The Evian Championship. In Gee Easily Wins.

 

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A history making -21 under par Major score sees In Gee Chun, from South Korea, easily win The Evian Championship in France.

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In Gee shot a final round -2 under par 69 to take The Evian Championship trophy, just cruising from beginning to end;

“I just cannot believe I won the Evian Championship. I made 21-under-par. I’m not dreaming, right?”

“I had a really great time this week. Most people say golf is an individual sport, but I believe it is a team sport.”

“My manager, my caddie, my coach and I as a team, prepared for this game and played this game. I love my team.”

“I know minus 19 under par is tied record before the final round.”

“It was more pressure for me, but I tried to think about it as a really good experience.  I tried to more enjoy it.”

“I don’t know because I feel like I’m dreaming now. Without nerves, I feel bored. Nothing, bored.”

“I had a lot of pressure on the course, but I much enjoyed my game. I tried my best to keep to my game plan possibly, I think so I might win this time.”

South Korea took the top three places as So Yeon Ryu, -5 under par 66 today, and Sung Hyun Park, -2 under 69, tied in second place at -17 under par.

Shanshan Feng, from China finished in fourth place, at -15 under par, she also had a final round -2 under par 69.

World #1 Lydia Ko finished with another poor round +2 over 73, but eased the pain of this performance by capturing the Rolex Annika Major Award.

Rolex Annika Major Award

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“It means a lot, especially because coming into this year my goal was to be more consistent in majors, and this exactly is the award for that, and obviously you need a win to have that, and just to have it named after Annika and how successful she’s been in majors and just in general and what she’s done for the game, I think there might not be some of us if it wasn’t for a player like her.”

“It’s something that I could have only really dreamt of and imagined of, and for it to be true in a few moments I think is going to be awesome, and especially for me to stand alongside a legend like Annika.”

The Evian Championship. In Gee Chun Cruising

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In Gee Chun, from South Korea, is cruising along at The Evian Championship, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow at the Evian Golf Club in France.

The Evian Championship.

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In Gee shot a third round -6 under par 65 in The Evian Championship and her total of -19 under par not only gives her a four shot advantage but has  broken the 54-hole Major record of -14 under-par set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2004 LPGA Championship and equalled the winning score for 72 holes in a women’s Major.

In Gee was asked if she would like to break the men’s Major record of -20 under, and also about the double bogey she carded;

“It would be a real honor.”

“After my double bogey I just thought about enjoying my back nine and letting it go.”

“I always try not to think about winning because it gives you too much pressure. My approach tomorrow will be the same: just enjoy my golf.”

Another South Korean, Sung Hyun Park, is in second place, at -15 under par, a third round -4 under 67, not enough to keep tabs on the leader.

Shanshan Feng of China holds third place, her third round -3 under 69 not doing her any favors, now at -13 under par, six shots off the pace.

World #1 and defending champion Lydia Ko  slipped backwards, into tied for 36th place after a third-round +4 over par 75.

The Evian Championship. In Gee Chun Leads at Half-Way.

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In Gee Chun leads The Evian Championship by two strokes at the half-way point of the Major competition.

The Evian Championship

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KOR In Gee pulled away from the crowd in the second round of The Evian Championship carding a -5 under par 66 for a championship total of -13 under par, which gives her a two-stroke advantage going into the week-end. That score is also  the lowest 36-hole score in the four-year history of this event, which was classified as a Major in 2013.

In Gee likes the pressure of being in front;

“I like pressure. I remember like play before. Always play really good under pressure so just enjoy everything.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are Shanshan Feng, -4 under 67 today, and Sung Hyun Park who scored -3 under par 68.

Sung Hyun Park said her experience gives her confidence, and she also enjoys the pressure;

“I’m not greedy to get the title, but I’m comfortable.”

“I’ve won five times and I’ve got a lot of people and experiences so that I can embrace the different environments. That’s why I played well.”

“There is no easy shot here. Tee shots, putting, second shot, everything, so I’ve got a headache.”

 “I like a difficult course like this. I like a challenge.”

Shanshan was tired after today’s long walk on soft fairways;

“The course played a little longer today, and we had some kind of pretty long holes.”

“Especially I think the 4th and 5th were playing pretty long today.”

“And for me, I actually started to feel a little bit tired on the back nine. I think it was because of the walk, and the ground is soft.”

World #1 Lydia Ko improved her position today with a -3 under par 68, she is currently T13 at -4 under for the competition.

Lydia wants the  Rolex ANNIKA Major Award, and at the start of play was leading, but would like a win here to be certain;

“It would mean so much, especially having Annika’s name, and what she’s done for the women’s game, what she’s still doing for our Tour and for the LPGA.”

“I think without players like her, there might not be a Tour like it is today.”

Manulife LPGA Classic. Caroline Masson Wins Maiden Title.

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Caroline Masson, from Germany, wins her Maiden LPGA Tour title, the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club, in Canada.

Manulife LPGA Classic

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Caroline shot a final round -5 under par 67 to win the Manulife LPGA Classic with a -16 under par total;

“It’s hard to believe, I mean it really is.”

“Obviously I was in a good position coming into today, and I was thinking, well, if I can shoot a really good round, I might have a chance, but I was totally not expecting it.”

“I always know that I can win a tournament on the LPGA, I obviously also know that a lot of things have to go right for that.”

“Golf is a funny game, and I was a little streaky this year. I played a lot of great golf, and I missed a lot of cuts and most of them actually by one shot which was really disappointing.”

“It was a really frustrating period this year. And you know, it’s all about just keep working and believing that you can do it, and that’s what I did and that’s what my team helped me with.”

Karine Icher, from France with -6 under par 66, Minjee Lee, Australia, -4 under 68 and Mi Hyang Lee, South Korea, -1 under 71, shared second place at -15 under par.

Minjee was upset at not winning, but happy with second anyway;

“I started off well, I was 4-under through the first nine, but I guess I couldn’t quite get it done and she was one shot ahead of us.”

“knew it was going to be pretty close.”

 “I mean coming second is always worse than first, but it’s better than third.”

World number one Lydia Ko, -4 under 68, finished in a tie for fifth place with Suzann Peterson, -6 under 66, and Ariya Jutanugarn, -2 under 70, all with -14 under par totals.

Lydia thinks Golf Canada is looking after the youngsters really well’

“It seems like Canadian women’s golf is heading in the right direction.”

“We have a lot of great young players coming up, and Golf Canada has been working hard getting these players developed, and they have everything ;you know, really, they have great coaching, great nutritionists, they have great physio and workout, and it’s starting to show, I think.”

Alena Sharp was once again the top Canadian in the field, T 26 at -9 under for her home tournament;

“I feel like, okay, now I can relax for a week and enjoy my family tonight and get on the road tomorrow, drive, think about it for two days while we’re driving.”

“But yeah, I do feel like now I can rest and really enjoy these last three weeks, because I didn’t really get to enjoy last week that much because you get here and you want to stay focused.”

“So now I’m just going to enjoy playing well these last three weeks for sure.”

Manulife LPGA Classic. Mi Hyang Lee Leads.

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Mi Hyang Lee leads the Manulife LPGA Classic after 54 holes at Whistle Bear Golf Club, in Canada.

Manulife LPGA Classic

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Mi Hyang compiled a -6 under par 66 to lead the Manulife LPGA Classic after 54 holes at -14 under par.

Mi Hyang said it was her red-hot putter that helped;

“I made a lot of birdies today. I made six birdies and one eagle, but I didn’t know that.”

“So just when I checked my score at the score tent, it was a little amazing for me.”

“And then everything is good, and then I think my chips better than maybe the last two days. So maybe I make a lot of save par. Yeah, that’s better. Everything’s good. Yeah.”

Hyo Joo Kim, made it a South Korean 1-2, on the leaderboard, she shot -4 under-par 68, to sit in second place, one shot back at -13 under par.

Ariya Jutanugarn, -6 under 66 today and P.K. Kongkraphan, -3 under 69, both from Thailand, are tied in third spot at -12 under par.

Ariya is not worried about where she is right now;;

“I mean I’m not really worried about like leader.”

“I feel like I want to be happy on the course, and tomorrow final day.”

World number one Lydia Ko finally got things going, with the low round of the day, -8 under par 64, which has her T 7 at -10 under par for the tournament, and definitely in the hunt for the title.

 

MANULIFE LPGA CLASSIC. Marina Alex Eight Under Leads.

 

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Marina Alex, from U.S.A. carded a second round -8 under par, which included eight birdies, and an Eagle, tempered with two bogey’s to post -10 under par for the 36 holes of the Manulife LPGA Classic tournament, in Canada.

Manulife LPGA Classic

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Marina said everything worked today, ball striking and putting;

“Yeah. Super happy, just kind of everything fell together, ball striking, putting.”

“I actually left a couple of putts out there, but I mean I’m not going to complain about the score that I shot.”

“I’ve been close. At that point whether you’re the last group, second-to-last, third-to-last, it’s all kind of the same. I have a little bit of experience there, so it’ll be good.”

P.K. Kongkraphan, Thailand, with a bogey free -6 under 66, and Hyo Joo Kim, South Korea -5 under 67, share second place at -8 under par.

P.K. needed only 21 putts today around the Whistle Bear Golf Club, to climb within striking distance of the lead;

“I feel very comfortable and very confident this week. My coach is here.”

 “I just changed coach last couple months, and also implement as well 2 PXG, and then I tried to get; before I have a problem with my iron pretty bad. And I tried to get better.”

“So I switched the club and changed the coach, and I tried to play better.”

“From last week I have so much more confidence, and also this week I had a caddie. He’s a local, and he worked pretty good.”

World number one Lydia Ko struggled to an even par second round of 72, but -2 under tournament total did make the cut into the week-end.

Best placed Canadian  Alena Sharp, T12 at -5 under,  is playing close to home this week;

“I feel it’s pretty much my backyard. Hamilton is not too far away. I feel really comfortable here in the Waterloo area.”

“I’ve done well as a junior. It’s nice to be at home. I have my dogs here this week. It’s always nice to come home and see them.”

“They’re always smiling no matter how I do, so it’s always nice to have that little comfort.”

 

 

 

Manulife LPGA Classic. Chella Choi Early Leader.

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Chella Choi is the early leader of the Manulife LPGA Classic at the conclusion of the first round  at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.

Manulife LPGA Classic

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Chella carded a first round -6 under par 66 to lead the Manulife LPGA Classic by one shot in Canada, thanks to a driver behaving well;

Pretty good.”

 “A lot of wind today, but my game is good and driving is good, shot was good, so I made a lot of birdies.”

“I worked really hard the last three weeks.”

 “So I want to hit straight and strong my drive four days, so I focus on just my driving four days strong drive.”

“So I don’t know. First good, so that’s why my driving is better, so the game is easier than before.”

In Gee Chun, Dani Holmqvist, Brittany Lang and Azahara Munoz share second place following their opening rounds of -5 under par 67.

Best placed Canadian players are  Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc, both in the very large group T17 at -3 under par.

World number one Lydia Ko is in a tie for 34th spot after her first round -2 under par 70.