The Evian Championship. Lydia Becomes Youngest Ever LPGA Major Winner.

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Lydia Ko becomes the youngest ever LPGA Major winner, lifting The Evian Championship trophy in France.

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A fabulous last round -8 under par 63, saw Lydia lift The Evian Championship title with a -16 under par total, a six shot lead over her nearest rival.

Lydia spoke about that feeling of having an enormous lead, coming down the last;

“Any tournament it’s hard to come down the 18th with a five-shot lead, and to do it in a major, it’s an even better feeling.”

“You know, I didn’t know I’d make the putt, so I said to Lexi, I’ll just go anyway, and it ended up dropping.”

“Lucky I didn’t have like a three-footer for par. Yeah, you know, it was just such an amazing feeling walking across the bridge and saying thank you to all the fans that came out.”

” I didn’t totally cry-cry. But I kind of got a little overwhelmed, and I could kind of feel tears coming when Jason said, enjoy the moment, coming down onto the green.”

“I kind of felt back over the whole week and all the questions I’ve been asked. But in a way I was relieved. But to kind of have that putt go in, I think just everything dropped.”

“I didn’t really know what was going to happen. I mean, it was so amazing, and just, I think, all feelings kind of went into me.”

“To say that I’m the youngest in history for now, it’s so cool. But the big thing for me is I won’t be asked that question, and it’s amazing that I can leave my name I guess a little bit in the history books.”

Lexi Thompson was in second place, a distant -10 under par total, final round -1 under par 70 her undoing.

Shanshan Feng took third position with her -9 under par total.

The day belonged to Lydia, and congratulations to her from all her fans in New Zealand.




The Evian Championship. Mi Hyang Lee Still Leads.

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Mi Hyang Lee still leads The Evian Championship after 54 holes at the Evian Resort Golf Course in France, and is seeking a wire to wire win.

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Mi Hyang Lee before the rain

Mi Hyang shot a third round -1 under par 70, but remained at the top of the Evian Championship leaderboard by just one shot at -10 under par.

Mi Hyang,  who won last year’s New Zealand Open and Mizuno Classic in Japan, thinks she needs to focus more, and wants to win. A poor start to today with two bogey’s;

“I want to win at the major tournaments, so I think I need more concentration maybe.

“I didn’t worry, no, just first two holes. I have another 16 holes today, so that’s fine.”

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Mi Hyang Lee after the rain

Lexi Thompson is in second place, at -9 under par for the tournament, a third round -5 under par 66 getting her firmly in contention;

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Lexi Thompson

Lexi improved her putting today, and that made the difference;

“I just kind of figured out a little something with my putting that worked and that helped me out today.”

“I didn’t hit it that great off the tee today. I hit it a lot better off the tee yesterday, but I just got more putts today.”

The Evian ChampionshipLydia Ko, -4 under 68 today, and The Evian ChampionshipMorgan Pressel, who had an even par round of 70, share third place, both on -8 under par.

Morgan made a mistake on the very wet 18th, where she carded a double bogey, and she also putted poorly all day;

“It was stupid now, but I felt in that moment that I could hit the shot and I’m still two back going into tomorrow.”

“I can’t dwell on it too much. I think maybe in my earlier years on tour it would have affected me more.”

“I hit it great today, some of the best ball-striking I’ve had in a long time. I can’t tell you the number of 10-footers that I missed.”

Sunday will be Lydia’s last chance to upstage Morgan as youngest player to win an LPGA major, but she knows it won’t be easy;

“Winning a major at any age is pretty hard.”


The Evian Championship. Mi Hyang Lee Leads

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Mi Hyang Lee leads The Evian Championship after 36 holes on the  Evian Resort Golf Course in France.

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Mi Hyang Lee

Mi Hyang shot a second round -4 under par 67 to lead the Evian Championship by one stroke at the half-way stage at -9 under par. She spoke about the age difference between herself and her caddie;

“I’m a young player and he’s pretty old, 69 years old, the oldest caddie on the tour.”

“He has a lot of experience, so that’s a lot of help for me.”

Morgan Pressel is in second place, with a -6 under par 65 today, leaving her just one shot behind the leader at -8  under par for the tournament. Morgan is not sure why she suddenly plays well, but thinks it could be her attitude;

“I mean, sometimes it just comes together, and there’s no rhyme or reason.”

“I’ve certainly tried to prepare my hardest for the majors.”

“I had a really good session last week with my coach Ron Stockton for three days at home where I just really, really prepared hard for these two weeks. I think that was definitely helpful.”

“But I feel like my attitude is just a little bit different, a little bit better, and sometimes that can make all the difference.”

“I mean, you can hit the ball well, but if you come unglued when one thing goes wrong, especially out here on this golf course, so I’ve tried to stay very positive, and when bad breaks happen just take them.:

“I mean, there are birdies to be made out there, so if you can get over some of the rough bounces you get out here and move forward, then do okay.”

Nicole Broch Larsen, fresh from her win last week, to get into this Major, lies in third place at -7 under par, a -4 under 67 today moved her up the leaderboard. Good putting and playing well have seen her perform well in her first Evian Championship appearance;

“I played very well on the front nine, quite solid, hit a lot of greens and hit it close. I didn’t drop so many putts but I was two under through nine with a good save on 18.”

“Then I struggled a little bit with my driver on the back nine but I kept it together, kept fighting.”

“I had an eagle chance on 13, five metres putt, but it just lipped out. I finished with a birdie so it was nice.”

“It’s good to be strong with your driver on this course. The putting is quite tough on these greens so you have to stay patient and let the putts drop and if not, take your two putt.”

World #2 Lydia Ko is at -4 under par, another -2 under 69 today leaves her seven shots adrift. Inbee Park, #1 is three shots behind Lydia at -1 for the competition.


Evian Championship. Lexi Thompson & Mi Hyang Lee Lead 1st Round.

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Lexi Thompson and Mi Hyang Lee share the lead after the 1st round of the season’s final Major. The Evian Championship.

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Lexi shared the first round lead with her bogey free-5 under par 66,  Mi Hyang included two bogey’s in her round at the Evian Championship in France.

Lexi said it was an exciting day, and the Eagle at the 499 yard par five 13th helped;

“I’m definitely pretty happy with my first round.”

“I had a good stretch on my first nine on the back nine there and made a few birdies and an eagle, so helped out with the scorecard.”

“But, yeah, overall very exciting ride.”

I mean, I’m a very laid back, goofy person once you get to know me. It’s just golf, I’ve matured at a young age.”

“I’ve always played in older age divisions as a young kid, and growing up with two older brothers has made me mature at a lot younger age.”

“But off the golf course, I’m just a regular person.”

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Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea, Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum and Gerina Piller of the U.S.A are tied in third place at -4 under par 67.

Gerina had a good day with the putter, and also benefitted from some lessons from her coach;

“I hit my driver really well and I had some pretty; I hit my irons good, so I was hitting it close.”

 “But the bogeys, there are just some spots on this course you cannot get in.”

“Coming out I think the key this week is staying away from the big numbers, and I hit it a couple times where you just can’t really miss it and didn’t get up and down.”

“But I think overall, my driving was really good today and my putting.”

“As a player you love when they say this is easy. So he took me in the video room and it was just a simple I was letting my right knee float a little bit on the back swing, and that’s why I really like him because he just keeps it simple.”

“Something like that I’m not trying to work on my swing path, my face or anything like that. It’s just so simple and it clicked. Yeah, hitting it good.”

Last week’s Helsingborg Open champion Nicole Broch Larsen is among a group of six players on -3 under par;

“I played very good today, very solid, and when I missed the green I made some great up and downs.”

“Actually I missed a few short ones for birdies but minus three is a nice start. I hit a good drive, 5 wood to 11 metres and made that one.”

In the battle for the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings, Lydia Ko at #2 shot a -2 under par 69, while Inbee Park,#1 started with a +1 over par 73.




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Brittany Lang was one of Solheim Cup team leader Juli Inkster’s two captain’s picks, and showed why today with a good opening round to lead the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

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Brittany shot an opening round -7 under par 65, to top the leaderboard at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, with a two shot advantage over the field at Prattville Country Club.

Brittany was just having fun out there

“It was just one of those days. It was so enjoyable.”

“I wasn’t thinking about a whole lot. You know, I was just super committed to seeing my shots, it was so much fun.”

“I played pretty flawless golf, even when I was making pars, I was burning the edge from 10 feet. Every hole I was right there.”

“The birdies on 16 and 17 were pretty big after the bogeys on 13 and 14. Kind of, I mean not stupid bogeys, small misses, but I stayed aggressive so I was excited with that.”

“I’m in a really nice place right now, I had one of my better years I’ve ever had, the Solheim pick’s over with.”

“I’m just in a really comfortable place, so I just felt really relaxed out there.”

There is a trio of ladies in second place at -5 under par, 67’s they are,  Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Ryann O’Toole.

Ryann said she had been expecting the windy conditions, it was the tricky putting that took her by surprise;

“It’s been windy all week, so I was expecting that.”

“What I noticed was the greens were even faster than yesterday or Tuesday. It took me five holes to get really thinking that if you’re above the hole, you just had to tap it.”

“Breaks were breaking double of what you saw because of the speed change. So, it took me a little bit to get used to that.”

Hyo Joo Kim, Ariya Jutanugarn, Therese Koelbaek, Julieta Granada, and Simin Feng are all in a tie for fifth after their first rounds of 4-under-par 68.

Stacy Lewis, -2 under par 70 today, and who was second here last year in Prattville, was coming off a playoff loss to Lydia Ko last week in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, she also mentioned the wind, and the putting;

“The golf course was playing really hard early this morning and I didn’t really get anything going, then couldn’t get any putts to fall there on the back nine, so kind of a frustrating day.”

“The wind was blowing early this morning, I don’t think I ever hit 4-iron into the third hole before, so I was just hitting clubs into holes that I’ve never hit.”

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Lydia Ko Wins in a Play-Off.

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Lydia Ko won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in play-off against Stacy Lewis, at Vancouver Golf Club, in Canada.

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Lydia and Stacy both finished at -12 under par at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, leading to a play-off, which Lydia won on the first extra hole, with a par. Lydia could only manage a final round of even par 72 today, allowing Stacy to catch her at the top of the leaderboard with her -5 under par 67.

Lydia won here at  Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years old in 2012, and still gets loads of support from the galleries;

“It’s been such an amazing week. I definitely share this win with everyone who came out here this week.”

“There were so many people out here after the Pro-Am after every hole; I was signing for five minutes and then getting to the next tee.”

“There’s a lot of people out here, so it great to see everyone. I just want to thank everyone for the support.”

“It would have been great if I was coming down the 18th with like a four-shot lead like I did in 2012.”

 “But it is what it is. Stacy played amazing today; to shoot 67 under those conditions.”

“You’ve just got to concentrate on your game, just one shot a time, and that’s what I tried to do.”

“I said, I don’t want to get too aggressive to that pin but maybe it was a little bit too safe and maybe wasn’t the best shot going in.”

“I made a really good first putt on my normal 72nd hole, and made a good putt on the first playoff hole. If the putt was any longer for my second one, I would have been really nervous.”

“Just with the way my game has been over the last month or so, I felt I was close to putting together a good round, and that’s what I did today.”

“Still left a few out there. But would have liked a better lie in the rough in the playoff, but other than that, it was pretty good.”

So Yeon Ryu, who was the winner of this event last year, at London Hunt in Ontario, tied for third place with fellow South Korean player Sei Young Kim at -11 under par.

So Yeon Ryu had a marvelous final round of -8 under par 64, and came so close to the play-off, while Sei Young carded a last round -4 under 68.

Best Canadian lady was teenager Brooke Henderson, who was coming off a victory last week in the Portland Classic, she could only finish T23 here this week, with her poor putting taking the blame. Her last round -5 under par 67 was the only time she carded a score in the sixties;

“I wanted to show and give the crowd a little bit of excitement. I think today I did that. I knew I was capable of it.”

“The other couple of days I was hitting the ball not too bad, but just wasn’t making any putts. Today they fell.”

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Candie & Lydia Tied at the Top.

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Candie Kung and Lydia Ko are tied t the top of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open leaderboard at Vancouver Golf Club, in Canada.

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Candie carded a -1 under par third round, but stayed at the top of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open leaderboard, while Lydia caught up with her posting -3 under par 69. Both ladies have a tournament total of -12 under par, and will have a two shot lead over the field starting the final round tomorrow.

Candie said she is playing well, just missed a couple of putts;

”Feeling pretty good today.”

“I hit the ball good and it was actually one of the best ball-striking days I had all week. Just missed a couple putts here and there.”

“Those were all wrong reads. But I’m hitting it good, putting it good.”

”It’s 18 holes, one shot at a time, one putt at a time, we will see what happens at the end of the day.”

Lydia knows she could always have played better, well almost.The World number two is looking to get the #1 spot back;

“I think every round, unless I shoot 18-under par, I’m probably going to say, hey, I knew it could have been better.”

”Overall I played really solid today, so I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it and the way I’m putting it.”

“But no, I’m playing solid, and that’s the mind-set I’ve got to have and just have fun out there tomorrow.”

“It’s been a great crowd, lots of Korean fans out here, Canadian, New Zealanders and I’m sure from everywhere.”

”It’s great to see a lot of people out here and I think they get really excited when we play well, too.”

Alison Lee is in third place at -10 under par, a marvelous -6 under par 66 elevating her up the leaderboard to occupy third on her own.

Alison has thrown down the gauntlet, saying to her opponents;

”I’m just going to play aggressively, I’ve been in contention a couple of times but it was a learning experience.”

“I just need to be confident and hit good shots, stay positive. Not expect too much and not get ahead of myself.”

Karine Icher is in fourth spot, alone on -9 under, Azahara Munoz is another stroke back, -8 under par. They are followed by a large group at -7 under, which includes Stacy Lewis, Charley Hull, and Shanshan Feng.

World number one  Inbee Park is back T11, in a group at -6 under par