Pressel grabs share of lead in Maui

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
Kapalua LPGA ClassicKAPALUA, Hawaii ' Morgan Pressel moved into position for her first LPGA victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead in the Kapalua LPGA Classic.
 
The 20-year-old Pressel, Kapaluas touring pro, was tied with Brittany Lang (71), Carin Koch (68), Jee Young Lee (70) at 5-under 211.
 
Pressel missed an easy opportunity to move to 6 under for the outright lead when she lipped out a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole. She slapped herself on the rear and threw her putter onto her golf bag in disgust as she walked off the green.
 
Its hard to walk off the last hole like that, Pressel said. I just missed it. Nothing else to say about that.
 
There was a traffic jam at the top with 16 players within three shots of the lead.
 
Sun Young Yoo, Laura Diaz and Il Mi Chung shot 71s and were one stroke off the lead along with first-round leader Suzann Pettersen (72). Heather Young (67), Cristie Kerr (70) and Alena Sharp (72) were 3 under.
 
Conditions at the hilly, pine tree-lined Bay Course were windy, causing problems around the greens. However, the trades were not as strong as the two previous rounds, allowing for more birdie chances.
 
Pressel, who hasnt finished in the top 10 since June, surged to the top of the leaderboard after pitching in for eagle on the short par-5 15th from 45 feet and hitting a firm 7-wood tee off the tees to a foot on the 186-yard 17th.
 
She began the day at even par and ran into trouble in the middle of her round with bogeys on Nos. 9 and 10, but got right back on track by birdieing No. 11.
 
Koch, winless since the 2005 Corona Morelia Championship, birdied three of her final four holes to reach 5 under for a share of the lead.
 
Lang reached 5 under by tapping in for birdie on the 454-yard, par-5 15th, the easiest hole at the Bay Course. Lang bogeyed two of her first three holes.
 
The 23-year-old former Duke star has four top-10 finishes this year, including a fifth-place tie at Longs Drugs Challenge last week.
 
Lee, who has three top-10 finishes this year, birdie the final hole.
 
Pettersen set the pace early with two birdies in the first five holes to get to 6 under for a two-stroke lead over several players.
 
She seemed confident in the wind, sticking her tee shot 5 feet for birdie on the 156-yard fifth, a scenic hole which runs along the churning ocean.
 
Pettersen unraveled, however, starting with a three-putt bogey on the par-5 sixth where several of her shots came up short. While standing on the seventh tee box, a frustrated Petteren had a few words for her caddie.
 
She momentarily fell into a six-way tie for the lead at 4 under when she bogeyed the par-4 ninth but made up for it on the next hole with a nice wedge shot to about 6 feet to reach 5 under.
 
Pettersen, seeking her first win of the year after five in 2007, fell off the pace when she when she couldnt go up-and-down on the par-3 17th after her tee shot found the greenside bunker. She was visibly upset with her play, slamming her iron in the grass a few times on the back nine.
 
Annika Sorenstam, who opened with a 77, shot a 71 and was at 2 over. The 72-time LPGA winner is making one of her last competitive appearances in the United States before leaving the tour at the end of the year.
 
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa was even par after a 73.
 
I really didnt make any putts to get some momentum going, Ochoa said. I think the grain is easy to read. Its more about the wind and some of those greens are really windy.
 
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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.