Sanya Ladies Open. Thidapa Suwannapura Sets The Pace.

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Thidapa Suwannapura, from Thailand sets the pace after the first round at the Sanya Ladies Open  at Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

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Thidapa had a first round of -5 under par 67, to lead the Sanya Ladies Open by just one shot. She had to retire a fortnight ago with a persistent back injury, 

“It was a good day for golf, the weather was great and the wind wasn’t too strong, so there were a few chances to make birdie, but you cannot expect anything from this course because it’s not easy.”

“I did have some back pain and it went all the way to my feet so if you followed me on the course you would see I kept stretching my back on almost every hole.” 

Sharing second place at -4 under par, after rounds of -4 under 68 are; Isabella Ramsay, Yan-Hong Pan and Kusuma Meechai.

Shanshan Feng, the world no.6 and the defending champion Xiyu Lin are in a group who are on -2 under, after their opening rounds of 70.

Shashan was reasonably happy with her position on day 1;

“I would say overall I did okay. Two under is not a super good score but it’s not bad.”

“My problem today was not hitting the balls close to the pins so I didn’t have that many birdie chances, but I still made three, and a bogey on a par five.”

“I still have two more days, so more chances.”




Porsche European Open. Thongchai Takes The Trophy.

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Thongchai Jaidee, from Thailand, takes the  Porsche European Open trophy, carding a flawless last round at  Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

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Thongchai becomes the oldest ever winner of the Porsche European Open title, taking that honor over from Colin Montgomery.

Shooting a bogey free final round of -4 under par 67, the overnight leader Thongchai won by just one shot with his tournament total -17 under par, and was happy to have held off the challenge from Graeme Storm;

“It’s a very special week for me, it is the third time I have won outside of Asia, so I’m very excited about that and I’m happy to win this tournament.” 

“I’m feeling very confident at the moment. I didn’t make many mistakes this week, only one bogey all week. I played very nicely and 17 under is some score for me.” 

“I liked the golf course. It’s not very long and you have to keep it in play.” 

“Graeme Storm played very well too. It was very exciting on the last three holes.”

“The 18th is tough and you can’t miss the fairway. I had to go left and then it was a good chip and a good putt at the last to win.” 

Graeme Storm was second, with his -16 under par total, he also carded -4 under par 67 in the final round to stay one shot behind. His finish secured his Tour card for next year, but better putting would have won him the tournament;

“I’m very pleased. To finish second like in Switzerland last year is disappointing but I’ve secured my card and I’ve got a job again for next year.” 

“That was the main thing at the start of the week and today as well.”

“Maybe I could have holed a few more putts and the title would be mine, but congratulations to Thongchai, he made a great up and down on the last. 

I felt I played great today under pressure. I was nervous out there.” 

“Yesterday I didn’t play great but I hung in there, but today I played great and missed a few chances. It wasn’t meant to be.” 

“The chip on the last was important. I didn’t want to make bogey there after 17. I knew Pelle was coming up 18 and he was going to be one behind if I missed that, so it was vital to finish second on my own and I’m looking forward to trying to qualify for The Race to Dubai final rather than having to go to Q-School.” 

“It’s amazing to think all of a sudden I might be able to qualify for that.” 

Pelle Edberg finished in third place at -14 under par, a last round -2 under par 69 not good enough to challenge for the title.

True Thailand Classic. Michael Hoey Leads on Day 1.

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Michael Hoey leads the True Thailand Classic, shooting a course record at Black Mountain Golf Club on day 1 of the tournament.

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Michael shot a record -8 under par bogey free 64 to lead the True Thailand Classic by just one shot at the Black Mountain Golf Club.

Michael was happy with the wind free early tee time;

“We had ten or 11 holes with not much wind, which was an advantage teeing off early.”

“I hit the ball well, and it suits me that there’s a bit of length off the tee, you can carry a few corners and reach the par fives in two.”

“It has been a long time since I had a bogey-free card. To be bogey-free and have no fives on the card, and a course record, is a nice start. I’m swinging the club well so hopefully I can put three more good rounds together and see what happens.”

“I started to hit the ball well in the Middle East, but I was coming 50th or thereabouts each week. At least I was making cuts and making money, but throwing in a few double bogeys was ruining my scorecards. Hopefully this is the start of some more bogey-free stuff.”

“This is a marathon. I’m just pleased to get something out of it, because I’ve been working hard for a long time and not getting the scores. This is really satisfying to get a good score and hopefully I can follow it up tomorrow, Friday 13th is going to be lucky for me!”

Carlos Pigem, Chien-yao Hung and David Lipsky are all tied in second place on -7 under par for the tournament.

Scoring will be low this week, Michael thinks the course is playing easy;

“I know the course is scoreable because there’s not a lot of rough.”


Honda LPGA Thailand. Anna Advances With 4 shot Lead.

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Anna Nordqvist advances her lead in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament, extending her led to four shots at Siam Country Club on the Pattaya Old Course in Thailand.

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Anna is on course to lift the trophy in Thailand this week, by extending her lead in the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament to four shots after a third round -5 under par 67. Her three-day total of -11 under par puts her on top of a star-studded leaderboard. An Eagle on the par 5 tenth hole, resulting from a perfect fade with a 3-wood on her second shot, left her left a six-inch tap in;

 “Any time you can tap an eagle you’re pretty happy, I mean, I watched the leaderboard and saw nobody was really running away. But I knew there were a couple birdies on the back nine, but the wind picked up a little bit so made it a little bit tougher. I finished with a bogey yesterday so a little bit of a revenge going into eighteen today. Great shot from 50 yards up to the pin. Felt really good to make it and to leave the eighteenth green with some good mojo and can’t wait for tomorrow.”

Defending Champion Inbee Park is tied in second place with Michelle Wie, both ladies at -7 under par. At one time during the day Michelle took the lead;

” I took the lead, I saw that, but, yeah, I need to make a couple more birdies. There were a couple birdie holes coming in. I didn’t really take advantage of the driveable par 4  today. But birdies are out there. Just got to be consistent, not too aggressive on some holes, and got to make the putts tomorrow.”

Inbee, had been behind since the start of the tournament, but is now feeling more comfortable;

“I was like four or five back behind the leader to start, so last couple days been like a little bit of rusty from five-week break. I think just a little bit of everything didn’t really work out last two days. I was just trying to work things out and get used to the tournament feeling. That’s what I did today. I feel like I’m a lot more comfortable and a lot less nervous.”

Julieta Granada is alone in fourth place at -6 under par, she is followed by Yani Tseng, Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko, who are all on -5 under par and in fifth position.

Low round of the day went to Catriona Matthew, a -7 under par 65, that could have been even better, she was on the pace to tie the tournament record of 63, until a double bogey on the par 5 18th hole. Catriona is currently placed tied for ninth;

” I gave myself a lot of chances and just holed them all today, then obviously a disappointing way to finish. I would have taken 65.”

Honda LPGA Thailand. Anna Is Still In Charge

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Anna Nordqvist is still in charge of the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course in Thailand.

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Anna was pleased overall with her round which included three birdies and three bogeys, for even par 72, she remains at -6 under par for the tournament, and still on top of the leaderboard;

“There were some tough pins out there, a lot of them were on ridges, and I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and kept spinning off the ridges. Not much you can do. Felt like I hit it solid. A little disappointed to finish with a bogey on the last. Overall been hitting it great this week. Today I felt like all things were good. Just couldn’t get any putts to drop.”

 This is a position I been practicing to be in, halfway through and there are 36 more holes, but I’m happy with the way I’m playing. Hopefully can make a couple more putts over the weekend and that should take care of it. I think we all expected it to be warmer. Today with a little bit of rain and overcast it felt like I still had a lot of the energy leaving the 18th green.”

There are three ladies tied in second place at -5 under par, Azahara Munoz, Sandra Gal and Julieta Granada. Azahara and Julieta shot the low rounds of the day, both recording second rounds of -4 under par 68.

Sandra was -2 under par 70, and was happy with that effort;

” I think I had a pretty smooth front nine. I think I shot 3 under I think on the front. The back nine I thought it was going to keep going, but it played a little bit tougher and I missed a couple greens. I made a lot of really good up and downs, which was the key to my round today.  I’m pretty pleased with the day.”

Julieta holed out twice, with lob shots;

” It was interesting. Had a whole lot of rain on the front nine, so had to keep our cool and keep being concentrated. But I holed out twice, two lob shots today, so that was nice. It was very welcome.”

Early morning showers left the greens softer than usual and removed any extra roll down the fairways, making the course play harder. Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie are tied in fifth position at -4 under par. Stacy shot a second round -3 under par 70, while Michelle carded a +1 over par 73.

Stacy commented on how soft the greens were;

“Yeah, very soft, there were a lot of back pins today, so it was hard to get the ball to stay up on those back shelves and get yourself to fly them all the way back there. Just had the rain to start and just changed the way the golf course played, kind of took me a couple holes to adjust to that. Once I did I hit some good shots. You just had to be a lot more aggressive, fly back to holes we normally can’t do that. Just played completely different than it ever has.” 

If the conditions stay like they were today, low scoring is going to made very difficult.



Honda LPGA Thailand. Nordqvist Nudges Ahead.

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Anna Nordqvist nudges ahead at the Honda LPGA Thailand leading the first round at the Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course in Thailand.

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 Anna shot -6 under par 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Honda LPGA Thailand, carding seven birdies, two bogeys and an Eagle and leads by one shot.

Anna got off to a good start and said her bogeys were down to flyers out of the rough;

“I always try to put my best foot forward, I try to be awake when I start on the first tee box. I hit it on the green in two, so it was a pretty easy birdie. But definitely getting a good start sets the pace for the rest of the day. I just tried to stay in there after the two bogeys, because I didn’t feel like I hit bad shots, I just got flyers out of the rough. “Had pretty good yardage for the eagle and it was on the top-tier, so I just pitched it five or six paces behind the pin and spun back. So obviously gave me some momentum to finish off.” 

“I was quite disappointed at the end of last year. Didn’t feel like I played bad, but never really got any momentum. I was very determined this off-season. I worked really hard. Anyone that’s been around me can probably say that. But I just kind of lost the reason why I play golf, the fun of it, I have good people around me now. They been really helping me to get that inspiration back. I put in all this hard work for a reason. It’s been fun. They’ve been pushing me and definitely been more motivated than before.”

Michelle Wie is in second place, just one shot back at -5 under par after her opening round of -5 under par 67. When asked on how many hole she had used her driver, Michelle responded positively, and also mentioned getting some food half-way round;

“Almost all of them, it’s definitely one of those golf courses, I don’t get to use a lot of drivers during the year. This is one of the few golf courses that I get to just hit driver all the time, so it’s fun. I birdied all four of the par fives today, which definitely helps on this golf course. After 18 I was hungry, so I went to the locker room and got some food from my bag, so I think that helped. Just had like these nuts, like these little nut crunch things. I was thinking about them on the front nine. I was really mad I didn’t put them in my golf bag. So I ran up to the locker room and ran back down. Pretty sure that had something to do with the birdie”.

There are three ladies in third place, all carding first rounds of -4 under par 68, they are; Jennifer Johnson, Lexi Thompson and Angela Stanford.

Angela scored her second Tour hole in one, on the 135 yard  8th hole with an 8 iron and flashed the biggest on course smile of the day. She admitted afterwards getting an ace mid round can almost be hard to handle;

“It’s kind of hard with hole in ones because you do get almost too high and you go to the next tee box and think ‘oh I have to hit another golf shot. It’s hard because it’s like an out-of-body experience. Well for me because I haven’t had many.”

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Inbee Park started slowly  and was + 3 over par through her first eight holes, but turned things around on the back nine. Inbee picked up four birdies to finish at -1 under par and sits five shots off the lead. She reported that it was due to rustiness in her game;

“I think it was just like I didn’t have much feeling that it was a tournament because it has been a while since I played a golf tournament. I think I was a little bit nervous. Bogey, bogey, and, thought, yeah, it’s a tournament, so I think I should start playing better. I think I just didn’t realize. I think it was a little bit off today on the front nine, and then I finally realized I was in a real tournament.”

Maybank Malaysian Open, Champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat

The Maybank Malaysian Open Champion is Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a 23 year-old from Thailand.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the Malaysian Maybank Open, at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, by just one shot from Italian Edoardo Molinari. Kiradech finally finished his third round of the weather troubled tournament with a -2 under par round of 70, and a 54 hole total of -13 under par.

Edoardo had finished his round earlier, posting a club house lead of -12 under par. He then had to sit and watch Kiradech catch and the pass his total, although the result was not really finalized until the last hole, which Kiradech bogied.

Kiradech was very happy with his first European Tour win;

“This means a lot to me, I have to thank my family: my Mum and my Dad for all their support.”

Edoardo, who made his first cut since returning from a wrist injury, was pleased with his final round of -5 under par, 67;

“It’s mixed emotions because I’m very happy to have a good week for the first time in a long time, The swing changes are starting to pay off which is surprising because I thought it would take a lot longer. I’m disappointed because I had a lot of chances on the back nine. The 18th is only the second fairway I missed all day which is very disappointing. I felt if I birdied the last I might have won outright because it puts a lot of pressure on the guy coming up behind.” 

 Anders Hansen, of Denmark, finished third after one of the days best rounds of 66. South African Charl Schwartzel and France’s Victor Dubuisson finished a shot further back  at -10 under par in fourth spot.

A surging Padraig Harrington, he went through the turn in 31 strokes, then managed to  drop three shots on the back nine and slipped back into a tie for sixth place.