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.”

 

Kingsmill Championship. Austin & Azahara Lead.

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Austin Ernst and Azahara Munoz lead the Kingsmill Championship on the River Course at Kingsmill Resort.

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Both ladies shot opening rounds of -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship, with Azahara going round bogey free. She has been receiving some mental coaching from Peter Crone, which has helped her;

” He’s been helping me so much, I have been working with him since last September and I’m just like a different person. This year it’s been so much better. I’ve been having a much better attitude, so it’s easier. When I miss a shot, I don’t let it get to me so much like I used to. I used to get pretty upset, and that really hurt me. “

Austin was happy to have only missed three fairways today, carding one bogey;

“Gave myself a lot of looks, hit a lot of greens and made it really easy on myself out there on a day when it was pretty windy and it could kind of get away from you a little bit.”

 ” I mean, it was just solid really.  You know, it could have probably been a couple lower.  Really only time I even made a bogey or was is trouble of making a bogey was when I missed the fairway.  Missed I think three fairways. 

Lexi Thompson has had her best opening round of the year – 4 under par 67, with one bogey, and is happy to be in contention;

“I definitely made a few more putts on second nine and hit a few better shots going into the second nine. Definitely had my chances on the last few holes in the first nine. Overall, I’ll definitely take 4-under.”

LPGA. Kraft Nabisco Championship. Lexi Lifts Trophy.

dragon logo darkKraftNabiscoChampionship_188x84Lexi Thompson lifts the Kraft Nabisco Championship trophy at Mission Hills Country Club.

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Lexi started her day with a birdie, and continued with that fine form to shoot the low round of the day, a bogey free -4 under par 68, to lift the Kraft Nabisco Championship trophy. Her amazing round gave her a tournament total of  -14 under par, and a three-shot victory over Michelle Wie. This is Lexi’s  first-career Major title, and she also becomes the second-youngest player to win a Major championship;

” Well, it was an amazing day, starting off with a birdie definitely helped. But just hitting that first tee shot obviously a little nervous, but it was definitely what I’ve been practicing for, what I live for, to play under that pressure and to get a major win under my belt, especially the Kraft Nabisco. It’s such a huge honor to win this tournament.”

” It’s a great feeling. This is what I’ve worked so hard for. This was one of my goals coming into the year, to win a major. I’ve always seen myself winning a Kraft Nabisco. It’s such a huge honor with all the history behind the tournament. It’s just a dream come true.”

Michelle Wie finished at -11 under par, her final round -1 under par 71 was not enough to catch the leader;

“ Lexi played amazing today. She played probably the best I’ve ever seen her play. She hit the ball so well. She made everything. It was just hard to catch up to her all day today, but I’m really happy for her. I’m really proud of her.”

“You know, it was a lot of fun playing in contention, being in the final group, it was nice to be in the final group at Kraft again. I think it’s a sign. I think I’m getting close. I think I can get a lot of confidence from this week. I think I’m improving and improving, and I think getting second at a major, I think it means that I’m close, and I’m really proud of myself, and I’m really excited for the upcoming events. There’s four more majors left this year, and I’m just really proud of myself, and I just want to keep improving a little bit every day.”

The top two were a mile away from third placed Stacy Lewis, she finished the tournament at -7 under par, with a last round of -3 under par 69.

Lexi went for a victory dip into  Poppie’s Pond:

Lexi Thompson celebrates after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship, her 4th LPGA Tour win. (USATSI)

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LPGA. Kraft Nabisco Championship. Two Tied at the Top, Lexi & Michelle

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Michelle shot a third round -4 under par 68, on the Mission Hills Country Club,  Dinah Shore Tournament Course, to share top spot on the Kraft Nabisco Championship leaderboard with Lexi  at -10  under par for the tournament.

Michelle like the entertainment value in Lexi’s game;

I think Lexi is a really entertaining golfer, I like to think I’m somewhat entertaining as well. So, I think the both of us paired together is great. I think it’s great for the tour and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

” I probably won’t sleep that well. It’s just the chance, you want something so badly. I dreamed about this all my life, so I’m just trying to not think about it so much. I’m just trying to think it’s a normal Sunday. But I think that’s a good thing. It’s a sign that I’m really excited and I really want this.”

“I just go out there and I think I just really know what I need to do. I think that came with experience of playing so many rounds in my life.”

Lexi is looking for some more putts to drop, she was unhappy at carding a six on the par five eighteenth;

” Not the ending I wanted, I’m getting looks at birdies and just waiting for a few more to drop. I think if you’re not nervous, you don’t care, but it’s a good nervous. This is what I’ve been waiting for and what I’ve worked my whole life for.”

Charley Hull and Se Ri Pak are tied in third place, both with -8  under par totals. Charley put herself into contention with a -6 under par third round of 66, while Se Ri was just -1 under par 71 to put towards her total.

No one knows how Charley’s golf game will stand up to Major championship pressure, but it seems she already has the mindset   to deal with it. This is her quote from last year;

“This is how I always look at golf. I’m not going to die if I hit a bad shot. Just hit it, and find it, and hit it.”

As a professional Charley won for the first time at the Ladies European Tour’s, Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. Then she said she was having too much fun with friends back home to join the LPGA Tour;

” I was really enjoying my friends and stuff at home, just being a kid, being with my friends, going out, going to parties and stuff. I don’t want to miss that living over here full-time at the moment. I was still seventeen at the time. I still wanted my childhood in a way. There was no rush for me to go over there.”

This first Major for the Ladies is set up nicely for a dramatic finish, I am looking forward to it.

Catriona Matthew is T5 with Cristie Kerr, at -6 under par for the tournament.

LPGA. Kraft Nabisco Championship. Lexi Leaps into Contention.

dragon logo darkKraftNabiscoChampionship_188x84Lexi Thompson leaps into contention at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

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Lexi shot a second round -8 under par 64, to leapfrog the field and join Se Ri Pak at the top of the leaderboard at -7 under par, in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

 19-year-old Lexi is already a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour, said this is her favorite tournament, it showed when she took only 25 putts on the round;

 ” This is my favorite tournament of the year, it’s so beautiful, like really nice weather, and the fans are amazing. I just had a little bit of speed issues yesterday, I didn’t really commit to my lines and I came up short a lot. I just went out today and picked my line and sped up my tempo a little bit and went up to it and said, `I’m going to knock it in.”

” I’m really comfortable with the golf course, I get to hit a lot of drivers, so I just aim up the right side and hit my little draw. I was just trying to stay in the moment and focus on each shot, not really think about what I was shooting. I had the same confidence over every shot, just committing to my line and just being confident.”

Se Ri Pak said she was playing solid golf, but her putting was not so good today;

“Everything has just been really solid, I kept it fairways, greens, always the goal every hole. I had a lot of opportunities, but putting is not as good as yesterday. Still, just really smooth, solid round. I’m really happy about the way I finished.”

Michelle Wie is in third place, a second round -1 under par 71, was not as good as yesterday, but it keeps her in contention at -6 under par for the tournament, and she enjoys being there;

” I’m really excited, it’s fun being near the top of the leaderboard. But try not to look forward too much. It’s a long way till Sunday. It felt good to start off with a birdie, after that, really just couldn’t get anything going. But it felt good. Par is a good score out here.”

First round leader Shanshan Feng struggle with a +1 over par 73 round today, to fall back into a tie for fourth place, with Cristie Kerr, both at -5 under par, two shots back. Shanshan blamed the wind, but is still in a positive frame of mind;

“The wind kind of picked up, so it was actually tougher playing compared to yesterday. I think I actually did pretty well. I did make two bogeys coming in, but I was still concentrating, and it just happens. Sometimes you make good strokes and they don’t fall on this course. I’m still positive.”