Trio Share Futures Tour Lead Heading into Sunday

By Futures Tour MediaJune 18, 2005, 4:00 pm
Futures TourDECATUR, Ill. -- The leaderboard continued to tighten in today's second round of the $70,000 Michelob ULTRA Futures Charity Golf Classic, but first-round leader Kylie Pratt held on to a share of the lead after 36 holes.
The native of Mackay, Australia, carded a 2-under-par round of 70 today to move into a three-way tie at 137 (-7) with Jamie Stevenson of Mayfield, Utah, and compatriot Dana Lacey of North Beach, W. Australia. Stevenson and Lacey each posted a 5-under-par second-round score of 67 in the 21st annual event at Hickory Point Golf Course.
'I had it going today and I got it to eight under twice,' said Pratt, who played college golf at Campbell University (N.C.). 'I'm rolling it well and making good reads. I'm not sure what's triggered this over the last two days, but I'll take it.'
Pratt birdied her first two holes, saved par from 12 feet on the third hole, and birdied the fifth to signal to the field that she wasn't planning to hand over the tournament. But the fourth-year Futures Tour member slammed into a birdie drought after the eighth hole and was forced to save par three times on the back nine, including the final hole where she drove into a bunker, 'fluffed it out' to 80 yards and got up and down for par with a 4-footer.
'You've still got to make the putts and hit your wedges close,' said Pratt, who used 28 putts in her second round. 'This is the kind of course where someone could come from four or five under and lap the field.'
The 6,456-yard course, with its generous fairways and large greens, still warranted caution as a light wind played with club selection and the greens, firming up in the warm sunshine, sometimes kicked approach shots through the green.
Stevenson toured Hickory Point with a bogey-free, five-birdie round, leaning on her length off the tee. The former Brigham Young University player effectively utilized her wedges to hit 17 greens in regulation to set up birdie chances -- two from tap-in range.
'I had to make a three footer for par on the 13th hole, but that was the biggest stress of the day,' said Stevenson.
Lacey eased her stress by using only 25 putts in her second round -- a hurdle she has attempted to climb over all season, along with the trend of saving her worst round for her final round.
'I've been in the top 5 three times going into the last round,' said Lacey, who hopes to change that trend on Sunday. 'I figure bad things come in threes, so my run is over.'
Lisa Fernandes (69) of Jacksonville, Fla., and rookie Sun Young Yoo (70) of Seoul, Korea, climbed into a tie one shot back at 6-under-par 138, while rookie Hye Jung Choi (69) of Seoul, Korea is two off the lead at 5-under-par 139.
But Fernandes, who lost in a playoff at the 2003 Decatur tournament, still believes she has some unfinished business on the big-hitter's course. She even scrambled for a par save from the grandstand when her approach shot rolled through the green, through the player's walkway between the stands. The former Ohio State University player was awarded a free drop, got up and down for par from 20 yards and 6 feet, and still managed to laugh about it.
'I couldn't hit that opening again if I tried,' she said. 'But it's always good to make a par putt on the last hole. The vibes are there. The bounces are there. It will take some birdies tomorrow, but this course sets up well for me. I'm just happy to get back into contention.'
Seventy players made the 36-hole cut at 147 (+3), tying the season's low cut.
Sunday's final round of the 54-hole event, presented by Ameren and Miles Chevrolet, will begin at 8 a.m., off the first tee only. The leaders will tee off at 11:27 a.m.

Rose (62) sets blistering pace in Indonesia

By Associated PressDecember 14, 2017, 3:06 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Justin Rose shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, starting on the back nine at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, had five birdies to go out in 31, then birdied four of five holes midway through his final nine and another birdie on his last hole in the $750,000 tournament.

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Gunn Charoenkul (64) was in second place and Kim Giwhan and Phachara Khongwatmai (both 65) were tied for third.

Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Ranked 51st in the world, the American is aiming for a strong finish in Jakarta 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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LaCava: Woods wouldn't talk after H.O.R.S.E. match

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

The competitive streak within Tiger Woods knows no bounds - even on the basketball court, according to caddie Joe LaCava.

LaCava has been on Woods' bag since 2011, and he recently shared a story on "Inside the Ropes" on Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio about a clash between the two men over a seemingly friendly game of H.O.R.S.E. Actually, it turned into nine straight games (and nine straight wins) for LaCava, who exploited a weakness in Woods' on-court strategy while leaning on a mid-length jumper of his own:

"The thing with him was if I missed a shot, which I missed plenty of shots, but if I missed the shot he'd go back down to the 3 (point line) because he liked to make the 3," LaCava said. "But it's harder obviously to make a 3, and I'd go right back to the baseline 12-footer, and he couldn't make it."

It's a short list of people who have beaten Woods nine times in any athletic pursuit, let alone in a row. But for LaCava, the fallout from his afternoon of on-court dominance was less than subtle.

"He did not talk to me the rest of the day," LaCava explained. "I didn't even get the old text, 'Dinner is ready,' because I stay across at the beach house. I didn't even get that text that night. I had to get take-out. He didn't announce he wasn't (talking), he just did it. I'm telling you, nine games in a row. Like I said, he's so competitive, even at something like that."

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 3, Tiger Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 12:45 pm

After returning to competition at the Hero World Challenge in December 2016, Woods started the new year with an ambitious slate of tournament starts as he eyed his first full season since 2013. But he made it only three rounds, looking rusty en route to a missed cut at Torrey Pines before withdrawing abruptly in Dubai.

The “spasms” that led to that withdrawal turned out to be something far more serious, as Woods underwent his fourth and most invasive back surgery in April, a lumbar fusion. It brought with it an extensive rehabilitation, and at the Presidents Cup in September Woods humored the prospect that he might never again play competitive golf.

At Liberty National he also faced some scrutiny for an off-course incident from months prior. In May he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, an incident that produced a startling roadside video of an intoxicated Woods struggling to follow instructions from the arresting officer after driving erratically.

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While he was not drinking at the time, Woods was found to have a mix of several prescription medications in his system, including multiple painkillers. He checked himself into a private drug treatment program in July to address his dependency issues, and in October he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But the incident was barely a memory when Woods again made a return to competition in the Bahamas at the tournament he hosts. This time around he exceeded nearly every expectation, twice shooting 4-under 68 while tying for ninth among the 18-man field. Having re-tooled his swing following fusion surgery, Woods appeared relaxed, happy and healthy while briefly taking the lead during the tournament’s second round.

What lies ahead for Woods in 2018 remains uncertain, as the stop-and-start nature of this past season serves as a cautionary tale. But after a harrowing arrest and another serious surgery, he seems once again focused on his game, intent on chasing down a new crop of elite talent, some of whom are barely more than half his age.

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