HSBC Women’s World Championship. Michelle Wie Wins.

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Michelle Wie, USA, wins the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

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Michelle Wie, a selfie

A final round -7 under par 65 gave Michelle the title at the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a total of -17 under par, a one shot winning margin;

“I wanted really badly to win, especially after what happened last year.”

“I had some unfinished business here.”

“I’m so proud of me and my caddie and my entire team, it’s been a long time since I’ve been up here, so it feels pretty good. It feels great.” 

Sharing second place at -16 under par were,  Danielle Kang, USA, -2 under 70 today, Nelly KordaUSA, -1 under 71, Brooke Henderson, Canada,-5 under 67, and Jenny Shin, South Korea with a final round -7 under par 65.

Nelly wanted to emulate her sister’s win last week, but the putter did not work;

“I definitely fought till the end. That’s definitely 100 percent true.”

“But I mean, sometimes it just doesn’t work out, but I’m proud of myself for fighting till the end.”

“I had a bunch of putts that were really close and a lot of them lipped and burned edges. It definitely hurts, but that’s golf.”

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LPGA. HSBC Women’s World Championship. Jennifer Song Leads By Two.

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Jennifer Song, USA, leads the HSBC Women’s World Championship by two shots as round one gets suspended due to thunder and lightning in the area. There are only twelve ladies who have to complete their opening rounds, and they cannot catch Jennifer at the top.

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Jennifer Song

Jennifer leads at -7 under par, completing 17 holes of her first round at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.

Tied in second place are Eun-Hee Ji, South Korea, and Michelle Wie, USA, both ladies have finished their opening rounds at -5 under par 67.

Michelle unfortunately three putted the last green today;

“I’m over it, I hit a good putt. I just misread it.”

“There isn’t anything I can do. I can’t think more about it. I can’t go back and putt it.”

“But I’ll be out there for three more days, and hopefully I won’t misread that last green, so I feel good about it.” 

Michelle was also asked about her arthritis problem in her wrist;

“It looks a lot worse than it actually is. It’s really not that bad.”

“It’s been a little bit of a struggle but I’ve got a good game plan going, more preventative more than anything.”

“But it just looked a lot worse than it actually is.”

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Jess Leads By Four Shots.

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Jess Korda leads the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shots after 54 holes at the Siam Country Club.

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Jess carded a third round -4 under par 68 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shot at -20 under par;

“I had no expectations, but my coach and I have worked together and it is still there.”

 “I was bit nervous on the front nine, but I knocked the rust off.”

“It’s crazy how quick it is coming together, I’m really enjoying it and now have one more day.”

Local girl Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, is in second place at -16 under par, charging hard with a third round -7 under par 65, which included an Eagle 2 on the par four 14th hole;

“I really enjoyed my game today, it’s working out pretty good.”

“There is a lot of support and it feels nice having people cheering you on.”

Minjee Lee, Australia, completes the top three with a third round -4 under 68 giving her that place on her own.

The leaderboard is quite compacted behind Jess, ladies like Ariya Jutanugarn at -14 under, Lexi Thompson, -13, with Nelly Korda, Michelle Wie and Amy Yang all at -12 under could easily make a charge. it will be an interesting last day to see how it all unfolds.

Two sisters are involved in this contest, with Ariya and Nelly trying to catch their siblings.

Nelly said she is hoping to make a run at it;

“She’s playing great golf and hopefully she keeps killing it, hopefully I can make a run Sunday.”

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Jess Korda Jumps Ahead.

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Jess Korda, USA, jumps ahead of the Honda LPGA Thailand field, recording an amazing -10 under par 62, a new course record for the Siam Country Club Old Course.

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Jess Korda / getty

For Jess it was also a personal best, as well as being the Honda LPGA Thailand low scoring tournament record for 36 holes, -16 under par, which gave Jess a four stroke advantage going into the week-end. What is also amazing is that Jess is coming back from some serious surgery;

“It’s awesome. I was just trying to give myself a chance. It was pretty cool, a pretty cool round.”

“I struggle on this course every year, but this year I have a whole new outlook with everything I’m doing.”

“Basically, I had double jaw surgery. I have a couple screws in my face.”

“I still can’t feel anything. No pain at all on the course, just numb. The headaches are gone.”

Brittany Lincicome, USA,  holds second place at -12 under par, a good second round -7 under par 65;

“It was great out there, me, Jess  and Brooke  were doing well and feeding off each other.”

“It’s nice to see the ball going straight and the ball going in since it’s only my second event of the year.”

Minjee Lee, Australia, is third at -11 under par, a second -5 under 67 giving her that position on her own.

Lexi Thompson, USA, has fourth place at -10 under with her second round -4 under 68, while three ladies share fifth at -9 under, Brooke Henderson, Canada, Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, and Michelle Wie, USA.

Michelle is aware of the situation;

“I feel like you just have to make birdies to keep up, pars are definitely not good enough.”

 “I’m just trying to keep my head above water.”

Unfortunately Lexi received a two-stroke penalty for moving a temporary immovable obstruction on hole 15 and dipped from -12 to -10 under. Sponsors should be more careful when erecting their advertising signs out on the course.

There was a local rule that the signs had to stay, and a player could take a free drop if they interfered with play. Lexi was in the first cut, which was pretty long, but the ball was sitting up nicely, a drop could put her ball in a bad place. A two shot penalty, no way, I was surprised that she did not receive a penalty for wearing the mini skirt, which surely breached the dress-code.

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CME Group Tour Championship. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Tiburón Golf Club in Florida.  Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen share the honor as Sung Hyun Park falters.

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Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen / getty

Kim, USA, with a bogey free -8 under pr 64, Michelle, USA, -6 under 66, Ariya,Thailand, -5 under 67 and Suzann, Norway, -3 under 69, all share the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard at -10 under par @CMEGroupLPGA

Michelle ran out of gas playing in six tournaments in a row;

“Basically, I mean, I’ll never play six weeks in a row again.”

“And I told my caddie if I ever want to play six weeks again, just punch me in the face.”

The top four are followed closely by a group of seven ladies at -9 under par, which includes yesterday’s leader Sung Hyun Park, who slipped back today scoring +3 over par 75.

Sung said she just needs to focus

“Keeping my focus will be key.”

Stacy Lewis is in the -9 under group and is now enjoying golf after her first win for some time;

“It was just so much more relaxed going to a tournament, not necessarily dreading it.”

“You’re excited to be there, excited to have a chance to win.”

“Just renewed the love for golf a little bit and the enjoyment of competing.”

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Solheim Cup. Team USA Dominant.

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Team USA are dominant at the Solheim Cup, and lead Team Europe 10½ to 5½ going into the final round Sunday Singles at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.

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A record record-tying five-point lead at 10½ to 5½ makes it nigh impossible for Team Europe to  now catch up and contest this Solheim Cup. Team USA needs 14 points to retain the Solheim Cup, while Team Europe require 14 ½ to win outright.

This is how it unfolded;

Brittany Lang and Brittany Lincicome def. Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid 2Up

Jodi Ewart Shadoff & Anna Nordqvist def. Lizette Salas & Angel Yin 4&2

Paula Creamer & Austin Ernst def. Karine Icher & Madelene Sagstrom 2&1

Cristie Kerr & Lexi Thompson def. Georgia Hall & Catriona Matthew 4&2

Team Europe Captain  Annika Sorenstam told the media that it was still “Mission Possible.”

“There have been a lot of comebacks in sports in general. Let’s not just focus on just golf.”

“Sports, and life in general. March 16, 2001, before I teed off, nobody had shot 59. I’m still the only one that’s done that. I know it’s possible.”

“There are a lot of things I can bring up that’s possible. And history can be made.”

“So, like I said, hope is the last thing that’s going to leave us and we’re determined. We didn’t fly these miles to not put up a fight. The fight is not over yet.”

A still cautious Team USA  Captain Juli Inkster said:

“I just love where my players’ heads are at right now.”

“They know;  they haven’t said one thing in the locker room. They just were just all putting the team, the lineup together and asking everybody where they would like to fall, where they felt comfortable.”

“So we’ve got our work cut out for us, and I know Annika’s team will not quit, so we’ll be ready for the task.”

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Women’s British Open. I.K. Claims 1st Major Title.

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I.K. Kim claims her 1st Major title with a win here at the Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Links in Scotland.

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I.K. cruised to her first Major win, with a final round -1 under 71 in the Women’s British Open, to  claim the crown with a -18 under par total, and a two-stroke winning margin;

“I feel quite uplifted, I have to say because I really didn’t expect to win this week.”

“And having the lead and then going into the last round, was a great task.”

“I think I managed it quite well.”

Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, was in second place, she roared up the leaderboard with a bogey free final round -8 under par 64, to post a clubhouse total of -16 under par, and put some pressure on the leader.

Jodi said great putting was the key for her amazing round

“I didn’t think starting the day that I would have a shot. IK was way ahead, and I just started out really strong.”

“Holed a great putt on the first hole, which I think set the tone for the day, for par, and then just my putting was really on fire.”

“I had a great stretch in the middle of the round to get me going. I just saw myself at the start of the round just take the opportunities when I get them and that’s what I did.

“I think this week, the key was putting. I just holed a lot of putts and I’m feeling really confident.”

Sharing third place at -13 under par were Georgia Hall, England, with a final round -2 under 70, Michelle Wie, USA, -6 under 66, and Caroline Masson, Germany. -5 under 67 today.

Georgia did her best in the terrible conditions;

 “I’m very happy really. Tied third is more than kind of what I expected.”

“I kind of think 16 and 17 yesterday killed me for the chances of winning it. But I tried my best today.”

“The weather was terrible.”

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