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Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. 2nd Round.

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Paola Moreno shot a -4 under par 41 second round on Saturday to take the 24-hole lead at the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.

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 Paola, from Colombia, holds a one shot lead at -9 under par, and is looking for her first ever victory on the LPGA Tour, she is very excited at the prospect:

” It’s been exciting and I just focus on what I can control and the holes ahead of me. I’m very excited for tomorrow. The only thing that matters right now is the first tee tomorrow. Nerves are good, yeah, of course, I mean I prepare myself for these kind of situations, to play the last day and hopefully win tournaments.”

She leads Lindsey Wright, -8 under par, by one shot entering the final round tomorrow. Lindsey is another player seeking her  Rolex first time win.

Lindsey said she had played good golf:

” I just played faultless golf really, I didn’t make any mistakes. I made a ton of putts.”

Eun-Hee Ji and Julieta Granada are tied for third at 7-under-par. Cristie Kerr is aiming for back-to-back wins, the LPGA winner is at -5 under par, four shots off the lead going into the final round. Cristie also played well;

” I hit it really good, gave myself a lot of chances. It played a little more difficult today even I think because of the wind.”

For Sunday’s final round, the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic will again feature a 12-hole layout, but this time with one modification. The fourth hole will no longer be played in favor of the 18th hole, which will serve as the tournament’s finishing hole. The course will play to a par of 47. The routing will be: 10-6-7-5-11-12-13-14-2-3-8-18.

Lindsey Wright claims New Zealand Women’s Open.

Aussie  Lindsey Wright has returned from the golfing wilderness to win the New Zealand Women’s Open today. Lindsey was  once No 12 in the world before taking time out of the game with a loss of form. She nailed a 4m birdie putt on the final hole to claim victory at Pegasus Golf and Sports Club near Christchurch today. A final round four-under 68 to finish on 10-under par and a total of 206 was enough to beat Jessica Speechley and Alison Walshe by one shot for the title.

She and her caddy were amazed at her turn around in form;

“It’s unbelievable. It’s still sinking in. I putted really well all day and the last six holes I was really nervous.  I haven’t been in this position for a while and I thought to myself , I can win this. I looked at the leaderboard and saw Alison Walshe up there and Speechley at nine-under and thought, no I can make this putt. Just keep your head down, just hit a great putt. My caddy was more shocked that I was I think.”

 

Lindsey WrightDEAN KOZANIC/Fairfax NZ

 

Leading New Zealander was 17 year old Cecilia Cho, the World No. 3 ranked amateur, who shot a three-under 69 to finish on five-under, edging  her good friend and rival Lydia Ko by one shot,to bring the curtain down on her outstanding amateur career as she now  returns to Korea to turn professional.

“I have watched Lydia play and she was good this week. It is good being out of the spotlight but I am fine being in the spotlight as well. It’s good to get some momentum before I turn professional . It would have been nice to score lower but it’s been a good tournament. I am going to miss so much about New Zealand. I am going to miss travelling with teams but turning pro is a new challenge and I am excited about that.”

Lydia Ko  acknowledged the performance of her good friend Cecilia Cho;

“Her playing good improved my game and hopefully me playing good improved her game.  I played good today but my putts didn’t roll in today like the other two days. I am happy but kind of disappointed to. I won the NSW Open and Australian Amateur so not winning here is not going to make me depressed or too disappointed.”

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