The Evian Championship. In Gee Easily Wins.

 

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A history making -21 under par Major score sees In Gee Chun, from South Korea, easily win The Evian Championship in France.

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In Gee shot a final round -2 under par 69 to take The Evian Championship trophy, just cruising from beginning to end;

“I just cannot believe I won the Evian Championship. I made 21-under-par. I’m not dreaming, right?”

“I had a really great time this week. Most people say golf is an individual sport, but I believe it is a team sport.”

“My manager, my caddie, my coach and I as a team, prepared for this game and played this game. I love my team.”

“I know minus 19 under par is tied record before the final round.”

“It was more pressure for me, but I tried to think about it as a really good experience.  I tried to more enjoy it.”

“I don’t know because I feel like I’m dreaming now. Without nerves, I feel bored. Nothing, bored.”

“I had a lot of pressure on the course, but I much enjoyed my game. I tried my best to keep to my game plan possibly, I think so I might win this time.”

South Korea took the top three places as So Yeon Ryu, -5 under par 66 today, and Sung Hyun Park, -2 under 69, tied in second place at -17 under par.

Shanshan Feng, from China finished in fourth place, at -15 under par, she also had a final round -2 under par 69.

World #1 Lydia Ko finished with another poor round +2 over 73, but eased the pain of this performance by capturing the Rolex Annika Major Award.

Rolex Annika Major Award

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“It means a lot, especially because coming into this year my goal was to be more consistent in majors, and this exactly is the award for that, and obviously you need a win to have that, and just to have it named after Annika and how successful she’s been in majors and just in general and what she’s done for the game, I think there might not be some of us if it wasn’t for a player like her.”

“It’s something that I could have only really dreamt of and imagined of, and for it to be true in a few moments I think is going to be awesome, and especially for me to stand alongside a legend like Annika.”

The Evian Championship. In Gee Chun Cruising

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In Gee Chun, from South Korea, is cruising along at The Evian Championship, and will take a four shot lead into the final round tomorrow at the Evian Golf Club in France.

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In Gee shot a third round -6 under par 65 in The Evian Championship and her total of -19 under par not only gives her a four shot advantage but has  broken the 54-hole Major record of -14 under-par set by Annika Sorenstam at the 2004 LPGA Championship and equalled the winning score for 72 holes in a women’s Major.

In Gee was asked if she would like to break the men’s Major record of -20 under, and also about the double bogey she carded;

“It would be a real honor.”

“After my double bogey I just thought about enjoying my back nine and letting it go.”

“I always try not to think about winning because it gives you too much pressure. My approach tomorrow will be the same: just enjoy my golf.”

Another South Korean, Sung Hyun Park, is in second place, at -15 under par, a third round -4 under 67, not enough to keep tabs on the leader.

Shanshan Feng of China holds third place, her third round -3 under 69 not doing her any favors, now at -13 under par, six shots off the pace.

World #1 and defending champion Lydia Ko  slipped backwards, into tied for 36th place after a third-round +4 over par 75.

The Evian Championship. In Gee Chun Leads at Half-Way.

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In Gee Chun leads The Evian Championship by two strokes at the half-way point of the Major competition.

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KOR In Gee pulled away from the crowd in the second round of The Evian Championship carding a -5 under par 66 for a championship total of -13 under par, which gives her a two-stroke advantage going into the week-end. That score is also  the lowest 36-hole score in the four-year history of this event, which was classified as a Major in 2013.

In Gee likes the pressure of being in front;

“I like pressure. I remember like play before. Always play really good under pressure so just enjoy everything.”

Tied in second place at -11 under par are Shanshan Feng, -4 under 67 today, and Sung Hyun Park who scored -3 under par 68.

Sung Hyun Park said her experience gives her confidence, and she also enjoys the pressure;

“I’m not greedy to get the title, but I’m comfortable.”

“I’ve won five times and I’ve got a lot of people and experiences so that I can embrace the different environments. That’s why I played well.”

“There is no easy shot here. Tee shots, putting, second shot, everything, so I’ve got a headache.”

 “I like a difficult course like this. I like a challenge.”

Shanshan was tired after today’s long walk on soft fairways;

“The course played a little longer today, and we had some kind of pretty long holes.”

“Especially I think the 4th and 5th were playing pretty long today.”

“And for me, I actually started to feel a little bit tired on the back nine. I think it was because of the walk, and the ground is soft.”

World #1 Lydia Ko improved her position today with a -3 under par 68, she is currently T13 at -4 under for the competition.

Lydia wants the  Rolex ANNIKA Major Award, and at the start of play was leading, but would like a win here to be certain;

“It would mean so much, especially having Annika’s name, and what she’s done for the women’s game, what she’s still doing for our Tour and for the LPGA.”

“I think without players like her, there might not be a Tour like it is today.”

The Evian Championship. Two Tied At The Top.

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Two ladies are tied at the top of The Evian Championship leaderboard after the first round at Evian Golf Club in France. In Gee Chun and Sung Hyun Park, from South Korea share the lead, shooting 63 in the opening round.

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In Gee and Sung Hyun shot -8 under par 63 in the opening round of The Evian Championship in France, to lead by one stroke over the field, on a wet and windy day.

In Gee put her good start down to being drawn in a good group, along with some good putting;

“Before the round I felt really nervous today, and it was windy, and there was a thunderstorm this morning, so I tried more focus on my game.”

”I could see the putting lines very well, and I was so good rolling the ball on those lines.”

“And then I played with Ariya. I’m always happy to play with Ariya because she’s so nice, and I played with Julia today. She’s so sweet.”

“Thanks to them for making me feel comfortable.”

Olympic bronze medalist Shanshan Feng, China, and rookie Annie Park, from the USA share second place at -7 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Annie Park said she decided to make the switch from PING’s i-IRONS to i-BLADES after missing the cut in her last three starts;

“Maybe changing the irons and knowing my yardages was probably a huge key for me.”

“I mean, I had some pretty good putts out there. I had some good strokes.”

“It feels great. I love it. I mean, I didn’t know my yardages coming in so I had to figure that out in the practice rounds.”

“Good thing I figured that out with my rep, and then it was a good, yeah, it is good.”

Wind direction caused some confusion for Shanshan;

“I mean, started the round okay. I mean, actually the wind direction was totally different to what the forecast was telling us.”

“So the first three holes didn’t hit any greens.”

“After that, you know, I figured the wind was actually from another direction. Then after I adjusted that I started to make a lot of birdies.”

World number one Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, made a slow start to the championship, carding -1 under par 70;

“It was tricky for me because on the back nine I wasn’t hitting fairways. I was making up and downs.”

“It was a good thing my wedge shots or chip shots were good enough where I was able to get off with par.”

Rio Olympics Ladies Golf. Inbee Looking Good For Gold

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Inbee Park is looking good for the Gold Golf Medal at the Rio Olympics after 54 holes in Brasil.

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Inbee, from South Korea, stayed on top of the Rio Olympic leaderboard with a third round -1 under par 70, and will take a two shot advantage over the field into the final round tomorrow at -11 under for the Gold Medal;

“I think first coming here, I didn’t really know whether I was going to play this week or not due to the injury.”

“Obviously didn’t expect much of a result. It was more of, you know, whether I can play or not.”

“So I mean, a good result is a great gift. But at the same time, I know I’ve been in the position before and I know in a good condition, I can do it.”

“I think just trying to enjoy the Olympics and try to enjoy the Olympic golf, brought really good results.”

Sharing second place at -9 under par are Gerina Piller, U.S.A  -3 under 68 today, and World number one Lydia Ko, playing for New Zealand, played her way back into contention with -6 under 65 in the third round.

The World Number One Lydia also registered her first ever hole in one today;

“This is the first one in a practice round and tournaments, all included.”

” I almost didn’t know how to react, because it is your first one, and the wind is blowing and I haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to hole‑in‑ones.”

” I would have loved to like done a dance or jumped up‑and‑down, but in that situation, I think I was almost trying to cry, and then realised I had 11 more holes to play.”

“It’s really cool.  It just puts the cherry on top.”

” This week is about having fun and this experience, being an Olympian and competing in the Olympics, and to have my first hole-in-one, is something that I’ll never forget.”

Gerina said tomorrow will be one of the biggest rounds of her life;

 “I would say it’s one of the biggest, yes.”

“Playing the Solheim Cup is definitely dear to my heart and trying to win that for the country.”

” But I’ve never played in the final round of an Olympics before, competing for a medal.”

” It’s going to be pretty special.  I’m going to soak it in all in, take it all in, and no matter what the outcome, I’m proud to be American.”

Completing the top four is Shanshan Feng, representing China, her -3 under par 68 today moved her up the leaderboard, and a possible medal position finish, with her -8 under par total. She is hoping her performance will inspire new Chinese players;

Back in China, normally we are only on golf channels, but this time people can see us on any television channels.”

“I think that’s a great chance to let the Chinese know how good the Chinese players are, and hopefully they can just fall in love with the sport and join this sport.

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Ricoh Women’s British Open. Mirim Lee Keeps Lead.

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Mirim Lee keeps the lead after 36 holes of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf Club.

Ricoh Women's British Open

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KOR Mirim only managed a -1 under par 71 today, but it was still good enough to keep her on top of the Ricoh Women’s British Open, by just one shot over the field at -11 under par;

“I felt a little bit of nervousness but after a couple of holes I forgot about it.”

“I think a little bit of nervousness is what makes you play well.”

Sharing second place at -10 under for the tournament are CHN Shanshan Feng, -4 under 68 today, and .THA Ariya Jutanugarn with -3 under 69.

Shanshan, who was  the first Major winner from mainland China said her performance made lunch taste so much better;

“I started the round really hot today. I mean, I had four birdies in the first seven holes, and I was 5-under through ten.”

“I made a couple bogeys maybe in the middle there, misjudging about the wind.”

“But the birdie on the last hole made me really happy, so made the lunch feel better I think.”

Ariya has developed a pre-shot routine that helps her focus, and control her game;

“I think I learned how to play under pressure, how to play, really excited, I know how to play.”

“I really want to focus on what I’m doing and what I can control,” 

Catriona Matthew, with the low round of the day -7 under par 65,  who will represent Team GB in the Rio Olympic Games, is tied in fourth place, at -9 under par with Ha Na Jang -5 under 67 in the second round.

Catriona, was happy to post one of her best rounds ever;

“That’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve played.”

“I think I hit 18 greens today.”

“Just one awful shot on 16 but then followed it probably with my best shot of the day, the 4-iron on to the green.”

“Gave myself a lot of chances and holed my fair share of them today.”

Charley Hull is England’s best placed player, carding -2 under 70 today which puts her in a tie for 10th place at -5 under par;

“I didn’t get up-and-down a couple times today, just because I’m so used to this golf course playing so soft from the greens sometimes.”

“So when I’m chipping, I’m pitching it way too far, even though I know it’s bouncy, it’s just in my head, because you’re used to pitching at the pins.”

“It’s definitely good being in a good position going into the weekend.”

World number one Lydia Ko rallied well enough to make the cut at even par for the tournament, with -2 under 70 today;

“I feel like the scores are pretty low, considering what the course setups are like.”

 “I don’t feel like it’s this easy.”

 

 

 

Ricoh Women’s British Open. Mirim Lee Leads 1st Round.

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Mirim Lee, from South Korea, leads  the Ricoh Women’s British Open, after the 1st round at Woburn Golf Club, in England.

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Mirim carded a stunning first round -10 under par 62 in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and will take a comfortable three shot lead into the second round tomorrow;

“It was probably one of my best ever rounds, although I still had some errant shots.”

“I played every hole in a similar fashion, hitting fairways and greens. My best ever score was an 11 under par in LPGA Qualifying.”

Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, holds second place with her respectable opening effort of -7 under par 65.

Shanshan Feng is third, the returning injured player from China had a first round -6 under par 66.

Leading home based player is Charlie Hull, -3 under 69, and T11.

Charlie is also a member of Woburn, since she was eleven years old, and knows the Marquess Course well, but that knowledge is over the long course, today the tee’s were moved up, a strange occurrence for a Major Championship. The layout for the first round  was 6,448 yards, though officials had the option to push the tees back to 6,744 or longer;

“I get a bit confused, like where to pitch it, because I’m used to coming in with long clubs, and I know what I’m doing,”

 “It’s a completely different golf course.”

“I usually play off the blues, with my friends, so sometimes I come in with five and four irons and stuff.”

“I like it when it plays long, to be honest.”

“The first tee shot today was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been on a golf course, and I never usually get nervous, it was quite weird.”

“It’s quite an easy tee shot, but I didn’t want to mess it up and make myself look even more silly.”

“It was nice to start with a birdie, as well, and I’m pretty happy with myself because I was pretty nervous on that first tee.”

 “I said to my caddie, I need to make a couple of birdies coming in, and I did.”

Making a mess of the short course was World number one Lydia Ko, recording a first round +2 over par 74, and is now twelve shots off the lead, and really no chance of catching up. The cut is currently projected at even par, so Lydia will have to play well tomorrow, and get some putts to drop, to avoid the embarrassment of a missed cut;

“Nothing was really that great. My short game wasn’t that great to cover up for the missed shots and when I did hit it close, the putts didn’t go in.”

“When that’s the case, you’re not going to shoot a low score. But hopefully a few more putts drop tomorrow.”

“I’ve just got to stay positive. There’s still a lot of golf to be played, and just hit one shot at a time.”

“It’s not an easy course but by the looks of it, it’s playing easy for a couple of the girls. But it’s because they are playing great.”