South Korea,World #2 Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Minjee Lee from Australia share fifth spot with -5 under par totals

Best placed British player is Melissa Reid, who shares 8th place with So Yeon Ryu, both at -4 under for the tournament.

Melissa  recorded an eagle on the par five 17th, where she hit a perfect 3-wood to 12 feet, sinking the putt, and followed that with a birdie putt of 18 feet on the last hole;

“I’m not too far off. If I can just sort out the first few holes where I’ve been dropping shots then I’ve certainly got a chance.”

“I feel like I’m putting really well and my swing feels good so I’m going to go out there tomorrow and give it my best shot.”

Amy Boulden, pictured above shivered her way round the Ailsa Course, but did card the low round of the day, -4 under par 68. She shares 10th with Nicole Brock Larsen from Denmark.

Amy gave us her thoughts on the day;

“It was tough out there and the wind was strong.”

“Growing up at Conwy, definitely you get used to the wind and links golf. Especially playing as an amateur, we grew up playing links golf.”

“I remember playing in the Helen Holm, I remember playing there at Troon and it was always bad weather, so it’s definitely helping me this week.”

“In the British Open, you want it to blow, you want it to be tough conditions. You don’t want the top players going out and shooting seven under, you want to grind it out and that’s an advantage for me.”

Women’s British Open. Suzann Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Suzann Pettersen has the 36 hole lead in the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course, in Scotland.

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Suzann carded a very respectable -3 under par 69 in the  challenging morning conditions, to set the Women’s British Open lead at -7 under par. She will take a two shot advantage into the third round tomorrow.

Suzann spoke to reporters saying how difficult the cold and windy conditions were, and she would have been happy to shoot even par today. Coach Butch Harman has altered her swing, which has helped her here;

“They were very tough conditions; the ball is going nowhere,”

“Par is a very good score today. It’s easy to be picky but overall a very solid round of golf.”

“There is more wind and its coming from the south, so when you make the turn, you hit the wall on 12.”

“I think three under today is a very good score. I feel like I delivered my part today. I teed off early so I’ll enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon and be ready for tomorrow.”

“I felt I was in my hundred per cent control of the ball, the flight, the spin; everything you need to do in conditions like this. So this ranks pretty high as a good round of golf.”

“I’m a lot wider. I’m much shallower, which is why I hit it a lot further. Essentially, handshake, handshake. It’s super simple.”

World #2 Lydia Ko is sharing second place, with So Yeon Ryu, Jin Young Ko, from South Korea, and Teresa Lu from Chinese Taipei, all on -5 under par, they all played in the much tougher golfing conditions in the afternoon rounds.

Lydia spoke about the tough conditions in the afternoon;

“It was really difficult. The wind being strong is one thing; and it was definitely a totally different direction to what it was yesterday.”

“So the course was kind of like playing a new course. But it was so tough.”

“The wind was really strong when we were by the water so, you know, it was hard to keep it in the short stuff.”

“So I made a couple bogeys because of that. Probably the craziest weather I had was on Monday when I was out there in rain and wind, but it was getting pretty close when we were on 11, 12. I tried to hide behind the signs and stay away.”

World #1 Inbee Park struggled in the tougher afternoon conditions, carded a +1 over par 73, to be in ninth position on her own at -2 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Hyo-Joo Kim suffered in the wind, returning a +6 over par 78, and tumbled down the leaderboard to T10, at -1 under par. The British bright light from yesterday, Florentyna Parker also dropped away, carding +5 over par 77, and T21.

Everyone agreed that these were the worst conditions they had ever experienced playing professional golf. Wonder what tomorrow will bring.


Meijer LPGA Classic. Lizette Leaps Ahead.

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Lizette Salas leaps ahead of the field in the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

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Lizette had a bogey free third round -7 under par 64, to take control of the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard, with a -16 under par total.

Lizette has great faith in her caddie and coach, with everything working well;

“Gradually things have been coming together, I have such a great team, my caddie is doing a great job, my coach has been very patient with me and I am just so fortunate to be in this position and the opportunity to play some good golf and hopefully hold up that trophy tomorrow.”

”A lot has happened since I turned pro four years ago, and I have struggled this year but also kept working.’

”Finally, I’m playing the golf I’ve been working so hard to find. I’m really happy. Now I just want to focus on each shot and focus on keeping calm.”

”I think the putter really, really came in today,.’

”I just kept it in the fairway and kept knocking them close. I don’t know what’s going on.”

“Everything’s been going my way and I’ve been staying positive and just really focusing on my shots. I’m, really, really happy.”

Lexi Thompson and Kris Tamulis are tied in second place, those four shots behind with -12 under par totals. Lexi was -3 under today while Kris went one better at -4 under par.

Kris will have the advantage of playing in front of her home crowd, and a first LPGA Tour win would be special;

”I played all my junior golf here and my parents still live here in the summer, so it would be very special.”

”I can’t get ahead of myself though. I’ve had low expectations all week. I’ve played long enough to know there is a long way to go and great competition.”

“I do play really well on this golf course, I kind of felt the same about last week that I usually played really well there too but I didn’t so I knew that I was hitting it well and the course really sets up well for me.”

“There are a lot of tee shots that I really like hitting my driver well and hitting the fairways.”

Lexi was disappointed with her effort today, especially missing short putts;

”I missed a good amount of short putts, but I’m going into tomorrow with a positive attitude.”

“I’m going to go hit a few putts. The last stroke I made was really good, so I’m just going to go into tomorrow with a positive attitude.”

Alison Lee had a -1 under par 70 to drop into a tie for fourth place at -6 under, sharing that position with Brittany Lincicome, Caroline Masson, So Yeon Ryu, Katie Burnett and Gerina Piller.

World #1 Inbee Park had -5 under par 66, and is happy with her preparations for next weeks Women’s British Open, she is currently T10;

”It’s a lot more fun, sure, but you want to be competing in contention and obviously want to try a few things under the pressure.”

LPGA. Marathon Classic. Ha Na Jang Has 54 Hole Lead

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Rookie Ha Na Jang has the 54 hole lead at the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in search of her maiden LPGA Tour win.

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Ha Na shot a -2 under par 69 third round, to top the Marathon Classic leaderboard at -11 under par, and will take a one stroke lead into the final round tomorrow.

Ha Na is after a wire to wire victory here, and has a target figure in mind;

“I think tomorrow my target is fifteen under, so four more birdies!”

Close behind in second place is Q Baek, at -10 under par for the competition, a -3 under par 68 keeping her in contention;

“I learned a lot from the playoff I played against Lincicome and Gee Chun last year.”

“Also, Gee Chun won the tournament last week at U.S. Open.”

“I believe I haven’t made it to the next level yet, so hopefully this week gives me good confidence going into tomorrow. Hopefully I step up to the next level.”

There are five ladies tied in third position, World #1 Inbee Park, World #2, and defending champion, Lydia KoChella Choi, Austin Ernst and Shanshan Feng, all at -9 under par.

Lydia is in almost the same position as she was last year going into the final round here;

“I think I was a couple shots behind last year too so I don’t mind the position I’m in right now.”

“It’s great to return to a course where you’ve played well.”

Inbee admits that she has never really played that well on this course, and is well aware of the quality of her South Korean opponents;

“I haven’t played that well on this golf course, so this is probably the best yet.”

“They definitely know how to win, I mean, they won a few times on the Korean tour, so they definitely know what the contention feels like.”

“It’s going to really depend on my putting condition tomorrow.  If I can make some putts tomorrow.”

Apart from winning here Brittany Lang, currently T8 at -8 under par and needs to put in a good performance, she is hoping for a Captains pick from Juli Inkster for the Solheim Cup;

“But the Solheim Cup is very important. It’s the most fun you’ll have ever.”

 “I just know if I focus on what I’m doing out there, it’ll take care of itself.”

“Juli knows what she’s getting with me.  Not doing anything special. Just trying to play good.”

The ladies from America, New Zealand, China and Canada will have to perform extremely well to prevent a South Korean 1, 2, 3 here, it will be exciting to watch.

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