CME Group Tour Championship. Cristie Kerr Wins.

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Cristie Kerr wins the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

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Cristie had a final round -4 under par to win the CME Group Tour Championship with a -17 under par total, a one shot win in the end of year tournament. She said it did not look good earlier in the round, missing putts;

“It’s pretty cool. It’s a lot of different honors.”

“That’s what the year end is about. It feels pretty cool to win the last tournament of the year.”

“Didn’t seem like a whole lot was going my way early.  All of a sudden at the end, I was there when I needed to be.”

“I knew that I was leaving putts short and I knew I had to get it there.”

“When it left my putter and it was going towards the hole, I’ve had so many that were in the heart of the hole that I left a foot short this week.”

” It just kept going and I was like get there, get there, get there.  It went in and I was like, this was the first bit of momentum I’ve had almost all day.” 

Gerina Pillar and Ha Na Jang shared second place, just one shot back at -16 under par. Gerina with a last round -5 under 67 and Ha Na -3 under 69.

World #1 Lydia Ko finished with -11 under par, but still claimed the $1 million dollar Race to the CME Globe for the second consecutive year. Lydia is also the 2015 Player of the Year and tops the money list.

World #2 Inbee Park was one shot ahead of Lydia at the end, -12 under. She has the Vare Trophy for 2015 with the lowest scoring average for the season. With that she earns the 27th and final point needed to earn her way into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

CME Group Tour Championship. Kerr & Jang Share Lead.

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Cristie Kerr and Ha Na Jang share the 54 hole lead at the  CME Group Tour Championship in Florida.

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These two ladies share the top spot on the  CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard, at -13 under par for the 54 holes played. Ha Na carded -3 under par 69, while Cristie raced up the leaderboard with her -6 under 66.

Cristie started her day with a bogey at the par five 1st hole, and then recovered to shoot the low round of the day;

“I played great.  I had one little kind of hiccup on the first hole where I had a very makeable birdie putt, about 12, 13‑footer.”

” I got very aggressive with it and got caught on one of the grains.  It was actually up to speed and little faster, so it kind of went by the hole and I missed it and was kind of miffed about it.”

“Maybe that lit a fire under me a little bit.  I got it right back on the next hole and made a lot of birdies on the front and had a lot of chances on the back.” 

“I feel fresh and kind of ready to perform, I don’t feel like this is the last tournament of the year for me.”

“It feels like there’s a couple left. Hopefully that can carry me through tomorrow.”

Ha Na is still overthinking everything;

“I think today too much thinking when I’m playing golf.”

“I want tomorrow very simple.  My thinking is a little changed in my mind.  So a little comfortable with my shot tomorrow and then I don’t want to think about the score and other players.”

” Just playing myself, so that’s it.”

Gerina Pillar and Lydia Ko share third place, at -11 under par, just two shots back of the leaders;

Lydia -3 under 69 today and Gerina -5 under par 67.

Lydia still really wants to defend both her titles;

“I mean, it would be awesome, when you defend something or do something back-to-back, it’s always cool to do that.”

Her main rival Inbee Park is now four shots back of the leaders at -9 under and two behind Lydia, and will need something really special;

“We both had really, really good seasons and somebody is going to become 1 and somebody is going to become 2.”

“That’s just the way it is. I’m just trying to tell myself I had a really good enough season this year.”

“I’ve earned what I wanted to earn, what I wanted to achieve. The rest is just a bonus.”

CME Group Tour Championship. Ha Na Leads Lydia.

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Ha Na Jang leads Lydia Ko in the CME Group Tour Championship at the Gold Course of Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

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Ha Na carded -7 under par 65 to top the CME Group Tour Championship with a tournament total of -10 under par. She is looking for her first career LPGA win, after posting three runner-ups already this season;

” My first thinking is maybe in the Marathon Classic. I played a playoff with Chella Choi my first time.”

“I thought of too much, I want to be champion.”

“So I don’t want to think about being leader. So I just play myself, that’s my thinking to myself, too. I don’t want to think about being champion.”

Lydia is in second place at -8 under, a -5 under-par 67 today easing the pressure from behind from Inbee Park, in the Race to the Globe;

“Just watching the coverage when I went back to hotel and the Race placing, too. So it wasn’t like intentionally looking.”

“It’s right there, it’s not like I got to cover and go, but, yeah, my trainer and I always say, hey, better every day.”

“It’s what I try and work towards too. If I keep getting better every day, it ends up being a few low scores.”

A year ago Lydia trailed the leaders by five shots entering the weekend here, and overcame the deficit to win in a play-off. Very exciting stuff to watch, but I am sure the defending champion would be happier with a straight win this time around.

Second placed in the Race to the Globe, Inbee Park is now four shots back of Lydia and Stacy Lewis, in third position is six shots behind in this competition.

Cristie Kerr and Jennifer Song are just three shots back of Ha Na and one behind Lydia in a tie for third at -7 under-par in the CME Group Tour Championship tournament.


CME Group Tour Championship. Austin Ernst Leads After Round One.

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Austin Ernst leads the CME Group Tour Championship after round one on the Gold Course of Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

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Austin carded a first round -6 under par 66 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship. Although she isn’t one of the nine players with a shot at the $1 million Race to the CME Globe, a win here would do nicely. If her putter stays hot she will gain confidence;

“Really, I’ve just been a little up and down with the putter.”

“I hit the ball well today. Gave myself a lot of good looks and made a lot of them.”

“I think I had eight birdies today. Obviously get a round like that, where I get confidence with my putter, that’s normally when I have my good weeks.”

Mi Hyang Lee is in second place, on her own at -5 under par.

There are six ladies at -4 under, Gerina Pillar, Jayne Marie Green, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Sei Young Kim and Jennifer Song.

Sei Young is trying not to concentrate on the huge Million Dollar purse on offer;

“I’m very excited, it’s my dream. It’s come almost true.”

“I try on the course not to think about it, it’s just step by step.”

“That’s very important to me to keep my mind in the game.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko is not far behind with a -3 under par 69, she won both the CME Group Tour Championship and Race to the CME Globe titles here a year ago, and held the top spot in this years race coming into this tournament;

“I think it’s better than last year.”

“If you think about it, it might be more on the line this week than at Evian.”

“I have got to think of it as another tournament. That’s what I said for all the majors.”

“I’ve got to focus on one shot at a time and not think of it as it’s a major so it’s more special.”

“Obviously it is at the end of the day, but it’s another tournament.”

“We’ve got the world’s best golfer and the top players are here. I mean, it’s a great field, so in a way it does feel like a major.”

“With everything that might come along on Sunday, might be even more than that. I just got to say, hey, hit good shots.”

World  No.2 Inbee Park, and was second in the race, carded a first round -1 under par 71, and is currently T22 in the Tour Championship.


Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Parks Positive Putting Puts Her on Top.

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Inbee Park’s positive putting puts her on top of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational leaderboard at the end of day 3.

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Inbee said she had played, and putted very well

“I feel like I played really good, especially on the front nine, I was able to make a lot of putts and I was able to control the shots a bit better today so it’s a definitely a plus, cause last couple of days I’ve been making a lot mistakes.”

“Today was a bit cooler, but you just get used to it. It’s not so much about the weather as it is about the altitude.”

“It’s about the distance control.”

Sei Young Kim is second, three shots back at -7  under par, after her third round -2 under 70;

“On this course, tee shots are very important, so I’ll try to focus on them.”

“If I keep it in the fairway, I should play well.”

So Yeon Ryu and  Carlota Ciganda share third place, both on -6 under par for the tournament.

So Yeon is best friends with the leader Inbee;

“We are best friends off the golf course and on the golf course as well, but competition is competition you know, no matter who it is I just want to try my best.”

“I know it’s an important tournament for her as well, she is so close to player of the year, and there are only two more events on the year.”

“I do always want to win a tournament, and I haven’t won any LPGA event so, and I also only have two more chances so it’d be nice to win this.”

Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Minjee Lee Leads.

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Minjee Lee, from Australia, leads after the second round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Club de Golf Mexico, in Mexico City.

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A second consecutive second round of -3 under par 69, put Minjee Lee on top of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational leaderboard at the end of day 2 in Mexico with a -6 under total. Holing out on a couple of long putts helped her out;

“I just holed a couple 12-15 footers and on the par fives, I was kind of close.”

“There’s nothing different I’m going to do on the golf course, I’m going to stick to my golf and take it one shot at a time. I’m not feeling much different.”

Four ladies share second place, just one shot back at -5 under par; Christina Kim, Sei Young Kim, Angela Stanford and World #2 Inbee Park.

Christina  said her lucky charm was Lorena Ochoa, who came out to watch her play the 12th and 13th holes, she birdied both of them;

“I just needed to go back to what I was doing last year, just enjoying it.”

“What Lorena did, it was so cool cause she came to watch me on holes 12 and 13, and the kids, the brother and the father, and I birdied the holes that they came to watch me so it was really awesome.”

“It’s just everything about this place, the people, the culture, the food. There’s nothing negative you could really say about this tournament. It’s just wonderful.”

Inbee was saved by some good putting;

“Not a great ball striking day today, but I still feel really good about the putter.”

“Just a few bad shots, too many bogeys. I made an eagle and a few birdies but still too many mistakes.”

Entering the weekend at Lorena Ochoa Invitational, there are 10 players within three shots of the lead and 15 players within five, in this field of 36 ladies. There is still everything to play for.

Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Inbee Parks Leads.

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World #2 Inbee Park leads the Lorena Ochoa Invitational after the first round at Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City.

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Inbee shot an opening round -4 under par 68 to sit on top the  Lorena Ochoa Invitational leaderboard.

A good birdie putt at the last hole giving her the outright lead on the day, and she does not intend to change things much. She had been worried that lack of practice, due to that finger problem she had, may have affected her play;

“Not too much pressure, just going to play like I did today and do a lot of putts.”

“Definitely the front nine was the way I wanted to perform but the back nine I made a few mistakes, I made three bogeys and it could’ve been only one or two so.”

“I was a little bit worried about not practicing for a few days, but I had a good day today especially the front nine.”

“It was a good putting day. Obviously on the back nine I could’ve shot a little bit better but I  have three more days to go and I just got to work on my ball striking, I had a couple of bad shots at the back nine that I’d really like to fix.”

“I made some birdies today, so hopefully I could get rid of those mistakes tomorrow and the next few days.”

Angela Stanford, Suzann Pettersen and Minjee Lee are tied in second place at -3 under par following their first rounds of 69.

Suzann was happy to be back in contention;

“It’s just nice to be back in contention and kind of be back where I should be.”

“I should be in contention every week when I feel my game is there. Asia was a good stretch there to give me some confidence and try to finish out strong next weeks.”

Angela was happy to be playing well at this tournament again;

“I think a lot of times when maybe you are not having the year you want if you can get into a playoff, um, obviously everybody wants to win, but I took a lot from that.”

“So, it kind of helped me boost my confidence a little bit. Then it was nice to play well here again.”

Minjee took last week off, and is ready to go;

“I think I really needed that week off from when I was in Asia.”

 “So, yeah, I was well rested and I came in yesterday and did my practice and I was ready to go.”

Pernilla Lindberg, Mariajo Uribe, Jaye Marie Green, Sydnee Michaels, Azahara Munoz, Gaby Lopez (a), and So Yeon Ryu  are all tied for fifth place at -1 under-par, with rounds of 71.