Inkster Inches Into the Mix

By Sports NetworkJuly 12, 2003, 4:00 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Juli Inkster fired a 5-under 67 to grab a share of the lead after three rounds of the Canadian Women's Open. She completed 54 holes at 9-under-par 207 and is tied with Beth Daniel, who carded her third straight 3-under 69.
Kim Saiki is alone in third place at 7-under-par 209. Se Ri Pak posted a 4-under 68 to climb into fourth place. She stands at 4-under-par 212 alongside Donna Andrews, Heather Bowie, Janice Moodie and Grace Park.
Most of the field had to contend with wet conditions. Heavy rain forced the players off the course for over 90 minutes before they were able to complete their third round. The leaders were on the sixth hole when the delay came.
Inkster began her round two strokes behind Daniel and one group ahead of the third-round leader at the Point Grey Golf & Country Club. Daniel extended her lead to three shots with a lengthy birdie putt at the par-three second.
While Daniel played steady golf, Inkster made her move. Inkster, who won the Corning Classic earlier this season, rolled in her first birdie at the par-4 fourth. She followed that with an eight-foot birdie putt at the next and made it three straight by birdieing the par-4 sixth.
'I think the hardest part was stopping and going,' said Inkster. 'Once we got back out there it was really slow. Just getting any momentum was tough. I was very fortunate, I parred three, which is like a bogey. Then it started to rain and I birdied Nos. 4 and 5, which were good birdies. After the delay, I came back out and made a good putt on six for birdie.'
The two players headed to the back nine tied at minus-7. Daniel drew first blood as she birdied the par-3 11th from five feet out to regain the lead. Both players converted birdie tries on the par-3 15th.
Inkster joined Daniel atop the leaderboard when she two-putted for birdie at the last to cap her round. Daniel was unable to birdie the par-5 last and will have to out-play her fellow Hall-of-Famer on Sunday to win.
The two leaders were the only players in the field to play bogey-free golf Saturday. Inkster knows Sunday will be a little easier to play since her and Daniel are close friends.
'Beth's a real good friend of mine and I really enjoy playing with her,' Inkster said. 'I think she's a great ball striker, she's a great player. I have a lot of respect for her. We'll just go out there and try to make some birdies, try to entertain the crowds and see what happens. If I can't win, if I could think of any other person I would want to win, it would be Beth.'
Daniel, who was paired with Inkster in the final round at the Corning Classic, will not change her game plan on Sunday.
'We played at the Corning Classic in the final round and I think she shot 62. She putted unbelievably well,' said Daniel, who has not won since 1995. 'I'll glance at the leaderboard, but I have to play my own game and I can't get into what Juli's doing or what anyone else is doing.'
Johanna Head made one of the biggest moves of the day with a 5-under 67. She stands at 3-under-par 213 and climbed from a share of 38th to solo ninth. Jeong Jang, Soo-Yun Kang and Becky Morgan are tied one stroke further back at minus-2.
Defending champion Meg Mallon dropped a shot to the leaders as she carded a 1-over 73. She stands at 2-over-par 218 through 54 holes.
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    Ortiz takes Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x