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








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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.

Portland Classic. Brooke Bounces Back to the Top Alone.

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Brooke Henderson, the defending champion from Canada, bounces back to the top of the Portland Classic leaderboard on her own.

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Brooke carded a third round of -2 under par 70, to post -13 under par at the top of the Portland Classic leaderboard after 54 holes, despite not being happy with her golfing performance out there today;

“I played pretty awful today.”

 “Definitely want to play better tomorrow. I mean, I hit a lot of good shots. I just didn’t capitalize on my chances.”

“That was the first 12 holes for me. And then just really that one bad hole kind of changed things around a little bit.”

Sitting two shots behind the leader at -11 under Mariajo Uribe was excited with her position. Her third round score was -1 under par 71;

“I’m really excited, it’s nice to play with somebody like Brooke that’s so young and aggressive.”

“I love match play, so today I just went out with the mentality of playing match play against her and staying alive until 18, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow I’m just going to think on my game; shoot a low round.”

“I love playing with Brooke and she’s been playing so good. If I win, I want it to be because I shoot a really good round not because anyone else struggle.”

“It would mean a lot, I mean, a Colombian hasn’t won on tour for a long time.”

“Just being an Olympic year it would be good momentum. This year has been a little tough for me. The results haven’t come.”

Austin Ernst, -3 under 69 today, and Suzann Pettersen, who started the day as joint leader are in third place at -9 under par. Suzann had a round to forget, +2 over par 74, which dropped her down the leaderboard.


Portland Classic. Brooke and Suzann Tied After 36 holes.

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Brooke Henderson, from Canada, and Suzann Pettersen, Norway, are tied at the top of the Portland Classic leaderboard after 36 holes at -11 under par.

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Suzann shot her lowest round of the year in the second round of the Portland Classic, a bogey free -8 under par 64, with good putting being an important part of her game;

“Obviously there are certain courses you play well, but you can’t take anything for granted out here.”

“You still have to go out and execute, no matter how much you like the course.”

 “I sure did find some magic on the greens today. I felt like I played I great yesterday.”

“Maybe gave away a shot or two towards the end. Tried to take advantage of little softer greens this morning and little purer greens as well.”

“I mean, long game is good. I feel like when I putt well I can put a good score. Today I felt like I could make anything, that’s a nice fee.l”

 “It’s starting to show results. Yeah, just got a nice flow. I’m excited for the game to kind of come around for this time of year; next week as well.”

“Just try and go out and play another two great rounds and then see where it takes me.”

Brooke likes to keep playing, no downtime needed;

“I think I’ve had some kind of high points and low points over the last seven-week stretch.”

“I like to play a lot though. I considered taking a week off, then like what am I going to do. I am just going to go home and practice.”

“I might as well go and play and just conserve energy where I can and just try and focus on the things that I need to.”

Mariajo Uribe holds third place at -10 under par, her second consecutive round of -5 under 67 keeping her in touch with the leaders.

LPGA Volvik Championship. Ariya Aspires Towards Three-Peat.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, from Thailand, aspires to achieve her Three-Peat, winning three consecutive LPGA tiles, here at the LPGA Volvik Championship at Travis Pointe Country Club.

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THA Ariya shot a topsy-turvy third round of +1 over par 73, which included an Eagle, at the LPGA Volvik Championship. Very different conditions today, with wind and firm, fast greens. She held onto top placing with a -10 under par tournament total.

There were only three players who started the day in the top ten at Travis Pointe Country Club that were under par on Saturday.

Ariya summed it all up;

“To me it’s very hard today, because very windy, and the green is very, very firm today.”

 USA Jessica Korda, -2 under 70 today, and USA  Christina Kim even par 72, share second spot at -9 under par.

Jessica was also perplexed by the wind, just trying to make par;

“I just kept telling myself that pars were good, you know?”

“It is frustrating because you hit some great shots and they don’t end up where you think that they should, or like yesterday, they would end up right next to the hole and today it would be, you know, 20 feet away from the hole.”

“So it was kind of just a little staying patient out there, and just making pars.”

Christina had the same thoughts, but was also complementary about the course;

“You know, I think any; it’s the wind, you know, this south/southwest wind.”

“It’s angled perfectly where there’s a lot of into, off the left, or downwind off the left, you know, as opposed to just dead into or straight from nine o’clock or three o’clock, and I think that, you know, it just really brings up a lot of the great characteristics of this golf course.”  

KOR Hyo Joo Kim and DEN Suzann Pettersen are tied in fourth position at -7 under par, both ladies carded -2 under par 70 for the third round.

World number one Lydia Ko seems unable to get any thing going here, which is strange because back in New Zealand the wind is a constant factor, she is currently T25 at -2 under par for the tournament.




Women’s British Open. Suzann Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Suzann Pettersen has the 36 hole lead in the Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, Ailsa Course, in Scotland.

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Suzann carded a very respectable -3 under par 69 in the  challenging morning conditions, to set the Women’s British Open lead at -7 under par. She will take a two shot advantage into the third round tomorrow.

Suzann spoke to reporters saying how difficult the cold and windy conditions were, and she would have been happy to shoot even par today. Coach Butch Harman has altered her swing, which has helped her here;

“They were very tough conditions; the ball is going nowhere,”

“Par is a very good score today. It’s easy to be picky but overall a very solid round of golf.”

“There is more wind and its coming from the south, so when you make the turn, you hit the wall on 12.”

“I think three under today is a very good score. I feel like I delivered my part today. I teed off early so I’ll enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon and be ready for tomorrow.”

“I felt I was in my hundred per cent control of the ball, the flight, the spin; everything you need to do in conditions like this. So this ranks pretty high as a good round of golf.”

“I’m a lot wider. I’m much shallower, which is why I hit it a lot further. Essentially, handshake, handshake. It’s super simple.”

World #2 Lydia Ko is sharing second place, with So Yeon Ryu, Jin Young Ko, from South Korea, and Teresa Lu from Chinese Taipei, all on -5 under par, they all played in the much tougher golfing conditions in the afternoon rounds.

Lydia spoke about the tough conditions in the afternoon;

“It was really difficult. The wind being strong is one thing; and it was definitely a totally different direction to what it was yesterday.”

“So the course was kind of like playing a new course. But it was so tough.”

“The wind was really strong when we were by the water so, you know, it was hard to keep it in the short stuff.”

“So I made a couple bogeys because of that. Probably the craziest weather I had was on Monday when I was out there in rain and wind, but it was getting pretty close when we were on 11, 12. I tried to hide behind the signs and stay away.”

World #1 Inbee Park struggled in the tougher afternoon conditions, carded a +1 over par 73, to be in ninth position on her own at -2 under par.

Yesterday’s leader Hyo-Joo Kim suffered in the wind, returning a +6 over par 78, and tumbled down the leaderboard to T10, at -1 under par. The British bright light from yesterday, Florentyna Parker also dropped away, carding +5 over par 77, and T21.

Everyone agreed that these were the worst conditions they had ever experienced playing professional golf. Wonder what tomorrow will bring.


Ladies Scottish Open. Suzann Leads.

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Suzann Pettersen leads the Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Suzann carded a -2 under par 70 second round to lead the Ladies Scottish Open with a -6 under par total, and will take a two shot lead onto the final round tomorrow, in this three round contest.

Suzann mentioned the wind today, but overall was pretty happy with the result;

“I’m pretty happy. It turned out to be a lot windier than we anticipated and the back nine is playing tough.”

“It’s tough to get great chances and the front nine is more scoreable.”

“Once you get to 12, it’s all into the wind, straight down and off the right, so it’s tough, but a good course with a lot of challenges. You’ve got to be on top of your game.”

Holly Clyburn is in second place, a -5 under par 67 in the wind elevating her up the leaderboard with a -4 under par total.

Holly likes the tough conditions;

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“I played very well. I had a fantastic four down the fifth, the par five. I was well left in the rubbish but with my strength managed to hack it out and make a birdie.”

“Most players would have been happy with a six from there. That was the highlight of the day.”

“It could have been even better as I missed a stupid two-footer for birdie on the 14th  and coming in at seven, eight and nine I shaved the cup.”

“I’ve played with Suzann earlier this season so I’ll be comfortable in that leading group and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Lydia Ko, the World #1 has third place to herself at -3 under par, she slipped today in the tough conditions, to a +1 over par 73.

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Lydia admitted she found it difficult to stay focused;

“I played really well on the front nine, made a clumsy mistake on three but got myself together and played really solid. I made two bogeys in a row and that got to my head a little bit.”

“All my putts were close but just not in and when that happens you don’t know what you’re going to shoot.”

“I’m hitting the ball okay and the putts are on line so at the end of the day it’s very small margins.”

The wonderful Dame Laura Davies shares fourth place with Celine Herbin at -2 under par, and both will have a chance to make some headway tomorrow in the final round.

Ladies Scottish Open. Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen Lead.

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Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen lead the Ladies Scottish Open at  Dundonald Links in Scotland.

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Lydia, the World #2, started on the 10th, and picked up a bogey on her first hole, but then recovered to card a first round -4 under par 68;

“I kind of didn’t know what score to expect because the course is pretty tough, even without the wind.”

“You can see by the scores it’s not crazy low, but I think we were lucky with the wind not being as strong as it was the last couple of days.”

“Playing over here in the Scottish Open, you can’t use the same game as you can in the States.”

“You’re hitting different shots and I think the key to playing well here is being really creative, because you need to find the shot that will give you a high percentage.”

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Suzann carded the same first round score of -4 under par 68, and was happy with the way she managed her game;

“I managed my game well, adjusted on a few tee shots according to the wind and gave myself a lot of looks.”

“It was pretty straightforward and the course set up is very good, so it’s playable.”

“It’s amazing what a difference the wind makes depending on where it comes from and how strong it is.”

Celine Herbin is in third place, just one shot back at -3 under par after her opening round of 69, and was delighted with her play, on a links course;

“It was a really nice day and a new experience for me as it’s the first time I’ve played the Scottish Open.”

“To play on a links course, I really enjoyed it, because we don’t play on too many links courses.”

Kelsey MacDonald led the Scots charge, sharing fourth place with Christine Wolf on -2 under par 70.

Kelsey was happy to have teed off early in the calmer conditions;,

“I was pretty blessed with the weather this morning. It was quite calm for me teeing off.”

“The wind picked up towards the end and you could feel it, especially on 16 which is a pretty tough hole at the back.”

“The pin positions and the greens are the defence, because I only had one flat putt today. It’s being able to read the greens correctly.”