Kingsmill Championship. So Yeon Ryu Takes Over at the Top.

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So Yeon Ryu takes over at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard at the  River Course.

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So Yeon carded a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Kingsmill Championship at the half way stage, with her -7 under par total.

So Yeon said putting was the key for her today

“Today I’ve been putting really nice, my first hole I made a bogey, but it felt really great the next two holes. I made birdie-birdie right away.”

“Even my shot and birdie putt, and putting, I think today just everything was really working well.”

“I haven’t really consistently shot low scores since Hawaii, like five or six tournaments, then I shot seven under again today, so I hope I can hold this score the next two days, as well.”

“This one is definitely my favorite golf course what we play. Like you say, I consistently play really well here, so I feel really comfortable to stay here.”

 “I think I just really like the atmosphere, so I really enjoy it, so enjoying it makes me play.”

Sharing second place are three ladies, Stacy Lewis, -5 under 66 today, she played alongside So Yeon. Also Amy Yang -4 under 67 and  Mika Miyazato even par 71 today.

Stacy was much happier today, recovering well to easily make the cut;

“I’m happy with the round today, I needed a good score today to get up in contention and on the leaderboard, but it’s just going to be a long weekend.”

“You get ready for that. You get ready for delays and playing in the wet, and this golf course is going to get even harder.”

“You just kind of mentally prepare for it and know it’s going to happen, and if it doesn’t, that’s a great thing.”

“We both got off to a really good start, when you see other people make birdies, it kind of frees you up to know that it’s out there.”

 “Our whole group yesterday didn’t really make that many birdies, and so it was kind of boring in a sense, so we were definitely kind of feeding off of each other.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko bounced back from a first-round +2 over 73 and posted a -3 under 68 to move into a tie for T37, while Inbee Park had to withdraw from the tournament, suffering from a recurring injury to her left thumb. A condition that kept her out of action for the last three LPGA events. We wish Inbee a speedy recovery.

Kingsmill Championship. Mika Miyazato Leads.

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Mika Miyazato leads the Kingsmill Championship after the 1st round at a wet River Course in Virginia.

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JPN Mikka, from Japan shot an opening round -6 under par 65 in the Kingsmill Championship to lead the tournament by one shot. she spoke about the wet weather, and how good her putting was today;

“Course condition was pretty wet, and last two days with so much rain, so that’s why it’s so wet.”

“But I tried to be more aggressive so that’s why maybe I played very well today.”

“I was more focused on one shot at a time.”

” I spoke last night with my mental coach, so like the last three months, four months, I did not enjoy golf, so I tried to I enjoy golf this week, and he said, one shot at a time, more detail, so I tried to be more detailed today, so that’s why it works good.”

Defending champion,AUS Minjee Lee, and USA Brittany Lincicome share second  place, at -5 under par following their rounds of 66.

Minjee was asked if she was nervous being the defending champion;

“I mean, not really, I felt pretty calm the whole week, but just on the tee I felt a little nerves and more excitement that they said that I was the defending champion, so that was pretty cool, and it’s nice to hear that.”

Brittany was happy to be talking to media once more, it has not happened in a while, mainly due she said to poor putting;

“Good to talk to you guys, which hasn’t happened I don’t think at all this year, so it’s nice.”

“Like I said, the putter hasn’t really been working all year. I’ve been driving it really well, hitting the irons pretty good I felt, and just today I think I had 27 or 28 putts, which obviously any time you have putts in the 20s is good.”

“I just came in wanting just to play well and shoot under par again.”

“It seems like something that should come so naturally for someone who does this for a living, but it just hasn’t been happening lately.”

“Every time I see where I am on the Money List right now, it’s obviously very disappointing. It’s not normally where I am.”

“But I’ve been hitting the ball so well. Just obviously the putting just needs to kind of come around.”

“I thought about changing putters there for a while, and of course you have like one good day, and you’re like, okay, maybe it’s not the putter.”

“Then it kind of goes back again. So it’s kind of a, I don’t know what the deal is.”

The top-3 players in the world did not play so well together,  Lydia Ko +2 over 73, Inbee Park +3 over 74 and Lexi Thompson +1 over 72 struggled on Thursday, and will have some work to do to make the cut.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Stacy Lewis Leads.


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Stacy Lewis leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club in California.

Stacy Lewis during Friday's second round of the 2014 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced in California.

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Stacy put together another round of -3 under par 69 to lead the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic by just one shot at -6 under par. She commented that the Lake Merced course is like playing in a Major and luckily she putted well;

 “It’s a U.S. Open, you have to hit the ball straight, and you really have to think a lot. That really suits my game more than anything.”

” We knew it was going to be a long day,  that’s the way I took it, one shot at a time, and tried to get the ball in the hole.  “That’s what I tried to do. Get it in the hole as fast as I could. Fortunately I was able to do that and make a couple putts. I think anything under par today is a good score.”


Lydia Ko and Karine Icher are tied in second place, both on -5 under par for the tournament. Lydia signing for a second round -1 under par 71, and Karine, the first round leader, sliding backwards with a +1 over par 73.

Lydia reported that she just tried to follow Stacy;

“Yeah, I tried to follow Stacy’s lead. Following Stacy you’re going the right direction for sure. I was pretty happy with my 71. You know, sometimes I didn’t hit it in the most ideal positions and it’s not nice being like way right like on No. 2 and you’ve got trees everywhere.”

Karine, who started the day with a two shot lead said it was a tough course, and you could get into trouble pretty quickly;

“It’s a tough golf course, you can be quick in trouble, or if you’re playing well, like yesterday I did think it goes pretty well. But today with the wind and the rain it’s definitely a tough day.”


Tied fourth are Inbee Park, Ilhee Lee and Mika Miyazato,  on -3 under par. Inbee carded a -4 under par 68, Mika a -3 under par 69, with Ilhee going backwards scoring +1 over par 73.

Missing the cut were Yani Tseng, Jessica Korda, Brittany Lincicombe and Charley Hull.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.