Han on Top at Jamie Farr

By Sports NetworkJuly 9, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Jamie Farr Owens Corning ClassicSYLVANIA, Ohio -- Hee-Won Han posted a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take the third-round lead of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. She finished at 11-under-par 202 and is two strokes ahead at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
Jeong Jang shot a 4-under 68 and is alone in second place at minus-9. Defending champion Meg Mallon and 50-year-old Marilyn Lovander both carded rounds of 3-under 68 and are tied for third place at 8-under-par 205.
Han began Saturday's third round one shot behind Hall of Famer Beth Daniel, and the 27-year-old South Korean wasted little time in closing the gap.
Han hit an 8-iron to 6 feet to set up birdie at the first hole. She made it two in a row thanks to 7-iron tee shot at No. 2 that stopped 10 feet from the hole.
At the par-4 fourth, Han knocked an 8-iron to 4 feet to collect her third birdie in four holes and get to 9 under par for the championship. Things would slow down for Han after the birdie at four.
She made a couple of interesting par saves on the front nine, but it was mostly two-putt pars. In fact, Han parred her next 11 holes in a row, but remained in a tie for the lead with Jang.
At the par-4 16th, Han hit a 7-iron to 8 feet and finally holed a putt. She moved one stroke ahead of Jang, who was already in the clubhouse at minus-9.
Han laid up with her second shot at the par-5 closing hole at Highland Meadows, then knocked her third to 5 feet. She had to wait for several minutes while Daniel made a mess of the hole then needed a rules official for a drop.
When it was finally her turn, Han rolled in the birdie putt for her two-shot lead.
'I'm pretty happy,' admitted Han, who is a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour. 'I just want to play tomorrow, like today.'
Han will be playing with a familiar face in Sunday's final round. She played junior golf with Jang and the two are friends, often times playing practice rounds with her.
'We both know each other,' said Han. 'She's a good friend. We practice together, but do not play together much in tournaments. She's two years younger than me.'
Jang played great early on with a 20-foot birdie putt at the fourth. She rolled in another 20-footer for birdie at seven, then collected her second birdie in a row with a tap-in at the par-3 eighth.
Jang hit a 9-iron to 8 feet to set up birdie at the 12th. Once again, she posted back-to-back birdies as she holed a 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe at 13.
Trouble came at the par-3 14th when her 9-wood tee shot came up short. She three-putted for a bogey, but parred out to be within two shots of the lead.
'I'm pretty happy right now,' said Jang, who is winless on the LPGA Tour. 'I think I'll have too shoot a couple under par. I really want to try hard tomorrow.'
Leta Lindley shot a 3-under 68 and is alone in fifth place at minus-7.
U.S. Women's Open champion Birdie Kim posted an even-par 71 and is tied for sixth place with Becky Morgan (68), Sung Ah Yim (68) and Heather Bowie (69). The group is knotted at 6-under-par 207.
Daniel struggled badly on Saturday with a 2-over 73. She is tied for 10th place with Pat Hurst (67), Beth Bader (68) and Gloria Park (71) at 5-under-par 208.
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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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    Rahm (62) fires career low round

    By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

    The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

    Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

    What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

    Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

    Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

    Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

    Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

    Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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    Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

    Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

    "Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

    Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.

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    Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

    "That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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    Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

    By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

    There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

    Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

    Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

    Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.


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    The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

    It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.