The Evian Championship. Anna Nordqvist Wins in a Playoff.

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Anna Nordqvist, from Sweden, wins The Evian Championship in a play-off against Brittany Altomare of USA, in France.

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Amazingly Anna won The Evian Championship with a bogey at the first play-off hole after she and Brittany finished the three round tournament with -9 under par totals.

Anna, -5 under 66 today, said it had been a very tough tournament because of the weather;

“I did grow up in Sweden, but I’ve been in the US for 10 years now, so I really struggle with the cold, and I couldn’t feel my hands on the last few shots in the playoff.”

“These last couple of weeks it’s been hard, it’s been frustrating and disappointing.”

“I was very excited to tee it up in The Solheim Cup and I was absolutely exhausted after. I came back last week, hit it flawless and missed the cut, so it has just been very testing, but I couldn’t be more proud.”

“I just felt like I wanted to go out there today and focus on what I could do. Winning didn’t really cross my mind until I was having a great couple birdies and eagles there down the stretch.”

Brittany, also -5 under 66 today, drained a long putt on 18 to get into the play-off;

“I really didn’t know that that putt was to keep tied for first. I thought it was just for second.”

“But I was still super nervous over the putt. But it was a cool experience.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, -2 under 69, Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand +1 over 72, and Katherine Kirk, Australia, -1 under 70, all tied in third place at -8 under par.

Lydia missed a short putt for par at the 18th hole to finish one-stroke outside the playoff, after chipping in for Eagle at the 15th;

“It was probably the shot of the year for me, the chip-in on fifteen.”

“It was really cool to play here, and I feel like the support was immense.”

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The Evian Championship. Moriya Jutanugarn Leads.

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Moriya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, leads The Evian Championship, at the Evian Resort Golf Club, FRANCE.

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Moriya Jutanugarn / getty

Moriya shot -3 under par 68 in the second round of The Evian Championship, which took her to the top of the leaderboard at -9 under par for the tournament.

Moriya is looking for her first career win, her sister Ariya has five wins so far, including a Major title, the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and if Moriya wins The Evian Championship it would be the first  time if history that two sisters have held Major titles on the LPGA Tour;

“She won a major last year.”

“I’m really happy for her. I try to keep working on my game, keep improve whatever I can.”

“It’s just like my big goal, as I always say, I want to win my first tournament.” 

“I just want to do my best and just play my game and don’t worry about anything, just do anything under my control, and it should turn out good.” 

By a strange quirk Kiradeck Aphibarnrat, also from Thailand is leading the KLM Open in Holland this week-end on the men’s European Tour.

 Ayako Uehara, Japan, fired a second round -5 under par 66, which took her into second place with a -8 under par total.

Katherine Kirk from Australia holds third place on her own at -7 under par, signing for -2 under 69 today.

A trio of Major champions will be chasing the leaders down on Sunday, from just three strokes back,  Lydia Ko, New Zealand, In-Kyung Kim and Sung Hyun Park, both ladies from South Korea.

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The Evian Championship. Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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The Evian Championship finally got under way, and Sung Hyun Park, from South Korea, took full advantage and leads the tournament after the first round of this now three round tournament.

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Sung Hyun Park / getty

Sung Hyun carded a first round -8 under par 63 to lead The Evian Championship, and will take a nice two shot lead into the second round tomorrow. In the abandoned first round yesterday Sung Hyun was on six over par after eight holes, having taken a triple and a quintuple bogey.

When asked about the poor start yesterday Sung Hyun commented;

“To be honest, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised, but what I did was I just wanted to focus on my game today and go on.”

Holding second place on her own at -6 under par is Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, with her opening round of 65;

“These major events, the keys are fairways and greens this week.”

“Just trying to give myself a chance for birdie.”

“It looks like it’s plenty of good chances out there today. I rolled the ball very good, and just trying to keep going and like see a good shot and just relax on the golf course.”

Katherine Kirk, Australia, and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden, are tied in third place at -5 under par, with rounds of 66.

Anna is coming back from injury;

“I haven’t played much the last couple months, so definitely feel like I need some more tournament play, but obviously excited to put up a good number today.”

“But it’s been two and a half months now, and I still;  I’m getting a lot better, so that’s all I’m trying to focus on now, and hopefully in a few more weeks I’ll be fully recovered.” 

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The Evian Championship Cancelled For Thursday.

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The Evian Championship, the fifth ladies Major title, will now begin on Friday at the Evian Resort Golf Club, and the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes.

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So Yeon Ryu before the storm / getty

Round one  play was suspended around 10 am local time on Thursday in France, as very strong winds, blowing at 45 miles-per-hour, coupled with heavy rain,  which caused golf balls to be moved on the greens.

Leading at the time were Jessica Korda, USA and World number one So Yeon Ryu from South Korea, both ladies were tied at the top on – 2 under par when play was halted.

Lets hope that the weather behaves itself tomorrow, but the forecast for the week-end is not good.

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Indy Women In Tech Championship. Lexi Wins

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Lexi Thompson, USA, wins the inaugural  Indy Women In Tech Championship, cruising to a four shot victory at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.


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Lexi carded a third and final round -4 under 68 to win the Indy Women In Tech Championship title, with a -19 under par total. Like all winners at Indy, she took a swig of milk and gave the traditional kiss to the bricks that line the track’s finish line and enjoyed getting behind the wheel for a victory lap around the famed 2.5-mile oval, reaching a top speed of 122 mph.

“I’m very happy that it was me.”

 “It was such a great week overall and it was a huge honor to be here in Indiana to be able to kiss those bricks. Definitely a memory that I’ll never forget.”

Lydia Ko. New Zealand, was second at -15 under par, a mediocre final round of even par 72, blaming a poor putting performance;

“I just wasn’t putting as well as I did the last few days and that makes a huge difference.”

“When you’re in the final round, final group, you kind of want those putts to drop and unfortunately that wasn’t happening for me.”

“Lexi played great, especially down the stretch.”

“She had some 3-, 4-footers for par and bogey and she was able to knock them all in, so it just shows the confidence that she was playing with.”

“But yeah, I had a great time being in this position.”

Third place went to Minjee Lee from Australia, she carded a final round -5 under 67 to get herself into third on her own at -14 under par for the tournament.

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Indy Women in Tech Championship. Lydia and Lexi Tied at the Top.

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 Lydia Ko, New Zealand, and Lexi Thompson, USA, are tied at the top of the Indy Women in Tech Championship being played at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

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Lexi & Lydia / getty

Lydia shot a second round -8 under par 64 to share the  Indy Women in Tech Championship lead with Lexi, who carded -6 under 66, both ladies with -15 under par totals, and the third and final round to come tomorrow.

Confident Lydia has started to make some progress with the putter;

“I’ve just enjoyed kind of being in this position and being able to hit some good shots and give myself good looks at birdie.”

“When you start doing that, it just builds your confidence.”

 “This week, the last couple days I’ve been able to hit it pretty good and make some good putts and that’s what I’ve kind of been lacking the last few months.”

Lexi is not worried about anyone else, just stayed focus on her golf;

“I’m never going to complain with a 6-under-par round, but I didn’t really focus on anybody else like Lydia.”

“I know she played great today, but I was just trying to go out with the same mindset I did yesterday and make sure I did my routine and commit to my golf shots.”

Candie Kung, from Taipei, also carded a second round -8 under par 64, which has propelled her into second place, just one shot back at -14 under par;

“I’ve been playing pretty good golf this year but I just haven’t been able to put them all together.”

 “Being able to put them together last week, four rounds, and then the last two rounds, it feels pretty good.”

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Indy Women in Tech Championship. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

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For the first time I can remember Lexi was wearing long pants, but still recorded a first round -9 under par 63, requiring only 26 putts, to lead the  Indy Women in Tech Championship;

“It was just overall a very solid round.”

“It was quite the early morning so it was a bit cold on the range and struggled a bit on the range, but I just hit a few good drivers at the end and I just committed to one thing going into the round and I think that’s what made my day a lot easier on me.”

“I just stuck to my routine and committed to my golf shots.”

“That round definitely gave me the confidence that I can make those birdies if I just let it go and fire at pins and just commit to my shots and don’t doubt it.”

Sharing second place at -8 under are Sandra Gall, from Germany and Kris Tamulis, they both went round in 64 strokes.

Kris also had a good day with the putter, going round bogey free;

“I putted good and been hitting it a lot better, which thank goodness because I’ve been really hitting it all over the park.”

Sandra, bogey free today added to the conversation about putting;

“I struck it pretty well out there and then I made a few good putts.”

“I’ve been feeling like my game’s been pretty good the last couple months but I just haven’t been scoring, so everything just came together.”

Tied in fourth place at -7 under par are a resurgent Lydia Ko, New Zealand, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, both ladies were bogey free today.

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