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.

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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.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Jenny Shin Wins 1st LPG Victory

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Jenny Shin, from South Korea,  wins the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club, in Texas, her 1st LPG Victory.

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Jenny Shin and her 1st LPGA Trophy

Jenny carded a final bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to win the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout with a total of -14 under par, a two shot victory.

Jenny is the third Rolex First Time Winner of the season, joining Ha Na Jang and Haru Nomura in achieving LPGA success, he had this to say;

“Still in awe nothing has registered yet. I wanted to talk to my mum, but I was on the verge of tears so I hung up without really her answering the phone.”

“I think it will hit me as soon as I talk to my mum, yeah. I don’t have anything going on right now.”

“I think I’ve been in contention so many times that I’ve kind of learned how to tune it out.”

 “I’m not sure I can repeat it exactly the same if I have a chance next time. I think every year I become a better player and I get a little bit more experience.”

“And I think I’ve gotten a lot out of it every time I go through this, so hopefully next year will be better, the year after that will be better.”

Tied in second place, two shots back at -12 under par  were a pair of South Koreans, Amy Yang, and Mi Jung Hur, both with even par rounds of 71, they were joined by Gerina Piller who could not complete the win, but did start the day with a two shot lead, suffering with a last round +2 over par 73.

Gerina spoke the really tough day, and she is learning all the time;

“I mean, the conditions are pretty tough, so it definitely wasn’t a cakewalk out there.”

 “As you can see, I haven’t really looked at the leaderboard if anyone shot a real low one.”

“The pins were really, really tough today and it’s tough to get them close, especially coming in.”

“But I’ve taken nothing but good things away from this week. That was my first time ever holding the lead, especially for two rounds, so it’s just more confidence that I’m adding to what I already have.”

Kia Classic. Lydia Ko Comfortably in Front.

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Lydia Ko is comfortably in front of the Kia Classic, after the third round at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Lydia carded a third round -5 under par 67 to post a 54 hole total of -14 under par, giving her a three shot lead going into the final round of the Kia Classic tomorrow;

“You don’t get that many opportunities where you’re going into the final round with a few-shot lead.”

“But I’ll take it. I’d rather be a couple shots ahead than a couple shots behind.”

Sung Hyun Park, -4 under 68 today, Brittany Lang -2 under 70, and Jenny Shin -1 under 71, all share second place, those three shots back at -11 under par for the tournament.

Inbee Park is in fifth place at -10 under par for the three rounds, -2 under 70 today let Lydia get away from her. You can not really give the World #1 a three shot start at the beginning of the last round and expect to have a chance of winning.

Candie Kung, from Taipei shot the low round of the day, -7 under par 65, unfortunately -7 under is also her tournament total. She breezed through the first 17 holes, bogey free today, before finding trouble on the 18th on her way to collecting a double bogey.  Candy had a chance at the Aviara Golf Club course record as she walked to the 18th, but she was still happy with her round;

“Everything went pretty smooth out there today.”

”The greens were definitely smoother than the last couple days with less footprints and I played earlier than a lot of people.”

“So the greens were smooth. I played great. I had a very good 17 and a half holes.”

“It was just one of those shots that I put a bad swing on it and it happened on the wrong hole.”

“Happened on the wrong shot. I didn’t think I missed it that,  the shot that I missed, if it would have been on the other holes, it would have been okay.”

“It wasn’t really that far left of where I was aiming, but it happens.”

Kia Classic. Jenny Shin has 36 Hole Lead.

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Jenny Shin has the 36 hole lead at the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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KOR Jenny carded a second round -7 under par to lead the Kia Classic after 36 holes with a tournament total -10 under par.

Good shots and great putts and having your Mum along all add up;

“I think it was a really good round. I hit great shots. I hit great putts. I had a lot of six footers for birdie, so it was a good day.”

“The goal this week was like, I have to make the cut. I have to show up on the weekend.”

“This is the only tournament every year where I struggle to get in contention, and I think part of it was, it’s close to home, a lot of people watching. I want to do well.”

“Last year, my coach came out and watched me for two days. So it was just a lot of pressure. This year, I didn’t invite anybody, just my mom.”

Two ladies are tied in second place at -9 under par, World #1  Lydia Ko a bogey free -5 under par 67 today, and USA Brittany Lang, one of the first round leaders, she posted a second round -4 under 68.

Lydia said she had an up and down day, not playing so well;

“I didn’t strike the ball as well as I did yesterday, especially on my back nine, I had to make up-and-down from a few places.”

“The rough is rough, so when you get in there, it’s tough to get close to the pin or even on the green sometimes.”

“Sometimes I got fortunate but other times I was able to scramble and I think that’s the most important thing around here.”

Sharing fourth spot are Inbee Park, -3 under 69 today, and Hyo Joo Kim -6 under 66, both at -8 under par for the tournament.

Last week’s winner of the JTBC Founders Cup, Sei Young Kim has missed the cut, made at +2 over par, along with defending champion Cristie Kerr.