Ladies Scottish Open. Mi Hyang Lee Wins, from 9 Back.

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Mi Hyang Lee, from South Korea, won the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, starting the day 9 shots back from the leaders at Dundonald Links.

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Mi Hyang shot a final round -6 under par 66, to post a club-house  -6 under total, which was good enough to win the Ladies Scottish Open, with good putting being the key to victory;

“It was a really surprise for me, and then just my front nine is amazing, and then I think I got a good start from my first hole.”

“Then just my back nine is a little up-and-down, but I made a lot of putts.”

“I made a lot of good putts and then a good chip shot, too. Just I think hole-by-hole, simple.”

Mi Jung Hur, -6 under 66, and also from South Korea, finished tied in second place, at -5 under par, with longtime tournament leader Karrie Webb, from Australia, a sad last round +1 over par 73.

Karrie looked a certainty for the win after an Eagle at the par five 14th, then disaster struck, dropping three shots in two holes, the 17th was a nightmare;

“Very gutted, I was on a high, making the eagle, and then I had a very nice up-and-down on the next.”

“I bent down, picked my tee up, thought I hit a perfect drive there.”

“When I stood up, I went to tell Johnny that I absolutely knotted my three wood, exactly how I wanted and he said it kicked into the bunker.”

“I have no idea how it did that.”

“Obviously there were nerves there, but there was a good calmness there.”

“Well, my bunker shot, I said to Johnny, I don’t know if I need to hole this or get it up-and-down.”

“Imagine if you went for it and over played it and you only had to get it up-and-down.”

“I was trying to make it but also not being overly aggressive.”

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Open de France. Paul Waring 1st Round Leader.

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Paul Waring, from England leads the Open de France after the 1st round at Le Golf National. in Paris.

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Due to a serious shoulder injury, Paul had only played 12 rounds of golf in the previous two years, but is paying well this season Today he carded -7 under 64 to lead the first round of the Open de France.

Paul needed only ten putts on his back nine;

“I’m obviously made up, I only hit five fairways which is obscene around here.”

“But I had ten putts on the back nine.”

“Obviously rolled the putter great and gave myself some real chances out there and took them.” 

“You’re always trying to push yourself forward. You’re always trying to move up any sort of rankings, be that Race to Dubai, be that World Rankings.”

“We’ve got a good, strong field again this year, so there’s plenty of World Ranking points available. So I’ve just got to keep pushing myself forward.”

“If we drive it better, we can go really silly but really happy with how it’s gone. If we can just score similar to that, I’ll be more than happy.”

Tied in second place, at -5 under par, two shots back following their opening rounds of 66 are; Thomas Peters, BelgiumAlexander Björk , Sweden, and Nathan Kimsey from England.

Tommy Fleetwood, England is sharing fourth place at -4 under, he is enjoying a stunning season in 2017, winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, finishing second at the WGC – Mexico Championship and then fourth place at the US Open Championship.

Tommy Fleetwood already has six worldwide top-10s in 2017

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He shares that spot with Florian Fritsch, Germany, and Peter Uihlein, USA.


SAFEWAY OPEN. Albatross Starts New Season, As Scott Piercy Leads.

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An Albatross, and a Hole in One, started the new season as Scott Piercy leads the Safeway Open at  Silverado Resort & Spa in California, with a course record score.

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Scott shot an amazing opening round of -10 under par 62 at the Safeway Open, to lead by two strokes.

Last season Scott  finished  37th in the season-long #FedExCup standings but only ranked 156th in strokes gained putting;

“The putter held me back but there was a lot of good.”

“It was pretty easy to see what’s going wrong.”

“When you break it down and say, ‘Alright, there’s a lot of good ball striking; chipping was actually pretty good,’ but the putter kind of fell flat on its face.”

Paul Casey and Patton Kizzire share second place at -8 under par for the tournament, and both bogey free.

Paul did not hit the bottle in the one week lay-off between seasons, he has wants to finish the year with a win, to get to Hawaii and the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions event;

“I didn’t get fully stuck into the wine in the off-season or thinking that I’m done with the year.”

 “I very much looked at it as this is just a two-week break that I would normally have during the season.”

“That’s the goal, if not, then I’ll probably do the Sony Open or something like that. But I’m going to at least get 10 weeks to fully charge it before coming back.”

Morgan Hoffmann made the first Albatross in this tournament’s history when his 251 yard second shot on the par five 18th dropped into the cup, he finished the round at -2 under with  round of 70.

Jon Rahm completed the tournament action,  holing his 7 iron tee shot for an Ace, from 173 yards on the par three 11th;

“First one I ever made in my life, very special moment.”

“It was hard to believe. I actually thought it hit like inside the hole and bounced out, but it stayed in.”




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.