UL International Crown. Team USA Capture the Crown.

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Team USA capture the UL International Crown, despite losing both of their opening round four-ball matches on Thursday.

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Left to right the winning TEAM USA, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller with the trophy at Merit Club in Chicago.

Stacy spoke for her happy team;

“We stuck to our game plan, we knew not to change our pairings.”

“We knew that we were playing good golf, and when those pairings came out this morning, I liked the way we were positioned, and Gerina and I went out there getting points early was huge, and we got Kerr through, so we got a crown.”

“It’s awesome, I haven’t done what I wanted in Solheims on Sundays, and this is not quite as much pressure, but my team pulled me out here for a reason, to go get a point, or two points, I guess, and I’m just happy we could get two points on the board.”

Cristie put the winning points on the leaderboard

“I had a feeling last night if we all played really well and things fell into place that my match could be huge.”

 “But I just kind of got oblivious to all of that today because it’s just so hard to figure out who’s making points, who’s winning, who’s losing, and I just tried to take care of my match.”

“I didn’t know that it had come down to me winning that match that we had won until Stacy told me.”

The American ladies posted 12 points overall, beating Team Korea by just one shot, leaving them in second place at with an 11 point total.

The LPGA have announced  that Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea will be the host course for the 2018 UL International Crown.

Team Korea captain So Yeon Ryu thought they could win here, but is looking forward to being on home soil next time around;

“I was expecting we’re going to win the tournament, and I just wanted to bring more excitement to 2018 UL International Crown in Korea, but we couldn’t.”

 “But I think it’s going to feel really awesome to represent my country in my motherland.”

England and Taipei tied for third place with 11 points in total.

Portland Classic. Brooke Backs Up Last Years Win

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Defending Champion Brooke Henderson, from Canada, backs up last years victory with a wire to wire win at the Portland Classic.Portland Classic








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Brooke finished the tournament in style, a final round -1 under par 71 for a Portland Classic winning total of -14 under par, and a four shot winning margin.

Brooke joins a small list of two other back to back winners of the Portland Classic, Annika Sorenstam and Kathy Whitworth;

“They were two incredible women that did amazing things out on the golf course and in their own lives.”

“To be in the same sentence and acknowledged alongside them is very cool. I’m really excited I was able to do to this year, and maybe we’ll try for a third next year.”

“I didn’t really play my best today, but I hit good shots when I needed to and got some good breaks, too.”

“That’s always really nice.”

Stacy Lewis finished in second place at -10 under par, a last round -3 under 69 not good enough to mount a serious challenge, but was happy with her progress and her putting;

“Well, today was really nice, today, especially the first I mean 10, 12 holes I played were really good.”

“Had some awkward numbers there at the end, but really just excited about the way I played. Felt really comfortable.”

“I made some good putts when I needed to. Overall, the week was really solid and something I needed going into a major.”

Suzann Pettersen claimed third place at -9 under par, she carded a final round of even par 72.

Very sad to see Mariajo Uribe throw away a what would have been a very good placing finish, with two bogey’s and two double bogey’s in her last seven holes for a +3 over 75 today. She shared fourth place with Austin Ernst who carded a final round of +1 over 73, both ladies with -8 under totals.

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.

JTBC Founders Cup. Eun-Hee Ji Leads

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Eun-Hee Ji leads the JTBC Founders Cup by one shot after 54 holes at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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KOR Eun-Hee carded a third round -7 under par 65 to post a 54 hole total of -18 under par. She leads USA  Stacy Lewis and KOR Sei Young Kim by one shot in the JTBC Founders Cup.

KOR Eun-Hee  was happy with her putting today and requiring only 26 putts ;

“Actually, my putting was really good.”

“Actually, my iron shot was really good, too because I was really struggling with my irons the last couple of weeks but it’s getting better this week”

KOR Sei Young carded a third round -2 under par 70, to kind of stand still in this competition, but still shares second place with Stacy at -17 under par.

USA Stacy, -8 under par 64 today, loves returning to this tournament;

“This week it’s really special to me. I’ve gotten to know the Founders the last few years, especially Marilynn; and just being around them, you see the love and the energy that they have for this game still and our tour, and it’s just a really special week.”

 “And I love;  you know, I would definitely say I was one of the skeptics at first, you know, with playing for free and the whole thing, but this tournament is a home run and it’s just really cool for the rookies to get to know the Founders and the reason that they get to play every day.”

USA Jacqui Concolino holds 4th at -16 under par after her -4 under 68 today.

World No.1  Lydia Ko  got off to a quick start today, making three birdies in her first five holes, and matched Stacy with the low round of the day, -8 under par 64. She is tied in fifth place at -15 under par with ESP Carlota Siganda and USA Paula Creamer.

 Lydia could still easily win this tournament, she is full of confidence;

“I think when you’re a leader and you know you’re already shooting 5-under through, what, like six, seven holes, you’ve got the confidence; and every fairway it looks like you’re going to hit it, and every putt, it almost seems like it’s going to go in the hole.”

“So I guess that’s why the rough didn’t pay as much as I thought it would do at the start of the week.”

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Hyo Joo Kim Wins.

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Hyo Joo Kim wins the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at Paradise Island.

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Hyo shot a final round -7 under par 66 to win the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic by two strokes with a -18 under par total. She said the result exceeded all her expectations;

“I said my goals coming into today was top 10 but obviously it turned out I won, so I’m really happy about that.”

“I looked at the leaderboard when I was walking up on the last hole, but I already knew that I had two shots in between me and Stacy.”

“I knew that on the last hole you can get on in two, so I was a little nervous coming up.”

“I’m going to reevaluate my goal, I want to win three times before the Olympics, so I’ve got one down, two to go now.”

Three ladies tied for second place at -16 under par, Sei Young Kim, Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis. The last round for Stacy and Sei Young was -5 under 68, while Anna recorded -4 under 69.

Stacy gave it her best shot;

” Seven under’s a great score and I knew it was going to take something like that today on this golf course with less wind.”

“You know you needed to shoot a number.  Just got off to a bit of a slow start.”

” Making bogey on 8 really hurt, but proud of the way I came back on the back nine and gave myself a chance.”

“I’m extremely happy with where my golf swing is, after today, there are some things I want to work on, but it’s in a really good spot right now.”

“This is one of those days, I hit a lot of good putts, especially on the front nine that just didn’t go in, and that was this golf course this week.”

“It was pretty frustrating, but I knew it was going to take 7, 8 under to win today.”

“It was a shootout.  Just proud of the way I rallied there on the back and gave myself a chance.”



CME Group Tour Championship. Ha Na Leads Lydia.

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Ha Na Jang leads Lydia Ko in the CME Group Tour Championship at the Gold Course of Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

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Ha Na carded -7 under par 65 to top the CME Group Tour Championship with a tournament total of -10 under par. She is looking for her first career LPGA win, after posting three runner-ups already this season;

” My first thinking is maybe in the Marathon Classic. I played a playoff with Chella Choi my first time.”

“I thought of too much, I want to be champion.”

“So I don’t want to think about being leader. So I just play myself, that’s my thinking to myself, too. I don’t want to think about being champion.”

Lydia is in second place at -8 under, a -5 under-par 67 today easing the pressure from behind from Inbee Park, in the Race to the Globe;

“Just watching the coverage when I went back to hotel and the Race placing, too. So it wasn’t like intentionally looking.”

“It’s right there, it’s not like I got to cover and go, but, yeah, my trainer and I always say, hey, better every day.”

“It’s what I try and work towards too. If I keep getting better every day, it ends up being a few low scores.”

A year ago Lydia trailed the leaders by five shots entering the weekend here, and overcame the deficit to win in a play-off. Very exciting stuff to watch, but I am sure the defending champion would be happier with a straight win this time around.

Second placed in the Race to the Globe, Inbee Park is now four shots back of Lydia and Stacy Lewis, in third position is six shots behind in this competition.

Cristie Kerr and Jennifer Song are just three shots back of Ha Na and one behind Lydia in a tie for third at -7 under-par in the CME Group Tour Championship tournament.


TOTO JAPAN CLASSIC. Two Tied For The 1st Round Lead.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Toto Japan Classic leaderboard, American’s Angela Stanford and Ryann O’Toole at the Kintestsu Kashikojima Country Club.

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Angela and Ryann both carded first rounds of -7 under par 65 to share the lead at the top of the Toto Japan Classic. Neither of them were bogey free, Angela slipped up to record her first bogey on the last hole, Ryann had two bogey’s and one Eagle in her round.

Angela said her putter was hot;

“My putter was hot, I think I had 24 total putts and that’s pretty close to a career-low.”

“I was reading the putts really well. I was seeing the line better than I have all year so I was very confident about the reads.”

“I’m excited, I haven’t been in this position much this year. It’s fun to go out and make birdies. I’m excited for the next two days.”

Ryann also had a great day with the putter;

“I struck the ball really well and I also putted very well.”

“The putts that I missed were the ones that I misread so I was rolling it really well.”

“It was just one of those days where you point, aim and shoot.”

“I had an eagle on four, 108 yards with a gap wedge from the rough.”

“I played for it to release and it went in so that was a really good eagle. I just felt like I played steady and that I could swing away with no problem.”

Ai Suzuki, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Ilhee Lee, Jenny Shin and Ha-Neul Kim  are all at -6 under par and sharing third place.

There are eight ladies tied in 8th position, including Yani Tseng, Jiyai Shin, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson and Alena Sharp, all at 5-under par.