Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Wins.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, wins the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club.

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So Yeon shot a final round -5 under par 67 to post a winning score of -21 under and win the Meijer LPGA Classic, with a two stroke win margin, great putting being the key;

“I was incredibly calm today, I felt maybe it could be my day.”

“My putting turned out really great. I’m really proud of myself today.”

Caroline Mason, Germany, claimed second place, two shots back at -19 under par, a 70 foot putt giving her a -4 under 68 round and -19 under par total to have that place position on her own;

“It’s obviously a great finish with a huge putt on the last.”

“I was barely on the green and made it. I don’t know what that was, 24 meters, a long way, 70 feet or something. So yeah, super happy about the finish today. Second place is great.”

“This year’s been really, really good, very consistent, which is exactly what I’ve been working on. “

“So, extremely proud of the way I’ve played this year, and obviously if you get that close and have that many top tens a win isn’t far away, so that’s obviously the one that’s hopefully coming next.”

Lydia Ko from New Zealand was in third place, a last round -5 under 67  giving her a -18 under par total;

“Overall I played solid, to finish with three 67s, I’m happy with that.”

“This course, you know, you shoot 3, 4, 5 under and there’s somebody shooting 8 under out there.”

“I don’t remember this course being this easy and I don’t think it was easy, but it just shows the amount of talent that’s on our Tour.”

“It’s just good to have a great week.”

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Meijer LPGA Classic. Anna Nordqvist & Lee-Anne Pace Lead.

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Anna Nordqvist, Sweden and  Lee-Anne Pace, South Africa, lead the Meijer LPGA Classic after 54 holes at   Blythefield Country Club.

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Anna Nordqvist & Lee-Anne Pace / getty

Anna and Lee-Anne both carded -8 under par 64 to top the   Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard with -18 under par totals, giving them a two shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow.

“Anna is playing good golf, and feels good doing it;

“It feels good playing good golf, it has been a couple solid days here.”

“When you struggle this year and you know what bad golf feels like, I’m just happy to feel more like myself and hitting better shots.”

“I’ve been in the position before, but I’m  just happy to be playing good golf.”

“I feel like a veteran a little bit, but right now I’m just trying to keep learning, keep getting better every day, and it’s been a little bit of a process this year, but pretty happy how far I have come so far.

Lee-Anne likes the Blythefield Country Club course;

“I love this golf course, it reminds me a lot of home, I feel so comfortable on the course.”

 “I’m hitting my irons really well. I’ve been striking the ball really well. I changed clubs earlier in the year and I’m feeling well.”

So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, is in third place, a -3 under par 69 today leaving her with a -16 under par total, in this position on her own.

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Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Has 36 Hole Lead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, has the 36 hole lead at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

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So Yeon had a poor day with her tee shots, but made up for it with her putter, to sign for -5 under par 67 today, for a -13 under tournament total, and a one shot advantage for the week-end. She is also looking ahead to the UL International Crown competition in Korea;

“I hit a bit of bad tee shots, quite a lot today, but putting was good enough to make it work.,

 “Then I think I made quite a lot of birdies today after I made three bogeys. I’m happy with 67 today.”

“I played 2014 and 2016 (UL) International Crown and I know how cool the tournament is going to be.”

“Also, I’m an ambassador for UL and it’s going to be more special and then it’s going to be in Korea.”

“So all those reasons make me really motivated to playing well for these three events to make it for Team Korea.”

Tied in second place are two ladies, Sandra Gall, Germany, -8 under 64 today, and Sakura Yokomine, Japan, who also shot -8 under 64 today, both at -12 under for the competition.

Sandra was happy to be in contention;

“It’s nice to see when you’re making the birdies and you see your name at the top.”

“It’s fun when you’re in contention for the weekend. It’s great.”

Another German lady is in fourth position, Caroline Mason is on her own at -11 under after her -6 under 66 in her second round.

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Meijer LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu and Kelly Shon Lead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, and Kelly Shon, USA, lead the Meijer LPGA Classic after the first round at  Blythefield Country Club.

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So Yeon & Kelly / getty

So Yeon, bogey free today and Kelly, one bogey, both carded – 8 under par 64 to lead the Meijer LPGA Classic by two shots after day one.

So Yeon has been working on her game, it paid off today;

“I think my long game has been really consistent and I’ve been working really hard with my coach and we’ve been really focused on speed control on the greens.”

“It finally paid off today.”

Kelly has also been practicing hard;

“Just seeing it go in, it builds confidence and it just feels nice, which gives you a good flow to the round just overall.”

I’ve been keeping my head down, just working as hard as I could doing the same things, and so yeah, to be honest, I have been kind of been waiting for a round like this.”

Tied in third place with  -6 under 66 opening rounds  are, Anna Nordqvist,  Sweden, who was bogey free today, Sue Oh, Australia, Celine Herbin, France, and Lizette Salas, USA.

Anna was really happy with her best round so far this season;

“I’ve had a really rough start to the year. I haven’t really felt like myself, but just trying to make a few changes the last couple weeks and get on a better roll.”

“I know good golf is ahead of me, but it has definitely been frustrating.”

“I felt very solid from tee to green, I hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens, had a few short birdie opportunities too so that always helps.”

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HUGEL-JTBC LA Open. Moriya Jutanugarn Leads

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Moriya Jutanugarn from Thailand leads the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open at Wilshire Country Club in California


Moriya Jutanugarn / getty

Moriya shot a bogey free second round -5 under par 71 to lead the inaugural HUGEL-JTBC LA Open by one stroke with a -8 under total;

“Just try and hit fairways and greens. That’s the key for this week. That’s what I try to do.”

Marina Alex, USA, keeps her second place with a second round -3 under 68, giving her a -8 under tournament total.

So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, has third place at -6 under par, with a second round of -6 under par 65;

“When you’re really focused, you don’t even know what you had last hole, so I didn’t even feel like I made two birdies in a row.”

“I didn’t really get pumped about it.”

“I was really focused on all the shots and I was really focused on the present, and that really helped me to play well today.” 

First round leader Inbee Park, South Korea, had an afternoon tee time, and suddenly found out about Poa Annua greens later in the day, carding even par 71 today to be T 4;

“Playing in the afternoon, it’s so much tougher to hole a putt.”

“It’s just hard to trust your line when you know it’s just going to bounce everywhere.”

“I told my caddie, Brad, maybe we need to hit it a little further and maybe it’ll be better.”

“I was able to hole the long ones but wasn’t able to make the short ones.”

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Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. Eun Hee Ji Wins Easily.

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Eun Hee Ji, South Korea, easily wins the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship, by six shots in Taiwan, only her second LPGA Tour win, the last was eight years ago.

 Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship

Eun-Hee-ji / selfie

Eun Hee calmly carded a final round -7 under par 65, to post the winning number of -17 under par at the top of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship leaderboard, and end her eight year drought;

“I’m so happy and excited because I haven’t won for the past eight years.”

 “So I was waiting for this moment for so long, so I’m super happy right now.”

“It is a nice day for playing golf today, and I have a really good group with Lydia and Jenny, so I was more relaxed with them and enjoyed playing with them.”

 “Yeah, it’s been great.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, also -7 under 65, bogey free today, claimed second place on her own at -11 under par;

“I’ll still take a birdie on the finishing hole.”

“I played really solid today. I had a few pars; I guess 12-footers for par on my front nine that I was able to hole and make a bunch of birdies. “

“I’ll take my 65.”  

Five ladies tied in third position at a distant -7 under par, World #1 So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, -7 under 65 today, Lizette Salas, USA, -5 under 67, Carlota Ciganda, Spain, -4 under 68, Shanshan Feng, China, -4 under 68 and Madelene Sagstrom, Sweden, also with -4 under 68 today.

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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.

The Evian Championship

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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