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.”

 

 

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.