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.




Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Jessica Korda Leads.

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Jessica Korda leads the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament going into the final round tomorrow at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

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Jessica shot a bogey free third round -6 under par 65 to take the lead into the final round of the  Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, with a -12 under par total, and a two shot lead over the field.

Jessica said it has been a while since she was in contention, and it is nice to be back in business. She had been performing so poorly that she backed off the Solheim Cup team;

“It’s a confidence builder. I haven’t been in this position in such a long time, since basically January.”

“It’s just so nice to be back.”

“I really played myself off of the team so I kind of knew that I wasn’t going to get on there. I told Juli that I had bigger things to worry about.”

“I had been playing so poorly that Solheim wasn’t even on my radar at that point.”

“That week I made the cut and I was so happy with myself and then at Evian I missed the cut again and so I was really just happy to sit at home on the couch and watch the girls do their thing because I don’t think I could have contributed to the team like I know I should have.”

Stacy Lewis shares second place with Ha Na Jang, both at -10 under par for the competition. Stacy also had a -6 under par 65, while Ha Na stood still with an even par round of 71.

Stacy is looking forward to a shoot out tomorrow;

This golf course is just a shootout.”

“It’s just who is going to make the most birdies at the end of the week.”

“Just nice to be back somewhere close to the lead and hopefully just within a few shots going into tomorrow.

World number one Lydia Ko is tied in third place with Shanshan Feng and Xi Yu Lin, all at -9 under par.

Lydia gave us her views on Jess and Stacy, following her -3 under par round today;

“Jess is such a solid player. You know, her iron game is great, and I think she’s one of the best putters on the tour.”

“Stacy, she’s always up there. She’s always contending and always around the leaders or leading.”

“I said before all this Asia swing started that she will make; have a win by the end of the season.”

“She shot like one over the first day, but look how she comes back the next two days.”


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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.