YOKOHAMA TIRE LPGA CLASSIC. Brittany Leads.

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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

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Karine Icher Inches Closer To 1st Victory.

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Candie Kung from Taipei has the half-way lead in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the Vancouver Golf Club.

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Candi had the low round of the day, -8 under par 64, equaling the course record, to give her a two shot  Canadian Pacific Women’s Open lead after 36 holes on -11 under par.

Candie told reporters that she had been practicing pretty hard, and her putting was good;

“I’ve been working pretty hard lately, I guess it was a slump that I had back 2010, 2011, I just got caught up in life a little bit.”

“Now I feel like I can get back into it again, play some golf, have some fun.”

“I just went out there, played one shot at a time, and I knew that I was putting pretty good.”

“I missed a few out there from about ten feet. I was hitting them pretty close all day. And then made some key putts coming in.”

“I’ve been playing well, just the putter has to go and so far, it’s been going pretty good the last six tournament days.”

Lydia Ko,  who is No. 2 in the Rolex Rankings, is looking for her eighth LPGA victory shares second place with first round leader Karine Icher, both at -9 under par for 36 holes.

Lydia was bogey free in her second round -4 under par 68.

“We’ve still got two more days and there are a lot of girls up there.”

“Especially five, six shots in two days, anything can happen.”

“So I have to really concentrate on my game. I played with Karine last week and she played well when I played alongside her.”

“So obviously her game is in great condition.”

Karine and Lydia share a bit of history, at the CP Women’s Open in 2013 when Lydia won the second of her back-to-back titles, Karine finished second and took home the first place check because Lydia was still an amateur;

“Now she’s pro, so I think if she wants, she takes the check.”

“She is not going to give it to me.”

Karine shot -2 under par 70 today, to share second place after 36 holes at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, with a -9 under par tournament total.

Xi Yu Lin, from China, is in fourth position at -8 under par following her second round -6 under par 66, which included her first ever LPGA hole in one, at the par three 7th hole. She was very happy with a turnaround in her golfing fortunes;

“It’s very solid round today, because last week, my long game wasn’t really good.”

“And today, well, even when I was in the driving range, I was hitting the ball like everywhere.”

“So I was just telling myself, just be patient today, and I’m so glad. I almost holed every birdie chance I could have.”

“Well, I had some bad shot, but I keep them on green and two-putted. So, yeah, pretty satisfied.”

 

 

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Karine Icher Leads.

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Karine Icher, from France, leads the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open after the first round  at The Vancouver Golf Club.

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Karine carded a bogey free first round -7 under par 65 to lead the Canadian Pacific Women’ Open in Vancouver, Canada.

Karine needed only 24 putts today, and that’s what makes the difference;

“My putting was very good, and I think today I’ve seen the hole bigger than the other days.”

“So sometimes you have days like that where everything works, so I’m quite happy with this one.”

“When you make some birdies like that in a row, you have more and more confidence.”

“It’s always nice to have some rounds like that where you don’t have so much questions. You know the club, you take the club, you hit the shot, and it’s close to the pin.”

In second place, a couple of shots back is World number two Lydia Ko, at -5 under par, and she said she feels welcome here;

“I think the biggest difference is me. I don’t have the glasses, and I feel much older.”

“But it’s great to come back to a course where you’ve played well and the spectators have been great and they’ve been supporting me today, even in the practice rounds.”

“It’s definitely a great where you feel really welcome.”

With some of the greens, especially on the front nice, being a little sloppy, a three-footer might be just as hard as a 15-footer going straight up the hill.”

“You’re never going to get the straight putts, so, like I said, it’s definitely testing all elements of your game.”

“It’s great to get into a really good start, but you can see there are some other really good scores, and everybody’s playing their best.”

“It’s going to be tough. But I’ve just got to play my own game. I know that throughout the week there are going to be these 67s or maybe lower, so all I can do is just play my game and that’s really it.”

There are four ladies tied in third place at -4 under par; Stacy Lewis, I.K. Kim,  Pernilla Lindberg and Dana Bordner.

LPGA. Portland Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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Sandra Changkija and  Amy Anderson top the leaderboard after the first round of the Portland Classic, at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

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Both ladies shot a first round -7 under par 65 at the Portland Classic, Amy was bogey free, Sandra carded a bogey on the 18th.

Despite the bogey on the last Sandra said she has been putting well, since a change of putter, needing only 25 today;

“I hit some really good drivers out there. I think I hit about 12 fairways, just the putts started going in.”

“I’ve been hitting it really well, I just wasn’t making putts. I switched putters this week. It seems to be working well for me.”

Amy also had a good day with her putter:

“The real key, I think, was the three pars that I made early, and I missed all three first greens, and I was able to get up‑and‑down, made a huge par save on three, and from that point when I hit it on the green, I made the putt,”

“So 5‑under on the front nine is obviously a great start.”

“My swing has felt a little bit better than it did earlier in the year.”

“I’ve really been rolling the ball well and when you put those two together, obviously that gives you a chance to shoot some low scores.”

“We just play so much more golf, we’re on the road constantly, and that adjustment of trying to be comfortable with your swing week in and week out rather than playing a tournament, limping in and then going back to your coach, it’s been difficult, but I’ve really enjoyed it 100 percent.”

Monday qualifier Brooke Henderson is tied in third place at -6 under par, after she and Alison Lee and Julieta Granada scored rounds of 66.

Brooke told reporters that she felt comfortable out on the course;

“I feel much more comfortable in the first round than I do lots of times because I’ve already played this golf course in a competitive atmosphere this week, and I think that really helped me.”

 “It was a lot of fun out there today.  I got off to a pretty fast start.”

” I was 4 under through the first nine, and really took advantage of the soft and scorable conditions out there this morning.”

World No.2 Lydia Ko is making her first appearance at the Portland Classic, she carded an opening round of -2 under par 70, quite a way down the leaderboard, due to the low scoring today.

Inbee Park Wins Brutal Women’s British Open.

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World #1 Inbee Park cemented her place at the top of the rankings by winning the brutal Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, on the Ailsa Course in Scotland.

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Inbee carded a final round -7  under par 65, to equal the course record, and claim the Women’s British Open victory, with a -12 under par total, saying it was the greatest day of her golfing life, so far;

“Greatest day of my life yet for sure,.

“It was a great day of golf today. I played great golf out there.”

“This is something I’ve been dreaming of all my life, all my career, all this year. This is something I really wanted and to finally reach my goal is a relief and I’m so happy with everything at the moment.”

“I didn’t feel that comfortable coming into this week but to overcome a lot of things and win the championship is phenomenal.”

“Even though I made a couple early mistakes, I was able to hold on really well on the back nine.”

“Obviously got a little bit lucky today. The golfing God was on my side for sure.”

“That’s been the goal of my career, and I’ve achieved it at the age of 27.”

“So I don’t know what the next goal will be, but I’ve got to set some kind of goal. Just seemed so far and so hard that I couldn’t achieve the Grand Slam, and I’m here and I’ve finally done it. It just felt easier.”

Inbee is now  just one tournament short of completing the Super Slam, winning all five LPGA majors.

It was a South Korean carve up as they took all three of the top places, with Jin Young Ko, appearing in her first Major, finishing second on -9 under par, and So Yeon Ryu tied with World #2 Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, on -8 under par for the tournament.

Jin made a crucial error on the 16th, finding the water in front of the green;

“I was a little over thinking, and then I was a little bit nervous.”

Earlier in the day  Nanna Koertz Madsen equalled the course record with a -7 under par 65 in the final round, taking advantage of her early tee time, firing in eight birdies and one bogey in the calmer conditions. She finished the tournament at +1 over par, T21;

“On the front nine it was less windy. So the front nine was easier than the other days. But the back nine was still hard.”