Ahn Maintains Wegmans Lead

By Sports NetworkJune 23, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Wegmans OpenPITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Shi Hyun Ahn managed a 1-under 71 Friday to cling to a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. Ahn completed 36 holes at 8-under-par 136.
 
Brittany Lang remained in second place at minus-7 after a 71 of her own. Seon-Hwa Lee climbed into a share of second thanks to a 5-under 67 in round two.
 
Rachel Hetherington, the 2003 champion, carded her second straight 3-under 69. She was joined in fourth place at 6-under-par 138 by Wendy Ward (68), Nicole Castrale (69) and Jamie Hullett (67).
 
Ahn opened with a 10-foot birdie on the par-4 second to move to minus-9. On the par-3 fifth at Locust Hill Country Club, she stumbled to her first bogey of the event.
 
The 21-year-old tripped to another bogey at the sixth when she was unable to get up and down from a bunker. After a pair of pars, Ahn recovered one of those lost strokes with a birdie at No. 9.
 
Ahn, who won the 2003 CJ Nine Bridges in her first tour start, birdied the par-5 11th to get back to 8 under par. She climbed to minus-9 with a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-3 15th. Ahn, however, bogeyed the 16th before closing with back-to-back pars.
 
'I was trying to play as well as yesterday, and I was trying to focus on my driver,' Ahn stated. 'I was trying to hit a lot of draw shots on the driver, but it didn't work out well. My drives ended up going straight, so I had a lot of balls in the rough and that was a little hard, but it ended up being a good day.'
 
Lang played the front nine in 1 over par as she faltered to bogeys at one, five and nine. Lang's birdies on her opening nine came on Nos. 3 and 8.
 
The former Duke standout got to 1 under for her round with consecutive birdies from the 11th. Lang gave another stroke back with a bogey at the par-4 16th. She atoned for that error when she got up and down for birdie on 17 to share second.
 
'The course played a lot easier today, but I didn't hit the ball very well, and didn't putt very well,' Lang admitted. 'I made a few putts coming in, but I made a couple of stupid mistakes and bad tee shots.'
 
Lee, who won the ShopRite LPGA Classic and has three runner-up finishes this year, got going with a birdie on the first and another on the third. She tripped to her lone bogey at No. 5.
 
The 20-year-old erased that mistake with a birdie from 8 feet on the par-3 seventh. Lee birdied the par-5 11th from 20 feet away to move to 5 under. She grabbed a share of second place thanks to birdies on 14 and 18 to close out her round.
 
'It was a great day. The weather was nice, not too hot, not to cold,' said Lee. 'My drives were good on the front nine. My putter was great. The back nine was not too bad, I just missed the fairway a little bit on Nos. 17 and 18. I birdied the last hole, which makes me happy.'
 
The cut line fell at 2-over-par 146 with 73 players moving on to the final two rounds. Among those missing out on the weekend were Ai Miyazato (147), Morgan Pressel (148), Rosie Jones (149) and Pat Hurst (150).
 
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    Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

    Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

    While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

    “I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

    Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    “Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 


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    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.