Creamer Lapping the Field In France

By Sports NetworkJuly 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Evian MastersEVIAN-LES-BAINES, France -- Paula Creamer fired a 6-under 66 in the third round Friday to move seven shots clear of the field at the Evian Masters. Creamer completed 54 holes at 14-under-par 202.
Karine Icher posted a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for second place at 7-under-par 209, where she was joined by two-time champion Laura Davies.
Annika Sorenstam and Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer left Annika Sorenstam in the dust during their Friday pairing in France.
Annika Sorenstam got within two shots after nine holes, but struggled on the back nine. She carded an even-par 72 to stay at minus-6.
Christina Kim, who shared the lead entering the third round with Creamer, stumbled to a 3-over 75. She was joined in a tie for fifth place by Lorie Kane (66) and Karrie Webb (71) at 5-under-par 211.
Fifteen-year-old Michelle Wie shot a 4-under 68 in the third round to move into a tie for ninth at 3-under-par 213. Wie birdied the second, then birdied four consecutive holes from the sixth. Around the turn, she posted two more birdies and seven pars to close out a bogey-free round.
Creamer, who won the Sybase Classic earlier this year, opened with a birdie on the first to move to minus-9. After five straight pars, she tripped to a bogey on the seventh. Creamer then birdied the eighth to atone for that mistake.
The 18-year-old also birdied the ninth at Evian Masters Golf Club to get to minus-10. Creamer parred the first four holes of the back nine, while Sorenstam, her closest pursuer at the time, struggled.
Creamer birdied the par-3 14th. She then birdied the 16th to move to minus-12 and the Californian came right back with a birdie on No. 17. Creamer stretched her lead to seven strokes as she birdied the par-5 18th.
Sorenstam bogeyed the first, but fought right back to birdie No. 2. The Swede moved to minus-8, and within two of Creamer, with birdies on the seventh and ninth.
The 34-year-old bogeyed the 10th for the second straight round. She faltered to a double-bogey on the 12th to drop back to minus-5. Sorenstam got one stroke back with a birdie on the par-3 14th before closing with four straight pars.
Icher, a native of France, birdied the first to get to minus-4. She wrapped bogeys at the fourth and sixth around a birdie on No. 5.
The 26-year-old closed her opening nine with consecutive birdies from the eighth. Icher tripped to her third bogey at the 10th and then settled in with four straight pars.
Icher then ran off three birdies in a row from the par-5 15th to share second place.
Davies birdied her opening hole, but bogeyed the next. She climbed to 6-under as she birdied the par-5 seventh for the third straight round.
The Englishwoman dropped a shot at the 10th, but got that stroke back with a birdie on No. 13. Davies got to 7 under with a birdie on the 17th.
Lorena Ochoa stands alone in eighth place at 4-under-par 212 after an even-par 72. Wie was joined at minus-3 by Carin Koch and Meena Lee.
Paula Marti, Shani Waugh, Marisa Baena and Beth Daniel are one stroke further back at 2-under-par 214.
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    Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

    By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

    One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

    Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

    "I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

    Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

    "I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

    Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

    "Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

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    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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