Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. Brittany Beats Lexi In Play-Off

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Brittany Lincicome beats Lexi Thompson  in  a play-off for the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic title.Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic - Final Round : News Photo

Brittany and Trophy.

Brittany, -5 under 68 today and Lexi, -3 under 70, both finished the  Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic at -26 under par.

Brittany clinched the title with a birdie at the first extra hole, despite not having the best time with her putter recently;

“Just the leaderboard all week has been amazing, obviously a lot of Americans up at the top, obviously friends of mine, so to come down to the final stretch.”

“I played with Lexi yesterday, and it was an awesome day.”

“I worked hard this off‑season.  My putting hasn’t been as well as it has this week, but hopefully that continues and it’s awesome.” 

Lexi has also had problems with the putter;

“This whole off‑season, I swear I putted two and a half hours each day, it seemed like.”

“I was just doing nonstop putting drills just trying too get my confidence up, and it showed here.”

” It’s paying off.  I’m going to keep working extremely hard and stay confident with it.”

Stacy Lewis was third, -2 under 71 today not what she was hoping for, finishing one shot off the pace at -25 under par. Her bad break came at the 14th, problems off the tee, and her second shot cost her a triple bogey 7;

“I mean, there’s not much really I could have done better other than hit a better shot from the second shot.”

 “But other than that, I was telling Travis, we made 30‑something birdies this week and playing some good golf, so I’m pretty happy with it. “

 

 

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Stacy and Lexi Share Lead.

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Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson share the 54 hole lead at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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Stacy has a new approach, and it seems to be working, shooting -10 under par 63 in the third round, to tie for the top spot at -23 under par;

“I didn’t look at a leaderboard all day until the 18th, and the weather is going to get tougher tomorrow, which I’m glad I’m near the lead for that.”

 “But we gotta keep making birdies regardless, so stay in my own game and keep making birdies.”  

“That was probably the best round I think I’ve ever shot on Tour in relation to par, so just a cool day.”

“I didn’t exactly hit it perfect, got away with a few shots, but just took advantage of it, and I didn’t even know what I shot there at the end of the day. “

Lexi carded a third round -7 under 66 to share the 54 hole lead at -23 under;

“Coming out here with no wind, it’s just you have to make a lot of birdies to make a move on anybody.”

 “I shot seven under and I’m tied, so it’s crazy, but we will see what tomorrow will bring.”

Gerina Piller is in third place, scoring -8 under 65 today to be one shot back at -22 under par for the tournament;

“Really just keeping it in the fairway and keeping it close, and I have had several tap-in birdies, which always helps.”

 “The greens are in great condition and that helps when you hit the ball on line.”

 

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Record Breaking Brittany Lincicome Leads. The Ladies Are Back.

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The Ladies are back, with a bang, as record breaking Brittany Lincicome leads the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

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Brittany carded  a new tournament scoring record of -9  under par 64 at the Ocean Club Golf Course in the Bahamas in the season opening Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Brittany was dropping putts from everywhere;

“I was making everything. 30-footers, 10-footers, five-footers. It was a pretty easy day.”

“I was driving it well, hitting it well, putting, making everything.”

“It was one of those days where it’s like wow, is it too good to be true for it to keep going for three more days?”

Three ladies are tied in second place at -7 under par, after their first rounds of 66, Stacy Lewis, P.K.  Kongkraphan and Megan Khang.

Stacy started slowly,  opening with a bogey on her first hole of the day, and then got the putter working;

“Bit of a slow start, a little bit of nerves I guess not really trusting what I was doing to start, but really got the putter rolling kind of middle of the round and birdied the par fives, which is what you have to do on this golf course.”

“Still a couple things I can do better, but overall it was a really good day.”

Megan brings confidence to this course, good memories;

“I just feel a lot more confidence coming here. I know this course a little better.”

“I just have a lot of good memories.”

“It was kind of an easy round. I had a great group so I didn’t really have to worry.”

P.K. also has confidence in her ability;

“Playing out here, I have a lot of confidence right now, especially start bogey free today.”

“I hit the ball solid and putting well and very good, so much better short game this time.”

 

TOTO Japan Classic. Ariya Jutanugarn and Soo-Yun Kang Share 1st Round Lead

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TOTO Japan ClassicAriya Jutanugarn and Soo-Yun Kang share 1st round lead at Taiheiyo Club Minori Course in Japan.

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Ariya, bogey free and Soo-Yun, one bogey both carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the TOTO Japan Classic.

Ariya enjoyed a return to form, and is not thinking of the rivalry with Lydia for the top honors this year;

“Last week I was a little bit off with my tee shot.”

“Today I just to be a little bit more positive and not think about last week and try to have more fun today.”

“Right now I am just trying to have fun and enjoy every shot I hit, that’s all I want to do.”

Good putting was the key for Soo-Yun;

“Today’s round putting was great, I make every putt, I make 22 putts and make a great score.”

Jenny Shin, and Stacy Lewis are tied in third place, both with -5 under par 67, both carded one bogey today.

Sacking her caddie does not seem to be the best decision as Lydia Ko continues to stumble towards the end of the year, with everything on the line. Today she shot +2 over par 74.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooke Henderson

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.