Teenager Extends Lead at Ladies Masters

By Martin ParkFebruary 25, 2005, 5:00 pm
2004 Ladies European TourGOLD COAST, Australia -- Ai Miyazato from Japan extended her first round lead at the ANZ Ladies Masters after tacking on a 4-under-par 68 to her opening record-equaling 63 to reach 13-under par, four shots clear of Australian Nikki Campbell at Royal Pines Resort.
 
The 19-year-old sensation from Okinawa lobbed in five birdies and one bogey as she continues her quest for her first title outside of her homeland and should she win this week, she would be eligible to join the Robe di Kappa Ladies European Tour and receive an exemption for the rest of this season and a further three years, meaning she would be exempt for both the Evian Masters and Weetabix Womens British Open.
 
Miyazato played in the tricky afternoon conditions and began with a birdie at the opening hole, but gave it back at the par-5 third. But after four consecutive pars, the pint-sized prodigy extended her lead with birdies at the eighth and ninth to turn in 35.
 
Further birdies came at the 15th and 17th to put her in control of the event at the halfway stage.
 
The wind was a lot harder today and it was much harder to control the ball, said Miyazato after her round.
 
Im very happy with my 4-under-par today, very satisfied.
 
Campbell, who plays most of her professional golf in Japan, reached the turn in 33 thanks to a hat-trick of birdies from the fifth hole. The 24-year old Canadian born player from Canberra came home in level par as the wind picked up.
 
Ive started to putt well on the Queensland greens, said Campbell, who finished 32nd on the order of merit in Japan last season.
 
I used to feel a bit daunted playing golf with some of the bigger names in womens golf, but Im beginning to feel a bit more comfortable with it now. Anytime my name is on the leaderboard, it gives me confidence and Im going to go out over the weekend and try and feel comfortable.
 
But with all the hype this week about the Japanese Wunderkind Miyazato, another teenager appeared on the radar as she equalled yesterdays course record with a 63 of her own in round two.
 
Tiffany Joh, an 18-year-old amateur from the San Diego in the USA continued the teenage invasion of womens golf her at Royal Pines as she carded the best round of her life which consisted of six birdies and an albatross at the par-5 ninth, her final hole.
 
Joh sits in a tie with Swedens Maria Hjorth who came in late in the afternoon with a 7-under-par 65 to share third spot on eight under par. Hjorth birdied the three of the final four holes of her round to jump up two places
 
Joh, a High School student at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego reached 8-under-par for 36 holes and is a shot clear of six players including Swedes Linda Wessberg, Maria Hjorth and Cecilia Ekelundh, Rachel Hetherington from Australia, Elisabeth Esterl from Germany and Veronica Zorzi from Italy who carded an 8-under-par 64 to jump right into contention for her maiden victory.
 
Ive never had an albatross before, said Joh.
 
I actually thought it went into the bunker at the back of the green but people were clapping, so maybe it didnt go into the bunker. I guess it turned out OK. I had 213-yards to the pin and I hit a five wood ' it was downwind.
 
The green was elevated and the pin was back left, so I couldnt see it land at all. I had no idea until I went up and checked it and then I was in shock, so I just picked up and walked around the green like a zombie!
 
Rounding out the top ten, four players share 10th spot on 6-under-par including Swedens Asa Gottmo and Australians Tamie Durdin, Shani Waugh and four times ANZ Ladies Masters Champion Karrie Webb.
 
The cut fell at 1-over-par with 73 players making the final two rounds.

Round 2 - Individual Leaderboard
 
1 MIYAZATO, Ai -13 F -4 63 68 131
2 CAMPBELL, Nikki -9 F -4 67 68 135
3 JOH, Tiffany (a) -8 F -9 73 63 136
3 HJORTH, Maria -8 F -7 71 65 136
5 WESSBERG, Linda -7 F -2 67 70 137
5 HETHERINGTON, Rachel -7 F -4 69 68 137
5 EKELUNDH, Cecilia -7 F -3 68 69 137
5 ESTERL, Elisabeth -7 F -3 68 69 137
5 ZORZI, Veronica -7 F -8 73 64 137
10 DURDIN, Tamie -6 F -5 71 67 138
10 WAUGH, Shani -6 F -3 69 69 138
10 GOTTMO, Asa -6 F -2 68 70 138
10 TAYLOR, Kirsty S -6 F -1 67 71 138
10 WEBB, Karrie -6 F -4 70 68 138
15 PRIETO, Marta -5 F -3 70 69 139
15 BODEN, Maria -5 F -4 71 68 139
15 DOUGLASS, Sarah -5 F -5 72 67 139
15 MARSHALL, Kathryn -5 F -5 72 67 139
15 FAIRCLOUGH, Lora -5 F -1 68 71 139
15 TSENG, Ya Ni (a) -5 F -3 70 69 139
15 STEVENSON, Rebecca -5 F -3 70 69 139
22 LEARY, Jane -4 F -1 69 71 140
22 ICHER, Karine -4 F -1 69 71 140
22 TAYLOR, Nadina -4 F Even 68 72 140
22 TINNING, Iben -4 F -1 69 71 140
22 SIMPSON, Georgina -4 F -1 69 71 140
22 HULL, Katherine -4 F +2 66 74 140
22 LUNA, Diana -4 F -2 70 70 140
29 FISCHER, Tina -3 F -3 72 69 141
29 KENYON, Sarah-Jane -3 F -3 72 69 141
29 BLOMQVIST, Minea -3 F -1 70 71 141
29 BEATTY, Helen -3 F -3 72 69 141
33 MUNT, Alison -2 F +1 69 73 142
33 HAKKARAINEN, Riikka -2 F -3 73 69 142
33 BUTLER, Carlie -2 F +2 68 74 142
33 BAILEY, Rachel -2 F Even 70 72 142
33 TUUTTI, Ursula -2 F -1 71 71 142
33 JOHNS, Tamara -2 F -2 72 70 142
33 LEE, Grace -2 F Even 70 72 142
33 LUNN, Mardi -2 F -2 72 70 142
33 DAVIES, Laura -2 F +1 69 73 142
42 SIMON, Denise -1 F -1 72 71 143
42 MONKE, Anja -1 F Even 71 72 143
42 EBERL, Martina -1 F Even 71 72 143
42 CHO, Mi Sun (a) -1 F +2 69 74 143
42 BREWERTON, Becky -1 F -1 72 71 143
42 SON, Hey Kyung -1 F -2 73 70 143
42 LOWIEN, Nicole -1 F -4 75 68 143
42 DAVID, Nathalie -1 F Even 71 72 143
42 SHIROTO, Yuka -1 F -5 76 67 143
42 LU, Hsiao Chuan -1 F Even 71 72 143
42 LIM, Eun A -1 F -2 73 70 143
53 NAGL, Miriam Even F Even 72 72 144
53 PIKE, Fiona Even F +2 70 74 144
53 COAKLEY, Rebecca Even F Even 72 72 144
53 PRATT, Kylie Even F +2 70 74 144
53 CROCE, Stefania Even F +2 70 74 144
53 UWLAND, Vicky Even F Even 72 72 144
53 STILLIG-GOGELE, Nicole Even F +3 69 75 144
53 LUNN, Karen Even F -1 73 71 144
53 MONNET-MELOCCO, Marine Even F +1 71 73 144
53 KREUTZ, Ludivine Even F +1 71 73 144
53 STUPPLES, Karen Even F +1 71 73 144
53 SORENSTAM, Charlotta Even F -1 73 71 144
53 KNIGHT, Anne-Marie Even F +2 70 74 144
53 KAVANAGH, Hazel Even F -4 76 68 144
53 MOLTKE-LETH, Amanda Even F +2 70 74 144
68 BYRNES, Cherie +1 F +3 70 75 145
68 HOLMES-SMITH, Melanie +1 F +2 71 74 145
68 KIM, So-Hee +1 F +2 71 74 145
68 SCOTT, Gina +1 F +1 72 73 145
68 PILGRIM, Eleanor +1 F +2 71 74 145
68 SEVIL, Jenny +1 F +4 69 76 145
68 NOCERA, Gwladys +1 F +3 70 75 145
68 HEDBLOM, Marlene +1 F +1 72 73 145
68 SANDOLO, Sophie +1 F +2 71 74 145
CUT LINE
77 DIBNAH, Corinne +2 F +2 72 74 146
77 MOON, Hyun Hee +2 F +3 71 75 146
77 HART, Leah +2 F -1 75 71 146
77 WHALLEY, Joanna +2 F -2 76 70 146
77 JAMES, Nicole +2 F +3 71 75 146
77 RAWSON, Anna +2 F +2 72 74 146
77 MARITZ, Laurette +2 F +3 71 75 146
77 BEAUTELL, Sara +2 F +3 71 75 146
77 PARRY, Susan +2 F +2 72 74 146
77 BROOKY, Lynnette +2 F Even 74 72 146
87 FINK, Natascha +3 F -1 76 71 147
87 SERRAMIA, Elisa +3 F -1 76 71 147
87 MILLS, Joanne +3 F +4 71 76 147
87 RIGON, Margherita +3 F Even 75 72 147
87 BAGGER, Mianne +3 F +3 72 75 147
87 GIQUEL, Sophie +3 F +4 71 76 147
87 LAMBERT, Loraine +3 F Even 75 72 147
87 KUOSA, Jenni +3 F +1 74 73 147
87 PARUSCIO, Barbara +3 F +2 73 74 147
87 HAUERT, Bettina +3 17 Even 75
87 PARKINSON, Natalie +3 17 +2 73
98 FERGUSON, Louise +4 F +2 74 74 148
98 DUNCAN, Rachel +4 F +3 73 75 148
98 REID, Dale +4 F +2 74 74 148
98 WALDH, Johanna +4 F +4 72 76 148
98 MOULT, Nicola +4 F +4 72 76 148
103 JEAN, Lisa +5 F +1 76 73 149
103 ALTERBY, Helena +5 F +2 75 74 149
103 CRAFTER, Jane +5 F +2 75 74 149
103 JAROCHOWICZ, Katy +5 F +1 76 73 149
103 VAN RYCKEGHEM, Valerie +5 F +2 75 74 149
103 LAGOUTTE, Virginie +5 F +2 75 74 149
109 PEARCE, Karen +6 F +2 76 74 150
109 HEATH, Sarah +6 F -1 79 71 150
109 RAILTON, Carmen +6 F +3 75 75 150
109 LINDSTROM, Kris +6 F +1 77 73 150
109 VAGNER, Carina +6 F +3 75 75 150
114 ZACKRISSON, Emma +7 F +6 73 78 151
115 PARK, Won Mi +8 F +6 74 78 152
115 LUNDGREEN, Cecilie +8 F +3 77 75 152
117 McCULKIN, Heidi +9 F +7 74 79 153
117 McKINNON, Elizabeth +9 F +4 77 76 153
117 LACEY, Dana +9 F +3 78 75 153
117 PATERSON, Tanya +9 F +5 76 77 153
117 BROWN, Geraldine +9 F +5 76 77 153
117 BRISTOW, Michelle +9 F +6 75 78 153
117 BANNERMAN, Joanne +9 17 +4 77
124 HYETT, Tamara +10 F +4 78 76 154
124 HIGHGATE, Anna +10 F +8 74 80 154
124 POLIAS, Marousa +10 F +5 77 77 154
124 HAWKES, Wendy +10 F +6 76 78 154
124 OERUM, Karina +10 F +2 80 74 154
124 BAKKEN, Katie +10 F +6 76 78 154
124 LARRANETA, Ana +10 F +7 75 79 154
124 KAMASOVA, Zuzana +10 F +8 74 80 154
132 SMITH, Janelle +11 F +4 79 76 155
132 SOWDEN, Pam +11 F +9 74 81 155
132 EVANS, Jane +11 F +5 78 77 155
135 JUUL, Karen +12 F +8 76 80 156
135 HARRIS, Angela +12 F +6 78 78 156
135 PAVICH, Diane +12 F +7 77 79 156
138 KNOWLES, Kerry +13 F +6 79 78 157
139 VLOEDMANS, Amanda +14 F +1 85 73 158
140 CLAU, Nuria +15 F +7 80 79 159
141 KNIGHT, Catherine +21 F +12 81 84 165
141 HJERTSTEDT, Therese +21 F +8 85 80 165
141 LEYSHON, Katherine +21 F +14 79 86 165
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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.


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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time. The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine - and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Phil misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.


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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.