Miyazato takes two-shot lead at Evian Masters

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2011, 3:58 pm

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – Former champion Ai Miyazato of Japan shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead after the third round at the Evian Masters.

Miyazato, who won her first LPGA title at the Evian Masters two years ago, made five birdies for a 13-under total of 203. She heads into Sunday’s fourth round ahead of a group of four players, including Kraft Nabisco winner Stacy Lewis.

“I hit the ball really well today, and my putting was really good as well,” the 26-year-old Miyazato said. “I was really calm out there, so that’s why I didn’t have a bogey.”

With the course lending itself to aggressive golf and the pins made for attacking, Miyazato is expecting to come under heavy pressure on Sunday as she bids for her first title of the year, and her second Evian Masters trophy in three years.

She was sixth at the recent U.S. Open, but her best result this year was a tie for fifth at the Sybase Match Play Championship in May.

“Two shots leading is still nothing on this golf course, I think. Still so many players can shoot low score tomorrow,” Miyazato said. “It’s still wet on the fairway, but the greens are really receptive, you can still be aggressive.”

Overnight leader Miki Saiki of Japan, Ran Hong of South Korea and Angela Stanford are also at 11 under.

I.K. Kim of South Korea moved into contention after shooting up the leaderboard with a brilliant round of 64 to sit three shots behind. Kim made six birdies on the first eight holes and had nine overall.

“I had a great round, I have to say. Everything was clicking,” Kim said. “Once you get a good feeling out there it kind of builds up, you get a snowball (effect). I’m excited to see myself on the leaderboard going into tomorrow.”

Kim’s score would have been even more impressive if not for a bogey on the fifth hole, although she hit three straight birdies after that.

“I was on the fairway and just pulled it left,” she said. “It could have been much better if I hit it five feet right … I hope I can birdie (it) tomorrow.”

Kim is looking for her first tournament win this year after third-place finishes at the Kia Classic and the LPGA Thailand - where she hit a round of 63, her best of the year.

Hong matched Miyazato’s round, Stanford and Lewis had 69s and Saiki finished with a 70.

Lewis also expects to see some very low scores on Sunday.

“The course is so soft and so scoreable you know somebody’s going to shoot 5 or 6 under,” she said. “You just hope that it’s you. You have to make birdies, go for some flags and try to make some shots that you normally wouldn’t.”

Lewis, however, felt she could have put herself in a far better position to challenge Miyazato.

“I’m a little bit frustrated with the way I played today,” she said. “I hit a ton of good golf shots and just had, I mean, probably four or five putts lip out.”

Defending champion Jiyai Shin of South Korea was undone by two early bogeys and is five shots back from Miyazato at 8 under, along with Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall.

Despite the improved weather conditions, former U.S. Open champion Paula Creamer had a disappointing round under the sunshine with four bogeys and only made level par to stay 7 under.

Stanford, meanwhile, hopes to clinch her first title since February 2009, when she won the SBS Open at Turtle Bay.

The 33-year-old came quite close at this year’s U.S. Open, finishing fourth, and at the Kraft Nabisco, taking third.

“I’ve always been a big believer in you learn how to win. If you can get into that position more and more, it’s just more learning experience,” Stanford said. “I’m excited to have an opportunity to be in the hunt here. Never really had an opportunity to win here.”


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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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Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Trump golf properties


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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

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Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

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Pros comment on the president

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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.