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.

JTBC Founders Cup. Eun-Hee Ji Leads

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Eun-Hee Ji leads the JTBC Founders Cup by one shot after 54 holes at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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KOR Eun-Hee carded a third round -7 under par 65 to post a 54 hole total of -18 under par. She leads USA  Stacy Lewis and KOR Sei Young Kim by one shot in the JTBC Founders Cup.

KOR Eun-Hee  was happy with her putting today and requiring only 26 putts ;

“Actually, my putting was really good.”

“Actually, my iron shot was really good, too because I was really struggling with my irons the last couple of weeks but it’s getting better this week”

KOR Sei Young carded a third round -2 under par 70, to kind of stand still in this competition, but still shares second place with Stacy at -17 under par.

USA Stacy, -8 under par 64 today, loves returning to this tournament;

“This week it’s really special to me. I’ve gotten to know the Founders the last few years, especially Marilynn; and just being around them, you see the love and the energy that they have for this game still and our tour, and it’s just a really special week.”

 “And I love;  you know, I would definitely say I was one of the skeptics at first, you know, with playing for free and the whole thing, but this tournament is a home run and it’s just really cool for the rookies to get to know the Founders and the reason that they get to play every day.”

USA Jacqui Concolino holds 4th at -16 under par after her -4 under 68 today.

World No.1  Lydia Ko  got off to a quick start today, making three birdies in her first five holes, and matched Stacy with the low round of the day, -8 under par 64. She is tied in fifth place at -15 under par with ESP Carlota Siganda and USA Paula Creamer.

 Lydia could still easily win this tournament, she is full of confidence;

“I think when you’re a leader and you know you’re already shooting 5-under through, what, like six, seven holes, you’ve got the confidence; and every fairway it looks like you’re going to hit it, and every putt, it almost seems like it’s going to go in the hole.”

“So I guess that’s why the rough didn’t pay as much as I thought it would do at the start of the week.”

Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Hyo Joo Kim Wins.

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Hyo Joo Kim wins the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at Paradise Island.

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Hyo shot a final round -7 under par 66 to win the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic by two strokes with a -18 under par total. She said the result exceeded all her expectations;

“I said my goals coming into today was top 10 but obviously it turned out I won, so I’m really happy about that.”

“I looked at the leaderboard when I was walking up on the last hole, but I already knew that I had two shots in between me and Stacy.”

“I knew that on the last hole you can get on in two, so I was a little nervous coming up.”

“I’m going to reevaluate my goal, I want to win three times before the Olympics, so I’ve got one down, two to go now.”

Three ladies tied for second place at -16 under par, Sei Young Kim, Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis. The last round for Stacy and Sei Young was -5 under 68, while Anna recorded -4 under 69.

Stacy gave it her best shot;

” Seven under’s a great score and I knew it was going to take something like that today on this golf course with less wind.”

“You know you needed to shoot a number.  Just got off to a bit of a slow start.”

” Making bogey on 8 really hurt, but proud of the way I came back on the back nine and gave myself a chance.”

“I’m extremely happy with where my golf swing is, after today, there are some things I want to work on, but it’s in a really good spot right now.”

“This is one of those days, I hit a lot of good putts, especially on the front nine that just didn’t go in, and that was this golf course this week.”

“It was pretty frustrating, but I knew it was going to take 7, 8 under to win today.”

“It was a shootout.  Just proud of the way I rallied there on the back and gave myself a chance.”



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.”