HSBC Women’s Champions. Inbee Park Leads.

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Inbee Park leads the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

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Inbee shot a second round another -5 under pr 67 to lead the HSBC Women’s Champions at -10 under, and has a one shot advantage;

“It’s a good round today, obviously I got off to a very hot start. I was able to make some putts early in the round and then I had a little bit of a mistake on No. 12. I had a couple of birdies on the back nine, so I was able to clean up my mess.”

“I just had tough times last year, so the sooner I get back, it’s better.”

 “I was nervous and excited, because I haven’t played competitive golf in a while. To compete in tournament golf it felt like forever.”

“I never took that kind of break in my whole life, so it was just something different.”

Sharing second place, one shot back at -9 under par are; Michelle Wie, -3 under 69 today, Mi Jung Hur, -5 under 67 and World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn., who carded a second round -4 under 68.

Michelle was excited to be in contention;

“I was just really excited, I woke up before my alarm clock, ready to go, just really excited to be out there.”

“I was feeling a bit of nerves but mostly just excitement. It was a good-to-be-back feeling for sure.”

World number 1 Lydia Ko is at -7 under, T7 after her second round -4 under 68.

 

HSBC Women’s Champions. Michelle Wie Leads.

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Michelle Wie leads after the first round of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore, at the Serapong Golf Course.

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Michelle leads the HSBC Women’s Champions with a -6 under par 66 first round score, and said she just had fun out on the golf course;

“It was just a steady round. I had fun out there, I had a lot of fun. I just had fun playing.”

It feels good to play without much pain. To go out there and just play some golf and focus on my game rather than trying to finish out rounds.”

“I’m very proud of myself today.”

“Even though it’s just the first day, I want to keep building and hopefully the next three days I can take it day-by-day, hole-by-hole, shot-by-shot and play as hard as I can.”

Five ladies are tied in second place at -5 under par following their opening rounds of 67. Mo Martin, Anna Nordqvist, Brooke Henderson, Ariya Jutanugarn and Inbee Park.

Brooke was happy with her round;

“I felt like I finally got it going, and two birdies to finish off 17 and 18 really help out a round.”

“I feel a lot more calm and relaxed and I felt like good things were going to happen today and I’m happy with a 5-under round.”

Ariya spoke about her putting being the key;

” I hit a lot of good shots today, especially on the front nine, but I just missed some putts.”

“On the back nine I just started to make some putts, and that’s the key.”

 

 

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.