Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Jessica Korda Wins.

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Jessica Korda wins the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Jessica carded a final round -6 under par 65 to win the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at -18 under par, a four shot victory. She spoke about her struggles this year, and how good she feels now;

“The struggle. I think just struggling and being at your lowest and then feeling this and going through these emotions.”

 “Just incredible gratitude and just being so humbled by everything.”

“All the support that I’ve had, the people that have stuck with me this year, didn’t stop believing in me even when I did a little bit.”

“I think it was just a long time coming, I knew that I was getting really close and just needed to stay patient.”

“That’s all my caddie was telling me. He was on me all week about staying patient, the putts will fall. So it’s just an incredible feeling.”

I know I was weirdly calm today, I knew what I needed to do. I needed to take care of myself.”

“If somebody was going to make a hot start, that’s just the way it was going to be. I was going to continue to play my own game.”

World number one Lydia Ko was tied in second place at -14 under par, with Shanshan Feng and Stacy Lewis.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Jessica Korda Leads.

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Jessica Korda leads the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament going into the final round tomorrow at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Jessica shot a bogey free third round -6 under par 65 to take the lead into the final round of the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, with a -12 under par total, and a two shot lead over the field.

Jessica said it has been a while since she was in contention, and it is nice to be back in business. She had been performing so poorly that she backed off the Solheim Cup team;

“It’s a confidence builder. I haven’t been in this position in such a long time, since basically January.”

“It’s just so nice to be back.”

“I really played myself off of the team so I kind of knew that I wasn’t going to get on there. I told Juli that I had bigger things to worry about.”

“I had been playing so poorly that Solheim wasn’t even on my radar at that point.”

“That week I made the cut and I was so happy with myself and then at Evian I missed the cut again and so I was really just happy to sit at home on the couch and watch the girls do their thing because I don’t think I could have contributed to the team like I know I should have.”

Stacy Lewis shares second place with Ha Na Jang, both at -10 under par for the competition. Stacy also had a -6 under par 65, while Ha Na stood still with an even par round of 71.

Stacy is looking forward to a shoot out tomorrow;

This golf course is just a shootout.”

“It’s just who is going to make the most birdies at the end of the week.”

“Just nice to be back somewhere close to the lead and hopefully just within a few shots going into tomorrow.

World number one Lydia Ko is tied in third place with Shanshan Feng and Xi Yu Lin, all at -9 under par.

Lydia gave us her views on Jess and Stacy, following her -3 under par round today;

“Jess is such a solid player. You know, her iron game is great, and I think she’s one of the best putters on the tour.”

“Stacy, she’s always up there. She’s always contending and always around the leaders or leading.”

“I said before all this Asia swing started that she will make; have a win by the end of the season.”

“She shot like one over the first day, but look how she comes back the next two days.”

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Ha Na Jang Half-Way Leader.

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Rookie Ha Na Jang from South Korea is the half-way leader in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Ha Na cared a bogey free second round -6 under par 65 to top the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia leaderboard at -10 under par. She was really happy with her bogey free effort;

“I think today’s really good round because no bogey today.”

“Just six birdies straight, so I think it’s two weeks since I won Korea tournament, so it’s a little bit more confident.”

“No pressure today. It’s like a little more simple. It’s a really good round today.”

Xi Yu Lin, one of the overnight leaders, is in second place, one shot back at -9 under par, a second round -3 under 68 keeping her in touch with the leader.

Current world number two Inbee Park shares third place at -8 under par. A second round -5 under par 66 moving her up the leaderboard, well ahead of world number one Lydia Ko, who recovered a bit today with -6 under par 65, which is also her tournament score, four shots off the pace.

Inbee was pleased with her putting performance today;

“Yesterday was a really bad putting day but today was much better.”

“Putting is really key to success on every golf course, and especially this golf course.”

“A lot of short irons and when you have a lot of opportunities you got to make those birdie putts.”

Alison Lee was the other overnight leader, and led for much of the day on Friday, that is until she made bogey on 15 and 16, dropping her into the third place tie with Inbee and Yani Tseng.

Defending Champion Shanshan Feng was in contention, but made double bogey on the last, finishing with a -7  under par total.

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Xi Yu Lin and Alison Lee Tied at the Top.

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Xi Yu Lin and Alison Lee are tied at the top of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia leaderboard after round one at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Xi Yu Lin and Alison Lee

Alison, who had a first round -6 under par 65 to share the lead  at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament with Xi Yu Lin, who is from China.

Alison has to struggle with school work as well as playing golf;

“Right after Solheim I took one day off and started school right away and did my apartment and bought books and went to class, did rush.”

“Yeah, I don’t know how I’m sitting here right now. I don’t know how I survived, but I did it somehow. I feel like it’s all a great experience.”

“I love still being in school and seeing all my friends back at school. I haven’t seen a lot of them since March because I took the spring quarter off, so it was nice to see all of them and friendly faces.”

“I feel like that’s what keeps me going, just seeing a lot of friendly faces and having a great atmosphere and support base supporting me back home.”

Xi Yu is comfortable playing on this course at the  Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club;

“Well, this is my second year playing this tournament, and last year I was sick first two rounds so I didn’t play very well.”

“Last year I finished pretty good, so I know I can play well on this course. I’m happy.”

There are four ladies tied in third place, all just one shot back at -5 under par after their opening rounds of 66, Yani Tseng, Chella Choi, Shanshan Feng and Michelle Wie.

World number one Lydia Ko started with an even par round 71, and has a bit of work to do tomorrow if she wants to contest this title.



The Evian Championship. Lydia Becomes Youngest Ever LPGA Major Winner.

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Lydia Ko becomes the youngest ever LPGA Major winner, lifting The Evian Championship trophy in France.

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A fabulous last round -8 under par 63, saw Lydia lift The Evian Championship title with a -16 under par total, a six shot lead over her nearest rival.

Lydia spoke about that feeling of having an enormous lead, coming down the last;

“Any tournament it’s hard to come down the 18th with a five-shot lead, and to do it in a major, it’s an even better feeling.”

“You know, I didn’t know I’d make the putt, so I said to Lexi, I’ll just go anyway, and it ended up dropping.”

“Lucky I didn’t have like a three-footer for par. Yeah, you know, it was just such an amazing feeling walking across the bridge and saying thank you to all the fans that came out.”

” I didn’t totally cry-cry. But I kind of got a little overwhelmed, and I could kind of feel tears coming when Jason said, enjoy the moment, coming down onto the green.”

“I kind of felt back over the whole week and all the questions I’ve been asked. But in a way I was relieved. But to kind of have that putt go in, I think just everything dropped.”

“I didn’t really know what was going to happen. I mean, it was so amazing, and just, I think, all feelings kind of went into me.”

“To say that I’m the youngest in history for now, it’s so cool. But the big thing for me is I won’t be asked that question, and it’s amazing that I can leave my name I guess a little bit in the history books.”

Lexi Thompson was in second place, a distant -10 under par total, final round -1 under par 70 her undoing.

Shanshan Feng took third position with her -9 under par total.

The day belonged to Lydia, and congratulations to her from all her fans in New Zealand.




The Evian Championship. Mi Hyang Lee Still Leads.

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Mi Hyang Lee still leads The Evian Championship after 54 holes at the Evian Resort Golf Course in France, and is seeking a wire to wire win.

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Mi Hyang Lee before the rain

Mi Hyang shot a third round -1 under par 70, but remained at the top of the Evian Championship leaderboard by just one shot at -10 under par.

Mi Hyang,  who won last year’s New Zealand Open and Mizuno Classic in Japan, thinks she needs to focus more, and wants to win. A poor start to today with two bogey’s;

“I want to win at the major tournaments, so I think I need more concentration maybe.

“I didn’t worry, no, just first two holes. I have another 16 holes today, so that’s fine.”

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Mi Hyang Lee after the rain

Lexi Thompson is in second place, at -9 under par for the tournament, a third round -5 under par 66 getting her firmly in contention;

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Lexi Thompson

Lexi improved her putting today, and that made the difference;

“I just kind of figured out a little something with my putting that worked and that helped me out today.”

“I didn’t hit it that great off the tee today. I hit it a lot better off the tee yesterday, but I just got more putts today.”

The Evian ChampionshipLydia Ko, -4 under 68 today, and The Evian ChampionshipMorgan Pressel, who had an even par round of 70, share third place, both on -8 under par.

Morgan made a mistake on the very wet 18th, where she carded a double bogey, and she also putted poorly all day;

“It was stupid now, but I felt in that moment that I could hit the shot and I’m still two back going into tomorrow.”

“I can’t dwell on it too much. I think maybe in my earlier years on tour it would have affected me more.”

“I hit it great today, some of the best ball-striking I’ve had in a long time. I can’t tell you the number of 10-footers that I missed.”

Sunday will be Lydia’s last chance to upstage Morgan as youngest player to win an LPGA major, but she knows it won’t be easy;

“Winning a major at any age is pretty hard.”


The Evian Championship. Mi Hyang Lee Leads

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Mi Hyang Lee leads The Evian Championship after 36 holes on the  Evian Resort Golf Course in France.

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Mi Hyang shot a second round -4 under par 67 to lead the Evian Championship by one stroke at the half-way stage at -9 under par. She spoke about the age difference between herself and her caddie;

“I’m a young player and he’s pretty old, 69 years old, the oldest caddie on the tour.”

“He has a lot of experience, so that’s a lot of help for me.”

Morgan Pressel is in second place, with a -6 under par 65 today, leaving her just one shot behind the leader at -8  under par for the tournament. Morgan is not sure why she suddenly plays well, but thinks it could be her attitude;

“I mean, sometimes it just comes together, and there’s no rhyme or reason.”

“I’ve certainly tried to prepare my hardest for the majors.”

“I had a really good session last week with my coach Ron Stockton for three days at home where I just really, really prepared hard for these two weeks. I think that was definitely helpful.”

“But I feel like my attitude is just a little bit different, a little bit better, and sometimes that can make all the difference.”

“I mean, you can hit the ball well, but if you come unglued when one thing goes wrong, especially out here on this golf course, so I’ve tried to stay very positive, and when bad breaks happen just take them.:

“I mean, there are birdies to be made out there, so if you can get over some of the rough bounces you get out here and move forward, then do okay.”

Nicole Broch Larsen, fresh from her win last week, to get into this Major, lies in third place at -7 under par, a -4 under 67 today moved her up the leaderboard. Good putting and playing well have seen her perform well in her first Evian Championship appearance;

“I played very well on the front nine, quite solid, hit a lot of greens and hit it close. I didn’t drop so many putts but I was two under through nine with a good save on 18.”

“Then I struggled a little bit with my driver on the back nine but I kept it together, kept fighting.”

“I had an eagle chance on 13, five metres putt, but it just lipped out. I finished with a birdie so it was nice.”

“It’s good to be strong with your driver on this course. The putting is quite tough on these greens so you have to stay patient and let the putts drop and if not, take your two putt.”

World #2 Lydia Ko is at -4 under par, another -2 under 69 today leaves her seven shots adrift. Inbee Park, #1 is three shots behind Lydia at -1 for the competition.