Pettersen takes 5-shot lead at Canadian Open

By Associated PressSeptember 5, 2009, 4:00 pm
PRIDDIS, Alberta – Suzann Pettersen moved into position to end her 43-tournament winless streak, shooting a 5-under 66 on Saturday at windy Priddis Greens to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Canadian Women’s Open.

The tall Norwegian had a 14-under 199 total after opening with rounds of 65 and 68. She won all five of her LPGA Tour titles in 2007, and has six runner-up finishes since, including a playoff loss last week in Oregon.

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Suzann Pettersen has gone winless in 2009. (Getty Images)

 

Angela Stanford was second after a 69, and Karrie Webb (65) was another stroke back. Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (72) and In-Kyung Kim (69) were 7 under. Song-Hee Kim followed her tournament-record 62 with a 77 to drop into a tie for 21st at 3 under.

Pettersen is taking an aggressive approach.

“I’m not trying to hold on to anything,” she said. “I’m just going to see how low (I) can go. There should be no limitations on how deep you can go on this course.”

Pettersen’s lead was six or more for much of the afternoon, but Stanford rolled in a 60-foot eagle putt on the final hole to draw a little closer.

If Stanford needs some inspiration, she only needs to revisit her own experience in the 2006 tournament at London Hunt. She took a four-shot lead into the final round that year and ended up losing the tournament by a stroke to Cristie Kerr – a player who started eight shots back on Sunday.

“I thought about that coming off the tee box here on 18,” said Stanford. “You never know.”

Pettersen opened with the sparkling 65 in windy conditions Thursday afternoon, then pulled away Saturday when only 19 of the 74 players broke par.

“It seems like the harder the conditions, the more creative I get with my shots,” Pettersen said. “I’m kind of trying to stay in control of the ball flight. I keep rolling the putts in. You’ve just got to be really patient out here.”

There’s only one wish she has for the final day’s weather forecast: “As long as it doesn’t snow, I’m happy.”

Pettersen actually got off to a slow start with some loose shots and a bogey at the third hole. After calming down and finding a rhythm, she went on to pick up six shots over the final 14 holes.

There’s no secret about what it will take to beat her on Sunday.

“I’m going to play ahead of her and hopefully make a few birdies to get a low round,” Ochoa said. “You never know how it’s going to happen.”

A few of the other challengers are hoping the big lead ends up getting to Pettersen when she returns to the course.

“She’s out there by herself,” Webb said. “And sometimes that’s a bit of a daunting task. … You know you don’t have to do anything stupid – attack pins and stuff like that – so sometimes that takes you out of your game plan.”

Added Stanford: “If you have a four- or five-shot lead then somebody’s got to make at least five or six (birdies) to beat you. You don’t have to make as many so you tell yourself you don’t have to make as many.”

Pettersen planned to spend Saturday night watching some U.S. Open tennis before going to bed early for a good night’s sleep.

“Hopefully, I won’t have nightmares,” Pettersen said.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.


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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta 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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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.


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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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