The Evian Championship. In Gee Easily Wins.

 

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A history making -21 under par Major score sees In Gee Chun, from South Korea, easily win The Evian Championship in France.

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In Gee shot a final round -2 under par 69 to take The Evian Championship trophy, just cruising from beginning to end;

“I just cannot believe I won the Evian Championship. I made 21-under-par. I’m not dreaming, right?”

“I had a really great time this week. Most people say golf is an individual sport, but I believe it is a team sport.”

“My manager, my caddie, my coach and I as a team, prepared for this game and played this game. I love my team.”

“I know minus 19 under par is tied record before the final round.”

“It was more pressure for me, but I tried to think about it as a really good experience.  I tried to more enjoy it.”

“I don’t know because I feel like I’m dreaming now. Without nerves, I feel bored. Nothing, bored.”

“I had a lot of pressure on the course, but I much enjoyed my game. I tried my best to keep to my game plan possibly, I think so I might win this time.”

South Korea took the top three places as So Yeon Ryu, -5 under par 66 today, and Sung Hyun Park, -2 under 69, tied in second place at -17 under par.

Shanshan Feng, from China finished in fourth place, at -15 under par, she also had a final round -2 under par 69.

World #1 Lydia Ko finished with another poor round +2 over 73, but eased the pain of this performance by capturing the Rolex Annika Major Award.

Rolex Annika Major Award

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“It means a lot, especially because coming into this year my goal was to be more consistent in majors, and this exactly is the award for that, and obviously you need a win to have that, and just to have it named after Annika and how successful she’s been in majors and just in general and what she’s done for the game, I think there might not be some of us if it wasn’t for a player like her.”

“It’s something that I could have only really dreamt of and imagined of, and for it to be true in a few moments I think is going to be awesome, and especially for me to stand alongside a legend like Annika.”

LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Advances to the Top.

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Ariya Jutanugarn advances to the top of the LPGA Volvik Championship at the conclusion of the second round.

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Ariya carded a second round -4 under par 68 to take the lead in the  LPGA Volvik Championship at the  half way stage with a -10 under par total, and a two shot advantage going into the week-end.

Ariya was happy to make some good putts on the back nine, and is now chasing her third consecutive win on Tour ;

“Today was pretty good.  I mean, I didn’t hit my iron that good but still okay, and I start to make some putt on the back nine.”

“I mean, right now I’m really happy with it and I really enjoy play golf right now, so I’m not thinking about, I’m going to win, I’m going to lose, but just have fun and keep playing  good.”

 So Yeon Ryu -5 under par 67 today, Christina Kim -1 under 71 and Marina Alex -5 under 67, all share second place at -9 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Christina had problems getting the ball in the hole;

“Everything was great, just the ball wasn’t in the hole.”

“I mean, it wasn’t like I was backing off of putts after I hit them trying to figure out how did I miss that break or anything like that.”

” It was just a matter of just burning the edges and just, I mean, not even really being a degree off.”

” So I’m still very confident going into the weekend.  I’ve still got a lot of confidence in my putting.”

So Yeon has been close to winning;

“I was so close to winning the last three tournaments, the final round wasn’t good enough to get the trophies so I was really disappointed in myself as well.”

“But the good thing is I just kept in contention, that I just kept fighting.”

” I really want to hold this and I really want to keep my positive mind until Sunday.”

Marina has been making swing changes, and feels the hard work is paying off;

“You know, I don’t necessarily think I was playing all that bad at the beginning of the year, I was just really rusty.”

 “I’ve been making a ton of swing changes in the off season and now they’re starting to feel more comfortable and just kind of everything is starting to feel like it’s mine and I own it.”

“Whereas at the beginning of the year I think I was just a little unsure with what I was doing and just not really fully committed to where I was and obviously now I am, so it’s paying off.”

 

Kingsmill Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn Leads.

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THA Ariya Jutanugarn leads the Kingsmill Championship after three rounds at the  River Course in Virginia.

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THA Ariya carded a third round -6 under par 65 to lead the Kingsmill Championship at -10 under par, which will give her a one shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;

“It’s nice, but actually, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

“But it’s good enough for me to be right here.”

“Normally if I’m tied for the lead or one shot behind, I get a little bit excited, but today I’m not.”

“I just keep playing my game and have fun and enjoy it with every shot.”

They say beware the injured player, and that certain applied to KOR In Gee Chun, who carded the low round of the day, an amazing -9 under par 62, despite not feeling too good, she is now sharing second place with THA Pornanong Phatlum -6 under par 65 today and yesterday’s leader, KOR So Yeon Ryu carding -2 under 69, all at -9 under par for the tournament.

In Gee was suffering from allergies;

“Because the weather, and because I have allergies. It’s really bad. I did not feel good.”

“And it was a lot of wind today, so I did not play with high expectations, but I could focus on my game better, and I play with Candie and Kelly today, and really thank them for making me feel comfortable.”

 “And my friends are here. I was so happy to see them enjoying my play; then I focused more on my game.”

So Yeon made bogey on the last hole to drop out of the tie for the lead, her putts not dropping;

“I was almost going to play a bogey-free round and I made a bogey at the last hole.”

“I was pretty disappointed. But yeah, I hit a bad tee shot, but the rest of the day my playing was pretty great. I’m happy with that.”

“But if I really think about what’s the difference between yesterday, it’s just the putts were not dropping, so hopefully tomorrow I’ll drop everything.”

Pornanong is trying to focus on her game;

“There’s a lot of good competitors out here, and of course everybody is here to win.”

“I only focused on my game, and some of the week it will just come all together, and when that happens, hopefully it’s going to come soon.”

“Right now I have confidence, so that’s what I’ve been working on.”

With more rain forecast tomorrow, there will be a two tee start.

Kingsmill Championship. So Yeon Ryu Takes Over at the Top.

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So Yeon Ryu takes over at the top of the Kingsmill Championship leaderboard at the  River Course.

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So Yeon carded a second round -7 under par 64 to take the lead in the Kingsmill Championship at the half way stage, with her -7 under par total.

So Yeon said putting was the key for her today

“Today I’ve been putting really nice, my first hole I made a bogey, but it felt really great the next two holes. I made birdie-birdie right away.”

“Even my shot and birdie putt, and putting, I think today just everything was really working well.”

“I haven’t really consistently shot low scores since Hawaii, like five or six tournaments, then I shot seven under again today, so I hope I can hold this score the next two days, as well.”

“This one is definitely my favorite golf course what we play. Like you say, I consistently play really well here, so I feel really comfortable to stay here.”

 “I think I just really like the atmosphere, so I really enjoy it, so enjoying it makes me play.”

Sharing second place are three ladies, Stacy Lewis, -5 under 66 today, she played alongside So Yeon. Also Amy Yang -4 under 67 and  Mika Miyazato even par 71 today.

Stacy was much happier today, recovering well to easily make the cut;

“I’m happy with the round today, I needed a good score today to get up in contention and on the leaderboard, but it’s just going to be a long weekend.”

“You get ready for that. You get ready for delays and playing in the wet, and this golf course is going to get even harder.”

“You just kind of mentally prepare for it and know it’s going to happen, and if it doesn’t, that’s a great thing.”

“We both got off to a really good start, when you see other people make birdies, it kind of frees you up to know that it’s out there.”

 “Our whole group yesterday didn’t really make that many birdies, and so it was kind of boring in a sense, so we were definitely kind of feeding off of each other.”

World No. 1 Lydia Ko bounced back from a first-round +2 over 73 and posted a -3 under 68 to move into a tie for T37, while Inbee Park had to withdraw from the tournament, suffering from a recurring injury to her left thumb. A condition that kept her out of action for the last three LPGA events. We wish Inbee a speedy recovery.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. So Yeon Ryu Leads.

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So Yeon Ryu leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic after the first round in San Francisco.

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So Yeon carded a bogey free 1st round -9 under par 63, a new tournament record, to lead the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic by two shots at the and of day one in San Francisco, and said she got lucky with an early tee time, and enjoyed some good putting;

“Well, I was kind of lucky to tee it off really early.”

 “I had a really fresh green, no wind.”

“Also San Francisco is really cold in the morning, but this morning it was just perfect temperature.”

“Then I think today everything was just great. My tee shot was great. I only missed one green today. I shot 17 greens. Putting was really good.”

“I think I pretty much complete everything, also I hit the ball a little longer.”

“So I feel pretty much comfortable with the long game. We were just more working on my short game, especially my putting.”

“I have been working with Ian Baker-Finch as well, so Ian and Cameron been discuss about my putting as well.”

“So, yeah, feels really good to have really good team.”

Haru Nomura is in second place, an opening round -7 under par 65, keeping her in touch with the leader.

Tied in third place at -5 under par are Xi Yu Lin and Christel Boeljon.

Xi had talks with her caddie on how they go forward;

“Well, she is very experienced because she used to be player, we been working together for a long time. We know each other.”

“So I decide to just tell her all my feeling, and sometimes just get the feeling this club is right even it doesn’t look right. So I just tell her. I telling her everything.”

“I’m so nervous hitting this drive or I don’t like this pin position, so let’s hit to the middle of the green. We talk a lot. Like soon as I make it clear, I can have a good rhythm.”

Defending Champion, World number one, Lydia Ko opened with a more modest -4 under par to be T4;

“I mean, it’s a tough course so you almost need to take advantage of the holes where you’re coming in with shorter clubs. I guess those are kind of like the par-5s.”

“If they become reachable, then if we make an eagle, that’s just an extra bonus”

“It’s tough, especially with the rough being lush. When you get those birdie opportunities you need to try and grab them. Yeah, there is not really one particular hole. But to me, I think No.4, the par-4, is one of the toughest holes on the course.”

“Even if you’re hitting a short iron with the way that hole is kind of set up, if you come off with four pars at the end of the week, that’s pretty good.”

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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.