KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Inbee In Control.

White Dragon GolfKPMG

KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Inbee Park / Getty Images

In her quest to return to the top of the Rolex Rankings Inbee fired a bogey free, lowest score of the day, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship third round -7 under par 66, to post -14 under par for 54 holes, and will have a two shot lead beginning the day on Sunday. The defending Champion is looking to notch up her third win in a row at Westchester Country Club in New York;

Inbee said she is really happy with her ball striking and also her putting;

“Obviously I’ve done something three times before; I won three majors in a row before. I’m just trying to give myself the confidence that I can do it, do another three-time tomorrow.”

“When you’re trying to win the second, third time in a row, it just feels like you’ve done your homework already.”

“So you feel a little bit more relaxed and you kind of know how it feels like and how it’s going to play like.” 

“The way I’ve been playing, I’ve really been happy with ball-striking, and today was the best putting day yet.”

Sei Young Kim, who started the day at the top had to settle for second place, those two shots back at -12 under par, following her third round -4 under par 69, on the par 73 lay-out.

Sei Young is comfortable with her position right now;

“I don’t mind my position right now because I feel comfortable.”

“Sounds like I have done this before. So tomorrow I will be aggressive and I will do my best to try to win.”

Inbee will be aware of the threat from her South Korean compatriot, back in mid-April in Oahu, Hawaii, Sei Young “stole” the LOTTE Championship from her by chipping in on the 18th hole to force a playoff, then proceeded to hole out for eagle on the 73rd hole to claim the Victory.

Canadian amateur Brooke Henderson is sharing third place with Suzann Pettersen and Karrie Webb, all at -8 under par, four shots off the pace, and it will be a tough job to try and catch Inbee tomorrow.

Brittany Lincicome moved up the leaderboard to T7 at -6 under par, with her -4 under par 69 third round, she is eight shots off the pace, but finds it fun;

 “I was trying not to look at my scorecard, and trying not to look at the standard bearer because you’re trying not to think about, I birdied two in a row, I birdied three in a row; you want to keep it going. But yeah, it’s really fun,”

KPMG Women’s LPGA Championship. Sei Young Kim in Front. Lydia Misses Cut.

White Dragon GolfKPMGSei Young Kim, from South Korea leads the KPMG Women’s LPGA Championship on the West Course of Westchester Country Club, in New York.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Sei Young Kim / Getty Images

Sei Young sits on top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard at -8 under par following her second round -5 under par 68, on the par 73 lay-out at Westchester Country Club, in New York.

She expressed her feelings through an interpreter;

“It’s very great, today I played very well, bogey-free. Again, played very well.”

“My goal for this year is to become top five, and if I win a major, I could be one step closer.”

Inbee Park shares second place with Karrie Webb, at -7 under par. Inbee also recording a second round of -5 under par 68.

Following the missed cut of Lydia Ko, Inbee and Stacy Lewis will contest for the number one spot in the world, but Inbee has the edge.

KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Stacy and Inbee / Getty Images.

Inbee did not speak about the number spot rivalry, just her round;

“I think everybody tries to concentrate a little bit extra, I think that’s why everyone brings their ‘A’ Game to the major championships.”

“It’s good to see my game come around in major championships like this, on good golf courses like this.”

“I feel quite confident playing on a tough course.”

Karrie thought it was a bit tougher today, with the greens drying out;

“Nice to finish with a birdie on the last, it was a little bit more difficult today.”

“I think the greens really dried out a little bit. It was still quite challenging to get the ball close to the hole.”

Suzann Pettersen and Canadian amateur Brooke Henderson are tied in fourth spot at -5 under par. Stacy Lewis is one shot further back at -4 under par.

Stacy has not produced her best golf yet, but is happy to be where she is right now;

“I have not played my best golf yet, I’m just a couple back of the lead, and I feel like I have some even better golf in me. I really like where I am right now.”

Lydia Ko, has missed the first cut of her 53 event LPGA career, saying she could not get it going;

“I just made a double and just couldn’t get anything turned around.”

“I missed a lot of 9-footers. I made two good putts the last two holes; it was already kind of too late.”

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Jenny Shin Leads

White Dragon GolfKPMG

Jenny Shin has the first round lead at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on the West Course at Westchester Country Club in New York.


Jenny Shin / Getty Images

Jenny shot an opening round -7 under par 66, on the par 73 West Course at the Westchester Country Club in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second ladies Major of the year.

Jenny carded five birdies and an eagle, looking at the leaderboard all day long. She is serious about this title and said she had brought her A game to this Major;

“I was chasing the leaderboard all day and I was surprised that Webby was at six at one point and thought, how is she shooting  six under par.”

“I got there and I was like, maybe I can get one more on the 18th hole and I did.”

“I’ve been playing okay, and I feel like I have my first win coming up and I thought, you know, it’s a major, I want to play well.”

Canadian amateur, 17 year-old Brooke Henderson is in second place on her own at -6 under par, she sadly made bogey on her last hole of the day to drop out of the tie for the top.

Brooke really believes she is ready for LPGA Tour membership, saying she feels like she’s practically a member now. This is her sixth consecutive LPGA event;

“I love it, and I’m really excited when it’s my career and I have full status on the LPGA tour and I get to travel week to week with these girls.”

 “They have been very encouraging and very supportive of the way I’ve played over the last few weeks, and I’ve made a lot of friends, which is always nice.”

“I think hopefully I’ll have a long career out here, and it just depends on when I’m able to start that career.”

Karrie Webb is one of three Ladies tied at -5 under par, she is joined on that score by Moriya Jutanugarn and Charley Hull.

Further down the field is the two-time defending Champion, world number two, Inbee Park at -2 under par. The battle for the world number one slot is on this week, and world number one Lydia Ko is at -1 under par after the first round.

Inbee spoke of the pressure;

“I think everybody feels a little pressure because it’s a major tournament and everybody wants to do well.”

“Because it is a major tournament and this is a great event, that’s why we feel the pressure. So I’m happy.”





Wegmans LPGA Championship. Inbee Park Prevails.

White Dragon GolfWegmans LPGA Championship

Inbee Park prevails at the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in New York.

Wegmans LPGA Championship

Inbee Park /Getty Images

Inbee birdied the last two holes to get into a play-off, and then ultimately won the Wegmans LPGA Championship after beating Brittany Lincicome for the Major trophy. Both ladies had finished at -11 under par, Inbee with a final round of -2 under par 70, and Brittany with -1 under par 71.

Inbee thought she was very lucky today;

“I think it’s very lucky that I actually got an opportunity today, because you know, I thought I probably won’t get an opportunity with Brittany coming up the last and if she made a par I would not have gone into playoff.

And I holed really good putts on number 17 and 18 to put me in the playoffs. So yeah, just very happy the way I played today.”

“This is probably one of the favorite weeks that we ; for me and probably for all the LPGA players to come and kind of stay for a week, and yeah, this tournament has the history, and this tournament has all the memories with us”

“So being able to put my name on this trophy twice and being able to do it here in Rochester is such a great honor, and yeah, we’ll be missing Rochester. We definitely want to come back here for another event.”

Brittany put her loss down to nerves;

“Just need to learn how to control the nerves a little bit more. I was really, really nervous coming down the stretch, especially the 18th hole and then the playoff, that putt that I had, the first putt, and then the chip that I had I was shaking like a leaf, which it’s hard to do anything when you’re shaking.”

“I feel like I was like; I don’t know what I had, but it’s just not a fun feeling.”

“Obviously they were tears of joy, finishing second in a major is always a good thing. Obviously I would have liked to have been the one holding the trophy on the 18th green right now, but feel like I played really, really well this week.”

” Hopefully we can keep that going for the rest of the year. I really feel like this will be the stepping stone that I kind of needed to push me to want to keep it going and to be in the Top 10 each week like I kind of was like three years ago.”

In third place on her own was Lydia Ko, who finished the tournament at -8 under par, following her last round -2 under par 70, this is her best finish so far on tour in a Major;

“You know, obviously didn’t really; it was kind of a disappointing finishing with two bogeys, but overall I played pretty solid today, and I tried to give myself opportunities and made a lot of good putts.”

“So yeah, I’m pretty happy with how the major has finished. This gives me a lot of confidence. You know, majors are where we try and perform our best, and to have a top-5 finish, I think that’s really good.”


Wegmans LPGA Championship. Lincicome Still Leads.

White Dragon GolfWegmans LPGA Championship

Brittany Lincicome still leads the Wegmans LPGA Championship at the 54 hole stage at Monroe Golf Club in New York.


Wegmans LPGA Championship

Brittany Lincicome / Getty Images

Brittany could only manage a -1 under par 71 third round, but it was still enough to keep her lead going into the final round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship in New York. She told reporters about the state of her nerves;

“Nervous was probably an understatement, my stomach was in knots. When it came time to eat lunch, it just wasn’t happening because I haven’t been in this position in a while.”

“I think because I haven’t been in this position in a while, it just kind of all caught up with me, just tried to take multiple deep breaths out there.  I don’t think I calmed down until really the back nine probably. “

“Hopefully going into tomorrow it’s kind of out of my system, I kind of know what it feels like to kind of be in this position and I will kind of dominate again.”

Brittany is a shot ahead of Inbee Park  and Suzann Pettersen. Suzann carded a -5 under par 67 and Inbee shot -3 under par 69 for both of them to be at -9 under par for the tournament.

Suzann mentioned her liking for the back nine here at Monroe Golf Club;

“I seem to like the back nine. I like what I see, I managed to make a move. It’s nice to make a charge. I actually could have had a couple more.”

“I made the turn a bit frustrated that I three putted nine. I actually got to the green and three putted, which felt like I was giving away a shot. But I managed to kind of make a move, and the game responded pretty good.”

” Then I actually thought I could have had a couple more out there.  Had a couple of great looks.  So it’s nice to make a charge and kind of be where I’m at right now.”

Inbee admitted to hitting a couple of bad shots, and is hoping for a better result tomorrow;

“I hit a couple of bad shots and kind of scrambled around today. I mean I still feel like I definitely left a couple out there today, but number 17 and 18, you know, dropping those putts really helped me for tomorrow. Three back is quite a bit different.  So I’m happy where I am right now, and yeah, we’ll see tomorrow.”

Mirim Lee is two shots further back at -7 under par, and is in fourth position while Lydia Ko is back T5 at -6 under par.

Lydia made a slow start today

“I didn’t start off very well.  I made a bogey on the second hole, and then I came back with a good birdie on 3, but then made a bogey on 8 and I was suddenly at one over par for the Front 9.  Bogeyed 10.”
“But I kind of grinded it out, made two birdies in a row and then made another bogey, then made another birdie.  So it was kind of a birdie‑bogey day, but I’m pretty happy that I finished 1‑under.”


The Wegmans LPGA Championship. Brittany Bounces to the Top.

White Dragon GolfWegmans LPGA Championship

Brittany Lincicome bounces to the top of The Wegmans LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in New York.

Wegmans LPGA Championship

Brittany Lincicome / Getty Images

Brittany scored a second round -4 under par 68 to post a Wegmans LPGA Championship total of -9 under par. She was excited about her stress free three shot lead;

“It’s been incredible, I haven’t been here in a while so it’s pretty exciting anytime you can shoot under par especially at a major.  It feels really nice.  I feel like all year I’ve been doing a lot of good things, hitting well, putting well, chipping well, they just don’t seem to all come together on the same day.  So it was nice to play the last two days and just kind of seeing like I was out there doing my thing and there was not too much stress involved.”

“I am still going to go try to birdie as many holes as I possibly can, and with both of those players, especially Inbee, she can shoot 61 like it’s nothing. So it doesn’t matter how big a lead you have with her behind you and Lexi or Lydia even, gosh, you just need to keep your same game plan that I’ve had and try to take advantage of the par 5’s and just see if we can stay ahead of all of them.” 

Sharing second place at -6 under par are Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.

Inbee showed her quality firing a second round -6 under par 66, while Lexi stood still posting an even par 72.

Lexi intends to be more aggressive in the third round, and intends to bomb the driver down every fairway;

“I have nothing to lose, go for it tomorrow and play aggressive. I hit driver on every hole out here, so just hopefully my irons hold up for me like they did yesterday.”

Inbee knows she has been close recently, and thinks something good is just around the corner, shooting -6 under par makes you feel that way;

“I just came so close the last two weeks, I played in the British and last week.  So I feel like something is around the corner.  Hopefully, I can do it this week in a major.  That would be great.”

Lydia Ko is one of three ladies tied in fourth place at -5 under par for the tournament, and is thinking of winning again;

“For me I think about winning at the end of the week, I know especially like Toledo I realized I became a millionaire after that.  I mean, to kind of have those accomplishments is really cool, but I’m really going out there and trying to play the best I can.  It’s hard to control what I do, but to control what other people are doing is pretty much impossible.”

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Two Teid at the Top.

White Dragon GolfWegmans LPGA Championship There are two ladies tied at the top of the Wegmans LPGA Championship trophy at Monroe Gold Club in New York.

WEgmans LPGA Championship

Lexi Thompson / Getty Images

Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee both shot opening rounds of -6 under par 66, to lead the Wyndham LPGA Championship at Monroe Golf Club in New York. Lexi said she was trusting on her length off the tee round this course;

“I would definitely say my length is an advantage. Coming into the week I knew this golf course was going to be setup good for me. I get to hit driver on every hole, but you just have to hit it straight in majors because usually they grow the rough up pretty deep and that’s what majors call for.” Just being confident over my irons, and just working on the swing change and staying with it I think has helped me out so much and just trusting it out there.” “It’s pretty simple. I mean I just usually take it back a little closed with my club face, so I’m just working on a little bit of more rotation on the way back. But mainly what I’ve always been focusing on is just more controlled swings and not getting too all over the place with my golf swing.”

Meena reported that although the greens are soft, they are still pretty fast; “The greens are very soft, but still it’s fast, even if it’s downhill putt, it’s still fast. It’s very exciting, and then, well, it’s just first day, so I’ll do my best tomorrow and weekend.” “It’s a major tournament this week, so I got more like more relaxed. I like this golf course.  It’s in really good shape.  The greens perfect, fairways good.  I mean the other girls really liked this golf course.”

Tied in third place are; Brittany Lincicome, Lisa McClosky and Jennifer Kirby, all at -5 under par. Lisa said the thought of having to play to a cut line each week has made playing each round an anxiety-filled task;

“Just kind of getting used to have a cut every week. I know this is my second year and I should probably be used to it by now, but I feel like that kind of affects the way that I play. It kind of just tenses me up, and I can’t play as free as I would like to. So I think that’s been really, really hard for me.” “I mean once you kind of have like one or two good tournaments, it’s easy to kind of relax and feel more comfortable out there, but this year I just haven’t really gotten anything going. So it’s quite a bit harder.”

Brittany was just having a good time out there; ” I was hitting things to like a foot and just tapping them in, it was stress free. I was having fun with Meena and Christina, and we were just having a good time out there, so I think it’s just for relaxing and not putting pressure on myself and just going out there and having a good time.”