LPGA ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Jin Young Ko Leads By Three.

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Jin Young Ko, of South Korea, leads the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open by three shots at the half-way stage at Kooyonga Golf Club in Australia.

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J.Y. from South Koreashot second round -3 under par 69 to maintain her position at the top of the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open with a -10 under par total for 36 holes.

The LPGA Tour rookie is utilizing her thinking and enjoyed a good day with the putter;

“One key is my thinking and one other key is my putting.”

Sitting in second place is another rookie Emma Talley, USA, also -3 under 69 today for a -7 under par tournament total.

Emma said she had missed a few putts today;

“Yesterday my short game was unbelievable and I kind of kept it going all day.”

“Today I hit the ball really well and my driver was back to normal today and my irons were really good.”

“I actually missed a few putts around today but that’s okay, I’m just going to stay patient and hopefully tomorrow they’ll sink.”

Sharing third place are two South Korean ladies, Sun Young Yoo, -2 under 70 today, and Jiyai Shin, -1 under 71, both ladies at -6 under par.

Sun Young went back to her old coach, and things have improved;

“I had some bad years the last couple of years, but everybody goes through ups and downs.”

“My game started coming back again, so I’m feeling pretty good and I’m back with my old coach again, so I’m very confident and excited.”

“I knew I had to go back and fix a couple of things, and making major changes, just a little bit on little things, so I’m feeling pretty good.”

Lydia Ko, New Zealand, went backwards today, +2 over par 74, to be T14 at -2 under.

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Blue Bay LPGA. Ashleigh Buhai Leads Half-Way.

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Ashleigh Buhai, South Africa , leads the Blue Bay LPGA at the half-way stage in China.

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Ashleigh leads the Blue Bay LPGA tournament by one shot after her second round -4 under 68, on a very windy day when only two ladies carded rounds under par. She leads the tournament by one shot with a -9 under par score at the half-way point at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club, and is also looking for her first LPGA victory;

“I just kind of was playing the golf course as it came.”

“It played a lot tougher than the last few days. The wind was more or less the same direction, just a bit stronger, so I think it helps being the same direction as you have an idea what to do.”

“It was just a case of taking more club and just trying to play it with the wind.” 

“I feel I am getting more comfortable with the situation. I always say, winning is a feeling, no matter where you’re trying to win.”

“Obviously the stage out here is huge and everybody at the top of the leaderboard has a chance to win this week.”

“I feel if I keep just trusting my swing and sticking to my goals and my plan, hopefully I will have a chance.”

Last weeks winner Shanshan Feng, playing at home, is in second place at -8 under par, the only other player under par in the second round, with -5 under 67, giving her a -8 under total, with good putting today;

“I’m playing in front of all the fans from home, of course I feel a little bit of pressure, and I’m pretty sure tomorrow will be more people coming to support me.”

“But I just wanted to bring out my ‘A’ game and enjoy the week.”

“I knew that after the first round, I would be warmed up a little more. I would say my ball-striking today was better, so I was giving myself birdie chances.”

“Of course, my putting was working today also, it continued from last week and so I made a few birdies and I mean, just one bogey for the day, it was pretty good.”

Sun Young Yoo, South Korea, the first round leader went backwards today, +2 over par 74, for a two round total of -5 under par.

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Blue Bay LPGA. Sun Young Yoo Leads.

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Sun Young Yoo, South Korea, leads the Blue Bay LPGA tournament at  Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club in China.

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Yoosy shot a first round -7  under par 65 to lead the Blue Bay LPGA by one shot;

“Pretty solid overall, I saw a lot of positive things in myself today, so hopefully I can get it going.”

“Swing-wise, I kept the same thing. I just tried to have fun out there, and actually I had a lot of fun today.”

 “Not too much going on. I like it.”

 Xiang Sui, China, carded a -6 under par 66, with just one bogey, to claim second place on her own.

Ashleigh Buhai, and Lee-Ann Pace, South Africa, Jeong Eun Lee and Na Yeon Choi, South Korea, Pernilla Lindberg, Sweden, and Lizette Salas, USA, are all tied in third place at -5 under par with rounds of 67.

Lizette is very happy, and playing well on this Asian swing of the Tour;

“It’s got to come to an end somehow, and I’m just really fortunate that I had this Asia Swing and really excited to go back to the States and play the final event.”

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Ladies Scottish Open. Cristie Takes Over at the Top.

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Cristie Kerr, USA, takes over at the top of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Cristie posted a second round +1 over par 73, but it was good enough to move her to the top of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open leaderboard with -5 under for the tournament, carding  three birdies in her last six holes;

“It was tough. I hit it so well yesterday, and I mean, that shows you the difference.”

“I didn’t hit it that great today but I still managed.”

“My caddie and I managed the golf course well, and we made the recovery shots when we needed to. I’m trying not to get ahead of myself in this weather.”

First round leader Karrie Webb, Australia, is in second place at -4 under, a disappointing second round of +3 over 75 in the difficult conditions making the difference;

“It was really cold this morning, and definitely a lot more wind.”

“The wind had a lot more strength to it. Holes that we were hitting driver and wedge into, that wasn’t even a possibility this morning.”

“Definitely our first nine holes was definitely really difficult. I mean, it never really let up.”

“Just as it warmed up, obviously you could hit the ball a little bit further. But yeah, it was challenging right all the way till the end.”

Tied in third place with tournament totals of -3 under par, are, Sei Young Kim, even par 72 today,  and Sun Young Yoo with a very respectable -3 under 69. Both ladies are from South Korea.

Pornanong Phatlum, Thailand  carded +1 over 73 to hold fifth position on her own at -2 under, with  Olafia Kristinsdottir, Iceland, has sixth place at -1 under.

Low round of the day was from Joanna Klatten,  -4 under 68, which included an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys, helping her to climb 78 places into a tie for seventh, at even par, alongside Georgia Hall, Minjee Lee and Carlota Ciganda.

LPGA. JTBC Founders Cup. Lydia Leads.

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Lydia Ko leads the JTBC Founders Cup at the Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona on the LPGA Tour.

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Lydia shot a third round of -5 under par 67 to lead the tournament on -16 under par, for the three round total at Wildfire Golf Club. She said that there would be some nerves tomorrow, but she will try to control them to perform well;

“Obviously there’s going to be some nerves, of course, it’s always there any time. But it’s great that you’ve got a one‑shot lead. I’ve just got to take the positive out of it and I’m just going to play my own game, if somebody goes crazy low like shooting 10 under, 9 under or whatever, it’s not something I can control. So I’m going to control to the most what I can do.”

Mirim Lee and Jessica Korda are tied in second place at -15 under par, just one shot back in this closely contested event.

Jessica likes the way the course is playing;

 ” You know, the golf course is just set up so beautifully, so as long as you hit fairways and greens, you’re just fine.  The greens, certain greens are faster than others, depending on if you’re downgrain or into the grain.  Golf course is just beautiful, so it’s a pleasure to play. But the greens are a little bit bouncier in the afternoon and you can kind of see where people have walked and some donuts around the holes.  But in the morning, it must have been really nice.  But yeah, definitely was a little bit more aggressive, but kind of take whatever you can get out here.” 

Sun Young Yoo has slipped back to fourth position, at -14 under par following her third round -4 under par 68.

Michelle Weiis in the group of five ladies at -13 under par, and is excited to be there, in contention.

” I came out the afternoon looking at the leaderboard and saw a lot of 9 unders, a lot of 8 unders and was kind of like, I have to get moving today.  Just one of those days I couldn’t get anything to the hole but scrimmaged and shot 5‑under and really happy to be in the position that I am right now and I’m just really excited for tomorrow.”

“I’m just so excited to be in this position, that I have a chance, it’s just fun being in contention. So, I’m just going to make the most of it tomorrow and go out there and enjoy myself.”

Defending champion Stacy Lewis is in familiar territory, she is four shots back of the lead, exactly where she was last year when she came through to win. But Stacy was disappointed with today’s performance;

”  It would be awesome to win here again.  I’ve said over and over again, this is my favorite tournament and I love the concept of the entire event.   Just to win here, having the founders here, to win in front of them, it means a lot.  Pretty disappointing, I left a ton of shots out there today.  Just the greens were a bit softer and I just didn’t quite adjust to it.  Speed was a little bit different, and just didn’t make the adjustments. I needed something today.”

” Just watching the leaderboard, watching the scores early, I knew I needed a low one just to get close to the lead.  But you know, anything can happen.  I’m going to go try to make as many birdies as I can but I would have liked to have got a little bit closer today.”

Certainly anything can still happen in this tournament, low round today went to Cristie Kerr, -9 under par 63. Cristie said a slight putting change made all the difference, and some new irons;

” Honestly I kind of changed up my putting routine a little bit. I switched to PING irons this week.  I had been playing with PING wedges since the beginning of the year and everything is just so much more consistent.  Even the misses on the irons are just so much better.  I had a chip‑in today on a very difficult chip on twelve, down the left slope, I chipped in.  I was close to chipping it in all week so ironic that it’s on the most difficult one, that’s me for you.”

Cristie is five behind the leader, but another low round tomorrow and who know’s.

LPGA. JTCB Founders Cup. Mirim Marches On.

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Mirim Lee marches on in the JTBC Founders Cup on the JTBC Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club in Arizona.

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 Mirim shot a -5 under par 67 to maintain her position at the top of the leaderboard in the Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club, with a -13 under par total at the half-way stage. She thought she had played some pretty dull golf on the front nine, she had this to say through an interpreter;

“I played a little boring on the front nine, so I went more aggressive on the back nine. It worked well so now I plan on being aggressive the rest of the week.”

Quite a bold statement, so look out you stars Mirim is being assertive.

Lydia Ko is just two behind at -11 under par for her two rounds, a -6 under par 66 second round helped her to move up the leaderboard to second spot on her own. She was surprised to find herself only two shots back of the leader;

“I was really surprised, I just gave myself more opportunities on the back nine. I played much better this nine yesterday, so I kind of thought, you know, you can make some more birdies and get closer to the leader.”

Sun Young Yoo shot the low round of the day, a sizzling -7 under par 65, which left her in third place alone at -10 under par for the tournament. She was happy to play early today;

“I played late yesterday, so today greens were a little better in shape. I don’t know, everything was working fine. Yesterday I hit pretty good and just hit a couple of bad tee shots. That’s it. But today swinging better and swinging with more confidence.”

There is a four-way tie for fourth place, all at -9 under par, including world number one Inbee Park, who had a steady second round -3 under par 69.

Inbee also had a slow start her round;

“I think maybe we had a quite slow front nine, Lydia and I and Jessica probably. On the back nine I think things went really well for everyone and especially last five to finish was a great finish. Today is probably worst day for me than yesterday because I probably missed a couple, two to three shots, and I mean I left a lot of putts out there today, especially No. 1 through like 13 I didn’t make anything.  So yeah, it was very good to actually see the putt drop on the last five holes, so it was a relief.”

Unlike the men’s tournament at Bay Hill, this competition is still wide open at the half-way stage. Tomorrow is moving day, lets see who makes a definitive move.

Ricoh British Women’s Open, Jiyai Shin of South Korea Wins



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Hearty congratulations to Jiyai Shin of South Korea, she produced one of the finest performances of her illustrious career when she defied atrocious weather to close with a battling one over par 73 and claim a domineering nine shot victory in the 2012 Ricoh Women’s British Open at a wet and windswept Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Her easy cruise to victory  means that for the first time in golfing history Asians have won all four of the women’s Majors in a single calendar year with South Korea’s Sun Young Yoo winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship, China’s Shanshan Feng claiming the LPGA Championship and South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi beating the field at the US Women’s Open. There was no other competitor who finished in under par, Inbee Park was alone in second place with a tournament total of even par. Third place went to Paula Creamer of America. finishing with a score of +1 over par.

This Jiyai’s second win at this event, last time in 2008, today she was really happy to be a two-time winner of the trophy;

“I can’t put into words how happy I feel to win the title for a second time. My first win in 2008 changed my life. This week, this win, I think it will change it too.  I said at the start of the week I wanted to play every round in one under par so to get to nine under in this weather on a course as tough as this is incredible. Now I know I can get a good score on any course, I’m pretty sure of that. I can’t tell you why so many Asian players are winning majors at the moment, maybe it’s down to hard work. Maybe it’s luck, or a bit of both.”

Lydia Ko arrived at Hoylake having won this year’s US Women’s Amateur and then followed that up by becoming the youngest ever winner on the LPGA Tour, winning the CN Canadian Open at just of 15 years old. Here at Royal Liverpool she won The Smyth Salver, which is awarded to the leading amateur, putting together rounds of 72, 71, 76 and a last round of 78 for a +9 over par total of 297 and a two-stroke victory over England’s Holly Clyburn.

Lydia said of her first British Open experience;

“I have got the award for the leading amateur and that’s what I wanted after I made the cut. This is my first experience of the British Open, I didn’t play as well as I wanted but I have won the amateur prize so it wasn’t a bad day. It was playing really tough out there, this is one of the hardest courses I have ever played and there were times when the weather made it almost impossible to play.”