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Round 3 - Lexi Thompson wins Indy Women in Tech Championship

September 09, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

Since 1956, every winner of the Indianapolis 500 has taken a swig of ice-cold milk in Victory Lane, one of the most venerated traditions in sports.

Today, the first female athlete joined that tradition. And to Lexi Thompson, milk has never tasted so good.

With a lights-out 19-under 197 at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, Thompson captured the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim by four strokes over Lydia Ko and became the first LPGA player to enjoy the milk tradition of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“I'm very happy that it was me,” said Thompson, who also gave the traditional kiss to the bricks that line the track’s finish line. “It was such a great week overall and it was a huge honor to be here in Indiana to be able to kiss those bricks. Definitely a memory that I'll never forget.”

Thompson spent most of Saturday’s final round in cruise control, draining six birdies to two bogeys in her 4-under 68. She carried a four-stroke lead over Ko to No. 16, where her wayward drive found the water and temporarily put a stop to Thompson’s momentum.

But even that bogey was not enough to stop the 22-year-old from South Florida. With the Red Bull logo on her hat matching the logo on the Speedway’s Corvette Stingray pace car, Thompson birdied the reachable par-4 18th to capture her ninth career LPGA victory and don the champion’s wreath bestowed upon all winners at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

And that pace car? Thompson got behind the wheel for a victory lap around the famed 2.5-mile oval, reaching a top speed of 122 mph.

“I haven't tried it at home, but now I can say I did,” said Thompson, who is projected to move to World No. 2 with the victory.

As for Ko, while Saturday may not have ended in victory, it was certainly a breakthrough week for the young New Zealander. With her runner-up finish, Ko returned her best result since finishing T2 at April’s LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey. It was also her first top-10 finish since mid-June.

“I just wasn't putting as well as I did the last few days and that makes a huge difference,” said Ko, who seems to be rounding into shape just in time for next week’s Evian Championship, the season’s final major. “When you're in the final round, final group, you kind of want those putts to drop and unfortunately that wasn't happening for me.”

Minjee Lee finished third for the final podium spot, punctuating her final round with an eagle-3 at No. 14 and finishing at 13-under 202.

LPGA rookie Olafia Kristinsdottir, the first Tour’s player from Iceland, chipped in for eagle at No. 18 to cap Saturday’s 4-under 68 and take solo fourth at 14-under 203. It is the first top-10 finish of her young LPGA career, besting her T13 showing at the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.

“It's really exciting,” said Kristinsdottir of her career-best finish. “I have goals and this will get me closer to those goals, so that's really good for me.”

Candie Kung, who started Saturday’s final round just one stroke off the lead, shot a 2-over 74 on Saturday and finished tied for fifth at 12-under 204, along with Haeji Kang, Lizette Salas, Brooke Henderson and Ashleigh Buhai. Moriya Jutanugarn rounded out the top 10 at 11-under 205.

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Lexi Thompson 63 - 66 - 68 197 -19 $300,000.00
2 Lydia Ko 65 - 64 - 72 201 -15 $183,381.00
3 Minjee Lee 69 - 66 - 67 202 -14 $133,030.00

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It's all down to the putter for Ko

Former World No. 1 Lydia Ko showed flashes of her well-known brilliance at Brickyard Golf Course, finishing second for her best finish since April’s LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey. But while the New Zealand native can certainly take many positives from her play this week, it just wasn’t enough to match Thompson’s dominant performance.

Ko pointed to putting as the key difference, as she needed 85 putts to make her way around the golf course to Thompson’s 77.

“Lexi played great, especially down the stretch,” said Ko, who has now gone 28 tournaments without a victory, the longest such stretch of her LPGA career. “She had some 3-, 4-footers for par and bogey and she was able to knock them all in, so it just shows the confidence that she was playing with. But yeah, I had a great time being in this position.”

Ko sets new LPGA record - Fastest to $8 million in earnings

While she may not have won, Lydia Ko added her name yet again to the LPGA Record Books. In her 93rd start as a professional and with the $186,096 runner-up check, Ko became the fastest player in LPGA history to cross $8 million in career earnings at $8,021,004. The previous mark was held by Yani Tseng, who crossed that threshold in her 98th event.

Next up – the $9 million mark, currently held by Lorena Ochoa. She crossed $9 million in her 119th career event as an LPGA professional.

Kristinsdottir tabs best career finish

Iceland native and 2017 LPGA rookie Olafia Kristinsdottir (-13) notched the first top-10 finish of her LPGA career with her fourth-place result this week.

“It’s really exciting,” said Kristinsdottir, who is aiming to finish the season strong and keep her LPGA card in 2018. “I have goals and this will get me closer to those goals, so that’s really good for me.”

The 24-year-old’s final-round 68 was punctuated by a chip-in eagle on her finishing hole.

“I hit a good tee shot with driver and then I had a 60-degree,” she said. “I just had a really good practice swing and then the shot was just exactly the same as my practice swing. I visualized it and it was perfect.”

The final stretch in the race to the CME Globe

This week’s Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim is the 25th event in the season-long Race to the CME Globe. Thanks to her win, World No. 2 Lexi Thompson extends her lead in the Race with 3,192 points, with World No. 1 So Yeon Ryu (2,652 points) and World No. 3 Sung Hyun Park (2,563 points) close behind.

In 2017, the reset points for the Race to the CME Globe will be modified slightly. As a result of these modifications:
• The top five finishers entering Naples will control their own destiny at the CME Group Tour Championship
• If a player in the top five wins in Naples, she will also win the $1M CME Globe
• The top 12 finishers entering Naples will have a mathematical chance to win the $1M CME Globe
• Please note that previously, the top three controlled their destiny and top nine had a mathematical chance

CME Group Cares Weekends eagles update

CME Group Cares Weekend is a season-long charitable giving program that turns eagles into donations. For each eagle recorded during weekend play (Saturday and Sunday) throughout the 2017 LPGA Tour season, CME Group donates $1,000 to the program’s total donation count. The money raised will go towards a charitable pool and be split evenly between Wounded Warrior Project® and Bright Pink®.

Players scored four eagles over the weekend at the 2017 Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim, raising another $4,000 for charity. This brings the total to 238 eagles on the year, which translates to $238,000 raised.

Quick hits

The Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim is the last of three 54-hole LPGA events in 2017 and featured the lowest winning score of the three at -19; the other two were the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer (-11, In-Kyung Kim) and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G (-18, So Yeon Ryu).

Lexi Thompson is the first American with multiple wins in a LPGA season since she and Cristie Kerr both notched two wins in 2015.

With her second win of the season, Thompson joins In-Kyung Kim (three victories), Sung Hyun Park (two victories) and So Yeon Ryu (two victories) as the only multiple winners of the 2017 LPGA season.

Thompson is one of five American players to win in 2017.

Minjee Lee earned her eighth top-eight finish of 2017; the three-time winner won twice last season but is still searching for her first win of the year.

Round 2 - Thompson and Ko leading at 15-under

September 08, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

It’s a race to the finish line at the Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim, with young guns Lexi Thompson and Lydia Ko leading the pack at 15-under 129 after the first two rounds at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.

Thompson followed Thursday’s 9-under 63 with a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Friday afternoon. The round may not have been as flashy as the day before, but it was just what Thompson needed to keep her name at the top of the leader board.

“I'm never going to complain with a 6-under-par round, but I didn't really focus on anybody else like Lydia,” said Thompson, who is looking for a second victory of 2017, joining the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC. “I know she played great today, but I was just trying to go out with the same mindset I did yesterday and make sure I did my routine and commit to my golf shots.”

It’s only appropriate that Thompson, sponsored by long-time auto-racing supporter Red Bull, looks right at home at Brickyard Crossing, which has four holes nestled inside the world’s most famous racing circuit, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While a Red Bull-sponsored driver has never visited the IMS Victory Lane, Thompson is in prime position to add her name to the Speedway’s illustrious list of champions.

“I always have the same mindset going in to every round, just going out there, just trying to do my best and just focus on my game,” said Thompson. “That's all I can control, and my attitude.”

Starting on the ninth hole, Ko drained nine birdies, including five straight on holes 2-6, and found 17 of 18 greens during her 8-under 64 on Friday morning. Her only missed green, coming at No. 8, led to her only bogey in two rounds at the Pete Dye-designed Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.

“I've just enjoyed kind of being in this position and being able to hit some good shots and give myself good looks at birdie,” said Ko, who returned both opening rounds in the 60s (65-64) for the first time since Kingsmill. “When you start doing that, it just builds your confidence.”

That boost is a welcome perk for Ko, who has not had a season to remember in 2017. The former World No. 1 has not won since the 2016 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I, and she hasn’t seen the top 10 since mid-June.

“I felt like there were a lot of positives and a lot of good things going on but I just couldn't put it all together,” said Ko. “This week, the last couple days I've been able to hit it pretty good and make some good putts and that's what I've kind of been lacking the last few months.”

But while Ko and Thompson hold the lead, it is by no means a breakaway. Veteran Candie Kung lies one stroke back at -14.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
T1
Lydia Ko
-15
65
64
129
T1
Lexi Thompson
-15
63
66
129
3
Candie Kung
-14
66
64
130
4
Ashleigh Buhai
-11
67
66
133
T5
Cristie Kerr
-10
67
67
134
T5
Amy Olson
-10
66
68
134
T7
Lizette Salas
-9
70
65
135
T7
Minjee Lee
-9
69
66
135
T7
Brooke M. Henderson
-9
67
68
135
T7
Marissa Steen
-9
67
68
135
T7
Olafia Kristinsdottir
-9
67
68
135
T7
Moriya Jutanugarn
-9
65
70
135

Need for speed

What helped Candie Kung (-14) put together her two best rounds of the year and tie her career low with an 8-under 64 on Friday at the Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim? The four-time LPGA champion said the speed, fittingly, of the greens at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course fits her game and she’s able to see the breaks well on the Pete Dye design.

She also mentioned the speed of the greens at Columbia Edgewater Country Club were to her liking, which helped lead to a season-best T9 finish at last week’s Cambia Portland Classic presented by JTBC.

“It feels good,” said Kung, who had nine birdies on Friday. “I’ve been playing pretty good golf this year but I just haven’t been able to put them all together. Being able to put them together last week four rounds and then the last two rounds, it feels pretty good.”

Kerr urges Floridians to prepare for Hurricane Irma

Miami native Cristie Kerr (-10) is playing well in Indianapolis this week but likely has a lot on her mind with the threat of Hurricane Irma looming on the state of Florida. Kerr implored anyone in the storm’s potential path to stay safe and be prepared for the worst.

“It doesn’t look good,” said Kerr, who now lives in Arizona. “My thoughts and prayers are with everybody. It does not look good. I can’t urge enough to people get supplies, get out of harm’s way, just don’t be in a stupid place. Just try to go to a hospital if you can’t ride it out anywhere else. Just go somewhere you know -- this is a really dangerous storm.”

Cut falls at 2-under

There will be 77 players competing in the final round on Sunday after the cutline took the top 70 and ties at 2-under or better. Only four players are within five shots of the lead set by Ko and Thompson - Candie Kung (-14), Ashleigh Buhai (-11), Cristie Kerr (-10) and Amy Olson (-10).

Notable players to miss the cut include Indianapolis native Danah Bordner (E), former World No. 1 Yani Tseng (E), World No. 13 and top-ranked European Anna Nordqvist (+1) and 2017 European Solheim Cup Team member Emily K. Pedersen (+6).

Dottie Ardina matched the low round of the day with an 8-under 64 to make the cut on the 2-under line.

Sheperd makes it to Saturday

Top-ranked junior golfer and Greenwood, Ind. native Erica Shepherd (-5) made her first LPGA cut in her second career start. The 2017 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship winner shot a 4-under 68 in the second round in front of friends and family and hopes to stay relaxed in the final round.

“It’s been great, just pro-am, practice round and turn around getting to play with such good players,” Shepherd said. “They do it for a living. Just getting to learn from them and see how my game compares to them, and then being able to play well, it’s been great.”

On Sunday, Shepherd will head up to Zionsville for the final day of the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, where her older brother, Ethan, is competing in his first collegiate golf tournament as a member of the Indiana University men’s golf team.

Quick hits

• The Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim is the last of three 54-hole LPGA events in 2017; the other two were the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer (-11, In-Kyung Kim) and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G (So Yeon Ryu).
• Lydia Ko has at least a share of the lead heading into the final round for the first time since the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open, where she finished T3. Ko captured her 13th and 14th LPGA wins in the starts before and after that event.
• Ko has seven top-10 finishes on the season but has gone seven starts since her last one at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in mid-June, while also missing two cuts in that span.
• Ko has not won since the 2016 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I; she has one runner-up finish in 2017, coming at the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey.
• Ko’s 36-hole score of 129 is the second-lowest in her LPGA career, behind only the 128 she returned en route to victory at the 2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.
• Lexi Thompson has eight top-10 finishes in 2017, including a victory at the Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC and five runner-up finishes.
• Thompson’s 36-hole score of 129 is the lowest in her LPGA career, besting the 130s she shot at the 2017 Kingsmill Championship and 2013 Sime Darby LPGA Classic, which she won, and the 2017 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, where she finished second in a playoff.
• This is the 14th time in Thompson’s LPGA career that she has held at least a share of the lead heading into the final round, and the fifth time this season.
• Candie Kung’s 36-hole score of 130 ties her career-low, which she previously shot at the 2016 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.
• Through two rounds, the average score was over par on six holes (1, 7, 8, 12, 15, 16), with the par-4 8th hole playing as the hardest on the course (4.27 average).

Quotable

“Yes, I did 130 in a Chevy Impala. That’s what I’m getting for my rental car next time.”

- Candie Kung, on taking hot laps around the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

“I think no matter what ranked player you are, there’s also something you can improve on. In my season last year I felt like I could improve my ball striking. Unless I hit 100 fairways and 100 percent greens all the time, there’s always room for improvement.”

- Lydia Ko, on why she made some changes to her swing this offseason

Round 1 - Lexi Thompson fires 63 to take lead in Indianapolis

September 07, 2017 Embed from Getty Images

Indianapolis Motor Speedway may be the racing capital of the world, but on Thursday, it was Lexi Thompson’s playground. The 22-year-old Floridian returned a 9-under 63 and sits atop the leader board after the first round of the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim.

Thompson notched 11 birdies to just two bogeys at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, the Pete Dye-designed track that partially lies within the 2.5-mile oval racing surface.

“It was just overall a very solid round,” said Thompson, whose 63 is the second-best round of her 2017 season, behind only the 61 she returned in the second round of the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. “It was quite the early morning so it was a bit cold on the range and struggled a bit on the range, but I just hit a few good drivers at the end and I just committed to one thing going into the round and I think that's what made my day a lot easier on me. I just stuck to my routine and committed to my golf shots.”

Thompson’s commitment surely showed on her scorecard. She only needed 26 putts to make her way around Brickyard Crossing, and hit all but one fairway along with 16 of 18 greens. She said, “That round definitely gave me the confidence that I can make those birdies if I just let it go and fire at pins and just commit to my shots and don't doubt it.”

Thompson, who won May’s Kingsmill Championship presented by JTBC, holds a one-stroke lead over LPGA veterans Kris Tamulis and Sandra Gal, who both returned bogey-free 64s on Thursday.

Tamulis improved her season-best round by three strokes, and comes into Indianapolis fresh off a season-best T15 finish at last week’s Cambia Portland Classic presented by JTBC. With the putts rolling, the 36-year-old put on a great show for several family members, including her parents, who made the trek down from her native Michigan.

“I putted good and been hitting it a lot better, which thank goodness because I've been really hitting it all over the park,” said Tamulis, whose lone LPGA victory came at the 2015 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. “So I didn't necessarily think that I was going to shoot 8 under.”

Gal opened and closed with a hot hand, notching birdies at four of the first five holes as well as three of the last four. The 32-year-old from Germany finished in the top 10 of this year’s Lorena Ochoa Match Play presented by Aeromexico and Delta, where she reached the round of 16, but only has four top-20 finishes in stroke-play events.

“I struck it pretty well out there and then I made a few good putts,” added Gal, who is aiming for her second top-10 finish of 2017. “I've been feeling like my game's been pretty good the last couple months but I just haven't been scoring, so everything just came together.”

Moriya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko round out the top 5, tied for fourth at 7-under 65. Like Tamulis and Gal, both players were bogey-free on Thursday.

No big deal

Kris Tamulis, a 12-year LPGA veteran, came into this week on the heels of the best result of her 2017 season (T15, Cambia Portland Classic presented by JTBC) and continued her strong play en route to an 8-under 64. It matched the low round of her career, yet the Naples, Fla., native shrugged it off afterward.

Tamulis, with her mother and father in attendance this week, is focusing on the bigger picture that is the threat to the state of Florida presented by Hurricane Irma. She donned the same visor and ribbon that she wore last week in support of Hurricane Harvey relief.

“I think actually just worrying about the hurricane makes me feel like golf’s not a big deal,” Tamulis explained, “so I just hit it where I was looking, made some putts.”

The Ko show

Is Lydia Ko back? Her 7-under 65 on Thursday would seem to imply so – it’s the lowest starting round of Ko’s 2017 season and puts her in prime position, just two shots back of the current lead.

Knowing she hasn’t been as consistent as she would like of late, Ko hopes that the first round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship could serve as a springboard and have her peaking right in time for The Evian Championship, where she captured her first major title in 2015.

“I really haven’t been peaking toward the majors and that’s where you really want to play your best and you work really hard to keep playing consistent to give yourself opportunities,” Ko said. “You know, obviously with our last major next week, you want to go in with good momentum and good results where it gives you confidence. All I can do is just try my best to have a lot of fun.”

Olson playing well as a new Hoosier

Amy Olson sits three strokes behind Thompson at 6-under 66, which ties for her best round of 2017. The North Dakota native and June newlywed recently began calling the Hoosier State home – her husband, Grant, is the linebackers coach at Indiana State University.

“My putting is historically what I’ve struggled with over my career and that’s really coming around, so I knew if I gave myself opportunities I could go low,” said Olson, who is commuting more than an hour each way to their home in Terre Haute, Ind. “Giving myself some chances and just seeing the putts go in was so much fun, it’s been a long time coming.”

Olson is one of three players tied for sixth, along with Candie Kung and Nanna Koertz Madsen. She is aiming for her first top-10 finish since the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic, where she finished a career-best T8.

Quick hits

• Lexi Thompson’s 9-under 63 is one shy of the competitive course record set by Mike McCullough when the PGA Tour Champions visited Brickyard Crossing Golf Club for the 1999 Comfort Classic.
• Thompson’s 63 is the second-lowest round of her 2017 season, behind her 12-under 61 in the second round of the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.
• Sandra Gal finished with a bogey-free 64 in the first round; it was the third 8-under round of her 2017 season.
• Kris Tamulis is seeking her first top-10 finish since a a ninth-place result at the 2016 Blue Bay LPGA.
• Moriya Jutanugarn is the only player inside the top five without an LPGA victory; she has seven top-10 finishes this year, including a career-best runner-up result at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G.
• Both native Hoosiers in the field shot even par or better on Tuesday – Erica Shepherd (-1) and Danah Bordner (E).

Quotable

“Actually, because it’s Friday morning, a lot of my friends couldn’t come because they had school, but there will be more later.”

Erica Shepherd on playing in her home state

“I wasn’t really focusing on the majors or, you know, like of course it’s always a goal but I was more just using this year to learn a lot and get comfortable and do my very best and my best was enough.”

2017 LPGA rookie and Iceland native Olafia Kristinsdottir on making it into the field at The Evian Championship, one of her three 2017 major championships

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Lexi Thompson
-9
63
T2
Kris Tamulis
-8
64
T2
Sandra Gal
-8
64
T4
Moriya Jutanugarn
-7
65
T4
Lydia Ko
-7
65
T6
Candie Kung
-6
66
T6
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-6
66
T6
Amy Olson
-6
66
T9
Marina Alex
-5
67
T9
Cristie Kerr
-5
67
T9
Peiyun Chien
-5
67
T9
Marissa Steen
-5
67
T9
Olafia Kristinsdottir
-5
67
T9
Thidapa Suwannapura
-5
67
T9
Brooke M. Henderson
-5
67
T9
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
67
T9
Chella Choi
-5
67
T9
Madeleine Sheils
-5
67

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Lexi Thompson 63 - 66 - 68 197 -19 $300,000.00
2 Lydia Ko 65 - 64 - 72 201 -15 $183,381.00
3 Minjee Lee 69 - 66 - 67 202 -14 $133,030.00
4 Olafia Kristinsdottir 67 - 68 - 68 203 -13 $102,909.00
5T Haeji Kang 68 - 68 - 68 204 -12 $60,341.00
5T Lizette Salas 70 - 65 - 69 204 -12 $60,341.00
5T Brooke M. Henderson 67 - 68 - 69 204 -12 $60,341.00
5T Ashleigh Buhai 67 - 66 - 71 204 -12 $60,341.00
5T Candie Kung 66 - 64 - 74 204 -12 $60,341.00
10 Moriya Jutanugarn 65 - 70 - 70 205 -11 $40,662.00
11T Austin Ernst 71 - 67 - 68 206 -10 $36,394.00
11T Cristie Kerr 67 - 67 - 72 206 -10 $36,394.00
13T Caroline Masson 70 - 68 - 69 207 -9 $31,927.00
13T Marina Alex 67 - 70 - 70 207 -9 $31,927.00
15T Azahara Munoz 69 - 70 - 69 208 -8 $26,907.00
15T Cheyenne Woods 69 - 70 - 69 208 -8 $26,907.00
15T Ally McDonald 70 - 67 - 71 208 -8 $26,907.00
15T Kim Kaufman 68 - 69 - 71 208 -8 $26,907.00
19T Su Oh 75 - 67 - 67 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Stacy Lewis 72 - 70 - 67 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Mariajo Uribe 71 - 71 - 67 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Peiyun Chien 67 - 73 - 69 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Chella Choi 67 - 73 - 69 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Brittany Lang 70 - 68 - 71 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Beth Allen 69 - 69 - 71 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Kris Tamulis 64 - 74 - 71 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Mi Hyang Lee 69 - 68 - 72 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Sandra Gal 64 - 73 - 72 209 -7 $20,016.00
19T Amy Olson 66 - 68 - 75 209 -7 $20,016.00
30T Morgan Pressel 72 - 70 - 68 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Giulia Molinaro 72 - 69 - 69 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Angel Yin 71 - 70 - 69 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Gerina Piller 71 - 69 - 70 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Sarah Jane Smith 71 - 69 - 70 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Laura Gonzalez Escallon 70 - 69 - 71 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Jackie Stoelting 70 - 69 - 71 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Dani Holmqvist 68 - 71 - 71 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Mel Reid 70 - 68 - 72 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Thidapa Suwannapura 67 - 70 - 73 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Holly Clyburn 70 - 66 - 74 210 -6 $12,709.00
30T Ayako Uehara 68 - 68 - 74 210 -6 $12,709.00
42T Katherine Kirk 68 - 74 - 69 211 -5 $8,421.00
42T Annie Park 74 - 67 - 70 211 -5 $8,421.00
42T Jennifer Song 69 - 72 - 70 211 -5 $8,421.00
42T Madeleine Sheils 67 - 72 - 72 211 -5 $8,421.00
42T Nanna Koerstz Madsen 66 - 73 - 72 211 -5 $8,421.00
42T Sei Young Kim 70 - 68 - 73 211 -5 $8,421.00
42T Hannah Burke 70 - 67 - 74 211 -5 $8,421.00
42T Marissa Steen 67 - 68 - 76 211 -5 $8,421.00
50T Dottie Ardina 78 - 64 - 70 212 -4 $6,727.00
50T Ilhee Lee 71 - 71 - 70 212 -4 $6,727.00
50T Megan Khang 70 - 71 - 71 212 -4 $6,727.00
50T Beatriz Recari 69 - 71 - 72 212 -4 $6,727.00
54T Justine Dreher 74 - 67 - 72 213 -3 $5,924.00
54T Augusta James 72 - 69 - 72 213 -3 $5,924.00
54T Paula Creamer 69 - 72 - 72 213 -3 $5,924.00
54T Cydney Clanton 71 - 69 - 73 213 -3 $5,924.00
58T Jaye Marie Green 75 - 67 - 72 214 -2 $5,080.00
58T Allyssa Ferrell 73 - 69 - 72 214 -2 $5,080.00
58T Angela Stanford 71 - 71 - 72 214 -2 $5,080.00
58T Joanna Klatten 73 - 68 - 73 214 -2 $5,080.00
58T Felicity Johnson 72 - 69 - 73 214 -2 $5,080.00
63T Brianna Do 72 - 70 - 73 215 -1 $4,468.00
63T Pavarisa Yoktuan 70 - 72 - 73 215 -1 $4,468.00
63T Sarah Kemp 68 - 74 - 73 215 -1 $4,468.00
63T Christina Kim 74 - 67 - 74 215 -1 $4,468.00
63T Belen Mozo 71 - 70 - 74 215 -1 $4,468.00
63T Bronte Law 75 - 64 - 76 215 -1 $4,468.00
69T Wichanee Meechai 69 - 73 - 74 216 E $4,066.00
69T Nasa Hataoka 71 - 70 - 75 216 E $4,066.00
71T Catriona Matthew 72 - 70 - 75 217 1 $3,842.00
71T Amelia Lewis 71 - 71 - 75 217 1 $3,842.00
71T Dana Finkelstein 71 - 70 - 76 217 1 $3,842.00
71T Emily Tubert 71 - 70 - 76 217 1 $3,842.00
71T Nicole Broch Larsen 70 - 71 - 76 217 1 $3,842.00
71T Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 71 - 69 - 77 217 1 $3,842.00
77 Erica Shepherd 71 - 68 - 83 222 6 $0.00
CUT Jacqui Concolino 75 - 68 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Hyo Joo Kim 73 - 70 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Karen Chung 72 - 71 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Min Lee 72 - 71 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Louise Stahle 72 - 71 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Brittany Altomare 71 - 72 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Na Yeon Choi 71 - 72 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Kelly Tan 71 - 72 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Caroline Hedwall 70 - 73 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Alena Sharp 70 - 73 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Mariah Stackhouse 69 - 74 143 -1 $0.00
CUT Dori Carter 73 - 71 144 E $0.00
CUT Cindy LaCrosse 73 - 71 144 E $0.00
CUT Danah Bordner 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT Celine Herbin 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT Lee Lopez 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT Paula Reto 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT Yani Tseng 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT Laetitia Beck 71 - 73 144 E $0.00
CUT Tiffany Joh 70 - 74 144 E $0.00
CUT Gaby Lopez 70 - 74 144 E $0.00
CUT Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong 75 - 70 145 1 $0.00
CUT Perrine Delacour 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Lindy Duncan 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Anna Nordqvist 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Prima Thammaraks 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Mo Martin 73 - 72 145 1 $0.00
CUT Brooke Pancake 73 - 72 145 1 $0.00
CUT Sadena Parks 73 - 72 145 1 $0.00
CUT Rachel Rohanna 73 - 72 145 1 $0.00
CUT Mina Harigae 71 - 74 145 1 $0.00
CUT Min Seo Kwak 71 - 74 145 1 $0.00
CUT Alejandra Llaneza 71 - 74 145 1 $0.00
CUT Sakura Yokomine 71 - 74 145 1 $0.00
CUT Aditi Ashok 70 - 75 145 1 $0.00
CUT Katie Burnett 74 - 72 146 2 $0.00
CUT Sandra Changkija 74 - 72 146 2 $0.00
CUT Jessy Tang 74 - 72 146 2 $0.00
CUT Wei-Ling Hsu 73 - 73 146 2 $0.00
CUT Demi Runas 73 - 73 146 2 $0.00
CUT Lee-Anne Pace 75 - 72 147 3 $0.00
CUT Emily Collins 74 - 73 147 3 $0.00
CUT Nontaya Srisawang 73 - 74 147 3 $0.00
CUT Sun Young Yoo 71 - 76 147 3 $0.00
CUT Pernilla Lindberg 70 - 77 147 3 $0.00
CUT Kelly Shon 76 - 72 148 4 $0.00
CUT Hee Young Park 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Julieta Granada 74 - 74 148 4 $0.00
CUT Jennifer Ha 73 - 75 148 4 $0.00
CUT Vicky Hurst 78 - 71 149 5 $0.00
CUT Jenny Coleman 74 - 75 149 5 $0.00
CUT Min-G Kim 73 - 76 149 5 $0.00
CUT Katherine Perry 69 - 80 149 5 $0.00
CUT Emily K. Pedersen 76 - 74 150 6 $0.00
CUT Laura Diaz 74 - 76 150 6 $0.00
CUT Maude-Aimee Leblanc 73 - 77 150 6 $0.00
CUT Therese O'Hara 73 - 77 150 6 $0.00
CUT Ssu-Chia Cheng 78 - 74 152 8 $0.00
CUT Mindy Kim 78 - 74 152 8 $0.00
CUT Maria Parra 77 - 75 152 8 $0.00
CUT Regan De Guzman 76 - 76 152 8 $0.00
CUT Britney Yada 73 - 79 152 8 $0.00
CUT Kyle Roig 73 - 80 153 9 $0.00
CUT Julie Yang 78 - 77 155 11 $0.00
WDC Mika Miyazato 73 73 1 $0.00
WDC Mi Jung Hur 79 79 7 $0.00
WD Danielle Kang 0 E $0.00

 

Preview

DATES: September 07-10
SITE: Brickyard Crossing, Speedway, Indiana
PRIZE MONEY: $ 2,000,000
Inaugural event


Ko staying positive

The 2017 season has been unfamiliar territory for fans and followers of 20-year-old Lydia Ko. The former No. 1 player in the world who won 14 times in her teens hasn’t won since the 2016 Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I and has missed more cuts this year (four) than her previous five years playing in LPGA events combined (one).

Ko knows she hasn’t been able to “put all the pieces together’ this year but recognizes there are still a lot of positives going on in her game. Still, she has amassed seven top-10 finishes this season (tied for sixth on Tour) and the support system she has around her continues to be a driving motivator keeping her moving forward.

“I think the biggest key was I had a lot of great people like my parents and my sister there that have said, ‘Hey, it’s okay, we’ll work on it in the off week and just move on,’” Ko said. “With the game of golf, you could miss three cuts in a row and then win the next week. I think day to day it’s different, so you just have to be positive. Sometimes you can’t look at what’s happening right now.”

“A different Paula”

LPGA veteran Paula Creamer was a dominant force at the 2017 Solheim Cup, going 3-1-0 as a captain’s alternate pick in place of an injured Jessica Korda to help lead the U.S. team to victory in her seventh appearance in the event. The 31-year-old has one top-10 finish on the year and hopes that her success in the match-play setting of team golf will translate to the rest of the 2017 season.

“I look back on how do I bring that Paula to every week because it’s just a different Paula,” Creamer said. “I’m trying to figure it out. I think I know what it is but I’m not going to quite say it yet until I believe it and see it out there.”

Creamer is entering a stretch of five straight events starting this week. In her last three starts, she has finished no worse than T39 with two results inside the top 16.

Bordner enjoying hometown event

This week’s Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim is a sweet homecoming for Indianapolis native Danah Bordner, who received a sponsor exemption to play in her hometown’s first LPGA Tour event since the 2005 Solheim Cup at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

“To see all the players come back here and enjoy our city, I just couldn’t wait for actually 144 players to come instead of just the 12 or 24,” said Bordner, the mother of two young daughters who is teeing it up for the third time this season. “It’s exciting to share our city and I just think we have so much to offer and hopefully we’ll just continue this run and continue the LPGA to come back to Indianapolis.”

Golf is a family passion for Bordner. (http://www.lpga.com/news/2017-golf-a-family-affair-for-danah-bordner). Her family owns and operates the Pleasant Run and Sarah Shank Golf Courses, located just more than 10 miles east of Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, where her father, Denny Ford, and brother, Ryan Ford are PGA professionals and her mother, Bonnie Ford, runs food and beverage. Even her husband, Steve Bordner, is in the business, working as the head golf professional at Irondequot Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y.

The Bordners have two young daughters, who have already traveled the world thanks to mom’s job. A hamstring injury sidelined Bordner for all of 2016, but while she is making her way back to competitive play, she looks forward to sharing so many life-changing experiences with Taylor and Reagan.

“The things that we get to do, the places we get to go and my girls have seen so many great cities and other countries,” said Bordner, who tees off Thursday at 1:58 p.m. off No. 1 with Lindy Duncan and Giulia Molinaro. “I’m just proud to have them embrace that experience.

 





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