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.

 

Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Gold For Inbee, Lydia Silver.

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Inbee Park claimed the Gold Medal for South Korea at the Rio Olympics, while Lydia Ko got the Silver.

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Lydia, Inbee and Shanshan

Inbee shot a last round -5 under par to win the Rio Olympic Gold Medal with a -16 under par total, and a whopping 5 stroke winning margin;

 “This is definitely one of the special moments in my golfing career and in my whole life.  It feels great.”

” Obviously representing your country and winning the gold is so special.  It’s just really all I’ve wanted.”

“I had to overcome a lot of obstacles.  I was able to make my body, physically and mentally, strong enough to compete this week.”

“I looked for the results, but didn’t really expect much of a result. I just wanted to do what I can do.”

 

Lydia, from New Zealand, could only manage to produce -2 under 69 in her last round, but the -11 under par total gave her the Silver Medal;

“I didn’t have a great start, but I just tried to hang in there.”

” I can’t believe I’m holding a medal on the podium, it’s what I’ve been dreaming about since 2009.”

” To actually be there beside Inbee and Shanshan, is a dream come true. This has been just an amazing week.”

Shanshan Feng from China completed the podium picking up the Bronze Medal, a final round -2 under 69 giving her a -10 under par tournament total;

“Coming in, I actually did not expect to have a medal at the end of the week, but what I was trying to do was to enjoy and try to focus on shot by shot.”

“At the end, I got a medal, so all the hard work has paid off and I’m really happy about it.”

Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Inbee Looking Good For Gold

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Inbee Park is looking good for the Gold Golf Medal at the Rio Olympics after 54 holes in Brasil.

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Inbee, from South Korea, stayed on top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard with a third round -1 under par 70, and will take a two shot advantage over the field into the final round tomorrow at -11 under for the Gold Medal;

“I think first coming here, I didn’t really know whether I was going to play this week or not due to the injury.”

“Obviously didn’t expect much of a result. It was more of, you know, whether I can play or not.”

“So I mean, a good result is a great gift. But at the same time, I know I’ve been in the position before and I know in a good condition, I can do it.”

“I think just trying to enjoy the Olympics and try to enjoy the Olympic golf, brought really good results.”

Sharing second place at -9 under par are Gerina Piller, U.S.A  -3 under 68 today, and World number one Lydia Ko, playing for New Zealand, played her way back into contention with -6 under 65 in the third round.

The World Number One Lydia also registered her first ever hole in one today;

“This is the first one in a practice round and tournaments, all included.”

” I almost didn’t know how to react, because it is your first one, and the wind is blowing and I haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to hole‑in‑ones.”

” I would have loved to like done a dance or jumped up‑and‑down, but in that situation, I think I was almost trying to cry, and then realised I had 11 more holes to play.”

“It’s really cool.  It just puts the cherry on top.”

” This week is about having fun and this experience, being an Olympian and competing in the Olympics, and to have my first hole-in-one, is something that I’ll never forget.”

Gerina said tomorrow will be one of the biggest rounds of her life;

 “I would say it’s one of the biggest, yes.”

“Playing the Solheim Cup is definitely dear to my heart and trying to win that for the country.”

” But I’ve never played in the final round of an Olympics before, competing for a medal.”

” It’s going to be pretty special.  I’m going to soak it in all in, take it all in, and no matter what the outcome, I’m proud to be American.”

Completing the top four is Shanshan Feng, representing China, her -3 under par 68 today moved her up the leaderboard, and a possible medal position finish, with her -8 under par total. She is hoping her performance will inspire new Chinese players;

Back in China, normally we are only on golf channels, but this time people can see us on any television channels.”

“I think that’s a great chance to let the Chinese know how good the Chinese players are, and hopefully they can just fall in love with the sport and join this sport.

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Rio Olympics. Ladies Golf. Inbee In Charge.

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Inbee Park, from South Korea, is in charge of the Rio Olympics Ladies Golf tournament after 36 holes in Brasil.

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Inbee carded a second round -5 under par 66 to sit on top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard in Brasil, with a -10 under par total;

 “I think first coming here, I didn’t really know whether I was going to play this week or not due to the injury.”

” Obviously didn’t expect much of a result.  It was more of, you know, whether I can play or not.  So I mean, a good result is a great gift.”

Charging into second place was Stacy Lewis, from the U.S.A. scoring a fantastic -8 under par 63, an Olympic record, which gave her a -9 under par Ladies Tournament total;

“I was excited from the get‑go with the announcement of the Olympics.”

” There are probably a lot of reasons why we shouldn’t have come and shouldn’t have done this, whether it was Zika or other issues.”

“I just did my homework and nobody gave me a good reason why I shouldn’t come.”

” You’d have to ; I mean, there’d have to be something seriously wrong with me to not come play in the Olympics.  This has been so cool.  Just a different feel about it.”

Sharing third place are Brooke Henderson, Canada, with -7 under 64 today and Charley Hull of England, -5 under 66. Both ladies have -8 under par totals.

Brooke said;

“I feel Britt (her sister and caddie) and I came up with a really good strategy for this course over the last week or so, along with Team Canada.”

“I think so far, it’s been pretty good.”

” But like I say, there’s still lots of golf left and hopefully I’ll just continue to play smart but take advantage when I can.”

Charley is looking for another good round tomorrow;

“I don’t really look at what I do.  I just kind of get off the golf course and go to the gym. “

“I don’t really analyse where I am.  I just kind of think, oh, yeah, I played decent, another round tomorrow.”

World number one Lydia Ko has dropped back, -1 under 70 today giving her a -3 under total, and a lot to do tomorrow to get into contention for a medal, she is correctly T22.

Rio Olympic Ladies Golf. Ariya Jutanugarn 1st Round Leader.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, is the 1st round leader of the Ladies Tournament at the Rio Olympics.

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ARIYA JUTANUGARN / getty

Ariya cruised to a first round -6 under par 65 in the opening round of the Rio Olympics, which gave her a one shot advantage over the field,

 “I think I’m going to be really excited, because I like to represent Thailand.”

“We want to be the best and have the Gold Medal for Thailand. I think it’s going to be great if I have it.”

“I like the Village a lot, before I came here I had no idea what it’s going to be like.”

” When I got into the village, I liked it. I love it a lot.  I’m a roommate with the badminton players from Thailand and I have had a chance to watch them play a few matches.”

“Pretty good.”

Sharing second place with -5 under par opening rounds of 66 are Inbee Park, and Sei Young Kim, both ladies from South Korea.

Inbee has recovered from her recent injury problems;

“I first started feeling it in the off‑season in January. Some weeks it was good. Some weeks it was bad.’
‘I tried to rest it and tried to play again. Didn’t really work. When I tried to play again, it just didn’t work.”

“I felt like still perform well and I can still play with injury, but it just didn’t happen. It was just my mistake. Now I feel much better than before. “

“Bogey‑free round, been awhile. Feels great.”

“It wasn’t too windy out there this morning, so I had a lot of opportunities at birdie.”

 “I had a really good ball‑striking day. I had a lot of opportunities and there was probably two or three more putts that I possible could have made.”

“But yeah, I’m very satisfied with today’s round. I felt quite nervous this morning, teeing off, and being able to overcome that kind of nerves feels great.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand is T11 with her opening effort of -2 under 69, courtesy of holing her nine iron second shot from 136 yards for an Eagle  on the par four 15th;

“It was my first eagle at the Olympics, so I think it’s great.”

” At the men’s last week, I think there were two hole‑in‑ones and a few eagles, and I put my contribution to golf by making an eagle, I think is a really good feeling, and especially since I was even par at that point in my round.”

“So to go from zero to two‑under-par was a great turnaround.”

Brazilian Miriam Nagl teed off first, hitting the  first Olympic women’s tee shot in 116 years, she recorded a round of +8 over 79;

 “It was nerve‑wracking, to be honest.  I was very nervous, but what an honor that I could be hitting this shot.”

” It means so much to me,  being in my home country and golf being back in the Olympic Games, and the fact that I have a little daughter now.”

“It was just very special to me.”

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Miriam Nagl 

 

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 & Brooke / getty images

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.