Creamer Park in Semifinals

By Sports NetworkAugust 13, 2004, 4:00 pm
USGAERIE, Pa. -- Jane Park moved into the semifinals at the U.S. Women's Amateur Friday with a 4-and-2 win over Beth Allen. Park was joined in the semifinals by Paula Creamer, who earned a 3-and-2 win over Diana Ramage.
 
Park will face off against 2004 Curtis Cup teammate Sarah Huarte, who downed Morgan Pressel 1-up. Creamer meanwhile will square off with Amanda McCurdy, who claimed a 3-and-2 decision over Sun-Young Yoo.
 
Yoo's loss creates the first all-American semifinal since 1994.
 
The 17-year-old Park grabbed control of the match midway through the front nine, thanks to Allen's troubles. Allen stumbled to three straight bogeys from the fifth to fall 3-down.
 
The duo remained tied there as they matched one birdie and four pars over the next five holes. Allen tripped to another bogey at the par-4 13th to fall 4-down. Allen came right back to birdie the very next hole to get back within 3-down.
 
Park, who shot even-par for her round, claimed the 4-and-2 win as Allen bogeyed the 16th hole.
 
'This is the biggest field for the amateurs and the strongest field,' said Park, last year's runner-up. 'Three Curtis Cuppers in the semifinals really says something about our team and how strong we were. I know what it takes, it takes a lot of energy. This tournament is all about endurance and mentality.'
 
Huarte trailed for eight holes and didn't take her first lead until the 17th hole. Pressel quickly moved 2-up with birdies at the second and fourth. Huarte began to fight back into the match as Pressel bogeyed the seventh.
 
Huarte, the 2004 NCAA Individual champion, rolled home an eagle from 5 feet out at the par-5 eighth to square the match. Each player parred the next six holes to remain tied.
 
Pressel regained a 1-up lead with a birdie at the par-3 15th. Huarte birdied the next to square the match, then took her first lead when she made a tough up-and-down par and Pressel bogeyed the 17th. The duo halved the last with pars to give Huarte her first trip to the semifinals.
 
'My heart was pounding over that chip,' Huarte said of her shot on 17. 'I felt it. And over the putt and the next four shots. Gosh, that was a pretty clutch shot. That was just a big hole there.'
 
Creamer never trailed in her match. She birdied the second to move 1-up. Ramage squared the match with a birdie on the par-4 sixth. Ramage then bogeyed the seventh and Creamer eagled the eighth to grab a 2-up cushion.
 
Creamer stumbled to a bogey at No. 9 as her lead dropped to 1-up. Ramage, who had won her previous three matches in 19 holes, bogeyed the next and Creamer birdied the par-5 12th to claim a 3-up lead. The duo matched pars on the next four holes to give Creamer the match.
 
'I'm just feeling really confident, very comfortable out here,' said Creamer. 'I really like the golf course, especially when your short game is good, knowing that my speed control's been very good.'
 
McCurdy, like Creamer, never trailed and she also owned the largest cushion of the day. Yoo bogeyed the second and McCurdy birdied the third to take a 2-up lead.
 
McCurdy, who is playing in her first U.S. Women's Amateur, dropped in a birdie at the fifth to move 3-up. Yoo then bogeyed the seventh, before McCurdy birdied the eighth to take a commanding 5-up lead.
 
The 20-year-old Curtis Cupper padded her lead with a birdie at the 10th. Yoo then mounted a comeback. She birdied the 12th and got it back to 4-down as McCurdy bogeyed the 13th.
 
McCurdy tripped to another birdie on No. 14 as her lead slid to 3-up. The pair parred the next two holes to give McCurdy the match.
 
'I had given myself enough of a cushion that I was probably going to be okay,' said McCurdy, a junior-to-be at the University of Arkansas. 'At some point I was probably going to tie her on a hole again or beat her.'
 
The semifinals are slated for Saturday, with the 36-hole final scheduled for Sunday.
 
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    Singh's lawsuit stalls as judge denies motion

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 23, 2018, 7:54 pm

    Vijay Singh’s attempts to speed up the proceedings in his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour have been stalled, again.

    Singh – who filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court in May 2013 claiming the Tour recklessly administered its anti-doping program when he was suspended, a suspension that was later rescinded – sought to have the circuit sanctioned for what his attorneys argued was a frivolous motion, but judge Eileen Bransten denied the motion earlier this month.

    “While the court is of the position it correctly denied the Tour’s motion to argue, the court does not agree that the motion was filed in bad faith nor that it represents a ‘persistent pattern of repetitive or meritless motions,’” Bransten said.

    It also doesn’t appear likely the case will go to trial any time soon, with Bransten declining Singh’s request for a pretrial conference until a pair of appeals that have been sent to the court’s appellate division have been decided.

    “What really should be done is settle this case,” Bransten said during the hearing, before adding that it is, “unlikely a trail will commence prior to 2019.”

    The Tour’s longstanding policy is not to comment on ongoing litigation, but earlier this month commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the lawsuit.

    “I'll just say that we're going through the process,” Monahan said. “Once you get into a legal process, and you've been into it as long as we have been into it, I think it's fair to assume that we're going to run it until the end.”

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    Videos and images from Tiger's Tuesday at Torrey

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 23, 2018, 7:45 pm

    Tiger Woods played a nine-hole practice round Tuesday at Torrey Pines South, site of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. Woods is making his first PGA Tour start since missing the cut in this event last year. Here's a look at some images and videos of Tiger, via social media:







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    Power Rankings: 2018 Farmers Insurance Open

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:59 pm

    The PGA Tour remains in California this week for the Farmers Insurance Open. A field of 156 players will tackle the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines, with weekend play exclusively on the South Course.

    Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.

    Jon Rahm won this event last year by three shots over Charles Howell III and C.T. Pan. Here are 10 names to watch in La Jolla:

    1. Jon Rahm: No need to overthink it at the top. Rahm enters as a defending champ for the first time, fresh off a playoff win at the CareerBuilder Challenge that itself was preceded by a runner-up showing at Kapalua. Rahm is perhaps the hottest player in the field, and with a chance to become world No. 1 should be set for another big week.

    2. Jason Day: The Aussie has missed the cut here the last two years, and he hasn't played competitively since November. But he ended a disappointing 2017 on a slight uptick, and his Torrey Pines record includes three straight top-10s from 2013-15 that ended with his victory three years ago.

    3. Justin Rose: Rose ended last year on a tear, with three victories over his final six starts including two in a row in Turkey and China. The former U.S. Open winner has the patience to deal with a brutal layout like the South Course, as evidenced by his fourth-place showing at this event a year ago.

    4. Rickie Fowler: This tournament has become somewhat feast-or-famine for Fowler, who is making his ninth straight start at Torrey Pines. The first four in that run all netted top-20 finishes, including two top-10s, while the last four have led to three missed cuts and a T-61. After a win in the Bahamas and T-4 at Kapalua, it's likely his mini-slump comes to an end.

    5. Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker has become somewhat of a course specialist at Torrey Pines in recent years, with six top-10 finishes over the last eight years including wins in both 2012 and 2016. While he missed much of the second half of 2017 recovering from injury and missed the cut last week, Snedeker is always a threat to contend at this particular event.

    6. Hideki Matsuyama: Matsuyama struggled to find his footing after a near-miss at the PGA Championship, but he appears to be returning to form. The Japanese phenom finished T-4 at Kapalua and has put up solid results in two of his four prior trips to San Diego, including a T-16 finish in his 2014 tournament debut. Matsuyama deserves a look at any event that puts a strong emphasis on ball-striking.

    7. Tony Finau: Finau has the length to handle the difficult demands of the South Course, and his results have gotten progressively better each time around: T-24 in 2015, T-18 in 2016 and T-4 last year. Finau is coming off the best season of his career, one that included a trip to the Tour Championship, and he put together four solid rounds at the Sony Open earlier this month.

    8. Charles Howell III: Howell is no stranger to West Coast golf, and his record at this event since 2013 includes three top-10 finishes highlighted by last year's runner-up showing. Howell chased a T-32 finish in Hawaii with a T-20 finish last week in Palm Springs, his fourth top-20 finish this season.

    9. Marc Leishman: Leishman was twice a runner-up at this event, first in 2010 and again in 2014, and he finished T-20 last year. The Aussie is coming off a season that included two wins, and he has amassed five top-10s in his last eight worldwide starts dating back to the Dell Technologies Championship in September.

    10. Gary Woodland: Woodland played in the final group at this event in 2014 before tying for 10th, and he was one shot off the lead entering the final round in 2016 before Mother Nature blew the entire field sideways. Still, the veteran has three top-20s in his last four trips to San Diego and finished T-7 two weeks ago in Honolulu.

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    Davis on distance: Not 'necessarily good for the game'

    By Will GrayJanuary 23, 2018, 6:28 pm

    It's a new year, but USGA executive Mike Davis hasn't changed his views on the growing debate over distance.

    Speaking with Matt Adams on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio, Davis didn't mince words regarding his perception that increased distance has had a negative impact on the game of golf, and he reiterated that it's a topic that the USGA and R&A plan to jointly address.

    "The issue is complex. It's important, and it's one that we need to, and we will, face straight on," Davis said. "I think on the topic of distance, we've been steadfast to say that we do not think increased distance is necessarily good for the game."

    Davis' comments echoed his thoughts in November, when he stated that the impact of increased distance has been "horrible" for the game. Those comments drew a strong rebuke from Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who claimed there was "no evidence" to support Davis' argument.

    That argument, again reiterated Tuesday, centers on the rising costs associated with both acquiring and maintaining increased footprints for courses. Davis claimed that 1 in 4 courses in the U.S. is currently "not making money," and noted that while U.S. Open venues were 6,800-6,900 yards at the start of his USGA tenure, the norm is now closer to 7,400-7,500 yards.

    "You ask yourself, 'What has this done for the game? How has that made the game better?'" Davis said. "I think if we look at it, and as we look to the future, we're asking ourselves, saying, 'We want the game of golf to be fun.' We want it to continue to be challenging and really let your skills dictate what scores you should shoot versus necessarily the equipment.

    "But at the same time, we know there are pressures on golf courses. We know those pressures are going to become more acute."