World Ladies Championship. So Yeon Ryu Wins.

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So Yeon Ryu wins the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

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A final round of -4 under par 69 gave So Yeon Ryu the World Ladies Championship trophy with a tournament total of -13 under par, a one stroke victory.

So Yeon said it was good to play with Inbee, the person she believes is the true world number one;

“I didn’t expect that I had a chance to win this tournament, because in the second and first rounds, I didn’t play really well.”

“Fortunately I was able to shoot eight under in the third round so after that I was in contention.”

“I’m really proud of myself, because it’s good to be back in contention and our group was exciting, with Inbee and Suzann. “

“It was good to play with Inbee, my best friend on the tour. She is not number one right now, but I believe she is the true number one, so it was great to compete with her.”

“I missed quite a few birdie putts but Inbee wasn’t able to make a lot and the pressure was a little less, which was helpful.”

 “The winning putt, no matter how long it is, is always nervous. My hands were literally shaking.”

Inbee finished in second place at -12 under par, she reported that poor putting was the main cause of her not recording another back to back win;

“It was a consistent day today but my putts wouldn’t drop into the hole. It was really just the putting that was the only problem and So Yeon played well.”

“Even with the double bogey, she played really well and I’m really happy for her.”

“If I didn’t win, I kind of hoped that she would win, so it’s kind of good that my best friend won the tournament and I’m ready to congratulate her.”

Suzann Pettersen and China’s Xiyu Lin shot matching final rounds of -3 under par 70, to share third place on -10 under par.

It goes without saying that So Yeon and Inbee won the team event.

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The winner of the amateur prize was 13 year-old  Lei Ye, she also said that putting was a weakness, and she to correct that and become a professional player;

“I played really well the first day and that gave me more room to make the cut. I’ve noticed from playing in professional tournaments that putting is my weakness. I hope to improve and turn professional someday.”

 

LPGA. Lotte Championship. Awesome Angela Extends Lead.

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An awesome third round from Angela Stanford saw her extend her lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii.

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Angela compiled at third round of -5 under par 67 to extend her lead to four shots, with her total of -13 under par, at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Hawaii.

She said afterwards that she was happy to have picked up three birdies early on, when the wind was not quite as strong as it became later in the day;

“I didn’t think the wind was blowing as hard when we started, so it was kind of nice to get out there and get a little bit of a rhythm. It really picked up on the back. So it got tough towards the end just because it was windy and it started to become a really long round. But for the most part, my putter was great again, so that was a lot of it.”

“I just like some of these holes and I think every golfer will tell you, when you play different golf courses, there are some holes you like and some you don’t. I’m fortunate that the ones I like are grouped together, so that’s fine, nice. The ones I don’t like are kind of bookends.”

Sharing second place, and now four strokes adrift are, Michelle Wie and Hyo Joo Kim, both at -9 under par for the tournament.

Local favorite Michelle admitted to missing a few shots on the course today;

“Yeah, left a couple of shots out there today, but I have one more day and hopefully tomorrow I’ll make a lot of birdies and catch up to her. It’s going to be fun tomorrow. Ideally going into tomorrow I wouldn’t want to be this far behind. I think it’ll make it more interesting tomorrow. Just go out there and try to make some birdies early on and see what I can do.”

Hyo Joo Kim had set herself a target of a top ten finish here, and has not changed her mind;

“I’m not going to change my goal today or tomorrow, the top ten is still my goal, but anything I know where I am now and anything that happens from this point on, and if I finish better than top ten, that is a bonus and I will have a good time.”

In fourth place on her own at -8 under par is Cristie Kerr, rookie Amy Anderson, top-ranked Inbee Park and So Yeon Ryu were tied for fifth place at -6 under par.

LPGA Lotte Championship. Angela Shoots Eight Under.

dragon logo darkAngela Stanford has taken the lead at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii, shooting eight under par 64 at the Ko Olina Golf Club.

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Angela takes a one shot lead into the third round following her remarkable -8 under par 64 second round. She said the low round was long overdue, and the putting made the difference;

I guess it’s been a while, I can’t really remember. It was nice to have today because I’ve had these stretches where I’ve played good in a round and then I’ll make a bogey or two and kind of lose my focus. So it was nice when I had a couple long par putts to make or when I had to get up and down, I did. It was nice to be in that zone all day.”

“But today was about putting, finally I got comfortable on these greens and it felt great. I mean, to see that the ball go in that much is a lot of fun. It was nice to see. I needed a round like that. I think it’s more about putting, I hate to admit this, but I don’t always control my trajectory on purpose. It just kind of happens. When I start getting into the wind, and I’ve talked about this with my instructor, for some reason my body just starts moving into the ball more and I tend to keep it lower. It may just be growing up in Texas and that is how you grow up playing golf.

Just one shot behind is Michelle Wie, she carded a second round of -5 under par 67, for tournament total -7 under par. Michelle was still talking about the wind;

“It was still windy but not crazy windy as it was yesterday afternoon, I’ll take five under par. I knew I could have made a couple more birdies out there on the last couple of holes, but I’ll take it. I think Duncan, my caddie, did a really good job on course management. I think we there’s a lot tucked pins today. You kind of played it safe on a couple, made some putts. Then I think it was just good course management.”

There are four Ladies tied in third spot at -6 under par, Inbee Park, Cristie Kerr, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu are all still very much in this competition.

Cristie commented on her bogey-free -6 under par 66;

“It was like a slow buildup the whole day, I was really determined. I just wanted to keep the momentum going. I was very focused today”

Hyo Joo Kim thought she was going to put together a really good round, but somehow lost confidence. Good putting helped;

 “I start out good but as I progressed, I lost confidence.  I expected it to be a better round today, but it turned out to be worse. But I’m doing all right. I plan to have birdies all the time, whenever I have a chance. You know, it’s windy outside so that’s a big factor. I like the putting that I performed today.”

L.E.T. World Ladies Championship. Suzann Strengthens Her Position.

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Mission Hills Suzann Pettersen strengthens her position at the top of the leaderboard in the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

 

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Defending champion Suzann Pettersen carded a bogey free second round -5 under-par 68, on the par 73 Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Resort to stretch her lead to two shots at the half-way stage of the competition. Her two round total is -11 under par.

Suzann said she would need to be at least 16 under par for the next two rounds;

“Today was a little windy as we started, overall it was pretty decent. I feel like the par fives are playing like long par fours so five under today is certainly where I should be. You can really go low out here. There were a couple of really low ones out here today. It’s impossible to say. I think you’ve got to be at least sixteen under-par for the next two rounds, then I think you’re in good shape.”

There are five ladies tied in second place at -9 under par, they are; Trish Johnson, Ye Na Chung, Valentine Derry, So Yeon Ryu and Nikki Campbell.

So Yeon recorded two eagles in her second round of -5 under par 68, she explained how easy they both were;

 “The first was on hole six. I hit a three-wood and then a three-wood again the second shot. My eagle putt was just three feet. On hole 16 I hit a driver on the green and it was an eight foot eagle putt and I made it. I think it was 260 to the pin.”

Trish spoke about how low you would need to be to win here;

“Obviously there are two or three people in the field who can shoot anything under so it’s a case of wait and see what happens. I would imagine you’ve got to be 20 to 24 under to win, so it’s going to be a hell of a weekend.”

Valentine also reported how easy the par fives are round this course;

 “I started pretty well making birdies on the par fives. They are reachable in two so I think that’s easy and I just made a couple of putts and hit really good shots and shot five under.”

Korean Ye Na said she only tried to lay to par, and carded a -4 under par 69;

 “I tried not to be greedy today, so I focused on making a par on every hole and I think that was the reason for my score.”

Low round of the day was from Diana Luna, a personal low round of -9 under par 64 which included two eagles, on the second and sixteenth holes. As well as seven birdies and two bogeys on the par 73 lay-out;

 “I think I was in a very good mood today. I was smiling all the time and pretty relaxed. It worked out pretty well.”

 

LPGA. LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL. Thompson Triumphs.

Lexi Thompson triumphs at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at the Guadalajara Country Club, in Mexico.

 

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Lexi proved she had nerves of steel in the final round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, sinking a five foot putt on the final hole to win the title. Lexi completed her final round in -3 under par 69, to finish with a -16 under par total. Stacy Lewis was resigned to second place despite a valiant -4 under par 68 last round, which gave her a -15 under par total score.

Lexi said Stacy is an amazing player, and also spoke about the fifty foot putt to set the winning putt;

“Stacy is an amazing player, I knew she could make a run at me anytime during that round. When she made the two shot swing on me, I think on number 12, it brought it back to all squared. I knew I had to make birdies on top of her because she gets on a roll and she doesn’t stop. She’s an amazing player and played great today. First off, I had like a 50 to 60 footer for the first one, which was interesting getting up there within a few feet. You know on the second putt, that’s what it all came down to thinking I can make it and went up to it confidently. Just knock it in.”

Stacy said she was upset at the result, she let it slip away;

 “Well obviously right now, I’m really disappointed. I gave that one to her. I had that one in my hands, and just didn’t get it done.  I knew I had to make it. I had a good line on it, just with these greens, those downhill putts are the hardest ones to make. I hit a good putt, I hit it where I wanted to. It just didn’t go in.”

Third place went to So Yeon Ryu, a final round of -3 under par 69 was good enough to finish alone at -13 under par.

Inbee Park, final round -3 under par 69, won the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the first South Korean to claim the honor, she finished this tournament tied in seventh place with Suzann Pettersen.

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Inbee was overjoyed to win her title;

“It feels great to be the first one to win. Today was a tough day especially playing with Suzann in the final round. It’s actually kind of good to be playing with her because she’s always a very tough one to beat. She’s very competitive and today was hard but I finally did it. This week’s goal was to go next week stress free, and that’s what I just did. Next week’s just going to be a fun week for me. No more thinking about the Rolex Player of the Year race so it’s going to be fun.”

Inbee also made history in women’s golf in the first half of the season, becoming the first player since Babe Zaharias to win the first three major championships of the year. She joined Zaharias (1950), Mickey Wright (1961) and Pat Bradley (1986) as the only women to have won three majors in a single season.

LPGA. Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Three Tied at the Top, Day 2

Anna Nordqvist, So Yeon Ryu, and Pornanong Phatlum share the lead at -9 under-par after two rounds of play at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, in Mexico.

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Day one tournament  leader Pornanong Phatlum followed-up her opening  -6 under par 66 with a -3 under par 69 on Friday, she said she relies on her brother Pornpong, who is on her bag to keep her calm. The putting was not so good today;

“Today, I’m very happy with my score, but the putting not very good today, I just missed a few short putts.  He always talks to me, calm down, don’t pressure myself.”

In the trio of  Jenny ShinAnna Nordqvist and So Yeon Ryu, Anna and So Yeon said they leaned heavily on each other’s support to move into a share of the lead.

So Yeon said the pair enjoyed each others company;

“You know I am always really happy to play with Anna, we have so much fun always so I love it. We pretty much played so well especially on the back-nine. We hit a really great shot and she made every birdie putt. I was really excited to see her, to see how she is playing. Also, I really happy we finish with a birdie at the last hole. Well, to be honest, I was a bit like crazy about the winning thing. I spent time in Korea last few weeks and lot of people talking about to me like, what do you think about the winning, when are you going to make wins, that type of things. So I think I couldn’t play my game last few weeks. I play golf for other people, but now I realize I have to play golf for, just my golf. So I’m just trying to have fun out there and don’t think about the like winning thing and if I could make a lot of birdie, I can be close to winning.”

Anna added;

“I mean you know, it’s just a fun atmosphere and we played with Jenny Shin today and she was solid pretty much the whole round. You know you just try to keep up and you know feed off of each other and give yourself a large chance for birdies.”

Young 18-year-old Lexi Thompson is tied in fourth place with Gerina Piller and Inbee Park, all at -8 under par, just one shot off the lead. Lexi fired in a  -8 under par 64 second round to move into contention. She loves the fans, and spends lots of time to make sure they all get an autograph;

“The fans mean so much to me, I mean keeping in touch with them, seeing them out there, following me, just supporting me through the bad and good times it does mean a lot to me. That’s always how I’ve been. Even after a bad round, I’ll sign every autograph because I mean they came out to watch me, so I can spend some of that time to show that I care about them.”

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LPGA. Marathon Classic. Three Tied At The Top.

There are three Ladies tied at the top of the Marathon Classic leaderboard after the first round at  Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. Spaniard Beatriz Recari and Americans Paula Creamer and Alison Walshe are tied at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of  the second-round with scores of  -8 under-par.

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First round leader Alison Walshe has company at the top of the leaderboard after the conclusion of the second round of the Marathon Classic. She has been joined by Beatriz Recari and Paula Creamer, all tied at -8 under par for the tournament at  Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.

Beatriz had a blistering second round score of -7 under par 65, Paula -4 under and Alison a -3 under effort on the day.

Beatriz said her round was really good;

” My round was really, really good, I started with a good par save on the first hole where I laid up.  I was on the left in the rough and I had a tree blocking it, and I laid up short and good approach shot, and then a 15‑footer for par.  So that was good Mojo and good way to start with a positive feeling.”

Paula said the course played a little tougher today;

” It played a little bit harder out there today. You know, the breeze definitely was picking up.  I know in the morning it was pretty dead yesterday.  A little bit of breeze in the afternoon, but it was a different golf course today.  It was getting a little bit firmer and some of the pin placements were a little tougher than they were yesterday, so a little bit harder to get close to the hole.”

Alison finished her round later in the afternoon, when most of the second wave of players battled the worst of the windy conditions. She managed to hole a six-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to grab a share of the lead at 8-under par. She trying not think about winning her first LPGA trophy;

” It was obviously a nice way to finish, any birdie, I’ll take it.  It’s good. To do it on the last hole was nice to have a little momentum overnight and going into tomorrow.  At the same time, ties me with the lead, so it was kind of important. It’s definitely another day away, I’m thinking about what I’m going to eat.  You know, like tomorrow I can go out there and first hole, just the First Tee ball is what matters. Then on Sunday, if I’m in that position coming down through the last holes ,I’ll think about it.  I’m not going to think about it yet.”

So Yeon Ryu, the defending Champion has kept herself in contention, to deliver a second straight victory in Toledo. Rounds of 68 and 69 have put So Yeon in a tie for eighth place, at 5-under-par with Lexi Thompson and Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park said her putting was getting back to normal;

” I didn’t have a really good start, I started with bogey today, but I really played well rest of the day. I’m putting really good this week.  My putting has gotten a lot better than last week, so that’s really a good positive to take on.”

World Amateur #1 ladies golfer Lydia Ko earned a share of fifth place with a -4 under par second round of 67 and a -6 under par total.