CME Group Tour Championship. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Tiburón Golf Club in Florida.  Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen share the honor as Sung Hyun Park falters.

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Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen / getty

Kim, USA, with a bogey free -8 under pr 64, Michelle, USA, -6 under 66, Ariya,Thailand, -5 under 67 and Suzann, Norway, -3 under 69, all share the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard at -10 under par @CMEGroupLPGA

Michelle ran out of gas playing in six tournaments in a row;

“Basically, I mean, I’ll never play six weeks in a row again.”

“And I told my caddie if I ever want to play six weeks again, just punch me in the face.”

The top four are followed closely by a group of seven ladies at -9 under par, which includes yesterday’s leader Sung Hyun Park, who slipped back today scoring +3 over par 75.

Sung said she just needs to focus

“Keeping my focus will be key.”

Stacy Lewis is in the -9 under group and is now enjoying golf after her first win for some time;

“It was just so much more relaxed going to a tournament, not necessarily dreading it.”

“You’re excited to be there, excited to have a chance to win.”

“Just renewed the love for golf a little bit and the enjoyment of competing.”

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CME Group Tour Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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 Peiyun Chien, from Chinese Taipei, and Sarah Jane Smith, Australia, lead the  CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

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Peiyun Chien & Sarah Jane Smith / getty

Both Peiyun and Sarah Jane had bogey free first rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the CME Group Tour Championship.

Rookie Peiyun said she need more belief in herself;

“Just need to more believe myself.”

“I change a little my backswing, so feel a little bit more solid.”

Sarah Jane had a good day with her putter;

“I holed some nice putts.”

“It was a bit rough in the beginning, but holed some nice putts for par and sort of kept it going, and then made some good birdies coming in.”

“I’ve been working on a little bit more tempo in my swing. I can get really fast out there.”

“I sort of made a conscious effort a few weeks ago to sort of do it on the golf course, and it’s made a huge difference.”

Five ladies are then tied in third place at -5 under after their opening rounds of 67, World number one Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, Lydia Ko, New Zealand, Azahara Munoz, Spain, Suzann Pettersen, Norway and Karine Icher from France.

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Andalucia Costa del Sol Open. Three Ladies Tied at the Top.

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There are three ladies tied at the top of the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de España Femenino leaderboard, Georgia HallNatalia Escuriola Martinez and Diana Luna, at Real Club De Guadalmina, in Spain.

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Georgia Hall / getty

Georgia, England, Natalia, Spain and Diana Italy, all carded -7 under par 65, to share the lead at the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open.

Georgia had a quiet front nine, but finished with five birdies and an Eagle: 

“I don’t even know what I was doing on the front nine, to be honest.”

“My head was not there and my golf was not there at all. I did well to make the turn in level par, because I had some horrendous shots in there.”

“I pulled a couple on the first two or three holes about 15 yards left, which kind of got my head a bit frazzled.”

“On the back nine I thought, right, I’m going to get five birdies here to get to five-under. Then I managed to have a good eagle on the last.”

“On the par-5 18th, I hit driver and it makes it a bit easier when you only have 155 yards to the pin. I hit 6-iron to four or five feet and managed to hole it, so that definitely put me in a much better position.”

Local girl Natalia is feeling in good form;

“Today I felt really good and played easy shots, so I think that was the key. I felt relaxed today and I’m playing in Spain. I love this course because I won a tournament here last year.”

Diana was bogey free today

 “I’m very pleased. I had some very good up and downs towards the end of the round and I was getting a little bit tired, so my long game was going a bit downhill.”

Suzann Pettersen, Norway, Carlota Ciganda, Spain and Lee-Anne Pace from South Africa, all share second place, one shot back at -6 under par after their first rounds of 66.

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Manulife LPGA Classic. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Manulife LPGA Classic leaderboard, Suzann Pettersen and Mi Hyang Lee share the first day honors in Canada.

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Mi Hyang Lee & Suzann Pettersen / getty

Mi Hyang, South Korea and Suzann, Norway, both carded opening rounds of -8 under par 64 to lead the Manulife LPGA Classic at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.

Suzann was very happy with the conditions today;

“We woke up this morning to perfect conditions. You can fire at pins and get to par fives, which is fun.”

“I think it’s the best way to set up a golf course and get low scores. I’m very happy with the opening round I played.”

Mi Hyang likes this course, it suits her style of play

“I think it’s a good match to my golf, I think just a great golf course and great condition.”

“A little softer than last year so getting a longer distance. Greens are good and everything else is good.”

Three ladies are tied in third place, one shot behind at -7 under par, Shanshan Feng, ChinaLaura Gonzalez Escallon, Belgium and Hyo Joo KIm, South Korea.

Shanshan was also very happy with her effort today;

“I’m really happy about what I did today.”

Best placed Canadian lady is Alena Sharp, in a tie for sixth place after her first round -6 under par 66, with a good day with the putter;

“It was steady all day.”

“Just made a lot of key putts today and that kept me going.”

“I made a lot of six to ten footers, which is what I’ve been working on so it’s nice to see the results come early in the tournament.”


LPGA Volvik Championship. Shanshan Feng Shines.

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Shanshan Feng, China, shines in the third round of the LPGA Volvik Championship, topping the leaderboard with a bogey free 66 today at Travis Pointe Country Club.

LPGA Volvik Championship

Shanshan Feng / getty

Shanshan scored a bogey free -6 under par 66 to claim the 54 hole lead of the LPGA Volvik Championship, with a -15 under par total;

Shanshan said good putting helped her on her way

“I started the round a little slowly. I was only one under through eight holes and then I made two putts in a row on the ninth and tenth.”

 “After that I was just feeling like, ‘oh, I can start making birdies,’ and I was more comfortable.” 

“I’m feeling good about my condition right now and what I’ve done the first three days, so looking forward to the final day.”

Lizette Salas, U.S.A. holds second place at -14 under par, -5 under 67 today keeping her in touch with the leader, making bogey at the last today upset her;

“I hit the ball amazing today, I putted really great.”

“Everything’s coming together, and I think if I just stay patient and stay still for a little extra second, things will be great for me tomorrow.”

“Finishing like that really just gets under my skin. I think that is going to be an extra push for tomorrow, too.”

“You hit great ones, you hit bad ones, and unfortunately that bad one was on my last hole today.”

Suzann Pettersen, Norway, is in third position, another shot back at -13 under par for the tournament, with -3 under 69 today.

LPGA Volvik Championship. Sung Hyun Park Leads.

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Sung Hyun Park, South Korea, leads the LPGA Volvik Championship.

LPGA Volvik Championship

Sung Hyun Park

Sung Hyun shot a second round -7 under par 65 to grab a two stroke lead at the LPGA Volvik Championship with a -12 under par tournament total;

“I started birdie-birdie on the first two holes and after that I kind of lost it a little bit.”

“But going into the back nine, the first hole, on 10 I made a birdie, and from that point on I think my putting kind of came back alive.” 

“I have a huge expectation being in the final group, being that much closer to winning.”

“But I have a lot of experience playing in the championship groups and I’ll stick with my plan and play my game for the rest of the week.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are Minjee Lee, Australia,-6 under par 66 today, and Suzann Pettersen, Norway, with a -5 under par 67 round.

Minjee got disqualified last week, because she forgot to sign her card;

“I mean I don’t know how I missed it, but obviously I did and I got DQ’d.”

“But it’s okay, I can laugh about it now.”

“I played good last week and I know my game’s there.”

Suzann is enjoying the course, and her putter;

“I usually play good the more tournaments I play, and last week was my first after a little bit of a break.”

“My game is starting to shape up. Playing good golf, hitting a lot of good putts.”

” Just enjoying this golf course.”

“See if I can finish off a good round tomorrow and then finish off a good round Sunday.”

” But take one day at a time here.”



Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Haru Nomura Leads.

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Haru Nomura, Japan, leads the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout after the second round in Texas.

 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout

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Haru shot -6 under par 65 to lead the  Volunteers of America Texas Shootout by one shot at -9 under par, with good putting being the key to her round today;

“My mind was very calm today. It was windy, but I like windy and tough conditions.”

“I putted well and shot pretty good today.”

Ariya Jutanugarn holds second place, at -8 under par, she carded -4 under par 67 today;

“Pretty good day today, I hit the ball pretty good on my front nine, made some putts today.”

Third place belongs to Suzann Pettersen, she shot a second round -6 under 65, for a -7 under par total.

Dori Carter fired the round of the day, an 8-under-par 63, to make her first cut of the season, good putting again helped;

“That’s just golf, I struck the ball well yesterday and I didn’t get up and down, today I did.”

“When I missed the green, I got up and down. And then I had some really cool long fringe putts.”

“Putts started to fall and that just became exciting.”

“So that was probably the difference between yesterday and today, I got up and down. I even holed out for an eagle today, things like that. I was always close and today was finally my day.”