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Hyo-Joo Kim back on pole
First round leader Hyo-Joo Kim fired a third round one-over-par 72 to regain her lead at the Evian Championship. On a day when tricky gusts and tucked pin positions made the Evian Resort Golf Course play much tougher than the first two days, a round containing four birdies and five bogeys saw the 19-year-old South Korean end on eight-under-par, one stroke ahead of seven-time major champion Karrie Webb from Australia.
Kim, whose opening round of 10-under 61 was the lowest in major championship history, is now in the prime position to collect a major of her own. “I was calm, but if I win, I will get excited,” Kim said, through translation.
She felt that the par-3 16th hole was the toughest, because she watched fellow South Korean MJ Hur play in the pairing ahead. Hur was leading on nine-under-par after birdies on the fourth and seventh holes, but she triple bogeyed the 16th after topping a chip shot and sending the ball across the green into a water hazard.
She dropped in the same place and then took three more strokes for a six, on the hardest hole on the golf course, playing an average of 3.49 for the championship. The 2009 Safeway Classic champion recovered with two steady pars to sign for a 72 and outright third position on six-under-par. “I had a good round all day long except the No. 16,” said Hur. “I’m satisfied with this round because the pin positions were so tough all day long.”
The shot of the day was produced by Colombian Mariajo Uribe, who played in bare feet from the water hazard onto the 18th green, only to miss the putt resulting in a bogey.  With matching rounds of 70, she and Swede Anna Nordqvist share fourth position on five-under-par, with Na Yeon Choi, Ha-Na Jang, Lydia Ko and halfway leader Brittany Lincicome all on three-under-par in a tie for sixth position.
The world’s first and second ranked players, Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park respectively, sit in a tie for 10th place just five strokes from the lead along with the defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway, who played the front nine in level par and birdied the 10th but slipped back with bogeys on 11 and 14 and then a double bogey on 17.
While there is an experienced chasing pack, Kim will be paired with LPGA and World Golf Halls of Famer Karrie Webb on Sunday, teeing off in the last group at 1.20pm. Korean LPGA rookie Kim is playing in her first major, whereas Webb is seeking her eighth major title and if she wins the Evian Championship, she will be the only player to have won all six of the different majors which have existed in her lifetime. 

Hyo-Joo Kim back on pole

First round leader Hyo-Joo Kim fired a third round one-over-par 72 to regain her lead at the Evian Championship. On a day when tricky gusts and tucked pin positions made the Evian Resort Golf Course play much tougher than the first two days, a round containing four birdies and five bogeys saw the 19-year-old South Korean end on eight-under-par, one stroke ahead of seven-time major champion Karrie Webb from Australia.

Kim, whose opening round of 10-under 61 was the lowest in major championship history, is now in the prime position to collect a major of her own. “I was calm, but if I win, I will get excited,” Kim said, through translation.

She felt that the par-3 16th hole was the toughest, because she watched fellow South Korean MJ Hur play in the pairing ahead. Hur was leading on nine-under-par after birdies on the fourth and seventh holes, but she triple bogeyed the 16th after topping a chip shot and sending the ball across the green into a water hazard.

She dropped in the same place and then took three more strokes for a six, on the hardest hole on the golf course, playing an average of 3.49 for the championship. The 2009 Safeway Classic champion recovered with two steady pars to sign for a 72 and outright third position on six-under-par. “I had a good round all day long except the No. 16,” said Hur. “I’m satisfied with this round because the pin positions were so tough all day long.”

The shot of the day was produced by Colombian Mariajo Uribe, who played in bare feet from the water hazard onto the 18th green, only to miss the putt resulting in a bogey.  With matching rounds of 70, she and Swede Anna Nordqvist share fourth position on five-under-par, with Na Yeon Choi, Ha-Na Jang, Lydia Ko and halfway leader Brittany Lincicome all on three-under-par in a tie for sixth position.

The world’s first and second ranked players, Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park respectively, sit in a tie for 10th place just five strokes from the lead along with the defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway, who played the front nine in level par and birdied the 10th but slipped back with bogeys on 11 and 14 and then a double bogey on 17.

While there is an experienced chasing pack, Kim will be paired with LPGA and World Golf Halls of Famer Karrie Webb on Sunday, teeing off in the last group at 1.20pm. Korean LPGA rookie Kim is playing in her first major, whereas Webb is seeking her eighth major title and if she wins the Evian Championship, she will be the only player to have won all six of the different majors which have existed in her lifetime. 

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Lincicome goes one clear at Evian
Practising barefoot helped Brittany Lincicome to shoot a six-under-par 65 and take a one stroke lead after the second round of the Evian Championship.
The 28-year-old from Seminole in Florida told reporters how taking her shoes off on the range helped to slow down her swing and improve her drives.
“It just slows it down, my tempo.  Obviously I can’t swing as hard as I would like to with no shoes on because I will fall,” said Lincicome, who won her sole Major at the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship and lost to Inbee Park in a play-off at last month’s Wegman’s LPGA Championship where she was also leading after 36 holes. “Today I just thought I would just take them off and hit some balls and see what happens.  Actually did it yesterday.  After my round I went to the range and hit balls for 15, 20 minutes.”
Six shots off the lead after an opening round of four-under-par 67, Lincicome fired six birdies at the Evian Resort Golf Club on a warm and sunny afternoon to end the day 10-under-par, a stroke ahead of first round leader Hyo-Joo Kim, who added a one-over 72 to her opening 61.
“I think just the confidence.  Even when I felt like I didn’t hit a good shot today I kind of got away with it.  Golf isn’t always a game of perfect and hitting great shots. It’s more about misses,” Lincicome said.  “My misses today were right online and gave me birdie opportunities or got me in the fairway.”
Kim, 19, started with three bogeys on the back nine but made three birdies and one bogey on the front. Through translation, she said that she wanted to ‘erase’ the first day’s score to start afresh and admitted to feeling the pressure.
Fellow South Korean Mi Jung Hur was third on seven-under-par after a 69, followed by the defending champion Suzann Pettersen (69) and Karrie Webb (71) a shot further behind in a share of fourth.
The world’s first and third ranked players, Stacy Lewis and Lydia Ko respectively, shared sixth place with Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn on five-under-par, with Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and South Korean IK Kim among the players on four-under.
Of the other notable Ladies European Tour competitors, the Italian Open champion Florentyna Parker was lying in a share of 32nd on one-over-par alongside Caroline Hedwall, Beatriz Recari and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, among others. Charley Hull, the Lalla Meryem Cup champion, was in a group on two-over with last week’s Helsingborg Open winner Dewi-Claire Schreefel. Sandra Gal was on three-over-par, with Dame Laura Davies and Lee-Anne Pace on four-over-par.
Earlier in the second round, So Yeon Ryu was disqualified as she had damaged her putter on the fourth hole by slamming it against her shoe and bending the shaft of the club, thus changing its’ playing characteristics. The 2011 US Women’s Open champion, who won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open last month, subsequently used the club to tap in her ball, which was a violation of rule 4-3b: using a club that was damaged other than in the normal course of play.

Lincicome goes one clear at Evian

Practising barefoot helped Brittany Lincicome to shoot a six-under-par 65 and take a one stroke lead after the second round of the Evian Championship.

The 28-year-old from Seminole in Florida told reporters how taking her shoes off on the range helped to slow down her swing and improve her drives.

“It just slows it down, my tempo.  Obviously I can’t swing as hard as I would like to with no shoes on because I will fall,” said Lincicome, who won her sole Major at the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship and lost to Inbee Park in a play-off at last month’s Wegman’s LPGA Championship where she was also leading after 36 holes. “Today I just thought I would just take them off and hit some balls and see what happens.  Actually did it yesterday.  After my round I went to the range and hit balls for 15, 20 minutes.”

Six shots off the lead after an opening round of four-under-par 67, Lincicome fired six birdies at the Evian Resort Golf Club on a warm and sunny afternoon to end the day 10-under-par, a stroke ahead of first round leader Hyo-Joo Kim, who added a one-over 72 to her opening 61.

“I think just the confidence.  Even when I felt like I didn’t hit a good shot today I kind of got away with it.  Golf isn’t always a game of perfect and hitting great shots. It’s more about misses,” Lincicome said.  “My misses today were right online and gave me birdie opportunities or got me in the fairway.”

Kim, 19, started with three bogeys on the back nine but made three birdies and one bogey on the front. Through translation, she said that she wanted to ‘erase’ the first day’s score to start afresh and admitted to feeling the pressure.

Fellow South Korean Mi Jung Hur was third on seven-under-par after a 69, followed by the defending champion Suzann Pettersen (69) and Karrie Webb (71) a shot further behind in a share of fourth.

The world’s first and third ranked players, Stacy Lewis and Lydia Ko respectively, shared sixth place with Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn on five-under-par, with Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and South Korean IK Kim among the players on four-under.

Of the other notable Ladies European Tour competitors, the Italian Open champion Florentyna Parker was lying in a share of 32nd on one-over-par alongside Caroline Hedwall, Beatriz Recari and Jodi Ewart Shadoff, among others. Charley Hull, the Lalla Meryem Cup champion, was in a group on two-over with last week’s Helsingborg Open winner Dewi-Claire Schreefel. Sandra Gal was on three-over-par, with Dame Laura Davies and Lee-Anne Pace on four-over-par.

Earlier in the second round, So Yeon Ryu was disqualified as she had damaged her putter on the fourth hole by slamming it against her shoe and bending the shaft of the club, thus changing its’ playing characteristics. The 2011 US Women’s Open champion, who won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open last month, subsequently used the club to tap in her ball, which was a violation of rule 4-3b: using a club that was damaged other than in the normal course of play.

Posted on Friday, September 12th 2014

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Bashir Chuma, Jr. and Jeff Dunovant, assistant director of The First Tee of East Lake, pose prior to the opening ceremonies for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Chuma won a competition that gave him the opportunity to hit the ceremonial tee shot representing “Hope” Thursday morning.For more stories like Chuma’s, please visit www.eastlakefoundation.org during tournament week. Also, to be entered into a drawing to win a foursome at historic East Lake Golf Club, please text “EASTLAKE” to 41444 and complete a donation of $10 or more to support the work of the East Lake Foundation.

Bashir Chuma, Jr. and Jeff Dunovant, assistant director of The First Tee of East Lake, pose prior to the opening ceremonies for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Chuma won a competition that gave him the opportunity to hit the ceremonial tee shot representing “Hope” Thursday morning.

For more stories like Chuma’s, please visit www.eastlakefoundation.org during tournament week. Also, to be entered into a drawing to win a foursome at historic East Lake Golf Club, please text “EASTLAKE” to 41444 and complete a donation of $10 or more to support the work of the East Lake Foundation.

Posted on Thursday, September 11th 2014

Hyo Joo Kim shoots lowest ever round in a Major Championship
Hyo Joo Kim fired a stunning 10-under-par 61 – the lowest ever round in men’s or women’s major - to take a four stroke lead after the first round of the Evian Championship in France.
The 19-year-old from South Korea fired 10 birdies on a sunny day at the Evian Resort Golf Club, with five on both the front and back nine.
“My goal is have a good experience in here.  That’s all,” said Kim, through a translator. Kim, with four professional victories in total, had previously shot an 11-under-par 61 on the LPGA of Japan in 2013.
The World No.20, who leads the Korean LPGA money list after three wins this season, birdied the first, third, fourth, sixth and ninth holes. She then continued with birdies on holes 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18 to seal the lowest round in a Major and the tournament record for 18 holes on the redesigned Evian Resort Golf Course.
The previous lowest round in a women’s major championship was 62, by Minea Blomqvist at the 2004 Women’s British Open at Sunningdale, which was equalled by Lorena Ochoa at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship. The lowest round in a men’s major is 63 which has been recorded multiple times.
Kim’s caddie, Gordon Rowan, from Ayrshire in Scotland, was also on her bag when she tied for fourth in the 2012 Evian Masters at the same venue as an amateur and he said: “She has a very good all round game. She’s not a massive hitter but has a very decent length and keeps up with the girls but she’s so straight and this is a course where you need to hit fairways because the rough is very thick. Her accuracy into the greens means that she’s never far away. She also has a very good temperament and even on days when she’s fighting and putts don’t fall she keeps going and going and going.”
Kim is a freshman at Seoul University studying Physical Education and when asked about her favourite golfer she said, ‘Adam Scott’ and was then highly excited to learn that Annika Sorenstam was on site at Evian.
Australian Karrie Webb, the 2006 Evian Masters champion, is four strokes behind Kim in second position after opening with six-under-par 65, containing eight birdies and two bogeys, while South Korean MJ Hur is a stroke further behind in solo third.
The defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway opened with a four-under 67 to share fourth place with Brittany Lincicome of the United States. A large group of six players including last week’s Helsingborg Open champion Dewi-Claire Schreefel from the Netherlands and French Solheim Cup player Karine Icher share sixth place on three-under-par.
World No.3 Lydia Ko, 17, the runner-up as an amateur in 2013, opened with a two-under-par 69 to share 12th place and there was a solid performance from Dame Laura Davies, who shot a one-under-par 70 to lie in a share of 28th. 
Scotland’s Kylie Walker, who retired from the Helsingborg Open on Sunday with a neck injury, made a tremendous start and was leading the championship after four birdies in her first 10 holes but made four double bogeys in a row from the 13th for a four-over 75. 
Michelle Wie, the US Women’s Open champion, retired after 13 holes during the first round due to pain from a stress reaction in her right index finger, having last played at the Meijer LPGA Classic in early August, where she had to retire for the same reason during the first round.
“I had hoped it was a week later, but, you know, I just really wanted to come to France.  I really love this tournament,” said Wie. “It was at a point where it was touch and go.  I just wanted so see if I could play.  The doctors just told me, ‘It’s all up to you.’  It just depends on if it hurts or not. But they did tell me if it did hurt to stop right away just because it could get worse.
“I was out there and I knew I should have stopped earlier but I was having so much fun out there I wanted to keep playing. But it got to the point where it was too painful.  So I just made the smart decision to not play.” 
Despite not finishing the championship, Wie could still win the inaugural Rolex Annika Major Award for the most outstanding record in all five major championships this season, which will be decided this weekend.

Hyo Joo Kim shoots lowest ever round in a Major Championship

Hyo Joo Kim fired a stunning 10-under-par 61 – the lowest ever round in men’s or women’s major - to take a four stroke lead after the first round of the Evian Championship in France.

The 19-year-old from South Korea fired 10 birdies on a sunny day at the Evian Resort Golf Club, with five on both the front and back nine.

“My goal is have a good experience in here.  That’s all,” said Kim, through a translator. Kim, with four professional victories in total, had previously shot an 11-under-par 61 on the LPGA of Japan in 2013.

The World No.20, who leads the Korean LPGA money list after three wins this season, birdied the first, third, fourth, sixth and ninth holes. She then continued with birdies on holes 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18 to seal the lowest round in a Major and the tournament record for 18 holes on the redesigned Evian Resort Golf Course.

The previous lowest round in a women’s major championship was 62, by Minea Blomqvist at the 2004 Women’s British Open at Sunningdale, which was equalled by Lorena Ochoa at the 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship. The lowest round in a men’s major is 63 which has been recorded multiple times.

Kim’s caddie, Gordon Rowan, from Ayrshire in Scotland, was also on her bag when she tied for fourth in the 2012 Evian Masters at the same venue as an amateur and he said: “She has a very good all round game. She’s not a massive hitter but has a very decent length and keeps up with the girls but she’s so straight and this is a course where you need to hit fairways because the rough is very thick. Her accuracy into the greens means that she’s never far away. She also has a very good temperament and even on days when she’s fighting and putts don’t fall she keeps going and going and going.”

Kim is a freshman at Seoul University studying Physical Education and when asked about her favourite golfer she said, ‘Adam Scott’ and was then highly excited to learn that Annika Sorenstam was on site at Evian.

Australian Karrie Webb, the 2006 Evian Masters champion, is four strokes behind Kim in second position after opening with six-under-par 65, containing eight birdies and two bogeys, while South Korean MJ Hur is a stroke further behind in solo third.

The defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway opened with a four-under 67 to share fourth place with Brittany Lincicome of the United States. A large group of six players including last week’s Helsingborg Open champion Dewi-Claire Schreefel from the Netherlands and French Solheim Cup player Karine Icher share sixth place on three-under-par.

World No.3 Lydia Ko, 17, the runner-up as an amateur in 2013, opened with a two-under-par 69 to share 12th place and there was a solid performance from Dame Laura Davies, who shot a one-under-par 70 to lie in a share of 28th. 

Scotland’s Kylie Walker, who retired from the Helsingborg Open on Sunday with a neck injury, made a tremendous start and was leading the championship after four birdies in her first 10 holes but made four double bogeys in a row from the 13th for a four-over 75. 

Michelle Wie, the US Women’s Open champion, retired after 13 holes during the first round due to pain from a stress reaction in her right index finger, having last played at the Meijer LPGA Classic in early August, where she had to retire for the same reason during the first round.

“I had hoped it was a week later, but, you know, I just really wanted to come to France.  I really love this tournament,” said Wie. “It was at a point where it was touch and go.  I just wanted so see if I could play.  The doctors just told me, ‘It’s all up to you.’  It just depends on if it hurts or not. But they did tell me if it did hurt to stop right away just because it could get worse.

“I was out there and I knew I should have stopped earlier but I was having so much fun out there I wanted to keep playing. But it got to the point where it was too painful.  So I just made the smart decision to not play.” 

Despite not finishing the championship, Wie could still win the inaugural Rolex Annika Major Award for the most outstanding record in all five major championships this season, which will be decided this weekend.

Posted on Thursday, September 11th 2014