Lalla Meryem Cup. Klára Spilková the first Czech player to win on Ladies European Tour.

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Klára Spilková the first Czech player to win on Ladies European Tour, claiming the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.

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A Very Happy Klára Spilková / getty

Klára, posted a final bogey free round of -6 under par 66, to win her Maiden Ladies  European Tour title, with a -8 under par total, at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco;

“I can’t believe it. It’s just great. I don’t really have any emotions now.”

“I just took almost a two month break to work on myself more than anything else.”

“I didn’t play much golf. I was trying to get my mind in the right place and it worked.”

“I feel much better than last year. The hardest challenge is always your ego. I just won for myself, because I felt no ego.”

Suzann Pettersen was in second place at -7 under par, after carding a last round -1 under 71. A disappointed Suzann, from Sweden, started the day with a two shot lead, she missed a putt on the last hole to get into a play-off;

“Obviously I’m very disappointed not to win.”

“I didn’t have my best game from tee to green and it’s cost me this tournament.”

“I had a putt on the last, which ended short. It was in my hands to at least get into a play-off.”

“I kept the hope alive with a birdie on 17 but when you shoot 66 on Sunday you should be there or thereabouts to win the tournament so credit to Spilkova.”

Annabel Dimmock, from England, was in third position with a -6 under par total, a final round -2 under 70 giving her that place on her own;

“I feel a bit disappointed but overall, I’m pleased with my week.”

“I was pretty pleasantly surprised, but I got better every day with my swing.”

“Even today, I didn’t hit it well off the tee, but I didn’t let it get me down.”

“It was amazing for me to play with Suzann and I learned a lot and next time I’m in this situation I will be less nervous.”

 

Lalla Meryem Cup. Suzann Pettersen in Pole Position.

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Suzann Pettersen, from Norway, is in pole position at the Lalla Meryem Cup tournament at  Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, in Morocco.

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Suzann Pettersen / getty

Suzann shot a third round -2 under 70 to lead the Lalla Meryem Cup at the end of the third round with a -6 under par total;

“I hit a lot more greens today than I did yesterday. I had a lot of good looks. You have to keep the ball in the fairway around here.”

“It’s so unpredictable, what it does out of the rough.”

“The greens are firming up so if you are a little bit short sided it’s hard to get close.”

“Overall, I did a decent job and I’m in a good position. I’m in the last group tomorrow and anything can happen, so I’ll try and stay aggressive.”

Lydia Hall, Wales, is in second place one stroke back at -5 under par, a third round +2 over par 74 denting her hopes of victory;

“I got to two-under for the day after six holes but one poor decision and I didn’t execute the shot on the par-5, sixth.”

“That cost me a shot and then a poor swing on seven cost me another shot.”

“I managed to get up and down to save my bogey but it was one poor decision and then one bad swing. It was tricky in the middle part of the round.”

Annabel Dimmock, England, is third at -4 under par, a third round +1 over 73 not doing  her any favors;

“It was weird because I’m not hitting it great off the tee and I’m playing well apart from that, but one drive got me.”

“I hit the ball so far left, it actually hindered me by finding it.”

“I dropped five shots in two holes but got back up and carried on and I’m surprised about where I’m sitting, for how well I played today.”

“At the turn I was three over, so I said to my caddie, let’s get it back to level for the day. I missed a short putt on 14, the par-five, but I’m pretty happy with my back nine.”

 

Lalla Meryem Cup. Bogey Free Lydia Hall Leads.

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A bogey free second round lifts Lydia Hall into the lead at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.

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Lydia Hall / getty

Lydia fired a bogey free -4 under par 68 to lead the Lalla Meryem Cup by two shots at the half way point at the Golf Dar Es Salam, with a -7 under par total.

Lydia, from Wales, is looking forward to playing alongside Suzann Pettersen;

“Looking at the scores, a couple of players were getting away with it on the front nine, but I knew that it’s a tough golf course and the wind would get up, so I needed to stay patient and not get ahead of myself.”

“I made a lot of pars and kept the mistakes off the card.”

“I’m looking forward to playing with Suzann. We played together in the third round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in December and I can’t wait to play tomorrow.”

Annabel Dimmock, England, holds second place at -5 under par, with a second round -3 under 69;

 “It’s a bit of a shock because at the start of the week I was not hitting it well at all.”

“After all the practice rounds and speaking to my coach, it’s a pleasant surprise, but I’ll take it.”

“Nothing has really clicked and I’m just getting it round, really and I hit it better than expected. Even in my next tournament, if I am hitting it better, I’ll focus on getting it round rather than swing thoughts.”

Suzann Pettersen, Sweden, is in third place, a second round -1 under 71 giving her third place alone at -4 under par. She found the round tough going, heart attack tough;

“This course is not easy to play from the rough.”

“You’ve really got to hit fairways as the greens are so small and the rough is very unpredictable. I don’t think I’ve had one great lie where you feel that you can control the ball and the spin.”

“I’ll keep hitting fairways and try to hit more greens than I did today.”

“If I was a little bit older I probably would have had a heart attack, because it was up and down, up and down.”

“There are birdies out there, but you don’t have to be much off. A slight mistake and the bogeys are very easy to make.”

“It was not my best from tee to green so I have a job to do, but I’ll look forward to the weekend. If you hit fairways and greens I think you can shoot low around this place.”

 

 

 

 

Lalla Meryem Cup. Gemma Dryburgh Leads

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Gemma Dryburgh from Scotland leads the  Lalla Meryem Cup after the first round in Morocco.

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Gemma Dryburgh / getty

Gemma shot an opening -4 under par 68 in the  Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco to lead the tournament by one shot. A good putting day kept her ahead of the competition;

“It’s a very good feeling. I’ll be up early tomorrow and get the ball rolling.”

“I just have to do the same thing: play my game, stick to the game plan and one shot at a time. It’s obviously very early in the tournament so I’ll keep patient.”

“I played really well and my putting was especially good. I only had 20 putts and I didn’t hit that many greens.”

“I had a couple of up and downs. The greens are immaculate, they are rolling really well and if you hit it on the right line, they will go in.”

Four ladies are tied in second place,  Suzann Pettersen, Nicole Garcia, Klára Spilková and Lydia Hall, all at -3 under par following their rounds of 69.

Suzann was happy with her performance today;

“Today was a little bit of everything and I’m very glad I managed to put three-under together.”

“I really wasted some shots out there from poor positions in the fairway, so it was a little bit up and down, but I’m happy with the way I scrambled and I managed to put a three-under together.”

“The greens are rolling very pure. They are very true, so whatever you see is what they do.”

“It’s great to be here in Morocco. It’s my first time, I want to say. I was in Marrakech 20 years ago but I can’t remember much. It’s great to be here to support the tournament. Another day tomorrow and we’ll see where that takes us.”

Lydia payed alongside Klara, and said they spurred each other on;

“At the start of the day I would have taken three-under, but I’m a little disappointed to have bogeyed the last hole. Klara and I both had 69 and kept spurring each other on.”

 

ANA Inspiration. Lexi Leads After 2nd Round.

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Lexi Thompson leads the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills in California.

ANA Inspiration.Lexi Thompson / getty

Lexi had a second round -5 under par 67 to lead the ANA Inspiration at -8 under par;

“My game is in a good spot.”

” I just have to focus on doing one shot at a time and just focus on just doing my routine and relaxing.”

Sharing second place at -7 under are, Michelle WieSuzann Pettersen,  So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park.

Michelle had a good take on the days play, after 56 ladies had to return to complete their second rounds, before embarking on the third;

“More coffee I think will be key today.”

So Yeon is ready to go;

“Right now, I think I’m in my zone.”

ANA Inspiration. Second Round Suspended. Suzann Leads.

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Suzann Pettersen, with a completed second round leads the ANA Inspirational, as darkness called a halt to the days play in California, with 56 ladies still to complete their second rounds.

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Suzann / getty

Suzann carded a second round -3 under par 69 to post an ANA Inspirational leaderboard target of -7 under par;

“I played really good. It really hasn’t been that long of a day, but I played quite a bit of golf.”

“Just Steady Eddie, just plugging along, hitting good shots, giving myself chances.”

“How can you not love this place? It’s heaven for golf and great surroundings.”

“Just really got to be on your A-game to feel like you can attack this course. I’m driving the ball well so I’m giving myself good irons into the greens.”

Sharing second place at -6 under par are six ladies, four with completed rounds, Minjee Lee, -4 under par 68 today, Nelly Korda and  Inbee Park, both scoring -3 under 69 and Cristie Kerr with -1 under 71 today.

Still to complete their second rounds, but are also at -6 under are Michelle Wie, -2 under today through eight holes, and Karine Icher, -1 under after eleven holes.

There is still a lot of golf to be played in the second round, and as yet no one has stamped any authority on this competition. I suspect it will be very tight right up until the last hole.

 

 

Portland Classic. Brooke Backs Up Last Years Win

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Defending Champion Brooke Henderson, from Canada, backs up last years victory with a wire to wire win at the Portland Classic.Portland Classic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooke Henderson

Brooke finished the tournament in style, a final round -1 under par 71 for a Portland Classic winning total of -14 under par, and a four shot winning margin.

Brooke joins a small list of two other back to back winners of the Portland Classic, Annika Sorenstam and Kathy Whitworth;

“They were two incredible women that did amazing things out on the golf course and in their own lives.”

“To be in the same sentence and acknowledged alongside them is very cool. I’m really excited I was able to do to this year, and maybe we’ll try for a third next year.”

“I didn’t really play my best today, but I hit good shots when I needed to and got some good breaks, too.”

“That’s always really nice.”

Stacy Lewis finished in second place at -10 under par, a last round -3 under 69 not good enough to mount a serious challenge, but was happy with her progress and her putting;

“Well, today was really nice, today, especially the first I mean 10, 12 holes I played were really good.”

“Had some awkward numbers there at the end, but really just excited about the way I played. Felt really comfortable.”

“I made some good putts when I needed to. Overall, the week was really solid and something I needed going into a major.”

Suzann Pettersen claimed third place at -9 under par, she carded a final round of even par 72.

Very sad to see Mariajo Uribe throw away a what would have been a very good placing finish, with two bogey’s and two double bogey’s in her last seven holes for a +3 over 75 today. She shared fourth place with Austin Ernst who carded a final round of +1 over 73, both ladies with -8 under totals.