LPGA Marathon Classic. I.K. Kim Wins With A 63.

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I.K. Kim, South Korea, wins the LPGA Marathon Classic, with a 63 in the last round  at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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A weather delay could not stop I.K. from carding a final bogey free round -8 under par 63, to win the Marathon Classic, with a -21 under par total;

“I think today the pin positions were a little bit comfortable for me.”

“I’ve been hitting little draws this week, and when the pin is tucked on the left side, I was having a hard time, but I think just knowing what I’m doing kind of helped me to plan out the round.”

Leggy (6ft tall) Lexi Thompson, USA,  was in second place, she returned a last round score of -5 under 66, to finish with -17 under par;

“I put up a good score. I had a little bit of a rough stretch there, but overall I’m very happy with the way I played.”

 “I was hitting a cut around the golf course, and that’s usually not what I do. But I managed to put up some good scores, which I’m very happy about.”

“You just have to focus on doing your best and controlling your attitude and your game.”

Tied in third place at -15 under par were, Peiyun Chien, Taipei, -3 under 68 today, and Gerina Pillar, USA, who is still searching for her first LPGA Tour win, she also carded a final round -3 under 68.

Peiyun was proud to play so well;

“Very proud because a lot of Taiwanese;  a lot of Taiwan fans really care about this tournament, and I played well.”

Gerina also felt she had played really well, just not a win;

“I feel like my game, I played really well.”

“To start off  eight under, that’s huge. But I didn’t come away with the win, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t have a winning performance.” 

Defending Champion Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, had another poor tournament, finishing T20 at -9 under par, a long way from being good, 12 shots actually.

 

 

 

LPGA Marathon Classic. Nelly Korda Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Rookie Nelly Korda, USA, has the 54  hole Marathon Classic lead, taking a two shot advantage into the final round at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Nelly moved to the top of the Marathon Classic leaderboard with a third round -5 under par 66, giving her a tournament total of -15 under par, finishing her day with a birdie at the last hole;

“When you end on a birdie, you’re just really excited to play the next day and get it doing, so I’m definitely excited.”

“My mentality hasn’t changed. It’s the same as the first two days. I just try to take it shot by shot really.”

 I.K. Kim is second, two shots back at -13 under par, a -3 under 68 third round good enough to claim that position on her own;

“I feel really good about playing this golf course. I’ve always liked this golf course.” 

Six ladies are the tied in third place with -12 under totals, they are; Sandra Changkija, USA, -6 under 65 today, Aditi Ashok, India, -3 under 68, Lexi Thompson, USA, -2 under 69,  Peiyun Chien, Taipei -2 under 69, Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, -4 under, and 36-hole leader Gerina Piller,  -3 under 68.

Gerina, who is aiming for her first LPGA Tour win said she had played great, especially with the putter; 

“I felt like I played great.”

“You know, I missed some birdie opportunities, but I made some longer putts today.”

“Ball-striking feels great. Putting feels great. It was just a matter of staying patient and just letting the results come.”

“It’s tough to follow up an eight under. The conditions were great out there. The course is in great shape.”

“I got off to a slow start, just made some pars, but I was giving myself chances, and that’s kind of all you can ask for.”

Lexi knows she needs to go low tomorrow if she wants to win here;

“It’s going to take a low one tomorrow to beat her, and there’s a lot of great players around her.”

“It’s going to take a lot of birdies.”

 

 

 

LPGA Marathon Classic. Gerina Still Leads.

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Gerina Pillar still leads the LPGA Marathon Classic after two rounds at  Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Gerina, from the USA, who is seeking her first LPGA Tour title carded -3 under 68 today to maintain her top position on the Marathon Classic leaderboard with a -11 under par total. Great day with the putter, and patience  was key today;

“I felt like I played great. I missed some birdie opportunities, but I made some longer putts today.”

“Ball striking feels great. Putting feels great. It was just a matter of staying patient and just letting the results come.”

“It’s only Friday, so I wouldn’t put the cart before the horse, but to get that first win I think would be really special, no matter where it is.”

“I’m just going to try to focus on the process, and the result will take care of itself.”

Three ladies are tied  second place at -10 under par, Lexi Thompson, USA, -6 under 65 today, In-Kyung Kim, South Korea, -4 under 67, and Peiyun Chien, from Taipei, with a second round -3 under 68.

Aditi Ashok, from India, is in fifth position on her own at -9 under par, a second round score of -3 under keeping her in touch with the leaders;

 “This week I wasn’t actually supposed to play, so when I came here I just took it kind of easy and I practiced not as much as I would have usually practiced.”

“I’m sure I’m in a good spot, but yeah, I will keep watching because I think on this course, the afternoon wave gets it a little easier than the morning sometimes, so maybe there will be better scores.”

Defending Champion Lydia Ko made the cut on the number, -1 under, making birdie on her last hole to get in. I noticed that Lydia is wearing ring on her engagement finger, not sure if that has any significance, especially with regard to her poor golfing performances recently.

LPGA Marathon Classic. Gerina Grabs Lead.

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Gerina Pillar, grabs the Marathon Classic lead, shooting 63, in round one at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Gerina, USA carded -8 under par 63, which included one bogey, to lead the Marathon Classic by one shot. She said it was a good day with the putter as the putts were just rolling in;

“I birdied my first three holes and any time you can start off three in a row, it’s pretty good.”

“I just kept hitting it close and had some close birdie putts here and there, and I did make a bogey, but I just told myself like I’m doing great things and just keep doing what I’m doing.” 

“I feel like any time you shoot 8-under is pretty good.”

“I got off to a good start and got the putts rolling.”

“To be honest, my ball-striking didn’t feel as great coming into this weekend, and the week after a major it’s always tough just because you’re so exhausted mentally, and I just went out there and really trusted what I had and just brought it together, and my game feels really good right now.”

Two ladies are tied in second position at -7 under par, Peiyun Chien, Taipei, and Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, they are just that one shot back.

Sung Hyun, bogey free today, spoke about her Major success;

“My feeling today was so awesome, it was a good start after the major championship winning, and first of all, I need to focus more on the Marathon Classic and want to keep my major happiness behind me from now on.”

“My fairway shots wasn’t that concrete all the time, but I think I was pretty much satisfied with my other shots.”

“In Korea, I did win a lot, but here, especially for the major, I’m very happy for that.”

“But currently I just want to focus on Marathon Classic, so it’s not a big deal for me to put that behind me.”

Peiyun is apparently always changing her swing, and today it worked well;

“I did well today because I changed my playing. I’m always thinking the swing on the golf course, so today I just played freely.”

“I tried to find some feeling and play, and it’s worked. I’m very happy.”

Happy to report that there were plenty of mini skirts out on the course today, including the leggy Lexi, who is currently at -4 under par.

 

Meijer LPGA Classic. Brooke Henderson Wins

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Brooke Henderson, from Canadawins the Meijer LPGA Classic, her first win of 2017.

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Brooke carded a -3 under par 66, on the shortened course, to post a Meijer LPGA Classic total of -17 under par, a two shot winning margin.

Brooke was excited to win, saying her good putting under pressure was the key to victory;

“Just super excited right now.”

 “I played really steady golf today, and that putt on No.16 was really huge.”

“Especially looking back now, it’s even bigger than what I thought it was.”

“It’s really cool to be able to make those putts under pressure.”

“The leaderboard is packed. There are so many great names up there, so to finish on top is really exciting.”

“It was really tough today. To shoot 3-under and I don’t think I had any bogeys today either, which was great.”

“The wind really picked up. I was kind of surprised when I looked at the leaderboard and I had a two-shot lead on the 18th green.”

 “Super happy and I’m just glad it’s done and I finally have my fourth win.”

Sharing second place at -15 under par were Lexi Thompson, even par 69 today, and Michelle Wie, – 4 under 65, both ladies from the USA.

Michelle explained just how tough the conditions were, including the wind;

“It was tough out there, the wind just started blowing and it was just interesting.”

“Some spots are really wet, some spots are dry, but overall I felt like I played good this week and I’m happy about it.”

Lexi, coming in second again this week, spoke about the depth of talent on the LPGA Tour;

“It’s such a global tour, so it doesn’t really matter where you’re from, it’s what you bring to the table.”

 “You never know who’s going to win when you tee it up, so you just have to hope it’s you.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Leaps Ahead.

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Lexi Thompson, USA, leads ahead of the field on moving day at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Lexi is on top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard after 54 holes, shooting a third round -5 under 64, for a -15 under total, and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. The par for the course had to be changed because of severe flooding, the par five 5th hole was played as a par three today, the large amount of rainfall leading to a two-hour delay.

Lexi stayed patient in the wet conditions, and converted a few birdie putts;

“It was just a matter of staying patient, I knew I was hitting it well on the front nine, I just wasn’t making the birdies.”

“But I hit it well all day, so it was all a matter of hitting the shots closer and I guess just taking advantage of like No. 11, reaching that one in two, and making a few putts for birdie.”

Four ladies are tied in second place at -14 under par; Brooke Henderson, Canada, -2 under par 67 today, Lee Ann Pace, South Africa, with the low round of the day of -8 under 61. They were joined on that -14 under score by two ladies from South KoreaSung Hyun Park, -7 under 62 and Jenny Shin, -6 under 63.

Overnight leader Brooke had a tough round today, but hopes to sink more putts tomorrow;

“It was kind of a tough day out there. I think with the two-hour delay, I was kind of slow starting, but once I got going on the back nine, I felt really pretty great about my game.”

“I would have liked to go a little bit further under par today, but just the course wasn’t giving it to me.”

“So hopefully tomorrow I can drop a few more putts and climb the leaderboard a little bit.”

Lee Ann is playing well with a new set of irons;

“The last few weeks I’ve struck my irons really, really well. I just changed the irons and it’s made all the difference.”

“I played really nicely today. My irons were really good. I was looking at birdie on almost every hole, which was nice.”

Lydia Ko is in the group at -11 under par, a solid round of -5 under 64 keeping her in touch of the leaders;

“It was really solid. On a day like today when you don’t know if you’re going to have further rain delays or how the course is playing.”

“I think it was really important to hit the fairways and I think that I was doing pretty well out there.”

“Hopefully I’ll keep doing that.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Brooke Extends Lead.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, extends her lead in the Meijer LGA Classic to two shots going into the week-end.

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Brooke carded a second round -4 under par 67 to lead the Meijer LPGA Classic by two shots going into the week-end with a -12 under par total at Blythefield Country Club.

“Two bogeys to finish, but that just gives me a little more motivation going into tomorrow.”

“It’s great to see my name up there , it’s been a little bit of a rough season so far, not getting the results that I’ve been looking for.”

“But this week seems to be a turnaround week and hopefully I can just finish strong the next two days.”

Sharing second place are Carlota Ciganda, Spain, with the low round of the day -7 under par 64,  Lexi Thompson, USA, -3 under 68  and Mi Jung Hur, South Korea, with her -5 under par 66 today.

Carlota was happy with her putter today;

“I played really solid, I made really good putts.”

“I like the course. I feel comfortable. I played here last year and I’m excited for the weekend.”

Mi Jung was bogey free today;

“I had four bogeys yesterday and I really frustrated myself.”

“Today was bogey-free, so I love it.”

“My Greens in Regulation were a lot better than the last couple of years, which means I have a lot of chances to make a birdie, not par.”

“It’s made me play better the last couple of years.”

Lexi was upset with a three putt;

“I was upset, don’t get me wrong, but I just tried to let it go and birdie the last.”

“Tried to get a good drive, I just pushed it a little bit, but had a great second shot and made the putt.”

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, sister of world number one Ariya, is alone in fifth place at -9 under par, a second round -5 under 66;

“I’ve been playing solid.”

“I rolled the ball good on the green. Everything seems to be good.”