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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Women’s British Open. In-Kyung Kim Leads.

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In-Kyung Kim, of South Korea, leads the Women’s British Open, in the pouring rain at Kingsbarns Links in Scotland and be on top at the half-way stage.

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I.K. was -4 under 68 today, to top the Women’s British Open leaderboard at -11 under par, she said making putts and playing well through the rain kept her focused;

“I really didn’t know what I was shooting.”

“I just wanted to play in my own time, because it was really hard, especially on the last three or four holes when it was pouring down.”

“I just had to move forward.”

“I’ve been hitting the ball very well and then starting to make some putts.”

“That’s when I shoot low scores.” 

“I think after that eagle putt I made, the weather turned around and I had to get in kind of safely. “

“It was dangerous I think, but I feel fortunate to be able to manage it today to be honest.”

Georgia Hall, England, -5 under 67 today, and Lexi Thompson, USA, with -4 under 68, share second place, two shots back at -9 under par for the tournament.

Lexi described her play today;

“I ball-striked it out there.”

“I actually hit it the same throughout both nines.”

“I just left myself with 30-40 feet on my two bogeys and three-putted them.”

“I hit great shots. Going in, they were going right at the flag, but they both got bounces that went sideways.”

“Then I didn’t make the second putt. But I hit it great the whole day and just got on a roll there on the back.”

Georgia is playing and putting well;

“I’ve never had four birdies in a row before, so I was very happy to be four-under after five.”

“I’m playing really well, I’m especially putting good. That is certainly helping me at the moment.”

Yesterday’s record breaking leader Michelle Wie crashed today, returning a scorecard of +4 over par 76, dropping her to -4 under and T21.

Women’s British Open. Course Record for Michelle.

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Michelle Wie shoots a new course record 64 on the Kingsbarns Links course in Scotland, to lead the Women’s British Open after round one.

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Michelle, from the USA, was very conservatively dressed in the fair morning conditions, and carded a new record low round of -8 under 64, which included one bogey to lead the Women’s British Open by one shot;

 “It was a lot of fun! It was absolutely gorgeous today.”

“I think Kingsbarns is definitely one of the most scenic golf courses I’ve ever played.”

“I made it a point to come to the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open last week and I really feel like that helped me a lot, because it’s so different.”

“I’m really proud of myself how I took advantage of conditions this morning.” 

In Kyung Kim, South Korea, holds second place, one shot back at -7 under par after her opening round of 65, also getting round before the weather delay struck;

“After six holes, five birdies, I’m like this is pretty awesome.”

“But I try to not get ahead of myself, and focus on one shot at a time.”

“The view is amazing, so I was just watching the view and try to focus on my game. But I was very lucky today with the weather.” 

Lindy Duncan, USA. was another shot back at -6 under, and 66 for her first round.

Mel Reid is the top British player, in a tie for fourth place at -5 under par, she enjoyed the calm conditions with her round of 67;

“You’re not going to get Kingsbarns much tamer than that, so it was important to take advantage of that this morning.”

 “I’ve hit one bad putt all day, which was on 16, I just looked up a little early, which I tend to do.”

“But yeah, I felt me and Kev have done a lot of good work the last few days, and I’ve felt like I’ve been striking it really well and been rolling my putts well.”

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Two Ladies at the Top of Weather Delayed 1st Round

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There ate two ladies tied at the top of the weather delayed 1st round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, in the windy city of Chicago, at Olympia FieldsChella Choi and her South Korean compatriot Amy Yang share the lead, although Amy still has one hole to play.

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Chella Choi

Chella had completed her first round of -5 under par 66 to top the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship before play was halted due to dangerous weather conditions.

Amy has finished 17 holes for her -5 under total, and has the par five 18th still to play.

Tied in third place at -4 under par are Joanna Klatten, through 16 first round holes and Brittany Altomare with a completed round.

They are followed on -3 under by  Brooke Henderson, Michelle Wie, Alison Lee, and Sue Oh, all with completed rounds, and Kim Kaufman, 16 holes and Emily Pedersen, through 15 holes.

Brooke, from Canada, enjoyed being long off the tee

“I hit my driver great at times and I hit a couple of loose ones, I was able to carry a couple of fairway bunkers, which is huge, because not a lot of players are able to do that.”

“I was able to take them out of play and then give myself a short shot into the greens.

“I was going to try to take it a day at a time and see what happens, but I’m in a great spot right now, so I’m really excited.”

“Minus three on this tough course, and these tough conditions, you know, it’s a great way to start out this championship.”

Michelle just tried to have some fun in the windy conditions;

 “Just had a lot of fun in tough conditions, it was tough out there but kind of have to laugh off the mistakes a little bit out here.”

“I mean, it’s a tough golf course. Olympia Fields is a really pure golf course. It’s playing great right now.”

For those yet  to finish the first round play will resume Friday morning at 0745 local time.

 

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Wins, Is Now World Number 1

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So Yeon Ryu, from South Korea, wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and also becomes the new Ladies World Number 1.

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So Yeon

So Yeon carded a final round -2 under par 69 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with a -18 under par total, and a two shot winning margin, making her dream as world number one come true;

“Dreams come true! I always dreamed about it. I cannot believe it. I didn’t expect two good things coming together.”

“First of all, I really want to appreciate everyone who has been supportive of me, to make me the No. 1 player in the world. That’s finally made my dream.”

“This is going to my first week as the No. 1 player in the world. I know it’s going to be a lot of pressure and I know I can handle a lot of different things.”

“I’m glad to be a multiple winner, and also this is not the first time I’ve won more than once in a year, so hopefully many more to come.”

“One of the reason why I think I can be consistent is because I enjoy this game. I just want to be focused, enjoy this game and then try to improve every moment.”

 “Then, I want to see what God going to give me.” 

Amy Yang, -7 under 64 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, -5 under 66 today tied for second place at -16 under par for the three rounds.

Moriya is getting more confident;

“I get a lot of confidence from this week and hopefully keep playing solid and finish in another good week.”

Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie were tied in fourth spot at -13 under par.

Stacy struggled with her putter, the ball would just not drop in the hole;

“I thought I did a really good job again of just sticking to the game plan of this golf course.”

“I know how to play this golf course better than anybody, just couldn’t quite get the putts to fall.”

 “The game’s so close, though, I’m excited. We’ve got majors coming up and I’m excited where my game’s at right now.”

 

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.”