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.

Kia Classic. Lydia Ko Captures the Title.

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World #1 Lydia Ko captures the Kia Classic title at Aviara Golf Club in California.

Kia Classic Lydia and President and CEO of North American KIA Jang Won Sohn 

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 Lydia knew Inbee was playing well, and responded;

“I just kind of peeked at the leaderboard and saw Inbee was making a lot of birdies, Inbee doing her Inbee things.”

“I knew that I needed to focus up until the last moment and fortunately I made some birdies down the stretch.”

“All the work we’ve put in as a team kind of paid off.”

 “A really happy moment, but I have to focus for next week. I’m really excited to go back to ANA.”

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Inbee Park finished in second place, at -15 under par following her final round -5 under par 67, achieved by sinking some good putts which gave her confidence;

“We have a really important tournament coming up next week, so I really needed to push myself a little faster to get ready.”

“This is a great finish for me and it’s going to be a good confidence week for me.”

“I have been struggling with ball-striking to putting and everything until probably last week.”

“This week, everything started clicking together. Started to hit the ball a lot straighter and started to get a lot of confidence and, obviously, dropping a few putts gave me a lot of confidence.”

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Ai Myazato was third at -12 under par -6 under par 66 in her final round elevating her up the leaderboard, she admits to suffering from poor putting;

“I’ve been struggling with my putting since a couple years ago.”

“That’s why my game wasn’t really there. But I had really good patience and I know I can get through it.”

“Right now, I’m in the process, but just the difference is it’s just I’m having fun more with my game.”

Kia Classic. Lydia Ko Comfortably in Front.

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Lydia Ko is comfortably in front of the Kia Classic, after the third round at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Lydia carded a third round -5 under par 67 to post a 54 hole total of -14 under par, giving her a three shot lead going into the final round of the Kia Classic tomorrow;

“You don’t get that many opportunities where you’re going into the final round with a few-shot lead.”

“But I’ll take it. I’d rather be a couple shots ahead than a couple shots behind.”

Sung Hyun Park, -4 under 68 today, Brittany Lang -2 under 70, and Jenny Shin -1 under 71, all share second place, those three shots back at -11 under par for the tournament.

Inbee Park is in fifth place at -10 under par for the three rounds, -2 under 70 today let Lydia get away from her. You can not really give the World #1 a three shot start at the beginning of the last round and expect to have a chance of winning.

Candie Kung, from Taipei shot the low round of the day, -7 under par 65, unfortunately -7 under is also her tournament total. She breezed through the first 17 holes, bogey free today, before finding trouble on the 18th on her way to collecting a double bogey.  Candy had a chance at the Aviara Golf Club course record as she walked to the 18th, but she was still happy with her round;

“Everything went pretty smooth out there today.”

”The greens were definitely smoother than the last couple days with less footprints and I played earlier than a lot of people.”

“So the greens were smooth. I played great. I had a very good 17 and a half holes.”

“It was just one of those shots that I put a bad swing on it and it happened on the wrong hole.”

“Happened on the wrong shot. I didn’t think I missed it that,  the shot that I missed, if it would have been on the other holes, it would have been okay.”

“It wasn’t really that far left of where I was aiming, but it happens.”

Kia Classic. Jenny Shin has 36 Hole Lead.

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Jenny Shin has the 36 hole lead at the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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KOR Jenny carded a second round -7 under par to lead the Kia Classic after 36 holes with a tournament total -10 under par.

Good shots and great putts and having your Mum along all add up;

“I think it was a really good round. I hit great shots. I hit great putts. I had a lot of six footers for birdie, so it was a good day.”

“The goal this week was like, I have to make the cut. I have to show up on the weekend.”

“This is the only tournament every year where I struggle to get in contention, and I think part of it was, it’s close to home, a lot of people watching. I want to do well.”

“Last year, my coach came out and watched me for two days. So it was just a lot of pressure. This year, I didn’t invite anybody, just my mom.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under par, World #1  Lydia Ko a bogey free -5 under par 67 today, and USA Brittany Lang, one of the first round leaders, she posted a second round -4 under 68.

Lydia said she had an up and down day, not playing so well;

“I didn’t strike the ball as well as I did yesterday, especially on my back nine, I had to make up-and-down from a few places.”

“The rough is rough, so when you get in there, it’s tough to get close to the pin or even on the green sometimes.”

“Sometimes I got fortunate but other times I was able to scramble and I think that’s the most important thing around here.”

Sharing fourth spot are Inbee Park, -3 under 69 today, and Hyo Joo Kim -6 under 66, both at -8 under par for the tournament.

Last week’s winner of the JTBC Founders Cup, Sei Young Kim has missed the cut, made at +2 over par, along with defending champion Cristie Kerr.

 

 

Kia Classic. Four Way Tie at the Top.

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Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Brittany Lang Inbee Park and Ai Miyazato in a four-way tie at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard at the end of round 1 at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Jodi had been suffering with putting problems, but got it sorted to post -5 under 67 in the first round of thee Kia Classic;

“I went to TaylorMade this week and I got on their putting lab thing, and I was consistently aiming like a degree left.”

 “And they put a piece of tape on the back of my putter, so they take away the sight line. Then I started aiming dead square.”

“So now I’m playing with a piece of tape off of the line on the back of my putter today. I putted great today, apart from one hole on number seven.”

“But it’s doing a lot for my confidence and a lot for my feel.”

Inbee was happy with her round, especially the putting;

“I mean everything went really well out there today, especially I dropped some good putts today so that’s why I was able to shoot a good round.”

“It’s always good to have a good round like this going into a major.”

“The greens are actually in much better shape than in previous years. I was quite comfortable on the greens today and obviously getting some confidence on the greens was huge.”

Brittany has also been working on her putting

“Since it worked last week, I’ve just been working on alignment with putting and swing and just really getting behind the ball and getting a nice picture and trying to commit, commit 100 percent to my shots.”

“I didn’t do as good of a job today, which is really cool to shoot five under and know that you can still really work on that.”

Ai changed the loft on her putter, not to what we would recommend;

“My loft wasn’t enough last week. It was only like two degrees or something. So I switched to the four-degree, and my ball running is so much better than last week’s. Probably that helped.”

“I’m still in the process I think. It’s just the first round I played, and especially these greens, Poa annua is a little bit tricky.”

“But like I said, I feel my ball rolling, if I keep it in the right position, it’s going to go in. I want to keep that the next three days, too.”

World No.1 Lydia Ko, Jane Park and Mi Jung Hur are all tied in fifth place at -4 under par, following their opening rounds of 68.

Lydia is still having putting problems;

“I was striking the ball really good but I just couldn’t get any putts rolling early.”

“But It was good to see a couple drop on my back nine.

“I was in the rough a few times. The rough is lush. The club just turns over. If you’re getting a good lie you’re getting lucky.”

“That’s why it’s important to hit it along the fairways.”

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HSBC Women’s Champions. Happy Ha Na Wins.

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A happy Ha Na Yang wins the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

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KOR A happy Ha Na carded a final round -7 under par 65 to easily win the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament in Singapore, by a four shot margin with her -19 under par total.

THA Pornanong Phatlum had second place all to herself at -15 under par, posting a last round -4 under 68.

KOR Amy Young finished in third position at -11 under par for the tournament, her last round effort of -1 under par 71 not good enough to trouble the leader on the day.

Defending Champion Inbee Park was way down the leaderboard at -3 under for her four rounds, while World #1 Lydia Ko finished T15 at -7 under par, a final round -3 under 69 today.