Honda LPGA Thailand. Jubilant Jess Wins.

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A jubilant Jess Korda, USA, wins the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club, her first victory since 2015.

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Jess won the  Honda LPGA Thailand title with a final round -5 under par 67, posting a winning total of -25 under par;

“I can’t believe it, today was such a blur, I was just trying to make birdies.”

“I tried to relax, but I was nervous.”

 “This  was my first event my rookie year. I played really, really well this week.”

“It’s incredible, this is my fifth title. Every single one is so special, but this one, this one is really, really cool.”

“Coming in after surgery I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know how I was going to be received.”

Lexi Thompson, USA,  shot a last round -8 under 64 to finish tied second with Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand, both at -21 under par for the tournament.

Lexi will now move up to #2 in the World Rankings, Shanshan Feng, China, will hang on to her World #1 spot, finishing well to be T5 at -17 under par.

Lexi spoke about Jess;

“I don’t think any of us doubt how talented Jessica is.”

“I think it shows coming out after surgery and that few-month break she had how much talent she actually has.”

“She’s a player to always look out for.”

Minjee Lee, from Australia took fourth place at -18 under par with a last round -3 under 69.

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Jess Leads By Four Shots.

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Jess Korda leads the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shots after 54 holes at the Siam Country Club.

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Jess carded a third round -4 under par 68 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand by four shot at -20 under par;

“I had no expectations, but my coach and I have worked together and it is still there.”

 “I was bit nervous on the front nine, but I knocked the rust off.”

“It’s crazy how quick it is coming together, I’m really enjoying it and now have one more day.”

Local girl Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, is in second place at -16 under par, charging hard with a third round -7 under par 65, which included an Eagle 2 on the par four 14th hole;

“I really enjoyed my game today, it’s working out pretty good.”

“There is a lot of support and it feels nice having people cheering you on.”

Minjee Lee, Australia, completes the top three with a third round -4 under 68 giving her that place on her own.

The leaderboard is quite compacted behind Jess, ladies like Ariya Jutanugarn at -14 under, Lexi Thompson, -13, with Nelly Korda, Michelle Wie and Amy Yang all at -12 under could easily make a charge. it will be an interesting last day to see how it all unfolds.

Two sisters are involved in this contest, with Ariya and Nelly trying to catch their siblings.

Nelly said she is hoping to make a run at it;

“She’s playing great golf and hopefully she keeps killing it, hopefully I can make a run Sunday.”

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Jess Korda Jumps Ahead.

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Jess Korda, USA, jumps ahead of the Honda LPGA Thailand field, recording an amazing -10 under par 62, a new course record for the Siam Country Club Old Course.

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For Jess it was also a personal best, as well as being the Honda LPGA Thailand low scoring tournament record for 36 holes, -16 under par, which gave Jess a four stroke advantage going into the week-end. What is also amazing is that Jess is coming back from some serious surgery;

“It’s awesome. I was just trying to give myself a chance. It was pretty cool, a pretty cool round.”

“I struggle on this course every year, but this year I have a whole new outlook with everything I’m doing.”

“Basically, I had double jaw surgery. I have a couple screws in my face.”

“I still can’t feel anything. No pain at all on the course, just numb. The headaches are gone.”

Brittany Lincicome, USA,  holds second place at -12 under par, a good second round -7 under par 65;

“It was great out there, me, Jess  and Brooke  were doing well and feeding off each other.”

“It’s nice to see the ball going straight and the ball going in since it’s only my second event of the year.”

Minjee Lee, Australia, is third at -11 under par, a second -5 under 67 giving her that position on her own.

Lexi Thompson, USA, has fourth place at -10 under with her second round -4 under 68, while three ladies share fifth at -9 under, Brooke Henderson, Canada, Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, and Michelle Wie, USA.

Michelle is aware of the situation;

“I feel like you just have to make birdies to keep up, pars are definitely not good enough.”

 “I’m just trying to keep my head above water.”

Unfortunately Lexi received a two-stroke penalty for moving a temporary immovable obstruction on hole 15 and dipped from -12 to -10 under. Sponsors should be more careful when erecting their advertising signs out on the course.

There was a local rule that the signs had to stay, and a player could take a free drop if they interfered with play. Lexi was in the first cut, which was pretty long, but the ball was sitting up nicely, a drop could put her ball in a bad place. A two shot penalty, no way, I was surprised that she did not receive a penalty for wearing the mini skirt, which surely breached the dress-code.

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Honda LPGA Thailand. 4 Way Tie at the Top.


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There is a 4 way tie at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand after the first round at Siam Country Club Old Course in Thailand. Lexi Thompson and Jessica Korda, USA, Minjee Lee, Australia, and home town girl Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand share the lead.

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Lexi, Jessica, Minjee and Moriya all recorded first round scores of -6 under par 66 to lead the Honda LPGA Thailand by one shot.

Moriya is trying to become the first lady from Thailand to win this event;

“I had a good start today, it was better than I expected, I just rested this off-season and ate Thai food at home.”

Lexi was happy to get off to a good start here and was very happy with her putter, requiring just 28 on the day;

“I eagled the first hole and then birdied the second and it was great to get off to a good start.”

“This golf course is a lot of just hitting it in the fairway. Once you’re there, it is also about the second shot.”

Minjee also had a good day with the putter;

“I hit it really solid today, I hit a lot of solid putts so I’m pretty happy with today.”

Jessica is returning to golf after some surgery;

“It’s nice, it’s really, really nice, definitely a lot of rest, but it’s just nice to be out there and be able to hit the shots again.”

“I had a strong finish last year, and just kind of cap that off and then start today it’s pretty nice. Started with an eagle, too, and I was like, damn.”

There are six ladies in a tie for second place at -5 under par after rounds of 67. It is a very compacted leaderboard, lets see if someone can break way tomorrow.

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Blue Bay LPGA. Shanshan Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Shanshan Feng, China, has the 54 hole lead at her home tournament, the Blue Bay LPGA, at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club.

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Shanshan took control of the Blue Bay LPGA with a third round +1 over par 73, in very difficult scoring conditions, posting a 54 hole total of -7 under par, and will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round. There is also a chance that she will take over the number one spot in the Rolex World Rankings;

“Overall, I’m happy with my performance today.”

“Given that today was actually very, very windy, I really held up ground, especially with my approach shots to the greens.”

“Obviously I made a lot of mistakes, and I had a lot of recovery shots as well. But overall, I’m happy with the past three days’ performance.” 

“I think this is something, I really don’t want to think about because this is something that could happen after the conclusion of the tournament,”

 “All I can do is to do my best, play shot by shot and be focused and be concentrated. It’s going to be a joy tomorrow.” 

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, made up some ground today shooting -4 under par 68 to take her up the leaderboard into second place at -6 under par for the championship;

“It’s been pretty solid so far this week.”

 “It just helps to be patient a lot on this golf course. Some lucky bounce and just;  it’s golf. I’m really enjoying this week so far.”

Second-round leader Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa, is in third place at -5 under, she too suffered in the tough conditions carding +4 over 76 today;

“It was quite a frustrating day.”

“I felt like I actually hit a lot of shots like I wanted to, but the conditions just got really tough, especially on the back nine.”

“The greens firmed up a lot. I know I didn’t hit bad shots, so I can’t be too disappointed. Just going to keep doing what I was doing.”

Rolex Rankings World number one Sung Hyun Park is tied for fourth place at -4 under par with Na Yeon Choi, both ladies from South Korea, and both returning -4 under 68 scores today.

Sung is the first ever rookie in the LPGA Tour’s history to ascend to No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, and she is looking for her third win of the year, and with a good finish here will remain in that number one spot.

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The Evian Championship. Anna Nordqvist Wins in a Playoff.

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Anna Nordqvist, from Sweden, wins The Evian Championship in a play-off against Brittany Altomare of USA, in France.

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Amazingly Anna won The Evian Championship with a bogey at the first play-off hole after she and Brittany finished the three round tournament with -9 under par totals.

Anna, -5 under 66 today, said it had been a very tough tournament because of the weather;

“I did grow up in Sweden, but I’ve been in the US for 10 years now, so I really struggle with the cold, and I couldn’t feel my hands on the last few shots in the playoff.”

“These last couple of weeks it’s been hard, it’s been frustrating and disappointing.”

“I was very excited to tee it up in The Solheim Cup and I was absolutely exhausted after. I came back last week, hit it flawless and missed the cut, so it has just been very testing, but I couldn’t be more proud.”

“I just felt like I wanted to go out there today and focus on what I could do. Winning didn’t really cross my mind until I was having a great couple birdies and eagles there down the stretch.”

Brittany, also -5 under 66 today, drained a long putt on 18 to get into the play-off;

“I really didn’t know that that putt was to keep tied for first. I thought it was just for second.”

“But I was still super nervous over the putt. But it was a cool experience.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, -2 under 69, Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand +1 over 72, and Katherine Kirk, Australia, -1 under 70, all tied in third place at -8 under par.

Lydia missed a short putt for par at the 18th hole to finish one-stroke outside the playoff, after chipping in for Eagle at the 15th;

“It was probably the shot of the year for me, the chip-in on fifteen.”

“It was really cool to play here, and I feel like the support was immense.”

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The Evian Championship. Moriya Jutanugarn Leads.

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Moriya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, leads The Evian Championship, at the Evian Resort Golf Club, FRANCE.

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Moriya shot -3 under par 68 in the second round of The Evian Championship, which took her to the top of the leaderboard at -9 under par for the tournament.

Moriya is looking for her first career win, her sister Ariya has five wins so far, including a Major title, the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and if Moriya wins The Evian Championship it would be the first  time if history that two sisters have held Major titles on the LPGA Tour;

“She won a major last year.”

“I’m really happy for her. I try to keep working on my game, keep improve whatever I can.”

“It’s just like my big goal, as I always say, I want to win my first tournament.” 

“I just want to do my best and just play my game and don’t worry about anything, just do anything under my control, and it should turn out good.” 

By a strange quirk Kiradeck Aphibarnrat, also from Thailand is leading the KLM Open in Holland this week-end on the men’s European Tour.

 Ayako Uehara, Japan, fired a second round -5 under par 66, which took her into second place with a -8 under par total.

Katherine Kirk from Australia holds third place on her own at -7 under par, signing for -2 under 69 today.

A trio of Major champions will be chasing the leaders down on Sunday, from just three strokes back,  Lydia Ko, New Zealand, In-Kyung Kim and Sung Hyun Park, both ladies from South Korea.

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