SWINGING SKIRTS LPGA CLASSIC. Lydia Wins Play-Off

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Defending Champion Lydia Ko wins the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in a play-off against Morgan Pressel at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco.

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Lydia and Morgan had both completed the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic with -8 under par totals, leading to the sudden death play-off. Play-off hole was the par five 18th, which both ladies parred the first time around, Lydia then won at the second attempt with a birdie.

Lydia had carded a -2 under par 70 final round, while Morgan could only manage a last round of even par 72.

Lydia was very happy with her Birthday week win;

“At the start of the day, I didn’t know how it was going to go, it’s been a great birthday week again.”

Morgan bemoaned a poor putting performance;

“I just couldn’t convert the putts, it all comes down to putting. She birdied it twice and I didn’t.”

Brooke Henderson, who started the day with a one shot advantage finished in third place at -7 under par. A +2 over par 74 being her undoing, missing the play-off by one shot. She spoke about the missed putt that would have changed everything;

“It was one of the least nervous putts I had all day. I could see it going in, in my mind, but it didn’t happen in real life.”

 

Zurich Classic. Rosie Wins

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Rosie, Justin Rose wins the Zurich Classic, in fine fashion at TPC Louisiana, firing 65 and 66 in the final rounds today. Birdies on the last two hole set up the win.

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Justin has now won in six consecutive PGA TOUR seasons, and he is excited about the rest of this season, after he finished here with 65 & 66 for a -22 under par winning total;

“I’m really excited about the rest of the year now.”

“Six years in a row is not easy to do, and I’m actually incredibly grateful and proud of that stat.”

“It’s a good momentum starter for me. I tried to tell myself that this year for me is going to be about April to September, when the big tournaments come around, that’s when I want to play well.”

“You look at Rory’s year last year, it was all about how he played in the summer. I’m very happy it turned around this week in a major championship.”

“It’s an event I’ve played many times. I feel like year in and year out I’ve been closer and closer, and I always joke with the Zurich guys that this is my fifth major.”

“They’ve become such good friends of mine. Any win is sweet but when you get to share it with people you’re close to, it’s fantastic.”

“Earlier this year, it looked impossible to win, I was struggling with my game, and when you are struggling with your game, sometimes winning seems very far off.”

“As a player to make the putt exactly when you need to is huge, I don’t think I’ve made a putt to win a PGA TOUR event outright like that before. That was the first time I’ve had a significant length putt to win.”

Alone in second place was Cameron Tringale, a final round -7 under par 65 nearly getting him into a playoff. He needed to chip in at the par 5 last hole for an Eagle to equal Rosie’s score, the attempt came up inches short.

Boo Weekley came in third at -20 under par, he also shot a final round -7 under par 65.

The scoring was particularly low for the third and fourth rounds, because of the wet conditions the players were allowed to lift clean and place the ball, on the fairway.

 

Volvo China Open. Wu Ashun Wins

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History was made today in China as Wu Ashun wins the Volvo China Open, the first Chinese player to win an European Tour event on home soil, at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club. Quite ironic really as the Chinese Government recently banned Golf in the country, and instantly closed down many golf courses.

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Wu enjoyed the moment, and his winning total of -9 under par;

“It’s a wonderful day today.

“Everyone knows it’s very tough today, I played very good today and I’ve enjoyed this week.”

“It’s been a wonderful week with wonderful weather and I’d like to thank everybody.”

“It’s very special winning the China Open and it’s very exciting.”

“I have many friends here, and they helped me a lot and pushed me to play well.”

Wu and David Howell both started the day in a four-way tie for the lead with last week’s runner-up Li Hao-tong and  defending champion Alex Levy.

David was tied with Wu as he played the last hole, a par five, but missed his par putt to get into a play-off and handing Wu his history making European Tour win. David was alone in second place at -8 under par, and said it was tough to take;

“It’s obviously tough to take. I was in very good shape to win the tournament for most of the day, and didn’t get the job done. So it’s going to hurt for a while, but I didn’t do a lot wrong.”

“I holed a lovely putt on 17 to save par to give myself every chance coming down the last.”

“It felt like I was already in a play-off, because Ashun was in the clubhouse on nine under, so if I birdie the last I win the tournament, and if I make bogey I lose it. Unfortunately it was the latter.” 

Defending champion Alex Levy finished tied in third place with Emiliano Grillo and Prom Messawat, all at -7 under par.

SWINGING SKIRTS LPGA CLASSIC. Brooke Has Advantage.

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Brooke Henderson has an advantage going into the final round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco.

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Brooke shot an even round of 72 in the third round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club, but remained at the top of the leaderboard with her -9 under par total and a one shot lead going into the final round tomorrow. There was a fierce Northern California wind blowing which got the attention of all the ladies;

“It was a great day out there. It was really tough conditions, and I was able to play really well.”

“Couple times my short game needed to bail me out, and it was able to do that, especially the first 16 holes.”

“If someone told me at the beginning of the week I would be leading going into the final round, I would’ve taken it.”

“They know they can do it. They step up to that tee and there is no fear. I mean, look at how strong Brooke played yesterday and today.”

“Not to say that a few develop, but as you play out here more and more, I think sometimes the younger you are the more naïve you are to all the pressure and everything else that goes with it.”

“I mean look at how strong Brooke played yesterday and today.”

 

Morgan Pressel and Min Seo Kwak are tied in second place at -8 under par for the competition, Morgan with a wonderful -5 under par 67 and Min with-3 under 69. They were the only two players in the field to shoot below 70 on Saturday.

Morgan knows the chasing ladies have the ability to put up a challenge;

“They know they can do it. They step up to that tee and there is no fear. I mean, look at how strong Brooke played yesterday and today.”

“Not to say that a few develop, but as you play out here more and more, I think sometimes the younger you are the more naïve you are to all the pressure and everything else that goes with it.”

“I mean look at how strong Brooke played yesterday and today.”

Min has her own fan club, they chant Kwak, Kwak, Kwak, and she is hoping to hear that chant all day tomorrow;

“Yes, yes a lot, because I know how to win like in Symetra Tour.  So I’ll try to do same thing here.”

World number one Lydia Ko, -1 under par 71 today is alone in fourth place at -6 under par, and if the conditions are just as tough tomorrow, at three shots back, she must have a decent chance;

“I just got to play the holes that are birdieable, give myself a good chance, and then try and put some pressure, but it’s not easy because of the wind. Every hole is playing so tough.”

“Now I’m not the 17-year-old that they’re talking about right now, we’re similar in age and played some tournaments together as amateurs. We’re all really friends out here.”

“I’m feeling the pressure. I feel the nerves when it’s there, but, I mean, people say when you’re younger, you’re not afraid. You’re kind of fearless. Maybe I’m not the case.”

 

Zurich Classic. Round 3 Suspended.

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Round 3 of the Zurich Classic has been suspended due to inclement weather conditions at TPC Louisiana.

Jason Day was the second round leader early on Saturday, after the resumption of play for those who did not finish on Friday.

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Jason completed his second round on Saturday with a -7 under par 65 which put him on top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard at -12 under par;

“We finally got the round in; knock on wood.”

“That was my first storm delay of the year, so hopefully no more would be nice. But I’m happy where I’m at.”

“Hopefully, this weather will stay away.”

Hudson Swafford had to settle for second place, having finished his round on Friday, at -11 under par. He was joined on that score by Daniel Berger and Chris Stroud.

Boo Weekley, who got to -12 under par Friday, came back to finish on Saturday, must have been the local food that got to him, and dropped a shot to finish with -2 under par and in the log jam at -10 under par for he competition.

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Saturday Weather Warning

If this inclement weather continues to halt play in the Zurich Classic, there is the possibility that the tournament could be shortened to less than 72 holes, this is because of the mid-week start at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco.

Five Match Play qualifiers missed the cut at the Zurich Classic, Rickie Fowler, Jamie Donaldson, Marc Warren, Harris English and John Senden.

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, Keegan Bradley, Bernd Weisberger and Marc Leishman all made the cut, and Zurich Classic officials will provide a chartered flight to San Francisco for them.

Lets hope for a break in the weather and trust that the tournament gets completed in regulation time.

Volvo China Open. 4 Tied at the Top.

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There are 4 players tied at the top of the Volvo China Open at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club in China. Alex Levy, David Howell and two Chinese players  Li Hao-tong and Wu Ashun.

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Two late bogey’s from Alex in the third round of the Volvo China Open robbed him of a two shot lead and assured us of an exciting dash to the line in the final round tomorrow. In the end he had to settle for a third round -1 under par 71 and a share of the top spot at -8 under par for the tournament.

Alex got off to a flier carding four straight birdies, but then the birdies dried up and the bogey’s crept in;

“It was the perfect start for me, but after that I got a little bit nervous, because I haven’t played well for three months now so I haven’t been in this position for a while.”

“It’s nice to be back at the top of the leaderboard, but I have to get used to it again.”

“I’m just really happy to be playing some good golf again, that’s more important than me worrying about winning the trophy again.”

“I’ll need to have a good round again tomorrow, but it’s not easy on this course because you can’t be too aggressive.”

David carded a nice -4 under par 68 to get himself into the tie for the top place, he said he was able to take advantage of the conditions today, that suited him better;

“It was a very nice day for me.”

“I felt like there was a score to be had out there, and I adapted to the conditions much better than I did yesterday, when I struggled with the comparative softness of the course. I knew what to expect today, and took advantage.”

“I really got it going nicely around the turn. I had a few chances early on which I didn’t take, but I managed to stay patient and eventually the birdies came.”

Li Hao-tong and Wu Ashun face the pressure of trying to become the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event on home soil. They both recorded third rounds of -3 under par 69, and Li said he will just stick to his game plan;

“I will just stick with my plan and play the best I can do out there without thinking about the finish.”

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Magnus A Carlsson carded the low round of the day, -7 under par 65 , which moved him 37 places up the leaderboard to share fifth with Seve Benson, Richie Ramsay and Prom Meesawat on -6 under par.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s attempt to win back to back titles became derailed today as he shot +4 over par 76 and dropped down the leaderboard to T25.

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, Brooke Henderson with Half-Way Lead

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Brooke Henderson leads the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at the half-way point at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco, California.

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Brooke tore the Lake Merced golf course apart, shooting -7 under par 65 in the second round, to top the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic leaderboard at -9 under par for the tournament.

In interview she mentioned another teenager on the circuit world number one Lydia Ko;

“I think I’m ready, yeah, 17 is young. As you’ve seen with Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson and even Jessica Korda, there are a lot of great names that have been able to do it. I’m hoping that I’m one of them.”

“You know, I’m really loving where I am right now, and it’s awesome to wake up every day and do something I love.

“In my amateur career I loved when I had the lead, and I just want to continue to build it. This thing is far from over.”

“There are tons of great players out there. The day is not even over yet. I’m excited for the position I’m in and really excited for the next couple days.”

Na Yeon Choi is in second place, at -7 under par, her second round -4 under par 68 lifting her up the leaderboard.

Third position is shared between Sakura Yokomine and Cindy Feng, both at – 6 under par for the competition.

Cindy was happy that she did not do anything silly during her round;

“I played great today, made a lot of birdies, which always helps.  Made some putts. Just didn’t do anything too stupid.”

Overnight leader, defending champion, world number one, and birthday girl, Lydia Ko suffered some 18th birthday blues, returning an even par second round, dropping her to T5, and four shots off the lead, with two rounds to go;

“Yeah, you know, I got two celebrations, the first one on the 10th tee and then coming off 9. Really cool to share that birthday with a lot of people out here.“

“You know, I really didn’t get anything going.  When that happens it’s really hard.”

“You know, I would say the par fives, you kind of need to take advantage of them. I didn’t position myself well in any of them, and that just makes it tough.”

” Kind of feel like you’re already losing shots there.”

“We’re doing a birthday dinner, so have Korean barbecue.  Go to the original roots. Yeah, should be good.”

“Couple of the players are coming, family and friends. But, yeah, I think it’s just great that this year I can have a really good birthday dinner with a lot of close friends and we can have some fun.”

Joining Lydia on that -5 under par score is Ha Na Jang, Min Seo Kwak and Julieta Granada.

Ha Na benefited from using new irons, put in her bag on Wednesday;

“No problem, change my irons, new irons Wednesday, I think a little bit more confidence and it’s really good.”