Yi leads Jamie Farr after 61 Wie falls nine back

By Associated PressJuly 4, 2009, 4:00 pm
2009 Jamie Farr Owens Corning ClassicSYLVANIA, Ohio ' No one was more surprised to find Eunjung Yi leading the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic through three rounds than, well, Eunjung Yi.
 
Im the leader? she repeated, incredulous, when asked how it felt to be leading the pack. Really? I didnt know that. By four strokes?
 
She was apparently so into just taking care of the shot in front of her, it never dawned on Yi that she was running away with the Farr.
 
Eunjung Yi
Eunjung Yi is vying for her first career LPGA title. (Getty Images)
She recorded eight birdies and an eagle in a 10-under 61 to build a four-shot lead Saturday over Song-Hee Kim (64) and Morgan Pressel (67).
 
The 21-year-old Yi, who has never finished better than a tie for 11th in her 23 LPGA events, was at 18-under 195 after putting up the lowest third-round score in the tournaments 25 years.
 
I like this course. I can shoot very good, she said, disdaining a translator. We have more holes tomorrow. Ill stay focused.
 
Yi grew up in South Korea but now spends summers at a rambling 9-bedroom, 4 1/2 -bath home in the San Diego area with her father, mother, two brothers and a sister ' who joined her in the States two years ago. Her father runs a Korean restaurant.
 
If I win, my dad will give everyone a free meal, she said with a laugh.
 
After starting the day tied for seventh and three shots back of Sarah Kemp and Laura Diaz, Yi birdied four holes on the front side and then started the back by holing a 110-yard pitching wedge from the fairway for eagle.
 
I thought it was a little short but it went in the hole, she said.
 
The eagle was nothing new for Yi, who wears a knee brace on her left leg. Playing in the Corning Classic earlier this season, she eagled the first, second and fifth holes on the way to a 3-under 69, becoming the fifth LPGA player to collect three eagles in the same round.
 
Continuing to pour it on, she had birdies at holes 12, 13, 16 and 17 ' and barely missed a couple of other birdie putts. She could have matched defending champion Paula Creamers course- and tournament-record 60 set in last years first round but her 5-foot birdie putt on the closing par-5 lipped out.
 
The previous low third-round score was Karrie Webbs 62 a year ago.
 
Yi, never known for her putting, needed just 22 putts to break her previous scoring low on tour by five strokes.
 
My putting is always bad, but today was different, said Yi, who earned a spot in her first Womens British Open during qualifying over the opening 36 holes of the Farr.
 
Like many of the South Koreans on the LPGA, she picked up golf in earnest after seeing fellow countrywoman Se Ri Pak rocket to stardom in the U.S. Yi said the turning point for her was Paks win at the U.S. Womens Open in 1998 at Blackwolf Run.
 
She also has noticed Paks five victories at the Farr. As well as one of the small but meaningful benefits that come with a victory at the tournament ' having the street outside Highland Meadows Golf Club named after the winner.
 
I want my name on the street, too, she said with a smile.
 
The highlight of Kims round was an eagle at the 17th that helped her pick up her second 64 of the week.
 
I didnt have any bogeys today, she said. It was a very clean round.
 
Pressel, seeking her third career win and first of the year, also avoided any bogeys. She played steadily throughout, continually burning the edges of the hole on birdie putts. She figured she was one of many who could still take the $210,000 first-place check.
 
There are more people than just me who have a chance (to win), she said. Weve seen that three days in a row, where someone has gone crazy and made a lot of putts.
 
Swedens Mikaela Parmalid, who teed off more than 4 hours before the last group, shot a 62 to jump from a tie for 54th through 36 holes to the lead by herself until she was caught and passed by Yi.
 
Parmalid was at 12 under along with the worlds No. 2 player, Yani Tseng (65), Kemp (70), Shanshan Feng (65), Suzann Pettersen (67), Jiyai Shin (68), and Seon Hwa Lee (68).
 
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa birdied three of the first five holes before racking up 13 consecutive pars in a 67 that left her at 202 with Natalie Gulbis.
 
Michelle Wie, bidding for her first win since getting her tour card late last year, hit 16 greens in regulation but was near the bottom of the field in putting. She shot a 70 and was at 204. When she finally rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole, she raised both arms in mock celebration.
 
Now theyll all be chasing Yi.
 
Asked what a victory would mean to her, she briefly consulted with a translator. He relayed her response:
 
If I win, I will feel like I own the world.
 
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    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

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    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

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    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


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    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

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