Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Makes It Hers.

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Minjee Lee makes it hers as she wins the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee Lee

Minjee, from Australia, had a final round -2 under par 70 to win the Blue Bay LPGA with a -13 under par total. It got tense at the 17th as Ariya Jutanugarn made birdie, while Minjee three putted for bogey, to level the scores at -12 under going to the par five last hole.

Ariya, from Thailand, dumped her tee shot into the water on her way to making bogey six, while Minjee dropped in her birdie putt.

Jessica Korda, USA, needed to make Eagle on the last to force a play-off, and reached the green in two, but her putt turned away at the cup. She finished in second place at -12 under par, with a -1 under 71 last round.

Jessica is looking forward to next week;

“I have three events left. I’m going to go back and rest right now. Next week is another hot week and then I have Japan and CME.”

“So I would say that, you know, looking back at this week, I think considering we had zero preparation for the tournament and came in on Wednesday,”

“I think I would have taken a second place if you would have told me that that’s what I would have gotten.”

Ariya claimed third place on her own at -11 under par, her last round -2 under 70 not quite enough on the day, although she did provide some pressure at the end.

Blue Bay LPGA. Two Way Tie at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Blue Bay LPGA after 54 holes in China. Jessica Korda and Minjee Lee share the lead. Who said yesterday that Minjee would have a leisurely stroll to the title, (well me actually)

Minjee Lee & Jessica Korda / getty

Minjee Lee & Jessica Korda / getty

Minjee managed to squander a six shot lead, returning a third round score of +1 over par 73. Jessica took full advantage, carding a third round -6 under par 66, to level the scores at the top of the Blue Bay LPGA at -11 under par.

Jessica was the only player in the field to birdie the par four 12th hole today;

“Twelve in general is a really hard hole.”

“You have to land it perfectly at the top to have any shot at that pin staying on the back of the green. It’s really wet back there so you don’t want to have to chip up. It’s not an easy chip.”

“So I was just really happy to be on the green to be honest with you and have some type of putt at it.”

“And being able to birdie it, if that’s what my reaction was, I looked up and down and excited, it was more like a surprise and it was a good surprise.”

“Like I said, it’s a really hard hole and a really hard pin, so you’re thinking par is going to be a great score, and the fact that I actually made birdie I’m like, oh, wow, cool, that’s great.”

Minjee is just hoping for a better day tomorrow;

“It wasn’t windy. It wasn’t that windy today, so I guess you could be a bit more aggressive at the pins.”

“I mean, I wasn’t striking it that well, so I think I just got by, making up-and-down.”

“Yeah, tomorrow is another day, so you never know.”

Ariya Jutanugarn is in third place at -9 under par, following her magnificent third round effort of -7 under 65.

Ariya is playing smart golf, keeping the driver in the bag, she wants to win the Rolex Player of the Year award, and currently holds a four point lead over world number one Lydia Ko, who is not in the field this week;

“I think it’s really important because like the Rolex Player of the Year Award, it’s really an honor to win that one, and I think whoever wins really deserves it, because it’s really the hardest one to win.”

“And of course I want to win when I have a chance.”

“This course, you have to be really patient. I think today I maintained my like emotion to be patient, so I just hit like hit my tee shot good.”

“I just be like waiting for birdies, not really rushing trying to make birdies. Just trying to have fun.”

Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Lee Leaps Ahead.

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Minjee Lee leaps ahead at the half-way stage of the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee carded a second round -5 under par 67, the low round of the day, in the Blue Bay LPGA, to post -12 under par at the top of the leaderboard, producing an amazing six shot lead;

“I don’t think it’s easy out there. It’s still windy and the greens are really undulated so you have to be in the right places.”

“Yeah, it’s not easy, and I don’t find it that easy.”

“I don’t mind the wind, so I guess it’s not a bad thing. Yeah, I’ll just play with whatever, I’ll just adjust to the wind.”

“I think I had a pretty solid round today. I had three-under the first nine, so I was happy with my start.”

“In the middle, I had a couple loose shots here and there, but I could get up-and-down.”

“Then I finished off with two birdies. Overall, pretty solid round.”

Nearest challenger is Caroline Masson, -3 under 69 today giving her a -6 under par total, and second place.

Carlota Ciganda, -1 under 71 today, Jessica Korda, even par 72, share third place, both on -5 under par.

Looks like Minjee Lee will have a leisurely stroll to the finish line.

Blue Bay LPGA. Minjee Lee Leads

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Minjee Lee leads after the first round of the Blue Bay LPGA in China.

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Minjee put together a -7 under par 65 in the opening round of the Blue Bay LPGA, giving her a two shot lead over the field.

She only had a limited practice here, good putting helped her today;

“Well, I only had, I got nine holes practice yesterday, because we flew in yesterday.”

 “But no, I just took it one shot at a time and didn’t try to get ahead of myself. Just played my own game today and a lot of my putts dropped today.”

Jessica Korda and Sandra Gal share second place at -5 under, with their opening rounds of 67.

Sandra made an Eagle, on the par four second hole;

 “Yeah, it was my second hole, I had around, I think I had 89 yards to the pin and there was a little back stop so I played it to go a little long and come back and I had a perfect line and it just rolled in.”

“It’s just a nice start. To hit it close or even go in the hole, it just kind of jump starts your round and kind of gets you in a nice flow, which I then kept up for the rest of the day.”

“That was a nice eagle.”

Last weeks winner Carlota Ciganda, and Chella Choi are tied in fourth place at -4 under par.

Chella is happy that the course is easier to play this year;

“I played so well the first year, and last year is not good.”

“But this tournament, I like this golf course, because the shape is very good and condition is very good, but green is a little bit slow.”

“Last year, conditions are more harder because if I hit the green, always over. But this year, like if I hit the green, it stops, my ball.”

“It’s easier than last year. It’s more easier because last year very difficult.”

 

 

Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Leads.

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So Yeon Ryu leads the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in swirling winds at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama.

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So Yeon shot a bogey free second round -7 under 65 to lead the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic with a -9 under par total, and will take a two shot lead into the week-end. She said everything feels good;

“Actually even yesterday my shot was really great, but I couldn’t make a lot of putts, but today I pretty much made everything.”

“It was a bit windy, but we played with a lot of wind the last few weeks, so it wasn’t really like, you know, really big difference.”

” I think I was good at reading the wind as well, especially happy with having a bogey free round and having seven birdies under my belt really feels good.” 

Minjee Lee,  -2 under par 70 today, Ryann O’Toole, -5 under 67, and Morgan Pressel, -4 under 68 share second place at -7 under par.

Minjee spoke about the swirling winds, and how it affects the putting;

“I think the wind direction was a little bit different.”

” I feel like I had more, maybe crosswinds and not as many downwind holes, so it makes it a little more trickier, but, yeah, all in all, I think I played pretty solid.”

“Yeah, definitely in these conditions I think being patient is very important, but ‑‑ yeah, I mean, it’s not just like your shots, it’s also on the putting green.”

” You can miss a whole lot and you can make a whole lot, so just being patient. “

Laetitia Beck, who bogeyed the final hole for +1 over 73, Annie Park, -1 under 71  and Caroline Masson, -4 under 68, are all T5, at -6 under par.

Annie said she had played well in the conditions, but the putting was difficult;

“Shots were great, putts weren’t really falling, so I had some really good shots but then left some putts out there, but there were some trees and some fast putts out, but, I mean, overall it was actually not;  it was pretty good out there.”

 

Lotte Championship. Minjee Lee Wins.

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Minjee Lee wins the Lotte Championship in Hawaii, coming from five shots back at the start of play.

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Minjee Lee / getty images

Minjee started the day five shots off the pace, but fired in a bogey free final round -8 under par 64 to win the Lotte Championship at -16 under par, giving her a second LPGA win.

She gave the credit to her coach;

“Well, yesterday I spoke to my coach and he was like, You’re only five back.”

“Just shoot eight under and you’ll be fine.”

“And I shot 8-under, so that was good.”

“I think after I went eagle, birdie, birdie, I think the second birdie I was like, Oh, I’m going to be really close.”

 “I just did all I could do, and, yeah, here I am.”

“Definitely a big confidence boost, last couple of weeks I was there, but not quite there.”

“Now my game seems to be coming together really well.”

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Minjee Lee and Water Shower / getty images

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Burnett-2 under 70 today, and In Gee Chun -5 under 67, shared second place at -15 under par for the tournament.

 

Lotte Championship. Minjee Lee Leads.

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Minjee Lee, from Australia, leads the Lotte Championship after two rounds in Hawaii.

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Minjee carded  a bogey free second  -6 under par 66 to top the Lotte Championship leaderboard in Hawaii, and will take a two shot lead into the weekend.

She said she was just having fun, and holed a couple of putts;

“Just been having fun and hitting my shots one shot at time.”

“I holed a couple of nice putts and, yeah, just got my momentum going on the front nine.”

“I birdied eight and nine, so I think the momentum carried on through the back nine.”

“I’ve been striking it pretty good yesterday and today as well, it really does help in this wind.”

Katie Burnett holds second place,  two shots back at -8 under par after her second round -6 under 66.

Katie  missed qualifying for the ANA Inspiration, and has used that omission  as  motivation for this week;

“It was motivating not to get into ANA, disappointing, but also motivating to go home and be at home watching a tournament when I thought I should have been there.”

“Honestly, I like the wind, I’m from the coast, so I actually prefer to play when it’s a little windy.”

“I think actually probably if you look at my finishes, probably have played better in those tournaments that have been windy because it makes you be really committed.”

“You have to make a decision and go with it and be committed, otherwise the wind is going to wreak havoc on the ball.”

Sponsor invite Su-Yeon Jang is in third position at -7 under par, following her -6 under 66 second round, and will complete Friday’s final group.

Megan Khang played the round of the day, a -8 under 64, making those important putts

“I think I gave myself a lot more chances today.”

“Yesterday I had trouble finding the green, but today I found the green and I was able to hit some close ones.”

“Right off the bat, number one, I was able to tap in a birdie putt. I think the key today was giving myself chances and executing the putts.”

World number one Lydia Ko did not perform too well today. an even par round of 72, leaves her T 26, at -1 under for the tournament. While her main rival for the #1 spot Inbee Park is T 49 for the tournament at +1 over par.