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Bank of Hope Founders Cup

DATES: March 15-18
SITE: Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
PRIZE MONEY: $1,500,000
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Round 4 - Inbee Park wins Founders Cup

March 18, 2018

Inbee Park has won her 19th LPGA Tour title at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup putting an end to Laura Davies' bid. Park carded a bogey-free 5-under 67 and finished five shots ahead of Marina Alex, Ariya Jutanugarn and Laura Davies in second place.

"It feels great, especially after the long break I didn't know how I'd be able to compete," said Park. "Being able to contend and win is a great feeling. This week definitely proved that I can win again and play pain-free golf."

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She admitted the time off for injury came at the right time for her career.

"When you play golf nonstop for ten years straight, you kind of want to take time off and think about something else and do something else [...] I might have won more tournaments if I didn't take a break, but I don't think I'b be as happy as I am today."

This was the first top-10 finish since 2014 for Laura Davies and comes in her 32nd year on the LPGA. It is also her best finish since the 2007 Honda LPGA Thailand when she was also second.

"This is incredible, really," said Davies. "I was 4-over after 6 (holes) and now I've finished tied second. Amazing to come back and accomplish this.  I know I've been playing really well and I haven't had the results to reflect that. I'm just delighted the way the week has turned out."

 

Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Inbee Park
68 - 71 - 63 - 67
269
-19
$225,000.00
T2
Marina Alex
70 - 66 - 70 - 68
274
-14
$105,846.00
T2
Laura Davies
73 - 69 - 63 - 69
274
-14
$105,846.00
T2
Ariya Jutanugarn
68 - 68 - 68 - 70
274
-14
$105,846.00

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Round 3 - Inbee Park seizes Founders lead, Davies chasing in T4

March 17, 2018

South Korea's Inbee Park fired a nine-under par 63 to seize a one-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the LPGA Founders Cup, where Britain's 54-year-old Laura Davies chased a historic triumph.

Park, a seven-time major winner, opened with four birdies and an eagle in the first five holes and vaulted atop the leaderboard at 14-under 202.

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That was one stroke ahead of Colombia's Mariajo Uribe with Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn third on 204 at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona.

Davies shot a 63 for the first time since 2005 in jumping into a share of fourth with South Korea's Chella Choi on 205.

The Englishwoman would become the oldest champion in LPGA history by winning Sunday in the first event of the season on US soil.

"I'll certainly have a crack at it," Davies said. "I've given myself a chance."

The sizzling start had Park pondering the all-time LPGA record low 18-hole score of 59 fired by Sweden's Annika Sorenstam in 2001.

"For a little bit I think a 59. I got off to a really good start," Park said. "On the back nine, it was different, a little bit more boring golf."

But after the fantastic start, Park only birdied the par-4 ninth and par-5 11th until she closed her bogey-free round with a birdie at 18.

"To finish with a birdie on the back nine was a big relief," Park said. "The front nine felt great. The back nine I was hitting pretty solid but the putts didn't drop like they did on the front nine. If they did I would've had a 59."

Park, who has won nine times in 15 prior attempts when leading entering the final round, matched Davies for the day's low round.

Davies, who has not won since the 2001 Rochester Invitational, would break the oldest LPGA winner mark held by Beth Daniel, who was 46 when she won the 2003 Canadian Women's Open.

Davies, in her 32nd LPGA campaign, birdied five of the last six holes on the front nine, eagled the par-5 11th and birdied the par-5 15th and par-3 17th holes.

"I hit a lot of fairways and that gives you a chance to get relatively close to the hole," Davies said.

"I haven't been holing the putts but today I did. The no bogeys part for me is the biggest key because that is what has been letting me down.

"I know I can still play great golf. My short game is really coming around and a day like this tells me that we are really doing the right things."

Davies is struggling to walk with a sore left calf and Achilles tendon.

"It's a struggle," she said. "It's just walking. Swinging is fine. I can swing as hard as I want to. But every step is just misery."

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Inbee Park
-14
68
71
63
202
2
Mariajo Uribe
-13
68
68
67
203
3
Ariya Jutanugarn
-12
68
68
68
204
T4
Laura Davies
-11
73
69
63
205
T4
Chella Choi
-11
67
72
66
205
T6
Tiffany Joh
-10
70
72
64
206
T6
Brittany Lincicome
-10
72
66
68
206
T6
Marina Alex
-10
70
66
70
206
T9
Megan Khang
-9
71
71
65
207
T9
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-9
70
71
66
207
T9
Caroline Inglis
-9
71
68
68
207
T9
Hee Young Park
-9
68
70
69
207

Round 2 - Cydney Clanton takes lead ahead of crowded leaderboard

March 16, 2018

Cydney Clanton holed out for eagle from the fairway at 13 and rolled in a birdie at the last to seize the second-round lead at the LPGA Founders Cup in Arizona on Friday.

Clanton shook off an early bogey and fired four birdies along with her eagle in a five-under par 67.

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"I played really good and made some clutch putts coming in," Clanton said. "The hole out was pretty special, any time you don’t have to putt is nice."

Her nine-under par total of 135 put her one stroke in front of a quartet of players that included overnight co-leader Karine Icher of France, Colombia's Mariajo Uribe, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn and American Marina Alex.

Clanton, seeking her first win on the LPGA Tour, was even through the first nine holes with one bogey and one birdie.

After a birdie at the par-five 11th, she posted an eagle two at the par-four 13th, where her wedge into the green took one bounce and found the cup. She added another birdie at 15 and took sole possession of the lead with her birdie at the last.

"It has been a while since I've been in the lead, so (on Saturday I'm) just going to take it one shot at a time, one hole at a time," Clanton said.

Clanton, a rookie in 2012, has four career top 10 finishes, but no wins.

Icher, who shared the first-round lead with South Korea's Chella Choi, had four birdies and a bogey in her three-under 69. Alex climbed the leaderboard with a bogey-free six-under 66 while Uribe and Ariya both posted 68s.

"I actually didn't hit it that well today, maybe I had some luck," Ariya said. "I still had so much fun out there and I’m working on my commitment."

It was a further stroke back to Americans Mo Martin and Jessica Korda on 137.

On a day when more benign conditions led to lower scores, Choi was unable to build on her first-round 67, her even-par 72 leaving her tied for 13th, four shots off the lead.

Former world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand endured another tough day, following up her first-round 74 with a one-over 73 that left her well outside the projected cut line of one-under par.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Cydney Clanton
-9
68
67
135
T2
Marina Alex
-8
70
66
136
T2
Mariajo Uribe
-8
68
68
136
T2
Ariya Jutanugarn
-8
68
68
136
T2
Karine Icher
-8
67
69
136
T6
Mo Martin
-7
71
66
137
T6
Jessica Korda
-7
69
68
137
T8
Brittany Lincicome
-6
72
66
138
T8
Amelia Lewis
-6
71
67
138
T8
Kyung Kim
-6
70
68
138
T8
Michelle Wie
-6
70
68
138
T8
Hee Young Park
-6
68
70
138

Round 1 - Choi & Icher tied for lead as play suspended

March 15, 2018

Karine Icher and Chella Choi were leadigng as play was suspended at 6:50 p.m. local due to darkness with one group still to finish. Play will resume at 7:00 a.m. on Friday.

Karine Icher didn't let the cold weather affect her and made five birdies in the first eight holes then two more on 11 and 14 to get to 7-under. But as the wind picked up as she was finishing her round she bogeyed 15 and 18 to finish at 5-under.

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“I made some good putts and that made the difference,” said Icher. “I hit good second shots. On this course, if you start getting confidence you can go low. It was a good front nine. On the back nine, I made two bogeys at the end, but with the wind picking up, it's a little bit hard.”

Chella Choi made four birdies in the first five holes only one bogey on 18.

Six players are tied for second place one shot behind the leader including former number 1 Inbee Park. Another eight players are two shots back at 3-under, including Jessica Korda, who won in Thailand two weeks ago.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Karine Icher
-5
67
T1
Chella Choi
-5
67
T3
Cydney Clanton
-4
68
T3
Mariajo Uribe
-4
68
T3
Lizette Salas
-4
68
T3
Inbee Park
-4
68
T3
Ariya Jutanugarn
-4
68
T3
Hee Young Park
-4
68
T9
Maude-Aimee Leblanc
-3
69
T9
Sung Hyun Park
-3
69
T9
Jessica Korda
-3
69
T9
Anna Nordqvist
-3
69
T9
Dani Holmqvist
-3
69
T9
Alison Lee
-3
69
T9
Katherine Kirk
-3
69
T9
Pornanong Phatlum
-3
69

Scores

Pos. Player Scores Total To Par Prize Money
1 Inbee Park 68 - 71 - 63 - 67 269 -19 $225,000.00
T2 Marina Alex 70 - 66 - 70 - 68 274 -14 $105,846.00
T2 Laura Davies 73 - 69 - 63 - 69 274 -14 $105,846.00
T2 Ariya Jutanugarn 68 - 68 - 68 - 70 274 -14 $105,846.00
T5 In Gee Chun 71 - 69 - 69 - 66 275 -13 $57,023.00
T5 Megan Khang 71 - 71 - 65 - 68 275 -13 $57,023.00
T7 Ally McDonald 74 - 69 - 65 - 68 276 -12 $36,305.00
T7 Erynne Lee 71 - 70 - 67 - 68 276 -12 $36,305.00
T7 Chella Choi 67 - 72 - 66 - 71 276 -12 $36,305.00
T7 Mariajo Uribe 68 - 68 - 67 - 73 276 -12 $36,305.00
T11 Amy Olson 72 - 70 - 66 - 69 277 -11 $25,105.00
T11 Amy Yang 71 - 71 - 66 - 69 277 -11 $25,105.00
T11 Karine Icher 67 - 69 - 72 - 69 277 -11 $25,105.00
T11 Caroline Inglis 71 - 68 - 68 - 70 277 -11 $25,105.00
T11 Hee Young Park 68 - 70 - 69 - 70 277 -11 $25,105.00
T16 Seon Woo Bae 70 - 70 - 70 - 68 278 -10 $19,388.00
T16 Austin Ernst 73 - 69 - 67 - 69 278 -10 $19,388.00
T16 Tiffany Joh 70 - 72 - 64 - 72 278 -10 $19,388.00
T16 Brittany Lincicome 72 - 66 - 68 - 72 278 -10 $19,388.00
T20 Bronte Law 71 - 69 - 71 - 68 279 -9 $15,979.00
T20 Eun-Hee Ji 71 - 69 - 71 - 68 279 -9 $15,979.00
T20 Catriona Matthew 71 - 71 - 68 - 69 279 -9 $15,979.00
T20 Dani Holmqvist 69 - 71 - 70 - 69 279 -9 $15,979.00
T20 Lindy Duncan 71 - 69 - 68 - 71 279 -9 $15,979.00
T20 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 70 - 71 - 66 - 72 279 -9 $15,979.00
T26 Brittany Altomare 71 - 72 - 69 - 68 280 -8 $12,697.00
T26 Aditi Ashok 70 - 72 - 70 - 68 280 -8 $12,697.00
T26 Caroline Masson 71 - 71 - 68 - 70 280 -8 $12,697.00
T26 Ryann O'Toole 70 - 73 - 66 - 71 280 -8 $12,697.00
T26 Mo Martin 71 - 66 - 72 - 71 280 -8 $12,697.00
T26 Jessica Korda 69 - 68 - 71 - 72 280 -8 $12,697.00
T32 Azahara Munoz 73 - 70 - 68 - 70 281 -7 $9,764.00
T32 Lindsey Weaver 72 - 68 - 71 - 70 281 -7 $9,764.00
T32 Beatriz Recari 71 - 71 - 68 - 71 281 -7 $9,764.00
T32 Nanna Koerstz Madsen 72 - 69 - 68 - 72 281 -7 $9,764.00
T32 Michelle Wie 70 - 68 - 71 - 72 281 -7 $9,764.00
T32 Cydney Clanton 68 - 67 - 74 - 72 281 -7 $9,764.00
T32 Jeong Eun Lee 71 - 70 - 67 - 73 281 -7 $9,764.00
T39 Anna Nordqvist 69 - 73 - 73 - 67 282 -6 $7,310.00
T39 Morgan Pressel 71 - 72 - 70 - 69 282 -6 $7,310.00
T39 Hyo Joo Kim 73 - 69 - 70 - 70 282 -6 $7,310.00
T39 Charley Hull 71 - 72 - 68 - 71 282 -6 $7,310.00
T39 Lizette Salas 68 - 73 - 70 - 71 282 -6 $7,310.00
T39 Haeji Kang 71 - 69 - 69 - 73 282 -6 $7,310.00
T39 Jennifer Song 72 - 68 - 68 - 74 282 -6 $7,310.00
T46 Rebecca Artis 72 - 70 - 69 - 72 283 -5 $6,006.00
T46 Katherine Kirk 69 - 72 - 69 - 73 283 -5 $6,006.00
T46 Jin Young Ko 70 - 69 - 71 - 73 283 -5 $6,006.00
T49 Thidapa Suwannapura 73 - 70 - 74 - 67 284 -4 $4,797.00
T49 Maude-Aimee Leblanc 69 - 71 - 73 - 71 284 -4 $4,797.00
T49 Carlota Ciganda 71 - 72 - 69 - 72 284 -4 $4,797.00
T49 Jackie Stoelting 70 - 69 - 73 - 72 284 -4 $4,797.00
T49 Jacqui Concolino 73 - 69 - 69 - 73 284 -4 $4,797.00
T49 Ayako Uehara 72 - 69 - 70 - 73 284 -4 $4,797.00
T49 Amelia Lewis 71 - 67 - 73 - 73 284 -4 $4,797.00
T49 Kyung Kim 70 - 68 - 73 - 73 284 -4 $4,797.00
T49 Jane Park 70 - 72 - 68 - 74 284 -4 $4,797.00
T49 Sung Hyun Park 69 - 70 - 69 - 76 284 -4 $4,797.00
T59 Yani Tseng 76 - 67 - 73 - 69 285 -3 $3,783.00
T59 Cristie Kerr 75 - 68 - 73 - 69 285 -3 $3,783.00
T59 P.K. Kongkraphan 72 - 71 - 70 - 72 285 -3 $3,783.00
T59 Kim Kaufman 71 - 70 - 71 - 73 285 -3 $3,783.00
T63 Nicole Broch Larsen 72 - 71 - 72 - 71 286 -2 $3,497.00
T63 Perrine Delacour 71 - 72 - 72 - 71 286 -2 $3,497.00
T63 Lee Lopez 72 - 69 - 71 - 74 286 -2 $3,497.00
T66 Wichanee Meechai 76 - 67 - 75 - 69 287 -1 $3,308.00
T66 Brianna Do 71 - 72 - 71 - 73 287 -1 $3,308.00
68 Pornanong Phatlum 69 - 73 - 72 - 74 288 E $3,193.00
T69 Angel Yin 72 - 70 - 78 - 69 289 1 $3,054.00
T69 Paula Reto 74 - 68 - 76 - 71 289 1 $3,054.00
T69 Jing Yan 73 - 69 - 73 - 74 289 1 $3,054.00
72 Brittany Benvenuto 70 - 71 - 75 - 75 291 3 $2,965.00
CUT Sei Young Kim 73 - 71 144 E $0.00
CUT Jennifer Hahn 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT Brooke M. Henderson 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT Nelly Korda 72 - 72 144 E $0.00
CUT Ashleigh Buhai 71 - 73 144 E $0.00
CUT Sarah Jane Smith 71 - 73 144 E $0.00
CUT Tiffany Chan 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Caroline Hedwall 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Luna Sobron Galmes 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Kassidy Teare 74 - 71 145 1 $0.00
CUT Christina Kim 73 - 72 145 1 $0.00
CUT Celine Boutier 72 - 73 145 1 $0.00
CUT Nasa Hataoka 72 - 73 145 1 $0.00
CUT Juli Inkster 72 - 73 145 1 $0.00
CUT Mariah Stackhouse 72 - 73 145 1 $0.00
CUT Mirim Lee 71 - 74 145 1 $0.00
CUT Lee-Anne Pace 70 - 75 145 1 $0.00
CUT Alison Lee 69 - 76 145 1 $0.00
CUT Kelly Shon 77 - 69 146 2 $0.00
CUT Yu Liu 75 - 71 146 2 $0.00
CUT Laetitia Beck 74 - 72 146 2 $0.00
CUT Jaye Marie Green 74 - 72 146 2 $0.00
CUT Cheyenne Woods 74 - 72 146 2 $0.00
CUT Giulia Molinaro 73 - 73 146 2 $0.00
CUT Na Yeon Choi 71 - 75 146 2 $0.00
CUT Beth Allen 70 - 76 146 2 $0.00
CUT Benyapa Niphatsophon 75 - 72 147 3 $0.00
CUT Maria Hernandez 74 - 73 147 3 $0.00
CUT Lydia Ko 74 - 73 147 3 $0.00
CUT Simin Feng 73 - 74 147 3 $0.00
CUT Ilhee Lee 73 - 74 147 3 $0.00
CUT Sydnee Michaels 72 - 75 147 3 $0.00
CUT Anne-Catherine Tanguay 72 - 75 147 3 $0.00
CUT Emily K. Pedersen 77 - 71 148 4 $0.00
CUT Sandra Changkija 76 - 72 148 4 $0.00
CUT Gemma Dryburgh 76 - 72 148 4 $0.00
CUT Paula Creamer 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Mina Harigae 75 - 73 148 4 $0.00
CUT Katie Burnett 74 - 74 148 4 $0.00
CUT Moriya Jutanugarn 74 - 74 148 4 $0.00
CUT Cindy LaCrosse 73 - 75 148 4 $0.00
CUT Becky Morgan 73 - 75 148 4 $0.00
CUT Daniela Darquea 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Maria Torres 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Sun Young Yoo 72 - 76 148 4 $0.00
CUT Kris Tamulis 78 - 71 149 5 $0.00
CUT Peiyun Chien 77 - 72 149 5 $0.00
CUT Robynn Ree 74 - 75 149 5 $0.00
CUT Sandra Gal 73 - 76 149 5 $0.00
CUT Hannah Green 73 - 76 149 5 $0.00
CUT Mi Hyang Lee 72 - 77 149 5 $0.00
CUT Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong 72 - 77 149 5 $0.00
CUT Katherine Perry 71 - 78 149 5 $0.00
CUT Angela Stanford 71 - 78 149 5 $0.00
CUT Laura Gonzalez Escallon 78 - 72 150 6 $0.00
CUT Holly Clyburn 76 - 74 150 6 $0.00
CUT Celine Herbin 76 - 74 150 6 $0.00
CUT Candie Kung 76 - 74 150 6 $0.00
CUT Olafia Kristinsdottir 74 - 76 150 6 $0.00
CUT Gaby Lopez 73 - 77 150 6 $0.00
CUT Mel Reid 71 - 79 150 6 $0.00
CUT Vicky Hurst 77 - 74 151 7 $0.00
CUT Kendall Dye 76 - 75 151 7 $0.00
CUT Alena Sharp 75 - 76 151 7 $0.00
CUT Jenny Shin 75 - 76 151 7 $0.00
CUT Brittany Lang 82 - 70 152 8 $0.00
CUT Lauren Coughlin 79 - 73 152 8 $0.00
CUT Emma Talley 79 - 73 152 8 $0.00
CUT Wei-Ling Hsu 77 - 75 152 8 $0.00
CUT Pernilla Lindberg 77 - 76 153 9 $0.00
CUT Katelyn Dambaugh 77 - 77 154 10 $0.00
CUT Jessy Tang 79 - 76 155 11 $0.00

 




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