No major surprise here; Tseng poised for Kraft win

By Randall MellMarch 30, 2012, 10:21 pm

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Na Yeon Choi doesn’t know how to swim.

She is afraid of Poppie’s Pond and the traditional leap that comes with winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

As daunting as that leap would be, Choi said seeing Yani Tseng atop another leaderboard Friday offers an even more daunting challenge.

“I think catching Yani is more difficult,” Choi said. “I’m really scared of the water, but I think when she’s playing well, she looks like a very intimidating player. She’s an amazing player right now.”

With Tseng playing well, it feels like the rest of the tour are all swimming for their lives.

Tseng, 23, didn’t take long to seize command of the Kraft Nabisco Championship Friday at Mission Hills Country Club.

Rolling in a 12-foot birdie at her fourth hole, Tseng officially reached the top of the leaderboard. She never relinquished that place.

With another 4-under-par 68, Tseng moved to 8 under overall, two shots clear of the field as she signed her scorecard with the afternoon wave beginning to play.

If Tseng holds on to the second-round lead, she will have led or shared the lead in nine of the last 10 rounds played on tour this year.

Tseng is going for her third LPGA victory in a row, her fourth in sixth starts this year and her 10th in her last 20 LPGA starts. She’s going for her third major championship triumph in the last four played, her fifth in the last nine, her sixth overall.

None of this recitation can be good for anyone not named Yani Tseng playing the Kraft Nabisco this week.

There is a sense of inevitability growing as these streaks mount.

“I felt more energy coming out today, more than yesterday,” Tseng said of the emotional toll winning in back-to-back weeks took. “I just feel today my focus was so much better than yesterday. I’m hitting it very consistently. I took advantage of every chance out there.”

Choi, the Rolex World No. 2 behind Tseng, shot an impressive 67 and was three back of Tseng. She was asked if she believed she could beat Tseng this week.

“I couldn’t tell you,” Choi said. “She’s playing so well, and there are a lot of people chasing her. Nobody knows.”

Tseng has led a major championship after two rounds twice. She closed the deal both times, winning the Wegmans LPGA Championship last year and the Ricoh Women’s British Open two years ago.

Mission Hills, especially with the rough down, sets up well for the long-hitting Tseng.

Tseng’s ball-striking is so sharp, she has missed just four greens in regulation through two rounds. 

The field can take solace that Tseng looked like she was in control and on her way to winning last year when Stacy Lewis overtook her in the final round to win.

“I still have two more days to go, and this course suits me really well,” Tseng said. “I just need to be patient.”

Sun Young Yoo was closest to Tseng after the morning wave, trailing by two shots.

“She has confidence,” Yoo said. “She’s hitting it good, and she’s making everything.”

That is the formula for getting into Poppie’s Pond.

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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.