Evian Championship. Lexi Thompson & Mi Hyang Lee Lead 1st Round.

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Lexi Thompson and Mi Hyang Lee share the lead after the 1st round of the season’s final Major. The Evian Championship.

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Lexi shared the first round lead with her bogey free-5 under par 66,  Mi Hyang included two bogey’s in her round at the Evian Championship in France.

Lexi said it was an exciting day, and the Eagle at the 499 yard par five 13th helped;

“I’m definitely pretty happy with my first round.”

“I had a good stretch on my first nine on the back nine there and made a few birdies and an eagle, so helped out with the scorecard.”

“But, yeah, overall very exciting ride.”

I mean, I’m a very laid back, goofy person once you get to know me. It’s just golf, I’ve matured at a young age.”

“I’ve always played in older age divisions as a young kid, and growing up with two older brothers has made me mature at a lot younger age.”

“But off the golf course, I’m just a regular person.”

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Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum and Gerina Piller of the U.S.A are tied in third place at -4 under par 67.

Gerina had a good day with the putter, and also benefitted from some lessons from her coach;

“I hit my driver really well and I had some pretty; I hit my irons good, so I was hitting it close.”

 “But the bogeys, there are just some spots on this course you cannot get in.”

“Coming out I think the key this week is staying away from the big numbers, and I hit it a couple times where you just can’t really miss it and didn’t get up and down.”

“But I think overall, my driving was really good today and my putting.”

“As a player you love when they say this is easy. So he took me in the video room and it was just a simple I was letting my right knee float a little bit on the back swing, and that’s why I really like him because he just keeps it simple.”

“Something like that I’m not trying to work on my swing path, my face or anything like that. It’s just so simple and it clicked. Yeah, hitting it good.”

Last week’s Helsingborg Open champion Nicole Broch Larsen is among a group of six players on -3 under par;

“I played very good today, very solid, and when I missed the green I made some great up and downs.”

“Actually I missed a few short ones for birdies but minus three is a nice start. I hit a good drive, 5 wood to 11 metres and made that one.”

In the battle for the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings, Lydia Ko at #2 shot a -2 under par 69, while Inbee Park,#1 started with a +1 over par 73.



Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Round 2 Suspended.

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Round 2 of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic has been suspended due to poor weather conditions, with Yani Tseng sitting on top of the leaderboard with a completed second round.

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Yani swept back the year as she carded a second round -8 under par 64, to top the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic leaderboard;

“Just want to keep playing as happy Yani and just enjoy it.”

“I’ve been working on my game forever like every day. It’s just exciting. I really want to win a tournament for sure.”

 “We only have probably seven, eight tournaments left, but it’s never too late. Just very happy my game’s really coming back.”

“I’m really happy to be playing golf and just I want to win. But it doesn’t matter, it will come.”

“It doesn’t matter if it’s this week or next week or next year, just try to be patient as much as I can and stay positive.”

“If I can drive the ball well, I can stay aggressive,  if I can put my ball in position, I’m going to really have fun on the course.”

“Especially a course like this, it’s good for a long hitter. If I can keep on the fairway, I’m going to play well.”

“But you have to putt well, too. I can really see my shot and hit those good drives on the golf course.”

Austin Ernst is in second place, just one shot back at -9 under par. A second round -7 under par 65, elevating her up the leaderboard.

Austin said she has been playing well, just needs some putts to fall;

“I’ve been playing well. It’s really just a matter of getting some putts to fall.”

“I hit it really well today. I had a few holes that where I kind of hit some loose shots, but kind of just took my bogey and kind of went on with it.”

“And then I had probably three wedge shots that I hit up within a foot and I just went up and tapped them in. I think I hit two more where I had about 3 feet.”

Lexi Thompson is in third spot at -8 under par, a solid -5 under par 67 moving her into contention.

The top three have all completed their second rounds, and coming up behind them are Julieta Granada and Sydnee Michaels, both on -7 under par, and holes still to play in the second round.

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Wins The title.

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Lexi Thompson wins the Meijer LPG Classic at Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Lexi fired in a final round -6 under par 65 to capture the Meijer LPGA Classic title, with a tournament total of -18 under par, giving her a one shot victory.

This was Lexi’s fifth LPGA Tour win, and she was so excited, and praised the good weather for helping her;

“It feels amazing.”

“It still hasn’t really hit me yet because everything happened so fast. But it was a great day out there and we had perfect weather for it, so couldn’t ask for anything more.”

“Really the whole day I was just trying to play my own game.”

“I was just trying to focus on my own game, focus on my pre shot routine and having fun in between shots and I think that’s what helped me shoot 6 under today.”

“I had been working on the mental side of the game with John Denny down in South Florida and that has helped me out tremendously just to relax and have fun instead of just grinding 24/7 on the golf course.”

“It’s helped me out a lot. I knew it was coming, I was just trying to be patient.”

“It’s definitely momentum going into the next week being a major and going over to the British Open.”

Gerina Piller made her way up the leaderboard Sunday shooting a final-round -7 under par 64 to finish Tied second, with the leader at the start of the day Lizette Salas, both at -17 under par for the competition.

Gerina said she got off to a quick start and putted well;

“You know, I think I just got off to a really good start.”

“On the first tee, for me, that tee shot’s a really difficult one because it narrows up as far as you hit it.”

“So hitting it in that fairway and getting it up there in two and making birdie to start off the round, I think that was huge.”

“Just kind of carried that momentum and just hit really good shots and putted well.”

“You know, just coming out here and just giving myself a chance to win, I’ve never won before, so that’s a success in my own book.”

“I just keep doing what I’m doing. Like I said, the rest will take care of itself.”

Lizette saw her four shot lead crumbling away early as Lexi birdied three of the first five holes, while she could only respond with par’s, she had a last round -1 under par 70;

“It just didn’t come off to the start that I wanted.”

“And obviously I can’t control what Lexi does and she played an amazing day of golf, so really proud of her.”

“Hopefully this week will impress Captain Juli Inkster with the way I performed.”

“Solheim is on my mind and it’s a primary goal, but in order to get there you have to hit good golf shots and you’ve got to make putts, so I’ll make sure to be doing that in the following weeks.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lizette, Lexi and Alison Have Have-Way Lead.

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Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson and Alison Lee all share the half-way lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic at  Blythefield Country Club.

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Lizette carded a second round -2 under par 69, Lexi fired -7 under par 64 and Alison -5 under par 66, to share the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, at the half-way stage in the competition.

Lizette spoke of the windier afternoon conditions;

“You know, the wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you had to be really precise on your targets.”

“And it caught the rough a little bit today, had to have a good short game.”

“It’s the difference between a morning wave and afternoon wave and you just have to deal with it.”

Lexi also mentioned the difference in the morning and afternoon conditions, from the other perspective;

“Playing in the morning without the wind and the greens are a little bit softer in the morning, so it’s easier to just control the way your irons are going to bounce out onto the greens.”

“So it’s a lot easier to control than yesterday in the afternoon.”

“I’ll take the same approach just go in the weekend with a positive attitude and do my routine going into every shot focus on my breathing and just have fun out there.”

” Obviously I always want to make birdies out there but you have to take one shot at a time.”

Alison, the rookie in the top group, loved playing alongside the top players;

”We kind of pushed each other through the day, I was fired up today going into the round and wanted to shoot a low number.”

“It’s great to be in contention. I mean, this is my rookie year and I’m still learning.”

”The wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you have to be really precise to your targets.”

”We have 36 more to go and I’m going to try to be patient and stay calm and just be committed to every shot.”

There are five ladies all tied in fourth position at -8 under par, while world #1 Inbee Park probably has next week’s  Women’s British Open on her mind. She is currently at -4 under par for the tournament;

”The most important thing is just work on my game so it’s ready to go next week.”

”You know, make sure that your ball striking, your swing feels good, make sure you’re feeling good on the greens.”

“This is the last chance to try it on. I’m trying to get my game to the level I want. It’s not quite there, but trying to get there.”

LPGA North Texas Shootout. Lexi & Inbee in Pole Position

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Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson are in pole position at the top of the North Texas Shootout going into the final round tomorrow at Irving, Texas.

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Inbee and Lexi stand at the top of the North Texas Shootout leaderboard with -9 under par totals, Lexi scored  -3 under par 68 third round while Inbee was at -2 under par 69.

Lexi is aware that the leaderboard is jam packed, and intends to concentrate on her own game;

“The leaderboard is very stacked right now, so I’m expecting low scores.”

“But really I’m just going to focus on my game and doing my routine on every shot, focus one shot at a time and not focus on anybody else.”

Inbee knows it will be a shootout tomorrow, and intends to be aggressive in her approach to the round;

“There’s a lot of contenders out there that’s within like two shots.”

“Whoever plays well tomorrow is going to win, so I definitely need to play aggressively and score well tomorrow to win.”

“I think it’ll take three or more to win tomorrow. I need to definitely improve myself from today.”

Tied in third place at -8 under par are Brooke Henderson, Angela Standford and Karrie Webb.

Karrie carded the low round of the day, a -7 under par 64, to catapult her into contention for the title;

“I’ve worked really hard the last 12 months, made a few changes in my swing, and really the last couple of weeks, it’s really sticking.”

“That’s good to feel and good to be able to hit shots that I want to hit out on the golf course.”

Brooke wants to eliminate the mistakes, but said she is playing well;

“I hit it pretty well. I made a couple of mistakes and just a few putts on the back nine I wish I would have made.”

“But I’m still in good position, and I didn’t play that well today, and I’m still right there. I think I grinded it well, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

“It’s definitely going to be a fun day. Great players, amazing players, and definitely role models for me and everyone out here.”

“I’ve just got to play my game and see what happens.”

Angela is looking forward to a fun day tomorrow;

“Any time there’s that many people around the top, anything can happen.”

“Should be fun to watch. I hear the wind may blow a little harder tomorrow, so I think that’s good. It adds another element to the day.”

World number one Lydia Ko survived the secondary cut, and keeps her run of no cuts intact, but at even par for the tournament her expectations are on the low side;

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“Really, I think of the last two days, I’m realizing that one shot, one little putt can make a huge difference.”

“I started off well. I haven’t shot under par on the back nine before, but did that.”

“I missed a couple putts, birdie putts coming down the stretch, but luckily I’m playing four days, and after the first day, you know, I didn’t know if I was going to play through.”

Kia Classic. Mirim Lee Leads.

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Mirim Lee leads the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Mirim shot a bogey free first round -7 under par 65, to lead the Kia Classic in California. She said practice was the key, and a new grip, good putting also helped;

“I practiced a lot this week, I changed the grip.”

” Today was putting.”

Yani Tseng is in second place at -6 under par while World number one Lydia Ko is in close contention at -5 under par in third position, tied there with Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr and Xiyu Lin.

Yani had an Eagle at the par-5 10th;

“I never thought it was going to be that close.”

“I was a little like unbalanced, so I kind of tied my shoes a little bit. Actually, there was one second in my mind I was like, ‘How about if I hit it in the water.’ I was like, ‘Oh, if I hit it in the water, I just go drop another ball.”

“I got like a few birdies in my pocket and should be OK.’ So I was like, ‘If I make bogey, it’s no big deal.'”

Lydia is full of confidence in her golf game;

“I’m coming in with a lot of confidence and know that my game is there.”

“It’s always good to know that you can be aggressive and just to trust myself.”

“I’ve been playing pretty solid the last couple of weeks. It’s a pretty cool streak.”

“It’s not easy, I’m trying to take one round at a time, one shot at a time, and that kind of breaks it up a little bit.”

“It’s tough. Playing weeks back to back and all courses just being different, I think that’s the hard thing, but I’m just trying to keep focused.”

“I know that I’ve played well the last couple of events. It’s always good to know that you’re playing well. You can be confident.”

In the group at -4 under par is Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.

Lexi holed out from 98 yards for Eagle on the par-4 seventh;

“Downhill, a little downwind, and I landed my 55 degree about 95, it one-bounced, past, went back and actually stayed on the lip for a little bit and then fell. So, pretty awesome.”

The US Open champion Michelle Wie got her game together and carded five birdies on her front nine to challenge the leaders, but sadly ended the opening round -3 under par 69 after posting her third bogey of the day at the 18th.


PURE SILK BAHAMAS LPGA CLASSIC. Gerina Gets in Front, But Play is Suspended Again.

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Gerina Piller gets in front of the pack at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, but the third round play was suspended, due to darkness.

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Gerina sits on top of the third round leaderboard at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, despite the fact that she has only completed 9 holes of the round. Her -10 under par total score included three birdies today, where only two groups actually finished the third round.

Gerina said she felt comfortable out there today, and mentioned steady putting;

“I did.  I was a little nervous on the first tee, but I felt fine.”

“There’s just been a calm over me, and thank the good Lord that he’s watching over me.”

“Just minimize the mistakes, and fairways and greens, I mean, the wind could switch at any second, it can gust, and that’s really hard to deal with.”

” I think just staying steady with fairways and greens and two putting.”

There are six ladies on -9 under par for the tournament, with a further six on -8 under par. Throw the weather into the congested leaderboard and I guess anything, or anyone could win tomorrow. That is presuming they get around to completing the tournament on time.

Lexi Thompson, who is one of the six at -9 under par had the low round of the afternoon, -7 under par through 16 holes. None of these six have completed their rounds, the situation stands like this;  Kelly Shon (thru 10), Sei Young Kim (thru 7), Perrine Delacour (thru 12), Sandra Gal (thru 9) and first and second-round leader Brooke Pancake (thru 7) all join Lexi on the leaderboard.

In the group at -8 under par are  Inbee Park (thru 7) and Stacy Lewis (thru 15) .

Stacy felt good about her round today, and said she and Lexi will birdie hunting tomorrow;

“I feel good.  I would have liked to have finished that round off today, but just going to bed with a good number posted so far, you know, I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

“We’re going to have to, Lexi and I are going to have to keep making birdies like we did and hopefully get off to a good start like we did today.”

“We were talking about that we probably had the best golf going on today, we had so many birdies.”

“The first two days we were ball striking it well, just didn’t make that many putts, but today we were definitely feeding off each other off of birdies.”