Blue Bay LPGA. Back 2 Back Wins For Shanshan.

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Shanshan Feng, completed back 2 back wins with victory here in her home country, China winning the title of Blue Bay LPGA champion. With this victory Shanshan is projected to rise to No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings; the first-ever Chinese player, either male or female, to rise to World No. 1.

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Shanshan on her way to #1 / getty

Shanshan carded a final round -2 under par 70, to claim the Blue Bay LPGA title at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club, with a -9 under par total;

“I’m really, really excited and very proud of myself and I think it’s special because I won this tournament to become world No. 1.”

“I finished first in China, so I actually claimed the world No. 1 in front of all the people at home.”

 “I’m really happy about that, and I hope all the Chinese are going to be watching me and the Chinese can play golf.”

“Hopefully there will be more Chinese getting on the tours and more world No. 1’s coming up from China.”

Little Mo Jutanugarn, Thailand, finished second at -8 under par, and agonisingly had chances, but could not get the important putts to drop. She too had a last round -2 under 70;

“I was just trying to give myself a chance.”

“It’s a pretty good chance out there. As long as I try to give myself a chance, I think it’s a pretty good thing to do.”

“Of course everybody is cheering for her. I mean, Shanshan is a great player, and very happy for her that she played really solid.”

 “I mean, she had a really good week in her home country, which is really cool.”

Four ladies were tied in third place with -4 under par totals, Meghan Khan, -4 under 68 today, and Jess Korda, -1 under 71, both ladies from the USA. They were joined by Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa, +1 over par 73, and World number one Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, who even par for the day.

 

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Blue Bay LPGA. Shanshan Has 54 Hole Lead.

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Shanshan Feng, China, has the 54 hole lead at her home tournament, the Blue Bay LPGA, at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club.

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Shanshan Feng / getty

Shanshan took control of the Blue Bay LPGA with a third round +1 over par 73, in very difficult scoring conditions, posting a 54 hole total of -7 under par, and will take a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round. There is also a chance that she will take over the number one spot in the Rolex World Rankings;

“Overall, I’m happy with my performance today.”

“Given that today was actually very, very windy, I really held up ground, especially with my approach shots to the greens.”

“Obviously I made a lot of mistakes, and I had a lot of recovery shots as well. But overall, I’m happy with the past three days’ performance.” 

“I think this is something, I really don’t want to think about because this is something that could happen after the conclusion of the tournament,”

 “All I can do is to do my best, play shot by shot and be focused and be concentrated. It’s going to be a joy tomorrow.” 

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, made up some ground today shooting -4 under par 68 to take her up the leaderboard into second place at -6 under par for the championship;

“It’s been pretty solid so far this week.”

 “It just helps to be patient a lot on this golf course. Some lucky bounce and just;  it’s golf. I’m really enjoying this week so far.”

Second-round leader Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa, is in third place at -5 under, she too suffered in the tough conditions carding +4 over 76 today;

“It was quite a frustrating day.”

“I felt like I actually hit a lot of shots like I wanted to, but the conditions just got really tough, especially on the back nine.”

“The greens firmed up a lot. I know I didn’t hit bad shots, so I can’t be too disappointed. Just going to keep doing what I was doing.”

Rolex Rankings World number one Sung Hyun Park is tied for fourth place at -4 under par with Na Yeon Choi, both ladies from South Korea, and both returning -4 under 68 scores today.

Sung is the first ever rookie in the LPGA Tour’s history to ascend to No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings, and she is looking for her third win of the year, and with a good finish here will remain in that number one spot.

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Blue Bay LPGA. Ashleigh Buhai Leads Half-Way.

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Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa , leads the Blue Bay LPGA at the half-way stage in China.

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Ashleigh Buhai / getty

Ashleigh leads the Blue Bay LPGA tournament by one shot after her second round -4 under 68, on a very windy day when only two ladies carded rounds under par. She leads the tournament by one shot with a -9 under par score at the half-way point at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club, and is also looking for her first LPGA victory;

“I just kind of was playing the golf course as it came.”

“It played a lot tougher than the last few days. The wind was more or less the same direction, just a bit stronger, so I think it helps being the same direction as you have an idea what to do.”

“It was just a case of taking more club and just trying to play it with the wind.” 

“I feel I am getting more comfortable with the situation. I always say, winning is a feeling, no matter where you’re trying to win.”

“Obviously the stage out here is huge and everybody at the top of the leaderboard has a chance to win this week.”

“I feel if I keep just trusting my swing and sticking to my goals and my plan, hopefully I will have a chance.”

Last weeks winner Shanshan Feng, playing at home, is in second place at -8 under par, the only other player under par in the second round, with -5 under 67, giving her a -8 under total, with good putting today;

“I’m playing in front of all the fans from home, of course I feel a little bit of pressure, and I’m pretty sure tomorrow will be more people coming to support me.”

“But I just wanted to bring out my ‘A’ game and enjoy the week.”

“I knew that after the first round, I would be warmed up a little more. I would say my ball-striking today was better, so I was giving myself birdie chances.”

“Of course, my putting was working today also, it continued from last week and so I made a few birdies and I mean, just one bogey for the day, it was pretty good.”

Sun Young Yoo, South Korea, the first round leader went backwards today, +2 over par 74, for a two round total of -5 under par.

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Toto Japan Classic. Shanshan Successfully Defends Her Title.

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Shanshan Feng, China, successfully defends her Toto Japan Classic title, the first time she has achieved that feat on the LPGA Tour.

Shanshan carded a final round -4 under par 68 to retain the Toto Japan Classic title  with a  -19 under par total, playing the Minori Course at the Taiyeiho Club;

Toto Japan Classic

Shanshan Feng / getty

“That was my goal, before I started the week, to defend my title.”

“My caddie told me, this week, you’re going to be first. Two weeks ago, you finished third. Last week, you finished second, so you know what comes after that, first.”

“I was like, OK, let’s go for it, here I am, and I’m really happy.” 

“In my heart, I was trying to win this week. And I’ve done it.”

“Before I started the round, I told myself to not look at the other scores and just go to 21-under par. I played very well. I’m very honored and happy to play well in Asia, as an Asian.” 

Ai Suzuki, from Japan, pushed the winner all the way, finally settling for second place at -17 under par, with a bogey on the last hole.

Anna Norqvist, Sweden, was third, with a -15 under par total, carding a hole in one on the 191 yard par three 3rd hole to give her that position on her own;

“It was a hard pin today, there on the left, and there was a left-to-right wind.”

“I thought it came out just a little too far left. It came out drawing a little bit. But once I hit it, I knew I had plenty of club, and then it just went in.”

 “It was quite a nice surprise.”

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LPGA TOTO Japan Classic. Shanshan Still In Front.


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Shanshan Feng, China, is still in front at the LPGA TOTO Japan Classic, this time on her own after 36 holes on the  Minori Course at the Taiyeiho Club.

TOTO Japan Classic

Shanshan Feng / getty

Defending champion Shanshan carded a second round -9 under par 63 to lead the Toto Japan Classic by two shots at -15 under par.

Shanshan put the remarkable round down to good putting;

“What was working well was my putting today.”

“The first three holes those birdies weren’t very short, and on the third hole after I hit the ball, when the ball was like halfway I stopped and looked at Mercer [caddie] and I was like ‘oh my god that thing is going in’ and then it went in.”

“I was shocked, because that wasn’t a very usual start for a round, but then after that I kind of kept my good putting going on and finished with a nine under.”

“It’s not my first time leading a tournament, but of course it’s my first time maybe I’m not too far away from a title defense.”

“Of course, before I came I was like, ‘if I can do it, it would be great,’ but the most important thing I think is to enjoy the whole process and then playing with Ai tomorrow will be fun.”

Holding second place on her own is Ai Suzuki, Japan at -13 under par after her second round of -7 under 65.

Tied in third position are  Charley Hull, England, -8 under 64 today and Min-Young LeeSouth Korea, -4 under 68, both ladies  at -10 under par.

Charley was happy with her round today;

“Pretty much all round I played pretty good, but I still left some shots out there.”

 “But I’m happy with my round.”

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LPGA Toto Japan Classic. 7 Way Tie at the Top

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LPGA, there is a 7 way tie at the top of the Toto Japan Classic on day one in Japan. Leading the charge is defending champion Shanshan Feng, China, who is joined by Saiki Fujita, Ai Suzuki and Nasa Hataoka, all from Japan, Lizette Salas, and Jane Park, USA, and Min Young Lee from South Korea.

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Defending Champion Shanshan Feng / getty

All the leading ladies fired -6 under par 66 in the opening round of the Toto Japan Classic to top the leaderboard by one shot.

Shanshan is looking for a good performance from her putter;

“What I did today was good, and I think I just stick to my same plan.”

“I believe if my ball striking is as good as normal then I’ll give myself a lot of birdie chances every day.”

“So, if my putting is working I should be able to shoot lower scores.” 

Lizette likes putting on slick greens’

“I feel really confident with these greens, they’re slick and they’re fast, which are the kind of greens I like to be on.”

“My iron play has been improving so far, and I’ve been making clutch putts when I need to.”

Jane also liked the greens;

“The greens are super soft and receptive and you can go at a lot of these flags.”

“If you’re putting well you’re going to shoot a low score.”

“Hopefully I can keep that up for the weekend.” 

 Sei Young Kim and Chae-Young Yoon, South Korea, and Anna Nordqvist, Sweden, who has won twice on the LPGA Tour this year including The Evian Championship, are tied in eighth place, one shot back at -5 under par.

Anna was happy to drop a few more putts;

“It’s been overwhelming since Evian.”

“I’ve been starting to do my thing and I feel like today, I got a few more putts to drop.”

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Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Cristie Kerr Wins.


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Cristie Kerr, USA, wins the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with a 35 ft birdie at the last hole at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia

Cristie Kerr / getty

Cristie carded a final round of even par 71 to win the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia by one shot at -15 under par with a that long birdie putt;

“Oh my god, I can’t believe I made that.”

“I just said to myself give it a chance to go and it never left the hole. It was a really tough win, but a great win.”

“It was meant to be, what a way to win.”

“I always said I wanted to get a win in my 40’s and I got it pretty quick.”

“To do what I do for a living is amazing.”

“This tournament is a beacon for women’s health and raising awareness for breast cancer is near and dear to my heart.”

“I’m so proud to be the champion of this tournament.”

Tied in second place at -14 under were Danielle Kang, -5 under 66 today with  Jacqui Concolino, -4 under 67, both ladies from the USA, they were joined by defending champion Shanshan Feng of China, who signed for a last round of even par 71.

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