Tseng has four-shot lead at Royal Birkdale

By Associated PressJuly 31, 2010, 12:32 am

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SOUTHPORT, England – Yani Tseng of Taiwan held a comfortable four-shot lead at the midway point of the Women’s British Open after shooting a second straight 4-under 68 Friday at Royal Birkdale.

The two-time major winner mixed five birdies with a bogey for an 8-under total of 136 to lead a trio consisting of American duo Brittany Lincicome and Cristie Kerr and Amy Yang of South Korea.

Rain washed over the course in the afternoon, making things difficult for the late starters – including defending champion Catriona Matthew of Scotland who missed the cut by seven strokes after making a 10 at the par-four 13th.

Matthew finished with a 9-over 81 and a two-round total of 12-over 156.

Matthew’s tee shot at the 13th landed in a bush, and she then got into deep rough just off the green. After three attempts to get out she took a penalty drop, chipped onto the green and two-putted for 10.

She then proceeded to get a birdie 2 at the short 14th – recording a rarely seen 10-2 score sequence.

“After the 10 I just wanted to get in,” said Matthew.

It was a totally different story for Tseng, who played in much better conditions.

“There was no wind this morning and it was very calm, so it was nice out there,” she said. “The course played totally different than what we played the last three days, so it was really nice.

“I feel very confident and if I stay patient over the weekend and just keep playing the way I’m playing I have a good chance.”

Kerr posted the lowest round of the tournament so far with a 67 to move to 4 under overall.

The American sank 10-foot birdie putts on the first two holes, dropped a stroke at the eighth and picked up four more birdies on the back nine.

“I played really well today,” Kerr said. “I was determined to be more relaxed out there. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself since getting the No. 1 ranking and I hadn’t really realized that’s what was going on. So I just went out and did my thing today.”

Lincicome had a birdie at the second, then dropped four strokes in three holes from the 11th, including a double-bogey at 12. But she made up for it over the last four holes with a birdie at 15, an eagle 3 at 17 and a birdie at 18 to finish with 71.

Veteran Julie Inkster carded a 2-under 70 in the afternoon for a 3-under total of 141, leaving her in a three-way tie for fifth.

Inkster bogeyed the third but recovered with a birdie at the fourth, before picking up further birdies at the 15th and 17th.

“It was rainy and tedious but I was very happy with the way I played,” Inkster said. “There’s a lot of good names up there but we’re all going to be playing at the same time tomorrow, so that’s going to help.”

Suzann Pettersen of Norway shot a 68 to join Inkster on 3-under, alongside Sun Young Yoo of South Korea who had a level-par 72.

Joint overnight leader Katherine Hull slipped back to 2 under after recording a 74.

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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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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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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