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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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Sung Hyun Park of South Korea leads the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

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Sung cruised to a bogey free first round -6 under 66 in this Major tournament, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Sung reported through an interpreter that the course does favor the long hitters, but has swapped putters this week; 

“The course was pretty wet today, but I felt pretty comfortable today.”

 “The course is long and difficult, and I think it’s pretty big benefit for the long hitter.” 

Four ladies are tied in second place at -5 under par, Brooke Henderson, Canada, Brittany Altomare, Jaye Marie Green and Jessica Korda, all from the USA.

Brooke, the 2016 champion, enjoyed the day, making lots of putts;

“It was a lot of fun, I just feel like I was hitting the ball great and making a lot of putts, so hopefully waking up early tomorrow morning and getting the next round started it’ll carry on.” 

 Laetitia Beckthe Tour’s first player from Israel, sprained her ankle last week, this week she is taking it easy, but still carded -4 under 68, to be T6;

“I was hoping this week it would be okay,  maybe it distracts me from what’s going on really.”

“I try to take breaks and I sit a lot, so people probably think I’m lazy.”

“It just felt easy today,  I want a caddie to help me just to know the course better, especially here where it’s a new week.”

“Often, I do my own thing, but having a caddie and someone that I can communicate with about the distance, about the club, it’s nice.”

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Danielle Kang Captures Title.

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Danielle Kang, USA, captures her first LPGA title, and her maiden Major victory, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, at Olympia Fields in Chicago.

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Danielle carded -3 under par 68 in  her final round of the  KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, to claim a one shot maiden victory with a -13 under par total.

Danielle managed to throw in a three putt during the round;

“The three-putt on number ten was the turning point for me.”

“I said I’m going to learn from that and then I made four birdies in a row.”

“Having a major championship in my resume, I don’t know what it will do.”

“But I do know that having the U.S. Amateur as majors, and having a major win, it’s amazing.”

Defending Champion Brooke Henderson, from Canada, put up a great defence of her title, carding two birdies in her last two holes to put pressure on Danielle.

Brooke even had an Eagle putt on the last hole which just hung over the edge, instead of dropping, giving her a -5 under par 66 final round and -12 under par total, to claim second place on her own:

“Danielle played great, she won this I was just trying to get close and maybe force a playoff.”

“To make that putt on 17 was huge.”

 “I hit two great shots on eighteen, I walked that putt twice to get the pace, but I left it an inch short.”

Chella Choi, South Korea, was in third place at -10 under for the tournament, an even par 71 in the last round was not what she was looking for.

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KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. Two Ladies Tied at the Top

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Chella Choi, South Korea, and Danielle Kang,USA, share the honor at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields in Chicago.

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Chella, bogey free -4 under par 67 today and Danielle with -3 under 68 have -10 under par totals at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard, and will take a two lead into the final round tomorrow.

Chella is playing and putting well;

“I feel very good right now, my shot and my putting, very good the last couple of weeks so I have confidence.”

“You know, it’s a major tournament. It’s very biggest for me, but I’m ready for the final round.”

“I practiced a lot and training a lot, and mental training, too.”

Danielle has yet to win a LPGA Tour event, but has a very good chance to break her duck here, and with a Major too;

“I love the vibe of a major,” it makes you feel so blessed to be out here.”

“But as a tournament, when I step up and hit a shot, it’s the same thing as if I’m on the driving range.”

“I do what I have to do and stick to my routine and play my game.” 

On her own in second place is Jiyai Shin, who retired from the LPGA Tour in 2014. She left to return to South Korea after clocking up 11 wins, which included two Majors, and also held the World Number One ranking;

“Maybe I like wind, so I think tomorrow is going to be a little bit hotter and also windy.”

“So I try to enjoy the wind, like a friend.”

Defending champion Brooke Henderson, from Canada, is alone in fourth position at -7 under par, a third round -2 under 69, giving her a chance to retain her title.

 

 

KPMG WOMENS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. Kim and Kang the Cream at the Top.

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Sei Young Kim, South Korea, and Danielle Kang, USA, are the cream at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Olympia Fields in Chicago. The round was interrupted for a while with electrical storms in the area.

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Sei Young and Danielle both posted a second rounds of -5 under par 66 to top the  KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard at the half-way stage of this Major with -7 under par totals.

Sei Young said she had benefited from the calmer winds after the interval from the storms;

“Fortunately, when I tee off, it was a little less windy.”

“So I was able to play to the pin, attack the pin. So I made a lot of opportunities for the birdie chance.” 

Danielle has been bogey free for her 36 holes, no mean feat in a Major competition;

“Both of those rounds, I kept my game plan, and they were both bogey-free, so I’m pretty happy.”

 “I kept sticking to the iron shots that I trusted all my life, and giving myself opportunities is what we‘ve been doing.”

Four ladies are tied in third place, just one shot back with tournament totals of -6 under par, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, England, -5 under 66 today, first round leader Chella Choi, South Korea, -1 under 70, Amy Yang, South Korea, even par 71, and Brittany Lincicome, USA, -5 under 66.

There is still a long way to go in this Major tournament, and not too far back are Major winners like, Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Michelle Wi, USA, with a -4 under totals, Brooke Henderson, Canada -5 under, and So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, also at -5 under par.

Lets see who gets moving on the 4th of July week-end here in Chicago.