The Evian Championship Cancelled For Thursday.

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The Evian Championship, the fifth ladies Major title, will now begin on Friday at the Evian Resort Golf Club, and the tournament has been reduced to 54 holes.

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So Yeon Ryu before the storm / getty

Round one  play was suspended around 10 am local time on Thursday in France, as very strong winds, blowing at 45 miles-per-hour, coupled with heavy rain,  which caused golf balls to be moved on the greens.

Leading at the time were Jessica Korda, USA and World number one So Yeon Ryu from South Korea, both ladies were tied at the top on – 2 under par when play was halted.

Lets hope that the weather behaves itself tomorrow, but the forecast for the week-end is not good.

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U.S. Women’s Open. Sung Hyun Park With Maiden Win

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Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, with her maiden LPGA Tour win claims a Major title at the U.S. Women’s Open, at Trump National.

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Sung Hyun should have won the U.S. Women’s Open last year, but found water at the last to miss out on a play-off. This year she made no mistakes in winning her 1st LPGA Title;

“I did not have the best first and second rounds.”

“I wanted to believe in myself again for the final two rounds and I did.”

Amateur Hye Jin Choi, also from South Korea, was in second place at -9 under par, with a final round -1 under 71.

Third place was shared, with South Korea taking out the top four places on the leaderboard. At -7 under were Mi Jung Hur, -4 under 68 today, and So Yeon Ryu, with her last round -2 under 70.

Shanshan Feng, China, was going for a wire to wire win, needed an Eagle at the last, just get into a play-off. The gamble failed, resulting instead in a triple bogey eight, dropping her from second place to T6 at -6 under, with a last round +3 over 75, blaming poor putting for the lackluster last round;

“I think overall before the last hole I did pretty well, I did a good job hanging in right there because my putting was not really that great.” 

“You know now I look back I should be happy, actually, about my result because coming into this week I had no expectations at all.”

“My last three U.S. Opens I think I missed tow cuts and last year I just made the cut so actually this year is such an improvement. So I think it’s been great.”

Best American in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open was Marina Alex, T 11 at -4 under for the tournament, -2 under 70 today;

“It’s cool, it’s awesome, I’m really glad that the State of New Jersey and the community found it and interesting coming out to watch me and watching women’s golf, being out here. I’m really happy.”

KPMG WOMENS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP. Kim and Kang the Cream at the Top.

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Sei Young Kim, South Korea, and Danielle Kang, USA, are the cream at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard after 36 holes at Olympia Fields in Chicago. The round was interrupted for a while with electrical storms in the area.

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

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Sei Young and Danielle both posted a second rounds of -5 under par 66 to top the  KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard at the half-way stage of this Major with -7 under par totals.

Sei Young said she had benefited from the calmer winds after the interval from the storms;

“Fortunately, when I tee off, it was a little less windy.”

“So I was able to play to the pin, attack the pin. So I made a lot of opportunities for the birdie chance.” 

Danielle has been bogey free for her 36 holes, no mean feat in a Major competition;

“Both of those rounds, I kept my game plan, and they were both bogey-free, so I’m pretty happy.”

 “I kept sticking to the iron shots that I trusted all my life, and giving myself opportunities is what we‘ve been doing.”

Four ladies are tied in third place, just one shot back with tournament totals of -6 under par, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, England, -5 under 66 today, first round leader Chella Choi, South Korea, -1 under 70, Amy Yang, South Korea, even par 71, and Brittany Lincicome, USA, -5 under 66.

There is still a long way to go in this Major tournament, and not too far back are Major winners like, Lydia Ko, New Zealand and Michelle Wi, USA, with a -4 under totals, Brooke Henderson, Canada -5 under, and So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, also at -5 under par.

Lets see who gets moving on the 4th of July week-end here in Chicago.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Wins, Is Now World Number 1

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So Yeon Ryu, from South Korea, wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and also becomes the new Ladies World Number 1.

 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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So Yeon carded a final round -2 under par 69 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with a -18 under par total, and a two shot winning margin, making her dream as world number one come true;

“Dreams come true! I always dreamed about it. I cannot believe it. I didn’t expect two good things coming together.”

“First of all, I really want to appreciate everyone who has been supportive of me, to make me the No. 1 player in the world. That’s finally made my dream.”

“This is going to my first week as the No. 1 player in the world. I know it’s going to be a lot of pressure and I know I can handle a lot of different things.”

“I’m glad to be a multiple winner, and also this is not the first time I’ve won more than once in a year, so hopefully many more to come.”

“One of the reason why I think I can be consistent is because I enjoy this game. I just want to be focused, enjoy this game and then try to improve every moment.”

 “Then, I want to see what God going to give me.” 

Amy Yang, -7 under 64 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, -5 under 66 today tied for second place at -16 under par for the three rounds.

Moriya is getting more confident;

“I get a lot of confidence from this week and hopefully keep playing solid and finish in another good week.”

Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie were tied in fourth spot at -13 under par.

Stacy struggled with her putter, the ball would just not drop in the hole;

“I thought I did a really good job again of just sticking to the game plan of this golf course.”

“I know how to play this golf course better than anybody, just couldn’t quite get the putts to fall.”

 “The game’s so close, though, I’m excited. We’ve got majors coming up and I’m excited where my game’s at right now.”

 

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Streaks Ahead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, streaks ahead of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship field in the second round at Pinnacle Country Club.

 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

So Yeon Ryu / getty

So Yeon fired a second round -10 under par 61 to post a -16 under par Walmart NW Arkansas Championship total, and will take a five shot advantage into the final round tomorrow, in this three round event, and was obviously very happy;

“It was so much fun,.”

“I made a really long putt at 8, 17, and then I boost up and the shot was getting better and better.”

“At the back nine, I was able to make some more short birdies, and then pretty much made all of them. So happy with my round today.” 

“I think after you shot like, six under and ten under and next round going to be really tough because no matter how well you play, it’s not going to be great enough compared to ten under and six under.”

Nearest challengers are Stacy Lewis, USA, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, both ladies had -6 under rounds of 65 and share second place at -11 under par.

Moriya, sister of world number one Ariya, will not be under any stress tomorrow, she just wants to have fun;

“I’m pretty sure all the fans are wanting to go out and see us making birdies, and it’s great.”

“You know, she is a great player, and of course she can have a really good day.”

“It’s not like any stress or anything, just trying to have fun and play my game.”

Local girl Stacy got a loud cheer from the fans after making a long birdie putt on the final hole today;

“That’s kinda why you play, for those moments. I’m just glad I could give the fans a birdie and give ’em something to cheer for.”

 “Kinda felt like I was struggling a little bit coming in, so that’s why the last two birdies were extremely important to me, because I kind of felt like the momentum was going the other way, so I felt like I got the momentum back and can hopefully post another good one tomorrow.”

“I’m going to play aggressively and play like I’ve been playing, and, you know, I’m playing well enough to come from five back. It can be done.”

Amy Yang, from South Korea, has fourth spot to herself at -9 under par, a second round -6 under 65 easing her up the leaderboard.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Rookie Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Rookie Sung Hyun Park, from South Korea, leads the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship after the completion of a weather delayed round one at  Pinnacle Country Club.

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Sung Hyun Park / getty

Sung Hyun carded a first round -8 under par 63, which included a bogey, to lead the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, in Arkansas.

Sung Hyun said afterwards that her putting really put her in control, needing only 24 putts on the day;

“My play was best with putter today, very good,”

Another rookie Mel Reid, England, shares second place with Ally McDonald. USA, and So Yeon Ryu from South Korea, all at -6 under par 65, two shots off the pace.

Ally was happy to have her family supporting her today;

“Means a lot. There are few places that my family can get to with the schedule and with my grandparents wanting to watch me.”

“I’m happy they could all be here, and hopefully I can play well for them.”

Mel  made birdie on five of her first seven holes, threw in a hole in one at the par three 11th, but sadly recorded two bogey’s on the way in. She explained her hole in one;

“I mean, as soon as I hit it I thought, oh, it’s got a chance.”

 “I just hit a little 9-iron, so I think it was 135. I just tried to play a 130 shot and it pitched about seven behind it and came back.”

So Yeon Ryu was smooth and bogey free all day, and her putting came back;

“I think everything was really smooth from start to end.”

“Especially I was happy with my putting because last time when I played a tournament, I was really struggling with my putting.”

 “It feels great to be back and hopefully I can have a really great bogey-free round again.”

ShopRite LPGA Classic . Defending Champ Anna On Top.

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Defending Champion Anna Nordqvist leads the ShopRite LPGA Classic after the first round.

ShopRite LPGA Classic

Anna Nordqvist / getty

Anna, Sweden opened this years ShopRite LPGA Classic with a first round -7  under par 64 to lead the tournament by one shot, despite not putting too well;

“I feel like I enjoy this place, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove here.”

“I am just trying to take it day by day. I’ve been playing good for a long time now, so just tying get everything to click at once.”

“I’ve been hitting it really well the last couple weeks. Just haven’t really been putting well since Phoenix.”

“But started to get a couple rolls going for me today.”

“Had a lot of opportunities and a lot of good putts that didn’t go in, too, but my wedge game was really good today and I putted a few short ones.”

Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, Jennifer Song, U.S.A.  Jeong Eun Lee, and Jenny Shin from South Korea all share second place at -6 under par following opening rounds of 65.

The Womens World Number One position is set to change this week, no matter what happens this week  in New Jersey, either Ariya Jutanugarn or So Yeon Ryu is projected to move to the top of the rankings.

The Lydia Ko camp are not playing here, for reasons best known to themselves. Just another confusing decision from them, not playing for three weeks leading up to a Major tournament.

Neither is second placed Ariya Jutanugarn, so that leaves So Yeon Ryu looking set to take over the top spot, with a win or even a good finish here, except that she has wilted under the pressure, carding a first round +3 over par 74.

So Ariya will take over the number slot, unless So Yeon has a miraculous recovery, which will be difficult in this three round competition.