Manulife, LPGA Classic. Suzann Scoops Trophy.

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Suzann Pettersen scoops the Manulife LPGA Classic, at – 21 under par, and a comfortable three shot victory.

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Suzann started the day with two bogey’s, but steadied the ship to card a -3 under par 69 final round to win the Manulife LPGA Classic at -22 under parShe thought today was a tough round, but managed to finish strongly;

“I felt it was tougher today, for me, some stupid mistakes early on but I kept digging deep and finished strong and I feel like I played really good golf this week.”

“I made a good birdie on 8, backed it up with a tap in birdie on 9 and hit a great 4 iron to 10 and kind of felt like that set the pace a little bit.”

“Eagled 12, it was a little bit of a game changer.  I knew the scores were not as low as it has been early in the week, but I was still trying to get to my number.  I didn’t get there but it was good enough.”

“I actually thought I was two or three clear standing on 17. I was asked if I knew where I was and I said no.”

” They said you need a couple more birdies.  I think that made 17 a little easier because I thought I had much more of a cushion.
“Brittany had finished so strong.  Very happy with the way I played and the way I handled myself.” 

“I felt I played some really good golf this week, I was pretty flawless through three rounds and broke that effort pretty quickly with a couple of bogeys, but I managed to get my head together and play some good golf.”

“I played aggressive, and it was a good day on the golf course.”

” So I’m really excited for next week and it’s nice to be back.”

Brittany Lang finished in second place at -21 under par, just one shot adrift, a final round -7 under par 65 not good enough to catch the leader;

“Yeah, feel great.  I got a little nervous towards the back nine.”

“I played great all week and I really was in control of my shots and my emotions towards the end, so it’s all you can ask for, to be clutch and make birdies, so very proud.”

Mariajo Uribe claimed third place, a last round even par 72, was not what she was looking for, she tweeted;

“Happy with my performance  got to keep working hard.”

Inbee Park finished at -13 under par, ahead of Lydia Ko -10 under par, but Lydia keeps her number one spot by a slim margin.



Valspar Championship. Brendon De Jonge Leads at Half-Way.

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Brendon De Jonge leads at the half-way point in the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook in Florida.

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Brendon carded a second round -2 under pat 69 at the Valspar Championship to sit on top of the leaderboard at -6 under par for the championship.

He was pleased with his performance so far, and hopes it will last for the four rounds;

“Very pleased, feel like my game is in good shape at the moment. Putting four rounds together.”

” I made a soft bogey on No. 6 after driving it perfectly. Terrible tee shot on 7. Got lucky to have a shot. Made a long putt.”

“I made a 50-footer over there on No. 7 and No. 9 was playing straight downwind, so you could get pretty aggressive there.”

“It’s just a fickle course. You don’t want to get too exotic. If the wind blows, it’s tough. Blowing all afternoon. We definitely got a break. We had nine holes out there. Interested to see what happens.”

“Trying to get as far away from golf as I can this afternoon.”

There are five players tied in second place on the Copperhead course, with Jordan Spieth leading the way, carding the low round of the day, -4 under par 67, to post a tournament total of -5 under par.

Joining him on that score are, Henrik Stenson, the highest world ranking player in the field, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman and Derek Ernst.

Derek looked for while that he might open up quite a gap from the field, he got to -7 under par, but gathered five bogey’s against his six birdies for a final round of -1 under par 70. He said winning is what it is all about;

“Yeah, you know, that’s what we strive for everyday.”

“We’re not coming out here to not play good.  We’re trying to come out here and win a golf tournament.  That’s what it’s all about.” 

“I put myself in that frame of mind coming into the week and as you think so you become.  That’s what’s happening right now.”

“Sometimes when you get focused and get in the zone it’s fun, almost like it’s unreal.”

There are a whole host of players at -4 under par for the championship, including Ian Poulter and Ricky Barnes.

Ricky, one of the longer hitters on Tour, had a double-bogey on a par 5, the 605-yard fifth hole, and said he really needs to avoid the doubles;

“One bad shot and kind of had to play down another fairway. Really had no other option. If I had another option I probably would have chipped out, gone that way.”

“You know, like I said yesterday, if you only have one bogey around this course you’re going to do OK.”

“I just had one bogey again today. Got to eliminate the doubles.”



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Two ladies are tied at the top of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic leaderboard, Stacy Lewis and Mi Jung Hur, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill ,Senator Course.

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Stacy and Mi Jung both carded first rounds of -8 under par 64 at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, to take a one shot advantage into the second round. Stacy finished strongly  with a birdie barrage on the back nine, sinking birdie putts on five of her last six holes, including her last three;

Even if I don’t finish that way, it was a good round, but definitely nice to birdie the last three,”

“I played really solid last week, and the scores just didn’t really show how I played. So I felt like things were coming along and getting closer and it showed out there.”

“I hit my wedges a lot better, which is always a good sign for me. When my wedges get back on track that usually gets the entire swing back going in the right direction.”

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Mi Jung reported she was playing well and was pleased to be bogey free on the first round, and would like to stay bogey free for the rest of the week;

“It was awesome to be bogey free. That was my goal for today and I made it. My shots were really working good and also my putter was very good, so everything was perfect for the round.”

“I feel so much comfortable after I did the top-10 in Portland, I think my confidence, it made me feel better and better.”

“I just got in the Asia tournament after I finished third in Evian. I didn’t expect it but I really excited to play Asia, I want to keep this momentum to Asia so I have to play good here.”

“I will set my goal for bogey-free for a whole week, so hopefully I can make it.”

Paula Reto, from South Africa is in third place alone on -7 under par following her first round effort of 65. After a shaky start to her LPGA career Paula is now feeling more comfortable with life;

“The first couple tournaments I was just really nervous, you know, trying to find myself pretty much out here. Everything just kind of fit in the last couple of tournaments and obviously being more comfortable where I’m at.”

“Better relationship with my caddie and I on the course, what we need to do, game plans. Sticking to things and just committing to stuff.”

“It’s important obviously but I’m not trying to think about it too much. If it goes either way I’m going to be happy. I’m just going to have fun out here and just do the best I can and I’m glad I’m playing a little bit better now than before.”

It is all pretty tight at the top end of the leaderboard, but maybe tomorrow it will settle down a bit and we will have a clearer picture of who is really in form here.


W.G.C. Bridgestone Invitational. Sergio Survives Soggy Saturday

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Sergio Garcia survived a soggy Saturday at the Firestone Country Club in the third round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, maintaining his position at the top of the leaderboard. The round included a three-hour delay due to thunderstorms.


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Sergio cared a -3 under par 67 to keep his place at the top of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational with a -14 under par tournament total, a three shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. That lead is over Rory McIlroy, who Sergio tried to chase down last at Royal Liverpool. This time it will be Rory doing the chasing, and Sergio is looking forward to the challenge, he also spoke about the good par he made on 18 today;

“Obviously, Rory is playing great, and we get along nicely as of right now, I think we’re both excited about it. We’re definitely going to play hard. It will be nice to see if I can do the same thing he did to me a couple of weeks ago. So we’ll see.”

“The one on 18 is the one that felt the best, because it was probably the toughest to make par. Where I hit it, I couldn’t really do much more than that and hope to make a good two-putt.”

Rory birdied the final two holes today to reduce the arrears, with a -11 under par total;

” My goal today was to try and get in the final group, Sergio didn’t quite have that luxury of seeing what I was doing on the last. It will be nice to play alongside him tomorrow and at least keep an eye on what’s going on. “

“Try to apply a bit of pressure when I can, but just really looking forward to getting in there and having another chance to win a tournament so soon after what happened at Hoylake.”

It would be wrong to assume this is just a two-horse race, Marc Leishman posted a -2 under par a 68 and was five shots behind at -9 under, in third spot alone.

Adam Scott returned from the three-hour rain delay carrying only his long putter, the only weapon he needed to convert one last birdie for a -5 under par 65 that at least left him with a slim chance. He is six shots behind the leader, sharing fourth place with Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose all at -8 under par.

Defending champion Tiger Woods made only one birdie on Saturday, and he also failed to birdie a par 5 for the second straight day, shooting +2 over par 72, 15 shots behind.

Scottish Open. Rory Roars into the Lead

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Rory McIlroy roars into the lead at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen.

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Rory recorded a course record at Royal Aberdeen, shooting a first round -7 under par 64, he reported that everything was on from the word go. He even drove the 13th green, while Ian Poulter was still on it;

“Everything was pretty much on. I controlled my ball flight really well which is the key to me playing well in these conditions and on these courses.”

“I’ve been working the last ten days on keeping the ball down, hitting easy shots and taking spin off  it and I went out there today and really trusted what I practiced.”

“I’m driving the ball really well and I feel if I can get driver in my hand and have an advantage on the field I should do it. Going out this morning in these conditions I thought anything in the 60s would be a good score so to shoot something better than that is pleasing.”

“I told Poulter it was a three-wood but it was a driver. He was on the green trying to flex his muscles. I’ve got off to a lot of good starts and tended to fall away. Hopefully that won’t be the case this week.”

“It’s more mental than anything but I am really comfortable with my game at the minute.”

There are two players tied in second place at -6 under par after opening rounds of 65, they are Kristoffer Broberg and Ricardo Gonzalez.

Ricardo is happy with his team Argentina reaching the World Cup finals, and also having his son on his bag;

“I think it’s one of the best rounds of this year and that’s why I’m very happy now. To make 65 on that wonderful course, with my son on the bag, that’s great.”

“I enjoyed the match and maybe this is the key to play well, to relax and enjoy the day. I would like Argentina to win the World Cup and also if I can win here it would be amazing. It’s my dream.”

Defending Champion Phil Mickelson was four shots off the lead after an opening round of -3 under par  68, that featured an Eagle, two birdies and a solitary bogey caused by a three putt on the 18th green.

Alstom Open de France. Kevin Stadler Leads on Day 1

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American Kevin Stadler leads the Alstom Open de France on day 1 at Le Golf National in Paris.

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Kevin put together an opening round of -7 under par 64 to lead the French Open in Paris by one shot. He was delighted by his bogey free opener;

“It’s one of my best rounds of the year for sure, to not make a bogey out there is something I didn’t think was possible when I first played it. It’s instantly one of my favourite courses ever, I thought it was spectacular from hole one to the end.”

“They talk about the last four holes but they are doing a discredit to the previous 14. I have always wanted to come over here, the guys in the US tell me it’s one of the best events of the year and it has not let me down. It has been fantastic.”

Close behind after a first round -6 under par 65 is Marcel Siem from Germany, who is just that one shot back. What is interesting is that Germany play France in the World Cup in Brazil this weekend, and it will interesting to see who comes out on top here in Paris between these two golfers.

Marcel admitted he was tired, was feeling the effects of coping with his enlarged family, having recently welcomed his second child into the world. He was also happy that the putts had started to drop for him;

“I was really tired , I can’t wait to go to bed. I said that to my caddie on the third hole, I need to get my batteries loaded up.”

“I always enjoy coming back here, I love the track and had a good start this morning. The putts finally started dropping, last week my putting was horrible, so I am really pleased.”

Stephen Gallacher is in third place, he shot -5 under par 66 in the first round, he actually played his first 14 holes in seven under par, before the wheels came off. Stephen is hoping to qualify for the Ryder Cup;

” I’m trying not to be too outcome-orientated, just think of what I’m doing on the course and hopefully it’s good enough.”

“I missed a putt to go eight under and didn’t do too much wrong on the last couple of holes, but that’s what this course can do. I’ll still take two shots better than my previous best in this event.”

The defending champion Graeme McDowell was six shots off the lead after a first round of -1 under par 70, while his playing partner and US Open Champion Martin Kaymer only managed  to card a +1 over par 72.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Stacy Lewis Lifts the Trophy,

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Stacy Lewis lifts the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship trophy.

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Hometown girl Stacy shot a final  round of -6 under par 65 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship by just one shot at -12 under par. She remarked about being on edge, but loved the way the crowd cheered her on;

“I think a little bit of 18 was relief that it was done because I was so stressed out all day and so on edge just wanting to pull every shot off. But then it was just excitement to hear the crowd react the way they did and just the people just to go nuts. “

“I mean, that’s why I play. I play to get in the heat of the battle, to have that chance to win at the end. That’s why I play. And I want to see where my game is at that point because that’s the ultimate test, because if you can pull it off when the tournament is on the line, you know you’re doing some good things just to pull off those shots.”

Stacy had started the day four shots off the lead of  Michelle Wie, she responded by carding seven birdies against one bogey in her charge to the front;

“Actually I didn’t really know much. I knew when I made the turn obviously I was a few behind. Then coming down to 15 a fan actually yelled like, ‘You’re one behind,’ or something like that and I didn’t know where I stood at that point. So I got an assist there. But then I came off of 17, I saw that Lydia made birdie on 18, so I was glad that I had one more hole to play, I had a chance. I knew if I could birdie 18 and get in the clubhouse that would be a pretty good number.”

“These wins, they don’t get easier, you look at the names on that leaderboard, some great, great players. Lydia I think shot 65 today, Cristie played well. I mean, it doesn’t get any easier. But it’s also fun, it makes me work harder, it makes me want to be better and I think it’s good for everybody.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par were Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford. Lydia remarked that Stacy is playing great golf;

“She’s playing some awesome golf. she’s I think one of the most consistent players out on the tour right now. She’s having consistent top tens, like Michelle and I think it’s great that we’re playing in her hometown, and the best thing is she’s World No. 1 and they’re proud to say it.”

Cristie was ruing some missed chances;

 “I mean, I had my chances.  I just didn’t hit a good wedge shot. I actually didn’t hit a couple good wedge shots today and you’ve got to get the ball to the hole if you want it to go in, so I just left a couple short coming in.”

Angela said she had been putting pretty well, and she had enjoyed her tournament;

 “It was very steady, so that was good.  I hit it good all week, and more importantly I was putting well.  I think it’s more fun when you putt good.  So 13 and 14 I’ve had a tough time with for a long time, so they got me again, but it was a good week.”

” I love this place.  I love the community, the sponsors, Walmart, P&G, Pinnacle.  I mean, the whole place embraces us and it’s awesome, so it’s a good week.”

Michelle Wie had a final round +2 over par 73, tied in 8th place.