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.

Lotte Championship

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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Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Cydney Clanton Leads.

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Cydney Clanton, USA, has claimed the 36 hole lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup playing at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Cydney Clanton / getty

Cydney carded a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the  Bank of Hope Founders Cup after 36 holes, by one shot at -9 under par;

Cydney played, holing out from the fairway, and putted very well;

“I played really good and made some clutch putts coming in.”

“The hole out was pretty special, any time you don’t have to putt is nice.”

“I haven’t been in this position in a long time. I won back in 2013, and wasn’t even in the lead at all that tournament.”

“Just came back and won.”

“You just have to go in attack mode, because everybody else is going to go in attack mode.”

“It has been awhile since I’ve been in the lead, so tomorrow just going to take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time.”

Four ladies are then tied in second place at -8 under par, Ariya Jutanugarn. Thailand, -4 under 68 today, Mariajo Uribe, Spain, -4 under 68, Karine Icher, France, -3 under 69 and Marina Alex, USA, -6 under 66.

Marina is hoping for good conditions tomorrow;

“If the conditions are favorable tomorrow, scores will be low, so just attack and take advantage of everything you can.”

“If that’s not the case, just adjust the game plan and play what’s in front of me.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, the 2016 winner, Sei Young Kim, South Korea and Brooke Henderson, Canada, all missed the cut here.

It may be St Patricks Day tomorrow, but I doubt any of the Ladies will be imbibing the Guinness.

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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.

 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Jin Young Ko / getty

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.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

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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CME Group Tour Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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 Peiyun Chien, from Chinese Taipei, and Sarah Jane Smith, Australia, lead the  CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

CME Group Tour Championship

Peiyun Chien & Sarah Jane Smith / getty

Both Peiyun and Sarah Jane had bogey free first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship.

Rookie Peiyun said she need more belief in herself;

“Just need to more believe myself.”

“I change a little my backswing, so feel a little bit more solid.”

Sarah Jane had a good day with her putter;

“I holed some nice putts.”

“It was a bit rough in the beginning, but holed some nice putts for par and sort of kept it going, and then made some good birdies coming in.”

“I’ve been working on a little bit more tempo in my swing. I can get really fast out there.”

“I sort of made a conscious effort a few weeks ago to sort of do it on the golf course, and it’s made a huge difference.”

Five ladies are then tied in third place at -5 under after their opening rounds of 67, World number one Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Azahara Munoz, Spain, Suzann Pettersen, Norway and Karine Icher from France.

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Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Shanshan Survives The Storm.


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Shanshan Feng, from China, survived the three and half hour storm delay to lead the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, but Sei Young Kim got two shot penalty.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Shanshan Feng / getty

Defending Champion Shanshan carded -6 under par 65 at TPC Kuala Lumpur to take the 36 hole lead in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with a -11 under par total, making more putts today;

“I think overall today was a very good round.”

“I didn’t have as many birdie chances as yesterday, but I think I actually made more putts so that made me very happy.”

Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden, is in second place at -10 under par, with -5 under 66 today, and enjoyed the experience of rolling her putter really well;

“I had a really good run for it after the rain delay and I was really excited to get some good shots back.”

 “I started rolling the putter really well. I’m just enjoying it out here.”

“I’m not trying to focus on the leaderboard at the moment. I’m just trying to go out and play good golf and have fun.”

Cristie Kerr, USA, has third spot on her own at -9 under par, with the low round of the day, a marvelous -8 under par 63;

“I felt great, I found a groove with my swing that I haven’t had in my swing in a while.”

“It felt good to hit some really solid shots out there.”

Sei Young Kim, South Korea, who had nine birdies over her first 15 holes got a two shot penalty at the par three 17th, for moving a loose leaf out of the bunker, it dropped her to -8 under and fourth on the leaderboard;

“Honestly, I thought I could move the leaf, but it’s not a factor, the leaf behind my ball.”

“Then I just picked up the leaf and then throw some air. Then Brittany Lincicome came to me and asked did you move the rock or leaf. I moved the leaf. It’s not a big deal, we have two more rounds.” 

First round leader Lydia Ko from New Zealand signed for +1 over par, which dropped her to -6 under and  T 6 on the board.

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