ANA Inspiration. So Yeon Beats Lexi in Play-Off, After Lexi Get A Late Four Shot Penalty !!!

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So Yeon Ryu beats Lexi Thompson in a play-off for the ANA Inspiration title, the first ladies Major of the year, at Mission Hills in California.

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So Yeon Ryu

So Yeon carded a final round -4 under par 68 to get into a playoff for the ANA Inspiration title with Lexi Thompson -5 under 67 today.

So Yeon made birdie on the first play-off hole the par five 18th;

” I just, you know, cannot believe this situation. During play, I didn’t even check the leaderboard, but I thought Lexi played really, really well.”

 “I thought, I’m well behind, so all I wanted to do was just play my game and enjoy my game.”

“I was paired with my best friend, Inbee Park today, so I just really wanted to have a really good, strong finish.”

If like me you are wondering how Lexi, who lead after 54 holes, shot a lower final round than the winner, came second, here is the answer, Lexi was penalized four strokes because on Sunday afternoon, a TV viewer submitted feedback via LPGA.com that they believed Lexi had incurred a penalty during Saturday’s third round.

The viewer stated that she witnessed Lexi, during the third round on Saturday, fail to properly replace her ball prior to putting out on the green at the par three, 17th hole. After being reviewed by LPGA Rules officials, Lexi was deemed to have in fact breached Rule 20-7c. Sue Witters, Vice President of Rules and Competition, notified Lexi between the 12th green and 13th tee during her final round, that she would be assessed a two-stroke penalty for the infraction and an additional two-stroke penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard. Officialdom gone mad.

You have to wonder who is running the LPGA competitions, the officials, or some viewer, reviewing play, via a slow motion replay. Why have all those officials out on the course when you just rely on TV viewers, even the next day.

Whatever happens out on the course, if it is not picked up by officials, then the offense never happened. Don’t you think Lexi’s opponent on the day would have said something  if she thought for one moment that a rule had been breached, and that she could gain an advantage over Lexi.

I think the decision is unfair, how can you reasonably go back  in time 24 hours and then incur a four shot penalty.

Do you really think So Yeon was happy to win in such a way?

Email me your thoughts; whitedragongolf@gmail.com 

 

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration after 54 holes at Mission Hill in California.

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Lexi, USA, shot a third round -5 under par 67 to top the ANA Inspiration leaderboard at -13 under par after 54 holes at Mission Hills, and is looking forward to another trip into Poppie’s Pond;

“Yeah, well, that experience always helps me out, but I’m just going to focus on tomorrow, focus on one shot at a time, relax out there between shots, and just focus on doing my routine, visualizing my shots out there.”

“I just love this golf course. I get to hit a lot of drivers, and it just sets up well.”

 “There’s a few dog-legs left, which helps me out. I love being here. It’s just absolutely beautiful, and it’s always in great shape for us.”

Suzann Pettersen, from Sweden, is in second place, two shots back at -11 under par, a third round -4 under 68 keeping her firmly in touch with the leader, and also really wants to get wet, in the traditional jump for the winner into Poppie’s Pond;

“I think I’ve always said since the first time I saw this place it really fits my eye.”

“I’m driving the ball well, and that’s a major key on this golf course, and if you do, you can kind of attack it, as well.”

“So far, so good. I’ve got a big job to do tomorrow. I mean, the leaderboard is packed behind me, as well.”

“You’ve got to expect to go out there and shoot low. There’s a lot at stake, but I’m all in for it.”

Four ladies are tied in third place with -10 under par totals, three players from South Korea, Mi Jung Hur, -7 under par 65 in the third round, Inbee Park, -4 under 68, and So Yeon Ryu, -3 under 69. The fourth player tied in third place is Minjee Lee, from Australia, -4 under 68 in the third round.

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads After 2nd Round.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills in California.

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Lexi had a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the ANA Inspiration at -8 under par;

“My game is in a good spot.”

” I just have to focus on doing one shot at a time and just focus on just doing my routine and relaxing.”

Sharing second place at -7 under are, Michelle WieSuzann Pettersen,  So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park.

Michelle had a good take on the days play, after 56 ladies had to return to complete their second rounds, before embarking on the third;

“More coffee I think will be key today.”

So Yeon is ready to go;

“Right now, I think I’m in my zone.”

ANA Inspiration. 1st round Play Suspended. Karine Icher Leads

 

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Karine Icher. from Franceleads the ladies first Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, as the first round was suspended due to high winds at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

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Karine 

Karine shot a completed first round of -5 under par 67 at the ANA Inspiration tournament to lead by one shot, as play was suspended due to the high winds.

Tied in second place are, amateur player from South Korea, Eun Jeong Seong, with her finished first round of -4 under 68, Michelle Wie, finished  -4 under 68, Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu, both from South Korea with the same first rounds of 68.

Eun Jeong Aced the par three 5th hole, with a six iron;

“I couldn’t see the hole, and then I just said, `Oh my God!”

“I don’t think about being one of the leaders. I’m just happy that I’m playing.”

Michelle played along side 14-year-old amateur  Lucy LI, from USA who was  -1 under 71 today, and Michelle mentioned the comparison to when she started on the pro tour;

“I was walking behind her on No. 1, and I’m like, `She’s really cute,.”

“No one really called me that when I was 13. `Damn, she tall.’ That’s all I got.”

“I had a lot of fun out there, I played steady.”

Lucy,  thought she should have made a couple of putts, to improve her score;

“I thought I could have made a couple more putts.”

Defending ANA Inspiration Champion, Lydia Ko,  and world No. 1, was -2 under par through five holes in viscous winds before play was suspended.

Kia Classic. Mirim Lee Wins.

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Mirim Lee wins the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Mirim turned a 54 hole lead into victory, carding a final round -7 under 65 to win the Kia Classic with a -20 under par total, a six shot winning margin.

Mirim, from South Korea, spoke to reporters via a translator;

“It’s been a long time to be winner of the tournament, so I kind of nervous before I start of game.”

“But I try to focus and then gives me good result.”

 “When I practiced this course I think tee shot was most important thing, so I focused on good tee shot so that makes this good result.”

So Yeon Ryu, -6 under 66 today, and Austin Ernst, -5 under 67, shared second place, at -14 under par.

So Yeon wants to improve;

“I think everything is right there, I just need to keep it patient and need to trust myself I’m good.”

“Even though I haven’t won any tournament I just cannot really blame anything.”

“I felt like everything is pretty great. Like, well, when your game is kind of like perfect you’re able to win. Mine cannot be called perfect yet, but I think it’s good enough.”

Austin knew winning was impossible;

“She was at twenty under. I knew at that point you’re basically playing for second place, unless she does something coming down the stretch.”

 “My game was really solid. Today was really a solid round of golf. Hit a bunch of greens. Gave myself a lot of the good looks.”

 

CME Group Tour Championship. Charley wins 1st LPGA Title.

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Charley Hull, from England wins her 1st LPGA Tour title at the CME Group Tour Championship, in Florida.

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Charley Hull

Charley carded -6 under par 66 to capture the  CME Group Tour Championship, her maiden Tour win, at -19 under par, a two shot victory;

“It’s pretty cool feeling, hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but I last won on the LET, the European Tour, like two years ago.”

“Had that dry like patch for a few years. Feels good now to get a win.”

In second place was So Yeon Ryu, a final round -5 under 67 giving her that place on her own at -17 under par;

“Sometimes you just, well, good thing is when you decided to do something then when you are completely having a faith about it, then when you did it you cannot really complain about result.”

“Maybe 17 was only one my decision wasn’t really great.”

“Maybe better to hit 3-wood or draw or something like that. But just sometimes I feel like just God make that happen.”

“You know, God make that happen for make me a better player, make me a better person. So I just really don’t want to blame myself. I just take this one as just serendipity, you know.”

Jennifer Song was third with her -15 under par total, last round -4 under 68.

In Gee Chun claimed the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year award, and also this week added the Vare Trophy, making birdie on the last to beat Lydia Ko.

In Ghee spoke about playing alongside Lydia and Amy Yang;

“It was big honor for me, because to have my name next to legends, and then I play with Lydia and Amy today,  and I always play with them.”

“I know she’s great, but Lydia is great player, I learned from her a lot.”

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Race to CME Globe

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Ariya wins the Race to CME Globe, beating Lydia into second place, it is safe to say it was not a good day for the World number one.

Ariya thinks it is great, and it is;

“It’s great, it’s like my dream come true.”

“I never think like my name can be in this trophy, and right now I’m really proud of myself.”

“You know even like last year I miss like ten cut in a row.”

“But I feel really appreciate it. Because if that thing not happen I’m not going to win all this stuff this year.”

“This year just like try my best, so I am not really worry about in the past. Try to be focus on positive thing, not think about all like bad thing.”

CME Group Championship. Lydia Leads.

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Lydia Ko, the world number one lead the CME Group Championship after 36 holes in Florida, in the Race to the CME Globe.

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Lydia shot a record breaking -10 under par 62 to vault to the top of the CME Group Championship leaderboard, and will have a three stroke advantage over the field going into the week-end.

Lydia had been working with coach David Leadbetter, he showed her a video of her first hole in one, that was the catalyst to fire up her inspiration;

“Brings back a lot of great memories. Even though that moment I really didn’t expect to make a hole-in-one. I got so close so many times. To know my first hole-in-one would be at the Olympics, it was something I couldn’t have ever dreamt of.”

“To see that swing, you know, I was hitting the ball really well at the Olympics. It gave me all the positive thoughts.”

“I hit the ball pretty well yesterday. He said, I think we only need a few minutes and we’ll be okay.”

“I think hopefully that will give me good momentum going into the weekend.”

“I mean, I started off kind of average yesterday, but I was able to fight back. I think that gave me good momentum going into today.”

“For me to win player the year I know I need to win this championship.”

“ A lot of things come with that.”

Tied in second place at -9 under are, Ryann O’Toole, -5 under 67 today, and So Yeon Ryu -4 under 68.

So Yeon changed her putting attitude;

“I actually like judge myself to, ‘Oh, the bad putter. I’m bad putter.’ Then all of a sudden somehow I was able to switch my mind to, ‘Okay, I’m great putter. I’m not a bad putter.’

“Then after my change my attitude I feel more comfortable to be on the putting green.”

“So Yeon, when you’re on the putting green you just think this green is yours. You can actually communicate with the green and do everything great on the green.”

“So I started to have this attitude on the green and then I am playing well right now.”

Ryann also has a charged up attitude;

“You see someone up at the top and you go, Okay, I can do it. I’m not going to let them beat me kind of thing.”

“If you’re playing well and the game is there, it’s a lot easier to have that mentality. Sometimes chasing can kill you if you’re not striking it well or anything like that.”

“Then you’re getting a head of yourself, yeah, this is comfortable zone for her.”

“At the same time, who is more hungry? I think I’m going to kind of go with that. Who wants it?”

Yesterdays leader Shanshan Feng went backwards today, +1 over par 73, to slip down the table at -5 under and T 16.