Inbee Park Wins Brutal Women’s British Open.

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World #1 Inbee Park cemented her place at the top of the rankings by winning the brutal Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, on the Ailsa Course in Scotland.

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Inbee carded a final round -7  under par 65, to equal the course record, and claim the Women’s British Open victory, with a -12 under par total, saying it was the greatest day of her golfing life, so far;

“Greatest day of my life yet for sure,.

“It was a great day of golf today. I played great golf out there.”

“This is something I’ve been dreaming of all my life, all my career, all this year. This is something I really wanted and to finally reach my goal is a relief and I’m so happy with everything at the moment.”

“I didn’t feel that comfortable coming into this week but to overcome a lot of things and win the championship is phenomenal.”

“Even though I made a couple early mistakes, I was able to hold on really well on the back nine.”

“Obviously got a little bit lucky today. The golfing God was on my side for sure.”

“That’s been the goal of my career, and I’ve achieved it at the age of 27.”

“So I don’t know what the next goal will be, but I’ve got to set some kind of goal. Just seemed so far and so hard that I couldn’t achieve the Grand Slam, and I’m here and I’ve finally done it. It just felt easier.”

Inbee is now  just one tournament short of completing the Super Slam, winning all five LPGA majors.

It was a South Korean carve up as they took all three of the top places, with Jin Young Ko, appearing in her first Major, finishing second on -9 under par, and So Yeon Ryu tied with World #2 Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, on -8 under par for the tournament.

Jin made a crucial error on the 16th, finding the water in front of the green;

“I was a little over thinking, and then I was a little bit nervous.”

Earlier in the day  Nanna Koertz Madsen equalled the course record with a -7 under par 65 in the final round, taking advantage of her early tee time, firing in eight birdies and one bogey in the calmer conditions. She finished the tournament at +1 over par, T21;

“On the front nine it was less windy. So the front nine was easier than the other days. But the back nine was still hard.”

Women’s British Open. Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu Lead.

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Jin Young Ko from South Korea and Teresa Lu of Chinese Taipei lead the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort in Scotland, where the weather is still giving the players some grief.

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Jin Young Ko and Teresa Lu both carded third rounds of -3 under par 69, to lead the Women’s British Open with -8 under par totals for the 54 holes.

Overnight leader Suzann Pettersen could only manage a third round of even par 72, and is now one shot adrift of the leaders at -7 under par, in third place.

Mika Miyazato of Japan is alone fourth position at -6 under par, following her -2  under par 70 third round effort.

World #1 Inbee Park, South Korea,World #2 Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Minjee Lee from Australia share fifth spot with -5 under par totals

Best placed British player is Melissa Reid, who shares 8th place with So Yeon Ryu, both at -4 under for the tournament.

Melissa  recorded an eagle on the par five 17th, where she hit a perfect 3-wood to 12 feet, sinking the putt, and followed that with a birdie putt of 18 feet on the last hole;

“I’m not too far off. If I can just sort out the first few holes where I’ve been dropping shots then I’ve certainly got a chance.”

“I feel like I’m putting really well and my swing feels good so I’m going to go out there tomorrow and give it my best shot.”

Amy Boulden, pictured above shivered her way round the Ailsa Course, but did card the low round of the day, -4 under par 68. She shares 10th with Nicole Brock Larsen from Denmark.

Amy gave us her thoughts on the day;

“It was tough out there and the wind was strong.”

“Growing up at Conwy, definitely you get used to the wind and links golf. Especially playing as an amateur, we grew up playing links golf.”

“I remember playing in the Helen Holm, I remember playing there at Troon and it was always bad weather, so it’s definitely helping me this week.”

“In the British Open, you want it to blow, you want it to be tough conditions. You don’t want the top players going out and shooting seven under, you want to grind it out and that’s an advantage for me.”

Women’s British Open. Suzann Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Suzann Pettersen has the 36 hole lead in the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course, in Scotland.

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Suzann carded a very respectable -3 under par 69 in the  challenging morning conditions, to set the Women’s British Open lead at -7 under par. She will take a two shot advantage into the third round tomorrow.

Suzann spoke to reporters saying how difficult the cold and windy conditions were, and she would have been happy to shoot even par today. Coach Butch Harman has altered her swing, which has helped her here;

“They were very tough conditions; the ball is going nowhere,”

“Par is a very good score today. It’s easy to be picky but overall a very solid round of golf.”

“There is more wind and its coming from the south, so when you make the turn, you hit the wall on 12.”

“I think three under today is a very good score. I feel like I delivered my part today. I teed off early so I’ll enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon and be ready for tomorrow.”

“I felt I was in my hundred per cent control of the ball, the flight, the spin; everything you need to do in conditions like this. So this ranks pretty high as a good round of golf.”

“I’m a lot wider. I’m much shallower, which is why I hit it a lot further. Essentially, handshake, handshake. It’s super simple.”

World #2 Lydia Ko is sharing second place, with So Yeon Ryu, Jin Young Ko, from South Korea, and Teresa Lu from Chinese Taipei, all on -5 under par, they all played in the much tougher golfing conditions in the afternoon rounds.

Lydia spoke about the tough conditions in the afternoon;

“It was really difficult. The wind being strong is one thing; and it was definitely a totally different direction to what it was yesterday.”

“So the course was kind of like playing a new course. But it was so tough.”

“The wind was really strong when we were by the water so, you know, it was hard to keep it in the short stuff.”

“So I made a couple bogeys because of that. Probably the craziest weather I had was on Monday when I was out there in rain and wind, but it was getting pretty close when we were on 11, 12. I tried to hide behind the signs and stay away.”

World #1 Inbee Park struggled in the tougher afternoon conditions, carded a +1 over par 73, to be in ninth position on her own at -2 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Hyo-Joo Kim suffered in the wind, returning a +6 over par 78, and tumbled down the leaderboard to T10, at -1 under par. The British bright light from yesterday, Florentyna Parker also dropped away, carding +5 over par 77, and T21.

Everyone agreed that these were the worst conditions they had ever experienced playing professional golf. Wonder what tomorrow will bring.

 

Women’s British Open. Teenager Hyo-Joo Kim Leads.

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South Korean teenager Hyo Kim leads the Women’s British Open after the 1st round at Trump Turnberry Resort.

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Hyo-Joo incredibly shot a first round -7 under par 65 on the Ailsa Course in the Women’s British Open, equaling the lowest round in the Championship.

Hyo-Joo included an Eagle in her round, on the par five 14th where she hit her second shot to within 10 inches of the cup. She said she had not been playing too well recently;

“The last couple weeks, I couldn’t swing very well. But today I kept it in the fairway very well, and the second shots, hit the greens.”

World number two Lydia Ko is tied in second place at -6 under par with Cristie Kerr, with  Kyu-Jung Baek and So Yeon Ryu a stroke further behind them, tied in fourth place at -5 under par.

England’s Florentyna Parker, Norwegian Suzann Pettersen and Azahara Munoz from Spain are the best placed Europeans in the first round, all tied with a huge group in sixth position at -4 under par.

Florentyna was very happy to have made such a good start, after practicing a round on PlayStation;

“It was brilliant. After yesterday and on Monday I played a practice round and I thought, this is going to be so tough.”

“I was so intimidated by the course and I kept saying to my friend, if I shoot under 80 today, I’m going to be thrilled.”

“And then I was starting off, I was like, doing okay and kept it going.”

“This is the first course I had never played as an amateur, as well. I was warming up on the PlayStation a bit playing it a bit and that helped.”

“We were lucky. The front nine was quite windy or there was a little breeze and then like the last few holes, it was absolutely nothing.”

“I think we had a good draw and it’s a tough course. The bunkers, if you’re in them, it’s like a shot gone.”

Suzann, the World #7 said she used extra concentration to get past the more difficult holes on the course;

“I think on this course, if you can kind of get it through the 11th and then the wind is a little easier I think.”

“And the finishing holes are a little bit easy the way the wind kind of came in today. I managed to finish strong. Hung in there on the front.”

“Had a good start. Still, a couple of the par fives, I didn’t birdie, which kind of feels like you have to do under conditions like today.”

“I stayed patient. My game is in good shape, so excited to go out again tomorrow.”

World No 1 Inbee Park was among the afternoon wave of players in the 156-strong field and carded a -3 under par 69 to be tied for 14th.

 

 

 

Ladies Scottish Open. Rebecca Artis Wins in Scotland.

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Rebecca Artis, from Australia, won the Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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In  blustery, drizzly conditions at Dundonald Links, Rebecca shot a final round -6 under par 66 which destroyed the rest of the field and enabled her to win the Ladies Scottish Open, her second Ladies European Tour title. Her winning total was -6 under par, and it could have been better, she carded a double bogey five on the par three 4th hole, but there was no doubt she was the Lady of the Links today, starting six shots behind the leader.

She mentioned her recovery after that double bogey on the 4th;

“To come back and birdie five and six straight after that was huge to get the momentum back on track and not let it bother me.”

“Sometimes you fight all your life to try and get that first win and sometimes the second win is maybe even harder.”

“I’ve been playing some really consistent golf since the start of the year, putting myself in contention week in, week out.”

“I knew that with the conditions the way they were predicted to be today that if I went out and played some solid golf, then I wouldn’t be far away.”

“I’ve got my coaches over here from Australia, Gary and Luke Edwin. Whenever they’re around I feel like I go to a new confidence level with my overall game.”

Suzann Pettersen, who started the day in the lead, fell away, carding a +2 over par 74, dropping her to second place at -4 under par;

“I played pretty well today and gave myself a lot of chances. It was not on the easy side. For Artis to shoot 66, definitely deserves to win.”

“I had my chances. I bogeyed 16 and had a look at 17 after two great shots. 18 I miscalculated. It was more into and the ball spun up on me. I had to give it a go. Eagle would win it, birdie would tie. It’s fine.”

Holly Clyburn finished in third position on her own at -2  under par for the competition, she too carded a final round +2 over par 74, blaming her putter for most of the damage;

“Tee to green I was fantastic and up to par with Suzann but didn’t putt very well.”

World #2 Lydia Ko ended up tying for fourth place at -1 under par, sharing that position with Klara Spilkova and Hannah Burke.

Lydia was happy with her preparations for next weeks British Women’s Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, in Scotland;

“I think it was good preparation for the Women’s British Open.”

“I don’t know what the weather will bring next week but that was the big thing, to get more experience playing links golf. I think it was great.”

 

 

Ladies Scottish Open. Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen lead the Ladies Scottish Open at  Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Lydia, the World #2, started on the 10th, and picked up a bogey on her first hole, but then recovered to card a first round -4 under par 68;

“I kind of didn’t know what score to expect because the course is pretty tough, even without the wind.”

“You can see by the scores it’s not crazy low, but I think we were lucky with the wind not being as strong as it was the last couple of days.”

“Playing over here in the Scottish Open, you can’t use the same game as you can in the States.”

“You’re hitting different shots and I think the key to playing well here is being really creative, because you need to find the shot that will give you a high percentage.”

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Suzann carded the same first round score of -4 under par 68, and was happy with the way she managed her game;

“I managed my game well, adjusted on a few tee shots according to the wind and gave myself a lot of looks.”

“It was pretty straightforward and the course set up is very good, so it’s playable.”

“It’s amazing what a difference the wind makes depending on where it comes from and how strong it is.”

Celine Herbin is in third place, just one shot back at -3 under par after her opening round of 69, and was delighted with her play, on a links course;

“It was a really nice day and a new experience for me as it’s the first time I’ve played the Scottish Open.”

“To play on a links course, I really enjoyed it, because we don’t play on too many links courses.”

Kelsey MacDonald led the Scots charge, sharing fourth place with Christine Wolf on -2 under par 70.

Kelsey was happy to have teed off early in the calmer conditions;,

“I was pretty blessed with the weather this morning. It was quite calm for me teeing off.”

“The wind picked up towards the end and you could feel it, especially on 16 which is a pretty tough hole at the back.”

“The pin positions and the greens are the defence, because I only had one flat putt today. It’s being able to read the greens correctly.”

 

 

LPGA Marathon Classic. Chella Choi Wins in a Play-Off.

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Chella Choi wins the Marathon Classic in a play-off after she and Ha Na Jang had tied at -14 under par for the tournament.

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Chella fired a last round -5 under par 66 to reach a Marathon Classic total of -14 under par, and to tie long time leader Ha Na Jang at the top of the leaderboard.

Chella was astounded;

“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe, it’s my dreams coming true. Very exciting.”

“I work with my father eight years and somebody say like that’s why I don’t win, just for my caddie.”

“So I’m excited with my father. And, you know, like first time win is hard, but second and third is easier. Hopefully this is a turning point for me.”

“I missed my tee shot, but I don’t have confidence in win, like I don’t have experience of win, so it’s really a little bit nervous.”

“I tried to focus, and my father said, ‘it’s okay. You like draw hole. Try to be patient and make par.’ So I tried to be patient and focus on just trying to make a par. So I made a par, so excited!”

World #2 Lydia Ko, and Shanshan Feng stopped a South Korean clean sweep of the top places, finishing third. They both recorded final rounds of  -4 under par. Lydia and Shanshan finished at -13 under par, just one shot off the play-off.

Lydia was happy with her result;

“I played really solid the front nine, and that’s all I could really do.”

 “I know it would have been great if I could continue that on the back nine, but it just wasn’t going. Four under is I think a good score at the end of the day.”