ShopRite Classic. In-Kyung Kim and Paula Creamer Tied at the Top.

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In-Kyung Kim, South Korea,  and Paula Creamer, U.S.A. are tied at the top of the ShopRite Classic leaderboard after 36 holes at Stockton Seaview Golf Club in New Jersey.

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In Kyung, -4 under 67 today and Paula also -4 under 67 share the lead in the ShopRite  Classic, at -9 under par. This is a three round tournament, and these two ladies will take a two shot going into the final round tomorrow.

In Kyung spoke about the wind conditions today;

“The wind was blowing less and the greens were really pure this morning.”

 “The par fives I managed well yesterday and today.”

“The par threes are tough but I gave it my best.”

Paula is happy to be in contention, it has been a while;

“It feels good. It’s been a while, that’s for sure.”

“My team, we’ve just been working so hard. I feel good. I feel prepared. I knew there was a time I was going to breakthrough.”

“It just shows these last two days have been good golf.”

“Whatever happens tomorrow happens, but I feel like my golf game is in a good place.” 

Defending champion Anna Nordqvist is in the three-way tie for third place at -7 under par, an even par third round of 71 not dong her any favors;

“Overall I feel like I played a little bit better than I scored.”

“I’m still in it. It was just a hard afternoon with the wind.”

Sharing third spot at -7 under with Anna, are Jeong Eun Lee, -1 under 70 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, also -1 under 70, whose sister Ariya has become the new World Ladies Number one  ranked player this week, taking over that spot from Lydia Ko who had held it for 84 weeks.

Moriya said she was hanging in there today;

 “It’s hang in there today, and then tomorrow if I have a solid day it would be good for me.” 

LPGA Lotte Championship. Two Tied at the Top

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Two ladies are tied at the top of  the LPGA Lotte Championship leaderboard after the first round in HawaiiPaula Creamer, U.S.A. and  Mi Hyang Lee, South Korea, lead the tournament.

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Mi Hyang and Paula both shot opening rounds of -6 under par 66 in the LPGA Lotte Championship at the  Ko Olina Golf Club, in Hawaii.

Mi Hyang was not too impressed with her performance, but it was better than the two missed cuts she had previously;

“My shots were the worst. It’s good for the one week off after the ANA Inspiration.”

 “I had good rest, and my body is much better than before. I met with my coach and tried to fix my problem.”

“I have a lot more confidence than before. I played really good today, and I got a lot more confidence from today.”

Paula has changed her putting grip, from the unreliable left hand low, back to conventional;

“I played solid. I putted really well. I switched back to conventional-style putting. I’ve been left-hand-low for the last three years.”

“I hit the ball really well at the ANA Inspiration and Kia Classic, I just couldn’t make any putts.”

“We talked about how many times I won conventional and how many times have I won left-hand-low and the difference was astronomical.”

In second place are a pack of five ladies all on -5 under par, Su-Yeon Jang and Eun- Hee Ji, from South Korea. Alena Sharpe, Canada with  Beth Allen and Lizette Salas from U.S.A. all with opening rounds of 67.

Su Yeon Jang has good memories of this golf course;

“It’s good to come back to a place I know, although I only played 18 holes this year in practice, as I was playing the golf course memories are coming back to me and I have a lot of good memories of the golf course.”

World number one Lydia Ko continues with her miserable form of late, ever since she, or her family, changed Caddy, Coach, and Club brand. Carding +1 over par 73, to be T86.

 

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Three Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are three ladies tied at the top of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, Charlie Hull, Megan Khang and Haru Nomura.

 

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Charlie and Haru carded a second rounds of -3 under 70, while rookie Megan shot -5 under par 68 in the second round of the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, to sit on top the leaderboard at -8 under par.

Megan sounded full of confidence in her interview;

“I mean, I was confident in my game.  I just didn’t know how I was going to play right now being a rookie and under the circumstances.”

 But I’m just having so much fun out here, I just love it out here.”

“It definitely will take some time to sink in but I think my game’s at a good place right now and I definitely think I can hold my own.”

” I’ve played in the Open a few times and they’re all there, all the pros are there, even like the best amateurs make it there.”

” So I think I can hold my own and it’s going to take a while for it to sink in after two days.”

Charlie was just having fun out there;

“I’ve never played the wind, or the golf course with that wind before.”

“It was a completely opposite direction.  So it was good fun to play in that direction, I like it in that direction actually.”

” It was good, just got to keep patient out there.  Obviously, the same for everyone, I enjoyed it, I thought it was fun.”

Paula Creamer only managed -2 under 72 today, falling back to T8, at -6 under par, but believes in new instructor Gary Gilchrist;

“I just think it’s a great fit, I love the way he teaches the game, love the way how he gets in and can show me, and he’s definitely made it very fun for me right now.”

” Made a lot of changes, but they’re worth it and I believe in it.”

Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. Seven Ladies Share the Lead

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Seven ladies share the lead after the first round of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island, in the Bahamas

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Paula Creamer, Alison Lee, Charley Hull, Ashlan Ramsey, Catriona Matthew, Haru Nomura and Mika Miyazato defied the wind to play some great golf, carding first rounds of -5 under par 68, on the par 73 layout at Ocean Club Golf Course.

Paula was very happy with her start to the competition;

“I mean, this is obviously a great start.”

“Of course I would take this in a heartbeat, I have worked really hard.”

“I’m really enjoying the game, I’m enjoying practicing. I’m in a really good place and I hope I can keep it going.”

“I know I can and we have a really good plan, my team and I, and continue to keep doing that.”

Ashlan Ramsey is thinking about the Olympics, and how to get on and meet people;

“I came into the week or the year actually wanting to learn a lot from my peers.  Alison, and Austin are in my pod, so just people that I’ve known throughout junior golf, amateur golf I wanted to definitely talk to them and learn as much as I can.”

” I don’t want to sit back and wish I would have asked or would have known.  I want to be proactive about it, so that’s definitely helped.”

” I went to the pro-am party with Alison and just trying to meet as many people as I can and make myself as comfortable as possible out here.”

Needless to say that this tournament is going to tough to sort out, unless someone puts in a really low round tomorrow.

LPGA. Kia Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the leaderboard at the end of day 1 at the Kia Classic, at Aviara Golf Club in California.Paula Creamer

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Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe both carded first round scores of -5 under par 67, on the Aviara Golf Club course, to lead the Kia Classic by just one shot.

Paula said teeing off early is an advantage;

” That’s what this golf course is about is starting early and taking those advantages, and the closer you hit it, too, the easier it is, but they’re pretty soft still. You know, they released a little bit today, but hopefully they won’t put too much water on it this afternoon and going into tomorrow and especially into Sunday.”

“I played pretty solid, I had one bogey, but I gave myself a bunch of opportunities, and you know, putted really well, made some good 2‑putts. And I think it’s an advantage playing early in the morning, and I wanted to take that advantage and try and get as many birdies, but eliminate the bogeys.”

“I missed a couple of fairways out there, which is not really normal for me. I normally hit a lot of fairways and greens, and I missed a couple in the rough. And you know, I’m going to definitely go hit some balls to fix that.”

Mariajo was playing in the second to last group of the day and finished just before sun set at 7:30 p.m.  She spoke about slow play and the rush to finish, and not having to return the next day to complete the round;

” It was just a rush at the end. You don’t want to come at 5 AM to warm up and play one hole. But we were trying to do it as fast as we could and we were always waiting, but I just tried to stay calm and it had affected me in the past and I am glad it didn’t today.”

“I took advantage of the first couple of holes where the greens weren’t that bad. I made four birdies on the first five holes and just took it from there. Stayed pretty calm, we were playing pretty slow out there so, just a lot of time down, didn’t really think about it that much.”

In a close contest today there are four players tied in second spot, all on -4 under par, after opening rounds of 68. Cristi Kerr, Shanshan Feng, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, and Mi Hyang Lee are all comfortably sitting just one shot back on the day.

Inbee Park, the Rolex #1 opened with a -3 under par 69 today, tied in seventh place with four other players. Inbee is playing well but her putting leaves a lot to be desired;

“Today was like the day I could have gone ten under, but still in the 60’s, that’s all right. Three more days, keep the ball striking like this this week and next week and I think I will be good. I missed a lot within ten feet today. Missed probably seven, right of them and I just haven’ t been putting that well the last few weeks.”

HSBC Women’s Champions. Pink Panther Paula Creams It In Play-off

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The Pink Panther Paula creams it in a dramatic play-off at the HSBC Womens Champions, Sentosa Country Club, Serapong Course

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Paula Creamer made a 75 foot putt for an Eagle 3 at the second play-off hole, the par five 18th to win the HSBC Women’s Champions title in fine style.  The much needed victory breaks a 79 event winless streak for Paula that went back to the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open Championship;

“It might be one of my favorite wins, and that’s going; taking a pretty big leap right there. But you know, it’s been almost three years and you know, so much has happened, It has been coming and it just shows you perseverance. That’s why I love the game. I work hard for this reason. And holding that trophy, gosh, it was so nice.” 

“I guess I’ve come close and playoff with Jiyai and wasn’t going to go play it eight times and come back the next day, that’s for sure. Aza has been playing great and I knew she was not going to make a mistake, and I knew someone was going to have to make a birdie. It’s a tough pin placement and decided to lay up in the second time in the playoff. I had a number and I trusted it, but you know, it’s one of those things that, would you do it again, would you not; of course I would do what I did.”

Both Paula and Aza Munoz had finished the competition tied at -10 under par, and headed off to the play-off. Karrie Webb, who for most of the day looked a certain winner, came apart on the back nine, throwing away what should have been an easy victory. Karrie finished on -9 under par after her final round of +2 over par 74, which killed off any hopes she must have had to win here.

Aza was happy to be in contention, and just marveled at the long putt;

  ” It was exciting.  For starters I didn’t think I was going to give myself the chance to be in the playoff, so just being there, I was really happy to be in contention again, and you know, it’s always fun. That putt, it’s pretty much impossible to putt it and to hold it, so nothing you can do about, just congratulate her. You know, I know what I’ve been working on is working, so just keep doing the same thing.  Obviously gives me a lot of confidence and hopefully I keep playing like this.”

Karrie blamed her decision making, especially on the 16th;

“Just not a lot of good decisions, I mean, bad swing on 15 but, just bad decisions. I shouldn’t have probably hit 3-wood off 16 just because I missed with that club for some reason this week. I’ve had that club in my bag for ten years and it’s going left, so might need to look at a different 3-wood I think. Just shouldn’t have hit 3-wood off there but I made a good par.” 

“Two weeks ago I handled the pressure well and made very good decisions coming down the stretch and I made all the putts I needed to make. It just sometimes just go your way. Doesn’t feel great at the moment. There’s lessons to be learned from the decisions made. Even if you learn those lessons, sometimes you’re going to repeat in that situation. I’ve doubled the last to lose a tournament to Se Ri Pak before. You know, it’s happened to me before. It’s not the first time.”

 

LPGA. HSBC Women’s Champions. Karrie Keeps Ahead on Day1

dragon logo darkHSBCWomensChampions_188x84 Karrie Webb got off to a solid start in Singapore this week shooting a first round  -6 under par 66 to take the first-round lead at the HSBC Women’s Champions, on the Sentosa Country Club, Serapong Course.

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Karrie  carded four of her six birdies in the first six holes, which set the tone for her;

” Definitely set the tone and I think for me, anyway, on this course, I find it quite tricky to trust where you’ve got to hit it off the tee, and it leaves some challenging iron shots in from some long distances out on the par fours. For me, getting off to a good start really allowed me to settle in and trust my game plan for the rest of the day.”

” I’m definitely at a stage in my life where those things will happen on their own if I play well. You know, 15 years ago, I would have been waking up every morning and wondering or working towards whatever it took to be No. 1.”

Paula Creamer and Caroline Hedwall shared second place at  -5 under par. Paula said she had played well;

” I played well, I didn’t hit the ball that great on the back side, but made some birdies, and you know, I really enjoy this golf course.  It just fits my game really well and I love how it’s playing really windy, makes it just so much tougher. You have to really think a lot out here and that kind of has always been Colin, my caddie and I’s strong suit.  It does, it matches well.  Having a good tournament here last year is always nice coming into it, and you feel good, you feel good about the golf course.”

World No. 1 Inbee Park shot a – 2under par 70 while No. 2 Suzann Pettersen is tied for 12th after a -1 under par 71.

Inbee is sticking to her strategy;

” I think my strategy today going into the greens was really good, so I’m not going to change my ball-striking plan. I’m just going to try to read the greens a little bit more carefully.  They seem to not have much break.”

All the usual suspects are there so it will be interesting to see how things pan out in the second round.