Wie Trails Schoolmate at Womens Pub Links
Defending champion Michelle Wie, 14, Honolulu, joined seven other players at 70. She joined USA Curtis Cup teammates Jane Park, 17, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Brittany Lang, 18, McKinney, Texas, along with Jooyoung Yang, 16, Korea, Ya-Ni Tseng, 15, Chinese Taipei, Eva Yoe, 19, China, Hwanhee Lee, 21, Henderson, Nev., and Courtney Mahon, 20, Topeka, Kan.
Kono, a schoolmate of Wies at the Punahou School, birdied four holes on the back nine to finish late in the day. She is an incoming 9th grader while Wie is an incoming sophomore.
Michelle has done a lot for womens golf, Kono said. Im just hoping to do my best.
Cho was recently the low individual in the 2004 California Community College Championship. She made five birdies Tuesday, but double-bogeyed the 7th hole to finish at 69. Ive been practicing hard, said Cho. I felt really confident on this course.
A summer-school student, Cho brought her homework to Williamsburg. I took a computer test Sunday night, she said.
At 13, the long-hitting Wie captured the attention of the sports world with her stunning victory in the 2003 Womens Amateur Public Links. Wie admitted on Tuesday that she had jet lag after recent forays in the Curtis Cup and an attempt to qualify for the mens U.S. Amateur Public Links on Friday. She managed five birdies, three of them on par-5 holes.
I always feel comfortable on par 5s, she said. Last year I made three eagles (on par fives). I can make my move.
A rare four-putt from 36 feet led to Wies double bogey on the par-5 7th hole.
I havent four-putted in two years, Wie said. I made a lot of birdies today and I could have made a lot more. I shouldnt have made that bogey. I shouldnt have made that double bogey. That said, Im pretty happy with my round.
Park birdied both par-3 holes on the front nine then combined a bogey with a birdie on the back side to join Wie.
Lang said her score surprised her. I made a couple of stupid mistakes, she said. I feel like I shot a million and I just shot 70.
Yang is a native of Korea who attends high school in Temecula, Calif. In Korea they dont go to school if theyre great athletes, Yang said. My mom wanted me to get an education so I came here.
Tseng, an in-coming high school sophomore in Taiwan, routinely hit tee shots of 270 yards. She hit three of the par-5s in two shots, the 498-yard 5th, the 512-yard 15th and the 466-yard 18th. Her round, however, included 34 strokes on the greens.
I was too wristy on my putting stroke, Tseng said. I only made birdies on little putts.
Yoe is a student at Santa Monica College. She won the Hong Kong Ladies Open last year and captured the 2004 Philippines Junior Open. Lee was runner-up in the 2002 Womens Amateur Public Links. Mahon finished in Tuesdays final group to become the eighth player at 70.
Stroke-play qualifying concludes Wednesday and the low 64 scorers advance to match play. A 36-hole final on Sunday will determine the champion.
Rd. 1 Results
Carling Cho, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 34-35--69
Stephanie Kono, Honolulu, Hawaii, 37-32--69
Brittany Lang, McKinney, Texas, 34-36--70
Courtney Mahon, Topeka, Kan., 35-35--70
Hoi Ning Eva Yoe, Ppls Rep of China, 35-35--70
Hwanhee Lee, Los Angeles, Calif., 35-35--70
Jane Park, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 34-36--70
Jooyoung Yang, Korea, 34-36--70
Michelle Wie, Honolulu, Hawaii, 35-35--70
Ya-Ni Tseng, Chinese Taipei, 35-35--70
Ashley Grier, Hagerstown, Md., 35-36--71
Ashley Leonard, Rocky Mount, N.C., 38-33--71
Gabby Wedding, Wilmington, Ohio, 36-35--71
In-Bee Park, Eustis, Fla., 36-35--71
Jenna Pearson, Wheaton, Ill., 36-35--71
Karyn Stordahl, Prior Lake, Minn., 36-35--71
Nara Shin, Chula Vista, Calif., 36-35--71
Shannon Johnson, Sioux Falls, S.D., 36-35--71
Sung Lee, Tacoma, Wash., 38-33--71
Christine Yum, Bradenton, Fla., 33-39--72
Karla Kalian, Brush Prairie, Wash., 35-37--72
Laura Crawford, Lancaster, S.C., 35-37--72
Lauren Doughtie, Suffolk, Va., 38-34--72
Maria Gallegos, Argentina, 37-35--72
Mayumi Motoyama, Littleton, Colo., 36-36--72
Tiffany Lua, Rowland Heights, Calif., 38-34--72
Annie Schlosser, Las Vegas, Nev., 36-37--73
Brianna Broderick, Richmond, Mo., 35-38--73
Emily Hendricks, Pewaukee, Wis., 39-34--73
Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif., 35-38--73
Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va., 37-36--73
Kristen Campos, Mesa, Ariz., 35-38--73
Kwan-Chih Lu, Chinese Taipei, 38-35--73
Lehua Wise, Lihue, Hawaii, 38-35--73
Maggie Leef, Brookfield, Wis., 35-38--73
Taylor Barrett, York, S.C., 37-36--73
Violeta Retamoza, Mexico, 36-37--73
Angela Park, Torrance, Calif., 38-36--74
Ashley Sholer, Canada, 37-37--74
Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla., 36-38--74
Hsiao-Ching Lu, Chinese Taipei, 35-39--74
Janet Dyer, Starkville, Miss., 38-36--74
Kathryn Detlefsen, Eagan, Minn., 37-37--74
Katie Quinney, Jacksonville Beach, Fla., 38-36--74
Ko-Chen Yeh, Chinese Taipei, 35-39--74
Kuan-Pei Chen, Chinese Taipei, 38-36--74
Lisa Meshke, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 37-37--74
Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif., 38-36--74
Nicole Hage, Coral Springs, Fla., 39-35--74
Noriko Nakazaki, Hanover Park, Ill., 36-38--74
Shannon Ogg, Charlotte, N.C., 36-38--74
Stephanie Godare, Houston, Texas, 39-35--74
Tarah Mc Naughton, Bradenton, Fla., 36-38--74
Wendra Liang, San Francisco, Calif., 36-38--74
Amanda Mathis, Picayune, Miss., 40-35--75
Christine Hentzner, Las Vegas, Nev., 36-39--75
Elena Kurokawa, Redondo Beach, Calif., 38-37--75
Hagen Weintraub, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 35-40--75
Julia Best, Bulverde, Texas, 37-38--75
Kansas Gooden, Harrisonburg, Va., 38-37--75
Katie Myos, Faribault, Minn., 39-36--75
Kelly Schaub, Greeley, Colo., 37-38--75
Leigh Klasse, St Anthony, Minn., 37-38--75
Melissa Martin, Altadena, Calif., 39-36--75
Sara Brown, Tucson, Ariz., 38-37--75
Tiffany Chudy, Miramar, Fla., 37-38--75
Tiffany Tavee, Gilbert, Ariz., 36-39--75
Whitney Ueno, Hilo, Hawaii, 37-38--75
Amber Jean Kuss, Koontz Lake, Ind., 39-37--76
Daria Cummings, Monroe, Conn., 38-38--76
Kali Quick, Nampa, Idaho, 38-38--76
Kylene Pulley, Kokomo, Ind., 37-39--76
Lauren Hunt, Little River, S.C., 38-38--76
Leanne Owens, Creston, Iowa, 39-37--76
Mackinzie Kline, Encinitas, Calif., 39-37--76
Megan Godfrey, Homewood, Ill., 37-39--76
Megan Stoddart, Sacramento, Calif., 39-37--76
Morgan O'Banion, Carmel, Ind., 37-39--76
Selanee Henderson, Apple Valley, Calif., 36-40--76
Aimee Cho, Korea, 39-38--77
Allison Stewart, Vermillion, S.D., 39-38--77
Allyson Hatcher, Wheeling, W.Va., 41-36--77
Amanda Costner, Claremore, Okla., 38-39--77
Crystal Elliers, Chalmette, La., 37-40--77
Erica Battle, Columbia, S.C., 39-38--77
Heidi Lowe, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 40-37--77
Jeannine Mondesando, Mahwah, N.J., 39-38--77
Jordyn Wells, Bethel Park, Pa., 38-39--77
Kasi Lee, Paramus, N.J., 39-38--77
Kelly Jacques, Longmont, Colo., 37-40--77
Meggie Fagundes, Atwater, Calif., 37-40--77
Stacey Linduska, Woodbury, Minn., 38-39--77
Stefanie Coleman, Lakewood, Wash., 38-39--77
Amanda Wilson, Hilo, Hawaii, 38-40--78
Beth Allen, San Diego, Calif., 37-41--78
Brooke Goodwin, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., 37-41--78
Caroline Kim, Canada, 39-39--78
Courtney Sullivan, Gresham, Ore., 39-39--78
Jenna Cox, Lima, Ohio, 40-38--78
Julia Huh, Pasadena, Md., 43-35--78
Lacey Jones, Idabel, Okla., 40-38--78
Laura Mengelkamp, Dover, Pa., 38-40--78
Lesley Stracks, Washington, D.C., 42-36--78
Maggie Ward, Rochester, N.Y., 39-39--78
Sandy Young, Owings, Md., 39-39--78
Yvonne Choe, Temple City, Calif., 38-40--78
Angela Daykin, Canada, 42-37--79
Casey Cain, Lumberton, Texas, 41-38--79
Cheryl Jones, Phoenix, Ariz., 38-41--79
Kristin Emmons, Alamosa, Colo., 40-39--79
Elizabeth Schweihs, Lockport, Ill., 42-38--80
Jennifer Ackerson, Allen, Texas, 40-40--80
Kelly Boogaard, Grand Rapids, Mich., 41-39--80
Kristen Kennedy, Silver City, N.M., 43-37--80
Lisa Kraxner, Prairie Village, Kan., 41-39--80
Mary Calderon, Mexico, 42-38--80
Miki Ueoka, Lihue, Hawaii, 42-38--80
Sarah Tiller, Nampa, Idaho, 39-41--80
Shannon Warner, Livonia, Mich., 39-41--80
Ashley Anast, Littleton, Colo., 40-41--81
Kelly Husted, Stanford, Calif., 41-40--81
Lynsey Myers, Ogden, Utah, 38-43--81
Rachel Thomas, Livonia, Mich., 38-43--81
Cynthia Bowser, Stewartstown, Pa., 43-39--82
Jessica Smith, Louisville, Ky., 42-40--82
Nancy Kromar, Austin, Texas, 42-40--82
Whitney Wolejko, Hatfield, Mass., 40-42--82
Arlene Zamora, Havre De Grace, Md., 41-42--83
Devon Newell, Helena, Mont., 42-41--83
Kathryn Walker, Blackshear, Ga., 41-42--83
Kelli Nakano, Pukalani, Hawaii, 40-43--83
Hana Young, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 44-40--84
Allison Mayborg, Monroe, Ohio, 41-44--85
Heidi Kim, Sandy, Utah, 46-39--85
Lydia Kim, Edison, N.J., 41-44--85
Rose Pagan, Kula, Hawaii, 41-44--85
Britney Hayes, Bozeman, Mont., 38-48--86
Josey Edwards, Weiser, Idaho, 43-44--87
Rachel Strauss, Seattle, Wash., 44-43--87
Kristan Bennett, Trenton, Mich., 41-48--89
Stephanie Aston, Saugar, Calif., 48-41--89
Nicolina Kulhamer, Bethlehem, Pa., 47-43--90
Mary Anne Levins, Rutland, Vt., 45-46--91
Lisa Chalmers, Farmington Hills, Mich., 46-46--92
Rahm (62) shoots career low round at CareerBuilder
After a banner year in 2017, Jon Rahm found a way to add yet another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge.
Rahm got off to a fast start at La Quinta Country Club, playing his first seven holes in 6 under en route to a 10-under 62. The score marked his career low on the PGA Tour by two shots and gave him an early lead in an event that utilizes a three-course rotation.
La Quinta was the site of Adam Hadwin's 59 during last year's event, and Rahm knew full well that a quick start opened the door to a memorably low score.
"Any time you have that going for you, you get thoughts come in your head, 60, maybe 59," Rahm told reporters. "I knew that if I kept playing good I was going to have more birdie opportunities, and I tried not to get ahead of myself and I was able to do it."
Rahm birdied his first two holes before an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole sparked him to an outward 30. He added four more birdies on the inward half without dropping a shot.
The Spaniard is the highest-ranked player in the field this week, and while many players opted for a two-week stint in Hawaii he instead came home for some practice after opening the new year with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. That decision appears to have paid some early dividends as Rahm gets set to defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.
Low scores were plentiful on all three courses during the opening round, and Rahm remained pleased with his effort even though he fell short of matching Hadwin's sub-60 score from a year ago.
"That's golf. You're not going to make every single putt, you're not going to hit every shot perfect," he said. "Overall, you've got to look at the bigger picture. I birdied the last hole, had a couple of great sand saves coming in, shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for."
Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead
New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.
The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.
"Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."
Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.
It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.
Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.
Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore
SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.
Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.
He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.
Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.
Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.
The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.
''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''
Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.
He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.
Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.
Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.
''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''
13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest
Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.
Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.
“An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”
Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.
Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings.