Blue Bay LPGA. Two Way Tie at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Blue Bay LPGA after 54 holes in China. Jessica Korda and Minjee Lee share the lead. Who said yesterday that Minjee would have a leisurely stroll to the title, (well me actually)

Minjee Lee & Jessica Korda / getty

Minjee Lee & Jessica Korda / getty

Minjee managed to squander a six shot lead, returning a third round score of +1 over par 73. Jessica took full advantage, carding a third round -6 under par 66, to level the scores at the top of the Blue Bay LPGA at -11 under par.

Jessica was the only player in the field to birdie the par four 12th hole today;

“Twelve in general is a really hard hole.”

“You have to land it perfectly at the top to have any shot at that pin staying on the back of the green. It’s really wet back there so you don’t want to have to chip up. It’s not an easy chip.”

“So I was just really happy to be on the green to be honest with you and have some type of putt at it.”

“And being able to birdie it, if that’s what my reaction was, I looked up and down and excited, it was more like a surprise and it was a good surprise.”

“Like I said, it’s a really hard hole and a really hard pin, so you’re thinking par is going to be a great score, and the fact that I actually made birdie I’m like, oh, wow, cool, that’s great.”

Minjee is just hoping for a better day tomorrow;

“It wasn’t windy. It wasn’t that windy today, so I guess you could be a bit more aggressive at the pins.”

“I mean, I wasn’t striking it that well, so I think I just got by, making up-and-down.”

“Yeah, tomorrow is another day, so you never know.”

Ariya Jutanugarn is in third place at -9 under par, following her magnificent third round effort of -7 under 65.

Ariya is playing smart golf, keeping the driver in the bag, she wants to win the Rolex Player of the Year award, and currently holds a four point lead over world number one Lydia Ko, who is not in the field this week;

“I think it’s really important because like the Rolex Player of the Year Award, it’s really an honor to win that one, and I think whoever wins really deserves it, because it’s really the hardest one to win.”

“And of course I want to win when I have a chance.”

“This course, you have to be really patient. I think today I maintained my like emotion to be patient, so I just hit like hit my tee shot good.”

“I just be like waiting for birdies, not really rushing trying to make birdies. Just trying to have fun.”

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Brittany Lang Leads.

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U.S. Women’s Open champion Brittany Lang leads the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at  Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course in South Korea.

LPGA KEB-Hana Bank Championship - Day 2 : News Photo

Brittany Lang

Brittany took over the top spot at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship with a bogey free second round -7 under par 65, for a 36 hole tournament total of -10 under par.

Brittany enjoyed a perfect day, including sinking lots of putts;

“It was a very enjoyable day. The greens are really firm but roll really nice. It was such a perfect day of weather.”

 “Started out with a birdie on one and just really played super solid. I was really swinging at it well.”

“Hit a lot of fairways and greens, made some long putts early, and had a cool eagle on the back and then birdie 18.”

“It was just a really enjoyable, nice, solid day of play.”

First round leader Alison Lee could not repeat the heroics of yesterday, carding -2 under par 70 today, which gives her second place at -9 under par.

Alison did not make any putts today that she should have;

“Overall today I feel like I played pretty well shooting 2-Under. Unfortunately on the back nine I struggled a bit.

 “I didn’t make any of the putts I looked at on the back. I missed a lot of birdie putts coming down.”

“On ten I think I actually  three putted. I think that’s what got me scared. I just couldn’t get the ball in the hole.”

“Thankfully I had an eagle on the short par-4 which kind of brought me back.”

Cristie Kerr, -7 under par 65 today, and Sung Hyun Park, also -7 under 65, share third place at -7 under par for the competition at the half way stage.

Defending champion Lexi Thompson is T7 at -5 under for the tournament, shooting -3 under 69 in the second round.

World number one Lydia Ko shot -3 under 69 today, to get back to even par in the competition.

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Alison Lee Leads.


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Alison Lee leads the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship at Sky 72 Golf Club Ocean Course in South Korea.

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship

Alison Lee / getty

Alison opened the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship with a -7 under par 65 to sit on top of the leaderboard.

Alison said it was good putting that helped her today;

“I gave myself a lot of chances at birdie. Putting was definitely one of my strengths today.”

“It’s definitely what helped me shoot 7-under. I made have a lot of good birdie putts. I think I only missed one or two putts inside 15 feet.”

Alison has suffered with injury this year, undergoing physical therapy to cope with a torn labrum in her left shoulder;

“It definitely, it hurt a lot, a huge portion of my mental game. I was struggling a lot on the golf course not only because of my injury, but because I was scared.”

“I was scared of the ball. I didn’t know where it was going to go.”

 “But I am very happy with where my game is now. Top 10 last week, and past couple months I’ve been playing a lot better and being on the leaderboards.”

“Definitely happy with where my game is now.”

Five ladies are tied in second place, three shots back at -4 under par,  Anna Nordqvist, Jeong Min Cho, Karine Icher, In-Kyung Kim and Lizette Salas.

Of course the big story in South Korea this week is the retirement of home favorite  Se Ri Pak, she told reporters;

“This morning I did a practice round and I was on the tee box and didn’t really hit me that this was my final round.”

“But then I saw the gallery and all the people had scarves my name on it. A lot of them came out for me, and during the game they told me what a good job I was doing and good job I did.”

 “That’s when it all really hit me that this was going to be my final round.”

“I feel that the way they were supporting me was different kind of. Before they were supporting me as a competitor in this game. It felt kind of different.”

“So I will have to say that during the game it was an emotional roller coaster for me.”

World number one #Lydia Ko is still in the doldrums shooting +3 over par 75.

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Happy Ha Na Has Control.

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Happy Ha Na Jang has control over the Fubon LPGA Championship and will take a six stroke lead into the final round tomorrow at Miramar Golf & Country Club in Taiwan.

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship

Ha Na Jang / getty

Ha Na  posted a fabulous -10 under par 62 in the third round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, posting a 54 hole total of -16 under par, and was surprised at how easy it was in the difficult conditions;

“Really surprise my play because weather so bad on the back nine.”

 “But just be patient every hole. Just simple my thinking. Just thinking hitting the flag and the hitting the fairway and really good score.”

Shanshan Feng is in second place at -10 under par, she carded -5 under 67 today, but realistically has no chance of catching the leader tomorrow, unless she can shoot 62 herself in the final round;

“I would say overall the first few days I’ve done well. In the past three weeks I’ve had some very good tournaments.”

 “So I’m just happy that I can keep on with my good condition. Somebody shot 62 today. Maybe I’ll shoot 62 tomorrow.”

Third place belongs to Hee Young Park at -9 under par, she had -3 under par 69 today.

World number one and defending champion Lydia Ko has no chance of retaining her title, -3 under 69 today gives her a -4 under total, 12 shots off the pace.

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Ha Na Jang & Hee Young Park Share Lead.


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Ha Na Jang & Hee Young Park share the 36 hole lead at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship at Miramar Golf & Country Club in Taiwan.

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship

Ha Na Jang & Hee Young Park / getty

Ha Na, and Hee Young both completed consecutive rounds of -3 under par 69 to lead the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship at -6 under par for 36 holes.

It was very difficult conditions today and Ha Na spoke about it in interview after her round today;

“I mean, this week is more like just be patient is very important, because weather is so bad and the golf condition so bad, too.”

 “That’s why I’m just hitting fairway, the green. Very important this week, yep, this weather, this score.”

Hee Young said more or less the same thing, it was all about the weather today, but was pleased with an improvement in her putting;

“Today always difficult with wind and I have to every single shot really careful and more think about. Makes more tired.”

“So hard to focusing end of the hole, so that’s why I tried to; it is my opinion , not much smile and keep calm until finish.”

 “You know what? I improved my putting, so I had confidence from putting.”

“I think that came from the confidence. Even released my whole shot. That’s why I think I hit it more aggressive and more had confidence.”

So Yeon Ryu, -4 under par 68 today, Shanshan Feng, -3 under 69, Lee-Anne Pace, -2 under 70 and Brooke Henderson , -1 under 71 sit one shot off the lead at -5 under par for the tournament in a tie for third place.

World number one, and defending champion Lydia Ko could only manage +1 over par 73, but is still in touch at -1 under, five shots off the pace.

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Sakura Yokomine 1st Round Leader.

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Sakura Yokomine, of Japan is the 1st round leader of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, being played at the Miramar Golf & Country Club in Taiwan.

 Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Sakura Yokomine / getty

Sakura carded an opening round -5 under par 67 which put her on top of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship leaderboard, in Taipei

Sakura spoke about the windy conditions and how she liked the course, especially the par five 12th which she Eagled;

“Yeah, I like it, wind is changing the conditions, but I concentrated and played good today.”

Paula Creamer, USA,  is tied second place with a -4 under par bogey free 68, she told the media that she always plays well in tough conditions;

“I’ve always played really well when it’s windy and just kind of tough.”

“You have to think a lot out there. Colin and I worked really well as a team today.”

“I mean, it’s pretty windy in certain spots out on this golf course, and he did a good job of figuring that out for us.”

Amy Yang of South Korea, and Brooke Henderson, Canada, both share second place with Paula.

Brooke enjoyed a chip in birdie at the par four 15th;

“I kind of had a tough lie in the rough there on the left side of 15, and so I just kind of tried to hit it out to the right.”

“I was thinking in my head, try and get up and down and save par and then try and make some birdies on the last three holes.”

“I was able to chip that one in; birdie 16; had a good chance on 17; birdied 18. It was really the ideal ending.”

World number one and defending champion Lydia Ko battled back from a double-bogey on the 5th hole to card -2 under 70 and  currently sits in a tie for 10th place, just three shots off the pace.

The Evian Championship. In Gee Easily Wins.


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A history making -21 under par Major score sees In Gee Chun, from South Korea, easily win The Evian Championship in France.

The Evian Championship

In Gee Chun / getty

In Gee shot a final round -2 under par 69 to take The Evian Championship trophy, just cruising from beginning to end;

“I just cannot believe I won the Evian Championship. I made 21-under-par. I’m not dreaming, right?”

“I had a really great time this week. Most people say golf is an individual sport, but I believe it is a team sport.”

“My manager, my caddie, my coach and I as a team, prepared for this game and played this game. I love my team.”

“I know minus 19 under par is tied record before the final round.”

“It was more pressure for me, but I tried to think about it as a really good experience.  I tried to more enjoy it.”

“I don’t know because I feel like I’m dreaming now. Without nerves, I feel bored. Nothing, bored.”

“I had a lot of pressure on the course, but I much enjoyed my game. I tried my best to keep to my game plan possibly, I think so I might win this time.”

South Korea took the top three places as So Yeon Ryu, -5 under par 66 today, and Sung Hyun Park, -2 under 69, tied in second place at -17 under par.

Shanshan Feng, from China finished in fourth place, at -15 under par, she also had a final round -2 under par 69.

World #1 Lydia Ko finished with another poor round +2 over 73, but eased the pain of this performance by capturing the Rolex Annika Major Award.

Rolex Annika Major Award

Lydia & Annika / getty

“It means a lot, especially because coming into this year my goal was to be more consistent in majors, and this exactly is the award for that, and obviously you need a win to have that, and just to have it named after Annika and how successful she’s been in majors and just in general and what she’s done for the game, I think there might not be some of us if it wasn’t for a player like her.”

“It’s something that I could have only really dreamt of and imagined of, and for it to be true in a few moments I think is going to be awesome, and especially for me to stand alongside a legend like Annika.”