Indy Women In Tech Championship. Lexi Wins

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Lexi Thompson, USA, wins the inaugural  Indy Women In Tech Championship, cruising to a four shot victory at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

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Lexi carded a third and final round -4 under 68 to win the Indy Women In Tech Championship title, with a -19 under par total. Like all winners at Indy, she took a swig of milk and gave the traditional kiss to the bricks that line the track’s finish line and enjoyed getting behind the wheel for a victory lap around the famed 2.5-mile oval, reaching a top speed of 122 mph.

“I’m very happy that it was me.”

 “It was such a great week overall and it was a huge honor to be here in Indiana to be able to kiss those bricks. Definitely a memory that I’ll never forget.”

Lydia Ko. New Zealand, was second at -15 under par, a mediocre final round of even par 72, blaming a poor putting performance;

“I just wasn’t putting as well as I did the last few days and that makes a huge difference.”

“When you’re in the final round, final group, you kind of want those putts to drop and unfortunately that wasn’t happening for me.”

“Lexi played great, especially down the stretch.”

“She had some 3-, 4-footers for par and bogey and she was able to knock them all in, so it just shows the confidence that she was playing with.”

“But yeah, I had a great time being in this position.”

Third place went to Minjee Lee from Australia, she carded a final round -5 under 67 to get herself into third on her own at -14 under par for the tournament.

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Indy Women in Tech Championship. Lydia and Lexi Tied at the Top.

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 Lydia Ko, New Zealand, and Lexi Thompson, USA, are tied at the top of the Indy Women in Tech Championship being played at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

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Lydia shot a second round -8 under par 64 to share the  Indy Women in Tech Championship lead with Lexi, who carded -6 under 66, both ladies with -15 under par totals, and the third and final round to come tomorrow.

Confident Lydia has started to make some progress with the putter;

“I’ve just enjoyed kind of being in this position and being able to hit some good shots and give myself good looks at birdie.”

“When you start doing that, it just builds your confidence.”

 “This week, the last couple days I’ve been able to hit it pretty good and make some good putts and that’s what I’ve kind of been lacking the last few months.”

Lexi is not worried about anyone else, just stayed focus on her golf;

“I’m never going to complain with a 6-under-par round, but I didn’t really focus on anybody else like Lydia.”

“I know she played great today, but I was just trying to go out with the same mindset I did yesterday and make sure I did my routine and commit to my golf shots.”

Candie Kung, from Taipei, also carded a second round -8 under par 64, which has propelled her into second place, just one shot back at -14 under par;

“I’ve been playing pretty good golf this year but I just haven’t been able to put them all together.”

 “Being able to put them together last week, four rounds, and then the last two rounds, it feels pretty good.”

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Indy Women in Tech Championship. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

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For the first time I can remember Lexi was wearing long pants, but still recorded a first round -9 under par 63, requiring only 26 putts, to lead the  Indy Women in Tech Championship;

“It was just overall a very solid round.”

“It was quite the early morning so it was a bit cold on the range and struggled a bit on the range, but I just hit a few good drivers at the end and I just committed to one thing going into the round and I think that’s what made my day a lot easier on me.”

“I just stuck to my routine and committed to my golf shots.”

“That round definitely gave me the confidence that I can make those birdies if I just let it go and fire at pins and just commit to my shots and don’t doubt it.”

Sharing second place at -8 under are Sandra Gall, from Germany and Kris Tamulis, they both went round in 64 strokes.

Kris also had a good day with the putter, going round bogey free;

“I putted good and been hitting it a lot better, which thank goodness because I’ve been really hitting it all over the park.”

Sandra, bogey free today added to the conversation about putting;

“I struck it pretty well out there and then I made a few good putts.”

“I’ve been feeling like my game’s been pretty good the last couple months but I just haven’t been scoring, so everything just came together.”

Tied in fourth place at -7 under par are a resurgent Lydia Ko, New Zealand, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, both ladies were bogey free today.

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Women’s British Open. In-Kyung Kim Leads.

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In-Kyung Kim, of South Korea, leads the Women’s British Open, in the pouring rain at Kingsbarns Links in Scotland and be on top at the half-way stage.

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I.K. was -4 under 68 today, to top the Women’s British Open leaderboard at -11 under par, she said making putts and playing well through the rain kept her focused;

“I really didn’t know what I was shooting.”

“I just wanted to play in my own time, because it was really hard, especially on the last three or four holes when it was pouring down.”

“I just had to move forward.”

“I’ve been hitting the ball very well and then starting to make some putts.”

“That’s when I shoot low scores.” 

“I think after that eagle putt I made, the weather turned around and I had to get in kind of safely. “

“It was dangerous I think, but I feel fortunate to be able to manage it today to be honest.”

Georgia Hall, England, -5 under 67 today, and Lexi Thompson, USA, with -4 under 68, share second place, two shots back at -9 under par for the tournament.

Lexi described her play today;

“I ball-striked it out there.”

“I actually hit it the same throughout both nines.”

“I just left myself with 30-40 feet on my two bogeys and three-putted them.”

“I hit great shots. Going in, they were going right at the flag, but they both got bounces that went sideways.”

“Then I didn’t make the second putt. But I hit it great the whole day and just got on a roll there on the back.”

Georgia is playing and putting well;

“I’ve never had four birdies in a row before, so I was very happy to be four-under after five.”

“I’m playing really well, I’m especially putting good. That is certainly helping me at the moment.”

Yesterday’s record breaking leader Michelle Wie crashed today, returning a scorecard of +4 over par 76, dropping her to -4 under and T21.

LPGA Marathon Classic. I.K. Kim Wins With A 63.

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I.K. Kim, South Korea, wins the LPGA Marathon Classic, with a 63 in the last round  at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

Marathon Classic

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A weather delay could not stop I.K. from carding a final bogey free round -8 under par 63, to win the Marathon Classic, with a -21 under par total;

“I think today the pin positions were a little bit comfortable for me.”

“I’ve been hitting little draws this week, and when the pin is tucked on the left side, I was having a hard time, but I think just knowing what I’m doing kind of helped me to plan out the round.”

Leggy (6ft tall) Lexi Thompson, USA,  was in second place, she returned a last round score of -5 under 66, to finish with -17 under par;

“I put up a good score. I had a little bit of a rough stretch there, but overall I’m very happy with the way I played.”

 “I was hitting a cut around the golf course, and that’s usually not what I do. But I managed to put up some good scores, which I’m very happy about.”

“You just have to focus on doing your best and controlling your attitude and your game.”

Tied in third place at -15 under par were, Peiyun Chien, Taipei, -3 under 68 today, and Gerina Pillar, USA, who is still searching for her first LPGA Tour win, she also carded a final round -3 under 68.

Peiyun was proud to play so well;

“Very proud because a lot of Taiwanese;  a lot of Taiwan fans really care about this tournament, and I played well.”

Gerina also felt she had played really well, just not a win;

“I feel like my game, I played really well.”

“To start off  eight under, that’s huge. But I didn’t come away with the win, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t have a winning performance.” 

Defending Champion Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, had another poor tournament, finishing T20 at -9 under par, a long way from being good, 12 shots actually.

 

 

 

LPGA Marathon Classic. Nelly Korda Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Rookie Nelly Korda, USA, has the 54  hole Marathon Classic lead, taking a two shot advantage into the final round at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Nelly moved to the top of the Marathon Classic leaderboard with a third round -5 under par 66, giving her a tournament total of -15 under par, finishing her day with a birdie at the last hole;

“When you end on a birdie, you’re just really excited to play the next day and get it doing, so I’m definitely excited.”

“My mentality hasn’t changed. It’s the same as the first two days. I just try to take it shot by shot really.”

 I.K. Kim is second, two shots back at -13 under par, a -3 under 68 third round good enough to claim that position on her own;

“I feel really good about playing this golf course. I’ve always liked this golf course.” 

Six ladies are the tied in third place with -12 under totals, they are; Sandra Changkija, USA, -6 under 65 today, Aditi Ashok, India, -3 under 68, Lexi Thompson, USA, -2 under 69,  Peiyun Chien, Taipei -2 under 69, Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, -4 under, and 36-hole leader Gerina Piller,  -3 under 68.

Gerina, who is aiming for her first LPGA Tour win said she had played great, especially with the putter; 

“I felt like I played great.”

“You know, I missed some birdie opportunities, but I made some longer putts today.”

“Ball-striking feels great. Putting feels great. It was just a matter of staying patient and just letting the results come.”

“It’s tough to follow up an eight under. The conditions were great out there. The course is in great shape.”

“I got off to a slow start, just made some pars, but I was giving myself chances, and that’s kind of all you can ask for.”

Lexi knows she needs to go low tomorrow if she wants to win here;

“It’s going to take a low one tomorrow to beat her, and there’s a lot of great players around her.”

“It’s going to take a lot of birdies.”

 

 

 

LPGA Marathon Classic. Gerina Still Leads.

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Gerina Pillar still leads the LPGA Marathon Classic after two rounds at  Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Gerina, from the USA, who is seeking her first LPGA Tour title carded -3 under 68 today to maintain her top position on the Marathon Classic leaderboard with a -11 under par total. Great day with the putter, and patience  was key today;

“I felt like I played great. I missed some birdie opportunities, but I made some longer putts today.”

“Ball striking feels great. Putting feels great. It was just a matter of staying patient and just letting the results come.”

“It’s only Friday, so I wouldn’t put the cart before the horse, but to get that first win I think would be really special, no matter where it is.”

“I’m just going to try to focus on the process, and the result will take care of itself.”

Three ladies are tied  second place at -10 under par, Lexi Thompson, USA, -6 under 65 today, In-Kyung Kim, South Korea, -4 under 67, and Peiyun Chien, from Taipei, with a second round -3 under 68.

Aditi Ashok, from India, is in fifth position on her own at -9 under par, a second round score of -3 under keeping her in touch with the leaders;

 “This week I wasn’t actually supposed to play, so when I came here I just took it kind of easy and I practiced not as much as I would have usually practiced.”

“I’m sure I’m in a good spot, but yeah, I will keep watching because I think on this course, the afternoon wave gets it a little easier than the morning sometimes, so maybe there will be better scores.”

Defending Champion Lydia Ko made the cut on the number, -1 under, making birdie on her last hole to get in. I noticed that Lydia is wearing ring on her engagement finger, not sure if that has any significance, especially with regard to her poor golfing performances recently.