LPGA ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. J.Y. Wins, Wire to Wire.

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J.Y. Jin Young Ko, South Korea, wins the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a wire to wire performance at  Kooyonga Golf Club in Australia.

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Jin Young Ko

J.Y. carded -3 under par 69 to win the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a wire to wire victory, and a -14 under par tournament total, giving her a three shot winning margin. She also  became just the second person to ever win on the LPGA Tour in her debut as a member, and the first since 1951. 

Hyejin Choi, South Korea, was second at -11 under par with a last round -5 under 67.

The best of the home players was Hannah Green from Australia finishing in third place at -10  under par, she had a final round of -3 under 69.

Low round of the day went to Katherine Kirk, Australia, -7 under par 65, for fourth place on her own at -9 under par, she had a  hot putter that  lifted her;

“I didn’t make anything the first three days, so I guess maybe I was due to make some today.” 

“The girls were playing well at the top, so I don’t expect to have a chance, but just happy I finished well today.”

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ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open 2018. J.Y. Flying High.

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J.Y. Jin Young Ko, from South Korea is flying high at the top of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open for the third straight day at Kooyonga Golf Club in Australia.

 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

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J.Y. carded a third round -1 under par 71 to stay on top of the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open leaderboard with a tournament total of -11 under par.

Hannah Green, Australia, is in second place, four shots back at -7 under par, she scored the low round of the day, -6 under 66, which kept herself and the locals happy;

“It was a good round today, I was very pleased with my ball striking today.”

“I missed a few greens and the other two I was putting off the edge, so the ball striking was there.”

“It wasn’t there yesterday, and I did some work in the afternoon, so I’m glad it was more tight.”

Hyejin Choi, -2 under 70 and Sung Young Yoo, even par 72 today, both share third spot at -6 under par, and both ladies are from South Korea.

Best placed Ladies European Tour player is Karine Icher, France, -2 under 70 today, she is tied in a group at -4 under, which includes the top USA lady Mo Martin, who carded an even par 72 in her third round.

Jenny Haglund, Sweden, drove away with a brand-new Hyundai Genesis G80 after a hole-in-one at the par three 14th hole;

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Jenny Haglund and her Hyundai Genesis G80 / getty

“I just aimed right at the pin and it was just how I wanted to hit it.”

“I started a little bit right and then drawing a bit left against the wind which held it up a little and then it landed and rolled.”

“Then the crowd was just cheering and standing up. It was a great experience. I couldn’t see it, but I knew when the crowd went crazy.”

There is not much doubt who will win this tournament, but it will be interesting how the rest of the leaderboard pans out tomorrow.

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LPGA ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Jin Young Ko Leads By Three.

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Jin Young Ko, of South Korea, leads the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open by three shots at the half-way stage at Kooyonga Golf Club in Australia.

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J.Y. from South Koreashot second round -3 under par 69 to maintain her position at the top of the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a -10 under par total for 36 holes.

The LPGA Tour rookie is utilizing her thinking and enjoyed a good day with the putter;

“One key is my thinking and one other key is my putting.”

Sitting in second place is another rookie Emma Talley, USA, also -3 under 69 today for a -7 under par tournament total.

Emma said she had missed a few putts today;

“Yesterday my short game was unbelievable and I kind of kept it going all day.”

“Today I hit the ball really well and my driver was back to normal today and my irons were really good.”

“I actually missed a few putts around today but that’s okay, I’m just going to stay patient and hopefully tomorrow they’ll sink.”

Sharing third place are two South Korean ladies, Sun Young Yoo, -2 under 70 today, and Jiyai Shin, -1 under 71, both ladies at -6 under par.

Sun Young went back to her old coach, and things have improved;

“I had some bad years the last couple of years, but everybody goes through ups and downs.”

“My game started coming back again, so I’m feeling pretty good and I’m back with my old coach again, so I’m very confident and excited.”

“I knew I had to go back and fix a couple of things, and making major changes, just a little bit on little things, so I’m feeling pretty good.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, went backwards today, +2 over par 74, to be T14 at -2 under.

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LPGA ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Jin Young Ko Leads.

 

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Jin Young Ko of South Korea leads the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, after the first round  at Kooyonga Golf Club in South Australia.

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J.Y. posted an opening round -7 under par 65 to lead the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open by two shots.

In second place on her own at -5 under, after her bogey free 67 for her first round,  is Jiyai Shin, also from South Korea.

Ten ladies are then tied in third place at -4 under par, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Mo Martin, Emma Tally, Nelly Korda and LPGA rookie Caroline Inglis, all from the USA, Luna Sobron Galmes, Spain, Suzuka Yamaguchi, an amateur player from Japan, Sun Young Yoo, South Korea, Caroline Hedwall, Sweden, and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England.

Lydia has a new caddie, and is excited about this season;

“I know that when I’m out on the golf course I’ve just got to be as positive as I can and just have a lot of fun.”

“I think this off season was the most excited I was actually to train and prepare for the season coming up, which is always a nice feeling where you’re excited to practice and get ready and also be excited to play my first event.”

Jodi started with three birdies, in a sold round of golf;

 “I’m very happy; it’s my first round of the season, so it’s good to get off to a solid start.”

“I birdied the first three holes, so that was nice and it was solid all day.”

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Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, Brittany Defends Her Title.

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The Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic was shortened to 54 holes, with Brittany Lincicome, USA, defending her title, at the very windy Ocean Club Golf Course in the Bahamas.

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Brittany Lincicome

Brittany closed out the wind-swept tournament with a final round -7 under par 66 to win the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic with a 54 hole total of -12 under par, thanking a great performance from her putter;

“I try not to look at the leaderboard so I was just hoping whatever was happening was in my group.”

“I was just trying to keep up with those girls, I played with two great girls today and I knew it was going to be tough and my putter really saved me all day.”

“I made a lot of great par saves and birdies coming in, and I’m just on cloud nine.” 

Wei-Ling Hsu, Taipei, finished in second place at -10 under, a last round  -5 under par 68 giving her that position on her own. A not so good day with the putter;

“My putt today was so great but still miss, like, three short putts coming in.”

Tied in third place at -9 under were Amy Yang, South Korea, -3 under 70 today, and Shanshan Feng, China, with a last round -2 under 71.

Great tournament, shame about the weather.

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Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. Brooke Leads at Windy Bahamas.

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Brooke Henderson, Canada, leads the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic at a very windy  Ocean Club Golf Course, where the second round still has to be completed.

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Brooke managed to finish her second round with an even par score of 73, to lead the  Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic with a -5 under total;

“It was windy today, and I feel like overall Britt and I did a really good job again, just calculating numbers and negotiating the wind as best we could.”

“There were a couple of bogeys I would like to take back, but having four birdies is really good.”

“Coming out today I wanted to make that par putt I had left on two and try to get my round turned around a little bit.”

 Shanshan Feng, China, is in second place at -4 under par, but still has nine holes left to play in her second round.

Five ladies are the tied in third place at -3 under par; Ryann O’Toole, -4 under 69 today and Danielle Kang, even par 73, have both completed two rounds. Wei-Ling Hsu, Taipei, Lexi Thompson, USA, and Luna Sobron Galmes, Spain, have still to finish their second rounds.

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