CME Group Tour Championship. Charley wins 1st LPGA Title.

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Charley Hull, from England wins her 1st LPGA Tour title at the CME Group Tour Championship, in Florida.

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Charley Hull

Charley carded -6 under par 66 to capture the  CME Group Tour Championship, her maiden Tour win, at -19 under par, a two shot victory;

“It’s pretty cool feeling, hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I last won on the LET, the European Tour, like two years ago.”

“Had that dry like patch for a few years. Feels good now to get a win.”

In second place was So Yeon Ryu, a final round -5 under 67 giving her that place on her own at -17 under par;

“Sometimes you just, well, good thing is when you decided to do something then when you are completely having a faith about it, then when you did it you cannot really complain about result.”

“Maybe 17 was only one my decision wasn’t really great.”

“Maybe better to hit 3-wood or draw or something like that. But just sometimes I feel like just God make that happen.”

“You know, God make that happen for make me a better player, make me a better person. So I just really don’t want to blame myself. I just take this one as just serendipity, you know.”

Jennifer Song was third with her -15 under par total, last round -4 under 68.

In Gee Chun claimed the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, and also this week added the Vare Trophy, making birdie on the last to beat Lydia Ko.

In Ghee spoke about playing alongside Lydia and Amy Yang;

“It was big honor for me, because to have my name next to legends, and then I play with Lydia and Amy today,  and I always play with them.”

“I know she’s great, but Lydia is great player, I learned from her a lot.”

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Race to CME Globe

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Ariya wins the Race to CME Globe, beating Lydia into second place, it is safe to say it was not a good day for the World number one.

Ariya thinks it is great, and it is;

“It’s great, it’s like my dream come true.”

“I never think like my name can be in this trophy, and right now I’m really proud of myself.”

“You know even like last year I miss like ten cut in a row.”

“But I feel really appreciate it. Because if that thing not happen I’m not going to win all this stuff this year.”

“This year just like try my best, so I am not really worry about in the past. Try to be focus on positive thing, not think about all like bad thing.”

CME Group Tour Championship.Charley Hull Leads By 1

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Charley Hull leads the CME Group Tour Championship by 1 shot going into the final round tomorrow in Florida.

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Charley carded a bogey free -6 under par 66 to take the 54 hole lead at -13 under par in the  CME Group Tour Championship, but said she needs to work on her tempo;

“Just go on the range and hit some golf balls and just kind of worked on my tempo.”

“Sometimes it gets a bit rushed, just kind of keep it to the basics.”

“Remember what my coach said. I haven’t had a golf lesson in six weeks, so I’m looking forward to having one when I get home.”

Brittany Lincicome, -6 under 66, and So Yeon Ryu, -3 under 69, share second place at -12 under par.

Brittany was second last week in India, without using a driver, but her putting is still good;

“Unfortunately I didn’t get to hit driver one time at all last week.”

“I think only three times out here, but just to hit it straight and learn how to hit it straight for a week.”

“Then to come out here, the golf course seems a little bit more open.”

“Then I was putting really well last week, which is great to have it continuing this week.

“Now I’m bummed that we have no more tournaments after this week. It’s finally starting to click and we’re in November.”

“Any time I can stay near the top of the leaderboard is going to be a great finish to the year. One more day. I just need to kind of get it done and then enjoy the off-season.”

So Yeon said her putting was not great;

“I think maybe today’s shot was one of the best shot condition last three days, including today, so I was able to make some lot of birdie chances.”

“But putting was not great, you know.”

“Most important fact is I’m happy with my stroke.”

“Little missed lie or wind just blew up or something like really tiny thing, so I’m not really worry about that part. Just going to make sure I’m going to have better speed control tomorrow.”

Five ladies are tied in fourth place at -11 under par, Lydia Ko, a poor round today after the heroics of yesterday, +1 over 73, her main rival in the Race to the CME Globe, Ariya Jutanugarn carding -7 under par 65, Jennifer Song, -6 under 66, Lizette Salas, -5 under 67 and In Gee Chung -4 under 68.

Lydia and In Gee are battling for the Vare Trophy, with their season scoring averages within 0.007 points, with Lydia holding a slim lead.

With everything still on the line, tomorrows golf will be very interesting, see who’s nerve holds under the pressure.

CME Group Championship. Lydia Leads.

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Lydia Ko, the world number one lead the CME Group Championship after 36 holes in Florida, in the Race to the CME Globe.

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Lydia shot a record breaking -10 under par 62 to vault to the top of the CME Group Championship leaderboard, and will have a three stroke advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Lydia had been working with coach David Leadbetter, he showed her a video of her first hole in one, that was the catalyst to fire up her inspiration;

“Brings back a lot of great memories. Even though that moment I really didn’t expect to make a hole-in-one. I got so close so many times. To know my first hole-in-one would be at the Olympics, it was something I couldn’t have ever dreamt of.”

“To see that swing, you know, I was hitting the ball really well at the Olympics. It gave me all the positive thoughts.”

“I hit the ball pretty well yesterday. He said, I think we only need a few minutes and we’ll be okay.”

“I think hopefully that will give me good momentum going into the weekend.”

“I mean, I started off kind of average yesterday, but I was able to fight back. I think that gave me good momentum going into today.”

“For me to win player the year I know I need to win this championship.”

“ A lot of things come with that.”

Tied in second place at -9 under are, Ryann O’Toole, -5 under 67 today, and So Yeon Ryu -4 under 68.

So Yeon changed her putting attitude;

“I actually like judge myself to, ‘Oh, the bad putter. I’m bad putter.’ Then all of a sudden somehow I was able to switch my mind to, ‘Okay, I’m great putter. I’m not a bad putter.’

“Then after my change my attitude I feel more comfortable to be on the putting green.”

“So Yeon, when you’re on the putting green you just think this green is yours. You can actually communicate with the green and do everything great on the green.”

“So I started to have this attitude on the green and then I am playing well right now.”

Ryann also has a charged up attitude;

“You see someone up at the top and you go, Okay, I can do it. I’m not going to let them beat me kind of thing.”

“If you’re playing well and the game is there, it’s a lot easier to have that mentality. Sometimes chasing can kill you if you’re not striking it well or anything like that.”

“Then you’re getting a head of yourself, yeah, this is comfortable zone for her.”

“At the same time, who is more hungry? I think I’m going to kind of go with that. Who wants it?”

Yesterdays leader Shanshan Feng went backwards today, +1 over par 73, to slip down the table at -5 under and T 16.

 

CME Group Tour Championship. Shanshan Feng, Fantastic Form.

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Shanshan Feng is in fantastic form as she leads the CME Group Tour Championship after round one in Naples, Florida.

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Shanshan shot -6 under par 66 in the first round of the  CME Group Tour Championship, to top the leaderboard by one shot;

“Well, I’m normally a pretty good ball-striker, but I’m not one of the longest hitters. For me it would be hard to really stop the balls on these greens.”

 “But, I mean, I think the pin positions are still like reasonable. Like it’s not like maybe three yards over the water or over the bunker. It still gives us room to actually land it in the certain spot and have a birdie chance.”

Second place is shared by Charley Hull and So Yeon Ryu, both at -5 under after their opening rounds of 67.

So Yeon is focusing on every shot;

“So what I learned through that is I just rather more focus to like imagination. You know, just keep imagine how the ball going to fly and what shot I am going to hit instead of where is my hand going to be, my wrist.”

 “So I think you I was really struggle all year this year, but that was the biggest thing I was learn back then. I think that study was really very helpful.”

Charlie is just back from holiday, and is seeking her first LPGA Tour win;

“I always play well when I come back from holidays and stuff as well.”

“Because I don’t play well when I play too many weeks on the course because mentally I’m not there.”

“If I like,  even if I have four weeks off, I would rather have four weeks off than play four, five weeks.”

“Yeah, because when I play too much golf I kind of;  I don’t concentrate. I kind of get; I can’t explain it.” Mentally tired. If I’m back home I’m kind of refreshed.”

There are then seven ladies at -4 under par, and tied for fourth place.

World number one Lydia Ko is at -2 under, with round of 70.

Race

LPGA Going To New Zealand in 2017.

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The LPGA will be in New Zealand next year with the MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, to be contested at Windross Farm Golf Club.

A purse of US $1.3 million will announce the first ever LPGA or PGA event to be held in this country.

The Clubhouse (NZ) Ltd M.D. Michael Goldstein told media;

“This has been made possible by the fantastic sponsorship from MCKAYSON, and the support from Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development, and we thank them for sharing our vision.”

MCS Holdings Inc, is a newly launched global brand of high quality sportswear, it’s Chairman, Min Cheol Kim spoke of his pleasure to sponsor this tournament in New Zealand;

“We are pleased to become the title sponsor of the  MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open, and play an integral part in a new tournament on the LPGA Tour.”

“MCS Holdings Inc will utilize this sponsorship as a means of extensive promotion and marketing to build MCKAYSON as a successful international brand in the Global market.”

“The company also believes it has a social responsibility to the game of golf through its sponsorship which offers both tangible and intangible benefits to our company and New Zealand.” 

World number one Lydia Ko is looking forward to competing in a LPGA event in her home country;

“I am so excited at this announcement to bring the LPGA to my hometown in Auckland.”

“I am honored to be the first player to sign up to play.”

“It is going to be amazing for me and my family to host my LPGA friends to my country. I want to see golf grow in New Zealand and more women playing the game, so this news is fantastic.”

 

 

TOTO Japan Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn and Soo-Yun Kang Share 1st Round Lead

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TOTO Japan ClassicAriya Jutanugarn and Soo-Yun Kang share 1st round lead at Taiheiyo Club Minori Course in Japan.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Soo-Yun Kang / getty

Ariya, bogey free and Soo-Yun, one bogey both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the TOTO Japan Classic.

Ariya enjoyed a return to form, and is not thinking of the rivalry with Lydia for the top honors this year;

“Last week I was a little bit off with my tee shot.”

“Today I just to be a little bit more positive and not think about last week and try to have more fun today.”

“Right now I am just trying to have fun and enjoy every shot I hit, that’s all I want to do.”

Good putting was the key for Soo-Yun;

“Today’s round putting was great, I make every putt, I make 22 putts and make a great score.”

Jenny Shin, and Stacy Lewis are tied in third place, both with -5 under par 67, both carded one bogey today.

Sacking her caddie does not seem to be the best decision as Lydia Ko continues to stumble towards the end of the year, with everything on the line. Today she shot +2 over par 74.

Sime Darby LPGA. Shanshan Wins in Malaysia.

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Shanshan Feng, from China, wins the Sime Darby LPGA in Malaysia, at TPC Kuala Lumpur, East Course.

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Shanshan had a final round -4 under par 67 to win the Sime Darby LPGA with a -17 under par total, a three shot victory;

“It feels great, my record here is really good, especially the past four years.”

“I had a very fantastic week, every time I come back here, it makes me feel like I’m at home.”

“I’m really relaxed and I love everything, love the food, love the people. So I’m really looking forward to come back every year.”

Suzann Pettersen, Norway, was in second place at -14 under par, a last round -5 under 66 moving her up the leaderboard.

Tied in third position were Amy Yang, USA, -2 under 69 today, and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden, -1 under 70. Anna dropped two shots on the final hole, a double bogey six, when par would have given her a share of second.

World number one Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, finished T12 at -8 under par with her final round of even par 71, which came apart with a double bogey 5 at the par three 15th and a bogey at the last hole.