KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Brooke Beats Lydia in a Play-Off

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Brooke Henderson beat Lydia Ko in a play-off at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at  Sahalee Country Club, Washington.

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Brooke and Lydia finished the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship tied at the top of the leaderboard with -6 under par totals. Brooke with a final round -6 under par 65, and Lydia -4 under 67. Brooke then proceeded to birdie the first play-off hole, the par four 18th. to win the title.

Brooke has become the youngest winner ever of this event, her first Major, title;

“Yeah that’s amazing, as well, to think about all of the incredible players that have come before me.”

 “And even I was reading some of the names on this trophy and it’s very, very cool.”

“When that putt went in on number eleven for eagle, that was kind of like the huge jump forward, huge momentum changer.”

“And then things just went pretty well. A good save on 14 out of the bunker. And then good putts on 17 and 18 to kind of finish it.”

“The last couple of days the support for Canada has been really incredible. Walking down the fairway we were yelling my name.”

“But last time they were just yelling Go Canada. And that was kind of a surreal feeling. I can’t really put words to it.”

“But I’d like to say that I am the Canadian face to women’s golf. And I’d like to say I’m a good athlete for Canada.”

World number one Lydia was complimentary about her opponent, and the challenge from the ladies on the LPGA Tour, and she would not be crying over this loss;

“We all push each other.”

“I think this is a great thing. It’s a fun challenge. I think this is great for golf and for the LPGA.”

“I wouldn’t be pretty if I was crying.”

“If I was crying, I’d have eye-liner going everywhere. I always worry about my makeup.”

Ariya Jutanugarn was in third place at -5 under par, a last round -5 under 66 giving her that place on her own;

“I’m very proud and getting a lot more confident, especially today, in a major.”


KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Lydia Ko in Control.

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Lydia Ko, the World number one, from New Zealand, is in control on the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club in Washington.

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NZL Lydia took control of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with a third round -1 under par 71 to lead the tournament by one shot at -2 under par, going into the final round tomorrow.

Lydia said she would have to stay focused

“Going into Evian and ANA I just had very calm thoughts, very positive thoughts, to the final round.”

“I just said hey, just go out and enjoy it, and don’t worry about what everybody else does.”

“Just focus on the shot you need to hit’.

“That’s all I can do, just try my best and have fun. I can’t control what somebody else does so it’s important for me to focus on my game.”

“You know, I’m happy with my position. I didn’t really know how it finished up, because I didn’t get to see what the last group finished up. But obviously I’ve got to be happy with it. And I’ve just got to stay positive.”

“It seems like the girls, they’re playing really well, and they’re playing consistent. I’ve just got to focus on my game.”

“And I can’t control what the other girls are doing. So just try my best out there.”

“We’ve still got a long 18 holes to go. You just never know what’s going to happen until the winner’s putt drops on the last hole.”

USA Brittany Lincicome and USA Gerina Piller, both with even par third rounds of 71, share second place at -1 under par.

Brittany likes to come from behind on the last day;

“It’s easier to come from behind than be the leader. I feel like I’m in a great spot.”

Gerina is now comfortable with being in contention;

“You know, now I’m more comfortable. I’m more comfortable seeing my name up there.”

These three ladies are the only players currently under par for the tournament, in a true Major test.

First round leader and still co-leader after two rounds Brooke Henderson struggled on day three, carding +2 over par 73, but is still just two shots off the pace at even par for the competition, a good strong position.

One shot further back in the group at +1 over par is Catriona Matthew, who thinks three shots back is not impossible to make up;

“You never know what’s going to happen. If I go out and shoot another 67, four under, you never know.”

“A lot might depend on where the pins are.”

“Today the pins were very tough, so you couldn’t really go at many of them, to be fair.”

“We’ll see what they give us tomorrow,  but if you play well, the scores are out there.”


KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Brooke is joined by Mirim at the Top.

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Brooke Henderson is joined by Mirim Lee at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship after the second round at

Sahalee Country Club in Washington.

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Mirim carded a second round -2 under par 69, to join Brooke, who sadly signed for a +2 over par 73, at the top of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship leaderboard both with -2 under par totals.

Lurking close behind the leaders are World number one Lydia Ko, -1 under 70 today, Gerina Piller, -2 under 69 and Brittany Lincicome also -1 under 70 today. These three have -1 under par totals and are just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

Lydia spoke about the tough cold and wet conditions, and is happy to be in a good position to push for the title;

“As we made the turn, it got much cooler and the rain came.”

“It was really tough out there. I feel like I’m in a really good position.”

  Brittany mentioned the snowball effect when things start to go wrong;

“You let one hole out here get you down, and it snowballs very quickly.”

“I think distance on this golf course is a huge advantage.”

Ariya Jutanugarn blamed her putter, as she crashed to +4 over par 75, she is now T23 at +3 over for the tournament;

“I must have lipped out five times.”

“I tried so hard to stay positive today, it was really tough conditions and it is a major.”

Inbee Park missed the cut, a sad round of +8 over 79 sent her dreams of a fourth successive win crashing down, she hinted that her injury was the real reason, and she will now re-think her schedule;

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“I started refreshed, it just didn’t happen to be my day. It was tough out there.”

“I think I will have to really re-think, I might need some time to really get better.”

The round of the day was -4 under par 67, by 46-year-old Catriona Matthew that got her to +1 over par for the competition.

You can tell this is a Major, as only five players are under par going into the weekend.

115th U.S. Open. Gruesome Greens Grab Attention.

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The gruesome greens at Chambers Bay Golf Club grabbed everyone’s attention in the first round of the U.S. Open. At the end of the day Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson shared the lead, while at the other end of the table, Tiger Woods +10 over and Rickie Fowler +11 crashed spectacularly. The fescue grass experiment is not off to a great start, especially as the older greens have never really taken hold properly, and they have been infiltrated by poa annua clumps. The early morning starters had the best of the day.

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Dustin Johnson on his way to par the 10th / all pics Getty Images

Dustin and Henrik shot open rounds of -5 under par 65 at the 115th U.S. Open at the much maligned Chambers Bay Golf Club in Washington.

Dustin reported that he is playing with confidence, hitting good irons shots;

“Hit a lot of quality iron shots, the confidence is definitely there.”

Henrik said he had a good day on the greens;

“It was a good day on the greens in all, but especially the last five holes.”

 “I hit some beautiful putts and managed to slip a few in there.”

Patrick Reed, with a -4 under par 66, for third place alone reported that he definitely missed a few putts;

” All I had to do was get the ball to the hole and it had a chance of going in. I made some long putts, but I also feel like I missed a lot of good opportunities.”

Matt KucharBen Martin and the amateur Brian Campbell are tied in fourth place at -3 under par. They are followed by a group of payers at -2 under par.

Phil Mickelson was happy with his start, -1 under par 69 and T14, as he chases the career Grand Slam this week, but did criticize the greens;

“The first round was the round I was going to be most nervous at, getting started.”

“You don’t want to have to fight to come back all the time. You want to get off to a solid start around par.”

“I think the biggest challenge is that the green speeds are different from green to green, that’s going to wreak havoc on our touch.” 

“What I found is that they’re not the most true surfaces downhill, because you can’t hit it hard enough to hold the line. But uphill they seem to hold the line just fine.”

“I might have to factor that in, in how I play some shots now, because I think the percentage of made putts uphill from three to nine feet is going to be quite a bit higher than downhill.” 

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Rory McIlroy, at +2 over par was not quite so outspoken;

“I just didn’t quite have it with the putter today, and that’s something that I need to get right over the next three days if I want to have a chance.”

“I still feel like if you make a good enough stroke and you have the right speed, there’s a good enough chance the ball will go in.”

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Sergio Garcia, who started with an even par first round and T26, took to twitter to post;

“Happy with my Even par round today although it could’ve been a bit better by the way I played but this greens are as bad as the look on TV.”


TW World Challenge, G-Mac still the Master


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Graeme McDowell, G-Mac, is still the master of the Tiger Woods World Challenge after his third round at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, shooting -4 under par 68 in the Northwestern Mutual presented event. He leads by two shots from Keegan Bradley. Graeme said after his round;

“If I was to get the job done Sunday I may have to stay an extra day and get a real estate agent and have a look around the area because there’s something weird going on here. I think it’s certainly my kind of course, there’s no doubt about it. It’s a course that rewards a premium on accuracy and a premium on good, aggressive iron play. I’ve always kind of rolled the ball here well. It’s definitely a golf course that sets up well for me.”

Keegan Bradley is in second place, just two shots behind Graeme, at -11 under par for the tournament, firing a third round -5 under par 67.  Tournament host Tiger Woods is five back of the leader, and has some work to do if he wants to win his own event;

“I felt like I played decent enough to get to 10 under, to get to double digits, and just didn’t do it, and as of right now I’m five back. I’m going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow and see what happens.”

There are rumors that Tiger put his own money up with Northwestern Mutual  when the tournament, which began in 1999 and benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, lost its title sponsor last year and a replacement sponsor fell through in September. Tiger would not reveal the numbers publicly but some say the amount required was $4 million. Tiger was coy with his answer when questioned;

“I bridged the gap on it, I’m not going to tell you the exact amount, but it’s a good number. The title sponsor unfortunately fell through, but this is important for us. What’s important is that if it wasn’t for this tournament, we wouldn’t have the success with the foundation. The learning center would not have happened. We wouldn’t have gained the awareness that we have now. There have been so many kids that we have helped, just because of this event. It’s important to me, to the foundation, this is what got us on the map.”

The foundation built the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Orange County. Now there are also two campuses in the Washington, D.C., area, another in south Florida and one in Philadelphia. About 100,000 kids have attended programs at the learning centers. Many of the kids have received scholarships to attend college,  many being the first in their family to go to college. The World Challenge has raised $25 million for the foundation, including nearly $9 million from Tiger, who has donated all his winnings in the tournament to the foundation.

First round leader Nick Watney, who is in seventh place in this field of 18 elite players, called Tiger’s charitable donation and million-dollar infusion to the tournament;

” An incredibly kind thing to do and an amazing gesture by him. I think there will be jokes about him that he can afford it, but it’s a great thing. I hope it receives the credit that it deserves, it’s a credit to him and he’s a great guy. Everybody in this game owes him a debt of gratitude, even though I know he wouldn’t want it.”

If  Tiger does shoot a low round tomorrow and wins again, everyone knows what will happen , the Foundation will receive the $1 million winners purse . I personally hope this does happen, for the Children’s sake. Go Tiger