Miyazato and Kang top Corning after low-scoring day

By Associated PressMay 23, 2009, 4:00 pm
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2006 Corning ClassicCORNING, N.Y. ' Hee-Won Han proved a prophet.
 
Four years ago, Han shot 10 under in the third round of the LPGA Corning Classic and figured that feat was likely to be duplicated Saturday given the near-ideal condition of the Corning Country Club course.
 
She was so right.
 
Yani Tseng
Yani Tseng reacts to nearly holing her approach shot on the 18th hole Saturday. (Getty Images)
On an amazing day of scoring, 19-year-old Japanese rookie Mika Miyazato shot a 10-under-par 62 to tie Soo-Yun Kang of South Korea at 17-under 199. They were one shot ahead of 20-year-old Yani Tseng of South Korea, who also shot 10 under.
 
Minea Blomqvist (66) of Finland was alone at 15 under. Mikaela Parmlid (68) of Sweden, rookie Vicky Hurst (63), Katherine Hull (65) of Australia, Sandra Gal (68) of Germany, and South Koreans Na Yeon Choi (68) and Seon Hwa Lee (68) were at 14 under.
 
Karine Icher of France, who began the day with a four-shot lead, stumbled to a 74 and finished the day in a tie for 17th, five shots off the lead.
 
Eunjung Yi of South Korea started shortly after 9 a.m. and quickly gave a strong inkling of what was about to unfold. She made three eagles in her first five holes to become just the fifth player in LPGA history to accomplish the feat on a round.
 
Tseng was even better, making two eagles and four birdies on the front nine for a 28. That was just one stroke better than playing partner Natalie Gulbis (66), but it broke the tournament record of 29 set two years ago by Wendy Ward. It also made Tseng just the ninth player in LPGA history to shoot 8 under for nine holes.
 
Its unbelievable. I had two eagles on the front nine and a lot of circles on my scorecard, said the 20-year-old Tseng, 2008 LPGA rookie of the year. And it feels like Im playing a pro-am scramble. Its birdie and eagle. It was so much fun.
 
Until the 17th hole. Tseng drove the deep right rough, punched out nicely and hit her third shot to 15 feet, then shook her head in dismay when her putt for par stopped short of the hole for bogey.
 
That wasnt about to affect the elation she was feeling after signing her scorecard.
 
I think Im just going to still have fun and enjoy tomorrow and dont try too hard, Tseng said. Maybe I shoot 59 tomorrow. Hopefully.
 
Miyazato said she was unaware of Tsengs score, but the first eagle of her career came on a 30-foot putt at the par-5 fifth hole and started an impressive run. She finished with eight birdies for the second straight day, three on the final four holes.
 
Its not easy, said Miyazato, who nevertheless made it look that way with six birdie putts from 6 feet or closer. I think a little bit nervous tomorrow.
 
Kang (65) made it to 18 under with an eagle at No. 14, made bogey on two of the next three holes, and then rallied with a 15-foot birdie putt at 18.
 
I just kept playing, I forget the holes, said Kang, whose 50-degree wedge from 85 yards on her third shot at the par-5 14th hole found the cup. I just thinking the next hole and not making bogey.
 
Hurst had five birdies on the front and five on the back and would have matched Miyazato and Tseng if not for a mistake at the par-4 18th. She pulled her second shot into the rough and two-putted from 8 feet for bogey.
 
Coming into today, it was just like anything else, said Hurst, who needed just one putt on eight of her birdies. I wasnt thinking about shooting a certain score. I wasnt even thinking about making my way up on top of the leaderboard. I kind of just focused on my game and the shots I was hitting, and whatever happens happens.
 
Yi eagled the par-4 first hole with a 7-iron from 160 yards after driving the left rough and followed with two more eagles on the generous par-5s. The rush moved Yi to 10 under, just four shots off the lead, but she faded on the back nine and finished with a 69 that placed her at 7 under.
 
So solid the first two rounds but unaccustomed to carrying a lead into the weekend, Ichers four-shot lead was already gone when she teed off as 11 players shot 7 under or better. After setting a tournament record for low 36-hole score at 14 under, Icher started well with a birdie at No. 2, then faltered with three bogeys before the turn.
 
Divots: South Koreas Amy Yang aced the par-3 third hole with a 4-iron from 182 yards for her first hole-in-one on tour. Juli Inkster shot 10 under on the final round when she won Corning in 2003. Yi is only the 17th LPGA player to post consecutive eagles and the third to do so at Corning, joining Suzy Green (1999) and Kelli Kuehne (2004).
 
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    By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

    David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

    “Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

    Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

    “I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

    Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

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    Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

    1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

    2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

    While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”

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    PGA Tour:

    The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

    LPGA:

    We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

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