Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. World #1 Lydia Ko Wins

 

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World #1 Lydia Ko from New Zealand wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, with a new low scoring tournament record.

 

Lydia Ko of New Zealand displays the trophy after winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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Lydia strode to victory with a new tournament low score record at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. A final round -3 under par 68 giving her a -17 under par record low total for the three round tournament, beating the old record by two shots.

Lydia won despite carding a bogey 6 on the last hole;

“Yesterday I had a hot back nine and today I had a hot front nine.”

“But, you know, I think as soon as I; after a few holes, to the back nine, I think the sun kind of got to me a little bit.”

” I could definitely feel the heat. I was kind of grinding out there and I think; I hit the ball really well on the front nine but I didn’t hit it that well on the back, and that kind of happened for my second shot on the last hole.”

” Not the most fanciest way to finish off a championship, but I’m just going to think of it as me bogeying another hole.”

Candie Kung, from Taipei, -2 under 69 today,  shared second place with Morgan Pressel, USA, who had a strange round of even par 71, with 5 birdies, wiped out by five bogey’s, both ladies with -14 under par tournament totals.

Candie admitted the heat finally got to her today;

“I kept myself in there. I was really tired out there. It was really hot. It finally got to me today.”

” I think that’s how I started the day, how I started.  Because it was just a mental mistake on the second hole.”

” I made that for bogey, but luckily I’m making the birdies coming in.”

A tearful Morgan said she just ran out of luck;

“I had high hopes certainly, and I felt like I played pretty well for nine holes, hung in there, but then I just couldn’t keep it going and couldn’t get lucky as I had been getting lucky.”

” It just wasn’t my day.”

 “You know, I know I’m heading in the right direction, I know it’s in there.”

” Just got to pull it out a little more often. I really just loved playing here this week in front of my friends and my husband and his crew.”

” I don’t know what else to say, sorry.  It’s upsetting to not finish the way that I wanted to.”

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Lydia & Morgan Tied at the Top.

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World number one Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, is tied at the top of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard with American Morgan Pressel.

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Lydia carded a second round -9 under par 62, which included an Eagle at the par five 18th, to climb to the top of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard, sharing that place with Morgan, who managed to keep pace with the leader with her -8 under 63, they both have -14 under par totals.

Lydia is aware that low numbers are available out here, so two shots could easily be made up;

“You can see by the scores, there are some low numbers out there, so typically you could be five, six shots behind and you may shoot a magical number and be right up there in contention.”

“Like I’ve experienced in the past, so I don’t think you can take anyone out of it.”

“It’s a field with a lot of big names, so even though I’m currently leading and tied with Morgan, you just can’t take anyone out of it within that five, four‑shot lead range.”

” So I just have to focus on my game.  You could get carried away thinking what is another player doing, but I’m just going to try and focus on what I’m going to do and give myself good opportunities.”

Morgan is keeping her eye on winning, and will come out tomorrow swinging;

“Certainly winning is the goal, and what I’d like to do tomorrow, you know, step by step, you have to start with a good drive on the first hole and just ‑‑ if I play anywhere near like I did today, I think that I can get it done.”

“I’m definitely in a good position, and I just am going to go to the range, make sure everything’s all set for tomorrow and ready to go, and come out swinging.”

Jin Yang, -6 under par 65, and Candie Kung, -5 under 66 today are tied in third place at -12 under par for the tournament.

Jin said she is striking the ball well, and making a lot of putts;

“I think this week I’m hitting it a lot better and I’m making a lot of putts, so those two things I have been really on and off this year.”

“At ShopRite they were really good and at a lot of other events they really weren’t, and it really showed when I didn’t play very well through my long game.”

” I struggled to have lots of birdie opportunities and get higher up on the leader board, so this week I felt like a little bit of change in my swing, really comfortable, striking the ball.”

Candie admitted to having putting problems;

“Actually, I have been struggling with my putting the last couple weeks, and I think I was thinking too much about technique out on the golf course, so like my goal was to be, just to keep it as simple as possible.”

 “I have been working on swing techniques, trying to make the ball roll a little bit more straighter, and it was going good and then I got too technical out on the tournament, which isn’t great for, like being simple.”

” Simple is great for out here, so I think; so this week I just tried to be as simple as possible and I think that was the key for all past weeks, so I think that’s what’s been helping.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Play-Off Win For Sei Young Kim.

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Sei Young Kim wins the  Meijer LPGA Classic after a play-off against Carlota Ciganda at  Blythefield Country Club.

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Sei Young and Carlota were tied at the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard at -17 under par at the end of the tournament.

Sei Young shot a lst round -3 under 68, and followed that with a  birdie at the first play-off hole, while Carlota sadly collected a bogey.

Before the playoff Sei Young thought she had already won;

“Before playoff I felt like already win but I didn’t check the leaderboard.”

“Then I thought the ceremony was already.”

“Why’s he waiting for me?  So after go to the tee box and I realize there’s the playoff.  Wow.”

“It was 109 to the pin.  It was a lot of release, so I just had 90 meters.  I did, it worked.”

“I’m very happy to win on the Father’s Day give it to my dad this trophy.”

Carlota carded -4 under par 67 to get into the play-off, but then hit her play-off tee shot into rough;

“Only one can win and obviously I hit it to the rough, it wasn’t an easy shot and she hit a really good one.”

 “So I mean congratulations to her and she was better.”

In Gee Chun finished in third place, two shots off the pace, at -15 under par, her final round of even par 71 was disappointing.

Just as disappointing was defending champion Lexi Thompson’s final round +1 over par 72, robbing her of any chance to keep the title.

Lexi finished T4 with world number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 68 today, both ladies at -14 under par.

Lexi had no excuses for her poor showing today;

“Last week was a bit of a struggle there at Sahalee but still managed to get a good finish there.”

 “But overall this week with how I played, I’m very happy with it.  I hit it a lot better this week, I rolled it great except for today, so it happens.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi and In Gee Share Lead.

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Lexi Thompson and In Gee Chun share the lead after the third round of  the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club.

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Defending Champion Lexi carded a bogey free -5 under 66 to share the Meijer LPGA Classic lead with rookie  In Gee Chun, -6 under 65 today, both with tournament totals of -15 under par.

Lexi relied on her accuracy with the driver;

“I just hit a lot of drivers, and if my game’s on it comes together.”

“It’s just a nice setting and atmosphere, it’s one of our best tournaments.”

“I’m just going to go out here, have fun, be relaxed, just how I have been the last three days.”

 “It’s been a very relaxing week so far, so I’ll just try my best tomorrow and see how it goes.”

In Gee had great iron play, and putted well;

“Today my iron shot great.”

“I like putting very well.  I was so good at rolling the ball on the line.”

” Today Saturday and we had a lot of spectators here.  I was so happy to see them my play.  I make great round today.”

“I’m always excited to play in the last group so I’m ready.”

 “I enjoy it.”

Sei Young Kim holds third place, two shots off the lead at -13 under par, a third round -6 under 65 getting her firmly in contention, and feeling good;

“I feel good today because today bogey free, so when I starting first round I set goal.”

“I set goal no bogey and no double.”

“Well, the first round, second round I had a couple bogeys, but it’s fine because today I success in my goal.”

World number one Lydia Ko shot -4 under par 67 today, for a -11 under par total, needing some good putts, after a slow start, she is currently T13;

“The front nine I couldn’t get anything going.”

“I was striking the ball really well and then just no putts were going in.”

 And then I made a good up and down on nine and then made four good birdies in a row, so I think that kind of turned my round around.”

” And then in the last few holes I made quite a few good par putts and up and downs to save par.”

Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Leads.

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Defending Champion Lexi Thompson leads the Meijer LPGA Classic after 36 holes at Blythefield Country Club.

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Lexi took control, shooting a second round -4 under 67 at the  Meijer LPGA Classic, for a -10 under par tournament total, and a one shot lead.

Lexi could have been further ahead but picked up two bogey’s in the final four holes, she has been suffering from a back problem;

“It just came on last weekend and it was really bad today.”

“I’m not really one to complain about pain because I just fight through it, but yeah, it’s hurting. I’m going to go and get a rub down and see if it goes away.”

“It was definitely important to come back from the two bogeys.”

” I just hit a few errant drives there towards the end and made bogeys, but I played 17 and 18 well.  I got pretty lucky on 18; I will say that.“

“It was just a little firmer out there today and a lot different conditions.”

” It was overcast most of the day yesterday, so shots were going a little bit further today.  I played in the morning also yesterday, so it was a lot different.”

Alena Sharp, -4 under 67 today,  Q Baek, -4 under 67, In Gee Chun, -4 under 67 and So Yeon Ryu -4 under 67, all share second place at -9 under par.

Alena, from Canada, made bogey on the last hole to spoil her day;

“You know, I got my bogey out of the way. I’ve had one this week, and it was on that hole. “

“Now I don’t have to think about it tomorrow.  That’s the way I’m looking at it.”

” It just rode the wind too much, and I got behind a tree, and that happens out here, so I’m not really going to look too much into it and just look at the overall day was a good day and move on to tomorrow. “

Last weeks play-off rivals Brooke Henderson and World number one Lydia Ko are in the group at -7 under par.

Lydia was happy with her performance;

“I’m happy with the way I played, I was pretty consistent, and I just got to keep playing like this.”

“My ball striking wasn’t as good as yesterday, so hopefully it can get better progressively on the weekend.”

Brooke said she enjoyed the warmer temperatures;

“It was much warmer out today, a beautiful day.”

“I started out not as well as I would have liked, 1 over for the front nine, but I made a lot of birdies on the back and go four under, so overall it was a pretty steady day.”

“I know I have some work to do on the weekend, but I’m looking forward to it.”

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Brooke Beats Lydia in a Play-Off

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Brooke Henderson beat Lydia Ko in a play-off at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at  Sahalee Country Club, Washington.

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Brooke and Lydia finished the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard with -6 under par totals. Brooke with a final round -6 under par 65, and Lydia -4 under 67. Brooke then proceeded to birdie the first play-off hole, the par four 18th. to win the title.

Brooke has become the youngest winner ever of this event, her first Major, title;

“Yeah that’s amazing, as well, to think about all of the incredible players that have come before me.”

 “And even I was reading some of the names on this trophy and it’s very, very cool.”

“When that putt went in on number eleven for eagle, that was kind of like the huge jump forward, huge momentum changer.”

“And then things just went pretty well. A good save on 14 out of the bunker. And then good putts on 17 and 18 to kind of finish it.”

“The last couple of days the support for Canada has been really incredible. Walking down the fairway we were yelling my name.”

“But last time they were just yelling Go Canada. And that was kind of a surreal feeling. I can’t really put words to it.”

“But I’d like to say that I am the Canadian face to women’s golf. And I’d like to say I’m a good athlete for Canada.”

World number one Lydia was complimentary about her opponent, and the challenge from the ladies on the LPGA Tour, and she would not be crying over this loss;

“We all push each other.”

“I think this is a great thing. It’s a fun challenge. I think this is great for golf and for the LPGA.”

“I wouldn’t be pretty if I was crying.”

“If I was crying, I’d have eye-liner going everywhere. I always worry about my makeup.”

Ariya Jutanugarn was in third place at -5 under par, a last round -5 under 66 giving her that place on her own;

“I’m very proud and getting a lot more confident, especially today, in a major.”

 

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Lydia Ko in Control.

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Lydia Ko, the World number one, from New Zealand, is in control on the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Washington.

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NZL Lydia took control of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with a third round -1 under par 71 to lead the tournament by one shot at -2 under par, going into the final round tomorrow.

Lydia said she would have to stay focused

“Going into Evian and ANA I just had very calm thoughts, very positive thoughts, to the final round.”

“I just said hey, just go out and enjoy it, and don’t worry about what everybody else does.”

“Just focus on the shot you need to hit’.

“That’s all I can do, just try my best and have fun. I can’t control what somebody else does so it’s important for me to focus on my game.”

“You know, I’m happy with my position. I didn’t really know how it finished up, because I didn’t get to see what the last group finished up. But obviously I’ve got to be happy with it. And I’ve just got to stay positive.”

“It seems like the girls, they’re playing really well, and they’re playing consistent. I’ve just got to focus on my game.”

“And I can’t control what the other girls are doing. So just try my best out there.”

“We’ve still got a long 18 holes to go. You just never know what’s going to happen until the winner’s putt drops on the last hole.”

USA Brittany Lincicome and USA Gerina Piller, both with even par third rounds of 71, share second place at -1 under par.

Brittany likes to come from behind on the last day;

“It’s easier to come from behind than be the leader. I feel like I’m in a great spot.”

Gerina is now comfortable with being in contention;

“You know, now I’m more comfortable. I’m more comfortable seeing my name up there.”

These three ladies are the only players currently under par for the tournament, in a true Major test.

First round leader and still co-leader after two rounds Brooke Henderson struggled on day three, carding +2 over par 73, but is still just two shots off the pace at even par for the competition, a good strong position.

One shot further back in the group at +1 over par is Catriona Matthew, who thinks three shots back is not impossible to make up;

“You never know what’s going to happen. If I go out and shoot another 67, four under, you never know.”

“A lot might depend on where the pins are.”

“Today the pins were very tough, so you couldn’t really go at many of them, to be fair.”

“We’ll see what they give us tomorrow,  but if you play well, the scores are out there.”