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.

LPGA. JTBC Founders Cup. Karrie Collects the Trophy.

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Karrie Webb won the JTBC Founders Cup at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Karrie fired a record equaling -9 under par 63 final round to sneak in at take the trophy, for a second time, by one shot at – 19 under par. She had started the day six shots back of the leader;

“I didn’t expect to be sitting here at the start of the day. Even actually when I finished the day I didn’t expect to be sitting here. So I feel a little bit lucky, I guess, to be sitting here. But it doesn’t make it feel any less special. Louise (a Founder member) told me that I had to go out and shoot 64 yesterday, which I let her down and I didn’t do that. So I made it up to her today, though.”

“It’s a very special event, and you know, I thanked Mike Whan out on the 18th green, but it really was a wonderful idea and concept that he came up with four years ago. I hope it’s an event that continues to grow and is around as a part of the LPGA for a very long time.”

” To be honest, I can’t really say I thought about winning today. I thought I could shoot a 63 or 62 and that still would’t be good enough, so I didn’t set my sights on a number.”

Leader at the start of play Lydia Ko, came up just one shot short. She was not the only one, second place was shared by five players, all on -18 under par. Joining Lydia on that score were defending Champion Stacy Lewis, Azahara Munoz, Amy Yang and Mirim Lee.

Lydia said she made some bogey’s, just at the wrong time, her final round of -2 under par 70 was not quite enough;

“I had a really good start. making four birdies on the first five holes was really good and I struggled in the holes after that. But you know, I tried to get myself together and I made some bogeys at the wrong time which wasn’t ideal, but I tried my best until the last. I think I played really well overall, so I am just going to take the positive out of it.”

Defending Champion Stacy said she started really slowly, and only got going on the back nine;

” You know, I got off to a really poor start and pretty slow start, and then I don’t know, I got to the back nine where I’m more comfortable and just kind of started to free things up a little bit, and I made birdie on fourteen, and you know, I kind of looked at the leaderboard and said if I can birdie the last four, you know, I can get in there and tie Webbie.  And unfortunately I just came up one shot short, but to finish the way I did, it was just really nice to hit the shots to make the putts at the end of the round and get some good; seeing putts go in always helps going into the next couple of weeks”

As always, the time to shoot a -9 under par round is the final round, at least one Aussie won this week-end.

HSBC Women’s Champions. Pink Panther Paula Creams It In Play-off

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The Pink Panther Paula creams it in a dramatic play-off at the HSBC Womens Champions, Sentosa Country Club, Serapong Course

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Paula Creamer made a 75 foot putt for an Eagle 3 at the second play-off hole, the par five 18th to win the HSBC Women’s Champions title in fine style.  The much needed victory breaks a 79 event winless streak for Paula that went back to the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open Championship;

“It might be one of my favorite wins, and that’s going; taking a pretty big leap right there. But you know, it’s been almost three years and you know, so much has happened, It has been coming and it just shows you perseverance. That’s why I love the game. I work hard for this reason. And holding that trophy, gosh, it was so nice.” 

“I guess I’ve come close and playoff with Jiyai and wasn’t going to go play it eight times and come back the next day, that’s for sure. Aza has been playing great and I knew she was not going to make a mistake, and I knew someone was going to have to make a birdie. It’s a tough pin placement and decided to lay up in the second time in the playoff. I had a number and I trusted it, but you know, it’s one of those things that, would you do it again, would you not; of course I would do what I did.”

Both Paula and Aza Munoz had finished the competition tied at -10 under par, and headed off to the play-off. Karrie Webb, who for most of the day looked a certain winner, came apart on the back nine, throwing away what should have been an easy victory. Karrie finished on -9 under par after her final round of +2 over par 74, which killed off any hopes she must have had to win here.

Aza was happy to be in contention, and just marveled at the long putt;

  ” It was exciting.  For starters I didn’t think I was going to give myself the chance to be in the playoff, so just being there, I was really happy to be in contention again, and you know, it’s always fun. That putt, it’s pretty much impossible to putt it and to hold it, so nothing you can do about, just congratulate her. You know, I know what I’ve been working on is working, so just keep doing the same thing.  Obviously gives me a lot of confidence and hopefully I keep playing like this.”

Karrie blamed her decision making, especially on the 16th;

“Just not a lot of good decisions, I mean, bad swing on 15 but, just bad decisions. I shouldn’t have probably hit 3-wood off 16 just because I missed with that club for some reason this week. I’ve had that club in my bag for ten years and it’s going left, so might need to look at a different 3-wood I think. Just shouldn’t have hit 3-wood off there but I made a good par.” 

“Two weeks ago I handled the pressure well and made very good decisions coming down the stretch and I made all the putts I needed to make. It just sometimes just go your way. Doesn’t feel great at the moment. There’s lessons to be learned from the decisions made. Even if you learn those lessons, sometimes you’re going to repeat in that situation. I’ve doubled the last to lose a tournament to Se Ri Pak before. You know, it’s happened to me before. It’s not the first time.”


HSBC Women’s Champions. Karrie Consolidates.

dragon logo dark Karrie Webb consolidates her position at the top of the HSBC Women’s Champions leaderboard at the end of day 3 at Sentosa Country Club, Serapong Course.

Karrie Webb: Shot a 70 to move to 11-under at the Tanah Merah Country Club

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Karrie shot a third round -2 under par 70, for a tournament total of -11 under par, taking a one shot lead into the final round. She said it was a strong finish that gave her round a good look;

“It was a pretty solid round really, I didn’t probably hit it as good as I would have liked but I felt like I had a lot of in between numbers today and I really had trouble a few times picking the right club. So probably more poor decision making rather than bad swing. I only made one bogey out of all of that, and yeah, the front nine had played a little bit easier for me this week and it didn’t play as easy today, but I got through it at even par and you know, I finished off strong the last five holes, which you know, really makes the round look really good.”

“Just even when I was not giving myself a lot of good birdie opportunities early on, I had to tell myself, it’s Saturday and there’s plenty of golf left to be played and just be patient and fortunately I listened to myself for a change.”

Hot on her heels in second place is Angela Stanford, a -3 under par third round of 69 keeps her in contention at -10 under par. She said  it was difficult to keep track of the leaderboard, considering the number of really good players who were making a charge at the top.

“I think you want to finish strong either way, and you know, I think you can look at a leaderboard at this tournament, but it’s just a bunch of people. I mean, so it’s really not worth looking at it. You just know a lot of people are going to be at the top.”

“I think everybody pushes everybody and I don’t think players see it as, Asians or dominating or Europeans or the Americans. That’s the good thing about our tour is we have celebrities from all over the planet it seems like on this tour and I think everybody pushes everybody. I don’t think players see it as they are from so and so. It’s just another player and everybody is trying to beat everybody.”

Azahara Munoz and Teresa Lu are tied in third spot at -8 under par, just three shots off the lead. Azahara  shot the round of the day with her -5 under par 67 and moved into the tie for third, and has given up trying to achieve a great swing;

“I used to work to try to swing a little bit but now I’ve almost given up on it; my swing is my swing. I just try to make it work. Obviously I know I could make it perfect, but I’ve been swinging like this for so many years, so I just try to, with what I have, just click on little things that work for me.” 

“I think last year, I made the mistake of not seeing my coach for like eight, nine months and I was really struggling. At the end of the year I go to see him quite a lot. We were going to make sure we see each other every five, six weeks max. This off season I went home and took a couple weeks off but then I tried to see him at least once a week, even though I wasn’t practicing, at least I wanted to see him; so when I get back to the States because obviously he’s back home. And then he’s been already a couple of times already to Florida to see me, so I think working with him quite a lot consistently has been really helpful.”