Kingsmill Championship. Lexi Wins Easily.

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Lexi Thompson easily wins the Kingsmill Championship, with a record low score for the tournament of -20 under par.

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Lexi Thompson

Lexi fired a bogey free last round -6 under par 65 to win the Kingsmill Championship by five shots from her nearest rival.

Lexi was very comfortable all day, in breaking Annika Sorenstam’s record;

“It means the world to me. Annika has been a player I’ve always looked up to not only how she played on the course, but how she is off and how she gave back to the game.”

“This is a huge honor. I wasn’t focusing on that and I didn’t actually know that until maybe last night.”

“Today I was a little off on the tee and kind of steered it around the golf course, but I’m not complaining with a 65, that’s for sure.”

“I just felt very in control of my game and a lot more relaxed in between shots and my caddie was a big help with that.”

In Gee Chun was in second place, with a -15 under par total, and a final round -4 under 67;

“I had great round today. I made bogey-free round, but her play was so good.”

“Really enjoyed playing with her. I learn a lot from her today.”

“I want to say congratulations to Lexi and thank you to all the spectators. I really enjoy them.”

Angela Stanford claimed third spot, a long way back at -11 under par, a last round -5 under 66 elevating her into third on her own.

Kingsmill Championship. Lovely Lexi, the Pink Lady, Leads.

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Lovely Lexi Thompson, the Pink Lady, has the Kingsmill Championship lead after 54 holes.

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Lexi

Lexi carded a third round -2 under 69, to take a three shot lead into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship tomorrow with her -14 under par tournament total;

“I feel good. I played very well today.”

“Pretty solid, just was all over the lips today on the greens. But I put some good strokes on a lot of my putts, so that’s all that matters.”

“Hopefully bring that into tomorrow.”

 

In second place is  In Gee Chun with her -11 under par total, a third round -4 under 67 giving her that position on her own;

“I had great round today.”

“This week my swing doesn’t feel good, so I try to stay humble in myself.”

“So I think I made great rounds.  I try to stay in the middle of the green today.”

“It was make a lot of birdie chance. So I made great up and down on 11 and 14, 15 maybe.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko, -1 under 71 today, Sei Young Kim, -5 under 66 and Minjee Lee, -4 under 67 share third place at 9-under par.

Sei Young  was happy to play well, but wants to improve her putting;

“I’m very happy to play well. Yesterday and the first-round I want good my putter and then wasn’t a good shot.”

“But I needed to the improve the shot and then putting, and then after the round I practice not much, just a little bit, and then I play well today.”

Lydia is playing to hang on to her World number One tag;

“It was a pretty steady round. The front nine I gave myself a lot of looks for birdies, and a lot of them really slipped by,”

Kingsmill Championship. Lexi Loving It at the Top.

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Lexi Thompson is loving it at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end at -12 under par.

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Lexi Thompson / getty

Lexi carded another round of -6 under par 65 at the Kingsmill Championship to sit on top the the leaderboard at -12 under par for the tournament, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end;

“I feel great with where my game is at. I am just trying to keep my thoughts very simple, focus on doing my routine and picking small targets out and committing to my shots.”

“If I do that, my game is in a good spot.”

“You know, it’s just a good golf course for me. I get to hit a lot of drivers, actually, a lot of 3-woods out here as well.”

“I just love the shape of the golf course. It’s in perfect shape for us once again this year.”

“Probably best I’ve seen it.”

Gerina Piller is in second place at -9 under par, -4 under 67 today, with some good putting;

“The game feels really solid. Made some putts early and just couldn’t get up and down the last couple.”

“But the chip-in was nice, so the game feels good.”

“Feel like my putting is really great right now. Just excited for tomorrow.”

World number one Lydia Ko, -4 under 67 today, shares third place with Candy Kung, -5 under 66. Both ladies at -8 under for the tournament.

Lydia is focusing on the week-end;

“Obviously wish I could be a little bit better. You can say that with any round.”

“The afternoon field is still, they still have 18 holes to go.”

“There is a lot of golf to be played.  All I need to do is focus on my game and be excited for the weekend.”

Kingsmill Championship. Lexi Thompson Leads.

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Great to see Lexi Thompson as she leads the Kingsmill Championship on the River Course.

Kingsmill Championship

Lexi

Lexi shot a first round -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship by  one shot;

“The second nine was pretty crazy, I hit some great shots and rolled a few good putts, so definitely helps out my confidence.”

“It’s just a tournament that I love to come back to. That always helps out, coming into the tournament that you want to play well in and you always look forward to coming to this venue, it helps out with the positive attitude.”

“But I get to hit a lot of drivers and three woods which helps out a lot. It’s a ball-striking golf course.”

Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome and Angel Yin share second place, just one shot back at -5 under par, following their opening rounds of 66;

Gerina is looking forward to tomorrow;

“It’s always good to get off to that kind of start and get comfortable.”

“The greens are rolling phenomenal. The course is in the best shape I’ve ever seen it.”

“Just happy to be under par and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Brittany said she made some good putts;

“You know, a little bit of everything. Didn’t feel like I was driving it very well, but made a couple really good putts and my iron shots were really good.”

 “You know, I kept it in play, which was nice. But if I can keep three more rounds like that, I would be very happy.”

Angel was making a lot of good putts;

“I feel great. It’s a solid first round.”

“Made a lot of great up and downs on the front nine.  I wasn’t hitting that many greens, but I was making those putts.”

World number one Lydia Ko is in a three way tie for fifth place after her first round -3 under par 67.

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Mi Jung Hur Conquers Windy Conditions To Lead.

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Mi Jung Hur conquers the windy conditions in Dallas to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

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Mi Jung Hur / getty

Mi Jung played the course backwards to post a bogey free -6 under par 65, and lead the   Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, by two shots.

MI Jung said good putting on her back nine made the difference;

“The winds are swirling every hole, so it gave me a little bit of a headache.”

“I hit the ball pretty good today.”

“I just didn’t make a putt on the front nine, but I started making putts on the back nine.”

In the huge pack of eight ladies sharing second place at -4 under par is Ariya Jutanugarn, who could become the new World Number One this week with a win here;

“I didn’t try to think about that, I just feel like it’s more important for me to have fun and be happy on the course.”

Michelle Wie is also in that chasing pack at -4 under;

“I just had fun out there.”

“It was fun to play low in conditions like this. I was happy with where I positioned myself today, and hopefully I can go out there tomorrow morning and make some more birdies.”

Australian Katherine Kirk is also in that pack, and scored  hole in one at the par 3 fourth hole’

“I hit it so well, so I bent down to pick up the tee, then someone in the group said, ‘get in the hole,’ and I’m like, ‘What?’ and it went in. I didn’t even see it, to be honest.”

Everyone was pleased to see the return to golf of Lexi Thompson, even the officials who so harshly ruled out her great showing  ANA Inspiration have now decided to ignore calls from people who watch slow motion replays time after time before making a phone call;

“It was just good to get out and be playing again. The three weeks off it was a little hard, but I’m just so happy to be here and get back into competition.”

“All I’m focusing on is the tournament that I’m at right now here in Texas, going to Japan next week, and forgetting about it all. It’s time to move on.”

A great politically correct statement, from Lexi who is currently at -2 under for this tournament, wouldn’t be good if she could win here.

ANA Inspiration. So Yeon Beats Lexi in Play-Off, After Lexi Get A Late Four Shot Penalty !!!

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So Yeon Ryu beats Lexi Thompson in a play-off for the ANA Inspiration title, the first ladies Major of the year, at Mission Hills in California.

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So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon carded a final round -4 under par 68 to get into a playoff for the ANA Inspiration title with Lexi Thompson -5 under 67 today.

So Yeon made birdie on the first play-off hole the par five 18th;

” I just, you know, cannot believe this situation. During play, I didn’t even check the leaderboard, but I thought Lexi played really, really well.”

 “I thought, I’m well behind, so all I wanted to do was just play my game and enjoy my game.”

“I was paired with my best friend, Inbee Park today, so I just really wanted to have a really good, strong finish.”

If like me you are wondering how Lexi, who lead after 54 holes, shot a lower final round than the winner, came second, here is the answer, Lexi was penalized four strokes because on Sunday afternoon, a TV viewer submitted feedback via LPGA.com that they believed Lexi had incurred a penalty during Saturday’s third round.

The viewer stated that she witnessed Lexi, during the third round on Saturday, fail to properly replace her ball prior to putting out on the green at the par three, 17th hole. After being reviewed by LPGA Rules officials, Lexi was deemed to have in fact breached Rule 20-7c. Sue Witters, Vice President of Rules and Competition, notified Lexi between the 12th green and 13th tee during her final round, that she would be assessed a two-stroke penalty for the infraction and an additional two-stroke penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard. Officialdom gone mad.

You have to wonder who is running the LPGA competitions, the officials, or some viewer, reviewing play, via a slow motion replay. Why have all those officials out on the course when you just rely on TV viewers, even the next day.

Whatever happens out on the course, if it is not picked up by officials, then the offense never happened. Don’t you think Lexi’s opponent on the day would have said something  if she thought for one moment that a rule had been breached, and that she could gain an advantage over Lexi.

I think the decision is unfair, how can you reasonably go back  in time 24 hours and then incur a four shot penalty.

Do you really think So Yeon was happy to win in such a way?

Email me your thoughts; whitedragongolf@gmail.com 

 

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration after 54 holes at Mission Hill in California.

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Lexi / getty

Lexi, USA, shot a third round -5 under par 67 to top the ANA Inspiration leaderboard at -13 under par after 54 holes at Mission Hills, and is looking forward to another trip into Poppie’s Pond;

“Yeah, well, that experience always helps me out, but I’m just going to focus on tomorrow, focus on one shot at a time, relax out there between shots, and just focus on doing my routine, visualizing my shots out there.”

“I just love this golf course. I get to hit a lot of drivers, and it just sets up well.”

 “There’s a few dog-legs left, which helps me out. I love being here. It’s just absolutely beautiful, and it’s always in great shape for us.”

Suzann Pettersen, from Sweden, is in second place, two shots back at -11 under par, a third round -4 under 68 keeping her firmly in touch with the leader, and also really wants to get wet, in the traditional jump for the winner into Poppie’s Pond;

“I think I’ve always said since the first time I saw this place it really fits my eye.”

“I’m driving the ball well, and that’s a major key on this golf course, and if you do, you can kind of attack it, as well.”

“So far, so good. I’ve got a big job to do tomorrow. I mean, the leaderboard is packed behind me, as well.”

“You’ve got to expect to go out there and shoot low. There’s a lot at stake, but I’m all in for it.”

Four ladies are tied in third place with -10 under par totals, three players from South Korea, Mi Jung Hur, -7 under par 65 in the third round, Inbee Park, -4 under 68, and So Yeon Ryu, -3 under 69. The fourth player tied in third place is Minjee Lee, from Australia, -4 under 68 in the third round.