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.

Honda LPGA Thailand. It’s Still Stacy at the Top.

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It’s still Stacy Lewis at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club on the Pattaya Old Course.

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Stacy will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand, despite a poor third round of +1 over par 73. Her tournament total is now -13 under par, the step backwards has allowed the rest of the field to catch up. She has not entirely got to grips with her new Bridgestone ball performance in the heat;

“That being in the lead is pretty much the only good thing that came out of today.”

“I was a bit all over the place today. I played six really bad holes to start the day but then got things going.”

“I‘ll be around the putting and chipping green, the ball striking really was not that bad. Just got short sided in some bad situations.”

“Hit some good shots, hit some shots too far actually. This new golf ball in the heat is going a bit.”

Amy Young still occupies second place, but is now just that one shot behind the leader at -12 under par, a third round -1 under par 71 securing her position. She said she will continue to play at her own pace;

“I’ll just do my best one shot at a time.”

“I won’t think about too much. I am going to go to the range and work on some of my swing right now and putting a little bit and get ready to go. “

Third place belongs to Sandra Gall, she equaled the low round of the day, a -4 under par 68, which moved her up the leaderboard considerably. Sandra, who’s only win on the LPGA Tour came back in 2011 at the Kia Classic, intends to stay relaxed, and have some fun;

“That was the goal at the beginning of the season, to be in contention and have a chance to win on Sunday.”

“I just need to relax and kind of do the same thing I did the last few days. I think the more chances I’ll have the better I’ll do.”

“Tomorrow I just have to go out, and, like I said, just be relaxed and enjoy the moment.”

Yani Tseng, currently in sixth place at -8 under par, leads the Tour in average drive distance, and puts that down to her new coach;

 “I do have a new trainer, David Donatucci. He works with Michelle, Stacy, and, I mean, I feel great.”

“I been work with him couple months now and I feel my body, the way I swing, it matches my body and just get my body and my core stronger so I’m able to hold the shot better and a bit more consistently, too.”

 

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Stacy Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Stacy Lewis has the 36 hole lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, at Siam Country Club, on the Pattaya Old Course.

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Stacy shot a second round bogey free -8 under par 64 to take a three shot lead into the weekend at -14 under par in the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Stacy reported that she got off to a slow start;

“Well, it got off to a bit of a slow start, but about midway through the front nine there kind of caught fire with the putter and started hitting some shots close.”

“It really was a pretty easy day. I didn’t cause myself too much stress. Hit a ton of greens, which is what have to do on this golf course. Just happy with the day.”

Amy Yang is three shots back in second place at -11 under par for the tournament, a -6 under par 66 today keeps her in touch with the leader.

Amy has had a change of attitude, and really wants to play golf;

“You know, sometimes you get tired of what you’re doing, I think that’s what happened to me last year.”

“That’s why I decided to finish season earlier, too.”

“But over the winter while I’m resting I wanted to play more golf.  Finally my mind changed and I wanted to go back there and play in contention if I can.”

Caroline Masson, Jenny Shin, Ariya Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee share third place, all at -8 under par for the tournament and are in danger of losing sight of the leader.

Ariya reacted to a compliment that Yani Tseng  made about her when Yani said that Ariya reminded her of herself when she was younger;

“It’s such a great compliment. It makes me feel even more confident with my game.”

“Yesterday I played with Yani and I learned so much from her also. When she missed a shot, she always finds a way to make an up and down.”

“It’s great to see her grinding out there every single shot.” 

Yani could only manage an even par round today and is T10 at -6 under par for the tournament.

 

Honda LPGA Thailand. Three-Way Tie at the Top.

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Yani Tseng, Brittany Lang and Stacy Lewis are in a three-way tie at the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand on the Pattaya Old Course, at Siam Country Club.

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Stacy started well but came back down to earth on the back nine, eventually signing for a -6 under par 66;

“There are tough holes that if you get on the wrong side of it, I mean, we misjudged the wind on 13 and got on the wrong side of the hole, and then made a couple bad decisions there on 18.”

“You know, it happens on this golf course. You get short sided, you’re going to make a bogey. Just try to minimize the damage.”

 “I was pleased coming out today with the ball striking. That was something those first two events that wasn’t quite there.”

“Pleased with the way I hit it. Put a new driver in the back this week and was pretty pleased with that, too. I’m excited about the rest of the week.”

 Yani likes this golf course, her -6 under par 66 proves that;

“I always love here, I have so many friends out here and the fans out here always give me great support.”

“I feel like coming back here always start of the season and I feel fresh and give me good energy.  We play on this great golf course. I think it kind of suits my game. It’s good for the long hitter out here.”

Brittany also carded a -6 under par 66 and is trying not to think of the Solheim Cup;

“I want to play on the Solheim, but I am just going to keep doing what I have been doing, seeing my shots, committing, having fun, being positive.”

“Because if I start thinking about Solheim it’s going to get me away from what I’m doing.”

“Solheim is the most fun you ever have on the course.  It’s one of the most important things to me, so it’s hard not to think about it. You got to have some mental strength to just stick to what you’re doing.”

PURE SILK BAHAMAS LPGA CLASSIC. Gerina Gets in Front, But Play is Suspended Again.

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Gerina Piller gets in front of the pack at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, but the third round play was suspended, due to darkness.

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Gerina sits on top of the third round leaderboard at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, despite the fact that she has only completed 9 holes of the round. Her -10 under par total score included three birdies today, where only two groups actually finished the third round.

Gerina said she felt comfortable out there today, and mentioned steady putting;

“I did.  I was a little nervous on the first tee, but I felt fine.”

“There’s just been a calm over me, and thank the good Lord that he’s watching over me.”

“Just minimize the mistakes, and fairways and greens, I mean, the wind could switch at any second, it can gust, and that’s really hard to deal with.”

” I think just staying steady with fairways and greens and two putting.”

There are six ladies on -9 under par for the tournament, with a further six on -8 under par. Throw the weather into the congested leaderboard and I guess anything, or anyone could win tomorrow. That is presuming they get around to completing the tournament on time.

Lexi Thompson, who is one of the six at -9 under par had the low round of the afternoon, -7 under par through 16 holes. None of these six have completed their rounds, the situation stands like this;  Kelly Shon (thru 10), Sei Young Kim (thru 7), Perrine Delacour (thru 12), Sandra Gal (thru 9) and first and second-round leader Brooke Pancake (thru 7) all join Lexi on the leaderboard.

In the group at -8 under par are  Inbee Park (thru 7) and Stacy Lewis (thru 15) .

Stacy felt good about her round today, and said she and Lexi will birdie hunting tomorrow;

“I feel good.  I would have liked to have finished that round off today, but just going to bed with a good number posted so far, you know, I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

“We’re going to have to, Lexi and I are going to have to keep making birdies like we did and hopefully get off to a good start like we did today.”

“We were talking about that we probably had the best golf going on today, we had so many birdies.”

“The first two days we were ball striking it well, just didn’t make that many putts, but today we were definitely feeding off each other off of birdies.”

 

Coates Golf Championship. Jang Leads as Darkness Falls

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Ha Na Jang leads the Coates Golf Championship at the suspension of play on the second day, due to darkness falling over the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in Florida.

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Ha Na posted a second round of -7 under par -7 under par 65 to lead the Coates Golf Championship by four shots, after  she had been lucky enough to tee off first in the afternoon wave of players. She said she had played good iron shots today, and was definitely too old, at 22, to be called a rookie;

“I think today my second shot were better, very nice iron shots today.”

“I don’t think so. I’m too old.”

Nearest competitor is Stacy Lewis, at -8 under par on her own, following her completed second round of -2 under par 70.

Stacy reported she was just staying patient out on the course, trying not to make mistakes;

“We shot some 66s yesterday and I think that’s a great score on this golf course.”

“The greens are just so tricky, there’s not a lot of hole locations on a couple of the greens, you have to hit it to the right spot.”

 “You can make some bogeys and worse pretty quick. It’s just staying patient.”

Third place is shared between Lydia Ko, Azahara Munoz, Angela Stanford and Austin Ernst, all at -7 under par for the tournament, but Angela and Austin still have to complete their second rounds tomorrow. Play will resume at 0730 local time, with the third round beginning at 1030.

Azahara was happy with her -1 under par 71;

“Minus one under on this golf course is always good.”

Lydia remarked on the size of the galleries following the ladies around. She also spoke about Stacy, who she had been paired with both days;

“It’s been really good crowds. Even yesterday we were playing in the afternoon, there were a lot of people out here. Just I guess following from tee to green not only our group but the groups behind and in front also.”

“I think it’s been great and the fans here are really excited. It’s always exciting for me to play in front of them.”

“She’s played great every single time I’ve played with her, I kind of try and feed off her and she’s someone I look up to and I always learn.”

“She’s such a confident player. I always enjoy playing with her. Yeah, it’s always fun whenever I get paired up with Stacy.”

Stacy confirmed the two of them enjoy each others company on the golf course;

“She’s fun, easy to play with. I think we have similar games and we play well on the same type of golf courses.”

“This one, you look at this and like San Francisco, tree-lined golf course, you’ve got to hit it on the right spots on the greens, play smart. I think our games are just really similar so we play well on the same courses.”

 

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Inbee Park Wins

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World #1 Inbee Park wins the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Miramar Golf & Country Club.

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World #1 Inbee scored a -1 under par 71 in the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, which was enough to give her the win with a -22 under par total. Married life seems to suit Inbee, but she  said it was a tough day, even though she started with a four shot lead there was some nerves with the way she played;

I think playing with Stacy, I really wanted to play well, and obviously being able to win the tournament was a great accomplishment.”

 “It was a tough day and I got nervous on every hole today even on the 18th hole.”

“Stacy was really tough, in the middle of the round I was only one ahead of her, and I was lucky to be one ahead of her, so it was a really good day but it wasn’t an easy day for me.”

“I think this will be my wedding gift for myself. It’s a good feeling and maybe people who said, ‘she’s not going to play as well as when she was not married’ I think we can prove them wrong.”

” My husband is a big help for me and huge supporter and I’m really happy to have him here.”

World # 2 Stacy Lewis finished in second place at -20 under par, her last round -3 under par 69 not enough to catch the leader, but it was a good effort in the difficult conditions, which we know Stacy likes to play in;

“I hung in there all day and just made Inbee work for it. That was the goal, and you give Inbee four shots, it’s a tough task to overcome, and you know, she hit the shots when she needed to coming in.”

I played great, I really got off to a really good start, and just the middle of the round, didn’t quite make the putts that I needed to.”

“You would think you would pick up a shot or two but I didn’t really pick up many shots there.  But obviously Inbee making those putts, I knew I needed to do something, as well.  I was fortunate I got off to a good start, but in the conditions all day, it was hard and you just had to hang in there.”

To complete the scoring World #3 Lydia Ko claimed third place on her own at -17 under par, she carded a brilliant bogey free final round -6 under par 66, the low round of the day;

I think I played really well here in Asia, obviously there were a lot of great memories made, and, yeah, I just enjoyed my time playing over here in Asia.  I didn’t get many opportunities to play out here before, so it was great to come back, like to this week, where I’ve won before.“