LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Rain Delay Means Monday Finish.

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A rain delay has forced the Kingsmill Championship into a Monday Finish, with Minjee Lee leading, having completed 15 holes.

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Minjee is part way through her final Kingsmill Championship round, having completed 15 holes and currently -7 under par for the round. Her tournament total is -16 under par, and she knew she was at the top, but just wants to get out there tomorrow and finish off;

“I knew I was right there, I still have some work to do tomorrow, but just kind of gave myself opportunities, played smart golf. I didn’t do anything crazy.  Just my putts seemed to drop.”

“Hopefully if I can get the win tomorrow then I won’t have to go to the U.S. Open qualifying.”

Nearest challenger is Alison Lee at -12 under par after 14 holes, and -2 under on her final round, four shots adrift with four holes to play, and realistically not much chance of catching the leader.

Alison suffered a nose bleed out on the course today, after some attention she carried on and made birdie on the next hole;

“I’ve had a nosebleed every day since I’ve been here, just happen to have gotten it on the course today.  Thankfully it didn’t last too long.”

“I know I’m going to have to play aggressively being four strokes behind Minjee.”

“I know exactly what I have to do tomorrow if I want to take this. It’s all up to me.  It’s me against the golf course.”

” No matter what Minjee does, I just have to play my best.”

There are five ladies tied in third place at -10 under par and do have some chance of catching second place Alison, but the way they are playing in does not seem feasible.

Paula CreamerHoo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Perrine Delacour and Suzann Pettersen, Suzann is in the clubhouse with her score.

Lydia Ko and Inbee Park have both completed their last rounds and are T16 at -5 under par for the competition.

More to follow on Monday.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Perrine Delacour Leads.

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Perrine Delacour, from France, leads the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

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Perrine carded a third round -4 under par 67 to lead the Kingsmill Championship after 54 holes with a -11 under par total. She is seeking her first LPGA Tour win, and has a strategy that could work;

“When I won the British Amateur, I didn’t have the game to win, so I just play every match and win every match, and at the end I win the tournament,”

“So I try to do the same tomorrow.”

Alison Lee slipped up late in the round with a bogey at the par four 16th, followed by a double bogey five at the par three 17th. She finished the day at -1 under par 70, for a -10 under par total, saying she mis-read some putts;

“I felt like I hit a couple decent strokes, I just misread it.”

“Especially coming down I think 15, 16, 17, I hit strokes that I thought were good, but it didn’t turn out as well.”

“I’m pretty sure that four‑putt on 17 will come back to haunt me later this week and tomorrow.”

” I learned a lot.  I’m just glad I finished under par today and just looking forward to tomorrow.”

Third place is shared by three ladies all tied at -9 under par for the tournament, Paula Creamer, So Yeon Ryu and Minjee Lee.

Paula was happy with her hot putter;

“You have to have a good short game and be able to bail yourself out at times.”

“My putter was hot and I gave myself some really good looks for par, even thought I had to save them. It was a crazy back nine, that’s for sure.”

“Playing in a final group or the last two groups, that’s always fun. It’s good to have my game where I want it to be.”

” I have a lot of confidence, even though I got to go work on some things, but this is fun.”

The battle of the big guns continues with world number two Inbee Park maintaining a one-shot advantage over current world number one Lydia Ko. They both carded -1 under par 70, with Inbee now at -4 under and Lydia -3 under for the tournament. They will have to play very well in the final round to make an impression here.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Alison Ascends The Summit.

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Rookie Alison Lee sits on top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard at the half way stage of the competition.

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Alison had a -4 under par 67 to sit on top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard with her -9 under par total, and a two shot lead over the field. She carded one bogey, late in the day, and said it was down to mental tiredness;

“Coming into today I felt really confident, especially after my round yesterday.”

“I’m feeling good, especially being on the top of the leaderboard going into the weekend definitely gives me an advantage for this week.”

“It’s great competition, it adds the fuel to the fire for me.”

” Since I see all these other rookies playing well I want to too and I want to make a name for myself. I think it’s really awesome that all the rookies this year are playing really well.”

“For me, it was kind of a little bit of fatigue, it was getting kind of late in the day and I was ready for the round to be over. But, yeah, it’s a mental thing.”

“So I told myself to stay in it because it wasn’t over yet and I still had a couple tricky holes coming down and a couple birdie chances also to extend the lead.”

Another rookie Minjee Lee is tied in second place at -7 under par, along with Perrine Delacour. Minjee also recorded a -4 under par 67, and Perrine -3 under 68.

Minjee spoke about her first time being in contention on the leaderboard;

“I played four of the five majors last year so I could get the feel for what the LPGA was like and to play with the professionals, what that experience was kind of like,”

“This is my rookie year and kind of the first time I’ve been in this situation, so it’s going to be a whole new experience.”

Perrine is excited about the prospect of having a chance to win her first professional title;

“I’m excited but a little bit stressed because I’m close to the leader.”

 “So I want to be good and maybe win the tournament.”

World number one Lydia Ko had a -2 under par 69 today, and also has that as her total for the tournament, while worlds number two Inbee Park shot -4 under 67 to post a total of -3 under par.

If these two stars want to win here they will have to go low tomorrow, just to keep pace with the rookies who lead at the moment.

 

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Joanna Klatten is 1st Round Leader.

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Joanna Klatten is 1st round leader of the Kingsmill Championship on the River Course in Virginia.

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Joanna shot an opening round -6 under par 65 at the Kingsmill Championship, which included one bogey.

She carded five birdies in a six hole stretch, and admitted that there was an element of luck involved;

“I definitely had luck on my side today,  I had good breaks and it feels really good.”

“Lately, it felt the other way around, but I knew that it always evens out. Today, it definitely did.”

“Well, it’s nice because I haven’t had a very good stretch lately.”

“I mean, this is one of my favorite courses all year.  I feel very comfortable here.  It suits my eye really well.” 

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Morgan Pressel, Alison Lee and Pat Hurst.

Morgan played solid golf, not making many mistakes;

“I just played solid, I didn’t really make a whole ton of mistakes today, and the ones I did I recovered from nicely with good up and downs, a couple good ten footers for par, and was able to convert the birdie opportunities that I did have.”

“I am giving myself opportunities, and, I mean, I know that I’m capable of playing well.”

“I’m confident in my game, so I just need to carry that into the rest of the week and hopefully be in contention come Sunday afternoon.”

Pat knows she needs to be in the right place at the right time;

“It’s all about the angles out here and being on the right side of the fairway and the way you come into the greens and stuff.”

“If you’re hitting the ball good, it’s easier to put them in that spot.”

Rookie Alison is relying on her good short game;

“My short game was my strength.”

 “Being out here on tour as a rookie, I’m just getting used to everything out here and I haven’t been practicing my short game as much.”

“I have been trying to do my best to practice a little more of my short game instead of just hitting range balls and playing every day.”

Paula Creamer is one of the ladies who are two shots back at -4 under par, she carded five birdies in the first seven holes, but messed up with three bogies on the back;

“My front nine was awesome. Good birdie on 17 to come into the 18th hole. Hit my iron shot a little heavy, but I’ll take any birdies out here when they come.”

“Doesn’t matter how. Scorecard doesn’t have pictures.”

“I am very pleased with where my game is at, I have a good mental approach to things right now and I’m feeling good with my putter.”

“Just trying not to get in my own way and keep doing what I been doing in my next week off last week and see what happens in the next three days.”

World number one Lydia Ko shot an even par 71 on day one and sits in a tie for 40th place, while World number two Inbee Park carded +1 over par 72.

LPGA North Texas Shootout. Lexi & Inbee in Pole Position

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Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson are in pole position at the top of the North Texas Shootout going into the final round tomorrow at Irving, Texas.

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Inbee and Lexi stand at the top of the North Texas Shootout leaderboard with -9 under par totals, Lexi scored  -3 under par 68 third round while Inbee was at -2 under par 69.

Lexi is aware that the leaderboard is jam packed, and intends to concentrate on her own game;

“The leaderboard is very stacked right now, so I’m expecting low scores.”

“But really I’m just going to focus on my game and doing my routine on every shot, focus one shot at a time and not focus on anybody else.”

Inbee knows it will be a shootout tomorrow, and intends to be aggressive in her approach to the round;

“There’s a lot of contenders out there that’s within like two shots.”

“Whoever plays well tomorrow is going to win, so I definitely need to play aggressively and score well tomorrow to win.”

“I think it’ll take three or more to win tomorrow. I need to definitely improve myself from today.”

Tied in third place at -8 under par are Brooke Henderson, Angela Standford and Karrie Webb.

Karrie carded the low round of the day, a -7 under par 64, to catapult her into contention for the title;

“I’ve worked really hard the last 12 months, made a few changes in my swing, and really the last couple of weeks, it’s really sticking.”

“That’s good to feel and good to be able to hit shots that I want to hit out on the golf course.”

Brooke wants to eliminate the mistakes, but said she is playing well;

“I hit it pretty well. I made a couple of mistakes and just a few putts on the back nine I wish I would have made.”

“But I’m still in good position, and I didn’t play that well today, and I’m still right there. I think I grinded it well, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

“It’s definitely going to be a fun day. Great players, amazing players, and definitely role models for me and everyone out here.”

“I’ve just got to play my game and see what happens.”

Angela is looking forward to a fun day tomorrow;

“Any time there’s that many people around the top, anything can happen.”

“Should be fun to watch. I hear the wind may blow a little harder tomorrow, so I think that’s good. It adds another element to the day.”

World number one Lydia Ko survived the secondary cut, and keeps her run of no cuts intact, but at even par for the tournament her expectations are on the low side;

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“Really, I think of the last two days, I’m realizing that one shot, one little putt can make a huge difference.”

“I started off well. I haven’t shot under par on the back nine before, but did that.”

“I missed a couple putts, birdie putts coming down the stretch, but luckily I’m playing four days, and after the first day, you know, I didn’t know if I was going to play through.”

LPGA North Texas Shootout. Brooke Breaks Out of the Bunch.

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Brooke Henderson breaks out of the bunch to lead the North Texas Shootout at Irving in Texas.

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Brooke shot a second round -6 under par 65 to grab the lead at the North Texas Shootout with a -8 under par total, and a one shot lead.

Brooke said the close finish last week has helped her game a lot;

“Last week, definitely helped out a lot, finishing third and having a chance to win on Sunday was a lot of fun.”

“I’m excited to be in the same position. Hopefully, it will just turn out a little better.”

Tied in second place are Juli Inkster and Inbee Park, both at -7 under par for the competition. Inbee returned a second round sore of -5 under par 66, while Juli settled for -2 under 69.

Inbee changed her putter, which had the desired result;

“If the putter doesn’t work, you’re just going to walk away with the pars.”

“Hopefully, this putter can stay in the bag a long time.”

“I think a couple birdies on the last two holes will definitely help going into the weekend, and I know how this golf course plays because I won here a couple years ago, so yeah, I mean, I’m still going to need to shoot a couple good rounds, but yeah, I feel like I’m in good shape.”

Juli had to change her statement from yesterday, when she declared,“I’m not really looking forward to winning.”

“I never said I’m not planning on it, I’m just not counting my chickens before they hatch.”

“I mean, I’ve got a lot of golf left and there’s a lot of great players out there, and everybody is kind of bunched up.”

“You know, they wanted a shootout, that’s probably what they’re going to get.”

 “I three-putted the first hole and had a really; didn’t hit a very good iron in there and had a really long putt and it lipped out.”

“But you know what, I knew I was hitting the ball good and I knew I was hitting the ball good and I knew I was going to have a lot of opportunities, so I stayed patient and got a few birdies going, and then my round kind of turned around.”

 Mi Hyang Lee, Hee Young Park, Lexi Thompson and Karine Icher are tied in fourth place at -6 under par.

Mi is full of confidence, coming from her win at the Mizuno a while back, and scoring a hole in one yesterday, which won her a new car, a  Kia K900;

“After Mizuno I have a lot of confidence, so that’s changed my golf.”

“I didn’t change anything but just my mind is a little bit changed, so I more think positive and then more confident.”

World number one Lydia Ko recovered a little bit from yesterdays nightmare round, a bogey free -3 under par 68 at least helped her make the cut, and has now made 51 consecutive cuts on the LPGA. She was a little emotional about making the cut when heading into the back nine, still at +4 over par, because she had pledged to donate her earnings from this week’s tournament to the earthquake relief in Nepal.

“All day, I was thinking, you know, make some birdies for the kids in Nepal.”

“I was going to cry after my putt.”

LPGA North Texas Shootout. Three-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the LPGA North Texas Shootout, at Irving in Texas. The more senior players took over from the teenagers, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr and Sydnee Michaels share the top spot.

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 Juli and Cristie have a combined 48 wins and nine major championships between them have completed the first round of the North Texas Shootout with scores of -5 under par 66, along with Sydnee Michaels.

Juli feels her game is coming back together;

“I’ve been playing pretty good, I’ve been trying to slowly by slowly get a little confidence back in my game, and even last week, I didn’t play too bad on Friday and Saturday, it was just tough conditions.”

“I’m not really looking forward to winning, I mean, I’ve played good at first rounds and really haven’t played good my second rounds, so I’m looking forward to going out there.”

“I drove the ball really well today and hit a lot of good iron shots, so that’s what I’m looking forward to doing tomorrow, and add them up and see how I’m doing.”

Cristie is the opposite, being very frustrated with her game;

“I saw my coach this week, I had struggled with my ball-striking the last couple weeks, and it was nice to hit some really pure shots out there today.”

Sydnee was in the last group of the day, and reported that she had played nicely and was feeling confident;

“I just hit a lot of good shots, and I made a few good putts in the beginning.”

“I just felt really confident today.”

In a tightly compacted leaderboard there are no less than 10 ladies tied in fourth place, just one shot back at -4 under par.  Lexi Thompson, Karine Icher, Angela Stanford, Sandra Gal, Gerina Piller, Wei-Ling Hsu, Alena Sharp, Maria Hernandez, Ryann O’Toole, and Natalie Gulbis.

World number one Lydia Ko had some tree trouble today, trying to lob a ball over the tree, it became lodged somewhere up in the branches. Her caddie, Jason Hamilton even climbed the tree, but no amount of shaking could dislodge the ball, and that hole became a triple. On the next hole she found water, that was a double and a bogey on the next left her with an opening round +4 over par 75;

“Those two holes I was 5-over-par, so what can you do?”

“I was going to hit it over that tree, I would have never imagined for it to be stuck up there. Yeah, you just get those days where the things that you least expect happens. Can’t do much.”

“On the next hole I didn’t really hit a good tee shot, and then it’s kind of tough when you’re hitting out of the rough trying to get over water, and I put myself in the worst position for there. Just those two holes, it was tough.”

“I didn’t know he was that good at climbing trees and monkey bars, so he must have done that when he was in elementary school, but that’s a while ago, too.”

“It’s good to know that my caddie is always there to support me and to do what’s best for me. At the end of the day he didn’t really need to go up the tree.”

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