LPGA Marathon Classic. I.K. Kim Wins With A 63.

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I.K. Kim, South Korea, wins the LPGA Marathon Classic, with a 63 in the last round  at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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A weather delay could not stop I.K. from carding a final bogey free round -8 under par 63, to win the Marathon Classic, with a -21 under par total;

“I think today the pin positions were a little bit comfortable for me.”

“I’ve been hitting little draws this week, and when the pin is tucked on the left side, I was having a hard time, but I think just knowing what I’m doing kind of helped me to plan out the round.”

Leggy (6ft tall) Lexi Thompson, USA,  was in second place, she returned a last round score of -5 under 66, to finish with -17 under par;

“I put up a good score. I had a little bit of a rough stretch there, but overall I’m very happy with the way I played.”

 “I was hitting a cut around the golf course, and that’s usually not what I do. But I managed to put up some good scores, which I’m very happy about.”

“You just have to focus on doing your best and controlling your attitude and your game.”

Tied in third place at -15 under par were, Peiyun Chien, Taipei, -3 under 68 today, and Gerina Pillar, USA, who is still searching for her first LPGA Tour win, she also carded a final round -3 under 68.

Peiyun was proud to play so well;

“Very proud because a lot of Taiwanese;  a lot of Taiwan fans really care about this tournament, and I played well.”

Gerina also felt she had played really well, just not a win;

“I feel like my game, I played really well.”

“To start off  eight under, that’s huge. But I didn’t come away with the win, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t have a winning performance.” 

Defending Champion Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, had another poor tournament, finishing T20 at -9 under par, a long way from being good, 12 shots actually.

 

 

 

LPGA Marathon Classic. Gerina Still Leads.

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Gerina Pillar still leads the LPGA Marathon Classic after two rounds at  Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Gerina, from the USA, who is seeking her first LPGA Tour title carded -3 under 68 today to maintain her top position on the Marathon Classic leaderboard with a -11 under par total. Great day with the putter, and patience  was key today;

“I felt like I played great. I missed some birdie opportunities, but I made some longer putts today.”

“Ball striking feels great. Putting feels great. It was just a matter of staying patient and just letting the results come.”

“It’s only Friday, so I wouldn’t put the cart before the horse, but to get that first win I think would be really special, no matter where it is.”

“I’m just going to try to focus on the process, and the result will take care of itself.”

Three ladies are tied  second place at -10 under par, Lexi Thompson, USA, -6 under 65 today, In-Kyung Kim, South Korea, -4 under 67, and Peiyun Chien, from Taipei, with a second round -3 under 68.

Aditi Ashok, from India, is in fifth position on her own at -9 under par, a second round score of -3 under keeping her in touch with the leaders;

 “This week I wasn’t actually supposed to play, so when I came here I just took it kind of easy and I practiced not as much as I would have usually practiced.”

“I’m sure I’m in a good spot, but yeah, I will keep watching because I think on this course, the afternoon wave gets it a little easier than the morning sometimes, so maybe there will be better scores.”

Defending Champion Lydia Ko made the cut on the number, -1 under, making birdie on her last hole to get in. I noticed that Lydia is wearing ring on her engagement finger, not sure if that has any significance, especially with regard to her poor golfing performances recently.

LPGA Marathon Classic. Gerina Grabs Lead.

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Gerina Pillar, grabs the Marathon Classic lead, shooting 63, in round one at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Gerina, USA carded -8 under par 63, which included one bogey, to lead the Marathon Classic by one shot. She said it was a good day with the putter as the putts were just rolling in;

“I birdied my first three holes and any time you can start off three in a row, it’s pretty good.”

“I just kept hitting it close and had some close birdie putts here and there, and I did make a bogey, but I just told myself like I’m doing great things and just keep doing what I’m doing.” 

“I feel like any time you shoot 8-under is pretty good.”

“I got off to a good start and got the putts rolling.”

“To be honest, my ball-striking didn’t feel as great coming into this weekend, and the week after a major it’s always tough just because you’re so exhausted mentally, and I just went out there and really trusted what I had and just brought it together, and my game feels really good right now.”

Two ladies are tied in second position at -7 under par, Peiyun Chien, Taipei, and Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, they are just that one shot back.

Sung Hyun, bogey free today, spoke about her Major success;

“My feeling today was so awesome, it was a good start after the major championship winning, and first of all, I need to focus more on the Marathon Classic and want to keep my major happiness behind me from now on.”

“My fairway shots wasn’t that concrete all the time, but I think I was pretty much satisfied with my other shots.”

“In Korea, I did win a lot, but here, especially for the major, I’m very happy for that.”

“But currently I just want to focus on Marathon Classic, so it’s not a big deal for me to put that behind me.”

Peiyun is apparently always changing her swing, and today it worked well;

“I did well today because I changed my playing. I’m always thinking the swing on the golf course, so today I just played freely.”

“I tried to find some feeling and play, and it’s worked. I’m very happy.”

Happy to report that there were plenty of mini skirts out on the course today, including the leggy Lexi, who is currently at -4 under par.

 

U.S. Women’s Open. Shanshan Still Leads,

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Shanshan Feng, China, still leads the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National, on a rainy day. President Trump also put in an appearance, the first time ever a sitting president had been at the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Shanshan carded a second round -2 under 70, to stay ahead of the field at the U.S. Women’s Open, with a -8 under par total. She spoke about playing in the rain;

“I played probably the first nine holes in the rain, but my phone told me it was going to rain all afternoon and I was prepared.”

 “I really didn’t pay attention to the weather and just concentrated on every shot.”

“But I had a lot of five irons and hybrids into par fours  and a three wood on No. 9.”

Sharing second place are three ladies from South Korea, Jeongeun6 Lee, -3 under 69 today, amateur player Hye Jin Choi, -3 under 69, and Amy Yang, -1 under 71,  they are two shots back at -6 under par.

Jeongeun6 Lee has started using a six after her name, because there are five other ladies from South Korea  with the same name;

“The 6 was added to my name because there are six players on the KLPGA with the same name and I was the last one.”

“With the rain, I was able to stop the ball on the green, which made me more comfortable.” 

Angela Stanford, currently at -2 under par, is happy the President is here, she wanted to be a Secret Agent;

“I secretly want to be a Secret Service agent, so I’m kind of hoping to see one at some point.”

“They are hard to find. But it’s pretty cool. You have Secret Service at your major golf tournament.”

 

Ladies European Thailand Championship, Anna still in Front of Girl Wonder Atthaya.

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Ana Menendez of Mexico, is still in front of the girl wonder 14-year-old amateur Atthaya Thitikul, Thailand, at the  Ladies European Thailand Championship at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.

 Ladies European Thailand Championship

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Ana shot a third round -2 under par 70, and will take a two shot lead into the final round of the  Ladies European Thailand Championship tomorrow;

“I was really nervous at the beginning. I think my first shot was the worst of the day by far, but I’m happy I was able to get it back on the back nine.”

“I don’t think I was hitting it as solid as the other days.” 

Atthaya, -2 under 70 today, is in second place at -5 under par, but unfortunately had a cold putter today, but would like to beat the youngest ever winner record, held by Lydia Ko;

 Ladies European Thailand Championship

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 “I feel so happy with my score because my driver and approach shots were better than yesterday but unfortunately my putter was not.”

“I made the birdie putt on 17 and that was very important to me.”

“If I win, I will be very, very happy, so much, but tomorrow is the future so I’ll only focus on the processes and have fun.”

Sharing third place at -2 under for the tournament are, Amy Boulden, Wales, who fired the low round of the tournament today, -5 under 67, Pimpadsorn Sangkagaro, Thailand , -2 under 70 and rookie Frida Gustafsson Spang, from Sweden -1 under 71 today.

KPMG WOMENS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. Kim and Kang the Cream at the Top.

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Sei Young Kim, South Korea, and Danielle Kang, USA, are the cream at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Olympia Fields in Chicago. The round was interrupted for a while with electrical storms in the area.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

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Sei Young and Danielle both posted a second rounds of -5 under par 66 to top the  KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard at the half-way stage of this Major with -7 under par totals.

Sei Young said she had benefited from the calmer winds after the interval from the storms;

“Fortunately, when I tee off, it was a little less windy.”

“So I was able to play to the pin, attack the pin. So I made a lot of opportunities for the birdie chance.” 

Danielle has been bogey free for her 36 holes, no mean feat in a Major competition;

“Both of those rounds, I kept my game plan, and they were both bogey-free, so I’m pretty happy.”

 “I kept sticking to the iron shots that I trusted all my life, and giving myself opportunities is what we‘ve been doing.”

Four ladies are tied in third place, just one shot back with tournament totals of -6 under par, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, England, -5 under 66 today, first round leader Chella Choi, South Korea, -1 under 70, Amy Yang, South Korea, even par 71, and Brittany Lincicome, USA, -5 under 66.

There is still a long way to go in this Major tournament, and not too far back are Major winners like, Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Michelle Wi, USA, with a -4 under totals, Brooke Henderson, Canada -5 under, and So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, also at -5 under par.

Lets see who gets moving on the 4th of July week-end here in Chicago.

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.

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.”