ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration after 54 holes at Mission Hill in California.

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Lexi, USA, shot a third round -5 under par 67 to top the ANA Inspiration leaderboard at -13 under par after 54 holes at Mission Hills, and is looking forward to another trip into Poppie’s Pond;

“Yeah, well, that experience always helps me out, but I’m just going to focus on tomorrow, focus on one shot at a time, relax out there between shots, and just focus on doing my routine, visualizing my shots out there.”

“I just love this golf course. I get to hit a lot of drivers, and it just sets up well.”

 “There’s a few dog-legs left, which helps me out. I love being here. It’s just absolutely beautiful, and it’s always in great shape for us.”

Suzann Pettersen, from Sweden, is in second place, two shots back at -11 under par, a third round -4 under 68 keeping her firmly in touch with the leader, and also really wants to get wet, in the traditional jump for the winner into Poppie’s Pond;

“I think I’ve always said since the first time I saw this place it really fits my eye.”

“I’m driving the ball well, and that’s a major key on this golf course, and if you do, you can kind of attack it, as well.”

“So far, so good. I’ve got a big job to do tomorrow. I mean, the leaderboard is packed behind me, as well.”

“You’ve got to expect to go out there and shoot low. There’s a lot at stake, but I’m all in for it.”

Four ladies are tied in third place with -10 under par totals, three players from South Korea, Mi Jung Hur, -7 under par 65 in the third round, Inbee Park, -4 under 68, and So Yeon Ryu, -3 under 69. The fourth player tied in third place is Minjee Lee, from Australia, -4 under 68 in the third round.

ANA Inspiration. Second Round Suspended. Suzann Leads.

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Suzann Pettersen, with a completed second round leads the ANA Inspirational, as darkness called a halt to the days play in California, with 56 ladies still to complete their second rounds.

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Suzann carded a second round -3 under par 69 to post an ANA Inspirational leaderboard target of -7 under par;

“I played really good. It really hasn’t been that long of a day, but I played quite a bit of golf.”

“Just Steady Eddie, just plugging along, hitting good shots, giving myself chances.”

“How can you not love this place? It’s heaven for golf and great surroundings.”

“Just really got to be on your A-game to feel like you can attack this course. I’m driving the ball well so I’m giving myself good irons into the greens.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are six ladies, four with completed rounds, Minjee Lee, -4 under par 68 today, Nelly Korda and  Inbee Park, both scoring -3 under 69 and Cristie Kerr with -1 under 71 today.

Still to complete their second rounds, but are also at -6 under are Michelle Wie, -2 under today through eight holes, and Karine Icher, -1 under after eleven holes.

There is still a lot of golf to be played in the second round, and as yet no one has stamped any authority on this competition. I suspect it will be very tight right up until the last hole.

 

 

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 Lee / getty

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 Ryu / getty images

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.”