Lotte Championship. Play-Off Win for Sei Young Kim.

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Sei Young Kim won the Lotte Championship in a play-off against Inbee Park in Hawaii.

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Sei Young Kim and Inbee Park were tied at -11 under par for the Lotte Championship title at the end of the final round.

Sei Young won the first play-off hole, the par four 18th, with an Eagle, holing put from 150 yards, to lift the trophy.

Sei Young carded a final round +1 over par 73, in wind gusting to 30 mph, at Ko Olina to match Inbee at -11 under par at the top of the leaderboard. Inbee had completed her last round with a -1 under par 71.

She had this to say about her dramatic win;

“I still can’t believe what just happened.”

“After the ANA, I had a tough time sleeping because that was my first opportunity to win a major tournament on the LPGA tour.”

“At the same time, I saw the possibility and the potential that I belonged there, and that I can win a major championship in the future.”

“I am pretty relieved that I think I can go to sleep tonight. Throughout the round today, I was telling myself, I don’t know if I can live with myself if I make the same mistakes in two consecutive weeks.”

“Today, I didn’t see it coming, I don’t know what I’ve done again to deserve this.”

“I feel like every time I win a tournament, I have to do something crazy, or overcome some type of obstacle. I don’t know why it keeps happening, but it feels good.”

Inbee had to admit she was beaten by a good player;

“She’s a great player, I think she’s a great fighter.”

I.K. Kim bogeyed the final two holes of her day for a +2 over par 74 that left her two strokes back at -9 under par, and alone in third place.

This event was completely dominated by South Korea, at the finish their players occupied the top five positions on the leaderboard, that must be some kind of record.

Lotte Championship. Sei Young Kim Prevails.

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Sei Young Kim prevails at the end of day 3 in the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

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Sei Young carded a third round -2 under par 70, to post a -12 under par Lotte Championship total going into the final round tomorrow, a one shot lead.

She said through an interpreter that felt she had not played well today;

“I think overall I didn’t have the really good feel for my shots today.  Started to get better as the round went on, but my putting wasn’t working too well. Overall it was a pretty tough round.”

“I’m going to enjoy and try to have a good time, when I was playing the final round at ANA Inspiration I was under a lot of pressure.”

” I felt a lot of nerves during that tournament. But tomorrow I’m going to try to do the same thing I’ve done the past three days here and try to enjoy the rounds.”

” I think I’m going to be able to come out with a different outcome tomorrow.” 

“For this particular moment right now, no, I don’t feel the pressure.  Obviously once I tee off tomorrow I’m not sure what’s going to go through my mind.”

“Because I put a lot of pressure on myself and I was under a lot of pressure last time at ANA, I think it’ll be much better and I will have a different experience tomorrow, I believe.”

I.K. Kim is in second place at -11 under par, her third round -1 under par 71 not quite enough to keep pace with the leader, but is feeling good about her chances;

“I feel good, if I hit a good drives tomorrow and I make some good putts, I think it’ll be very interesting.”

Inbee Park is in third place at -10 under par, following her third round -3 under par 69, and is excited about the final round tomorrow;

“It’s always exciting to play with good golfers, so I’m excited for tomorrow.”

Defending Champion Michelle Wie carded a third round +1 over par 73 on Friday, to fall eight strokes behind Sei Young Kim’s pace.

She said it was an up and down day;

“Up and down day, pretty windy.  I felt like I made a lot of birdies, just made a couple stupid errors.”

“Just try to stay patient, you have a game plan.  Have to stick on the game plan.  The game plan works if you stick with it and do it.”

“Same thing for tomorrow.  I’m not going to change anything.  Just going to try to play the best I can.”

“Hopefully tomorrow I can go out there and shoot lights out.”

South Korea continues to dominate this tournament, holding the top five places at the end of day 3.

 

 

Kia Classic. Mirim Lee Leads.

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Mirim Lee leads the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Mirim shot a bogey free first round -7 under par 65, to lead the Kia Classic in California. She said practice was the key, and a new grip, good putting also helped;

“I practiced a lot this week, I changed the grip.”

” Today was putting.”

Yani Tseng is in second place at -6 under par while World number one Lydia Ko is in close contention at -5 under par in third position, tied there with Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr and Xiyu Lin.

Yani had an Eagle at the par-5 10th;

“I never thought it was going to be that close.”

“I was a little like unbalanced, so I kind of tied my shoes a little bit. Actually, there was one second in my mind I was like, ‘How about if I hit it in the water.’ I was like, ‘Oh, if I hit it in the water, I just go drop another ball.”

“I got like a few birdies in my pocket and should be OK.’ So I was like, ‘If I make bogey, it’s no big deal.'”

Lydia is full of confidence in her golf game;

“I’m coming in with a lot of confidence and know that my game is there.”

“It’s always good to know that you can be aggressive and just to trust myself.”

“I’ve been playing pretty solid the last couple of weeks. It’s a pretty cool streak.”

“It’s not easy, I’m trying to take one round at a time, one shot at a time, and that kind of breaks it up a little bit.”

“It’s tough. Playing weeks back to back and all courses just being different, I think that’s the hard thing, but I’m just trying to keep focused.”

“I know that I’ve played well the last couple of events. It’s always good to know that you’re playing well. You can be confident.”

In the group at -4 under par is Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.

Lexi holed out from 98 yards for Eagle on the par-4 seventh;

“Downhill, a little downwind, and I landed my 55 degree about 95, it one-bounced, past, went back and actually stayed on the lip for a little bit and then fell. So, pretty awesome.”

The US Open champion Michelle Wie got her game together and carded five birdies on her front nine to challenge the leaders, but sadly ended the opening round -3 under par 69 after posting her third bogey of the day at the 18th.

 

JTBC Founders Cup. Round 2 Suspended Due to Darkness. Ha Na Jang Leads.

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2nd round play at the JTBC Founders Cup was halted due to darkness at the Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona. Ha Na Jang currently leads the tournament.

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Ha Na completed eleven holes in her second round at -7 under par, giving her a JTBC Founders Cup total of -13 under par. At the close of play that was a one shot lead over Hyo Joo Kim who is at -10 under par after completing her second round.

Hyo reported that she had felt tired, she had to complete 12 first round holes, teeing off at 07.37, before starting her second round today;

“I was sleepy this morning.”
“I just played relaxed and I just think to myself, hit soft, and that’s the key for me.  Because I came early this morning, I was very tired.”
Karrie Webb was not surprised to see Hyo at the top of the leaderboard;
“I’ve only played that one round with her, but I felt like I was putting plenty of pressure on her, and she just hit good shot after good shot.”
 “Even when I thought, you know, the nerves had gotten the best of her, she made one of the best up and downs I’ve ever seen under pressure on 17 and then made one of the best birdies I’ve of seen on 18.”
 
“She’s definitely got game. Winning Evian wasn’t a fluke last year.”

Stacy Lewis and Kim Kaufman are tied in third place at -9 under par, Stacy has finished her second round at _1 under pat 71, while Kim is at -3 under par after twelve holes.

Stacy spoke about the rivalry between her, Lydia and Inbee, and how it makes everyone play better golf;

“We’ve always had kind of a dominant player, which is not necessarily good for the Tour I think.”

“So this rivalry that’s becoming, I think it’s really great for us. It’s making us better. It’s fun.”

“I know Lydia is going to be up there every week. I know Inbee, even though she’s not here, she would be on the leaderboard if she was.”

” It makes us better and that’s what you’re seeing, you’re seeing better golf out of all of us.”

The second round will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The cut will be made to the low 70 and ties at the conclusion of the suspended round with the third round expected to begin about 11:30 a.m.

World Ladies Championship. So Yeon Ryu Wins.

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So Yeon Ryu wins the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

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A final round of -4 under par 69 gave So Yeon Ryu the World Ladies Championship trophy with a tournament total of -13 under par, a one stroke victory.

So Yeon said it was good to play with Inbee, the person she believes is the true world number one;

“I didn’t expect that I had a chance to win this tournament, because in the second and first rounds, I didn’t play really well.”

“Fortunately I was able to shoot eight under in the third round so after that I was in contention.”

“I’m really proud of myself, because it’s good to be back in contention and our group was exciting, with Inbee and Suzann. “

“It was good to play with Inbee, my best friend on the tour. She is not number one right now, but I believe she is the true number one, so it was great to compete with her.”

“I missed quite a few birdie putts but Inbee wasn’t able to make a lot and the pressure was a little less, which was helpful.”

 “The winning putt, no matter how long it is, is always nervous. My hands were literally shaking.”

Inbee finished in second place at -12 under par, she reported that poor putting was the main cause of her not recording another back to back win;

“It was a consistent day today but my putts wouldn’t drop into the hole. It was really just the putting that was the only problem and So Yeon played well.”

“Even with the double bogey, she played really well and I’m really happy for her.”

“If I didn’t win, I kind of hoped that she would win, so it’s kind of good that my best friend won the tournament and I’m ready to congratulate her.”

Suzann Pettersen and China’s Xiyu Lin shot matching final rounds of -3 under par 70, to share third place on -10 under par.

It goes without saying that So Yeon and Inbee won the team event.

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The winner of the amateur prize was 13 year-old  Lei Ye, she also said that putting was a weakness, and she to correct that and become a professional player;

“I played really well the first day and that gave me more room to make the cut. I’ve noticed from playing in professional tournaments that putting is my weakness. I hope to improve and turn professional someday.”

 

World Ladies Championship. Inbee Park in Position to Win Again.

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Last weeks wire to wire winner Inbee Park is in position at the top of the World Ladies Championship to win again at Mission Hills.

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Defending champion Inbee shot a third round -2 under par 71 for a World Ladies Championship total of -10 under par, and will take a one shot lead going into the final round on Sunday.

Inbee said she had played well in the windy conditions and is happy to still be leading;

“It was a challenging day with the wind. I misjudged the wind quite a few times and ended up in the greenside bunker and wasn’t able to get up and down from there.”

“I’m a little bit disappointed. I feel like I finished well, but the three putt on the last didn’t help.”

“I have one more day to play and happy to be in the position where I am.”

So Yeon Ryu is alone in second place, at -9 under par following her third round -8 under par 65, she said her putter suddenly started to work;

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“The last two rounds I also played great but didn’t make a putt. Today I made a lot of great putts.”

“Starting with a birdie and an eagle gave me good motivation to play a low score.”

“Today I shot eight under and I’m really happy with what I did. Today a lot of the par fives were playing downwind so it was really easy to make it on in two shots. I think that’s why I made a lot of birdies.”

Tied in third place on the leaderboard are Suzann Pettersen and the leading Chinese player Xiyu Lin, both at -7 under par for the championship.

Xiyu was unhappy with her distance control in the wind, and will be happy to go under par tomorrow;

“Today it was funny. I didn’t really get the right distances. I was always hitting 15 yards short or 15 yards long.”

“It wasn’t my best day and my game wasn’t stable. Under par will be good tomorrow.”

Suzann knows she needs to go low, -6 under par 67 today, if she wants to win here at Mission Hills;

“This course sets up. You can go low round here. I’ve had three bogeys today and shot six under.”

“It’s kind of an annoying finish to bogey 17 and not birdie 18. You’ve got to shoot low to win here, so hopefully conditions will be tough again tomorrow and I’ll go out there and fire as low as I can.”

“I feel like I know this course, I’ve played here many times and feel like I know my way around.”

The winner will come from these four players, the next two ladies, in fifth position are, Holly Clyburn and Rebecca Artis, and they  are four shots off the lead at -6 under par, and with the form that Inbee is in will struggle to catch her.

Inbee and So Yeon will be playing together both as rivals and as teammates, representing South Korea, in the final round of the World Ladies Championship.

World Ladies Championship. Inbee Stands Firm.

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Inbee Park stands firm at the top of the leaderboard of the World Ladies Championship on the  Blackstone Course at Mission Hills in China.

Inbee carded a second straight round of -4 under par 69, to post a 36 hole total of -8 under par for the tournament. She is closely followed by China’s Xiyu Lin, who had a second round -5 under par 68, and England’s Holly Clyburn, who carded the low round of the day at -8 under par 65. Both ladies are now just one shot behind the leader at -7 under par, sharing second place.

Holly partnered Inbee in this round, who had this to say about her;

“Holly played great today and she made a lot of putts. She hit a lot of shots close and it’s my first time playing with her.”

Inbee was not so impressed with her own round, but is looking forward to the next two rounds;

“The last two days have been good and very consistent with my ball striking. I had a couple of bogeys every day and those are the mistakes that I can avoid the next two days.”

“The speed of the greens wasn’t as good as last year and I hit a lot past the hole today so I’m going to try to have the speed right so I can make more putts tomorrow and the day after.”

“Yesterday was the toughest day we’ve played here with the wind and heavy conditions. Today there were much better conditions so I thought I could post a better round.”

“It was the same as yesterday, so I feel like I left a few out there but I still have two more days to play so it’s very exciting.”

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Holly also carded nine under par 64 in the third round of the 2014 World Ladies Championship, on the same golf course;

“I love coming back to Mission Hills. Last year was my first year and I really enjoyed it, I’m enjoying it even more this year.”

“Everything about it is laid back, you can do whatever you want. The golf course facilities are fantastic and you’ve got the spa, the gym and the hotel, which are second to none.”

Yesterday’s co-leader Becky Morgan had a +1 over par 74 second round and slipped back into the three-way tie for fourth place, with Frenchwoman Alexandra Vilatte and Ladies European Tour rookie Jienalin Zhang of China. With all of them at -3 under par, they are a long way back and seemingly out of contention.

Only one of the five amateurs made the cut, she is China’s Lei Ye, only 13 years old, who shares 47th place on +4 over par, just inside the cut line.