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.”

World Ladies Championship. So Yeon Ryu Wins.

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So Yeon Ryu wins the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

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A final round of -4 under par 69 gave So Yeon Ryu the World Ladies Championship trophy with a tournament total of -13 under par, a one stroke victory.

So Yeon said it was good to play with Inbee, the person she believes is the true world number one;

“I didn’t expect that I had a chance to win this tournament, because in the second and first rounds, I didn’t play really well.”

“Fortunately I was able to shoot eight under in the third round so after that I was in contention.”

“I’m really proud of myself, because it’s good to be back in contention and our group was exciting, with Inbee and Suzann. “

“It was good to play with Inbee, my best friend on the tour. She is not number one right now, but I believe she is the true number one, so it was great to compete with her.”

“I missed quite a few birdie putts but Inbee wasn’t able to make a lot and the pressure was a little less, which was helpful.”

 “The winning putt, no matter how long it is, is always nervous. My hands were literally shaking.”

Inbee finished in second place at -12 under par, she reported that poor putting was the main cause of her not recording another back to back win;

“It was a consistent day today but my putts wouldn’t drop into the hole. It was really just the putting that was the only problem and So Yeon played well.”

“Even with the double bogey, she played really well and I’m really happy for her.”

“If I didn’t win, I kind of hoped that she would win, so it’s kind of good that my best friend won the tournament and I’m ready to congratulate her.”

Suzann Pettersen and China’s Xiyu Lin shot matching final rounds of -3 under par 70, to share third place on -10 under par.

It goes without saying that So Yeon and Inbee won the team event.

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The winner of the amateur prize was 13 year-old  Lei Ye, she also said that putting was a weakness, and she to correct that and become a professional player;

“I played really well the first day and that gave me more room to make the cut. I’ve noticed from playing in professional tournaments that putting is my weakness. I hope to improve and turn professional someday.”


World Ladies Championship. Inbee Park in Position to Win Again.

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Last weeks wire to wire winner Inbee Park is in position at the top of the World Ladies Championship to win again at Mission Hills.

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Defending champion Inbee shot a third round -2 under par 71 for a World Ladies Championship total of -10 under par, and will take a one shot lead going into the final round on Sunday.

Inbee said she had played well in the windy conditions and is happy to still be leading;

“It was a challenging day with the wind. I misjudged the wind quite a few times and ended up in the greenside bunker and wasn’t able to get up and down from there.”

“I’m a little bit disappointed. I feel like I finished well, but the three putt on the last didn’t help.”

“I have one more day to play and happy to be in the position where I am.”

So Yeon Ryu is alone in second place, at -9 under par following her third round -8 under par 65, she said her putter suddenly started to work;

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“The last two rounds I also played great but didn’t make a putt. Today I made a lot of great putts.”

“Starting with a birdie and an eagle gave me good motivation to play a low score.”

“Today I shot eight under and I’m really happy with what I did. Today a lot of the par fives were playing downwind so it was really easy to make it on in two shots. I think that’s why I made a lot of birdies.”

Tied in third place on the leaderboard are Suzann Pettersen and the leading Chinese player Xiyu Lin, both at -7 under par for the championship.

Xiyu was unhappy with her distance control in the wind, and will be happy to go under par tomorrow;

“Today it was funny. I didn’t really get the right distances. I was always hitting 15 yards short or 15 yards long.”

“It wasn’t my best day and my game wasn’t stable. Under par will be good tomorrow.”

Suzann knows she needs to go low, -6 under par 67 today, if she wants to win here at Mission Hills;

“This course sets up. You can go low round here. I’ve had three bogeys today and shot six under.”

“It’s kind of an annoying finish to bogey 17 and not birdie 18. You’ve got to shoot low to win here, so hopefully conditions will be tough again tomorrow and I’ll go out there and fire as low as I can.”

“I feel like I know this course, I’ve played here many times and feel like I know my way around.”

The winner will come from these four players, the next two ladies, in fifth position are, Holly Clyburn and Rebecca Artis, and they  are four shots off the lead at -6 under par, and with the form that Inbee is in will struggle to catch her.

Inbee and So Yeon will be playing together both as rivals and as teammates, representing South Korea, in the final round of the World Ladies Championship.

World Ladies Championship. Inbee Stands Firm.

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Inbee Park stands firm at the top of the leaderboard of the World Ladies Championship on the  Blackstone Course at Mission Hills in China.

Inbee carded a second straight round of -4 under par 69, to post a 36 hole total of -8 under par for the tournament. She is closely followed by China’s Xiyu Lin, who had a second round -5 under par 68, and England’s Holly Clyburn, who carded the low round of the day at -8 under par 65. Both ladies are now just one shot behind the leader at -7 under par, sharing second place.

Holly partnered Inbee in this round, who had this to say about her;

“Holly played great today and she made a lot of putts. She hit a lot of shots close and it’s my first time playing with her.”

Inbee was not so impressed with her own round, but is looking forward to the next two rounds;

“The last two days have been good and very consistent with my ball striking. I had a couple of bogeys every day and those are the mistakes that I can avoid the next two days.”

“The speed of the greens wasn’t as good as last year and I hit a lot past the hole today so I’m going to try to have the speed right so I can make more putts tomorrow and the day after.”

“Yesterday was the toughest day we’ve played here with the wind and heavy conditions. Today there were much better conditions so I thought I could post a better round.”

“It was the same as yesterday, so I feel like I left a few out there but I still have two more days to play so it’s very exciting.”

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Holly also carded nine under par 64 in the third round of the 2014 World Ladies Championship, on the same golf course;

“I love coming back to Mission Hills. Last year was my first year and I really enjoyed it, I’m enjoying it even more this year.”

“Everything about it is laid back, you can do whatever you want. The golf course facilities are fantastic and you’ve got the spa, the gym and the hotel, which are second to none.”

Yesterday’s co-leader Becky Morgan had a +1 over par 74 second round and slipped back into the three-way tie for fourth place, with Frenchwoman Alexandra Vilatte and Ladies European Tour rookie Jienalin Zhang of China. With all of them at -3 under par, they are a long way back and seemingly out of contention.

Only one of the five amateurs made the cut, she is China’s Lei Ye, only 13 years old, who shares 47th place on +4 over par, just inside the cut line.

World Ladies Championship. Inbee Park & Becky Morgan Lead.

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Inbee Park and Becky Morgan lead the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

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Becky and Inbee opened the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills with rounds of -4 under par 69 on the par 73 lay-out. They have a healthy two shot lead over the four ladies tied in second place at -2 under par, local player Xiyu Lin, South Korean Shin Ae Ahn and Thai duo of Nontaya Srisawang and Pavarisa Yoktuan.

Becky, who has yet to win on the Ladies European Tour, carded one bogey in her round and was very pleased with her effort;

“I had a really good finish and birdied the last three holes, but I played really steady and hit some really good hybrids into the longer par fours and missed a couple of putts early on so all in all I was pretty happy.”

“I three putted the par three 15th and gave myself a talking to and birdied the last three.”

“Sixteen is a short par four and you’ve got sand wedge going in, so that was a good way to get a birdie back and I holed a 12 feet putt.”

On seventeen I hit a good shot to five feet and I was happy and on eighteen, they’ve moved the tee up so it’s very birdie-able.”

Last weeks winner, and five time Major champion Inbee, was less impressed with her round which included four birdies and an Eagle, against two bogey’s;

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“I didn’t have as many opportunities as I would have liked as the iron shots were a bit off today and I only eagled one par five and had par on the others.”

“The key to this golf course is making birdies on the par fives so if I can do that tomorrow I think it will be a great round.”

Suzann Pettersen, who won this event in 2013  and finished second in 2014, opened this year with a level par 73 round to share 14th place. She said she was happy with her game, apart from the putting;

“I played pretty good. Just, gosh, way too many putts. You’ve got to hit these putts so firm and hard to get it to the hole and I didn’t seem to pick that up at all through the round so a little bit of work to do, but overall decent.”

“I’m playing okay, just not executing when I have a chance.”

The World Ladies Championship is unique in golf in that there are three titles which are contested simultaneously in one event. The individual professional stroke play, amateur and professional team aggregate prize, for the leading pair representing their country.

Leading professional team are South Korean pair Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu  with their combined score of -5  under par.