HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Moriya Jutanugarn Wins Maiden LPGA Title.

 

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Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, wins her first LPGA title, the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, California.

Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand poses with the trophy after her win during round four of the Hugel-JTBC LA Open at the Wilshire Country Club on April 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California

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Mo returned a final round score of -3 under par 68 to win the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open title with a -12 under par tournament total;

“Just a lot of patience out there.”

”“I just kept doing what I’m doing and it finally happened. My sister cried more than me. I can’t tell you how I feel right now.” 

“I think they actually crying more than me.”

“Actually, golf gives me a lot of meaning to my life.”

“I just want to keep doing good all the time. I think that’s why I want to wake up every day and do it better and better.”

A tie for second place at -10 under, JIn Young Ko, -1 under 70 today and Inbee Park, -3 under 68, both ladies from South Korea.

It was a bitter-sweet second place for Inbee, it has elevated her to Number One in the World;

“It’s good to be back, obviously, in the No. 1 spot.”

 “That really wasn’t my goal playing this year; it just came as a present.”

” So it’s great.”

“I didn’t give up until the end, but she played very solid.” 

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HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Moriya and Jin Tied at the Top.

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Moriya Jutanugarn,Thailand, is tied at the top of the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open leaderboard with Jin Young Ko of South Korea, at  Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, California.

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Jin Young Ko & Moriya Jutanugarn / getty

Moriya, -1 under par 70 today shares top spot at the  HUGEL-JTBC LA Open with Jin who signed for a third round -5 under 66, both ladies at -9 under par for the tournament.

Moriya had an up and down day, an Eagle two at the 14th helped;

“It was great, I’ve been waiting for that.”

“I hit another shot like really good this week and hit the flag and bounced off the green.”

“When I make that shot my caddie is like, Oh, yeah, Mo.”

“Today was kind of a pretty rough day for me with not a very good start and trying to come back.”

“I just try to play my game and be patient out there.” 

Jin was in a South Korean grouping, and enjoyed the experience, looking for her maiden LPGA tour win. With every win on the KLPGA she puts an exclamation mark on the bag, there is eleven there at the moment;

“I played with Inbee and Eun Hee, so she’s really famous in LPGA. But she’s great, so I didn’t get nervous.” 

“I won 11 times, so if I win tomorrow, maybe I change to 12.”

“I need more, I need every time motivation, so one by one, one, one.”

Inbee Park, South Korea, holds third place on her own at -7 under par, a third round -2 under 69 leaving her two shots off the pace, as she chases the world number one ranking.

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HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Moriya Jutanugarn Leads

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Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand leads the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open at Wilshire Country Club in California

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Moriya shot a bogey free second round -5 under par 71 to lead the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open by one stroke with a -8 under total;

“Just try and hit fairways and greens. That’s the key for this week. That’s what I try to do.”

Marina Alex, USA, keeps her second place with a second round -3 under 68, giving her a -8 under tournament total.

So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, has third place at -6 under par, with a second round of -6 under par 65;

“When you’re really focused, you don’t even know what you had last hole, so I didn’t even feel like I made two birdies in a row.”

“I didn’t really get pumped about it.”

“I was really focused on all the shots and I was really focused on the present, and that really helped me to play well today.” 

First round leader Inbee Park, South Korea, had an afternoon tee time, and suddenly found out about Poa Annua greens later in the day, carding even par 71 today to be T 4;

“Playing in the afternoon, it’s so much tougher to hole a putt.”

“It’s just hard to trust your line when you know it’s just going to bounce everywhere.”

“I told my caddie, Brad, maybe we need to hit it a little further and maybe it’ll be better.”

“I was able to hole the long ones but wasn’t able to make the short ones.”

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ANA Inspiration. Pernilla Powers Ahead.

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Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, powers ahead in the ANA Inspiration and will take a three shot advantage into the final round at Mission Hills in California.

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Pernilla carded a third round -2 under 70 to take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow of the ANA Inspiration at -14 under par;

“I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing for three days when I go out there tomorrow.”

“Obviously it’s going to be different. I’ll have, I don’t know how many girls chasing me tomorrow, and that’s going to be different.”

“Someone’s going to go out there and shoot a low round, so I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In second place at -11 under par is Amy Olson, USA, with a third round -4 under 68, Amy has never been in the final pairing before;

“I’ve never been in this position before, but I’m excited about it.”

“I definitely look at it as an awesome learning experience.”

“You can’t really learn until you’ve been there. So, I’m really excited about that.”

Six ladies are tied in third place at -10 under par, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, and Charley Hull, both from England and both with -3 under 69 today, Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -6 under 66, Jennifer Song, USA, -4 under 68, with two ladies from South Korea, Inbee Park, -5 under 67 and Sung Hyun Park, +2 over 74.

Inbee had a good day with the putter;

“Just a much better putting day than the last couple days.”

 “The putter just felt much better today. I made some good putts out there, especially good par putts on the back nine.”

Sung Hyun and Pernilla were put on the clock on the back nine, it rattled Sung Hyun who immediately gave up her two shot lead, and had trouble focusing on what she was trying to do, while speeding up play to catch up. There is a special tournament for this kind of golf, it is called speed golf, stupid by name, and stupid by nature.

S.H. said it was a rough day out there;

“I just tried to play my own game and stay focused on what I had to do.”

“At the end of the day, I just had to focus on what I had to accomplish. It was a rough day out there today.”

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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 Korda / getty

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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