Lang Leads Wie Disappointed at Publinx

By Associated PressJune 23, 2004, 4:00 pm
USGAWILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- A black snake slithering in her path drew a screech of surprise from Michelle Wie on Wednesday, but it took a delay because of thunder and lightning to get her off her game after a flawless start.
The 14-year-old was 3 under before a 50-minute stoppage and 2 over after it, undermined again by one miserable hole as stroke-play qualifying concluded in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Wie, the defending champion, had a three-putt triple-bogey with a penalty stroke Wednesday, following a four-putt double-bogey in the first round. Her 1-under 71 and two-day total of 141 was good enough to tie her for sixth with three others.
Disappointed, she pledged to do better in match play which starts Thursday.
'Match play tomorrow is a whole different kind of story,' she said, 'and I feel like I'm really ready for that.'
The top 64 players advanced to the first round of match play, which continues until a 36-hole championship match on Sunday.
Brittany Lang, a teammate of Wie's on the U.S. team that won the Curtis Cup this month, bolted to the lead at 9-under 135 after a 65 that featured eight birdies on the 6,158-yard Green Course at Golden Horseshoe.
Lang missed only two greens and rolled in birdie putts of 30 and 25 feet as well as making six others from within 8 feet.
'I hit a lot of shots at the flag,' the McKinney, Texas, native said.
Taking some time off to rest after the Curtis Cup, which pitted the U.S. team against Britain and Ireland and ended June 13, was crucial, Lang said.
'I was wearing myself out with golf and working out,' she said.
Lang wasn't the only one who got hot on Wednesday.
Jenna Pearson of Wheaton, Ill., was two back after a 66, and Courtney Mahon of Topeka, Kan., was third at 138 after a 68. The top five also included 14-year-old Stephanie Kono (70), who attends the same school as Wie in Honolulu, at 139, and Ya-Ni Tseng (70) of Chinese Taipei at 140.
Pearson's round was set up by an unspectacular first round.
'Yesterday I had 17 pars and one birdie and I really didn't make any mistakes so I just felt really good coming into today,' she said.
'It'll help me (Thursday) to know there are birdies out there.'
Kono, six weeks younger than Wie and a rising ninth grader, isn't a long hitter like her schoolmate and some of the others playing here. Still, she said match play can change a lot of things and give everyone an equal chance.
'If they have a good putting day, that's all it takes,' she said.
36-hole Stroke-Play Qualifying Results
Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas, 70-65--135
Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill., 71-66--137
Courtney Mahon, Topeka, Kan., 70-68--138
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii, 69-70--139
Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei, 70-70--140
Angela Park, Torrance, Calif., 74-67--141
Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 69-72--141
In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla., 71-70--141
Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii, 70-71--141
Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 70-72--142
Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md., 71-72--143
Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio, 71-72--143
Katie Quinney, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., 74-69--143
Ko-Chen Yeh, Chinese Taipei, 74-69--143
Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei, 73-70--143
Karyn Stordahl, Prior Lake, Minn., 71-73--144
Kuan-Pei Chen, Chinese Taipei, 74-70--144
Shannon Ogg, Charlotte, N.C., 74-70--144
Taylor Barrett, York, S.C., 73-71--144
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif., 72-72--144
Hoi Ning Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep of China, 70-75--145
Hwanhee Lee, Los Angeles, Calif., 70-75--145
Jooyoung Yang, Korea, 70-75--145
Kristen Campos, Mesa, Ariz., 73-72--145
Melissa Martin, Altadena, Calif., 75-70--145
Sung Lee, Tacoma, Wash., 71-74--145
Ashley Leonard, Rocky Mount, N.C., 71-75--146
Christine Yum, Bradenton, Fla., 72-74--146
Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va., 73-73--146
Mayumi Motoyama, Littleton, Colo., 72-74--146
Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif., 76-70--146
Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., 71-75--146
Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif., 73-74--147
Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo., 77-70--147
Laura Crawford, Lancaster, S.C., 72-75--147
Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C., 76-71--147
Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn., 75-72--147
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., 74-73--147
Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif., 71-76--147
Aimee Cho, Korea, 77-71--148
Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif., 75-73--148
Janet Dyer, Starkville, Miss., 74-74--148
Karla Kalian, Brush Prairie, Wash., 72-76--148
Kasi Lee, Paramus, N.J., 77-71--148
Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va., 72-76--148
Lehua Wise, Lihue, Hawaii, 73-75--148
Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 74-74--148
Maria Gallegos, Argentina, 72-76--148
Noriko Nakazaki, Hanover Park, Ill., 74-74--148
Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz., 75-73--148
Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla., 75-73--148
Violeta Retamoza, Mexico, 73-75--148
Wendra Liang, San Francisco, Calif., 74-74--148
Amber Jean Kuss, Koontz Lake, Ind., 76-73--149
Brianna Broderick, Richmond, Mo., 73-76--149
Brooke Goodwin, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., 78-71--149
Erica Battle, Columbia, S.C., 77-72--149
Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei, 74-75--149
Kansas Gooden, Harrisonburg, Va., 75-74--149
Mackinzie Kline, Encinitas, Calif., 76-73--149
Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill., 76-73--149
Nicole Hage, Coral Springs, Fla., 74-75--149
Stephanie Godare, Houston, Texas, 74-75--149
Tiffany Tavee, Gilbert, Ariz., 75-74--149
Match Play Pairings -- Upper Half
8:30 am Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas vs. Amber Jean Kuss, Koontz Lake, Ind.
8:38 am Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. vs. Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif.
8:46 am Taylor Barrett, York, S.C. vs. Janet Dyer, Starkville, Miss.
8:54 am Karyn Stordahl, Prior Lake, Minn. vs. Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va.
9:02 am Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. vs. Erica Battle, Columbia, S.C.
9:10 am Hwanhee Lee, Los Angeles, Calif. vs. Maria Gallegos, Argentina
9:18 am In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla. vs. Tiffany Tavee, Gilbert, Ariz.
9:26 am Hoi Ning Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep of China vs. Lehua Wise, Lihue, Hawaii
9:34 am Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii vs. Stephanie Godare, Houston, Texas
9:42 am Mayumi Motoyama, Littleton, Colo. vs. Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif.
9:50 am Ko-Chen Yeh, Chinese Taipei vs. Violeta Retamoza, Mexico
9:58 am Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif. vs. Karla Kalian, Brush Prairie, Wash.
10:06 am Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei vs. Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill.
10:14 am Ashley Leonard, Rocky Mount, N.C. vs. Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo.
10:22 am Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md. vs. Wendra Liang, San Francisco, Calif.
10:30 am Jooyoung Yang, Korea vs. Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz.
Lower Half
10:38 am Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill. vs. Kansas Gooden, Harrisonburg, Va.
10:46 am Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D. vs. Laura Crawford, Lancaster, S.C.
10:54 am Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei vs. Noriko Nakazaki, Hanover Park, Ill.
11:02 am Kuan-Pei Chen, Chinese Taipei vs. Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif.
11:10 am Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii vs. Brooke Goodwin, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
11:18 am Melissa Martin, Altadena, Calif. vs. Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn.
11:26 am Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. vs. Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei
11:34 am Kristen Campos, Mesa, Ariz. vs. Kasi Lee, Paramus, N.J.
11:42 am Courtney Mahon, Topeka, Kan. vs. Brianna Broderick, Richmond, Mo.
11:50 am Christine Yum, Bradenton, Fla. vs. Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif.
11:58 am Katie Quinney, Jacksonville Beach, Fla. vs. Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla.
12:06 pm Shannon Ogg, Charlotte, N.C. vs. Aimee Cho, Korea
12:14 pm Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. vs. Nicole Hage, Coral Springs, Fla.
12:22 pm Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif. vs. Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C.
12:30 pm Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio vs. Mackinzie Kline, Encinitas, Calif.
12:38 pm Sung Lee, Tacoma, Wash. vs. Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
Failed To Qualify
Amanda Costner, Claremore, Okla., 77-73--150
Amanda Wilson, Hilo, Hawaii, 78-72--150
Ashley Sholer, Canada, 74-76--150
Beth Allen, San Diego, Calif., 78-72--150
Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla., 74-76--150
Christine Hentzner, Las Vegas, Nev., 75-75--150
Hagen Weintraub, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 75-75--150
Megan Stoddart, Sacramento, Calif., 76-74--150
Tarah Mc Naughton, Bradenton, Fla., 74-76--150
Amanda Mathis, Picayune, Miss., 75-76--151
Jenna Cox, Lima, Ohio, 78-73--151
Mary Calderon, Mexico, 80-71--151
Allison Stewart, Vermillion, S.D., 77-75--152
Angela Daykin, Canada, 79-73--152
Annie Schlosser, Las Vegas, Nev., 73-79--152
Casey Cain, Lumberton, Texas, 79-73--152
Julia Best, Bulverde, Texas, 75-77--152
Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo., 75-77--152
Leanne Owens, Creston, Iowa, 76-76--152
Whitney Ueno, Hilo, Hawaii, 75-77--152
Kali Quick, Nampa, Idaho, 76-77--153
Kathryn Detlefsen, Eagan, Minn., 74-79--153
Lacey Jones, Idabel, Okla., 78-75--153
Laura Mengelkamp, Dover, Pa., 78-75--153
Miki Ueoka, Lihue, Hawaii, 80-73--153
Allyson Hatcher, Wheeling, W.Va., 77-77--154
Caroline Kim, Canada, 78-76--154
Courtney Sullivan, Gresham, Ore., 78-76--154
Jeannine Mondesando, Mahwah, N.J., 77-77--154
Julia Huh, Pasadena, Md., 78-76--154
Kelly Husted, Stanford, Calif., 81-73--154
Kristen Kennedy, Silver City, N.M., 80-74--154
Kylene Pulley, Kokomo, Ind., 76-78--154
Morgan O'Banion, Carmel, Ind., 76-78--154
Stefanie Coleman, Lakewood, Wash., 77-77--154
Cheryl Jones, Phoenix, Ariz., 79-76--155
Elizabeth Schweihs, Lockport, Ill., 80-75--155
Lesley Stracks, Washington, D.C., 78-77--155
Katie Myos, Faribault, Minn., 75-81--156
Kristin Emmons, Alamosa, Colo., 79-77--156
Lynsey Myers, Ogden, Utah, 81-75--156
Meggie Fagundes, Atwater, Calif., 77-79--156
Sarah Tiller, Nampa, Idaho, 80-76--156
Yvonne Choe, Temple City, Calif., 78-78--156
Emily Hendricks, Pewaukee, Wis., 73-84--157
Jordyn Wells, Bethel Park, Pa., 77-80--157
Maggie Leef, Brookfield, Wis., 73-84--157
Heidi Lowe, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 77-82--159
Ashley Anast, Littleton, Colo., 81-79--160
Crystal Elliers, Chalmette, La., 77-83--160
Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn., 76-84--160
Stacey Linduska, Woodbury, Minn., 77-83--160
Jessica Smith, Louisville, Ky., 82-79--161
Kelly Boogaard, Grand Rapids, Mich., 80-81--161
Maggie Ward, Rochester, N.Y., 78-83--161
Devon Newell, Helena, Mont., 83-80--163
Jennifer Ackerson, Allen, Texas, 80-83--163
Josey Edwards, Weiser, Idaho, 87-76--163
Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas, 82-81--163
Heidi Kim, Sandy, Utah, 85-79--164
Kelli Nakano, Pukalani, Hawaii, 83-81--164
Lisa Kraxner, Prairie Village, Kan., 80-84--164
Sandy Young, Owings, Md., 78-86--164
Shannon Warner, Livonia, Mich., 80-84--164
Whitney Wolejko, Hatfield, Mass., 82-82--164
Cynthia Bowser, Stewartstown, Pa., 82-83--165
Hana Young, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 84-81--165
Stephanie Aston, Saugar, Calif., 89-77--166
Britney Hayes, Bozeman, Mont., 86-81--167
Rachel Thomas, Livonia, Mich., 81-87--168
Allison Mayborg, Monroe, Ohio, 85-84--169
Arlene Zamora, Havre De Grace, Md., 83-88--171
Kathryn Walker, Blackshear, Ga., 83-88--171
Rose Pagan, Kula, Hawaii, 85-87--172
Rachel Strauss, Seattle, Wash., 87-87--174
Lydia Kim, Edison, N.J., 85-92--177
Mary Anne Levins, Rutland, Vt., 91-87--178
Lisa Chalmers, Farmington Hills, Mich., 92-87--179
Kristan Bennett, Trenton, Mich., 89-92--181
Nicolina Kulhamer, Bethlehem, Pa., 90-91--181
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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.