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.

World Ladies Championship, Inbee Park Prevails

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Inbee Park prevails at the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

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Inbee sailed round the Blackstone Course in -6 under par 67, for a winning tournament total of -24 under par. On on a damp and drizzly day that made scoring a lot more difficult,  after those first three days of sunshine, Inbee won by five shots  in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills.

Inbee mentioned the weather in her post match interview;

“Today was obviously the toughest day out there because of the weather. Everything seems to be working quite well for me, from ball striking to putting. Everything was great today so I’m just happy to be here and win my first tournament of 2014.”

“Last year I was leading going into the final round and I lost to Suzann. I knew that I left something out there last year so coming back this year I definitely wanted to win and that’s what I just did. I had good memories from last year and better memories from this year, so I’m happy to be here. It has been a fantastic tournament.”

 “Being in a team with So Yeon this year gave me a lot of confidence. Winning the individual and the team event is a huge honour, a double honour, so I’m very happy.”

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Second placed Suzann could only put together a final round of -1 under par 72, to finish the competition at -19 under par. She was disappointed, but will be back to play Mission Hills again;

“There’s room for improvement but it’s been a good week overall. My game has become a lot better over the week and I’ll be happy to come back and play this course again. Inbee played fantastic today under a little tougher conditions. There were a few extra elements of weather that we hadn’t seen earlier but I feel like I played average, nothing better. I didn’t go out and shoot six under like she did.

So Yeon Ryu took third place at a distant – 16 under par, after her last round -4 under par 69, but with Inbee were the runaway winners of the concurrent team competition, with their aggregate score of -40 under par;

“It’s always a great honor to represent your country but also gave me some pressure because I didn’t want to play badly in the team event. That gave me a lot of motivation.”

Winner of the Amateur competition was Minjee Lee, the 17-year-old from Australia birdied three of the last four holes for a -4 under par 69 and a share of fourth place on -15 under par with Ariya Jutanugarn .

This has been a fascinating competition, just wished they had used a standard par 72 course, the par fives on the Blackstone Course are too short for the quality players on the Ladies European Tour.

L.E.T. World Ladies Championship. Inbee Catches Suzann

 

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Inbee Park catches up with Suzann Pettersen in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

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The World’s No.1 Inbee Park shot a third round  course record of -11 under par 62 and catch World No 2 Suzann Pettersen at the top of the leaderboard on the Blackstone Course, both ladies posting -18 under par for the tournament.

Inbee said although her ball striking was good it was the putting that really made the difference;

“It’s my career best round today so obviously it was a fantastic round. The last couple of days the putting has been really hard. These greens are a little bit grainy and much slower. We played on very fast greens the last two weeks and I just came here and I wasn’t used to the greens. I had a lot of putts the last few days but today everything seemed like it was going the right way and I made a lot of putts. That gives me 11-under. My ball striking is pretty much really similar for three days but just the putting. Everything I looked at today seemed like it was going in.”

Suzann has a number in her mind that she thinks will win the tournament, if she achieves it;

 “Today wasn’t an easy ride but with all the holes coming up you just have to be patient. I hit a great putt on eleven, missed a putt and then parred number twelve, after just having a 7-iron left. If you have a par there you drop two or three shots to the field. I’m in a good position for tomorrow and it’s going to be a nice battle again. I have my number in mind and I’m going to do everything in my power to get to that number. I’m not going to tell you what it is but I’m pretty sure it will be enough.”

Ye Na Chung is in third place, four strokes behind the leaders on -14 under par, after her third round of -5 under par 68. That score included a lucky Eagle on the par 4 16th  hole;

 “I was just lucky. When I hit it, the grass was really long so I just focused on not being long. When I hit it I think it was too long, but it was okay. I was very nervous but excited to play with Suzann but the main enemy of today’s round was not the other players. My only concern was my score.”

With a four shot lead the winner of the World Ladies Championship will be either of the two leaders, will probably come down to who scores the most Eagles on those short par fives.

L.E.T. World Ladies Championship. Suzann Strengthens Her Position.

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Mission Hills Suzann Pettersen strengthens her position at the top of the leaderboard in the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

 

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Defending champion Suzann Pettersen carded a bogey free second round -5 under-par 68, on the par 73 Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Resort to stretch her lead to two shots at the half-way stage of the competition. Her two round total is -11 under par.

Suzann said she would need to be at least 16 under par for the next two rounds;

“Today was a little windy as we started, overall it was pretty decent. I feel like the par fives are playing like long par fours so five under today is certainly where I should be. You can really go low out here. There were a couple of really low ones out here today. It’s impossible to say. I think you’ve got to be at least sixteen under-par for the next two rounds, then I think you’re in good shape.”

There are five ladies tied in second place at -9 under par, they are; Trish Johnson, Ye Na Chung, Valentine Derry, So Yeon Ryu and Nikki Campbell.

So Yeon recorded two eagles in her second round of -5 under par 68, she explained how easy they both were;

 “The first was on hole six. I hit a three-wood and then a three-wood again the second shot. My eagle putt was just three feet. On hole 16 I hit a driver on the green and it was an eight foot eagle putt and I made it. I think it was 260 to the pin.”

Trish spoke about how low you would need to be to win here;

“Obviously there are two or three people in the field who can shoot anything under so it’s a case of wait and see what happens. I would imagine you’ve got to be 20 to 24 under to win, so it’s going to be a hell of a weekend.”

Valentine also reported how easy the par fives are round this course;

 “I started pretty well making birdies on the par fives. They are reachable in two so I think that’s easy and I just made a couple of putts and hit really good shots and shot five under.”

Korean Ye Na said she only tried to lay to par, and carded a -4 under par 69;

 “I tried not to be greedy today, so I focused on making a par on every hole and I think that was the reason for my score.”

Low round of the day was from Diana Luna, a personal low round of -9 under par 64 which included two eagles, on the second and sixteenth holes. As well as seven birdies and two bogeys on the par 73 lay-out;

 “I think I was in a very good mood today. I was smiling all the time and pretty relaxed. It worked out pretty well.”