Han on Top Annika Six Back in LA

By Sports NetworkOctober 1, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Office Depot ChampionshipRANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. -- Hee-Won Han shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday and is in the lead during the suspended second round of the Office Depot Championship. She stands at 9-under-par 133 and is ahead by two at Trump National Golf Club of Los Angeles.
This tournament has been plagued by problems since Friday's opening round. There were multiple rulings that slowed play down and the first round was suspended for darkness.
Twenty-five players were scheduled to return to Trump National at 10:15 a.m. (ET) Saturday, but a fog delay pushed back play for more than three hours.
Only half of the field completed their second rounds before play was halted for darkness on Saturday. The plan is to return at 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning to finish off round two, but the weather forecast calls for more fog Sunday, so a Monday finish looms as a possibility.
Catriona Matthew and Karine Icher are both at 7-under par on the course.
Tina Barrett fired a 5-under 66 in the second round and is tied with Jennifer Rosales, who posted a 1-under 70 on Saturday. The duo is knotted at 6-under-par 136.
Defending champion Annika Sorenstam managed a 1-under 70 and is currently tied for 21st place at minus-3.
Han began the second round on the back nine and immediately broke into red figures. She knocked a sand wedge to 8 feet at the 10th and converted the birdie putt. Han collected back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 from 10 and 12 feet, respectively.
Her first hiccup of the round came at the 16th. Han only needed a pitching wedge for her approach shot, but three-putted for a bogey. She parred three holes around the turn, but made her move up the leaderboard early on the second nine.
At the par-5 second, Han reached the green in two with a 7-wood and two-putted for a birdie. She hit a 9-iron to 8 feet to set up birdie at the third and reach 10-under par for the championship.
Trouble loomed for the three-time winner on the LPGA Tour. At the par-5 seventh, Han once again struggled with a wedge in her hand as she hit her third into a greenside bunker. She blasted out to 15 feet and two-putted for a bogey that dropped her to 9 under.
Han will take that score. She's just happy to have finished the second round on Saturday.
'We were just waiting, waiting, waiting today,' said Han. 'It's a little bit frustrating, but we just finished today. That's a pretty good thing.'
Han knows difficult conditions are on the way Sunday and she has a game plan.
'I think tomorrow, it's going to be a little tough,' admitted Han, who has seven top-10s in 2005. 'I think that's why I'll play a little more aggressive tomorrow.'
Eva Dahllof, Jamie Hullett and Maria Hjorth all posted 2-under-par 69s in the second round and are knotted at 5-under-par 137.
Young Jo posted a 4-under 67 on Saturday and is tied with Liselotte Neumann, who fired a 5-under-par 66 in round two. The pair is knotted at minus-4.
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    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

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    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

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    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

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    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

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    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

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    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

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    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

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    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

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