Manulife, LPGA Classic. Suzann Scoops Trophy.

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Suzann Pettersen scoops the Manulife LPGA Classic, at – 21 under par, and a comfortable three shot victory.

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Suzann started the day with two bogey’s, but steadied the ship to card a -3 under par 69 final round to win the Manulife LPGA Classic at -22 under parShe thought today was a tough round, but managed to finish strongly;

“I felt it was tougher today, for me, some stupid mistakes early on but I kept digging deep and finished strong and I feel like I played really good golf this week.”

“I made a good birdie on 8, backed it up with a tap in birdie on 9 and hit a great 4 iron to 10 and kind of felt like that set the pace a little bit.”

“Eagled 12, it was a little bit of a game changer.  I knew the scores were not as low as it has been early in the week, but I was still trying to get to my number.  I didn’t get there but it was good enough.”

“I actually thought I was two or three clear standing on 17. I was asked if I knew where I was and I said no.”

” They said you need a couple more birdies.  I think that made 17 a little easier because I thought I had much more of a cushion.
“Brittany had finished so strong.  Very happy with the way I played and the way I handled myself.” 

“I felt I played some really good golf this week, I was pretty flawless through three rounds and broke that effort pretty quickly with a couple of bogeys, but I managed to get my head together and play some good golf.”

“I played aggressive, and it was a good day on the golf course.”

” So I’m really excited for next week and it’s nice to be back.”

Brittany Lang finished in second place at -21 under par, just one shot adrift, a final round -7 under par 65 not good enough to catch the leader;

“Yeah, feel great.  I got a little nervous towards the back nine.”

“I played great all week and I really was in control of my shots and my emotions towards the end, so it’s all you can ask for, to be clutch and make birdies, so very proud.”

Mariajo Uribe claimed third place, a last round even par 72, was not what she was looking for, she tweeted;

“Happy with my performance  got to keep working hard.”

Inbee Park finished at -13 under par, ahead of Lydia Ko -10 under par, but Lydia keeps her number one spot by a slim margin.

 

 

Manulife LPGA Classic, Suzann Leads.

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Suzann Pettersen is going for back to back tour wins as she has the 54 hole lead at the Manulife LPGA Classic, at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.

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Suzann has a one shot lead going onto the final round of the Manulife LPG Classic, at -19 under par.

In a bold statement Suzann said she is not looking behind her to see who is chasing;

“I can only look upwards, only I can set the pace, there’s a lot of people in the hunt for this and the course is playing great.”

” I think it’s fun for the fans to see us shooting low scores and I’m excited to go back out there tomorrow and fight it to the very end.”

“I’m playing good, I’m making putts and giving myself a lot of opportunities.  I’ve had a couple of small mistakes, but I’ve managed to save myself.  Overall pretty happy.”

Hard on her heels is Mariajo Uribe, in second place at -18 under par, a third round -5 under par 67  means it will be a classic head to head tomorrow for the title and Mariajo has the extra incentive of claiming her first LPGA win;

“I’m a pretty aggressive player, so luckily I didn’t have to change my strategy here.”

 “On 13 today, Suzann and I both went for it.  We didn’t birdie it but it’s just the way to go here.’

‘ Eagles are going to come out, birdies are going to come out.  I feel really confident right now, my driver’s pretty straight, so I like it.”

“I’ve been playing well this year but my putting has been on and off.”

 “So I’ve been coming from two top 20s, so obviously I know my game’s getting there, and coming into the summer I really want to peak right now.”

” So it would be great to get a win or second place before the second major of the year and I’m really looking forward to Westchester.”

Cristie Kerr is in third place at -17 under par, she also carded a -5 under par 67 round today, and is within touching distance of the lead.

Defending champion, and World number two Inbee Park is currently in a tie for 32nd place, alongside World number one Lydia Ko, both at -9 under par for the tournament. It looks like Lydia will be hanging onto that number one Rolex Ranking spot.

CAN Alena Sharp  is still the best placed Canadian lady, at T15 and -11 under par.

Manulife LPGA Classic. Two Tied at the Top

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Manulife LPGA Classic, Suzann and Mariajo are tied at the top of the leaderboard at the end of day two at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Canada.

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Mariajo and Suzann are tied at the top of the Manulife LPGA Classic leaderboard at -13 under par for the 36 hole total.

Suzann shot a bogey free -7 under par 65, she said consistency and patience were the keys to playing well;

“I think if you hit all the fairways you’re going to give yourself a lot of chances with your irons, so tried to be aggressive.”

“The par 5s are very scoreable, you’ve just got to try and take care of business on those, and if you can squeeze in a birdie or two or three on the rest of the holes you’re in good position.”

” So I felt like I did that today.  Hitting the ball pretty good.  Hit 18 greens I think, 17 yesterday, so plugging along nicely.”

“Consistency usually pays off, you’ve just got to be patient, I don’t put too much into it.  I’m playing solid golf and I’m enjoying myself out there.”

Mariajo carded a second round -6 under par 66 to get to share the top spot, and is well aware of the skill that the rest of the field can bring into play;

“I mean, really, the girls are really good out here and last week it was windy and people were shooting low scores.”

“So no matter the conditions, people are going to go out there and shoot low.”

” If it rains maybe it’s going to be easier because the greens are going to receive a lot more.”

” So I mean I’m just going to go have fun this afternoon and stay away from the game and hope for a good weekend.”

Alone in third place is Cristie Kerr, a -3 under par 69 keeping her one shot behind the leaders with her -12  under par total.

World number one Lydia Ko had a better second round, carding -4 under par 68, which moved her up the leaderboard to T48, at -5 under for the tournament, and extended her made cut streak to 53 tournaments;

“I feel like I’m playing good enough but just the scores aren’t there.”

“Kingsmill, I knew I played good but it’s just a couple under and that wasn’t going to cut it. “Dallas, that was a whole different week.”

“When I know and I have the confidence that, hey, I am playing good, it’s just the scores aren’t coming, I’ve just got to keep the head high and just be confident for the next two days.”

World number two Inbee Park is in a huge group of ladies who are all a -7 under par in the competition, and T23. Inbee is looking to unseat Lydia at the top of the rankings, and it could happen this week.

The cut was made at -4 under par, 70 players made the cut at -4 under par 140 ,which sets a new all-time LPGA Tour record for low cut at a par 72 course, and there were some notable Ladies who missed the cut:

CAN Brooke Henderson  USAStacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel

ESPAzahara Munoz, Carlotta Cignada, Beatriz Recaro

AUS  Karrie Webb 

JPN Ai Myazato  KOR Mirim Lee, Se Ri Pak THA Ayria Jutanugarn

ENG Laura Davies CHN Xi Yu Lin

 

 

North Texas LPGA Shootout. Stacy & Meena Locked at the Top

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Stacy Lewis and Meena Lee are locked together at the top of the North Texas LPGA Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club.

 

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Stacy had a -2 under par 69 third round, which could have been better. She reached her -9 under par total at the 12th hole, then it all frustratingly dried up;

“It was a bit frustrating, I hit the ball really, really good today and gave myself a lot of chances, but I hit a lot of good putts.  You know, some days they go in and some days they don’t. But I really like going into tomorrow how windy it’s going to be, how solid my ball striking was, and you know, it’s going to be a shootout tomorrow.”

” I’ve put myself in this position so many times lately, it’s kind of become normal, which is a good thing. It’s a good problem to have. You know, I like that I’m tied for the lead and I’m not satisfied with today’s round. That’s what I like the most is that I think I’m going to come out tomorrow, you know, just kind of with a little bit more of something to prove instead of, you know, worrying about things.  And you know, I gotta go take care of myself tomorrow.  That’s the most important thing with the stacked leaderboard.”

Meena shot a -1 under par 70 in the third round to reach her total, and is looking forward to winning again, it has been a while. She  hasn’t had more than 29 putts in a single round this week, and thinks #putting will be the key to winning tomorrow;

“My last one was 2006, it’s been a while.  I’m very excited and kind of nervous, but I’m enjoying definitely the moment. It definitely is going to be the putting, I didn’t really take advantage of a lot of birdie chances today, so I want to make more birdies tomorrow and see how it goes.”

There are three Ladies tied in third position at -8 under par, Suzann Pettersen, Dori Carter and Julieta Granada.

Suzann is certain she needs to go low to win this title;

“You gotta go and try to go super low, I mean there’s too many in the hunt.  Everyone is going to chase the course.  So I think you gotta go pretty low tomorrow to win this out right.”

 With some big names in attendance you can see what Suzann is referring to, Cristie Kerr, Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim are all at -7 par, and Inbee Park is one shot further back at -6 under par, all within striking distance. The shootout title will likely live up to the hype.

World Ladies Championship, Inbee Park Prevails

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Inbee Park prevails at the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

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Inbee sailed round the Blackstone Course in -6 under par 67, for a winning tournament total of -24 under par. On on a damp and drizzly day that made scoring a lot more difficult,  after those first three days of sunshine, Inbee won by five shots  in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills.

Inbee mentioned the weather in her post match interview;

“Today was obviously the toughest day out there because of the weather. Everything seems to be working quite well for me, from ball striking to putting. Everything was great today so I’m just happy to be here and win my first tournament of 2014.”

“Last year I was leading going into the final round and I lost to Suzann. I knew that I left something out there last year so coming back this year I definitely wanted to win and that’s what I just did. I had good memories from last year and better memories from this year, so I’m happy to be here. It has been a fantastic tournament.”

 “Being in a team with So Yeon this year gave me a lot of confidence. Winning the individual and the team event is a huge honour, a double honour, so I’m very happy.”

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Second placed Suzann could only put together a final round of -1 under par 72, to finish the competition at -19 under par. She was disappointed, but will be back to play Mission Hills again;

“There’s room for improvement but it’s been a good week overall. My game has become a lot better over the week and I’ll be happy to come back and play this course again. Inbee played fantastic today under a little tougher conditions. There were a few extra elements of weather that we hadn’t seen earlier but I feel like I played average, nothing better. I didn’t go out and shoot six under like she did.

So Yeon Ryu took third place at a distant – 16 under par, after her last round -4 under par 69, but with Inbee were the runaway winners of the concurrent team competition, with their aggregate score of -40 under par;

“It’s always a great honor to represent your country but also gave me some pressure because I didn’t want to play badly in the team event. That gave me a lot of motivation.”

Winner of the Amateur competition was Minjee Lee, the 17-year-old from Australia birdied three of the last four holes for a -4 under par 69 and a share of fourth place on -15 under par with Ariya Jutanugarn .

This has been a fascinating competition, just wished they had used a standard par 72 course, the par fives on the Blackstone Course are too short for the quality players on the Ladies European Tour.

L.E.T. World Ladies Championship. Inbee Catches Suzann

 

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Inbee Park catches up with Suzann Pettersen in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.

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The World’s No.1 Inbee Park shot a third round  course record of -11 under par 62 and catch World No 2 Suzann Pettersen at the top of the leaderboard on the Blackstone Course, both ladies posting -18 under par for the tournament.

Inbee said although her ball striking was good it was the putting that really made the difference;

“It’s my career best round today so obviously it was a fantastic round. The last couple of days the putting has been really hard. These greens are a little bit grainy and much slower. We played on very fast greens the last two weeks and I just came here and I wasn’t used to the greens. I had a lot of putts the last few days but today everything seemed like it was going the right way and I made a lot of putts. That gives me 11-under. My ball striking is pretty much really similar for three days but just the putting. Everything I looked at today seemed like it was going in.”

Suzann has a number in her mind that she thinks will win the tournament, if she achieves it;

 “Today wasn’t an easy ride but with all the holes coming up you just have to be patient. I hit a great putt on eleven, missed a putt and then parred number twelve, after just having a 7-iron left. If you have a par there you drop two or three shots to the field. I’m in a good position for tomorrow and it’s going to be a nice battle again. I have my number in mind and I’m going to do everything in my power to get to that number. I’m not going to tell you what it is but I’m pretty sure it will be enough.”

Ye Na Chung is in third place, four strokes behind the leaders on -14 under par, after her third round of -5 under par 68. That score included a lucky Eagle on the par 4 16th  hole;

 “I was just lucky. When I hit it, the grass was really long so I just focused on not being long. When I hit it I think it was too long, but it was okay. I was very nervous but excited to play with Suzann but the main enemy of today’s round was not the other players. My only concern was my score.”

With a four shot lead the winner of the World Ladies Championship will be either of the two leaders, will probably come down to who scores the most Eagles on those short par fives.

L.E.T. World Ladies Championship. Suzann Strengthens Her Position.

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Mission Hills Suzann Pettersen strengthens her position at the top of the leaderboard in the World Ladies Championship, at Mission Hills in China.

 

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Defending champion Suzann Pettersen carded a bogey free second round -5 under-par 68, on the par 73 Blackstone Course at Mission Hills Resort to stretch her lead to two shots at the half-way stage of the competition. Her two round total is -11 under par.

Suzann said she would need to be at least 16 under par for the next two rounds;

“Today was a little windy as we started, overall it was pretty decent. I feel like the par fives are playing like long par fours so five under today is certainly where I should be. You can really go low out here. There were a couple of really low ones out here today. It’s impossible to say. I think you’ve got to be at least sixteen under-par for the next two rounds, then I think you’re in good shape.”

There are five ladies tied in second place at -9 under par, they are; Trish Johnson, Ye Na Chung, Valentine Derry, So Yeon Ryu and Nikki Campbell.

So Yeon recorded two eagles in her second round of -5 under par 68, she explained how easy they both were;

 “The first was on hole six. I hit a three-wood and then a three-wood again the second shot. My eagle putt was just three feet. On hole 16 I hit a driver on the green and it was an eight foot eagle putt and I made it. I think it was 260 to the pin.”

Trish spoke about how low you would need to be to win here;

“Obviously there are two or three people in the field who can shoot anything under so it’s a case of wait and see what happens. I would imagine you’ve got to be 20 to 24 under to win, so it’s going to be a hell of a weekend.”

Valentine also reported how easy the par fives are round this course;

 “I started pretty well making birdies on the par fives. They are reachable in two so I think that’s easy and I just made a couple of putts and hit really good shots and shot five under.”

Korean Ye Na said she only tried to lay to par, and carded a -4 under par 69;

 “I tried not to be greedy today, so I focused on making a par on every hole and I think that was the reason for my score.”

Low round of the day was from Diana Luna, a personal low round of -9 under par 64 which included two eagles, on the second and sixteenth holes. As well as seven birdies and two bogeys on the par 73 lay-out;

 “I think I was in a very good mood today. I was smiling all the time and pretty relaxed. It worked out pretty well.”