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.

World Ladies Championship. Inbee Park & Becky Morgan Lead.

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Inbee Park and Becky Morgan lead the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

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Becky and Inbee opened the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills with rounds of -4 under par 69 on the par 73 lay-out. They have a healthy two shot lead over the four ladies tied in second place at -2 under par, local player Xiyu Lin, South Korean Shin Ae Ahn and Thai duo of Nontaya Srisawang and Pavarisa Yoktuan.

Becky, who has yet to win on the Ladies European Tour, carded one bogey in her round and was very pleased with her effort;

“I had a really good finish and birdied the last three holes, but I played really steady and hit some really good hybrids into the longer par fours and missed a couple of putts early on so all in all I was pretty happy.”

“I three putted the par three 15th and gave myself a talking to and birdied the last three.”

“Sixteen is a short par four and you’ve got sand wedge going in, so that was a good way to get a birdie back and I holed a 12 feet putt.”

On seventeen I hit a good shot to five feet and I was happy and on eighteen, they’ve moved the tee up so it’s very birdie-able.”

Last weeks winner, and five time Major champion Inbee, was less impressed with her round which included four birdies and an Eagle, against two bogey’s;

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“I didn’t have as many opportunities as I would have liked as the iron shots were a bit off today and I only eagled one par five and had par on the others.”

“The key to this golf course is making birdies on the par fives so if I can do that tomorrow I think it will be a great round.”

Suzann Pettersen, who won this event in 2013  and finished second in 2014, opened this year with a level par 73 round to share 14th place. She said she was happy with her game, apart from the putting;

“I played pretty good. Just, gosh, way too many putts. You’ve got to hit these putts so firm and hard to get it to the hole and I didn’t seem to pick that up at all through the round so a little bit of work to do, but overall decent.”

“I’m playing okay, just not executing when I have a chance.”

The World Ladies Championship is unique in golf in that there are three titles which are contested simultaneously in one event. The individual professional stroke play, amateur and professional team aggregate prize, for the leading pair representing their country.

Leading professional team are South Korean pair Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu  with their combined score of -5  under par.

HSBC Women’s Championship. Inbee Wire to Wire Winner

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Inbee Park was a wire to wire winner of the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament at Sentosa Golf Club, on the Serapong Course, in Singapore.

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Inbee started the final round with a two shot lead, and finished with that lead, carding a bogey free last round -2 under par 70, to lift the HSBC Women’s Champions trophy with a -15 under par total.

She said winning wire to wire is much harder than coming from behind, and it was very special to go bogey free for 72 holes;

“This week was just incredible.”

“That’s a big accomplishment for me, and I think I’ve done that probably once before only, and to have a pressure every day since Thursday, I think it’s something that I should be really proud of.”

“I mean, I think it’s a lot harder to do wire to wire than coming from behind.”

“I don’t think I can even believe myself that I didn’t make any bogeys for 72 holes.”

“I mean, if I thought about bogeys, when am I going to make bogey; if I was afraid of the bogeys, I’d probably make bogeys.  But I thought, whatever happens, it’s just meant to be.”

World number one Kiwi Lydia Ko finished second at -13 under par, staying those two shots behind, returning a  final round score of -2 under par 70, that included five birdies, but sadly for her three bogey’s;

“No bogeys around here and on a course where you can hit a good shot and you can get bad luck. She made no bogeys. That’s pretty phenomenal.”

“She played great all week.”

Stacy Lewis was in third place with her final total of -11 under par, an even par last round was not good enough to make a challenge;

“It was fun out there,  it was fun being in the final group.”

“That’s where you want to be, but even par usually doesn’t cut it.”

Inbee had a bet with her dad, $500 if she made birdie but it doubled to $1000 if she made bogey. Final score: Inbee $7,500 and her dad $0, she jokingly said;

“I think it ended up really nicely.”

“It gave me extra motivation I guess. It’s so fun and something other to motivate on and something else to concentrate on.”

“Yeah, it’s good to have a family here and they are big energy. This week just went so quick. I was just having, after golf, I just have dinner with them and kind of chat with them.”

“Every day went so quick, I didn’t have to think about so much golf when I’m not on the golf course, so I think that was a big help.”