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Rookies ready for CME Group Championship

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Rookies ready for CME Group Championship

Nov 21. 2019
Jeongeun Lee6 (LPGA photo)

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For Kristen Gillman, Cheyenne Knight, Jennifer Kupcho and Jeongeun Lee6, the CME Group Tour Championship is one last new experience to add onto a season of memories.


The four 2019 LPGA Tour rookies teeing it up for the first time in Naples this week are excited to be vying for the $1.5 million winner’s check in the season-ending event.

Lee6 was the first of the 2019 rookie class to find LPGA Tour success, making a splash by winning major glory at the U.S. Women’s Open just three weeks after she lost in a playoff at the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. But as the season went on and the travel miles grew longer, Lee6 could feel the strain on both her game and her body. So while she clinched Rolex Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year honors with five events remaining in the season, Lee6 sees where she needs to change up her gameplan heading into her second season on the LPGA Tour.

“After winning the (U.S. Women’s Open), I started to feel a little bit more exhausted and my scores weren’t that very consistent just like before,” said Lee6. “I just think that I played so many tournaments, most of the tournaments. But for next year I’m just going to manage myself to save some energy and prepare for the next tournament.”

Knight became a Rolex First-Time winner at the Volunteers of America Classic, a moment that changed the course of the rest of her season. Instead of fighting to secure her card at the LPGA Q-Series presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the 22-year-old booked tickets to two tournaments on the Tour’s Asia swing. Knight said the win was not only the highlight of her professional career, but a life-changing opportunity.

“It is life changing. It opened like a lot of doors for me. And I think like how hard my rookie year was. Like so many like downs, and then that, kind of the light at the end of the tunnel. I never thought — I mean, it’s everyone’s dream to win an LPGA event,” said Knight.

Gillman finished second in the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings after a consistent rookie campaign. She earned four top-10 finishes including a tie for third at the Buick LPGA Shanghai, and said she learned a lot about herself as a competitor and person in her first year on the Tour.

“I think some of the things I’ve learned most out here is just you kind of can’t focus too much on golf because then it’s going to be miserable out here and just always worrying about your score and your place and all that,” said Gillman. “I’ve kind of just learned to just go out there and have fun. That’s usually whenever you play best.”

Kupcho made her professional debut at the U.S. Women’s Open after deferring her LPGA Tour status until after her college season at Wake Forest University. The inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion made a splash on Tour, compiling three top-five finishes including a tie for second at the Evian Championship. She said it took time, but eventually took the advice given to her by many other professionals on tour.

“The big advice I got was don’t overwork yourself and to relax, because I’m pretty hard on myself a lot,” said Kupcho. “I think I’ve definitely changed throughout the year. I started out not taking that advice and now I’ve taken it. So definitely makes life a lot more enjoyable before and after golf.”


There are numerous players on the LPGA Tour with stories exemplifying “Little Girls, Big Dreams” coined by the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, and their careers have blossomed as they continue to grow up in front of golf fans worldwide. One such star is Brooke Henderson, a 22-year-old native to the small town of Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada, who comes to the CME Group Tour Championship at No. 2 in the Race to the CME Globe.

For Henderson, arriving in Naples, Fla., as a top contender and reflecting on her journey to this point is all more than she could have ever imagined.

“Honestly, the last five years have been a dream come true,” said Henderson, a two-time 2019 winner. “I never could have asked for any of this. I’m just so grateful for my team. We work really hard, set lofty goals and try to chase after them. It’s hard to believe that I’ve come to this position. My parents sacrificed a lot so we could live this life, my sister works really hard. We’ve all worked hard for this.”

Each step on Henderson’s path since joining the professional ranks has been guided by goals. That is no different in her fifth year on Tour with several process-oriented marks leading the way, primarily scoring average. Currently ranked No. 4 in the category at 69.606 across 94 rounds, Henderson is 72 holes away from keeping that number under 70, which she started the year hoping to accomplish.

Furthermore, the final tournament on the LPGA calendar is Henderson’s 27th event played in 2019. It is also her lowest total since 2015, when she made 14 total starts and opened the year as a non-member before capturing the Cambia Portland Classic title. Even so, the winningest Canadian in professional golf history with nine victories to her name points to the goals and starts as all being part of the process.

“Definitely got me well rested for the rest of the year,” said Henderson. “I feel like we were strategic in the ones we took off leading into the majors. We tried to make sure I was peaking. Even though it didn’t work out as well as we would have liked, I feel like I had a really solid year. I feel like every year, my whole team, myself, we just keep getting smarter and better. Hopefully that trend can continue.”


The Race to the CME Globe is a season-long points competition in which LPGA Members accumulate points in every Official LPGA Tournament to gain entry into the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. The player who wins the CME Group Tour Championship will be named the “Race to the CME Globe Champion.” Following the TOTO Japan Classic, the CME Group Tour Championship field was set to the top 60 players in the Race to the CME Globe. All 60 players are in this week’s field, with a 72-hole, no-cut competition.


The following statistical notes are provided by Amy Mills, the LPGA’s statistical research manager.


Ariya Jutanugarn rewrote history when she recorded her 19th and 20th eagles at the Buick LPGA Shanghai to pass Laura Davies for most eagles in a season. Jutanugarn has recorded 22 eagles with one event left in the 2019 season. Davies’ old record of 19 was set in 2004. Carlota Ciganda has tied Davies with 19 eagles in 2019. Ciganda recorded nine eagles on the Aon Risk Reward Challenge holes, one more than Jutanugarn, which led to her becoming this year’s winner of the $1 million bonus.

Scoring Averages 

Nine players currently have scoring averages below 70 with three more players – Amy Yang, Sei Young Kim and Ariya Jutanugarn – within two one-hundredths of that mark. A record 12 players had scoring averages below 70 in 2017, so that could certainly be matched next week.

Jin Young Ko is in good position to earn the lowest scoring average of the season and win the Vare Trophy. Ko holds a large lead – three tenths – over Hyo Joo Kim in scoring average. Kim needs to be 22 to 23 strokes better than Ko at Tiburon Golf Club. For the record books, Ko needs to be 1-over par or better in all four rounds at the CME Group Tour Championship to give her the lowest scoring average by a Korean player in LPGA Tour history. Sung Hyun Park currently holds that record with an average of 69.2471 recorded in 2017.

Average Driving Distances

Anne van Dam is currently driving the ball an average of 284 yards, 25 yards farther than the average LPGA Tour driving distance of 259 yards. Maria Fassi is the only player other than van Dam who has averaged more than 280 yards per drive for the season. Van Dam and Fassi will make LPGA history in 2019 as only two other players have ever ended the season above this mark – Joanna Klatten in 2016 (281 yards) and Karin Sjodin in 2006 (284 yards).  Angel Yin ranks fourth in average driving distance at 279 yards.

Money Title

The top 10 players on the 2019 LPGA Official Money List have a chance at the money title at the CME Group Tour Championship. Jin Young Ko leads Jeongeun Lee6 by more than $720,000. There are several scenarios for Ko to win the money title. If Jeongeun Lee6 wins the season-finale, she wins the money title. The other eight players who trail Ko must win and are dependent upon Ko’s finish at the tournament.


Tournament volunteer Bill Young admits he will be watching to see which LPGA Tour players take a swing at the meticulously stacked pyramids of range balls at this week’s CME Group Tour Championship.

That’s because the practice-range volunteers at the CME event add a special touch to the stacks of 91 range balls each day.

“Those pyramid-shaped stacks of balls have one ball at the very top, so what we do is carefully balance one more single ball on top of it,” said Young, the tournament’s driving range chairman. “Sometimes the players will walk up and hit that single ball off the top of the stack.”

Perhaps for his attention to detail, Young has been named as the CME Group Tour Championship’s 2019 AXA LPGA Volunteer Service Award Winner. He will be recognized this week as one of the exemplary volunteers identified at each of the LPGA Tour events this season.

Teen wonder Kim back in business at the Sabah Masters

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Teen wonder Kim back in business at the Sabah Masters

Nov 21. 2019
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Kota Kinabalu – Newly minted Asian Tour winner Joohyung Kim of Korea will be looking to cope with elevated expectations when he chases for more glory at the highly anticipated Sabah Masters which starts on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Asian Tour newcomer, latest addition to the Tour’s growing list of bright young stars, refused to get ahead of himself even though he has won once and finished inside top-10 twice in his last three starts on the region’s premier Tour this season.

Having claimed his maiden Asian Tour title in India last week, Kim, the youngest professional player in the field this week, will be bidding for back-to-back wins when he steps up to the tee at the Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club.

Kim will headline the US$300,000 full-field Asian Tour event alongside Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai, Indonesia’s Rory Hie and Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, who all entered the week in fine form, having secured recent top-10 finishes in Thailand and India.

Siddikur, who turns 35 years old today, hopes to take advantage of his recent run of fine form to bid for a third Asian Tour title and first since 2013. Hie is also aiming to end his commendable season with a flourish as he takes another shot at glory this week.

Inspired by his good friend Kim’s victory in India last week, Phachara is feeling the added motivation as he continues to hunt for a maiden Asian Tour title at the Sabah Masters, which is the ninth full-fiend event on the 2019 Asian Tour schedule.

The Sabah Masters is supported by the Tourism Malaysia with an aim to boost tourism in Sabah.

Hong Kong Open Postponed

Published November 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Hong Kong Open Postponed

Nov 21. 2019

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Regretfully the European Tour, in conjunction with our tournament co-sanctioning partner at the Asian Tour, has taken the decision to postpone next week’s Hong Kong Open, scheduled for the Hong Kong Golf Club, Fanling from November 28 to December 1.

An attempt will be made to reschedule the tournament to early 2020.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “The decision has been taken due to the ongoing level of social unrest in Hong Kong. As the safety of our players, staff, stakeholders and everyone involved in each and every one of our tournaments around the world is our top priority, we feel this is the correct, but unfortunate, course of action.

“The European Tour thanks everyone at the Hong Kong Golf Association, the Hong Kong Golf Club and all persons associated with the Hong Kong Open for their hard work in endeavouring to stage the tournament and we look forward to hopefully returning early next year.”

Cho Minn Thant, Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Tour said: “It is regrettable that the Hong Kong Open has to be postponed due to the ongoing unrest in the city.

“The unpredictability of the current situation in Hong Kong makes it very challenging to sanction the tournament especially with the safety of everyone of utmost importance. However, we are optimistic that once the situation in Hong Kong stabilises, we will be in a better position to sanction the 61st edition of the Hong Kong Open in the very near future.”

Tammy, China’s Zheng confirm participation in WTA Thailand Open 2020

Published November 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Tammy, China’s Zheng confirm participation in WTA Thailand Open 2020

Nov 20. 2019
Tamarine Tanasugarn, middle, and Zheng Saisai, right, during the press conference

Tamarine Tanasugarn, middle, and Zheng Saisai, right, during the press conference

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Thailand’s sports fans will once again have the opportunity to witness world class tennis stars in the flesh after it was announced that the WTA Thailand Open 2020 will return to the True Arena Hua Hin from February 8-16, 2020.


Former world number 19 and the only Thai woman to have reached the world top 20, “Tammy” Tamarine Thanasukarn has confirmed that she will compete at the WTA International event where all profits  will be donated to the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation.

Former deputy prime minister and chairman of the Advisory Board of the Asian Tennis Federation Suwat Liptapanlop announced this at a press conference at Bangkok’s InterContinental Hotel on November 19.

World number 41 Zheng Saisai, who has also confirmed her participation, attended the press conference alongside Tammy and Paradorn Srichaphan, former world number 9 and now assistant tournament director at the WTA Thailand Open.

Representatives from APG sports marketing agency and Proudputh Liptapanlop, executive director of Proud Group, on behalf of True Arena Hua Hin, were also in attendance.

“Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer Foundation to help patients with terminal cancer under the Bann Pak Ping project, she said.

“New for 2020 in terms of competition is the use of electronic line calling for the replay of the falling ball that may be too fast for the human eye, as well as the 25-second-shot clock rule,” she added.

Suwat Liptapanlop

The WTA Thailand Open 2020, which offers total prize money of US$250,000 (Bt8 million), will see the qualifying round on February 8-9 and the main draw between February 10 and 16.

The first edition of the WTA Thailand Open was held from January 29 to February 3, 2019, and attracted a world-class field including former Wimbledon champion and former world number one Garbine Muguruza alongside Chinese star Wang Qiang. The title was won by rising WTA star and current world number 22 19-year-old Dayana Yastremska from Ukraine in front of a sold out crowd.

The Road to Thailand Open 2020 programme will take place in the lead up to the event to select Thai players who will be awarded wild cards into the WTA Thailand Open and provide unique opportunities for local players.

Ciganda joins Brooks Koepka as inaugural winner of the Aon Risk Reward Challenge

Published November 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Ciganda joins Brooks Koepka as inaugural winner of the Aon Risk Reward Challenge

Nov 20. 2019

Carlota Ciganda

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LPGA announced that Carlota Ciganda has won the inaugural Aon Risk Reward Challenge and a $1 million prize.

Throughout the season, the Aon Risk Reward Challenge showcased how the world’s best golfers are among the world’s best strategic decision makers. The competition, which measured the performance of LPGA Tour and PGA TOUR golfers on a series of holes across multiple tournaments, tested players’ ability to analyze risk, utilize data-driven insights to identify opportunities and maximize performance in the moments that matter most.

“Being the first LPGA Tour player to win the Aon Trophy is such an honor,” said Ciganda. “We face so many great competitors and I worked closely with my team, specifically my caddie, to give me opportunities to deliver the best possible performance.”

Ciganda was a leading contender from the beginning, but it wasn’t until end of the season that she really started to make a move on the leaderboard. Her eagle-birdie scores on the Aon Risk Reward Challenge holes in consecutive weeks (Buick LPGA Shanghai in Shanghai and BMW Ladies Championship in Busan) stretched her lead on the way to becoming the Champion.

Aon and the PGA TOUR previously recognized Brooks Koepka as the winner of the inaugural Aon Risk Reward Challenge trophy. Both Koepka and Ciganda received equal $1 million prizes.

“It sends a powerful message for Carlota to win the Aon Risk Reward Challenge, receive the same prize money and share the title with Brooks,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This inaugural season was extremely exciting as our players competed week in and week out across the globe. It came down to the wire, and we have so much respect for the way Carlota rose to the challenge.”

Commissioner Whan added: “Innovative partners like Aon are key to the growth of the game. This competition has added tremendous value and interest in what we do and serves as a powerful initiative.”

“Aon approached the PGA TOUR and LPGA with the idea for the competition because it offered compelling opportunities for players like Carlota, the game of golf and our firm,” said Aon Chief Marketing Officer Andy Weitz.

“We are very proud of the program that’s been developed,” Weitz added. “Drawing on the Risk Reward narrative, we’ve been able to show the parallels between decisions made on the course and in the boardroom, demonstrating how we create value for our clients. The inaugural season of the Aon Risk Reward Challenge has exceeded our expectations and we could not be more pleased to have Carlota Ciganda and Brooks Koepka as our first champions.”

FIM MotoGP Awards Ceremony brings 2019 to a close

Published November 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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FIM MotoGP Awards Ceremony brings 2019 to a close

Nov 19. 2019
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On stage for the final time this season, we bid 2019 farewell before testing begins on Tuesday
Sunday at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana bid farewell to 2019 with another three awesome races to close out the season, and in the evening the FIM Awards ceremony brought the curtain down on the year – with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) taking centre stage. And Marquez more than most was in the spotlight as he received his MotoGP™ World Champion trophy after another season of record-breaking and an eighth world title.

The 2019 Awards were hosted by Gavin Emmett and Marina Lorenzo, with Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and FIM President Jorge Viegas in attendance to present the range of awards throughout the evening to all the winners this season.

Youngest ever eight-time World Champion Marquez took top billing as he received his record-breaking MotoGP™ trophy, along with his brother, Moto2™ World Champion Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), and Moto3™ World Champion Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) after their incredible seasons.

The top three in the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup inaugural year were also honoured, with Cup winner Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE), joined by runner Up Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing) and Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing).

The top Independent Team rider title went to Fabio Quartararo (Petonas Yamaha SRT) after another stunning podium for the rookie earlier in the day, and this year’s MotoGP™ Rookie of the Year award was also presented to the Frenchman.

In Moto2™, MB Conveyors Speed Up’s Fabio Di Giannantonio was crowned Rookie of the Year, with Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) taking that honour in Moto3™.

The BMW M Award for best qualifier in the MotoGP™ class went to Marquez for the seventh year in a row, the Repsol Honda Team picked up the MotoGP™ Team world title trophy, and Honda took the MotoGP™ Constructor Title in the premier class. Kalex came out on top in Moto2™, and Honda in Moto3™.

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup winner Carlos Tatay, Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Champion Sho Nishumura, and British Talent Cup Champion Scott Ogden were also applauded for their seasons, as were the top three in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship: Champion Jeremy Alcoba, Tatay once again and impressive rookie Xavier Artigas – fresh from a first ever Grand Prix podium earlier in the day after a stunning Moto3™ race.

And so the curtain falls, and we lose a legend from the grid as Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) bows out. The five-time World Champion will be named a MotoGP™ Legend next year. And next year, we’ll be open for business for another incredible season of racing once again.

Sky’s the limit: eight-time Champion Marquez
Dovi was second
Viñales confirmed third earlier in the day
Quartararo: top rookie and top Independent
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta (L) with the premier class top three and FIM President Jorge Viegas
The three Champions on their three winning machines
Marc (L) and Alex: brothers on top of the world
The Moto2™ top three
Dalla Porta: Moto3™ Champion
The top three in the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup inaugural year:  Matteo Ferrari (L), Bradley Smith (C) and Eric Granado

Whiz kid Kim wins

Published November 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Whiz kid Kim wins

Nov 18. 2019
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Gurgaon –  Korea’s Joohyung Kim became the second youngest Asian Tour winner when he fired a seven-under-par 65 to clinch the Panasonic Open India title by one shot on Sunday.


Having earned his Asian Tour card for the remainder of the 2019 season after claiming three wins on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) this year, the 17-year-old showed he is primed for the big leagues.

The Korean was making what was only his third start on the Asian Tour this year. But he produced another grandstand performance that belies his age with rounds of 70, 68 and 65 for a winning total of 13-under-par 203.

“I’m really speechless. It has been a dream of mine to play on the Asian Tour ever since I was young. And it’s really wonderful to come here, be in contention and win. I cannot describe the feeling now. I’m still trying to learn every single step of the way,” said Kim, the second youngest player to win on the Asian Tour at 17 years and 149 days Thailand’s Chinnarat Phadungsil holds the record as the youngest winner at 17 years, five days when he won the Double A International Open in 2005.

India’s Shiv Kapur was denied another victory on home soil as a costly double-bogey seven on his closing hole meant he would end the tournament in a share of second place with compatriot Chikkarangappa S. at the US$400,000 event which was contested over 54 holes at the Classic Golf and Country Club.

Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris, who held a share of the overnight lead, signed for a 71 to finish in outright fourth place while Indonesia’s Rory Hie was tied for fifth with Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chie-yao and India’s Vikrant Chopra.

Hie created history by becoming the first Indonesian to win on the Asian Tour just six weeks ago at the Classic Golf and Country Club.

Leading Scores after round 3 of the Panasonic Open India 2019 being played at the par 72, 7114 Yards Classic Golf and Country Club course (am – denotes amateur):

203 – Joohyung Kim (KOR) 70-68-65.

204 – Chikkarangappa S. (IND) 69-68-67, Shiv Kapur (IND) 67-67-70.

205 – Terry Pilkadaris (AUS) 66-68-71.

206 – Rory Hie (INA) 70-68-68, Vikrant Chopra (IND) 67-70-69, Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 67-69-70.

208 – Settee Prakongvech (THA) 70-69-69, Veer Ahlawat (IND) 69-69-70, Siddikur Rahman (BAN) 69-67-72.

209 – Arjun Prasad (IND) 67-74-68, M. Dharma (IND) 67-73-69, Teemu Putkonen (FIN) 70-67-72.

210 – Danthai Boonma (THA) 70-71-69, Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA) 70-71-69, Om Prakash Chouhan (IND) 70-70-70, Itthipat Buranatanyarat (THA) 64-75-71, Karandeep Kochhar (IND) 67-72-71, Mathiam Keyser (RSA) 69-69-72, Khalin Joshi (IND) 67-71-72, Travis Smyth (AUS) 69-69-72, Rashid Khan (IND) 67-70-73.

Marquez makes it the triple crown for Honda, Quartararo and Miller follow him home

Published November 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Marquez makes it the triple crown for Honda, Quartararo and Miller follow him home

Nov 18. 2019
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Some familiar faces were on the podium in Valencia, with the final glory of the season decided
Marc Marquez claimed victory number 12 of the season at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, making the Repsol Honda Team Team Champions to add to his rider title and the constructors’ Championship – the triple crown. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo also scored points in his final MotoGP™ rider, with the five-time World Champion bidding an emotional farewell to the sport. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), meanwhile, signed off with another impressive podium in second, and he pipped Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) to the title of top Independent Team rider as the Aussie followed him home in third.Miller launched his Pramac Racing machine into the holeshot, with Marquez getting a sluggish getaway from the middle of the front row to drop down to P6, having run slightly wide at Turn 1. Polesitter Quartararo then grabbed the lead from Miller as the Australian ran wide at Turn 2, with the Frenchman quickly creating a small gap to his rivals. Heading into Turn 1 on Lap 2, Marquez was into P3 past the fast-starting duo of Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), however, and it wouldn’t take the 2019 Champion long to pick off Miller as he locked his radar onto Quartararo.

The Rookie of the Year’s lead was 0.7 over Marquez, with the latter racing to an eight-tenths advantage over Miller. Marquez was creeping up to the back of the leading M1 slowly but surely, and on Lap 8 a surprise, late but super fine move at Turn 11 saw the number 93 lead. Suddenly third place Miller – with Dovizioso and Rins in tow – had closed the gap to less than half a second, the top five covered by 1.7. However, Marquez was in the groove and the eight-time Champion had pulled to over half a second clear of Quartararo, with the gap hovering between 0.6 and 0.8 for a number of laps after. Miller wasn’t letting Quartararo have P2 all his own way either, that margin was remaining at a second – enough to keep the number 20 on his toes.

Everyone held firm before a tenth here and a tenth there saw Marquez stretch his advantage to one and a half seconds with six laps remaining, with Miller cutting the gap to Quartararo down by four tenths. It was 0.6, but was there a late twist for P2 inbound? Not quite, Miller didn’t have enough speed to catch the back of the M1 by the time the chequered flag was waved, with Marquez taking another 25-point haul to land Repsol Honda Team the 2019 triple crown, Quartararo taking another podium and beating Miller to top Independent Team rider.

Dovizioso and Ducati’s aims of picking up the Teams title didn’t materialise in Valencia, but P4 was a solid result for the Italian who was comfortably best of the rest in 2019. Rins capped off a fine season by claiming P5 at his home Grand Prix, however it wasn’t enough to grab P3 in the Championship from sixth place finisher Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) – the Malaysian GP winner having a quiet final round of the season before jumping onto the 2020 Yamaha on Tuesday.

Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in seventh was a great way to round off a very solid rookie MotoGP™ campaign, the Spaniard ending 2019 with five consecutive top 10s after an impressive comeback from his testing crash at Brno. Valentino Rossi’s (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) P8 sees the nine-time World Champion end the season P7 in the overall standings, with Aleix coming out on top in the battle of the Espargaro brothers – P9 for Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), P10 for Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing). That makes it all factories in the top ten.

Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), Johann Zarco (LCR Honda Idemitsu) and Iker Lecuona (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) all crashed at Turn 6, on Lap 14, in separate incidents, although Lecuona was close behind Zarco and the Frenchman got flipped by the KTM. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Andrea Iannone (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) also crashed – all riders ok.

On his final ever MotoGP™ ride, five-time World Champion and future MotoGP™ Legend Jorge Lorenzo finished P13. It was an emotional day for the Spaniard who arrived back into pitlane to rapturous applause, with the Valencia fans paying their full respects to one of the sport’s greatest ever riders on his cool-down lap. #ThankYouJorge!

So, 2019 draws to a close. But don’t worry, 2020 is just around the corner! Testing begins in Valencia on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 November – so stay tuned! Rookies, new bikes, old rivalries and another season of awesome competition is just around the corner.

Marc Marquez: “The perfect season. So difficult to improve this season because the way we rode all season, the consistency and everything, has been amazing. Finishing the season with a victory, riding with a gold helmet – which is always extra pressure because if you ride with a gold helmet you need to be smart and clever – is special too but also for all the Repsol Honda Team it was important too. The Teams Championship. We achieved it, the triple crown. An amazing, amazing season and all the team deserve it.”
Race results:
1 – Marc Marquez (SPA – Honda) 41’21.4692 – Fabio Quartararo* (FRA – Yamaha) +1.026

3 – Jack Miller* (AUS – Ducati) +2.409

*Independent Team riders

A sign of things to come?
One bike or two?
Miller celebrated signing off the season in Miller style
We rounded out the season with another Marquez vs Quartararo duel
Podium L-R: Quartararo, Marquez and Miller
Binder makes it a hat-trick to sign off from Moto2™ in style
South African takes his fifth win of the season to finish second overall by just three points, with Lüthi and Navarro on the chase
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) leaves the intermediate class on a high after taking his fifth win of the year – and third in a row – in the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The South African played his cards to perfection to out-duel his main rival for second overall, Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP), with the Swiss rider forced to settle for second on the day and third in the standings. Jorge Navarro (MB Conveyors Speed Up) completed the podium on true home turf, the Valencian taking his eighth podium of the year.Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took the holeshot from second on the grid, with Lüthi up into second and Binder making a storming getaway to soon attack Navarro for third. Stefano Manzi (MV Agusta Temporary Forward) was one big loser off the front row as he got shuffled down to sixth, but the field remained tightly packed for the first lap and for many it stayed that way to the end – including the battle at the front.

Two men soon emerged in the early stages, however: Binder and Lüthi. The duo, fighting over second overall in the standings, didn’t take long to take their duel to the front, with Navarro the man on the chase. A couple of laps later the gaps between the front three were pretty equal though, with Martin left heading the fight for fourth ahead of Manzi.

Lüthi, however, was turning the screw, and the Swiss rider was able to start pulling out another gap. But Binder was able to respond, and not too long after Navarro and Manzi, who had dispatched Martin, had closed in too. It was a concertina between two duels and a four-way fight, but Binder had a plan.

Leaving it late, the South African pounced to perfection with a couple of laps to go, then pulling the pin and blasting away to give himself a gap. Uncatchable, Binder crossed the line seven tenths clear for his fifth win of the season.

He also, therefore, beat Lüthi both on the day and in the standings overall as the Swiss rider was forced to settle for second, able to stay clear of the clutches of Navarro and Manzi. That duel got even closer at the final corner as the Italian looked to be sizing up a move and then tried to out-drag the Speed Up to the line, but it wasn’t to be and Navarro took yet another podium to end his season on a high on home turf.

Martin was fifth as he managed to fend off an Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40) on the charge, with Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) not too far off the two ahead of him either and taking P7. Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) finished off his season in eighth, just pipping Fabio Di Giannantonio (MB Conveyors Speed Up). But the number 21 wrapped up Rookie of the Year with ninth place, with closest rival Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) in P13.

Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) completed the top ten, with a bit of breathing space back to Mattia Pasini (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2). Dominique Aegerter (MV Agusta Temporary Forward) was 13th and made it two MVs in the points, ahead of Bastianini.

Jake Dixon took fourteenth and rounded out his time with the Inde Angel Nieto Team with his best weekend of the season, with Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) completing the points.

Newly-crowned Champion Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), meanwhile, made a great start to move up into fifth by the latter stages of the race, but disaster struck for the number 73 at Turn 11 as he slid out of contention.

That’s it from 2019 and an incredible season of racing in the intermediate class. You could say it was a triumph, and it certainly was for the top three: Marquez’ points advantage was just three after the final race, with Binder’s brilliant win securing him second overall. Lüthi’s podium assured him third, with Navarro’s doing the same for fourth. Now it’s time to rest, test and repeat – so make sure to join us again for 2020.

Brad Binder: “I don’t know where to start, I need to say a big thank you to my team, things got really tough at one stage and we managed to keep fighting and stay focused. We didn’t get the job done in the end but to be three points from the winner is incredible . I just need to say a huge thank you to all my guys, to KTM…I’m so happy to have finished off on a high for them and I can’t wait to get started on Tuesday!”
Race results:
1 – Brad Binder (RSA – KTM) 25’30.7662 – Tom Lüthi (SWI – Kalex) +0.735

3 – Jorge Navarro (SPA – Speed Up) +1.045

Podium L-R: Lüthi, Binder and Navarro
Garcia grabs maiden win with a last corner lunge
0.005 splits the top two, with Artigas making a stunning debut in third

Ratchanok goes down fighting in Hong Open final

Published November 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Ratchanok goes down fighting in Hong Open final

Nov 17. 2019
Ratchanok Intanon and Chen Yu Fei

Ratchanok Intanon and Chen Yu Fei

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Former world champion Ratchanok Intanon’s title hopes in the Sunrise-Yonex Hong Kong Open ended when she tripped at the final hurdle at the Hong Kong Coliseum on Sunday afternoon after putting up a tough fight.


The fifth-seeded Thai lost the women’s singles final to third-seeded Chen Yu Fei of China 21-18 13-21 21-13 after a 65-minute encounter.

The 24-year-old Thai from Yasothon province was eyeing her third title of the year, having won the Malaysia Masters and India Open Super 500 events.

Tammy tastes doubles success on comeback to the circuit

Published November 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Tammy tastes doubles success on comeback to the circuit

Nov 17. 2019

Tamarine Tanasugarn, right and Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of the Netherlands

Tamarine Tanasugarn, right and Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove of the Netherlands
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Former world No 19 Tamarine Tanasugarn won her first title in five years after she and her Dutch partner Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove beat former French Open finalist Zheng Saisai of China and Ng Kwan-yau of Hong Kong in the final of the US$25,000 Cal-Comp and XYZ Printing ITF World Tennis Tour in Hua Hin on Saturday.

The 42-year-old winner of four WTA titles celebrated her first win since 2015 following a win over Zheng and Ng 6-2 7-6 (7-5), making amends for her loss in the final of the first circuit at True Arena a week ago.

“I won it finally,” said Tamarine, who returned to the circuit earlier this year after retiring in 2016. “I have to give credit to my partner, Lesley, who agreed to pair up with me when I had no doubles partner. This is a great win as we really fought hard. Zheng is a French Open doubles finalist [along with Duan Yingying this year]. I’m so happy to win at home,” the former Thai No 1 said.

Tamarine will also represent Thailand in the Manila SEA Games in December. She had won the singles gold in Chiang Mai in 1995.

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