Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Lydia Ko Crushes The Opposition To Win.

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Lydia Ko crushes the opposition in the final round of the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei, winning by nine shots. She also reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

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A last round -7 under 65 gave Lydia a Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship total of -20 under par. This is Lydia’s 10th career LPGA Tour victory and she becomes the youngest male or female to reach 10 wins at 18 years, 6 months and 1 day old. She breaks the old LPGA record of  Nancy Lopez by nearly 3 ½ years.

Lydia dedicated the win to former New Zealand Golf President Patsy Hankins, who died earlier this week;

“I think I was really playing for Patsy this week.”

“I think just hearing that on Friday morning broke my heart. She was such a huge factor into my life in my junior golf.”

“To hear that she had passed away was very hard to hear that before you’re entering a round. But kind of just played for her the last three days, and I’m so happy that I can bring this win to her and her family.”

“I started the day quite good, making birdies on two and three, and I then I made birdie on five which is a three-shot swing for me.”

 “Made a double there yesterday.”

Eun-Hee Ji and So Yeon Ryu tied for second place, a long way back at -11 under par for the tournament.

This was definitely Lydia’s day, and good luck to her from all of New Zealand.



Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Lydia Leaps Ahead.

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Lydia Ko leaps ahead in the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, taking four shot 54 hole lead after the third round in Taipei.

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Lydia fired a -5 under par 67 to top the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship leaderboard at -13 under par. The round included eight birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey, but she will take a four shot advantage into the final round tomorrow. Apart from some magical play she said the putts started to drop;

“I chipped in on 11 and I think that gave me some momentum.”

“I was playing good at the first couple of holes, made a double and then made a bogey. I think I kind of got a little frustrated about that.”

“But after that chip-in, I kind of loosened up and tried to smile a little bit more. The putts started dropping.”

“You know, on this course, anything can happen, there’s some large numbers out there.”

“I made a double myself. I nearly made two doubles out there. But also, if you’re putting good and you’re striking the ball good, you can shoot a couple low ones, too.”

“Especially with how packed it is up top, and you know so many top players there, it’s hard to say, hey, I’ve got the trophy today.”

“I’ve still got to play a lot of good golf tomorrow and there’s still 18 holes to go.”

Eun-Hee Ji is in second place at -9 under par, an even par third round of 72 keeping her from staying in touch with the leader.

Charley Hull is in third position at -8  under par with a -1 under 71 today, and she will be in the final group again with Lydia and Eun-Hee Ji.

Charley has a simple approach to the final round tomorrow;

“Keep making birdies.”

Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship. Eun-Hee Ji Leads Lydia.

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Eun-Hee Ji leads World #2 Lydia Ko after two rounds at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei.

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Eun-Hee Ji managed to hold onto her lead at the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, with a second round -3 under par 69, giving her a one shot advantage with a -9 under par total. A niggling injury bothered her concentration today;

“Actually I hurt my middle back today, this morning actually.”

“So this one, just bothering me on my swing, and especially with my driver.”

“So I missed a lot of fairways today and so I just focus on my ball because my ; bothering my swing, so I don’t want to think about my swing. Keep my focus on my ball and I just be patient just like yesterday.”

Lydia carded -5 under par 67, to climb into second place at -8 under par, with her putting suddenly coming to life;

“It was kind of a slow start, I gave myself quite a few opportunities the first couple holes, and I didn’t make any.”

“And then on the fifth hole, I holed a putt that I didn’t expect to make and then I hit a good shot into 6 and another good shot into 9.”

“I had a couple that were like two feet, three or four of them. So that makes it a whole lot easier, and again, not reading the putt as much.”

Charley Hull and Xi Lu Lin share third place, both at -7 under par for the tournament. Charley with a -2 under 69 today and Xi Lu -2 under 70.

Suzann Pettersen shot the low round of the day, a bogey free -6 under par 66, which puts her T7 at -4 under par for the competition.


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Eun-Hee Ji Leads the Fubon LPGA Taiwan  Championship at Miramar Golf and Country Club in Taipei. Lydia Ko is in the field and is looking to reclaim the World #1 spot.

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Eun-Hee Ji, from South Korea had a -6 under par 66 to lead the first round of the  Fubon LPGA Taiwan  Championship in Taipei.

Xi Yu Lin, from China, holds second place following her -5 under par opening round of 67

Sharing third place are Morgan Pressel, Sandra Gall, Charley Hull and Sun Yung Yoo, all at -4 under par, with first round scores of 68.

Lydia, in her quest to claim back her World #1 ranking, from Inbee Park, is in an eight way tie for 7th, opening with a -3 under 69.

Inbee chose to play in the KLPGA’s KB Financial Star Championship this week, but a good result from Lydia here in Taipei will help her to regain the #1 position.

Last year the Miramar course proved to be too easy, and it has been toughened up for this years contest.

Lydia explained about the course set up, and how she could have scored better today, she just needed a few putts to drop;

“I said the course wasn’t easy before, but when somebody shoots 22-under, they are going to make the course harder.”

“I know that’s what they have done this year. They have cut the rough a lot closer, so the fairways are definitely a little narrower, and because of this type of grass, when you’re in the rough, you don’t really know how the ball is going to come out.”

“You know, there’s a 66 out there today, I think it’s a great score.”

“If I made a couple more putts, I think I may have been able to shoot that score. But 66 in this breeze, I think it’s a great score that Eun-Hee shot today.” 

Mizuno Classic. Teresa Lu From Taipei Wins.


Teresa Lu, from Taipei won the Mizuno Classic at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Japan.

Teresa Lu: Celebrates her Mizuno Classic success

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Teresa Lu shot a fantastic final round of -8 under par 64 to win the Mizuno Classic by two shots, with her -14 under par total.

Second place went to Chella Choi, from South Korea, she finished with a tournament total of -12 under par after her last round -6 under par 66.

The strong Japanese contingent, who started the day in control, lost ground during the final round. Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose both had -2 under par last rounds to end the day at -10 under par, tied in third place.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis had been off the pace all weekend, and a closing round of -2 under par 70 saw her finish in a share of eighth, seven shots behind Teresa.

Lydia Ko, 2013 Season Starts at Australia Amateur Championships.

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Lydia Ko the New Zealand World Number One Amateur player, and winner of last years LPGA Tour Canadian Open, starts her 2013 season off at the Australia Amateur Championships, in Melbourne tomorrow. Lydia is the defending Champion.

The 15-year-old New Zealand sportswoman of the year candidate, and world’s leading female amateur, has not played a tournament since the Swinging Skirts Ladies World Masters in Taipei early last December. But according to her coach, Guy Wilson, the director of instruction at the New Zealand Institute of Golf, Lydia has been hard at it and not relaxing too much;

” The only reason she got a day off on Christmas Day was because the courses were closed. She had New Year’s Day off as well, otherwise there’s been no real relaxing, it’s been eight hours a day, seven days a week.”

Lydia has received funding from High Performance Sport New Zealand, it amounts to $230,000 NZ over the next two years. This cash injection makes it easier for her to participate in some of the  prestigious tournaments in the United States and Europe. Coach Wilson is delighted;

“She will play in all the Majors this year.”

He also stated that Lydia was looking forward to the challenges this year, and remaining the Ladies World Number One Amateur, but importantly continuing her education at her chosen college in the United States;

“It’s all important for her to continue to be the world No.1 amateur and have really good finishes so when she does turn pro she is as marketable as she is now. The good thing is she’s playing in a lot more events with real profile, which should help her as well.” 

Good Luck Lydia, we will be watching you !!!