Ricoh Women’s British Open. Mirim Lee Keeps Lead.

White Dragon GolfRicoh Bristish Women's Open

Mirim Lee keeps the lead after 36 holes of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf Club.

Ricoh Women's British Open

Mirim Lee / getty

KOR Mirim only managed a -1 under par 71 today, but it was still good enough to keep her on top of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, by just one shot over the field at -11 under par;

“I felt a little bit of nervousness but after a couple of holes I forgot about it.”

“I think a little bit of nervousness is what makes you play well.”

Sharing second place at -10 under for the tournament are CHN Shanshan Feng, -4 under 68 today, and .THA Ariya Jutanugarn with -3 under 69.

Shanshan, who was  the first Major winner from mainland China said her performance made lunch taste so much better;

“I started the round really hot today. I mean, I had four birdies in the first seven holes, and I was 5-under through ten.”

“I made a couple bogeys maybe in the middle there, misjudging about the wind.”

“But the birdie on the last hole made me really happy, so made the lunch feel better I think.”

Ariya has developed a pre-shot routine that helps her focus, and control her game;

“I think I learned how to play under pressure, how to play, really excited, I know how to play.”

“I really want to focus on what I’m doing and what I can control,” 

Catriona Matthew, with the low round of the day -7 under par 65,  who will represent Team GB in the Rio Olympic Games, is tied in fourth place, at -9 under par with Ha Na Jang -5 under 67 in the second round.

Catriona, was happy to post one of her best rounds ever;

“That’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve played.”

“I think I hit 18 greens today.”

“Just one awful shot on 16 but then followed it probably with my best shot of the day, the 4-iron on to the green.”

“Gave myself a lot of chances and holed my fair share of them today.”

Charley Hull is England’s best placed player, carding -2 under 70 today which puts her in a tie for 10th place at -5 under par;

“I didn’t get up-and-down a couple times today, just because I’m so used to this golf course playing so soft from the greens sometimes.”

“So when I’m chipping, I’m pitching it way too far, even though I know it’s bouncy, it’s just in my head, because you’re used to pitching at the pins.”

“It’s definitely good being in a good position going into the weekend.”

World number one Lydia Ko rallied well enough to make the cut at even par for the tournament, with -2 under 70 today;

“I feel like the scores are pretty low, considering what the course setups are like.”

 “I don’t feel like it’s this easy.”

 

 

 

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Mirim Lee Leads 1st Round.

White Dragon GolfRicoh Bristish Women's Open

 

Mirim Lee, from South Korea, leads  the Ricoh Women’s British Open, after the 1st round at Woburn Golf Club, in England.

Ricoh Women's British Open

Mirim Lee / getty

Mirim carded a stunning first round -10 under par 62 in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and will take a comfortable three shot lead into the second round tomorrow;

“It was probably one of my best ever rounds, although I still had some errant shots.”

“I played every hole in a similar fashion, hitting fairways and greens. My best ever score was an 11 under par in LPGA Qualifying.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, holds second place with her respectable opening effort of -7 under par 65.

Shanshan Feng is third, the returning injured player from China had a first round -6 under par 66.

Leading home based player is Charlie Hull, -3 under 69, and T11.

Charlie is also a member of Woburn, since she was eleven years old, and knows the Marquess Course well, but that knowledge is over the long course, today the tee’s were moved up, a strange occurrence for a Major Championship. The layout for the first round  was 6,448 yards, though officials had the option to push the tees back to 6,744 or longer;

“I get a bit confused, like where to pitch it, because I’m used to coming in with long clubs, and I know what I’m doing,”

 “It’s a completely different golf course.”

“I usually play off the blues, with my friends, so sometimes I come in with five and four irons and stuff.”

“I like it when it plays long, to be honest.”

“The first tee shot today was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been on a golf course, and I never usually get nervous, it was quite weird.”

“It’s quite an easy tee shot, but I didn’t want to mess it up and make myself look even more silly.”

“It was nice to start with a birdie, as well, and I’m pretty happy with myself because I was pretty nervous on that first tee.”

 “I said to my caddie, I need to make a couple of birdies coming in, and I did.”

Making a mess of the short course was World number one Lydia Ko, recording a first round +2 over par 74, and is now twelve shots off the lead, and really no chance of catching up. The cut is currently projected at even par, so Lydia will have to play well tomorrow, and get some putts to drop, to avoid the embarrassment of a missed cut;

“Nothing was really that great. My short game wasn’t that great to cover up for the missed shots and when I did hit it close, the putts didn’t go in.”

“When that’s the case, you’re not going to shoot a low score. But hopefully a few more putts drop tomorrow.”

“I’ve just got to stay positive. There’s still a lot of golf to be played, and just hit one shot at a time.”

“It’s not an easy course but by the looks of it, it’s playing easy for a couple of the girls. But it’s because they are playing great.”

 

 

 

 

Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open. Isabelle Boineau Claims Maiden Tour Win.

White Dragon GolfLadies Scottish Open

Isabelle Boineau, from France, claims her maiden Ladies European  Tour win in the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open

Isabelle Boineau / getty

Isabelle posted a final round -4 under par 68 to capture her maiden Tour win, the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, with a -11 under par total, a one shot victory over the three round contest;

“What a tournament to win: the Scottish Open! I’m so happy and I want to thank my parents and my sponsors for encouraging me to play even when I didn’t want to.”

“Today is just one of the best days of my life.”

“I was very nervous on the last. I was shaking but I didn’t want people to see.”

 “Hitting my rescue, I was so nervous, because I had memories from when I played in 2007 when I think I was in the lead as well.”

“I pushed it because I got scared of the water and finished second, so I thought, don’t do the same.”

“I had my friend, Alexis, on the bag, which helped, because when you’re nervous time can go so fast.”

“The putt was still difficult but when Linda missed hers I felt some relief. I thought, at worst I’ll be in a playoff.”

Linda Wessberg missed her birdie putt, for a tie, carding a last round -3 under 69 and a -10 under total, for second place;

“I played well all day, started off really well, but then didn’t really make any birdies and had a hard time hitting the fairway.”

“The first cut is quite difficult when you’re trying to attack the pins. I misjudged my putt on 17 going up the hill and thought it was going to be slower with the rain.”

Beth Allen -5 under 67 today and Becky Morgan tied for third at -9 under par. Becky was unable to reproduce the good form from the first two rounds, sadly finishing with a +1 over 73.

 

UL International Crown. Team USA Capture the Crown.

White Dragon Golfuic_logo_188x84

 

Team USA capture the UL International Crown, despite losing both of their opening round four-ball matches on Thursday.

UL International Crown

Team USA / getty

Left to right the winning TEAM USA, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller with the trophy at Merit Club in Chicago.

Stacy spoke for her happy team;

“We stuck to our game plan, we knew not to change our pairings.”

“We knew that we were playing good golf, and when those pairings came out this morning, I liked the way we were positioned, and Gerina and I went out there getting points early was huge, and we got Kerr through, so we got a crown.”

“It’s awesome, I haven’t done what I wanted in Solheims on Sundays, and this is not quite as much pressure, but my team pulled me out here for a reason, to go get a point, or two points, I guess, and I’m just happy we could get two points on the board.”

Cristie put the winning points on the leaderboard

“I had a feeling last night if we all played really well and things fell into place that my match could be huge.”

 “But I just kind of got oblivious to all of that today because it’s just so hard to figure out who’s making points, who’s winning, who’s losing, and I just tried to take care of my match.”

“I didn’t know that it had come down to me winning that match that we had won until Stacy told me.”

The American ladies posted 12 points overall, beating Team Korea by just one shot, leaving them in second place at with an 11 point total.

The LPGA have announced  that Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea will be the host course for the 2018 UL International Crown.

Team Korea captain So Yeon Ryu thought they could win here, but is looking forward to being on home soil next time around;

“I was expecting we’re going to win the tournament, and I just wanted to bring more excitement to 2018 UL International Crown in Korea, but we couldn’t.”

 “But I think it’s going to feel really awesome to represent my country in my motherland.”

England and Taipei tied for third place with 11 points in total.

Marathon Classic. Lydia Gets 4th Win of the Season.

White Dragon Golf

Ladies World number one Lydia Ko won her 4th title of the season at the Marathon Classic, in a play-off against Ariya Jutanugarn, and Mirim Lee.

Marathon Classic

Lydia / getty

Lydia, Ariya and Mirim were tied at the top of the Marathon Classic leaderboard with -14 under par totals after four rounds, and headed into a four-hole play-off.

Lydia carded a birdie at the fourth play-off hole to win the title, but the putts would not drop earlier;

“We all played and stuck to our game plans, and we all gave it a good run for it.”

“Our putts were so close and were not falling, and every time I said, hey, the ball is big enough for the hole — yeah, the hole is big enough for the ball. Right?”

” Either way, it’s a long day. Yeah, so it’s been — it was hard to just see so many putts just slip by”

“.I said, hey, maybe she’s going to win, and then it just slipped by; maybe I’m going to win, and it slipped by. To see that putt drop on the last hole was a cool feeling.”

“Just a lot of great vibes, I like Ohio. The people have been great, and even though — I mean, there are a lot of fans walking out there with us.”

” I said, hey, it’s because Ms. Stacy is a hometown girl, but one of the fans said, no, we’ve come to watch you play.”

” Just to hear that is pretty cool. Everyone has been super supportive, and they always support me coming back to this state.”

Ariya sunk an Eagle putt on 17 to get into the play-off;

“It was a really good experience, like I said.”

“It’s really nice for me to have a chance in a playoff.”

Mirim was unaware she was in the lead;

“I didn’t know I’m in the lead.”

“I don’t know, I just played, yeah. I didn’t think about the lead, just that I kept going, enjoyed playing.”

U.S. Womens Open. Brittany Lang Wins Play-Off

White Dragon GolfU.S. Womens Open

 

 

Brittany Lang wins the U.S. Womens Open, defeating Anna Nordqvist in a three-hole aggregate playoff for the win.

Both ladies finished the tournament at -5 under par for the tournament, Brittany carded a final round -1 under par 71 and was caught at the top by a charging Anna who posted -5 under 67.

Controversy surrounded the result as Anna was assessed to have grounded her club in a bunker, costing her a two shot penalty, and along with it any chance of the title.

Lydia Ko was upset with being put on the clock after a wayward tee shot on eleven;

“I decided to hit a full driver on nine and pulled it. And it was pretty thick there. I think I should have judged the lie a little better and maybe played a little smarter and laid up short of the hazard.”

” And then just lay up again and try and make up-and-down for par, but I don’t think it necessarily affected it”

“Maybe the few holes after because of my pull on nine kind of continued that way. But I don’t think the bogey on eight affected me to hit not a great shot on the tee shot on nine.”

“We got on the clock on 11. But we fell behind a little bit during the middle of our front nine. But I kind of felt bad, because I almost felt like it was a little bit more of my fault, because we were looking for the ball,” said Ko. “I was trying to get numbers and lay ups. It is tough to be on the clock when it is so windy and when every shot really counts. But we fell out of position and that’s the consequences with it.”

Lydia finished T3  with Amy Yang, 36-hole leader Sung Hyun Park, and Eun Hee Ji, all at -4 under par.

A par round f rom Lydia would have given her the title.

 

U.S. Womens Open. Lydia Has 54 Hole Lead.

White Dragon GolfU.S. Womens Open

 

 

 

Lydia started the day trailing by three-strokes, but on moving day, she carded a -2 under par 70 to take the outright lead heading into the final round at -7 under par.

Lydia broke out of a four-way tie at the top by sinking a long putt, at the 18th hole, for her third birdie of the day;

“I think the biggest key around today,  well, the biggest difference was the wind.”

” I know it was breezy from the mornings. I knew that it would play a lot tougher than yesterday, because the majority of my round yesterday was played in calm weather.”

So people, they say it’s moving day on Saturday, but it was really tough out there, because the course is drying out, firming up.”

” And it was tough to get near the pins on some holes.”

Sung Hyun Park, +2 over 74 today and Eun Hee Ji, -2 under 70, trail Lydia by just one shot, both at -6 under par for the tournament.

Two-time U.S. Women’s Open runner-up Amy Yang unfortunately stumbled on moving day, carding four bogeys on her way to carding a+1-over par 73, to fall to -5 under par for the championship and two-strokes back of the leader Lydia.

One thing is for sure, it is going to be a thrilling finish to this ladies Major.