Two Tied in New York

By Futures Tour MediaJuly 19, 2003, 4:00 pm
Futures TourALTAMONT, N.Y. -- If ever there was a moving day, Saturdays second round of the $60,000 GE Futures Professional Golf Classic featured leaderboard leaps and losses, two aces and a new co-leader charging up from the middle of the pack with a course record.
 
Isabelle Beisiegel of Norman, Okla., who opened with a 1-under-par 70 on Friday, fired a tournament record 7-under-par 64 in todays round to grab a share of the lead at 8-under-par 134 with Lindsey Wright of Albury, Australia. Her 64 on the 6,166-yard Orchard Creek Golf Club was a season-low 18-hole score for the Futures Golf Tour. The 36-hole total of 134 also shattered the previous tournament record of 139, set in 2001 at Western Turnpike Golf Course.
 
Beisiegel opened her second round on the back nine with three birdies on holes 10 through 12, then birdied the first four holes of her second nine and added her third career hole-in-one on the par-3, 160-yard sixth hole. The Montreal native three-putted from 30 feet for bogey on the eighth hole, but held on to a share of the lead on the par-71 course. At that time, she was tied with Lesley Henderson of Mandeville, La., and Lisa Hall of Stoke-on-Trent, England, all of whom stood at 8-under par. But Henderson finished with a 70 at 136 (-6) for a tie with Kathi Poppmeier of Graz, Austria (67), Michelle Fuller of Jupiter, Fla. (69), and Nadine Ash of Richards Bay, South Africa (71).
 
Hall finished with a 70 for a tie at 137 (-5) with co-first-round leader Janell Howland of Beaumont, Texas (72) and three others. Howland led by two shots after six holes, but never righted herself after a string of bogeys.
 
'I did nothing different than what I did yesterday except I got lucky on No. 6,' said Beiseigel, who has recorded five top-10 finishes this year including a second-place finish at the Frye Chevrolet Classic in April. 'I still left four putts out there.'
 
Wright, playing in her fourth Futures Tour event after turning professional following this years NCAA Championship, got off to a bumpy start with a double bogey on her second hole. She recorded two birdies and a bogey to make the nine-hole turn at 2-over-par 38. But the former Pepperdine University teammate of two-time 2003 winner Katherine Hull, made her move on the back nine holes. Wright birdied holes 11, 13, 14 and 16 to finish the day at 69 and a chance to contend for her first professional win.
 
'To be 8-under after two days is encouraging,' said Wright, whose best finish this year has been a tie for 37th. 'This is a nice position to be in.'
 
Hull, of Queensland, Australia, who finished the second round a shot back at 135 with a second-round 68, missed a birdie opportunity on the 17th, but made birdie on the 18th to finish at 7-under. She made six birdies and three bogeys for the day.
 
'The leader board is really congested right now,' said Hull, who has won two of five previous events she has played since turning pro in late May. 'Im making enough birdies but I just have to eliminate the bogeys. Im about due for another low round.'
 
Henderson threw herself into the mix among the leaders when she scored a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th hole. She used a 6-iron on the 142-yard hole for her second competitive ace this year and ninth career ace.
 
'That pretty much jump-started my round and got me back under par,' said Henderson, whose best finish is tied for 13th in 11 tournaments this year.
 
Henderson struggled with three three-putt greens on holes 1, 8 and 17, but her ace on the 11th allowed her to move into a share of the lead. The former Vanderbilt University player birdied the 12th to inch forward, but lost ground with the bogey at 17.
 
'I was hoping to make a run today, but I had three bogeys that came from three-putt greens,' said Henderson, who has played on the Futures Tour for five seasons. 'Im not out of it, but I cant be missing putts like that.'
 
Seventy-five players made the 36-hole tournament cut at 146 (+4), a tie for the seasons low mark.
 
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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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    Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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    The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

    "It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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    DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

    World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

    Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

    "It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

    Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

    Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

    "I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

    Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

    "If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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    LPGA lists April date for new LA event

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

    The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

    When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

    The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

    The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.