Swede Leads Canadian Q-School

By Marty HenwoodFebruary 7, 2003, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeORLANDO, Fla. -- Anders Hultman of Sweden lit it up on his back nine Thursday to take the lead after four rounds at the Canadian Tours Winter Qualifying School.
 
The 23-year-old Swedish national team member, who began his round on the 10th tee, carded a 5-under 31 over his final nine en route to a 5-under 67. His 72-hole total of 7-under 281 is one shot better than Japans Dai Tanaka, Steve Marino of Fairfax, Va., and Erik Compton of Cleveland, Ohio.
 
Sixty players were 11'over 299 or better after 72 holes and advance to Fridays final round. The Canadian Tour will award 20 exempt and 15 non-exempt cards for the 2003 season after Friday.
 
After making the turn at even-par 36, Hultman, a former NCAA All-American, turned it up a notch on the back side, thanks in part to a double eagle on the par-5 third hole when he holed out from 200 yards with a 5-iron.
 
Its not every day you can do that, so it can make for a good day in a hurry, admitted Hultman, adding he thinks his group was on the right side of the draw Thursday morning. There was no wind early, so we were able to play those tough holes on our front side with no major problems. It made things a whole lot easier.
 
Compton is one of the feel-good stories in the world of professional golf. After undergoing a heart transplant at the age 12, he went on to become an All-American at Georgia, was a member of the United States Walker and Palmer Cup squads and played on the Nationwide (then Buy.com Tour) last year. This week he is attempting to join the ranks of the Canadian Tour, where several of his friends currently play.
 
Its funny, all my life people have told me I cant do something, and every time I try to prove them wrong, said the 23-year-old. Tell me I cant climb a mountain, and I am going to climb it twice.
 
On Friday, Compton admits he will go in with the same approach as he has had all week. Despite his lofty peach on the leaderboard, it has been anything but a routine week for him. Two days before he arrived in Orlando, his older brother, Christian, broke his neck in a skiing accident in Norway, and members of his family have rushed to be at his bedside. He remains in intensive care in a Norwegian hospital, but he has been lucid enough to talk to his brother on the phone.
 
Not that you had to tell me, but what happened to him really keeps things in perspective added Compton. It just shows how fast things can happen, and at that end of the day, it emphasizes that golf is just a game.
 
Scores Thursday after the fourth round of the Canadian Tour's Winter Qualifying School being held at the National and International courses at ChampionsGate ( 60 players were 11-over 299 or better to make the cut and will play the International course Friday. The Canadian Tour will award 20 exempt and 15 non-exempt playing cards for the 2003 season after the play Friday):
 
1 Hultman, Anders Sweden 72 70 72 67 281 -7
T2 Tanaka, Dai Japan 70 74 69 69 282 -6
T2 Compton, Erik Cleveland, OH 72 72 70 68 282 -6
T2 Marino, Steve Fairfax, VA 77 69 69 67 282 -6
5 Edmond, Pascal France 72 77 69 65 283 -5
6 Miller, Ryan West Alexandria, OH 73 70 70 71 284 -4
T7 Gibson, Scott Huntington Beach, CA 74 69 70 73 286 -2
T7 Bachman, John Orlando, FL 73 71 72 70 286 -2
T9 Donovan, Matt Pittsfield, MA 71 77 70 69 287 -1
T9 Davey, Nick New Zealand 72 70 73 72 287 -1
T9 Allred, Jason Scottsdale, AZ 70 74 73 70 287 -1
T9 Corbett, Clark Long Beach, CA 74 72 72 69 287 -1
T13 Centers, Derrick Somerset, KY 69 74 76 69 288 0
T13 Damron, Patrick Orlando, FL 73 71 70 74 288 0
T15 Torres, Jesus Mexico 72 71 73 73 289 1
T15 Higton, Jason Fresno, CA 75 71 73 70 289 1
17 Bettencourt, Matt Modesto, CA 71 72 76 71 290 2
T18 Jensen, Clint Palm Beach Gardens, FL 69 75 76 71 291 3
T18 Pigott, Sam Kent, England 72 73 72 74 291 3
T18 Mikkelsen, Kris Dunwoody, GA 71 75 72 73 291 3
T18 Shuert, Steve St. Louis, MO 72 75 74 70 291 3
T22 Goti, Ramiro Buenos Aires, Argentina 71 71 75 75 292 4
T22 Patrick, David Scotland 71 72 77 72 292 4
T24 Coughlan, Richie Ireland 77 72 72 72 293 5
T24 Parra, Chris Tequesta, FL 71 74 76 72 293 5
T24 Horacek, Sandy Los Angeles, CA 75 71 78 69 293 5
T24 Salinetti, Jim West Palm Beach, FL 74 73 76 70 293 5
T24 Habig, Josh Jasper, IN 75 72 71 75 293 5
T24 Wightman, Tele Chicopee, MA 75 73 74 71 293 5
T30 Trevino, Chris Chula Vista, CA 76 76 69 73 294 6
T30 Patterson, John Hilton Head, SC 74 72 74 74 294 6
T30 Argiro, Eduardo Argentina 71 77 76 70 294 6
T33 Lane, Matthew New Zealand 77 75 71 72 295 7
T33 Horowitz, Joe Long Beach, NY 68 82 72 73 295 7
T33 Lower, Johua Englewood, FL 75 74 77 69 295 7
T33 Kim, Christopher Fullerton, CA 68 75 76 76 295 7
T33 Erickson, Tyler Tempe, AZ 73 74 77 71 295 7
T33 Byers, Aaron Albany, OR 80 67 74 74 295 7
T39 Desjardins, Carl Ste. Catherine, QC 78 71 74 73 296 8
T39 Oppenheim, Rob Andover, MA 73 76 74 73 296 8
T39 Snelling, Justin Boise, ID 75 77 75 70 297 9
T39 Carman, Brett Claysville, PA 72 78 74 73 297 9
T39 Watt, James Lodi, CA 76 74 77 70 297 9
T39 Lavoie, Ryan West Palm Beach, FL 72 73 72 80 297 9
T39 Yi, Dong Alameda, CA 73 73 76 75 297 9
T39 Brown, Michael Cheltenham, PA 73 74 79 71 297 9
T39 Bradford, George Columbia, MD 72 76 78 71 297 9
T48 Gentry, Brian Tahoe City, CA 77 76 72 73 298 10
T48 Kanesaka, Fumio Japan 72 82 71 73 298 10
T48 Hibler, Jesse Boise, ID 72 78 73 75 298 10
T48 Fribley, Chad Tualatin, OR 77 72 78 71 298 10
T48 Williamson, Lee Crawfordsville, IN 72 77 77 72 298 10
T48 Nelson, Drew Woodstock, GA 73 73 75 77 298 10
T48 Hong, Chang Bethesda, MD 74 74 76 74 298 10
T55 Cuthbertson, Phil Rocklin, CA 76 76 76 71 299 11
T55 Lemon, Jim Madison, WI 74 77 73 75 299 11
T55 Takacs, Brendan Clearwater, FL 71 78 80 70 299 11
T55 Wheatcroft, Steven Tequesta, FL 74 75 77 73 299 11
T55 Hastings, Brad Easton, MD 71 73 79 76 299 11
T55 Harnden, Brandon Portland, OR 74 74 76 75 299 11
 
The following players did not make the cut:
 
T61 Peltomaki, Jyry Finland 73 79 75 73 300 12
T61 Beyer, Cody Tucson, AZ 74 78 72 76 300 12
T61 Jang, Jae Indio, CA 74 79 74 73 300 12
T61 Slowinski, Matt Glen Ellyn, Il 81 74 72 73 300 12
T61 Harvey, Billy Las Vegas, NV 78 77 74 71 300 12
T61 Goik, Brent Bay City, MI 77 72 75 76 300 12
T61 Wyatt, Charles Tampa, FL 73 75 77 75 300 12
T68 Wright, Justin Livermore, CA 74 78 76 73 301 13
T68 Fonner, Matthew Saratoga, CA 79 72 76 74 301 13
T68 Douglas, Rob Stratford, ON 78 73 79 71 301 13
T68 Kemp, Korky Greensboro, NC 79 72 77 73 301 13
T68 Dailey, John Frisco, TX 74 77 74 76 301 13
T68 Peluso, Todd Palm City, FL 72 78 79 72 301 13
T74 Stewart, Travis Jamestown, NC 85 73 74 70 302 14
T74 Davidson, Graham Langholm, Scotland 74 78 74 76 302 14
T74 Larrea, Santiago Spain 75 78 75 74 302 14
T74 Koch, Shawn Howell, MI 76 77 72 77 302 14
T74 Kitts, Ben Summerfield, FL 79 75 74 74 302 14
T74 Vitali, Peter Tequesta, FL 77 78 74 73 302 14
T74 Rohrbaugh, Doug Carbondale, CO 80 76 75 71 302 14
T74 Knudsen, Erik Orlando, FL 74 73 75 80 302 14
T82 Weatherly, Scott Fort Payne, AL 77 75 78 73 303 15
T82 Williams, Mark New Zealand 76 76 77 74 303 15
T82 Saglio, Matthew Clearwater, FL 78 75 75 75 303 15
T82 Herberth, Erik Avon Lake, OH 77 77 74 75 303 15
T82 Ellis, Ryan Draper, UT 80 75 73 75 303 15
T82 Rodriguez, Miguel Argentina 76 80 73 74 303 15
T82 Bloxham, Jordan West Jordan, UT 75 77 77 74 303 15
T82 Jenkins, Steven Chesterfield, VA 76 76 75 76 303 15
T82 Van Rensburg, Morne South Africa 80 71 76 76 303 15
T82 Link, William Acton, MA 73 78 79 73 303 15
T82 Heffernan, John Humboldt, SK 76 73 78 76 303 15
T82 Tolliver, Billy Joe Shreveport, LA 75 73 84 71 303 15
T94 Karnow, Kyle Elk Grove, CA 76 76 77 75 304 16
T94 Sauger, Mark Cape Coral, FL 77 76 77 74 304 16
T94 Campbell, Chris Surprise, AZ 74 79 73 78 304 16
T94 Ilic, Zoran Lakeland, FL 76 78 73 77 304 16
T94 Sueki, Tsuyoshi Japan 78 77 75 74 304 16
T94 Walters, Barry Yakima, WA 75 76 75 78 304 16
T94 Havens, David Wytheville, VA 77 73 80 74 304 16
T94 Duncan, TJ Carson City, NV 74 75 79 76 304 16
T94 Loving, Matthew Corpus Cristi, TX 74 73 79 78 304 16
T94 Boner, Brett Charlotte, NC 72 76 79 77 304 16
T104 Sine, Josh Springfield, OH 78 79 75 73 305 17
T104 Mortimer, Jamie Waterloo, ON 84 69 77 75 305 17
T104 Flugstad, Brian Seattle, WA 75 77 76 77 305 17
T104 Martin, Trey Phoenix, AZ 74 78 76 77 305 17
T104 McCammon, Jeff Jupiter, FL 74 77 74 80 305 17
T104 Moore, Michael Mississauga, ON 76 75 77 77 305 17
T104 Horodesky, Gregory Las Vegas, NV 73 78 76 78 305 17
T104 Werley, CJ Coshocton, OH 76 72 79 78 305 17
T112 DeLeon, Daniel Mexico 77 83 76 70 306 18
T112 Brost, Matt Austin, TX 74 78 77 77 306 18
T112 Stevens, Kevin Menlo Park, CA 78 77 76 75 306 18
T112 Lacroix, Brandon Roanoke, VA 82 73 75 76 306 18
T112 Fosdick, Joshua Nashville, TN 74 74 80 78 306 18
T117 Corson, Adam Potomac, MD 80 81 69 77 307 19
T117 Edmond, Olivier France 81 81 75 70 307 19
T117 Evangelist, Shane Irving, TX 79 79 77 72 307 19
T117 Laing, Jason New Zealand 75 79 75 78 307 19
T117 Levy, Jon Scottsdale, AZ 77 79 75 76 307 19
122 McAfee, Alan Germantown, TN 78 77 79 74 308 20
123 Ping, David Ypsilanti, MI 78 78 75 78 309 21
T124 Jeong, Tae Korea 75 84 71 80 310 22
T124 Leao, Ivo Brazil 79 79 75 77 310 22
T124 Gatchel, Matt Palm Harbor, FL 76 77 72 85 310 22
T124 Corcoran, Rob South Windsor, CT 78 77 76 79 310 22
T124 Cannon, Brad Phoenix, AZ 73 79 79 79 310 22
T124 Mathews, Stan Monteca, CA 77 71 86 76 310 22
T124 DiMuccio, Joey New Castle, PA 74 74 84 78 310 22
T131 Maki, Peter Franklin, MA 78 79 78 76 311 23
T131 Makino, Yuji Japan 75 82 80 74 311 23
T131 Stone, Jason Brentwood, CA 80 75 75 81 311 23
T131 Hutsell, David Baltimore,MD 74 78 81 78 311 23
T135 Giordano, Davidde Rochester, NY 76 81 72 83 312 24
T135 Okushima, Tomoaki Japan 74 78 77 83 312 24
T135 San Gabriel, Paulo Covina, CA 77 79 73 83 312 24
T138 Licursi, Daniel Chatsworth, CA 79 82 74 78 313 25
T138 Shears, Jared Roy, UT 82 76 78 77 313 25
T138 Rudolph, John La Jolla, CA 77 80 74 82 313 25
141 Heiple, Josh Sturgis, MI 84 79 77 74 314 26
T142 Banks, Ben England 82 79 73 81 315 27
T142 Coughlin, Peter Punta Gorda, FL 76 84 72 83 315 27
T142 Cohen, Itamar Israel 75 80 83 77 315 27
T142 Ki, Yuji Japan 74 82 79 80 315 27
T146 Smith, Brandon Tucson, AZ 81 77 81 77 316 28
T146 Miller, Scott Royal Palm Beach, FL 79 79 82 76 316 28
T146 Busby Jr., John St. George, UT 79 78 80 79 316 28
T149 Gavlak, Zac Palmer, AK 81 82 79 75 317 29
T149 Sessions, Dean Westminster, CO 78 83 78 78 317 29
T151 Takase, Atsushi Japan 80 85 75 78 318 30
T151 Thornburg, Michael Hendersonville, NC 79 84 84 71 318 30
T151 Paganini, Lou Naples, FL 76 81 81 80 318 30
T151 Slawson, J.D. Austin, TX 77 79 79 83 318 30
T155 Harrison, Jeremy Hollywood, FL 84 81 73 81 319 31
T155 Tassic, Don Northville, MI 85 77 75 82 319 31
T155 McGaha, Benji Easley, SC 81 80 79 79 319 31
T158 Veres, Mike Logan, West VA 81 78 85 77 321 33
T158 Hodgkinson, Richard England 77 80 86 78 321 33
T160 Paul, Thomas Scottsdale, AZ 82 86 74 80 322 34
T160 Nomura, Eric Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 78 80 83 81 322 34
162 Slabbert, Gavin Roseville, CA 82 81 80 80 323 35
T163 Guilder, Tony Irvine, CA 84 83 79 80 326 38
T163 Fuhr, Grant Edmonton, AB 73 86 82 85 326 38
165 Nakatsuka, Kazuta Japan 79 90 79 80 328 40
T166 Hasson, Felipe Brazil 80 86 82 81 329 41
T166 Irie, Norio Gardenia, CA 77 86 84 82 329 41
168 Humerickhouse, Keith Boca Raton, FL 81 83 82 84 330 42
169 Kuliesh, John Lewisburg, W.V. 80 90 76 86 332 44
T170 Newboldt, Tim Kihei, HI 79 90 79 85 333 45
T170 Caldwell, Raymond San Antonio, TX 82 87 81 83 333 45
172 Stevens, Noah Austin, TX 84 83 84 85 336 48
173 Pereira, Jeff Vancouver, BC 92 81 83 88 344 56
174 Chor, Michael Cambodia 88 92 83 82 345 57
175 Smith, Lang Lakeland, TN 89 94 85 89 357 69
176 Vitorino, Tito Sarasota, FL 93 89 89 88 359 71

Move over Lydia, a new Ko is coming to LPGA

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 5:11 pm

Another gifted young South Korean will be joining the LPGA ranks next year.

Jin Young Ko, the Korean LPGA Tour star, informed the American-based LPGA on Sunday night that she will be taking up membership next year. Ko earned the right by winning the LPGA’s KEB Hana Bank Championship as a nonmember in South Korea in October.

Ko, 22, no relation to Lydia Ko, first burst on to the international spotlight with her run into contention at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry two years ago. She led there through 54 holes, with Inbee Park overtaking her in the final round to win.

With 10 KLPGA Tour titles, three in each of the last two seasons, Ko has risen to No. 19 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings.

Ko told GolfChannel.com Sunday afternoon that she was struggling over the decision, with a Monday deadline looming.

“It’s a difficult decision to leave home,” Ko said after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, when she was still undecided. “The travelling far away, on my own, the loneliness, that’s what is difficult.”

Ko will be the favorite to win the LPGA’s Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award next year. South Koreans have won that award the last three years. Sung Hyun Park won it this year, In Gee Chun last year and Sei Young Kim in 2015. South Korean-born players have won the last four, with New Zealand’s Lydia Ko winning it in 2014. Ko was born in South Korea and moved to New Zealand when she was 6.

Piller pregnant, no timetable for LPGA return

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 4:22 pm

Gerina Piller, the American Olympian golfer and three-time Solheim Cup veteran, is pregnant and will not be rejoining the LPGA when the 2018 season opens, the New York Times reported following the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship.

Piller, 32, who is married to PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, is due with the couple’s first child in May, Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz reported.

Piller declined an interview request when GolfChannel.com sought comment going into the CME Group Tour Championship.

Piller told the New York Times she has no timetable for her return but that she isn’t done with competitive golf.

“I’m not just giving everything up,” Piller said.

As parity reigns, LPGA searching for a superstar

By Randall MellNovember 22, 2017, 4:00 pm

Apologies to the LPGA’s golden eras, but women’s golf has never been deeper.

With the game going global, with the unrelenting wave of Asian talent continuing to slam the tour’s shores, with Thailand and China promising to add to what South Korea is delivering, it’s more difficult than ever to win.

That’s a beautiful and perplexing thing for the women’s game.

That’s because it is more difficult than ever to dominate.

And that’s a magic word in golf.

There is no more powerful elixir in the sport.

Domination gets you on the cover of Sports Illustrated, on ESPN SportsCenter, maybe even on NBC Nightly News if the “D” in domination is dynamic enough.

The women’s best chance of moving their sport to another stratosphere is riding the back of a superstar.

Or maybe a pair of superstar rivals.


Photos: 2017 LPGA winners gallery


A constellation of stars may be great for the devoted regular supporters of the women’s game, but it will take a charismatic superstar to make casual fans care.

The LPGA needs a Serena Williams.

Or the reincarnation of Babe Zaharias.

For those of us who regularly follow the LPGA, this constellation of stars makes for compelling stories, a variety of scripting to feature.

The reality, however, is that it takes one colossal story told over and over again to burst out of a sports niche.

The late, great CBS sports director Frank Chirkinian knew what he had sitting in a TV production truck the first time he saw one of his cameras bring a certain young star into focus at the Masters.

It’s this player coming up over the brow of the hill at the 15th hole to play his second shot,” Chirkinian once told me over lunch at a golf course he owned in South Florida.  “He studies his shot, then flips his cigarette, hitches up his trousers and takes this mighty swipe and knocks the shot on the green. It was my first experience with Arnold Palmer, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, who is this guy?’

“The thing about golf, more than any other sport, it’s always looking for a star. It’s the only sport where people will root against the underdog. They don’t want the stars to lose. They’re OK with some unknown rising up to be the story on Thursday or Friday, but they always want to see the stars win.”

And they go gaga when it’s one star so radiant that he or she dominates attention.

“It didn’t matter if Arnold was leading, or where he was, you had to show him,” Chirkinian said. “You never knew when he might do something spectacular.”

The LPGA is in a healthy place again, with a big upside globally, with so much emerging talent sharing the spotlight.

Take Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship.

The back nine started with Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie making the turn tied for the lead. There is no more powerful pairing to sell in the women’s game today, but there would be no duel. It would have been too far off script as the final chapter to this season.

Parity was the story this year.

Sunday in Naples started with 18 players within two shots of the lead.

Entering that back nine, almost a dozen players were in the mix, including Ariya Jutanugarn.

The day ended with Jutanugarn beating Thompson with a dramatic birdie-birdie finish after Thompson stunned viewers missing a 2-foot putt for par at the last.

The day encapsulated the expanding LPGA universe.

“I’ve never seen such crazy, brilliant golf from these ladies,” said Gary Gilchrist, who coaches Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko and Rolex world No. 1 Shanshan Feng. “It was unbelievable out there. It was just like birdie after birdie after birdie, and the scoreboard went up and down. And that’s why it’s so hard to be No. 1 on this tour. There’s not one person who can peak. It’s all of them at a phenomenal level of golf.”

If Thompson had made that last 2-footer and gone on to win the CME, she would have become the sixth different world No. 1 this year. Before this year, there had never been more than three different No. 1s in a single LPGA season.

Parity was the theme from the year’s start.

There were 15 different winners to open the season, something that hadn’t happened in 26 years. There were five different major championship winners.

This year’s Rolex Player of the Year Award was presented Sunday to So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park. It’s the first time the award has been shared since its inception in 1966.

Thompson won twice this year, with six second-place finishes, with three of those playoff losses, one of them in a major championship. She was close to putting together a spectacular year. She was close to dominating and maybe becoming the tour’s one true rock star.

Ultimately, Thompson showed us how hard that is to do now.

She’s in a constellation we’re all watching, to see if maybe one star breaks out, somebody able to take the game into living rooms it has never been, to a level of popularity it’s never been.

The game won’t get there with another golden era. It will get there with a golden player.

Love's hip surgery a success; eyes Florida swing return

By Rex HoggardNovember 22, 2017, 3:31 pm

Within hours of having hip replacement surgery on Tuesday Davis Love III was back doing what he does best – keeping busy.

“I’ve been up and walking, cheated in the night and stood up by the bed, but I’m cruising around my room,” he laughed early Wednesday from Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Ala., where he underwent surgery to replace his left hip. “[Dr. James Flanagan, who performed the surgery] wants me up. They don’t want me sitting for more than an hour.”

Love, 53, planned to begin more intensive therapy and rehabilitation on Wednesday and is scheduled to be released from the hospital later this afternoon.

According to Love’s doctors, there were no complications during the surgery and his recovery time is estimated around three to four months.

Love, who was initially hesitant to have the surgery, said he can start putting almost immediately and should be able to start hitting wedges in a few weeks.

Dr. Tom Boers – a physical therapist at the Hughston Orthopedic Clinic in Columbus, Ga., who has treated Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman and Brad Faxon – will oversee Love’s recovery and ultimately decide when he’s ready to resume normal golf activity.

“He understands motion and gait and swing speeds that people really don’t understand. He’s had all of us in there studying us,” Love said. “So we’ll see him in a couple of weeks and slowly get into the swing part of it.”

Although Love said he plans to temper his expectations for this most recent recovery, his goal is to be ready to play by the Florida swing next March.