Anna Nordqvist on top heading to final round of Safeway

By Associated PressAugust 29, 2009, 4:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newNORTH PLAINS, Ore. ' Ai Miyazato succinctly summed up rookie Anna Nordqvist.
 
Very steady player, Miyazato said after Nordqvist shot a 3-under 69 Saturday to take a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Safeway Classic.
 
Nordqvist, who won the LPGA Championship earlier this year, was at 10-under 134 after the first two rounds at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Chasing her were Miyazato and Seon Hwa Lee.
 
Known for her composure, Nordqvist didnt deviate when asked if she was anxious about Sunday.
 
I think Im not more nervous than anybody else, she said matter-of-factly.
 
Nordqvist, who is from Sweden and played at Arizona State, was her usual unflappable self during her round, following up bogeys on the eighth and 14th holes with birdies.
 
I just kept hanging in there, she said.
 
In June, Nordqvist won the LPGA Championship by four strokes over Lindsey Wright. It was just her fifth professional tournament.
 
Miyazato had three straight birdies on Nos. 8-10, all par-5 holes, to climb up the leaderboard with a 68, while Lee sank a birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole and wound up with a 70.
 
Lee, a South Korean who won twice on the tour last year but has yet to have a victory this season, joked about her strategy for Sundays round.
 
My plan for tomorrow is to hit the fairways, hit the greens and make putts, she said with a giggle.
 
Miyazato, who played in a group with Nordqvist in the opening round, won for the first time at the Evian Masters in July.
 
Ominous clouds and a few heavy downpours passed over the course west of Portland on Saturday. In the afternoon, the U.S. Air Forces Thunderbirds roared nearby as part of their performance for the Oregon International Air Show.
 
Michele Redman (69) and Suzann Pettersen (68) were at 8 under.
 
Beth Bader, who led by a stroke after the first round, had a 73 and was three shots off the pace at 7 under.
 
Defending champion Cristie Kerr had a 70, while Michelle Wie shot a 71. Each goes into the final round at 5 under. Both were on the U.S. Solheim Cup team that defeated Europe last weekend in Sugar Grove, Ill.
 
Before Saturdays round got under way, Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak withdrew for undisclosed reasons. She shot a 69 on Saturday.
 
Among those who missed the cut were Pat Hurst, who won the Safeway Classic in 2006, Lorie Kane and Laura Davies.
 
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    PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

    The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

    PGA Tour:

    The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

    LPGA:

    We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


    Full-field scores from the Joburg Open


    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.