Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Na Yeon Choi Wins.

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Na Yeon Choi, from South Korea,wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.

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Na Yeon has a final round -2 under par 69, to lift the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with a -15 under par total.

Na Yeon hit her favorite 8 iron from 145 yards from the 16th fairway to score an Eagle, and take the lead in the Championship;

“I hit 3‑wood and I hit 8‑iron to the pin, was like 145.” 

“I mean, today, especially my putting didn’t really work and but still I tried to keep focus my shot and swing, and then I kept hitting well and then after 16, after I hit the second shot, I knew this is going to be good.”

“I felt really good, you know, feeling after the impact. So when I holed the finish, I thought it’s going to be good, but I didn’t expect like go in.”

“So I was very happy after that shot, but like unfortunately I couldn’t see the ball going in. I just heard a lot of screaming around the green.”

Mika Miyazato, from Japan took second place, two sots back at -13 under par, she said there was no pressure to recover from her winless streak;

“Not pressure for me, just calm, just played more focused in my golf game today.”

“I had a great round today so I really excited, Stacy and Brittany, it’s nice playing with them, so I’m very disappointed but it’s still fun.”

Azahara Munoz, Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist all tied for third place at -12 under par.

Defending Champion Stacy knew she needed something special after Na Yeon had eagled the 16th;

“I knew I needed to make eagle there and just didn’t quite get the drive down there to do that.”

“We had about 212 yards to carry the bunker, and I just felt with that wind off the lie I couldn’t get it over the bunker.”

“I could get it on the front right part of the green, but it didn’t really do me any good. I thought the best opportunity to do something was to lay up.”

“When somebody holes out, it’s one of those things, that it’s kind of meant to be.”

“It’s tough, but, honestly, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been in this position, a few months really, so you can’t be too upset.”

“I played some great golf this week and it’s coming around at the right time. We’ve got some big tournaments coming up here in the next few weeks.”

Lydia Ko, world number two finished T6, at -11 under par, with a fabulous bogey free last round -8 under par 63. If only she had been in that kind of form for the first two rounds!!

“I think I’ve been hitting the ball really well the last couple days. Just the first day my tee shot was a little off and that created three bogeys with it, but other than that I’ve been hitting the ball really well.”

“My tee shots were good the last two days so in a way I was playing good and my score wasn’t up to that.”

” But today I got some putts rolling and I shot in well with three under the first three holes, and when you get in a good momentum like that it gives you a good confidence for the day.”

 

 

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Na Yeon Choi Takes Control.

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Na Yeon Choi takes control of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club, at the completion of round two.

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Na Yeon shot -8 under par 63 in the second round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, to move to the top of the leaderboard with a -13 under par tournament total, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

She recorded an Eagle 3 at the par five 18th hole, and said that was her lowest nine-hole score, 29. Undecided on what club to take for the approach to 18, the tee shot had ended up in the first cut. The 3 wood found the green, and she then dropped a 45 foot putt;

“Actually beginning of this week I felt really good about my swing and putting, so I felt like pretty confident with this tournament and this week.”

” And then I just realized I shoot 29 on the back nine today, and that was my record.”

 “I mean, on the course I didn’t think about any score, any number out there, I just tried to be more independent player out there, and after 18 holes I got the score, I’m very satisfied.”

“I got the 3-wood out first, then changed it to a pitching wedge and then back to 3-wood because there is a small gap to the right side of the green.”

 “But the wind helped me a lot, wind was a little bit helping right to left, so I just hit 3-wood.”

“I mean, I couldn’t hit a 3-wood if today is Sunday, but today’s like Saturday and I feel good about my swing so I just hit it.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are Mi Jung Hur, -3 under 68 today, and Anna Nordqvist with a -5 under 65.

Anna was disappointed that more putts did not drop for her today;

“I felt like I hit a lot of good putts today, just couldn’t get some of them to drop and it’s always nice to finish with a birdie.”

” I played really good today, hit my irons really good so I gave myself a lot of chances.”

” It’s just late.  Tried to keep my attitude up and keep my patience and my energy up.  It was nice to get one on the last, get one shot closer to Na Yeon Choi for tomorrow.”

The defending Champion, Stacy Lewis is in a group at -9 under par, four shots off the pace, and just loves the support she receives out here from the gallery;

“I think that cheer on 17 was louder than 18 last year.”

“We’ve got more people out here this year and I love this tournament, I love coming back here, so it never gets old.”

Stacy is joined in fourth place by Brittany Lincicome, Amy Yang and Mika Miyazato.

World number one Inbee Park missed the cut, while rival for the top spot Lydia Ko progressed to the final round, but at -3 under par is ten shots from the leader.

 

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.