Shin shoots 66 to take Ochoa Invitational lead

By Associated PressNovember 14, 2009, 1:35 am

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP)—Jiyai Shin took a big step toward adding the LPGATour player of the year award to her top rookie trophy, shooting a 6-under 66 onFriday 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 afour-point lead over Ochoa in the player of the year race, had an 11-under 133total on the Guadalajara Country Club course.

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

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Michelle Wie (66) and Paula Creamer (69) were tied for second, andfirst-round leader Song-Hee Kim (72) was four strokes back at 7 under. SuzannPettersen (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 alittle behind. I hope the weekend will be better.”

If Shin wins this week she’ll wrap up the player of the year award if Ochoafails to finish at least seventh. If not, the title will be decided next week inHouston in the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship. Nancy Lopez is the onlyplayer 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 themoment,” said Shin, who took the outright lead with a birdie at 13 and addedbirdies on 14 and 15 to get to 11 under.

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

Wie, winless on the LPGA Tour, eagled the 10th to reach 6 under. She hit two3-woods and made a 5-foot putt. She added three birdies after that, though shedropped a shot on 17 when she missed a 4-foot putt.

“I do feel really close,” said Wie, who has two second-place finishes thisyear. “I feel like I need to shoot a lot lower and play a lot better over theweekend. 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 alarge, 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 wantto think about it.”

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

She’s been fighting off-and-on stomach problems since playing in the event ayear ago. She’s lost up to 15 pounds in a few stretches, she said. The illnesshas 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 theround. She dropped a shot on 14, but recovered with a birdie on 17—chipping infrom the fringe—and finished saving par with 5-footer on 18.

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

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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Man of the people


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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade


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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama


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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.