Meijer LPGA Classic. Brooke Extends Lead.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, extends her lead in the Meijer LGA Classic to two shots going into the week-end.

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Brooke carded a second round -4 under par 67 to lead the Meijer LPGA Classic by two shots going into the week-end with a -12 under par total at Blythefield Country Club.

“Two bogeys to finish, but that just gives me a little more motivation going into tomorrow.”

“It’s great to see my name up there , it’s been a little bit of a rough season so far, not getting the results that I’ve been looking for.”

“But this week seems to be a turnaround week and hopefully I can just finish strong the next two days.”

Sharing second place are Carlota Ciganda, Spain, with the low round of the day -7 under par 64,  Lexi Thompson, USA, -3 under 68  and Mi Jung Hur, South Korea, with her -5 under par 66 today.

Carlota was happy with her putter today;

“I played really solid, I made really good putts.”

“I like the course. I feel comfortable. I played here last year and I’m excited for the weekend.”

Mi Jung was bogey free today;

“I had four bogeys yesterday and I really frustrated myself.”

“Today was bogey-free, so I love it.”

“My Greens in Regulation were a lot better than the last couple of years, which means I have a lot of chances to make a birdie, not par.”

“It’s made me play better the last couple of years.”

Lexi was upset with a three putt;

“I was upset, don’t get me wrong, but I just tried to let it go and birdie the last.”

“Tried to get a good drive, I just pushed it a little bit, but had a great second shot and made the putt.”

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, sister of world number one Ariya, is alone in fifth place at -9 under par, a second round -5 under 66;

“I’ve been playing solid.”

“I rolled the ball good on the green. Everything seems to be good.”

ShopRite Classic. In-Kyung Kim and Paula Creamer Tied at the Top.

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In-Kyung Kim, South Korea,  and Paula Creamer, U.S.A. are tied at the top of the ShopRite Classic leaderboard after 36 holes at Stockton Seaview Golf Club in New Jersey.

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In-Kyung Kim and Paula Creamer / getty

In Kyung, -4 under 67 today and Paula also -4 under 67 share the lead in the ShopRite  Classic, at -9 under par. This is a three round tournament, and these two ladies will take a two shot going into the final round tomorrow.

In Kyung spoke about the wind conditions today;

“The wind was blowing less and the greens were really pure this morning.”

 “The par fives I managed well yesterday and today.”

“The par threes are tough but I gave it my best.”

Paula is happy to be in contention, it has been a while;

“It feels good. It’s been a while, that’s for sure.”

“My team, we’ve just been working so hard. I feel good. I feel prepared. I knew there was a time I was going to breakthrough.”

“It just shows these last two days have been good golf.”

“Whatever happens tomorrow happens, but I feel like my golf game is in a good place.” 

Defending champion Anna Nordqvist is in the three-way tie for third place at -7 under par, an even par third round of 71 not dong her any favors;

“Overall I feel like I played a little bit better than I scored.”

“I’m still in it. It was just a hard afternoon with the wind.”

Sharing third spot at -7 under with Anna, are Jeong Eun Lee, -1 under 70 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, also -1 under 70, whose sister Ariya has become the new World Ladies Number one  ranked player this week, taking over that spot from Lydia Ko who had held it for 84 weeks.

Moriya said she was hanging in there today;

 “It’s hang in there today, and then tomorrow if I have a solid day it would be good for me.” 

ShopRite LPGA Classic . Defending Champ Anna On Top.

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Defending Champion Anna Nordqvist leads the ShopRite LPGA Classic after the first round.

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Anna, Sweden opened this years ShopRite LPGA Classic with a first round -7  under par 64 to lead the tournament by one shot, despite not putting too well;

“I feel like I enjoy this place, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove here.”

“I am just trying to take it day by day. I’ve been playing good for a long time now, so just tying get everything to click at once.”

“I’ve been hitting it really well the last couple weeks. Just haven’t really been putting well since Phoenix.”

“But started to get a couple rolls going for me today.”

“Had a lot of opportunities and a lot of good putts that didn’t go in, too, but my wedge game was really good today and I putted a few short ones.”

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, Jennifer Song, U.S.A.  Jeong Eun Lee, and Jenny Shin from South Korea all share second place at -6 under par following opening rounds of 65.

The Womens World Number One position is set to change this week, no matter what happens this week  in New Jersey, either Ariya Jutanugarn or So Yeon Ryu is projected to move to the top of the rankings.

The Lydia Ko camp are not playing here, for reasons best known to themselves. Just another confusing decision from them, not playing for three weeks leading up to a Major tournament.

Neither is second placed Ariya Jutanugarn, so that leaves So Yeon Ryu looking set to take over the top spot, with a win or even a good finish here, except that she has wilted under the pressure, carding a first round +3 over par 74.

So Ariya will take over the number slot, unless So Yeon has a miraculous recovery, which will be difficult in this three round competition.

 

Lotte Championship. Moriya Jutanugarn and Minjee Lee Lead.

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Moriya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, and Minjee Lee from Australia lead the Lotte Championship after the first round in Hawaii.

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Minjee Lee & Moriya Jutanugarn / Getty Images

Minjee shot a bogey free Lotte Championship first round of -4 under par 68 in the windy conditions at Ko Olina Golf Club, and was very happy with her round;

“It helps if you’re a good ball-striker, but also you need to judge the wind well as well, like how far you want to take it right or if the wind is right to left.”

“You got to have some luck with it, too. It’s not just all your skill. You never know.”

“Mother Nature can throw anything at you. I think I judged it really well today so I’m happy.”

Moriya had one bogey and a double bogey in her round of -4 under 68, but was delighted with the seven birdies she had on the day;

“You know, I didn’t even count until I finish,I was like, Oh, that’s nice, seven birdies.”

“It was fun making birdie with this condition of the wind.”

“I think I having fun with my game today.”

“Trying to play with really like strong wind and try to play different type of shot around; try to get up and down.”

“Feels like I had a lot of patient with the wind today, so pretty good for my game.”

The top two are a stroke clear of five ladies all on -3 under par, Kim Kaufman, Sei Young Kim, Brooke Henderson, Caroline Masson and Alena Sharp these ladies all fired opening round 69’s.

Defending Champion Sei Young Kim likes the challenging conditions;

“I like to play windy, because if into the wind I can hit the cut shot.”

“Even if the left to right wind, my nature fly right hook, so it’s easy today.”

“Yeah, so very comfortable today.”

“When I walk on the course a lot of memory coming at me, so, yeah, very comfortable.”

“Then, yeah, give me a lot of energy, that memory.”

World number one Lydia Ko opened with a -1 under 71 today, with a huge group at T14, while world number two Inbee Park struggled, carding +2 over par 74.

ShopRite LPGA Classic. Feng from China Leads.

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Shanshan Feng from China has claimed the second round lead at the ShopRite LPGA Classic at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in New Jersey.

Shanshan Feng

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Shanshan was pleased with her -4 under par round, which gave her a -6 under par total, and three shot lead for the tournament;

” I think I started the round with confidence, because even though I didn’t have a good start yesterday, but I did have a really good finish. So I think after a few pars, and then I made like four birdies in a row.  But then after four birdies, I was like, oh, maybe I’m doing well right now, and then started to have a little thinking.  And then I started to make a couple of bogeys. But I think four under round was still pretty good, a pretty good score.This is the first week with the new clubs, and right now I’m feeling really, really good.”

Haeji Kang from South Korea, Thai Moriya Jutanugarn are tied in second place with a tournament score of -3 under par.

American Amanda Blumenherst seemed to get the worst of the wind effects and finished in a tie for sixth;

” The wind is crazy, it even made putting difficult.  Definitely changed some targets for sure out there and made several holes much shorter and several holes much longer. So, it was; it was a challenging day, and just had to really stay patient.”

Michelle Wie  really felt the gusty wind effects late in the afternoon and managed to finish with a +2 over par 73, but is still in contention, sitting in tie for sixth at -1 under par;

” The wind was quite strong today, you know, a couple of them, it was pretty hard.  Like eight, even if I didn’t hit it into the right hazard, it’s impossible to stop that green. So a couple of them, you know, it was just the wind was very tricky today.  It’s a heavy wind, as well, but I think that’s the beauty of this golf course.  I think it’s nice when it plays this hard and I think it’s a great golf course.”

Defending Champion Stacy Lewis lost the plot completely with a +9 over par second round of 80. and now has a total of +5 for the tournament, but she still managed to make the cut.

ShopRite LPGA Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two Ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard in the ShopRite LPGA Classic after the first round at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway, New Jersey. American Amanda Blumenherst and Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand, share the top spot on -5 under par with rounds of 66 on this par 71 lay-out.

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Amanda, who has missed six cuts in eight events said it was amazing;

” It feels amazing, it’s been a while since I’ve had a very solid round of golf and felt like I just played well throughout the entire day. It was a lot of fun out there because it’s been a challenging start to the season.”

Moriya  has missed the cut in two of her last four events, so both of these Ladies need to dig deep and find some consistency, if they want to seriously challenge for this trophy.

The reason that the top two need to concentrate is Stacy Lewis, the world number two is breathing right down their necks, just one shot adrift at -4 under par. Beating Stacy is not going to be too easy. the world’s No. 2 player has won twice and posted eight top-10 finishes in 11 events.

Stacy has found that consistency that keeps her at the top and in contention;

I guess you just get more confidence being there, you start trusting yourself more, but it’s really cool to think how far I’ve come. I wasn’t even the top ranked American this time last year, and now I’m kind of going back and forth for No. 1 in the world. It’s just nice to keep that consistency going. I’ve had a bunch of top tens over the last year, and that’s what I’m trying to do every week.”

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Stacy also said she was not surprised to see Michelle Wie close behind;

” I mean, it’s not really surprising to see Michelle play well. I am a little surprised on this course because if you can get some shots going sideways you can make some pretty big numbers. That’s good, she needs those good rounds.”

One shot further back is Michelle Wie, the almost forgotten woman of golf, who has never lived up to the expectations of her peers. She won twice since joining the tour in 2009. She has missed five of 10 cuts this year and her best finish was a tie for 28th in Hawaii. Her other four starts have resulted in no better than a tie for 41st.

 Michelle is at -3 under par and has been under intense scrutiny since changing her putting style, she now bends low over the putter, in an inverted L shape, very strange. She said she can not please everyone.

” I think nothing really goes exactly the way you plan, there may be hiccups in the way and little adjustments along the way, and I think I did that. You can’t please everyone, I’m not going to go around my way living my life trying to please everyone because in the end it doesn’t really matter. They’re not the ones that are living my life. They’re not the ones that ultimately are in my life. So I just am so grateful for my friends, my family and for the people inside my circle that believe in me. “

Michelle Wie, bent over putting / mylpga.com

LPGA. North Texas Shoot-Out. Caroline Cruising.

Caroline Masson is cruising in the LPGA North Texas Shoot-Out, with a second round of even par 71, but it was good enough to keep her at the top of the leaderboard, courtesy of  her first round 64.

 

Caroline Masson

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Caroline unfortunately let a very good lead slip by making bogey on three of her final four holes at the end of her second round. She finished with even par round, but luckily still leads the tournament by one shot, at -7 under par. Caroline said she not unhappy with the way things turned out, and looking forward to the week-end;

” I didn’t play as good as yesterday, but I expected that after that round yesterday. So I was off to a good start with a birdie on one, which was really nice.  And it calmed me down a little bit, and after that I just made a few good pars, but I also made some good putts for birdie. The last few; yeah, that was just some bad shots on the last few holes, but still I think, yeah a round of level par is never bad, you know.  And especially in that situation.  So I’m just looking forward to the weekend. I’m pretty happy it’s over now, I can just relax now and tomorrow I think I’ll be fine again.”

 Carlota Ciganda is just one shot off the lead, with a steady second round of -1 under par 71, and is now at -6 under par for the tournament. Carlota is a great traveler, next week she will return to Spain and will then play in LET events in Turkey, Holland and Germany. But she does like the States;

” I really like the U.S. it’s a great country.  I studied here, and I mean I love it here because everything is easy.  I mean the courses we play, they are great and the people are very, very nice. I just take my weeks off in Arizona, which it was really nice to go back there and see my friends. And Europe, it’s nice, too, because I am closer from home and I can go home in the weeks off.  But I love it here and I think the future is to be here.  So I’ll be playing in the U. S. and Europe this year, and then next year I’ll try to go more here.”

Tied in third place at -5 under par are Moriya Jutanugarn, Kathleen Ekey and Inbee Park, this tournament is shaping up to be really close, I look forward to the joust. Tomorrow there may be a clearer picture of who is likely to contest for the title.