Teen looks for dad-daughter double; takes Oz lead

By Associated PressFebruary 11, 2012, 3:11 pm

MELBOURNE, Australia – American teenager Jessica Korda moved into position for a two-sport, father-daughter Australian double, shooting par 73 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-shot lead at the Women’s Australian Open at Royal Melbourne.

Korda, the 18-year-old daughter of 1998 Australian Open tennis champion Petr Korda, had a 4-under 215 total in the LPGA opener on the historic club’s difficult Composite Course. She opened with rounds of 72 and 70 at the 2011 Presidents Cup venue that’s hosting a women’s professional event for the first time.

“It would mean a lot,” Korda said about following her father with a Melbourne victory. “My Dad was world No. 2. I told him I want to beat that. It would be a great accomplishment, an awesome thing.”

So Yeon Ryu, the U.S. Women’s Open champion who took a one-stroke lead into the third round, was a stroke back along with fellow South Korean player Hee Kyung Seo and Australia’s Nikki Campbell. Ryu shot a 76, Seo had a 75, and Campbell a 70.

“Normally my play style is very aggressive, but this course, it’s definitely not,” Ryu said. “Always my plan is just par.”

Top-ranked Yani Tseng, the winner the last two years at Commonwealth Golf Club, topped the group at 2 under after a 71. The Taiwanese star was still smarting from a three-hole stretch Friday in her second-round 76 when she dropped six strokes with a quadruple-bogey 8 and two bogeys.

“I think I’m in very good position, especially with a course like this,” Tseng said. “So, tomorrow I’ll play more aggressive and try to get as many birdies as I can.”

She knows that could get her in trouble.

“Today, I just tried to slow down a bit and be patient all the time because these greens, it’s hard to make birdie and easy to make bogey,” Tseng said. “So, you also just have to be patient.”

Canada’s Lorie Kane and American Katie Futcher also were 2 under. The 47-year-old Kane had a 72, and Futcher shot a 71.

Korda birdied Nos. 7, 9 and 10 – all par 4s – for a share of the lead with Ryu at 6 under, but dropped strokes with bogeys on the par-4 13th and par-5 17th.

“As things started going on and on, I started feeling shaky as the wind gusted toward the end of the day,” she said. “I finished pretty strong and kept at level par.”

Last year as a rookie, she made eight cuts in 15 LPGA starts.

“It was a learning curve,” Korda said. “I was finishing up high school, so it was more of a juggling act than anything. I was not grown up enough. I had to realize a lot of things. It was tough. It was not an easy conversation to have with myself and with my team. I had to grow up a lot last year.”

Ryu birdied the second and third holes to reach 8 under, but played her final 14 holes in 5 over with six bogeys and a birdie. She bogeyed the par-4 18th to drop out of a tie for the lead.

Campbell had the best round of the day with her 70. She had five birdies and two bogeys.

“Every player would want to win her national championship in any sport,” said Campbell, a regular on the Japan LPGA. “Being in a position where I have a chance is more than I could have asked for.”

Only nine players were under par after three rounds, with long-hitting American Brittany Lincicome and Paraguay’s Julieta Granada three strokes back at 1 under. Lincicome had a 73, and Granada shot a 76.

A day after shooting a tournament-best 66, Seo had three birdies, three bogeys and double bogey in her 75.

“It’s one of the hardest courses I have ever played,” said Seo, a playoff loser to Ryu last year in the U.S. Women’s Open. “It’s probably in the top five or the top three and sometimes the breeze is quite crazy. Also the greens are firm and fast, plus the undulations. Most of the players struggled at times, but that’s golf.”

American Stacy Lewis, 4 under after opening rounds of 69 and 73, was even par after a 77.

Fourteen-year-old New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko was 3 over after a 72, one of only nine sub-par rounds Saturday. She won the New South Wales Open two weeks ago to become the youngest winner of a sanctioned professional tour event.

Australian star Karrie Webb, a four-time winner in the event, was 6 over after her third straight 75.

Second-ranked Suzann Pettersen also was 6 over after a 74. The Norwegian star opened with an 80 – the second-highest score of her LPGA Tour career – and had a 71 on Friday to make the cut.

The LPGA is sanctioning the national championship for the first time, teaming with Australian Ladies Professional Golf and the Ladies European Tour.

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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

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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