Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Wins The title.

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Lexi Thompson wins the Meijer LPG Classic at Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Lexi fired in a final round -6 under par 65 to capture the Meijer LPGA Classic title, with a tournament total of -18 under par, giving her a one shot victory.

This was Lexi’s fifth LPGA Tour win, and she was so excited, and praised the good weather for helping her;

“It feels amazing.”

“It still hasn’t really hit me yet because everything happened so fast. But it was a great day out there and we had perfect weather for it, so couldn’t ask for anything more.”

“Really the whole day I was just trying to play my own game.”

“I was just trying to focus on my own game, focus on my pre shot routine and having fun in between shots and I think that’s what helped me shoot 6 under today.”

“I had been working on the mental side of the game with John Denny down in South Florida and that has helped me out tremendously just to relax and have fun instead of just grinding 24/7 on the golf course.”

“It’s helped me out a lot. I knew it was coming, I was just trying to be patient.”

“It’s definitely momentum going into the next week being a major and going over to the British Open.”

Gerina Piller made her way up the leaderboard Sunday shooting a final-round -7 under par 64 to finish Tied second, with the leader at the start of the day Lizette Salas, both at -17 under par for the competition.

Gerina said she got off to a quick start and putted well;

“You know, I think I just got off to a really good start.”

“On the first tee, for me, that tee shot’s a really difficult one because it narrows up as far as you hit it.”

“So hitting it in that fairway and getting it up there in two and making birdie to start off the round, I think that was huge.”

“Just kind of carried that momentum and just hit really good shots and putted well.”

“You know, just coming out here and just giving myself a chance to win, I’ve never won before, so that’s a success in my own book.”

“I just keep doing what I’m doing. Like I said, the rest will take care of itself.”

Lizette saw her four shot lead crumbling away early as Lexi birdied three of the first five holes, while she could only respond with par’s, she had a last round -1 under par 70;

“It just didn’t come off to the start that I wanted.”

“And obviously I can’t control what Lexi does and she played an amazing day of golf, so really proud of her.”

“Hopefully this week will impress Captain Juli Inkster with the way I performed.”

“Solheim is on my mind and it’s a primary goal, but in order to get there you have to hit good golf shots and you’ve got to make putts, so I’ll make sure to be doing that in the following weeks.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lizette, Lexi and Alison Have Have-Way Lead.

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Lizette Salas, Lexi Thompson and Alison Lee all share the half-way lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic at  Blythefield Country Club.

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Lizette carded a second round -2 under par 69, Lexi fired -7 under par 64 and Alison -5 under par 66, to share the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, at the half-way stage in the competition.

Lizette spoke of the windier afternoon conditions;

“You know, the wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you had to be really precise on your targets.”

“And it caught the rough a little bit today, had to have a good short game.”

“It’s the difference between a morning wave and afternoon wave and you just have to deal with it.”

Lexi also mentioned the difference in the morning and afternoon conditions, from the other perspective;

“Playing in the morning without the wind and the greens are a little bit softer in the morning, so it’s easier to just control the way your irons are going to bounce out onto the greens.”

“So it’s a lot easier to control than yesterday in the afternoon.”

“I’ll take the same approach just go in the weekend with a positive attitude and do my routine going into every shot focus on my breathing and just have fun out there.”

” Obviously I always want to make birdies out there but you have to take one shot at a time.”

Alison, the rookie in the top group, loved playing alongside the top players;

”We kind of pushed each other through the day, I was fired up today going into the round and wanted to shoot a low number.”

“It’s great to be in contention. I mean, this is my rookie year and I’m still learning.”

”The wind definitely kicked in this afternoon and you have to be really precise to your targets.”

”We have 36 more to go and I’m going to try to be patient and stay calm and just be committed to every shot.”

There are five ladies all tied in fourth position at -8 under par, while world #1 Inbee Park probably has next week’s  Women’s British Open on her mind. She is currently at -4 under par for the tournament;

”The most important thing is just work on my game so it’s ready to go next week.”

”You know, make sure that your ball striking, your swing feels good, make sure you’re feeling good on the greens.”

“This is the last chance to try it on. I’m trying to get my game to the level I want. It’s not quite there, but trying to get there.”

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.

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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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