Oosthuizen Hutsby set the pace in Spain - COPIED

By Associated PressMarch 27, 2010, 10:12 pm

2009 European Tour

MALAGA, Spain – South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and England’s Sam Hutsby shared the lead in the Andalucia Open, while defending champion Soren Kjeldsen had to contend with the presence of a naked man as he attempted to play a shot in Friday’s second round.

Oosthuizen and Hutsby both shot 7-under 63s to share the tournament lead, at 10-under, along with a temporary claim to the course record at the Parador Golf Club in southern Spain.

However, their record status was short lived as England Paul Waring’s later signed for a 62 which contained nine birdies, though at 4-under he was still lying six shots off the lead.

Oosthuizen now has an opportunity to secure his first win on the European Tour after a string of second place finishes, most recently in last week’s Hassan II Trophy in Morocco.

He was beaten there by Welshman Rhys Davies’s stunning final round, a 6-under 66. But rather than being dejected by that defeat, Oosthuizen believes it will give him the strength to go one better on Sunday.

“Obviously I was disappointed, but Rhys played brilliantly and you do not mind losing because of someone else’s brilliance rather than because of your own scrappy golf.

“I am playing well at the moment and I can draw strength from my performance in Morocco.”

Oosthuizen, in his eighth year on tour, certainly has the greater experience to draw upon than a Hutsby, a 21-year-old golfer playing in only his 11th tournament since turning professional after last year’s Walker Cup, where he was Great Britain and Ireland’s top points scorer against America.

Hutsby showed his ability though on Friday, following up his opening round of 67 by making six birdies in the first eight holes.

Oosthuizen and Hutsby take a two shot lead into the third round ahead of Kjeldsen who is attempting to repeat his victory of 2009 in the tournament.

However, while compiling his 67, the 34-year-old Dane came across a sight that would surely not be repeated at any other professional tournament around the world.

The Parador club runs alongside a naturist beach in Torremolinos and while attempting to a play a shot Kjeldsen found himself confronted by a naked man just 15 yards (meters) distant.

“That was a new one on a golf course for me,” he said.

Kjeldsen had shared the first round lead at 5-under with Paul Lawrie but the Scotsman found himself among a group of five players sharing fourth place at 7-under after shooting a 68.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.

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Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

In fact, she named her “Mona.”

For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

And that has her excited about this year.

Well, that and having a healthy back again.

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“I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

“Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.