Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Na Yeon Choi Wins.

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Na Yeon Choi, from South Korea,wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.

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Na Yeon has a final round -2 under par 69, to lift the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with a -15 under par total.

Na Yeon hit her favorite 8 iron from 145 yards from the 16th fairway to score an Eagle, and take the lead in the Championship;

“I hit 3‑wood and I hit 8‑iron to the pin, was like 145.” 

“I mean, today, especially my putting didn’t really work and but still I tried to keep focus my shot and swing, and then I kept hitting well and then after 16, after I hit the second shot, I knew this is going to be good.”

“I felt really good, you know, feeling after the impact. So when I holed the finish, I thought it’s going to be good, but I didn’t expect like go in.”

“So I was very happy after that shot, but like unfortunately I couldn’t see the ball going in. I just heard a lot of screaming around the green.”

Mika Miyazato, from Japan took second place, two sots back at -13 under par, she said there was no pressure to recover from her winless streak;

“Not pressure for me, just calm, just played more focused in my golf game today.”

“I had a great round today so I really excited, Stacy and Brittany, it’s nice playing with them, so I’m very disappointed but it’s still fun.”

Azahara Munoz, Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist all tied for third place at -12 under par.

Defending Champion Stacy knew she needed something special after Na Yeon had eagled the 16th;

“I knew I needed to make eagle there and just didn’t quite get the drive down there to do that.”

“We had about 212 yards to carry the bunker, and I just felt with that wind off the lie I couldn’t get it over the bunker.”

“I could get it on the front right part of the green, but it didn’t really do me any good. I thought the best opportunity to do something was to lay up.”

“When somebody holes out, it’s one of those things, that it’s kind of meant to be.”

“It’s tough, but, honestly, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been in this position, a few months really, so you can’t be too upset.”

“I played some great golf this week and it’s coming around at the right time. We’ve got some big tournaments coming up here in the next few weeks.”

Lydia Ko, world number two finished T6, at -11 under par, with a fabulous bogey free last round -8 under par 63. If only she had been in that kind of form for the first two rounds!!

“I think I’ve been hitting the ball really well the last couple days. Just the first day my tee shot was a little off and that created three bogeys with it, but other than that I’ve been hitting the ball really well.”

“My tee shots were good the last two days so in a way I was playing good and my score wasn’t up to that.”

” But today I got some putts rolling and I shot in well with three under the first three holes, and when you get in a good momentum like that it gives you a good confidence for the day.”

 

 

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Na Yeon Choi Takes Control.

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Na Yeon Choi takes control of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club, at the completion of round two.

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Na Yeon shot -8 under par 63 in the second round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, to move to the top of the leaderboard with a -13 under par tournament total, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

She recorded an Eagle 3 at the par five 18th hole, and said that was her lowest nine-hole score, 29. Undecided on what club to take for the approach to 18, the tee shot had ended up in the first cut. The 3 wood found the green, and she then dropped a 45 foot putt;

“Actually beginning of this week I felt really good about my swing and putting, so I felt like pretty confident with this tournament and this week.”

” And then I just realized I shoot 29 on the back nine today, and that was my record.”

 “I mean, on the course I didn’t think about any score, any number out there, I just tried to be more independent player out there, and after 18 holes I got the score, I’m very satisfied.”

“I got the 3-wood out first, then changed it to a pitching wedge and then back to 3-wood because there is a small gap to the right side of the green.”

 “But the wind helped me a lot, wind was a little bit helping right to left, so I just hit 3-wood.”

“I mean, I couldn’t hit a 3-wood if today is Sunday, but today’s like Saturday and I feel good about my swing so I just hit it.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 68 today, and Anna Nordqvist with a -5 under 65.

Anna was disappointed that more putts did not drop for her today;

“I felt like I hit a lot of good putts today, just couldn’t get some of them to drop and it’s always nice to finish with a birdie.”

” I played really good today, hit my irons really good so I gave myself a lot of chances.”

” It’s just late.  Tried to keep my attitude up and keep my patience and my energy up.  It was nice to get one on the last, get one shot closer to Na Yeon Choi for tomorrow.”

The defending Champion, Stacy Lewis is in a group at -9 under par, four shots off the pace, and just loves the support she receives out here from the gallery;

“I think that cheer on 17 was louder than 18 last year.”

“We’ve got more people out here this year and I love this tournament, I love coming back here, so it never gets old.”

Stacy is joined in fourth place by Brittany Lincicome, Amy Yang and Mika Miyazato.

World number one Inbee Park missed the cut, while rival for the top spot Lydia Ko progressed to the final round, but at -3 under par is ten shots from the leader.

 

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Inbee’s 5 shot Major Win

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Inbee Park regained the number one spot in the Rolex Rankings with her win at the second women’s Major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, by a massive five shots.

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Inbee is projected to take the Rolex Rankings number slot with her win here with her three-peat at the KPMG Womens PGA Championship, with a final round -5 under par 68 and a tournament total of -19 under par on the par 73 lay-out;

“It feels amazing, it feels amazing to win three times in a row.”

“Obviously putting my name alongside like Annika Sorenstam or Patty Berg, legends of golf, just being a part of history of this golf tournament, I feel extremely honored, and I can’t believe that I just did it.”

“This definitely really elevated our major championship for sure.”

“This tournament’s been really a true major golf tournament for us, for the LPGA.”

“The golf setup, the venue, everything, the facility, the fans, everything has just been phenomenal for us.”

“I feel probably more happy about winning the major championship than probably being No. 1 back again.”

“I really just wanted to be No. 1 when I was really ready, and this is like the perfect tournament, perfect timing to go up there.”

She also spoke about passing  Yani Tseng  and Se Ri Pak for the most Majors won by an Asian player, Se Ri Pak in particular;

“She had great accomplishments in women’s golf, inspired a lot of young Korean golfers like me.”

“To win more majors than her, I never thought I would be able to win more majors than her or tournaments than her.”

“The accomplishments that she’s had, it was just nearly impossible to get, but slowly getting there.”

“I think I always dreamed of myself being a part of history, leaving my name, even before I die, there is my name on this trophy.”

“There’s a name on the U.S. Open trophy. There’s my name on great championships.”

Making it a South Korean one, two, was Sei Young Kim, finishing in second place at -14 under par, her seven birdies were tempered by three bogey’s and a double bogey at the par five 9th;

“Everything fell apart at the ninth hole.”

“Inbee’s the best ever.”

Lexi Thompson was third, her last round -7 under par 66 included a bogey;

“I just take a lot of positives from it knowing that I can pull off a round on Sunday here.”

“It means a lot and I’m going to take a lot of confidence going into my upcoming tournaments.”

Long hitting Brittany Lincicome the winner of the first Major of the year at the ANA Inspiration,was fourth at -11 under par.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Inbee In Control.

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In her quest to return to the top of the Rolex Rankings Inbee fired a bogey free, lowest score of the day, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship third round -7 under par 66, to post -14 under par for 54 holes, and will have a two shot lead beginning the day on Sunday. The defending Champion is looking to notch up her third win in a row at Westchester Country Club in New York;

Inbee said she is really happy with her ball striking and also her putting;

“Obviously I’ve done something three times before; I won three majors in a row before. I’m just trying to give myself the confidence that I can do it, do another three-time tomorrow.”

“When you’re trying to win the second, third time in a row, it just feels like you’ve done your homework already.”

“So you feel a little bit more relaxed and you kind of know how it feels like and how it’s going to play like.” 

“The way I’ve been playing, I’ve really been happy with ball-striking, and today was the best putting day yet.”

Sei Young Kim, who started the day at the top had to settle for second place, those two shots back at -12 under par, following her third round -4 under par 69, on the par 73 lay-out.

Sei Young is comfortable with her position right now;

“I don’t mind my position right now because I feel comfortable.”

“Sounds like I have done this before. So tomorrow I will be aggressive and I will do my best to try to win.”

Inbee will be aware of the threat from her South Korean compatriot, back in mid-April in Oahu, Hawaii, Sei Young “stole” the LOTTE Championship from her by chipping in on the 18th hole to force a playoff, then proceeded to hole out for eagle on the 73rd hole to claim the Victory.

Canadian amateur Brooke Henderson is sharing third place with Suzann Pettersen and Karrie Webb, all at -8 under par, four shots off the pace, and it will be a tough job to try and catch Inbee tomorrow.

Brittany Lincicome moved up the leaderboard to T7 at -6 under par, with her -4 under par 69 third round, she is eight shots off the pace, but finds it fun;

 “I was trying not to look at my scorecard, and trying not to look at the standard bearer because you’re trying not to think about, I birdied two in a row, I birdied three in a row; you want to keep it going. But yeah, it’s really fun,”

KPMG Women’s LPGA Championship. Sei Young Kim in Front. Lydia Misses Cut.

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Sei Young sits on top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard at -8 under par following her second round -5 under par 68, on the par 73 lay-out at Westchester Country Club, in New York.

She expressed her feelings through an interpreter;

“It’s very great, today I played very well, bogey-free. Again, played very well.”

“My goal for this year is to become top five, and if I win a major, I could be one step closer.”

Inbee Park shares second place with Karrie Webb, at -7 under par. Inbee also recording a second round of -5 under par 68.

Following the missed cut of Lydia Ko, Inbee and Stacy Lewis will contest for the number one spot in the world, but Inbee has the edge.

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Inbee did not speak about the number spot rivalry, just her round;

“I think everybody tries to concentrate a little bit extra, I think that’s why everyone brings their ‘A’ Game to the major championships.”

“It’s good to see my game come around in major championships like this, on good golf courses like this.”

“I feel quite confident playing on a tough course.”

Karrie thought it was a bit tougher today, with the greens drying out;

“Nice to finish with a birdie on the last, it was a little bit more difficult today.”

“I think the greens really dried out a little bit. It was still quite challenging to get the ball close to the hole.”

Suzann Pettersen and Canadian amateur Brooke Henderson are tied in fourth spot at -5 under par. Stacy Lewis is one shot further back at -4 under par.

Stacy has not produced her best golf yet, but is happy to be where she is right now;

“I have not played my best golf yet, I’m just a couple back of the lead, and I feel like I have some even better golf in me. I really like where I am right now.”

Lydia Ko, has missed the first cut of her 53 event LPGA career, saying she could not get it going;

“I just made a double and just couldn’t get anything turned around.”

“I missed a lot of 9-footers. I made two good putts the last two holes; it was already kind of too late.”

Manulife, LPGA Classic. Suzann Scoops Trophy.

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Suzann Pettersen scoops the Manulife LPGA Classic, at – 21 under par, and a comfortable three shot victory.

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Suzann started the day with two bogey’s, but steadied the ship to card a -3 under par 69 final round to win the Manulife LPGA Classic at -22 under parShe thought today was a tough round, but managed to finish strongly;

“I felt it was tougher today, for me, some stupid mistakes early on but I kept digging deep and finished strong and I feel like I played really good golf this week.”

“I made a good birdie on 8, backed it up with a tap in birdie on 9 and hit a great 4 iron to 10 and kind of felt like that set the pace a little bit.”

“Eagled 12, it was a little bit of a game changer.  I knew the scores were not as low as it has been early in the week, but I was still trying to get to my number.  I didn’t get there but it was good enough.”

“I actually thought I was two or three clear standing on 17. I was asked if I knew where I was and I said no.”

” They said you need a couple more birdies.  I think that made 17 a little easier because I thought I had much more of a cushion.
“Brittany had finished so strong.  Very happy with the way I played and the way I handled myself.” 

“I felt I played some really good golf this week, I was pretty flawless through three rounds and broke that effort pretty quickly with a couple of bogeys, but I managed to get my head together and play some good golf.”

“I played aggressive, and it was a good day on the golf course.”

” So I’m really excited for next week and it’s nice to be back.”

Brittany Lang finished in second place at -21 under par, just one shot adrift, a final round -7 under par 65 not good enough to catch the leader;

“Yeah, feel great.  I got a little nervous towards the back nine.”

“I played great all week and I really was in control of my shots and my emotions towards the end, so it’s all you can ask for, to be clutch and make birdies, so very proud.”

Mariajo Uribe claimed third place, a last round even par 72, was not what she was looking for, she tweeted;

“Happy with my performance  got to keep working hard.”

Inbee Park finished at -13 under par, ahead of Lydia Ko -10 under par, but Lydia keeps her number one spot by a slim margin.

 

 

Manulife LPGA Classic, Suzann Leads.

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Suzann Pettersen is going for back to back tour wins as she has the 54 hole lead at the Manulife LPGA Classic, at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.

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Suzann has a one shot lead going onto the final round of the Manulife LPG Classic, at -19 under par.

In a bold statement Suzann said she is not looking behind her to see who is chasing;

“I can only look upwards, only I can set the pace, there’s a lot of people in the hunt for this and the course is playing great.”

” I think it’s fun for the fans to see us shooting low scores and I’m excited to go back out there tomorrow and fight it to the very end.”

“I’m playing good, I’m making putts and giving myself a lot of opportunities.  I’ve had a couple of small mistakes, but I’ve managed to save myself.  Overall pretty happy.”

Hard on her heels is Mariajo Uribe, in second place at -18 under par, a third round -5 under par 67  means it will be a classic head to head tomorrow for the title and Mariajo has the extra incentive of claiming her first LPGA win;

“I’m a pretty aggressive player, so luckily I didn’t have to change my strategy here.”

 “On 13 today, Suzann and I both went for it.  We didn’t birdie it but it’s just the way to go here.’

‘ Eagles are going to come out, birdies are going to come out.  I feel really confident right now, my driver’s pretty straight, so I like it.”

“I’ve been playing well this year but my putting has been on and off.”

 “So I’ve been coming from two top 20s, so obviously I know my game’s getting there, and coming into the summer I really want to peak right now.”

” So it would be great to get a win or second place before the second major of the year and I’m really looking forward to Westchester.”

Cristie Kerr is in third place at -17 under par, she also carded a -5 under par 67 round today, and is within touching distance of the lead.

Defending champion, and World number two Inbee Park is currently in a tie for 32nd place, alongside World number one Lydia Ko, both at -9 under par for the tournament. It looks like Lydia will be hanging onto that number one Rolex Ranking spot.

CAN Alena Sharp  is still the best placed Canadian lady, at T15 and -11 under par.