Park Ready to Graduate to LPGA

By Associated PressDecember 1, 2007, 5:00 pm
LPGA Tour _newDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jane Park shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday at LPGA International to take a six-stroke lead after the fourth round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
The top 17 players Sunday after the fifth round will earn 2008 LPGA Tour cards, while the next 35 will receive conditional status. The field was cut to 70 players at 6 over or better for the final round
Park, the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur winner, had a 14-under 274 total. She played the Legends Course on Saturday.
'I was very excited to play today,' the former UCLA star said. 'I was on Legends. I was back on the course I like better, so I had a good feeling about today. I was more confident on the greens. They were more readable and not as grainy as the other course. I had confidence in my stroke. I trusted my line more and trusted what I was doing.'
Su A Kim (68) and Hee Young Park (67) were second at 8 under.
Yani Tseng (66) was 7 under, and Meredith Duncan (71), Carolina Llano (73), Taylor Leon (70) and Ashleigh Simon followed at 6 under.
Full-Field Scores:
The Top 17 (no ties) will receive exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2008
1Jane Park 65-70-71-68274(-14)
2Su A Kim 70-72-70-68280(-8)
2Hee Young Park 72-67-74-67280(-8)
4Yani Tseng 70-73-72-66281(-7)
5Meredith Duncan 69-71-71-71282(-6)
5Carolina Llano 69-71-69-73282(-6)
5Taylor Leon 73-71-68-70282(-6)
5Ashleigh Simon 70-70-72-70282(-6)
9Sophie Giquel 72-70-71-70283(-5)
9Louise Friberg 71-73-71-68283(-5)
11Liz Janangelo 70-71-70-73284(-4)
11Kelli Kuehne 67-71-70-76284(-4)
11Nicole Hage 71-72-68-73284(-4)
11Beth Allen 71-71-71-71284(-4)
11Russy Gulyanamitta 69-72-72-71284(-4)
16Jacqueline Yang 69-73-71-72285(-3)
16Hannah Jun 73-67-71-74285(-3)
16Sarah-Jane Kenyon 73-71-71-70285(-3)
16*Shanshan Feng 72-72-70-71285(-3)
20Becky Lucidi 72-71-70-73286(-2)
20Danielle Downey 72-71-71-72286(-2)
22Sarah Kemp 71-70-74-72287(-1)
22Anna Grzebien 70-72-70-75287(-1)
22*Sandra Gal 76-70-72-69287(-1)
22Jeanne Cho-Hunicke 71-76-72-68287(-1)
22Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 74-71-74-68287(-1)
27Tracy Hanson 73-66-74-75288(E)
27Angela Jerman 72-73-67-76288(E)
27Eun Jung Yi 73-72-70-73288(E)
27Louise Stahle 75-72-71-70288(E)
27Anna Rawson 72-73-72-71288(E)
32Virada Nirapathpongporn 71-72-72-74289(+1)
32Nina Reis 73-71-70-75289(+1)
32Audra Burks 74-73-69-73289(+1)
32Song Hee Kim 74-68-77-70289(+1)
32Sarah Oh 70-76-72-71289(+1)
37Sofie Andersson 73-69-74-74290(+2)
37Maru Martinez 72-71-72-75290(+2)
37Na Yeon Choi 68-74-73-75290(+2)
37Anja Monke 72-70-76-72290(+2)
37Kristen Samp 74-73-74-69290(+2)
37Sukjin Lee Wuesthoff 69-74-76-71290(+2)
37Leah Wigger 72-73-73-72290(+2)
44Michelle Ellis 75-71-71-74291(+3)
44Lisa Fernandes 74-73-68-76291(+3)
44Na Ri Kim 74-73-72-72291(+3)
44Simi Mehra 73-74-72-72291(+3)
48Clarissa Childs 71-73-74-74292(+4)
48Brandi Jackson 77-68-73-74292(+4)
48Amy Yang 72-73-70-77292(+4)
48Hwan Hee Lee 70-71-73-78292(+4)
48Emma Cabrera-Bello 73-69-72-78292(+4)
48Cindy Pasechnik 73-69-77-73292(+4)
48Jimin Jeong 74-74-73-71292(+4)
48Tiffany Tavee 77-71-73-71292(+4)
48Nontaya Srisawang 73-71-77-71292(+4)
48Onnarin Sattayabanphot 74-71-74-73292(+4)
48*Kristie Smith 74-74-71-73292(+4)
59May Wood 72-71-76-74293(+5)
59Sarah Lynn Sargent 69-71-77-76293(+5)
59Kristina Tucker 70-76-70-77293(+5)
59Jennifer Greggain 73-74-75-71293(+5)
59Nicole Jeray 74-71-74-74293(+5)
59Hana Kim 71-74-74-74293(+5)
65Jennifer Gleason 73-72-73-76294(+6)
65Amie Cochran 72-70-75-77294(+6)
65Chris Brady 75-70-68-81294(+6)
65Joanne Morley 76-76-73-69294(+6)
65Song Choi 77-71-77-69294(+6)
65Allison Hanna-Williams 74-71-75-74294(+6)
CUTAngie Hill 76-76-76-74302(+14)
CUTBeth Bauer 76-77-75-74302(+14)
CUTNikki Garrett 70-83-77-72302(+14)
CUTBrooke Tull 74-78-71-79302(+14)
CUTLeah Hart 74-79-76-74303(+15)
CUTJin Hyun Kim 77-78-74-74303(+15)
CUTLisa Ferrero 79-74-78-72303(+15)
CUTCeleste Troche 74-78-71-78301(+13)
CUTLauren Espinosa 75-71-76-78300(+12)
CUTJamie Hullett 71-73-79-77300(+12)
CUTKim Williams 74-73-77-76300(+12)
CUTMandy Goins 73-75-80-73301(+13)
CUTLori Atsedes 75-74-76-76301(+13)
CUTIsabelle Beisiegel 76-73-77-75301(+13)
CUTSiew-Ai Lim 76-74-76-75301(+13)
CUTSae Hee Son 75-77-77-74303(+15)
CUTAshley Gomes 78-74-81-76309(+21)
CUTCaryn Wilson 76-80-77-76309(+21)
CUT*Manuela Maria Tarazona 78-76-76-76306(+18)
CUTVanessa Brockett 79-77-74-79309(+21)
CUTCaroline Larsson 76-81-86-79322(+34)
CUTShayna Miyajima 80-73-80-78311(+23)
CUTChristi Cano 71-78-80-80309(+21)
CUTKiran Matharu 83-74-71-77305(+17)
CUTA.J. Eathorne 73-77-77-77304(+16)
CUTLee-Anne Pace 81-74-72-77304(+16)
CUTPatricia Baxter-Johnson 79-79-71-75304(+16)
CUTAnastasia Kostina 77-71-77-79304(+16)
CUTMichelle Simpson 76-77-77-75305(+17)
CUTDanah Ford 81-75-75-74305(+17)
CUTHana Chae 76-72-73-83304(+16)
CUTRiko Higashio 76-74-76-74300(+12)
CUTLeAnna Wicks 77-71-72-76296(+8)
CUTMisun Cho 73-74-76-73296(+8)
CUTIrene Cho 73-76-77-70296(+8)
CUTPaula Marti 75-72-73-76296(+8)
CUTWhitney Wade 75-75-75-72297(+9)
CUTVikki Laing 76-77-74-70297(+9)
CUTAdrienne White 70-74-74-78296(+8)
CUTPaige Mackenzie 75-74-78-69296(+8)
CUTSamantha Head 73-74-76-72295(+7)
CUTHanna Kang 73-76-74-72295(+7)
CUTAnnie Young 79-72-74-70295(+7)
CUTYeon Joo Lee 74-75-72-74295(+7)
CUTEileen Vargas 73-70-76-76295(+7)
CUTDana Je 77-72-70-76295(+7)
CUTJean Bartholomew 76-72-73-74295(+7)
CUTSarah Huarte 74-74-77-72297(+9)
CUTJennifer Ackerson 74-75-76-74299(+11)
CUTKim Welch 76-73-76-74299(+11)
CUTJin Y. Pak 76-75-77-72300(+12)
CUTPornanong Phatlum 75-78-71-75299(+11)
CUTChristina Lecuyer 71-72-78-78299(+11)
CUTKelly Cap 74-73-75-77299(+11)
CUTShinah Ham 81-71-72-75299(+11)
CUTAshley Prange 76-73-76-74299(+11)
CUTRachel Bailey 72-74-74-77297(+9)
CUTCatherine Matranga 74-75-74-74297(+9)
CUTJanell Howland 74-72-78-73297(+9)
CUTMo Martin 77-71-77-73298(+10)
CUTKelly Lagedrost 76-71-76-75298(+10)
CUTSophia Sheridan 76-73-74-75298(+10)
CUTD'Rae Ward 78-72-74-74298(+10)
WDNatalie Tucker 79-81-84244(+28)
WDDiane Irvin 83-76-75234(+18)

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    Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

    By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

    Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

    ''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''

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    First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

    ''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

    David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

    The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    ''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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    The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

    By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

    Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

    Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

    I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

    One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

    So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

    You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

    Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

    I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

    This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

    Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

    On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

    The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

    “What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

    Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

    Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

    Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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    Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

    Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

    Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

    In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

    Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

    After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

    Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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    Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

    Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

    “I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”

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    After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

    Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

    The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.