Blue Bay LPGA. Shanshan Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Shanshan Feng, China, has the 54 hole lead at her home tournament, the Blue Bay LPGA, at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club.

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Shanshan took control of the Blue Bay LPGA with a third round +1 over par 73, in very difficult scoring conditions, posting a 54 hole total of -7 under par, and will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round. There is also a chance that she will take over the number one spot in the Rolex World Rankings;

“Overall, I’m happy with my performance today.”

“Given that today was actually very, very windy, I really held up ground, especially with my approach shots to the greens.”

“Obviously I made a lot of mistakes, and I had a lot of recovery shots as well. But overall, I’m happy with the past three days’ performance.” 

“I think this is something, I really don’t want to think about because this is something that could happen after the conclusion of the tournament,”

 “All I can do is to do my best, play shot by shot and be focused and be concentrated. It’s going to be a joy tomorrow.” 

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, made up some ground today shooting -4 under par 68 to take her up the leaderboard into second place at -6 under par for the championship;

“It’s been pretty solid so far this week.”

 “It just helps to be patient a lot on this golf course. Some lucky bounce and just;  it’s golf. I’m really enjoying this week so far.”

Second-round leader Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa, is in third place at -5 under, she too suffered in the tough conditions carding +4 over 76 today;

“It was quite a frustrating day.”

“I felt like I actually hit a lot of shots like I wanted to, but the conditions just got really tough, especially on the back nine.”

“The greens firmed up a lot. I know I didn’t hit bad shots, so I can’t be too disappointed. Just going to keep doing what I was doing.”

Rolex Rankings World number one Sung Hyun Park is tied for fourth place at -4 under par with Na Yeon Choi, both ladies from South Korea, and both returning -4 under 68 scores today.

Sung is the first ever rookie in the LPGA Tour’s history to ascend to No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, and she is looking for her third win of the year, and with a good finish here will remain in that number one spot.

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Blue Bay LPGA. Sun Young Yoo Leads.

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Sun Young Yoo, South Korea, leads the Blue Bay LPGA tournament at  Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club in China.

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Yoosy shot a first round -7  under par 65 to lead the Blue Bay LPGA by one shot;

“Pretty solid overall, I saw a lot of positive things in myself today, so hopefully I can get it going.”

“Swing-wise, I kept the same thing. I just tried to have fun out there, and actually I had a lot of fun today.”

 “Not too much going on. I like it.”

 Xiang Sui, China, carded a -6 under par 66, with just one bogey, to claim second place on her own.

Ashleigh Buhai, and Lee-Ann Pace, South Africa, Jeong Eun Lee and Na Yeon Choi, South Korea, Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, and Lizette Salas, USA, are all tied in third place at -5 under par with rounds of 67.

Lizette is very happy, and playing well on this Asian swing of the Tour;

“It’s got to come to an end somehow, and I’m just really fortunate that I had this Asia Swing and really excited to go back to the States and play the final event.”

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ShopRite LPGA Classic. Karine Icher Leads

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Karine Icher, from France, leads the ShopRite LPGA Classic after her -9 under par 62 second round.

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Karine took control of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, with a classic -9 under par 62,  only requiring 23 putts in her bogey-free round, to post a -12 under par tournament total;

“I made a lot of second shots close to the hole, so made some birdie easier to do.”

“The greens are difficult to read, and to get the right speed with the right slope; so the closer you are, the easiest it is.”

“It was a good round. I putted well. I had good wedges. So quite happy.”

“By playing on Tour with experience, you know if you start to rush or start to look at the leaderboard or if you miss a shot, like get upset, it’s not going to serve you for sure.” 

“So I tried to play shot after shot, and if I miss a green or if I miss a drive, fine, I can always like do a recovery, and that’s what I did.”

Na Yeon Choi, a bogey free -7 under par 64 and Haru Nomura, -6 under 65, share second place at -11 under par.

Anna Nordqvist is in fourth place, at -10 under par, an up and down second round -3 under 68 contained 5 birdies, 1 Eagle and 4 bogey’s, which dropped her down the table.

Buick Championship. Defending Champion Shanshan Retains Title.

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Defending Champion Shanshan Feng successfully retains her Buick Championship title in China, in a play-off against Na Yeon Choi.

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Shanshan and Na Yeon both carded final rounds of -5 under par 67 to finished tied at the top of the Buick Championship leaderboard at -14 under par. Shanshan then birdied the first extra hole, the 18th to win the trophy;

“I didn’t expect it!”

“Today, from the beginning, Na Yeon was ahead and I was behind, but I never gave up.”

“When we had two holes left I thought, ‘I’m just going to try my best and see what happens,’ and I think I had luck on my side.”

“I’m really happy to finish with a birdie on the last hole and I’m really proud that I was able to defend my title.”

Na Yeon led for most of the round, until a heavy shower set in and play was suspended for 30 minutes due to the threat of lightning, the momentum turned as she bogeyed the 18th, in regulation play and then again in the play-off.

Beth Allen finished in third position ,six shots further back, a last round -1 under par 71 giving her that place on her own after finally making a birdie on 18, this finish also enables Beth to return to the top of the LET Order of Merit ;

“It was tough unless you got off to a pretty good start, and I just hung in there and did the best I could and I’m happy with third.”

 “I got back with a vengeance and I’m really proud of myself. I’ve always had issues with that hole, no idea why, but I nailed it.”

Buick Championship. Shanshan & Na Yeon Locked Together at the Top.

White Dragon GolfBuick Championship Defending Champion Shanshan Feng and Na Yeon Choi are still locked together at the top of the Buick Championship leaderboard, in China.

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Shanshan and Na Yeon both carded the same score of -2 under par 70 in the third round of the Buick Championship, to stay at the top of the leaderboard at -9 under par.

Shanshan was really happy with her round today;

“I had a bit of a rough start because I was nervous to be honest at the beginning, being the defending champion, playing back in China and this is my sponsor’s event, so I do have a lot of pressure.”

“After two holes, I was like, ‘You know what? I’ve done well for the first two days and so why not just do the same thing, just focus on every shot,’ and I came back slowly.”

“I made a good back nine and I’m happy about the result.”

Na Yeon was leading until a bogey at the last hole, which she put down to tiredness;

“I think I played really well, especially on the front nine. I had three birdies out there and without a bogey.”

“I think I was a little tired on the back nine.”

Beth Allen is in third place, a -1 under 71 today keeping her in touch with the leaders at -7 under par. She was also happy with her effort in the tough conditions;

“It was a solid day with tough conditions, and a completely different wind to yesterday.”

“It was tricky.”

 Florentyna Parker from England, who led for the first three rounds of the Lalla Meryem Cup last week is in fifth position at -6 under par, a third round -1 under 71 keeps her in the mix.

Heavy rain and winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour are predicted for Sunday’s final round, so just about anything could happen here, looking forward to it.

 

Buick Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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Defending Champion Shanshan Feng and Na Yeon Choi are the two ladies tied at the top of the Buick Championship leaderboard, in China.

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Na Yeon carded a second round -4 under par 68 , while defending champion Shanshan recorded -6 under 66 to both sit on top of the Buick Championship leaderboard at -7 under par.

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Local lady Shanshan said she had enjoyed a great round today, finally reading the greens and making some putts;

“I played great today. The wind obviously was stronger and it was colder out there, so the conditions were tougher than yesterday.”

“I made some nice putts which was different from yesterday. Yesterday, those grains distracted me. I believed that it would break to the right or left, but it didn’t.”

“Today, I took the lesson and putted them straightforward. It worked and I had a great round.”

Ha Na was troubled by the wind, but very happy to be sharing top spot;

 “Overall my name is on the leader board so I’m pretty happy and proud of myself.”

“I was patient out there as I didn’t have my A game, especially with my driver and irons, I missed a lot of shots.”

“I was disappointed with myself but I tried to hang in and my caddie helped me a lot.”

“The wind direction has been different every day so each hole it’s different, and it’s playing like a different course.”

Xiyu Lin, -5 under 67 today and Beth Allen, -3 under 69, are tied in third place, one shot off the pace, at -5 under par.

Beth was frustrated at signing for a bogey on her last hole, finding the water, but is happy with her putting;

“I’ve been playing really well and the last is really frustrating but I have to get over it and keep making birdies so we’ll see what happens.”

“I think I had 27 putts today and 28 or 29 yesterday. I hit lots of greens in general so if I’m holing putts I’m scoring pretty well.”

“I love this golf course and played well here last year. I like the greens here and I see them. I feel really comfortable and my putting stroke is the same as Morocco.”

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.”