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Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. Jessica Korda Wins

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Jessica Korda won the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic at Ocean Club Golf Course, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

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Jessica made a dramatic up-and-down on the 18th hole for birdie to defeat Rolex Rankings No. 3 Stacy Lewis by a stroke. Her final round -7 under par 66 giving her a winning total of -19 under par, and her second Tour victory. Her second shot flew over the green on the par 5 18th hole, and rested up against the grandstands. Jessica took relief from the stand and proceeded to putt the ball, while officials and volunteers held up cable, to within six feet. As her birdie putt dropped in to move her to -19 under-par, Jessica raised her hands in the air and was doused with Pure Silk shaving cream to celebrate her second career LPGA Tour victory.

Jessica was delighted with her second win and joked about the cables;

“It’s unbelievable, I don’t know, maybe I pay attention more to detail, and I’m more relaxed out here.  I don’t know, but whatever it is I need to figure it out and do it more often. It was like double‑dutch, I was jumping over wires with people holding onto them.  It was really funny. I smell really good. It smells really good. I recommend everybody to go and get some Pure Silk shaving cream, the raspberry flavor.”

Stacy finished in second place at -18 under par and was very frustrated at missing her birdie attempt on 18, and also mentioned how well she played early on;

“It’s very frustrating, the eighteenth hole has gotten me the last couple tournaments.  I’ve had so many chances to win.  It’s very frustrating, but to finish second a lot of weeks in a row, you’re not doing anything really wrong.  That’s what I’m taking out of it is I’m doing a lot of stuff right.  There’s more events and there’s bigger tournaments this summer, so I’m just going to take this momentum from here.”

 ” Well, early it was, I mean, overall it’s probably one of the best ball‑striking days I’ve ever had.  Whatever number I needed to hit, I hit it.  I almost holed out on the first hole, hit it in there eight feet on the second hole.  I left two putts short right in the center and short in those first eight holes, or I could have been 8 under through 8.  But I hit good putts, they just didn’t cooperate.  They seemed to lip out or kind of bobble at the end, but I kept hitting good shots and kept giving myself chances.  That’s really all you can do.”

Four ladies tied for fourth spot, at -16 under par, they were; Pornanong Phatlum, Paula Creamer, Lizette Salas and Na Yeon Choi.

Lydia Ko ended her tournament with -5 under par 68 last round for a top ten finish at -15 under par. It could have been better but for some poor putting;

“I got frustrated out there this week because I hit the ball so well, I missed a lot of putts.”

Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. Na Nips in Front.

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Na Yeon Choi nips in front to lead the LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic at the Ocean Club Golf Course, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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Na Yeon shot a bogey free third round of -7 under par 66 to lead the LPGA Pure Silk Bahamas Classic by just one shot at -15 under par.

Na Yeon reported that a trip to the chiropractor helped her swing;

” I had so many solid shots out there, I missed two greens today. Only two, but I hit a putt from the fringe, so obviously I haven’t chipped the last two rounds. Last two, three weeks I haven’t practiced much, maybe like seven or ten days only, and every day it’s just work out like two hours, and then I went to Dallas for chiropractor just more like take care for my body and then I got great feeling about my swing.”

Lizette Salas is in second place at -14 under par after she also carded a third round of -7 under par 66, saying she was just on it;

“Once I hit the turn, I was just on it and wanted to make as many birdies as I could. You can’t always play perfect and that’s the thing about this game. I was trying to play it as best I could coming down the stretch.”

Tied in third spot are Paula Creamer and Jessica Korda, both ladies on -12 under par, three shots off the lead. Their second shots on the par-5 finishing hole to near tap-in range. Both of them made their putts for Eagle which moved them to -12 under-par overall.”

Jessica said it was a different golf course today, club selection was crucial;

“I definitely watch leaderboards; that’s nothing new, I just wanted to see kind of what was going on.  I mean, you don’t know what you’re going to get.  You have beautiful weather and all of a sudden the golf course plays completely differently.  Instead of yesterday I had 152, I hit 9‑iron; today I had 152, I hit 8‑iron.  It plays completely differently.  You’re taking different lines.  It’s just like a different golf course basically, so it’s a lot of getting used to.”

” I heard Paula, from the crowd, the reaction was great, so I knew that she was close. I was like, I want that.  Nothing has fallen in the hole, and I really want something.  So I hit from,  I think we had 196 pin, and I hit 5‑iron, and I hit it really nice, so I can’t complain.”

Paula spoke of her roller coaster round, the good and the bad;

“Many things happened today, yes, that’s an understatement. I had a couple bad iron swings out there today.  Obviously the tee shot on the one hole.  But I just didn’t play well from there.  You can hit it in the hazard all day and still make a bogey.  There was no need to make a triple. But overall I’m proud of the way I finished with my attitude.  I was unfortunate with the triple, but even at the beginning, three‑putting, this par‑3, just kept on plugging away.  It was a roller coaster. “

Lydia Ko and Michelle Wei have slipped down the board a little, both of them at -10 under par in eighth place.

Ricoh Womens British Open. Stacy Lewis Wins

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Stacy Lewis won the Ricoh British Womens Open at St Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

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Stacy carded a 69 in the delayed third round and then shot a last round of even par 72, to win the Ricoh British Womens Open by two shots with a tournament total of -8 under par. This is Stacy’s second Major triumph, she said she had felt comfortable out on the course;

“I felt so comfortable out there, I almost felt like it was meant to be,”

Tied in second place were Hee Young Park and Na Yeon Choi, both at -6 under par. Hee Young with her 70, 73 finish and Na Yeon 75, 73.

Morgan Pressel had led at the conclusion of the delayed third round, with her -1 under par effort, she holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to take a one-shot lead into the final round. But then unfortunately fell away in the final round scoring a +4 over par 76, which put her down to tie in fourth place with Suzann Petterson.

The last round was so difficult that only Christie Kerr -3 under par 69, and Natalie Gulbis -2 under par 70 were the only players to completed the final round in under par.

Inbee Park, in her history making quest for a fourth straight Major win just fell away with a final round of +6 over par, to finish the tournament on that score, tied in 42nd place. She said it was still amazing what she had achieved;

“I’ve done something amazing this season, I won three straight majors. I don’t know if I can do that again. When you’re so far behind, it’s hard to get the motivation, I tried to push myself to play as good as I can. I’m glad this tournament is over, I’ve gone through four rounds under pressure, and that’s something I’ve never experienced.”

Ladies World Amateur #1 Lydia Ko keeps her record of making the cut in every professional tournament she has competed in, but finished in a tie for 42nd place. Lydia and Georgia Hall tied for 42nd place on six-over-par to shared the Smyth Salver as the leading amateurs.

Ricoh British Womens Open, Play Suspended.

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Extremely high winds caused the suspension of play at the Ricoh British Womens Open on the Old Course at St. Andrews.

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There was a wind gust of 40 mph, which  resulted in at least five players almost simultaneously calling for rulings due to balls moving on the green. The officials made a decision to halt play, that was around 1230, and the whole days play was suspended later at 1800, and will resume tomorrow morning at 0550.

Susan Simpson, LGU Head of Operations announced that if needs be they will move the restart to Monday;

” It’s still going to be windy tomorrow.  Not hopefully as windy as it’s been today, but there’s no let‑up in it.  So tomorrow morning, it’s still going to be very breezy and equally difficult conditions. This is a major championship and every endeavor will be made to finish 72 holes. So if we need to go to Monday, then we’ll go to Monday.”

There is no change at the top of the leaderboard, as the tournament have yet to tee off in their third rounds.

[+] 1 1 Na Yeon Choi KOR 13:40 -10 67 67 134
[+] 2 2 Miki Saiki JPN 13:40 -9 69 66 135
[+] 3 3 Morgan Pressel USA 13:30 -8 66 70 136
[+] 4 4 Nicole Castrale USA 13:20 -7 67 70 137
[+] 4 4 Jee Young Lee KOR 13:20 -7 70 67 137
[+] 4 4 Suzann Pettersen NOR 13:30 -7 70 67 137
[+] 7 7 Mikaela Parmlid SWE 13:10 -6 69 69 138
[+] 8 8 Hee Young Park KOR 12:50 -5 70 69 139
[+] 8 8 Stacy Lewis USA 12:50 -5 67 72 139
[+] 8 8 Angela Stanford USA 13:00 -5 69 70 1

Ricoh Womens British Open. Na Yeon Takes Command at Half Way Stage.

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Na Yeon Choi takes command of the Ricoh Womens British Open at St Andrews at the half way stage of the competition.

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At a fairly breezy St Andrews Na Yeon shot her second consecutive -5 under par round of 67, to lead the tournament at -10 under par. 

Na Yeon said she was pleased with her two rounds, especially the one today in the windier conditions;

“I’m very satisfied the last two rounds.  You know, especially today, the weather wasn’t good, it was very hard.  But my focus was very good and my caddie helped me a lot, and you know, I had a daily goal every day so I just tried to stick with the goal.  It could be like par is 74 or 75 today, but I didn’t care, like every hole, par 3, par 4, par 5, doesn’t matter for me.  I just try to play one shot at a time and I think that’s why I had great results.”

Mikki Saki is in second place following her magical second round of  -6 under par, 66, which included two two’s. A hole out for Eagle on two of the par fours on the front nine of the Old Course at St. Andrews, holes 4 and 7. Both shots came from over 100 yards as she holed one with an eight iron and the other with a wedge. She was asked if she had ever done that in a tournament before;

“First time, because it is a major and we are here at the Old Course and surrounded by so much history then it must rate as my best ever round.”

Morgan Pressel is in third place at -8 under par, she had a more modest second round, -2 under par, 70. Morgan used not to like links golf, a bit like Phil Mickelson, there could be a link there; he also wants to be on the Solheim Cup Team;

” Everything happens for a reason, and I think that my past struggles here at St. Andrews as well as links golf in general my first two years on Tour taught me a lot. At this point, you know, I’ve played well for two days, and I’m more focused on this tournament”

Treble chasing Inbee Park struggled as the winds picked up on Friday afternoon on the Old Course at St. Andrews, carding a +1 over par 73 to put her at -2 under-par for the championship, a long way back;

“When you experience something big like this, some kind of big pressure like this, you’re just really not afraid of any kind of pressure. How can it get bigger than this?  If you experience something like this, you’re just ready to go and ready to experience something, anything’s going to be less than this.”

Good Luck Inbee.

 

LPGA. North Texas Shoot-out. Carlota is the Cream of the Crop.

Carlota Ciganda had one of the best rounds of the day during the third round of the LPGA North Texas Shoot-Out at the Las Colinas Country Club, shooting a -5 under par round, to give her a tournament total of -11 under par and top spot on the leaderboard.

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Tied in second place are Inbee Park and Caroline Masson, they are both at -9 under par, with a third round effort of -4 under par for Inbee and -2 for Caroline.

Fourth place is occupied by Na Yeon Choi, she had a third round of -5 under par to elevate her up the leaderboard with a total of -8 under par.

Stacy Lewis has had a quiet tournament, currently residing in tied 26th place, but still made the final cut which was made at +1 over par, the top fifty players went through to the final round. Still time for Stacy to improve her position, but not time enough to consider vying for the top of the leaderboard.

LPGA. Kraft Nabisco Championship. Three Tied at the Top

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There are three ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard at the LPGA, Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in California. They are Suzann Petterson, Na Yeon Choi and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

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Neither Na Yeon Choi or SuzzanPettersen, who played in an early morning twosome, made a bogey on their way to an opening score of -4 under par at the Mission Hills Country Club. They were the only players in the field who managed to navigate the day without a blemish on the card. Jodi Ewart Shadoff was the exception among the top three,  she mixed six birdies and two bogeys, but still hit eight fairways and 13 greens.

Suzann said there was no chance of making a bogey today;

“No, and we weren’t really close to making one, I made one good up-and-down when I missed the fairway on fifteen, had an up and down from the bunker. That was pretty much the only kind of tough par I had out there. We played solid, both of us. It was a nice pace of play. It’s really nice to get around in just over four hours. It really helps. It keeps the flow going, and like I said, I felt like I maybe left a few out there, but no complaints.”

Na Yeon was also happy with her bogey free round;

“I’m really happy I played without a bogey today, but luckily I played in the morning today, and the greens and fairways are a little softer than the afternoon. I have to play afternoon tomorrow. I have to be precise for second shots, and I have to try to get the ball to finish below the hole and try to make uphill putts. I didn’t have birdie on the front nine until number nine, but I tried to stay calm and then kept trying too hard. Last one I got a good birdie there.”

Jodi said she had played consistently well;

” I played really consistently, got on a birdie train in the middle of my round which was nice. I was hitting a lot of greens and making a lot of putts.  I’ve been playing really consistently the last three or four tournaments and so I knew, my game is right there and I knew I was due to have a really good round.”

Stacy Lewis struggled today, a triple bogey on the par three 14th;

” I was in a couple divots and it was just kind of a strange day, I’m definitely disappointed, but I made some putts there on the back nine, which was nice.  But considering I made a triple and I shot 1 over, yes, it’s good. You know, the greens might be as firm as I’ve ever seen them for early in the week. Fairways, the problem is you land short, it hits and stops. You land on the green and it releases. The greens are firm and it’s playing hard, so I knew if I could somehow on the back nine get it back to even, I would be right there.”

 

LPGA, HSBC Women’s Champions. Stacy Lewis Wins

 

 

 

 

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On the LPGA Tour, Stacy Lewis returned to her winning ways at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore at the Sentosa Golf Club, with a -15 under par scoreThe Rolex Player of the Year held on to win her first Victory of the 2013 season, a one shot win over Na Yeon Choi, at -14 under par. The final few holes were a tough stretch for Stacy as she watched her three shot lead evaporate to just one as she stood on the 18th tee at the  The Serapong Course. Stacy had unfortunately bogyed 15 and 17, but managed to hang on with a par at the last following a great drive and a second onto the green at the par five, both eagle and birdie putts missed, but pat was good enough for the Title.

Stacy said afterwards that she had played the last all week as a three shot hole;

“All week, I played it as a three-shot hole, laying back short of the bunker and then laying up from there. And I saw where Paula Creamer hit her drive past the bunker and I turned to my caddie, and we both at the same time said driver, and I let it rip and that thing got so far down there.  I think I was actually in between a 4-iron and a hybrid. So we erred on the long side and hit hybrid up on the green, and I thought I made my second putt, but just to have an inside ten feet for birdie, that’s all I was asking for. The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I’m not going to lie, that golf course is hard and it can jump up and get you at any second, and to have to play with two great players on your tail all day, and they played unbelievable, and none of us really, we just couldn’t get any putts to fall on the back nine.  I don’t know what it was.  Edges just seemed a little bit tighter.  Paula had a couple on the edge. I don’t know, I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could, and fortunately I came away with the win.”

Stacy is projected to move back into the No. 3 spot in the Rolex Rankings, but both she and Na Yeon Choi can now see Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng is within reach.

Yani thinks it is more fun now they are closer;

 “I think this is more fun than like only one player play well, like clear-cut, because there is not really a clear-cut No. 1 right now. I think everybody, you know, is a good competitor with each other and motivate each other, and if someone wins, and I feel like, oh, I need to win next week, that kind of motivates.  So, I feel like very excited.”

Paula Creamer finished in third place, at -13 under par, a fine effort  following a horrible car accident she was involved in on Sunday night in Thailand.

Paula was more than happy with her placing;

Geez, this is much more than what I ever expected, and to have a chance and really have a good chance to win this event, it felt good. It was nice to be in contention and have just a good attitude out there.  I think that’s the biggest thing that I take away from this week.”

Stacy Lewis, Roger Chapman and Rory McIlroy voted Players of the Year, by Golf Writers Association

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Stacy Lewis Roger Chapman and Rory McIlroy have been voted Players of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America. Stacy won four times on the LPGA Tour this year and was the run-away winner in the women’s bracket, gaining 153 votes to Na Yeon Choi who carded 31 votes and 10 for Inbee Park. Stacy’s percentage was 78.8% of the total vote. Congratulations to Stacy Lewis.

Stacy’s record was three runner-up finishes and a third-place slot on the LPGA money list $1.87 million, and was the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to earn the tour’s Player of the Year honors. The 27-year-old from Texas, had to battle scoliosis, since aged eleven, to make it big on the pro tour, she also becomes the first American since Juli Inkster in 1999 to earn the Golf Writers of America Player of the Year award.

Roger Chapman won 116 votes beating Tom Lehman who received 44 votes and Bernhard Langer who got 33 votes.  Rogers winning percentage was a healthy 60% of the votes cast. Roger, aged 53, began the year with conditional status on the Champions Tour, but won the Senior PGA Championship in his first start of the 2012 season. The Englishman then came from four shots back of the leaders to win the U.S. Senior Open.

Rory McIlroy, who captured the money titles on both the PGA and European Tours, received 190 votes, a massive 97.9%  Brandt Snedeker was second with 3 votes and Tiger Woods third with just one vote. Rory had already won European Tour’s Golfer of the Year,cementing his season with five birdies at his last event of the year to win the World Tour Championship in Dubai. His other achievements included his second Major, the  US PGA Championship, PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Award and PGA of America’s Vardon Trophy for adjusted low scoring average of 68.87%  and also finished the season with 10 top-tens in 16 starts. Rory is the World Number One ranked player.

 

 

LPGA Malaysia, Sime Darby, Inbee Park Wins

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Inbee Park, of South Korea, became the winner of the Sime Darby in Kuala Lumpur, at  the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on Sunday.  The former 2008  US Open Champion beat defending Sime Darby Champion Na Yeon Choi by two strokes after a blistering last round of -4 under par, 67, enabled her to lift the Trophy.

Inbee knew the defending Champion liked the KLGCC course;

“I knew that Na Yeon was really strong on this golf course and I knew she really liked this golf course. So I knew I had to go really low today to win. Coming in I knew No. 15 through 18 are tough coming in holes, I knew I had to make a lot of birdies before that. I love coming here, eating good food. I love the people here. The people are so kind here. Maybe not so much the weather because it’s too hot for me, but I think I’m going to try to like it because I won here. I’m currently No. 1 on the LPGA Money List. I want to finish right there. I’ve got to finish strong these last few events because a lot of girls are very good.”

It was good to see the 38-year-old Aussie Karrie Webb enjoying her best finish on the Tour lately, after coming in third at -12 under par. A member of the Hall of Fame, Karrie has won 38 times on Tour in her career, the most for an active player on the LPGA Tour. It is nice to see that she can still contest against the younger brigade, at her age it gives you an insight into her character and determination.

 

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