Golf Today - Over 80000 pages of golf information
Golf News
 

Hedwall ties with Lewis for Reignwood lead
October 04, 2014

Interviews:
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Stacy Lewis (-13)
Rolex Rankings No. 52 Caroline Hedwall (-13)
Rolex Rankings No. 29 Mirim Lee (-11)
Rolex Rankings No. 2 Inbee Park (-10)
Rolex Rankings No. 49 Kelly Tan (-5)

The third round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic ended the way it started, with Stacy Lewis (-13) sitting atop the leaderboard, this time in a tie with Caroline Hedwall. It seems the 56 minute rain delay must have motivated both players, allowing them a chance to eat and refocus because both finished strong.

The round begun in an un-Lewis-like fashion with the World No. 1 player struggling through the first 11 holes, before rebounding with birdies on four of the last six holes. She pinpointed her swing on 13 as the turning point in the round.

“Probably the swing I made on 13, on the par 3, I don’t know what it was, but things just kind of seemed to click after that.” Lewis said. “You know, just kind of found some confidence in my golf swing from there, and then making the putts, too, which was nice.”

Caroline Hedwall (-13) was 5-under for the day thanks to five birdies after making the turn. After playing with Lewis on Friday, Hedwall knows she needs to bring her “A-game” in order to best the No. 1 player in the world.

“She is really solid.” Hedwall said of Lewis. “I’m going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow if I want to win this tournament. I put myself in a great position, and I’m looking forward to it. Should be fun.”

Already leading most of the award categories, a win tomorrow will increase her already strong position.

“A win this week would help that a lot.” Lewis said. “I don’t think I’m comfortable until the last tournament and nobody else can beat me. It’s one of those things I don’t think you get too comfortable with. The players behind me are great players and can win two tournaments in a row pretty easily. I won’t be comfortable until the season is over. “

Hedwall is looking for her first career LPGA win and Lewis will be looking for her fourth win this year.

A mini Solheim Cup: Swede Caroline Hedwall and American Stacy Lewis have plenty of experience playing against each other in the Solheim Cup over the years. Both Lewis and Hedwall have twice been a member of Solheim Cup teams, Hedwall on the European Team and Lewis on the U.S. Team.

They get another chance to battle it out for a different trophy tomorrow.

“It’ll be fun playing with Caroline.” Lewis said. “The last couple days has kind of had the Solheim Cup feel to it. It’s going to be fun playing with the Europeans. It’ll be a good day. She’s a good putter and is playing well this week.”

Looking for her first win: Caroline Hedwall has had plenty of success in team match-play events but hasn’t yet been able to match that success on the LPGA.

I put myself in the position a few times but just haven’t won yet.” Hedwall said. “So, I mean, when I go out there tomorrow I’m trying to just be patient and be relaxed about it though, because you can’t force anything when you’re playing golf. I feel very comfortable in my game and confident. And like I said, I’m just going to stay patient.”

She has five Ladies European Tour victories and three Australian Ladies Professional Golf victories. But the one LPGA victory would outweigh the other eight.

“Hopefully I can win tomorrow. That’s kind of one of my biggest goals for this year and my career, is to win on the LPGA.”

Silent assassin: World No. 2 Inbee Park has quietly found herself in the thick of things once again. Park began the tied for 12th and approached moving day relaxed and ready to make a move.

“Yeah, I had really nothing to lose really today.” Park said. “I was in the middle about 12th or 15th place. I had to make some kind of move today to have a chance tomorrow.”

Park has spent plenty of time in the winner’s circle and it’s that experience she can rely on to keep her in contention week in and week out.

“I think the more and more you play in the contention and more you get in the contention you want to be in the contention more. You know how it feels to be leading and be in the contention, and obviously it’s a lot more exciting. You really work harder to put yourself there obviously. I think yesterday was probably the day I feel a little bit disappointed. But the first day and the third day was a good round.”

The race for $1 million: The Race for the CME Globe and its $1 million prize is heating up. Players have seven weeks remaining to improve their position in the season-long points competition before the point reset. Stacy Lewis is in position to pad her already substantial 1,246 point lead.

After the reset, the players in the top-3 positions on the Race to the CME Globe Points Standings will be able to win the Race to the CME Globe with a win at the Tour Championship; and the players in the top-9 positions will have a mathematical chance to win the race.

“There’s not much you can do.” Suzann Pettersen responded when asked if being in the top 9 is something that will weigh on her mind over the final part of the season.

“It’s out of your control.” Pettersen added. “Usually when I go to Asia I’ve been very successful here in the past. So just make the most of the trip. Playing the next three, so I’m ready to go. I’m rested and I look forward to this final part of the season."

After the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex in Mexico, LPGA Members who meet the entry criteria for the CME Group Tour Championship will be seeded based on their position on the Race to the CME Globe Points Standings. Points for each Member will then be reset for the CME Group Tour Championship based on the points reset table listed on www.lpga.com/golf/news/cme-group-tour-championship-eligibility.

The reset will ensure that the race will be won at the season-ending tournament. For more information on point distribution, the reset or entry criteria, please visit www.lpga.com.

Here’s a look at how the top 10 has fared in some of the top statistical categories:

Place Name Top-10s Wins Scoring Greens in Reg Driving Distance
1 Stacy Lewis 15 3 69.38 77% 259.8
2 Inbee Park 13 2 69.74 71.70% 248.3
3 Lydia Ko 10 2 70.24 72.90% 249.8
4 Michelle Wie 10 2 69.7 77.30% 257.15
5 Anna Nordqvist 8 2 70.67 76.20% 251.82
6 So Yeon Ryu 11 1 69.98 75.20% 245.25
7 Karrie Webb 5 2 70.72 70.40% 249.89
8 Lexi Thompson 8 1 70.71 73% 271.3
9 Azahara Munoz 8 0 70.47 73.60% 253.63
10 Cristie Kerr 11 0 70.37 73.20% 256.02

Local hero: China native Shanshan Feng hosted a clinic yesterday at the driving range at Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club to teach young children how to play golf. The girls, ages 7-16 years old, were accompanied by their parents who excitedly took out their mobile phones to record this rare opportunity.

Shanshan used the help of coach Gary Gilchrist to provide guidance to the young fans. The young fans were able to learn a lot from their hero during the one hour session and shouted ‘Good luck for tomorrow sister Shan Shan!’ before she left.

Quote of the day: “I think it’ll be the best wedding gift for me and for my family as well and for my future husband. Yeah, I think good result will be very good, but I’m just going to try to enjoy my last day before getting married." -Inbee Park describing what it would be like to come back and win this tournament.

INTERVIEWS

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Stacy Lewis (-13)

MODERATOR: It's great to have Stacy here. Third round under par in a row. Reviewing the whole process, there were several bumps here and there.
STACY LEWIS: Yeah, I obviously didn't get off to a good start. You kind of have to put it in perspective and realize you're at a tournament and you're going to struggle for five or six or nine holes like I did.

I had my bad nine holes, but then was able to finish off the round really good. Especially making that birdie on 18, you know, kind of makes dinner go down better and makes you sleep better tonight.

Q. Tomorrow you will be playing alongside Caroline Hedwall. What will your strategy be like?

STACY LEWIS: You know, tomorrow I just got to get off to a better start. Today just didn't get any good momentum going early, so tomorrow it's just getting off to a good start.

It'll be fun playing with Caroline. The last couple days has kind of had the Solheim Cup feel to it. It's going to be fun playing with the Europeans. It'll be a good day. She's a good putter and is playing well this week.

Looking forward to it.

MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. You mentioned the Solheim Cup. Tell us how much rivalry there is between the Americans and the Europeans on the tour, particularly with the Ryder Cup last week? Did you watch that, and are you out for revenge for America?
STACY LEWIS: The Solheim Cup is one of those things it's always in the back of your mind. Brittany Lang and I were talking about it out there today when we were watching Caroline putt. Just kind of reminded us of Solheim.

I did watch Ryder Cup. It was harder to watch on Sunday. Actually because the way the matches played out it was really similar to how our Solheim Cup played out. The Americans were in it until the last matches on Saturday.

So it was like these flashbacks all over again, and not good ones obviously. But I'm excited about it. I learned a lot watching it. Just kind of watched how the players handled themselves and came back.

I watched all the press conferences to hear what the guys were thinking and what their strategy was out there. I think I took a lot from that.

Q. Back to the relatively slow start from the front nine, would you attribute that to physical or technical challenges? And at what point did you find the turning point?
STACY LEWIS: You know, I made some bad swings early. Golf swing timing was just a little bit off.

Then I hit some good chip shots and I didn't make any putts to kind of save things, so it was just a kind of -- it was a combination of not making putts and making some bad swings.

Probably the swing I made on 13, on the par-3, I don't know what it was, but things just kind of seemed to click after that.

You know, just kind of found some confidence in my golf swing from there, and then making the putts, too, which was nice.

Q. If you successfully capture this title tomorrow, then adding up your total to four for this season, would that make you in a comfortable position when you look at the prize Money List and Player of the Year Award?
STACY LEWIS: A win this week would help that a lot. I don't think I'm comfortable until the last tournament and nobody else can beat me. It's one of those things I don't think you get too comfortable with. The players behind me are great players and can win two tournaments in a row pretty easily.

I won't be comfortable until the season is over.

Rolex Rankings No. 2 Inbee Park (-10)

Q. Inbee, you're right there again. Great round. Two straight birdies to end it. How does you feel going into tomorrow now?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I mean, yesterday I putted really bad. I hit the ball great all week this week and gave myself a lot of opportunities every day. I made probably couple bogeys ever day. I think that's been the mistakes I've been making for three days.

Obviously I'm going to need a really good putting day tomorrow and shoot a low number, because this golf course is in very scorable condition and everybody is playing well.

Q. What was your approach today knowing how wet the course was going to be?
INBEE PARK: I think we can really attack the pins today. A it was a little bit colder so the ball wasn't flying as far. Course was playing a little bit longer but softer.

Yeah, I think it's playing quite fair all three days. I think just my putting was just bit different to yesterday. Today I putted much better, and that gave me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.

Q. You changed the putter recently.
INBEE PARK: Week before Wegmen's, yeah.

Q. What are you using now?
INBEE PARK: TaylorMade DA-14 it's called.

Q. Question mark?
INBEE PARK: DA-14, yeah.

Q. What do you feel is the key week in, week out? You're always in it, especially on the weekend.
INBEE PARK: I think the more and more you play in the contention and more you get in the contention you want to be in the contention more.

You know how it feels to be leading and be in the contention, and obviously it's a lot more exciting. You really work harder to put yourself there obviously.

I think yesterday was probably the day I feel a little bit disappointed. But the first day and the third day was a good round.

Q. So you felt disappointed. Does that make you more motivated then today?
INBEE PARK: Yeah, I had really nothing to lose really today. I was in the middle about 12th or 15th place. I had to make some kind of move today to have a chance tomorrow.

Q. And finally, wedding coming up. Is this going to be the best wedding gift you can give yourself if you can come back?
INBEE PARK: I think it'll be the best wedding gift for me and for my family as well and for my future husband as well. Yeah, I think good result will be very good, but I'm just going to try to enjoy my last day before getting married.

Rolex Rankings No. 52 Caroline Hedwall (-13)
(Through translation.)

MODERATOR: Congratulations, first of all. Would you go through with us some of the highlights of this round.
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Well, I think I was playing solid the front nine, but just turned at even par. Gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities. Just tried to stay patient through the round.

I made a lot of putts coming in, so it was just a solid round. I hit many good shots and made some good putts.

I'm really happy.

Q. Tomorrow you will likely be in the same group as the world No. 1, Stacy. How would you expect the battle would be like tomorrow?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: I played with her yesterday and she was playing really well. She is really solid. I'm going to have to shoot a low one tomorrow if I want to win this tournament.

I put myself in a great position, and I'm looking forward to it. Should be fun.

MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. What did you do during the 50-minute break, and how big was it to go back out there and sink that putt?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Well, I just had lunch when I got in there so it was actually a nice break. I started to get a little hungry out there.

But obviously it's always nice. It wasn't an easy putt. But I was just thinking about it as -- when I enter the practice green in the morning I usually make first putt, so that is the thought I had, is that, Well, even though I haven't hit one now for sometime, I can still make good putts.

It's a nice feeling though when it went in.

Q. (Regarding Ryder Cup.) How much is the rivalry between Europeans and the Americans on the LPGA Tour? Will you and Stacy have that in mind tomorrow?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Well, if you don't really think about it (indiscernible). I guess for me it would be (indiscernible) quite well in the Solheim.

It was great watching the Ryder Cup last week. It just motivated you a lot. It's such a great atmosphere, so you really want to step up your game and make sure that you make it on the Solheim Cup for next year.

Q. You are an excellent player on the tour for several seasons already, but just short of the finally converting it to a championship. Now you're in such good position tomorrow to claim the title. Do you kind of find yourself in a kind of feeling also?
CAROLINE HEDWALL: Well, of course that would be a (indiscernible) for me winning my first tournament out here. I put myself in the position a few times but just haven't won yet.

So, I mean, when I go out there tomorrow I'm trying to just be patient and be relaxed about it though, because you can't force anything when you're playing golf.

I feel very comfortable in my game and confident. And like I said, I'm just going to stay patient. Hopefully I can win tomorrow. That's kind of one of my biggest goals for this year and my career, is to win on the LPGA.

Q. Very quickly, help us review your career development over the last few years. Because on the Internet there are some kind of rumors you may turn to skiing or skating or winter sport.
CAROLINE HEDWALL: No, that's just like they ask me, If you weren't a golfer what would you want to be? I said, I want to be a skier, I guess. But, no, I'm not going to change careers.

Just coming up my rookie year I won four times on the Ladies European Tour and I got my LPGA card. I played okay on the LPGA. Especially last year I had a good year.

This year I started a little bit with an injury in March and have been struggling to come back from that.

It's nice that I have this tournament now where I feel like I'm back up there and I'm in contention.

Rolex Rankings No. 29 Mirim Lee (-11)
(Through translation.)

Q. Another good round for you. How are you feeling overall today?
MIRIM LEE: Just like yesterday, I focused on getting my ball to the greens. In the middle I think it wasn't working so well, but overall it was okay. Very similar to yesterday.

Q. You had a bogey on 16, was it? What did you do on 18? It didn't update. What did you do to rebound?
MIRIM LEE: I really went for a birdie on 16, but pin placement was very difficult.

And then the distance I had was a bit of a difficult one for me, so I made a mistake. I think I just had a miss-shot.

Q. And then rain delay, what did you do during? And after did you feel like it affected your play at all?
MIRIM LEE: You know, right before I left I had about a birdie putt for about one meter. So we went in and I had food because I was hungry. I think that didn't really serve me well.

I think it had a little bit of a negative affect and that turned me to what happened on 16.

Q. What will you do today in preparation for tomorrow?
MIRIM LEE: I think I just need to work on my putting and shots. I will go practice a little bit. Looking for a good result tomorrow, so go practice and get some good rest tonight.

Rolex Rankings No. 49 Kelly Tan (-5)

Q. Other than 18, pretty good round. Have to be feeling pretty good about things.
KELLY TAN: Yes. You know, I had kind of slow start. Bogey the first, but managed to get three back, so back to 2-under on the front nine.

Then things started to get going on the back nine. Couple putts falls and great break on 16. Chipped it in from like 30 yards.

So that was good.

Q. How was the course playing today? Seemed a little difficult for some people. Not you so much.
KELLY TAN: Well, it's playing wetter and longer, of course. I took that into account and just played with what I've got and everything.

Just tried to make as many putts as I can, because that's kind of do with the scoring.

Q. You're going home next week. Coming into this tournament, how do you keep focused on this tournament knowing all that you have in store next week?
KELLY TAN: Yeah, it was good to be home the past two weeks. I got into this event like five days before the week, and that was a good news.

I know there will be a lot of pressure next week, but I'm just going to keep playing my game and not worry about what other people think and wants me to do.

Q. And your approach for tomorrow now?
KELLY TAN: Going to go aggressive tomorrow. Just going to give to a shot. Nothing to lose. Hope for a good finish.

REIGNWOOD LPGA CLASSIC RELATED STORIES










© Golftoday.co.uk 1996-2018 - Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy - About Us - Advertise - Classifieds - Newsletter - Contact Us