Your Quick Weekly Roundup of Women's Golf From Around the World
Another great week from around the world in women's golf. Find out what happened in all the different tours and championships.
LPGA- Mediheal Championship, California, USA
Another exiting event on the LPGA tour saw Lydia Ko return to form. This was her first win since 2016. Ko finished level with Australian Minjee Lee after 72 holes and they headed back down the 18th. Lee, was looking for her 2nd Victory of the season after winning on the European Tour, while Ko was looking for her first win in 44 starts.
In the first playoff hole Ko hit a stunning 3 wood to 2 and a half feet that she tapped in for Eagle to claim victory. Afterwards she said “It's crazy because I was three over for the day at one stage today and I said, ‘hey, you know, you've just got to focus and you never know what's going to happen, I was able to kind of put my game together on the back nine.”
Angel Yin , Shanshan Feng, Charley Hull and Jessica Korda, who started the day one stroke behind Ko, the 54-hole leader, tied for third at eight-under-par 280. Caroline Masson, Aditi Ashok, Ariya Jutanugarn and Nasa Hataoka finished at 281. Yin had a much needed good finish after not bettering 39th so far this season.
Ko has been in the news a lot this season, mainly for people finding reasons why her form has been so poor. However, her change of coach and caddy can hopefully now be put to bed as she looks justified in her pre-season decisions.
Inbee Park still leads the Race to the CME Globe (below)
Next Event: VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA LPGA TEXAS CLASSIC THE COLONY, TX MAY 03-06
Rolex Ranking of Winner: Lydia Ko- 18th, Updated Rankings 30/4- 13th
KLPGA: Creas F & C 40th KLPGA Championship
World number 31 Ha Na Jang claimed her 2nd victory of the season. With the victory she wins 155,000 Euros and she moves to the top of the KLPGA Order of Merit jumping above World number 9 Hye Jin Choi.
The 26 year old has moved up to 26th place in the world with the win. The contest between her and Choi should be a thrilling one to watch and just outlines the strength of the KLPGA
Next Event: The 5th Kyochon Honey Ladies Open, 4th May
Rolex Ranking of Winner: Ha Na Jang 31st , Updated Rankings 30/4- 26th
Japan LPGA- Cyber Agent Ladies' Golf Tournament
Hina Arakaki won her first Japan LPGA title with a victory at the Cyber Agent Ladies' Golf Tournament winning by 3 shots from Kashiwara Asuka who finished 2nd. World number 25 AI Suzuki finished 3rd tied with Nagai Kana on -7.
Arakaki won £96,000 this week and afterwards she said " i was very nervous but i just kept breathing before each shot, my heart was beating very fast. Now i am very happy and can relax!”
The golf course in Japan looked stunning and below is a picture of the signature par 3 hole.
Ai Suzuki keeps her lead at the top of the Order of Merit heading into the next tournament.
Next Event: World Ladies' Championship Salon Pass Cup, 3rd May
Rolex Ranking of Winner: Hina Arakaki 298th, Updated Rankings 30/4- 137th
China LPGA- SUN CAR Zhangjiagang Shuangshan Classic
Saranporn Langkulgasettrin captured her first victory of the China LPGA Tour this season as the Thai teenager survived a late-round collapse to win the Sun Car Zhangjiagang Shuangshan Classic.
Sitting at nine-under with a four stroke lead through 13 holes at Shuangshan Golf Club, the 18-year-old Saranporn then saw her game unravel in dropping four strokes over the next three holes. She then regained her composure to make par over the final two holes for a 71 and a five-under 211 score, one stroke clear of Chinese amateur Liu Wenbo (69).
Zhang Yue, a 17-year-old Chinese amateur, finished third at two shots back after closing with a 72. Thai Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (72) was fourth at three shots off the pace.
“The final round I felt a little bit nervous because I haven't been in this position for few months. It's great to be back on top again,”
This was her 14th career win, which won her £13,800. The Thai players are currently dominating the Chinese LPGA, and 4 of the top 5 in the order of merit are Thai players.
Next Event: EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open, 11th May
Rolex Ranking of Winner: Saranporn Langkulgasettrin 195th, Updated Rankings 30/4- 175th
R & A Girls U16 Championship UK
Scotland’s Hannah Darling holed a closing 40-foot birdie putt to seal a dramatic victory in the inaugural Girls Under 16 Open Championship at Fulford.
Ireland’s Beth Coulter had looked set for a wire-to-wire victory in York, leading by a stroke with the par-5 18th to play, only to go out of bounds after her second shot hit a tree leading to a triple bogey.Darling had applied the pressure after a closing two-under-par round of 72, only one of two players to post under par on a breezy final day, had given her the clubhouse lead on a total of four-under-par. In challenging conditions, the 14-year-old fired four birdies in the last ten holes to make a surge up the leaderboard. Switzerland’s Elena Moosmann posted a three-over-par 77 to finish on level par in third place.
After wards she said “I’m so happy,” said Darling. “All my Scottish squad is here, so to do it with them here, I couldn’t be happier. I’ve had good performances in the last few weeks but to come here and win is so good.“I felt for Beth at the last when she went out of bounds. It’s not nice to see a competitor do that, especially one you are quite close to on the leaderboard."
Next Event: WELSH OPEN LADIES’ AMATEUR STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 Aberdovey Golf Club, 4th May
The updated Rolex Rankings:
Inbee Park stays as World number 1 while Hye Jin Choi climbs one spot after finishing 2nd in Korea. Jessica Korda moves into the word top 10 after a 3rd place finish on the LPGA.
LPGA- Jin Young Ko, 37th