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Brittany Lang was one of Solheim Cup team leader Juli Inkster’s two captain’s picks, and showed why today with a good opening round to lead the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic.

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Brittany shot an opening round -7 under par 65, to top the leaderboard at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, with a two shot advantage over the field at Prattville Country Club.

Brittany was just having fun out there

“It was just one of those days. It was so enjoyable.”

“I wasn’t thinking about a whole lot. You know, I was just super committed to seeing my shots, it was so much fun.”

“I played pretty flawless golf, even when I was making pars, I was burning the edge from 10 feet. Every hole I was right there.”

“The birdies on 16 and 17 were pretty big after the bogeys on 13 and 14. Kind of, I mean not stupid bogeys, small misses, but I stayed aggressive so I was excited with that.”

“I’m in a really nice place right now, I had one of my better years I’ve ever had, the Solheim pick’s over with.”

“I’m just in a really comfortable place, so I just felt really relaxed out there.”

There is a trio of ladies in second place at -5 under par, 67’s they are,  Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels and Ryann O’Toole.

Ryann said she had been expecting the windy conditions, it was the tricky putting that took her by surprise;

“It’s been windy all week, so I was expecting that.”

“What I noticed was the greens were even faster than yesterday or Tuesday. It took me five holes to get really thinking that if you’re above the hole, you just had to tap it.”

“Breaks were breaking double of what you saw because of the speed change. So, it took me a little bit to get used to that.”

Hyo Joo Kim, Ariya Jutanugarn, Therese Koelbaek, Julieta Granada, and Simin Feng are all in a tie for fifth after their first rounds of 4-under-par 68.

Stacy Lewis, -2 under par 70 today, and who was second here last year in Prattville, was coming off a playoff loss to Lydia Ko last week in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, she also mentioned the wind, and the putting;

“The golf course was playing really hard early this morning and I didn’t really get anything going, then couldn’t get any putts to fall there on the back nine, so kind of a frustrating day.”

“The wind was blowing early this morning, I don’t think I ever hit 4-iron into the third hole before, so I was just hitting clubs into holes that I’ve never hit.”

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Candie & Lydia Tied at the Top.

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Candie Kung and Lydia Ko are tied t the top of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open leaderboard at Vancouver Golf Club, in Canada.

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Candie carded a -1 under par third round, but stayed at the top of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open leaderboard, while Lydia caught up with her posting -3 under par 69. Both ladies have a tournament total of -12 under par, and will have a two shot lead over the field starting the final round tomorrow.

Candie said she is playing well, just missed a couple of putts;

”Feeling pretty good today.”

“I hit the ball good and it was actually one of the best ball-striking days I had all week. Just missed a couple putts here and there.”

“Those were all wrong reads. But I’m hitting it good, putting it good.”

”It’s 18 holes, one shot at a time, one putt at a time, we will see what happens at the end of the day.”

Lydia knows she could always have played better, well almost.The World number two is looking to get the #1 spot back;

“I think every round, unless I shoot 18-under par, I’m probably going to say, hey, I knew it could have been better.”

”Overall I played really solid today, so I’m happy with the way I’m hitting it and the way I’m putting it.”

“But no, I’m playing solid, and that’s the mind-set I’ve got to have and just have fun out there tomorrow.”

“It’s been a great crowd, lots of Korean fans out here, Canadian, New Zealanders and I’m sure from everywhere.”

”It’s great to see a lot of people out here and I think they get really excited when we play well, too.”

Alison Lee is in third place at -10 under par, a marvelous -6 under par 66 elevating her up the leaderboard to occupy third on her own.

Alison has thrown down the gauntlet, saying to her opponents;

”I’m just going to play aggressively, I’ve been in contention a couple of times but it was a learning experience.”

“I just need to be confident and hit good shots, stay positive. Not expect too much and not get ahead of myself.”

Karine Icher is in fourth spot, alone on -9 under, Azahara Munoz is another stroke back, -8 under par. They are followed by a large group at -7 under, which includes Stacy Lewis, Charley Hull, and Shanshan Feng.

World number one  Inbee Park is back T11, in a group at -6 under par

Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Karine Icher Leads.

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Karine Icher, from France, leads the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open after the first round  at The Vancouver Golf Club.

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Karine carded a bogey free first round -7 under par 65 to lead the Canadian Pacific Women’ Open in Vancouver, Canada.

Karine needed only 24 putts today, and that’s what makes the difference;

“My putting was very good, and I think today I’ve seen the hole bigger than the other days.”

“So sometimes you have days like that where everything works, so I’m quite happy with this one.”

“When you make some birdies like that in a row, you have more and more confidence.”

“It’s always nice to have some rounds like that where you don’t have so much questions. You know the club, you take the club, you hit the shot, and it’s close to the pin.”

In second place, a couple of shots back is World number two Lydia Ko, at -5 under par, and she said she feels welcome here;

“I think the biggest difference is me. I don’t have the glasses, and I feel much older.”

“But it’s great to come back to a course where you’ve played well and the spectators have been great and they’ve been supporting me today, even in the practice rounds.”

“It’s definitely a great where you feel really welcome.”

With some of the greens, especially on the front nice, being a little sloppy, a three-footer might be just as hard as a 15-footer going straight up the hill.”

“You’re never going to get the straight putts, so, like I said, it’s definitely testing all elements of your game.”

“It’s great to get into a really good start, but you can see there are some other really good scores, and everybody’s playing their best.”

“It’s going to be tough. But I’ve just got to play my own game. I know that throughout the week there are going to be these 67s or maybe lower, so all I can do is just play my game and that’s really it.”

There are four ladies tied in third place at -4 under par; Stacy Lewis, I.K. Kim,  Pernilla Lindberg and Dana Bordner.

U.S. Women’s Open. Amy Yang Still Leads.

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Amy Yang from South Korea, still leads the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club.

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Amy held off the challenge of Stacy Lewis and carded a third round -1 under par 70 to keep the lead at the top of the U.S. Women’s Open, at -8 under par for the competition, and is taking a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

She said she was not worried about her playing partner, just concentrating on her own game;

“I don’t know, I’m just not thinking so much anything like that out there.”

“I just try to hit one shot at a time the best I can do.”

“It was good experience the last two, the final group experience.”

 “Me and my coach, we prepared. We practiced hard. I’ll go out there and I’ll just do my best, like what I practice.”

Stacy is in second place, at -5 under par, three shots behind the leader, her -1 under par round was littered with putting errors. She tried to put some pressure on Amy, but found it tough going;

“I mean it’s hard. I felt like I hit some great shots that put a lot of pressure on her, and then she just would respond and hit it right in there with me.”

 “There were multiple times today that it was iffy who was away. I mean, we were hitting shots on top of each other.”

“In a sense it’s frustrating, because you’re trying to get closer but you really can’t get any closer.”

“But it’s also what you want, I think it’s great golf.”

“I think we both played really well today given the circumstances, and I expect more of it tomorrow.”

“She’s hitting the ball great, so I don’t see that changing too much.”

“I was watching the leaderboards today, waiting for someone to jump up there and it just never happened.”

“So I think I’ll again go with the same mindset. I like watching the leaderboard, I like to see what people are doing, just to see how the golf course is playing. I’ll go in with the same mindset.”

In Ghee Chun, also from South Korea is in third place on her own at -4 under par, she carded -2 under par 68 today, while Shiho Oyama from Japan, is in fourth on her own at -3 under par, five shots back of the leader.

Defending Champion Michelle Wie is the group at -2 under par for the tournament, she is joined on that score by three more South Korean’s Inbee Park, Mi Hyang Lee, and Chella Choi, who posted the days lowest score of -6 under par 64.

Stacy and Michelle are going to have to work hard to stop South Korea taking out the top spots here.

ANA Inspiration. Brittany Lincicome Wins.

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Brittany Lincicome wins the first LPGA Tour Major of the year, the ANA Inspiration tournament at Mission Hills in California.

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Brittany holding the ANA Inspiration trophy, after taking a plunge into Poppies Pond. A final round -2 under par 70 gave her a -9 under par total, she Eagled the final hole to pull level with Stacy Lewis. Stacy also finished on that score after her last round -2 under par 70.

Brittany was overcome with emotion at her win;

“Super emotional, I’m standing here, physically shaking like a leaf still. It’s over and I’m still shaking.”

“The first time it felt fairly easy because I thought I was so far out of the tournament that I never had a chance, I wasn’t nervous at all.”

Stacy was obviously very disappointed, especially with the errant wind;

“The initial reaction is disappointed, obviously, but I played great and I hit some really good putts there, especially at the end.”

” I just played solid all day, so I have to remind myself of that and not get too frustrated. It just wasn’t quite meant to be today.”

“Once we got back in that corner around 13, 14, the wind just kind of went crazy on us.”

“Couldn’t figure out which direction it was going. It was changing directions. It changed when we were on 10. It changed when we were on 16. It changed when we were on 18, multiple times during the playoff.”

“The wind was all over the place. I think that was the biggest challenge.”

Morgan Pressel finished in third position at -8 under par while Sei Young Kim, who had a three stroke lead starting the final round fell to a +3 over par 75, to tie for fourth place at -7 under with Carlota Ciganda and Anna Nordqvist.

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Kia Classic. Mirim Lee Leads.

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Mirim Lee leads the Kia Classic at Aviara Golf Club in California.

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Mirim shot a bogey free first round -7 under par 65, to lead the Kia Classic in California. She said practice was the key, and a new grip, good putting also helped;

“I practiced a lot this week, I changed the grip.”

” Today was putting.”

Yani Tseng is in second place at -6 under par while World number one Lydia Ko is in close contention at -5 under par in third position, tied there with Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr and Xiyu Lin.

Yani had an Eagle at the par-5 10th;

“I never thought it was going to be that close.”

“I was a little like unbalanced, so I kind of tied my shoes a little bit. Actually, there was one second in my mind I was like, ‘How about if I hit it in the water.’ I was like, ‘Oh, if I hit it in the water, I just go drop another ball.”

“I got like a few birdies in my pocket and should be OK.’ So I was like, ‘If I make bogey, it’s no big deal.'”

Lydia is full of confidence in her golf game;

“I’m coming in with a lot of confidence and know that my game is there.”

“It’s always good to know that you can be aggressive and just to trust myself.”

“I’ve been playing pretty solid the last couple of weeks. It’s a pretty cool streak.”

“It’s not easy, I’m trying to take one round at a time, one shot at a time, and that kind of breaks it up a little bit.”

“It’s tough. Playing weeks back to back and all courses just being different, I think that’s the hard thing, but I’m just trying to keep focused.”

“I know that I’ve played well the last couple of events. It’s always good to know that you’re playing well. You can be confident.”

In the group at -4 under par is Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson.

Lexi holed out from 98 yards for Eagle on the par-4 seventh;

“Downhill, a little downwind, and I landed my 55 degree about 95, it one-bounced, past, went back and actually stayed on the lip for a little bit and then fell. So, pretty awesome.”

The US Open champion Michelle Wie got her game together and carded five birdies on her front nine to challenge the leaders, but sadly ended the opening round -3 under par 69 after posting her third bogey of the day at the 18th.


JTBC Founders Cup. Hyo Joo Kim Wins.

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Hyo Joo Kim, a 19 year-old rookie, wins the JTBC Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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Hyo shot a final round -5 under par 67 to win the JTBC Founders Cup with a -21 under par tournament total.

She had this to say afterwards, through an interpreter;

“It’s impossible not to feel a little pressure or nervous, especially when your playing partner is playing so well.”

“If anything, I think the situation on hole 10 helped because after I went through there and I got a bogey, I just realized there’s no time to feel pressure or feel afraid.  I’ve just got to go out there and play.”

She also mentioned the rivalry between the South Korean rookies;

“I’m a rookie, too, so I don’t have time to think too much about it.”

“But I have known these players from since we used to play on the Korean ladies tour, and I know how good they can be.”

” In fact, everyone on the LPGA Tour is really good, otherwise they wouldn’t be here.  So I’m just trying to find my place.”

Stacy Lewis finished in second place at -18 under par, her lat round of -4 under par  68 not enough to put too much pressure on the leader and her playing partner;

“She’s just really solid, kind of had to battle back from some adversity there on ten, but just really solid.”

“On the front, I didn’t put much pressure on her but even when I did make some putts, she made the putts to follow and she put a lot of pressure on and was just really solid all day.”

Third position was shared between Ilhee Lee, she had a last round of -6 under par 66, which elevated her up the leaderboard, with a final total of -18 under par. Pornanong Phatlum and Mi Hyang Lee, joined her on that same score.

Ilhee was impressed with her finish today;

“Well today on the front nine, I thought this weekend is not my weekend, every putt goes so close but didn’t go in.”

 But my caddie, he told me, be patient because it’s going to go in.”

” Then I had seven holes left, and made birdie, five feet from the par 3, and made it, and then I start to feel like I can make more.”

“But then I made eagle putt, that was like 20 feet away.  And like this far, birdie, right next hole.  I mean, finished strong.  I’m happy.  I’m happy for I finished strong. “

Lydia Ko finished in a group of players on -15 under par, her last round -3 under par 69 not good enough to mount a serious challenge.