ANA Inspiration. So Yeon Beats Lexi in Play-Off, After Lexi Get A Late Four Shot Penalty !!!

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So Yeon Ryu beats Lexi Thompson in a play-off for the ANA Inspiration title, the first ladies Major of the year, at Mission Hills in California.

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So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon carded a final round -4 under par 68 to get into a playoff for the ANA Inspiration title with Lexi Thompson -5 under 67 today.

So Yeon made birdie on the first play-off hole the par five 18th;

” I just, you know, cannot believe this situation. During play, I didn’t even check the leaderboard, but I thought Lexi played really, really well.”

 “I thought, I’m well behind, so all I wanted to do was just play my game and enjoy my game.”

“I was paired with my best friend, Inbee Park today, so I just really wanted to have a really good, strong finish.”

If like me you are wondering how Lexi, who lead after 54 holes, shot a lower final round than the winner, came second, here is the answer, Lexi was penalized four strokes because on Sunday afternoon, a TV viewer submitted feedback via LPGA.com that they believed Lexi had incurred a penalty during Saturday’s third round.

The viewer stated that she witnessed Lexi, during the third round on Saturday, fail to properly replace her ball prior to putting out on the green at the par three, 17th hole. After being reviewed by LPGA Rules officials, Lexi was deemed to have in fact breached Rule 20-7c. Sue Witters, Vice President of Rules and Competition, notified Lexi between the 12th green and 13th tee during her final round, that she would be assessed a two-stroke penalty for the infraction and an additional two-stroke penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard. Officialdom gone mad.

You have to wonder who is running the LPGA competitions, the officials, or some viewer, reviewing play, via a slow motion replay. Why have all those officials out on the course when you just rely on TV viewers, even the next day.

Whatever happens out on the course, if it is not picked up by officials, then the offense never happened. Don’t you think Lexi’s opponent on the day would have said something  if she thought for one moment that a rule had been breached, and that she could gain an advantage over Lexi.

I think the decision is unfair, how can you reasonably go back  in time 24 hours and then incur a four shot penalty.

Do you really think So Yeon was happy to win in such a way?

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ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads After 2nd Round.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills in California.

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Lexi had a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the ANA Inspiration at -8 under par;

“My game is in a good spot.”

” I just have to focus on doing one shot at a time and just focus on just doing my routine and relaxing.”

Sharing second place at -7 under are, Michelle WieSuzann Pettersen,  So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park.

Michelle had a good take on the days play, after 56 ladies had to return to complete their second rounds, before embarking on the third;

“More coffee I think will be key today.”

So Yeon is ready to go;

“Right now, I think I’m in my zone.”

World Ladies Championship. Hae Rym Kim Wins In Play-Off

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Hae Rym Kim wins the World Ladies Championship in a play-off at Mission Hills in China, on the Ladies European Tour.

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Hae Rym Kim -3 under 70 and Seon Woo Bae -4 under 69, both ladies from South Korea, finished the World Ladies Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par. Hae Rym won the play-off.

Georgia Hall, England,  was tied in third place with  Lee So-Young and Min Sung Kim, from South Korea, all at -11 under par.

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Georgia, -3 under 70 today was happy with her result, but said her putting could have been better;

“I played well and my long game was really good.”

“If I had reached the hole with more of my putts then I might have been in a play-off, but I’m joint third and I’m very happy with that.”

“My putting wasn’t quite there today and I couldn’t see the lines as well as the last two days and my pace was a bit off.”

“I left quite a lot short actually, but my long game all week has been amazing, and my putting has as well, apart from today.”

Also tied for third were  Lee So-Young and Min Sung Kim, both ladies from South Korea.

 

World Ladies Championship. Hae Rym Kim Leads Suspended 2nd Round.

 

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Hae Rym Kim, from South Korea,  leads suspended 2nd round in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China. Electrical storms and then bad light being the culprit for halting play.

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Hae Rym has completed her second round, bogey free at -6 under par 67 to sit on  top of the World Ladies Championship leaderboard at -11 under par;

“I made the most of the par-5 holes out there and had six birdies.”

“Today, the wind was blowing a bit more than yesterday, but I think that was the reason I was able to score well.”

In second place , having completed 17 second round holes is Seon Woo Bae, also hailing from South Korea, currently on -6 under, with a -10 under total.

Georgia Hall, England, holds third place, a finished second round of -2 under par 71 giving her a -8 under tournament total.

Georgia struggled in the wind with club selection, but putted well when she had the chances;

“The front nine is so much harder than the back nine and I thought before I teed off, if I can go around the front nine in level par, I’ll be happy. “

“I was just hanging on to three-over and then I holed a 20-footer on 10 to stay three-over and then I got a birdie on 11 and I started playing well from there.”

“I didn’t play badly on the front nine, it was just so windy and about a two-and-a-half club wind.”

“I got a few clubs wrong and I was struggling to find where the wind was going. I hit good shots, but they were around 20 feet past the hole, so I never really had a birdie chance on the front nine.”

“I played well again today and putted well. I think I had 27 putts, so I knew my game was there.”

“I just had to be more patient for the back nine where there are more birdie opportunities, which I managed to take.”

World Ladies Championship. Georgia Hall Leads.

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Georgia Hall, from England, leads the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

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Georgia Hall / getty

Georgia carded -6 under par 67 on the par 73 Mission Hills course to lead the World Ladies Championship by one stroke following the opening round.

Georgia had one of her best putting displays;

“I played faultless all the way around apart from on the last hole. I think I lost a bit of concentration.”

“I putted amazingly, it was one of the best putting rounds I’ve ever had and I didn’t really do a shot wrong so I’m very happy with my first round.”

“I focused on my putting yesterday afternoon and tried to follow through a bit more and it was so much better.”

“I went out this morning and felt so much more confident. I had 25 putts, which is really good for me.”

“I wanted to take advantage of my morning round, so I’m happy I did. You’ve really got to place the ball well off the tees and be a good driving player, which is probably the strongest part of my game.”

“I knew if I hit my driver well and holed some good putts, I wouldn’t be too far away.

Tied in second place at -5 under par are  Ye Jin Kim and Hae Rym Kim, both from South Korea.

Kylie Henry, So Yeon Park, Seon Woo Bae, and Ji Hyunz Lee all share fourth spot on the leaderboard at -4 under par.

Kylie from Scotland, and recently married, also had a good putting round;

“I’m really happy with that because I started on 10 and I was level par for the back nine and then four-under on my last nine holes. It’s a good score.”

“I just putted really solidly today and had 24 putts, which is a record for me.”

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.”