Kerr in 3-way tie for lead at LPGA Championship

By Associated PressJune 25, 2010, 4:43 am

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. – With Lorena Ochoa out of the picture, Cristie Kerr began her quest to take over top spot in the women’s golf rankings.

What better time to start than Thursday at the LPGA Championship, the tour’s first major since Ochoa announced her retirement in April.

Relying on her clutch putting, and untroubled by a heavy downpour that briefly stopped play early in the afternoon, Kerr shot a 4-under 68 to match Stacy Lewis and Seon Hwa Lee for the lead at the Locust Hill Country Club outside of Rochester.

Though admittedly “punchy” after a weather-delayed round that lasted nearly 6 hours, Kerr was not hiding her desire to go from being the top-ranked American to No. 1 in the world before this year is over.

“I feel that as far as Number 1 goes, I’m right in there,” said Kerr, who opened the week ranked fifth.

Referring to Ai Miyazato, who took over top spot after winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic last weekend, Kerr added: “Ai’s been really hot winning four tournaments. I’m going to have to do some special stuff for the rest of the year, but it can be done.” 

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Kerr is tied for the lead at the LPGA Championship after an opening round 68. (Getty Images)

She’ll get plenty of challengers after the first round of the $2.25 million event in which no one was capable of separating from the pack.

Inbee Park, the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open champion, Mika Miyazato and Lindsey Wright were a stroke back, leaving a logjam of 16 players within three shots of the lead.

It’s a group that includes Juli Inkster, who showed that turning 50 doesn’t mean she can’t compete for yet another major title. The 31-time LPGA tour winner celebrated her birthday by shooting a 71.

Inkster proved to be the crowd favorite as she was serenaded at least four times on the course by fans singing “Happy Birthday.

“It was nice to be loved,” Inkster said, before dismissing a question of whether she feels old. “It didn’t feel any different than it felt yesterday.”

Trouble is, her age showed through just a little as she struggled by finishing with four bogeys – sandwiched between a par and a birdie – over the final six holes.

Kerr, in her 14th season, showed no signs of letdown in a round that featured five birdies and only one bogey. She was particularly solid in saving par on her final hole – the 172-yard par-3 ninth – by two-putting from 35 feet on a tricky green.

“This is what I wanted starting the first day,” Kerr said. “You get kind of a taste of the blood in the water. It kind of motivates you and you look forward to getting up to play tomorrow.”

The weather played havoc with shots along the narrow tree-lined, 6,506-yard course that demanded accurate shots off the tee.

The early afternoon downpour had just begun when Lewis reached the green at No. 9, her final hole. Facing an 8-foot putt for birdie, Lewis acknowledged she had plenty of incentive to sink it before quickly escaping to the dry confines of the scorers’ tent.

“I was glad to hit the tee shot before it started to pour,” Lewis said. “I knew I was going to get soaked. And I knew I could go inside and dry off. I just didn’t worry about it.”

The 25-year-old Lewis is finally beginning to play to the potential she showed in tying for third at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open – a tournament she had led after three rounds. This year, her second on the LPGA Tour, Lewis is coming off a pair of top-16 finishes, and also earned a career-best second-place finish at the Tres Marias Championship last month.

Lee was relieved to make it through the elements with a 68 in what proved to be an up-and-down round.

After opening with a three-putt bogey on No. 10, she responded by chipping in a 127-yard shot for eagle at the 386-yard par-4 12th. She then followed with four birdies and a pair of bogeys before closing by holing out of the bunker for birdie.

“The rain had stopped, so it was not a very hard up and down,” Lee said. “I just had a lot of confidence in my bunker shot, so I just did the right thing.”

Paula Creamer, competing in only her second tournament since having surgery to repair ligament damage in her left thumb, was among those at 1 under. Creamer struggled with her putting, and played with her left thumb wrapped.

Yani Tseng, who won the Kraft Nabisco, faltered down the stretch in her bid to win two straight majors. After getting to 4 under through seven holes, Tseng had five bogeys on her next seven holes – including four in a row – and finished at 3 over.

Anna Nordqvist, the defending champion, opened with a 73.

 

 

 

 

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. 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.

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.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.