Harigae Fires 64 To Lead Girls Junior Am

By Sports NetworkJuly 18, 2006, 4:00 pm
USGACHARLOTTE, NC -- Mina Harigae fired an 8-under-par 64 on Tuesday to earn medalist honors after the stroke-play portion of the U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur Championship. She finished 36 holes at 6-under-par 138 at Carmel Country Club.
Maria Jose Uribe shot her second consecutive 2-under 70 on Tuesday and is alone in second place at minus-4.
Isabelle Lendl, the daughter of tennis Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl, carded a 5-under 67 in the second round of stroke play and is tied for third place with Lindy Duncan and Mindy Kim, both of whom shot 70s on Tuesday. The trio is knotted at 3-under-par 141.
Harigae flew out of the gate with a 10-foot birdie putt at her first hole, the 10th. She added another birdie at 12, but dropped a shot at 13 when she drove into the rough and knocked her second into the tall grass as well.
Around the turn, Harigae soared up the leaderboard with four consecutive birdies from the 17th. She rolled in a breaking, six-footer for birdie at the fifth to reach 4-under par.
She took advantage of her length at the par-5 eighth which resulted in a tap-in birdie. Harigae got to minus-4 thanks to a six-foot birdie putt from below the hole.
'On some holes I was just thinking par, or 'OK, get out of there with a two- putt,'' said Harigae, who needed only 26 putts on Friday. 'I started getting dialed in.'
Harigae, a semifinalist in 2003, has had a great record in USGA events. She was co-medalist at this year's Women's Amateur Public Links Championship before getting knocked out in the quarterfinals.
The 16-year-old has more incentive to win than her place in the history books.
'If I win,' said Harigae, a four-time California state Women's Amateur champion, 'my mom said I can get a car. If I win the Women's Am, I get my choice.'
Elisa Aoki carded a 2-under 70 and is alone in sixth place at 2-under-par 142. Patty Chawalitmetha shot a 1-over-par 73 and has sole possession of seventh place at even-par 144.
First-round leader Joanne Lee struggled to a 4-over 76 and shares eighth place with Taylore Karle (72), Sally Watson (73) and Kristina Wong (74). That group is knotted at plus-1.
Fourteen-year-old MacKinzie Kline, who was granted the use of a golf cart because of a congenital heart defect, shot a 7-over 79 on Tuesday, but advanced to the match-play round at 7-over-par 151.
Dakoda Dowd, who became the youngest player to compete in an LPGA tournament earlier this year at the age of 13, managed a 3-over 75 and also came in at plus-7. Dowd played in the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open in late April because her mother, Kelly Jo, is battling breast cancer and wanted to see her daughter play on tour.
There was a 10-girl playoff for the final eight spots in the match-play section of the tournament.
Madison Pressel, sister of LPGA Tour star Morgan Pressel, and Austin Ernst were knocked out of the tournament.
Ivan Lendl's other daughter, Marika, moved on to the match-play portion of the tournament.
Tuesday marks the end of the first two rounds of stroke-play qualifying. The top 64 scorers will then start match play Wednesday and the event concludes on Saturday with a 36-hole match play final.
Last year, In-Kyung Kim defeated fellow 17-year-old In-Bee Park to win the event, which has proven to be a springboard for success for LPGA talent over the years. Past winners of this championship include Nancy Lopez, Hollis Stacy Amy Alcott and Pat Hurst. Stacy was a three-time champion while Lopez captured this event twice.
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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 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."

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    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.

    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

    “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.