Creamer Overtakes Ochoa at Rochester

By Sports NetworkJune 18, 2005, 4:00 pm
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Paula Creamer fired a 5-under 67 in the third round Saturday to take the lead at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. Creamer, who won the Sybase Classic four weeks ago in New Rochelle, stands at 10-under-par 206.
Second-round leader Lorena Ochoa managed an even-par 72. She is alone in second place at 8-under-par 208. Becky Morgan, who led after the first round, claimed third at minus-7 after a 71.
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Paula Creamer is on the verge of her second LPGA Tour title in 2005.
Rosie Jones, the 1991 and 1998 champion here climbed into fourth place at 6- under-par 210 with a third-round 67. Maria Hjorth and Catriona Matthew are one stroke further back at minus-5.
Creamer stumbled out of the gate with a three-putt bogey on the second that dropped her to minus-4. She came right back with a chip-in birdie at the next though. The Californian made it two straight as her 40-foot birdie putt on the fourth found the bottom of the cup.
The 18-year-old parred her next four holes before sinking a birdie on the ninth. Creamer cruised through the back nine with five consecutive pars around the turn at Locust Hill Country Club.
Creamer got within one of Ochoa with a birdie on 15. She took the lead at minus-9 with a 4-foot birdie putt on the 16th, after Ochoa bogeyed 15 behind her. Creamer made it three straight as her 5-foot birdie putt at 17 fell into the cup.
Ochoa clung to the lead most of the round despite opening with bogey on the second. She also rebounded with a birdie on the third.
The Mexican moved to minus-9 with birdie on the par-4 sixth. Ochoa reeled off eight straight pars around the turn. She stumbled to a bogey on 15 to fall out of the lead.
Ochoa dropped further off the pace with a bogey on 16. The 23-year-old managed to get one stroke back with a birdie on 17 before a par at the last.
'It's alright to have a so-so round today,' said Ochoa. 'I'm hoping tomorrow is my good day.'
Mi Hyun Kim, a two-time runner-up at this event, shot an even-par 72. She stands alone in seventh place.
Laura Davies, the 2001 champion, notched her third straight round of 1-under 71. She shares eighth place at 3-under-par 213 with Tina Barrett, Candie Kung, Patricia Baxter-Johnson, Dorothy Delasin, Mikaela Parmlid and Jenny Rosales.
Kim Saiki, the defending champion, is well off the pace at 2-over-par 218 after a round of 73.
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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.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    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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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.