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.

ANA Inspiration. Second Round Suspended. Suzann Leads.

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Suzann Pettersen, with a completed second round leads the ANA Inspirational, as darkness called a halt to the days play in California, with 56 ladies still to complete their second rounds.

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Suzann carded a second round -3 under par 69 to post an ANA Inspirational leaderboard target of -7 under par;

“I played really good. It really hasn’t been that long of a day, but I played quite a bit of golf.”

“Just Steady Eddie, just plugging along, hitting good shots, giving myself chances.”

“How can you not love this place? It’s heaven for golf and great surroundings.”

“Just really got to be on your A-game to feel like you can attack this course. I’m driving the ball well so I’m giving myself good irons into the greens.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are six ladies, four with completed rounds, Minjee Lee, -4 under par 68 today, Nelly Korda and  Inbee Park, both scoring -3 under 69 and Cristie Kerr with -1 under 71 today.

Still to complete their second rounds, but are also at -6 under are Michelle Wie, -2 under today through eight holes, and Karine Icher, -1 under after eleven holes.

There is still a lot of golf to be played in the second round, and as yet no one has stamped any authority on this competition. I suspect it will be very tight right up until the last hole.

 

 

HSBC Women’s Champions. Inbee Park Is Champion.

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Inbee Park is the HSBC Women’s Champions, champion, shooting a final round -8 under par 64, in Singapore.

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Inbee Park & Trophy

Inbee carded -8 under 64 to win the HSBC Women’s Champions title with a -19 under par total.

Coming back from injury, Inbee thought it would take some time to get back into the swing, but her putting today was amazing;

“I thought it might take maybe a couple months to get back out on the Tour and to get my rhythm back.”

“I thought I was going to be just a little bit rusty. That’s how I felt last week.”

“This week was totally different. Especially the final round was just what I wanted.”

“My putting was amazing today, obviously, yesterday I was really disappointed with my putter. I couldn’t make any putts yesterday and obviously I made up for it today.”

“Today was pretty much, everything I looked at, it wanted to drop in. It was very consistent ball-striking all week, and obviously there were a lot of birdie opportunities out there and I was able to convert many of them today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn captured second place at -18 under par, a last round -6 under 66 leaving her just that one shot short;

“I’m really happy about my game, especially this week, and today, I had so much fun.”

“You know, I have so much fun playing with Inbee. She’s awesome. She’s the best player.”

“I learned a lot from her. She’s very calm. I feel like she makes every putt. I think she didn’t miss one putt today.”

In third place, at -16 under, and a final round of -4 under 68 was Sung Hyun Park.

Both Lydia Ko T9 and Michelle Wie, T4 could only post even par 72 last rounds, Michelle carding a four putt to end her hopes of the title.

 

HSBC Women’s Champions. Inbee Park Leads.

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Inbee Park leads the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

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Inbee shot a second round another -5 under pr 67 to lead the HSBC Women’s Champions at -10 under, and has a one shot advantage;

“It’s a good round today, obviously I got off to a very hot start. I was able to make some putts early in the round and then I had a little bit of a mistake on No. 12. I had a couple of birdies on the back nine, so I was able to clean up my mess.”

“I just had tough times last year, so the sooner I get back, it’s better.”

 “I was nervous and excited, because I haven’t played competitive golf in a while. To compete in tournament golf it felt like forever.”

“I never took that kind of break in my whole life, so it was just something different.”

Sharing second place, one shot back at -9 under par are; Michelle Wie, -3 under 69 today, Mi Jung Hur, -5 under 67 and World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn., who carded a second round -4 under 68.

Michelle was excited to be in contention;

“I was just really excited, I woke up before my alarm clock, ready to go, just really excited to be out there.”

“I was feeling a bit of nerves but mostly just excitement. It was a good-to-be-back feeling for sure.”

World number 1 Lydia Ko is at -7 under, T7 after her second round -4 under 68.