Ko and Caddie Part Company.

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World number one Lydia Ko, or her family, have sacked the new caddie Gary Matthews, after just nine starts, and shooting -8 under par 64 in the final round of the Lotte Championship, in Hawaii.

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Lydia & Gary Mathews / getty

The startling news was confirmed by  Lydia’s management team to  Golf Channel’s Randall Mell.

Lydia has made several changes in the past year. In December she fired longtime coach David Leadbetter, he had this to say;

“They tell her when to go to bed, what to eat, what to wear, when to practice and what to practice.”

 “And they expect her to win every tournament. They are good people, who love their daughter and want the very best for her; but they are naive about golf.”

“And at some point, they’ve got to let the bird fly from the nest. I would often think,  It’s not easy coaching three people.”

How do you sack overbearing parents ? You have to wonder is it really just caring for your daughter, or the Asian custom of do as you are told, a control thing.

 

Lotte Championship. Crafty Cristie Queen of Ko Olina Golf Club.

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Crafty Cristie Kerr is Queen of  Ko Olina Golf Club, winning the Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

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A smiling Cristie / getty

Cristie shot a final round -6 under 66, to win the Lotte Championship by three shots at -20 under par, saying how unbelievable it was;

“It feels amazing.”

“You know, on Friday morning I wasn’t playing too well and then I just found something and was able to turn it on and I just kept it going.”

“I can’t remember two and a half days after I struggled with my swing feel, and then made so many birdies in my life.”

“It was an unbelievable run.”

Tied in second place were World Number One Lydia Ko, an amazing comeback after the disastrous first two days, she carded a last round -8 under 64. She tied with long time leader of this competition Su-Yeon Jang, her inexperience left her with an even par 72 last round. In Gee Chun, -5 under par 67 today made it a trio in second place. They all finished with -17 under par totals.

Lydia was happy with where she finished;

“Going into the day eight shots behind, there is a huge difference between eight and five, for example.”

“With how the girls are playing, it’s just really hard to mend the gap.”

“Considering where I was after the first day, I’m pleased with where I finished.”

Lotte Championship. Su-Yeon Jang Leads by Three Shots.

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Su-Yeon Jang, South Korea, playing on a sponsors invite, will take a three shot lead into the final round of the Lotte Championship, in Hawaii at  Ko Olina Golf Club.

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Su-Yeon Jang / getty

Su-Yeon shot a third round -7 under par, to lead the Lotte Championship by three shots at -17 under par.

Su-Yeon had a great putting round today;

“I had a great feeling for my shots and putting today.”

“Because I had to finish up the second round this morning and playing another 18, I was a little bit tired, but I know I’m so far away from home and I traveled so long to play this tournament, so I try to tell myself just to suck if up and have a good time and play a good round today.”

Sharing second place are Cristie Kerr, U.S.A. who had the low round of the day, an amazing -10 under par 62, and Alena Sharp, Canada, who carded -6 under 66, with a bogey on the 18th, both ladies with -14 under par tournament totals.

Cristie spoke about her fabulous 62;

“Everybody says about being in the zone, but I just kind of stayed out of my own way, which is what I have to do to have a chance tomorrow.”

“I hit it fine. I stayed out of my own way and I had a good time with my caddy, Brady. It was a lot of fun today.”

Alena was happy with some good birdie putts;

“I didn’t even know what I was shooting really. I was just kind of on autopilot.”

“I hit a lot of good shots. Made a lot of good par saves, and made some good birdie putts to start the day. I was very happy with how I played.”

World No.1 Lydia Ko had a better day today carding a bogey free -7 under-par 65, sinking  some long putts, but still sits eight shots back of the lead, at -9 under;

“I hit it a little better the last couple of days, so I gave myself a few more looks at birdie.”

 “I was able to hole some longer putts on my front nine. When you get to hole putts that you don’t necessarily think are in birdie range, it’s always nice.”

“I was able to make up and downs when I hit off the greens. It was a good combination, and definitely nice to shoot a low one.”

LPGA Lotte Championship. Two Tied at the Top

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Two ladies are tied at the top of  the LPGA Lotte Championship leaderboard after the first round in HawaiiPaula Creamer, U.S.A. and  Mi Hyang Lee, South Korea, lead the tournament.

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Mi Hyang Lee & Paula Creamer / getty

Mi Hyang and Paula both shot opening rounds of -6 under par 66 in the LPGA Lotte Championship at the  Ko Olina Golf Club, in Hawaii.

Mi Hyang was not too impressed with her performance, but it was better than the two missed cuts she had previously;

“My shots were the worst. It’s good for the one week off after the ANA Inspiration.”

 “I had good rest, and my body is much better than before. I met with my coach and tried to fix my problem.”

“I have a lot more confidence than before. I played really good today, and I got a lot more confidence from today.”

Paula has changed her putting grip, from the unreliable left hand low, back to conventional;

“I played solid. I putted really well. I switched back to conventional-style putting. I’ve been left-hand-low for the last three years.”

“I hit the ball really well at the ANA Inspiration and Kia Classic, I just couldn’t make any putts.”

“We talked about how many times I won conventional and how many times have I won left-hand-low and the difference was astronomical.”

In second place are a pack of five ladies all on -5 under par, Su-Yeon Jang and Eun- Hee Ji, from South Korea. Alena Sharpe, Canada with  Beth Allen and Lizette Salas from U.S.A. all with opening rounds of 67.

Su Yeon Jang has good memories of this golf course;

“It’s good to come back to a place I know, although I only played 18 holes this year in practice, as I was playing the golf course memories are coming back to me and I have a lot of good memories of the golf course.”

World number one Lydia Ko continues with her miserable form of late, ever since she, or her family, changed Caddy, Coach, and Club brand. Carding +1 over par 73, to be T86.

 

ANA Inspiration. 1st round Play Suspended. Karine Icher Leads

 

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Karine Icher. from Franceleads the ladies first Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, as the first round was suspended due to high winds at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

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Karine 

Karine shot a completed first round of -5 under par 67 at the ANA Inspiration tournament to lead by one shot, as play was suspended due to the high winds.

Tied in second place are, amateur player from South Korea, Eun Jeong Seong, with her finished first round of -4 under 68, Michelle Wie, finished  -4 under 68, Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu, both from South Korea with the same first rounds of 68.

Eun Jeong Aced the par three 5th hole, with a six iron;

“I couldn’t see the hole, and then I just said, `Oh my God!”

“I don’t think about being one of the leaders. I’m just happy that I’m playing.”

Michelle played along side 14-year-old amateur  Lucy LI, from USA who was  -1 under 71 today, and Michelle mentioned the comparison to when she started on the pro tour;

“I was walking behind her on No. 1, and I’m like, `She’s really cute,.”

“No one really called me that when I was 13. `Damn, she tall.’ That’s all I got.”

“I had a lot of fun out there, I played steady.”

Lucy,  thought she should have made a couple of putts, to improve her score;

“I thought I could have made a couple more putts.”

Defending ANA Inspiration Champion, Lydia Ko,  and world No. 1, was -2 under par through five holes in viscous winds before play was suspended.

Kia Classic. Cristie Kerr Leads at 36 holes.

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Cristie Kerr leads after 36 holes at the Kia Classic in California.

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Cristie / getty

Cristie shot a second round -3 under par 69 to lead the Kia Classic at the half-way stage with a -9 under par tournament total, she said focusing for the whole day was difficult;

“I think it’s a course that demands a lot of you. When you hit a bad shot you have to be able to recover and really stay focused the whole day.”

“It was a very long day. I feel like my focus left me a little bit at the end, but I played really well.”

Sharing second place at -8 under par are, Mirim Lee -4 under 68 today, and Mo Martin with -2 under 70.

Mo had a problem putt late on in the day;

“The bogey, I had a big ball mark and these Poa greens get super bumpy in the afternoons, and it just stuck in the ball mark and went left.”

 “I mean, I didn’t take that too personally. That happens out here, especially in the afternoon, especially on a Friday after you have the whole field in front of you on the Poa greens.”

“And then, yeah, it was fun to rally and obviously great to finish with a couple birdies.”

World number 1 Lydia Ko the defending champion, missed the cut, the second of her career, an even par 72 today leaving her well out of contention, and missing the cut by one. A three putt sending her out. She may not be the number one for much longer.

 

Kia Classic. Three Tied at the Top

 

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Three ladies are tied at the top of the Kia Classic leaderboard, in California. In Gee Chun, Cristie Kerr and Mo Martin.

In Gee Cristie and Mo / getty

In Gee, Cristie and Mo all carded first rounds of -6 under par 66, to top the Kia Classic leaderboard, and lead by two shots over their nearest rivals.

In Gee was happy to play a course she likes;

“This course is really good. I like here. Course is really pretty and challenging, so I’m very happy to be back here.”

 “Greens are a little bumpy this afternoon so I stay my patient, so I made a good round today.”

Cristie went back to basics;

“Honestly, I had some long talks with my coach, and I just needed to simplify my game.”

“Like I needed to simplify my swing feel and not over complicate things.”

 “So kind of went back to some simple feels and played awesome today.”

Mo had a good putting day, and loved lots of fans wearing GoMo buttons;

“I had a ton of really good shots today, which I had been doing pretty much for the last year.”

“Just had a really good putting day. I’ve been waiting for a good putting week and I had a good putting day today. It was great.”

“I like it. I love it when it’s playing tough. We had a couple Sunday pin placements out there today. It was a fun day.”

“Today I probably had about six people with Go Mo buttons on.”

“We had Go Mo button sign made. That was pretty good. Had one made every year. It’s been fun to add to the collection of friends and family out here.”

Defending champion, and world number 1 Lydia Ko struggled to a +2 over par, 74, all those changes have had a negative effect.