Goggin leads as organizers want Daly back

By Associated PressDecember 6, 2008, 5:00 pm
COOLUM, Australia ' Australias Mathew Goggin birdied the final hole for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead Saturday after the third round of the Australian PGA.
 
Goggin had a 12-under 204 total. Australians Geoff Ogilvy (67) and Rod Pampling (68) were tied for second. Pampling won the Australian Masters last week.
 
Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, holed a 50-foot birdie on the 18th hole, his third birdie in his last six holes.
 
Jarrod Lyle, the Australian who equaled the course record with a 63 on Friday and led for much of Saturday, went the other way. Lyle bogeyed three of his final six for a 71 to drop into a tie with countryman Peter OMalley (67) at 10 under.
 
Australias Chris Gaunt (68) and New Zealand left-hander Tim Wilkinson (69), the first-round leader, were tied for sixth, three shots back.
 
Tim Clark of South Africa (69) was nine back at 3 under.
 
Goggin, the second round co-leader with Lyle, said he had an inconsistent day on the greens.
 
It was nice to finish the way that I did after a couple of three-putts earlier in the round, Goggin said. I gave some shots away early, so to finish with three birdies on my last four holes was great.
 
Goggin hit a 6-iron to 2 feet on the 18th, setting up a near tap-in birdie. But hes not getting too excited about a one-shot lead.
 
It is kind of irrelevant, he said. You are playing with good players, so you just have to go out and shoot the best score of the day. You cant leave anything on the ground.
 
Ogilvy also had a difficult day with the putter, making the chip on 18 all the more special.
 
It was a relatively simple chip-and-run that I was trying to get close, Ogilvy said. It was a big bonus to go in. Maybe it was good karma for all the putts I missed today.
 
Lyle moved two strokes ahead of the field with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-3 11th, but an errant tee shot on 13 cost him his first bogey of the day, reducing the lead to one.
 
The 27-year-old Lyle, who survived leukemia as a teenager, birdied the par-5 15th just as Ogilvy birdied 18. But Lyles bogey on 16 when his approach flew past the pin and off the green created a brief four-way tie before Goggins late birdie.
 
With thunderstorms forecast for later in the day, organizers put the third-round groups off both tees and with earlier start times.
 
Due to a backlog from a thunderstorm suspension Thursday, six groups had to finish their second rounds Saturday morning, when the cut was made at even-par 144. That meant defending champion Peter Lonard, at 1 over after a 75 Friday, did not qualify for the weekend.
 
John Daly wasnt around either, having missed the cut by four shots following a second-round 77 and after being plagued by putting problems. But tournament organizers said they would be happy to have him back.
 
Daly was making his first appearance here since throwing his ball and putter into a pond off the 18th green in 2002. He was also disqualified then for failing to sign for a 78 on his scorecard, but would have missed the cut anyway.
 
Were disappointed to lose him but I am extremely disappointed more for John because I think tee to green, hes played particularly well on a course that doesnt really suit him, PGA of Australia chief executive Max Garske said. Unfortunately for him the short stick hasnt worked.
 
Garske said he wouldnt rule out attempting to lure Daly back next year.
 
If he is prepared to come back we will always have him, Garske said.
 
Daly only decided a few weeks ago to play here, but the move by organizers to secure him paid dividends ' attendance for the first two days was up nearly 5,000 from last year.
 
He also missed the cut last week at the Australian Masters at Melbourne. Daly will play next week in the Australian Open at Royal Sydney.
 
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  • If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

    By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

    NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

    She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

    You don’t believe it, though.

    She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

    Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

    Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

    “In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

    Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

    Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

    Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

    At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

    She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

    She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

    And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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    There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

    Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

    It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

    Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

    Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

    “I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

    About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

    Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

    “She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

    David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

    “She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

    Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

    Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

    “Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

    Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

    “It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

    Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

    “No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

    Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.

    National champion Sooners meet with Trump in D.C.

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 17, 2017, 11:10 pm

    The national champion Oklahoma men's golf team visited Washington D.C. on Frday and met with President Donald Trump.

    Oklahoma topped Oregon, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, in last year's national final at Rich Harvest Farms to win their second national championship and first since 1989.

    These pictures from the team's trip to Washington popped up on social media late Friday afternoon:

    Rookie Cook (66-62) credits prior Tour experience

    By Rex HoggardNovember 17, 2017, 10:36 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook is a rookie only on paper. At least, that’s the way he’s played since joining the circuit this season.

    This week’s RSM Classic is Cook’s fourth start on Tour, and rounds of 66-62 secured his fourth made cut of the young season. More importantly, his 14-under total moved him into the lead at Sea Island Resort.

    “I really think that a couple years ago, the experience that I have had, I think I've played maybe 10 events, nine events before this season,” Cook said. “Being in contention a few times and making cuts, having my card has really prepared me for this.”


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    Cook has been perfect this week at the RSM Classic and moved into contention with four consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 (he began his round on the 10th hole of the Seaside course). A 6-footer for birdie at the last moved him one stroke clear of Brian Gay.

    In fact, Cook hasn’t come close to making a bogey this week thanks to an equally flawless ball-striking round that moved him to first in the field in strokes gained: tee to green.

    If Cook has played like a veteran this week, a portion of that credit goes to long-time Tour caddie Kip Henley, who began working for Cook during this year’s Web.com Tour finals.

    “He’s got a great golf brain,” Henley said. “That’s the most flawless round of golf I’ve ever seen.”

    Cook fires 62 for one-shot lead at RSM Classic

    By Associated PressNovember 17, 2017, 10:26 pm

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole for an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead going into the weekend at the RSM Classic.

    Cook has gone 36 holes without a bogey on the Plantation and Seaside courses at Sea Island Golf Club. He played Seaside - the site of the final two rounds in the last PGA Tour event of the calendar year - on Friday and ran off four straight birdies on his opening nine holes.

    ''We've just been able to it hit the ball really well,'' Cook said. ''Speed on greens has been really good and getting up-and-down has been great. I've been able to hit it pretty close to the hole to make some pretty stress-free putts. But the couple putts that I have had of some length for par, I've been able to roll them in. Everything's going well.''

    The 26-year-old former Arkansas player was at 14-under 128 and had a one-stroke lead over Brian Gay, who shot 64 on Seaside. No one else was closer than five shots going into the final two rounds.

    The 45-year-old Gay won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2013.


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    ''I've hit a lot of greens and fairways,'' Gay said. ''I've hit the ball, kept it in front of me. There's a lot of trouble out here, especially with the wind blowing, so I haven't had to make too many saves the first couple days and I putted well.''

    Cook has made the weekend cuts in all four of his starts this season. He earned his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour, and has hired Gay's former caddie, Kip Henley.

    ''With him being out here so long, he knows everybody, so it's not like I'm completely the new kid on the block,'' Cook said. ''He's introduced me to a lot of people, so it's just making me feel comfortable out here. He knows his way around these golf courses. We're working really well together.''

    First-round leader Chris Kirk followed his opening 63 on the Plantation with a 70 on the Seaside to drop into a tie for third at 9 under with C.T. Pan (65) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

    Brandt Snedeker is looking strong in his first start in some five months because of a sternum injury. Snedeker shot a 67 on the Plantation course and was six shots back at 8 under.

    ''I was hitting the ball really well coming down here,'' Snedeker said. ''I was anxious to see how I would hold up under pressure. I haven't played a tournament in five months, so it's held up better than I thought it would. Ball-striking's been really good, mental capacity's been unbelievable.

    ''I think being so fresh, excited to be out there and thinking clearly. My short game, which has always been a strength of mine, I didn't know how sharp it was going to be. It's been really good so far.''