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L.E.T. Evian Championship, Mika Still Leads.

Mika Miyazato of Japan still leads the Evian Championship at the conclusion of the second round at Evian Resort Golf Course, in France.

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Mika shot a second round -2 under par 69, to maintain her one stroke advantage at -8 under par, over Suzann Pettersen in the damp Evian Championship going into the final round. Mika said it had been a tough day out on the course;

“It’s a pretty tough day for me. Maybe not today is what I was thinking, but after second hole, just try do my best my golf game. I birdied 6 and 7 hole, pretty nice comeback.”

Suzann, tied in second place at -7 under par also shot a second round -2 under par 69, she said it was not a perfect round but she would take it;

“It wasn’t a perfect round of golf but I managed to put a score together and give myself a chance for tomorrow. I made a few key pars and tried to take advantage of good playing conditions. There were a few tricky pins placements as well so it’s not that easy to get a four, five under. You can use the slopes to get close to the pins and it helps when you can have a few tap-ins. If you look at what the course looks like and how it fits your eye, it’s the same as it’s always been, the layout is exactly the same. The greens have changed, but the tee shots, you have on every tee box has hardly changed for me. You’re still kind of playing on the side of a hill. You either have the ball above or below your feet. That hasn’t changed much. The par 3s have improved a lot, a lot tougher. But you have some good par fives out there that are in my reach. It’s playing pretty fair. Just really got to see what the weather gives us over the next 24 hours.”

Tied in second place is Lydia Ko, the sixteen year-old World Amateur number one. Lydia shot a flawless -4 under par 67, and is gunning to become the youngest ever winner of a Major title. Lydia is excited to be in contention at -7 under par;

“I’ve never been really in kind of contention with the leaders at a major before. And because it’s a 54‑hole event now, it’s only one round to get the work done.  Hopefully it will be a good day tomorrow.  But, you know, I can’t hit it as good as I did today every single day. I was one shot behind the leader, Caroline, at the Canadian Open.  I’m the same I think behind Mika.  But there are so many other people that are close.  It’s not like me and her playing.  I just got to play my own game.”

This inaugural Evian championship was cut short to 54 holes after play was cancelled due to unplayable conditions on Thursday, with the organisers expecting five times the amount of rainfall on Sunday.

Still in contention is Stacy Lewis, at -6 under par for the tournament, just two shots adrift of the lead. Stacy is looking for something good tomorrow;

” I’ve just played solid, I haven’t done anything crazy good yet, which is kind of nice. I haven’t played my best round yet, which is good. Hopefully we play tomorrow.”

L.E.T. Evian Championship. Mika Miyazato Leads.

Mika Miyazato lead the Evian Championship at the conclusion of the first round on Friday at the Evian Resort Golf Club in France.

Mika Miyazato / Getty

Mika shot a -6 under par 65 to top the leaderboard in the first round of the troubled Evian Masters tournament. Based on the current weather forecast models for the next 72 hours, tournament officials will target the completion of 54 holes with a 36-hole cut to top-70 and ties.

Mika was happy with her course management today;

” Pretty good is the course management, I think almost 17 green regulation today, so pretty good second shot.”

In second place at -5 under par are  Sandra Gal, Se Ri Pak  and Suzann Petterson. Sandra had a bogey free round;

“I was lucky, because I hit the hole on 14, I had a downhill putt on that par three, but that was the longest one. I did not play well here before. They made the course a little bit longer, which suits me as a longer hitter as well as hitting creative shots into the greens so I’m pleased about these changes.”

Se Ri confirmed the course now suited the longer hitters better;

“You know, I mean, I’m pretty much one of the long, old-time players. So the Kraft, in the four majors I was looking for it, but now we got extra one more major. Now giving more better chances. I think that’s a good thing. If happening this week, would be great. Really I’m looking forward to it. Of course three days to go. Just trying to go out there and do my best.”

Suzann feels that her play is getting better and better;

” I feel like I’ve been playing really good for about a year now, pretty much since I went to; well, pretty much since Asia last year I’ve been playing very consistent. I’m feeling good. I’m trying to get better and better. I’ve been putting in the time where I feel it’s needed. For this moment, it’s definitely the greens, getting more confidence in my putter, and that’s pretty much what I’ve spent the most time doing pretty much since the U.S. Open. It’s nice to see that the practice and training pays off fairly quick.”

Also in the field this week is 16-year-old World Amateur number one Lydia Ko, she trying to become the third amateur to win a Major. She is trying to avoid the mistakes, and is currently at -3 under par for the tournament;

” I haven’t played that great in the majors this year, so I really wanted to be there. My dad normally comes with me when we train like at home, and I could always see him like saying, ‘Oh, it’s all right’. He was a little disappointed as well. Hopefully I won’t make those doubles and triples I made in other tournaments.”

 

LPGA. Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Inbee Park Prevails.

Inbee Park prevailed at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in a sudden death play-off against her best friend So Yeon Ryu.

Inbee Park / Getty Images

Inbee had overcome a four-stroke deficit on Sunday, to hold the outright lead for one hole, before second round co-leader So Yeon Ryu sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff. This is Inbee’s second consecutive win,  following the Major Championship triumph at the Wegmans LPGA Championship two weeks ago.

Inbee said she putted really well;

” I was able to putt really well on this golf course and play very solid last three days and, yeah, I mean holed a lot of putts. I’ve won a lot of times this year, but I still feel the pressure coming into the final round every time and definitely feel a lot of pressure in the playoff.”

So Yeon talked about their friendship;

“Inbee and I practice together a lot so when we are standing at the 18th hole, it feels like just practice round. I wasn’t really nervous, two players cannot be champion, so Inbee deserved it.  By the way, I tried my best so it will be fun and actually today the round wasn’t really great to me because like distance control was really bad as a shot or putting.  So I think I was a bit failed about the distance control today, but I feel really great to finish really strong.”

Mika Myazato was in third place at -11 under par, she was unhappy about the bogey’s today;

” I had really good today long.  I know behind today, but I’m so much frustration yesterday because but I made four birdie front nine, but I make three bogey the back nine.” 

World Amateur number one Lydia Ko shared fourth spot with Stacy Lewis and I.K. Kim. Lydia really wanted to win this tournament;

” I do feel a little disappointed, I left a couple putts short that were on line, but I guess after every tournament, I kind of come off wanting to do a little better.”

Stacy wanted to win it for her fans, who had supported her throughout the tournament;

” It’s just disappointing, the fans were so great out here today and I really wanted to do it for them.”

 

LPGA Safeway Classic 2012, Won By Mika Miyazato

Mika Miyazato won the Safeway Classic 2012 Presented by Coca-Cola,  to capture her first career victory on the LPGA Tour and have her dream come true.

Mika Miyazato/Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Mika had always dreamed of winning her first LPGA Tour event, and that dream has come true, with her winning the LPGA Tour Safeway Classic, with a total score of -13 under par.  Japan’s Mika  claimed her first title with a closing two-under 70 to overcome the challenges of  Inbee Park and Brittany Lincicome, who both finished at -11 under par. Mika won  by two shots, and afterwards spoke of her dreams;

“It was my dream to win and play on the LPGA Tour. It is very fulfilling for me to win along with those other famous players. At the beginning of the season, my short game was no good. I try to work more on short game, my golf game is getting better. I have more confidence in my golf game.”

Mika is the sixth first-time winner this year and finally broke through for the victory after she had earned two second-place finishes earlier this year.

Yani Tseng, the World number one, shot a disappointing final round of 73 to finish at -6  under par, a long way back from the leaders.

Well done Mika, a wonderful achievement.

Kiwi Lydia Ko to play in US Open.

Lydia Ko at NSW Open Victory/ perthnow.com.au

World No 1 amateur Lydia Ko her Major debut at the US Open on Thursday. Lydia, a Korean-born Kiwi, who became the youngest winner in professional golf when she won the NSW Open, is only the second amateur from New Zealand to play the US Open after Olivia Hartley played in 1999.  She just loves mixing with and playing against the best players in the world.

” Being around and playing with the world’s best is overwhelming. Words can’t explain how awesome it is. I got an autograph from Michelle Wie and also Annika Sorenstam.”

In practice Lydia played alongside Australian Katherine Hull and Japan’s Mika Miyazato, and reports she has a good understanding of the course;

“It is quite a long course. The fairways are quite wide but it has hazards in the areas where the drives would go. Even the short holes are not easy. Being able to play the Open is such an honor. Even a few of the pros are unable to play but to be able to play still as an amateur it makes it more exciting. Seeing the environment and the set-up of the tournament, I’m becoming more and more excited to play along with the elite players on tour.”

Lydia is determined to make the cut, and has prepared well;

“The weather is in the high 30s, which is hotter than normal, but everyone is playing in the same weather, so I’m getting used to it, even though the water I put in gets sweated out the same amount. I have made a good plan with my caddie. I am confident going into the tournament as I have practiced really hard in New Zealand and also am well prepared. The only thing I can do now is try my best.”

 

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