Jin Young Ko Wins Founders Cup.

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Jin Young Ko from South Korea wins the Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Jin fired a final round -7 under par 65 to lift the Founders Cup trophy with a -22 under tournament total.

Jin said she had learned from Jenny Song about how Dustin Johnson controlled his emotions;

“She told me Dustin hit so bad and he didn’t get angry, put clubs in the bag and just walk.”

“So, I tried like Dustin yesterday and today. I just tried no angry, no happy, just focus.”

“Lots of players thinks if there is a pin in the ball might hit the pin and come out.”

“I think it’s great to put the pin in because of it makes it easier for me to putt because it is a small target.”

 “I got lots of confidence for this year. Really good for third win in the States.”

Sharing second place at -21 under par are the Korda sisters from the USA, Jess, -8 under 64 today, Nelly with -6 under 66. They were joined on that score by Carlota Ciganda, Spain, -3 under 69 and Yu Liu from China, with a last round -2 under 70.

Yu loved the experience of the final round;

“It was amazing week for me, first time being able to play in the final round, first time being in contention.”

“Didn’t handle the way I wanted to, but feel like there is always room for improvements.”

Carlota wanted to win in Arizona;

“I would’ve loved to win, always special here in Phoenix, but I couldn’t today.”

Jess was coming back from injury;

“Obviously, playing pain-free. It shows.”

Sister Nelly was cheesed off;

“I’m bummed, but I’m not too bummed because I played well this week and I’m happy with the way my game is trending.”

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Sung Hyun Park of South Korea leads the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

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Sung cruised to a bogey free first round -6 under 66 in this Major tournament, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Sung reported through an interpreter that the course does favor the long hitters, but has swapped putters this week; 

“The course was pretty wet today, but I felt pretty comfortable today.”

 “The course is long and difficult, and I think it’s pretty big benefit for the long hitter.” 

Four ladies are tied in second place at -5 under par, Brooke Henderson, Canada, Brittany Altomare, Jaye Marie Green and Jessica Korda, all from the USA.

Brooke, the 2016 champion, enjoyed the day, making lots of putts;

“It was a lot of fun, I just feel like I was hitting the ball great and making a lot of putts, so hopefully waking up early tomorrow morning and getting the next round started it’ll carry on.” 

 Laetitia Beckthe Tour’s first player from Israel, sprained her ankle last week, this week she is taking it easy, but still carded -4 under 68, to be T6;

“I was hoping this week it would be okay,  maybe it distracts me from what’s going on really.”

“I try to take breaks and I sit a lot, so people probably think I’m lazy.”

“It just felt easy today,  I want a caddie to help me just to know the course better, especially here where it’s a new week.”

“Often, I do my own thing, but having a caddie and someone that I can communicate with about the distance, about the club, it’s nice.”

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LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. 5 at the Top in round 1

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There are 5 ladies tied at the top of the  LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship after round 1 at Lake Merced Golf Club in California. Jessica Korda, USA, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, I.K. Kim, South Korea, Caroline Hedwall, Sweden, and Su Oh of Australia share the honor.

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Jess, Lydia, I.K. Caroline and Su all carded first rounds of -4 under par 68 to share top place at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship by one shot over the field.

Lydia said the big factor today was the wind, but she has also been struggling with the putter;

“Wind is probably the biggest factor on this golf course.”

“It’s a golf course where nobody goes super low, so you just have to keep continuing to play solid and be patient out there and sometimes par is not a bad score.” 

“I know this is a golf course where I’ve played well at.”

“The fans have been amazing, they’ve been super supportive every single time I’ve come here.”

 “I’ve been struggling with putting, which was the aspect of the game that was going really well. I feel like the pieces are there and sometimes the hardest thing is to kind of put all those pieces together.”

Su was happy with her round in the cold conditions;

“It was cold and pretty windy out there, and because it’s got a lot of elevation, it kind of swirls in the middle like in the low areas, so it was tough.”

“I hit the ball really solid today, and then the ones I missed I made really good up-and-down’s. I’m really happy with my round.” 

Jess wore mittens on her hands to combat the cold;

“Obviously, the score says one thing and my hands say another.”

“It was really cold out there today, so it was good that I stuck to kind of my process, and I didn’t hit a ton of great shots but I always left myself in a good position.” 

The cool temperatures really suit Caroline;

“I love it here, I even like this weather, suits me really well, too.”

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ANA Inspiration. Pernilla is Joined By Park.

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Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, is joined by Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, at the top of the Ana Inspiration leaderboard at Mission Hills in California.

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Sung Hyun Park & Pernilla Lindberg / getty

Pernilla hung on to top spot at the ANA Inspiration with a second round -5 under par 67, but was joined on the -12 under par score by Sung Hyun who carded a fabulous -8 under 64 second round.

Sung told journalists, through a translator that she does not have a coach, she likes to work alone;

“Today, the shots were awesome, I just felt really good about my driver.”

“The shots fell in just as I wanted them to. Even though there were a couple things that I missed, but overall just had a great round.”

“I love being on my own,It’s my own game, so anytime I need to fix something, I’m going to feel that. It’s really served me well to work on my own.”

Pernilla had her coach sort out her set-up;

“I had just gotten a little off in my set-up which was causing me being a little off plane in my swing.”

“Just getting comfortable, back to a better set-up, and that kind of just put everything in place.”

“But still a work in progress. Every day I go out and hit a few shots on the range just doing a couple drills to make sure I’m staying on track there.”

Jessica Korda, USA, is alone in third place, three shots back at -9 under par following her second round of -4 under par 68, low expectations, depending how the putter works;

“I was happy to make the cut.”

My goals were set kind of low because of how I’ve been playing in majors before.”

“I’m taking it one day at a time.”

“Loving the position I’m in so far.”

“I know what I’m doing, I’m sticking to my process, and it all depends on if these putts are going to drop or not.”

“That’s the difference out here.”

Lexi Thompson had a bad day with the putter, even par 72 and now way back at T 15;

“Just felt a little uncomfortable today on the greens.”

 “I just missed a few left, and that was my pretty consistent miss today. So, I’m going to work on it, figure it out, and be good to go by this time Saturday.”

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Honda LPGA Thailand. 4 Way Tie at the Top.

 

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There is a 4 way tie at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand after the first round at Siam Country Club Old Course in Thailand. Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda, USA, Minjee Lee, Australia, and home town girl Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand share the lead.

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Lexi, Jessica, Minjee and Moriya all recorded first round scores of -6 under par 66 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand by one shot.

Moriya is trying to become the first lady from Thailand to win this event;

“I had a good start today, it was better than I expected, I just rested this off-season and ate Thai food at home.”

Lexi was happy to get off to a good start here and was very happy with her putter, requiring just 28 on the day;

“I eagled the first hole and then birdied the second and it was great to get off to a good start.”

“This golf course is a lot of just hitting it in the fairway. Once you’re there, it is also about the second shot.”

Minjee also had a good day with the putter;

“I hit it really solid today, I hit a lot of solid putts so I’m pretty happy with today.”

Jessica is returning to golf after some surgery;

“It’s nice, it’s really, really nice, definitely a lot of rest, but it’s just nice to be out there and be able to hit the shots again.”

“I had a strong finish last year, and just kind of cap that off and then start today it’s pretty nice. Started with an eagle, too, and I was like, damn.”

There are six ladies in a tie for second place at -5 under par after rounds of 67. It is a very compacted leaderboard, lets see if someone can break way tomorrow.

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CME Group Tour Championship. Ariya Wins. Lexi Wins Race to CME Globe.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, wins the CME Group Tour Championship, while Lexi Thompson wins the Race to CME Globe, the year-long points event.

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Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya, with a final round -5 under 67 on the Tiburón Golf Club course in Florida for a winning CME Group Tour Championship total of -15 under par was having some fun out on the course;

“To be honest, I had no expectation at all this week.”

 “I really did not think about the outcome. I really focused on the things I can control and I had so much fun this week.”

“Even though I played so badly the last few months, I learned a lot.”

“I’m growing up a lot, and I’m really ready to have some fun next year.”

Lexi missed a two foot putt to win it all;

Race to CME Globe

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“It was a short putt. I don’t really play break on those.”

“I don’t know. I just had a little mishap in my hands and just pushed it off to the right.”

“I putted great the whole day and did my routine. I guess maybe just a little bit of adrenaline.”

Lexiafter her missed putt, and Jessica Korda both finished second in the CME Group Tour Championship, one shot back at -14 under par for the tournament, with -5 under rounds of 67.

Lexi was honored to win the Vare Trophy;

“It was a good way to end the season.”

“Overall, a lot of positives to take from today. Winning the CME Globe and the Vare Trophy was a huge honor.” 

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The Evian Championship Cancelled For Thursday.

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The Evian Championship, the fifth ladies Major title, will now begin on Friday at the Evian Resort Golf Club, and the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes.

The Evian Championship

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Round one  play was suspended around 10 am local time on Thursday in France, as very strong winds, blowing at 45 miles-per-hour, coupled with heavy rain,  which caused golf balls to be moved on the greens.

Leading at the time were Jessica Korda, USA and World number one So Yeon Ryu from South Korea, both ladies were tied at the top on – 2 under par when play was halted.

Lets hope that the weather behaves itself tomorrow, but the forecast for the week-end is not good.

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