Indy Women In Tech Championship. Lexi Wins

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Lexi Thompson, USA, wins the inaugural  Indy Women In Tech Championship, cruising to a four shot victory at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

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Lexi carded a third and final round -4 under 68 to win the Indy Women In Tech Championship title, with a -19 under par total. Like all winners at Indy, she took a swig of milk and gave the traditional kiss to the bricks that line the track’s finish line and enjoyed getting behind the wheel for a victory lap around the famed 2.5-mile oval, reaching a top speed of 122 mph.

“I’m very happy that it was me.”

 “It was such a great week overall and it was a huge honor to be here in Indiana to be able to kiss those bricks. Definitely a memory that I’ll never forget.”

Lydia Ko. New Zealand, was second at -15 under par, a mediocre final round of even par 72, blaming a poor putting performance;

“I just wasn’t putting as well as I did the last few days and that makes a huge difference.”

“When you’re in the final round, final group, you kind of want those putts to drop and unfortunately that wasn’t happening for me.”

“Lexi played great, especially down the stretch.”

“She had some 3-, 4-footers for par and bogey and she was able to knock them all in, so it just shows the confidence that she was playing with.”

“But yeah, I had a great time being in this position.”

Third place went to Minjee Lee from Australia, she carded a final round -5 under 67 to get herself into third on her own at -14 under par for the tournament.

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Indy Women in Tech Championship. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

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For the first time I can remember Lexi was wearing long pants, but still recorded a first round -9 under par 63, requiring only 26 putts, to lead the  Indy Women in Tech Championship;

“It was just overall a very solid round.”

“It was quite the early morning so it was a bit cold on the range and struggled a bit on the range, but I just hit a few good drivers at the end and I just committed to one thing going into the round and I think that’s what made my day a lot easier on me.”

“I just stuck to my routine and committed to my golf shots.”

“That round definitely gave me the confidence that I can make those birdies if I just let it go and fire at pins and just commit to my shots and don’t doubt it.”

Sharing second place at -8 under are Sandra Gall, from Germany and Kris Tamulis, they both went round in 64 strokes.

Kris also had a good day with the putter, going round bogey free;

“I putted good and been hitting it a lot better, which thank goodness because I’ve been really hitting it all over the park.”

Sandra, bogey free today added to the conversation about putting;

“I struck it pretty well out there and then I made a few good putts.”

“I’ve been feeling like my game’s been pretty good the last couple months but I just haven’t been scoring, so everything just came together.”

Tied in fourth place at -7 under par are a resurgent Lydia Ko, New Zealand, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, both ladies were bogey free today.

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Justin Rose ready to defend his BMW Championship Crown

Justin Rose is keen and eager to defend his BMW Championship Crown, as he tries to become the ninth golfer ever to win consecutive BMW Championship/Western Open titles. Eight of the previous back-to-back winners won at least three majors and is also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Four of the eight are ranked among the PGA Tour’s top-10 all-time winners, and now Justin has a unique chance to join them. The some of the names included on the winners’ list are,  Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead  and Tiger Woods.

Justin said;

“It’s overwhelming to think that you grew up watching the Western Open and that you’re a part of that tournament and that heritage. When I won last year, they gave me two trophies, and you know, it’s not often that you win a tournament and you get two trophies.”

Justin Rose Justin Rose of England tees off on the 1st during the Pro-Am round prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at the Wentworth Club on May 23, 2012 in Virginia Water, England.

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The tournament this year is  temporarily leaving the familiar setting of suburban Chicago, where Rose won last year, for the PGA Tour’s first stop in Indianapolis in more than two decades, at Crooked Stick. Ticket sales for the Sept. 6-9 event have been brisker than organizers anticipated.
Justin can happily recall  every vivid detail from Crooked Stick’s last PGA event.  The tale of John Daly’s late-night arrival at the 1991 PGA Championship to the to the roaring crowds that followed the late alternate player all weekend, and Big John’s fist-pumping stroll down the 18th fairway, Justin can recall all the details like he was there in person.
“It was the whole story, him driving through the night, getting there late. I think it shows you that sometimes expectations, or the lack thereof, is a mindset that brings out the best in us. I feel like sometimes, I’ve played my best golf when I was really sick. When you talk about the FedEx Cup and the playoffs, sometimes, I think it’s important to not believe your own words and to simplify it to just golf. What we hadn’t had in recent years was Tiger competing for the FedEx Cup. With him being up there, he’s going to want to come here and play well and that’s good. But it’s a case of beware of what you wish for.”
Justin is interested in the history of Crooked Stick, and would like to meet Pete Dye in person, or even maybe see him riding around Crooked Stick with his dog in the golf cart.

 

“The history is what really makes tournaments great. The list of names on that trophy,  Hogan, Snead, Palmer, Nicklaus and Tiger , is really great.  I’ve never done it, won back-to-back, and it would be one of those ticks on the to-do list. As the defending champ, you want to come back and do yourself proud, but you don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself.”