Wie Kerr share 54-hole lead in Mexico

By Associated PressNovember 15, 2009, 4:59 am

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Michelle Wie moved into position for her first LPGA victory, shooting a 2-under 70 on Saturday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for a share of the third-round lead with Cristie Kerr.

“I’m really excited for tomorrow,” Wie said. “Hopefully, I can go out and win.

“I think I’m just going to play the same way I’ve always played and go out there and try my hardest and try not to make any expectations of myself. Just go out there like it’s another day and try to play as hard as I can and try not to make any bogeys.”

Kerr had a 67 to match Wie at 10 under on the Guadalajara Country Club course.

Second-round leader Jiyai Shin (74) was a stroke back along with Paula Creamer (71) and first-round leader Song-Hee Kim (70).

The top-ranked Ochoa (72) was six strokes behind at 4 under.

The 20-year-old Wie has a share of the lead going into the final round for the second time this season. She was tied for the lead in February in the SBS Open in Hawaii, but ended up three strokes behind winner Angela Stanford.

“I don’t want to talk about what happened then,” Wie said. “It’s unfortunate. All I want to think about is tomorrow and how I’m going to play tomorrow.”

Kerr won earlier this season, taking the Michelob Ultra Open.

Shin had a difficult day with three bogeys on the back nine. The South Korean has already won the rookie of the year award –  ahead of Wie – and could clinch the player of the year trophy if she wins Sunday. Ochoa has won that award three straight years.

Kerr reached 10 under with an eagle on 16.

Wie opened with two straight birdies – a 10-footer on the first and a 30-footer on the second. A 3-foot birdie putt on 13 put her in a three-way tie with Shin and Creamer at 11 under. After that it was holding on. Wie dropped one more shot before the round was over, but Shin and Creamer each dropped two.

Wie and Creamer are clearly the peoples’ choice behind hometown star Ochoa.

“We could hear them chanting – like singing off and on,” Wie said. “It was kind of cool. They were just really riled up and they are really excited to be here. Which makes us really happy to play in front of them.”

Kerr, a 12-time winner on the LPGA, saw her round turn on the 16th when she holed a 9-iron approach from 137 yards for an eagle to get to 10 under. She then saved par on the final two holes.

“I said to my caddie, today is moving day and that’s what I did,” Kerr said. “I moved into position and I’m excited to be here. This is what Tiger Woods does every week. This is where he wants to be and this is what I want to be.”

Second-round leader Shin slipped with three bogeys on the back nine – and two on the final three holes. She entered the round with a three-stroke lead, and if she wins Sunday, could claim the player of the year award. Ochoa has won the last three.

Shin, a three-time winner this year, has already won the rookie of the year award, and also is the season’s top money winner. Nancy Lopez is the only player to win both the rookie and player awards in the same season, accomplishing the feat in 1978.

“Every player in four rounds – one will be really hard and today was my bad day,” Shin said. “Tomorrow I think I should make a comeback.”

Kim is also looking for her first tour win.

“I have had a lot of chances to win this year,” she said. “I mean, I’m really excited to play tomorrow.”

Creamer is an eight-time winner, but she’s winless this season battling year-long stomach problems combined with a back and thumb injury. The stomach problems began a year ago after this tournament.

She was upbeat despite three bogeys over the last four holes.

“I played well all day, it was just unfortunate the last four holes,” she said. “I’m ready to go. I want to go out there and play. I haven’t been in this situation for quite some time.”

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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

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm