Wongluekiet Moon Tie for Futures

By Futures Tour MediaNovember 9, 2002, 5:00 pm
Futures TourLAKELAND, Fla. --- Amateur Aree Song Wongluekiet of Bradenton, Fla., and 18-year-old non-exempt LPGA Tour member Soo Young Moon of Korea tied for medalist honors at the Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament. Wongluelit shot 66 to come from three shots back to tie Moon, who shot a 69 at the Club at Eaglebrooke.
Three strokes back in third place was first-round leader and amateur Caroline Goasguen of Montpellier, France, who fired 1-under par 71. Kim, Wongluekiet, Goasguen, and 35 other players received Priority 1 A-3 status for the 2003 Futures Tour season.
Included were Tina Schneeberger of Austria, Kim Brozer of Canada, Jana Peterkova of the Czech Republic, and Janell Howland of Beaumont, Texas, who were tied with five other players at 305 for the final four spots at the end of play. The sudden-death playoff, conducted on the par-4 375-yard No. 18, ended on the fourth playoff hole, allowing Schneeberger, Brozer, Peterkova, and Howland to earn Priority 1 A-3 status for the 2003 season. The next 35 players received Priority 2 Category C status while the remaining 31 players in the field received Priority 2 Category E-1 status, with order being determined by finish for both.
Wongluekiet, who was a co-medalist at last year's qualifying tournament, began the day four shots behind leader Lisette Lee of Kenner, La. She started hot with birdies on three, five, and she drained a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 485-yard seventh hole, turning at 33 (-3). Wongluekiet matched her front nine performance with birdies 10, 12, and 13, to finish at 66 (-6).
'I was striking the ball very well today,' commented the 16-year-old
Wongluekiet, who will be attending the University of Florida with her twin sister Naree next fall. 'My putter was hot, especially on the back nine. My aim was to come here this week and defend my title and I'm very happy that I was able to achieve that goal.'
Moon, who played in the last pairing with Wongluekiet, was one shot shy of the lead heading into the final round. She carded birdies on five, 10, and 14, making respective putts of five, three, and two feet.

'I missed some really good birdie chances today,' commented Moon. 'I lipped out on five birdie putts and I could have scored a lot lower. The conditions of the golf course were perfect and that helped me with my game. I am looking forward to next season.'
Moon earned non-exempt status for the 2003 LPGA Tour at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament last month in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her LPGA Tour status granted her automatic Futures Tour eligibility under Category 1 A-4, but Moon opted to compete in this week's Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament to improve her status to Category 1 A-3.
Moon added, 'Because of my status on the LPGA Tour, I will have to Monday qualify for tournaments and there is no guarantee that I will play every week. I decided to come to the Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament to improve my status here so I know that I have a place to play each week next season.'
Lee, who was the leader after the second and third rounds, shot a 75 (+3) for a 293 (+5) tournament total. Her round consisted of three birdies, two bogeys, and two double bogeys. She finished tied for fourth with Lesley Henderson of Mandeville, La.
'I got off to a good start with two birdies on one and two,' stated Lee, who has played with the Futures Tour since 2000. 'I had a couple of bad bounces after I made the turn which was a little frustrating, but I do not want to be too hard on myself. This is my best finish as a professional and I am very happy with the outcome.'
The 38 players who earned Priority 1 A-3 status are (a-amateur): (a) Aree Song Wongluekiet of Bradenton, Fla., Soo Young Moon of Keumsan, Korea, (a) Caroline Goasguen of Montpellier, France, Lesley Henderson of Mandeville, La., Lisette Lee of Kenner, La., Heather Angell of Winston-Salem, N.C., Marie-Josee Rouleau of St. Lambert, Quebec, Kathy Choi of Huntington Beach, Calif., Marcela Leon of Monterrey, Mexico, Young Jo of Seoul, Korea, Carmen Hajjarr of Queensland, Australia, (a) Leigh Turner of Alpharetta, Ga., Nobuyo Nagai of San Diego, Calif., Allie Blomquist of Afton, Minn., Salimah Mussani of Burlington, Ontario, Kristin Dufour of Austin, Texas, Nahoko Hirao of
Kumamoto, Japan, (a) Rebecca Prout of Sussex, England, (a) Heather Stirling of Stirling, Scotland, Tara Bateman of Phoenix, Ariz., Courtney Swaim of Duluth, Ga., Chiharu Yamaguchi of Tochigi, Japan, Yumiko Hasegawa of Osaka, Japan, Kathi Poppmeier of Graz, Austria, Corina Kelepouris of Drayton Valley, Alberta, Rebecca Hudson of Yorkshire, England, Jennifer Hubbard of Van Alstyne, Texas, (a) Brandi Jackson of Belton, S.C., Natalie Aber of Akron, Ohio, (a) Kristy McPherson of Conway, S.C., Niina Laitinen of Helsinki, Finland, Rebecca Mailloux of Hope, R.I., Michelle Scerri of Melbourne, Australia, Meredith Duncan of Shreveport, La., Tina Schneeberger of Austria, Kim Brozer of Red Deer, Alberta, Jana Peterkova of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, and Janell Howland of Beaumont, Texas.
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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.