LOTTE Championship. Brooke Bounces Back 4 Big Win.

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Brooke Henderson of Canada bounces back for a big four shot win at the LOTTE Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

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Brooke & Trophy

Brooke carded a final round -3 under par 69 to won the LOTTE Championship by four shots at -12 under par, making some good putts on the way in;

“The wind conditions were incredible and I think Brit and I did a great job.”

“My sixth win on Tour continues to be a dream come true.”

“Watching Pernilla  win a major was a lot of motivation. She showed a lot of grit and I thought ‘I could do that too’ so I owe a lot to her.”

“Fortunately I was able to overcome the shaky putting at times. I just tried to be calm and relaxed and made a couple really nice putts coming in.”

Azahara Munoz, Spain, was in second  place on her own at -8 under par, a good last round of -5 under 67 elevating her up the leaderboard;

“I’m hitting the ball the best I could remember.”

“I think I’m back to 2014 when I last contended, but I have gone through quite a few health issues.”

“I’m playing really well right now so I’m quite excited to see that.”

Tied in third place, all at -7 under were, Inbee Park, South Korea, a sad last round of even par 72 today, a decent round would have put her at #1 in the World.  Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -3 under 69, and still World #1 Shanshan Feng of China, with her final round -1 under 71.

Shanshan played well using her A game, but does not think about the number one ranking;

“Even though I didn’t win, I brought out my A-game and I’m happy with that.”

“I don’t really think about the No. 1 ranking. Even if I lose it, I know I can get it back with good play.”

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Lotte Championship. Brooke Backs Up.

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Brooke Henderson, Canada, backs up in the third round of the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii, allowing the chasers to catch up.

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Brooke Henderson / getty

Brooke cared +1 over par 73 to reduce her lead in the Lotte Championship to one shot at -9 under par, surrendering a five shot lead she had built up earlier in the round. Carding 4 birdies, three bogey’s, and a double bogey five at the par three 16th.

Brooke said she had played well, but is struggling with her putter;

“I hit it so well today that it kind of sucks to walk off the course one over when I know it could’ve been so much better.”

“But on the plus side I’m still leading, which is always great going into the final round.”

“Hopefully I can hit it just as well as I had today and hopefully make a few more putts.”

“I’ve been kind of struggling with my putting all year.”

“First few rounds, I had it going and I felt confident with it; then on the back nine I just kept missing I just felt like every single putt and kind of I got a little bit down.”

“That’s always a terrible way to be, especially when you’re still leading the tournament.”

Mo Martin, USA, is in second place, just one back at -8  under after her third round of even par 72.

Nasa Hataoka, Japan, -4 under 68 today and Inbee Park, South Korea,-1 under 71, share third place with -7 under par tournament totals.

Nasa is playing well in the wind;

“I think I hit it really good and played really well.”

“I think that these winds the other two days kind of helped me. I had three eagle chances and just couldn’t make it, but I made a lot of good shots.”

Inbee would move to number one in the World with a win here at the Lotte Championship.

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Lotte Championship. Brooke Henderson 36 Hole Lead.

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Brooke Henderson, Canada, has 36 hole lead at the Lotte Championship, at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii, and is still bogey free.

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Brooke Henderson & sister caddie Brittany / getty

Brooke shot -6 under 66 today to lead the Lotte Championship in Hawaii by two strokes after 36 holes.

Brooke is relying on her putting;

“Today was a lot of fun, I got off to a really fast start.”

“I made a lot of clutch par saves to keep the momentum and keep it bogey-free.”

“I feel like I’m in a great spot and I’m hitting the ball really well and I can depend on my putting right now.”

“I’m seeing the lines and I’m really confident with my putter right now.”

“The wind wasn’t as strong early today and there were softer conditions.”

“Fortunately it didn’t rain too hard and it helped with the softness of the course.”

Mo Martin,USA, -5 under 67 today, is tied in second place, two shots back at -8 under par, with Shanshan Feng of China who carded -3 under par 69 in her second round.

Fourth place is shared between Lindy Duncan, USA, -4 under 68 today, Major winner this year Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, -4 under 68, and Inbee Park, South Korea, -3 under 69.

Ex World #1 Lydia Ko, New Zealand, continues to struggle, making the cut on the number at +3 over par.

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Lotte Championship. Shanshan Feng Leads.

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Shanshan Feng, China leads the Lotte Championship after the first round at  Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

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Shanshan Feng / getty

Shanshan recorded a first round -5 under par 67 to lead the Lotte Championship on  a windy day in Hawaii;

“A lot of people would be like worrying, thinking `Oh, my God, it’s so windy,.

“I wake up and I’m like, `Yeah, it’s windy.’ That’s why in this kind of situation I still stay patient on the course and still stay with my routine.”

Three ladies were tied in second place with opening rounds of -4 under 68, Brooke Henderson, Canada, Martina Edberg, Sweden, and Haeji Kang of South Korea

Brooke  and her fellow Canadian players Alena Sharp, Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Brittany Marchand and Maude-Aimee Leblanc wore Green and Gold ribbons in memory of those killed in the Saskatchewan bus crash.

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ANA Inspiration, Pernilla Prevails Over Inbee in Monday Play-Off

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Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, prevails over Inbee Park, South Korea, in the Monday play-off for the ANA Inspiration title at Mission Hills Country Club in California. Her first LPGA victory, a wire to wire win, and it was a Major.

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Pernilla Lindberg  selfie

Pernilla won the ANA Inspiration title, her Maiden LPGA victory, on the eighth play-off hole, sinking  a 30 ft birdie putt on the par four 10th, while Inbee carded a par there, unable to roll in her 15 footer.

Pernilla just felt that this was going to be her time;

“I just know I’m a grinder and I just felt this was mine and I’m going to do this.”

“I couldn’t believe that last one went in and Inbee didn’t hole hers and it’s mine.”

“I dreamt of this moment ever since I was a kid.”

“I remember writing goals when I was high school to win a major and I thought it was too good of a dream to come true, but it has.”

“It’s so cool that my parents could be here with me because I got into golf because of them and I don’t know how many heart attacks I have nearly given my dad this week.”

Pernilla, Mum & Dad jump into Poppies Pond / getty

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ANA Inspiration, Darkness Ends Three Way Play-Off between Pernilla, Inbee and Jennifer.

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Darkness ends the playoff between Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, and Inbee Park, South Korea, for the ANA Inspiration title at Mission Hills Country Club in CaliforniaJennifer Song, USA, was eliminated at the third extra hole the par five 18th, making a par.

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Pernilla & Inbee / getty

It will be a Monday finish for the ANA Inspiration title as the play-off between Pernilla, -1 under 71 today, Inbee who carded a final round -5 under 67, and Jennifer -5 under 67, they all finished the 72 holes at -15 under par.

Pernilla and Inbee are still all square after four extra holes, with all of them being played at the par five 18th. Probably not a good idea to keep playing the same par five during extra holes, put a par three in there to mix it up a bit.

The playoff resumes Monday, and Pernilla and Inbee  will begin with a change in holes,  the par 4, 10th hole. They’ll continue at the par 3, 17th and par 5, 18th hole, as needed

Inbee was happy with that;

“Finally we’re playing a different hole tomorrow, so I’m excited about that.”

“Hopefully I can warm up really quickly tomorrow morning.”

“I’m not used to a morning tee time after playing late for quite a few days, so it’s an early start for me.”

Pernilla just wants to go to bed;

“I have nothing to lose tomorrow, I’ve been out there for a long time today, so I’ll be ready to put my head on the pillow.”

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ANA Inspiration. Pernilla Powers Ahead.

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Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, powers ahead in the ANA Inspiration and will take a three shot advantage into the final round at Mission Hills in California.

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Pernilla Lindberg / getty

Pernilla carded a third round -2 under 70 to take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow of the ANA Inspiration at -14 under par;

“I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing for three days when I go out there tomorrow.”

“Obviously it’s going to be different. I’ll have, I don’t know how many girls chasing me tomorrow, and that’s going to be different.”

“Someone’s going to go out there and shoot a low round, so I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In second place at -11 under par is Amy Olson, USA, with a third round -4 under 68, Amy has never been in the final pairing before;

“I’ve never been in this position before, but I’m excited about it.”

“I definitely look at it as an awesome learning experience.”

“You can’t really learn until you’ve been there. So, I’m really excited about that.”

Six ladies are tied in third place at -10 under par, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, and Charley Hull, both from England and both with -3 under 69 today, Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -6 under 66, Jennifer Song, USA, -4 under 68, with two ladies from South Korea, Inbee Park, -5 under 67 and Sung Hyun Park, +2 over 74.

Inbee had a good day with the putter;

“Just a much better putting day than the last couple days.”

 “The putter just felt much better today. I made some good putts out there, especially good par putts on the back nine.”

Sung Hyun and Pernilla were put on the clock on the back nine, it rattled Sung Hyun who immediately gave up her two shot lead, and had trouble focusing on what she was trying to do, while speeding up play to catch up. There is a special tournament for this kind of golf, it is called speed golf, stupid by name, and stupid by nature.

S.H. said it was a rough day out there;

“I just tried to play my own game and stay focused on what I had to do.”

“At the end of the day, I just had to focus on what I had to accomplish. It was a rough day out there today.”

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