KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Hannah A Wire-to-Wire Major Winner.

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Hannah Green of Australia went wire-to-wire for her first LPGA title, a Major one at that, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

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Hannah had a final round of even par 72 to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with a -9 under par total, and a one shot winning margin;

“I’m pretty much speechless.”

“I was really nervous the last five holes and just really, I made a clutch putt and that was kind of got me through another one.”

“To make the one on the last is really is surreal.”

” Anything to just be winning in majors the first event. I actually didn’t feel too nervous the first few. ‘

 “Obviously I heard Sung made the last one, knew I needed to make par. Didn’t want to play that hole again. I’m really happy I made it.”

Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, finished in second place with a final round -4 under 68, for tournament total of -8 under.

Mel Reid of England was charging up the leaderboard, a -6 under 66 last round, the low round of the tournament, saw her tied in third position with a -6 under total, alongside Nelly Korda, USA, who had a last round -1 under 71.

Mel’s  goal for the year is making the Solheim Cup for Team Europe;

“Obviously, a lot of girls are playing really well, I would pick me. 

“I think I bring a lot to the table besides my golf game. I play really well with Carlota, and I obviously love playing Solheim.”

“I think making the cut on the number, shooting six under on the weekend, I definitely found something there. It was nice to bring it into this week.”

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Hannah Holds On.

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Hannah Green of Australia holds on to the top spot at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

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Hannah had a quiet third round of -2 under 70, but still hung onto top spot on the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard with a -9 under total, a one shot advantage over the field;

“Surprisingly, I wasn’t nervous on the first tee.”

“Obviously it’s my first time in this position so I feel like I will be a little bit nervous come tomorrow but I think when I have more time to wait in between shots that’s when I started to feel the nerves and I was like, okay, my heart is beating.”

“I think I need to just slow things down and take my time and make sure I’m not rushing into any shots.”

Closing the gap was Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, with a -4 under 68 today, for -8 under par tournament total, to take second place;

“Really enjoyed the way she played.”

“Especially, she not short at all. Bust driver and make all the putt. Her speed is like perfect. I love how she play golf.”

Tied in third place at -5 under are Lizette Salas, a bogey free -4 under 68 today, and Nelly Korda, -3 under 69, both ladies from the USA.

Lizette is putting well;

“Ball striking is a lot better, been driving well, keeping it out of the rough.”

“Giving myself more chances of birdie.”

“My putting’s coming along great, I just know that the game is there.”

Nelly is trying hard to make birdies;

“Trying to hit as many fairways and greens as possible, giving myself a many birdie chances as I can.”

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Ozzie Hannah Extends Lead.

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Hannah Green from Australia extends her lead at the top pf the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

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Hannah extended her lead at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard with a second round -3 under par 69 for a -7 under total, which included another hole out today, this time from a penalty area;

“When it went in, I just laughed, because I guess with the hole-out on seven yesterday and the hole-out today, it’s really going my way.”

“I actually didn’t even notice the hazard yesterday or in the practice round.”

“ I don’t know what I was doing on that hole. But I knew there was a chance of it going into the hazard but I was pretty disciplined and obviously it went in there, said to my caddy I need to get it close as possible.”

“So, yeah, just nice to at least be getting some luck on the course.”

“I had to land it perfectly and I guess I did. I really wasn’t really watching it going into the hole. I just heard the crowd roar.”

In third place is Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, a second round of -2 under par 70, for a tournament total of -4 under total, leaving her three short of the leader.

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, -2 under 70 today, shares third place at -3 under with Sung Hyun Park of South Korea who had -1 under 71.

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Hannah Green Leads.

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Hannah Green of Australia leads the third Major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at a very wet Hazeltine National Golf Club.

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Hannah shot a bogey free  opening round of -4 under par 68 to lead the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, even holing out on #7 for a birdie from the bunker;

“I short-sided myself, but actually had a really good lie which I think made a huge difference.”

“As soon as it landed on the green I knew there was a chance of it going in.”

“I guess I just had a lot of luck today with putts going in and getting good bounces.” 

Sharing second place at -3 under, following first rounds of 69 were, Hyo Joo Kim, South Korea, and Mel Reid of England.

Hyo spoke about the long Hazeltine course;

“The course played really long today, I just wanted to play even par and that’s kind of what was in my mind.”

“Short game came together really well. I definitely think that tough courses kind of play to my game.” 

Mel is feeling good, even though the weather is not so good;

“The weather wasn’t great.”

“My preparation this week was very good, I’m very happy with the way things have gone.”

“I’m feeling really good.”

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Play-Off Win For Sung Hyun Park.

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Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in a play-off against So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, and Nasa Hataoka of Japan.

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 Sung, So Yeon and Nasa were tied at the top of the  KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard at -10 under par. Sung carded a final round -3 under 69, So Yeon +1 over 73, while Nasa scored an incredible -8 under par 64 for her last round.

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A three play-off ensued and Nasa was eliminated at the first play-off hole when Sung and So Yeon made birdies. The play-off was then suspended due to severe weather in the area, and when it resumed 20 minutes later Sung won with a birdie at the second play-off hole.

Sung was very happy with her Major win;

“It was a really long round today, and I can’t still believe that I’m sitting right next to this trophy.”

 “This win means a lot to me since it made me go one step forward.”

“I think I’ve been waiting this time for such a long time since I’ve been having a tough year this year especially, and this is my second major win in two years, and I can’t still believe what I’ve done, but I’m really happy.” 

So Yeon had a few regrets;

“Definitely, making double bogey at the second hole wasn’t a really great start.”

 “Maybe the biggest regret is 17. I was over the ball and I felt like the wind was a little bit more into, so I was going to have like one club longer, and then I was like, I just want to stick to my plan A, and then I hit it.”

“I don’t think it was a really bad shot, but just maybe ball drew more than I expected, then there was a really strong right-to-left wind.” 

Nasa had six consecutive one-putt greens, made two Eagles and five birdies in her round of eight under 64;

“Finally, on the final round of the tournament, I was able to play my game today.”

 “When I did finish, I didn’t think I’d be in the playoff.”

“Well, they’re both major champs, they’re both great players, and when So Yeon made her putt, I had to give my hat off to her.” 

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. So Yeon Ryu In Control.

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So Yeon Ryu of South Korea is in control of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with a three shot advantage at the top of the leaderboard after 54 holes at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

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So Yeon carded -5 under 67 to take a three shot lead at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at -11 under par.

Draining a long putt made the difference;

“My third shot was quite a tough bunker shot, so I had to go a little sideways.”

“And then I was able to make a birdie putting after all.”

“Right now, I feel pretty confident on the putting green, and I think the tournament is all about confidence, then that’s the attitude I really want to have for tomorrow, a free mind but confidence.”

“Two and three is quite a big difference, it’s only one shot but it just feels bigger. It feels quite different.”

Brooke Henderson of Canada holds second place at -8 under par, with a third round -2 under par 70.

Brooke had a bad day with the putter;

“Today, I kind of struggled a little bit with my putter, which is disappointing.”

“I think just kind of get better in my head and just go out tomorrow and made a lot of good shots and see if I can make some birdies, and hopefully they roll in.”

“I’ve played so well here before and I’ve been able to hoist that trophy that will probably be looking at us on the first tee tomorrow, it’s a great feeling.”

“Hopefully I can just put a solid round together, and that’s all I can really ask for.”

In third place is Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, who could only manage to post a -1 under 71 third round for a -7 under total.

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Sung Hyun, Brooke & So Yeon Tied at the Top

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Three ladies are tied at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA ChampionshipSo Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park of South Korea, with Brooke Henderson from Canada, all, enjoyed cooler temperatures in the early morning rounds at  Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

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So Yeon, -3 under 69 today, Brooke, -1 under 71 and Sung Hyun at even par 72, all share the 36 hole KPMG Women’s PGA Championship lead at -6 under par.

Brooke was happy with her round in the hot and windy conditions;

“It was kind of up-and-down all day.”

“I would have liked to have shot a little bit better today, but one under when it was so hot and so windy, I’ll take it.”

So Yeon celebrated her birthday with a chip in birdie at the par four 5th and also a great day with her putting;

“That’s one of the best birthday gifts I ever got.”

“Today, literally Lydia made everything, so she just made look everything really easier.”

“I was like, well, if she can do that, maybe I should do that, and then I started to make birdies on the back nine.” 

“It’s better to think about winning the tournament, better to keep telling yourself how confident you are.”

“I just really enjoyed every moment with my little golf ball out there. I think after I won the Meijer Classic, that’s the attitude I have to have for this year.”

“These days, it’s really a matter of putting, right now, I feel really great on the putting green.” 

Lydia Ko made up yesterdays lost ground shooting -6 under 66 to be at -4 under for the tournament, and right back in it;

“I tried to make as many birdies as I can, and I know it’s difficult out there with the wind being a little bit more up than yesterday.”

 “My goal was to try to make the cut, so I think mission accomplished.”

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