Meijer LPGA Classic. Brooke Henderson Wins

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Brooke Henderson, from Canadawins the Meijer LPGA Classic, her first win of 2017.

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Brooke carded a -3 under par 66, on the shortened course, to post a Meijer LPGA Classic total of -17 under par, a two shot winning margin.

Brooke was excited to win, saying her good putting under pressure was the key to victory;

“Just super excited right now.”

 “I played really steady golf today, and that putt on No.16 was really huge.”

“Especially looking back now, it’s even bigger than what I thought it was.”

“It’s really cool to be able to make those putts under pressure.”

“The leaderboard is packed. There are so many great names up there, so to finish on top is really exciting.”

“It was really tough today. To shoot 3-under and I don’t think I had any bogeys today either, which was great.”

“The wind really picked up. I was kind of surprised when I looked at the leaderboard and I had a two-shot lead on the 18th green.”

 “Super happy and I’m just glad it’s done and I finally have my fourth win.”

Sharing second place at -15 under par were Lexi Thompson, even par 69 today, and Michelle Wie, – 4 under 65, both ladies from the USA.

Michelle explained just how tough the conditions were, including the wind;

“It was tough out there, the wind just started blowing and it was just interesting.”

“Some spots are really wet, some spots are dry, but overall I felt like I played good this week and I’m happy about it.”

Lexi, coming in second again this week, spoke about the depth of talent on the LPGA Tour;

“It’s such a global tour, so it doesn’t really matter where you’re from, it’s what you bring to the table.”

 “You never know who’s going to win when you tee it up, so you just have to hope it’s you.”

ShopRite LPGA Classic. I.K. Kim Wins.

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I.K. Kim, South Korea, wins the ShopRite LPGA Classic  on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in New Jersey.

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I.K. shot a final round -2 under par 69 to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a -11 under par total, a two shot winning margin. This I.K. Kim’s fifth LPGA Title.

I.K.  spent the best part of the end of 2016 season and beginning of 2017 recovering from falling down the stairs, and did not expect to play so well;

“I really didn’t expect to win right away, but I knew my game was better than last year.”

“My trainer, my coach, they had to change so many plans for me because so many things happened last winter. But I just feel so good and I feel all the support.”

“It was just so windy, trying to keep it in play was tough.”   

Defending Champion Anna Nordqvist from Sweden put up a great defence of her title, and attempting a three-peat at  this event, finishing in second place at -9 under par, two shots back with her last round -2 under 69;

“Just having the honor to back-to-back defend is quite amazing.”

“I’ve had a lot of supporters cheering me on this week and I really appreciated everyone’s support.”

“There is a little bit of pressure coming into it, but it’s just been fun.”

Tied in third place were, Michelle Wie, -6 under 65, Jenny Shin, -2 under 69, Jacqui Concolino, -1 under 70 and Jeong Eun Lee, even par 71 today, all finished with -7  under par totals.

Michelle said she had played well today;

“I just stuck it in there close today, I hit it a lot closer today, which felt good.”

 

 

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Mi Jung Hur Conquers Windy Conditions To Lead.

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Mi Jung Hur conquers the windy conditions in Dallas to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

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Mi Jung played the course backwards to post a bogey free -6 under par 65, and lead the   Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, by two shots.

MI Jung said good putting on her back nine made the difference;

“The winds are swirling every hole, so it gave me a little bit of a headache.”

“I hit the ball pretty good today.”

“I just didn’t make a putt on the front nine, but I started making putts on the back nine.”

In the huge pack of eight ladies sharing second place at -4 under par is Ariya Jutanugarn, who could become the new World Number One this week with a win here;

“I didn’t try to think about that, I just feel like it’s more important for me to have fun and be happy on the course.”

Michelle Wie is also in that chasing pack at -4 under;

“I just had fun out there.”

“It was fun to play low in conditions like this. I was happy with where I positioned myself today, and hopefully I can go out there tomorrow morning and make some more birdies.”

Australian Katherine Kirk is also in that pack, and scored  hole in one at the par 3 fourth hole’

“I hit it so well, so I bent down to pick up the tee, then someone in the group said, ‘get in the hole,’ and I’m like, ‘What?’ and it went in. I didn’t even see it, to be honest.”

Everyone was pleased to see the return to golf of Lexi Thompson, even the officials who so harshly ruled out her great showing  ANA Inspiration have now decided to ignore calls from people who watch slow motion replays time after time before making a phone call;

“It was just good to get out and be playing again. The three weeks off it was a little hard, but I’m just so happy to be here and get back into competition.”

“All I’m focusing on is the tournament that I’m at right now here in Texas, going to Japan next week, and forgetting about it all. It’s time to move on.”

A great politically correct statement, from Lexi who is currently at -2 under for this tournament, wouldn’t be good if she could win here.

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads After 2nd Round.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills in California.

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Lexi had a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the ANA Inspiration at -8 under par;

“My game is in a good spot.”

” I just have to focus on doing one shot at a time and just focus on just doing my routine and relaxing.”

Sharing second place at -7 under are, Michelle WieSuzann Pettersen,  So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park.

Michelle had a good take on the days play, after 56 ladies had to return to complete their second rounds, before embarking on the third;

“More coffee I think will be key today.”

So Yeon is ready to go;

“Right now, I think I’m in my zone.”

ANA Inspiration. Second Round Suspended. Suzann Leads.

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Suzann Pettersen, with a completed second round leads the ANA Inspirational, as darkness called a halt to the days play in California, with 56 ladies still to complete their second rounds.

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Suzann carded a second round -3 under par 69 to post an ANA Inspirational leaderboard target of -7 under par;

“I played really good. It really hasn’t been that long of a day, but I played quite a bit of golf.”

“Just Steady Eddie, just plugging along, hitting good shots, giving myself chances.”

“How can you not love this place? It’s heaven for golf and great surroundings.”

“Just really got to be on your A-game to feel like you can attack this course. I’m driving the ball well so I’m giving myself good irons into the greens.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are six ladies, four with completed rounds, Minjee Lee, -4 under par 68 today, Nelly Korda and  Inbee Park, both scoring -3 under 69 and Cristie Kerr with -1 under 71 today.

Still to complete their second rounds, but are also at -6 under are Michelle Wie, -2 under today through eight holes, and Karine Icher, -1 under after eleven holes.

There is still a lot of golf to be played in the second round, and as yet no one has stamped any authority on this competition. I suspect it will be very tight right up until the last hole.

 

 

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.

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup tournament, Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn will take a one shot lead into the week-end.

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Stacy and Ariya are still locked together after the second round of the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, both with rounds of -5 under par 67, and -13 under totals.

Stacy spoke about the pressure of playing well;

“It’s always hard to follow up a round like yesterday, so happy with the day again.”

“You still have to be patient, because on this golf course, if you try to force things you can make some big numbers.”

“You have to go make birdies. That’s the mentality. If you have a wedge in your hand, go be aggressive and make a birdie.”

“If it doesn’t feel right, if you have an awkward number, just take par and move on.”

Ariya, who is  bogey free or both rounds, enjoyed her day playing alongside Stacy;

“I had so much fun playing with her today.”

“I’m not really worrying about who is going to be on the leaderboard.”

“I just really want to focus on what is under my control , just go have fun.”

They are closely followed by a group of four players at -12 under, Jeong Eun Lee -8 under 64 today, Mi Jung Hur -6 under 66, Michelle Wie -5 under 67, Vicky Hurst -5 under 67.

World #1 Lydia Ko is T40 following her -3 under 69 today, for a -7 under total.