Han in Position for Wendys Repeat

By Sports NetworkAugust 21, 2004, 4:00 pm
2004 WendyDUBLIN, Ohio -- Hee-Won Han carded an even-par round of 72 Saturday, but it was enough to take a two-shot lead during the third round of the Wendy's Championship for Children. Han, who can become the first back-to-back winner of this event, finished 54 holes at 8-under-par 208.
 
Suzann Pettersen, who held the outright lead after the second round was completed Saturday morning, struggled to a 75 in Round 3 to fall back into a share of second place along with Mi Hyun Kim, Laura Diaz, Catriona Matthew and Marilyn Lovander at 6-under-par 210.
 
The bad weather that plagued Tartan Fields over the first two rounds moved out of Ohio on Saturday allowing plenty of golf to be played. While there are a few players who will have to return to the course Sunday morning to finish off their third rounds, Han will be able to comfortably await the start of the final round.
 
'It was a little bit wet, but pretty good,' Han said of the course.
 
Han started on the 10th tee and found trouble early after an errant tee shot at the 12th led to a bogey. She recovered in style at the very next hole, however, and drained a 70-foot putt for a birdie.
 
'It was pretty uphill, so I hit it pretty strong,' she said.
 
The 26-year-old continued to distance herself on the front nine and dropped a wedge inside 12 feet for a birdie at the par-5 fourth. Han was coasting along at even par over her next four holes until her second shot found the water at the par-5 ninth.
 
Han scrambled to a bogey and managed to walk off with a solid margin with one round to play.
 
Kim, who won this event in 2002, struggled out of the gate with a bogey at the 10th, her first. She countered with a birdie at the par-4 12th and added a birdie at the par-3 17th to make the turn at 6 under.
 
She began to close in on Han with a birdie at the par-5 fourth, but stumbled to a bogey at the par-3 eighth to complete a round of 71.
 
Diaz also played the back side first and collected a pair of birdies over her first nine holes. The 29-year-old went cold on her second nine, until back-to-back birdies starting at the eighth moved her into a tie for second.
 
Reilley Rankin stood alongside Han to start the third round, but struggled to a 75 to fall three shots off the pace. She was joined by 2001 champion Wendy Ward, Brandie Burton, Nancy Scranton and Marisa Baena in a tie for seventh place at 5-under-par 211.
 
Reigning U.S. Women's Open champion Meg Mallon followed at 4-under-par 212 along with Lorena Ochoa and Lorie Kane. Kim Williams stands at 4 under through 17.
 
Teenage sensation Michelle Wie got off to a good start with a birdie at the 11th, her second, but her round seemed to be derailed by a quadruple bogey at the par-3 17th.
 
Wie persisted, however, and ran off four birdies on the front nine, including each of her last three holes, for a round of 71. Wie was joined by Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, Kelli Kuehne and Kristi Albers at 3-under-par 213. Rosie Jones is also at minus-3 with one hole to play to complete her third round.
 
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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.  

    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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