Big names tied atop LPGA leaderboard

By Associated PressMay 16, 2010, 3:04 am

LPGA Tour _newMOBILE, Ala. – Norway’s Suzann Pettersen shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Brittany Lincicome and Se Ri Pak in the Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

Pettersen followed two birdies with an eagle on the par-5 sixth, and joined Lincicome (67) and second-round leader Pak (68) at 13 under on the Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

A six-time winner on the LPGA , Pettersen once again is in contention after finishing second twice and third once in the first five events of the season.

But six players were within two shots of the lead, setting up a last-day scramble.

“With all those names at the top of the leaderboard, nobody’s going to back down,” said Lincicome, the long-hitting 24-year-old Floridian. “Nobody’s going to shoot a high number. A lot of the long hitters are at the top. Sixty-five would be nice.”

It was certainly enough for Pettersen to make a big move. She lost by a stroke to Yani Tseng in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, but has gone 35 holes without a bogey.

“I’ve been feeling good all year,” said Pettersen, dealing with a nagging hip injury. “I’ve been playing really good. I’ve been outplayed a couple of times when I felt like what I had was going to be good enough, but that’s this game. That’s the beauty of this game.”

Suzann Petterson swings clubThe trio and others will jockey for the win with a two-tee morning start Sunday because bad weather is forecast for the afternoon.

Na Yeon Choi (66), Jee Young Lee (66) and Azahara Munoz (67) were 11 under. Michelle Wie had a 76 to drop to 5 over, last among the 73 players who made the cut.

Pettersen pulled even with Pak by opening the back nine with two more birdies and briefly took the lead with another birdie on No. 15. Pak answered right back on No. 16 with her only birdie of the back nine.

As for Pettersen’s torn hip muscle, she said the doctor prescribed rest but that’s not in the cards quite yet.

“It’s not ideal, but I can make it work,” Pettersen said.

Pak’s 68 kept the Hall of Famer under 70 for the third straight round and in position for her 25th win and first since the 2007 Owens Corning Classic. She won the Tournament of Champions on the same course in 2001 and 2002.

Pak had three birdies on the front 9, and like Pettersen she turned in a bogey-free day.

“There’s nothing I can do special, just go out there and play like I did the last three days,” Pak said. “This golf course fit perfectly this week. I feel really happy about the way I’m playing. No complaints at all.”

She has no complaints about the scenario either. “I think this is a better way to start the final round because sometimes leading by one or two shots, you’re really having a lot of pressure,” Pak said.

Lincicome overcame an opening bogey. Her 30-plus foot eagle putt on No. 6 more than wiped that out.

“I started out a little rough,” she said. “I was a little nervous. It took a couple of holes to get into a rhythm.

“I’m going to keep doing the same things I’m doing and focus on my tempo. The only time I hit a bad shot is when I get a little quick. I’m just going to take a lot of deep breaths and calm myself down.”

And maybe listen to her 10-year-old nephew, who predicted her score.

“The air conditioning temperature in the car on the drive here was 67 this morning, so he said I was going to shoot a 67,” Lincicome said. “I just need him to pick a number for me (Sunday).”

Pettersen has revised her pre-tournament estimate about what score it might take to win on a course that underwent substantial renovations last year.

“I thought about 15-16 (under) would be a good number, but I think you’ve got to go low (Sunday),” she said. “There’s reachable par 5s and some shorter par 4s.

“I think you need another really low one.”

Choi fell back with a bogey on the final hole. It was her seventh bogey of the first three days.

Munoz, a 22-year-old rookie from Spain, shot a 67 to rebound from a 6-over round Friday and put herself back in contention going into the finale.

“Of course I’m going to be nervous,” she said. “But this is the spot you want to be in. This is what you practice for.”

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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.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

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