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.

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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.

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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.” 

ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open, Jiyai Shin Wins

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The ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open was won by Korean Jiyai Shin, at -18 under par, and a comfortable two shot margin over the field. The real turning point was the 14th, where Jiyai made a decision not to take a free drop away from an advertising hording, because the she had been left with a good lie, and chipped in for a birdie;

” “I’m really surprised, there are so many good players here, so I’m really happy to play well. I can’t explain at the moment. I just feel excited. The chip shot at the 14th was a very important shot, after that I felt more relaxed. I didn’t know Yani’s exact score but I knew with her length she would have a chance of getting on in two so knew I had to keep playing well. I enjoyed playing with Lydia though and am very impressed with how well she hits the ball and her putting is very good. She will win lots of tournaments in the future. Coming up the 18th hole was amazing with so many people, I feel very comfortable in Australia and have a lot of friends here. I want to be the Player of the Year this year, a Korean has not been named as that so it would be my goal to be Player of the Year.”

Yani Tseng, the World Number One,  made a late charge to finish at -16 under par, after her -7 under par last round;

” To finish 7 under, I’m very happy for whole week. I mean, last hole I just tried a little bit too hard. I had 240 to the pin, 210 to the front. I can easy hit my rescue there but it was gusting wind when I want to hit, so I kinda waited a little bit, but still pretty strong winds, but I just hit it too hard over to the left and didn’t make birdie there but I’m pretty happy with whole day; pretty solid round today.”

Lydia Ko, the World Amateur Number One,  had to settle for third place, with a tournament total of -14 under par;

“I mean I had a few struggles with my drives, but I mean, like I said, I can’t play good every single round. I came fourth?  I mean obviously there are points and aspects where I do need to learn. Like, to me, today I think I realised that you know, after a bad hole it kind of carried onto the next hole. Yeah, I mean, like you can see, Jiyai Shin didn’t really matter what she had on one hole, the next hole it was pretty fresh. So yeah, those are the kind of aspects I learnt. You know, I played with some big names out there this week, so yeah, I was very privileged to play with them.”

 

Australian Womens Open, Title will be between Lydia and Jiyai

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The ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open title will be contested over the final round at the Royal Canberra Golf Club between New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and Korean Jiyai Shin. Both ladies have a tournament total of -17 under par, six shots ahead of Spaniard Beatriz Recari, who occupies third place on her own, at -11 under par.

I look forward to  tomorrow when Lydia and Jiyai will duel head-to-head in a shoot-out for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club.

Lydia said she is happy to learn from Jiyai;

 

“They say we look alike too, she’s a pretty accurate player off the tee. In that way we could be similar. She’s a great player and there are things I do need to learn from her.”

The astonishing amateur Lydia would be the youngest-ever winner of a Women’s Australian Open if she manages to cross the finish line first tomorrow. She would also forgo another $180,000 in prize-money, because she remains an amateur, but nothing much fazes the lovely Lydia,

“I don’t really care any more, I’m an amateur, so I know I’m not going to get it.”

 

Australian Women’s Open, Mariajo Uribe Leads

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Colombian Mariajo Uribe leads the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open golf championship at Royal Canberra after the second round. Mariajo leads by one shot after her composed second round of -6 under par 67 on the par 73 lay-out, and a tournament total of -15 under par.

Overnight leader Lydia Ko is tied in second place with South Korea’s Jiyai Shin, both at -14 under par. Lydia had five birdies in her round but bogeyed the par four 14th. She said the bogey was the result of a big bounce;

“I just thought 6-iron would be the club and I hit it well, but it just took a big bounce and it went straight over the green. Four-under is a pretty good score out there. It’s not an easy golf course, so I’m pretty sure it is a good score for me.”

Mariajo thinks she not hitting the ball that well, but her putting is good;

“It’s funny because the tournaments I’ve played better are the ones where I’m not hitting the ball that well. I come in with lower expectations. I’m not hitting the ball all that well, but I’m putting great. I figured Lydia was probably making a birdie too, because I saw her card yesterday and she makes a lot of birdies.”