Ochoa leads by three Thompson falls eight back

By Associated PressOctober 4, 2009, 3:00 am

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Navistar LPGA Classic, leaving 14-year-old Alexis Thompson eight strokes behind.

Ochoa, second last week behind Sophie Gustafson in California, had a 16-under 200 total on The Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex. She birdied six of her final 12 holes in the bogey-free round.

“It was a good day,” Ochoa said. “I didn’t make birdies early. I think my first birdie was on hole No. 7. Once I made that, then I just give myself more of a better feeling and a good rhythm. I birdied No. 8, the par 5, and No. 9, so I think that was a really important part of my round, just to be on the red numbers for the day and to see my name out there on the board.”

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Lorena Ochoa had plenty of support Saturday in Alabama. (Getty Images)
The top-ranked Mexican star is winless in her last 11 starts.

“The last time I won was in April, so it’s been a little bit slow,” Ochoa said. “I played good the last few weeks and missed some chances, but I would love to win.”

She has two victories in 17 events this season after winning 21 times the previous three years.

“I’m really pleased,” Ochoa said. “I’m happy I’m in a good position, and tomorrow’s going to be just a new day. I’m going to try my best to win the tournament.”

Thompson, the Florida ninth-grader who was part of a five-way tie for the second-round lead, had a 74 to drop into a tie for 13th at 8 under.

“It’s just one of those days that your game is off. That’s golf,” Thompson said. ” I mean, you have those days where it just doesn’t feel right, and that’s what it was like. I probably had like 10 duck hooks out there. I was just like, ‘Wow, that’s not very good.’ But, you know what, it happens.”

She had a double bogey on the par-4 sixth.

“I really don’t know where that drive was,” Thompson said. “It had to be the biggest duck hook I’ve ever seen.”

Sandra Gal (66) was second at 13 under, and Janice Moodie (68) and Brittany Lang (68) were 12 under. Michelle Wie (72) matched Thompson at 8 under.

Gal’s round included an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

“My approach is I can’t control what the other players are doing tomorrow,” Gal said. “I’m going to play my game and just going to have a lot of fun out there.”

Last year, Ochoa beat Candie Kung with a par on the second hole of a playoff. Cristie Kerr was eliminated with a bogey on the first extra hole.

“The best thing you can do in golf is to have good memories, to be positive and to have all those good shots from last year and the good feelings of walking on the fairways,” Ochoa said. “I’m going to try to repeat that.”

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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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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.