HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Moriya Jutanugarn Wins Maiden LPGA Title.

 

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Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, wins her first LPGA title, the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, California.

Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand poses with the trophy after her win during round four of the Hugel-JTBC LA Open at the Wilshire Country Club on April 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California

Mo and her 1st LPGA Trophy / getty

Mo returned a final round score of -3 under par 68 to win the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open title with a -12 under par tournament total;

“Just a lot of patience out there.”

”“I just kept doing what I’m doing and it finally happened. My sister cried more than me. I can’t tell you how I feel right now.” 

“I think they actually crying more than me.”

“Actually, golf gives me a lot of meaning to my life.”

“I just want to keep doing good all the time. I think that’s why I want to wake up every day and do it better and better.”

A tie for second place at -10 under, JIn Young Ko, -1 under 70 today and Inbee Park, -3 under 68, both ladies from South Korea.

It was a bitter-sweet second place for Inbee, it has elevated her to Number One in the World;

“It’s good to be back, obviously, in the No. 1 spot.”

 “That really wasn’t my goal playing this year; it just came as a present.”

” So it’s great.”

“I didn’t give up until the end, but she played very solid.” 

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HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Moriya and Jin Tied at the Top.

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Moriya Jutanugarn,Thailand, is tied at the top of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open leaderboard with Jin Young Ko of South Korea, at  Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, California.

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Jin Young Ko & Moriya Jutanugarn / getty

Moriya, -1 under par 70 today shares top spot at the  HUGEL-JTBC LA Open with Jin who signed for a third round -5 under 66, both ladies at -9 under par for the tournament.

Moriya had an up and down day, an Eagle two at the 14th helped;

“It was great, I’ve been waiting for that.”

“I hit another shot like really good this week and hit the flag and bounced off the green.”

“When I make that shot my caddie is like, Oh, yeah, Mo.”

“Today was kind of a pretty rough day for me with not a very good start and trying to come back.”

“I just try to play my game and be patient out there.” 

Jin was in a South Korean grouping, and enjoyed the experience, looking for her maiden LPGA tour win. With every win on the KLPGA she puts an exclamation mark on the bag, there is eleven there at the moment;

“I played with Inbee and Eun Hee, so she’s really famous in LPGA. But she’s great, so I didn’t get nervous.” 

“I won 11 times, so if I win tomorrow, maybe I change to 12.”

“I need more, I need every time motivation, so one by one, one, one.”

Inbee Park, South Korea, holds third place on her own at -7 under par, a third round -2 under 69 leaving her two shots off the pace, as she chases the world number one ranking.

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HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Moriya Jutanugarn Leads

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Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand leads the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open at Wilshire Country Club in California

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Moriya Jutanugarn / getty

Moriya shot a bogey free second round -5 under par 71 to lead the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open by one stroke with a -8 under total;

“Just try and hit fairways and greens. That’s the key for this week. That’s what I try to do.”

Marina Alex, USA, keeps her second place with a second round -3 under 68, giving her a -8 under tournament total.

So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, has third place at -6 under par, with a second round of -6 under par 65;

“When you’re really focused, you don’t even know what you had last hole, so I didn’t even feel like I made two birdies in a row.”

“I didn’t really get pumped about it.”

“I was really focused on all the shots and I was really focused on the present, and that really helped me to play well today.” 

First round leader Inbee Park, South Korea, had an afternoon tee time, and suddenly found out about Poa Annua greens later in the day, carding even par 71 today to be T 4;

“Playing in the afternoon, it’s so much tougher to hole a putt.”

“It’s just hard to trust your line when you know it’s just going to bounce everywhere.”

“I told my caddie, Brad, maybe we need to hit it a little further and maybe it’ll be better.”

“I was able to hole the long ones but wasn’t able to make the short ones.”

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HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Inbee Park Leads.

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Inbee Park, South Korea, leads after the first round of the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open at Wilshire Country Club in California.

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Inbee Park / getty

Inbee signed for an opening round of -5 under par 66 to lead the  inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open by one shot.

Inbee made a putter change this week;

“Last week was just an awkward week where I missed a lot of short ones, and I wasn’t really comfortable with the putter.”

“I just wanted to have a different look, so I just changed it.” 

“I played really well out there. Especially being the new golf course. I didn’t know how it was going to play.”

“The course played really good. Really suited me. I putted really well out there, so I was really happy with that.” 

Marina Alex, USA, is alone in second spot after her first round -4 under 67, she also had a great day with the putter;

“I putted really, really well today.”

“I made a lot of the putts that I shouldn’t, I wouldn’t have expected to make.”

Seven ladies share third place, another shot back at -3 under par, which includes major champions Pernilla Lindberg and Lexi Thompson, with Caroline Inglis, Aditi Ashok, Moriya Jutanugarn, Eun-Hee Ji and Emma Talley.

Lexi also made a small change to her putting routine, but would not reveal what is was;

“I don’t want jinx it.”

“I changed a little thing that slipped my mind that I was working on earlier in the year.”

“I’m definitely rolling it a lot better. There is more of a roll to my putts now.” 

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LOTTE Championship. Brooke Bounces Back 4 Big Win.

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Brooke Henderson of Canada bounces back for a big four shot win at the LOTTE Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

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Brooke & Trophy

Brooke carded a final round -3 under par 69 to won the LOTTE Championship by four shots at -12 under par, making some good putts on the way in;

“The wind conditions were incredible and I think Brit and I did a great job.”

“My sixth win on Tour continues to be a dream come true.”

“Watching Pernilla  win a major was a lot of motivation. She showed a lot of grit and I thought ‘I could do that too’ so I owe a lot to her.”

“Fortunately I was able to overcome the shaky putting at times. I just tried to be calm and relaxed and made a couple really nice putts coming in.”

Azahara Munoz, Spain, was in second  place on her own at -8 under par, a good last round of -5 under 67 elevating her up the leaderboard;

“I’m hitting the ball the best I could remember.”

“I think I’m back to 2014 when I last contended, but I have gone through quite a few health issues.”

“I’m playing really well right now so I’m quite excited to see that.”

Tied in third place, all at -7 under were, Inbee Park, South Korea, a sad last round of even par 72 today, a decent round would have put her at #1 in the World.  Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -3 under 69, and still World #1 Shanshan Feng of China, with her final round -1 under 71.

Shanshan played well using her A game, but does not think about the number one ranking;

“Even though I didn’t win, I brought out my A-game and I’m happy with that.”

“I don’t really think about the No. 1 ranking. Even if I lose it, I know I can get it back with good play.”

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Lotte Championship. Brooke Backs Up.

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Brooke Henderson, Canada, backs up in the third round of the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii, allowing the chasers to catch up.

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Brooke cared +1 over par 73 to reduce her lead in the Lotte Championship to one shot at -9 under par, surrendering a five shot lead she had built up earlier in the round. Carding 4 birdies, three bogey’s, and a double bogey five at the par three 16th.

Brooke said she had played well, but is struggling with her putter;

“I hit it so well today that it kind of sucks to walk off the course one over when I know it could’ve been so much better.”

“But on the plus side I’m still leading, which is always great going into the final round.”

“Hopefully I can hit it just as well as I had today and hopefully make a few more putts.”

“I’ve been kind of struggling with my putting all year.”

“First few rounds, I had it going and I felt confident with it; then on the back nine I just kept missing I just felt like every single putt and kind of I got a little bit down.”

“That’s always a terrible way to be, especially when you’re still leading the tournament.”

Mo Martin, USA, is in second place, just one back at -8  under after her third round of even par 72.

Nasa Hataoka, Japan, -4 under 68 today and Inbee Park, South Korea,-1 under 71, share third place with -7 under par tournament totals.

Nasa is playing well in the wind;

“I think I hit it really good and played really well.”

“I think that these winds the other two days kind of helped me. I had three eagle chances and just couldn’t make it, but I made a lot of good shots.”

Inbee would move to number one in the World with a win here at the Lotte Championship.

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Lotte Championship. Brooke Henderson 36 Hole Lead.

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Brooke Henderson, Canada, has 36 hole lead at the Lotte Championship, at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii, and is still bogey free.

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Brooke Henderson & sister caddie Brittany / getty

Brooke shot -6 under 66 today to lead the Lotte Championship in Hawaii by two strokes after 36 holes.

Brooke is relying on her putting;

“Today was a lot of fun, I got off to a really fast start.”

“I made a lot of clutch par saves to keep the momentum and keep it bogey-free.”

“I feel like I’m in a great spot and I’m hitting the ball really well and I can depend on my putting right now.”

“I’m seeing the lines and I’m really confident with my putter right now.”

“The wind wasn’t as strong early today and there were softer conditions.”

“Fortunately it didn’t rain too hard and it helped with the softness of the course.”

Mo Martin,USA, -5 under 67 today, is tied in second place, two shots back at -8 under par, with Shanshan Feng of China who carded -3 under par 69 in her second round.

Fourth place is shared between Lindy Duncan, USA, -4 under 68 today, Major winner this year Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, -4 under 68, and Inbee Park, South Korea, -3 under 69.

Ex World #1 Lydia Ko, New Zealand, continues to struggle, making the cut on the number at +3 over par.

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