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ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Headwall Heads at Half-Way.

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Caroline Hedwall heads the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the half-way stage at the Victoria Golf Club.

Caroline Hedwall.

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Caroline carded a second round of -7 under par 65, which included a hole in one at the par three sixteenth, an Eagle at the par five eighth, five birdies and sadly two bogey’s, for a total of -11 under par. She said that playing with confidence was the key to her amazing round, but she did not see the ace go in the hole;

” I’m very happy with how I’m striking the ball and my putting is getting better and better, so I definitely feel like I have a lot of confidence. Yesterday I hit a full 7-iron over the green and it was basically the same yardage today, so I hit a soft one and it covered the pin all the way and then I just saw it bounce once and hit the pin.  But I didn’t see it go in.”

” I’m driving pretty well, I missed a couple of drives yesterday and today but I managed to save a couple of bogeys and I’m still making a lot of birdies and also eagles. ‘I love everything about this place.”

Suzann Petterson is still very much in the hunt, recording a second round of -4 under par 68 for her tournament total of -10 under par. Suzann admitted it was not her best golf today, but was happy with the result.

“Today was not the best day, but when I had a good chance I kind of executed.”

Australian amateur Minjee Lee is still there, carding a second round of -5 under par 67, which included an Eagle 2 at the first hole, for a total of -9 under par. She finished runner-up in last week’s Volvik RACV Ladies Masters, and continues with  her excellent recent form;

“Yeah, I’m in good form.  I’m confident in my game and I’m playing good. It was such a slow start, I started with nine pars. I was just patient, and it came together late in the round.”

Lydia Ko is another shot back at -8 under par after shooting another -4 under par 68 round, and shares fourth place at -8 under par with Holly Clyburn and Anna Nordqvist. Anna had a very quiet round, despite setting a course record at Victoria off the women’s tees, with a -8 under par round of 64, she explained afterwards;

”I woke up with no voice this morning, so I didn’t really know what to expect.”

Among those missing the cut are Lexi Thompson, Gwladys Nocera, Charley Hull and Laura Davies.

ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open.

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Suzann Petterson leads the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the end of day 1 at Victoria Golf Club

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Suzann shot an opening round of -6 under par 66, which gave her a slender one shot lead at the conclusion of the first days play in the ISPS Handa Womens Australian Open at the Victoria Golf Club. She was very pleased with her effort, and was confident about her ability;

“I felt like I played good and gave myself a lot of good chances, putted, for the most part, well.  It was a little bit of a mixture but 66 opening round, I’m very, very happy. I really just want to see how good I can be.  I know I’m good, if I play like I did today and trust my swing and trust what I’m working on. I just want to see how far I can get and I don’t really measure myself up against other players, they’re just my competitors.”

Jaclyn Sweeny and Hee Young Park are tied in second place at -5 under par after their first rounds of 67.

Lovely Lydia Ko is in the huge bunch of ten players at -4 under par, two strokes off the lead. Among those are; Azahara Munoz, Sydnee Michaels, Holly Clyburn and Paula Creamer. The leading Australian ladies are also at -4 under par,  Minjee Lee, the amateur, Karrie Webb and  Sarah-Jane Smith

Lydia was upset at making bogey on a par five;

“It was a really good round.  I made a couple of silly mistakes like making a bogey on eight, which was a par 5.  Most of the time you make a birdie, then a bogey, so I was a little upset about that but then I kind of finished it well with another birdie.”

Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, Suzann Supreme.

Suzann Petterson reigns supreme in the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club.

Suzann continued her impressive display of golf in Taiwan as she fired a second-round 3-under par 69 to extend her lead at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship with a tournament total of -7 under par. A hole in one at the par 3 second hole set on her way, and she never looked back. That is five shots clear of Sun Young Yoo and Carlota Ciganda, both ladies with a -2 under par total.

Suzann said she knew she had hit the ball well, for her hole in one;

” I called the shot, I hit it exactly how I wanted and was fortunate enough that I had a good break, it was a very good shot. It’s nice to get a hole‑in‑one when you actually call the shot in advance and then pull the trigger.”

She went on to say how tough the day was;

” So today was a really tough day, the wind got stronger and stronger and it’s definitely not easy out there. The wind and the conditions tests every aspect of the game. I mean, even a 80‑yard shot it’s challenging enough to control the spin and know what the ball is going to do. Standing over putts, you feel the wind on the body.  It’s a mental test out there but it’s a fun challenge.  I’ve been playing really solid golf, and I’m excited to be where I’m at after two days.”

” I’m playing pretty good, I’m trying to shoot the best I can shoot, and if I want to finish where I want to finish at the end of the year, I’ve got to start this week and try to make the most out of this tournament. That’s kind of where my focus is.”

So basically unless Suzann falls over and breaks a leg she has already won this tournament, actually she could probably still win with one leg in plaster.

Second place is a little more interesting, with at least eight players in contention for that spot. I will keep you updated on that tussle but for now that is all I have for today.

Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. Suzann Shines in the Fog,

Suzann Petterson shines in the first round of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship at the Sunrise Golf and Country Club in Taiwan in foggy and wet conditions.

 

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Defending Champion Suzann fired an opening round -4 under par 68, to lead the Sunrise LPGA Championship by three shots over her nearest rival.

She admitted it had been a tough old day;

It was a tough day out there, conditions were not great. I’ve played this course in nicer conditions. Once the rain stopped, the wind picked up, so I mean, it’s your pick, if you want rain or you want wind.”

“I don’t really feel comfortable around this place because the wind is all over, but I feel pretty good with my game. I feel my ball-striking is pretty much where I want it to be.  I’ve got to just be very clear on what I’m trying to do and step up and do it.  I hit some great approaches on the back and I hit some good ones on the front.”

” I work really hard on my game, I’ve said for a long time, I feel like my best game is ahead of me so I think I’m just about to kind of touch on where I feel like I should be and when I put down the work that I feel is needed and kind of trust what I do, I feel this is where I should be.” 

There are three ladies tied in second place at -1 under par for the opening day, they are, Alison Walshe, Irene Cho and Caroline Hedwall.

Irene and Caroline were paired together, but said it was hard to chat with your playing partner;

” It was like we didn’t even get a chance to talk to each other, we were so busy doing stuff.  We just chatted, like, all right, one hole down. Under the umbrella, it’s hard, you can’t like walk next to each other. This is a good week to test if you really like your caddie because you’re spending a lot of time with him.”

Caroline agreed;

” That’s basically what we did, and now the wind picked up a little. I think it was an advantage to start early today. It feels nice to be done now.”

Alison was happy that before the game she could watch a replay of her baseball team playing, the Red Sox;

“It’s actually been nice, because like in the morning sometimes, down in Korea. I got to watch it in the morning kind of pre-tournament, and then they replay it every afternoon, so it’s kind of nice, yeah. You start playing well and you’re just confident and stuff.  So it’s been kind of nice to just keep it going and hopefully I can continue.” 

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. Lexi Leads By Three.

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Lexi Thompson will take a three stroke lead into the final round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Lexi fired a bogey free third round of -5 under par 66, to take control of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia with a total of -17 under par.

Play had been suspended for an hour and six minutes, starting at 10:56 a.m. local time due to lightning in the area, but that did not phase 18 year-old Lexi one bit, especially her putting;

“The last few events have actually been a lot better with my putting. I went back to my old style of putting and just went to how I was putting when I was really little. Hitting them a little firmer and staying a little farther away. So I’m feeling really confident with my putter, and mainly that is what putting is all about. It’s just getting over the putter and saying you’re going to make it. I think this game is all about momentum, once you make a few birdies you feel good and just try to keep that going. But I’m just trying to focus on my game, not the other players I’m playing with. Ilhee and Shanshan are great players, so I had a really fun day today. Like I said, just focusing on my own game. That’s all I can do. Just trying to make birdies when I can and pars on the holes that have difficult pin locations.”

Ilhee Lee is now in second place at -14 under par for the tournament, she managed a birdie on the last hole, to cut the deficit to three strokes, and knew that was a big moment;

 “Yeah, I knew that’s going to be big for tomorrow. I think I tried too hard. I tried to like make everything. My driver was not good, but I knew it’s hard to play four days in a row. So this is very good day for me. Last hole birdie was big for tomorrow, I think. I will having fun tomorrow, too.

Suzann Petterson and Shanshun Feng are tied in third place at -11 under par, now with little chance of catching the leaders.

Suzann put her problems down to a poor putting performance, but happy with a ball change, giving her more distance;

” I’m playing pretty steady, hitting almost 18 greens, and not making a putt, it’s very hard to stay patient. Four under is pretty much the worst score I could shoot, and that’s pretty much the start of the week. Just glad there is one more round. Lexi is playing great, so there’s definitely a low one needed tomorrow. I mean, obviously I can easily be there, I’ve shot low round scores before. If you get it going on these greens, the par 5s are somehow reachable. I’ve changed balls and I’m actually hitting it further, which is nice. Finally an equipment change has gone to my favor. I’m almost an iron longer and I’m hitting the driver a lot longer. It’s been a good change for me. It’s a prototype, RZN and black. It’s been a kind of a chance that I felt like it was worth taking coming here and starting to develop a new ball and getting that in play. Played with it a couple times, practiced with it back home, and felt like I was hitting it fairly well, it’s always hard to tell until under the gun. Feeling very comfortable today overall.”

Shanshun did not bring her A game to the course today;

” I didn’t bring my A game today, but I’m still happy shooting 1 under. I think 1 under is not that bad. It’s still keeping me to have a chance tomorrow, so I’m happy. I think today there was more wind, so it was more windy. I think maybe the rain made the fairways a little softer too, so the balls weren’t going as far. I would say the pin positions were pretty hard. So it was hard to get it close to the pins.” 

LPGA. Safeway Classic. Suzann Petterson Wins.

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Suzann Petterson won the Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Oregon.

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Suzann won the Safeway Classic by two shots, even though she carded a double bogey on the par three second hole. Her final round of -5 under par 67 gave her the winning total of -20 under par.

Suzann had told herself not to get distracted by anything that happens out on the course;

” I decided before I went out just not have too many reactions, good or bad. I knew there were birdies out there if you really get it going.  I just tried to put it behind me.  It was a disaster of a hole, 150 yards. Very glad to pull this one off, I didn’t know where I was standing playing 13, 14, 15, 16.  Having hit my approach shot on 18, I asked Brian ‘where do we stand and he said you are comfortable. It feels great, I felt like it was a good bounce back from last week where I kind of screwed it up on the last day. I was just looking at it as happy to have a chance this week to play.  It held in.  I wasn’t feeling too comfortable coming down the stretch, but I was putting really good.”

Stacy Lewis was in second place at -18 under par, after her final round of -4 under par, 68. Stacy admitted that a few missed putts had left her feeling frustrated, but it was her first bogey free tournament of her career;

“It was a little frustrating, I played really good, though, so I can’t be too upset. A lot of those putts I hit exactly where I wanted to and they just didn’t go in.  A bogey-free tournament I’ve never done before, so my coach and I keep checking things off of his list. You would think if you went bogey-free you would win the golf tournament. It’s just you’re making so many birdies out here and everybody is scoring so low, unfortunately that’s kind of the way it is.”

Lizette Salas was in third place with her -17 under par total, following her final round -3 under par, 69.

CN Canadian Women’s Open. Caroline Hedwall Heads To The Top.

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Caroline Hedwall heads the leaderboard in the Canadian Women’s Open at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club, in Canada.

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Caroline shot a -6 under par 64 on Saturday, which tied the course record at Royal Mayfair Golf Club, and pushed her three-day total to -10 under par  After her success in the Solheim Cup last week, Caroline is feeling no pain, and was inspired by her playing partners Suzann Petterson and Brittany Linicombe;

 ” I was a little tired on Monday, Tuesday and also Wednesday, but when the tournament starts I think last week just gave me a lot of energy and self‑confidence, so I can’t feel anything. It was definitely inspiring playing with Suzann and Brittany today, We hit it close and we made a lot of putts, so it was a lot of fun. I’m just looking forward to tomorrow, it will be exciting playing in the last group hopefully.  I won on the European Tour, now I’m just waiting for my first LPGA victory.  We’ll see, hopefully it comes tomorrow.”

Defending Champion Lydia Ko is just one shot back at -9 under par, tied in second place with Suzann. Lydia is still very much in this competition, and like all good Champions she wants to hold on to this title;

“I was three shots back from the leader yesterday, and I’m one shot back at the moment, so I’m getting much closer to the leader. I played pretty well out there, I made five birdies and two bogeys.  I was overall really happy, and I was -8 under coming into the final round last year, so one shot better, which leaves me in a good place.”

Suzann said she was not tired at all after her efforts last week;

“I just feel like from a general standpoint usually coming off of Solheim where your mindset is such an aggressive mode that you usually feed off pretty well the following week because you kind of keep wanting to make putts.  You’re kind of in that kind of frame of mind.  This is why we work at it, this is why we train.  I’m totally fine.  I’m not tired at all.”

Everyone in New Zealand is rooting for Lydia, and that includes me. The scoring is still pretty close so someone could shoot a really low round tomorrow and seize the Title.

 

 

Ricoh Womens British Open. Stacy Lewis Wins

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Stacy Lewis won the Ricoh British Womens Open at St Andrews Old Course in Scotland.

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Stacy carded a 69 in the delayed third round and then shot a last round of even par 72, to win the Ricoh British Womens Open by two shots with a tournament total of -8 under par. This is Stacy’s second Major triumph, she said she had felt comfortable out on the course;

“I felt so comfortable out there, I almost felt like it was meant to be,”

Tied in second place were Hee Young Park and Na Yeon Choi, both at -6 under par. Hee Young with her 70, 73 finish and Na Yeon 75, 73.

Morgan Pressel had led at the conclusion of the delayed third round, with her -1 under par effort, she holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to take a one-shot lead into the final round. But then unfortunately fell away in the final round scoring a +4 over par 76, which put her down to tie in fourth place with Suzann Petterson.

The last round was so difficult that only Christie Kerr -3 under par 69, and Natalie Gulbis -2 under par 70 were the only players to completed the final round in under par.

Inbee Park, in her history making quest for a fourth straight Major win just fell away with a final round of +6 over par, to finish the tournament on that score, tied in 42nd place. She said it was still amazing what she had achieved;

“I’ve done something amazing this season, I won three straight majors. I don’t know if I can do that again. When you’re so far behind, it’s hard to get the motivation, I tried to push myself to play as good as I can. I’m glad this tournament is over, I’ve gone through four rounds under pressure, and that’s something I’ve never experienced.”

Ladies World Amateur #1 Lydia Ko keeps her record of making the cut in every professional tournament she has competed in, but finished in a tie for 42nd place. Lydia and Georgia Hall tied for 42nd place on six-over-par to shared the Smyth Salver as the leading amateurs.

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Park Prevails in 36 Hole Shoot-Out

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Inbee Park prevailed in the 36 hole shoot-out for the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in New York.

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Inbee won the Wegmans LPGA Championship with an eighteen foot birdie on the third play-off hole at Locust Hill country Club. This was Inbee’s third Major title, and she said she was not sure she could do it today;

” I didn’t know that I was going to be able to do it today, I was hitting the ball everywhere today on the final round.  It just made my day so much tougher. But just putting my name on the Wegmans LPGA championship trophy just means so much to me.  And this is my third win in a major championship.  So that means a lot.  And getting a lot closer to my goals set for my golf career. I could have made one more putt maybe on 17 or 16, but I’ve made some amazing up‑and‑downs before that. So I mean bogeys were bound to come with the way I’ve been striking the ball today.  I mean if you miss the fairways here, you really can’t avoid bogeys here. And I knew that I had good plans, but I really didn’t expect to win with the way I was playing today.  I mean I was really trying to be calm, and you know, not to get mad even if I don’t win. A year ago everything I think really started to click, my swing was getting a lot better, hitting I think my weakest part of my game was ball striking and my short game and putting has always been very good, and I wasn’t really able to hit the shots that I needed to. Starting last year, two years, I mean I started to hit the ball lots better and giving myself a lot of birdie chances.I mean it was tough to win the second one, Evian, after four years with no win, but after that I felt so comfortable and felt the confidence, and yeah, just really comfortable when I’m in the last group.”

Tied with Inbee on -5 under par at the finish was Scotswoman Catriona Mathew, she had a final round of -4 under par, 68, and was disappointed at missing out on a win, but was happy with her overall result;

“The last I looked at the scoreboard, Inbee had a solid lead, so I was quite surprised when suddenly I looked at the leaderboard on eighteen and two putts would get me in a playoff. When I started today the last round I probably didn’t realize I could win. So to play well and get into the playoffs was obviously pretty good.  Obviously when you get into it, it’s pretty disappointing but overall pretty good week.”

Tied in third place was Suzann Petterson, who had an amazing last round of -7 under par, 65, and Morgan Pressel, who was in position to win at the start of play, both ladies finished on -4 under par for the tournament.

Suzann had made an adjustment to her putting routine, and it paid dividends;

” I just made an adjustment in my address, I think I was starting too far away from the ball, and pretty much made everything I looked at this afternoon. So I don’t why I didn’t do this before when I putted so bad the first, second and the third round.
But I’m proud the way I came back, tried to post a number that felt like I had a good chance at pretty much every hole on the back nine. But just a little bit too late, unfortunately.”

Morgan was disappointed with her performance;

”  How do I sum it up?  I mean I’m definitely disappointed, but it’s the first time in a long time I’ve contended, so I’m happy with the way that I played this week as a whole. I had chances, nothing went in, and that happens.”

 

LPGA. Kingsmill Championship. Sexy Cristie Wins.

Sexy Cristie Kerr won the Kingsmill Championship, in a two hole sudden death play-off against Suzann Petterson, on the River Course in Williamsburg Virginia.

 

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Cristie and Suzann both finished tied on -12 under par for the tournament. Cristie with a final round of -2 under par, 69 and Suzann with a sterling effort of -4 under 67. Cristie sealed the deal with two foot putt for par on the 18th hole, Suzann had missed her twelve-foot attempt for her par.

Cristie has now won the Kingsmill Championship three times, and was thrilled with the outcome;

” I’m just so thrilled.  Honestly, the way I hit it today to even have a chance to win. I just made so many putts out there to save par and kind of save any momentum, and I started hitting it a little bit better late in the round just in time to make a; catch up a couple shots.  Yeah, really hard fought, really hard fought.  I’m very happy.”

She had missed a good birdie chance on the first play-off hole to win, but said the miss did not dent her confidence one little bit;

“My confidence?  It didn’t shake my confidence, I probably made 12 15‑footers today.  Missing one is probably law of averages.  It didn’t really shake my confidence.  I was kind of disappointed that I wasn’t able to just close it outright there because it was getting really cold and the monumental nine‑hole playoff between Paula and Jiyai last year, I didn’t want that to happen,  So it was good to get another chance.  I absolutely roasted my tee shot the second playoff hole and hit a fairly good iron in there, maybe just blocked it a little bit, but she kind of stumbled a little bit and that’s what you need to win a playoff. It definitely makes it really sweet because I definitely didn’t have the swing today until the end of the round. Just couldn’t stay centered, just moving a little quick, a little quick with my transition, maybe a little extra adrenaline been in the final round.  That’s happened before.  When you’re hitting it really well and like Suzann was, it’s getting a lot of birdie opportunities, so when you have to make a lot of those par‑saving putts, it’s do or die, whatever it takes. I’ve won all sorts of different ways and this is definitely one of the sweeter ones because I didn’t have the A game today and my mental game, you know, kept me in there and kept the momentum kind of going in the right direction and I just hung around until, you know, I could find a better swing and start hitting it a little better coming in.”

Seventeen year old Ariya Jutanugarn bounced back, carding one of the low rounds of the day, -5 under par 66. She finished in a tie for third place with Ilhee Lee, both at -10 under par.

Stacy Lewis shot 1-under par 70 and finished at 9-under par in a tie for fifth along with her playing partner for the final round, Angela Stanford, who carded a -2 under par round. Inbee Park at -8 under for the tournament finished in seventh place after her nice -4 under 67 in the final round.

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