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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Monty grabs lead entering final round in season-opener

By Associated PressJanuary 20, 2018, 4:00 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Colin Montgomerie shot a second straight 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 54-year-old Scot, a six-time winner on the over-50 tour, didn't miss a fairway on Friday and made five birdies on the back nine to reach 14 under at Hualalai.

Montgomerie has made 17 birdies through 36 holes and said he will have to continue cashing in on his opportunities.

''We know that I've got to score something similar to what I've done – 66, 67, something like that, at least,'' Montgomerie said. ''You know the competition out here is so strong that if you do play away from the pins, you'll get run over. It's tough, but hey, it's great.''


Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship


First-round co-leaders Gene Sauers and Jerry Kelly each shot 68 and were 12 under.

''I hit the ball really well. You know, all the putts that dropped yesterday didn't drop today,'' Kelly said. ''I was just short and burning edges. It was good putting again. They just didn't go in.''

David Toms was three shots back after a 66. Woody Austin, Mark Calcavecchia and Doug Garwood each shot 67 and were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was six shots back after a 67.

The limited-field tournament on Hawaii's Big Island includes last season's winners, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

''We've enjoyed ourselves thoroughly here,'' Montgomerie said. ''It's just a dramatic spot, isn't it? If you don't like this, well, I'm sorry, take a good look in the mirror, you know?''

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The missing link: Advice from successful tour pros

By Phil BlackmarJanuary 20, 2018, 1:24 am

Today’s topic is significant in that it underscores the direction golf is headed, a direction that has me a little concerned.

Now, more than ever, it has become the norm for PGA Tour players to put together a team to assist in all aspects of their career. These teams can typically include the player’s swing coach, mental coach, manager, workout specialist, dietician, physical therapist, short-game guru, doctor, accountant, nanny and wife. Though it often concerns me the player may be missing out when others are making decisions for them, that is not the topic.

I want to talk about what most players seem to be inexplicably leaving off their teams.

One of the things that separates great players from the rest of the pack – other than talent – is the great player’s ability to routinely stay comfortable and play with focus and clarity in all situations. Though innate to many, this skill is trainable and can be learned. Don’t get too excited, the details of such a plan are too long and more suited for a book than the short confines of this article.

So, if that aspect of the game is so important, where is the representative on the player’s team who has stood on the 18th tee with everything on the line? Where is the representative on the team who has experienced, over and over, what the player will be experiencing? In other words, where is the successful former tour player on the team?

You look to tennis and many players have such a person on their team. These teacher/mentors include the likes of Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Brad Gilbert. Why is it not the norm in golf?

Sure, a few players have sought out the advice of Jack Nicklaus, but he’s not part of a team. The teaching ranks also include some former players like Butch Harmon and a few others. But how many teams include a player who has contended in a major, let alone won one or more?

I’m not here to argue the value and knowledge of all the other coaches who make up a player’s team. But how can the value of a successful tour professional be overlooked? If I’m going to ask someone what I should do in various situations on the course, I would prefer to include the experienced knowledge of players who have been there themselves.

This leads me to the second part of today’s message. Is there a need for the professional players to mix with professional teachers to deliver the best and most comprehensive teaching philosophy to average players? I feel there is.

Most lessons are concerned with changing the student’s swing. Often, this is done with little regard for how it feels to the student because the teacher believes the information is correct and more important than the “feels” of the student. “Stick with it until it’s comfortable” is often the message. This directive methodology was put on Twitter for public consumption a short time back:

On the other hand, the professional player is an expert at making a score and understands the intangible side of the game. The intangible side says: “Mechanics cannot stand alone in making a good player.” The intangible side understands “people feel things differently”; ask Jim Furyk to swing like Dustin Johnson, or vice versa. This means something that looks good to us may not feel right to someone else.

The intangible side lets us know that mechanics and feels must walk together in order for the player to succeed. From Ben Hogan’s book:

“What I have learned I have learned by laborious trial and error, watching a good player do something that looked right to me, stumbling across something that felt right to me, experimenting with that something to see if it helped or hindered, adopting it if it helped, refining it sometimes, discarding it if it didn’t help, sometimes discarding it later if it proved undependable in competition, experimenting continually with new ideas and old ideas and all manner of variations until I arrived at a set of fundamentals that appeared to me to be right because they accomplished a very definite purpose, a set of fundamentals which proved to me they were right because they stood up and produced under all kinds of pressure.”

Hogan beautifully described the learning process that could develop the swings of great players like DJ, Furyk, Lee Trevino, Jordan Spieth, Nicklaus, etc.

Bob Toski is still teaching. Steve Elkington is helping to bring us the insight of Jackie Burke. Hal Sutton has a beautiful teaching facility outside of Houston. And so on. Just like mechanics and feels, it’s not either-or – the best message comes from both teachers and players.

Lately, it seems the scale has swung more to one side; let us not forget the value of insights brought to us by the players who have best mastered the game.

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Woods, Rahm, Rickie, J-Day headline Torrey field

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 20, 2018, 12:47 am

Tiger Woods is set to make his 2018 debut.

Woods is still part of the final field list for next week’s Farmers Insurance Open, the headliner of a tournament that includes defending champion Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day.

In all, 12 of the top 26 players in the world are teeing it up at Torrey Pines.

Though Woods has won eight times at Torrey Pines, he hasn’t broken 71 in his past seven rounds there and hasn’t played all four rounds since 2013, when he won. Last year he missed the cut after rounds of 76-72, then lasted just one round in Dubai before he withdrew with back spasms.

After a fourth back surgery, Woods didn’t return to competition until last month’s Hero World Challenge, where he tied for ninth. 

Woods has committed to play both the Farmers Insurance Open and next month's Genesis Open at Riviera, which benefits his foundation. 

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Even on 'off' day, Rahm shoots 67 at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 20, 2018, 12:36 am

Jon Rahm didn’t strike the ball as purely Friday as he did during his opening round at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

He still managed a 5-under 67 that put him just one shot off the lead heading into the weekend.

“I expected myself to go to the range (this morning) and keep flushing everything like I did yesterday,” said Rahm, who shot a career-low 62 at La Quinta on Thursday. “Everything was just a little bit off. It was just one of those days.”


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After going bogey-free on Thursday, Rahm mixed four birdies and two bogeys over his opening six holes. He managed to settle down around the turn, then made two birdies on his final three holes to move within one shot of Andrew Landry (65).

Rahm has missed only five greens through two rounds and sits at 15-under 129. 

The 23-year-old Spaniard won in Dubai to end the year and opened 2018 with a runner-up finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He needs a top-6 finish or better this week to supplant Jordan Spieth as the No. 2 player in the world.