Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Jenny Shin Wins 1st LPG Victory

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Jenny Shin, from South Korea,  wins the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at  Las Colinas Country Club, in Texas, her 1st LPG Victory.

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Jenny Shin and her 1st LPGA Trophy

Jenny carded a final bogey free round of -4 under par 67 to win the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout with a total of -14 under par, a two shot victory.

Jenny is the third Rolex First Time Winner of the season, joining Ha Na Jang and Haru Nomura in achieving LPGA success, he had this to say;

“Still in awe nothing has registered yet. I wanted to talk to my mum, but I was on the verge of tears so I hung up without really her answering the phone.”

“I think it will hit me as soon as I talk to my mum, yeah. I don’t have anything going on right now.”

“I think I’ve been in contention so many times that I’ve kind of learned how to tune it out.”

 “I’m not sure I can repeat it exactly the same if I have a chance next time. I think every year I become a better player and I get a little bit more experience.”

“And I think I’ve gotten a lot out of it every time I go through this, so hopefully next year will be better, the year after that will be better.”

Tied in second place, two shots back at -12 under par  were a pair of South Koreans, Amy Yang, and Mi Jung Hur, both with even par rounds of 71, they were joined by Gerina Piller who could not complete the win, but did start the day with a two shot lead, suffering with a last round +2 over par 73.

Gerina spoke the really tough day, and she is learning all the time;

“I mean, the conditions are pretty tough, so it definitely wasn’t a cakewalk out there.”

 “As you can see, I haven’t really looked at the leaderboard if anyone shot a real low one.”

“The pins were really, really tough today and it’s tough to get them close, especially coming in.”

“But I’ve taken nothing but good things away from this week. That was my first time ever holding the lead, especially for two rounds, so it’s just more confidence that I’m adding to what I already have.”

World Ladies Championship. Jung-Min Lee Wins

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Jung-Min Lee from South Korea wins the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

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The World Ladies Championship was won by Jung-Ming with a final round -6 under par 66, to post a winning total of -9 under par. South Korea dominated this competition claiming the top five places on the leaderboard, as well as taking the Team Title.

Jung-Ming was surprised with her win, she also claimed the Team Title with her playing partner Jin-Young Ko;

“I was very surprised to win because I didn’t feel that I played my best and I wasn’t in the leading group.”

“My main goal this year is to get my best ever score on the KLPGA Tour.”

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The winning team, Jin Young Ko & Jung Min Lee / Power Sport Images

Seung-Hyun Lee, -1 under 71 today, Bo-Kyung Kim -3 under 69 and Han Sol Ji -1 under 71, all tied in second place at -8 under par for the tournament.

 Ji-Hyun Oh was fifth, -1 under 71 in the final round giving her a -7 under par tournament total.

Yu LiuChina and  Saraporn Chamchoi of Thailand tied for sixth place, both on -6 under par.

Ladies World Championship. Ji Han Sol Leads Suspended 1st Round.

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Ji Han Sol from South Korea leads the Ladies World Championship as the 1st round was suspended due to darkness at Mission Hills in China.

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KOR Ji  carded a completed -4 under-par 68 on the Olazabal Course at Mission Hills before darkness caused play to be suspended for the day. In the morning  torrential rain and thunderstorms had delayed play by two hours and 40 minutes.

Ji spoke through an interpreter;

“I am really happy to get a great score even though it was raining a lot. I was trying to be relaxed mentally and it helped me to finish as the leader.”

“The first time I played this course in the practise round, I thought it was not that difficult.”

“To be honest, it felt easy for me at that time. However, when I played today in the first round of the competition, I realised that this course is not easy at all.”

“Today my shots were not the best and I made many mistakes. I will practise my ball striking and short game more for tomorrow so that I can lift the winner’s trophy.”

Second place is shared between three ladies at -3 under par, but none of them has yet completed their opening rounds,   KOR Ji Hyun Oh, with five holes left to play, FRA Anne-Lise Caudal, seven holes left and KOR Ye Na Chung, ten holes left. So there could be some changes at the top of the leaderboard once the rounds have been completed tomorrow.

CZE Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic, has finished her round at  level par 72 and commented on the cold temperatures, but she was happy with her putting today;

“I was freezing on the golf course because I just came from Phuket, Thailand, where it was 40, 45 degrees.”

“I felt very cold and my hands were freezing so it was hard to hit good shots and the grass was very wet, so I didn’t know what would happen.”

“I had 28 putts so that was much more helpful than two weeks ago when I was struggling with my putting.”

“I really like the golf course. It’s a beautiful course so I hope the weather will be better tomorrow.”





Maybank Championship Malaysia. Soomin Lee Leads

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Soomin Lee, from South Korea, leads the Maybank Championship Malaysia at the 54 hole stage, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

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Soomin carded a third round -7 under par 64 to claim top spot on the Maybank Championship Malaysia leaderboard with a -15 under par total on the Royal Selangor Golf Club.

Soomin has made just 12 appearances on the Asian Tour, and admitted he will be nervous approaching the final round;

“I feel a little bit nervous thinking about the final round but I will try my best.”

“This weekend will be very good for my golf life.”

“It was very exciting. I had a good feeling this week because I like playing on this course.”

“I hit many important iron shots today. I tried to putt close to the hole but it went in so I gained some confidence on the greens.”

“I’m trying to enjoy my game and focus on my own game. If I keep my ball on the fairway then it will be good for me to try and score.”

Marcus Fraser is in second place at -12 under par, a third round -5 under par 66 keeping him within sight of the leader.

Third place belongs to Nathan Holman, at -11 under par,  he slipped back today with a poor third round score of +2 over par 73, and will have some work to do tomorrow if he wants to win this title.

Miguel Tanuena, from the Philippines is T4, at -10 under, with two other players, Jorge Campillo and Masahiro KawaMura.

A third round of -2 under 69 from Miguel was not as good as he expected;

“I got off to a good start, I was two under after two.”

“But I didn’t like how I finished the round. I finished weak and that’s not how you win tournaments.”

“You have to come out clutch and make birdies in the last few holes. Hopefully I will do that tomorrow.”

“I’m still satisfied with my position. I’m still in position to win and that’s where you want to be.”

“Hopefully I can get off to a good start tomorrow and keep it going.”

AT&T Pebble Beach. Sung Kang In Dreamland, Tied at the Top.

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Sung Kang, from South Korea, is in dreamland as he tied for top spot on the AT&T Pebble Beach leaderboard.

Sung Kang carded nine birdies and an eagle on Friday. (Josh Hedges/Getty Images)

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Sung shot an amazing record breaking second round of -11 under par 60 at Monterey Peninsula, to share the AT&T Pebble Beach lead at that score. He admitted before  arriving in America he had never heard of his amateur partner, Ray Romano, not sure if Ray could see the funny side of that. He had not heard of Sung either, but will be sure to remember him after today.

Sung admitted he felt like he was in dreamland, he could not remember how many birdie putts he made, and those he could not read Fluff Cowan put him right;

“I feel like I’m living a dream right now.”

“Too many to count, it was just going in every single time, I still thought the par was 72,”

“One of my buddies came up and said, `Oh, you’re with Ray. He’s very famous.”

“I did some research on it. I Googled Ray and he was like on a really famous TV show for six or seven years. He gets like almost a third more earnings from TV drama show.”

“I think he’ll remember me after today.”

With Sung at the top at -11 under par is Hiroshi Iwata, from Japan, he posted another round of 66, this time at Pebble Beach.

Sharing third place are Phil Mickelson, -6 under 65 today at Monterey, Freddie Jacobson, -3 under 69 at Spyglass and Chez Reavie -2 under 70 at Pebble, all of them at -10 under for the tournament.

Phil needed  only 11 putts on the front nine at Monterey, and had thoughts of a 59, the back nine though was more modest;

“I thought I was going to shoot a lot lower than I did.”

“I didn’t expect to play 1 over coming in. But I’m not going to complain because I made a lot of good putts on the front.”

Justin Rose is next, in 6th place at -9 under par after his -3 under 68 at Monterey, he initially thought the greens were harder here at Monterey, but had to change his assessment when hearing of Sung’s bogey free 60;

“The greens are obviously perfect.”

World #1 Jordan Spieth is still struggling, -3 under 69 at Monterey leaving him way off the pace at -4 under par;

“I’m one under on the par fives, and from where I’ve been, they have pretty much all been par fours for me.”

“So it almost feels like I’m playing them seven over.”


Blue Bay LPGA. Sei Young Kim Wins.

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Sei Young Kim from South Korea wins the Blue Bay LPGA tournament at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course, in China.

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Sei Young rolled in a birdie putt on the last hole to win the Blue Bay LPGA title. A final round of -2 under par 70 gave the victory on that score and avoid a play-off that would have included Kim Kaufman, Candie Kung and Stacy Lewis, who all finished the tournament at -1 under par.

Sei Young picked up her third victory this season, and said she could not believe it. She has matched Lydia Ko’s three victories (in 2014) in their respective rookie seasons;

“I couldn’t believe it.”

“Yeah, Stacy Lewis was my idol.”

“She is one of my favorite players, so I’m very honored to play with her.”

“But I win, she still is my idol.”

“As soon as I saw this course, I realised it was my type of layout and really wanted to win, so I am very happy right now.”

The top four on the leaderboard were the only ladies to finish the tournament under par. Kim, who was -3 under today, Stacy -2, and Candie a -1 under par final round, all tied in second place just one shot off the pace at -1.

Sandra Gal, Xi Yu Lin and Alena Sharp ended tied for fifth on +3 over par, while World number one Lydia Ko played the weekend  -4 under par, after a terrible start to this tournament, finished T8 at +4 over.

LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship, Lexi Thompson Takes The Title.

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Lexi Thompson takes the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship title in South Korea.

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Lexi carded a final round -3 under par 69 to claim the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship title with a -15 under par total, and was very pleased with her win;

“It’s very satisfying, I always look forward to coming back to South Korea and playing in front of these amazing fans, and I love Sky 72.”

“It’s a great golf course. I always look forward to it, but getting a win, it means so much.”

Sung Hyun Park, -1 under 71 today and Yani Tseng, -4 under 68, tied for second place at -14 under par.

Yani is hoping to reach the winners circle in Taiwan next week. In her bid here for victory Yani made birdie on every hole on the back nine, the first time in History this has been achieved;

“I don’t know what just happened. Just can’t believe, first time.”

“I think six in a row was my best. That’s the first time. Shots were great. Early in the week I was shaky, but I don’t know, this back nine was crazy good, plus putting.”

“Just being back where I am. It’s better where I am I think.”

“I’m just looking forward to win. I came to Asia for these five weeks and looking for a win.”

“I know every week is getting close, and next week in Taiwan, it would be a great win in Taiwan.”

World No.2, Lydia Ko had the opportunity to move to No.1 in the world with a win or runner-up finish here, but uncharacteristically struggled to an even par, 72. Lydia blamed poor putting as the reason she did not win;

“I’m a little disappointed more that I left my two putts short on 15, 14, where I think if I just hit it a little bit harder, it would have dropped.”

“But I played solid, I was struggling in the middle of my round, but to know that I was maybe able to turn it around a little bit in the end, I think that’s a good sign.”

Lydia shared fourth place with Amy Yang and Gerina Piller, all at -13 under par. Amy showed what was on offer in the last round, carding a -10 under par 62, Gerina shot a final round -5 under 67.