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.

 

 

JTBC Founders Cup. Hyo Joo Kim Leads

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Hyo Joo Kim leads the JTBC Founders Cup following the third round at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Hyo shot a third round -6 under par 66, to top the JTBC Founders Cup leaderboard on -16 under par, at the conclusion of play after 54 holes at Wildfire Golf Club.

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Hyo reported that she is playing really well;

“Been really good with the driver, second, third shots, totally all the clubs.

“If I miss, I save, so I’m playing good. All the putts feel good.”

“I’ve won before and I’ve been playing four or five times a year on the LPGA, so I have experience, but not much like this in the States.”

Stacy Lewis is close behind at -14 under par after her third round -5 under par 67, and thought she had played better than her actual score, the stopping and starting being a problem;

“I feel like I played a lot better than the score.”

“Had a bunch of putts, especially early, that I thought I made.”

“The hole locations coming in were pretty tough, so I think to make some birdies, you really had to hit some good shots.”

“The worst part is going to sleep thinking about that one shot or that one putt you have to hit.”

“Just being able to do the normal stuff in the morning and not having to worry about going to bed so early. You can watch some basketball.”

“It’s going to be a shootout, it’s going to be what this golf course sets up for and the leaderboard this year sets up for it even more.”

Tied in third place are Kim Kaufman and Alison Lee, both on -13 under par for the tournament. Kim carded -2 under par on the day.

Alison shot the low round of the day, -9 under par 63, which equaled the course record, to put herself into contention for the title;

“I kind of played my own game.”

“I really didn’t even realize that I was playing that well until the last hole when I finally looked at the scoreboard.”

“I was hitting all my approach shots really well.”

World number one Lydia Ko is in a three-way tie for fifth place, at -12 under par, with Ha Na Jang and Mi Hyang Lee.

 

JTBC Founders Cup. Round 2 Suspended Due to Darkness. Ha Na Jang Leads.

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2nd round play at the JTBC Founders Cup was halted due to darkness at the Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona. Ha Na Jang currently leads the tournament.

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Ha Na completed eleven holes in her second round at -7 under par, giving her a JTBC Founders Cup total of -13 under par. At the close of play that was a one shot lead over Hyo Joo Kim who is at -10 under par after completing her second round.

Hyo reported that she had felt tired, she had to complete 12 first round holes, teeing off at 07.37, before starting her second round today;

“I was sleepy this morning.”
“I just played relaxed and I just think to myself, hit soft, and that’s the key for me.  Because I came early this morning, I was very tired.”
Karrie Webb was not surprised to see Hyo at the top of the leaderboard;
“I’ve only played that one round with her, but I felt like I was putting plenty of pressure on her, and she just hit good shot after good shot.”
 “Even when I thought, you know, the nerves had gotten the best of her, she made one of the best up and downs I’ve ever seen under pressure on 17 and then made one of the best birdies I’ve of seen on 18.”
 
“She’s definitely got game. Winning Evian wasn’t a fluke last year.”

Stacy Lewis and Kim Kaufman are tied in third place at -9 under par, Stacy has finished her second round at _1 under pat 71, while Kim is at -3 under par after twelve holes.

Stacy spoke about the rivalry between her, Lydia and Inbee, and how it makes everyone play better golf;

“We’ve always had kind of a dominant player, which is not necessarily good for the Tour I think.”

“So this rivalry that’s becoming, I think it’s really great for us. It’s making us better. It’s fun.”

“I know Lydia is going to be up there every week. I know Inbee, even though she’s not here, she would be on the leaderboard if she was.”

” It makes us better and that’s what you’re seeing, you’re seeing better golf out of all of us.”

The second round will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The cut will be made to the low 70 and ties at the conclusion of the suspended round with the third round expected to begin about 11:30 a.m.

HSBC Women’s Championship. Inbee Wire to Wire Winner

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Inbee Park was a wire to wire winner of the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament at Sentosa Golf Club, on the Serapong Course, in Singapore.

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Inbee started the final round with a two shot lead, and finished with that lead, carding a bogey free last round -2 under par 70, to lift the HSBC Women’s Champions trophy with a -15 under par total.

She said winning wire to wire is much harder than coming from behind, and it was very special to go bogey free for 72 holes;

“This week was just incredible.”

“That’s a big accomplishment for me, and I think I’ve done that probably once before only, and to have a pressure every day since Thursday, I think it’s something that I should be really proud of.”

“I mean, I think it’s a lot harder to do wire to wire than coming from behind.”

“I don’t think I can even believe myself that I didn’t make any bogeys for 72 holes.”

“I mean, if I thought about bogeys, when am I going to make bogey; if I was afraid of the bogeys, I’d probably make bogeys.  But I thought, whatever happens, it’s just meant to be.”

World number one Kiwi Lydia Ko finished second at -13 under par, staying those two shots behind, returning a  final round score of -2 under par 70, that included five birdies, but sadly for her three bogey’s;

“No bogeys around here and on a course where you can hit a good shot and you can get bad luck. She made no bogeys. That’s pretty phenomenal.”

“She played great all week.”

Stacy Lewis was in third place with her final total of -11 under par, an even par last round was not good enough to make a challenge;

“It was fun out there,  it was fun being in the final group.”

“That’s where you want to be, but even par usually doesn’t cut it.”

Inbee had a bet with her dad, $500 if she made birdie but it doubled to $1000 if she made bogey. Final score: Inbee $7,500 and her dad $0, she jokingly said;

“I think it ended up really nicely.”

“It gave me extra motivation I guess. It’s so fun and something other to motivate on and something else to concentrate on.”

“Yeah, it’s good to have a family here and they are big energy. This week just went so quick. I was just having, after golf, I just have dinner with them and kind of chat with them.”

“Every day went so quick, I didn’t have to think about so much golf when I’m not on the golf course, so I think that was a big help.”

 

HSBC Women’s Champions. It’s Inbee By Two.

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Inbee Park leads the HSBC Women’s Champions by two shots going into the final round at Sentosa Golf Club, on The Serapong Course.

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Inbee had a bogey free third round -4 under par 68, for a -13 under par total and to take a two shot lead going into Sunday’s final round of the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament in Singapore. She is full of confidence, and hopes her putter will be working well tomorrow, she not only wants to win, but wants the #1 title back;

“I want it, I just know I want it, but I’m just not going to push myself too hard to get something.”

“I mean, it’s something that if you push for, it’s just hard to get. Just a couple of wins and playing great golf, and it’s going to come, so I’m just going to not rush anything and just play good golf.”

 “I hit a lot of shots really close and probably could have made a couple two, three more. Hopefully my putter works tomorrow.”

Lydia Ko carded a bogey free -5 under par 67, to move up into a share of second place, at -11 under par, with Stacy Lewis, who also carded -5 under par 67.

The top three will competing alongside each other in the final three ball tomorrow, in a contest that Stacy said everyone wants to see;

“It will be great fun, it’s great for the fans and for our tour.”

“This leaderboard all week has been unbelievable.”

Lydia admits to win again would complete a dream three weeks of consecutive victories;

“That would be I guess a dream three weeks, but I’m just going to try my best.”

“The girls are playing good golf and it’s a tough course. Just one shot can cost you a couple.”

The overnight co-leader Carlota Ciganda  had a sad third round +2 over par 74 and is tied for eighth place with Shanshan Feng and Jessica Korda.

 

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Amy Yang Wins.

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Amy Yang wins the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course.

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Amy  shot a final round -3 under par 69 to win the Honda LPGA Classic with total of -15 under par. She reported that she could not believe it;

“I don’t know what just happened, I still can’t believe I did it today.”

Tied at the top of the leaderboard with Stacy going into 15, there was a three shot swing when Amy birdied and Stacy recorded a double bogey there;

“I still didn’t want to decide that because we had three more holes to go and they’re not easy, so I just kept focusing.”

“Oh, I was so nervous. But I saw the ball fall in and I thought feels like it’s dream. It’s a great feeling.”

There was three-way tie for second place, Stacy Lewis, who carded a sad final round of +1 over par 73, Mirim Lee, -3 under par 69 and Yani Tseng with a -5 under par 67.

Yani admitted to some putting nerves out there today;

“I played good, but I missed bunch of putts out there. I was just actually a little nervous out there when I putting.”

“I don’t know, just maybe thinking a little more on my putting than others.”

“But I got some lucky bounce and make birdie on the last hole so I was very happy. Just fricking nervous out there. I think just at least I back into the circle.  Hopefully take into next week.”

Low round of the day went to Beatriz Recari, a magnificent -9 under par 63, she finished T5 on -12 under par.