World Ladies Championship. Jung-Min Lee Wins

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Jung-Min Lee from South Korea wins the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

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The World Ladies Championship was won by Jung-Ming with a final round -6 under par 66, to post a winning total of -9 under par. South Korea dominated this competition claiming the top five places on the leaderboard, as well as taking the Team Title.

Jung-Ming was surprised with her win, she also claimed the Team Title with her playing partner Jin-Young Ko;

“I was very surprised to win because I didn’t feel that I played my best and I wasn’t in the leading group.”

“My main goal this year is to get my best ever score on the KLPGA Tour.”

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The winning team, Jin Young Ko & Jung Min Lee / Power Sport Images

Seung-Hyun Lee, -1 under 71 today, Bo-Kyung Kim -3 under 69 and Han Sol Ji -1 under 71, all tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament.

 Ji-Hyun Oh was fifth, -1 under 71 in the final round giving her a -7 under par tournament total.

Yu LiuChina and  Saraporn Chamchoi of Thailand tied for sixth place, both on -6 under par.

World Ladies Championship. Liu Yu Leads Suspended Round Three.

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Liu Yu, the home hope from China has taken the lead in round three of the suspended World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills.

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CHN Liu Yu leads the suspended round three, at -7 under par, of the Ladies World championship, as play was once again halted at Mission Hills, and she was totally bemused by the fact;

“It was totally unexpected.”

“It’s a really strong field with quality players from the Ladies European Tour and Korean LPGA as well as the China LPGA Tour.”

“I’m happy with my position today. And for tomorrow, I’ll just keep my strategy and make it keep going.”

“There are so many good players here, anything could happen. I just focus on my game. It definitely would be fantastic to win this week.”

KOR  Oh Ji Hyun and Ji Han Sol from South Korea share second place at -6 under par, before play was suspended for the third consecutive day.

ENG Florentyna Parker, -1 under, from England amazingly has  Eagled the par five11th hole twice in the same day, as she had already completed nine holes of her second round earlier in the morning. She used the cart path both times, in a very strange coincidence;

“I kept hitting the cart path off the tee. I did it twice. In the afternoon I used a 7-iron to hit to one meter and this morning I did the same thing using a 9-iron.”

“This morning I played quite nicely and felt warmed up this afternoon as I’d played the course. I hope to continue to play well and I’d take three pars when I return tomorrow morning.”

World Ladies Championship. Ji Still Leads As Play Suspended Again.

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Ji Jan Sol still leads the World Ladies Championship in China as play was suspended again at Mission Hills, with South Korea players holding the top three spots.

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Ji has played just three holes of her second round, but has carded two birdies already which kept her on top of the World Ladies Championship at -6 under par, when play was halted once again.

In second place is Bo-Kyung Kim who carded a completed flawless second round -6 under par 66, to post a total of -5 under.

Bo was very happy with her long putting performance today, but not so clever with the short ones;

“My long putting was good and saved my round. I’m so lucky that I made birdies on the par fives. “

“This course is difficult and making long putts from seven to 10 metres always helps.”

“My short putting was not as good and I missed several birdie chances.”

“My wedge play helped a lot today and I made some good sand saves because the lies in the bunkers weren’t too bad.”

Jin Young Ko is in third place, she too has completed her second round, -3 under par 69, to post -4 under for the tournament.

In fourth place is  Tzu-Chi Lin from Taipei, at -3 under par, she said she was tired after getting  up at 5 am to complete her first round, and ended her second 12 hours later;

“I feel very tired right now. I played 25 holes today.”

“I think mental and physical fitness are tied together but sometimes if your mentality is strong you can keep going.”

Ladies World Championship. Ji Han Sol Leads Suspended 1st Round.

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Ji Han Sol from South Korea leads the Ladies World Championship as the 1st round was suspended due to darkness at Mission Hills in China.

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KOR Ji  carded a completed -4 under-par 68 on the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills before darkness caused play to be suspended for the day. In the morning  torrential rain and thunderstorms had delayed play by two hours and 40 minutes.

Ji spoke through an interpreter;

“I am really happy to get a great score even though it was raining a lot. I was trying to be relaxed mentally and it helped me to finish as the leader.”

“The first time I played this course in the practise round, I thought it was not that difficult.”

“To be honest, it felt easy for me at that time. However, when I played today in the first round of the competition, I realised that this course is not easy at all.”

“Today my shots were not the best and I made many mistakes. I will practise my ball striking and short game more for tomorrow so that I can lift the winner’s trophy.”

Second place is shared between three ladies at -3 under par, but none of them has yet completed their opening rounds,   KOR Ji Hyun Oh, with five holes left to play, FRA Anne-Lise Caudal, seven holes left and KOR Ye Na Chung, ten holes left. So there could be some changes at the top of the leaderboard once the rounds have been completed tomorrow.

CZE Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic, has finished her round at  level par 72 and commented on the cold temperatures, but she was happy with her putting today;

“I was freezing on the golf course because I just came from Phuket, Thailand, where it was 40, 45 degrees.”

“I felt very cold and my hands were freezing so it was hard to hit good shots and the grass was very wet, so I didn’t know what would happen.”

“I had 28 putts so that was much more helpful than two weeks ago when I was struggling with my putting.”

“I really like the golf course. It’s a beautiful course so I hope the weather will be better tomorrow.”





ANA Inspiration. Brittany Lincicome Wins.

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Brittany Lincicome wins the first LPGA Tour Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration tournament at Mission Hills in California.

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Brittany holding the ANA Inspiration trophy, after taking a plunge into Poppies Pond. A final round -2 under par 70 gave her a -9 under par total, she Eagled the final hole to pull level with Stacy Lewis. Stacy also finished on that score after her last round -2 under par 70.

Brittany was overcome with emotion at her win;

“Super emotional, I’m standing here, physically shaking like a leaf still. It’s over and I’m still shaking.”

“The first time it felt fairly easy because I thought I was so far out of the tournament that I never had a chance, I wasn’t nervous at all.”

Stacy was obviously very disappointed, especially with the errant wind;

“The initial reaction is disappointed, obviously, but I played great and I hit some really good putts there, especially at the end.”

” I just played solid all day, so I have to remind myself of that and not get too frustrated. It just wasn’t quite meant to be today.”

“Once we got back in that corner around 13, 14, the wind just kind of went crazy on us.”

“Couldn’t figure out which direction it was going. It was changing directions. It changed when we were on 10. It changed when we were on 16. It changed when we were on 18, multiple times during the playoff.”

“The wind was all over the place. I think that was the biggest challenge.”

Morgan Pressel finished in third position at -8 under par while Sei Young Kim, who had a three stroke lead starting the final round fell to a +3 over par 75, to tie for fourth place at -7 under with Carlota Ciganda and Anna Nordqvist.

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ANA Inspiration. Rookie Sei Young Kim in Control.

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Rookie Sei Young Kim has taken control of the ANA Inspiration tournament at Mission Hills in California, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

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Sei Young posted a third round -3 under par 69 to lead the All Nippon Airways Inspiration tournament with total of -10 under par at Mission Hills Country Club.

Through an interpreter she spoke of her excitement, and her dream of winning on the LPGA Tour, not to mention jumping in the pond;

“If I were to win it tomorrow, it would be the biggest dream ever to come true for me.”

“You know, just because, I’ve watched this tournament since I was young.”

“That’s why I feel I want it so much more, and I think the opportunity is there in front of me, and if I can, I definitely want to get my hand on it, and for sure it won’t be bad jumping into that pond tomorrow.”

“I feel a bit pressured right now, back in Korea when I was playing on the Korean Tour, I was known for coming from behind and winning tournaments.”

“But to be in the lead going into the final round on the LPGA is fairly new for me. So yeah, I feel some pressure there.”

Chasing her all the way will be Stacy Lewis, who sits alone in second place at -7 under par after her -4 under 68 today. Stacy knows that Sei Young will be a tough competitor;

“Coming in there, I didn’t make some of the best swings ever.”

 “Definitely didn’t deserve bogey on 15, so I was pretty happy making bogey there truthfully.”

“Seventeen, just kind of misjudged the wind and hit a wrong club there, and then the green is really bumpy down there by the hole.”

“But all in all, it was a good, solid day. Didn’t really have to work too hard, which is good.”

“I threw everything I had at her in Phoenix and she kept responding by making putts and hitting shots.”

 “They’re not scared, not scared at all.”

“You can tell they’ve got a lot of experience from playing in Korea, and they know how to win.”

“They know how to putt, which is most important, and I mean, they’re impressive.”

Three ladies are tied in third position at -6 under par, Morgan Pressel, Brittany Lincicome and Ariya Jutanugarn.

Ariya carded the low round of the day, -6 under par 66, which catapulted her up the leaderboard.

World number one Lydia Ko carded another over par round today, +2 over 74, and fell back to T48, one consolation was the fact that she has recorded at least one birdie in 191 rounds, and thanked the press for bringing it to her attention;

” Thanks guys, it’s always some statistic that’s going to get in my tail. But yeah, I didn’t know that.”

“Lucky thing that I birdied the 18th. It happened to me last year, too. I hadn’t birdied all day and then made a birdie on 18 to kind of get that going. It’s good that I’m at least counting a couple strokes off the scorecard today.”



ANA Inspiration. Sei Young Kim Leads.

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Sei Young Kim shot a second round -7 under par 65 to take the lead in the 1st LPGA Major tournament this year, the ANA Inspiration, in California.

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Sei Young shot tot the top of the ANA Inspiration leaderboard with an amazing second round -7 under par 65. at Mission Hills in California, and was happy she had played so well;

“I feel really great because I was 7-under today.”

“I really hit the ball good and putting really good, everything really good. I’m very happy.”

Morgan Pressel is in second place at -5 under par for the competition, an even par 72 today halting any forward momentum;

“It was a little sloppy all around.”

“My swing wasn’t quite as sharp as it was yesterday, and I kind of made some sloppy bogeys and some really good pars, so it was kind of backwards.”

“I’ll be close to the lead, I give myself a chance for the weekend, and that’s all these two days really that I can do.”

There are three ladies tied in third place, at -4 under par, Brittany Lincicome, Jenny Shin and Catriona Mathew.

Brittany has been waiting for a golf course that suits her game;

“Some of the golf courses that we’ve had so far just don’t really fit my game, unfortunately, so it’s kind of like Missy and I were waiting and waiting for the next couple events to come.”

“Just kind of getting the practice and momentum and just trying to keep it together out there and not fall apart and keeping the nerves under control, just kind of getting ready for a golf course like this one that kind of fits my game a little bit better.”

“It’s unfortunate that I have to wait so long into the year for something that kind of fit my game, but yeah, it’s nice to be here, and obviously playing well, it’s really fun.”

 Stacy Lewis kept her head down to card a -3 under par 69 to move up the leaderboard to T6 on that score;

“I wasn’t really looking at leaderboards all day, so I didn’t honestly have any idea where I stood.”

“But I knew the course was playing hard, and I just had to keep hanging in there, and really just happy with the finish.”

“This golf course seems to play differently every year, the last two years you’ve had to make birdies, and then this year it’s playing hard again.”

“I would rather have it like this where it’s grinding out pars, making sure you’re hitting it on the right side of the hole, just playing smart golf. I’d rather have it that way, just because I think it forces you to think a little bit more.”

Sadly Lydia Ko failed in her attempt to break Annika Sorenstam’s under par consecutive rounds, crashing to a +1 over par 73 today, leaving her at even par for the competition. In a way she was glad that it was all over, and equaling it was OK;

“I mean, it was pretty awesome that I was near Annika’s record last week and even yesterday, and then I tied it.”

“It was so cool that I’m tying with someone amazing and as great as her. I was like, man, I would love to reach 30 in a way.”

“But as I said before, I’m relieved that this question is not going to be asked, but I think 29, I wasn’t counting, and 29 under-par rounds is pretty good in my book.”

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Annika was full of praise for Lydia’s effort;

“I applaud Lydia and her play over the last few months.”

“I am impressed with the composure she shows at such a young age and I think we’ll be hearing a lot about her in the years to come.”