CP Women’s Open. Rookie Sung Hyun Park Wins.

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Rookie Sung Hyun Park, from South Korea, wins the CP Women’s Open at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club in Canada.

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Sung Hyun Park won the CP Women’s Open carding a bogey free -7 under par 64 final round, posting a total of -13 under par, a two shot winning margin;

“I think it was a perfect game today, there were no mistakes today, and I think it was perfect.”

“Because I am a rookie, I don’t really worry about every shot. I just did every shot with confidence. My confidence made me do well this year.”

Mirim Lee, also from South Korea, finished in second place at -11 under par, her last round -3 under 68 was compiled with 2 Eagles, 2 birdies and 3 bogey’s.

Shanshan Feng, China, Marina Alex and Cristie Kerr, USA, In Gee Chun, South Korea, and Nicole Broch Larsen from Denmark were all in the five-way tie for third place, at -10 under par.

Marina enjoyed her best ever placing on the LPGA Tour;

“I thought the overall set-up was great, I thought they set the course up perfect today.”

In Gee enjoyed the good support from the Canadian spectators;

“I really enjoyed this week. Today is Sunday, so a lot of spectators come out here.”

“I really like their support for the players. I really appreciate it.”

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CP Women’s Open. Marina Alex Leads.

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Marina Alex leads the  CP Women’s Open after the first round at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club in Canada.

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Marina, USA carded a CP Women’s Open opening round of -5 under par 66, to lead the tournament by one shot, saying she liked the greens here, which helped her to some unbelievable putting;

“They were rolling unbelievably well. Really quick.”

“The nice thing is they’re still a bit soft, so the shots are holding into the greens, so it kind of makes for a good combo.”

“You can hit shots in there pretty tight, and then you have really nice pace to hold them.” 

“I putted unbelievably well today. I rolled it so good.”

“So I hope I can just carry that into the next couple days and just tidy up the ball-striking a little bit.”

Sharing second place at -4 under par are In Gee Chun, South Korea, and Holly Clyburn of England.

In Gee also enjoyed the quick greens;

“The greens are really quick but also the greens are very consistent here, so I really like the fast greens.”

“I really enjoy playing here.”

Holly rolled in a putt at the last;

“I’ve just been waiting for something to drop like that all day, actually.”

“I played solid all day, and that was just a nice present on the last, really.”

“Just missed a few birdie putts out there, and hit a nice five wood in there and holed that putt.” 

Six ladies finished a shot further back at -3 under par,  Shanshan Feng, Sei Young Kim, Pavarisa Yoktuan, Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong, Brittany Lincicome, and Angel Yin

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U.S. Women’s Open. Sung Hyun Park With Maiden Win

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Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, with her maiden LPGA Tour win claims a Major title at the U.S. Women’s Open, at Trump National.

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Sung Hyun should have won the U.S. Women’s Open last year, but found water at the last to miss out on a play-off. This year she made no mistakes in winning her 1st LPGA Title;

“I did not have the best first and second rounds.”

“I wanted to believe in myself again for the final two rounds and I did.”

Amateur Hye Jin Choi, also from South Korea, was in second place at -9 under par, with a final round -1 under 71.

Third place was shared, with South Korea taking out the top four places on the leaderboard. At -7 under were Mi Jung Hur, -4 under 68 today, and So Yeon Ryu, with her last round -2 under 70.

Shanshan Feng, China, was going for a wire to wire win, needed an Eagle at the last, just get into a play-off. The gamble failed, resulting instead in a triple bogey eight, dropping her from second place to T6 at -6 under, with a last round +3 over 75, blaming poor putting for the lackluster last round;

“I think overall before the last hole I did pretty well, I did a good job hanging in right there because my putting was not really that great.” 

“You know now I look back I should be happy, actually, about my result because coming into this week I had no expectations at all.”

“My last three U.S. Opens I think I missed tow cuts and last year I just made the cut so actually this year is such an improvement. So I think it’s been great.”

Best American in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open was Marina Alex, T 11 at -4 under for the tournament, -2 under 70 today;

“It’s cool, it’s awesome, I’m really glad that the State of New Jersey and the community found it and interesting coming out to watch me and watching women’s golf, being out here. I’m really happy.”

U.S. Women’s Open. Shanshan Stands Firm at the Top.

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Shanshan Feng, of China, stands firm at the top of the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National.

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Shanshan carded a steady -1 under par 71, making 17 pars, and birdie on the last hole, to stay on top of the U.S. Women’s Open, with a -9 under par total;

“I guess finally on the 18th I hit it close enough to make a birdie and give the fans some excitement.”

“Coming to this week, I didn’t have any expectation at all. I just wanted to bring out my A game.”

“And then I think I did really well for the first three days, and I’m going to stick to my game plan tomorrow.”

“I just focus on my own game and let’s see what happens.”

“Want to talk about what I’m wearing tomorrow, I think maybe I’ll bring out the cow pants again.”

Tied in second place, one shot back at -8 under par are 17-year-old amateur Hye-Jin Choi, and Amy Yang, both from South Korea, and they both recorded third rounds of -2 under par 70.

Amy spoke about her shank today, and making her putter work well;

 “It was tough, it was just a little mistake like from the face. It wasn’t a huge mistake. Somehow the lie wasn’t very; like it wasn’t easy to save it.”

“But you know, I stayed patient. I’m still hitting good. I’m still making a lot of putts. So it was a good day.”

Hye-Jin summed up her day;

“I didn’t have the greatest of starts, but I think if I just stay focused and play the game as maybe not necessarily play safe but maybe more aggressively, kind of like how I did, I think I’m going to be okay tomorrow.”

Last week a 14-year-old amateur won on the Ladies European Tour, could it happen again this week here.  The last time an amateur won the U.S. Women’s Open was 50 years ago, when 22-year-old Catherine Lacoste of France lifted the trophy at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.

 

 

U.S. Women’s Open. Shanshan Still Leads,

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Shanshan Feng, China, still leads the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National, on a rainy day. President Trump also put in an appearance, the first time ever a sitting president had been at the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Shanshan carded a second round -2 under 70, to stay ahead of the field at the U.S. Women’s Open, with a -8 under par total. She spoke about playing in the rain;

“I played probably the first nine holes in the rain, but my phone told me it was going to rain all afternoon and I was prepared.”

 “I really didn’t pay attention to the weather and just concentrated on every shot.”

“But I had a lot of five irons and hybrids into par fours  and a three wood on No. 9.”

Sharing second place are three ladies from South Korea, Jeongeun6 Lee, -3 under 69 today, amateur player Hye Jin Choi, -3 under 69, and Amy Yang, -1 under 71,  they are two shots back at -6 under par.

Jeongeun6 Lee has started using a six after her name, because there are five other ladies from South Korea  with the same name;

“The 6 was added to my name because there are six players on the KLPGA with the same name and I was the last one.”

“With the rain, I was able to stop the ball on the green, which made me more comfortable.” 

Angela Stanford, currently at -2 under par, is happy the President is here, she wanted to be a Secret Agent;

“I secretly want to be a Secret Service agent, so I’m kind of hoping to see one at some point.”

“They are hard to find. But it’s pretty cool. You have Secret Service at your major golf tournament.”

 

Meijer LPGA Classic, Brooke Breaks Away from the Field.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, breaks away from the field in the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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Brooke fired a bogey free  opening round -8 under par 63 to top the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard by one shot.

Brooke just knew today was going to be good, even the putts were dropping;

“I felt like today was going to be a really good day.”

“Everything was just kind of going my way.”

“I was hitting the ball really well and some putts were dropping, which is kind of a change from the last few weeks.”

“I made a lot of putts, which is great, and I feel like my game is in a really good place.”

“I’m really looking forward to the next three days and hopefully I can continue the strong play.”

Six ladies are tied in second place at -7 under par after their first rounds of 64: Stacey Lewis, Lexi Thompson. Shanshan Feng, Jennifer Ha, Giulia Molinaro, and Holly Clyburn.

Lexi likes this course;

“This is definitely a great layout for my game.”

Jennifer, from Canada, had a great day with her putter;

“I thought my ball-striking was pretty good today, but my putting, I made most of my chances.”

“I missed the last one on the last hole, but still, seven under is great.”

“I would say putting is very important this week because the greens, some of the greens are pretty hilly so you have to get the right read and the right speed at the same time.”

Newly deposed world number one Lydia Ko is in the group at -6 under par, just two back;

“I think the three weeks were really good to just rest both physically and mentally.”

“There were a lot of things going on, so it was nice to just get away from it.”

“But I did miss it and it’s definitely nice to be able to come back.”

 

Manulife LPGA Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Manulife LPGA Classic leaderboard, Suzann Pettersen and Mi Hyang Lee share the first day honors in Canada.

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Mi Hyang, South Korea and Suzann, Norway, both carded opening rounds of -8 under par 64 to lead the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.

Suzann was very happy with the conditions today;

“We woke up this morning to perfect conditions. You can fire at pins and get to par fives, which is fun.”

“I think it’s the best way to set up a golf course and get low scores. I’m very happy with the opening round I played.”

Mi Hyang likes this course, it suits her style of play

“I think it’s a good match to my golf, I think just a great golf course and great condition.”

“A little softer than last year so getting a longer distance. Greens are good and everything else is good.”

Three ladies are tied in third place, one shot behind at -7 under par, Shanshan Feng, ChinaLaura Gonzalez Escallon, Belgium and Hyo Joo KIm, South Korea.

Shanshan was also very happy with her effort today;

“I’m really happy about what I did today.”

Best placed Canadian lady is Alena Sharp, in a tie for sixth place after her first round -6 under par 66, with a good day with the putter;

“It was steady all day.”

“Just made a lot of key putts today and that kept me going.”

“I made a lot of six to ten footers, which is what I’ve been working on so it’s nice to see the results come early in the tournament.”