ANA Inspiration.World #1 Lydia Ko Wins the Years 1st Major.

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Ladies World #1 Lydia Ko has won the Ladies 1st Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, to become the youngest ever two-time Major Champion. She is definitely an inspiration to us all.

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Lydia needed some inspiration to make birdie on the final hole to seal her one shot victory at -12 under par and claim her second Major title, and also officially qualified for the 2016 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award.

Lydia’s last round effort of -3 under par 69 saving her from a play-off in the ANA Inspiration.

Lydia made history with her first Major win last year at the Evian Championship but said the second was just as sweet;

“It’s amazing. You know, you can’t really rank them, every one of them is special.”

“And every event is so different, so unique, and I think obviously winning this event is great, but obviously jumping into the Poppies Pond, that kind of tradition will definitely be one of the highlights of my career.”

“But I’ve never really played well at this course before, so just to know that, hey, I can still play well at a course that I haven’t really played well before, I think gives me the confidence.”

“Every shot is special in its own way, like every win is special, because every tournament is so different.”

“But just playing the 72nd hole, birdieing the last hole, that’s always a good feeling.”

Obviously for that shot to mean so much that I would win the event, that makes it extra special.”

“But I obviously laid up to the right number and hit it to the exactly right spot. But I thought it was going to be a little short, but with the greens firming up, it ended up being perfect.”

Charley Hull from England, -3 under 69 today and In Gee Chun from South Korea, -2 under 70, tied for second place, both at -11 under par.

Charley thinks her hard work is paying off;

“I feel like I’ve been playing great all season, like I put a lot of good work in over Christmas and over New Year, so I feel confident in my game.”

“I feel like I’m in a good place outside of golf, as well. Like with my friends, I feel like that helps me relax on the golf course, also.”

Ariya Jutanugarn was fourth, at -10 under, she said she had played well, except for the last three holes;

“Actually it’s pretty good, just only the last three holes.”

 “I really get nervous, especially being my first time leading.”

“Next time it’s going to be so much fun to be there, but I got a lot of experience from this week.”

Lexi Thompson, who started the day as leader, had a sad final round, +1 over par 73, dropping her to fifth position at -9 under par.

 

 

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration after 54 holes at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

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USA Lexi carded a third round -3 under par 69, which included an Eagle at the 18th, to post a 54 hole leading total of -10 under par at the ANA Inspiration.

She complained that her putting was just a little off today;

“I was a little off, I thought the practice green was a lot faster today, and I got out there, and they were a little slower.”

“I was just a little timid, but putting is all about confidence, so I just need to roll a few in and get that confidence going.”

“It was a quick change out there with my last few holes, but it was a bit of a struggle my first 10.”

“Just on the greens, struggled a bit, just putting a little timid, but to finish like that definitely turns around my confidence, and I feel really good going into tomorrow.”

THA Ariya Jutanugarn -5 under par 67, shares second place with NZL Lydia Ko, the World Number one, -3 under 69 and KOR In Gee Chun, -3 under 69 today, they are both at -9 under par.

JPN Ai Miyazato -1 under 71 today, and ENG Charley Hull, -3 under 69 are T5 at -8 under par.

This is the Ladies first Major of the year, and it will be interesting to see if Lexi can hold off the challenge from Lydia.

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Thompson Joins Ai Miyazato

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Lexi Thompson joins Ai Miyazato at the top of the ANA Inspiration leaderboard at the half way point at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

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Lexi shot -4 under par 68 in the second round of the ANA Inspiration to join Ai at the top at -7 under par for the tournament. Ai carded -2 under 70 to stay where she finished yesterday.

Both ladies have changed putters, and Lexi said it was good to hear the cheer from the crowd when her birdie attempt on 18 dropped in;

“It’s a dramatic change, just changing  the putter and a little bit different stance over the putts has given me a lot of confidence this week.”

“I’m rolling it a lot better, and having my caddie Benji line me up has helped me out a lot too.”

“Eighteen is one of the best finishing holes that we have out here, but to hear the crowds cheer making that putt is definitely a good feeling.”

“Gives me chills every time.”

Ai just made adjustment to the lie on her putter, it was staying patient that helped her. She is also looking forward to paring with Lexi tomorrow;

“Even though I made the bogey, afterwards I didn’t try to get it back soon.”

“I’m like just par’s okay on the next hole and see how it goes and just let it go and let it happen. So it was kind of a good mental control.”

“It will be interesting, I think. I played with her many times and I really like to play with her because she’s a really good player.”

“I know she’s in good shape, so it’s kind of fun to see her game too.”

“But, you know, it’s just doesn’t matter this golf course if you hit long or not. So just you need to be really staying with your game and have a good course management, so that’s about it.”

The top two lead by one shot ahead of a large group at 6-under par, which includes major champions Lydia Ko, In Gee Chun and Suzann Pettersen, Lizette Salas, Lee-Anne Pace and Sung Hyun Park.

 

 

 

ANA Inspiration. Ai Miyazato & Azahara Munoz Lead.

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Ai Miyazato & Azahara Munoz lead after the first round of the ANA Inspiration tournament on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club, in California.

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JPN Ai shot a bogey free -5 under par 67, while Azahara added one bogey to her score, on the final hole of the day.

Ai said she was feeling fine;

“It’s always exciting to be here, I know a lot of history and background.”

“Well, obviously I haven’t really played well on this golf course, but finally my game is coming all together.”

“My family’s here, and like I said, my game has been in good shape since last week, and I just feel good.”

I’ve been feeling good about my game since the beginning of the season.”

“I said to myself just be patient until the scoring is going to be good. I had a good self talk since the beginning of the season, so I actually had have confidence since then.”

ESP   Azahara is on the come trail back after undergoing surgery on her left hand to remove a benign tumor in March of 2015;

“It’s funny because I’ve been really working on my attitude, but the results haven’t really showed, even though I’ve been doing so much better.”

 “But always something happened that it kind of crossed my round.”

“But I just;  I know I need to keep believing in myself and eventually it’s going to happen.”

“It obviously hasn’t been the easiest of years for me since the surgery and all of that, but I know I’m a good player, and eventually it’s going to happen, so if I keep doing what I’m doing, I think I’ll be okay.”

Three ladies are sharing third place, at -4 under par, Catriona Matthew, Shiho Oyama and Lee Ann Pace occupy the slot.

The first Americans are at T6 at -3 under par, Gerina Pillar, Ryann O’Toole and Lexi Thompson are tied at that score with five other ladies.

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Lexi Triumphant in Thailand.

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Lexi Thompson was triumphant in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament at Siam Country Club.

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Lexi won the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament with a final round  -4 under par 68 and a -20 under par tournament total, and a massive six shot victory. In the year of the Olympics Lexi was thrilled with this win, the seventh of her career;

 “It means the world to me. I’m out here not only representing myself but representing my country being an American, and this being a huge year with the Olympics.”
“But I’m just trying to focus on my own game, not anybody else’s.”
“Just trying to do my best and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I’m out here following my dreams, honestly.”

 

Reigning U.S. Women’s Open Champion In Gee Chun finished in second place at -14 under par, a last round -2 under 70 not good enough on the day to catch the leader.

Jessica Korda and defending champion Amy Yang finished tied in third place at -13 under par. Jessica with  fabulous last round -8 under par 64, and Amy -2 under 70.

Jessica rued the +3 over par round yesterday;

“It would have been nice to not shoot three over yesterday and end up pulling myself totally out of the tournament, but it’s a good redemption round for sure.”

“I proved there was not going to be a charge big enough to catch that lead.”

“I was eleven shots out starting the day. I just wanted to get myself in the top 10 and get a good feel for next week, that’s really it.”

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Lexi Leaps Ahead.

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Lexi Thompson leaps ahead in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow at the Siam Country Club.

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Lexi, at -8 under par 64 today took total control of the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament in commanding fashion, with a 54 hole total of -16 under par.

She said she was having fun out there today;

“It was a good day out there, very solid.”

“I just made sure I had fun out there and stayed positive. I missed a putt on the first hole, which got me down a little bit, but I tried to stay positive going into the next hole and fire at pins like I did the first day.”

In Gee Chun, from South Korea is in second place, -6 under par 66 elevating her up the leaderboard, at -12 under par for the tournament;

“This is my second tournament on the LPGA Tour, and everybody came to support me, so I’m really happy about today.”

 “Every day the dream stays the same. It’s been my dream as well. It’s a dream come true. I’m going to enjoy it. That is my goal this whole year.”

Defending Champion Amy Yang is in third position at -11 under par, she carded a third round -2 under par 70, not good enough to keep pace with the leader.

Honda LPGA Thailand. Amy Young Leads.

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Defending champion Amy Yang leads the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament after 36 holes at Siam Country Club.

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Amy carded a second round -3 under par 69 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand competition by one shot at -9 under par, and very happy with her round today;

“I mean, I struggled a little bit on the front, two bogeys straight, but I think I stayed patient well, got through it well.”

“I’m happy with today’s round.”

Q Baek, Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda are in second place with -8 under par for the tournament.

Jessica carded -6 under 66 to get into contention, Lexi stayed in touch after leading the first round with her 64 yesterday, carded an even par second round of 72, while Q Baek was -1 under 71 for today’s round.

Lexi put her struggles down to pin positions;

“It’s just pin positions, and the ridges on these greens, you can get some tough pins, especially with how fast the greens are, so you have to make sure you hit the fairways and get the spin that you need going into the greens.”

“But it’s a tough course, especially with the fast greens. There’s a lot of run-ups and a lot of ridges.”

Jessica said her hard work was paying off;

“It was nice. I took like three days off after Ocala because the first two weeks it felt like super jammed. Everything was really jammed in.”

“So I just took a couple days off and then went back.”

“We’ve just been working on keeping my tempo kind of slower. I kind of tend to rush, try and speed everything up, and just really trying to keep my tempo and keep myself happy and calm.”

Xi Yu Lin celebrated her birthday on Thursday and then received a belated gift on Friday of a brand new Honda Accord when she made an Ace at the par 3, without realizing the ball had dropped in;

 “When I walked off the tee, I just didn’t believe. I was thinking they were kidding, so I didn’t really look at the car, but it’s funny, like then on the 17th hole I see the group behind coming in, and I was thinking, okay, don’t touch my car, that’s my car.”