LPGA Volvik Championship. Shanshan Feng Wins.

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Shanshan Feng of China wins the LPGA Volvik Championship.

LPGA Volvik Championship

Shanshan

Shanshan carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the LPGA Volvik Championship with a -19 under par tournament total, and a one shot victory;

“I was trying to win the tournament since the start today and I’m glad that I did it.”

“I’m really happy to have this win because I’ve had six wins on the LPGA so far but only two in the U.S.”

“So I’m really happy that I’m not only playing well in Asia but also in the U.S, and very glad that a lot of the Chinese came today to actually come support me.”

Tied in second place, that one shot back at -18 under par, were Minjee Lee, Australia with  a last round -7 under par 65 a great effort. She was joined by Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, with -6 under 66 today.

Minjee tried to make it, and good putting helped her all week;

“I was like ‘oh, I’m four shots behind with like two holes to go.”

“So just tried to play and make as many birdies as I could on the last two holes.”

“I made one.”

“I’m pretty happy with my result, obviously I’m going to come up a little bit short, but still, yeah, I hit it pretty solid all week and I putted pretty well all week.”

 

LPGA Volvik Championship. Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, leads the LPGA Volvik Championship.

LPGA Volvik Championship

Sung Hyun Park

Sung Hyun shot a second round -7 under par 65 to grab a two stroke lead at the LPGA Volvik Championship with a -12 under par tournament total;

“I started birdie-birdie on the first two holes and after that I kind of lost it a little bit.”

“But going into the back nine, the first hole, on 10 I made a birdie, and from that point on I think my putting kind of came back alive.” 

“I have a huge expectation being in the final group, being that much closer to winning.”

“But I have a lot of experience playing in the championship groups and I’ll stick with my plan and play my game for the rest of the week.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are Minjee Lee, Australia,-6 under par 66 today, and Suzann Pettersen, Norway, with a -5 under par 67 round.

Minjee got disqualified last week, because she forgot to sign her card;

“I mean I don’t know how I missed it, but obviously I did and I got DQ’d.”

“But it’s okay, I can laugh about it now.”

“I played good last week and I know my game’s there.”

Suzann is enjoying the course, and her putter;

“I usually play good the more tournaments I play, and last week was my first after a little bit of a break.”

“My game is starting to shape up. Playing good golf, hitting a lot of good putts.”

” Just enjoying this golf course.”

“See if I can finish off a good round tomorrow and then finish off a good round Sunday.”

” But take one day at a time here.”

 

 

Kingsmill Championship. Lovely Lexi, the Pink Lady, Leads.

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Lovely Lexi Thompson, the Pink Lady, has the Kingsmill Championship lead after 54 holes.

Kingsmill Championship

Lexi

Lexi carded a third round -2 under 69, to take a three shot lead into the final round of the Kingsmill Championship tomorrow with her -14 under par tournament total;

“I feel good. I played very well today.”

“Pretty solid, just was all over the lips today on the greens. But I put some good strokes on a lot of my putts, so that’s all that matters.”

“Hopefully bring that into tomorrow.”

 

In second place is  In Gee Chun with her -11 under par total, a third round -4 under 67 giving her that position on her own;

“I had great round today.”

“This week my swing doesn’t feel good, so I try to stay humble in myself.”

“So I think I made great rounds.  I try to stay in the middle of the green today.”

“It was make a lot of birdie chance. So I made great up and down on 11 and 14, 15 maybe.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko, -1 under 71 today, Sei Young Kim, -5 under 66 and Minjee Lee, -4 under 67 share third place at 9-under par.

Sei Young  was happy to play well, but wants to improve her putting;

“I’m very happy to play well. Yesterday and the first-round I want good my putter and then wasn’t a good shot.”

“But I needed to the improve the shot and then putting, and then after the round I practice not much, just a little bit, and then I play well today.”

Lydia is playing to hang on to her World number One tag;

“It was a pretty steady round. The front nine I gave myself a lot of looks for birdies, and a lot of them really slipped by,”

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads.

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

ANA Inspiration

Lexi / getty

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.

ANA Inspirational

Suzann / getty

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.

Blue Bay LPGA

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.”