LPGA North Texas Shootout. Brooke Breaks Out of the Bunch.

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Brooke Henderson breaks out of the bunch to lead the North Texas Shootout at Irving in Texas.

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Brooke shot a second round -6 under par 65 to grab the lead at the North Texas Shootout with a -8 under par total, and a one shot lead.

Brooke said the close finish last week has helped her game a lot;

“Last week, definitely helped out a lot, finishing third and having a chance to win on Sunday was a lot of fun.”

“I’m excited to be in the same position. Hopefully, it will just turn out a little better.”

Tied in second place are Juli Inkster and Inbee Park, both at -7 under par for the competition. Inbee returned a second round sore of -5 under par 66, while Juli settled for -2 under 69.

Inbee changed her putter, which had the desired result;

“If the putter doesn’t work, you’re just going to walk away with the pars.”

“Hopefully, this putter can stay in the bag a long time.”

“I think a couple birdies on the last two holes will definitely help going into the weekend, and I know how this golf course plays because I won here a couple years ago, so yeah, I mean, I’m still going to need to shoot a couple good rounds, but yeah, I feel like I’m in good shape.”

Juli had to change her statement from yesterday, when she declared,“I’m not really looking forward to winning.”

“I never said I’m not planning on it, I’m just not counting my chickens before they hatch.”

“I mean, I’ve got a lot of golf left and there’s a lot of great players out there, and everybody is kind of bunched up.”

“You know, they wanted a shootout, that’s probably what they’re going to get.”

 “I three-putted the first hole and had a really; didn’t hit a very good iron in there and had a really long putt and it lipped out.”

“But you know what, I knew I was hitting the ball good and I knew I was hitting the ball good and I knew I was going to have a lot of opportunities, so I stayed patient and got a few birdies going, and then my round kind of turned around.”

 Mi Hyang Lee, Hee Young Park, Lexi Thompson and Karine Icher are tied in fourth place at -6 under par.

Mi is full of confidence, coming from her win at the Mizuno a while back, and scoring a hole in one yesterday, which won her a new car, a  Kia K900;

“After Mizuno I have a lot of confidence, so that’s changed my golf.”

“I didn’t change anything but just my mind is a little bit changed, so I more think positive and then more confident.”

World number one Lydia Ko recovered a little bit from yesterdays nightmare round, a bogey free -3 under par 68 at least helped her make the cut, and has now made 51 consecutive cuts on the LPGA. She was a little emotional about making the cut when heading into the back nine, still at +4 over par, because she had pledged to donate her earnings from this week’s tournament to the earthquake relief in Nepal.

“All day, I was thinking, you know, make some birdies for the kids in Nepal.”

“I was going to cry after my putt.”

LPGA North Texas Shootout. Three-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the LPGA North Texas Shootout, at Irving in Texas. The more senior players took over from the teenagers, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr and Sydnee Michaels share the top spot.

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 Juli and Cristie have a combined 48 wins and nine major championships between them have completed the first round of the North Texas Shootout with scores of -5 under par 66, along with Sydnee Michaels.

Juli feels her game is coming back together;

“I’ve been playing pretty good, I’ve been trying to slowly by slowly get a little confidence back in my game, and even last week, I didn’t play too bad on Friday and Saturday, it was just tough conditions.”

“I’m not really looking forward to winning, I mean, I’ve played good at first rounds and really haven’t played good my second rounds, so I’m looking forward to going out there.”

“I drove the ball really well today and hit a lot of good iron shots, so that’s what I’m looking forward to doing tomorrow, and add them up and see how I’m doing.”

Cristie is the opposite, being very frustrated with her game;

“I saw my coach this week, I had struggled with my ball-striking the last couple weeks, and it was nice to hit some really pure shots out there today.”

Sydnee was in the last group of the day, and reported that she had played nicely and was feeling confident;

“I just hit a lot of good shots, and I made a few good putts in the beginning.”

“I just felt really confident today.”

In a tightly compacted leaderboard there are no less than 10 ladies tied in fourth place, just one shot back at -4 under par.  Lexi Thompson, Karine Icher, Angela Stanford, Sandra Gal, Gerina Piller, Wei-Ling Hsu, Alena Sharp, Maria Hernandez, Ryann O’Toole, and Natalie Gulbis.

World number one Lydia Ko had some tree trouble today, trying to lob a ball over the tree, it became lodged somewhere up in the branches. Her caddie, Jason Hamilton even climbed the tree, but no amount of shaking could dislodge the ball, and that hole became a triple. On the next hole she found water, that was a double and a bogey on the next left her with an opening round +4 over par 75;

“Those two holes I was 5-over-par, so what can you do?”

“I was going to hit it over that tree, I would have never imagined for it to be stuck up there. Yeah, you just get those days where the things that you least expect happens. Can’t do much.”

“On the next hole I didn’t really hit a good tee shot, and then it’s kind of tough when you’re hitting out of the rough trying to get over water, and I put myself in the worst position for there. Just those two holes, it was tough.”

“I didn’t know he was that good at climbing trees and monkey bars, so he must have done that when he was in elementary school, but that’s a while ago, too.”

“It’s good to know that my caddie is always there to support me and to do what’s best for me. At the end of the day he didn’t really need to go up the tree.”

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Lydia Ko, the world number one, leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic  at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, California. She will be 18 on Friday, Happy Birthday Lydia.

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Lydia shot an opening round -5 under par 67 to lead the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic by one shot at the end of day one in California.

Lydia said she had holed some good putts today and tomorrow’s birthday girl said nothing would change just because she is older;

“Holed some good putts and ended up with a 67 today.”

“It’s a really good start, but I know I’ve got three more long days to go. Hopefully I can continue hitting solid shots.”

“This is a very tough golf course. You need to position yourself well, I hit the ball pretty good where I wasn’t in too much trouble. If I did miss it a little bit, I did get away with it, too. It’s a really good start but I know I’ve got three long days to go.”

“The first couple holes were playing down wind, so that made it a lot easier.”

“A lot depends on the wind. It really depends on the conditions of the day and the scores are really good.”

“Juli’s a legend, a Hall of Famer. It’s so cool she still plays well at her age.”

“What she’s done for the tour is pretty amazing.”

“I won’t change it just because I’m one year older. Really I’m only one day older tomorrow.”

Ha Na Jang, Juli Inkster and P.K. Kongkraphan are tied in second place at -4 under par after their first rounds of -4 under par 68.

Juli admitted that her competitors were younger than her daughters, and offered a free ticket to anyone who would come out and support her;

“Yeah, they’re a lot younger than my daughters, they’re 25 and 21.”

“Out here that’s a seasoned veteran. You know what, that’s the beauty about golf. I mean, age matters in a lot of things as far as how your body feels and how far you hit the ball and how much time you can put into it. You can still go out there and compete at 54.”

“Good friends come up and support me.  So free ticket, everybody wants a free ticket. Yeah, so it’s good.“

Stacy Lewis, last year’s runner-up to Lydia at Lake Merced, was two strokes back at -3 under par with her first round 69;

“It was probably one of the craziest rounds of golf I’ve ever played, it was all over the place.”

Bay Area fan favorite, Paula Creamer, was at risk of missing the cut after a +10-over par 82. She had four bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.

Another teenager making her way in the game is Canadian Brook. M. Henderson, she shot an opening round -2 under par 70, and is hoping to improve on that position;

 “I hit a lot of great shots out there and was able to make a few putts on the front nine.”

“My back nine were all pars, which I can’t complain too much with conditions the way they were today.”

“Would’ve liked to capitalize on a few more birdies. I am hoping I will get the chance the next couple days.”








Stacy Lewis, Roger Chapman and Rory McIlroy voted Players of the Year, by Golf Writers Association

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Stacy Lewis Roger Chapman and Rory McIlroy have been voted Players of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America. Stacy won four times on the LPGA Tour this year and was the run-away winner in the women’s bracket, gaining 153 votes to Na Yeon Choi who carded 31 votes and 10 for Inbee Park. Stacy’s percentage was 78.8% of the total vote. Congratulations to Stacy Lewis.

Stacy’s record was three runner-up finishes and a third-place slot on the LPGA money list $1.87 million, and was the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to earn the tour’s Player of the Year honors. The 27-year-old from Texas, had to battle scoliosis, since aged eleven, to make it big on the pro tour, she also becomes the first American since Juli Inkster in 1999 to earn the Golf Writers of America Player of the Year award.

Roger Chapman won 116 votes beating Tom Lehman who received 44 votes and Bernhard Langer who got 33 votes.  Rogers winning percentage was a healthy 60% of the votes cast. Roger, aged 53, began the year with conditional status on the Champions Tour, but won the Senior PGA Championship in his first start of the 2012 season. The Englishman then came from four shots back of the leaders to win the U.S. Senior Open.

Rory McIlroy, who captured the money titles on both the PGA and European Tours, received 190 votes, a massive 97.9%  Brandt Snedeker was second with 3 votes and Tiger Woods third with just one vote. Rory had already won European Tour’s Golfer of the Year,cementing his season with five birdies at his last event of the year to win the World Tour Championship in Dubai. His other achievements included his second Major, the  US PGA Championship, PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Award and PGA of America’s Vardon Trophy for adjusted low scoring average of 68.87%  and also finished the season with 10 top-tens in 16 starts. Rory is the World Number One ranked player.