Rinker Takes Lead As Play Suspended

By Lpga Tour MediaOctober 23, 2003, 4:00 pm
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- LPGA veteran Laurie Rinker is the clubhouse leader at 9-under 207 after firing a 7-under-par 65 in the third round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. Rinkers 65, which is one stroke off the tournament record of 64 set by Marilyn Lovander last year, included five-straight birdies on holes 11-15 and leads Brandi Jackson (73-71-66=210, -6) by three strokes
 
The third round was suspended due to darkness at 6:58 p.m. (ET), with 31 players remaining on the golf course. Second-round leader Diana DAlessio, as well as the final four threesomes of second-round leaders, were to return to LPGA Internationals Legends Course at 7:45 a.m. ET Friday to complete their third rounds.

The 130-player field will then be cut to the low 70 players and ties before the final round. The final round will begin at approximately 10 a.m. with players teeing off from the first and 10th tees in groups of three. The leaders will tee off at approximately 12 p.m.

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.

LPGA FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL 2003
Current Leader Board & Results, Round 3
1 Laurie Rinker 70-72-65 207 -9
2 Brandi Jackson 73-71-66 210 -6
3 Chiharu Yamaguchi 70-72-69 211 -5
3 Maggie Will 69-72-70 211 -5
5 Siew-Ai Lim 72-70-70 212 -4
5 Ashley Winn 69-73-70 212 -4
5 Mikaela Parmlid 67-74-71 212 -4
8 Lisa DePaulo 72-72-69 213 -3
8 Nadina Taylor 72-70-71 213 -3
8 Isabelle Beisiegel 68-74-71 213 -3
11 Susan Ginter-Brooker 73-74-67 214 -2
11 Luciana Bemvenuti 73-71-70 214 -2
11 Laura Myerscough 71-73-70 214 -2
11 Celeste Troche 70-74-70 214 -2
11 Carmen Hajjar 72-71-71 214 -2
11 Jessica Reese 71-71-72 214 -2
17 Seol-An Jeon 72-72-71 215 -1
17 Lisa Hall 70-74-71 215 -1
17 Hyun Soon Park 75-68-72 215 -1
17 Sunny Lee 73-70-72 215 -1
17 Clarissa Childs 73-70-72 215 -1
17 Juli Hilton 71-72-72 215 -1
23 Il Mi Chung 74-71-71 216 E
23 Carrie Roberts 76-68-72 216 E
23 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 73-71-72 216 E
26 Meredith Duncan 73-75-69 217 +1
26 Allie Blomquist 75-70-72 217 +1
26 Katherine Hull 72-71-74 217 +1
26 Silvia Cavalleri 72-70-75 217 +1
30 Nicole Jeray 76-75-67 218 +2
30 Joellyn Erdmann-Crooks 71-76-71 218 +2
30 Annette DeLuca 74-70-74 218 +2
30 Karen Davies 72-72-74 218 +2
30 Marcy Hart 74-69-75 218 +2
35 Kelly Cap 74-76-69 219 +3
35 Karine Icher 75-73-71 219 +3
35 Cathy Johnston-Forbes 73-75-71 219 +3
35 Diane Irvin 72-75-72 219 +3
35 Kristen Bloomer 74-71-74 219 +3
35 Leslie Spalding 76-68-75 219 +3
35 Patricia Baxter-Johnson 70-72-77 219 +3
42 Kris Lindstrom 76-73-71 220 +4
42 Michelle Bell 74-74-72 220 +4
42 Connie Ross 73-75-72 220 +4
42 Stacy Snider 70-78-72 220 +4
42 Michelle Estill 74-73-73 220 +4
47 Namika Omata 75-76-70 221 +5
47 Leigh Ann Mills 74-77-70 221 +5
47 Kylie Pratt 75-74-72 221 +5
47 Stefania Croce 73-76-72 221 +5
51 Katie Bakken 73-77-72 222 +6
51 Penny Hammel 76-72-74 222 +6
51 Marianne Morris 72-76-74 222 +6
51 Susie Parry 71-77-74 222 +6
51 Sarah Johnston 73-74-75 222 +6
51 Hong Mei Yang 71-76-75 222 +6
51 Nuria Clau 77-68-77 222 +6
51 Dina Ammaccapane 73-71-78 222 +6
59 Charlotta Sorenstam 75-78-70 223 +7
59 J.Y. Cho 76-75-72 223 +7
59 Dale Eggeling 75-75-73 223 +7
59 Jeanne Cho 73-76-74 223 +7
59 Danielle Amiee 76-72-75 223 +7
59 Michelle Murphy 72-76-75 223 +7
59 Lori Atsedes 75-72-76 223 +7
66 Kimberly Freeman 76-74-74 224 +8
66 Georgina Simpson 74-76-74 224 +8
66 Nicole Dalkas 74-76-74 224 +8
66 Liz Earley 74-73-77 224 +8
66 Kellee Booth 72-75-77 224 +8
71 Mitzi Edge 78-73-74 225 +9
71 Wendy Martin 78-73-74 225 +9
71 Michele Fuller 76-75-74 225 +9
71 Caroline Goasguen 74-74-77 225 +9
75 Nicole Materne 74-83-69 226 +10
75 Yvonne Cox 75-79-72 226 +10
75 Minny Yeo 77-75-74 226 +10
75 Angie Rizzo 71-80-75 226 +10
75 Lisa P. Jensen 78-72-76 226 +10
LPGA FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL 2003
Current Leader Board & Results, Round 3
DAYTONA BEACH FL10/21/2003 - 10/24/2003PURSE: $50,000
LPGA INTERNATIONAL-LEGENDS COURSE PAR: 36 36 YARDS: 6443

NAME SCORES
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75 Jennifer Huber 73-77-76 226 +10
75 Lisa Strom 75-72-79 226 +10
82 Tamie Durdin 78-77-72 227 +11
82 Lesley Henderson 75-77-75 227 +11
82 Stephanie George 72-79-76 227 +11
82 Shiho Katano 73-75-79 227 +11
86 Nicole Perrot 79-77-72 228 +12
86 Michelle Simpson 74-77-77 228 +12
88 Kirsty Taylor 77-79-73 229 +13
88 Donna Wilkins 75-76-78 229 +13
88 Vicky Uwland 75-75-79 229 +13
91 Alena Sharp 76-83-71 230 +14
91 Becky Lucidi 80-76-74 230 +14
91 Danielle Masters 75-77-78 230 +14
91 Pam Wright 77-74-79 230 +14
91 Collette Matthes 74-76-80 230 +14
96 Hye Jung Choi 80-79-72 231 +15
97 Misia Lemanski 79-83-72 234 +18
98 Laura Baugh 80-76-79 235 +19
99 Krissie Register 79-81-81 241 +25
DNF Diana D'Alessio 66-70 136 DNF
DNF Kelly Lagedrost 71-68 139 DNF
DNF Catherine Cartwright 69-70 139 DNF
DNF Iben Tinning 68-71 139 DNF
DNF Jenna Daniels 67-72 139 DNF
DNF Marlene Hedblom 72-68 140 DNF
DNF Aree Song 71-69 140 DNF
DNF Jean-Marie Busuttil 70-70 140 DNF
DNF Karen Pearce 70-70 140 DNF
DNF Michele Vinieratos 70-70 140 DNF
DNF Cherie Byrnes 69-71 140 DNF
DNF Riko Higashio 73-68 141 DNF
DNF Pamela Kerrigan 70-71 141 DNF
DNF Lindsey Wright 72-73 145 DNF
DNF Russamee Gulyanamitta 72-73 145 DNF
DNF Jinny Lee 70-75 145 DNF
DNF Jen Hanna 70-75 145 DNF
DNF Smriti Mehra 70-75 145 DNF
DNF Carri Wood 69-76 145 DNF
DNF Krista Bartlett 75-71 146 DNF
DNF Angela Buzminski 74-72 146 DNF
DNF Kristy McPherson 74-72 146 DNF
DNF Heather Lee 74-72 146 DNF
DNF Mardi Lunn 73-73 146 DNF
DNF Amy Hung 73-73 146 DNF
DNF Emily Bastel 71-75 146 DNF
DNF Jimin Kang 71-75 146 DNF
DNF Mayumi Nakajima 76-71 147 DNF
DNF Kim Augusta 76-71 147 DNF
DNF Kathryn Cusick 76-71 147 DNF
DNF Vikki Laing 75-72 147 DNF
Mary Kay Marino 78-76 154 WD
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.”


Full-field scores from the Career Builder Challenge

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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.