HSBC Women’s Champions. Happy Ha Na Wins.

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A happy Ha Na Yang wins the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

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KOR A happy Ha Na carded a final round -7 under par 65 to easily win the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament in Singapore, by a four shot margin with her -19 under par total.

THA Pornanong Phatlum had second place all to herself at -15 under par, posting a last round -4 under 68.

KOR Amy Young finished in third position at -11 under par for the tournament, her last round effort of -1 under par 71 not good enough to trouble the leader on the day.

Defending Champion Inbee Park was way down the leaderboard at -3 under for her four rounds, while World #1 Lydia Ko finished T15 at -7 under par, a final round -3 under 69 today.

HSBC Women’s Champions. Ha Na Leads.

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Ha Na Jang leads the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament in Singapore after 54 holes.

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Ha Na will take a one shot lead into the final round of the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament with a -12 under par total following her bogey free third round -4 under 68.

She found all 14 fairways off the tee and missed only one green all day;

“Yesterday, sometimes a little miss green but today just like one miss is really fantastic right now.”

“A couple more shots like yesterday, after the round I practice on the range, so it was really good today.”

“Then the putter is a little bit, missed it, but okay, just one more day, it’s no problem.”

“Just a little more confidence and then very comfortable in my mind and pride in myself.”

“I talk to every hole in myself, just keep going, ‘Ha Na, don’t think about it anymore, just keep playing golf.’”

Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum holds second place on her own at -11 under par, she also had a -4 under par 68 today;

“Maybe tomorrow I have to prepare myself, like my mental, before going out on the course.”

“Have to be ready, like don’t think too much like today.”

Amy Yang and Mirim Lee share third place, both at -10 under par for the tournament. Amy joined the leaders with a -4 under 68, while Mirim carded -2 under par 70.

HSBC Women’s Champions. Ha Na Joins Mirim at the Top

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Ha Na Jang joins Mirim Lee at the top of the HSBC Women’s Championship in Singapore.

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Ha Na and Mirim sit on top of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore at -8 under par after 36 holes.

Mirim carded -5 under par 67 while Ha Na was one better at -6 under 66 in the second round to level the overall total.

Ha Na felt comfortable out on the course today;

“Today I’m very comfortable on the front nine, and I’m talking to myself, don’t do too much thinking.”

“Just be patient, a lot of birdies, two more days, so more concentration, you can do it.”

Suzann Pettersen -3 under 69 today shares third place with Pornanong Phatlum -5 under 67 with  -7 under par totals.

Suzann was very happy with today’s effort;

“It’s been two great solid rounds for me.”

“Feel like I left a couple out there today, but I mean, it’s not easy, starting the round with the wind gusting here and there but overall very happy.”

Yesterday’s co-first round leader Candie Kung could only manage an even par round of 72 today, dropping her to T9 at -5 under.

HSBC Women’s Champions. Candy Kung and Minjee Lee Lead.

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Candy Kung and Minjee Lee lead the HSBC Women’s  Champions in Singapore after the first round.

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Candy from Taipei and Minjee from Australia, both carded first rounds of -5 under par 67 to lead the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

Minjee said it was a windy day out on the course, but she had been working on a lower ball flight, and putting;

“I think it was pretty much windy when I hit my first shot.”

“So it didn’t change too much. Just a little bit stronger towards the end of the day.”

“Actually at Aussie Open, my coach was there and we tried to lower my ball flight a little bit.”

“So we were just working on some swing changes there. I think I’m getting the hang of it. It’s been better.”

“We’ve been working on my putting a little bit more with my caddie and everyone. So it’s getting more steadier.”

Candy loves the windy conditions and also making an Eagle putt;

“I love wind. Windy is good. It makes it tough for everybody.”

“Brings everybody into the game. You have to hit good shot out there and make your putts”

“The eagle, I got a good bounce there. Bounced it up to about six feet from the hole and I made the putt.”

“The wind was calm back then, four hours ago, on that hole. So it was a lot easier. Otherwise that hole would be into the wind.”

Defending Champion Inbee Park is in third place, one shot back at -4 under par;

“I think I’m still a little bit rusty from taking so much break in the off-season.”

“But obviously today’s round is the best round yet of the season. I hit the ball best out of all the rounds that I’ve played all year, and obviously I putted best out of all the rounds I played this year.”


The Championship at Laguna National. Felipe Aguilar Wins

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Felipe Aguilar wins The Championship At Laguna National, in Singapore.






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Felipe stunned everyone as he finished the final round 2-2, and won The Laguna National Championship, firing a final round -10 under par 62. That perfect finish saw him cruise past Anders Hansen and David Lipsky, as he posted -22 under par for the tournament. As usual the time to go low is always more effective if its done in the last round.

Felipe was under no pressure, thinking he was too far behind to catch the leaders;

“Yesterday I didn’t have a good round and you figure that you’re so far back that you have no chance. But today after the front nine I shot two under I knew I had to go deep and I hit the ball one of the best times I ever have and I went for every single pin. Eight under on the back nine to win is pretty strong, especially making the last one on 18 being between clubs. This is something very, very special.”

“I was right in between clubs and with the adrenaline you don’t want to hit a half shot. So I took a hard pitching wedge and it went in,  it was very special finishing like that.”

“On the 17th green I told my caddie if I make a birdie on 18 I might put some pressure on the leader and he said ‘you might make two’. I looked at him and said ‘the way I’m hitting the ball I might make two’, and I did. I didn’t think I had made it until my caddie came back and told me and the others congratulated me. That was the cherry on the cake, definitely.”

Anders and David tied for second place at -21 for the tournament, just one shot off the pace. David carded a -7 under 65 final round, while Anders returned -5 under par 67 to get to his total.

Anders, who was coming back from recent wrist surgery was happy with the way he played, just not too happy with the result;

“What can you say? I heard Aguila finished two, two. It’s just one of those days. It’s just really, really disappointing. He had a good day, played well obviously. I thought I played well. When you are there you want to get the job done and I didn’t, so not particularly happy.” 

“The last two weeks have been really good. I’ve hit the ball really well and putted nicely so there is not much to say. I can’t really blame myself for this.” 

David said he had everything he could to win his first Euro Tour title;

“I was still trying to give it a run even on the last hole,”I was still trying to do everything I can to win.”

Poor Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand couldn’t keep up with the form that saw him leading the tournament after the first two rounds and then sharing the lead with Anders after the third. He somehow slumped to a +2 over par 74 on Sunday carding two bogeys and a double bogey, and falling to joint-11th place, just proving how hard it is to win when you start with a low round.






The Championship at Laguna National. 1st Round Play Suspended.

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Play in the 1st round of The Championship at Laguna National has been suspended, on the European                       Tour, in Singapore. Clubhouse leader is Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand.

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Panuphol shot a bogey free -9 under par 63 to lead The Championship Laguna National, he is currently ranked at 451st in the world. He has missed the last three cuts on Tour, and did not see this sudden burst of form coming;

”I didn’t see it coming, but it did come, I’m feeling good about my game right now. I was just trying to hit straight out there. I managed to hole a lot of putts and a lot of them were unexpected.”

There are four players tied in second place at -8 under par, following their opening rounds of 64. They are; David Lipsky, Byung-jun Kim, Quincy Quek and Scott Jamieson.

Scott’s maiden European Tour win came at last year’s Nelson Mandela Championship, which was shortened to 36 holes due to extremely bad weather. He was to win a proper 72 hole tournament to silence the doubters about his ability;

“You want to win every week but it would be nice if the next one was over four rounds, and if anyone had any questions then it would have answered them. I don’t feel like that myself, given that we knew it was only going to be a two round event and I won in a play-off. But to win over four rounds would be nice.”

“I’ve been hitting the ball well the last couple of weeks, so it was nice to get a round where it all came together. There was just the one mistake with the three-putt on 16, but it was pretty far away and pace putting is always difficult in Asia with the grain. It’s not what someone from Scotland is used to.”

“There’s not much wind out there and apparently there has been a drought here so there is not much rough either. You can still control the ball when you don’t hit the fairway, so I think everyone will have a lot of looks at birdies; the greens a rolling perfectly too. I’ve been hitting the ball really well since we came out to Asia but today was the first time I really capitalised on that.” 

“Golfers strive for perfection so it is always going to feel like you left something out there, but I holed some nice putts so I’m pleased.” 

Defending champion Brett Rumford and  Alex Levy, the winner in China last week, both signed for -2  under par rounds of 70. Looking at the amazing first round scores, this tournament could set a record for the lowest scoring event on Tour. Second round play will commence at 0740 local time tomorrow, once the twenty or so players have completed their first rounds. They are all a way off the lead so the top of the leaderboard will not change. 

Natalie Gulbis Has Malaria

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The LPGA and Natalie’s agents, IMG, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that she  has withdrawn from the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup that begins Thursday in Phoenix, because she has been diagnosed with Malaria.

Natalie first became ill at the HSBC Champions in Singapore, an event from which she withdrew. The early reports suggested she was suffering from flu.

David Livingston, Natalie’s’ IMG agent told the Golf Channel.

” She’s not feeling well. She does have flu-like symptoms, but, to be clear, she has not been hospitalized and there is no diagnosis of malaria.”

Luckily for Natalie she has not contracted the fatal form of the disease, the LPGA doctors have been consulted and they believe she is on appropriate medications, under great care, and her prognosis is excellent. She is expected to be at full strength in three weeks.

Lucky girl, Malaria is a potentially fatal tropical disease that’s caused by a parasite known as Plasmodium. It’s spread through the bite of an infected female mosquito. The infected person may have feverish attacks, tiredness, diarrhoea or a whole range of other symptoms.

Malaria is one of the leading causes of disease and death in the world. It is estimated that there are 300 to 500 million new cases every year, with 1.5 to 2.7 million deaths worldwide.

We wish you well Natalie, and a full and speedy recovery.