Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Rookie Sei Young Kim Wins.

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Sei Young Kim wins the weather affected Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, her first LPGA Tour victory, in three-way play-off.

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Sei Young KimSun Young Yoo and Ariya Jutanugarn tied at the top of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic leaderboard with totals of -14 under par.

Sei won on the first sudden death extra hole, with a birdie. She becomes the first Rolex First-Time Winner of the season and adds the victory to her five career KLPGA wins. She posted a final round -5 under par 68, one of the best rounds of the day, and said she was very happy, this was all she had dreamt of for a long time;

“It’s definitely a dream, I’m really happy. Since 10 years ago it’s what I’ve dreamed of.”

“Just before the last putt I was super nervous, but I was fine.”

“I joined the LPGA in hopes of making the Korean Olympics team, and this is one step towards that, so this means a lot to me.”

“I feel really great, I was really nervous. I just focused on my game. I can’t find the words. Just crying.”

Brittany Lincicome finished on -13 under par, while Danielle Kang and Inbee Park were another shot back on -12 under par.

Inbee did not finish high enough to unseat Lydia Ko from World Number One Ranking. Lydia equaled the low round of the day, -5 under par 68, which elevated her up the leaderboard for a tie for 7th spot;

“I wasn’t really thinking about it all week.”

“It was great to have the starter say, from New Zealand, Rolex ranking No. 1, and that was really great.”

“I think it’s only going to last for this week, but Inbee has played great and so have other girls. All I could do the last two days was just try my best and try and shoot a good score today.”

Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. Second Round Suspended.

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Second round play in the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic has been suspended at the Ocean Club Golf Course, due to darkness, with 60 players still out on the course.

Sun Young Yoo and Brittany Lincicome hold a share of the lead at -7 under par, Sun Young has completed her round but Brittany has only finished five holes of her second round, making birdie on two of them.

Sun Young found the very windy conditions extremely difficult;

“It was very tough, especially with the wind. I just tried to stay focused and just tried to make the right putt with the wind.”

“Overall, I think I was doing really good the last two rounds, and I still have two rounds to go, so I’m looking forward to it.”

There are currently four players tied in third place at -6 under par for the tournament, Kelly Shon, Dori Carter, Jenny Shin and Inbee Park.

Some players said it was the windiest day they had ever experienced in competition.

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Dori explained to reporters;

“Pretty close. My caddie actually after we hit our approach shot on the last hole said, I’m not going to lie, this is the worst wind conditions I’ve ever seen. “

He told me on the last hole. He didn’t say it middle of the round. But we laughed about that. And, yes, it’s pretty crazy, but then again we kind of know that is the Bahamas style and like Hawaii and things like that. You just expect it.”

Rookie Kelly thought she had seen everything, that is, until she came here;

“Oh, I thought I played some really windy conditions last year at Symetra, but this took it to a whole new level.”

“I remember watching, maybe it was the Sony Open last year and the PGA TOUR, they had to suspend play because of wind.”

“I was telling him, when the pin starts bending that way I know it’s pretty bad, and when we got up to 15, right around the water there, it was just like it. I was just waiting for someone to call me off the green right there.”

” So this is probably one of the, maybe the worst wind conditions I’ve played in.”


Inbee really wants that World Number One position back, and has only played five of her second round holes, while World Number One Lydia Ko is T18 at -3 under par, after completing her second round, and has a lot of catching up to do, to hang onto her top ranking.

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Inbee Park Wins

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World #1 Inbee Park wins the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Miramar Golf & Country Club.

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World #1 Inbee scored a -1 under par 71 in the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, which was enough to give her the win with a -22 under par total. Married life seems to suit Inbee, but she  said it was a tough day, even though she started with a four shot lead there was some nerves with the way she played;

I think playing with Stacy, I really wanted to play well, and obviously being able to win the tournament was a great accomplishment.”

 “It was a tough day and I got nervous on every hole today even on the 18th hole.”

“Stacy was really tough, in the middle of the round I was only one ahead of her, and I was lucky to be one ahead of her, so it was a really good day but it wasn’t an easy day for me.”

“I think this will be my wedding gift for myself. It’s a good feeling and maybe people who said, ‘she’s not going to play as well as when she was not married’ I think we can prove them wrong.”

” My husband is a big help for me and huge supporter and I’m really happy to have him here.”

World # 2 Stacy Lewis finished in second place at -20 under par, her last round -3 under par 69 not enough to catch the leader, but it was a good effort in the difficult conditions, which we know Stacy likes to play in;

“I hung in there all day and just made Inbee work for it. That was the goal, and you give Inbee four shots, it’s a tough task to overcome, and you know, she hit the shots when she needed to coming in.”

I played great, I really got off to a really good start, and just the middle of the round, didn’t quite make the putts that I needed to.”

“You would think you would pick up a shot or two but I didn’t really pick up many shots there.  But obviously Inbee making those putts, I knew I needed to do something, as well.  I was fortunate I got off to a good start, but in the conditions all day, it was hard and you just had to hang in there.”

To complete the scoring World #3 Lydia Ko claimed third place on her own at -17 under par, she carded a brilliant bogey free final round -6 under par 66, the low round of the day;

I think I played really well here in Asia, obviously there were a lot of great memories made, and, yeah, I just enjoyed my time playing over here in Asia.  I didn’t get many opportunities to play out here before, so it was great to come back, like to this week, where I’ve won before.“



Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Inbee Has 4 shot lead

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World #1 Inbee Park has a 4 shot lead going into the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Miramar Golf & Country Club in Taiwan.

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World #1 Inbee had a third round -3 under par 69 giving her a Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship total of -21 under par, and a four shot advantage over  World #2 Stacy Lewis when they tee it up tomorrow for the final round.

Inbee reported she found it tough in the windy conditions today, but was satisfied with her round, especially the Eagle on the par five 12th;

“Overall, it was quite a good day, it was quite different situation with the wind.  It was playing a lot tougher. The downwind holes, it was tough to stop the ball on the green.  We have quite tough holes out there but I think I managed myself quite good.” 

“It was really big for me today, because I was playing good for the first few holes and then made two bogeys in a row on 7 and 8.”

 “Going into the back nine, I needed to make a couple more birdies for tomorrow, and it was tough to make birdies out there with a lot of wind.  To pick up two strokes on that hole was huge.  I think I’ve birdied every day on that hole and eagle today, so that hole has been a big key.” 

I think it’s good players playing good in the event, which is always really exciting.”

“Going into the final day with such good players like Stacy and Shanshan we’re going to have a good competition tomorrow and obviously four strokes around this golf course, it’s not impossible.”

Sharing second place is Stacy Lewis, who had the low round of the day with a -8 under par 64, and Shanshan Feng with a -2 under par 70. Both of these ladies are on -17 under par for the tournament.

Stacy was nine shots back of the lead at the start of play today, but she loves to play in the tougher conditions, it brings out the best in her;

“I was nine back starting the day, so I thought if I could cut that in half at least and give myself a chance for tomorrow, and just to get in the last group just so you know what’s going on.”

“And obviously to play with the best player in the world, that’s what you want to do.  I love my position for tomorrow, because I think the weather is going to be a little bit more like this.”

“I guess this is what everybody has been asking for, we haven’t done this in a while.  Should be fun.  Should be exciting.”

The nearest player to the top three is Azahara Munoz, a distant 8 shots off the lead at -13 under par, and not really going to upset the top three as they battle it out tomorrow.

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Koreans Crush the Course.

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Koreans So Yeon Ryu and Na Yeon Choi crushed the London Hunt and Country Club course at the LPGA Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in Ontario.

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So Yeon Ryu shot an amazing bogey free -9 under par 63 to top the leaderboard at the CP Women’s Open, while Na Yeon Choi secured the second spot with her -8 under par 64, which included one bogey, at London Hunt and Country Club in Ontario.

So Yeon is aware that one good round does not win a tournament, she and Na Yeon have spoken about the lack of success;

“I shot 11-under when I was playing in the 2012 Australian Masters, but I couldn’t win the tournament, but I hope I can win this tournament this time.”

“It was a really great opportunity to make us more honest to each other, then we talked about how hard it is getting through tough times. Na Yeon won U.S. Open and CME two years ago, then hasn’t won anything, and I’m kind of in the same situation. So we talk about how we can get through this one, how do we think about this situation. Then Na Yeon and I both were kind of sad, so I realized I’m not the only one going through the hard times.”

”I haven’t won any tournaments the last two years so I’ve been waiting. I wish I can win this week.”

Na Yeon said she had played well, but did not realise how many birdies she in a row, predicting earlier that around -15 would be good enough to win;

‘I felt good about my game, but I didn’t really realize I had five birdies in a row,  didn’t really think about I want to birdie every hole.”

‘Actually I was thinking like under 15, but after my score today, which means, if I shoot like 8 under, I think everyone could shoot like 8-under, so we will see.”

Anna Nordqvist is in third place, carding -7 under par 65 for her opening effort, she spoke about the round of So Yeon, and the good condition of the London Hunt and Country Club course;

“She made nine birdies today and I made seven, so it gives you a lot of momentum, a lot of positive energy, just seeing a lot of birdies.”

” The course is great, it’s a treat to come here. Some of them were a little bit bumpy, but it’s been a long day, a lot of play on these greens. But overall you can put yourself in position to make a lot of birdies out here, and that’s what I felt I did. It’s going to be a fun tournament, this one.”

Lydia Ko must win to have a chance to move to world No. 1 but she carded a first round of -2 under par 70, which makes the task harder. Inbee Park can ascend to No. 1 if she wins and Stacy Lewis finishes in a four-way tie for second or worse.

Inbee is in a good position following her first round -6 under par 66 while Stacy struggled to a -1 under par 71. It is all to play for with those who are concerned with the World Number One position.

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Inbee Park Prevails.

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Inbee Park prevails at the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in New York.

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Inbee birdied the last two holes to get into a play-off, and then ultimately won the Wegmans LPGA Championship after beating Brittany Lincicome for the Major trophy. Both ladies had finished at -11 under par, Inbee with a final round of -2 under par 70, and Brittany with -1 under par 71.

Inbee thought she was very lucky today;

“I think it’s very lucky that I actually got an opportunity today, because you know, I thought I probably won’t get an opportunity with Brittany coming up the last and if she made a par I would not have gone into playoff.

And I holed really good putts on number 17 and 18 to put me in the playoffs. So yeah, just very happy the way I played today.”

“This is probably one of the favorite weeks that we ; for me and probably for all the LPGA players to come and kind of stay for a week, and yeah, this tournament has the history, and this tournament has all the memories with us”

“So being able to put my name on this trophy twice and being able to do it here in Rochester is such a great honor, and yeah, we’ll be missing Rochester. We definitely want to come back here for another event.”

Brittany put her loss down to nerves;

“Just need to learn how to control the nerves a little bit more. I was really, really nervous coming down the stretch, especially the 18th hole and then the playoff, that putt that I had, the first putt, and then the chip that I had I was shaking like a leaf, which it’s hard to do anything when you’re shaking.”

“I feel like I was like; I don’t know what I had, but it’s just not a fun feeling.”

“Obviously they were tears of joy, finishing second in a major is always a good thing. Obviously I would have liked to have been the one holding the trophy on the 18th green right now, but feel like I played really, really well this week.”

” Hopefully we can keep that going for the rest of the year. I really feel like this will be the stepping stone that I kind of needed to push me to want to keep it going and to be in the Top 10 each week like I kind of was like three years ago.”

In third place on her own was Lydia Ko, who finished the tournament at -8 under par, following her last round -2 under par 70, this is her best finish so far on tour in a Major;

“You know, obviously didn’t really; it was kind of a disappointing finishing with two bogeys, but overall I played pretty solid today, and I tried to give myself opportunities and made a lot of good putts.”

“So yeah, I’m pretty happy with how the major has finished. This gives me a lot of confidence. You know, majors are where we try and perform our best, and to have a top-5 finish, I think that’s really good.”


Meijer LPGA Classic. It’s Still Inbee

White Dragon GolfIt’s still Inbee Park at the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Inbee stayed on top of the Meijer LPGA Classic with a third round -3 under par 68 and holds the 54-hole lead at -13 under par for the tournament. She remarked on the wind today, and is still in love with her new putter;

” Today was a little bit windier than other two days, it was a little bit tougher to control the ball so I didn’t hit it as close as last two days, but I was able to hole a couple of long putts, so I was able to go a little bit lower today. Obviously I putted really good out there today, like just like I did last two days.”

” I think something just really different and something really new to my eyes, probably something really fresh for me, something that I’m not really used to. I just wanted to put this putter in before I go to major next week and kind of see what it’s like.”

” It was a good change for me because I never used the blade putter for about five years and this is first time I’m trying it in five years. Yeah, but it seems like it’s going really on line and I feel like I’m stroking the ball a little bit better this week.”

Mirim Lee is in second place, just one shot back at -12 under par, with Suzann Pettersen a further shot back at -11 under par.

Suzann posted a -2 under par 69, and said she had to fight for that;

” Overall one of those days where you just fight to stay in it. Didn’t have the greatest of feels throughout the round, a little bit of gusty wind at the time, some greens are getting really hard, so there were a lot of challenges out there today and hopefully there’s going to be as many tomorrow and maybe I can do just a little bit better.”

I’ve been out with injuries for major weeks out of this year, missed pretty much two majors. I missed the first one, I couldn’t play, and the second one, I don’t know, I wasn’t really well prepared. For me when I started playing well again it was actually Arkansas the week before the British Open, played really well at the British Open and I felt like if I was ever going to win an Open it was one of those weeks where you felt like you were hitting the ball good and I gave myself the chance.”