Ladies Scottish Open. Mi Hyang Lee Wins, from 9 Back.

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Mi Hyang Lee, from South Korea, won the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, starting the day 9 shots back from the leaders at Dundonald Links.

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Mi Hyang shot a final round -6 under par 66, to post a club-house  -6 under total, which was good enough to win the Ladies Scottish Open, with good putting being the key to victory;

“It was a really surprise for me, and then just my front nine is amazing, and then I think I got a good start from my first hole.”

“Then just my back nine is a little up-and-down, but I made a lot of putts.”

“I made a lot of good putts and then a good chip shot, too. Just I think hole-by-hole, simple.”

Mi Jung Hur, -6 under 66, and also from South Korea, finished tied in second place, at -5 under par, with longtime tournament leader Karrie Webb, from Australia, a sad last round +1 over par 73.

Karrie looked a certainty for the win after an Eagle at the par five 14th, then disaster struck, dropping three shots in two holes, the 17th was a nightmare;

“Very gutted, I was on a high, making the eagle, and then I had a very nice up-and-down on the next.”

“I bent down, picked my tee up, thought I hit a perfect drive there.”

“When I stood up, I went to tell Johnny that I absolutely knotted my three wood, exactly how I wanted and he said it kicked into the bunker.”

“I have no idea how it did that.”

“Obviously there were nerves there, but there was a good calmness there.”

“Well, my bunker shot, I said to Johnny, I don’t know if I need to hole this or get it up-and-down.”

“Imagine if you went for it and over played it and you only had to get it up-and-down.”

“I was trying to make it but also not being overly aggressive.”

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Ladies Scottish Open. Sei Young Kim and Karrie Webb Share Lead.

 

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Sei Young Kim and Karrie Webb share the lead in brutal conditions at the Ladies Scottish Open at  Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Sei Young, South Korea, with a third round -3 under 69,and Karrie, Australia, -2 under 70, share the  Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open lead after 54 brutal holes in Scotland, with -6 under par totals.

Sei Young mentioned the weather in her report, and seemed to like it;

“I’ve never played before in this weather. It was a really great experience.”

“It’s rare to play with veteran players, like Cristie Kerr and Karrie Webb, they are really great players.”

“It was really tough to focus on each shot, but I kept focused for a few seconds.”

Karrie also said she felt comfortable out there;

“I felt very comfortable out there early on and got off to a good start, so that settled any nerves.”

“I really just hung in there on the back nine. I actually got a couple of good breaks when it was raining. I made some good up and downs as well.”

“That back nine was definitely a struggle once it started raining,” 

Cristie Kerr, USA, is in third place at -4 under par, she fell back today carding +1 over par 73, but is still in touch of the leaders. She was wearing her famous furry black and silver sequined earmuffs, hope that complies with the new dress code.

Cristie had problems with three putting;

“I played a lot better than the score. “

“I had two three-putts on the back nine, which were kind of uncharacteristic.”

“I’ve just got to do better.”

 

 

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Ladies Scottish Open. Karrie Webb Leads.

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Karrie Webb, Australia, leads the Ladies Scottish Open with a wonderful first round at  Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Karrie defied the blustery conditions at Dundonald Links to post a Ladies Scottish Open first round score of -7 under par 65, to lead by one shot;

“I sort of really hung in there through the front nine and made a nice birdie on nine to turn at one-under, and then just really started swinging at it well and hitting it quite close and had some good birdie chances and made the most of them,” 

“I did start to hit some good shots, and I just kept telling myself to just keep going. “

“When you make a few birdies, not to just go into the mode of holding on.”

“I felt like I was swinging it pretty well and seeing the reads well and hitting solid putts. I was just tell myself just to keep going and make as many birdies as I could.”

Cristie Kerr, USA, holds second place, that one shot back at -6 under, after her opening  bogey free effort of 66 in the worst of the weather in the morning rounds;

“The score added up really well, but it was tough to stand over the shots and be able to execute.”

“It’s never easy here, so I’m very pleased with the score.”

“I hit the ball in the areas I was trying to hit it in and made some putts as well. It was a great day. It’s never easy here and you can never take anything for granted.”

Third place, at -3 under par is shared between, Stacy Lewis, USA, Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim, South Korea, with Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand, and Lina Boqvist, Sweden.

No problem with dress code here, everyone was dressed up warm, with long pants.

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ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open. Lydia Loses to Haru.

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Defending Champion Lydia Ko loses her Australian Women’s Open title to Haru Nomura, from Japan.

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Haru tore up The Grange Golf Club course, shooting -7 under par 65 in the final round, to post -16 under par, and win the Australian Women’e Open title, with a three shot winning margin.

As usual it was all down to the putter, Haru needed only 26 to complete the final round;

“The putter, wow, unbelievable.”

Defending Champion Lydia Ko had to settle for second place, at -13 under for the tournament, a good last round of -5 under 67 not good enough to challenge for the win.

The rest of the field were way back, Karrie Webb claiming third place on her own at -9 under par. The whole field went backwards on the last nine except the top two.

ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open. Three Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three way tie at the top of the Australian Women’s Open leaderboard after 54 holes at The Grange Golf Club.

USA Danielle Kang  JPN Haru Nomura  KOR Jenny Shin share the top spot at -9 under par.

Jenny Shin of Korea competes during day three of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open at The Grange GC on February 20, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia.

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Danielle had the best round of the leaders today, -5 under par 67, Haru and Jenny both carded -2 under 70.

Defending Champion, and world #1 Lydia Ko has them all in sight, she shares fourth place with Karrie Webb, both at -8 under par for the tournament.

Karrie definitely has the experience, and is the best placed Aussie lady to win tomorrow;

“I’m not sure my name means the same on a leaderboard as perhaps it did a little while ago but I think most people respect the fact that I know how to win, and that if I’m up there with a few holes to go I probably might have a good crack at it.”

“If I wasn’t nervous about having a chance to win a golf tournament, let alone the Australian Open, then I probably shouldn’t be sitting in this chair.”

“So no it’s like an excited nervous I guess.  It’s been quite a while since I gave myself a chance to win on Sunday and a legitimate chance, so you know I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

Lydia is not sure who she will be paired with tomorrow, but it will not make any difference to her who it is;

“I don’t know who I’m going to be paired up with tomorrow, but it’s going to be fun.”

“I’ll try to enjoy it, obviously in the final groups there might be a bit more tension, but I’m going to try and enjoy it.”

“All the girls are lovely; it’s not like there’s going to be sparks going on!”

U.S. Women’s Open. Amy Yang Has Three Shot Lead.

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Amy Yang has a three shot lead after 36 holes of the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club.

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Amy fired a second round -4 under par 66, which included one bogey, to lead the U.S. Women’s Open at the half-way stage with a -7 under par total. She reported that she is hitting the ball really well, and swinging with confidence;

“I’m hitting it very solid throughout the week, and it’s important to keep the ball on the fairway, especially this big, long rough.”

“And I had good fairway regulation yesterday and today. Yeah, just mostly my swing was really good.”

“I just enjoy it out here, and I know the golf courses are very tough.”

“And make sure I be patient on the course. Just enjoy the tough condition golf courses.”

Stacy Lewis and Japanese player Shiho Oyama are tied in second place at -4 under par. Playing her last hole of the day Stacy was only two shots adrift of the leader, then hit a poor approach to #9 but her GIR stats are 16 out of 18;

“Then at nine, that miss has got to be left all day.”

“More than anything that’s what I’m kicking myself about.”

“It’s been a really long time since I felt that way over the ball.”

“Just disappointed with the hybrids coming in. Other than those two swings on 8 and 9, everything was right where it needed to be.”

“It’s nice when you are tapping in from a couple 5-irons. All in all, pretty solid.”

Marina Alex is  in fourth place at -3 under par after carding a disappointing +1 over par 71 today.

World #1 Inbee Park is well placed,T5 at -2 under par for the tournament, in a group that includes Karrie Webb, Morgan Pressel and Jane Park.

Lydia Ko is still struggling, mainly with her putting, a +2 over par 72 today leaves her tournament score at that mark, and way off the pace.

Defending Champion Michelle Wie has improved her position, now T12 at even par for the competition. She felt pretty happy about that;

“It went pretty well, I’m pretty happy with how my round went, a lot better than yesterday.”

“Kind of felt good that I kind of fixed what went wrong yesterday.”

“I hit a lot more fairways today and my irons were a little bit sharper than yesterday. I just have to keep on improving what I improved on today.”

 

LPGA. Kia Classic. Anna Nordqvist Wins

dragon logo darkKia Classic logo Anna Nordqvist won the LPGA Kia Classic at the Aviara Golf Club, in Carlsbad, California.

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Anna fired a final round -5 under par 67, to lift the Kia Classic trophy with her total score of -13 under par. This is her second win of the season, and joins Karrie Webb as the only two time winners this season. With this win Anna is projected to jump from 16th to ninth in the world. She said it was nerve wracking having to two putt to win;

“I’m very excited. I still can’t believe it, I was a couple of shots back going into today, but this morning I told myself to give it a shot and I ended up making quite of bit of birdies out there. I’m very excited to have two wins this season. My hands were shaking a little, I’m not going to lie. You never know with the sun setting you see every little spike mark. So I tried not to focus on that and see the hole.”

“I really love the majors, it’s a tougher set up on course and I feel more pressure, more spotlight on the tournament and I like that. I like the test and it seems like it is going to be pretty windy next week which will make it tougher. I’m very happy with the way I’m playing and can’t wait to tee it up.”

Lizette Salas was in second place, carding a final round -2 under par 70, for a total of -12 under par, just one shot back of the winner.

Lizette is happy that she can make putts coming down the stretch, and is looking forward to teeing it up at the Kraft Nabisco Championship next week;

” I’m going to put this in the back of my mind, but know I can make putts down the stretch. Obviously, I can’t control what Anna does, she’s been playing awesome this year and already had a win, congrats to her. That’s just golf. Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don’t. Luckily, I finished with a birdie on a good note, and off to the Kraft.”

One shot further back was Lexi Thompson, finishing the tournament at -11 under par, a fine last round of -4 under par 68 helped her cause.

Defending Champion Beatriz Recari failed to make the cut this time around.

Laura Diaz scored a hole-in-one for the second straight day, to become the second player in LPGA Tour history to make two aces in a tournament. She aced the par-3 third hole Saturday in the third round, then holed out on the par-3 sixth on Sunday, then followed that with an eagle on the par-4 seventh.