Category Archives: LPGA

Jun
11
2015

Round one of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club is in the books, and the afternoon wave certainly lit up the golf course, with Jenny Shin posting an impressive bogey-free seven-under 66 to take the lead.

“I started the round feeling a little uncertain,” said Shin. “I didn’t know how I was going to play, I really didn’t know. I talked to my psychologist last night about how I was freaking out for this round, so I tried to play as comfortable as I can, just like any other tournament. I tried not to think of it as a major and it turned out great. I had a couple bogey-free rounds last week, so I think I’m on a good run here.”

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Jun
11
2015

Three-under was a very popular score amongst the morning wave that teed off in the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club. At one point, there were 14 players tied at -3, but it appears scoring conditions have improved for the afternoon wave and there are several players that have gotten to four- or five-under.

I had the chance to catch up with a few of the ladies who played in the morning. First, I chatted with Christina Kim, who shot a two-under 71, which included a long birdie putt on the 18th from off the green — and a kickass celebration with plenty of fist pumps.

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Jun
9
2015

Welcome to a major week on the LPGA! — the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, formerly known as the LPGA Championship, is taking place at Westchester Country Club.

Last May, the LPGA, KPMG and the PGA of America announced they were collaborating to create a multi-faceted program focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. The event was given a new identity — and not per se replacing the LPGA Championship, rather “elevating” it.

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May
11
2015

KPMG Women's PGA Champ Media Day

Next month’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was officially introduced on Monday at Westchester Country Club, the site of the inaugural event. Well, sort of. As organizers and executives from all parties, KPMG, the LPGA, and PGA of America, pointed out, this tournament is not replacing the former 60-year-old LPGA Championship in the major line-up, but instead, the new partnership is elevating it. 

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Apr
5
2015

Brittany Lincicome earned her second jump into Poppie’s Pond when it was all said and done after a thrilling finish at the ANA Inspiration, the LPGA’s first major of the season. Lincicome, who overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of the day and didn’t realize the significance at the time, rolled in a 10-footer for eagle on the par-5 18th in regulation — yep, the 72nd hole — to get to nine-under for the championship.

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Nov
23
2014
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Although Stacy Lewis didn’t win the Race to the CME Globe, she came in second (to Lydia Ko) and walked away with $150,000 bonus. More important, she beat Inbee Park in the tight contest for the coveted end of the year awards. Lewis wrapped up an impressive 2014 season by sweeping the three most prestigious honors in women’s golf — Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and LPGA Official Money List title.

Lewis becomes the first American to take home all three awards since Betsy King in 1993 and the first player since Yani Tseng in 2011.

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Nov
23
2014

Heading into the final round at the CME Group Tour Championship, Lydia Ko trailed by three strokes, but she came from behind, shooting a final-round, bogey-free 68 to force a playoff. The 17-year-old from New Zealand and the youngest player in the star-studded field collected the largest payday in women’s golf history Sunday, winning the $1 million Race to the CME Globe and $500,000 tournament purse. Ko, who doesn’t even have her driver’s license yet, locked up the inaugural Race to the CME Globe in regulation, posting a tournament total of 10-under.

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Nov
16
2014
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA
Viva la Mexico!

Viva la Mexico!

Christina Kim’s victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational might not be the biggest story of the LPGA’s blockbuster season, but in my book, it’s certainly the best one, not to mention the most feel-good (tissue, anyone?). It’s also definitely a fan favorite, as Kim wins hearts and minds everywhere she goes, whether it be an exchange on Twitter or an encounter at a tournament — she’s one of the most popular figures in women’s golf.

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