LPGA ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Jin Young Ko Leads By Three.

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Jin Young Ko, of South Korea, leads the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open by three shots at the half-way stage at Kooyonga Golf Club in Australia.

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J.Y. from South Koreashot second round -3 under par 69 to maintain her position at the top of the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a -10 under par total for 36 holes.

The LPGA Tour rookie is utilizing her thinking and enjoyed a good day with the putter;

“One key is my thinking and one other key is my putting.”

Sitting in second place is another rookie Emma Talley, USA, also -3 under 69 today for a -7 under par tournament total.

Emma said she had missed a few putts today;

“Yesterday my short game was unbelievable and I kind of kept it going all day.”

“Today I hit the ball really well and my driver was back to normal today and my irons were really good.”

“I actually missed a few putts around today but that’s okay, I’m just going to stay patient and hopefully tomorrow they’ll sink.”

Sharing third place are two South Korean ladies, Sun Young Yoo, -2 under 70 today, and Jiyai Shin, -1 under 71, both ladies at -6 under par.

Sun Young went back to her old coach, and things have improved;

“I had some bad years the last couple of years, but everybody goes through ups and downs.”

“My game started coming back again, so I’m feeling pretty good and I’m back with my old coach again, so I’m very confident and excited.”

“I knew I had to go back and fix a couple of things, and making major changes, just a little bit on little things, so I’m feeling pretty good.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, went backwards today, +2 over par 74, to be T14 at -2 under.

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LPGA ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Jin Young Ko Leads.


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Jin Young Ko of South Korea leads the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, after the first round  at Kooyonga Golf Club in South Australia.

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J.Y. posted an opening round -7 under par 65 to lead the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open by two shots.

In second place on her own at -5 under, after her bogey free 67 for her first round,  is Jiyai Shin, also from South Korea.

Ten ladies are then tied in third place at -4 under par, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Mo Martin, Emma Tally, Nelly Korda and LPGA rookie Caroline Inglis, all from the USA, Luna Sobron Galmes, Spain, Suzuka Yamaguchi, an amateur player from Japan, Sun Young Yoo, South Korea, Caroline Hedwall, Sweden, and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England.

Lydia has a new caddie, and is excited about this season;

“I know that when I’m out on the golf course I’ve just got to be as positive as I can and just have a lot of fun.”

“I think this off season was the most excited I was actually to train and prepare for the season coming up, which is always a nice feeling where you’re excited to practice and get ready and also be excited to play my first event.”

Jodi started with three birdies, in a sold round of golf;

 “I’m very happy; it’s my first round of the season, so it’s good to get off to a solid start.”

“I birdied the first three holes, so that was nice and it was solid all day.”

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Chella Choi, South Korea, and Danielle Kang,USA, share the honor at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields in Chicago.

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Chella, bogey free -4 under par 67 today and Danielle with -3 under 68 have -10 under par totals at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard, and will take a two lead into the final round tomorrow.

Chella is playing and putting well;

“I feel very good right now, my shot and my putting, very good the last couple of weeks so I have confidence.”

“You know, it’s a major tournament. It’s very biggest for me, but I’m ready for the final round.”

“I practiced a lot and training a lot, and mental training, too.”

Danielle has yet to win a LPGA Tour event, but has a very good chance to break her duck here, and with a Major too;

“I love the vibe of a major,” it makes you feel so blessed to be out here.”

“But as a tournament, when I step up and hit a shot, it’s the same thing as if I’m on the driving range.”

“I do what I have to do and stick to my routine and play my game.” 

On her own in second place is Jiyai Shin, who retired from the LPGA Tour in 2014. She left to return to South Korea after clocking up 11 wins, which included two Majors, and also held the World Number One ranking;

“Maybe I like wind, so I think tomorrow is going to be a little bit hotter and also windy.”

“So I try to enjoy the wind, like a friend.”

Defending champion Brooke Henderson, from Canada, is alone in fourth position at -7 under par, a third round -2 under 69, giving her a chance to retain her title.



RACV Ladies Masters. Jiyai Cruises To Victory.

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Jiyai Shin cruises to victory in the RACV Ladies Masters tournament in Australia.

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KOR Jiyai shot a final round -4 under par 69 to win the RACV Ladies Masters tournament by three shots from her nearest competitor, posting -14 under par.

ENG Holly Clyburn was in second place at -11 under par, after her last round -3 under par 70.

Third spot was shared by DEN Nicole Larsen and SWE Camilla Lennarth, both ladies finishing with -10 under total. Nicole carded -5 under par 68 today and Camilla -2 under 71.

Of note was the fourth place finish of KOR Hye Jin Choi an amateur player, shooting -5 under par 68 in the last round, for an-8 under total. This young lady was crowned World Junior Girls Golf Champion in 2015, at age 16, shooting -7 under par 65 in the last round  at the Marshes Golf Club in Canada.


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She shared fourth place with TPE Ssu-Chia Chen, from Taipei and  USA Katie Burnett from the States.


RACV Ladies Masters. Jiyai Jumps Ahead.

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Jiyai Shin jumps ahead on a difficult day at the RACV Ladies Masters in Australia.

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South Korean Jiyai posted a bogey free third round of -2 under par 71 to take a two shot lead after 54 holes of the RACV Ladies Masters in Australia, at the Royal Pines Resort course.

After her round she spoke the difficult windy conditions;

“This morning when I came to the golf course I thought, can we play, because it was so windy out there.”

“I’m really happy I made no bogies today.”

“Yesterday when I spoke with my dad he said, you made three bogies today, maybe try to make fewer bogies tomorrow.”

“I kept thinking of this on the course today. I spoke with my caddie throughout today and he told me that I made solid shots all day.”

Camilla Lennarth +2 over 75 today and Holly Clyburn -1 under 72, are tied in second place at -8 under par.

Canada’s Brooke Henderson also suffered in the brutal conditions, shooting a third round +1 over 74, for a total of -7 under par, and fourth place on her own.

Former World #1 Jiyai now has a great advantage at the start of the final round tomorrow, seeing as she prefers the windy conditions, carding the only bogey free round of the day today.


Wegmans LPGA Championship. Morgan Makes A Move.


Morgan Pressel makes a move in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club, in Pittsford, New York. She now has a two shot lead over her nearest rivals.

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Morgan shot a -2 under par, 70 in the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship, to take a two shot lead into the final 36 holes on Sunday. She said she had a comfortable start, despite a slightly wayward driver;

“I got off to a good start, had a birdie opportunity on 10, but didn’t go in and then made one on 11. I started to hit my driver a little bit to the right, but made great par saves on 12 and 13, and then two great birdies on 14 and 15 to get me off to a really good and comfortable start. I hit a couple more drives to the right, which cost me bogeys, wasn’t able to make quite as miraculous saves on those couple of holes. And then the back nine was pretty uneventful. There wasn’t a whole lot that happened out there.  I had some opportunities, made some.  And then the wind picked up on our back nine a little bit and made it a little more difficult, and that side because of how it sits is quite a bit more wet, and so it was a little bit more sloppy on that side than it was on the front nine today.”

Inbee Park trails by two shots after an impressive -4 under par, 68 which tied Michelle Wie for the low round of the day. Inbee is currently tied for second with first-round leader Chella Choi at -4 under-par. Chella finished her second round with a +1 over  par 73.

Inbee thinks it is going to be mentally and physically tough to play 36 holes tomorrow, and said Morgan probably hit the ball pretty straight;

“It feels like just one more round to go, but we have to play two rounds in one day. I think that’s what’s going to be very tough mentally and physically.  It’s something that I really need to handle.  And I need to get really good rest tonight.  And try to be very relaxed and get a lot of sleep. I’m sure she probably hit it very straight to play that well on this golf course. So I gotta try to do that like her tomorrow. I think she was having tough time, but I’m sure she’s type of player that she could always come back, and I think it was about time that she was coming back.  And I think she’s feeling really comfortable around this golf course.”

Chella had a message written on her hand, which kept her focused during her round, she would not reveal what the Korean written message said;

“It’s a secret.”

Jiyai Shin, tied in fourth place has won before playing a final day 36 holes, the last time was at  the Ricoh Women’s British Open last year, in wet and windy conditions, with the tournament’s largest margin of victory, nine strokes. With her mental toughness and ability to grind out two full rounds in one day, Jiyai will be a player to watch on Sunday.

“I know how to play the 36 holes, because I played last year at the British Open with very bad weather. So I know I’m a couple shots behind the lead at the moment, but now I have 36 holes left.  So morning time I checked my physical conditioning and all my skill and maybe I try to hit more aggressive in the afternoon.”

Michelle Wie made a move today, -3 under par, to bring her back to even for the tournament. Using her 3-wood, 2 hybrid or 4 hybrid most of the time off the tee;

” I just try not to be greedy on this golf course, I hit a couple more drivers yesterday, which cost  all my strokes, really cost me for my drivers yesterday.  And on this golf course, even if you have 5‑iron, 6‑iron in, you just have to be in the fairway.”

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Choi Has 1st Round Lead.


Chella Choi, from South Korea, has taken the first round lead at the delayed Wegmans LPGA Championship with an opening round of -5 under par 67, at the Locust Hill Country Club course. The 2nd Major of the year is finally under way, barring more major rainfall.

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The  wet and soggy conditions at Locust Hill Country Club could not prevent Chella from taking a slender one-shot lead at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She carded six birdies in her first 10 holes and made just one bogey in her opening round, saying she had hit many fairways today;

“I hit a really good driver today, I hit 14 fairways.  So I’m really happy, my goal is just keep fairway.”

Tied in second place at -4 under par are Jiyai Shin, also of South Korea, and Morgan Pressel of America.

Morgan was also happy to have made many fairways;

“I played pretty well out there, I didn’t put myself really in any bad trouble which you can certainly find on this golf course.  I hit a lot of fairways, which you need to do.  I only missed I think two or three maybe, and the couple that I did, I most of the time saved par. I did not hit the ball very well here last year, I was in the rough a lot and I truly think that is kind of what caused it. It was just the many, many shots I had to whack out of the knee-high rough here.”

Alone in fourth spot is Brittany Lincicome, who is a further shot back at -3 under par. Brittany explained her thoughts on why she has had recent struggles with her game;

“For my game I really can’t even pinpoint one specific thing. Like the beginning of the year in the off season I tried taking lessons, and I’m a player that’s kind of more of a feel player.  I just kind of hit it, find it and hit it again. I think I was trying to change too many things at one time, so I kind of stopped doing that.  And then I wasn’t playing well, missed a couple of cuts in a row and lost my confidence. But took last week off to kind of go home and regroup, and you know, just try to remember that, you know, I’ve won five times on the LPGA Tour and I’ve been here before and I can do this. So I was just kind of feeling more confident today and every time I had a par putt or birdie putt I told myself, you’ve been here before, you can do this, let’s make this.  Just try to be more confident.  Even if I’m shooting 100, I’m going to try to be more confident.  That’s the mindset coming into this week.”

Yani Tseng got her first LPGA Tour hole-in-one in Friday’s first round on the par 3 15th, but she did not see it go in;

“No, I see where it was, but I did not see it go in, I had a hard time seeing the ball today.  So I see it was good in the air, so that’s all I needed. I mean after I hit it, I know it was a good shot, but I was just trying to be good distance, and I wasn’t thinking it was going to go in the hole.  I thought it would be perfect. This is my first hole‑in‑one since I turned pro.”