CME Group Tour Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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 Peiyun Chien, from Chinese Taipei, and Sarah Jane Smith, Australia, lead the  CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

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Peiyun Chien & Sarah Jane Smith / getty

Both Peiyun and Sarah Jane had bogey free first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship.

Rookie Peiyun said she need more belief in herself;

“Just need to more believe myself.”

“I change a little my backswing, so feel a little bit more solid.”

Sarah Jane had a good day with her putter;

“I holed some nice putts.”

“It was a bit rough in the beginning, but holed some nice putts for par and sort of kept it going, and then made some good birdies coming in.”

“I’ve been working on a little bit more tempo in my swing. I can get really fast out there.”

“I sort of made a conscious effort a few weeks ago to sort of do it on the golf course, and it’s made a huge difference.”

Five ladies are then tied in third place at -5 under after their opening rounds of 67, World number one Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Azahara Munoz, Spain, Suzann Pettersen, Norway and Karine Icher from France.

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Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Shanshan Survives The Storm.


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Shanshan Feng, from China, survived the three and half hour storm delay to lead the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, but Sei Young Kim got two shot penalty.

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Defending Champion Shanshan carded -6 under par 65 at TPC Kuala Lumpur to take the 36 hole lead in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with a -11 under par total, making more putts today;

“I think overall today was a very good round.”

“I didn’t have as many birdie chances as yesterday, but I think I actually made more putts so that made me very happy.”

Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden, is in second place at -10 under par, with -5 under 66 today, and enjoyed the experience of rolling her putter really well;

“I had a really good run for it after the rain delay and I was really excited to get some good shots back.”

 “I started rolling the putter really well. I’m just enjoying it out here.”

“I’m not trying to focus on the leaderboard at the moment. I’m just trying to go out and play good golf and have fun.”

Cristie Kerr, USA, has third spot on her own at -9 under par, with the low round of the day, a marvelous -8 under par 63;

“I felt great, I found a groove with my swing that I haven’t had in my swing in a while.”

“It felt good to hit some really solid shots out there.”

Sei Young Kim, South Korea, who had nine birdies over her first 15 holes got a two shot penalty at the par three 17th, for moving a loose leaf out of the bunker, it dropped her to -8 under and fourth on the leaderboard;

“Honestly, I thought I could move the leaf, but it’s not a factor, the leaf behind my ball.”

“Then I just picked up the leaf and then throw some air. Then Brittany Lincicome came to me and asked did you move the rock or leaf. I moved the leaf. It’s not a big deal, we have two more rounds.” 

First round leader Lydia Ko from New Zealand signed for +1 over par, which dropped her to -6 under and  T 6 on the board.

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Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Lydia Ko Leads.

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Lydia Ko, New Zealand, leads the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia after the opening round at  TPC Kuala Lumpur.

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Lydia Ko / getty

Lydia carded a bogey free first round -7 under 64 to lead the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia by one shot;

Lydia made birdies on three par 3 holes, and some good putts;

“It’s always nice to make birdies on par 3’s.”

“Birdies on any holes, you take it. I feel like 17 is kind of a lucky one.”

“I was making putts today, if you’re not striking the ball very well, but you’re able to make putts when you get birdie opportunities or to make those crucial par putts, those are going to be the three-or four-shot swings.”

“To me, it’s really about confidence and momentum, where if I see some going in the right direction.”

“It was a really solid day for me, so I’ll take my 64.”

Sue Oh from Australia is one shot back at -6 under following her opening round of 65;

“I didn’t have very high expectations, I just went out there and played like cliché one shot at a time, kind of thing.”

“I was off really early, and it was really dark when I got here. So, I wasn’t sure if I could get a full warm up in, and just got enough time to have a full warm up.”

“Just happy to get done before the storm hits.”

Defending champion  Shanshan Feng, China, is one of three ladies who share third place, with last week’s winner Eun-Hee Ji, South Korea and rookie Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden, all with rounds of -5 under par 66.

Shanshan spoke about winning another title in Malaysia:

“It would be great if I can do it.”

“I’m really enjoying coming back every year. We always love the people here. I feel really relaxed.” 

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Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Eun Hee Ji Wins Easily.

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Eun Hee Ji, South Korea, easily wins the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, by six shots in Taiwan, only her second LPGA Tour win, the last was eight years ago.

 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

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Eun Hee calmly carded a final round -7 under par 65, to post the winning number of -17 under par at the top of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship leaderboard, and end her eight year drought;

“I’m so happy and excited because I haven’t won for the past eight years.”

 “So I was waiting for this moment for so long, so I’m super happy right now.”

“It is a nice day for playing golf today, and I have a really good group with Lydia and Jenny, so I was more relaxed with them and enjoyed playing with them.”

 “Yeah, it’s been great.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, also -7 under 65, bogey free today, claimed second place on her own at -11 under par;

“I’ll still take a birdie on the finishing hole.”

“I played really solid today. I had a few pars; I guess 12-footers for par on my front nine that I was able to hole and make a bunch of birdies. “

“I’ll take my 65.”  

Five ladies tied in third position at a distant -7 under par, World #1 So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, -7 under 65 today, Lizette Salas, USA, -5 under 67, Carlota Ciganda, Spain, -4 under 68, Shanshan Feng, China, -4 under 68 and Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden, also with -4 under 68 today.

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Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Eun Hee Is Walking Away With It.

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In the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship Eun Hee Ji is walking away with it, and will take a six shot advantage into the final round.

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Eun Hee Ji / getty

On a very windy day in Taiwan Eun Hee shot a third round -3 under par 69, to lead the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship by six shots at -10 under par. Windy conditions meant only 14 ladies managed to shoot under par scores in the third round.

Sharing second place at -4 under par are Lydia Ko, New Zealand, who carded -4 under par 68 today, for the low round of the day, and must have been surprised to see herself in second place. She shares that position with Jenny Shin, USA, who carded +3 over 75 today.

Lydia mentioned good putting in the tough conditions;

“It was pretty tough out there with the wind being pretty strong and starting from the first hole.”

“It kind of progressively picked up. I played solid and made a few good putts.”

“A little careless plus little mistakes on 17, but it’s always nice to be able to finish with a birdie on the last.”

Jenny would like some rain tomorrow;

“Maybe I play well in the rain, and I hope it just comes down tomorrow, and maybe I’ll play seven  under par, you never know.”

“I’ve known Eun-Hee for a really long time, and playing with her two days in a row, it’s going to be an interesting day tomorrow.”

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Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Eun Hee Ji Leads.

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Eun Hee Ji, from South Korea, leads the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship after the first round in Taiwan.

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Eun Hee carded a -6 under par 66 to lead the Swinging Skirts Taiwan Championship by three shots on day one;

“I changed my swings a little bit. That one I worked on a lot. My caddie is helping me a lot.”

“It’s like more information for wind and club choosing. That’s everything.”

“I think just a good day. I’m just more relaxed with the weather. That makes it a lot easier for when I play.”

Sharing second place are Sei Young Kim, also from South Korea, and Meghan Khang, USA, and Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand, all with opening rounds of -3 under par 69.

Sei Young said is was a tough day;

“Oh, really tough day today because we got a lot of rain, and a couple of holes, really gusting wind.”

“It was tough to judge distance and how to take the club.”

“Me and my caddie were talking about the right way, and yeah, we did a great job.”

Meghan mentioned the tough conditions;

 “Even in these conditions, I think it’s still a great score.”

Five ladies are in fifth place at -2 under par, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Brittany Altomare, USA, Jenny Shin, South Korea, Azahara Munoz, Spain and local player Min Lee from Taiwan.

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LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. Minjee Lee, Sung Hyun Park and Min-Sun Kim Lead.

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Minjee Lee, AustraliaSung Hyun Park and Min-Sun Kim, from South Korea, all share the lead at the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, in South Korea.

Minjee Lee, Sung Hyun Park and Min-Sun Kim / getty

Minjee, Sung, who was bogey free and Min-Sun all cared first rounds of -6 under par 66 on the  Ocean Course to top the  LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship leaderboard.

MInjee from Australia would love to get a win here;

“I’ve had a pretty solid year.”

“It would be nice to have a win for the remainder the season. That will be my goal.”

Five ladies are then tied in fourth place at -5 under after opening rounds of 67; last weeks winner on the European Tour, Cristie Kerr, Lizette Salas, and Marina Alex, from the USA, with Min-Ji Park and Chella Choi, from South Korea.

Lydia Ko, from New Zealand is in the group at -4 under par, and T 9.

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