Meijer LPGA Classic. Lexi Leaps Ahead.

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Lexi Thompson, USA, leads ahead of the field on moving day at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Lexi is on top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard after 54 holes, shooting a third round -5 under 64, for a -15 under total, and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. The par for the course had to be changed because of severe flooding, the par five 5th hole was played as a par three today, the large amount of rainfall leading to a two-hour delay.

Lexi stayed patient in the wet conditions, and converted a few birdie putts;

“It was just a matter of staying patient, I knew I was hitting it well on the front nine, I just wasn’t making the birdies.”

“But I hit it well all day, so it was all a matter of hitting the shots closer and I guess just taking advantage of like No. 11, reaching that one in two, and making a few putts for birdie.”

Four ladies are tied in second place at -14 under par; Brooke Henderson, Canada, -2 under par 67 today, Lee Ann Pace, South Africa, with the low round of the day of -8 under 61. They were joined on that -14 under score by two ladies from South KoreaSung Hyun Park, -7 under 62 and Jenny Shin, -6 under 63.

Overnight leader Brooke had a tough round today, but hopes to sink more putts tomorrow;

“It was kind of a tough day out there. I think with the two-hour delay, I was kind of slow starting, but once I got going on the back nine, I felt really pretty great about my game.”

“I would have liked to go a little bit further under par today, but just the course wasn’t giving it to me.”

“So hopefully tomorrow I can drop a few more putts and climb the leaderboard a little bit.”

Lee Ann is playing well with a new set of irons;

“The last few weeks I’ve struck my irons really, really well. I just changed the irons and it’s made all the difference.”

“I played really nicely today. My irons were really good. I was looking at birdie on almost every hole, which was nice.”

Lydia Ko is in the group at -11 under par, a solid round of -5 under 64 keeping her in touch of the leaders;

“It was really solid. On a day like today when you don’t know if you’re going to have further rain delays or how the course is playing.”

“I think it was really important to hit the fairways and I think that I was doing pretty well out there.”

“Hopefully I’ll keep doing that.”

Meijer LPGA Classic, Brooke Breaks Away from the Field.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, breaks away from the field in the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Brooke fired a bogey free  opening round -8 under par 63 to top the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard by one shot.

Brooke just knew today was going to be good, even the putts were dropping;

“I felt like today was going to be a really good day.”

“Everything was just kind of going my way.”

“I was hitting the ball really well and some putts were dropping, which is kind of a change from the last few weeks.”

“I made a lot of putts, which is great, and I feel like my game is in a really good place.”

“I’m really looking forward to the next three days and hopefully I can continue the strong play.”

Six ladies are tied in second place at -7 under par after their first rounds of 64: Stacey Lewis, Lexi Thompson. Shanshan Feng, Jennifer Ha, Giulia Molinaro, and Holly Clyburn.

Lexi likes this course;

“This is definitely a great layout for my game.”

Jennifer, from Canada, had a great day with her putter;

“I thought my ball-striking was pretty good today, but my putting, I made most of my chances.”

“I missed the last one on the last hole, but still, seven under is great.”

“I would say putting is very important this week because the greens, some of the greens are pretty hilly so you have to get the right read and the right speed at the same time.”

Newly deposed world number one Lydia Ko is in the group at -6 under par, just two back;

“I think the three weeks were really good to just rest both physically and mentally.”

“There were a lot of things going on, so it was nice to just get away from it.”

“But I did miss it and it’s definitely nice to be able to come back.”

 

Lydia Ko Still Number One.

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Officially Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, is still the Womens Number One ranked player in the world, she has now been #1 for 85 consecutive weeks.

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Lydia smiling at the news / getty

Remember how Ian Poulter was told he had lost his PGA Tour card, and then the authorities came back and apologized, saying a recalculation had been made and Ian had kept his playing privileges for 2017, by 0.01 of a point.

Well the same thing has happened to Lydia, she is still Ladies World Number 1, by just the same margin, 0.01 of a point. Seems that the projections tool mistakenly included the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic as part of the calculations. Amazing how it has taken so long to correct a mistake that was made in 2015.

Lydia now has  8.37 points and Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, is in second place with 8.36.

Makes you wonder how the people in these organisations who calculate these rankings actually keep their jobs.

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ShopRite Classic. In-Kyung Kim and Paula Creamer Tied at the Top.

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In-Kyung Kim, South Korea,  and Paula Creamer, U.S.A. are tied at the top of the ShopRite Classic leaderboard after 36 holes at Stockton Seaview Golf Club in New Jersey.

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In-Kyung Kim and Paula Creamer / getty

In Kyung, -4 under 67 today and Paula also -4 under 67 share the lead in the ShopRite  Classic, at -9 under par. This is a three round tournament, and these two ladies will take a two shot going into the final round tomorrow.

In Kyung spoke about the wind conditions today;

“The wind was blowing less and the greens were really pure this morning.”

 “The par fives I managed well yesterday and today.”

“The par threes are tough but I gave it my best.”

Paula is happy to be in contention, it has been a while;

“It feels good. It’s been a while, that’s for sure.”

“My team, we’ve just been working so hard. I feel good. I feel prepared. I knew there was a time I was going to breakthrough.”

“It just shows these last two days have been good golf.”

“Whatever happens tomorrow happens, but I feel like my golf game is in a good place.” 

Defending champion Anna Nordqvist is in the three-way tie for third place at -7 under par, an even par third round of 71 not dong her any favors;

“Overall I feel like I played a little bit better than I scored.”

“I’m still in it. It was just a hard afternoon with the wind.”

Sharing third spot at -7 under with Anna, are Jeong Eun Lee, -1 under 70 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, also -1 under 70, whose sister Ariya has become the new World Ladies Number one  ranked player this week, taking over that spot from Lydia Ko who had held it for 84 weeks.

Moriya said she was hanging in there today;

 “It’s hang in there today, and then tomorrow if I have a solid day it would be good for me.” 

ShopRite LPGA Classic . Defending Champ Anna On Top.

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Defending Champion Anna Nordqvist leads the ShopRite LPGA Classic after the first round.

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Anna, Sweden opened this years ShopRite LPGA Classic with a first round -7  under par 64 to lead the tournament by one shot, despite not putting too well;

“I feel like I enjoy this place, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove here.”

“I am just trying to take it day by day. I’ve been playing good for a long time now, so just tying get everything to click at once.”

“I’ve been hitting it really well the last couple weeks. Just haven’t really been putting well since Phoenix.”

“But started to get a couple rolls going for me today.”

“Had a lot of opportunities and a lot of good putts that didn’t go in, too, but my wedge game was really good today and I putted a few short ones.”

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, Jennifer Song, U.S.A.  Jeong Eun Lee, and Jenny Shin from South Korea all share second place at -6 under par following opening rounds of 65.

The Womens World Number One position is set to change this week, no matter what happens this week  in New Jersey, either Ariya Jutanugarn or So Yeon Ryu is projected to move to the top of the rankings.

The Lydia Ko camp are not playing here, for reasons best known to themselves. Just another confusing decision from them, not playing for three weeks leading up to a Major tournament.

Neither is second placed Ariya Jutanugarn, so that leaves So Yeon Ryu looking set to take over the top spot, with a win or even a good finish here, except that she has wilted under the pressure, carding a first round +3 over par 74.

So Ariya will take over the number slot, unless So Yeon has a miraculous recovery, which will be difficult in this three round competition.

 

Kingsmill Championship. Lovely Lexi, the Pink Lady, Leads.

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Lovely Lexi Thompson, the Pink Lady, has the Kingsmill Championship lead after 54 holes.

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Lexi

Lexi carded a third round -2 under 69, to take a three shot lead into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship tomorrow with her -14 under par tournament total;

“I feel good. I played very well today.”

“Pretty solid, just was all over the lips today on the greens. But I put some good strokes on a lot of my putts, so that’s all that matters.”

“Hopefully bring that into tomorrow.”

 

In second place is  In Gee Chun with her -11 under par total, a third round -4 under 67 giving her that position on her own;

“I had great round today.”

“This week my swing doesn’t feel good, so I try to stay humble in myself.”

“So I think I made great rounds.  I try to stay in the middle of the green today.”

“It was make a lot of birdie chance. So I made great up and down on 11 and 14, 15 maybe.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko, -1 under 71 today, Sei Young Kim, -5 under 66 and Minjee Lee, -4 under 67 share third place at 9-under par.

Sei Young  was happy to play well, but wants to improve her putting;

“I’m very happy to play well. Yesterday and the first-round I want good my putter and then wasn’t a good shot.”

“But I needed to the improve the shot and then putting, and then after the round I practice not much, just a little bit, and then I play well today.”

Lydia is playing to hang on to her World number One tag;

“It was a pretty steady round. The front nine I gave myself a lot of looks for birdies, and a lot of them really slipped by,”

Kingsmill Championship. Lexi Loving It at the Top.

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Lexi Thompson is loving it at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end at -12 under par.

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Lexi carded another round of -6 under par 65 at the Kingsmill Championship to sit on top the the leaderboard at -12 under par for the tournament, and will take a three shot lead into the week-end;

“I feel great with where my game is at. I am just trying to keep my thoughts very simple, focus on doing my routine and picking small targets out and committing to my shots.”

“If I do that, my game is in a good spot.”

“You know, it’s just a good golf course for me. I get to hit a lot of drivers, actually, a lot of 3-woods out here as well.”

“I just love the shape of the golf course. It’s in perfect shape for us once again this year.”

“Probably best I’ve seen it.”

Gerina Piller is in second place at -9 under par, -4 under 67 today, with some good putting;

“The game feels really solid. Made some putts early and just couldn’t get up and down the last couple.”

“But the chip-in was nice, so the game feels good.”

“Feel like my putting is really great right now. Just excited for tomorrow.”

World number one Lydia Ko, -4 under 67 today, shares third place with Candy Kung, -5 under 66. Both ladies at -8 under for the tournament.

Lydia is focusing on the week-end;

“Obviously wish I could be a little bit better. You can say that with any round.”

“The afternoon field is still, they still have 18 holes to go.”

“There is a lot of golf to be played.  All I need to do is focus on my game and be excited for the weekend.”