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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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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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.