Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Eun Hee Is Walking Away With It.

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In the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship Eun Hee Ji is walking away with it, and will take a six shot advantage into the final round.

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On a very windy day in Taiwan Eun Hee shot a third round -3 under par 69, to lead the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship by six shots at -10 under par. Windy conditions meant only 14 ladies managed to shoot under par scores in the third round.

Sharing second place at -4 under par are Lydia Ko, New Zealand, who carded -4 under par 68 today, for the low round of the day, and must have been surprised to see herself in second place. She shares that position with Jenny Shin, USA, who carded +3 over 75 today.

Lydia mentioned good putting in the tough conditions;

“It was pretty tough out there with the wind being pretty strong and starting from the first hole.”

“It kind of progressively picked up. I played solid and made a few good putts.”

“A little careless plus little mistakes on 17, but it’s always nice to be able to finish with a birdie on the last.”

Jenny would like some rain tomorrow;

“Maybe I play well in the rain, and I hope it just comes down tomorrow, and maybe I’ll play seven  under par, you never know.”

“I’ve known Eun-Hee for a really long time, and playing with her two days in a row, it’s going to be an interesting day tomorrow.”

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Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Two Tied at the Top.


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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship leaderboard after the second round in Taiwan, first round leader Eun Hee Ji, South Korea, is joined at the top by compatriot Jenny Shin.

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Jenny & Eun / getty

Eun Hee carded a second round -1 under par 71, while Jenny shot -5 under 67 to catch the leader at the top of the Swinging Skirts leaderboard.

Eun Hee struggled with her putting today;

“Not as great as yesterday but I don’t feel really bad, you know.”

“I just struggled with my putting this first nine, and I get just a little bit better on the back nine.”

“I just made it out a little bit, and, yeah, I think I’m pretty happy to make a birdie on the last.”

Jenny had a good day with her putting;

“I feel really good. I’ve had some really good putts today, really good shots.”

“I had a really good break back there on the 18th hole, my tee shot went to the right, but I got relief because it was completely underwater, and I took advantage of that obviously.”

“Made the putt on 17, so I wanted to keep running at it and made my last putt on 18.”

Brittany Altomare. USA, holds third place at -6 under par signing for a second round -4 under 68, in the wet conditions on the course today.

Low round of the day went to Sue Oh, Australia. carding -6 under 66 today to move up into fourth position on her own.

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Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Eun Hee Ji Leads.

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Eun Hee Ji, from South Korea, leads the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship after the first round in Taiwan.

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Eun Hee carded a -6 under par 66 to lead the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship by three shots on day one;

“I changed my swings a little bit. That one I worked on a lot. My caddie is helping me a lot.”

“It’s like more information for wind and club choosing. That’s everything.”

“I think just a good day. I’m just more relaxed with the weather. That makes it a lot easier for when I play.”

Sharing second place are Sei Young Kim, also from South Korea, and Meghan Khang, USA, and Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand, all with opening rounds of -3 under par 69.

Sei Young said is was a tough day;

“Oh, really tough day today because we got a lot of rain, and a couple of holes, really gusting wind.”

“It was tough to judge distance and how to take the club.”

“Me and my caddie were talking about the right way, and yeah, we did a great job.”

Meghan mentioned the tough conditions;

 “Even in these conditions, I think it’s still a great score.”

Five ladies are in fifth place at -2 under par, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Brittany Altomare, USA, Jenny Shin, South Korea, Azahara Munoz, Spain and local player Min Lee from Taiwan.

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Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Leaps Ahead.

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Lexi Thompson, USA, leads ahead of the field on moving day at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Lexi is on top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard after 54 holes, shooting a third round -5 under 64, for a -15 under total, and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. The par for the course had to be changed because of severe flooding, the par five 5th hole was played as a par three today, the large amount of rainfall leading to a two-hour delay.

Lexi stayed patient in the wet conditions, and converted a few birdie putts;

“It was just a matter of staying patient, I knew I was hitting it well on the front nine, I just wasn’t making the birdies.”

“But I hit it well all day, so it was all a matter of hitting the shots closer and I guess just taking advantage of like No. 11, reaching that one in two, and making a few putts for birdie.”

Four ladies are tied in second place at -14 under par; Brooke Henderson, Canada, -2 under par 67 today, Lee Ann Pace, South Africa, with the low round of the day of -8 under 61. They were joined on that -14 under score by two ladies from South KoreaSung Hyun Park, -7 under 62 and Jenny Shin, -6 under 63.

Overnight leader Brooke had a tough round today, but hopes to sink more putts tomorrow;

“It was kind of a tough day out there. I think with the two-hour delay, I was kind of slow starting, but once I got going on the back nine, I felt really pretty great about my game.”

“I would have liked to go a little bit further under par today, but just the course wasn’t giving it to me.”

“So hopefully tomorrow I can drop a few more putts and climb the leaderboard a little bit.”

Lee Ann is playing well with a new set of irons;

“The last few weeks I’ve struck my irons really, really well. I just changed the irons and it’s made all the difference.”

“I played really nicely today. My irons were really good. I was looking at birdie on almost every hole, which was nice.”

Lydia Ko is in the group at -11 under par, a solid round of -5 under 64 keeping her in touch of the leaders;

“It was really solid. On a day like today when you don’t know if you’re going to have further rain delays or how the course is playing.”

“I think it was really important to hit the fairways and I think that I was doing pretty well out there.”

“Hopefully I’ll keep doing that.”

ShopRite LPGA Classic. I.K. Kim Wins.

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I.K. Kim, South Korea, wins the ShopRite LPGA Classic  on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in New Jersey.

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I.K. shot a final round -2 under par 69 to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a -11 under par total, a two shot winning margin. This I.K. Kim’s fifth LPGA Title.

I.K.  spent the best part of the end of 2016 season and beginning of 2017 recovering from falling down the stairs, and did not expect to play so well;

“I really didn’t expect to win right away, but I knew my game was better than last year.”

“My trainer, my coach, they had to change so many plans for me because so many things happened last winter. But I just feel so good and I feel all the support.”

“It was just so windy, trying to keep it in play was tough.”   

Defending Champion Anna Nordqvist from Sweden put up a great defence of her title, and attempting a three-peat at  this event, finishing in second place at -9 under par, two shots back with her last round -2 under 69;

“Just having the honor to back-to-back defend is quite amazing.”

“I’ve had a lot of supporters cheering me on this week and I really appreciated everyone’s support.”

“There is a little bit of pressure coming into it, but it’s just been fun.”

Tied in third place were, Michelle Wie, -6 under 65, Jenny Shin, -2 under 69, Jacqui Concolino, -1 under 70 and Jeong Eun Lee, even par 71 today, all finished with -7  under par totals.

Michelle said she had played well today;

“I just stuck it in there close today, I hit it a lot closer today, which felt good.”

 

 

ShopRite LPGA Classic . Defending Champ Anna On Top.

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Defending Champion Anna Nordqvist leads the ShopRite LPGA Classic after the first round.

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Anna, Sweden opened this years ShopRite LPGA Classic with a first round -7  under par 64 to lead the tournament by one shot, despite not putting too well;

“I feel like I enjoy this place, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove here.”

“I am just trying to take it day by day. I’ve been playing good for a long time now, so just tying get everything to click at once.”

“I’ve been hitting it really well the last couple weeks. Just haven’t really been putting well since Phoenix.”

“But started to get a couple rolls going for me today.”

“Had a lot of opportunities and a lot of good putts that didn’t go in, too, but my wedge game was really good today and I putted a few short ones.”

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, Jennifer Song, U.S.A.  Jeong Eun Lee, and Jenny Shin from South Korea all share second place at -6 under par following opening rounds of 65.

The Womens World Number One position is set to change this week, no matter what happens this week  in New Jersey, either Ariya Jutanugarn or So Yeon Ryu is projected to move to the top of the rankings.

The Lydia Ko camp are not playing here, for reasons best known to themselves. Just another confusing decision from them, not playing for three weeks leading up to a Major tournament.

Neither is second placed Ariya Jutanugarn, so that leaves So Yeon Ryu looking set to take over the top spot, with a win or even a good finish here, except that she has wilted under the pressure, carding a first round +3 over par 74.

So Ariya will take over the number slot, unless So Yeon has a miraculous recovery, which will be difficult in this three round competition.

 

TOTO Japan Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn and Soo-Yun Kang Share 1st Round Lead

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TOTO Japan ClassicAriya Jutanugarn and Soo-Yun Kang share 1st round lead at Taiheiyo Club Minori Course in Japan.

TOTO Japan Classic

Ariya Jutanugarn, Soo-Yun Kang / getty

Ariya, bogey free and Soo-Yun, one bogey both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the TOTO Japan Classic.

Ariya enjoyed a return to form, and is not thinking of the rivalry with Lydia for the top honors this year;

“Last week I was a little bit off with my tee shot.”

“Today I just to be a little bit more positive and not think about last week and try to have more fun today.”

“Right now I am just trying to have fun and enjoy every shot I hit, that’s all I want to do.”

Good putting was the key for Soo-Yun;

“Today’s round putting was great, I make every putt, I make 22 putts and make a great score.”

Jenny Shin, and Stacy Lewis are tied in third place, both with -5 under par 67, both carded one bogey today.

Sacking her caddie does not seem to be the best decision as Lydia Ko continues to stumble towards the end of the year, with everything on the line. Today she shot +2 over par 74.