Delasin Han Tied in Alabama

By Sports NetworkNovember 14, 2003, 5:00 pm
SEMMES, Ala. -- Dorothy Delasin and Hee-Won Han posted matching rounds of 1-under 71 Friday to grab a share of the lead after two rounds of the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions. Delasin and Han stand at 1-under-par 143.
Mi Hyun Kim notched the round of the day with a 4-under 68 to move into a tie for third at even-par 144. Kim is joined there by overnight leader Lorie Kane, who stumbled to a 2-over 74.
Rosie Jones and Beth Daniel each carded rounds of 2-under 70 to share fifth place at 1-over-par 145.
Delasin opened with a birdie on the par-5 fourth at Magnolia Grove Crossings Course to move to 1 under. She stumbled to bogeys on the sixth and eighth to head to the back nine at 1 over.
On the back side, Delasin stumbled to another bogey on No. 11, but caught fire from there. She dropped her tee shot to the par-3 14th inside four feet to set up birdie.
Her lengthy eagle putt on the par-5 16th came up just short, but she tapped in for birdie to get back to even par. Delasin knocked her tee ball within five feet at the 17th for another birdie and a share of the overnight lead.
'I've just been trying to get the right distance because these greens are so firm,' said Delasin. 'I am an aggressive player by nature and if my caddie weren't here with me, I'd be attacking every pin and going over every green. I'm lucky he is here with me this week holding me back a bit and helping me play smart.'
Delasin has a chance to climb into the top 30 on the money list, which would qualify her for next week's season-ending ADT Championship, but knows there is plenty of golf left this weekend.
'Next week is in the back of my head, I really want to play next week, but I'm in contention and I haven't been in contention in a while,' Delasin said. 'So I'm just going to go out and play a solid round tomorrow.'
Han, unlike Delasin, made her move on the front nine. She opened with a birdie at the third and made it two in row with a birdie on No. 4. However, she struggled to a bogey at the fifth.
A birdie on the sixth helped Han make the turn at minus-2. The back nine was not kind to Han though.
The South Korean, who has two wins and 10 top-10s this year, dropped shots on the 10th and 12th to fall back to even par. She righted the ship with a birdie at the 17th for a share of first place.
'My putting was pretty good but my driving was not so good,' said Han. 'Putting is pretty tough and yesterday the wind was pretty tough, but not today.'
Karrie Webb, who entered the day in second place, holed out from the fairway on No. 18 for eagle, but it was only good enough to give her a round of 3-over 75. She shares seventh place with Rachel Teske, Meg Mallon, Wendy Ward and Laura Davies at 2-over-par 146.
Grace Park and Candie Kung are one stroke further back at 3-over-par 147. Betsy King rebounded from an opening 79 with a 3-under 69. She is at 4-over-par 148 tied with Gloria Park.
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up right where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

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    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.