Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Round 2 Suspended.

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Round 2 of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic has been suspended due to poor weather conditions, with Yani Tseng sitting on top of the leaderboard with a completed second round.

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Yani swept back the year as she carded a second round -8 under par 64, to top the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic leaderboard;

“Just want to keep playing as happy Yani and just enjoy it.”

“I’ve been working on my game forever like every day. It’s just exciting. I really want to win a tournament for sure.”

 “We only have probably seven, eight tournaments left, but it’s never too late. Just very happy my game’s really coming back.”

“I’m really happy to be playing golf and just I want to win. But it doesn’t matter, it will come.”

“It doesn’t matter if it’s this week or next week or next year, just try to be patient as much as I can and stay positive.”

“If I can drive the ball well, I can stay aggressive,  if I can put my ball in position, I’m going to really have fun on the course.”

“Especially a course like this, it’s good for a long hitter. If I can keep on the fairway, I’m going to play well.”

“But you have to putt well, too. I can really see my shot and hit those good drives on the golf course.”

Austin Ernst is in second place, just one shot back at -9 under par. A second round -7 under par 65, elevating her up the leaderboard.

Austin said she has been playing well, just needs some putts to fall;

“I’ve been playing well. It’s really just a matter of getting some putts to fall.”

“I hit it really well today. I had a few holes that where I kind of hit some loose shots, but kind of just took my bogey and kind of went on with it.”

“And then I had probably three wedge shots that I hit up within a foot and I just went up and tapped them in. I think I hit two more where I had about 3 feet.”

Lexi Thompson is in third spot at -8 under par, a solid -5 under par 67 moving her into contention.

The top three have all completed their second rounds, and coming up behind them are Julieta Granada and Sydnee Michaels, both on -7 under par, and holes still to play in the second round.

HSBC Women’s Champions. Inbee and Yani at the Top.

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There are to ladies tied at the top of the HSBC Women’s Champions is Singapore, Inbee Park and Yani Tseng.

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Inbee and Yani both shot opening rounds of -6 under par 66 at the HSBC Woman’s Championship playing the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club. Inbee was bogey free while Yani carded one bogey on her round.

 Inbee played cautiously on the harder front nine, and was happy to go round bogey free,

“The front nine is a tougher nine on the Serapong Golf Course,I didn’t play too aggressively on the front nine, but the back nine I had a lot of shots.”

“I hit a lot of shots close and I was able to hole a lot of putts on the back nine, which we have to take advantage of. Yeah, it was a good round, bogey free round, a very solid round, and I putted very good today, so I’m very happy with that.”

Yani is happy to be back in contention and is putting her reemergence down to her new coach;

“This year, I guess I change new trainer, new coach and I start working on mental more and more, and I feel like awareness myself, how I’m positioned right now, it actually helps me a lot, too.”

 “And self talk is one of the biggest things out there, because like I say, I tried to be patient and if I don’t tell myself to be patient, it’s hard to be patient.”

“I’m very, very happy. I’m happy that I’m playing the golf again. It’s not thinking or I’m working out there. “

“It’s fun, it’s so much fun. Like I tell my friends, my parents on the website, they don’t have to scroll down to see my name. They can just see right on top the first page.”    

Angela Stanford is in third place at -5 under par, and she too spoke about her fun day, and how long haul travelling affects her;

“It was a fun day.  It was a fun group, playing with Webby and Stacy, it was a good group.”

“I’m being more careful about how many times I go overseas.”

“I think just traveling across big bodies of water starts to wear on your body a little bit.  I’ve cut back in that respect, and it’s helped a little about it, so I feel more refreshed.” 

” I didn’t play Australia.  Just keeping it to two this time instead of three.  So I feel a lot more refreshed this week than I have in the past.”

World number one Lydia Ko was tied for fourth with Karrie Webb, Jenny Shin, Mo Martin and Mariajo Uribe. Lydia carded two bogeys with six birdies for her opening round of 68.

 Lydia started with a birdie, and also mentioned the long flight to get here, the heat is also a problem;

“Started off well with a birdie.  Whenever I have a birdie on the first hole, I kind of wonder what kind of day it will be.”

” But ended up being pretty good, and I think it’s my best score around this course.”

“A little bit jet‑lagged because of the long flight.”

” But I’ve been trying to pace myself, go nine holes and do the least amount of practice.  I think just this week, the heat is definitely going to get to me, so I’m just going to try and cool down.”

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Honda LPGA Thailand. Amy Yang Wins.

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Amy Yang wins the Honda LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club, Pattaya Old Course.

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Amy  shot a final round -3 under par 69 to win the Honda LPGA Classic with total of -15 under par. She reported that she could not believe it;

“I don’t know what just happened, I still can’t believe I did it today.”

Tied at the top of the leaderboard with Stacy going into 15, there was a three shot swing when Amy birdied and Stacy recorded a double bogey there;

“I still didn’t want to decide that because we had three more holes to go and they’re not easy, so I just kept focusing.”

“Oh, I was so nervous. But I saw the ball fall in and I thought feels like it’s dream. It’s a great feeling.”

There was three-way tie for second place, Stacy Lewis, who carded a sad final round of +1 over par 73, Mirim Lee, -3 under par 69 and Yani Tseng with a -5 under par 67.

Yani admitted to some putting nerves out there today;

“I played good, but I missed bunch of putts out there. I was just actually a little nervous out there when I putting.”

“I don’t know, just maybe thinking a little more on my putting than others.”

“But I got some lucky bounce and make birdie on the last hole so I was very happy. Just fricking nervous out there. I think just at least I back into the circle.  Hopefully take into next week.”

Low round of the day went to Beatriz Recari, a magnificent -9 under par 63, she finished T5 on -12 under par.

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.”

LPGA. Safeway Classic. Yani Tseng Yearns For Win.


Yani Tseng moved into position to end a long victory drought, she is winless in 36 events, and yearns to win the Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, to add to her 15 LPGA Tour Titles.

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Yani Tseng shot an amazing -9 under par 63 to top the leaderboard posting a -18 under par total in the LPGA Safeway Classic, a three shot lead. She said it had been a while and was happy for the important birdie putt  on the par three 13th to go down;

“It’s been a long time. It’s great to be back in this position again, I was really happy out there. I just love every part of golf out there and really enjoyed every shot. That’s an important putt for me, and I think kind of a little turning point on the back nine. I’ve been working really hard, I want to get back in this position, so I don’t feel any surprise because this is what I’m working hard for.”

Suzann Pettersen is tied for second with Pornanong Phatlum on a -15 under par score. Suzann commented that it was good for Yani to be back in form;

There’s no one that I’d rather see playing better and playing well than Yani. I know she’s been through a rough patch. She’s too good not to hang tough and be in the game.”

Pornanong reported that her hot putter was not so hot today;

” Maybe the pressure. Today is like slow, and I feel like not comfortable. I’m just OK with my score today, and putting not really good. Just try my best tomorrow.”

Austin Ernst shot a -10 under par 62 to tie the tournament record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2002. In that record breaking round Austin had time to make a bogey, on the 11th.

Austin set the stage for the day as she was the first player on the course. Playing by herself, with a marker, the tour rookie birdied eight of her first 10 holes to flirt with a 59. She finished at – 12 under par overall, and said the fresh greens were a plus factor;

“I hit it really well, but I made a ton of putts. It was pretty easy on myself, greens were fresh. I maybe had two putts on the back nine that I could have made that were 15 feet that I just rolled over the edge. Other than that, I made pretty much everything and got what I could out of the round.”

Reminds me of an old saying “First come, first served.”

Wegmans LPGA Championship. Choi Has 1st Round Lead.


Chella Choi, from South Korea, has taken the first round lead at the delayed Wegmans LPGA Championship with an opening round of -5 under par 67, at the Locust Hill Country Club course. The 2nd Major of the year is finally under way, barring more major rainfall.

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The  wet and soggy conditions at Locust Hill Country Club could not prevent Chella from taking a slender one-shot lead at the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She carded six birdies in her first 10 holes and made just one bogey in her opening round, saying she had hit many fairways today;

“I hit a really good driver today, I hit 14 fairways.  So I’m really happy, my goal is just keep fairway.”

Tied in second place at -4 under par are Jiyai Shin, also of South Korea, and Morgan Pressel of America.

Morgan was also happy to have made many fairways;

“I played pretty well out there, I didn’t put myself really in any bad trouble which you can certainly find on this golf course.  I hit a lot of fairways, which you need to do.  I only missed I think two or three maybe, and the couple that I did, I most of the time saved par. I did not hit the ball very well here last year, I was in the rough a lot and I truly think that is kind of what caused it. It was just the many, many shots I had to whack out of the knee-high rough here.”

Alone in fourth spot is Brittany Lincicome, who is a further shot back at -3 under par. Brittany explained her thoughts on why she has had recent struggles with her game;

“For my game I really can’t even pinpoint one specific thing. Like the beginning of the year in the off season I tried taking lessons, and I’m a player that’s kind of more of a feel player.  I just kind of hit it, find it and hit it again. I think I was trying to change too many things at one time, so I kind of stopped doing that.  And then I wasn’t playing well, missed a couple of cuts in a row and lost my confidence. But took last week off to kind of go home and regroup, and you know, just try to remember that, you know, I’ve won five times on the LPGA Tour and I’ve been here before and I can do this. So I was just kind of feeling more confident today and every time I had a par putt or birdie putt I told myself, you’ve been here before, you can do this, let’s make this.  Just try to be more confident.  Even if I’m shooting 100, I’m going to try to be more confident.  That’s the mindset coming into this week.”

Yani Tseng got her first LPGA Tour hole-in-one in Friday’s first round on the par 3 15th, but she did not see it go in;

“No, I see where it was, but I did not see it go in, I had a hard time seeing the ball today.  So I see it was good in the air, so that’s all I needed. I mean after I hit it, I know it was a good shot, but I was just trying to be good distance, and I wasn’t thinking it was going to go in the hole.  I thought it would be perfect. This is my first hole‑in‑one since I turned pro.” 

LPGA, HSBC Women’s Champions. Stacy Lewis Wins





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On the LPGA Tour, Stacy Lewis returned to her winning ways at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore at the Sentosa Golf Club, with a -15 under par scoreThe Rolex Player of the Year held on to win her first Victory of the 2013 season, a one shot win over Na Yeon Choi, at -14 under par. The final few holes were a tough stretch for Stacy as she watched her three shot lead evaporate to just one as she stood on the 18th tee at the  The Serapong Course. Stacy had unfortunately bogyed 15 and 17, but managed to hang on with a par at the last following a great drive and a second onto the green at the par five, both eagle and birdie putts missed, but pat was good enough for the Title.

Stacy said afterwards that she had played the last all week as a three shot hole;

“All week, I played it as a three-shot hole, laying back short of the bunker and then laying up from there. And I saw where Paula Creamer hit her drive past the bunker and I turned to my caddie, and we both at the same time said driver, and I let it rip and that thing got so far down there.  I think I was actually in between a 4-iron and a hybrid. So we erred on the long side and hit hybrid up on the green, and I thought I made my second putt, but just to have an inside ten feet for birdie, that’s all I was asking for. The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I’m not going to lie, that golf course is hard and it can jump up and get you at any second, and to have to play with two great players on your tail all day, and they played unbelievable, and none of us really, we just couldn’t get any putts to fall on the back nine.  I don’t know what it was.  Edges just seemed a little bit tighter.  Paula had a couple on the edge. I don’t know, I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could, and fortunately I came away with the win.”

Stacy is projected to move back into the No. 3 spot in the Rolex Rankings, but both she and Na Yeon Choi can now see Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng is within reach.

Yani thinks it is more fun now they are closer;

 “I think this is more fun than like only one player play well, like clear-cut, because there is not really a clear-cut No. 1 right now. I think everybody, you know, is a good competitor with each other and motivate each other, and if someone wins, and I feel like, oh, I need to win next week, that kind of motivates.  So, I feel like very excited.”

Paula Creamer finished in third place, at -13 under par, a fine effort  following a horrible car accident she was involved in on Sunday night in Thailand.

Paula was more than happy with her placing;

Geez, this is much more than what I ever expected, and to have a chance and really have a good chance to win this event, it felt good. It was nice to be in contention and have just a good attitude out there.  I think that’s the biggest thing that I take away from this week.”