Alexis Thompson rolls at US Womens Amateur

By Associated PressAugust 5, 2009, 4:00 pm
USGAST. LOUIS ' Amelia Lewis beat stroke-play medallist Danielle Kang 2 and 1 on Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Womens Amateur, while 14-year-old sensation Alexis Thompson rolled to an easy victory in steamy conditions at Old Warson.
 
Lewis, the 18-year-old Florida recruit from Jacksonville, Fla., won a six-player playoff Tuesday for the final spot in the 64-player match-play field.
 
God gave me a second chance with a playoff yesterday, so I am going to try to make the most of it this week, Lewis said.
 
Shes fighting a respiratory infection that forced her to go to a hospital Monday.
 
Im like on three different drugs, Lewis, the North and South Womens Amateur winner last month at Pinehurst No. 2. Im trying to focus.
 
Lewis won with a two-putt par on the par-3 17th after the 16-year-old Kang, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., hit into a greenside bunker en route to a triple bogey.
 
She played really well today, Kang said. It was a good match.
 
Thompson, the 2008 U.S. Girls Junior champion from Coral Springs, Fla., routed Sun Gyoung Park of Vail, Ariz., 7 and 6.
 
I drove the ball well and I just hit it a lot better, said Thompson, who had rounds of 76 and 74 in stroke play. I was just thankful that I made it to match play.
 
Kimberly Kim, the 17-year-old Hawaii player who won the 2006 championship, and Amy Anderson, the 17-year-old Girls Junior champion from Oxbow, N.D., were eliminated. Kim dropped a 5-and-3 decision to Canadian Maude-Aimee Leblanc, while Cydney Clanton of Concord, N.C., beat Anderson 3 and 2.
 
I just tried to stay confident, and tried not to be intimidated by her, said LeBlanc, who plays at Purdue. But shes a long hitter so that didnt work.
 
Two matches went 25 holes. Jodi Ewart, a 21-year-old Englishwoman who plays at New Mexico, beat Mallory Fraiche of Metairie, La., while 19-year-old Taylore Karle of Scottsdale, Ariz., topped Kendra Little of Eugene, Ore.
 
Ewart, set to face Thompson in the second round, holed a 20-foot putt at the par-3 seventh hole to end the match. A hole earlier, Fraiche missed a 4-foot birdie putt that would have given her the win.
 
I literally thought we would be out there all night, said Ewart, a member of Britain and Irelands 2008 Curtis Cup team. You really have to keep mentally strong, especially with this heat. Youve got to keep drinking lots of water.
 
Karle won with a downhill 10-foot birdie putt.
 
Today was a grind-out day, said Karle, who plays at Pepperdine.
 
In other matches, 19-year-old Jennifer Song, the U.S. Womens Amateur Public Links champion from Ann Arbor, Mich., beat Megan McChrystal of Stuart, Fla., 3 and 1; Canadian Stephanie Sherlock edged Marina Alex of Wayne, N.J., 2-up; and 16-year-old Jessia Korda of Bradenton, Fla., beat Sara Grantham of Wilsonville, Ala., 1-up.
 
I really grinded today, said Korda, whose father, former tennis star Petr Korda, is working as her caddie. My putts, everything was like a roll short going into the hole. I had so many putts like that today.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.