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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.

ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Amazing Karrie Webb Wins

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In an amazing performance Karrie Webb wins the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at the Victoria Golf Club.

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Karrie carded a -4 under par 68 final round to lift the trophy with a total of -12 under par at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

Karrie said she  had made the best of the windy conditions today and what a difference from the DQ last week;

“I feel very fortunate to have won today. But I liked my chances at the start of the day because of the wind picking up.  If we had another day like we had the first three days, I probably was a little too far back to have a chance, so I was thankful for the weather changing and I played as good as I have in a very long time.”

“I was hitting some quality shots early on and I realised that I’d gotten into that mindset and so I stayed on top of myself to make sure that that’s what I did and never tried to hit a shot.  I just played the shot that the conditions dictated. It’s amazing what happens, what a difference a week makes.  Obviously this time last week I wouldn’t be expecting to be sitting here, so I’m glad things changed around quickly for me.”

Overnight leader Chella Choi was in second place, just one shot off the lead at -11 under par. A drive out of bounds on the second hole was her undoing;

“I went out of bounds on the right hand side and that was a really big problem for me. It was a hard game today. I didn’t like that part but Karrie played so good today.”

Paula Creamer, Lydia Ko and Karine Icher finished tied in  third place at -10 under par.

Teenage sensation Australian Amateur champion Minjee Lee finished in a tie for 11th place, as the leading amateur, after slipping down the leaderboard with a final round of +6 over par 78 in the windy conditions. Karrie heaped praise on the 17-year old from Perth;

“She’s got more talent in her little finger than I ever did at seventeen.  She should hold her head up high.  She’s played very well the last two weeks, probably the best out of anyone consistently the last two weeks.  She should be really proud of herself.  You’ll definitely see a lot more of her.”

ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open.

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Suzann Petterson leads the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the end of day 1 at Victoria Golf Club

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Suzann shot an opening round of -6 under par 66, which gave her a slender one shot lead at the conclusion of the first days play in the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the Victoria Golf Club. She was very pleased with her effort, and was confident about her ability;

“I felt like I played good and gave myself a lot of good chances, putted, for the most part, well.  It was a little bit of a mixture but 66 opening round, I’m very, very happy. I really just want to see how good I can be.  I know I’m good, if I play like I did today and trust my swing and trust what I’m working on. I just want to see how far I can get and I don’t really measure myself up against other players, they’re just my competitors.”

Jaclyn Sweeny and Hee Young Park are tied in second place at -5 under par after their first rounds of 67.

Lovely Lydia Ko is in the huge bunch of ten players at -4 under par, two strokes off the lead. Among those are; Azahara Munoz, Sydnee Michaels, Holly Clyburn and Paula Creamer. The leading Australian ladies are also at -4 under par,  Minjee Lee, the amateur, Karrie Webb and  Sarah-Jane Smith

Lydia was upset at making bogey on a par five;

“It was a really good round.  I made a couple of silly mistakes like making a bogey on eight, which was a par 5.  Most of the time you make a birdie, then a bogey, so I was a little upset about that but then I kind of finished it well with another birdie.”

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.

Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. Jessica Jumps Ahead.

 

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Jessica Korda jumps ahead at the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic  on the Ocean Club Golf Course, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas.

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Jessica leads by one shot at the end of the second round, carding a -7 under par 66  for a tournament total -11 under par, on a very windy day at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Her playing partner for the first two days in the Bahamas was Paula Creamer, who made sure Jessica worked hard for her lead;

Jessica mentioned the wind, and the sudden change of her coach, in her report;

” The winds picked up within 30 minutes of us teeing off. We went from beautiful, sunny, slight wind to cloudy and hurricane wind.  It was a tough day out there.  I mean, a little mentally draining because you really had to put everything into every shot.  Paula kept pushing me because she kept making birdies, so I felt like I needed to keep making birdies, too.”

“It was just time for a change, there was just stuff that wasn’t working. I’ve worked with Grant before, so I was really comfortable going into it, and he’s just super positive, and that’s something that I really needed coming into this year. We’re just working on keeping everything in plane and keeping it really simple to where if something does go wrong on the golf course, I can fix it myself.”

Paula fired a tournament-record -8 under par 65 to elevate her up the leaderboard to be in second place, she trails by just one shot at -10 under par.

She explained how she liked the windy conditions, and what a great support her boyfriend Derek is;

“I love playing in windy conditions, I always have, the more difficult, the better I feel.  We just really stuck to our game plan.  You have to be kind of a feel player out in these kind of situations and trust what you’re doing and committing to your shots, and that’s something that I really worked hard on in the off‑season doing, and it just kind of paid off today.”

“I am in such a great place;  I’m so happy, Derek just makes me want to be better, makes me want to be a better person.  This is my 10th year out here, and it’s just kind of a refreshing new thing.  I needed something to kind of help with things.  It’s always hard, life out on Tour as it is, but now being able to share things other than with my parents and Colin, it’s been very exciting.”

Tied in third place at -9 under par are Michelle Wie and Monday qualifier Jenny Suh. Michelle shooting a second round of -7 under par 66, her strange putting style standing her in good stead, requiring only 28 putts;

“I think I just had a good rest this off‑season. When I came back in January and I picked up my golf clubs, I was really excited to play.  I was so ready to get back into a rhythm.”  

Lydia Ko posted a second round of -3 under par 70, to be tied in fifth place, just three shots off the lead at -8 under par.

Lydia also mentioned the wind and likened it to the conditions at the Swinging Skirts tournament;

” Yeah, I kind of tried to think back to Swinging Skirts where I posted two good rounds there, and yeah, just continue that.  I was putting well, especially the three birdies in a row helped my day.”

 

 

Sime Darby LPGA Malasia, Ilhee Lee Still Top.

Ilhee Lee is still on top of the leaderboard at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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South Korea’s Ilhee Lee continued with her strong play in the second round to maintain a one-shot lead at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia after a -6 under par 65, and a tournament total of -13 under par.

Ilhee said her goal each day was to aim for 3-under and said she has surpassed her own expectations the first two days;

“I tried to do exactly the same thing as yesterday. So my goal was 3 under par today. Then, yeah, I putted good and made more, so it was fun.I did mistakes a lot, actually, I missed shots a little bit, but the putt was good, so I saved a lot.

 Lexi Thompson completed her second round with a -8 under par 63, a round that included seven birdies, an Eagle and one bogey, giving her a tournament total of -12 under par.

Lexi spoke about her focus, and having some teeth pulled out when coming back from a break in Florida;

” It was all about momentum, on the back nine I made a few birdies and then I had that eagle, so I pretty much just had it going my way. I just tried to keep confident out there. Focused on one shot at a time. I actually got my wisdom teeth out the week I got back, so I had to take a whole week off pretty much, but I definitely needed a break. I figured I’d go home, relax and practice up for these last few events of the year. I came into this week feeling ready and just confident about it.”

Shanshan Feng  is in solo third and three shots back at -10 under par.

Shanshan was amused at having the same pairings as the first round, and had a plan to get the same gain in the third round;

“Well, it was kind of interesting because we got the same pairings, exactly same pairings as yesterday. So this morning I saw I.K.’s caddie, Johnny, and we were talking. We say maybe we want to play again tomorrow. So I said let’s meet at 10 under, but I think because Johnny didn’t tell I.K., so she didn’t know. But we still have a chance to play together tomorrow.”

American Paula Creamer and South Korea’s I.K. Kim are at -9 under-par and in a tie for fourth.

Amy Yang set a new tournament record for 18 holes after she finished Friday’s second round with a -9 under par 62 on the East Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Her magical round included 10 birdies and one bogey and was her career-low score by two shots and her best round this season by four strokes. That round jumped Amy from tied 48th at the start of the day into a tie for sixth at -8 under par;

” I would say it was a great round, you know., first of all, it was a great round. But I’ve shot 10 under before, but it was the Mini Tour, but this is my best on the LPGA Tour, and it feels great.”

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Lee Leads.

 Ilhee Lee leads the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on the East Course at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club after the first round.

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South Korea’s Ilhee Lee tied the tournament record and takes the first-round lead after carding a -7 under 64 at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Ilhee who became a Rolex first time winner earlier this season at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, said she had scored better than she had expected;

” My goal was 3 under par every day this week, so I feel like I’m okay for the next couple days, I think.”

Brittany Lang started the day on the back nine and opened with four straight birdies on her first four holes, but a pulled tee shot put her in trouble and she failed to convert on her 30-foot par putt which dropped her one shot back.

Brittany said she thought the putt was in;

” I had a great putt there and thought it was in, I played great. It was a fun day. Just didn’t make too many mistakes, hit the ball fantastic, had a lot of tap in birdies. It was just a very easy day. I think maybe a little bit more Gatorade out there because it gets pretty hot towards the end. I didn’t finish off as strong as I’d like to. So get some rest and just make sure I’m eating and drinking enough out there. I did a really good job, I’ve been swinging at it good but haven’t made too many putts lately. So just trying to commit to my lines today, and really got off to a hot start. I felt really comfortable out there.”

There are four ladies tied in third position at -5 under par, Eun-Hee Ji, Paula Creamer, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff and Beatriz Recari.

Paula came to Kuala Lumpur this week fresh off a three-week break, and is hitting the ball nicely, something to do with new contact lenses;

“I played really well, I hit the ball actually very nicely. I’ve been working on my swing these last couple weeks and taking into the tournament that I was a little unsure about where it was going. But I continued doing what we were working on and it fell through or continued to be strong. You know, there is a lot going on in the middle of our schedule. It was really nice to just get away after Evian and just ship my clubs home with my parents and had a great vacation in Italy. I had two good weeks off. Went and saw the eye doctor and got new contacts. I feel like I can see the world in a different light now.” 

This is another compacted leaderboard and it is shaping up to be a good contest. It will be interesting to see if  Ilhee can follow her record breaking first round with another low score, and put the others under some pressure.

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