DAlessio Holds on to Q-School Lead

By Lpga Tour MediaOctober 22, 2003, 4:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. ' It was more of the same for Diana DAlessio during the second round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. The four-year LPGA Tour member carded a bogey-free round of 70 and leads the 131-player field by three with a 136 (-8) two-day total. Catherine Cartwright, Jenna Daniels, Kelly Lagedrost and Iben Tinning are in a four-way tie for second at 139 (-5).

Play was suspended due to darkness at 7:06 p.m., with three players remaining on the golf course. That group will return to finish its second rounds Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m., while the third round will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. after the field is re-paired according to scores.

Today was a little more difficult than yesterday, said DAlessio. I was not quite as aggressive putting today, and I was not hitting the ball as well. Im proud of my round today because its hard to follow one good round with another good one. I made some good up-and-downs today and some clutch putts, so my putter was still my friend.

DAlessios two-under-par 70 followed a first-round 66 on LPGA Internationals 6,443-yard Legends Course. The low round of the day, 68 (-4), was turned in by the sextet of Marlene Hedblom, Riko Higashio, Hyun Soon Park, Carrie Robers, Leslie Spalding and Lagedrost.

I hit the ball just as well as I did yesterday, but I just didnt putt as well today, said Daniels, a three-year LPGA Tour member. I feel blessed being able to come to q-school to improve my status. Theres not as much pressure on me, and Im very relaxed. I just want to play four solid rounds.

Im having fun this week, and its nice to be on a golf course enjoying myself, said the 20-year-old Cartwright. I was just consistent again today. I dont know how many greens and fairways I hit, but I know I hit a lot again. Youre never in until its over though.

The 131-player field will be cut to the low 70 players and ties following the third round. A total of 28 exempt spots on the 2004 LPGA Tour are up for grabs this year, and a sudden-death playoff will be held to determine the 28th spot if needed. The next 35 finishers and ties will earn non-exempt status for 2004.

Round 2 Results, LPGA INTERNATIONAL-LEGENDS COURSE
1 Diana D'Alessio 66-70 136 -8
2 Kelly Lagedrost 71-68 139 -5
2 Catherine Cartwright 69-70 139 -5
2 Iben Tinning 68-71 139 -5
2 Jenna Daniels 67-72 139 -5
6 Marlene Hedblom 72-68 140 -4
6 Aree Song 71-69 140 -4
6 Jean-Marie Busuttil 70-70 140 -4
6 Michele Vinieratos 70-70 140 -4
6 Karen Pearce 70-70 140 -4
6 Cherie Byrnes 69-71 140 -4
12 Riko Higashio 73-68 141 -3
12 Pamela Kerrigan 70-71 141 -3
12 Maggie Will 69-72 141 -3
12 Mikaela Parmlid 67-74 141 -3
16 Nadina Taylor 72-70 142 -2
16 Siew-Ai Lim 72-70 142 -2
16 Jessica Reese 71-71 142 -2
16 Chiharu Yamaguchi 70-72 142 -2
16 Patricia Baxter-Johnson 70-72 142 -2
16 Laurie Rinker 70-72 142 -2
16 Ashley Winn 69-73 142 -2
16 Isabelle Beisiegel 68-74 142 -2
24 Hyun Soon Park 75-68 143 -1
24 Marcy Hart 74-69 143 -1
24 Sunny Lee 73-70 143 -1
24 Clarissa Childs 73-70 143 -1
24 Carmen Hajjar 72-71 143 -1
24 Katherine Hull 72-71 143 -1
24 Juli Hilton 71-72 143 -1
31 Carrie Roberts 76-68 144 E
31 Leslie Spalding 76-68 144 E
31 Annette DeLuca 74-70 144 E
31 Dina Ammaccapane 73-71 144 E
31 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 73-71 144 E
31 Luciana Bemvenuti 73-71 144 E
31 Brandi Jackson 73-71 144 E
31 Karen Davies 72-72 144 E
31 Lisa DePaulo 72-72 144 E
31 Seol-An Jeon 72-72 144 E
31 Laura Myerscough 71-73 144 E
31 Celeste Troche 70-74 144 E
31 Lisa Hall 70-74 144 E
44 Allie Blomquist 75-70 145 +1
44 Il Mi Chung 74-71 145 +1
44 Kristen Bloomer 74-71 145 +1
44 Lindsey Wright 72-73 145 +1
44 Russamee Gulyanamitta 72-73 145 +1
44 Jen Hanna 70-75 145 +1
44 Smriti Mehra 70-75 145 +1
44 Jinny Lee 70-75 145 +1
44 Carri Wood 69-76 145 +1
53 Krista Bartlett 75-71 146 +2
53 Heather Lee 74-72 146 +2
53 Angela Buzminski 74-72 146 +2
53 Kristy McPherson 74-72 146 +2
53 Amy Hung 73-73 146 +2
53 Mardi Lunn 73-73 146 +2
53 Emily Bastel 71-75 146 +2
53 Jimin Kang 71-75 146 +2
61 Mayumi Nakajima 76-71 147 +3
61 Kathryn Cusick 76-71 147 +3
61 Kim Augusta 76-71 147 +3
61 Vikki Laing 75-72 147 +3
61 Lori Atsedes 75-72 147 +3
61 Lisa Strom 75-72 147 +3
61 Liz Earley 74-73 147 +3
61 Michelle Estill 74-73 147 +3
61 Susan Ginter-Brooker 73-74 147 +3
61 Sarah Johnston 73-74 147 +3
61 Diane Irvin 72-75 147 +3
61 Kellee Booth 72-75 147 +3
61 Joellyn Erdmann-Crooks 71-76 147 +3
61 Hong Mei Yang 71-76 147 +3
75 Danielle Amiee 76-72 148 +4
75 Penny Hammel 76-72 148 +4
75 Karine Icher 75-73 148 +4
75 Caroline Goasguen 74-74 148 +4
75 Connie Ross 73-75 148 +4
75 Meredith Duncan 73-75 148 +4
75 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 73-75 148 +4
75 Shiho Katano 73-75 148 +4
75 Michelle Murphy 72-76 148 +4
75 Marianne Morris 72-76 148 +4
75 Susie Parry 71-77 148 +4
75 Stacy Snider 70-78 148 +4
87 Kris Lindstrom 76-73 149 +5
87 Kylie Pratt 75-74 149 +5
87 Stefania Croce 73-76 149 +5
87 Jeanne Cho 73-76 149 +5
91 Lisa P. Jensen 78-72 150 +6
91 Kimberly Freeman 76-74 150 +6
91 Vicky Uwland 75-75 150 +6
91 Dale Eggeling 75-75 150 +6
91 Collette Matthes 74-76 150 +6
91 Georgina Simpson 74-76 150 +6
91 Kelly Cap 74-76 150 +6
91 Nicole Dalkas 74-76 150 +6
91 Katie Bakken 73-77 150 +6
91 Jennifer Huber 73-77 150 +6
101 Wendy Martin 78-73 151 +7
101 Mitzi Edge 78-73 151 +7
101 Pam Wright 77-74 151 +7
101 Michele Fuller 76-75 151 +7
101 Nicole Jeray 76-75 151 +7
101 J.Y. Cho 76-75 151 +7
101 Donna Wilkins 75-76 151 +7
101 Namika Omata 75-76 151 +7
101 Leigh Ann Mills 74-77 151 +7
101 Michelle Simpson 74-77 151 +7
101 Stephanie George 72-79 151 +7
101 Angie Rizzo 71-80 151 +7
113 Minny Yeo 77-75 152 +8
113 Danielle Masters 75-77 152 +8
113 Lesley Henderson 75-77 152 +8
116 Charlotta Sorenstam 75-78 153 +9
117 Mary Kay Marino 78-76 154 +10
117 Yvonne Cox 75-79 154 +10
119 Tamie Durdin 78-77 155 +11
120 Becky Lucidi 80-76 156 +12
120 Laura Baugh 80-76 156 +12
120 Nicole Perrot 79-77 156 +12
120 Kirsty Taylor 77-79 156 +12
124 Nicole Materne 74-83 157 +13
125 Hye Jung Choi 80-79 159 +15
125 Alena Sharp 76-83 159 +15
127 Krissie Register 79-81 160 +16
128 Misia Lemanski 79-83 162 +18
DNF Silvia Cavalleri 72 72 DNF
DNF Michelle Bell 74 74 DNF
DNF Nuria Clau 77 77 DNF
Ara Koh 78-81 159 WD
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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.