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 Jutanugarn / getty

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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The Evian Championship. Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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The Evian Championship finally got under way, and Sung Hyun Park, from South Korea, took full advantage and leads the tournament after the first round of this now three round tournament.

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Sung Hyun Park / getty

Sung Hyun carded a first round -8 under par 63 to lead The Evian Championship, and will take a nice two shot lead into the second round tomorrow. In the abandoned first round yesterday Sung Hyun was on six over par after eight holes, having taken a triple and a quintuple bogey.

When asked about the poor start yesterday Sung Hyun commented;

“To be honest, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised, but what I did was I just wanted to focus on my game today and go on.”

Holding second place on her own at -6 under par is Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, with her opening round of 65;

“These major events, the keys are fairways and greens this week.”

“Just trying to give myself a chance for birdie.”

“It looks like it’s plenty of good chances out there today. I rolled the ball very good, and just trying to keep going and like see a good shot and just relax on the golf course.”

Katherine Kirk, Australia, and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden, are tied in third place at -5 under par, with rounds of 66.

Anna is coming back from injury;

“I haven’t played much the last couple months, so definitely feel like I need some more tournament play, but obviously excited to put up a good number today.”

“But it’s been two and a half months now, and I still;  I’m getting a lot better, so that’s all I’m trying to focus on now, and hopefully in a few more weeks I’ll be fully recovered.” 

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Indy Women in Tech Championship. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.

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For the first time I can remember Lexi was wearing long pants, but still recorded a first round -9 under par 63, requiring only 26 putts, to lead the  Indy Women in Tech Championship;

“It was just overall a very solid round.”

“It was quite the early morning so it was a bit cold on the range and struggled a bit on the range, but I just hit a few good drivers at the end and I just committed to one thing going into the round and I think that’s what made my day a lot easier on me.”

“I just stuck to my routine and committed to my golf shots.”

“That round definitely gave me the confidence that I can make those birdies if I just let it go and fire at pins and just commit to my shots and don’t doubt it.”

Sharing second place at -8 under are Sandra Gall, from Germany and Kris Tamulis, they both went round in 64 strokes.

Kris also had a good day with the putter, going round bogey free;

“I putted good and been hitting it a lot better, which thank goodness because I’ve been really hitting it all over the park.”

Sandra, bogey free today added to the conversation about putting;

“I struck it pretty well out there and then I made a few good putts.”

“I’ve been feeling like my game’s been pretty good the last couple months but I just haven’t been scoring, so everything just came together.”

Tied in fourth place at -7 under par are a resurgent Lydia Ko, New Zealand, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, both ladies were bogey free today.

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Portland Classic. Stacy Donates Winnings to Houston.

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Stacy Lewis donates her Portland Classic winnings to the City of Houston.

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Stacy, USA won the Portland Classic with a final round -3 under 69 to clinch the title by one shot at -20 under par. Stacy’s husband is  head coach of women’s golf at the University of Houston, and he showed up to support her;

“I’m more relieved just knowing that I can pull the shots off when I need to.”

“I knew I could win, but it’s always hard, there are great players on this tour.”

“I was fine until he showed up and then I started crying. But just have to him here and have him support me, you know, the last two and a half three years has been really hard. It’s been really frustrating at times.”

“You go through all the emotions of finishing second when sometimes it’s your fault and sometimes it’s not, and things just don’t have seem to ever go your way and you get really frustrated at times.”

 “He went through all of that with me, and it was probably as hard on him as it was on me. So just to have him here and get to share the win with him was pretty special.”

Charging hard not far behind was In Gee Chun, South Korea, who finished in second place at -19 under par, with a last bogey free round -6 under 66;

“I made another bogey-free round, and then I think it was great round today.”

“Stacy play was good, too. I really enjoy play with Stacy.”

“I know Stacy have a little hard time before, so I want to give to her big congratulations. And then that’s it. I want to try and keep going.”

Two ladies tied in third place at -14 under par, Brittany Altomare, USA, -3 under 69 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, with her last round of even par 72.

Brittany was very happy to put four good rounds together;

“I feel like I had had a few good tournaments where I was playing well, but like didn’t quite capitalize on one round which kept me out of the top 10 by like a shot or two.”

“It was nice to string together four good rounds.”

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Portland Classic. Stacy Streaks Ahead.

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Stacy Lewis, USA, streaks ahead in the third round of the Portland Classic aColumbia Edgewater Country Club.

Stacy Lewis prepares to tee off on the 5th hole during the third round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic

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Stacy shot -7 under par 65 in the third round of the Portland Classic, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow, with a -17 under par total.

Stacy has been staying calm, very unlike her;

“I’ve been motivated for one, but I’ve just been extremely calm.”

“Anybody who has seen me play knows that’s not normally me.”

“There has just been a calmness about me this week. I haven’t worried about anything and just played really solid.”

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, is in second place, her third round of -6 under 66 giving her that place on her own at -14 under par, the putter starting to work well;

“I put myself in pretty good position. Like just kind of being patient and seeing where I should put it on the green. “

“Then I just started to make the putt, like the ball just drop.”

“Back nine just a little rough sometimes. I still hit a good shot, but sometime it doesn’t really go like what I want. But still, I think I hit it pretty good.”

In Gee Chun, South Korea, has third place, with a -13 under total, a third round -3 under 69 just about keeping her in sight of the leader, patience and a good putter the key;

“I want to try keep patient and same, so just now I think everything is very well, so I want to keep same tomorrow.“

“I think I had a lot of solid shot on the course; much better than yesterday.”

 “I think putter was good, too. Just slightly missed the hole. I want to try keep patient tomorrow.”

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Portland Classic. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Portland Classic leaderboard after 36 holes at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Brooke Henderson. Canada, Stacy Lewis, USA, and first round leader In Gee Chun from South Korea.

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Stacy In Gee and Brooke / getty

Brooke, -5 under 7 today, Stacy, -8  under 64, and In Gee, -4 under 68 are all at the top of the Portland Classic leaderboard at -10 under par for the half-way stage.

Stacy, with the low round of the day, was happy with the greens in the morning, the ball rolled better;

“The golf course was softer this morning; the greens rolled a lot better; and then my swing felt a lot better.”

“Kind of found something after the round yesterday;  obviously felt a lot better out there.”

“Felt like really any hole I could make birdie on.”

 “The goal to start the week, was to take a big check home, ( for the donation to Houston) that’s still the goal. Now I’m in a good spot to do that.”

Brooke would like to continue with her momentum;

“It was just a little bit up and down today. I made a lot of birdies and an eagle, which is awesome.”

“Although I made a couple bogeys that I would like to take off the card for the next few days.”

“Overall I feel like I have a solid game plan, and any time I’m in double digits after two days I’m really happy.”

“Just try and continue that trend over the next two days.”

In Gee likes everything, the course and the people;

“I really like this course, also the spectators are so kind here.” 

Another three ladies are tied in fourth place, two shots back at -8 under par, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, England, -5 under 67 today, Ai Miyazato, Japan, -5 under 67 and Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand, with her -3 under 69 second round.

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