Shin takes one-shot lead at Samsung at Torrey Pines

By Associated PressSeptember 18, 2009, 11:11 pm
2006 Samsung World Championship SAN DIEGO – Jiyai Shin has her Saturday in San Diego all planned out. She’ll try to protect her lead in the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines, then go hang gliding over the nearby shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Shin, of South Korea shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over No. 1-ranked Lorena Ochoa and Ai Miyazato in the second round on Friday on the South Course.

Shin, who was tied for the lead after the opening round, has a 36-hole total of 135 atop the elite field of 20. She was 10 under for the tournament after sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 13th, but followed with a bogey and finished with four straight pars.

She admits to being scared of heights, but was intrigued by the hang gliders that float silently over the holes that line the cliffs adjacent to the Pacific.

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Jiyai Shin hits her approach shot on the 4th hole during the second round of the Samsung World Championship. (Getty Images)

“Yes, I want to try,” she said. “But today, a couple of holes, I saw the hang gliders. this is scary. At the course, I told my caddie, ‘I want to cancel because it looks so scary.’ He says, ‘It’s fine, try it, try it, try it.’ I will try it tomorrow. Maybe it will make a good feeling for me. Fly the sky.”

Shin is coming off her LPGA-leading third victory of the year, at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship.

She was a bit more erratic than during her opening-round 66.

After her bogey on 14, “my shot is up and down,” she said. “So it was really tough the last few holes. But I think No. 17, 18, it was a great save, save the par, so I feel good, a little bit tired. Today was a little bit long day.”

Ochoa, of Mexico, had a seesaw round of 69 that started with a bogey on No. 1 – her first of four – and ended with a 20-foot chip for eagle on 18. Her chip was from behind the hole, heading down toward the water.

Ochoa said she joked with her caddie that she was going to eagle 18 “just to make more of an up-and-down round, and we did, so it was kind of a funny way to finish. It really changed my position. I was really happy to make that eagle.

“It’s a lot easier being as close to the leader than being a few back,” she said. “I like where I am and I can’t wait to be here tomorrow.”

Her 7-wood approach shot bounced on the green and shot through it, settling on the second cut of rough. At first, she thought it was going to be impossible. “But when I got there, and I saw room, it wasn’t in too steep, and the ball was just a couple of feet” from the green, she said. “And I thought, ‘OK, we have a good chance,’ and I did it.”

Miyazato, of Japan, made a late charge and might have tied Shin, but her second shot on the par-5 18th splashed into the big pond that protects the green, leading to her only bogey of the day. As she stood over her third shot, the fountain in the pond – known as Devlin’s Billabong – suddenly turned on. It was quickly turned off. She finished with a 68.

“I was like kind of laughing,” she said. “I was a little bit ashamed. But it’s not Sunday,” she said. “I still have two days, so I think I will be all right.”

Miyazato had birdied 15 and 16 before her misadventure on 18.

Torrey Pines, the site of Tiger Woods’ epic win in the 2008 U.S. Open, was shrouded in light fog but the golfers once again benefited from calm conditions.

Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson shot a 70 and was fourth at 137.

There was a four-way tie for fifth at 138 among defending champion Paula Creamer (69), Cristie Kerr (66), Song-Hee Kim (72) and Na Yeon Choi (67). Kim had been tied with Shin after the opening round.

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.

PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

The statement reads:

The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Web.com Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.