L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Cruises To Win.

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Shanshan Feng cruises to a win at the Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club.

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A final round -2 under par 70 gave Shanshan the victory at the Buick Championship with a total of -17 under par for the tournament, a six stroke winning margin. A very dominant performance, and she is now predicted to move up to fourth place on the Women’s World Rankings.

Shanshan was pleased to win in China, and especially her own sponsors trophy;

“This is not my first time winning in China. I think this is my third time and second time on the LET. I’m really honored to win my sponsor’s tournament.”

She and her amateur partner Liang Zhang also won the team Pro-Am competition, which was running simultaneously over the last two rounds of the competition.

Hyeon Seo Kang finished in second place at -11 under par following her last round -3 under par 69. There was no way she was ever going to catch Shanshan in this competition.

Third place went to Nicole Broch Larsen with her tournament total of -8 under par, a -2 under par 70 last round made no dent in the massive lead of Shanshan.

Nicole enjoyed recording a career best finish in only her second year as a L.E.T. member.

“I came into this week with not my best game but I practiced a lot and it went well.”

“The first two days I didn’t make too many putts but Saturday was the perfect day. I shot seven under and holed a bunker shot and a wedge shot.”

“It was nice putting myself in this position and today started with four birdies in the first five holes, which was really nice.”

First round leader Stacy Keating, who started the week with a course record 63 tied for fourth place, along with Amy Boulden, Wichanee Meechai, Marianne Skarpnord and Margherita Rigon.

Amy thinks she was too bold with some of her putts, but will take away the positives from the week;

“The front nine I played solid golf. I was hitting it close and making some solid putts then on the back nine I just got a bit aggressive with my putts.”

“It was a good week for me. I feel like my game is in good shape and I don’t feel far away. I’m happy with my performance and I got better each round.”

“Although my score wasn’t as good today I got to five under and it could have been a really low round today so I’m just taking the positives away.”

L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Stretches Lead.

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Shanshan Feng stretches her lead in the Buick Championship to seven shots at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in China.

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Shanshan carded a third round -3 under par 69 to extend her lead in the Buick Championship to a massive seven strokes going into the final round tomorrow with a -15 under par total.

After the cut was made the leading 50 players and ties on Friday evening, the professionals were drawn with amateur partners for the additional team better ball competition being played simultaneously over the weekend,  a somewhat novel format on the Ladies European Tour which has excited both the professionals and amateurs.

Shanshan said she was initially apprehensive about playing alongside an amateur;

“I would say at the beginning I was a little bit nervous. It was my first time playing with amateurs in the same group in a professional tournament, so that was fun.”

“After a few holes I thought my amateur did really well, because he saved me maybe two shots on the first three holes.”

“He did very well and then I started to be more relaxed and make birdies. The bogey on the last hole was a little sad but I still did pretty well overall.”

Sharing second place are Hyeon Seo Kang and Marianne Skarpnord, they are both at -8 under par for the tournament.

Marianne said she had been putting very well, on the front nine;

“I’ve been putting well on the front nine, both yesterday and today but on the back nine it’s like it goes cold and I don’t make anything.”

“I had four or five putts within three and a half metres on the back nine and didn’t make any of them, so it was not completely useless but could have been a lot better.”

Charley Hull is in a large group back at -5 under par, with all thoughts of winning gone, she was happy to have some fun playing with the amateurs;

 “I played a lot better because I hit more fairways with my driver so it was easier for me to hole putts because there was less pressure on myself.”

“I enjoyed the format, because it was nice and not too intense playing with an amateur, so that was fun.”


L.E.T. Buick Championship. Shanshan Soars in Shanghai

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Shanshan Feng soars in Shanghai at the Buick Championship on the Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club course.

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Shanshan shot a second round -5 under par 67 at the Buick Championship to reach a -12 under par 36 hole total, and a six shot lead at the top of the leaderboard.

The tough conditions today did not seem to bother her too much;

“Today the conditions were tougher than yesterday but the greens were still kind of a little softer, which helped a lot, because the wind picked up.”

“I misjudged the wind a few times for distance and made a three putt on the second hole, but I made two birdies right after it and I was back in the game.”

“I think five under was a pretty good score today.”

Xiyu Lin and first round leader Stacey Keating are in second place both at -5 under par. Stacy carded a horror round, she went from -9 under par 63 yesterday to +3 over par 75 today.

Stacy blamed the tough conditions for her fall;

“It was obviously very different score wise, but it was very, very tough out there today.”

“It was blowing an absolute gale from my second or third hole. Three over is not the best score but I did make some birdies out there.”

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Xiyu Lin was happy with her round but did miss a couple of makeable putts;

“Today was windy so I’m happy with the score.”

“My game was pretty good, especially my long game. I’m making some swing changes so I’m glad the ball is still under control.”

“On the back nine I had a couple of bad putts and missed about five birdie chances from within three yards. I think tomorrow will be better because I’m going to practice.”

Rainfall is expected overnight, and the forecasts predict a few showers on Saturday morning but it will be mostly dry for the weekend.


L.E.T. Buick Championship. Stacy Keating Shoots 1st Round 63.

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Stacy Keating shoots 63 in the 1st round of the Buick Championship at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in China.

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Stacy Keating, from Australia, posted a new course record of -9 under par 63, which included one bogey, at Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club in the first round of the Buick Championship, to lead the tournament by two shots.

Stacy  actually carded 10 birdies, including seven in eight holes from the seventh, with her only bogey coming on the par four 7th hole. She reported that she had played very nicely, including putting very well;

“I hit the ball nicely from tee to green but I holed a lot of putts and got a bit lucky at times.”

“When it’s your day, it’s your day I guess, I had a bunker shot at the last and it hit the pin and finished right next to it whereas on any other day it probably would have run off the green.”

“I love the course, it’s in great condition and it feels like nobody has played it. I like China and it’s very easy from Australia with not much time difference.”

Shanshan Feng is in second place following her bogey free -7 under par 65, which was the new record until Stacy came along.

Shanshan was happy that they decided to water the greens the night before the start of the competition;

“I feel very lucky that they watered the greens last night because the greens were not as firm.”

“When we were playing in the Pro-Am and practice round, I could not stop the ball on the greens, even with my wedge.”

“I think today it really helped and I had a lot of birdie chances so overall I did pretty well.”

Xiyu Lin shot an opening round of -6 under par 66 to take third place on her own.

Lin said she was just trying to play conservatively, and putted very well;

“Today I didn’t really think I could have that many birdies: I was just trying to have a good strategy and trying to hit the ball to the widest place.”

“My putting was really good and I made all the birdies from three to five yards, because I didn’t hit really close to the hole.”

“There weren’t many mistakes. I made an 18 yard birdie putt on 16, so it was a good round apart from the last hole.”

There was some excitement on the course when  Victoria Lovelady .from Brazil, made a hole in one at the par three 16th,  using a hybrid 5 club to ace the hole from 187 yards, winning a Buick GL8.

Another feat on the day came from  Stacy Lee Bregman, who holed her second shot for an Eagle on the par-four 18th hole.

Strange fact is she actually called the play before she hit the shot;

“I didn’t play too badly and the score never reflected it. I said to my caddie, let’s finish strongly, because it would be nice not to putt.”

“I hit a gap wedge the perfect distance, 107 metres, and saw it roll into the hole. It’s always great to have an eagle to hole out for two on a par four.”

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Lydia Ko Triumphant

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Lydia Ko was triumphant at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California.


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Lovely Lydia shot a final round of -3 under par 69 to reach -12 under par to snatch the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic title at Lake Merced Golf Club, in  California. It was a tight contest, Lydia sinking a five foot birdie putt on the last hole to secure the victory. This win now moves Lydia to Number Two in the World. It was her 17th birthday just three days ago, but she has three LPGA and six professional victories in her young career;

” Normally they would say sweet 16, but I would say it’s sweet 17. I don’t think I could have any better birthday week.”

She was happy to her dad there to witness the win;

“Tears nearly ran down my face. You may lose friends but you’re always going to have your parents. I try to make myself not cry of happiness but it was coming to that point.”


Stacy Lewis finished second, a last round -1 under par 71 was the reason she fell behind, a total of -11 under par was one shot off the pace. She had this to say about Lydia;

” I knew she wasn’t going away,  Lydia played great Every time I hit a shot in there, she answered. The front nine, I did everything I wanted to do, the putts just didn’t go in. I expected her to do exactly what she did today. She hit every shot she needed to make from 13 on in.”

Jenny Shin collected third place on her own, a -4 under par 68 separating from the players behind her. Jenny had a total of -10 under par, which was four shots better than the next placed players. Those on -6 under par were Inbee Park, Shanshan Feng and Line Vedel.

Jenny spoke about the battle between Lydia and Stacy;

“They were fearless, they just went for it.”

LPGA. Kraft Nabisco Championship. Lexi Leaps into Contention.

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Lexi shot a second round -8 under par 64, to leapfrog the field and join Se Ri Pak at the top of the leaderboard at -7 under par, in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

 19-year-old Lexi is already a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour, said this is her favorite tournament, it showed when she took only 25 putts on the round;

 ” This is my favorite tournament of the year, it’s so beautiful, like really nice weather, and the fans are amazing. I just had a little bit of speed issues yesterday, I didn’t really commit to my lines and I came up short a lot. I just went out today and picked my line and sped up my tempo a little bit and went up to it and said, `I’m going to knock it in.”

” I’m really comfortable with the golf course, I get to hit a lot of drivers, so I just aim up the right side and hit my little draw. I was just trying to stay in the moment and focus on each shot, not really think about what I was shooting. I had the same confidence over every shot, just committing to my line and just being confident.”

Se Ri Pak said she was playing solid golf, but her putting was not so good today;

“Everything has just been really solid, I kept it fairways, greens, always the goal every hole. I had a lot of opportunities, but putting is not as good as yesterday. Still, just really smooth, solid round. I’m really happy about the way I finished.”

Michelle Wie is in third place, a second round -1 under par 71, was not as good as yesterday, but it keeps her in contention at -6 under par for the tournament, and she enjoys being there;

” I’m really excited, it’s fun being near the top of the leaderboard. But try not to look forward too much. It’s a long way till Sunday. It felt good to start off with a birdie, after that, really just couldn’t get anything going. But it felt good. Par is a good score out here.”

First round leader Shanshan Feng struggle with a +1 over par 73 round today, to fall back into a tie for fourth place, with Cristie Kerr, both at -5 under par, two shots back. Shanshan blamed the wind, but is still in a positive frame of mind;

“The wind kind of picked up, so it was actually tougher playing compared to yesterday. I think I actually did pretty well. I did make two bogeys coming in, but I was still concentrating, and it just happens. Sometimes you make good strokes and they don’t fall on this course. I’m still positive.”

LPGA. Kraft Nabisco Championship. Feng In front.

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Shanshan carded seven birdies against just one bogey to sign for an opening round -6 under par, 66,  to hold a one-stroke lead in the first Major of the year. Shanshan said she was able to get some advice on how to play the course from a legend of the game, three-time Kraft Nabisco Champion Amy Alcott;

“I did play with Amy Alcott today. She’s won three times here in the past, and after my first drive off the first tee I was asking her, I said, can you tell me the secrets about winning here? Because before this year I never did well here. So she was telling me all the secrets.”

” Don’t ask me what the secrets are because that’s a secret. I’ll tell you maybe after we finish Sunday. But I did learn a lot from her. Last year, the first day I shot six over here, and I think that is a very big improvement. I do think that I played really well today and had a great time with Amy. I just hope that I can have three more good days.”

Amy was full of praise for Shanshan;

“Well, she’s very polite on the first tee. She said I know you’ve won here three times and you’re I don’t know if she used the word icon or famous, but she said I want to try to learn from you how to win here. She was very sweet starting off, and we were talkative.”

“She hits it very solid. Just a very, very talented young player. So I was very impressed with her putting and just her overall game, just how she managed herself on the golf course. I look for her to do great things.”

 Se Ri Pak and Michelle Wie are tied in second place at -5 under par following their opening rounds of 67.

Michelle is looking to be more consistent;

“Like I said before in the press conference, my goal is to be consistent, just trying to keep the same tempo every day. Trying to keep on doing the same things. I think it’s been working so far, so I’m just going to keep on doing that.”

“It’s still a tough golf course, they moved a couple tee boxes back as well. Mission Hills is still Mission Hills.”

 Se Ri Pak is under pressure to get the one Major that has so far eluded her, and she has brought the family along with her as well;

” This week the whole family is in town, so it makes me even more relaxed out there. My mom and dad, two sisters and my 5 year-old niece.“

“This means a lot to me, the last 17 years I’m waiting for one major to get my own career grand slam, so that’s hard. I mean, every single year I crossed this week. I have always high expectations trying to win so badly and trying to get my own grand slam, which that is not easy.”