Women’s Open. Georgia Hall & Mina Harigae Share Half-Way Lead.

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Georgia, England and Mina from the USA are tied at the top of the Women’s Open leaderboard after 36 holes at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland.

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Georgia, a past champion shot a second round -3 under par 69, while Mina scored -5 under 67, to both share the top spot on the Women’s Open with -7 under pat totals.

Georgia was happy with her performance;

“Every Open I want to do the best I can. I got off to a good start after I was defending at Woburn after two rounds. This is a fantastic golf course, one of the best in the world, a lot of golf to play yet but I’m happy where I am.”

“There were loads of people and it’s so nice and it does mean a lot that they are supporting me and Louise, who I was playing with, and hopefully we’ll see more tomorrow because it does keep me going.”

Mina enjoyed the birdie on the last hole;

“I’m definitely delighted with that, especially here at Carnoustie.”

“I think 18 was a highlight for me. It’s such a hard hole. I had a 4-hybrid in, and you have to hit really good shots. I think it’s a great birdie on that tough hole.” 

“It looked like there was going to be rain but definitely was a little softer out there and I thought it was a little more breezy than when I played yesterday afternoon. I didn’t think it was easy conditions, but also I know it can be a lot tougher.”

Sei Young Kim, South Korea, -1 under 71 today, and Lizette Salas, USA, with -3 under 69 are tied in third position, one shot back at -6 under par or the Major tournament title.

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Wins Rain Affected Tournament.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan wins the Marathon LPGA Classic, the final round being suspended due to inclement weather at 09:40, and did not resume at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.  Nasa was declared the  winner based on her 54 hole score of -19.

Nasa Hataoka

Nasa had a six shot lead at the end of the third round, the tournament being reduced to three rounds it was a comfortable victory;

Knowing everybody is working really, really hard to try to get this to a 72-hole tournament.”

“I wish it would’ve been able to do it, but with this weather it was really hard.”

“I’m happy to be able to win.”

Elizabeth Szokol and Mina Harigae, both from the USA, tied for second place with -13,  both ladies earning the best finishes of their LPGA Tour careers to date.

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Has Six Shot Lead.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan has opened up a six shot 54 hole lead at the Marathon LPGA Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio,

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Nasa shot a third round -7  under par 64 to lead the Marathon LPGA Classic by six shots at -19 under par;

I think the original thinking of this course was that it was a very narrow course so it might be difficult for me.”

 “Then it came out to be that the narrow makes it easier to get to the target, so I think this is what was good.”

“I think last five holes are usually the place where you really have to concentrate and try for the birdies.”

“I think that kind of clicked and gave me those birdies.”

Elizabeth Szokol, -4 under 67 and Mina Harigae, -5 under 66, both from the USA, are tied in second place at -13 under par.

Mina thinks things can change, for the better for her;

“I’ve seen the scores out here, some girls;  you can go really low out here, but you just never know.”

“Golf is a funny game. I think if I just keep my head down and keep going forward, it might pan out.”

Esther Henseleit of Germany had a -4 under 67 today for fourth place at -12 under;

“My ball-striking was so bad today.”

“I think I hit one good iron shot today, so it really was a grind out there. I made a lot of up-and-downs. Holed a few good putts. It just wasn’t that easy out there for me today.”

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Holds On To Top Spot.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan holds on to the top spot on the Marathon LPGA Classic leaderboard on the second day at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Nasa carded a -2 under par 69 round which included six birdies, four of them consecutively late in her back nine; to post -12 under par at the top of the Marathon LPGA Classic leader board;

“My shots were not as good as yesterday, didn’t have that many chances. I had a lot of problems, but I was able to fix that for the last part and bring it back up.”

“I was kind of stiff on impact and I was able to realize that and adjusted to relax myself and that brought those birdies.”

In second place at -10 under is Mina Harigae who had a second round -5 under par 66;

“I feel really confident, comfortable with all aspects of my game.”

“Just everything just kind of feels solid and everything is kind of flowing together, so it feels really good.”

Alison Lee and Elizabeth Szokol both signed for -5 under 66 today to claim third position with totals of -9 under.

Alison is really happy to be in contention once again;

It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen my name on the leaderboard like this.”

“Putting myself in contention for the weekend, it feels really, really good. It almost makes it as though two years didn’t happen, which is awesome to feel.”

Elizabeth is looking forward to another 36 holes;

“I’m just really looking forward to it, 36 more holes.”

 “I really like this golf course, so just see what the weekend brings. I’m excited to have fans back.”

 

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Hataoka Leads.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan has a four shot lead at the top of the Marathon LPGA Classic being played at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Nasa was hoping to equal the LPGA low score of 59, but had to settle for a -10 under par 61 to lead the Marathon LPGA Classic by fo0ur shots on day one. The thought of a 59 crossed her mind;

“When I had my ninth birdie it kind of did come to my mind, but then, after I only having two holes left, I just thought how great Annika was more than me getting it.”

“I think what was really working is I was able to control my iron shots to make sure I could get close to the pin to get the birdies.”

“I didn’t feel any pressure on myself or didn’t feel way good, everything was just right at the center, so I guess I would say it was the zone, yes. I was able to control everything.”

Lauren Stephenson holds second place at -6 under par with an opening round -6 under par 65;

“I took all of last week off, I didn’t touch a club for eight days so I felt really just rest and recovered.”

“I felt pretty tired at KPMG because that was my sixth week, so I knew I needed to just take a good break.”

Matilda Castren, Ariya Jutanugarn, Mina Harigae, Yealimi Noh and Ssu-Chia Cheng are another shot back at -5 under after first rounds of 66.

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World #1 Jin Young Ko Wins the CME Group Tour Championship.

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Jin Young Ko the World #1, from South Korea, won the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Florida,  by a whopping five shots, to celebrate her 24th Birthday.

Jin Young Ko of Korea poses with the CME Globe trophy after winning the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on December 20, 2020 in...                                                   Jin had a final round -6 under par 66 to post -18 under par at the top the CME Group Tour Championship to win the Race to CME Globe;

 “I just thought, OK, 18 holes left and then go to home.”

“I still can’t believe it, that I’m here, that I won this tournament.”

Tied in second place at -13 under were Hannah Green, Australia, -5 under 67 today, and Sei Young Kim, South Korea, with a sad last round of even par 72, a score that still gave her the Rolex Player of the Year honors.

Best USA player was Mina Harigae at -12 under par, a final round -4 under 68 giving her fourth spot on her own.

Danielle Kang won the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average;

“At the end of the round, I looked at my caddie and said, ‘We won the Vare.’ That is an accomplishment in all cases.”

“This one feels like a really good mark in my career, that I was able to do it and accomplished it. I can look back on the 2020 season and at the Vare Trophy, and that’s part of it.”

“To be part of the legends list to win the Vare Trophy, I just want to make them proud moving forward as well, because they left this game for us and they left this stage for us, and I wish that I can do that for the future.”

 

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Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Sung Hyun Park from South Korea is at the top of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic after 36 holes.

Sung Hyun Park of the Republic of Korea hits her tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA ClassicSung Hyun / getty

Sung Hyun sunk four birdies in her last four holes today to post -17 under at the top of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic leaderboard with a second round -10 under par 62, equaling the course record, and will take a two shot advantage into the week-end;

“I made four birdies in a row twice today. I honestly didn’t know,”

 “When I was 8 under today, I thought I was 7 under.”

17 year-old Yealimi Noh of the USA, a Monday qualifier, has second place at -16 under par, a -7 under 65 second round is an amazing feat for a rookie;

“It means so much, all the hard work, all the months of just like not knowing where I’m going to play and what I’m going to do, just finally playing here and playing well is really like a dream come true.”

“But no matter who I play with and how they’re playing, anything, I just don’t want to think about anything else.”

“Just focus on my score and my game. I don’t want to think too much.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, has third position on the leaderboard, a second round -8 under 64 giving her a  -15 under par tournament total;

“Actually, I feel like it’s really tough for me because I felt like every hole, everybody have the chance to make birdie.”

Sharing fourth spot with -14 under totals are Mina Harigae, -9 under 63 today, and Tiffany Joh, -6 under 66, both ladies from the USA.

Tiffany is benefitting from some off-season work;

“At the beginning of the year, the swing changes weren’t taking yet.”

“This week, I’m seeing the fruits of my labor from this offseason.”

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