Ailing In-Kyung Kim leads as Michelle Wie barely makes cut

By Associated PressMarch 27, 2009, 4:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newPHOENIX ' An aching stomach didnt ruin In-Kyung Kims day in the Arizona sunshine.
 
Kim shot her second straight 4-under 68 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead halfway through the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International.
 
The 20-year-old South Korean had six birdies and two bogeys to retain the top spot on the 6,711-yard Papago Golf Course.
 
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Suzann Petterson is two back following a Friday 69. (Getty Images)
Norways Suzann Pettersen (69) and Australias Karrie Webb (68) were second at 6 under, and South Koreas Eun-Hee Ji (70) and Song-Hee Kim (69) were 5 under.
 
Two-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa had a triple bogey en route to her second straight 72 and was eight shots off the pace at even-par 144.
 
Michelle Wie struggled to a 4-over 76, but made the cut at 5-over 149.
 
In-Kyung Kim finished off the day with eight straight pars and a troublesome stomach.
 
I really had a stomach ache on the back nine, Kim said. I think I had too much fruit this morning. So I had to take some pills on 16 or something. I feel better now.
 
The lesson for Saturday?
 
No more strawberries, she said.
 
Kim earned her first LPGA victory last year at the Longs Drugs Challenge, a performance that she said has eased the pressure when shes at or near the top of the leaderboard.
 
Before winning the tournament, actually the expectation of others in Korea, I was kind of under that, she said, so it was good to step out, you know, and to step forward. So winning is always fun. I just want to play good every week.
 
The strong wind of Thursdays first round, with gusts approaching 40 mph, subsided to ideal conditions Friday.
 
It was nice to come out and not lose your hat on the first tee, Pettersen said.
 
Scores werent noticeably lower, though, as players grappled with the difficult greens on a municipal course that was closed for renovation most of last year before reopening in December.
 
I think the hardness of the greens is what is protecting this golf course, Pettersen said. These greens, theres hardly any grass on them, and the grass thats on it is quite dead and fairly new, so its not holding the ball.
 
Pettersen, playing the back nine first on the course near the giant red rocks of Papago Park on the eastern edge of Phoenix, had four birdies to make the turn at 4-under 32, but had bogeys on the fourth and eighth holes coming in.
 
Youre going to make bogeys out there, she said, but there are plenty of birdie chances as well, so you have just got to make sure you grab some of them.
 
Webb pulled into a tie for second with a birdie on the 18th. The 35-time tour winner is seeking her first victory in two years.
 
I still know my game is good to compete week in and week out with the top players, she said. I just havent put it all together, but Ive been pretty happy with my progress at the start of this year and two great rounds to start this tournament.
 
Angela Stanford shot a 67 Friday and was tied with Jiyai Shin at 4-under 140.
 
Ochoa hit her tee shot in the water on the par-3, 158-yard second hole.
 
I hit the wrong iron, she said. It was a little bit windy. I misjudged the wind. Then I put it on the green and three-putted from 30 feet.
 
A student at Stanford, the 19-year-old Wie hadnt played on the tour since her runner-up finish at the season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay. After her round, she worked out on the driving range with coach David Leadbetter.
 
It was a struggle, she said of her day. Its weird because I didnt feel like I shot my score. I felt like I shot a lot better. Just a couple of missed putts here and there and a bad drive, but overall I felt pretty good. I just couldnt make things happen, couldnt get it going.
 
The Phoenix event, long a favorite stop on the LPGA, lost its sponsor and home course after last season. The LPGA stepped in to save the tournament, and it was moved from the Superstition Mountains Golf Club east of Phoenix back to the city, where crews scrambled to get the court in shape for the event.
 
The tournament is the final tuneup for the seasons first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
 
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    Watch: Fathauer dunks one off flagstick for eagle

    By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 17, 2018, 7:45 pm

    The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest will take place Saturday night in Los Angeles, but Derek Fathauer kicked things off a little early with this eagle in the third round of the Genesis Open.

    Playing his second shot on the par-4 third hole at Riviera Country Club, Fathauer dunked one off the flagstick and into the hole for an eagle-2:

    The shot got the the 32-year-old, in search of his first PGA Tour victory, under par for the round and into the mix early on Moving Day.

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    Luiten in three-way tie at Oman Open

    By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 4:17 pm

    MUSCAT, Oman - Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday.

    The Dutchman shot a second straight 6-under 66 - the joint best score of the day - to move to 12-under 204. He was joined at the top by Matthew Southgate (69) and Frenchman Julien Guerrier (66) after the third round at the Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj Golf Club.

    England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.

    The 90th-ranked Luiten credited some hot iron play for his success after a cracked driver set him back last year when he had just two top-10 finishes the whole season.


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    ''I cracked my driver in my first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi and it took me almost six months to get another one that I really liked. Once you are not driving the ball well, it puts pressure on other parts of your game,'' said the 32-year-old Luiten. ''My iron play did not get me into trouble at all today.''

    Southgate was quick off the block with three birdies in his first three holes. But the Englishman then made two bogeys and a double bogey in his next four holes, and a birdie on the ninth saw him make the turn at even-par.

    That forced him to think differently for the back nine and he was rewarded with three birdies.

    ''It was quite funny really,'' Southgate said. ''We birdied the ninth and I walked off and said to my caddie Gary ... 'We've just shot level par, so let's just pretend that we've made nine solid pars and that we haven't holed a putt and haven't made a birdie. Let's just start again on the 10th'.''

    The 32-year-old Guerrier started his round with a monster 48-foot birdie putt and had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

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    J.Y. Ko increases lead; Lydia focuses on positives

    By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 3:33 pm

    ADELAIDE, Australia - Jin Young Ko continued her domination of the Women's Australian Open, shooting a 1-under 71 Saturday to increase her lead to four strokes after three rounds.

    The South Korean, who led after each of the opening two rounds of the LPGA tournament, had a three-round total of 11-under 205 at Kooyonga Golf Club.

    Australian golfer Hannah Green moved into second place after the round of the day, a 66.

    Green, 21, is seeking to become the first Australian to claim her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014. Webb, who is playing a part-time schedule in 2018, missed the cut Friday by one stroke.

    Green birdied her first three holes on Saturday and then added two more on the eighth and ninth. Two more birdies followed on the back nine with her only dropped shot a bogey on the 17th.


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    "I was very pleased with my ball striking," Green said. "I have put myself in contention so I'm very happy with how things are panning out.

    "It was a real shame about Karrie missing the cut, but I know she has got different plans."

    South Korea's Hyejin Choi (70), was tied for third, five strokes behind. Australia's top-ranked golfer Minjee Lee was tied for fifth after a 69, six off the lead.

    Former No. 1 Lydia Ko shot a 71 and was eight strokes behind.

    "It's always nice to be able to start the season on a good note, and I've obviously got tomorrow," Lydia Ko said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to finish off on a high note."

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    Cantlay, McDowell, Saunders share lead at Riviera

    By Doug FergusonFebruary 17, 2018, 3:51 am

    LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days.

    Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn't play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

    He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.

    ''I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens,'' Woods said. ''And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.''

    Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former U.S. Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.

    They were at 7-under 135.

    Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.

    Rory McIlroy overcame a few short misses on the front nine for a 69 and was at 2-under 140.


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    Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth - the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green - landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.

    ''I actually missed a little to the right, but it's a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,'' Cantlay said.

    He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.

    McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores.

    ''All I'm missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,'' McDowell said.

    Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.