Honda LPGA Thailand. 4 Way Tie at the Top.

 

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There is a 4 way tie at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand after the first round at Siam Country Club Old Course in Thailand. Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda, USA, Minjee Lee, Australia, and home town girl Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand share the lead.

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Lexi, Jessica, Minjee and Moriya all recorded first round scores of -6 under par 66 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand by one shot.

Moriya is trying to become the first lady from Thailand to win this event;

“I had a good start today, it was better than I expected, I just rested this off-season and ate Thai food at home.”

Lexi was happy to get off to a good start here and was very happy with her putter, requiring just 28 on the day;

“I eagled the first hole and then birdied the second and it was great to get off to a good start.”

“This golf course is a lot of just hitting it in the fairway. Once you’re there, it is also about the second shot.”

Minjee also had a good day with the putter;

“I hit it really solid today, I hit a lot of solid putts so I’m pretty happy with today.”

Jessica is returning to golf after some surgery;

“It’s nice, it’s really, really nice, definitely a lot of rest, but it’s just nice to be out there and be able to hit the shots again.”

“I had a strong finish last year, and just kind of cap that off and then start today it’s pretty nice. Started with an eagle, too, and I was like, damn.”

There are six ladies in a tie for second place at -5 under par after rounds of 67. It is a very compacted leaderboard, lets see if someone can break way tomorrow.

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Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. Brooke Leads at Windy Bahamas.

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Brooke Henderson, Canada, leads the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic at a very windy  Ocean Club Golf Course, where the second round still has to be completed.

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Brooke managed to finish her second round with an even par score of 73, to lead the  Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic with a -5 under total;

“It was windy today, and I feel like overall Britt and I did a really good job again, just calculating numbers and negotiating the wind as best we could.”

“There were a couple of bogeys I would like to take back, but having four birdies is really good.”

“Coming out today I wanted to make that par putt I had left on two and try to get my round turned around a little bit.”

 Shanshan Feng, China, is in second place at -4 under par, but still has nine holes left to play in her second round.

Five ladies are the tied in third place at -3 under par; Ryann O’Toole, -4 under 69 today and Danielle Kang, even par 73, have both completed two rounds. Wei-Ling Hsu, Taipei, Lexi Thompson, USA, and Luna Sobron Galmes, Spain, have still to finish their second rounds.

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QBE Shootout, Steve Stricker & Sean O’Hair Win

 

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Steve Stricker & Sean O’Hair win the QBE Shootout, the three round team event played at a cold at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Florida.

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The three rounds compose first a  Scramble, then  Greensomes, a modified alternate shot, and finally Better Ball. Steve and Sean completed the three rounds in -26 under par, a two shot winning margin.

Sean said it was a special win, with his friend Steve;

“This is always a great event to finish the year off with, and to pull this off is special.”

“But to do it with Steve is even that much better for me.”

“I’m a golf geek, so he’s a friend of mine, but still it’s kind of hard not to look at him and kind of put him a little bit up on a pedestal.”

Steve mentioned the second shot on the par five 17th which Sean converted for Eagle, to sew up the title;

“He played great today.”

“He hit a great shot on 17. That’s the stuff you need to do to win a tournament, and Sean pulled it off.”

“We just really gelled well together, with his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit.”

“We felt comfortable with one another.”

Sean Lowery and Graeme McDowell finished second, at -24 under, with Pat Perez and Brian Harman claiming third place at -22 under.

A lot of interest was shown to the team of Tony Finau, and LPGA star Lexi Thompson, the only lady in the field, they finished tied in a creditable 4th place at -21 under par for the three rounds. 

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CME Group Tour Championship. Ariya Wins. Lexi Wins Race to CME Globe.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, wins the CME Group Tour Championship, while Lexi Thompson wins the Race to CME Globe, the year-long points event.

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Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya, with a final round -5 under 67 on the Tiburón Golf Club course in Florida for a winning CME Group Tour Championship total of -15 under par was having some fun out on the course;

“To be honest, I had no expectation at all this week.”

 “I really did not think about the outcome. I really focused on the things I can control and I had so much fun this week.”

“Even though I played so badly the last few months, I learned a lot.”

“I’m growing up a lot, and I’m really ready to have some fun next year.”

Lexi missed a two foot putt to win it all;

Race to CME Globe

Lexi Thompson / getty

“It was a short putt. I don’t really play break on those.”

“I don’t know. I just had a little mishap in my hands and just pushed it off to the right.”

“I putted great the whole day and did my routine. I guess maybe just a little bit of adrenaline.”

Lexiafter her missed putt, and Jessica Korda both finished second in the CME Group Tour Championship, one shot back at -14 under par for the tournament, with -5 under rounds of 67.

Lexi was honored to win the Vare Trophy;

“It was a good way to end the season.”

“Overall, a lot of positives to take from today. Winning the CME Globe and the Vare Trophy was a huge honor.” 

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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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