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 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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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.

Lotte Championship. Moriya Jutanugarn and Minjee Lee Lead.

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Moriya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, and Minjee Lee from Australia lead the Lotte Championship after the first round in Hawaii.

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Minjee shot a bogey free Lotte Championship first round of -4 under par 68 in the windy conditions at Ko Olina Golf Club, and was very happy with her round;

“It helps if you’re a good ball-striker, but also you need to judge the wind well as well, like how far you want to take it right or if the wind is right to left.”

“You got to have some luck with it, too. It’s not just all your skill. You never know.”

“Mother Nature can throw anything at you. I think I judged it really well today so I’m happy.”

Moriya had one bogey and a double bogey in her round of -4 under 68, but was delighted with the seven birdies she had on the day;

“You know, I didn’t even count until I finish,I was like, Oh, that’s nice, seven birdies.”

“It was fun making birdie with this condition of the wind.”

“I think I having fun with my game today.”

“Trying to play with really like strong wind and try to play different type of shot around; try to get up and down.”

“Feels like I had a lot of patient with the wind today, so pretty good for my game.”

The top two are a stroke clear of five ladies all on -3 under par, Kim Kaufman, Sei Young Kim, Brooke Henderson, Caroline Masson and Alena Sharp these ladies all fired opening round 69’s.

Defending Champion Sei Young Kim likes the challenging conditions;

“I like to play windy, because if into the wind I can hit the cut shot.”

“Even if the left to right wind, my nature fly right hook, so it’s easy today.”

“Yeah, so very comfortable today.”

“When I walk on the course a lot of memory coming at me, so, yeah, very comfortable.”

“Then, yeah, give me a lot of energy, that memory.”

World number one Lydia Ko opened with a -1 under 71 today, with a huge group at T14, while world number two Inbee Park struggled, carding +2 over par 74.

HSBC Women’s Champions. Candy Kung and Minjee Lee Lead.

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Candy Kung and Minjee Lee lead the HSBC Women’s  Champions in Singapore after the first round.

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Candy from Taipei and Minjee from Australia, both carded first rounds of -5 under par 67 to lead the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

Minjee said it was a windy day out on the course, but she had been working on a lower ball flight, and putting;

“I think it was pretty much windy when I hit my first shot.”

“So it didn’t change too much. Just a little bit stronger towards the end of the day.”

“Actually at Aussie Open, my coach was there and we tried to lower my ball flight a little bit.”

“So we were just working on some swing changes there. I think I’m getting the hang of it. It’s been better.”

“We’ve been working on my putting a little bit more with my caddie and everyone. So it’s getting more steadier.”

Candy loves the windy conditions and also making an Eagle putt;

“I love wind. Windy is good. It makes it tough for everybody.”

“Brings everybody into the game. You have to hit good shot out there and make your putts”

“The eagle, I got a good bounce there. Bounced it up to about six feet from the hole and I made the putt.”

“The wind was calm back then, four hours ago, on that hole. So it was a lot easier. Otherwise that hole would be into the wind.”

Defending Champion Inbee Park is in third place, one shot back at -4 under par;

“I think I’m still a little bit rusty from taking so much break in the off-season.”

“But obviously today’s round is the best round yet of the season. I hit the ball best out of all the rounds that I’ve played all year, and obviously I putted best out of all the rounds I played this year.”

 

Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Minjee Lee Leads.

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Minjee Lee, from Australia, leads after the second round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Club de Golf Mexico, in Mexico City.

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A second consecutive second round of -3 under par 69, put Minjee Lee on top of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational leaderboard at the end of day 2 in Mexico with a -6 under total. Holing out on a couple of long putts helped her out;

“I just holed a couple 12-15 footers and on the par fives, I was kind of close.”

“There’s nothing different I’m going to do on the golf course, I’m going to stick to my golf and take it one shot at a time. I’m not feeling much different.”

Four ladies share second place, just one shot back at -5 under par; Christina Kim, Sei Young Kim, Angela Stanford and World #2 Inbee Park.

Christina  said her lucky charm was Lorena Ochoa, who came out to watch her play the 12th and 13th holes, she birdied both of them;

“I just needed to go back to what I was doing last year, just enjoying it.”

“What Lorena did, it was so cool cause she came to watch me on holes 12 and 13, and the kids, the brother and the father, and I birdied the holes that they came to watch me so it was really awesome.”

“It’s just everything about this place, the people, the culture, the food. There’s nothing negative you could really say about this tournament. It’s just wonderful.”

Inbee was saved by some good putting;

“Not a great ball striking day today, but I still feel really good about the putter.”

“Just a few bad shots, too many bogeys. I made an eagle and a few birdies but still too many mistakes.”

Entering the weekend at Lorena Ochoa Invitational, there are 10 players within three shots of the lead and 15 players within five, in this field of 36 ladies. There is still everything to play for.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Minjee Lee Rookie Winner.

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Minjee Lee became the third rookie winner this year winning the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia with a final round -6 under par 65 and a -15 under par total.

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For 18 year-old Aussie Minjee this was her first LPGA Tour win, and she was definitely delighted;

“I didn’t think this moment would come this year, so I’m stoked to have won.”

“Just because I won in my rookie season, I feel like I could probably do it again. It just kind of gives me confidence that I can play out here and win out here.”

“On the 18th, I looked at the leaderboard and I saw Alison made birdie, so I kind of thought, I’ll just do everything I can in my control.”

 “I just knocked it on and two‑putted for par.”

So Yeon Ryu finished second, a -4 under par last round gave her a -13 under par total. She said she had played perfectly this morning, but did not finish strongly;

“Sometimes early morning my body is still not awake, but this morning my body condition was even better than yesterday.”

“So I pretty much made every shot and every putt. So, yeah, perfect this morning.”

“On 16 and 17, I felt like I hit two good putts, but they didn’t go in, and on 18, I just kind of gave up on myself and I shouldn’t have done that. I should have finished strong.”

Another rookie Alison Lee claimed third place, a -2 under par final round giving her a -12 under par tournament total. To play in the U.S. Open Alison will try to get into a qualifier on Tuesday in California.

LPGA Kingsmill Championship. Rain Delay Means Monday Finish.

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A rain delay has forced the Kingsmill Championship into a Monday Finish, with Minjee Lee leading, having completed 15 holes.

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Minjee is part way through her final Kingsmill Championship round, having completed 15 holes and currently -7 under par for the round. Her tournament total is -16 under par, and she knew she was at the top, but just wants to get out there tomorrow and finish off;

“I knew I was right there, I still have some work to do tomorrow, but just kind of gave myself opportunities, played smart golf. I didn’t do anything crazy.  Just my putts seemed to drop.”

“Hopefully if I can get the win tomorrow then I won’t have to go to the U.S. Open qualifying.”

Nearest challenger is Alison Lee at -12 under par after 14 holes, and -2 under on her final round, four shots adrift with four holes to play, and realistically not much chance of catching the leader.

Alison suffered a nose bleed out on the course today, after some attention she carried on and made birdie on the next hole;

“I’ve had a nosebleed every day since I’ve been here, just happen to have gotten it on the course today.  Thankfully it didn’t last too long.”

“I know I’m going to have to play aggressively being four strokes behind Minjee.”

“I know exactly what I have to do tomorrow if I want to take this. It’s all up to me.  It’s me against the golf course.”

” No matter what Minjee does, I just have to play my best.”

There are five ladies tied in third place at -10 under par and do have some chance of catching second place Alison, but the way they are playing in does not seem feasible.

Paula CreamerHoo Joo Kim, So Yeon Ryu, Perrine Delacour and Suzann Pettersen, Suzann is in the clubhouse with her score.

Lydia Ko and Inbee Park have both completed their last rounds and are T16 at -5 under par for the competition.

More to follow on Monday.