Karrie Webb one back of Shin entering final round

By Associated PressMarch 28, 2009, 4:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newPHOENIX ' Jiyai Shin moved into position for her second LPGA victory of the year and fifth in eight months, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International.
 
The 20-year-old Shin ' hailed as The Final-Round Queen in South Korea ' had a 10-under 206 total on the Papago Golf Course. After winning three LPGA titles last year, including the Womens British Open, she won the HSBC Womens Champions this month in Singapore for her first victory as a tour member.
 
'I made a few mistakes on my drives, but my putting and my iron shots were very good, said Shin, who joked that her iron play was so good Saturday that her caddie told her she didnt need him.
 
Im-Kyung Kim, another South Korean, who led after the first two rounds, still was in front by two strokes after 10 holes in the third round, but a bogey at 11 and a double bogey at 12 led to a 71 and dropped her into a second-place tie with Karrie Webb (69) at 9 under. Suzann Pettersen (70) was 8 under.
 
Two-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa had her first sub-par round, a 70 that left her 2 under, but was upset with herself and the course.
 
I feel like I havent played too bad, but the score hasnt shown anything, Ochoa said. Its very disappointing.
 
Im frustrated because I feel I didnt take advantage of the par 5s. Its weird. In the middle of the fairway, next to the green, I dont feel comfortable.
 
Ochoa also said that the sand felt heavy. And it seems like there is a lot of sand under it, she added.
 
It will take a near-miracle Sunday for her to win the title for a third consecutive title.
 
Maybe tomorrow (Sunday) I wont hit any bunkers and Ill make putts, she said.
 
Michelle Wie, who barely made the cut Friday, struggled again, shooting a 74, her third straight round over par. Her 7-over-par score was in sharp contrast to her only other tournament this year, when she finished second at 7 under in the SBS Open at Turtle Bay in February.
 
Webb, winner of seven majors, is seeking her first victory in two years. With her experience and success, she can be intimidating on the course, especially against some of her younger opponents.
 
But she said that when she was winning so many tournaments, she became a little complacent. Now, she has regained her drive and desire.
 
It will be very important to win, Webb said. If I can pull it off tomorrow (Sunday), it would give me a big boost for the year. The problem now is I want it too badly. Before, I probably took it for granted and thought I was going to win.
 
When she stopped winning, she pressed and got down on myself, Webb said.
 
Kim earned her first LPGA victory at the Longs Drugs Challenge in 2008, a performance that she said has eased the pressure when shes at or near the top of the leader board.
 
I need to have patience, Kim said. I had some frustration on some putts today. I need to be more flexible on those putts.
 
But I finished strong (with a birdie on 18).
 
Pettersen admitted she made one bad mistake, when she bogeyed the 12th. However, an eagle at the 544-yard 10th helped save her round.
 
The event lost its sponsor and home course after the 2008 tournament. The LPGA saved it, and moved it from Superstition Mountain Golf Club in Gold Canyon to Phoenix. Crews had only six weeks to get the municipal course in shape for this event.
 
The tournament is the final tuneup for next weeks Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, Calif., the first major of the season.
 
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    Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

    By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

    The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

    Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

    Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.

    Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

    Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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    Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

    SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

    Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

    Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

    With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

    ''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

    Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.


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    ''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

    Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

    Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

    He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    "I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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    Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

    By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


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    It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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    Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

    Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

    Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

    “I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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    The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

    “The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

    Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.