Tseng has plenty of motivation in Kraft

By Randall MellApril 1, 2012, 1:59 am

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The Kraft Nabisco Championship feels as if it is Yani Tseng’s to lose.

That is bad news for the field heading into Sunday’s final round.

Tseng just doesn’t beat herself anymore, not when she gets in this kind of position.

With a sluggish 1-under-par 71 in heavy, gusting winds Saturday at Mission Hills Country Club’s Dinah Shore Course, Tseng battled hard to keep a share of the lead.

At 9-under 207, Tseng is tied with Sweden’s Karin Sjodin, a shot ahead of South Korea’s Haeji Kang. Eight players are within three shots of the lead, but Tseng's shadow falls over all of them.

The last eight times Tseng, 23, has led or shared the lead after 54 holes, she has won seven times. Her lone failure in that run was last year’s Kraft Nabisco. She learned a lot losing that title to Stacy Lewis. She used it as motivation to win two majors last year. It’s still helping her.

“I learned a lot,” Tseng said. “I learned if you miss a putt, you keep smiling, you keep your chin up.”

The lesson helped Tseng fight through adversity on Saturday. The winds kicked up shortly after Tseng teed off in the final pairing. She played more holes in winds gusting to 30 mph than any other player.

Tseng managed through her most erratic round of this tournament, making five birdies and four bogeys. At the 11th hole, she and Kang were put on the clock. Tseng responded by hitting her next two shots into the trees and making bogey. Two holes later, she missed a 2-footer for par.

“I was kind of thinking too much,” Tseng said. “I tried too hard to play better, but I hung in there. I just tried to smile more.”

With the heavy winds expected to continue in a storm over Saturday night, the Kraft Nabisco final-round tee times were revamped. Instead of twosomes, they’ll be going off in threesomes with the leaders expected to go off at 3:10 p.m. ET. The change will allow maintenance staff more time to clean up debris and set the course.

The new groupings mean Tseng will be playing with both Sjodin and Kang.

If Sjodin and Kang overtake Tseng for the title, it will be a bigger upset than Jack Fleck knocking off Ben Hogan at Olympic Club in 1955. Tseng is No. 1 in the Rolex World Rankings. Sjodin is No. 216, Kang No. 120.

Sjodin, 28, and Kang, 21, have never won LPGA titles.

“You play your game,” Sjodin said. “I’m playing against the golf course. Whoever I play with isn’t really that big a deal.”

Maybe not to Sjodin, but Tseng is a really big deal, the biggest in the women’s game today.

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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.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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