Wie Kerr share lead after three rounds

By Associated PressNovember 15, 2009, 1:58 am

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP)—Michelle Wie moved into position for her first LPGATour victory, shooting a 2-under 70 on Saturday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitationalfor a share of the third-round lead with Cristie Kerr.

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

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

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

Second-round leader Jiyai Shin (74) was a stroke back along with PaulaCreamer (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 forthe second time this season. She was tied for the lead in February in the SBSOpen in Hawaii, but ended up three strokes behind winner Angela Stanford.

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

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

Shin had a difficult day with three bogeys on the back nine. The SouthKorean has already won the rookie of the year award—ahead of Wie—and couldclinch the player of the year trophy if she wins Sunday. Ochoa has won thataward 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 a30-footer on the second. A 3-foot birdie putt on 13 put her in a three-way tiewith Shin and Creamer at 11 under. After that it was holding on. Wie dropped onemore 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. “Itwas kind of cool. They were just really riled up and they are really excited tobe here. Which makes us really happy to play in front of them.”

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

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

Second-round leader Shin slipped with three bogeys on the back nine—andtwo 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 wonthe last three.

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

“Every player in four rounds—one will be really hard and today was my badday,” 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’mreally excited to play tomorrow.”

Creamer is an eight-time winner, but she’s winless this season battlingyear-long stomach problems combined with a back and thumb injury. The stomachproblems 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,” shesaid. “I’m ready to go. I want to go out there and play. I haven’t been in thissituation for quite some time.”

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

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.

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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.