LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Aspires Towards Three-Peat.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, aspires to achieve her Three-Peat, winning three consecutive LPGA tiles, here at the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club.

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THA Ariya shot a topsy-turvy third round of +1 over par 73, which included an Eagle, at the LPGA Volvik Championship. Very different conditions today, with wind and firm, fast greens. She held onto top placing with a -10 under par tournament total.

There were only three players who started the day in the top ten at Travis Pointe Country Club that were under par on Saturday.

Ariya summed it all up;

“To me it’s very hard today, because very windy, and the green is very, very firm today.”

 USA Jessica Korda, -2 under 70 today, and USA  Christina Kim even par 72, share second spot at -9 under par.

Jessica was also perplexed by the wind, just trying to make par;

“I just kept telling myself that pars were good, you know?”

“It is frustrating because you hit some great shots and they don’t end up where you think that they should, or like yesterday, they would end up right next to the hole and today it would be, you know, 20 feet away from the hole.”

“So it was kind of just a little staying patient out there, and just making pars.”

Christina had the same thoughts, but was also complementary about the course;

“You know, I think any; it’s the wind, you know, this south/southwest wind.”

“It’s angled perfectly where there’s a lot of into, off the left, or downwind off the left, you know, as opposed to just dead into or straight from nine o’clock or three o’clock, and I think that, you know, it just really brings up a lot of the great characteristics of this golf course.”  

KOR Hyo Joo Kim and DEN Suzann Pettersen are tied in fourth position at -7 under par, both ladies carded -2 under par 70 for the third round.

World number one Lydia Ko seems unable to get any thing going here, which is strange because back in New Zealand the wind is a constant factor, she is currently T25 at -2 under par for the tournament.

 

 

 

LPGA Volvik Championship. Christina Kim Leads.

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Christina Kim leads the LPGA Volvik Championship after the 1st round at Travis Pointe Country Club.

 

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Christina fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the LPG Volvik Championship by one stroke, and was delighted with her performance, swinging and putting well;

“Well, to be honest, I’ve been playing really well. It’s just the scores haven’t reflected how I’ve been playing.”

“I like to think that I try to make everyone comfortable when they’re playing because when you’re out here it’s enough of a grind as it is.”

“I’ve gotten the voices in my head that I can be out here quiet, it doesn’t matter, or talking. But I just want everyone out here to be comfortable.”

“It’s just a matter of being patient and letting the process kind of happen and just kind of getting the kinks out.”

“So for me it’s just a matter of staying patient out there. I’ve been swinging well, I’ve been putting well, and thankfully they kind of came together today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, winner of the last two LPGA events, opened her tournament with a bogey-free -7 under par 65, without a driver in her bag;

“This course pretty firm, so I not even need to hit three-wood.”

 “Two-iron fine because I can keep it low.”

Minjee Lee, So Yeon Ryu and Marina Alex are tied in third place at -4 under par.

World No. 1 Lydia Ko opened her tournament with a -1 under par, 71 and sits in a tie for 17th for her effort.

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Inbee Park was forced to withdraw once again with her thumb injury.

Kingsmill Championship. So Yeon Ryu Takes Over at the Top.

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So Yeon Ryu takes over at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard at the  River Course.

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So Yeon carded a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Kingsmill Championship at the half way stage, with her -7 under par total.

So Yeon said putting was the key for her today

“Today I’ve been putting really nice, my first hole I made a bogey, but it felt really great the next two holes. I made birdie-birdie right away.”

“Even my shot and birdie putt, and putting, I think today just everything was really working well.”

“I haven’t really consistently shot low scores since Hawaii, like five or six tournaments, then I shot seven under again today, so I hope I can hold this score the next two days, as well.”

“This one is definitely my favorite golf course what we play. Like you say, I consistently play really well here, so I feel really comfortable to stay here.”

 “I think I just really like the atmosphere, so I really enjoy it, so enjoying it makes me play.”

Sharing second place are three ladies, Stacy Lewis, -5 under 66 today, she played alongside So Yeon. Also Amy Yang -4 under 67 and  Mika Miyazato even par 71 today.

Stacy was much happier today, recovering well to easily make the cut;

“I’m happy with the round today, I needed a good score today to get up in contention and on the leaderboard, but it’s just going to be a long weekend.”

“You get ready for that. You get ready for delays and playing in the wet, and this golf course is going to get even harder.”

“You just kind of mentally prepare for it and know it’s going to happen, and if it doesn’t, that’s a great thing.”

“We both got off to a really good start, when you see other people make birdies, it kind of frees you up to know that it’s out there.”

 “Our whole group yesterday didn’t really make that many birdies, and so it was kind of boring in a sense, so we were definitely kind of feeding off of each other.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko bounced back from a first-round +2 over 73 and posted a -3 under 68 to move into a tie for T37, while Inbee Park had to withdraw from the tournament, suffering from a recurring injury to her left thumb. A condition that kept her out of action for the last three LPGA events. We wish Inbee a speedy recovery.

Kingsmill Championship. Mika Miyazato Leads.

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Mika Miyazato leads the Kingsmill Championship after the 1st round at a wet River Course in Virginia.

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JPN Mikka, from Japan shot an opening round -6 under par 65 in the Kingsmill Championship to lead the tournament by one shot. she spoke about the wet weather, and how good her putting was today;

“Course condition was pretty wet, and last two days with so much rain, so that’s why it’s so wet.”

“But I tried to be more aggressive so that’s why maybe I played very well today.”

“I was more focused on one shot at a time.”

” I spoke last night with my mental coach, so like the last three months, four months, I did not enjoy golf, so I tried to I enjoy golf this week, and he said, one shot at a time, more detail, so I tried to be more detailed today, so that’s why it works good.”

Defending champion,AUS Minjee Lee, and USA Brittany Lincicome share second  place, at -5 under par following their rounds of 66.

Minjee was asked if she was nervous being the defending champion;

“I mean, not really, I felt pretty calm the whole week, but just on the tee I felt a little nerves and more excitement that they said that I was the defending champion, so that was pretty cool, and it’s nice to hear that.”

Brittany was happy to be talking to media once more, it has not happened in a while, mainly due she said to poor putting;

“Good to talk to you guys, which hasn’t happened I don’t think at all this year, so it’s nice.”

“Like I said, the putter hasn’t really been working all year. I’ve been driving it really well, hitting the irons pretty good I felt, and just today I think I had 27 or 28 putts, which obviously any time you have putts in the 20s is good.”

“I just came in wanting just to play well and shoot under par again.”

“It seems like something that should come so naturally for someone who does this for a living, but it just hasn’t been happening lately.”

“Every time I see where I am on the Money List right now, it’s obviously very disappointing. It’s not normally where I am.”

“But I’ve been hitting the ball so well. Just obviously the putting just needs to kind of come around.”

“I thought about changing putters there for a while, and of course you have like one good day, and you’re like, okay, maybe it’s not the putter.”

“Then it kind of goes back again. So it’s kind of a, I don’t know what the deal is.”

The top-3 players in the world did not play so well together,  Lydia Ko +2 over 73, Inbee Park +3 over 74 and Lexi Thompson +1 over 72 struggled on Thursday, and will have some work to do to make the cut.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Haru Nomura Wins.

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Haru Nomura wins the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic  at Lake Merced Golf Club, in San Francisco.

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Haru, from Japan, carded a final round +1 over par 73 for the final round, in the windy conditions that dominated play this week, to win the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic with -9 under par total.

She said, via an interpreter, that she was not nervous on the day,

“No. I’m never nervous.”

 “This weather very cold, so sometimes bogey is okay.”

“You guys will find this strange, but I like windy situations.”

“I like playing in the wind. I like tough situations, so when I spoke to the caddie, even before the championship last week in Hawaii, I told him, I’m going to come here and win this tournament because I really like this course.”

“I enjoy this course. I’m glad that I was able to deliver on what I told my caddie.”

Lee-Anne Pace was in second place, four shots off the lead at-5 under for the tournament. Signing for a final round +2 over par 74 in the tough conditions, which she said was insane;

“Personally, insane.”

“No, look, it was freezing. It was very, very gusty.”

“A lot of the shots you stood over and it was just really, really difficult to commit to the lines, everything. It was a very tough day out there.”

Lee-Anne started the day with five straight bogey’s, and gave herself a good talking to;

“What are you doing?”

 “No, you know, my caddie came to me again, and he said to me, everyone is going down, be patient.”

“I know we made some mistakes, but come on, let’s get it back to even par, and that was our goal, and we got it back to two over, so nearly reached the goal and got a good result in the end.”

Tied in third place at -4 under par were Gerina Pillar, +1 over 73 today and Na Yeon Choi, +3 over 75.

Gerina had family watching her, and keeping her up to date with the carnage that was going on around her;

“I got a few updates, one of my cousins was watching so she was kind of giving me an update of what was going on.”

“It’s actually kind of cool because it kind of took my mind off of my game and what I had to do today, and just because it’s so windy.”

“I was kind of more worried about him than I was my own game.”

No three-peat for World number one Lydia Ko, she scored a +3 over par 75 today, leaving her at -1 under for the tournament, and T6.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Haru Has Last Round 3 Shot Advantage

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Haru Nomura from Japan, has a 3 shot advantage going into the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco.

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 Haru carded a third round -1 under par 71 to take control of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic leaderboard at -10 under par for 54 holes of the competition.

At the conclusion of the round, played in very blustery conditions, Haru, and her caddie Jason McDede, and also playing partner Minjee Lee,  met with LPGA rules officials for around 45-minutes talking about Haru’s stance in the greenside bunker at the 6th hole where she was seen to be having trouble taking a proper stance;

“What happened was the bunker on number six, the greenside bunker on the left, it was slopey, so I was trying to take a stance, but I kept slipping downhill, and in order to get a firm stance, I had to; even when I had to do a practice swing, I had to swing real hard, and when I did, I kept moving forward again and again.”

“There was no option but to move like that, but they were saying that I was moving excessively, but what I was trying to tell them was, okay, then what is the guideline.”

There should be some sort of a standard, a regulation that explains what a fraction is and not. So that was what was going on.”

Some very sad TV viewer, who must sit watching with the rule book in their lap,  sent an email the Officials, this is the statement from the  LPGA Rules Committee;

“Rule 13-3 , A player is entitled to place her feet firmly in taking his stance, but she must not build a stance.”

“An email was sent to LPGA.com stating Haru may have violated Rule 13-3 – by “building a stance” in the greenside bunker on Hole #6. This was relayed to the Rules Committee who went to the television production trailer to review the footage of the incident. The Committee reviewed the video, and after a discussion with the player and her caddie, it was determined that no breach occurred.”

By contrast, some months ago Branden Grace had a ball come to rest, in long grass on top of a bunker, and tried to take a stance in the steep slope of the bunker. He called for a referee and was given a free drop away from the bunker.

Lee- Anne Pace, with a -3 under par 69 moving her up the leaderboard, while just about everyone else went backwards today, shares second place with Ha Yeon Choi, -1 under 71 today, both ladies at -7 under par for the tournament.

One of those in reverse today was World number one Lydia Ko, recording a third round +1 over par 73. to be T5 at -4 under par in the competition.