Reignwood LPGA Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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Two ladies are tied at the top of the Reignwood LPGA Classic leaderboard after 36 holes at Pine Valley Golf Club in China. M.J. Hur, from South Korea  and Brooke Henderson from Canada share the top spot.

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M.J. carded an amazing record breaking -10 under par 63, which included one bogey, to post -14 under par for the Reignwood LPGA Classic. Brooke also had one bogey scoring another round  of -7 under par 66 for her -14 under total.

MJ said he got lucky with her Eagle on 16;

“I mean, everything was working really good for the day.”

“Yeah, I made one eagle 16 which was chipped it in near the green.”

“Last hole I had a 230 yards to the flag and I just hit a 3-wood.”

“Actually,  I aim a little more left of it, but just turn on the line and got a luck and made eagle.”

Brooke said it was a good day, apart from the one bogey;

“Yeah, today was awesome. I got off to an awesome start starting with a birdie on the 1st hole, par’d the 2nd, and then had quite a few birdies in a row.”

“I felt like today could be a good day, which is always a good feeling to have,”

 “One bogey, which kind of set me back a little bit, but then some more birdies on the back nine to get to 7-under, and 14-under par, which is really nice, especially only two days into the championship and I know I have two more days left.”

Home favorite from China Shanshan Feng is in third place, just one shot back at -13 under par following her -8 under par 65, she also had one bogey today, and a lot of putts too;

” I made quite a few short putts for birdies and also a couple longer putts for birdies, too.”

 

Reignwood LPGA Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn 1st Round Leader.

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Ariya Jutanugarn is the 1st round leader at the Reignwood LPGA Classic in China.

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Ariya, from Thailand carded -8 under par 65 to lead the Reignwood LPGA Classic by just one shot on this peculiar par 73 lay-out.

Ariya stayed focus on her objective for the week;

“Today I really like want to have fun and enjoy in the course, and just like make sure I do like focus on like what’s under my control.”

 “Not worry about the outcome, the result.”

“Feel good, because like this year the only goal I want to do is I want to win my first tournament, so I did.”

 “So after I won my first tournament on tour I really want to win a major, and I did.”

Sitting in second place is Brooke Henderson, from Canada, on her first ever visit to China, an opening round -7 under par 66 was very comfortable;

“It was an awesome day today, and to get the birdies to finish up on 17 and 18 were really nice.”

 “Definitely a good start, so hopefully the next three days will go well.”

Seven ladies share third place at -5 under par, Jennifer Song, Yanhong Pan, Mi Jung Hur, Ziqi Ye, Lizette Salas, Taoli Yang and Shanshan Feng.

 

 

Arnold Palmer.

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Arnold Palmer 1929 – 2016.

Arnie said

“Success in this game depends less on strength of body, than strength of mind and character.”

 

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Tour Championship. Rory Wins In A Play-Off.

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Rory McIlroy wins the Tour Championship trophy and with it the FedExCup at East Lake Golf Club.

Rory McIlroy came from three shots back to win the TOUR Championship and the FedExCup at East Lake. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Rory carded a final round -6 under par 64 to get into a Tour Championship play-off against Ryan Moore, -6 under 64 today and Kevin Chappell who scored -4 under 66 in the last round. They all finished with -12 under par totals, and the play-off commenced.

1st play-off hole was the par five 18th, which Rory and Ryan both birdied, and Kevin dropped out with a par. They both carded par 5 the second time around. The duel then moved to the par three 16th, which they both scored par. The fourth play-off hole was the par four 16th, which Rory birdied to win the tournament, and the FedExCup.

Rory’s road to the play-off began when he made Eagle two at the par four 16th, pitching in from 137 yards;

“I knew I was right back in the golf tournament.”

“Just to see that ball drop, and everything that’s come together for me this year,  to pull it off was really special.”

“I’ve made it no secret that it’s one of the last things I feel like I had left on my golf CV, and I made it a big goal of mine to win it.”

 “To be here and to win the FedExCup, to play the way I have in the last few weeks to get it done, is very special.”

Ryan made sure Rory had to work hard for his victory;

“I just wanted to make him earn it for that much money at least.”

 “I wanted him to make the putt. It was nice to get up and make it, but you give a great player like him that many opportunities, and he’s going to make one eventually.”

Kevin was the in form player coming into this tournament, and was left wondering what he has to do to win. This tournament  was the fourth time this season he had been runner-up. Losing twice to Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world, and once to Rory McIlroy. In those final rounds, Kevin’s scores had been 67, 69, 69 and 66.

“I’m proud of the way I fought, it just wasn’t enough.”

 

 

 

 

Ladies Spanish Open. Home Win For Azahara.

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Azahara Munoz made history becoming the first Spanish ladies player to win their home tournament, the Ladies Spanish Open, at Aloha Golf Club in Marbella, which in fact is about a ten minute drive form her hometown.

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Azahara sunk a birdie putt on the last hole of the Ladies Spanish Open to win the title by one shot at -10 under par, after her last round -2 under par 70;

The tears that flowed emphasized how important this win was for her;

“It means everything. I love playing at home and finally we got this tournament back and hopefully for many more years.”

“To be able to play here and just sleep at home, it’s amazing.”

“It’s been a hard week and at the beginning of the week I was so stressed out and so anxious and finally, when I got to the first tee on Thursday, I felt so much better.”

“It is amazing to win in front of everybody and so many people came out, so I’m really grateful to them.”

“I had so many opportunities and I hit so many putts that didn’t go in, but I kept telling myself, if I keep patient, it might happen and if I lose it, then it definitely won’t happen.”

“I kept it together and finally I made such a good putt on the 17th and it’s funny because I had a similar putt that I made in Chantaco a few years ago and I thought about it and told myself, ‘You made this one before,’ and I did.”

Beth Allen claimed second place at -9 under par, a last round of even par 72 not good enough to seriously challenge for the win;

“Obviously I’m super disappointed, especially having had a three shot lead going into the back nine.”

“I just didn’t play very well on the back nine and she did, so it’s fine. It’s second but it’s not the outcome I wanted.”

Sophie Walker, -1 under 71 today, holed her second shot for eagle, on the 18th, from 138 yards using a ‘little’ 7-iron to jump up the leaderboard, into a share of third place with Georgia Hall,-4 under 68, both with -5 under totals.

Porsche European Open. Alex Levy Wins, In A Play-off.

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Alex Levy wins the fog bound Porsche European Open, in a play-off against Ross Fisher, in Germany.

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Alex birdied the second extra hole to win the Porsche European Open, after finishing the 54 hole tournament tied at the top of the leaderboard with Ross Fisher.

Alex had a -2 under par 69 last round, to post -19 under par 54 hole total while Ross put together a -7 under 64 to make up the four shot difference between them at the start of play. Alex was very happy with his final putt, and the long awaited win.

“It’s unbelievable, on the 18th putt I saw the line and I said to my caddy, ‘I’ve got it’. I felt good, I felt the speed and I putted it very quickly.”

“It’s too good to have this feeling after two years of no wins, it’s very nice.”

“It’s tough to say that it’s the best one.”

“I have a very nice feeling and I worked a lot the last few weeks to have this one.”

“I was close last week but didn’t play good on Sunday and this week I managed my things to have this trophy in my hands.”

“I didn’t play really good on the front nine. I was thinking about the score and not on my own game. I stayed patient and I started to play really good on the back nine.”

Ross was generous in defeat congratulating Alex on his win;

“Hats off to Alex, it’s always going to be tough against a great player like him who closed out in Portugal very well.”

“He got off to a little shaky start so myself and Michael [Jonzon] just needed to put some pressure on Alex from the start.”

“I felt like I played pretty flawless on the front side, kept it going on the back. All you can do is hit good putts, I didn’t leave one short today which is a positive sign.”

Robert Karlsson, -6 under 65 today, and Michael Jonzon , -3 under 68, finished three shots out of the play-off at -16 under, tied in third place.

Tour Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of he Tour Championship leaderboard, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell will duel it out on Sunday as they will be paired together again for the final round of the TOUR Championship. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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Kevin and DJ are tied at the top of the Tour Championship leaderboard at -8 under par for the tournament, giving them a two shot lead over the field.

Kevin carded -2 under 68 today in his third round, and will give it everything he has to win tomorrow;

“I got nothing to lose, I’m going to go out there and give it all I’ve got, and Dustin is going to play great golf.”

“He’s been in this situation a lot this year, and it will come down to one or two shots.” 

Dustin could have been in a  much stronger position, but his putting is not as good as the rest of his game;

“I like my position, I feel like I’m playing really well.”

“I need to go out tomorrow and do the same thing I did today, and hopefully try to finish off a little better.”

Rory McIlroy,  and Ryan Moore, both returning scores of  -4 under 66 today, are close to the leaders at -6 under par, and share second place.

Rory needs a great result here to have a chance of winning the FedExCup;

“I just need to try and win this golf tournament, and whatever happens after that, happens.”

 “It would just be great to try to win the TOUR Championship, and if the chips fall my way, then so be it.”

Ryan is focused on this tournament, the Ryder Cup pick for the American team is out of his control;

“Completely out of my control.”

“I came here this week to win a golf tournament, and I’m 100 percent focused on that.”