Bank of Hope Founders Cup. A Walk in the Park for Inbee.

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It was a walk in the Park for Inbee, winning the Bank of Hope Founders Cup by five shots at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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A final round -5 under par 67 won the Bank of Hope Founders Cup for Inbee, from South Korea, with a -19 under par total, a five stroke winning margin.

Inbee was returning after a long break from golf, to work on her putting;

“I didn’t expect to win very early in the season, I mean obviously, after a long break.”

“In Singapore, I felt like my ball striking was quite good I and just needed to work on the putter a little bit. It has worked pretty good this week.”

Three ladies tied in second place at -14 under par, Marina Alex, USA, -4 under 68 today, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -2 under 70, and the wonderful Dame Laura Davies, England, with a final round -3 under 69.

Laura needs two points to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame, and a win here would have given her the title of oldest LPGA Tour winner, by an amazing 8 years;

“It would have been huge, I knew what the record was, and how old I am now, and not having won for God knows how many years on the LPGA.”

“It was as nervous as I’ve ever felt.”

“I almost shanked my drive and made bogey but then I chipped in for eagle on No. 2 and that calmed me down.”

“I was four over after six holes on Thursday so I’m quite pleased how I fought back.”

Ariya played alongside Laura;

“I love how Laura plays, she’s like my idol and I had so much fun.”

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Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Inbee Park Leads.

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Inbee Park from South Korea has the 54 hole lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup tournament at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Inbee, carded -9 under par 63 to lead the Bank of Hope Founders Cup with a -14 under par total;

“I got off to a great start, I was pretty much making everything I was looking at.”

“I cooled off on the back and it was pretty much boring golf, but it was nice to finish with a birdie.”

Mariajo Uribe, Spain, is close behind at -13 under par, with third round -5 under 67, proving lots of practice, and good putting leads to success;

 “My caddie lives here, so we practiced a lot the advance week.”

“My putting is going well, and that’s all that matters on this golf course.”

Third place belongs to Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, at -12 under par, signing for a third round -4 under 68.

Low round of the day went to Dame Laura Davies, England, with a  magnificent bogey free third round score of -9 under 63, she shares fourth spot with Chella Choi, South Korea, -6 under 66 today, both ladies at -11 under par for the tournament.

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Laura to card her lowest round on the LPGA  tour since  the 2005 Wendy’s Championship for Children;

“I hit a lot of fairways and that gives you a chance to get relatively close to the hole.”

 “I haven’t been holing the putts, but today I did.”

“The no bogeys part for me is the biggest key because that is what has been letting me down.” 

“It’s been in my mind and I know I can still play great golf, but it is all about the short game.”

 “My short game is really coming around and a day like this tells me that we are really doing the right things.” 



Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Two Ladies Tied at the Top.

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Two ladies are tied at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard after round one at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona, Chella Choi, South Korea, and Karine Icher, France, share the honor.

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Chella and Karine are at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup leaderboard after shooting opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Karine said she had putted well;

“I made some good putts and that made the difference.”

“I hit good second shots. On this course, if you start getting confidence you can go low. “

“It was a good front nine. On the back nine, I made two bogeys at the end, but with the wind picking up, it’s a little bit hard.” 

Chella mentioned the wind, and how tough the day was;

”It was windy and tough out there, but every player in same condition.” 

Six ladies are then tied in third spot at -4 under par as play was suspended for the day due to darkness, but these players have finished their first rounds of 68, Cydney Clanton, USA, Mariajo Uribe, Spain, Lizette Salas, USA, Inbee Park, South Korea, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, and Hee Young Park, South Korea.

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Women’s British Open. I.K. is OK at the Top, by Six Shots.

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I. K Kim is OK at the top of the Women’s British Open, leading by six shots going into the final round at Kingsbarns Links tomorrow.

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I.K. South Korea, shot a moving day -6 under par 66 to take control of the Women’s British Open at -17 under par, and will take a six shot advantage into the final round.

I.K. was happy the greens had quickened up, making it easier to putt;

“The greens were much quicker today, which was a big help for me because the last couple of days, I couldn’t get balls to the hole and it was playing very, very slow.”

 “So hopefully they keep that green speed. It’s a little bit easier to putt.”

Sharing second place, those six shots back at -11 under par are, Georgia Hall, England, -2 under 70 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -5 under 67.

Moriya, whose sister Ariya, was the defending champion here,  but missed the cut, said she had a good round;

“It’s just like typical Scotland weather, which you can’t really be confident about.”

“It’s on a really good golf course and very, very pretty, so I enjoy like looking around.”

 “I played well and I’m pretty happy with what I’m doing on the course. You know, just keep doing what I’m doing tomorrow and just have fun on the course.” 

Low round of moving day went to Inbee Park, South Korea, with a bogey free -8 under 64, she is tied with Ally McDonald, USA, -2 under 70 today, both ladies at -10 under for the tournament.

Inbee enjoyed the quicker greens putting very well;

“I’m very happy with the round today. Barely made the cut yesterday and trying to play some good golf out there.”

“Today, this morning, it was perfect conditions this morning for scoring. Not much wind. It was pretty warm and the greens were quicker than the last two days.”

“It was actually better to have the faster greens because the greens were really slow the last couple days and I really struggled with the putter.”

“I putted great and hit the ball great. That’s something I have been really struggling for the last month or so, but yesterday and today were great ball-striking days.”

Ladies Scottish Open. Karrie Webb Leads.

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Karrie Webb, Australia, leads the Ladies Scottish Open with a wonderful first round at  Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Karrie defied the blustery conditions at Dundonald Links to post a Ladies Scottish Open first round score of -7 under par 65, to lead by one shot;

“I sort of really hung in there through the front nine and made a nice birdie on nine to turn at one-under, and then just really started swinging at it well and hitting it quite close and had some good birdie chances and made the most of them,” 

“I did start to hit some good shots, and I just kept telling myself to just keep going. “

“When you make a few birdies, not to just go into the mode of holding on.”

“I felt like I was swinging it pretty well and seeing the reads well and hitting solid putts. I was just tell myself just to keep going and make as many birdies as I could.”

Cristie Kerr, USA, holds second place, that one shot back at -6 under, after her opening  bogey free effort of 66 in the worst of the weather in the morning rounds;

“The score added up really well, but it was tough to stand over the shots and be able to execute.”

“It’s never easy here, so I’m very pleased with the score.”

“I hit the ball in the areas I was trying to hit it in and made some putts as well. It was a great day. It’s never easy here and you can never take anything for granted.”

Third place, at -3 under par is shared between, Stacy Lewis, USA, Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim, South Korea, with Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand, and Lina Boqvist, Sweden.

No problem with dress code here, everyone was dressed up warm, with long pants.

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Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Haru Hangs On in the Wind.

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Haru Nomura, Japan, hangs onto the lead at the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, citing that she likes it windy.

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Haru stayed on top of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout leaderboard, carding a second round +1 over par 72 in very windy conditions;

“Windy is easy, I like windy and tough conditions, from fairway to green. I love it.”

Amateur Eun Jeong Seong, South Korea, -2 under 69 today, Inbee Park, also from South Korea, even par 71, and Cristie Kerr, U.S.A. -1 under 70, all share second place, two shots back at -6 under par.

Eun Jeong Seong feels good about her performance today, and so she should;

“I thought just even par is just so good, but I started birdie-birdie, which is why I played very easy today.”

 “Very tough playing No’s 15, 16, 17 because of the wind, but I made par and then birdie on my last two holes”

” I feel good.”

Cristie summed it all up thus;

“God I played really hard today.”

“It would have been nice to make a few more putts but standing on the first tee, anything under par you would have taken it.”

“It was a really difficult day.”

Inbee is not expecting any improvement in the conditions for tomorrow;

“I think the forecast is still pretty bad tomorrow, so I think it just really depends on the weather, whether I should go really aggressive to the pins or try to give myself a putt at it.”

 “With these windy conditions, I think it’s good to have options. Two or three-under is a good score with these conditions, but when the wind dies down I think you can go pretty low, so the strategy kind of changes.”

Stacy Lewis is at -5 under, shooting that number for a round of 66, earlier in the day when it was a bit calmer;

“I knew getting out earlier would be an advantage to post a number and just see what happens.”

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration after 54 holes at Mission Hill in California.

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Lexi, USA, shot a third round -5 under par 67 to top the ANA Inspiration leaderboard at -13 under par after 54 holes at Mission Hills, and is looking forward to another trip into Poppie’s Pond;

“Yeah, well, that experience always helps me out, but I’m just going to focus on tomorrow, focus on one shot at a time, relax out there between shots, and just focus on doing my routine, visualizing my shots out there.”

“I just love this golf course. I get to hit a lot of drivers, and it just sets up well.”

 “There’s a few dog-legs left, which helps me out. I love being here. It’s just absolutely beautiful, and it’s always in great shape for us.”

Suzann Pettersen, from Sweden, is in second place, two shots back at -11 under par, a third round -4 under 68 keeping her firmly in touch with the leader, and also really wants to get wet, in the traditional jump for the winner into Poppie’s Pond;

“I think I’ve always said since the first time I saw this place it really fits my eye.”

“I’m driving the ball well, and that’s a major key on this golf course, and if you do, you can kind of attack it, as well.”

“So far, so good. I’ve got a big job to do tomorrow. I mean, the leaderboard is packed behind me, as well.”

“You’ve got to expect to go out there and shoot low. There’s a lot at stake, but I’m all in for it.”

Four ladies are tied in third place with -10 under par totals, three players from South Korea, Mi Jung Hur, -7 under par 65 in the third round, Inbee Park, -4 under 68, and So Yeon Ryu, -3 under 69. The fourth player tied in third place is Minjee Lee, from Australia, -4 under 68 in the third round.