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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

Paula Creamer

The Pink Panther, Paula Creamer / Getty

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.”

 

HSBC Women’s Champions. Karrie Consolidates.

dragon logo dark Karrie Webb consolidates her position at the top of the HSBC Women’s Champions leaderboard at the end of day 3 at Sentosa Country Club, Serapong Course.

Karrie Webb: Shot a 70 to move to 11-under at the Tanah Merah Country Club

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Karrie shot a third round -2 under par 70, for a tournament total of -11 under par, taking a one shot lead into the final round. She said it was a strong finish that gave her round a good look;

“It was a pretty solid round really, I didn’t probably hit it as good as I would have liked but I felt like I had a lot of in between numbers today and I really had trouble a few times picking the right club. So probably more poor decision making rather than bad swing. I only made one bogey out of all of that, and yeah, the front nine had played a little bit easier for me this week and it didn’t play as easy today, but I got through it at even par and you know, I finished off strong the last five holes, which you know, really makes the round look really good.”

“Just even when I was not giving myself a lot of good birdie opportunities early on, I had to tell myself, it’s Saturday and there’s plenty of golf left to be played and just be patient and fortunately I listened to myself for a change.”

Hot on her heels in second place is Angela Stanford, a -3 under par third round of 69 keeps her in contention at -10 under par. She said  it was difficult to keep track of the leaderboard, considering the number of really good players who were making a charge at the top.

“I think you want to finish strong either way, and you know, I think you can look at a leaderboard at this tournament, but it’s just a bunch of people. I mean, so it’s really not worth looking at it. You just know a lot of people are going to be at the top.”

“I think everybody pushes everybody and I don’t think players see it as, Asians or dominating or Europeans or the Americans. That’s the good thing about our tour is we have celebrities from all over the planet it seems like on this tour and I think everybody pushes everybody. I don’t think players see it as they are from so and so. It’s just another player and everybody is trying to beat everybody.”

Azahara Munoz and Teresa Lu are tied in third spot at -8 under par, just three shots off the lead. Azahara  shot the round of the day with her -5 under par 67 and moved into the tie for third, and has given up trying to achieve a great swing;

“I used to work to try to swing a little bit but now I’ve almost given up on it; my swing is my swing. I just try to make it work. Obviously I know I could make it perfect, but I’ve been swinging like this for so many years, so I just try to, with what I have, just click on little things that work for me.” 

“I think last year, I made the mistake of not seeing my coach for like eight, nine months and I was really struggling. At the end of the year I go to see him quite a lot. We were going to make sure we see each other every five, six weeks max. This off season I went home and took a couple weeks off but then I tried to see him at least once a week, even though I wasn’t practicing, at least I wanted to see him; so when I get back to the States because obviously he’s back home. And then he’s been already a couple of times already to Florida to see me, so I think working with him quite a lot consistently has been really helpful.”

HSBC Women’s Champions. Karrie is Cruzin.

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Karrie Webb is cruzin at the HSBC Women’s Champions at the  Sentosa Country Club, Serapong Course, leading by two shots at the half-way stage of the competition.

Karrie Webb: two shots clear after round two of HSBC Women's Champions

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Karrie shot a second round -3 under par 69 for a half-way total of -9 under par, a two shot advantage over Angela Stanford. Caroline Hedwall was keeping pace with Karrie, right up until the par five 18th hole, where Caroline found herself in a difficult position, so difficult that she could not extricate herself from the problem, carding a 7 and dropping back to -4 under par for the tournament.

Apart from a few bad swings Karrie was pleased with her round;

“A few loose swings on the back nine today which didn’t happen yesterday but recovered pretty well from them, only two bogeys and to shoot 3 under, I think I’m pretty happy with that. Anything on the 60s on this golf course is a good day. Thirteen was a pretty soft bogey there, just missed the green there and really wasn’t a difficult up and down and didn’t get it up and down there. Made a good up and down on the next for par, and then I hit it in the water off the tee on 15, so actually made a really good bogey in the end.”

Angela loves Singapore, she won this event last year, when it was played at Tanah Merah Country Club. Angela also signed for a second round of -3 under par 69, and remains in contention, just two shots adrift of the lead at -7 under par;

“I’ve always loved coming to Singapore, the people are so friendly and it’s just a great place to be for the week. And HSBC is obviously an amazing host. It’s just a nice place to be, it’s a great week. I just think it’s whether you’re comfortable, good meals at night. When I’m in the States I control my environment a little more than when we’re here. But they’ve done a great job for us. I guess I can throw in the Air Weave thing. The beds have been great. I didn’t know what to expect but that’s been a lot of fun to get to sleep on that every night.”

In third place at -6 under par is Teresa Lu, who carded a second round -2 under par 70.

Caroline explained what happened on 18;

” It was just a bad lie and I was trying too hard to get it close, I don’t know, it was just one of those moments when you want to walk off the golf course.  I was just playing solid golf and made a couple of birdies. I felt really good about my game today it is just sad that I finished that way with two three putts and then this finish on 18.”

European Tour Money Title for Rory ?

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Rory McIlroy can wrap up the European money title this week if he puts in a good performance at the Singapore Open. All his closest rivals will not be competing, and he already leads the race going into the tournament. Rory has already claimed the U.S. PGA Tour money list, and would love to repeat Luke Donald’s 2011 win on both sides of the Atlantic. Rory said he would like to have a strong finish to the season;

“I’m in the lead at the moment and it would be nice to increase that,” McIlroy said Wednesday, a day before the tournament. “There’s still a lot to play for in the next three weeks and I want to finish off the season as strong as possible.”

His nearest rivals, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, who won last week at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, and Branden Grace, have strangely decided not to compete this week. The field is still going to be a strong one, with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomery, John Daly and Miguel Angel Jimenez all teeing it up for the tournament at the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.

The winners prize cheque this week is $1 million, and Rory will also be playing next week at  the Hong Kong Open, while most of his rivals again will not be competing. Rory did not play at the WGC event last week, because he watched his girlfriend, Caroline Wozniacki, play in a tennis tournament. A poor decision which bought him world-wide criticism, and especially by the golf tournament sponsor. Rory has admitted that the criticism against him was fairly laid.

“I think the criticism is fair. Shenzhen is a World Golf Championship event, one of the big ones. It was a tough one to miss. But I can’t play every week.”

He then went on to say;

”  If I had I would have played five in a row finishing the season and after playing Turkey and Ryder Cup and all the FedEx Cup stuff, it’s just too much. You have to say no and you have to be selfish sometimes and look after yourself, ; it doesn’t make you a bad person. You have got to put yourself first and foremost, and try to fit in the things you want to do. I’m in the fortunate position where I can dictate where I want to play, what I want to do, where I want to go.”

Seems that is what all the youngsters say these days; I do want I want, when I want to do it.

 

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