Shin leads Wie Creamer at Ochoa Invitational

By Associated PressNovember 14, 2009, 5:12 am

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Jiyai Shin took a big step toward adding the LPGA Player of the Year award to her top rookie trophy, shooting a 6-under 66 on Friday for a three-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

The 21-year-old South Korean star, a three-time winner this year who has a four-point lead over Ochoa in the Player of the Year race, had an 11-under 133 total on the Guadalajara Country Club course.

“I don’t know much (about) this course, so I try to just play safe,” Shin said. “Like just the middle of the fairway, just the middle of the green and make it a very simple game. … I have found my tempo – great tempo. So I have a really good feeling.”

Michelle Wie (66) and Paula Creamer (69) were tied for second, and first-round leader Song-Hee Kim (72) was four strokes back at 7 under. Suzann Pettersen (67), Brittany Lincicome (70), Cristie Kerr (70), Brittany Lang (70) and Mariajo Uribe (72) were 5 under.

Ochoa was 4 under after a 69 on her home course.

“I’m OK,” Ochoa said. “It was a better round today, but I’m still a little behind. I hope the weekend will be better.”

If Shin wins this week she’ll wrap up the Player of the Year award if Ochoa fails to finish at least seventh. If not, the title will be decided next week in Houston in the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship. Nancy Lopez is the only player to win both the rookie and player awards in the same season, accomplishing the feat in 1978.

“I’m just focusing on the game this week and not thinking about that at the moment,” said Shin, who took the outright lead with a birdie at 13 and added birdies on 14 and 15 to get to 11 under.

Shin also leads the money list with $1,709,168. Ai Miyazato, 10 strokes back after a 72, is second with $1,468,679.

Wie, winless on the LPGA, eagled the 10th to reach 6 under. She hit two 3-woods and made a 5-foot putt. She added three birdies after that, though she dropped a shot on 17 when she missed a 4-foot putt.

“I do feel really close,” said Wie, who has two second-place finishes this year. “I feel like I need to shoot a lot lower and play a lot better over the weekend. But if everything works out, hopefully it will be the week.”

Her only nagging problem is a sprained left ankle that forced her to wear a large, black brace that extends 6 inches above her shoe top.

Asked if it was hurting her game, she replied: “I don’t know. I don’t want to think about it.”

Creamer has eight career wins, but she’s been shut out this season and also is nursing injuries and illness.

She’s been fighting off-and-on stomach problems since playing in the event a year ago. She’s lost up to 15 pounds in a few stretches, she said. The illness has popped up after tournaments around the world – and in the United States, too. Hoping to beat it, she’s carrying her own food with her.

She reached 8 under with a birdie on No. 6, and stayed there for much of the round. She dropped a shot on 14, but recovered with a birdie on 17 – chipping in from the fringe – and finished saving par with 5-footer on 18.

“I’ve been hitting the ball really well,” Creamer said. “I haven’t quite gained all my distance back off the tee, but it’s starting to come back with my irons, and it shows.”

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. 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. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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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.

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