Rock Solid Round for Daniels

By Martha BrendleJune 13, 2001, 4:00 pm
Daniel, BethFirst round leader and Hall of Fame member Beth Daniel played a rock solid round of 5-under-par 67 during the first day of the Evian Masters. Although her play was not without errors - Nos. 1 and 4, both par 4s, gave her trouble in the form of bogeys. Daniels, owner of 32 career victories on the LPGA Tour, had nothing to lose in this round.
 
I had a bad week in Rochester (last week). I couldnt get anything going, Daniels lamented. So I spent the weekend working on my game and started to see signs of encouragement. Id been having trouble driving the ball. Last week, I missed a bunch of fairways, and I came her and started the exact same way. But I managed to turn it around. Sometimes, you can do that, sometimes you cant.
 
Today was a can do day for the 22-year veteran. Daniel went on to record six birdies in her round as well as a poignant eagle on the 425-yard par 5 last where she used her 4 iron from 190 yards to launch her ball strait into the cup. It was a very nice way to finish the day.
 
Trailing Daniel by a stroke is Wendy Ward with a 4-under 68. Ward, who incurred a lone bogey during her round, matched with five birdies ' one of which was a stellar recovery after her third shot on the 490-yard, par 5 9th found its way into the bunker. The Texan holed her bunker shot from 20 feet to save birdie. 24 putts today, Ward exclaimed. That may be a record for me. But then I had some good saves too with my putter. I was just real solid.
 
Yu Ping Lin tied with Ward after recording 4-under-par 68 by way of 7 birdies and 3 bogeys.
 
Annika Sorenstam,Jackie Gallagher-Smith, Sophie Gustafson, Dorothy Delasin, Se Ri Pak, Maria Hjorth, Raquel Carriedo and Pat Hurst all came in at 3-under 69. Their scores are very respectable considering the difficulty of the greens and prevailing winds. Its a fun golf course, Hurst said following the first round. It can be tough at times, and some of the pins today were tucked behind bunkers and stuff like that.
 
Its (the course) nice, Delasin matched. The fairways are kind of tight. You have a lot of placement shots out there.
 
Defending champion Annika Sorenstam must have felt as if she were on a roller coaster ride Wednesday. She recorded birdie, bogey, eagle, birdie, bogey, and birdie through the 13th hole. The winner of last years event will have some ground to make up in order to catch the lions share of the $2,100,000 purse.
 
Sorenstam, having finished two strokes ahead of arch rival Karrie Webb who shot 35-36 to end the day tied for 16th at 1-under-par.
 
This event does not have a cut. 78 pros will play through the conclusion of the event on Saturday. The first group tees off at 8:00 a.m. local time.
 
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.