KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Brooke is joined by Mirim at the Top.

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Brooke Henderson is joined by Mirim Lee at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship after the second round at

Sahalee Country Club in Washington.

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Mirim carded a second round -2 under par 69, to join Brooke, who sadly signed for a +2 over par 73, at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard both with -2 under par totals.

Lurking close behind the leaders are World number one Lydia Ko, -1 under 70 today, Gerina Piller, -2 under 69 and Brittany Lincicome also -1 under 70 today. These three have -1 under par totals and are just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

Lydia spoke about the tough cold and wet conditions, and is happy to be in a good position to push for the title;

“As we made the turn, it got much cooler and the rain came.”

“It was really tough out there. I feel like I’m in a really good position.”

  Brittany mentioned the snowball effect when things start to go wrong;

“You let one hole out here get you down, and it snowballs very quickly.”

“I think distance on this golf course is a huge advantage.”

Ariya Jutanugarn blamed her putter, as she crashed to +4 over par 75, she is now T23 at +3 over for the tournament;

“I must have lipped out five times.”

“I tried so hard to stay positive today, it was really tough conditions and it is a major.”

Inbee Park missed the cut, a sad round of +8 over 79 sent her dreams of a fourth successive win crashing down, she hinted that her injury was the real reason, and she will now re-think her schedule;

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“I started refreshed, it just didn’t happen to be my day. It was tough out there.”

“I think I will have to really re-think, I might need some time to really get better.”

The round of the day was -4 under par 67, by 46-year-old Catriona Matthew that got her to +1 over par for the competition.

You can tell this is a Major, as only five players are under par going into the weekend.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Brooke Henderson Leads

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CAN Brooke Henderson leads the KPMG Women’s PGA  Championship, courtesy of  her first ace on the LPGA Tour.

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Brooke, from Canada, carded  first round -4 under par 67, at Sahalee Country Club, which included that Ace, which came at the 152 yard par three 13th hole, using a seven iron. The feat won her a brand new car, a Kia K900 in the process;

“It was a pretty good day today. Yeah, the hole-in-one was awesome.”

“I pulled my shot a little bit, caught the left apron and followed right into the hole. It’s my fourth one. And ended up being the car hole. And four-under today.” 

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Brooke & her Kia K900

“So it was a good set.”

“A lot of my top-10s have come on Saturday and Sunday, so to start off today with a pretty good round, I kind of was feeding off the energy I had last year at KPMG.”

“I started off with a six-under round, so I was hoping to do the same thing.”

Sharing second place are Christina Kim, USA, and In-Kyung Kim from South Korea, both at -2 under par with their first rounds of 69.

Christina was absolutely exhausted after the first round finish;

“My left eye is still twitching right now, it’s been going on for the last six holes.”

“This place has absolutely drained me. I’m very, very thankful that I was able to play early today, to be able to get some rest, to go out there and try and do it again tomorrow.”

“It’s a great feeling, but I am exhausted right now.”

World number one Lydia Ko started the second Major of the season with a modest even par round of 71, to be T12 with a host of other ladies.

Lydia is not fazed by her position, she just wants to enjoy her golf;

“There’s still a lot of golf to be played.”

 “A lot of girls are playing good golf. It’s not like I’m the only one in the field.”

“I’ve just got to enjoy it.”

Defending KPMG Women’s PGA Champion Inbee Park is attempting to win the event for the fourth straight time, the World Number two is now officially heading into the Hall of Fame. She started the defence of her title with an opening round  +1 over par72, and everyone hopes that her niggling thumb injury will not flare up and ruin the party;

“It’s just hard because it’s not a big pain, like a back pain or like knee pain or something that’s you can’t walk or you can’t stand up.”

“It’s just a little part of your body, but it’s just bothering enough to affect the swing.” 

Kingsmill Championship. So Yeon Ryu Takes Over at the Top.

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So Yeon Ryu takes over at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard at the  River Course.

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So Yeon carded a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Kingsmill Championship at the half way stage, with her -7 under par total.

So Yeon said putting was the key for her today

“Today I’ve been putting really nice, my first hole I made a bogey, but it felt really great the next two holes. I made birdie-birdie right away.”

“Even my shot and birdie putt, and putting, I think today just everything was really working well.”

“I haven’t really consistently shot low scores since Hawaii, like five or six tournaments, then I shot seven under again today, so I hope I can hold this score the next two days, as well.”

“This one is definitely my favorite golf course what we play. Like you say, I consistently play really well here, so I feel really comfortable to stay here.”

 “I think I just really like the atmosphere, so I really enjoy it, so enjoying it makes me play.”

Sharing second place are three ladies, Stacy Lewis, -5 under 66 today, she played alongside So Yeon. Also Amy Yang -4 under 67 and  Mika Miyazato even par 71 today.

Stacy was much happier today, recovering well to easily make the cut;

“I’m happy with the round today, I needed a good score today to get up in contention and on the leaderboard, but it’s just going to be a long weekend.”

“You get ready for that. You get ready for delays and playing in the wet, and this golf course is going to get even harder.”

“You just kind of mentally prepare for it and know it’s going to happen, and if it doesn’t, that’s a great thing.”

“We both got off to a really good start, when you see other people make birdies, it kind of frees you up to know that it’s out there.”

 “Our whole group yesterday didn’t really make that many birdies, and so it was kind of boring in a sense, so we were definitely kind of feeding off of each other.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko bounced back from a first-round +2 over 73 and posted a -3 under 68 to move into a tie for T37, while Inbee Park had to withdraw from the tournament, suffering from a recurring injury to her left thumb. A condition that kept her out of action for the last three LPGA events. We wish Inbee a speedy recovery.

Kingsmill Championship. Mika Miyazato Leads.

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Mika Miyazato leads the Kingsmill Championship after the 1st round at a wet River Course in Virginia.

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JPN Mikka, from Japan shot an opening round -6 under par 65 in the Kingsmill Championship to lead the tournament by one shot. she spoke about the wet weather, and how good her putting was today;

“Course condition was pretty wet, and last two days with so much rain, so that’s why it’s so wet.”

“But I tried to be more aggressive so that’s why maybe I played very well today.”

“I was more focused on one shot at a time.”

” I spoke last night with my mental coach, so like the last three months, four months, I did not enjoy golf, so I tried to I enjoy golf this week, and he said, one shot at a time, more detail, so I tried to be more detailed today, so that’s why it works good.”

Defending champion,AUS Minjee Lee, and USA Brittany Lincicome share second  place, at -5 under par following their rounds of 66.

Minjee was asked if she was nervous being the defending champion;

“I mean, not really, I felt pretty calm the whole week, but just on the tee I felt a little nerves and more excitement that they said that I was the defending champion, so that was pretty cool, and it’s nice to hear that.”

Brittany was happy to be talking to media once more, it has not happened in a while, mainly due she said to poor putting;

“Good to talk to you guys, which hasn’t happened I don’t think at all this year, so it’s nice.”

“Like I said, the putter hasn’t really been working all year. I’ve been driving it really well, hitting the irons pretty good I felt, and just today I think I had 27 or 28 putts, which obviously any time you have putts in the 20s is good.”

“I just came in wanting just to play well and shoot under par again.”

“It seems like something that should come so naturally for someone who does this for a living, but it just hasn’t been happening lately.”

“Every time I see where I am on the Money List right now, it’s obviously very disappointing. It’s not normally where I am.”

“But I’ve been hitting the ball so well. Just obviously the putting just needs to kind of come around.”

“I thought about changing putters there for a while, and of course you have like one good day, and you’re like, okay, maybe it’s not the putter.”

“Then it kind of goes back again. So it’s kind of a, I don’t know what the deal is.”

The top-3 players in the world did not play so well together,  Lydia Ko +2 over 73, Inbee Park +3 over 74 and Lexi Thompson +1 over 72 struggled on Thursday, and will have some work to do to make the cut.

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.”

JPN

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.”