Ladies Scottish Open. Karrie Webb Leads.

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Karrie Webb, Australia, leads the Ladies Scottish Open with a wonderful first round at  Dundonald Links in Scotland.

Ladies Scottish Open

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Karrie defied the blustery conditions at Dundonald Links to post a Ladies Scottish Open first round score of -7 under par 65, to lead by one shot;

“I sort of really hung in there through the front nine and made a nice birdie on nine to turn at one-under, and then just really started swinging at it well and hitting it quite close and had some good birdie chances and made the most of them,” 

“I did start to hit some good shots, and I just kept telling myself to just keep going. “

“When you make a few birdies, not to just go into the mode of holding on.”

“I felt like I was swinging it pretty well and seeing the reads well and hitting solid putts. I was just tell myself just to keep going and make as many birdies as I could.”

Cristie Kerr, USA, holds second place, that one shot back at -6 under, after her opening  bogey free effort of 66 in the worst of the weather in the morning rounds;

“The score added up really well, but it was tough to stand over the shots and be able to execute.”

“It’s never easy here, so I’m very pleased with the score.”

“I hit the ball in the areas I was trying to hit it in and made some putts as well. It was a great day. It’s never easy here and you can never take anything for granted.”

Third place, at -3 under par is shared between, Stacy Lewis, USA, Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim, South Korea, with Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand, and Lina Boqvist, Sweden.

No problem with dress code here, everyone was dressed up warm, with long pants.

Ladies Scottish Open

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Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Wins, Is Now World Number 1

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So Yeon Ryu, from South Korea, wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and also becomes the new Ladies World Number 1.

 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

So Yeon

So Yeon carded a final round -2 under par 69 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship with a -18 under par total, and a two shot winning margin, making her dream as world number one come true;

“Dreams come true! I always dreamed about it. I cannot believe it. I didn’t expect two good things coming together.”

“First of all, I really want to appreciate everyone who has been supportive of me, to make me the No. 1 player in the world. That’s finally made my dream.”

“This is going to my first week as the No. 1 player in the world. I know it’s going to be a lot of pressure and I know I can handle a lot of different things.”

“I’m glad to be a multiple winner, and also this is not the first time I’ve won more than once in a year, so hopefully many more to come.”

“One of the reason why I think I can be consistent is because I enjoy this game. I just want to be focused, enjoy this game and then try to improve every moment.”

 “Then, I want to see what God going to give me.” 

Amy Yang, -7 under 64 today, and Moriya Jutanugarn, -5 under 66 today tied for second place at -16 under par for the three rounds.

Moriya is getting more confident;

“I get a lot of confidence from this week and hopefully keep playing solid and finish in another good week.”

Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie were tied in fourth spot at -13 under par.

Stacy struggled with her putter, the ball would just not drop in the hole;

“I thought I did a really good job again of just sticking to the game plan of this golf course.”

“I know how to play this golf course better than anybody, just couldn’t quite get the putts to fall.”

 “The game’s so close, though, I’m excited. We’ve got majors coming up and I’m excited where my game’s at right now.”

 

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Streaks Ahead.

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So Yeon Ryu, South Korea, streaks ahead of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship field in the second round at Pinnacle Country Club.

 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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So Yeon fired a second round -10 under par 61 to post a -16 under par Walmart NW Arkansas Championship total, and will take a five shot advantage into the final round tomorrow, in this three round event, and was obviously very happy;

“It was so much fun,.”

“I made a really long putt at 8, 17, and then I boost up and the shot was getting better and better.”

“At the back nine, I was able to make some more short birdies, and then pretty much made all of them. So happy with my round today.” 

“I think after you shot like, six under and ten under and next round going to be really tough because no matter how well you play, it’s not going to be great enough compared to ten under and six under.”

Nearest challengers are Stacy Lewis, USA, and Moriya Jutanugarn, Thailand, both ladies had -6 under rounds of 65 and share second place at -11 under par.

Moriya, sister of world number one Ariya, will not be under any stress tomorrow, she just wants to have fun;

“I’m pretty sure all the fans are wanting to go out and see us making birdies, and it’s great.”

“You know, she is a great player, and of course she can have a really good day.”

“It’s not like any stress or anything, just trying to have fun and play my game.”

Local girl Stacy got a loud cheer from the fans after making a long birdie putt on the final hole today;

“That’s kinda why you play, for those moments. I’m just glad I could give the fans a birdie and give ’em something to cheer for.”

 “Kinda felt like I was struggling a little bit coming in, so that’s why the last two birdies were extremely important to me, because I kind of felt like the momentum was going the other way, so I felt like I got the momentum back and can hopefully post another good one tomorrow.”

“I’m going to play aggressively and play like I’ve been playing, and, you know, I’m playing well enough to come from five back. It can be done.”

Amy Yang, from South Korea, has fourth spot to herself at -9 under par, a second round -6 under 65 easing her up the leaderboard.

Meijer LPGA Classic, Brooke Breaks Away from the Field.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, breaks away from the field in the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Meijer LPGA Classic

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Brooke fired a bogey free  opening round -8 under par 63 to top the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard by one shot.

Brooke just knew today was going to be good, even the putts were dropping;

“I felt like today was going to be a really good day.”

“Everything was just kind of going my way.”

“I was hitting the ball really well and some putts were dropping, which is kind of a change from the last few weeks.”

“I made a lot of putts, which is great, and I feel like my game is in a really good place.”

“I’m really looking forward to the next three days and hopefully I can continue the strong play.”

Six ladies are tied in second place at -7 under par after their first rounds of 64: Stacey Lewis, Lexi Thompson. Shanshan Feng, Jennifer Ha, Giulia Molinaro, and Holly Clyburn.

Lexi likes this course;

“This is definitely a great layout for my game.”

Jennifer, from Canada, had a great day with her putter;

“I thought my ball-striking was pretty good today, but my putting, I made most of my chances.”

“I missed the last one on the last hole, but still, seven under is great.”

“I would say putting is very important this week because the greens, some of the greens are pretty hilly so you have to get the right read and the right speed at the same time.”

Newly deposed world number one Lydia Ko is in the group at -6 under par, just two back;

“I think the three weeks were really good to just rest both physically and mentally.”

“There were a lot of things going on, so it was nice to just get away from it.”

“But I did miss it and it’s definitely nice to be able to come back.”

 

LPGA Volvik Championship. Two Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the LPGA Volvik Championship leaderboard,  Wei-Ling Hsu, Taipei, and Stacy Lewis, U.S.A. are the leaders.

LPGA Volvik Championship

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Wei-Ling, starting on the 10th hole today carded two Eagles and two birdies in her first six holes

“It was really great starting. I mean very first hole, I don’t think too much on that hole.”

“I think I got 155 shot and a little downwind. I had my seven iron and I just hit it right at the pin.”

“I don’t see very well, I just hear my mom and gallery on the side, they all just cheering.”

Stacy likes the course, and her good putting;

“It’s a ball striker’s golf course and if you can hit the greens, they’re pretty small to begin with, you can make some putts.”

“That’s what I did a lot of today was hit a lot of good shots and then made some good putts as well.”

“I did a really good job today being decisive and being confident in my decisions, so that’s something I’m going to look forward to tomorrow and this weekend, just being more confident.”

 

Nelly Korda, U.S.A. is in third on her own at -6 under par, with a first round of 66, she held on with some great par saving putts;

“Eighteen was a great par.”

“And then beginning of my round, it was a slow start and I saved a couple of long par putts on 2 and 4.”

“Just getting those, making those two pars and just getting my round rolling really helped.”

Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Haru Hangs On in the Wind.

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Haru Nomura, Japan, hangs onto the lead at the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, citing that she likes it windy.

 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout

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Haru stayed on top of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout leaderboard, carding a second round +1 over par 72 in very windy conditions;

“Windy is easy, I like windy and tough conditions, from fairway to green. I love it.”

Amateur Eun Jeong Seong, South Korea, -2 under 69 today, Inbee Park, also from South Korea, even par 71, and Cristie Kerr, U.S.A. -1 under 70, all share second place, two shots back at -6 under par.

Eun Jeong Seong feels good about her performance today, and so she should;

“I thought just even par is just so good, but I started birdie-birdie, which is why I played very easy today.”

 “Very tough playing No’s 15, 16, 17 because of the wind, but I made par and then birdie on my last two holes”

” I feel good.”

Cristie summed it all up thus;

“God I played really hard today.”

“It would have been nice to make a few more putts but standing on the first tee, anything under par you would have taken it.”

“It was a really difficult day.”

Inbee is not expecting any improvement in the conditions for tomorrow;

“I think the forecast is still pretty bad tomorrow, so I think it just really depends on the weather, whether I should go really aggressive to the pins or try to give myself a putt at it.”

 “With these windy conditions, I think it’s good to have options. Two or three-under is a good score with these conditions, but when the wind dies down I think you can go pretty low, so the strategy kind of changes.”

Stacy Lewis is at -5 under, shooting that number for a round of 66, earlier in the day when it was a bit calmer;

“I knew getting out earlier would be an advantage to post a number and just see what happens.”

Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Anna Nordqvist Triumphant.

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Anna Nordqvist was triumphant in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Anna Nordqvist

Anna, from Sweden, carded a final round -4 under 68 to win the Bank of Hope Founders Cup with a -25 under par total, in front of her adopted home crowd;

” I mean, of all the wins probably of the ones that’s going to be more special. Like if it wouldn’t be for me getting an opportunity to come to Arizona State University about ten years ago, I wouldn’t be here today.”

“This truly still feels like home, even though I’m based in Florida.”

“I have so many friends and family here. They feel like family, my U.S. family. “

“You know, couldn’t think of a better place to be. I’m just so happy to be back.”

“I wasn’t even going to play a couple weeks and just ended up adding it last minute. Maybe it was meant to be.”

Three ladies were tied in second place, at -23 under par, In Gee Chun, South Korea, -6 under par 66 today, Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, -4 under 68, and Stacy Lewis, America, -4 under 68.

Stacy could not get the putts to drop;

“Couldn’t quite get the putts to fall, they were close.”

“Hit a lot of good shots and didn’t quite get rewarded for them.”

World number one Lydia Ko finished in a tie for eighth place, a last round -4 under par 68 giving her a -20 under par total