Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Haru Nomura Wins.

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Haru Nomura wins the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic  at Lake Merced Golf Club, in San Francisco.

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Haru, from Japan, carded a final round +1 over par 73 for the final round, in the windy conditions that dominated play this week, to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic with -9 under par total.

She said, via an interpreter, that she was not nervous on the day,

“No. I’m never nervous.”

 “This weather very cold, so sometimes bogey is okay.”

“You guys will find this strange, but I like windy situations.”

“I like playing in the wind. I like tough situations, so when I spoke to the caddie, even before the championship last week in Hawaii, I told him, I’m going to come here and win this tournament because I really like this course.”

“I enjoy this course. I’m glad that I was able to deliver on what I told my caddie.”

Lee-Anne Pace was in second place, four shots off the lead at-5 under for the tournament. Signing for a final round +2 over par 74 in the tough conditions, which she said was insane;

“Personally, insane.”

“No, look, it was freezing. It was very, very gusty.”

“A lot of the shots you stood over and it was just really, really difficult to commit to the lines, everything. It was a very tough day out there.”

Lee-Anne started the day with five straight bogey’s, and gave herself a good talking to;

“What are you doing?”

 “No, you know, my caddie came to me again, and he said to me, everyone is going down, be patient.”

“I know we made some mistakes, but come on, let’s get it back to even par, and that was our goal, and we got it back to two over, so nearly reached the goal and got a good result in the end.”

Tied in third place at -4 under par were Gerina Pillar, +1 over 73 today and Na Yeon Choi, +3 over 75.

Gerina had family watching her, and keeping her up to date with the carnage that was going on around her;

“I got a few updates, one of my cousins was watching so she was kind of giving me an update of what was going on.”

“It’s actually kind of cool because it kind of took my mind off of my game and what I had to do today, and just because it’s so windy.”

“I was kind of more worried about him than I was my own game.”

No three-peat for World number one Lydia Ko, she scored a +3 over par 75 today, leaving her at -1 under for the tournament, and T6.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Haru Has Last Round 3 Shot Advantage

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Haru Nomura from Japan, has a 3 shot advantage going into the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco.

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 Haru carded a third round -1 under par 71 to take control of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic leaderboard at -10 under par for 54 holes of the competition.

At the conclusion of the round, played in very blustery conditions, Haru, and her caddie Jason McDede, and also playing partner Minjee Lee,  met with LPGA rules officials for around 45-minutes talking about Haru’s stance in the greenside bunker at the 6th hole where she was seen to be having trouble taking a proper stance;

“What happened was the bunker on number six, the greenside bunker on the left, it was slopey, so I was trying to take a stance, but I kept slipping downhill, and in order to get a firm stance, I had to; even when I had to do a practice swing, I had to swing real hard, and when I did, I kept moving forward again and again.”

“There was no option but to move like that, but they were saying that I was moving excessively, but what I was trying to tell them was, okay, then what is the guideline.”

There should be some sort of a standard, a regulation that explains what a fraction is and not. So that was what was going on.”

Some very sad TV viewer, who must sit watching with the rule book in their lap,  sent an email the Officials, this is the statement from the  LPGA Rules Committee;

“Rule 13-3 , A player is entitled to place her feet firmly in taking his stance, but she must not build a stance.”

“An email was sent to LPGA.com stating Haru may have violated Rule 13-3 – by “building a stance” in the greenside bunker on Hole #6. This was relayed to the Rules Committee who went to the television production trailer to review the footage of the incident. The Committee reviewed the video, and after a discussion with the player and her caddie, it was determined that no breach occurred.”

By contrast, some months ago Branden Grace had a ball come to rest, in long grass on top of a bunker, and tried to take a stance in the steep slope of the bunker. He called for a referee and was given a free drop away from the bunker.

Lee- Anne Pace, with a -3 under par 69 moving her up the leaderboard, while just about everyone else went backwards today, shares second place with Ha Yeon Choi, -1 under 71 today, both ladies at -7 under par for the tournament.

One of those in reverse today was World number one Lydia Ko, recording a third round +1 over par 73. to be T5 at -4 under par in the competition.

Lotte Championship.Katie Burnett Leads By One.

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USA Katie Burnett from the USA, leads the Lotte Championship by one shot in Hawaii.

 

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Katie shot a bogey free third round -5 under par 67 to take the lead in the Lotte Championship, and will take a one shot lead into the final round with her -13 under par total.

Katie said she loves putting on the Bermuda grass greens;

“I’m doing everything pretty good, putting mainly.”

“I’ve made a lot of putts over the last three days. I would usually say that’s probably one of the best parts of my game is putting.”

“Anything inside ten feet I usually am pretty good percentage-wise from there.”

“I had made a couple long ones too this week. I grew up on Bermuda and I love Bermuda greens. I see the putts better on Bermuda.”

“It was a solid round, I just tried to stay patient.”

“I’m from the coast so I’m used to the wind, I’ve been home for two weeks and it was really windy at home, so I have pretty much been working on a pinch shot or three-quarter shot so it doesn’t get so affected by the wind.”

KOR Su-Yeon Jang, from South Korea, holds second place at -12 under for the tournament, a -5 under par 67 keeping her in touch with the leader.

Three ladies are tied in third place  KOR In Gee Chun, -7 under 65 today, from South Korea,  THA Moriya Jutanugarn, -4 under 68 today, from Thailand , and

AUS Minjee Lee from Australia, +2 over par 74, all are at -10 under par for the competition.

World number one Lydia Ko is still way off the pace, at -2 under for the tournament, with her great rival Inbee Park further adrift at even par, neither of these ladies will figure in the top three placings tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lotte Championship. Minjee Lee Leads.

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Minjee Lee, from Australia, leads the Lotte Championship after two rounds in Hawaii.

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Minjee carded  a bogey free second  -6 under par 66 to top the Lotte Championship leaderboard in Hawaii, and will take a two shot lead into the weekend.

She said she was just having fun, and holed a couple of putts;

“Just been having fun and hitting my shots one shot at time.”

“I holed a couple of nice putts and, yeah, just got my momentum going on the front nine.”

“I birdied eight and nine, so I think the momentum carried on through the back nine.”

“I’ve been striking it pretty good yesterday and today as well, it really does help in this wind.”

Katie Burnett holds second place,  two shots back at -8 under par after her second round -6 under 66.

Katie  missed qualifying for the ANA Inspiration, and has used that omission  as  motivation for this week;

“It was motivating not to get into ANA, disappointing, but also motivating to go home and be at home watching a tournament when I thought I should have been there.”

“Honestly, I like the wind, I’m from the coast, so I actually prefer to play when it’s a little windy.”

“I think actually probably if you look at my finishes, probably have played better in those tournaments that have been windy because it makes you be really committed.”

“You have to make a decision and go with it and be committed, otherwise the wind is going to wreak havoc on the ball.”

Sponsor invite Su-Yeon Jang is in third position at -7 under par, following her -6 under 66 second round, and will complete Friday’s final group.

Megan Khang played the round of the day, a -8 under 64, making those important putts

“I think I gave myself a lot more chances today.”

“Yesterday I had trouble finding the green, but today I found the green and I was able to hit some close ones.”

“Right off the bat, number one, I was able to tap in a birdie putt. I think the key today was giving myself chances and executing the putts.”

World number one Lydia Ko did not perform too well today. an even par round of 72, leaves her T 26, at -1 under for the tournament. While her main rival for the #1 spot Inbee Park is T 49 for the tournament at +1 over par.

Lotte Championship. Moriya Jutanugarn and Minjee Lee Lead.

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Moriya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, and Minjee Lee from Australia lead the Lotte Championship after the first round in Hawaii.

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Minjee shot a bogey free Lotte Championship first round of -4 under par 68 in the windy conditions at Ko Olina Golf Club, and was very happy with her round;

“It helps if you’re a good ball-striker, but also you need to judge the wind well as well, like how far you want to take it right or if the wind is right to left.”

“You got to have some luck with it, too. It’s not just all your skill. You never know.”

“Mother Nature can throw anything at you. I think I judged it really well today so I’m happy.”

Moriya had one bogey and a double bogey in her round of -4 under 68, but was delighted with the seven birdies she had on the day;

“You know, I didn’t even count until I finish,I was like, Oh, that’s nice, seven birdies.”

“It was fun making birdie with this condition of the wind.”

“I think I having fun with my game today.”

“Trying to play with really like strong wind and try to play different type of shot around; try to get up and down.”

“Feels like I had a lot of patient with the wind today, so pretty good for my game.”

The top two are a stroke clear of five ladies all on -3 under par, Kim Kaufman, Sei Young Kim, Brooke Henderson, Caroline Masson and Alena Sharp these ladies all fired opening round 69’s.

Defending Champion Sei Young Kim likes the challenging conditions;

“I like to play windy, because if into the wind I can hit the cut shot.”

“Even if the left to right wind, my nature fly right hook, so it’s easy today.”

“Yeah, so very comfortable today.”

“When I walk on the course a lot of memory coming at me, so, yeah, very comfortable.”

“Then, yeah, give me a lot of energy, that memory.”

World number one Lydia Ko opened with a -1 under 71 today, with a huge group at T14, while world number two Inbee Park struggled, carding +2 over par 74.

ANA Inspiration.World #1 Lydia Ko Wins the Years 1st Major.

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Ladies World #1 Lydia Ko has won the Ladies 1st Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, to become the youngest ever two-time Major Champion. She is definitely an inspiration to us all.

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Lydia needed some inspiration to make birdie on the final hole to seal her one shot victory at -12 under par and claim her second Major title, and also officially qualified for the 2016 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award.

Lydia’s last round effort of -3 under par 69 saving her from a play-off in the ANA Inspiration.

Lydia made history with her first Major win last year at the Evian Championship but said the second was just as sweet;

“It’s amazing. You know, you can’t really rank them, every one of them is special.”

“And every event is so different, so unique, and I think obviously winning this event is great, but obviously jumping into the Poppies Pond, that kind of tradition will definitely be one of the highlights of my career.”

“But I’ve never really played well at this course before, so just to know that, hey, I can still play well at a course that I haven’t really played well before, I think gives me the confidence.”

“Every shot is special in its own way, like every win is special, because every tournament is so different.”

“But just playing the 72nd hole, birdieing the last hole, that’s always a good feeling.”

Obviously for that shot to mean so much that I would win the event, that makes it extra special.”

“But I obviously laid up to the right number and hit it to the exactly right spot. But I thought it was going to be a little short, but with the greens firming up, it ended up being perfect.”

Charley Hull from England, -3 under 69 today and In Gee Chun from South Korea, -2 under 70, tied for second place, both at -11 under par.

Charley thinks her hard work is paying off;

“I feel like I’ve been playing great all season, like I put a lot of good work in over Christmas and over New Year, so I feel confident in my game.”

“I feel like I’m in a good place outside of golf, as well. Like with my friends, I feel like that helps me relax on the golf course, also.”

Ariya Jutanugarn was fourth, at -10 under, she said she had played well, except for the last three holes;

“Actually it’s pretty good, just only the last three holes.”

 “I really get nervous, especially being my first time leading.”

“Next time it’s going to be so much fun to be there, but I got a lot of experience from this week.”

Lexi Thompson, who started the day as leader, had a sad final round, +1 over par 73, dropping her to fifth position at -9 under par.