Herron Seeing Double in Memphis

By Sports NetworkMay 27, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 FedEx St. Jude ClassicMEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tim Herron, last week's winner at the Colonial and Tom Pernice, Jr. both posted rounds of 2-under 68 on Saturday and are tied atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the FedEx St. Jude Classic at the TPC at Southwind.
 
Kris Cox fired the lowest round of the week on Saturday with a 7-under 63 and is alone in third place at minus-6.
 
Tom Pernice, Jr. is looking for his first win on TOUR since 2001.
John Cook, the 1996 winner who owns the 36-hole, 54-hole and tournament records, carded a 3-under 67 and is tied for fourth place with Jay Delsing, who shot a 66 on Saturday. The pair is knotted at 5-under-par 205.
 
Herron flew out of the gate on Saturday with birdies at three, five and six. He drained a 14-foot birdie putt at the par-4 ninth to move to 9 under par and take a three-shot lead.
 
After his run on the front nine, Herron began missing makeable putts. His 6-foot birdie effort on the 11th stayed above ground and the balky putter would become a theme for the remainder of his round.
 
Trouble loomed large for the Colonial winner. At the 12th, he drove into the left rough, then knocked his approach in the water. Herron took a drop and hit his fourth to 8 feet, where he rolled in his bogey putt.
 
Two holes later, Herron missed the green at the par-3. He chipped to 9 feet and that putt did not fall. Suddenly Herron's once large front-nine lead disappeared to a single stroke.
 
The shrinking gap in the scores also had something to do with Pernice's play. He overcame two bogeys on the front side, then ran home a 20-foot birdie putt at the ninth. Pernice birdied the par-3 11th to get to 5 under par.
 
With Herron now at 7 under par, Pernice clawed within one at the 14th. Pernice sank a 25-foot birdie putt there and tied Herron for the lead with a 15-footer for birdie at the very next hole.
 
Both players struggled on the way into the clubhouse. Herron drove way right into the trees, then landed in a greenside bunker with his second. He blasted out to 7 feet, but that putt, like many others for Herron on Saturday, did not go.
 
Pernice played the 16th badly as well as his chance for birdie came from the fringe. He made a par, as Herron finally got his flat stick working at 17 where he converted a par from 5 feet.
 
Pernice had even longer for par at the 17th as his drive found the left rough. He pitched out then hit his third to 7 feet. Pernice made that par putt, then both players made pars on 18 from off the green.
 
The two friends will battle it out in Sunday's final group. Herron can collect wins in back-to-back weeks and join Phil Mickelson, who did it at the BellSouth Classic and Masters, as the only players to accomplish the feat this year on the PGA TOUR.
 
If Pernice visits the winner's circle on Sunday, it will be for the third time on the PGA TOUR. He has not hoisted a trophy on TOUR since 2001 at The International.
 
'I have to go out tomorrow and commit to shots,' said Herron. 'I kind of guided it the last few holes. I hung in there the last few holes to give me some momentum.'
 
'I hit the ball beautifully on the front nine, three-putted twice and never made a birdie,' said Pernice. 'All of a sudden, I snuck one in on No. 9 and that got me going a little bit.'
 
Jeff Maggert (68) and Ryan Palmer (69) are tied for sixth place at 4-under-par 206. Two-time winner Nick Price (69), Briny Baird (68) and tour rookie Camilo Villegas (71) are knotted in eighth place at minus-3.
 
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  • Rahm wins finale, Fleetwood takes Race to Dubai

    By Will GrayNovember 19, 2017, 1:42 pm

    Jon Rahm captured the final tournament on the European Tour calendar, a result that helped Tommy Fleetwood take home the season-long Race to Dubai title.

    Rahm shot a final-round 67 to finish two shots clear of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry at the DP World Tour Championship. It's the second European Tour win of the year for the Spaniard, who also captured the Irish Open and won on the PGA Tour in January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    "I could not be more proud of what I've done this week," Rahm told reporters. "Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special."

    But the key finish came from Justin Rose, who held the 54-hole lead in Dubai but dropped back into a tie for fourth after closing with a 70. Rose entered the week as one of only three players who could win the Race to Dubai, along with Sergio Garcia and Fleetwood, who started with a lead of around 250,000 Euros.


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    With Fleetwood in the middle of the tournament pack, ultimately tying for 21st after a final-round 74, the door was open for Rose to capture the title thanks to a late charge despite playing in half the events that Fleetwood did. Rose captured both the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open, and was one round away from a two-trophy photo shoot in Dubai.

    Instead, his T-4 finish meant he came up just short, as Fleetwood won the season-long race by 58,821 Euros.

    The title caps a remarkable season for Fleetwood, who won the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship as well as the French Open to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes and a fourth-place showing at the U.S. Open.

    "I find it amazing, the season starts in November, December and you get to here and you're watching the last shot of the season to decide who wins the Race to Dubai," Fleetwood said at the trophy ceremony. "But yeah, very special and something we didn't really aim for at the start of the year, but it's happened."

    Battling mono, Kaufman tied for lead at CME

    By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 2:05 am

    NAPLES, Fla. – Kim Kaufman’s bout with mononucleosis might leave fellow tour pros wanting to catch the fever, too.

    A couple months after Anna Nordqvist battled her way into contention at the Women’s British Open playing with mono, and then thrived at the Solheim Cup with it, Kaufman is following suit.

    In her first start since being diagnosed, Kaufman posted an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. It was the low round of the day. She’s bidding to win her first LPGA title.

    “I’ve been resting at home for two weeks,” Kaufman said. “Didn’t do anything.”

    Well, she did slip on a flight of stairs while recuperating, hurting her left wrist. She had it wrapped Saturday but said that’s mostly precautionary. It didn’t bother her during the round.


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    “I’m the only person who can take two weeks off and get injured,” Kaufman joked.

    Kaufman, 26, left the Asian swing after playing the Sime Darby Malaysia, returning to her home in South Dakota, to see her doctor there. She is from Clark. She was told bed rest was the best thing for her, but she felt good enough to make the trip to Florida for the season-ending event.

    “We had some really cold days,” Kaufman said. “We had some snow. I was done with it. I was coming down here.”

    How does she feel?

    “I feel great,” she said. “I’m a little bit shaky, which isn’t great out there, but it’s great to be here doing something. I was going a little bit stir crazy [at home], just kind of fighting through it.”

    Kaufman made eight birdies in her bogey-free round.

    New-look Wie eyes CME Group Tour Championship title

    By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:32 am

    NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie is sporting a new look that even has fellow players doing double takes.

    Bored during her six-week recovery from an emergency appendectomy late this summer, Wie decided to cut and die her hair.

    She went for golden locks, and a shorter style.

    “I kind of went crazy after being in bed that long,” Wie said. “I just told my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just cut all my hair off.”

    Wie will get to sport her new look on a big stage Sunday after playing herself into a four-way tie for the lead at the CME Group Tour Championship. With a 6-under-par 66, she is in contention to win her fifth LPGA title, her first since winning the U.S. Women’s Open three years ago.


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    Wie, 28, fought her way back this year after two of the most disappointing years of her career. Her rebound, however, was derailed in late August, when she withdrew from the final round of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open to undergo an emergency appendectomy. She was out for six weeks.

    Before the surgery, Wie enjoyed getting back into contention regularly, with six finishes of T-4 or better this season. She returned to the tour on the Asian swing in October.

    Fellow tour pros were surprised when she came back with the new look.

    “Definitely, walk by people and they didn’t recognize me,” Wie said.

    Wie is looking to continue to build on her resurgence.

    “I gained a lot of confidence this year,” she said. “I had a really tough year last year, the last couple years. Just really feeling like my old self. Really feeling comfortable out there and having fun, and that's when I play my best.”

    You Oughta Know: LPGA's Sunday scenarios

    By Randall MellNovember 19, 2017, 1:17 am

    NAPLES, Fla. – The CME Group Tour Championship is loaded with pressure-packed subplots Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

    Here’s what You Oughta Know about the prizes at stake:

    Race to the CME Globe

    Lexi Thompson and Sung Hyun Park are 1-2 in CME Globe points. They are best positioned Sunday to take home the $1 million jackpot in the season-long competition.

    Thompson and Park are tied for fifth in the tournament, one shot off the lead. If either of them wins, she will take home the jackpot.

    The way it’s unfolding Thompson is a good bet to take home the jackpot by merely finishing ahead of Park, unless they both stumble badly on Sunday.

    Ariya Jutanugarn is tied for the lead. She must win to take home the jackpot, but she would also need Thompson to finish ninth or worse and Park to finish eighth or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points to make a bold Sunday charge.

    Stacy Lewis is one shot off the lead with a longshot chance at the jackpot. She must win the tournament while Thompson finishes 26th or worse, Park finishes 12th or worse and nobody else among the top 12 in points makes a bold Sunday charge.

    So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng and Brooke Henderson are among others who still have a shot at the $1 million prize, but they have fallen back in the pack and need bold Sunday charges to take home the jackpot.

    Rolex Player of the Year

    The Rolex Player of the Year Award remains a four-player race.

    Ryu (162), Feng (159), Park (157) and Thompson (147) all have a chance to win the award.

    Park and Thompson are best positioned to make Sunday moves to overtake Ryu.

    Park needs to finish sixth or better to win the award outright; Thompson needs to win the tournament to win the award.

    It’s simple math.

    The top 10 in the tournament will be awarded points.

    1st - 30 points

    2nd – 12 points

    3rd – 9 points

    4th – 7 points

    5th – 6 points

    6th – 5 points

    7rd – 4 points

    8th – 3 points

    9th – 2 points

    10th – 1 point

    Vare Trophy

    Thompson took a 69.147 scoring average to Naples. Park needs to finish nine shots ahead of Thompson to have a shot at the trophy.

    Money-winning title

    Park leads the tour in money winnings with $2,262,472. Ryu is the only player who can pass her Sunday, and Ryu must win the tournament to do so. Ryu is tied for 32nd, five shots off the lead. If Ryu wins the tournament, she also needs Park to finish worse than solo second.

    Rolex world No. 1 ranking

    World No. 1 Feng, No. 2 Park and No. 3 Ryu are separated by just three hundredths of a point.

    Because they are so close, the scenarios for overtaking Feng are head spinning.

    At No. 4, Thompson is a full average ranking point behind Feng, but she could become the sixth different player this season to move to No. 1. Thompson, however, has to win Sunday to have a chance to do so, and then it will depend on what Feng, Park and Ryu do. Again, the scenarios are complex.