Honda LPGA Thailand. It’s Still Stacy at the Top.

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It’s still Stacy Lewis at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club on the Pattaya Old Course.

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Stacy will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand, despite a poor third round of +1 over par 73. Her tournament total is now -13 under par, the step backwards has allowed the rest of the field to catch up. She has not entirely got to grips with her new Bridgestone ball performance in the heat;

“That being in the lead is pretty much the only good thing that came out of today.”

“I was a bit all over the place today. I played six really bad holes to start the day but then got things going.”

“I‘ll be around the putting and chipping green, the ball striking really was not that bad. Just got short sided in some bad situations.”

“Hit some good shots, hit some shots too far actually. This new golf ball in the heat is going a bit.”

Amy Young still occupies second place, but is now just that one shot behind the leader at -12 under par, a third round -1 under par 71 securing her position. She said she will continue to play at her own pace;

“I’ll just do my best one shot at a time.”

“I won’t think about too much. I am going to go to the range and work on some of my swing right now and putting a little bit and get ready to go. “

Third place belongs to Sandra Gall, she equaled the low round of the day, a -4 under par 68, which moved her up the leaderboard considerably. Sandra, who’s only win on the LPGA Tour came back in 2011 at the Kia Classic, intends to stay relaxed, and have some fun;

“That was the goal at the beginning of the season, to be in contention and have a chance to win on Sunday.”

“I just need to relax and kind of do the same thing I did the last few days. I think the more chances I’ll have the better I’ll do.”

“Tomorrow I just have to go out, and, like I said, just be relaxed and enjoy the moment.”

Yani Tseng, currently in sixth place at -8 under par, leads the Tour in average drive distance, and puts that down to her new coach;

 “I do have a new trainer, David Donatucci. He works with Michelle, Stacy, and, I mean, I feel great.”

“I been work with him couple months now and I feel my body, the way I swing, it matches my body and just get my body and my core stronger so I’m able to hold the shot better and a bit more consistently, too.”

 

 

NZ Women’s Open. Lydia Lift-Off.

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Lydia Ko had lift-off at the NZ Women’s Open, carding a second round 61 at Clearwater Golf Club.

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Lydia carded an amazing record breaking second round -11 under par 61, to top the NZ Women’s Open leaderboard at -13 under par, and will take a three shot lead into the final round on Sunday.

She told reporters that a 59 had crossed her mind, and the bogey at the fist made her angry;

“I didn’t know what I was shooting, but when I went past the scoreboard on 13, I thought, `Oh, 59, that is the magical number.’ But I’m pretty happy with 61.”

“After the first, I was pretty angry. I got into the rough and it was pretty tough for the pin location. I left it short and that really made me angry as I did that yesterday and was not going to do it again today.”

“The greens were much better today and rolling better and after that eagle I just got myself into the right position.”

Sitting in second place with a -10 under par total is England’s Charley Hull, a second round -8 under par 64 moving her ahead of the chasing pack.

Charlie spoke about the greens here, and the difference from last week in Oz;

“Coming from Royal Melbourne last week the greens were so fast and really tricky. With these ones you can be a bit firmer and not allow so much break.”

“I think I had 26 putts. I hit some good putts out there, so I’m pretty happy with the way I played. It did enter my mind, I was eight-under and thought I could possibly get to 59.”

“You always believe you’ve left a few putts out there, but I holed a fair few as well. Going into the final day I think I’m in a good position.”

Beth Allen and Giulia Sergas share third spot at -9 under par for the tournament.

Dame Laura Davies made her move into the top 10 today after carding a -5 under par 67. The 2010 NZ Women’s Open champion is at -6 under par for the tournament and is currently tied for ninth place.

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Stacy Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Stacy Lewis has the 36 hole lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, at Siam Country Club, on the Pattaya Old Course.

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Stacy shot a second round bogey free -8 under par 64 to take a three shot lead into the weekend at -14 under par in the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Stacy reported that she got off to a slow start;

“Well, it got off to a bit of a slow start, but about midway through the front nine there kind of caught fire with the putter and started hitting some shots close.”

“It really was a pretty easy day. I didn’t cause myself too much stress. Hit a ton of greens, which is what have to do on this golf course. Just happy with the day.”

Amy Yang is three shots back in second place at -11 under par for the tournament, a -6 under par 66 today keeps her in touch with the leader.

Amy has had a change of attitude, and really wants to play golf;

“You know, sometimes you get tired of what you’re doing, I think that’s what happened to me last year.”

“That’s why I decided to finish season earlier, too.”

“But over the winter while I’m resting I wanted to play more golf.  Finally my mind changed and I wanted to go back there and play in contention if I can.”

Caroline Masson, Jenny Shin, Ariya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee share third place, all at -8 under par for the tournament and are in danger of losing sight of the leader.

Ariya reacted to a compliment that Yani Tseng  made about her when Yani said that Ariya reminded her of herself when she was younger;

“It’s such a great compliment. It makes me feel even more confident with my game.”

“Yesterday I played with Yani and I learned so much from her also. When she missed a shot, she always finds a way to make an up and down.”

“It’s great to see her grinding out there every single shot.” 

Yani could only manage an even par round today and is T10 at -6 under par for the tournament.

 

N.Z. Women’s Open. Anne-Lise Leads.

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Anne-Lise Caudal leads the N.Z. Women’s Open after the first round at Clearwater Golf Club.

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Frenchwoman Anne-Lise Caudal shot a first round -6 under par 66 at the NZ Women’s Open to top the leaderboard at Clearwater Golf Club.

She said had been playing well, and was not under real pressure to keep the birdies coming;

“I played some good rounds last year, and then last week and the week before also. I had two good weeks, I was very confident on the golf course, and I feel quite confident on this golf course.”

“Not really, I am just going to do the same, shot after shot and focus on the present, if the birdies come great, if not, just keep patient, there is another day on Sunday.”

Sharing second place at -5 under par are, Marianne Skarpnord, Nanna Madsen and American Samantha Troyanovich.

There are another four players bunched together at -4 under par, amateur Hannah Green, Beth Allen, Giulia Sergas and Noora Tamminen.

Rolex World No.1 Lydia Ko  teed off in the not so calm afternoon conditions in her National open. Lydia reported that she found it difficult to adjust to the type of shots she needed and also the pace of the greens here;

“Last week you were aiming to pitch 10 metres short of the green and asking it to run up. This week you have to say to yourself, let’s just hit it.”

“Two different courses and two very different conditions. It was tough on me today to hit the ball by the hole and be comfortable.”

“They (the greens) are very much slower here. Last week they were running 11 and a half to 12 and here they are 10 to 10 and a half.”

“You watch your opponent come up short, then you hit it well past. It was difficult to judge. It is totally different, so now I have to get back into the NZ Open mode.”

Lydia finished in a huge group who are all at -2 under par. Four shots off the lead may not seem a lot, but with only three rounds in the competition it is a long haul to get back into contention.

There are 40 players who are currently below par after the first day, and the cut will be made to the top 50 professionals and those tied at the end of round two on Saturday.

 

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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Yani Tseng, Brittany Lang and Stacy Lewis are in a three-way tie at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand on the Pattaya Old Course, at Siam Country Club.

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Stacy started well but came back down to earth on the back nine, eventually signing for a -6 under par 66;

“There are tough holes that if you get on the wrong side of it, I mean, we misjudged the wind on 13 and got on the wrong side of the hole, and then made a couple bad decisions there on 18.”

“You know, it happens on this golf course. You get short sided, you’re going to make a bogey. Just try to minimize the damage.”

 “I was pleased coming out today with the ball striking. That was something those first two events that wasn’t quite there.”

“Pleased with the way I hit it. Put a new driver in the back this week and was pretty pleased with that, too. I’m excited about the rest of the week.”

 Yani likes this golf course, her -6 under par 66 proves that;

“I always love here, I have so many friends out here and the fans out here always give me great support.”

“I feel like coming back here always start of the season and I feel fresh and give me good energy.  We play on this great golf course. I think it kind of suits my game. It’s good for the long hitter out here.”

Brittany also carded a -6 under par 66 and is trying not to think of the Solheim Cup;

“I want to play on the Solheim, but I am just going to keep doing what I have been doing, seeing my shots, committing, having fun, being positive.”

“Because if I start thinking about Solheim it’s going to get me away from what I’m doing.”

“Solheim is the most fun you ever have on the course.  It’s one of the most important things to me, so it’s hard not to think about it. You got to have some mental strength to just stick to what you’re doing.”

ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open. Lovely Lydia Wins.

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Lovely Lydia Ko wins the ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

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Lydia, the World Number One claimed the ISPS Handa Australian Womens Open title and picked up the  Patricia Bridges Bowl. Carding a final round -2 under par 71 giving her  two shot winning margin at -9 under par for the tournament around the dangerous Composite Course at Royal Melbourne.

Lydia’s coach, David Ledbetter had been telling her to stand tall, she was head and shoulders over everyone else in this competition;

“We’ve been working on my swing and be tall is the part in my swing where I shouldn’t dip my head and I would say my height is 5’3″ so he said ‘Lydia, you were 4’11” the other day’.”

“He told me to keep my height and said I was 5’3”.8’ and I was like, ‘Ok, I’m getting taller’. We were talking about that in the sense of ‘be tall’.”

“Be cool was because we discussed that it was going to be hot and also be cool in the head too, be smart, play safe when you need to and then be aggressive.”

“Play smart was really the biggest thing he told me at the beginning of this week.”

She stayed cool when the pressure came, at the short par-four, the eighth, her wedge shot flew through the green and down into a deep swale behind the putting surface, giving her virtually no chance of getting up and down. A missed flop shot compounded the error, she gathered all her mental strength, got the ball on the green, and then sunk the long bogey putt;

“After I hit the shot, I said, I should have just hit that second shot the first time.”

“Even if I didn’t make a par, it’s an easier bogey and I had to work really hard for that bogey.

“I think that bogey putt was really good and if I’d made a double, today could have been a whole different story.”

“Time flies, but I’m still 17 though.”

Amy Yang finished in second place with a -7 under par total, her final round -1 under par 72 was not enough, but she did have chances.

Ariya Jutanugarn had a calamitous last round, +3 over par 76, it gave her third position with a -4 under par total, and left her five shots behind the leader.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Lydia and Ariya Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn share the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open lead at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

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Ariya and World number one Lydia will start the final round of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a one shot advantage over their rivals. Both ladies sit atop the leaderboard at -7 under par for the tournament, but in the withering heat today both of them could only card  third rounds of -1 under par 71.

Lydia was asked if she would take that score for tomorrow, on those firm and glassy greens, and said she would jump at the offer;

“Yeah, I would in that heat.”

“They’re really hard. I’m scratching my head over a three-footer or a thirty-footer.”

“It’s really tough, and because the hole is so tight, the lip-outs, they hurt. They’re not nice here.”

“The greens are one of the hardest parts and because they are so firm, it affects the shots that are coming into the green also.”

“On a course like this, unless you really get going on a putting streak, you’re not going to make seven, eight birdies and shoot the most incredible eight under.”

“I think this course you really have to play smart and when you have those chances, try to grab it because birdies are hard to see.”

Power hitter Ariya has had chances before to win this year, and will do her best again here;

“I’ve had the chance to be the leader before, but my plan is to do my best. Whatever happens, I’ll just take it.”

Amy Yang is alone in third place, at -6 under par, following her third round -3 under par 70.

Aussie Katherine Kirk and Julieta Granada from Paraguay share fourth spot on the leaderboard at -4 under par, both with -3 under par rounds of 70.

Katherine reported that birdie making did not come easily, but she wants to hold the  Patricia Bridges Bowl tomorrow;

“It’s not easy to make birdies out there and I made six today and I’m still kind of a little puzzled as to how.”

“I know I made two long putts, so they’re just bonuses. I think that was probably as good as it was going to get today.”

“I’d be very honored. I actually had the pleasure of travelling on an Australian team in 2002 to Malaysia to play the World Amateur Teams Championship, and Patricia made the trip and she’s just an incredible lady,”

“I’d be delighted to hoist the trophy and certainly proud to fly the flag for Australia tomorrow.”