Miyazato leads Tseng by 1 in LPGA Thailand

By Associated PressFebruary 18, 2012, 12:26 pm

CHONBURI, Thailand – Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng after the third round of the LPGA Thailand.

Miyazato, the Japanese player who won the 2010 tournament, birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine. She had a 14-under 202 total on Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course.

“I think I have a good feeling with this golf course,” Miyazato said. “It’s just the beginning of the season and a beautiful golf course and a nice temperature today. The people are really nice over here and I’m just having a really good time.”

Tseng, the winner last year, shot her second straight 65 after opening with a 73. The Taiwanese star had 12 worldwide victories last year, seven on the LPGA Tour.

“I hit so many great shots today and I just feel like my game is there,” Tseng said. “I’m pretty confident and just will try to do it again tomorrow.”

Australia’s Karrie Webb and South Korea’s Jiyai Shin were 12 under.

Webb shot a 71, and Shin had a 68.

“I’ll take 1 under,” Webb said. “I really didn’t swing it well and it progressively got worse as it went on, so I made some really good pars out there today when I really was struggling with my swing. I’m glad that I haven’t played my way out of it. I’m only two shots back, so I’ll have a nice Thai massage tonight and my body will be back to normal by tomorrow, hopefully.”

Webb had a three-stroke lead Saturday morning after the completion of the lightning-delayed second round, playing the final four holes in 1 under after a 65.

After the long day, Webb joked about the walk up the hill on the par-5 18th.

“It was definitely a lot steeper this evening after a 4:45 a.m. wakeup call this morning,” the Hall of Famer said. “I’m glad to be done. There are still 18 holes to go, so hopefully I’ll be in good shape for tomorrow.”

Miyazato also returned early to finish the last five holes of her second-round 70. “It was a really, really long day for me,” Miyazato said.” I’ve been up since 4 o’clock this morning. But the temperature dropped down today, so that helped a lot, too. So that’s why I think I could control myself out there.”

She’s trying to win her eighth LPGA Tour title in the last four seasons.

“I just need to focus my game,” Miyazato said.

Miyazato played alongside Tseng.

“It was really fun,” Miyazato said. “It’s always fun to play with Yani. We talked a lot and I think we’re very close. Just the attitude that she brings, I really like it. I think we have good vibes with each other.

South Korea’s Amy Yang was 11 under after a 68. Second-ranked Norwegian star Suzann Pettersen, the 2007 winner, was another stroke back after a 69.

Sixteen-year-old Thai amateur Ariya Jutanugarn had two eagles in a 65 that left her at 9 under. Last year, she won the U.S. Junior Girls’ Championship and was the Rolex Junior Player of the Year.

Michelle Wie was even par after a 73.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.