Hanson Leads Kerr at Williams

By Sports NetworkSeptember 6, 2002, 4:00 pm
TULSA, Okla. -- Tracy Hanson carded a bogey-free round of 6-under-par 64 Friday to take the first-round lead at the Williams Championship at Tulsa Country Club.
Cristie Kerr is alone in second place at 5-under-par 65. Liselotte Neumann, Grace Park, Catriona Matthew and last week's State Farm Classic winner Patricia Meunier-Lebouc share third place at minus 4.
Hanson broke into red figures early Friday with a 14-foot birdie putt at No. 1. She added a four-foot birdie at the par-5 third and collected another birdie at the eighth when she laced a 5-iron to four feet.
Hanson continued her fine form on the back nine when she landed an 8-iron three feet from the hole to set up birdie at 11. She knocked a seven-iron to 12 feet for birdie at 15 and made it back-to-back birdies with a 20-footer at the par-5 16th.
She ran into trouble at the 18th after her ball fell against the lip of a greenside bunker. Hanson hit a soft pitch out of the trap to save par and keep the first-round lead to herself.
'I've been working on my bunker play this week,' said Hanson, who is winless in seven years on the LPGA Tour. 'I saw exactly where I needed to hit it and I put it right there.
'I hit my driver well so it's much easier to hit it closer to the pins from the fairways than the rough and that is the first key. The second key is I did hit some good iron shots. I was able to attack the pins and I felt good with my putter.'
Kerr recorded two early birdies with a pair of five-footers at three and four, but her play around the turn moved her up the leaderboard.
She drained a 25-foot birdie putt at the seventh and knocked a 4-iron inches from the hole for a tap-in birdie at the 194-yard ninth. Kerr's run continued on the back nine when she holed a 15-foot birdie at 10 and an eight-footer at the 11th.
Kerr, who will make her Solheim Cup debut for the American team in two weeks, ran into trouble at the 18th. She pushed her drive right and missed her second right of the green. Kerr's pitch landed 10 feet from the hole and she two-putted for bogey, dropping out of the lead.
'I am a little upset at the last hole,' said Kerr, who won for the first time on tour at the Long Drugs Challenge in April. 'I mean I'm happy with the way I was hitting the ball, executing and thinking.'
Annika Sorenstam, playing for the first time on the LPGA Tour since missing the cut at the Women's British Open, posted a 2-under 68. She is tied for seventh with Maggie Will and Kris Tschetter.
Se Ri Pak, a three-time winner on tour in 2002, struggled to a 5-over-par 75 and is tied for 105th.
Gloria Park, who won this event in 2001, opened her title defense with a 2-over 72 and shares 49th place.
Full-field scores from the Williams Championship

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen: