Kerr moves lead to eight at LPGA Championship

By Associated PressJune 26, 2010, 10:42 pm
LPGA ChampionshipPITTSFORD, N.Y. – Holding an eight-stroke lead and 18 holes away from a second major title, Cristie Kerr wasn’t about to declare victory in the LPGA Championship.

“I can sit here and say, `Give me the trophy now.’ But it’s not going to happen,” Kerr said after shooting a 69 Saturday. “I’ve got one more round of golf to play. There’s one reason I’m sitting here and so far ahead at this point is because of the attitude I’m bringing.”

Kerr’s focus was on display during a rain-soaked round at the Locust Hill Country Club, where she went to 13-under 203 entering the final round Sunday. Her advantage tops the previous largest entering the final round of the LPGA Championship – Mickey Wright led by seven in 1961 on her way to a title.
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Cristie Kerr is seeking her second career major championship win. (Getty Images)
And Kerr fell just short of matching the largest 54-hole lead at an LPGA major set by Babe Zaharias, who had a 10-stroke lead at the 1954 U.S. Women’s Open.

Mika Miyazato double-bogeyed No. 18 to finish at 72 and fall into a three-way tie for second with rookie Azahara Munoz and Jimin Kang after both finished with 70s in the LPGA’s second major of the year. The only others within 10 shots of Kerr are Song-Hee Kim, who shot a 69 Saturday, and Jiyai Shin (70), who are 4 under for the tournament; and American Karrie Webb (69) at 3-under 213.

Shin, the world’s second-ranked player, is competing in her first tournament since an appendectomy two weeks ago.

Kang could only shrug when asked if there’s a chance of catching Kerr.

“I’ve got nothing to lose but 18 holes to go,” Kang said. “That’s all I can say.”

Miyazato’s not conceding anything just yet, either.

Speaking through an interpreter, Miyazato said: “If I keep my patience and endure to the last hole, then I am going to be able to catch up.”

There’s even more on the line for Kerr should she win on Sunday.

Opening the week fifth in the world rankings, Kerr is in position to take over the No. 1 spot currently held by Ai Miyazato, who supplanted Shin by winning the ShopRite LPGA Classic last weekend. The LPGA announced that if Kerr wins, Miyazato would need to finish second overall to retain her ranking.

That’s highly unlikely after Miyazato shot a 70 on Saturday to put her in a tie for 24th at 1 over for the tournament.

Kerr has an opportunity to become only the fifth player – and first American – to hold the top spot since the rankings were introduced in 2006.

“It would be great to get there. That’s step one,” said the 14-year tour veteran and 13-time tour winner. “But then you have to prove it over and over again every week.”

Kerr’s been on a roll all season. She’s posted three top-3 finishes, including winning the State Farm Classic two weeks ago.

This week, she’s been nearly flawless since an opening 68 Thursday that put her in a three-way tie for first. Kerr opened Saturday ahead by five and eventually took control with three straight birdies on Nos. 11-13, and with the rain steadily falling.

The run happened immediately after Kerr hit into the trees and bogeyed the par-4 10th, while Miyazato birdied to inch to within three strokes of the lead.

Kerr responded with a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 11, followed with a 12-foot birdie on 12, and finished the surge with a 10-footer on No. 13. That put Kerr at 12-under for the tournament and moved her six strokes ahead of Miyazato.

Kerr explained she was motivated because of her poor play, not because of what Miyazato was doing.

“I was just mad that I bogeyed 10. I just got on a run,” she said. “I definitely want to keep the foot on the gas. It doesn’t matter how many shot lead you have in golf, it’s not enough.”

After a bogey-5 on No. 14, she came back with an 8-foot birdie on the par-3 15th.

Kerr had three bogeys on Saturday after producing just one in her first two rounds. She continues to dominate the back nine, which she is now playing at a combined 10-under 101 for the week.

With thunderstorms forecast to roll in early in the afternoon, officials moved up the tee times by 90 minutes, and had the players go off in threesomes and off both tees in a bid to squeeze in the third round. The rain began about noon, and grew heavier an hour later as the final group reached the 14th green.

With thundershowers forecast for Sunday evening, officials have moved up the start of the final round by two hours, with Kerr and Kang set to tee off at 12:40 p.m.

Only three Americans have won the past 13 majors – including Kerr’s victory at the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open.

“I’m happy I’m way ahead, and I am hoping to go further ahead,” Kerr said. “But I can’t get ahead of myself.”
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.


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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.