Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Wins.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, wins the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club.

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So Yeon

So Yeon shot a final round -5 under par 67 to post a winning score of -21 under and win the Meijer LPGA Classic, with a two stroke win margin, great putting being the key;

“I was incredibly calm today, I felt maybe it could be my day.”

“My putting turned out really great. I’m really proud of myself today.”

Caroline Mason, Germany, claimed second place, two shots back at -19 under par, a 70 foot putt giving her a -4 under 68 round and -19 under par total to have that place position on her own;

“It’s obviously a great finish with a huge putt on the last.”

“I was barely on the green and made it. I don’t know what that was, 24 meters, a long way, 70 feet or something. So yeah, super happy about the finish today. Second place is great.”

“This year’s been really, really good, very consistent, which is exactly what I’ve been working on. “

“So, extremely proud of the way I’ve played this year, and obviously if you get that close and have that many top tens a win isn’t far away, so that’s obviously the one that’s hopefully coming next.”

Lydia Ko from New Zealand was in third place, a last round -5 under 67  giving her a -18 under par total;

“Overall I played solid, to finish with three 67s, I’m happy with that.”

“This course, you know, you shoot 3, 4, 5 under and there’s somebody shooting 8 under out there.”

“I don’t remember this course being this easy and I don’t think it was easy, but it just shows the amount of talent that’s on our Tour.”

“It’s just good to have a great week.”

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Shoprite LPGA Classic. Laura and Anna Tied at the Top.

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Laura Diaz, USA, and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden are tied at the top of the Shoprite LPGA Classic after the first round at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in New Jersey.

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Laura Diaz

43-year-old Laura was bogey free in her -5 under 66 first round, Anna was also bogey free, for them both to be tied at the top of the Shoprite LPG Classic leaderboard.

Laura, who had her 12-year-old son Cooper on the bag, said she is now more relaxed;

“He’s a huge asset in that because I can focus more on him than me.”

“The last few years have been hard, so I came out with a little bit different perspective last year and just tried to play a little bit more relaxed.”

 “I think it’s always fun to compete. I miss it.”

 “I’m very happy with how I played, it’s more special because I have my son with me.”

Laura has a pack of Major champions lurking just one-stroke back, at -4 under par, including Lydia Ko, New Zealand, In Gee Chun, South Korea, Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, Sandra Gal, Germany and Su Oh of Australia.

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LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, Lydia Beats Minjee in Play-Off

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Lydia Ko, New Zealand beats Minjee Lee, Australia, in a play-off to win the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship title at Lake Merced Golf Club in California.

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Lydia and her 15th LPGA Tour Trophy / getty

Lydia, -1 under 71 today and Minjee -4 under 68 were tied at the top of the  LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship leaderboard with -12 under par totals, four shots ahead of the field.

Lydia won after a stunning second shot approach to the green at the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, leaving her a short Eagle putt to win;

“It’s crazy, because I was three over for the day at one stage today and I said ‘Hey, you just got to focus and you never know what’s going to happen,.”

 “I was able to put my game together on the back nine and when that putt dropped, oh my gosh.”

“It’s never over until the very end, until that moment you’re taking off the glove and the ball goes in the hole on the last hole, you just can never give up.”

“That’s what I’m trying to do.” 

“I actually thought my putt might go in the first time I played the 18th hole.”

“There’s a lot of emotions. My whole team and my family they’ve worked really hard for this moment, so I’m happy a few of them are here and we can celebrate together.”

“It’s a pretty cool feeling to get this win back at Lake Merced. This is such a special place for me.”

Four ladies were then tied in third place at -8 under par, Angel Yin, USA, -5 under 67 today, Shanshan Feng, China, -4 under 68, Charley Hull, England, -2 under 70, and Jess Korda, USA, with a disappointing last round of +2 over par 74.

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LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. Lydia Leads.

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Lydia Ko from New Zealand leads the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship after 54 holes at Lake Merced Golf Club in California.

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Lydia Ko / getty

Lydia shot a -5 under par 67, which equaled the low round of the day, in the third round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship to lead the tournament by one shot at -11 under par but had some luck on the day;

“I love San Francisco and I’m a member here so sometimes I get some friendly member bounces too.” 

“Sometimes getting that friendly bounce or where you hit a tree and it comes out on the fairway, you take those.”

“I felt like I haven’t been having the greatest luck at a few events, so it was nice to hit a tree and still be able to play and to hole out with that bunker shot.”

“I know I hit a good shot, but sometimes those lip out or hit the pin and come out, so for it to have gone in I know there was luck involved in that.”

“I know I’ve got to stay focused and keep having fun. If it happens, it’s great, but the most important thing for me is to stay positive because there is still a lot of golf to be played.”

Jess Korda, USA, is in second place that one shot back at -10 under, a lack-luster -1 under 71 today not helping her cause much; 

In third place is Minjee Lee from Australia, -4 under 68 today giving her that position on her own at -8 under par.

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LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. Jess Korda Leads.

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Jess Korda leads the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club in California.

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Jess Korda / getty

Jess shot -5 under 67 in the second round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship to lead by one shot going into the week-end with her -9 under par total; 

“I knew I was going to get certain bounces that weren’t going to be super favorable as the greens got firmer during the afternoon.”

“Just stayed patient and stayed with my process and here we are.”

Second place belongs to Monday qualifier Annie Park, -6 under 66 today for a -8 under total, courtesy of a few putts dropping;

“I was hitting it very well today and some putts were dropping.”

“It was a good day overall.”

“It definitely helps knowing the golf course before coming into this week.”

“It definitely gets tough when it’s colder and windy, but overall I really like this golf course, it’s fun.”

Charley Hull from England has third spot, at -7 under par, scoring -4 under 68 today.

Lydia Ko, New Zealand shot -2 under 70 today to be alone in fourth place at -6 under par overall, requiring only 26 putts in her round.

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LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. 5 at the Top in round 1

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There are 5 ladies tied at the top of the  LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship after round 1 at Lake Merced Golf Club in California. Jessica Korda, USA, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, I.K. Kim, South Korea, Caroline Hedwall, Sweden, and Su Oh of Australia share the honor.

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The Top Five / Getty

Jess, Lydia, I.K. Caroline and Su all carded first rounds of -4 under par 68 to share top place at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship by one shot over the field.

Lydia said the big factor today was the wind, but she has also been struggling with the putter;

“Wind is probably the biggest factor on this golf course.”

“It’s a golf course where nobody goes super low, so you just have to keep continuing to play solid and be patient out there and sometimes par is not a bad score.” 

“I know this is a golf course where I’ve played well at.”

“The fans have been amazing, they’ve been super supportive every single time I’ve come here.”

 “I’ve been struggling with putting, which was the aspect of the game that was going really well. I feel like the pieces are there and sometimes the hardest thing is to kind of put all those pieces together.”

Su was happy with her round in the cold conditions;

“It was cold and pretty windy out there, and because it’s got a lot of elevation, it kind of swirls in the middle like in the low areas, so it was tough.”

“I hit the ball really solid today, and then the ones I missed I made really good up-and-down’s. I’m really happy with my round.” 

Jess wore mittens on her hands to combat the cold;

“Obviously, the score says one thing and my hands say another.”

“It was really cold out there today, so it was good that I stuck to kind of my process, and I didn’t hit a ton of great shots but I always left myself in a good position.” 

The cool temperatures really suit Caroline;

“I love it here, I even like this weather, suits me really well, too.”

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Lotte Championship. Brooke Henderson 36 Hole Lead.

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Brooke Henderson, Canada, has 36 hole lead at the Lotte Championship, at Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii, and is still bogey free.

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Brooke Henderson & sister caddie Brittany / getty

Brooke shot -6 under 66 today to lead the Lotte Championship in Hawaii by two strokes after 36 holes.

Brooke is relying on her putting;

“Today was a lot of fun, I got off to a really fast start.”

“I made a lot of clutch par saves to keep the momentum and keep it bogey-free.”

“I feel like I’m in a great spot and I’m hitting the ball really well and I can depend on my putting right now.”

“I’m seeing the lines and I’m really confident with my putter right now.”

“The wind wasn’t as strong early today and there were softer conditions.”

“Fortunately it didn’t rain too hard and it helped with the softness of the course.”

Mo Martin,USA, -5 under 67 today, is tied in second place, two shots back at -8 under par, with Shanshan Feng of China who carded -3 under par 69 in her second round.

Fourth place is shared between Lindy Duncan, USA, -4 under 68 today, Major winner this year Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, -4 under 68, and Inbee Park, South Korea, -3 under 69.

Ex World #1 Lydia Ko, New Zealand, continues to struggle, making the cut on the number at +3 over par.

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