Volvik Championship. Minjee Lee Wins.

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Minjee Lee, Australia, on her birthday, wins the Volvik Championship at  Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Minjee carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Volvik Championship by one shot at -16 under par,with a birdie on the last hole. She said she was striking the ball well and with good putting;

“I started off pretty solid, so I think I made three birdies on the front nine and I just pretty much was pretty steady until the end.”

“I’ve been playing pretty solid golf the whole year.”

 “Next week is going to be a totally different week.”

“I know I’m striking it well and putting it well.”

I.K. Kim, -5 under 67 for her last round, giving her second place at -15 under par;

“I like to put myself in that position as often as possible.”

“It’s my first time playing this course as well, so it’s been very inviting.”

“I’m still trying out a few things, everything’s coming along, and I feel like it’s been a lot of grinding, so it’s really nice to have some kind of assurance.” 

In third place at -14 under par, was Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, with a bogey free -7 under 65;

“When I started, I was pretty far behind and I just want to have a good day today and I just, you know, promised to myself what I was going to do and I’m really happy with that, because I did it.”

“Every week is different, but of course when you hit the ball solid and get a good feeling when you walk off the golf course, it’s always great.” 

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Volvik Championship. Minjee Lee Leads After 54 Holes.

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Minjee Lee, Australia, leads the Volvik Championship after 54 holes at  Travis Pointe County Club, after a rain delay of 2 hours and 11 minutes.

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Minjee took control of the Volvik Championship with a bogey free third round -4 under 68, and will take a two-stroke advantage into the final round tomorrow with a -12 under par tournament total;

“I had a pretty solid day today, made no bogeys, four birdies on the card, which is pretty solid for today.”

“I think just keeping it in play was pretty important today.” 

Four ladies are then tied in second place, all at -10 under for the championship, Stacy Lewis, USA, -5 under pa r 67 today, I.K. Kim, South Korea, also -5 under 67, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, -3 under 69, and Lindy Duncan, USA, -3 under 69.

Stacy is going to hang around and see what happens;

“This golf course, you can shoot a number. You can shoot 6 or 7-under, but you can also play pretty good and shoot even par.”

“So you’ve just got to get runs like I did there at the end of the day and just keep hanging around and post a number and see what happens.”

 “That’s what wins these things. Excited to be in the hunt.”

Lindy has been working on a swing change;

“I’m just hitting more greens I would say, and then my wedge game improved a lot over the off season.”

“The front nine was solid, birdied the par fives and had three good par saves on 10, 11, 12, so that was pretty much a good round.”

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Volvik Championship. Nasa Hataoka Leads.

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Nasa Hataoka from Japan leads the Volvik Championship after 36 holes at Pointe County Club.

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Nasa carded a second round -4 under par 68 to lead the Volvik Championship by one shot at -9 under par;

“I’m really comfortable playing the LPGA, I play my game. That’s my key.”

In second place is Minjee Lee, Australia, at -8 under par, with her second round score of -3 under 69;

“I had a really good off season and I had a really good start to the year in Australia, the couple of events there.”

“Just gave me a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year so it’s just been pretty steady from there.” 

“I’m just trying to play my own game and obviously have fun out there and make as many birdies as I can.”

 “I think that’s all I can do and that’s all in my control, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Sharing third place at -7 under par are, Gaby Lopez, Mexico, -4 under 68 today, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, -2 under 70, and Lindy Duncan, USA, also -2 under 70 for her second round.

Jodi  has been doing physiotherapy, rehab and strength training to try to get back some semblance of normal, after hurting her back;

“It was a bit unlucky, starting to get old.” 

“I love this course, I love coming back here to Ann Arbor.”

“It’s playing long this year because it’s kind of wet and the greens are rolling really nice. I don’t know.”

“I just seem to be putting well on these greens, so yeah, I love the course.” 

Lindy scrambled well today;

“I was kind of spraying it off the tee but just missing the fairway just like a little bit and kind of got some bad lies, so scrambled really well today.”

 “Then had a couple opportunities on the front nine, took advantage of those, stayed pretty solid overall.” 

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LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship, Lydia Beats Minjee in Play-Off

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Lydia Ko, New Zealand beats Minjee Lee, Australia, in a play-off to win the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship title at Lake Merced Golf Club in California.

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Lydia and her 15th LPGA Tour Trophy / getty

Lydia, -1 under 71 today and Minjee -4 under 68 were tied at the top of the  LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship leaderboard with -12 under par totals, four shots ahead of the field.

Lydia won after a stunning second shot approach to the green at the first play-off hole, the par five 18th, leaving her a short Eagle putt to win;

“It’s crazy, because I was three over for the day at one stage today and I said ‘Hey, you just got to focus and you never know what’s going to happen,.”

 “I was able to put my game together on the back nine and when that putt dropped, oh my gosh.”

“It’s never over until the very end, until that moment you’re taking off the glove and the ball goes in the hole on the last hole, you just can never give up.”

“That’s what I’m trying to do.” 

“I actually thought my putt might go in the first time I played the 18th hole.”

“There’s a lot of emotions. My whole team and my family they’ve worked really hard for this moment, so I’m happy a few of them are here and we can celebrate together.”

“It’s a pretty cool feeling to get this win back at Lake Merced. This is such a special place for me.”

Four ladies were then tied in third place at -8 under par, Angel Yin, USA, -5 under 67 today, Shanshan Feng, China, -4 under 68, Charley Hull, England, -2 under 70, and Jess Korda, USA, with a disappointing last round of +2 over par 74.

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LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. Lydia Leads.

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Lydia Ko from New Zealand leads the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship after 54 holes at Lake Merced Golf Club in California.

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Lydia shot a -5 under par 67, which equaled the low round of the day, in the third round of the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship to lead the tournament by one shot at -11 under par but had some luck on the day;

“I love San Francisco and I’m a member here so sometimes I get some friendly member bounces too.” 

“Sometimes getting that friendly bounce or where you hit a tree and it comes out on the fairway, you take those.”

“I felt like I haven’t been having the greatest luck at a few events, so it was nice to hit a tree and still be able to play and to hole out with that bunker shot.”

“I know I hit a good shot, but sometimes those lip out or hit the pin and come out, so for it to have gone in I know there was luck involved in that.”

“I know I’ve got to stay focused and keep having fun. If it happens, it’s great, but the most important thing for me is to stay positive because there is still a lot of golf to be played.”

Jess Korda, USA, is in second place that one shot back at -10 under, a lack-luster -1 under 71 today not helping her cause much; 

In third place is Minjee Lee from Australia, -4 under 68 today giving her that position on her own at -8 under par.

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HSBC Women’s World Championship. Nelly Korda Cruising.

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Nelly Korda, USA, is cruising at the top of the HSBC Women’s World Championship leaderboard at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

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19 year-old Nelly posted a third round -7 under par 65 to lead the  HSBC Women’s World Championship by one shot with a -15 under par tournament total;

 “I was hitting the correct shots.”

“I was aggressive when I needed to be, so I’m just happy with the way it ended and really looking forward to tomorrow.”

“There are a bunch of great girls on top of the leaderboard, they are going to be making a lot of birdies, so I’m going to have to stay patient and see where the round takes me.” 

Nelly also spoke about her sister Jess, who won last week;

“She’s had a very tough off-season with her surgery and just to come out her first week and win and completely crush everyone, it’s very inspiring.”

“It definitely motivated me a bit more.”

Danielle Kang is in second place at -14 under par, and recorded her first bogey’s of the tournament, two in her last four holes, in a -2 under par round of 70;

“I didn’t want to finish on a bogey but it was a really unlucky lie on the fairway, got plugged in the bunker.”

“But I gave myself a really good par chance and I ended up one shot behind the lead.”

“Got 18 more holes to play and that’s a lot of golf.” 

“I’ve got a couple good friends up there on the leaderboard, so it’s exciting.”

“Hopefully get a good pairing going and it’s going to be an exciting day tomorrow.”

Brooke Henderson, Canada, -7 under 65, shares third place with Minjee Lee of Australia, -4 under 68 today, both ladies at -11 under par.

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Jess Leads By Four Shots.

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Jess Korda leads the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shots after 54 holes at the Siam Country Club.

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Jess carded a third round -4 under par 68 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shot at -20 under par;

“I had no expectations, but my coach and I have worked together and it is still there.”

 “I was bit nervous on the front nine, but I knocked the rust off.”

“It’s crazy how quick it is coming together, I’m really enjoying it and now have one more day.”

Local girl Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, is in second place at -16 under par, charging hard with a third round -7 under par 65, which included an Eagle 2 on the par four 14th hole;

“I really enjoyed my game today, it’s working out pretty good.”

“There is a lot of support and it feels nice having people cheering you on.”

Minjee Lee, Australia, completes the top three with a third round -4 under 68 giving her that place on her own.

The leaderboard is quite compacted behind Jess, ladies like Ariya Jutanugarn at -14 under, Lexi Thompson, -13, with Nelly Korda, Michelle Wie and Amy Yang all at -12 under could easily make a charge. it will be an interesting last day to see how it all unfolds.

Two sisters are involved in this contest, with Ariya and Nelly trying to catch their siblings.

Nelly said she is hoping to make a run at it;

“She’s playing great golf and hopefully she keeps killing it, hopefully I can make a run Sunday.”

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