HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Inbee Park Leads.

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Inbee Park, South Korea, leads after the first round of the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open at Wilshire Country Club in California.

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Inbee signed for an opening round of -5 under par 66 to lead the  inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open by one shot.

Inbee made a putter change this week;

“Last week was just an awkward week where I missed a lot of short ones, and I wasn’t really comfortable with the putter.”

“I just wanted to have a different look, so I just changed it.” 

“I played really well out there. Especially being the new golf course. I didn’t know how it was going to play.”

“The course played really good. Really suited me. I putted really well out there, so I was really happy with that.” 

Marina Alex, USA, is alone in second spot after her first round -4 under 67, she also had a great day with the putter;

“I putted really, really well today.”

“I made a lot of the putts that I shouldn’t, I wouldn’t have expected to make.”

Seven ladies share third place, another shot back at -3 under par, which includes major champions Pernilla Lindberg and Lexi Thompson, with Caroline Inglis, Aditi Ashok, Moriya Jutanugarn, Eun-Hee Ji and Emma Talley.

Lexi also made a small change to her putting routine, but would not reveal what is was;

“I don’t want jinx it.”

“I changed a little thing that slipped my mind that I was working on earlier in the year.”

“I’m definitely rolling it a lot better. There is more of a roll to my putts now.” 

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ANA Inspiration. Pernilla is Joined By Park.

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Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, is joined by Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, at the top of the Ana Inspiration leaderboard at Mission Hills in California.

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Sung Hyun Park & Pernilla Lindberg / getty

Pernilla hung on to top spot at the ANA Inspiration with a second round -5 under par 67, but was joined on the -12 under par score by Sung Hyun who carded a fabulous -8 under 64 second round.

Sung told journalists, through a translator that she does not have a coach, she likes to work alone;

“Today, the shots were awesome, I just felt really good about my driver.”

“The shots fell in just as I wanted them to. Even though there were a couple things that I missed, but overall just had a great round.”

“I love being on my own,It’s my own game, so anytime I need to fix something, I’m going to feel that. It’s really served me well to work on my own.”

Pernilla had her coach sort out her set-up;

“I had just gotten a little off in my set-up which was causing me being a little off plane in my swing.”

“Just getting comfortable, back to a better set-up, and that kind of just put everything in place.”

“But still a work in progress. Every day I go out and hit a few shots on the range just doing a couple drills to make sure I’m staying on track there.”

Jessica Korda, USA, is alone in third place, three shots back at -9 under par following her second round of -4 under par 68, low expectations, depending how the putter works;

“I was happy to make the cut.”

My goals were set kind of low because of how I’ve been playing in majors before.”

“I’m taking it one day at a time.”

“Loving the position I’m in so far.”

“I know what I’m doing, I’m sticking to my process, and it all depends on if these putts are going to drop or not.”

“That’s the difference out here.”

Lexi Thompson had a bad day with the putter, even par 72 and now way back at T 15;

“Just felt a little uncomfortable today on the greens.”

 “I just missed a few left, and that was my pretty consistent miss today. So, I’m going to work on it, figure it out, and be good to go by this time Saturday.”

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Jubilant Jess Wins.

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A jubilant Jess Korda, USA, wins the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club, her first victory since 2015.

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Jess won the  Honda LPGA Thailand title with a final round -5 under par 67, posting a winning total of -25 under par;

“I can’t believe it, today was such a blur, I was just trying to make birdies.”

“I tried to relax, but I was nervous.”

 “This  was my first event my rookie year. I played really, really well this week.”

“It’s incredible, this is my fifth title. Every single one is so special, but this one, this one is really, really cool.”

“Coming in after surgery I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know how I was going to be received.”

Lexi Thompson, USA,  shot a last round -8 under 64 to finish tied second with Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand, both at -21 under par for the tournament.

Lexi will now move up to #2 in the World Rankings, Shanshan Feng, China, will hang on to her World #1 spot, finishing well to be T5 at -17 under par.

Lexi spoke about Jess;

“I don’t think any of us doubt how talented Jessica is.”

“I think it shows coming out after surgery and that few-month break she had how much talent she actually has.”

“She’s a player to always look out for.”

Minjee Lee, from Australia took fourth place at -18 under par with a last round -3 under 69.

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Jess Leads By Four Shots.

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Jess Korda leads the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shots after 54 holes at the Siam Country Club.

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Jess carded a third round -4 under par 68 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shot at -20 under par;

“I had no expectations, but my coach and I have worked together and it is still there.”

 “I was bit nervous on the front nine, but I knocked the rust off.”

“It’s crazy how quick it is coming together, I’m really enjoying it and now have one more day.”

Local girl Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, is in second place at -16 under par, charging hard with a third round -7 under par 65, which included an Eagle 2 on the par four 14th hole;

“I really enjoyed my game today, it’s working out pretty good.”

“There is a lot of support and it feels nice having people cheering you on.”

Minjee Lee, Australia, completes the top three with a third round -4 under 68 giving her that place on her own.

The leaderboard is quite compacted behind Jess, ladies like Ariya Jutanugarn at -14 under, Lexi Thompson, -13, with Nelly Korda, Michelle Wie and Amy Yang all at -12 under could easily make a charge. it will be an interesting last day to see how it all unfolds.

Two sisters are involved in this contest, with Ariya and Nelly trying to catch their siblings.

Nelly said she is hoping to make a run at it;

“She’s playing great golf and hopefully she keeps killing it, hopefully I can make a run Sunday.”

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Jess Korda Jumps Ahead.

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Jess Korda, USA, jumps ahead of the Honda LPGA Thailand field, recording an amazing -10 under par 62, a new course record for the Siam Country Club Old Course.

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For Jess it was also a personal best, as well as being the Honda LPGA Thailand low scoring tournament record for 36 holes, -16 under par, which gave Jess a four stroke advantage going into the week-end. What is also amazing is that Jess is coming back from some serious surgery;

“It’s awesome. I was just trying to give myself a chance. It was pretty cool, a pretty cool round.”

“I struggle on this course every year, but this year I have a whole new outlook with everything I’m doing.”

“Basically, I had double jaw surgery. I have a couple screws in my face.”

“I still can’t feel anything. No pain at all on the course, just numb. The headaches are gone.”

Brittany Lincicome, USA,  holds second place at -12 under par, a good second round -7 under par 65;

“It was great out there, me, Jess  and Brooke  were doing well and feeding off each other.”

“It’s nice to see the ball going straight and the ball going in since it’s only my second event of the year.”

Minjee Lee, Australia, is third at -11 under par, a second -5 under 67 giving her that position on her own.

Lexi Thompson, USA, has fourth place at -10 under with her second round -4 under 68, while three ladies share fifth at -9 under, Brooke Henderson, Canada, Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, and Michelle Wie, USA.

Michelle is aware of the situation;

“I feel like you just have to make birdies to keep up, pars are definitely not good enough.”

 “I’m just trying to keep my head above water.”

Unfortunately Lexi received a two-stroke penalty for moving a temporary immovable obstruction on hole 15 and dipped from -12 to -10 under. Sponsors should be more careful when erecting their advertising signs out on the course.

There was a local rule that the signs had to stay, and a player could take a free drop if they interfered with play. Lexi was in the first cut, which was pretty long, but the ball was sitting up nicely, a drop could put her ball in a bad place. A two shot penalty, no way, I was surprised that she did not receive a penalty for wearing the mini skirt, which surely breached the dress-code.

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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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