LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Brittany Lang Leads.

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U.S. Women’s Open champion Brittany Lang leads the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at  Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course in South Korea.

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Brittany took over the top spot at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship with a bogey free second round -7 under par 65, for a 36 hole tournament total of -10 under par.

Brittany enjoyed a perfect day, including sinking lots of putts;

“It was a very enjoyable day. The greens are really firm but roll really nice. It was such a perfect day of weather.”

 “Started out with a birdie on one and just really played super solid. I was really swinging at it well.”

“Hit a lot of fairways and greens, made some long putts early, and had a cool eagle on the back and then birdie 18.”

“It was just a really enjoyable, nice, solid day of play.”

First round leader Alison Lee could not repeat the heroics of yesterday, carding -2 under par 70 today, which gives her second place at -9 under par.

Alison did not make any putts today that she should have;

“Overall today I feel like I played pretty well shooting 2-Under. Unfortunately on the back nine I struggled a bit.

 “I didn’t make any of the putts I looked at on the back. I missed a lot of birdie putts coming down.”

“On ten I think I actually  three putted. I think that’s what got me scared. I just couldn’t get the ball in the hole.”

“Thankfully I had an eagle on the short par-4 which kind of brought me back.”

Cristie Kerr, -7 under par 65 today, and Sung Hyun Park, also -7 under 65, share third place at -7 under par for the competition at the half way stage.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson is T7 at -5 under for the tournament, shooting -3 under 69 in the second round.

World number one Lydia Ko shot -3 under 69 today, to get back to even par in the competition.

UL International Crown. Team USA Capture the Crown.

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Team USA capture the UL International Crown, despite losing both of their opening round four-ball matches on Thursday.

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Left to right the winning TEAM USA, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller with the trophy at Merit Club in Chicago.

Stacy spoke for her happy team;

“We stuck to our game plan, we knew not to change our pairings.”

“We knew that we were playing good golf, and when those pairings came out this morning, I liked the way we were positioned, and Gerina and I went out there getting points early was huge, and we got Kerr through, so we got a crown.”

“It’s awesome, I haven’t done what I wanted in Solheims on Sundays, and this is not quite as much pressure, but my team pulled me out here for a reason, to go get a point, or two points, I guess, and I’m just happy we could get two points on the board.”

Cristie put the winning points on the leaderboard

“I had a feeling last night if we all played really well and things fell into place that my match could be huge.”

 “But I just kind of got oblivious to all of that today because it’s just so hard to figure out who’s making points, who’s winning, who’s losing, and I just tried to take care of my match.”

“I didn’t know that it had come down to me winning that match that we had won until Stacy told me.”

The American ladies posted 12 points overall, beating Team Korea by just one shot, leaving them in second place at with an 11 point total.

The LPGA have announced  that Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea will be the host course for the 2018 UL International Crown.

Team Korea captain So Yeon Ryu thought they could win here, but is looking forward to being on home soil next time around;

“I was expecting we’re going to win the tournament, and I just wanted to bring more excitement to 2018 UL International Crown in Korea, but we couldn’t.”

 “But I think it’s going to feel really awesome to represent my country in my motherland.”

England and Taipei tied for third place with 11 points in total.

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi and In Gee Share Lead.

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Lexi Thompson and In Gee Chun share the lead after the third round of  the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club.

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Defending Champion Lexi carded a bogey free -5 under 66 to share the Meijer LPGA Classic lead with rookie  In Gee Chun, -6 under 65 today, both with tournament totals of -15 under par.

Lexi relied on her accuracy with the driver;

“I just hit a lot of drivers, and if my game’s on it comes together.”

“It’s just a nice setting and atmosphere, it’s one of our best tournaments.”

“I’m just going to go out here, have fun, be relaxed, just how I have been the last three days.”

 “It’s been a very relaxing week so far, so I’ll just try my best tomorrow and see how it goes.”

In Gee had great iron play, and putted well;

“Today my iron shot great.”

“I like putting very well.  I was so good at rolling the ball on the line.”

” Today Saturday and we had a lot of spectators here.  I was so happy to see them my play.  I make great round today.”

“I’m always excited to play in the last group so I’m ready.”

 “I enjoy it.”

Sei Young Kim holds third place, two shots off the lead at -13 under par, a third round -6 under 65 getting her firmly in contention, and feeling good;

“I feel good today because today bogey free, so when I starting first round I set goal.”

“I set goal no bogey and no double.”

“Well, the first round, second round I had a couple bogeys, but it’s fine because today I success in my goal.”

World number one Lydia Ko shot -4 under par 67 today, for a -11 under par total, needing some good putts, after a slow start, she is currently T13;

“The front nine I couldn’t get anything going.”

“I was striking the ball really well and then just no putts were going in.”

 And then I made a good up and down on nine and then made four good birdies in a row, so I think that kind of turned my round around.”

” And then in the last few holes I made quite a few good par putts and up and downs to save par.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Leads.

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Defending Champion Lexi Thompson leads the Meijer LPGA Classic after 36 holes at Blythefield Country Club.

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Lexi took control, shooting a second round -4 under 67 at the  Meijer LPGA Classic, for a -10 under par tournament total, and a one shot lead.

Lexi could have been further ahead but picked up two bogey’s in the final four holes, she has been suffering from a back problem;

“It just came on last weekend and it was really bad today.”

“I’m not really one to complain about pain because I just fight through it, but yeah, it’s hurting. I’m going to go and get a rub down and see if it goes away.”

“It was definitely important to come back from the two bogeys.”

” I just hit a few errant drives there towards the end and made bogeys, but I played 17 and 18 well.  I got pretty lucky on 18; I will say that.“

“It was just a little firmer out there today and a lot different conditions.”

” It was overcast most of the day yesterday, so shots were going a little bit further today.  I played in the morning also yesterday, so it was a lot different.”

Alena Sharp, -4 under 67 today,  Q Baek, -4 under 67, In Gee Chun, -4 under 67 and So Yeon Ryu -4 under 67, all share second place at -9 under par.

Alena, from Canada, made bogey on the last hole to spoil her day;

“You know, I got my bogey out of the way. I’ve had one this week, and it was on that hole. “

“Now I don’t have to think about it tomorrow.  That’s the way I’m looking at it.”

” It just rode the wind too much, and I got behind a tree, and that happens out here, so I’m not really going to look too much into it and just look at the overall day was a good day and move on to tomorrow. “

Last weeks play-off rivals Brooke Henderson and World number one Lydia Ko are in the group at -7 under par.

Lydia was happy with her performance;

“I’m happy with the way I played, I was pretty consistent, and I just got to keep playing like this.”

“My ball striking wasn’t as good as yesterday, so hopefully it can get better progressively on the weekend.”

Brooke said she enjoyed the warmer temperatures;

“It was much warmer out today, a beautiful day.”

“I started out not as well as I would have liked, 1 over for the front nine, but I made a lot of birdies on the back and go four under, so overall it was a pretty steady day.”

“I know I have some work to do on the weekend, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. 5 Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a 5 way tie at the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic after the first round at Blythefield Country Club Lexi Thompson, Laura Davies, Carlota Ciganda, Paula Reto, and Sei Young Kim.

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All the leading ladies carded first rounds of -6 under par 65 to share top spot on the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard.

Defending Champion Lexi stayed positive, and putted well;

“I didn’t really change anything, I just made sure I stayed positive.”

“I was hitting it well on my first nine, I two‑putted every hole on the first nine so I just had to be patient with it.”

” Then ended up holing out for eagle on my 10th hole, on No. 1 today, so that always helps with the putts.”

Carlota is enjoying the moment;

“Obviously it’s really good, start with a 6-under, it’s always good.”

” But I just want to focus on tomorrow, just go day by day, shot by shot and just stay in the present.”

” This is very long.  I mean, great players out there and just play my game and just enjoy.”

Dame Laura is impressed by the younger players on LPGA;

“It’s fun for me.  I loved watching that playoff last week; two really great young players, such happy‑go‑lucky characters as well, it’s good for the game.”

” But there’s room for the likes of myself and Juli Inkster and a few of the other old girls to show what we can still do because we all hit it well, it’s just the short game separates the top players from the ones that are just struggling a little bit sometimes.”

Paula just stuck to her guns, and kept paying her  game;

“I think I saw the leaderboard after my first nine, which is the back nine, and I just sort of looked at it.”

“I’m like oh, okay, I’m somewhere there in the middle or top middle, and I was like okay, I’m just going to keep playing.”

” From there on in I just kept playing my game. I wasn’t sure what really was leading; I thought maybe there could have been a 7 or 8 under today, but I just sort of stick to my own game.”

Sei Young had a hot putter today, needing  only 25 putts, and did not look at the leaderboard;

“I didn’t see that, yeah.  That not help me, so I just focus on the step by step, yeah.”

“Last couple tournament after I saw the; read the board and I play no good, so I try to, yeah, not going to see anymore.  Yeah, right.  It’s too hard.”

” And I see, look around, if I miss the; see the scoreboard and then oh, my gosh, I saw that.  I talk with Paul, Paul; I saw the leaderboard, what am I doing?  So yeah, getting better.”





Kingsmill Championship. Mika Miyazato Leads.

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Mika Miyazato leads the Kingsmill Championship after the 1st round at a wet River Course in Virginia.

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JPN Mikka, from Japan shot an opening round -6 under par 65 in the Kingsmill Championship to lead the tournament by one shot. she spoke about the wet weather, and how good her putting was today;

“Course condition was pretty wet, and last two days with so much rain, so that’s why it’s so wet.”

“But I tried to be more aggressive so that’s why maybe I played very well today.”

“I was more focused on one shot at a time.”

” I spoke last night with my mental coach, so like the last three months, four months, I did not enjoy golf, so I tried to I enjoy golf this week, and he said, one shot at a time, more detail, so I tried to be more detailed today, so that’s why it works good.”

Defending champion,AUS Minjee Lee, and USA Brittany Lincicome share second  place, at -5 under par following their rounds of 66.

Minjee was asked if she was nervous being the defending champion;

“I mean, not really, I felt pretty calm the whole week, but just on the tee I felt a little nerves and more excitement that they said that I was the defending champion, so that was pretty cool, and it’s nice to hear that.”

Brittany was happy to be talking to media once more, it has not happened in a while, mainly due she said to poor putting;

“Good to talk to you guys, which hasn’t happened I don’t think at all this year, so it’s nice.”

“Like I said, the putter hasn’t really been working all year. I’ve been driving it really well, hitting the irons pretty good I felt, and just today I think I had 27 or 28 putts, which obviously any time you have putts in the 20s is good.”

“I just came in wanting just to play well and shoot under par again.”

“It seems like something that should come so naturally for someone who does this for a living, but it just hasn’t been happening lately.”

“Every time I see where I am on the Money List right now, it’s obviously very disappointing. It’s not normally where I am.”

“But I’ve been hitting the ball so well. Just obviously the putting just needs to kind of come around.”

“I thought about changing putters there for a while, and of course you have like one good day, and you’re like, okay, maybe it’s not the putter.”

“Then it kind of goes back again. So it’s kind of a, I don’t know what the deal is.”

The top-3 players in the world did not play so well together,  Lydia Ko +2 over 73, Inbee Park +3 over 74 and Lexi Thompson +1 over 72 struggled on Thursday, and will have some work to do to make the cut.

ANA Inspiration.World #1 Lydia Ko Wins the Years 1st Major.

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Ladies World #1 Lydia Ko has won the Ladies 1st Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, to become the youngest ever two-time Major Champion. She is definitely an inspiration to us all.

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Lydia needed some inspiration to make birdie on the final hole to seal her one shot victory at -12 under par and claim her second Major title, and also officially qualified for the 2016 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award.

Lydia’s last round effort of -3 under par 69 saving her from a play-off in the ANA Inspiration.

Lydia made history with her first Major win last year at the Evian Championship but said the second was just as sweet;

“It’s amazing. You know, you can’t really rank them, every one of them is special.”

“And every event is so different, so unique, and I think obviously winning this event is great, but obviously jumping into the Poppies Pond, that kind of tradition will definitely be one of the highlights of my career.”

“But I’ve never really played well at this course before, so just to know that, hey, I can still play well at a course that I haven’t really played well before, I think gives me the confidence.”

“Every shot is special in its own way, like every win is special, because every tournament is so different.”

“But just playing the 72nd hole, birdieing the last hole, that’s always a good feeling.”

Obviously for that shot to mean so much that I would win the event, that makes it extra special.”

“But I obviously laid up to the right number and hit it to the exactly right spot. But I thought it was going to be a little short, but with the greens firming up, it ended up being perfect.”

Charley Hull from England, -3 under 69 today and In Gee Chun from South Korea, -2 under 70, tied for second place, both at -11 under par.

Charley thinks her hard work is paying off;

“I feel like I’ve been playing great all season, like I put a lot of good work in over Christmas and over New Year, so I feel confident in my game.”

“I feel like I’m in a good place outside of golf, as well. Like with my friends, I feel like that helps me relax on the golf course, also.”

Ariya Jutanugarn was fourth, at -10 under, she said she had played well, except for the last three holes;

“Actually it’s pretty good, just only the last three holes.”

 “I really get nervous, especially being my first time leading.”

“Next time it’s going to be so much fun to be there, but I got a lot of experience from this week.”

Lexi Thompson, who started the day as leader, had a sad final round, +1 over par 73, dropping her to fifth position at -9 under par.