L.E.T. Turkish Airlines Open. Melissa Read Wins.

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Melissa Read wins the Turkish Airlines Open  at Carya Golf Club in Belek, Antalya, in a wire to wire victory.

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This tournament was the first competition on any Major Golf Tour to finish on a Wednesday and Melissa, from England, picked up the Turkish Airlines Open title with a wire to wire -11 under par total score, and a final round at even par 73.

It was an impressive win, a four shot victory over the field, made all the more improbable because Melissa started this tournament without even a practice round, but still picked up her second win on Tour;

“When you win you want to win properly and to lead every single day has been nice. I’ve not been in that position before, so to win in that way does make it extra special.”

“I’ve got a fantastic team around me which I can’t give enough credit to and I’ve been working with Kevin Craggs.”

“He’s been amazing and a massive influence not just on my career but on my life.”

“It’s been a difficult journey and it’s not one I want to go through again but it makes the win even sweeter and I’ve stepped it up a bit and it’s just the beginning really.”

Gwladys Nocera finished in second place, those four shots behind the winner, but was pleased with the result;

“If you would have told me I could finish second before the week I would have signed for it.”

“This shows me what I have and even when I’m not 100 per cent I can still play well, so I think that’s another thing I’ve learned and it was great.”

“I’ve hit the ball really well, not as long off the tee, but I managed to stay on the dance floor, so that was the main thing.”

Dame Laura Davies, Kylie Walker and Sally Watson tied for third place at -6 under par for the competition.

Sally was satisfied with her best finish of the year so far;

“I am pleased. I was three shots back at the start of the day and with the wind and tough conditions it was tough to put a low score together to catch Melissa.”

“I can’t complain with a third place finish, highest of the year so far.”

Dame Laura enjoyed this new idea, which was designed to attract wider television audiences by moving women’s professional golf into a new space within world sport;

“It’s been a great week to be honest with you, I’ve really enjoyed the concept.”

“I love the golf course. I just wish we played it here every year because it’s a great course for the girls and gives us a chance to play some really good golf and make lots of birdies.”

“Mel made more than most of us, but overall I’m really pleased. I had one bad day with the putter and it really cost me dearly, but I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it.”

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Minjee Lee Rookie Winner.

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Minjee Lee became the third rookie winner this year winning the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia with a final round -6 under par 65 and a -15 under par total.

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For 18 year-old Aussie Minjee this was her first LPGA Tour win, and she was definitely delighted;

“I didn’t think this moment would come this year, so I’m stoked to have won.”

“Just because I won in my rookie season, I feel like I could probably do it again. It just kind of gives me confidence that I can play out here and win out here.”

“On the 18th, I looked at the leaderboard and I saw Alison made birdie, so I kind of thought, I’ll just do everything I can in my control.”

 “I just knocked it on and two‑putted for par.”

So Yeon Ryu finished second, a -4 under par last round gave her a -13 under par total. She said she had played perfectly this morning, but did not finish strongly;

“Sometimes early morning my body is still not awake, but this morning my body condition was even better than yesterday.”

“So I pretty much made every shot and every putt. So, yeah, perfect this morning.”

“On 16 and 17, I felt like I hit two good putts, but they didn’t go in, and on 18, I just kind of gave up on myself and I shouldn’t have done that. I should have finished strong.”

Another rookie Alison Lee claimed third place, a -2 under par final round giving her a -12 under par tournament total. To play in the U.S. Open Alison will try to get into a qualifier on Tuesday in California.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Rain Delay Means Monday Finish.

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A rain delay has forced the Kingsmill Championship into a Monday Finish, with Minjee Lee leading, having completed 15 holes.

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Minjee is part way through her final Kingsmill Championship round, having completed 15 holes and currently -7 under par for the round. Her tournament total is -16 under par, and she knew she was at the top, but just wants to get out there tomorrow and finish off;

“I knew I was right there, I still have some work to do tomorrow, but just kind of gave myself opportunities, played smart golf. I didn’t do anything crazy.  Just my putts seemed to drop.”

“Hopefully if I can get the win tomorrow then I won’t have to go to the U.S. Open qualifying.”

Nearest challenger is Alison Lee at -12 under par after 14 holes, and -2 under on her final round, four shots adrift with four holes to play, and realistically not much chance of catching the leader.

Alison suffered a nose bleed out on the course today, after some attention she carried on and made birdie on the next hole;

“I’ve had a nosebleed every day since I’ve been here, just happen to have gotten it on the course today.  Thankfully it didn’t last too long.”

“I know I’m going to have to play aggressively being four strokes behind Minjee.”

“I know exactly what I have to do tomorrow if I want to take this. It’s all up to me.  It’s me against the golf course.”

” No matter what Minjee does, I just have to play my best.”

There are five ladies tied in third place at -10 under par and do have some chance of catching second place Alison, but the way they are playing in does not seem feasible.

Paula CreamerHoo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Perrine Delacour and Suzann Pettersen, Suzann is in the clubhouse with her score.

Lydia Ko and Inbee Park have both completed their last rounds and are T16 at -5 under par for the competition.

More to follow on Monday.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Perrine Delacour Leads.

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Perrine Delacour, from France, leads the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

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Perrine carded a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Kingsmill Championship after 54 holes with a -11 under par total. She is seeking her first LPGA Tour win, and has a strategy that could work;

“When I won the British Amateur, I didn’t have the game to win, so I just play every match and win every match, and at the end I win the tournament,”

“So I try to do the same tomorrow.”

Alison Lee slipped up late in the round with a bogey at the par four 16th, followed by a double bogey five at the par three 17th. She finished the day at -1 under par 70, for a -10 under par total, saying she mis-read some putts;

“I felt like I hit a couple decent strokes, I just misread it.”

“Especially coming down I think 15, 16, 17, I hit strokes that I thought were good, but it didn’t turn out as well.”

“I’m pretty sure that four‑putt on 17 will come back to haunt me later this week and tomorrow.”

” I learned a lot.  I’m just glad I finished under par today and just looking forward to tomorrow.”

Third place is shared by three ladies all tied at -9 under par for the tournament, Paula Creamer, So Yeon Ryu and Minjee Lee.

Paula was happy with her hot putter;

“You have to have a good short game and be able to bail yourself out at times.”

“My putter was hot and I gave myself some really good looks for par, even thought I had to save them. It was a crazy back nine, that’s for sure.”

“Playing in a final group or the last two groups, that’s always fun. It’s good to have my game where I want it to be.”

” I have a lot of confidence, even though I got to go work on some things, but this is fun.”

The battle of the big guns continues with world number two Inbee Park maintaining a one-shot advantage over current world number one Lydia Ko. They both carded -1 under par 70, with Inbee now at -4 under and Lydia -3 under for the tournament. They will have to play very well in the final round to make an impression here.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Alison Ascends The Summit.

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Rookie Alison Lee sits on top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard at the half way stage of the competition.

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Alison had a -4 under par 67 to sit on top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard with her -9 under par total, and a two shot lead over the field. She carded one bogey, late in the day, and said it was down to mental tiredness;

“Coming into today I felt really confident, especially after my round yesterday.”

“I’m feeling good, especially being on the top of the leaderboard going into the weekend definitely gives me an advantage for this week.”

“It’s great competition, it adds the fuel to the fire for me.”

” Since I see all these other rookies playing well I want to too and I want to make a name for myself. I think it’s really awesome that all the rookies this year are playing really well.”

“For me, it was kind of a little bit of fatigue, it was getting kind of late in the day and I was ready for the round to be over. But, yeah, it’s a mental thing.”

“So I told myself to stay in it because it wasn’t over yet and I still had a couple tricky holes coming down and a couple birdie chances also to extend the lead.”

Another rookie Minjee Lee is tied in second place at -7 under par, along with Perrine Delacour. Minjee also recorded a -4 under par 67, and Perrine -3 under 68.

Minjee spoke about her first time being in contention on the leaderboard;

“I played four of the five majors last year so I could get the feel for what the LPGA was like and to play with the professionals, what that experience was kind of like,”

“This is my rookie year and kind of the first time I’ve been in this situation, so it’s going to be a whole new experience.”

Perrine is excited about the prospect of having a chance to win her first professional title;

“I’m excited but a little bit stressed because I’m close to the leader.”

 “So I want to be good and maybe win the tournament.”

World number one Lydia Ko had a -2 under par 69 today, and also has that as her total for the tournament, while worlds number two Inbee Park shot -4 under 67 to post a total of -3 under par.

If these two stars want to win here they will have to go low tomorrow, just to keep pace with the rookies who lead at the moment.

 

L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Cruises To Win.

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Shanshan Feng cruises to a win at the Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club.

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A final round -2 under par 70 gave Shanshan the victory at the Buick Championship with a total of -17 under par for the tournament, a six stroke winning margin. A very dominant performance, and she is now predicted to move up to fourth place on the Women’s World Rankings.

Shanshan was pleased to win in China, and especially her own sponsors trophy;

“This is not my first time winning in China. I think this is my third time and second time on the LET. I’m really honored to win my sponsor’s tournament.”

She and her amateur partner Liang Zhang also won the team Pro-Am competition, which was running simultaneously over the last two rounds of the competition.

Hyeon Seo Kang finished in second place at -11 under par following her last round -3 under par 69. There was no way she was ever going to catch Shanshan in this competition.

Third place went to Nicole Broch Larsen with her tournament total of -8 under par, a -2 under par 70 last round made no dent in the massive lead of Shanshan.

Nicole enjoyed recording a career best finish in only her second year as a L.E.T. member.

“I came into this week with not my best game but I practiced a lot and it went well.”

“The first two days I didn’t make too many putts but Saturday was the perfect day. I shot seven under and holed a bunker shot and a wedge shot.”

“It was nice putting myself in this position and today started with four birdies in the first five holes, which was really nice.”

First round leader Stacy Keating, who started the week with a course record 63 tied for fourth place, along with Amy Boulden, Wichanee Meechai, Marianne Skarpnord and Margherita Rigon.

Amy thinks she was too bold with some of her putts, but will take away the positives from the week;

“The front nine I played solid golf. I was hitting it close and making some solid putts then on the back nine I just got a bit aggressive with my putts.”

“It was a good week for me. I feel like my game is in good shape and I don’t feel far away. I’m happy with my performance and I got better each round.”

“Although my score wasn’t as good today I got to five under and it could have been a really low round today so I’m just taking the positives away.”

L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Stretches Lead.

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Shanshan Feng stretches her lead in the Buick Championship to seven shots at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in China.

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Shanshan carded a third round -3 under par 69 to extend her lead in the Buick Championship to a massive seven strokes going into the final round tomorrow with a -15 under par total.

After the cut was made the leading 50 players and ties on Friday evening, the professionals were drawn with amateur partners for the additional team better ball competition being played simultaneously over the weekend,  a somewhat novel format on the Ladies European Tour which has excited both the professionals and amateurs.

Shanshan said she was initially apprehensive about playing alongside an amateur;

“I would say at the beginning I was a little bit nervous. It was my first time playing with amateurs in the same group in a professional tournament, so that was fun.”

“After a few holes I thought my amateur did really well, because he saved me maybe two shots on the first three holes.”

“He did very well and then I started to be more relaxed and make birdies. The bogey on the last hole was a little sad but I still did pretty well overall.”

Sharing second place are Hyeon Seo Kang and Marianne Skarpnord, they are both at -8 under par for the tournament.

Marianne said she had been putting very well, on the front nine;

“I’ve been putting well on the front nine, both yesterday and today but on the back nine it’s like it goes cold and I don’t make anything.”

“I had four or five putts within three and a half metres on the back nine and didn’t make any of them, so it was not completely useless but could have been a lot better.”

Charley Hull is in a large group back at -5 under par, with all thoughts of winning gone, she was happy to have some fun playing with the amateurs;

 “I played a lot better because I hit more fairways with my driver so it was easier for me to hole putts because there was less pressure on myself.”

“I enjoyed the format, because it was nice and not too intense playing with an amateur, so that was fun.”