Sanya Ladies Open. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Sanya Ladies Open leaderboard, Caroline Hedwall and Leticia Ras-Anderica at Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

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Caroline & Leticia

Caroline from Sweden & Leticia, Germany, both shot -5 under par 67 to share top billing on the Sanya Ladies Open leaderboard.

Leticia was bogey free while Caroline threw in three bogey’s, two on the last two holes, on her eventful opening round,

Caroline was upbeat about her round, except the last two holes;

 “I just got on a run there. I played really well on the front nine but left a couple out there and then I just stayed patient.”

“It was a poor finish on the last two holes but I’m happy about my game today and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Leticia was bogey free, and rolled in some nice putts;

“I tried to stay steady and didn’t really make any mistakes. It was a bogey-free round.”

“I just tried to hit greens and roll some putts in.”

“I think it’s really pretty and it suits me really well with wide fairways, lots of bunkers and big greens. I don’t have to chip that much!”

“It all went smoothly today. I tried to stay steady and didn’t really make any mistakes. It was a bogey-free round. I just tried to hit greens and roll some putts in.”

“The wind picked up and I usually play better in the wind because I focus more.”

Tied in third place at -4 under par are Oona Vartianen, FinlandGwladys Nocera, France and Yan Liu from China.

Gwladys mentioned the heat, having previously put her head in an ice bucket;

“I’ve played in worse heat in Malaysia a couple of years ago and I remember putting my head in the ice bucket.”

“It’s really hot, but it’s alright. You just drink a lot of water and stay in the shade when you can.”

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Amy Yang Leads.

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Amy Yang, from South Korea, leads the Sime Derby LPGA at TPC Kuala Lumpur, East Course.

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Amy had a first round -8 under par 63 to lead the Sime Derby LPGA, and said she likes playing in Southeast Asia;

“I don’t know why, but I do enjoy Southeast Asia. I’d rather play in this weather than cold weather.”

“A lot of golf to play the next three days, so just going to keep being simple.”

Marina Alex is second, a first round -6 under par 65 keeping her in touch with the leader, with a great putting display;

“I putted great.”

“Obviously anyone who shoots a low number is going to say they putted well.”

“I just worked a little bit on it yesterday and I just for whatever reason, the stuff that I was working on really felt good on the course and I holed a bunch of putts.”

“Some are 20 to 30-footers, so it was really nice to see some long putts go in the hole.”

Six ladies are tied in third place at -5 under par, Michelle Wie, Mo Martin, Azahara Munoz, Jenny Shin, Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen.

World number one Lydia Ko, after suddenly dumping longtime caddie, Jason Hamilton,  managed only an even par 71, to be T 30.

Lydia stated;

“I think sometimes change is a good thing.”



WGC HSBC Champions.Rikard Karlberg Leads.

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Rikard Karlberg leads the WGC HSBC Champions after the first round  at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China.

Karlberg takes lead in China

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Rikard, competing in his first WGC HSBC Champions event shot an opening round -8 under 64, to top the leaderboard;

“It was great, I know the kind of weather this has been, it’s going to be wet and you just need to be aggressive, bomb to the tee and bomb to the pin, and that’s what I did today.”

“I had great distance control. I hit great shots all day except the last hole and it was a great day.”

“It felt amazing on every part of the game. Everything was so easy.”

“It was just one of those days, it was a walk in the park. I committed to a lot of shots, hit them perfect, just as I wanted and I stayed aggressive on my putting all the way around, which I feel was good.”

Sitting in second place, just one shot behind is Rickie Fowler, with a bogey free -7 under 65.

Defending Champion Russell Knox, Daniel Berger and Hideki Matsuyama all share third place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 66.

World number three Rory McIlroy had a -1  under par 71, not such a good start.

Portugal Masters. Padraig Harrington Wins.

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Padraig Harrington wins the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe.

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Padraig fired a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Portugal Masters by one shot, with a -23 under par total;

“It’s a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I’ve been coming here for ten years so I’ve always liked it down here. I’ve always liked coming down to Portugal.”

“There’s so many Irish people here. It always felt like a home away from home, so it’s really nice to win the tournament.”

“I haven’t won yet this year, so I know the year is nearly done, it’s always important to get a win every year, a winning year.”

“I tried to be really aggressive. The golf course suited me and I just tried to go after every pin I could and make birdies.”

“I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week. No matter where I hit it, I felt like I could get it up and down.”

Defending champion Andy Sullivan was in second place, he too shot -6 under 65 in the last round, but he was just one shot back at -22 under for the tournament.

Mikko Korhonen, -3 under 68 today, and Anders Hansen -3 under 68 both shared third place with -21 under par total.

Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Makes It Hers.

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Minjee Lee makes it hers as she wins the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

Blue Bay LPGA

Minjee Lee

Minjee, from Australia, had a final round -2 under par 70 to win the Blue Bay LPGA with a -13 under par total. It got tense at the 17th as Ariya Jutanugarn made birdie, while Minjee three putted for bogey, to level the scores at -12 under going to the par five last hole.

Ariya, from Thailand, dumped her tee shot into the water on her way to making bogey six, while Minjee dropped in her birdie putt.

Jessica Korda, USA, needed to make Eagle on the last to force a play-off, and reached the green in two, but her putt turned away at the cup. She finished in second place at -12 under par, with a -1 under 71 last round.

Jessica is looking forward to next week;

“I have three events left. I’m going to go back and rest right now. Next week is another hot week and then I have Japan and CME.”

“So I would say that, you know, looking back at this week, I think considering we had zero preparation for the tournament and came in on Wednesday,”

“I think I would have taken a second place if you would have told me that that’s what I would have gotten.”

Ariya claimed third place on her own at -11 under par, her last round -2 under 70 not quite enough on the day, although she did provide some pressure at the end.

CIMB Classic. Jumping Jehosaphat It’s Justin Again.

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Jumping Jehosaphat it’s Justin Thomas again as he defends his title at the CIMB Classic in style at TPC Kuala Lumpur on the West Course, in Malaysia.

CIMB Classic

Justin Thomas

Justin, from the USA, carded -8 under par 64 in the final round of the CIMB Classic, to easily retain his title with a -23 under total, and a three shot victory.

He said it was a fun day, especially the birdie putts on 16,17 and 18;

“It was obviously a fun day. It couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my finish yesterday.”

“That was huge for me and put me in a good position to have a chance to win today. I definitely owe a lot of it to that.”

“But yeah, it was a very easy day, I guess you could say. Those up-and-downs on 12 and 13 were huge. I really just laid the sod over a wedge on 12 and hit a good drive on 13, but those two up-and-downs were good to get me a little bit of a lead.”

“Those putts on 16, 17, were nice to give me a little cushion going into 18.

” It’s great to win again here. It’s obviously a place I’m very comfortable with and I think a lot of that is because of just everything that goes on here.”

In second place was Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, with a -20 under par total, after his last round -6 under 66;

“I played well. I hoped to make a charge earlier but it didn’t happen, but I got it around.”

Tied in third place were Derek Fathauer, USA, -5 under 67 today, and the man who should have won, starting the round with a four shot lead, Anirban Lahiri, from India.

It all went wrong for Anirban on the par five 3rd hole, carding an eight, while Justin made birdie four. He never really recovered, finishing the day with an even par 72.

Anirban reflected on his terrible day;

Disappointment obviously. It was obviously a harder start. I got unlucky with the tee shot and just compounded my errors.”

“My short game again, coming up a little bit to bite me.”

But obviously I tried my best. I fought back as best I could, but I just couldn’t get the putts to fall on the back nine.”

“I had numerous lipouts and then just really disappointed that I didn’t birdie 17 or 18 or even 16, for that matter. Just didn’t get the numbers right with my wedges. I didn’t hit them close. It’s very disappointing.”

“I would have obviously liked to have gotten over the line, but it’s a tough pill to swallow.”

Portugal Masters. Two tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Portugal Masters leaderboard after 54 holes at  at Victoria Clube de Golfe. Anders Hansen and Mikko Korhonen have a one shot lead over the field.

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Anders shot -9 under 62 in the third round of the Portugal Masters, which took him to the top f the leaderboard at -18 under for the tournament. Mikko had a third round -7 under 64 to give him the same total, and a share of the lead.

Anders had retired from golf, but is happy to be a part timer;

“I didn’t really have a strategy, just go out and play and just try to enjoy it and hit good shots and it turned out alright.”

“When I decided to retire it was a full retirement and then the top 40 came in and I didn’t really know so I had to play five this year and that’s why I’ve been doing this.”

“I’m very, very happy with my life. I’m very happy where I am and there is no re-think about starting playing golf again, I’m very happy the way it is.”

“It probably helps a little bit because it doesn’t really matter to me either way, it is what it is.”

“I’m not going to come back and play full-time, that decision has been made so I’m just enjoying being here.”

“It’s nice to know that I can still do it, even though I’m not playing too much golf anymore. It’s a strange feeling to go out and shoot nine under in my position, it really is.”

Mikko is not thinking about what could happen, he is happy about some good putting;

“I just go one day at a time, one shot if I can, and try not to think about it.”

“Of course it’s in the mind but I do not think about it too much.”

“It was great. I played solid, putted well. Nothing special but a really good round.”

“So far, so good but tomorrow to go, so we’ll see.”

Chasing the leaders down in third place is Major winner Padraig Harrington, who carded -4 under par 67 today, for a -17 under total.

Chris Paisley, -6 under 65 today, Major winner Paul Lawrie,-6 under 65, and Andy Sullivan -2 under par 69, share fourth place at -16 under.