HSBC Women’s World Championship. Michelle Wie Wins.

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Michelle Wie, USA, wins the HSBC Women’s World Championship at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

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A final round -7 under par 65 gave Michelle the title at the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a total of -17 under par, a one shot winning margin;

“I wanted really badly to win, especially after what happened last year.”

“I had some unfinished business here.”

“I’m so proud of me and my caddie and my entire team, it’s been a long time since I’ve been up here, so it feels pretty good. It feels great.” 

Sharing second place at -16 under par were,  Danielle Kang, USA, -2 under 70 today, Nelly KordaUSA, -1 under 71, Brooke Henderson, Canada,-5 under 67, and Jenny Shin, South Korea with a final round -7 under par 65.

Nelly wanted to emulate her sister’s win last week, but the putter did not work;

“I definitely fought till the end. That’s definitely 100 percent true.”

“But I mean, sometimes it just doesn’t work out, but I’m proud of myself for fighting till the end.”

“I had a bunch of putts that were really close and a lot of them lipped and burned edges. It definitely hurts, but that’s golf.”

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HSBC Women’s World Championship. Nelly Korda Cruising.

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Nelly Korda, USA, is cruising at the top of the HSBC Women’s World Championship leaderboard at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

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19 year-old Nelly posted a third round -7 under par 65 to lead the  HSBC Women’s World Championship by one shot with a -15 under par tournament total;

 “I was hitting the correct shots.”

“I was aggressive when I needed to be, so I’m just happy with the way it ended and really looking forward to tomorrow.”

“There are a bunch of great girls on top of the leaderboard, they are going to be making a lot of birdies, so I’m going to have to stay patient and see where the round takes me.” 

Nelly also spoke about her sister Jess, who won last week;

“She’s had a very tough off-season with her surgery and just to come out her first week and win and completely crush everyone, it’s very inspiring.”

“It definitely motivated me a bit more.”

Danielle Kang is in second place at -14 under par, and recorded her first bogey’s of the tournament, two in her last four holes, in a -2 under par round of 70;

“I didn’t want to finish on a bogey but it was a really unlucky lie on the fairway, got plugged in the bunker.”

“But I gave myself a really good par chance and I ended up one shot behind the lead.”

“Got 18 more holes to play and that’s a lot of golf.” 

“I’ve got a couple good friends up there on the leaderboard, so it’s exciting.”

“Hopefully get a good pairing going and it’s going to be an exciting day tomorrow.”

Brooke Henderson, Canada, -7 under 65, shares third place with Minjee Lee of Australia, -4 under 68 today, both ladies at -11 under par.

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HSBC Women’s World Championship. Danielle Kang Cruising at the Top

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Danielle Kang, USA, is cruising at the top of the HSBC Women’s World Championship after tying the course record at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

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Danielle carded a second round -8 under 64 to lead the HSBC Women’s World Championship after 36 holes with a -12 under par total, and being bogey free for the tournament, giving her a four shot advantage going into the week-end.

Danielle is playing and putting well;

“The game is coming easy right now.”

“I’m more focused on being present and just hitting the shots.”

“I’m hitting it well, rolling the putter well.”

“So I’m not really worried about the results of how those shots come out. It feels like just a cruising day. Just hit fairways, greens and have a run for a birdie.” 

Sharing second place at -8 under are Nelly Korda, -6 under 66 today and Marina Alex, -5 under 67, both ladies are from the USA.

Marina is also having a good time with the putter;

“Even though the ball-striking wasn’t as good as I would have liked it to be, the putter is rolling all right.”

“It’s the best players in the world, you have to keep making birdie after birdie and see where it puts you.”

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Singapore Open. Song Wins Weather Delayed Tournament.

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Younghan Song wins a weather delayed Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club.

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Younghan won the Singapore Open with a -1 under par final round of 70, for a -12 under par tournament total, in this much maligned, weather affected competition. He thought long and hard about the par putt he had to make the next morning after being called off the course the night before;

“That one night felt like a week! It was crazy. I couldn’t sleep and I was constantly thinking about putting throughout the night.”

“I read the line well on 16 and just maintained my composure on 17 and 18. I knew the title was for me to lose as long as I don’t make any silly mistakes.”

“Looking back, I think the suspension helped as the winds were starting to blow hard yesterday and that might have made a difference.”

World #1 Jordan Spieth finished in second place at -11 under par. He too had to come back in the morning, facing a birdie on 18, which might have got him into a play-off, he made the putt, which put the pressure on, but to no avail;

“I went to the putting green to practice early in the morning as I knew I had to get that birdie to force a play-off.”

“It was nerve-racking and I was happy I managed to stroke the ball well and it went in.”

“I made some poor decisions in the middle two rounds as I was trying to do a little too much. But overall, it has been a great experience and I had a really good time here.”

Liang Wen-chong, from China finished third, at -10 under par, a last round -2 under 69 not enough to get him into a play-off.

Miguel Tabeuna shared fourth place with Shintaro Kobayashi, both at -9 under par. Miguel spoke his first ever Monday finish;

“This is my first ever Monday finish. It has been a really long week.”

“It was tiring, mentally and physically. But I’m happy with my results. It’s a great start to the season.”

 

Singapore Open. The Weather Wins Again, 4th Round suspended

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Play was suspended in the 4th round of the Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club, with Younghan Song at the top of the leaderboard.

With five of the top players on the leaderboard, including Jordan Spieth, still to finish their last rounds, the final result is still in the balance.

 

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Younghan  has three holes left to play, and at -12 under par for the tournament the victory is almost in his grasp.

He currently has a two shot lead over Liang Wen-chong, who has completed all four rounds, and world number one Jordan Spieth, who just has one hole left, both of these players on -10 under.

Jordan was suffering from a poor putting performance.

Liang Wen-chong also reported that his putting let him down;

“I three-putted on 12 and that was a very costly bogey.”

“But I also missed several makeable birdie opportunities and I’m regretting it now.”

“But overall, a 10-under score is still very respectable especially on this golf course. I’ve played well at this course on numerous occasions.”

“Although I’ve yet to win here, it’s still a course that suits my game and hopefully I can get the job done the next time.”

“This is a very important year especially with the Olympics coming up and every mainland Chinese player is working hard so that they can make it to Rio and represent China.”

I must say that with the Zika epidemic sweeping through Brasil, I would not be too keen to qualify for the Olympics there.

Singapore Open. More Delays

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Liang Wen-chong overcame fatigue to top the Singapore Open leaderboard, before play was stopped once again.

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Liang topped the Singapore Open leaderboard before darkness halted the proceedings at  Sentosa Golf Club, he had played 31 holes on the day.

The first two rounds of this competition had been plagued by bad weather, leading to lengthy delays, and now the third and fourth rounds will be completed tomorrow.

Liang spoke of his marathon day;

“I played 31 holes today and to be honest, I was feeling tired towards the end of the round.”

“I’m happy I managed to birdie 16 and 18 coming in as those birdies gave me that much-needed confidence boost for tomorrow.”

“I started off really well with three birdies in first four holes but dropped a bogey on the fifth.:

“After that, I couldn’t find those birdie opportunities and was glad they finally came again on 16 and 18. I’ll try my best tomorrow.”

Younghan Song completed his second round on Friday and did not appreciate the long wait;

“It did not help me that much not having played this morning as I had to wait about a long time for my tee off.”

 “I have had many second place finishes in Japan and Korea but I do not think that will affect me mentally tomorrow.”

“It would be great to win here and that’s my aim.”

Hopefully this confusing tournament will be completed tomorrow, at the moment just about anyone could win, if the weather improves.

I look forward to the final results.

LPGA, HSBC Women’s Champions. Stacy Lewis Wins

 

 

 

 

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On the LPGA Tour, Stacy Lewis returned to her winning ways at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore at the Sentosa Golf Club, with a -15 under par scoreThe Rolex Player of the Year held on to win her first Victory of the 2013 season, a one shot win over Na Yeon Choi, at -14 under par. The final few holes were a tough stretch for Stacy as she watched her three shot lead evaporate to just one as she stood on the 18th tee at the  The Serapong Course. Stacy had unfortunately bogyed 15 and 17, but managed to hang on with a par at the last following a great drive and a second onto the green at the par five, both eagle and birdie putts missed, but pat was good enough for the Title.

Stacy said afterwards that she had played the last all week as a three shot hole;

“All week, I played it as a three-shot hole, laying back short of the bunker and then laying up from there. And I saw where Paula Creamer hit her drive past the bunker and I turned to my caddie, and we both at the same time said driver, and I let it rip and that thing got so far down there.  I think I was actually in between a 4-iron and a hybrid. So we erred on the long side and hit hybrid up on the green, and I thought I made my second putt, but just to have an inside ten feet for birdie, that’s all I was asking for. The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I’m not going to lie, that golf course is hard and it can jump up and get you at any second, and to have to play with two great players on your tail all day, and they played unbelievable, and none of us really, we just couldn’t get any putts to fall on the back nine.  I don’t know what it was.  Edges just seemed a little bit tighter.  Paula had a couple on the edge. I don’t know, I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could, and fortunately I came away with the win.”

Stacy is projected to move back into the No. 3 spot in the Rolex Rankings, but both she and Na Yeon Choi can now see Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng is within reach.

Yani thinks it is more fun now they are closer;

 “I think this is more fun than like only one player play well, like clear-cut, because there is not really a clear-cut No. 1 right now. I think everybody, you know, is a good competitor with each other and motivate each other, and if someone wins, and I feel like, oh, I need to win next week, that kind of motivates.  So, I feel like very excited.”

Paula Creamer finished in third place, at -13 under par, a fine effort  following a horrible car accident she was involved in on Sunday night in Thailand.

Paula was more than happy with her placing;

Geez, this is much more than what I ever expected, and to have a chance and really have a good chance to win this event, it felt good. It was nice to be in contention and have just a good attitude out there.  I think that’s the biggest thing that I take away from this week.”